Our View

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

We understand the sentiment behind the opposition to Referendum C. After all, as state Rep. Angie Paccione, a Democrat who passionately supports the measure, said, it would effectively be the largest tax increase in the history of the state.

But desperate times call for desperate tactics.

Without change, Colorado cannot live up to its basic responsibilities to its citizens – such as improving basic health care and education. Recent years' tuition increases have illustrated our state's shortfalls.

Colorado's expends less per-capita on education than 46 of 50 states, CSU's Vice President of Administrative Services Keith Ickes told the Collegian this week. And it's not that Coloradoans don't value education. We simply don't have the money.

Referendum C would allow the state to keep and spend a projected $3.7 billion that it is expected to collect over the next five years.

If the referendum fails, the money will be returned to taxpayers under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR), a section of the Colorado constitution that states any money that exceeds a certain amount of revenue growth must be given back.

If the measure is approved on November's ballot, at least 30 percent of the $3.7 billion would have to be spent on higher-education institutions, including CSU.

Although opponents of Referendum C argue that the state government needs to cut spending and create new spending priorities, their argument is a knee-jerk reaction based not on practical reasoning, but a deep resentment toward any measure that even appears to hike taxes.

In this case we believe that our quality of life should win over partisan political ideology.

Or, of course, you could expect to pay back your TABOR check in next year's tuition.

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Bring it on

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Johnathan Kastner

David versus Goliath. Evolution versus Religion. Alien versus Predator. Godzilla versus MechaGodzilla. And, this Saturday, CU versus Predator.

All right, technically, it's CU versus CSU, but think about it – if we could arrange the field to instead be filled with dozens of invisible Predators with shoulder cannons, I think the real winners would be the audience. I was tempted to go with MechaGodzilla, but there would probably be some collateral damage. Then again, it is in Boulder.

You might be asking yourself, "Say, John, why do CU and CSU hate each other so very, very much? And how are you hearing what I am thinking? Get out of my head! Help! Help!" Good questions! And no. It's cozy in here.

It's a bit unfortunate that two institutions whose main purpose is academic enrichment can be so bitterly opposed every year over a football game. I mean, it's just football.

Kidding! No, our fanatic hatred of CU is entirely rational. So, to answer your question, please consult the following Timeline of Hate, which is entirely real in that it contains actual dates.

1870 – Colorado State University founded by peace-loving farmers.

1876 – Colorado University founded by retired, but still merciless, pirates.

1877 – The peace loving farmers send a basket of delicious fruits to the pirates, who, frustrated by their inability to peel the confusing oranges and bananas, burn a barn to the ground.

1902 – In retaliation for the barn burning, the farmers invade and capture Pirateville, which was renamed to a more appropriate name, which would be, "As dense and useless as the pirates themselves."

1902 – 1996 – Assorted pie-from-windowsill theft.

1997 – Drawing upon the black arts of magic and scientology, CU floods CSU.

As you can see, the game this Saturday is a culmination of hundreds of years of conflict. But, citizens, CSU needs you to do your part!

Athletes are powered by school spirit – they feed off of it. And students need football to produce spirit. It's one of nature's many delicate cycles. In conclusion, football players want to consume your spirit.

Of course, displaying school spirit can be dangerous. If you haven't heard, then fairly warned be ye – CU is a bit touchy about the green and gold. If you do get cornered by a group who's less than pleased that you are a mighty goat while they are a lowly plains-cow, try one of the following situation diffusing lines.

"C.U.? More like B.O.!"

"I don't want any trouble. Can't we just enjoy my team destroying your team like civilized people?"

Any of the above comments should show them exactly how serious the rivalry is.

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Beware of the downloading police

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Jenny Ivy

Truth be told, I am a total eclectic. I love music. I love all kinds of music. Even better, I love the idea of free music.

Admittedly, I have to say that even if I see a sign on the side of the road saying "free dirt," the fact that there is the word "free" will make me think twice.

I'll stop to think, who wants free dirt, anyway? But then again, who wouldn't want dirt to be free?

My freshman year at CSU, I was overjoyed as I plugged my personal computer into the high-speed CSU network.

Coming from a household with a behind-the-times dial-up network, one can imagine my enthusiasm as I was uploading Web pages in less than two seconds.

I now was on a fast pace toward the rest of my life and I wanted my college PC to be going just as fast as I was.

After spending upwards of a hundred bucks on personal decorations to make my tiny two-person room a bit more like home, I was relieved when I realized there were outlets in this world that could make my music collection a little less harsh on my college budget.

I wanted my songs to be blasting down the halls of Parmelee with the personal satisfaction that I had not given in to buying an album of which I had only liked one song to begin with.

With a file-sharing program downloaded onto my computer, I was set for the rest of the year. No more buying CDs!

Then there was the phone call. There was a bit of a stern tone, a little threatening; the hidden authoritative voice on the other line telling me that if I do not delete the program sourcing the illegal file sharing, my Internet would be cut off.

Subpoenas and lawsuits swam through my mind. I imagined Metallica showing up at the Parmelee front office, demanding I give them their music back.

So, I gave in and deleted my entire music gallery. It was the all-time deletion of shame.

But after the program I was using to download my beloved songs, along with my favorite South Park episode, nearly destroyed all of my computer files with a virus so hidden not even my computer's search dog could find it, I knew it was time to say goodbye to file sharing.

I hit "system recovery" and I never went back.

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Starving in the Sahel

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Meg Burd

As the rains continued their refusal to fall, the people in West Africa watched the lands dry up, their crops wither and entire herds of livestock die from lack of grazing pastures. Their food sources devastated, a food crisis seemed imminent.

While hit briefly by some rain in 2004 after a three-year drought, the moisture provided conditions for yet another looming crisis. Breeding, thanks to the rain, locust swarms filled the land, destroying crops and laying vast stretches of land fallow. Just recently, another crisis struck the area as monetary assistance by aid organizations began to swiftly dry up.

A series of catastrophes, this and long-term poverty suffered by the Sahel region of Africa, has now resulted in a devastating food crisis in West Africa.

"Although Niger is the worst-hit country, the food crisis also threatens lives and livelihoods in Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and parts of Nigeria," reports the non-profit aid organization Oxfam International, whose stated mission is battling poverty and injustice throughout the world.

The food crisis has indeed touched a vast amount of people in West Africa. "For the Sahel region, it is estimated that a total of 9,366,804 million people… have been negatively affected by the combined impact of the locust upsurge and reduced rainfall," the United Nations reported in a March humanitarian appeal.

Oxfam International notes the nomadic populations are particularly hit hard, losing an estimated 70 percent of their animals. "For an animal breeder in Niger, this is catastrophic," says Coco McCabe, the media/information officer for Oxfam America via e-mail. "[It is] the equivalent of people in the US finding their bank accounts emptied and house repossessed."

This food crisis will likely be felt well into the future of this region as well; health and relief organizations report malnutrition amongst children in the region, something that could affect them throughout their life. Future crops likewise will take a hit, as farmers are turning to their unplanted corn seed for food. Cholera outbreaks also have seen a rise in the area just in this last week, due to contaminated water and food spreading the outbreak.

Besides all these problems, organizations such as Oxfam point out that the crisis will likely only be repeated and perpetuated due to the underlying issue of poverty the region faces.

"It's true that erratic rainfall and infestations of locusts in parts of the Sahel were the immediate trigger of the current food crisis millions now face, but the real underlying problem for so many people in that dry part of the world is chronic poverty," McCabe notes.

"The answer to the kind of calamity we are now witnessing is to address the long-term poverty. We need to invest in methods that will allow people to support themselves and build up their assets," McCabe emphasizes.

McCabe says the international community has been slow in responding to this crisis, and even when doing so, has yet to meet UN appeals. As the UN reports, countries have pledged $2.7 million to its emergency operation in Mali, although this is far from the much-needed $10.9 million that was requested. On Aug. 30th, the Reuters news agency reports the donor funds are severely drying up for organizations such as the UN World Food Programme, which has been attempting to provide relief to West Africa.

There are ways that we as a country and as a community can and indeed should assist. Besides contributing as a nation and individuals to aid organizations that might assist in this immediate crisis, McCabe suggests we all take other actions to see this crisis ended as well.

"Students can contact their representatives to let them know they care about the developing world and about issues such as the Millennium

Development Goals (agreed upon by all 191 member countries of the UN; the first goal is to halve by 2015 the number of people living on less than a dollar a day and who suffer from hunger) and the Billion Dollar Fund (into which UN member states would pay so that when countries need assistance, the money would be available immediately and there would be no need to wait for UN appeals to be filled)," McCabe says.

The crisis in the region threatens to grow worse daily and with new worries and a shortage of funds, the situation is likely to deteriorate rapidly. It is time we step up and assist in both a short and long term fashion.

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Local efforts assist Katrina disaster

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: James Baetke

 

Red Cross Katrina Relief Concert: Sunset Event Center, 242 Linden St.

Admission: $10; all proceeds go to Red Cross for Katrina relief

4 p.m. to close

Open to all ages

Featuring various local bands playing jazz, rock and blues

Door Prizes and other events

Waves of relief are building in Northern Colorado to assist in the relief and recovery efforts to victims of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the Gulf Coast states earlier this week and left destruction in its wake.

"This is the greatest mobilization in Red Cross history," said Karen Dugan, financial development specialist with the Centennial Red Cross in Fort Collins.

Ten "elite volunteers" from Northern Colorado were sent since Saturday to assist victims in Gulf Coast states and a few more are on hold waiting for their turn, Dugan said.

The volunteers are set to remain there for at least three weeks.

A local firefighter with the Poudre Fire Authority joined a team of 32 highly-trained members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Colorado Task Force One to rescue victims still trapped, said Jason Mantas, spokesman for the fire authority.

"We do have an individual deployed with this team and he was up on the rotation," Mantas said.

The firefighter and his team left yesterday with a four-hour notice to gather equipment and drive to Hattiesburg, Miss., a 25-hour trek. Once there, they are set to receive further instructions on where they will serve.

Mantas said the task force specializes in the retrieving trapped victims and are caravanning with five trucks, three vans and four search dogs. They will also focus on search and recovery efforts.

Liz Barnez, local singer and songwriter, was raised in New Orleans. Most of her family resides near the city and her brother works at a hotel in the French Quarter.

"We have been through hurricanes all our lives, but this one is different. All of my family except a brother are homeless," Barnez said. "It chokes me up."

Barnez gets upset at the images of her city in shambles, losing its personality.

Constantly transfixed to the television, Barnez is helping the Red Cross in a benefit concert Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. at the Sunset Event Center, 242 Linden St. All proceeds go to Hurricane Katrina relief.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Division of Emergency Management announced today it will send out a four-person team tomorrow to set up a base camp in Baton Rouge, La., for emergency workers to shower, manage tasks and eat. They also sent out a team Monday to help coordinate ordering resources, both personnel and equipment, as needed for the area.

The request for help comes from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an interstate coalition that accommodates state-to-state mutual aid.

"We are in a response mode; we are trying to get a handle on this," said Polly White, spokeswoman for the state's emergency management division.

EMAC also has requested that member states gather additional doctors, nurses and search and rescue teams to be on notice for deployment, White said. Colorado is already doing that.

"Colorado is rising to the occasion," she said.

Ken Williams, CEO of the local Red Cross chapter said people have been "calling in like crazy" offering donations. Williams said the Red Cross is asking for cash and checks only to assist the Gulf Coast. Those interested in donating can call the local Red Cross at 226-5728 or visit www.redcross.org.

"Cash moves really quickly and speaks every language," Williams said.

When things are okay for Barnez to return to her roots in Louisiana she plans to help rebuild her family, physically and mentally.

"They lost everything," she said, "except each other."

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Paccione challenges Musgrave

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Vimal Patel

"Jesus was a Democrat. If you look at the things that he promoted and the life he asked us to lead, that's a platform right there." – state Rep. Angie Paccione

Although she did not declare her candidacy Wednesday night, state Rep. Angie Paccione night strongly indicated that she will challenge U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave for her 4th U.S. Congressional District seat.

"If I run, I'm going to need a phenomenal commitment from the CSU Dems," said Paccione, D-Fort Collins, who spoke at the first CSU Young Democrats meeting of the semester. "If you are committed to helping me, I might commit to running. … I don't personally believe (Musgrave) is doing a good job."

Paccione , also an assistant professor at CSU's School of Education, said she has formed an exploratory committee to see what her chances are of beating the Republican incumbent. Initial polls were extremely encouraging, she said.

The first poll, according to Paccione's internal polling in the 4th District, gave her 40 percent compared to 46 for Musgrave. Another poll had Musgrave leading at 46 to 43 percent. And a final poll actually put Paccione 1 percent above Musgrave, Paccione said.

"(Musgrave) has the worst numbers of any (incumbent) in the country," Paccione said. "That gives me encouragement at being a candidate."

Although she promptly added, "At this point, I'm not running."

Most of Paccione's talk to the more than 30 students attending the 5 p.m. meeting focused on Referendum C, the measure on November's ballot that would allow the state to keep and spend a projected $3.7 billion over the next five years.

"This is something that will affect all of you and everyone who lives in Colorado" said Amy Krok, president of CSU Young Democrats, about the measure. "You are going to be the ambassadors for this referendum…to get the momentum going."

Referendum C would allow the state to keep money that would otherwise have to be returned to taxpayers under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, a section of the Colorado constitution that limits revenue growth.

"It's about responsible government," Paccione said, arguing for the importance of the referendum. "Government has to respond to the people's needs. Right now, we have huge needs and huge bills."

At least 30 percent of the expected $3.7 billion revenue from the referendum would be slated for community colleges and other higher-education institutions, including CSU. Another 30 percent would go toward K-12 education.

"We can't even pay our janitors to shampoo the carpets (at CSU)," Paccione said, who said the carpets here are shampooed only once a year. "We have no money for maintenance."

She also said that several Colorado schools are so cash-strapped that they have to rely on modular buildings to house students.

"A kid sitting in his desk fell through the floor boards of one of the modulars," she said, causing the audience to erupt in laughter. "State-owned buildings are crumbling."

An audience member asked Paccione to articulate an argument against Referendum C.

"It is the biggest tax increase in the history of the state," she conceded. But she added, "We're pleading with you… so we can pay the policeman, fix the buildings, and get Meals on Wheels back to our seniors. What kind of a community are we if we can't do these things?"

However, Dustin Harper, president of the College Republicans, is opposed to the referendum.

"It's a veiled way to increase taxes," he said. "It's a way for the state to keep more money while saying it's not a tax hike…I voted for (Musgrave) in the last election and I'll vote for her next time."

But Alida Bus, natural resources, recreation and tourism major, was in support of the measure and Paccione.

"It was awesome having Angie in," said Bus. "It's obviously a bipartisan issue…I'm going to talk to my friends about it."

Paccione briefly mentioned Referendum D, which she said was a "companion measure" to C.

"If C doesn't pass, D doesn't work," she said.

Referendum D would set aside $2.1 billion in bonds, including about $50 million for improving maintenance and infrastructure for the state's universities, colleges and community colleges.

Paccione also spoke about the country's current culture of partisanship. To illustrate her point that the country needs to move beyond petty political stereotypes, she told the audience she's an evangelical Christian.

"We don't have to say, 'I'm not a Democrat because I'm a person of faith,'" she said. "In fact, Jesus was a Democrat. If you look at the things that he promoted and the life he asked us to lead, that's a platform right there."

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Freshmen File Sharing

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Dominic Graziano, Jenny Ivy

For some CSU students the inconvenience of actually paying for music may be a formality of the past.

After about two weeks of adjusting to CSU culture and the new school year, many new students find themselves longing for the certain familiarity they can find while listening to their favorite songs.

What many students living within these residence halls don't realize is that continually obtaining those favorite songs through illegal file-sharing programs may cost them a lot more than a slap on the wrist from both CSU and corporate recording industries.

As if privacy wasn't already an issue for students living in the cramped residence hall rooms, students must now be aware that big brother, CSU, is watching for any unusual connection activities taking place within its Internet network.

Napster, one of the first free, file-sharing programs, paved the way for similar programs that give students the ability to get free music, movies, games and software from other people over the Net.

One student who is living in Allison Hall for his second year has been downloading music for more than seven years.

Last year alone, this student, who prefers to be referred to as Optical 3.5, downloaded more than 500 songs. He currently has more than 8,400 pirated songs on his hard drive. At an average of 3 minutes per song, that is in excess of 400 hours of music.

The Department of Housing and Dining Services has a very strict policy regarding the downloading of copyrighted materials.

Within residence halls, students must abide by a "three strikes and you're out" policy regarding the misuse of the university-provided network.

As a reminder of the policy, Housing and Dining Services has made a flyer available to all residence halls.

The flyer, a collaboration of Technology Services and Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services, spells out the steps taken against students found to be downloading and sharing illegal files using the university's servers. The first step taken is a letter sent to the student saying they've been caught.

"The majority of people get the idea after the first warning," said Craig Chesson, assistant director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services. "They realize they signed something that said [university Internet] should only be for educational uses."

While the educational sanctions handed down by Chesson are usually in the range of an ethics class or a research reaction paper on illegal downloading, the federal punishments are more severe by comparison.

Lisa Culpepper, director of Student Legal Services, said someone that downloads music illegally could spend 3 to 10 years in a federal prison. Based on quantity and intent, fines ranging from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $10 million await people who are caught with illegal files on their computer.

University students are now being targeted by lawsuits, "presumably because [universities are] a high-density location for the demographics of music listeners who might feel 'budgetarily constrained' from purchasing [music]," wrote Culpepper in an e-mail interview.

In May, the Recording Industry Association of America filed 91 infringement lawsuits against students at 18 universities across the nation for illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted files.

Reacting to this decision, Bill Davis, network security administrator for Housing Technology Services, said students who use the CSU housing technology network also could potentially face lawsuits from industries such as RIAA if they continue to download and share copyrighted audio and video files.

"I know that other universities have been subjected to lawsuits," Davis said. "I would assume that if other peer universities are at risk, then CSU could be as well."

Just this week, Davis said four CSU students using the network had their Internet connection turned off for "unusual kinds of traffic."

Davis said housing services turned off their Internet connection because of unusually high levels of connection requests.

While Davis said it could not be confirmed that these connection requests were illegal, the fact that there were essentially more than 500 requests per minute made these activities appear unusual.

"If you want to go to a Web site, your computer makes a request to the Web server at CSU to download their Web page," Davis explained. "Each page has icons and each one of those icons are downloaded separately, so if I request a Web page, that's making a connection request. But who would sit down at their computer and request 500 different web pages in one minute?"

While CSU does not monitor the content of these requests, Davis said the university is aware students are making these requests.

Even though CSU may not have the knowledge that file-sharing activity is illegal, corporate industries have the ability to intervene by monitoring any copyrighted content that has been sent out to others without payment via the Internet.

"Sometimes (music industries) may watermark," said Davis, who explained that watermarking involves an electronic signature placed on a file. That watermark then identifies a specific copyright and can determine where that file is being transferred.

Upon the first offense if caught, Davis said students are required to delete all unusual programs and files before their Internet connection can be turned back on.

If a second offense occurs, students are required to perform a full anti-virus and anti-spam check on their computers.

Checking for viruses and spam is not something students using CSU's network are allowed to do on their own. Student violators must obtain a receipt from a certified technician to check their computer system, costing the student between $75 and $100, Davis said.

According to Optical, getting copyrighted files is just as easy as downloading a "decent" file-sharing program on the Internet and finding the music you want.

Kendra Martinez, a sophomore health and exercise science major, was not too fond of the fact that her Internet usage could be monitored.

"I thought it sucked," Martinez said. "I went from unlimited free downloads to worrying about being caught by the school."

Martinez, who said she usually ended up buying the music she downloaded, added she was told about the policy when she lived in Parmalee Hall last year.

Chris Killingsworth, a freshmen chemical engineering major, is currently a resident of Corbett and was told the same thing.

"My resident assistant told me I could get caught and fined if I was downloading music," Kilingsworth said, "but it would be nice to get music for free."

According to Optical, getting copyrighted files is just as easy as downloading a "decent" file-sharing program on the Internet and finding the music you want.

Even though the rules and punishments are spelled out to every person who lives in the residence halls, Optical remains resilient.

"I am well aware of the school's policy regarding file-sharing," Optical said. "It makes sense legally, but it is very easy to get around."

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Campus Calendar

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Aug 312005
 
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Thursday

Scottish Arts Club

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Lory Student Center, room 230.

Free Scottish Country Dance lessons every Thursday. No experience or partner needed. Everyone welcome.

Friday

Artists' and Musicians' Welcome and Opening Reception

5 to 8 p.m.

Fort Collins Museum, 200 Mathews St.

Welcome the artists and musicians of the Crossroads at the Council Tree Native American Music Festival with food, beverages, entertainment and a silent auction to benefit the event.

www.fcgov.com/museum 416-2727

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Campus Blotter

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Aug 312005
 
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Tuesday, August 30

Day

Lost key report

Intrusion alarm at Allison Hall kitchen, employee error

Intrusion at Statistics building, room 1 – a new alarm and employee error

Motor vehicle accident involving property damage in the University Square lot – no damage

Report of a disabled vehicle on Pitkin Street at Ellis Hall – moved.

Assisted Animal Control with a dog left in a vehicle.

Assisted a student with a paper, also did an interview with the Collegian

Follow up – the Equine Center found more things missing

Walked some of the halls

26 Bike Education and Enforcement Program cites

Night

Criminal mischief – a vehicle parked in the Engineering lot had its rear window broken out between 10:25 p.m. and 4 a.m.

One traffic citation and several warnings

Foot patrol in the residence halls

Patrolled D4, D5 and Remington campus

Issued three parking tickets in Summit Hall lot

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ASCSU gives thumbs up on referendums C and D

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Aug 312005
 
Authors: Caroline Welch

Associated Students of CSU senators voted Wednesday to endorse Referendums C and D, the TABOR issues that will be voted on Nov. 1.

The resolution, number 3,502, states that ASCSU senators will encourage their constituents to vote yes on the referendums.

"The senate worked hard," said ASCSU president Courtney Healey. "I'm glad to see they got it out in a timely manner, so it can have an effect."

The senate deliberated for two hours over issues in the bill, including the benefits and costs of the referendums and whether or not to include private universities, and online colleges.

ASCSU president Courtney Healey told senators that, according to a Board of Governors meeting, students could expect at least a 32 percent increase in one year, if the referendums do not pass. She also said that the Joint Budget Committee will cut $400 million from the state budget, and that higher education is the only expendable.

"Our job is to notify students of pressing issues of the university if their education is in jeopardy," Healey said.

The Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) mandated a rebate to Colorado taxpayers over the next five years, and a spending limit, which Referendum C will essentially undo. The money gained, which is estimated at $3,000 over five years, will be distributed to other programs.

Thirty percent will be allocated to roads, 30 percent to K-12 education, 30 percent to higher education and 10 percent to fund Referendum D, which will give money to roads and K-12 education, said Luke O'Dell, a representative from "Vote Yes on C and D."

There are many reasons to pass this bill, O'Dell said, including the substantial influence they will have on funding for higher education, and avoiding an increase in taxes.

"We are in a financial crisis," O'Dell said, "If C and D do not pass, we will have a tax increase on the 2006 ballot to fund programs because we are in a financial crisis."

However, some members of the senate, although they agreed with the referendums, said it was not their duty to endorse Referendums C and D.

"This resolution puts us on dangerous ground," said applied human science senator Darcy McNew. "It is not our place to tell students how to vote. It is our place to educate students. We are over-stepping our boundaries."

Senator Erik Healey compared this referendum to legislation on the three-unrelated law.

"We aren't telling students how to vote," Erik Healey said. "We are just encouraging them to vote, like in the three unrelated laws."

The resolution also states that copies of the resolution be sent to all higher education institutions with campuses in Colorado to set an example for other schools to endorse the referendums as well.

"We want to set a strong example and be on the cutting edge and push the importance of these referendums," said Alec Jefferies, legislative affairs director. "It is important to send a clear and concise message that we support the referendums."

The senate voted to include private Colorado colleges and universities in the mailing because, although they do not receive state funding, they do benefit from Pell Grants, which are also affected by the referendums.

"The more people this goes to, the better chance we have [of passing the referendums]," said liberal arts senator Bryan Battiste.

Opponents of the referendums say they are a tax increase and will take money away from working families, referring to the withholding of TABOR's mandated refunds.

"There are always going to be negative repercussions," said Erick Healey. "But in this case, the benefits seriously out-weigh the repercussions."

The bill passed 17-to-3-to-2.

 

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