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.

CSU Relay For Life

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Apr 162013

Author: Keith Albertson


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.

Going Green: Recycling in your community

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Apr 152013

Author: Allison LeCain

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Colorado State University is considered a ‘green’ university, but it wasn’t always that way. In the past 15 years, CSU’s recycling rate has gone from 26 percent to 57 percent, ranking in the top 5 percent of recycle-friendly universities in America for the past 10 years, according to RecycleMania.

We’ve adopted changes over the years that make recycling easier, such as single-stream recycling, trash audits and participating in RecycleMania. Now CSU recycles almost two million pounds each year, according to CSU’s green website.

What is RecycleMania?

RecycleMania is a nation-wide competition that promotes recycling and waste-reduction at universities. The event takes place over eight weeks each spring. Recycling and trash is measured on a per-capita basis each week. CSU took 16th place out of 630 universities last year.

During this time, there’s an on-campus competition between residence halls and university apartments to see which have the best recycling rate. Each RecycleMania starts off with a trash audit. A day’s worth of trash is collected from all residence halls and sorted. Last year’s audit revealed that 75 percent of what was thrown away was trash and 25 percent could have been recycled, according to Sheela Backen, CSU’s Integrated Solid Waste Program Manager.

How CSU went ‘green’

In the ’80s, CSU didn’t have a single-stream recycling system. Nearly all materials were trashed in a landfill. In 1990, CSU received a $26,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation that allowed them to start a new recycling program, called Recycle Colorado State. Since then, the number of dumpsters has been cut in half and the first automated recycling truck was purchased. CSU switched to single-stream recycling in 2007, making the recycling rate go up to 57 percent.

Backen has taken the lead role in changing the way faculty and students view sustainability on campus. She focuses on educating students so they know what to recycle and care enough to do so. One of the common misconceptions she says students have about recycling is pizza boxes. She said as long as you clean the pizza out of it, the boxes can be recycled, as can bottles and their caps.

Though the recycling rate is rising, Backen thinks the university can do even more for sustainability.

“One of the things I really want to work on is compost,” Backen said. “We’re already doing some compost, but we can expand into paper towels and stuff like that to take more stuff out of the landfills. Every year they’re supposed to add another commodity we can recycle in Larimer County – anything that they’ll add, we’ll add.”

How does recycling work?

According to Backen, the recycling starts out in bins around campus. The custodial staff empties those into larger bins outside, which are picked up by trucks. Trucks pick up recycling daily from Lory Student Center and two to three times a week for other buildings. Those trucks take the recyclables to the Larimer County Landfill, where they have an Intermediate Processing Center. There the material is bailed and shipped to Denver’s Waste Management plant. Then a machine uses electric eyes to sort the recyclables.

“They can tell a white piece of paper from a pink piece of paper – it’s really neat,” Backen said. “They use magnets for steel cans and blow air at the aluminum cans to pop them over into where they want them.”

At the end of the machine’s line, there are people pulling out materials that are not suited for recycling. Backen said the recycling process costs more because of the trash people throw in. She suggests taking the time to rinse recyclables of food material so they make it through the recycling inspection.

What can you recycle at CSU?

  • Clean #1 through #7 plastic bottles, tubes, containers
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Metal jar lids and bottle caps
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Office paper
  • Phone books
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Paperboard
  • Some electronics upon request

National recycling rate according to Fort Collins Government

Aluminum cans 51.2%
Glass Bottles 22.0%
Steel Cans 62.0%


Living out the legacy

By working hard to educate future students and faculty, the recycling rate will continue to grow and CSU will become a waste-free campus.

“If we’re composting, and giving the compost back to our grounds people, we’re completing that loop so everything that we create on campus is used on campus,” Backen said.

In knowing what to recycling, the CSU community can reach this goal in 20 years, Backen explained.

“People just need to concentrate on what they’re doing – they just need to get it into the right bin.”


CSU Rugby beats CU in a Nail Biter

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Apr 152013

Author: Ryan Hillman



This past weekend the CSU rugby team looked to stay undefeated at home against CU and they kept it rollin. CU made it a good game though as it was tied with minutes remaining but Rams senior Ryan Walker saved the day and converted from 40 yards out. Rams compete in D1 playoffs this weekend.


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Dylan Davis Earns CSU’s Fan of the Week

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Apr 142013

Author: Riley Adams


CSU Women’s Lacrosse set out to play Boulder this past Thursday and no one was more excited to see them play than this week’s Fan of The Week, Dylan Davis. Davis earned this award by showing his support and enthusiasm for Rams sports. Davis also films the game to show the team how they play and boost their confidence. CSU defeated Boulder 10-9 extending their winning streak. If you want to be CSU’s Fan of the Week, come support your Rams and we may just choose you.

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CTV 11 News Thursday April 11, 2013

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Apr 112013

Author: Bree Hottinger


Sexual assault awareness week is observed on the CSU campus.  A member of the popular TV sitcom “Glee” appeared on campus this week–find out who.  ASCSU election results were announced last night–figure out who your next president and vice president of the student body will be.  Hurricane forecasting every year takes place somewhere closer to home than you may think, and CTV has the inside scoop on the science of this prediction.  Weather with Kelsey McCallister and sports with Sophie Vukovich.  All this and more with your Thursday night anchors Kelsey Peterson and Tom Mullen.

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Glee star kicks off Asian Fest at CSU

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Apr 112013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


Harry Shum Jr., also known as Mike Chang from Glee, made a special appearance at a Q & A session at Colorado State University Saturday Apr. 6. The event was the start to CSU’s Asian Fest, a month long celebration full of different activities hoping to bring awareness to Asian American culture. For more information about upcoming activities visit http://www.apacc.colostate.edu/. During the interview Shum spoke about his experience in the entertainment industry and how being an Asian American has impacted his career. After moving from Costa Rica to California at a young age, Shum felt as though he had to assimilate to a brand new culture. His first language was Spanish, and growing up he had to learn both Chinese and English. According to Shum, he was bullied as a child and always felt different; then he found the arts. Through the arts he was able to open up and finally feel comfortable in his own skin. He wanted to prove the world wrong and found success through dance and theatre.

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Everyday Explorations: CSU’s Natural & Environmental Sciences Building

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Apr 102013

Author: Kelsey Contouris

If you’re like me, the most familiar thing about the Monfort Quad is the grassy rectangle itself – but what about the buildings around the Quad? There’s Clark B on the west side, Plant Sciences on the north, Animal Sciences on the south, and that huge building on the east side with the waterfall: the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building.

The waterfall on the west side of the building

The waterfall on the west side of the building

Since the building’s name is not visible from the Quad and I never had a good reason to venture to the other side of it, I hadn’t known its purpose until a friend mentioned it. According to the architectural timeline in Johnson Hall, the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building was constructed in 1994 and is home to the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and various other research labs.

A landscape architecture studio

A landscape architecture studio

Before entering the building, I admired the distinctive waterfall on its west side.  It’s no wonder that the landscape architecture department is housed there. While no water was running, I could easily picture it cascading down the side of the large cylindrical tower, accentuating the landscaping below and bringing to life the concrete “river” that winds through the sidewalk.

Coincidentally, the landscape architecture portion of the building is the first part I encountered. Located on the first floor of the building’s north side, the area features several large studios that remind me of the art classrooms I’ve seen in high school, yet twice as large. Impressively detailed architectural drawings littered a number of metal racks hanging from the ceiling, while drafting equipment filled the much of the table space below. Seeing such enormous studios makes me question why I also found a landscape architecture area in Shepardson, so I may have some further investigating to do.

And, like Shepardson, the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building also has its fair share of locked doors – but these are locked for a good reason. Throughout much of the building, I encountered warnings of dangerous laboratory equipment, required safety attire, quarantined soils and even radioactive material. This all told me one thing: serious scientific business happens here.

However, not all parts of the building pose potential safety hazards. When I visited the third floor via the main staircase on the south side, I encountered a space that reminded me of a children’s play room in a nature and science museum. A tiny solar system hung in the far left corner, while six small, round tables each featured a different area of discovery. When I looked farther down the hall and saw a sign for The Little Shop of Physics, the playroom’s existence made a lot more sense. (I’m assuming it’s a secondary location of The Little Shop of Physics because I believe there is also one in the Engineering Building.)

The "play room" on the third floor

The “play room” on the third floor

Even though there was not much else of note in that labyrinth of laboratories, I’m glad I made a point to explore the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building – the east side of the Quad is now demystified. After seeing so many laboratories in just one building on campus, I now understand why CSU is well known for its scientific research. While CSU’s older buildings hold university’s history, its newer buildings hold much of its potential.