Authors: Derrick Burton
The Rocky Mountain Showdown hits the ice Friday night when the CSU hockey club faces CU-Boulder under the bright lights at the Pepsi Center.
The game is the conclusion of a club hockey triple-header that will see Denver and Metro State face-off, followed by a match between the CSU and CU J.V. teams before the main event.
As is the case every time CSU and CU play in any sport, the intensity level will be at a breaking point. This is magnified even more because of the parity of the two teams. CU finished first in the ACHA D-II West Division last year, with the Rams finishing in second.
The Ramsâ€™ roster is filled with a plethora of freshmen, making it imperative that they come out with the right amount of intensity and avoid making mistakes from being overanxious to make a positive impact.
â€œOur biggest issue will be keeping our emotions under control,â€ said coach Kelly Newton. â€œWe have to play within the team and stick with whatâ€™s been working for us. We want to maintain our speed and tempo.â€
The team brings a fast and exciting brand of hockey to the table, making it an entertaining team to watch.
â€œWeâ€™re a pretty high-scoring team,â€ said captain Nik Burge. â€œItâ€™s a big game to play in the Pepsi Center â€“â€“ where the (Colorado Avalanche) play. Iâ€™m sure guys will be nervous, but we definitely want to come out and play aggressive.â€
CSU enters the game 5-1 against other ACHA D-II opponents, with its only loss coming in the teamâ€™s opening game. The Rams are averaging over five goals a game against D-II opponents, while conceding just over two goals per game.
The Rams are looking forward to the opportunity to get an early lead in the standings on their divisional rivals.
â€œItâ€™s a big game in the standings,â€ Burge said. â€œWe want to get the first game against CU to get first in the rankings. Weâ€™ve had a good, solid week of practice to prepare for this game.â€
No matter what the outcome of Fridayâ€™s game, the Rams will get another crack at their rivals when CU comes to Fort Collins next week for another showdown.
Tonightâ€™s event is being played at the Pepsi Center through a partnership with the Colorado Avalanche that allows students to buy tickets to the CSU game as well as a future Avalanche game for $20. Ticket purchasers are able to select which schoolâ€™s program they want to support in order for proceeds to go to that program.
The Rams are hoping to be able to attract a big crowd for this marquee event.
â€œItâ€™s a great venue. Itâ€™s a great opportunity for our Denver-based alumni to come support us,â€ Newton said. â€œLast year we got about 4,000 people on a Thursday night, so weâ€™re hoping to improve on that.â€
Fridayâ€™s game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the J.V. match. Parking at the arena is free.
Sports reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a week of practice through the cold and gusting winds that have come through Fort Collins, the CSU menâ€™s rugby team is ready for its biggest game of the year.
The Rams will be taking on their archrival CU-Boulder on Saturday at Glendale Stadium at Infinity Park at 4 p.m.
The American Rugby News put both CSU and CU in its top 25 collegiate teams in the nation, ranking the Rams at 20 and the Buffaloes at 21.
This being the final match of the fall season, the Rams are trying to build momentum going into their off-season workouts and spring season, said Wesley Slinkard, a sophomore forward and vice president of the team.
Last year, these two clubs split the season series, one game a piece.
This week of practice was particularly difficult for the Rams because of the weather conditions, said Kevin Dombrock, a team captain who also serves as the club president.
This squad typically practices from 8 to 10 p.m., and this week that included low temperatures, incredibly high winds and even a little snow.
Practicing through this, Dombrock said, makes playing in good conditions even easier, and it really helps the team.
Despite the poor conditions, he said, the team was able to have its best week of practice. There was an added intensity and focus knowing who this weekâ€™s opponent was.
Preparing for the Buffaloes wasnâ€™t drastically different from any other week of practice, but â€œthere was definitely more of a fire and intensity (in practice),â€ he said.
The Buffs are known for their conditioning and use of that strength by spreading the field and making the other team work harder and become tired, Slinkard said.
The Rams combated this, he said, by making sure they are fundamentally sound in their one-on-one tackling to reduce the amount of extra effort that the Buffaloes try to impose on their opponent.
In the spring, the squad will be moving to the Premier League, which is the top collegiate league in the country. CU is already in this prestigious league, which will add to the rivalry.
This rivalry isnâ€™t quite what you might expect for two schools that have so much disdain for each other, said Blake Stevens, head coach of the team.
â€œWe are blessed to have a good competitor in CU,â€ Stevens said.
The rugby culture is different, he said. Everything is left on the field, then after the game you can go out and eat and socialize with your opponent.
In the rugby culture, he said, you donâ€™t hate your enemy.
Off the field, Slinkard said, there is a mutual respect, but on the field you can feel the tension that this match means more than the others.
It definitely gets more physical and even a little dirty at times, he said.
Tickets for the game can be purchased on the rugby team website at www.csurugby.com.
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In 1999 Timothy Masters was wrongfully convicted of the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick.
Now, 11 years later, the Committee for Judicial Justice is campaigning against the retention of the 8th Judicial District Judges Jolene Blair and Terence Gilmore, prosecutors in the original Masters trial.
Masters served almost 10 years of his life sentence before a judge overruled the decision in 2008 after tests revealed no trace of his DNA on Hettrickâ€™s body.
In 2008, Judges Blair and Gilmore were censured by an arm of the Colorado Supreme Court for not making sure that all evidence collected by police was turned in to Mastersâ€™ defense team.
â€œThey prosecuted the case without requesting all of the evidence,â€ said Sandy Lemberg, a Larimer County resident and spokesman for the Committee of Judicial Justice. â€œI mean, putting somebody away for 10 years on false charges is just not professional legal conduct.â€
Their actions, according to the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation â€œdirectly impaired the proper operation of the criminal justice system.â€
â€œTo believe that they did not know that the evidence existed and that they were negligent in their efforts is disingenuous,â€ said Erik G. Fischer, an attorney from Mastersâ€™ original defense team. â€œThey did nothing to make sure we had that information because they knew that they could not even proceed with the case.â€
Despite being censured by the Supreme Court, both Blair and Gilmore were recommended by the Eighth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance to be retained.
Both judges, who were appointed to the District Court of the 8th Judicial District in 2001, were called â€œoutstandingâ€ after being reviewed by the Commission.
The Commission interviewed attorneys and non-attorneys, conducted a public hearing and made courtroom observations before finding the judges suitable for retention by a 10-0 vote.
â€œIt was a unanimous decision,â€ said Judge Jolene Blair. â€œWe were very pleased with that.â€
According to the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation website, the Commission is aware of the communityâ€™s concern surrounding Blair and Gilmoreâ€™s public censure but believes that, because of judicial performance, the community is well served by both judges remaining in their positions.
Fischer, however, considers their mistake unacceptable.
â€œHad this information come to light before they had become judges they would have been censured and would never have become judges,â€ Fischer said. â€œJudges who have participated in denying Tim Masters his constitutional rights should not be sitting in judgment of our police department regarding our citizens constitutional rights.â€
The Committee for Judicial Justice was originally formed by a small group of Larimer County residents after Mastersâ€™ release in 2008. In 2010 the Committee engaged in their campaign to oppose the retention of Judges Blair and Gilmore.
â€œWe see that they adopt a point of view and then they set out to prove it. Theyâ€™re biased from the get go,â€ said Sandy Lemberg, a Larimer County resident and spokesman for the Committee for Judicial Justice. â€œAs prosecutors that may be their job, but as judges itâ€™s just absolutely unacceptable.â€
City Council Beat Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior dance students Kayla Freeman, Annessa Kohlhardt and Kim Norberg will direct the Student Dance Concert, which is completely student-run, opening tonight at the University Center of the Arts.
Auditions for the dance parts began at the beginning of the semester, and since then the lighting, music, producing, directing and choreographing have all been completed by students.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of teamwork, planning and deadlines involved,â€ Kohlhardt, one of three directors, said. â€œEach choreographer chooses the dancers for their piece, and us directors split up responsibilities and are kind of the glue between the cracks. We all work together.â€
Kohlhardt said that the concert is a great learning experience for the students, most of whom want to eventually be professional choreographers or dancers.
Each concert will be 17 dances of modern and contemporary styles. There will also be a contemporary pointe ballet dance and a jazz-influenced piece, Kohlhardt said.â€œ
The concert is unique because it is completely produced, choreographed and directed by students. Kohlhardt and Norberg also choreographed their own feature dances.
â€œThe cool thing about the Student Dance Concert is that dancers can come in and do whatever they want,â€ Norberg said. â€œThe audience gets to see what students have been working on through the semester, and how students are developing their choreographic voice.â€
There are thirteen unique dances featured in the show, several prepared by students from CSUâ€™s Choreography II class, which requires them to choreograph a piece. However, participation is not limited to those in the class.
â€œOur job as students is to train to be performing artists in the future,â€ Kohlhardt said. â€œThis is the communityâ€™s glimpse of whatâ€™s in store for the new generation of choreography.â€
Part of the requirement for the choreography class is to include a prop, either physical or spoken. Freeman enjoys using props creatively during the show including pillowcases, spray-painted trees and a fountain with water.
â€œThe show features a lot of creativity and talent,â€ Freeman added. â€œWe work really hard, and we like to share what weâ€™re doing.â€
Staff writer Anna Baldwin can be reached at email@example.com.
Attend the concert
- Date: Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30
- Time: 8 p.m. nightly; Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
- Location: University Dance Theatre, UCA
- Ticket Price: $8 for CSU students, $8 for youth (ages 2 â€“ 17), $12 for adults.
- Advance purchase is highly recommended to avoid at-the-door ticket fees.
CSU is not the only school that could see a drastic decline in state appropriations next year, as CU-Boulder announced last week that it could lose up to 54 percent of its state funding.
CSUâ€™s administration is also not alone in asking the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, CCHE, to apply Senate Bill 3 and allow for tuition flexibility above the current 9 percent cap.
The university submitted a plan earlier this month asking for the ability to hike tuition 20 percent, or $1,050, for in-state students if it finds itself in dire straights.
CU-Boulderâ€™s submission asked for 9.5 percent, about $650 more per semester, flexibility.
Ken McConnellogue, associate vice president for University Relations at CU-Boulder, works closely with the University of Colorado Board of Regents and said the â€œskeleton draftâ€ of the operating budget estimates the state funding dropping from $159 million to about $80 million.
â€œWeâ€™ve cut through the muscle and into the bone,â€ McConnellogue said in a phone interview with the Collegian.
CU-Boulder started in July 2009 with $209 million in state funding and has since seen about $51 million in cuts. Talking about the budget this early in the process, he said, is like looking into a â€œcloudy crystal ball,â€ so, for now, CU-Boulder will play like CSU and plan for the worst.
â€œIt could be 3 percent, it could be 9 percent; it could be 9.5. The annoying aspect of the state requiring us to submit this number is that people believe 9.5 percent is set in stone when itâ€™s not,â€ McConnellogue said.
The strategy of both institutions is similar: eliminate jobs, curb administrative spending and keep the cuts away from students and research.
CSUâ€™s Provost Rick Miranda said the university administration is not yet modeling cuts at that level. CSUâ€™s request to the CCHE plans for a definite loss of about $16.6 million â€“â€“ an amount that was brought in by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act â€“â€“ and a tentative loss of an additional $11 million.
In 2009, Miranda said, CSU saw state appropriations drop by $30 million and in 2010 by an additional $45 million. For this budget year the $45 million in state funding was restored but federal stimulus money â€œdecayedâ€ from $30 million to $16.6 million.
Next year there will be no federal stimulus money for distribution.
CSUâ€™s tentative plan to raise tuition in the event of major budget constraints centers on closing the credit gap. This means that instead of paying for only 10 credits a semester students would be asked to pay for 12 â€“â€“ the national average.
For students who take between 10 and 18 credits, CSU covers the cost of all credit hours beyond the 10 students pay tuition for. This means that students who take 15 credits essentially get
five credits for free. Students who take more than 18 credits see additional course fees.
The proposals Colorado institutions submitted to the CCHE earlier this month were required to include a five-year â€œperformance plan,â€ which outlined institutional strides in access, matriculation rates, instruction quality, student employment opportunities and operational efficiency.
If the CCHE approves the flexibility, the institution chooses to hike tuition beyond the 9 percent cap and these guidelines are not met, then the CCHE will have the power to roll back tuition hikes and deny access to future tuition increases.
The amount institutions can increase tuition for out-of-state students, however, is not capped. Meaning that universities can only raise tuition as high as the market allows for non-residents.
CU-Boulder will tread lightly here, McConnellogue said, because it is one of the more expensive schools for out-of-state students to attend in the nation.
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Not only did I lose my dignity that night, I lost my NuvaRing too.
How is CSU football like a tampon? It has only one string and doesnâ€™t last more than a period.
You know youâ€™re a poor college student when you have no money to buy lotion so you use chapstick.
Campus should have nap rooms like hospitals have on-call rooms.
There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who know binary and those who donâ€™t.
If Cam No. 23 likes ram animal crackers, does that make him a cannibal?
One week after the most lopsided defeat of the season against No. 8 Utah, CSU will take on last place New Mexico at home on Saturday with hopes of remaining in the quest to become bowl eligible.
The Rams (2-6, 1-3 MWC) have played well at home this year, losing only once to No. 4 TCU in early October and averaging nearly 30 points per game at Hughes Stadium.
New Mexico (0-7, 0-3) has yet to win a game this year, giving up a total of 44.1 points per game while averaging less than 14 offensively.
The only team to score less than 30 points against the Lobosâ€™ defense was New Mexico State on Oct. 9.
Despite showing no signs of slowing down opposing offenses, CSU coach Steve Fairchild does not plan on taking the New Mexico defense lightly.
â€œI think their front plays hard,â€ Fairchild said. â€œI think they have some experience in the secondary, and they seem to know their scheme. Itâ€™s not the most complex scheme, but they know it and play it well. Theyâ€™re very sound and make very few mistakes.â€
Common problems through CSUâ€™s losses this season have come when the running game has not been able to produce.
Last Saturday, the Rams gained a total of 28 rushing yards on 1.2 yards per carry, in turn, leading to only six points.
Part of the struggles on the ground comes from seeing three different starting running backs at this point in the season after junior Raymond Carter was sidelined with a knee injury.
â€œYou got to do what you got to do sometimes,â€ said running backs coach Anthoney Hill. â€œObviously, you would like to have one guy, if that works best for your team, to be the starter and do his thing, but some teams, thatâ€™s just not the case. I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s the case with this team or not.â€
Senior Leonard Mason did a brilliant job in Carterâ€™s place, putting together two consecutive 100-yard performances until being benched last weekend for freshman Chris Nwoke.
â€œWe got multiple guys that can play and when thatâ€™s the case, I donâ€™t think it matters too much who starts,â€ Hill said.
At this point, Fairchild said he is unsure who will start against the Lobos.
Carter is expected to see some action based on his week of practice.
â€œIâ€™m real anxious, itâ€™s never fun sitting out,â€ Carter said. â€œI just remained patient about it and tried to get healthy, so Iâ€™m happy to be back on the field this Saturday.â€
Offensively, the Lobos feature a true freshman quarterback in Tarean Austin, who likes to play both through the air and on the ground.
Austin remains a work in progress passing the ball, throwing four interceptions to only two touchdowns this season with a completion percentage barely above 50.
Fairchild looks at New Mexico and sees a team that resembles something familiar.
â€œThey remind me a little bit of us earlier in the year, they flash at every spot,â€ Fairchild said. â€œOffensively, they have some skill and they make some plays. Theyâ€™re one of those teams that are ready to put it all together.â€
The game will kickoff at 4 p.m. and the game can be seen on The Mtn.
Football Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at email@example.com.
Colorado State’s volleyball team looks to stay classy and undefeated in Mountain West Conference play Saturday night against San Diego State.
The Aztecs (4-4, 11-11 MWC) rank exactly in the middle of the conference pack at fifth, sandwiched between BYU and Wyoming.
SDSU pushed the Rams (19-2, 8-0) to the brink in their September match at Moby Arena, falling in the fifth set after a hotly contested back-and-forth match.
â€œIt proves how good they are,â€ said senior outside hitter Jacque Davisson. â€œTheyâ€™re gonna show up to play us. Weâ€™re in their gym now, and they took us to five in ours, and they played well in ours. So definitely thereâ€™s a lot more focus.â€
The Aztecs are 8-4 at Peterson Gym this year, which is 4,600 feet lower in altitude than Moby.
â€œItâ€™s a challenge to go down to sea level and serve and pass,â€ said coach Tom Hilbert. â€œWeâ€™ve got to make that adjustment and keep errors down.â€
SDSU freshman setter Johnna Fouch leads the conference with 10.67 assists per set, while CSU junior Evan Sanders ranks second at 10.41.
â€œI didnâ€™t even know that she was (ranked first),â€ Sanders said. â€œIâ€™m not a huge stats person or rankings person. I could have the least number assists in the conference, and as long as weâ€™re still 8-0 I am as content as can be.â€
Davisson will be playing her final regular season game in her home state of California Saturday.
â€œItâ€™s really sweet,â€ she said. â€œI love playing in San Diego because all my family gets to come and see me play.â€
Davisson grew up in Placentia, Calif. and starred at Valencia High School, where she was named her teamâ€™s MVP three times.
The Rams finished the first half of their MWC slate undefeated and in first place, racking up five wins at home. They should have a more difficult second half due to the higher proportion of road games.
â€œIâ€™ve always said the advantage always goes to the team that lost before,â€ Hilbert said. â€œThey know more about what theyâ€™re going to have to do to win.â€
New Mexico and Utah are tied for second place behind CSU at a relatively distant 5-3 mark in conference play.
â€œWe know itâ€™s going to be a battle,â€ Sanders said. â€œWeâ€™re looking forward the second half, and weâ€™re going to have to grind it out just as hard as we did the first time around.â€
Volleyball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.