RamTalk

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Feb 252010
 
Authors: Compiled by Heidi Reitmeier

It’s too bad I have to give up my date with Mary Jane this week now that I have to pay for my CSU parking ticket.

Until there is a sex tape of Lady Gaga, we will never know for sure.

My reaction to “Another One Bites the Dust” playing after taking a test varies greatly depending on how well I did.

Doing the “Fancy Martinis” Wonderword in my Math 130 class just makes me want to drink that much more.

To the guy at the Career Fair with his boxers showing: I’m not sure if your lucky clover shorts are going to work for you this time.

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CSU looking to rebound from Tuesday in Texas

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Feb 252010
 
Authors: Stephen Meyers

The Rams’ season has followed a bit of symmetry from last season.

In January, the team lost three in a row to BYU, UNLV and New Mexico beginning Mountain West Conference play.

The Rams ended the three-game losing streak defeating TCU at home 63-57 Jan. 27.
Flash forward to now.

The Rams (15-12, 6-7 MWC) have lost three in a row to BYU, UNLV and New Mexico and again have a chance to end a three-game losing streak against TCU (12-16, 4-9), who the Rams square up against Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

“This is a chance to bounce back,” said freshman forward Greg Smith, who scored 15 points in the first meeting.

The game is also a chance to give the Rams a .500 record in the MWC –– a far cry from the 0-16 record posted by head coach Tim Miles in his first year with CSU in 2007-08.

“We need to beat TCU,” Miles said. “It’s good that we’re showing progress, but we want to be a player in this league. Fifth or sixth in the league is not being a player in my mind.”
CSU is tied with Utah for fifth in the MWC standings.

The Rams nearly pulled off the upset over No. 10 New Mexico Tuesday, but it’s a loss that still stings.

Junior guard Adam Nigon scored a career-high 23 points, including six three-pointers, but admitted he didn’t sleep much after the team’s 72-66 loss.

“Guys were down the next day, and watching film we were disappointed because we did some things to cost us the game that we could have had, but we came out with intensity in practice,” Nigon said.

Miles wants to see that same intensity in the opening minutes against TCU. In the first match-up, the Rams were held scoreless four minutes into the game.

“We didn’t score for the first few minutes, so it’s a miracle we even won that game,” Miles said.

“Any time you’re on the road, you have to establish defensive intensity and don’t turn the ball over.”

The Rams’ offensive woes are no mystery as CSU ranks last in the MWC in both shooting percentage at 42 percent and assists at only 10.3 per game.

“Our offensive shortcomings have largely been due to the lack of guards,” Miles said. “We have one guard and a bunch of wing players. Try playing football without a quarterback or wide receivers, it’s the same thing. We have to get to the rim and score in different ways.”

Defensively, the Rams need to stop sophomore guard Ronnie Moss. Moss is a play-making point guard, leading TCU in scoring (14.8) and assists (6.3).

“When he’s locked in he’s tough,” Nigon said. “He can drive inside and kick it out to the wing for a three. We have to force him to go (to his) right.”

Moss scored 19 first-half points against the Rams Jan. 27, but the Rams held him to only two points in the second half.

The Rams may be without Nigon, their fourth-leading scorer, due to a groin injury. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and Miles said he will be a game-time decision.

Tip off for the game in Fort Worth is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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

  • When: Saturday
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fort Worth, TX
  • Watch: The Mtn.
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Why Yellowstone Rocks! That's all.

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Feb 252010
 

In 2007 I was graduating high school and getting ready to come up to CSU. One night, I was annoyed with my high school friends and told my mom I couldn’t stand the thought of hanging out with them for three more months. Don’t worry, I got over it as soon as I wasn’t sitting in their dirty basements on the weekends anymore. Anyways, my mom told me that I should apply to work in Yellowstone, which she did when she was 18. And so I did!

A few weeks later, I got a fat envelope in the mail (fat envelopes= success!) and I was preparing for my summer in Yellowstone. Now, some people might not think of Yellowstone as being wild, untouched, unexplored, etc. But I have to tell you that it is!

We all know that about a bajillion tourists pass through every year, mostly to hang out their cars and take pictures of buffalo. But, what we all don’t know is that most of these buffalo-lovin tourists don’t go more than a mile from the road. If you dare go a mile off the road in Yellowstone, you’re all alone out there! Last summer, my roomate and I did a three day backpacking trip and didn’t see ANYONE until we were a mile from the road again.

So, you see, it is wild, untouched, and unexplored. Now, for some other things I LOVE about Yellowstone:

– The Yellowstone/Teton area has the best stars, hands down, I have ever seen.

– Yellowstone rivers are the best for swimming! I have searched and searched and haven’t found any that compare.

– Buffalo traffic jams are a legitimate reason to be late to work.

– It doesn’t get dark until almost 10 o’clock!

– You have bad cell service. You have bad internet service. NO ONE CAN BOTHER YOU!…unless you choose to be bothered and go to one of the places with good cell service!

-Shadow Mountain. If you can find it, feel accomplished!

I am sure there is more reasons why Yellowstone rocks, but those are my reasons! If you haven’t gone there, go! It’s only about an 8 hour drive from here and well worth it. And..backpacking permits are free and plentiful.

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For all you restless souls like me!

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Feb 252010
 

Originally, my plan for this summer was to stay in Fort Collins, take a summer class and hike around here. But then I realized that I am just not that good at….I don’t really know how to put it…staying where I am!? So began my search for cool summer jobs! I applied to work in Yellowstone again, where I worked in 2007, I applied in Rocky Mountain Ntl. Park and at some places in Estes Park and I played with the idea of applying at summer camps in Maine.

I wanted to give you all the info you need to apply for cool jobs this summer too!

For Yellowstone, visit www.yellowstonejobs.com

For Rocky Mountain food service or retail jobs visit www.xanterra.com

For other cool jobs visit www.coolworks.com or www.backdoorjobs.com

Good luck to all you restless souls! And apply now because these jobs tend to fill up fast.

Bill giving CSU students voting rights on BOG passes through legislative committee

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Feb 252010
 
Authors: Madeline Novey

Student government leaders said they are ecstatic that a bill giving CSU students voting rights on the CSU System Board of Governors passed through the House Education committee 7-6 Thursday evening.

After the bill failed in the same committee last year by one vote, members of the Associated Students of CSU and the state representative, who acted as the house sponsor, are optimistic about getting the bill passed into law but recognize the upcoming challenge of passing the bill through the House of Representatives.

“I am confident we can come up with the 33 votes we need to get it to the Senate,” said State Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins.

With higher education funding in crisis –– hundreds of millions have been cut from its budget in the last year –– and students feeling the burden of tuition increases as a result, having a voice on the board will allow students to offer input, rather than sit on the sidelines, said Matt Worthington, director of ASCSU’s Legislative Affairs Department.

“Students have great perspectives to offer on how we can bring creative ideas into the university,” Worthington said, explaining that as the CSU system sustains cuts, a student vote on the board could “Improve the board’s ability to do more with less.”

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Rams name Stroud recruiting coordinator, TE coach

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Feb 252010
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

The coaching staff for CSU football in 2010 is finally complete as Rams head coach Steve Fairchild named Todd Stroud the team’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator on Thursday.

Stroud has 25 years of experience coaching college football, most recently at Florida State where he spent the past three years on legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s staff as the Seminole’s strength and conditioning coach.

“I’m excited for our team that we’re able to add a coach with so much experience in Todd,” Fairchild said in a press release by the university. “He’s coached in the ACC and SEC. He’s been a head football coach and he played at Florida State under Bobby Bowden. He’s brings a tremendous amount of expertise and potential to help our program get to where we know it can be.”

A graduate at FSU, Stroud has served as the head coach at Western Alabama and the associate head coach at North Carolina State, where he helped build the talent of the former No. 1 NFL Draft pick Mario Williams, as well as San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers.

Stroud replaces Marc Lubick, who accepted a position under Gary Kubiak’s Houston Texans earlier this month. Due to the Rams’ pro-style offense, Stroud will also be coaching the team’s fullbacks.

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Winter Olympics Update 2/24

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Feb 242010
 
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Women’s basketball woes continue against Lobos

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Feb 242010
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

On a night where turnovers were more plentiful than field goals, CSU’s women’s basketball team lost its fifth consecutive road game 65-50 at New Mexico. The Lobos have won 11 straight contests against CSU at “The Pit,” last losing in January of 1998.

The Rams stayed with New Mexico for most of the contest, even taking the lead on a layup by sophomore Kim Mestdagh with 15:35 remaining. The Lobos, however, pulled away with a seven-to-nothing run near the seven-minute mark and went on to outscore CSU 13 to three from that point on.

CSU committed 25 turnovers on the night, the third highest total of the season, which led to 38 points by New Mexico.

“They seemed to score all of their points off of our turnovers,” sophomore forward Chatilla van Grinsven said. “Especially at the end of the game, that’s what hurt us the most.”
Meghan Heimstra led the team with 10 turnovers individually.

“You can’t expect to win many games turning the ball over that many times,” head coach Kristen Holt said.

Mestdagh recorded her first career double-double, posting 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals.

“I have a double feeling because I’m happy with what we did as a team and the effort we gave,” she said. “But at the same time, it’s kind of disappointing losing by 15 points.”
Van Grinsven also posted a double-double for the Rams, pouring in 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

In an eerily similar fashion to the men’s game Tuesday night, CSU led by three at the half and were out in front of the Lobos for most of the opening period.

Junior guard Zoi Simmons was injured on the first play of the game, leaving the Rams with only seven active players.

“She’s our point guard,” Holt said. “She has the fewest turnovers on the team, and any time you lose a player like that, it certainly affects how you play.”

The training staff will examine Simmons today to determine the extent of the injury.

Despite the double-digit loss, CSU remains optimistic heading into a two-game homestand against conference-leading TCU and always-tough San Diego State.

“I think it affects us in a good way,” van Grinsven said. “Everyone’s really aggressive right now, and we know that if we fight for every single ball and we play as one team, we can beat teams.”

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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KCSU Top 30

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Feb 242010
 
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1. Hot Chip – “One Life Stand”

2. Toro Y Moi – “Causers Of This”

3. Local Natives – “Gorilla Manor”

4. Phantogram – “Eyelid Movies”

5. Mumford and Sons – “Sigh No More”

6. Massive Attack – “Heligoland”

7. Surfer Blood – “Astro Coast”

8. Yeasayer – “Odd Blood”

9. Shout Out Louds – “Work”

10. Xiu Xiu – “Dear God, I Hate Myself”

11. Beach House – “Teen Dream”

12. Midlake – “The Courage of Others”

13. Field Music – “Field Music (Measure)”

14. Smile Smile – “Truth On Tape”

15. Spoon – “Transference”

16. Malachai – “Ugly Side Of Love”

17. You Say Party! – We Say Die! “XXXX”

18. Galactic – “Ya-Ka-May”

19. RJD2 – “The Colossus”

20. Locksley – “Be In Love”

21. Four Tet – “There Is Love In You”

22. Los Campesinos! – “Romance Is Boring”

23. Album Leaf – “A Chorus Of Storytellers”

24. Heligoats – “Goodness Gracious”

25. Animal Kingdom – “Signs And Wonders”

26. Woodhands – “Remorsecapade”

27. Yawn – “Yawn”

28. Soft Pack – “The Soft Pack”

29. Solid Gold – “Sychronize (EP) Solid Gold”

30. Italian Japanese – “The Lust, Romantic Weirdness”

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New director to lead CSU Animal Cancer Center

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Feb 242010
 
Authors: Matt Miller

For the last 32 years, Steve Withrow has been paving the way for veterinarians to treat cancer. As founder and director of CSU’s Animal Cancer Center, Withrow has spent the past years making breakthroughs in both animal and human cancer treatment.

On July 1 of this year, Withrow will step down as director of the center and pass the torch to his friend, colleague and student Rodney Page.

“After 32 years at CSU, it is time for me to step down as director of the Animal Cancer Center (ACC) and spend more time on clinical duties, teaching, research and fundraising,” Withrow said.

Page, a CSU graduate who is currently working as director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research at Cornell University, is eager to return to CSU.

“The community at CSU is one I have always wanted to come back to,” Page said. “It’s really a dream job.”

After graduating from CSU in 1981, Page has kept in contact with many faculty members including Withrow, who he will be working closely with over the next three years to smooth the transition between directors.

“CSU’s investment in this overlap speaks to the importance of the program,” Page said. During this overlap Page will wor with Withrow to understand the connections the center has made across campus and the country over the years regarding funding and research.

The ACC is world renown as the leading treatment center for animals with cancer, those at the center said. Although the center focuses on household pets including dogs and cats, it has, in the past, treated zoo animals including a tiger with lymphoma and a shark suffering from skin cancer.

One of the ACC’s main focuses is on transitioning breakthroughs made on animals to help humans suffering from cancer. The Children’s Oncology Group oversees several of the center’s clinical trials, and the School of Medicine at CU-Denver collaborates with the ACC as well.

Withrow is credited with developing a technique used to spare the limbs of dogs that are suffering from osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bones. Doctors treating children diagnosed with osteosarcoma have adopted this technique, which requires that doctors target and remove the tumor in the bone rather than amputate the limb.

“He is one of the true leaders in the field,” Page said of his friend and colleague. “He has always been a great mentor to me.”

Page said he is honored to be working at a center that he considers to be the largest and most prestigious in its field.

“This is something CSU did a very good job of,” said Dan Gustafson, the director of research at the Animal Cancer Center and associate professor of clinical sciences, when asked what he thought of the ACC’s leadership choice. “They put a lot of time and resour ices into finding someone to take over.”

Those at the center are pleased with the decision that has been made and hold both Withrow and Page in the highest regard.

The center currently handles about 8,000 appointments a year and 5,000 consultations to animal owners around the world. Withrow and CSU radiation oncologist Ed Gillette founded the ACC 25 years ago.

Today, it is the only veterinary cancer center to receive funding from the National Cancer Institute for more than 25 years. It also provides 25 percent of the caseloads at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The center’s reputation draws students to CSU from around the country.

“I’m from California, and I knew CSU was known for it’s cancer center,” said Anastasya Carbon, a freshmen veterinary medicine major. “I’m really looking forward to working in the Oncology Department.”

Staff writer Matt Miller can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Meet the Center’s New Director:
Rodney Page
-1981 CSU graduate
-Returning to CSU from the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research at Cornell University

Information about the Animal Cancer Center
-The center focuses on household pets including dogs and cats.
ACC has treated zoo animals including a tiger with lymphoma and a shark suffering from skin cancer.
-The center currently handles about 8,000 appointments a year and 5,000 consultations to animal owners around the world.
-The ACC is the only veterinary cancer center to receive funding from the National Cancer Institute for more than 25 years.

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