Afraid to be caught

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: Marika Krause

When I was 8 years old, I stole a pack of gum from the grocery store. My mother discovered this when we were well on our way home. I was mortified when she immediately turned the car around and made me return the gum along with an apology to the store manager.

Speaking to that manager made me realize that my actions have a real effect on people other than myself. I never stole from that, or any, store again. You see, at 8 I had an inkling of right and wrong and my mother’s actions instilled in me an even stronger sense. There were no security cameras necessary in my ethical education.

Students in Biloxi, Miss., may not get this opportunity. They started school this year with Web cams in every classroom and hallway, according to an article in The E-Commerce Times.

The Biloxi District apparently hopes such measures will stop kids from misbehaving and “deter crime.” Superintendent Larry Dawdry claims “it helps keep honest people more honest.” However, there is a flaw in this logic. Honest people are honest, and teaching children that being afraid to get caught as some sort of ethical deterrent is wrong.

You won’t find me often labeling things in black and white or right and wrong. I firmly believe that different cultures and experiences lead to different ideals and definitions of right and wrong. However, not allowing children to explore and develop their own ethical sense is definitely not on the side of right. Children need to do the right thing because they understand that it is the right thing, not because they are afraid to get caught. I’m not sure when personal responsibility to one’s society became a thing of the past. In fact, I’m not quite sure that it has. I do know we can choose to do or not to do the right thing. It’s an example we must set for the children in Biloxi and each other.

This first week of school, I’ve seen many examples of people opting not to do the right thing. At this year’s annual CSU/CU game ticket distribution fiasco (what else would you call it?), hundreds of people who had waited appropriately for their spot got lost in a mad rush of people definitely not doing the right thing. I attempted to override into a math class a couple of days ago and was frustrated at the number of students who shoved, pushed and wiggled their way to the front of the line instead of waiting like the rest of us. Students — again, not doing the right thing.

Now, the catch is there were students waiting patiently. Those who did the right thing are now screwed out of the spot because of the impatience and selfishness of those obviously in the wrong.

When did it become okay to act so selfishly? When did it become okay to discount the feelings and existence of others? I’m not sure. I am sure that the image Web cams in schools capture is students learning not to steal because it is wrong and has real effects on human beings, but because you may get caught. This will not be a lesson in doing the right thing because it’s the right thing. It will be a lesson in doing something because a big, bad principle tells you to.

What happens when these kids become the principles, and presidents, and leaders of this country? You can’t put a web cam everywhere. We need to teach them to do the right thing right now.

Marika Krause is a senior majoring in Technical Journalism. She fully intends on graduating in May if she can override into math…She is also the station manager for KCSU.

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Stalemate for traffic congestion funds

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: Jamie Way

On Tuesday, the Fort Collins City Council will discuss whether a plan to reallocate $6.5 million originally dedicated to traffic projects will be put onto the ballot.

The money had originally been allotted to a Highway 14 truck by-pass route and to a Prospect Road improvements project, but the newly proposed ballot would transfer these funds to the Prospect and Timberline and the Harmony and Shields intersections projects, totaling an estimated $18.9 million.

The Timberline project would expand the road to four lanes, and both projects would reconstruct the intersections and include, “enhanced crosswalks, medians with pedestrian refuge areas, handicap ramps, bike lanes, concrete pavement and new traffic signals,” according to The City of Fort Collins.

The Timberline and Prospect intersection received a “F” for service level, meaning people are often times forced to sit through three full light cycles before getting through an intersection.

“The Timberline (and) Prospect intersection is the most congested in the city,” said Transportation Services Director, Ron Phillips.

The Harmony and Shields intersection has the worst safety record in the city, resulting in 2.7 collisions for every million cars that go through, Phillips said.

A tour was held Wednesday, beginning at 215 N. Mason St. and running the length of the roads where the improvements would take place, to explain the plans for the newly proposed projects. Kurt Kastein, a city council member and a member of the Transportation Board, attended in support of the project.

“We’ve gone through a prioritization process, and these are the projects that really need the money,” Kastein said. “Frankly, bike lanes (that were to be the main improvement on Prospect) aren’t a high priority. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Marketing Analyst for Transportation Demand Management Sylvia Cranmer, emphasized the ballot would not propose a tax increase. If voters approved the proposal, money would be taken from two projects that are currently on hold.

The Highway 14 truck by-pass project is at a “stalemate” because an agreement cannot be reached on how the money can most efficiently be spent to divert truck traffic from Fort Collins, Phillips said.

The $1.4 million, which was allotted to the project, is being used to look at alternate strategies such as electronic signs on I-25 to encourage trucks to stay on the interstate to get to Laramie, Wyo.

The planned improvements for Prospect Road did not include funding for widening to four lanes which Phillips says is needed, so the new ballot would propose to put this project on hold and transfer the money to the new projects.

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For more information about Fort Collins traffic construction visit the Fort Collins Web site at www.fcgov.com.

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Jobs could be scarce for working students

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: James Baetke

College students often face tough expectations with the rise in tuition and the slowed economy by carefully balancing the weight of work and school. A higher-education report shows that nearly half of full-time working students work at least 25 hours a week.

A 2002 report by the state Public Interest Research Groups’ Higher Education Project concluded that 46 percent of full-time working students work at least 25 hours a week hurting their academic achievement. Furthermore, 63 percent of those students claim they could not attend college without working.

“Most students have to balance different aspects of life,” said Linda Kuk, vice president for Student Affairs, adding that students either work to help pay their tuition or for extra spending money.

Kuk said there is plenty of evidence to suggest that students who work and are continually active in extracurricular activities are better connected with campus and are generally more successful.

Junior Kristen Reed is a good example of a working student. Reed juggles her paid position as Associated Students of CSU’s director of leadership development while concentrating on 15 credits of classes.

She also is an advocate in the religious community and participates in Leadership Take-out, an organization that uses team building techniques and other facilitations for student organizations across campus.

“I really depend on my day planner. It really has my life in it,” Reed said, adding that her schedule is full of daily meetings, working out, school, and work.

A typical day for Reed begins at 6 a.m. when she wakes up and works out. In the office at ASCSU by 9 a.m., Reed is not home until around 8 p.m. each night after all is said and done with her daily routine.

For some students, balancing out the week between school, work and fun is a snap, but Reed said her daily grind sometimes affects her academic performance.

“(Work) does interfere with school to an extent, but my passion is working with the people,” Reed said, who has a job to partly pay for school and living expenses.

With the high numbers of students seeking jobs across Fort Collins and the CSU campus, job positions are sometimes scarce.

Assistant Director of Student Financial Services Janeen Sivon said last year 4,000 to 5,000 students were working on campus at an hourly rate not including work-study students.

“There is a interest in students trying to work and go to school,” Sivon said.

Students yearning for that extra cash can turn to RAMweb where a job search database can help students locate the perfect occupation. Sivon reports that last year there were about 1,900 positions posted on RAMweb and about 80 percent of them were filled, proving a demand evident for jobs.

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Pawning Away

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Cash-deficient students might want to consider pawning some items to make a few quick bucks.

Alexis Pratt, a senior sociology major, pawned diamond and sapphire earrings, a gift from her ex-boyfriend.

“I just didn’t want them anymore,” Pratt said. “They always give you a lot less than they’re worth. But my main goal was just to get them out of my possession, and then to make a few quick bucks on the side was a plus.”

While they have asked their parents for money in the past, both Kelly Mosby and Sarah Day said they would consider using a pawnshop.

“(I might pawn) a bike or something,” said Mosby, a senior political science student.

Day said she might pawn something, but had never really considered it.

“Jewelry maybe,” said Day, a freshman studying psychology. “I never really thought about it.”

Tessa Rowland, a pawnbroker at Pawn One in Fort Collins, said she recommends pawnshops as a way for students to get some extra money, though the clientele age varies.

“We see just as many students as we see people that are 50,” Rowland said.

The assistant manager at Courtesy Pawn, Talia Mata, said items range from electronics to jewelry to movies, including some Disney features.

Unusual things are accepted for cash as well.

“I’ve seen everything,” Rowland said. “Someone brought in several bottles of marbles.”

Though the items vary, there are some rules to using a pawnshop. To check for stolen items, police do visit the pawnshops once a week, Mata said.

“You must be 18 or older and the item has to belong to you,” Mata said. “You’ll get a fair amount and we’ll hold the item as collateral.”

The item will be held for 30 days at which time the client can return with enough money to buy their item back or they can pay the interest to keep the item in holding, Rowland said.

Depending on the amount that is due to the client, the shops generally give out cash.

“If there’s not enough in the drawer, we write them a check,” Mata said.

Pawnbrokers like to try and offer fair and competitive prices.

“We like to bargain our prices,” Mata said. “Not all prices are set in stone.”

Pawn One uses the Internet to find the current rate of items brought in to sell.

“We use eBay to base our pricing,” Rowland said.

For some clients the value they receive is not always what they might expect.

“I didn’t make much money,” said Jeremey Houlton, a junior liberal arts student.

Houlton said he received about $10 for a dual tape deck.

Pat Pollock, a sophomore studying finance and real estate, said he has been into a pawnshop but has never pawned one of his possessions.

“I’d never get myself into that situation where I’d have to sell something I own,” Pollock said. “It’s not worth it in the long run.”

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CSU Student Awarded Pi Kappa Phi’s National Student of the Year

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: Taylour Nelson

Pi Kappa Phi’s national student of the year was too busy with volunteering to even show up to accept his award this month.

When Chris Cole, a senior majoring in finance and accounting, was announced as winner of the award, he was touring the nation with Push America, an organization that serves people with disabilities. This is just one of the many organizations and activities in which Cole is involved.

On Aug. 20, Pi Kappa Phi announced the recipient of the Dr. Philip M. Summers Student of the Year award. This is the highest award given to an undergraduate member, said Eric Rinebold, director of communication for Pi Kappa Phi’s national headquarters.

“I was pretty surprised,” Cole said. “It’s really humbling.”

Cole was chosen among approximately 50 undergraduate members across the nation, Rinebold said.

“He is an example of what we want our undergraduates to be,” Rinebold said.

His fraternity brothers in Pi Kappa Phi were not surprised when they heard he won the award.

“Chris is awesome, he’s willing to do anything for anyone,” said Jacob Longwell, a junior psychology major and Cole’s roommate and brother in Pi Kappa Phi. “He’s everything a parent would strive for in a kid.”

Adam Timmons, a junior construction management major and Cole’s brother in Pi Kappa Phi, agrees.

“He takes on the qualities that guys see in a leader,” Timmons said.

Along with Push America this summer, Cole was the president of Pi Kappa Phi in 2002, the current vice president for CSU’s Inter-fraternity Council and a member of the Order of Omega, a Greek honors society. Cole also volunteers with special-needs swimming.

With all these activities consuming his time, Cole has still managed to maintain a 3.96 grade point average.

Cole, who plans to go to graduate school after he graduates from CSU this spring, gives credit to his fraternity for the award.

“I can’t take all the credit” Cole said. “I couldn’t have been awarded this without my chapter. The guys were really good. We had a lot of success.”

While Cole was as president of Pi Kappa Phi, the fraternity won CSU’s Fraternity of the Year award for 2002. They also won eight of the 12 awards given through Greek Life last semester, Cole said.

With all of his achievements, Cole maintains a social life and insists he is still like every other college student.

“I go out,” he said. “I like to drink beer like everybody else.”

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Two college deans to retire

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: Kyle Endres

Two deans with a combined 20 years experience at their current positions will retire from the university within the next year.

Allen Dyer, dean of the College of Natural Resources, will retire at the end of December and Nancy Hartley, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences, will retire next year.

“I had a great run here,” Dyer said. “(I’ve) sort of reached that point in my career where I want to try something else.”

Hartley could not be reached for comment before press time.

“They have both provided simply outstanding leadership for their colleges,” said Provost/Academic Vice President Peter Nicholls. “This has been a period when CSU has seen some turnover in senior leadership. They have helped to provide stability and academic leadership.”

Dyer became dean of the College of Natural Resources in 1992 and was also interim provost from spring 2001 to 2002. He said he plans to be in transitional retirement for two to three years and would like to come back to CSU to teach after that. He would like to spend more time with his family during the break.

“This university has been my life for a long time,” he said.

Hartley became dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences in 1994.

The retirement plans come during a year in which CSU has seen several campus leaders step down from their posts. Former President Albert C. Yates, General Counsel Brian Snow, Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway, CSU Police Department Chief Donn Hopkins and College of Liberal Arts Dean Robert Hoffert have all moved on to different pursuits in the past year.

Nicholls said that because Dyer’s retirement will occur halfway through the school year, the university will employ an interim dean to work through the spring semester. A permanent dean will then be hired after a national search is conducted, although it is possible the new dean could be hired from within the university.

“The important thing is you need to look at a national pool of candidates if you can to be sure you are getting the best available talent for consideration,” Nicholls said.

Nicholls said he would like to have a search committee formed and nationwide search started for Hartley’s replacement within a month.

“In a sense, it’s difficult for the university to see these very, very good people go,” he said. “They’ve served the university well and they have worked to help me in my adjustment to the university. So for me they’ve been very good friends and colleagues. I’m sorry to see them go.”

Box info

Dyer

Raised research expenditures from $10 million to $34 million annually

Created the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Institute, the Integrated

Resources Management Program and an interdisciplinary environmental studies open option degree

Enhanced facilities and college infrastructure with state-of-the-art computer and research

labs

Hartley

Increase in external awards by 109 percent over past five years

2003 top 10 ranking for vocational/technical education program by U.S. News and World

Report

Created professional development schools with Poudre School District

Source: CSU Media Relations

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Clear, Concise, Quick

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: Leigh Pogue

When it comes to finding a job after graduation, the best things to do are start early and gain experience, said Brett Beal, associate director of employment at the Career Center.

“The sooner you can get started on an internship the better,” Beal said. “It’s rarely too early.”

Beal said the first thing employers look for is experience.

Cathy Smith, director of certified employment at Poudre School District, echoes this opinion. For Smith, experience is the most important thing she takes into consideration when looking at applications.

References, activities and getting along with people are numbers two, three and four on the list.

“Anything that sets you apart from someone who just went through in four years will help,” Smith said.

To get started Beal suggests that students begin their freshman year by developing their skills and interests.

Determining a career path is a process, Beal said, that involves choosing two, three or four paths based on one’s values and interests and job availability.

Once they are a sophomore or a junior, students should start focusing on internships, and seniors should start looking for their first job in the fall.

Katie Getzelman, a senior graphic design major who just finished an internship with the Colorado Avalanche, started her first internship in the athletic department right after her sophomore year.

“It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Getzelman said. “I loved working there.”

Not only does Getzelman enjoy her internship, but it also helped her realize that graphic design in sports was what she wanted to do as a career.

For further help in choosing a career, Getzelman went to the Career Center.

“I don’t think a lot of students realize how helpful (the Career Center is),” Getzelman said. “They help me out with everything; what to say, what to ask.”

The Career Center offers a number of workshops to help students in all areas, including how to develop a resume and prepare for an interview.

“A resume needs to jump out,” Smith said, who sees 1,400 resumes a year. “I need to be sure I can get a feel for that person.”

Smith also stresses the importance of a strong interview.

“They need to come in to an interview ready to go with questions,” Smith said. “knowing they’re in there in there to compete and have a lot to offer.”

An interview is an opportunity for employers to see if someone has teamwork skills and strong communication, Beal said.

At the Career Center, located in Ammons Hall, students can make an appointment with a career counselor and receive help preparing for an interview.

To help students make the first connection and possibly get an interview the Career Center is holding a job fair Sept. 17 and 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

“It’s helpful to go and watch and see what’s going on,” Beal said. “You can begin to build your network and make connections with companies.”

Throughout the rest of the year, the Career Center will be holding panels and seminars to aid students in getting a job at graduation.

“Be sure you’re taking advantage of all the opportunities in front of you right now,” Smith said.

This might be a good info box if you want one. On the Web site there are a bunch of dates for workshops etc. http://www.career.colostate.edu/students/2003GuidetoFallFairs.pdf

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Rioting dumb move

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Aug 282003
 
Authors: Todd Nelson

The annual Rocky Mountain Showdown between CSU and the University of Colorado has produced some unforgettable moments on the field and some ugly moments off it.

A bill was passed by the Colorado State Legislature last year aimed at curbing out-of-control student behavior with stiff penalties for participating in riots.

The Riot Bill Act was passed in response to problems with students rioting in Colorado, sometimes in conjunction with sporting events. The bill outlines the punishment a student convicted for rioting will suffer.

According to the act, students convicted of rioting are immediately suspended from their current institution. They are also prohibited from attending any state-supported school in Colorado for 12 months.

“It’s embarrassing for the university when students riot,” said Bo Sexson, junior agriculture education major. Sexson said he would rather see CSU on Sportscenter for winning the game, not because some drunken students decided to riot.

The act defines rioting as urging or giving commands to a group of five or more people engaging in a current or impending riot. Arming rioters and engaging in a riot are also violations of this law.

Students just standing around watching riotous behavior can also be punished under the law.

“When the police come and give an order to disperse we expect students to disperse,” said Rita Davis, spokesperson for the Fort Collins Police Services. “Students are breaking the law if they don’t leave after being ordered to by police, even if they are just standing around watching.”

Davis advises students who find themselves at a party that is getting out of control to extricate themselves from the situation immediately. She said FCPS will be ready to respond to any problems that might accompany the result of Saturday’s game.

Kevin Daley, director of Student Legal Services, said he has not had any student charged under the Riot Act contact his office since the law went into effect. Daley urged any student convicted under the act to contact an attorney immediately. Student Legal Services are available to any full-time, fee-paying student at CSU.

“Students who riot are idiots who take the game way too seriously,” said Brett Jacobson, a junior animal sciences major. “It is possible to get drunk and watch the game and not act like a moron.”

Students heading to Denver should be aware that the Riot Bill Act extends to the entire state of Colorado. Those convicted for disturbances in Denver will face repercussions under the act.

After 1999’s CSU victory, police used tear-gas to disperse a crowd of celebrating CSU fans.

“The fact is, sometimes curiosity gets the better of us and in large crowds sometimes our judgment isn’t what it should be,” said Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police Department.

Chaffee said the best advice he can give is to stay away from situations that are getting out of hand.

“Be careful,” Chaffee said. “Around alcohol, it’s a key issue in people being entangled in the legal system, and more importantly, you could put yourself in danger. What I mean by that is it’s hard to take care of yourself, no matter where you are, when you’re intoxicated.”

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Rock ‘n Roll Sins

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Aug 272003
 
Authors: Someone

Rock stars assume they can get away with anything, including murder. And the simple fact is they can. But regardless of their status, there are still cardinal sins that can send even the most prestigious icon to the bottom of the barrel. They are:

Leather pants- Wearing skin-tight leather pants is a sure sign that an artist’s career in the top 10 is numbered. No one wants to see a star’s junk through the constrictive fit of leather! It is an unnecessary display that we should all be spared from. It doesn’t matter how popular the person, or how long they have been around, if they make this nauseating fashion statement, the odds are they will soon be liked no more than a raging STD case. Look at Creed. For a while critics raved of their talent. Then singer, Scott Stapp decided to show the world that he liked sporting nasty black leather pants. Now Creed is listed in Blender Magazine’s top 50 worst bands of all time. This is hardly a coincidence. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Obviously this being that women rock stars can certainly slip into a pair. In fact, Beyonce’s leather pants are a personal mecca of mine and I hope to one day make that pilgrimage.

Style infidelity- A musician’s style slowly evolves through time. It is expected. But pulling a 180 overnight is unheard of. Folk singer Jewell is a classic example of such a sin. In her new album she dropped her guitar and delivered digital hip-hop beats and clich/ lyrics that was not at all similar to her previous material. The record sounded about as good as Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s face looks. Where does she get off betraying her loyal audience? Imagine if Lil’ Kim actually put on her clothes and released a disc full of choir songs. The masses would not like it. Kim knows that and thus she continues to give us what we originally liked her for: magic sticks, sin and skin. Not even miss-reinvent-myself-Madonna would change as drastically as Jewell did. What a sell out!

High priced short albums- I refuse to buy any CD fewer than 30 minutes long that costs the same as a full length. The Beatles recorded two full length albums every single year for years and bands today think they can release a record every 20 months with only nine tracks and expect people to purchase a copy. Artists like that deserve to get their music pirated.

Substance free- Straight-edge musicians give rock stars a bad name. Assuming that you thought they were cool in the first place, would you still think highly of Linkin Park if you knew that their backstage is smoke free, alcohol free and guest free-family members only? I don’t think so. That is because rock stars must follow the rock star mission statement: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. But not all performers are subject to ridicule for committing this rock’n’roll sin. No one expects sweetheart Celine Dion or Jennifer Love Hewitt to have such vices. But you would be surprised. How do you think they stay so skinny?

Other rock star sins include: high priced concert tickets, self made pyrotechnics that turn disastrous i.e. the Great White Rhode Island nightclub fire and lip sinking, but we forgive Britney.

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Rancid: Indestructible

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Aug 272003
 
Authors: John Holland Assistant music director

After three years of touring and writing since their “return to the roots” self-titled album, Rancid has come back with a new disc that reflects their attitudes on everything that has changed in punk rock and the world. They haven’t taken a new direction or done any experimenting. It’s another straight-up Rancid record. The music is hard, the lyrics are surprisingly soft and it all blends together to make a decent album. Rancid has enjoyed their success as one of the top punk bands in the world for a decade now and if they keep making solid albums like this, they may in fact be indestructible.

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