Same softball, different day

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Apr 292007
 
Authors: Nick Hubel

As Yogi Berra might say, it was d/j/ vu all over again for the softball team this weekend, with a twist. Just like their opening weekend in Fort Collins three weeks ago, the Rams split their four game series with San Diego State and UNLV, walking away from the weekend with two wins and two losses.

This time around, however, the Rams picked up two wins against the league-leading UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Friday, but were swept by last place SDSU on Saturday and Sunday.

Head Coach Mary Yori said that taking two from UNLV was a big boost for her team, but she would have liked to have played better against SDSU.

“It was a decent road swing for us, we played well in three out of four games,” Yori said. “We are looking forward to coming back home.”

Sunday’s game against the Aztecs was an extra inning heartbreaker for the Rams, as they fell in the eighth inning 3-2. Dani Sidoti scored the winning run for SDSU in the bottom of the eighth when a double from third baseman Christine Kulick brought her in from second.

“We had been hanging in pretty well, we had a few chances to take the lead and we couldn’t quite find that hit,” coach Yori said.

Kim Klabough pitched the whole game for the Rams, going 7.1 solid innings and allowing just three earned runs. She gave up 12 hits and struck out two batters. The loss drops her record to 9-9 on the season.

Saturday’s game one was no kinder to the Rams, who gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning on the way to a 10-4 loss.

Rebecca Penland suffered the loss from the circle, giving up four runs on three hits in just 0.2 innings. Senior Jessica Strickland came on in relief, giving up six runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. Strickland struck out two and didn’t allow a walk.

With the wins the Aztecs improve to 5-8 in league play, putting them in second-to-last place in the Mountain West, one spot ahead of Utah.

Everything went right for the Rams in their first stop of the road trip this weekend, as they took two critical games from first-place UNLV, 2-1 and 4-3.

Sophomore Kim Klabough pitched a gem for the Rams in game one, allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings of work. She recorded four strikeouts and allowed four walks.

Freshman outfielder Allison Majam hit her ninth home run of the year in the sixth inning, breaking up what was a scoreless game, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead. The Rebels tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth on a CSU throwing error, but the Rams were able to pick up one more in the top of the seventh when a fielder’s choice from Lauren Cusick scored pinch runner Sara Sullivan from third base.

Game two of the doubleheader also featured some strong pitching from the Ram staff, with freshman Rebecca Penland recording the complete game four-hitter. In seven innings she gave up three earned runs, striking out five and walking two.

Freshman Ashley Munoz and junior Julia Kloppe hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the third inning, giving the Rams a 4-0 lead. UNLV answered with one run in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings, but were shut down before they could come all the way back.

Munoz and Kloppe each finished the game 2-3 from the plate, with three RBIs between them.

With the losses, UNLV dropped to 7-4 in league play, leaving them in second place behind Brigham Young.

“To get a couple of wins out of UNLV was very good for our team,” Yori said Sunday.

The split weekend leaves the Rams with a 5-7 record in the Mountain West, good enough for fourth place. Coach Yori said that her team will probably have to win most or all of their remaining games in order to get back into the hunt for a postseason bid.

“It is an uphill battle,” Yori said. “At this point we are going to have to take it one game at a time and win every game that we can.”

CSU will be at home this week when they host the Utah Utes in a doubleheader on Thursday. First pitch in that series is set for 1:30 p.m.

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

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Softball

Who: CSU Rams vs. Utah Utes softball

What: Doubleheader on Thursday

Where: Ram Field

When: Starting at 1 p.m.

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Water polo, golfers shine

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Apr 292007
 
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The CSU water polo capped its third season as a varsity sport, with its highest finish, taking seventh place in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) tournament over the weekend.

Despite being seeded ninth coming into the weekend, the Rams were able to defeat Sonoma State, 11-7, and Cal State-East Bay, 8-6, to secure the seventh spot. The Rams also had losses to top-seed Cal-Davis and Cal State-Bakersfield, giving them a record of 2-2 for the weekend.

On Sunday, Laurien White led the way for the Rams in the seventh-place game, with four goals to upset CSU-East Bay, 8-6. White led the Rams with 12 goals for the weekend.

CSU finished the season with a record of 14-19 for the season.

Golf

Sophomore Zen Brown led the way as the Rams men’s golf team finished fourth overall at the Mountain West Conference Championships Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.

The team finished with an 860 three-round total to place behind champion BYU, UNLV, and TCU. Brown’s one-over 214 total was good for 12th place, while Aaron Weston and Bryce Hanstad also had top-20 finishes for the Rams.

After the tournament, Brown was named to the Mountain West All-Conference Team. Brown holds the school record for best one round score, a 63, which he posted last year at BYU.

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Oldenburg drafted by Patriots

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Apr 292007
 
Authors: Mike Donovan

CSU offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg, who started 34 games for the Rams, was selected as the 171st draft pick by the New England Patriots during the fifth round of Sunday’s NFL draft.

The six-foot-five-inch, 305-pound Oldenburg told the Boston media in a Sunday conference call that he had a feeling the Patriots may be the team selecting him.

“They’ve been scouting me all throughout my senior year of college and they have been there all along so it’s no surprise that they wanted to take me today,” said Oldenburg, from his Fort Collins home. “I’m happy to be in the situation I’m in.”

The Gillette, Wyo., native is the highest selection from CSU since John Howell went 117th to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001.

Oldenburg started all 12 games his senior season and was rewarded for his play with All-Mountain West second team recognition. At the time, Oldenburg told the Collegian he would take victories over the personal glory.

“I would trade any amount of personal recognition just to have a winning team,” Oldenburg said.

There were 12 offensive tackles selected ahead of Oldenburg, who hopes to make a team that already has 10 offensive linemen signed through the 2007 season.

Oldenburg was selected ahead of Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (174), Colorado kicker Mason Crosby (193), and Wyoming safety John Wendling (184).

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

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Eagles regain home ice

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Apr 292007
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

With their backs against the wall, the Colorado Eagles regained home ice advantage in game two of the Northern Conference Finals Sunday night.

Colorado rookie goalie Tim Boron held the Memphis RiverKings scoreless for the last 38 minutes of the contest on his way to a game-two win.

In a desperation effort, Memphis pulled goalie Larry Sterling with just over a minute left in the third period, but it wouldn’t work. With 31 seconds left in the game, Eagles center Riley Nelson found the RiverKings empty net, closing the Eagles 4-2 victory.

In the second period, Colorado came back from an early 2-0 deficit scoring three goals in the period.

Left wing Ryan Tobler would get the Eagles on the board six minutes into the period, redirecting a shot past Memphis goalie Larry Sterling.

Ten minutes later, right wing Scott Polaski would tie the game up at 2-2.

Defensemen Aaron Schneekloth gave Colorado the lead and victory, scoring a power play game-winning goal with a half a second left.

Eagles Head Coach Chris Stewart said the second period made the difference in the game.

“The middle frame has been the frame we have been best at all year long,” Stewart said. “It came through again.”

Schneekloth said the Eagles weren’t frustrated after being down early.

“It is just sticking to the game plan and working hard,” Schneekloth said. “We had our chances and had to go and bury them. It was fortunate it happened tonight.”

Memphis opened up the series with a game-one victory Friday night against the Eagles.

Eagles captain Greg Pankewicz was called for a hold two minutes into the first overtime period, giving the RiverKings a power play opportunity. It was all they needed to put the game away.

One minute into the power play, right wing Jason Sessa put a shot by Colorado goalie Marco Emond, giving Memphis a 3-2 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

Tobler felt the two teams played an extremely close game.

“It was two good skating teams out the there tonight,” Tobler said. “The game could have gone either way. They got the bounces tonight, but it is all about how you respond in the playoffs.”

RiverKings Head coach Kevin McClelland agreed.

“It was anyone’s game out there,” said the fourth year coach. “This was only one game. We still have an up hill battle.”

The Eagles now head to Memphis for the next three games of the series. Colorado has only played the RiverKings at home only once this season, losing 5-4.

Schneekloth doesn’t expect any of these games to be easy.

“It is going to be tough,” Schneekloth said. “It is going to be physical and fast paced. I expect the same type of game we saw in the first two.”

Eagles Beat Reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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By the Numbers-

57- Goals the Eagles have scored during the playoffs this season

2- Wins Boron has in the playoffs compared with 1 loss

1.66- Average Goals per game given up by Boron during the playoffs

1- game lead the Laredo Bucks have on the New Mexico Scorpions in the Southern Conference Finals

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RamTalk

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Apr 292007
 
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To the person who hit my Silver Dodge Truck at the Library meters: I hope you feel some sympathy about just fleeing the scene without any sort of apology note or phone number. We could have worked it out. We still can, if you do feel bad, just look for the only Silver Dodge Ram with a giant green scratch and dent down the driver’s side.

Does anybody else wonder what their MySpace profile will look like when they are 50?

So living directly on the corner of a busy intersection finally paid off. Last night I saw my first high speed pursuit from the comfort of my bedroom!

Dear Student, You have been invited to take an “Exclusive” survey. Just check your e-mail and respond to just 1 of the 20 different emails we have sent out. Thanks.

The thumb war championships for keeps begins at 3:37 p.m. in the LSC. Entry fee is $2.25 plus tax in Delaware. No wrist guards or helmets allowed within a 23 foot radius of the playing field… followed by a brief pizza party and a screening of Empire of the Sun, starring a young Christian Bale.

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Our View: Something stinks in Greeley

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Apr 292007
 
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Every once in a while, something comes along that just makes you scratch your head and wonder, what the heck were they thinking?

Usually, though, the creators realize their stupidity, retract their actions, apologize and move on with life.

What’s happening at the University of Northern Colorado is not one of these cases. It seems the UNC president is sticking firm to a decision that, at best, nothing good can come from, and at worst, is a terrible invasion of privacy.

The university has decided to post photos online of students and other individuals who have violated UNC’s student conduct code. What’s worse is that these individuals are on a Web site the university created about the Virginia Tech shootings and what its doing to prevent another shooting.

Even the university states that the individuals posted on the site aren’t necessarily a threat, the fact that they’re even associated with a massacre should be repugnant.

How could anyone think that posting photos of individuals not allowed on campus is going to make the campus safer.

There are students who are on the site who have simply violated the student conduct code and they’re pictured next to people accused of attempted murder.

We’d call the decision of UNC administrators ridiculous, but that would be an understatement.

It’s unsafe and unjust.

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The Winners of Global Warming

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Apr 292007
 
Authors: Andy Nicewicz

With the threats of flooding, wildfires, mass-extinctions and massive crop failures, it’s easy to forget that global warming could actually benefit certain people.

Take Canada and Russia for instance. Both countries have a similar climate that can be generally characterized as “freezing balls.”

In the major metropolitan areas, the temperature is at least bearable, even though it’s usually below freezing for nearly half the year.

The cities face relatively mild climates when compared to the more extreme regions. According to www.encarta.msn.com, the northern-most regions of Canada have an average temperature of -31degrees Fahrenheit. Russia can be even colder, with the average January temperature in some parts of Eastern Siberia at a frigid -59 degrees Fahrenheit.

As a result, while these countries are the largest in the world in land-mass, large portions of their land are uninhabitable.

Perhaps an even greater shame is the fact that these countries have vast amounts of natural resources that are unexploited. The harsh terrain plays some part in this, but the bitter cold and permafrost plays a significant role, as well.

Now just think of the possibilities if the weather got a little warmer! Huge amounts of terrain previously too cold for human life could become open to drilling and mining.

And what good news that would be! As oil and coal are taken from the earth and burned to meet energy demands, more CO2 will be spread into the air. More CO2 will help expound the green-house effect, ultimately making Canada and Russian increasingly warmer and allowing for even more oil to be drilled and coal to be mined!

The end result will be that Russia and Canada will become the biggest exporters of natural resources in the world and reap the benefits of a vastly larger income. But they will experience some other positive effects as well:

Canada will become increasingly competitive at sports that don’t involve skating on a frozen lake.

Not being so depressed by constantly freezing weather, Russia’s alcohol problem will disappear, and worker productivity will rival that of Japan’s.

But perhaps most importantly of all, Canada will be more hospitable for all the U.S. Republicans who will move there if Hillary wins the 2008 election.

So sure, the United States, India, Western Europe, Mexico, Bangladesh, Australia and about all of South America and Africa are pretty well screwed, but Russia and Canada will be the world’s superpowers!

And does anybody want that? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

So do your part to end global-warming now!

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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LTTE: Setting the record straight

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Apr 292007
 
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After reading the article by Kathleen Harward regarding “Three peaceful warriors…” published in this week’s Collegian, it is important to recognize some facts that were omitted by Ms. Harward. With regard to the amount of the lawsuit, it is true that the tenants were originally sued for the balance of the lease ($6,000), but the home was rerented shortly after the tenants moved out. This resulted in the suit amount being lowered to just $2,300. At the end of the ruling, the magistrate awarded over $1,600 of this $2,300. The majority of the amount that was disallowed was some cleaning costs and court servicing/filing fees. It is also worth mentioning that had I not already rented the home, the magistrate was unsure of how he would have ruled on the subsequent month(s) rent. This means he could and may have awarded the subsequent months.

In terms of the 3-unrelated violation, this case was an example of how landlords are suffering severely under this new ordinance. Ms. Harward forgot to mention in her article the additional following facts:

1. The rent on this four-bedroom home was dropped to current market three-bedroom rates resulting in a loss of over $3,600 per year on this home. This was done with intention of obtaining tenants that met the new civil ordinance.

2. The tenants had repeatedly tried to break the lease based on different criteria. They were upset with the bathroom, so we remodeled it ($3,000); they did not like the smell of the carpet in a bedroom, we replaced the carpet ($600); they did not like the color/condition of the walls, we purchased the paint so they could repaint ($150). They were unhappy with how clean the home was when they moved in, so we paid them to clean the home. This was all within a two-month period.

3. When the tenants were found to have a fourth person in the home and had a complaint filed against them, they saw this as another opportunity to get out of lease. Kathleen Harward told them they could leave, not give any notice, and, therefore, opened up the lawsuit to be filed against the tenants. Therefore, she felt obligated to come to court as her legal advice could and did cost these students money.

The real conclusion of this court case is that since these tenants chose to move a fourth person into their home without consulting the landlord, every landlord is going to be faced with the burden of frequent inspections of their rentals. This inspection process will likely start to appear in leases along with the associated fee structure to cover the time needed to do this. This will result in increased costs for everyone. Regardless of whether these homes are one or seven bedrooms, if there are more than three unrelated people living at the home, the landlord is at risk of having a suit similar to this one and, likely, similar consequences. I think it is safe to say, that Ms. Harward did not do anyone in this city any benefit whatsoever. She simply provided bad legal advice to three students who were solely interested in breaking their lease at anyone’s expense but their own.

Anthony E. Smith

Fort Collins resident and landlord

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Much Needed Revisions In Colorado History

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Apr 292007
 
Authors: Drew Haugen

On a chilled November morning on the Colorado plains, dawn had just broken across the frosted landscape. Nearby, Sand Creek slowly snaked and trickled under the weight of the season’s ice and snow, and lodges of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes nestled near the creek’s bank, gently puffing smoke from their cooking fires while their occupants sleepily stirred awake.

Outside, perhaps silhouetted by the dawn’s rays, more than 800 troops appeared atop the ridge of Sand Creek.

Then came a shot, followed by a hail of gunfire and a pounding of military artillery. Shouts, blood-curdling screams and cries of pain and death reverberated in the heavy fall air. The bayonets and swords of the 1st and 3rd Colorado Cavalries, their blades clean and hard from the cold, plunged into warm Indian flesh in the brisk fall morning, spilling innocent blood on the virgin snow.

By the time the Sand Creek Massacre ended the morning of Nov. 29, 1864, more than 160 Cheyenne and Arapahoe lay dead, two-thirds of the dead being elderly, women and children.

At the end of the carnage two flags, an American flag and a white flag of surrender raised before the attack solemnly flapped atop Chief Black Kettle’s lodge. Nearby in the snow, Chief Black Kettle lay dead.

Last Saturday, more than 400 people gathered at the dedication ceremony for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Kiowa County, Colo., where, after 25 years of work, former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (a Northern Cheyenne) and others have succeeded in getting national recognition for the massacre site.

Finally. And, while the dedication of the Sand Creek Massacre site as a National Historic site is long overdue, the dedication of this site also represents a much-needed revision in the way Colorado and the United States government views the so-called “Indian Wars” of the late 19th century.

Following Colonel Chivington’s (the commanding officer for the Sand Creek Massacre) return to Denver to report his ‘victory’ against the ‘savages’ of the plains, this excerpt from a 1864 Rocky Mountain News editorial reflected the opinion of the majority of Colorado at the time: “Among the brilliant feats of arms in Indian warfare, the recent campaign of our Colorado volunteers will stand in history with few rivals, and none to exceed it in final results.”

The editorial continues: “It was estimated that between three and four hundred of the savages got away with their lives.” The Sand Creek Massacre has only recently been considered in Colorado history as a massacre.

According to the Denver Post, a 1909 Civil War memorial displayed in the Colorado Capitol Building in Denver listed Sand Creek as a great Union victory. It wasn’t until 2002 that an additional plaque was added to correct this claim.

In contrast, John S. Smith, an eyewitness and U.S. Indian interpreter, testified before Congress to a very different scene in Sand Creek: “They were terribly mutilated, lying there in the water and sand; most of them in the bed of the creek, dead and dying, making many struggles. . With knives; scalped; their brains knocked out; children, two or three months old; all ages lying there, from sucking infants up to warriors.”

The image of the American Indian as a ‘savage warrior’ still persists in American public opinion today. Many textbooks, encyclopedias and even scholarly works still refer to the Wounded Knee Massacre of Dec. 29th, 1890, in South Dakota as a “battle” in the third outbreak of the Indian Wars, even though more than 300 Lakota Sioux lay dead, slaughtered by U.S. Army troops.

The picture at Wounded Knee was eerily similar to that of Sand Creek: Women, children, unarmed men and elderly lay dead. Eighteen Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded for the “battle” at Wounded Knee, and only recently has Wounded Knee been designated as a massacre site.

The dedication of Sand Creek as a massacre site, while tragic, marks a turning point in Colorado and indeed national historical interpretation of the white conquest of the West.

The historical biases of the past are slowly being erased, and historical humanity is finally being shown to the victims of ruthless agents of the U.S. Government that made Sand Creek run red Nov. 29th, 1864.

As Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell correctly put it: “If there were any savages that day, it was not the Indian people.” Luckily, Colorado history is starting to reflect that.

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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Sex: A Few More Words of Advice

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Apr 292007
 
Authors: Kevin Dudley

Well CSU, this is it; we did it. Through the duration of this column, I have viewed the progression as symbolizing the actual act of coitus. It’s harmless and silly in the beginning, but as it progresses to the end, you’re covered in fluids, a little confused as to what just happened and perhaps a little bit more sober than when it began.

So to end it all, we need to sober up and see the dangers of humping another human being and realize that that’s not all there is to life.

Psych!

I would never wish that upon anyone.

I think that we should discuss, however, just how ridiculous this sport is and how little we know about it. Sex, I feel, is the great divider; men are created and broken, reputations built and destroyed. One little mistake and you could be in a situation you’ll never live down.

I have recently taken a test online and have been deemed knowledgeable on the subject of sex (I also took an ‘are you gay’ test and found out that I am in fact, not gay. Who knew?).

So to end this mess I’ve created, I am going to try to answer some frequently asked questions about the sport of humping and to enforce why I have this job and you do not. Please enjoy.

And CSU, be careful, I don’t want anybody getting hurt out there.

Q: Can I get pregnant from giving oral sex?

A: This is a good question. While I’m not entirely sure how that works, I

do know that if you go down on a guy who you picked up from the Sundance

after breaking up with your boyfriend, it will make you sob uncontrollably forcing him to sneak out of your house at five o’clock in the morning.

Q: Can I get pregnant the first time I have sex?

A: No. It is well known that vagina gnomes will protect you for the first time (I think they have little paintball guns or something). After that, they move out and you’re on your own.

Q: At what age is a guy able to get a girl pregnant?

A: Not having ever gotten a girl pregnant, I would say you need to be in you’re late 20’s before you need to worry about anything. I do know, coincidently, at what age you get to watch a girl run screaming out of your house from your buddy having asked her to put fingers somewhere fingers should never go. That age is 22.

Q: What is meant by “penetration?”

A: I believe that penetration was the name given to 17th century Protestants in France.

Q: If a guy ejaculates on my underwear/over my clothing can I get pregnant?

A: Who the hell knows; that’s gross. But if he happened to squeeze out a fudge dragon in a drunken sleep in your bed and moved you over to make it look like you did it, I do know that your chances of getting pregnant are pretty thin.

Q: What is meant by the phrase “unprotected sex?”

A: Having sex while not carrying a gun or knife, or at least a pair of nun chucks. I can’t stress this enough, CSU, you HAVE to be careful in today’s world.

And finally, CSU, I’d like to say YOU’RE WELCOME. I know you’re all thanking me somewhere deep inside. I’d like to also say thank you over the years who have made this column possible.

Well, I’m going to go catch a nap and a sandwich. You stay classy CSU.

Kevin Dudley is a senior natural resources major. His column appears every Wednesday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com

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