Tailgating: A Real Extreme Sport

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Sep 302011
Authors: Madi Scruggs

Everyone knows that going to a football game is almost like attending one big party- there’s the chaotic, cheering fans, the rowdy game day traditions, and the general sense of camaraderie pulsing through the stands.

If the game is the party, then think of tailgating as the pre-party; where football fans come together before kickoff to prepare themselves for the next three to four hours of their lives, and for a win that will hopefully be taken by their own team.

The tailgater is a different breed of super-fan: they show up hours before the game starts, spend hundreds of dollars on food and drinks every season, and dedicate almost their entire Saturday to supporting the team they know and love. There’s never a shortage of cars in the parking lot cheering on the green and gold, and therefore in order to join the ranks of these devotees, you’ve got to be prepared for the crowd.

“[Get there] a couple of hours before the game starts otherwise the next thing you know, you’re at the back of the parking lot and it’s a sad day because all the fun stuff is happening up front,” advised Maddie Gallegos, a Colorado State University student.

Gallegos’ family has participated in the practice since her parents attended the university themselves years ago. It’s no wonder they keep coming back, especially now that Gallegos is enrolled in classes.

Tailgating is not just about the football, but about the social scene too.

“You’ve got to make sure you’ve got a big group of people,” said Gallegos, “It’s like a mini-party, but a football party that you have out of your car.”

Gallegos is certainly not the only one who will be there with her family for the tailgating festivities this homecoming weekend, as many will flock to the parking lot to grill, support the team, and have fun.

“You just eat, hang out, play music,” Gallegos smiled, remembering her tailgating memories and the ones soon to come, “It’s great.”

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Community briefs 9/30/11

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Sep 292011
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Last chance to make your vote count

In order to vote in the upcoming Fort Collins November Special Elections, residents much register by today.

First-time registers can sign up at www.sos.state.co.us, and they must have a Colorado State driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue.

Residents who don’t have either of these documents can also register by mailing in the paper form found on the aforementioned website.

h3, Christian bands jam for Salvation Army

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Salvation Army will host a benefit concert at their Mason Street location, and there will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks for all.

Attendees are urged to bring non-perishable food and clothing for the upcoming winter.

The concert will feature six popular Christian bands, including Mosaic (Latino), Blenderfish (indie), Of David (hard rock), Heaven Bound (Latino rock) and Groupo Fey (Latino).

“It’s just a real diversity of music…these are great musicians,” says Larry Jones, Music Director and Public Relations Coordinator at the Salvation Army.

Running 5K for CSU pride

Tomorrow, the annual Homecoming 5K race will take place at 8 a.m. at the CSU Oval.

The race is sponsored by the Department of Health and Exercise Science, and all the Fort Collins community is invited to attend.

There will be also be a “Kids Fun Run” led by CAM the Ram at 9 a.m.

— Collegian Staff Report

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Rams Volleyball defeats Las Vegas 3-2

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Sep 292011
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

Katelyn Steffan simply would not let her team lose.

She fired home a career-high 28 kills with only five errors on the evening, including the decisive point in the CSU volleyball team’s 3-2 win at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“She was very mature about the way she played. She didn’t make mistakes, she stayed engaged and composed,” coach Tom Hilbert said. “ When things go wrong kids tend to start freaking out and she didn’t do that. She played like a senior.”

The Rams were in line to end the match in the fourth set, leading 20-15, but UNLV stormed back to take it 26-24 and force the final game.

“I thought we didn’t compete well at the end of the fourth set,” Hilbert said, “but we did at the end of the fifth set and I’m really proud of that.”

In the three sets the Rams won, their offense was outstanding, as they hit over .300 in all three sets and over .500 in the first and fifth. But when they were bad, they were awful, hitting under .200 in the second and fourth sets with a game-low .100 hitting percentage in set four.

Hilbert said recently that there were distribution issues in the offense with regards to some hitters not getting enough attacks and others getting too many. Those issues were resolved Thursday night with five different players getting over 20 attacks.

Redshirt freshman Deedra Foss had a career night with 60 assists.

“She was moving the ball around a lot and that really confused UNLV,” Hilbert said.

Redshirt sophomore Tori Brummett returned to action Thursday night after missing the first two conference matches due to undisclosed rules violations. She finished with eight kills and three blocks on the evening, including three kills and two of her blocks in the final two sets.

“It was very important (for her to play well),” Hilbert said. “Especially near the end of the match.”

With the win, CSU moved to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Mountain West.

The Rams play Sunday at San Diego State University, where the Aztecs are 7-4 and 0-1 in the conference after losing to UNLV.

“We’re going to have to rest, first of all, then we’re going to have to get ready to serve and pass in San Diego,” Hilbert said. “Being at sea level makes it a lot harder.”

Volleyball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Mayo Clinic researches cancer vaccine

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Sep 292011
Authors: Maura Lerner McClatchy-Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS — A few weeks ago, the Mayo Clinic made an intriguing announcement: One of its scientists had discovered a possible way to prevent ovarian and breast cancer with vaccines. And Mayo was ready to start testing them in people.

Within days, word had spread around the globe. Hundreds of women were suddenly vying for a few dozen spots in the clinical trials in Minnesota.

Keith Knutson, the lead scientist, wasn’t surprised: If his experiments pan out, they could signal a turning point in the battle against cancer.

The experiments, set to begin early next year in Rochester, are designed to see if the vaccines can prevent recurrences of ovarian and breast cancer in women who have survived earlier bouts.

As the search for a cure drags on, there’s a surge of interest in prevention, said Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition in Washington. “Without question, women are desperately looking for something new,’’ she said. “Keith is one of the people who is sort of leading the way.”

Knutson is among an elite group of scientists trying to attack cancer the way that their predecessors fought diseases like smallpox and measles.

“Ultimately,” he said, “we want to develop a vaccine that can actually prevent breast and ovarian cancer.”

Knutson, who has spent a dozen years on the project, says many women are understandably eager to take a chance on cancer vaccines, even experimental ones.

Cancer survivors, he says, “just feel like sitting ducks.” Long after treatment, they live in fear that the disease will return.

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Fort Collins coffee houses range from classic to exotic flavors

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Sep 292011
Authors: Blair Carpenter

Fall is in the air, and that means three things: sweaters, midterms and coffee. With the plethora of coffee shops in Fort Collins, what’s a poor, pressed-for-time student to do? Look no further than the local shops surrounding the CSU campus.

Wild Boar Coffee, 1510 S. College Ave. (a few blocks south of CSU’s flower trial garden)
Located in a repurposed house on the historic register, Wild Boar boasts New Belgium and Odell’s beers on tap that aren’t available anywhere else.

“We have very eclectic workers,” said Dave Jensen, a Wild Boar employee. “We also have a full food menu, all made from scratch. It’s a very unique atmosphere.”

The Wild Boar also boasts live music every third Tuesday, brown sugar cinnamon cubano shots and an upcoming haunted art exhibit on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cocoa Olé, 646 S. College Ave. (near the corner of College Avenue and Laurel Street)
A little closer to Old Town, Cocoa Olé is a Mexican/Aztec themed shop with lime green walls and distinct menu choices. And while the café itself is small, there is a lot of seating packed within the space.

“I liked that they were willing to do what I wanted even though it wasn’t something that was on the regular menu,” said sophomore biology major Lindsey Rogien. “They were very flexible.”

Because Cocoa Olé is only open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., it’s advisable to get there early. So head in on Wednesdays to try their signature spiced Aztec hot chocolate and get double punches on your customer loyalty card.

Mugs, 306 W. Laurel St. (located across from the Oval)
This is the third shop in the coffee trifecta, with a focus on community and a modern, industrial style interior. Mugs makes weekly donations to organizations around Fort Collins, and tries to keep front counter products as local as possible, even selling homemade energy bars.

“We take a lot of inspiration from the community,” said Mugs employee Kai Churman. “We don’t do managers here; the owners do barista shifts with us.”

And despite not having time to wait in line, Mugs also offers a helpful feature, which allows customers to text their order and time of pickup to (970) 818-6008.

So whether your style is exotic, modern or homey, your ideal coffee experience may not be just around the corner, but instead, just around the campus.

Collegian writer Blair Carpenter can be reached at news@collegian.com

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CSU Student TV station goes live today

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Sep 292011
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Campus Television will be hosting its first live morning show today at noon on Friday in the Lory Student Center Plaza.

The 30-minute show, which will air on channel 11 and will be live-streamed on ctv11.com, will feature news, sports, a cooking segment and an acoustic band.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and this is my last semester, so why not?” said Kelley Robinson, CTV’s News Director and the morning show’s co-anchor.

Robinson said the show will feature less hard news and instead be fun and Homecoming-oriented.
The purpose of filming on the Plaza, said News Producer Emily Luft, is to garner more student engagement.

“Not everyone has cable, so this is a good way to show students what we’re all about,” Luft said.
The crew will begin setting up and doing run-throughs at 8 a.m., and will broadcast live at noon.

“There are a lot of logistical things involved with doing an outdoor show, so it’s going to be interesting,” Robinson said.

The Collegian Staff can be reached at news@collegian.com

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CSU professors Straayer, Daum and Duffy look at U.S. legislature in 'State of Change'

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Sep 292011
Authors: Robert Lopez

The state legislature has been largely ignored by academia, a problem that three CSU professors, John Straayer, Robert Duffy and Courtenay Daumn set out to solve with their joint book, “State of Change.”

“There has been an extraordinarily small quantity of written material on Colorado government and politics,” said Straayer, who teaches in the political science department.

According to Straayer, “State of Change,” which was published by the University Press of Colorado this August, tracks the reason and amount of change that has occurred within the Colorado government since the end of the 20th century.

The authors drew from a wide variety of sources and experts — including other professors from CU-Boulder and University of Denver — giving the book depth that would have been hard to achieve on its own.

“All of us had written on different aspects of Colorado politics in recent years, and knew of others who had done the same,” said Duffy, who is currently on sabbatical from the political science department. “We thought it would be a good idea to try to gather those pieces into one volume.”

One of the main goals of the book, Duffy explained, was to publish information different from what others had written on Colorado politics.

“(It) was either wrong or incomplete, especially from people who don’t live here,” he added. “Many of them had these preconceived notions or theories that they tried to fit onto Colorado, and we didn’t think they were accurate.”

Known as one of the most up-to-date analyses of Colorado politics, “State of Change” is “a rare and comprehensive examination of the state’s political system and a good historical record of the evolution of our state,” according to James Null, a political science professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

But, as for the future, Straayer said nothing is set in stone for Colorado. Moving forward, state and local politics, according to “State of Change” are just that — in a constant state of change.

Collegian writer Robert Lopez can be reached at new@collegian.com

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Facebook groups help students find roommates

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Sep 292011
Authors: Stephanie Akin McClatchy-Tribune

HACKENSACK, N.J. — As freshman year approached, Montclair State University students Jenny Rich and Sam Donia wanted a certain type of roommate. Their criteria: not too high-strung, not too girlish and close enough in size that they could share clothes.

Even a few years ago, they would have had to leave such considerations to chance, relying on questionnaires colleges send out every summer to match students with similar sleeping, smoking and cleaning habits.

But like hundreds of students entering universities across the country, Jenny and Sam, both 18, bypassed their school’s matching service and took advantage of a new option: They found each other on the Internet.

“I didn’t want to go through the stress of having a roommate I didn’t like,” said Sam, of Washington Township, N.J.

The choice seems obvious to many members of this year’s freshman class, who were in fifth grade when Facebook launched in February 2004. Instead of relying on their schools to place them with total strangers, students can use social networking tools to make their own match weeks or months before they set foot on campus.

Some students find each other through Facebook groups. Others sign up for matching services (Jenny and Sam used one called Roomsurf.com) and some universities, including William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., have contracts with services that students can use.

William Paterson freshman Jason Krobatsch, who is gay, said he opted to use the service because he wanted to be certain any roommate would be comfortable with his sexuality.

“I was really nervous about finding someone who was OK with that,” he said. “That’s not something that was on the survey.”

It also provided other advantages: Jason passed over two potential matches after determining one was not interested and the other was too much of a partier before landing on Carlos Arante, with whom he seemed to click. Within a few conversations, they had determined that Jason would bring the television and a lamp, and Carlos would bring the refrigerator and the microwave.

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'Wall of Water' at University of the Arts explores roommate relationships

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Sep 292011
Authors: Lianna Salva

What is one thing that can completely ruin the perfect New York apartment? The roommate who screams in the middle of the night, steals your cigarettes and cheerfully cooks you drugged pasta.

The newest play from CSU’s Young Producer’s Organization, “Wall of Water,” shows the conflicting lives of four very different roommates.

“Every character gets to share exactly what they’re going through. It’s about struggles conflicting, healing and melding,” said director and senior theater major Michelle Jones.

One of them, Wendi, played by sophomore political science major Sophanite Gedion, causes problems for the other roommates with her paranoia of diseases, night terrors and perpetually odd behavior.

“There always has to be the character that’s absurd,” Gedion said. “She is really the contributing problem child, but you get flashes of her humanity and who she used to be, like evolution backwards.”

Meg, played by second-degree anthropology student Lynne Jordan, has had enough of Wendi to the point of raging anger and wishing her dead. When she is about to leave the apartment for good, a terrible mistake from Wendi leaves Meg unconscious and alone.

Judy, played by freshman theater major Bailee Baxter, and Denice, freshman hospitality management major Kate Lewis, are the only ones trying to help Wendi, but they do see how much of a handful she is.

Denice is a party girl with multiple college degrees and a fetish for successful men.

“She marks her success by cutting out pictures of people she’s slept with for her scrapbook,” said Lewis.

But with all the partying and socializing, Denice finds a healing and compassionate friendship with Wendi.

“She’s propelled by the idea that she needs to find something important in her life, and she finds it through Wendi,” she said.

Judy acts as a foil to Denice as the voice of reason, but is constantly aggravated with everyone around her and her situation in life, according to Baxter.

The Young Producers Organization is a student-run theater group at CSU, providing hands-on experience in all aspects of theater. All YPO shows are free and take place in the second-floor large acting lab of the UCA. Tickets will be given at the door, and space is limited.

Collegian writer Lianna Salva can be reached at verve@collegian.com. She also writes the Arts and Culture blog, which can be found on the Collegian website.

The Play

  • What: YPO Production of “Wall of Water”
  • When: Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Large Acting Lab, second floor, University Center for the Arts
  • Cost: Free
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