Major changes

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Jun 262007
Authors: Sean Star

Since taking over as the head coach of the CSU men’s basketball team three months ago, Tim Miles has been a pretty busy man.

Not only did Miles inherit a team that finished with a losing conference record for the seventh straight year, but only three scholarship players have decided to return- literally forcing the new coach to rebuild the program almost entirely from scratch.

Soon after his hiring, Miles hit the road in search of some much-needed talent to fill the plethora of empty roster spots.

But it hasn’t been the stress of traveling or the pressure to revive an entire program that has bothered Miles the most.

“I’ve been gone from my family for so long, that’s been the hardest part,” said Miles, the man who introduced his wife and kids to the media during his initial press conference at CSU.

Miles’ search has been mostly successful with the school signing eight new athletes in the past two months. However, several of the new players are transfers from other schools and will be forced to sit out next season, leaving the team short at least one more player.

But because CSU has already used up its allotted number of official visits for incoming recruits for the year (12), the team has been left searching for alternative ways to attract incoming players.

According to the NCAA Division I manual, “An official visit to a member institution by a prospective student-athlete is a visit financed in whole or in part by the member institution.”

Without anymore official visits, the Rams are forced to have possible recruits visit the campus on their own expense, making things “very interesting,” according to Miles.

Willing to try just about anything to help the program, Miles petitioned the NCAA last week for an additional official visit.

“We weren’t optimistic about it, but we had to try,” said Matt Brewer, CSU’s new director of NCAA compliance.

Within a week, the NCAA denied the request, citing a precedent that allows a team additional visits only if a previous coach used more than 75 percent (eight) of the total visits. Former coach Dale Layer, who was fired on March 13, used only four of the visits.

Miles appealed, in part, because former Ram standout Jason Smith announced he hired an agent last week– thus cementing his place in Thursday’s NBA Draft and ending his three-year career in green and gold for good.

“J-Smooth” is projected to go in the mid to late first round. The seven-footer from Kersey will likely be the first Ram selected in the first round since Bill Green was chosen by the Boston Celtics with the sixth pick back in 1963.

As for the NCAA’s denial of his request, Miles said that it is possible, but very difficult to get a player to commit without an official visit.

The team could knowingly break the rules and pay for a recruit to visit, but the consequences would be costly, including forfeiting two visits for next year, according to Brewer.

Therefore, the Rams must find a way to sign a player without an official visit or must wait until August when the number of official visits is reset for the 2008 season.

“That’s a very long time to wait,” said Miles.

But don’t expect the team to act in desperate measures just because its back is against the wall.

“We’re not going to make the mistake and just give a scholarship to just any guy because we need to,” said Miles, who will be back on the road in July recruiting players for the 2009 season.


Meet the Newest Rams

– Stephan Franklin, Fr., 6’6”, Aurora Central High School. Coach’s take: “We are thrilled that Stephen is joining the CSU men’s basketball family. He is intelligent, versatile and competes his tail off. He is a winner.”

– Donte Poole, Fr., 6’2”, Mojave High School, North Las Vegas. Coach’s take: “Donte is a young man that really excites me. He is an excellent student, great athlete and a tremendous basketball player.”

– Willis Gardner, 6’1”, Ohlone Junior College. Fremont, Calif. Coach’s take: “He comes from a great junior college program and we look forward to the leadership and the winning mentality he brings to our program.”

– Andy Ogide, Soph. 6’8”, University of Mississippi. Coach’s take: “As a player, he has good size, good skills and is very athletic. He is also an excellent student and demonstrates great character.

– Josh Simmons, Fr., 6’5”, Westfield High School, Houston, Texas. Coach’s take: “Josh is the total package: A great person, student and player. We are thrilled to have him with us.”

– Marcus Walker, 6’1”, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa. Coach’s take: “He will bring some much needed experience to our backcourt. Marcus is a player who has excellent scoring ability and leadership skills, both of which will help CSU compete well in the Mountain West Conference.”

– Dan Vandervleren, Soph. 6’10”, Purdue University. Coach’s take:

“Dan is a center who plays with great tenacity and will provide us with a physical force in the paint. However, Dan’s greatest asset is that he is a great teammate.”

– Andre McFarland, Fr., 6’6”, Brewster Academy, Las Vegas. Coach’s take: “He has great intensity and toughness. He is versatile offensive player who can beat you inside and outside. He rebounds well, he knows how to get fouled, and is highly competitive.”

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They Made Me Go To Jail And I Said, “NO, NO, NO!”

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Jun 262007
Authors: Robyn Scherer

Well, Paris Hilton. Too bad. You did get to go, to jail. And honestly, I think it is the best thing that could happen to the celebrity world, because all too often, celebrities seem to get away with whatever they want.

Paris Hilton was sentenced to forty-five days in jail for violating her probation after being pulled over last spring driving with a suspended license.

Hilton had been pulled over last fall for drinking and driving. She had a blood alcohol level of .08, so she was cited with a DUI.

Rather than being sentenced to rehab, as seems to be the trend, finally a celebrity is being sentenced to jail.

Off to rehab you go, seems to be the attitude today. Celebrities don’t get to go to jail like the rest of us for the same crime. Instead, many are allowed to attend rehab instead of jail. What does this show the world?

To many teens and people in their early twenties, it shows it is ok to commit crimes and that you do not have to be responsible for your actions.

Putting Paris Hilton in jail, however, shows the world that celebrities, and anybody, can be held responsible for what they do.

Sure, Hilton was in jail a grand total of three days before she was let out and sentenced to house arrest. The next day, however, she was required to go back.

In addition, she was also given a special room assigned to high profile celebrities because she did not seem to like the regular cells.

On June 25th, Paris will be released from jail. Although she was sentenced to serve 45 days, she will in fact only serve 23 days of those.

Does she deserve to get off early? Frankly, I don’t care. I’m just happy she went.

Maybe her stint behind bars will encourage other judges to become harder on other celebrity criminals. Let’s send them all to jail in addition to rehab. Maybe then they will start acting like the role models they should be.

Or maybe we need to just prosecute them like everybody else.

Looking at this last week’s People magazine, there are photos of many underage celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Aaron Carter, and others, consuming alcohol. These teens should be charged with an MIP just as any other underage person would be.

Lindsay Lohan, another out of control celebrity, recently crashed her Mercedes while under the influence of drugs. This is the same person who had checked into rehab in January and attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Keep in mind, this girl is only 20. I hope, for the sake of every underage person, that she is sentenced to jail for her crime. Anybody else would be.

Many high profile celebrities have been sentenced to jail – including Courtney Love, Winona Ryder, Nicole Richie, Kelsey Grammar, Andy Dick, and others. And yet, many have been given an alternative to jail time.

Why not just put them in and get it over with?

How can we expect the madness to end when we refuse to do anything about it.

Brad Paisley’s song “Celebrity” pretty much sums up the celebrity mindset with the current system in place.

“Can’t wait to wreck a Ferrari, on my way to rehab.and not get community service, no matter which law I break.”

Oh Mr. Paisley, how right you are.

Robyn Scherer is a sophomore animal science major. Her column appears Wednesdays in the summer Collegian edition. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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Root, root, root for the home team?

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Jun 262007
Authors: Sean Reed

Note: the interviews in this piece are entirely fictitious. They were placed purely for comedic value. Any similarities to persons or events – both real or fictional – are completely coincidental.

Last week, Colorado came down with a bad case of the Yankee fever.

For the first time in years, Rockies boosters were forced to put up with a throngs of the New York crowd during a three game series last week – a series swept by the Rockies.

The sudden appearance of Yanks fans in Coors Field at a time when the Rockies have been doing so well raised a question rarely asked in Colorado.

If you live in a state with sports teams, are you obligated to root for the home team, or is it okay if your loyalties lie elsewhere?

Currently traveling through the heartland of America with my parents and fancying myself as a pseudo-journalist, I decided to take the question to the people.

However, finding willing interviewees proved more difficult than staying awake during the Oprah Winfrey Show.

“Who cares?” Kathy Reed, a high school English teacher and mother to an aspiring know-it-all columnist said. “Leave me alone, I’m trying to read. Why don’t you bug your father?”

I followed her advice, but didn’t have much more luck.

“I’m trying to concentrate,” said surgical technician and all around sports nut Steve Reed. “Why don’t you bug your mother?”

Finding no luck in the car, I decided to wait until we came in contact with real people.

My first opportunity came at a rest stop in Ogalala, Nebraska. However, the people there proved just as difficult.

“For goodness sake, can’t a man pee in peace,” said a man who, judging by his surly attitude, wished to remain anonymous.

When I attempted to approach his family on the subject, I only got the same avoidance tactics as in the men’s room.

“Honey, take the kids and get in the car,” he said.

After a black eye and some punches to the ribs, I decided to take my inquiries elsewhere.

I didn’t get another chance until we stopped to get gas in Lincoln.

At the pump next to mine, I noticed a man wearing a Cornhuskers shirt. I decided that he looked promising and decided to give it the old college try.

“Huskers rule!” said the man, who identified himself as Buck.

I asked him if that meant that he favored rooting for the home team and he responded the same. I tried to clarify if that was a yes, only to have him repeat himself. Finally, getting frustrated, I asked him if he was mental, to which he answered another boisterous, “Nebraska rules!” I took this for a yes.

As I began to curse the state of Nebraska for it’s cold and hostile reception toward the press, I gave a final attempt at the only sports enthusiast in the car.

“Mr. Reed, if I live in Colorado, does that automatically mean I need to root for the Rockies, or is it okay to root against the home team if I like another team better?” I asked.

“Sean, root for whoever the hell you want to,” he said.

“Does that mean it’s okay if I want the Yankees to crush the Rockies tonight so badly that all the Colorado fans lose all faith in everything?”

“It’s a free country isn’t it?” he answered sternly. “Now will you please bug your mother?”

I mulled over his response – and those of all the others for awhile, trying to piece together the right answer. Everybody seemed so evasive of the question, as if it was supposed to be some big secret. But then it hit me like phone book to the side of the face. There was a simple answer for why everybody didn’t want to talk about it. And it was the first answer I had been given in my quest.

Nobody cares about baseball – it’s kind of boring.

Why else half the population need to be half drunk to enjoy it?

Sean Reed is editorials editor. His column appears Wednesdays in the summer Collegian edition. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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State to blame for increase

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Jun 262007
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Imagine if a child mowed his neighborhood’s lawn and when he or she went to get paid from the neighborhood council, they told him that s/he wasn’t getting any cash and, in fact, s/he had to pay them for the hard work.

That is what the state of Colorado has been doing to college students across the state for years and nothing seems to be changing. Instead, students are forced to pay for the needed improvements that go into their public, state schools.

The state needs to take responsibility before smart and intelligent in-state students start leaving for greener, out-of-state pastures.

According to the National Report Card on Higher Education, Colorado receives passing grades in all categories except affordability. The Centennial State receives a big fat “F.” Not only that, the report card stated, “the share of family income, even after financial aid, needed to pay for college, is large compared with other states.”

Gov. Bill Ritter says that he wants higher education to cost less and we believe him, but his possible new policies will have no effect on the lightened wallets of current CSU students.

The biggest question is how do you hold a state accountable for the screw-job it puts on its own universities and colleges without diminishing the qualities that make CSU and other state schools great.

If you can answer that question you are smarter than us. But even without that answer, we know the state of Colorado needs to start paying its share for higher education before its too late.

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Gang Members Heroically Shield Audience from Denver Jazz Fest

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Jun 262007
Authors: Ryan Nowell

Recently, a new demographic has been attending Denver’s long running City Park Jazz series. Now in its twenty-first year, the concert program’s family-friendly showcase of bland, congenially inoffensive music has suddenly attracted the attention of the metro area’s troubled youths.

On June 3rd, the season’s opening concert, several gang members were reportedly roaming the park wearing their colors, at one point even walking in front of the stage, likely obstructing the view of another awesomely self-congratulatory jam session by On the Fly, Off the Cuff, About the Town, or some other like-named troupe sonically indistinguishable from every other act performing.

Since walking in the park while wearing things is not in itself cause for alarm, we can only assume these actions were done in such a way that fisticuffs and the wanton encroachment of picnicking coveys seemed imminent, for the normally mild basking urban yuppies were very upset. Who likes to be reminded of the city’s at-risk and underprivileged when there’s a jazz concert to be appreciated?

The following weekend, a fight broke out on the west side of the park, and while no one from the event was harmed, it riled the community enough for them to hold an emergency meeting. Complaints were voiced, solutions were argued, podiums were struck for emphasis. Plans of action ranged from the courteously fascist (blatant police profiling) to the decidedly quaint (wearing white as a sign of unity. Who picked white, I’m not sure, but they apparently wanted to emphasize the racial element of the situation as loudly as possible). And what got implemented last Sunday? Well, a little from column A and a little from column B.

Now, amongst all the heightened security and impassioned but ultimately fruitless community spirit, I think we should take a second and approach this issue rationally.

We have to examine these kids’ intentions and whether they had more in mind than the simple, wholesome fun of harassing child-toting suburbanites (which, be honest, who among us hasn’t dabbled in from time to time?). Perhaps this wasn’t a mere feat of cocksure delinquency; perhaps, this was a selfless act of social conscience.

Worth noting is that these kids weren’t in the parking lot, defacing unguarded hybrids and mini-vans, prying loose schools of Jesus-fish and peeling resentful Kerry-Edwards bumper stickers. They were in the park, right in front of the stage. They didn’t want people stuck there, they wanted them to leave.

Jazz -a more commonly known as the answer to the question “What is this crap?” – has long been regarded as the bottom level, or chum, of the music world. Once on the forefront of aural artistry and experimentation, the genre is now well past its heyday of innovation and social relevance, having stumbled into disrepair following the early eighties passing of The Cool.

Today, jazz is the background noise of choice for the William-Sonoma crowd, those too cowed to listen to anything that broke ground post-1970, but not emotionally imbalanced enough to enjoy light rock.

Clearly what occurred in Denver is that these young men, unburdened by the financial freedom and high standard of living enjoyed by most in attendance, recognized the aesthetic danger posed by the fest and decided to save the audience from its own crappy taste in music. Like the brave soldier that heroically throws themselves unto the grenade, the gang members acted as human shields against the din, enduring countless unnecessary saxophone flourishes, endless fifteen-minute trumpet solo after endless fifteen minute trumpet solo, and no less than three white guys sporting dreadlocks. Such horrors would prove too taxing for the average person, and musicians everywhere are agape at this stunning act of heroism.

“You’re an idiot,” says Jackie Fortier, 1st chair trombonist for the CSU Jazz band and entirely unhelpful interviewee. “Jazz is the root of all modern music styles. You wouldn’t have rock, punk, blues, rap, anything, without jazz. It was the first genre to bridge the gap between high and low culture, helped tear down a lot of ingrained racial and gender barriers, and still influences a lot of the people on the Top 40 today.”

That’s not the case in the park, though, as one unnamed metro area street tough insisted: “City Park Jazz is ****ing ****, cuzz ****kas up in that **** don’t know **** ’bout ****ing modern infusive trends that destabilize traditional genre contexts, *****.”

Though there may never be a consensus, there will always be those of us who will remember those brave Denver youths who, in-between drug deals and random beatings, took a stand against the forces of Adult Contemporary and, for one glorious afternoon, scared the crap out of a bunch of white people.

Ryan Nowell is a junior English major. His column appears Wednesdays in the summer Collegian edition. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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‘Diaries’ worth the struggle

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Jun 262007
Authors: Marissa HuttonGavel

This week’s movie is no longer in theaters, but in the spirit of the upcoming

4th of July holiday, I chose to review “The Motorcycle Diaries.”

For those of you who haven’t seen this foreign flic, it’s based on a book by Che Guevara. (the Marxist whose mug you see on people’s red t-shirts around campus).

It follows a young Che, known as Ernesto or “Fuser,” and his pal Alberto

Granado as they travel from Buenos Aires to Venezuela to work at a Leper colony.

Named for their mode of transportation, a barely together beast of a bike Alberto affectionately calls “The Mighty One,” the pair encounter your run of the mill obstacles as vagabonds.

Ernesto is an Asthmatic whose tactless style breeds both respect and ill will from everyone he meets while Alberto has a healthy appetite for the ladies that provides some comic relief.

Each of them has different goals for themselves on the trip, but neither of

them planned to be affected by the poverty they come across.

Though the Spanish subtitles can be a bit taxing after an hour (it’s a two hour movie), whether you know your tildes from your inverted exclamation points or not, it’s worth the extra effort of reading the dialogue.

With a plethora of expletives that would satisfy even the annoying blonde stewardess from that gum commercial, the camaraderie between the two, which is reminiscent of Sesame Street’s Burt and Ernie, circumvents the language barrier.

While you don’t know that Che is indeed the Marxist that helped seize Cuba with our boy Castro until the end of the movie, the emotion with which his character, played by Gael

Garcia Bernal, approaches the injustices of his world make him the hero of the film, political beliefs aside.

Not to mention that he’s easy on the eyes and speaks my favorite romantic language.

In el fin, Motorcycle Diaries is my pick for contemporary foreign films. If being a winner at Sundance isn’t enough to move you to your local Blockbuster, take my word for it;

Spanish guys are hot.

Staff writer Marissa Hutton-Gavel can be reached at

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Charcoal grills: Long wait but good food

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Jun 262007
Authors: By LIZ SUNSHINE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

For the first time in my life, I cooked on charcoal this week.

My reaction? Ok, the taste of the entr/e was top-notch. There is, in fact, an argument to the rich, smoky flavor that charcoal adds to anything being cooked on it.

But, I must admit, waiting for the coals to turn gray and become useable embers was painfully slow. Gas grill = ready to cook almost instantly. Charcoal actually means grab a beverage and wait to cook – at least 30 minutes.

To bring you up to speed, I’m offering dinner ideas this summer that can be grilled. Because I am currently without barbie, I am visiting friends’ homes or borrowing units.

This week, the newspaper’s professional adviser loaned me her black, table-top grill. Picture a mini Sputnik. The first couple of week’s on the column, I used two different gas grills, both with great success (how hard is it to screw up on these?)

For this week’s dinner, I opted for salmon steaks. We’ve had chicken kebabs and flank steak recently and considering the desert-esque temperatures, I wanted something light.

For about ten bucks at a local chain grocer, I bought four, fresh, farm-raised salmon steaks (I’m still researching the farm versus wild debate.) The bed for the steak was a Caesar salad made with crisp romaine, fresh parm cheese, croutons and homemade dressing.

Because this was my maiden experience with charcoal, I will admit to reading the instructions on the jumbo bag of Kingsford briques. I was directed to build a small pyramid inside the grill, douse with lighter fluid, ignite and wait a mere 15 minutes. This, I tell you, is a load.

After ignition, I retreated inside and seasoned the steaks with a little salt, ground cumin and coriander and freshly ground pepper. (The Food Network’s Alton Brown suggested the cumin and coriander).

I cut up the lettuce and grated the cheese. I had made the dressing earlier, using anchovies, Worcestershire, coddled eggs, ground pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh garlic and some parm cheese.

I returned to the back patio 15 minutes later and was ready to cook. Alas, the grill was not. The reality of charcoal cooking is that it can take a while for the coals to be ready. Do not use this grilling option if you are in a hurry or starving – I was both.

Once ready, I grabbed the hot grate with tongs, sprayed some oil on it and voila, I was cooking salmon steaks. Some six minutes later – about three minutes on each side – I was ready to go.

The salmon was tender and moist. The portions of the steaks that rested above the hottest areas of the grill obtained a sort of brownish, crispy crust but the moistness inside remained. Lay a steak on a nice portion of salad, squeeze a little lemon on top and enjoy!

My guest, Collegian photographer Katie Stevens, enjoyed the meal with me. Given an option, Katie said she would have enjoyed a much spicier rub on the fish. If you prefer more zing, consider a Cajun rub or a spicier, bottled marinade.

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


Caesar Dressing

3 cloves of garlic

2 eggs coddled

10-12 grinds black pepper

1 lemon, juiced

7 drops Worcestershire sauce

1/4 – 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

6-8 anchovies

9 tablespoons olive oil

To coddle the eggs place them in boiling water for one minute. Immediately take off the heat and run under cold water to halt cooking.

In a blender mix the first seven ingredients until creamy. Slowly pour in the olive oil until completely combined.

Let chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes and Enjoy!

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Clothing for a cause

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Jun 262007
Authors: Margaret Canty

While the destruction and slaughtering taking place in Darfur lies a world away from the Choice City and the minds of average college students, two CSU undergraduates are bringing the battle to campus.

Senior Rachel Robichaux and junior Carly Knaff are fighting to end genocide in war torn Sudan – by selling t-shirts.

Deliver Darfur is a student organization the two women founded this year in an effort to raise money and awareness about genocide in the Darfur province of Sudan, Africa’s largest country. The non-profit group sells t-shirts and bags printed with their logo, aimed at attracting the attention of their own generation.

“We were frustrated,” said Robichaux, a pre-med and technical journalism double major. “So many people our age don’t even know what’s going on there, and we knew if nothing happens, it was going to turn into another holocaust.”

According to BBC News online at, the conflict in Darfur, which began in 2003, is largely between the African farmers and the Arab herders. The Sudanese government, accused of allying with the Janjaweed, an Arab rebel group, have launched a military campaign on the region, continuously slaughtering, raping and stealing from the Africans.

Refugees now depend on international donors to survive, providing them with food aid. However, according to Human Rights Watch, targeted attacks and deterioration in security has made aid distribution nearly impossible, resulting in mass starvation.

Ending the violence is a fight on more than one front, and Knaff and Robichaux decided to take action in January.

“I had known about the genocide in Darfur for a while, but always thought that one person couldn’t really do anything, but then Rachel said, ‘Why can’t we?'” said Knaff, a pre physical therapy and sports medicine major. “We decided that even if we just gave knowledge to 20 or more people, they would spread that around, and that’d be enough.”

So the t-shirt making began. Originally planning on designing the logo themselves, Robichaux and Knaff wanted to include a bird, to represent freedom and deliberation from oppression, and a tree as a symbol of Africa.

But what they got was even better, the two said.

Noah Cremisino, a graphic artist and owner of Lab Seven, a screen print shop in Denver, offered help after hearing about the group from a mutual friend. Cremisino says he felt inspired to help when he visited Darfur in 2003.

“When I visited Sudan, it was very unstable, and people were afraid to settle because they could be uprooted at anytime,” Cremisino said. “No one was planting crops, the livestock were emaciated, and no one was really able to work. It is definitely a humanitarian issue.”

Seeing the children try to attend school, held in a bombed building with no windows, old books and dirt floors for seating, Cremisino says he felt a call to help the people there struggling for survival.

What he wanted to came up with was a logo that combined Robichaux and Knaff’s original ideas with a unique, edgy design that would appeal to students, capture the “distressed feel” of the nation and perhaps spark interest in their purpose.

And that’s exactly what the shirts did. Before they had even received their first shipment of the sweatshop-free apparel, they had already sold out.

Since that first shipment, Deliver Darfur has grown to include seven other members, and raised almost $700, far more than Robichaux or Knaff anticipated. With $1 providing an entire day of food for a refugee, their efforts have made an impact on hundreds of lives.

Deliver Darfur donates all it’s profit to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Founded in 1933, the committee provides aid and assistance for 25 different countries, Sudan included. They provide refugees with basic needs, from water to medical supplies, in three different regions of Darfur, said communications officer Emily Holland, who spent two months in Sudan earlier this year. They also assist brutalized woman, and offer centers for them and children to get back on their feet after fleeing their villages.

“I met women who had lost it all, their husbands, their jobs, their worldly possessions,” Holland said. “The situation is currently extremely tense. Those that have been pushed out of their villages are extremely vulnerable while they’re in flight.”

According to IRC’s Web site,, their mission is to be a global leader in “emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by conflict and oppression.” The committee describes the current situation in Darfur as one of the worst humanitarian crises facing the world.

According to Deliver Darfur’s Web site,, the IRC has already provided assistance to 700,000 persons in refugee assistance programs.

The student’s success has allowed Deliver Darfur to make big plans for the future, including possibly expanding to CU-Boulder.

Both Robichaux and Knaff say they will continue the organization during graduate school, with hope of spreading the program to other states. The two also say they are in the process of planning a benefit concert and hosting a merchandise tent at Warped Tour. They hope to gain recognition as an official CSU student organization this year, which would allow them to sell their product on the plaza.

“Our goal right now is to get more known on campus,” Robichaux said. “We really just want to spread awareness. Any money we raise is better than nothing.”

Holland agrees.

“I’ve seen the suffering first hand, but I’ve also seen their bravery, hope and optimism over excruciating odds,” she said. “What they (Deliver Darfur) is doing is tremendous, and a new and innovative way to give people a way to help.”

Keeping Deliver Darfur as active and successful as the organization has been hasn’t happened without sacrifice. With both Robichaux and Knaff enrolled in full class loads and preparing for graduate school, the time put into the group is time taken from studying and working.

But after considering the mass murder and starvation of the people of Sudan, they agree their labors are more than worth the sacrifice.

“There are so many places in world that need our help, but it’s been really encouraging to see what other students have been able to do, and the power of one,” Robichaux said. “You really have to choose your battles, and Darfur is ours.”


Staff writer Margaret Canty can be reached at

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CSU finalizes budget, tuition

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Jun 262007
Authors: Erik Myers The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The CSU Board of Governors approved the CSU’s general budget Wednesday, allowing the university to increase tuition by 16 percent for the 2007-08 academic year.

The approved $376.3 million budget, CSU’s largest in 15 years, also allows the hiring of 45 new faculty members, an increase in faculty salaries and the addition of new academic programs.

The tuition increase – about $287 per semester for full-time, in-state students and $1,243 for out-of-state students – is a much-needed and painful step in the right direction, officials say.

“The state isn’t funding higher education, and CSU needs the money to remain competitive,” said Katie Gleeson, president of the ASCSU. “It’s really sad that students have to bear the brunt of these costs.”

Despite new, promising shifts for faculty, the tuition raise adds weight to an already inflated cost of higher education in Colorado.

Gleeson said the ongoing problem stems from a lack of funding from the state, which ultimately forced the Board to pull funding from students.

In addition to opening new spots on campus, the top fiscal shifts in the budget include a 5 percent raise for faculty/staff salary.

CSU political science professor John Straayer said the budget’s changes showed promise, noting that a salary increase would help the university retain faculty.

More importantly, though, Straayer said it’s important that the university invest in the newly available faculty spots.

“(Tenure faculty) should be, hands down, the institution’s number one priority this year, next year, the year after that,” he said. “This year.they’re making an effort to do exactly that. That’s what they should be doing.”

For Straayer, a university’s intellectual foundation depends on its tenure faculty. Giving a professor a permanent residence, he said, allows for long-term scholarly research and requires professors to take on internal maintenance, from sorting out a program’s curriculum to participation in various faculty committees.

“It’s like any organization. Do you want a solid, high quality employment base? Or do you want a parade of temps?” Straayer said.

Short-term, lower-paid faculty, are mostly useful to ease budget cramps, but ultimately contribute little outside of classes because of their transient nature, he added.

New academic programs are another notable feature of the new budget. Additional degree programs will be added to the several departments. Next fall will bring the addition of a doctorate program for Biomedical Engineering. For the school of Health and Exercise Science, a doctoral program in Human Biogenetics will be made available next semester as well.

The school of Journalism and Technical Communications will feature a PhD program that will begin operations in the fall of 2008. The addition for two new “superclusters”- innovative academic alliances between business and science departments to effectively study and market research studies- will be added with a tag price of two million dollars.

As a rule, modest tuition increases are considered a good thing for universities, but last spring, leaders at the state capitol and on campus were crying foul against CSU President Larry Penley for trying to drastically increase the university’s spending authority, which would have ultimately increased tuition by more than 32 percent.

In March, CSU officials pushed an amendment to the state’s budget that would allow for an additional $34 million in spending authority – at students’ expense.

“Blindsided” by what some charge was a questionable technique, state legislators axed the bill.

In student government, Penley faced harsh criticism for never discussing the measure, one that could have raised tuition by more than $1,200 a year for in-state students, with students.

Students were involved in the budget approval and tuition increase this time, Gleeson said.

Ron Hale isn’t happy with the increase either. Hale, whose son Jay plans to attend the university in 2009, said the 16 percent increase strayed too far from average increase in universities, and thought there were better ways of collecting such a number.

“If they want 16 percent, they should phase it over in like three years or something, they shouldn’t hit students and parents in one year.” Hale said.

Luke Ragland, director of legislative affairs for ASCSU and an opponent of drastic tuition increases, said keeping CSU competitive isn’t cheap.

“I hope students aren’t too discouraged by the tuition increase, because they’re still going to see a pretty decent tuition increase next year,” Ragland said. “We understand that CSU needs more money. We just hope that’s a partnership (with the state).”

Staff writer Erik Myers can be reached at


CSU’s 2007-2008 budget will include:

-16 percent tuition increase ($287 for in-state students, $1,243 for out-of-state students)

-45 new tenure-track faculty positions

-5 percent salary increase for faculty/staff


New degree programs will be added to the following departments:

-A PhD program for Journalism and Technical Communication for Fall of 2008

-A doctorate program for Human Bioenergetics in the school of Health and Exercise Science for Fall of 2007

-A doctorate program for Biomedical Engineering for fall of 2007

-In addition, two new “superclusters” will be added for 2 million dollars

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CSU names new Greek Life director

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Jun 262007
Authors: Nikki Cristello

Greek Life at CSU has been the subject of great controversy in the past five years. But with the arrival of a new director, the Greek Life office is hoping to turn the tide.

Sonja Jensen, former program director for Greek Life, has been offered and has accepted the recently vacated spot of director.

Mark Koepsell, previous Greek Life Director, left his position to become Executive Director of the Mid American Greek Council Association (MGCA), leaving a need to fill the spot.

A semester long search for a new Director proved fruitless, as hopeful candidates Ryan Williams, of Southern Methodist University, and Kelly Jo Karnes, of Old Dominion University didn’t make the cut.

Current Inter-Fraternity Council President Jarred Quintana said neither candidate was the right fit for CSU Greeks.

“The search committee didn’t feel either candidate fit what the committee was looking for, so they didn’t recommend them to Anne Hudgens (Executive Director Campus Life),” said Quintana.

Quintana said Koepsell always had a bad response from students because he was an authority figure.

“That was an unfair reputation that was gathered and happens to Greek life directors across the nation,” Quintana, a senior finance and real estate major, said.

Instead, Sonja Jensen was offered the position.

Jensen, who has a Masters in student affairs and higher education from Iowa State University, has been the Program Coordinator for Greek Life the past two years.

Caitlin Ireland, a junior speech communications major, said she is happy Jensen will continue to work with the Greeks.

“I think Sonja will be good for the future of Greek life,” Ireland said. “She already has knowledge of our campus and our past and the issues of our community. Most of us already have a relationship with her. We are at a point where we need a positive change.”

During Koepsell’s reign, Greek life had ups and downs most would like to forget. But many of the stories won’t soon be forgotten.

After Samantha Spady died of alcohol poisoning in September 5, 2004, in the Sigma Pi fraternity house, CSU Greek Life was hurdled into the spotlight.

The fraternity Phi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) was kicked off campus after reports of “Rise and Ralph” rituals. During the same investigation, eight other sororities and fraternities were put on various levels of punishment.

Last October, a young girl was taken to the hospital after a party at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house. The CSU Greek community later revoked their recognition.

Jensen says she has a few goals for her Greek Life under her leadership, but no drastic changes.

“I think I have one overarching goal which will encompass a lot of little things in a lot of ways,” Jensen said. “It may sound ambiguous. We need a strong supportive sustainable healthy community. It starts at the chapter level. We don’t need new fraternities and sororities each year. We have to take care of them now.”

Three sororities will be coming to CSU this fall. ZETA is a sorority returning to the CSU campus in the fall and will be part of the Panhellenic Council. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated is part of the NPHC. Asian based interest group alpha Kappa Delta Phi is a sorority looking for a council to align with.

“Without sounding cheesy, I am excited for the opportunity for moving forward into all that lies ahead,” Jensen said. “Coming around the curve, we have been through a lot of really hard years. Now we can focus on what it means to be Greek.”

“We have had a tumultuous past but can the turn corner,” she added.

Staff writer Nikki Cristello can be reached at

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