Trivia

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Feb 282005
 
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What is the average living cost for a nine-month academic year?

A. $6, 190

B. $5,001

C. $3,476

D. $7,000

Correct answer — A

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Lubick adds youngest son to staff

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

A little less than two months ago, CSU football coach Sonny Lubick lost his wide receivers coach and son to the Mississippi coaching staff.

But there will still be two Lubicks coaching at CSU this upcoming season.

Sonny Lubick named his youngest son, Marc Lubick, as the new wide receivers coach, filling out his staff and the void that was left by Matt Lubick's departure in January.

"I feel great. He'll do a great job," Sonny Lubick said about the addition of Marc to the staff. "We're very excited to have the youth and energy that Marc brings to the staff."

Marc Lubick, who spent the past two years as a scout with the National Football League's St. Louis Rams, said he was excited about helping CSU.

"It's just a tremendous opportunity for me," Marc Lubick said. "I'm proud and passionate about CSU football."

Marc said he also was excited about working with senior-to-be receiver David Anderson, a finalist for the Biletnikoff award – given to the nation's best wide receiver – this past season.

"Dave is a great kid," Marc Lubick said. "I'm thrilled with the opportunity to work with him this season."

Marc Lubick worked with the defensive backs and participated in defensive meetings while with St. Louis. He said he wanted to bring the work ethic and mindset of an NFL team to CSU.

"I've been working with the highest level of competition," Marc Lubick said. "I hope to bring some of that experience here to Colorado State."

Prior to the job with St. Louis, Marc Lubick worked as a student and graduate assistant at CSU, helping coach defensive backs in 2000-01 and wide receivers in 2001-02. He graduated from CSU in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science after playing football at Montana State from 1997-99.

Sonny Lubick said he thought bringing his son on would be a good move for the program.

"He'll really help out a lot," Sonny Lubick said. "He gave up a lot to come here."

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March Madness should be bigger

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Pete Scalia

March is right around the corner and with March comes "March Madness."

But after all of the conference tournaments have ended and when Selection Sunday finally arrives, there will be a handful of teams walking around wondering where they went wrong.

Meanwhile, the tournament will also allow in teams that will get destroyed in the first round of competition. Does anybody actually think a team from that enters the tournament as a No. 16 seed has a snowball's chance against an Illinois in the first round?

At the same time, as the NCAA Tournament is holding its blow-out weekend when the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds feast upon small-conference tournament winners, the National Invitational Tournament begins its annual show.

Since 1938 the NIT has been around longer than the NCAA Tournament. However, the NIT is a post-season tournament that gets very little respect from most sportswriters because of the lack of big teams in the brackets.

Thirteen times a Final Four finisher in the NIT during one season went on to make it to the NCAA Tournament the following year and made it to the Final Four in that tournament, four times winning the championship. That statistic proves that many quality teams are left out of the Big Dance.

What if, instead of the NIT running at the same time as the NCAA Tournament, it waited to see how that tournament turned out and then selected its teams?

Teams that were left on the outside looking in after Selection Sunday and teams that pulled off big upsets in the NCAA Tournament could play against the teams that made it to the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight.

But if the NIT wants to remain a second-class tournament, maybe the NCAA Tournament could give a little to allow all the "Bubble Teams" into the tournament. The NCAA Tournament allows 65 teams into its brackets – there are 63 main teams, and two small schools have to play each other to decide who gets to lose to the best team in the tournament in the first round. It seems as if the tournament has stacked the odds against the smaller schools.

What if every school in the tournament had to play one more game to win the national championship? This would extend the number of teams in the tournament from 65 to 128, essentially eliminating any school without a winning record and at the same time getting rid of bubble teams all together.

That would still allow for all of the upsets and buzzer-beating shots that make March Madness so great; it would just present the opportunity for more of them.

 

Pete Scalia is a junior technical journalism major. He is a sports reporter for the Collegian.

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Water Rams take fourth at MWC Championships

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Justin Shaw

2005 Mountain West Conference, Swimming and Diving Championships

Final Team Rankings

 

Place School Points

1 UNLV 701

2 BYU 670

3 Utah 607

4 CSU 489

5 Wyoming 431

6 New Mexico 387

7 Air Force 221

8 SDSU 153

The CSU swimming and diving team finished its season in fourth place at the Mountain West Conference Championship meet in Oklahoma City Wednesday through Saturday.

"Going into the meet, my expectations weren't as high as they were at the beginning of the season because we've had a rough year with injuries," said head coach John Mattos.

On the meet's first day, the CSU 200 medley relay team of freshman Amy Abrams, senior Lyndsey McCaslin, junior Rachelle Kula and junior Elizabeth Jones earned a first-place finish. The team swam the event in a time of 1:43.01 and the win was the third straight in three years for the CSU 200 medley relay team at the MWC meet.

The Rams freshmen diving team was also in action on Wednesday. Elyse Hall finished 13th in the 1-meter diving with a score of 212.50. Amber Utesch placed 17th at 204.25 and Karin Knudson finished 21st (192.10).

On the second day of the meet, Jones placed first in the 50 freestyle. Jones' accomplishment also provisionally got her to the NCAA championships and was her second MWC 50 freestyle title. Junior Taylor Felton and sophomore Chandra Engs also made it to the finals in their respective races.

Felton, who drastically decreased her time, placed sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:00.77 and Engs finished fourth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.01. McCaslin and Kula also placed 11th and 15th in the 200 IM.

On the meet's third day the Rams had two more conference champions. Freshman Abigail Iler won the MWC title for the 400 IM in a time of 4:22.44 and Kula won the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.97.

Jones took third place in the 200 freestyle finals with a time of 1:51.31 while Felton finished fifth in the event in 1:52.78. McCaslin placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke and CSU's 400 medley relay team of sophomore Brette Winegarner, McCaslin, Kula and Jones finished fourth with a time of 3:48.60.

On the final day, Jones continued her success by finishing third in the finals of the 100 freestyle, earning all-conference honors. The Rams also had two swimmers place in the finals of the 200 butterfly. Freshman Sara Servold and Iler finished in fifth and seventh place, respectively, in the event.

"I was very happy with the performances of our three conference champions and especially of ours seniors who swam lifetime bests in seven of their nine events," Mattos said.

The Rams finished the meet in fourth place overall with 489 points. BYU and Utah placed second and third, and UNLV claimed its first-ever MWC swimming and diving championship.

"We had a tougher year than we're accustomed to due to having so many freshmen and injuries, but the fourth-place finish was better than expected," Mattos said.

CSU finished the season with a dual record of 5-5. The NCAA Swimming Championships will be held March 17-19 in West Lafayette, Ind. The NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals will be held March 11-12.

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Ram softball goes 3-1 in Tulsa

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Anne Farrell

The CSU softball team returned home Sunday from the Holiday Inn Select-Tulsa Festival, bringing with it four more wins to take the season to 10-5.

Friday offered up two wins against both Indiana and Tulsa. The first matchup against the Indiana Hoosiers began with the Rams taking the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore outfielder Brittany Huerta hit her first home run of the season, bringing in freshman third baseman Lauren Cusick to take the lead.

Indiana took over by the sixth inning with a run in the fourth and two more during the top of the sixth. The Rams then made a comeback when junior outfielder Melanie Laffoon hit the game's second home run, bringing in freshman first baseman Julia Kloppe for the 4-3 win.

The game was pitched in its entirety by sophomore Jessica Strickland, who improved to 4-2 for the season.

The Rams then faced the Tulsa Golden Hurricane later that afternoon. Falling behind when Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, the Rams came back in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out double by junior outfielder Jennifer Gardner that scored Cusick to tie things up.

The fifth inning allowed the Rams to take control of the game. Senior shortstop Brittany Burtner and Strickland both scored on a hit to center field by Huerta, while both Kloppe and Huerta were brought in by Cusick on a hit to left center.

The Rams wrapped up the win nicely with a bow in the final inning where Huerta nailed a double to score senior catcher Kerry Farrell. The final score was 4-3.

Strickland recorded her first save of the season and the eighth of her career. This places her only two saves short of Megan Masser's career record of 10.

Saturday did not present as much congeniality for the Rams. The day started against Drake. The scoreboard stood empty for the first four innings until the Bulldogs pulled ahead with one run in the fifth. This provoked a response by the Rams, with Laffoon singling to bring Gardner in for a score.

The game remained a tie, pushing into extra innings, where Drake gained two runs and held CSU back to maintain the win. Falling to 5-2 on the season, Strickland gave up three runs on 10 hits.

The game against Akron late Saturday also posed dismal circumstances for the Rams. The Akron Zips took the lead in the fourth inning with four runs scored by two-run home runs. The sixth inning allowed the Zips to fit in yet another two-run home run, bringing the score to 6-3.

The Rams closed up play in Tulsa with a 7-0 forfeit win against Western Illinois. The game was called on account of weather in the top of the fourth with no outs and a runner on base. Gardner received the lone hit of the day and was on first base at the time it was called. This short game showed junior Genevieve Kelly nine batters, four of whom she struck out. She didn't give up any runs or hits.

"We just didn't hit the ball as well as we are capable of and we're still working on that and we know that we'll get better," said head coach Mary Yori Monday morning.

Leading the weekend offensively was Huerta with 7-for-11 with two doubles and six RBIs for the tourney. CSU will be back on the road March 11-13 at the National Invitational Tournament in San Jose.

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To the editor:

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Feb 282005
 
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As I was passing by the Lory Student Center this morning, I couldn't help but notice the multi-colored flags symbolizing the roughly 11 million innocent people (i.e. civilians) that the Nazis killed in the course of WWII. I find myself thinking of this display, the recent news of diplomats visiting the sites of concentration camps and of my visit to the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C., and I wonder: have we learned the lesson? What is the point of remembering the Holocaust dead if we do not also acknowledge that the United States has had a hand in the death of almost as many civilians since the Holocaust, either through direct action, as in Iraq, or by supporting powers who perpetrate the crimes upon their own people (South American death squads come to mind…) and finally by inaction (Rwanda, Sudan.) I am not saying that we are akin to Nazis – I am just saying that in order for the lessons of the past to be learned, we must take hard critical looks at ourselves and change the way we operate in a world that seems to be growing ever smaller.

Keir Fogarty

Chemistry graduate student

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To the editor:

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Feb 282005
 
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Should Religion be a Diversity Issue?

A recent article in Wednesday's Collegian entitled "Advocacy with a religious twist" raised the possibility of including religion as a "diversity issue."

The idea of religion as a diversity issue is interesting, but numerous questions call for detailed analysis.

For openers, if a fundamentalist religion clearly discriminates against homosexuals and women, how are we to adjudicate the inevitable conflicting claims among the various advocacy groups? If a government agency were involved in such adjudication would that violate the separation of church and state? Other problems would need to be addressed. For example, if it were clear that a mental disorder had resulted from a religious belief, what are the implications for professionals in the counseling center who must treat the disorder? Would those of us who teach evolution or participate in women's studies programs face constraints because of the presence of certain religious groups in our classes? If religion becomes a diversity issue, must we now factor religious orientation into the demographic make-up of the faculty and the student body? If so, we are sure in advance to fail to achieve anything close to a representative demography. Think for a minute about the sheer number of different religious orientations. Furthermore, would atheists, deists and humanists be factored into the equation? Would those who teach courses dealing with theories of knowledge run into problems if they attempt a critical examination of authority and revelation? These and a host of other questions must be addressed, if we are to think clearly about religion as a diversity issue.

Wayne Viney

Department of Psychology

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Feb 282005
 
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I'm responding to two letters printed Friday (from Monica Owens and Justin Davis) that criticized Vincent Adams' Tuesday column.

First, Justin, Ward Churchill's writings are clearly not pro-violence, in that he criticizes the violence perpetrated by the American government upon other peoples (Native Americans, Middle Easterners, etc.), merely pointing out that we shouldn't be surprised when those who feel we've pushed them push back. His writing is inflammatory, yes, but anti-American hate speech?? Here's an imperfect, but perhaps useful parallel: would you have called those in the Civil Rights Movement "anti-American" for decrying the racist injustices perpetrated by the U.S. government upon blacks?

Whether we agree with Churchill or not, this is what the academic community should do: point out when issues are gray, not black and white, and force us to question our assumptions, especially when it makes us uncomfortable. We shouldn't treat academia like a product, where we only pay for views we like.

Next, I don't know what led you to claim, "liberals are more tolerant of Saddam Hussein than they are of President Bush and Gov. Bill Owens," but this is ridiculous. Liberals disagree with the administration, and you say they're supporting Saddam Hussein? As vice president of CSU College Republicans, you should be ashamed of such simplistic rhetorical attacks.

Finally, I'm sure Gov. Owens is a good person. Regardless, it's legitimate for Adams and others to criticize what they see as Owens' wish to mold the academic community more to his liking. How is this "suppressing" his opinion, Monica?

I suggest we all try to minimize the outrageous accusations, so that we don't just dismiss those who disagree with us.

Joe Fass

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty

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Separating Fact From Fiction

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Tyler Wittman

A friend of mine the other day mentioned that he really wanted to read Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." I told him that would be a grave waste of time and that he was better off reading Andy Riley's "The Book of Bunny Suicides," a personal favorite of mine.

He had never heard of my recommendation, but he insisted that "The Da Vinci Code" is supposed to be a really good book; it's even being made into a movie directed by Ron Howard, due later this year.

I can understand his interest; the book is very entertaining, but the problem with "The Da Vinci Code" is that it's a horrible misrepresentation of history that leaves the reader with a skewed view of Christianity.

I'll go ahead and warn non-Christians: If you seek to discredit the Christian faith, don't use Dan Brown as a model. "The Da Vinci Code" is a work of fiction, yet it opens itself up to this kind of scrutiny because of its claim to represent artwork, documents, architecture, etc. accurately as fact. Oh, and the fact that it paints the foundations of Christianity as "the greatest cover-up" to which the world has ever fallen.

Yes, it is a work of fiction, but that doesn't mean it can't help shape public opinion drastically. Anyone ever hear of "Uncle Tom's Cabin?"

Great works of fiction have always been able to change the hearts of people either for better, as in the case of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," or for worse, as in the potential case of "The Da Vinci Code."

To mention all the problems with the book or to even begin to refute the argument inherent in Brown's book are tasks too large for the scope of this article and can be found on the Web. Christianity Today published an impressive series of articles dealing with the book that are readily available on its Web site. Instead, the purpose of this article is to warn would-be readers and fans of the book about the many problems that plague it.

The fact that this book exists does not surprise me at all. It's a rehashing of agnostic arguments that have existed for quite some time and have been given a fresh coat of postmodern revisionist paint. Brown, to his credit, admits the ideas are not his own on his Web site.

In an interview on an ABC special about his book, Brown acknowledged that his intention behind writing the book was to question the history and perception we have of Christianity. Unfortunately, he wishes to question it quite sophomorically, and the reader really doesn't learn anything through the ideas posed by him; instead readers are left with skewed "facts" and a deviant revisionist ideal of the early church and Christianity as a whole.

In the postmodern age, historians have taken to rediscovering history "from below," not trusting the history that has been given to us by "the victors."

Among a litany of problems with this philosophy are the cases like Brown's where history is butchered because fiction is presented as fact. Viewing the book in this context is essential because if we take to heart the arguments that Brown's characters pose, we open ourselves up to a meandering path that misinforms us of some of the most valuable truths available to man.

Simply because it is a work of fiction doesn't mean we can easily dismiss the dangerous implications the book holds. Read the book if you will, but think twice before you believe one of Brown's "facts."

Tyler Wittman is a junior speech communication major. His column runs every Tuesday in the Collegian.

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Our View

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

When the Nazis took control of Germany in January 1933, they spread the belief that Germans were superior to other groups, including Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, communists, socialists and the handicapped.

Under the reign of Adolf Hitler, the Nazis developed the "Final Solution," which called for the complete annihilation of the Jewish people. In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe was more than 9 million. By 1945, approximately two out of every three European Jews had been killed, according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia Web site.

During the years of World War II, Nazis forced Jews and other persecuted groups into concentration camps where they were held captive under poor conditions and were eventually murdered or died of starvation or disease.

Allied troops liberated the concentration camps in 1945, freeing the few who survived the Nazi death marches. After 60 years, the survivors still discuss the persecution they were subjected to.

This week is Holocaust Awareness Week. During this time it is important for students to recognize the trials people who are subjected to hate are forced to endure. The events this week are not just for groups persecuted during the Holocaust but also for everyone who stands against hate.

The theme of this week is "60 Years of Liberation." It is important during this time to remember those who died because of hate, learn from the strength of those who survived, and create an environment free from hate.

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