Native American celebration takes over LSC

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Justin Rampy

Against the backdrop of an unusually warm fall afternoon, the Lory Student Center’s Main ballroom looked out across west campus and onto the foothills of Fort Collins. But inside, the ballroom teemed with Native American culture and spirit.

Attendees of the 28th Annual American Indian Science and Engineering Society, AISES, Powwow came Saturday with travel bags packed full with authentic wear including colorful dresses, moccasins, beads, bells, feathers and headdresses.

At about 1 p.m. they cleared the main dance floor in preparation for the Grand Entry.

Dancers of both genders and all ages entered single file from the corner of the ballroom to take part in the sacred “Grass Dance,” which has held different meanings throughout native tribes, but to all is a ceremonial dance representing grass blowing in harmony with the wind.

After which, the spiritual advisor Lee Plenty Wolf gave the invocation, or prayer, that invited all participants and those in attendance to join the tribes in their blessed celebration.

The rest of the afternoon brought many more dances and song performances, games such as musical chairs and a special powwow feed of buffalo roast that was served to all in attendance.

As an outer-lying feature of the event, several stands were set up to sell Native American memorabilia including: beaded necklaces, earrings, silver bracelets, dream catchers, clothing, moccasins, pelts and a myriad of turquoise jewelry.

Fry bread and fry bread tacos were the main staple for concessions at this year’s event. Fry bread is essentially a sopapilla, served with powdered sugar and honey.

The event’s “Northern Host” was the singer/drummer group Northern Cree, from Saddle Creek Alberta, Canada. AISES brought them down to CSU for this celebration to showcase its talent through the rhythm of its drums and strength of its voices.

Dozens of young Native Americans dressed in tribal formal wear, participated in native dances and began absorbing the traditions of their culture.

Nathaniel Bearsheart, 11, who was adorned with beads and feathers alike, took part in the “Grass Dance,” which he said is his favorite to perform. The Santee Sioux member has danced for five years and lives in Monument, just south of the Denver Metro area.

He “thinks” he has three sisters but he “knows” that he is the only boy in his family, which makes his participation in the traditionally-male “Grass Dance” that much more special to him and his father.

This year was only his second time attending the powwow at CSU, but he plans to return for more.

When asked if the elders think of him as the best young dancer he said, “sometimes yes, but sometimes, nah. Sometimes I have good days and sometimes I have bad days.”

Staff writer Justin Rampy can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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The Weekly Blitz: Judgment time for Colorado State basketball

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

Hear ye. Hear ye.

The questionably honorable, but undoubtedly amazing, Matt L. Stephens calls to the stand Tim Miles, head coach of the Colorado State men’s basketball team.

Coach, since you always say what’s on your mind in conversation, I don’t feel the need to swear you in, but I will take this time to inform you and your team that 2010-11 is the season of judgment and expectations are rightfully high.

With constant improvement in your first three seasons, from a winless Mountain West Conference slate in 2007-08, to a 2008-09 season that included an upset over UNLV and finally last year’s berth in the College Basketball Invitational, you’re a rising name in the coaching ranks.

With the ability to dig up hidden gems like Jesse Carr, Dorian Green and Travis Franklin and successfully land high-caliber transfers from big programs in Andy Ogide (Ole Miss), Wes Eikmeier (Iowa State), Dan Vandervieren (Purdue) and Marcus Walker (Nebraska), it’s safe to say you know how to recruit.

Coach, it would appear that you and the Rams are on a path similar to that of Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears, but in order for me to confirm this, I am asking your team to accomplish the following tasks this season.

Reach the NIT

Returning four out of five starters from 2009-10, I see no reason CSU should not have a berth in the NIT this season, especially since the Rams bring back a true point guard in Carr, who missed last year with a groin injury.

A front court that’s centered around Ogide, Franklin and redshirt freshman Trevor Williams, who hopes to bring back the 7-footer dominance Stuart Creason once represented, and a back court with Carr, Green, Adam Nigon and Greg Smith – Moby Arena hasn’t been home to this much talent since the 1990s.

Anything short of the NIT will be a disappointment.

Beat Brigham Young

Since Miles took over the CSU program, the Rams have defeated all MWC opponents at least once, with the exception of San Diego State, New Mexico and BYU. With the Aztecs and Lobos, CSU at least remained competitive, but with the Cougars, the Rams are averaging 0-6 with an average point margin of 25.67.

This trend must end this season by sending BYU off to the West Coast Conference with its first loss to CSU since Jan. 20, 2007.

Coach, you said that if a school doesn’t want to be part of the MWC, you don’t want them there. It’s time to show the Cougars they won’t be missed.

Free throw efficiency

Down the stretch of a conference season, games are won or lost at the free throw line. Unfortunately, last season, the Rams shot a combined .676 at the charity stripe, smack dab in the middle of the MWC – which is also where CSU finished in the overall league standings.

There is no need to call out any single player for poor performance at the line, as eight members of last year’s team finished the season connecting on less than 70 percent of their attempts, but had the Rams been more efficient, you could easily argue there would be at least three more wins in the record book.

Senior leadership

Coach Miles, I’d like you to please step to the side now as I call to the stand your two senior big men, Mr. Ogide and Mr. Franklin.

Mr. Franklin, since your 22-point, 10-rebound performance in a dominating win over in-state rival CU-Boulder where the CSU student section rushed the court and had you crowd surf, you’ve been a fan favorite. I had no hesitation calling you the Rams’ MVP from last season. But if you can be more consistent in your play, the sky is the limit.

Mr. Ogide, I feel you are the key for this team’s success. Your blocked shots and monster dunks bring more energy to Moby Arena than anyone else, but your presence is often limited. Though you only fouled out four times, including the bogus ejection in the MWC Championships against SDSU, foul trouble often has you riding the pine. Your team needs you on the floor, so play smart.

You can also do us a favor by averaging a double-double. You’re more than capable.

If your team, Coach Miles, can accomplish these feats within the next five months, I have no problem calling CSU one of college basketball’s rising programs.

Your trial begins Tuesday, with an exhibition game against Regis.

Sports Editor Matt L. Stephens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rams defense stifles New Mexico

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

When the Colorado State defense gave up a 41-yard pass play that led to a touchdown on New Mexico’s opening drive Saturday evening, Rams fans probably had fears of a continuation of the 59 points Utah scored a week prior.

But after the first drive, the CSU defense went into shutdown mode, as the Rams topped the Lobos 38-14 at Hughes Stadium.

“After that first drive we stepped up,” said linebacker Mychal Sisson. “We said ‘We’re not going to let that happen anymore,’ and we came out and proved it.”

Sisson created havoc all day long, consistently disrupting New Mexico plays. The junior led the Rams with 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

While the Rams’ offense and exceptional rushing attack will get most of the headlines, the CSU defense put in a dominant performance of its own, limiting New Mexico to 237 total yards.

The CSU defense was able to dominate the line of scrimmage, limiting the Lobos to 96 rush yards for the game, with an average of 2.8 yards-per-carry.

And while the Rams didn’t record a sack on the day, they did apply plenty of pressure to the Lobos quarterbacks. CSU’s defense had five quarterback hurries and knocked New Mexico’s starting quarterback, B.R. Holbrook, out of the game with a shoulder injury.

“This was one of the few games that I’ve coached in that I felt our team just got outmanned,” said New Mexico coach Mike Locksley after the game. “Offensively, we didn’t do a good job of protecting our quarterback. We got our quarterback knocked out.”

The pressure applied to the Lobos’ quarterbacks kept their passing attack out of rhythm and New Mexico only threw for 141 yards while alternating between Holbrook and Stump Godfrey under center.

The CSU defense started the second half by keeping UNM off of the scoreboard after the Lobos executed a successful onside kick recovery, preventing them from gaining any momentum.

For the entire second half, the Rams limited New Mexico to 63 yards and three first downs. CSU has now given up only 24 total points in its last two home games.

CSU was especially dominant on third downs, only allowing the Lobos to convert five of 14 third down attempts.

The Rams know that their success on third down defense is often a good indicator of how a game will go.

“I thought they did well,” coach Steve Fairchild said of the defense. “The biggest thing we did was we made some third down stops. When we do that defensively, things go good. When we struggle on third down, it’s usually a long night for us.”

Sisson echoed his coach’s assertion that third down defense has been a point of emphasis from the coaching staff.

“Every week (defensive coordinator Larry) Kerr’s been telling us that we need to get more third down stops and just get three and outs,” Sisson said. “We practiced that and practiced that and finally it showed up in this game.”

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

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Colorado State volleyball still rolling

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

Colorado State’s volleyball team must feel like a bunch of janitors lately, as the Rams have now swept their last four opponents, defeating San Diego State 3-0 on Saturday.

The Rams have only dropped two sets in the month of October, still holding on to beat TCU in five.

The win over SDSU is its 11th in a row and CSU has a stranglehold on the Mountain West Conference lead to begin the second half of league play.

“A lot of people consider this to be ‘down the stretch,” said head coach Tom Hilbert. “You can approach it by saying ‘we just want to get through it,’ or you can approach it and say ‘we want to be better the second time we play everybody.’ That’s really the only way we can finish the season off.”

The Aztecs kept it close in the first set, forcing the Rams to beat them 26-24, but never got above 20 points in the last two sets, losing 25-18 and 25-15 in the last two frames.

“We stopped their outside hitting,” Hilbert said “We were able to block more balls and we played with more maturity, we had less hitting errors.”

The Aztecs hit a woeful .174 during Set 1, and that percentage dropped below zero and into the negatives for sets 2 and 3.

In volleyball, hitting percentage is calculated by subtracting total errors from total kills, which makes negative percentages possible.

Senior outside hitters Danielle Minch and Jacque Davisson and sophomore middle blocker Megan Plourde all tied for the team-lead with 11 kills on Saturday.

“It really helps you,” Hilbert said. “It means other teams can’t focus on one player.”

Freshman Summer Nash paced the Aztecs with 10 kills and contributed two blocking assists on the evening.

The Rams will return home this week to play UNLV and Air Force on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, before heading out on a tough road swing for the following two weeks.

CSU will play at New Mexico, TCU and Wyoming, three of the top six teams in the MWC.

“We want to win our home games because that was a big goal of our in the beginning of the year,” Hilbert said, “ … We know that in order to win the conference we have to do that. I believe we’re improving as a team and we need to continue to show it.”

Volleyball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rams hockey wins center-ice showdown

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The Colorado State hockey team iced CU-Boulder at the Pepsi Center Friday night with an impressive 6-3 win in front of an estimated 6,000 fans.

The Buffs came out flying to start the game and took an early lead off of a top-shelf wrist shot from the circle that beat CSU goaltender John Miller on the short side.

Rather than being stunned by the early goal, CSU seemed to snap to life upon being scored on.

“Once they got their feet under them with the first couple of shifts, we stuck with the game plan,” said coach Kelly Newton.

Junior Ben Smoot tied the game with about six minutes remaining in the first period when he shoved a rebound past the CU goalie.

The game’s key sequence came partway through the second period.

The Buffs took a 2-1 lead off of a wrist shot over the shoulder of Miller and, just over 30 seconds later, CSU was called for boarding. This gave CU an opportunity to go on the power play looking for a two-goal lead.

Instead of falling down by two, the Rams were able to snatch momentum when Casey Schermerhorn got a breakaway and beat the goalie with a quick backhander through the five-hole to tie the game at two.

The shorthanded goal turned out to be the biggest point in the game.

“A shorthanded goal is always huge,” said two-goal scorer Kollin Vandersluis. “We took a penalty down 2-1, expecting to hopefully kill it off and we end up getting a shorthanded goal to tie it up. That was big, a big momentum swing.”

CSU took a lead that it would never relinquish with just over two minutes remaining in the second period when Vandersluis took a pass just above the crease and deked around the goalie and slid the puck into the vacant net.

With CSU leading by one at the start of the third period, the Buffaloes came out and put a lot of pressure on CSU’s net as they tried to tie the game. But Miller was up to the task, making two key saves in the opening minutes to preserve the lead.

Then, as they did all night, the Rams took advantage of an opportunity to extend their lead. CU took a penalty and Vandersluis scored his second goal of the game with a shot from the point, giving CSU a 4-2 lead.

“Beginning of the periods, they came out flying and we just had to weather the storm,” said Miller about the sequence at the start of the third period. “If you don’t take advantage of your opportunities when they’re given to you, they can come back to haunt you. Tonight we took advantage.”

CSU scored two more goals to extend its lead to 6-2, before CU scored late to give itself a more respectable score line.

The Rams will look to build on their momentum when they face CU again this Friday in Fort Collins.

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

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Unleash the beast

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Cris Tiller

Two years after Colorado State had a predator, it found a beast.

For the first time since the 2008 season, the Rams had a running back rush for three touchdowns in a single game when senior Leonard Mason released his inner monster against New Mexico on Saturday.

The last back to accomplish the feat was Gartrell Johnson III, nicknamed the “predator” because of his signature dreadlocks that made him look like the creature from the popular 1980s movie.

Mason’s self-created alter ego has reared its head three times this season, going for 100 yards each time he has received a sizable workload.

“I let the beast out man, beast mode,” Mason said.

Mason totaled 124 yards on 15 carries for an average of 8.3 yards.

A large chunk of those yards came from a 38-yard streak down the sideline on a fourth down and two in the second quarter.

According to Mason, his success came from treating each carry like it could be his last after not playing the week before against No. 5 Utah.

CSU coach Steve Fairchild liked what he saw from the “beast.”

“He was finishing runs,” Fairchild said. “He’s the body-type back that can wear defenses down. I think (New Mexico) got tired of tackling him.”

The “beast” set the tone early, blasting a New Mexico defender square in the chest, taking him out of the game, but Mason gave most of the credit to the much improved offensive line.

“I personally think they get better every game,” Mason said. “They struggled a little bit last week, but I think we’re getting it together.”

CSU’s offensive line proved Mason right, dominating the Lobos’ defensive front to the tune of 328 rushing yards and four touchdowns as a team.

“We strive to be really good, and I think we’re on the way to it,” said center Weston Richburg. “We just got to keep working and keep having games like this.”

For the second straight week, redshirt freshman Chris Nwoke got the start at running back and fell just short of the 100-yard mark with 98.

“It’s good. We compete hard in practice and the cards lay out Saturday,” Nwoke said. “You just take it as it is and when the next back gets his chance you cheer him on.”

The season’s original starting running back, Raymond Carter, got back on the field after sitting out the last three games with a knee injury suffered against No. 3 TCU on Oct. 2.

Carter only saw five carries, but made the most of them, including a 34-yard dash in the second quarter.

His run would set up Mason’s long fourth-down touchdown later in the drive.

The Rams had three different running backs have a run of 34 yards or longer.

The most exciting was a double reverse to freshman speedster Tony Drake that turned into a 34-yard touchdown. It was Drake’s first collegiate touchdown.

“It felt good just to make a touchdown and do something positive for the team, get the ball and make a play with it,” Drake said. “I just saw green grass and ran to it. That’s it.”

Football Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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MWC Notebook – Nov. 1

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Compiled by Matt L. Stephens

Air Force:

The Air Force football team (5-4, 3-3) has hit a three-game losing streak after the Falcons lost a close battle to Utah on Saturday, 28-23.

Though Air Force was held to 210 yards rushing on the evening, quarterback Tim Jefferson threw for 201 yards and a touchdown but also two interceptions.

Air Force will try to get back on track next week as it heads to West Point, N.Y., to face Army for the Commander-in-Chief Trophy.

Brigham Young:

Miles Batty, a junior from Sandy, Utah, won the 8K at the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships in Laramie, Wyo., on Friday with a time of 25:01.6. It was Batty’s third win of the season and crowned him the MWC cross country Male Athlete of the Year.

BYU’s men’s cross country team finished the MWC Championships in second place.

New Mexico:

The renovated University Arena, more commonly referred to as “The Pit” opens its doors to fans today with an open house.

Students may view the men’s basketball practice from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the rest of the public may view practice starting at 3:30 p.m. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.

San Diego State:

The SDSU football team (6-2, 3-1) was able to hold off Wyoming 48-38 in Laramie on Saturday, thanks to a big game from quarterback Ryan Lindley.

Lindley completed 50 percent of his passes for 365 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Aztecs’ running back Brandon Sullivan, despite only carrying the ball six times for 15 yards, also had three rushing touchdowns.

TCU:

After ending a four-match losing streak on Friday by sweeping Air Force, the TCU volleyball team (13-10, 4-5) dropped a tough one on Sunday to UNLV, 3-2.

Senior middle blocker Christy Hudson had her second triple-double of the season with 14 kills, 11 assists and 18 digs in the loss.

After starting October in second-place in the MWC standings, the Horned Frogs are now in sixth.

UNLV:

Redshirt freshman Rene Ruegamer of UNLV’s men’s tennis team earned two titles at the Larry Easley Memorial Classic over the weekend.

Ruegamer won the Flight Two singles championship, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 and a 9-8 victory in doubles with teammate Alex Bull.

UNLV’s season will resume in January when the Runnin’ Rebels host Texas Tech.

Utah:

ESPN announced on Sunday that its hit Saturday morning, on-location show, “College Football GameDay” will be in Salt Lake City this upcoming weekend for the showdown between undefeated MWC schools Utah and TCU.

The last time GameDay visited Salt Lake City was during Utah’s Fiesta Bowl season in 2004.

The game between the Utes and Frogs will be televised on CBS College Sports.

Wyoming:

The Wyoming soccer team (7-9-3, 1-3-3) tied Air Force 0-0 on Saturday in Laramie, guaranteeing the Cowgirls a spot in the MWC Championships in San Diego.

It was the seventh time Wyoming had shutout an opponent this season.

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Saluting guidance for ROTC cadets

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Andrew Carrera

The heads of Colorado State University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs have issued guidance to cadets that there is no formal requirement to salute Cadet officers outside their respective programs.

Russell Pinkston, cadet 1st lieutenant and public affairs officer, said in a written statement to the Collegian that Lieutenant Colonel Channing Moose and Colonel Jenny Picket told their cadets the lack of formal hierarchy between the two ROTC programs makes it unnecessary to salute non-commissioned officers outside of their own branches.

The guidance was new to Dakota Koolmees, a third-year Army ROTC cadet.

“When I first started, we were saluting the Air Force cadets. As of recently, that has changed,” Koolmees said.

Some have said that the relationship between the two campus programs has not been affected.

“…We are all still cadets, and we still work together, and we’re still going to function together, and we still have the respect for officers,” Koolmees said, adding that he has not noticed a problem develop between the two groups as a result of the clarification in policy.

Ryan Kemmerlin, Air Force captain and CSU assistant professor of aerospace studies and the unit admissions officer for the branch’s ROTC, said that the newly issued guidance was simple, uncontroversial and normal.

The bond that the two programs have on campus, Kemmerlin said, has been and continues to be positive and mutually beneficial.

Cadets of both branches have trained together in military exercises on and off campus.

“As a way of continuing to develop our cadets,” said Pinkston, “this past weekend 130 CSU and UNC Army ROTC Cadets went to Jack’s Valley, Air Force Academy to participate in our Fall Field Training Exercise, out largest training exercise of the semester.”

Pinkston said that Air Force cadets served a vital role in the training by acting as the oppositional force.

“It’s fun, because it’s good training for them because they get to see a lot more about field tactics and what we do, and they get to experience what the enemy is experiencing when they’re getting moved in on,” Kemmerlin said. “We get to talk to people that actually understand everything.”

There are approximately 156 ROTC cadets from both branches at CSU that are required to attend 6 a.m. physical training exercises and wear uniforms around campus three times a week.

Staff writer Andrew Carrera can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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‘Lebanon’ delivers cold realism

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

As a collective whole, movies depicting the act of war have usually focused on ground troops or aerial combat. This is why last year’s best picture winner “The Hurt Locker” was such a pleasant surprise. It exposed the unfamiliar intensity that faced a bomb squad unit.  

“Lebanon” follows suit by highlighting more foreign territory with a group of soldiers dispatched in a tank during The First Lebanon War. The soldiers are young and in a little over their heads, unprepared for the horrors of war that befall them.   

Execution wise, the film plays out like a claustrophobic’s worst nightmare. Shots are limited inside the all too small confines of the tank and what is visible from the scope inside of the tank.  

The harsh realities of war emerge when initially the tank’s gunner can’t force himself to fire upon enemy troops. He has the enemy in his sights, but their faces become clearer to him as they approach. The gunner freezes up with compassion for his enemies as human beings, unable to take their lives.

“Lebanon” displays this reality well by having enemies look straight into the scope of the tank, piercing through any military detachment the soldiers might have experienced.  

The film’s subject matter was undeniably reminiscent of “Waltz With Bashir,” a movie that deals with The First Lebanon War with a more artistic and arresting tone. “Bashir” utilizes beautiful dream-like animation to augment the otherworldly vistas of destructive warfare, while “Lebanon’s” cold, industrialized feel shuts out much of the world around it.

Although the movie’s limitations inside the tank provide a dreadfully realistic view of tank warfare, they are also very taxing. By the end of the movie I felt somewhat fatigued from not only the space restrictions within the murky vehicle but also with the film as well.    

Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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McDonald’s law won’t end obesity

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Oct 312010
 
Authors: The Daily Campus Editorial Board

San Francisco is moving forward with a city ordinance that would ban toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals. The city wants the toys pulled unless McDonald’s adds fruit and vegetable options and limits sodium, sugar and fat content. The ordinance was designed with McDonald’s in mind, but its demands apply to all restaurants.

This ordinance is a silly attempt to lower childhood obesity. There is no evidence that banning toys from Happy Meals will lower the obesity rate or that adding choices for fruit and vegetables will do the same. McDonald’s began offering its premium salad in 2003, but the obesity rate has still climbed. Making further alterations to its menu will not fix the root causes of obesity in the nation.

Yes, children like the toys in Happy Meals and sometimes they don’t even eat the food because all they want is the toy. Supporters might be relying on the following scenario: If there are no toys in Happy Meals, children will concentrate on their food, realize how bad it is, and never want to go to McDonald’s again.

But this idea is flawed. Undoubtedly, some spoiled children will still throw fits because they want their french fries and chicken nuggets. But it is the responsibility of parents to put their feet down and stand up to their children. If they care about their kids, they will make them eat healthier, not cater to their every whim.

McDonald’s is a private business, not a public service. Therefore, it should not have to pay for the poor choices parents make. McDonald’s offers healthier, low-calorie alternatives to the traditional Happy Meal.

Parents who can afford the more expensive options should consider getting a Premier Caesar Salad (without chicken) for 90 calories instead of the 540-calorie Big Mac. Or they can consider having children eat their own adult portions that have fewer calories. Or they can choose to skip McDonald’s altogether. When McDonald’s sees its profits tank, it will reevaluate its nutritional policy.

Regulatory ordinances like this one take the responsibility away from individuals and place it on the government. Parents should control what food their children eat and if they cannot, the problem is theirs. Fifty years from now, will residents of San Francisco be able to take care of themselves?

This ordinance isn’t about McDonald’s responsibility to provide healthier options for its customers; it’s about regulating public health. San Francisco recently banned the sale of tobacco in grocery stores and big-box retailers, like Walmart, with in-store pharmacies.

Mayor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning Coca-Cola and Pepsi from vending machines located on city property. Thankfully, the mayor has promised to veto this measure, however, because of its threat to local chains, not just McDonald’s. Businesses are hurting enough. They cannot afford to spend even more money complying with futile regulations.

Then there is the money problem. Most people buy from McDonald’s because they get a lot of food for very little money. With the standard of living going up every year, McDonald’s is an economic necessity –– especially for the poor. If poor families could afford to eat organic, “all-natural” food, they would.

The Dollar Menu keeps their children from starving. To solve the obesity crisis, there must be healthier and cheaper food for poor families. Until then, regulations like San Francisco’s will go nowhere.

Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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