Our View

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May 042006
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

The end is here. This issue of the Collegian marks the culmination of the work of this year’s staff. We would like to thank all those who have turned to the Collegian for their daily news, RamTalk and Sudoku satisfaction. Our staff has worked hard to represent, as best we could, the student voice of Colorado State University.

Whether you grabbed a copy to keep you awake during class, or to get riled up at Ryan Chapman and write a scathing letter to the editor in response, we hope no matter which part of the paper was your favorite, we provided you with the type of newspaper that you craved.

Sometimes as journalists we have to report the bad news, like a fraternity being busted for alcohol infractions or our sports teams losing on the road, but when it comes down to it, we are proud to be CSU Rams. We take just as much pride in Ram tradition and our institution of higher learning as anyone else.

We might not miss the late nights (technically early mornings), the crashing computers or the hate mail, but we will miss the satisfaction of overhearing someone in our class talking about how good our story was, or how cool the photo on the front page looked.

We feel privileged that we could entertain and inform you and tell your stories of triumph and tragedy.

Thank you for picking our paper off the racks every day – we hope we served you well. And we wish you, our readers, the best of luck in all that you do.

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Ram Talk

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May 042006
 
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Not only do I base how good my day will be off the number of stars in my daily horoscope, but I also cross check my potential happiness with my ability to complete the Sudoku puzzle and get half-way through the crossword. If I can do that, it’s gonna be a FANTASTIC day!

So RamRide isn’t running anymore this year. Back to the days of scrambling through your cell phone trying to find a ride at 2 a.m.

Does anyone else think the Collegian should have a new, more educated editorial staff next year?

So, I hear the university is considering paying almost $180K over two years to have live-in babysitters for nine fraternity houses. I don’t remember being asked if I wanted my money going into fraternity houses, do you?

I am a truly tolerant person because I am intolerant of persons being intolerant of intolerance.

I think we all need to bring our dogs on walks around campus and maybe have a dog park on the west side of the LSC.

After watching MTV the past few days, I’m inspired to start a “Yo Mamma” club at CSU. You can join if you have good delivery, originality, creativity and sting. All I need is a Fez. “One thousand dollars cashmoney!”

Why is it that no matter how hard I try to avoid the creeper row in front of me, they’re always there. I could be in the third row and they’re right in front of me; the fifth row, right in front of me … stalkerish?

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Best of Ram Talk

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May 042006
 
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I saw a squirrel doing the Sudoku puzzle today. Then it got mad at me for copying some of his answers.

Did you notice that when the steam pipe burst, the entire campus reeked of fish? I guess we know how the lagoon goldfish story ended now. Rest in peace, little gold buddies.

Dear Time Traveler, I am your man. I will be able to keep my wits about me in a sticky situation. Also, my knowledge of history may serve us well. I am excited about this venture. However, I require some details of our trip before I commit. P.S. I don’t do dinosaurs.

If God didn’t want me to sit around all Saturday drinking beer in my underwear, he would have made sloth a sin.

My dream girl wears big-framed sunglasses and Ugg boots … Where am I going to find a girl like that at CSU?

I’m the guy that ran from the bike police that has been mentioned a couple of times, so I thought I’d send in my two cents. Here it is: If by “caught me,” you mean I got off campus, was completely hung over and decided to stop, then you are half right. If you mean your partner then RAN INTO MY STOPPED BIKE and flipped over, also “eating it,” well, now you’ve got it. Crack team of bike specialists you all are. Keep up the good work.

Dick Cheney shot one of his friends in the face. How gangsta is that?

Un-fazed by the roundhouse kick of Chuck Norris, John Elway promptly led a fourth quarter comeback win.

How many CU freshmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, that’s a senior course!

I saw a squirrel eating a nut. Then it threw the nut down and said in a British accent, “Effin’ nuts! Fed up with ’em always. I long for a grapefruit.”

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To the Editor:

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May 042006
 
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Thank goodness Zacarias Moussaoui did not get the death penalty! And congrats to the Collegian for agreeing with this, as he would have wanted to take the easy way out and die rather than spending his days in jail and truly suffering for what he has done. The real problem, though, lies with the idea of the death penalty.

The main argument for the penalty is that it is supposedly a deterrent for those who may commit crimes in the future. Well, this may have been true when they used to hang people in public, but I believe we have advanced since the 19th century.

To quote a very good friend of mine, “There are three types of people who commit crimes worthy of the death penalty: the mentally insane (who we don’t kill anyway), those who believe they will get away with the crime and those who don’t care if they live or die (such as terrorists).”

This punishment is not a deterrent for any of these people, and the government is wasting so much money putting people to death (mainly because of the appeals process and the legal system) that it ends up costing more to put someone to death than imprison him for life.

Lastly, I know that, if I were given the option, I would choose to die rather than spend my life in jail. It is a much more severe punishment to have someone stuck in a room with only limited action and sunlight for the rest of his life than to put him away for a relatively short period of time and kill him. We must progress and eliminate the death penalty in this country.

Chris Turnbull-Grimes

senior

civil engineering

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To the Editor:

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May 042006
 
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Your opinion regarding the sentence received by Moussaoui was ridiculous. You claim that the sentence of life in prison is worse than death, openly admitting that the conditions of confinement are such as to cause severe psychological trauma. Yet, you later claim the sentence shows mercy. Yes, how merciful we humanitarian liberals of the 20th century are.

What was also ridiculous was your criteria for determining what constituted the “right” decision. What seems to matter to you is not some standard of right or wrong, or any notion of justice, but instead what the Arab world thinks of the United States and what Moussaoui seemingly wanted (to you anyway), as if these have any bearing on justice.

Justice would have been a swift two-day trial (not four years), followed the next day by a public execution by hanging on the Washington mall. It is interesting that your weak stomach for capital punishment and your weak sense of justice does not make you humanitarians at all, and instead your natural outrage for such criminals manifests itself in a perverse taste for psychological suffering.

Sincerely,

James Easton

2nd bachelor’s, civil engineering

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Cinco de Mayo more than fiestas, margaritas

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May 042006
 
Authors: Marissa HuttonGavel The Rocky Mountain Collegian

With the issue of immigration filling the pages of the America’s newspapers and the screens of America’s TV sets, students have a chance today to celebrate one culture’s heritage in the midst of making its history.

Cinco de Mayo is commonly viewed as a last chance to party before finals. But it is a holiday to remember the past and a chance to look forward to what can be accomplished in the future.

As Rich Salas, assistant director for El Centro Student Services said, a Mexican army of 4,000 people decided “enough was enough” and defeated a much larger French army. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of this victory 144 years ago in Puebla, Mexico.

“This battle demonstrates today that no matter how insurmountable the odds may seem, with perseverance and determination you can accomplish anything and be victorious,” Salas wrote in an e-mail. “The example of standing up for our rights and human dignity is just as important today than it was then.”

The moral of the Cinco de Mayo story is that even the underdog can prevail with enough courage and support and that although society has made some progress, ignorance and fear of different cultures are still obstacles.

“The lesson we can take from this historical battle applies to many injustices that continue to occur today and how we can prevail by unifying and organizing,” Salas wrote.

As executive director for the community-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration planning team for more than 25 years, Salas believes in the following quote from Cesar Chavez when it comes to celebrating cultural history.

“The celebration and preservation of one’s culture does not require disrespect or contempt of other cultures,” he quoted. “We have the right to celebrate who we are. It does not imply we are ‘un-American’ as some crazy critics are saying.”

CSU will celebrate today with numerous events on the Lory Student Center Plaza.

The Latino Greek Council (LGC) is hosting events all day, which are set to begin at 10 a.m. on the Plaza. Graduate student Jesse Ramirez will read poetry and speak about the holiday’s history.

The dance group “Folklorico Raices de Mexico Ramirez” will perform traditional Aztec dances. At 11a.m. a performance by the Lambda Theta Nu Step Team will open for keynote speaker David Winter.

“The theme of the day is unity and a lot of times white kids don’t understand how they can fit in to the celebration,” said Elizabeth Salamanca, senior human development and family studies major.

Winter will speak about unity among all people.

The second half of the day will focus on traditional Latin dancing and a performance by the Pi Lambda Chi Stem Team. Musical group Grupo Aztlan will round out the day with a performance at 1:30 p.m.

Other events around town will include “An Evening with Dolores Huerta” at 7 p.m. at the Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 E. Willow St. Huerta, who will also speak on campus today, is an advocate for immigrant workers’ rights and worked closely with Cesar Chavez.

Marissa Hutton-Gavel can be reached at campus@collegian.com

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Cinco de Mayo Events Around Town:

Saturday:

– Cinco-Cinco 5K run/walk

8 a.m.

CSU Oval

– Cinco de Mayo fiesta

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dance at the White Buffalo, 5400 N. Garfield

Sunday:

– “Dia de la Familia”

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Northside Community Center

All ages

For more info. on cinco de mayo events visit cincocinco.colostate.edu

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Why study when there’s Sudoku?

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May 042006
 
Authors: Margaret Canty

The class appears studious. Pens are moving quickly along the paper, and students are completely enveloped in what they’re writing.

Or so the professor thinks.

In actuality, many newly attentive classes aren’t due to buckling down for finals or ending the semester strong, but because of a Japanese game craze that has swept CSU’s campus, especially in the classroom.

“Sudoku is very addictive,” Claire Bishop, a senior social sciences major, said. “I do it in class. Everyone does it in class.”

Kayla Kastrow, freshman biology major and daily Sudoku-doer, agrees.

“Everyone I know does them,” she said. “They’re very popular. They’re something to distract me from class.”

For those who haven’t yet become “addicted,” Sudoku, which according to daily-sudoku.com means “the number that is single,” is a puzzle based on logic. It’s generally a square grid, with nine regions, each divided into nine squares. The object is to fill each square with a number from one to nine, without having the same number repeat itself in any column, row or square region, given a few existing numbers.

“I think it’s great,” Dr. Karen Raines, an assistant professor of biology, said. “My daughter does a couple a day and I think it’s good for the mind.”

Raines, who has not seen the puzzles as a distraction, said that there is evidence that working puzzles helps prevent the onset of dementia and stimulates the brain cells.

Bishop, however, just does them for fun.

“It’s a game everyone can do,” she said, “but it’s hard enough to be challenging. To do the crossword, you have to know a lot more.”

Cara Buckley-Ott, a speech and communications lecturer, said Sudoku has become a part of our pop culture.

“Trends like Sudoku are able to spread fast in this time period because we have multiple means of media, like the Internet,” she said.

Buckley-Ott believes that Sudoku has become like the “funny pages,” something people just expect to see in newspapers.

Kastrow said the Collegian’s daily Sudoku was a “great idea,” and it has become the one reason she picks up the paper.

“I started over winter break because I saw one in a magazine,” she said. “I really like numbers so I’ve been doing it more and more. They’re addictive.”

Some “addicts” have their own methods for solving them, however there is a general procedure taken to complete the puzzle.

Solving Sudoku, according to wikipedia.com, includes three processes: scanning, marking-up and analyzing.

Scanning is done at the beginning and throughout solving. It involves “cross-hatching,” or checking columns and rows while using the process of elimination to identify which line could contain which numbers.

One then counts out numbers in the columns, rows and regions and identifies which numbers are missing.

From there, marking-up begins, where possible numbers for each cell are entered in the boxes.

Once the boxes are “marked-up,” the solver can perform the analysis, where number candidates are eliminated until only one option is left.

For those whose Sudoku needs aren’t satisfied with the one the Collegian offers, books now offer pages full of the puzzles. Meghan Meno, a freshman chemical engineering major, buys books to use when she can’t find a paper. She said they cost anywhere between $1 and $5, depending on the size.

Buckley-Ott believes Sudoku’s popularity will continue to grow, and Larissa Malone, a freshman microbiology major, thinks she knows why.

“Sudoku challenges the math side of your brain that you’re not using all day. It’s logic and puzzle solving,” she said. “Plus it’s /ber fun.”

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Popular political science teacher retires, helps student win award in last hurrah

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May 042006
 
Authors: NATASHA GRUNDEN The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Longtime foreign policy instructor Robert Lawrence is retiring after more than 30 years teaching in the political science department at CSU.

“Professor Lawrence has always been helpful and supportive of my endeavors as a student at CSU. He has served as a great adviser regarding my pursuit of law school,” said Christina Farhart, a senior political science and psychology double major.

In his time at CSU, Lawrence taught Introduction to American Government, National Security Policy, American Foreign Policy, Space Policy, Environmental Policy, capstone courses in the honors program and political science. But Lawrence doesn’t keep his work inside the classroom. He is known to help students outside of class, and most recently, has helped one student obtain a significant scholarship.

Awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at the University of Ghana for nine months, Luci Storelli-Castro, a political science and philosophy double major and Collegian columnist, obtained the award with Lawrence’s help.

“Dr. Lawrence’s role in my receiving this award should not be understated,” Storelli-Castro said. “To begin with, he informed me about the scholarship opportunity. He also wrote me a very generous letter of recommendation, kept interest on my research of African universities and, upon passing the first round of interviews, he helped prepare me for the last interview by supplying me with information about Rotary. Overall, he was a great source of support and an exceptional mentor.”

Lawrence started teaching in 1960 at the University of Kansas as a graduate student. He went on to teach at Texas Tech, the Hudson Institute, the Stanford Research Institute and the University of Arizona before making his way to CSU in 1971. During the 1990s, he taught at CSU in the morning, at the University of Colorado in the afternoon and a TV class at the University of Wyoming.

“Teaching at a land grant school provides the opportunity to work with students from farm and blue collar families, as well as students from other backgrounds, which was not so much the case at Colorado and Arizona,” Lawrence said. “Such diversity in background is stimulating.”

But there are more reasons that Lawrence is a notable instructor, Storelli-Castro said.

“I think Dr. Lawrence stands out as a professor because not only does he have a strong grasp of the material he is covering, but he also has established creative modes of presenting information. He throws quite the skits in class, morphing into the chairman of the Chinese Communist Party one moment and into God the next moment,” she said. “He provokes students to learn by providing a stimulating and intellectually challenging classroom environment.”

But one can’t talk about Lawrence without discussing his passion: nuclear weapons.

“He incorporates a discussion on nuclear weapons wherever he can fit one, even when reading Dr. Seuss books,” Storelli-Castro said.

After countless lectures and interactions with hundreds of students, Lawrence leaves students with one overarching piece of advice.

“My message to students is to strike a balance between learning as much as possible in their chosen field … and enjoying the college experience outside the classroom,” Lawrence said.

Professor Lawrence will be recognized with other retiring professors at tonight’s Retiree Recognition Event at 4 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

Natasha Grunden can be reached at campus@collegian.com

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Campus Blotter

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May 042006
 
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Saturday

Theft from the Lory Student Center – the donation box in the Curfman Gallery was broken into. Time of occurrence is unknown.

Driving under the influence (DUI) at LaPorte Avenue and Overland Trail – non-student wrecked his scooter. He chose to have a blood test.

Graffiti at Corbett Hall – someone wrote with black marker on a door.

DUI at 1200 Shields St. – driver was contacted for speeding and blew a .166 BAC.

Alcohol in the Westfall lot – individual was cited for underage consumption.

Medical at the Motor Pool

Detox transport from the Summit Hall Lobby – contacted individual on a welfare check, and she was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH).

Alcohol/drugs on the first floor of Summit Hall D-wing – contacted an individual who was having a reaction to ecstasy and alcohol. He was transported to PVH.

Disturbance/noise in the Towers courtyard – gone on arrival

Assisted Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS) in Campus West – our officers assisted in catching a male who ran from FCPS officer.

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Gaming 101

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May 042006
 
Authors: ELENA ULYANOVA The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Jeremy Glass will fail at least one class this semester because he plays World of Warcraft like it is a full-time job.

Glass, a freshman pre-med major, began playing World of Warcraft when Blizzard Entertainment Company released the game about a year and a half ago, and spends an average of eight hours each day playing it. He has also logged a total of about 1,000 hours on the game and has spent approximately $350 dollars.

“I would call it unhealthy,” Glass said. “I wish I weren’t addicted, but at least I can openly admit it.”

He said he is more motivated to play the game because there is always a goal and something to look forward to, which he does not find evident in school.

The most addicting property of this game, Glass said, is that there is always the opportunity to get to a better part. Players can also network with friends from anywhere in the world and work through the game together.

“I’ve gotten sick of it before and stopped for like three days, but then I started getting the itch,” Glass said.

J.P. Proskey, a freshman open option major, played the game for five days before he decided to quit. He played an average of six hours a day.

“I played for a week and I don’t recall eating. I also slept half as much as usual,” Proskey said. “I like to live, breathe and eat, so I don’t play that game anymore.”

Proskey agreed that the game is so enticing because of the “just one more level” mentality.

Pam McCracken, director of alcohol prevention and education services at the Hartshorn Health Service, said part of addiction is the repetitive and compulsive use of something. She also said this is potentially occurring when people are addicted to video games, and is often prevalent when one continues to do something even though negative repercussions, like neglecting responsibilities and relationships, result.

“Eight hours in front of a video game is probably not the most constructive,” McCracken said.

Another phenomenon taking place in this virtual world involves a group known as “farmers.” This group of people only plays the game to earn gold coins, which count as money in the game. They then illegally sell their account off to people who don’t feel like working their way though the game.

“They don’t talk about it because it’s illegal in Blizzard’s standards, and you could lose everything you have inside the game,” Glass said.

People have sold their accounts for amounts as high as $700, Glass said. He also said that if he were to sell his account at this time, he would earn about $500 to $600.

Betsy Lefholz, a freshman political science major, recalled a time when she saw two people make a deal for World of Warcraft gold coins.

“One of them turned to other and said, I will trade you an eighth of pot, which is $50 worth, for a certain amount of gold coins,” Lefholz said. “They did argue over the amount of coins for a little bit, but the deal went down.”

The World of Warcraft is classified as a massive multi-player role-playing game (MMRPG). There are more than 100 servers people can play on and about 500 people on each server. Glass said that since you pay for the game monthly, Blizzard consistently makes an effort to make the game better and even customizes it for holidays.

“There are just so many things to do, it’s a virtual world; it’s pretty entertaining,” Proskey said.

Elena Ulyanova can be reached at campus@collegian.com

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