Most Underrated Athlete- Zen Brown, golf

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May 062007
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

In CSU’s proud athletic history, golf is a sport that has in many cases hung under the radar. But recently one athlete has started to change that. And that is why sophomore Zen Brown is taking home the Moby for the Most Underrated Athlete.

Brown began playing golf when he was five years old, hitting balls with his father and has been hooked on the game since.

“I like the individuality of the sport,” the natural resources major said. “It is the challenge of the game, being outside and the challenge of beating the golf course.”

Men’s Golf Coach Jamie Bermel says Brown’s best attribute is his consistency.

“He is real solid,” Bermel said. “He doesn’t do anything particularly great, but he is just real solid. Whatever the course conditions are, he can handle it.”

So far this year, Brown has finished in the top 10 five times and in the top 20 nine of his past 12 tournaments. His solid play was rewarded with a spot on the Mountain West’s all-conference team.

Bermel reflected on what has given Brown such success, especially his mentality.

“He hits the ball pretty well, drives it straight and has a good short game,” the seventh-year coach said. “He doesn’t get to upset or excited, but stays real steady.”

Brown is modest about his success and said he thinks golf at CSU is gaining popularity.

“I think it is getting a following here,” he said. “People know about me, but golf in general is gaining popularity.”

Although Brown says his dream is to play in PGA, he says he is focusing on the immediate future for the time being.

“Next year I want to keep moving up the college rankings and even make the All-American team,” he said.

If Brown can work on a few key things, Bermel said he thinks the sophomore can go the distance.

“The sky is the limit for him,” Bermel said. “He needs to learn how to win, get better at putting and maybe even a little more mentally tough. It is really up to him how good he wants to be.”

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Best Team- Volleyball

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May 062007
 
Authors: Mike Donovan

One point. That is how close CSU volleyball was to not winning the Mountain West Conference. Just one point separated CSU and the almost-guaranteed feeling of not advancing to its 12th straight dance.

Already down two games to zero, the Rams faced a 29-28 deficit in the third game, just one point away from going home as the second best.

Well, Tonya Mokelki and Mekana Barnes decided that they weren’t ready to lose that one point. The two combined for a block and sent the game back to a tie.

CSU would eventually overcome the mighty Utes to take the third game of the Championship match. Then they decided that they simply were not going to lose.

CSU ran away with the fourth and fifth games in one of the most stunning turnarounds ever in a conference championship. Teams do not come back from two games down against teams that have won 25 straight matches. But that is exactly what CSU’s best team did that night.

While the game wasn’t in Fort Collins and wasn’t witnessed in person by many Ram fans, this match was the best of the year and probably one of the best in CSU history in any sport. And that is exactly why the volleyball team takes home the Moby for best team.

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Best Coach- John Mattos, swimming and diving/water polo

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May 062007
 
Authors: Brandon Owens

Women’s varsity water sports at CSU had another notable year in the 2006-07 season. One of the biggest reasons for the programs’ continual success is John Mattos, head coach for both women’s swimming and diving and water polo.

This year was Mattos’ 27th season as the head coach of swimming and diving. The team had a dual record of 6-5 this year and placed fifth in the Mountain West Conference Championships.

“The swim team has been a little down in recent years,” said Mattos. “I think now we’ve made a successful comeback.”

This was his third year as head coach of the varsity women’s water polo program. They placed seventh in the Western Water Polo Association Championships, an improvement from their 9th place finish during the first two years.

“We are getting a lot of respect from other programs around the league,” said the CSU Hall of Fame member.

Mattos said that it is a huge challenge to coach two varsity teams. Between recruiting and coaching, he usually works somewhere between 12 and 14 hours per day from September through May. He relies heavily on the support of the people around him to get him through.

“You have to have the support of your administration,” he said. “I’ve had tremendous support.”

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Athlete of the Year- Janay DeLoach, indoor/outdoor track and field

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May 062007
 
Authors: Jeff Dillon

Janay DeLoach was recruited by a number of schools to play basketball. Lucky for CSU, she stuck with track.

DeLoach, a senior for the Rams, capped off an impressive indoor career this season by earning All-American honors with a fifth-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in March. DeLoach is the first ever All-American from CSU in any jump event.

“She was being recruited regularly in basketball, but she decided to stick with track and field,” said Tim Cawley, DeLoach’s jumps and sprints coach. “I’m not sure why, but I’m very glad she did.”

DeLoach’s impressive career includes not only this year’s All-America honors, but also back-to-back Mountain West Conference indoor long jump titles, three consecutive MWC second-place finishes in the 60 meters and the school record for the long jump (20-9.25), just to name a few.

But DeLoach, who has one more year of eligibility, said all of her accomplishments were expected.

“I was going for (All-America) this year; it was what I wanted,” DeLoach said. “All I had to do was go out and do it. I knew I could.

Head Track and Field Coach Brian Bedard said DeLoach is a rare athlete who combines a handful of strengths.

“She’s one of only a few athletes I’ve seen that has the talent, the work ethic and the competitive spirit,” he said. “Usually you’ll get someone who has one or two of those, but she’s got all of it.”

After the current outdoor season, in which she hopes to achieve All-America honors in jumps and sprints, DeLoach said she is planning on competing at the Olympic Trials next year.

“I’m going to keep working up to the Olympic Trials and see what happens,” she said. “If I could make it to the Olympics, that would be amazing. I don’t care if I get last, it would just be amazing.”

Knowing DeLoach, those aspirations are not at all far-fetched. As Cawley said, DeLoach is a special kind of athlete, one the Rams will miss dearly when she’s gone.

“She’s kind of irreplaceable,” Cawley said.

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SUMMER TO CHOOSE-SPEND, SAVE OR LOVE?

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May 062007
 
Authors: Kathleen Harward Director of Student Legal Services

One used to be able to work in the summer and earn enough to pay for next year’s college.

Not anymore.

At $5,000 for tuition and fees at the most reasonably priced college (not even talking about living expenses), it’s nearly impossible to save enough in three summer months. What’s worse, many students don’t even try. Instead, they spend their way through summer, adding to credit cards and applying for more student loans.

At Student Legal Services, we hear astonishing stories of how student loan money is spent.

“I paid off my boyfriend’s credit cards.”

“My fianc/ and I bought a bedroom suite at American Warehouse Furniture.”

“I bought plane tickets to Europe for my sweetheart and I.”

When everyone else around you is doing this, why question it?

The norm was different when I went to college. My friend Brian MacAndrew ate beans and potatoes all through college. “Cheap and filling,” he bragged. He was proud of eating for a week on less than $10. The rest of us weren’t that extreme, but my mattress did come from a friend’s barn. I sprayed it to make sure there were no bed bugs before I slept on it. I remember roping an old chair and ratty couch to the top of my tiny car to transport it from the generous giver to my apartment.

I’m not trying to glorify the old days and ratty couches. I am trying to convey my extreme concern for casual spending with seemingly no sense for the coming day when the piper must be paid.

According to an Experian analysis, college students have on average three credit cards each. Twenty-something-year-olds have an average student loan balance of over $14,000, credit card debt of over $5,000 and installment debt, like a car loan, of over $17,000. These numbers are actually low compared to what we see at SLS.

“This debt-for-diploma system is strangling our young people right when they’re starting out in life,” says Tamara Draut, author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30- Somethings Can’t Get Ahead.

Wages have been stagnant for a long time – they aren’t keeping up with inflation or people’s growing debt obligations. That means you can’t expect a whopping salary to pull you out of a debt hole. Many college graduates barely keep up with interest payments and don’t make a dent in the principle.

There’s no easy solution. You can’t wipe out student loans in bankruptcy. You can’t wipe out credit card debt used to pay tuition. You can’t even file bankruptcy unless you go through credit counseling and pass a “means test.” These hoops were added to the laws in 2005 to make it harder to file for bankruptcy. The solution doesn’t lie in the future; it has to start now.

A few tips:

Don’t spend your loan money on a lover, even if he or she is your fianc/. Keep your finances separate until you’ve been married awhile. About fifty percent of marriages don’t last. There’s no requirement to join bank accounts when you join hands in marriage. (Don’t even consider it if you’re just living together.)

Love is blind. It blinds you for a long time. We see way too many students who have drained their finances and taken on heaps of debt for a lover that leaves them.

Don’t ignore your debt problems. Get counseling. The Wellness Center brings in an expert from the Northern Colorado Credit Counseling Center. Come to SLS for resources. You’ll have to change your lifestyle. You can’t spend more than you make.

Keep in close touch with your creditors. Never miss a payment without calling the creditor first, explaining the problem, and scheduling a date when you can pay – then keep your promise! Ask for your creditor’s help in setting up a special payment plan.

I can’t promise that all creditors will be understanding, but most of them would prefer to work with you than sue you on the debt and worry about collecting on the judgment from someone they know is in money trouble.

A money judgment is just a piece of paper signed by a judge that says you owe the judgment creditor. To turn it into money, the judgment creditor must go through more steps to garnish money from your employer or bank account. You can see why most creditors would rather work with you.

If your creditors have given up on you and sold their account to a collections agency, don’t ignore the notices you receive from the agency. Third party collectors have to comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). There are many things they must do, like tell you about your right to request in writing a verification of the debt. Assert this right. Make them verify the debt before proceeding.

Keep every piece of paper and make a log of every phone call from a collector. The FDCPA spells out many things collectors cannot do, like harass you. If you do get sued, you may have a basis for counterclaiming against the collector for a violation of the FDCPA, which carries a $1,000 fine. You can’t fabricate such a counterclaim, but if you legitimately have one, it may give you leverage to make a decent settlement.

By the time your debt makes it to the lawsuit stage, the total will look nothing like the amount you first borrowed. Late fees, interest, attorney’s fees and court costs can double or triple the debt you started with. Even at this desperate stage, there are things you can do.

Don’t ignore the lawsuit. If you do, default judgment will be entered against you. You must file an answer disputing the debt. This will cause the judge to set your case for a pretrial conference. At this time, the plaintiff bringing the suit against you has to produce evidence of your debt. You can only be charged interest and attorney’s fees if the original paperwork provides for it. Depending on how many times your account was sold before it was brought to court, the plaintiff might not be able to produce sufficient proof of your original debt. If the paperwork is sketchy, you certainly have more leverage to settle for a lower amount and you may even get a dismissal.

Your summer break is almost here. What are you going to do with it?

Kathleen Harward is the Director of Student Legal Services. Student Legal Services writes a column writes a column for the Collegian Occasionally. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com

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Penley talks tuition

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May 062007
 
Authors: Larry Penley

I appreciate the leadership Colorado State University students have shown in recent weeks in wanting to learn about and address the budget challenges facing higher education in Colorado. Your interest has been apparent in the many messages I’ve received from students over the past few weeks, as well as in the thoughtful discussions CSU Provost Tony Frank and I have had lately with ASCSU officers. Your desire to address budget challenges has also been apparent.

Ultimately, the quality of education at CSU as well as other Colorado colleges and universities will depend on increased support from the State and equitable funding of higher-education institutions in terms of cost of programs and spending authority. At this time, Colorado State University is proposing a budget for next year that – thanks to considerable negotiation and compromise – will allow us to make progress with important improvements to educational quality but with price increases to students that are reasonable and fair.

When Dr. Frank met with student leaders at ASCSU May 2 to discuss the budget, he made the point that most of the new revenue the University will have to invest next year will come from students. While all of us would prefer that the State of Colorado bore a larger share of the expense, students who selected CSU because of its quality and value understand the importance of preserving and even improving the value of a CSU degree – to provide our graduates a competitive edge now and in the future.

That understanding and commitment on behalf of our students is reflected in the University budget proposed for next year. We built the budget based on the “stretch goals” established by the Board of Governors of the CSU System to ensure the University consistently moves forward in terms of quality and reputation. While the new funding available is not what we had hoped, it will nevertheless allow us to cover mandated cost increases, provide a 5 percent salary increase for faculty and staff (which is critical for retaining your best professors and counselors) and make some important quality improvements associated with the stretch goals and our University Strategic Plan. These improvements will enhance the student experience at CSU.

This draft budget still must be finalized on campus and then shared with the Board of Governors for its consideration at its June meeting. Your student government represents you on the Board, and I encourage you to provide your feedback to it on the budget we’ve proposed.

In its current draft form, the budget allows us to:

/ Add 45 new faculty positions

/ Partially fund plans to promote enrollment access along with student success and retention

/ Support the launch of two additional Superclusters, as previously planned

/ Partially restore some enhanced support for graduate education (additional GTAs and support)

/ Move forward with new degree programs in Journalism and Technical Communications, Health and Exercise Science and Biomedical Engineering, and the establishment of the Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity as an academic department

/ Provide additional support for a competitive Athletics program

/ Enhance faculty and administrative professional medical benefits (a means to attract and retain faculty and staff)

/ Provide enhanced support for campus safety and security

/ Offer nearly $2 million in additional support for both need- and merit-based aid

/ Increase the salary floor for adjunct faculty

This budget includes a modest tuition increase for both resident and non-resident undergraduates, along with a change in the number of credit hours for which full-time students are charged, from 9 credits to 10. The tuition increase amounts to about $85 per semester for a full-time resident student and $369 for a full-time non-resident. Closing the credit-hour gap by one credit will cost a full-time resident student an additional $202, bringing the average total cost increase for full-time residents to about $287 per semester. Non-resident students will pay an additional $874 as a result of the credit hour closure, bringing the average total cost increase for a full-time non-resident to about $1243.

We also expect state approval for some additional building and facilities maintenance projects on campus, including support for renovating the Clark Building.

An overview of the proposed FY08 budget for new and projected revenue is available online at www.president.colostate.edu. This worksheet also identifies those items that we had hoped to fund this year that are not included in the FY08 budget.

All in all, this budget provides a sound basis for future progress at Colorado State University. I am encouraged by the ongoing discussions with state leadership about the magnitude of the funding challenges facing CSU, and we expect to work together in the coming year to continue to address these challenges. I look forward to working in close cooperation with the students of Colorado State University as we move ahead.

This op/ed letter was sent to the Collegian from Brad Bohlander, CSU’s Executive Director of Public Relations and spokesman for CSU President Larry Penley.

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Well, my time as managing editor of the Collegian is done.

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May 062007
 
Authors: Vimal Patel

I don’t have anything eloquent to say. Just a thank-you list in no particular order to sources who made my job much easier, interesting or both.

Brian Chase – As director of facilities, Chase was in the middle of some of our most enterprising stories, and stories people in his position avoid like the plague. But whether it was talking about his department’s policies on locking doors or cleanup of asbestos, Chase never shied away from a reporter. Public officials can learn a lot from him.

John Straayer – When you need comment on a political story and you need it quick, Straayer’s the man. An expert on Colorado politics, Straayer is probably the most quoted political commentator in the state – not only in the Collegian but virtually every other media outlet as well.

Chief Dexter Yarbrough – This guy cares about the campus. Yes, there was the time he threatened my livelihood and freedom with felony trespassing charges and said his job was not to convict me but to inconvenience me and make my life hell, “like you do to others.” But hey, we all make mistakes. And what are “ethics” but pesky suggestions that make getting things done difficult? The Chief’s OK in my book.

Larry ********* – a.k.a. library masturbator. (“At 48, I don’t have the distance.”) OK. I’m not going to use Larry’s last name because I think he’s suffered enough. He was convicted of splattering his love all over a library computer last year, cementing my place in college journalism history. Did we do the right thing by publicly humiliating him? I don’t know. It’s a question I’ll be pondering ’til the end, I think. Regardless, talking to him for about 20 minutes, he seemed like a decent guy who just did something stupid and disgusting. My advice to you, Larry: If you ever do something like that again and some reporter clown calls you up, tell him or her “no comment” and hang up. Trust me.

Mark Settle – No Student Fee Review Board meeting was complete without questioning from Settle. Yes, when he spoke – and he spoke a lot – people often rolled their eyes. But it’s thorough questioning like his that keeps officials honest. This may sound like a leap, but I don’t think we’d be in Iraq right now if reporters and/or watchdog committees were filled with people of Settle’s mindset.

Democracy is not on autopilot. As people who care about this country, it’s the job of every citizen, official and reporter to pester, annoy and scare every public official entrusted with power (about their public work, that is. Not private you-know-what jobs).

Brother Matt Bourgault – Ah, the Plaza preacher. I have skipped several classes and even got a parking ticket when my meter ran out all because of Brother Matt’s wildly amusing rants against CSU’s “loose women” and “whoremongers,” along with virtually every other group imaginable.

What scared me the most about Brother Matt’s episodes were not his hellfire-and-brimstone sermons, but the imbeciles who engaged in heated arguments with him. To me, Brother Matt will always be an agitator – an effective one at that. The extremists were the students whose skin he got under. And maybe it’s just the idealist in me, but every now and then, I glimpsed a twinkle in the preacher’s eye, a cool acknowledgment that it’s all a big joke. Preach on, Brother Matt.

Mason Tvert – The great leader of the pot-legalization SAFER (Safer Alternative for Alternative Recreation). Yes, Amendment 44 failed, but the guy sure made Colorado politics more interesting for a while. After doing half a million articles about Tvert and the failed amendment, I was still unsure about who he was – an unwavering champion of freedom and liberty or a pothead who just wanted to smoke legally? And then it struck me like a delayed hit. In America, you can be both.

There are many more sources I should be thanking. But these are the ones that, for weirdness, passion or memorability, stick out as I sat down to write this column.

I’ve got another semester at CSU, and I’m sure I will come across these guys again – at CSU or in the real world. But for now, thanks to all inside and outside the newsroom that made this year my most challenging, exhausting and rewarding to date.

Preach liberty, fight the good fight and change the world – or, at least, someone’s world.

And whatever you do, don’t take life too seriously, for if you do, as the great American author and philosopher Elbert Hubbard quipped, “You will never get out of it alive.”

Vimal Patel is a senior technical journalism major. His column runs occasionally in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Out with the Old, In with Innovation

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May 062007
 
Authors: Ryan Nowell

With much of the Collegian’s old guard moving on to greener pastures, readers next fall may be a little uncertain about the new staff coming onboard. Don’t worry. We don’t hear, feel or empathize with your pain, but we can sense it in a mystical, E.T. sort of way, and I’m here to reassure you that you’re in good hands.

We know Collegian readers rely on the opinions page to deliver the liberal carping, insane right-wing diatribes and arm-chair psychology lessons that provoke thought, stir debate and keep everyone just a little bit pissed off all day long. The new staff is eager to try and match this tradition of excellence, as well as bring a few new ideas to the table. Here’s just a partial list of what you have to look forward to next semester:

Rad fonts: Surveys show that middle-class persons aged 18-24 (you) no longer identify with Times New Roman. It’s become old hat, the typeface of the establishment, and we here at the Collegian will stand for this mindless conformity no longer. The people want Ariel, Courier, Book Antiqua, and by God, who are we to deny them these sacred freedoms? We believe every American has the right to enjoy stark block lettering, and we are committed to delivering it, however and whenever we can.

More undeserved libel: Have you grown tired of turning to the opinions page, only to find yet another column blasting Dick Cheney? Should there really be so many articles chastising him, just because he does so many heinously evil things? We, the incoming staff, believe that variety is the spice of life, and by criticizing people far less deserving of public scrutiny, we can better “spread the love,” and keep our opinion page fresh and engaging. Example: Mother Theresa. A great track record, but what has she done for anyone lately? Nothing. Sure, she’s dead, but is that really an excuse? Those orphan waifs aren’t going to feed themselves, unless of course they take to the corpse, in which case her spirit of charity lives on. See how just a pinch of variety can spur lively discussion?

Human interest pieces: Taking a cue from local newscasters, we plan to bring you more columns that will appeal to your everyday lifestyle. Many people feel detached from the lofty current events and impersonal global politics that take up most headlines. They want to see stories about people, news that speaks to them and applies to their lives. So, instead of keeping tabs on the lurching corporate war machine that will surely one day gnash us all to pieces and sup upon our entrail nectars, we get to see puppies! Just the other day, 9 News aired a ten-minute segment on how best to retrieve a toy from a cereal box. While we can’t promise that degree of hard-hitting professional journalism, we vow to do our very best.

Decoder rings: In a recent study conducted by leading Chinese sweatshop workers, it was concluded that Americans love cheap crap. In light of this, we will be offering special Collegian Opinion Page Super Action Decoder Rings! Just clip out the enclosed form, fill in your name and address, mail it with $5 (USD) enclosed, and allow six to eight weeks delivery. Your five dollars will cover the cost of the ring, shipping and handling, and a membership to the Collegian Opinion Page Super Action Club, whom every month will be invited to use their rings to crack the super secret Encoded Opinion! Here’s a sneak preview, for those of you eager to get cracking over the summer: K8rl R6ve d1nes on the bl66d of the y6ung. Good luck!

As you can see, we’re excited about next semester, and after hearing some of the great things in store, we hope you are, too. Change is never easy, but with a little hard work and determination, we hope to make your experience flipping back to the sudoku puzzle as enriching as possible.

Ryan Nowell is a junior English major. His column appears every Monday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Goodbyes, Farewells and Critical Intellectual Discourse

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May 062007
 
Authors: Drew Haugen

Here ends my “series of very solemn and obvious editorials,” to quote F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Twenty-eight columns, a few scattered news stories and approximately 20,000 words written later, what do I have to reflect upon? I am passionate about learning, examining the issues, critically analyzing situations, speaking my opinion and teaching.

And if there is one thing I hope my columns reflect, it is the importance of knowing how to learn and think critically.

I suppose my writings have most of the time been neither inflammatory nor sensational. And, as a writer, this is something you may sometimes regret. It is usually the column with outrageous claims and outlandish opinions that garners letters to the editor and popularity. And while my popularity may have been lower, I have been afforded the luxury of an audience that would wittingly respond when I erred.

Of the letters I have received, they have been constructive in nature, expanding thought on a topic, correcting evidence I used incorrectly or offering a different angle of opinion, showing that I am engaging a readership capable of thinking critically.

In this way, I am glad that my columns steered clear of conflictual topics.

What’s the use of writing about something that could be read about in the New York Times, Washington Post, Denver Post and seen on Fox News on the same day?

I find that it is much more interesting and pertinent to examine local and original topics specifically important to the Colorado State readership.

Partisan politics, the “Culture Wars” and high-profile military conflicts, all while very visible and popular topics in the American media and in debate among the American people, overshadow more pertinent crises for the CSU student.

Not to say that the Iraq War, abortion and the constant battles between Republicans and Democrats aren’t important, but these topics have been blundered to death in syndicated media for years.

In contrast, little is known about the more immediate crises that Colorado State faces. For example, the funding crisis in which Colorado higher education is currently mired.

Almost a billion dollars of funding is needed . just for Colorado institutions to catch-up to its peer institutions nationally.

And, because of the lack of funding, Colorado State has cut faculty, services, academic programs and resources in the last ten years.

As a result, Colorado State has become increasingly dependent on adjunct professors: a community of professors that is increasingly marginalized by poor pay and benefits.

The funding crisis at Colorado State and in Colorado higher education is not an “us versus the administration” problem; it is a Colorado State community and greater-Colorado problem.

The Iraq War will end, eventually giving way to a different controversial war elsewhere. Every once in a while, a psychopath will shoot up a school. And the Democrats will do whatever it is they do again and again.

But real systematic societal inequities and problems exist that deserve our focus, not only because we have moral obligations to solve them, but because these problems directly affect the Colorado State community.

What’s more, the Colorado State community has the power to solve these problems. In the end, I hope that I have engaged my readership in critical intellectual discourse on topics that are somewhat displaced from the sensationalism of mainstream media and American political debate. The real problems are the ones that don’t garner big headlines, aren’t talked about as often as they should be and don’t receive a flood of support to try and find a solution.

At the same time these problems that will directly affect our community, such as the Colorado higher education funding crisis, are problems that we can solve as a community.

To quote President John F. Kennedy: “So, let us not be blind to our differences – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.” Think critically, speak out, and make a difference.

Happy Graduation!

Drew Haugen is a senior International Studies major. After graduation he will be a teacher for Teach For America in Los Angeles. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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An uncertain graduation into life

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May 062007
 
Authors: Emily Lance

Lynsey Hill, senior art history major, will be looking for a 9-5 job with benefits, that pays at least $10 an hour.

Hill’s personal ad is similar to most graduates seeking to simply sustain themselves after “the cords are cut” until the right opportunity comes along.

“My goal this coming year is sustainablility…of myself,” Hill said. “You need to be able to afford life.”

Danielle Storm, human development and family studies major, had a recent interview with Columbine Care Center East and intends to be CNA with the center.

“Some people go into a post-graduation funk because life changes so dramatically,” Storm said.

Storm said she went through a period of anxiousness, anticipating life after graduation, but then looked to her faith to ease those worries.

“Anxiousness and trusting (God) can’t exist in the same heart. Jesus makes it pretty explicity clear theat we donb’t need to worry about our food, clothes or any other basic need,” she said. “I am also content in not having a lot of money. That aids in the non-anxiousness.”

Among financial worries, undergraduates often have to choose whether they will advance their knowledge. As an art history major, Hill said the only possibilities to be employed in the field would require a masters degree.

“I would only consider Boulder for graduate school,” Hill said. “And that’s like going to the enemy for its weapons.”

Jared Ebert, junior forestry major, will be working as a seasonal worker for Colorado State Parks the Monday following finals, is getting married this summer, and has an apartment lined up in Highlands Ranch after the honeymoon. It seems he has his life planned.

But he admitted: “I don’t know what I will be doing in six months,” Ebert said.

When Ebert’s seasonal job is finished he hopes by that time it will be a permanent position, a job he truly enjoys. It is advice he shares with his struggling classmates.

“Find out what you really like to do and do that,” Ebert said. “Get to know people in every aspect of life and build a community.”

Although students are anxious, graduates will be released into a healthy job market, according to a report issued in November 2006 by the Collegiate Employment Research Institue at Michigan State University. The report, based on 900 company surveys, indicated that over half of the companies would hire new college graduates.

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

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