Briefs 2/8/12

Feb 072012

Not your typical college concert

The CSU symphony orchestra will be performing some of “the most intense symphonies ever” Wednesday night as part of their 2012 concerto competition finals and winter tour preview, according to a post on the university’s event calendar.

Orchestra director Wes Kenney will lead the students in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in f minor while solo artists are set to perform pieces like “Concerto for Flue and Orchestra in D Major by Carl Reinecke,” “Rhapsodie for Orchestra and Saxophone by Claude Debussy” and “Der Schwandreher by Paul Hindemith.”

Hosted in the Griffin Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., this concert will serve as a preview of the orchestra’s upcoming tour of Breckenridge, Aspen and the Western Slope.”

Tickets are priced as follows: $7 for CSU student, $1 for youth (2-17) and $12 for adult. For more information, see

Will work for pet care

Students in the veterinary medicine program at CSU aren’t only saving animal’s lives, they’re also saving some pet owner’s finances.

According to an article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the program, Ella’s Fund, allows young people to trade volunteering services at the CSU veterinary teaching hospital and local animal shelters for their pet’s medical care expenses ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Named after Ella, an Australian sheepdog who shattered her hind leg, the program is currently run with help from a $27,500 grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust–a grant made possible through the hard work of a vet med student who helped care for Ella.

“Our hope is that we can make this a long-term project that really helps a lot of people,” said Dr. Dean Hendrickson, the vet hospital’s director, to the Coloradoan. “This helps us help people.”

The program is aimed at students and young people aged 15-22.

City offers winter driving tips

With snow on the ground, and more to come, the city of Fort Collins released tips aimed at helping drivers manage the icy winter roads.

According to a news release, the best advice for driving in winter weather is to not drive at all if possible. But, if you must travel, allow extra time to reach your destination and make sure your vehicle is prepared, has windshield washer fluid, clear windows and working wiper blades.

Fast braking can cause a car to slide on icy roads, so make sure to brake and accelerate lightly.

Also, reduce your speed and leave extra space between vehicles – one full car length for every ten miles per hour.

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