Students of Color Retreat

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Sep 302003
 
Authors: Kyle Endres

Today is the final day to turn in applications for the fifth

annual Students of Color Retreat, which will be Oct. 18 in the

Durrell Center.

The retreat is designed, in part, to allow students the

opportunity to discuss issues that affect students of color and

help them realize that there are people out there dealing with the

same issues, said the retreat’s organizers.

“I think that it’s really important when you’re in a

predominantly white campus like this that you have an outlet for

students of color to feel safe and come together and learn about

one another and help bridge those gaps,” said Annalyn Cruz, lead

coordinator for the retreat and a graduate student in student

affairs in higher education.

As of Tuesday, the retreat had received about 80 student

applications and about 18 faculty members and administrators are

attending the retreat. Fort Collins Mayor Ray Martinez will also be

there.

“This is a great chance for (students of color) to network and

know that there is faculty and administrators who they can identify

with and relate to,” said Glenn DeGuzman, assistant director for

Campus Activities. “It really does provide an opportunity to get

out what you’re thinking and what you’re feeling.”

DeGuzman said two main aspects of this year’s retreat include

understanding affirmative action and working on collaboration

between various ethnic groups.

Nathan Castillo, a senior psychology major, attended the retreat

two years ago and was a student coordinator for it last year.

“What I get out of the retreat is that you’re not alone, that

other people do have the same experiences and viewpoints that you

have,” said Castillo, who will be a student coordinator for this

year’s retreat as well.

People who are interested in applying for the retreat can

contact Cruz through the Campus Activities Leadership and Diversity

Programs office at 491-0970. Students of any ethnicity are welcome

to apply.

 

 

 

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The Dangers of Second-hand Smoke

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Sep 302003
 
Authors: Christiana Nelson

Karen Johnson, a junior sociology major, is a non-smoker who

says she may not know all of the statistics, but she has

experienced second-hand smoke exposure.

“It makes me nervous to go out in public and constantly be

around people who are smoking,” Johnson said. “I believe that it

affects everyone even though that is not the intention of the

smoker.”

Mayor Ray Martinez agreed that second-hand smoke has many

negative health effects and said that the new ordinance was a

direct result of health concerns.

“When people are in public they shouldn’t have to be exposed to

smoke,” Martinez said. “You represent the community and try to act

in the best interest of their health and safety – they are not

always compatible, but in this interest there was a lot of medical

research that showed second-hand smoke to be a hazard.”

Although second-hand smoke can be harmful to anyone, children

are especially susceptible to the effects of second-hand smoke. An

estimated 280 children die from second-hand smoke-induced lower

respiratory tract illnesses each year, according to the CTEPA.

“Smoking in front of a child is abuse,” said Dr. William A.

Lanting, a partner at the Northern Colorado Allergy and Asthma

Clinic. “If the child has asthma it makes it even worse.”

Smoker Ben Snyder, a graduate civil engineering student, agreed

the public smoking ban will have positive effects.

“I think it’s great. It will be nice to come home from the bars

and not reek of cigarette smoke,” Snyder said.

Cindy Weindling, the executive vice president for the Colorado

Restaurant Association, said the negative side of the ordinance has

nothing to do with smoke exposure.

“We’re not in support of smoking or not smoking, but we believe

that it is the right of business owners to make decisions about

what goes on in their business,” Weindling said.

Yet, Chris Devault, a senior economics major and the student

coordinator in charge of CSU’s tobacco grant for tobacco use

prevention programs, provided by tobacco industry settlements, said

that one of the main reasons for implementing the ordinance is many

restaurant and bar employees do not have an alternative to

second-hand smoke exposure.

“The bars will be more enjoyable and safer to work in,” Devault

said. “Any exposure is damaging, but if you are on an 8-hour shift

and exposed to second-hand smoke, you’re smoking the equivalent of

one and a half to two packs of cigarettes.”

Health and safety concerns led Heather Bisetti, the owner of

Bisetti’s Italian Restaurant, to create a smoke-free dining

atmosphere about 10 years ago. The change did not impact

business.

“There were some regulars who smoked that I don’t think

returned, but I think they were replaced with people who didn’t

want to be around smoke,” Bisetti said.

In addition to health benefits, Devault believes that the new

ordinance may provide an opportunity to reduce the number of future

smokers.

“Most people that smoke at bars are casual smokers,” Devault

said. “(The ordinance) will reduce exposure and less and less

people will be introduced to smoking.”

CSU’s Nelson believes that the ordinance is necessary and will

provide a positive change for Fort Collins.

“I enjoy going to places that are smoke-free,” Nelson said.

“Smoking is hurting the rights of people who don’t smoke and it is

affecting people’s health. That’s the bottom line.”

 

 

 

 

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CSU receives $22 million for research facility

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Sep 302003
 
Authors: Jesse McLain

Whether it is a national disease outbreak or a terrorist attack,

a $22.1 million grant for a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory will

advance CSU research into more national importance than ever.

The new research facility was funded by a grant awarded to CSU

from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a

division of the National Institute of Health.

The grant will allow for further research on all steps of

progression in diseases from tuberculosis to West Nile virus.

“Basic research on the biological aspects could lead to new

diagnostic tests and new drugs,” said Anthony Frank, vice president

of Research and Information Technology.

The NIAID announced funding for nine facilities across the

nation on Tuesday.

“These awards to build high-level biosafety facilities are a

major step toward being able to provide Americans with effective

therapies, vaccines and diagnostics for diseases caused by agents

of bioterror as well as for naturally occurring emerging infections

such as SARS and West Nile virus,” said Tommy Thompson, health and

human services secretary, on an NIAID news release.

The grant is the culmination of a rigorously competitive process

that will now fund the $22.1 million lab.

“It is a really competitive process,” Frank said. “We succeeded

because of two factors; we’re adding on to an existing facility and

we already have a world-class faculty.”

According to a news release, the new facility will work in

conjunction with the existing Rocky Mountain Institute for

Biosecurity Research, a research facility at CSU that combines

its efforts with those of eight other land grant universities

across the country.

Other competitive research facilities may also be more likely to

collaborate with ongoing CSU research because of this new center,

said RMIBR Director Hank Gardner in a news release.

“The new lab will help Colorado State recruit top scientists and

increase collaborative work with researchers throughout the

region,” Gardner said.

Tom Milligan, spokesman for the university, said every student

on CSU campus will benefit from this grant and the new facility,

since it improves CSU’s reputation as a whole.

“This will really increase the value of a degree from CSU,”

Milligan said. “It firmly cements CSU as one of the top

universities in infectious disease research.”

 

 

 

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Couldn’t have happened to a better man

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Sep 292003
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

It’s spring 2002. The Arizona sun glistens on the freshly cut

grass of Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz. A warm breeze whips

through the field as nary a cloud can be seen on the horizon of

what promises to be another beautiful March day in the land of the

sun.

While taking in nature’s beauty, Colorado Rockies players

stretch out on the field getting ready for the day’s exhibition

match against the Chicago White Sox.

As with every spring, hopes and expectations run high for the

ballclub and serving as a testament of those hopes is the mass of

fans surrounding the Rockies clubhouse waiting to catch a glimpse,

and perhaps a signature, of their favorite Rockie.

Amid pleas of “Mr. Walker will you sign my ball,” or “Mr.

Hampton could you sign my hat,” the players stroll by, ignoring the

pleas as if they were a backdoor slider.

Then comes the hero, the hardest working of the bunch, the man

who runs out to the field at the break of dawn to field balls and

doesn’t return until late in the afternoon when he finishes bunting

practice; then comes Juan Pierre.

Wearing his baggy pinstripes and a cap two sizes too big, he

strolls over looking more like a ball boy or a coach’s son than a

starting centerfielder.

Grabbing the first ball he sees, he sighs with effortless

glee.

He catches up with those who care to chat and makes sure he

signs every article from every little hand that appears through the

bars that block the entrance to the clubhouse.

It’s an easy task, but a monotonous one as well – signing the

ball, bat, hat, card of every man, woman and child that appears.

When knowledge that someone is signing flows to the other fans in

the rafters, the crowd in front of the clubhouse grows larger.

First 25 fans, then 35, then 50, soon everyone wants a piece –

if not just for memory then for a collection – of the speedy,

light-hitting leadoff man of the Rockies.

But Pierre does not relent, does not shrug off the late-comers;

he signs away as if he were aloof to the endlessly growing number

of fans flowing his way with memorabilia in hand.

Finally, some 45 minutes after his initial arrival, the

26-year-old, Alabama native looks over the group and asks, as would

a waiter in a restaurant: “Has everyone been taken care of?”

With a positive response from the multitude, Pierre grabs his

bat and glove and heads into the clubhouse.

The Rockies no longer have the pleasure of seeing the work ethic

of Pierre on a daily basis, neither do fans of the Rockies have the

pleasure of seeing the 2003 Major League stolen-base leader patrol

centerfield in Coors Field 81 games of the year.

Traded prior to this season, Pierre now roams the spacious

centerfield at Pro Player Stadium with the Florida Marlins,

entertaining the sparse thousands that take in games there.

Hustling with every play as only he can, patrolling center with

the enthusiasm of a little-leaguer, hitting .305 with 204 hits,

stealing 65 bases and scoring runs with reckless abandon, Pierre

has helped lead the surprising Marlins back to the postseason.

The team may not get far, and may never again reach such

heights, but for one year, at least, Pierre will taste the

postseason atmosphere, play in a game that counts more than any

other, and say all his hard work led him to the ultimate level of

sport.

It couldn’t have happened to a greater athlete or a better

man…Go get ’em Jaun!

 

 

 

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Tennis in good form in fall

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Sep 292003
 
Authors: Rob Bombard

The Colorado State women’s tennis team finished strong at this

weekend’s BYU invitational after stellar individual performances by

freshman Emily Kirchem and sophomore transfer Jasmin Singh.

With Dasha Zuhrin sitting out the tournament, the Rams lost

their number one singles player and some much needed

leadership.

But the team stepped up to the challenge and went into the

tournament with a shortened roster.

“It was tough without Zuhrin, but the girls really played hard

and everybody stepped it up a notch in competition. I think we had

a real good showing from our players,” said head coach Jon

Messick.

The Rams had their work cut out for them in Provo, Utah,facing a

bevy of talented teams all at full strength.

Top performers included Singh, who won her division and Kirchem

who was moved up to the number one singles division to fill in for

Zuhrin and finished in third place.

“We were very impressed with the way Emily played this weekend,”

Messick said. “For a first semester freshman to come into this

weekend and play at the number one spot and finish third overall is

incredible, especially considering the competition she faced were

all regionally ranked opponents.”

Freshman Charity Malone also had an impressive showing for the

Rams finishing third in the number three division singles bracket

after losing a close three-set match to Washington State’s Nora

Gaal.

The team has three weeks to prepare for their next tournament

when they’ll play in the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, on

Oct. 17 to 19.

“There are still some things we need to work on before the Drake

tournament,” Messick said. “Our doubles lineups are still something

we need to figure out and with a little more time I think we should

have a pretty good feel as to what the pairings will be come

springtime.”

“Overall, our team played well against some pretty talented

competition and things seem to be coming along well for our

players,” Messick continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To the Editor:

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Sep 292003
 
Authors:

I would like to thank the event staff, CSU athletic department

and local police for “babysitting” my friends and I while we

tailgated on Saturday.

I arrived at 12:20 p.m. with all my gear and friends only to be

told that we couldn’t tailgate until 1:30. This didn’t stop us from

putting our flag up, setting up our entertainment center and

opening a few beers. I am ashamed that our athletics program thinks

it is one top program in the nation, yet limits tailgating to three

hours.

And it didn’t stop there. We were told by cops inside: “Your

tailgate party is too big, we will have to shut you down… is that

a beer bong? Put that away or it is ours.” “Its time to go in (45

minutes before game), break up the party.”

This is all ridiculous. How can we be too big, it’s one giant

party in a parking lot? What a scam to get you to buy tailgate

spots. I obviously have beer, I’m obviously going to drink it, why

does it matter if it is fairly fast out of the can or very fast out

of a little old beer bong.

I am a senior who has spent hundreds of dollars on supporting my

school and devoted myself to going to every game. Let’s show we are

a top program and quit babysitting the students who will do it

anyway. Other schools have tailgaters show up three days early. I

don’t expect that, but four or five hours shouldn’t be too

hard.

Matt Beckmann

Senior, mechanical engineering

 

 

 

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To the Editor:

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Sep 292003
 
Authors:

This letter is in response to Jon Ackerman’s opinion article,

“Fan 101: Introduction to being a CSU Ram,” (Sept. 26). Good

work!

In spite of the fact that CSU lost its second straight home game

and has fallen to 2-3 for the season, it’s still necessary to

observe proper fan etiquette and be educated while in the

stands!

What I’m talking about is the keys issue. For four years now,

I’ve stood in the stands and listened to the uneducated shake their

keys after the opposing team has scored and is kicking off. It has

infuriated me to no end and I’ve lost my voice on more then one

occasion by yelling at the people around me to put their keys away

after an opponent scores. What are we trying to do… tell

ourselves to go home or pump up the opposing team’s kicker? We just

got scored on!

I think that Ackerman’s article helped in the effort to educate

the Ram fans this past Saturday because it seemed that there were

considerably less out-of-pocket keys after Utah scored. Maybe this

was because people were less enthused for a game that was rapidly

sending the Rams toward a losing record, but I’d like to think that

we’ve finally gotten through to the many who don’t understand how

to act while at CSU home games.

So for those students who still choose to take your keys out

during opponent kickoffs, please listen to the educated fans around

you as they’re desperately trying to help you in becoming an

educated Ram fan!

Carter Sealing

Senior, Finance and Real Estate

 

 

 

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To the Editor:

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Sep 292003
 
Authors:

Monica Owens” piece ‘We still need to fight,’ is, like so much

‘Bushspeak,’ at odds with reality.

Owens says the Taliban ‘brutally repressed’ their own people. In

fact, the United States gave the Taliban billions of dollars and

CIA help throughout the 1980s, effectively bringing them to

power.

Owens says Saddam Hussein engaged in atrocities against his own

people.

She fails to mention that he did so with our support and

approval. Saddam was a longtime ‘friend’ of the United States when

he engaged in his worst atrocities.

The United States hardly ‘liberated’ Iraq. It invaded, after

millions of people around the world took to the streets against us,

demanding the United States adhere to the most basic tenants of

international law. U.S. troops in Iraq constitute an occupying

invader, as witnessed by the continuing violence against U.S.

troops.

‘Bushspeak’ claims Iraq had weapons of mass destruction they

were about to use on our allies and us. The fact that former

weapons inspectors like Scott Ritter showed Iraq could not possibly

have those weapons did not deter Bush”s invasion. Neither did the

fact that the rest of the world believed none of it, or the fact

that Saddam submitted to inspection demands. We now know Bush”s

claims were a complete and deliberate lie.

Owens” title reads ‘We still need to fight.’ Surely we don”t

need to kill more innocent civilians in Afghanistan or Iraq. Bush

has done quite enough already. Instead, let”s fight to remove the

most corrupt and criminal administration in U.S. history.

Eric Levine

Fort Collins resident

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Double punishment

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Sep 292003
 
Authors: Christopher J. Ortiz

If you want to see a model example of government cooperation, I

wouldn”t suggest the FBI or the CIA; rather, take a look at how the

city of Fort Collins and CSU share information.

Students possibly face double disciplinary actions, from the

university and from the city of Fort Collins, for crimes they may

commit, e.g. noise violations or drug possession.

Under the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy, under

Students” Responsibilities, the policy reads:

The following actions are prohibited:

’11. Violation of any federal or state law or local ordinance

including but not limited to those covering alcoholic beverages,

narcotics and illegal drugs, gambling, arson, sex offenses,

assaults, harassment, violation of civil rights, disorderly

conduct, or lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression.’

The section also preaches to students that as members of the

university community, students have an obligation to the community

and to the preservation of the academic process. As citizens,

students have the responsibility to know and obey the laws of the

United States, Colorado and local governments.

Hidden in this mumbo jumbo is, in my opinion, a direct violation

of students” civil rights as private citizens.

If you take the time to read the Student Rights and

Responsibilities, there is a clause titled: Students Participating

in Activities Off Campus. It reads:

‘Students participating in activities off campus are expected to

adhere to the high standards as defined by the University

Discipline Policy. As citizens of the local community, the State of

Colorado, and the United States, it is expected that the laws will

be obeyed and that each student will be a productive and good

citizen within the greater community.

‘If students are charged with serious crimes for incidents which

take place off campus, the Director of Judicial Affairs may choose

to initiate University disciplinary proceedings against them. Of

particular concern are those charges that indicate the student may

be a danger to himself/herself or others. Examples of these charges

include violence, drug selling, sexual assault, major theft,

etc.

‘In general, students who engage in behavior off campus that

could damage the reputation of Colorado State University or the

institutions relationship with the greater community may be subject

to disciplinary action.’

I understand that as students become a bigger population in Fort

Collins, there is a concern from Fort Collins residents about

disorderly conduct from students, but why are students the only

scapegoats?

I, like many other students, live here year-round. I pay taxes

here, I spend money here and I vote here; I should be treated like

any other resident when I break the law.

Students are not the only demographic who commit crimes and

almost every student is a legal adult, so why is the city playing

tattletale?

I understand that the university wants to maintain a certain

reputation and relationship with the city, but that doesn”t justify

the power they have to punish a student for a crime he/she

committed as a private citizen off campus.

Students should be outraged that they can be punished twice for

crimes they commit.

Another example of how students are treated unfairly in this

state is the riot bill signed by Gov. Bill Owens in 2002 that

states students in all state-supported institutions convicted of

inciting a riot would be suspended from the institution for at

least one full year.

Students become private citizens when they step off campus

unless they are participating in university-sponsored functions.

What a student does in his or her time off university property is

of no concern of CSU.

When a student is reported to the university from the city, he

or she goes in front of the University Discipline Panel which is

comprised of faculty members and students.

And when the panel meets to discuss the crime you committed, the

administrative hearing is closed at all times. At least the city

adheres to the Sixth Amendment when it comes to convicting

someone.

Students are being treated unjustly and unfairly on the sole

argument that they decided to attend a state-funded institution.

And that is because students have next to no representation at city

council or at the state capitol. Elected city and school officials

can push these kinds of legislations over students because students

do not care enough or are not organized. Pay attention and speak

against these gross infringements of civil rights.

If the university wants to uphold a certain image, then it

should work with the city to have all unlawful actions by a student

be taken up by the university or it should simply stay out of our

personal business.

 

 

 

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Applied Human Sciences loses $1.1 million

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Sep 292003
 
Authors: Todd Nelson

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series

examining budget cuts on each of the university’s eight colleges.

Next Tuesday The Collegian will look at the College of

Engineering.

CSU’s College of Applied Human Sciences suffered an

approximately $1.1 million cut to its budget this year, said the

college’s dean.

As a direct result of the budget cuts, the college lost seven

faculty positions and three administrative positions, said Dean

Nancy Hartley.

Total state funding to CSU fell 27 percent, or $34.2 million,

because of the state’s revenue problems associated with a slow

economy.

“It’s going to mean larger section sizes and more adjunct

teaching. With funding down and enrollment up, there’s no way to

avoid it,” Hartley said.

The College of Applied Human Sciences consists of nine

departments: consumer and family studies, design and merchandising,

food science and human nutrition, health and exercise science,

human development and family studies, manufacturing technology and

construction management, occupational therapy, education school and

social work. The College of Applied Human Sciences has 3,741

undergraduates and more than 800 graduate students, a 4.6 percent

increase from last year.

Clif Barber, the head of the human development and family

studies department, said that the hardest thing for him was telling

a good friend and colleague Dale Mazzoni that he would be laid off

next year.

“It made me sick. I couldn’t sleep for two nights. It’s one of

the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Barber said. Although

Mazzoni won’t be working for CSU next year, he is a part-time

assistant professor in the department now. Barber said two

secretaries were also laid off in the department.

“It’s like a family, and we are a family around here in tough

times. You find ways to get leaner and cut costs,” Barber said. He

pointed to limits on paper, long-distance phone calls and other

items as ways his department had become leaner. “It’s not pleasant,

but we’ll deal with this.”

Barber said he was not concerned that the quality of education

at CSU would slip immediately because of budget cuts. He said that

if the university experienced problems it would be several years in

the future.

“The erosion of quality of faculty five to 10 years down the

line is what I worry about,” Barber said. “If we can’t attract and

maintain quality faculty because other institutions are offering

them more then, yes, the quality of education here will

suffer.”

The university put a freeze on faculty pay raises for this year,

according to a university news release.

“Morale of our faculty is high. Quite a few of our faculty have

been through this before at other institutions,” said Richard

Israel, department head for health and exercise science. “Any time

you face a challenge you have to do the best you can.”

Israel said his department, with over 700 students, was already

accustomed to dealing with large classes.

Larry Grosse, head of the manufacturing technology and

construction management department, said his department would

combine larger lecture classes with small labs to continue to

provide students with personal “hands-on” education.

“One of the issues is that we know that the state is not going

to give the money it has in the past,” said Larry Grosse.

He said that it was his job as department head to find other

sources of funding.

Grosse pointed to his department’s partnership with industry as

one way to achieve goals on a limited budget. He said that this

summer’s renovation of Guggenheim Hall was a good example. Several

construction companies, including G.E. Johnson, donated labor,

materials and lines of credit to complete work on the hall.

“Our profession is a can-do profession,” Grosse said, referring

to the construction industry. “We look at a problem and find a way

to solve it.”

Grosse said he planned a similar project this summer with

industry partner Gerald H. Phipps, Inc., a construction company. To

accommodate the larger classes that budget cuts have forced on the

construction management department, several small classrooms in

Guggenheim Hall will be made into a lecture hall. The company will

cover all the costs and provide all the labor.

Morgan Cate, a sophomore construction management major, said

larger classes did not bother him.

“Half the kids don’t show up to class anyway,” Cate said. “The

only time that classes are really full is on the first day and on

test days.”

 

 

 

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