“Girl Rising” film inspires Fort Collins

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Apr 032013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


“Girl Rising,” a 10 x 10 film revealing the story of nine different girls from around the world, premiered in Fort Collins Monday, Apr.1 at AMC Cinema Saver 6. The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, was written by nine celebrated writers from each girl’s country and narrated by nine renowned actresses. As posted on their website, “Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.” In order to show in any area, a community must sell at least 100 tickets first. A group of Colorado State University graduate students involved in conservations leadership (CLTL) worked hard for the screening of “Girl Rising” in Fort Collins. After the film, Kari Grady Grossman, founder of Sustainable Schools International, spoke about the importance of worldwide education and the immense impact it can have, especially on girls. The premiere was sold out and a second screening is planned to show on Apr. 18. To purchase tickets visit http://gathr.us/screening/1785.

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CSU Recreation Center ranked one of the top in the nation

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Apr 032013

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe


Colorado State University’s Campus Recreation Center has been ranked as one of the top 25 in the nation. The Recreation Center, newly renovated, exceeded many aspects of the criteria making it one of the best in the nation. Sustainability was an important focus here at CSU. The Recreation Center was also recognized for it’s use of natural wood and stone, a large indoor pool and the chance to work out while looking at the Rocky Mountains through large glass windows.

The 2012 Colorado Health Report Card recently gave the state B’s for adolescent and adult health. With a recreation center providing healthy options and being one of the best in the nation,CSU students can help to maintain Colorado’s healthy lifestyle. Our campus recreation center provides numerous ways for students to work out and be healthy, such as four exercise studios, a 24,000 square foot cardio weight area and much more. Other institutions listed by the “Best College Reviews” included Pepperdine University and Ohio State University.

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Five Fort Collins boutiques that rock

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Apr 032013

Author: Michaela Koretko

Fort Collins is all about the trendy, quirky, funky, and chic. The small, locally owned boutiques help define Old Town and make it unique. Here are five of the must-visit boutiques in town:
GG Boutique
This boutique is young and fun, full of contemporary style apparel and accessories. It features clothing with bright colors and bold patterns in both casual and dressy styles.
Kansas City Kitty
This quirky store sells mostly clothing, featuring many locally made personal and home accessories. It receives new items two or three times a week, but only gets the same item in once.
Killer Rabbit
Named after the beast from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Killer Rabbit sells young men’s clothing, especially hats and plaid shirts. This is the only exclusively men’s boutique in Old Town, and currently features the mustache fad.
Repeat Boutique
Located just east of campus, Repeat Boutique sells gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, toys, and home decor. The styles they consign and sell are mostly trendy and retro.
White Balcony
This store is owned by the same people as Killer Rabbit. It has a large variety of odds and ends, from cards, journals and home accessories to clothing and accessories. One employee described the boutique as “a color-coded treasure hunt.”

CSU Bike Sharing Program

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Mar 272013

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe


Sustainability and being green is something Colorado State University has always focused on. A new project being put into place by ASCSU and the city of Fort Collins will help our university withhold these environmental standards. CSU, being a bicycle friendly campus, is looking into working with the city of fort collins to implement a bike sharing network across the city. The primary goals of this project is to provide bicycles for students and resident of Fort Collins that will increase campus accessibility and hopefully relieve campus traffic.

This project will provide kiosks at bus stops and transit centers in which anyone can rent a bike to ride anywhere in Fort Collins. It will also include more bike racks on campus and the option to leave your bike in an overnight locker. With Meridian being closed, the possible on-campus stadium and a lack of student parking already, ASCSU hopes this project will help our university as well as maintain the image of being green. For CTV11, I’m Makenzie O’Keefe.

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CTV Sports: March 25th, 2013

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Mar 252013

Author: Andrew Rodriguez

Tonight on CTV Sports we take a look at March Madness news, Broncos updates, the weather 7 day, and look at some fun sports video on the segment “in case you missed it”.

Mar 192013

Author: Mary Willson


Matt “P-Mann” Mahern and Lindsey O’brien of the Lindsey O’brien Band play at the SpokesBUZZ showcase. SpokesBUZZ put together the Colorado Music Party at SXSW in Austin, bringing together thousands of Colorado musicans and fans to support eachother at the festival.


The pattern of Fort Collins life is threaded with the staples of a classic Colorado experience: outdoor beauty, local beer, original bikes, and home-based bands.

With venues such as Aggie, Hodi’s Half Note, Avogadro’s Number, Surfside, Mishawaka, it is no


Alana Rolfe of Fierce Bad Rabbit plays at the SpokesBUZZ showcase in Austin at SXSW. Fierce Bad Rabbit played multiple showcases over the week, and are alumni of SpokesBUZZ.

surprise that Fort Collins supports hundreds of homegrown bands.   With the jamming beats of locality also comes the responsibility of a celebratory community; which in the 970, there is no shortage of.

April kicks off with FoCoMX, leading into a summer of Beet Street festivities, and closing out with Bohemian Nights. Being an artist or band in town looks pretty good.

Yet, one of the most supportive outlets for local bands is a non-profit, volunteer-run music support and education organization, SpokesBUZZ.

“SpokesBUZZ raises global awareness of Fort Collins sound and culture by bringing worldwide attention to local bands,” according to the official mission.

“It has really two parts to it. In the big picture, it’s really a promotion engine for Fort Collins. Our job is to get the word out beyond our backyard about the great music scene we have here in Fort Collins, and on the grassroots level, help educate music and bands to be better in business,” said organization member, Julie Sutter. Sutter deals with communication and publicity for SpokesBUZZ as well as runs her own communication company, Unconventional Ink. “One of the things that we try to foster is ‘ look how much you can do together.’”

Only on its fourth year, the organization has fostered positivity in dozens of bands, as each goes through a program, in about two years. The current class envelopes 11 bands. As a SpokesBUZZ band, monthly seminars take place to learn the ins-and-outs of business, marketing, and other valuable skills needed to create a long lasting, successful band.

“You go from being kind of a garage band, to being a band that has a platform to actually do something. To me, its kind of a ticket to somewhere,” said James Yearling, singer, electric guitarist, co-writer and management of the band Better Than Bacon, a current SpokesBUZZ band. “We want to be advocates to SpokesBUZZ. Part of the bands’ role is honestly to be an advocate for our community and to keep the reputation high, and so outside of all the fun, there is a level of responsibility that all the bands really enjoy.”

James Yearling jams on his electric guitar with his band Better Than Bacon at SXSW in Austin.

James Yearling jams on his electric guitar with his band Better Than Bacon at SXSW in Austin.

The music incubator is a collaborative effort that brings forward all aspects of the community, outside of just musicians. Fans feel invested to SpokesBUZZ because the shows, events, and bands represent something bigger than just the music.

Dani Grant started the organization, and she also runs the Mishawaka and Chippers Lanes. The organization is supported through volunteer driven leadership, communication, skills and forte, and funded by community initatives such as New Belgium and Crowd Funding.

“What makes Fort Collins unique is that everyone is very humble, which is really exceptional to see,” said Chris Anderson of Fierce Bad Rabbit, an alumni of SpokesBUZZ. “People do it because they like it. Everyone is very supportive, yet everyone’s doing their own thing.”

As the bands headed off to South By South West (SXSW) in the middle of March, they are making their fifth journey into a mega-music sea, to promote the locality of Fort Collins. The beginnings of the organizations stem from SXSW, a mega festival, of over 128,000 attendees, according to SXSW.com.

“One of the things that we’ve discovered by going to Austin, it kind of feels like you’re a little fish in a big pond, but we’ve been able to bring so much of the community, beyond the music,” Sutter said. “What’s different about this year, we’ve actually made really great connections with the Denver community. It’s overwhelming, so you look for this connection, so the Colorado people gravitate to each other.”

This year, over a thousand Colorado-affiliated, music-passioned people are teaming up with SpokesBUZZ to celebrate Colorado music together through an official Colorado Music Party collaboration at SXSW, showing the progression from its first year of Fort Collins jamming out in Austin.

“At SXSW, it is just positive exposure for Fort Collins. I think a lot of people don’t realize what an amazing music base we have here,” said Nick Duarte, vocals and guitarists for Post Paradise. “It is really a team effort and everyone is working for the same goal, and they take it to Austin and say ‘hey look world, this is us.’”

The year ahead is fresh with SXSW SpokesBUZZ showcase behind, and a whole new journey to learn, explore and grow on. A new season for SpokesBUZZ is ahead, as a new class of bands is soon to join the team.

SpokesBUZZ puts on collaborative concerts, as well as supports the band’s and artist’s individual performances, so when the chance arises to check out a local band involved with this organization, a  larger picture is supported: the pattern that makes Fort Collins unique.

The threads of Fort Collins music are growing rapidly, and it is the responsibility of the community to keep this exciting pattern unfolding.

“Fort Collins does have a story to tell,” Sutter said. “When people hear ‘Colorado’, they may not think about Fort Collins, but that is changing.”

For more info on SpokesBUZZ, head over to spokesbuzz.org.


Horses saved by Local Rescue

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Mar 132013

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe


Two local horse rescue barns recently saved 16 horses that were sure to face death. The horses were at a Weld County feed lot, about to be sent to a slaughterhouse in Mexico. Shiloh Acres Horse Rescue was one of the rescuers that saved 10 of the horses. Many of the horses needed extensive medical care and rehabilitation due to poor treatment at their prior homes. One of their mares, Merida, was found 18 months pregnant when rescued. She was so malnourished  they did not know she was pregnant at the time.

Shiloh Acres paired with Denkai Animal Sanctuary to rescue these horses. They reached out to the community and out of their own pockets to raise enough money to save the horses the day before they were to be sent to the slaughterhouse. Shiloh Acres prides itself in saving the lives of horses and nursing them back to health. Some of the rescued horses continue on to new homes after reaching good health, while others stay as permanent residents on the farm.

If you are interested in learning more about the horse rescues or how you can help, visit www.shilohscres.org.

CTV News March 6, 2013: Fracking ban in Fort Collins passes

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Mar 062013

Author: Lena Howland


A ban on hydraulic-fracturing in Fort Collins passed last night with a vote of 5-2.  A gun-law at the state level is heating up, bringing protestors and advocates alike to the capital building.  An obesity awareness seminar in the LSC explores ways to keep healthy and fit.  Study abroad with Katie Spencer returns with another Italian adventure.  Entertainment with Christian Zamora, sports with Ryan Greene, and weather with Ashley Wallinger.  All this and more with your Wednesday CTV anchors Makenzie O’Keefe and Wayne Stafford.

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Mar 052013

Author: Ricki Watkins

What does it feel like to have the entire community supporting your great idea? Or, how does it feel to donate to a great cause and get some cool swag in return? Well, it feels like Community Funded.

Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

Community Funded, a Fort Collins-based company, helps individuals, for-profit and nonprofit organizations and groups connect to the people within their community to raise money for worthwhile causes.

How does it work exactly? Well,say the owner of a small business wants to expand but does not have the money to do so. After submitting an idea to CF and having it approved, the owner has a certain number of days to raise a set amount of money. Individuals and organizations can then go to CF’s website and learn more about the proposed project. If they like the project, they can choose to either donate money to the cause or purchase what CF terms as “giftbacks.” Giftbacks are either products or services donated by the project creator — “project giftbacks” — or by other organizations — “in-kind giftbacks.” For example, you can buy a case of Odell beer or a Mugs Coffee Lounge gift card and donate to the project at the same time.

If the project creator is for-profit and makes their fundraising goal within the timeframe, they get to keep the money they raise. If not, the donations are returned back to the donors. If the project creator is a nonprofit, regardless of whether they meet their fundraising goal or not, they receive the money raised.

“We really set out to build this tool that helps people create awareness of good ideas while uniting a community,” said McCabe Callahan, CF co-founder and owner of Mugs Coffee Lounge.

Callahan, along with co-founders Blue Hovatter and Ryan Stover, built CF off of existing crowdfunding websites. What sets them apart is that instead of fundraising to a faceless crowd, the founders wanted to focus on community.

“What defines you is really the relationships you have in your life,” Callahan said. “If you have heard the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ I think it really takes a community to make a great idea happen.”

Individuals and organizations have raised almost $290,000 for their projects through CF since the company’s launch a little less than a year ago.


Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

What’s your ‘it’?

And remember that small business owner that wanted to expand? Well, meet Charly Clifford. Owner of Charly Bar, an energy bar company, Clifford utilized Community Funded and raised over $15,000 within his timeframe.

Charly Bar is Clifford’s “it” as CF says. What is an “it”? According to CF, your “it” is what you’re passionate about.

“We like to ask people, ‘What’s your it?’ because no matter what ‘it’ is, it can be Community Funded,” said Stover, who is also CF’s Creative Director.

“Times are crazy right now with money, and loans are not necessarily the best way to go about things, especially if you are not tried and true and you just want to try something and you don’t want to necessarily jump off the deep end and get a big loan and have to pay that back forever,” Clifford said.

Clifford, who donates one percent of his profits to youth health and wellness programs, has already moved to a new kitchen and purchased new equipment with some of the money he raised.

“I am looking forward to growing the business and having a lot more community impact,” Clifford said.

What is Stacy Sebeczek’s ‘it’? The Fort Collins Bike Library, where anyone can checkout a bike for free. As director of the Bike Library, Sebeczek was looking for some way to find funding for 2013, as the Bike Library’s five-year federal grant would be expiring in December 2012.

Through CF, the Bike Library raised $10,000. Coupled with contributions from New Belgium, the City of Fort Collins and the Downtown Development Authority, the Bike Library raised enough money to keep its doors open for 2013.

“It raised a ton of awareness for our cause,” Sebeczek said. “Part of our transition after funding ran out in 2012 was not just a simple ‘we need some money to operate next year,’ it was a very comprehensive ‘we are transitioning from a grant-dependent model to something that is more sustainable with community collaboration.’ So, it was important for us to use that community piece for the awareness and exposure of our cause … Community Funded really helped us with that, especially having their strong team behind it; it is a very passionate group of individuals and they are so well connected and so willing to push projects and help them get the exposure they need.”


How do I get involved?

So, you are a college student, how can you get involved with CF? In three ways, according to Callahan.

One, you can support ideas and projects in your community by donating or buying giftbacks — you get some sweet swag that you were already going to buy, but now that money goes to a great cause.

“It is a great way for students to support great ideas and community while getting something back in exchange because a lot of students don’t have disposable income and a lot are tight with money and have student loans,” Callahan said. “So, instead of feeling like you have to come up with this extra money, what Community Funded allows for is this ability to shop for things you are going to use and do anyways, but also having impact in your community, which is a cool feeling to know that you are actually causing things to happen.”

Two, if you have a great idea, shout it out and use Community Funded to make that idea reality.

“Whether it is a class project or a big goal that they have in life, it is an opportunity to share what they are passionate about and get the support of the people that already support them,” Stover said.

Speaking from experience, Clifford said he believes having the support of your community is extremely motivational.

“It’s a lot of encouragement just to know that people believe in what you are doing … it makes you want to go out and try harder, it gives you definitely something to strive for,” Clifford said.

Three, spread the word.

“Just because you can’t fund a project actually and you don’t want to start one, doesn’t mean you don’t see a good idea like the Bike Library and be willing to talk about it,” Callahan said. “By talking about it, you are also supporting that project, so you become this hero, this cheerleader for the different ideas on the website.”

Bottom line: “Even you can have impact on your community through tools like this,” Callahan said.


The future of CF

What is the future for CF? Growth and greater impact.

“Fort Collins is definitely community-centric and it is full of big ideas and people that are passionate about creating change in the world, so it definitely makes sense that it started in Fort Collins — it was fertile soil for this kind of idea, but really, the next step to this is to grow this outside of Fort Collins and really become a national movement,” Stover said.

With more than 2,000 registered individuals and almost 400 registered organizations from all over the U.S., and growing, it looks like CF is well on its way to success.

“My hope is that as many people that need to use it, use it to cause greater impacts in their communities and if that is worldwide, I am okay with that,” Callahan said.



Stopping Childhood Hunger One Student at a Time

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Mar 052013

Author: Nicolle Fagan


No Kid Hungry is a CSU chapter that focuses on helping children have food. Photo by Lauren Martin

There are roughly 75 million children in the United States. Of that number, 16 million kids live under the poverty line and, despite living in one of the richest countries in the world, one in five children in America struggle with hunger.

A new student organization on campus is trying to bring awareness to the Fort Collins community of the hunger epidemic plaguing the nation. No Kid Hungry is a student chapter of the national organization of the same name.

“We are a group of students who are advocating and fundraising for the national non-profit No Kid Hungry,” said Mindy Campbell, president of the student organization. “We do anything from volunteering to asking for donations to spreading the word about hunger in America.”

The national non-profit pledged to end childhood hunger by 2015 by educating families, changing legislation, and bringing national awareness to the problem. For the past eight years, the organization connects kids to nutrition programs, like school breakfast and summer meals, and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets to get their children nutritious meals at home.

CSU’s chapter of No Kid Hungry started early last semester to assist the national organization’s goals in Northern Colorado. Despite a small membership, the group has large plans to improve the local community.

“This semester we are looking into bake sales and a restaurant crawl,” said Recruiting and Marketing Officer Jessie Salus. The restaurant crawl would involve participants visiting local restaurants to sample food for a small cost. All proceeds would be donated to No Kid Hungry. “We are also looking into a food recovery program, but that one is unfortunately on halt right now.”

In addition to their planned events, No Kid Hungry volunteers with established organizations La Familia and the Growing Project. Like any other start-up organization, the biggest challenge is gaining campus awareness and motivating students to participate.

To get involved, interested students can find No Kid Hungry on RamLink or email Mindy Campbell at mindy4nkh@gmail.com. The group meets every other Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Momo Lolo’s Coffee House off W. Elizabeth St.

The rewards from joining No Kid Hungry are undeniable for Vice President Sarah Ehrlicher. “[No Kid Hungry] allows us to be a part of Fort Collins community,” said Ehrlicher. “And it lets us tackle the problems where we can see them.”

The problem of childhood hungry is here: in America, in Colorado and in Fort Collins.

“It’s not that hard to make a difference,” said Campbell. “This is a problem we can fix.”