Powell stresses optimism, leadership and education

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Apr 302010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Former secretary of state Colin Powell told about 8,000 students and community members Friday night to remain optimistic about the United States’ achievements and stressed the importance of developing leaders around the world.

“Great leaders motivate people,” he said. “We need leaders with integrity who are willing to sacrifice their own well being for the well being of their organization.”

Powell, who spoke in Moby arena as part of the grand opening for the College of Business’s Rockwell Hall-West, also touched on the critical impact education has on society and expressed concern over the current problems the nation faces with students dropping out before graduating high school.

“This is criminal and atrocious,” he said when speaking of the high drop out rates especially among minorities and under-privileged students.

The night ended with CSU’s President Tony Frank giving Powell two departing gifts from the university: a promise from the students of CSU who are obtaining their degrees to make the world a better place and a CSUnity t-shirt for Powell and every member of his family.

And that suited Powell just fine.

“This is the best gift you could give me,” he said.

Staff writer Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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CSU annouces four candidates for VP of Diversity

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Apr 302010
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

The search committee charged with electing candidates for CSU’s vice president of Diversity position released the names of four finalists Friday.

According to the press release, public interviews with the contenders, who all currently work for CSU, will begin Monday.

The candidates are:

  • Arlene Nededog, director of undergraduate retention programs for the College of Natural Resources,
  • Irene Vernon, professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department for the College of Liberal Arts,
  • Mary Ontiveros, associate vice president for the Division of Enrollment and Access, and
  • Blane Harding, director of Advising, Recruitment and Retention for the College of Liberal Arts.

Check Collegian.com for more updates.

Vice president of Diversity interview schedule:

  • Arlene Nededog –– 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Monday in the Lory Student Center Theatre
  • Irene Vernon –– 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday in the LCS Room 214/16
  • Mary Ontiveros –– 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Wednesday in the LSC Room 203/05
  • Blane Harding –– 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Thursday in the LSC Room 203/05
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Colin Powell to speak at CSU tonight

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is speaking today at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena for the grand opening of the College of Business’s Rockwell Hall-West.

Powell’s lecture will address global leadership and diplomacy, according to a university press release, and is the culmination of “Leadership Month” at CSU’s College of Business for the newly opened hall.

Tickets are currently sold out for the lecture, but the Campus Box Office will be releasing unused tickets in the event starting at 5:30 p.m. when the doors open.

Powell became the 65th secretary of state in 2001 under the Bush administration and pledged to support any and all countries that wished to join the democratic world. He served as the key aid to the secretary of defense and as the national security advisor to former President Ronald Reagan before his term as secretary of state.

Powell also holds the rank of four-star general after serving in the U.S. Army for 35 years and accumulating a variety of awards for his service including the Purple Heart.

He is a strong advocate of the War on Terrorism, having been secretary on Sept. 11, 2001, and has often stated that “winning that war is our first priority, and it will remain so for as long as necessary,” according to a statement released by the College of Business.

Former President Bill Clinton was said to be the original speaker for the grand opening but had to cancel due to other obligations.

There is no flash photography allowed at the event and purses and other bags will be checked at the door for containing items.

Staff writer Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

  • Who: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
  • What: Lecture for grand opening of Rockwell Hall-West
  • When: Tonight, 7 p.m. at Moby Arena
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Sexual assault survivor shares story

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Imagine a dream in which you went out with your friends for a fun night on the town, being slipped a drug, raped and never remembering a thing.

For Rachel Drechsler this is no dream. It’s reality.

Drechsler was sexually assaulted her sophomore year while attending the University of Arizona when she and fellow Chi Omega sorority sisters attended a party at one of the fraternity houses on campus.

She took two shots of vodka and chased them with a can of coke handed to her by one of the fraternity brothers, never knowing that he had drugged it. She was taken to one of their residences where she was sexually assaulted and left to find her way home through some of the most dangerous streets in the city.

It was during this walk home that she met the person whom she claims saved her life.

“This woman stopped and gave me a ride back to my house that was over three miles away,” Drechsler said. “I truly believe she saved my life that night.”

Drechsler was eventually able to piece together the night thanks to help from her sisters, other witnesses and medical tests. She went to the university police with her case shortly thereafter.

After Drechsler went to the police, three other sorority members came forward claiming to be raped by members of the same fraternity, leading to them being kicked off campus and forever banned by its national board. Drechsler’s perpetrator was suspended from the university for two years, supposedly giving her enough time to graduate before he came back.

But Drechsler chose to come to CSU instead for a fresh start, and while many might think she’d want to take back the whole night, that is not the case.

“I will never be the same person I was before I was raped, but through the negative, I hope to bring light and inspire all survivors to make the change that they truly wish to see in the world,” she said.

It is this hope that brought Drechsler out for CSU’s Take Back the Night, an annual event put on by Campus Feminist Alliance to raise awareness about sexual assault and give survivors an opportunity to speak out and share their stories.

The evening started in the LSC Sculpture Garden last night with an open microphone for survivors to share their stories. Many spoke up and gave participants a glimpse of their journey.

“This is me taking my life back,” said one survivor. “ I am no longer a victim, and he can’t control me because I’m taking my life back.”

Shirts made by survivors surrounded the Sculpture Garden with sayings written on them like, “Just because I couldn’t say no doesn’t mean I said yes.”

This was a common theme among survivors, many having similar stories to Drechsler’s of being drugged or simply handed too many drinks.

Such was the case for Rachel Kimray, one of the advocates available for victims, should they choose to come forward.

Kimray said she was sexually assaulted her freshman year at CSU by a guy she had known and had class with after going to a party and drinking too much.

It was this life-changing event that made Kimray dedicate the rest of her life to being a victims’ advocate, a sentiment shared by other participants who marched to Old Town Square chanting in the street sayings such as, “Out of the halls … into the streets we won’t be raped … we won’t be beat.”

Take Back the Night continued with presentations from keynote speaker Roe Bubar about indigenous people and their plight from sexual violence and slam poet Rebecca Preston.

The night ended with a march back to campus and a candlelight vigil for all survivors and advocates to gather and support one another.

For Drechsler, this support is the most important part of her journey and why she came out to share her story.

“I’m part of Campus Feminist Alliance and thought it would be a crucial part of my healing process,” she said.

But don’t expect her to feel sympathy for herself. Drechsler said she lives her life in a positive, upbeat manner simply wanting to make a difference for future victims.

“I am not a victim but rather a triumphant survivor,” she said.

Staff writer Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Students to protest immigration reform bill

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Rachel Childs

Cries of human and civil rights violations have prompted students and faculty at CSU to organize a “walk-out,” where people leave school and work to assemble for a cause.

Many have been outraged over Arizona’s new bill passed last Friday, which requires law enforcement officers to check the citizenship status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. Critics of the bill have said it essentially mandates racial profiling, though the bill specifically forbids the practice.

“There’s much more to this situation than most people know about and it’s important to learn about,” said Morgan Dorn, who helped organize the protest.

Protestors will meet at the Lory Student Center Plaza at 1:30 p.m. The crowd will move to the West Lawn, where they will listen to ethnic studies professors Norbert Valdez and Ernesto Sagas speak about the bill’s effect on Latinos.

“Something needs to change. It is atrocious that a law in this day and age can be passed,” said sophomore English major Elliott Houseman-Turrubiate, one of the event’s main organizers.

The walkout is the brainchild of the activist group Forces Empowering All Rights. CSU student organizations La Raza and Fair Advocates for Cultural Truths banded together to sponsor the protest.

“The walkout is a form of protest. That’s just one of our ways of protest to show how many people are against it,” said Mayra Soto, La Raza’s public relations officer.

The event’s Facebook group has recruited more than 450 participants who are willing to leave their classrooms and join the cause.

Supporters of the bill claim that it is needed to stem a seemingly unstoppable flow of illegal immigration into the state. Republican Colorado governor candidate Scott McInnis recently said that he would support a similar bill for Colorado, according to the Denver Post.

CSU College Republicans Vice President Natalie Maher said she agrees with Arizona’s decision.

“I don’t believe it’s racial profiling because it allows the police to only question and arrest them if they have reasonable suspicions or suspicions of their legal status,” Maher said.

College Republican President Kelly Carnal disagrees with the walkout, but stands by the group’s use of the First Amendment.

“If people can get out there and express themselves, that’s their right and they can do that,” Carnal said.

Staff writer Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Hit the snooze button, then head to Snooze

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Michael Kalush, Madeline Novey

The smell of coffee and eggs rush to mix with the outside air as the door to the breakfast diner swings open.

Upon entering Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, it appears the breakfast experience will be the same as every other. But then, take a moment to soak it all in – the modern 60’s decor, the artistic plates of food passing by and Frank Sinatra singing over the early-morning buzz –– and it’s obvious this is not your typical restaurant.

With its first branch opened in 2006 in the Ballpark Neighborhood near Coor’s Field and the newest in Fort Collins on April 19, Snooze is the brainchild of Denver native John Schlegal.

Having worked in restaurants since he was 14, bussing tables, and after two eye-opening tax internships, Schlegal decided to go into hotel, restaurant and tourism management at the University of Denver. And after graduating in 1997, he made the food industry the focus of his life.

“I thought, ‘cool, this is something I could do,’’” Schlegal said of working in restaurants.

But after years of long hours and late nights at some of Denver’s top food establishments – Sushi Den and Mao – he decided he should adapt his passion to fit his priorities, which at the time, included family and his own well-being.

“I hit the snooze button one morning, and my life changed,” Schlegal says, grinning and looking around at the families, couples and college students enjoying his restaurant’s food.

So was born the name of his restaurant from that “cool word,” snooze.
“Everybody eats breakfast,” Schlegal says, “but not everyone can go out for fine dining.”

The simplistic plastic booths and warm walls, adorned with mod starbursts, were designed to put off a cool vibe, Schlegal says, and are anything but pretentious.

Though the atmosphere is anything but pretentious, the menu takes traditional breakfast items and adds flair of high-class dining.

The Barbeque Benny Sope Style combines slow-roasted shredded Niman Ranch Beef atop house black beans and homemade masa cakes. The dish is then topped with poached eggs, smoked cheddar hollandaise, cojita cheese and salsa fresca ($10).

For something simple yet delicious, try Juan’s Breakfast Tacos ($7.50), a combination of three fresh corn or flour tortillas that are filled with scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, jack cheese and ranchero sauce.
The restaurant’s focus, however, is its pancakes.

Years ago, Schlegal worked with a chef out of Denver who had the best pancake recipe ––her grandmother’s.

Impressed with his business plan, Brenda Buenviaje told Schlegal she was on board. He need only call her when he needed someone to design his pancake menu.

About five and a half years after he first hit the snooze button, the pieces, both in terms of money and real estate, fell into place and Schlegal opened his first store at Park Avenue and Larimer Street.

True to her word, Buenviaje flew out to Denver. And after battling Denver’s high altitude, came up with a recipe that Schlegal says is perfectly balanced.

The best part?

Snooze adapted its sought-after pancake recipe for people who are gluten intolerant.

Order either the Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes with fresh chunks of caramelized pineapple, housemade vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter, the Sweet Potato Pancakes topped with homemade caramel, pecans and ginger butter or something more traditional: Plain ol’ Buttermilk, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip or Reeses ($7.50).

_Staff photographer Michael Kalush and News Managing Editor Madeline Novey can be reached at verve@collegian.com. _

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Writing saves an exonerated inmate

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Madeline Novey

It was writing that sustained Mario Rocha during his 10 years in prison.

In 1996, when he was 16, Rocha was accused of opening fire at a party where a high school student was killed and a man was injured, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for murder and attempted murder.

Awaiting his trial for more than two years at Juvenile Hall, Rocha discovered his talent for writing.

Starting shortly after his arrest, a group of writers from the L.A. Times started InsideOUT Writers, a program developed as a way for writers –– journalists, novelists and more –– to help inmates at Central Juvenile Hall use writing as a tool for self-discovery.

“The results were, and continue to be amazing,” said Duane Noriyuki, a CSU adjunct journalism professor and one of the L.A. Times writers who started InsideOUT Writers, about the program and Rocha’s success.

Rocha was one of Noriyuki’s first students.

Eventually released through the appeal process, Rocha continues to write and is the inspiration for the award-winning “Mario’s Story,” a documentary entered in the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival and that ran on Showtime.

Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theater, Rocha will speak at a graduation ceremony for students who have earned their GEDs, primarily through 2Hearts4 Lacey. Wendy Cohen, whose daughter, Lacy Jo Miller, was murdered in 2003 by a man disguised as a police officer, founded the program.

Largely self-taught and having earned a GED, Noriyuki said in an e-mail, Rocha now attends George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

It’s the first time in about 12 years that Rocha will see Noriyuki, the man Rocha says was a strong influence in his life and whom without, said he’d still be in prison today.

The biggest message Rocha wants to communicate Saturday is that it’s possible to come from the bottom and become a success. And in order to attain this success, students need to find their voice, through whatever medium is available.

“Art can save your life,” he said. “Writing was my key to freedom.”

News Managing Editor Madeline Novey can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Life & Times

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Danny Taylor
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Scubbles

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Derrick Burton
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The PROfessor

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Anon Y. Mous
 Posted by at 5:28 pm