RamTalk

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Compiled by Heidi Reitmeier

Was anyone else’s class interrupted by the crazy crossdressing guy who stole people’s essays?

Who is that girl singing? Oh that right, its Justin Bieber.

To the girl with a Dr. Seuss quote written on the back of her shirt: Don’t try to fool us into thinking you are smart enough to read at that level.

Watch out for some of the mongolian sauces. Mongo greatness may equal “mongo” runs.

Just when I was thinking we could get along and have some fun and consistency, she went bipolar again. If this is how it’s going to be, I just don’t see it working out, Colorado.

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Life on the Edge

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Dave Anderson
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Tennis team runs out of luck

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

CSU tennis fell 4-0 to top-seeded Utah in the Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas Thursday.

Despite cool temperatures, the Utes came out hot, asserting their dominance early by sweeping the doubles point, winning all three matches in straight sets.

Anastasia Putilina and Paige Miles came out on top against Laura Neal and Caitlin Fluegge by a score of 8-4 at the No. 1 doubles position.

CSU’s Tori Arneson and Lauren Mulhern then fell 8-3 against Erin Monson and Andrea Maughan, which eliminated the necessity of the No. 3 position match between Utah’s Evgenia Kryuchkova and Lisa Johnson and Melissa Holzinger and Veronika Wojakowska for the Rams.

Singles competition opened with a resounding straight set win by Utes senior Erin Monson over Fluegge. Arneson, a Utah native, also fell in straight sets to Kryuchkova at the No. 2 singles position.

Utah clinched the match when sophomore Lisa Johnson defeated CSU’s Lauren Mulhern at the No. 5 position. The first, fourth and sixth position matches went unfinished because the Rams couldn’t win the match even if they captured the three remaining points.

Utah improved to 17-6 on the season with the win and advanced to the semi-finals, where they will play the fifth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs.

The Rams enter the offseason losing three seniors to graduation, though Neal was the sole member of the trio participating in the conference tournament.

CSU finished the season at 8-15, with a 1-7 mark in conference play. The team opened the season well with a 3-1 start, but lost 13 of their next 17 regular season matches to finish as the eighth seed in the conference tournament.

Tennis Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reach at sports@collegian.com.

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CSU lacrosse heads to RMLC tournament

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Cris Tiller

After a near-perfect regular season, the CSU men’s lacrosse team is going into the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.

The RMLC tournament, held in Provo, Utah, also includes Utah, CU-Boulder and BYU. The Rams (14-1) will face Utah in the first round today, a team they handled easily during the regular season, 12-4.

CSU played most of the season undefeated with their only loss coming at the hands of the University of Michigan 10-6 on April 11. Other than that game, the Rams have dominated their competition, nearly doubling opponents in total goals scored 204-103 throughout the season.

Such an overpowering campaign brings the team into the conference tournament with plenty of confidence in their chances to come back RMLC champions. The championship would be the first for CSU since 2006.

Senior and team captain Cooper Kehoe is a force to be reckoned with on offense, leading the team in goals, assists and points.

“I think we’re pretty confident,” Kehoe said. “We’ve pretty much had conference games this whole time so far, so we just need to keep doing the things we do and go with the flow.” Head coach Alex Smith knows that his team is as good or better than any other team in the tournament, but wants to make sure they do not look too far ahead.

“It is definitely going to be challenging,” Smith said. “If we can get through Friday, I think we have a good shot.”

The previous meeting between the Rams and Utes provides the team with additional confidence because they have an idea of what to expect from Utah.

Senior Andrew Stein expects his team to come out and play a complete game in order to repeat its success against the Utah.

“We’re looking to come out and take care of business like we did last time,” Stein said. “We’ve learned that we need to put together four quarters and a full game.”

If CSU defeats Utah to advance to the finals, either team they could face, CU or BYU should serve as a quality matchup.

“Both teams are such good rivals that, either way, it will be an intense, passionate game,” Smith said. “From our point of view, we will take on whoever it is, but none of that matters until we get through Utah.”

Being the No. 1 team puts a huge bull’s eye on the back of CSU, but the players are not feeling any of that pressure.

“I don’t feel like there is that much pressure and it’s nice right now because we get to play the No. 4 team,” Kehoe said. “I think we know what we have to do and we’ve played every team, so we know what each team has.”

The coaching staff has worked all year to prepare the player for what is required from a championship-caliber team.

“This week we’ve focused on coming together as a team and having fun,” Smith said. “We’re starting to get the flow of what it takes to be a championship type of team and the guys have really responded well.”

Club Sports Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Offense shines in Rams Superstars competition

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Stephen Meyers

It wasn’t by the power of his foot, but kicker Ben DeLine preserved a win Thursday night at the Rams Superstars competition.

With the offense leading 11-7, DeLine and punter Pete Kontodiakos faced off in a winner-take-all bout of tug-of-war.

Games always come down to special teams and DeLine prevailed with his final tug of the rope, giving the offense the 16-7 win.

“I’d much rather kick a field goal because that’s what I do,” DeLine said. “But this was a fun event and an exciting way to finish it.”

The offense dominated the night, beginning with the bench press.

Defensive tackle Guy Miller and guard Jake Gdowski renewed their rivalry in the 225-pound bench press.

Gdowski defended his title from last year’s competition, ripping off 32 reps.
“I felt good out there. It’s always good to defend your title,” said the 6-foot-3 inch, 299-pound Gdowski.

The event of the night, though, belonged to high-flyers Mike Orakpo and Vernon Scott.

The “Tower of Terror” is a stack of boxes in which the players with a running start jumped onto.

Higher and higher the boxes went as the two flew high back and forth for five jumps. Both easily cleared 44, 48, 52 and 60 inches.

They raised the boxes to 64 inches –– more than five feet high.

Scott narrowly missed his attempt, falling off the box when he landed.

Orakpo, though, nailed his, landing and the crowd of about 200 people erupted in applause and cheer as he conquered the “Tower of Terror.”

“Vernon gave me good competition; we were going at it,” Orakpo said. “I was definitely feeding off the crowd, and it was cool how much energy there was. I could have gone two more inches if I had to.”

Following the contest, fans had the chance to come to the floor to meet the players and collect autographs.

Head coach Steve Fairchild said this was a good way to end the spring season.
“It’s always a lot of fun and we got some fierce competition between the offense and the defense,” Fairchild said.

The offense earned the bragging rights this year and will enjoy steak dinners served by the defense, which will have to settle for “franks and beans.”

“This was a really good event to interact with the community. It gave us the opportunity to show ourselves and show people that we’re real students and you can approach us,” DeLine said. “No one on this team views themselves as just a football player.”

Football Beat Reporter Stephen Meyers can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Phillips fails to understand why illegals come to the U.S.

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Colin Devlin

Mr. Phillips, as a daily reader of the Collegian, I’ve become familiar with your political positions and understand that you fancy yourself a pretty well-read conservative.

But your piece Tuesday titled, “Arizona Immigration Bill Excellent Legislation,” went the furthest in providing us readers with a real insight into the worldview you cultivate.

Your article could be summarized in about two sentences, “There are seven million Mexicans here unauthorized. Obama and other liberals wish to open the borders so anyone who wants to can come here.” The latter is a straw man in the most classic sense, while the former may or may not be true.

While you cited polls, we all know how wonderfully dubious statistics can be. However, even if there are seven million “illegal” Mexicans here, that couldn’t be further from the real issue.

What I think is most shocking about your piece is your profound disconnect from reality. Have you ever talked with a Mexican outside of ordering your fries and shake? Probably not.

As a graduate student of Spanish and TESL (Google that one), I understand the estimate of seven million “illegal” Mexicans is merely the result of a deeper cancer.

Would you ever want to be forced to move from the U.S. to a country where they don’t speak English, they don’t listen to American music, they don’t eat American food and the general opinion of your nationality is rather negative?

I’ve read enough of your articles to know you bleed red, white and blue. The last thing anyone wants in their life is to be unwillingly transplanted into a foreign situation.

Ultimately, as I see it, there has been a comprehensive assault on the Latino substrate by multinational corporations through NAFTA and CAFTA agreements. A subsistence farmer from Mexico cannot be expected to compete with the grossly subsidized American agriculture.

They are forced to move to the city to find work. Unfortunately, when they get there the only thing to find is overcrowding and no employment. There is only one solution left. When humanity is stripped of all the elaborate systems we’ve created, like borders representative of national sovereignty, one has to survive.

That means going where the environment is conducive to survival. Furthermore, there is opportunity here to work. McDonald’s is always hiring. Why do they immigrate to the U.S. instead of Brazil, Argentina or Chile?

The problem I have with your argument, which is almost verbatim from the conservative talking points I’ve heard for years now, is that you aren’t interested in solving the real problem. To get to the heart of the infection we need to implement serious employment restrictions on those who hiring unauthorized immigrants for their easily-manipulated cheap labor, followed by the retooling or total scraping of NAFTA/CAFTA.

This puts us in the direction of solving two problems: First, they won’t come here because there is zero opportunity for a job, and second, we put an end to the destruction of their livelihood just so we can get cheaper avocados.

I volunteered for my senior year of undergraduate in Madison, Wisconsin, at a workers’ rights center. We helped people get the money they were owed by their bosses. These bosses were not paying them for the hours they worked, and using their immigration status as leverage to do so.

This is not an isolated phenomena in Madison, Wisc., but rather a national problem. It is our capitalist mindset that tells us to get the most out of them for the least cost.

My challenge to you is to broaden your horizons. You need to leave the confines of Uncle Sam and realize that every action we do here affects everyone else in the world.

It wasn’t until I began getting outside of the U.S. that I found the supreme interconnectedness of all our decisions. I hope you learned something today, and give your anti-Mexican agenda a much-needed review.

Thanks for your time and energy.
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Colin Devlin is a Master’s student studying languages, lit and cultures. Letters can be sent to letters@collegian.com. _

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Our View: Don’t leave promise unfulfilled, Obama

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Despite promises to Latino activists that he would address illegal immigration, President Barack Obama has decided to let this promise go unfulfilled. He announced Thursday that lawmakers lacked the “appetite” to take on immigration, and thus he would be dropping the issue from his agenda.

While we understand that it is an election year, and that Congress has its plate full with climate change and financial reform legislation, this is one campaign promise Obama shouldn’t have broken.

The ruckus raised over the last week in response to Arizona’s controversial law shows that this is an issue that is on the minds of many Americans, including those who don’t live in border states.

We see this enthusiasm locally as CSU students have planned a walk out from classes today in protest of the Arizona law.

As several commentators have made clear on our opinion pages this week, we need national reform to solve the illegal immigration problem.

Whether you like Arizona’s law or not, it’s clear that single state’s actions are not capable of resolving the illegal immigration mess. We need comprehensive immigration reform.

Some combination of border enforcement, policing of companies that hire illegals and the creation of a guest worker program will solve or at least reduce the violence, drug trafficking and job losses caused by illegal immigration.

Without needed national reform, states like Arizona will keep passing controversial and questionable laws because they feel they have no other option.

Until the federal government acts, the situation in border states will continue to deteriorate, and more laws will be passed that threaten people’s civil rights.

It’s too bad the federal government won’t be acting this year because our leaders don’t have the “appetite” to solve this pressing issue.

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It’s time for the new face of agriculture: It involves you

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Robyn Scherer

Agriculture. What do you think of when you hear this word? I know what a lot of people think. They picture a cowboy. His brim pulled over his brow, his chaps swaying with the walk of the horse, his spurs rattling with the movement. They think of a button-up flannel shirt and a red bandana.

A long time ago, this represented a lot of America’s ranchers. But agriculture has expanded far beyond that.

The new face of agriculture is all encompassing and is different from the past. I have one question for you: Have you eaten today? If so, then look in the mirror. You are also part of agriculture.

Don’t believe me? Agriculture is not just about producing food and fiber anymore. Customers (you) have become more aware and more demanding. You don’t want just food, you want food the way you want it.

Consumer’s tastes and preferences have driven a lot of changes in the industry. “Back in the day,” cattle ranchers used to go out and pick their animals to continue breeding based only on phenotype (what the animal looks like), because that’s all they had.

Today, there are geneticists who calculate EPDs (expected progeny differences) on cattle, which has greatly increased productivity. Consumers want a better eating experience, and producers can breed their animals to fit that.

For example, marbling (the intramuscular fat in meat) is what makes it better.

Ever heard the term prime? That is the highest quality meat. More and more consumers want higher quality meat, and EPDs can be calculated on things such as marbling to help producers meet this demand.

So what else does agriculture encompass? Almost everything that you deal with on a daily basis had some origin in agriculture. Did you put on makeup this morning? There are components in makeup that come from processed animals.

Did you throw a football today? Put on some shoes? Both are made from the hides of animals. Did you give someone roses? Put on a T-shirt? Fill your car with gas? All of these things have roots in agriculture.

If you don’t know where your food comes from (and I know some of you do not), I suggest you do a little research on the topic. It’s good to know how it got from the farm to your table and in fact, there is a class that talks about just that.
Knowledge is key to understanding. I know most of your have heard the terms conventional, natural and organic. However, do you really know what these mean?
Conventional is the way a lot of things are grown. This is done for several reasons, but one of the main ones is to reduce costs. As a consumer, you want healthy food, but you also want it cheap.

Naturally grown food is, as defined by the USDA, “A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed (a process which does not fundamentally alter the raw product) may be labeled natural.”

100 percent organic, according to the USDA is, “Can only contain organic ingredients, meaning no antibiotics, hormones, genetic engineering, radiation or synthetic pesticides or fertilizers can be used.”

Do I think that natural or organic food is better than conventional? No, but I believe that there is a place for it. As nice as it would be to produce everything organically, there is physically not enough space on this planet to do so, and produce the amount of food that will be needed to feed the world.

However, this is not about arguing which is better, but simply to inform you of the difference.

Have you ever wondered where you would be without agriculture? I can tell you. You would be naked and hungry.

Robyn Scherer is a senior animal science, agricultural business and journalism and technical communication major. Her column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Missing CSU student OK

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Apr 292010
 
Authors: Jim Sojourner

Jason Michael Cunningham, a 23-year-old CSU student reported missing Monday night, was confirmed to be at friend’s house this morning and has been in contact with his family.

According to a press release from the university, Cunningham was last seen in Fort Collins on Sunday night, and the CSU Police Department wants to thank the community for its efforts to find Cunningham.

No other information is immediately available.

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University’s vet hospital cures cancer, saves cat’s leg with treatment

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Apr 282010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

CSU’s veterinary hospital is the first vet group in the world to successfully save a cat’s limb with a new cancer treatment.

The treatment, stereotactic radiation therapy, was critical in treating the animal’s cancer of a bone in its rear left leg, or osteosarcoma, and in saving that leg in March, according to Steven Withrow, director of CSU’s Animal Cancer Center.

The cat, Cyrano, was brought to CSU from Virginia by his owner Sandy Lerner because CSU is the only facility in the world that offers SRT treatment for animals. SRT is a developing technology for both humans and animals that allows cancer specialists to deliver radiation directly to the cancer without damaging healthy, surrounding tissue.

“With the SRT you can precisely sculpt and deliver the dose to just kill the tumor,” Withrow said.

Veterinarians had originally planned on amputating the limb, but due to Cyrano’s excess 28-pound weight, Lerner opted to go ahead with the radiation treatment despite its cost, which is approximately $5,000.

The procedure has been completed on 42 dogs with the successful removal of tumors, although leg fractures are said to be one of the side effects.

Cancer specialists use a CT scan to pinpoint the location of a tumor and use a combination of image guidance and multiple radiation beams to deliver the therapy.

The animals are put under anesthesia and positioned so the dosage is delivered only to the tumor with the healthy tissue being spared.

The machine that allows the doctors to deliver such an accurate dosage was brought in just two years ago, and pet owners from all over the country have come in to have the procedure performed on their animals.

“It’s the only machine of its type in the veterinary society. We are treating a couple hundred patients each year from all over the country,” said Susan LaRue, radiation oncologist for the center. “Hotels in the area are allowing pets to stay in their hotels, so our clients have a place to stay. It’s been a wonderful community effort.”

The procedure was successfully performed on a bear earlier this year and has been completed on cows and horses as well, Withrow said.

One of the advantages CSU has with its program is its employment of Fred Harman, a clinical medical physicist who previously worked with SRT technology on humans. His experience has aided the team in improving the treatment and is the only medical physicist in the world currently working on animals.

SRT is used on humans who have brain tumors and other forms of cancer but is not yet used on human osteosarcomas. The team is working with researchers at
the University of Colorado and in Texas to develop this technology for humans.

“I think, potentially, there is a role for this in regards to limb sparing in humans, especially in young children who are prone to getting osteosarcoma,” said Jamie Custis, the radiation oncologist resident for Cyrano’s case.

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

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