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.

GG Boutique: Where clothes create family

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Mar 312013
 

Author: Kendall Greenwood

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GG Boutique is located at 204 West Laurel. Photo by Logan Martinez

Walking into GG Boutique you will be greeted by a plethora of colorful designs. The staff will be friendly and you will get honest opinions about what you are trying on. GG Boutique goes beyond a store mentality by making you feel welcome.

GG Boutique, a women’s clothing store in Fort Collins, opened its doors on Aug. 23, 2012 by owner Laura Ludwin, 37, with the goal of offering customers more than clothes. Ludwin wants store-goers to have an experience.

“I want to offer our customers an experience where they walk in and find [GG Boutique] to be a happy place,” Ludwin said. “[I want them] to find something that makes them feel good without having to spend all the money they have.”

One way GG Boutique achieves this is with the items they stock.

“What you see when you open a magazine is what we aim to have here at an affordable price,” Ludwin said.

New items are on the floor every day. This is what sales associate Julia Chenoweth, 41, enjoys most about the store.

“I think that always makes it fun and fresh, not only for the customers, but for [the staff] as well,” Chenoweth said.

Emily Davies, a 20-year-old CSU sophomore, shops at GG Boutique because she knows she will find unique items.

“If you go in once a week, there is [always] something different,” Davies said. “And, [even though] I know a lot of people shop there from CSU, there is a good chance no one else will have what you [buy].”

The atmosphere created by the staff also makes this store different. For one, the employees refer to themselves as “Team GG.” They have created a family, which Chenoweth embodies when helping customers.

“We try to get a feel for what it is they are looking for and what their style might be,” Chenoweth said. “[So we will] be able to suggest things in the store they might like.”

Davies has seen this herself.

GG Boutique Dress

GG Boutique has a selection of dresses and other contemporary womens’ fashion. Photo By Logan Martinez

“It’s not one of those retail stores where it’s like, ‘Hey do you need help, hey can I help you with that, you should really buy that,’” Davies said. “They’re like, ‘yeah that looks good on you.’ It’s not pushy at all.”

GG Boutique started with the family in mind. Ludwin named the shop after her grandmother.

“I was extremely close with her,” Ludwin said. “I [even] have her chandelier and dress in the store.”

GG Boutique stays connected to their customers with their Facebook page, where they hold giveaways every Monday, so customers can win gift cards, and post new looks.

Davies tries to go to GG Boutique every other week.

“I always get compliments on the stuff that I buy there,” Davies said. “It is a little pricey because it’s a boutique, but [the clothes] are really good quality. [The items] will last me a long time.”

The shop is located at 204 West Laurel St.

Ludwin said she enjoys being able to sell colorful outfits to all generations.

“They can all find something here,” Chenoweth said.

FoCoMX gets rock and rolling for the fifth year

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Mar 292013
 

Author: Tony Vessels

Fort Collins is a great city for artists. Not only do we have CSU, which has a fantastic program for music, theater and dance, but the city of Fort Collins also has multiple foundations and groups dedicated to the arts and to the many fans of music and art.

The Fort Collins Music Association, or FoCoMA, is one such group. Founded in 2009 by Greta Cornett and Kevin Micke, FoCoMA concentrates on local music, aiding bands with getting up on their feet.

Dead Floyd playing at the Aggie Theatre at FoCoMX 2012. Photo by Allison LeCain.

Dead Floyd playing at the Aggie Theatre at FoCoMX 2012. Photo by Allison LeCain.

The Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX) is a weekend long annual music festival in Fort Collins run by FoCoMA, and this year marks the fifth time around.

FoCoMX features a wide variety of local bands and music types, including (but not limited to) reggae, Latin, metal, pop, blues, jazz, electronic and rock.

“I love FoCoMX because it really lets me experience what our city is all about,” said Bradley Vogel, a Fort Collins native. This year will mark the third year in a row Bradley has attended FoCoMX.

“I love seeing the city, and I love hearing the music in such a friendly space,” Vogel said. “It’s almost like I have a personal investment in all these bands because they’re homegrown. And I love witnessing their growth.”

The venues widely vary and are all over Old Town Fort Collins and the northern part of the city. From bars, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, FoCoMX has become a great way to get a good taste of local music in the truly unique setting of Fort Collins.

Sponsored by FoCoMA, the City of Fort Collins, the Bohemian Foundation, Odell Brewing Co., and many others, it truly is a great example of local sights and sound.

“I’ve been looking forward to the festival ever since I first heard about it. It sounds amazing,” said Sarah Julie. FoCoMX5 will be her first time going to the festival.

“I think it’s amazing how Fort Collins is so dedicated to music. This is an amazing opportunity for the bands and us fans alike,” Julie said.

FoCoMX5 accepts hundreds of volunteers every year, from working the door at venues, assisting with production or staging, helping with will-call and ticket stands, or even emceeing a stage. FoCoMX prides itself in allowing volunteers to help out, making it a great time for all.

FoCoMX5 is happening on the nights of April 19 and April 20. Wristbands can be purchased online at focomx.focoma.org for $20 through April 7. After that, they can be purchased online or at Rock ‘N’ Robin’s for $30. FoCoMX is for all ages, with only a few venues exclusively 18+ or 21+.

Everyday Explorations: CSU’s S. Arthur Johnson Hall

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Mar 282013
 

Author: Kelsey Contouris

Take a walk around Colorado State University’s famous Oval and you will see some of the oldest structures on campus. Each building has its own story, and like the books in the library, they preserve decades and decades of history. My most recent exploration took me to one of the more peculiar of such buildings: Johnson Hall.

Located on the southeast corner of the Oval, Johnson Hall was built in 1935 and originally housed the Student Union. Its namesake, S. Arthur Johnson, was the first Dean of Students and an entomology professor. The building is now home to several administrative offices and classrooms.

I had always been curious about Johnson Hall. Its architecture resembles few other buildings on campus – the rounded portions of the exterior, arching doorways and castle-like appearance makes it stand out from its Oval counterparts.

The south entrance of Johnson Hall

The south entrance of Johnson Hall

I first entered Johnson Hall from the south side, which is where signs direct students to go if they are looking for Room 222. I was greeted by a somewhat odd commons area. The scattered stone benches looked better suited for the outdoors, as did the roofed, window-like structure jutting out from the wall separating the commons and a small classroom.

The main focal point of the commons, however, is a sprawling timeline mural on the north wall that details the origins of CSU’s most significant buildings, from the humble Claim Building erected in 1874 to the Rocky Mountain Regional Bio-containment Lab constructed in 2007. I stopped for a while and studied the timeline, taking pictures of the plaques and peering into the university’s rich architectural history. I urge you to go take a look at it if you’re interested in when and why much of CSU was developed.

The Johnson Commons

The south commons area

While I was in the commons, I figured I might as well see what was so special about Room 222, considering the prominent signage outside and in. Unsure if a class was in session, I opened the door cautiously. Luckily, the room was empty. And dark. And massive – much more so than I had imagined. And, unlike most large lecture halls, it was flat. I shot the best photo I could considering the lack of light and went back out into the commons.

The end of the dark, creepy hallway

The end of the dark, creepy hallway

On the west side of the commons I saw a doorway leading to the restrooms. I entered it, and to my right was a long hallway so dark that I could barely make out the signs on the doors. Slightly creeped-out and armed with only the flash of my camera, I made my way through it. The hallway opened up into an area that looked like it had been untouched for years – light from the single window exposed dusty cabinets, while the opposite wall was littered with the remains of old posters. The hallway seemed to lead to a dead end – a random half-door atop a small set of stairs. Thoroughly confused and afraid of getting lost, I decided it was time to leave the dark hallway and see what I could find on the north side of the building.

Unsure of how to access the north side from the interior of Johnson Hall, I went outside and walked around the building. Upon going in and seeing doorways to several offices and hallways leading to classrooms, I felt more at ease. That changed, however, when I started to venture up the stairs.

The narrow, twisting stairway took me to the second floor, which opened up to an office-like space. Not wanting to confuse the guy at the desk with my tourist-like photography, I quickly left and continued up the stairs. The third floor had some restrooms and a door that led to a space overlooking the office-like area. Surprisingly though, the stairs kept going. I followed them until they led me to nothing but a mysterious door – cracked open, yet fitted with a heavy-duty lock. In hindsight, I wish I had tried to peer inside, but my uneasiness got the best of me again and I made my way back to the first floor.

The locked door at the top of the stairs

The locked door at the top of the stairs

Aside from somehow finding another entrance to Room 222, there was not much else to see in Johnson Hall. I’m sure there are more discoveries lurking in its dark rooms and passageways, but that is an exploration for another day (and a braver student). I look forward to venturing through more of CSU’s oldest buildings – especially Ammons Hall, considering the spooky rumors I’ve heard.

Maybe I’ll take a friend with me on that one.

CSU Bike Sharing Program

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Mar 272013
 

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe

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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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MAX Benefit: New transit system to ease congestion in Fort Collins

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Mar 272013
 

Author: Kelsey Contouris

Let’s face it – getting around Fort Collins can be a pain sometimes. Whether by foot, bike, car or bus, we are often subject to inclement weather, detours and the all-too-common traffic jam. With the city’s population continuing to grow, the traffic will only get worse based on our current infrastructure. To fight the problem, the city’s transportation system is undergoing a major change: the addition of the MAX Bus Rapid Transit service.

A rendering of the completed system provides a sneak peek at what will come to be known as the University station and the "gateway" to Colorado State's campus. Photo courtesy of Max Bus Rapid Transit.

A rendering of the completed system provides a sneak peek at what will come to be known as the University station and the “gateway” to Colorado State’s campus. Photo courtesy of Max Bus Rapid Transit.

Projected to be up and running by May 2014, the MAX transit system will connect North and South Fort Collins via the Mason Corridor, making the whole of the city more readily accessible to residents on either end.

According to the City of Fort Collins website, there will be 12 boarding stations and two transit centers: one just south of Harmony Road and one just north of Laporte Avenue. A total of six accordion-style buses will travel up and down the Mason Corridor, arriving at stops every 10 minutes or so. Passengers can pay at ticket kiosks before boarding buses, giving MAX the convenience of a light rail system. Buses will run Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to midnight.

The MAX system will also be integrated with Fort Collins’ regular bus service, Transfort, according to the website. Claire Thomas, the public relations coordinator for the City of Fort Collins, said Transfort will adopt some of the technology that will be used by MAX, such as real-time bus arrival information. Transfort may also change its routes slightly to accommodate the MAX stations, making it easier for passengers to travel east or west from stops.

“It will really up their game,” Thomas said.

Re-routing residents through CSU's campus, construction crews have blocked off a section of Prospect Rd. in between College Ave. and Centre Ave. The closure is scheduled to last until April 14. Photo by Natasha Leadem.

Re-routing residents through CSU’s campus, construction crews have blocked off a section of Prospect Rd. in between College Ave. and Centre Ave. The closure is scheduled to last until April 14. Photo by Natasha Leadem.

Having a new mass transportation system that spans the majority of the city will also be of particular benefit to the CSU community. In addition to stopping at Prospect Road and Laurel Street, buses will stop on campus at a University Avenue station, which will be larger than others.

“There will be a larger plaza area with a berm and some landscaping and a boulder-wall seating area,” Thomas said. “There [will be] many more bike racks than any other station.”

The MAX Transit project also gives Fort Collins the unique opportunity to update the midtown area along College Avenue. There exists the potential for new student housing farther south along the MAX route, according to Thomas.

“We have all these free development opportunities,” she said. “We hope that housing developers will see these opportunities.”

Students  living off campus are looking forward to having an easier way to commute to CSU and travel around Fort Collins.

As the ninth stop on the Max Transit route, the Drake station will be located near Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Animal Care Center. Photo courtesy of Max Bus Rapid Transit.

As the ninth stop on the Max Transit route, the Drake station will be located near Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Animal Care Center. Photo courtesy of Max Bus Rapid Transit.

“It would be perfect for transportation around here. I think it’s a good idea,” said Shawna Drewer, junior human dimensions and natural resources major.

With the MAX Transit route so close to campus, it’s a convenient ride for all students.

“I think it will present a lot more opportunity to live farther from campus,” said Amanda Guderjahn, junior business major. “I’ll probably use it a lot.”

Even on-campus students will experience the benefit. Freshman mathematics major Tristan Lee plans to live on campus again next year, and he said the MAX system will make it much easier to get around Fort Collins since he doesn’t drive a car.

“For going out with friends I think it would be a lot better because you could just walk across campus and take it,” Lee said.  “I’d really hate biking on College, so just being able to go right into Old Town would be nice.”

However, Lee would like to see MAX run later than its anticipated schedule.

“Lots of times when I go out with friends we end up going to a 24-hour place like IHOP,” he said. “So I guess for going out at night it wouldn’t really be the best thing.”

Visit fcgov.com/maxconstruction for weekly construction updates and more information about the MAX service.

Everyday Explorations: CSU’s William E. Morgan Library

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Mar 212013
 

Author: Kelsey Contouris

I still remember the first time I visited the Morgan Library – a vast, furniture-filled maze of bookshelves preserving decades of knowledge and history in one massive, modernized building. I was in awe. The wonder stayed with me each time I came back, venturing farther into the library’s depths and discovering more and more that it had to offer.

After being at CSU for more than a semester, I feel like I know the library fairly well. Maybe not every nook and cranny, but I’ve stumbled upon a number of tucked-away areas seemingly unknown to the rest of the student body – especially at 7:30 in the morning. Nonetheless, the Morgan Library continues to surprise me.

I recently decided to do some exploring on the south side of the library where the other main staircase is located. The first floor being no more than textbooks and reference materials, I walked up to the second floor to see what new treasures I could uncover.

In many of my library adventures, I’ve noticed that the best discoveries come from walking between the bookshelves rather than through the main walkways. Upon reaching the second floor, I decided to do just that. What I found on the far west wall were two large wooden sets of small drawers with a sign across the top that read, “Government Documents shelf list. Filed by call number.” Each drawer was full of index cards with information about the location of everything from government educational studies to military documents. What struck me was the age of the whole thing – the yellowed cards, the dated font, the slightly weathered drawers. It felt like peering into a grandparent’s personal file cabinet, except this information was probably much more important.

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A drawer from the government documents shelf list

Once I became bored of looking at the small cards, I made my way back to the staircase and went up to the third floor. It was there that I made perhaps my favorite library discovery yet.

If you’ve been to the south side of the third floor, you’re probably familiar with what many call the “furniture room.” The semicircular sofas and sleek coffee tables are enough to amaze anybody (and to attract a few tired students). A cozy cavern, yes, but my most recent explorations led me to something even better.

On the west side of the furniture room, just past the staircase, is room 302: the living room. I had never bothered to open either of the two doors before because from the outside the room doesn’t look much different from the rest of the space – just a bunch of furniture, yet most of it is red. The room’s real treasure is what you can’t see from the outside.

When I walked through the door, the first thing that struck me was the great view of the mountains. Then I turned around and saw the wall behind me – three large, oddly-shaped holes were carved out of it to provide seating. Two of them had tables and one was for lying down. I’d never seen anything like it.

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The three wall seats in the living room

I was suddenly really glad I had gone in the strange red room, and I immediately sat in one of the wall seats. The library being so deserted early in the morning, I felt like I was in a secret hideout.

However, no matter how isolated you feel on campus, somebody else is bound to know about your spot. After being in the room for just a few minutes, another girl came in and sat down in one of the wall seats. So much for a secret hideout. At least I can still say that I have a new favorite place in the library now.

For those of you who are not very familiar with the Morgan Library, it’s well worth exploring. In fact, any building on campus is worth exploring – even those you have no reason to visit. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been at CSU for several months or several years – you may be pleasantly surprised when you take some time to seek out the unfamiliar in this oh-so-familiar place.

Horses saved by Local Rescue

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Mar 132013
 

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe

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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.

Fort Collins Economic Outlook

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Mar 122013
 

Author: Lena Howland

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As jobs numbers increase and the unemployment rate decreases, the Fort Collins economy is looking up for the first time in several years.

With private companies hiring more and more people within the community, they are providing a boost to the local economy.

OtterBox, a locally owned and operated private company, has seen an increase of more than 3000% within the past few years. This points to a major sign that Fort Collins has entered the economic recovery due to more businesses adding more jobs.

According to the February national jobs report, 236,000 jobs have been added in the month of February alone and the unemployment rate has decreased from 7.9% to 7.7%.

CTV Sports: March 11th, 2013

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Mar 112013
 

Author: Andrew Rodriguez

Tonight on CTV Sports we take a look at the last home game for mens basketball. We then take a look at our fan of week, a Track and Field athlete, updates on pro sports, weather, and on the popular segment in case you missed it, we look at some crazy sports video.

Check out CTV Sports at ctv11.collegian.com to get updates on the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.