What message will you send?

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Mar 292007
 
Authors: Seth Anthony

I have a friend who occasionally mocks me because I bother to vote. He’s an economics graduate student, and, looking at elections from a strictly mathematical perspective, he has a point.

When political scientists or economists try to explain why and how people vote, they often look at the balance between costs and potential benefits to each voter. After all, it “costs” time and effort and perhaps gas money to travel to the polls and cast a ballot. For students, that’s time we could spend playing “World of Warcraft,” working, sleeping or even doing homework.

And if you really face facts, the chances of your vote swinging an election – even an election as inconsequential as ASCSU Senator from the College of Liberal Arts – are next to nil. Multiply that by the change that can result from swinging only one member in a legislative body, weigh it all against the costs, and you have yourself a return on your voting investment any financial advisor worth their salt would tell you to steer clear of.

It’s so simple, you could describe it with an equation, and, in 1962, two political scientists, William Riker (no, I’m not making that name up) and Peter Ordeshook, did. The equation – B*p>C – says that if the benefit of your desired outcome times the probability of your vote affecting the result is greater than the cost of voting, then a rational person will vote.

By a strictly rational analysis, therefore, voting doesn’t make sense – the costs are too high and the benefits too low. So why will several thousand students turn out next week to cast a ballot for ASCSU elections? Why don’t we all throw up our hands and declare, alongside TV’s Hank Hill: “With voter turnout at an all-time low, not voting makes me even more American.”

In order to explain why anybody bothers to show up at all on election day, the economists had to add a new factor to the equation. They reasoned that intangible benefits of voting – the sense of fulfillment you get from displaying an “I Voted” sticker, for instance – outweigh the costs of voting and motivate people to the polls. (The other explanation, of course, is that we’re all horrible judges of probability.)

However, my vote has value to me over and above mere electoral power or civic pride. Every vote I cast sends a message, a political market signal much like the economic market signals we send every time we choose whether or not to buy a product. Those signals collectively shape the political marketplace; even by casting a vote for a losing candidate, I’m saying, “I value these ideas, these principles, these platforms.” And in the electoral marketplace where politicians and parties scramble for support, my vote, your vote, and even those who don’t vote all send messages which alter the political landscape.

What does this mean for next week’s ASCSU elections? It means that, as similar as candidates and platforms may seem, change only happens in response to the messages we send. I’m voting for Katie and Trevor, for instance, not only because I want people of their character and dedication in office, but because I want to see their idea of lobbying the legislature for tax-free textbooks become a reality. The value of my vote isn’t its miniscule chance of swinging the election, but the message I’m sending is: “I like this idea. I like this kind of leader.”

If voting – or not voting – really does send a message, why aren’t we all shouting that message louder? The Collegian’s letters to the editor section should be filled with messages, endorsements, and discussion of our ASCSU candidates. Why aren’t they? To my fellow students: What message are you trying to send?

Seth Anthony is a chemistry masters student. His column appears occasionally in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Saudi group aids in shaky transition

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Mar 292007
 
Authors: Emily Polak

CSU is set to host the first Saudi Forum of America Convention on Saturday in hopes of bringing cultural awareness to Americans and Saudi exchange students.

The Saudi Forum of America is an independent non-profit organization created to help Saudi students transition into the United States.

Khaleel Al-Yahya, a neurobiology Ph.D. candidate at CSU, is the president and co-founder of the organization.

“I want to encourage students to enjoy this life and respect it,” Al-Yahya said.

The first annual Saudi Forum convention will be held Saturday in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

“It will be a very friendly environment,” Alyahya said. “We hope that people can come enjoy our food and our lectures.”

The president of the Saudi Cultural Mission – the education department of the Saudi Embassy – will talk about issues facing Saudi and American students from 2 to 4 p.m. and there will be a panel of two male and two female Saudi students talking about what it is like being a Saudi in the United States from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

“These students don’t have their language, they are young; they come from a very closed society to an open one,” Al-Yahya said. “It is important to build a bridge of communication, understanding and trust between the two sides.”

Petra Edwards, assistant director of admissions at CSU, said there are about 128 Saudi students attending CSU through a scholarship program.

“It is helpful to have someone who’s been at the university for so long and knows both cultures,” Edwards said. “The students trust him.”

The Saudi Forum is a world wide organization approved by the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

Al-Yahya said he considers CSU one of the best places for Saudis to study because of the welcoming, accepting atmosphere and the positive experience that he has had while studying here for seven years.

‘We aren’t just doing this locally,” he said. “We are trying to communicate with every single Saudi student.”

Staff writer Emily Polak can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Sen. Johnson to CSU: ‘They came in on the 11th hour and the 59th minute’

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Mar 292007
 
Authors: James Baetke

State Sen. Bob Bacon was just trying to level the playing field for CSU, he said Thursday.

“I’m really disturbed and concerned CSU has not had the ability to maximize resources,” the Fort Collins Democrat said, referring to “the great financial disparity between CSU and other universities.”

Students, on the other hand, expressed concern about the possibility of paying more to attend CSU.

If the amendment had passed, CSU students would have been required to take 12 credit hours to be considered full-time students instead of nine – the current amount – in order to even the playing field with other universities.

Bacon said he was unsure why CSU administration appeared to bypass the authority of the Joint Budget Committee by introducing the amendment on such short notice. He was unaware Tuesday when the amendment was killed by one vote that representatives for the student body were left in the dark.

In part, the administration would be able to use the additional funds to support lower-income students in two new scholarships.

“I did not know of any spade-work the administration may have done,” said Bacon, a retired teacher and member of the education committee.

Other state legislators were responding Thursday, some concerned with CSU’s policy and procedural approach in spending authority for about $34 million in extra funds.

“They came in on the 11th hour and the 59th minute,” said Sen. Steve Johnson, a Larimer County Republican who sits on the Joint Budget Committee.

The JBC takes recommendations that come from the collaboration of college institutions, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the governor’s office.

From there, the committee approves the negotiations and weaves them in the budget-or Long Bill-and ultimately approves the spending authority for a university.

In this case, the CSU administration bypassed the JBC and at the last moment introduced a drastic amendment asking for more spending authority, Johnson said.

“I kind of feel like we were blindsided,” Johnson said. “This was a bad policy brought about in a bad process.”

Rep. Don Marostica, (D-Larimer County) said he was shocked when the amendment was proposed.

“I don’t know why I came in at such a late date,” said Marostica, who had no direct involvement in the amendment. “It seems like they are pushing the limit.”

Some members of the Associated Students of CSU learned about the amendment late Tuesday, prompting ASCSU President Jason Green to call an emergency session Wednesday.

By 3 a.m. on Thursday, CSU senators had passed two resolutions voiced against the process by which administration didn’t make notice of their plan and by the amendment itself, even though it died in the state senate.

“I feel mocked that they could go behind our back, push us around and treat us like children,” said Reiley Altenborg, an associate director of ASCSU.

ASCSU senator William Vieth said he wants the student body to be informed about potential tuition spikes.

“There are going to be students who would have trouble paying for the rest of their college education,” Vieth said. “A sudden drastic change like this will affect a student’s ability to graduate.

Other students interviewed Thursday night agreed.

“If they raise tuition, I’m going to be, like, 60 before I can pay off all my student loans,” said Katie Ordal, a senior engineering and liberal arts double major. “I chose to come to CSU and not CU for a number of reasons. Tuition was definitely a part of it. And I think that’s true for a lot of people.”

Green said he supports tuition increases as long as ASCSU is aware of the terms.

“Because I have been equally busy,” Green said, “I cannot put all the blame on (Penley).”

Staff writers Marissa Huton-Gavel, Stephanie Gerlach and Emily Polak contributed to this report. City Editor James Baetke can be reached at news@collegian.com

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Panel discusses Greeley raid, bill 1023

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Mar 292007
 
Authors: Jessi Stafford

Dec. 12 is a day to celebrate the birth of the Virgin de Guadalupe. It is a holy day. Yet, for many Latin Catholics in Greeley, it has become one of fear and sadness.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency raided six Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in six different states. The raid at the Greeley Swift & Co. plant, on Dec. 12, 2006, resulted in the arrest of over 250 undocumented workers, which left wives and children behind without husbands and fathers, most of whom were the sole supporters of the family, according to The Greeley Tribune.

CSU hosted a panel discussion for Cesar Chavez week Thursday titled “Immigration: Impacts of Current Legislation,” which highlighted the affects of the raid, alongside many other immigration issues facing Colorado.

“The families, now when they say goodbye for the day, don’t know if they will see each other later, they don’t know if they will be deported or not,” said panel member and Latinos Unidos member Francisco Granado. “It is an experience they live with every day.”

Latinos Unidos was formed in November for the purpose of opposing the ICE office in Greeley, according to Granado.

“We have to be aware of these people who need to go to work every day in order to provide for their families,” he said. “There needs to be an immigration program that’s well thought of. We need to think of keeping families together.”

Last July, Colorado passed House Bill 1023, which requires thousands of Coloradans to prove that they are legal citizens of the United States before receiving benefits such as in-state tuition and unemployment benefits. The bill is considered the toughest anti-illegal-immigration law in the country, according to the Rocky Mountain News.

Yet, according to panel member and CSU professor Norberto Valdez, tougher laws don’t necessarily solve the problem.

“If we don’t find the causes of the problem, we will never find a solution,” he said. “This involves social justice and human rights. We need to research the causal factors of immigration.”

Valdez also expressed his concern that many people believe that if someone supports immigration, it means he or she believes in completely open borders.

“We are not advocates of open borders,” he said. “We are advocates of social justice.”

Panel member and Fuerza Latina, or Latin Force, member Javier Castillo agrees that open borders is not the best solution to the immigration debate.

“It is a matter of fair and just immigration reform that treats people as human beings, yet supports our sovereignty,” he said.

Fuerza Latina is an organization of immigrants whose goal is to improve the quality of life for other immigrants in this community, according to Castillo. Fuerza Latina has been a dominant force in aiding the families impacted by the Swift & Co. raid, he said.

“Immigration policy has to be well-thought out and cannot be a product of political expediency,” Valdez said. ” We have to be clear about why people leave their home to come here.”

And people come here, according to Valdez, because the United States is invading their home.

“We are a country that creates laws and then unitarily breaks them,” he said.

We need to challenge immigration policy in the United States and take responsibility for our education, Valdez said.

“That way, we don’t stay in bed with the enemy.”

Jessi Stafford can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Lambda Theta Nu to hold a Price is Right Dating Auction

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Mar 292007
 
Authors: Nikki Cristello

The Latina women of Lambda Theta Nu are holding a Price is Right Dating Auction Friday in the Ramskellar.

From 7 to 9 p.m., men and women will be auctioned for dates with gift certificates to various restaurants.

The event, which is open to the public, costs $5 at the door.

The Price is Right fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma.

The event is the first collaborative effort between the Greek fraternity and sorority. It will support the fraternity’s national charity, Sickle Cell Anemia, and help the sorority women attend the Leadership Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., which is mandatory.

“It will be a fun chance to mingle with a variety of CSU students, and you could come out with a cute date,” said Molly Gallegos, a senior ethnic studies major and president of Lambda Theta Nu.

The sorority is looking to make women and men less objectified by allowing winners to choose the gift certificate over the date.

An after-party will be held in the Cherokee Ballroom of the Lory Student Center to help those who win dates get to know one another.

Emily Talmich, a senior health and exercise science major, is co-community chair.

“We are distinctive,” Talmich said. “We are not an organization just to join in college. We are a sisterhood that bonds you for life.”

The women of Lambda Theta Nu work towards a common goal – to graduate from college.

“We motivate each other to go to school, get good grades and set high goals for ourselves,” Gallegos said.

The sorority believes in academic excellence, community service and sisterhood.

Marisa Lucero, sophomore business marketing major and vice president of Lambda Theta Nu, said the sorority is more than something to remember.

“For the majority of us Lambda Theta Nu is more than just a sorority,” Lucero said. “These women are my sisters; they are there through the thick and thin.”

Lambda Theta Nu’s main goal is to provide an environment where Latina women can come together and have a family away from family. Seventy percent of their activities are community service-related.

Staff writer Nikki Cristello can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Three Candidates for District 4

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Mar 292007
 
Authors: James Holt

Wade Troxell

Wade Troxell, a CSU engineering professor and District 4 City Council candidate, said he wants more student involvement in politics.

“I have strong ties to CSU,” said Troxell, the associate dean of Research and Economic Development. “I bleed green and gold.”

Running under the slogan “Smart Solutions for Our Future,” Troxell says he wants to ensure strong economic health and vitality in Fort Collins, work on the city budget, and enhance what is uniquely Fort Collins.

“I represent a broad base of Fort Collins and can incorporate CSU – the wonderful people, students and staff.” Troxell said. “Things relative to students, housing and the growth of CSU, become important things to Fort Collins.”

Born in Fort Collins, Troxell graduated from Fort Collins public schools and received three degrees from CSU: his bachelor’s in engineering science in 1980, his master’s in mechanical engineering in 1982, and his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1987.

He worked for Kodak for two years between getting his master’s and doctorate, and had a post-doctorate fellowship at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland from 1982 to 1988.

As an undergraduate at CSU, Troxell played center for the Rams football team and was captain of the team his senior year.

Troxell and Jean, his wife of 25 years, have a son, Graeme, and a daughter, Ellie, both of whom attend school in Fort Collins. The Troxells attend First Presbyterian Church, where Troxell has served as an elder three times.

“Never underestimate the intellect, power and commitment of students in helping to make this a better world,” Troxell said.

To read more about Troxell’s campaign, go to www.wadetroxell.org.

Glen Colton

Glen Colton, a 28-year Fort Collins resident, said he is running for the City Council’s District 4 seat because he is passionate about keeping Fort Collins the best place to live, work, go to college and retire.

“I want to keep a healthy economy and environment in Fort Collins,” he said. “Fort Collins needs leaders that understand that a healthy environment and a healthy economy are both integral parts of a strong community.”

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Colton graduated from Linn-Mar High School in 1974. He graduated from Wartburg College with honors and a double major in accounting and economics. Colton played varsity football and competed in wrestling and track, and he is now a member of the Wartburg Athletic Hall of Fame.

Colton recently retired from Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies where he served in finance for 22 years.

In 2003, Colton first ran for Fort Collins’ City Council and “lost narrowly to the incumbent.”

Colton’s civic involvement has included being in the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association, the Natural Resources Advisory Board and the Planning and Zoning Board, where he served as chair for two years.

“I’d like to continue my service to the community on City Council,” he said.

Colton and Trudy, his wife of 27 years, have one daughter, Paige, who is a student in Fort Collins. All three drive hybrid cars and enjoy hiking, biking and skiing.

“CSU is a great part – the cornerstone – of the community,” Colton said. “It helps make this town a great place to live. The students are an important part of that.”

To read more about Colton’s campaign, to go www.glencolton2007.com.

LeRoy Gomez

LeRoy Gomez, who has run for City Council several times in the past, said he is running for the District 4 seat because he feels there is a lack of diversity in the city’s leadership.

“Fort Collins is a racist community.” Gomez said. “Diversity is a big issue.”

Gomez said the lack of minorities in Fort Collins will hurt the community in the long run and that the council has done a “lousy job” dealing with diversity in the past.

“It angers me they’re not even talking about it,” he said.

A middle child of 10 kids, Gomez was born in Antonito. He grew up in Leadville and graduated from Leadville High School in 1963.

After graduating, Gomez worked as a member of the Oil and Atomic Workers Union in mining and in construction where he moved up the ranks to become a foreman.

Gomez attended safety training in California and Michigan and was at the University of Colorado for six months working on labor relations. He has also been an instructor at a local trade school in Denver.

A job at Law Heights power plant brought him to Fort Collins.

Gomez, a self-described Latino activist, has been volunteering for civic causes for 20 years.

“Altogether, I’ve probably sat on 15 boards here in the community,” he said.

He currently sits on the Work Force Investment Board and the School-to-Work Board, where he advises issues of student training.

Gomez has raised four bilingual children and has been married to his wife, Diane, for 18 years. He also serves as an usher at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish in Fort Collins.

Gomez said he would look out for the best interests of CSU students.

“We’re not this little isolated community anymore like some people think,” he said. “Please appreciate diversity.”

Elections will be held April 3.

Staff writer James Holt can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Penley returns fire, predicts cuts

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Mar 292007
 
Authors: Brandon Lowrey

President Larry Penley struck back at critics of his failed tuition hike Thursday, charging that CSU is the bastard stepchild of Colorado higher education.

Politicians and student leaders have bombarded his administration with criticism since Wednesday night, when the Colorado Senate derailed his last-minute attempt to add an amendment to the state budget that would have effectively raised the cost of attending CSU by nearly half.

But by noon on Thursday, Penley had attacked Gov. Bill Ritter and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, publicly bemoaning sweeping program cuts he blamed on a “historic inequity.”

“The governor is unfairly permitting substantially larger funding increases for CU than for CSU,” Penley said in a written statement. “It certainly appears that the governor’s office is holding down CSU’s ability to serve its mission while allowing CU to expand theirs.”

The vitriolic statements that the university issued Thursday claim CSU will be forced to make “major cuts to student success programs, athletics (and) faculty lines,” including cutting 100 planned new faculty positions and eliminating doctoral programs.

His opponents – including politicians and student representatives – however, say that Penley tried to sneak one by.

Evan Dreyer, a spokesman for Gov. Ritter, scoffed at Penley’s disdain over the defeated amendment – which Dreyer called “not practical,” as it would hurt students from middle-income families.

The governor’s plan, on the other hand, bumps up funding for higher education while protecting students from shocking tuition increases, he said.

Ritter’s son attends CSU.

“(Ritter) put forth a plan that was agreed to by President Penley and the presidents of other institutions around Colorado to address concerns,” Dreyer said. “At the very last minute, President Penley tried to pull a fast one.”

CSU spokesman Brad Bohlander took exception to the claims that the attempt was a secretive rush job.

“This wasn’t an idea that was born yesterday,” he said. “This is part of a larger effort that has been going on for many months – even years – to get to the point where CSU is treated on an equitable level as CU and other state colleges and universities.”

He added that Penley was only trying to help CSU students in the long run.

Penley cited Colorado Commission for Higher Education statistics to support his argument.

CU will gain $32 million in new funding compared to CSU’s $11 million, while the CU system’s enrollment is 1.7 times higher. And since fall 2001, CU’s spending authority has increased by $202 million, while CSU’s has increased by $55 million.

Other state colleges and universities have also outpaced CSU, he argued.

Bohlander said the issue wasn’t kept secret and shouldn’t have been a surprise to the student government – it had been discussed at two CSU board of governors meetings, where ASCSU has representation.

The Associated Students of CSU passed a resolution on Wednesday night opposing the amendment and saying that the administration’s sneaky politicking has violated its trust with the student body.

“The intention with the resolution wasn’t to compromise,” said ASCSU President Jason Green. “It was to express that ASCSU wasn’t given the opportunity to represent the student voice.”

Campus editor Marissa Hutton-Gavel contributed to this story.

Editor in Chief Brandon Lowrey can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Undergrad Art 2007

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Mar 282007
 
Authors: Liz Sunshine

The CSU art world brings young and old together this month by creating two undergraduate art shows for the student body and Fort Collins at large.

The elder member of the CSU art community, the Curfman Gallery has provided opportunities for students to show their work, meet professionals and gain experience working in an art environment for nearly 40 years.

This year is no different with the annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition taking place in the gallery, which is located at the south end of the Lory Student Center. A According to Stan Scott, gallery director, about 200 students entered the show with more than 300 pieces submitted, however only 68 pieces were accepted to the juried show.

Scott believes that the show will give students from outside the art department a good idea of how hard art students work.

“A lot of students might think that being an art major is easy or fun, but if these people could see what really went into the art these students create, they would be taken aback.” said Scott in an e-mail interview Tuesday.

This year’s entries were judged by Kim Ferrer and Jim Foster, who critiqued entries ranging in media including Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers, Graphic Design, Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture, which range in size from as large as six feet and as small as one inch by two inches.

Ferrer, currently living in Fort Collins, is a sculptor. She spent time at the Art Students League of New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University.

Foster, also living in Fort Collins, is a painter and sculptor. In 1967 Foster graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing from Pomona College.

The other art exhibit making its way into the art community this month is the Salon de Refuse. Just across the hall in the Art Lounge in the Lory Student Center is this exhibition, which is still in its infancy.

Jenn Kihs, a senior painting focus in the art department, and Adam Bridge, also a senior painting focus, put the Salon de Refuse together this year. The show is in its third year of existence but this is only the second show.

Originally Kihs and Bridge had the space reserved for a show of their own but in working with the Curfman gallery as crew members, Kihs and Bridge saw a need to show all the other work that deserved to be put on display.

Culturally, the Salon de Refuse originally was a French idea, literally meaning the salon of the refused. Anyone not accepted to the Academy, at the time nearly the only way to get work seen, could show their works in the Salon.

Painting and printmaking is the majority of media due to security and space restrictions. Through word of mouth 20 pieces that were not accepted to the Undergrad show have been hung in the Art Lounge.

Kihs and Bridge do not have any work in the Undergrad show but have joined ten other artists in the un-juried Salon show.

The time and space may have been donated by Kihs and Bridge but they gave most of the credit to the students who helped hang the work, Allison Hyde, senior printmaking focus, Mika Walker and Mauvi Crabe, both senior painting focuses.

“The Curfman Gallery gives these students an opportunity to learn how to show their work,” Scott said. “This includes preparing artwork for showing, filling out paperwork, pricing their work, and either getting accepted or rejected. This is probably the hardest learning experience for these artists.”

Since there is no formal announcement regarding who has been accepted to the Undergrad show and who was not, the gallery opening Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will be the first time all of the artist names will be provided to the public.

Until the opening, black butcher paper covers the glass doors to keep peeping eyes from a sneak peek. Coinciding is the closing of the Salon show so as to optimize the number of attendees to both exhibits.

The exhibit also gives other students and professionals in the area to get to know up-and-coming artists of Colorado State because of these shows. As Kihs said in an interview “this is a pretty good representation in combination with the Undergraduate show of what is coming out of Colorado State’s art department.”

The Show Runs:

March 30th – May 11th.

Curfman Gallery Hours:

9-9pm M-Th

9-9:30pm F

12-4pm Sat

See the Curfman gallery website for additional information. www.curfman.colostate.edu

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‘Reign Over Me’ a funny and moving success

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Mar 282007
 
Authors: Jeff Schwartz

****1/2 out of *****

“Reign Over Me” features a character who lost his family on September 11.

However, the film is not about 9/11, but rather it is a broader look at grief and healing and communication.

It’s also funny, which might surprise some who only know of the movie from its trailers. That such serious thematic concerns can coexist with comedy is what makes “Reign Over Me” a special and memorable film.

Adam Sandler gives perhaps his best dramatic performance as Charlie Fineman, a man who lost his family on 9/11, and who has been unwilling to confront his grief.

Fineman is contrasted with his college roommate Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle), a successful dentist with a wife (Jada Pinkett Smith) and kids.

However, despite his seeming contentedness, Alan is also wrestling with some issues. When a psychiatrist named Angela (Liv Tyler) asks Alan how he is, he replies, “I can’t complain,” prompting Angela to respond, “But is that the same thing as being fine?”

Alan, who has neither seen nor heard from Charlie in years, encounters him on the street one day. Charlie’s speech is halting and slurred, his hair is seriously disheveled, and he can’t seem to remember that he and Alan were roommates.

After spending some time with Charlie, Alan decides to try and help his friend deal with his grief, which is no easy task since Charlie refuses to talk about his family and is prone (as are many of Sandler’s characters) to outbursts of violence.

“Reign Over Me” is the story of Charlie and Alan’s odyssey, as both men take small steps towards becoming better people.

This is all predictable stuff, but it’s the strength of both Sandler and Cheadle’s performances, along with the particulars of this story, that allow “Reign Over Me” to succeed.

Charlie has many of the same mannerisms as Sandler’s other characters, but the difference this time is that we know the source of these mannerisms. Sandler pushes himself with this role, but not so much that the audience can’t suspend disbelief.

While Sandler’s performance is more ostentatious, Cheadle plays the everyman, giving the film its center.

Cheadle is a terrifically diverse and underrated actor, and here he showcases both his comic chops (his body language in a scene where a patient makes a highly unusual request is priceless) as well as his dramatic abilities.

The film is largely plotless, which is actually a virtue in this situation because it allows the progression of Alan and Charlie’s friendship to seem more natural. Scenes of Alan and Charlie at Mel Brooks films or at Chinese restaurants may seem disparate, but they’re unified by the film’s themes.

So, despite a few events toward the end that seem a bit too pat, the film’s overarching portrait of two men slowly coming to terms with themselves and the world is a moving success.

Movie reviewer Jeff Schwartz can be reached at verve@collegian.com. The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.

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‘Black Blind Blues to Krip Hip-Hop’ presentation at CSU

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Mar 282007
 
Authors: Anica Wong

As part of a new disability awareness initiative, the Resources for Disabled Students is hosting a presentation given by Leroy Moore.

Moore calls himself “a black disabled man with a big mouth and a high I.Q,” and his presentation, “Black Blind Blues to Krip Hip-Hop” will focus on the influences of black disabled people in the music industry.

The presentation will be on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

Born with cerebral palsy, Moore himself is a poet, writer, musician and above all, a community activist. His lectures and workshops about black disabled musicians are only one of many activities that occupy his time.

One such activity is Moore’s help in the founding of the National Minorities with Disabilities Coalition, an organization that is committed to the ideas of equality and opportunity for all disabled people.

“Disablity is part of who he is,” said Karin Bright, a counselor in RDS. “He is not afraid to share that with people.”

Many different mediums, including music by Moore and historical stories, will be incorporated into the presentation to help audience members learn about black disabled artists and their contributions to the music arena.

Some of those black disabled musicians are Cripple Clarence Lofton, Blind Lemon Jefferson and JF Boogie Blind.

“Moore’s presentation brings a different message. It is not about overcoming disabilities, but normalizing disabilities,” said Bright.

This presentation is one of a larger initiative put on by RDS called Rethinking Disability, which is funded by the Committee for Disabled Student Accessibility.

The focus of the initiative is to change how people perceive disabilities, according to Bright, who is also an organizer for the project.

“We want to move away from looking at disabilities from a deficit stand-point to thinking of disabilities from a social model,” she said.

Staff writer Anica Wong can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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