Police arrest Hughes Stadium vandals

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Apr 302006
 
Authors: Collegian Staff

CSU police arrested two minors last week, two days after they allegedly painted graffiti around Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium and damaged the scoreboard and lights, police reported Friday.

The police arrested the pair Wednesday after they were allegedly caught on tape while vandalizing the stadium April 17. They were taken to the Hub, the county’s juvenile assessment center, according to the CSU Police Department.

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Campus Blotter

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Apr 302006
 
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Tuesday

Underage possession – Parmelee resident cited for a keg.

Harassment at the Lory Student Center – cold report of a magazine salesman who started to ask sexually explicit questions.

Found cell phone, returned to owner.

Intrusion alarm at Sage Hall – employee error.

Theft of yoga mats from Aggie Village – occurred last week

Assisted Fort Collins Police Services on a trespass case where CSU students may be the suspects.

Checked for a suspicious person possibly casing bike racks at Clark Building – gone on arrival.

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Just Another Night in Paradise

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Apr 302006
 
Authors: Skylar Rick The Rocky Mountain Collegian

It was “just another night in paradise” Sunday when the Hui O’Hawaii club put on their 19th annual lu’au at the Lory Student Center. The event is designed to educate students and non-students alike on the culture of Hawaii through music and food.

“The club is here to promote a better understanding of Hawaiian culture,” said Alice Campbell, a senior zoology major and president of the Hui O’Hawaii club. “It is my culture, and not enough people are aware of it.”

The lu’au, after the introduction by the emcees, started with a traditional Hawaiian dinner, complete with the Kalua pig that lu’aus are famous for. Other dishes served that are unique to the culture were Poi, a mixture of taro root and water, Lomi Lomi salmon made with different vegetables and Hawaiian salt and pineapples.

During dinner, entertainers quizzed guests on their knowledge of Hawaii.

“It was trivia about Hawaii the state, the monarchy and the culture,” Campbell said.

After the interactive part of the event was finished, the guests were introduced to the dances of the culture using traditional moves and stories.

A trait of Hawaiian dances is that all the moves are part of a story being told. The club stayed true to their history by choosing dances like this for their lu’au.

“One song is called ‘the Paddle Song’ and it is about paddling along,” said Kendal Rice, junior human development and family studies major and dancer in the lu’au. “Another one is called ‘Tahiti Tahiti,’ which is a welcoming song.”

Watching and participating in the dance can be just as exciting when the story of the dance is known, Rice said.

“(You) really get into (the dance) when you know the story,” she said. “It is really neat to tell the story with a song and speak with your hands.”

Not all dancers were from the club or the ethnicity. The club is open to participation from all ethnicities so dancers like Rice, who is not Hawaiian, can experience the culture.

“(People from the culture) are very welcoming and are there to help pronounce words,” Rice said. “We also have powwows where we can talk about the culture.”

That is what the director of Student Life at Larimer County Community College, Keith Robinder, found appealing about the event. He, along with other faculty members from the college, came down for the event with their international students to learn more in the open environment.

“We want our students to gain more awareness of the Hawaiian culture and have a good time while getting to know one another in our last big event before finals,” he said.

The Hui O’Hawaii club also was designed to help students from Hawaii make the transition to the United States and Colorado a bit easier, Campbell said. This is still true despite the loss in members with the repeal of the in-state tuition agreement between the two states.

“Our population of Hawaiian students declined this year. We used to be at around 200 students and now we’re at 80,” Campbell said. “(But) we’re still trying to unite and build a strong community.”

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

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Protesters close their eyes to open worlds to unseen war

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Apr 302006
 
Authors: Emily Lance Rocky Mountain Collegian

As the sun settles over the desert horizon of northern Uganda, a pitter-patter of small feet stirs the dust that trails their paths into urban center havens to escape the attack and abduction of rebel groups.

Children 8 to 18 years old take to the streets every night to trek miles into these hiding places, carrying only tattered blankets, torn clothes and younger siblings. They settle on concrete floors, packed like produce, only to rise the next morning and make the same walk back.

Nearly 140 cities and 55,000 people nationwide mocked this ritual, calling it Global Night Commute, to bring to light what so many have considered to be a dark age for children in Uganda.

Almost 400 advocates from the Fort Collins area took to the streets of Fort Collins on Saturday and flocked into the busy walkways of Old Town Square.

Kevin Collins, sophomore business marketing major from the University of Northern Colorado, drove from Greeley to participate.

“These kids have nothing,” Collins said. “As I was packing, I was thinking ‘I shouldn’t even bring anything.'”

Although Uganda is thousands of miles across land and ocean, the cemented ground, slightly above freezing temperatures and the long treks in Fort Collins, brought the protesters closer to the true experiences of the children’s nightly trek.

Collins decided to take part after learning about the protest from the documentary “Invisible Children.”

“I saw the video and I was moved by the video,” Collins said. “It is a moving piece of work. I signed up all my friends for Global Night Commute.”

Three California college students in search of a story in Africa started “Invisible Children.” Their discovery of these “night commuters” led to the documentary and now a worldwide revolution.

College students, church groups and grade school students were among protestors.

Jeff Borchert and his wife Kate Borchert, both Fort Collins residents, hosted a screening at Everyday Joe’s coffee shop after hearing of the film following their three- month trip to Uganda.

“Everybody wants to make a difference,” Kate Borchert said. “Each of us has a calling. If those three guys (who filmed the movie) didn’t do anything, none of this would have happened.”

Jeff Borchert hopes this event will direct attention to a place the media has largely ignored.

“This is bringing visibility to a 20-year war that has been overlooked by the international community,” Jeff Borchert said. “America likes to look back at these tragedies like Rwanda, but they don’t like to see it in front of their face.”

Office paper was handed out for participants to write letters to President Bush and compose artwork to be formulated in a scrapbook and used in the motion picture of “Invisible Children,” coming to theaters this summer.

Participants requested two things in their letters. They asked that the U.S. government press the United Nations and Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to take every necessary step within their ability to, firstly, end the conflict and protect the civilians in northern Uganda and secondly, ensure adequate humanitarian assistance to the Ugandan children.

Skeptics consider the hope of ending this war a long, sought-after ideal that, in reality, can never be achieved.

Cori Svenson, senior human development and family studies major, coordinated the Global Night Commute in Fort Collins. Svenson said Global Night Commute is an applicable step toward progress the whole community can participate in.

“People are drawn to help and it gives the youth a way to sacrifice comfort for one night,” Svenson said. “This is not necessarily going to end the war. This is educating people.”

Svenson applied for employment with Invisible Children Inc., an organization that spawned from the documentary, and got an inside look at the inner workings of the organization.

“(The employees of Invisible Children Inc.) dream big, they have huge goals and visions,” Svenson said. “They know obstacles will come but they want to take passionate people to help the children.”

Invisible Children Inc. is developing an education program to help war-torn areas reach a competitive Ugandan education standard. The organization also implemented a micro-economic program, which civilians craft a recycled wire bracelet and ship them to sell in the United States.

After hearing the stories of the invisible children, Kelly More, a sophomore health and exercise science major, bought an airline ticket to fly to Uganda in the summer.

“It has been amazing that in less than one year when I heard about “Invisible Children” in September, it came from no one knowing, to this,” More said, looking out at the close-knit sleeping bags aligned along the railways of Old Town Square.

Old town shoppers, roamers and partiers entered the square with puzzled looks, having never seen this approach to protest.

“The only thing I have seen people sleeping outside for is an X-box,” said Brandon Stewart, a first year student at Front Range Community College (FRCC).

Blake Conrad, also a student at FRCC, agreed.

“I have never seen anything like this. You guys are crazy,” Conrad said. “I think it will get the word out.”

Emily Lance can be reached at campus@collegian.com

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Anderson a perfect fit for little shoes

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Apr 272006
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

In 1995, a little known receiver broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent. It was no wonder he went overlooked in all seven rounds, after all, he was 5-foot 10-inches, had less-than-impressive speed and came out of division I-AA Hofstra University.

Clearly it wasn’t the physical attributes that separated Wayne Chrebet from the rest of the pack, it was the fact that he played with more heart and more precision than a lot of the guys in the league. You want a receiver who will go across the middle? Chrebet’s your man. You want a guy who will hold on to a ball if it’s anywhere in his reach? Again, Chrebet’s your man. You want a guy who will run a receiving route to a “T”? You get the point.

But Chrebet is gone. He retired following the 2005 season, due to a head injury, as the New York Jets’ second all-time leader in receptions. This means one thing: there are some small shoes to fill (literally). It’s not too easy finding a guy who will do all the things Chrebet did – but I found him.

For the last three years I’ve watched Dave Anderson tear through Mountain West Conference defenses. I’ve seen the 5-foot 11-inch (a generous measurement) receiver go over the middle and I’ve seen him catch balls he probably shouldn’t have. As far as his routes, they’re the best part of his game. I haven’t seen too many college receivers run such perfect routes. And I’m not the only one.

“(Dave’s) as good as we’ve ever had,” said CSU offensive coordinator Dan Hammerschmidt. “He’s a natural route runner. He has the ability to get open without running a 4.3 (in the 40-yard dash).”

To go across the middle of the field, where all the nasty linebackers patrol like lions over their domain, it takes a special receiver, a tough receiver. Chrebet was that kind of guy. And Anderson will be, given the chance.

“You’ve gotta be a tough guy to make a lot of the catches he’s made,” Hammerschmidt said. “He’s such a tough sucker.”

Toughness aside, the question still remains: Does Anderson have what it takes to be an NFL receiver?

Hammerschmidt, who has coached at the collegiate level since 1986, has no doubt about Anderson’s ability. The first name that came to mind when asked who Anderson compares to: Ricky Proehl. The second was Chrebet.

“I coached against Ricky Proehl when I was a (defensive backs) coach at Duke and he played for Wake Forest,” Hammerschmidt said. “I think Dave’s every bit as good.”

If that’s the case, Anderson would make a good pick. Proehl has more than 8,800 receiving yards for his career with 54 touchdowns.

While I haven’t seen any mock drafts with Anderson’s name listed, I think it would be a big mistake to pass him up.

If they want a replacement for Chrebet, with the 211th pick in the 2006 NFL draft, the New York Jets should select Dave Anderson.

Scott Bondy is the associate managing editor for sports and special sections.

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10 Questions with Klint Kubiak

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Apr 272006
 
Authors: AARON SCHOONMAKER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Recently, I had the chance to catch up with Klint Kubiak, CSU safety and son of Houston Texans head coach (and ex-Denver Broncos quarterback and offensive coordinator) Gary Kubiak. With spring practices done and the NFL draft looming, I hoped to get the scoop on the freshman defensive back, the Rams and the No. 1 pick in the draft (which the Texans hold).

Q: You were born in Houston and grew up in Colorado … What made you choose Colorado State?

A: Basically, it was the football. Coach (Sonny) Lubick gave me a scholarship and a chance to play. When I was young I saw myself going to (Texas) A&M or somewhere like that, but it didn’t work out that way.

Q: You got some playing time last season as a freshman both at safety and on special teams. Now the starting safety job may be up in the air, what one thing did you learn that gives you the advantage this season?

A: It is different going against big time athletes. My experience is a huge confidence boost. I’ve been there now, it’s not the first game anymore, so I know what to expect.

Q: You’ve seen the reports of the poorly funded athletic department. If you had the money, what is one thing you would do for CSU sports?

A: I would like an indoor facility for the football team for the practices on the cold days. But I’m biased and I know all of the other sports have their needs too. An indoor facility would be sweet though.

Q: What is your prediction for the team next season, right now?

A: The way I see it, we’re No. 1 in the conference. If you think you’re second or third, that’s all you’ll ever be. So we’re going to win the conference. As far as the country goes, we’ll have to see how it plays out, but you have to expect to be the best.

Q: There is a lot of debate over players leaving early to go pro. If you were in a position to be a top draft choice early, would you take it?

A: You know, for some guys it may be a situation where financially it’s the best move. I’ve always told myself I would finish school. Getting an education would be number one in my book, but I guess you’d have to be there to know.

Q: Some sources have either Justin Holland or David Anderson (or both) getting drafted in the late rounds. You’ve been on the field with both, where do you put them?

A: They’re both great players and good guys. I think they both deserve to be in the NFL. I’m not Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN draft analyst) so I couldn’t tell you exactly where they’re going. But I wish them the best of luck wherever they go.

Q: Your dad, Gary, put in over 20 years with the Broncos. How hard was the decision to move to Houston on him and the family?

A: It was definitely hard for him. But Houston is pretty much home for us. Being from Houston, it was kind of a dream for him. As a family we know how hard he has worked and he deserves everything. We just wish him the best.

Q: He was a quarterback, you’re a safety. How did that happen, and would you pick him off?

A: It happened because I can’t throw like him. I wasn’t blessed with the arm strength. I played receiver and defensive back in high school and that worked better for me. And, yes, I would pick him off. I’ve looked at some film and he doesn’t look off the safeties.

Q: If you were your dad, and the coach of the Houston Texans, who do you draft with the No. 1 pick?

A: I think you’ve got to take Bush, right? He’s the best athlete I’ve ever seen coming out of school. I ask my dad almost every day and he won’t tell me, he just gives short answers. But I’m not the one studying those guys every day.

Q: So who finishes with the better record next year, the Texans or Broncos?

A: Tough question, you’re trying to get me in trouble. I’ll always be a Broncos fan, but I have to go for my dad. I hope they meet in the playoffs and the Texans win. But I’ll be cheering for both.

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Diabetes awareness

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Apr 272006
 
Authors: Mary Swanson The Rocky Mountain Collegian

It’s easy to get caught up in life’s minor inconveniences.

The cold shower taken because of a roommate’s obnoxiously long one; the professor who walks in 10 minutes late and always keeps class longer; the cold lunch because there wasn’t a seat at the food court. With these little inconveniences, most people take for granted the big things.

Just ask Josiah Washburn, a sophomore criminology major, who was diagnosed with diabetes nine years ago. Diabetes is a disease where the body does not produce or properly process insulin. Every day, diabetics have to inject the missing insulin into their bodies, sometimes as many as eight times.

On Saturday, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) hopes to combat, among other things, discrimination against diabetes in the workforce. They are sponsoring a 5K walk/run at Fossil Creek Park to raise money, awareness and support for diabetes. The ADA hopes to raise $55,000, the majority of which will be given to community outreach programs.

This is good news for Washburn, who feels diabetes education is lacking. It is because of this that his greatest fear is having a diabetic emergency in public.

“The two reasons most people will black out are either diabetes or cardiac arrest, most people at least know some CPR, but no one knows what to do about diabetics,” he said.

Washburn admits to not wearing the medical tags that identify him as a diabetic because he is afraid someone will try to force-feed him sugar in the event he becomes unconscious, which could have fatal results.

It is because of his diabetes that Washburn is choosing to pursue an education in criminology. As a child he dreamed of joining the military. However, he said it is “hard to maintain a normal lifestyle” due to, at times, the intensity of his diabetes. He opted to pursue a career in law enforcement instead.

“Ultimately, I want to become a member of SWAT, but I am also aware the police force may see more of a liability than an asset,” Washburn said.

Diabetes was recently declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control. Every year, diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

“Every 21 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes,” said Christine Palandri, the associate director of the ADA in Denver. The ADA predicts that 7 percent, or 20.8 million people in the United States, have diabetes.

There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes results from the body’s complete failure to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s insulin production is inadequate, or it resists its own insulin production. Insulin is an enzyme that helps convert sugar, starch or other carbohydrates into energy.

If the body is deprived of insulin, “it can’t utilize its own glucose, and the body’s glucose level goes up. This forces the body to get energy elsewhere, making a person constantly hungry and thirsty, all while losing weight rapidly,” said Russell Risma, a physician at Hartshorn Health Services.

Two major risks for people with diabetes are hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the body’s blood glucose or blood sugar is too low, and may cause ketoacidosis, or diabetic coma. Likewise, hyperglycemia is a condition in which the body’s blood sugar is too high, and causes severe dehydration. Diabetics are also at a higher risk for heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage and blindness.

For Washburn, this means injecting himself every morning and evening with a consistent, controlled amount of insulin. After every meal, his blood glucose level must be checked, and fast-acting insulin needs to be administered depending on what he ate and what his blood sugar is. Periodically, his blood glucose level should be checked as well, but Washburn admits to fudging a bit.

“I can normally feel when my blood sugar is too high or low, so a lot of times I only check my levels three times a day,” he said.

Despite what may be seen as limitations to the life of your typical 20-year-old, Washburn keeps a positive attitude.

“I’m not going to go to the bathroom or anything to take my insulin,” he said. “I’m not going to change my life just because I have diabetes.”

Even though his injections may garner stares, Washburn keeps his sense of humor.

“I’ve told people I’m on drugs or taking muscle-enhancing steroids,” he said. “I used to mess with some teachers back in high school.”

Mary Swanson can be reached at regional@collegian.com

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Diabetes Walk

Saturday

10 a.m.

Fossil Creek Park

Walking in the event is free, but there is a $20 registration fee for runners. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Pre-registration can be done at www.diabetes.org or by calling 1-800-676-4065. Outback Steakhouse is providing lunch for all runners, walkers and volunteers for a $10 donation.

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Macy’s comes to Colorado

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Apr 272006
 
Authors: Hallie Woods The Rocky Mountain Collegian

For those fans of sale racks, clearance items and weekly coupons, watch out. Macy’s is taking over Foley’s department stores.

By Sept. 9, Foley’s department stores, previously owned by the May Company, will convert to the Macy’s name as a result of a merger between Federated Department Stores Co. and the May Company.

“Macy’s emerged as a premier national retailer in March 2005 when we changed Federated’s regional department store nameplates,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Federated’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a press release. “We will continue that process in 2006 by converting many of May Company’s regional store nameplates to Macy’s.”

Foley’s is just one of the May Company’s owned department stores that will soon see a name change. Other changes include The Jones Store locations in Kansas and Missouri; Kaufmann’s locations in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia; L.S. Ayres locations in Indiana; Meier & Frank locations in Oregon, Utah and Washington; and Robinsons-May locations in Arizona, California and Nevada. Lord and Taylor will not see a name change and the Marshall Fields name change is still under consideration.

“With these additions, Macy’s will operate about 730 stores, representing virtually every major U.S. market,” Lundgren said.

There are currently 12 Foley’s locations in Colorado that will undergo an identity change.

“The 13th location will open as Macy’s in October at Northfield at Stapleton,” said Janet DeVor, director of Media Relations and Communications for Macy’s West.

For some, the merger causes some concern about prices. Foley’s, famous for name brands at constant discounts and weekly newspaper coupons, will no longer exist.

Lundgren said, however, customers will be offered rewards programs that may make up for the missing Foley’s discounts.

“With additional Macy’s stores, more customers than ever will benefit from our Macy’s Star Rewards customer loyalty program, gift cards that can be used across the country and a nationwide wedding registry,” he said.

With the entrance of Macy’s, Colorado customers will soon see new brands in addition to the traditional brands already existing in Foley’s department stores.

“Macy’s is known for our exclusive private brands such as INC, Alfani,

Charter Club, Club Room and Style & Co,” DeVor said. “Macy’s also has the best national brands and designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole.”

Regardless of the alteration, May Co. and Federated Department Stores are thrilled with the merger and the coming of Macy’s.

“Customers will benefit from having the best of both worlds – the national reach of the Macy’s brand, along with community commitment and local focus for which May Company and Federated are well known,” Lundgren said.

Hallie Woods can be reached at regional@collegian.com

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Rally fights to stop violence

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Apr 272006
 
Authors: Mary Swanson

“2-4-6-8 no more date rape…whatever we wear, where we go, yes means yes, and no means no,” proclaimed a procession of about 200 women marching through Old Town on Thursday night.

At about 8 p.m., CSU students and Fort Collins residents took to the streets for the 15th annual Take Back the Night rally.

The rally, sponsored by the Campus Feminist Alliance, was part of a weeklong advocacy campaign to raise awareness of violence against women.

Prior to the march, two separate Speak Outs were held on campus. Female participants met at the Lory Student Center Sculpture Garden, and male participants met in the Engineering Garden for their respective speak-outs.

The Speak Outs were structured slightly different. A group of about 40 men sat around in a circle, introduced themselves and shared personal experiences while a group of about 100 women gathered around an open microphone to share their experiences.

“Women-identified-folks experience life in different ways than men-identified-folk experiences,” said Ryan Barone in reference to differently structured events. (CQ)es

Despite the separation, both men and women were equally committed to the event’s purpose.

“Violence against women affects us all,” said John Kefalas, (CQ)es a CSU alumnus running for Colorado’s House of Representatives. Kefalas, who participated in the men’s circle, said it was, “great to be able to listen in and share with men in the group.”

Alex Hernandez, a sophomore history education major, (CQ)es agreed that the event was powerful.

“Hearing everyone’s story was really empowering and just realizing that people can survive stuff like that gives me hope,” she said.

The rally began at the Lory Student Center and ended following a march to Old Town Square. When they passed Howes Street, marchers left the sidewalk behind and poured onto Laurel Street, escorted by a CSU Police Department squad car.

The participants experienced almost unanimous support from the surrounding community. Students shouted their support from residence hall windows, cars honked in favor of the demonstrators, and people joined the procession from neighboring houses and restaurants.

The women then met up with the men for a joint rally and celebration featuring more open mic time and local award winning slam poet, Andrea Gibson.

“The night was amazing,” said Delijah Shead, a senior psychology major and emcee of the women’s Speak Out, “It is something that everyone should be involved in at least once.”

Collegian reporter Mike Donovan contributed to this report.

Mary Swanson can be reached at regional@collegian.com

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Our View

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Apr 272006
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

CSU finally looks like it is committed to advancing athletics. With a new athletic director and more student fees allotted for the athletic department, the university appears to be taking steps in the right direction.

While some students do not support the $15 increase in student fees, we at the Collegian feel that it will benefit the university as a whole. Schools with competitive athletic departments are often successful across the board. In order to remain competitive at the Division-I level, we need money.

The increase is contingent on the athletic department meeting requirements specified by ASCSU. One of the most important requirements is having a unified student section in Moby Arena. Another part of the proposed bill will help benefit students at sporting events, making more road trips possible and even free in some cases. ASCSU did a great job with this bill, provided that they will hold the athletic department responsible for the changes. Progress must be shown in order to keep this fee intact.

Whether we like it or not, universities are often recognized based on athletics. While we do not think athletics should define what CSU is, we do think they play an important role in establishing an identity.

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