Bell out for season with torn ACL

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Aug 302006
Authors: Brett Okamoto The Rocky Mountain Collegian

It’s safe to say that no one saw this one coming.

Kyle Bell is supposed to inflict the pain – not feel it. When asked what it feels like to try and tackle Bell, safety Klint Kubiak said, “You just have to hang on for dear life and hope he goes down.”

Eventually Bell usually will go down, but he’s never gotten up as slowly as he did after colliding with cornerback Darryl Williams during Tuesday’s practice.

But on Wednesday, with Bell not at practice, the reality set in that Bell may not be returning anytime soon. Then after word had been spreading throughout practice that Bell could be out for the year, Assistant Director of Media Relations Mike Lefler said simply: “It’s official. He’s done for the season.”

Bell could not be reached for comment Wednesday when contacted by the Collegian. His teammates were shocked after being informed of the injury by Head Coach Sonny Lubick before practice.

“It surprised me when I heard it was a torn ACL and that he’d be out for the season,” said quarterback Caleb Hanie. “I saw Kyle afterwards and I thought it hurt him more than he was showing. Kyle’s such a tough guy he didn’t act like it was anything.”

The toughness Hanie talked about will be missed by teammates and fans alike, who were set to watch perhaps a record-setting year by Bell, who rushed for 1,288 yards and 10 touchdowns last year as a sophomore.

As bad as the news was to the Rams, their sympathies were more for Bell than themselves.

“Bottom line is it’s a blow to the football team,” said Head Coach Sonny Lubick. “It’s a bigger blow to Kyle because he’s a real special young man. He is a coach’s dream. He’ll get through this but I’ll miss coaching him.”

While the team would much rather see Bell in the end zone than on the sidelines, his work ethic and leadership will carry on during the season, much like senior safety Ben Stratton’s did last year after a similar injury.

“He’ll still be a leader for our team,” said Hanie. “Just seeing him there will be a great inspirational thing for us.”

With Bell out for the season several players figure to compete for the starting role. Sophomore Gartrell Johnson had a terrific spring and summer as the backup runner. Nnamdi Ohaeri, who had switched to defense after not getting many touches last season, returned to working out with the running backs Wednesday. Sophomore Michael Myers also figures to get some work in.

“At least the cupboard wasn’t bare,” said offensive coordinator Dan Hammerschmidt. “You don’t go out and recruit 85 guys and not have depth at that position. All those guys bring something. It might not all come in one package like it did with Kyle, but we’ll do fine.”

As frustrating to Ram fans, and certainly to Bell, as the injury must be, there’s a saying in sports that may hold true in this situation: There’s always next year.

“It’s just hard because the kid is such a team guy,” said Hammerschmidt. “But he’ll be back next year ready to kick some butt.”

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Bush’s policies only help Iran

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Aug 302006
Authors: Matthew Chavez Daily Lobo U. New Mexico

(U-WIRE) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In the grim years that concluded the Vietnam War, the late scholar Richard Barnet aptly summarized the sweeping strategic failure of the most horrific U.S. terror campaign of the post-World War II period.

“After spending more than fifty thousand lives and $150 billion,” he observed in a landmark study of the U.S. foreign-policy establishment, “the United States could not achieve the modest imperial objective of establishing a stable, subservient government in South Vietnam.”

This monumental defeat produced no strategic gain for the United States, wrote Barnet, but instead revealed the frustrations of a “homicidal menace for millions of innocent people of Indochina.” Moreover, it deeply undermined the prevailing mythological portrait of a defensive, well-intentioned U.S. posture overseas.

Recent U.S. policy in the Middle East – despite colossal U.S.-Israeli efforts – has been comparable to this “monumental defeat,” not in the scale of its imperial brutality, but in the scope of its strategic collapse. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Unites States’ unwitting propulsion of its archrival, Iran, to regional hegemony. Just as its Pyrrhic counterterrorism policy has sharply increased the threat of terrorism globally, nearly every regional strategy the Bush administration has pursued since taking office has broadened Tehran’s power and influence. This point is echoed in a study released by Chatham House, Britain’s leading political research organization. “There is little doubt that Iran has been the chief beneficiary of the war on terror in the Middle East,” the study, released a week ago, concludes. First, the United States and its allies ousted two of Iran’s chief regional rivals, the Taliban to Iran’s east and Saddam’s regime to Iran’s west. This immediately conferred upon Iran power rarely enjoyed in its modern history. But to compound this development, the U.S.-led occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to establish effective client governments to replace the Saddam and Taliban regimes. Consequently, Iran has “moved to fill the regional void with an apparent ease that has disturbed both regional players and the United States and its European allies,” the study notes.

The Bush administration’s proxy aggression in Lebanon is only the latest in a chain of inscrutable interventions that confound strategic logic. The San Francisco Chronicle revealed in July that “more than a year ago, a senior Israeli army officer began giving PowerPoint presentations, on an off-the-record basis, to U.S. and other diplomats, journalists and think tanks, setting out the plan for the current operation – the attack on Lebanon – in revealing detail.”

Veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh provides details in the Aug. 21 issue of the New Yorker. Paraphrasing intelligence and diplomatic officials, Hersh writes that Bush officials were closely involved in planning and carrying out Israel’s invasion. U.S. officials sought to remove the presumed threat to Israel that Hezbollah posed. More troubling, Bush planners expected that a successful proxy assault on Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure would turn Lebanon’s Sunni and Christian population against Shiite Hezbollah and would serve as a “prelude to a potential American preemptive attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations” – a long-standing priority of the Bush White House.

But in four weeks of devastating aerial and ground bombardment, the region’s leading military power, backed and supplied by the global hegemon, failed to secure a relatively minor military campaign, prompting the conservative magazine the Economist to declare, “Nasrallah wins the war,” referring to Hezbollah’s leader. Hezbollah emerged heroic from the rubble as the only Arab force to have successfully resisted a full-scale U.S.-Israeli assault, and at once it began rebuilding Lebanon and assisting, with Iranian funding, the immense waves of returning refugees, further consolidating its enormous gains in popular prestige.

In the end, the U.S.-Israeli invasion killed more than 1,000 civilians, displaced one-fourth of the country and caused what Amnesty International declared “destruction on a catastrophic scale,” and “war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility.” And, predictably, the aggression in Lebanon “may have increased the danger of militant retaliation against the United States and U.S. interests abroad,” according to a Reuters survey of security officials and analysts.

The Bush administration’s military, diplomatic and planning assistance for Israel’s botched attack – including an emergency shipment of precision-guided bombs midway through the invasion – did not induce a Sunni-Christian backlash against Hezbollah as hoped. The widespread attack on civilians and civilian infrastructure was instrumental in uniting Lebanon’s sectarian divisions instead.

With any luck, this latest bloody intervention represents the death throes of Bush’s unredeemable Middle East policy and finally discredits Washington’s militaristic reactionaries agitating for more imperial violence, this time against Iran. Can the last stop for the Bush doctrine be prevented?

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Aug 302006
Authors: Drew Haugen

The American work ethic is strong.

Find a good job, stay with your company, work hard for promotions and perks, maybe play on the company softball team if you can swing a bat and still have a good throwing arm. And then, after, say, 30 years of labor, the prodigal “safety net” of late life – retirement. usually.

In a late-night run for a chocolate-chip cookie treat at a fast-food restaurant last week, I was handed my warm snack by a woman who was at least in her 60s. My roommate had to pick up some items at our local discount store recently and happened to notice how many greeters were senior citizens.

In the past, Americans have enjoyed well-compensated retirement benefit packages that included pensions, health care and retirement lump sums, making retired life feasible if not sometimes a little tight.

Unfortunately, our generation will most likely witness the demise of the “safety net” unless there are some serious changes in attitude towards retirement benefits.

The Washington Post reports that more than 700 pension funds have collapsed in the past five years, forcing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the federal agency that insures pension programs) to pick up paying those pensions’ recipients.

The PBGC reports that they now operate with the agency’s largest deficit to date, $22.8 billion, down from a near $10 billion surplus at the end of 2000, with its largest claims coming from the airline, steel and automotive industries.

Assistance has come in the form of new legislation from Congress. The bipartisan legislative effort that overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate, the Pension Protection Act of 2006, was signed into law two weeks ago by President Bush.

The act seeks to bail out faltering pension programs by forcing corporations to pump billions over the next seven years into their pension funds while making it easier to expand 401K and IRA contributions and closing loopholes for pension payment evasion by pension plan administrators.

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 has been praised by many as well-needed legislation to prop up the shaky foundations of many Americans’ pensions.

But while the act is a step in the right direction, Americans need to do more to address the change in attitude among employers towards pensions and other retirement benefits.

Automakers like G.M. and Ford have cut pension programs and retirement benefits. Other industry giants like Lockheed Martin, H.P., and countless others have scaled back benefits, shifting to 401Ks, IRAs and HSAs to save hundreds of millions to billions a year on employee benefits. Approximately 44 million Americans have some form of pension compensation – less than a fifth of the population.

Legislation will help stem the tides of attack on retirement benefits for middle-class Americans, but there is a larger issue at stake: the nation’s failure to provide for the economic security of those Americans too old to work.

While corporations and state and local governments can cut losses by losing their pension, healthcare and other retirement programs and produce profits in the short run, it is the swollen American upper-middle class that will suffer eventually.

The employee benefits cut now will cost much more in the long-run, as the expenses of old age for these workers that were normally caught by the “safety net” of economically secure retirement will now fall upon social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Welfare; tax-payers’ dollars. The family structure will also be largely impacted, reflected by the fact that the fastest growing home in America is the multi-generational home.

Personally, I don’t want my parents to have to work at a discount store in their golden years, telling people “hey, you can’t park here” or “would you like a cart today?” after more than 30 years of honest work.

I don’t want to do that myself.

Poor workers will still have low-wage jobs, the wealthy will still control the means of production, but unless Americans demand the protections of their retirement, your pension could go to pay the daily wages of an entire Mexican factory very soon.

Drew Haugen is a senior international studies major. His column runs occasionally in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to

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A midsummer’s nightmare

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Aug 302006
Authors: Luci StorelliCastro

On the cover of this week’s The Economist is the disturbing image of a civilian coming out of a battered Lebanese city displaying a poster of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader and emerging symbol of Hezbollah, as a show of solidarity with the terrorist militia network.

Next to this image the heading reads, “Nasrallah wins the war,” washing away any doubts about who really came out on top of this midsummer’s nightmare.

The image on the cover emits a mixture of resilience and devastation; resilience in the sense that the Lebanese people overcame a campaign of constant and unrelenting bombardments over the course of the summer.

Devastation, on the other hand, was also evident – the sort of devastation that often results from unnecessary wars and translates to hundreds of lost lives, an outpouring of refugees, destruction of homes and an unearthing of resentment and hatred.

So, after all was said and done – who won the war? Was it the battered but resilient Lebanese or the militarily robust Israelis?

Going by official statements, it is hard to tell as both Ehud Olmert, the prime minister of Israel and Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah have proclaimed victory for their respective sides.

Conventional wisdom would have us believe it was Israel. After all, Israel dealt Lebanon a heavier blow in terms of casualties and effectively administered an air, sea and land blockade cutting food and fuel supplies. Furthermore, Israel demolished a good portion of Lebanon’s infrastructure.

Overall, Israel not only flexed its military muscles, but it also strangled an entire country economically – especially when one considers that Lebanon’s economy is import-dependent.

So much for conventional wisdom.

As The Economist reports, it was precisely because Israel was so successful in inflicting widespread shock and awe that it lost. As a result of Israel’s attack, more anti-Semitism has flared up in the region and Lebanese who were previously not members of Hezbollah have become staunch supporters of the terrorist organization.

This could have a tipping-point effect for the fragmented Lebanese government, which has been operating under a fragile coalition of different political parties, of which Hezbollah is one.

History seems to repeat itself. Israel miscalculated the limitations of militaristic responses to confronting an adversary – much as the United States did when confronted with the problem of illusionary weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Moreover, it should be noted that Olmert set unobtainable aims for Israel; namely, the discombobulating of Hezbollah. Far from destroying or even disarming Hezbollah, however, Israel has really given Hezbollah an incentive to keep fighting.

Also, countries that were formerly more cautious about associating themselves with Hezbollah are now doing so in an outspoken manner. Iran and Syria are good examples.

Nasrallah, for his part, was cleverer than Olmert. From the onset, the goal he set was strictly surviving the Israeli assault. When one compares both these aims, it is clear that Hezbollah had more reasonable aspirations.

Whereas Hezbollah was able to resist Israeli attacks, Israel was unable to completely destroy Hezbollah. Therefore, in this regard, Hezbollah fulfilled its prophecy and Israel gave up its own.

A final point worth mentioning is that Israel lost favor within the international community. With the exception of the unconditional support coming from the United States and to a lesser extent Great Britain, most countries condemned Israel’s response to a provocation as disproportionate and exaggerated. It would not pain Israel to remember that just because there might be a couple of bad apples, you do not necessarily have to cut down the entire tree.

While I sympathize in part with Israel because it was undisputedly provoked, I would also argue that it did itself a disservice by using its military superiority in an irresponsible manner.

Instead of discriminately rooting out Hezbollah, Israel wrought havoc on a collective civilian population – that’s the stuff of rogue nations.

Israel should know better.

Luci Storelli-Castro is a junior political science and philosophy major. Her column runs every Thursday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to

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Students slapped with parking violations

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Aug 302006
Authors: CHRISTY SCHINDLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Matt Johns claims he didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to park in the lanes on Laurel Street that are now only for bikers.

“The only signs I saw on the side of the road were for bike lanes,” the senior construction management major said. “There weren’t any ‘no parking’ signs at all, and since we’ve always been allowed to park there, I didn’t think anything of it.”

On just the first day of school, police issued 210 citations to people who parked their cars in the bike lanes on Laurel Street.

Johns, who was slapped with a $25 fine, and the 209 others, have until Friday to get their tickets voided.

Though Johns came to believe that Fort Collins Parking Services is “out to get the students and make some extra revenue,” city officials said that’s not the goal.

“It’s important for people to know that you can’t park in the bike lanes,” said Randy Hensley, parking manager for the city.

Since then, the city has placed several “no parking” signs on the streets and citations have dwindled to zero.

But for the hundreds of students who were pinned with parking violations in the first few days of school, it’s not too late to avoid paying the fine.

Through Friday, a person pinned with a ticket can bring the citation to the FCPS building, located at 215 N. Mason St., and it will be thrown out, Hensley said.

“They can’t just ignore it and expect it to go away,” he said.

For Johns, it turned out OK.

He got his citation removed. However, he still laments the parking situation in and around campus.

He now parks “way north of campus” on Mason or Howes streets.

A new Laurel

As summer faded, so did the parking on Laurel Street.

Fort Collins, which according to the League of American Bicyclists was already named one of the 16 most bike-friendly cities in the nation, became bike friendlier.

But students driving circles around the university’s parking lots hoping to slip into a recently emptied spot aren’t joining the biker joy fest.

“Right now we don’t have any plans for new parking on the campus, but we are constantly evaluating parking needs of students,” said David Bradford, the university’s new parking commander.

Some students who have parking passes are opting not to drive to school.

Clay Cousins, a senior recreation and tourism major, said he believes CSU oversells parking passes each year.

“Why would you want to buy a permit if you aren’t guaranteed a space? That’s a conundrum,” he said. “Parking space has become too big of a hassle. That’s why I ride my bike to school now.”

Amy Robben, too, avoids driving to school when she can because of the “crazy” parking situation. And she wasn’t too thrilled about the Laurel bike lanes.

“I think it makes the parking on campus even more ridiculous and it takes away all the free parking from students,” said Robben, a junior civil engineering major. “The double bike lanes are quite unnecessary. Three bikes can fit across there. That’s just crazy and uncalled for.”

Staff writer Christy Schindler can be reached at


Those who received parking violations for parking in the bike lanes on Laurel Street can get them voided by taking them to Fort Collins Parking Services, 215 N. Mason St. The offer runs through Friday.

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Student involvement heats up

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Aug 302006
Authors: BEN AAKER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Jugglers tossed balls high in the air, Greeks sported their letters on matching shirts and the Mountain Riders Horse Club showed off their miniature donkey mascot, ‘Whisky,’ on Wednesday.

These stunts, among many others, aimed to attract new members to join a cause in the semiannual Student Involvement Fair, formally known as Centertainment.

Nearly 140 student clubs and organizations occupied tables lining the sidewalks in the Natural Resources Grass and surrounding areas.

“The (Student Involvement Fair) is a great opportunity for student organizations to showcase who they are to new and current students that are interested in getting involved,” said Deanna Leon, program coordinator for Student Involvement and Activities.

According to Leon, research shows that the more students are involved in their campus, the more successful they’re going to be in their academic pursuit.

Corey Murzyn, a junior technical journalism major and member of Creating Respect and Educating Wellness for and by Students, couldn’t agree more.

“Being involved with a club or organization helps take your mind off the monotonous note-taking and the often boring life that class itself can be,” said Murzyn. “It’s important to remember that college is so much more than sitting in a lecture hall daydreaming.”

The event kept spectators far from slumber as several clubs and organizations provided entertainment throughout the day, including hip-hop, swing-dancing and even jousting sponsored by the Medieval Society.

Still, others found favor in the form of free giveaways. The popular gift: Candy.

“It’s like trick-or-treating on Halloween,” said CJ Eims, sophomore health and exercise science major. “Except it’s hot and during the day.”

And hot it was. According to, temperatures reached upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Despite the heat, student organizations worked hard to advertise their cause and purpose.

For the members of Alpha Tau Omega, a fraternity that started last year, the goal is to show people that not all fraternities are the same, said Rocky Giarratano, a student at CSU and founder of ATO.

“(The Student Involvement Fair) gives us the chance to just hang out with other guys and show them that we are so much more than just booze and booty,” Giarratano said.

Other clubs and organizations included Team Handball, CSU Big Wheels, Ram Ride, Campus Crusade for Christ and the CSU logging sports team.

When it came to the event as a whole, program coordinator Deanna Leon was satisfied.

“We had a lot of people show up today and we distributed a lot of good information,” Leon said. “I think it was a success.”

Staff writer Ben Aaker can be reached at

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Resolution: bring back Fum’s Song

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Aug 302006
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer, Vimal Patel The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Student government passed a resolution Wednesday night calling for the reinstatement of Fum’s Song on the electronic scoreboard at home football games.

No Associated Students of CSU senators voted against it, while 17 approved it and two abstained.

Senators placed the measure on emergency status, meaning it would be voted on that night rather than taking multiple sessions before coming to a vote.

“I am absolutely relieved,” said Stacey Smith, a senator in the College of Liberal Arts and author of the resolution. “It went a heck of a lot smoother than I thought it would go.”

University officials said some people had complained about Fum’s Song – a ditty penned and sung by legendary CSU athlete Thurman “Fum” McGraw – as being inappropriate.

Some of the song’s lyrics included “Don’t send my son to Brigham Young, I’d rather see him dead” and “Before I see him in Boulder, I’d see my son in hell.”

Also, it called those from Colorado College “sissy boys” and that the School of Mines is “for drunkards.”

McGraw’s larger-than-life image belted out his song between the third and fourth quarters of CSU home football games last year. University officials said the song conveyed an image they didn’t want associated with CSU.

The resolution is the official voice of the students, senators said. It’ll be sent to Paul Kowalczyk, athletic director, and CSU President Larry Penley.

The two senators who abstained from voting were Ben Schrader, a senator from the College of Liberal Arts, and Cari Stepsay, an Intra-University senator.

“I abstained because I believe we need to do more research about what constituents want,” said Schrader, a sophomore sociology major. “We jumped the gun in giving it emergency status. . I like the Fum song, I am just trying to be non-bias.”

Courtney Healey, last year’s ASCSU president, attended the Senate meeting to talk about Referendum I, a measure that would allow equal rights for same-sex couples.

She had her opinion about the sacking of Fum’s Song as well.

“Aren’t we taking political correctness a little too far?” she asked.

Matt Hitt, an associate justice for the ASCSU supreme court – said football – and chiding the university’s football opponents – is what school spirit is all about.

“It was a great tradition and they’re trying to, if not destroy it, neuter it,” the senior theatre arts major said.

Jack Davis, a senator for the College of Business, said that he was in support of the idea, but had concerns about the method.

“It really sets a bad precedent at the beginning of the year to say this is an emergency,” he said. “This isn’t an emergency.”

Although making clear the official student stance on the issue, the resolution may not bring back Fum’s Song to the electronic board.

“At this point, there’s been no discussion to reinstate the song,” said Gary Ozzello, athletic department spokesman.

Staff writers Adam Bohlmeyer and Vimal Patel can be reached at

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Advocacy Offices Open Their Doors

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Aug 302006
Authors: KATRINA TAMMINGA The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The advocacy offices at CSU are opening their doors to the start of the new school year. Each office has hosted or plans to host an open house welcoming all students, specifically freshmen and transfer students, into their offices.

Kathryn Douglass, administrative assistant to the Asian/Pacific American Students Services, said the open houses are a chance for first-year students and transfer students to meet people on campus and learn about the different services their offices provide.

Bianca Garcia, a senior psychology major, said El Centro Hispanic Student Services is hosting its open house not only to welcome students but also to show students and faculty the new El Centro office, located in Room 178 of the Lory Student Center.

“We really want to invite all students, new and returning, who have not come into our office yet, to come and see it, as well as all the resources we have to offer,” Garcia said.

Representing the largest minority group on campus, Francisco Guajardo, a junior construction management major, said El Centro’s main goal is to encourage more people to get involved.

“We want people to see that we are a resource leader and show them that there was a reason El Centro received funding for the new office,” Guajardo said. “We want to welcome everyone back to school as well as continue to promote to other advocacy offices and all of the other networks and alliances we have on campus.”

Ty Smith, director of the Native American Student Services, said that although they have already held a luncheon for new students, they will have an official open house Nov. 1 to kick off Native American Awareness month.

“Our open house will not only welcome students back but also encourage them to get involved and take interest in Native American culture,” Smith said.

Black Students Services hosted its open house Aug. 22.

“We had a phenomenal turnout,” said Jennifer Williams Molock, the BSS director. “We had at least 250 people come in throughout the set time. It was great to be able to introduce new students to returning students and staff, as well encourage the new students to get involved.”

Staff writer Katrina Tamminga can be reached at


Upcoming events:

Asian/Pacific- Thu, Aug. 31, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., LSC Room 212

Thu, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., LSC Room 212

El Centro Hispanic Student Services- Thu, Aug. 31, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in LSC Room 178

GLBT Student Services – September

Resources for Disabled Students – November

Native American Student Services – Wed, Nov. 1

Women’s Programs- Thu, Sept. 14, 1p.m. – 4 p.m., Student Services Room 112

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Design on a dime

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Aug 292006
Authors: Hilary Davis The Rocky Mountain Collegian

You might not use everything you learned in high school, but in college sometimes things come up that you never thought you’d need to know. Things such as how to stay up all night before a test, or how to construct a sled made entirely of Popsicle sticks, or how to decorate a room without using Abercrombie shopping bags. But don’t worry because decorating a room is easy. How about decorating a room on a budget, though? Not so easy. By following the Collegian’s easy tips, a residence hall room redo in under $200 can be a reality. And that’s knowledge every college student can use.

1 Bookshelf + Five-shelf bookcase with adjustable shelves



*Keep video games and DVDs off the floor by designating a shelf for them.

1 Desk Chair + Wheeled office chair

Arc Thrift Stores


*Make sure the wheels on the chair will work

on carpeted surfaces in residence hall rooms.

1 Lamp + Desk lamp with organizer



*Protect the eyes from strain by periodically looking away from bright desk lighting and computer monitors.

1 Poster + Get a poster from a favorite movie


*Frame or laminate posters to prevent tearing and fading.

1 Desk + Four-drawer wooden desk

Arc Thrift Stores


*Secondhand furniture is cheaper to buy than new, and it’s easy to refinish by sanding and repainting.

1 Rug + Area rugs in assorted colors

T.J. Maxx


*With an area rug on the floor, vacuuming won’t happen as often. Just shake it out when Mom and Dad come to visit.

1 Duvet + Twin sateen duvets in assorted colors

Bed Bath and Beyond


*Duvet covers are easy to remove and wash, especially after the first time getting sick away from home.

1 Set of lights + Indoor Christmas lights



*String up lights around the room for less harsh light. Christmas lights are seasonal, but usually go on sale in October.

————————————————————- = $174.93

All prices and item availability were correct upon submission of this article.

Item selection may vary in stores such as T.J Maxx and Arc Thrift Stores.

Taxes will apply.

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Eco-friendly store cares for Ft. Collins community

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Aug 292006
Authors: Hilary Davis The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Tony Cooper, owner and founder of second-hand shop Eco-Thrift, believes strongly in the three “R’s,” or at least one in particular.

“Everyone’s familiar with ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,'” said Cooper. “But we’re focusing on the ‘reuse’ portion of the equation by reselling things that have been donated – we’re keeping it in the community.”

After noticing a “real sense of misuse” about the way people treat the environment, Cooper decided to open a thrift store on the corner of Meldrum and Maple streets, north of CSU.

The “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure” store sells everything from clothes to home and kitchen items to accessories.

And the community has taken notice of Cooper’s store. Fort Collins resident Robert Ornelas and his daughter Vanessa saw Eco-Thrift while driving by one afternoon and have now become repeat customers.

“This is the second time we’ve been here this week,” said Ornelas. “And we always donate when we come shopping. Better to donate than throw it in the dump.”

Cooper is hoping that CSU students will also notice Eco-Thrift and tell their friends.

“I’ve only been open a month, but already I’ve been working with the Live Green Team at CSU and their Leave it Behind program to get more donations,” Cooper said.

Cooper believes that Fort Collins is the perfect location for a store like his and expects more customers to shop now that school is back in session.

“That’s the great thing about Fort Collins, it’s very supportive of musicians, artists – creative people coming together,” Cooper said. “This store was born out of a lifelong passion for keeping stuff out of landfills. There is so much waste, and I don’t like what I see.”

Staff writer Hilary Davis can be reached at

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