April Snow Storm Hits CSU

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Apr 182013
 

Author: Tom Mullen

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For the past three days it has been nothing but snow falling from the sky here in Fort Collins. Northern Colorado has been struck with over 22 inches of snow. The storm even forced CSU to close at 3pm on Tuesday and at noon on Wednesday. With the massive exodus of students from campus Wednesday afternoon buses were running 20 minutes late. Students who drove to campus that morning found themselves stuck in the parking lot for over an hour due to the traffic.

Around town Poudre School District School and Front Range Community College also closed down due to the snow. Many Larimer County offices also closed down. According to Fort Collins Police around 91 car crashes have been reported over the past three days of continuous snow fall. CTV11 reporter Tom Mullen takes a look at how the snow has affected everything around campus and gets student reactions.

OkCupid: A hot spot for college students

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Apr 182013
 

Author: Kelsey Peterson

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According to Statistics Brain, there are 40 million people in the U.S. who have tried online dating, but what is it that convinces so many people to look for a relationship on the Internet? According to Lindsie Livingston, a Colorado State University student who used the site for about three months before deciding to delete it, claims it’s linked to our generation of college students. She said that because of the way in which we use social media, it is hard not to meet people online, so why not? She used a site called OkCupid, which many college students are currently connecting to. Most online dating sites charge a fee, but because of it’s demographic, OkCupid uses advertisers for income instead. According to Find The Best, an online database, the largest percent of users on OkCupid are between the ages of 18 and 34, which is a much younger age group than most other online dating websites. Colorado State University associate professor Patrick Plaisance said that his concern doesn’t stem from the idea of online dating, but rather from the way in which people communicate online. He said people tend to focus so much on themselves that people communicate differently online than they would in person. Plaisance also referred to the fact that because OkCupid is free, advertisers pay for the site, which means they are tracking your every click. “We relinquish that kind of privacy for the convenience of that free service,” he said. “With OkCupid and any other kinds of free service, we have to understand there is nothing that is free.”

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CDC releases new ADHD study

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Apr 172013
 

Author: Wayne Stafford

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ADHD diagnoses is on the rise according to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control who interviewed 76,000 people.  11% of school-age children are diagnosed with ADHD, which is a 53% increase from 2003.  30% percent of college students have admitted to using ADHD but only 20% on average are diagnosed with ADHD.  With an accurate diagnosis ADHD medication can have very positive effects, but there still exists those who use it for the wrong reason.  See the full story for more, Wayne Stafford reporting for CTV News.

How CSU students can eat healthy on a budget

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Apr 172013
 

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe

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Most college students have a small budget and the last thing they want to spend their money on is groceries. But who knew it is actually very simple to eat healthy on a budget if you’re willing to prepare it? The Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center at Colorado State University can help educate students that eating healthy is obtainable even as a poor college student.

Their list to eat healthy for cheaper started with the idea to cut meat out of your diet when possible, choosing eggs or tofu as cheaper protein substitutes. A fun idea to accomplish this is eating breakfast for dinner. The Nutrition Center also suggested purchasing in bulk, cooking and baking your own snacks and treats to avoid chemicals and processed foods, making unique but cheap sandwiches, and purchasing fruits and vegetables that aren’t already precut and packaged.

Most students are unaware of how to eat healthy with limited budgets, drawing them to Ramen Noodles and other processed foods. Eating healthy is essential to our performance and future, so students should educate themselves about the option to eat healthy on a budget. The more you are willing to prepare and search in the grocery store, the healthier options you will find at a cheaper price.

Hicks earns MW Athlete of the Week

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Apr 162013
 

Author: Steven Starcer

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CSU’s Kiah Hicks was named Mountain West Athlete of the Week for the second time this season on Tuesday. Hicks performed well at the CU Invitational last weekend in prelude to the honor.

The Colorado Springs, Colo. native took first place in the shot put with a throw of 49′ feet, 7 inches, which was third-best in the Mountain West this season, and she also took first in the discus with a throw of 178-5.5′, which is a personal record and places her ninth nationally.

This was the third Mountain West Athlete of the Week award given to CSU this season, as Trevor Brown also received the award earlier this year.

The Colorado State Rams will next participate at the Mt. Sac Relays beginning Thursday in Walnut, Calif.

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Everyday Explorations: The CSU Bakeshop

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Apr 162013
 

Author: Kelsey Contouris

Two to four hundred dozen. That’s the number of cookies the Colorado State University Bakeshop doles out to campus dining centers each day, in addition to a wide variety of cakes, pies, doughnuts and other sugary treats. And it all happens from a fairly obscure location – the back of Edwards Hall.

The bakeshop has a separate room for making gluten-free goods.

The bakeshop has a separate room for making gluten-free goods.

As a freshman who eats (and works) at the dining centers, I’m quite familiar with the vast quantity of available desserts. Since I’ve always been curious about where they come from, I finally decided to set up a quick tour with the bakeshop manager, Joan Smith. So while this exploration wasn’t as everyday as the rest, I still found it equally fascinating.

Bakeshop employees prepare dozens of hoagie rolls for Braiden.

Bakeshop employees prepare dozens of hoagie rolls for Braiden’s kitchen.

As you would expect, the first thing that hit me upon entering the bakeshop was the delightful, sugary smell. The second thing was the flurry of activity – just about every area of the kitchen had a staff member or two prepping a different mixture or dough. I found Smith and she began showing me around.

We first passed by a station where banana cream pie was being made, which I noticed in Ram’s Horn later that day. According to Smith, everything goes out fresh each morning – employees arrive as early as 2 a.m. to begin baking breads.

We then stopped by a student hourly who was placing cookie dough onto baking sheets. Seeing as the dining halls have a seemingly endless supply of cookies, I had always wondered whether or not the bakeshop makes them from scratch. Not surprisingly, they don’t – the pre-portioned dough comes from Otis Spunkmeyer and gets baked at the bakeshop (or even at the dining halls if they happen to run out). Because the dining halls order so many cookies, Smith said, the bakeshop itself wouldn’t be able to handle making them all from scratch. They do, however, make some cookies themselves, such as the popular hippie cookie (which happens to be a favorite of mine) sold at Ram’s Horn Express.

Smith showed me a number of other baked goods being made. There were hoagie rolls being prepared that would be sent to Braiden’s dining center, large chocolate chip muffins to be sent to Ram’s Horn Express and T-Dex, as well as cookie bars, tiramisu cakes and chocolate cake – all from scratch. And all of this gets done by a total of nine student hourlies and nine state classified employees.

Freshly baked tiramisu cakes

Freshly baked tiramisu cakes

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without them,” Smith said.

She also told me that students studying food and nutrition sciences occasionally do practicums at the bakeshop, and she said she feels privileged to provide such an experience.

I feel privileged myself just being able to get a firsthand look at where CSU’s delectable treats are crafted. I had never imagined that such a large operation could take place in the back portion of Edwards, let alone practically in secret – I’ve asked several of my friends if they knew where the bakeshop was, and most of them had no idea. But from the wee hours of the morning all throughout the year, CSU Bakeshop employees work their magic to provide campus with its fresh, sugary staples.

CTV News for April 16, 2013

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Apr 162013
 

Author: Wayne Stafford

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In this episode of CTV News we’ll give an update on the Boston Marathon explosion.  Keith Albertson check out the Relay for Life event, Austin Harley has your weather forecast and Riley Adams has the sports update.  All this and more here on CTV.

CSU Relay For Life

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Apr 162013
 

Author: Keith Albertson

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The 2013 Relay For Life at Colorado State University had more than 700 members signed up to walk all night as a fundraiser for cancer research. More than $55,000 was raised in the event. The participants sign up in teams and relay throughout the night, walking for over 12 hours to raise awareness for cancer research. CSU sophomore and cancer survivor Alyssa Reinhart spoke at the event and recounted her story of losing her right hand to a rare form of cancer.

Summer abroad, don’t mind if I do

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Apr 162013
 

Author: Cassandra Whelihan

It’s been nearly three years since Rebecca Robinson last took off to travel the world. The expression on her face as she

Rebecca Robinson experiencing the culture of Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Robinson.

Rebecca Robinson experiencing the culture of Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Robinson.

describes her summer plans for Florence, Italy radiates pure excitement.

“I traveled by myself at 19 which was almost three years ago and you get the travel bug the first time you really go out on your own. It doesn’t go away, you’ll be infected with it your whole life and so I’m like, ‘yeah I really wanted to go to Italy.’ I really wanted to live in Italy and just experience it rather than jumping from place to place,” said Rebecca Robinson, a journalism and history double major. “You learn so much about yourself — you learn how much strength you actually have to be independent and to do things on your own. You realize the skills you can pull on when crisis happens, when you get lost. Leaving Colorado is just a really good opportunity to grow as a person, I suggest it for everyone.”

Also leaving Colorado for the summer, Jennifer Robinson prepares to embark on an adventure to Freiburg, Germany. Jennifer Robinson will be practicing her German while taking roughly 12 credit hours.

“We are supposed to speak in German the entire time we are there,” said Jennifer Robinson, a senior German language and international studies double major. “I think that immersing myself in the culture is going to help my speaking skills a lot. So instead of taking these courses at CSU I’m taking them in Germany. I think that I’m going to learn a little more.”

The Study Abroad Program at CSU offers opportunities to travel to almost any country in the world. According to their website, with approval, you may also study abroad through an unaffiliated program or enroll directly at a foreign university.

“We have programs in Prague, in Costa Rica, in Ireland, Japan, in Morocco, in the Bahamas, in Italy — I mean the list goes on. There are some things like advanced language courses in Spain for people studying Spanish or there’s things like criminology or criminal justice in Prague,” said Kayla Rivers, finance major and peer adviser at the Study Abroad Office. “I think summer programs in particular are really important for students who feel like they can’t fit it into their academic schedule, but who want to have that experience and want to be able to see this new country and experience a new culture.”

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The opportunity to be immersed in the history of unique cultures around the world is extremely moving and powerful, according to Rebecca Robinson.

“When I saw the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum about three years ago, I was just balling my eyes out because I was just so overwhelmed by ‘you know this is actually da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. This is the real deal. I’m standing in the same room as this masterpiece that was painted centuries before by someone I deeply admire,’” said Rebecca. “I’m really excited. I get to see the ‘Birth of Venus’ at the Uffizi Gallery and the Statue of David, so those are like the top two art things in Florence I’m excited about.”