Delightful Comedy Plays at Small Local Theater

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: SHAUGHNESSY CONLEY Rocky Mountain Collegian

Vegas never thought it would feature five nuns in boas and sequined hats doing high-kicks on the stage.

But Vegas never met these nuns.

Introducing the order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, featuring Reverend Mother Superior; Sister Robert Anne, a former Brooklyn gangster; Sister Leo, a dancer; Sister Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head; and Sister Mary Hubert. “Nunsensations” creates a riot when the five nuns decide to try their luck in Vegas for the promise of $10,000 to fund their school.

The show opens with a number featuring all five of the nuns in a risqu/ kick-line, in which one of the nuns lifts up her skirt and flashes the audience a lot of leg.

The nuns’ act features silver-sequined top hats, feather boas, various musical acts, stand-up comedy and vignettes in which the nuns speak about their own ironically questionable histories.

The Reverend Mother talks about her childhood growing up in the circus, and Sister Leo, a dancer for most of her life, gives a detailed account of all her dance experience, including that of questionable moral integrity – she has training in not only ballet and tap but also in pole and lap dancing. These examples barely scrape the surface of the refreshingly paradoxical references that populate this show, and the audience will have fun relating to the nuns’ experiences. The top hats and feather boas, however, might be the exceptions.

Deliciously ironic and peppered with musical numbers, “Nunsensations” sports an adorable crew of quirky characters, a slew of silly biblical jokes, a marionette nun puppet reminiscent of Sesame Street and audience involvement – after all, no Las Vegas experience would be truly complete without the “Holy Rollers” spin-to-win game that allows randomly selected audience members to gamble for a “Clergy: DO NOT TICKET” parking pass – a precious commodity, especially in a place with as crappy parking as Fort Collins.

A segment in the second act includes the story of Sister “Mary Annette,” her show-business successes and her philosophy on the ancient sin of lying: “A little bit of bullshit goes a long way.” Not only does Gina Schuh-Turner (Sr. Mary Amnesia) fantastically sing her own part and distinguish her colorful character from the others in a way that echoes television legend Lucille Ball, she is also the ventriloquist who animates Sister Mary Annette. And yes, the pun was intended.

Schuh-Turner, a longtime veteran of the theatre and talented actor, is no stranger to the world of the theatre. This is only one of several shows that she has performed at the Nonesuch Theater, one of which garnered her Westword’s “Best of Denver 2006” Award for “Best Actress in a Musical.” All of the actors in this show are seasoned performers from throughout the area and their work reflects it.

Directed by Fort Collins resident Peter F. Muller, “Nunsensations” is playing currently at the Nonesuch Theater on Pine Street in Old Town’s historic district, one of the best-kept secrets in Fort Collins.

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Plays Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday Evenings and Sunday Matinees: $20.00

Friday Evenings: $24.00

Saturday Evenings: $27.50

Lobby opens 30 minutes prior to show time. Reservations are suggested. If you do not have a reservation, it is also strongly recommended that you call ahead to ensure the availability of tickets.

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Fort Collins pop-jammers The Jimi Austin rock the Aggie Theatre this weekend

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: JAKE MOUNTJOY KCSU Music Director

Fort Collins’ finest local act, The Jimi Austin, starts off the semester with a great show at the Aggie this Saturday. Opening the show will be Denver-based bands The Vanity and Born In The Flood. The Vanity presents a very ambient U2 sounding tone, with lower, more reserved vocals.

One of my favorite local acts, Born In The Flood, will also get a chance to prove itself Saturday night. Expect a taste of spaced-out mellow guitar blended with gritty Indie-rock breakdowns. Keep an eye out for Born In The Flood, and expect a new full-length record from them later this year.

Finally, the never disappointing Fort Collins quartet The Jimi Austin will take the stage to deliver a lush set of harmonious sing-along rock music. Fans of The Jimi Austin won’t want to miss this one either, as the band has a full-length record they just recorded coming out later this fall, and plans on playing some new tunes for the lovely city of Fort Collins.

The Jimi Austin w/ Born In The Flood, The Vanity

Saturday, Sept. 2

Aggie Theatre, Doors 8 p.m.

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Trimedia festival brings “dreadies” to life

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: MICHELLE ZILLIS The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Films of all genres hit the local venues of Fort Collins this past weekend in celebration of the first TriMedia Festival.

The first festival of this caliber to hit Northern Colorado went off smoothly with films covering genres from comedies to foreign and everywhere in between. In addition, TV pilots and theatre pieces were presented.

“Overall we really feel it was a success, given the turnaround time and planning time; I think it turned out great,” said Steve Roberts, the technical director of the festival.

After receiving over 50 entries, Roberts helped narrow the films down to 25 pieces to fit into a jam-packed weekend.

“Tomorrow is Today” kicked the festival off Friday night in the Lory Student Center. The Lincoln Center, Nonesuch Theatre and Everyday Joe’s played host to films and discussions the rest of the weekend.

A documentary entitled “Dreadheads: Portrait of a Subculture” was shown as the third installation of the “Wild Side” portion of the festival Saturday night. The documentary dove into a subculture that Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead claimed was one of the last places on earth a person can disappear into and not be found.

“Dreadheads is a story about white kids who dread up their hair, thus setting themselves apart from society in a very provocative way and live a life on the road following jam-bands,” said Steven Hurlburt, co-director of the documentary.

The film primarily focused on dreadlocks and the lifestyle led by those who choose this fashion statement. Hurlburt asked interviewees what their dreads meant to them, and received a number of responses such as, “My dreads are my art,” and “They came to me in a dream.”

Another honest soul explained that, “I didn’t dread my hair, my hair dreaded naturally. I just didn’t comb it.”

In an interview with Hurlburt, who rocks long grey dreads, he explained that he didn’t dread his hair until after he finished filming in the summer of 2004, and boasts that he hasn’t brushed his hair in two and a half years. Yet, he dispels some of the rumors about dreadlocks being a simple, low maintenance do.

“They can be a real pain in the ass,” Hurlburt said.

His film explores the nuisance of dreads more deeply, as one young man with dreads down to his hips explained that if he let his hair dry naturally it could take an upward of 3 days, in which mildew would start to grow, so he has to blow dry them which takes about 3 hours. He then confessed to only washing his hair once a week.

The documentary also explores stereotypes of the subculture, such as drug use. In a two-minute segment, entitled “High Right Now,” Hurlburt asks people if they are currently high. He receives a wide array of answers.

One woman explained that she knows a lot of “dreadies” who smoke a lot of weed and knows some who don’t smoke any.

When asked why they decided to devote a section to drugs and include off-the-cuff remarks throughout the film about drugs, Hurlburt said that he thought that getting high was part of the scene.

“We felt that to ignore it would be wrong, but to elevate it would probably be equally as wrong,” Hurlburt said.

Throughout the two-year filming process, Hurlburt and his other co-director Flournoy Holmes, and his film editor, Fletcher Holmes, followed jambands across the country from Maine to California.

The crew ran into many individuals repeatedly and talked to them throughout the film.

While the documentary had many humorous interviews and interesting anecdotes, certain people touched audiences’ hearts.

A 17-year-old girl named Little Ashley Tree was a great artist with a black cloud over her. Living her life on the road, she confessed a desire to get off dope and try to get clean, but became depressed at the loss of her boyfriend, who she called her “soul mate.”

He died a day before his 18th birthday of a drug overdose. Hurlburt said that he saw her a few months ago and looked like a completely different person, happy and healthy.

The goal of the documentary was to create something that would be entertaining, interesting, funny and authentic.

“We wanted to create something that people would come away from feeling that they had learned something about these kids and this lifestyle,” Hurlburt said.

The documentary’s goals were attained as viewers are taken on a 77-minute ride through jamband concerts and interviews with interesting young individuals who all have dreaded their hair.

One woman talked about her inspiration, the Grateful Dead, and then elaborated that she was happy her parents got a divorce because it lead her to the music that changed her life.

In addition to interviewing “dreadies,” the crew also interviews many of the people that in are in essence the idols of these dreadies, like Bob Weir and several of the members from Phish and Widespread Panic.

“We thought it was a good film to show because it’s pretty timely,” Roberts said. “A lot of people in Colorado have dreadlocks now, so it seemed like a good slice of this counter culture that is around us.”

Staff writer Michelle Zillis can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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If you missed the film, but interested in seeing it, you have more chances.

-The DVD was released to the public on Tuesday, so you can buy it

-There will be big screening in Denver on Sept. 21, in Boulder on Sept. 24 and Durango on Sept 26.

-Check out the website for more information: www.dreadheads.com

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‘Sex’ spices up the simplest menu

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: LIZ SUNSHINE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

I will not lie to you. “Sex and the City” night – that once-a-week food/rerun gathering I started a year ago with three friends – didn’t begin as a fine dining experience. In fact, several meals over the months were of the frozen variety.

I drew the line last winter when my good friend Aubrey McCarthy, a former Collegian colleague, showed up at my doorstep with a frozen, family-size bag of Lean Cuisine garlic linguini.

Since then, Aubrey and I, along with our other two friends, have taken turns preparing the weekly meal with – believe it or not – fresh ingredients.

Over time, my need for comfort food and my willingness to make it often made me the lead chef for these weekly meetings. I also have a tendency to cook more than Aubrey because she is, admittedly, “culinarily” challenged.

Aubrey has taste and texture issues. For example, she doesn’t like to handle anything sticky, such as peanut butter. She once asked me to remove one of those small bar code stickers on the bottom of her new muffin pan.

She also abhors many spices.

Regardless, I adore her because she’s funny, chatty and appears to bounce around as if she’s just happy to be here. She recognizes her limits; dices and slices when I ask; and gladly takes a seat at the dining table and sips a cold beer while I cook.

This past week, it was Aubrey’s turn to cook, which, loosely translated, means it was her turn to buy the ingredients and sip that beer. This week it was a 90 Shilling.

Shortly before we took our regular spots on Aubrey’s giant red couch and tuned into the “Sex and the City” episode in which Samantha goes shopping for pleasure toys at Sharper Image, we sat down to a meal that was simple, not-too-spicy and perfect for both the picky cook and eater.

In the breaded chicken with lemon-butter sauce, I managed to sneak some added taste – all in effort to expand Aubrey’s palate. There was hint of white pepper and a little fresh garlic.

While it wasn’t the most exotic dish ever produced, the “Sex” added just enough spice for a great time.

L’chaim and B’tay Avon! (To Life and Eat Well)

Serves four for less than $20

Recipe:

Breaded chicken with lemon-butter sauce

1.25 lbs chicken tenders

Italian breadcrumbs for dredging

1 egg

Angel hair pasta

For Sauce:

1 c. butter

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp white cooking wine

Italian seasoning to taste

Dash white pepper

1 Tsp crushed garlic

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat chicken tenders in egg and then in breadcrumbs. Place breaded chicken in cooking pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes based on the size of the tenders and temperature variations of the oven.

While chicken is cooking, bring water to boil for pasta. Cook according to directions on container. Also combine all ingredients for sauce in small saucepan. Bring to simmer.

Drain pasta but do not run water on top. Combine sauce and pasta. Chop chicken into bite size or slightly larger pieces. Toss all ingredients together and enjoy.

I particularly like a steamed vegetable such as broccoli or asparagus as a side dish.

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Information taken from Barron’s “Food Lover’s Companion, Third Edition,” Sharon Tyler Herbst

White Pepper: The berry is allowed to ripen before being skinned and dried, which creates a milder flavor. Generally it is used for appearance in light sauces (black specks would stand out).

Lemon: Lemons have been used for non-culinary purposes for centuries: things such as an epilepsy remedy, toothpaste or invisible ink. They can be found as small as a large egg or as large as a grapefruit.

Angel Hair Pasta: Also known as capelli d’angelo, angel hair is known for its long, delicate and extremely fine strands.

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Comedian en route to success makes stop at ‘skellar

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: ELENA ULYANOVA The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Comedian Andy Hendrickson never thought that he would be entertaining soldiers in Iraq back when he was a student studying advertising at West Virginia University.

However, in February, that was exactly what he did.

“It was the best crowd you’re ever going to get,” said the 35-year-old Washington, D.C., native. “They were just so thankful that you took the time and the risk just to entertain them.”

Hendrickson compared the potentially dangerous situation to swimming in the ocean.

“You think about sharks,” Hendrickson said, “but then it’s like getting bitten by a shark; the odds are very slim.”

Hendrickson was also the entertainment for CSU students in the Ramskeller Monday night. During his act he reminisced about his time as a college student; things such as being too lazy to put new batteries in the TV remote control and having to watch the Weather Channel in Spanish for three hours.

His college education however, did not bring him to the career he had planned on. While living and working for an advertising firm in Atlanta, Ga., designing signs, Hendrickson took a comedy class that essentially became the beginning of his career as a comedian.

“I took the class because I knew it would give me the kick in the ass to get some material together,” Hendrickson said.

Hendrickson recalled his first time on stage in front of his class when he didn’t receive any laughs. Determined to “blow everyone off the stage,” he spent the following five weeks only thinking about comedy and practicing as much as he could.

“You don’t just pick up a guitar and play, you need to practice and practice,” Hendrickson said.

His comedic talents originated long before he took the comedy class in Atlanta, however.

As a kid, Hendrickson remembered having to sneak around his parents so he could listen to his brother’s copy of Eddie Murphy’s first comedy album. His family enjoyed listening to other standup comedy albums together, however Murphy’s was too explicit for a 12-year-old. Hendrickson listened to the album anyway and even memorized it.

“I would perform it in front of my friends, and that was often how I made friends because I moved around so much since my dad was in the Navy,” Hendrickson said.

After taking the comedy class, Hendrickson continued performing at open-mics at local clubs, and eventually went on a short one-month tour. Not long after he returned, he was laid off from his advertising job. However, this did not ruin Hendrickson’s ambition, and he soon saw a parallel between the job he was trained to do and his new career interest.

“The reason I got into advertising was the same reason I got into comedy, I saw something and thought, ‘I could do that better,'” Hendrickson said.

He noted that both professions, advertising and stand-up comedy, require many steps before one can become successful. Hendrickson said he tried to “climb the corporate ladder” and was able to for some time, but it clearly did not work out for him.

He has been working as a full-time comedian since July 2002. He hopes to gain popularity as he continues to tour across the country.

“Eventually I’d like to become one of those guys that could sell out a comedy club every night,” Hendrickson said.

He seems to be on the right track: Hendrickson has appeared with comedians such as Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer and Dave Attell. He is also scheduled for upcoming shows all across the country.

Hendrickson said that his favorite jokes to tell are those that he creates on stage during his act.

“A lot of people laugh at those because they know it’s not part of your routine,” Hendrickson said.

Staff writer Elena Ulyanova can be reached at verve@collegian.com

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$25 dollars a day

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: Hallie Woods The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Breakfast

Breakfast is a meal I will never go without. Breakfast is my profession, my forte in life. When I was younger, I would sit down, put my napkin on my lap and inhale 15 pancakes.

Needless to say, I know good breakfast food.

So, all the CSU veterans out there might call me crazy or predictable for this first one, but to all new students listen carefully. Gib’s NY Bagels, located on Drake Road and Shields Street, with another on College Avenue, provides some of the best cheap breakfast options.

Some went straight for their fresh bagels and cream cheese, but I chose a $3.59 egg, sausage and cheese bagel sandwich. Call it simple, call it plain, but it fills you up for cheap and tastes good going down.

The restaurant on Drake is very laid back, with pictures all over the wall and the people behind the counter shouting out names when a bagel is ready. If you don’t like that atmosphere, hit up the one on College. It’s a little more elegant and relaxing, more of an up-scale New York coffee house feel.

Lunch

Tucked behind the bustling downtown of Fort Collins sits a small bakery emitting the salivating odor of fresh baked bread and pastries. Upon entering this cozy restaurant, your eyes are immediately drawn from the old-fashioned, ice cream parlor tables and chairs, to the luscious pastries that fill the glass cases.

Almost unbelievably beautiful, the cakes, scones, tarts and baguettes that sit waiting to be bought look as if they were crafted from clay and painted for display only. Upon biting into any of them, your taste buds tell you otherwise. The sweets and bread are, well, absolutely wonderful.

I stopped in the Olive Street Bakery not for dessert and not for one of its many breakfast items, but for lunch. I ordered a sandwich on a fresh baguette with turkey, my choice of cheese, the common veggies, mayo and Dijon that makes your nose crinkle upon the first bite.

For a mere $3.60 I bit into this flaky, yet so soft fresh baked bread and enjoyed a sandwich unbelievable in flavor. Although the turkey and veggies were nothing unusual, the bread made it all worth it.

It is definitely a place I will visit again, maybe for breakfast next time or when I want to be naughty and engorge myself with sweets until I’m ill.

Dinner

Maybe I’ve been looking in all the wrong places, but good, memorable, mouth-watering Mexican food is hard to find in Fort Collins. Many of the restaurants just seem, well, marginal at best. I was ecstatic when I ventured into Pueblo Viejo on the corner of College and La Porte avenues.

The chimichanga, although smaller than I remember chimichangas usually being, was crispy but still soft in all the right places.

The enchilada sauce had the perfect amount of spice. The only real complaint I could put on the table is the beef is somewhat reminiscent of Taco Bell’s. However, what Pueblo Viejo lacks in its beef, it makes up for in its chicken. Although this is no Mexican restaurant like you might find in Santa Fe (some of my favorites are there), I found myself quite satisfied by this south-of-the-border flavor.

Verve editor Hallie Woods can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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Breakfast

Gib’s NY Bagels

2531 S. Shields St.

Breakfast Sandwich and drink

$5.22

Lunch

Olive Street Bakery

120 W. Olive St.

Sandwich and Water

$3.85

Dinner

Pueblo Viejo

185 N. College Ave.

Combination plate and drink +

15 percent tip

$13.85

Total= $22.92

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CSU football takes a turn for the worse

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: Mike Donovan

One play.

That’s all it takes for a season to change. Whether it’s a game-winning touchdown, a clinching interception, or a field goal as time expires, one play is all it takes to change a season.

Unfortunately for the CSU football team and running back Kyle Bell, the season took a turn for the worse after a seemingly inconsequential play near the end of Tuesday’s practice.

Bell collided with cornerback Darryl Williams, went down for less than minute, then returned to his feet, and told reporters that he would be ready to practice for Wednesday. However, Bell was resting Wednesday after finding out he had torn his ACL on that one play.

In a week when Fum’s Song gets banned from Hughes and CSU alum Bradlee Van Pelt will likely be cut from the Denver Broncos, Bell’s injury trumps both stories in importance.

Can a whole season be lost because of one player’s knee? Usually, the answer is no.

But with a team leader like Bell, it is easy to see why Ram boosters and fans will be very nervous throughout the first month of the season.

And when those boosters and fans take a deep breath and realize that football will go on, they will turn their collective eyes to Bell’s replacement Gartrell Johnson III.

Johnson will not only be carrying the ball for the Rams, but he will be carrying the added pressure of replacing a bona fide star.

Johnson is currently known for just one thing: his dreadlocks, which extend all the way to the middle of his back. Most Rams fans are hoping by the end of the season that he is more known for his shifty running style than his distinctive locks.

Running backs coach Mick Delaney thinks Gartrell will be able to handle his new promotion.

“Gartrell has been working his behind off and waiting for a chance to play,” Delaney said at Wednesday’s practice.

To work hard is one thing, but to replace a preseason all-conference player is another thing. Johnson will have his work cut out for him.

Here’s hoping that Johnson’s one play will be a game-winning touchdown, not one that would put him on the trainer’s table next to Bell.

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Cross Country Kicks Off Season In Wyo.

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: NICK HUBEL The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Ram men’s and women’s cross country teams start their seasons with the Laramie Invitational in Wyoming today. The annual event includes competition from Wyoming, Air Force, Northern Colorado, Metro State and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

For the Rams, this is the beginning of what has been billed as a promising season. In a recent poll by the coaches in the Mountain West, the women were picked to finish second, while the men were placed at third.

Head Coach Bryan Berryhill said he hopes that this meet will act as a pre-season meet, allowing some of the unproven runners an opportunity to show what they’ve got.

“We use this meet to get to know some of the younger kids a little better, and (it’s for) some of the older ones who feel they need an extra race in order to be prepared for the next one,” he said.

Although this meet alone will not determine the starting lineup for future meets, some spots are up for grabs, sophomore Steve Swartz said.

“All of us are in pretty good shape right now, and we are just looking to see who is the most ready to race,” Swartz said.

The course itself will serve as a good place for a warm-up meet as well. Not too hard, but not too easy either.

“Laramie is at 7,000 feet, so it is not an easy place to run at,” Berryhill said. “It’s got a few little hills in it, but the course itself is a moderate-to-easy course.”

The course will start and end at the Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie on the corner of 30th and Willis streets. The women’s 2.5-mile race begins at 6 p.m., and the men’s 4.25-mile race begins at 6:30 p.m.

Staff writer Nick Hubel can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rugby Ready to Rumble

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: AARON SCHOONMAKER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

One club team at CSU insists that there is no need for pads: rugby.

Ram rugby, which opened up in an impressive fashion against Metro State this past weekend, thwarting the Roadrunners four tries to one, is hoping to improve on a season in which it saw many highs.

“We have a tough schedule this year, playing three of our four league matches away from home,” said first-year Head Coach Blake Stevens. “It should be a big step up especially for a lot of the younger guys on the team.”

The team, which is ideally supposed to play two home and two away matches against the league foes, is in the middle of a three-to-one run as it played host to three of the four just a season ago.

“We will have a few games to gel before we get to Wyoming,” said Stevens. “And then we go to CU (Boulder) and Air Force before getting New Mexico here.”

Wyoming is the surprise of the bunch, making it to the sweet 16 last year.

This year’s match-up is scheduled for Sept. 24, just one day shy of the one year anniversary of the teams’ last meeting when the Cowboys got the better of the Rams, 22-11.

“This year’s team is real strong at every position, especially starters, but we have depth too,” said junior fly-half Logan Collins. “(This season) we expect wins at CU, Wyoming and Air Force.”

This weekend once again marks the annual alumni weekend for the team. Each year the squad, new and old, meets up for a weekend of festivities. This season, the faces of the program will attend the football home opener on Saturday, and then play the classic game on Sunday. The A-side game will begin at 1 p.m. on the Intramural Fields to be followed by the B-side and the women’s squad.

Stevens, an alumni himself, said he may pocket the temptation to play in this year’s contest due to an injured knee.

While none of this season’s matches are too far of a travel, the alumni game will be the only time to see Ram rugby at home until its Oct. 7, meeting against the Glendale Men’s Club. It will then finish the first half of its season at home against league challenger New Mexico on Oct. 28.

“We’re very strong this year,” Collins said. “And we have a coach that knows the team and knows what needs to get done.”

Staff writer Aaron Schoonmaker can be reached at sports@collegain.com.

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Interested in Playing?

Informational meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in the Lory Student Center lounge.

New players welcome. Contact the Club Sports office in the Student Recreation Center for more details.

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Star forward Harrison to leave men’s team

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Aug 302006
 
Authors: By Collegian Staff

Senior forward Michael Harrison has left the men’s basketball team for personal reasons, according to Head Coach Dale Layer.

“Since the end of last season, Michael has unfortunately been dealing with a very serious personal issue related to his family,” Layer said in a press release. “Members of our coaching staff and our athletic administration were in constant contact with Michael throughout the summer to offer him support and assistance.” Harrison, who started 30 games for the Rams last year, was second in the team in scoring and rebounding last year, averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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