Paccione rallies support

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Aug 302006
Authors: Vimal Patel, Brad Nicoll The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Growing up with a black mom and white dad, Angie Paccione said she knows first had the need for marriage equality.

After all, when the CSU alumni whose now running to topple conservative Marilyn Musgrave from her 4th Congressional District seat was born in 1960, blacks were prevented from marrying whites.

“People in the future will say, “Why were we trying to prevent people from getting married?” Paccione said, reiterating her support for gay marriage.

The campaign visit to CSU Wednesday night was intended to rally support for Paccione’s bid, especially from student groups.

Identifying herself as an evangelical Christian, Paccione’s support for gay marriage may cause some to scratch their heads. But to the candidate, it makes perfect sense.

Being a Democrat and loving Jesus aren’t mutually exclusive, she said.

“You should live your faith, not legislate it,” she said. “That’s what separates me from my opponent.”

Paccione even tried to crack a few jokes. Responding to conservatives’ charge that she is a New York liberal – she was born in the Big Apple – she said she’s been in Colorado for 21 years.

“I felt I needed to be (in New York) when my mom gave birth to me,” she said.

The visit in room 207 of the Lory Student Center was interrupted when a campaign volunteer from the Musgrave campaign, Jake Francis, was asked to shut off his video camera.

Francis said the meeting was public, to which Paccione responded, “this is a private meeting at a public building.”

“I don’t see why I can’t videotape her,” Francis said afterward. “If she doesn’t want to go on record, I find that humorous.”

The race for the 4th Congressional District appears to be too close to call, with Musgrave holding a slight lead.

Incumbents generally always win re-election. When asked why the race was as close as it was, a spokesman for the Republican pinned it on factors outside of Colorado.

“You can take a look at the national climate and decide for yourself,” said Shaun Kenney, the Musgrave spokesman.

Staff writers Brad Nicoll and Vimal Patel can be reached at

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Ram Talk

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Aug 302006

Have you even noticed that when you bike, you hate walkers but when you walk you hate bikers? It’s a vicious circle.

I would like to be the first whiner to complain about the whiners who complain about the whiners who complain about the complainers in Ram Talk.

I think the sequel to “Snakes on a Plane” should definitely be titled “Cheetahs in a Kayak.” You just can’t beat that kind of suspense.

To he who uses “Family Guy” quotes as a way to seem witty and get into Ram Talk … You will bow to me!

So… Has anyone seen the fruit on the trees between Clark and the Library? What is that? Thought they were lemons, no, oranges; nope, give up.

Yesterday I was walking through The Oval, minding my own business, when a squirrel with huge testicles stood up in front of a tree, totally exposing himself. Needless to say this offended me. I was just wondering what President Penley was going to do about this?

One time I was walking near the Lagoon behind a really hot girl. Suddenly, she began to flatulate loudly. As the breeze was calm that day, I prepared myself for the inevitable aroma of beautiful-girl-food waste. Much to my surprise, nothing ever came. This was nearly a year ago. I still haven’t figured that one out.

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Our View

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Aug 302006
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Someone left dog poop on Marilyn’s doorstep.

But then she called Angie cheap.

So Angie totally had to get back at Marilyn and let everyone know that she’s a bad driver.

Is this a Congressional race or the kind of attacks that happen between two girls vying for prom queen?

Democrat Angie Paccione and incumbent Republican Marilyn Musgrave, both vying for a chance to represent Dist. 4 in the House, have already traded insults through radio ads. One claims that Musgrave was involved in a hit-and-run. Others are saying Paccione never paid her college loans.

At this point, they are one step away from pulling each other’s hair and scratching out each other’s eyes.

We all are old enough and educated enough to know that campaign ads hold as much truth as a sieve, and these ads are really more annoying than persuasive.

So retract the claws, ladies.

It’s not even September and the mud being hurled on each side is starting to pile up.

If this kind of immaturity continues, we may have to find another candidate to represent us – Kyle Bell for Congress?

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Silver Mt. Zion’s presents political and poetical lyrics

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Aug 302006
Authors: Liz Jackson KCSU Music Director

Last Thursday I rolled into the Larimer Lounge and knew it would make for an interesting night.

Tiny and crowded with people, the venue in Denver always lends itself to an intimate concert experience. Walking through the door, I received the black mark I always get. Two huge X’s across the top of both of my hands. Yes, everyone, I am under 21.

I’m a marked man…er, woman now. Oh well, that surely didn’t ruin my night. The concert: Silver Mt. Zion along with a couple opening bands.

I was able to catch the local band Women Gathering Gems first. The sound was crazy, erratic and clearly improvisational for most of the performance. Definitely an acquired taste, but I thought it was fabulous.

Soon the Constellations came onstage, another local band containing some of the same members of Women Gathering Gems. They had a more linear sound but one that was certainly refreshing. It was meandering and experimental, but somehow I found that one could easily move to it and find a melody.

Brandon Weaver was on lead vocals, and he definitely brought the audience in closer whilst the other members thrashed about him. They surely help Denver spur a great reputation for delivering music outside the box.

Now for the best part: Silver Mt. Zion. They came on the stage and the whole crowd went silent after having waited anxiously. Lets just say that people stayed in a total trance the entire show, mesmerized by the two violins, cello, stand-up bass, percussion and two guitars played by the seven members.

Hailing from up yonder in that place called Canada, Silver Mt. Zion contains members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but unlike the latter, S.M.Z. contains vocals. Lyrically the music is fiercely political and poetic. My favorite lyric of the night: “.the quivering boughs of broken pines.”

The songs built and built until they were so full and dripping with sound it practically put me in a marvelous catatonic state. It’s simple: Silver Mt. Zion makes some of the most, if not the most, beautiful music I’ve ever heard. Not to mention that between songs, the various members spoke directly to the audience, holding personal conversations.

For one so way ahead of its time, it is the most unpretentious band I’ve ever come across. The show ended leaving everyone feeling high and alive.

Now that’s what a great band can do to ya.

Piece of advice: Get your ass out there and see Silver Mt. Zion.

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Thom Yorke – The Eraser

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Aug 302006
Authors: JAKE MOUNTJOY KCSU Music Director

Yes, it’s true. Thom Yorke has spit out a solo album in the midst of Radiohead’s announcement of an upcoming seventh full-length.

The Eraser is Thom Yorke’s first album away from his legendary group. I’m going to spare myself the time, energy, and fear of being harassed by angry Radiohead fans of comparing this record to any of his previous work.

The Eraser starts out with spurts of almost lo-fi piano over simple complimentary electronic percussion on “The Eraser.” Yorke sings, “The more you try to erase me, the more that I appear,” over layers of vocal chiming as he succeeds at making you feel like you’re drifting in space. In tracks “Analyze,” and “The Clock,” Yorke exhibits his natural vocal talent, and delivers a wide array of pitch.

One track that stands out to me the most is “And It Rained All Night.” Though the record as a whole does not demonstrate sudden mood changes in each individual song, this track shifts to the extremely dark and drugged-out side of Thom Yorke we all love (at least I do).

“It’s relentless, invisible, indefatigable, indisputable, undeniable / So how come it looks so beautiful?” sings York over the eerie volume swells and unpredictable trip-hop thumping.

The Eraser closes with a progressive suspense ride for five solid minutes in “Cymbal Rush.” It’s almost as Thom Yorke wanted to paint the image of a golden sunset rising over a war-torn sci-fi world, but I’m sure that was not his intention.

Whenever it starts to rain during the night, get in your car, turn this record on full-blast, and drive through all nine songs.

Your life will never be the same.

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“Darker My Love” CD Review

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Aug 302006
Authors: BEN BLASCOE KCSU Volunteer

Sprung from the enormous wake of Velvet Underground idealism in the burgeoning nostalgia of the Los Angeles “Indie rock” scene, this latest movement toward a modern interpretation of drug-induced rock ‘n’ roll is nothing short of brilliance. Led by bands through the 1990s such as Spacemen 3, Jesus and Mary Chain, Acid Mother’s Temple and, of course, Anton Newcomb and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the newly self-proclaimed L.A. Spaceland vista is surely embryonic, but I smell an early bloomer.

From the sweltering nadir of such existentialism is Dangerbird Record’s highly anticipated self-titled debut LP from “Darker My Love.” With ex-members of The Distillers and Nerve Agents, DML has created an atmosphere enticing enough to run through the forest on a strong hallucinogenic, uncontrollably scratching and baying to the moon. It is truly start-to-finish calisthenics for every level of consciousness.

The music is a true representation of DML and the Californian roots from which its inspired. Andy Granelli, a one-time Distiller, mars his drums in very trouncing crashes, resembling the early morning tide pounding the shore. While at the same time, DML lifts the cock-crow miasma over the warm Pacific with haunting screams by guitar-players Tim Presley and Jared Everett. The soothing vocals pair quite agreeably and offer release to the somewhat turbulent batter of DML’s “psych-nosis.”

Whether it’s the gentle gush of “Post Mortem, Post Boredom,” or the raw power of “Summer Is Here,” this band’s aesthetics complement its blithe attitude. The intro track, cleverly named “Opening,” lifts the curtain for an introduction into the “soundscape” of the album. The songs further in intensity until the album appropriately concludes with an epic display of “thrash-ism” of Iggy-ish proportions.

Reminiscent of its forefathers fused with innumerable pedals and metals, “Darker My Love” has created a worldly interpretation of classic ideals with modern steels. The music is enticing and psychotic, yet toned enough that it effortlessly flourishes. “Darker My Love” has created such a dreamy, fragrant landscape with such maturity that even Tipper Gore would be proud.

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Wolf Parade sound predictable

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Aug 302006
Authors: THOMAS PLASSMEYER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

If you’ve never heard of Wolf Parade, let me sum it up for you: it’s like every dirty Indie-rock band you’ve ever heard.

The Montreal quartet’s debut album, “Apologies to the Queen Mary,” is essentially a Modest Mouse album: quaint, sloppy and lo-fi. Even co-lead singer Dan Boeckner’s voice is a parody of Isaac Brock (who also happened to produce the album).

But let me make one thing clear: Wolf Parade is a pretty damn fine band regardless. Most songs on “Apologies” are built around ideas that are effective, punchy and immediate. While the production and musicianship involved are not quite up to par (just like any pure Indie-rock band), we shouldn’t really care. it’s fun to listen to and rock out to from time to time.

Not my favorite, but better and more versatile than Death Cab.

So when I had the option of attending Wolf Parade Monday night at the Fox Theatre versus Bowling for Soup on Sunday at the Ogden Theatre, I can tell you I was not overwhelmed with much qualm.

Canada has been exporting some fantastic acts these days, from The New Pornographers to the Arcade Fire, and I wasn’t about to go ahead and miss another possibly high-quality performance from our northern-border brethren.

Boulder’s thick-rimmed glasses crowd was in full force for this unexpectedly sold-out show, and I searched desperately to no avail for a spot where I could get the best sound.

As it turned out, mainly everyone I spoke to had a difficult time with the sound, which came out kind of muddled even for such an already-gangly sounding band.

Nevertheless, the performance was soulful, and when the signature cymbal-and-snare crash of “Apologies'” opening track, “You Are a Runner and I am My Father’s Son” fired up, the crowd didn’t really care and broke out with wild applause.

Some highlights from the show included radio-friendly “Shine A Light,” the surprisingly powerful “I’ll Believe in Anything” and especially “Grounds For Divorce,” showcasing Boeckner’s wild vocals and the entire band’s propensity to simply kick ass.

Like many a “scenester,” the boys of Wolf Parade are messy and gaunt, but make up for their lack of looks with sincerity and a sarcastic sense of humor that somehow makes its way through the music.

Ever since I first heard the album, I noticed the intensely personal, almost Nirvana-meets-Beck absurdity of lines like “On the radio / And the bouncing bodies’ drone / Found 18 reasons I can’t pick up on the phone / I said look at the clouds / It’s a show all on its own / Such were the grounds for divorce I know.”

It is no surprise, then, that co-lead singer Spencer Krug owes much to both Beck and Kurt Cobain in his vocal style, especially live-on songs like the bouncing, groove-laden “It’s a Curse” or the near-Cobain rip-off “Modern World.”

The show ended with Wolf Parade bringing out members of show-openers Frog Eyes for a fantastic rendition of “Dinner Bells.” Although it is one of the weaker tracks on “Apologies,” the effort was astounding and a perfect closer for the night.

Simply put, overall it was a pretty good show. Nothing jaw-dropping or ground-breaking, but I am quite certain that nobody who went really expected anything more.

Thankfully, if there were some in the audience that expected less, they were in for a pleasant surprise. Wolf Parade seems to be just one of those bands that nobody would ever really mention as their favorite, but provide for that dirty-Indie-garage-rock niche that we occasionally need to fill as music enthusiasts.

Thomas Plassmeyer can be reached at

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To the Editor

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Aug 302006

Would you refer to an African American as a “colored person” in 2006? I think not. Yet there is a widely respected organization called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP has a long and proud tradition of working for the benefit of minorities, the oppressed and for other groups. The reason you don’t hear complaints about the name of this organization is that people recognize that this name has a rich tradition worthy of our respect.

The key word here is “tradition.”

CSU has precious few traditions. The painting of the “A” is one and it also is subject to occasional criticism for being environmentally incorrect. Thankfully, as I understand it, the land where the “A” is located is privately owned and not under the control of the Athletic Department.

Once could easily argue that there has been no other person in the history of CSU and Colorado A & M who has stood for Ram Spirit more than “Fum” McGraw. The words to Fum’s Song, admittedly a little coarse by current standards, are an important part of our tradition. No person is likely to confuse the singing of this song, in the spirit in which it is intended, with the many truly offensive things one sometimes hears at sporting events.

I urge the Athletic Department to reinstate the words to Fum’s Song on the electronic screen at Hughes Stadium.

Tim Gallagher, Professor

Department of Finance & Real Estate

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BREAKING NEWS: Bell speaks about injury

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Aug 302006
Authors: Mike Donovan

Wednesday’s was the first football practice Kyle Bell had ever missed, he said Thursday.

CSU’s sidelined star began playing when he was 7, and thanks to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, it’s over for a while.

“When I first found out, it was indescribable – that initial feeling of shock, I’ll never forget it,” Bell said. “It was surreal. It still is surreal the next day. I’ve never been injured before.”

Bell, a running back who ran for 1,288 yards as a sophomore last season, found out the extent of his injury from Head Trainer Terry DeZeeuw on Wednesday morning. Later that day, his team practiced without him.

Bell’s ACL tore on Tuesday when CSU cornerback Darryl Williams tackled him near the end of the day’s practice drills. A stunned Bell took about a minute to get back on his feet after the collision.

He told the Collegian he’d ice his knee and return to the practice field on Wednesday. He didn’t realize his season was over.

“For a lot of athletes and football players especially, it is the worst fear. But you don’t really think about it until it happens,” Bell said.

But he places no blame for his injury.

“I talked to Darryl, I don’t blame him. I don’t blame the coaches for running live drills,” Bell said. “It’s football. It’s easy to blame someone, but it really is nobody’s fault.”

Bell now finds himself on the sidelines as a medical redshirt this season.

He will have two more years of eligibility left for the Rams. The coaches have told Bell that he will still be expected to be an integral part of the team this season.

“I am still going to be a big part of the team,” Bell said. “Whether it’s on the sideline, in the locker room, off the field, I’ll be there.”

Head Coach Sonny Lubick will miss seeing Bell on the field, but is not worried about Bell’s psyche regarding the injury.

“The thing he has got going for him is that he is smart enough to recognize that he has got a lot of hope and a good future,” Lubick said Thursday.

Bell, who had 3.65 GPA during his sophomore year, was named second-team Academic All-American at the end of last season. Lubick thinks Bell’s athletic injury may work to his academic advantage.

“He’s got two more years of football, he’s got three more years of college, he could end up with a couple of majors, if not a master’s,” a joking Lubick said Thursday.

After finding out about his injury Wednesday, Bell took the advice of his coaches and made the 60-mile drive to his family’s home in Keenesburg, Colo. for the night.

His father, Dave Bell, thinks that despite his son having no prior experience with injuries, he will be able to eventually return at the highest level.

“It’s a tough situation, but he’ll work it out,” Dave Bell said. “He’s a tough kid. He has been through a lot.”

If Bell needs to ask anyone about overcoming a season-ending knee injury, he needs to simply down the locker room at senior safety Ben Stratton.

Stratton, who is struggling to regain his starting status, gave Bell advice on overcoming the injury.

“I talked to Ben for about 15 minutes (Wednesday) and he just told me how he was able to get through his situation,” Bell said.

The responsibility of being CSU’s starting back now falls on the shoulders of sophomore Gartrell Johnson III. The team will not miss a beat with Johnson at the helm, according to Bell.

“He may not have experience but I didn’t any experience when I first started either,” Bell said. “I maybe in a battle for the starting spot next year.”

With surgery scheduled for within the next two weeks, Bell is already prepping for the future.

“With the type of surgery I’m looking to get, rehab can start within two weeks of the surgery,” Bell said. “I don’t think it is unrealistic to say I maybe able to get some reps during spring ball, I won’t be 100 percent, but I think I can be out there. I’ll be back.”

Collegian staff writers Sean Star and Matt Planalp contributed to this story.

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Running back spot up for grabs

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Aug 302006
Authors: SEAN STAR The Rocky Mountain Collegian

With junior Kyle Bell out for the season due to a knee injury, someone in the CSU backfield will have to step up.

Right now that someone appears to be sophomore Gartrell Johnson III.

“Some guys have to look at this as an opportunity, and other players will have to step up and I think we can do that,” Head Coach Sonny Lubick said about the Bell injury after practice on Wednesday.

Johnson, who was singled out in spring practice by Lubick for his hard work, believes he is ready to fill in for Bell.

“I’m very excited. I think it’s time for me to showcase my talent,” Johnson said about his new starting role. “I’ve been here for a few years and I haven’t played that much.”

Despite the promotion, Johnson is wary of being too happy at being named starter.

“We were sad because we have been a family this whole summer, with spring ball and everything, waking up at seven o’clock in the morning to run and workout,” Johnson said about the overall mood in practice following the news of Bell.

“I think (the team) came out and practiced hard and that was difficult for them,” added coach Lubick.

Johnson ran the football 11 times for 29 yards last season for CSU, less than the individual totals for both quarterback Caleb Hanie and wide receiver Damon Morton.

Johnson, a 6-foot tall, 225-pound back from Miami Springs, Fla., redshirted his initial freshman year after sustaining a season-ending injury in 2004.

Despite his lack of experience, Johnson feels comfortable running with the first-team offense.

“I’ve been running with the ones for the last few weeks; me and Kyle have been trading off,” said Johnson.

Running backs coach Mick Delaney confirmed that Johnson is now the Rams’ starting running back and that sophomore Michael Myers, a converted defensive back, will play behind him.

“If anyone was a surprise during spring camp, it was him (Johnson),” said running backs coach Mick Delaney.

Delaney said that Myers has “excellent talent and ability,” but that he needs to improve on his pass blocking.

The news of Bell’s injury created an immediate need for more depth at the running back position and senior Nnamdi Ohaeri may be an option.

Ohaeri, who had been fighting for playing time in the defensive secondary, ran plays with the offense on Wednesday for the first time since last season.

“(Ohaeri) showed up to practice in a white jersey and a funny look on his face,” said offensive coordinator Dan Hammerschmidt.

The senior from San Bernardino, Calif., was initially recruited as a running back out of high school and then switched to defense upon arriving at UCLA.

Ohaeri then transferred to CSU with hopes of playing running back, which he did sparingly last season, but was moved back to defense again for this season, until Wednesday.

Senior blocking back Tristan Walker will also likely get more carries now with the injury to Bell.

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