Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine tempts senses with delectable dishes

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Nov 302005
Authors: Katie Kelley

Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine

Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Friday

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

1 to 9 p.m.

2900 Harvard Ave., Unit A

(970) 223-6734

The smell of garlic, onions and other exotic spices combined with incense fill the air in this elaborate eatery. Walls of red and yellow hold framed posters with images of Ethiopian culture.

The two choices of available seating, regular and traditional, offer diners the chance to choose what is most comfortable for them. However, to get the most out of this dining experience, I recommend sitting at the traditional seating, which is elaborately decorated with colorful cloth and located in its own area at the back of the restaurant,.

Nyala is fairly new to the Fort Collins dining scene, and this well-kept secret is a delicious alternative for any night of the week. While the menu can be overwhelming, just ask the wait staff for recommendations and explanations of any item, and they will gladly offer their services with knowledgeable information.

The restaurant offers a wide array of Ethiopian beverages including wines, beer, tea and coffee. The Nebit Ethiopian Honey Wine, also referred to as Tej, is a traditional honey-wine that is light and flavorful. Other wines include Dukem Red Wine, Axumite Red Wine and Kamilia White Wine.

Most of the glasses of wine range from $4.50 to $6.26 or bottles from $16 to $18.

Another great beverage option, if shying away from the alcohol, is the Ethiopian Spiced Tea, which offers a tangible treat for the taste buds with exotic spices.

On the appetizer menu, try the Sambussa (thin, crispy pastry shells with seasoned beef or lentils, onions and green peppers) or the Timatim Fitfit (tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos, house spices and injera bread, which is a flat, spongy bread made with wheat and barley).

Several different styles of entrees are offered, but the menu does cater to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The beef, chicken and lamb dishes as well as the vegetable dishes are served as single items or in a combination platter. The combination platters are the best way to go if ordering for the first time. Each will offer a hearty sampling of the different options.

The different meat combinations available include the Beef Combo (Siga Wot, Beef Alicha Fit-Fit and Siga Tibs), Lamb Combo (Yebeg Wot, Yebeg Alicha and Yebeg Tibs), Chicken Combo (Doro Wot, Doro Alicha and Doro Tibs) and are all served with 2 vegetable dishes.

The lamb, beef and chicken are each served three different ways based on the style of cooking, which are noted as Wot (meat marinated and stewed with onions, spice butter, ginger, cardamom, red peppers and other spices), Tibs (meant marinated with olive oil, onions, garlic, tomatoes, green peepers, Ethiopian spices and spiced butter) and Alicha Fit-Fit (meat mixed with the injera bread, garlic, ginger and turmeric).

Personal favorites are the Beef or Siga Tibs and the Chicken or Doro Alicha, which offer an enticing spiciness that is indescribable but oh-so delectable.

The vegetarian combinations are available two ways. The first includes the Gomen (marinated collard greens), Yemisir Wot (lentils with onions, ginger, garlic, olive oil, Ethiopian chili sauce and other spices), Fosolia (spiced green beans and carrots), Yatkilt Wot (potatoes, green beans, carrots, green peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes and olive oil) and Shuro (ground roasted split peas with onions, olive oil, garlic, red pepper sauce and Ethiopian spices).

Other delectable items on the menu served separately from the combination platters include the Kitfo (ground beef tenderloin with Ethiopian herbed butter sauce, hot chili peppers, farmers cheese and collard greens), Yasa Wot (slice of White Trout with olive oil, garlic, onion, red pepper sauce), Nyala Style Ruz (rice that is either steamed or spiced served with Engudai Tibs or mushrooms) and the Engudai Tibs (mushrooms marinated in red wine, red pepper sauce, spices, onions, olive oil, spiced butter, garlic, carrots and zucchini).

While Nyala can be a bit daunting at first because of the wide range of unfamiliar items, this experience will leave you satisfied and craving Ethiopian cuisine for weeks. It is an authentic adventure for everyone craving that little something out of the ordinary and it is an entertaining experience to be enjoyed on a night out with friends.

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The revolution for sexual equality is here!

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Nov 302005
Authors: Kate Dzintars

Sex is fun…unless it results in an STD or unwanted pregnancy. But when the only result is a toe-curling, spine-tingling, breath-taking orgasm – it's hard to beat.

Contraceptives allow people to live in the moment and enjoy sex without worrying about the consequences. That is not to say there are never consequences when contraceptives are used, but the risk is smaller and sex becomes an enjoyable pastime rather than just a biological process.

Traditionally, prophylactic companies catered specifically to males, perhaps the reasoning being that if the man is the one with the package, he should be the one to buy the wrapping paper.

The truth is, women should feel comfortable taking control of their sex lives, so kudos to Trojan condoms for creating a line of condoms and other sex products marketed specifically to women.

Boys and girls still grow up with a double standard. Men with multiple partners "got game," while women who do the same are considered sluts. It's not fair and we, as a society, need to lose this perception. As long as people are safe with their partners, they should be allowed to have sex at their leisure, without getting a bad reputation. I think a condom marketed to women could help dispel this stigma by increasing the number of safe sexual encounters.

It is my belief that most adults, especially the college demographic, want to have sex or are at least interested in it, but too many of them were raised with negative conceptions of it to freely discuss or partake in it. It is too bad, because this is potentially one of the most fun, sexy times of our lives.

Even Marilyn Monroe, one of the most prominent sex symbols in our country's history, struggled with accepting her sexuality. The December issue of Playboy publishes tape recordings she made for her psychologist in which she confessed to not even really liking sex, until her psychologist taught her it was OK to enjoy it.

If one of the biggest sex icons in history didn't feel comfortable with sex – a person who just radiated sexuality – how are regular women expected to? Maybe today's women who are scared or reluctant just need a little push; someone to tell them it is OK, even if that someone is a condom manufacturer.

Sure, most literature on the topic credits the release of "the pill" with starting the sexual revolution; for the first time, women could have sex without the threat of having to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. But, however revolutionary, the pill does not prevent STDs.

Women benefit from the use of condoms too, even if they don't wear them. It pleases me that such an iconic brand of condoms realizes this too. I hope other brands follow suit and release their own lines. A trip down the condom aisle will soon be a smorgasbord of sexual adventure, rather than just a quick stop, grabbing the first box you see and then proceeding to the check-out counter with your head down hoping you don't see anybody you know.

I'm not saying women should go out, buy the cute purple box and get it on with the next guy they see. All I'm saying is that if a woman wants to have sex, she should be encouraged to do so safely and not worry about what other people think.

Sex should not be a taboo. Women and men alike should be allowed to express their sexuality however they wish. Contraceptives specifically catered to women could open the doors of carnal pleasure to women who might have been too embarrassed to buy them before.

The struggle for sexual equality is far from over, but I say, viva la revolution.

Kate Dzintars is the associate managing editor for design and entertainment at the Collegian.

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In Search of Native Roots

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Nov 302005
Authors: Jenny Ivy

Native Tlingit artist Carole Grant grew up searching for a history, a cultural foundation with which she could identify. For many years, she believed herself to be "lost."

A class of 2001 alumna, Grant said she finally found herself when she came to CSU.

"Growing up, I never really had the words to say 'something is missing,'" said Grant, a Juneau, Alaska native who not only graduated with a bachelor's degree in Fine Art, but with a sense of self-discovery.

Now, Grant said she is proud to be one of five artists from around the nation showcasing original artwork at CSU's Exhibition of Contemporary Native American Artists.

The exhibition opened Wednesday night in the Lory Student Center's Duhesa Lounge and marks the final culmination of a series of events during Native American Awareness Month.

"I've been lost for many years," Grant said. "I grew up not really knowing much about my native culture because my mom and dad were divorced and my dad was the native side of my family."

In 1986, Grant began attending classes at CSU, leaving her only link to her heritage with her estranged father, whom she said was never able to pass on generations of stories and history about her family's Tlingit culture.

After two years at CSU, Grant left to raise a family. Ten years and a divorce later, she came back to complete her education.

One class in particular provided Grant a chance for a breakthrough in her path to self-realization. It was what she learned in this class that made her want to uncover the roots of her own family's Tlingit traditions. She became passionate about creating works of art that could represent her own clan, the Raven clan.

"When I came to CSU, I learned about my culture from Peter Jacobs' class,"(CQ)es said Grant. "When I took Dr. Jacobs' (CQ)es class, it just sparked something in me. And I started to figure out who I was. Doing this art is just my way of keeping (my heritage) from dying completely."

Jacobs, a frequent visitor to the Alaskan region from which Grant's heritage is derived, became a mentor to the aspiring artist.

The desire to learn more about the Native American culture linked the two and Grant eventually became a teaching assistant for Jacobs, who is now an adjunct professor for the Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE) and a professor of art.

"There's always a small number (of students) that stand out and make teaching a very rewarding profession to be in. (Grant) is certainly one of those people," Jacobs said. "Getting close to retiring, you look back on what you've accomplished and for me what is most rewarding is looking back at those students."

Visitors to the Duhesa Lounge can see Grant's artwork on display. She has represented her Tlingit culture by contributing to the exhibit a wooden potlatch bowl with a baby raven painted in the center.

A potlatch, as Grant described, is a feast, which dates back through centuries of family history where clans gathered together in celebration and in remembrance of ancestors who died.

"Your heritage makes you the person that you are," Grant said. "It's important for a person to know where they come from because if you don't know where you come from, then how do you know where you're going?"

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Book Review

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Nov 302005
Authors: Danielle Hudson

"Magical Thinking"

By Augusten Burroughs

I have never in my life wanted to hug my parents so badly.

Augusten Burroughs made it abundantly clear in his novel "Magical Thinking" that he never had such a desire; his neurotic parents were people he wanted to leave buried deep in his past. They never understood his desire to be the best actor possible for a Tang commercial, they sent him to live with an insane psychiatrist and they didn't support his choice to attend the Barbizon School of Modeling.

They obviously weren't the right parents for him. When he was younger, Burroughs believed he was meant to be a Vanderbilt, rich and refined, and the terrible Burroughses kidnapped him and took him from the right life. It made me wonder if all of my parents' little quirks could just be overlooked.

In his fourth novel, Burroughs' unique voice and unrivaled history mesmerize the audience with his compilation of essays about the unusual circumstances of his life. Burroughs experienced moments more extraordinary than imaginable, and "Magical Thinking" only offered a sample of what has surely been a peculiar life.

Magical thinking is a phenomenon we have all used to justify our actions; it's the belief we have more control over situations than we really do. Burroughs believes his magical thinking led him to an exceptional boyfriend, the perfect dog and the demise of a terrible boss. It's the more mature version of the old "step on a crack and break your mother's back." Lottery enthusiasts everywhere have experienced magical thinking.

From chapters like "Transfixed by Transsexuals" to "I Dated an Undertaker" to "Ass Burger," Burroughs surpasses expectations, taking the reader to unfamiliar places. He voices the thoughts we all have about that annoying screaming kid or that weird housekeeper who's causing more problems than she's worth. He asks why the Amish have towns named Blue Ball and Intercourse if they're so concerned with "purity." He scrambles to find a solution to the "rat/thing" living in his bathtub, with no idea how to get rid of the beast. Similar situations to things we face every day, but with a little more pathos.

In his previous memoir, "Running with Scissors," Burroughs tells the full story of his childhood, including every sad, scary and funny moment. Now Burroughs has shown himself as the more mature version of the person sent to live with the shrink. He not only relates his anecdotes but also shares his fears, hopes, failures and accomplishments. Burroughs has bared his soul for all, and each humorous situation has a dark counterpart. The dichotomy says so much about Burroughs' life, but also so much about life in general, with every up and down and place in between represented.

Burroughs moved past his addictions, through a career and beyond countless failed relationships. But with sarcasm and dark humor, he shows he has grown, matured and is willing to accept all his peculiarities: "I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions." It makes you wonder who isn't like that.

Danielle Hudson is head copy editor for the Collegian

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Nov 302005
Authors: Dominic Graziano

Known for their energetic live shows, 12 Cents for Marvin have a stage presence few other bands can match.

This weekend, The Starlight will host a CD release party that promises to rock the faces off of anyone there. The $10 ticket price comes with a free copy of the newest 12 Cents release "Change."

The album starts off solid with "Shouting in the Dark," a fast paced ska song with a pop-laced chorus. Next up is a cover of the Kink's classic "Lola." Redone with a reggae beat, this cover puts a new spin on a classic everyone can sing along with.

"Stuck on you" has a country music-inspired chorus and drum beat, but the horns and guitar parts really drive the song all the way through.

After "Stuck on you" comes a couple of reggae influenced tracks. "Tragedy" and "Karma" have the slow beats that 12 Cents has perfected in their nine years together.

The second half of the album has some instrumental tracks that portray the sheer talent of the entire band. "Persian Dub" and "Dub in the Fridge" have inspired horn and guitar solos. The track "James Bond Theme" is another great instrumental that puts a ska twist on the theme song featured in James Bond movies.

"Common Bond" and "One Step Higher" both pick up the pace and leave ska fans wanting more. "Aurora," a song about that wonderful city by Denver International Airport, features a chorus so catchy, even the most introverted of ska friends will be singing along.

If you can't decide if you like ska or reggae more, you are in luck. 12 Cents have done two versions of their song "The Cure."

As a whole, "Change" has 20 eclectic tracks for everyone to enjoy. Whether you like fast-paced ska songs or something with a heavier reggae beat, 12 Cents for Marvin has put together something for you.


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Entertainment calendar

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Nov 302005


Visit with Santa

Noon to 6 p.m.

Old Town Square

"Forever Plaid"

7:30 to 10 p.m.

Nonesuch Theater

216 Pine St.

Late Night at Bas Bleu

10:30 to 10:45 p.m.

Bas Bleu Theatre Company

401 Pine St.

Tre Hardson from the Pharcyde and Heiruspecs

8 p.m.


Aggie Theatre

Jean Pierre

8 p.m.

$4 cover

Avogadro's Number


The Poudre River Irregulars

4 to 7 p.m.

Admission $7 or $5 for Jazz Society Members


Jalan Crossland

8 p.m.

$10 cover

Avogadro's Number

Big Oil

with The Lindsay O'Brien Band and Third Wheel

Free show

8 p.m.

Aggie Theatre

Avery House Victorian Christmas House

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit with Santa

Noon to 6 p.m.

Old Town Square

Girls' Night Out

4 to 8 p.m.

Old Town Square

Carousel Dinner Theatre Presents "I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change"

6 to 10 p.m.

Carousel Dinner Theatre, 3509 S. Mason St.


6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Opera Galleria to Fort Collins Museum

Bas Bleu Theatre presents: "Shadowlands"

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St.

"Forever Plaid"

7:30 to 10 p.m.

Nonesuch Theater

216 Pine St.

Sister Christmas Catechism

7:30 – 10 p.m.

Lincoln Center

"The Shadow Box," a play

8 to 10 p.m.

The Studio Theatre, UCA

Tre Hardson from the Pharcyde and Heiruspecs

8 p.m.


Aggie Theatre

12 Cents for Marvin

CD Release Party with The Rightaways

All Ages



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Bowl tickets offered at reduced price

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Nov 302005
Authors: Nick Piburn

Once again CSU has found a way to get students the cheapest tickets possible to see the Ram football team play. According to a media release, for a limited time only CSU students can purchase tickets to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl for $10. Regular tickets are normally $28 but are being offered at $18.

The CSU Athletic Department has teamed up with ASCSU to make this possible.

"One of the most exciting elements of the bowl experience is student support," said Athletic Director Mark Driscoll in the media release. "This offers CSU students the chance to attend the game and purchase a ticket at a reduced rate."

The Rams will take on Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. PST. CSU will be sending the entire marching band, totaling more than 200 members, as well as the dance team and members of the spirit squad to San Diego for the game.

The band, along with the dance team and spirit squad, will be performing at Sea World and aboard the USS Midway for the bowl luncheon that both teams will be attending.

For more information on tickets and bowl activities go to csurams.com and click on the Poinsettia Bowl link or call 1-800-491-RAMS.

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Rams win thriller at Moby

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Nov 302005
Authors: Stacey Zynen

With a crowd of over 2,000 cheering fans, the CSU Rams improved their season record to 4-1 by beating the CU Buffaloes with a score of 86-83. The Rams have lost the last three games against the Buffs and came into this game determined to end the streak there.

"I barely coached that game; it was owned and run by the players. They ran the show tonight," said head coach Jen Warden.

The Rams took an early lead but lost it before the end of the first half. Forward Lindsay Thomas came in from halftime and scored a field goal early to tie the game up in the first minute. The Rams took the lead after a three point shot from senior Vanessa Espinoza and kept it until the end of the game.

Espinoza was one point shy of her career high with 23 points, including three shots from the three point line and 6-for-7 shooting from the free throw line.

"This game was huge. We were sick of getting beat by CU and tonight we said 'no more'," Espinoza said.

Senior forward Melissa Dennett and sophomore guard Sara Hunter both contributed 17 points to the final score. Hunter shot perfect from the free throw line, and added three shots from beyond the arc early in the game.

"I could feel that we were ready for this game, we knew it before we even started playing," Dennett said.

Both teams played aggressive, man-to-man defense the entire game and had over 20 fouls called on each. Nine of CSU's final 13 points came from the stripe.

The Buffs were lead by guard Whitney Law who scored 22 points and Jackie McFarland who added 19 points. They had four players score double digits, but couldn't out muscle the Rams in end.

Marilyn Moulton and Lindsay Thomas added 10 points each for the Rams. Moulton also grabbed six rebounds, tying Dennett for the game-high.

"I came out tonight and played my dream," Moulton said, "I've never felt so great after a game."






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Sports Calendar

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Nov 302005


Hockey vs. Utah Valley State College, EPIC Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns, Phoenix, Ariz., 7 p.m. ALTITUDE(TV)

Colorado Eagles vs. Memphis RiverKings, Budweiser Events Center, 7:05 p.m.


Men's Basketball vs. IUPUI, Moby Arena, 7 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat, Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. ALTITUDE(TV)

Swimming/ Diving vs. San Diego State, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1 p.m.

Hockey vs. Wyoming, EPIC Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Eagles vs. Memphis RiverKings, Budweiser Events Center, 7:05 pl.m.


Women's Basketball vs. Portland, Moby Arena, 2 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City, Mo., 2:15 p.m. CBS(TV)

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In response to Tyler Wittman’s column

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Nov 302005

Tyler Wittman's recent editorial "Concerning Homosexuality" is a great example of a religious individual's blending of reason or logic with their mystical beliefs to produce loads of meaningless bovine feces.

Those, like Tyler, who accept mystical invention, as he declares, "I believe the Bible is the truth," automatically concede to irrationality that truth is not something you believe in – it is something you perceive with your senses through reason and logic.

Conceding to irrationality allows one to say whatever they please and justify it with their interpretation of a spiritual story. There are those who would say, "My logic tells me the Bible is the truth." Logic is not another way of saying "I thought about it," but rather logic is the art of non-contradictory identification, it's the basis for all of science and our understanding of the world around us.

Those who attempt to blend reason or logic with a mystical invention or faith, will never succeed as their approach is based on non-thinking and ignoring contradictions- what they call believing.

Tyler adheres to science when it comes to understanding homosexuality, yet throws it out the window when it comes to perceiving the truth. The misuse of science, to push someone's religious or political convictions, to control the way people live their lives or force a standard of morality that has no basis in reason is despicable.

Ryan Hurtado

Continuing Education


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