Telluride

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Jun 222004
 
Authors: Chris Kampfe

In the midst of swaying conifers and early summer waterfalls,

harmonies reached the welcoming ears of thousands of

“festivarians.” The upshot was a valley-town in the San Juan

Mountains known as Telluride, Colo. A town overflowing with art,

energy and bluegrass.

Celebrating its 31st anniversary, the Telluride Bluegrass

Festival once again provided solace and a home to nearly 11,000

people. This year’s festival was held June 17 to 20, and narrowly

avoided thunderstorms that struck many surrounding areas, providing

concertgoers with the perfect watercolor backdrop.

While some fans were in attendance for the first time this year,

a number of people warmly referred to by the town as “festivarians”

make the pilgrimage back to the beautiful country every summer,

adding to the character and tradition of the festival.

As years have passed, the festival has progressed from

dominantly signing traditional bluegrass artists to offering open

arms to performers of other breeds. While fans were entertained by

a number of bluegrass artists, including the perennial Sam Bush,

who was proclaimed king of the festival (whether this was

self-proclaimed is uncertain), the “festivarians” also embraced

such acts as Ani Difranco, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lyle

Lovett and Xavier Rudd.

Though many welcome the arrival of new artists to the scene, the

bluegrass tradition is one of the defining elements of the

festival. The rolling banjos and singing mandolins in a four-piece

bluegrass band seem to perfectly compliment the landscape of

Telluride while they sing the frontier campfire stories that define

the scope of the place.

The artists that come to Telluride never seem short of an

earnest appreciation of the setting that they each have a

paintbrush in the making of, and leave each listener with an

experience carved out in the mountains of their memory.

Operating out of Lyons, Colo., the festival is managed annually

by Planet Bluegrass, Inc., a company that holds bluegrass functions

and festivals throughout the Rocky Mountains. PBI has proven not

only to be successful in the concert promotions business, but has

also shown it can effectively operate with the progressive

standards that its fans demand.

This year’s festival grounds were run entirely on wind power, as

are PBI’s headquarters in Lyons. Other non-music related amenities

at the festival were voting registration booths, 100 percent

organic fruits and other goodies provided by Whole Foods Market and

booths to sign up for domestic wind power. Free water was also

provided by Blame It On The Altitude, a company that supplies

natural spring water in 100 percent biodegradable bottles made from

corn.

Most notably, Fort Collins’ own New Belgium Brewing Company

provided tasty beer for parched “festivarians,” with biodegradable

beer cups to boot.

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Identity Theft

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Jun 222004
 
Authors: Sara Crocker

When flipping through junk mail, many people do not think credit

card applications and sweepstakes gimmicks could endanger their

identity.

However, in 2003 more than 9.9 million Americans were victims of

identity theft, collectively losing $5 billion, according to a

press release issued by Eloise Campanella, Larimer County Sheriff’s

Press Information Officer.

“Identity theft is rampant,” Campanella said. “It’s absolutely

widespread.”

Campanella said most of this theft happens when mail containing

credit card information or blank checks is stolen. This kind of

theft is hard to trace because many people do not even know that

their mail has been stolen and by the time they find out it is

often too late to prevent identity theft.

Campanella said she uses a locking mailbox to protect her mail.

She also pointed out that the red flags on mailboxes used to alert

mail carriers of their outgoing mail might also alert thieves.

“It’s just telling anybody, ‘Come to my mailbox,'” Campanella

said.

While a locking mailbox may be an effective way to protect

important mail, many students said the chances of them buying one

for protection was slim. Amber West, a senior microbiology major,

said that while she has a locking mailbox because she lives in an

apartment, she would not buy one if she lived in a house.

Rachel Perez, a senior sociology major, agreed with West. She

said she does not take specific steps to prevent identity theft,

and she would not consider buying a locking mailbox.

“I always just think, ‘What are the odds of it happening to

me?,'” Perez said. “If it happens, I’ll deal with it.”

Dealing with credit card companies and debt collectors while

trying to recover from identity theft can lead to long-term

problems and mountains of paperwork.

Another potential threat that fills the Lory Student Center

Plaza every fall is credit card solicitors, according to Sgt. Chris

Wolf of CSU Police Department.

“I’m real hesitant to do any of those anymore,” Wolf said. “You

just don’t know where the information is going.”

Wolf said that to protect against identity theft, students

should avoid solicitors, particularly those trying to solicit in

the residence halls, which is illegal. Also, students should keep

their social security number private, shred all documents

containing personal information and not respond to e-mails

requesting personal information.

“All of the (e-mails) that I have seen have been fraudulent,”

Wolf said.

Wolf continued that it is also a good idea to have your credit

history checked out once a year to ensure that no identity theft

has occurred.

While it can be hard to track identity thieves, Wolf said it is

important to still always report this crime if you have been a

victim.

For more information on preventing identity theft, check out

www.ago.state.co.us/idtheft/what.htm.

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People show their pride in the park.

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Jun 222004
 
Authors: Evan Truesdales

The first annual Pride in the Park of Fort Collins, also the

first of its kind in Northern Colorado, drew approximately 500

people to Liberty Park Saturday.

The Lambda Community Center, a Fort Collins group that works

towards equal rights for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender

community, hosted the gathering. Attractions included four musical

acts, poetry reading by Antler, door prizes, and 24 different

vendors.

“It’s actually bigger than I expected; I expected a smaller

turnout,” said Francis Southwick, a Lambda Center Volunteer.

CSU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services

were present throughout the day.

“We want to encourage the community members to look at us for

education opportunities and look at what we have to offer,” said

Arthur Ben Sintas, an admissions counselor for CSU who was at the

Pride in the Park with GLBTSS.

Yoshi Dember was at the park to promote the group Civil Rights

Now.

“It’s really awesome to see this kind of group here in Fort

Collins, that there is this many here in the GLBT community,”

Dember said.

Among people with booths set up were political parties and

various non-profit organizations with strong ties to the GLBT

community. Other politicians walked among the crowds, shaking hands

and talking about their platforms with festival attendees.

Groups running for all levels of government, including Fort

Collins city commissioner, state house of representatives and state

senate, attended Pride in the Park.

The Human Rights Commission, a board that advises the city on

issues of equality and non-discriminatory practices, was also

present.

Throughout the day, high school-aged students stopped by the

GLBTSS booth as well as other CSU students.

“I’m excited to be here today, and that Colorado State

University supports the GLBT community,” said Rachel Cali, a senior

math major.

The LCC decided to host the event after a resurgence of

interest, said its senior staff members.

“We’ve been a lot more active in the past year,” said Adam

Bowen, board president of the LCC. “We’re going through a

resurgence in the past couple of years; a lot of that is through

the marriage equality issue. We’ve had a lot of people coming back

to the center, people who were involved years ago.”

Bowen said there are people who are “camped out” on the right

and left of the gay marriage issue, but some peoples’ beliefs could

possibly be swayed either way. He said by being more visible and

more “out,” members of the GLBT community could influence their

neighbors and co-workers to change their attitudes.

The gay marriage issue was one of the interests at Pride in the

Park. Non-profit groups such as Civil Rights Now and Equal Rights

Colorado, which called for the marriage and childbearing rights for

the GLBT community, were active at the gathering.

The event began with an en masse march from the LCC, with some

people carrying signs announcing their sexuality or their stance on

political hot-button issues. Todd Simmons, of Matter Magazine, was

at Pride in the Park to promote the magazine and to support the

community.

“I hope to come back here every year…” Simmons said. “Open

minds are great.”

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Correction

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Jun 222004
 
Authors:

In Wednesday’s Collegian, there were two errors in the story

“What’s in a name?” First, the new residence hall will have suites

that feature a one-bedroom room and a two-bedroom room that will

share a bathroom, not a common living area. Second, the hall’s

rooms are not similar to the corner rooms of Durward and Westfall

halls. The Collegian regrets these errors.

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What’s in a name?

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Jun 152004
 
Authors: Evan Truesdale

A new residence hall will open this fall without a name.

“The only name that we have ascribed to it is ‘new hall,'” Brian

Durick, the director of preview and future director of the new

residence hall said.

When the new residence hall is finished, CSU will take the next

step in reorganizing CSU residence hall life.

“The next phase of residence life calls for demolition of [Ellis

and Newsom], what they’re looking to put in place is an academic

village concept,” Durick.

An academic village is where student housing, dining, classrooms

and teacher offices are all centralized into a small geographic

area or to a single building.

“With some smaller residence halls that may be filled entirely

with a living learning community. Rather that just having a floor

in a building dedicated to pre-vet students… there might be whole

building in unto itself,” Durick said.

The new residence hall, located on the south end of campus

across from Ellis and Newsom, has a modern exterior resembling the

red brick and stone on the Plant Science building, which differs

from CSU’s standard architecture.

The design of the building’s interior also departs from the

previous norms of CSU design and is comparable to the corner rooms

of Durward and Westfall halls where two two-bedroom suites are

connected with a common living space.

“We have, I think, a better retention rate in our halls that are

suites,” Durick said.

The new residence hall will feature suites where a one-bedroom

room and a two-bedroom room share a common living area. The new

rooms also have hard wired and wireless Ethernet access. To manage

these extra electricity demands the rooms have more power outlets

per room than other residence halls

The new residence hall will have similar amenities as all other

residence halls on our campus, according to Mary Ellen Sinnwell,

the Director of residence life, in an e-mail.

The hall facilities include a 24-hour desk, coin-op laundry

services, a kitchenette, vending machines and floor lounges.

While the building lacks a dining facility, student’s meal plans

may be used at any of the other residence halls on campus.

“The new hall is expected to be completed here in July, 2004; we

are currently ahead of schedule and under budget,” Sinnwell

said.

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CSU welcomes new dean

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Jun 152004
 
Authors: Chris Kampfe

The College of Applied Human Sciences (CAHS) will experience a

passing of the torch this fall as they welcome in a new dean. On

Aug. 1, April Mason will begin her duties at CSU as the dean of

CAHS, as she takes over for former dean Nancy Hartley.

Mason will be leaving Purdue University, where she was associate

dean for discovery and engagement in the School of Consumer and

Family Sciences and the assistant director of the Cooperative

Extension

Service, to begin a new chapter of life at CSU.

Mason comes into the position with a high admiration and

expectations for CSU’s program.

“The school has incredible diversity of disciplines and I am

excited to learn more about each one of those disciplines,” Mason

said. “My expectation of those who study and teach in the college,

conduct research and communicate from the college is that each

person would strive to do their very best.”

Mason received two degrees from Purdue including a master’s in

plant physiology and a doctorate in foods and nutrition. She has

also studied at the Overseas School of Rome and received her

bachelor’s in biology from Mount

Union College.

Mason’s professional research has been in food science. Her

research has been multifaceted, extending into areas of

Agriculture, Education and Consumer and Family Sciences. She also

contributed to a $1.3 million research project for the Indiana

Family Nutrition Study.

Larry Penley, president of CSU has shown much enthusiasm for

Mason’s arrival.

“April Mason is the kind of national leader we had hoped to find

to serve as the new dean of Colorado State’s College of Applied

Human Sciences, which ranks among the top 10 in the nation for two

of its programs,” Penley said in

a CSU press release. “Her extensive experience at Purdue, a land

grant institution, will further elevate the college’s national

stature.”

At Purdue, Mason spent her career working in accordance with the

mission of a land grant university, which may help her adjust to

CSU.

Peter Nicholls, university provost shares Penley’s enthusiasm in

welcoming Mason to CSU.

“Dean Mason has impressed me, and all constituencies at CSU,

with her ability to formulate a vision for the future of the

college, with her ability to articulate that vision, and with her

ability to enlist the support of others in its achievement,”

Nicholls said.

Other decorations Mason has attained include membership in Sigma

Xi, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the

Institute of Food Technologies and the American Society for

Nutritional Services. Mason was also recently awarded the State

International Facilitation Award for an International Study Tour in

Ireland, which was presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national

cooperative extension professional organization.

“I strongly believe in the importance of the disciplines

represented in the college and their relevance to the well-being of

students, families, children and communities,” Mason said. “I

cannot think of more exciting and fulfilling work to do.”

The College of Applied Human Sciences oversees the Departments

of Construction Management, Design and Merchandising, Food Science

and Human Nutrition, Health and Exercise Science, Human Development

and Family Studies, Occupational Therapy, the School of Education,

the School of Social Work and the College of

Applied Human Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies.

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CSUPD cracks down on bikers

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Jun 152004
 
Authors: Evan Truesdale

The brown and white sign stands quietly to the side, informing

its viewers to dismount and walk their bicycles. The sign is

located where Center Street stops and the campus pedestrian pathway

continues.

It is at this intersection that students w ill have to dismount

from their bikes, or risk receiving a ticket, starting this fall as

CSUPD plans to begin stricter enforcement of dismount zones campus

wide.

Karl Swenson, an administrative Lieutenant for CSUPD, referred

to the area as a “high-traffic area.” Thus, CSUPD deems it

necessary to expand the dismount zones into the causeway underneath

the Yates Building. He mentioned that the area has always been

zoned for foot traffic, but the construction of the Yates Building

prevented the signage of the area.

During the summer the area will be re-signed and officers will

begin strict enforcement of dismount zone starting in the fall. The

area has not been previously enforced because the student body had

not been properly informed of the area being a dismount zone,

Swenson said.

CSUPD intends to replace all of the dismount zone signs

throughout campus during the next year as the budget allows. They

also plan to replace the existing white signs with red and black

lettering, some of which are more than 10 years old, with the new

brown signs with white and red lettering, Swenson said.

Chris Herron, a sophomore natural resources major, said the

current system is not duly enforced.

“I’ve been kicked off more [at night],” Herron said. “During the

day they don’t seem to do too much.”

When asked about the extension of dismount zones south of the

Yates Building he had a shocked expression.

“That’s quite a hike, it’s a long way to push your bike when

you’re going from north to south,” Herron said.

Swensen said an alternative route for bicycles that wraps

between the Visual Arts Building and the Chemistry building, then

to the west side of Eddy Hall can be followed north to the parking

on the west side of the library.

Some students believe ticketing should depend upon the

individual situation.

“Only reckless riders should be ticketed,” said Correnn Brennen,

a natural resources major.

The dismount zones have been created because of the liability

the school faces if a pedestrian were to be injured in an accident.

The school is liable for the injured party.

While walking her bike across the Plaza, Callie Moench said the

amount of time she has determines whether she abides by dismount

zones.

“I usually don’t take the [dismount signs] very seriously. I

guess it’s useful; there have been times when I’ve been walking and

gotten pissed off at bikers ’cause I almost get crashed into… I

guess if there’s a good number of people [it’s useful],” said

Moench, an open option sophomore.

Moench said that while she has never been ticketed she has been

pulled over by CSUPD officers and forced to dismount her bike.

Moench believes the tougher enforcement of dismount zones will

lead students to abide by the rules more often.

“I think a lot of people take those things more seriously now.”

Herron said.

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