Students Attain Confidence Through Dieting

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Jan 292004
 
Authors: Amy Sulzbach

Buying a trendy diet book and eliminating carbohydrates are just

a couple of the diet plans students and young people are using to

cut pounds fast.

With so many diets available to consumers today, people are

“joining the revolution.”

Trendy diets like these may appeal to students because they are

inexpensive and a speedy way to attain a desired look.

Ernie Chavez, chair of the psychology department, said diets

like the one by Robert Atkins and the “The South Beach Diet” are

quick fixes that appeal to young people’s desire to maintain a

healthy looking figure, male or female.

“We want the easy fixes and gimmicks to lose weight,” he said.

“We are so weight-obsessed.”

Chavez is concerned that students may be picking up a quick diet

book because they think they can just eat the way it recommends,

when in actuality it takes more than that, he said.

Tyler Albert, a junior open option seeking business major, uses

the “Body for Life” diet by Bill Phillips because it “isn’t very

time consuming.”

Some students using the low-carbohydrate miracle diets find them

not only easy but also cheap.

“Students don’t usually have a lot of food,” Chavez said.

“Eating healthy is expensive, so it is difficult for below-average

incomes.”

Individuals diet for a variety of reasons, Chavez said. Whether

a student is participating in a program like the Atkins Diet or

cutting down on the infamous carbohydrates it discourages, they are

trying to work toward an ideal. That ideal is aimed at health

reasons or attractiveness, he said.

Linsey Nance, junior organizational management major, diets

because it makes her feel healthy. Nance tries to eat more healthy

foods in an effort to stay fit.

“I don’t like the word ‘diet.’ I consider the way I eat a

habit,” she said. “When I eat healthy I feel better about myself.

I’m happier.”

Albert agreed.

“I eat and work out the way I do because I feel bad about myself

when I don’t,” he said. “I balance out my protein, carbs and

vegetables and avoid carbohydrates before I go to bed.”

Rather than cut out carbohydrates, he diets and exercises

regularly to maintain the body type that he has worked hard

for.

Social pressures and picture-perfect media images are what

Chavez said urges the desires of some students to obtain “the

perfect body” through dieting.

“A lot of people go to college and gain weight. I don’t want to

be one of those people,” Albert said. “I feel bad when I don’t stay

with my diet.”

Albert said that although people have noticed he is in good

shape, he will keep working at it until he is completely

satisfied.

While there is stress on both men and women to look a certain

way, Chavez admits that young women are more often targeted.

“I feel that maintaining a slim figure is expected by both

society and my peers,” said Laurie Dowd, junior business marketing

major.

Chavez said that students want to conform to fit in with their

peers around them. “Women, especially in the college age group,

often times reinforce each other’s need for dieting,” Chavez

said.

Though she will continue to keep up on her diet and figure, Dowd

said she is “happier when not watching her weight so closely.”

Chavez said students might be trying new diets because they are

participating in a different lifestyle than they were before

enrolling in college.

“New sedentary activities can cause people to gain weight

quickly,” he said. That weight, he said, can be shed more easily at

a younger age.

Programs like the one from Atkins aren’t likely to be a lifetime

fix, however. Students who eat healthy and get regular exercise are

more likely to fend off the consequences of a poor diet for a

lifetime, Chavez said.

“I eat the way I do because I don’t have to worry about all the

counting. I don’t have to do anything really,” Nance said. “When my

attitude is healthy, as well as my diet, I have a better body image

of myself.”

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Talking Money

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Jan 292004
 
Authors: Ben Bleckley

Two Associated Students of CSU bills relevant to the 2004

elections were proposed to the senate Wednesday.

The senate was supposed to have its first vote on both, but the

bills required further revision and were committed to the Academics

Committee. One reason for this is that senators were not attending

committee meetings, said Amanda Belles, an Intra-University senator

who worked on the bill.

At the beginning of the evening, bill 3308 stated it would lower

the current limit on campaign spending from $3,500 per candidate to

$2,000. That amount was later amended to $3,000.

“The purpose of lowering it is to allow as many qualified people

to run (for executive office,)” said Kevin McCartin, a senator for

the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

He argued that potential candidates might feel intimidated by an

opposition with more spending power due to their economic

status.

“The best person for the job may not have access to those types

of funds,” said Grant Wylie, a senator from the College of Liberal

Arts.

Others disagreed, however, saying that a lower spending cap will

reduce student awareness and result in a lower voter turnout.

“I was against lowering it to $2,000,” said Jon Oates, a senator

representing the College of Liberal Arts. “It was too restrictive

and would cut down on the ability of the candidates to reach

constituents.”

Oates does support the current $3,000 cap and said he would be

attending committee meetings to complete bill revisions.

“More money usually corresponds with higher student awareness,”

Wylie said. “But I wouldn’t say that’s a necessary connection.

Getting out there and being a person who the people can see and not

just being a name on a card, or attached to a sucker, or popcorn,

or a poster is essential.”

Bill 3311 would increase the current cumulative GPA requirement

for executive officers from 2.00 to 2.25.

“The reason for raising it is to meet student organizations,

which require a 2.25,” McCartin said. “We shouldn’t have lower

standards because we are a student organization.”

An earlier version of Bill 3308 included both the campaign

spending and GPA provisions. Since campaign spending is outlined in

election rules and the GPA is set in ASCSU’s constitution, the bill

was split into two.

Wednesday’s meeting lasted just under six hours. Katie Clausen,

ASCSU vice president, expects next Wednesday’s to be of similar

length.

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Low-carb diets not for everyone

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Jan 292004
 
Authors: Lindsay Robinson

Cereal. Milk. Toast. Donuts. Hash browns. Breakfast essentials

for some, these foods all have something in common – they are

strictly forbidden under the Atkins diet.

While many people will admit they have lost 40, 60, even 80

pounds on a low-carbohydrates diet, it may not be the weight-loss

track for everyone, and the various low-carb programs do come with

some drawbacks.

“People often find they have low levels of energy and get bored

with eating protein-only diets. We need variety. We get bored with

the same thing day in, day out,” said Ainslie MacEchran, a personal

trainer at the Fort Collins Club.

He also said that just because a food is low in carbs, it

doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy, or low in calories and fat.

He suggests people should simply be aware of what they eat.

“You’ve got to find a program that works for you as an

individual,” said Ruthann Deyo, an administrator at People On The

Go Weight Control in Loveland. “I think a combination of selecting

healthy foods, controlling your portion sizes and a little bit of

aerobic exercise are all beneficial in weight loss.”

So, if scrapping carbs is not the way to go, how should a person

eat to lose weight? MacEchran recommends paying attention to

portion size, leaving the table still feeling slightly hungry and

eating more than the standard three square meals a day.

“A better solution is to eat five to six times a day,” he said.

“Your body is constantly digesting and it takes calories to digest

food. Just by upping the frequency at which you eat, your body is

constantly burning calories. That’s really advantageous.”

Another crucial aspect of healthy nutrition is making wise

selections when deciding what to eat.

Deyo suggested starting the day off with a high-protein

breakfast, and MacEchran advised reducing alcohol consumption.

“The biggest thing for college students is cutting back on

alcohol because it is incredibly calorie-dense,” he said.

While eating right is a big part of losing weight, most experts

agree the weight won’t come off unless exercise is joined with a

healthy diet. Also, those who exercise frequently cannot simply eat

anything they want and remain healthy.

Sheri Linnell, an instructor in the Department of Health and

Exercise Science, said aerobic exercise, paired with a healthy

diet, is the most healthy and efficient way to shed unwanted

pounds. However, she said it can be difficult to get motivated

enough to work out regularly.

“It’s a challenge. Find a friend – someone who’d be willing to

do it with you and make a commitment,” Linnell said.

She also suggested being as active as possible throughout the

day; instead of driving, ride a bike or walk.

MacEchran agreed working out doesn’t have to be a particularly

strenuous experience to make a difference.

“It doesn’t have to be tons of exercise, just 25 to 30 minutes,

at least four days a week. It doesn’t have to be this eye-popping,

wishing-you-were-dead type intensity. It just has to be you’re

breathing heavily, sweating, moving around,” he said.

Deyo suggested not only burning calories but also building

muscle as well. She said the more muscle content someone’s body

has, the more calories he or she will be able to burn.

Low-carb diets don’t fit everyone’s lifestyle, and there are

other options that don’t involve cutting this or that from one’s

diet. It is possible to lose weight by simply being active, eating

smart and eating a bit less.

To get started, MacEchran advised: “For three days, write down

everything you eat and take a look back at it. You’ll be surprised

at what you ate.”

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Cars, pedestrians both need to ensure safety

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Jan 292004
 
Authors: Jesse McLain

Jessica Bogenrief has to take extra time to make sure she stays

safe every day, and that’s just on her walk to school.

“I have to walk everywhere and I almost get hit every day,”

Bogenrief said. “The drivers just don’t stop, they have this

attitude like, ‘I’m bigger than you,’ but the bikers are

worse.”

There may be two sides to every story, however. When it comes to

those who walk, bike or drive to campus, some people think safety

is someone else’s responsibility.

“It has historically been a problem,” said Capt. Bob Chaffee of

CSU Police Department. “I am always concerned when people get into

bad habits.”

As a resident assistant for Ellis Hall, Bogenrief said she sees

bike accidents often.

“I see bike collisions every week of school,” Bogenrief said.

“We have bike laws and bike lanes for a reason.”

Bogenrief sees it all as a vicious cycle.

“The drivers hate the bikers and the bikers hate the walkers

because they have to get mad at someone so they go and try to run

us over,” Bogernrief said. “It’s a good thing the bikers don’t have

cars, they’d be dangerous.”

But Bogenrief isn’t the only one who is upset with the bikers.

Tanya Passmore, a senior business major, thinks that even if the

biker has the right of way they can still encounter trouble.

“The car’s bigger than you and it’s going to win every time, you

can be dead right,” Passmore said. “The bikers are not following

the traffic laws, they just think they’re on a bike so they can

keep going right in front of a car.”

Chaffee agreed that everyone should just take the time to follow

the safety laws.

“The key to traffic safety is predictability,” Chaffee said.

“What we ask is that people simply obey the safety laws.”

CSUPD has been and will be issuing tickets to students as part

of the Bike Enforcement and Education Program to enforce rules and

regulations.

“Bicyclists are charged through the university rather than the

municipal courts,” Chaffee said. “Bicyclists tend to be more

careless than drivers, some bicyclists just don’t pay any attention

at all.”

However, maybe there is one thing that both bikers and drivers

can agree on – construction isn’t making things any simpler.

“I’ve had a couple of close calls because of the construction,”

said Chris Banks, a junior who has been biking to school since the

beginning of the year. “I almost got hit by a bus because the

construction had taken the bike lane out and I had to go around the

block.”

Passmore agreed that construction has made it more difficult for

her as a driver too.

“All of the congestion is causing a big problem. Drivers are

having to go from lot to lot to find some place to park and not

having enough spots,” Passmore said. “I think the biggest problem

is the construction.”

But Banks, a natural resource recreation and tourism major,

definitely thinks that drivers are the most responsible for

problems on the campus streets.

“I think it’s the drivers fault because they are out of

control,” Banks said. “They don’t pay any attention, they have no

regard for the bikers.”

Banks also thinks that the use of alcohol is a problem for both

bikers and walkers.

“At night most of the drivers are drunk. I think alcohol is a

big issue,” Banks said. “And those who walk are always in the bike

lane.”

Many agree that everyone could do a little to help.

“Everyone needs to start paying more attention,” Passmore said.

“You have to be defensive and alert to what’s going on around

you.”

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Something about handcuffs, drag queens, gay, etc.

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Jan 282004
 
Authors: Brooke Harless

While vacationing in San Francisco, Ryan Hoisington, a senior

American studies major and his best friend Ben Gaines happened into

a rowdy nightclub. The two had been drinking heavily prior to their

arrival at the club and were unaware that the club was in fact a

gay bar.

The nightclub featured a stage where various musical acts had

been performing through out the night. Between acts the club held

various contests that required patron participation. Hoisington and

Gaines, still unaware of the nature of the club, volunteered to go

on stage for a chance to win $200.

“So, we’re sitting at a booth, taking shots when this gorgeous

woman gets on stage and announces that partners can get on stage

and compete for a chance at $200. I was like Ben come on, we could

win,” Hoisington said.

The beautiful announcer (who was actually a man in drag) greeted

the two and told them that they could win by changing into costumes

provided by the club and performing an impromptu dance duo. The

drag queen then escorted them to a room behind the stage where they

found various costumes hanging on a clothes rack.

“We went into the room and we started going through the

costumes. It didn’t strike me as odd that we should wear costumes

and dance around together. I’ve done crazier things in hostel

competitions while traveling. Anyway, the lady said we had three

minutes to change so we quickly grabbed a couple costumes. I was a

police officer and Ben wore a President Nixon mask and chaps with

no shirt,” Hoisington said.

After changing, the two got on stage with other participants and

were asked to go first. The announcer told the boys that they had

to incorporate handcuffs and chocolate syrup into their dance.

“So she said we had to use cuffs and syrup in our dance and I

just looked at Ben, and then the song ‘It’s not unusual’ by Tom

Jones began playing. I didn’t know what to do so I grabbed Ben and

we began to kind of tango, as best we could. Then the part of the

song where Tom Jones sings ‘I want to die’ came on, and you know I

really did want to die,” Hoisington said. “There was a chair on the

stage so Ben sat down and I sort of circled around it shaking

around. Then I handcuffed us together by the wrists. I didn’t know

what to do, I was so hammered and it finally dawned on me just what

kind of club we were in.”

Hoisington just froze while Gaines kept moving to the music.

“The audience started yelling things at us. About the time

someone yelled ‘You Suck!’ I pulled Ben off the stage. We were

still handcuffed together and we made our way out of the bar. The

cuffs were like police-issue or something, we couldn’t get out of

them,” Hoisington said, as he explained to his friend that they had

been in a gay bar.

The two then wandered around San Francisco, too embarrassed to

return to the bar, yet still handcuffed together and dressed as a

cop and President Nixon. Hoisington and Gaines then decided to

return to their hotel room, but they had left the key to their room

in their clothing, which was still in the change room of the club.

Rather than retrieving it, they got an extra key from the front

desk attendant.

“It was the same guy that had checked us in so he remembered us.

He just stared at us. We made it up to our room and I just wanted

to go to bed but Ben had to go to the bathroom, let me tell you how

fun that was. We finally passed out together and were both

extremely confused when we woke up in the morning.”

Hoisington and Gaines then made their way back to the bar and

were released from the handcuffs by the bartender. They got their

things from the change room and avoided that section of the city

for the remaining two days of their trip.

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“Butterfly” and “House” Tackle The Consequences of Mistakes

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Jan 282004
 
Authors: Jeremy Anderson

Actors and actresses frequently play against type in an attempt

to prove their range. Consider Robin Williams in “Insomnia,” Meg

Ryan in “In the Cut” and Adam Sandler in “Punch Drunk Love.” Now

jokester Ashton Kutcher gives it a shot in the dark thriller “The

Butterfly Effect.”

Kutcher plays Evan Treborn, a – believe it or not — smart,

college student wrestling with the demons of his disturbing

childhood. A lot of bad stuff happened to him and his friends as

youngsters and when Evan’s childhood sweetheart Kayleigh (Amy

Smart) commits suicide promptly after the two reunite in their

twenties, Evan discovers that he has the power to go back in time

and change the past.

While growing up, Evan suffered mysterious blackouts during

traumatic events in his life and he finds that these moments serve

as bookmarks in time for him to revisit and alter his past. This is

all made possible due to a seemingly genetic brain abnormality Evan

inherited from his father who is locked up in a mental

institution.

However, fixing the past proves more difficult than was

expected. Once an event is altered, the lives of those involved

often change for the worse in the present. This causes Evan to

repeatedly revisit these horrible moments in a desperate attempt to

achieve the “perfect” outcome.

Having seen the trailer, I wasn’t expecting a feel-good comedy,

but the trailer in no way prepares you for what you’re really in

for. I have barley touched on the movie’s complex and grisly plot,

however the film deals with a lot of very sensitive issues and also

contains several random acts of shocking violence. I’m talking

pretty rough stuff. In other words, beware.

This is a very difficult, love-it-or-hate-it type film, and it’s

almost impossible to decide what to think of it in one viewing.

Part of me wants to say, “Don’t miss it” while the other part of me

wants to say, “Don’t bother.” Regardless of its worth, though, it

definitely could have been done better.

The film takes a surprisingly long time to set up the plot and

its confusing narrative is often more frustrating than intriguing.

Also, the characters of Kayleigh’s sadistic brother and Evan’s

gothic roommate were so ridiculously over the top that they seemed

more like cartoon characters than actual people.

2.5 out of 4 rams

“House of Sand and Fog”

Forget what you’ve seen in horror movies about haunted houses,

because the house in this movie is the real deal. Never before has

a home been the cause of such anguish and heartbreak as in this

fantastic, yet devastating film.

Ben Kingsley gives a powerhouse performance as Massoud Amir

Behrani, a former Iranian colonel who brings his family to the

United States in hopes of experiencing the American dream. Though

after it becomes increasingly hard to keep up a fa�ade of

wealth, he is forced to move his family from their posh, upscale

apartment to a more reasonably priced abode.

As the Behrani family settles in to a simple ocean-view house,

little do they know that its previous occupant, Kathy Nicolo

(Jennifer Connelly), was rather unfairly evicted due to unpaid

taxes. Behrani sees the house as an investment opportunity and

quickly begins improvements on it to increase its resale value.

Meanwhile Kathy desperately seeks help from a lawyer and a cop to

help her reclaim her home.

From here on the characters enter into an intense battle over

rightful ownership of the house. The drastic measures these

characters take are incredibly dramatic yet believable,

accumulating in a stunningly tragic final act.

“House of Sand and Fog” is the “feel bad” movie of the year, but

Kingsley, Connelly and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Behrani’s wife bear

the heavy dramatic weight with gripping performances. It is one of

the 2003’s best films and one you won’t soon, if ever, forget.

3.5 out of 4 rams

 

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The new revolution in television

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Jan 282004
 
Authors: Liz Kerrigan

The first thing you notice is how crisp and vibrant the white

and pale blue jerseys are as the players aggressively pass the

ball. Every wince, jerk and grab is a visual experience. The

constant sound of new rubber soles skidding on the freshly polished

court is music to the ears. Suddenly No. 22 is so close that the

individual beads of sweat can be seen slowly dropping from his

forehead, down his cheek, down, down, until it hits the…coffee

table?

Even though it may sound like it, you’re not sitting courtside

at the Pepsi Center. Actually you are on your couch in front of

your new high-definition television.

“It is like watching a sporting event from the luxury box,” said

Pete Seel, technical journalism professor at CSU.

The Technical Wonders of HDTV

High-definition television is slowly taking over. It allows

viewers to see more of the picture on a wider screen and experience

a high-quality picture where colors are significantly brighter. Add

to that the fact that the resolution is virtually flawless and that

channels can be broadcasted in digital surround sound and you’ve

got a home entertainment system that rivals that of the local

AMC.

“It’s amazing. The picture quality is like night and day

compared with regular TV,” said Dan Marvin, a sales associate at

Soundtrack.

Digital technology has taken over much of the electronic device

market and TV is only the next frontier. CDs have replaced the

archaic tapes of the music industry, DVD’s are responsible for the

rapid disappearance of VHS, digital camera’s memory cards are

fading out the use of 35 mm film, and now, HDTV will change the way

people watch television forever.

“High definition offers pictures that are six times as sharp as

the current analogue signal which is a tremendous difference in

quality,” said Sean Marchant, Comcast public relations manager for

the Colorado Region. “Currently, the television standard is the

analogue signal which scans at 480 lines per second, whereas high

definition scans at 1080 interlaced lines per second and the result

is exceptional picture quality.”

Because it is impossible to receive a high definition signal on

a regular television, the first step for consumers wanting to make

the transition to HDTV is throwing out that dated, analogue

television that most of us have been using for years and buying a

high definition television.

One of the reasons why it is impossible to receive an HD signal

through a regular TV is that HD is shot in a wide screen format

allowing for more of the picture to be seen.

“The high definition televisions are made much wider because

HDTV is shot in a widescreen format. Due to this you can see

between 30 and 40 percent more so the image is similar to a movie

screen,” Marchant said.

Not only is it possible to see more of the football field on

game day, but it is also easier on the eyes.

“The HDTVs are made wider because the human eyes have binocular

vision meaning that they see horizontal pictures better than

vertical,” Seel said.

When, Where and Why in the World are We Changing to HDTV

“I would recommend that anyone thinking about getting a new

television buy an HDTV. The experience is amazing and worth it,”

Marvin said. “Besides, by December 2006 it is federally mandated

that all TV signals be broadcast in HD.”

The year 2006 is closer than we think and the Federal

Communications Commission (FCC) is mandating that transition in

order to free up more airwaves. Seel explains that analogue

channels take up more of the spectrum whereas digital channels

significantly reduce the airwaves used allowing the FCC to mandate

those extra airwaves for wireless use.

“Analogue television is very wasteful with the spectrum,

changing to digital allows for more channels that actually take up

less (airwaves),” Seel said.

With the conversion to an all HD signal on the horizon all of

the major television manufacturers including Sony and Toshiba, are

now producing HDTVs and all major electronic retailers are selling

them.

According to Albert Duff, a Soundtrack home electronics

specialist, almost 80 percent of large TV sales are HDTV’s.

“Since HD programming will eventually be in full force it is

basically pointless to buy a TV that is 32 inches or larger that is

not high definition. We don’t even carry any TV over 36 inches that

isn’t an HDTV,” Duff said.

The television sets that most of us are accustomed to are

quickly being faded out of the home entertainment market.

“It is federally mandated that by July 2007 there will not be

any analogue televisions made of any kind,” Duff said.

Once your HDTV has been purchased there is still one more step

involved before a relaxing night of home entertainment can be

experienced.

“To get high definition through Comcast cable we rent an HD box

for $5 a month. It is also possible to get HDTV through satellite

companies however the additional devices and costs alone would

make, me personally, choose the cable route,” Marchant said.

Overall, it has taken the United States a lot longer to convert

to HDTV than other countries. Duff said that most of Europe has

been broadcasting in high definition for about seven to ten

years.

One of the main reasons why the United States is still stuck in

transition is because of the expenses, not only for the channels

and networks to purchase new broadcasting and filming equipment,

but also for the consumer.

A 36-inch HDTV will deplete a viewer’s checking account by about

$1,500. However, many people in the business claim that the prices

on HDTVs are dropping.

“The initial migration has been slow but things are really

starting to pick up. The prices of HDTV sets are slowly dropping

and many major channels are starting to broadcast in HD,” Marchant

said.

KUSA Channel Nine, the NBC Denver affiliate, station claims to

be leading the way in HDTV. They are currently transmitting from a

low-power HD transmitter in Downtown Denver.

However, the signal cannot currently reach everyone. In order

for the HD signal to reach all of Channel Nine’s viewers a

high-power digital TV tower is scheduled to be built on Denver’s

Lookout Mountain within the next year, according to 9News.com.

“Aside from local channels broadcasting in HD, Comcast is

currently offering 11 channels in the Denver/Boulder area in high

definition including ESPN HD and Showtime HD,” Marchant said. “We

are also currently trying to launch HDTV in Northern Colorado but

it is not yet available to Fort Collins residents.”

HDTV Benefits Everyone

HDTV is not only great for the avid sports fan, but it is also

amazing for movie buffs.

Chris Ferland, a Sears electronics sales associate, states that

another benefit of purchasing an HDTV is that picture quality of

DVDs can also be significantly increased.

“If you purchase a DVD player with a progressive scanner in it

and then hook it up to an HDTV then you can receive complete HD

quality,” Ferland said.

Progressive scanners inside DVD players to amplify the home

entertainment experience in sound and picture is a fairly new

addition to the digital world but has taken over quickly.

“Of the 20 DVD players we sell, only two don’t have progressive

scanners. Within the next year, I would say that all DVD players

will have them,” Ferland said.

DVD players have taken over the home entertainment business,

making VHS tapes a thing of the past. It won’t be long before movie

rental stores will completely do away with videotapes.

“We don’t have an exact date as to when we will completely

discontinue video rentals but we have been very significantly

fading out VHS. More than monthly we are pulling VHS tapes off the

shelves and selling them,” said Tye Lathrop, Blockbuster

manager.

With all of these changes in the making, Marchant suggests that

although HDTV is still in the transitional phase, anyone in the

market for a television should definitely purchase an HDTV.

“I think it is right about the time that consumers should be

considering an HD set instead of an analogue. Even if programming

is not available in your area now, it won’t be long before it is,”

Marchant said. “As of now, it is not far from soon that all

channels will be broadcasting in HD.”

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A New Spin on The Club House

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Jan 282004
 
Authors: Gabriel Dance

Sweating bodies, loud music and throbbing bass have a new home

in Fort Collins. The Club House, formerly CB & Potts Clubhouse,

is the self-proclaimed “new party headquarters” for Colorado State

students.

This new Fort Collins hot spot opened its doors for the first

time last week after replacing the former pool hall, and general

manager Jay Feinberg described business as “brisk.”

The Club House is CB & Potts attempt to create an atmosphere

conducive to younger age groups who are becoming more interested in

the clubbing atmosphere.

“The pool hall wasn’t really doing it,” Feinberg said. “It

wasn’t really working for us.”

The standard pool tables have now been replaced by rotating

lights and a loud speaker system. Only two pool tables remain in

the former pool hall and the space created was transformed into a

dance floor with a DJ booth gracing one of the corners.

“The crowd who was using the pool hall was really more of a CB

& Potts crowd. We wanted to have something for everyone so we

decided it was time for a change. People who used the clubhouse can

now come in here [CB & Potts Restaurant and Bar],” Feinberg

said.

The new changes seem to have been well received.

“It’s kinda small for a dance club, yet at the same time it’s

cool because there’s pool tables … I would say I had a wonderful

time,” said Morgan Anderson, a junior in speech communication.

Feinberg isn’t worried about the competition provided by other

Fort Collins clubs such as Suite 152, The Rock and Club Osirus.

“There’s always competition. We tried to look around and do

something a little different. If a club had house/techno playing on

one night then we tried to go hip-hop. Little differences like

that.”

The music is provided by DJs TLuv, Groove Quote of Mirage

Entertainment and Feinberg said they are as good or better than any

DJs currently playing the Fort Collins area.

“We offer a smaller more intimate atmosphere,” Feinberg said. “I

know the DJs really like our setup.”

Feinberg also said that with the Fort Collins nightlife so

centered around Old Town, CB & Potts is trying to present an

entertainment opportunity for people located closer to The Club

House — about one-and-a-half blocks west of Moby Arena on

Elizabeth.

“Our occupancy is about 200 so we’re not really trying to steal

crowds from other places,” he said. “We’re looking for a smaller

niche.”

With the introduction of The Club House, CB & Potts has

opened up more room in the bar and restaurant. The upstairs, which

previously had been used as a pseudo-club atmosphere, will now

become a lounge. Three big screen and two plasma televisions, a

shuffleboard salt table and a pool table have also been added to

the upstairs. The drink of choice is expected to be yards of beer

and the lounge should be fully functional, complete with X-Box, PS2

and Gamecubes, within the next several weeks.

 

The Club House feature nights

Tuesday nights: Dance mix

Thursday night: Hip-hop/R&B/Top 40, also 18 +

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“Beast” portrays passionate emotion.

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Jan 282004
 
Authors: Daniel Hallford

Now showing at the Bas Bleu Theatre in downtown Fort Collins,

Richard Kalinoski’s play, “Beast on the Moon,” is a product of pure

human affection and follows the local theater’s theme of presenting

thought provoking and intelligent work.

“Beast” portrays the story of two orphans, Aram and Seta, as

they cope with the haunting images that inhabit their past. One is

eager to heal, while the other needs to learn how. Raised during

the Armenian genocide at the beginning of the 20th century, this

married couple begins their new life in America, trying to lay down

new roots.

Sotirios Ilia Livaditis plays the lead role of Aram, a

photographer who delights in capturing his wishes in other people’s

pictures. Livaditis draws on developed acting skills, and an

authentic accent to play his role. Having Mediterranean heritage,

Livaditis successfully encapsulates the aura and demeanor of a

European immigrant who is hoping to block out his worries with the

opportunities that America has to offer.

This is Livaditis’ debut at Bas Bleu as an actor, though he is

constantly involved with productions there and at CSU. As a new

graduate from the theatre department at Colorado State, Livaditis

has had experience in all aspects of theatre.

Aram’s wife Seta, played by Gemma Aguayo, tries to build a home

and heal her husband’s wounds, while coping with her own. Aguayo

shows her skills, as her character grows throughout the play, not

only mentally but also physically. One almost forgets that just 90

minutes ago she was playing a 15-year-old bride, not a wizened

spouse of 10 years.

This is also Aguayo’s debut at Bas Bleu, and she hopes to open

up audience’s awareness of the tragedy that occurred at the

beginning of the 20th century.

In “Beast on the Moon” each character has his or her sacred

item– a place to fall back to in a moment of mental anguish and

memory. Writer Kalinoski challenges viewers to analyze whether or

not everyone has a place to go, a material object to clutch to, or

a habit to perform that can make you forget, for that instant, bad

memories.

“Beast” asks the audience to examine their own crutches, set

them aside and open up to the idea of confiding in a love of

someone, not of something. Kalinoski sees importance in personal

symbols and totems, but opens up thought about what can really

comfort the soul.

“It was the beauty of the story-telling that first hooked me

when I discovered this play, and ultimately, the powerful message

of ‘healing, not blaming,” said director Laura Jones in the

program.

“Beast” is good therapy for dealing with a tragedy suffered in

the past and a lesson in compassion for helping those who have been

through one.

“Beast” is a powerful play coupled with powerful acting that is

not to be missed, and the close intimate environment of the Bas

Bleu Theater bounces audience’s feelings around at lightning

speed.

 

“Beast on the Moon” show times

Current date through Feb. 21

Fridays and Saturdays only

7:30 p.m.

Select Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Select Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Bas Bleu Theatre 498-8949

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Weekly Buzz

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Jan 282004
 
Authors: Gabe Dance

With local bands dominating early and the weekend culminating

with accomplished national acts, there should be some good

listening throughout the end of January.

Friday night gets us off to a great start when The Mercury

Project plays with George’s August Brew and Freedom Movement at the

Soiled Dove in Denver. The Mercury Project formed in 2001

describing themselves as “an eclectic mix, full of rich vocal

harmonies, lyrical intelligence and surprising versatility in both

style and instrumentation.”

Lyrical intelligence huh? Sounds like sophisticated shiznit.

By the way, if George’s August Brew sounds familiar that’s

because they won Scene Magazine’s Battle of the Bands this past

November.

Saturday night promises to serve up some dope lyrics and ill

rhymes with the MC Battle at the Starlight Theatre. If it’s

anything like the battles in 8 Mile (and with the striking

similarities between Fort Collins and Detroit why wouldn’t it be)

it should be a holla good time. Yo yo… check it.

Denver promises to serve up some choice music on the same night.

The Fillmore plays host to an absolutely dynamite show featuring

Sound Tribe Sector Nine with Ozomatli and very special guest Perry

Farrell. Farrell will be joining the group as DJ Peretz, and yes,

this is the same insanely famous Perry Farrell who has been the

lead singer of Porno for Pyros and Jane’s Addiction, as well as

founder of the world-famous Lollapalooza Festival. This show gets

the “Guaranteed Dope Show” stamp of approval, a rare and

prestigious award.

Another Saturday night option is Victor Wooten at the Gothic,

also in Denver. Victor Wooten is one of the best electric bassists

in musical history. In 1999 he received the Nashville Music Award

for Bassist of the Year, for the second time. He also has been

named Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player Magazine three times

and has two Grammy awards. Wooten is most widely known for his work

with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and has ill style coming out of

his ears, and, if you’re lucky, directly into yours.

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