Community Briefs

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

PVH hosts blood drive

University Avenue, between the Lory Student Center and the Morgan Library, today will be home to a mobile blood drive.

Hosted by Poudre Valley Hospital in collaboration with the CSU Health Network, the drive will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All members of the campus community are welcome to donate.

Cultural Center to host open house

Interested in being a part of one of CSU’s many diversity organizations?

The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, APACC, will host its annual fall open house to welcome students back for the 2010-2011 school year today at 11 a.m. in Lory Student Center,
room 212.

The organization strives to promote retention and graduation through direct services and campus-wide programs, according to its website.

Professor named endowed chair

Ken Reardon, a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, was named the Jud and Pat Harper Endowed Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Reardon spends his time researching biofuel production and the biotechnology used in detecting pollutants, according to a press release. He worked with Cenergy, the university’s way of “commercializing” cutting-edge clean and renewable technologies.

“He is an example of the faculty members in our college who collaborate with industry partners as well as other disciplines to develop innovative alternative energy solutions,” said Sandra
Woods, dean of the College of Engineering, in the same release.

The endowment fund was created in 2007 by the Harpers, who named the university as their beneficiary for a $1 million life insurance policy. Jud Harper served as interim president from July 1989 through June 1990, vice president for Research and Information Technology for 18 years and a professor and head of the Agricultural Engineering department.

Men’s bball season tickets now on sale

Want to buy season tickets for the CSU men’s basketball team but don’t have all of the money you need up front?

Not to worry.

For the first time, people who buy season tickets before Sept. 13 can pay in two installments. The first payment is due on the date of purchase with the balance charged to a buyer’s account on Oct. 15.

The deal applies to new and renewal buyers.

The change comes in response to positive feedback from fans who took advantage of the same installment plan as it applied to season football tickets the past two years, said Danny Mattie, assistant director of media relations for the Athletics Department.

Season-ticket prices, for the fourth consecutive season, start at $185 for adults, $150 for faculty and staff and $90 for youth (3-17).

To order season tickets, go to www.csurams.com.

In addition to the new payment plan option, fans who purchase tickets early will be given priority when the CSU ticket office designates seating locations for all season-ticket holders beginning after the Oct. 1 renewal deadline for 2009-2010 season-ticket holders. Top priority, however, will be given to Ram Club members. 

The Rams kick off the new season on Tuesday, Nov. 2 when they go up against Regis University at Moby Arena. The game starts at 7 p.m. and is broadcast on KLZ-560 AM.

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‘Temple Grandin’ does grand in Emmys

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: David Martinez

Temple Grandin, a CSU animal sciences professor with high-functioning autism, can now add some Emmy Awards to her list of life accomplishments.

The self-titled made-for-television movie about her life, “Temple Grandin,” won seven of them during this year’s ceremonies.

The movie follows Grandin, played by actress Claire Danes, through her struggles in school and her fight to become a part of a male-dominated cattle industry.

While Grandin herself didn’t act or direct any part of the movie about her, the cast members redirected the spotlight on her during Sunday’s ceremony when she walked up with them to receive their awards.

Grandin has become internationally known for her work in the cattle industry, promoting a humane livestock handling process. Her autism allows her to better understand the fears and discomforts of cattle in a slaughterhouse.

Through her work, the beef and cattle industries have implemented devices such as sweeping curved corrals for animals being led to slaughter.

She has also become a spokeswoman for the autism advocacy movement and has been featured in publications, such as the New York Times and Forbes magazine, for her work.

Bill Wailes, the department head for CSU’s Department of Animal Sciences, said the acclaim and awards for the movie were well deserved.

“She’s very dedicated and passionate about her work, and that’s a good combination,” said Wailes, who has worked with Grandin at CSU for 10 years.

Craig Beyrouty, dean of CSU’s Department of Agricultural Sciences, said each time he’s watched the movie he learns a little bit more about Grandin.

“She epitomizes the overall aspect of the human spirit,” Beyrouty said. “We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Assistant News Editor David Martinez can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Write-ups not a joke

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: Rachel Childs

The sound of a residence assistant as they walk down the dorm halls is no surprise to the residents living there.

Yet shouting, the smell of alcohol and marijuana or a host of other offenses still make their way through the door crack. The knock on the door comes as a surprise to the residents living in that room.

Students at CSU are required to follow a university code of conduct to ensure that they will be responsible members of the campus community. Residence halls also require certain behaviors within that same code.

Alcohol warnings in the residence halls have gone from 51 in 2008 to 169 in 2009, according to last year’s CSU Police Department safety report. No statistics for this year were available at the time of print.

Once the resident assistant, RA, confronts the student, he or she writes an incident report that outlines the offense and what happened during the confrontation. Drug and alcohol cases involving CSUPD will receive a ticket.

Both of these forms are given to Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services. After a conduct hearing with a residence director or assistant resident director, ARD, he or she will then set up an appointment to listen to the student’s defense or confession about the incident.

“We really try to address things at the lowest level possible,” said Emily Seems, residence director for Parmelee Hall.

A guilty student will face consequences based on his or her offense and educational need. They are given an educational sanction, which can be a simple bulletin board about a topic to taking a drug and alcohol awareness course.

Failing to do the activity during the sanctioned time frame can yield a hold on the student’s account, which will prevent them from registering from classes.

“The best part of our system is that its not a cookie cutter approach,” Seems said.

Drug and alcohol violations are the majority of cases Seems has seen in her four years as an RD.
Noise violations and sports in the halls are also fairly common.

The most serious offenses are those that involve violence between members of the hall, and can lead to being kicked out of the hall.

“CSU is really a model for how they handle student conflict,” said Brad Bohlander, spokesman for the university.

Not all drug and alcohol cases involving residents will involve police. Those that are reported to CSUPD or involve medical emergencies will go through the CSUPD and can result in a Minor in
Possession, or MIP offense if the resident is underage.

“Anytime we feel that a student is violating another students rights, we take that very seriously,”
Seems said.

Crime Beat Reporter Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Buff Beatdown

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

No matter what the sport, there’s always a rivalry between Colorado State and CU-Boulder.
That showed Tuesday night as the CSU volleyball team kicked off the Rocky Mountain Showdown week in fashion, beating CU in straight sets, 3-0.

The two teams faced off in front of an energetic crowd at Moby Arena, and the play in the first set suggested some nerves from each side.

The Buffaloes had eight service errors in the first set while the Rams shot a poor .160 in the same frame. CSU was able to improve as the match went on, however, leading to the victory.

“We got better set to set,” coach Tom Hilbert said. “They outplayed us in set one. Set two, we didn’t play great but we played well enough to win. Set three, we played outstanding.”
The Rams were able to escape punishment for their subpar play in set one due to unforced errors
by CU.

After weathering the slow start, the Rams were able to exhibit what has become a trend in the early part of the season by finishing the match strong.

CSU dominated most of the third set, playing the best they had all night, ultimately winning it 25-16 to complete the sweep.

Finishing matches strong is something the Rams work and pride themselves on.

“That’s been a mentality for our team last year and this year,” said junior setter Evan Sanders.
“It’s something that we work at in practice so when we get in situations like this it’s not really as stressful. It’s something we’re used to.”

In addition to the service errors by CU, the Rams played some stifling defense of their own, constantly pushing the Buffs to work for every point.

CSU forced CU to shoot a paltry kill percentage of .128 for the match.
The crowd of 3,472 at Moby Arena not only got a chance to see the 15th-ranked Rams’ volleyball team beat its rival, but they also got to take part in an informal pep rally, as the CSU football team addressed the crowd between sets two and three as they prepare for the Rocky Mountain Showdown this Saturday in Denver.

Rams fans can only hope that some of the dominance from the volleyball team rubbed off on the football team.

Tuesday’s win continues an impressive run for the CSU volleyball team over CU. This win was the sixth straight for the Rams, although the two teams didn’t meet last year. The Rams lead the series all-time with a record of 22-11.

Despite the fact that CU is in rebuilding mode, returning only two starters from last year, the team knows that it is always nice to win a game against the school’s biggest rival.

“It’s still CU,” said senior Danielle Minch, who led the team with eight kills. “It’s still a rivalry.”

Volleyball beat reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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The value of good teachers adds up

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Authors: By Jason Felch, Jason Song and Doug Smith McClatchy-Tribune

LOS ANGELES — The fifth-graders at Broadous Elementary School come from the same world — the poorest corner of the San Fernando Valley, a Pacoima neighborhood framed by two freeways where some have lost friends to the stray bullets of rival gangs.

Many are the sons and daughters of Latino immigrants who never finished high school, hard-working parents who keep a respectful distance and trust educators to do what’s best.
The students study the same lessons. They are often on the same chapter of the same book.

Yet year after year, one fifth-grade class learns far more than the other down the hall. The difference has almost nothing to do with the size of the class, the students or their parents.
It’s their teachers.

With Miguel Aguilar, students consistently have made striking gains on state standardized tests, many of them vaulting from the bottom third of students in Los Angeles schools to well above average, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis. John Smith’s pupils next door have started out slightly ahead of Aguilar’s but by the end of the year have been far behind.

In Los Angeles and across the country, education officials have long known of the often huge disparities among teachers. They’ve seen the indelible effects, for good and ill, on children. But rather than analyze and address these disparities, they have opted mostly to ignore them.

Most districts act as though one teacher is about as good as another. As a result, the most effective teachers often go unrecognized, the keys to their success rarely studied. Ineffective teachers often face no consequences and get no extra help.

Which teacher a child gets is usually an accident of fate, in which the progress of some students is hindered while others just steps away thrive.

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Officials warn of Earl’s impact

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: By Curtis Morgan McClatchy-Tribune

MIAMI — From North Carolina north to the Canadian Maritimes, coastal residents began bracing for a Labor Day weekend with gusty winds, nasty seas and potential evacuations if Hurricane Earl ventures too close for comfort.
Though forecasters still expected Earl’s dangerous center to stay just off the coast, the top federal emergency manager cautioned Tuesday that low-lying communities could be urged to evacuate in advance of what could be a surge of seawater driven ashore by the large and powerful Category 4 storm.

“We do not have a forecast landfall but this is a very large system,” said Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We do expect impacts along the coast.”

In North Carolina, which has not been hit by a major hurricane since Fran struck Cape Fear in 1996, residents were closely watching that “cone of uncertainty.”

“My guests are calling and they don’t know what to do and I don’t know what to tell them,” Dave
Dawson, owner of the oceanfront Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton, N.C., told The Associated Press.

Packing 135 mph winds and stronger gusts, Earl could strengthen in the next two days but was expected to gradually weaken as it moves into cooler waters by late Thursday or Friday, about the time it could be nearing North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a major Category 3 storm.

From there, a low-pressure trough driving off the East Coast should deflect Earl and turn it more northeast, away from the coast — but possibly not without side-swiping much of the Eastern Seaboard.

Bill Read, director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, said there was still considerable uncertainty about the timing of that turn. With hurricane-force winds extending 70 miles and tropical force winds out 200 miles, there wasn’t much wiggle room.

“Even a small error of 100 miles in the wrong direction could have huge impacts,” Read said, during a media conference call with Fugate Tuesday.

At 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center posted a hurricane watch from Surf City, N.C., to the
North Carolina-Virginia border, meaning effects could be felt within 48 hours. That’s likely to be extended in coming days because Earl is expected to remain a major hurricane as it moves up
the coast toward New England by Saturday.

Even a brushing by the large, powerful storm could down power lines and trees and wash over coastal roads as it parallels the coast. The pounding surf is also expected to chew up beaches and coastal areas and worsen hazardous rip current conditions kicked up last week by now-defunct Hurricane Danielle.

On Tuesday, as Earl passed some 200 miles to the east of the Turks and Caicos Islands, residents hunkered down, as gusty winds whipped palm fronds and rocked fishing boats on their moorings.

“We can hear the waves crashing against the reef really seriously. Anybody who hasn’t secured their boats by now is going to regret it,” Kirk Graff, owner of Capt. Kirks Flamingo Cove Marina, told The Associated Press by phone as he watched the darkening skies.

Tropical storm warnings were also posted for the Southeastern Bahamas, which should begin to feel the lashes of Earl’s outer bands by Wednesday.

In Puerto Rico, FEMA said nearly 200,000 people remained without power. In the Virgin Islands, an estimated 90 percent of residents were waiting for power to be restored. Downed trees aside, there was no major damage or serious injuries reported in the Caribbean islands Earl drenched.

In North Carolina, the National Weather Service said waves could reach 25 feet off the state’s barrier islands as Earl approached. Gov. Bev Perdue issued a statement urging residents to have their emergency plans and supplies ready, but the state had not yet decided to move emergency equipment into place.

“Hopefully this storm will move through the area quickly, so that folks planning to go to our beaches this weekend can still enjoy the long Labor Day weekend,” Perdue said. “But, above all, we want everyone to be safe.”

Tropical Storm Fiona, meanwhile, was following in Earl’s path and was expected to begin turning northward by Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center did not expect the storm, with winds at 40 mph, to grow much stronger or threaten land over the next few days.

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Polls: New mosque unwanted in NY

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: By Michael Muskal, McClatchy-Tribune

LOS ANGELES — More than seven out of 10 New Yorkers want the developers of a proposed Islamic community center, which contains a prayer room, near the scene of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center to move the project, according to a poll released Tuesday.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, New Yorkers by 71 percent to 21 percent said that a Muslim group should move its planned center somewhere away from near the site of the former World Trade Center, which, along with the Pentagon, was attacked by airplanes hijacked by
Islamic fundamentalists on Sept. 11, 2001.

The poll found that by 54 percent to 40 percent, surveyed New Yorkers agreed that the Islamic group has a right to build the mosque, but by 53 percent to 39 percent, those surveyed said that the mosque should not be at the site “because of the sensitivities of 9/11 relatives.”

“The heated, sometimes angry, debate over the proposal to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero has New York State voters twisted in knots, with some of them taking contradictory positions depending on how the question is asked,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Overwhelmingly, across all party and regional lines, New Yorkers say the sponsors ought to voluntarily move the proposed mosque to another location,” Carroll said.

Quinnipiac questioned 1,497 registered voters from Aug. 23 to Aug. 29. The poll, which is similar to other recent polls, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

The mosque issue has politically divided Americans, with the overwhelming majority seeing the construction as near the World Trade Center as a poor choice.

Conservatives and Republicans have been especially vocal in their opposition while President
Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are supporting the construction.

By 71 percent to 22 percent, New York voters said that the state attorney general should investigate the financing of the mosque project, according to the poll.

The poll also found that New Yorkers approve of Obama’s performance as president by 51 percent to 41 percent, his lowest score ever in the state.

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Scubbles

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: Derrick Burton
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Life on the Edge

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: Dave Anderson
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US death toll rising in Afghanistan: 22 since Friday

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Aug 312010
 
Authors: By Saeed Shah McClatchy Tribune

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — U.S. forces lost 22 soldiers in Afghanistan, mostly to roadside bombs, since Friday, marking a bloody step-up in the insurgency as a major U.S.-led offensive seeks to capture the spiritual homeland of the Taliban movement in Kandahar.

The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said it is gaining ground against the insurgents, but violence is rising across the country, including in areas that were considered relatively safe.

Five more U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday, while three Afghan workers for the British charity Oxfam were killed by a roadside bomb in Badakhshan, which had been one of the safer places in the country.

The coalition says that casualties are rising as they push against the strongholds of the Taliban in the south and the allied Haqqani network in the east. The majority of casualties — 60 percent — this year and in 2009 came from improvised explosive devices planted on roads and paths.

U.S. and Afghan forces are expected to begin soon an offensive in Zhari and Panjwai, southwest of Kandahar city, the last part of operation “Hamkari,” to secure and stabilize Kandahar province.
Mullah Omar started the Taliban movement in this area in 1994, and it conquered much of the
country in the two years that followed.

Of the 22 American losses since Friday, 17 were the result of IEDs, according to figures provided by the ISAF. In that period, only one non-American coalition soldier was killed.

“It has all been in the south and the east, where most of the kinetic activity is at the moment,” said Katie Kendrick, a spokeswoman for the ISAF in Kabul, referring to the fatalities.

The United States accounted for 55 of the 76 coalition deaths in August, which topped a painful summer for coalition forces, with 102 foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan in June and an additional 88 in July, according to the website iCasualties, which tracks losses in Afghanistan.

Kandahar is the spiritual home of the Taliban, from where Mullah Omar had ruled until Afghan and U.S. forces toppled him from power in 2001. The province is considered to be the primary goal of the Taliban, but until this year, analysts think that coalition forces didn’t commit sufficient troops to the area.

While the other major operation in the south of Afghanistan this year — targeting the town of Marjah in Helmand province — had a defined and spectacular start, the Kandahar “mission” is more dispersed and less defined.

The coalition and Afghan forces say they’ve improved security in Kandahar city, though it remains a dangerous place, and gained control over most of the Arghandab valley to the north of the city. The next goal of the push, expected to start within days, in the south are the Taliban-controlled districts of Zhari and Panjwai, where there is little Afghan government presence.

“Zhari and Panjwai are the last pieces of this problem set,” said a senior ISAF officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the record. “Today we own about 10 percent of those areas.”

The coalition is under pressure to demonstrate progress in Afghanistan ahead of President Barack Obama’s deadline of July 2011 to begin the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan. Obama in a Tuesday evening address is to declare an end to the seven-year combat mission in Iraq.

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