Aztecs come up to altitude to face Rams

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

After losing to Wyoming in Laramie on Wednesday night, the CSU women’s basketball team is set to host San Diego State Saturday afternoon at the friendly confines of Moby Arena.

The last time the Rams and SDSU met in southern California, the Aztecs (14-12, 5-9) out rebounded CSU 35-23 and forced 30 turnovers. SDSU is strong, quick and versatile and will try to hold CSU guards Sara Hunter, Kandy Beemer and Bonnie Barbee to limited shots from the perimeter, just like the last time these two teams met on Jan 30.

CSU (2-24, 0-13) is going to have to make a defensive adjustment when the Aztecs come to Fort Collins. The past two games the Rams have gone with a man-to-man defense due to Air Force and Wyoming’s style of offense, but due to SDSU’s speed, things are going to change back to what Ram fans are used to seeing out of this team, the zone.

“Against San Diego we will do some zone because they’re a little quick,” Amaka Uzomah said. “I know for sure we’ll try some man, but mainly the zone.”

Uzomah feels confident in her team’s ability to play man-defense when needed after seeing CSU run it efficiently the past two games.

Other than SDSU’s speed, the Rams will try to shutdown 6-foot-4 freshman center Paris Johnson, who is coming off a conference-high 20-point performance in the Aztecs’ win over Nevada-Las Vegas Wednesday night.

“Our game plan Saturday, first of all, is (when) we play well, we play as a team.” CSU coach Jen Warden said. “(SDSU) has not played as well on the road as they’ve played at home . this is a tough match-up for our post players. What I like is every time I pull an old game film out of our last match-up, I say, ‘wow, Amaka’s so different, wow, Emily’s so different, wow, Elle’s so different.’ and we’ve just developed so much.”

CSU’s Juanise Cornell feels that the Rams will have an advantage over the Aztecs due to them coming up to altitude from sea level.

Saturday’s 2 p.m. game is one of two remaining home games for the Rams, who are looking to end a program-record 17-game losing streak.

Sports writer Matt L. Stephens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Struggling Rams look to snap streak in San Diego

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Matthew Pucak

It was expected that the CSU Rams would be rebuilding this season, but the extent of their struggles to find victories has been surprising.

The Rams sit at 6-21 on the season and 0-13 in conference, and the total margin of victory by the opponents in six of those losses is just 17 points. That means there have been plenty of games where one or two possessions may have cost the Rams the game.

They travel to San Diego State (18-10, 8-6) on Saturday night, a team CSU lost to by just one point, 83-82, earlier this season. With a goal to be at least two points better than last time, they have one focus to make sure they accomplish that task: defense.

“We have to focus on defending their personnel. If we play well on the defensive end, the offensive end will take care of itself,” freshman forward Andre McFarland said.

It is on the defensive end that CSU has struggled, and many times it hasn’t been about intensity or hustle, but because of a lack of size. Seven-foot centers Stuart Creason and Ronnie Aguilar have missed much of the season due to injury, and other than that, the Rams only have two players over 6-foot-6 to defend the post.

McFarland, Flynn Clayman and Adam Nigon would all be better suited to defend small forwards or guards, but they have been forced to defend much bigger and experienced forwards for most of the season.

“At first I had some resentment about having to play the four (power forward). I knew coming in that I would have to play some, but I didn’t know how heavy a dose it would be,” McFarland said. “I changed my mind when I realized that it was the only way for us to compete, and I had to play down low.”

The Aztecs present a challenge for the Rams, as they have three 6-foot-6 or taller players that can pound in the paint. Lorenzo Wade leads the Aztecs in scoring at 15.7 points per game, but it was Ryan Amoroso (23 points) and Billy White (17 points) who stepped up to lead the Aztecs in the last matchup against CSU.

The Rams regularly play four freshmen, but the youngsters struggled in their past game against Wyoming, and the Rams know they need the young guns to bounce back.

“Whenever you rely on freshmen, you are vulnerable, and after a bad game, it is about how you pick yourself back up and prepare for the next game, against San Diego State,” coach Tim Miles said.

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A challenge for Dr. Hughes

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

As students, we are truly impressed that our vice president of Student Affairs, Blanche Hughes, took the initiative to “live a day in the shoes of a CSU student.”

It demonstrates what we think is a sincere desire to be connected to the student body, something several student organizations have accused the administration of abandoning altogether.

Dr. Hughes said she felt the need to stay in a residence hall because she is, ultimately, responsible for student life. We respect that. Hopefully your experience can help enhance the student life.

In this vein, though, we would like to extend an invitation and challenge to Dr. Hughes. Being the VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Hughes also oversees the operations of Student Media: the Collegian, CTV, KCSU and College Avenue. As such, she also chairs the newly formed “Collegian Advisory Board,” which is charged with reviewing proposals for a “strategic partnership” with the student paper.

We, ASCSU, faculty and students have expressed skepticism about this board and the intentions of our university president. But Dr. Hughes has expressed interest in connecting to students. We’re interested too.

If Dr. Hughes truly wishes to immerse herself in the community for which she works, she might consider living a day in the shoes of CSU student journalist.

You hold the future of Student Media — a 116-year tradition — in your hands. Find out what we’re about. We’ll provide the Ramen Noodles and cold drinks.

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Good, but not enough

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Larry Edward Penley President Colorado State University

Larry Edward Penley

President, Colorado State University

An estimated 1.6 million people die each year from health problems brought on by toxic air in their homes as they cook over primitive stoves and open pit fires. Millions more suffer health problems and even death from vehicle exhaust or tainted water.

And yet, too many of us in higher education are focused on changing out light bulbs in campus buildings, when we should be focused on engineering a better light bulb – and educating the knowledge leaders who will invent a replacement for the light bulb.

As the Collegian reported recently, universities across the country are in the process of considering whether to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which commits institutions to making their campuses “climate neutral” through investments in infrastructure and operations.

CSU is reviewing the pros and cons of signing on. But even with the best intentions, such pledges often generate positive public relations and little more. CSU, as one of the nation’s leading “green” universities, has the responsibility, the capacity and the opportunity to do much more.

Do not misunderstand: Campus sustainability efforts are important. In fact, CSU was a leader in campus-based “green” efforts long before it was popular. Some highlights:

The university’s steam turbine generator reduces CO2 emissions by more than 5.2 million pounds a year.

Since 1990, water use on campus has decreased 22 percent, or 180 million gallons.

Our Forest Service nursery produces 2 million seedling trees each year, reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

CSU was one of the first universities to offer on-campus residents the option to purchase wind power.

Used cooking oil from our dining centers is collected and recycled to create biodiesel.

A wetland we’ve constructed on CSU grounds removes pollutants and sediments from water that drains from the university Greenhouse.

Vending machines are designed to be energy efficient, decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 230,000 pounds per year.

Housing has been charged with eliminating all Styrofoam and plastic bags from our dining centers by fall 2008.

CSU is launching a wind farm that will make us the first university in the country to produce more energy than it consumes.

I have ordered that all future new buildings follow the example of the Transit Center and Academic Village and meet LEED Gold standards.

These efforts are important, but they won’t have the global impact needed to make a real difference throughout the world.

Our nation’s research universities have, within their reach, the power to change lives for the better — through education of a “green collar” workforce and development of groundbreaking research solutions deployed through market-based enterprises.

No university is in a better position to lead this change than Colorado State.

CSU was green before green was trendy, and has been home to world leaders in environmental science for decades. Our scientists built the world’s first engineered solar-heated and cooled building. We created the nation’s first emissions control center. Our faculty led the most prominent, independent engines research labora/tory in North America. And these are only a few examples – an initial summary compiled by my office was more than 32 pages long.

But today’s raised national consciousness creates an environment conducive to expanding these efforts.

For that reason, CSU has adopted a clear philosophy: Take great research ideas, narrowly focus in specific areas – such as the problem of carbon-emitting two-stroke engines in Asia – and move them rapidly into the marketplace.

Envirofit International, a CSU spinoff company, provides a powerful example: It is developing what the New York Times calls “the first market-based model for clean-burning wood stove technology” for application in the developing world and has built a corporate infrastructure to support this model.

AVA Solar, a spinoff of Professor W.S. Sampath’s work, is about to begin mass production of solar panels that could cost roughly the same as power from the traditional electrical grid.

These projects represent just a few of the ways CSU is addressing environmental challenges beyond our campus, and undergraduate and graduate students are involved in each one.

While we have an obligation to be environmentally responsible in the way we run our campus, our greater challenge is to educate tomorrow’s green workforce and focus our enormous capacity in support of more of these enterprise-based solutions that will truly make a global difference.

Larry Edward Penley is the president of Colorado State University. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Obama talking his way to the top

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Joseph Haynie

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is no better than a traveling salesman from yesteryear.

Using powerful diction and a strong stage presence, Obama has been able to sell the disillusioned American public a cure-all elixir, a soul cleansing solution. What his product – that is himself – lacks in substance, he has been able to make up for it in show.

Through the use of words like “change” and “hope” he has been able to bypass the serious questions about his substance and inexperience.

In fact, Obama’s official slogan reads, “change we can believe in.” Although catchy and awe-inspiring, someone better inform Mr. Obama that seeing is believing and, quite frankly, we haven’t seen much from the senator.

Five years ago he was a political nobody. One keynote speech and a campaign later, Obama is currently on his way to becoming the Democratic presidential nominee.

During that time, the freshman senator has rarely crossed party lines in the Senate and received the distinction from the “National Journal” as the most liberal senator of 2007.

The Republican candidates may not be as fresh and hip, but at least they’re not lying on one of the ideological extremes.

This past Tuesday on MSNBC Live, Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX), an Obama supporter, excused Obama’s inexperience saying, “In terms of experience, I think what we need in a commander-in-chief is good judgment.”

That’s a bit of a leap, even for a Democrat.

Judgment is no substitute for experience. Four of the past five presidents have been governors prior to entering the Executive Branch. Being able to rely upon their previous executive experience, these presidents did not need much on the job training. Obama, on the other hand, has never run a business, a city or a state.

Edwards, qualifying his statement, continued by saying that Obama “showed, when others did not, the good judgment to know that the war in Iraq would be a real mistake.”

What Edwards failed to mention or even factor into his thought process was that Obama was a mere Illinois state legislator, not a United States senator.

Unlike the 77 senators who voted in 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq, Obama, as a state senator, was never put in that kind of position. He never faced the political pressure from a constituency supportive of the invasion.

Was Obama exercising “good judgment” when, as a state senator, he voted “present” on numerous and controversial bills ranging from partial birth abortion availability to gun rights? Instead of stepping up to the plate and taking a stance on a tough issue, Obama felt it prudent to sit atop the political fence. Is this the kind of indecisiveness we are to expect from Obama when saber rattling rogue nations threaten the United States?

Lukewarm leadership is not what this country needs.

Yet, despite these gapping holes in his resume, the Illinois Democrat has had no problem racking up wins and delegates.

Since Super Tuesday, Obama has won 11 straight contests and gained a significant number of super delegates from Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

Not only is he on his way to becoming the Democratic nominee, but he has even become the apparent national frontrunner.

According to the Real Clear Politics average of several national head-to-head polls, Obama has a 3.7-point lead over Washington insider and political swinger, Sen. John McCain.

With McCain’s troubles courting conservatives, it seems safe to say that the upcoming presidential election will be a “slam dunk” for Obama. If so, where’s George Tenet when you need him?

Obama will more than likely talk his way to the presidency, just as he has talked his way to his party’s nomination. However, America is likely to find, as the old adage says, talk is cheap.

Joseph Haynie is a senior political science major. His column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Candidates should focus on issues, not race or religion

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Aaron Hedge

I think that both Senators McCain and Clinton are better qualified to lead our country than Sen. Obama. While there are plenty of good reasons to oppose Obama’s candidacy, the outrageous xenophobic attacks on his character need to stop now.

A salacious rumor has been going around the Internet claiming that Obama is an undercover Muslim. This fiction about Obama was concocted by linking together Obama’s Muslim father, the fact that Barack Obama’s middle name is Hussein and a picture of him wearing a turban while visiting Africa on a Senate trip.

This rumor Obama has repeatedly denied, stating that he is a Christian and that he has never practiced Islam.

Despite the rumor being entirely unfounded, the story of Obama’s Muslim roots continues to be gossiped about across talk radio and Internet chain letters. This would be bad enough — people willingly lying rather than engaging in truthful debate about Obama — but the fact that Islam has turned into a political slur is even more disheartening.

It should not matter whether Obama is Muslim, Mormon, or Methodist. As long as he upholds the Constitution and does his best to serve our nation, the religion he practices should be irrelevant.

It is shockingly closed-minded to think that all our presidential candidates have to be white Protestant males. When, for example, Christian fundamentalists demand only Christians hold public office, they narrow the field of candidates and produce worse government.

A lot of people would rather vote for an incompetent Christian white guy like President Bush than give someone of a different skin color or race a chance. It is time for our pluralistic society to embrace leaders of all backgrounds and origins.

Obama has bared the brunt of hateful attacks because he is black. If someone like Sen. John Kerry went to Africa and dressed in traditional Somali garb while meeting with natives there, we might chuckle at the photo and then forget about it.

However, since Obama is black, people see him in a turban and stereotypically assume that he is participating in the local culture because he shares their beliefs. It is as crazy to believe this as it is to assume that since Obama’s middle name is Hussein, he shares views with Saddam Hussein. Sadly, his hate-filled opponents are arguing that as well.

The Tennessee Republican Party put out a press release headlined “Anti-Semites for Obama” which featured the infamous Obama turban photo.

The Party said in their press release, “the Tennessee Republican Party today joins a growing chorus of Americans concerned about the future of the nation of Israel, the only stable democracy in the Middle East, if Sen. Barack Hussein Obama is elected president of the United States.” Obama has shown great support for Israel while he has been a Senator. Christians share a similar faith to Jews, so calling Obama anti-Semitic is ludicrous.

Shame on the Tennessee Republican Party for putting out this outrageously bigoted and slanderous hit piece. If you are a Republican, you should be protesting to your party leadership and making sure somebody high up within the party apologizes for this outrageous assault on Obama.

While I have been hoping that a Republican would win the presidency, I must say that if Republicans are willing to use racism to get votes, I won’t be voting Republican this fall.

Attacking Obama in this manner makes me think about Republican positions on issues such as border control with a more cynical perspective – maybe it was about keeping out foreigners rather than defending Americans all along.

Ian Bezek is a sophomore economics major. His column appears Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Higher education discussion tomorrow

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Feb 282008
 
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As efforts to defray higher education costs surface at the capitol, Fort Collins legislators are encouraging commentary and questions from citizens, specifically students and faculty.

Tomorrow, students and faculty will have an opportunity to attend a town hall meeting on campus from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to meet with Fort Collins’ representatives John Kefalas and Randy Fischer, and senator Bob Bacon, to discuss their proposals and concerns about state legislation. The meeting will take place at Room 113 of the Warner College of Natural Resources building.

The discussion will be open-formatted to anything from education and the economy to the environment and healthcare, but Kefalas and Fischer said they believe higher education will undoubtedly be a high priority topic.

The two hope students will attend the meeting to give their input on current bills and suggest future legislation they would like to see changed and addressed.

“We wanted to have it at CSU this month in an effort to engage more student participation,” Fischer said. “We have been working with (Associated Students of Colorado State University) on a number of issues and would like to have dialogue on some issues specific to students.”

One prominent student issue is Bill 73, the Textbook Affordability Act. The bill has already passed through the Senate, and Thursday, March 6, the bill will face the House Education Committee. If the bill passes in the House without an amendment, it will then be passed to Governor Ritter who will either approve or deny the bill before the end of the session in May. If signed, the bill would take effect in August but wouldn’t have impact until 2009, Kefalas said.

“If students want to tell us what they think about (the bill), this would be good timing and I can offer some suggestions,” Kefalas said.

Kefalas said he suggests concerned students to write letters or provide testimony to the House Education Committee when the committee meets Thursday.

Kefalas supports the textbook bill and will carry it to the House on Thursday to try and get it passed.

The textbook bill derived from the initiative of students across the state, including from students in CSU’s very own student government, ASCSU.

Kefalas said this bill perfectly exemplifies the role students’ opinions can have in impacting legislation and having their ideas represented, and he would like to hear more thoughts from students on Saturday.

“I hope we get hundreds of students there to ask tough questions about higher education and jobs and all the things I believe to be important to students,” Kefalas said. “This is the essence of our democracy, when more people participate and make things better.”

Kefalas said most of the bills they will introduce and discuss are already in the system but said if students give input on the specific bills, he will take ideas expressed during the meeting into perspective when he goes to vote for current bills.

“If the input is specific to legislation we are currently dealing with, I will use it as an informed decision about how to vote,” Kefalas said.

Kefalas said they have modified the meeting in a way so there is less talk from representatives and more input from students, faculty and community members.

“We made sure everyone can get their questions and comments in,” he said.

Katie Gleeson, ASCSU President, said she believes students’ opinions will be heard.

“All of our Fort Collins representatives are student advocates,” Gleeson said. “Our legislators will listen when students speak.”

Senior Reporter Kaeli West can be reached at news@collegian.com

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Student tries to restrict her eating habits

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Katy Hallock

As a freshman at Stanley Lake High School, Amy Reese wanted to be the best at something. She had always been thin and figured that was what she wanted to be best at.

The now-sophomore mathematics education major at CSU entered high school at just under 100 pounds. But when she started taking birth control, the medication made her gain weight she wasn’t expecting.

She tried to restrict her eating habits, but her parents were concerned.

“My parents were worried but they never sent me to counseling. They always made me come to the dinner table,” Reese said. “I ate so that they wouldn’t send me to counseling.”

The change in diet wasn’t doing the job, she said, so she started eating ice cubes and working out around three times a day, hiding her exercise bulimia from her parents.

She couldn’t put on a pair of jeans until she had a “good day” because they made her feel fat. But she was generally in a bad mood, she said.

The relief she needed was just around the corner in the form of a knee injury from running too much. Since the injury, Reese continues to battle with bulimia, but she said is doing much better than before.

“It just flares up depending on what I can and can’t control,” Reese said.

A small percentage of people struggling with an eating disorder are actually diagnosed with a specific type of disorder. The disorder can show itself in numerous ways and many times be a combination of a few.

Whitney Smith, a dietician at Hartshorn Health Center, said 90 percent of women have an eating disorder, but the majority of them can’t be diagnosed because their affliction is unique.

“(They) are under the ‘not otherwise specified eating disorder’ category,” Smith said.

University Counseling Center officials said 80 percent of college students, including men, have a disordered eating problem.

This means that although it may not be as advanced, students still have a problem skipping meals, vomiting occasionally, exercising too much or have a distorted view of their body.

“Both men and women come into the Counseling Center with eating disorder and body image concerns,” said Susan McQuiddy, associate director of the Counseling Center. “Eating disorders are seen as feminine, therefore many men don’t come in to get the help they actually need.”

According to the Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness, on average 24 million Americans, or one in five women and one in 24 men struggle with an eating disorder.

Reese said the last time she purged was three months ago.

“It still affects me, but God protects me,” Reese said. “No matter how many times I try, I physically can’t make myself throw-up anymore.”

Staff writer Katy Hallock can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Committee discusses student publications

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Erik Myers

Riding on years of experience in college student media, Larry Steward, former president of the Western Collegiate Media Advisors, spoke to the Collegian Advisory Board Thursday night to discuss various formats of student-run publications.

The advisory committee is charged with reviewing proposals that offer changes to the current operations of the Collegian. The group was formed after CSU President Larry Penley held a closed-door meeting with Gannett officials to discuss a possible acquisition of the student paper.

Blanche Hughes, vice president for Student Affairs and committee chair, said Steward was invited to speak to the committee to provide insight and specifics on student newspaper management models.

“We’re looking at different models as we try to move forward and find out what we want to have as criteria for the proposal,” Hughes said.

Steward presented the committee first with his perceptions on the differences between the models of small and large student newspapers. Smaller papers equated to a smaller staff, part-time or non-existent advisors and generally unstable funding, Steward said. Larger student papers like the Collegian, he added, were often stronger in every aspect compared to their smaller peers.

“However, there are some smaller student papers that would knock your socks off,” Steward said.

As Steward’s presentation progressed, focused shifted to the four student newspaper formats visible in the national market: the university-operated student newspaper, the not-for-profit educational corporation, the academic student newspaper and the for-profit ownership/operation. Steward said there were benefits and problems in each format, mentioning that the not-for-profit educational corporation was the format he thought the Collegian was best suited for.

“I’m not embarrassed to say that I think the not-for-profit organization would give students so many things that would just knock your socks off,” Steward said. “I believe that the ability for the editors to have some kind of small checkbook, and be able to have more freedom, but also have more of a partnership with the professional staff.”

Steward also noted the relationship between the paper and the administration would be much less strained.

“It also relieves the (administration) of them that crutch, where they feel like they have to answer, it gives the Collegian organization a piece of mind that they aren’t as liable to be facing some kind of action on the part of the administration.”

Sean Reed, Collegian editorials editor and committee member, said he felt the paper needed no shift from its current format, the university-operated student newspaper.

“I’m not sold that we have to change anything,” Reed said. “I think that the university is not comfortable of being held liable, but I think there are ways of doing that that don’t involve us leaving completely.”

Reed continued, saying that because of the Collegian’s role as a “mothership” of Student Media, exiting the current format could have lasting effects on other student media entities.

“There are a lot of variables to be considered; we subsidize a lot of what goes on in the other branches of Student Media: CTV, KCSU, College Avenue,” Reed said. “If we leave entirely, I think it’d be a little more tricky for us to help those other branches and to work together.”

News Editor Erik Myers can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Holocaust Awareness Week helps promote tolerance

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Feb 282008
 
Authors: Shannon Hurley

In celebration of CSU’s 12th annual Holocaust Awareness Week, three Colorado residents and concentration camp survivors will share their stories Monday night at the annual Survivors Panel presented by Students for Holocaust Awareness and Hillel.

Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, Holocaust survivors Jack Adler, Eric Cahn, and Andre Mark will speak about their experiences and the aftermath that followed.

Such stories remain important in the promotion of religious tolerance across the country and here on campus as Molly Zwerdlinger, president of Students for Holocaust Awareness, believes anti-semitism is not a viewpoint of the past.

“This is obviously something that we haven’t learned our lesson from yet,” Zwerdlinger said. “The Holocaust is actually repeating itself. It is not something that has ended.”

Zwerdlinger is grateful that the CSU Community will have the opportunity to hear the real-life experiences of the panelists in person. Audience members will also have direct interaction with the survivors, as a question and answer session will follow their dialogues.

“This is going to be the last generation that is going to be able to hear survivors speak from World War II,” Zwerdlinger said. “It’s imperative for people to take this opportunity to be able to hear this because if they don’t the stories are going to be lost.”

Staff writer Shannon Hurley can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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