Football gears up for start of camp

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Jul 262005
 
Authors: JON PILSNER Managing Editor

College football fans, rejoice. That time of the year is inching ever closer.

On Aug. 4, college football camps across the nation will open up for the start of the 2005 collegiate football season.

CSU will join the 118 other Division-I football programs in preparation for their first game against the Colorado Buffaloes on Sept. 3. The Rams will open up Mountain West Conference action on Sept. 29 against the Air Force Academy.

Defending MWC champion Utah was picked by members of the MWC media to win the conference for a third straight year. The Utes went 12-0 last season, becoming the first team from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference to get invited to a BCS bowl.

Utah received 18 of 30 first place votes, even though the Utes will replace quarterback Alex Smith – who was the first pick in the NFL Draft this year – and head coach Urban Meyer, who left the program for the same position at the University of Florida.

The Rams were picked to finish fifth in the conference behind New Mexico, Wyoming, and Brigham Young, in that order. MWC newcomer Texas Christian follows CSU, followed by Air Force, San Diego State, and UNLV.

Members of the MWC media also selected members of the preseason MWC all-conference team as well as individual honors.

CSU wide receiver David Anderson and offensive lineman Michael Brisiel were named to the MWC first-team all-conference team.

Incoming CSU running back Nnamdi Ohaeri was chosen as the MWC Newcomer of the Year.

New Mexico running back DonTrell Moore was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Utah's Steve Fifita was named Defensive Player of the Year.

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State of nation shares eerie similarities to Austin Powers era

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Jul 262005
 
Authors: Adam Kotlarczyk Northern Star Northern Illinois U.

(U-WIRE) DEKALB, Ill. – Quick, someone unfreeze Austin Powers.

It's not that I have a strange affinity for crushed velvet, hipster euphemisms or poor oral hygiene. It's just that every time I pick up a newspaper, I see more stories that parallel those of Austin's day. And who better to help us cope with these problems than the World's best-known secret agent?

Start with the obvious. Now, like then, we're engaged in a guerilla war that doesn't seem to be making progress and has no end in sight. Those on the political right cringe at the Iraq-Vietnam analogy, and they're right — to a point. Iraq and Vietnam are, so far, wars on a different scale. But it's hard to ignore some of the similarities. And it shouldn't take another black wall in Washington before we start to learn from our past.

Perhaps the most notable — and damnable — of these similarities was the commitment of the brave men and women of our military without a strategy for getting them out.

I'll never forget a classroom discussion I was involved in during the weeks preceding the invasion of Iraq. Many in the class were already against the war, but some supported it. A heated, but civil, discussion took place. The professor, himself a Marine combat veteran in Vietnam, listened silently to both sides until they were finished, which was most of the period. When he finally spoke, he softly asked one simple question: "How will we get the troops out?" The class fell silent. If he asked the same question again today, more than two years later, he would still have no answer.

But a war to spread democracy is not the only echo of the Vietnam era resonating today. In a White House controversy that makes you long for the good old days of cigars and stained dresses, the Bush administration is caught up in a scandal that would make Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein drool.

The simple version goes like this: Before the war, a U.S. diplomat goes to Africa to investigate evidence that Iraq is trying to acquire materials needed to make nuclear weapons. He learns that Iraq is not, that the evidence is forged, and reports back. Yet somehow, the administration — including President Bush himself — continues to use this "evidence" to build a case with the American people and the world for invading Iraq to rid it of nuclear weapons.

The diplomat, feeling that his efforts have been misrepresented to Americans, publishes an opinion piece in the New York Times stating his case. The Bush administration retaliates by leaking to the media that the diplomat's wife is a CIA operative. Exposing the identity of an America spy is, shall we say, not smiled upon in many circles. Even less so when it's done solely for reasons of politics and revenge. Some might even call it treason.

Before I start getting letters from incensed history majors, I should say I know Watergate was a little after Austin Powers' time. But who better to deal with a spy controversy than the International Man of Mystery himself? So someone hit the "thaw" button on the cryofreezer.

That would be groovy, baby.

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Congress to let the sun shine

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Jul 262005
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Let the sun shine in. That's the tune Congress is singing. They just decided to extend daylight savings time.

House and Senate negotiators for an energy bill agreed to start DST three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and extend it by one week to the first Sunday in November. The bill would be effective starting in 2007.

The purpose of the legislation is to conserve energy and save money.

One of the sponsors of the extension, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., says that for every day DST is extended, it saves 100,000 barrels of oil. At $57 a barrel, that is $159.6 million saved per year, according to Upton.

Upton also cited studies that show that DST decreases the number of fatal traffic accidents and reduces crime. It's just an added benefit to an idea that seems to help out a bigger problem.

Anything we can do to conserve energy is a smart decision to make.

In a time when we are at war with countries over oil, the results of conserving oil and reducing our dependence on those countries would no doubt be positive. Conservation doesn't have to take the form of tree-hugging hippies, and this small step could help slowly ease the dependency we as a nation badly need to shake free from.

Agreed, it's not the solution to a big dependency problem, but, if you keep taking small steps, they eventually add up to a mile or more.

Plus, it would mean a little bit more of daylight at the end of the day. What's so bad about that?

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CSUPD chief retires after years of memorable service

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Jul 262005
 
Authors: Danielle Hudson

Since 1977, Capt. Robert "Bob" Chaffee has served the CSU Police Department and the CSU community with pride. At the end of July, the department will say farewell to its much-revered captain when Chaffee retires from duty with the CSUPD.

"I've been lucky and privileged to serve here because it's a great department with wonderful people," Chaffee said. "They're my family."

Born and raised in Fort Collins, Chaffee began his career as a reserve with Fort Collins Police Services before taking on a job at CSU. One week after accepting the position, he was offered a job with the Loveland police, but turned it down. Chaffee said he has no regrets for coming to CSU instead of Loveland.

"You always ask those questions, but I figure this is the place the good Lord's had me for reasons that make sense to him even if I don't understand on any given day," Chaffee said.

Working with the CSUPD, Chaffee has seen many students come and go. Chaffee said that meeting and getting to know these students is one of the best parts of the job.

"It's been intriguing to meet so many thousands of students. There are roughly 4,000 students that come through each year, and having been here almost 30 years, that's about 1.2 million students," Chaffee said.

Chaffee has also seen about 250 to 300 student officers come through the department. Many of those have gone on to agencies across the nation, he said.

"We've had a positive impact on law enforcement throughout the country, just as a tiny little campus agency," Chaffee said.

The department has had a huge positive effect locally, too. Chaffee, known to carry a book of cowboy quotes with him, says that a positive attitude is the key to a happy and successful career.

"My grandmother always said we all put out arrows. Whether the arrows go up and around, down and around, or out and around, they come back to hit you in the back. So always put out the positive arrows," he said. "You really hope you've had some positive impact on some peoples' lives in he coursing of walking through your life."

Many students don't see police officers as human beings, but only as the people that get them in trouble. Chaffee said that it's all part of the job, and officers don't want to be the bad guy at all.

"I'd rather be Andy in Mayberry than Robocop. It fits me better," he said.

Officer Michelle Amundsen worked with Chaffee for three years, and has had amazing experiences with him, she said.

"Capt. Chaffee is so humanized. Not only is he a great leader and a great listener, but he really takes you under his wing and tries to make you a better officer," Amundsen said.

Officer Ramsey Crochet echoed Amundsen's sentiments, adding that Chaffee really cares about the people he works with.

"Capt. Chaffee's got a heart of gold. He's a really great guy and I couldn't ask for a better captain," Crochet said.

Throughout Chaffee's career, his wife, Norma, and their three children have been a source of constant support, he said. His retirement will give them the time to do the things they've always wanted.

"Now it's time to move on, raise some grandchildren and make a positive impact on their lives," Chaffee said. "My wife's invested almost 30 years in my career. Now it's time for me to help her and I build some memories."

One of the most memorable moments Chaffee experienced here at CSU was the flood in 1997. The department had to start over without uniforms or equipment after it was all wiped away.

"The community really came together to help us move on from that," he said. "We even got stuff sent to us from a Manitoba police department. They'd heard about the flood and just wanted to help. That was amazing."

Through many difficult tragedies, Chaffee has tried to keep his positive mentality, avoiding the cynicism that is stereotypical of seasoned officers.

"People talk about how cops have those hard shells, but I've tried over the years not to be cynical. We serve students and there's just too much good in them if you take the time to see it," Chaffee said. "You just have to have heart, and there are times that that's what gets you through this job."

Chaffee has received an outstanding achievement award from the university, and has also been recognized as a GLBT ally and a Native American Student Services supporter.

"I didn't do it by myself. We all did it together," Chaffee said.

The CSUPD has named Frank Johnson of Racine, Wis., as the new assistant chief. Chaffee offered his advice to the incoming officer.

"Build trust in the community and trust in your officers to help get that done," he said. "When I'm gone, somebody's not going to have great big shoes to fill, but I hope they're good shoes to fill. I've tried hard to get there."

Ceremony to be held 2:30 pm Thursday in the North Ballroom of the LSC.

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Campus Blotter

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Jul 262005
 
Authors:

SAT.

Assisted with a conference member who got stuck in her room at Allison Hall.

INA at 222 W. Laurel St. was an employee error

Checked Foothills and Veterinary Training Hospital campuses

Nights

DUI arrest on Mulberry while assisting city.

Drug cite for less than an ounce of marijuana

DUI in the Moby parking lot they blew .166 and were under 21 years old.

Noise complaint at University Village. Three juveniles asked to move inside.

Found a backpack in Corbett Hall parking lot, were able to eventually find the owner.

Contacted 15 trespassing at PERC playing in the sprinklers.

Checked the Foothills and VTH campuses.

Had several more traffic and bike warnings.

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Dear Editor,

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Jul 192005
 
Authors:

Rep. Tom Tancredo's hypothetical comments on bombing of Islamic Holy sites are extremely irresponsible and border on the dangerous. Dangerous to all Americans abroad, whether they are tourists, missionaries, or soldiers due to the hate that such speech incites. Further, it bespeaks of a barbaric thought process similar to what the Taliban exemplified when they destroyed an unoffending statute of the Buddha in Afghanistan.

Doesn't the esteemed Representative recall what happened when news spread that the Koran had been desecrated in Guantanamo Bay? To what purpose do these ridiculous comments serve other than to further inflame Islamic passions and the call of their version of the fundamental right for Jihad against what they consider to be foreign infidels perpetrating a crusade against Islam.

I'm sure that now worried thoughts are passing through the minds of innocent individuals in Jerusalem, the Vatican, Lourdes, Fatima, and many other Western holy sites due to the ill-considered comments of Rep. Tancredo. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and the "eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth" idea was invented in that part of the world where indiscriminate bombings and terrorist acts are now the daily norm.

Rep. Tancredo not only needs to apologize for these idiotic comments, but he needs to go the distance and retract them for the benefit of peace and cultural harmony. However, if what Rep. Tancredo is actually interested in is further escalation of violence in the Middle East against Westerners, then he's chosen the correct path. Sad to say, it's a rocky and slippery path that others will have to walk in Rep. Tancredo's stead.

 

Sincerely,

Alfred P. Reaud

Fort Collins

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To the Editor

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Jul 192005
 
Authors:

I would like to comment on the recent article written by JP Eichmiller. Let's make one thing clear, you are not allowed to compare Cubs fans to Rockies fans. It's like comparing a 40-year marriage that ends in death to a two-year marriage that ends in divorce (in the spirit of bad analogies). We will not apologize for our lack of history. America has almost zero history compared to the rest of the world, and we're one of the greatest nations. Now let me speak for many Coloradoans; we stopped caring about Major League Baseball after the strike (and steroids) and the NBA after teams became able to foul their way into the playoffs. Those two aside let's quickly address the Broncos (and it's pathetic that you resorted to calling them donkeys). You admitted that we are not fair-weather Bronco fans, so we can rest there. Finally, and most important of all, the Avalanche. Most of the Avalanche fans know about the Nordiques, so don't act as if you have some unopposed hockey knowledge. Does Colorado have to pass an exam before we can legally receive a pro-hockey team? Seriously dude, that is a terrible argument (and good luck with women's fashion). Coloradoans have become the greatest hockey fans since the arrival of the Avalanche. Even before the NHL was taken off the ice, we sold out every game of the Eagles. Yes, we were spoiled with the Avalanche, but we learned to appreciate it every single year after that first Stanley Cup. So, I would respectfully ask that you would stick to your skewed views on politics.

 

Ben Griffis

Senior, Marketing

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Alcohol safety ignorance proves fatal

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Jul 192005
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

It is time for a wake-up call.

As a community, we've watched as alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related accidents have torn apart CSU, Fort Collins and the state of Colorado. The number of alcohol-related deaths of CSU students in the past year is absolutely astounding.

On July 9, two CSU students killed in a car crash in Windsor both had blood-alcohol levels higher than the legal limit. The story sounds a little too familiar.

After each tragedy, the school mourns and works to remind everyone of the dangers of drinking. This is no different. We all need a reminder that drinking and driving is never a good ending to a night out.

During the school year, the Collegian runs numerous articles about the importance of alcohol safety. We tell you to make sure you have a designated driver, to be sure your friends aren't drinking too much and to be aware of all that is happening around you. Just because it's summer, we can't pretend these issues don't exist. Don't think that summer fun can overshadow the responsibility that comes hand-in-hand with drinking.

With the creation of the alcohol task force and other initiatives, President Penley and the administration are working to rid our community of such misfortune. With education, we can learn from these horrific accidents and work to make better decisions about our social choices.

This is our wake-up call. This is our time to see the mistakes we've made in the past, learn to grow from them and move on.

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Tancredo to Battle Lunacy with Idiocy

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Jul 192005
 
Authors: JP Eichmiller

Apologies must be made to Congressional Representative Marilyn Musgrave. In the past I have accused her of being the most out of touch, embarrassing representative of the people of Colorado due to her hateful stance against gay rights. I was mistaken.

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Littleton clearly deserves that honor after embarrassing himself and avoiding the opportunity to retract his idiotic statements regarding retribution towards Muslims in the event of an attack on our country. If you don't happen to be a devote follower of conservative talk radio allow me to get you up to speed.

Tancredo, who ironically is a member of the House International Relations Committee, stuck his entire leg in his mouth Friday while talking with radio host Pat Campbell of WFLA in Orlando, Fla. The representative suggested as a reaction to an attack by terrorists using nuclear weapons on the United States, that our country bomb Muslim holy sites including Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

It is amazing how much the most radical elements of opposing societies can begin to resemble each other. We have seen the Taliban destroy ancient Buddhist statues in Afghanistan, Al-Quadia destroy our symbols of capitalism in New York, and now Tancredo stating that destroying the most sacred sites of the Islamic religion would be a rational idea.

Given the chance to retract or clarify his statements the representative was unrepentant. Stated Tancredo: "You've got people telling us that they're going to bomb our cities and kill however many millions of people that they can. You're telling me there's something more hostile than that?"

Well yes sir, actually when a representative of a government comes out and supports destroying the largest religious symbols of an entire religion, it does come across as more hostile than the ranting statements of a radical not recognized by any government. Tancredo has always been a champion of extremists from the right, often blurring the distinctions between anti-immigration stances and outright bigotry. These latest statements however offer a chilling reality check into the mind of this man who is planning to run for President in 2008.

Surely he knows his words are purely hyperbole. Bombing Muslim holy sites located within the Arab nations of Iraq and Saudi Arabia would hardly coincide with our countries current diplomatic approach. When a group of Saudis attacked us on 9/11 the current administration did anything but take a hard-line approach to the Kingdom. The Bush administration and the Saudis have their hands too deep in each other's pockets to let something like the loss of American lives affect the relationship. Bombing the holy sites of Iraq, which we invaded and are currently occupying, would hardly seem the correct response if one wanted to further the cause of peace within that country.

So why then would Tancredo try to insinuate such a far-fetched scenario? Probably for the same reasons he so often attacks immigrants of differing nationalities than himself; it gets him re-elected. Unfortunately there is a broad contingent that feeds into this doctrine of hate. We have seen it here in Larimer County with Rep. Musgrave and apparently it thrives to the south of us as well.

Perhaps it is the Western mentality of wanting to be the last person to move into the area that fuels this passion for intolerance within our state. Whatever the reason, if the voters of Colorado continue to support and tolerate these types of politicians we will earn a reputation formerly belonging to the Deep South.

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Heritage should be embraced

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Jul 192005
 
Authors: Jennae Mendoza

We've all glanced through stacks of college brochures showing the white, Asian and black kid laughing under a shaded tree while two specks in the background chuck a football and a deer scampers off into the wilderness. Almost every campus looks diversified and fun. Yet, for the small percentage of students attending CSU, which give "diversity" its name, there are always a few surprises-and not all of them are fun.

Coming from a small town, racism wasn't a problem. Sitting beside the same kid since kindergarten didn't allow us see them as the Black or Hispanic kid. They were always the person we went snowboarding with or the witty one that made us laugh.

Yet as quickly as I cleaned out my high school locker, this life was erased. Since college, for the first time in my life, I've had to view myself as "separate" and have been placed in the category many times as "those people" or not so trusted because I'm only "half" white. This all seemed pretty strange to me at first. I had never been proud of my race or ashamed of it- I had simply been ignorant and indifferent about it.

I had been ignorant about a lot of things before college. Finding out your buddy is gay after you've befriended him for a year makes it seem ridiculous you would judge them for it, and it's impossible to see your black friend who grew up in an east coast city as simply an "urban black kid". It seems odd now when one person claims their religion is the most powerful, or their nationality is the most dominant.

Though college doesn't completely alter your perceptions, it does make people more conscious of others perceptions. Despite the racism I've experienced in Fort Collins, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and not carry baggage with me. I like for people to see who I am first and my abilities before they're judging me.

For the incoming freshman, there are campus clubs like El Centro and Black Student Services where you can exercise your abilities here and make your welcome at CSU much easier. Though it may sound cheesy, by learning about your culture, and your family history, it makes you a stronger person.

After hearing "you'll never succeed because you're a minority," I pictured my Grandpa, who refused to walk through the back door of his school, making it accessible to all. Or my Grandma, a beautiful, classy lady who came from one of the happiest families with very driven, intelligent children. I've realized that by ridiculing my race, these people are also denouncing my family and everything they've accomplished.

We are all looking for our winning shot in life-something to define us. The ones who haven't found that sometimes stand behind the obviousness of their majority race. To the few at CSU who don't make up the majority, somehow that little college brochure has been a gateway to taking a huge leap in your success.

Believe me, I know whatever discrimination you walk into is much better than being ignorant of it. And whatever price you have to pay for education is less expensive than the price of ignorance.

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