Aug 302004
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

The rivalry with the University of Colorado-Boulder goes back a

long way, and since in-state residents make up 78 percent of CSU’s

population, don’t be surprised to find people with Boulder

connections on campus.

Some students with a connection to Boulder feel no affection for

the Buffaloes, while others aren’t so sure. There are also

out-of-state students who face a dilemma when CSU is playing their

hometown team.

“It’s kind of fun because some of my friends go to CU,” said

Lindsey Bammann, a freshman open-option major. “We kind of bicker

about it, but it’s fun.”

Bammann came to CSU for several reasons after growing up in

Boulder.

“I came because of the campus,” she said. “And it was farther

away from home. It’s a change of scenery.”

When she is watching the football team’s season opener Saturday

against CU in Boulder, there’s no question what team Bammann will

root for.

“Of course for CSU,” she said. “The rivalry between my friends

has already begun.”

There are even some students who left CU to join the Rams’

family.

Jeff Amell, a senior political science major, spent his first

college semester at CU and feels more of a conflict of interest

than Bammann.

“I’m somewhat torn because my best friend from high school plays

for (CU),” Amell said. “But I’m mostly rooting for CSU. I just have

to cheer when he catches the ball.”

Amell, who secretly cheers for CU’s starting tight end Joe

Klopfenstein, said the rivalry between the two schools has little

effect on his friendship.

“I see him maybe twice a year,” Amell said. “We just rekindle

what we had in high school. We get along just fine.”

Zach Snyder, a senior political science major, spent his first

two years at CU and doesn’t regret the move to CSU.

“My last year there was the year that CSU beat CU,” Snyder said.

“I was rooting for CSU. I was tired of CU.”

Growing up on Colorado’s Western Slope, Snyder originally went

to CU because he wanted to disprove the stories he had heard about

the university.

“I kind of wanted to go against the idea that they are a big

party school,” Snyder said. “I wanted to show there was something

more there.”

He did not find what he was looking for, though. He found the

type of school he wanted with CSU.

“I was really tired of the people, the students and the city of

Boulder,” Snyder said. “I think (the rivalry) is a great thing. I

think we’ll get a lot more credit. We’re much more classy. I think

more people in Colorado are rooting for CSU.”

But Boulder-based students are not the only ones who face a

rivalry.

The Rams football team will play the University of Minnesota

Golden Gophers on Sept. 18, and Mikaela Vaughan, a junior

psychology major, will be right in the middle of the competition.

Vaughan is from Chaska, Minn., and she has many friends who go to

Minnesota.

“I came here for the programs (CSU) had and just a change of

scenery,” Vaughan said.

Although the CSU women’s volleyball team lost to the Gophers

Friday, Vaughan hasn’t heard too much from her Minnesota friends

because they are still on summer break. Despite being a strong Rams

supporter, Vaughan said there are times she will root for

Minnesota.

“But not when it’s college (games),” she said. “Not when it’s

CSU.”

So green and gold always come first for Vaughan.

“I really want CSU to win because that gives me bragging

rights,” she said. “CSU always takes precedence.”

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