ASCSU Campaign: Nigel & Andrew strive to promote university enhancement

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Apr 022013
 

Author: Lena Howland

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ASCSU election campaigns are underway on campus with less than a week until voting begins.

This is a part of a two-part series featuring the candidates and the goals they hope to accomplish if elected.

Nigel Daniels is running to be the ASCSU President and Andrew Olson is running to be his Vice President.

They are focusing on improving the community, student services and university enhancement.

They plan to implement an interactive report of how student fees are being spent as well as a timeline of the order in which their campaign promises are being completed.

Voting for the ASCSU election will begin on Monday, April 8, and will continue until April 10th at 5pm on RamWeb.

Fort Collins locals react to Gelazzi, Armadillo, and Beach House downtown business closures

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kelsey Peterson

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Three Fort Collins businesses have recently closed down bringing up many questions for local residents. Gelazzi, a popular hangout sweets shop, closed its doors near the end of November, but is just beginning to sell off equipment. As seen in the Coloradoan, according to Mike Van Buskirk, director of operations at Gelazzi, the Fort Collins shop was the last of three locations to close. He says that its owner, Jan Horsfall, is getting out of the business. The reasons behind his closure are unknown. The Armadillo restaurant and Beach House Grill closed earlier in the year. According to Lisa Ruskaup, concept director for Breckenridge-Wynkoop, her company bought the Beach House’s lot and they plan to turn it into another Breckenridge restaurant and brewery. Though it’s not what everyone had in mind, many, including Ruskaup, are excited to see how the business adapts to the Fort Collins community.

To read more visit http://www.collegian.com/2013/01/28/no-more-armadillo-gelazzi-or-beach-house/

Fort Collins locals react to Gelazzi, Armadillo, and Beach House downtown business closures

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kelsey Peterson

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Three Fort Collins businesses have recently closed down bringing up many questions for local residents. Gelazzi, a popular hangout sweets shop, closed its doors near the end of November, but is just beginning to sell off equipment. As seen in the Coloradoan, according to Mike Van Buskirk, director of operations at Gelazzi, the Fort Collins shop was the last of three locations to close. He says that its owner, Jan Horsfall, is getting out of the business. The reasons behind his closure are unknown. The Armadillo restaurant and Beach House Grill closed earlier in the year. According to Lisa Ruskaup, concept director for Breckenridge-Wynkoop, her company bought the Beach House’s lot and they plan to turn it into another Breckenridge restaurant and brewery. Though it’s not what everyone had in mind, many, including Ruskaup, are excited to see how the business adapts to the Fort Collins community.

To read more visit http://www.collegian.com/2013/01/28/no-more-armadillo-gelazzi-or-beach-house/

Best of CSU: Tasty Harmony reveals how taste and health are intertwined

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Oct 302012
 

Author: Mary Willson

Erica Wilson, Junior Environmental Engineering and International Studies major talks to diners at Tasty Harmony after they finished their meal. Located between Mason and Oak, the restaurant won “CSU’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant”.

Erica Wilson, junior environmental engineering and international studies major talks to diners at Tasty Harmony after they finished their meal. Located between Mason and Oak, the restaurant won Best of CSU for Best Vegetarian Restaurant. Photo by Mary Wilson

Agave nectar, cashew cheese, goji berries, irish moss and jackfruit may seem like foreign and non-edible fantasies out of a story book, yet between Oak and Mason, Tasty Harmony brings out true magic through creating healthy yet delicious meals using these unique foods.

“We really cater to any tricky diet,” said Erica Wilson, junior environmental engineering and international studies student. “You could call it vegan comfort food.” Wilson has been a server at the restaurant since last spring.

Through a plant-based menu, Tasty Harmony provides a positive eating experience to vegetarians, vegans, health conscious eaters and individuals whom have unique dietary restrictions.

“I love the atmosphere, and the food too,” Willson said. She is allergic to whey protein, which means she has to stick to a non-dairy diet. “I find myself only eating here sometimes it seems like. I’ve learned what I can supplement with. Its inspired me to experience within my own cooking at home.”

Through Tasty Harmony, she has discovered cashew milk, which is also created as a cheese substitute, used in many meals, such as nachos and the stuffed burrito on the menu.

“I was a vegetarian for six years and found it to be very challenging at times when I would go out to eat with friends or family and had limited choice on the menu,” said Taryn Gawronski, junior social work student. “Tasty Harmony brings relief to this problem because I could eat vegetarian while the people I was dining with also enjoyed their meal. Even people who aren’t vegetarian can appreciate it.”

LeAnn Knutson, senior Environmental Communication major fills water glasses in anticipation for the dinner rush at Tasty Harmony, between Mason and Oak. The restaurant won “CSU’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant.”

LeAnn Knutson, senior environmental communication major, fills water glasses in anticipation for the dinner rush at Tasty Harmony. Photo by Mary Wilson.

With menu items like the Pulled BBQ Jack Fruit Sandwich—a natural spin on the original pulled BBQ sandwich, the Kentucky Fried Freedom—mock fried chicken with mashed potatoes, or the Bigboy Burger—a black bean and rice patty made into vegetarian-burger perfection, Tasty Harmony creates natural alternatives to many traditionally non-natural, meat-focused or dairy-filled meals.

“Its nice to know the food they are making back there has a passion and a purpose,” said LeAnn Knutson, senior environmental communication major. “The menu is being created with health and well being in mind and not just a bun slapped down to make money.” Knutson has been a server at the restaurant for a year and a half.

Along with serving food that is positive for the body, Tasty Harmony supports mainly local businesses for their ingredients. From vegetables from Grant Family Farms, the wellington-based organic farm, organic chai from Fort Collins based Café Richesse, and only local bakeries for their breads, cookies and desserts; the profit made at the restaurant is readily circulated back into Northern Colorado, according to Knutson. For all of the over-21 restaurant guests, the beer on tap includes only local Fort Collins beers in addition to Asher Brewery in Boulder, which is the only organic brewery in Colorado. In accordance to wine, the selection is purely from organic and sustainable vineyards. All of the supported businesses are featured in the restaurants menu.

“I think to be a successful restaurant in Fort Collins, you have to know and understand the community,” Gawronski said. “Fort Collins is big on organic and local support, Tasty Harmony is as well. When you have a restaurant that understands the community it serves, then it can be successful.”

Through healthy options, organic support and a vegetarian menu—some traditional diners may wonder what the draw is to alternative ingredients compared to a standard meat-and-milk meal experience.

“We get grown men coming in here kicking and screaming being brought in with their wives or girlfriends. They make awkward comments,” Knutson said. “Then they order the Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich or something and they are in heaven and are sold because they are more than just a vegetarian plate.”

For those budget crunching students, the lunch specials everyday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. give a way for everyone to experience the menu for around $7. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays, and until 10 p.m. on weekends. A special winter menu is in the works, complete with winter-available vegetables bringing in additional items such as a loaded stuffed yam, said Knutson.

The next time Saturday night rolls around and microwavable mac-and-cheese just doesn’t sound quite right—grab a little exercise walking to this great location for a healthy and satisfying meal. With no environmental and body-bearing guilt, this vegetarian dining experience won’t leave any herbivore or carnivore devourer searching for more.

“I think sometimes there is a stigma because someone hears vegetarian or vegan and people aren’t willing to try the food,” Wilson said. “But it’s important to remember it’s good tasting at the same time. Its just good food.”

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and impact on CSU community

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Oct 172012
 

Author: Kelsey Peterson

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With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, many members in the community at Colorado State University are honoring and celebrating loved ones who have been touched by breast cancer. Three personal stories told by Lauren Delgesso, Mackenzie Whitesell, and James DeHerrera are a reminder to utilize support systems, stay educated and keep fighting. Colleges Against Cancer is a student organization who is already beginning to prepare for their annual event: Relay For Life. This is only one of several causes that benefit cancer research in hopes of putting an end to this horrible disease. This October there is strength in numbers in the CSU community.