Book Review: The United States of Wal-Mart

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Sep 292005
 
Authors: Katie Kelley

Pledging Allegiance to "The United States of Wal-Mart" is a Worthy Purchase

Corruption, censorship, scandal and cover-ups; while this sounds more like an episode of "Desperate Housewives," it is actually John Dicker's newest non-fiction novel documenting the ins and outs of the notorious corporation known as Wal-Mart.

While at first glance, "The United States of Wal-Mart" appears a little daunting, with approximately 240 pages discussing only Wal-Mart, it is actually a cleverly construed account of the company's construction policies, union scandals and the media-frenzied hype that continuously surrounds the business.

Dicker, a first time novelist and Denver resident, examines the myth and the man behind the company beginning with the infamous Sam Walton – a man who, while topping the Forbes 400 World's Richest Man list in 1985, was still getting his haircut at the local barbershop for $5 and not tipping.

Dicker also uncovers why, today, 14 years after Walton's death, people still refer to "Uncle Sam" and his policies regarding music and magazines that shouldn't be sold at the family-oriented store.

Dicker discovers this issue further and notes in chapter three that: "Mr. Sam's sayings and likeness adorn company headquarters and outposts. Executives and flacks endlessly recycle his anecdotes and 'rules' as if company history ceased upon his death."

While delving into the world of Wal-Mart, Dicker manages to uncover what he, among others, considers an anti-union scandal, while Wal-Mart employees cited in his book consider themselves "pro-associate" rather than anti-union.

Overall, the book, while not offering the usual escapism qualities of some books, is an intriguing, intellectual and easy read that will have you chuckling with disbelief as to the reality of everything Wal-Mart and the economic world which depends on it.

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Border War Battle: Point Rams

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Sep 292005
 
Authors: aul Baker

The Colorado State women’s volleyball team won a thrilling five set match Friday night over the Wyoming cowgirls 30-24, 27-30, 19-30, 30-22, 15-12 to improve to 9-3 on the year.

The Rams were led by seniors Casey Bauer, Tess Rogers and Dre Downs. Rogers had 14 kills, while Bauer had 13 kills on the night. Downs had a career-high night in blocks with 12.

Both teams committed a lot of errors which made the rhythm of the game not flow very well.

“It was a gut check for our team tonight,” head coach Tom Hilbert said. “I’m pleased with how we played, we composed ourselves well though.

Wyoming was led by outside hitter Kelsey Loop and middle blocker Rachel Smith, who had 14 and 13 kills respectively.

The Cowgirls drop to 5-7 on the season and 0-3 in the Mountain West.

The Rams will stay at home next weekend to take on BYU and Utah.

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Boarder War: Round 1

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Sep 292005
 
Authors: Paul Baker

The enemy has come to Moby.

The Rams will host the University of Wyoming Cowgirls in the Border War tonight, and like the ones before them – it's personal.

The Rams (8-3) are coming into the contest riding a seven-game winning streak after beating San Diego State and UNLV on the road last week to start conference play.

Wyoming is 5-6 on the season and currently on a four-game losing streak. A young team with only two juniors and no seniors, the Cowgirls are led by 2004 Co-Freshman Player of the Year Rachel Smith, who is averaging 3.51 kills per game so far this season.

Freshman libero Carissa Lee is averaging 4.26 digs per game, second in the league, while junior middle blocker Andrea Seele leads the team with 0.83 blocks per game.

"They have three players that are pretty good," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said.

"One of them is a lefty and we haven't faced someone like that before, so it's hard to prepare for that."

The Cowgirls are coached by Pat Stangle, who led them to an 18-20 overall record in his second season, while going 6-10 in Mountain West Conference games.

"They are an interesting team to play," Hilbert said. "They have a fast offense, and if they pass well, they will be tough to play."

Right now, the Rams are led by senior outside hitter Casey Bauer. Bauer was recently awarded the MWC Player of the Week for her performance last weekend. She recorded career highs in kills, 26, and digs, 16, in the four-set victory over UNLV last Saturday.

"I was excited to get it, but I wasn't expecting it," Bauer said about receiving her first career Player of the Week.

"She has gotten more comfortable on the court this year and has become a nice leader for our team," Hilbert said. "She has made the most difference out of any player on our team so far."

Alongside Bauer are fellow seniors Tess Rogers, averaging 3.79 kills per game, and middle blocker Dre Downs, leading the team in blocks with 1.55 per game.

CSU and Wyoming have met for 57 previous occasions. The Rams hold a 38-19 lead in the overall series. The Rams are 19-6 in Moby, and have won the last 14 matches against the Cowgirls – eight being in Fort Collins.

"We have a goal every year of going undefeated at Moby," Bauer said. "So this is a big match for us in terms of achieving this goal."

So far the Rams are up for the challenge, as they are 5-0 this season in Moby.

"It's one more stepping stone to improve for this team," sophomore Tonya

Mokelki said. "We need to come out and do our part, if we do that we'll be ok. If we don't, then it will be a close match."

CSU will take the court at 7 p.m. this evening in this season's first round of the Border War.

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CSU shoots down Air Force Academy; 2 for 2 after confrence opener

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Sep 292005
 
Authors: Brett Okamoto

 

Check out our photo slide show of  CSU vs Air Force Academy

They're still picking up the bruised and battered players off the field.

Sophomore running back Kyle Bell has developed his own way of looking at running the football.

Why try to run around them, when you can run through them?

Bell rushed for a career-best 197 yards, Justin Holland threw for another 318, and the Rams are 1-0 in Mountain West Conference play after annihilating Air Force 41-23.

"You're always pleased after a win, it's a lot more fun," said head coach Sonny Lubick.

While in sports you always try to focus on what needs to get better from week to week, the Rams really can't be disappointed with any aspect of their play Thursday night.

Kyle Bell silenced any dispute of who is the team's premier back, following his 183-yard performance against Nevada Saturday, with his three-touchdown masterpiece.

"You can't say enough about Kyle Bell, we're just so happy for him," said Lubick of his new star back. "He could go out and run another quarter, he's such a conditioned young man. I'd like to take the credit, but he's made himself the player he is."

Bell didn't get many opportunities last year as a freshman, but has been waiting for this chance to follow up on an outstanding high school career where he set the Colorado career rushing record.

"I knew I was capable of this it's just a matter of going out and doing it," said Bell. "It's just a credit to how hard we've all been working."

With the running game established like it hasn't been in years Justin Holland was free to pick apart a defense for the second week in a row. He finished the night completing 17 of his 26 passes, spreading the love out to five different receivers.

Senior David Anderson hauled in seven passes for 105 yards and two consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter that put the Rams up for good after the game had already seen five lead changes.

The big surprise of the night however came in the form of sophomore Luke Roberts who torched the Falcons for 123 yards and one touchdown.

"Luke Roberts is as good as they get," said Lubick. "Coaches want to say he doesn't have the speed, but after he catches it if he can't run by people he runs over them."

With the offense scoring at will on the Falcons, the defense wasn't about to be showed up by their teammates.

The Rams forced two fumbles in the Falcons' first three plays and allowed the offense to convert on only three out of 14 third-down situations. The Falcons' air attack, which had been hyped for days before this showdown, was non-existent for the most part as the Rams held the Falcons to 130 yards passing, including a third quarter where the Falcons failed to pick up a single yard in the air.

"We came out and said we needed to get the offense the ball so they could execute and we did what we said we could do," said junior cornerback Robert Herbert about the fumbles that led to an early Ram lead.

The Falcons were unable to score a touchdown in the first half, a feat that hasn't been accomplished by the Rams since 1999.

For a team who came into this matchup last in the MWC in scoring defense, Thursday night was just what everyone needed to see.

"I think we give the offense confidence [when we play like this]," said Herbert. "I think they see that and feed off of us."

The Rams will face last year's MWC champion, the Utah Utes, 4:30 p.m. Saturday back at Sonny Lubick Field and hope to extend their home game-winning streak.

"We have to stay together and just keep going now," said Lubick.

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“Top Ten Reasons your Mother and I are proud of you if you showed up for Friday class after Thursday football”

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Sep 292005
 
Authors: Jake Blumberg

10. Caring for others:

You don't want your professor to be all alone in a big lecture hall.

9. Smart spending:

You're not wasting the $40 bucks you pay to be there.

8. Responsibility:

Showing up today proves to us that you really are big boys and girls.

7. Appearance:

You don't care about the hot dog wrapper stuck in your hair or wearing the same clothes from the game; school is the most important thing!

6. Grades:

You will be there for that quiz you know your professor will give, just because they can.

5. You illustrate our favorite old saying, "Less is more":

Instead of a three day weekend, you can have a two day weekend!

4. Toughness (For our wrist-banded readers):

Coming to class with a hangover proves you are a true warrior.

3. Showing up is half the battle:

Even though you slept through class, you were still present, which we admire.

2. Friendship:

You took one for the team and volunteered to take notes for all your slacker friends who are still in bed.

1. Ram Pride:

I love looking at that face paint you couldn't get off last night.

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Rams golf

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Sep 292005
 
Authors: Collegian sports staff

Men's finish Ninth

The Wolfpack Invitational, held at the Legends Course at Arrowcreek Country Club in Nevada, ended Wednesday with the Rams tied for ninth place out of 18 competing teams.

The Rams greatest accomplishment came in the form of freshman Zen Brown, who had a breakout performance. Brown shot a personal 1-over-par, 217 over three rounds and finished No. 25 overall.

Derrick Whitney finished a stroke behind at 218.

The host of the tournament, the Nevada Wolfpack, pleased the home crowd with a first- place finish, posting a total score of 852. CSU's final team score was 871.

The Rams will get the next two weeks off before competing in the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic on Oct. 14. The Rams took sixth place in that tournament last year.

 

Women's finish Fourteenth

The women's golf team finished fourteenth overall with a score of 918 at the Dick McGuire Invitational at the University of New Mexico Championship course in Albuquerque, N.M. Wednesday.

Pepperdine University finished 45 strokes ahead of the lady Rams with a final score of 873.

Although the Rams won't be bringing home any trophies, the young team should benefit from the experience.

"This tournament was a good learning experience for the whole team," said head coach Angie Hopkins in a CSUrams.com release.

Sophomore Chelsea Benton led the team with an individual score of 222, and tied for 21st place overall.

Amber Ward and Megan Chapman finished second and third on the team, with scores of 231 and 232, respectively.

The team will get a short rest to work some kinks out before competing at the CU Memorial Tournament on Oct. 3.

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Dear Microbiology Ken:

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Sep 292005
 
Authors:

I will help you with the facts:

1) Open question: Name one time, one event in the last 100 years where the federal government has usurped the constitutional authority of a state or local government? Our constitution does not allow this.

2) The incompetent FEMA team did not seem so incompetent when four Hurricanes hit Florida last year. And, the governor and mayor didn't have any problems taking care of things.

3) Lastly, consider the pictures of a large bus lot underwater. The mayor says there were school buses and he couldn't do anything with them to direct their use. Since when?

They, like Denver, probably use city school buses on game day to move fans to sporting events, how come they couldn't use them to get the people out of the poverty stricken areas or hospitals?

We can agree on one thing, it was a total disaster. So where do we go from here? Do we spend time placing blame or do we spend time trying to help these people and rebuild? Or do we disagree on this too?

Andrea Matich

senior

marketing/merchandising

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To the Editor:

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Sep 292005
 
Authors:

In response to Brennan Vogt's response to 11-year-old Ben DeNardo:

It seems as though Mr. Vogt should critically analyze his own views as he does those of others. Perhaps Mr. Vogt "is just regurgitating what he hears from his parents and the media," as he claims the young Mr. DeNardo is.

Al Quaeda ran to Iraq? It seems ironic that we didn't attack Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, etc. for allegedly having Al Quaeda members run to their countries.

Our government has openly admitted that there was no connection between Iraq and the atrocities of 9/11 or the operations of Al Quaeda. Do a little research on the Baath party, Mr. Vogt, rather than regurgitating the press releases from the White House.

Just think, if you were a terrorist organization, what would help you recruit more members? Possibly an illegal war, with ever changing justification that kills hundreds of thousands of civilians will help.

Mr. Vogt fails to recognize, or is unaware, that Halliburton, among others close to our government, profited largely from the Oil for Food program in Iraq, as well as dealings with other "Axis of Evil" countries that supposedly support terrorism and continue to profit largely with no-bid contracts, even after falsifying expenditures and ripping off the American people.

Mr. Vogt also fails to recognize that there were protests to the invasion of Kosovo, where, incidentally, a major conflict was already underway, while trying to compare apples and oranges. Ever heard of the Bush Doctrine? You know, the justification of wars of aggression as "pre-emptive."

It is disturbing that people like Mr. Vogt actually think corruption on a massive scale is the problem at the U.N., but couldn't possibly be a problem here in the richest country on the planet unless the political party they oppose is in power. And more disturbing, Mr. Vogt is a history and education major. It is too bad that children are taught the type of nonsense Mr. Vogt spews forth from "educators" as fact.

Brandon Lehman

senior

engineering

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To the Editor,

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Sep 292005
 
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It was hard to tell if M. William Watson's Wednesday letter to the editor was satire or not. If it was satire, then it was clever – if somewhat cryptic. Otherwise, his assertions were ridiculous.

He suggests that voting yes on C and D leads to an unlimited budget.

This is not the case. The fact is that TABOR is unsuitable for the present economic climate in the state. Hopefully the recession we're in is temporary. In that case, a temporary suspension of TABOR is appropriate. Referendums C and D merely provide for some flexibility to fund the state's operations as they stand.

Mr. Watson also claims that college students live on a budget while "poor bureaucrats" and congressmen seem unable to. That assertion disregards the fact that college students can, and do, in-debt themselves while the state may not spend on a deficit to get through leaner times.

Robert Wade

junior,

economics

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We need seperation of church and state

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Sep 292005
 
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We need seperation of church and state

There should be a separation between church and state.

If anyone looks to history, one will see that when the state is defined by the church, it fails. More often

than not, it is a horrible, miserable failure.

Unfortunately, this is still alive today in many areas

around the world, most obvious of which would be the Middle East.

Recently in our nation's history, debates have sprung up about whether or not religious teachings should be taught in secular public schools. Some say this violates the separation of church from state, while others say it is valuable to the children's education.

I support the latter.

Whether we want to believe it or not, religious theory is a strong part of almost any aspect of education. It has forced people throughout history to question religious beliefs and develop hypotheses to either refute or support them. Conflict arises when people, for some reason or another, hold steadfast to one theory as if it were the unmitigated truth. Again,

look at the Middle East or, better yet, the Christian

church a few hundred years ago.

How can our country's children grow up intelligently

when they are denied a certain aspect of education? If we refuse to teach children various viewpoints on various topics then we are raising a nation of idiots.

Denying them the opportunity to look at a broad

spectrum of options and discern for themselves what

they support is denying the children a chance for

something democracy claims to uphold: individual liberty.

There is no individual liberty when, as children,

during their most educationally susceptible ages, are denied cognitive options. To debate against teaching a subject in school is ludicrous. To debate against a biased teacher glorifying one subject and ignoring other options, whether realistic or theoretical, is another story.

Dan Lehan

Technical Journalism

junior

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