All-league Laird wins

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May 022002
Authors: Joelle Milholm

Following an individual title on Wednesday at the Mountain West Conference Men’s Golf Championship in Sun River, Ore., CSU sophomore golfer Martin Laird was named to the MWC All-Conference Team.

He finished two under par and two strokes above his competition. Laird headed into the second day trailing San Diego State sophomore Mark Warman, but shot two under after four birdies on his last nine holes to come out with the victory.

“I came off a great tournament at BYU, and I am glad I played well,” said Laird, who tied for sixth at BYU, helping CSU to a first place finish last month.

Originally from Bearsden, Scotland, Laird has a history of success. He won multiple awards while attending Bearsden Academy and most notably was a member of the school’s champion Scottish golf team his senior year.

“Martin is a very talented golfer. He has played (Sun River) before and played in conditions he likes. Being from Scotland, he is used to the wind and it suited his game well,” said CSU Head Coach Jamie Bermel. UNLV won the crown, but CSU played well and finished sixth. After finishing eighth in the first round, the Rams finished strong and now await word on a seventh consecutive invitation to the NCAA West Regionals.

“We got off to a slow start, but we came back and played well in the last two rounds,” Bermel said.

If the Rams get accepted to Regionals, they will compete May 16-18 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The CSU women’s golf team, along with BYU and New Mexico, will represent the MWC in the 2002 NCAA West Regionals May 9-11 in Stanford, Calif.

This will be the second consecutive year CSU will attend Regionals under the tutelage of second year head coach Megan Menzel.

The Rams, who finished 15th last year and hope to do even better this year, are led by red hot freshman MWC champion Lynette Duran.

The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regions will then go on to play in the NCAA golf championship May 21-24. n

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The final of all finals … and it won’t take you the full two hours

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May 022002

I’m not a teacher.Never been one, don’t ever plan on being one, and I envy them in only one way: they give out tests.

Next week being finals and all, it’s our professors’ time to shine as they challenge you to keep your grade where it stands. Personally, my grades always seem to hinder on finals, which means how the professor constructs the test is key to my GPA.

If only I made up tests, all my students would see their final as the highest grade all semester. It wouldn’t be cumulative, it wouldn’t be an essay, and it would never take up the two hours of allotted time. With me, it would be 15 minutes of multiple guess and then “Have a nice summer.”

So, because I see this as the only chance I’ll ever encounter to issue a test, I’m taking advantage. In fact, don’t even call this a test; haven’t you always thought “quiz” sounded much nicer? So humor me in my column finale and take this quiz.

And here are some hints (which real professors never give, those bastards): if there’s an “all of the above” option, that’s the answer; some might not have a correct answer; and, it will more likely be true than false. Good luck.

1. True or false: You’re reading this when you should be paying attention to a review session.

2. The Nuggets last made the playoffs in:

a) 1994.

b) They’re in it this year.

c) They’ve made the playoffs before?

3. CSU’s football team has a Heisman Trophy candidate in:

a) Bradlee Van Pelt.

b) Justin Holland.

c) BVP and Holland cloned into one quarterback.

4. CSU women’s basketball head coach Tom Collen should have stayed here because:

a) The team loses only one senior, meaning next year could be the best team ever.

b) He realistically could have brought home CSU’s first national title.

c) His team has cute players.

d) All of the above.

5. Who is Zach Schmitz?

a) The chubby redhead who kicked field goals at football games and rolled dice at basketball games.

b) Some kid who lives his athletic dream through intramurals because after four years of sports in high school, he wasn’t good enough to play anything at CSU.

c) Some kid who bugged me all year to get his name in the paper.

d) All of the above.

6. The Colorado Avalanche can only win when scoring the first goal because:

a) They’re better defensively than offensively.

b) They quit once they’re behind.

c) Who the hell knows?! They’ve got Peter Forsberg and Milan Heduk back on the ice for crying out loud! They should score at will!

7. Why don’t students ever fill up their section of Hughes Stadium?

a) They drink too much in the parking lot and forget there’s a game.

b) They drink too much in the parking lot, then spend the whole game at the $5-a-cup beer stands

c) They’re hungover from the night before.

d) All of the above.

8. Better things you could do next week other than study:

a) See in person the best baseball you’ll ever see the Colorado Rockies play.

b) Sleep.

c) See in person the first. Rockies manager with a winning record, before it dips below .500

d) Sleep a lot.

9. Who will CSU’s starting quarterback be next year?

a) D.J. Busch.

b) Steve Cutlip.

c) Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass.

10. True or false: This was the easiest quiz you’ve ever taken, and I’d be a great teacher.

Have a nice summer.

Jon is a junior journalism major who will be the Collegian sports editor this fall.

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University a place of debate, differences

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May 022002
Authors: Linda Kuk

Throughout our history, American universities have been, and hopefully will continue to be, one of the major forums for social discourse about ideas and viewpoints. Freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry are at the core of our common university values.

Ideas, images, symbols and notions come in all forms, popular and unpopular, intelligent and stupid, magnificent and absurd, sacred and truly repulsive. But what is really important within our way of life is that they have the freedom to be expressed, to be critiqued and to be valued or not.

Believing this is often easier than practicing it. We all say we uphold the First Amendment and that we believe in the right of free speech until it is our ideas, our beliefs and/or our notions that have been offended, violated or silenced. It is not easy to stand by and permit what we fundamentally disagree with to be aired or publicly expressed without wanting to condemn or prevent it from being displayed.

However, as members of the university community, we have an obligation to ensure that we continue to protect the legacy of our university as a safe place for expression. In order to do this we may have to guard against our natural tendencies to not want to hear or understand that which we disagree with or that which violates our own personal beliefs, tastes or moral values.

Clearly, we also have an obligation to ensure that this right of expression does not disrupt or harm the safety of the greater community or that it does not disrupt the normal course of learning and work. Here at CSU, we do have sound policies and practices in place to assist with this, and we can set limits on the time, place and manner in which expression can occur. We also have a responsibility to provide care and assistance to those who are disturbed, distraught or angered by the fact that certain speech, ideas or expression is being presented. Referrals to services and support continue to be made to staff and faculty with expertise in counseling and support services.

At the same time, we have a commitment to help others understand that, despite their personal discomfort or disagreement with the expression that is being presented, the presenter(s) have a right to their ideas and to have a public forum for expression. We need to do our best to understand that the best way to counter disagreeable expression is through active engagement in debate, critique and dialogue.

Thank you to all of the members of our university community who, throughout this emotionally challenging year, have worked to engage our campus community in dialogue about civility, citizenship and community building.

Linda Kuk is the vice president for student affairs at CSU.

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Events make 2002 unique

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May 022002

Looking back on the past year here at CSU, so much has struck me as special and unique about this place so many of us call home.

In honor of all that has happened this last year, I want to share with you all what I believe to be the top five events of the last year here at CSU.

5. Spring Break and Christmas Break

Simple explanation here – school has breaks, work doesn’t. Enjoy it while you can.

4. CSU Women’s Sports Program

Let’s face it guys – the women rock. Nationally ranked volleyball and basketball teams, superb athletes, NCAA tournament appearances – what more could we ask for.

I remember when I was growing up in Fort Collins and the women’s sports program could more accurately be described as a sideshow, as opposed to “The Show.”A/ Now I go to more women’s games than men’s. Great job ladies!

3. The New Orleans Bowl

Ok, ok, I admit it. North Texas did kind of suck. We kind of kicked their butts and it wasn’t really a test for our Rams.

I feel it is only fair to consider the whole picture. We haven’t missed a bowl bid since I was a freshman – Sonny’s got the team on a roll and they are generating good press for CSU. Also, it’s “The Big Easy,” New Orleans, southern culture and hospitality at it’s best.

The van ride was long, the air inside was smelly and I won’t be going back to New Orleans anytime soon. That said, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

2. Up ’til Dawn

Huh?A/ What’s that?

Up ’til Dawn is a student organization here on campus that works to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. I am so proud of this organization and what they have done for the hospital and for our community.

This group of students provides the structure for teams of students to get together and raise money for St. Jude. Last year, their inaugural year, the organization raised over $30,000 for the hospital. This year, that number went up over $40,000.

In two years, CSU students have helped raise over $70,000 for an organization that is nothing short of amazing in their commitment to children with cancer, their families and the valuable medical research that keeps our nations children healthy.

Simply awesome.

1. 9/11/01

I have never in my life witnessed an event so tragic, nor has my heart felt so proud about the nation we live in and the people around us.

After 9/11, CSU came together in a manner I have never seen before. I saw the true strength, compassion and caring present in our student body that most students hide inside during normal times.

The past year has been anything but normal. It has shown me that I have never been prouder to be a member of the CSU and Fort Collins community.

September 11th hopefully taught us a lesson we will never forget. We are very blessed to be Americans, Coloradans, Fort Collins residents and Rams.

Let’s not forget that fact.


Scott Wilkinson is a senior majoring in civil engineering.

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Editor proud of her ‘miracle’

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May 022002

One hundred and ten years ago, a few dedicated people began what would become the oldest student newspaper in Colorado. The monthly newspaper with a staff of less than ten people has become the only daily student paper in the state with a staff of 130 people.

From a reporter’s first phone call and every new ad designed, The Rocky Mountain Collegian is an evolving institution that re-creates itself everyday, a job we affectionately dub our “daily miracle;” a miracle that could not exist without the time, talent and dedication of every individual’s contribution.

To most of you reading this, The Collegian is a simple college newspaper. But to these dedicated staffers the Collegian is more: it’s a training opportunity for the real world, a creative outlet, and, for a few of us exceptionally crazy ones, a way of life.

While the only thing lower than their G.P.A.’s was their salary, these people put their time into something that I never could have paid them enough for.

This year, Collegian staffers were expected to help write history and not only stood up to the challenge but excelled in a way this paper never has before.

The newsroom staff this year was, on the whole, younger than it has been in the past. Rookie reporters, photographers and page designers were all expected to step to fill the shoes of their predecessors immediately /_” and they did, without any problems and surpassing expectations.

Yes, there were bumps along the road this year. We made mistakes, but we learned, we improved and we excelled.

I want to thank each and every single Collegian staffer who helped make this “miracle” everyday. Thanks to the advertising and production staff. Without their work, we would never be able to have a daily paper. Thanks to the reporters and columnists who provide the content you read everyday. Thanks to the photographers who make the paper fun to look at. Thanks to the page designers and copy editors who, into the wee hours of the night, take all that we throw at them and somehow manage to produce a well-designed newspaper.

I would also like to give special thanks to the editors of the paper who are the backbone of what you see everyday.

Zeb Carabello, my right-hand man, an amazing writer, who’s always cool, calm and collected even when the world seems to be falling apart.

Becky Waddingham, a news hound to her core, who has brought her talent to all areas of the paper with her countless hours of hard work.

Nicole Weiss, a true sports fan, who can do anything she sets her mind to.

Josh Hardin, who, with all of his talents, could single-handedly produce his own publication.

Ashley Schlesinger, who was entrusted with one of the most important jobs- training a new league of Collegianites.

Lisa Freeland, an amazing designer with an eye for style and keen knowledge of entertainment.

Jessica Hyland, the queen of multi-tasking and planning ahead of time who helped create a new Collegian section.

Wendy Livingston, whose calm and quiet personality pushed the graphics desk ahead.

Annie Greengrass, an amazing photographer, manager and person.

Kate Hunley, whose patience and desire to make the paper better has kept her here more late nights than I can ever imagine.

Bud Hunt, whose passion for journalism has challenged him hold the gamut of Collegian jobs, all of which he has excelled in.

Ben Koerselman, my successor, who will push this paper to heights I could never imagined.

Also, a special thanks to Jeff Browne, our amazing adviser, who has provided immeasurable moral support and kept us from being sued on more times than we could count.

While this newspaper existed 109 years before we took over, and will continue long after we graduate, this staff of The Rocky Mountain Collegian has made history in every sense of the word. I sincerely hope that all of you will look back on your college days with fond thoughts for your time at the Collegian. I know that I certainly will have them for this newspaper and for all of you.

Thank you.

Maria Sanchez-Traynor was the 2001-2002 editor in chief of the Collegian.

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Hardin doesn’t keep journal, uses paper instead

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May 022002

In my senior year of high school, I used to write regularly in a journal.

It was a requirement of my composition teacher, Mr. Black, whom I still admire to this day. He said it would give you something to look back on in the future when you forgot what it was like to be young.

Now that I’m in my senior year of college, I don’t write in a journal anymore, at least in the same sense. My journal has now grown into a dusty stack of newspapers that I have contributed to in the past few years.

As I looked through this year’s stack, I saw the things I have done, and I finally realized how much I have changed, and how much the world has changed, all in one unprecedented year.

I wrote about last summer’s sexual assaults and an arrest that shocked the community. I interviewed family members of the Big Thompson Flood near my hometown as they remembered their lost loved ones at a memorial. I talked to Arab community members who wanted justice for Palestine and Jewish people who wanted the Holocaust to never be forgotten. I talked to our Congressman the day he decided to resign from the House of Representatives.

I took pictures of the president of our country on the same day the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Salt Lake City began. I chased wildfires, had a wolf kiss me on the face and ate sushi for the first time.

I witnessed a melee in downtown Denver when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup and was on the floor of Moby when the women’s basketball team secured a Mountain West championship.

I was seduced by the neon lights of Las Vegas.

Just like everyone else, I’ll never forget where I was the day I heard the most awful news of the year. It was both the best and worst day to be a reporter. I’m still trying to make sense of it, sometimes I still cry when I think of all the images I saw from that day. At the same time, I have never more proud to be an American.

Maybe other people aren’t as lucky to have the same printed record of their lives as I do. Not long ago, one of the only things I wanted was a newspaper column and the chance to take a photo or write a big story now and then. I never thought it would be like this.

Maybe, like some of my fellow staffers at the Collegian, I look back now and I wonder: was it worth it? Were these newspapers worth the long hours I worked? Was my lifestyle of living under a constant string of deadlines worth losing some of my best friendships?

I still don’t know. I’m probably too young to be second-guessing the choices I’ve made already, but last year seams like it was another life away. I guess I’ll have one final semester to try to figure things out.

Thank you, Mr. Black, and thank you to all of my readers throughout this year. I hope I have made you think about the events in your lives in a different way. I’ve enjoyed all of your responses and I look forward to talking about more news, politics, sports and life with you next fall. Good luck on your finals.

Josh Hardin is a senior majoring in technical journalism.

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Midtown: punk with a platform

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May 012002
Authors: Rachel Spannuth

Who knew Jersey could sound like this?

Midtown, from New Brunswick, N.J., is a foursome that has grabbed onto the power-pop and punk genre that has captured the ears of people around the nation.

Forming in 1998 while the members were attending Rutgers University, they put out their debut album on their own until being picked up by Drive-Thru Records. The band consists of Gabe Saporta, on vocals and bass, Tyler Rann and Heath Saraceno, on guitars and vocals and Rob Hilt, on drums.

The group’s sophomore effort, “Living Well is the Best Revenge,” has a melodic punk formula sound, making it bouncy and catchy.

“Still Trying” is a bouncy breakup song that uses distorted vocals and powerful chants to make it one of the catchiest songs on the album.

While the band has a fun sound, they feel that they can use music as a platform to get more important ideas across to their listeners.

“”I’ve always seen music as a vehicle to help express ideas,” Saporta said on the groups Web site. “Animal rights are something that we’ve all felt adamant about since day one. If having literature at our shows or information in our CD booklet can help expose new people to these ideas, then we’ve accomplished something positive.”

While the album is nothing drastically different from any other band in their genre, it is still a fun one and will catch on for many people that hear it.

Midtown is currently on tour with Blink-182, quite possibly the greatest sign of their quick rise to success. The quick turnaround from being a small college band playing to a handful of people to playing to thousands of people nationwide in a matter of a few years is something that is very rare.

Midtown has charisma and the attitude that has allowed them to develop into a popular new band in the popular punk world. While it may not be worth paying $30 or more to see them live, their album is one that lifts the spirits of the listener. n

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Local legends make ‘Closed’ a must-have

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May 012002
Authors: Rachel Spannuth

A scratchy voice and the twang of guitars start out Drag the River’s latest album, “Closed.”

The majority of their songs are about something that many people living in a college town may consider a major part of their lives: alcohol.

The mainly Fort Collins-based band features two local legends: Chad Price, the lead singer of All, and Jon Snodgrass, from Armchair Martian, as the vocalists and guitarists. The rest of the band consists of Zach Boddicker on electric guitars, J.J. Nobody, of the Colorado Springs punk bands The Nobodys and J.J. Nobody and the Regulars, on bass and Paul Rucker on drums.

While many punk bands turn to emo-core as their escape from the driving beats of their genre, Drag the River creates a unique version of southern rock that anyone can enjoy. While the songs are tinged with hints of heartbreak and nights of too much drinking, it leaves the listener with a warm feeling that is very different from that of depression that emo tends to bring.

“Calloused Heart #2,” one of the best tracks on the album, has the bitterness one would expect from the title, yet the amazing guitars and harmonizing vocals make it a song even the happiest person can enjoy.

The second track on the album, “Medicine,” is one of the more developed and beautiful songs.

Throughout the album, the vocals are full and refreshing. The combined vocals of Price and Snodgrass make one yearn for the next song to wash over them. This is quite possibly the best album to come out of the state in a while.

All in all, the album is something different, something amazing. It definitely brings a rounded-out quality to the local music scene. If you haven’t yet heard it, pick up a copy. It’s one of those albums that should be in everyone’s music collection. n

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‘Monsoon Wedding’ a beautiful serenade

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May 012002
Authors: Eric Patton

A foreign group of moviemakers have associated themselves with American-based film companies and the collaboration has brought a gem to the American screen. I have, after a slew of bombs from the big studio production companies, lost faith in Big Hollywood and have grown more faithful to the independent and foreign film world. There is more passion and more heart put into an independent piece that isn’t just chasing the almighty dollar but actually has a story to tell.

The story begins with a Hindu family preparing for their daughter’s wedding. We learn the marriage is an arrangement made with the family of a Houston businessman of Indian descent. As the bride-to-be is consoled by an unmarried but older cousin, she is torn between the man she loves and her family’s request. She figures that the man she loves, who is married, will never leave his wife so she might as well satisfy her family’s request and marry the businessman. But as the days to the wedding tick down in the middle of the monsoon season, tension arises and we are never sure if this wedding that is costing the father of the bride will even happen.

The entire movie is a beautiful serenade through the Hindu culture. Through their music and their language we are swept away into a culture that is rarely looked at, yet is very warm and welcoming. The array of characters is a delight. The hired wedding planner, Dubey, is an odd and amusing character that will make you laugh with his antics of trying to win the heart of a maid. The young boy of the film keeps more turmoil among the family but it is more humorous than dramatic. The actors have risen up to the challenge of entertaining a critical American audience and they have succeeded. Even the characters that we grow to hate (like an uncle with a horrible craving or an unfaithful and conniving husband) are still very well-acted. Just about everything about this film is light-hearted and intended to let the audience have a good time.

This film is full of drama, comedy and fun. The events leading to a Hindu wedding are fascinating and the people of this culture are a very optimistic and entertaining group. The family is something that Americans should admire. Above everything in their lives, their family comes first, a loyalty that many American families lack. It was refreshing to see what a family would do to keep all members happy. The script, a mixture of English and Hindu with subtitles, will keep you interested and smiling from the moment you finally understand what they are saying to the final rainstorm, which is the close.

I have only give two A’s so far this semester and this movie receives my third. I give this an A- for its exquisite portrayal of a loving, close-nit family and for taking me on an unforgettable tour of the Hindu culture. Even if you don’t enjoy foreign films, you should really love this picture. n

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‘Life’ and something like we’ve seen before

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May 012002
Authors: Eric Patton

Carpe Diem. Seize the Day. Live life to the fullest. Live each day like it’s your last. Don’t have any regrets. Choose love over money. These are all morals that we have seen over the years emerge from Hollywood movies and the new movie “Life or Something Like It” has made an amalgam of all of these morals. We’ve seen it before, so is there any reason to see it again?

With her new Marilyn Monroe makeover, “Girl Interrupted” star Angelina Jolie plays Laine Kerrigan, an ambitious news reporter desperately trying to become the best in her field. She is a Mercedes-driving, Versace-wearing egocentric woman that is packed into a cute little shell that is better to look at than listen to. And, of course, like all rich and successful people in the movies, this character is somehow unknowingly unsatisfied. It isn’t until she hears a prophet predict her upcoming death that she decides she must find out how she can improve her life to make herself actually happy. She then goes on her way trying to discover the definition of all the things taken for granted in this world, the whole while trying to save a life that she has tried so hard to build. But is that life right for her?

The stars’ power is charming enough and bubbles with enough chemistry that they transcend the cliches and tackiness of the script. Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns (“She’s the One”) have yet to fail to deliver in a given role. They are both very solid actors who can take even this very familiar story line and make it appear fresh. The main feature in the supporting cast is Tony Shalhoub who is best known for his TV role on “Wings” as Antonio. He plays the street prophet in this film. He is an actor with versatility and range, which has been proven from his roles as a small time Arab taxi driver to a New York City police officer and now to a homeless savant.

Who else reinforces this supporting cast? Well, how about Rizzo! Yes, Stockard Channing, who is best known for her role as the tough feminist Rizzo in “Grease” appears as just another superficial and materialistic news personality but reaches out from this stereotypical character, just like the entire cast does with their characters. They comfort the audience with an embrace that is oddly and almost disturbingly enjoyable.

This picture is a mixed bag. It has funny lines, it has cheesy lines, it has romantic lines, and it has lines that just shouldn’t be in film. But it could definitely be seen as a fun, uplifting film that could make you feel a little better about fate. So why should we see a movie with the same message that we’ve seen in other movies?

Because sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that happiness in life most often comes from unexpected places and that we need to really live this life we are given. If it is simply that message you want to get and don’t want to see a new product of Hollywood, then rent “Dead Poets Society.” But if you want the same old moral in a new package, then go see this film despite the C+ rating I give it. n

Suggestions with Angelina Jolie: “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Pushing Tin,” “Playing By Heart,” “Girl Interrupted,” “Bone Collector,” “Gia,” “Hackers.”

Suggestions with Edward Burns: “She’s the One,” “15 Minutes,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “No Looking Back,” “The Brothers McMullen.”

Suggestions with Tony Shalhoub: “The Siege,” “A Life Less Ordinary,” “Quick Change,” “Big Night,” “Men In Black,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There.”

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