Business Instructor Donates Program to Help Students Navigate Bibliographic Software EndNote

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Sarah Rawley

The help desk modules are accessible to all CSU affiliates and national and international researchers via the Morgan Library at http://vulture.library.colostate.edu/endnote/ or the Colorado State Writing center at http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/sources/endnote.

Most students know compiling a bibliography for a research paper means toiling long hours and attention to repetitive details.

Thanks to a donation from Michael Gould, instructor and research associate for the College of Business, and Susan Gould, instructor and research associate for the Colleges of Applied Human Sciences and Business, graduate students and faculty can save more than 100 hours in the thesis and dissertation research and writing process thanks to a single program.

The Goulds created a detailed set of audio/visual modules called Margo Help Desk to accompany EndNote bibliographic software the university licenses for graduate students and faculty. Endnote enables users to search remote libraries and databases, store reference information and generate a bibliographic reference list in Microsoft Word.

"If Endnotes was adopted university-wide, CSU could turn out the most competent secondary research students in the world," Michael Gould said. "It will increase student and faculty research capacity and productivity because it is flexible and saves time by integrating programs."

Through active demonstrations, the program shows students everything from using the EndNote toolbar in Microsoft Word to searching for books or journal articles. More than 90 percent of the 100 modules last less than two minutes.

Crystal Carr, freshman business administration major, used the Margo Help Desk audio video modules to learn EndNote. She created a local reference library with more than 500 references in less than three hours.

Carr invested only three hours with the training modules and believes she has already saved more than 15 hours.

"I think juggling school work, job and social life is hard enough. Researching papers is part of the struggle," Carr said. "I think if CSU provided the program for everyone in school, there would be big benefits."

James Banning, an education professor, created and printed a 25-page annotated bibliography in approximately one hour. Banning estimated that it would have taken up to 40 hours to search, retrieve and type otherwise.

"If an institution got on board with this software it would increase the efficiency of bibliographic aspects of the research project," Banning said. "If the university adopted [EndNote] across all students and faculty, it would have a major leap forward in research work."

Upon completing his own dissertation, Michael Gould discovered the advantage that EndNote gives in flexible output styles.

After finding out that his dissertation was referenced in the wrong format, Michael Gould converted more than 300 citations and 20 pages of reference information into the correct style in less than five minutes.

Many universities around the world license EndNote software, according to Lindsey Wess, manager of the Electronic Information Center computer lab at Morgan Library.

The Goulds, along with other faculty and staff, would like to see EndNote available for all CSU students.

"This will be beneficial for all students, especially in research-oriented careers who need to receive, store and publish information," Michael Gould said. "We are an information society and this will eliminate the learning time."

The Goulds donated use of the Margo Help Desk software to CSU through the College of Business and anyone can access the modules through the Morgan Library. The couple values their donation at $250,000.

"Sue and I wanted to do this because we know research and academic writing is time consuming," Michael Gould said. "We hope students and other university constituents use Margo Help Desk to experience the wonderful benefits of EndNote bibliographic software."

 

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Campus Calendar

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Today

Ash Wednesday Services

7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.

1208 W. Elizabeth St.

Ash Wednesday will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes will be offered. For more info call (970) 482-2668 or visit www.stpauls-fc.org.

Advocacy Book Club

Noon

Lory Student Center, room 204

A book discussion inspired by the New York Times Bestseller, "The Color of Water" by James McBride. Hosted by the Office of Black Student Services.

Swing Dancing at CSU

Lessons: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Dance: 8:15 to 10:30 p.m.

Ammons Hall on the Oval

The cost is $3 for students, $4 for non-students.

Thursday

Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Club and Honor Society Monthly Meeting

6 p.m.

Clark C250

The guest speaker will be Shara Castle who worked in the White House and set up its internship program. There will be free pizza so please RSVP so we know how much to order. RSVP to CSUpisigmaalpha@hotmail.com.

Taize Ministry Workshop

9 a.m. to noon

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1208 W. Elizabeth St.

The cost is $5 per student, $15 per person. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments. For more information call (970) 482-2668 or go to www.stpauls-fc.org.

Peace Corps Week Celebration 45th Anniversary

6 to 8 p.m.

Laurel Hall commons room

Calling all returned Peace Corps volunteers, current Peace Corps nominees and those who are thinking of joining the Peace Corps, supportive faculty and staff, Peace Corps Masters International students and faculty and anyone else interested. Please join us in celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Peace Corps and the rich history CSU has with this organization.

Prayer Meeting for World Peace

7 p.m.

Whole Life Church of Religious Science, 400 Whedbee St.

Sincere peaceworkers of all faiths are invited to join in praying for peace and for the healing of all conditions that lead to war. Rev. Russ Jones, founder of Prayerworks for Peace, will act as facilitator, and donations will be accepted to meet expenses and in support of Prayerworks' efforts to promote world peace.

Friday

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Eye

7 p.m.

LSC Senate Chambers

A betentacled eye monster rages through a mountain park, drawing attention to just how easy it was to scare people in the 1950s. Admission is free.

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Lecture to educate on cartoon controversy

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Skylar Rick

After the publication of a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a derogatory manner caused a firestorm reaction across the globe, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) will sponsor a lecture Thursday to explain why the images were so upsetting.

The lecture, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the Lory Student Center, is meant to help people understand the meaning these cartoons hold for Muslims.

"Some students were discussing (the cartoons) in class, asking why the Muslim people were so upset," said Zaki Safar, MSA vice president and coordinator of the event. "We're going to try to explain why it is such a big deal for Muslims."

To clarify this, three main points will be addressed in the lecture.

First, MSA believes one of the biggest keys to understanding is learning why Muhammad is sacred to the Muslim people.

"We're going to help them understand what the prophet means to us, why he is the most influential man (in our religion)," Safar said. "As well as why there are 1.3 billion that follow him."

Safar hopes understanding the prophet's importance will lead to a better understanding of why the cartoons are not acceptable in Muslim culture.

"This idea applies to all prophets, even Jesus," said Khaleel Alyaha, MSA president. "No one can offend, draw or put the prophets in a bad image."

Within this idea of what is or isn't acceptable, the concept of freedom of expression will be introduced. Although it is a common assumption that Muslims don't understand this freedom, the lecture will explain that isn't necessarily the case.

"Freedom of expression stops when it hurts someone," Safar said.

Alyaha believes this stereotype comes from the differences in the severity of their beliefs.

In the United States and other countries, religion isn't as connected to everyday life as it is in Muslim cultures.

"The United States and Europe are not as in touch with their religions," Alyaha said. "If they were to go to other places (around the world) they would find people so touched by their religion.

This intensity of religion leads to another stereotype to be addressed at the lecture – the idea that all Muslims are terrorists.

"We are totally, completely against what (the Muslims in Denmark) did," Safar said. "It would have never been approved by the prophet."

Although it is important to express their feelings about the situation, reacting with violence will just add to the hostility already felt by the Muslims from the rest of the world, Alyaha said.

"I don't believe that by doing irresponsible actions like firing on the embassy was the right thing to do," Alyaha said. "It's going to make stereotyping worse where people think of Muslims as violent."

The MSA wants people to walk away with a better education and understanding of not only the cartoon controversy, but of the Muslim culture as a whole.

It's this education that is important not only to those in the Muslim religion, but also to those unfamiliar with it as well.

"As Americans, we were created on the idea of freedom to express religion without judgment," said Stephanie Dudley, freshman interior design major. "We need to learn as much as we can about each other and their beliefs to better understand their actions."

Skylar Rick can be reached at campus@collegian.com.

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Campus Blotter

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Friday

Motor vehicle accident at the Lory Student Center dock.

Motor vehicle accident in the Corbett/Parmelee B-zone.

Bike theft from Summit Hall – occurred between Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.

Harassment at Housing Services Center – harassing calls being received on Housing NEXTELs.

Intrusion alarm at Hughes Stadium – employee error.

Theft of computer software from Clark C-wing – occurred between Feb. 20 and Friday.

Motor vehicle accident in Engineering lot.

Intrusion alarm at the Equine Center – employee error.

Alcohol at Howes Street by University Services Center – student cited for underage consumption.

Alcohol at Edwards Hall – five individuals were cited for underage consumption, and one individual was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Welfare check at Allison Hall – individual was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital for a detox evaluation.

Alcohol at Westfall Hall – three individuals were cited for underage consumption and one individual was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Driving under the influence on Laurel Street – non-student refused roadsides and a chemical test and was taken to Larimer County Detention Center.

DUI on College Avenue and Prospect Road – student blew a .088 BAC.

 

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Banff Mountain Film Festival celebrates mountain culture at LSC

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Feb 282006
 
Authors: Sarah Rawley

Crack fanatics, sherpas playing hockey, rocks defying gravity and parasailing across the Grand Canyon – These extreme acts of human insanity and passion for the outdoors caught on film inspired the mountain community of Fort Collins at the 30th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival on Monday night at the Lory Student Center Theatre.

The Outdoor Adventure Program has brought the sell-out show almost every year since 1992 because of its reigning popularity among outdoor enthusiasts in Fort Collins.

"This is one of the best in film festivals because it brings people together in their passion for adventure and the mountain culture," said Paul Price, Banff Mountain Festival representative on the World Tour.

The festival debuted eight of the 25 films touring around North America and internationally from February through May. With three times more films touring than can be shown in a night, Rodney Ley, director of the OAP, said choosing eight films for the evening was a process.

"We want to highlight everything that is a part of the mountain culture – from culture, to environment, to adrenaline, to something humorous and quirky – and something to cater to the Fort Collins community," Ley said.

The eight films ranged in length from four to 45 minutes, highlighting people who are passionate about outdoor recreation in everything from whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, parasailing, hockey, fly fishing and skiing.

"Balancing Point" won a Special Jury Award during the festival for its simple, poetic expression and use of technology involving "reverse destruction" of balanced rock sculptures.

For those who salivate at the thought of running the Poudre River in a kayak, "Middle Kaweah" was the perfect eye candy. It documented some of the world's best kayakers on a six-day journey into the Sierra Nevadas for a first descent.

Rock climbers were inspired by the feature length film of the evening, "Return2sender: Parallelojams." The film, narrated by Timmy O'Neill, followed a gusty group of climbers to Indian Creek, Utah, who were fueling their crack addiction with scaling first ascents in modern desert climbing and slack-lining Bridger-Jones highline.

"This film was fitting for the large climbing community of Fort Collins," said Krister Sorensen, a CSU alumna. "A lot of people take trips to Indian Creek, plus Timmy O'Neill is high-larious."

"The Hatch" left fly fishers hankering for warm weather and big insect hatches like the one on the Gunnison River in Colorado's Black Canyon National Park.

"Hockey Night in Ladakh" illustrated cultural crossroads when Canadian filmmakers helped nurture a Himalayan-sized passion for the sport of hockey.

"This was my favorite film by far," said Jenn Gerard, a senior nutrition major. "I loved seeing how different parts of the world view the outdoors on all levels of happiness."

After two and a half hours and a prize-filled intermission, the film festival left the audience with a few thoughts to ponder with "Solilochairliftquist," which explores the complexities of life as a ski bum while riding chairlifts.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival originated in 1976 in Banff, Alberta, and is an international competition for films involving mountain culture. The festival is held each year during the first week in November. Of the 319 films that were submitted in 2005, 55 were shown at the festival.

The Banff Centre also promotes the Banff Mountain Book Festival and a photography competition during the weeklong festival.

Three days after the festival ends, the World Tour staff hits the road for the first of more than 400 screenings around the world. The tour visits approximately 250 locations in about 25 countries from Iceland to India and Argentina to Austria.

"We work hard to have the festival back every year," Ley said.

The next showing will be at REI Boulder February 28 and March 1. Visit www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/tour for more information.

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“Inside Iraq” expands awareness

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Feb 272006
 
Authors: Ryan Skeels

The fifth edition of "Inside Iraq: The Untold Story" is playing tonight at the Aggie Theatre at 5:30 and 8:30 PM. Admission is $5.

For the war in Iraq to stand out as one of the most controversial, argued and discussed events in U.S. history, it's completely baffling how little Americans know about the lives that are being directly affected by actions taken by the United States.

This was the thought that put adventure journalist/filmmaker Mike Shiley and his camera smack dab in the middle of Iraq for two months beginning in December 2003.

"I lived in Egypt for a year and saw how the media and the military characterizes people as all the same and after 9/11 happened when we bombed Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the bombing, it just showed me that we are lacking cultural understanding."

Shiley traveled from the city of Baghdad through the Sunni triangle and throughout Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, eventually embedding with the Army, wearing a uniform and staying in the barracks with the lower level military. He said that even military personnel don't have much, if any, cultural understanding of the Iraqi people.

"Lot's of the soldiers I encountered only cared about getting home alive and in one piece. Also, only one out of every seven people even leaves the base, so usually they won't even see an Iraqi person at all."

During his travel through the country, Shiley didn't have a single confrontation with the Iraqi people about the fact that he's an American.

"The Iraqi people are savvy enough to separate the American people from the government," Shiley said. "They like America and they like Americans; the thing they are mad about is that the U.S. promised to rebuild their country and didn't."

Shiley was in Iraq at a time when it was a relatively safe place to travel and document. He said at that time there were only fourteen insurgent attacks a day. Today there are easily one hundred.

"Something like what I did couldn't be done today; it's far too dangerous of a place to be," Shiley said.

According to the documentary's Web site, www.insideiraqthemovie.com, there were several times when he was nearby during an insurgent attack and managed to capture some of it on film. The site also tells of several times he was filming a place that would be attacked and destroyed only a few days later, which goes to show that even though it was safer in 2003, it was by no means a peaceful place.

Shiley made it back home safely and first edited the more than 70 hours of footage into a documentary film in September 2004, re-editing it four more times since.

 

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Entertainment Calendar

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Tuesday

Inside Iraq Film

5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. doors

Aggie Theater

SK8 and Snow Video

The Starlight

Third Annual Sound of Color

Fort Collins Symphony

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Citywide locations

Visit www.fcsymphony.org or call (970) 482-4823 for location information.

The Masks at MOCA Exhibit

10 to 6 p.m.

Ft Collins Museum of Contemporary Art

Evenings With Extraordinary People

7 p.m.

Lincoln Center

Tonight's speaker is Byron Katie. The workshop is entitled "Loving What Is: Four Questions that Can Change Your Life." Sponsored by LightWorks Productions. Tonight's speaker is the Second of a five part lecture series that will take place from January to May. Cost is $139 for the series or $25-35 per individual speaker.

Wednesday

 

"Snow People", Holocaust Awareness Week Play

Based on Rosina Fernhoff's late husband, Av Inlender's novel, Zoa, this one-woman play presents two opposing views of the controversy surrounding Nazi looting of art treasures. A question and answer session will follow the performance.

Lory Student Center Theater

7 p.m.

"Advocacy Book Club"

A book discussion inspired by the New York Times

Bestseller, "The Color of Water" by James

McBride. Hosted by the Office of Black Student

Services.

Lory Student Center, room 204.

noon

Swing Dancing

7:15 to 8:15pm FREE Lessons

8:15 to 10:30pm Dancing

$3 CSU Students

$4 Non-Students

Ammons Hall

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Is Barry Bonds worthy of the home run record?

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Feb 272006
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

At this point it's debatable whether the media should even mention Barry Bonds or just leave him be. The stories are old; Bonds will never stop being a jerk. I can't even begin to try to defend his personality or his actions, but one thing I can defend is his legacy.

As much as I can't stand him (this includes hearing him or hearing about him), one thing that excites me is the fact that he might break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record. And I will be rooting for him to do it. With 708 dingers entering this season, Bonds only needs 48 to break the record. He claims that this will be his last season but let's face it, if he hits 30 this year, he's coming back to finish the job.

I'm not asking anyone to root for Bonds, nor do I think many people actually are. What I do want are people rooting for baseball history. The storied game, often referred to as "America's pastime," deserves occasions like this and so do we.

We deserve the chance to tell our grandchildren that we witnessed one of the greatest hitters/players in the history of the game break a record that was once thought to be unreachable. We also deserve to watch him chase this mammoth of a record in the same way we watched Slammin' Sammy (Sosa) and Big Mac (Mark McGwire) race to a historic home run finish.

Bonds is often thought of as a cheater, which may be true. But, I ask: Can any of you present me with evidence that proves Bonds took banned substances at a time in which they were deemed illegal? Don't just tell me to look at the guy's physique, I know he is massive and gained suspicious weight throughout his career. On the other hand, I also know that Bonds is the Tim Duncan of baseball, Mr. Fundamental, if you will. He works hard year in and year out on his body and his swing. Regardless of whether he is roided out, he is still one of the best hitters to grace the planet.

Bonds won the National League MVP three times in four years (1990, 1992, 1993), long before anyone was suspicious of him taking steroids. He has been a great player for years, but much of it has been overshadowed by his quick temper, impatience and quite frankly, his pitiful attitude.

It's a shame too because we don't launch "cheater" in McGwire's direction every time he is brought up as a great ballplayer. While some people disregard McGwire's legacy, many others still see him as the blue-collar, American farm boy who wowed the baseball world. (Notice: I fail to mention Sosa in the same regard because of a little occurrence with a corked bat.)

We should all act bigger than Bonds (it's not hard) and look past his personality. See him for the great player he has been for years, see him and recognize history in the making. Maybe just put an asterisk by his name every time you mention him.

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

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Not rooting for a cheater

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Feb 272006
 
Authors: Brett Okamoto

Eight 40-plus home run seasons, a record-breaking 73 homers in 2001, broken records for most walks in a season and slugging percentage – still nothing to cheer about.

With this upcoming season figuring to be Barry Bond's last I've been planning a road trip to San Francisco. I want to be there if/when Bond's hits the home run that will break Hank Aaron's career home run record, once again placing him in the record books where he does not belong. I want to be there holding up a giant sign with the word BALCO written on it when it happens. Isn't that what we're cheering for at this point?

Barry Bond's does not take steroids. Tell that to his recently arthroscopically repaired knees that were never made to hold the 100 extra pounds of muscle that Bonds has put on since entering the league.

I'm not going to bring up the fact that Bonds is, plain and simple, a horrible human being. The fans hate him. The media hate him. His teammates hate him. But however true that may be, that's not why I'm hoping that if he gets to one homer away from tying the record, every pitcher beans him with the first pitch.

Sports fans are ridiculously forgiving. I believe that Terrell Owens jerseys still will be worn, Ron Artest posters will be hung up on walls in Sacramento and Kobe's 81 will be remembered as one of the greatest games ever.

Bonds can never be put in that category. While those players are all hard to cheer for, sports fans still respond to their accomplishments because they are amazing athletic feats.

I don't cheer for Barry for any reason other than he is a cheater.

This is a sad story though. Make no mistake; what Bonds is doing in baseball is something special.

This guy hasn't seen a pitch to hit since the mid 1990's. In a given game Bonds is going to see maybe one-two pitches that are questionably worth swinging at, but he's remained disciplined enough to not swing at anything outside the strike zone.

Even if you do have enough steroids running through your body to kill a small country, 73 home runs is a lot over the course of two seasons – Bonds did it in one.

But that's what makes the Barry Epic so much more depressing. We've witnessed maybe the greatest hitter in the history of our nation's pastime, but we'll never know how good he could have been – clean. For all we know, Bonds could have jacked just as many homers, stolen more bases and not roid raged at every media outlet from San Francisco to New York if he had just played the game honest.

But instead we'll remember him as the greatest cheater of all time.

Brett Okamoto is the Collegian's sports editor. He can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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Sports Calendar

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Today

Women's Golf Fresno State Invitational, Fresno, Calif., All Day

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild, Pepsi Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday

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

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