Abo’s helps raise some dough

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: Sara Crocker The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Starting Saturday, a local pizza chain will help the Denver Rescue Mission raise money for the second year in a row.

Abo’s Pizza, at 200 W. Prospect Road, will be working with the mission again to help raise funds that will go toward the basic needs of the mission, like food and amenities to help make those who stay at the shelter more comfortable. The mission is a non-profit organization that provides food, shelter, clothing and education to the homeless to help them get back on their feet.

The fundraising effort will run through April 30.

Datjaeda Davis, public relations and event coordinator for the mission, said spring is a good time for this fundraiser because donations slow after the holiday season.

“(People) forget the need, which is still out there,” she said. Davis said there are an estimated 10,000 homeless in Colorado, and the mission provides more than 500 meals everyday. “Homelessness and hunger don’t take a season off.”

Unlike last year, Abo’s will not be taking donations in their restaurants. Instead, donations will be taken online at www.denverrescuemission.org by clicking on the Abo’s logo.

“It is primarily an online fundraising effort to keep things as simple as possible,” said Suzanne Sylte, public relations representative for Abo’s.

For those who don’t have access to a computer, donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 5206 Denver, CO 80217.

Donations can be given in increments anywhere from $10 to $500. For a $10 donation, the donator will receive a certificate in the mail for a free slice of pizza. For $500, Abo’s will provide a pizza party for 30 to 35 people. Donations are not limited to these increments, but they are there for determining what Abo’s will offer as a reward.

It costs the mission almost $2 for each meal it provides, and a $10 donation can provide six meals.

Though extra money can be hard to come by for college students, Sylte recommends pooling money together if students want to make a donation.

Also, for those who cannot make a monetary contribution, Davis said the mission is always looking for volunteers.

While this is the second year for this fundraiser, Abo’s and the mission have worked on other fundraising efforts in the past. Denay Peake, manager of Abo’s, said she is looking forward to the fundraiser.

“I feel like it’s a good way to give back to the community,” she said.

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Donations can be made at www.denverrescuemission.org

Donation increments:

$10-Free slice of pizza

$45-Free 18” pizza with three toppings

$95-Free pizza party for 12-14 people

$500-Free pizza party for 30-35 people

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Ram Talk

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Mar 302006
 
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Although I must say that a dinosaur class would be a lot of fun, I think CSU would benefit more from a mandatory class on how four-way stop signs work. Students seem to have a lot of trouble with them.

To the medical staff at Hartshorn Health Center: I wasn’t expecting Patch Adams, but would it kill you all to smile a little bit?

Perhaps left-hand rings aren’t so random. I’ve been wearing one on my ring finger for three years as a symbol of my commitment to stay sexually pure. It’s a reminder: I’m waiting for a guy willing to hand me a ring first. I’d love to explain this to “nice single guys.” Are you not secure enough to ask?

Rap battles should determine the winner of the student elections.

Do you think it would hurt his feelings if you ran up to a goose and yelled, “Ducks are Better!”?

To the confused woodpecker atop the light post near the Memorial Bridge: Your beak is not strong enough to drill through the metal light shade. Your best bet for finding food would most likely be a tree, but that’s just a guess.

Are people who wear USC clothing to class getting dressed in front of a mirror or dyslexic?

Do girls like guys with long hair? OR… Are they just jealous because my long, flowing, golden locks look better than theirs?

To the girl in my race and ethnic relations class: That wasn’t a shirt you wore, it was an over-shirt. You should wear it OVER another shirt. I don’t want to see your flesh and bra through your holey sweater. Come on, you are no Heidi Klum!

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Our View

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

The Rocky Mountain Collegian’s editorial board has been known to dole out the criticism toward various groups on campus when we disagree with certain actions or viewpoints.

In a refreshing change, however, we would like to thank and congratulate all the hard working employees from Environmental Health Services and Facilities Management who were able to locate and contain the damage that resulted from a burst steam pipe Thursday.

Because of the warm weather, most people visiting campus probably did not even notice the budding crisis. Had we been in the middle of a Colorado spring blizzard, the situation would have been much different.

Like most of those living on campus, the Collegian had a stake in the issue. Seeing water pouring out of the ground around the Lory Student Center conjured up memories of the flood that destroyed our offices and left the paper homeless almost a decade ago. Fortunately, no evacuation was necessary, and the Collegian will continue to operate as usual.

We also trust that the powers that be are working as quickly as possible to return heat and hot water to campus.

Pipes will burst and roofs will leak. It’s nice to know that we have the people and the resources available on campus to handle such matters in an efficient and expedient manner.

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Ferry sinks off Bahrain with up to 150 people aboard, 44 bodies recovered

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MANAMA, Bahrain – A ferry carrying up to 150 people sank Thursday night off the coast of Bahrain, and at least 44 bodies had been recovered, the country’s interior minister said.

Sheik Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa also said 52 people had been rescued.

The official Bahrain News Agency said the ferry was on an evening cruise that was to last several hours. It overturned less than a mile off the coast, it said.

The passengers on board were thought to be a mix of Bahrainis, other Gulf Arab nationals and Westerners. Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Mohammed Ben Dayna said those rescued included foreign tourists and expatriate workers living in Bahrain.

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The joke’s on you

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: Jessica Driscoll Daily Targum Rutgers

(U-WIRE) NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Though it is not a true holiday by religious association, any opportunity to confuse, irritate, or embarrass your friends and family without significant repercussions or a yearlong grudge is cause for celebration. There is such inexplicable pleasure gained from the sight of a parent taking an early-morning gulp of coffee flavored with the salt that you covertly transferred to the sugar bowl before dawn or the sounds of a roommate’s expletives as she attempts slumber only to find that her sheets and pillows have been carefully sewn to her mattress. Who could have guessed that toilet paper and rubber insects could provide so many hours of entertainment and stories for years to come or that April 1st would be the ideal day to measure the gullibility of one’s acquaintances and test the thresholds of one’s friends?

Many theories have circulated about the origins of April Fools Day. In the ancient world, the New Year was celebrated among many cultures on or around April 1st One idea is that this day was the finale of vernal equinox festivities when celebrants had become particularly brazen and hungry for entertainment. There is still evidence of this theory today in the Indian culture when people are sent on useless errands for pure amusement. Another hypothesis is that the concept of “April Fools” originated when Charles IX of France decided that his nation would accept the Gregorian calendar which marked January 1st as the New Year. Those who were not privy to this decree were regarded as fools and endured mock ceremonial treatment during the bogus holiday. There is also a story that on one day during his reign, Constantine allowed his court jester, Kugel, to act as king for one day after he claimed that he could do a better job. The problem with this explanation lies in the fact that court jesters at that time were actually regarded with respect and were known to be intelligent thereby discounting the “fool” aspect.

Whatever its background, April Fools Day is celebrated annually in multiple countries with great enthusiasm. Humans love to test their limits and play upon the naiveties of their fellow men for entertainment. There have been several great hoaxes in the last 200 years that have proved how truly easy it is to dupe the general public.

One of the most famous pranks played on the world’s television audience came from the BBC. One would not expect such a reliable, straight-laced news organization to participate in Fools Day action, but on their respected news program, Panorama, the BBC announced on April 1, 1957, that due to a mild winter and the extermination of the “dreaded spaghetti weevil”, the people of Switzerland were enjoying an exceptional spaghetti crop harvest. The program ran footage of Swiss peasants plucking spaghetti noodles from trees and, unbelievably, a vast number of people took the bait. The station was barraged with phone calls from trusting souls who demanded to know how they could produce their own spaghetti trees. The BBC responded, “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

Continuing along a culinary line, two other food hoaxes were especially notable for their effects on the public. In 1878, the New York Graphic ran an April 1 story that Thomas Edison had invented a food machine that would convert soil directly into cereal and water into wine thereby solving all the world’s hunger problems. Newspapers around the country reprinted the story as fact and the Graphic had a field day in its next issue mocking the country’s media system. In 1998, Burger King decided to publish a full-page ad in USA Today announcing the introduction of the “left-handed Whopper” to the menu. The advertisement explained that this burger was specially constructed for the 32 million southpaws in the US, and that while it contained all of the same ingredients as the original whopper, the condiments were all rotated 180 degrees. The following day, BK reported that this ploy had been a hoax and that thousands had arrived at restaurants around the country requesting the new menu addition and “many others had requested their own ‘right-handed’ version” as well. Apparently hunger can drastically affect a person’s sucker-status.

Countless other pranks have been played on the American and international public from a 1962 Swedish announcement that one could convert his black and white TV to a color set by pulling a nylon stocking over it to a 1993 German radio station announcement that joggers in the nation’s parks could not exceed 6mph because they would be considered a danger to mating squirrels. Of course, some spurred more impassioned reactions than others such as the apocalyptic predictions of a certain museum representative.

On March 31st, 1940, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia issued a press release stating that the world would come to an end the following day at 3pm Eastern Standard Time. KYW radio relayed this information with an official addendum, “This is no April Fool joke. Confirmation can be obtained from Wagner Schlesinger, director of the Fels Planetarium of this city.” Public panic ensued immediately and only subsided after it was revealed that the message hoax had been released by the Institute’s press agent to publicize an April 1st lecture titled, “How Will the World End?” Needless to say, that particular press agent was dismissed soon after.

The celebration of April Fools Day can take many forms from a well-placed foam snake to a crisis-inducing public service announcement. The fact remains that humans are a susceptible group prone to falling for the most simple of tricks. However, with all the fun that can be had on each other’s behalf, who would want it any other way?

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Take a number, get in line

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: JEREMY D. TRUJILLO

During the past week, tens of thousands of protestors from across the nation marched in opposition to recent talks in the government regarding a stricter immigration policy. On Wednesday, the United States Senate began a two-week-long debate on whether the estimated 12 million illegal aliens living within our borders should be granted access to a guest worker program or amnesty, or if another plan should be enacted altogether.

At immigration’s peak in the early 1900s, we were welcoming people from all corners of the globe into our country, with the majority entering via Ellis Island in New York, according to EllisIsland.org.

Times have since changed.

Now, more than half of all illegal aliens penetrate the border from Mexico, making their way into California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, with many continuing even farther north.

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a plan that would have increased border jumping to a felony crime rather than what it is now, a mere misdemeanor. This is unfortunate. At times when terrorist threats and rhetoric regarding such matters are high, it seems preventative actions are low. Illegal immigration is an offense serious enough to be considered a felony.

But terrorism concerns aside, immigration places an economic burden on the budgets of federal, state and local governments and their people. A study conducted in 2004 by the Center for Immigration Studies confirms wages of workers fall when immigrants increase the size of the workforce, whether they are legal or illegal. This shows the argument that illegal immigrants are an attribute to our workforce is false. At least legal immigrants pay taxes and contribute to the betterment of the American society.

It is not fair to ask legal citizens to pay taxes to support government programs and services that benefit people who don’t contribute. These illegal aliens use public resources such as libraries, roads and schools and benefit from police and fire services, yet pay nothing in return. Legal citizens who pay taxes should be outraged by the fact their money is helping those who have broken the law.

I admit, it would be inconceivable to weed out and round up all illegal aliens and ship them back to their respective homelands. It would not be far-fetched, however, to allow those illegal aliens who are here time to apply for temporary status. This would mean they would have to register with the government and pass a background test. Once this step is completed, they would be allowed to legally work and… are you ready for this one? Pay taxes. While working, they could apply for permanent citizenship.

Once the time frame for applying for temporary status has expired, the U.S. government should make illegal immigration a felony crime and vigorously revamp border security in order to keep out potential threats.

A nation cannot properly function with people disregarding its rules and regulations. At the end of the day, that’s exactly what is taking place here. According to CNN.com, an estimated one million new immigrants each year flood our borders with a lack of regard to America’s laws. To those people, I say, take a number and get in line.

Jeremy Trujillo is a sophomore speech communications and political science double major. He is a layout designer for the Collegian.

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CSU blowing hot air about heating plant?

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: JAMES BAETKE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Despite a temporary but debilitating heating breach on campus Thursday, CSU officials are standing behind the heating plant that keeps campus buildings warm and heats the water used in residence halls.

A majority of the campus is literally a steam-driven machine.

Many of the university buildings are heated and run by a steam-powered generator. Much of the hot water on campus is also heated by steam.

“The system is functioning as well as it ever has,” said Eric March, CSU building health and safety director.

March said the heating mechanism on campus is highly technologically and mechanically advanced. The steam plant on the east side of campus heats treated water and then jets it as pressurized steam through 10 miles of pipes that travel to every campus building.

Once the steam reaches buildings, it is converted to hot water and dispersed through a system of smaller pipes and valves. Unused water returns to the plant on a return line where it is reused, March said.

“A drop of pressure is a true indicator there is a breach,” March said.

This pressure drop is what alerted steam plant operators to deprive every building on campus Thursday of heat and most buildings of hot water, said Roger Elbrader, CSU district energy manager. The entire campus was without heat and hot water before noon.

Lance Light, a remote boiler and chiller supervisor with CSU facilities, got partial steam being pumped back into campus buildings before 3 p.m.

“We’re bringing the plant back up,” Light told the Collegian Thursday afternoon.

Roger Elbrader, CSU district energy manager, said facilities workers would be better able to assess the breach today.

CSU uses a partial steam energy system because it is easier to work with and reuse.

“Steam is used because it is easier to distribute it,” Elbrader said.

The steam system works using three boilers and 10 miles of pipes, five miles of which are in underground tunnels and trenches.

“The system works very well,” Elbrader said. “We do a superb job based on the staff and financial levels we operate on.”

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Thar she blows

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: Mike Donovan, BRANDON LOWREY The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Busted pipes near Allison Hall flooded underground tunnels beneath with boiling water Thursday morning, leaving every campus building west of the Lory Student Center without heat or hot water for hours.

Maintenance officials said they may be pumping out thousands of gallons of undrinkable irrigation water throughout the night, and had no estimates as to when the work might be done.

But by 3:30 p.m. all services were at least partially restored. Allison Hall, which had been completely deprived of running water for nearly two hours, once again saw cold water. Hot water was restored by 7:30 Thursday evening.

Officials discovered the leak at about 11:30 a.m. and shut down the steam plant – the facility that provides heating and warm water throughout campus – for more than two hours.

Before workers found and fixed the leak, experts said the outlook was grim.

“Facilities is going to have to keep digging until they find it,” Earlie Thomas, director of environmental health services, said just after the rupture. “There’s six miles of piping underneath our campus. It could be anywhere.”

Into the afternoon, murky, boiling water bubbled up through manholes and cracks in the ground throughout campus, billowing foul-smelling steam into the wind.

Students outside the LSC braved the harmless but malodorous fumes.

“We were actually walking by, and (steam) started shooting up through the cracks,” said Gabriel Alford, a senior computer information systems major. “We were like, ‘Whoa, something’s about to explode.'”

His friend, freshman construction management major Stephen Norris, said that the smell was bad, but “probably still healthier than being in Greeley.”

“It smells like nasty socks and s–t, blended up,” said Preston Garcia, a sophomore accounting and finance major.

Others agreed.

“It smells like fish out here,” said Allison Voss, a sophomore biochemistry major. When she first smelled the odor, she thought, “It’s that damn fish pond.”

The reason for the fishy aroma: A hot steam pipe, which runs along the bottom of a tunnel beneath campus, cracked when cool water from a separate leak deluged it. The hot pipe and escaping steam boiled the undrinkable floodwater and whatever debris that was in the tunnel.

Students were smelling this stew.

The next question was whether Allison Hall would have to go a night without any water.

Pipes beneath campus carry one of two kinds of water: Drinkable water used for people – domestic – or undrinkable water used for watering grass and filling the lagoon – irrigation.

The initial leak spouted from an irrigation water pipe beneath Allison Hall’s back driveway. After bursting, the water raced toward the main steam tube, near the LSC. This caused the steam tube to crack.

Within 30 minutes of the leak, maintenance workers were on the scene trying to pump the water out of the steam pipe’s tunnel. Water continued to be pumped for about three hours, according to the director of building health and safety, Eric March.

“Over 10,000 gallons of water have been pumped out of the tunnel,” March said while watching the cleanup process at about 2:30 p.m.

Allison Hall’s drinking water was shut off around 1:30 p.m. and remained that way until 3:20 p.m. The clean, domestic water was turned off while workers tried to determine the source of the burst.

Workers were relieved when they determined that the undrinkable irrigation water pipe was the origin.

“We were hoping it would be irrigation water, not domestic water, and we were right,” said Carol Dollard, a utility engineer for CSU.

The irrigation water from the pipe was still being pumped out as of Thursday evening. Once the water is completely cleared from the area, a team will determine the problem and work on fixing the hole. There is no rush on the repair, since no drinking water was affected, according to Dollard.

With the steam plant closed for over two hours, dining halls were inconvenienced by the leak. The lack of hot water meant that some dining halls were unable to wash dishes during lunchtime.

But the problem could have been a lot worse, said Tonie Miyamoto, the communications coordinator for the housing and dining services.

“We were lucky that the problem occurred during the day and not at night when students are having dinner or showering,” Miyamoto said.

While the water was off for Allison Hall, residents were told they could only flush their toilets once before the water flow resumed.

The water was still hot for Allison Hall when Elizabeth Muir, a human development and family studies freshman started her shower. About halfway through the shower, she said the water turned cold.

“That sucks,” she said. Muir said that if hot water were to be shut off overnight, this inconvenience would leave a lot of dirty dorm residents in its wake.

“There was no hot water today, so a lot of us didn’t have a shower,” Muir said, quickly adding that she did.

Brandon Lowrey and Mike Donovan can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Campus Blotter

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Mar 302006
 
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Sunday

Alcohol at the Oval – individual cited for underage consumption after he was seen knocking down barricades on the Oval.

Alcohol – another individual cited for underage consumption after he, too, was contacted for knocking down barricades on the Oval.

Intrusion alarm (INA) at Colorado State Forest Service.

INA at the Industrial Sciences Building.

INA at Rockwell Hall.

Detox transport from The Fray concert at Moby Arena.

One cited for trespass at The Fray concert after he tried to get onto the floor from the stands.

Fire alarm at Summit Hall – set off by burned food in the kitchen.

INA at Hughes Stadium concessions.

INA at University Center for the Arts.

Assisted with the concert at Moby Arena.

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The all-time best April Fool’s pranks

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Mar 302006
 
Authors: MIKE DONOVAN The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Spaghetti grows on trees, Taco Bell has bought the Liberty Bell, and Richard Nixon ran for President in 1992.

What do these “facts” have in common?

They are some of the most famous April Fool’s pranks of the last 50 years, as collected by the Museum of Hoaxes.

In 1957, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) ran a story about a spaghetti harvest in Southern Switzerland. According to the BBC, an unusually mild winter led to the best harvest of spaghetti in the history of Switzerland. Viewers from around England called BBC to find out how to grow spaghetti in their own yard.

On April 1, 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to announce their purchase of the Liberty Bell. Taco Bell claimed that they were buying the bell to help relieve national debt.

White House spokesman Mike McCurry also mentioned that the government would be selling the Lincoln Memorial to Ford and renaming it the Lincoln-Mercury Memorial.

Even respected radio station National Public Radio has gotten into the spirit of April Fool’s pranks. In 1992, the program “Talk of the Nation” announced that Richard Nixon had announced his candidacy for president, 19 years after he resigned from the office. Callers flooded the phones with outrage over Nixon’s decision.

So if you ever read stories about the Rockies winning the World Series or CU-Boulder being named the number one school in the nation, make sure you check the date.

Mike Donovan can be reached at regional@collegian.com

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