Outdoor activities may be stunted by drought

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

A parched summer may have outdoor fun-seekers left high and

dry.

Drought conditions, though still uncertain, could limit the

number of outdoor activities available to Fort Collins residents

this summer.

Outdoor summer activities include water sports such as river

rafting, boating, swimming, kayaking, tubing and windsailing, and

on-land activities such as hiking and camping.

Water activities will be most affected by drought

conditions.

“If there’s not enough water in the lake for boats to get in

that affects it,” said Ron Phizenmaier, owner of Sidewayz Pro

Watersports, 244 N. College Ave. “It’s hard to say right now, but I

think we’re in about the same position we were in 2002.”

David Costlow, owner of Rocky Mountain Adventures, 1117 N. U.S.

Highway 287, disagreed. He does not expect conditions to be as bad

as they were in 2002. Colorado saw one of the worst droughts in its

history in 2002, when summer water sports were almost

non-existent.

“We could have a little bit of a drought but it won’t be like it

was two years ago,” Costlow said. “There is always water. It’s just

a question of how high and how long.”

If water supply is limited, the timeline for summer water sports

will be shortened, said Rob Breckenridge, owner of A-1 Wildwater,

2020 N. College Ave. Water sports generally take place from early

May to early September. With less water, the season could be

shortened significantly.

“The two weeks on either side of June 12 is the best rafting of

the season,” Breckenridge said. “We’ll raft right on through, it

just won’t be as much fun. Rafting is really the most fun with the

highest water level.”

For those not interested in playing in water this summer, drier

outdoor activities may still be affected by drought conditions.

“Wildfire occurrences increase, fire bans come on board,” said

Gary Buffington, director of Larimer County Parks and Open

Lands.

This could discourage residents and tourists from taking

advantage of Colorado’s wilderness.

“When it’s dry out people aren’t going camping because you can’t

have fires,” said Tye Eyden, manager and kayak instructor at

Mountain Shop, 632 S. Mason St.

This is hard not only on outdoor adventurers, but also on state

finances.

“It drastically affects our revenue,” Buffington said. “If we

don’t collect it during (summer) months, we’re not going to collect

it in the winter.”

It is still too early to determine what this summer’s weather

will bring with any certainty. April and May are historically two

of the wettest months in Colorado, Costlow said.

Outdoor enthusiasts are hoping for the best.

“It’ll be all right. It’s still fun, on a hot day, it’s just

more fun to be out on the water than not to be,” Breckenridge said.

“I’m an eternal optimist, so I’m thinking we’re going to get some

more moisture.”

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Random Ram: Angelo Cuomo

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Eric Klamper

The weekend started off with innocent intentions. They were just

trying to catch a few final days of snowboarding before the snow

disappeared for the season. But their benevolent agenda took a

drastic turn toward possible incarceration when fate had them cross

paths with an attractive waitress at a mountain restaurant.

“The lady situation was as dry as the Sahara,” said Angelo

Cuomo, a junior economics major. “We had this amazing vacation

house and the hot springs nearby, but we had no women to seduce, or

at least try to seduce.”

The group ran a quick search through Glenwood Springs but came

up empty-handed and decided to get some dinner together.

Much to Angelo’s delight, one of the workers at the restaurant

happened to be a gorgeous young woman.

“This girl was smoking,'” Cuomo said. “Every one of us was

staring and trying to get her attention. We were definitely being

more lame than smooth.”

Desperation has a pungent stench; Cuomo and company reeked of it

that evening. Luckily, they still had one trick up their

sleeve.

“She was a water girl so we all just kept downing our waters,”

Cuomo said. “She would come back and fill the glasses and each

time, we would try hitting on her again.”

Determined to take this beauty to the hot springs, Cuomo stepped

up to the plate and delivered line after line to the water girl and

finally won her over.

“Most girls would have just blown us off for being so immature

… she was loving it and she was flirting back with us. I felt all

confident and proud of myself,” Cuomo said.

Despite his best efforts, however, Cuomo never got the water

girl to agree to come with him to the springs.

In a last-ditch attempt, he pulled the classic move of leaving

his name and number on the ticket, which included the

well-thought-out line of, “Let’s hang out.”

“I was hoping she’d call back that night but it never happened,”

Cuomo said.

But it was a blessing in disguise that Cuomo never had his way

that evening. When the girl finally did call him back, a week

later, she admitted to Cuomo’s answering machine that she wanted to

see him again and also that she was 16 years old.

“I can’t believe we spent so much effort trying to hit on this

girl who was probably still excited about getting her driver’s

license,” Cuomo said. “I’m glad her parents couldn’t see us.”

The moral of this is that just because a girl is smokin’ that

doesn’t mean she’s 18. Watch out for the jailbait.

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Actor shares his experiences and ethnicity with Colorado State

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Jeremy Anderson

Hot off his lead role in the critically acclaimed 2003 film,

“Better Luck Tomorrow,” actor Parry Shen stopped by CSU last week.

Shen was on campus as part of CSU Asian Fest and spoke to students

last Thursday night in the Lory Student Center about the film and

his experiences as an Asian American. This 30-year-old actor,

originally from Queens, NY, performed in a CU theater company in

1996. He also held a small actors workshop last Thursday, and it

was after this event that I sat down with Parry Shen for an

interview.

JA: What advice would you give young actors trying to get into

the movie industry?

PS: Treat it like a business. Make yourself the best product.

Educate yourself and keep yourself in shape. Self-promotion. Ask

yourself, ‘Am I plateauing?’ Do one small thing a day toward your

career, (that’s) 365 things you’ve done in a year. Even if it’s

watching a movie or a DVD commentary, acting class or working

out.”

JA: Can you describe the moment you knew you’d made it in the

business?

PS: “I don’t know if I’ve made it. No one really ever makes it

when they sit on their laurels. I used to use Photoshop to create

fake (magazine) articles for me. People (magazine) did a spread on

me once and when I compared the two, they were pretty similar.”

JA: There’s a strong sense of comfort among the cast of “Better

Luck Tomorrow.” Have you remained friends with any of them?

PS: “Yes, they’re my best friends. We talk every other day. They

were the groomsmen in my wedding.

JA: What do you do for fun in your free time?

PS: “I watch movies. I was just watching ’21 Grams.'”

JA: I read online that you were in the movie “Starship

Troopers.” What was your part?

PS: “I was in the beginning ten minutes. I was in a blue shirt

in a hallway giving a guy a noogie.”

JA: What kind of music do you like?

PS: I like a Top 40 sampling. Mostly rock right now; solo male

artists like Jason Mraz and John Mayer.”

JA: Would you say that “Better Luck Tomorrow” is the movie

you’re most proud of making?

PS: Yes. If I didn’t get another role ever again I’d be fine

with it. It spoiled me, but empowered me. I know I’ll always have

it forever.”

JA: What’s it like playing a high school student?

PS: I’m used to it now. Ninety percent of the roles I play are

high school or college (characters). I was a high school drama

teacher. Because I’ve gone through high school, I’m smarter. If we

had actual teen-agers playing the teen-age roles, they’d be

worrying about the things teen-agers worry about. They just don’t

have life experience.”

Parry Shen can be seen in the upcoming Katie Holmes movie,

“First Daughter.” He also told me that he is working with the

creators of “Better Luck Tomorrow” on a comedy. Shen also wrote a

screenplay that should go into production sometime in January.

Visit www.parryshen.com for more information on the actor.

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Climbing show motivates the inner-mountaineer

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

Presentations of climbing expeditions often appear more like

grandma and grandpa’s slide show of their RV adventure through

Wyoming; that is, unless the show is Timmy O’Neill’s traveling

production, “Outside University.”

Tuesday night CSU students and guests from the Front Range got

the opportunity to see what a show based on climbing experiences

should be: fun, entertaining and full of surprises.

“For me climbing is an individualistic sport,” O’Neill said

prior to the show. “I do it for myself, so I find it difficult to

talk about climbing and not exclude people. And when you talk about

yourself, it’s boring and you lose the audience. My show is all

about inviting the audience in.”

O’Neill achieved that in his production, held in the Lory

Student Center North Ballroom, through clips of his climbing

adventures and urban climbing films, slides of his expeditions in

Greenland and Yosemite National Park and dozens of prizes that

allowed attendees to show off their own urban climbing abilities.

Oh yeah, he also integrated comedy … in a big way.

“I use comedy as a way to get on the same level as everyone

else,” O’Neill said. “It’s easy when you talk about things everyone

can relate to, like waiting.”

O’Neill elaborated on waiting in his show in a hysterical

comparison to waiting in line and waiting for the weather to

cooperate for a climb. He also integrated emotional aspects into

the show, especially in the case of Warren McDonald.

As a double-leg amputee above the knee, McDonald did not seem

the perfect candidate to scale anything, let alone a massive

structure like Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan, but he and

O’Neill achieved the climb.

“We met at a mountain film festival,” O’Neill said of his first

encounter with McDonald. “He was there for a film he had done (‘The

Second Step’) and he approached me with the concept of climbing El

Capitan.”

O’Neill added that he used the story of McDonald to further

emphasize the purpose of “Outside University,” which is to motivate

people to get outside.

“People see him and wonder, ‘How does he do that?’ He’s a

double-leg amputee and climbed El Capitan,” O’Neill said. “We want

people to see that and get motivated to use the resources that

surround them.”

On the cusp of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is the perfect

area for those unassociated with the outdoors to get to know them

and for those already active with the outdoors to further their

activity in them.

“The reason Outside Magazine is doing this is we want people to

know that there are a lot of things to do outside,” said Hilary

Maitland of Red Point Creative, the show’s sponsoring magazine.

“The point of the tour is to instill students with wonderment and

enthusiasm to go rock climbing, kayaking, hiking … just take

advantage of the natural resources here and integrate it to an

active lifestyle.”

Those motivating tactics worked, at least temporarily.

“It left me wanting to hit the trails now,” said Jen Anderson, a

26-year-old resident of Berthoud. “It was funny and informative, I

had a great time.”

Those who missed the chance to see O’Neill on campus, have

another shot as the tour concludes May 19 at the University of

Colorado.

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Weekly Buzz

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Gabriel Dance

Classic oldies start a week that is highlighted by punk-rock and

great local shows and ends with some peace, love and hip-hop.

Remember that scene in Billy Madison when he rolls up to high

school, gets out of his car, leans on the hood and pops up his

collar on his jean jacket? Remember the shirt he was wearing,

paying tribute to classic rockers REO Speedwagon? Damn, he was

cool, and so is REO Speedwagon who is performing tonight with .38

Special at “The Keg” aka the Budweiser Events Center. This is a

great example of a band that has just kept on rockin.’

Friday night features two great shows at local Fort Collins

venues. The Pat McGee Band is performing at the Aggie and Los

Lonely Boys will be kickin’ out the jams at the Starlight.

The Pat McGee Band has really taken off in the past several

years and according to the official Web site Pat is having the best

time he can remember, so it should be an excellent show.

Los Lonely Boys are really an interesting microphone check. The

three brothers play what they call “Texican rock ‘n’ roll.” It’s

not Texas, it’s not Mexican, that’s right it’s Texican.

Saturday brings two very different but popular acts to Denver.

Blink 182 has blown up into one of the most popular acts on tour.

With widespread, devoted fans and successive hits, they have shown

that they have the longevity to stay on top of a music scene that

has more than its share of one-hit wonders. They’re performing with

Cypress Hill and Taking Back Sunday at Coors Amphitheater,

previously known as Fiddler’s Green. Cypress Hill is nasty too, so

this should be a good show.

Also performing at Cervantes in Denver on Saturday night is

Andrew WK. Many of you will remember Andrew WK from his first album

which featured a shot of his face with blood streaming down the

front. You’ll be happy to know that his most recent release, “The

Wolf,” once again features his face, but this time, blood-free. It

looks like he didn’t get his ass kicked on the way to the album

shoot-good for him.

Wednesday night the Starlight will play host to a trio of

hip-hop artists. Dirty D, Cyqul and Insight will be laying their

lyrics on the line for the FC hip-hop loyalists to hear. Dirty D

has some catchy hooks and Insight seems to be on the edge of

something good. And with Insight’s slogan being “Peace, Love and

Hip Hop,” it’s right to give props to somebody who puts a positive

spin on a genre that all too often has negative connotations.

 

Look for an exclusive interview with Pat McGee of the Pat McGee

band in next week’s Dish.

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Movie review

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Jeremy Anderson

 

“13 Going on 30”

Jennifer Garner (“Daredevil,” TV’s “Alias”) gives butt-kicking a

rest to try her hand at romantic comedy with “13 Going on 30,” her

first leading-lady role in a major motion picture. Although the

comparisons to “Big” are inescapable, the film has enough

distinction and charm to make it an allowable revisit of a familiar

setup.

Garner plays Jenna Rink, a 30-year-old fashion magazine editor

who, until just recently, was a 13-year-old girl enduring the

social pains of young teen-age life. Her rapid transformation

occurs thanks to, what else, a packet of wishing dust and a desire

to leave her youth behind.

Jenna eventually learns that during the time lapse of her age

spurt, she became a self-centered snob who has put her career over

everything and everyone else in her life. Naturally, the

13-year-old within her seeks to set right the wrongs caused by her

adult self.

The main goal on her agenda is to track down Matty, a

neighbor/friend from her childhood whose heart she broke

immediately before she jumped ahead 17 years. Matt, played by Mark

Ruffalo, is no longer the chubby kid Jenna remembers and she

quickly develops the kind of feelings for him that he felt for her

many years ago. The only problem is that Matt not only harbors hurt

feelings because of Jenna rejecting him in the past, but he is also

now engaged to another woman.

An unintentional awkwardness unfortunately pervades throughout a

lot of the movie, but there are a few good laughs and some positive

messages. The movie may mistakenly cause girls, or maybe some guys

too for that matter, to think they can fix their mistakes by

tracking down some wishing dust themselves, but it does promote

some good lessons about the consequences of making bad choices in

life.

Contained within “13 Going on 30” is about every romantic comedy

clich� known to Hollywood. A scene where a group of girls

dance around and lip-sync to a popular song? Check. A scene where a

main character races desperately to stop a wedding from happening?

Check. How about a scene where everyone takes part in a

choreographed dance sequence? Check. Although I will say this last

scene somehow manages to be more funny than embarrassing.

Even when the movie isn’t winning over the audience with

greatness or originality, it is still pretty entertaining to watch.

“13 Going on 30” is first and foremost a star vehicle intended to

propel Jennifer Garner’s movie career, and she exudes such

enthusiasm and gusto in the role that the movie will likely

accomplish this goal. You can tell she is having such a blast in

the movie herself that her fun level becomes infectious, which

helps to forgive the film some of its faults.

The movie is largely a female fantasy, but isn’t completely

painful for guys. Garner’s girl-next-door hotness has earned her a

large fan base of adoring male fans and Ruffalo has such a great

guy’s-guy type of quality that he helps to balance out some of the

film’s giddiness.

Maybe it’s just that I am a big fan of Garner and Ruffalo, who

work great together by the way, or maybe it’s that a few of the

film’s plot developments hit home for me, or maybe “13 Going on 30”

actually is a good movie; either way, I liked it just enough to

endorse.

3 out of 4

“Man on Fire”

The latest addition in a recent string of violent, revenge

movies stars Denzel Washington as Creasy, a man out to find and

kill the people responsible for the kidnapping of a young girl,

played by perennial kidnap victim Dakota Fanning (see

“Trapped”).

I usually appreciate director Tony Scott’s in-your-face, stylish

approach to filmmaking, but he uses his signature style to such

overkill here, including an incredibly awful experiment with

subtitle use, that it becomes grating.

The performances are rather superb and the storyline involving,

however not only is the pre-kidnapping section of the film

surprisingly better, but Creasy never gets much, if any, of the

character development and hinted-at back story that he so badly

needs and the audience deserves.

2.5 out of 4

 

“13 Going on 30”

PG-13

1 hour 37 minutes

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Holiday Twin Drive-In

“Man on Fire”

R

2 hours 26 minutes

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Holiday Twin Drive-In

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Microbrewing is Macrobusiness

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Gabriel Dance

All it takes is mention of an Easy Street Wheat, Fat Tire Amber

or Punjabi Pale to start mouths across all of Fort Collins, the

rest of Colorado and increasingly more states in the country,

watering.

Fort Collins is the home to several fine microbreweries and

brewpubs (restaurant-breweries where beer is consumed on site) and

the main reason is also the main ingredient.

“There are a lot of good reasons to brew in Colorado, namely the

quality of life, but also the water in Colorado is really good,”

said Bryan Simpson, the public relations director for New Belgium

Brewery. “The water is not very hard, which means that it doesn’t

have to be treated as much.”

Eric Smith of Odell Brewing agreed.

“The water is coming right from the source,” he said.

But another very important benefit to brewing in Fort Collins

lies not in the ingredients, but in those who consume them.

“It is nice to have an educated population that can appreciate

the brewing culture,” Simpson said. “Such a dense population means

that there are a lot of people who are receptive to what we

do.”

What microbreweries such as New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Fort

Collins Brewing and CooperSmith’s do is brew craft beer. Craft beer

is generally all-malt domestic beer produced using 100 percent

malted barley, according to beertown.org. In the case of wheat

beers such as Easy Street, the malted barley is replaced with

malted wheat and the same is true for rye beers.

“The people in Fort Collins are highly educated in craft beers,”

Smith said. “Generally it is a younger, outdoor-seeking demographic

that is looking for things like craft beers.”

And those with sensitive taste buds will go seeking for the

variety of craft beers available around town.

“What craft brewing does is offer a wide variety of different

brews and it is beneficial to have this variety,” Simpson said.

“Beer can be so much more than a watery, light lager.”

And craft brewing is not only taking off in Fort Collins, but

also across the country. The total growth of the craft beer

industry in 2003 was 3.4 percent according to beertown.org. In 2003

alone there were over 6.6 million barrels of craft beer produced

and that was the 34th consecutive year that production

increased.

And as any economist will tell you, when sales are booming,

there are always people ready to jump into the industry. But this

increased competition doesn’t scare local breweries; in fact, just

the opposite.

“It is fortunate that we live in an area where there are so many

good breweries to choose from,” Simpson said. “The deeper you get

into beer-tasting, the more you learn about the culture that

surrounds it. It can be quite enlightening to sample the different

brews that we have in this region.”

Odell Brewing holds a similar perspective.

“Competition is always good,” Smith said. “The more

microbreweries there are, the more that people get interested in

this segment of brewing and the general benefits of craft beer over

regular beer.”

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Flirting with Equality

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Eric Klamper

I am a product of a cosmetic generation, a generation that has

made billions from objectifying women and has presented surgery as

an option for young people in their quest to conform in ways that a

trip to the mall or an eating disorder can’t provide.

I’ve witnessed the power of suggestion used to influence the

ever-changing face of “beauty,” and I’ve even altered my own

wardrobe in accordance to what other people have decided is

fashionable, and therefore socially superior. Why? Because I, like

so many other people of this generation, desperately need to feel

attractive to someone.

We seem captivated by the life-consuming pursuit of becoming

beautiful and being constantly surrounded by beautiful things. This

media-lined net of aestheticism has ensnared my generation, my

peers and myself.

I noticed this the other day after paying my tab at a local bar.

The waitress was an attractive young woman. After leaving an overly

sufficient tip, I questioned the motives of my generosity.

I debated if I had actually had a more enjoyable experience

simply because of the occasional appearance of someone who is

physically attractive. It took a little contemplation, but I

realized that I had and not because of any perverse aspirations,

but because I felt flattered by the “acquisition” of a few

conversations with something beautiful.

I had essentially paid her extra to flirt with me.

Since this revelation, I’ve begun to notice an increasingly

large number of women in the service industry who seem to use their

feminine ways to increase their income.

“I make more money when I’m dressed up and cute over when I look

all plain and reserved,” said Jane Stewart, a Fort Collins

waitress. “Flirting isn’t really something that waitresses

absolutely have to do, but sometimes it helps.”

Has a woman’s ability to make money in the service industry

become centered around customer/server intimacy rather than quality

of service? This idea would imply that women must meet some kind of

physical or sexual standard in order to lucratively serve food and

drinks, which sounds absurd but is all too feasible.

The Y chromosome seems to alter one’s perception of a dollar’s

value. “Hooters,” for example, is an establishment that was founded

on this principle. As a gender, we men will bitch and moan if gas

prices go up 10 cents, but we’re more than willing to pay $10 for a

pitcher of crappy beer simply because breasts and spandex are

involved.

So the dilemma comes down to this: Either men are to blame for

the surge in the service industry’s influx of cleavage-thrusting

requirements, due to man’s womanizing appetite for “eye candy,” or

the finger should be pointed at the women who cater to this demand

and therefore pass on an increasingly inappropriate standard of

decorum.

In either case, the “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” attitude can

only be contributing a stride backward in women’s struggle to

achieve workplace equality.

“The dress code where I work is just to wear black but I still

know that my outfit can make me more money when I dress cuter,”

Stewart said. “I guess it would be nice if it were only about the

quality of service instead of what the service looked like.”

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Cocaine

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Elizabeth Kerrigan

Blow, bumper, candy, primo, snort, snow, white sugar, coke …

there are over 396 names for cocaine and its related uses. Many of

these terms spawned from the ’70s and ’80s, a time when cocaine was

thought to be one of the most popular drugs of choice, a time when

cocaine was thought of as a trendy way for young people to get a

quick high. It used to be a drug that was seen at an uncountable

number of college parties all across the nation. But today, that

fad is almost nonexistent; cocaine lost its popularity along with

free love, disco and long-haired rock bands … or did it?

Jim Weber, assistant director for the Center for Drug and

Alcohol Education at CSU, said when he was attending college in the

’70s, the cocaine use and addiction rate was much higher.

“There was a brief period in the ’70s when, even medically

speaking, coke was said to be a drug that was not dangerous or

addictive and a lot of people wanted to believe that,” Weber said.

“Most everything was going on a lot more then than it does now.

There was just a lot less accountability back then.”

Weber is head of the Day Four program on the CSU campus, which

is a campus-based, one-of-a-kind drug court dedicated to helping

students get back into school after being charged with drug

offenses. He said that while he does acknowledge that cocaine is

still in use today, it is just simply not the drug of choice for

college students.

However, some college students beg to differ.

In fact, cocaine seems to be so easily accessible at college

parties that when Jessica Rodriguez, a junior majoring in business

at CU, was at a party last semester and asked the owner of the

house for some Coke-a-Cola for her alcoholic beverage, the hostess

mistook her, thinking Rodriguez was requesting cocaine, and pointed

her discreetly to a back room. Rodriguez quickly fixed the

miscommunication, but was surprised at how quickly the assumption

was made.

“Over the last three years we have only seen two cocaine cases,”

Weber said.

Lisa Miller, assistant director for conflict resolution and

student conduct services for CSU, agrees with Weber.

“I think cost is one of the prohibiting factors. It’s just not

the most popular drug,” Miller said.

Both Miller and Weber said that students who attend schools like

Denver University and the University of Colorado, on average, have

more money, which makes those schools more likely to have a higher

rate of cocaine usage than CSU.

Stephen Bentley, coordinator of substance abuse at the

University of Colorado’s health center, said that this is probably

accurate.

“I would expect that assumption to be true. Obviously, because

the price of cocaine is higher than other drugs, it is easier to

obtain when students have more cash,” he said. Rodriguez said that

while she doesn’t believe in doing cocaine, she thinks there is

even more cocaine usage at her school than at CSU.

“I think that because there is more money on this campus there

are more drugs being bought, sold and used,” she said. “Coke seems

to be easily accessible. Marijuana is the most popular drug (at

CU), but coke is definitely second.”

John, which is not his real name, is a CSU student who said that

although cocaine has expensive prices, it doesn’t stop students

from doing it. He said the prices are usually about $50 a gram and

$150 for an eight ball, which contains about 3 grams.

“The truth is, I don’t know how people afford it, but it is

around. Someone always has some,” John said.

He has also noticed if a person does coke, they are almost

automatically considered to be a part of a sort of hidden culture –

an underground culture that they keep secret from non-users.

“My freshman and sophomore year I would’ve never guessed that

anyone did it, but as soon as I did it once, no one went out of

their way to hide it from me anymore … it was everywhere,” John

said. “I would say that if you are in the bar scene, over 50

percent of people are doing cocaine but you would never know

it.”

John said that although many people are doing cocaine, it is

usually on the weekends and not on a regular basis.

“Student’s financial standing keeps them from getting addicted.

People are usually only doing it on the weekends to party,” he

said.

Erika Walcher, a senior technical journalism major at CSU, said

that while she has never done cocaine, she feels cocaine is used a

lot at CSU parties and has seen a rise in its use over this past

year.

“This last year I have seen it used at a lot of parties. I was

never as aware of how much it is being used until this year,”

Walcher said. “I started piecing together that that is how a lot of

people who party get, and keep, all of their energy.”

Now that she has realized the prevalence of cocaine in Fort

Collins, Walcher said she has noticed its abundance at parties.

Weber said that he is shocked to know that students feel that

cocaine use is so prominent among the college atmosphere.

“I think that there is always a lag time between what students

are doing and what we know about. It is certainly possible that the

perceived use is higher than we know,” Weber said.

However, both Miller and Weber said that one of the reasons they

may not deal with a lot of students who are seriously addicted to

cocaine is because they may drop out of school completely and

therefore have no association with the university or its

programs.

The two also agree that no matter how large or small cocaine

usage associated with CSU may be, they see it as a serious

issue.

“Our hope is that we can educate people to make good choices,”

Miller said, and she warned against any experimental use of

cocaine. “Youth can be very vulnerable to trouble and bad choices

and it only takes one time to have a bad reaction or to get into

bad trouble.”

 

-Powder cocaine is generally snorted or dissolved in water and

injected

-Crack cocaine is usually smoked

-Cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug in the

United States

-About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have tried

cocaine

-There is a steady supply of cocaine coming into the

metropolitan areas of Colorado.

-Mexico is the main supplier of cocaine to U.S.

(Statistics are according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement

Administration)

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Three Local Bands You’ve Never Heard of but Should Check Out.

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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Brooke Harless

Name: Fear the Vacuum

Sound: “Our music is like an angry orgasm that pulses to the

beat of a drum with guitars added for her pleasure.”

Members: Mike Fitzpatrick, vocals, Kris Hodgell, bass, Daron

Pursley, guitar, Aaron Johnson, guitar and Shane Zweygardt,

drums.

Crowd Response: “Those guys really rock. I haven’t seen that

kind of onstage orgy of electric excitement since Merle Haggard

rocked the Dropbiscuit Inn,” said George Michael Cassidy, senior

history major.

Next Gig: May 23, Starlight.

 

Name: Native Joe and the Custer Alliance.

Sound: Transcendental Americana, power-funk with a little

bluegrass.

Members: Joe Roybal, lead vocals and keyboard, Ryan Hoisington,

synthesizer and Ben Gaines, chord organ.

Crowd Response: “Their music is really unique, I mean really

unique. I wouldn’t say you could dance to it, but it’s definitely

amusing,” said Pamela Vetters, Fort Collins resident.

Next gig: Your backyard: 472-5363

Name: Daffection

Sound: An abrasive mix of metal and sappy romance songs with

strong guitar and angry lead vocals.

Members: Ray Thresher, vocals, Mark Lauwers, guitar, Kevin “Fat

bottom” Mickey, drums and Matt Boyd, bass.

Crowd response: “I saw them in their garage once and thought

they were pretty aggressive musicians. Then I saw them at the

Starlight and … I liked their garage performance better,” said

Karin Parker, senior graphic design major.

Next gig: May 17, Kat’s House of Sports, Arvada

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