Services, Programs Assist Off-Campus Students

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Aug 312004
 
Authors: Sara Bahnson

Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners

provides off-campus and nontraditional students with resources on

everything from roommates to security deposits while also assisting

students in making connections on campus.

According to the Off-Campus Student Services office,

approximately 75 percent of CSU students live off campus.

Off-Campus Student Services helps students with the challenges of

off-campus life, including the rental process, commuting and

budgeting.

“The main service that we provide to off-campus students is our

online rental listing service,” said Jeannie Ortega, director of

the office. The OCSS Web site gives off-campus students the

opportunity to look up available rentals in the area, as well as

post their own listings.

The office also provides pamphlets on lease language, apartment

repairs, dealing with roommates, landlords and security

deposits.

“For those that are new to the rental process, we have a lot of

information that walks them through the stages of renting,” Ortega

said. The office also helps off-campus students by making referrals

to other organizations on campus such as Student Legal Services.

Information on city ordinances, bus schedules and maps are

available at Off-Campus Student Services as well.

Another component of Off-Campus Student Services is Resources

for Adult Learners, which offers services to nontraditional

students, defined as those 23 years old or older.

The nontraditional student population represented 17 percent of

the undergraduate population in 2003, “but we as an office broaden

the definition (of a nontraditional student) even more,” Ortega

said.

Resources for Adult Learners also assists students who have just

come out of the military, are single parents, are married or have

children.

“We do more programming on a smaller scale for the

nontraditional student population because it is easier to build a

sense of connection and community this way,” Ortega said.

Resources for Adult Learners provides smaller programs such as

Java Jumpstart, a weekly informal social event for nontraditional

students to build relationships and network. Other services offered

include presentations by guest speakers from the Center for

Advising and Student Achievement and the Career Center.

“We also connect nontraditional students with liaison

representatives from across campus so that they have a person to

contact that they know will be understanding of the adult learner

experience,” Ortega said. Resources for Adult Learners collaborates

with the Non-Traditional Student Club and Sponsor Pinnacle, the

nontraditional student honor society.

Resources for Adult Learners tries to combat some of the stress

of being a nontraditional student, not only with its programs, but

also by making the office feel like a home away from home, said Jan

Rastall, coordinator of Resources for Adult Learners.

“(Being a nontraditional student) takes a commitment on the part

of an older student … and your dedication to your studies must be

strong,” said Patricia Potter, 48, a senior business and accounting

major.

Off-Campus Student Services and Resources for Adult Learners

provides CSU students with resources and services that assist in

making the college experience more manageable.

“If students can identify with a place or a group (like

Off-Campus Student Services and Resources for Adult Learners), it

can help make this large campus seem less overwhelming,” Ortega

said.

Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday

7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday

Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

OR

If you are a non-traditional student interested in Resources for

Adult Learners, try Java Jumpstart. Start your week with a Java

jump of coffee and conversation with other non-traditional students

from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday mornings in the OCSS/RAL lounge,

lower level of the Lory Student Center.

Contacts:

Jeannie Ortega, Director of Off-Campus Student Services and

Resources for Adult Learners

(970) 491-2248

Jan Rastall, Resources for Adult Learners

(970) 491-2248

Patricia Potter, senior business/accounting major

(970) 667-3705

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Safety’s on Guard for CU vs. CSU

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Aug 312004
 
Authors: Erin Sobon

University of Colorado-Boulder officials will not implement

increased security at the CSU vs. CU football game Saturday.

“We will be staffing the CU-CSU football game with our typical

contingent of police officers,” said CU Police Department Lt. J.

Timothy McGraw. “We believe the number of officers at the game is

adequate to provide help to fans attending the game and to deal

with any issues which might arise.”

The typical contingent consists of 60 police officers and an

excess of 100 security ushers, McGraw said.

“The CU Police Department has a lot of experience with game

management. Along with the event staff, I trust that this is

sufficient coverage for any foreseeable concerns,” said CSU Police

Department Capt. Bob Chaffee.

Some CSU students are not worried about the number of police

officers at the game, and they remain optimistic about having a

good time.

“I think it is adequate – I just figure they know what they are

doing,” said Evan Schulte, freshman music major. “You usually have

to provoke things or be looking for trouble in order to get in

trouble. I’m just going to steer clear.”

In addition to the CU police, four CSU police officers will be

at the game as well.

“We are also planning increased coverage here on our campus

related to recent events and possible celebration events in Fort

Collins,” Chaffee said.

CSU police officers are hoping that their presence at the game

will be preventative in nature, but CSU police will support CU

police in safety management efforts.

“There will probably be a few arrests, but I hope that our

students will show the class we expect from CSU students and won’t

be in those arrest statistics,” Chaffee said.

Chaffee also reminds students who chose to drink to do so

responsibly.

“Any time a person consumes too much they endanger themselves

and others,” he said. “They face consequences that they would have

considered more critical if they were sober.”

However, in contrast to CSU’s policy, alcohol is prohibited at

Folsom Field.

“We are strict about disallowing intoxicated persons into the

game, and fans (who) enter the venue are subject to search,” McGraw

said.

Yet, even with reassurances of adequate security, Melanie

Calderwood, a junior agriculture business major, will be cautious

after her previous experience with CU.

Calderwood played the mellophone in the CSU Marching Band last

year when CU fans punched a band member in the face and threw beer

bottles at the group following the game.

“It’s just not safe,” Calderwood said. “Their fans are out of

control and they need to recognize that and do something about

it.”

Still, Calderwood is not scared away from this year’s game.

“I love CSU – I bleed green and gold,” she said. “I love to

support CSU athletics and CSU football.”

Graphic Idea: A Pull Put Box listing prohibited items at Folsom

Field.

Items to Leave at Home

 

* Alcohol

* Gallon Thermoses

* Ice Chests

* Cans, glass, or plastic disposable bottles

* Marshmallows

* Tortillas

* Fruit that’s not sliced

* Signs, banners, or flags that obstruct, endanger, or are

offensive

 

One bag per person

CU Police: 492-6666

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Student Affairs creates new director position

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Aug 312004
 
Authors: Amy Resseguie

The Division of Student Affairs is undergoing a staff

reorganization that will result in promotions, the shifting of

responsibilities and the creation of a new position – the director

of student transition and parent and family programs.

Most students will not notice any changes, said Linda Kuk, vice

president for student affairs. However, Kuk said the

reorganization, which goes into effect today, will allow the

division to operate more smoothly and efficiently.

“We shuffled things around to permit us to get things done,” Kuk

said.

Because of budget cuts in recent years, student affairs has gone

from five assistant to the vice president to three. The addition of

the new director position will allow the division to promote

someone else to assistant to the vice president, and Kuk hopes it

will help rebalance some of the office’s responsibilities.

Jody Donovan will move from her current role as assistant to the

vice president to fill the new position. Donovan has been

coordinating parent programs and services for the past four years

and will also take on coordination of Ram Welcome and other

freshmen transition programs.

“A personal interest of mine was working with parents and

families of students,” Donovan said. “Linda was very supportive of

that, and Dr. (Larry) Penley (CSU’s president) really, really wants

to build the program, so it was natural to create this new

position.”

As the new director, Donovan will work with Ram Welcome, the

Mentoring Project and other transition issues for new students. In

addition, she will be a liaison between parents and the university,

talking to parents at Preview and throughout the year to help

families with transitions they experience when sending children to

college.

“I’m sort of a coach,” Donovan said. “I’m helping parents and

families understand that they’re going to parent their college

student differently.”

In addition to Donovan’s new position, Linda Ahuna will take

over as executive assistant to the vice president, and Jennifer

Williams Molock will assume Ahuna’s old role as the new executive

director for the advocacy cluster while also retaining her duties

as director of Black Student Services. Ahuna also was the director

of Asian/Pacific American Student Services, a position that will be

filled by Mikiko Kumasaka, previously the assistant director of the

office.

Dave McKelfresh will continue to work with staff training and

assessment in Housing and Dining Services, but he will also take

over some of the responsibilities in the Student Affairs in Higher

Education graduate program.

Kuk said that while the reorganization sounds complicated, it is

simply a reshuffling of responsibilities.

“We didn’t create a new position, we just renamed some things,”

she said.

Kuk also stressed that the reorganization will not cost the

university any money. While some raises will go along with the

promotions, Kuk said the division ultimately saved money when some

of the senior staff members, who had higher salaries, retired.

“We fortunately have enough money to hire back at less cost,”

Kuk said. “You shift the resources around to make it work.”

Kuk said the reorganization was ultimately necessary, regardless

of cost.

“We, I think, downsized initially more than was realistic, so

we’re just trying to ‘right-size’ again,” Kuk said.

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Riots affect more than partiers

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Authors: Ryan Riggen

Editor’s note: The names of juveniles in this article have been

changed for legal reasons.

Boys at Turning Point Boys Residential Treatment Center awoke

coughing and choking on tear gas on Aug. 21.

Gas was deployed by Fort Collins Police Services in order to

break up a riot on Bluebell and Plum streets, and it eventually

reached the bedrooms of the boys at Turning Point, 801 South

Shields St.

“I felt a little weird because they said there was teargas

outside and when I went outside my eyes hurt and my throat was

killing me,” said Steve, 17, a Turning Point resident. “I had to

wrap my shirt around my head and I almost got hit by a car.”

Turning Point is a nonprofit organization that is currently

housing 29 boys for a variety of reasons. Some of the residents

live at Turning Point because they have no family or have

incarcerated parents. Other residents are there for committing

petty crimes.

“The only warning I heard came over the police loudspeaker,”

said Doug Meyer, a staff member working the overnight shift on the

riot night. “They didn’t come here and warn us.”

Meyer attempted to close all the building’s windows because he

could see the police were only about 50 yards away. Within 20

minutes of the police shooting the tear gas, the building began to

fill up with gas.

The gas leaked through Meyer’s office window, which is located

on the building’s west side. Gas also came through other windows in

the building, including one in a boy’s room.

“Guys were coming out of their rooms with shirts over their

faces,” Meyer said. “Some were tripping.”

Meyer’s first plan was to cross the street in an attempt to get

away from the gas, but he soon noticed the gas was moving in that

direction. He and another staff member decided to get away from the

gas and began loading the boys into the facility’s passenger

van.

“We loaded 22 people in a 15-person van and went to the Shell

station down the street,” Meyer said. “We had to leave some boys

behind and come back for a second trip.”

Meyer said they remained at the Shell station for about two

hours. He walked back to the facility himself about an hour after

evacuating and talked to the police. He received permission to

check out the facility’s condition and went inside to find that the

gas was still really thick inside. He opened all the windows to air

the building out.

“Even when we got back there was still tear gas in here,” said

Peter, 17, a Turning Point resident. “There was a rush of tear gas

when we walked in the house.”

Meyer said one of the boys had to seek medical attention related

to the tear gas’ effects on Sunday but could not go into specifics

because of the boy’s age.

“People affected us and didn’t even know it; we would have never

experienced tear gas,” Peter said. “We have young kids here that

might have been traumatized. We have fire drills and tornado drills

but we don’t have tear gas drills. It sucks seeing other

(roommates) have to go through it.”

Rita Davis, Fort Collins Police Services spokesperson, said the

police did not go door to door to warn people about the gas because

of the riotous condition.

” (Police officers) don’t have the ability to go door to door

because they are trying to control the crowd,” Davis said. “The

police announced over the P.A. system and gave residents time to

close windows.”

Meyer said the boys sleeping on the second floor of the

three-story building thought he was playing a prank when he tried

to wake them up. The boys who live in the building sleep on the

second and third floors.

“The third floor was panicky because the tear gas woke them up,”

Meyer said. “The third floor was a lot worse than the second.”

Meyer also said people driving by the boys when they were

walking back to the facility early Sunday morning were yelling and

threatening them. He said he was very proud of the boys, many of

whom were about 15 years olde, for not responding to the

taunts.

“On the walk down Shields people driving down the roads were

yelling things at us like ‘freshies’ and ‘rushies,'” Steve said.

“The kids (yelling) looked wasted and they probably were.”

Peter’s view of CSU did not change as a result of the riot and

tear gas, but he did voice his displeasure with how the situation

was handled.

“I think it’s a normal college; I don’t think any different of

CSU but they could have handled it better than getting resolved

with tear gas,” he said. “I think 2 out of 3 people overreacted –

the rioters and the police with their tear gas. I think more people

should be held accountable (by the university) for their actions.

There were a lot here that were affected.”

The building that houses the boys is called the Newton Center,

and Rose Quinn, therapist and program coordinator at Turning Point,

said it houses 33 boys when full.

“We’re a boys residential treatment program for boys ages 14

to18,” Quinn said.

Some other residents of the surrounding area were affected by

the tear gas used to disperse the crowd.

“I have heard of some people who were concerned who were not

participants in the riot but were gassed,” Davis said. “It’s

unfortunate but it happens.”

Tre, 17, a Turning Point resident, was upset with the police for

using tear gas.

“I was pissed at the police for using tear gas,” Tre said. ” I

just don’t want to get any more tear gas.”

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Correction

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Authors:

In the story “College tuition costs an arm and a leg” on

Tuesday, the breakout box listed tuition, fees and cost of living,

not just solely tuition. The Collegian regrets this error.

Friday’s article “Beyond the Campus Information Desk” did not

reflect a current change to the process of picking up student

tickets. Students can no longer receive tickets at residence halls,

but tickets can be picked up with a student ID at the Campus

Information Center and McGraw Athletic Center for football and

men’s basketball. Women’s basketball and volleyball tickets can be

picked up at Moby Arena on game night with a valid student ID. The

desk is also formally titled the Campus Information Center. The

Collegian regrets this error.

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Trivia Tuesday

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Aug 302004
 
Authors:

On CSU’s campus today, the majority of pets are virtually taboo.

However, on the campus of 1923, there were several barns on campus

used for storing animals and farming machinery. How many barns were

there, and what did they generally house?

A: There were six barns total on the 1923 campus, and half of

them were for horses. The other three were called the Machinery

Barn, the Hog Barn, and the Dairy Barn.

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Mountain West Conference Preview

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Aug 302004
 
Authors: Preston Cagle

’03 End of Year Standings

Team Overall Record Conference Record

1. Utah 10-2 (.833) 6-1 (.857)

2. New Mexico 8-5 (.615) 5-2 (.714)

3. Colorado State 7-6 (.538) 4-3 (.571)

4. Air Force 7-5 (.583) 3-4 (.429)

5. San Diego State 6-6 (.500) 3-4 (.429)

6. BYU 4-8 (.333) 3-4 (.429)

7. UNLV 6-6 (.500) 2-5 (.286)

8. Wyoming 4-8 (.333) 2-5 (.286)

The Mountain West Conference looks to continue being one of the

toughest non-Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conferences in the

nation again in 2004.

The MWC sent three teams to bowls last year, including Utah

(Liberty Bowl), New Mexico (Las Vegas Bowl) and CSU (San Francisco

Bowl), and the conference is guaranteed three bowls again this

year. MWC teams will return to the Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31), the Las

Vegas Bowl (Dec. 23) and the Emerald Bowl (Dec. 30) in 2004.

The MWC saw six of its eight teams produce a record of .500 or

better, and Utah is ranked in the preseason top-25 at No. 19. The

MWC teams will participate in games against 14 bowl-game

participants, eight top-25 teams including the likes of top-ranked

USC, No. 7 Michigan, No. 14 California and No. 15 Tennessee.

In the MWC’s five-year history, the teams have compiled a 70-70

conference record in away games, making it one of the nation’s most

competitive conferences on the road and at home. On Jan. 30 Texas

Christian University announced it will join the MWC in the

2005-2006 season, raising the number of teams to nine and bringing

in a team that has been to six-straight bowl games and finished in

the top-25 three of the last four years.

No. 21 Utah Utes

(10-2, 6-1)

After winning the MWC and beating Southern Mississippi 17-0 in

the 2003Liberty Bowl, the Utes return 17 starters in 2004. Eight

offensive starters return to the No. 4 MWC offense, including

junior quarterback Alex Smith, who passed for 2,247 yards, ran for

452 yards and scored 15 touchdowns last season. The defense also

ranked fourth in the MWC last year and returns seven starters,

including senior defensive back and three-year letterman Morgan

Scalley, who pulled in two interceptions, had 73 tackles and also

returned kicks for the team. Head coach Urban Meyer returns for his

second season at Utah and has tallied a 27-8 overall record in

three seasons as a head coach.

’04 Important Dates

-Sept. 2 Texas A&M

-Sept. 11 @Arizona

-Nov. 6 Colorado State

New Mexico Lobos

(8-5, 5-2)

The Lobos finished second in the MWC last year but were defeated

in the Las Vegas Bowl by Oregon State 55-14. New Mexico returns 11

starters for the 2004 season. Five starters return to the

conference’s second-ranked offense, including junior tailback

DonTrell Moore, who rushed for 1,450 yards and 19 touchdowns last

season. On defense the Lobos return four starters to the No. 3 MWC

defense. Senior linebacker Nick Speegle, who was second on the team

with 45 unassisted tackles and third on the team with 80 total

tackles, comes back to lead the Lobo defense. Head coach Rocky Long

enters his seventh season as head coach with New Mexico. In six

seasons he has compiled a 33-40 overall record, with a 21-21

conference record, and he has made two bowl appearances.

’04 Important Dates

-Sept. 11 Texas Tech

-Sept. 18 @Oregon State

-Oct. 30 @Colorado State

CSU Rams

(7-6, 4-3)

The Rams finished off 2003 with a 35-21 loss to Boston College

in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. CSU returns 15 starters

from a team that finished third in the 2003 season. Offensively the

team returns eight starters to the MWC’s No. 2 offense. H-

back/tight end Joel Dreessen, who finished third in receiving on

the team with 29 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns and

missed four games due to an abdominal strain, will be back in the

lineup for the Rams. On defense the Rams return four starters to

the No. 5 defense in the MWC. Former cornerback Ben Stratton, who

led the team in interceptions (4) and was third on the team in

tackles (79), will be at safety this year in the CSU defense. Head

coach Sonny Lubick returns for his 12th season at CSU. In that

time, he has compiled a 91-44 overall record, with a 62-21

conference record, and he has taken CSU to eight bowl games.

Important dates:

Date Opponent

-Sept. 4 @Colorado

-Sept. 11 @ #1 USC

-Sept. 18 #23 Minnesota

 

Air Force Falcons

(7-5, 3-4)

Air Force returns only six starters from a team that finished

fourth in the MWC and missed out on a bowl game last season. Three

offensive starters return to a group that finished third in the

MWC. Junior running back Darnell Stephens, who gained 633 yards

last year and scored five touchdowns, returns to the offense as

well. The defense also returns three starters to a squad that

finished No. 7 in the MWC defense category. Senior linebacker John

Rudzinski, who made 65 tackles last year with 31 coming unassisted,

returns to the defensive side of the ball. Head coach Fisher

DeBerry returns for his 21st season as the Falcons’ head coach. In

his 20 seasons at Air Force, he has compiled a 156-88-1 overall

record, with a 91-59-1-conference record, and he has taken Air

Force to 12 bowl appearances.

’04 Important Dates

-Oct. 4 @Navy

-Oct. 16 @Colorado State

-Nov. 8 Army

San Diego State Aztecs

(6-6, 3-4)

The Aztecs return 16 starters to the fifth overall team in the

MWC. The No. 6 MWC offense returns eight starters, including

sophomore running back Lynell Hamilton, who rushed for 1,154 yards

and four touchdowns as a freshman. The MWC’s No. 1 defense also

returns eight starters and is anchored by junior linebacker Matt

McCoy and senior linebacker Kirk Morrison, a duo that combined for

240 total tackles last year. Head coach Tom Craft comes back for

his third season with San Diego State. In two seasons as a head

coach, he has turned out a 10-15 overall record and gone 7-7 in

conference play.

’04 Important Dates

-Sept. 18 @ #7 Michigan

-Oct. 2 @UCLA

-Oct. 16 Colorado State

Brigham Young Cougars

(4-8, 3-4)

BYU returns 11 starters to a team that finished No. 6 in the MWC

in 2003. Five offensive starters return to an offense ranked

seventh in the MWC last year. Junior wide receiver Todd Watkins is

a transfer student who should be an impact player for the Cougars.

The MWC’s No. 2 defense returns five starters, including safety

Aaron Francisco, who led the team in interceptions with three last

year and tackles with 116 (57 unassisted). Head coach Gary Crowton

returns for his fourth season as the head coach. Crowton has

compiled a 21-17 overall record with BYU, a 12-9 conference record

and has taken the Cougars to one bowl appearance.

’04 Important Dates

-Sept. 4 Notre Dame

-Sept. 18 #1 USC

-Oct. 2 @Colorado State

UNLV Rebels

(6-6, 2-5)

The Rebels finished No. 7 in the MWC last year with an

eighth-ranked offense and seventh-ranked defense in the conference.

They return nine starters. Senior wide receiver Earvin Johnson

leads five offensive starters back onto the field. Last year

Johnson led the team in receiving with 60 catches for 834 yards and

four touchdowns. Senior linebackers Adam Seward and Ryan Claridge

lead the defense back into action in 2004. In 2003, Seward led the

team in tackles with 119, 67 of those coming unassisted. Claridge

finished No. 2 on the team in interceptions with two and No. 4 on

the team in tackles with 76. Head coach John Robinson returns for

his sixth season with the Rebels. He has a 26-33 overall record

with a 13-22-conference record since arriving at UNLV. His career

totals are 130-68-4 overall with a 77-50-1 conference record.

’04 Important Dates

-Sept. 5 @ #14 Tennessee

-Sept. 11 @ #22 Wisconsin

-Nov. 13 @Colorado State

Wyoming Cowboys

(4-8, 2-5)

Wyoming looks to improve on last year when it finished last in

the MWC in the standings and in defense. The Cowboys will take the

field with 15 returning starters to their roster in 2004. Seven

starters return to the No. 5 MWC offense, including junior wide

receiver Jovon Bouknight, who pulled in 47 catches for 746 yards

and seven touchdowns last year. The last-ranked defense returns

seven starters as well. Leading the way on defense will be senior

linebacker Guy Tuell, who finished third on the team with 69

tackles, 40 of which came unassisted. Head coach Joe Glenn returns

for his second year as Wyoming head coach. In 19 seasons as a head

coach, he has a 162-67-1 overall record, going 22-7 in conference

play.

’04 Important Dates

-Sept. 11 @Texas A&M

-Sept. 25 Ole Miss

-Oct. 22 @Colorado State

*All rankings are from the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll

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Club Sports Ready for Action

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Aug 302004
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

 

Not all students represent the green and gold through Division I

sports. Club sports have flourished around campus in recent years,

and CSU now boasts 28 teams.

While often under-appreciated and scarcely publicized, CSU’s

club sports continue to compete regionally and nationally. Five

teams have won national titles, including the baseball team that

won the 2004 National Club Baseball Association World Series while

going 27-1 on the year. Men’s lacrosse, which won 26 of 28 games in

2004, has been dominant annually and could easily knock off some

NCAA teams. Many consider the club sports program at CSU to be one

of the nation’s strongest.

“We’re a top contender with our club teams,” said Trineice

Durst, assistant director of club sports. “And we will only

continue to improve. There are so many teams this year that will

compete at a very high level, and we expect great things from

them.”

Two of the featured teams this fall can be seen competing on the

Intramural Field. Men’s and women’s soccer have begun tryouts and

are looking to improve on last year’s finishes. Both teams advanced

far into the postseason before losing in semifinal games at

nationals last year.

“This year we have hopes of winning nationals,” said Steve

Krebsbach, men’s soccer president. “With a lot of good players

coming back, we have a very strong team.”

The Green vs. Gold soccer games are set for Sept. 10 and are

always intense and physical matchups. These games, an annual event,

pair the different squads on the team against one another.

Club sports are improving because of better coaching and a

talent surplus. Many of these teams would be playing and competing

in Mountain West Conference games if the funding was available.

“Next year we plan to play some Division II teams including (the

University of Northern Colorado),” said junior Karen MacIver, an

officer and player on the women’s soccer team. “We can compete. We

just need the chance.”

Tryouts for some sports have already started, but there are more

to come. Additional information can be found at the Student

Recreation Center.

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Sonny says:

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Aug 302004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

CSU head football coach Sonny Lubick said he and his team were,

“anxious to play” Monday at a press conference held at CB &

Potts in Fort Collins.

“We’re just looking forward to playing football,” Lubick said.

“It’s time to play a football game.”

With the season opener at Colorado this Saturday, Lubick said

that practice this week will focus on preparing for CU.

“It’s a big game for the players, coaches, and the students,”

Lubick said. “The fan interest and student body interest is

good.”

Lubick also said that playing the game in Boulder at Folsom

Field was going to be very difficult for the Rams. The last time

the two teams met in Boulder was in 1997, when CU won 31-21.

Previously, the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown was held in Denver,

at Invesco Field at Mile High.

“It’s a disadvantage for Colorado State,” Lubick said. “But it

doesn’t change the way the game is played. It shouldn’t have too

much of an impact on the players.”

Lubick addressed the rivalry and the animosity that the game

brings to both schools.

“We want the players to be excited about the game,” Lubick said.

“A lot of emotion spills out, but you have to harness it and play

well.”

While the Rams have only one week of practice left before the

season starts, Lubick said the team was becoming prepared for the

upcoming season, including the preparation surrounding the young

CSU defense.

“That’s just something we have to deal with,” Lubick said of the

defense. “Most of the guys have played in games before.”

Lubick also said as a coach, he worried about the same

things.

“You always will make mistakes that will hurt you,” Lubick said.

“You don’t know what might happen, with the players the coaches, or

even me.”

“I might go out there and tackle the buffalo,” Lubick said

jokingly, flashing a smile across his face.

Regardless of the outcome, Lubick said how his team handled the

game would not dictate how the season would go for CSU.

“One game does not make the season,” Lubick said. “It’s all

about how you handle the adversity through the entire season; how

well you play when you’re up by 20 and down by 20.”

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A whole new view at Hughes

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Aug 302004
 
Authors: Bob Fernandez

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium may be louder and rowdier

than ever as a result of expansions and renovations that have

recently been made to the facility.

Two new scoreboards have been installed, including a 17-by-23

foot video board behind the south end zone, and 4,400 bleacher

seats have been added behind the north end zone.

More additions are expected to take place over the next year.

Renovations and expansions that are scheduled to be completed by

next season include 12 new luxury suites, an expanded Rams Horn

premium club seating area, a renovated press box and a new

artificial playing surface.

“This will only enhance the experience (of going to a CSU home

football game),” said Gary Ozzello, senior associate athletic

director. “It’s like a brand-new stadium. When people walk in, they

are going to be amazed at how great (the stadium) is.”

Construction will continue to take place throughout the upcoming

season. Funding for the construction was made possible by a $15.2

million grant from the Bohemian Foundation, a private family

foundation designed to improve the quality of life in Fort Collins

for youths and other community members.

CSU fans, players and coaches were able to see the renovations

and expansions firsthand Saturday, as the CSU football team

participated in a “mock” game in preparation for Saturday’s season

opener in Boulder against in-state rival Colorado.

Fans walked away impressed with the renovations and expansions,

believing that it will improve CSU’s home-field advantage by

creating a louder, livelier atmosphere and more hyped-up and

engaged fans.

“I love (the renovations),” said Randy Drautz, a CSU graduate

and avid football fan. “Just having that extra (4,400 seats), if we

can fill it, will be huge for home-crowd advantage.”

Travis Holland, a devoted CSU football fan and a post-bachelor’s

degree student seeking a teacher’s licensure, said he believes

having increased crowd noise and more fans in attendance will

significantly affect games in CSU’s favor.

“(The crowd noise) should really make a big difference on the

north end (zone) when the other team gets down there,” Holland

said.

Holland and Drautz also said they were impressed with the large

video board, which will allow fans to see instant replays, a luxury

that was not available to fans prior to this season.

Fans will have the opportunity to cheer the Rams on to victory

during six Hughes Stadium games this season. CSU will receive its

first chance to showcase its newly renovated and expanded stadium

to a national audience on Sept. 18 against Minnesota, in a game

that will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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