January 20 is coming, whether you like it or not

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Dec 142003
Authors: Erin Frustaci


Only one more week is left of studying, getting up early, test

taking and trekking to class. Finals will soon be over and it will

be time for a break.

For some students, Winter Break is a time of relaxation,

spending time with family and friends and pushing school far from

their minds.

This can make getting back into the school routine a little


“On topics like math, I completely forget everything I’ve

learned and it’s like I have to completely re-teach myself simple

things like basic algebra,” said Rachel Pember, a sophomore

psychology major.

Joe Champ, assistant professor from the Department of Journalism

and Technical Communication, admits that he does notice a

difference in students after break.

“The first thing I notice after an extended break is the length

of time it takes to get my students’ attention,” Champ said.

“Usually after my fourth attempt to quiet everybody, they finally

get the idea and settle down.”

Champ said this is a short-term problem though and that he

believes in the long run the break really is an advantage for


Anne Wilcox, director of Academic Advancement Center, believes

keeping the mind fresh over break can be beneficial. She said there

are many things students can do so they can make the transition

back to school go more smoothly.

“Get lots of sleep over break, I don’t think I need to tell

students that. I would recommend using the mind in fun ways such as

crossword puzzles, card games or any game where you use your mind

to think or strategize,” Wilcox said.

She also encourages students to find out what textbooks they

will be using for the next semester and to try to get them


“If nothing else, a few days before classes start, glance

through the textbooks to get an idea of what topics will be covered

and to get your minds revved up a little bit,” she said.

Alonso Garcia, a junior business major, reads books and

magazines over break. He thinks this might be what helps him.

“For me, it’s not too hard to get my mind back on track. It’s

just the way I am,” Garcia said. “I have trouble after summer

because it is so long, but a month doesn’t really affect me.”

Lissa Fischer, a senior finance major, doesn’t think it is easy

to come back to school after break.

“Sometimes I feel like it is hard to get back into studying

after a long break. It’s definitely hard to concentrate and to pay

attention in class when you have been doing whatever you want for

the last month,” Fischer said.

For many students, doing something fun that keeps their mind off

school for a little bit is just as useful. Such things include

hanging out with friends, going to a movie or going out for ice


Champ agreed it is important to recognize the benefit of taking

a break. He said he tries to leave work behind every once in a

while, just to relax.

“I think it is important for students to give themselves a true

break, cleanse the old brain and maybe they’ll come back more


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Fire safety should be a concern

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Dec 142003
Authors: Seth Davis

There it is, the perfect house. The rent is cheap, and it is two

blocks from campus. Kevin Wilson, division chief for the Poudre

Fire Authority, suggests looking twice to see if the house is

really so perfect.

Wilson described an emergency that almost turned fatal because

of an unsafe home.

“We had a fire on Washington Street a year or so ago where

someone had converted the garage into a bedroom, and there was no

way out except for a closet door,” Wilson said. “They had a couch

on the front porch. A carelessly tossed cigarette caught the couch

on fire and we had to conduct a rescue.”

Wilson said the residents cut a hole in the back of the living

room closet to lead to the garage, which they made into a bedroom.

The firefighters rescued someone from a different room, but

fortunately nobody was in the garage at the time. The firefighters

did not find the bedroom in the garage until later.

“Had it been 30 or 40 seconds later, it would have been a

fatality,” Wilson said.

Wilson said he does not think that house was the only one in

Fort Collins that has been modified without thinking of safety. He

also expressed concern about basement apartments and converted


“Basement apartments are a real issue. Sometimes there are too

many people down there and not enough exits for them to get out. If

the windows are really small, that might be a violation of codes.

People living in attics might not have stairwells or escape

ladders,” Wilson said.

Wilson said residents or landlords should get a permit and go

through the proper process when modifying a home.

Kasey McQueen is a student staffer for Off-Campus Student

Services/Resources for Adult Learners. She doubts students looking

to rent properties pay attention to potential fire hazards.

“I don’t think it’s one of the biggest factors that comes to

mind,” McQueen said. “It just seems like there are a million more

important things like price and location. Nobody really thinks a

place is going to burn down.”

McQueen added that she has never had anyone ask about how safe a

particular house is while she has worked for OCSS.

Scott Klatskin, senior marketing major, admitted to having other

qualities than fire safety in mind when choosing a house to


“Honestly, it was one of the last things on my mind. I was more

interested in location and cost than fire safety,” Klatskin


Klatskin said his landlord tries to keep her tenants safe to the

best of her abilities. She installed smoke detectors and made sure

they knew where the fire extinguishers were located.

While Klatskin feels safe in his house, he wonders how safe some

of his friends’ houses are.

“One of my friends is living in a basement apartment with one

little window and one door. It doesn’t seem very safe to me,”

Klatskin said.

Wilson said the fire department would come out to a residence

and conduct an inspection if someone calls and requests one. He

thinks it is better to be cautious than to run into problems


“I think the real key is to give us a call if you’re in doubt

when renting, if it doesn’t look right,” Wilson said. “Even if you

don’t rent it but are concerned, call the fire department or the

city’s building department. Calls can be anonymous, and all we need

is the address. Sometimes it is just a misunderstanding.”



Some things to look for in a rental:

* Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors

* Carbon monoxide detectors

* Windows large enough to crawl through

* Multiple exits

* Adequate electrical system

* Simple, quick escape routes

* Portable heaters mean the property does not have an adequate

heating system

* For more information, visit http://www.poudre-fire.org/

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How Sweet it is

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Dec 112003
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

It is called the Sweet 16 for a reason. It is a reward for a

good season and hard work, which the Rams volleyball team (30-4)

has accomplished this year.

“It’s all I can think about, I couldn’t sleep,” said right-side

hitter Dre Downs. “It’s a really good time to be a part of CSU


The No. 12 Rams will play the No. 3 University of Florida Gators

(33-1) tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla. A win means CSU

would play on ESPN Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Elite 8 of the NCAA

Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament versus the

winner of a Kansas State and Penn State game.

The Gators’ only loss came against No. 1 USC in the first match

of the season. Florida has faced some of the same opponents as the

Rams, going 5-0 against No. 6 Kansas State, BYU, No. 5 Stanford,

Florida A&M and No. 14 Minnesota. The Rams went 3-3 against

those same teams, losing to Kansas State, Stanford and


The Gators have swept every match since Aug. 23, when they lost

one game to Kansas State.

CSU looks to change that by playing good defense.

“We’ve got to play defense, a lot of our games we’ve won by

playing defense,” Downs said.

Easy points can be made by keeping serving and passing errors to

a minimum.

“Serving and passing is always important, especially going into

an away game,” said libero Lindsey Kerr, who looks to return to the

lineup after missing the last 10 matches due to surgery.

Because Florida is a low-error team, CSU coach Tom Hilbert is

hoping having Kerr back will minimize CSU’s errors.

“She’s a little rusty,” Hilbert said of Kerr. “But having

Lindsey rusty is better than having two players.”

The Rams are 1-1 against the Gators lifetime, defeating the

Gators in four games at Florida to start the 2000 season. Three

Florida seniors remain from the 2000 season while the CSU lineup

has changed completely.

“They are essentially better (than in 2000),” Hilbert said.

“They are all seniors. There’s no lack of talent on that team.

There’s a million people on that team that can hurt you.”

Florida is led by senior outside hitter Aury Cruz, junior setter

Lauren Moscovic and junior middle blocker Sherri Williams. Cruz is

arguably the most dangerous person on the team, hitting .319 with

4.43 kills per game and 3.30 digs per game. Moscovic is averaging

13.12 assists per game and Williams has a team-best .473 hitting

percentage. Sophomore Jane Collymore, a former star at Kent Denver

High School, is hitting .298 in 100 games this season for the

Gators with 3.59 kills per game.

“We have to play well and score some points when Cruz is in the

back row,” Hilbert said. “She’s going to get kills in the front


As a team, the Gators are hitting .348 with 16.59 kills, 2.10

service aces, 14.62 digs and 3.18 blocks per game. They have a

perfect record at home in Gainesville.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association named juniors

Melissa Courtney and Katie Jo Shirley to the All-Region West Team

on Dec. 10.

Shirley, after missing the first round of the NCAA Tournament

due to a shoulder injury, played against Maryland on Saturday and

is expected to play today. Shirley is hitting .417 on the season

and last week against Maryland had eight kills and only one


Courtney had 47 assists for the Rams against Maryland. With 83

more assists, she will be fourth on the CSU career list with 3,210.

She also has 53 service aces on the year and junior Bri Frech has


CSU is doing better in tournament play than it averaged during

the season. The Rams were hitting .271 with 16.62 kills per game,

12.57 digs and 1.92 aces. In first round play, the team hit .364

with 18.67 kills, 13.5 digs and 2.67 aces. When hitting over .300

in a game, the Rams are 12-0 on the year.

Compared to the other three teams playing in Florida, CSU only

leads in the kills category. Florida leads in hitting percentage,

lowest opponent hitting percentage and aces per game. Penn State

has better averages in digs and blocks.

Penn State (30-4) and Kansas State (30-4) will face each other

Friday afternoon. Penn State has played Colorado, BYU and

Minnesota, going 2-2. CSU is 3-1 against those teams. Kansas State

defeated CSU earlier this year in Kansas. CSU is 0-3 lifetime

against Penn State and 5-3 versus Kansas State.

But in order to play either Penn State or Kansas State, the Rams

must win against the host.

“We’ve got to beat Florida,” Hilbert said. “That will help our

confidence. They think they’re here because they work hard. They

always feel like they have something to prove.”

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Fantasy Forum

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Dec 112003
Authors: Steve Latuda

Last week, during the fourth quarter of the Denver Broncos 45-27

victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver, Bronco’s running

back Clinton Portis was spotted on the sideline sporting a title


The belt, engraved with the professional wrestling seal, was a

gift from southern rapper “Pastor Troy” and had been sitting in

Portis’ locker waiting for a special moment to be displayed to a

national audience. And with five TD’s to his credit, there was no

better moment for Portis to display the belt than Sunday.

But after a closer look, the belt does stand for something:

Portis’ performance on Sunday was the best fantasy performance in

the history of Fantasy Football.

Portis totaled 253 yards from scrimmage (218 yards rushing and

36 yards receiving) and scored five touchdowns. After much research

done by not only the Fantasy Forum, but also by many other Web

sites that carry fantasy football contests, Portis broke the record

previously held by Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander and

Raiders receiver Jerry Rice.

With that said, let’s get to helping the remaining fantasy

playoff teams in their push toward the title.

Love em’

Jamal Lewis, RB BAL: In his push for not only 2,000 rushing

yards, but for the all-time single season rushing record, Lewis

will see many carries and many yards this weekend against the

Oakland Raiders.

Thomas Jones, RB TB: Named the starting running back in Tampa,

Jones will make the most of his chances this week against


Javon Walker, WR GB: The Packers play in San Diego, so weather

will not be a factor and Walker will be the top target for

quarterback Brett Favre.

Stephen Davis, RB CAR: Davis and the Panthers take on the

Arizona Cardinals this week, enough said.

Leave em’

Steve McNair, QB TEN: Injuries are starting to catch up to the

poor guy. If you have another decent starting quarterback go with

him, but if McNair is your franchise, I suggest staying with


New England running backs: There’s no telling who’ll get the

carries for the Pats, and New England’s opponent, the Jacksonville

Jaguars, has played stellar on ‘D’ lately.

Any player for the New York Giants: They are playing terrible

football, and last week’s performance was the final straw in this

team’s disappointing season.

Don’t forget to e-mail me your questions at


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CSU soccer dominates at nationals, club volleyball does the same

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Dec 112003
Authors: Collegian 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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Rams end losing skid

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Dec 112003
Authors: Joelle Milholm

DENVER – Sophomore forward Melissa Dennett abruptly put a stop

to the Rams three-game losing streak by scoring a game- and

career-high 24 points as the CSU women’s basketball team beat the

University of Denver 80-63 Thursday.

“(Dennett) was huge,” CSU head coach Chris Denker said. “For

whatever reason the light went on after the Oregon game and in

practice she started expanding her game.”

Dennett ruled the real estate under the basket not only with her

scoring but also with her five rebounds. Dennett watched the last

four minutes and 30 seconds from the bench after committing her

fifth foul and fouling out of the game.

“I have been learning some new moves and working hard at

practice,” Dennett said. “The coaches are really hard on the posts

at practice, but I think all of the posts are doing much


The Pioneers controlled the game in the first half,

out-rebounding the Rams 17-12 and ending the half with a 31-28


“In the first half we struggled with rebounding and in the

second half we stepped it up,” Dennett said. “We got on a lot of

runs offensively and I think rebounding gave us that boost.”

Unimpressed with the slow start, Denker said he kept his

halftime speech simple.

“We aren’t doing any of the things we set out to do,” Denker

said he told the team. “They are out-rebounding us; we have

careless turnovers and breakdowns on defense. Either go out and do

it or go out and lose.”

The speech turned out to be very effective as the Rams regained

the lead in the second half when Dennett scored nine points in the

first four minutes, making the score 42-35. Senior forward Joy

Jenkins also added to the scoring frenzy by scoring five points

during the Ram run. Jenkins finished the night with 10 points,

eight rebounds and two steals.

Denver kept the game close in the first 10 minutes of the second

half by hitting five 3-pointers in the half, two of which came from

junior guard Tasha Jones. Jones was the Pioneer’s leading scorer

with 21 points, almost 10 higher than her season average of


Denker changed the starting lineup for the first time all

season, putting freshman Annika Walseth on the court instead of

sophomore guard Vanessa Espinoza.

“I wanted to see us a little more fluid offensively,” Denker

said. “Vanessa did well and came in big off the bench to give us 13


Senior guard Jasai Ferrucho was forced to leave the game with an

ankle injury early in the first half, forcing freshmen Sarah Brown

and Molly Nohr to step in. Brown played 19 minutes with four

points, two rebounds and two steals.

“Sara Brown gave us some really big minutes,” Denker said.

Fellow freshman Kylee O’Dwyer led the youngsters with 13 points

and also grabbed four rebounds. With the win, the Rams improve to

4-3 on the year and Denver falls to 3-2 with its second straight


“It feels great,” Dennett said. “We hadn’t won in a while and it

feels great.”

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Eagles Announce “White-Out” for Saturday Afternoon

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Dec 112003
Authors: Justin Goldman

The Colorado Eagles return from a four-game road trip to face

the Wichita Thunder Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center at

7 p.m., then the New Mexico Scorpions Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Prior to the game against the Thunder, they will be unveiling a

“retro jersey” that offers a vintage look to replace their current

home white jerseys that have red and blue trim.

The Eagles front office announced in a press release that

Saturday’s match against the Scorpions is also the first

“White-Out”, where all fans are strongly encouraged and urged to

wear all-white shirts.

“We are encouraging fans to do this for our televised games,

because it looks great on camera,” said Eagles’ Vice President Eric


UPN 20 is providing the first televised game in Eagles history

Saturday afternoon against the Scorpions. They will use the help of

Media Tech Productions, which produces all Eagles’ home games.

“We hope the ‘White-Out’ will bring a sense of community, while

starting a new tradition at the same time,” said Eagles’ owner

Ralph Backstrom.

The Eagles are currently first in the Northwest Division and are

second overall in the Central Hokey League.

After finishing a four-game road trip 2-2, the Eagles return to

Colorado touting the top two scorers in the league. Right winger

Greg Pankewicz is first with 42 points, left winger Ryan Tobler is

second with 40 points and center Riley Nelson is fifth with 35


What is amazing, however, is the fact that all three players are

on the same line.

“Stewy (coach Chris Stewart) does a good job with us,” Nelson

said. “He always gives us the confidence we need to play well.”

The Eagles are now 15-7-1 and look to continue their success on

home ice by collecting their 10th and 11th home wins at the new

Budweiser Events Center, where they are 9-2.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s game are still available and

can be purchased by calling (877) 544-TIXX or visiting


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To the Editor:

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Dec 112003

When I read the opinion page in the paper today, I was bombarded

with a bevy of mixed feelings.

First, Ms. Seal’s column on ads and sexual content in the media

was slightly valid, but for the most part, ridiculous. Does Ms.

Seal hope to convince us that sexual offenders have no say in

whether or not they attack? I read not one word saying that sexual

predators should be held responsible for their own decisions. Sure,

they see sex and objectified women everywhere they go, but at the

end of the day it is a person’s morals and values that ultimately

decide whether or not they choose to rape.

Secondly, when I read the column beside Ms. Seal’s, I was

shocked. I want to applaud Josh Pilkington for his very

well-written article and his advocacy of awareness. The content was

horrifying, but the most amazing part is that for the first time

since I can remember, I was reading an article exploiting harsh

conditions for women that was written by a man. I want to say that

it is so refreshing to know that these world problems do not only

concern women anymore and that a man can stand up for the rights of


Lacie Glover

Freshman, chemistry

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To the Editor:

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Dec 112003

I am writing in response to Kyle Endres’ Dec. 10 article. This

is a fairly well-written article, and it seems fairly

well-researched. However, it doesn’t present the entire story. It

talks about how much the athletic department would like a band

presence. What it doesn’t say is that they are trying to get a pep

band of about 34 members.

The Marching Band is a 220-member organization. That would be

like asking the football team to only take 18 players to the game

(according to the Web site, the team’s roster is about 120

players). Another thing it doesn’t say is that the band is being

asked to bus out, play when they get there and then bus back home

after the game. That would be like asking the football team to bus

out the day before the game, do press things, play the game and bus

home right after. We would never dream of asking that of our

football team, so why should we ask that of the band?

Another quick note, while I don’t know for sure, the athletic

department has a bad habit of doing similar things to the

cheerleaders. They work very hard for the athletic program on

campus and very rarely get any recognition or help to do what is

asked of them. Here’s to you, band and cheerleaders. Without you,

the games would be just games, instead of a fun event for all to


Robert Rasmussen

Senior, music

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To the Editor:

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Dec 112003

For students driving home for the holidays, please take heed to

avoid becoming a tragic statistic. Young drivers under the age of

30 have the greatest risk for car crashes and fatalities due to

falling asleep at the wheel.

This may be caused as much by the biology of sleep for young

adults as by sleep deprivation and untreated sleep disorders.

Particularly at risk are those who have stayed up long hours to

complete work and who are anxious to “hit the road” and get


Please sleep first, pull of the road at the very fist sign of

sleepiness and use effective counter-measures such as switching to

an alert driver, napping and having a caffeinated beverage or


William Moorcroft

Instructor of sleep and dreams

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