A CSU Legend: Avo’s Number

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Authors: Katie Kelley

Avo's is Open: Monday – Thursday 7a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Breakfast Hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Avogadro's Number:

605 S. Mason Street

(970) 493-5555

Check out Avogadro's Number Music Schedule at www.avogadros.com or check out:

Swing dancing Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

Tempeh Tuesdays, where you can purchase two for one Tempeh Burgers. Open mic night is also Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Bluegrass Jam is Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Passing through each room of Avogadro's Number is like passing through an array of celebrations. As I make my way through the maze of rooms I am amazed at how grand and delightfully welcoming this restaurant appears.

The main dining hall offers medieval mural paintings on the walls that allow for a cozy and everyday exotic dining experience with friends.

Stepping beyond that room and through two glass doors, you'll find a small stage, wooden dance floor and outer space murals decking out the walls.

Through yet another doorway sits a small bar with a pool table and foosball tables. Turning around to head the other direction I follow Rob Osborne, owner and operator, toward the backyard patio. Here, the lawn is decorated with gazebos, patio tables and a few strings of white Christmas lights draped underneath green and white striped banners, adding to the romantic ambiance of Avo's.

Opened in 1971 by two CSU graduate students, Avo's has been serving Fort Collins with subs, pasta and dessert for quite some time. Osborne has owned Avo's since 1980. He is the mastermind behind bringing in the music and the tree house in the backyard that are available to all Avo's visitors.

"You can come and be yourself [here]," Osborne said. "But it's got character and you've kind of got to get to know Avo's. It doesn't appeal to everyone and that's okay. We seem to have various things going on that spark different interests so we really wind up with a very diverse clientele."

While the atmosphere is amazing along with the diversity among patrons, I wondered if Avo's food could live up to its surroundings. With several different subs and sandwich varieties, including the well-noted Tempeh alternative items, it most certainly did live up to expectations and went even beyond that.

I decided to go with the Grilled Ham and Swiss Sub that includes sauteed onions and Dijon mustard, adding a kick of taste to each bite, while my friend chose Joe's Sub, which along with the Mogul, Osborne said is a favorite by customers.

"Well, the one that we all hate to make; it's called the Joe's," Osborne said as he jokingly describes the most dreaded sandwich to make by employees. "That's probably the most popular and then there is another one called the Mogul. Both [sandwiches] were [named after] people that were employed here."

For those opting to go meatless, check out the wide array of meatless subs and sandwiches including the Grilled Tofu Sub, Falafel, Creamation or Steak Sub (and yes this is made with sauteed Tempeh not meat).

"In a way it's kind of like cheese or really something very unique," Osborne said. "We do a thing called Tempeh Tuesday where we have two for one Tempeh Burgers and that's really helped Tempeh gain popularity."

Those with a sweet tooth will definitely have to try my personal favorite, the Chai Shake.

Avo's also offers such items as lasagna, pizzas, fresh salads, fried foods including some of the best chips and salsa this side of the highway, veggie or green chili, quiche and peanut butter and jelly for the kiddies.

To check out a full menu, visit Avo's Web site or just stop in anytime for a restaurant experience that feels more like home with better food and cooler decorations.

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Album review: Kanye West, “Late Registration”

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Authors: Nicholas LoFaro

anye's Revolution Continues…

In between the intellectual poet and the egotistical rapper, there is hardly ever any room for a performer such as Kanye West to reach listeners who are exclusive to one sound or the other. But throughout being a living and rhyming contradiction, it is clear that West is set to reach all audiences.

Everyone by now knows his story about the car accident and record industry struggle that perhaps opened the floodgates for this emcee, but does anyone know where West is headed now that he is a household name? And to define "household name," just ask your mom if she knows who he is, and if she knows, then Kanye West is a household name.

West's love for '70s soul music has been easily recognizable, but on the song "Touch The Sky," the soul reaches new heights with screaming horns that help envelope the retro-vibe. "Heard 'Em Say" is an ambient R&B song and features Maroon 5's Adam Levine who adds some soft lounge piano.

"Drive Slow" has a Dr. Dre-style, pick-note piano riff that is sure to make the song a hit along with its heavy and slow drumbeat.

"Crack Music" is one of the most powerful songs on the album and features The Game, aggressively rhyming in a social commentary aimed at pinpointing politicians and sounds off on everything from Ronald Regan to George W. Bush.

"Roses" has West without a beat for half the song and then concludes with a tight beat behind some Gospel-style and sorrowful lyrics.

"We Major" features Nas, and the single "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" features Jay-Z, if anyone needed more incentive to buy this album.

West chooses soul and catch over hardcore and gangsta-rap soul which is incredibly helpful when trying to get noticed throughout the United States and the world. He is the first rapper to appear on TIME magazine, so forget the Source or Rolling Stone. Kanye West is set to culture the world with his multi-culture mindset and his revolution will soon be seen as one that is even with the likes of the Tupac Shakur or Biggie Smalls and he's not even dead yet.

Tony Yayo, "Thoughts Of Predicate Felon"

Tony Yayo Has New Album Despite His Penitentiary Home

Attention all inmates and all the other people that aren't locked up, Tony Yayo is out in the world of popular music but he isn't exactly out in the world yet. This one-part G-Unit dishes some of the hardest hitting stuff hip-hop music has had in a while.

Most popular rap is laced with party flavor and aimed clearly for the club. It has been hard to avoid Bacardi-booty shaking music, however, Tony Yayo is here to get things street-scary again.

Yes, yes, his bass-heavy music hits you right in the gut area and will hit parents so hard that Tipper Gore will be out trying to get the FCC to magnify the parental advisory stamp on the front of this album. Yayo speaks of all the things that would easily make the FBI come knocking: You know – drugs, alcohol, loose women and homicide. Oh, don't forget the beef that never ends in the world of rap music, because Yayo takes extra time to reflect on why he is behind bars.

What is a "predicate felon" you ask? Well, you won't find the answer here. Perhaps Yayo means to be the voice of the criminal or the inmate, or perhaps he means simply to entertain and swoon an audience full of wannabes or he may just be out to entertain and grace the hip-hop world with some truth of how difficult and scary some people have to live their lives in this country.

Speaking of beef, the song "Tattle Teller" is a nice and friendly shout-out to G-Unit's buddy Fat Joe, and the song "Live By The Gun" tells a frightening story of how one's lifestyle determines one's death-style.

"So Seductive" with 50 Cent is perhaps the only club-ready jam, and the song "I'm So High" is, well, quite self-explanatory. "I Know You Don't Love Me" is sure to be a hit with some mysterious and eerie slide-guitar riding in the background. Eminem and G Unit's protege and first lady Olivia appear on the teeth-grinding jam "Drama Setter."

If gangsta rap does not have a place in your collection and if gangsta lifestyle is just not something you are into, (which is okay, you're still cool), then at least the heavy usage of creepy piano and catchy beats will distract your hips from your ears.

And if that is still not enough, then at least keep watching the G-Unit rat-pack as they continue to scare the crap out of politicians and parents – oh, and fellow inmates.

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Jerry Joseph Brings Melancholic Rock to the Aggie

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Authors: Cornelia Kane

Jerry Joseph is a singer-songwriter probably best known for penning several songs that have been covered so many times, by ultra-popular Southern rock/jam band Widespread Panic, that most fans think the band actually wrote them.

Fans in the know, however, realize that a few tunes featured in heavy rotation during Panic's live shows are not actually originals, but covers. Songs such as "Blight", "North", "Climb to Safety" and "Chainsaw City" are Joseph songs that the band has revamped and adopted as their own. The originals can be found on Joseph's solo albums, or albums released with his various bands.

The Widespread Panic connection does not seem surprising if you ask their bass player Dave Schools.

"Our history goes back to when Little Women, his former band, dragged a greenhorn Widespread Panic across the Rockies and out to the West Coast. He basically started us out there," said the genial musician in a recent interview.

The musical relationship between Schools and Joseph has blossomed over the years. When Widespread Panic first announced the end of a year and a half hiatus that they recently came off of, the hard-working duo got together to form a new band called Stockholm Syndrome, with musicians they personally hand-picked. The name refers to the condition that occurs when hostages begin empathizing with their kidnappers.

Some of the other musicians in the band included Eric McFadden, guitarist for the P-Funk Allstars and the Eric McFadden Trio, and Wally Ingram, drummer for the duo, David Linley and Wally Ingram. Stockholm Syndrome managed to release one album, "Holy Happy Hour", and complete a whirlwind tour during the time Panic was on hiatus, but the project has again been placed on the back burner, as Schools' skills are needed elsewhere.

Joseph and his band, the Jackmormons, are currently based in Portland, Ore., and one could say his songs reflect the dreary climate he chose to live in. His lyrics usually deal with heavy subjects such as sex, sin, addiction, religion and redemption. Live, his stage presence more than makes up for his slight stature. In venues where smoking is allowed, he smokes non-stop and rarely wears shoes onstage. With an intense gaze and raspy, melancholic croon he seems to challenge the audience.

Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons support Panic at the upcoming Jazz Aspen at Snowmass on Sept. 1. The Jackmormons, featuring Junior Ruppel on bass and Brad Rosen on drums, will then play several more mountain towns and Joseph will wind up in Fort Collins for a solo performance.

Joseph performs at the Aggie Theatre, 204 S. College Ave., on Sept. 6. Doors open at 8 p.m. and is an all-ages show.

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Feeling stressed? Take a hike

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Ryan Fedel

Taking a day hike on one of the many trails near Fort Collins is one of the best ways to refresh your mind and body. With all the stress that students face, between school and jobs, it is a good idea to take a day off now and again to relax.

Meg Farwell, an Equine Science Major at CSU and an outdoor enthusiast, enjoys hiking in the mountains on the weekends.

"It is a good way to relax after a hard week at school," Farwell said. "You might as well use the mountains. They are right there and there is not much prettier than that."

The Big South Trail, located in the Poudre Canyon, is one of the many great opportunities near Fort Collins to take your mind off the strain of everyday life with a hike.

The Big South Trail travels alongside the Cache la Poudre River, at times wandering away into the woods and then tracking back towards the river. The trail runs for about 12 miles one direction with the only option of return being the way you came. This is rather long for a day hike so the best idea here is to walk for a few hours, break for lunch, then head back to your car.

One particularly nice feature of the Big South is that dogs are welcome on the trail.

Hiking with your dog is a great idea, according to Jo Van Cutsem an employee in REI's hiking department, as long as you are careful.

"It is like a family thing to do so why not bring your dog?" Van Cutsem said. "You have to keep in mind that you are not the only one on the trail, some people are scared of dogs so you should always keep a leash with you no matter what."

Around ten miles up the trail hikers will cross into Rocky Mountain National Park, where dogs are not allowed. At this point hikers with dogs should turn around, heading back towards the trailhead.

The best thing about day hiking, Van Cutsem claimed, is that anyone can do it.

"There is so much variety," Van Cutsem said. "You can do a small walk through the park or climb a fourteener (14,000 ft. peak) if you want. It does not take that long and it is fairly inexpensive."

An important thing to remember when you are hiking is to go with your friends. That way if something happens you have help. Always tell someone where you are headed and when you plan on returning so if something goes wrong help will know where to find you.

When hiking a sturdy boot that provides support is important as the trail can be covered with loose rocks that can easily twist an ankle. The mornings in the canyon can be cold and pants are a better idea than shorts, not to mention they offer protection from the shrubs and bushes that line the trail. Hikers also should pack a sweatshirt, rain jacket, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and always carry at least two liters of water per person.

To get to the Big South Trailhead, head north on College, Highway 287. Follow Highway 287 out of Fort Collins for about 11 miles, turn left at Ted's Place on to Highway 14, Poudre Canyon Highway. Drive Highway 14 for approximately 49 miles, the trailhead is on the south (left) side of the highway just before the Big South Campground and a bridge crossing the Poudre River. The drive will take just over an hour depending on traffic and time of day.

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Drive-in offers affordable nostalgia

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Jess Brooke

When you go…

No glass containers

No alcoholic beverages

Leashed pets are allowed

No fireworks

No charcoal grills or open fires

Once inside, drive slowly with parking lights on

Car horns blare sporadically as dusk falls near the base of the foothills in west Fort Collins. Two huge movie screens loom above rows of vehicles filled with movie viewers impatiently waiting for the sun to descend.

With this many film fanatics, it's hard to believe the Holiday Twin Drive-In is one of 10 drive-in movie theaters operating throughout the entire state of Colorado, according to the theater's Web site, www.holidaytwindrive-in.com.

Owner Wes Webb purchased the theater, located at 206 South Overland Trail, in 1979 . At that time, there were three drive-in theaters operating in Fort Collins, according to the theater's Website.

"We're still around because we have good community support," said Stephanie Webb , co-owner and Wes' wife. The Holiday Twin has a diverse customer base, which contributes to the drive-in's success, Stephanie said.

The Holiday Twin currently has two movie screens, and there are plans to add a third. Customers pay a $5 admission to view two movies, but because of the inexpensive ticket price, the theater relies heavily on profit from its concession stand.

"(The concession stand) is how we stay kickin'," said manager Chuck Bucinski. He estimates that 80 percent of the theater's total income comes from the concession stand.

Although there is no policy against bringing food into the theater, Webb said the concession stand receives strong support from patrons.

"We try to serve high quality food that is competitively priced," Webb said. The concession stand offers food ranging from funnel cakes to homemade burritos. Customers can watch as their hamburgers are cooked on an outdoor grill.

In an effort to maintain the nostalgia of drive-in theaters, the Holiday Twin will remodel its concession stand with a '50s theme next August.

There are no plans to increase ticket prices.

"This is a place where families can still afford to come," Webb said.

The Holiday Twin does not show "R" rated movies from late May to late August because the customer base consists of mostly families, Webb said. However, when CSU is in session, the theater reserves a screen for movies more appropriate for students.

This week's PG-13 movies are "Red Eye" and "The Brothers Grimm," while "The 40-year-old Virgin" and "Wedding Crashers," both rated "R," can be seen on the other screen.

The Holiday Twin occasionally has a problem showing first-run movies, Bucinski said. A negotiator for Holiday Twin must work with film companies in order to run movies.

Most film companies don't feel drive-in theaters are capable of bringing in enough profit, so they don't allow them to show certain movies, Bucinski said.

This summer was the first time Holiday Twin was able to show a Star Wars movie.

For many Fort Collins residents, such as Kathryn Moore, the Holiday Twin Drive-In has become a part of their personal history.

Moore, a freshman health and exercise science major, has worked at the Holiday Twin since she was 8-years-old.

"I've worked here about 10 years," Moore said . "I started out picking up trash."

Moore and Bucinksi see many of the same customers regularly. "There are people who come out every weekend," Bucinski said.

And they will continue to come. The Holiday Twin isn't going anywhere, according to Wes Webb, who at one time owned seven theaters.

Webb said he would never sell his last drive-in, despite the drastic decline of drive-in theaters across the nation.

There are currently 402 drive-in theaters in the United States, compared to 4,063 operating in 1958, according to United Drive-In Theater Owners Association.

"(The drive-in's) a part of American history," Bucinski said. "And there's no sticky floors."

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Concert Calendar

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Thursday Sept. 1

Thunder in the Rockies:

Steppenwolf & Blue Oyster Cult

$30, $40

7:30 p.m.

Budweiser Events Center

Oteil and the Peacemakers and Drew Emmitt Band with Doug Baker

7:30 p.m.

$12.00

21 and over

Fox Theater

Friday Sept. 2

Tickle Me Pink and Redline Defiance

$6.00

All Ages

Aggie Theatre

Thunder in the Rockies:

.38 Special and Firehouse

$25, $35

7:30 p.m.

Budweiser Events Center

Old School Freight Train w/ Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams & the Boulder Acoustic Society

9:00 p.m.

$10.00

21 and over

Boulder Theater

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with The Mercury Project and New Mastersounds

8:00 p.m.

$22

Mishawaka Amphitheatre

Saturday Sept. 3

Rocky Mountain Hip-hop Festival with Soul Reclusion, Rouge Sound, Audible Audities and more

8:00 p.m.

$5

3 Peas w/ Mama's Cookin'

Free Show

All Ages

Aggie Theatre

Murderer feat. Abinitio/Kill

10:00 p.m.

Bluebird Theater

Particle with Gabby La La

8:30 p.m.

$13.00

21 and over

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Fans outside the stands

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Brett Okamoto

he Rocky Mountain Showdown is knocking on our front door and because CSU only received 3,500 tickets to the game, many of us will find ourselves in Fort Collins for the big game this Saturday.

But don't give up and spend this glorious afternoon on your couch; get out and mingle with the rest of those who couldn't get tickets. Fort Collins offers a ton of places to go out and watch the game in a social atmosphere.

This year the Collegian has compiled a list of the top ten places to see the game. The list counts on several variables and the list may change depending on what you value most when watching a football game.

We've got places for the fan who sits so close to the TV, others start yelling and throwing peanut shells at him. We've got other places for the fans who want to be slurring their words and have invisible urine by the time the game's over. And we've got places where the food will be just as good as the game.

Of course when dealing with the college student specifically, another factor comes into play, "Where is everyone else going?"

Jessica Berthod, a junior health and exercise science major, just turned 21, but has already heard that Washington's is a good place to go.

"I hear a lot of people go there," said Berthod of Washington's during football games. "I think it would be fun."

"Sullivan's is good because it's close," said Ryan Dichter, a senior apparel merchandise major. "Washington's is good too because it has cheap drinks, lots of people; debauchery, drunkenness. I'd say I'm going to watch the game at Sullivan's though, for sure."

While college students may find bars in Old Town to be the most convenient and social, no bar in Fort Collins has served the community as faithfully and efficiently as CB & Potts, making it the Collegian's top choice to watch the game this year.

CB & Potts has been around since 1971 and has had a close relationship to CSU since. In addition to its close proximity, the fact that they also hold the Sonny Lubick press conferences has linked Potts to the university and the football program.

"It's absolutely our foundation," Bar Manager Terri Suber said of the university's relationship to Potts. "It's really what we're all about. We try to cater to not just the students, but the coaches and faculty as well."

In addition to offering one of the best atmospheres around and a loaded menu, Potts also has a Bighorn brewery/clubhouse right across the parking lot that brews signature beers served fresh at the restaurant.

The Bighorn Brewing Company brews such beers as Colorado Blonde, Total Disorder Porter and Big Red IPA, all award-winning beers.

According to Regional Brewmaster Kirk Lombardi, the brewery brews eight beers at a time, minimum, but tries to get up to twelve from time to time.

Potts is usually crammed every weekend but Suber said the game will just add to the crowd this Saturday.

"The place gets packed; it's tradition," Suber said. "It gets crazy in here with everyone cheering against the Buffs. I think this place is a destination for a lot of people."

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Editor,

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Authors:

On behalf of the residents of the Rolland Moore West Neighborhood and all users of Rolland Moore Park, I want to thank the 18 freshmen that volunteered through RamServe to pick up trash in the park.

On August 20, these students, accompanied by two members of our neighborhood, walked Spring Creek and the main irrigation canal which flows through the park, and removed bags of trash. The park is a better place for their efforts and we are very appreciative.

Thank you

Lloyd Walker

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Dear Collegian Staff,

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Aug 312005
 
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I am writing this letter in response to Mr. Chapman's article "Why I Hate Protesters." How is it that rambling, incoherent non-sense is printed in the paper every Wednesday? It will be a cold day in hell when Mr. Chapman writes anything of substance or actually does research to back up his opinions. Here is my opinion.

Mr. Chapman has been spoon-fed right-wing rhetoric and then vomits it on to an eight and a half by 11 inch piece of paper and in turn the Collegian prints it every Wednesday. By printing third-rate articles such as this the Collegian insults the intellectual integrity of all students at Colorado State University.

As a recent graduate of CSU I find it disheartening that the Collegian has allowed Mr. Chapman's narrow-minded and inflammatory columns to run again. The stupidity of Mr. Chapman's subjects plus the stupidity of his opinions equals misinformation, another unfortunate byproduct of right-wing partisan rabble.

 

Sincerely,

Josh DeSanti

Class of 2005

BA. History

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To the editor

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Authors:

For multiple days I have had to read editors of this paper discussing our patriotic right to protest. I have grown tired of the editors and letters attacking people for who they are, such as by calling those protesting against the war "hippies".

Perhaps you should try defeating your opponents with logic, not rhetoric and childish name-calling. Secondly, Ryan Chapman should be careful because protesting in the 60s helped to give blacks proper rights, so stances such as protests being pointless and not accomplishing anything is outright appalling and shows a lack of education and why he should not be allowed to write for a newspaper.

Newspapers are supposed to use facts to support their stance on issues as we, the people, use newspapers to get facts and to make decisions. When the newspaper editors are allowed to write opinion sections in which they state opinions and give lies, they hurt the entire journalist community.

Many in this paper are biased, but contrary to claims by some, the paper has a conservative slant. Mrs. Sheehan is protesting on behalf of her son who died in a vicious war. She is grieving and has decided that this is how she can grieve. It is her right as an American to protest and does not sully her son's name, but rather it shows what he died for. Freedom is still existent. Get over your name-calling and know what you are talking about or don't talk at all.

 

Yvonne Bazan

Computer Science

 

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