Winter Olympics Update – Final

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Compiled by Heidi Reitmeier
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Students have to pay for Spring Concert

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Anna Baldwin

Two bands, Pepper and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, will join the ranks of big-name bands that have come to the Moby Arena in recent years as the Association for Student Activity Programming released the official line-up for this year’s Spring Concert today.

However, this year, in contrast to the 2008 Homecoming Concert featuring Lupe Fiasco and Three 6 Mafia concert, student tickets will not be free.

“Last year it was part of (a student government) platform which said there will be a free Homecoming concert,” said ASAP Concert Coordinator Brooke Cunningham. “This year we don’t have that, and we feel that the entire campus should not have to pay for a concert when not every student will attend.”

Though the concert is funded through student fees, Cunningham said ASAP wanted to charge for tickets to offset students who did not want to attend.

According to Cunningham, the ASAP budget to bring in The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, who will open the show, and Pepper, who will headline the show, is $100,000.

Of the budget, $50,000 will go to the bands –– $30,000 for one band and $20,000 for the other —while the remaining $50,000 will go toward production costs, she said, including lights and sound for an arena not set up like a music venue, as well as security, green rooms and food for the bands.

Student tickets will go on sale March 8 for the April 11 show at Moby Arena. Floor tickets are $17 and seated tickets are $12.

Tickets for the general public will be $28 and will be on sale March 15.

The two bands were selected from a list of 10 by student vote, which took place Nov. 16 through Nov. 20 on RamCT.

ASAP’s mantra, as listed on their Web site, goes “You voted, we listened.”
“We narrowed down a list of about 10 bands that we thought the campus would be happy with,” Cunningham said. “This was after a survey was sent to about 5,000 students that told us alternative rock would be the most popular genre for the concert.”

The other eight bands included: Jimmy Eat World, Gym Class Heroes, Snow Patrol, Rise Against, Jack’s Mannequin, Dropkick Murphys, Shinedown and Silversun Pickups.

Cunningham had no comment on whether Pepper or The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus were the top-voted bands and did not reveal the results of the poll.

Cunningham said another difference for the Spring Concert compared to the ’08 Homecoming Concert was how the lowest bleachers will be removed to give the seated audience “an even closer experience.”

Sophomore business major Vivienne Duclos said she is excited for the concert because the bands are almost two different genres.

“I’m pumped,” Duclos said. “I think it’s a great mix of music, and I like how it’s alternative rock and not some type of rap that students listen to on Friday or Saturday nights.”

Cunningham said that ASAP intentionally booked two different genres for the bands so the concert would appeal to more students.

In the past, ASAP has hosted 311, O.A.R., Yellowcard, P.O.D. and Lupe Fiasco at Moby Arena.

Staff writer Anna Baldwin can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

Who: Pepper and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
When: April 11
Where: Moby Arena
Ticket prices: $17 for floor tickets, $12 for seated tickets, and $28 for the general public
Tickets go on sale: March 8 for students and March 15 for general public

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CSU freshman entrepreneur designs for charity

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Justyna Tomtas

While dozens of charities use pamphlets, infomercials or even door-to-door canvassers to solicit donations for African aid, freshman Katie Hutt has developed a new approach.

As the founder of Garden of Edith clothing, Hutt has combined her love for fashion and sympathy for the plight of Ugandan children into a new business.

Hutt was inspired to make a difference in the far continent during her freshman year of high school, when she watched “Invisible Children,” a documentary about the struggles of children in war-torn Uganda.

“I knew that God wanted me to go there and help people. From there, it was how I was going to help people and how I was going to make a difference,” Hutt said.

Combining her passion for fashion and her drive to end poverty in Africa, Hutt started a clothing company to raise money for the cause. In 2008, Garden of Edith was created.

The company works hand in hand with five charities: Invisible Children, World Vision, Angels of East Africa, Eyes on Africa Foundation and Med25.

“I have a passion for clothes and art. It’s something that I’m good at so I decided I could use my God given ability and hopefully find other people who have the passion I have to help others,” Hutt said.

Garden of Edith currently sells screen T-shirts and donates 25 percent of the sales to the five charities. Hutt also sells local artwork, donating 10 percent of the proceeds.

She plans to have her first clothing line out this summer. The clothes will be made entirely from recycled materials.

Further down the road, Hutt hopes to have a store where she can sell her clothing. She also hopes to take her shirts to Africa and teach the women there how to screen print in an effort to help boost the economy.

“My heart is in Africa and I just love everything about it. After college, I want to move there to help,” Hutt said. “The poverty is so great over there. Nothing can get accomplished –– people can’t move up in society because they’re thinking of what will happen in the next hour or two.”

Staff writer Justyna Tomtas can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Little Shop of Physics Open House draws record crowd

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Ryan Sheine

The sound of children cheering “bigger!” filled the Lory Student Center’s East Ballroom as Little Shop of Physics Director Brian Jones and several of his student volunteers prepared to shoot artificial fog more than 20 feet from a bottomless trashcan.

The “Fog-Ring-Thing” was just one of the more than 250 experiments on display at CSU’s 19th Annual Little Shop of Physics Open House, which drew a record attendance of about 6,500 people Saturday.

At the end of the day, Jones said he would say to himself, “We threw a science party, and 6,500 people came.”

The “science party” was designed to connect people to science in a fun and easy way. Experiments were set up in the LSC’s three ballrooms.

In the East Ballroom, Jeff Doak, a freshman computer engineering major at Front Range Community College, sat in a chair holding weights in both hands. As he spun, he pulled his arms and legs in, speeding up as a result of centripetal acceleration.

Other volunteers threw Mylar discs to demonstrate how spin conserves momentum.

The West Ballroom was transformed into the Light Room in which experiments highlighted motion, waves, atmospheric science, electricity and magnetism.

The Middle Ballroom, or Dark Room, showcased the physical phenomena of light through experiments including the effects of magnetism on TV and computer screens. Magnets distort the color of screens by revealing the electron beams housed within.

The Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream presentation delighted children.

Nisse Lee, coordinator of Assessment and Outreach for the Little Shop of Physics, demonstrated how, at room temperature, liquid nitrogen is normally a gas. To transform it into a liquid to use in ice cream, you have to “cool it down severely.”

When poured out as a liquid at room temperature, liquid nitrogen boils. To go from the liquid phase to the gas phase, energy is required, which means that things in close proximity to the gas get colder, Lee said.

Lee and her partner Ben Smith, a CSU second bachelor’s candidate, said the ice cream ingredients were, “A quart of milk, a quart of heavy whipping cream –– you want full fat on everything you can get –– a pound of sugar and a splash of vanilla extract.”

The kids love it, Lee said.

“The crystals are a different size and shape than store bought ice cream,” Smith said. “It’s creamier.”

The Open House attracted people from as far as Boulder.

Carol Smythe, a mom, said she brought her son from Boulder because “It sounded interesting.”

“The response has been real positive. Everybody that I’ve talked has said, ‘Thanks for putting this on,’ and ‘Thanks to the CSU students for making this happen,” Jones said.

Staff writer Ryan Sheine can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Why students deserve power on the CSU system Board of Governors

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Kevin Hollinshead

Student government leaders were rightfully ecstatic Thursday evening when a bill that would give CSU student representatives voting rights on the CSU system Board of Governors passed 7-6 out of the state House Education Committee.

If passed, HB 1206 would give two governor-appointed student representatives, one each from the CSU-Fort Collins and CSU-Pueblo campuses, the ability to vote on BOG issues. Currently, the student government presidents are the student representatives to the BOG and serve a purely advisory role. They can make recommendations to the voting body, but ultimately do not have a final say on issues in the form of a vote.

In the midst of looming budget cuts and tuition hikes, students are feeling an increasing sense of inefficacy in voicing their concerns. This bill gives students a sorely-needed way to ensure that their voices are heard on issues that heavily impact them.

The fact that a board of eight appointed members, who meet in Denver more often than either Fort Collins or Pueblo combined, has more power over students than students themselves rightly rubs many the wrong way.

One notable example of this is the BOG’s recent decision to ban concealed weapons on campus. It’s troubling that a decision sparking such student uproar was made without tangible input from students. Because student representatives on the BOG have no voting power, there is not a sufficient incentive for voting members to factor in their opinion in any decision-making.

The most popular argument floating around the state capitol opposing HB 1206 revolves around what some see as a conflict of interest that would occur should students be allowed to vote on the BOG. Since students pay tuition and fees, it is not appropriate that students have the ability to vote on issues directly related to tuition and fees, critics say.

If two student representatives are allowed to vote on the BOG, they bring the total number of votes to 10. This means that they represent only represent 20 percent of the voting base, hardly a majority. The worst case for the BOG are a bunch of 8-2 vote totals.

The bill is far from perfect. The current bill stipulates that the governor appoint one student representative from each campus. Ideally, students would independently elect their representative, much like they would a president. This would foster more active student participation in campus affairs, as the positions of the candidates for this powerful elected position would be held up to scrutiny.

The faculty representatives on the board would not be given a vote. They are an equally important voice in the CSU system when compared with students, and they deserve more adequate representation as well.

For this bill to serve a real purpose, student representatives on the BOG would have to be independent-minded individuals who wouldn’t feel intimidated into voting with the rest of the board. Their power would be useless if they just deferred to the “grown-ups” rather than voting in a way that reflected the wishes of the student body, even if that was in opposition to the vote of some or all BOG members.

Student representatives would have to possess fiscal common sense to avoid a pair of voting members that blindly vote no on any tuition or fee increase. They must recognize that there are times when increases are necessary, however unpalatable, in the budgetary process.

While the current bill doesn’t do enough to ensure that students are adequately represented in university-wide decision-making, it is a great first step toward this goal. If nothing else, it allows an institutional means for students to know that their voices are heard; that in and of itself helps restore a student’s faith in his or her school.

Kevin Hollinshead is a junior political science major. His column appears Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Colorado must develop natural resources

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Ian Bezek

Over the years, Fort Collins has developed a very dynamic economy. Originally just a hub for agriculture with an emphasis in sugar beets, Fort Collins has prospered in recent decades by moving toward high technology.

Ever since Hewlett-Packard began moving into Northern Colorado, fostering a whole new wave of technology jobs, Fort Collins has started to focus its emphasis away from agriculture and resources and more toward jobs that require the educated workforce that CSU creates.

That said, the Northern Colorado economy still does rely on agriculture and natural resources to create many jobs, and I fear we may be threatening those jobs with our unrelenting push toward clean and green industries.

Over the past few years, Northern Colorado has, in particular, focused its energy on creating a burgeoning alternative energy industry. We have created a so-called “cluster” of companies here in Northern Colorado that all focus on alternative energy.

These companies, led by the foreign wind turbine maker Vestas, have begun to transform the face of the Northern Colorado economy, leading to sweeping changes in priorities for our local leaders.

But perhaps they’ve swept too far.

In addition to the green jobs, the Northern Colorado area has a generous endowment of natural gas, timber, arable land and oil. Just in the past month, drilling in neighboring Weld County has discovered a gushing geyser of newfound oil.

This is good timing for us, as the tide appears to be turning against alternative energy and green jobs to a large degree. The Democrats, backers of alternative energy are rapidly losing power in Washington.

In addition, President Obama has made headlines with his efforts to bring nuclear energy back to respectability, and his efforts to spearhead the growth of the nuclear industry could cause repercussions for alternative energy. Since nuclear energy is safe, clean, efficient and dirt cheap, it is a viable energy source that can easily make alternative energy irrelevant for the near future.

The cost of alternative energy is also not falling sufficiently quickly. It still costs far more to use alternative energy than the more traditional alternatives, and it will be many years before wind and solar can compete with coal, oil and nuclear fuel on cost.

The other incentive to go green, the environment, is also fading. The Climategate scandal and the plummeting credibility of the international bodies investigating climate change are causing the public to become increasingly skeptical of the need to fight global warming reducing the allure of alternative energy.

We risk putting all our economic eggs in one basket, alternative energy, and it isn’t a safe basket to commit fully to. The mainstay of the town, CSU, is seeing its funding come increasingly under fire, and if Fort Collins’ and Northern Colorado’s bet on clean energy doesn’t pan out as well, the Northern Colorado region will be in deep trouble.

What we need to do is use the resources we do have to ensure that we keep our economy balanced and able to react to change. To do that, we must continue to encourage the development of resource-based industries despite their negative externalities.

For instance, the proposed uranium mine near Nunn, about 10 miles east of here, should be allowed to proceed. Uranium is increasingly vital to the functioning of our economy and America is heavily reliant on foreigners for its supply. We need American uranium mining for our national security and to further our economic interests. Building the mine here in Northern Colorado would create roughly 100 jobs and produce millions of dollars of much needed taxes for Northern Colorado.

A similar case can be made for the local oil supply. America needs more and more oil, we have less and less, and so our supply here is increasingly valuable. We must not let environmentalists block us from creating hundreds of needed jobs and a wealth of tax receipts from these oil fields we are fortunate to have here in Northern Colorado.

I’m glad we’ve made a bet on alternative energy; it will probably reward us one day. But in the meantime, let’s take advantage of all our resources to ensure our economy remains strong and jobs plentiful regardless of what the future holds.

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

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Why foot the bill?

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Today, the announcement that many students have been waiting for since November rained down from the offices of the Association for Student Activity Programming.

ASAP revealed two bands, Pepper and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, will be bringing that good old rock and roll to campus for the Spring Concert.

But amid all the excitement, one thing has been lost in translation: the price tag.

Now, we realize big bands cost big bucks. And big concerts go a long way in building up student morale and campus visibility.

Where the problem lies is the price to bring these alternative rockers to campus –– $100,000 (between production costs and band fees).

It’s not even the lofty price tag that’s bad. The problem is, despite the large bill footed by student dollars, the tickets are not free for students.

You heard right. Not free.

Yes, the 2008 Homecoming Concert was a campaign promise for a free concert. And yes, ASAP doesn’t have the resources to provide such a large concert without compensation.

But in our fragile economy, why make students hand over more cash for something they’ve already paid for with student fees? If that’s not a possibility, why host the concert in the first place?

On top of everything, ASAP agreed to not release the student voting results for what bands should perform.

So students are in the dark on whether or not they voted for the selected bands, plus they will be footing more than one bill.

Good move? We’ll see.

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“The Crazies” packs a one-two punch

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Laura James

The zombie flick de jour happens to be “The Crazies,” a film that takes the apocalyptic human threat to a whole new level. 

Trouble is brewing in a sleepy Iowa town of Ogden Marsh, and people are starting to act strange.  When a local man, formerly the town drunk, crashes a high school baseball game with a shotgun at the ready, things start to deteriorate across the community.

Actor Timothy Olyphant of the FX series “Damages” and HBO’s “Deadwood” portrays the Ogden Marsh sheriff, who’s troubled by the events plaguing the township under his watch. 

When his investigation leads him the wreckage of an unknown plane that has crashed into the town’s water supply, it’s obvious the plane’s contents have infected the drinking water of this farming area.

As the people in town start getting progressively worse, the U.S. military implements “infection protocol,” and they invade the town in an attempt to control the spreading of the mysterious sickness.

Predictably, the people of Ogden Marsh, having not been properly informed, fight back against the invasion of their town, and the life and death struggle for survival begins.  With the military chasing everyone and most members of the community infected with “craziness,” the journey to safety becomes the goal of the healthy that remain.   

“The Crazies” delivers a one-two punch with its high action and its fair share of blood and guts.  If you’re a fan of this type of film, “The Crazies” will definitely suffice your thirst for zombie-like mayhem.

Movie reviewer Laura James can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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FoCo, Denver offer meal steals in March

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Michael Kalush and Madeline Novey

There’s nothing much better than going out on the town and having someone prepare you a tasty meal, after which you don’t have to do the dishes.

Well, there are a few things that surpass the city dining experience, but this isn’t our column on aphrodisiac foods. We’ll save that risqué topic for another time.

But back on point, Fort Collins and Denver are both hosting culinary events that feature the cities’ best culinary locales at bargain prices.

So now, if you’ve always wanted to go to the Canyon Chophouse but feared its prices, Great Plates has made this food more affordable and available. What’s more exciting than that?

Showcasing a slew of more than 25 downtown restaurants, Great Plates of Downtown 2010 in Fort Collins starts today and continues through March 14.

Participating joints include Fish on Oak Street, our personal favorite for seafood; the Brazilian Rodizio Grill, where diners can enjoy meat carved tableside; the Stuft, a burger bar on College Avenue that opens today; and the vegan Tasty Harmony on Mason Street.

Sonny Lubick Steakhouse is offering a four-course dinner for $25. Diners get Gulf Shrimp and King Crab Cocktail; choice of soup or salad; choice of Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Fresh Scarlet Snapper Filet or Pinenut Crusted Chicken Breast; and choice of Walrus Ice Cream or sorbet for dessert.

For a list of all participating restaurants and their locations and menus, check out http://www.downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/greatplates/ and go to the link “Print a full list of menu specials here!”

Readers, here’s where we’re soliciting your help to decide what great place we should feature next. Go out, eat at the Great Plates restaurants, and let us know which were your favorites by e-mailing us at verve@collegian.com.

Through March 5, the Mile High city is hosting Denver Restaurant Week 2010.

In honor of the city’s 5,280-foot elevation, participating restaurants are offering multi-course dinners for the fixed price of $52.80 for two or $26.40 for one (not including tax or gratuity).

More than 250 restaurants throughout the downtown and surrounding areas are a part of celebration.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s former brewery Wynkoop Brewing Company, the country’s largest brewpub located in lower downtown Denver, is offering a three course meal. Diners can enjoy mussels or calamari to start, the Rail Yard Braised Lamb Shank with sweet potato gnocchi and vegetables and pan sauce for dinner, among others, and a Black and Tan or Triple Lemon Cake.

Positioned across from the Denver’s historic Union Station in an old building complimented by rich woods and decorated second-floor pool tables, the Wynkoop embodies Denver dining and energy.

To his delight, one of Mike’s favorite pizza places is included in the culinary lineup.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria, located just two blocks east of Coors Field, boasts Neapolitan pizza using Colorado ingredients.

To compliment coal-fired chicken wings or pescia, a spring mix, long-stemmed artichoke salad for starters, hungry eaters can treat themselves to a Colorado Lamb Pizza with artichokes, roasted pepper and Haystack Goat Cheese, among four other pizza choices.

Essentially, we’re more than excited by the deals Fort Collins and Denver are offering.

And as our mouths water writing this column, we’re imaging you, the reader, tucking the paper in your shirt to use as a bib and heading out to one or more of these restaurants.

Bon appetit, CSU.

Staff photographer Michael Kalush and News Managing Editor Madeline Novey are really hungry now and can be reached at verve@collegian.com after they eat.

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CSU men’s hoops lets one go

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Feb 282010
 
Authors: Stephen Meyers

Untimely turnovers, missed defensive assignments and empty offensive possessions doomed the Rams late against the TCU Horned Frogs.

CSU (15-13, 6-8 MWC) lost 73-67 to TCU in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday night.

Up by nine points with 8:02 left to play, the Rams went scoreless for nearly four minutes and TCU used a 9-0 run to tie the game at 61.

Trading baskets until the final minute, CSU re-took the lead and momentum on a three-pointer by freshman point guard Dorian Green to put the Rams up 67-66 with 1:21 left to play.

They would not score again as TCU reeled off the game’s final seven points.

“We had three empty possessions and missed some free throws,” said head coach Tim Miles. “Those are recipes for a loss.”

The loss, the Rams fourth in a row, was similar to losses against New Mexico and San Diego State earlier this season. Making plays down the stretch in the final minutes of the game has been a struggle for the Rams.

Some of those struggles have been the lack of guards and ball-handlers other than freshman point guard Dorian Green.

“We’re lacking guards and that has really hindered us in situations and some of it is leadership and some from lack of experience,” Miles said.

CSU had its opportunities to score the go-ahead basket in the final minute, but confusion on the play-calling led to rushed three-point attempts by guard Adam Nigon.

“On consecutive possessions we ran the wrong play and didn’t get the shot we wanted,” Miles said. “Just little errors like that hurt us.”

The loss squandered a great performance by center Andy Ogide. The junior played his best game of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds. He even made his first three-pointer of the year.

“I was playing free and just playing the game, letting the game come to me,” Ogide said. “I didn’t put pressure on myself.”

Green added 14 points and dished out four assists.

Senior center Zvonko Buljan led TCU with 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Greg Hill came off the bench to pitch in 16 for the Horned Frogs.

TCU shot 58 percent in the second half and went 7-12 from three-point range.

“I was disappointed in our defensive intensity and we missed some assignments,” Miles said. “We let them come back into this game. We were out of position and fouled too much.”

After draining six three-pointers earlier this week against New Mexico, guard Adam Nigon went cold against TCU, shooting 1-9 from three-point range. He scored nine points in 28 minutes.

A game-time decision, Nigon played through with a tender groin and Miles said he was not 100 percent.

“Adam was OK,” Miles said. “He struggled defensively and let his man get by him a couple of times. But he’s a tough kid and was going to play and we’re better with him out there.”

The Rams return to the court Wednesday at San Diego State.

Men’s Basketball Beat Reporter Stephen Meyers can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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