CSU Rec Center goes topless

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Aug 302011
Authors: Katie Salvato

As of this year, the term “no shirt, no service” no longer applies to the cardio and weight rooms at the CSU Campus Recreation Center.

For the first time at the Rec Center, students are not required to wear a shirt while working out. Boys will be allowed to work out completely shirtless, while girls will be allowed to work out in sports bras.

“We have always allowed people to be shirtless while playing soccer and basketball so they could differentiate between teams,” said Heather VanHall, the Service Center Coordinator at the Rec. “But this is the first year that students can work out in the cardio and weight rooms without shirts.”

The professional staff, which came to this decision, often make changes or adjusts rule for reasons such as health, safety and sanitary issues. Sometimes, rules can also be adjusted to keep up with national gym standards.

Some students, however, were conflicted over the cleanliness of this new rule.
Josh Ouellette, a senior natural resources major, said he is not one of the students who will be going to the gym topless.

“It’s kind of gross,” Ouellette said. “I might be upset if I see someone sweaty and shirtless on the bench press.”

Zach Roos, a freshman natural sciences major, had a different opinion. Roos said he would probably go to the gym shirtless and didn’t find it gross or unclean.

“You’re going to sweat and have pit stains anyway,” Roos said.

Another rule that has changed this year is what students are and are not allowed to wear into the aquatic area.

“No athletic wear or gym shorts will be allowed into the pool,” VanHall said. “The pool is specifically for swim attire.”

Last year, it was common to see students wearing gym shorts as bathing suit bottoms, but this will not be permitted this year, VanHall said.

And while it does not happen often, VanHall said she does occasionally have to ask students to change or leave the gym for inappropriate attire.

“It’s mostly during the first two weeks,” VanHall said. “We have to inform the new wave of students the rules of the Rec.”

VanHall said inappropriate clothing has never been a large issue at the gym. The campus recreation policy handbook, which can be viewed online or at the front desk of the Rec, asks students to not wear jeans, or anything with zippers, belts, snaps, metal studs or any other types of material that could damage the equipment.

“The metal will sometimes catch on the upholstery of the weight benches and tear the fabric,” VanHall added.

The Handbook also asks that students wear non-marking, close-toed athletic shoes to keep the gym floors nice and the students safe.

VanHall said that besides keeping the students safe, the other main concern of the staff and enforcing dress code rules is to keep the students healthy.

Collegian writer Katie Salvato can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Rams spike crime

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Aug 302011
Authors: Sarah Fenton

According to CSU Police Department, CSU police officers have been working to counteract an increase in incident calls made since fall move-in.

“The first few weeks thereafter are typically quite busy for us,” said CSU Chief of Police Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt in an email to the Collegian. “CSUPD does experience an increase in call volume each fall when students return. We are prepared for this, and staff our shifts the best we can to accommodate this spike.”

CSU Police Department Records Manager Joan Williams confirmed that calls do change in volume between the months preceding fall move-in and the weeks following the student return.

In the months April and May 2011, the average call influx averaged at 300 to 325 incident reports each week. Throughout June and July, those calls dropped to195 to 210 calls per week, while the first two weeks of August spiked to an average of 280 calls.

In contrast, the third week of August, from the 14th to the 20th, averaged out at 480
incident reports per week.

“Keep in mind call volume can be anything from requesting a lock cut from a bicycle, to a roommate dispute, to a criminal event,” Rich-Goldshmidt added. “We try to maximize our staffing levels during this time to be as visible and proactive as possible. Crime tends to be opportunistic.”

“Call types change,” Williams said, “Alcohol contacts go up with students coming back, while alcohol and drug calls go down significantly during the summer.”

According to Rich-Goldschmidt, there are multiple ways of reporting a crime other than going directly to Green Hall, where the CSU Police Department is located.

“This happens frequently, someone will come into the police department thinking they have to report it there and they don’t,” Rich-Goldschmidt said. “The bottom line is, we’ll come to you.”

While the several emergency telephone lines posted around campus are an essential and convenient option, incidents can also be reported in-person inside of Green Hall.

Open 24 hours each day, the police department has staff during regular business hours and an emergency call station set up in the lobby of the west entrance; both of which are ready to respond to reports.

“It’s the PD’s responsibility to support the academic mission of CSU,” Rich-Goldshmidt said. “To that end, we continue to proactively and reactively work to ensure this is a safe and healthy environment where individuals can study, work and socialize. Unfortunately, we can’t do this alone and need the assistance of our community to be truly effective. When this partnership is strong, we all benefit. I call that success.”

Collegian writer Sarah Fenton can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Incident report calls

April 2011: 300-325 calls/week

  • May 2011:* 300-325 calls/week
  • June 2011:* 195-210 calls/week
  • July 2011:* 195-210 calls/week

1st Two Weeks of August: 280-290 calls/week

  • Aug. 14 – 20: *480 calls/week
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Students without a voice

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Aug 302011
Authors: Allison Knaus

The Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) is at an all-time low for Senate board members for the fall 2011 semester, leaving some university colleges without representation.

This semester’s board is down to just 14 members with roughly 25 empty spots from various colleges.

The Senate, composed of representatives from all eight colleges, open option students and graduate students are the student voice of CSU, explained Rachel Roberson, the ASCSU Vice President.
Recruitment is in full swing for new Senate members to represent individual colleges.

“Within the next few weeks, we really want to make sure we are getting the word out that these positions are available and how crucial they are,” said Danielle McConnell, the ASCSU press secretary and recruitment officer.

“One representative is providing a voice for over 700 students, so their input is really important,” Roberson said.

The college councils are able to pass legislation on issues affecting students at CSU, the state and even at a federal level, explained Eric Berlinberg, the ASCSU President.

“They really do matter and we want students to know that they can make an impact on decisions made,” he said.

But with a lower than average number of members, not all colleges are being represented and heard.
“We aren’t representing every college on campus and therefore we aren’t representing every voice that needs to be heard,” Berlinberg said.

This semester, Berlinberg said he’s looking to bring more information to the Senate board, giving the college councils an opportunity to have an input in decision making.

“We’re aiming to involve the college councils in nearly everything we do,” he said.

Along with empty senate positions, ASCSU is also looking to fill the gallery where students and community members can come to provide input and ask questions.

“Students do have a say in legislation because changes made will affect them,” Roberson said. “We’re really hoping numbers will have a turn around quickly.”

Senate meetings run every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Senate Chambers and are open to the public.

If you’re interested in becoming a Senate member or getting involved with ASCSU visit www.ascsu.colostate.edu.

_ASCSU Beat Reporter Allison Knaus can be reached at news@collegian.com. _

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Say almost anything you want

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Aug 302011
Authors: Andrew Carrera

As Marie Kendall trekked across CSU’s Lory Student Center Plaza on Monday she was told in passing that her existence is doomed.

“There was one guy who had this big sign that was like, ‘Smokers, God judges you!’” said the junior anthropology major. “I was like, okay, s***! I’m going to hell!”

Shes was later informed by followers of Hindu teacher, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, that her life has all the necessary ingredients for eternal happiness.

“I don’t mind being approached,” she said. “It’s really interesting. Sometimes it can be overbearing, but everyone’s living their own lives.”

Whether it’s Greenpeace talking to passers-by about the environment, the American Civil Liberties Union touting the importance of human rights, or religious teachers spreading the word of their god, rights to free speech at CSU are flexed daily.

“I think that as a public university, we have an obligation to ensure that peaceful assembly occurs,” said Michael Ellis, assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of the LSC.
But how the university applies such beliefs on campus is a different matter.

“There will always be censorship battles, there will always be an urge on the part of some officials to squelch speech that they don’t like, often with good intentions,” said David Hudson Jr., a scholar at the First Amendment Center, a freedom of speech think-tank in Washington, D.C., and author of “Let the Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools.”
“Free-speech battles are alive and well on college campuses,” Hudson said.

So how does CSU navigate complex questions about how to implement the First Amendment?

If you’re reserving space on the LSC Plaza, you need to register with CSU officials.

But under certain circumstances, organizations or individuals are allowed to speak about their beliefs around campus without giving prior notice to authorities.

“This happens every day,” Ellis said.

Ultimately, the decision of who to allow on campus is determined by the university’s legal counsel.

CSU attorneys are called in on a case-by-case basis to assess the risks associated with allowing groups to speak.

“To my knowledge, we’ve not rejected a group,” Ellis said. “And I’ve been here for 13 years.”

By comparison, CU – Boulder, a committee made up of students, staff and faculty determines which organizations can hold demonstrations on their campus, said Carlos Garcia, director of the university’s Memorial Center.

You can’t disrupt campus activities.

If a group wants to shout their beliefs through a megaphone, Ellis said, they couldn’t do so in a way that would interrupt a nearby lecture.

“Amplified sound is permitted in designated areas within the LSC with prior approval of LSC Event Planning Services,” reads CSU’s peaceful assembly policy. “(Violations) may result in the cancellation of the sound amplification portion of the event.”

Demonstrations could also be considered disruptive if they block the way to class, and unreasonably burden students, faculty and staff in the process.

If your speech advocates harm, it’s unprotected.

“There have been occasions where students have been concerned about a demonstration, but it hasn’t come down to speech being threatening to an individual,” Ellis said. “At the point that a group is threatening to harm an individual, that’s unprotected.”

Unless an organization’s speech crosses this line, however, even the edgiest messages can be shared at CSU,

The controversial Justice for All, a national organization calling for the end of all abortions, came to campus in September 2010 and displayed 25-foot-tall images of aborted human fetuses in the LSC Plaza.

“If you don’t like it, avert your eyes. Counter it with good expression. But a sign under no circumstances is threatening,” Hudson said.

Senior Reporter Andrew Carrera can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Letter to the editor 8/31/11

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Aug 302011
Authors: Hillary Sizer

In response to Emily Kribs writing this week that a philosophy major is only useful if you want to teach philosophy, I have two words: law school.

Sure, maybe Google searching for what your options are with a philosophy major might bring up some dismal results, but if you search for what is the best major to prepare for law school, you will most definitely find philosophy. And even if you major in something else, taking a logic class will guarantee that you will do better on the LSAT.

Ethics and logic are both in the philosophy department, and they foster exactly the kind of thinking you need in order to do well on the test and in law. Some knowledge of political science will help too, but that’s what actual law school is for.

Speaking of ethics and logic, a few of the many other careers they prepare for are human resources, statistics and computer information systems. Philosophy has gotten a bad reputation for being “useless,” but in reality the analytic and complex thinking and writing skills it teaches are a good preparation for just about anything, and it will (almost) always look impressive on a resume.

Hillary Sizer is senior philosophy major.

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Getting fit with some fitties

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Aug 302011
Authors: Morgan Mayo

In today’s spray-tanned, waxed and buffed world, there doesn’t seem to be much room for a short, pasty, white girl with hobbit eyebrows.

And when “Entertainment Weekly,” “Hustler” and Hitler all expect you to be five-foot-seven with blonde hair, blue eyes and butt cheeks of steel, it’s easy to lose hope and stop striving for self-improvement.

Guys have football, weight training and porn to get them into shape and boost their self-esteem.

But what do the talentless, frizzy-haired, Charlotte Bronte-loving girls of the world have?

Pole fitness. Oh yeahhh.

For those of you who don’t regularly read “Cosmopolitan,” pole fitness is a combination of dance, acrobatics and strength training all centered around a stripper pole. It’s a great workout and a constant reminder that there are career alternatives if college doesn’t work out. Basically the logic is, work it like a stripper and you’ll look like a stripper.

So if you aren’t already taking your clothes off and dancing around on a beer pong table for free shots, don’t worry! I know just the place to give you the skills you need if you ever decide to start.

Pole Fitness: where ladies go to blow off some steam, work on muscle tone and learn how to be sexy.

Now don’t get me wrong –– I am no pole virgin.

I was an adamant pole fitness connoisseur back at the University of St. Andrews. Every Tuesday and Thursday night I twirled, I spun, I dangled and then I promptly fell on my face. Explaining to your professor that your black eye is due to A) not a bar fight this time and B) the inverted lotus spin that somehow went awry when you were upside down on a pole, is the perfect way to get a knock-out letter of recommendation for grad school.

I tried again in Alabama at a place called Pole Zone. Now when they told me I wasn’t grinding my “lady bits” adequately during the chair portion, I should’ve known they didn’t quite uphold the level of artistry and class I was used to. But it really hit home during the pole portion for the class when they started throwing fake money and chanting at me, “Get it white girl. Get it.” I was traumatized and swore my firefighter spinning, cradling, upside down crucifix-ing days were over.

But the third time’s the charm right? Now in retrospect, I see that going to a pole fitness class when the most cardio you’ve done in the past three months is running from the gigantean, uncommonly aggressive squirrels that live on campus (I can’t be the only one who has encountered these terrifying rodents), was probably not the best idea.

And I can also go ahead and guess that eating that large hot dog right before class was also not the most well-thought out thing I’ve done. But, I survived and left the class very confident in the fact that I needed to discover the Student Recreation Center before I ever went back.

Upon walking into that Rec Center for the first time, I immediately thought: Bravo, CSU rams. You all are a fit group of students. I have never seen so many sweaty, panting, scantily clad individuals in one place doing something that is illegal in 25 states.

And after walking on that treadmill for 15 minutes (five of which I used to try to figure out how to turn it on) I completely understood the high that marathon runners get. I was sweaty. I was exhausted. I was hungry. And leaving after those 15 minutes, I really felt I was achieving my full physical potential.

As I was walking home, I just so happened to pass a circle of beautiful hippie men lounging in the grass. I gave them my most charming smile and they all stared at me as I walked past. I just knew it was the confidence and the sexiness I had recently gained from all that physical activity.

And then I heard one of them say right as I sauntered by, “Wow. That girl was really sweaty.”

Yep. I’d say that’s the end of my physical activity for the year. Back to running from squirrels.

Just goes to show that no matter how fit, blonde or stripper-like you may be, somebody is still a critic. I guess it’s just better to embrace your hobbit and be yourself.

Awkward times are still ahead my friends. But until we meet again…Cheers!

Morgan Mayo is a junior natural resource recreation and tourism major. Her column appears on Wednesdays in the Collegian. She can be reached at letters@collegian.com.

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Our View: Keep your shirt on, CSU

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Aug 302011
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Students are now allowed to work out in the Rec center’s cardio and weight rooms with no shirts on. But how does this benefit anyone?

Working out topless is both unsanitary and unnecessary.

Would you like to lay down on the bench press after a bare sweaty back was just on there pumping iron?

We all know people sweat while they’re working out, and if you’re not sweating, you’re too busy checking out the hot men lifting weights or the attractive women running around the track.

But your sweat is more contained when your body is clothed, rather than letting it drip down your torso onto anything and everything you touch.

We understand that if you’ve got it, flaunt it. But sanitary conditions is not a price we’re willing to pay to see some half-naked hotties at the gym.

Our prediction is that the main people who will actually take advantage of the Rec center’s new policy are the beefed-up guys who wear little muscle tanks with giant arm holes cut all the way down to their waist, revealing half of their torso anyway.

But a shirtless policy just fuels the egos of these muscled-up guys. Now they can show off their pecks and washboard abs, too.

The average gym-goer probably felt intimidated and judged enough in the first place, and now they have to work out next to the guy advertising his masterpiece of an upper half.

So really, what’s the point of allowing students to go to the gym topless? The guys who are excited to act upon the new policy were toeing the line of being sanitarily clothed in the first place.

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Honoring our history

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Aug 302011
Authors: Allison Sylte

Lighting blazed across the sky and explosions lit up the night as hundreds of Fort Collins residents and CSU students shuffled through a simulated World War I trench, accompanied by the sound of gunshots and Kevin Costner’s voice.

Minutes later, they emerged into the bright Colorado sunlight and signed the guestbook, having made it through the Honoring Our History World War I Traveling Gallery, a mobile exhibit that made its 11th stop of a 75-city tour Tuesday on CSU’s campus.

“It’s sort of a forgotten war,” said Ed Jakvbauskas, a Fort Collins resident and Korean War veteran. “We should not forget about it because we keep on making the same mistakes.”

Jakvbauskas grew up in the 1930s, and said he knew many people who fought and died in WWI.

The traveling gallery came from a partnership between the National World War I Museum and Waddell and Reed, a mutual fund company whose two founders, Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed, were WWI veterans.

“Being here is kind of like a day off,” joked Jared Best, the managing principal of Fort Collins’ Waddell and Reed branch and one of many Waddell and Reed employees who helped stage the event.

The exhibit is inside of a converted 18-wheeler, and it takes five to six hours to set up, according to Jimmy Boble, who drives the truck and also manages the tour.

In addition to a life-size replica of a WWI trench, the gallery also features uniforms, medals, tools and weapons, items culled from the WWI museum and Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed’s personal collections.

The displays are put into context by timelines and extensive histories, including videos narrated by Kevin Costner, who sits on the board of the WWI museum.

“A lot of the people who come to the event are older people, veterans who really have a tie to what this war meant,” Boble says. “I’ve seen people leave the exhibit in tears, because they have such a tie to what happened.”

The exhibit is expected to travel 35,000 miles a year, and has been on the road since July. It will make its final stop in May 2012 near the New York Stock Exchange.

Junior social work major Jared Huhn’s great grandfather was a lieutenant in World War I, and Huhn and his father, Jeff, visited the exhibit to get a taste of their family history.

“He never really talked about the war,” Jeff Huhn said. “… I do remember one story he told me about how he was sent to a trench to get some sleep. They shoved people in the trenches so close together that he couldn’t sleep very well, so he ended up elbowing this guy repeatedly, because he wasn’t being given any room.”

“But when he woke up,” he added, “he found out that it was a dead German soldier.”

Listening to stories like this and sharing the war’s history are the main purposes of the exhibit, Best said. Jakvbauskas added that, as the war approaches its centennial anniversary in 2014, it’s more important to raise awareness and expose a new generation to the horrors of WWI.
“It’s cool to see where my family came from,” Jared Huhn said.

The exhibit is making another stop on Wednesday at the Harmony Club in Timnath before driving south to Denver. For more information and the exhibit’s schedule are available at www.honoring ourhistory.com.

Content Managing Editor Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Question Authority: Sitting down with Bernard Rollin

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Aug 302011
Authors: Erin Udell

Not many people have seen as much as Bernard Rollin has. And as one of the most well-known and well-respected professors on campus, this University Distinguished Professor and bioethicist has seen quite a lot.

Rollin first came to CSU as a philosophy professor in 1969. Now, 42 years, 17 books, 500 articles and more than 1,600 lectures later, he shows no signs of slowing down.

How did you end up at CSU?

Rollin: I was living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. At that time it was a pretty s****y neighborhood — the drug distribution center of Manhattan.

For my wife to do the laundry in our apartment building safely I had to go with her and guard her.

Out of our whole circle of friends, we were the only ones who never got mugged.

At the same time, the air in New York was horrible. It had the most beautiful sunsets but it was from all the pollution. It was beautiful, but not good to breathe. And so I said, ‘s***, I gotta get out of here.’

I had grown up in New York but spent a year in Edinburg, Scotland before coming back to Columbia. I thought to myself, there must be other places (besides Edinburg) that weren’t like New York. So I only applied to places I hadn’t heard of, particularly in the west.

I applied to Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Oregon. I actually got two offers back, one from Wyoming and one from CSU. Wyoming was offering $10,000 (back in 1969) and CSU offered me $10,500. So I chose Colorado and we came here sight unseen.

Q: You originally came here as a philosophy professor, how did you get involved with animal ethics?

R: I’ll tell you the truth, which I don’t really talk that much about. I got to be a full professor when I was 35, and I had a couple books and had done a lot of lectures and I was thinking to myself, could I do this for another 35 years?

I think everything important takes place in the gym because you’re thrown in with other people and you’re all sitting there bare-ass naked so there’s no hierarchy.

I met a friend there who was a professor. He asked me what I did so I told him that I taught medical ethics to undergrad, pre-med students. So one day he asked if I could teach ethics to veterinary students.

I didn’t know what vet med was but I figured there would be a textbook somewhere that I could learn from. That was my mistake because there were no textbooks, articles or anything on animal ethics. He basically asked me to create the field of vet med ethics.

*Q: *How do you think the field of animal ethics has changed since then?

R: When we started it, I wrote the second book that had ever been published on it (animal ethics). The third and fourth books came out 30 to 35 years later.

The purpose of our book was to prove that ethical theory belonged to animals, that animals belong in the moral arena. Now, we’re in the second or third generation of animal ethicists and they’re taking it for granted.

A lot of it focuses on different degrees of obligation to different animals. If someone saw a guy ignore a litter of abandoned puppies in a dumpster they would think he was a monster. If there was a group of wildebeest drowning in a river, though, nobody would think that man had the same obligation to help those wildebeests.

The field has gotten more specific and it’s academically serious. You kids are really interested in it.

Q: You’ve given more than 1,600 lectures. Of all of those, what is the most important point you’d want people to take away from your messages?

R: I lecture on a lot of issues but if you press me, it’s to teach people to change how they think about animals.

Most people just sort of take animals for granted the way you would take a car for granted and I want them to think of the fact that animals are capable of feeling pain and, more importantly, that they think about what you do to them.

I want more people to become sensitized to that because behavior gets better if they do.

Q: After 42 years at CSU, what’s your funniest story?

R: There was this very famous philosopher from Germany, Hannah Arendt. One of my colleagues at the time, one of those boy-scout type of guys, had this real obsession with her — she was his hero.

He wanted to bring her to CSU to lecture and speak to his class. So finally, he got the money together from the fine arts series and decided to bring her out.

He was really nervous about her coming because she was older, like 75 at the time, and very elite, so he kept telling me how nervous he was and how he was sending a graduate assistant to pick her up from the airport and that he would take her to lunch at noon.

I thought she would be late, and I could do a perfect imitation of her because she had this low German accent, almost like a man.

I called him up in his office around noon and said ‘Hello Professor, this is Hannah Ardent, I have only now arrived here in Fort Collins.’

And he started stammering and just prattling on about her flight and, at that point, I had no plan on what I was going to say because I was so surprised I had fooled him.

He asked, ‘Well, look is there anything you need or need me to tell you to make your visit happier?’ I responded, ‘Well, soon we will meet for lunch and get acquainted but there is one question to ask you that is important to the success of my visit, it is of a personal nature.’

And you could hear his voice go up and he kept asking me what it was and I said, ‘This is a very simple question. How big is your schwanz?’

It was like I broke him because he just kept saying, ‘My what? My what? My what?’ At that point, I cracked up and he found out it was me. But the best part is that after he hung up, she actually called him and he told her ‘What, you think you’re going to get me twice in five minutes?’

He ended up going to lunch with her and said he couldn’t stop giggling the whole time.

News Editor Erin Udell can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Ram talk 8/31/11

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Aug 302011
Authors: compiled by Greg Mees

Does anyone else just want to grab the people riding their bikes through the dismount zones by their backpacks and throw them on the ground?

To the guy pickin his nose profusely on the plaza, gold prices are up man, keep digging!

Taking off your shoes in class is always inappropriate. Always.

To the girl walking in the Oval asking if the TILT building is the library: No, you’re on the wrong side of campus.

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