KCSU Calendar

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Feb 282007
 
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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Bustle in your Hedgerow featuring members of The Duo and Ween

BlueBird Theater

9 p.m.

21+

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The Wayword Sons (featuring Benny Galloway)

Hodi’s Half Note

9 p.m.

21+

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Vaux

The Marquis Theater

7:30 p.m.

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Kevin Nealon

Boulder Theater

8 p.m.

18+

Ticket Giveaway!

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Paolo Nutini

Ogden Theater

7 p.m.

16+

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John Butler Trio

Fox Theater

9 p.m.

21+

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Matt Campbell and his Bottom Line Band w/The Chris Webb Band

Road 34

21+

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Gallagher

Aggie Theater

6 p.m.

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Too $hort

Aggie Theater

9 p.m.

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Steve Forbert

Avogadros Number

10 p.m.

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Saturday, March 3, 2007

Robert Randolph and The Family Band

Fox Theatre

9 p.m.

21+

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The English Beat w/ 12 Cents for Marvin

BlueBird Theater

8 p.m.

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Tickle Me Pink w/8 om

Road 34

21+

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The Wind in the Willows

Boulder Theater

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

My Chemical Romance

Magness Arena

6:30 p.m.

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Whole Wheat Bread

Marquis Theater

7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Vices I Admire

CSU Campus

6 p.m.

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EOTO featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann of the String Cheese Incident

Hodi’s Half Note

9 p.m.

21+

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Clipse

Boulder Theater

8:30 p.m.

Ticket Giveaway!!

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Downtown Plates & prices

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Beau Jo’s Pizza Great Plates Special: Family dinner for $18.68 – Choice of appetizer (excluding large nachos & large wings), any two-pound pizza and a pitcher of beer or soda.

Bisetti’s Ristorante Great Plates Special: Dinner for two for $18.68 – Garlic bread, shared platter of Spaghetti, Eggplant Parmesan and Lasagna, Spumoni Ice Cream for dessert.

CooperSmith’s Pubside Great Plates Special: Choose two of the following entr/es for 18.68 – New York Strip Steak or Chicken Parmesan or Highland Cottage Pie or Fresh Catch of the Week or Smoky Brisket with Roasted Garlic Mashers or Fish and Chips

CooperSmith’s Poolside Great Plates Special: Pizza dinner for four for $18.68 – Choice of wings or nachos, large pizza of your choice and pitcher of beer or soda.

Enzio’s Italian Kitchen Great Plates Special: Three course dinner for one with a choice of entr/e for $18.68 – Sirloin Steak Pepperonata or Chicken Neopolitano or Pancetta Wrapped Pork Tenderloin or Prosciutto Encrusted Cod.

Fish Great Plates Special: Three course dinner for one for $18.68 – Dinner includes bread and salad, Soft Shell Crab Enchiladas with red chili, cilantro jalapeno sour cream, and pico de gallo served with coleslaw and pinto beans, and dessert is your choice of sorbet.

Jay’s American Bistro Great Plates Special: Three course dinner for one with choice of entr/e for $18.68 – Entr/e options include: Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Fruits de Mer Diablo or Chicken Breast Cordon Bleu. Dinner includes salad and dessert selections!

Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon Great Plates Special: Choice of two dinner entrees for $18.68 – Sirloin Pepper Steak, Jameson Grilled Pork Chop, Grilled Chicken or Steak Mac-n-Cheese.

Mystiq Martini Great Plates Special: Martinis and more for two for $18.68 – Choice of two martinis and choice of two menu items.

Nico’s Catacombs Great Plates Special: Three course dinner for one with choice of entr/e for $18.68 – Mahi Mahi with Mango Beurre Blanc, Beef Tenderloin Tips Gorgonzola, Shrimp Stir Fry, Pork “Porterhouse” or Pinenut Crusted Chicken Breast.

Old Chicago Great Plates Special: Family Dinner for $18.68 – Choice of appetizer (five options available), medium two topping pizza and little big cookie with ice cream.

Silver Grill Cafe Friday, March 2 ONLY – Fat Friday Cajun Boil for $18.68.

Spoons Soups and Salads Great Plates Special: Don’t cook tonight! Enjoy the Family Meal for four for $18.68 – Two quarts of soup, entr/e salad of your choice, and six pieces of focaccia bread.

Steakout Saloon Great Plates Special: Dinner for two for $18.68 – Two Build Your Own Burgers or chicken sandwiches with unlimited toppings and a pitcher of any beer brewed in Fort Collins.

Stonehouse Grille Great Plates Special: Three course dinner for one with choice of entr/e for $18.68 – 12 oz. Sirloin, Shepherd’s Pie, BBQ Ribs, Chicken or Salmon. All dinners include salad or soup and a dessert!

Taj Mahal Great Plates Special: Choice of two dinner entr/es for $18.68 – Options include: Chicken Curry, Sag Paneer, Vegetable Korma, Dal and many other options!

The Crown Pub Great Plates Special: Two course dinner for one for $18.68 – Includes choice of appetizer: Prosciutto Wrapped Melon, Crab Cake or Smoked Duck & Basil Rolls. Includes choice of entr/e: Grilled Escolar, Filet Mignon or Tequila Lime Shrimp

The Melting Pot Great Plates Special: Three course dinner for one for $18.68 – choice of Cheese Fondue, choice of Gourmet Salad, entr/e served with shrimp, sirloin, chicken breast, duck, portobello mushrooms, asparagus and pot stickers. Great wine specials!!

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Great Plates Special: Three course dinner for one for $18.68 – Appetizer: Queso Deluxe. Entr/e: any Rio Grande Fajita. Dessert: Rio Grande Flan.

The Spicy Pickle Great Plates Special: Family Dinner special for $18.68- Choice of two signature paninis or signature subs and choice of two kid’s meals or two soups or two salads and two bags of chips and four cookies.

Trailhead Tavern Great Plates Special: Dinner for two for $18.68 – A pitcher of domestic beer, order of wings and two Trail Burgers.

Zydeco’s Great Plates Special: Dinner for two for $18.68 – Cajun Snow Crab and Shrimp Boil for two.

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Two down one to go

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Feb 282007
 
Authors: Marissa HuttonGavel

This is the second of a three-part column series by idol judge Marissa Hutton-Gavel.

Friday night was the first of two performance rounds for CSU Idol. The 12 contestants we narrowed down from auditions earlier in the month performed at the Ramskeller for a crowd of their friends and a few unsuspecting bar goers.

As I said before, I had been looking forward to sitting behind a long table, notes in front of me, ready to tell the wannabe idols just what I thought. As it turns out though, I was not nearly as judgmental as I had planned to be.

Maybe it had something to do with the laid back environment, or the fact that no matter what I said, the kid with the biggest cheering section was going to make it through. Either way I was a little more Paula than I care to admit.

That’s not to say that the contestants weren’t deserving of accolades. Despite the myriad of flat notes that came blasting out of the speaker conveniently located right next to me and the nerves that left some of them standing alone in the spotlight with their eyes either closed or fixated on the floor, overall it was a good night.

Some of the guys worked the stage with a showman’s swagger that had the ladies whistling for them while the females belted out some impressive notes. It was clear who had an entourage in the house as certain performances were drowned out by shrieks and claps from supportive friends while others had to earn their applause.

I had my 15 seconds after each song to give suggestions, but in the end the audience got two votes each and my opinions were rarely more than stalling in between acts.

I was one among three other judges, all of whom echoed most of my comments as we went down the line. Only once did one of the judges straight up diss a singer. A hard hitting “I just didn’t like it” was all the Simon we could muster.

As for me, I’m coming out swingin’ tomorrow at the finals. It’s down to six students and we are naming the winner at the end of the night. I plan on watching as much of the real Idol as I can stand, studying every move Simon makes so I can throw out at least one constructive-yet-overbearingly-honest comment before they pass the mic to someone more deserving.

Come see the final performances in the Ramskeller at 7 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free and you can boo or cheer for whomever you choose.

Campus editor Marissa Hutton-Gavel can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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Six move on to Idol finals

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Feb 282007
 
Authors: HEATHER HAWKINS

Danielle Dickey almost sang for Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.

The open-option freshman made it through two rounds of American Idol last season, but she was sent home just before meeting the judges.

However, she didn’t give up on becoming an Idol. Dickey and 11 other CSU students sang to a packed house last Friday during the fourth annual CSU Idol competition.

Dickey sang “I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical “Hairspray.” She said she performed the song in high school, so it was easy to perform for Idol.

“You make it seem effortless,” said Marissa Hutton-Gavel, a junior technical journalism major, who was one of four students judging the competition. Hutton-Gavel is also the campus editor at the Collegian.

The crowd also liked Dickey’s performance and voted her on to the final round of CSU Idol. The audience members had two votes each, and if they voted for the same person more than one time their votes weren’t counted.

Dickey and her mom, Karen, acknowledged that the contestant who brings the most people to the event is likely to win, but Karen reminded her daughter that it’s just for fun.

Still, Karen’s friends from work and Danielle’s high school friends will be at the final round, Karen Dickey said.

Dickey started choir in fourth grade, but her mom said she’s been singing since she was a little girl on the swing set. Last year, she performed the national anthem at a Colorado Eagles hockey game.

Another Idol finalist, Chaz Miles, also began singing when he was a child.

Miles, a sophomore speech communication major, said he’s part of a worship team at church, so he is always singing gospel songs.

His favorite song is “Falling in Love With Jesus is the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done,” but he sang “Water Runs Dry” by Boyz II Men for CSU Idol.

When Miles isn’t serenading a crowd with his beautiful voice, he’s on the football field as a wide receiver for the Rams.

“I’m excited (that Chaz made it to the final round),” said Jazelle McClendon, Miles’ 22-year-old sister. “I’ll be here next week. It’s quite a drive, but it’s worth it for my little brother.”

Miles was scheduled to go third, but McClendon was late because she drove from Pueblo so another contestant, Karlee Kerr, switched spots with him so his sister could hear him sing.

Tomorrow Allison Baxter, Tom Darabaris, Brian Lepak and Lexie Brown will join Dickey and Miles in the Idol finals. The competition begins at 7 p.m. in the Ramskeller, and audience members will vote for the Idol winner.

Staff writer Heather Hawkins can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Downtown Dining:Great Plates cooks up community dining specials

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Feb 282007
 
Authors: Elena Ulyanova

In the midst of being recognized as the “most fit” state, Fort Collins cannot deny its many restaurants and its related love for dining out.

For the second year “Great Plates” will celebrate that notion as more than 20 downtown restaurants feature evening dining specials that will begin today and continue for the next two weeks.

“Clearly there is a passion for eating,” said Peggy Lyle, entertainment director of the Downtown Business Association. “So we are teaming up of all the DBA member restaurants downtown, great promotions and great sponsors, and coming together and offering Fort Collins one of the things that they enjoy doing most, which is dining out.”

The culinary feast will offer dinner specials for the price of $18.68 as a way to honor the year Fort Collins was established.

“Downtown is not only an entertainment and cultural center of Fort Collins, but also the historical center of Fort Collins,” Lyle said. “What better way to honor that than use the year it was established as kind of the baseline for that event?”

The specials include a dining experience for a family of four, a romantic dinner for two or an exquisite gourmet meal for one.

Lyle said Great Plates, which was created last year by the Downtown Business Association, has already successfully packed Fort Collins’ downtown restaurants and is anticipated to be even more successful this year.

“Last year I said I would determine if it was successful by how busy we were the second Monday of the event, and that night we were on a wait, on a Monday, so it was hugely successful and I look forward to doing it again,” said Scott Smith, owner of CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing.

Smith, who also took part in creating the event, said the idea for an event like Great Plates was “kind of stolen” from Denver.

“After talking to my friend who he said he had gone down to Denver for dinner three nights in a row, I thought ‘Why can’t we do this?'” Smith said.

However, the original idea for this type of event began in New York City after Sept. 11 to encourage the city to dine out again and bring the community together.

Great Plates has similar goals, and Lyle also said that one of them is to include opportunities for every spectrum of the community, not just one or two segments.

“Some participating restaurants are places where people get to taste things and go out to places they normally wouldn’t and haven’t,” Lyle said.

The idea is that Great Plates will unveil new dining opportunities for people because of the great deals, which will result in fewer restrictions due to financial reasons for families or companies that want to take their staff out for an event.

“It can bring new opportunities to their doors as consumers,” Lyle said. “Maybe there are some places that they haven’t gotten around to trying, and maybe Great Plates is a way to experience those new flavors.”

Still in its adolescence, Great Plates is in the process of growing and possibly expanding into an all-over downtown event.

This year, the event is only located in the restaurant establishments themselves, which is something Lyle said may change in the years to come.

One of the external additions is the participation of Fort Collins Floral. For the price of $18.68, the company will deliver a bouquet to a table at the participating restaurants.

Another possible change in the years down the road is to make sure more vegetarian options are included in the specials, because there are currently only a few. Lyle said that since the restaurants get to choose the specials, and often they are striving for exclusive deals, they frequently include meat or seafood products that are generally more expensive.

“Next year we may emphasize that they need to include more vegetarian options,” Lyle said. “With it only being two years old we are still on that learning curve, where we can include some of those improvements every year as we get a little more experience under out belt.”

Yet, even in its formative years, Great Plates has already proved its contribution to the community and the downtown restaurants.

“This is a really wonderful way of helping the restaurants during a typically slow time of their year,” Lyle said. “What a better time to celebrate community than when people aren’t traveling and there aren’t as many tourists? This is a time for Fort Collins and its restaurants.”

To assist the restaurants in their ability to provide such great deals, the Downtown Business Association teamed up with sponsors First National Bank and Yancey’s Food Service Co.

As a food distributor to many of the downtown restaurants, Yancey’s Food Service Co. has contributed on a bronze sponsorship level which will in turn help the businesses’ ability to provide such great deals.

“We are sponsoring Great Plates to support those downtown restaurants and what they’re trying to achieve there,” said Jill Almirall, marketing director at Yancey’s Food Service Co. “Downtown Fort Collins has come a long way, its becoming an area where the community can get together and experience good food and wine and music, this event makes it more attractive to people.”

“Any time people get together around a feast or food I think it promotes friendliness, community and a sense of belonging,” Lyle said. “Eating food is historically a time for people to come together, celebrate, talk or have a romantic encounter. All of those things happen around food, and it is in the nature of mankind to use food as a way to celebrate.”

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

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Given that the restaurants do get very busy, especially in the second week, Lyle suggested making reservations prior to dining out.

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Cookin with no dough

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Feb 282007
 
Authors: Liz Sunshine

My family has a history of generational baking. The important thing to know is the recipe, no matter how many times you make it, never has the exact same amount of ingredients.

My relatives are notorious for not knowing what amounts of ingredients are going into a recipe with the standard response to “How much of that did you put in (doesn’t matter what that is -could be sugar, water, flour, etc)?” being “I don’t know, just the right amount.”

I went home to bake with my mom for Purim this past weekend. For cultural information, Purim is a spring holiday that the Jews are instructed to observe as days of feasting and celebration for being saved from Haman, the leader of Persia more than 2,000 years ago, who wanted to destroy the Jewish race. Traditionally we eat sweets such as hamantashen (pronounced hum-an-ta-shin) or piershkas. Children dressed up as favorite characters from the story of Purim.

Piershkas (pronounced piersh-kuhs) are carrot-and-raisin filled cookies for Purim. When setting out all the ingredients a handful of poppy seeds and a glass of water is called for, to which my response was how big of a handful and what size glass?

With the family still trying to figure out what exactly a handful means I decided to take on hamantashen instead – a triangle-shaped jelly, chocolate, or poppy seed-filled cookie.

My mom has always filled her hamantashen with Solo pie filling which can be found in most grocery stores down the baking aisle. If you can’t find Solo your favorite jelly will work, but pie filling has a thicker consistency and holds up better when baking.

Since baking piershkas is a full-day job I ended up making hamantashen at my apartment with Jeremy. I took care of the dough a few hours before. The recipe says to refrigerate overnight but I tossed it in the freezer for about an hour to firm it up.

Afterward, I employed Jeremy to place the pie filling and chocolate filling in the dough as I cut out the circles.

The cookies looked so good coming out of the oven we didn’t wait for them to cool; unfortunately we suffered the consequences and burnt the tops of our mouths and tongues.

Be patient, jelly burns last, and have a happy holiday.

L’Chaim and B’Tay Avon (To life and eat well).

Staff writer Liz Sunshine can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

Hamantashen

8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup butter

2 cups flour

Blend thoroughly and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll a quarter of the dough on a floured counter or board until about one-eighth of an inch thick. Flour a 2- to 3-inch diameter glass and cut circles.

On a greased sheet evenly place the dough and place a tablespoon of your choice of filling in the center. To close the cookie brush the edges lightly with egg wash, then pinch into three points. Pinch well, otherwise they will open up and the filling will spill out.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!

Hamantashen Filling

2 cups chocolate chips

18 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Melt chocolate over low heat. Once completely smooth, add milk and butter and combine. If desired, add nuts.

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‘Breach’ an engaging look at real-life espionage

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Feb 282007
 
Authors: Jeff Schwartz

**** out of *****

Movies about spies and espionage have always been popular. From Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” to Bond, to Jason Bourne, there is something about cloak-and-dagger heroes that makes them continually appealing.

But ever since “The Bourne Identity,” spy films seem to have adopted a slightly different timbre. Whereas the James Bond movies were exhilarating and humorous adventures, modern-day spy movies are much more interested in the toll that espionage takes on a person.

Last month I reviewed Robert De Niro’s masterful and somber “The Good Shepherd,” which focused on a character whose entire life is tragically defined by his years spent at the CIA.

Now we have director Billy Ray’s “Breach,” which is based on the true story of Robert Hansson, the most notorious mole in United States history.

“Breach” isn’t nearly as solemn or downbeat as “The Good Shepherd,” but it’s a film that is preoccupied with questions about lies, loyalty and the price of America’s security, and so those desiring a thriller with action sequences aplenty should look elsewhere.

In fact, “Breach” is mostly about the relationship between two men – Hansson (Chris Cooper) and Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillippe).

O’Neill gradually works his way into Hansson’s trust (which is no easy task), and then uses this trust to help the FBI bring Hansson to justice.

The strengths of “Breach” derive mostly from its performances. Cooper is utterly convincing as Hansson, a man who defies conventional understanding and who exemplifies Shakespeare’s quote, “Into a thousand parts divide one man.”

Hansson, as O’Neill slowly discovers, is an intensely devout Catholic who is devoted to his country and his family. And yet Hansson is also a closet-pornographer and a traitor who has been selling secrets to the Russians for decades.

The skill of Cooper’s performance lies in his decision to play Hansson as someone who seems so steadfast in his patriotic and Christian convictions that the audience, like O’Neill, has a hard time believing he could be anything else than what he appears.

That we never get the why behind Hansson’s actions makes him as a character, and Cooper’s performance, all the more engaging and mysterious.

Phillippe also does good work as O’Neill, an up-and-comer in the FBI hoping to attain agent status. O’Neill is our guide through the film and Phillippe holds his own against Cooper.

But O’Neill also falls a bit flat as character. Where are the moments when he truly, in his heart, doubts himself and his ability to do his job? We get scenes where these issues are addressed, but they feel too pat and are not as emotionally complex as the material deserves.

Nevertheless, “Breach” is an intriguing film that continues the modern tradition of delving into the minds and lives of those who are paid to lie and betray and work in the shadows for a living.

Movie reviewer Jeff Schwartz can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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Smith named all-District

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Feb 282007
 
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CSU forward Jason Smith is averaging career highs in points, rebounds and field goal percentage and his outstanding play this season was rewarded Wednesday when the National Association of Basketball Coaches named him to its all-District 13 first team.

Smith, who is leading the Mountain West Conference in rebounds with 9.8 per game, was named to the district’s second team last season. By being named to the first team, Smith is eligible to named an All-American by the NABC.

Joining Smith on the team are Nevada’s Nick Fazekas, San Diego State’s Brandon Heath, BYU’s Keena Young and Air Force’s Dan Nwaelele.

Smith currently ranks 11th in the country in rebounding, 21st in field goal percentage (60.1 percent) and 93rd in scoring (17.1).

The second team consists of Boise State’s Coby Karl, Eastern Washington’s Rodney Stuckey, Air Force’s Jacob Burtschi, Wyoming’s Brandon Ewing and Utah’s Luke Nevill.

The teams are voted on by the coaches who make up the region. There are 15 districts in the country divided up by geography and conference size.

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All the evolutionists go to church

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Feb 282007
 
Authors: TREVOR SIDES

Last Thursday night in the Lory Student Center Theater, Dr. Russell Humphreys presented evidence that our earth is only thousands – not billions – of years old. His goal in presenting the young-earth evidence was so his audience could “trust the Bible.”

The theater was packed with young-earthers and old-earthers alike, and after his talk, Dr. Humphreys faced provocative and insightful questions from Bible and young-earth skeptics. Humphreys held his ground rather convincingly, but it was obvious his skeptics continued to be just that: skeptical.

Scientists from both camps – evolution and creationism – have been trading fact-laden punches since the Scopes “Monkey” Trial in 1925. Trump cards from one side are trumped by the other side and so on, and thus the scientific rhetoric has accumulated like the winter snow.

My fellow students, if you do not buy into the science supporting a special creation, then I ask you to rethink these questions of origins on moral and religious grounds.

One argument we keep hearing from the evolutionist perspective is that evolution is “fact” and creationism is “faith” because it is directly tied to the Bible. Creation shouldn’t be considered or taught, we’re told, because it doesn’t deal with facts; it deals with the values of an archaic book.

Yes, creationism is inherent in the religion of Christianity, but what about evolution? Is it really an unblemished, unbiased science void of any religious stain?

No, it is not. Evolution is a religion just like Christianity is a religion.

Don’t believe me? Would you believe Michael Ruse, philosopher of science and professor at Florida State University, who said that evolution is “promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is . . . a secular religion – a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that . . . evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today”?

Even the late Stephen Jay Gould from Harvard believed that evolution “substituted a naturalistic explanation of cold comfort for our former conviction that a benevolent deity fashioned us directly in his own image.”

M. Shallis, in the New Scientist back in 1984, wrote, “It is no more heretical to say the Universe displays purpose, as Hoyle has done, than to say that it is pointless, as Steven Weinberg has done. . . . Yet it seems that scientists are permitted by their own colleagues to say metaphysical things about lack of purpose and not the reverse. This suggests to me that science, in allowing this metaphysical notion, sees itself as religion and presumably as an atheistic religion . . .”

Isn’t honesty great? And what did Richard Dawkins say about evolution and atheism? “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”

To quote myself (Sterling Journal-Advocate, July 8, 2006, “The real truth about morality”), “The atheist who believes in nothing is just as religious as the Hindu who believes in everything. The evolutionist who believes the universe came about by natural causes is just as religious as the Christian who holds to Intelligent Design.”

Like all religions, evolution gives its believers a worldview, a cohesive set of beliefs, morals and values by which to make sense of and understand the world.

As zoologist Ernst Mayr wrote, “The Darwinian revolution was not merely the replacement of one scientific theory by another, but rather the replacement of a worldview, in which the supernatural was accepted as a normal and relevant explanatory principle, by a new worldview in which there was no room for supernatural forces.”

And this tenet of a naturally occurring and naturally sustained world cannot be overlooked; it is the evolutionary equivalent to believing that Jesus Christ rose from the grave.

According to Dawkins, “Even if there were no actual evidence in favor of the Darwinian theory . . . we should still be justified in preferring it over all rival theories.”

What kind of “science” is that? Evolution, then, is not merely a religion, but, according to Dawkins, a religion based, if needed, on blind faith that matter is all that has ever existed. Evolution is a faith – a faith in matter that originated from nothing.

The playing field has been evened, and next week I will explain the moral and ethical consequences that emanate from the religion of evolution.

Trevor Sides is a senior speech communication major. His column appears every Thursday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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RamTalk

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Feb 282007
 
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The other day I saw bunch of geese fighting with each other and then I heard cop sirens. I guess someone dialed 911.

After seeing the movie “The Number 23,” I found it a little creepy that channel 23 on Comcast is the channel that no Comcast employee is authorized to explain…

So it turns out my Ford Focus can seat 5 people (cramped), but it has SIX cup holders. This country just gets better by the day!

Has anybody every considered dry cleaning for people? Better yet, someone should start a business where you could walk in and get washed completely;

they could open up next to Sweet Sinsations.

We need an enforcer for the “quiet” zones in the library. I would suggest CHUCK NORRIS. If your iPod can be heard from 40 feet away, he delivers a stealthy chokehold. Screaming into your cell phone gets you a sweet roundhouse kick to the head!

Things can always get worse. We still haven’t completely ruled out cannibalism.

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