Cesar Chavez Day Celebration at Student Center

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

CSU students and faculty remembered Cesar Chavez Monday afternoon in the Lory Student Center Commons.

The event featured live music, poetry readings, speakers, a clothing drive and a panel of former migrant workers. Mayor Ray Martinez gave a speech proclaiming Cesar Chavez Day.

“We’re not looking for differences,” Martinez said. “We’re looking for things we have in common.”

Chavez is best known for his peaceful protests to secure rights for migrant workers. He worked on farms and vineyards in California beginning in the 1930s. In 1956, Chavez formed the National Farm Workers Association and later changed the name to United Farm Workers. Chavez and the UFW led strikes and boycotts to demand better conditions for migrant workers. Chavez died ten years ago at age 66.

Ramon Del Castillo, professor of Chicano studies and sociology at Regis University in Denver, spoke of Chavez’s non-violent protests in relation to the current war with Iraq.

” That war is about oil and the destruction of another generation of brown people and white people,” Del Castillo said. “People don’t know how to deal with non-violence.”

He believes Chavez’s method of getting his message across was much more effective.

“The only way we were going to achieve social justice was by following a path of non-violence,” Del Castillo said. “We honor a man that preached non-violence.”

Lalo Delgado, author and teacher at Metropolitan State College in Denver, read several of his poems in Spanish and English. Though one of his poems was entitled “Stupid America,” he spoke of being thankful for living in the United States.

“You’re looking at a person who is grateful to this nation,” Delgado said. “But I will criticize the United States when it’s wrong.”

Jazmin Gonzalez, a CSU open option seeking business freshman, spoke less about America’s current situation and more about the life and work of Chavez.

“Cesar Chavez was all about justice and peace,” Gonzalez said. “He was a farm worker who did not tolerate injustice.”

Gonzalez, like many planning the Cesar Chavez Day celebrations, hopes to see Cesar Chavez Day become a paid state holiday. It is currently a holiday that employees can take off in place of a regular paid holiday.

Stacy Coleman, ASCSU Liberal Arts Senator, helped out with the clothing drive to benefit migrant workers in Colorado.

“Since I’m lucky enough to be able to get a college education, I need to do something to help people that do not have the same privileges,” Coleman said.

Kimi Jackson, staff attorney at CSU Student Legal Services, shared a presentation detailing the history and current situation of migrant workers in Colorado and around the country. Jackson worked with migrant workers for four years at Colorado Legal Services. She said many farm workers are still denied basic rights including hand-washing water, pesticide training and unemployment insurance.

“It’s a long road to change,” Jackson said. “Cesar would still be fighting.”

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CSU professor leaves legacy

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Patrick Crossland

Friends and colleagues remember David Allen as a unique contributor to the Department of Political Science.

“David was a very singular character in a completely positive sense,” said Bill Chaloupka, chair of the department. “The way he presented himself and went about his job was very unique.”

Allen, a political science professor and chair of the Faculty Council, died Thursday afternoon after 15 years as a CSU faculty member.

Chaloupka said friends and fellow faculty used to joke with Allen, saying he was the only member of the department with a tailor. He was known for wearing his academic robe on the first day of class.

“It was not only something he was comfortable wearing, but part of his presentation and a way to explain who he was and where he was coming from,” Chaloupka said.

Despite his formal dress, Chaloupka said Allen was never stuffy or domineering, but rather approachable and caring.

“He cared very deeply about students and took enormous pride when a student did well,” Chaloupka said.

Allen taught difficult courses and was demanding of his students. Despite his demand for excellence, Allen was close to his students, Chaloupka said.

“He had a significant group of students through the years who were very fond of him,” he said.

Allen was also known for his involvement with the Hansard Internship, which provides students with an opportunity to intern with the British House of Commons.

“CSU is one of the most active schools (with the program) because of David’s work,” Chaloupka said.

Allen taught law and method courses and devoted himself to his work, Chaloupka said.

“They will always be David’s courses,” he said. “Ten or twenty years from now older faculty members will think of those courses as his.”

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A few of my favorite things

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

To the tune of “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music”

Peanuts and Hot Dogs with game-winning homers,

30 different teams hoping to reach October,

Milestones for Sammy and a healthy Griffey,

These are a few of my favorite things

Underdogs winning with last minute upsets,

Number one’s losing and no one knows what’s next,

Boeheim and Williams going to New Orleans,

These are a few of my favorite things

When my team chokes,

My brackets broke,

T.J. Ford? His game’s mad,

I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.

CSU with some talent and I’m not talking football

A13-game winning streak for the women of softball,

Track athletes shoveling snow four feet deep

These kinds of things just cannot be beat

Women’s b-ball still playing with Ferrucho on fire

Men’s team taking the Dukies down to the wire

The best in the nation competing in the Mt. Sac Relays

They don’t get respect and don’t care anyway

When the wind blows,

When it’s real cold

When it snows in May

I simply remember my favorite things and then everything’s okay.

Watching the Angels win games six and seven

Reading David Wells rip apart Roger Clemens

Bonds’ head getting bigger every game that he plays

It could be the steroids, but hey, who’s to say?

Avalanche heading to another postseason,

Planning revenge for Detroit in game seven,

Nuggets hoping to make LeBron James a lock

Once again, the Bengals are on the clock

When the Cubs lose

The Red Sox too

The Yankees … they’re back,

I simply remember my favorite things and don’t worry about any of that.

Spring in the Rockies means spring football practice

A little overrated, but brings fans by the masses

Sonny Lubick? He’s staying right here,

Will Marcus Houston suit up this year?

CSU athletes at the top of their classes

Makes Oklahoma look like a school of athletic dumb—es,

Thousands of fans stand to honor our country,

Soldiers, true heroes, fight to keep us free

When sports become,

More than just fun,

But a way of life,

I simply remember my favorite things and then begin to feel all right.

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Rams get last chance to tame road

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: Reed Saunders

A simple dilemma awaits the CSU women’s basketball team in Waco, Texas, tonight: Cure the road woes and get a victory at Baylor, or see the season end.

The Rams, who carry a meager 3-10 record on the road this season, will get one last chance to prove they can win away from Moby Arena tonight in the biggest game of their season in the WNIT semifinals against Baylor.

The Lady Bears (23-10) represent the second consecutive Big 12 foe for CSU (21-12), which defeated Missouri at Moby on Thursday night, 62-61, to earn a berth in the semifinals.

It is expected to be the Rams’ last road trip of the season (should they win, they will likely host the championship game) and they are looking at it as an opportunity to finally prove they can win on the road.

“We have not been a good road team and this gives us a chance to rectify that,” head coach Chris Denker said. “We feel we’re playing good right now, but we have a chance to go on the road and take another step.”

The Rams have been playing good basketball of late … at Moby Arena, site of their last three games. All season long, the Rams have seen a Jekyll-and-Hyde effect take over on the road.

In games away from home, CSU has rarely played with the same confidence and intensity they show at Moby, especially in the early minutes of contests.

“If you go out early and get down on the road, it’s so hard to battle back,” said Ram senior Katie Borton. “We’ve talked about huddling up a lot, making sure we’re together on everything, keeping our hopes and confidence up all the time. We want to prove we can win on the road.”

If the Rams are to come through with a win in the biggest road game of their season, they will have to weather yet another storm of physical play. Most of Baylor’s production comes from their two young, physical post players – sophomore Steffanie Blackmon and freshman Sophia Young.

Blackmon leads the Lady Bears and ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring with 17.9 points a game, while Young ranks second on the team in scoring (13.9) and leads the Big 12 in rebounds, pulling down 9.5 a game.

Ram senior Shannon Strecker, the Rams’ leading rebounder and most consistent post scorer, says the physical nature of the Rams’ recent opponents doesn’t bother her.

“I really don’t mind a physical game,” Strecker said. “Sometimes it gets a little tiring, but we know that if they’re coming out and being physical with us, we’re just going to be physical right back.”

The winner of Monday’s game will face the winner of the other semifinal game between Auburn and Creighton for the WNIT Championship. Should CSU defeat Baylor, the Rams would be the likely host for that championship game. An enticing thought, but one the Rams are tempered in enjoying.

“We’ve mentioned it a little bit. It’s definitely more of an incentive to beat Baylor,” Strecker said. “But at the same time we can’t afford to look too far ahead.”

Regardless of the outcome, the Rams’ postseason success has been the silver lining to a very memorable season. Although, CSU will do everything it can to come home with a win.

“It’s been so great just to be able to keep this going. If we could get the chance to come back here and play at Moby Arena one more time, I can’t even tell you (how exciting that would be),” Borton said. “I can’t think of a much better way to end the season and my career than playing here in front of our fans.”

Look for Collegian coverage of the CSU-Baylor game on collegian.com

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TRACK: Inclement weather can’t hold back Rams

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

With cold, gusting winds reaching up to 50 mph, and temperatures in the mid-30s, the Rams men’s and women’s track teams went out and dominated the field.

On Saturday at CSU’s Jack Christensen Track and Field complex, the Rams hosted the Rob Upton Invitational, even though conditions were not ideal.

“It’s springtime in the Rockies,” said head coach Del Hessel with a grin. “You have to be ready to compete in wind, rain and snow.”

Though the conditions were less than ideal, the Rams did put on a show, placing athletes in the top three in almost every event they competed in.

“It was incredibly windy,” said junior Bill Michel, who ran the 1,500- and 800-meter events Saturday. “It threw the pace of the race off. In a meet like this you look for competitive effort, because you can’t base your performance on time.”

Another welcome sight from the Rams was the return of all-Mountain West Conference sprinter John Woods, who made the most of his first meet back to competition in almost a year by winning the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 10.59 seconds, just edging out sophomore teammate and reigning MWC 60-meter champion Jake Simpson’s 10.6.

“It was a good first meet,” said Woods, a junior. “I’m about where I expected to be, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”

In another debut, freshman Justin Hazzard came out strong and held on to win the men’s 400 with a time of 49.61 and followed that performance up with a second place finish in the 110 hurdles, running a14.45.

In the 400 hurdles, senior Brian Williams battled the elements to finish first at 53.35, while junior Tom Waido followed in third with a 54.47, while senior Ben Marvin was the first of a slew of Rams to cross the line in the men’s 800 finishing third with a time of 1:56.76.

In one of the day’s final events, sophomore Josh Glaab blew away the rest of the field in the men’s 5,000 with a time of 15:11.72, nine seconds better than the next finisher. Senior Raegan Robb (15:24.72) and junior Paul DiGrappa (15:28.44) finished third and fourth, respectively.

The women proved to be equally dominant on the track, getting stellar performances all around.

Junior Zuzana Krajciova won the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of 64.74, while sophomore sprinter Katrice Thomas ran away with the title in the 200 (24.79) and finished second in the 400 (56.45).

Senior Meg Larson ran a 4:44.25 to win the women’s 1,500 and followed that up with a third-place, 2:20.6 finish in the 800. Meanwhile junior Colleen Blair finished second in the 5,000 with a time of 18:10.63.

In the throwing events the Rams performed as strong as expected, with senior Drew Loftin winning the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 215 feet, 5 inches and following that with a second-place finish in the shot put (53-8 1/2).

The men’s discus saw the return of Olympian and former Ram Mattais Borrman, who won the event with a throw of 183-6, while senior Brian Trainor finished second at 171-2.

For the women it was senior Hannah Metzler who came out on top, winning the women’s shot put with a toss of 46-9 1/2, while teammate Keela Neimeyer followed at 46-0 3/4.

Meanwhile at the Rams’ indoor facility at the South College Fieldhouse, pole-vaulters Josh Horak and Christine Ahn won the men’s and women’s pole vault, recording heights of 15-6 and 12, respectively.

Also competing indoors was Jacob Benson, who cleared 6-10 to win the men’s high jump.

With the first meet of the outdoor season concluded, the Rams now focus on No. 2 in Greeley at the Tom Benich Classic on Saturday.

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Golf team in California for ‘biggest tournament of spring’

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: Luke Cornish

While fellow students are cooped up inside classrooms today, the CSU men’s golf team is playing 36 holes in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Bite/Pacific Intercollegiate marks the team’s third tournament of the spring season and the Rams hope to continue their run of success.

The tournament is taking place at the 7,068 yard, par-72 Sandpiper golf course for the first time in three years. The last three tournaments were held at La Purisima golf course.

“This is our biggest tournament of the spring season,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “This will decide who goes on from our district.”

There are 21 teams that are competing in the tournament and seven of those are ranked in the top 100 of Division I collegiate golf, including CSU, which is currently ranked No. 38.

Last year’s winner was Mountain West Conference-rival San Diego State. The Rams finished 10th.

The tournament, which takes place today and Tuesday, consists of 54 holes with 36 being played today and the remaining 18 holes to be taken care of Tuesday.

Junior Martin Laird is coming off an impressive individual tournament championship in the El Diablo Intercollegiate in Florida and will try to lead his team to its eighth consecutive top-10 finish.

Although Laird managed to take the glory from the last tournament, junior Nolan Martin still leads the team with an average of 71.8 strokes per round for the year. Laird is close behind Martin with an average of 71.9, which puts him in a tie for fourth place in the conference. Martin is second.

The CSU record is a 72.6 average, and is being threatened if Martin and Laird continue dominating the links.

“(Nolan Martin) has finished out of the top 20 only once all season,” Bermel said. “Both he and (Laird) are able to step up at any time and win a tournament.”

The success at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots has catapulted CSU into the national rankings, but a whole team effort will be required if the Rams are to be successful in California.

“There’s no question we need better play from our 3, 4, and 5 guys,” Bermel said. “We can’t be counting 79’s and 76’s. When we manage to hit a 68 we need to capitalize on that and get a good score as a team.”

If the Rams continue their streak of finishing in the top 10, they will break the school record of 12 such finishes in a season.

If a Ram manages to take home the individual championship, they will join the ranks of players that include the PGA tour’s Craig Stadler, Scott Simpson, and Duffy Waldorf, whom have won this tournament in the past.

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OUR VIEW: Cooler heads prevail in budget crisis

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: the Collegian Editorial Board

A budget crisis has a way of interfering with people’s better judgment, but cooler heads often prevail.

On March 24, state legislature budget writers passed a resolution to recommend the state legislature require all state employees to take three days off in April and May. This would presumably help remedy funding problems caused by $809 million in general fund cuts the state has had to make this year.

CSU faculty members are state employees and would have had to take the three days off.

But on Wednesday, the Joint Budget Committee – the cooler heads – killed the proposal.

The proposal should have been killed because it is an unsound and temporary fix.

In late 2002, the state decided to pay state employees one day later at the end of the 2002-2003 fiscal year in June to provide temporary budget relief. While this will free up a little money and give the state a little room to work with for this year, the state will have to pay it in 2003-2004 and make that year’s budget even tighter if the economy doesn’t get better.

Temporary solutions are just that and should not be the way the state deals with budget problems – especially when the state seems to be coming up with too many temporary fixes.

Making state employees take three days off is another temporary fix, and one that could hurt potential economic growth.

Taking away the money from the state employee cuts into individual budgets. Making things tighter on the worker is going to make the person cut down on his or her own spending, which would further hurt the economy.

It is simply wrong to take money away from employees just because the state cannot figure out how to fix its own problems.

Thankfully, some smart people realized the furlough was a bad idea because it merely puts off problems instead of seeking sound long-term economic policy, which is what we really need.

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COOK: Iraq war about oil and money

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: Oliver Cook

After receiving some excellent responses from informed readers, I have decided to write a follow up my March 17 article entitled “War with Iraq: is oil really a motive.”

In that article I argued that the current war in Iraq is actually being fought for strategic reasons, such as using market reforms in Iraq to undercut the price of oil. This drop in the price of oil would deliver a metaphoric piledriver to OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) as its real power, in the form of oil revenues, would be exponentially reduced. In a nutshell, I state that the war is not being fought over the direct control of oil, but as a strategic weapon to crush United States enemies and increase the United States’ relative power throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

Thanks to some informed readers, I have uncovered another very interesting possibility for the war in

Iraq. I must warn you that this theory is not commonly accepted or discussed on those corporate news stations that promise to bring you the most general, non-specific, one-dimensional slant on news anywhere in the world.

In October and November of 2000, the UN authorized Iraq to sell its oil in exchange for euros, the European Union’s currency.

This caused Iran, and later North Korea, to shift the currency they use for oil deals from the dollar to the euro. This was a potentially huge problem for the United States considering that the dollar is two things. One is the commonly accepted world currency. Instead of a gold standard, most banks and foreign reserves back up their currency with substantial sums of United States dollars.

Were that common currency to shift to the euro, the United States’ ability to import about 50 percent more than it exports would be completely obliterated. The dollar is also the only currency used by OPEC for oil transactions. This shift away from the seemingly imperialistic and unilateralist foreign policy of the United States, toward the seemingly multilateralist and good-willed EU could be viewed as an economic assault on United States global dominance.

Of course the EU is in neither of the two aforementioned adjectives, which really paints this as an economic breakout of sorts from United States dominance. The subsidization of the United States economy through the dominance of the dollar could end, and as a result the already shaken United States economy would plunge even further than it already has.

All of the power and benefits that come from controlling the common currency would shift to Europe, and Americans would grow to be just as annoying and sneaky as the French. With that in mind, the answer to the question, “Why are we invading Iraq at this particular time?” becomes a bit more clear. The realist unilateralists in the executive branch right now will not allow another political body like the EU, OPEC, or the Russians (whose Siberian oil is anything but cost-effective) to take any power away from the United States. In a zero-sum game, any loss could prove to be fatal.

Instead, the United States with Britain – who actively opposes the euro – are going to do to everybody else what they were going to do to them: deliver an international headlock and make them beg for mercy.

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Legislatures decides against three-day furlough

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: Melissa Pester

On Wednesday the state legislature’s Joint Budget Committee decided to look for $12.9 million in other places rather than requiring a state-employee furlough, a mandatory three days off in April or May.

The state legislature’s budget writers voted March 24 to recommend the three days off, because of the potential to save the state $9 million.

Sen. Dave Owen, JBC committee chairman, stated Monday that the money was needed to begin planning a strategy to spark an economic turnaround. However, the budget panel speculated that the money would not be used because of the war and only having three months left in the fiscal year.

The president of the University of Colorado, Betsy Hoffman, complained last week when the committee began discussing the furlough, stating it would present an administrative nightmare for colleges and universities under the Department of Higher Education.

The furlough plan came about after Gov. Bill Owens threatened to veto any effort to take $9 million from his tourism and agricultural promotion. Owens said he would give up no more than $3 million of the tourism package.

The Denver Post contributed to this brief.

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ASCSU Funding Board

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Mar 302003
 
Authors: Remi Young

The Associated Students of CSU Funding Board allocated $5,203 Thursday to MSTies Anonymous of Colorado for their encore performance of MST-Alive.

The Students for Holocaust Awareness were granted $500 in addition to their original request earlier in March to allow one of their guest speakers to remain a few days longer at their Holocaust Awareness Week event.

In addition, the CSU Medieval Society was allocated $165.50 for the two programs they will be hosting on period leather working and period clothing making.

Action Awareness presented a request of $991.60 to bring a guest speaker to campus, however the board denied their request.

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