Rams win 2010 Cancun Governor’s Cup

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Dec 262010
 
Authors: Joel Hafnor

The CSU basketball team captured the 2010 Cancun Governor’s Cup championship on Christmas Eve, defeating Southern Miss by a count of 63-58.

The Rams were led by Travis Franklin, who had a career-high 25 points in the win. The performance marked Franklin’s third consecutive 20-point game of the tournament, earning him tournament MVP honors.

The Rams (8-3) trailed by as many as 11 points during the first half before cutting the deficit to just five points at the break. The Rams switched to a full-court press and zone defense late in the first half which held the Golden Eagles (9-2) to a season-low 58 points.

The Rams first lead of the game came on Pierce Hornung’s layup with 12 minutes remaining in the second half.

Five minutes later, the Golden Eagles had regained the lead with a 51-45 advantage before the Rams tied the game with three straight scores on the other end by Franklin, Jesse Carr and Andy Ogide.

Down the stretch, the Rams were able to hold on to the lead thanks to steady free throw shooting, making 11 of 12 from the charity stripe in the final three minutes.

The Rams advanced to the championship game by beating Appalachian State 82-79 in the first round, after senior guard Adam Nigon hit the game-winning three-pointer with just seven seconds left. The Rams then defeated Ole Miss in the second round, as Andy Ogide dismissed his former team from tournament play with a 17 point, 10 rebound performance.

Both Franklin and Ogide put together impressive stats over the course of the three-day tournament. Franklin finishing with 22.3 points (64.3 percent from the floor) and 6 rebounds per contest. While Ogide pitched in with 17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game.

The Rams now head to San Francisco to take part in the Hilltop Challenge from Dec. 28-Jan. 1. The Rams will face the hosting San Francisco Dons (4-8), before taking on Dominican University (California) and Hampton.

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

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Mishawaka Amphitheatre sold to owner of Chipper’s Lanes

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Dec 172010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

The Mishawaka Amphitheatre was sold Wednesday to Dani Grant, the owner of Chipper’s
Lanes. The amount the venue sold for has not been disclosed.

Mishawaka, commonly called “The Mish,” was previously owned by Robin Jones before the
venue was caught cultivating and selling 280 pounds of marijuana.

The Mish is best known for its stage that sits on the edge of the Poudre River. Artists ranging
from Brandi Carlile to Head for the Hills, a local band started by CSU alumni, have played at the
Mish.

Jones owned the venue for almost 20 years after buying it back in 1991. He had been the
manager for six years and bought the establishment to keep it from being torn down and turned
into a parking lot.

It was his passion for music that kept the venue running, and he wanted to sell the Mish to
someone who would keep it a musical amphitheatre.

“Music is my life,” he said in a past interview with the Collegian.

Jones could not be reached for comment.

Grant started talking with Jones about potentially buying the Mish back in June. She said she has
a love for the local music scene and wants to start having local bands play at the venue and open
for headliners.

Grant is also the owner of Spokes BUZZ, a local non-profit organization that encourages
economic growth in Fort Collins by taking local bands across the country to open for headliners
to generate an interest in the city.

She hopes to help other non-profit organizations raise money by hosting events at Mishawaka
along with the concerts it is known for.

“I love the city of Fort Collins and I think that Mishawaka can be the star on the Northern
Colorado map,” Grant said.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Woman pleads guilty to Colorado State grad’s death

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Dec 152010
 
Authors: Rachel Childs

A motorist who drove the wrong way down Interstate 25 before smashing into an oncoming car, killing one passenger and injuring another, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to all charges against her.

Elizabeth Long, 35, drove a her Toyota Rav4 for more than four miles on the wrong side of the interstate before crashing into a Honda Accord, killing 22-year-old CSU graduate Mary Warren and injuring the driver, Jonathan Swanson, 32, of Loveland.

Long’s eight charges include two counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of vehicular assault and one count each of leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence.

The crash happened shortly after 11 p.m. on July 5, shortly after several witnesses reported seeing an SUV traveling the wrong direction on I-25.

Prosecutors claim Long had a blood alcohol level of nearly .252, three times the legal limit, and was going about 75 mph, showing no signs of breaking upon impact.

Warren, who just weeks before graduated from CSU with majors in journalism and political science, died at the scene. She had planned to travel to Kazakhstan after graduation for a two-year stint in the Peace Corps.

“The charges pressed and the charges Elizabeth Long will be sentenced for can never replace the life she took and what the future held for Mary,” said Daniel Sheahan, a close friend of Warren’s. “And I also don’t see how anyone could ever right this wrong, but I also like to believe that we are all doing the best we can with what we have.”

Long’s sentencing date will be set for early next year.

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

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A second contractor on CSU wind farm project backs out

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Dec 142010
 
Authors: Allison Sylte

The CSU Research Foundation has lost yet another contractor on the Maxwell Ranch wind farm project.

Cannon Power Group backed out of its contract, signed in June, to develop the 11,000-acre property near the Wyoming border left to the university by prominent area rancher Fred Maxwell in 1945 for research purposes. The wind farm would take up 8,000 acres.

Cannon said the land wasn’t “commercially attractive” and not financially viable for development. Its first payment to the university was due by the end of the year.

“We appreciate the fact that Cannon was open throughout this process, and we think they did a good job in terms of their due diligence. We understand this is a business decision,” said CSU Vice President of Research Bill Farland in a written statement. “CSU and CSURF will work with Cannon to make some critical decisions over the next nine months regarding project timing and funding.”

As part of former CSU President Larry Penley’s goal to shape CSU into a “green” university, Maxwell Ranch was leased to alternative energy company Wind Holding in 2007 to develop wind energy. The intention being that energy created there would eventually be used to power the main campus. The overall bill was estimated to be between $400 and $500 million.

Penley’s decision to use the ranch to establish CSU on the green map was fraught with controversy from the beginning. Local groups contested the motives of this decision, arguing that the project emphasized generating revenue for the university more so than respecting Fred Maxwell’s will, which left the property mainly for agricultural research.

“We would love to see the land used for environmental research or to find information about weeds and pine beetles,” said Nina Jackson, the interim-president of the Great Red Mountain Preservation Association, a local environmental group that has contested the project on Maxwell Ranch. “As has been demonstrated before, Maxwell Ranch was just not meant to be a wind farm.”

Wind Holdings worked with the university for two years but was unable to secure the necessary permits to develop on the land, causing the company to lose its contract with CSU.

Earlier this year, Cannon Power Group was selected to continue investigating how to develop the land for alternative energy generation, but it too was unable to find the means to make the project feasible.

Power generated by the proposed 50 to 60 wind turbines would have been transferred to an energy substation 30 miles away in Ault, where it would have been converted into the energy used to power the university.

“The problem with this power transfer is that it’s simply not feasible to transfer the energy 30 miles away for the sake converting it,” Jackson said. “As has been proven before, it’s not cost efficient or financially worthwhile.”

Eric Sutherland, a Fort Collins resident and green energy activist, said in an e-mail to the CSU Office of Public Relations that the school should consider educating its students about the “financial, regulatory, technical and environmental” aspects of the utility industry.

“Anyone with a cursory knowledge of the electric utilities industry would have known that (the Maxwell Ranch project) wouldn’t be feasible years ago,” Sutherland said.

Sutherland told the Collegian in a phone interview that the Maxwell Ranch topic is “frustrating” because it began as a “dream with no discussion of how it would become a reality.”

Penley’s goal was for the university to achieve energy independence by 2020, and, despite these setbacks, university officials say that development on this property will continue to be explored.

“Right now, we just need to go back to the drawing board and continue to explore how to put this project in motion,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda.

Senior reporter Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com

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Pidgeons!

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Benjamin Gowen
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Undeclared

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Ian Cox
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Scubbles

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Derrick Burton
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Life on the Edge

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Dave Anderson
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Students finish school with high GPAs, jobs

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Sarah Banes

For many students, the month of December means studying for finals, wrapping up classes and dreaded holiday shopping.
But for those seniors who graduate on Saturday, this month means the start of a new life, either through a new job, a new school or just a change of pace.

Natalie Gorecki, a senior history major, has been at CSU for four-and-a-half years and already has a job lined up after graduation as a cultural resource management/historic preservation intern at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

Gorecki will graduate with a 3.96 GPA and credits a lot of her success to her enthusiastic history teachers, who have helped her get involved with historic preservation.

“It is hard with so many students because you feel like you’re just a number and being herded like cattle. But these teachers really just want you to do well. They are passionate about history,” Gorecki said.

Gorecki has interned in Cheyenne for the past couple of years, but she starts her new salary job in early January and will be digitizing photographs and managing inventory forms for the base’s history research.

“I didn’t realize I was interested in history until my junior year, when I took a public history course, Gorecki said. “That summer I got an internship at the base. I loved it.”

Ally Eden, on the other hand, doesn’t plan on entering the work force right away, although she is still glad to finally be graduating after four years.

Eden first enrolled at CSU as an art major and, after realizing it wasn’t for her, switched into her current environmental communications major.
She will be graduating with a 3.9 GPA.

And although she eventually plans on applying to graduate school, her next adventure will begin in February. She will move to Central or South America to serve for 27 months in the Peace Corps.

“I’m very excited. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been preparing for this for a long time, and after 20 years of schooling, it’s finally here,” Eden said.

Staff writer Sarah Banes can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Surviving four-week break in Choice City

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Courtney Riley and Kirsten Silveira

Old Town is sparkling with thousands of lights; the skating rink open for couples and families to skate to holiday music and the horse-drawn carriage is giving rides under the dark, starry night sky.

Fort Collins is always alive with some kind of entertainment during the holiday season, whether it be Santa’s cabin on Old Town square or carolers a singin’. Or to get away from all of it for a short time, students can get together and take a short mountain trip to hit the slopes.

For most students, Winter Break is spent at home. But for those who stick around Choice City, the Collegian has compiled a list of fun activities –– in Fort Collins and close by –– to try your hand.

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