Freakish Fall Fasions

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Oct 302002
Authors: Dominic Weilminster

Walk in and you will be surrounded by faces without skulls, hair without scalps and skeletons without skin. Its close confines are home to an eclectic collection of the latest in fall fashions.

“Cloaks are really popular this year,” said Shirley Aydelotte, an employee at Life of the Party, Fort Collins’ most popular costume shop.

And why not accompany that cloak with a sophisticated pair of Harry Potter glasses or a beautifully cast Lord of the Rings ring?

“Actually, Austin Powers is also quite popular this year,” Aydelotte said.

It looks like there is something for everyone this fall, the intellectual types and the swingers. In fact, for the more rugged, unshaven, outdoor personality, Life of the Party even supplies a werewolf option.

“The more traditional figures, like Frankenstein and werewolves are always popular,” Aydelotte said.

Indeed, the oddities of October are rearing their made-up faces with the arrival of Halloween and, in Fort Collins, Life of the Party ushers in the season of playing dress-up.

Life of the Party, locally owned by Pat Talley, was originally a toy store owned by Talley’s father before it was converted completely into a costume and gag-gift shop.

Around Halloween, customers will find the store packed with costumes and consumers half-dressed in possible disguises. Among the bustle between the crowded aisles of hats, wigs and oversized beer-bottle costumes are the store’s employees cleverly camouflaged and dressed as anything their imagination comes up with.

“The people who work here are encouraged to dress up,” Aydelotte said.

Despite the people at the store, however, the real entertainment comes in trying out their many costumes. An aspiring trick-or-treater can choose from any number of costumes from more traditional, angels, princesses, G.I. Joes and pirates to more elaborate costumes like human beer bottles or Popeye.

“I think the most extensive costume we have this year is the Popeye suit,” Aydelotte said. “It comes with a full-head mask, the clothes and the big, pumped-up arms.”

Down to the finest detail, an ambitious costume designer can pull out all the stops.

“We have fake I.D. cards with movie stars and other figures on them; we have all types of fake jewelry; and, of course we have fake money,” Aydelotte said. “One million dollar bills usually go for around 50 cents.”

Perhaps the best costumes, not to mention the cheapest, are not pre-fabricated. Even just a wig can go a long way.

From being a hair-rocker and showing your appreciation of music history to becoming a hairy cross-dresser revealing your sensitive side, imagination often will make the best impression. Besides, you can pay tribute to those things you really love at only the cost of one night’s humiliation.

Of course, if one night does not do your costume justice, there are other times for costumes throughout the year.

“We actually sell a lot of costumes around Christmas and Easter for Santa and the Easter bunny,” Aydelotte said. “Also, there are a number of private events throughout the year that come up.”

Even if it is just once a year, it gives us all the more reason to let loose our inhibitions and live the dream… to make a complete ass of ourselves and still fit right in.

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Heavy, dark music misunderstood

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Oct 302002
Authors: Paul Franco

Heavy and dark music, since its inception by Black Sabbath, has forever been getting a bad rap.

Maybe it’s the ear splitting guitars, the screamed vocals or the pounding drums that is the cause of this. No one wants to see his or her kids go deaf from listening to music, and certainly heavy and dark music is usually louder than the music found on pop radio.

But is it just the decibel level that gets so many people worked up about the darker side of music? Obviously, this isn’t the only reason, or even a valid reason for condemning dark music. A kid can just as easily go deaf listening to Avril Lavigne as they can to Pantera. It’s simply a matter of volume control. Where, then, does dark music get its bad reputation?

Social conservatives often attack dark music because it represents a threat to normal, accepted values. For instance, Marilyn Manson attacks what he sees as the dogmatic structure of the Christian religion and the sway it holds in society. He does so in a very outlandish manner by declaring himself the Antichrist, dressing up in risqu/ costumes and making loud music.

As long as Manson’s music is out there it offers an alternative viewpoint to accepted values, in this case Christian values. Some people view this as a threat, so in turn they attack the music and the performer. These attacks often involve labeling the music and the performer as immoral, weird and even evil. And, obviously parents don’t want their kids listening to an evil person because it will be a bad influence.

It isn’t only for this reason that dark music has gotten a bad rap over the years. It just so happens that sometimes a listener of dark music will be an unstable person who commits some sort of horrendous crime. It is easy for a social conservative, who wants to see his or her values stay intact, to blame the music for the crime. It might be said that certain tendencies found in the music, such as violence, suicide, and hate, pushed the unstable person over the edge and ultimately contributed to the commitment of the crime.

What is often neglected in these cases is that both the unstable person and those blaming the music for the crime take the lyrics and message of the music out of context.

Often, dark music appears to have violent and hateful sentiments, but upon closer examination these sentiments may be dismissed, used as a metaphor or totally misread. And most of the time the critics of dark music forget to mention the cases where people have found hope and release in this music. To be fair, these cases happen just as often, if not more than the cases the critics use to make their points.

Dark music presents itself in a way that is much different from mainstream music. The members of Slipknot wear gory, and some might say, graphic costumes. Mushroomhead and Mudvayne perform in gruesome get-ups. Maynard James Keenan of Tool sometimes performs with his face painted while wearing women’s underwear. One can look at these costumes as simply shock tactics used to incite the crowd, or as a means of valuable artistic expression. Perhaps, as is the case with Slipknot, the bands wear these costumes to protect their private lives and keep the music simply about the music and not about looks. (This last point is debatable.)

The critics focus simply on the violence or strangeness of the costumes, believing they represent immoral values. This, as has been shown, is not as cut and dry as they would like it to be.

Critics also latch onto the images the band presents on their merchandise. Slayer’s last album featured a bleeding bible with nails through it. For most, this is a shocking image indeed, but one that embodies the philosophy of Slayer that rejects the values of Christianity. These images are not just there for shock value as many critics contest, but also to make a statement.

Dark music has long been misunderstood. The heaviness of the music certainly contributes to this fact, but also the ignorance of the critics who listen to it. They simply take the actions and lyrics of dark bands at face value and don’t attempt to see the artistic validity behind such music. This has led to Ozzy Osbourne being blamed for suicides, to Pantera being mistaken for racists, to Marilyn Manson being blamed for the Columbine tragedy. All these assertions are made without knowledge of the music.

Dark music is here to stay. It provides many people with a safe outlet to challenge and analyze the traditional standards of a society. Dark music, being turned off by said standards looks elsewhere for its inspiration. This inspiration is found in the darker side of life that manifests itself in ways that seem strange and threatening to the mainstream.

Dark music and the lifestyles that go along with it (i.e. the gothic) don’t deserve the bad rap they get. Perhaps a better target for critics would be mainstream music, but that’s another article.

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Day of the dead: a celebration of deceased friends and family

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Oct 302002
Authors: Alicia Leonardi

After the trick or treating is over, the traditional Mexican celebration of Dia

de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will just be swinging into full force.

According to traditional Mexican culture, Nov. 1 and 2 are days

to be with, and celebrate the lives of friends and relatives who have died

within the past year.

El Centro Student Services is celebrating the Day of the Dead from noon to 1:30

p.m. on campus in their office, located in room 178 of the Lory Student Center.

Everyone is welcome at their cultural awareness celebration, which features a

traditional celebratory alter as well as the informative video “La Ofrenda”.

Many of the Mexican American students on campus plan to celebrate Day of the Dead in addition to the traditional American holiday of Halloween.

“Being here in the U.S. there is an obvious Halloween influence, but we always

recognized Dia de los Muertos in my family,” sophomore political science major

Manuel Escobar said. “At home we would build altars remembering our families.”

Traditional Mexican celebrations involve a feast in the early morning of Nov. 2,

a family meal serving traditional food such as the pan de muerto (bread of the

dead), and gifts of sugar skulls or other tokens with a death related theme.

“Some may look at it as being morbid and say ‘The dead are dead, let

them go,'” said Manny Trevino, a CASAE adjunct instructor. “But it is important to

see how Mexican people represent themselves from someplace besides the media,

which totally distorts our cultures and traditions.”

In Mexican culture, it is important to know where the dead are buried and care

for them because while the dead are no longer physically present, they are

believed to still have a spiritual presence in the lives of the living.

Day of the Dead is a celebration born hundreds of years ago, when the indigenous cultures of Mexico merged with Spanish Catholicism.

Celebration of Day of the Dead among Mexican American’s is more prevalent the closer the families are to Mexico, both geographically and chronologically, as it

pertains to immigration.

“It was not a tradition in my family growing up since we have been here for

generations,” said Pancho McFarland, a CASAE adjunct instructor.

Generally speaking, observance of Day of the Dead is more prevalent in the

Southern states because they are closer to Mexico and more prevalent in families

that immigrated more recently because they are more attuned to Mexican culture.

Trevino believes families from Mexico tend to trade their traditions for more

Americanized ones because of pressure from white culture. “A lot of

celebrations die off because to be successful here you have to be like the

dominant society.” Trevino said.

Even though Mexican American’s who have been in the United States for generations may not practice traditions on a regular basis, new waves of immigration will prevent the Mexican culture from ever completely dying out in America.

“As long as our society is proletariat, we are going to have people coming in

from Mexico, and they are going to bring their culture with them,” Trevino said.

In large Mexican cities such as Oaxaca, Day of the Dead is an all-out festival.

“In parts of Mexico where it is still traditional it is a total week of

celebration,” Trevino said. “It looks like a Mardi Gras.”

* 1/2-cup butter

* 1/2-cup milk

* 1/2-cup water

* 5 to 5-1/2 cups flour

* 2 packages dry yeast

* 1-teaspoon salt

* 1-tablespoon whole anise seed

* 1/2-cup sugar

* 4 eggs

In a saucepan over medium flame, heat the butter, milk and water until very warm

but not boiling.

Meanwhile, measure out 1-1/2 cups flour and set the rest aside. In a large

mixing bowl, combine the 1-1/2 cups flour, yeast, salt, anise seed and sugar.

Beat in the warm liquid until well combined. Add the eggs and beat in another 1

cup of flour. Continue adding more flour until dough is soft but not sticky.

Knead on lightly floured board for ten minutes until smooth and elastic.

Lightly grease bowl and place dough in it, cover with plastic wrap and let

rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch the dough

down and shape into loaves resembling skulls, skeletons or round loaves with

“bones” placed ornamentally around the top. Let these loaves rise for 1 hour.

Bake in a preheated 350 F degree oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and paint

on glaze.


* 1/2-cup sugar

* 1/3-cup fresh orange juice

* 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, and then apply to bread with a pastry brush.

If desired, sprinkle on colored sugar while glaze is still damp.

Source: The Electronic Gourmet Guide

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Volleyball coach only knows how to win

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Oct 302002
Authors: Luke Cornish

Each of the past four years, the Rams volleyball team has been either the regular season or tournament champion of the Mountain West Conference. While the volleyball squad has seen many new faces in that time, there has been one constant: head coach Tom Hilbert.

In the five seasons Hilbert has coached at CSU he has a 142-26 record (.845). That makes him the winningest coach in school history. He has taken the Rams to the NCAA tournament all of the past five seasons and has a perfect record when playing in the first round.

Hilbert led the Rams to a top-15 ranking in the polls every week in 2000 and 2001, and they were ranked third in the nation for five consecutive weeks in 2000. During that time the Rams beat UCLA, which was ranked No. 1 at the time.

“There’s been so many memorable experiences, but the one that stands out was beating UCLA on national television during the 2000 season,” Hilbert said.

Hilbert has seen his volleyball program become one of the most competitive in the nation, but hasn’t let it get to his head.

“It’s more about the players than about me,” Hilbert said. “We put together a good group of athletes who have strong character, then teach them fundamental skills and how to win.”

Winning is what Hilbert’s teams are good at. This season he finds his team in a familiar position: at the top of the conference. His dedication to the sport of volleyball is unparalleled and his desire to spread the enjoyment of the sport is the fire that keeps him coaching.

“We’ve built up really good home attendance and have provided some great entertainment,” Hilbert said. “I feel that the sport is special. It combines a lot of aspects of other sports, like the intense athletic and tactical nature.”

As a boy growing up in Oklahoma, Hilbert played a lot of volleyball. It’s also where he began his coaching career.

“Believe it or not, Oklahoma is actually a big men’s volleyball state,” Hilbert said. “I started off coaching boys but I found that girls were more pure in their athletic experience. I found that to be very refreshing.”

After five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, Hilbert took a head coaching position with the Idaho Vandals. In his eight seasons at Idaho, Hilbert accumulated a 174-72 record (.707) and led the Vandals to the Eastern Division title in 1996.

With the extraordinary success Hilbert has enjoyed in his career, there may be worries that he will move to a bigger program. Fortunately for CSU, these worries are unfounded.

“This will probably be my last coaching job,” he said. “It has all the elements that I want – it pays well, we have great attendance, and we have the respect of the administration.”

Hilbert lives in Fort Collins with Leslie, his wife, and his two-year-old daughter Myles.

“I love the size of Fort Collins, it has a lot of culture and a high quality of life,” Hilbert said. “I don’t like big places, big athletic departments, big cities.”

Hilbert said his most disappointing moment as a coach was losing the Mountain West tournament to BYU at Moby arena in 2000.

“I really wanted to win it in front of the fans,” he said.

This year, Hilbert will have the opportunity to exorcise some ghosts as the tournament comes back to Fort Collins and will be shown live on the Fox Sports network.

Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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CSU battles Air Force for top spot in conference

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Oct 302002
Authors: Jason Graziadei

Do games get any bigger than this one?

The No. 24-ranked Rams travel south down Interstate-25 today to take on the Air Force Falcons in a battle that could decide the Mountain West Conference championship. Both teams are atop the MWC standings, but find themselves at drastically different points in their season.

Playing in their second straight Thursday night game, the Rams (7-2, 3-0 MWC) take their perfect conference record, along with a three-game winning streak, to Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs. Air Force (6-2, 3-1 MWC), on the other hand, has lost two straight games after starting the season undefeated and climbing as high as No. 19 in the polls before Saturday’s devastating loss to Wyoming dropped it completely from the rankings.

“They know this is the biggest game of their season, and I think that puts you in place where you know they’re going to come out and play hard,” linebacker Drew Wood said. “But you know they’re going to play hard regardless of what the situation is. We’re going to be prepared for them and ready for a good game.”

The game will renew a rivalry that has blossomed between two teams that regularly contend for the conference crown, and between coaches Sonny Lubick and Fisher Deberry, who hold each other in high esteem.

“My relationship with Fisher, I think, is really good except for this week, but you have to love Fisher,” Lubick said. “Anyone who knows him has so much love and respect for him and his family. He’s been very kind and generous and good to me since I came into the league. We just like to compete against each other.”

The two teams have split the series even in the last six years, and this season’s match-up could resemble the snowy showdown of two years ago, when the Falcons won an offensive battle of attrition, 44-40.

“It should be a classic CSU-Air Force game,” DeBerry said. “The last couple of years have all been barn-burners. I just hope we have more points at the end than they do. I don’t care what the weather is, it’s going to be the same for both teams.”

The Rams defenders have had to prepare for Air Force’s triple-option, an offensive style they see only once a year, and a method of attack the Falcons have mastered. Air Force quarterback Chance Harridge is leading the nation with 16 rushing touchdowns, and the Falcons rank second in Division I-A with 299.3 rushing yards per game.

“If we step up and stop the option like we should be able to do, it’s going to be a great game,” Wood said. “There’s a lot of tackles to be made so it’s a lot of fun to get in there and stick your head in and make tackles. If you put them in a second and nine or second and ten where they’ve got to get ten yards in two plays, most likely they’re going to have to pass once. And when Air Force is passing, you’re doing what you want to do, because if they can run the option all day, they will.”

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Three team race for Mountain West

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Oct 302002
Authors: Jason Graziadei

Wyoming’s upset of Air Force last weekend displayed the parity that has become a trend in the unpredictable Mountain West Conference.

It also solidified what is turning into a three-team race for the MWC championship. At 3-0, both CSU and San Diego State are atop the standings, but Air Force, with a 3-1 conference record, is still in the running.

While last year’s MWC champion Brigham Young has not yet won a conference game, San Diego State is in the driver’s seat despite finishing in the league’s cellar last season.

“I don’t think there’s a big difference between the top teams in our league and the bottom teams in the league,” New Mexico head coach Rocky Long said.

With six of the MWC’s eight teams in action this week, the league championship race could become clearer – or even more confusing.

Colorado State at Air Force, Thursday 5:30 p.m., ESPN

The biggest conference game this week is undoubtedly the showdown between the Rams (7-2, 3-0 MWC) and the Falcons (6-2, 3-1 MWC) on Thursday night. Despite the fact that Air Force has suffered two consecutive heartbreaking defeats to Notre Dame and Wyoming, Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry said his team simply needs to find the intensity it had earlier in the season.

“I don’t think (the loss to Wyoming) was a hangover from the Notre Dame game, you’ve just got to be ready to play every game,” DeBerry said. “I was wary of the Wyoming team because CSU didn’t have an easy game against them. You’ve got to give Wyoming credit, but that game’s behind us.”

With chilly weather predicted for Thursday, the game could be a flashback to the CSU-Air Force shootout of two years ago, when the two teams combined for 84 points and over 1,000 yards of offense while snow poured down on Falcon Stadium.

San Diego State at Brigham Young, Saturday 1 p.m., ESPN+Plus

Although the Aztecs (3-5, 3-0 MWC) began the season with a dismal 0-5 record in their non-conference play, three straight conference wins have proven SDSU will compete for the MWC title. The Aztecs will face a BYU team that is reeling from three straight losses in which the Cougar offense put up a miniscule 22 points combined.

“We haven’t been very good and we’ve turned the ball over a lot,” BYU head coach Gary Crowton. “It’s just been a lack of continuity with all the different players we’ve had in there. It’s in the back of our mind that this is a big game for us.”

Having only played two games at home this year, the Cougars (3-5, 0-3 MWC) are eager for their return to Edwards Stadium in Provo. For the Aztecs, the game could make or break their bid to stay in the running for the conference championship. And SDSU has not forgotten the 59-21 drubbing it suffered at the hands of the Cougars last season.

Wyoming at UNLV, Saturday 3 p.m., ESPN GamePlan

The third and final MWC game this week pits Wyoming (2-6, 1-2 MWC), coming off possibly the biggest win of head coach Vic Koenning’s career, against a UNLV team that had struggled both in and out of the MWC this season.

Wyoming quarterback Casey Bramlet was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week for his 387-yard, two-touchdown performance against Air Force last week. He will need to have a similar game for the Cowboys to get Wyoming its third win of the season this week.

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Wedding, World Series put sports, life in perspective

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Oct 302002
Authors: Joshus Pilkington

Nothing like the wedding of a family member to put a sporting event in its place, even if that event includes the groom’s favorite franchise, the Anaheim Angles.

The drama began Saturday night at Azul’s, a diner off the coast in San Diego, where family and friends gathered to pay homage to Adam Pilkington and Chant/ Fergueson Pilkington, who had tied the knot some hours earlier.

Between courses, several seem-heads, myself included, wandered by the bar to give the masses routine checkups on game six of the World Series between the Angels and the Giants, whose beginning unfortunately coincided with the wedding party’s dinner.

“No score after one…scoreless after two…Anderson hit into a double play to end the third,” were just some of the routine updates given during the course of the meal.

Then, as the main entr/e of swordfish was placed before us, the hurting began.

A two-run homer by a 39 year-old veteran put the Giants up 2-0. A double, stolen base and wild-pitch with two outs put the Giants up 3-0 going into the bottom half of the fifth inning.

The party went on, but slowly, aside from the groom, we Angels fans began to lose hope. That was before Barry Bonds launched his fourth home run of the Series, a solo blast that put San Francisco in front 4-0, while leaving us with no hope.

Yet, through all this, when he should be agonizing the squandered opportunity of his beloved franchise to win its first – and maybe last – World Series title, the groom stayed calm, almost aloof to the happenings of the sports world.

“Kind of a bummer they had to blow it on your wedding night,” I lamented.

“You know,” he said with his arm over my shoulder, “when you get to this point and have a day like this, everything else doesn’t matter.”

Whether it mattered or not, the Giants had taken a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning, just as the newlyweds made their way out the door of Azul’s and into the rental car that would take them to a remote location for their wedding night.

That is, like out of a Disney script, when the magic began.

Giants starter, Russ Ortiz, who began the seventh with a five-run cushion, gave up two quick hits to Troy Glaus and Brad Fullmer, getting the rally back into the monkeys in Anaheim.

Manager Dusty Baker promptly yanked Ortiz in favor of reliever Felix Rodriguez who gave up a three-run homer to Scott Spiezio, putting the Angels back in the game.

A solo homer by Darrin Erstad made it 5-4 and a bloop single from Garret Anderson, along with an ensuing error from the immortal Bonds, put the tying and winning runs in scoring position with Glaus stepping up to the plate.

With Giants closer Rob Nen on the mound Glaus worked the count and then launched a double to left-center to bring in both runs.

Eight outs, that is all that separated the Giants from their first World Series championship in San Francisco; yet, they couldn’t get more than five.

Anaheim finished off the most memorable comeback in game seven taking it 4-1, with all the runs scoring in the first three innings of play.

The greatest comeback in postseason history, the rally monkey in full force and Jackie Autry hoisting the World Series trophy in the air before thousands of raving Southern Californians in memory of her husband, the founder of the Angels, Gene Autry.

All this and the man who most deserved to see it, the greatest Angels fan I’ve ever known, missed it all…and he didn’t even care.

I guess there is a lesson in all of this: while the title of world champion lasts but a year, a marriage can last forever.

However, I’ll be damned if I schedule my wedding in October.

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Swimming, diving teams have advantages over Air Force

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Oct 302002
Authors: Joelle Milholm

The CSU swimming and diving team will head to Colorado Springs on

Saturday to compete against Air Force in its first Mountain West Conference dual meet.

In preseason polls, CSU was ranked second in the MWC while Air Force barely beat out Wyoming for the bottom spot in the pool at No. 7. The Rams’ domination of Air Force was evident last year when they out-swam the Falcons and won by a score of 192-108.

But even with these advantages pointing in CSU’s favor, the Rams know they still have to work hard to get the job done.

“Air Force is nowhere near as good as Notre Dame, but we still have to respect their potential,” head coach John Mattos said. “They have beaten us before and we are going to have to battle to win.”

The Falcons swam in one tournament earlier this year, the Sun Belt Classic in New Mexico. Against four other teams, they beat New Mexico State 131-112, Denver 173-70, North Texas 183-58 and Western Kentucky 135-108. The victories gave head coach Casey Converse his 200th career victory.

It is a milestone that is rarely reached by coaches, but going into his 23rd year coaching CSU, Mattos has compiled 20 winning seasons and passed the 150-win mark in 2000. If the Rams keep swimming like they have so far this year, he too will have 200 wins under his belt.

CSU will once again depend on its strong relays to earn some key points. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, both teams have had a lot of success. Air Force won the event in its last meet with a time of 3:40.27, and CSU won the event against Notre Dame with a time of 3:35.56.

Mattos is extremely proud of the strength of the relays so far this season.

“Our relays are going to be tough to beat. We have a lot of depth and the 200 medley and 400 freestyle are really strong,” Mattos said.

CSU will depend on two of its strong veterans to lead the way against the Falcons: junior swimmer Kristen Schneider and junior diver Lori Vigil, who last week were named Mountain West women’s swimmer and diver of the week after spectacular performances at the Early Bird Invitational.

Schneider won the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard IM, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke and contributed to victories in the 200-yard IM, 400-yard medley and 800-freestyle relays. Vigil placed third in the three-meter diving event with a score of 429.65. Her high score qualifies her for the NCAA Diving Regional Tournament later this season.

Schneider is not only off to an amazing start this year, but also won events versus Air Force last year. Taking first in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, she knows what it takes to beat the Falcons.

“This team is not near the caliber that Notre Dame was, but we have to go in there and swim hard,” Schneider said. “We can’t underestimate them.”

Unlike last week’s meet against Notre Dame, the divers will be competing against Air Force. Last year Falcon diver Sarah Law took first in the one-meter diving event and helped contribute to the Air Force diving score that beat CSU’s. This year, the Ram divers are much more experienced and are ready to for a rematch.

“We have been training hard and we should be prepared for Air Force,” sophomore Meghan Trucco said. “We have not gotten as much platform practice as we have hoped, but we have spent a lot of time on the spring boards.”

The meet will be in the same 16-event format as it was against Notre Dame. This will be in CSU’s advantage because it will feature its two strongest relays: the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle.

Air Force will first play host North Dakota on Friday night before taking on the Rams at 1 p.m.

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Cross country goes to Provo with high expectations

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Oct 302002
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

The last time the men and women of CSU cross country competed, the Yankees still had a shot at winning the World Series, the University of Colorado Buffaloes were an unranked joke and the New England Patriots were the scariest team in the NFL.

In other words, it’s been awhile.

Following an awe-inspiring performance in Terre Haute, Ind., where the men finished first as a team and the women fourth, the running Rams took a month-long hiatus from competition to prepare for the Mountain West Conference Championships in Provo, Utah on Friday.

For the Rams, the time to return to competition has arrived.

CSU leaves for Provo today, intent to live up to its preseason billing as the team to beat in the MWC on the men’s side, and second to defending national champion Brigham Young on the women’s side.

“Those things don’t mean much until we go out and prove we can make it happen,” said junior Bill Michel, who, along with fellow lead runners Austin Vigil and Dylan Olchin, will attempt to lead the Rams to a victory over defending conference champion BYU on its home course.

Accompanying Michel, Olchin and Vigil on the men’s side are seniors Raegan Robb, Gabe Olchin and Ammon Larsen, sophomore Josh Glabb and freshman Matt Cienculli.

Though a long layoff from competition may hurt most teams, Hessel said the team looks stronger now than it did four weeks ago when the team last competed.

“Our original concern as a team was the lack of competition for an extended period of time,” Hessel said. “But now that (the runners) are through it, they see that it was the best thing they could do. I think we are more fit now at this time of the year on both sides than we have ever been.”

With the fitness level of his men’s team at an all-time high and the members performing up to expectations, Hessel said he is confident that the team will challenge the Cougars for the conference title.

One piece of the puzzle that will be missing for the Rams is junior Mike Nicks, who until mid-season had been running up front as one of the leaders of the team. Fatigue and a deficiency of iron in his blood stream forced Nicks to heed his coaches’ advice and take the remainder of the season off.

“It’s hard to predict Mike’s impact right now,” Hessel said addressing the loss of Nicks. “Right now the way we’re running aggressive and together, it is difficult for anyone to slip in our top seven.”

The outlook on the women’s side is a whole different picture, Hessel said.

As with the men’s team, the women are going into the meet without one of their lead runners, senior Kim Leal, who will sit out the meet to nurse a sore knee.

However, Hessel said that with the Rams looking strong and BYU a near lock to win, risking further injury to Leal would not be worth it at this point in the season.

“We’re not going to throw Kim out there just to make the injury worse,” Hessel said. “We want her healthy for regionals and nationals.”

Rather than trying to knock of the defending national champion, Hessel said the focus of the women’s team – consisting of seniors Meg Larson, Kim Watson, Jen Kintzley and Mary Ridder, junior Katie Yemm, sophomores Colleen Blair and Crystal Clark, and freshman Brittanie Saunders – is to run tough against BYU and get ready for the NCAA regional championship meet Nov. 9.

Win or lose, at least the running Rams are competing again.

Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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Russian hostage crisis big news

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Oct 302002
Authors: Oliver Cook

The recent hostage crisis in Moscow was big. In fact, it was bigger than a lot of people realize.

Russia has made a statement to any and all terrorists that the state will sacrifice the lives of its own citizens in order to stand against terrorism. They have not only made a statement, but they have created policy. The crisis began when Chechen militants stormed a Moscow theatre and took 800 prisoners.

Following a standoff, Russian special forces stormed the building after using an undisclosed type of gas on the occupants. The result was the capture of the terrorists and the death of at least 116 civilians. In traditional Russian fashion, the rulers of the vast country have decided that civilians are expendable as long as the military takes out the terrorists, or invaders, who threaten their country.

I can understand the situation they are in. An entire nation, with several foreign, non-uniformed combatants has declared war against Russia and the Russian people. The same people who were subjugated by the Russians only a few generations ago are now coming to take the war to the homes of the Russian people, and they are very hard to stop.

Russia, much like any other modern country is a relatively easy to travel through and therefore easy for terrorist cells to infiltrate. In short, Russia is under almost as much siege as Chechnya is. This all leads to two things. The first, and most obvious, is that Russia is going to respond, if not officially, by escalating their speed in “clearing out” Chechnya of suspected terrorists and militants. This escalation will most likely provoke the Chechen terrorists and militants to respond in kind.

This is not a sentiment shared by Sergei Karaganov, head of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, who believes that the conflict in Chechnya has been a complete military blunder and both parties need to meet at the peace table. He does however believe that Chechnya should be isolated by Russia until the end of time however as demonstrated by his statement “Nothing should leave the place.”

The second of these two points is that Russia has struck the most important counter-blow against international terrorism. Some readers may be saying “But what about Afghanistan where we took out the Taliban?” My answer is that all it succeeded in doing was to disrupt the terrorist training camps, that were really too blatantly obvious as targets to begin with. Additionally, what message does attacking a sovereign state send to any terrorists?

Not much of one because the overwhelming majority of terrorist groups operate outside the limits of any national government. By demonstrating that its own civilians were worth more, or less depending on your point of view, than giving into terrorist threats, they have drawn a line that even the most narrow-minded, fanatical terrorist can understand and will think twice about before crossing again.

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