Colorado State Stadium Advisory Committee selects preliminary sites

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Allison Sylte

During the only meeting held by the site selection subcommittee of the stadium advisory committee in the past two months, subcommittee members narrowed down multiple preliminary sites for the proposed on-campus stadium, which were presented during Thursday night’s public meeting.

The sites included the intersection of Lake Street and Meridian Avenue, directly on top of Ingersoll Hall and on the southeast side of campus –– areas that were not included in President Tony Frank’s initial stipulations about greenspace and viewsheds.

Each of these sites would require demolishing current buildings. The advisory committee’s co-chair, Vice President of University Operations Amy Parsons, emphasized that these sites are preliminary, and may be entirely altered based off of findings from the consulting company hired by the committee.

“(The consulting company) is maybe going to come back with some formidable challenges we hadn’t foreseen on these sites,” Parsons said.

In addition to discussing site selection, each of the four subcommittees gave 30 minute long presentations about their progress since the initial stadium advisory committee meeting on Feb. 3.

Findings from the alumni, campus and public engagement subcommittee revealed a significant disconnect between Fort Collins community members and the university, with a vast majority of Fort Collins community members claiming to be opposed to the stadium, while CSU alumni and donors were for the most part in favor of the proposal.

Ninety percent of CSU faculty, and 80 percent of staff, are opposed to the proposal, according to survey results.

A vast majority of the audience –– which mainly consisted of Fort Collins community members –– present at Thursday’s meeting were also opposed to the stadium.

“Do I love athletics? Absolutely,” said Harry Goldman, a Fort Collins resident in attendance. “But do we need a $200 to $400 million stadium to get people interested in them? No.”

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

For more in-depth coverage of the Stadium Advisory Committee meeting, check out Monday’s Collegian.

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Jack Graham taking CSU basketball coaching search to the Final Four in New Orleans

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The search is moving forward, quickly.

About a week after Tim Miles announced he was leaving to coach the Nebraska basketball team, CSU athletic director Jack Graham said that he is ready to hold brief, introductory meetings with prospective coaches this weekend.

Graham is going to New Orleans for the Final Four. Most coaches from around the country will be there for various coaches meetings and conventions.

On Thursday, an agreement was reached with the search firm JMI Sports to help Graham in the search. Another firm, Spencer Stuart, was also used by Graham in the hiring of football coach Jim McElwain.

Graham said that the list of potential candidates has been narrowed down from somewhere between 75-100 to a smaller, more manageable number. In looking for his next coach, Graham will be looking for someone that wants to help continue the ascension for CSU basketball program, which went 20-12 and made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011-12.

“Bring him in, in a way that we’re not threatened that he’s going to use this university as a stepping stone to move on to another university at some point and time,” Graham said Thursday night. “That’s not what Colorado State University is. It’s a destination. This is a place that great coaches want to be at, want to stay at.”

To ensure a coach doesn’t leave after a few years, Graham plans on giving the next CSU coach contractual provisions that make it difficult for him to leave.

Graham would not list any specific candidates, but did confirm that interim coach Craig Smith is on the list of potential coaches.

And Smith, while waiting for the search process to happen, is leading the team in a normal fashion.

“We’re doing exactly what we would have done any other year,” Smith said. “We gave them a full week off. Nothing, no weights, get caught back up with school, get your body some rest, recuperate mentally.”

Although the workouts may be the same, not everything is. Guard Cody Mann has already said that he will transfer. Smith said that he hasn’t been told of anyone else planning on transferring.

Smith isn’t concerned with the timeline to name the next coach. His focus is on the team he has right now. His dialogue with Graham has been good and is hoping to be the man that helps lead CSU into the future.

“He (Graham) expects nothing but the best, and that’s the way it should be,” Smith said. “We should have high expectations, we should aim for the stars, we should aim to be the best program and the best athletic department in the country. Whomever the next coach is, is really going to love the opportunity and love working at Colorado State.”

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

Coaching search
JMI Sports search firm has been hired to assist
100-75 candidates initially. Has been cut down
Introductory interviews will be held in New Orleans

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Colorado State lacrosse beats UCSB Gauchos 11-3

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

It took the CSU lacrosse team more than 10 minutes to get on the scoreboard against UC-Santa Barbara, but once the goals started, they just didn’t stop in an 11-3 win for the Rams.

“This is a good team that likes to settle the ball down,” CSU attacker Austin Fisher said. “We had to get the ball back to give our ‘D’ a little break and wear them down from there.”

The win improved CSU’s record to 10-1 on the season and dealt the Gauchos their first loss this year.

Junior midfielder Greyson Konkel opened the scoring for CSU at 4:19, and the Rams netted four more before halftime to take a 5-0 lead.

Fisher scored twice in the second quarter and assisted on another goal in CSU’s 4-0 run to end the first half. He finished with three goals and two assists in the game to push his team-leading point total to 45 for the season.

“The stat I’m looking more at with him is turnovers. When he takes care of the ball it helps our offense be more patient, and when he forces it we get a little scattered,” CSU coach Alex Smith said. “Today he took care of the ball really great. I’m not even looking at his points because he’s going to get a lot of points.”

UCSB scored first in the second half to climb within four goals, but CSU scored three of the next four goals to extend its lead to 9-3 at the start of the fourth quarter.

“We’ve been up at halftime, and even in the blowout wins we’ve let the team back in it,” Smith said. “Today we owned that third quarter, and I thought the game was over by the time the fourth came around.”

CSU’s defense controlled the UCSB attack all night, allowing goalie Jack Regan to dominate the front of the net.

“The ball wasn’t moving as well as it normally does for us, and we didn’t take advantage of some of the looks we had,” UCSB coach Mike Allan said. “When we did have good looks the goalie made saves. It was just one of those nights.”

UCSB was the highest ranked opponent the Rams have defeated all season after they lost to then-No. 4 and current No. 1 Cal-Poly.

CSU next plays No. 4 BYU in the Hall of Fame game at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch.

Men’s lacrosse Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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CSU lacrosse coach lives for the sport

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

Alex Smith succeeded as a player and coach at the highest level of professional lacrosse due to his passion for the game, and he brings that dedication every day to the CSU program.

His loyalty to the Rams comes from playing at CSU and helping win a Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association championship during his senior season.

“That’s still my best memory from lacrosse, is winning that game as a senior,” Smith said.

Smith didn’t think he had much of a chance to play lacrosse professionally coming out of a non-Division I program like CSU, but preparedness and a commitment to improvement landed him a spot on a professional roster.

He was working at a Denver Outlaws event to gauge fan interest and one of the scheduled goalies didn’t show up. Smith filled in and was noticed by then-Outlaws general manager Brian Reese.

“I noticed a goalie that looked like he would do anything to make the save,” Reese said.

The pair spoke after the event, and Smith was invited to the first Outlaws training camp. He made the team as a backup goalie, becoming the first Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association player to ever suit up for a Major League Lacrosse team.

“Alex is a team first guy that would do whatever his coaches or teammates asked of him,” Reese said. “He was always supportive of his teammates and his teammates respected him.”

After playing for the Outlaws from 2006-2009, Smith made the transition into a coaching role.

“Not that I was old or whatever, but those kids were young and really good,” Smith said. “I jumped at it because coaching is really important to me and it’s what I want to be doing.”

Smith volunteered as a coach with CSU’s lacrosse program from 2004 until 2009 when health problems forced then-coach Flip Naumburg to step down and he was promoted to the program’s head coach.

After working with professionals and college players, Smith prefers the collegiate atmosphere.

“It’s much easier coaching at this level because they care what I have to say,” he said. “I feel like I’ve earned their respect and they really want to work hard, which I appreciate.”

He has compiled an overall record of 44-7 while making a positive, passionate impact on the team.

“He’s really intense, but he knows the game really well,” senior midfielder Matt Jui said. “Lacrosse is his life.”

Smith puts in 60-80 hours a week for CSU, and works clinics and camps to help support his family financially.

“I’m putting in Division I hours, but not getting Division I pay,” Smith said, laughing.

The tradeoff, however, is getting to spend more time with his children. Smith stays at home with his three-year old and nine-month old kids during the day, and switches with his wife before practice.

“That’s what it’s about for me,” Smith said. “I’m really thankful for my life and the opportunities I’ve been given here at CSU.”

Men’s lacrosse Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

Bio Blast:
Alex Smith, CSU lacrosse head coach
From Parker, Colo.
Went to Ponderosa High School
Played in two national championship games at CSU, winning one
Played for the Denver Outlaws from 2006-2009
Assistant coach with Outlaws 2010-2011
CSU head coach 2009-Present

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Weekender Calendar 3/30/12

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Mar 292012
 
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Music:
The Holler! and Lake Street Dive
Mishawaka’s SpokesBUZZ Lounge
Friday
8 p.m.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door
These two bands are teaming up for a “co-headlining show chock full of great songs, playing and singing, presented by KUNC,” according to Mishawaka’s website. A shuttle departs from Chippers North on College Ave. at 7 p.m. to transport attendees to the amphitheatre. The suggested donation is $10 for the round trip.

Euforquestra with Papagoya and Barley Davidson
Aggie Theatre
Friday
8 p.m.
$8
“Eufórquestra’s first live release, ‘Let Us In,’ captures the seven-piece ‘High Intensity Global Dance’ band on the road in both the original home state of Iowa and the current hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado,” according to the band’s website. “The well-crafted and explosive live experience Eufórquestra has been delivering to fans for years is brought into this high-quality recording, with each track hand-picked by the band members themselves.”

Swagga and Dizzy’s Mixtape Release Party
Hodi’s Half Note
Friday
8 p.m.
$7
The first 50 attendees get a free drink, and the first 25 ladies get in free. The event includes performances by PC and J Rich, Raige, Joez, Trap and a guest appearance by Moss.

Crushendo with Made You Look
Hodi’s Half Note
Saturday
8 p.m.
$7 day of show, $3 under 21
“Impeccably well-orchestrated melodies are painstakingly layered on top of some of the freshest hip-hop inspired beats to come out of such a diverse music scene, and the result is utterly electrifying,” according to the band’s Facebook page. “A breath of fresh air for the burgeoning new era of electronic music, Crushendo always strives for innovation, constantly seeking to create and utilize sounds in ways that completely evade all attempts at categorization.”

Marty Nightengale
Lucky Joe’s
Saturday
Experience the “Marty Party” at Lucky Joe’s tonight with New York native Marty Nightengale.
“Only in his mid 20s, he’s already played a lifetime of gigs on the East Coast, from Boston to Key West and is now making his home in the Fort,” according to Lucky Joe’s’ website.
His sound is described as a mix of acoustic, pop and soul, and according to The Scene, “he’s an extremely talented guitar player with a naturally bluesy voice that has a distinct quality about it –– this is a voice you’ll remember. Don’t miss out!”

Wind Ensemble Chamber Music Concert
Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts
Sunday
2 p.m.
$12 for adults, $7 for students and $1 for youth
Directed by Christopher Nicholas, the Wind Ensemble is trying something new by breaking into small groups to perform the chamber works of Richard Strauss, Charles Gounod, Gordon Jacob and Henri Tomasi.

*Theater:
OpenStage Theater’s ‘The Ladies Man’*
Lincoln Center
Saturday
8 p.m.
$22 to $27 adults; $16 to $20 seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; $16 to $20 matinees
“To fully enjoy ‘The Ladies Man,’ you must suspend belief and remove your hat of plausibility for a zany ride,” according to a press release from OpenStage Theatre. “Charles Morey’s free-handed adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s fast-paced and frothy French farce is set in turn-of-the-century Paris. The shaggy-poodle story tells of a physician wrongly suspected of infidelity by his youthful wife. As a result, comedic confusion lurks behind every door and mistaken-identity cases multiply like mayflies.”

‘The Sound of Music’
Midtown Arts Center
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Evening Performances:
Lounge and Bar open at 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Show begins at 7:15 p.m.
Matinee Performances:
Lounge and Bar opens at 11:30 a.m.
Pre-Show begins at 1:15 p.m.
$49 matinee, $59 evening
“The world’s best-loved musical, “The Sound of Music,” is a lavish and critically-acclaimed production telling the uplifting true story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains,” according to the Midtown Arts Center’s website. “With its unforgettable score, “The Sound Of Music” touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed.”

‘The Dinner Detective’
Midtown Arts Center
Friday and Saturday
Lounge and bar open at 5:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 6:15 p.m.
$59
This is the largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show in the United States was named the “Best Dinner show” in Los Angeles and Denver. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, “Almost everyone in the room is a suspect… the detectives keep the action lively throughout the dinner!”

Closing of ‘Turn of the Screw’
Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts
Saturday
7:30 p.m.
“Benjamin Britten’s unparalleled chamber opera, commissioned in the early 1950s by the Venice Biennale, brings Henry James’ 1898 ghost story to life,” according to the event’s page on www.colostate.edu. “My hope is to allow the audience to draw its own conclusions about the existence of the ghosts, the Governess’ mental state and the children’s innocence,” said director Tiffany Blake.

*Art:
Textured Interplay: The abstract Art of Ellida Schargo von Alten*
University Center for the Arts, University Art Museum
Friday and Saturday
11 a.m.
Free
“In the first decades following World War II, German artist Ellida Schargo von Alten produced drawings in pastel and charcoal that unite the illusion of texture with abstract form,” according to www.beetstreet.org. “In her artworks the play of light and shadow, mass and void, depth and surface merge formal concerns with surreal visions of organic nature.”

Mexican prints from the Calle Collection
University Center for the Arts, University Museum
Saturday
11 a.m.
“Showcasing approximately 50 works by artists associated with the Taller de Gráfica Popular (Workshop for Popular Graphic Art or TGP), founded in 1937, the TGP produced thousands of prints, posters and illustrated books by Mexican artists and prominent international printmakers who joined them because of the atmosphere of inclusiveness, tolerance and collaboration,” according to the event’s page on www.colostate.edu.

Home
The Center for Fine Art Photography
Friday and Saturday
According to www.beetstreet.org, “In his juror’s statement for the upcoming Home exhibition, Krzysztof Candrowicz writes, ‘No matter what is happening, home is always your starting point… your foundation… and your shelter. Before the final selection for the exhibition I asked myself what home means to me. Is it my flat, my surroundings, my hometown, my country, my family and my friends? That is a very conventional definition but nowadays home has a wider meaning…’”

Loco-Motion Show
Poudre Studio Artists
Friday and Saturday
Free
“What started out as an exhibit showing ‘planes, trains, and automobiles’ has morphed into a fascinating look at things that move as well as art that moves,” according to www.beetstreet.org. “Our building is located right next to the railroad tracks, so I think that’s where the idea for this exhibit originated. At one time the building was even a location for freight-damaged furniture, presumably unloaded right from the train,” said Becky Hawley, Marketing Director of Poudre Studio Artist & Galleries. “It’s a artful way to honor that heritage and present some striking pieces of art.”

*Life:
The Change Paragraph: Writing the Matthew Shepard Murder*
Grey Rock Room, Lory Student Center
Friday
2 p.m.
The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research is presenting the first speaker in the Gender and Sexuality Lecture Series: Beth Loffreda, Ph.D. “The Change Paragraph: Writing the Matthew Shepard Murder.” Loffreda is an associate professor of English and adjunct professor of women’s studies at the University of Wyoming, as well as the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House
Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road
Friday and Saturday
Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Free
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s open house, “The ABC’s of Animal Health: Always the Best Care,” will feature lectures, demonstrations, tours through the hospital and over 15 displays.

Movie
Lyric Cinema Cafe
Friday
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”: 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
“Casa de mi Padre”: 6:45 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”: 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
“Casa de mi Padre”: 2:15, 4:15, 6:45 and 9 p.m.

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No B.S.: Advice for a virgin

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Eugene Daniels

CSU! Is it just me, or are these last weeks of school equivalent to being married. You did it because everyone expected you to but now that you’re in it, you’d rather put your arm in a blender.

That could be a little dramatic but hey, if Newt Gingrich can try to run for president, I can say whatever the hell I want.

I’m going to get serious for a minute and say one thing about the Trayvon Martin murder and you guys won’t have to hear about it from me again. We obviously all know it is a shame that Zimmerman has never been arrested, but I keep seeing things like “times will never change” on Twitter and I have one statement to make.

Things have changed because for one of the first times that I remember, black people, white people, purple people and brown people all over the world are screaming out the same thing. That is a powerful statement right there, that the majority of people from all walks of life are calling for justice and, pardon my cheesiness, but it’s a beautiful thing.

Now on to the Eugene quote to live by: “We are all put here for some reason. It’s clear when you see people with a certain talent and can’t imagine them doing something else. So take the time to find out why you are here. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it until the day I die- life is too short to not be happy so find out what makes you happy and make a career out of it and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
_______________________________

_Dear NoBS,

Okay so here’s the deal. I’m 21 years old and a virgin. The reasons why I still am are complicated but let’s just say they involve Catholic guilt and both one gay and one married boyfriend.

But here’s the other deal, I am with a guy right now who I like… really like. And I think we’re going to have sex soon, at least I really want to. Should I tell him I’m a virgin before? And how do I tell him?

Help!
VirginInWaiting_

Well VirginInWaiting,

First off, let me tell you that you aren’t the only virgin in college. I’m sure there is some “Star Trek” fan at our school who has a pocket protector and only washes once every two weeks who still has yet to take that step. So don’t feel alone.

Before I answer your question, pardon me while I laugh at the fact that you are an accidental home-wrecker who can’t tell that songs by Justin Bieber are definitely not about a female.

Since you have decided to take your maiden voyage with this (hopefully) lucky guy, you have a couple of things that you need to decide. First, you need to know if you’re one of those girls that feels like she is “giving her virginity away.” If you feel as if it is something sacred that should be given to someone special.

After that, you need to decide if there is a future relationship with this dude, because the fact of the matter (and some people may disagree with this but they can just shut up) is, that virgins usually feel an emotional connection with the person they share their goodies with.

So if you and him do have that plan, then yes, by all means go ahead. But if there isn’t a relationship coming up, I would suggest you don’t because you will probably feel like you got the short end of the stick. (He He).

But once you decide that you guys will be the next Kim Kardashian and any black (or mixed) athlete available, then go ahead and tell him because it’s something that will end up affecting the both of you and he should know what he’s getting into.

And as far as telling him, the only thing I can say is that the sooner the better, and it has to be BEFORE he puts the hot dog in the bun or then it’s too late. All you have to say is “I just want you to know that I have an electric fence attached to my Little Precious and the field has never been plowed. The reasons are complicated but I am ready to knock the fence down and let you run free in the meadow.”

That’s all it takes –– some honesty and a little creativity. Okay, maybe you can leave out the “Lord of the Rings” reference, but the rest I am giving to you word-for-word to use. This doesn’t have to be very complicated; if you guys really like each other, it should be an easy conversation.

But if his name is Chris Brown, make sure you have all conversations in public. With lots of people and police and maybe your parents around. (Not for the actual deed, just the conversation. The deed should definitely just involve the two of you, at least for the first time.)

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UPDATE: Assault reported on CSU campus was false

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

The Colorado State University Police Department has arrested a CSU student for two counts of false reporting, one of which includes the possible assault reported Thursday night on the Vietnam Bridge near the corner of Plum Street and Meridian Avenue.

The student has been identified by CSUPD as Ricky Sean Lukacs, an undeclared freshman. Earlier this week, Lukacs reported to CSUPD that he received an unsigned, threatening letter. He has been arrested and booked at the Larimer County Justice Center on two counts of false reporting to authorities.

In light of Lukacs’ report about the possible assault, the CSU Public Safety Team sent a campuswide text informing students to be on the lookout for an unknown white, college-aged male wearing dark clothes and riding a dark bicycle.

The Public Safety Team retracted this report on Thursday morning.

For more information as this story develops, stay with Collegian.com.

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Once Upon a Time in Africa; Culture festival to invigorate campus

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Andrew Carrera

It was like being in Ghana for a moment.

Twenty-five CSU students sat in chairs lining a room in the Lory Student Center while nine of their peers stood in the center, learning the choreography to a cultural song that a visiting African drum group was playing for them on Thursday.

“When you’re playing African music, and you’re enjoying it, there’s nothing coming across your mind like, ‘Oh, I’m really thinking about this, it’s so sad,’” said Adjei Abankwah, who heads Mokomba, the Boulder-based Ghanaian performing group putting on a show for the students. “No. Everything is enjoyment.”

He and his co-performers were invited by Africans United, a CSU student group who hoped to use the festivities to drum up excitement for their main event on Sunday. They’re hosting Once Upon a Time in Africa that evening from 4 to 9 p.m. in the LSC Spring Creek room and Main Ballroom free of charge. The African culture festival featuring dances, songs, poems, fashion, food and drum performances from nations across the continent.

In a time when conversations about Africa are centered on everything that’s wrong with the place –– like how warlords kidnap children and force them into military service –– the CSU students hope to change people’s perceptions to everything that’s right with the continent that many of them call home.

Aisha Jama, a co-president of Africans United and native of Kenya, is one of those students.

“I think there’s a misconception of what Africa is, especially in this state. There’s a whole misconception of Africans being malnourished with big bellies, always having HIV/AIDS, not knowledgeable, not adhering to a big part of American society, or following American society. So I think African night is … to make people aware that there are different facets of Africa,” she said. “Although there are disadvantages and bad parts of Africa, it is very diverse. It’s a beautiful continent, it’s got beautiful people, dances, culture –– it’s pretty amazing.”

But it’s not simply a night for interested students and community members to wander into the LSC, eat interesting food and become educated about the world around them. For the 52 CSU international students straight out of places like Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, and 408 African-American students on campus, it’s also a chance to keep in touch with roots that stretch across the Atlantic Ocean.

“You have some conversations where only those specific people probably understand, so I like our group because we have those conversations, and we get to laugh and talk about our experiences and share our culture with others,” said Amira Ababio, a Ghanaian, CSU student and Africans United member who’s been in the U.S. for ten years. “And that’s what I think we’re all really excited about.”

The event has been held at CSU for the past eight years, attracting at times upward of 600 attendees. And while it’s an annual event that the average student can only enjoy four times while studying at the university, its aim is much broader than that.

“Most people tend to think, ‘Okay, Africa night, Africa week — one week, one day in the year.’ That’s not necessarily the point. The point is, we should be celebrating all cultures all the time and not relegating it to a specific time and a specific date,” said James Owiny, a Ugandan, CSU veterinarian and faculty advisor for Africans United. “As human beings, we need to be proud of who we are, and be free to express who we are in a manner that’s not offensive to be people. We need respectful of our differences, celebrate and enjoy them.”

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

Attend the event

Once Upon a Time in Africa
Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.
Lory Student Center — Spring Creek Room and Main Ballroom
Dinner from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Spring Creek room.
Event performances from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Main Ballroom.
Free admission

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Briefs 3/30/12

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Mar 292012
 
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Outdoor: The sky’s the limit

Take a moment to pause, reflect and relax this weekend at the stargazing event at Fossil Creek Reservoir Open Space.

This event, hosted by the city of Fort Collins, is simple yet captivating, and not to mention, free. Those who attend will be able to search the planets and navigate the stars using telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society.

Explore the beautiful landscape of the sky up close, and take advantage of Colorado’s scenic open spaces. Dress warmly and remember to bring something to sit on. Stargazing will be held tonight from 8 to 10 p.m.

Theater: Down the ‘Rabbit Hole’

The Pulitzer Prize winning play “Rabbit Hole,” written by David Lindsay-Abaire opens Saturday at the Bas Bleu Theater.

The performance tells an emotionally powerful story of one family’s loss of their 4-year-old son and their struggle to restore normality in everyday life. The raw depictions of loss, love and personal strength throughout are compelling and deep and tell a story about the realities of life and the strength of the human spirit to overcome.

General tickets for the performance are $22 or $12 for students. The show opens Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will continue to run every Thursday through Sunday through May 6.

Life: Turn off the lights

Celebrate Earth Hour Saturday night by turning off your lights to conserve energy and show your care for the environment.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado are celebrating their 100th anniversary with the Forever Green Take Action project at the Lory Student Center with the Earth Hour Environmental Fair at 5 p.m.

The fair will last until 8 p.m., followed by presentations of speakers until 8:30 p.m. The event will conclude with an hour of lights out from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Music: Blackalicious at the Aggie

The dynamic duo, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel called Blackalicious will perform Saturday at the Aggie Theater. Their laid-back style and uplifting lyrics are a refreshing twist in the world of hip-hop.

Originally from the West Coast, the group is known for their elaborate rhymes and classic rhythms. The group has been performing at shows and venues across the country since the 1990s, leaving their mark in the hip-hop community.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $17.

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CSU students find healing, activism through yoga

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Mar 292012
 
Authors: Emily Smith

Samantha Inman was going through a very difficult time in her life. She struggled with anxiety, depression and minor post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

For Inman, yoga was the answer — and hopefully the answer for others.

Inman is co-vice president of CSU Yoga Club, founded in fall 2010 by CSU students Claire Heywood and Elena Reisterer.

“When I started my practice I found a strength within myself again,” Inman, a sophomore human development and family studies major, said. “And I learned how to create peace with the war going on in my head.”

As a yoga teacher, Inman said she has seen the impact of yoga on her students’ lives, including a girl suffering from chronic depression realizing that life isn’t worth wasting and a cancer patient finding gratitude.

Heywood, president of the club and yoga instructor at the CSU Rec Center, said she and Reisterer realized there was a community of yoga-minded students on campus that lacked a forum to connect with each other.

“It pretty much started just as a community of people who wanted to talk about yoga and do yoga together,” Heywood, a junior English major, said.

“But as time went on, we noticed some leaders in the worldwide yoga community who were gearing the already benevolent, good-hearted community of yogis towards social change,” she said.

Heywood said because of this, CSU Yoga Club decided to take on activism and philanthropy work by donating proceeds from donation classes to Musana Children’s Home in Uganda.

The club’s goals include supporting local yoga studios and the CSU Rec Center, spreading awareness about the benefits of yoga and doing what they can to create change in the world.

Besides providing outlets for healing and activism, yoga can benefit the body and mind, according to Jamie Puntenney, yoga instructor at the CSU Rec Center.

Puntenney explained that yoga is “literally the yoking of the body and mind through breath.”

“In the short term, it (yoga) brings relaxation, concentration and a good workout,” Puntenney said. “In the long term, yoga brings confidence, improved physical fitness, flexibility and strength.”

Puntenney said students can experience a better connection with their body, enabling them to do things they never thought possible.

According to Heywood, many members of CSU Yoga Club can attest to the fact that yoga has changed their life for the better through confidence, stress management and general health.

“Yoga is becoming a huge deal all over the United States,” Heywood said. “And we as a club just want to make students aware of the benefits of this amazing practice.”

For more information about the yoga club and a schedule of donation optional yoga classes, visit the CSU yoga club’s Facebook page.

Collegian writer Emily Smith can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Yoga Club Events
-Yoga rocks the Plaza: Donation optional yoga class, Friday, April 27, Noon to 1 p.m. on the lawn next to the LSC Plaza
-Art and jewelry sales at the flea market
-Free and donation-optional yoga classes at local studios and CSU Recreation Center
-Free hugs on campus
-Meditation, potlucks and Kirtan yoga music
-Volunteering at Wanderlust yoga/music festival

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