Lots of options out there for summer movies

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May 092004
Authors: Jeremy Anderson

Big Screen Fun Out of the Sun

The summer movie season kicked off with the opening of “Van

Helsing” last weekend in what looks to be a promising, though

typical, summer lineup of films. From blockbusters to sequels to

comedies to independent releases, the next few months will

hopefully provide moviegoers with quality cinematic experiences.

Here are some of the movies that I have the highest hopes for in

the upcoming days and nights of summer.

The Blockbusters

“Van Helsing” (May 7)

Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale battle a ‘who’s who’ of classic

movie monsters: Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein.

On the bright side: A triple threat of monster masters and

director Steven Sommers is responsible for the hit summer smashes

“The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.”

However: The trailer has a few moments of wince-inducing bad


“Troy” (May 14)

Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Eric Bana, along with director

Wolfgang Petersen bring the Trojan War to the big screen.

On the bright side: The R-rating should make this an awesome

film with “Gladiator”-like appeal.

However: The combination of Pitt and Bloom could cause

pretty-boy overload.

“The Day After Tomorrow” (May 28)

Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal play a father and son,

respectively, searching for one another after a new ice age hits

the world.

On the bright side: It’s been a while since we’ve had a good ol’

summer disaster flick.

However: The special-effects-heavy trailer doesn’t promise much

of anything else.

“King Arthur” (July 7)

Clive Owen is Arthur and Keira Knightley is Guinevere is this

gritty retelling of the classic legend.

On the bright side: Its realistic nature could breath life into

a well-known story.

However: “Troy” may give moviegoers all the historical violence

they need two months earlier.

“The Village” (July 30)

Director M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller about a small village

surrounded by woods that are inhabited by mythical creatures.

On the bright side: Shyamalan has yet to leave me


However: How long can he continue to come up with original,

surprise endings?

The Sequels

“Shrek 2” (May 21)

Princess Fiona brings Shrek home to meet her parents in this

inevitable sequel to the hit computer-animated film of 2001.

On the bright side: With the original voices returning, it would

be pretty hard to screw up this movie.

However: It will have a tough time matching or topping the


“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (June 4)

Harry and friends encounter trouble with an escaped convict in

their third year at Hogwarts.

On the bright side: It will be interesting to see what new

director Alfonso Cuaron (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”) does with the third

film in this wildly successful franchise.

However: The book’s plot is more complicated and confusing than

the first two, which could leave younger audiences scratching their


“Spider-Man 2” (June 30)

Tobey Maguire returns as the web-slinging comic-book hero, this

time out to stop a villain by the name of Dr. Octopus.

On the bright side: The cast and director of the first one

returned and the trailer makes the movie look to be even better

than its predecessor.

However: It has big shoes to fill with “Spider-Man” holding the

title of the fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time.

The Comedies

“The Stepford Wives” (June 11)

Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick star in this dark comedy

remake of the satirical horror film from the ’70s about husbands

replacing their wives with robots.

On the bright side: Nicole Kidman was in need of a comedic break

from her Oscar-friendly dramatic roles.

However: Yahoo! Movies reports that co-star Jon Lovitz does a

nude scene.

“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (June 18)

Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller battle it out in a high-profile

dodgeball tournament.

On the bright side: The trailer is hilarious and dodgeball is an

untapped resource for potential comedy heaven.

However: People being hit with red rubber balls may only be

funny for so long.

“Anchorman” (July 9)

Will Ferrell heads up an all-male TV news team that is

threatened when a female reporter (Christina Applegate) is added to

the staff.

On the bright side: Two words – Will Ferrell.

However: A movie about 1970s TV news anchors may alienate

younger moviegoers.

The Indies

“Saved!” (May 28)

When a student at a Christian high school becomes pregnant, her

classmates, including Mandy Moore, make her an outcast.

On the bright side: I haven’t heard an audience laugh so hard at

a trailer in a long time.

However: After “The Passion of the Christ,” moviegoers may not

flock to a potentially Christianity-mocking comedy.

“Garden State” (July 30)

Zach Braff (J.D. from TV’s “Scrubs”) wrote and stars in this

film about a man who returns to his hometown to attend his mother’s

funeral and tie up some loose ends, including a romance with a

character played by Natalie Portman.

On the bright side: The film’s trailer is vague though strangely


However: It may get swept away by big budget summer


“Open Water” (August 6)

A chiller based on a true story about a couple that gets

stranded out in shark-infested waters while scuba diving.

On the bright side: It looks and sounds to be extremely

psychologically intense.

However: It appears that most if not all of the movie takes

place out in the ocean, which may leave viewers yearning for a

change of scenery.

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Summer Concert Preview

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May 092004
Authors: Chris Kampfe

Some CSU students staying in the Fort this summer may be

wallowing in the myth that the city clears out when the school year

is over, thinking their social life will slip into a three-month

hibernation. Other students are gearing up, and scrounging every

penny from between the couch cushions to catch a few of the

plethora of great concerts and festivals in and surrounding the

Fort Collins area this summer. Here are a few events that are sure

to put a halt on your endless-summer blues:


18th, Tuesday, Ogden Theater in Denver – Cursive and Saul


This show has all the makings of a very special evening. Come

hear the sounds of Cursive, a prominent face on the ever-rising

Saddle Creek Record Company out of Omaha, Neb., that seems to be

popping out amazing indie bands, such as Bright Eyes and Rilo

Kiley, like it was a job. Joining Cursive is Saul Williams, one the

most poetic and intense acts to come into the hip-hop scene in

quite some time. This collaboration is sure to bring the audience a

memorable, intense and emotional evening of music.

26th, Wednesday, Coors Amphitheatre in Englewood – Coors

presents, “VH1 Classic Summer Hits” with Nelson, Peter Frampton and


Is there really any better excuse to slam a sixer of Coors and

scream in your best alien voice, “Do you feel … like I do?” If

you’re feeling really saucy, keep practicing your best Eric Cartman

impression and let loose when Styx plays, “Come Sail Away.” You

won’t be alone, I promise.

28th, Friday, Avogadro’s Number, Ft. Collins – Hit and Run

Bike down to Avo’s this Friday night for some great bluegrass,

courtesy of Hit and Run. This band recently participated in and won

the bluegrass battle at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. If the

bluegrass isn’t enticing enough, at least go grab a tempeh burger

and hear what you can from the diner.

30th, Sunday, The Bluebird Theatre, Denver – Bob Schneider and

Ari Hest.

Touring together here are two great singer-songwriters with two

unique styles. Schneider, a veteran on the scene from the blooming

musical metropolis of Austin, Texas, has such a range of

songwriting he can instigate a full-out bar brawl and swoon over

your girlfriend in the same song. The man’s shows are truly

entertaining and worth footing the bill. Hest doesn’t bring as much

energy to the shows but is a talented act as well, often being

compared to James Taylor.


4th – 6th , Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellevue – Yonder Mountain

String Band.

Mishawaka is a diamond in the rough. If you have not had the

pleasure of seeing a show at the theater 13 miles up the Poudre

Canyon, this is one of the best unknown concert venues in the

country. Yonder Mountain brings its “dance your butt off” bluegrass

to welcome in June and the beginning of a stretch of great concerts

at The Mish.

15th – 19th, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison – The Dead.

Grab your crystals, an appetite for “dank” veggie quesadillas

and enough Febreeze to get that hippie/patchouli smell off your

tie-dye: The Dead are back. For a second year, the remaining

members of the Grateful Dead grace the stage at Red Rocks for six

nights of dancin’ in the streets. Allegedly the spirit of Jerry

will be somewhere in the audience this tour … at least he’s

supposed to be if you’ve eaten enough of the brownies.

19th, Saturday, Universal Lending Pavillion – Dave


If you haven’t heard of this guy, or at least the catch phrase,

“I’m Rick James (explictive deleted)!” then you probably haven’t

set foot on campus this semester. Straight from the silver screen

of “Half-Baked” and Comedy Central, Dave Chappelle brings his

stand-up act to Denver for an evening of pure enjoyment. Note: This

isn’t Bob Hope, and your grandma would probably slap Dave’s face

for some of his choice words, so be careful whom you invite.

25th, Friday, Paramount Theatre, Denver – Al Green.

Any craving you’ve ever had to be swooned away by the sweet,

sweet sounds of soul is sure to be satisfied this night. Bring a

bottle of wine, your favorite suede robe and really, things just

can’t go wrong for you tonight.

26th, Saturday, Red Rocks – 311, The Roots, Medeski, Martin and


Here we go, a collaboration that brings a little bit of sound

for everyone. The progressive jazzy groove of MMW, the funky

rap-rock of 311 and the self-described “organic hip-hop jazz” of

the acclaimed Roots is a sure bet for concert picks this



10th, Saturday, Irish Festival, Littleton – The Young Dubliners

and Alasdair Fraser.

So St. Paddy’s Day was four months ago, whatever. It was cold,

and I still want to drink some Guinness. Come celebrate.

14th, Wednesday, Coors Amphitheatre, Englewood – Tim McGraw and

The Warren Brothers.

Country fans alas, your prophetic son has arrived and he has

brought The Warren Brothers with him to shake things up. Now, if we

could just get Skoal to come in as a second sponsor … ah,


24th, Saturday, Pepsi Center, Denver – Eric Clapton and Robert

Randolph and The Family Band.

So the tickets will cost you an arm and a leg, but it’s worth

it. Not many artists can plow through decades of hits like Clapton

has, and the fact that he has the energy to tour with the

relatively new Randolph, who’s soul-rock keeps audiences dancing

for hours – literally, hours – is quite a feat for “Old Slow


26th – 27th, Coors Amphitheatre, Denver – Lollapalooza 2004.

Perry Ferrell-you silly, silly man. Back and in full force is

Lollapalooza 2004 with, once again, a lineup of bands to satisfy

the needs of all. Acts include, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips,

Gomez, Sonic Youth and Sound Tribe Sector Nine, among others. Also

joining the tour this summer is the cloak-draped, warm-fuzzy cult,

known only as The Polyphonic Spree.


7th, Saturday, The Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins – The Stockholm


Widespread Panic fans, Stockholm Syndrome has got what ails ‘ya.

A collaboration between long-time band friend Jerry Joseph, who has

written and performed with Panic, and Panic bassist Dave Schools

lead the Stockholm Syndrome through a summer tour that is getting

fans hyped for the shows.

9th, Monday, Coors Amphitheatre, Denver -The Beach Boys.

If you are sitting there joking to your friends what a dumb

choice this was, wipe that smirk off your face. The Beach Boys are

not only pioneers in the world of music as we know it now, but also

if you get past that “too cool for school” attitude and admit you

scream “Sloop John B” at the top of your lungs when you’re driving

alone, you can admit you’ll have a good time at the show.

27th – 28th, Friday, Pepsi Center, Denver – PRINCE!

‘Nuff said.

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Summer Reading: “Invisible Man”

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May 092004
Authors: Sarah Fallik

This summer, instead of allowing your brain to turn to complete

mush, (a sensation which I for one have experienced during many

summers) why not pick up a book and give your brain the exercise it

needs to stay in shape for fall semester?

One great summer read is “Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison.

“Invisible Man” is an exceptional novel, but it is not, as might be

inferred from the title, a work of science fiction. Rather, it is a

book that tells the story of a black man’s struggle for personal

identity and societal acceptance during a time of blatant and

widespread racism. This novel, written in 1952 and set sometime

during the years following the Great Depression, is worthy of your


The narrator begins his tale with the assertion that he is an

invisible man and then traces a series of events and experiences

that lead to realization of his invisibility. His journey toward

self-actualization begins in the South. When he arrives, he is

blind to the racism that surrounds him and does not realize his

place as an black person in a prejudiced society.

After a few diverse jobs, he encounters an organization called

the “Brotherhood,” a fusion of Caucasian and black people bonded

together in the fight for social change. The Brotherhood gives the

narrator a new identity and hires him to make speeches in Harlem.

Throughout the novel, the narrator is in an ongoing state of change

as he is handed new identities, which he must adopt.

Ellison’s first and only completed novel, at close to 600 pages,

engages the reader throughout. As a rather fast and satisfying

read, it is a great choice for summer reading. “Invisible Man” is

rich with symbolism and metaphord, so that the Ellison’s essential

message and intent is clear, yet space is left for interpretation

and analysis. The book is likely to evoke a range of emotional

responses from its readers, but it promises to grab hold and not

let go for the duration. “Invisible Man” recounts experiences and

events that are certainly disturbing; however, this is among the

most profound and remarkable novels I have read.

Other recommended summer reading:

“White Oleander” by Janet Fitch

The story of one girl’s coming of age within the circumstances

of her mother’s imprisonment and constant moves from foster home to

foster home.

“Junky” by William Burroughs

If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to be a heroin addict,

this novel will spell it out for you.

“Warrior’s Don’t Cry” by Melba Beals

A historical account of the integration of Little Rock’s Central

High school.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K Rowling

No, these novels are not just for kids! Pick up the first novel

and I guarantee you’ll be hooked.

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One final tribute to BVP

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May 092004
Authors: Joelle Milholm

As the last column of the year, I thought it only fitting to

talk about the subject who appeared most often in the sports

section of the Collegian this year, our very own Bradlee Van Pelt.

When I started covering football this season, I had no idea the

things that I would witness. The last thing I ever imagined was Van

Pelt in a Bronco jersey.

While he led the Rams to a season barely above .500, he

accomplished some great and some not-so-great feats. He started off

on a bad note when Colorado sophomore Joel Klatt fueled the Buffalo

comeback to beat the senior and his Rams 42-35. Even though he

chalked up 338 yards, he lost his last Rams-Buffs rivalry game.

He bounced back throughout the season and even snatched up the

Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year award after

an impressive come-from-behind victory over UNLV.

After breaking his hand in the regular season finale, Van Pelt

once again revealed the competitor inside of him and decided to

play in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. Unfortunately, he

threw the ball to Boston College players more often than he did to

any Rams and left the collegiate football world on a sour note.

Van Pelt then pulled my favorite move in his collegiate career.

He decided to stop going to school so he could focus on the NFL

draft. Good thing he did, considering he was taken 250 out of


While he was one of the last taken, he was taken nonetheless and

was even taken as a quarterback. Now Van Pelt is playing in the NFL

and is one of four quarterbacks vying to be Jake Plummer’s backup.

I saw a picture of him in the new Bronco jersey and he doesn’t look

quite as impressive or cocky as he did in the green and gold.

He will have to step it up and prove that he is more than a

running back-quarterback if he wants to beat out Steve Beurlein,

the lifelong backup who has been around longer than sliced bread

and has been injured most of his 17 years in the NFL.

The Broncos are planning on releasing Beurlein today so he can

decide if he wants to pursue another year or throw in the towel.

Hopefully that will send Van Pelt the message: The Broncos would

rather have a 40-year old Notre Dame graduate than a 22-year-old

“athlete-student” dropout. Maybe a year of riding the pine with

former Ram Cecil Sapp will show him the ropes of how to be a

quarterback in the NFL. Who knows?

So in this final tribute to Bradlee Van Pelt, cheers to all he

did at CSU and cheers to all the things he will (or will not) do in

the NFL.

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Rams Steal First Place

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May 092004
Authors: Scott Bondy

After an unpredictable weekend in the Mountain West Conference,

the CSU softball team has taken sole possession of first place with

four wins against New Mexico. San Diego State, the conference

leader for most of the season, collapsed in its last two games

versus Brigham Young. Here is a look at the MWC heading into the

conference tournament:

No. 1 Colorado State (39-13, 15-4 in MWC)

The Rams have won 14 of their last 16 games. Not only do they

have the best conference record but also the best overall record.

Hitting .331, best in the conference, the Rams are dominating

opposing pitchers. Senior Ricki Walker leads the conference in

hitting with a .399 batting average. CSU’s pitching staff ranks

second with a 2.03 ERA. Head coach Mary Yori recorded her 100th

victory on Friday and continues to improve the program each


No. 2 San Diego State University (35-22, 14-6 in MWC)

Utah split two games with SDSU and snapped the Aztecs 15-game

home winning streak this past week. BYU then took two games from

SDSU as the Aztecs dropped three of their last four games on the

season. Although they hold a No. 2 seed in the tournament, the

Aztecs have beaten first-place CSU three of four times this season.

Aztec pitchers have amassed a conference-best 1.43 ERA. CSU and

SDSU will enjoy first-round byes.

No. 3 Brigham Young (34-17, 11-8 in MWC)

With victories against many quality opponents, such as

then-No.23-ranked Pacific, BYU boasts a very capable team. The

Cougars are led by sophomores Paige Paramore, hitting .361, and

Ianeta Le’i with a .355 batting average. Pitcher Brooke Boyce went

13-8 with a 1.74 ERA on the season. The Cougars finished first in

the conference in on-base percentage (.384) and runs scored


No. 4 Utah (20-31, 8-12 in MWC)

The Utes lost their final two games of the season to UNLV. The

two teams meet again May 13 to start the Mountain West tourney. For

the second-straight season, Utah finished fourth in the conference.

Senior Glennis Donnelly hit .391 with 17 homeruns this season and

should give pitchers plenty of trouble this week.

No. 5 UNLV (25-34, 7-13 in MWC)

With only three active pitchers on the UNLV roster, the Rebels

faced tough challenges this year. Junior Jacque Kerrigan pitched a

conference-high 220.1 innings and struck out a conference-leading

195 batters. Heading into the postseason, the Rebels have won their

last three of four games. They won their final game of the season

versus Utah in extra innings. UNLV will be looking to ride their

momentum deep into the tournament.

No. 6 New Mexico (29-34, 3-16 in MWC)

Last-place New Mexico has struggled all year in the conference.

Losing the last eight games of the season, including four to CSU,

the Lobos will need to raise their level of play in order to win.

Their first game will be played versus BYU, a team that swept the

Lobos in the regular season. The one bright spot for New Mexico may

be that they are a heavy underdog and hope to take teams by


Anticipate CSU and San Diego State in the conference title game.

The Rams look to have enough to take the struggling Aztecs this

year and will likely be MWC Tournament Champions for the

second-straight year.

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Worst case of procrastination

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May 092004
Authors: Christopher J. Ortiz

If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.

I like to think I’m an average student (although I just found

out that at 23 I am considered a non-traditional student) and when

it comes to deadlines, I live by the last minute.

I would have never thought President Bush and I had anything in

common, but it seems we both like to wait until the last minute to

get anything done. If there is a paper due on Friday, you can be

assured I’m not starting that paper until Thursday night or Friday

morning – depending how long the paper is. And if there is a June

30 deadline to hand over sovereignty to a nation, you can be

assured Bush has no idea what he is doing.

Bush held a primetime press conference on April 13. When asked

by reporters who the United States was handing power over to, he

responded with, “We’ll have to see.”

That’s like coming up with a topic for your final thesis the

night before it’s due.

And when you’re under the gun, you will resort to almost

anything to meet that deadline. For students, that means playing

with the margins or using Helvetica instead of Times Roman to meet

that 15-page length (my personal favorite is going into the line

spacing and changing it from 2.0 to 2.25 spacing – you can thank me


But for Bush, with the June 30 deadline looming, it means

handing over the government to a handpicked interim council with no

real power, while retaining, for all intents and purposes, all real

governing power. Since the U.S.-led occupation regime will have a

hand in choosing Iraq’s next government, the body will lack a

mandate for anything but administrative tasks. Many envision a team

of nonpartisan Iraqi technocrats who concentrate on keeping the

country functioning, according to Newsweek.

“We don’t expect them to enact any laws unless there is absolute

need for them,” said Iraqi Governing Council member Adnan Pachachi

to Newsweek. “We’re not going to enter into any big contractual

obligations – either diplomatically or economically – because those

things should be done by an elected government.”

The short-lived government’s main work includes passing the 2005

national budget and preparing for elections, the U.S. official told

reporters in a dinner meeting.

The 130,000 U.S. troops will have commanding power over the

country, not the interim governing council. And in addition,

America’s ambassador to Iraq will also have a say in the spending

of $8 billion of the massive $18.4 billion U.S.-aid package

approved by Congress in November, a huge tool with which to

influence Iraq’s affairs and thus deny the Iraqis power.

It’s an insult to the Iraqis we were there to liberate.

Elections in Iraq are in January, but until then the 110,000 U.S.

and ally forces are the ones with the real power there.

Can we fairly say that Iraqis have any more freedom than they

did when Saddam Hussein was in power? I mean, it’s not like we are

abusing prisoners or torturing them in the same prison Hussein

tortured and abused prisoners, right? It’s not like the United

States shut down Iraqi media when they print or broadcast news the

U.S. military doesn’t agree with, right? The U.S. military shut

down the Al-Hawza newspaper on March 28, saying it was inciting

violence against troops. I mean, it’s not like we picked out a flag

for them that resembled the Israeli flag, which was a complete

insult to the Muslim country.

While my procrastination might resort in me having to live with

a C in a class, Bush’s procrastination will have the United States

remaining with a tarnished foreign-affairs record, a reputation in

the international scene as being imperialistic and leaving a

country no better off than it was before.

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Owners could pay for dogs without leashes

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May 092004
Authors: Erin Tracy

Playing in a park, taking a walk or hanging out in the shade of

a tree may all be fun activities to do with a dog. But no matter

how much fun dogs can be, ownership may have hidden expenses.

The Humane Society for Larimer County issues $50 tickets to

owners when their pet is not on a leash. Multiple offenses may

result in a fine up to $1,000 and three months in jail.

Rigo Neira, the director of Animal Protection and Field Services

at the humane society, said the maximum fine is rare.

Paul Wozniak, 29, a morning show host for the radio station KKPL

(99.9 The Point), received a warning for having his male cocker

spaniel, Emmet, without a leash at City Park last summer, but he

continues to let him run around the park.

“I know he is not going to harm anyone or anything,” Wozniak

said. “He is good under voice command.”

Wozniak understands there is a law for keeping dogs on a leash

and said from his experience most people comply with the rule, but

he said “it is not a good rule for me.”

Everett Bacon, 38, an engineer, is not as understanding about

Fort Collins’ leash rule.

“How can I play Frisbee with her on a leash?” Bacon said. “My

tax dollars pay for these parks.”

Bacon has received two tickets for not having his dogs on

leashes at parks.

“That is why I don’t utilize those places,” Bacon said.

Mike Ashwell, a junior construction management major, said he

likes Spring Canyon Dog Park, located on the west end of Horsetooth

Road, but he still prefers to go to the park near his house for

safety reasons.

“I heard that your dog can get sick up there,” Ashwell said.

“There are so many dogs and pet waste; it is not a clean


Ashwell has never gotten a pet violation ticket because he does

not let his dog off the leash in public.

“I don’t want him to run away,” Ashwell said. “I don’t want a


Fines may also be assessed to an owner if the dog runs into

traffic, bites a person or chases after a person.

Rigo said if a dog runs into the street and is caught by an

animal-control officer, a $100 fine could be issued, depending on

the situation and the individual officer.

Owners may also be fined if their pets are misplaced.

Pets that run away or are lost sometimes find their way to the

humane society, but not always for long, said Jennie Akins, animal

care associate with the humane society.

“Colorado state law says that you have to keep an animal for

three days and we hold them for five,” Akins said.

After five days at the humane society, the animal becomes the

legal property of the shelter and is given behavior tests to

determine if it is adoptable.

If owners wait to pick up their pets until after the five-day

waiting period, they will have to re-adopt the dog and pay another

$80 for a dog and $90 for a puppy.

Cary Rentola, marketing and community events manager at the

humane society, said if a dog is impounded and an owner claims it,

additional fees are assessed.

“Each day that we have an animal here, there is a boarding

charge,” she said.

For every day the dog is held at the humane society $10 is

charged to the owner. An impound fee is also issued, which can

range from $40 to $60. An additional $10 is charged if the pet is

spayed or neutered and $27 if the pet is not.

“We are trying to educate the community about pet

overpopulation,” Rentola said.

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Keepin’ the faith

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May 092004
Authors: Rachel Wiley

Water is not the only thing that dries up in the summer.

Some CSU students notice a similar problem in their spiritual

lives and find it difficult to maintain the spirituality they had

during the school year.

“I’ve found it’s definitely different. For me, last summer was

harder because Hillel is such a big part of my life,” said Kayla

Brummett, a sophomore English major and president of CSU’s chapter

of the Jewish student organization Hillel.

With a new routine and new environment, students who have been

involved in a faith community during the school year may not be as

focused on religion during the summer, said Cindy Swindell, a

psychologist with the University Counseling Center.

However, it does not have to be a negative experience, Swindell


“When we have a change, it’s a fork in the road,” she said. “It

can present a dilemma, but also new experience.”

Preparing in advance for future challenges can make a big

difference for students trying to stay faithful over the summer,

said Brian Robbins, director of College and Career Ministries at

First Baptist Church, 900 E. Prospect Road.

“The ones that do well are the ones that think about it

beforehand,” Robbins said.

Laurie Walker, campus team leader with Intervarsity, a Christian

organization on campus, said it is important for students to know

what struggles they might face.

People also need to stay in touch with friends from college or

reach out to establish new community connections, Swindell


Benjamin Carroll, a sophomore political science major and vice

president of Hillel, will be staying in Fort Collins this summer

and participating at Congregation Hav Shalom.

“One of the things that we have in Fort Collins is an active

Jewish community with a synagogue,” Carroll said. “It’s good to

know that no matter what’s going on, there’s a place we can go that

we can stay spiritually connected to our Judaism without


Robbins encouraged students to get involved in a community of

people who share the same faith.

“Biblical teaching makes it clear that we need each other,”

Robbins said.

Some practical ways to get involved in your community and

maintain a strong spiritual life also include participating in

service projects or donating to charities, Walker said.

“Maintain a connection with nature,” said Swindell. “If that’s

part of your spirituality, be outside, enjoy nature. Nurture your

connection with a creator … With a little effort we can take the

activities we enjoy and let them be spiritual.”

Swindell also recommends that students take some time for


“Embrace that,” she said. “Maybe it’s a season to explore more

individual practices: prayer, meditation or reading.”

Walker also recommended practicing spiritual disciplines such as

reading, studying, praying, worshiping, or even simply spending

time in silence and solitude.

Being faithful in her religious practices is what helps Fatimah

Mohamed, a freshman business major and treasurer of the Muslim

Student Association. She notices very little difference in her

spiritual life when she’s not around friends.

“If you practice it long enough, you don’t feel a change or

anything,” Mohamed said.

Some students have even found that summers can be an opportunity

to develop their spiritual lives.

“I believe that the summer is actually a great time for

spiritual growth because there are no classes, no studying for

tests and the number of responsibilities decrease,” said Hany

Khattab, a sophomore biology major. “As a Muslim, I believe I have

a direct connection to God and so I believe the summer is a great

time to take a step back and see, be thankful and analyze what he

did for me so far in my life, specifically in the last year.”

Walker agreed that summer provides an opportunity for positive


“We’re just encouraging people not to take a spiritual break for

the summer, but to take their values into the community, their

families and to their friends. Be a leader wherever you are,”

Walker said. “Plan to thrive, not just survive.”

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Professor gets $100,000 grant for tobacco-advertising research

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May 092004
Authors: Gabe Heise

Kathleen Kelly is excited to help Latino youth stop smoking.

Kelly, a marketing professor for CSU’s College of Business,

received a $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

to study tobacco prevention for Latino youth.

Recent studies done by the U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services have found an increase in the tobacco use among Latino


Kelly has been working to stop the increase of tobacco use among

Latino youth. She said a possible reason for the increase is a

“double dose of advertisement” in many Mexican-border towns.

Much of Kelly’s research is focused on border communities where

teens get advertisements aimed at the Latino community as well as

advertisements aimed at the non-minority community.

Latino youths may also be more likely to begin smoking as they

acculturate to an American lifestyle, Kelly said.

Kelly and her co-workers are working to find what kind of

advertising will counteract the tobacco industry’s advertising.

Language is one of Kelly’s more important research topics.

Researchers are trying to discover which language would best

communicate to the youths they are trying to reach: Spanish,

English or possibly Spanglish?

Spanglish is a term used to describe the mix between English and

Spanish. Though this may not be grammatically correct, it may be

the best way to help teens learn, Kelly said.

“Many kids tend to speak this way and it may be the language

that gets results,” Kelly said. “We need to find the language that

will resonate most with them.”

The research funded by the grant will start next spring and will

focus on youth from border communities.

The researchers plan to expose some of the teens to Spanish

advertising, some to English and some to Spanglish. They will

collect reactions, opinions and attitudes on each and compare the

results, as well as collect data on their current smoking


“It’s a great opportunity to educate teens about the dangers of

tobacco,” said Rich Salas, assistant director of El Centro Student

Services. “I applaud her efforts.”

“This grant will help a lot,” Kelly said. “The information will

help guide a critical issue and develop a lot of educational


Kelly is hoping to expand her project beyond just border


“I’m hoping to generalize my research to different areas –

expanding it from the border communities to other places it could

possibly have a positive effect on, such as Northern Colorado,” she


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Awareness essential in safety abroad

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May 092004
Authors: Brandie Jeffryes

Some students can avoid travel troubles if they know what they

are getting into before they go abroad.

As finals come to an end and students head off in different

directions this summer, many are bound for adventures in foreign

lands as study-abroad students or just for fun.

For some, international travel could be the best time of their

lives, but for others, it could take a turn for the worst.

Although most of the time students abroad have no problems with

crime or violence, the U.S. Department of State warns travelers of

possible problems.

In the past, students have become victims of pick-pocketing,

robbery or sexual assault while traveling internationally.

Sometimes the students themselves can be the problem.

According to the Department of State, each year more than 2,500

U.S. citizens are arrested abroad. Most problems arise because of

drugs, alcohol or disorderly behavior.

The Department of State stresses that the United States often

cannot help American citizens arrested abroad.

While in a foreign country, students are subject to the laws of

the country they are in, not U.S. laws.

While serious crimes are uncommon, it is not unusual for

students to become victims of petty crime while abroad.

“The greatest risk that students run into is pick-pocketing due

to inattentiveness,” said Kara Bingham, director of study abroad at


Sara Vaccariello, a peer counselor at the Office of

International Programs, described a typical pick-pocketing scam she

ran into on her trip to Granada, Spain.

Vaccariello said that some people try and distract their targets

by putting rosemary in their faces and then attempting to

pick-pocket them.

“When walking in high volume areas, make sure you have your bag

close to you,” Vaccariello said.

When a student is unaware of his or her surroundings, he or she

is an easier target. Problems arise mostly when a person is

unfamiliar with the area and the dangers that may be present,

Bingham said.

“Here, we have cultural cues that warn us of dangers, but

because they are different in other countries we don’t get the same

signals telling us to ‘get out of there,'” Bingham said.

In order to avoid becoming a victim or experiencing a problem

abroad, there are several steps students can take to prepare


“Ninety percent of the problem is due to the student not being

aware or because the student was intoxicated,” said Bingham. “The

greatest safety risk is the students’ own behavior.”

The easiest way for students to steer clear of trouble while

abroad is to be attentive and know their surroundings, said Cheri

Lazar, a trans-cultural nurse and travel consultant at Hartshorn

Health Service.

Finding out about warnings or current events in the countries

students plan to visit can be an important step to take.

“The same kind of trouble you can get into on campus is the same

kind of trouble you can get into abroad,” Lazar said. “The biggest

thing is pre-planning.”

Lazar said she tries to focus on individual students rather than

the country they will be visiting.

In the consultation she talks about cultural adjustment, signs

of depression and being aware of ones’ sexual health.

“It is important to be globally aware,” Lazar said.

On campus, the Office of International Programs and Hartshorn

Health Service offer numerous ways to prepare for a trip abroad,

including travel consultations, advising meetings and pre-departure


Vaccariello took Lazar and Bingham’s advice and had a safe trip

to Spain.

“I never, ever felt unsafe because I took to heart what people

advised me and remembered that I was a guest in their country,” she


Info for a fact box…

Travel Tips

* Learn as much as you can about the country you are planning to

visit before you leave.

* When traveling at night have at least one other person with


* Don’t draw attention to yourself by wearing flashy jewelry or


* Try and abide by the country’s cultural norms as closely as


* Keep your belongings as close to you as possible.

* Get medical insurance.

* Know the location of the U.S. Embassy.

* Avoid reckless behavior

* Deal only with authorized agents when exchanging money

* Leave copies of your important information at home in case of

an emergency (Passport, Visas, Insurance Info.)

* Be aware of your surroundings.

* Don’t let fear ruin your trip, but do keep your wits about


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