Witches, cats and Bob Barker – Oh my!

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May 072006
 
Authors: Hilary Davis The Rocky Mountain Collegian

I am not a cat person. I have many quirks, and if we’re going to be meeting like this every week on Page 4, I decided I should be up front with you. I will only paint my toenails a certain color, I don’t eat blue food and I am not a cat person. That’s the important stuff.

That being said, I am a person with a beating and feeling heart – a heart that goes out to those in distress, such as damsels, small children at the bottoms of wells and anyone being mistreated. And sometimes, yes, that category includes cats.

So imagine my indignation when I read in the New York Times about a woman, nay, a practicing witch who studies the principles of both traditional Wicca and Harry Potter (no, I’m not kidding), and keeps more than 30 cats in a tiny apartment in Queens. If you think 30 is bad, you’ll be outraged to know that in 2001, this woman kept more than 100 cats, most spawned from one cat named Whoopee, age 13.

My general understanding of Wiccan principles (i.e. what I Googled five minutes ago) is that its followers do not cast any spell that causes harm. But apparently, Melanie Neer – alias: crazy cat woman – has now cast a spell over her landlord to deflect his “evil intentions.” And his evil intentions are a desire to evict her because of her little feline fetish.

Let’s pause (no pun intended) for a moment and think about what life would be like living with 100 cats. For me, it would mean about 86 sneezes per day, because I am a wheezy, allergic-to-everything kid who is bad at sports. It would also mean endless litter-box changing, constant feeding and the ever-present desire to lint roll everything in sight. OK, maybe that last one would just be me. I am also an anal-retentive, clean-all-the-time kid who secretly wants to be Martha Stewart.

Animal cruelty is not OK. And even if Neer’s intention was to love and enjoy life with her 100 cats, I cannot imagine that 100 cats love and enjoy their life in a small apartment. Apparently, Neer didn’t watch her share of “The Price is Right” growing up, because if she did, she would know to spay and neuter her pets. If only they had done right by Whoopee, none of this would have happened. Of course, when you name a cat Whoopee, what do you expect?

Bob Barker and I are very disappointed.

Hilary Davis is a junior technical journalism and political science major. Her column is set to run weekly during the 2006-07 school year. No cats were harmed in the writing of this column.

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Two faces to every vacation

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May 072006
 
Authors: Luci StorelliCastro

This summer many of us will likely be going back to our respective hometowns or spending our vacation slaving away to help pay for college expenses. Then again, another segment of the population will be more fortunate and spend this summer circling the globe. The fact of the matter is that a significant portion of Americans have become avid world travelers.

For many Americans, the beaches of Cancun in Mexico are a popular summer hotspot. I recall becoming aware of this when my family and I traveled to Mexico a couple of years ago. Although we have made a habit of avoiding areas with dense tourism, we were curious to see what was so attractive about Cancun. So we spent a day trotting through the city of Cancun and its beaches.

I came to the realization that the major appeal of Cancun lies in its ability to provide American tourists with a comfort zone, one that is not foreign, but rather reflective of what is essentially American. In other words, Cancun has accommodated itself to serve the tastes and needs of beholders of the dollar – to draw a parallel, it is the Tex-Mex version of Mexican cuisine.

Along the beaches, next to the overarching posh hotels, foreign hotel guests wear wrist bands signaling their right to be splashing in the water. Those who do not have wrist bands, as was the case with my family and most Mexicans, are not allowed to sunbathe or take a dunk in the water – that land being under the auspices of multinational hotel chains.

Scattered disparately between certain hotels, there are thin slices of public beaches where one will finally come across Mexicans who are not picking up towels or attending to the needs of tourists. These are the common people – those who fall largely outside the radar in Cancun.

Outside the beach resorts there are multinational restaurant chains and lavish clubs. Leisure, recreation and entertainment are 24-hour affairs in Cancun. At the end of the day, however, does anybody stop and wonder what happens to the workers who keep Cancun ticking? Locked in the mirage of paradise, many tourists of Cancun fail to realize that those who work tirelessly to keep them pleased come home to poverty – real, bottom of the barrel, abject poverty.

In a highly globalized world in which our actions increasingly impact others in far off lands, either directly or indirectly, we must revisit our transnational obligations and actions. Do we, the benefactors of cheap labor and resource exploitation, have responsibilities to those who are less fortunate?

Do developed countries, in general, have obligations toward developing countries? Should the hotel guests and multinational corporations lining the beaches of Cancun feel that they have an obligation to better the living standards of Mexican workers who go home to destitute conditions?

According to Dr. Nigel Dower, a visiting philosophy professor from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, the answer to the aforementioned questions is yes – at least, if one accepts the cosmopolitan notion that all human beings matter.

Dr. Dower claims that “as human beings, we have a duty of benevolence to help realize people’s basic human rights, irrespective of where they live.” Dr. Dower further argues that, as inhabitants of developed countries, “we are not just rich and they are poor; they are poor because we are rich.”

When one considers the history of colonialism, imperialistic power surges, support for tyrannical regimes, and what appears to have become the modern-day version of colonialism – the enforcement of neoliberal economic policies – it becomes clear that developed countries have had a hand in exacerbating poverty conditions in many developing countries.

In response to these past and present injustices, we should take serious consideration about the responsibilities we, as individuals, and our country, as a member of the developed country club, have in alleviating poverty and increasing development efforts worldwide. Also, it would not hurt for all those tourists in Cancun to jump on a bus occasionally and see the other face of Mexico.

Poverty is ugly, but a fact of life that we should all be exposed to, rather than protected from – as is the case in Cancun.

Luci Storelli – Castro is a junior double majoring in political science and philosophy.

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Students ship out for the Peace Corps

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May 072006
 
Authors: Emily Lance

Peace Corps officials urged Brooke Harless not to take monkeys as pets.

In the dense forests of Guyana, the primates run rampant and are often abducted as pets by Peace Corps volunteers.

Harless will be leaving for Guyana on the northern tip of South America at the end of this month to begin her volunteer work for the Peace Corps. Harless, a CSU graduate, said most of the villages in Guyana are only accessible by boat because of the marshy plains.

The two-month long training process will begin in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, to teach volunteers language, job skills and health education.

She will be teaching and concentrating on community health outreach in the village.

Harless will be placed in a remote village in the jungle or somewhere along the coast.

“I will live off the land,” Harless said. “I won’t be able to catch a cab or check into a hotel if things get rough.”

Peace Corps officials do weekly check-ups on volunteers, but Harless says the hardest part will be the loneliness.

“The culture is made up of warm people. I will be a person of trust to look to for health education,” Harless said. “But this will use every part of me.”

Burkina Faso

On June 4, Joel Turner will land in a land-locked country South of Mali called Burkina Faso.

Turner, a CSU graduate, applied for the Peace Corps in June of 2005 and received an invitation in March.

In a new program for a community outreach group, Turner will be placed as a mediator in a Burkina Faso village to help establish a Girls Empowerment Education program.

“The country has one of the lowest female literacy rates,” Turner said. “The program was set up to attempt to counter stereotypes that women are only child bearers and have no place in the work force.”

Before entering the village, Turner will be training for 11 weeks with the host family in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagodougou. In addition to the language, job and cross-cultural training, he will also be taught in malaria, HIV and AIDS awareness.

As a result of the increased spread of the HIV and AIDS virus in Africa, the Peace Corps has strengthened its training in addressing the multiple health, social and economic problems related to the epidemic. All volunteers in Africa, regardless of their primary project, will be equipped to educate their community about the virus.

Turner will be training four to six hours a day in French, the regional language in Burkina Faso. More than 40 languages are spoken within the separate villages.

“An exciting thing will be learning all the intricacies of Africa,” Turner said.

One cultural difference that came as a surprise to Turner is that using the left hand or giving an object with the left is “one of the biggest culture taboos.”

Turner is left-handed.

How to join

Generally, volunteers need a college degree or seven years experience in the field they will be applying for. Additional volunteer work is also encouraged.

“Find out as much information as possible. Web sites and blogs from Peace Corps volunteers are a great resource,” Turner said.

To begin, potential volunteers fill out an online application with general history questions about work, volunteer and study experience. Essay questions addressing a personal motivation statement and cross-cultural experience are requested.

An interview is then set up with the local representative. Christy Eylar is CSU’s campus recruiter and representative. The recruiter will determine whether the applicant will qualify for an interview with the regional representative in Denver.

After the regional interview, the representative will analyze qualifications and, if a job is available to meet the applicant’s experience, all of the documents will be sent to federal headquarters to finish final processing.

“The job placement is vague,” said Eylar, a graduate student studying anthropology. Until an invitation is sent, the applicant will not be notified to which host country they will work in.

Medical clearance and an FBI background check are assessed, which takes two to five months and then the application is sent to a placement office.

“The application process is so long, it weeds out a lot of applicants,” Turner said. “It is normally an eight-month process.”

Once the candidate finally receives the invitation, plans are made for training before the volunteer begins the assigned work. The entire service is 27 months and three of those months are set aside for training. The volunteer lives with the host family during that time.

The Peace Corps is completely paid for by the government. Volunteers are given 48 days that they can spend doing as they please. The program also covers any plane tickets purchased to fly to the United States.

“Who wouldn’t want to do this?” Turner said. “It is the only volunteer program that I know of that pays for everything.”

After returning, many students work to continue their education. With a submission of a 30-page testimony of a volunteer’s time in the Peace Corps, some universities will count two semesters of credits toward a graduate degree.

Eylar volunteered for the Peace Corps in 2001. She traveled to Boliva where she helped children build vegetable gardens and worked to raise money to build latrines in the area.

“(The Peace Corps) is a life adventure and could help mold your future,” Eylar said.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.

The Peace Corps aims to help the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women and promoting a better understanding of Americans on the part of people served.

Informational, on-campus meetings are held nearly every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Laurel Hall. More information is available at www.peacecorps.gov.

Emily Lance can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Peace Corps Stats By the Numbers

Peace Corps officially established:

March 1, 1961

Total number of volunteers and trainees to date:

182,000

Total number of countries served:

138

Volunteers

Current number of volunteers and trainees:

7,810

Gender:

58% female, 42% male

Marital Status:

91% single, 9% married

People of Color:

16% of Peace Corps volunteers

Average age:

28 years old

Volunteers over age 50:

6% (oldest Volunteer is 79)

Education:

96% have at least an undergraduate degree, 13% have graduate studies or degrees

Current number of countries served:

70 posts serving 76 countries

Volunteers by Work Area: Education (34%), Health and HIV/AIDS (20%), Environment (16%), Business Development (16%), Agriculture (6%), Youth (3%), Other (6%)

Source: www.peacecorps.gov

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GREEN STRIKES GOLD

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May 072006
 
Authors: Emily Lance Rocky Mountain Collegian

Jason Green considered dropping out of college.

“When I was an RA, I was going through a lot of personal issues,” the first-generation scholar said. “My friends are what have kept me here and have kept me positive.”

And he’s glad they did. Green is now the university’s first black ASCSU president – and he won it by a landslide.

The beginnings

It began with Green’s diverse background. His bloodlines flow from Chinese, Native American, Spanish and African-American peoples.

He grew up in Aurora, where his parents and two brothers still reside. The diverse neighborhood was filled with ethnic backgrounds from Asian, Hispanic, black and white cultures.

“I never really identify with multiracial just because of my appearance, I identify with black American,” Green said.

Green’s diverse family tree branched off into a multicultural group of friends as he grew older.

“That has been my upbringing so I think that is why I feel comfortable in a (diverse) setting like CSU,” the senior psychology major said. “If you want to talk to me I will talk to you, that is just how I was brought up. That is how I was raised.”

Green’s mother, Diana, played a large role in teaching him openness and acceptance.

“I have a lot of respect for my mom,” Green said. “I am a first-generation student, and I think it was her goal to make sure we all have an education.”

Visits to the Greens’ house are welcomed with open arms and the sweet aroma of Southern cooking. Barbeque ribs and mashed potatoes are sometimes the sweetest things about going home, Green said.

“My mom can cook; she can throw it down,” Green said. “I am all about the home cookin’.”

Growing up with adversity

As a freshman he was studious, but during his sophomore year, Green emerged into the party scene and became more social.

While a sophomore resident assistant in Durward Hall, Green met a resident he suspected to be a white supremacist.

“It was the first contact I had with someone who disliked me based on my race,” Green said. “He was never threatening, but he did preach about what his viewpoints were and that kind of discouraged me.”

Green’s mother has seen a pattern of racism throughout Jason’s life.

“It is a daily battle. Things were thrown at him that were unfair,” she said. “A (CSU) administrator told him to consider a community college.”

She said Green and his friends were walking out of a store one day and were stopped randomly by a police officer to check their bags and receipts for no reason.

Among the racial barriers, Green was faced with numerous other personal problems.

“I had a lot different personal issues, which can just be part of the growing process,” Green said. “I went through things that people normally go through freshman year.”

Mike Ellis, executive director of the Lory Student Center, describes Green as “one of those students who seeks out resources.”

“He sought many people out, individuals who could help him see what gifts and skills he had and how he could put them into action,” Green said. “He reached down inside and made it work.”

Mr. Green goes to the Plaza

Green met Sadie Conrad at the ASCSU retreat. They were both standing in the back, wondering what they had gotten themselves into.

Because of their positive energy and close ties with faculty, fellow ASCSU cabinet members encouraged Green and Conrad, a senior nutrition and food sciences major, to run an election campaign.

Green’s and Conrad’s main objective is to make sure the cabinet is a true representation of the student body and wants all different viewpoints to be represented in administrative, community and legislative affairs.

“I think with diversity of the cabinet we will get those different viewpoints but we will also be seeking out students more,” Green said. “We are requiring all cabinet members to attend outside programming next year. When we show support for other organizations, we will get the support we need to become more successful.”

Green also wants to engage the students with the diversity programs that are already available to them.

“It is OK to be an advocate,” Green said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that you identify with that community, but I can say I am aware. I may not be able to fill your shoes and might not know where you are coming from but can at least be aware and understand.”

Green also wants open communication between students and the ASCSU cabinet members.

“I want everybody to know that we are there to serve them. We are going to do all the work to make the students successful,” Green said. “Every full time student is a member of ASCSU. It seems like in the past we seem to be a very exclusive group and that is why I joined, to try to shake things up.”

To help students understand the allocation of their student fees, Green hopes to involve them with the internal issues of the government. ASCSU oversees the spending of more than $16 million.

“I want the students to know that we are fighting for more student funding for higher education,” Green said.

Future Aspirations

In contrast to most of the former presidents, Green is a psychology major, which shades the glasses a bit differently.

“When he looks at things, he looks at others,” Ellis said.

Because of Green’s background, he has not considered a career in politics. His mom strongly opposes a political profession.

“Politics, to me, seems like they’re not after making a difference. They attack an issue that is so in the clouds that it doesn’t affect personal issues,” Diana Green said. “I do not want him to be in politics, but the kid seems to have a passion for it so how can I stop him?”

If his personality could be integrated into the job, Green said, a political career would be a definite possibility.

“I just feel like you can really affect change when you are in a position of power,” the new president said.

His mom agreed.

“He told me ‘it is really kind of funny how everyone is applauding me for what I’ve done, but I am still the same old guy,'” she said.

Emily Lance can be reached at campus@collegian.com.

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Campus Blotter

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May 072006
 
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Wednesday

Drugs at Whitcomb and Lake streets – student cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Several Traffic Enforcement and Education Program cites and several warnings.

Harassment at Braiden Hall – student has been receiving harassing e-mails.

Traffic citation at Cambridge House lot – individual cited for driving under revocation.

Warrant arrest.

Harassment – student is receiving harassing phone calls from an individual using a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf telephone.

Officer is investigating a possible harassment of a faculty member by a student.

Thursday

Driving under the influence (DUI) at Shields and Summer streets – driver chose a blood test.

Traffic citation – driver cited for driving while insurance canceled and no proof of insurance.

DUI on the 1400 block of Shields Street – driver chose a blood test.

Bike theft from the east side of Durward Hall – a red and silver (brand unknown) bicycle was taken sometime during the past three weeks.

Suspicious person was put in touch with the proper resources.

Harassment at Newsom Hall – individual cited for yelling profanities at the office manager.

Motor vehicle accident: hit-and-run in the Visual Arts lot.

Assisted Fort Collins Police Services in trying to locate a lost child in the area of Remington and Elizabeth streets – child was found unharmed.

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UCC staff awaits trial

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May 072006
 
Authors: JAMES BAETKE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Two CSU employees accused by police of mishandling $17,000 in cash are set to face trials this summer, while friends of one of the employees – the head of the University Counseling Center – are showing support.

UCC administrative assistant Reva Jeannette Miles, 55, is set to face a jury May 30 on a felony count each of theft and embezzlement along with a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a financial transaction device.

She could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted of just one of the felonies, according to court documents.

Her supervisor, UCC Director Charles Davidshofer, also faces a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct, and is set to appear in court on May 24.

Miles had resigned last year after CSU police implicated her in stealing $17,000 over a three-year period while working as an administrative assistant at the counseling center. She allegedly pocketed most of the university’s cash deposits while only depositing checks.

CSU police arrested Miles on Sept. 6 after Brian Grube, the university bursar and cash manager, found that $27,000 worth of cash was missing between July 2002 and April 2005 from the counseling center.

Miles, who is staying in Texas, must return to Fort Collins five days before her trial to avoid any possible complications, according to an order granted by the Larimer County District Court.

Miles’ arrest came after a five-month police investigation and internal audit that found evidence of departmental misconduct, including concerns with cash handling, personal phone use, sick leave, inadequacy of supervisory oversight and ACARD purchases – cards university employees can use to make approved, business purchases.

CSUPD Detective Eric Lintz concluded in his report that “the UCC culture has been left on its own and has no accountability for at least 13 years, and probably beyond that.”

Police accused Miles’ immediate supervisor, Davidshofer, in January of turning a blind eye to the financial mishaps of his department.

Davidshofer’s trial is expected some time this summer and he has since filed a request to squelch all pretrial publicity, an order approved earlier this year.

UCC today

The status of the UCC today remains the same, said Linda Kuk, vice president for student affairs. Kuk acknowledges she has made personal agreements with Davidshofer while he awaits trail.

Kuk ultimately decided to keep Davidshofer off administrative leave because the criminal charge in January did not shed any additional light on Davidshofer’s role in the UCC scandal.

“The decision to keep things as they were was related to the fact that no new information was shared that differed from what we knew from August or September,” Kuk said.

Kuk is still in charge of overseeing the financial affairs of the UCC and said Davidshofer is still handling the ins and outs of payment to the center. Davidshofer has worked at CSU for 36 years.

“As soon as the audit was concluded, I immediately moved to strengthen everything and make sure everything was in order,” Kuk said.

Support for Davidshofer

Ernie Chavez, chair for the psychology department and a 30-year-plus veteran at CSU, said all cash handling procedures were halted in his department once the UCC troubles came to light last year.

“Because of Jeannette (Miles’) behavior, all the rules have changed for the rest of us,” Chavez said.

Chavez has personally known Davidshofer for more than 30 years and believes the UCC director should be held responsible at an administrative level, but not criminally.

“If you are the individual in charge, you are still in charge of everything that goes on, even if you aren’t aware of what’s happening,” Chavez said.

Chavez says he regularly sees Davidshofer at church on Sundays and riding his bike to campus.

“I have a strong personal relationship with him,” he said. “There isn’t a dishonest bone in Chuck Davidshofer’s body.”

In 2005, Davidshofer received a distinguished administrative professional award from the university.

Grant Sherwood, former interim vice president for student affairs who recently retired from CSU after 36 years, says Davidshofer is not the type to ignore criminal mischief.

“I truly believe he had no idea of the cash handling problem going on at the UCC,” Sherwood said. “I was very disappointed to see Chuck caught up in that.”

James Baetke can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Correction

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May 072006
 
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An opinion column in the April 17 Housing Guide that was critical of University House at Ram’s Pointe was not clearly labeled as a commentary and the author failed to give the company an opportunity to respond to several allegations levied in the piece. The column was solely the opinion of the author. The Collegian regrets these errors.

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International athletes thrive at CSU

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May 042006
 
Authors: Mike Donovan

Of the nine members on CSU’s men’s golfing team, three of them hail from Europe, including two from Scotland.

They are not the only Ram team to have international athletes. CSU is home to foreign-born tennis players, swimmers, cross-country runners and female golfers. These athletes contribute not only on the playing field, but also to the diversity that makes up the university.

International athletes have not only adjusted to living and playing in America, they have thrived in it.

Kevin McAlpine, the pride of Blairgowrie, Scotland, has been named to the All-Mountain West team during his four-year career in Fort Collins. Canadian swimmer Chandra Engs was named to the All-Mountain West second team for her efforts in the 200-meter individual medley.

However, the most successful current international athlete comes all the way from Hadsund, Denmark. Anne Andersen made the 4,900-mile trek from her native land and has found a home away from home on CSU’s tennis courts.

All Andersen has done in her two years at CSU is rewrite the record book. In her inaugural season, she set the freshman record for winning percentage. In her just-completed sophomore season, Andersen combined with Oregon native Emily Kirchem to set the team record for most victories by a doubles team and named first team all-conference.

Some may argue that these athletes only thrive because they are competing in individual sports. I, however, disagree with this assumption. As Andersen and Kirchem have proved, it doesn’t matter what country an athlete is from, it matters how good of an athlete you are.

One needs to look no further than this year’s NCAA Final Four to find international thriving in American team sports. Frenchman Joakim Noah led the Florida Gators to their first men’s basketball title, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute helped UCLA earn its first finals appearance in 11 years. Mbah a Moute is likely to be the second native of Cameroon to play in the NBA – the first was Ruben Boumtje Boumtje.

Adding an international player might give Dale Layer and Jenn Warden some needed help to their basketball teams. One of CSU’s most famous basketball alumni, Milt Palacio, has foreign flair. The son of Belizean immigrants, Palacio has played seven seasons in the NBA.

Whether or not international athletes are a key to winning championships is debatable. However, when athletes leave their native lands and come to CSU, they have proven that they win. And that is something almost every CSU team needs to do a little more.

Mike Donovan can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Scots Find Home with CSU golf

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May 042006
 
Authors: GRANT MEECH The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Kevin McAlpine might never have been to America before his freshman year, but that has not stopped him from becoming one of the best-known golfers in the Mountain West Conference.

He had lived his whole life in Scotland until he came here to play golf. He was 18 years old, alone, in a foreign country and brought everything he owned with him. The young golfer was scared at first, but settled in eventually.

McAlpine, 22, like many Scottish and international golfers, came to America for a chance to prove himself on the course. International flavor is a common trait in collegiate golf, and CSU is no stranger to it.

Men’s head coach Jamie Bermel’s roster contains three international members: freshman Herve Gevers from Antwerp, Belgium, McAlpine, and junior Adam Nelson from Glasgow, Scotland.

The women’s team doesn’t have any international players on its roster currently but head coach Angie Hopkins said she is always recruiting international golfers.

“It gives you more of a market when you can tap into the world,” Hopkins said. “They are an elite group.”

These golfers come here because their countries lack collegiate athletic programs that Americans are so accustomed to. McAlpine said the universities in Scotland have programs, but they aren’t as competitive as the systems here.

“They’ll have a tournament over there once a month,” McAlpine said with his thick Scottish accent. “But the majority of the time is spent partying and it isn’t taken serious.”

McAlpine knew he wanted to play in the states when he was about 16. He sent letters and videos to coaches in America but it was former Ram golfer and fellow Scot Martin Laird who got the ball rolling.

“I played on the Scottish national team with Martin and I told him my story,” said McAlpine. “Then I got a phone call from Coach Bermel.”

Six of the nine golfers for CSU are American, but Bermel found something special in his Scottish senior.

“What I liked about Kevin was he was one of the top five players in Scotland and that’s better than the 400 golfers in the U.S,” Bermel said.

Part of the appeal to coaches is a golfer’s ability to perform well in bad conditions. The main difference between Scottish golf and American golf is the weather, Nelson said. Scottish winds are very nasty and can cause trouble on the golf course, and having a player experienced in these types of conditions can be very valuable.

“They are used to playing in bad weather,” said Bermel. “It doesn’t bother them.”

The trip across the pond has worked out for McAlpine. Last year, he held the lowest scoring average on the team with 72.53, and was the only Ram to make the All-MWC conference team. In addition, McAlpine had his best finish of the season when he tied for fourth at the Barona Cup Tournament in San Diego.

Nelson redshirted this season, but the future looks bright for him and the men’s golf team.

Golf brought them here, and golf will eventually take them back. With the season now over, McAlpine will finish up his final exams and head home to Blairgowrie where he will work on his game. His wish is to come back and play competitively in the U.S.

Grant Meech can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Mishawaka set to begin 90th year of operation

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May 042006
 
Authors: JP Eichmiller

Mishawaka Amphitheatre, now in its 90th year of operation, is set to begin its summer outdoor concert series with the second annual “Pickin’ on the Poudre Bluegrass Festival,” May 12 and 13.

The “Mish” as it is referred to often by locals, is located 13.7 miles up Highway 14 along the Poudre Canyon and has been a staple of music enthusiasts for decades in Colorado as well as tourists and river users who enjoy stopping in for food or a drink.

“There is nothing else like it and there never will be,” said Robin Jones, owner and proprietor of Mishawaka Amphitheatre. “We have been compared to Red Rocks as one of the best venues in Colorado.”

This year’s “Pickin’ on the Poudre” festival is being produced and managed by Mishawaka interns and CSU students Sean MacAskill and Eric Farnan. The two students, who also operate Live Mountain Music – an artist management and concert promotion company – have been working since November to bring artists, stage designers and non-profit organizations together to kick off the beginning of the summer season as well as the conclusion of finals at CSU.

“We are going to be showcasing the diverse blend of acoustic music that goes on in Colorado,” said MacAskill, a junior natural resource major. “Eric and I wanted to do something that showcases the progressive acoustic roots of bluegrass.”

MacAskill and Farnan believe the Mish is the perfect setting for the festival they created last year.

“Mishawaka is a place where you can enjoy a multi-sensory experience, recreation in the day and music at night,” MacAskill said. “What sets it aside from everywhere else is the uniqueness of the land and the communal atmosphere.”

Jones values the CSU connections he has made and depends heavily on CSU student employees during the summer concert months.

“I hire an additional 45 employees for the summer months and about 60 to 70 percent of them are CSU students.”

This year’s festival is also set to feature one of CSU’s most popular homegrown bands, Head For the Hills. The four-piece string band features members who are all CSU students.

Also slated to perform during the festival are Jeff Austin (of Yonder Mountain String Band) and friends, Swing Set, The Wayward Sons, The Laughing Hands, Wildwood Hollar! and Jeff Miller to name a few.

Mishawaka’s music stage is located literally feet from the Poudre River, providing audience members with a backdrop of roaring rapids and towering mountain peaks.

“We are expecting a pretty good crowd this year,” Farnan said. “Last year over 1,200 tickets were sold for the two-day weekend and this year we are expecting sales to be better.”

Parking can be tight due to limited assigned areas along Highway 14 so concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early and obey street signs.

“Camping in designated campgrounds or the KOA down the canyon is allowed,” Jones said. “There is no camping allowed along the highway, and cars need to be moved by 2 a.m.”

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For more information on the Pickin’ on the Poudre Bluegrass Festival, visit pickinonthepoudre.net

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