Tuesday Trivia

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Jan 312005

Trivia answer:

How many faculty members are there at CSU?


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Jan 312005

– I was walking outside my class and a guy completely wiped out on the ice. I asked him if he was OK, but he just looked at me like I was stupid. I'd say he was the stupid one for falling.

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Quarterback prospect could make impact at CSU

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Jan 312005
Authors: Jon Pilsner

Maybe it's just in the blood.

A father who played football at Air Force, a sister who played softball in college, it could be said that Grant Stucker is just following his genes.

The Ponderosa High (Parker) quarterback, who will be at CSU next year, is the next in line of an athletic family. His father, Pat, played football at Air Force "a long time ago," and his sister, Kristen, played softball at a community college before transferring to CSU.

Stucker is the only quarterback in this season's recruiting class, and is expected to compete for the starting job after senior-to-be Justin Holland concludes his playing career next season.

Rivals.com currently lists Stucker as a two-star, duel-threat prospect. Sound familiar? Sophomore-to-be quarterback Caleb Hanie stepped in this season after Holland broke his leg mid-season. Hanie was also a two-star duel-threat quarterback, according to Rivals.


The Stucker family, according to Pat, has always been a busy one.

In high school, Grant played two other sports, basketball and baseball, along with football. Grant started playing football when he was 6 years old, along with other activities. But football was the path Grant wanted to follow.

"We've always encouraged our kids to participate in extracurricular activities," Pat said. "He followed the sport he likes."

Ponderosa coach Jamie Woodruff said that Grant was a key part in leading PHS to the 2004 5A state championship. It's Stucker's determination and work ethic that separate him from the crowd.

"He knows what it takes," Woodruff said. "He's a great QB."

Stucker remembers the playoff run well, and says it was an incredible experience to guide his team to the championship.

"We had to play the conference champions, round after round," Grant said. "It was an unbelievable year."


For many prospects, from the blue-chippers to the junior-college transfers, the recruiting process is a unique experience. For Grant, it was no different.

"The first couple of months were exciting, meeting all these coaches across the nation," Grant said. "But then it got annoying."

Grant had attended a series of college-prep camps across the nation, and that's how CSU discovered him. However, they weren't the only ones who were interested.

The younger Stucker committed to CSU during the second camp of the summer in July, at the time becoming the second player to commit to the Rams. Had CSU offered Grant a scholarship later, things could have been different.

"CU wanted him pretty badly. He might have gone to CU," Woodruff said. "He's a well kept secret from other schools. (CSU) knows what they got from this kid."

But, in the end, it was Sonny Lubick, head football coach, and his staff, including CSU quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Dan Hammerschmidt, that helped Grant realize where he wanted to play.

"The number one reason was because of the coaching staff," Grant said. "Sonny Lubick and the whole staff are really wonderful people."

Grant's father agreed.

"He turned down CU in large part because of Sonny Lubick, (running backs coach) Mick Delaney and Dan Hammerschmidt," Pat said. "Sonny Lubick is an amazingly thoughtful person. They're all terrific people."

Hammerschmidt also made a distinct impression on Grant and his father.

"Both Grant and I were impressed," Pat said. "We've talked with some of the best QB coaches in the nation. Hammerschmidt is right there with them."

"It's very exciting," Pat said. "I can only wish that every parent gets the opportunity (to see their son play)."

Along with the coaches, the time he spent in Fort Collins with his sister, also helped his decision.

"I think Fort Collins is one of the best places to be for college," Grant said. "I just felt more comfortable with Sonny Lubick and in Fort Collins."


Although the stats don't show a superstar in the making, Woodruff said that because Ponderosa runs the Wing-T offense (focusing on running the football rather than an air attack) Grant Stucker's true potential as a throwing quarterback hasn't yet been realized.

Grant says he worked on becoming a better thrower by attending camps across the nation, including at Stanford and Texas, as well as CU and CSU camps.

"I'm trying to develop my complete game," Grant said. "I'm probably known now as a duel-threat quarterback."

Grant Stucker said he even asked to run more passing plays as he became a more complete quarterback.

"He's got some speed and agility," Woodruff said. "He's born to be a quarterback, with his presence on the field."

On top of his athletic skill, Grant is also a dedicated student. He carries a 3.5 grade-point-average at PHS, and, according to his father, is a good student.

"He's a natural at his schoolwork, although sometimes it comes a bit too easy to him," Pat said with a chuckle. "Grant is one of those people who is very conscientious and thoughtful about what he does."

Woodruff said Grant's poise and mentality was one of the most positive aspects of him, not only as a football player, but as a person.

"He's a great kid; he's fun to be around," Woodruff said. "He's committed to what he does."

That commitment will bring Grant to Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium next season where for the next couple of years, fans and opponents of CSU may know get an idea how good the Stucker genes really are.

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Water polo faces stiff competition over weekend

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Jan 312005
Authors: Andrew Woerpel

To start its inaugural season, the CSU women's water polo team went 1-4 after being thrown into battle with some of the best teams in the nation.

First, the Rams went up against the No. 9 ranked host, the Michigan Wolverines.

The Wolverines jumped all over the Rams in the beginning, grabbing a 2-0 lead to start the game. Fortunately for the Rams, junior captain Marisa Fernandez scored their first goal with 1:02 left to play in the first period. At intermission, CSU trailed 2-1 only to see the team's hopes slip away in the remaining three periods. The Rams only scored four more goals while the Wolverines managed to get 15 overall, beating the Rams 15-5.

The Rams came into this tournament knowing it would be a learning experience, which the team proved in their first contest with Michigan. Next up would be their greatest lesson of all; they were to be playing UCLA, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.

UCLA has six Olympic athletes on its team, but the Bruins only had four of them play against the Rams. With credentials like that, UCLA planned to intimidate CSU. That wasn't the case, said to CSU head coach John Mattos.

"The kids weren't intimidated against UCLA," he said.

He was also quick to add that the Rams did get dominated by the Bruins, losing to them 22-0.

"This team (UCLA) is not going to get beat. I can't imagine anyone matching up against that lineup," Mattos said.

After the Rams gathered up the notes they took from their first two learning sessions, they applied them against Slippery Rock.

Slippery Rock was the Rams' third game of the day, so they came out with a fight.

The Rams beat up on Slippery Rock, winning the game 10-3 with goals from junior captain Holly Stanfill and freshmen Emi McCullough and Leah Kelly.

On the second day, however, the Rams didn't get that sweet taste of victory again. They matched up against two very good teams in No. 11 Indiana and Michigan State.

In the Indiana game, the Rams had troubles holding the Hoosiers off in the first half.

"Indiana came out strong; we weren't playing polo like we did the day before," Mattos said.

By the second half, the Rams had fixed a few things and finally started to play the way they wanted.

"In the second half we played them to a draw. We just didn't score a lot of goals," Mattos said.

In the end, the Rams lost their third game of the tournament against Indiana 13-3.

With only one game left, the Rams came out and played against a tough Michigan State team.

"The game came down to the last six seconds," Mattos said. "We just waited too long to score, and they got a goal that they shouldn't have gotten."

CSU lost the game 11-10, but the game was the best team game the Rams played all tournament.

"It was a good experience; the kids played excellent polo against very good teams," Mattos said. "We did more than we anticipated in this tournament, now we can come back and go to work on some things."

The team will have more than a month to prepare for its next competition, which is a tentatively scheduled game against Colorado College. The Rams will then host their first ever tournament on March 12-13.


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Cell Phones Declare War on Humanity!

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Jan 312005
Authors: Tyler Wittman

Is your cell phone ringing? If so, stop and ask yourself a few quick questions before answering. Do I want cancer? Do I want my head to explode? Do I never want to score a date again?

Ah yes, these are the perplexities running through any rational person's mind when they make the critical choice to answer or decline a call. The cell phone is the modern-day equivalent to the skeletal machines that mercilessly annihilate humanity in the "Terminator" series. Why you ask? Well, they're trying to kill us all and you probably don't even know it.

First off, ask Marcelino Gonzalez if cell phones have goodwill toward men. His cell phone tried to kill him. Now you're listening.

In an interview with CNN, Gonzalez says he was merely turning on the phone to make a call when it maliciously blew up in his hands. The media want you to believe this and other incidents similar to it are due to faulty batteries (beware Kyocera owners), but they hide the truth: Cell phones hate humans. The phone failed in its attempt to kill him, but it may only be an omen for the future. Imagine a judgment day when all cell phones call each other, simultaneously causing half the world's people to answer their phones in unison and then . . . BOOM!

But wait, there's more. Cell phones supposedly cause tumors. Coincidence? I think not. According to ConsumerAffairs.Com, "new tests funded by the cell phone industry show both biological and statistical links between cell phone use and brain cancer." Does this really surprise anyone? In 2001, cancer (in general) took the lives of 557,271 people in the United States alone. That's second only to heart disease, which claimed 696,947 lives. They have yet to link cell phones to heart disease, but just give them some time.

The most dangerous method that phones use in an attempt to render humans extinct is one most of you may have fallen victim to already without even knowing it. Listen up closely and don't fall behind here: Gentlemen, your dating life is under attack by your cell phone. Think of the cell phone as an electronic leash. What else wears a leash? If you said cute little puppies, then you're right! You think being likened to a cute puppy is good? As my buddy Josh says, a "cute" puppy may cause a girl to stop and pet him, but she won't take him home because she is afraid he'll poop on her carpet. The "cute" puppy gets no lovin'. Cell phones are trying to prevent us from mating, thus never creating offspring, thus eradicating our existence.

I know this is hard to swallow for many, but the truth is that dead humans make for happy cell phones. Consider this the next time your phone starts ringing while you're driving, or you're in class, or you're in the library. Oh yes, the library, that's a place where people go to study in an environment free of cell phone chatter. Everyone should be in control of his or her phone, not the other way around. Leave it at home for a day and you'll feel better; your life may just depend on it.

Tyler Wittman is a sophomore speech communication major. His columns run on Tuesdays in the Collegian.

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Our View

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Jan 312005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Dear. Dr. Penley:

Things changed on Sept. 5.

As the body of a CSU student was found that day, the harsh reality of alcohol abuse on the campus of CSU came full-fold. In an effort to avoid similar future incidents, you formed an Alcohol Task Force to examine the use of alcohol at CSU. Today, that task force will present to you the findings of its inquiry.

This has been a long time coming. Many people have contributed many hours to investigating various aspects of CSU's "alcohol culture" and their time cannot be for naught. It is essential that you — although you have the final say over everything the task force discussed — make sure you take everyone's input into consideration.

Some of the topics you decide upon will have a profound effect on life at CSU and possibly throughout the state. You must realize and take this into account.

Throughout all of this, the most focused topic has been Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium and the sale of beer during home football games. This is the issue that most people care about, as evidenced by the overwhelming community response to the temporary alcohol ban last season. This will be the issue that people remember, but it's important that you take every other recommendation just as seriously. Things like the "safe-haven drinking bill," expanding alcohol-awareness programs and examining local alcohol retailers' drink promotions are all important topics that should be given your full attention.

Just remember, your reaction to the task force's recommendation will be remembered not just for its possible effects on CSU but also for its ability/inability to prevent future tragedies.


Collegian Editorial Staff

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Art patrons shell out the big bucks

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Jan 312005
Authors: Sara Crocker

Up coming arts events:

Late Night at Bas Bleu Theatre Company:

401 Pine St.

Thur. Feb. 3, 10:30-11:45 p.m.

MOCA: Faces in the Crowd 2005 Preview Reception

201 S. College Ave.

Fri. Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m.

Lincoln Center Performance Hall

Sat. Feb 5, 8-10:30 p.m.

Fort Collins Symphony

Orchestra Concert

8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

The stroke of a paintbrush, the sound of a chord from a cello and the bright lights of a stage have all contributed to the $9.3 million brought in each year to Fort Collins, according to a survey done by Americans for the Arts for Arts Alive Fort Collins.

Anne McDonald, the director for Arts Alive Fort Collins, said the city was part of a national survey released in 2002. The study surveyed nonprofit arts organizations and their patrons.

"They measured economic impact," McDonald said.

Jean Shoaff, the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, 201 S. College Ave., said while not all patrons who support the arts may be purchasing art, they may stop somewhere else in the city and spend money.

"There's a lot of other related spending," Shoaff said. She noted that many people will go to dinner, have a drink or even buy a new outfit for the event they attend. "It really does impact the whole economic system."

Neal Tepaske, a senior art major, said he tries to attend the First Friday Gallery Walk every month, as well as smaller exhibitions at local places like the Alley Cat, 120 1/2 W. Laurel St. He generally will spend money elsewhere while he's downtown.

However, Tepaske said he prefers to patronize artistic places.

"Places with good art I'm more inclined to go to," Tepaske said. "I'd rather see original paintings than crap on the wall."

People are coming out to support the arts. MOCA has about 12,000 people visit their exhibits annually, Shoaff said.

"I think there's a lot of talent here and a lot of energy going into the arts," Shoaff said.

People are spending money directly on the arts as well. The survey also found people spent $5.4 million attending nonprofit arts events, not including admission.

McDonald said there are about 35 nonprofit arts organizations in the city, 20 of which took part in the survey. She said these organizations include the symphony as well as theaters and art galleries.

"We have a big art community here," McDonald said.

Matt Strauch, the box office manager of the Bas Bleu Theatre Company, 401 Pine St., agreed.

"People just want to come out and see the arts in Fort Collins because there's so much good stuff to see," Strauch said.

McDonald said she thinks Fort Collins has so much money spent on the arts because it is a college town with a high-income population. She said people who attend arts events generally have at least two years of college and disposable incomes.

She also noted many arts supporters come on a regular basis.

"When people go they usually go back a second time because the quality of the art is so good here," McDonald said.

McDonald said most of the people who attend arts events are usually 35 to 60 years old, and the majority of arts donors are 50 to 70. She said students do not regularly attend arts events outside CSU, but she would like to see more.

Strauch said students do attend the theater regularly.

"We do see a lot of college kids coming to our shows," Strauch said.

McDonald said she plans on applying for a grant to update the survey next year.

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Black history month

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Jan 312005
Authors: Sara Crocker

Why February?

Carter G. Woodson originally picked the second week of February to celebrate "Negro History Week" because the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln are during that week.

February is also important to African Americans because:

Feb. 1, 1960: College students in Greensboro, N.C. began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter.

Feb. 3, 1870: The 15th Amendment, which gave African Americans the right to vote, was passed.

Feb. 12, 1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded

February is Black History Month, which will give students a chance to recognize the contributions African Americans have made to society, not just as a race but as Americans.

"I think it's generally a good time to go and learn the history of America," said Hadeis Safi, a junior liberal arts major that works at Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services. "It's not just black history, it's the history of America."

This year Black Student Services and the students of Black Definition have planned a diverse calendar of events.

"The goal is really to have an inclusive event that shares information about the African American experience in America through different venues," said Tony Daniels, interim assistant director of Black Student Services.

Events planned for this year have led to involvement with other advocacy groups. Daniels said the events are tailored to appeal to a wider audience, but still maintain an African-American perspective.

El Centro Student Services have planned a discussion on the Chicano and Civil Rights Movements.

Guadalupe Salazar, director of El Centro, said they have collaborated with BSS this year because African-American culture is a part of all Americans.

The GLBTSS and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority have also joined with BSS to plan "On the Down Low," which will discuss the lives of African American men who maintain homosexual relationships while still identifying themselves as straight.

"It helps to show diversity and then show similarities," Safi said.

Daniels said his goal is to create an inclusive atmosphere, where all students feel welcome to attend.

In December Daniels worked with Will Wooten, president of Black Definition, and a variety of students to find out why they would not normally attend Black History Month events.

He said one student even said he did not participate because he was unsure if he would end up walking into a Black Panther meeting. Daniels said he hopes the events this month will dispel this kind of thought.

"In his mind he's thinking there's a large mass of African American students attending," Daniels said. He went on to note there are only about 400 African American students among the 25,000 students at CSU.

Daniels said his goal for this year's events would be for all students to walk away with a better knowledge and awareness of the contributions that African Americans have made. He said he also hoped that all students would feel comfortable at whatever events they attended.

Safi said he hoped that the more diverse programs would increase attendance.

"That's the hope, just to get more people to attend the events and support each other," Safi said.

He plans on attending as many of the events as he can.

Daniels said he expects about 100 people at each of the events throughout the month.

Traci Butler, a junior political science major, said she will be attending a lot of the events.

"It's just something I do yearly," Butler said.

Some students were unaware of the activities being planned this month.

Jonathan Reitz, senior wildlife biology major, said he has never attended any events for Black History Month, and that he did not know about any of the plans for this month on campus. However, he said he would probably attend an event.

"I think that'd be cool if there were more reminders or education of that history for everybody," Reitz said.

Black History Month originated as "Negro History Week" in 1926. Carter G. Woodson founded this holiday to educate Americans about the contributions African Americans had made, which was mostly ignored in history books at the time, according to a calendar of Black History Month events by BSS.

Events begin tonight, with "Hip Hop vs. R&B" Ole School or New School at 6 p.m. in the art lounge of the Lory Student Center. All are welcome to attend.

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Jan 312005

Friday's "Our View" should have stated that women's water polo is CSU's 16th varsity sport. The Collegian regrets the error.

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Come out, come out, with something unique, please

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Jan 302005
Authors: Ryan Skeels

Dakota Fanning is by far the creepiest little girl in existence, not to mention one of the best child actresses to ever hit the motion-picture world.

She is, by far, much creepier than that kid in "The Sixth Sense" could ever be, hands down. Give her the "most-underrated-and-underemployed-actress-of-the-year" award.

In "Hide and Seek," Fanning stars as Emily Calloway, a girl who has had a problematic childhood ever since she saw her mother commit suicide in their bathtub. Her father, David, played by Robert DeNiro, is worried about her and decides it would be best to move out of the city and into a rural area.

Without any girls her age to play with, Emily creates one of her own, an imaginary friend named Charlie. Charlie seems to be nice enough of a friend for the most part, that is until he starts lighting candles in the bathroom and writing on the walls with blood.

Director John Polson has not made anything close to award winning, and this certainly won't do it for him. He did manage to make a really eerie movie with some extremely creepy parts, but there was just something bothersome about the whole deal. There is a pretty unexpected plot turn that starts to make it interesting, but it happens in the middle of the flick and doesn't lead up to anything very exciting.

Polson does a great job for the first half of the movie though. He built it up wonderfully, keeping audience members on edge with their hands over their eyes, and then it's as if he just ran out of motivation as the second half begins to drag its heels.

The acting was, of course, expectedly good, but then again, how could it not be with Fanning and DeNiro at the helm. Famke Janssen, Jean Grey from "X-Men," graces the screen as Emily's doctor Katherine. No, the acting was not what this movie was lacking; it was the easy-way-out plot. There are so many movies with so much potential, and it feels like the director just didn't want to put forth any extra effort. It's so tiring to see movies where every character is suspicious and every action leads to thinking someone else is guilty. "Hide and Seek" is no different.

Go see "Hide and Seek" for a creepy good first half of the movie, and a disappointingly tired movie ending. Fanning for president '05!

2 out of 4 ram heads.

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