Someone please help the Air Force Falcons

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Jan 292004
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

Fair-weather fans of the world unite! A note your way cometh.

Someone please send out a memo to our dear friend and colleague,

Joe Scott. It appears he has yet to grasp the fact that a team with

no history, no height and no visible talent can start to put

together an 11-game winning streak against quality teams and start

the season 4-0 in conference play. We would call this resurgence in

Air Force hoops, but shouldn’t there be a surgence before there is

a resurgence? We’re not blowing smoke here ladies and gents, since

becoming part of the now defunct Western Athletic Conference in the

1980-81 college hoops season, the Falcons have never had a winning

conference record. In fact, the best our neighbors to the south

have ever finished in conference play (Mountain West included) was

6-10 in 1988-89. That was also the last season Air Force finished

with a non-losing record (14-14). Their secret? Try an offense so

slow and deliberate that it puts opposing players and fans to

sleep, a group of smart players who can execute such an offense and

a team-first attitude. The team now sits at 13-2 and is two

conference wins shy of matching their school-record six conference

wins, but before we start up the band at Clune Arena, let’s keep in

mind this is Air Force. They may be off to a good start now, but as

soon as those 3s stop dropping and opposing teams start taking Jolt

in place of their Gatorade, things will change. They have to, don’t

they? …

Staying in the MWC our focus now turns to Moby Arena and the

impending Border War with the ‘Pokes of Wyoming. Watching Matt

Nelson limp to the training room Thursday night was painful, yet

our confidence is with the Rams even if the 7-foot junior won’t be.

The reason is simple: for to long the Rams have fallen just short

of defeating the ‘Pokes in the regular season. Last season it was

poor free throw shooting that caused a nail-biting 77-79 loss at

home and a late-game collapse that led to a 60-62 loss in Laramie.

Most of the roster remembers those losses and head coach Dale Layer

and his boys will not let it happen again. Count on J-Rack (Jon

Rackieki), D-Boat (Dwight Boatner), the leaping legend (Micheal

Morris) and the Big Sho (Shelton Johnson) taking Wyoming guard Jay

Straight and company out of their game and coming up with a big

win. … Speaking of Nelson it’s unfortunate he goes through what

he does. When asked how his knee felt the center responded: “It

hurts like hell.” Wincing and wobbling in and out of the training

room is not the way Nelly should be remembered after his tenure

here is done. Here’s hoping a happy, healthy end looms for No. 54.

Beyonc� Knowles singing the National Anthem; Janet

Jackson, P-Diddy, Kid Rock and Nelly lip singing at halftime; the

Budweiser twins and the Cat Fight girls; $2.25 million commercials

and a $20 pay-per-view Lingerie Bowl; oh yeah, there might be a

game this week in Houston as well. … The biggest difference

between Super Bowl I and Super Bowl XXXVIII? The outcome of the

game actually mattered.

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Rams saddle up for Border War

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Jan 292004
Authors: Katrice Thomas

The women’s basketball team is saddling up and heading toward

the border for what promises to be a fast-paced, action-packed

matchup. Colorado State (10-7, 1-3 MWC) will play the Cowgirls of

Wyoming on Friday in Laramie, Wyo. at 7 p.m. Conference-leading

scorer Ashley Elliot, who averages 16.3 points per game, leads a

Wyoming (6-11, 2-2 MWC) team that awaits the arrival of its border

rival. The Rams will look to avenge a disappointing 58-55 loss to

San Diego State Saturday, as well as stop their loosing streak.

“I’d like to get a win,” sophomore guard Vanessa Espinoza said.

“We haven’t had one in a long time, but we’re focused on getting a


The Rams will have to go about getting a win without senior

forward Joy Jenkins, who broke her nose last Monday in practice.

Stepping in for the senior will be freshman Kylee O’Dwyer.

“I’m excited,” O’Dwyer said. “This is a big step, but it’s a

reward for working hard.” Without Jenkins in the lineup head coach

Chris Denker admits the game plan will change but said CSU fans

shouldn’t panic.

“Losing Joy does impact our game,” he said. “We lose her senior

leadership, and she is a very versatile player. The rotation is

going to be a little tighter now, but we have a lot of confidence

in our team, it’s just a matter of going out and doing it.”

With winning on the minds of both teams, the game should be a

crowd pleaser. The last two contests in Wyoming have gone into

overtime, with both teams winning one game.

“Wyoming is a big rival,” Espinoza said. “Of all the teams, I

think I hate them the most.”

But whether the Rams like or dislike the Cowgirls won’t

determine the outcome of the game; good basketball will. Espinoza

and company seem to have the plan mapped out for the matchup.

“We have to make shots,” she said “That’s the bottom line. We

have to limit (Elliot’s) touches, make shots and continue to do the

things that we’ve been doing.”

CSU holds a 38-25 advantage over the Cowgirls, but the question

of whether history will prove faithful for the Rams or whether the

Cowgirls will bring enough firepower to end their own losing skid

remains unanswered.


Rams Probable Starting Line Up


No. Position Player Importance

5 guard Vanessa Espinoza Small but gets to the hoop, and scores



11 guard Jasai Ferrucho Fiery in-your-face defender


31 forward Kylee O’Dwyer Big on the boards, and can knock down a

few shots


33 forward Melissa Dennett The “Diesel” can’t be stopped, plows

over competition


45 center Lindsay Thomas Standing at 6 feet 2 inches, Thomas is


big girl, with a BIG game

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Boarder War heats up at Moby

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Jan 292004
Authors: Vince Blaser

The Wyomingites are coming.

The CSU men’s basketball team faces border rival Wyoming for the

197th time Saturday at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena. Thousands of Wyoming

fans are expected to travel down to Fort Collins in what is usually

an evenly divided, near-sellout crowd on the Rams’ home floor.

The Rams (10-8 overall, 2-3 Mountain West Conference) will take

on the Cowboys (9-9, 2-3) without the services of their 7-foot

center and leading scorer Matt Nelson. Nelson re-injured a sprained

right knee during Monday’s 89-83 overtime win against Nevada – Las

Vegas. Nelson, who averages 14.8 points a game, also missed time

earlier this season after injuring the knee Jan. 5 at Montana

State. He is out of the CSU lineup indefinitely.

“We will move forward,” CSU head coach Dale Layer said in a

release. “I feel badly for Matt (Nelson) that he was injured. I

know that he will work hard to return as quickly as possible.”

Both teams are not enjoying as much success as they had hoped

this season, but both are coming off conference wins. CSU has won

two straight overtime MWC games against UNLV and San Diego State at

home, while Wyoming had a 79-71 comeback win against SDSU


Cowboy point guard Jay Straight scored 21 of a career-high 30

points in the second half against the Aztecs. Straight should have

a great matchup against CSU point guard Micheal Morris.

Morris was held scoreless for the first 20 minutes in his first

game back from his hamstring injury against SDSU Saturday but

exploded for a career-high 24 points in the second half and

overtime in CSU’s 92-82 double-overtime win against the Aztecs.

The guard play of Straight and David Adams leads the Cowboys.

Adams averages 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Without Nelson, 6-10 freshman center Stephen Verwers will have

to again step into a starting role, guarding Cowboy 7-foot center

Alex Dunn. Forward Matt Williams, CSU’s second leading scorer, has

been shooting the ball well of late and will have to pick up the

scoring load along with Morris.

“I got in trouble with my family and my coaches after taking all

those charges at Utah,” Williams said after the SDSU game. “I got

to make people come out and guard me.”

The Rams have broken their all-time record in foul shots

attempted in the past two games. CSU shot 56 foul shots against

UNLV and 53 against SDSU. CSU is shooting 68.7 percent from the

line this season.

Majerus to quit

Longtime Utah head coach Rick Majerus announced Wednesday that

he will resign as the Utes head coach at the end of the season.

Majerus was hospitalized Wednesday with chest pains and said he is

resigning because of continual health problems and to be with his

family. He has a 320-95 record in 15 seasons at Utah and a 422-147

career record as a college head coach. Utes assistant Kerry Rupp

will fill in for Majerus while he is hospitalized.

Probable starting lineups

CSU (10-8, 2-3 MWC)

G #32 Michael Morris 6-3

G #22 Shelton Johnson 6-3

F #13 Freddy Robinson 6-5

F #42 Matt Williams 6-6

C #34 Stephen Verwers 6-10

Wyoming (9-9, 2-3 MWC)

G #3 Jay Straight 5-11

G #23 David Adam 6-2

F #5 Tim Henry 6-5

F #25 Joe Ries 6-8

C #13 Alex Dunn 7-0

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Track and field heads to Wyoming

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Jan 292004
Authors: John Teten

It’s an all-Wyoming weekend. The CSU men’s basketball will face

Wyoming Saturday at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena, the women’s team will be

in Wyoming to face the Cowgirls Friday at 7 p.m. and the CSU track

and field travels north to compete at the Robert Shine Invitational

in Laramie, Wyo., this weekend.

After last weekend’s dominating performance at the Air Force

Invitational, the Rams are content easing off the accelerator on


“We’re really gearing down this weekend,” head coach Del Hessel

said. “Not as concerned with the outcome as with running people in

one event.”

Among those taking a diminished role this weekend are distance

runner Colleen Blair, sprinter John Woods and the top distance

runners. Blair will still run the 3,000-meter run, but will sit

through the 5,000. Woods also will only compete in one event, while

Dylan Olchin, Josh Glaab and Austin Vigil, three of the men’s

strongest distance runners, will not run this weekend.

The Rams continue to train hard, putting an emphasis on practice

because with a long season in front of them it’s easy to lose focus

early. The goal is to “keep in mind what you want to accomplish at

the end of the year,” Hessel said.

With Wyoming’s small, tight turns and short, flat track,

injuries are also on the forefront of Hessel’s mind. At the Academy

the Rams lost two talented freshmen to injuries. Collin Ferguson, a

talented multi-event athlete, and Drew Morano, the best 400 runner

on the team, each left Colorado Springs injured.

Morano pulled his hamstring for the third time in five months,

“I made it fifty meters and then it just popped, or whatever

muscles do,” he said.

Morano will likely be redshirted for the indoor season and

attempt a comeback as the outdoor season begins later this


Junior Ryan Lowen returns from off-season knee surgery this

weekend. He will make his first appearance of the season in the


The Rams head into the meet with a new look, a focused game plan

and the continued desire to win.

“We go with the intent to do as well as we can with what we put

on the track,” Hessel said.

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To the Editor:

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Jan 292004

I couldn’t help but laugh at the statement in Stacey Schneider’s

article that genetic engineering allows scientists to start taking

on a “God-like” role. It sounded so familiar. When effective forms

of birth control first came out a similar paranoia was expressed.

Selecting conception dates was God’s domain. So are we in Bible

school or college?

Selecting the sex of a child and eliminating major genetic

defects is a far cry from eliminating the “true surprise” that a

child brings. The researcher selects from the parent’s genes. It

isn’t a Frankenstein stitch-job with Arnolds pecks, Bill Gate’s

mind and Madonna’s abs. The child would still have Dad’s squinty

eyes, Mom’s nose and aunt Gertrude’s receding hairline. A normal

child perhaps, but without Down’s syndrome.

Many people who want a sneak peak at their future child already

have a disabled or terminally ill child. Currently, the only other

candidates for genetic engineering are persons who already have


Genetic scientists are not sick puppies who are trying to

undermine the value of human life. They just think that quality of

life matters too.



Amy Trefethen, second bachelor’s candidate

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IMP does not work for everyone

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Jan 292004
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff


Colleen Buhrer

J.J. Babb

Patrick Crossland

Christopher J. Ortiz

For a lot of students, math is just something you can do or you

can’t do. The university requires undergraduates to take math

credits. Yet it doesn’t seem that the university puts a lot of

money into the Individualized Mathematics Program.

The math mods are a way for the university to require students

to take credits but to skim off the surface with funding. From our

experience, students who go through the math mods are not learning

lifelong math skills. They only learn enough to pass the tests.

You don’t come to a university to teach yourself. Yes there are

tutors and yes there is a lecture class provided, but for the

average student who needs a little more assistance, the IMP program

is not conducive to his or her overall educational experience. Many

students coast through the programs by learning only what is

necessary to pass the next test, not actually learning the

material. Everyone learns differently, but with the math mods there

are few options.

Either don’t require every student to earn math credits at CSU

or support the IMP with more help for students who do not know the

cross products of the dell operator with the result of the cross

product of two vectors.

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Cold war lingers with new nuclear threats

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Jan 292004
Authors: Jason Kosena

Did you know the cold war isn’t over?

No, in fact the secret swapping of intelligence and the black

market network it travels on is still dangerously alive today.

On Tuesday, Pakistani investigators concluded investigations

into two senior nuclear scientists who supplied Iran and Libya with

the intelligence and blueprints to manufacture equipment to enrich


Last November the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

reported the construction of a gas centrifuge plant by the Iranian

government, after opponents of the current Islamic government in

Iran revealed the highly guarded secret. It also placed much

international pressure on Iran to open its doors to nuclear

inspectors, which it did last month.

The inspectors have since been able to determine that Iran

received assistance from Pakistani scientists who provided

classified designs and components for uranium-processing gas

centrifuge machines. These complex centrifuges machines are

designed to extract small amounts of fissile material from natural

uranium by spinning it at supersonic speeds.

The fissile material extracted from the centrifuges becomes

enriched uranium, which is used as nuclear fuel for power plants.

It can also be transformed into a more concentrated form known as

highly enriched uranium, which can be used to build nuclear


According to the IAEA report, the centrifuge machines found in

Iran are covered with Pakistan’s fingerprints.

In the 1970s a Pakistani nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan,

now known as the father of the Pakistan bomb and one of the

scientists suspected of selling top-secret nuclear information,

stole centrifuge designs from the British, Dutch and German


In the decades following, Khan studied the designs and made

modifications to them constructing the machines to be more stable.

The centrifuge technology found in Iran recently has the same

modifications and capitalizes on the same technology found in

Khan’s designs, and at times even uses old, castoff parts from

outdated Pakistani centrifuge machines.

Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf is investigating Khan

and Mohammed Farooq, a senior scientist and high-ranking manager of

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons laboratory, for trading the nation’s

nuclear secrets for money.

The investigation has determined that real estate holdings along

with millions of dollars were transferred to bank accounts

controlled by the two scientists around the same time Iran was

gaining its nuclear technology.

Khan, who is a national hero among all ideological political

parties in Pakistan, most likely sold top-secret nuclear technology

to Libya and possibly to North Korea also, making himself and

Pakistan one of the world’s leading nuclear proliferators.

Musharraf, who hit politically unstable times after Sept. 11,

2001, has been put into a difficult political position. The Bush

administration has been increasingly reliant on Pakistan to aid in

the war on terror.

It is believed that Osama Bin Laden continues to trek back and

forth between the Pakistan and Afghanistan borders, putting the

administration in desperate need of Pakistan’s help if they want

any chance of capturing him.

Musharraf has been pro-America recently, in hopes of gaining

political favor with Washington and acquiring international aid.

Islamic hard-liners have rallied against Musharraf in defense of

the scientists however, believing that Musharraf is pandering to

the Bush administration and in turn making the scientists a


These opponents believe the Pakistani government directed the

scientists in the late ’80s and early ’90s, before Musharraf took

office in 1999 after a bloodless coup, to sell the technology.

The protestors are probably correct in believing the Pakistani

government had every intention of selling nuclear technology to

other nations 15 years ago.

However, the fat bank accounts and extensive real estate

holdings of the scientists, almost all of which are not located in

Pakistan, give credence to the Musharraf government’s investigation

and probable indictment of the nuclear scientists.

The cold war has been a fading remnant of an era the world

outgrew and left behind almost 20 years ago. Sept. 11, brought an

awakening to United States, pushing the American agencies away from

cold war operations and has restructured intelligence tactics for a

new type of threat. But is the cold war really over, and is America

really safe from the threats many believe are outdated?

The IAEA has strong evidence supporting the belief that North

Korea leapfrogged many technological hurdles by buying intelligence

from Pakistani scientists. Many in America believe that North

Korea, who does not hide their developing and testing of nuclear

weapons taking place today, is the biggest threat to our


At the very least, North Korea’s nuclear prowess is a major

global concern to the countries of eastern Asia, mainly South Korea

and Japan. If North Korea continues to develop nuclear capability

Japan might begin arguing that it must also go nuclear to protect

itself against the other nuclear powers in the unstable region.

If this occurs, then China, North Korea, India, Pakistan, Russia

and Japan would all have nuclear weapons pointed at each other.

Soon, the uneasiness of the situation would lead to mounting

threats among each country.

It is unlikely that any of them would ever actually use a

nuclear weapon on the others, for fear they would be hit relatively

soon afterward. This paradox has a name – mutually assured


It is highly unlikely a shot will ever be fired, but everyone is

still arming themselves just in case. Wow, all of this sounds

eerily familiar. Who exactly was it that said the cold war was


Jason Kosena is the assistance campus editor for The Collegian.

He is a senior majoring in technical journalism.

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Virus infects campus e-mail

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Jan 292004
Authors: Carmen Filosa

In an effort to stop the spread of two viruses that have been

affecting computers worldwide, Academic Computing and Networking

Services is advising caution when opening any e-mails with


Last week’s Bagel virus and the less than a week old MyDoom

virus are two of the fastest spreading computer viruses in history,

said Diane Noren, an information technology professional for the

Weber Building computer lab.

“It’s a worm virus that was mass mailed all over the place,”

said Kevin Nolan, an IT specialist for the ACNS.

Nolan said it is characteristic of both viruses to have

attachments in the e-mail that if opened allow a “backdoor” to be

opened in the computer.

“(The backdoor) allows others to talk to your computer with out

you knowing,” Nolan said.

If the backdoor is not closed, Nolan said the creators of the

viruses are allowed access to everything in the computer, including

files, electronic ID’s and passwords, and credit card numbers.

“They open up ports so hackers can read your files and delete

your hard drives,” said Jake Gross, a computer training and support

services consultant for the Weber computer lab.

Gross said the viruses only affect computers that use Windows

and that the Bagel virus has a written-in time limit that stopped

spread of virus on Wednesday.

“I don’t know why anybody would do this. The only reason to

create a virus is to screw with other people’s computers,” said

Chris Latham, an accounting and finance junior.

Latham said he believes he got the virus early Wednesday and

since then his computer system has randomly shut down after running


“Be very careful about opening an e-mail message with an

attachment, even from people you know,” Nolan said.

Nolan said e-mail users are more likely to open virus-infected

messages because the viruses mimic e-mail names and addresses that

make users believe that they are receiving a legitimate message

from somebody they know.

Characteristics can be seen in the subject lines of the e-mails.

The Bagel virus usually has the word “Hi” and the MyDoom virus has

the word “test” in the subject line.

According, MyDoom was dominating about 10 percent

of the world’s Internet traffic on Wednesday.

While news of the virus did not come until Monday, Noren said

anti-virus software and updates could not be created fast enough to

stop the exponential growth the virus has had all week.

“We here at CSU have been trying to attack it and block it. All

students and faculty must have virus protection,” Noren said.

Noren advised anybody who believes his/her computer may have

been infected to come to the Weber computer lab, where anti-virus

software and help can be provided.

“It’s each individual responsibility to keep their machines

clean,” Noren said.

The huge spread of the viruses has caused other problems at


Gross said many individuals are receiving large numbers of

infected e-mails that are not only clogging their inboxes but in

some cases are also putting the students over their quota. This

stops the arrival of any e-mail.

“It seems to be just a pain right now,” Noren said.

Nolan said the focus is not about finding out who is responsible

but reacting to the spread.

Once the virus is under control, Nolan said an investigation

will probably find out who created the viruses but punishment could

depend on what country they originated from.

Noren said MyDoom and Bagel could be representative of the new

era of viruses because it is unusual for there to be multiple

viruses that spread as fast as these did.

“Technology has just changed and (virus protection) is now a

daily part of my job,” Noren said.

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Low-carb diets could cause long-term problems

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Jan 292004
Authors: Taylour Nelson

It seems many have been riding the new wave of low-carbohydrate


Consumers are encountering images of “Atkins approved,” while

even some beer and bread products are claiming to be low-carb.

Low-carb diets such as the Atkins diet and the South Beach Diet

have people cutting back on the number of carbohydrates in their


This includes all breads, potatoes, pasta, sugar and even fruit.

These strict eating habits are designed to cause weight loss and

lower the dieter’s cholesterol level, while allowing the person to

consume as much meat, cheese and vegetables as they can handle.

Shirley Perryman, extension specialist at the food science and

human nutrition department, said these diets cause rapid weight

loss because of the limitations on the types of foods people


“Even though these foods are high fat, in general, they’re

consuming fewer calories because the variety in the diet is so

limited,” Perryman said. “You can only eat so much meat and


Perryman attributes the rapid weight loss at the beginning of

the diet to water weight.

“When you eat carbohydrates, it’s part of the physiological

process to take in water. So when you don’t eat carbohydrates, then

there’s this water weight you’re not going to have,” she said.

The South Beach Diet says that phase one, a strict phase, is

crucial to ridding the body of its carbohydrate and sugar

addictions. In phase one the dieter is required to cut out all

sugar and carbohydrates.

The Atkins diet is similar.

It requires the induction diet, eliminating the intake of

certain milk products, carbohydrates, sugar and fruit, to

kick-start the body into digesting food slower and regulating

insulin levels.

Lisa Malina, a junior biology major, works at a steakhouse in

Fort Collins and said she has noticed many of her customers have

asked her to send the breadbasket away.

“They’ll tell me they’re ‘doing the Atkins’ and then order extra

vegetables, with no potatoes,” she said. “It seems like a lot of

people are on it.”

Elizabeth Harless, a dietician and executive director for Meals

on Wheels in Fort Collins, is concerned about the long-term effects

these eating habits will have on a dieter.

“The concern is that there’s not a lot of research on the

long-term effects,” Harless said. “We know that too much red meat

can lead to certain cancers and lack of fiber in carbohydrates can

raise the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.”

Perryman agreed that because these diets are so new, the medical

world does not know what may happen to people’s cholesterol levels

in the future.

“People may think they are getting a quick fix for now, because

of the lower cholesterol, but we don’t know what this means

long-term,” Perryman said.

Lauren Fields, a junior merchandising major, doesn’t buy into

the glamour of these new diets.

“I think it’s just a fad. You can’t just cut things out,” Fields

said. “I know some people that have been on it and they do well for

the first week, but then go back to their old eating habits and

gain the weight back.”

Perryman said the second phase of the low-carb diets,

reintroducing the ‘good carbohydrates’ in smaller portions, is a

good suggestion. This includes eating the refined and complex

grains, such as whole grain pasta and bread.

“If you take away the first two weeks (of these diets) and the

gimmicks, then you’re really back to the same old message, follow

the food guide pyramid,” Perryman said. “You need to enjoy your

food, but eat less of it and really look at portion sizes.”

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Fire Safefy a Concern

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Jan 292004
Authors: Holly Stollsteimer

Jean Robbins, a manager at Ram’s Village East Apartments,

recalls two fires in the 10 years she’s been there.

The fires, Robbins said, were only grease fires and were

extinguished before the Poudre Fire Authority arrived. These fires

were put out immediately because all apartment units are required

to have a fire extinguisher in every kitchen, according to


While this requirement comes from the apartment’s property

insurance, there is a city code apartments must comply with as


Mike Gebo, inspector for the City Building and Zoning

Department, said Fort Collins has a “non-owner-occupied housing

standard.” This regulates all existing rentals, such as houses,

apartments, and hotel and motel buildings.

In 1927, according to Gebo, the local code required apartments

with 16 or more units to have fire sprinklers and alarms. However,

in 1997 the code was changed to require these installations only if

the building had more than 16 units.

“We will inspect apartments and make sure they comply with the

rental code,” Gebo said. “As long as they’re in compliance with the

code they were built under, they’re still in compliance today.”

Heather Barnes, office manager of Rams Village East, said the

apartment complex was built in 1991. The units are equipped with

fire alarms and extinguishers, but no sprinklers. Robbins said the

apartments are not required to have sprinklers because it is not a

regulation for buildings with less than three stories, and was not

a requirement when the property was built.

Robbins said retrofitting the property with sprinklers would be

very difficult, and as of now, is not needed.

“It isn’t necessary as long as people are being careful,”

Robbins said.

Ram’s Crossing was built in the 1970’s, according to manager

Jessica Jones. The property is equipped with one or two fire

extinguishers per building, and each unit has a fire alarm. She

said sprinklers aren’t needed because the ceilings aren’t high


The only time Jones recalls an alarm going off was when a

resident burned their food.

Lindsey Satterfield, manager of Ram’s Park, said each unit is

equipped with smoke detectors as well as sprinklers, because the

property was built in 2001. However, Satterfield said there has

been no need for either so far.

“We’re brand new, but we’ve never had any problems,” Satterfield


The Poudre Fire Authority inspects apartments, hotels and motels

yearly, Gebo said. Occasionally, they will require an upgrade in a

property’s requirements.

Retrofitting will not take place unless a building has remodeled

or changed in a way to where they would now meet today’s code, Gebo


If a building has neglected making changes or keeping up with

its requirements, Gebo said it will be ordered condemned, and all

tenants are required to leave, and the building must be secured. If

the owner of the building still refuses to make changes, and lets

the condemned property become a hazard, Gebo said it will then be


“We’re really looking at life, health and safety,” Gebo said.

“The greater the hazard, the quicker we respond.”

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