University of Colorado Hospital completes deal with Poudre Valley Health System

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Jan 312012
Authors: The Gazette Andrew Wineke

Jan. 31—University of Colorado Hospital and Poudre Valley Health System on Tuesday announced the completion of a joint operating agreement to create what will be called University of Colorado Health.
The news will have a major impact in Colorado Springs, because the new organization will assume University Hospital’s role in continuing lease negotiations with the city for Memorial Health System.

“We’re already negotiating with the Colorado Springs City Council to allow us to lease and operate Memorial Health System there,” University CEO Bruce Schroffel said in a statement. “If we reach an agreement, we will have a system that stretches along the Front Range. Poudre Valley would be its northern hub, Memorial its southern hub, with the University of Colorado Hospital at its central geographic and academic core in the Denver metro area.”

University and Fort Collins-based Poudre Valley announced plans to pursue a joint operating agreement last summer. Together, the hospitals have 10,000 employees and annual revenues of about $1.5 billion.

“We’re excited about this partnership because it’s all about improving the quality of care for our patients,” Rulon Stacey, president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System, said in a statement. “Separately, we have provided extraordinary, safe, inventive and empathetic care for our patients. With our combined strength, we aim to raise the bar for quality in Colorado even higher as we learn from and share with each other.”

Schroffel was named president of University of Colorado Health and chairman of the board, while Stacey will become the organization’s CEO.

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Mitt Romney appears headed for double-digit win in Florida

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Jan 312012
Authors: McClatchy Newspapers David Lightman, William Douglas and Lesley Clark

ORLANDO, Fla.—Mitt Romney’s expected victory Tuesday in Florida’s presidential primary—the first test of electoral strength in a big, diverse state this year—will establish him firmly as the overwhelming favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination.

Yet even if the former Massachusetts governor rolls up the double-digit victory in the Sunshine State that late polls predicted, he can’t claim the prize yet. He probably is at least five weeks away from becoming the consensus nominee, and perhaps two months or more from collecting the 1,144 convention delegates he needs to lock up victory.

His three major rivals vow to wage spirited campaigns in upcoming states, and if conservatives were to rally around a single candidate, Romney could face a prolonged battle that could weaken him in November’s general election.

But at the moment, almost everything is breaking his way _ and the path forward seems to favor him. The next test comes Saturday in Nevada, which Romney won easily in 2008. The rest of February features caucuses and primaries in Maine, Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan. Romney won each four years ago, and he’s a strong favorite in each again.

Arizona has a primary Feb. 28; Romney lost it in 2008 to John McCain, the state’s senior senator and eventual nominee. This year, McCain is backing Romney.

Romney has far more money and organizational strength than any rival. His Florida campaign demonstrated an ability to rebound quickly from a staggering loss 10 days earlier in South Carolina to Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the House of Representatives. Romney pivoted from running largely against President Barack Obama to some old-fashioned bashing of the enemy before him, Gingrich. It seemed to work.

Romney’s strength is no surprise to seasoned analysts.
“The Romney nomination has been very likely all along,” said Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Romney now has a different challenge: vanquish his remaining rivals as quickly as possible, so that any doubts about him they raise in voters’ minds can be forgotten.

“The longer this goes on, the more difficulty Romney faces,” Sabato said.
The primary and caucus season stretches until the end of June. Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum say they’ll battle on.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said, “the media-picked front-runner hasn’t broken 50 percent yet,” citing Romney’s showings in the year’s first three elections. “That leaves a lot of math out there for the conservative side of the party to pick up, which is how we’ll stay competitive in the nomination.”

Hammond predicted that the race will go “into the spring, because we will continue to bring in delegates. We will continue to bring in large amounts of support. As long as the tea party supporters keep coming our way, we’re going to be able to do very well.”

Fifty delegates are at stake in Florida’s winner-take-all primary. After Tuesday only about 5 percent of the 2,286 convention delegates will have been selected. Many coming contests will award delegates proportionately, meaning that each candidate gets delegates based on his percentage of the vote.

Still, Romney has money, local support and organization in each battleground; he had $19 million on hand at the start of January. Gingrich told Bloomberg News last weekend that he was down to $600,000.

Paul is thought to have enough organization to compete in the February caucus states, and he’s been campaigning hard in Nevada. But he finished fourth in South Carolina and made virtually no effort in Florida, raising questions about his viability down the road.

Santorum abandoned his Florida effort over the weekend, traveling to the caucus states, hoping to exploit his strong ties to the evangelical Christian community. But he, too, is unable to match Romney’s political infrastructure.

The best bet for a strong Romney challenge appears to be March 6, Super Tuesday, when 437 delegates are at stake in 10 states.

Gingrich, a former congressman from a Georgia district, probably will bank on doing well in Georgia, Tennessee and Oklahoma, all conservative states that Romney lost last time.

Romney can counter with muscle in the Western states that vote that day, as well as Vermont and his home state of Massachusetts. He also has an edge in the race for Virginia’s 49 delegates that day, since Gingrich failed to qualify for the ballot. Only Romney and Paul are on the Old Dominion’s ballot.

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Can placing a hairdryer in a bathtub really cause electrocution? [VIDEO]

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Jan 312012
Authors: Elizabeth Drolet

We all know electronics and water do not mix. Hollywood has popularized the epic scene of what happens if a hair dryer gets thrown in a bathtub, however is this really the case, or just another Hollywood myth? CTV Reporter Elizabeth Drolet caught up with Little Shop of Physics Director and CSU Professor Brian Jones for the answer.

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Can placing a hairdryer in a bathtub really cause electrocution?

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Jan 312012
Authors: Elizabeth Drolet

We all know electronics and water do not mix. Hollywood has popularized the epic scene of what happens if a hair dryer gets thrown in a bathtub, however is this really the case, or just another Hollywood myth? CTV Reporter Elizabeth Drolet caught up with Little Shop of Physics Director and CSU Professor Brian Jones for the answer.

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Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul speaks at CSU [VIDEO]

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Jan 312012
Authors: Dillon Thomas

Dr. Ron Paul, one of the four remaining presidential candidates for the Republican party, made a campaign stop at the Lori Student Center in Fort Collins.

Dr. Paul spoke to a crowd, estimated to have contained around 1,200 people, in hopes of persuading them to vote for him in the upcoming Colorado caucus on February 7th.

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[VIDEO] Ron Paul speaks at Colorado State to a sold out crowd

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Jan 312012
Authors: Collegian Staff Report, Dillon Thomas

There wasn’t an empty seat in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, Tuesday morning, as GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke to the Fort Collins and CSU community.

Paul focused on foreign policy, the drug war and preservation of American liberties in his speech lasting about 30 minutes. Supporters who didn’t turn up early for Paul’s 10 a.m. talk were forced to watch a live TV feed in an overflow room or try to listen from the door in the hallway. The LSC Main ballroom holds more than 1,200.

“I’m especially encouraged by the younger generation,” Paul said. “There is truly an intellectual revolution going on in this country.”

At points, Paul would be interrupted by eruptions of cheers from the crowd, including when he advocated for a smaller government role in the U.S.

Later today Paul will speak in Denver and Colorado Springs.

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Briefs 1/31/12

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Jan 302012

Rush your resume to success

Beginning today at 10 a.m. and continuing through Feb. 7, the annual Resume Rush will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 26 of the Lory Student Center.

Students thinking about attending Resume Rush can expect to find:

-Resume review service to prepare for a career or job fair
-Support in seeking an internship/job for the first time.
-Fulfillment of a class assignment to have a resume reviewed.

At Resume Rush, a panel of employers and career counselors will help to review resumes and provide first-hand support in entering the career field.

For more details, interested attendees can find more details at

Aspen Grille to heat back up

The Lory Student Center’s Aspen Grille opens for the Spring Semester today at 11 a.m.

Aspen Grille, which is run entirely by students of the Hospitality Program at CSU, is open Tuesdays through Fridays, serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

According Aspen Grille’s official website, the restaurant serves several meats from CSU own’s Meat Sciences Department. They also serve “socially conscious” coffee roasted by Café Richesse, a CSU alumnus-owned company.

Reservations are always recommended and can be made by calling 491-7006 or on the Aspen Grille’s website.

Welcome Black History Month to CSU

Tomorrow at noon in the Lory Student Center commons, CSU kicks off its annual celebration of Black History Month.

During the celebration, there will be multiple speakers and performers, and Fort Collins City Mayor Karen Weitkunat will give a speech.

Anyone is invited to attend, and more information can be attained by calling the Black/African American Cultural Center at (970) 491-5781.
Raise your pencils to good note-taking

Tonight at 7 in Room 105 of the TILT building, CSU students can learn how to get back into the swing of effective note-taking strategies in class.

According to TILT, the first mistakes students make in class is mindlessly writing down everything said without actually processing the information.

But tonight’s hands-on workshop will teach how to takes notes that aid in learning academic material effectively.

Event Contact Christie Yeadon can be reached at (970) 491-2519.

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Colorado State professor studies to find meaning in life

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Jan 302012
Authors: Jordan Kurtz

Life is something that we all experience, but it is not something that we all perceive in the same fashion. CSU’s Dr. Michael Steger, associate professor of Counseling Psychology/Applied Social Psychology, has plunged head-first into the search to find the meaning in life.

Now, Dr. Steger’s work is not to be confused with the popular Siri question, “what is the meaning of life?” a question that Dr. Steger tries to avoid and said he would rather leave to philosophers.

“This is not some huge, challenging question that is the meaning of life, but the meaning in life,” Steger said. “It’s just what things can people do to find meaning in their lives day in and day out.”

Steger started working with the subject back in 2001 prior to 9/11, and his work has reached all around the world with more than a quarter of a million people participating in studies using the scale that he developed for the “Meaning in Life Questionnaire.”

In 2005, Steger received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Personality Psychology from the University of Minnesota — the same year he won the “Best Dissertation” award from the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.

“I wanted a career to help people,” Steger said. “I originally wanted to do therapy, but it wasn’t a good fit because I couldn’t do it everyday, all day.” He also added that he found the research process fascinating and became obsessed with researching meaning, noting that people’s tendency to try to find and make new meaning in life.

Steger’s research methodology has unique blend of traditional psychotherapy rigor and existential practices that dig into a vast array of different areas of life such as health, relationships and work.

“One of the compelling aspects of the work is that there is sound science that can be applied to people’s lives,” Psychology Department Chair Kurt Kraiger said. “If we know what meaning is and why it’s important, we can improve meaning to develop positive consequences.”

“Not only do we focus on the benefits of having the sense that your life is meaningful, but also how people search for meaning when they feel their lives aren’t so meaningful,” said Jennifer Barenz, a member of Steger’s team and a psychology graduate student. “We also come up with interventions in how we might actually be able to help people increase the sense that their lives are meaningful.”

Like Steger, Barenz shares the same passion to help people.

“I think it’s exciting to first try to understand an esoteric concept like meaning in life in a basic way, and then apply that research and understanding in ways that can better people’s lives on a more practical level,” Barenz said.

It should also be noted that the presence of meaning in one’s life doesn’t necessarily mean the conditions of life are ideal. Barenz explained that individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi lived extremely meaningful lives, but their lives were anything but carefree.

“The ‘Meaning in Life Questionnaire’ takes perspective of the most important information about an individual’s life,” Steger said, adding that everyone perceives things differently. “If you walk through campus, everyone is going to have a different experience.”

Steger’s team also uses digital photography to try and understand perception by taking a photo and having people describe what they see. In some cases, research subjects are asked to complete daily logs that include the rhythm of daily life, hoping to cure bad habits such as texting and driving.

We get more out of good things in our lives that have meaning versus those that do not. For example, most people agree that sex is a good thing, but research shows that people feel better after having sex with their significant other versus random sex.

“As humans, it’s sometimes easier to search for happiness or ‘feeling good’ over and above dedicating our lives to a larger purpose,” Barenz said. “However, Dr. Steger’s research has demonstrated that, if one feels that their own life has meaning, purpose and direction, they are also happier and have lower levels of depression and anxiety.”

Steger said the result of his research puts people into four categories: people who have found meaning and are not searching, people who have found meaning and are still searching, people who have not found meaning and are searching and people who have not found meaning and are not searching.

Typically, people searching for meaning are the most likely to volunteer for the studies, but all views are needed to have a broad and accurate spectrum Steger said. Most people fit into the category of having meaning and still searching –– the category Steger included himself in.

People who have found meaning and are not searching tend to favor a strong power structure and are usually religiously committed or military. He said those that have not found meaning and are still searching for it could be “looking for a way out” and could be more susceptible to substance abuse problems.

“People who find meaning are more resilient in times of trauma,” Steger said.

The Center for Disease Control has used Steger’s work to help explore health issues, discussing binge drinking as one of the most prevalent topics in the college realm. It can also help to determine if an intervention is needed.

Steger’s work is also utilized to help inform public policy. Researchers from Oxford University are using his scale to determine the impact of poverty. Contrary to the popular American perception of poverty as strictly monetary, the research digs into housing, healthcare, schooling, psychological health, resources and government representation. The research indicates that people not feeling represented by their government makes people feel less meaningful, which impacts all aspects of life.

As to his own individual meaning in life, Steger has a very humble and appreciative take. “Trying to have a positive benefit in the world is important to me,” Steger said adding that he also values being a good family member and father. Steger makes sure that he takes time to step back from the rat race and enjoy the small things, such as listening to good music everyday, looking at the mountains and being out in nature hiking and skiing.

“You have to let down your guard and be vulnerable to it,” Steger said.

He was also recently appointed to a university in South Africa. Steger took a trip there last spring and found ways that he thought he could be useful and he will be returning to South Africa in July.

“Sometimes it’s awards, sometimes it’s opportunities,” Steger said.

Steger has been selected to participate in TILT’s “My Favorite Lecture” series and he will be lecturing about Somatoform disorders on February 15 at 4:15 p.m. in TILT room 221.

His “Meaning in Life Questionnaire” is also available on his website

Collegian writer Jordan Kurtz can be reached at

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Ron Paul to speak to sold-out crowd at Colorado State

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Jan 302012

After cutting his Florida campaign short, Texas congressman and presidential hopeful Ron Paul plans to begin his campaign across Colorado in our very own Lory Student Center.

Paul, who made a two-day campaign trip through Maine this past weekend, is set to speak for 15 minutes in the LSC Main Ballroom at 10 a.m. before leaving for a noon rally in Denver and a 2 p.m. speech in Colorado Springs, according to the Denver Post.

Since Paul’s campaign confirmed his visit on Jan. 26, the event has been sold out, said CSU student and member of Youth for Ron Paul, Matt Martinez.

“In regards to the reserve tickets they are all sold out at this point,” Martinez said in an email to the Collegian. “ … There will, however, be standing room for those who have not yet reserved a ticket.”

The main ballroom doors open at 9 a.m.

With the Colorado caucus on Feb. 7, a week away, candidate Rick Santourum is also set to speak in Lone Tree on Tuesday at the Lone Tree Golf Club Lounge.

“Dr. Paul’s engagement with supporters and undecided voters just a week in advance of the caucus promises to help us achieve a competitive showing,” said Matthew Holdridge, the campaign’s state director, in a Denver Post column written by Kurtis Lee.

As for engaging younger voters, Paul said, in a statement released by his campaign, that he’s looking forward to his stop at CSU.

“The young people are with me because they agree that it is time to bring our troops home, stop the out-of-control spending and get government out of the way so the private sector can create jobs,” Paul said.

For coverage of Paul’s visit to the university, look for Wednesday’s Collegian and visit

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Obama is out of touch with America

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Jan 302012
Authors: The College Republicans at CSU Executive Board

As college students, many of us pride ourselves on the idea that we know what is best, that we can think for ourselves and that we are in charge of our own lives. Ironically, though, a generation that is so persistent on having an open mind and making its own decisions elected a president that represents quite the opposite.

A few months ago at a San Francisco fundraiser, President Obama warned his supporters that if he loses the 2012 election, “We’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own.’ If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.” Clearly, President Obama is out of touch with the American spirit –– the spirit that “We the People” are intelligent enough to identify what is in our best interest without assistance from the government.

As young adults who are continuously learning and growing, we must acknowledge the idea that we have both the ability and responsibility to make educated decisions and to govern our own lives. However, instead of giving ourselves the credit we deserve, we are allowing the government to tell us what to do and how to live our lives. Don’t we have enough confidence to believe we can succeed in life without the government holding our hand at each step of the way?

The American people live in the “Land of Opportunity” where individuals can make their dreams a reality, but unfortunately, many Americans are losing hope in their ability to succeed. And why wouldn’t they? Why would one feel the need and desire to work hard and strive to succeed when the federal government promises to take care of them and fix all of their problems?

Fortunately, there are still Americans who have not forgotten the principles of the Founding Fathers, and they still believe in personal responsibility. It is not always easy to be held accountable for ones’ own future, especially when we are continuously being told that our success is the government’s responsibility.

Yet, if we continue to allow the government to intrude in our lives, we will forever sign away our freedom. True freedom comes not just from the basic principles that we learn at a young age, such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech, but from empowering great individuals to accomplish great things. That empowerment cannot be obtained from government handouts. Instead, it must come from an individual’s dedication and persistence to achieve success.

Along with self-reliance, these characteristics are what build a strong country. As Ronald Reagan said, “Every time the government is forced to act, we lose something in self-reliance, character and initiative.”

Our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution with the hope and intent of the people running the government, not with the people reliant upon the government. For those who have fallen victim to the endless promises made by our president, it is time to restore the virtues of personal responsibility and self-reliance in our society.

The College Republicans at CSU will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday in Room 234 in the Lory Student Center from 4 to 5 p.m.

College Republicans Executive Board can be reached at or on Twitter @csucollegegop.

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