Students’ Spirituality Provides Stress Relief

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May 112003
Authors: Willow Welter

Some students use spirituality, meditation or religion to relieve stress during high-pressure situations like finals week.

Not only do students have to deal with final exams, but also registering for next year, trying to get more student loans, looking for a summer job, deciding whether to take summer classes and other stressors. Spirituality and/or faith can help some students gain inner peace.

“Ultimately I think (my faith) gives me perspective, knowing that there is something greater than the here and now,” said Jason Mayer, president of CSU chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Mayer offered advice to students who may feel stressed this time of year.

“Focus on something that gives you meaning in life,” he said.

Lauren Alleman, a freshman natural resources major, said that while she is not a “religious person,” she is definitely spiritual.

“I think it’s definitely helpful if you can just get up 10 minutes early to just sit and think, clear your head,” Alleman said. “I live in the dorms, so I don’t have a place to sit and meditate. But when I live in a house next year, that’s definitely going to be a big part of my day.”

The Baha/ Club, a religious student organization on campus, looks to faith to help alleviate pressure.

“We use prayer to deal with pressure,” said Mike Tamaddoni, president of the Baha/ Club. “It makes you realize there’s something bigger; God is bigger than anything that can happen on Earth.”

Lindsey Heller, a junior sports medicine major, said she also prays to relieve stress.

“I just give all my pressures to God,” Heller said.

Meditation and yoga provide two more methods of stress reduction. According to the World Wide Online Meditation Center, allowing the eyes to rest in a soft downward gaze has an instant, automatic and relaxing effect. Other tips on stress reduction through meditation are available at

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Places to study differ as much as student themselves.

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May 112003
Authors: byBy Adrienne Hoenig

Students can get the most out of studying if they find a place where they are not too comfortable.

“It probably is not the best to study in the most comfortable chair because you just get too tired,” said Scott Chase, assistant coordinator for stress management programs at the University Counseling Center.

Typically, Chase said, it is important to remember that studying should be done in a quiet place with minimal distractions. In the long run, it just comes down to students finding a place that works for them.

Some students prefer to get their work done in the bustling atmosphere of a coffee shop.

“It’s not so quiet that I can hear myself think,” said Kacee Hellar, senior human development and family studies student. “I really like the atmosphere.”

Hellar, along with other CSU students, like the late-night hours offered at Mugs Coffee Lounge. They are open until 1:00 a.m. on weekdays.

“I also like how late they’re open,” Hellar said. “And the coffee really helps, especially late at night.”

Randi Kilzer, sophomore theater student, prefers the convenient location of Morgan Library.

“I like it because it’s centralized,” Kilzer said.

Nathan Thompson, sophomore biology major, agrees.

“There are no distractions, like at home,” Thompson said. “Here, it’s just me and the books.”

Shali Enright, senior exercise and sport sciences major, said the library is too quiet for her to study effectively.

“At the library they kick you out at midnight and people yell at you when you have frustration outbursts,” Enright said. “I really like it to not be too loud, but not too quiet either.”

Maureen Kotzbach, a junior studying social work, likes to get her studying done outside.

“It’s just better than being inside in general,” Kotzbach said. “And I can smoke out here.”

No matter where students decide to study, it is important they make sure to stay in a good mind frame, Chase said.

“Give yourself permission to put that task down for a minute,” he said. “Visualize a nice place to go to in your mind, somewhere peaceful and relaxing.”

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President Yates awarded honorary degree from Colorado School of Mines

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May 112003
Authors: Collegian Staff

CSU President Albert Yates was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at the Colorado School of Mines spring commencement ceremony on Friday.

“It is important to us to pay tribute to the many successes of Colorado State University during the tenure of Dr. Yates,” said School of Mines President John U. Trefny.

Yates will resign from the presidency of CSU after 13 years in June. The Board of Governors of the CSU System could announce the new president as early as this week.

The two finalists are Michael Martin, the current vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida, and Larry Penley, the dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at the University of Arizona.

“I’m honored and particularly pleased to receive this honorary degree and it is all the more gratifying coming from an institution of the quality and caliber of the Colorado School of Mines,” Yates said.

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Campus Calendar

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May 112003
Authors: Misc.

The Suicide Resource Center will be holding “A Season to Remember: Suicide Awareness Walk,” a benefit for the Suicide Research Center, on May 16 at the Edora Park Picnic Shelters. Registration is at 6 p.m., the walk starts at 7 p.m. and there is a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Natasha at 635-9301.

Approximately 220 beginning and advance writers and a faculty of 47 editors and authors will gather May 14 to May 17 at the YMCA of the Rockies for the 14th annual “Colorado Christian Writers Conference.” For more information visit or call (888) 760-9041.

Sumy T. Mathew from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn will give a presentation entitled, “Nished, a repressor protein, mediates tissue restricted expression of MLC-2V gene,” at 4:10 p.m. on May 19 in the Molecular and Radiological Biosciences Building.

REI will host the Cycle Safety Circus for Kids from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 15. For more information contact Aaron Forge at 227-3868, at or visit the Web site at

The Healing Path Magazine is sponsoring the Healing Path Event Series, four fairs in 2003. This summer’s fair, the City Park Holistic Arts Fair, will be held on June 21 in City Park.

The International Library of Photography is pleased to announce that over $60,000 in prizes will be awarded this year in the International Open Amateur Photography Contest. Photographers from the Fort Collins area are welcome to try to win their share of over 1,300 prizes. The contest deadline is June 30. For more information visit

The Halcyon Holistic and Intuitive Arts Fair will be held this fall from Sept. 13 to Sept. 14 at the Lincoln Center. For more information contact Carol Ostrom at 472-0200 or at

The is an essay contest for the subject, “Is Circumcision Ethical?” Three prizes will be awarded in amounts of $1200, $600 and $300. For more information visit Essays are due November 1.

The WINGS Foundation offers programs and services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. For more information contact the WINGS office at (303) 238-8660, (800) 373-8671 or

Marissa Weiss, a first-year graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, is working with the City of Fort Collins and CSU to coordinate a series of free concerts and adventure films in the “Tuesday Nite Out Series.” For more information contact Cree Bol at 491-6707 or at or Weiss at 491-5828 or

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New President for Board of Governors

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May 112003
Authors: Collegian Staff

The Board of Governors for the CSU System named their new president, Don Hamstra, and vice president, Jeff Shoemaker, to serve two-year terms.

The board voted unanimously to elect both during its meeting in Fort Collins this week. The board oversees CSU and the University of Southern Colorado.

Hamstra, former mayor of Brighton, will serve as president replacing Reginald Washington. Hamstra served as vice president of the board under Washington. Washington will continue to serve on the board, just not as president.

Shoemaker, former legislator, will serve as vice president of the board. Shoemaker is the executive director of the Greenway Foundation in Denver.

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High school GPA correlates to performance at CSU, but students can change their patterns

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May 112003
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

Study habits from high school may follow students into college, but there is no saying those patterns cannot change.

“No matter what you’ve done in high school, you can come here and be a new person,” said Paul Thayer, director of undergraduate student retention. “You can be a scholar here.”

The Office of Budgets and Institutional Analysis recently released a study showing the relationship between students’ Colorado Commission on Higher Education index numbers in relation to their current grade point average at CSU and the likelihood they will graduate in four to five years.

“Generally, the better your high school preparation, the better your GPA is at CSU,” said Keith Ickes, associate vice president for administration. “All of that relates to the fact that there are a lot of adjustments in coming to college.”

CCHE index scores are tabulated based on students’ high school GPA as well as their performance on standardized tests. A 145 index would mean a student graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and received a perfect score on the SAT. A 101 index is CSU’s guaranteed admission score and can mean a student earned a 3.2 GPA and a 1,000 on the SAT or possibly a 3.4 GPA and a 900 on the SAT.

“It sort of allows room for you to slide back and forth,” Ickes said. “The idea is to give colleges a better idea on how to admit students.”

Overall, OBIA found trends that showed a strong relationship between students’ performance in high school and continuance at CSU.

“There are some nice connections between preparation and high school and graduation rates and GPA here,” Ickes said. “As you do better in high school, lo and behold, you do better in college.”

But there are always exceptions, Thayer said.

“Anytime you’re looking at trends, it’s so important to remind ourselves there are all kinds of exceptions,” Thayer said. “Everyone has it in their power to operate independently from that and create their own opportunity.”

Ali Cochran, sophomore international studies major, changed her patterns dramatically when she came to CSU.

“I came to find out my first semester at CSU that it was harder here,” Cochran said. “In high school you didn’t have to work.”

She thinks the key to success is finding a halfway point between studying and enjoying the college experience.

“My statistics tutor is coming over to have a few beers and help me study for my statistics final,” Cochran said. “I think I’ve finally found the balance.”

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Only in college

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May 082003
Authors: Jon Ackerman

College is a good time. That’s why I’ll still be around another semester (or so I like to believe that’s why I’ll still be here).

But soon enough we’ll all be in that place they call the real world. Scary. Appreciate college life while you can. Why?

Only in college can you and your 50 classmates close your notebooks loud enough to get the professor to end class five minutes early. Try ruffling your papers in an attempt to cut a company meeting short.

Only in college can you see a different attractive female every single day, unless you somehow land a job at the Playboy mansion.

Only in college can you go to class in gym shorts and a tank top or the same clothes you wore out the night before and no one will ask you why.

Only at our college can you watch a top-25 Division I football team, men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament-qualifying basketball teams, and an NCAA Tournament-qualifying volleyball team – all without paying a dime (Well, except for the fact you pay for tickets with your students fees, but it doesn’t feel like we’re paying for the games).

Only at our college can you play Frisbee golf. Period. How many other Frisbee golf courses have you heard of?

Only in college can Zach Schmitz live out his athletic dreams by playing nine intramural sports a year. It’s also the only time he can hold his head high while running around Hughes Stadium wearing tight light yellow shorts that reach only his mid-thigh, green and white socks that reach his knees, a tight green “Go State” shirt and a glittery red crash helmet, all while taunting backup offensive lineman Kelly Wall through a beat-up cheerleader’s megaphone.

Only in college can you upset an entire sorority house with one of your columns, despite not once ever mentioning their name.

Only in college can you rile up a girl so much that she wants to see you on the front page of the Collegian wearing nothing but a bikini.

Only in college do you learn such useless information like how the bikini got its name (It was named after the Bikini Islands in the Pacific Ocean where scientists tested the atomic bomb and saw the atoms split into two parts).

You don’t have to be in college to see basketball players on the court or out on the town at night. But being in college, you’d at least think you’d see them once or twice in class.

Only in college can you go to Vegas on Collegian money to cover a football game, then spend too much time on the Strip, fail to send your story in from Vegas, actually re-type and send your story from a dorm room at Mesa State in Grand Junction more than five hours late, and not get fired. And then you’re allowed to cover a game at UCLA the next year, despite the fact you must drive through Vegas to get to L.A.

Only in college can you tailgate for the CU-CSU game and then go up to the press box at Invesco Field with a slight buzz.

Only the seniors at this college can say you beat CU three of the four years you were here. Or three of the five years you were here. Or six.

Only in college can you get your friends interning in the athletic department to let you on the field at halftime to kick field goals in a dinosaur outfit.

Only in college can you see a top-notch football player at a bar and he’ll buy you shots. Once that guy gets to the pros, though, he’ll expect a drink from you, even though he could buy your car with his pocket change.

And finally, only in college can an “Only in college” column run. Hey, I gotta do these things while I can.

Jon is a senior journalism major and this is his last day as the Collegian sports editor.

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The time has come

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May 082003
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

Since the initiation of the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2000, CSU has seen itself inferior to perennial champion Brigham Young. This year, however, that could change.

Both the Cougars’ men’s and women’s track teams have wiped out the competition decisively the past three years, but the Rams have shown the potential to challenge that dominance – both the men and women finished second in 2002 – and say this could be the year they end it.

The teams will have the chance to do so starting Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M., at the MWC championships.

“We are all running well and healthy,” said head coach Del Hessel. “For the first time this season everyone is at a healthy, competitive level.”

To win, however, the Rams need strong performances from athletes up and down the roster, including those who have been out for a good part of the season.

For the men the biggest reliance of points should come from a group of throwers that ranks among the best in the nation.

Recently named MWC Male Athlete of the Week Drew Loftin, whose toss of 227 feet, 4 inches in the hammer throw in Lincoln, Neb., last Saturday placed him fourth in the nation, leads the charge. Fellow senior Brian Trainor, juniors Adam Trainor and James Cale, and freshmen Nate Heyrman and Jason Fearheily round out the group.

Throwers coach Brian Bedard said each has the potential to score some points for the team in his respective event, while Brian Trainor, Loftin and Heyrman should garner several points in multiple events.

“Drew and Brian are throwing extremely well,” Bedard said. “Trainor has qualified (for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships) in the discus and shot (put), and Drew has done it in the hammer, discus and shot.”

Adding to the overall depth of the men’s squad is the presence of a strong distance and middle-distance team, composed of runners capable of taking on the dominant distance squad BYU has fielded for several years.

Steeplechasers Mike Nicks and Raegan Robb are currently ranked 8th and 14th, respectively, in the Midwest Region standings in the event and, according to Hessel, should be among the top-four finishers in Albuquerque.

“I think Mike Nicks has a good chance to win the event and Raegan will be right there,” he said. “It’s a hard race to predict, but those two should be among the top finishers.”

The depth continues in the 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs where the Michel brothers, Bill and Paul, team with Nicks, Austin Vigil, Dylan Olchin and Josh Glaab in an effort to defeat BYU’s top performers, including defending 3,000-meter MWC indoor champion Kip Kangogo.

To win, however, the Rams will need more than just great throws and strong distance runners; they will need strong performances from a capable group of sprinters and hurdlers that, now healthy, should put pressure on the Cougars.

Leading the group is junior John Woods, who returns to defend his title in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while Chris Riggs, Brandon Kent and Jake Simpson look to build on their strong performances in Nebraska.

Recent Midwest Regional qualifier Tom Waido teams up with the trio of Justin Hazzard, Mike Horton and Brian Williams to form a formidable hurdling squad that has progressed by leaps and bounds as the season rolls on.

For the women, the possibility of defeating the Cougars, who Team Power Ranking lists as No. 9 in the nation, appears remote. But that will not stop the team from challenging the defending champs.

“They’re tough and have been like that for a while,” said Meg Larson, who will challenge for the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase title in Albuquerque. “I don’t expect to beat them, but you never know what can happen.”

As with the men, the women’s squad should get the bulk of its points from a group of strong throwers led by junior Keela Niemeyer and senior Hannah Metzler.

“We have quite a battle in the women’s hammer with Jill McCormick, Hannah Metzler, Melissa Harms and Keela Niemeyer,” Bedard said. “With a tight race in the conference it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

With no clear favorite in the conference in any of the women’s throwing events, Bedard said the events could fall into anyone’s hands.

“It will be interesting to see who continues to excel,” he said. ” Hopefully they can push each other to a top finish.”

Anything less and it’s one more year of waiting for the Rams.


Top 10 Track and Field Power Rankings according to

Men’s Rankings

Rank School Score

1. UCLA 364.25

2. Tennessee 361.28

3. Florida 357.5

4. Florida State 357.02

5. BYU 356.13

6. Indiana University 347.66

7. Nebraska 346.98

8. Minnesota 346.71

9. Colorado State 341.77

10. Arizona 339.16

Women’s Rankings

Rank School Score

1. UCLA 393.06

2. LSU 384.24

3. North Carolina 383.38

4. South Carolina 364.51

5. Nebraska 362.6

6. Florida State 357.4

7. Washington State 352.93

8. Penn State 349.71

9. BYU 349.31

31. Colorado State 307.22

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CSU rugby team to host three bands this Friday in effort to raise money

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May 082003
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

CSU men’s rugby team will hold a fundraiser Friday at the Sunset Event Center on 242 Linden St.

“We kind of wanted to find some way we could make some money for the team and have fun at the same time,” said Kyle Fenton, senior health and exercise science student and president of the rugby team.

The event will include three live bands and an easy-going atmosphere said Tim Guerra, senior speech communications major and member of the rugby team.

“Everyone likes to have a good time and listen to good music,” Guerra said. “I’m just hoping we get a lot of people to show up.”

Local bands Soul Creek, Touched and Plan B will perform at the event. Travis Houle, member of Soul Creek, said he thinks it is important to support less-than-mainstream student activities

“It’s different, it’s up and coming,” Houle said. “It is definitely a rough sport and I respect the players.”

Dave Curtis, junior open option student and member of the band Plan B, hopes students will come to the event even if they don’t know much about rugby.

“I think any school event is a cool event to support,” Curtis said. “It’s great to see kids coming out and supporting things that CSU is doing.”

The fundraiser will begin at 9:00 p.m. and continue on until 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $5 for those 21 and over and $10 for those under 21.

Rugby began at CSU in 1970 with 17 players. Now, the team is home to 65 members. They are hoping to raise enough money to help pay for uniforms, dues, travel and tournament fees.

“We pay everything out of our own pockets,” Guerra said. “We try and do fundraisers whenever we can.”

The team is not really sure how much money they will bring in, but they’re hoping for something more than $500.

“It really depends on who shows up,” Fenton said. “It’ll be a lot of good local live music. I’d like to bring in at least 100 people.”

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“Live every day until bedtime”

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May 082003
Authors: Monica Owens

May 2003

While searching recently for a graduation card, I came across one that caught my attention. The simple card featured a quote by Shakespeare: “We know what we are, but we know not what we may become.”

It’s great to be on the same page as Shakespeare. For me, and for him, knowing what the future holds involves so much more than just hoping or believing that I can “be anything”.

For me, the future has always involved an active effort at shaping, planning and – yes – even work. Of balancing clubs, studies and friends with conscious effort to make life better and more fulfilling. But the key amidst all this chaos is to try and stay relaxed.

Yeah, right (especially with finals right around the corner)!

I am a recovering perfectionist. I have always tried to do my best, which remains a laudable goal. I meet deadlines, fulfill commitments and accept responsibility. All good things, at least to a degree.

Yet, lately I have realized everything doesn’t need to be managed or controlled (sorry, liberals!). That after one does his or her best that may just need to be “good enough.”

I agree, most of the time, with the pundit who said, “To find happiness, give up being general manager of the universe.”

So what if a professor doesn’t run her class the way I would? Not a big deal. And about that friend who annoys everyone with his boisterous ways? Not my worry.

The Stoics had it right: be more accepting, and happiness just may result. Worry less, and live more.

Worried about dying in a plane crash while being crammed into the middle seat on that cramped 737? I know I sometimes do, and yet I shouldn’t. Your actual chance of dying in a plane crash is less than one in eight million on any given commercial flight. In fact, Consumer Research magazine estimates you would have to fly every day – for 20,000 years – before you would likely die in a plane crash.

Worried about global warming, about melting when July rolls around? I was too, and then I saw the recent Rocky Mountain News headline “Cold February Covers Great Lakes in Ice” reporting that the lakes have iced up for the first time in thirty years. It was, by coincidence, about 30 years ago (Nov. 23, 1974 to be precise) when the New York Times published a piece titled “Why Most of Us May See the Next Ice Age.”

So the debate goes on. While we all should be informed about the facts surrounding important issues, and speak out about them when we can, worrying about what the future holds sometimes doesn’t make much sense.

For me, I’m going to back off a bit. I will try to be less of a perfectionist (except when perfection is needed, like stopping at red lights) and realize that I should concentrate on that which I can change, while not obsessing over those things that are unchangeable.

So when you’re on a plane, think about the odds. And when you read about global warming, understand scientists have been wrong before.

But if you really want to worry about something, worry that you might actually win the lottery. This should concern you because if you do happen to win, studies show in many cases, you will actually be less happy than you were before – though the odds are only one in 1.1 million of “winning” the jackpot.

And if you do win the big money, get ready to give at least half to the government in taxes. There’s something we all should worry about.

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