RamTalk

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Feb 282011
 
Authors: Compiled by Alexandra Sieh

Why is it bike cops are the only people running into me in the Dismount Zone? The other riders are much more courteous.

Horticulture class makes me wonder what ever happend to that show “Just Shoot Me.”

Alright men, this time you get to choose. Which one is it going to be? “Mateless March” or “Me, Myself and I March?”
To the hooded guys stealing the Pitkin and Shields sign: I remember when I used to drink on Sundays.

The mirror in women’s restroom in the Education Building says “You are beautiful.” Well thank you.

This lady thinks “Muttonchop March.” Time so switch it up, gentlemen.

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Our View: Students: Protect yourself

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

With the new service being offered to Fort Collins renters, the Tenant Protection Agency, tenants can pay for a service hoping to alleviate tenant/landlord discrepancies.
As a responsible renter, taking photographs and working through your lease with a fine-tooth comb is something you should be doing anyway.
If you are too busy or simply do not want to take the time, then most definitely, take advantage of the services the agency offers.

There are many horror stories of landlords abusing their tenants. What you should do as a renter is understand that you may be put in a situation where you can be taken advantage of.

Similar to some of the paid services the TPA offers, Student Legal Services in the Lory Student Center also offers free legal advice to students, similarly to the TPA. Legal advisors would discourage against signing a lease until the professionals at SLS have examined it.

For non-students, the legal advice offered through TPA is beneficial. The mediation process that TPA offers between landlord and tenant can also help with those ever-present issues concerning animals, parties, parking and utilities among other things.

The point is, make sure that you are doing everything on your end to stay protected from getting burned. Landlords will always be wary of renting to college students, regardless of their lifestyle, so be assured they do everything they can to protect themselves.

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Jorden: Be my guest to be a good hotel guest

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Lydia Jorden

I never knew cleaning a room in a hotel would be the start of a potential lawsuit.

Being a housekeeping trainer over the summer taught me many lessons. I learned the importance of working with international employees. I learned crucial customer relation skills.

But the most stimulating and thought-provoking lesson I learned was that, regardless of where you go, you will never escape chaos surrounding other people’s lives.

It is important for you, my fellow CSU community, to consider my personal anecdotes the next time you find yourself staying at a hotel to avoid pissing off the maid who may –– or may not –– change your sheets and to learn the appropriate hotel guest etiquette.

After knocking three times and yelling “housekeeping” to no response, I routinely opened the door to a guest’s room. I began my first monotonous task of changing the sheets on the bed to get it ready for the next guest.

Under the linens I found what would soon be the reason for my meeting with the owner of the hotel and my supervisor: A pillow. This wasn’t just any pillow. This was a special pillow: a pillow near and dear to the owner’s heart. The words, “Love” danced across the front of the purple pillow case. The cursive writing … eh, ew wait, what’s that smell? This pillow case was clearly wet and had an odd smell of Demur Fragrance’s “Sex on the Beach.”

Normally we will keep items that guests accidently leave in their rooms and will attempt to contact them to let them know we will send it their way. However, I’m sure most would agree that a pillow soaked in mystery secretions is not on the top list of things one would want to hold onto.

About three weeks later I got called into my supervisor’s office and he explained to me that the owners of that pillow were going to press charges against us because we threw away their cotton ball of love. This only further cements my ideology that humanity is doomed.

I took it with a grain of salt because the hotel would be held accountable for vicarious liability which states that the employer may have to pay damages for what the employee did –– good news for me.

Luckily, charges were not filed and my only punishment was a slap on the wrist for not keeping that disgusting pillow.

Now of course this wasn’t the only amusing thing that happened while working at a hotel. Naked couples answering doors, wedding party’’s pushed-together beds and rooms filled with personal Jesus memorabilia all stay fresh in my mind.

Please, please, please be considerate when staying at a hotel. If you leave your purple pillow with “Love” written across it in beautiful cursive writing, do not threaten to press charges when I throw it out.

Moral of the story: Next time you run into a pillow coated in unidentified juices, hold onto it. You never know when it may just save your ass.

Until next time, I’m off to cuddle up to my purple ball of fluff that I obtained from –– uh, never mind.

Lydia Jorden is a sophomore business major who always changed the sheets of her guests. Her column runs Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be reached at letters@collegian.com.

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Kastner: Growing up in a growing city

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Johnathan Kastner

Fort Collins just became the fourth biggest city in Colorado, and CSU enrollment is up to record levels again. It’s hard to get the notion of this as prosperity when all it means to most students is that the buses to school will be packed so tightly that we may finally put our “Tetris” skills to use fitting everyone in.

Increased traffic and the mounting absurdity of three-unrelated aside, there are things to look forward to as the city grows more and more crowded. As the only optimist left in the news industry, I’m here to help you look on the bright side –– because you can’t spell badly overloaded without loaded!

Let’s start with that which is closest to all of us: our beloved university. Times have been financially tough for us ever since we spent the past decade determinedly not voting in record numbers, which somehow led to a cut in funding. We’ve been getting a series of e-mails from CSU President Tony Frank that have been calm and informative, all things considered.
A bit too calm, if you ask me. Part of me suspects he’s that one guy in recent horror movie trends that pretends to be the main character for a bit, spouting one-liners and carrying a gun the size of his stage presence, before being devoured by space roaches. Or, in this metaphor, fired to save money.
Record enrollment could change all that, but only if we’re clever about it. We’re raising tuition, of course, but why not follow the grand tradition of credit card companies and have locked-in rates? Those of us currently in school pay one set of tuition, and the newbies could pay a second substantially higher rate of tuition.

It’s the perfect plan because it’s something we can vote on now and it won’t affect any of us negatively.

Instead, the consequences will be passed to the youth of tomorrow, who will have to bear the burden of our poor planning and sloth. You know, like our plan with the economy. And the environment. And foreign relations. And space exploration. I guess what I’m saying is it’s time tested.
Growth in our university isn’t the only thing we can look forward to –– the city, as it turns out, is comprised of more than roads leading to CSU, parking lots adjacent to it, and liquor stores along the way. Some people live and work here even during the summer, and the city is getting bigger for them as well.

Fort Collins is actually well suited to being a big city. Our sensible road system is based on a simple intersecting grid. On the east coast, where I am from, the traffic did not handle the dense population. Instead of a grid, they chose the less popular ‘elder sign,’ which calls down gods of madness and rage, hence explaining all east coast traffic. So it could be worse.

No, roads are nicely covered. We mainly need some defining element of culture. Currently we are the “university by a brewery” town. This is fine for a smaller city, but if we’re going to grow up and be a real city we need to do what all adults do –– stuff we don’t like. We need nonsensical, pretentious flash-in-the-pan shows –– silent operas, one-man ballets, any modern art ever –– that sort of thing.

The community’s heart is still students, though. We just have to hit that right middleground between driving them all away and not squeezing them for enough money to keep ourselves afloat. Thank goodness Tony Frank has this one confidently covered.

Now I’m nervous. Someone check Tony Frank –– make sure the space roaches haven’t got him.

Johnathan Kastner is in his second year of his second bachelor’s degree, majoring in computer science. His column runs Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Pidgeons!

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Benjamin Gowen
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Movie review: ‘Drive Angry’ Less 3-D, more ‘R’ (3 of 5 stars)

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: By Jason Berlinberg

All of this nonsensical 3-D hype is killing me.  The latest victim of its trendy hysteria is “Drive Angry,” an exploitation flick with shades of Tarantino-infused insanity.  

The film stars Nicholas Cage as John Milton, an escapee from hell come back to seek revenge on the cult leader who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

The total absurdity of “Drive Angry” is a mixed bag.  Its over the top content provides an entertaining thrill ride, but the ridiculous plot is weighed down by painstakingly inane exposition that takes a lot of fun away from the experience.
  
Worse off, the movie is only available in the superficial and overpriced form of 3-D.

“Drive Angry” claims to be shot for 3-D, but having a few pieces of debris being flung at your face does not constitute dropping an extra five bucks for a movie.

One thing is for sure. The acting doesn’t make up for that money.  With the exception of William Fichtner as the accountant chasing Milton back to hell, the cast delivers lackluster performances that are like a chore to get through.   
After getting past the wooden acting and weak 3-D, the film’s exaggerated content provides a good time and appeals to more successful projects such as “Sin City” and “Grindhouse.”  
 
Unfortunately for “Drive Angry”, those movies have already done the over-the-top exploitation trick better.  

“Drive Angry” is rated R for absurd action scenes containing over the top violence, blood, and nudity that are needlessly shot in 3-D.

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

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And the Oscar goes to the king

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

After all the speculation, the grueling months of agony waiting for the Oscar results have finally come to an end. Ok, maybe that last sentence is only applicable to me.

The show had a strange dynamic with James Franco and Anne Hathaway as the hosts, and the awkward presentation with Kirk Douglas felt extremely out of place.

Also, the way they presented each award was drastically different than in past years. Usually they do a good job giving a solid clip of the nominees’ work at their best, but it seemed like the clips they chose did not accurately represent their performances as a whole.

As for the winners themselves, the awards essentially started off as planned. Melissa Leo won best supporting actress for her performance in “The Fighter,” “Toy Story 3” won best animated film, and “Inception” won for achievement in cinematography.

Then something strange happened when “Alice in Wonderland” won awards for achievement in art direction and best costume design. It felt like a dark force was twisting reality and I had no idea if I was watching the Oscars or the Razzies.

And the hits kept on coming, with “The Wolfman” surprising next for Best Makeup. Granted, these categories have never been known for their exclusivity, but I think the Academy should be more select in their choices of film nominations.

The results returned to normalcy as “The Social Network” scored wins for best film editing, best original score, and best adapted screenplay. Unfortunately, those were the only Oscars the film won last night.

The other acting awards all went down as predicted, with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Colin Firth winning for best supporting actor, best actress, and best actor, respectively.

The first surprise of the major awards occurred in the best director category, where Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) upset David Fincher (“The Social Network”). And the biggest award of the night followed suit, “The King’s Speech” was awarded best picture of 2010.

Although I praised “The King’s Speech” on its victory —it was my second favorite film of the year—I couldn’t help feel a little un-kosher about the decision.

As a whole, “The Social Network” was the most well made film of 2010. “The King’s Speech” had it beat in acting, the component that I predict put Oscar voters over the edge.

The Academy has had a history of making decisions regarding best picture that they end up regretting when they look back on it. (See: “Forrest Gump” winning over “Shawshank Redemption”).

They allow themselves to become emotionally compromised and look at a film’s accomplishments by how well it can affect viewers on a sentimental level.
That, and their penchant for traditional historical biopics has a “King’s Speech” victory all over it.

While presenting the award for best picture, Steven Spielberg made sure to say that the films that end up not winning the award join an elite group that boasts such films as “Citizen Kane,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “There Will Be Blood.” And you know what, “The Social Network?” I’m perfectly fine with that.

Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at verve@collegian.com and can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonberlinberg.

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Undeclared

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Ian Cox
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Scubbles

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Derrick Burton
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Remembering a CSU revolutionary

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Feb 272011
 
Authors: Rachel Childs

Maury Albertson’s face does not grace the side of any building. There is no bust of him in the halls—no biography in the library. But for those who knew him at CSU, Albertson was unforgettable.

Throughout 50 years of working at the university, Albertson used his creativity by helping create the Peace Corp, launching research projects and even studying possible life on other planets.

He came to CSU in 1947 to assist with the civil engineering program. He went on to become first director of the CSU Research Foundation, spearheading many projects to enhance university research.

“Of all the professors and other people at CSU, he was the one I admired the most,” said Neil Grigg, an engineering professor and former student of Albertson’s.

In 1961, Albertson teamed up with CSU researchers Pauline Birky-Kreutzer and Andrew Rice to create the feasibility report for what is now the Peace Corps.

Fifty years after Albertson, Rice and Birky-Kreutzer formulated their plan for the Peace Corps, CSU is now 10th in Peace Corps participation in the nation.

“It was a real labor of love, honestly, for all three of those people,” said Martha Denney, director of international education at CSU.

Denney worked with Albertson when he was director of international programs at CSU and remembered him as “tall, slim and always kind of larger than life.”

In the 1980s’ Albertson met with former CSU graduate student Bob Siblerud after lecturing at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. The two discussed the possibility of alien life and decided to inform the public through the International Association of New Sciences and the Institute for the Study of Galactic Civilizations.

The institute explores the concepts of new energy sources and life on other planets. The ISGC believes that aliens are currently on Earth and are assisting humans, all under the knowledge of the government.

“Once you start considering the facts and the interactions and the evidence, there is no doubt that they have been here and they’re helping us,” Siblerud, president of the ISGC said.

Despite his eclectic interests, Albertson was seen as a powerhouse of ideas, which became affectionately known as “Maury projects,” according to Denney.
His enthusiasm transferred to students and colleagues whom he encouraged to follow their dreams.

“One of my favorite quotes of Maury’s was, ‘That’s just a wonderful idea’,” Denney said.

His ideas didn’t cease even after he fell ill in 2009. Grigg said that even on his deathbed Albertson was thinking of ways to solve poverty and world hunger. Albertson’s last trip was a more than 24-hour flight to Indonesia. He later died in Colorado.

“I thought his death was the way that he should have died, that is with his boots on so to speak,” Grigg said.

Staff writer Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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