Colorado State basketball hits shot in final seconds to beat CU-Boulder

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The CSU basketball team ran the gamut of emotions in the last 15 seconds of Wednesday’s game against CU-Boulder.

They felt the crushing feeling of a game let slip away when guard Nate Tomlinson scored off a stolen in-bounds pass to give CU a 64-63 lead with 14 seconds left.

Then it was the thrill of a last-second victory when Dorian Green put a shot in off the glass with nine seconds left to make it 65-64 CSU.

“I was actually shocked at how open I was,” Green said. “We just pushed the ball and swung it. At a time like that, chaos works to your advantage.”

The Rams then had horrible flashbacks of a last-second defeat a year ago to San Diego State when Tomlimson fired a three-pointer as time expired.

“I thought Tomlinson’s shot was going in,” CSU coach Tim Miles said. “I had an angle on it; it looked like it was going in. I thought all kinds of bad thoughts and bad words, but it just went out.”

As Tomlinson’s shot bounced away, CSU had the relief of victory and rush of emotion as 6,481 fans rushed the court at Moby Arena.

Since CSU (5-2) won, it will likely be remembered as the game of the year. But if Tomlinson’s shot had fallen, it would have been a loss that could have gnawed at them for the entire season.

Before the late layup, CU’s last lead was 24-22 in the first half, but the Rams carried the play late in the half and a Dwight Smith steal and dunk sent CSU into the break with a seven-point lead.

The Rams got a five-point possession in the first minute of the half when Wes Eikmeier hit two free throws off of a technical foul on CU (4-3), then he hit a three-pointer to put CSU up 10.
That lead grew to 12 less than four minutes into the second half.

The Rams were able to maintain a lead all half and with 1:26 left in the game CSU led by eight and looked like it would win comfortably.

But late free throw misses kept the Rams from winning easily. CSU missed three in the final minutes of the game, and two of those were the front end of a one-and-one.

But if the Rams feel that free throws almost cost them, CU will rue its free throw shooting all the way back to Boulder.

The Buffs went 13-29 from the line on the night, a paltry 45 percent.

“Every guy that plays is shooting over 75 percent in practice,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “We are not translating that into games. How I do that, I don’t have an answer. I’m sure I will get a lot of advice from everybody and their mother will tell me how to do it.”

The win is nice retribution for CSU after losing 90-83 in overtime to CU in Boulder a year ago. And the team hopes it will give them momentum as they start to hit a key stretch on the season.

“I think it’s very important,” Miles said of the win. “You can never beat CU enough. I thought our fans needed a real shot in the arm, a rally cry, and hopefully this gives them that.”

Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Lytle can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

The game

Final: CU: 64 CSU: 65

Top performers:

  • Wes Eikmeier: 19 points
  • Dorian Green: 9 points, 9 rebounds
  • Dwight Smith: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
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Colorado State volleyball opens NCAA Tournament against Oregon

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

he University of Oregon’s volleyball team plays a lot like its football team — fast.

The CSU volleyball team plays Oregon in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night in Hawaii, and its primary task will be handling Oregon’s quick attack.

“They run a very fast right side set and they have a great right side player,” CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. “Their setting is excellent.”

Oregon’s sophomore setter Lauren Plum was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team after ranking second in the conference and 10th nationally with 11.7 assists per set.

The setter is very important in a fast offense, as passes travel more quickly and directly than in a “high” offense like CSU runs.

“As a blocker you have more time to see a high set, whereas a fast one you’re constantly almost chasing,” senior outside hitter Katelyn Steffan said.

One possible detriment of whipping balls around that fast is that bad passing more seriously affects how well the offense performs.

“If it’s anywhere not in the perfect location you have to use your wrists and chop around it,” Steffan said.

Making preparation even more difficult is the fact that CSU has only had three days to prepare for Oregon after the tournament field was announced Sunday night.

“The most difficult thing is that we’re getting our scout team practices in the arena we’re going to play in, and we have limited practice time,” Hilbert said. “But so do they, so I don’t think we’re at any disadvantage.”

Fortunately for CSU, playing in the NCAA Tournament isn’t a new experience. The Rams have made 17 consecutive tournaments under Hilbert, and four of their six starters have played in the NCAA Tournament.

“It helps set the wow factor and excitement aside a little bit and get down to business,” Steffan said.

Oregon isn’t exactly a fresh face in the tournament either. The Ducks are appearing in their fifth NCAA Tournament in the past six years, and return after missing last season’s tournament.

Redshirt freshman setter Deedra Foss, however, has never played in an NCAA Tournament game.

“It’s not that much pressure; my teammates help me out a lot, especially because they’ve been to NCAA Tournaments so they know what to expect,” Foss said.

Last season the team stayed composed when it came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Cal State Fullerton in the first round, and advanced to the second round for the fifth consecutive year.

“You need to use the excitement (of being in the tournament) to your advantage (to advance to the second round), but not let it over-hype you in games,” Steffan said.

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

What: NCAA volleyball tournament first round

Who: CSU vs. Oregon

Where: Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center

When: Tonight, 8 p.m.

Listen: 90.5 FM KCSU

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Lesbian love or hot girl lost: No B.S.

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Eugene Daniels

What’s up, CSU? I hope you all enjoyed your breaks and if you didn’t, then too damn bad. Life sucks sometimes. Get over it. More important things are happening in our world right now — Herman Cain is running for president! It’s clearly a sign of the apocalypse.

Well the good thing with that would be no finals in a couple of weeks! We all know that’s not going to happen because life can’t be that good. Anyway…

Here’s your next Eugene quote to live by: “Stop complaining. There’s always someone who is less fortunate than you. You may be late on rent, but some people have nowhere to sleep at night. You may be eating Ramen, but some people haven’t eaten in days. And you may not have someone to love, but some people are Kardashians.”

Dear NoBS,

I’m a lesbian. A big ol’ proud lesbian who has never liked men and will never like men. I have no issues with that. My family knows, my friends know and they love me for it. Now that we got that out of the way, I have a problem. I am currently dating the hottest girl at CSU but the problem is she doesn’t want people to know we’re together because she is not out yet.

I’m falling for her fast, but I’m scared that she may be just testing the waters and will up and leave me with a broken heart when she realizes that she isn’t going to always be a lesbian.

Do I break up with her now and save myself the heartbreak or take my chances?

Thanks,

LovetheLadies

Dear LovetheLadies,

That may have been the best start to a question I have ever gotten. Who doesn’t love a good lesbian? Well, the conservatives don’t, but that’s why no one listens to them. Ladies who love ladies are great in my book. Now to your question.

This is a real dilemma and I’m not sure which way you should go because I don’t know you so I’m just going to give you two options and let you choose. The first way you can tackle this is to stay and show this chick why she should stay with you. This would be good if you’re very proud. Show her what she’d be missing if she left you. Fight for your relationship.

To me, that sounds tiring as hell so let me tell you what I would do. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 –– just run like hell. If she is showing you who she is, believe her. There’s no reason not to. If you don’t, you’ll probably be what I liked to call “screwed and lonely.”

_______________________________

Dear NoBS,

Here’s my issue: My girlfriend graduated in May and now travels a lot with her job. When she was at school we spent EVERY second together and not seeing her has been hard on us.

One day, after one of our few visits together, she logged on her Facebook on my computer and I saw some things I didn’t like. She spends a lot of time “chatting” with a couple of dudes and when I checked the times of those vs. our texts, I found that she told me she was going to sleep or doing work. I clearly caught her in a lie but does that equate to cheating? Should I even bring it up because if I do, I think that’ll be the end of our relationship, and I don’t know if I’m ready for it.

Thanks,

MaybeAVictim

Dear MaybeAVictim,

Straight to the point I see. I’ll follow your lead. First of all, distance relationships rarely work. Especially ones that started in college. Sorry but it’s true, so you should have stayed away from that in the beginning.

Now I have an issue with you. You spied on her Facebook? You’re not James Bond! Sit your ass down. If you find yourself spying on someone, hunting them down or anything like that, the relationship is already over. There’s no trust then and you can’t have a relationship without trust.

But to answer your question: yes she is treating you like a red-headed stepchild and doing all types of things with everyone that she possibly can. Okay I don’t know that for sure, but there’s a strong possibility and you need to let her know you caught her lying –– stop keeping it a secret.

You know when it’s time for the end of a relationship? When you start snooping. It’s a fact, so just get it over with.

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Student gov votes not to commemorate former chancellor Blake

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Jason Pohl

An overwhelming majority of the Associated Students of CSU voted down a resolution Wednesday commemorating CSU Chancellor Joe Blake for his service to the university.

The discussion focused on Blake’s efforts to ban concealed carry weapons on the CSU campus back in 2009, despite thousands of students who petitioned against it. Additionally, Senate voted 21-3 at that time, opposing the proposed ban.

Despite student input, the weapons ban was passed. However, the CSU Board of Governors later rescinded the decision, which then re-allowed concealed carry on campus.

Those opposing Blake’s action on the issue said it was a blatant disregard for student input across the country.

“It is really important to remember that all of your actions –– not just the good ones –– speak for who you are,” said Ken Stanton, a post-doctoral fellow and Virginia Tech alumnus.

Stanton said the decision to disallow the concealed carry on campus was watched around the country, especially as the petitions and ASCSU input showed support.

Not everyone was convinced the decision to table the commemoration of Blake, who stepped down earlier this year, was fair.

Chase Eckerdt, the director of government affairs for ASCSU, urged everyone to weigh Blake’s entire career and service to the university, especially during a struggling economy and continued cuts to higher education.

“He’s led this university through one of the most difficult times in our history” Eckerdt, a supporter of concealed carry, said. “Judging him and his entire career based on one issue is a mistake.”

Senior Reporter Jason Pohl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Five sex tips for college students

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Erin Eastburn

Here I am, three weeks from graduating, about to move my life to Manhattan, NY, and I am in a relationship. This relationship has been stop and go, from so over to so in love. But the thing is, I’m a commitment-phobe with trust issues, constantly second-guessing the words coming out of my partner’s mouth. But I love giving relationship advice.

If you met me, you would probably think I’m a workaholic who needs to sleep more and drink less. But as you would get to know me, my cursing habits, repetitive sex stories and constant questions regarding one’s love life would probably annoy the s**t out of you. Or, like my fellow Collegian editors, you would find me entertaining enough to write a sex column.

Gentlemen, this is happening. Sex is the name of the game, and trust me, we (women) think about it, and probably want it, just as much as you do.

I know what you think, how can this nerd who has only been in two and a half serious relationships have any sort of advice? Well, I read a lot of “Cosmo Magazine,” and I like to practice what I preach.

Before I kick it out of here, I feel the need to share my top five pieces of sex/relationship advice.

1. Be open

The most important thing in any partnership is to communicate. This can be orally, through a glance or in some instances with a dance or hand gesture. To have a good connection, and to climax, you need to express your needs to your partner.

This goes hand in hand with my next stage.

2. Mix it up.

When a relationship is new, or in some instances, a one night stand, passion can easily be achieved.

Though, for you crazy people out there like me who have been with the same person for more than six months, things can get dull fast. I luckily work at Victoria’s Secret and have resources at my fingertips. As cliche as it may be, girls, dress up, role play and yes, be a little naughty.

3. Get comfortable

Ladies, don’t be self-conscious. If you’re naked with a man, he is most likely thinking of other things, like how he is about to get laid. I’m not a man, but I’m sure it’s extremely annoying if a hot girl is holding back or being weird if she feels self-conscious. If you are one of these girls, go get some hot underwear. Next time you think you’re going to get some, wear them!

4. Use protection

Condoms and birth control are a must-do. Protection is something I personally could get better at, but I had the realization that babies can’t fit in my Manhattan apartment, and people lie.

One of my partners told me he was tested and was clean. He was tested when he was 21; he is now 28. After I found this out I got tested and am clean, but if this happens to you, get tested ‘cause you never know! Moral of the story, they may be nice and good at what they do, but unless you see it with your own eyes, don’t go without it.

*5. Know what you want *

What you want is important, and it needs to be addressed by the fourth date. I’m not the most traditional person. Dates for me are going out to Old Town and drinking, usually to blackout status. Still, I consider that a date.

If you do want a relationship, that doesn’t mean be a clingy bitch, just be honest with yourself and your partner.

Besides these five guidelines to follow, my last piece of advice is to stay true to yourself. As lame as it sounds, too many girls get lost in relationships (sorry guys). Maybe I’m just a selfish friend, but right now, you’re young and it’s time to experiment, grow and learn. But remember to always keep it classy, at least in public.

Photography editor Erin Eastburn can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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‘Hunger Games’ might leave you hungry for more

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Matt Miller

Once J.K. Rowling decided to kill Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” young adult authors everywhere finally realized that people younger than 18 can handle a little violence.

It’s only natural that a few years down the road Suzanne Collins brought young adults “Hunger Games,” a novel that pits 24 starving children from a dystopian society against each other in a battle to the death.

The book tells the story of Katniss Everdeen a 16-year-old, self-reliant huntress living in one of the 12 colonies of Panem, a post-apocalyptic North America. Every year the capitol of Panem chooses at random one boy and one girl from each colony to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised battle royale whose victor receives fame, wealth and life.

With “Hunger Games,” Collins delves into themes most children’s authors refuse to touch. Using a dystopian backdrop for the novel, everything from consumerism, to gender roles, to reality television, to the morality of taking a life to save your own is explored.

These are all themes to get young readers to start thinking critically about the world around them. Instead of emotionally unstable vampires, we get Orwellian big brother politics and basic human survival tactics.

In many ways “Hunger Games” is the antithesis of “Twilight.”

With wonderful pacing that will keep any reader flipping pages for hours on end, Collins has created a book on par with “Harry Potter” to draw in restless young readers. And through the dynamic characterization of Katniss, there is a central character that anyone can cheer for.

The problem arises, however, when the questions of government and consumerism are left underdeveloped. Instead Collins chooses to focus on an awkward romance between Katniss and the horribly boring character Peeta.

It seems that Collins had enough respect for her teen audience to build a world with complex ideas, but not enough respect to dig into them on more than a surface level.

As the first in a series of three novels, hopefully what was unexplored in “Hunger Games” will be more of a focus in the second two books.

What’s left is a book that feels as if it didn’t reach its fullest potential, a book that left me hungry for a bit more depth and a little less romance.

News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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Seek help for drug addiction and report it: Our View

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

This week, Fort Collins lost three people to suspected drug-related deaths, including a CSU freshman. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends and families who are left to make sense of these tragedies.

Drug abuse is something that isn’t openly spoken about often. For friends and family, it’s painful, and oftentimes, it’s something that leads to an overwhelming sense of helplessness.

We don’t want to have to write another article about the loss of a fellow CSU student, especially under these circumstances.

Hopefully, these deaths can help to start a conversation, and hopefully, they can persuade people to seek help and start really thinking about the effects of drug abuse in our community.

CSU has plenty of resources for people who would like to make a difference and learn more about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. We encourage people to get educated and actually utilize these resources.

Who knows, it might save a life.

More than anything, we encourage people to seek help if they, a friend or a family member are suffering from substance abuse problems, and we encourage people to be vigilant, to take action before it is too late if they see that someone they care about is struggling with addiction.

We don’t want to see another set of friends, family and community members lose someone they care about.

And it’s our job as a community to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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‘The Kafka Project’ opens tonight at CSU’s University Center for the Art

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Lianna Salva

People in sophisticated clothing appear ghost-like as they enter the stage until they transform into apes. Thus begins the surreal world of the CSU Theater’s production of “The Kafka Project,” directed by Walt Jones and company.

The play is a compilation of short stories by Franz Kafka. In one section, one of the actresses gives birth to the rest of the cast who then transform into a community of mice. In another, an oddity called “The Hunger Artist” describes his life as a starving man used for the entertainment of others.

“I’ve loved that we’ve created this weird world,” said junior theater major Willa Bograd. “We get to play a lot of different roles in one piece, and it’s a lot more surreal and artistic.”

Bograd plays, among other characters, the singing drama queen Josephine in “The Mouse Folk”.

The process for “The Kafka Project” began without a script, but a lot of creativity. The actors used improvisational techniques in the first few weeks of rehearsal to make their characters their own as well as incorporating their own ideas to the show as a whole, according to Bograd.

“The actors feel like they have a collective ownership of this piece, and they do get credit in the program,” said Jones.

Jones and the cast described the sense of trust and community they feel on and off the stage.

“I find actors to be pretty game when they’re given a challenge. That’s what I love about actors,” said Jones. “The bigger the challenge the more it piques their appetite.”

Michael Toland, a junior theater major, along with Kat Springer, a senior theater major, plays Gregor Samsa, who awakens one morning to discover he has turned into a giant insect.

Toland, Springer and many of the other actors use the odd surroundings on stage to their advantage by climbing, jumping and swinging around the theater without the use of harnesses or wires.

“Hanging upside down hurts a lot, but it’s worth it because it looks cool. As long as it looks cool and adds to the play, I’ll do anything,” Toland said.

In February of 2012, CSU will host The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. “The Kafka Project” will be shown as a part of the festival.

Staff writer Lianna Salva can be reached at verve@collegian.com

What: CSU Theater presents “The Kafka Project”

When: Dec. 1 – 4, 8 – 10, Jan. 31 – Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Where: University Center for the Arts, University Theater

Cost: $8 for students, $18 for the public

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Enjoy your life journey before time goes by

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Jesse Benn

My barely-older-than-me brother turned 30 last month. I found my first legit gray hair about two months ago. I don’t have any kids, but, it would be perfectly normal if I did at my age.

And that’s how time is.

If you’re fortunate enough, some, maybe even all of those things will happen to you – maybe they already have.

You see, time just happens, whether you like it or not. Of all the things in this world that we have no control over, time might be the furthest from our grasp. The saving grace is that you control what you do with your time.

When I was a little kid, maybe five or six, I visited my grandpop Roy’s grave. He was my mom’s dad, and he died of lung cancer before any of my siblings or I was born.

It’s the first time I had to confront death, even though it was the death of someone I’d never met. And as I attempted to sleep that night, I found myself crying. Crying about the grandfather I’d never meet, and then, crying for all my friends and family that I now realized would have to die someday too.

It was a weird night. But as I lay there, crying, thinking about death and life and family and friends, I started to think about time.

Someday I’ll be 10 years old I realized, and 16, 18, 21… someday I’ll be 40. And then it really hit me: Someday I’ll be dead.

Like I said, it was a weird night. But of all the nights in my life, something about that one always stood out.

It doesn’t exactly sound profound now, “We get older and we die.” Big deal right?

But it is a big deal.

It’s been said a number of ways, but I like how Ferris Bueller put it best: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

When you’re young, time seems like it moves so slow. I’m pretty sure the elementary school year took about four times as long as a year takes now.

But at some point, time shifts. I didn’t notice it at first, but all of a sudden the years just started to fly by. For me, it happened right as I entered my early 20s.

Unlike many of you reading this, I didn’t go straight to college after high school – not consistently at least. Instead I worked for a while as a janitor, including at our very own CSU, and later I found more promising work in sales and wireless retail.

The thing with working, or doing anything that’s the same week-in and week-out, is that you no longer have those little markers – Thanksgiving break, the start of a new semester or school year – and time can just blur together, leaving you with little to hang on to.

So at first, as I found myself getting older at previously unheard of speeds, I got down about it. I didn’t like birthdays because they just reminded me how fast time was moving – New Years was the same type of thing: another reminder of time passing me by.

It wasn’t time’s fault, time was just doing what it does – I just wasn’t using mine right.
And then something funny happened; I stopped letting time just happen and started making things happen with my time.

I gave up drinking, got back in school, bought a Jeep Wrangler, started climbing mountains and traveling the world.

Instead of being scared by how fast time was moving, I became empowered by it. I made lists of five, 10 and 20-year plans. If time was going to move that quick, I was going to plan big to try to keep up.

So that’s what I went about doing: trying to keep up. I make it my goal every year to form as many life-long memories as possible.

Because really, all we get to keep are our memories.

Now, with some of those five year plans I’d written already five years old, some partially finished and some even completely changed, I can confirm that it’s the fun in getting there that it’s all about.

Don’t get hung up on the details, the stumbling blocks and failures – just enjoy the journey. More often than not, it’s these setbacks that become the most memorable parts of the trip.

And if you’re too busy being stressed out over them, well, you just might miss out.

Jesse Benn is a senior political science major who cooks a pretty good turkey. His column appears Thursdays in the Collegian. He can be reached at letters@collegian.com.

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Letter to the Editor 12/1/11

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Nov 302011
 
Authors: Brenn Wheeler

Despite your intentions in the “Two losses too many” Our View, your contradictory actions spoke much more loudly. Although the first article was to show reverence for Sean McGowan, it appeared four pages too late, and was overshadowed by a feeble attempt to justify why the Collegian highlighted dark speculations surrounding Sean’s death over the fact that we lost a precious life yesterday. To my chagrin, the front page neglected Sean’s value to CSU, instead featuring 13 Tic-Tac-Toe games stating, “…we here at the Collegian have completely given up. We’re tired. Cut us some slack.” The Strip Club’s first non-sexual article, and somehow I am still offended.

You reported the suspicious contents of Sean’s pockets, but left me wondering what his major was. You quoted a stranger about Sean, but I wondered how a friend would honor him. I know more about the holes in Sean’s arms than where he was from! I feel as if the Collegian is compelling me to justify Sean leaving the CSU community, rather than to mourn this loss.

Thankfully, my heart keeps me from doing so. The facts regarding Sean’s death will come with time, from proper authorities. In the meantime, the need has culminated to bring an aching community together around Sean’s precious life. Tragedy has erupted –– our students mourn amidst the rubble of confusion and grief. Although disappointingly delayed, it’s not too late for the Collegian to reevaluate which pieces of Sean’s story it will help us pick up first.

_Brenn Wheeler is a junior microbiology major. _

 Posted by at 2:49 pm