Mentor course ended for fall

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Sarah Banes

The room was filled with high energy and laughter as Campus Corps celebrated the closing to its 12-week session Thursday night.

Last week was the end for all the sessions of the Corps, a CSU class in which students work with youth who have entered the juvenile justice system in middle and high school and are in need of positive and goal-directed support from mentors.

Each one closed with a celebration for the mentors and the mentees and their families.

The at-risk youth, ages 10-17, are matched with the same CSU student mentor for one night each week throughout the semester, taking part in activities like guitar lessons, martial arts, cooking classes, dancing and homework support.

At Thursday night’s celebration, they showed a slideshow of pictures, welcomed by laughter and applause from mentors, mentees, parents and siblings.

“This is so exciting, but also really sad. We have had a really good time together,” said Toni Zimmerman, Campus Corp’s principal investigator. “About 50 percent of CSU student mentors have already expressed desire to want to come out and do this again, and about 17 of the kids have also asked to come back.”

At the end of the presentation, each mentor and mentee was called up to receive his or her certificate of completion.

Elizabeth Leathers, a human development and family studies major and a student mentor for Campus Corps, said if she had time next semester she definitely would want to do it again.

“The one-on-one experience was the best part about something like this. It really benefits the youth, and it was something I looked forward to every week,” Leathers said.

Although the spring 2011 session has already closed the application process, Campus Corps is open to all majors for those wanting to make a difference in the lives of youth. For questions, e-mail Jen Krafchick at jennifer.krafchick@cahs.colostate.edu.

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

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FoCo gets a taste of Denver’s hip-hop

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Samantha Baker

Friday night Denver hip-hop band Air Dubai took to the stage at a crowded Aggie Theatre. The seven-piece band soon had Fort Collins jumping and chanting along as it blew through its 30-minute set.

Air Dubai’s performance, sponsored by Denver-based radio station Channel 93.3 KTCL, opened for early ‘90s New York hip-hop group Digable Planets and Colorado band, the Flobots.

“We had little problems with (the set) because we didn’t make a good sound check. But asking people in the audience, they liked it, which made for a good show for us,” said Air Dubai lead singer Jon Shockness, who also provided guest vocals on the Flobots song “Infatuation.”
This was the third time the group performed in Fort Collins.

In October Air Dubai released their 11-track album, “Wonder Age,” which provided the bulk of material for their performance.

The hip-hop group was conceived by vocalist Julian Thomas and, with the help of childhood friend and classmate from the Denver School of the Arts, Shockness, the duo added guitarist Lawrence Grivich, drummer Nick Spreigl and trumpet player Wesley Watkins. By April 2009, the group came full circle with a keyboardist Michael Ray and bassist Taylor Tait.

This was the group’s last planned performance of the year, however, Air Dubai is one of 11 bands in the running to win a coveted spot playing Channel 93.3 KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays show this Saturday.

Fans registered on www.ktcl.com can vote until Thursday at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced an hour later.

Entertainment Editor Matt Miller contributed to this report.

Staff photographer Samantha Baker can be reached verve@collegian.com.

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Movie review: Depp and Jolie off the mar in ‘The Tourist’

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

“The Tourist” review, short version: This movie sucks.

“The Tourist” review, long version: German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck came onto the international scene in 2006 with his intelligent thriller “The Lives of Others,” a movie that won best foreign film at the Oscars.

Solely because of its director, I was slightly looking forward to Henckel von Donnersmarck’s new film “The Tourist.” I figured he would have some sort of ace up his sleeve to give the movie an intellectual twist on the genre.

Boy, was I wrong. “The Tourist” is nothing more than dumb espionage obscured by fancy looking Venetian vistas.

The movie stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp as an unlikely pair who meet on a train bound for Venice, Italy. Depp’s character is a bumbling math teacher and Jolie’s just likes to smirk a lot.

There is no reason that these two should have met and there is no reason why audiences should have to watch their trudging interactions for nearly two hours. The movie tries to make up a reason for their unexpected meeting, but it is a hollow attempt at a plot twist.

“The Tourist” made me reminisce about previous releases in 2010 more than anything else. This year has seen a spike in the number of poorly made movies, typified by projects such as “The Last Airbender,” “Clash of the Titans” and “Knight and Day.”

It’s interesting that “The Tourist” comes out in the same year as these movies but also in the same year as a film like “The American.” Although “The Tourist” and “The American” are similar on the surface level, the resonating themes and artistic expression of the latter make it so much more rewarding to watch.

In 2010, there were excellent films in the same endeavoring vein as “The American” such as “Inception,” “The Town,” “The Ghost Writer,” “127 Hours,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and my personal favorite to win Best Picture, “The Social Network.”

The end of 2010 is looking bright as well, be sure to seek out “Black Swan,” “True Grit,” “Blue Valentine” and “Rabbit Hole.”
I guess I can only hope that in 2011 there are less films of “The Tourist” variety.

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

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Slow-cooked and delicious

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Kate Reitinger

By Kate Reitinger
The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Did you know that waiting ‘til the end to cut the root of an onion will reduce the tearing effect they produce? Or that when using a slow cooker you should reduce the liquid in the recipe by half?

These helpful tips were passed down to Friday’s audience at the Savory Slow Cooker Meals class put on by CSU’s Nutrition Center.
Stephanie Smith, a current Ph.D. student and registered dietician, led the class along with several human nutrition students and taught the campus community how to use a crock pot during the holidays and year-round.

Crock pots, Smith said, can hold between one and seven quarts, depending on the make, and are used to cook foods at a low setting.
She also told the class that when adapting traditional recipes for the slow cooker it is important to watch several factors about the foods such as the moisture content and the amount of seasonings.

Also dairy products, meat, rice and pasta, soups and vegetables need to be properly added and observed when using a slow cooker.

“I didn’t know to not keep all of the ingredients in the crock-pot, and she learned about reducing the spices for slow-cooker recipes,” said Mary Burge, a senior human nutrition major.

The Nutrition Center taught several other cooking courses this semester, including a one on how to dine on your desktop and how to cook with fall vegetables and holiday cooking.

Burge, who has attended all of the cooking classes taught by the nutrition center this semester, said that her “favorite one so far was the fall harvest class.”

The dates and times have not yet been determined, but next semester the center plans to continue offering several different cooking classes.

Staff writer Kate Reitinger can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Guest Column: Think twice and remember, choices are everything

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Beth Arnold, Mother of the late Devon Arnold

Devon would have been 23 years old on his birthday, if only…

There are many families who have lost dear loved ones, and each has a different way of ending that sentence. “If only he hadn’t gotten sick.” “If only the driver of the other car hadn’t messed up.” Part of what makes Devon’s loss so hard for us is the way we have to end that sentence: “If only he had made different choices.”

There were many points throughout his last day that Devon could have made a different choice and still be alive today. The first bad choice he made: If only he had not chosen to drink so much. He was incredibly impaired that night —- twice the legal limit. It caused his thought processes and decision-making from that point forward to be flawed.

Most of the other choices he made that led to his death came as a result of that first choice. If only he had not chosen to run away from the authorities at the stadium. If only he had answered the frantic texts and phone calls from his friends. If only he had reached out to us or any of his many friends in the Denver area for help. If only he hadn’t climbed on that train. His death was so completely avoidable.

Devon did not mean to die that night. I believe I understand his frame of mind.

He just wanted to go home to his Fort Collins apartment, and he did not want to have to hang around for the game to end, and did not want to impose on his friends by interrupting their pleasure in watching the game. He was too embarrassed to reach out to anyone else. He was going to solve this problem himself.

Devon truly thought he was being safe that night. He ensured he was with a designated driver, after all. He was with a bunch of friends who loved him and were looking out for him.

That’s all you need to be safe when you’re drinking, right? Clearly, that is NOT enough. When you drink excessively, you can endanger yourself in many ways, most of which you can’t or won’t anticipate. The biggest factor most people don’t consider is the absolute FACT that your thinking, reflexes and decisions are severely impaired when you drink.

What is a “safe” amount to drink? Some would say nothing. Others say you should have no more than two drinks in any 24-hour period. I know that many college-age kids and young adults drink much, much more than that. It is unclear how much Devon had to drink that day, but based on the police interviews, it appears he had in excess of 10 drinks that day. Way, way, way too much.

Up until now, I have resisted coming out and speaking about the incredibly bad decisions Devon made that contributed to his death. I did not want to sound “preachy,” and frankly, it is very difficult for me to confront this. But as we tried to get through the first anniversary of Devon’s birth since his death, I find this sentence is haunting me: “Devon would have been 23 years old, if only he had made different choices.”

We all make hundreds of choices every day of our lives…what time to get up, what to have for breakfast, whether to drive or take a bus and so on. Most of these choices are pretty mundane and have little risk associated with them. But I want you to consider the risk you are putting yourself in (and those around you) every time you drink excessively. Just because nothing bad has happened so far, or something bad has almost happened but you were able to deal with it, don’t kid yourself into thinking that something couldn’t go horribly, horribly wrong.

It is hard for someone who hasn’t been through the death of a close loved one to comprehend the pain and suffering it causes to those left behind. I know many people have experienced pain because of losing Devon. Though you may not know Devon, let his story be a lesson. Do not allow this to happen to your family and loved ones because of choices you make. It’s a hard way for loved ones to end a very sad sentence.

Happy birthday, Devon. We think of you constantly, and wish you were here with us now.

May you all be safe and healthy this holiday season.

Love to all,
Beth

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Our View: Not home for the holidays

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Six American soldiers were killed and a handful more were wounded Sunday morning when a van packed with explosives detonated next to a small outpost in southern Afghanistan.

The explosion, according to the New York Times, blasted a hole through the outpost’s wall, causing the roof to collapse. Other soldiers scrambled to the scene, clawing frantically through the rubble to free their buried comrades.

Contrast that with our Sunday morning here in Fort Collins, where many of us woke up late, grabbed some hot breakfast and headed to the library to study for finals, not having to deal with bombs, or dust, or dying friends or months more of deployment in a forgotten part of the world.

It’s not hard to forget about Afghanistan with the stress of finals next week and the joy of the approaching holiday season. And while we’d prefer to leave you for the semester with a fun editorial about how to spend your textbook buy-back cash, it’s events like Sunday’s bomb blast that should remind us to reflect this year on what we’ve lost because this holiday season at least six more of our young men won’t be home for the holidays –– not this year and not ever.

To date, 1,426 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Operation Enduring Freedom, according to iCasualties.org. With just more than two weeks left in the year, 479 have died in 2010, and that number will surely rise.

For many of us, the upcoming holidays will be about family, giving presents and joy. For many families of the U.S. service men and women who have served and are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, this year and many after will be about the fracturing of family, taking away life and sadness.

Amid our own celebrations, that’s something we need to remember.

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More than just a Collegian home, a ‘Cottage’

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Johnny Hart

Life is funny sometimes. Especially when a seemingly unimportant event conveniently correlates with a major life change.

You see, my first appearance on the opinion page –– this column, as myself, representing my own ideas –– will also be my last.

It’s interesting that in my three or so years at Student Media I’ve been a radio DJ, an editor and writer for several desks, a videographer and photographer. But I’ve never written a serious column.

In fact, as a Ram I’ve done a lot of things. I’ve loved. I’ve lost. I’ve seen lifelong friends come and go. I’ve pulled all-nighters many times. I’ve been too drunk on occasion.

Heck, I’ve nearly completed that “101 Things to Do Before You Graduate” list.

But this week should be the last of me doing things at CSU. If all goes to plan, I should be walking out of Moby Arena Saturday a college graduate –– a major life change.

The seemingly unimportant event: Just about a week ago the unofficial Collegian home-away-from-home, a lowly dump of a college house across Laurel from Parmelee Hall, was flattened to the ground –– demolished via bulldozer.

The aptly named “Cottage of Hottage” hosted a variety of fun, and sometimes questionable, gatherings. To those who may be implicated in such activities: Don’t worry. Names will not be named.

But the Cottage was more than a great place to party, minus the sticky floors and endless supply of dog hair. It was special. It was a myth. A legend.

The Cottage was where I bonded with the people I call lifelong friends. It’s the place I’ll tell my grandkids about … when they’re adults.

It was the place where memories were created. Like waking up hung over to watch our first black president’s inauguration. Or where a crazed woman hit me in the face with her construction helmet on Halloween. Or where Southern Comfort and snow days don’t really mix.

Actually, more memories were probably lost there than made, but who’s counting?

The Cottage embodied a large chunk of my college experience. Now it’s an empty lot –– gone much like I’ll soon be.

But that lot won’t stay vacant forever. I’m sure some new fancy house, restaurant or college housing units will go up. New memories will be formed. New experience will be had.

They will not be mine, and I’ve come to terms with that.

You see, I have great hindsight vision –– 20/20 in fact. I was that homesick freshmen who missed all his high school buddies.

But college life changed me. I’m more outgoing, more hopeful for new experiences. Talking to girls is still a problem, but I don’t see that ever changing.

Much thanks to all my friends, my family and all you loyal readers. Without you I wouldn’t be the new person I am today. My heart warms with every nice comment or remark. You make me feel special.

But most of all I’m proud to have, in some sick way, served you all during my time at Student Media. It was a pleasure blabbing each week for you. I will miss you all.

And as the tidal wave of the “real world” barrels down on this small Fort Collins town, I look back fondly on college as probably the best time of my life.

But I also welcome the cleansing waters to take me onto my next adventure. I mean, I’ll always have memories to look back on. And friends to look back on them with me.

So much like the empty lot across Laurel from campus waiting to its next occupants, I say, “Bring it on bulldozer.”

Let’s see what I’ve got in store next.

Love, always,

Multimedia Editor Johnny Hart is a graduating senior journalism major. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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The Weekly Blitz: I shoulda, woulda, coulda, but didn’t

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

LAWRENCE, Kan. – It’s snowing outside.

Well, likely not now, but as I sit here in my hotel room just south of the University of Kansas campus at 12:30 a.m. Sunday it is.

I am writing you my final edition of The Weekly Blitz, a Monday morning tradition I never even dreamt would gain as much popularity as it has over the past year and a half.

But it has, and I thank you for the loyal following and weekly e-mails that either tell me I make a great point and do a great job covering Colorado State, or I should quit journalism all together because I’m obviously an inbred Oklahoma redneck who should bury his face in cow manure.

Hey, to each their own, right?

On Saturday evening I covered what was my last event as a college student, CSU’s 76-55 loss to No. 4 Kansas at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

It was the first sporting event I can remember, in all 23-plus years of my life, that I seriously did not care who won.
I didn’t care at all.

If CSU pulled the upset, great.

Should Kansas triumph as predicted, then rock chalk on.

You see, though I will be receiving my degree from CSU this upcoming weekend, I am a diehard Kansas Jayhawks fan. Whether it’s football at Memorial Stadium, basketball at Allen Field House or baseball at Hoglund Park, I love it.

I’m sorry but I can’t help it. I had no interest in going to Kansas until Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, when my mother checked me out of school for the day to drive to Lawrence and check out the journalism department at KU.

It too was snowing on that trip to Lawrence.

I fell in love with the campus and fell in love with Kansas.

The summer following my senior year of high school I enrolled at Kansas, but at the last second decided to go to college at the University of Arkansas as I had fallen in love in a different manner that spring.

And though that love didn’t work out and I constantly beat myself up all of my freshman year for not going to Kansas, I no longer regret it.
Saturday I walked around the snowy campus in Lawrence, visiting the dorm I would have lived in, the bars I would have gone to, the venues I would have covered games at and the paper I would have worked for. At first I thought about how cool that would have been, but then was so thankful it wasn’t.

Because there is nothing I would have traded for the last three and a half years in Fort Collins with you.

Yes, I missed an Orange Bowl victory, yes, I missed a national championship in basketball, but had I gone to Kansas, I would have missed CSU volleyball’s upset over No. 6 Washington in the NCAA Tournament.

I would have missed seeing Gartrell Johnson III chest-bump Joey Porter, missed having a head football coach remember I’m having back surgery and while I lay bed-ridden doing a phone interview, he asks how I’m doing and if there’s anything he can do to help.

I would have missed a head basketball coach texting me late at night saying he liked my column and inviting me into his office the next day to watch a video with him. I’d have missed that same coach always calling me by name, whether we’re in a small press conference with three people at Moby Arena, or a packed one with 30 in Kansas City. A coach who always tells me if there’s anything he can do to help me find a job, let him know.
I’d have missed making legitimate friendships with athletes like Katelin Batten and John Clark, both of whom are incredible people, who have been there for me through thick and thin.

Had I gone to Kansas, I would have never experienced the greatest three and a half years of my life with the most underappreciated college sports community in America.

Fort Collins, you have a rare group of athletes and coaches at CSU who are great people and really care. I know we all, including me, get down on them when they lose, but there’s not a more class act athletics department in the country.

Before I say goodbye, I want just want to thank Sean Star for hiring me at the Collegian in 2007, Tom Lacock for doing so at Rivals in 2008, Mike Donovan for secretly motivating me and Kyle Grabowski for being the hardest worker I know.

Greg Luft, Jack Lovelace, Jeff Browne and the J-Dept. for shaping me.

I want to thank Lauren for always believing in me. Though we had our differences, you made me a better writer and person.

Thanks to Bryan for being an idiot, to Jessica for always loving me and never letting me go. Dad for paying this ridiculously high out-of-state tuition bill and mom for the overwhelming support.

Ah, oh yea, and you guys. To you I genuinely just want to say thanks.

Thanks for the memories.

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

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Transfers a key component of Rams’ success

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

“Above the rest” is the official slogan of the Mountain West Conference.

While the slogan may be accurate in terms of altitude of the league’s nine member institutions, it’s generally not the overall case when it comes to athletics.

But for Colorado State head basketball coach Tim Miles, he sees the MWC as the next best thing, and uses the league’s national prominence as a key pitch when trying to recruit players who are transferring from other NCAA Division I schools.

“If you look at a guy who goes to the highest level, one of your next best options, if you’re not going to play there, is the Mountain West Conference,” Miles said. “It’s a way to get a player you probably couldn’t get out of high school, but knows the regimentation of a D-I program and can obviously play basketball.”

Since his first season in 2007-08, Miles has successfully recruited five players who formerly played at a Division I school: Marcus Walker (Nebraska), Dan Vandervieren (Purdue), Travis Busch (Minnesota), Andy Ogide (Ole Miss) and Wes Eikmeier (Iowa State).

And if there was any question about whether or not these transfers were effective players, Walker, a guard, led the Rams in scoring during both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, while seven games into his senior year, Ogide leads CSU with 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. All five have started at least seven career games.

Ogide, who left Ole Miss following the 2006-07 season due to disagreements with Rebels’ head coach Andy Kennedy, said because of his relationship with CSU assistant coach Niko Medved, it was an easy decision for him to end up in Fort Collins, Colo. And though there was some early frustration on his part, as the Rams only won a combined 16 games in Ogide’s first two years on campus, he feels the choice paid off.

“It was tough at first when I wasn’t seeing the progress I had hoped for,” said Ogide, who is shooting an impressive 62 percent from the field this season. “But now we’re on the verge of making it to the top, I know I made the right decision.”

But landing Division I transfers can be a high-risk scenario as each is required by NCAA regulations to sit out a full season before becoming eligible to play; therefore, taking up a scholarship spot with no guarantee that the player will amount to a valuable asset.

Auburn transfer Boubacar Sylla only stayed one season at Wyoming and former Arizona State guard Steve Jones averaged only 1.5 points per game as a senior in 2009-10 at UNLV.

Though CSU may have gotten a bit lucky with its transfers, Miles is perfectly happy with second hand talent that is far from second rate.

“We look forward to Division I transfers,” Miles said. “Andy (Ogide) has been really good for us, Wes Eikmeier, Travis Busch … we’ve had some guys that have made a good impact on our program and we’ll continue to consider that as a mode of recruitment.”

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

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Miles having success rebuilding Colorado State basketball program

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Dec 122010
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Get after their asses.

Or GATA, as it’s commonly referred to, is the motto Colorado State head basketball coach Tim Miles instills upon his players every day of the year. It’s a saying that’s meant to remind the Rams to play hard for all 40 minutes of every game.

When CSU faced the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Saturday, that’s exactly what the Rams did for nearly 27 minutes, until KU guard Elijah Johnson hit a three-point dagger with 13:09 remaining that killed any hopes of a nationally televised upset. It pushed the Rams’ deficit to 13 points and would keep growing from there.

On the scoreboard, the final showed a 76-55 victory for KU.

But in the hearts of the Rams, they knew just how close they were from making headlines with an upset –– and how far CSU has come since Miles took over the program four years ago.

After former head coach Dale Layer put the program in a 7-year state of static mediocrity, CSU Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk made the decision following the 2006-07 season that it was time to put a new face in charge of Rams basketball.

“We knew we needed a rebuilding job here and Tim’s track record had shown he could do that successfully at several stops along the way,” Kowalczyk said. “I watched his team (North Dakota State) compete against us the previous year, and I thought he did a great job, and all the indicators said this guy could coach and build programs.”

On March 22, 2007, only 10 days after Layer was fired, Miles took over a program that would see 10 players transfer over the summer and return only one starter –– 7-footer Stuart Creason.

Desperate to find players to fill its roster, CSU made it well known that it would be holding walk-on tryouts for its upcoming season, trying to find any intramural or former high school star to make a difference.

Suffice to say, the Rams struggled during Miles’ first season in 2007-08, winning only seven games –– none of which came in Mountain West Conference play.

Despite the team’s struggles, Miles and his staff had made recruiting a top priority and did so with success. Within Miles’ first full season, the Rams signed under-the-radar junior college prospects Travis Franklin and Harvey Perry, Ole Miss-transfer Andy Ogide and dipping deep into the high school ranks by landing point guard Jesse Carr –– who is the all-time leading three-point shooter for the state of Nebraska.

And though CSU only won two additional games in 2008-09, with four coming in MWC action, including an upset over UNLV, it was clear the rebuilding Kowalczyk wanted was well underway.

“I accepted the job on March 22 and officially started on April 1. Never start a job on April Fool’s Day,” Miles said. “I knew there were going to be hiccups and the buy-in from the players early was low.

“But I feel there is a general managership that goes into building a team, getting guys who are emotionally attached to CSU and want to be a part of something great and want to be a part of the community and be OK if a classmate gives them a hard time about a loss, and I think we have that now.”

Despite two consecutive seasons where the Rams failed to win 10 games, expectations in 2009-10 were incredibly high for the Rams. With fans feeling like Miles had the experience in Fort Collins under his belt for the team to make some noise, the Rams did just that, defeating CU-Boulder for the first time in three years and sweeping the season series against Utah, Wyoming and Air Force. CSU finished fifth in the MWC standings.

More importantly, CSU made a berth in the College Basketball Invitational, the first postseason tournament for the Rams since reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2003.

But the CBI is nothing compared to where Miles wants to be.

“I want this team to play in March and play in the NCAA Tournament. I think we have talent, but there are some things we don’t have,” he said. “Our guards don’t have great athleticism in terms of quickness, so really, all my concerns are defensively –– we’ll be OK on offense.”

Seven games into the 2010-11 season, Miles’ concerns have proven just. Out of 345 NCAA Division I basketball programs, CSU ranks 17th as a team in field goal percentage at .495. Conversely, only 12 teams have allowed opponents to connect on more three-point attempts.

And with Saturday’s 76-55 loss to Kansas being planned as a measuring stick to mark CSU’s progress in reconstruction, Miles said he would rather be further along than where the Rams are now.

Still, CSU is staying the course, one that Ogide, now a senior forward, feels should anchor nowhere short of the National Invitational Tournament.

Wherever the Rams finish this season, whether that’s a postseason berth or not, Miles and CSU have earned the respect of Kansas head coach Bill Self, who knows not only what it’s like to rebuild a program –– doing so at both Oral Roberts and Tulsa –– but win a national championship.

“Coach Miles took over that CSU program when they were not very good,” Self said on Saturday. “They’ve consistently gotten better in a league where it’s hard to get better in because everyone is so good. So I really think he’s done a very nice job.”

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

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