Stick this in your pipe and smoke it

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Jun 142005
 
Authors: Jay Richards Daily Utah Chronicle U. Utah

(U-WIRE) SALT LAKE CITY – Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that patients who use medicinal marijuana to control the pain of chronic illnesses will now be counted as criminals.

This decision is based on a federal law that bans any use of marijuana.

The law that prohibits the use of marijuana by private citizens, for any reason, stands in direct opposition to the principals of freedom and liberty.

The human body, and decisions about what one does with one's body, is best left to the individual.

We all know this. The concept of "do what you will until it violates the rights of another" is a common sentiment among free people.

Lost in this recent argument about medicinal marijuana is the history of how and why marijuana became illegal in the first place.

In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which effectively outlawed hemp and marijuana production.

There are many theories about the reasons behind the 1937 ban.

One of these theories is that the cotton industry gave substantial amounts of money to the politicians who voted to outlaw hemp production.

Prior to the tax act, hemp, not cotton, was one of the largest sources for the world's paper and rope manufacturing.

If Congress' sole concern was marijuana consumption, then they could have simply outlawed marijuana. Instead, total hemp production was forced to come to a stop.

Involvement of the cotton industry with politicians seems like a probable cause of the ban against hemp.

Furthermore, there were many misconceptions about marijuana use in the 1930s, just as there are misconceptions today.

One of these confusions holds that only hippies and gangsters smoke marijuana.

According to recent statistics provided by the federal government, nearly 80 million Americans admit to having smoked marijuana. Of these, 20 million Americans smoked marijuana within the last year.

Obviously, they can't all be hippies and gangsters.

The vast majority of marijuana smokers, like most other Americans, are good citizens who work hard, raise families, pay taxes and contribute to their communities.

They are certainly not part of the crime problem in this country, and it is terribly unfair to continue to treat them as criminals.

Many successful business and professional leaders, including many state and elected federal officials, admit they have smoked marijuana.

We must reflect this reality in our state and federal laws and put to rest the myth that marijuana smoking is a deviant activity practiced by those on the margins of American society.

Although the practical uses of marijuana are a substantial concern, the discussion ultimately boils down to an issue of personal liberty.

Individual liberty and representative democracy are two ideals that sit as the foundation of the United States.

Both ideals beg the conclusion that marijuana use should be left up to the individual.

As a non-drug user, I firmly stand on the side of freedom and liberty. My citizenship requires it.

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Higher ed: 15 percent tuition hike?

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Jun 142005
 
Authors: Brian Park

Colorado State University might raise tuition as much as 15 percent for in-state undergraduate students for the next school year under the school's budget proposal.

In-state graduate students could see a 9 percent increase, while all out-of-state student tuition could be raised 6 percent.

"With the proposal we will get some funding back to really important programs that have been cut over the last couple of years," said CSU spokesman Brad Bohlander.

While student tuition might rise at CSU, the pending budget also calls for a 4.3 percent pay raise for faculty at the university. The issue will be decided on Wednesday, June 15 when the CSU Board of Governors meets in Denver. Tuition only rose 1.1 percent during 2004-2005 for all students, including residents and non-residents.

Some students at CSU do not see the increase in tuition as acceptable.

"I think it's bad," said Ryan Rutz, an in-state junior economics major. "I don't see any problem where it is right, so I don't think it is needed."

Stacy Shaul, a senior psychology major also is an in-state student, does not agree with the tuition hike.

"I already took out loans for what I have," Shaul said. "I just don't understand why they keep increasing it, it's already a lot of money, I mean it is just too much money."

The Colorado Legislature this year granted CSU the ability to raise tuition by at least 11 percent for the upcoming school year. The university has been able to declare enterprise status under the College Opportunity Fund, which was signed into law last May. This lets the university to decide on what its tuition rates should be for the first time under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.

About a 5.1 percent increase would be assessed to students in the Veterinary school.

Full-time resident undergraduates will pay about $441 more than last year's fee of $2,940, while an out-of-state undergraduate will pay $816 more than the $13,527 charged last year.

Bohlander said the plan would add 10 new faculty members to CSU since in the past three years 240 positions have been terminated, including 76 faculty positions.

"This has resulted in larger classes, less faculty to teach classes, cut a lot of programs and funds for building maintenance have been very drastically cut," Bohlander said. "Adding new faculty would lead to lower class sizes and higher educational quality."

Compared to other peer institutions CSU ranks very low in police officer to student ratios so the proposal calls for five new police officers to be hired.

The budget calls for students to pay fees for high-cost programs or popular courses, upper-division courses, certain colleges and building maintenance.

A student will be charged $6 for high-cost or popular courses and $2 for upper-division courses, both of these fees will be paid per credit hour. Students in the College of Business will pay $19 per credit hour, while those in the College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science will pay $12.50 per credit hour. The fees for these areas will be the same for residents and non-residents.

A new and mandatory student facility fee that ASCSU passed on April 27, 2005 will be included in tuition for next year. The fee is $10 per credit hour, so if a student is taking 15 credit hours per semester, the amount owed to CSU would be $150 for one semester or $300 for the whole school year. The University Technology fee will stay the same at $15 and will apply to all CSU students, just like the facility fee does.

"If the proposal happens we still will be recognized as having low tuition compared to other schools," Bohlander said. "We will still be deemed a low tuition university and a low tuition state."

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Campaign promotes alcohol safety

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Jun 142005
 
Authors: Brian Park

One way that Colorado State University is taking action on the recommendations made by the Alcohol Task Force is to implement a "social norms" campaign to educate students on the realities and severity of alcohol use and drunk driving.

The question of what are "social norms," is why about 50 people gathered in the Student Recreation Center Lounge at CSU on the morning of Thursday, June 9th.

One of the presenters was Scoot Crandall, Executive Director of TEAM Fort Collins, a community partnership that encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle without the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Crandall explained to the audience what the social norms theory is. Crandall stated a person's behavior is influenced by their incorrect perceptions of how other members of our social group think and act. Crandall went on to say the theory predicts that problem behavior increases and healthy behavior decreases because of a person's misperceptions.

The presentation included information on one social norming project that is currently underway at CSU. The '86 Yourself' campaign, launched during the winter of 2005, focuses on educating students on the importance of having a designated driver. The idea behind the social norming project is to make students realize that a high majority of their peers and members of their social groups do use a designated driver, so by making students aware of the positive behavior going on around them, they too will engage in it. Advancing and adding onto the '86 Yourself' campaign and implementing new comprehensive social norms campaigns in the future was also discussed at the presentation.

Speakers at the presentation noted that the '86 Yourself' campaign pointed out to students that a high majority of CSU students use a designated driver when they have been partying or drinking. A study last fall conducted by the National Collegiate Health Assessment found that 86 percent of CSU students do use designated drivers, 9 percent higher than the national average of 77 percent. Although statistics from the '86 Yourself' campaign have not been released yet, the speakers were confident that the program will prove to be effective.

"We have a lot of work to do, we probably helped out a drop in the bucket last year," said Pam McCracken, Director for the Center for Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention at the Hartshorn Health Center, near the end of the presentation. "But the potential is huge for us to make a difference."

"ASCSU really believes in the social norming campaign, we really want to make sure we are joining with the group and that the message gets out," said ASCSU President Courtney Healey afterwards. "We want to make sure we are highlighting those positive messages that are going on."

Healey went on to say that ASCSU will be involved in the process of future social norming campaigns and is extremely satisfied and supportive of the recommendations and actions CSU President Larry Penley has made to the university's alcohol policy.

"It will take a concentrated effort to get this up and running," McCracken said in a telephone interview a day later when discussing the future of social norms campaigns at CSU.

As of right now McCracken said she does not know what the specific message will be but it will address the entire student population and hopefully will achieve reducing alcohol consumption overall at the university.

Dr. Jen Cross, an Assistant Professor of Sociology, was a speaker at the presentation and is involved with the social norms campaigns at CSU as well.

"Now the next step is the development of the social norms committee, which will be composed of representatives from several different departments and units within the university," Cross said.

Currently a plan is being worked on for next school year, but for right now certain areas are being looked at as focus points for the upcoming fall campaign. The campaign will target behavior that will help reduce alcohol use, the harm associated with drinking alcohol, high-risk drinking, like binge-drinking and promoting safe practices in relation to alcohol use.

Safe practices include making sure a person is not drinking beyond their limit and what their body can take, Cross said. And also to make sure that a person's friends are all right and if problems do arise, being able to recognize them.

"I know this is a whole lot to do but it can happen," McCracken said. "The one thing that is really important to do is to get that group of people together to move forward."

Burns Marketing was behind the advertising and marketing of the '86' Yourself campaign. Ray Romero, an art director at the company, said as of today the company has not found out if it will be doing anything for CSU and its social norming campaign in the fall.

"We would love to build upon our success because our program is working," said Patrick Hunt, a copywriter at Burns Marketing. "We would like to freshen it up and keep it going."

The campaign for the fall is underway and McCracken would like to see it be ready by RAM Welcome. When the message and campaign is decided on it will be offered to students through t-shirts, stickers, marketing and promotional activities and through a media blitz in the Collegian, maybe even the Coloradoan as well.

"We're excited and feel really jazzed about promoting this with students," McCracken said. "We want to tell incoming students that safe behavior is what students are engaging in here at CSU."

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Beer Sales to Resume at Hughes Stadium

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Jun 142005
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

From the lobby of the Administration building on the CSU Oval Wednesday May 25, CSU president Larry Penley said that the sale of beer would resume at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium for the 2005 football season, ending a ban on sales that had been in effect last season.

"The decision regarding Hughes was not an easy decision," Penley said. "That decision underwent very careful review with a lot of individuals on and off campus. The limited beer consumption at Hughes Stadium is not the fundamental issue.

"It is not the problem of society. Our society is one that allows moderate social drinking. The issues we are trying to address have to do with drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and alcohol poising, and that's not what Hughes is all about."

Penley also announced that drinking and tailgating in the parking lot before football games would still be allowed, but a new program would be used to prevent underage drinking. Those who wish to drink must first obtain a wrist band from booths located in the parking lot. Those booths would check I.D.'s to ensure that a person was 21 years of age.

It was not clear, however, if the wristbands would be required in both parking lots. CSU chief of police Dexter Yarbrough said it had not been decided if the alumni lot south of the stadium would have to get wrist bands to drink. That decision was to be made later, according to Yarbrough.

Those caught drinking without a wrist band would be questioned by police and security at the game and possibly face punishment ranging from the loss of game or season attendance privileges to arrest. Students breaking the rules would be subject to university disciplinary actions.

Other changes to policy at the stadium include:

– an increase in patrols in the stadium parking lot,

– Significantly increase parking lot lighting,

– A ban on all drinking games in the parking lot

– Prohibit backpacks from being brought into the stadium and limiting the size of containers to one square foot. All containers would be searched at the entrance of the stadium.

Yarbrough said all forms of tailgating would still be allowed at the stadium.

Penley also announced a series of education initiatives aimed at informing students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. He stressed that the focus of his announced actions were dealing with the educational programs.

"Hughes is an important issue, but it is not the central one to fundamental drug abuse and alcohol poising," Penley said.

Penley said the university would be focusing on a number of areas, including enhancing student awareness of health and safety issues surrounding alcohol abuse, increasing communication with parents and families, and expanding community-based programs.

Specific actions included an expansion of RamRide, the program designed to give students safe rides home on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, strengthen the relationship between the city of Fort Collins and CSU in addressing off-campus behavior and housing issues, and supporting actions from the Greek community to create oversight in fraternity houses and establish a seal of approval process that all chapters must meet.

Outgoing Associated Students of CSU president Katie Clausen said she hoped that students would respond positively to the news.

"I'm excited," Clausen said of Penley's decision. "I hope students take a good look at the work done. It's up to the students to drink safely."

For Penley, the announcements were the culmination of many months of work.

"I made a commitment to take a hard look at the alcohol task force recommendations," Penley said. "I want to make sure you understand these actions are taken with an emphasis on the highest priority of promoting a safe environment for our students, our facility, for our staff, for our friends and alumni, and those who are a part of this Colorado State University community."

Specific Actions and Reccomendations From the President Penley's Office

UPDATES ON PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED ACTIONS

The following are updates to actions that President Larry Edward Penley announced when the Alcohol Task Force presented its final report in February.

Expand the DAY (Drugs, Alcohol and You) Program (Recommendation 2.1.)_Colorado State has committed to expanding its intervention programs to reach a greater number of students to address issues related to alcohol.

Lead a national dialogue on issues of alcohol poisoning, alcohol abuse and campus-community relations (Recommendations 2.9 and 3.5)_Colorado State has taken this dialogue to a national level to share what the university has learned with other campuses and communities.

Enhance Education and Neighborhood Relations (Recommendation 2.10)_The university is implementing a mandatory transition program for students moving off campus and into community housing.

Enhance Student Awareness of Health, Life and Safety Issues Surrounding Alcohol Use and Abuse

The university will undertake specific actions in the following areas.

Engage in a comprehensive "social norms" campaign (Recommendation 2.3) This campaign will build upon the current "86 Yourself" social norms campaign currently under way at Colorado State that addresses drinking and driving issues.

Develop, fund and support a student-led organization focusing primarily on alcohol-poisoning prevention (Recommendation 2. 8)_The organization would formalize the ongoing collaboration between Colorado State students, the Spady Foundation, Colorado State University, the Fort Collins community and public schools to prevent alcohol poisoning.

Increase communication and contact with parents and families about alcohol abuse prevention and university programs on the topic (Recommendation 2. 7)_The university has developed multiple educational presentations which include information about alcohol use, abuse, prevention and treatment issues.

Expand Community-Based Program (Recommendations 1.4 and 3.1) The university will strengthen its partnership with the city of Fort Collins in addressing off-campus housing issues related to student behavior by continuing to support the current liaison position.

Greek initiatives (Recommendation 2.4.) University officials are working with Greek leadership to create a "seal of approval" endorsement related to achievement of expectations that all chapters must meet or face disciplinary actions.

Take Specific Actions Relative to Event Management at Hughes Stadium

The university will permit 3.2 percent beer to be sold at Hughes Stadium for the 2005-06 football season.

Assure a family-oriented and safe, fun environment during tailgaters outside the stadium (Recommendations 4.6, 4.10 and 4.4)

Encourage responsible behavior (Recommendations 4.1, 4.3 and 4.5)All drinking games will be banned at the stadium and in the parking lot.

Ensure appropriate disciplinary response when rules are violated, to include removal from the stadium and application of university disciplinary procedures (Recommendation 4.7)

Promote a family-friendly environment within the stadium (Recommendations 4.1, 4.2, 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9).

The university will implement a Responsible Behavior Campaign.

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Campus Blotter

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Jun 142005
 
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6/12

911 hang up at Newsom Hall was a dialing mistake.

Opened room at IHouse for resident

Several TEEP warnings, checked a lot of buildings and parking lots. Patrolled south and foothills campuses – all OK.

Assisted FCPS with possible assault in 600 block of Peterson. No arrests made.

Assisted Preview folks by unlocking several buildings for them.

Smoke detector sounding at 103 Braiden Hall was a malfunction. Tech to follow up.

Opened door at Building 13 UV for resident.

Patrolled outlying campuses, buildings, lots, etc. All OK.

6/11

Noise call at AV South – quiet on arrival.

902 DUI arrest – no location given.

Several TEEP warnings.

One person warned re underage liquor, checked south and foothills campuses – all OK.

903 Domestic violence at building 16 AV – KDART and Child Protection called in to assist.

900 Facilities reported suspicious containers near Military Sciences. Two bags of rags and paint thinner were removed by EHS.

901 Vandalism to parking sign and Peace Pole at IHouse. Parking sign was knocked into the Peace Pole causing minor damage.

Delivered message to a professor at Natural Resources, opened door for resident at Building 34 AV.

Did 'Clickit or Ticket' enforcement – several warned or cited.

6/10

898 DUI near AV. One intoxicated passenger went to PVH by ambulance re vomiting. One intoxicated passenger got a ride home with a friend.

899 Male non-resident at building 28 UV went to detox after trying to get into apartment that wasn't his.

Checked south and foothills campus, gave several TEEP warnings, checked several buildings – all OK.

Call of intoxicated people on Laurel St. – GOA.

Opened doors at AV and Painter Center for residents/staff.

Contacted one person in intersection of Howes and Myrtle – all OK, just stopped to admire the sunrise. . .

896 Bike theft at Library – black Roadmaster taken between 14th and 15th of April.

897 Theft of computer monitor at C141 Clark Building between 3:55 and 4:05 PM. Suspect seen in the area was Hispanic male with shaved head, medium build and around 6' tall.

911 hang up call at C111 Braiden Hall – was actually from the kitchen and was a misdial. Following up on the 911 database to correct the location.

Cut a lot at Pathology for employee. Their key didn't work on their padlock.

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Dean of college of liberal arts announces resignation

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Jun 142005
 
Authors: Danielle Hudson

 

Heather Hardy's accomplishments at CSU

* The completion and opening of the university's Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall, the area's newest performing arts venue, and phase I of the multi-phase project to build the University Center for the Arts complex.

* The establishment of the Stewart and Sheron Golden Endowed Chair in Liturgical Organ Studies. The endowed chair, made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Colorado State alumni Stewart and Sheron Golden, established on of the nation's only liturgical, or church-style, organ studies program at the university and was the first endowed chair in Liberal Arts.

* A significant increase in the number and funding for student scholarships.

* Major progress on phase II construction of the University Center for the Arts complex, including a new theatre and music performance facility.

* A $1.5 million gift to CSU and the College of Liberal Arts from a group of community members in honor of William E. Morgan, president emeritus, to establish the William E. Morgan Endowed Chair in Liberal Arts.

Heather Hardy, the dean of the CSU College of Liberal Arts, has announced she will resign from the position in July.

Hardy will be taking on the same position at the University of Nevada-Reno's new liberal arts college.

At CSU, the college of liberal arts has 5,277 members, making it the largest college on campus.

Hardy stated that she is taking the position because UNR offers new opportunities and challenges.

"The position represented an attractive opportunity to provide leadership to a new college in a state with a strong economy and good support for higher education," Hardy said in an e-mail interview. "The college and university are growing, as the state of Nevada is the fastest growing state in the nation."

Since she began her position at CSU in July 2003, Hardy has seen many accomplishments. According to a statement issued by the liberal arts college, Hardy witnessed the completion of the university's Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall, an increase in the number of and funding for student scholarships, and the establishment of the William E. Morgan Endowed Chair in Liberal Arts.

"This was a difficult decision to make because I have enjoyed working with a particularly outstanding staff in the dean's office and with my fellow deans and the provost, as well as with the faculty and staff of the college," Hardy said.

Professor Ann Gill of the department of speech communication will serve as Interim Dean until the national search for a replacement has been completed. Gill has served as Hardy's associate dean for the past two years.

"She has a well-deserved reputation on campus as a gifted administrator, distinguished teacher, and person of the highest integrity," Hardy said of Gill. "I have great confidence in her ability to continue the forward momentum of this very fine college."

Anthony Frank, senior vice president and interim provost, acknowledged Hardy's success and achievement.

"We are proud to have been the beneficiaries of Dr. Hardy's leadership and, while we are very sorry to see her go, we wish her all the best," Frank said in a statement. "Heather leaves a track record of achievement that will help the college in years to come. She has helped to provide key direction to a college with a strong faculty and an unwavering commitment to student achievement. This clearly is an outstanding college of liberal arts with a bright future."

Prior to her work at CSU, Hardy was a professor and the chairwoman of the department of English at Northern Illinois University. She was also a professor at Texas A&M, Rice University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas.

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Correction

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Jun 142005
 
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A story in the May 9, 2005, edition of the Collegian incorrectly stated the rankings of salaries paid to full-time professors. The story should have said full professors, not full-time, because associate and assistant professors at CSU also work full time. Additionally, a color graphic accompanying the story should have read: "Average Annual Salary of University Full Professors in Dollars." The Collegian regrets the errors.

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