Eagles retain best record in CHL

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Dec 102006
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

The Colorado Eagles find themselves in a familiar position this week after a two win weekend: First place.

The host Eagles swept the Amarillo Gorillas this weekend, giving the team a four-game winning streak and the best record in the Central Hockey League.

On Saturday, the Eagles fought off multi-goal third period stand by Amarillo and picked up a 4-2 victory. Gorillas’ right wing Bill Vandermeer cut the Colorado lead in half, scoring both goals on power plays with 5-3 and 5-4 advantages but was unable to bring his team completely back.

Forward Sean Lenord, left wing Ryan Tobler and centers Riley Nelson and Chris Hartsburg all had goals for the Eagles.

Colorado goalie Tim Boron took over between the pipes for regular starter Marco Emond. Boron played effectively, saving 33 of 35 Amarillo shots on goal.

Eagles Head Coach Chris Stewart was happy with the play of his first-year goalie.

“I thought he played really well and made some good saves,” Stewart said. “The two goals that were scored on him there wasn’t much of a chance because of the power play. He played really solid.”

Boron felt comfortable out on the ice.

“I felt good,” said the former Saint Cloud St. Husky. “The boys were good out there and our defense was strong. They really helped me.”

Boron’s strong performance brings up questions of whether he should be starting in the Eagles goal more often. The rookie knows the decision is not his, but he will play his best when he gets chances.

“In hockey, whenever you get out there you want to prove yourself,” Boron said. “That is what I hope I did tonight. You just want to take advantage of opportunities like this.”

The Eagles also beat the Gorillas on Friday night. Amarillo right wing Chris Lipsett scored two third-period goals to tie the game. With 1:19 left in the period, Gorilla defensemen Galloway Carroll was called for hooking, setting up an Eagle power play. Five seconds later the Eagles would take advantage as Tobler scored a goal, his second of the night. The goal assured the Eagles a 5-4 victory.

Tobler gave the credit for the game-winning goal to his coach.

“It was just the way Stewie (Eagles coach Stewart) drew it up,” Tobler said. “Everybody did their job perfect, went to there positions and I had a wide open net. It is about time we executed a play.”

Craig Strain, Scott Polaski and Sean Robertson also reached the back of the Gorillas’ net.

Overall the Eagles were disappointed with their execution during the game.

“I don’t think we were very sharp tonight,” Stewart said. “We had a really good chance to put the game away by scoring three or four goals early and putting the game away. We just didn’t capitalize. We had good effort, but we didn’t execute well. We weren’t sharp and it bothers me. We are a better team than how we are playing.”

Up next for the Eagles is a visit to Broomfield as they will face the Rocky Mountain Rage for the seventh and eighth time this season. Colorado leads the series four games to two.

Eagles beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports.collegian.com.

By the Numbers

34.83- Average Eagle penalty minutes per game, second in the CHL.

15- Wins the Eagles have when they score three or more goals.

4- Players who have four game point scoring streaks. Also the number of consecutive wins by the Eagles

3- Games lead Colorado has over any other CHL team.

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One team to see over break

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Dec 102006
 
Authors: Mike Donovan

On Saturday, a congregation of Eagles beat up on some Gorillas, the Rayz stung the Bats, and the Kings were no match for the Jackalopes.

Simply put, it was an average weekend for the Central Hockey League, which is one of the most underrated sports leagues in existence. Case in point, the best team in the CHL plays their home games just 20 minutes away from CSU.

The Colorado Eagles, who have been in existence for four seasons, pack more fan-friendly entertainment into two-and-a-half hours than the four pro teams in Denver combined.

After attending my first Eagles game on Friday, there is no doubt in my mind that there isn’t a more enjoyable sports experience in Colorado. The best part of being a fan at an Eagles game is the numerous contests and giveaways that happened throughout the course of the game.

Some selected fans were treated to free Qdoba, while others participated in a chipping contest on the ice during an intermission.

In fact, if the Eagles score six goals in a game, fans can take their ticket stub to Subway for a free sub. It has been my experience, that nothing makes sports fans happier than free food. The Chicks, who are the Eagles’ dance squad, don’t hurt either.

But it takes more than gimmicks and cheerleaders for fans to sell out every Eagles home game ever. The product on the ice also has to perform at a high standard.

This does not seem like a problem for Head Coach Chris Stewart and his club. The team is currently in first place and in their first three seasons have both won the league championship and finished atop the regular season standings.

Another hockey staple is evident with the CHL seemingly promoting fighting. When two players started to tangle Friday, the refs let them go for over a minute as fans stood and applauded with every punch.

While the fight seemed to be pretty pointless, it definitely added to the atmosphere of an otherwise quiet second period.

One noticeable aspect of Eagles games is the numerous advertisements placed throughout the arena and even on the ice itself. Even the ads have a nice local flair with a Johnson’s Corner placard placed along the boards.

All in all, the Eagles are a perfect place for a college audience. Lots of lights, fighting, contestant giveaways, and free food make for an environment unmatched in pro sports.

It seems to me that the Colorado Eagles and the CHL have perfected how to make fans, especially the key 18-to-34 demographic, happy. And I think there is no better compliment I can give.

The Eagles have seven home games between now and the end of winter break. Tickets start at $18. To see their schedule and purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoeagles.com.

Sports Editor Mike Donovan can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rams Hold on to Defeat Rival Buffs 72-69

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Dec 102006
 
Authors: Matthew Pucak

It had been 49 years since the Rams men’s basketball team had won in Boulder, but Saturday they would not be denied, even as the Colorado Buffaloes staged a furious rally that came up just short in the Rams 72-69 victory.

While the Rams hardly needed any extra inspiration while facing their biggest rival, they found some extra motivation every time they were reminded of the drought in Boulder dating back to 1957, according to Rams forward Jason Smith.

“49 years. That was our motivation all week,” said Smith, who pounded inside for 15 points and 16 rebounds.

In what is usually the marquee game for both teams, fan support was minimal, as only 4,309 people showed up to the game, which bothered Rams coach Dale Layer after the game.

“It was a good college game,” said Layer, who wasn’t even born the last time the Rams won in Boulder. “I’m sorry that more people didn’t get to see it.”

Smith led the Rams, recording his fourth double-double of the season and the Rams were able to shut down Colorado’s star Richard Roby.

Roby, who did lead the Buffs with 20 points, was held in check for a majority of the second half as the Rams pulled away, and Layer credited Tim Denson and Cory Lewis with great defense.

“I thought Denson and Cory Lewis both did a terrific job on him,” said Layer. “He’s a great player, but they got in his face and made it difficult for him. Most of those shots were contested.”

Roby seemed inattentive much of the game, especially during a time-out at the 7:55 mark in the second half, where he stood on the outside of the Buffs huddle, looking away, but his energy on defense was crucial during the CU comeback in the last four minutes.

CSU, after a slow start, was able to dominate the middle of the game, extending their lead to 15 points with 4:04 remaining, when it seemed Stephan Gilling’s fourth three pointer of the game would be the dagger in the Buffs heart, as about half of the Colorado student section filed out.

The Buffs would not go away, and the Rams couldn’t seem to solve a full-court press, or consistently sink free throws, as the Buffs whittled the lead down to two points with 18.1 seconds left.

Tim Denson hit one of two free throws, and Roby’s 3-pointer to tie the game rattled of the rim, allowing the Rams to gain possession and finally breaking the Buffs press to run out the clock.

The game got off to a slow start, especially for the Rams who fell behind 9-0 before responding to surge ahead at halftime 43-34, before extending the lead to double-digits for much of the second half.

Cory Lewis scored 13 for the Rams, while Gilling chipped in 12, on 4-5 shooting from 3-point range, something he spent considerable time practicing before the game, staying out extra on the court to practice prior to game time, knowing it was important for him to be in a groove.

“I’ve been struggling lately, so I had to get some work,” said Gilling, who hit three clutch 3-pointer in the last 8:28 of the game.

The Rams are off for finals week, and don’t play again until Dec. 18 at home against North Dakota State.

Matthew Pucak is the men’s basketball beat writer and can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Farm Animals: Not Your Average Stocking-Stuffers

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Dec 102006
 
Authors: Drew Haugen

Tired of buying and receiving the same old gifts during the winter holiday season?

The generosity of the season, usually tightly packaged and partially assembled in cardboard, plastic, and colorful, but non-recyclable, paper, does not always come in the form of clever kitchen utensils, flashy electronics or that special spandex outfit.

So, I offer for your consideration a few gift ideas of my own for this winter’s shopping season in, hopefully, a break from the standard holiday gift giving.

Diverting some of your gift funds towards non-profit humanitarian aid organizations can make for a gift with a profound impact during the holiday season.

OxfamAmerica offers several gift options on their Web site (www.oxfamamericaunwrapped.org/). For example, $75 can buy a cow for an impoverished family abroad, providing them with milk and, indeed, an “entire economic support system.”

Pretty sweet, eh?

Gifts from OxfamAmerica can be as simple as “Can of Worms” or “2 Months Irrigation for a Farmer” or as complex as “Build a Stable” or “Staff a Workers’ Rights Center.”

OxfamAmerica gifts start out at $18, and all gift donations include a customizable gift card with a message from you to be sent to your friend or family member by OxfamAmerica.

Looking for holiday cards to send to acquaintances, friends and family members? Maybe some stationary or small gifts? The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) may be your answer.

The UNICEF Web site (www.shopcardsandgifts.unicefusa.org) offers cards, stationery and other small gifts, most of which feature artwork drawn by children around the world. Proceeds from these sales benefit UNICEF, and most of the cards are printed on recycled paper stock.

UNICEF greeting cards are also available at Hallmark Gold Crown, Pier 1 Imports, Pier 1 Kids, IKEA and Bloomingdale’s stores.

Maybe you’ve got some cash burning a hole in your pocket for someone, but a gift or card really isn’t his or her style.

Kiva may be your solution. Kiva, an international lending organization, allows anyone with Internet access and $25 to become an “international financier.”

Kiva (www.kiva.org) partners with existing microfinance organizations around the world to let you lend money to small business owners and entrepreneurs to help alleviate poverty and achieve economic independence.

Loans are usually for small projects, such as starting a food cooperative or enlarging the stock of a drug store.

The loan minimum is $25, and Kiva allows you to receive e-mail journals and updates on your sponsored entrepreneur’s or business’s progress. Loan repayment is usually six to 12 months, and gift certificates are available on the organization’s Web site.

Plenty of aid organizations also sell shirts, wristbands and other items whose proceeds support their causes.

Probably the most famous is the ONE campaign to fight AIDS and global poverty (ww.one.org), whose shirts, wristbands and other “merch” is modeled by celebrities on their Web site. If Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Jamie Foxx are down with humanitarian aid, shouldn’t you be?

I have named only a few organizations and gift ideas for this holiday season, but my message is simple: Get humanitarian! Not to say that “regular” gifts are not okay, most of the time they are wonderful (thanks for the candy and shaving kit Grandma!).

Make sure to check the credibility of the organization you select to receive your donation or gift; I almost got worked over by “Milli Vanilli Shirts for Topless Africans” last year.

This shopping season, head for the UNICEF rack at Hallmark, consider some of my other gift ideas or search the plethora of other options out there to support international humanitarian aid and poverty relief; it may just be the wholesome and fulfilling form of holiday giving you’ve been yearning for.

Drew Haugen is a senior international studies major. His column appears every Monday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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“In Comes Jay to Save the Day”

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Dec 102006
 
Authors: Nick Hemenway

Since the Broncos started this season, not a week has gone by without some sportscaster asking when Jay Cutler would be the starter in Denver.

Last week, that question was answered, and Jay Cutler took the field as the starting quarterback. All I can say is, it’s about time. Even though he is not mistake free, making Jay Cutler the starter is the spark our team needs to get back on track.

With the exception of the regular season opener, the Broncos started this season on a roll. Not only were we considered one of the elite teams in the league, our defense was on a record pace as the best defense in the league. Our offense, however, was another story. Plagued with inefficiency, the offense had to hope that the few points they scored was more than our great defense allowed. As bad as that mentality is, it actually worked for the first half of the season.

Then it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. The biggest hit to our team was the injuries. With people like Nick Ferguson, Sam Brandon, Matt Lepsis, and the amazing Cecil “The Diesel” Sapp out for the season, the flaws in our team became more evident, and unless Champ Bailey could somehow clone himself 10 times, the offense would have to step up to do their part.

Soon it became clear that our greatest weakness was the player taking the snaps. Sure, last year Jake had a good year for himself, and over his tenure in Denver he had a record of 40-18, but that doesn’t get us any more wins this season or in the future.

The week before he was benched, Plummer was ranked 29th among the league’s quarterbacks, being out-played by such stellar QBs like Bruce Gradkowski, Seneca Wallace and Charlie Frye. His quarterback rating was a pitiful 69.7, which was his lowest since coming to Denver.

In addition to the tangible statistics, Plummer has displayed, both this season and last, an inability to win big games. Every time we needed Jake to step up and have a big game, he choked. That tendency has become more frequent this season.

With that in mind, why even try to go any further with a quarterback who can’t win the big games? We might as well switch it up to someone who can.

Since the best quarterback ever, Bradlee Van Pelt, was not available, coach Shanahan decided the time was right to put in Jay Cutler, the quarterback out of Vanderbilt, who some analysts deemed to be the best quarterback to come out of the 2006 draft. By the way, the BVP reference was a joke, so don’t waste your time and write me a letter.

Although Vanderbilt is not known to be a school that produces top-tier quarterbacks, Jay Cutler stood out as a player with the mechanics, knowledge and athleticism necessary in the NFL. Knowing this, the Broncos traded up in the draft order so that we could claim this phenom hailing from the town of Santa Claus, Indiana.

As we all know, last week Cutler’s number was called, and to many fans’ relief, Jake Plummer was relegated to only touching the ball for field goals.

Although we suffered another disappointing loss, I saw something out of a Broncos quarterback that I haven’t seen since John Elway – poise. Even when Cutler’s back was against the wall, his head was still in the game, a quality rarely seen in Plummer. Jay didn’t start moping or lose his cool, he strapped on his helmet and threw a 71-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall, albeit most of that was due to Marshall’s running.

At the end of the day, I am glad Jay Cutler is the one at the helm for the Broncos. Like Shanahan has said, there will be some tough times with Cutler due to his inexperience. However, it is important that we don’t forget that the man, the legend John Elway, didn’t do so well in his early days as a Bronco. And now his bust is shining bright in Canton, Ohio, in the Hall of Fame. So let’s forget about the past and concentrate on the road ahead, and hope that Jay Cutler will be the next QB to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Denver.

Nick Hemenway is a senior mechanical engineering major. His column appears every Tuesday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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The Holy Days

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Dec 102006
 
Authors:

In response to Luci Storelli-Castro’s column on Thursday, “Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas,” I would like to voice my agreement on pretty much every point she made.

Overall, the argument is pointless. First and foremost, any child growing up in a religiously unaffiliated house (like I did) probably knows and celebrates Christmas in the way any “sensible” American does.

We get presents, and we have to listen to the same 12 songs on Mom’s Country Christmas tape while we decorate a tree for reasons we don’ t really understand. But we get presents. For those like me, Christmas is no more religious than the Fourth of July.

But on Christmas – yeah you guessed it – we get presents.

More importantly, I would like to talk about this being an argument over semantics. As the column mentioned, when broken down, holiday really means “holy day.”

No matter my own religious beliefs, I can’t help but wonder why the Atheists haven’t joined the legal battle yet. If you remember a few years ago, there was a court ruling about the Pledge of Allegiance that stated the words “under God” is the same as saying “under Allah” or “under no god” and was thus unconstitutional.

But really, isn’t saying happy holidays just a bogus attempt at some sort of middle ground for everyone? If you think about it, the Atheists just kind of get screwed in this whole deal. An Atheist probably isn’t celebrating much of anything this December, certainly nothing that could be considered “holy.”

It is my opinion that people generally don’t care. I know this because of the Pledge of Allegiance. No matter what the ruling says, the line “under God” is still said.

Dillon McDonald

freshman

English

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The Founding Fathers

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Dec 102006
 
Authors:

Many people conveniently endorse their secular humanist ideologies by claiming them as the will of mythical figures known as the “Founding Fathers,” as if these men themselves spoke with one voice and with the desired message.

Nevertheless, it is important to point out the Founding Fathers have in common one characteristic: They were all traitors to the legitimate authority residing with the King of Great Britain and Ireland.

Those pernicious, petulant, radical, revolutionary leaders of an insurgent uprising would rightfully today be called terrorists. Not a single word these men authored either individually or collectively, like the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution, deserves any serious consideration.

Indeed, many reasonable colonists opposed the colonial insurgency at the time. In fact, I dare say a larger portion of the early American population supported a continued colonial relationship to Britain than the portion of Iraq’s population that today desires the maintenance of American garrisons on its soil, and who are currently cited by the United States to justify continued occupation of Iraq.

It’s time we realize the U.S. Constitution is a flawed and unworkable document, and restore the United States to their proper position as a part of the United Kingdom, under Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and under one God.

James Ian Easton

2nd bachelor

civil engineering

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Jewish Symbols Stolen From Dorms… As With Everything Else

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Dec 102006
 
Authors:

I don’t intend to sound anti-Semitic, and as a point of reference my fianc/e is Jewish, but I sincerely doubt that the theft of the Mezuzahs had anything in particular to do with the fact that they are Jewish symbols.

If I am wrong then I am deeply saddened, but this being my second year of living in the dorms I can tell you that if you put anything at all on your door there is a good chance it will be stolen.

Another reason I don’t believe these thefts were intentionally anti-religious is that a Mezuzah is not something the average person not of the Jewish faith would recognize as a religious icon. Had the thieves taken the Star of David off of a door it would have been a little easier to see it as anti-Semitic.

My guess is that whoever took the Mezuzahs did it for the same type of reasons that people take white boards, stickers, posters, room numbers, etc., off of people’s doors in the dorms. Whatever reasons those happen to be.

Travis Dykes

biomedical sciences

sophomore

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Response to Prof. Shulman’s Dec. 7 letter

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Dec 102006
 
Authors:

While Professor Shulman makes a valid point that immigration is one cause behind Colorado’s population growth, his pugilistic attempt to turn the discussion of water use into a debate over immigration is both misleading and irresponsible; he is simply searching for an argument where there is none.

Shulman claims “the reason that the U.S. population and the Colorado population are growing so rapidly is mass immigration.” While immigration is one cause, it is not the only cause, as Shulman insinuates. The population of Larimer County is 87.5 percent white non-Hispanic, as opposed to 8.3 percent Hispanic (www.co.larimer.co.us). The U.S. birth rate is 14.14 births per 1,000 people, as opposed to the net immigration rate of 3.18 migrants per 1,000 people (CIA Fact Sheet).

If Larimer County has a white non-Hispanic population more than 10 times that of the Hispanic population, and the birth rate is more than four times the immigration rate, then childbirth among white non-Hispanics accounts for a much greater percentage of population growth.

In 2005, 2,271 residential dwellings were constructed in Larimer County, at an average cost of $195,400 per dwelling, well above what a migrant worker could possibly afford. These homes were constructed primarily for “natives,” as Shulman calls them (www.co.larimer.co.us). The crux of all this is that there is most definitely an influx of growth into Larimer County other than immigrants.

The issue of housing takes the blame off immigrants as a main source of water consumption, due to the fact that many immigrants live in trailer parks and apartments. The water usage of a 1000-square-foot dwelling is extremely low; add to that low usage the fact that many dwellings are, at times, shared by multiple families, and the water usage per capita plummets even lower. Also, most trailer parks and apartment complexes have little or no turf grass area, which constitutes a large portion of domestic and municipal water use. Contrast the living conditions of most migrant workers with that of a “native” with average household size of 2.52 people per house, over 3000 square feet of dwelling space, as well as a large turf area, and the amount of water used by migrants compared to “natives” is skewed heavily toward “natives.”

The issue of water usage by migrant workers is further compounded by the fact that many migrant workers are only in Colorado for a few months out of the year; they move from state to state with seasonal job opportunities. The net effect of all this is that migrant workers can be included in the population count, but their actual water usage in the state is severely limited by the time spent here, relative to a full-time resident of the state.

The last point that Shulman glosses over is the fact that agriculture currently constitutes 91 percent of the water use in Colorado, with 86 percent projected for the year 2030 (CSU Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Economic Development Report, 2005).

Even with Shulman’s alleged massive influx of immigrants, their meager water usage constitutes a drop in the bucket of domestic water use, while leaving agricultural use completely unaffected.

As an esteemed member of our university, Professor Shulman has an obligation to be fair and logical in his arguments. His repeated and diversionary attempts to steer otherwise unrelated discussions back to the topic of immigration is both misleading and irresponsible.

Jerome Haas

senior

health and exercise science

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I’m Sorry

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Dec 102006
 
Authors: Andy Nicewicz

Well, the semester is just about over, and this will be my last column until school starts again. As such, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the topics I’ve covered and some of the responses I’ve received.

So first thing’s first; toward the beginning of the semester, I wrote a column on how “the cost to fill up (with gas) keeps climbing and only very rarely recedes.” That was when prices were more than $3 per gallon, and needless to say, it’s a lot cheaper now.

I’d like to attribute the fall of gas prices to some sort of Republican conspiracy, but it’s probably more likely that various market forces are behind it. So anyway, I guess I was wrong (but we’ll see how long it takes for prices to go up again).

Moving on to abortion, I’m never going to argue about that again. I attempted to resolve a debate that has been going on for over 30 years in less than 600 words, and needless to say, I failed. I still stand by my stance that women should have the right to choose, but to defend that argument would require countless pages, and even then I doubt I will have covered all bases (that became painfully obvious to me through the responses I received about my first column).

So anyway, I will try to never bite off more than I can chew again.

As for marijuana, I’m sorry I spent so much time on this subject, but when people who do something as harmless as smoking pot are defined as criminals, I get a little irritated.

Now to clarify a little bit, when I say pot is “harmless,” I mean in a very relative way. At no point did I mean to say that it has no ill effects. Marijuana is a drug, and it has ruined lives (so have alcohol, cigarettes, video games, TV, fast food, etc.).

Additionally, at no point did I mean to advocate its use, and I sincerely hope no one took my writings as saying such.

I’m also sorry that I was a sore loser after the election.

As for the responses that people have written in letters to the editor, I say thank you. As an opinion columnist, my job is only to present my view, and your responses give the other side of the story.

However, when people call my arguments “na’ve” or “feeble attempts at being intelligent,” it kind of bugs me. On that note, though, I realize that I sometimes use similar criticisms, and now knowing how it feels to be on the receiving end, I will try to refrain from doing such in the future.

One final thing – when responding to my columns in a letter to the editor, please don’t call me “Mr. Nicewicz.” I’m 19, for crying out loud, and I’m just not ready for the “Mr.” title. Just call me Andy, I’ll take no offense (unless of course that’s your goal).

OK, well, I think that about covers it, and I’m sorry if I’ve missed anything. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my column, or at the very least I hope I’ve provoked enough interest to keep you reading next semester.

Anyway, good luck on finals and I hope you have a good break!

Andy Nicewicz is a senior political science major. His column appears every Monday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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