Christian Hellhouse

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Oct 302003
Authors: Nicole Davis

Flames flicker on a screen over the stage and the crackling and

popping of fire is heard over the speakers. Suddenly, pain-wrenched

screams of horror begin to echo eerily around the room.

This scene, from the play “Hell House,” is designed to put

viewers in the lap of hell. To give them a taste of what is

awaiting them if they turn away from God.

Other scenes depict a gay marriage, a rave, a teen suicide and

the effects of an abortion.

For the eighth year in a row, “Hell House,” is being presented

in Colorado in an effort to reach young audiences with the word of


The event, which in previous years was a tour of small skits, is

sponsored jointly by two Colorado Christian churches, Destiny

Church and Vision Fellowship. This year, due to space constraints,

the format was changed and “Hell House” is now presented as a

90-minute play.

“‘Hell House’ allows us to communicate the message of the gospel

in a really creative way,” said Keenan Roberts, pastor of Destiny

Church and founder of “Hell House.” “We can speak to some very

contemporary issues. This gives us an effective vehicle to do what

the church is supposed to do – give people an idea of the

difference between life and death, heaven and hell.”

As he spoke Roberts adjusted the ghoul mask that covered his

face. The play is narrated by two of Satan’s underlings in ghoul

costumes, one of who is played by Roberts.

These ghouls follow the different characters throughout each

scene, commenting on the naivet� and egotism of the humans

who they are watching.

They laugh gleefully and make encouraging comments as a young

man contemplates and then commits suicide. They make jokes while

they watch a young man twitch and convulse on the ground after

taking drugs at a rave.

The two ghouls provide a running commentary about the choices

that human beings make that lead them away from God, saying that

desire creates sin and sin leads to hell.

The creators of “Hell House” have received a large amount of

criticism for their work over the years and eight years later are

still subject to protesters. However, Roberts said he still

believes this is an effective way to relay his religious


“The message is what is sacred, not the method,” he said. “The

church today needs to be more progressive, and look for what works


In the eight years that “Hell House” has been running, Roberts

said that more than 45,000 people have come to see it, a large

number of them youth.

Josh Miller, a youth volunteer at The Cross Ministry, attended

the presentation with the youth group he works with.

“We wanted them to see the differing opinions that are out

there,” Miller said. “(‘Hell House’) has a shock value that wears

off quickly, but today’s youth need so much stimulation that this

is one way to reach them.”

Roberts said that reaching people is his main goal with Hell


“Through “Hell House” I can reach the world with what the Bible

has to say,” he said. “People come here that don’t go to


And Roberts reported that about one in four people who view

“Hell House” either make a first-time commitment or a recommitment

to Christianity, as indicated through a survey filled out at the

end of the presentation.

Those involved with “Hell House” are proud of their work and

brush off comments that the message they present is hateful, too

graphic or a cheap scare tactic.

“We just show what is out there,” said Josh Purcelli, who played

the character of Sin in the play and has been with the program for

six years. “We don’t candy-coat things. These things really


One particularly controversial scene is that of a gay wedding,

which depicts the wedding, consummation and eventual death of a gay


“So many people are hateful in the way that they talk about

homosexuality that we are almost guilty by association,” Roberts

said. “They don’t like what I am saying so it is automatically

hateful. Just because I don’t bend to the pressure and give in to

our critics that doesn’t mean that this is judgmental or


The play ends after going through scene after scene of the

sinful things people do, the finale is a scene of heaven in which

Jesus tells everyone in the audience that there is still hope for



“Hell House” is showing this weekend at Vision Fellowship church

located in Thornton at 9171 N. Washington. Shows run all day this

Friday and Saturday. Check out www. for more





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Rams face Wyoming for 95th time

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Oct 302003
Authors: Joelle Milholm

The Rams return to action this week in another Mountain West

Conference showdown as they travel to Wyoming to face the Cowboys

in the 95th annual Border War.

The Rams (5-3, 2-1 MWC) enter the game as one of four teams with

one loss in the conference, sitting behind Utah and Air Force and

tied with New Mexico. Wyoming (3-5, 1-2 MWC) beat BYU earlier this

season and had two close losses, with the margin of defeat being

six points or less against both San Diego State and Air Force.

“Everyone is confident enough and our offense is ready to go out

and play football for four quarters,” senior quarterback Bradlee

Van Pelt said. “We do have a more physical team, but Wyoming is

good and they have some good players.”

CSU has a four-game winning streak against the Cowboys and has

not lost in Laramie since 1991. Wyoming put up a fight last year

after coming out first to score and barely lost to the Rams 44-36.

Wyoming’s record may not be as strong as CSU’s, but the Rams know

they cannot afford to look past the Cowboys.

“Every time we play Wyoming it is a good game,” said senior

defensive back and return man Dexter Wynn. “I believe it is a huge

rivalry. There is not much recognition for this game, but we

realize what a big rivalry it is.”

The Cowboys are lead by senior quarterback Casey Bramlet, who

has thrown for 2055 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games. He is

the current passing-yards leader in the MWC, ahead of Van Pelt by

85 yards. Bramlet will be a challenge for the Rams defense, but

they believe they are prepared.

“We are confident right now,” senior safety Benny Mastropaolo

said. “We respect him but our game plan is sound and we are ready

to go. We’ve had five good practices and we are back in the


Bramlet’s go-to man this season is sophomore wide receiver Jovon

Bouknight, who averages 16.8 yards per reception for a total of 571

yards and six touchdowns. Wyoming’s aerial attack, averaging 256.9

a game, towers over its ground game in which senior running back

Derek Armah averages 69.25 yards a game.

“Our secondary has been playing a lot better,” head coach Sonny

Lubick said in a news release. “It will still be important to put

pressure on the quarterback and make him throw on time.”

The Rams have been successful in limiting opposing quarterbacks’

time in the pocket, dealing out 18 sacks this season to match the

season total from last year.

On the other side of the ball, Wyoming will have its hands full

trying to stop the dynamic duo of Van Pelt and sophomore receiver

David Anderson. Van Pelt averages 309.5 yards a game in total

offense and is fourth in the nation with a 168.1 quarterback

rating. Anderson is currently third in the country with 908

receiving yards.

Junior Marcus Houston leads the running attack and has scored

seven touchdowns in his last three games. Houston averages 68.8

yards a game followed by Van Pelt with 63.2 and senior running back

Rahsaan Sanders with 33.7 yards a game.


Cowboy Casey Bramlet has already thrown for more than 2,000

yards and is the main force behind Wyoming’s offense. He has a

strong arm but has also thrown seven interceptions. His lack of

mobility and a weak offensive line has led to 30 sacks. Van Pelt is

about even with Bramlet in passing yards per game with 246.2 and

eight interceptions, but the extra 63.2 he gains on the ground

gives him the upper hand. The Rams’ strong offensive line has

limited opponents to eight sacks on CSU quarterbacks this


Advantage: Rams

Running Backs:

Wyoming’s Derek Armah is the man in the Cowboys’ backfield,

averaging 69.3 yards a game and 4.3 yards per carry. Houston is

very similar to Armah, averaging 68.8 yards a game and 4 yards per

carry. Houston has eight touchdowns compared to Armah’s three, and

combined with the ground game of Van Pelt gives the Rams the


Advantage: Rams


Wyoming has three receivers with more than 500 yards receiving

with Jovon Bouknight with 571, Malcom Floyd with 535 and Ryan

McGuffey with 502. They have proven reliable targets for Bramlet.

David Anderson is arguably one of the top receivers in the nation

with 908 yards and shares the field with Chris Pittman, who has 545

yards. Wyoming may have more receivers with more yards, but no one

can stop Anderson.

Advantage: Rams


Wyoming is last in the conference, giving up an average of 429.5

yards a game compared to 358.9 yards by the Rams. Wyoming is also

last in rush defense, giving up more than 200 yards a game. The

Rams come off a game in which the defense forced three turnovers.

They are fourth in conference, yielding 215.2 passing yards a


Advantage: Rams

Special Teams:

Jeff Babcock averages 41.8 yards per punt and Wyoming’s Luke

Donovan averages 42.3 yards. Dexter Wynn has 14.5 yards on punt

returns and Cowboy Josh Barge averages 12.2. Wyoming’s kick return

man, Bouknight, averages 26.9 yards per return and Wynn averages


Advantage: Even




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CSU-Wyoming reveals more revelry than rivalry

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Oct 302003
Authors: Jon Ackerman

College football rivalries like tradition.

That’s why schools schedule games at neutral sites, host

pre-game parades and/or award some memento to the victor.

For example, CSU lost the Centennial Cup to CU this year, but

won the Ram-Falcon trophy by beating Air Force.

On Saturday, winner of the CSU-Wyoming game gets the Bronze


All these trophies mean something. All teams involved want

possession of the prize. But there’s a difference between the first

two pieces of hardware CSU vies for and that last one.

They’re actually a challenge to obtain.

Anyone will tell you this game, the Border War, is a rivalry.

It’s one of the longest series in the history of college football.

It gets alumni from both schools to show up. And both teams have a

general hate for one another.

But it lacks competitiveness. It lacks intrigue. It lacks two

football teams.

I think it’s precious, though, how those scrubs in Wyoming still

point to this game saying a win would make their season. There used

to be a time when we thought that about them. A long-time CSU fan I

once met told me he was around when Wyoming was on the same

pedestal as CU and BYU.

Boy, have they since been bronze-booted off that perch! The

Wyoming football team is as tough as Jello. And so is just about

any other athletic program at this school that sports the same

colors as bodily waste.

The athletic pride of UW has long been men’s basketball. Last

year, CSU lost both regular-season games to Wyoming by two points

each. But then the teams squared off in the first round of the

Mountain West Conference Tournament, with UW the 3-seed and CSU No.


Guess who won that game, went on to take the whole tourney and

give the Dukies a hell of a game in the Big Dance? I’ll just say

the Rammies are now the preseason No. 3 and Wyoming is at No.


If we take over this heated rivalry like we have the football

one, you might as well name that school CSU-Laramie, cause we’d own


Like CSU owns UW in women’s basketball, taking five of the last

six games they’ve played. Last season, after splitting the

regular-season series, CSU tossed aside the Cowgirls in

back-to-back postseason tournaments. First, the Rams eliminated UW

from the MWC Tournament, and then ousted the Pokes from the Women’s


In volleyball, the Cowgirls barely mustered a fight against CSU

earlier this year. In UW’s defense, though, that Rams team owns

everyone right now.

But we also top UW in the men’s and women’s versions of golf,

cross country and track.

You want more? I could go all day, but to save time and some

Wyoming face, I’ll stop here.

Point is, when you claim someone’s your rival, show a little

respect and show up. That’s why CU now considers CSU a rival in

football. After getting it handed to us for so long, we finally

started showing up and making things interesting.

We know you want to be like us, Wyoming. Two of your biggest

cities are within a Hail Mary of the Colorado border. You promote

yourself to students by saying you’re just two hours from a

thriving metropolis, that being Denver.

But a lot of CSU fans will be making a rare trip into that

hideous place you call a home this weekend. Can we try and make it

a good game?

You Pokes may call it a rivalry. But more accurately, it’s

really only revelry. For us.




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Women’s water polo scores new varsity spot

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Oct 302003
Authors: Vince Blaser

Women’s water polo already has eight to 12 of its 16 to 20

players on the swimming team, no facilities need changing and a

quality coach for the squad already works in the CSU athletic


These were just some reasons the long-awaited decision of the

athletic department on adding a new varsity sport went to water

polo, according to a release.

“It’s a good fit,” said CSU Director of Athletics Mark Driscoll.

“We have a chance to be competitive nationally fairy early.”

There are 29 teams that compete in Division I women’s water

polo. CSU will have a team in place by Aug. 1 and the first season

will start in March 2005. There are two divisions in Division I,

one primarily with teams from the East, the other with West Coast

teams. CSU will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation,

comprised of 10 California schools, Arizona State and Hawaii.

The NCAA mandated that all schools with Division I-A football

teams have 16 varsity sports by Aug. 1, 2004 if they wish to

continue competing as Division I-A in football.

CSU swimming and diving coach John Mattos was immediately named

as the water polo coach. Driscoll said Mattos proposed that CSU add

men’s swimming and women’s water polo last year and his abilities

were the primary reason the department decided on water polo over

other candidates.

“He’s a very successful coach,” Driscoll said of Mattos, who

will also be an assistant coach for the U.S. World Championships in


“It will be parallel with what we’re doing now,” Mattos said of

coaching water polo. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to do


Women’s water polo got the varsity spot over women’s soccer and

men’s baseball, among others. Baseball and soccer are both

sponsored in the Mountain West Conference and many saw women’s

soccer as the favorite.

“We were very shocked to hear that women’s water polo was

chosen,” said Sara Colorosa, a club sports coordinator. “I’ve been

working in club sports for a few years now and I always expected it

to be women’s soccer. Although it is a great change and a new

avenue for the sport as well, we are all just pretty shocked.

Ultimately flabbergasted and shocked.”

Driscoll said water polo was selected over other sports that may

be better known because water polo best fit the athletic

department’s criteria for selecting a sport. The criteria were: to

comply with the NCAA requirements, keep the gender equity numbers

in line with Title IX requirements, have as little effect on

athletic finances as possible and have as little effect on the

other varsity sports facilities as possible.

“It wasn’t in any strategic plan of ours to add a (varsity)

sport,” Driscoll said. “Had the NCAA not legislated that we needed

to add another sport, nobody would have given it a second


Anna Morrison, president of the CSU equestrian team, another

favorite for the new sport, said that while she is disappointed

equestrian was not chosen, she is happy for the water polo


“I’m not in a position to judge their decision,” Morrison said.

“I am a little surprised though.”

Mattos said he thinks that once people see the product they will

come and support the team, though the sport is not widely known.

Also, as former CSU swimmer Amy Van Dyken brought CSU notoriety

when she won four gold medals in the Olympics, a great women’s

water polo player could give CSU coverage.

The team could host individual matches at the Moby Arena pool,

but tournaments would be played at Edora Pool and Ice Center. Each

team in Division I must play a minimum of 10 matches.

“We really hope and look forward to hosting a tourney,” Driscoll

said. “We believe it’s a sport that people will watch.”




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MWC Preview

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Oct 302003
Authors: John Teten

Trick or treat?

The CSU cross country teams hope to return from New Mexico this

weekend with more than a bag of delicious goodies.

The Rams run at the Mountain West Conference Championships on

Saturday at the University of New Mexico’s north golf course in

Albuquerque, N.M.

The meet, originally scheduled for San Diego, Calif., had the

Rams dreaming of sandy shorelines and swaying palm trees; however,

with the coast enveloped in smoke, conference officials approved

the move.

The relocation plays into the Rams’ hands. Both the men’s and

women’s teams won their races at the Lobo Invitational on Sept.


“This is a big advantage to us,” coach Del Hessel said. “It’s

good for everyone to get out of the smoke, but we’re one of the few

teams to have run there.”

With less than a month left before the NCAA Cross Country

National Championships, the Rams are stronger and more focused each

day. The teams enter the conference meet at full physical peak, a

climax of months of training and years of dreaming.

“It’s a tough time to coach,” Hessel said. “You don’t want to

overtrain. We’re at our max physical peak. We just need to hold


The women are steadily improving and are more deserving than

their No. 22 ranking shows, Hessel said.

They toe the starting line looking to win, but with the

realization that a second-place finish is likely – two-time

defending national champion Brigham Young is the favorite.

Favored or not, the Rams are happy to disrupt the


“Our plan is to break BYU up,” junior Sarah MacKay said. “Not

many people are that fond of them-they’re like the Yankees.”

After a season of exceeding expectations, a strong finish is

likely and a quality second-place ending would help propel the

women toward nationals.

“I’m high on this team right now,” Hessel said. “They are better

than expected.”

BYU and Air Force pose the largest threat to the CSU men this

weekend. Each team holds a top 15 national ranking. The Falcons

(ninth), the Rams (10th) and the Cougars (12th) enter as the heavy

hitters in the MWC.

“The men are more confident and fearless in competition,” Hessel

said. “We have plenty of potential to come to a really good

conclusion at the end of this year.”

Saturday’s races will separate the contenders from the

pretenders as the season moves toward the finale. If all goes as

planned, the Rams will return to Fort Collins dressed as conference


This Week’s Prefontaine:

Austin Vigil, Austin Vigil and Austin Vigil. He has been

spectacular, there’s no reason to think that will end now.

The Challengers:

The BYU men and women and the Air Force men – all are tough.




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Border War tradition goes beyond other rivalries

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Oct 302003
Authors: Rob Bombard

With the Buffaloes, it’s about respect. With the Fighting

Falcons of Air Force, it’s about Mountain West Conference

supremacy. However, when the Wyoming game rolls around, there’s

something much more than that. Forget pride, conference records,

BCS rankings and bowl projections, when the Rams square off against

the Cowboys Saturday afternoon, there’s something else on the line:

a 36-year-old combat boot.

But all comparisons aside, Saturdays’ Border War with Wyoming

marks the 36th time these two rivals have squared off on the

gridiron for year-long bragging rights and the coveted traveling


As of late the rivalry has been on the backburner to other games

most notably the Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado.

Historically, however, the rivalry with Wyoming is far stronger in


“Historically, this is our biggest rival. It’s still a big game,

but it’s not on the same level as the Colorado game when we’re

playing in front of 75,000 fans at Mile High,” said Colorado native

and senior linebacker Drew Wood.

This weekend marks the 95th time these two teams have met and

will be the 36th presentation of the Bronze Boot trophy. The CSU-UW

rivalry is one of the longest running in the region and was ranked

among the top 20 trophy rivalries in the nation by Sporting News


“The game is really important to the community, the alumni and

ROTC program and we understand the tradition and pride involved

with the rivalry,” Wood said. “It definitely gives us extra

motivation to go out there and get a win.”

The history of the Bronze Boot begins in 1967 when Captain Dan

Romero, an instructor at CSU, conceived the idea of having some

sort of traveling trophy for the annual winner of the CSU-Wyoming

game. Romero donated his combat boot from the Vietnam War, had it

bronzed and the tradition was born. Today, the Bronze Boot is one

of the longest standing traditions associated with Colorado State

football. The cadets from each school’s Army ROTC program relay the

game ball from the previous year’s winner to the Wyoming-Colorado

border where it is then relayed back to the site of the game.

“It’s a great opportunity as a cadet to carry on such a

wonderful tradition like this,” said former CSU ROTC cadet and

recently commissioned 2nd Lt. Michael Henry. “To be working with

the athletic department and our football team means a lot to the

cadets and is very important to our program here.”

Despite the boot’s Laramie County roots, the trophy spent its

first five years of existence sitting in the trophy case of

Wyoming’s athletic department when a struggling Rams football

program couldn’t find a ‘W’ at UW.

For many CSU football players, the rivalry with Wyoming has even

more significance, especially for players who have grown up in the

Northern Colorado/Wyoming region and seen the game played.

“This game means a great deal to me, after growing up and

watching the game as a kid in Laramie,” said Cheyenne native and

sophomore cornerback, Ben Stratton. “I know how important it is to

get a win for our community. I’ve had this game marked on my

calendar since the day I committed (to CSU).”

The Bronze Boot series stands at 18-17 in Wyoming’s favor. The

Rams get a chance to even the score Saturday on their way to

regaining some ground in the Mountain West standings.

“At this point in our season every game is a must-win situation,

we’re just going to have to focus on Wyoming and play our kind of

football,” Stratton said. “With this kind of rivalry emotions are

sure to be running high, but we’ll be ready to play come Saturday

and get the win.”

This rivalry may not have the hype of the CU game, or the

importance of the annual meeting with Air Force, but tradition

cannot be overlooked in college football. With the Bronze Boot on

the line, CSU looks to make it four straight against the Cowboys

and keep the trophy where it belongs: at home.





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To the Editor:

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Oct 302003

In your Our View (“New change should give people one less reason

not to vote,” Oct.29) you reported that Larimer County has reduced

the number of voting centers to 22. This represents a 75-percent

reduction in the number of voting centers over last year.

Under the previous system there was a polling place in each

precinct. This ensured that everyone’s voting center was within

walking distance of their residence. Under the new system there are

only a handful of voting centers inside of Fort Collins city

limits. The mere fact that I can attend any one of the remaining

voting centers does not make voting more convenient. I predict that

this new arrangement will reduce voter turnout, not increase it as

you have implied.

Brian Depew

Graduate Student





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Registering can be a pain

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Oct 302003
Authors: Thea Domber

“Add denied.” “Due to departmental restrictions, students in

your major are not allowed to register for this class.” “This

section is currently full.”

Sound familiar?

It’s the message that a lot of students will get over the next

few weeks as registration begins.

This is the time of year when my stress level hits max.

Technical problems abound. Classes seem to fill up before people

even start registering.

The online registration program has no heart. It doesn’t care if

you are an honors student. It laughs in the face of graduating

seniors. It slowly ticks down toward zero spots left every time you

hit the refresh button on your Internet window.

Registration is like teasing a dog with a biscuit. The

departments dangle all these classes right in front of your nose,

but you can’t register for them. Even in times of economic success,

the university’s goal of keeping classes small has led to students

being shut out of taking classes they want. And the lower on the

food chain you are (sophomores and freshmen, this is you), the less

likely you are to be taking anything besides those lovely core

curriculum classes.

Now the economy is bad and it’s forcing departments to take

drastic action. Many departments are no longer offering overrides.

Others are not offering them until the first day of class next

semester. For some classes, you can’t register for them until Nov.

22 or Dec. 1 if you are a non-major student. Some departments don’t

even let you register for their classes unless you are in their

major, ever.

I understand the problems departments are facing. Cutbacks have

led to fewer full-time professor positions, which means fewer

professors, which means fewer sections of a class being offered (or

a class not being offered at all). Departments still have to cater

to their major students first and foremost, so registration

restrictions are put on a class or a class is limited to major

students only.

Here’s where my problem with this whole system comes in. You

need 120 credits to graduate. With every major, you are required to

take credits outside of your major. You need at least 42

upper-division credits. Thirty of them have to be taken at CSU.

So, how am I supposed to graduate on time when I can’t get into

the classes I need?

Graduating in four years is important to me, and I’ve worked

hard to make sure that I have as many of my required classes done

as possible (except for math, which scares me). I need 10 credits

to graduate and 12 to keep my financial aid. In fact, the only

class I technically have to take next semester is statistics, which

leaves me nine free credits to take whatever upper-division classes

I want. Supposedly.

I’ve maxed out my major credits in journalism, so I need to look

to other departments for my credits. But thanks to the no-override

no-exceptions policy, I’m looking at the very real scenario that I

might not be able to get into classes next semester, which means I

don’t graduate. Sticking around an extra semester probably wouldn’t

help, since things are probably going to get worse before they get

better. I know people who have resorted to having friends hold

spots in classes for each other to get around restrictions. This

hurts both students, because it’s a class time that they can’t use

themselves to register for a class until the restriction deadlines


Yes, if I get shut out of the classes I really want, I can

probably find other classes to take. But this isn’t supposed to be

like high school, where you take English I, II, III, IV, algebra

II, trigonometry and calculus, biology, earth systems, and AP

biology, etc. I’m paying CSU to be able to take the classes I want

to take. Obviously, everyone is shut out of some classes because of

prerequisites. But somehow, even as a graduating senior, it looks

as though I will once again be prevented from taking some pretty

cool classes. In fact, I’m going to have to dig to find any classes

left that I can take at all.

I’ve had a bad taste about registration all four years, but this

year is definitely the worst. What’s the point of assigning

registration times if students can’t get into half the classes they

need anyway? I know my registration time Thursday morning didn’t

help me at all. I feel like I’m being punished because I was

studious for three and a half years. I finished all my major work.

Now I just want to get the hell out of here!

Thea is a senior majoring in technical journalism. All donations

of whine and cheese should be sent to KCSU, where she works as

station manager.




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Fathers be good to your daughters

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Oct 302003
Authors: Patrick Crossland

John Mayer’s writes, “Fathers be good to your daughters,

daughters will love like you do, girls become mothers who turn into

lovers, so mothers be good to your daughters too.” His point is

that a father’s interaction with his daughter impacts her ability

to give and receive love when she becomes a woman.

But in truth, it impacts a lot more than that.

Research has proven that a woman’s sense of self-worth is deeply

rooted in the interaction between her and her father during the

developmental stages of her life.

According to the article, “When they need you most, dads and

daughters” by Carma Haley Shoemaker, “Fathers will help their

daughters develop aspects of self-image and what they come to

expect from men, society and the world.”

What does that say about many of today’s fathers considering

that 86 percent of teenage girls are, or think they should be

dieting (Fat Talk, Harvard University Press, 2000)? And while girls

model dresses for their dads, dads are consciously or unconsciously

modeling the traits that she will value in a man as an adult.

“A girl whose father listens to and respects her will expect her

life partner to listen to her and treat her well,” states Joe

Kelly, author of “Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand

and Support Your Daughter When She’s Growing Up So Fast.”

Many daughters aren’t expecting much from their men these days,

considering the fact that one-third to one-half of all adult women

are beaten by their husbands or lovers at some time in their lives

(according to Take Back the Night’s Web site).

Kelly goes on to say, “That’s why it is so important for us to

show and tell our daughters that we believe they are capable of

anything.” And how capable do fatherless daughters really feel

when, according to the National Principals’ Association Report on

the State of High Schools, 71 percent of all high school dropouts

come from fatherless homes?

Stemming from a girl’s sense of self-worth, the most prominent

effect that a father has on his daughter lies in her need for


According to, “in one study, promiscuous men and

women told researchers that their sexual activity is merely a way

of satisfying yearnings to be touched and held.”

What many dads don’t realize is that if they withhold physical

affection from their daughters, their daughters are far more likely

seek out men who are willing to fulfill the innate need to be

touched and held.

According to Barbara Whitehead, who wrote “Dan Quayle was Right”

in the Atlantic Monthly, daughters who come from single parent

homes are 111 percent more likely to have children as teenagers

than those coming from homes where both parents are present.

It is during the adolescent stages of a girl’s life that fathers

tend to shy away from their daughter’s need for affection.

According to Shoemaker’s article, it is the onset of a

daughter’s “awkward and/or dynamic changes” during adolescence that

result in a lack of communication.

It is safe to say, however, that many young men are often more

than obliged to provide affection for a young woman in need.

So as young men who are dating young women, maybe a relationship

should consist of more than just a one-night stand; after all, we

are modeling long-term relationships and are learning how to


Something to consider: this little girl is somebody’s daughter

just like your little girl will be somebody’s girlfriend. You may

want to treat her with the same respect you want somebody to treat

your daughter with.

However, according to, if a daughter learns at home

that she is accepted and appreciated for her personal qualities,

because of who she is as a person, she will be much less likely to

feel the need to earn love from men through physical means.

It was once said good girls are hard to find. The fact of the

matter is that good dads are much more rare.

Patrick is a junior studying technical journalism. He is the

state/regional editor for The Collegian.




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Oct 302003
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff


Shandra Jordan, editor in chief

J.J. Babb, design managing editor

Patrick Crossland, state/regional editor

Kyle Endres, campus editor

Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor

Jail issue is worth our two cents

Referred Issue 1A is asking voters to replace an existing .20

percent sales tax with a .40 cent sales tax to expand the

Alternative Sentencing Unit. Though the editorial board does not

feel this will solve the county’s jail problem, it is a good


If the issue passes, it means 4 cents will go towards the ASU

expansion for every $10 spent. The expansion will follow a

three-phase, 40-year plan to add 850 beds, according to a

Coloradoan story. If passed, the issue is expected to raise $14.9


We feel alternative sentencing is a great deterrence to sending

nonviolent offenders to prison. The cost of housing someone at ASU

is $20 a day, compared to $66 in jail.

The ASU currently has people waiting up to six months to serve

their sentence. We do not think it is fair or effective to make

people convicted of crimes wait that long or longer to serve.

One concern the board had was that the proposed increase does

not have an ending date.

Though we feel this measure will not solve our county’s prison

problem (it is not only ASU having housing issues), we feel an

extra 2 cents is worth it.




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