Briefs 4/4/12

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Not sure what to plant? CSU has got you covered

It’s spring-time, and that means it’s high time that you get your garden figured out.

To make this process a little bit easier, Plant Select, a non-profit organization involving CSU, Denver Botanic Gardens and regional and national horticultural professionals, has chosen six notable plant picks for the 2012 growing season.

The selections include a tree, a shrub and four flowering perennials — plants that have grown and proven their hardiness at trial-garden locations around Colorado.

The plants include a cape-forget-me-not, a filigree daisy, a Fire Spinner ice plant, the weeping white spruce, the ruby voodoo rose and the dalmatian daisy.

For more information, visit

You gotta fight… for your right… to mic!

Are you a fan of the “Hunger Games?” Do you wish that instead of Katniss and Peeta, you got to watch a battle to the death between Bo Burnham and Dane Cook?

If so, then tomorrow, you should head over to Round 1 of Fight for the Mic, a comedy competition that will pit four of CSU’s aspiring comedians against each other to determine who is the funniest.

Comedians began their journey to Fight for the Mic during open auditions last week, where they were whittled down to four. One of these final four comedians will be eliminated each week, until there is one victor, who will receive $500 and a lifetime of bragging rights.

The first round will occur from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Ramskeller.

Public Health Symposium today

Today marks the 3rd annual CSU Public Health Symposium, sponsored by the CSU Graduate Degree Program in Public Health and the Center for Public Health Practice.

The event will include keynote speakers as well as panel discussions. The speakers are Ned Calonge of the Colorado Trust and Monte Roulier, the president of Community Initiatives.

Roulier will be speaking from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the West Ballroom of the Lory Student Center, and Calonge will be speaking from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the West Ballroom. Other events are slated throughout the day

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. To register, and for more information, visit

Bug lovers celebrate a century of entomology club

The oldest group at CSU, the Gillette Entomology Club, is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a bug bash Friday.

The bash will include an arthropod petting zoo and chirpy chip cookies made with edible crickets.

According to the report on Today@Colorado State, Clarence Preston Gillette began the club in 1912 with only four student members.

With about 20 current members now, the group seeks to reach out to the community by visiting schools and sharting insect facts with students ranging from preschoolers to fellow college students.

“The most gratifying part of our outreach is when somebody is deathly afraid of insects, or their reaction is, ‘Eww, that’s gross,’ and then they transition toward being knowledgeable about these amazing creatures, and even being willing to hold or touch them,” said Kyle Conrad, club president and a CSU senior majoring in biology, in the report.

“If you watch the cockroach races, you’ll see people go from being disgusted to saying, ‘I want to hold my champion!’ and giving them pep talks. That’s an awesome transition.”

The Bug Bash will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Plant Sciences Building. Attendance is free.

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