Shave yourselves, CSU, it’s now Dec. 1

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

To all of you with patchy, stringy fuzz on your lips and mangy stubble on your chins, today, Dec. 1, is a day that should put a little more pride in your heart than your clean-shaven fellows. For today, we’re excited to say, all of those participating in No Shave November can finally rid themselves of that thing on their faces.

And to all of you who didn’t touch a razor to your skin, rocked a ‘stache or merely shaved your neck beards, we salute you.

Many of the members of our editorial staff feel your pain. And while we recognize that there are many other goings-on in the world that we could share our views on, we wanted to take just one day to congratulate those of you who endured the joys and pains of a beardy face (or hairier limbs) for the past 30 days.

This is to those of you who spent a week with stubble, desperately trying to convince others that you were, in fact, neglecting to shave for a cause and not out of laziness;

To those who spent a week more or less molting out of your skin, trying not to scratch your faces raw as you acclimated to the extra fur on your face;

To those who embraced the “golden period” where your facade becomes acceptable to society and you’re left dreading the day it suddenly becomes unacceptable;

And to those of you who transcended that period, dealing with strangers throwing change at you, mistaking you for a hobo, and avoiding social events where friends and loved ones might ostracize you for your new “pedophile” look;

You’ve made it through hell and we’re proud of you. Now please, for everyone’s sake, find a barber or a mirror and get rid of your stubble before some rodent finds a new home on your face.

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Daily Record

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Monday and Tuesday arrests:

There were no arrest affidavits available at pick up.

Other notable items:

Monday

  • 3:22 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances/prowler at the 500 block of West Pitkin Street.
  • 9:51 a.m.: Criminal mischief at the 800 block of West Pitkin Street.
  • 4:44 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances/prowler at the Aggie Village Apartments, 500 West Prospect Road.

The Daily Record will be published in the Collegian Tuesday through Friday. It is compiled by the staff of the Collegian from arrest affidavits and a daily incident record provided by the CSUPD.

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Briefs

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

2010 Ambassador’s Dialogue cancelled

The Ambassadors’ Dialogue 2010: Korea in the Spotlight has been cancelled due to the recent flaring of hostilities on the Korean peninsula.

The event, which was to feature the U.S. ambassador to Korea Kathleen Stephens and the Republic of Korea’s ambassador to the United States Han
Duk-soo, was scheduled for today at 10:30 a.m. in Rockwell Hall’s Bohemian Auditorium.

The event will likely be rescheduled.

Alumni Night Out heads to the Animal Cancer Center

Alumni, students and community members can tour CSU’s Animal Cancer Center tonight as an Alumni Night Out, sponsored by the Alumni Association.

The center’s mission is to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer in animals and humans, so, with cancer the leading cause of death for household pet cats and dogs in the United States, attendees will get to learn about CSU’s approach to treating and preventing the disease.

The tour starts at 4 p.m. at the CSU Animal Cancer Center at 300 West Drake Road.

CSU Snowriders showing ‘The Way I See It’ tonight

The CSU Snowriders club will present Matchstick Production’s latest ski flick tonight at Sports Exchange.

Tickets to the showing are $10. Sports Exchange will have drink specials for attendees, in addition to Snowriders’ free giveaways, drawings for prizes like a new pair of Icelantic’s Da’Nollies skis and a chance to meet two-time X-games gold medalist Bobby Brown, who will be at the show.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and Brown will sign autographs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. when the film starts.

— Collegian Staff Report

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Regional economist: Obama pay freeze not a cure

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Rachel Childs

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that the national debt is $14 billion. It is $14 trillion. In addition, it also reported the Presidential Debt Commission’s recommendations would reduce the national debt by $4 billion. It should have read $4 trillion.

CSU economist Martin Shields sees President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to freeze civilian federal pay as a political move, not an economic one.

“It’s a choice you have to make from a symbolic perspective,” Shields said. “It’s indeed real money, but it’s not going to get us anywhere we need to be if we want to seriously address the issue.”

The proposed pay freeze will affect roughly 2 million federal employees and save $5 billion over two years and $28 billion total over five years.
Salaries for military personnel, however, will not be touched by the freeze.

This is a small percentage of the estimated $1.3 trillion budget deficit already accumulated, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but it’s a way for the president to take charge of the issue before Republicans take the House majority. The national debt, which is separate from the budget deficit, comes in at $13.8 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury website.

Shields said Obama’s decision could result in negative short-term effects, including loss of federal worker morale and the loss of money circulating into the economy from consumer goods.

Congress must approve the proposal, which is the first federal salary freeze for civilian workers since President Ronald Reagan’s one-year freeze in 1986, and the first two-year pay halt.

During his Monday speech, Obama said the federal government will have to make tough decisions. If families and small businesses are tightening their belts, he said, so should Washington. Republicans have called for cuts as well, in lieu of sacrifices made by the private sector.

“These small business employees often go without pay raises. Federal employees should have to adjust to the current environment just as those in the private sector have had to over the last few years,” said Larimer County Republican Party Chairman Larry Carillo.

Republican leaders have suggested that a hiring freeze should follow the initiative, but Shields said that move will be drastic and something of little positive impact.

“Sure it might save some money, but sometimes there’s real problems that come up. And if you say we can’t hire anyone, then you’re basically saying we can’t take on any new problems,” Shields said.

The pay freeze announcement comes shortly before Obama’s independent 18-member Presidential Debt Commission released its report –– which comes out today ––suggesting solutions to lower the nearly $14 trillion national debt.

Changes include cutting spending in the Department of Defense and upping the age retirees must reach before taking advantage of Social Security benefits, which could result in a projected $4 trillion reduction in debt over the next decade.

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

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Miller named 1st team All-MWC

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Joel Hafnor

CSU’s Guy Miller was named a first team All-Mountain West Conference selection on Tuesday. The senior defensive tackle, who was the only member of the Rams to make the first team, racked up 6.5 sacks this season.

It is the first time for a CSU defensive player to be named first team since Dexter Wynn and Bryan Save did it in 2003.

Miller started every game for the Rams and played all but 50 defensive snaps throughout the season. His signature performance came against UNLV on
Oct. 16, when the senior wreaked havoc against the Runnin’ Rebels in a 4.5 sack effort. His performance in that game broke the conference record for sacks in a single game, a feat made all the more impressive considering how rare sacks are for interior linemen.

From 2007-2010, Miller played in every game for the Rams and has been a major influence on the defensive line for the past two seasons. He committed to CSU after a decorated prep career at Scott Community High School in Kansas.

In 2005, he was named to the Kansas Elite 11 team, which comprised of the best 11 players from the state, regardless of position.

The Rams’ second team all-conference selections include junior linebacker Mychal Sisson, sophomore punter Pete Kontodiakos and junior offensive lineman Paul Madsen.

Honorable mentions included senior linebacker Ricky Brewer and freshman center Weston Richburg.

Assistant Sports Editor Joel Hafnor can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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From homemakers, to muckrakers, to sex tips

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Courtney Riley

Clarification: It was reported that magazines became popular in the 1890s because they were more affordable than newspapers when they instead were cheaper because of printing technology and advertising revenue. In the same article, it was said that Mark Twain was a prevalent writer in the 1920s when instead he was published frequently in Cosmopolitan magazine during the 1890s and early 1900s.

Only one magazine, over the course of more than 100 years, has transformed from a family literary work, to a muckraking expose into one of the most sexually explicit women’s magazines in the world: Cosmopolitan.

James Landers, an associate professor of Journalism and Technical Communication at CSU, discusses that history –– from the magazine’s creation in 1886 to the present –– in depth in his new book, “The Improbable First Century of Cosmopolitan Magazine.” The book was released on Nov. 1.

Jennifer Gravely, University of Missouri Press publicity manager, said Landers’ book can be purchased in major bookstores, on Amazon.com and on the University of Missouri Press website.

Magazine history is Landers’ specialty.

“Magazines have been important in American history, especially in times of crisis,” he said.

Magazines became popular in America in the 1890s because they were more affordable than newspapers and implemented photos and national brand advertising, Landers said. As he researched different magazines from the same time period, he said he came across fascinating developments of Cosmopolitan.

Cosmo began as a family literary magazine that consisted of children’s stories, works of fiction and homemaking tips. The introduction of illustrations and advertising introduced in 1889 rescued the magazine from bankruptcy.

William Randolph Hearst bought the production in 1905 and transformed it into a muckraking magazine, focusing on issues such as child labor and corruption in the U.S. Senate and Wall Street, Landers said.

In the 1920s, the content switched back to fiction, featuring works done by prevalent writers of the time like Mark Twain and sold more than 1 million copies nationwide, Landers said.

The content was altered during the 1960s to serve young women because no magazine catered to that particular audience at the time. Landers said they targeted women with careers, maybe with husbands, but no children.

Landers said Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmo’s editor in chief at the time, was criticized and made fun of by the public for her bold move. But women
loved the transition.

“Critics can make fun of you, but you can still be popular,” he said.

The magazine is now more risque and reaches more than 90 countries. The language is now more explicit, straightforward and vulgar to adapt with modern times, Landers said.

“They always knew what to do and when to do it,” he said. “Cosmo always succeeded.”

Unlike other magazines that have died, Cosmo’s editors were aware of changes in society and knew what their magazine needed to be to attract readers and reflect the times, Landers said.

“Cosmopolitan will be safe for quite a while,” he said.

Staff writer Courtney Riley can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Pidgeons!

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Benjamin Gowen
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Undeclared

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Ian Cox
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Scubbles

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Nov 302010
 
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Life on the Edge

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Nov 302010
 
Authors: Dave Anderson
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