Teams get final tune-ups before taking on conference play

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Sep 302003
Authors: Steve Latuda

As we enter into week six of the college football season, the

Falcons of Air Force find themselves in the Top 25 for the first

time this year. They are currently ranked 25th in the USA

Today/ESPN poll with a record of 5-0.

Every Mountain West team except Wyoming plays this week, and the

BYU and San Diego State meeting is the only conference action of

the week, meaning the other five games involve non-conference


Wyoming (1-4, 0-1 in the MWC)

Bye this week.

This week Wyoming has the week off, and then will turn its

attention to Utah State. That will be the final tune-up for the

Cowboys, before diving into the conference portion of their

schedule for the remainder of the season.

“I’d like to keep playing,” said head coach Joe Glenn. “But we

will use the time to focus on Utah State, and only Utah State. We

need a win.”

BYU (2-3, 1-1) at San Diego State (3-2, 0-0)

Saturday at 5 p.m.

Line: SDSU by1.5

The only conference showdown of the week takes place in San

Diego where the Aztecs host the Cougars this Saturday. This game

will be the Cougars third conference game of the season while

acting as SDSU’s first.

These two teams are known for lighting the sky with footballs,

but will bring two of the MWC’s stingiest defenses into their 28th

all-time meeting. BYU has won 11 of the last 13 games against San

Diego State, and seven of the last eight, including their 34-10

victory last year in Provo.

Utah (3-1, 1-0) vs. #22 Oregon (4-1)

Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2

Line: Oregon by 2.5

Utah is coming off a seesaw 28-21 conference victory over CSU,

and now must turn their focus towards the Ducks. The Ducks, who

graced the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated after their

impressive victory over then-No. 3 Michigan, fell flat on their

faces last week. Oregon lost 55-16 to No.15 Washington State, and

now must travel to Utah. The Utes are 2-0 at home this year under

first-year head coach Urban Meyer.

Air Force (5-0, 1-0) at Navy (2-2)

Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Line: Air Force by14

Air Force will take a break from conference play when it heads

to Navy in quest of its seventh consecutive Commander-in-Chief’s

Trophy in the teams’ 36th meeting. The Falcons have won 20 of the

last 22 contests with the Midshipmen.

“This is a big week for our football program,” said Fisher

DeBerry, Air Force head coach. “The number one goal for our

football program is to retain the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. When

you are at a Service Academy, you understand that.”

This game is sure to produce many rushing yards as both teams

bring the option attack with them to the field. The Falcons

dominated this game last year in Colorado Springs 48-7.

New Mexico (2-3, 0-1) vs. Utah State (1-3)

Saturday 6 p.m.

Line: New Mexico by 14

Leaving behind a record crowd of 44,075 fans who got to witness

New Mexico’s gut wrenching 24-17 victory over in-state rival New

Mexico State, the Lobos must focus on a Utah State team whose

record does this team no justice. Utah State has lost to Nebraska,

Arizona State and Utah.

“They, (Utah State), will play anyone at anytime,” said Rocky

Long, New Mexico head coach. “We have to be ready for a battle down

in Utah.”

New Mexico’s record does not do them any justice either. Two

weeks ago the Lobos held the high powered offense of Washington

State to 23 points, and played BYU down to the wire in a 10-7


UNLV (3-1, 0-0) at Nevada (3-1)

Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN+Plus

Line: UNLV by 5.5

The Rebels, the only team without a MWC game under their belts,

come off their bye week to finish up the non-conference schedule

with a game against in-state rival Nevada. Nevada has won five of

the last eight against UNLV, but the Rebels bring a three-game

series win streak into the contest.

“This is a great intense rivalry,” said John Robinson, UNLV head

coach. “They have the best team that they have had since I’ve been


UNLV beat a Chris Kretschmer-less Nevada team last year 21-17 in

Vegas. Kretschmer led the nation in rushing two years ago as a

freshman, but was out with a knee injury all of last year.




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School pride runs beyond football

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Sep 302003
Authors: Katrice Thomas

The weekend unfortunately is over and as the week lingers on I

know football is still on your mind. The conference opener turned

out to be disappointing for all Ram fans. But cheer up, there are

reasons far beyond the football team to be proud of CSU


Reasons like the women’s volleyball team and the men’s and

women’s cross country teams, who have both been handling their

business accordingly. While the football team is trying to kick the

can’t-win-a-game-if-someone-gave-it-to-them bug, the women’s

volleyball team rallied the troops and headed west of the border to

kick some BYU and Utah butt.

Contrary to what people might believe, true Ram fans must

support everyone who is going out and working their rear ends off

in a heroic journey of blood, sweat and tears. It’s the entire

athletic program and every athlete in it who help continue the

productive and successful programs that are present at wonderful

CSU. Just because the football team suffered a few bumps and

bruises, doesn’t mean that I still can’t shout that I’m proud to be

a CSU Ram.

The Rams should be proud, proud of the men’s and women’s

cross-country teams who traveled to Minnesota last weekend, went

face to face with over 3,000 athletes from 58 Division I schools

and showed the nation that CSU is a force to be reckoned with by

placing both the men’s and women’s teams in the top 10.

There are so many good things that are going on that there is

really no time to be disappointed. The football team has the entire

week to fix their problems and hopefully bounce back, but while

they are working on that, the golf teams and the tennis team at CSU

are in the swing of things, and doing pretty darn well. The

reigning Mountain West Conference Championship softball team,

closed out the fall season with a record that would impress anyone,

and they too are worthy of a little Ram love.

So there is no need to dwell in the overcast of disappointment,

the Rams are all doing just fine. And judging by the success that

the CSU athletic program has encountered so far, I think that it’s

safe to say that the football team will come around and play great

football in the future, but even if they don’t, I am still proud to

be a CSU Ram.




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CSU senior wins golf invitational

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Sep 302003
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

Firing a final round score of 69, CSU senior Nolan Martin won

the Ron Moore Invitational at the Riverdale Dunes golf course in

Brighton, Colo. Backed by second round score of 66 – the second

lowest individual round in CSU history – Martin shot a three-round

total of 204 to finish 12-under par and set a school record for the

lowest individual tournament score for three rounds.

Senior Martin Laird shot a final round of 72 to finish in third

place overall with a 7-under score of 209. With Martin and Laird

leading the way all five Rams finished in the top-20 for the

tournament. Junior John Hayes, sophomore Nate Pettitt and sophomore

Kevin McAlpine all finished tied for 19th with a 4-over total of


The Rams took the team title finishing with a total of 850, 10

strokes ahead of second place finisher Campbell University

Women finish 16th in New Mexico

The CSU women’s golf team finished 16th overall at the Dick

Maguire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., last weekend. The team

finished with a three-round total of 960. Host New Mexico took home

the team title finishing with a 5-under score of 871 – 16 strokes

ahead of second place Oklahoma State’s total of 887.

Sophomore Margaret Garehime led the Rams with a three-round

total of 235, placing her in a tie for 42nd overall. Dawna Virdell

finished tied for 47th overall followed by Trisha Quick, Lynette

Duran and Kylee King.




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To the Editor:

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Sep 302003

I am writing in response to Luke Cornish’s “Cubs fans, none of

them are really worth that much.” Not only do I believe the article

to be poorly outlined, even for an opinion article, but I was also

appalled at the lack of evidence to support his claim.

I was born and raised near Chicago and I, as well as many of my

friends here, have been a Cubs fan since birth. No, the Cubs have

not done much in a long time besides their wildcard win in 1984,

but why should that affect our loyalty? For over a century, the

Cubs have given us season after season of great baseball, most of

which in the infamous Wrigley Field. Maybe that doesn’t mean

anything to most of you, but for many others like myself, it is

something to a proud fan of.

They have made it to the playoffs this year. I consider it to be

quite audacious to and rude to rain on our parade. Just as he is a

fan of Manchester United, Carolina Panthers and a CSU Ram fan, we

support our home team. I took the title alone as personal offense.

Not really worth that much? We serve your food, give you exams, pay

your salary and publish your newspapers.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions; who they root for and

who they jeer. What appalled me the most was that there was

absolutely no credible argument in the article whatsoever. It was a

simple, snideful claim that truly disgusted me.

Holly Lindquist

Junior, Journalism and Technical Communication




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To the Editor:

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Sep 302003

This is in response to Jon Ackerman’s article (Sept. 29) about

CSU fan support at football games. Ackerman touched on some

mistakes Ram fans make while cheering at football games, but they

do not pertain to all of us. Nowhere in the column did fans get

credit for how loyal they are.

Most fans, win or lose, still cheer on the Rams. Don’t get me

wrong, they should. A perfect example is last Saturday’s game. The

Rams’ pervious game was a disastrous loss of 41-21 to Miami (Ohio),

a team most of us on campus had not heard of until we played


However, this past weekend fan support did not dwindle a bit.

Loyalty to the Rams overcame losing. I’m sure this Saturday for

homecoming Ram fans will be ready to cheer again, even after a loss

to Utah. I just want to say fans may not all cheer in unison and

some may jingle keys at the wrong points in the game, but fans are

“right” where is matters…they keep cheering for the Rams despite




Shoshannah Tirk

Sophomore, Technical Journalism







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Our View Two

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Sep 302003
Authors: Christopher J. Ortiz, Liz King

We hope supporters of the smoking ordinance are happy with their

healthy lungs, gleaming white teeth and clean-smelling clothing;

you only had to violate our civil rights to get them.

Starting today, Fort Collins is smoke free, which means citizens

cannot light up in restaurants, bars, pool halls and elevators –

that is a good thing.

It’s good to know that our city council members know what is

best for us. What burns us about this issue is voters didn’t decide

the ordinance, but instead city council decided on this.

Unlike our friends in Boulder, the smoking ban there was put on

the ballots and Boulderites decided for it – good for the


But here the fate of public smoking lay in the hands of six city

council voting members.

Sure they got public opinion, sure they did surveys about how

people feel about smoking but you can phrase any question to make

people agree with you and with something this big that affects so

many people in so many ways, it should have been decided on by the

people and besides less than 20 percent of Fort Collins voted those

members in there.

We feel this ordinance violates people’s civil rights, much like

how the war on drugs eroded the Fourth Amendment; protection from

unreasonable search and seizures.

This ordinance infringes on people’s right to use a perfectly

legal substance in private businesses.

We would be more in favor of banning the purchase of cigarettes

altogether than have this smoking ordinance come to town.

We understand the health concerns that come with smoking in

public places and the last thing we want is for another person to

die from second-hand or first-hand smoking, but when does the

government go too far to “protect” people’s health?

Fast food restaurants serve food to the public that can be

considered unhealthy and we shouldn’t let people get obese, so

should the government step in and change how McDonald’s or Wendy’s

does business?

Mayor Ray Martinez wrote an open letter concerning this

addressed to a CSU student.

“When deciding on which ordinances I’m in favor or not, it

usually depends on whether or not the ordinance is providing rights

and freedom versus control and dictatorship,” Martinez says in the

letter. “That is a fine line to cross. I do believe, as the mayor

of Fort Collins, that there must be a balance between our economy,

environment and quality of life.”

When it comes to private enterprises and businesses, the power

of the dollar should make these kinds of decisions. If smoking at

bars and taverns were such an alarming issue, patrons should have

voiced their concerns and made business owners prohibit smoking or

provide smoking-free rooms. Self-regulation has a successful past

with private enterprises and this smoking ordinance should have

been the next example of that.

The butt of our argument is that it is not the place of

government to dictate what occurs on private property.




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Our View

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Sep 302003
Authors: J.J. Babb Colleen Buhrer Shandra Jordan

What it comes down to is this: if your actions hurt another

person, the government is going to be more likely to regulate that


For example, you can drink yourself stupid, but when you climb

in a car the government is going to take action because what you

are about to do will directly harm another person, when your car

smashes into their car.

Similarly, as of today, you can smoke yourself into an early

grave in the privacy of your own home, but you can no longer do it

in a bar, restaurant or other public place. This is not because the

government is trying to oppress you or create an overly regulated

society, but because when you smoke in a bar, you are impacting the

health of hundreds of people.

Even if they don’t keel over that evening (and some of them may

if they happen to have asthma, as 14.6 million people do, according

to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease), you

are impacting their future lung health, contributing to lung cancer

20 years down the road and causing infections and lung disease in

unborn children.

Smokers say they have the right to go out and eat in a bar.

True, but we also have the right to not risk our own health to go

to the same bar. Pregnant women are not able to go out to bar with

smoke in it because it can seriously harm their unborn children. So

your smoking is keeping them from being able to eat out. And for

the three or four weeks before a new mother realizes she is

pregnant, she can do irreparable damage to a fetus without even

knowing it.

As a smoker, you can go out to eat, step outside for the five

minutes it takes to smoke a cigarette and step back in. When

non-smokers wish to save their lungs from second-hand smoke, they

can’t just step outside because they can’t ever go inside.

Not smoking is not harming anyone, it is just a minor


While it might not be an ideal solution (to smokers), your right

to smoke and our right not to breathe your smoke have to be

evaluated. The right to continue to breath comes out on top.

Further, it isn’t like the Fort Collins City Council dropped

this ordinance on us out of the blue. Over several months the City

Council heard arguments for and against the ordinance at meetings,

opened e-mail accounts and phone lines for feedback and, by all

evidence, made an informed decision that reflects what the citizens

of Fort Collins want.

A study conducted by the Larimer County Department of Heath and

Environment and other groups found that 75 percent of people agree

that the “city government has a responsibility to protect the

public’s health.” Another 91 percent agree that second-hand smoke

harms adult’s health.

While the percentage drops slightly to 59 percent in favor of a

standard forbidding smoking in all public places, that is still a

majority of citizens in favor of a smoking ordinance.





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Diamonds may be forever, but so are their horrors

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Sep 302003
Authors: Meg Burd

As college students, many of us are reaching (or at) an age

where diamond engagement rings begin to make an appearance amongst

our friends, family or classmates. We may marvel at the shiny

stones on the expensive rings, but many of us don’t stop to think

about where the stone came from. We should. Indeed, many diamonds

that adorn the necklaces, rings and other tokens of affection we

may be receiving or giving may be conflict diamonds, gems that fuel

bloody and horrific wars in areas of Africa such as Sierra Leone,

Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

A good example of the horrors of conflict diamonds can be found

in the story of Sierra Leone. Beginning in 1991, a bloody battle in

this African nation began with the rebel group Revolutionary United

Front (RUF) brutally taking over and subsequently defending their

hold on the nation’s prosperous diamond mines. Since then, says

Greg Cambell, author of the book Blood Diamonds and writer for the

human rights magazine Amnesty Now, the rebel RUF forces “carried

out one of the most brutal military campaigns in recent history in

which they “mutilated some 20,000 people, hacking off their arms,

legs, lips, and ears with machetes and axes.” The rebels enslaved

the local populations, forcing them to either work to dig up

diamonds or recruited them as soldiers in their bloody war.

According to a CNN report, the RUF abducted over 300 children to be

used as snipers, porters, diamond mine diggers and sex workers,

feeding these children drugs to numb the fear and pain and keep

them active in the rebel groups’ fight for the diamond fields.

While the RUF has been currently destabilized, Kofi Annan of the UN

recognizes this peace as “fragile.” This is only one example in the

bloody history of diamonds in Africa.

Besides the terrors there, the trade of conflict diamonds is

also linked to international terrorism that has had a direct impact

on our nation. Two of the Al Qaida members implicated in the Sept.

11, 2001, attacks were in Sierra Leone working with the RUF,

according to the Washington Post.

This trade in diamonds tainted with blood cannot continue.

Indeed, the United Nations recognized the problem as so substantial

that they adopted a resolution against conflict diamonds in 2000

and also recently endorsed the Kimberly Process, aimed at

certifying legal and “clean” diamonds. The United States as well

has passed the Clean Diamonds Act in an attempt to regulate diamond

trade in this nation.

As even U.N. and U.S. authorities agree, these systems are far

from perfect with a need for more controls, closer regulation by

members, and a better standardization for Certificates of Origin.

However, these actions are a step in the right direction.

While the UN and our government tackle this problem with

legislation, there are things we can do as well as concerned

citizens and consumers. While avoiding purchasing diamonds seems an

easy way, there are options for those who do wish to buy stones.

The Co-Opt Bank recommends demanding that jewelers provide a

“documentary reassurance” on their trade practices. Demanding a

Certificate of Origin and buying from jewelers who are recognized

as sellers of clean diamonds (lists can be found on many human

rights organizations’ Web sites) can help, although not necessarily

guarantee, the purchase of clean diamonds. Supporting legislation

and voicing support for the Kimberly Process can also be important

steps in ensuring that the attention on conflict diamonds doesn’t


As one organization put it, a diamond may be forever, but so are

the amputations of innocent civilians by groups supported by

conflict diamonds.




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Out With Ashtrays: Local employees have mixed reaction to smoking ban

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Sep 302003
Authors: Jamie Way

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Employees of bars and restaurants around Fort Collins will be

removing ashtrays with mixed emotions today as the smoking ban goes

into effect.

“Personally, I’m excited because I have an allergy to smoke. I

think it’s a wonderful thing,” said Sarah Dalrymple, a bartender at

Washington’s Bar and Grill, 132 Laporte Ave.

Similar bans have been put into effect in other cities, so the

impact on business is expected to be minimal.

“I really don’t think it will affect business,” Dalrymple said.

“The reason I don’t think so is because they banned it in Boulder

and everyone still goes out there. I think we’ll have a hard time

at first, but we’ll be


Some bars do not expect to lose much profit due to loss of

customers, but they may lose money elsewhere.

“We do sell cigarettes, so that may make a very small impact on

our income,” said Dave Selhime, the kitchen manager at Zydeco’s, 11

Old Town Square.

Starting today, the city of Fort Collins no longer allows

businesses to decide if they allow smoking or not.

“It should be the choice of the bar or restaurant owner. Smoking

should be allowed on patios. It’s not bothering anyone,” Selhime


Selhime works mostly days, when the bar is less smoky, and he

recently quit smoking, so the smoke was not an irritation to


“I just quit smoking, so cigarette smoke doesn’t bother me that

bad. If I don’t want to be around it, I don’t go out,” Selhime


The majority of Fort Collins citizens wanted a law implemented,

because they believed smoking to be harmful.

“More than 70 percent of local residents think that second-hand

smoke is dangerous to their health, that restaurant and bar

employees deserve smoke-free workplaces and that smoking sets a bad

example for children,” according to a survey commissioned by the

city of Fort Collins and conducted by Vantage Marketing


While open option senior Brad Creque said that as a smoker he

disliked the ban, he saw that it was beneficial for employees.

“It’s good for the employees, because if they don’t like smoking

they don’t have to be around it,” Creque said.

Employees said that while the ban may be positive for them, it

might be a hassle for smokers.

“I don’t smoke, so the ban is fine with me. Smoke doesn’t bother

me, so it kind of sucks they can’t (smoke)” said Nicole Barnhart,

an employee at Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, 25 Old Town Square.











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Fewer Butts Showing On Campus

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Sep 302003
Authors: Ben Bleckley

Bill Foley considers himself a social smoker, one who “only

smokes when he drinks,” as the saying goes.

“I do smoke when I go to the bar, which is basically the only

time I smoke,” said Foley, a graduate student studying student

affairs in higher education. “I don’t think I’m going to smoke

anymore. I bum cigarettes from people at the bar. So if there’s no

one around me smoking, I’m probably going to be less likely to


The Smoke-free Fort Collins Ordinance goes into effect today and

prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars and other places of


“The ordinance in the bars and the restaurants is going to

affect social smokers,” said Chris Devault, a senior economics

student and former smoker. “(That) is going to lead to less people

being addicted in the short and long run.”

The new city ordinance will make a difference for many smokers.

Gwen Sieving is a health educator at Hartshorn Health Services who

helps students quit smoking.

“My business has doubled in the past five weeks,” Sieving said.

“People know the ordinance is going to start and they really think

now is a good time to quit.”

For social smokers like Foley, when they cannot smoke in

restaurants or bars, there seems little reason to smoke.

“When they get in the process of quitting, they are pretty

excited about not having to go into bars and restaurants where

they’re tempted to smoke,” Sieving said. “I (also) have several

clients who are workers. Some have asthma and don’t smoke and it’ll

be a relief for their lungs.”

Some non-smokers find the ordinance quite favorable.

“My sister has asthma so whenever we’re in a restaurant and

there’s a lot of smoke around she has a lot of problems,” said

Elaina Garcia, a junior microbiology major. “I think for people who

don’t smoke especially it’s a good thing because they don’t want


be around it.”

While the ordinance will affect many off-campus areas, this is

nothing new to CSU. Three years ago, students pushed to ban

smoking from inside and 20 feet around all campus buildings,

Sieving said. Because of this,

few changes will have to be completed to make the campus

compliant with the new ordinance.

“It really isn’t going to change things here on campus a whole

lot,” said Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police Department.

Currently, building proctors and department heads — members

of the faculty and staff — monitor smoking in and around

buildings. The police are only called if someone asked to stop

smoking causes a disturbance.

“We now would have the option of issuing a municipal ticket,”

Chaffee said. “Before it would have to be on the order of

disorderly conduct or something like that.”

Chaffee said that the police encounter few conflicts regarding

smokers and smoking.

Facilities Management and Housing and Food Services have had

little to do in order to accommodate the new law.

“I’ll be real candid — I don’t think we’re doing anything at

the moment,” said Brian Chase, the director of Facilities


Chase said the only thing the university might do differently is

move some of its ashtrays away from the entrance of buildings to 20

feet away.

“On a practical basis, what that’s meant to do is to keep people

from standing by an entrance and smoking and the smoke goes in the

building,” Chase said. “But the reality is most people, if they are

putting out a cigarette, think to put it out before they go in the


Facilities Management will experiment with the placement of

ashtrays to see what is most effective and compliant with the


“We’ve had smoke-free halls for a good three years,” said Jim

Dolak, director of Housing and Food Services. “The smoking areas

that we have outside

buildings, they’ll be at least 20 feet away from the main

entrance, and that’s the way they’re set up now.”

The smoking areas were moved to the 20-feet requirement last

year, Dolak said.




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