Harlem Shake: CSU Rams Edition

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Feb 202013
 

Author: Lena Howland

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The viral dancing trend hit the CSU campus on Wednesday afternoon.

Students of all majors came out to fill CSU’s plaza for 30 seconds of dancing and shaking.

The shake was pre-meditated by students who invited others to join via-Facebook.

UPDATED: Lory Student Center construction underway

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

[youtube]http://youtu.be/RlZLvZ3r9eg[/youtube]By Allison Sylte
CTV News

Producer’s Note:  This story is the first in a two-part series on the Lory Student Center renovations. CTV Reporter Bree Hottinger and Photojournalist Sean Korbitz contributed to the television story.

Behind the tall green fences and trailers that now line the west end of the Lory Student Center, a team of up to 30 construction workers have begun laying the foundation for the largest capital improvement project on campus in recent memory.

And once the summer is over, that team will expand to up to 300, who will work day and night to ensure that the $65 million project finishes both on time and on budget.

“It’s always unique to remodel a building while it’s being used,” said Bill Bialek, a CSU graduate and superintendent for Saunders Construction. “… It’s a challenge to be in the center of campus, and in an area that is so frequently used by students.”

Construction officially began during winter break, and so far, the crew has torn down the solarium and the west end of the south ballroom, as well as started to update the LSC’s over 50-year-old utility system.

This process has involved navigating equipment around an underground steam tunnel, slowly chipping away at the student center’s exterior with a more than $80,000 remote control jackhammer, removing the remnants of an old ice rink and carefully recycling as many bricks as possible to achieve the project’s desired sustainability rating.

In addition, the crew has meticulously tried to salvage all of the sculptures and alumni plaques from the stairwell leading to the LSC’s west entrance, as well as attempted to use as much signage as possible to ensure that students and staff members don’t accidentally enter the construction area.

Currently, the project is both on time and on budget, Bialek said.

“So far, we haven’t gotten any complaints,” Bialek said. “We’ve tried to be as low-impact as possible.”

But that didn’t mean that students returning from winter break weren’t jarred by yet another construction project on a campus where the sight of yellow tape and the sound of jackhammers is a familiar one.

“It’s horrible,” said Samantha Denard, a sophomore ethnic studies major. “I mean, we came here to come to Colorado State, [but] we go to Construction State.”

Since 2007, notable construction projects have included the Campus Recreation Center, Durell Center, the Behavioral Sciences building, Moby Arena, Rockwell Hall and the Computer Science building.

The $60 million of the LSC reconstruction project budget funded by bonds is the largest of any CSU project since 2007, according to a presentation found on the Facilities Management website.

The second most costly bonded project is the Lory Apartments, which will utilize bonds for the entirety of its $48 million budget.

University officials familiar with the bonds process were unavailable for comment by deadline.

The Lory Student Center renovation project will completely overhaul all 160,000 square feet of the facility, as well as add approximately 40,000 gross square feet. In April 2011, students approved a $70 student fee to help fund the project, which will not go into effect until fall 2015.

While the center is under construction, many of its services — including the Associated Student of CSU and the various campus advocacy offices — will be relocated to the MAC gym in the Campus Recreation Center.

“But I think all the people that are involved in the relocation, all the student services offices, diversity offices, ASCSU government… I think they are all ready to work together and make the space work because without this space, they would be dispersed across campus and maybe some of them off campus,” said Judy Muenchow, the executive director for Campus Recreation.

Take a look at collegian.com’s story relating to the move in May here.

CTV Multimedia Reporter Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com. Kirsten Swanson, Kari Pills, Sean Korbitz and Briana Hottinger contributed to this report.

UPDATED: Lory Student Center construction underway

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

[youtube]http://youtu.be/RlZLvZ3r9eg[/youtube]By Allison Sylte
CTV News

Producer’s Note:  This story is the first in a two-part series on the Lory Student Center renovations. CTV Reporter Bree Hottinger and Photojournalist Sean Korbitz contributed to the television story.

Behind the tall green fences and trailers that now line the west end of the Lory Student Center, a team of up to 30 construction workers have begun laying the foundation for the largest capital improvement project on campus in recent memory.

And once the summer is over, that team will expand to up to 300, who will work day and night to ensure that the $65 million project finishes both on time and on budget.

“It’s always unique to remodel a building while it’s being used,” said Bill Bialek, a CSU graduate and superintendent for Saunders Construction. “… It’s a challenge to be in the center of campus, and in an area that is so frequently used by students.”

Construction officially began during winter break, and so far, the crew has torn down the solarium and the west end of the south ballroom, as well as started to update the LSC’s over 50-year-old utility system.

This process has involved navigating equipment around an underground steam tunnel, slowly chipping away at the student center’s exterior with a more than $80,000 remote control jackhammer, removing the remnants of an old ice rink and carefully recycling as many bricks as possible to achieve the project’s desired sustainability rating.

In addition, the crew has meticulously tried to salvage all of the sculptures and alumni plaques from the stairwell leading to the LSC’s west entrance, as well as attempted to use as much signage as possible to ensure that students and staff members don’t accidentally enter the construction area.

Currently, the project is both on time and on budget, Bialek said.

“So far, we haven’t gotten any complaints,” Bialek said. “We’ve tried to be as low-impact as possible.”

But that didn’t mean that students returning from winter break weren’t jarred by yet another construction project on a campus where the sight of yellow tape and the sound of jackhammers is a familiar one.

“It’s horrible,” said Samantha Denard, a sophomore ethnic studies major. “I mean, we came here to come to Colorado State, [but] we go to Construction State.”

Since 2007, notable construction projects have included the Campus Recreation Center, Durell Center, the Behavioral Sciences building, Moby Arena, Rockwell Hall and the Computer Science building.

The $60 million of the LSC reconstruction project budget funded by bonds is the largest of any CSU project since 2007, according to a presentation found on the Facilities Management website.

The second most costly bonded project is the Lory Apartments, which will utilize bonds for the entirety of its $48 million budget.

University officials familiar with the bonds process were unavailable for comment by deadline.

The Lory Student Center renovation project will completely overhaul all 160,000 square feet of the facility, as well as add approximately 40,000 gross square feet. In April 2011, students approved a $70 student fee to help fund the project, which will not go into effect until fall 2015.

While the center is under construction, many of its services — including the Associated Student of CSU and the various campus advocacy offices — will be relocated to the MAC gym in the Campus Recreation Center.

“But I think all the people that are involved in the relocation, all the student services offices, diversity offices, ASCSU government… I think they are all ready to work together and make the space work because without this space, they would be dispersed across campus and maybe some of them off campus,” said Judy Muenchow, the executive director for Campus Recreation.

Take a look at collegian.com’s story relating to the move in May here.

CTV Multimedia Reporter Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com. Kirsten Swanson, Kari Pills, Sean Korbitz and Briana Hottinger contributed to this report.

Best of CSU: Hungry students flock to Spoons

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Nov 032012
 

Author: Jack Krause

The Spoons located in Lory Student Center. Photo by Khristian Gilham

It’s been a long day of classes and you’re starving. Where do you go? What do you eat? The walk to the dorms is too long and arduous. Suddenly it begins to rain. There is a place that will cater to your exact needs.

Walk into the Lory Student Center food court, and you’ll see the Valhalla to your hungry stomach: Spoons. Spoons is a soup and salad express restaurant that offers an expansive list of food goods that your taste buds will thank you for.

Manager Rebecca Carleson said that one of the reasons she thinks Spoons won Best of CSU is the delicious food.

“The quality of it is chef made,”  Carleson said. “It’s excellent soup, excellent salads and sandwiches.”

Carleson said the quick speed and friendly customer service also helps them be the best place on campus to eat.

“The line looks intimidating, but usually you’re through it in five to ten minutes at most,” Carleson said. “We try to really focus mainly on costumer service, and then speed and quality kind of follow after that, but we feel like that if you’re nice to people, and give 100 percent of your costumer service, they will keep coming back.”

Spoons seems to have a majority of positive opinions from CSU students. Many students, when asked, would pick Spoons over the other food court options and even the dining halls.

“[I like eating at Spoons] because it’s really good and a friendly environment,” CSU freshman Autumn Shaklee said. “The people there are really nice.”

A great place to eat, and a great place to relax, Spoons has taken the student population by storm and earned its title as the best place to eat on campus. The green chile soup and the Caesar salad seems to be everyone’s recommendation, so go ahead and get yourself stuffed with some amazing food served by some of the nicest people.

 

Where’s my fix? Campus coffee shop guide

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Aug 262012
 

Author: Logan Martinez

Ever walked up to Sweet Sinsations or Morgan’s Grind on campus and wish there was somewhere else you could grab your cup ‘o’ joe? Well there is! Here is your guide to coffee shops on campus.

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