Rams look to tame Cougars

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Trevor Edy

Two of hottest teams in the Mountain West Conference will be in action on Wednesday night when CSU travels to Provo, Utah to take on BYU.

The Cougars, winners of their last eight of nine games, are coming off an 81-72 win against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday. It was their fourth straight win to move to 18-7, 10-4 in conference play.

'They are playing with a lot of confidence right now," head coach Dale Layer said Monday.

BYU is currently third place in the conference behind Air Force (11-4 in the MWC) and San Diego State (12-3 in the MWC). This game may shake up the league standing before the conference tournament next week. The Rams currently sit in the eighth spot (15-12, 4-10 MWC), but they are only one game back of seventh place Wyoming.

"Colorado State's personnel is a little different than when we played them last. (Freddy) Robinson is really helping them. He has stepped up the last four of five games," said Cougar's head coach Dave Rose in BYU press release. "They have gotten a lot better in the half court defensively. Their size can cause us problems."

The Rams have won three of their last four games, including two consecutive road games. They are coming off an emotional win in Laramie Saturday and look to carry momentum into Wednesday night's match-up in the Marriot Center, where the Cougars have yet to lose a conference game.

In the last meeting, BYU snuck out of Fort Collins with an 86-84 victory over the Rams in late January, despite CSU shooting 58 percent from the field to BYU's 50 percent.

Jimmy Balderson scored a career-high 24 points against the Rams, but it was the long-range shooting of Brock Reichner that won the game for BYU. Reichner scored 23 points, making four of six attempts from 3-point land and adding to the Cougars impressive 57 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

"They out three'd us last time, they are certainly capable of doing that," said Layer. "You have to give them credit for coming in here and getting a win."

The match-up that everyone will be watching will be 6'11" Trent Plaisted against 7-foot sophomore Jason Smith. Plaisted, a redshirt freshman, is coming off a career night in which he pulled down 18 boards to go along with a team-high 17 points.

"He's a very respectable player, he works really hard and is definitely a candidate for freshman of the year," said last year's MWC freshman of the year, Smith.

Smith, who sat for most of Saturday's game due to foul trouble, leads the Rams in scoring by putting up 16.7 points a night and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds a game. Plaisted also leads the Cougars in scoring (13 points per game) and rebounds (6.8 per game).

"I have to play like I normally do, I can't be worrying about getting into foul trouble," Smith said.

Tonight's match-up should be a high scoring affair, pitting the top two scoring offensives in the conference against one another; As well as two of the worst scoring defenses, BYU ranking eighth (71.6 per game) and CSU ranking ninth (72.4 per game) in the MWC.

CSU junior forward Michael Harrison will certainly add to the point total in tonight's game, Harrison is coming off a career-high 28 points against Wyoming and leads the league in shooting percent, converting on 64.3 percent of his attempts from the field.

"The game plan is for (Jason) and I to play aggressive and try and get people in foul trouble," said Harrison who was MWC player of the week. "We are playing our best basketball, so we have a lot more confidence each day."

Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. MST and can be heard 600AM KCOL.

"We are going to have to go out there and have a perfect game and play our hearts out," said Smith.

Team Overall MWC

SDSU 19-8 12-3

Air Force 23-5 11-4

BYU 18-7 10-4

UNLV 15-11 9-5

New Mexico 16-11 7-7

Utah 12-13 5-9

Wyoming 12-15 5-9

Colorado State 15-12 4-10

TCU 5-23 1-13

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Sports Calendar

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Feb 282006
 
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Today

Men's Basketball vs. BYU, Provo, Utah, 7 p.m.

Women's Water Polo vs. Michigan, EPIC Ice Center, 6 p.m.

Colorado Eagles vs. Wichita Thunder, Wichita, Kan., 6:05 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons, Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. (Altitude TV)

Thursday

Colorado Avalanche vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. (Altitude TV) Women's Basketball vs. BYU, Moby Arena, 7 p.m.

Friday

Indoor Track & Field Air Force Last Chance Qualifier, Colorado Springs, All Day

Colorado Eagles vs. Lubbock Cotton Kings, Lubbock, Texas, 6:05 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets, Houston, Texas, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday

Men's Basketball vs. Air Force, Moby Arena, 1 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Air Force, Colorado Springs, 1 p.m.

Softball CSU Spring Tournament, Ram Field, noon

Women's Tennis vs. North Texas, Fort Collins, 11 a.m.

Women's Water Polo vs. La Verne, EPIC Ice Center, 1 p.m.

Colorado Eagles vs. Odessa Jackalopes, Odessa, Texas, 6:05 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center, Texas, 6 p.m. (Altitude TV)

Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic, Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. (Altitude TV)

Baseball vs. UNC, Greeley, noon

Men's Rugby UNC Tournament, Greeley, 9 a.m.

Men's Lacrosse vs. Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 3 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs. CU Tournament, Boulder, 10 a.m.

Sunday

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center, Minn., 5 p.m. (Altitude TV)

Baseball vs. UNC, Greeley, noon

Men's Rugby UNC Tournament, Greeley, 9 a.m.

Women's Rugby vs. UNC, Fort Collins, 10 a.m.

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Nice to meet you

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Feb 282006
 
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Mr. Avila, meet your very first cat-dog: me. I am a Christian. I have also been hateful, slanderous and arrogant. I am a cat-dog. Let's have a discussion.

I chose these sins from twelve that applied to me in Galations 5:19-21 and 2 Corinthians 12:20. I'm trying to remove this plank in my eye. Would you like yours removed too before we move on to Mr. Steele?

Have you ever been an idolater? Slandered anyone? Stolen anything? If not, you would bleed ink. These sins are from Corinthians 6:9-11. "Homosexual offenders" is also listed there. By definition this includes Mr. Steele (See Romans 1:26-27). Where does that leave the three of us? As part of "the wicked [who] will not inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 6:9)

Now look at verse 11, "And that is what some of you were (emphasis mine). But you were washed…in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ."

As long as you, Mr. Steele, and I have asked Jesus to cleanse our sins and lead our lives, we're his!

If God brought individuals away from homosexuality during the early church, don't you think He's doing it now? What do you think would draw homosexuals to the church? Love? I think not. The church sets speed records driving homosexuals away, while the homosexual community embraces them – no questions asked. I ask you: Where will they go to find their identities?

Please ponder John 8:7 and John 13:31. If you were approaching Mr. Steele with love, I didn't feel it. I seriously doubt Mr. Steele did either. Part of my plank is out. How about you?

Mr. Steele, I'm encouraged by your continued faith. Keep seeking God. He loves you more than life, which you know. I love you, too. I hope you can love me back.

Lee Ann Rutherford

graduate student

civil engineering

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THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE?

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Tim Waddingham

As I was perusing around the Internet the other day, I came across an irresistible story with a hilarious caption: "Lisa Lynette Clark pleaded not guilty to sex charges involving her 15-year-old husband." Fifteen-year-old husband? Initially I thought this was an article from "The Onion," but it was actually from cnn.com. As pathetic as it is, this actually happened.

Apparently a 37-year-old woman married her 15-year-old son's friend. This means that by the time the youngster can drink, his wife will be approaching menopause.

There were many things running through my mind as I read this story, but the one thing that resonated most is the hypocrisy in the argument people make about preserving the "sanctity of marriage."

People who oppose gay marriage (anti-homosexites, as I like to call them) do so because they believe marriage should be a sacred union between a man and a woman. However, what do they say about a union between a boy and a woman? Even more, is there anything sacred about a 15-year-old marrying a 37-year-old?

If you enforce so strongly that marriages must be between a male and a female, then shouldn't you enforce that marriages must be truly sacred unions with the same rigor? With rising divorce rates (they have more than doubled since 1960) and adolescents marrying their friend's mom, it's obvious that nobody cares about any sacred union or any "sanctity of marriage." Instead, people just want a union between a male and a female – even if it's a tumultuous and unhappy union. Clearly, many "anti-homosexites" enjoy enforcing the male-female component while overlooking if their unions are even the least bit sacred.

Take, for example, marriages like O.J. and Nicole, Tina Turner and Bobby Brown and Kobe and his wife. Obviously these marriages were not the most "sacred" of unions, but people are less concerned with these than marriages between people like Elton John and Richard Simmons. Does this make any logical sense? Never mind the abuse, murder and unfaithfulness involved in the male-female marriages listed above, the important thing is that we do not let gay people wed! Give me a break.

Even if you oppose homosexuality personally, religiously, morally or for any other reason, why should you be allowed to impose your personal beliefs on someone else's personal beliefs? After all, they are personal beliefs, aren't they? What makes you so much better than gay people that you can tell them who they can and cannot marry? I realize the bible is opposed to gay marriage, but again, if you believe this, then don't marry a gay person, and you've done your duty.

It is not your business who anyone else marries, no matter what you say – so get off your high pedestal and mind your own business. And saying gay people cannot marry because the bible says so is imposing your religious beliefs on someone else – something nobody should do.

Whether or not gay people are allowed to wed will have absolutely no impact on your life, so I suggest you let it go. There are many problems in this world (a world where gay marriages are illegal, mind you), and none of them have to do with gay people or their desire to marry each other. And if one day gay people are allowed to marry, life will go on, and America will not weaken or crumble as a result of gay marriages.

If you are still an "anti-homosexite," and you are completely convinced that we need to preserve the "sanctity of marriage," then I suggest you make an uproar about 15-year-olds marrying 37-year-olds, domestic abuse in marriages, people being unfaithful in their "sacred unions," and the rising divorce rates, because there is much more to be said about the union itself rather than the kind of people who want to form a union.

Tim Waddingham is a senior, double-majoring in Political Science and Speech Communication. His column runs every Wednesday in the Collegian.

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Ram Talk

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Feb 282006
 
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To the guy who always comes in late to my microeconomics class: When you come in late, don't waddle up to the front of the class causing a disturbance. Also, please stop eating apples as loud as you can. If you need to eat, eat quiet food, like bananas.

Question: Why do so many girls wear high heels and sometimes mini-skirts to class? You're not at the bars!! You're at school!! Wear your pj's! Be bold!

To the man with the nice guy experiment: I hear you. I'm tired of always getting stuck in friend mode because of trying to be nice all the time. Is there ever going to be a time where nice guys don't finish last?

To the people who push their way through the door at the top of the stairs in Clark to get in the second level corridor, you're a mere minute's walk from your classroom, where as those of us trying to exit are probably as far from our next class as is physically possible while still technically being on CSU property, so wait your turn!

To all the guys out there: Why does it seem that girls always have to make the first move. If some girl is looking at you and looks interested smile or come over and talk to her…do something. What have you got to lose?

T-H-E-I-F?? Don't people at the Collegian know the rule, "I before E except after C?"

To Suite on Wednesday nights: It's true. I conducted a similar experiment myself (being a nice guy) and concluded time and time again that girls really only do like jerks. Girls want what they can't have and if you give them what they seem to want, you'll hear the phrase "Let's just be friends" over and over like I have. Girls are crazy.

How many CU freshmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, that's a senior course!

Do you know what the perfect crime would be? Stabbing someone with an icicle on a warm day.

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Our View

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

They chanted protest slogans, burned flags and bombed embassies, and now other Muslims want to explain why.

The Muslim Student Association is sponsoring a lecture meant to help people understand the controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that a Danish newspaper originally published.

Islam is the second largest religion in the world, but maybe the most misunderstood. Many Americans probably can't fathom bombing an embassy in response to a cartoon.

The fact is, it's easy to dismiss the protestors as fanatical fundamentalists who just don't understand Western hegemonic ideals of free speech.

It's more difficult to admit that maybe we are the ones who don't understand.

The truth is, in our fairly homogenous state and usually ethnocentric country, minorities are ignorantly overlooked or stereotyped.

Education is the only antidote for ignorance, and Americans as a whole could use a healthy dose.

Go to the lecture. It will take a bit of your time, but it could give you a world of understanding. Why not take the chance to learn about something that is so important to so many people in our global community?

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Are you a ryanchapmanophobe?

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Feb 282006
 
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In the last few weeks the argument over gay marriage that has inundated our campus and this very newspaper has boiled over.

I have, up until now, avoided the discussion, but one aspect of this whole debate has really begun to eat at me. It appears that all those who oppose gay marriage rights fall under the umbrella term "homophobe" and have an illogical fear of homosexuals. If you ask a supporter of gay marriage rights that is.

The most common target of the "homophobe" label is the Christian speaking out against gay marriage. The arguments of these Christians have been, for the most part, ignored and written off as "fundamentalist preaching." So, please allow me to briefly clarify what they have been trying to say.

The majority of people in this country oppose allowing homosexual couples to marry and they do so for a myriad of reasons (both Judaism and Islam have beliefs on this topic nearly identical to Christianity). At this point, however, I can only speak for myself and my fellow Christians. As a Christian, my opposition to gay marriage comes from my understanding of God's opinion on the topic, as clearly laid out in the bible. I am NOT afraid of gay people. I do NOT hate gay people. I even happen to have friends who are gay. Yet somehow I still fall under the category of "homophobic" according to the people who disagree with me.

Now, why is it that if I disagree with the lefties then I am a "hateful, homophobic, bigot" but if they disagree with me they are just being "open-minded?" It sounds like a pretty smelly case of hypocrisy to me. As a matter of fact, if you follow this backward logic, that if you disagree with the way a person lives or acts then you hate them and have a phobia of them, then I would have to say that there is an epidemic of ryanchapmanophobia going around at CSU.

If you disagree with anything I have ever said or done then you are a ryanchapmanophobe and a bigot and I have a question for you. Why do you garner such hatred and ignorance toward me? In my time at the Collegian my various editors have received countless letters calling for my dismissal simply because of the opinions I hold. Why are you ryanchapmanophobes trying to deny my right to free speech and happiness? Why are you all so afraid of me?

See, when you look at this skewed liberal thinking from another angle it just doesn't seem as selfless and virtuous, in fact it sounds kind of dumb. Those throwing words like "bigot" around carelessly are so ignorant of what their opposition (namely Christians) truly believe/practice that they have become exactly what they claim to hate: intolerant.

I once heard a saying that if you are too open-minded your brain will fall out. So to all of you who fall under this description, I will make you a deal: You stop calling me a "homophobe" and I will stop calling you idiots.

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Women’s History Month

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Drew Haugen

It's March and time for Women's History Month.

Originating from an event known as International Women's Day held March 8, 1911, Women's History Month is an annual declared month that recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women to history and the effects of those contributions on posterity.

Beginning with International Women's Day in 1911, the day soon grew when Congress passed a resolution making the holiday a national holiday week in reaction to increasing popularity in 1981. And in 1987 the National Women's History Project successfully petitioned Congress to increase the scope of the holiday to the entire month of March, thus creating the Women's History Month of the United States.

Look forward to upcoming bulletins from the Office of Women's Programs and Studies for Women's History Month events and profiles of great women in history.

Drew Haugen can be reached at regional@collegian.com.

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Pot Measure Moves Forward

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Vimal Patel regionalcollegian.com

A proposed statewide measure that would legalize small amounts of pot for adults is one step away from being put before voters, and on Thursday, the group behind the push will be at CSU to train signature collectors.

Mason Tvert, executive director of the pro-pot legalization SAFER, said he and his group will be in the Lory Student Center's Virginia Dale room at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"You're going to be seeing signature collection on campus all year," he said.

Before the Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative is placed on November's ballot, SAFER must collect nearly 68,000 signatures, a figure calculated by taking five percent of all votes cast in the last race for secretary of state.

Tvert is set to kick off the signature-collection process at a noon press conference today in front of the Capitol building, and later tonight is set to be at the CU-Boulder campus.

It's not surprising that two of SAFER's first stops in the signature-gathering phase of the proposed ballot measure are at Colorado universities.

Tvert said his group, which gained international attention after the passage of I-100 in Denver, started on the state's university campuses because they are at the heart of the nation's alcohol problem.

The group's main argument is that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol, and therefore it's illogical and fundamentally unfair to keep the plant illegal while allowing the drink.

"We just don't think people should be punished for making a safer choice," he said. "If an adult prefers to smoke marijuana rather than drink alcohol, we shouldn't prevent them from doing so."

Beverly Kinard, president of the Christian Drug Education Center, strongly disagrees with Tvert's claim that marijuana is more benign than alcohol.

"The harm that can come to our young people (if marijuana is legalized) is absolutely amazing," she said. "It would be one of the most devastating things that can happened to our children."

She added that marijuana leads to the use of harder drugs.

"As they go down the hill of depression, they find other drugs that make them feel better because marijuana has depressed them," Kinard said.

Tvert has said there's a correlation between marijuana use and harder drugs – the same way there's a correlation between eating fries and cheeseburgers – but that there's no causation.

Even if voters approve a statewide pot legalization measure, the drug will still remain illegal under federal statutes. But it's extremely rare for the federal government to intervene in minor pot-possession cases.

Tvert is also scheduled to be at Cheba Hut in Boulder at 4:20 p.m. today.

Vimal Patel can be reached at regional@collegian.com.

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Researchers unravel the mysteries behind taste

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Lee Newville

Choosing what to eat for lunch hardly seems like an exploration in chemical compounds. But when window shopping for meals, it's easy to forget the role the brain plays in sending the cravings to our tongue that define our appetite and waist size.

The conundrum of what to eat is an almost universal plague for humans, especially as Americans and the rest of the Western world battle nature's time-honored defense against malnourishment – the pure enjoyment of food.

The question of why we crave snacks that harden our hearts and keep our blood sugar elevated relates to the scientific investigation of what researchers call taste transduction, or the transportation of taste stimuli to the brain. CSU has labs that study this phenomenon.

Biomedical Sciences professor Sue Kinnamon studies taste transduction by indulging lab mice in a delectable array of tasty – and sometimes not so tasty – flavored waters in the hope that these critters will reveal the inner workings of how chemical reactions in our tongues and the transportation of these productions to the brain create the sensations of taste.

The unraveling of a mystery and the ensuing controversy

The connotations associated with sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes have long been familiar to researchers and munchers alike. However, in 1908, Tokyo Imperial University researcher Kikunae Ikeda discovered what he called the fifth taste, dubbed umami (pronounced oo-mom'-ee).

This taste is said to encompass the meaty, savory and broth-like tastes associated with foods like cheese and bacon. Ikeda attributed the enigmatic flavor to glutamic acid crystals (an amino acid), from which he created a food seasoning that wasn't too sour, soluble in water, non-solidifying and unable to absorb humidity.

This seasoning, now commonly known as monosodium glutamate (MSG), was created in 1909 and arrived in the United States in 1917. In the West, the role of this mysterious taste is still controversial.

Some people report intolerance to MSG when used as an additive in foods. Others refute the existence of MSG at all. The most respected scientific debate still looming is the question of whether umami is an actual fifth taste or simply a taste enhancer. Whatever the results, the phenomenon of the movement of taste stimuli for umami chemicals to the brain is not well known.

The same problem is apparent for bitter and sweet taste cells, which lack known taste receptor proteins and are therefore difficult to study. Kinnamon's lab works on this type of research.

How she does it

Kinnamon has been at CSU for 20 years after finishing her doctorate at Kansas State University and post-doctorate research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She became interested in taste cells early on in her career and dedicated so much work to the topic that she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association for Chemoreception Sciences in 2001.

Her lab experimented with different animals before choosing mice for modeling taste transduction. Originally, she and her colleagues worked with mudpuppies, which are useful because their cells are much larger compared to other animals and are easy to observe.

"The reason we have gone to mice is they are more similar to humans in terms of their taste preferences. The mudpuppies ran out of usefulness when we discovered they only taste bitter and sour," Kinnamon said. "Because they don't have a sweet tooth we couldn't do much more with them."

Kinnamon performs various chemical and behavioral studies to unravel how tastes are transduced from the tongue to the brain. Like many of her colleagues who use animals as models for human systems, Kinnamon purchases mice with genes "knocked out," which means that a certain gene or set of genes has been made inoperative through various genetic techniques.

When Kinnamon hypothesizes that a certain gene is essential for taste sensing, she can use a knockout mouse to test whether that mouse can still sense the taste she is looking at.

Kinnamon then offers a knockout mouse two bottles, one filled with a taste chemical and the other filled with water. Initially, the bottle filled with the taste substance is set below the detection threshold, and the mouse should be drinking equal amounts out of both bottles.

The concentration is then increased and, depending on the taste substance in the bottle, the mouse will either drink more or less of it compared to the pure water.

"As it turns out, if the substance is bitter they'll drink more water and they'll drink more and more water as you increase the concentration of the bitter – if they can taste it," Kinnamon said. "If they're knocked out for a gene that allows them to taste it they'll continue taking the water equally."

Another technique Kinnamon uses is looking at the cells under a microscope. With this technique, Kinnamon uses transgenic mice, or mice that have been infused with the genes of another animal. Green fluorescent protein (GFP), the protein that allows jellyfish to glow under a black light, is placed into the mice to help researchers identify cells.

When Kinnamon wants to look at where the taste cells she wants are congregating, she looks at a thin film of skin on top of the tongue under a microscope with the special light that excites the GFP.

"We used to think we could stick the whole tongue underneath a fluorescent inspection scope," Kinnamon said. "But we haven't had much luck with that."

While Kinnamon and her colleagues are far from the day when the tongue will confuse a piece of kale from a bag of Cheetos, her work could be used to help medicines taste better.

In fact, Kinnamon works on the Scientific Advisory Board for Linguagin, a company that works on the development of compounds that will improve the taste of pharmaceutical, food, and beverage products.

"I'm always interested in how things work in humans and if there's any therapeutic use to be derived it's important to study," said graduate student Lucinda Baker who has worked with Kinnamon for three years. "If we could figure out a way to make drugs that are very bitter more palatable, people might be more compliant in taking them."

Lee Newville can be reached at campus@collegian.com.

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