Swept in the Swamp

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Dec 142003
Authors: Josh Pilkington



Gainesville, Fla. – Defeat. Loss. Upset.

Such words are virtually unknown to the members of the

University of Florida’s women’s volleyball team. One loss is what

the 33-1, third-seeded Gators had endured prior to facing

14th-seeded CSU Friday night at Florida’s O’Connell Center; one

loss that occurred in the team’s first match of the season against

top-ranked Southern California; one loss that remained one loss at

the conclusion of the team’s NCAA-record 33rd consecutive sweep of

an opponent.

A group of 3,136 boisterous Gator fans came out to support the

blue and orange in Florida’s quest to reach the regional finals and

a match against the No. 11 seed Penn State who upset sixth-seeded

Kansas State 3-1 in the previous match. The Rams did little to

impede the Gators’ quest.

Florida (34-1) exposed the overmatched Rams (33-5) with

remarkable speed on defense and lighting-quick jump serves from

senior Aury Cruz, who led Florida with 11 kills and six service

aces, to win in three games 30-13, 30-22, 30-26, ending the Rams’

23-game winning streak in the process.

“Florida is a physically talented team,” said CSU head coach Tom

Hilbert whose tea m failed to end the Gators’ now record 100-game

winning streak. “I’m proud of our players, we fought hard. Some

things could have gone our way to change the flow of the game, but

we didn’t capitalize on (those opportunities).”

Be it the pressure that comes with facing a national powerhouse

on its home court or the nerves that accompany a regional semifinal

appearance, the Rams did not open the match strong and it cost them


“There were some nerves on our part,” conceded junior setter

Melissa Courtney after CSU allowed Florida to jump to an 11-0 lead

to begin the match. “But we fought back and didn’t let up.”

The Gators’ first point of Game 1 epitomized the flow of the

game as junior Michelle Chatman skied for one of her team-high

three blocks on the Rams’ first kill attempt and got the home crowd

into the game early.

“I don’t think the crowd affected (the Rams) negatively as much

as it affected us positively,” said Florida head coach Mary Wise of

the vocal audience. “They gave us a lot of energy (Friday


The Gators scored at will on CSU in Game 1 as Ram errors and

miscommunications led to a flurry of Gator points.

“Obviously allowing Florida to come out with a (big) run to

begin the match was an obstacle to overcome,” Hilbert said. “But

I’m proud of the way we settled down and played from that point


Indeed the Rams did manage to keep the match respectable after

that first game, but Florida’s defense never allowed CSU to get

into a rhythm.

“This is a very quick and athletic team,” Wise said of her

Gators. “Sometimes it looks like we have more than six players out

there. We thought that (the Rams) were the toughest opponent to

face in the regional semifinal; they had won (23) matches in a row

coming in and we knew they would show us some things that we had

not seen yet this year.”

Regardless of what the Rams showed the Gators it wasn’t


CSU battled well with Florida in Game 2 tightening the score at

22-24 late, but could not get any closer as the Gators ran off

eight consecutive points to take the game 22-30.

“They played fabulous defense,” said junior Becky Sarauer who

recorded 10 kills and a .190 hitting percentage. “We have to give

them credit.”

Indeed the Gators showed why they are the third-ranked team in

the nation holding the Rams to a .134 hitting percentage overall,

well below CSU’s average of .276 coming into the contest.

Middle blocker Katie Jo Shirley was one bright spot for the Rams

that managed to find some holes in the Gators’ defense. The junior

pegged a game-high 14 kills and .348 hitting percentage in the


“Katie Jo Shirley is a relentless player and tough to defend,”

Wise said. “She kept us on our toes throughout the game.”

With their surprising regular season at its end, the Rams

returned home Sunday and now turn their attention to next season

when the entire team returns to make another run at glory.

“Can we see ourselves winning matches like this?” Hilbert asked

rhetorically. “I think the answer is yes. We just have to get

better in a number of areas and we’ll do that with another


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Rams ready to end year in Frisco

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Dec 142003
Authors: Steve Latuda

By winning five of its last seven games, the Colorado State Rams

football team earned its school-record fifth straight bowl trip,

which will occur on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco.

Expect plenty of offensive fireworks on New Year’s Eve, as CSU

and Boston College, two of the nation’s elite scoring teams, battle

it out in the City by the Bay in the second annual Diamond Walnut

San Francisco Bowl.

Now in his 11th season as head coach, Sonny Lubick has led CSU

to eight postseason contests in the past decade. Lubick’s overall

record with the Rams stands at 91-43, and he has guided his team to

10 consecutive winning seasons.

“We’ve had some good practices,” Lubick said. “Its good to see

the guys running around and having fun.”

Rams quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, the two-time Mountain West

Conference Offensive Player of the Year, is still nursing a broken

hand injury that he suffered in the team’s regular season finale in

Las Vegas against UNLV three weeks ago.

He had surgery to repair the injury, and was on the field for

practice on Thursday, but he did not throw the football.

In 2003, Van Pelt tallied 3,526 total yards of offense and

scored 27 touchdowns to lead the MWC. In his third year behind

center, Van Pelt became just the fourth quarterback in Division I-A

football history to pass for at least 5,000 yards and rush for more

than 2,000 yards during his collegiate career.

Tom O’Brien, Boston College’s head coach, has led the resurgence

of Eagles football since taking charge of the program in 1997.

O’Brien’s record with the Eagles is currently 47-36, and he too has

led Boston College to five straight bowl appearances. In the San

Francisco Bowl, the Eagles will be seeking their 4th consecutive

bowl victory.

“This is a great opportunity for our football team and our

fans,” O’Brien said in a press release. “The timing of the game is

perfect. It’s important for our team, when making the change to the

(Atlantic Coast Conference), that we show the new conference that

our fans will travel and they will support this team.”

Senior running back Derrick Knight is the leader of Boston

College’s high-powered offense. Knight led the Big East Conference

in both rushing with 1,599 yards and in all-purpose yards, gaining

1,826 total yards. He ranked third in the nation in rushing in

2003, and capped off his Boston College career as the school’s

all-time rushing leader with 3,603 yards.

“Boston College is a solid team,” Lubick said. “They are going

to be physical and try to run the ball. They have a very good

running back and are sound all the way around.”

The Eagles lead the Big East in total offense, averaging 407.8

yards per game, with 42 touchdowns this season. The Rams lead the

Mountain West in total offense, averaging 443.2 yards per game, and

is second in the conference in scoring offense, averaging 30 points

per game.

“We’re very excited to select Boston College to face Colorado

State in the second annual Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl,” said

Gary Cavalli, executive director of the San Francisco Bowl in a

press release. “We got the match-up we’ve wanted. In CSU

quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt and Boston College running back

Derrick Knight we have two of the best offensive players in college

football. It promises to be an exciting, high-scoring game.”

The game will kick-off at 8:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) and can been

seen on ESPN2. It will be played at Pac Bell Park in San


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San Francisco Attractions

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Dec 142003
Authors: John Teten

San Francisco is loaded with attractions and a steamy nightlife.

For fans traveling to watch the CSU football team take on the

Boston College Eagles in 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl,

here is your guide to life in San Fran.

Every traveler’s first priority in San Francisco should be a jog

up the hill on Fillmore Street, in Alamo Square. This hill is

famous from the opening credits of the sitcom “Full House.”

As you skip up the hill just ponder how far Mary-Kate and Ashley

have come. The next step in revealing to all locals your tourist

nature is a ride along the cable cars while singing the Rice-a-Roni

jingle. The scene is perfectly set, traveling along the Powell/Hyde

line you pass through the city over Nob Hill and arrive at

Fishermen’s Wharf, all while screaming incessantly “the San

Francisco Treat!”

From the wharf you have the option of shopping for cheesy

T-shirts or spying on sea lions. If you arrive early enough in the

day you can catch old fishermen at work. The boardwalk is a

happening place throughout the day with attractions like Ripley’s

Believe It or Not Museum. Continue on foot toward a taste of

chocolate’s history at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory. Once

your stomach is fully coated with gooey cocoa you’re off on a ferry

to Alcatraz.

The Rock continues to be one of the Bay Area’s top draws. This

one-time prison is where Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery saved

mankind and Mike Myers learned about “Machine Gun Kelly” and his

“shiv.” The tour is way too much a chunk of American history to

pass up.

While in the city see if Terrell Owens will show you his latest

dance, if Barry Bonds will show you his rippling chest or if you

can coax Joe Montana and Jerry Rice to rejoin the Niners and bring

back the glory days.

Clich�? Possibly, but on this end of town looms the

Golden Gate Bridge. Double your scenic pleasure and travel over the

bridge into Sausalito, where you can catch a Pacific-setting sun

with a loved one among monstrous Vermillion tree trunks. This jaunt

is a beautiful way to get ready for the nightcap.

There are many ways to spend a night in this California city,

street after street are lined with fun places to imbibe or


In the Mission District you can indulge in music, food and fun

at the Elbo Room, a laid back dual-level bar. Rock or funk can be

found upstairs and drinks down-space is always at a premium. For

the trendy folk the 2202 Oxygen Bar offers a variety of legal shots

of oxygen. It is expensive, but supposedly uplifting.

Each district offers a change in style, but plenty of


Check out the Infusion Bar near Pac Bell Park for infused vodka

drinks and The Butter, in SOMA, for redneck eats and plenty of

Pabst. The Hemlock Tavern in Polk Area provides more fresh music

and young adults.

The beauty of it all? CSU wants to help you get there. The Ram

Road Trip is offering deals for individuals and groups wanting to

visit the coast. The individual deal is $199 for lodging, travel

and a game ticket, or save one hundred bones and travel


The four-pack with travel consists of tickets, travel and

lodging for $750. Check out more on www.ascsu.colostate.edu.

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CSU soccer dominates at nationals, club volleyball does the same

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Dec 142003
Authors: Collegian sports staff

For the men and women of CSU’s men’s and women’s club soccer

teams, the 2003 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association

Soccer Tournament, provided the chance to prove their worth; and

that they did.

Playing in brisk winter temperatures of Dec. 4, the CSU’s club

men’s team, the women’s gold team and the women’s green team

charged through the three-day tournament defeating opponents left

and right en route to a trio of top finishes.

The men’s team finished in the final four, the women’s gold

finished third and the women’s green team finished fourth.

“Every team there is at the highest level that you can play,”

said Kerry Greer, captain and president of the women’s team, of the

competition at the tournament. “I’m proud of the entire team, they

stepped up and took on each game.”

Playing their fifth game in two days, the gold team fell to the

University of Colorado-Boulder in a hotly contested battle that

ended in a shootout. Colorado went on to win the tournament.

Meanwhile the men played almost the duration of the tournament

without allowing a goal. Unfortunately, the first goal they did let

in, during a quarterfinal game against men’s tournament champion

the University of Illinois, was enough to end their season. The

team lost to the Fighting Illini 4-0 in a game that mid-fielder and

president of the men’s team Ryan Bennet said the team did not play

at its full potential.

“We just came out flat and they scored on us early, so we tried

to play catch-up the rest of the game,” Bennet said. “We’re used to

leading the game. We usually score first and score a lot, so we’re

not used to trying to come back.”

Greer and teammate Sara Zach represented the CSU women’s team on

the All-Tournament team, while Billy Cooksey represented the men’s


“I was honored to accept it,” Cooksey said of being elected by

his peers to the team. “I was (very) excited.”

Women’s club volleyball rolls in Arizona

Playing six games in one day after a 14-hour drive to Tucson,

Ariz., and the University of Arizona, the CSU women’s club

volleyball team swept through the competition en route to a

tournament championship and boosted their league-best record to

23-1. The Rams defeated Arizona, the University of California-San

Diego and CU-Boulder to take the crown. The latter match was the

third for the Rams against the Buffaloes and the result was similar

to the previous two.

“We’ve played CU in scrimmages twice and beat them twice, so we

know how they play,” said Ursula de Tourbaix, president of the

team. “We weren’t intimidated. We wanted to beat them a third time

to prove we are for real.”

Though CU came into the game talking, CSU quickly shut them up

by scoring three unanswered points to open the match. The team

never looked back after taking that lead. “They lost their voice

after we scored the first three points,” de Tourbaix said. “We just

killed them.”

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Basketball teams face tough games over break

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Dec 142003
Authors: Vince Blaser, Katrice Thomas

Both the men’s and women’s CSU basketball teams have been up and

down early in the season, but both seem to be improving. As of

Friday, both teams had 4-3 records. When students return from

break, both teams will have completed tough out-of-conference

schedules and started Mountain West Conference play. Here is a look

at what they will be facing.

Men’s basketball

Despite losing 84-78 to Colorado Wednesday, forward Matt

Williams said the men’s team has looked much better than they did

on a 1-2 road trip in which they were blown out by Auburn and

Oklahoma State.

“It’s coming together, I think, faster than last year,” said

Williams, who has led the Rams in scoring the last two games.

“We’ve got to carry that emotion (from the CU game) on to the next


After completing another rivalry game against the University of

Denver in Denver last Saturday, the Rams will head to Florida on

Saturday to face Stetson University, which has a 2,142 enrollment,

in DeLand Highlands and the University of South Florida in Tampa on


After a break for Christmas, the Rams will then return to Moby

Arena on Dec. 30 to face an extremely tough opponent in No. 16

Purdue. The Boilermakers (6-1), beat No. 4 Duke on the road 78-68

and lost their first game of the season 47-45 at No. 11


Four days later on Jan. 3, CSU will host Pepperdine University

at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Waves (2-3), have had a couple

tough losses to California opponents. However, they beat CU 94-77

and lost by two points to Oklahoma State.

The Rams round out their break schedule by facing Montana State

(3-3) of the Big Sky Conference on Jan. 5 and opening their

conference season at home against Air Force on Jan. 12.

Women’s basketball

The women’s team ended a three-game losing streak Thursday with

an 80-63 win at Denver.

The Rams have just begun their season and have eight games

behind them, but with the break coming up there will be plenty of

game wrapped packages for the Rams to open.

“Right now we are focused on these upcoming games,” sophomore

guard Vanessa Espinoza said. “We would like to go into break with a

winning streak, but we are definitely excited to play teams like

Notre Dame, and Loyola Marymount.” Notre Dame will be gracing Fort

Collins’ Moby Arena on Dec. 29, about a week after St. Mary’s tips

off against the Rams on Dec. 21. The Rams will then travel to the

Pepsi Center to take on Loyola Marymount for their first game of

2004. The handful of home games doesn’t stop them as they take on

Montana and conference foes BYU and Utah before the student body

returns to campus.

“It’s pretty exciting to play teams like Notre Dame,” junior

center Lindsay Thomas said, “It’s also exciting to get to play

basketball without worrying about school.”

With school set on the back burner for Winter Break what

specifics will the team focus on?

“Playing hard from the get-go,” Thomas said.

The Rams are without a doubt a very feisty team, but Espinoza

knows that this team can improve even more. With a tough lineup for

the Rams, it’s important to start the season the right way.

“At times we do things really well,” Espinoza said. “But we

don’t do those things well for 40 minutes. We have to play for 40


The Rams will travel to San Francisco before the football team,

playing at the University of San Francisco on Dec. 14. They then

head home for seven straight home games.

“We got to come out from the start (of each game), with pressure

defense, and rebound, and find a way to get more transition

baskets,” Espinoza said.

With Winter Break inching near, Espinoza and her team are having

visions of basketballs bouncing on the courts, which is a good

thing for Rams fans, who will be cheering on the Rams during the


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Santa’s in town

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Dec 142003
Authors: Holly Stollsteimer

Becoming a Santa has become an in-depth hiring process, no

longer including fake beards and padded suits.

Peggy Lyle, entertainment director for the Downtown Business

Association, said the Santa in the Old Town Square seems “straight

from the North Pole.”

“He really does go by Santa this time of year,” she said. “He

takes his role very seriously.”

Santa Claus, otherwise known as Wayne the remaining three

seasons of the year, has been in this business since 1995. People

who knew him had suggested him being Santa, and a company recruited


“When people keep saying ‘ho ho ho,’ or ‘you’re a long way from

the North Pole,’ you just start thinking,” Claus said.

According to Lyle, this Santa has worked for many organizations

in the United States. Claus said he’s worked in Georgia, New York,

Virginia, Texas and Colorado. He has a resume, which states his


Cynthia Eichler, general manager of the Foothills Mall, said

their Santa, Bob Wills, has been with them for two years. Cherry

Hill Photo in New Jersey contracted him out to Fort Collins.

According to Eichler, becoming Santa has become a more

sophisticated process. Santas apply to a company like Cherry Hill,

followed by a background check.

If applying Santas don’t have experience, Eichler said, they are

put through a “Santa school” to learn how to act like Santa and

better relate to the children.

“Kids can pose some tough questions and (Santas) need to know

the best way to handle that,” she said. “I’ve heard children ask

for their mothers to come home, and those are some real


Many Santas have acquired special skills. According to Lyle, the

downtown Santa plays the accordion and concertina, speaks Spanish

and sign language, teaches children origami and crafts and reads


“His workshop is very cozy and welcoming,” she said.

Eichler said their Santa has different skills. He now works on

the maintenance crew at the Foothills Mall.

“He’s a very handy guy,” she said.

Claus worked as a teacher for years before becoming a Santa, and

continues to teach occasionally.

Eichler said the beards are not required to be real, but it is

always preferred.

“Kids are smart,” she said. “The more realistic the better.”

Claus said most professional Santas have real beards, and his is

real as well. He said it is more realistic to the children.

“Kids think ‘yeah, he really is Santa Claus’ when you have a

real beard,” Claus said.

Claus said he expects to continue being a Santa for at least

four or five more years.

The downtown Santa listens to children’s wishes from noon to 6

p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with extended hours until 8 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays.

At 11:30 a.m. he reads children stories and has a craft day on

Dec. 20.

Pictures are always available with both Santas as well.

“Even college students can enjoy a visit with Santa,” Lyle


The downtown Santa said if students want to make a good

Christmas card, they should stop in.

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Fort Collins Carriages: Precautions to avoid big city problems

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Dec 142003
Authors: Jamie Way

Every year around this time, Fort Collins’ holiday spirit begins

to show.

White lights brighten Old Town, shoppers can be seen bustling

around the streets and for the second year, B&R Services’

carriages can be seen taking passengers for a ride around downtown.

Though many people find these rides enjoyable, others do not think

it is an acceptable form of entertainment.

Amanda Miller, event coordinator of the Downtown Business

Association, 19 Old Town Square, said she believes a variety of

people could enjoy the carriage rides, such as kids and


“I think it’s just a wonderful time…” Miller said. “It adds to

the holiday experience down here.”

Not everyone agrees that carriage rides should be an enjoyable

time. Ruth Goldstein, spokesperson for American Society for the

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, believes that other things should

be taken into account.

“We’re opposed to the act of taking people around in carriages,

in an urban area especially,” Goldstein said. “It’s a completely

inhumane form of entertainment.” Goldstein says a variety of

concerns arise out of the horses being in an urban setting. She

said that the horses breathing exhaust, their stable conditions and

potential motor vehicle accidents are all problems. The ASPCA,

based out of New York City, campaigned to keep the carriages solely

within City Park.

“It’s just not an appropriate environment,” Goldstein said.

Jim Rice, owner of B&R Services, disagrees. He said his

company’s wagons are equipped with turn lights, lanterns, rubber

tires and hydraulic brakes. He said they also re-shoe the horses


“Some people don’t agree with using horses for work,” Rice said.

“(The) teams of horses we have really love to work.”

Rice and his partner Doug Barnes drive the two carriages. To

care for them they provide them with water approximately once an

hour and give them treats sporadically. They provide approximately

nine hours worth of rides.

“We switch our teams out about every two hours,” Rice said.

According to Rice, the horses are very gentle and passengers

have had a very positive response.

“A lot of people get engaged on our carriages in December,” Rice


Rice said many people enjoy the carriage rides, because of the

reminiscent feel they bring to the community.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Rice said. “It brings back the old days of

Fort Collins.”

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Holiday Depression: A bigger problem than you think

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Dec 142003
Authors: Christiana Nelson


Gifts tied up with ribbons, candles and trees glowing with light

and the sweet smells of seasonal dishes signal the holiday season,

but for some the holidays are neither filled with joy nor


Ali Flemate understands that feeling.

She has personally experienced depression associated with the

holiday season and has also witnessed her parents and her teachers

struggle with the problem.

“A lot of stress comes with the holidays. Finances can be tight

and there is a stigma that people should be happy and always be

cheerful,” said Flemate, a sophomore social work major.

Holiday depression, also called the “holiday blues,” is a common

problem for Americans and can occur for a variety of reasons, said

Dr. Jay Hessler, a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the Hartshorn

Health Service.

“It is a pretty significant problem and there are a lot of

causes that go along with the ‘holiday blues’ because it is a

stressful period of time,” Hessler said. “People have a fear of

disappointing others and they have unrealistic expectations of the


Flemate agreed that, in her experience, there are numerous

reasons for the onset of depression during the holiday season.

“There are finals and wanting to end the year on a good note.

Finances are stressful and you feel stress from other people;

everything is so busy,” Flemate said. “It is hard to keep up.”

Rebecca Quillen, a junior interior design major, comes from a

family of musicians and said her family members become overwhelmed

by the additional concerts required for the holiday season.

“The extra concerts, the extra work, create stress. There is so

much to do over the holidays; so much is going on,” Quillen said.

“People get down because they are stressed out and they are trying

to shop for everybody and go to different events.”

In addition to the stress that accompanies the holiday season,

people often become depressed when they “remember painful events in

their past or think of happier times,” Hessler said.

Shantel Ho, a junior zoology major, has never witnessed holiday

depression but believes dwelling on the past could be a significant

part of the seasonal blues.

“If someone is alone, with no friends or family, I would think

it would be a hard time of year because you’d think about the

past,” Ho said.

The various holiday pressures often induce stress responses in

individuals and symptoms of the holiday blues, which can include

headaches, drinking excessively, over-eating and difficulty

sleeping, according to the National Mental Health Association.

People withdrawing from their daily tasks can also characterize

holiday season depression, Hessler said.

“Their energy level decreases, they have a lack of motivation

and people tend to get down on themselves,” he said. “They

withdraw; they don’t want to be around others and have problems

making decisions.”

Women are twice as likely as men to develop holiday depression,

but the reason for the gender gap remains vague.

“There are too many theories to number,” Hessler said. “Hormones

probably come into play with females and the social stressors are

different for females than males.”

To avoid the holiday blues, Hessler recommends people put the

holidays in perspective.

“Be realistic and remember that the holidays don’t solve past

problems,” Hessler said. “Give yourself permission not to feel

cheerful all of the time and be honest about your needs and


Flemate said she deals with holiday season stress by trying to

take time for herself.

“It’s important to take a break, to go somewhere by yourself or

pamper yourself,” she said.

When the gifts are unwrapped, the holiday decorations are packed

away and the favorite holiday foods are simply leftovers, holiday

depression should also end.

However, if the holiday depression symptoms do not recede with

the season’s conclusion, the problem may be more serious than the

“holiday blues.”

“If the holiday blues don’t dissolve or dissipate after the

holidays there could be potential for a major problem like Seasonal

Affective Disorder or true Major Depressive Disorder,” Hessler


Martin Dangelmayr noticed his sister became depressed when

autumn turned into winter, but said he doesn’t believe that her

depression is a result of the holidays.

“Winter’s arriving and my sister gets depressed as soon as it

gets cold,” said Dangelmayr, a junior chemistry major.

The actual winter season, rather than the stressors that

accompany it, is the major reasons individuals develop SAD. MDD

occurs for a variety of reasons and is characterized as having more

depressive symptoms than other forms of depression.

These more serious forms of depression occur for different

reasons than holiday depression and the individuals who suffer from

SAD and MDD may exhibit further symptoms of depression, including

feelings of violence.

Although it is important to understand possible explanations for

depression that continues past the holiday season, it is also

important to realize that holiday depression commonly extends

slightly beyond the season’s end.

Post-holiday letdown is often more common than holiday

depression and occurs due to holiday season outcome disappointments

and the stress that accompanies the holidays, according to the


Hessler recommends visiting a medical professional if the

“holiday blues” do not disappear shortly after the holiday

stressors, but as for individuals who suffer from holiday

depression, he emphasized that the holidays do not have to lead to

stress and depression.

“Just slow down and enjoy,” he said. “Give yourself time to

relax and try to do things for yourself as well as others.”

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Stressing Finals

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Dec 142003
Authors: Chris Kampfe


‘Tis the season of giving or the season to be thankful. For

others it’s the season to be stressed out.

Between finals and end of semester assignments, it is not

uncommon for some college students to experience elevated levels of

stress during these times.

Other than being a mental hindrance, stress can have adverse

physical affects on the body as well.

Ernie Chavez, chair of the psychology department, said stress

creates a “fight or flight” condition in the body, a condition in

which the body senses danger and is rushed with adrenaline to

either ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ from the danger.

But stress is a mental perception of danger that does not exist

on a physical level. Stress creates an imbalance in a body’s

chemistry because of the prolonged time the body is pumping

adrenaline, among other neurochemicals through your blood.

The result of this is a body that is run down with a weakened

immune system. This is why some people get sick right after


Being that “stress season” coincides with the flu season, it

would seem like a particularly bad time to deteriorate one’s immune


Though students can’t control their finals, they can control

their stress.

During times of stress students may experience increased acne,

headaches and high levels of irritability.

Everyone has his/her own methods of studying for finals and

coping with stress, but some people have a hard time telling the

difference between real solutions and myths.

“I usually just try and exercise and remind myself not to

overreact,” said Megan Chapman, freshman open option major. “If I

can not save all my studying so I have to cram at the end, that

helps too.”

Chavez also said students should maintain as many aspects of

their normal routines as possible, including things like diet and


“Keep with your routine. If you exercise on a daily basis before

finals, exercise daily during finals,” Chavez said. “If you don’t

exercise and you decide to run a couple miles because you think

you’re getting stressed with finals, you’re just putting more

stress on your system.”

He said it is important for students to remind themselves that

this test really is not different than any other tests they’ve

taken before.

Jerry Deffenbacher, a psychology professor at CSU whose research

focuses on stress, offers some more immediate solutions to


“You need to ask yourself ‘is my thinking making me more

stressful?’ It will be helpful to sit back and say things to

yourself like ‘I would like an A, but I don’t need one.'”

Deffenbacher also said taking breaks in studying by listening to

music, going for a walk or another relaxing activity will help

break up the tension of studying.

Deffenbacher said it is important to prioritize stresses and

address those things that need to be addressed first.

“For example, if you and your roommate are having issues

resolving the phone bill you’ll need to decide which stressor is

more important,” Deffenbacher said. “If your phone bill argument

can wait until after finals, then you should push it back until

after then.”

Charles Davidshofer, director of the University Counseling

Center, works with stressed students on a regularly. Davidshofer

said stress and depression are the two most common ailments

afflicting students who seek help at the center, especially around


“If people don’t get things done at a timely fashion in this

season, they tend to feel frenzied,” Davidshofer said. “This time

of year seems to present a lot of financial problems for


Davidshofer said students can keep stress down these times of

year by establishing a more rigorous study schedule earlier in the

year. But although studying is a key component to not stressing out

during finals, he said setting aside time for recreation should be

built into one’s schedule.

The University Counseling Center offers a stress management

program on campus and can be reached at 491-6053 for an

appointment, but walk-ins are accepted.

Another source of relaxation might be found at Campus Recreation

with a massage. If interested in setting up an appointment call


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American leans to protein extreme

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Dec 142003
Authors: Christiana Nelson

Red meat, chicken, whey protein shakes and 30 pounds later,

Aaron Novotny is three months into his protein diet.

“I researched protein on the Internet and made a decision,” said

Novotny, a freshman health and exercise science major who works out

five days a week and supplements his diet with protein to help him

bulk up.

Although many athletes and active individuals supplement

standard diets with protein, the average American already has more

than adequate protein in their diet, said Dawn Clifford, a

registered dietitian at Hartshorn Health Service.

“We know muscles need protein, but what’s wrong is that we don’t

need huge amounts of protein,” she said.

Colton Salyards, a junior mechanical engineering major, does not

take protein supplements, despite his active lifestyle.

“I feel that in my everyday diet, I get enough protein,”

Salyards said.

In contrast, Loren Cordain, a health and exercise science

professor and the author of “Paleo Diet,” believes that protein is

a very important dietary addition, especially for athletes.

“Athletes need increased protein,” Cordain said. “I suggest a

diet that looks more like a Stone Age diet. They didn’t eat dairy

products, they didn’t eat grains; they just ate lean meats, fish,

fruits and vegetables.”

Cordain suggests maintaining a diet of fruits and vegetables

while increasing protein, but Clifford argues that the lack of

balance is one of the biggest problems with protein diets.

“Increased protein often means that you are missing out on other

food groups,” Clifford said.

Laura Anderson, a second-year graduate student and American

College Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer for the Campus

Recreation, agreed.

“Your body is only going to utilize so much protein,” Anderson

said. “You have to be careful to keep your energy in balance.”

Novotny admitted that not all of the 30 pounds he gained in the

past three months is muscle but said he will continue his protein


“I have to eat a lot and it is not all muscle, but you have to

take the good with the bad,” Novotny said.

Zach Chicoine started supplementing his diet with protein under

the advice of his University of Northern Colorado baseball coach

and said he has “been doing it so long it is a habit.”

“In the summer, when I have a little extra money I would buy

protein shakes, but otherwise I eat chicken and red meat, about

three to five servings a day,” said Chicoine, a senior finance real

estate major.

Protein shakes have even become a popular alternative to eating

mass quantities of meat for people outside of athletics, said Sarah

Hill, a sales representative at General Nutrition Center, 238 E.

Harmony Road.

“We sell more protein than anything besides weight loss

(products),” Hill said. “People buy it for sports, for surgeries,

to help with weight loss, women use soy protein for menopause. We

sell it to young and old.”

Sophia Tribble, a sophomore sports medicine major, works out six

to seven days per week but still feels excess protein would not

benefit her.

“I’m more focused on staying in shape than achieving extra

muscle,” Tribble said.

There are no proven health consequences to taking excess

protein, but experts speculate that large amounts of protein may

put too much stress on the kidneys and cause kidney failure later

in life, Clifford said.

Clifford recommends the average person only ingest .8 to 1 gram

of protein per kilogram of body weight, equaling about 73 to 91

grams for a 200-pound person. She further recommends bodybuilders

take 1.5 to 1.7 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight,

which is approximately 136 to 155 grams of protein for a 200-pound


Although protein is a necessary dietary component, Clifford

emphasized the importance of considering activity levels before

ingesting additional protein.

“You can’t just eat,” Clifford said. “You have to put work in,

because what you don’t use for energy will be stored as fat.”

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