Souled Out: The art of snow sports

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Oct 262012
 

Author: Cassandra Whelihan

Emerging in the 60s, snowboarding has since gained global recognition as one of the top soul sports. Tom Sims, Jake Burton and Chuck Barfoot, to name a few, are the original brains behind the art of “shredding the rad.”

Personally, I cannot recall the exact date it occurred; my childhood is a blur of snow-covered memories.

Aside from the obvious reasons, there is something truly rejuvenating about spending days at a time outside in the bitter cold. A sparked vitality and awakened soul are just a few of the side effects likely to emerge from a blue-bird day.  Nonetheless, there’s more than meets the eye for this glorious passion.

Snowboarding is all-encompassing: The natural beauty, the people you encounter, the trails you blaze, the laughter, passion, the freedom of expression and style, like-minded souls, hilarious wipe-outs, random chairlift conversations, the young and the old, all coming together.

I have met some of the most inspiring and bad-ass people while on the mountainside. From an old man who used to wrestle crocodiles to an eighty year-old woman who told me, “I’ll be damned if my grandkids think they’re going to out ski me!” People from all walks of life who concur on one thing: the art of snow sports.

My inner snow goddess simply cannot get enough of rocketing down powder drenched mountainsides.

Every ski day is an unknown adventure waiting to be explored. Every person you encounter has a story. Every trail you ride has a message.

A wise man once said, “Many people attach snowboards to their feet, but very few attach them to their soul.”  I am one of the few, the proud, the soul rider.

Visionary Tom Sims life is highlighted by ESPN: He was a visionary and pioneer for this industry. A truly influential mind for snowboarding and skateboarding. Rest in Peace.

Too School for Cool: A lesson on libel for future presidents

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Oct 262012
 

Author: Allison LeCain

From day one, as a journalism student, I heard professors ranting about libel, libel, and more libel. And yet, the presidential candidates can’t seem to get enough of it.

For those of you not familiar with the term, libel is the publication of untrue, defamatory statements. Now if you ask me, each presidential candidate is guilty on multiple accounts.

First consider the attack ads approved by Romney and Obama. Many of the statements made are taken out of context, making them virtually untrue, or are just completely made up.  Since these false ads can damage the reputation of the other candidate, they are considered defamatory and could be libelous.

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next, think back to the many speeches that the candidates made around the country as they rallied to get votes. Many of the ‘facts’ they shouted out about their competitor weren’t completely true. Libel could apply here again.

Lastly, in the past three debates, (with the exception of Obama on the first debate), both candidates made claims about their opponent’s policies that were skewed to make their opponent sound unappealing. While each candidate had a chance to defend themselves, (even though Obama didn’t during the first debate), the false comments made could surely damage their voter approval.

Clearly this presidential campaign has been jam-packed with libel, but it’s not the first time this has happened. Making false remarks about a presidential competitor has been a trend ever since Washington took the title.

So the true question is, how do they get away with it?

Well, there’s this thing called malice. In order for a public official, such as Obama or Romney, to successfully sue for libel, they must be able to prove actual malice. This means, that the person who published the libelous statement must have had a reckless disregard for the truth and have intended to cause the person harm.

While I think everyone can agree that the candidates know that some of their facts are not true, they are not actually trying to harm the other person. They’re just simply trying to beat them at this election game.

So to all the political science majors out there, or anyone with as aspiration to be president someday, always remember the laws of libel so that you don’t get your butt sued off.

Ram Rise for Friday October 26, 2012

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Oct 262012
 

Author: Kelsey McCallister

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Expect to wake up to some snow this morning! I only expect there to be about an inch though. Temperatures will be chilly today so be sure to bundle up!! Have a great weekend and see you next week.

CTV will host free Halloween-broadcast on the LSC Plaza with special local artist performing

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Oct 252012
 

Author: Sean Korbitz

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You can actually watch a CTV live show on the LSC Plaza!  It all goes down at 12 p.m. on Halloween, October 31, 2012!  Wear your costume and join entertainment!  Local band Dinasaurus Rex will be performing live on-set as well!

CTV11 News presents live-Halloween special for CSU students with special guest

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Oct 252012
 

Author: Sean Korbitz

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You can actually watch a CTV live show on the LSC Plaza!  It all goes down at 12 p.m. on Halloween, October 31, 2012!  Wear your costume and join entertainment!  Local band Dinasaurus Rex will be performing live on-set as well!

CTV11 News: October 25, 2012

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Oct 252012
 

Author: Kari Pills

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Weather anchor Kelsey McCallister discusses the chilly weather and snow.  An update on the Jessica Ridgeway case and the recent arrest of 17-year-old suspect Austin Reed Brigg.  Reporter Kyle Howes talks about a possible smoking ban on the CSU campus.  Candidate Contrast brings you this week’s episode, “Women’s Rights.”  CTV reporter Wayne Stafford visits the CSU Jousting Club.  Reporter Olethea Brown attended GUIDE’s tea tasting hosted by Happy Luckys Tea House.  Mel Rose and Ryan Green bring us a special Halloween Celebrity Countdown.

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ASCSU considers new smoking ban on campus

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Oct 252012
 

Author: Bree Hottinger

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The Associated Students of Colorado State University created a survey assessing student’s smoking habits in consideration of a new ban that would prohibit students from smoking on campus.

New Jousting Club at Colorado State

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Oct 252012
 

Author: Wayne Stafford

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Adding to the list of almost 500 clubs and organizations is the Jousting Club at CSU, approved this October 12th by the SLICE office.  Holding training sessions in Johnstown at the Knight Wind Stables, the club meets ever Wednesday at 4 pm, and gears up to do battle.  CTV reporter Wayne Stafford has the story.

Student Abroad: No Regrets

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Oct 252012
 

Author: Anna Palmer

A view of Lake Alexandrina

A view of Lake Alexandrina

As I’ve slowly begun to get back into my meditation practice, I have noticed some resistance.  This resistance comes from the ever-racing mind that rarely ceases to quiet and sink into the background for even one moment of peace and calmness.  My mind is simply not used to the quiet of sitting in stillness and has been fighting to maintain its grip, by flooding me with thought after thought, worry after worry.  As I sat in my meditation this morning, the same anxiety, the same pattern of racing thoughts resurfaced until I was unable to even enjoy the brief moments of silence. Getting back into my meditation practice has been nothing short of a struggle and I am regretful of not keeping up with my practice while I have been abroad.

Sitting in my brief meditation today, a simple thought floated to the surface.  How would it feel to live a life with absolutely no regrets? How would it feel to simply leave the past behind, accept what you did and did not do, and move freely, uninhibited into the present moment? I feel like I’m consistently struggling to maintain a grip on the now, without feeling drawn into the past, for what it was and was not.  To live a life of no regrets would mean to accept the past for what it was and was not, accept the situation for what it was and was not, and simply learn from these past experiences in order to enhance growth and fulfillment in the now.  But, the mind ever struggles to allow this simple, effortless process of letting go to take place and instead fights even harder to maintain its grip on things.

Instead of regretting the past and wasting time dwelling on what went wrong why can’t we simply acknowledge these shortcomings or mistakes in our past and learn from them?  It sounds so easy and yet it is all too common to repeat the same cycle, never learning, never growing.  Maybe it is easier to dwell on the past rather than actually taking the initiative and changing these maladaptive patterns.  For these patterns are what we know, what we are used to and to sway from them would be a journey into the unknown, the unfamiliar.  But to keep repeating them would be an even bigger disservice to ourselves and to others.

Sheep being herded on the drive to Mt. Cook

Sheep being herded on the drive to Mt. Cook

Looking back on my time in New Zealand, I would like to say that I have no regrets and, for the most part, I do not.  But a part of me, the part that continues to pick at the past, obsessing and analyzing and fretting over what was and what could have been persists.  My regrets revolve around me getting in the way of myself.  This struggle of mine has persisted here in New Zealand.  My anxieties, my insecurities, my fears have continued to block my path at times, preventing me from being fully present and able to enjoy the moment right in front of me.  However, the times that I have managed to keep this presence have been some of the best that I have had in New Zealand and in my entire life at that.  When I have been able to let go of my racing thoughts and get out of my head, I have been able to thoroughly take in my surroundings and soak up the experience and people around me.

Though my meditation practice has been somewhat non-existent since coming to New Zealand, I’ve found myself slowly acquiring the ability to draw myself back into the present as I go about my day.  This growing sense of awareness of what I am experiencing in the now has dramatically enhanced my experiences lately.  This past weekend, I traveled to Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook with a group of friends and I can honestly say it was one of the best weekends to date.  The reason for this exists in the fact that for the majority of the weekend I was able to maintain presence with each experience and resist the urge to be pulled into the ramblings and worries of the mind.  I was able to continually bring myself back to the present and because of this I fully experienced all the beauty and wonder that surrounded me.  I was even able to enjoy the seemingly unenjoyable, from camping in the snow and raging wind to taking a dip in the freezing, but beautifully blue lake water of Lake Tekapo.  And I can honestly say that I came out of this weekend with no regrets and only a desire to return to this state of awareness.

I think I’m finally beginning to understand that all I truly have at any given time is what lay directly in front of me.  I can’t waste my time or energy or sacrifice my happiness dwelling on what could have been.  All I can do is move forward with awareness and presence in each moment and simply breathe in all that is around me.  Living a life of no regrets means accepting the past for what it is, simply allowing the thoughts and worries about what could have been pass on by, learning from past mistakes and moving forward into the present moment, breathing in all that life has to offer.

CTV11 News: Wednesday October 24, 2012

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Oct 242012
 

Author: Michael McNulty

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCRZ8tUER-0[/youtube]Tonight on CTV News on Channel 11, police arrested  a 17-year-old, Tuesday, in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway.

Weather anchor Kari Pills gives the complete forecast which has snow in the near future

Reporter Lena Howland meets with a local entrepreneur who refurbishes unwanted iPhones on this week’s TechTalk.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, reporter Kelsey Peterson talks with affected students.

Reporter Tom Mullen examines how music affects your dog in different ways.