Authors: Dave Anderson
Five years ago, in honor of his brotherâ€™s death, Damon McCausland started an endowment fund to aid the Little Shop of Physics.
The $30,000 donated by friends and family in memory of McCauslandâ€™s brother Matthew helped make the Little Shop of Physics Open House possible for 7,000 attendees on Saturday at the Lory Student Center.
Twenty years ago, McCausland put together the Phantom light bulb for demonstrations for school presentations that he originally showed to his brother. But this demonstration was again on display for onlookers on Saturday night.
â€œI always showed him (Matthew) the demonstrations,â€ McCausland said. â€œHe was an amateur inventor and always loved the experiments I showed him.â€
There were 300 experiments displayed in the two ballrooms showcased with signs explaining to onlookers the science concept they were experiencing.
â€œIt gets little kids involved and stoked on science,â€ said Kyle Ogilvie, a CSU alumnus, as he perused the experiments on display at the event.
The presentations scheduled back to back in the Main Ballroom attracted hundreds of people, but the most popular show was the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream presentation, where staff members made ice cream that was given to the kids.
â€œEverything is kid-proof and awesome, and people can just run up to it and play with it and hopefully osmosis some science knowledge,â€ said Nisse Lee, coordinator of assessment and outreach for the Little Shop of Physics.
Families and school children of all ages viewed projects ranging from plasmas and holograms to lasers in the ballroom set up as the Dark Room â€“â€“ the room showcasing projects best viewed in a pitch black setting.
â€œIf you look there you see mountain, but if you look through here you see grass and rocks,â€ said Kyle Dostalek, 9, as he curiously looked through a lens at a picture in the Dark Room.
The 140 volunteers and interns helping to put on the open house could easily be spotted with matching tie-dye shirts and by the teams of children often swarming them.
â€œItâ€™s exhausting sharing science with kids all day. Itâ€™s the best job in the world, but it will suck you dry,â€ Lee said. â€œYou do this job because you love it. This is the job you do because it makes you feel like a human being.â€
Staff writer Vashti Batjargal can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A rainbow of neon lights danced above a sold-out crowd in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom last night.
With their hands swaying in the air, the crowd mirrored the spirit and swagger of the man of the night: Wale.
The United Men of Color (UMC), the concertâ€™s main sponsor, chose Wale to headline its closing concert in honor of Black History Month at CSU.
UMC, along with fellow sponsors Associated Students of Colorado State University and Campus Activities, chose Wale because they thought he embodied the ideals of the organization.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t spread negativity like a lot of other rappers do. He represents black individuals in a positive way, and thatâ€™s the goal of UMC,â€ said UMC member Ermias Hadera.Â
Black Cobain, last nightâ€™s opening act whose name is in tribute to Nirvanaâ€™s Cobain, revved the crowd up with the bandâ€™s â€œSmells Like Teen Spirit.â€
After his set, DJ Omega turned the ballroom into an impromptu nightclub; the beat pulsed and the dancing was raunchier than the venueâ€™s name would suggest.
But mashups of popular hip-hop songs could only keep the crowd entertained for so long, and after almost an hour of no Wale, people started growing impatient.Â His name started being chanted in unison and booing started echoing through the crowd.
Spirits and hands were immediately raised, however, when Wale blasted onto the stage with his song â€œThe MC.â€
â€œI just wanna know what yaâ€™ll feel like hearing right now,â€ Wale said to the crowd after his first song.
The vast majority of students felt like hearing one thing last night: his great lyrics. Wale has a strong following, made clear by his tickets selling out in a matter of hours, because his fans appreciate the originality of his lyrics.
â€œI like lyrical rappers like Wale,â€ said junior accounting major Jheryl Thomas. â€œHe raps about stuff I can actually relate to.â€
It seems quite a few of Waleâ€™s fans are young women who appreciate the general respect for females he portrays in his lyrics.
â€œSo many rappers degrade women, but not Wale, â€œ said University of Northern Colorado student Brittany Cooper.Â â€œHe likes ambitious girls, college girl, like us.
In quite a few of his songs, Wale shows an appreciation for a womanâ€™s intelligence.
â€œIâ€™d rather you tell me to hit you later/ because you gotta finish a paper,â€ Wale raps in his song â€œAmbitious Girlsâ€, which he performed last night.
Wale, whose full name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, is not a typical rapper, and his atypical lyrics are what set him apart in the minds of his fans.
â€œHeâ€™s poetic. He speaks about things with meaning, things that can inspire people our age,â€ said freshman economics major Brenna Meade.
Â Without a doubt, Wale inspired many in the crowd when he exclaimed, â€œShout out to all the ambitious girls here. Please, keep this world going.â€
Staff writer Colleen McSweeny can be reached at email@example.com.
The CSU community will step back in time this week as part of the universityâ€™s 15th annual Holocaust and Genocide Awareness week, running today through Friday.
The week consists of different events commemorating those who have suffered as a result of genocide and stresses the importance of awareness regarding past events and a hopeful future.
â€œThe further and further we get, the more survivors are dying, and itâ€™s important to educate people about genocide before we lose that piece of history,â€ said Rabbi Allison Peiser of Hillel.
Hillel, Students for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness, ASCSU and ASAP are the hosts for HolocaustÂ and Genocide Awareness Week.
Staff writer Brittany Lancaster can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a â€œBudget Insiderâ€
Get an inside look at CSUâ€™s budget situation at the public â€œCSU Budget Insiderâ€ educational session today.
The interactive meeting, which takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the Lory Student Center, is designed to give interested individuals a comprehensive overview of the universityâ€™s budget process, including a look at the state budget and its impact on higher education, according to a press release.
The event, which replaces the former Budget 101 sessions of the last two years, will include an updated look at CSUâ€™s planned budget for next year.
Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda and Associate Vice President for Finance Lynn Johnson will present financial information and help the sessionâ€™s attendees understand the budget and budget process.
The event is free and open to the public.
Drop some pounds
CSU is looking for individuals who want to lose some weight.
Anyone between the ages of 18 to 60 who wants to drop some extra pounds can participate in a free food portion control program. The project will test the effect of the program on participantsâ€™ dietary intake and body weight.
The program is open to the public and signing up gets participants a free pass.
They also get to keep some of the measuring tools at the end of the 12-week program.
Interested individuals should sign up by calling (970)-491-8615. The program is run out of 114 Gifford Building, 502 West Lake St.
The Tenant Protection Agency, TPA, is a new local business that seeks to help tenants solve their rental problems.
Kyle Mauger and Candi Whatley, a CSU senior biological sciences major, put their entrepreneurial skills to the test by founding the TPA in late January. The couple of more than two years opened the TPA for business and began running ads last week.
â€œOur goal is to make sure no tenant gets taken advantage of,â€ Mauger said, â€œSo many people get burned these days. We want to provide a service that helps protect susceptible tenants.â€
Their company offers several services to assist tenants with their rental woes.
Mauger was inspired to provide this service when he moved out of his condo in Glenwood and lost more than $2,000 from his deposit. He believes the TPA will be the company to provide this invaluable service.
â€œAfter Kyle and I have both had bad experiences with landlords and rental agencies, it finally hit home that we needed to help people that are just like us,â€ Whatley said.
Mauger hopes the TPA will turn into â€œsomething big,â€ and will help Fort Collins tenants for years to come.
â€œThere is no other service out there like ours,â€ he said, and he thinks people will be compelled to take advantage of it.
Move-in and move-out documentation
The goal of move documentation is to ensure transparency between renter and landlord so that the tenant receives as much of their security deposit as possible. The TPA takes pictures and records video of the rental property and carefully documents any defects to ensure the tenant doesnâ€™t get charged for them later.
The TPA will step in and mediate any altercation the tenant may have with their landlord.
It will help determine who is responsible for making repairs to the rental property and solve legal problems that often arise between tenant and landlord over lease provisions. The TPA will resolve these problems for $34.99 per case, but if a client purchases move-in documentation, these services are provided for free.
In addition, the TPA is working closely with attorney Darrin Buxman of Buxman, Kwitek & Ohlsen Pc in case a client is in need of legal counsel and has the capability to take necessary issues to court.
CSUâ€™s Student Legal Services offers legal counsel free to students, said SLS office manager Valerie McIntyre, but the on-campus office does not have move documentation services.
Staff writer Justin Rampy can be reached at email@example.com.
WASHINGTON â€” Congress will likely avert a federal government shutdown this week, but lawmakers signaled Sunday that there are still plenty of short-term and long-term fiscal fights ahead on spending cuts and deficit reduction.
The House of Representatives returns from its Presidentâ€™s Day recess Monday poised to vote on a compromise stopgap plan to fund the federal government for two weeks beyond Friday.
The measure, embraced by House and Senate Democratic leaders, contains $4 billion in new spending cuts, several of them already called for by President Barack Obama in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal.
If approved, the measure, at least temporarily, ends a political game of chicken between leaders in the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-run Senate over a potential government shutdown and who would be to blame if it actually happened.
â€œWe have a moral responsibility to address the problems we face,â€ House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday in prepared remarks to the National Religious Broadcasters convention. â€œThat means working together to cut spending and rein in government â€” not shutting it down.â€
The potential for a 2011 shutdown drew comparisons to the budget duel between President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., that resulted in the government shutting down twice in the fall and winter of 1995-96.
The first closure, in November 1995, lasted six days and resulted in the furloughs of 800,000 federal workers. The second shutdown lasted 21 days, from Dec. 16, 1995, to Jan. 6, 1996, and resulted in 284,000 federal furloughs while another 475,000 employees worked without pay.
Gingrich and Republicans were widely blamed for the shutdowns. Mindful of the political consequences, Republicans, Democrats and the White House all said last week that they didnâ€™t want the government to close.
Still, some bad blood and unfinished business continues. While lauding the compromise measure, Boehner blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for blocking a Senate vote on a House-approved spending package that would cut more than $60 billion over the next seven months.
The measure would pare such programs as job training and employment grants, health centers, high-speed rail, diplomatic programs, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and reduce funding for border security.
â€œThe House passed legislation â€” reflecting the will of the people â€” that would keep the government running through October while cutting spending,â€ Boehner told the religious broadcasters. â€œThe leader of the United States Senate has refused to allow a vote on this legislation.â€
Bracing for a fight, congressional Democratic leaders continued to balk at the size and scope of the cuts in the House bill.
â€œRepublicans must abandon the extreme and arbitrary cuts they called for in their spending bill that passed the House … and move closer to Democratsâ€™ position of cutting spending in a smart, targeted way,â€ House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Friday.
Even some Republicans expressed concerns about the long-term impact of the proposed cuts. Arizona Republican Gov. Jan. Brewer, lauded by GOP leaders for pushing through Arizonaâ€™s controversial new immigration laws, acknowledged that one cut approved by House Republicans could lead to 685 Border Patrol agents being let go, a problem for her state.
â€œI believe that we need as much resources that are necessary to get our borders secure,â€ Brewer said Sunday on ABCâ€™s â€œThis Week.â€ â€œThe bottom line is, is that the budget has not been completed. Iâ€™m hopeful that it will be reinstated, the dollars. And I hope those dollars end up in Arizona, and in Texas and in California.â€
In state after state, the battle lines so far have fallen largely along party lines.
The CSU softball team dropped four out of five games this weekend at the Stanford Nike Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Despite another flat tournament performance, the team is continuing to improve on a day-to-day basis, which is exactly what the Ramsâ€™ coaching staff is looking for from a team that features 10 freshmen.
According to head coach Jen Fisher, the Rams have shown an ability to stay positive, and itâ€™s obvious that they all care about each other.
â€œWe are all together as one,â€ said freshman catcher Emily Pohl.
The Rams carried a six-game losing streak into the invitational, which was extended in their first game against No. 24 Kentucky on Friday.
The Wildcats cruised to an easy 7-0 victory behind a no-hitter by junior Chandra Bell. The only baserunner for CSU came from senior outfielder Ivory Allen when she walked in the 6th inning.
CSUâ€™s luck changed in the second game on Friday against the UC-Davis Aggies.
The Rams jumped out to an early four-run lead in the first inning and never looked back. They went on to win by a final score of 11-6.
Freshman third baseman Chelsea Biglow led the Rams with two hits at the plate including a double and home run, along with five RBI.
Saturday didnâ€™t bring as much success for CSU; they lost both of their games—the first to North Dakota State by a score of 11-3.
Tournament host Stanford University then defeated the Rams, 16-2. The Cardinal are currently ranked 16th in the nation.
Sunday, the Rams took on the University of Memphis and took a two-run lead into the seventh inning.
The Tigers scratched out two runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings, where they managed to win the game 4-3 in the extra frame.
The offensive star for the Rams on Sunday was Pohl, who hit two solo home runs.
â€œI wanted to be aggressive and do whatever I could to help the team,â€ Pohl said.
Biglow and Pohl, Fisher said, are getting important playing time as freshmen.
â€œIt was good to see that sort of production out of them and I think you will see more good things in the future,â€ Fisher said.
The Rams are hosting the Colorado State Classic this weekend and will have their homeopener on Friday against Northern Illinois at 1:30 p.m.
â€œIt will be awesome to finally be at home,â€ Biglow said.
Softball Beat Reporter Nick Childs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After three weeks worth of defeat, the CSU womenâ€™s basketball finally picked up a win Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena, defeating the Air Force Falcons 70-49.
The loss was the Falconsâ€™ 42nd consecutive road defeat, dating back to January of 2008.
The Rams (13-14, 6-8 MWC) ended the first half on a 19-3 run that put the game out of reach for Air Force.
Falcons (8-19, 3-11 MWC) senior guard Raimee Beck scored 11 points in the first half but was held to just a pair of free throws in the second to finish with 13.
â€œThe end of the halves have killed us lately,â€ head coach Kristen Holt said. â€œThat was really big for us.â€
Freshman forward Sam Martin recorded her second consecutive double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while attempting a career-high 16 field goals.
â€œI think we all have to do what we do to win, and we need to box out and get (offensive) boards,â€ Martin said. â€œThatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been focusing on.â€
Martin was the tallest player on the floor for most of the game, which allowed her to score easily inside and pass out of double teams to open shooters.
â€œ(CSUâ€™s forwards) are going to be a different matchup. Everybody is for us since weâ€™re so small,â€ Air Force head coach Andrea Williams said. â€œWeâ€™re never going to be bigger than anyone.â€
The Rams led by just one with 8:07 remaining in the first half after Beck hit a three-pointer, but CSU scored the next 10 points to take control from there.
CSU senior guard Sara Hemmings left the game early in the first half with an injury sustained to the face. She returned later and finished with four points and two assists.
â€œKim (Mestdagh) threw the ball at my face basically,â€ Hemmings said. â€œShe didnâ€™t mean to, but I just got a little bloody nose.â€
Mestdagh continued her scoring roll, pouring in 26 points while making four three-pointers. It was her third consecutive game with 20 or more points and the fourth time in six games.
The win, coupled with a San Diego State loss, put CSU in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference.
â€œI think weâ€™re in a great position because everything we want we can get,â€ Mestdagh said. â€œWe just got to beat Utah and San Diego State, and weâ€™re in fourth place, which is exactly where we want to be.â€
Womenâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com
AIR FORCE ACADEMY – Any hopes of an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament are likely gone for the CSU menâ€™s basketball team after suffering a 74-57 loss on Saturday night at the Air Force Academy.
The Rams (18-10, 8-6 MWC) came out in the first half and got into a three-point shooting contest with the Falcons (14-13, 5-9 MWC).
At halftime, CSU had attempted a dozen two-point field goals, making nine of them. Conversely, the Rams had 13 three-point attempts, making only two. At the same time, Air Force had converted 7 of 14 three-point attempts. Those stats combined to help give the Falcons a 37-28 halftime lead.
In the second half the Rams saw their inside game fall apart while the outside shooting continued to struggle. CSU missed 26 shots in the final half â€” including 13 from long range.
â€œWe shot too many threes. They did a good job taking away our inside stuff. That was the best available shot oftentimes,â€ coach Tim Miles said. â€œYou go 5-for-26 the first (game against Air Force), 5-for-29 this time (on threes). Iâ€™d like to think weâ€™re a better three-point shooting team than that, but we havenâ€™t proven it.â€
Despite the poor shooting effort, the Rams were able to pull within two points twice in the second half. But after two free throws by Adam Nigon with 13:08 remaining made the score 47-45, CSU went the next eight and a half minutes without scoring. In that time the Falcons ran off 13 consecutive points to make the score 60-45.
Air Force sealed the game by making 10 of 14 free throws in the last four minutes of the game. The Falcons were led by a balanced scoring attack, which saw guard Michael Lyons score 21, while three others (Tom Fow, Todd Fletcher, Derek Brooks) scored 11 points or more.
The Rams, on the other hand, were a one-man band. Senior Andy Ogide finished with 27 points â€” one off a career-high â€” and 10 rebounds. No other CSU player finished with more than eight points.
The loss leaves the Rams needing to regroup quickly if they want to have any chance of making the NCAA tournament.
â€œItâ€™s frustrating, but weâ€™re a team thatâ€™s never had it easy. So weâ€™ve got to go out there and try to make something happen,â€ Ogide said. â€œWe had a good run early in the season and weâ€™ve kind of faltered a little bit towards the end. Weâ€™ve got to look ourselves in the mirror and find out whatâ€™s going on and try to come up with five (wins) in a row.â€
After making a serious run at the top of the conference earlier in the season, the Rams now look more like a team destined for the consolation National Invitational Tournament (NIT) than an at-large NCAA tournament qualifier.
CSUâ€™s best shot at an NCAA tournament berth may now be the automatic berth that comes from winning the Mountain West Conference tournament.
â€œWeâ€™re just going to come out and try and get a couple more wins next week and then see what we can do in the Mountain West tournament,â€ Miles said.
Menâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.