Entertainment Calendar

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Today

Edward Ranney Lecture

4:30 p.m.

F 101 Visual Arts Building

Morsoul

9 p.m.

Conor O'Neil's

Tomorrow

Jason Downing Acoustic Showcase

Avogadro's Number

8 p.m. doors

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Today is national signing day

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Jan 312006
 
Authors: Mike Donovan

Head coach Sonny Lubick will announce CSU's recruiting class today for the 2006 season.

At 7 a.m. high school seniors can sign with the college football program they decide to attend. Lubick is expected to announce 23 players from across the country that will make up the new class.

The top three-rated prospects for the 2006 class are safety Michael Johnson, center Brian Lepak and outside linebacker Rick Brewer.

Johnson is a three-sport athlete from Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. and is expected to help fill the vacancy of departed seniors Travis Garcia and Miles Kochevar.

ESPN.com ranks Lepak as the sixth highest-rated center in the country. The big man has played all five positions on the offensive line and is an honor student at Claremore High School in Oklahoma.

Brewer, who originally committed to CU, is the highest rated in-state prospect recruited by the Rams. Brewer attended Mullen High School in Denver and is the teammate of fellow recruit, safety Josh Dorsey.

Two quarterbacks are included in this year's recruiting class. Arvada West's Sean McDougal, brother of former Ram's Kevin and Matt McDougal, and Nick Neuenfeldt will provide new dimensions to the offense in upcoming seasons. Both players follow the Bradlee Van Pelt school of thought – scramble first, throw second.

"Neuenfeldt is the Van Pelt type," said Joel Cantalamessa, director of Ramnation.com. "He's really athletic, they're just going to try to get him on the field," said Cantalamessa, alluding to the fact the Rams may try to use Neuenfeldt at the tight end position as well.

Tailback John Mosure, who attends Columbus High School in Miami, Fla., will compete for a position in the backfield. Despite a 5'10'' frame, Mosure weighs in at 200 pounds and is a physical, downhill runner.

Following the success of sophomore Kory Sperry at the H-back position over the past two seasons, the Rams added two new recruits who could play a similar position. Grant Detwiler from Tulsa, Okla., and Cory Macon from Anchorage, Alaska will fight for time on the field.

The only wide receiver recruit this year is Brett Willis, a kick returner/receiver from California who is a persistent receiver with qualities similar to former Bronco Ed McCaffery.

The Rams' main focus this offseason was to beef up their offensive line, evident by the addition of four new linemen: Lepak, Mark Starr, Marvin Arnold and Ryan Griffith.

"Sonny really looked at his roster for a weak spot and found one at the offensive line," Cantalamessa said. "But he went out and filled the holes in the lineup."

Out of all the defensive positions in this year's class, linebackers have the most incoming quality. Along with Brewer, the team is adding pass rushing specialists Mike Maracle and Zac Pauga, safety turned linebacker Nick Eaton and run stopper Patrick Massey.

Linebacker Anthony Jones from Tampa, Fla., will also join the Ram defense.

"Jones was a last-second recruit by the Rams," Cantalamessa said. "In all, the video I've seen on this guy though, he looks like a monster."

The defensive backfield adds three recruits, including the top recruit in this year's class in Johnson. In addition to Johnson, Brewer and cornerback DeAngelo Wilkinson are also joining the Rams.

"There are definitely intriguing guys in this year's class," Cantalamessa said.

Lubick will announce the official list at a news conference today at 3 p.m. in the McGraw Center auditorium.

Mike Donovan can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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Happy 10-year Anniversary X Games

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Jan 312006
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

It was almost meant to be. Generation X smothered the Winter X Games X (10). And if you weren't there, I ask: Why?

For 10 years the Winter Games have wowed audiences time and again. This year was no exception.

It was my second trip to Aspen to watch some of the most talented, daring and impressive athletes in the world. I use the word impressive because no dunk, touchdown catch or home run has impressed me as much as a Switch-1440 (four full rotations) on skis.

Getting tackled by a 300-pound lineman seems insignificant compared to a 60-foot kicker jump.

These athletes are nuts. They defy gravity, show little, if any, regard for their bodies and do it in freezing conditions.

Take the legendary Shaun White. I'm not sure there's anything he can't do. He executed three 1080s in his last run on the Superpipe on Monday night, and that wasn't even his most impressive feat of the weekend. On Saturday afternoon he completed the second four-peat in X Games history, winning the Snowboarding Slopestyle with a breathtaking run featuring two cab-1080s. At 19 years old, he has already tied Shaun Palmer for most Winter X Games medals with six.

But it's not just about the athletes; it's about the X Games' culture as well. Each year they draw thousands of people from all over the world, many of which are college students. People actually travel to freeze their butts off for five straight days of action. If you've ever been, you know why.

To start, the Games are free. Public transportation and all the events don't cost a thing. Second, they give you things just for going. Between all the raffles and giveaways, kids couldn't see where they were going because their loot was piled so high. My list could go on and on.

Even better, the party doesn't stop after the lights go out on Buttermilk Mountain. The free buses transport hundreds of people into town. Between all the restaurants, bars and concerts, there's more than enough going on.

One of the highlights for me was the free concerts as well as the chance to hang out in Aspen. Damian Marley was the featured show Saturday night, but his opening band, Flipsyde, rocked the downtown area. Everyone seemed to have a blast. From age 6 to 60, the Games didn't disappoint.

And if you haven't been able to make that 4-hour drive to Aspen yet, don't worry. The Winter X Games will be there through 2010.

Scott Bondy is the Collegian's associate managing editor for sports and special sections. He can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Who’s gonna win this year’s big game?

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Jan 312006
 
Authors: Trevor Edy

Steelers: 23

Seahawks 17

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to run their extra-large running back (Jerome Bettis) right into his hometown, Detroit, Mich., and win Super Bowl XL. However, Bettis will not be able to do it on his own. Combined with the speedy back Willie Parker, two-year "veteran" Ben Rothlisberger (5-1 playoff record) and the Steelers' suffocating run- defense, the Steelers are unstoppable. The defense boasts the names of James Farrior and Ram alumni Clark Haggans and Joey Porter; one of the best linebacker crews in the nation.

The defense ended the season at No. 3 in rush defense and held our Denver Broncos to a disappointing 97 yards rushing in the AFC championship game just two weeks ago. The question is, will the 2005 MVP be able to withstand the hits of Bill Cowher's defense? The answer is no. After suffering from a mild concussion in the divisional championship game versus the Washington Redskins three weeks ago, Shaun Alexander will be reminded what smash mouth football is about.

The Steel City warriors are 4.5-point favorites on the spread and they will most likely cover it. But hey, look at the bright side: at least Broncos fans can say we lost to the champs. Super Bowl XLI: Denver Broncos (with or without T.O.)!

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Who’s gonna win this year’s big game?

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Jan 312006
 
Authors: Stacey Zynen

Steelers: 35

Seahawks: 24

After finally accepting the fact that the Broncos didn't take the victory in the AFC championship game, I have come to realize that this is the year that Ben Roethlisberger will lead his team to victory. With all the right ingredients, the Steelers are brewing the recipe for a win. Big Ben knows what it will take to win the Super bowl after his undefeated season last year ended in the playoffs.

Nobody deserves a Super Bowl ring as much as head coach Bill Cowher, who has been coaching the Steelers since I can remember. Not to mention Jerome Bettis, who has been a solid player in Pittsburgh for the last 10 years and never had the chance to play in a Super Bowl (and what better time and place than in his hometown of Detroit). But we can't forget Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who might be one of the most underrated players in the NFL, and will make Super Bowl XL both a good game and a close call. In the end though, sorry Mike Holmgren, this just isn't your year.

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Who’s gonna win this year’s big game?

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Jan 312006
 
Authors: Brett Okamoto

Steelers: 24

Seahawks: 27

Two years ago an NFC playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks stood at a tie at the end of regulation. The captains of each team met in the middle of the field for the coin toss to decide who would get the ball first in overtime. After winning the toss, Seahawk quarterback Matt Hasselbeck boldly said, "We want the ball and we're gonna score." Four minutes later, Hasselbeck threw an interception that was returned for the game-winning touchdown. He's been my favorite player in the NFL ever since.

To be successful in the NFL you have to be cocky. Hasselbeck isn't a jerk; he was riding on adrenaline that game and expressed pure confidence in his team – exactly what great leaders do. Now two years later, Hasselbeck is Super Bowl MVP material and much more mature then he was that day at Lambeau. Not to mention he has a great D, an experienced coach and a running back worth more than 1,800 yards this season.

The Steelers are the hottest team in the NFL, but all good things must come to an end. Go Seahawks!

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Rams hit the road

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Jan 312006
 
Authors: Paul Baker

After a difficult week of basketball for the Rams, in which they lost two straight home games, they now must journey back onto the road where they've dropped 19 straight conference games.

CSU will travel down I-25 tonight to take on the Air Force Academy, who has the conference's top overall record at 17-3.

The Falcons (5-2 MWC) have been impressive at home, posting an 11-0 record this season. Air Force is led in scoring by their senior guard Antoine Hood, who is averaging 14.5 points to go with 3.5 rebounds a game. Junior forward Jacob Burtschi backs up Hood, averaging 12.6 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds per game.

"Their offense is a little different from what we see most of the year. They run a lot of back door cuts which we will have to watch out for," senior Micheal Morris said. "We need to keep our pressure high and key on their 3-point shooters."

The Falcons are third in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, converting on 42 percent of their attempts. They also lead the nation in scoring defense, giving up only 53.0 points per game.

The Rams (12-8, 1-6 MWC) will be looking to get their first win against the Falcons since the MWC Tournament in 2004, and their first win in Clune Arena since the 2001-02 season.

CSU's sophomore standout Jason Smith continues to lead the team in scoring and rebounding, with 17.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, respectively.

"We need to take advantage of our size inside against them," head coach Dale Layer said. "They're a physical team that creates a lot of turnovers. We'll have to be sure with the ball."

The Rams must fix the problems they have on the defensive side of the ball to have any chance at a win against the Falcons. On the season, CSU is averaging 76.2 points per game and giving up 71.3. But in the last seven games, the Rams have given up 79.3 points per game. They have won only one game during that stretch.

"At the beginning of the year we had a little more confidence than we do now, our press was a little more sharp." said sophomore center Stuart Creason. "We've gotten away from taking care of the ball."

The Rams will need to be on their game tonight as they try to snap the conference road losing streak. Tip-off for the game is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard on the radio by tuning into 600 AM KCOL.

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Sports Calendar

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Today

Men's Basketball vs. Air Force, Colorado Springs, 7 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City, 7 p.m. (Altitude TV)

Colorado Eagles vs. Tulsa Oilers, Budweiser Events Center, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday

Women's Basketball vs. Air Force, Moby Arena, 7 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville , Nashville, Tenn., 6 p.m. (Altitude TV)

Friday

Indoor Track & Field Air Force Invitational, Colorado Springs, All day

Swimming & Diving Air Force Invitational, Colorado Springs, All day

Men's Hockey vs. Denver University, EPIC Ice Center, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Eagles vs. Amarillo Gorillas, Budweiser Events Center, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday

Men's Basketball vs. San Diego State, Moby Arena, 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. San Diego State, San Diego, Calif., 3 p.m.

Women's Tennis vs. Iowa, Lincoln, Neb., 5 p.m.

Track & Field Air Force Invitational, Colorado Springs, All day

Swimming & Diving Air Force Invitational, Colorado Springs, All day

Women's Water Polo vs. Michigan, Moby Pool, TBA

Men's Hockey vs. Denver University, Denver, 7:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Lamar CC, Lamar, 1 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trailblazers, Pepsi Center, 8:30 p.m. (Altitude TV)

Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Redwings, Pepsi Center, noon (NBC TV)

Colorado Eagles vs. Lubbock Cotton Kings, Budweiser Events Center, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday

Women's Tennis vs. Minnesota, Lincoln, Neb., noon

Baseball vs. Lamar CC, Lamar, 11 a.m.

Men's Rugby vs. Denver University, Denver, 1 p.m.

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Dear Megan Schulz,

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Jan 312006
 
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Thank you for being honest about your selfish and fastidious motivations for attacking smokers. Might I suggest compassion may be a better means of getting what you want? It might provide you some release from the anxieties you expressed, after all – who ever added a day to their life by worrying?

Are you truly concerned for smokers' financial well-being? Will you let me let a secret slip?

I'd like to let smokers know about a great alternative to complete enslavement to the corporate powers that want us to be as cool as the fantastic Joe Camel or the dearly departed Marlboro Man. I suggest you roll your own cigarettes for as little as $12 a month. The effort it took to delay my gratification enabled me to make that final step – handing over the problem of all illegal and deadly drugs to God in the name of His Son, Jesus. (No, I'm not a 12-stepper. That's a culture that leads directly to recidivism.)

Finally, Megan, I would like to thank you for your honesty! You could have played the guilt card with the fallacious second-hand smoke argument, but instead you were honest in portraying the issue as it applies to you. I'd encourage you, if this issue is really important to you, to make a friend with a smoker and through non-judgment, save their life. You know, touch that leper to heal him, that kind of thing. It all depends on one decision. Are your priorities shaped by life and death issues? Or is the big question 'cash or charge'? The choice is up to you.

 

Adam Hirschhorn

CSU alumnus

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Dear Students,

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Do you know your rights as a renter? Do you feel your voice is not being heard? Do you feel there could be more done to help the community and the environment?

Informational meetings will be held Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in Lory Student Center room 222, and Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in LSC room 213. Students interested in helping start a CSU chapter of CoPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group), a consumer advocate/public interest-based group and a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, should attend.

Come and find out how you can voice your opinion at the university level and in our government.

Kent Bryans

sophomore

political science major

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