Authors: Derrick Burton
*To the people at the library doing sit-ups: Take your new years resolution down a notch.
*Remember what happened the last time CSU had a budget crisis? We got PaCE – and havenâ€™t recovered since.
*Qdoba totally took advantage of me last night… That burrito at 3 a.m. was definitely not consensual.
*CSU Logging Sports: Inspiring beard growth since 1924.
In 1926, a noted African American historian named Carter Woodson started what is now called Black History Month, which kicks off today nationwide.
To celebrate this year, the CSU community has sponsored several events to celebrate Americaâ€™s Black history. Here is a list of events at CSU. Visit Collegian.com for a complete list of events and a brief timeline of significant moments in Black history.
Interim Provost Rick Miranda has been a part of the CSU community for more than 20 years and said, to him, itâ€™s important to have a bit of fun every day, if not every hour.
Interviewing today as one of the three final candidates for the position of provost and executive vice president, Miranda said, as an administrative professional, itâ€™s important to instill the can-do, why-not attitude in all people you come into contact with.
With this way of thinking, Miranda, with the help of the university president and his cabinet, deans and faculty, said he hopes to facilitate a series of changes that he sees coming:
Improving retention, graduation rates and post-graduation placement,
Increasing diversity to better represent the state of Colorado,
Ensuring higher levels of hands-on learning for students,
Implementing funding methods to increase growth of academic programs,
Heightening the â€œperception and realityâ€ of CSUâ€™s partnerships with various communities and industries, and
Reaching the next level of research and excellence.
After getting his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Miranda took a position in the Math Department at CSU in 1982. Miranda has also served as dean of the College of Natural Sciences and said if he doesnâ€™t get the job of provost he will resume that duty.
Miranda, who has been interim provost and executive vice president since 2008, is the last candidate to have an on-campus interview. An open forum will be held today in the Lory Student Center Cherokee room and is open to the public.
If he assumes the position, Miranda will preside over all of CSUâ€™s academic programs, chair the Council of Deans, serve as a non-voting member of the Faculty Council and sit on CSU President Tony Frankâ€™s cabinet.
The search committee charged with filling the position of provost/executive vice president began the search for a permanent provost in October 2009 and required that candidates have:
A minimum of five years academic administrative experience,
A doctorate degree,
Attained rank as a full professor with tenure,
Qualifications for the rank of full professor with tenure at a Carnegie research extensive university, and
Experience in a comprehensive research university.
Chair of the search committee Blanche Hughes, who also serves as both the universityâ€™s vice president of Student Affairs and the interim vice president of Diversity, said the committee, which chose the final three candidates from its national search, will lay out each candidateâ€™s strengths and weaknesses.
Frank will receive a recommendation from the committee as per who he should hire but will make the final decision.
â€œThis is the person,â€ Hughes said. â€œHe or she is responsible for the academic core of the university.â€
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While students and faculty members were wrapping up their winter breaks, developers were putting the final touches on CSUâ€™s $3.8 million renovation project in the Braiden Hall Dining Center.
The motivation behind the improvement project was to modernize and expand the facility to feed more students and CSU community members and to create an inviting dining experience, Housing and Dining Service officials said.
Before the renovation, Braiden Dining Center served anywhere between 700 and 900 people each meal due to its central location on campus. Though numbers are not exact, quite a few more people per meal can be served now, officials said.
â€œIt was doing far more business than it was designed to do,â€ said Deon Lategan, the director of Residential Dining Services.
The dining center, which had only undergone minor renovations since its establishment, was completely gutted from the front seating area to the back of the house kitchens. The expansion will address the seating issues as well as increasing the kitchen freezer space and storage area.
When walking in to the new quarters, vibrant and bold colors: blues, greens, yellows and reds catch the eye. The lighting allows for a modern feel while the countertops and decorative accents allow for visitors to forget that theyâ€™re in a college dining center, HDS officials said.
With a menu rotation for each meal, students will now have about three to four choices for each breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before, students had about one to two choices for main entrees.
â€œThe menus vary and rotate each day,â€ said Rick Pott, who works in Facility Planning and Project Support for Housing and Dining Services.
An online ordering system is in the works as well. Students will soon be able to login online, view the menus and different options and order food for pickup upon arrival.
â€œWe also used this as an opportunity to use sustainable materials in many aspects of the construction,â€ Pott said.
The carpeting is made from plastic bottles, crushed sunflower hulls lay in the surfaces of the serving stations, and in the countertops are bits of crushed glass â€” some still with labels intact.
New energy efficient lighting and exhaust hoods hang throughout the dining center while a garbage pulper, used to compost food waste, was installed in the dishroom.
While working with students, Lategan and developers found that many students eat alone at lunch while traveling in larger groups for dinner. With this in mind, developers installed stools and single-area spaces instead of just large cafeteria-style tables.
Jessie Brown, an undeclared freshman who lives in Braiden, really likes the dining centerâ€™s renovations and the variety of foods now offered.
However, freshman undeclared major Nick Sung said â€œthereâ€™s just a little too much going on.â€
While he said heâ€™s thankful for more food options, he wishes that dining services would keep the late-night food option open on Friday and Saturday nights, since thatâ€™s when students need it most.
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Between the years of 2001 and 2004, a man sat in a lawn chair in the Lory Student Center Plaza handing out pamphlets. Those who passed recognized his white fishermenâ€™s hat and his calls for peace but didnâ€™t know that this protestor was a veteran, a monk and a philosopher.
Dan Lyons, peace activist and former CSU professor, died in his home Wednesday at the age of 79.
After 34 years of teaching logic and ethics courses at CSU, Lyons retired in 2001 and became a fixture on the Plaza by campaigning for the peace movement.
For three years, his protests opened conversation among the students and faculty at CSU and fueled a debate about free speech on campus.
â€œAs a philosopher he felt he had the duty not to just write articles that no one reads, but to go out and do something,â€ philosophy professor and colleague Bernard Rollin said.
Lyons, who had been opposed to every war since the 1970s, would hand out hundreds of pamphlets a week to students. He was also well known for taking his messages to the Internet through his blog.
â€œHe wanted people to think, to use their head,â€ said Holly Stern, wife of Lyonsâ€™ fellow peace activist Joe Stern.
As a political activist, Lyons worked as the faculty advisor for Vietnam Veterans Against the War. On Earth Day in 1970, Lyons buried a car as part of the environmental movement to show his dislike of the combustion engine.
From 1951 to 1953, Lyons served in the United States Army in Korea.
After his time in the war, he became a Dominican friar at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in River Forest, Ill. He had always been driven by religion and at age 16 hitchhiked around the country in search of a church to study.
His experiences in Korea and the priory shaped his views on United States warfare.
After he studied at the priory, he received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago.
â€œHe modeled what an intellectual should be,â€ Rollin said of Lyonsâ€™s work as an activist. â€œHe was a kind of Socrates figure.â€
Lyons was the author of two books: â€œStrutting and Fretting: Standards for self-esteemâ€ (1991), co-authored with CSU colleague Jann Benson and â€œDemocracy Rights and Freedoms: What are they? What good are they?â€ (2000).
â€œI never knew him to falter from his basic principle,â€ said long-time colleague and former CSU professor Benson. â€œThat whatâ€™s good for the many is better than whatâ€™s good for the few.â€
CSU philosophy instructor Phil Turetzky, a student of Lyonsâ€™s in 1970, remembers his classes as clear and always filled with knowledge and humor. He added that Lyons never used notes and always taught from what was in his head.
Those who worked and lived with Lyons remember him as an intellectual, a comedian, a hell raiser and a philosopher.
â€œWeâ€™re talking about a guy who can inspire you to go out and fight injustice; then tell you filthy jokes,â€ said Rollin, who was encouraged by Lyons to do protesting of his own.
Lyons is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary, and his three children Jean Lotus, Thomas Lyons and Sarah Lyons.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 6 in the LSC West Ballroom. Donations can be made to the Food Bank for Larimer County and the Mission at Catholic Charities of Northern Colorado.
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The CSU Police Department released its official police report on the 2008 death of Matthew Quitmeyer last week, illuminating the reasons the department eventually ruled a murder investigation a suicide.
Discovered in the Summit Hall parking lot in July of 2008, he had been killed by a gunshot to the chest, and no gun could be found on the scene. Because of the absence of the gun and the lack of powder burns on Quitmeyerâ€™s wounds, police determined that he had been shot from a distance.
After discovering a rifle purchased by Quitmeyer in a bush 90 feet from his corpse, along with several suicide notes and a computer search history including queries about life insurance and suicide, CSUPD ruled the death a suicide.
Considering this evidence and the lack of any evidence supporting a homicide, CSUPD concluded that Quitmeyer shot himself with the rifle, hid the weapon and stumbled the 89.6 feet to his death in the parking lot.