Wyoming Preview

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Sep 282006
 
Authors: JEFF DILLON The Rocky Mountain Collegian

CSU and Wyoming have one of the country’s fiercest college sports rivalries. Competition against each other in every sport is almost always fiery and meaningful.

Maybe someone should let Wyoming volleyball know.

Despite what Rams volleyball assistant coach Karrie Larsen said are “always tough” matches, CSU has found a way to win the last 16 times against its border rival. It leads the all-time series 41-18.

That said, don’t expect the Rams to be overconfident as the team heads to Laramie to face the Cowboys at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“It doesn’t matter how many times you beat them, it’s always an important match,” Larsen said. “CSU and Wyoming is always a big deal.”

CSU (7-6, 2-2) is coming off of two conference wins last weekend against New Mexico and TCU. The Rams played fairly impressively all weekend, never surrendering a game against either team to climb up to fourth in the Mountain West standings.

Wyoming (7-5, 1-1) is off to one of its best starts in recent history and currently sits right below the Rams in the conference standings. Its last match was a 3-2 defeat at Denver on Sept. 19. The team has not played at home since Sept. 2, when it defeated New Orleans in five games.

The Cowboys have not had a winning season in Mountain West play since the league’s beginning in 1999. But it has gotten off to a fast start thanks, in part, to the play of junior outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is third in the conference in kills with 4.2 per game. Another youngster, freshman Annie Meyers, is averaging 3.7 kills and 2.94 digs a game.

If Wyoming has ever had a great chance to break the Rams’ winning streak, this might be it.

“You have to take every year as a new year,” said junior middle blocker Amanda Fahnestock, whose home state is Wyoming. “We have to play well, stay competitive and know it’s going to be a tough match.”

The comforting news for CSU is that they seem to be coming together as a team. After a tough stretch in the schedule, where the Rams lost to four ranked teams on the road, they have looked more and more like the team predicted to finish third in the conference this year.

Last weekend, the Rams had a combined hitting percentage of .273 and averaged over 17 kills a game against New Mexico and TCU. The team was especially impressive against TCU, recording only 13 errors. It was also the first time the Rams had more serving aces than serving errors this season.

Larsen said she thinks the team is starting to feel a bit more comfortable in several areas.

“I think they’re figuring out each other and also their strengths and weaknesses as a team,” she said. “Our strengths are that we are consistent and an extremely good passing team. One of our weaknesses, though, is that we are young and we sometimes lose focus.”

If the Rams want to extend their winning streak over Wyoming to 17, they will need that focus to improve. Sophomore setter Ashley Fornstrom said it’s something the players need to have with them the rest of the season.

“Every game from here out is a must-win for us if we want to get back to the NCAA tournament,” she said. “It’s important for us not to take this match for granted. If we do, they can beat us.”

Staff writer Jeff Dillon can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

Notes:

? Sophomore middle blocker Mekana Barnes, who has been sidelined for most of the Rams’ last three matches with an ankle injury, saw limited time in practice this week and will be a game-time decision by Head Coach Tom Hilbert.

? Hilbert is just two wins shy of 250 at CSU. He is 248-60 in his career with the Rams.

? Sunday’s match against Wyoming will be broadcasted on tape delay by The Mtn. at 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

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Collegian sports editor’s guide to the game

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Sep 282006
 
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When Fresno State is running the ball: Running back Dwayne Wright is currently ranked sixth in the nation in rushing with almost 150 yards per game. Wright is the best running back that the Rams will face all season and will give CSU a good idea how the rest of the season will go. If the Rams are able to hold Wright under 100 yards, then CSU will almost certainly come out on top. If Wright gains his average then the Rammies are in trouble. Wright will more than likely finish near 200 yards rushing against the Rams undersized defensive line.

Advantage: Fresno State

When Fresno State is passing the ball: Quarterback Tom Brandstater is the biggest question mark coming into the game. Brandstater, who has thrown both three interceptions and three touchdowns this season, will be facing a Rams defense that has been able to get a consistent pass rush from its front seven. The biggest weakness of the Rams pass defense is their ability to cause interceptions. Last season through three games, CSU had four picks, while this year the defense has only generated one. The defensive backfield must force at least two turnovers for the Rams to have a chance.

Advantage: Push

When CSU is running the ball: The previous six words make it seem like CSU will be running the ball Saturday, however, that is likely not to be the case. CSU has had trouble rushing against teams like Weber State, let alone teams with the caliber of Fresno State. Fresno State’s front line is anchored by defensive tackles Louis Leonard and Jason Shirley, who both tip the scales at a lean 330 pounds. CSU must find a go-to running back in this game to be set on one for conference play. Look for Nnamdi Oheari to be this back.

Advantage: Fresno State

When CSU is passing the ball: Caleb Hanie has played well as starter this season, however he has only thrown one touchdown this season, a red-zone strike to Kory Sperry against Colorado-Boulder. Hanie’s completion percentage is a sharp 70 percent this season and Fresno State has yet to cause an interception this season. Fresno State’s cornerbacks should be overlooked however, with both Damon Jenkins and Marcus McCauley being second-year starters.

Advantage: CSU

Prediction: Fresno State is at home, is coming off a stinging loss to Washington, and has more experience playing big games. CSU is also hungry, but Fresno’s ability to run the ball will be the reason the Bulldogs will walk out of its stadium with a W.

Final Score: Fresno State 27, CSU 17

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Men’s runner honored, women’s cross country to take on Buffs

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Sep 282006
 
Authors: NICK HUBEL The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Mountain West Conference named Jeremy Freed the men’s cross-country runner of the week on Wednesday. Freed, a red shirt open-option freshman, earned the award for his 27th overall performance at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota last weekend.

Freed covered the eight kilometer course in 25:24.55, a personal best that led the Rams to a 16th overall finish. Head Coach Brian Berryhill said the award should give Freed and the team confidence going into the Pre-National meet on Oct. 14.

“It is always a great accomplishment to be honored by your conference, especially being such a young guy,” Berryhill said.

On the women’s side, the Rams are set to compete in the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder on Saturday. The meet will feature teams from all over Colorado, including Colorado-Boulder, School of Mines, Northern Colorado, Metro State and Mesa State. Wyoming, North Dakota and Ohio will also attend.

Junior biology major and team member April Thomas said the team is excited to compete against its rival, as well as some of the other smaller schools around the state. But she also said this is not the most important meet of the year.

“Of course there is some nervousness, CU is a really good team,” she said, “but this is just a stepping stone. Our main goal is (Pre-Nationals).”

Berryhill said the rivalry should help to bring out the best in the runners.

“Anytime you run against CU there is a bit of a rivalry,” he said. “They are all extremely excited about it and looking forward to going down there. I think you’ll see some good things out of them this weekend.”

The meet starts at 11 a.m. at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course in Boulder.

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

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Ram Talk

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Sep 282006
 
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I wanna know who is replying to the Wanted: Bike Guy Backup ad in the Collegian and where you learned the correct dialect to speak fluent duck? Sounds essential to become part of a Collegian Institution!

I don’t know why everyone is complaining about their bikes being stolen. I left mine unchained in front of the library from Thursday morning to Monday afternoon and it was fine.

You know what’s great? When you’re trying to study at the library and they decide to vacuum – for four hours.

In regards to the countdown to July 7, 2007…07-07-07 just so happens to be my 21st birthday. 07+07+07 = 21. I’m pretty sure this is coolest event ever…well…except for the time I scared a squirrel and it fell in a trash can.

Has anyone else noticed the stalagmites forming on the water fountain in the Engineering Building (second floor, N-wing)? I am excited to watch this development.

Dear all irresponsible drinkers, please stop ruining it for everybody else.

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Fight apathy, believe in something

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Sep 282006
 
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What a week it’s been for free speech at CSU.

As Ernesto Zedillo eloquently defended “globalization” in Moby Arena last night, protesters outside lampooned the former Mexican president’s worldview – specifically, its impact on the poor and indigenous.

Justice for All, an anti-abortion group whose tactics many abhor, displayed giant images of bloodied, aborted fetuses to persuade students over to the “pro-life” side.

Student groups supporting Amendment 44, the November ballot measure that would legalize small amounts of pot, were able to post their fliers after the university had originally prevented them from doing so.

And Matt Bourgault – or Brother Matt, as he calls himself – was back in the Plaza yesterday afternoon, condemning CSU students to hell for having sex, smoking pot and drinking alcohol.

The inflammatory street preacher who called CSU women “loose” and CSU men “whoremongers” the last time he was around drew a crowd of well over a hundred.

Hey, the quality of his theology may have needed some touching up, but no one could accuse the flailing-arms preacher of being a poor showman.

CSU students made their voice heard all this week. From the left to the right, from Bible-thumpers to potheads, students stood up for what they believed in, and respectfully listened to that which they didn’t.

Congratulations to all who did something to advocate for a cause they believe in.

And hey, we’re in college. If the passion’s not flowing through you at this time in your life, you’re condemned to a life of pettiness and apathy.

As kids our age and younger breath their last breath a half world away in Iraq, the least we can do to uphold our end of the democracy bargain is believe in something.

Really, it’s the least we can do.

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To the Editor

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Sep 282006
 
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On Wednesday, a rather flattering article was written about my good friend Jens and I being vocal safe sex activists. While I thank the Collegian for the coverage of FREE activists, I would like to point out that the majority of credit for the safe sex education action should be handed to our friends in VOX, campus feminist alliance and he volunteers at Planned Parenthood.

While FREE is a vocal advocate for safe sex and womyn’s rights, the aforementioned groups do much more to support the movement for a just, safe and equal world for womyn to live. I would like to thank them and all who supported us over the past three days.

Ian Overton

senior

political science major

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No need for gross photos

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Sep 282006
 
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After avoiding the plaza for three days this week due to the demonstrations by Justice for All (as I do every year), I was outraged to walk onto campus Thursday morning to find the images I had been trying to evade all week staring at me from the front of the Collegian.

While one can understand and appreciate that our college paper tries to report on things going on around campus, the picture of the graphic poster brought by Justice for All on the front page of Thursday’s Collegian was uncalled for.

The Collegian reported on Monday how the demonstration brings controversy to CSU every year; the Collegian also claimed they did not want to state their opinions about reproductive rights. But what was the purpose of publishing the picture on Thursday’s front page? There wasn’t even an article to go along with it! Seeing the graphic pictures displayed on the plaza this week can cause emotional distress and anxiety to many people regardless of their stance on abortion.

The decision of the Collegian to print a picture of a poster depicting an aborted fetus was inconsiderate and excessive. Three days of these images were enough; I would expect that many other CSU students feel the same way.

Kristin Hailpern

graduate student

counseling and career development

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To the Editor

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Sep 282006
 
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First of all, I’d like to thank the Collegian’s editorial board for

their opinion headline “Mistakes of few make all Greeks look bad.” A majority of the people not in fraternities and sororities don’t realize that most, if not all, Greek organizations are founded on a basis of establishing a bond between students and helping the community.

That being said, shame on you Collegian. Shame on you for taking a story about an underage drinker and turning it into a Sam Spady memorial piece. Imagine my confusion when I looked at the Collegian on Sept. 27, only to find a Sam Spady timeline. True, this was a terrible moment in the history of the University, but – and I know this sounds heartless – all incidents of alcohol on campus are not an excuse to bring up that particular story.

Underage drinking is not a rare occurrence on any college campus, and neither is detoxification. It happens multiple times a month (pay attention to the campus blotter and you’ll see what I mean). However, this story is given special treatment because it happened in a fraternity house, which is not right. I feel bad for the girl, because whereas other detox patients get a small place in the campus blotter that is barely mentioned, this girl made headlines on the front page more than once.

Perhaps the newspaper should consider printing headlines responsibly, rather than trying to cause a scandal.

Brian Lancaster

sophomore

open option

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Time to play Ram Football

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Sep 282006
 
Authors: Brett Okamoto The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Colorado State wide receiver Johnny Walker summed up the entire game plan for this week’s match-up against the Fresno State Bulldogs in one sentence.

“We got to play Ram football, that’s it,” Walker said.

Play Ram football. It sounds so easy, but the Rams did anything but just that two weeks ago in a 28-10 loss to Nevada.

With three games in the books, the Rams’ main area of improvement remains a ground game that rushed for only 64 yards against the WolfPack.

“We better run the ball or it’s going to be another long night,” said offensive coordinator Dan Hammerschmidt. “Our running backs are good enough to get it done. Kyle Bell isn’t out there, but that’s not the answer. We’ve got to get tougher, stick on our blocks longer and run over people.”

The Bulldogs’ defense features many of the same zone blitz packages the Rams use. Last season saw fifteen different Fresno State players record a sack.

“I’m hoping we can complete some balls early,” said Hammerschmidt. “When people blitz you got to complete balls. We’ve been giving up too many sacks but they got better in the off week.”

Defensively the Rams have to return to the form that put them among the best in the country before the Nevada game. The Bulldogs are returning 18 starters from last season, including four members of an oversized offensive line.

“We’ve always been undersized up front. We have to rely on our quickness,” said defensive end Jesse Nading. “It’s the same thing this week.”

The defensive line will have their work cut out for them trying to contain the fifth-ranked running back in the country, Dwayne Wright. Wright is currently averaging 149.33 yards per game and has found the end zone six times in three games, despite missing all of last season rehabilitating an injured knee.

“They play smash-mouth brand of football,” Nading said. “Our number one priority is the run game. They have a good quarterback and receivers though, we’ll have our hands full.”

When the Bulldogs do throw, expect them to go to their catching tandem of Joe Fernandez and Paul Williams, who combined to score 15 touchdowns last season.

As good as the pass game can be for Fresno St., the Rams know they’ll have to stop Wright to even see it on Saturday.

“I have a ton of confidence in our defensive backs,” said safety Klint Kubiak. “But they’re not going to pass until we shut them down on the ground.”

The Rams will be without defensive leader Ben Stratton, who missed all of last season due to a knee injury. Sophomore Jake Galusha is expected to play in Ben’s absence.

“As sad as it sounds we’ve gotten used to him not being around,” Kubiak said. “Jake is a great football player and we’ll be alright.”

If the defense is successful in holding the Bulldogs’ potent offense, the Rams know they still need to put points on the board to win.

“We need a win right now,” Hammerschmidt said. “The defense is playing great right now. We don’t have to be the best offense in the country, we just need to help the defense out a bit. If we can do that we’re set for a heck of a season.”

The game will be played in Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PST.

Staff writer Brett Okamoto can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Enhancing a global curriculum

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Sep 282006
 
Authors: Daniel Colbert Cavalier Daily U. Virginia

(U-WIRE) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Last week, as both of my regular readers will recall, I wrote about the lack of enlightened values demonstrated in the reaction of Muslim leaders to comments made by the Pope. On the same day, The Cavalier Daily reported on a plan presented to Student Council to “de-Westernize” the University of Virginia’s curriculum. The juxtaposition of these two events highlights the folly of downplaying Western ideas. That said, ensuring a global curriculum is a goal the University should strive for, and some of the issues raised by the Diversity Initiatives Committee ought to be addressed. In order to achieve this goal, though, the committee should adjust its approach so as not to do more damage than harm.

According to Ryan McElveen, the chair of the Diversity Initiatives Committee, the plan he presented “was inspired by the fact that students haven’t been able to get into language classes such as Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.” The plan addresses this issue by suggesting that the University enlarge these language programs and expand the number of Asian and African languages offered.

The former suggestion is critical. The University must meet the demand for these languages as they become more and more important in almost all career fields. Chartering the teaching of other languages, though, is harder to justify. This would require hiring new faculty and would benefit only a small number of students, while most students would probably not notice. It is unfortunate that the University cannot offer every language that students would like to learn. Personally, I’d like to learn my ancestral language — Irish — but until there are enough students demanding it, it doesn’t make sense for the University to create an Irish program. The Romance language departments are bigger not because the University sees them as more important but because more students want to learn them.

A truly globalized curriculum means more than offering a few more classes on non-Western ideas. Offering those classes will only serve to give students more option to complete their one non-Western perspectives requirement, after which they can continue to ignore anything outside the West. The Diversity Committee is right to suggest setting up a committee to look at individual majors within the University, but this committee should evaluate current classes to see if they already incorporate a fair amount of non-Western ideas, where appropriate, or if they are too Euro-centric for the subject matter. The committee needs to remember that some classes and even some departments cannot avoid dealing exclusively or almost exclusively with Western ideas.

The other parts of the Committee’s plan are even more dubious. First, they suggest creating a Queer Studies minor. This minor might be justified in and of itself, should the University have the funds available. However, it does not in any way help the University create a more global curriculum. The ideas studied by such a program would not represent distinctly non-Western culture but, rather, a school of thought within the West and thus would be no more non-Western than a study of communism.

Another suggestion made by the Committee is to increase the number of race theory classes. Again, this suggestion is worth considering for its own merit, but it should not be considered a globalization of the curriculum. More race classes, McElveen asserts, could encourage conservative students to take classes dealing with race if the classes were taught in ways that did not alienate conservatives the way current classes do. If this goal can be achieved, then more race-based classes could be a good thing, but requiring students to take them through a North American Non-Western Perspectives requirement, as has been suggested, amounts to academic coercion.

Challenging one’s believes is good, but it cannot be forced. These suggestions do not stem from a desire to globalize the University’s curriculum but from an anti-conservative and anti-Southern bias, as is evidenced by their proponents’ harping on the University’s image as a “Southern” institution. The committee should drop these suggestions and focus on a platform of globalizing curriculum.

One issue not raised in the committee’s plan that should be reconsidered is the stipulation that classes based on minority sub-cultures within the West can fulfill the Non-Western Perspectives requirement. If the idea of the requirement is to expose students to new cultures and ideas, this clause needs to be removed. It allows minority students to get away with studying something not at all foreign to them and allows non-minority students to fulfill the requirement by studying subjects, like jazz, that are intrinsically American. This clause does not encourage a global or even a non-Western curriculum, but merely a non-white one.

It is incredibly easy to find fault with Western civilization. But for all its faults (and I do not mean to deny or detract from them) the West still has contributed a great deal of good to the academic world. European history has given us such horrible phenomenon as the Crusades, imperialism and Hitler, but it also gave us the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and Mr. Jefferson himself. We must take steps to globalize our curriculum, including looking at individual majors, meeting the demand for languages and eliminating the minority clause of the Non-Western requirement. We must be careful, however, not to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater and lose those aspects of Western thought that are infinitely valuable.

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