CSU women’s volleyball team won big over Thanksgiving break.

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

The Rams (28-4) won the Mountain West Conference Tournament on

Sat. Nov. 22 with a win over second-seeded University of Utah

(20-8). They also set a record for wins. After winning their 21st

consecutive game against Long Beach State University

(17-9) on Nov. 25, the Rams broke the record of 20 straight wins

set in 2001.

“This has been one of the greatest weeks since I’ve been here,”

said head coach Tom Hilbert, this year’s MWC coach of the year.

“I’m really proud of our team and I’m proud of our program. It’s an

exciting time for CSU volleyball.”

The Rams beat a second-half surging Utah team in four games

(30-26, 23-30, 30-20, 30-28) to win the conference tournament in

San Diego, Calif., and preserve their perfect conference

record.

They became the first one-seeded team in MWC history to win the

tournament.

Sophomore outside hitter Tess Rogers, who was named the

tournament MVP, had a big match for the Rams with 21 kills and two

service aces. Junior Bri Frech scored the winning point with a

service ace, her second of the match. Four Rams hit double figures

in digs and kills. Setter Melissa Courtney, named co-MWC Player of

the Year, hit a team-best .636 with seven kills and 53 assists.

The Utes also had four players with double digit kills and hit

.297 as a team. Junior Lyndsey Henderson had 18 kills. Senior

libero Jackie Morrill had 20 digs for the Utes.

It was a great match by two great teams,” Utah head coach Beth

Launiere said. “We laid it on the floor. I have to congratulate

CSU. I don’t think there’s anything else we could have done.”

CSU’s match against LBSU on Nov. 25 was over in three games and

for the second straight time, a service ace was the deciding factor

this time by junior middle blocker Katie Jo Shirley.

Shirley recorded 14 kills and hit a match-high .619 with only

one error on the night. Rogers had 11 kills and sophomore

right-side hitter Dre Downs had 12. Frech and Downs both had four

blocks.

“We started out strong and blocked really well,” Hilbert said.

“Knew we had to get a lot of balls to Dre and she came through big

for us. LBSU is a great defensive team and they provide a lot of

challenges to you because of that and it took a little while for us

to adjust to.”

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Rams will spend New Year’s in Frisco

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: Steve Latuda

Las Vegas – In a season in which nothing came easy for the Rams,

two bright young stars — quarterback Justin Holland and tailback

Jimmy Green — made the Rams’ come-from-behind victory at UNLV look

easy.

Holland, called upon to perform the quarterback duties when the

Rams’ starting signal caller Bradlee Van Pelt left the game with a

broken hand, led the Rams to a 24-23 victory Nov. 22 in Las

Vegas.

“I just came in and did my job,” Holland said. “Hopefully

Bradlee can come back for the bowl game, but if not I’ll be

ready.”

Green, who ran for 113 yards and a touchdown, was able to

consistently move the chains for the Rams and keep the Rebel

defense guessing all night.

“He really played well,” head coach Sonny Lubick said. “We

really have a good running back there.”

With the victory the Rams finish the regular season with a 7-5

record, 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference, and will play in the

second Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. The Rams will face an

opponent from the Big East Conference on New Year’s Eve at 7:30

p.m. at Pacific Bell Park. With Big East teams Pittsburgh and

Virginia Tech accepting invitations to the Continental Tire and

Insight.com bowls, respectively, speculation is that the Rams will

face 7-5 Boston College. Regardless of whom they face, the Rams

believe they deserve the chance to prove their worth against a good

team from a conference affiliated with the Bowl Championship

Series.

“Do we deserve to play in a bowl game?” Rams’ receiver Chris

Pittman asked. “That’s like asking (defensive lineman) Patrick

Goodpaster if he is hungry. He is always hungry.”

In a season that looked like it could be a disappointment, the

Rams found the heart to come together as a team and send the

seniors off with a bowl game.

“A bowl game is a great thing,” senior defensive back Bennie

Mastropaolo said. “We deserve this.”

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Future prospects reverse Rams fate

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

LAS VEGAS – In a city littered with pawnshops where people sell

off their digital cameras to try to get back the money they lost

gambling, the CSU football team tried to salvage their season with

a win against Nevada-Las Vegas.

Their 24-23 thrilling comeback win not only gave CSU a birth in

the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl on New Year’s Eve, it showed

Ram fans that the future looks pretty bright.

When quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt went out with a broken hand in

the second half, it looked like the Rams would suffer the same fate

as all those poor saps, including myself, who come home from Sin

City “so close” to winning. It looked eerily similar to fourth

quarter losses to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.

But the fortunes of the Rams’ season changed when UNLV kicker

Dillon Pieffer missed a 33-yard field goal with 2:38 to play and

UNLV ahead 23-17.

“We deserved (a break) somewhere and we finally got one at the

end of the season,” said linebacker Drew Wood after the game.

Then two players who have not seen the field much this season

led the Rams to the winning score and offered a glimpse into next

season. Running back Jimmy Green powered for three yards on a

fourth-and-one play and Justin Holland completed 4-of-7 passes

including a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joel Dressen with 53

seconds to play.

“God, it was such good feeling getting across that goal line,”

Dressen said. “We have all the faith in (Holland).”

Holland came to CSU in the fall of 2001 after setting the

Colorado high school passing record at Bear Creek in suburban

Denver. Head coach Sonny Lubick gave Holland significant playing

time last season to mix Van Pelt’s playmaking ability with

Holland’s strong arm. However, because of Van Pelt’s emergence as

one of the top quarterbacks in Division I-A coupled with the number

of close games CSU played in, Holland’s time all but went away.

But the sophomore stayed prepared and was ready when he was

thrown into the spotlight.

“I’ve never been nervous to play football,” Holland said. “I

didn’t even know that Brad had broken his hand.”

Green has been even more of an unknown for CSU. With senior

Rahsaan Sanders returning, Marcus Houston transferring from

Colorado and top recruit Tristan Walker returning from injury, it

looked like Green would never see the field.

But injuries to Walker and Sanders and fumbling issues from

Houston gave Green a chance, and he has taken advantage. Green’s

113 yards on 25 carries against UNLV was the first time a Ram

running back had run for more than 100 yards since Sanders ran for

123 against I-AA Weber St. on Sept. 13.

“We got ourselves a good running back there,” Lubick said.

Green has to be the favorite to start for the Rams next season.

With Holland under center, a majority of the offensive line coming

back, Dressen returning and David Anderson leading a talented

receiving corps, the offense should be solid.

The defense will lose six starters including three defensive

lineman, but return talent at linebacker and at cornerback with Ben

Stratton. Unlike this season, the Rams probably will not be in the

preseason national spotlight. But that’s when CSU usually plays its

best.

As for this season, lady luck shone on the Rams and Van Pelt in

Vegas, his broken bone in his right metatarsal was not bad and he

should return for the bowl game, likely against Boston College or

Notre Dame.

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Rams feast, finish with famished

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: Katrice Thomas

While the CSU student body was enjoying a Thanksgiving feast and

a needed break from school, the women’s basketball team was working

hard and winning games. The Rams won their first three matches

against Texas Southern (85-51), Stephen F. Austin (72-57) and Long

Beach State (67-49), before dropping one to Boston College (79-61).

The stretch of holiday games began Nov. 21 with Texas Southern

visiting Moby Arena.

“Overall, it was a pretty good effort tonight,” head coach Chris

Denker said of the team’s 34-point victory.

“We came out a bit sluggish in the beginning, but if our defense

has energy, then we are going to be fine.”

Judging by the score, the Rams were more than fine in this

match-up.

“I was encouraged by tonight,” said Melissa Dennett who had a

game-high 20 points. “We have a young team but we’re playing

well.”

In case the beating of the undersized Tigers from Texas Southern

wasn’t enough, the Rams took a road trip on Monday to Nacogdoches,

Texas, and served a pre-Thanksgiving loss to Stephen F. Austin.

Colorado State out rebounded the Lady Jacks 55-26 and had four

players score in double figures. Lindsay Thomas led the team with

17 points, Vanessa Espinoza and Jasai Ferrucho each had 14. And Joy

Jenkins posted her first career double-double with 11 points and 10

rebounds.

The feast came later in the week at the Coors Rocky Mountain

Invitational. The Rams dropped Long Beach State 67-49 in the first

round on Friday night, which gave CSU a 3-0 start on the season and

an invitation to meet Boston College in the championship game. All

five starters for the Rams scored in double figures.

“I’m pretty pleased with the way we played,” Denker said. “Once

we settled down, the team focused better. It was nice to see the

team playing defense like they did.”

The Rams would have to bring that same defensive focus on

Saturday night in order to beat Boston College. Last season the

Eagles beat the Rams 75-60. Both teams knew they were in for a

tough match.

“We knew this was going to be a tough environment to play in,”

Boston College head coach Cathy Inglese said.

The Eagles got off to a good start as Lissa Mascchia of Boston

College scored the first points of the game. She tallied 17 points,

and her team went on to hand CSU its first loss of the season.

“I think the team was pretty gunned up for the game,” Denker

said, “but it was kind of a wild intensity.”

CSU was forced into 12 turnovers and was out-rebounded 15-11 in

the first half.

“It’s been the story of our life so far this season,” said guard

Jasai Ferrucho who had 10 points. “We play horrible in the first

half and have to try to battle back in the second half. Against a

good team like Boston College, you can’t do that.”

Starting at point guard Vanessa Espinoza led the Rams in scoring

with a career-high 16 points. Espinoza and Dennett (who had 13

points) were named to the all-tournament team. Others making the

all-tournament team were Alabama freshman Navonda Moore, Amber

Jacobs from Boston College (who had a game-high 22 points in the

Eagles’ win over the Rams) and teammate and tournament MVP Jessalyn

Denveny who chipped in 20 points.

“I wish we could say we did a good job defensively on them and

they still beat us,” Denker said, “but we didn’t defend like we

needed to.”

The Rams will have a few more days to figure out what they need

to do before they face No. 20 Colorado on Wednesday. Tip-off is set

for 7 p.m. at Moby Arena.

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National and season recap

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: John Teten

Braving below-zero temperatures and a pack of competitors, the

CSU cross country teams competed at the NCAA Championships Nov. 24

in Waterloo, Iowa.

The men ran to a 17th place finish overall, the women to

28th.

Ear muffs, tights and gloves didn’t distract the runners from

the mission at hand.

“It made the race go out a little slower,” said sophomore Josh

Glaab of the sub-freezing temperatures. “Once we started running I

didn’t think of anything else (but running), I was so into the

race.”

Austin Vigil led the men across the finish line, finishing the

10-kilometer race 31st overall while clocking in at 30 minutes, 18

seconds. He became the first Ram since Bryan Berryhill, in 2001, to

receive All-American honors.

Glaab narrowly missed joining Vigil as an All-American. He

finished 40th overall in 30:25.

“My goal was to get All-American, but I’m really happy with my

place,” Glaab said. “We put down a good race.”

Coach Del Hessel agreed and added that Vigil and Glaab along

with senior Bill Michel, “all ran their best race of the

season.”

Michel followed Vigil and Glaab, finishing 72nd in 30:49.

The men joined a group of runners from the Mountain Region among

the top 20. Northern Arizona (3rd), Colorado (6th), Air Force (8th)

and Brigham Young (19th) along with CSU solidified the region as

the nation’s best.

CU sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein won the men’s individual title,

finishing in 29:14.

The women left Iowa disappointed with the results. They felt

their finish was not indicative of their talent, Hessel said.

A crash early in the race put the women at a disadvantage that

proved too much to overcome. At about the 400-meter mark of the 6k

a runner slipped and a pile-up ensued. The frontrunners missed the

collision and continued on pace; however, most of the field was

stopped. Jenifer Kintzley took the brute of the fall for the Rams

as she was knocked over. Her teammates kept their pursuit, but the

loss of ground was out of reach.

Nicole Feest finished first for the Rams and 80th overall, in

21:18.

The women continued their season-long trend of running together.

Michelle Carman (112th), Katie Yemm (118th), Crystal Clark (127th)

and Colleen Blair (137th) all finished within 16-seconds of each

other.

Shalane Flanagan from North Carolina won the women’s individual

title for the second consecutive year.

The season ended short of the teams’ high hopes, but the runners

and coaches are keeping their heads high. Only a handful of teams

had both a men’s and a women’s team competing at nationals, putting

CSU among the nations elite.

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To the Editor:

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Nov 302003
 
Authors:

I read Stacey’s Schneider’s article, “Customer service

disappears,” and had to re-read it. Wasn’t this the same writer who

lamented the woes of Wal-Mart and those that sought to fight the

corporate giant and deprive them of their way of operating?

Wal-Mart, the same store that has forced so many of the “mom and

pop shops” that “were noted for their focus on the customer” out of

business?

The same Wal-Mart that treats its employees poorly and pays them

poorly, offering the employee no incentive to go the extra mile or

even inch for the customer, let alone be chipper and happy, that

Wal-Mart? I found the newspaper with the original Wal-Mart article

in it and indeed it was the same author.

I challenge Ms. Schneider to be the first of our “society to

raise the bar on expectations,” and encourage her to support local

businesses, such as Steeles, JAX and other businesses local to Fort

Collins and/or Northern Colorado where keeping customers happy and

satisfied is the goal, not meeting share holders sales

expectations. I challenge her to avoid places like Wal-Mart where

mediocrity is the norm, and “good enough” is great, where your

money is more important than you. Here is another challenge for

Ms.Schneider and others, try being nice to those who do help you,

either in the aisles or at the cash register, where ever you do

shop, the concept of “do unto others as you would have them do unto

you” goes both ways.

Claire Goodwin

Senior, environmental health

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Our View

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

By:

Shandra Jordan, editor in chief

Colleen Buhrer, managing editor

Liz King, asst. design managing editor

J.J. Babb, design managing editor

Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor

The holiday season is always the time of giving. People consider

the holidays as the time of the year to volunteer. We encourage

people to volunteer as much as possible, but not just during the

holidays.

Soup kitchens are always popular places to volunteer during the

holidays but they need volunteers all year. We know from personal

experience that while classes are in session, there seems to be no

free time and that breaks from school seem the only times possible

to give those hours of volunteering. But by contacting local

volunteer centers, even the busiest students can find out how to

give their time. The Office for Service-Learning and Volunteer

Programs can help students find volunteer opportunities and find a

number of causes to support.

Fort Collin’s Open Door Mission usually has so many people

wanting to volunteer during the holiday season that it has to turn

people away, but then finds much fewer people willing to volunteer

during post-holiday season in January and February.

So volunteer during the holiday season as much as you can, but

remember that giving feeling year round.

Colleen volunteers for the Larimer Humane Society.

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Cops: America’s Love-Hate Relationship?

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: Monica Owens

In this post-Sept. 11, 2001, time, it seems that Americans can’t

get enough of police dramas or reality shows on television. Flip

from channel to channel on any given night, and you see them: “NYPD

Blue,” “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Third Watch,” “Cops,”

several versions of “Law and Order.” The list seems endless.

From the number and the popularity of these shows, it’s obvious

that Americans love our cops. They are what separate our peaceful

existence from the criminals who threaten our lives. Every day,

they put their lives on the line for us and our families, even

though we are distant strangers. They are real American heroes.

But when they step out of the television screen and into our

everyday lives, do we really love them that much? Or do we –

especially college students – think that the police are “out to get

us?”

That separation between the on-screen hero in blue and the

reality of the police officers working in our communities doesn’t

affect just college students. It bothers cops, too. It’s rare for

the average American to have contact with the real life man or

woman in blue. Real contact means more than a short, unpleasant

conversation at a traffic stop.

These are real people, with real lives, who have a critically

important job to do. It’s far more complicated than the “never a

dull moment” portrayal on television and in the movies. When people

in Fort Collins call about a noise violation or a traffic accident

or a petty theft, the police are just a phone call away. And we

count on them.

That’s why it’s wrong for any of us to disrespect law

enforcement in general, and particularly in and around the CSU

campus. We can’t like the police just when they’re on television or

when we need their help. They’re doing their job 24/7, and we

should remember that. We should remember that they are men and

women earning a living doing a job that is incredibly important to

all of us. They are more than just someone in a uniform with a

badge.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do volunteer for the Fort

Collins Police Department. I have had the chance to get to know

many of our local police officers. I see how they treat victims

with respect. I see how dedicated they are in doing their jobs. I

see their frustrations and, at the same time, how much they love

the opportunity to serve the people of their community. These are

real people. Flesh and blood.

And these flesh and blood people are often cursed at, assaulted,

spat upon and shot. Some die in the line of duty, leaving grieving

spouses and children behind. In Colorado alone, the names of 197

peace officers are engraved on the Colorado Law Enforcement

memorial. Each May, a ceremony is held to honor the officers listed

on the memorial and, sadly, to add any new names that must be added

from the previous calendar year. The memorial is located in a grove

of trees near the State Patrol Academy.

Each of these names has a story behind it. For example, Officer

Bruce L. VanderJagt, of the Denver Police Department, who was shot

and killed in November 1997. In pursuit of a burglary suspect, the

suspect — in a hail of bullets — gunned down Officer

VanderJagt.

Next time you see a police officer, in whatever circumstances,

think about Officer VanderJagt, his widow and his little girl, as

well as the other 196 law enforcement officers who died in the line

of duty. Remember that every officer has a family at home, waiting

to see their mom or dad, husband or wife, son or daughter. These

brave officers are out on the streets for you, and they are willing

to put their lives on the line to protect you. Show them the

respect they deserve.

Monica is a junior studying psychology. She is a contributor for

The Collegian.

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Youths’ abortion apathy unacceptable

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: J.J. Babb

American women are facing a future without choices.

The present government, both the Colorado and the United States,

continue to pass bills and laws restricting women’s reproductive

rights. In the past month, the U.S. government put a ban on

partial-birth abortions, without leaving an exception for women at

risk of dying while carrying a child and Colorado put into effect a

bill demanding parental notification for teen women’s

abortions.

These bills concern me, but what I desperately worry about is

the lack of outrage and support for the pro-choice movement by

young women and men. According to the 2001 Gallop Poll, the

percentage of people labeling themselves “pro-life” rose from 33

percent to 43 percent, while those describing themselves

“pro-choice” fell from 56 percent to 48 percent since 2000.

Why are the numbers of pro-lifers declining? Are younger women

taking the place of those around who remember life before Roe v.

Wade? Do we, as a younger generation, feel more apathy because we

don’t remember what it was like to not have the responsibility of

our own body?

When I called the national center for NARAL Pro-Choice America

(formerly The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action

League) and asked these exact questions, no one could give me the

answers. Instead, the deputy communication director, Evelyn Becker,

asked me why I thought my generation was apathetic about

reproductive rights.

“We (NARAL Pro-Choice America) are certainly aware of it as an

issue and are attempting to correct it,” she said. “Our main goal

is to uphold Roe and to protect the right to choose. We also

support women’s reproductive health.”

Becker then asked for my help. She wanted to know if people on

our campus would support a pro-choice rally, or organize behind

emergency contraceptives.

I really would like to think so, I told her, although I am not

sure.

It seems that since our generation does not remember society

before women’s reproductive freedom, we have dropped into a state

of apathy.

Yes, abortion is not the best form of birth control. Yes, it

emotionally damages many women. Yes, there are dozens of other

birth control methods to use, including emergency contraceptives

available at Planned Parenthood and the Larimer County Health

Department.

But the choice of abortion should be left up to each individual

woman, based on her individual situation, not the government’s

choice, especially a government dominated by men.

If abortion becomes illegal, the country will be sliding

backward and leaving women with fewer reproductive rights. Already

86 percent of counties in the U.S. have no doctors who perform

abortions (NARAL Pro-Choice America). With the way our country is

headed, soon there will be no doctors who perform abortions

anywhere, and illegal abortions will be the only option for women

wanting to end pregnancy.

We know, from facts, illegal abortion only leads to more

needless deaths. According to the World Health Organizations,

unsafe, illegal abortions around the world cause thousands of

deaths each year, amounting to approximately a woman dying ever 7

minutes due to an abortion and seriously injuring thousands

more.

To counteract our government’s fight against our rights and our

own generation, we must stand up for our reproductive rights.

Whether or not we believe abortion is right, or wrong, is not up to

the government to decide, it should remain up to each individual

woman. We need to make our own choices, not have them made for

us.

Vote pro-choice, visit

“http://www.naral.org”>www.naral.org to become more involved,

protest government actions against women’s rights, and voice your

opinion publicly and in your private life.

Let those close to you know you want to make your own decisions

and trust other women to make theirs.

J.J. is a senior studying journalism. She is the design managing

editor for The Collegian.

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Smoking Ban – Two Months Later

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Nov 302003
 
Authors: Brittany Burke

For CB & Potts owner Kevin Sheesley, the smoking ban in Fort

Collins affected the relationship with guests more than sales.

“Most of (my guests) have been here longer than any of the city

council members,” Sheesley said. “Now, some of the guests that came

twice a week will now only come once a week or not at all.”

Fort Collins became smoke-free in all restaurants and bars as of

Oct. 1, 2003. The City Council voted the ordinance into law by a

6-1 vote.

CB & Potts, 1427 W. Elizabeth St., has been serving food and

beer to Fort Collins residents since 1974, Sheesley said.

“We have been trying to make it as comfortable as possible for

(the customers who smoked),” Sheesley said.

According to Sheesley, the individuals that do smoke now step

outside the restaurant to have a cigarette. Some of these people

throw their cigarette butts onto the ground, littering the parking

lot and premises.

Other restaurants have also seen a rise in litter outside their

buildings.

Matt Wells, a manager at Old Chicago, 4709 S. Timberline Rd.,

said his restaurant took precautions prior to Oct. 1 to combat the

litter of cigarette butts outside.

“We added two benches outside and trashcans with ashtrays on top

of them,” Wells said. “We were ready before the ban started.”

Wells and other managers at Old Chicago also added duties for

servers to help with the trash. Wells said he has only heard

positive feedback from his customers about a smoke-free

restaurant.

Although the smoking ban may add extra cleaning duties, Wells, a

non-smoker, is pleased with his working environment.

“Working in a smoke-filled environment sucked,” Wells said. “Now

when I go home my eyes aren’t burning.”

Even some restaurant employees who do smoke are happy with the

new ban.

Lynsey Perry, a manager at Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing, 5 Old

Town Square, said the smoking ban helped her cut back on her own

smoking.

“I enjoy working in a non-smoking restaurant,” Perry said. “It’s

a habit I would love to quit. Now, when I’m working I can’t go for

a cigarette break as easily.”

Coopersmith’s has also seen the increase in litter around their

restaurant.

“Old Town has a cleaning crew that comes through and cleans up

all the (cigarette) butts,” Perry said. “It would be impossible for

us to clean everything and still maintain our business.”

On the business end, Perry said, Coopersmith’s pool hall’s

business has decreased substantially, while the pub side has seen

an increase in business.

Hooters, 2631 S. College Ave., has also seen positive and

negative aspects to the smoking ban.

“Two things have happened (since the smoking ban),” said Vince

Brown, a manager at Hooters. “We don’t have as many guys that come

to drink and smoke all night long, but we do have more families

coming.”

Business at Hooters has decreased since the ban took effect in

October, Brown said. Brown estimated 60 percent of his clientele

were smokers and now only 20 percent of them still dine there.

“Personally, I love it,” Brown said. “I can breathe cleaner air.

But it hasn’t been good for business.”

According to Brown, Hooters has been trying promotional specials

to win back customers.

“We are doing lunch specials and drink specials,” Brown said.

“We are doing anything we can.”

According to www.smokefreefortcollins.org, an economic decline

is purely a myth.

The Web site said that while some patrons do stop dining at

non-smoking restaurants, most do not.

“Smoke-free policies actually increase patronage by non-smokers,

compensating for any initial loss of smokers by nearly 2.5 times,”

according to the Web site.

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