No bracket safe: Cinderellas lurking

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Mar 302006

Every year around this time, college basketball fans from around the nation go through the process of shredding their brackets. This year at CSU was no different.

Tyler Cox, a sophomore business major, was stunned when his bracket fell victim to upset after upset.

“Being a big college basketball fan, I had high expectations for my bracket,” Cox said.

Cox ended up with none of his predicted Final Four teams reaching the final weekend in Indianapolis. On his bracket, Cox had three Big East teams – Villanova, UConn and Pittsburgh – joining the Texas Longhorns. Needless to say, he was not happy with his picks’ efforts.

“Basically, my bracket is busted all to hell,” Cox said.

Not all people who filled out brackets had such high hopes going in. Mike Provenza, a junior technical journalism major, entered a bracket despite the fact that he is a self-described novice.

“I’m terrible at these things, but they are definitely fun to do,” Provenza said.

Even though he is a fan of the UCLA Bruins, he failed to predict their tournament run. He believed the Indiana Hoosiers would defeat the Bruins on the way to the Final Four. Instead, the Hoosiers were sent packing the first weekend by Gonzaga, and Provenza ended up with no teams in the Final Four.

“I quit watching the tournament once most of my picks lost,” Provenza said.

Even CSU basketball player Freddy Robinson was surprised by the tournament results. While Robinson did not fill out a bracket, he was surprised by George Mason’s victory over the University of Connecticut.

“I definitely thought UConn was going to win it all,” Robinson said.

Now that his pick is gone, who does Robinson believe is going to win it all?

“LSU, because they are the most athletic team left in the tournament, and they are playing like they have chips on their shoulders,” Robinson said.

Predicting brackets is not just a man’s game, according to sophomore health and exercise science major Casey Stover. She is the only female in her friend’s all-guy bracket.

“I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to college basketball, but I wanted to give it a shot,” Stover said.

Stover joined the majority of CSU students by correctly predicting none of the Final Four participants. In fact, her underdog Final Four pick, Nevada, ended up losing to the University of Montana in the first round.

The Final Four kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday with George Mason matching up against the University of Florida. LSU meets UCLA following the first game.

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Fusion: A synthesis of style

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Mar 292006
Authors: Erin Skarda

The fusion of talent, patience and planning with fabric, sequins and $200 worth of hair products created a captivating showcase of style Monday and Tuesday nights in the Lory Student Center’s Main Ballroom.

“Fusion: A Synthesis of Style,” showcased garments created by 24 up-and-coming student designers in the capstone class for the Department of Design and Merchandising.

From belly dancing costumes to evening gowns and urban styles to lingerie, the show catered to every taste.

“I was blown away,” Eulanda Sanders, associate professor of design and merchandising, said of this year’s show. “It was great. I am so proud of both the students who made the garments and those who (planned and promoted the show). It was very well constructed throughout.”

Approximately 400 to 500 people overflowed the seats each night to view these fresh styles, but the audience only saw the finished product of months of hard work and planning, leading up to hours of hair, makeup and finishing touches.

Students in the design class spent the entire fall semester creating their lines, which consisted of five garments each, said Sanders, while students from another class planned and promoted the show.

Bethany Whittelsey, a senior apparel design major and student designer, said toward the end of the fall semester when the lines were due, she spent about 70 hours a week working on her designs, whether it was hand-stitching or sewing on feathers.

“I was working on it, literally, like every second of my life,” Whittelsey said. “That’s all I did; I didn’t sleep. I pulled at least one or two all-nighters a week. It was overwhelming, but in the end, it was worth it.”

As the semester went on, the students also prepared a PowerPoint presentation of their design lines, including descriptions of their target market, what fabrics were used, their sketches and professional photographs of their garments, taken by the Department of Instructional Services.

In addition to the designers, merchandising students spent a large part of the semester planning and promoting the show.

Students on the facility and stage design committee spent about eight hours putting the stage together on Sunday before the show. The stage backdrop consisted of metal panels with circles cut out and colorful fabric hanging behind. In the center, a canvas revealed the shadow of DJ A*Naut, enveloped in red light.

“(The stage design) is abstract and open to interpretation,” said Sarah Dunlap, a member of the committee. “With the theme ‘fusion,’ it’s the idea of blending all the garments together in one show.”

Backstage, models received star treatment with hair styling, makeup and their own personal dressers.

“The show gives you a really good idea of what it would be like (to be a runway model),” said Rachel Stine, a senior food nutrition major who modeled three outfits both nights.

Laura Lokkesmoe, a representative from Tuana Hair Design in Fort Collins, said stylists arrived around 1 p.m. both days to begin creating hairstyles for 50 to 60 models.

“Surprisingly, the show ran smoothly,” Lokkesmoe said. “It was awesome.”

As the 7 p.m. show time approached Tuesday, the models lined up according to designer and waited silently for their turn to strut on the catwalk.

“It’s really silent now, but it gets crazy when the show starts,” said Janna Jacobs, a junior interior design student, as she waited backstage. “It’s like the silence before the fusion.”

But once the lights dimmed and upbeat music filled the ballroom, the fashion fusion exploded, as the crowd cheered and models danced down the runway.

“I was really happy with the whole show in general,” said Jennifer Trusty, a designer currently interning in MTV’s wardrobe department in New York. “I’m excited about my future.”


Designer Awards

Best of Show

E.J. Harrington, “Be6BeU”

Best Sales Presentation

Lacy Murray, “Burn Out”

Best Specialty Sport

Holly Frasure, “One Love”

Best Specialty Costume

Rachele Elich, “Chele”

Best Line Concept

Kelly Bryant, “Gella”

Best Historic Inspiration

Havilah Davis, “Nosferatu si Afemeiat”

Best Fiber Manipulation

Erin Chilvers, “Nest”

Best Textile Manipulation

Mandy Schuster, “Margot”

Best Art Wear

Jacqueline Bovit, “Paki”

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Movie Times

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Mar 292006


4721 S. Timberline

Inside Man


12:15 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

Larry the Cable Guy


12:40 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 5:25 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

Stay Alive


10:40 a.m., 12:55 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

16 Blocks


11:40 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m.



11:35 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 4:20 p.m.

Eight Below


10:50 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

Failure to Launch


10:45 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

Find Me Guilty


7:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m.



11:20 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

She’s the Man


12:05 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

The Hills Have Eyes


11:00 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 9:35 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

The New World


12:50 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

The Pink Panther


11:05 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

The Shaggy Dog


12:10 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

V for Vendetta


12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

Friday March 31 to Sunday April 2



11:35 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

Basic Instinct 2


1:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:40 p.m.



1:20 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:05 p.m., 11:35 p.m.

Eight Below


12:55 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Failure to Launch


11:45 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

Ice Age: The Meltdown


11:50 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

Inside Man


12:35 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

Larry the Cable Guy


12:25 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

She’s the Man


11:15 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

Stay Alive


12:40 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

The Hills Have Eyes


1:35 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

The Shaggy Dog


11:55 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

V for Vendetta


12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

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Campus Blotter

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Mar 292006


Criminal mischief – graffiti painted on Visual Arts Building, Eddy Hall, Morgan Library, Environmental Health Building and Facilities South.

Contacted five skateboarders at Johnson Hall – all were juveniles. The parents were contacted and came and picked the individuals up. They were questioned regarding the above graffiti.

Mulch placed in a washing machine at Aggie Village – appears to have been done by juveniles.

Arrested the suspect from a domestic violence case the previous night.

Domestic violence at Parmelee Hall – non-student arrested for shoving his girlfriend and refusing to leave her room after several requests to do so.

Warrant arrest – suspect in the above case had a felony warrant out.

911 hang-up at Rockwell Hall.

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China Palace leaves mixed feelings

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Mar 292006
Authors: By Hailey McDonald

When the food reviewing board and myself wandered into China Palace, we were pleasantly surprised to see that they had received “Best Asian Cuisine” and “Best Service” of 2005 from the Fort Collins Coloradoan. We were then showed to our own personal dining room and immediately served water and hot tea. Our waitress profusely gave us compliments on our young age, good looks and healthy drink choices from the beginning to the end of our stay. Needless to say, we had an excellent first impression. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to our initial expectations.

We ordered a large appetizer plate that consisted of beef sticks, egg rolls, fried shrimp, crab cheese wontons, barbequed spare ribs and golden wings (fried lamb). Nothing on the plate was really up to par. The taste of the food was a bit bland and became gristlier as the plate cooled down.

When it was time to order our main dishes, we selected some of the basics found on any Asian eatery menu: Peking Lo Mein (shrimp, pork, chicken and vegetables mixed with Lo Mein noodles), General Tso’s Chicken (fried chicken pieces in a sweet and sour sauce accompanied by broccoli, otherwise known as sesame chicken) and Cashew Chicken (chicken with a light sauce, peppers, water chestnuts and cashews).

We all decided that our entrees were mediocre, at best. The Lo Mein could have been more flavorful and General Tso’s Chicken came with the smallest portion of chicken I have ever seen from an Asian eatery. The Cashew Chicken did come with a large amount of chicken, but still failed to live up to our tastes. We agreed the best part of the meal was actually the tea they served.

Although we were disappointed with the food, the service was absolutely excellent. Our waitress was very attentive, and our food came very quickly. We were very well taken care of the entire time.

The menu was also fairly conducive to a variety of dining. There is a large selection of family-style dining plates offering a meal consisting of an appetizer, soup, entree and dessert. They also have a large selection of inexpensive lunch specials ranging from $6 to $7. Located in central Old Town, it would be a nice place to go for lunch during a day for shopping or strolling around downtown.

After asking around, I have discovered that for every person that likes an Asian restaurant, there are three other people that have had bad experiences there. There is so much variation in the tastes at these places that opinions vary often as to the quality of the food. I wouldn’t doubt that we caught China Palace on an off night and that, at one time, they have offered the best Asian Cuisine in Fort Collins.

The Drinks

We first asked if there were any authentic Chinese drinks that were offered, but there were none. So we ordered a Chinese beer, Tsingtao, and a mixed drink, Zombie.

The beer was decent, but nothing special. It may have just been the green bottle in which it was served, but it kind of tasted like a mild Heineken. This could have been because the Tsingtao Beer brewery was founded by Germans. Anyway, beer and Chinese food always go well together.

The Zombie had 151 Rum, Dark Rum, Sweet Vermouth and Pineapple juice. The drink was really bitter and dry. We expected the drink to have somewhat of a tropical taste, but it certainly didn’t.

Here’s the skinny:

Food: C-

Drinks: C

Service: A

Atmosphere: B-

Taste for yourself

117 S. College Ave.

(970) 221-0448

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Colorado lawmakers consider plan to skirt Electoral College

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Mar 292006

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are considering a plan to effectively circumvent the Electoral College, part of a national movement to ensure that the candidate who wins the popular vote wins the presidency.

Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon, a Denver Democrat, has proposed that Colorado enter into a compact with other states pledging that all its Electoral College delegates will vote for the winner of the national popular vote.

The compact would take effect only if enough states sign on to form a majority in the Electoral College.

The Electoral College was created by the founding fathers to protect smaller states. The winner of the popular vote in each state wins all that state’s delegates to the Electoral College, which in turn elects the president.

That led to a court battle in 2000 when Vice President Al Gore won a majority of the popular vote but George W. Bush won a majority of the Electoral College.

Gordon said the current system forces candidates to focus on swing states such as Florida, Iowa, and Ohio and ignore much of the rest of the country. He said an election based on the popular vote would force candidates to pay attention to every state.

“This would make every state count equally,” he said. “If you care about the presidential election and live in Texas, why vote? That’s why the turnout is larger in the battleground states.”

Several Republican senators joined Gordon in co-sponsoring the measure, including John Evans of Parker and Lew Entz of Hooper. Gordon said the same thing could have happened to Republicans two years ago.

“If 60,000 votes had switched in Ohio, Kerry would be president and Bush would have had 3 million more votes,” said Gordon.

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‘Bad Day’ artist Daniel Powter crashes the popularity party

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Mar 292006
Authors: Hailey McDonald

5 out of 5 rammies

If you are like me and listen to your iPod way more than radio stations, you’ll agree that Daniel Powter’s new single “Bad Day” came out of nowhere.

However sudden, the tune is quite good and will surely become a favorite among many different audiences.

Powter has set himself up for a pretty comfortable ride. He’s got the sound of mainstream groups like Five for Fighting and Coldplay. The tune “Bad Day” is instantly catchy – and if you ask around, I am the pompous listener who has to “sleep on it” before I decide if I like a song – and it will most likely be on the top of the list for movie soundtracks in the near future.

The group Maroon 5 exploded a couple of years ago and nearly half of their album became a big hit. This is a situation that is pretty close at hand for Powter.

Much of his album is just as good as his hit single, but, of course, the rest of the album doesn’t have quite the hook “Bad Day” has. It is quite obvious the single was carefully selected to be the first release to skyrocket the young man to fame. Yet, other songs like “Hollywood” and “Jimmy Gets High” have enough kick to keep Powter on the music charts for quite some time.

Although the new artist seems to have been strategically guided by the invisible corporate hand, it doesn’t take away from the quality of his music at all. The entire CD is enjoyable and is without those couple of songs you find on most albums that make you want to make canyon-like scratches on the underside of the disc. It will definitely stay in my CD collection, grow on me, and, most likely, the world of music for the rest of the year.

If Powter plays his cards right, he has a bright chain of events to look forward to after the official release of the album on April 11. Tracks to download: “Bad Day,” “Jimmy Gets High,” “Hollywood” and “Song 6”.

Men, Women and Children pumps out high-energy tunes

5 out of 5 rammies

Recently, there has been a huge flocking of popularity to groups like Fall Out Boy and the All-American Rejects. Punk-pop bands have received increasing amounts of attention and many new bands are emerging due to the positive incentive to join the bandwagon.

This is no different for Men, Women and Children. This new group embraces the punk sound with a unique twist of ’70s disco. I always figured disco would be a hard genre to bring back with any taste, but I find “Men, Women and Children” to be quite successful in their attempt.

The group’s self-titled debut album has been slowly integrated into radio, with more attention coming from the United Kingdom than the United States. The track line-up is pretty solid. Their single “Dance in My Blood” is super dance-worthy, along with several other songs on the CD.

“Messy” and “Lightning Strikes Twice in New York” would be excellent selections for singles. All of the tracks are upbeat and packed with energy, so at first it is hard to tell them apart, but the more you listen, the more the CD becomes a work of art.

Men, Women and Children are one of the groups out there for which it will be hard to pinpoint what type of fan base they will have. The dance, punk or pop crowd may fall head-over-heels for their new sound and bizarre songs.

The six members seem to be a little eccentric for the big music world, but I think in the end their weirdness just may work for them. They will be doing some touring with Panic! At The Disco, which, after hearing their CD, should be one badass live show.

If you like Franz Ferdinand, Panic! At The Disco, or the Scissor Sisters check out Men, Women and Children. Their album is in stores and also available on iTunes for you digital fanatics.

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Hate the game , not the player

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Mar 292006

This is in regards to the response letter published in Tuesday’s Collegian.

Mr. Mitchelle wrote, ” I assume you know most G.I.s feel that most of you college preppies are just a bunch of spoiled college-on-daddy’s dime children.” To this I say, yeah, you’re right, I am a college-on-daddy’s dime preppy – but let’s think about that a little more. My parents support me 100 percent when it comes to finances, but isn’t that what good parents are supposed to do? Should I feel guilty about the fact my parents handled their business when they needed to and are able to send me to a university? I mean, my mother did not learn English until she was 25, only has a high school education and today runs her own very successful business.

So, while my mom was doing all of this, learning a new language and starting her own business so she could send her baby boy to college so he would be able to compete with the millions of highly educated Asian/European/Indian students out there, what exactly were your parents doing? There is a reason why people who don’t go to college join the military and fight the wars. Do you think we would send our brightest people to fight for the freedoms of others? Of course not. Why do you think the college-educated officers usually stay in the rear with the supplies and plan while they send the barely literate 20-year-old “jarhead” to the front with a rifle? This “chain of command,” which I am sure you are very familiar with, exists for a reason. So don’t hate me/us because we chose a route that was laid for us that would lead to success and future college -educated generations instead of combat.

Paul Simmons



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Fun facts to know and tell about ASCSU

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Mar 292006

A rebuttal to Allison Tuffield’s laud of the Associated Students of CSU: Allison, it’s interesting you approve ASCSU’s abrupt discard of safe, free, nighttime transportation for those that choose to study or attend student organizations after 6 p.m. Obviously, your educational experience ends at 6 o’clock. It’s clearly more important to spend $68,226 on RamRide to drive drunkards around than supporting student organization programming and academic diligence. The ASCSU budget also indicates that RamRide spends $858 on drinks. Why do we pay to hydrate our volunteers with soda or bottled water when Fort Collins has some of the best- tasting and cleanest tap water in the nation? That’s just wasteful. Just some food for thought as you sit on the ASCSU SUPREME Court.

To learn more about your student government budget visit: or become a Student Fee Review Board Member; have a voice in where your money goes and get free food!

Rachel Ridenour


natural resource management

Student Fee Review Board veteran

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Watch the way you word things

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Mar 292006

I am writing in response to the article printed Tuesday in the Collegian by Megan Schulz.

Although I believe she wrote this sentence with all the good will in the world, the line, “There is not anything dangerously threatening about the Hispanic race,” is one of the most offensive and downright racist things I have heard in a very long time.

Are we, as Hispanics/Latinos, threatening in other ways besides physical danger?

It is common practice of many people who wish to be in public relations to make comments such as the one above and to unmistakably come out stereotypical and undoubtedly racist. How is that racist? you might ask. In my opinion she should have just said, “I don’t worry nearly as much about Hispanics as I do (enter choice dangerous ethnic group here)” because that is exactly how it sounded.

I sincerely hope that I am putting words in her mouth that she undoubtedly would never say, but I do ask that in the future she make a better word choice before expressing her ideas to the whole CSU community.

Thank You. I hope you gain much from my culture. You can start by celebrating Cesar Chavez day with us on campus on Friday.

Gilbert Apodaca


forestry major

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