To the editor,

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Oct 312004

Recently attention has been drawn to the plight of the adjunct

faculty in the College of Liberal Arts. Perhaps people do not

realize that as long as the faculty members are being treated in

such an unprofessional manner, the quality of education for those

of us in that school will suffer. Personally, I find it

increasingly difficult to register for classes when there are so

few seats available and the anticipation of further cuts next

semester only aggravates the process. I recall that in the

beginning of this semester the classes were past capacity because

of the presence of students hoping that someone would drop the

class so that they could register. Next semester the number of

faculty members is being cut further and available classes will

drop further. All of this is difficult enough without even

considering the shameful treatment of the current adjuncts as their

positions hang by a thread. As a student at CSU, I am trying to

achieve the level of education that these people already possess

and I can only hope that my future position values me more than the

little these adjuncts are currently valued.


Pete Tolsma

Junior, Marketing and Spanish

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On Oct. 21, a resident of the neighboring Woodbridge Senior

apartments was walking her dog to meet some other residents. The

dog ran away, pulling the lady to the ground and breaking her hip.

Two residents from Ram’s Village jumped the ditch and went to her

aid. Using cell phones, they called 911 and stayed with her until

medical help arrived.

We don’t know whom the good Samaritans are, but considering all

the bad press lately concerning college campuses, I thought this

ray of sunshine would be welcome.

Jeff Miller

Ram’s Village apartment manager

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This is in response to Ken Zetye’s Friday column “Struggling

economy: Fact or rhetoric?” in which he claims “the state of the

American economy is good” and asks readers to “think about the

facts … when making your decisions at the polls Tuesday.”

Where to begin? Indicting the Democrats for economic trouble

here rings just a bit hypocritical when he later states, “The party

with which the president is affiliated has little to do with the

economic situation,” to excuse the Bush administration. Nice try.

The economic boom of the 1980s brought with it catastrophic

national debt. We were beginning to pay it down during the 1990s,

which saw the largest growth this country has ever experienced; the

stock-market rose from 3,000 to 10,000. But this was, according to

Zeyte, a reversal of good economic times.

Zeyte suggests that the president’s “most effective way of

stimulating the economy is by looking confident and instilling good

feeling in the public.” This is absurd. Pretending everything is

great will make it so? Swagger and denial do not a thriving economy


Yes, people should look at the facts before they vote; the

current administration is driving us into debt faster than ever

before, borrowing heavily from the countries with whom we are

competing economically. China and Japan are funding Bush’s tax cuts

for the rich and paying for our wars. Despite the Bush

administration’s refusal to acknowledge it, we’ll have to pay that

money back, and it will hurt to do so. Looking at a mildly positive

(at best) jobs report while our nations plunges headlong into the

red and saying everything’s OK, is (to beat a tired clich�

into the ground) like complimenting the deck chairs while the

Titanic goes down.

Thomas Wanebo

Senior, history and English

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This is in response to Kelly Hagenah’s “Live life forever young”

column in the Collegian on Wednesday.

The truth of the matter is that we are young. We are the youth

of America and are just coming into our prime. Who claims that we

need to be sophisticated young adults? We’re college kids trying to

enjoy our lives.

We are young and we shouldn’t wish to live our lives in any

other way. If you want to change your life you should, instead of

this tired talk that never actually changes anything. As a college

kid no one should be unhappy; we can do as we please without

comment from anyone. Why can’t our days be carefree and enjoyable,

or without stress? Our problems are no less than the kid with

glasses on the playground who never has his lunch money past gym


Maybe we don’t look at the butterflies or ladybugs for

entertainment, but we can watch the aspens change, or go on a

weekend ski trip. Life now is as simple and beautiful as it was

back then. The only difference is we have more options and avenues

to have fun and enjoy life to its fullest. So we should live life

forever young, but more importantly we should live life now since

we are young.

Paul Ronto

Senior journalism and technical communications

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Our view

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Oct 312004
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

It’s not just NHL players who are demanding an increase in


CSU adjunct professors are now insisting that the university pay

them what they are worth, the only difference is that their salary

levels are in the thousands, while hockey players make millions.

Let’s just hope our adjunct instructors don’t strike.

Simply put, the university cannot survive without adjuncts and

the instructors aren’t the only ones being hurt by the university’s

substandard employment practices.

If it hasn’t happened already, students will most likely soon

begin to see the consequences of the issues that adjunct

instructors, who are teaching an increasing number of classes at

CSU, are now highlighting.

Adjunct professors, primarily in the English department, but in

other departments as well, say they are not only paid less than

tenured professors but also less than adjunct professors at other

universities. If this is the case, we could soon be seeing a

massive emigration of quality instructors off our campus. And if

tenured professors are receiving pay raises then so should


Of even greater concern is the fact that many of these

instructors are not notified until just weeks before the start of

the semester that they will be teaching. There is no way these

instructors can effectively prepare for a class in three weeks and

students are the ones who get hurt.

University officials point the finger to budget cuts, but say

they are trying to rectify the situation. Time has run out for

trying – something needs to be changed immediately before the

quality of education at our university begins a downward slide too

fast to stop.

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Your Pre-election Reality Check

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Oct 312004
Authors: Ben Bleckley

On the eve of Election Day, it is time for a fair and balanced

reality check.

Saddam Hussein is a bad man. He gassed his own people. It is

good he is no longer in power.

But the full cost of our involvement in Iraq has yet to be


More than 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq since the United

States invaded in 2003, according to a report released by the

Lancet Medical Journal Friday. These deaths were mainly attributed

to bombings by coalition forces.

A great amount of our ammunition is tipped with depleted

uranium, a radioactive material that is twice as hard as lead and

capable of piercing armor. When this ammunition explodes, the

depleted uranium becomes a fine powder, easily inhaled or dissolved

into water.

The World Health Organization states that “inhaled uranium

particles, tend to be retained in the lung and may lead to

irradiation damage of the lung and even lung cancer if a high

enough radiation dose results over a prolonged period” in the

report “Depleted uranium: sources, exposure and health


Iraqi officials claim that the use of these same weapons during

the Gulf War in 1991 has caused an epidemic of cancer and birth


At home, 42 million people have no health insurance.

The national debt is more than $7 zillion.

As a nation we use 2.5 million barrels of oil each day.

Eventually this resource will run dry, if the threat of global

warning (which every other nation in the world has accepted as

fact) doesn’t destroy us first. Our guzzling sport utility vehicles

pump harmful pollutants into the air and still we have failed to

join the rest of the free world in supporting the Kyoto Protocol.

While nations such as Japan produce the most fuel-efficient cars in

the world, the current government is focusing on hydrogen fuel

cells, a technology that won’t be environmentally or

technologically feasible for another 15 years.

Nationwide, the price of college has increased 35 percent in the

last three years, and I know I’m feeling it. No Child Left Behind

has some good ideas, but it has no funding, forcing schools to

implement programs they can’t fund. Schools are funded partially by

property taxes, making suburban schools more well funded and urban

schools less so.

Abstinence-only education is the only federally funded sex

education program. According to, “when

(students) do become sexually active, they often fail to use

condoms or other contraceptives. Meanwhile, students in

comprehensive sexuality education classes do not engage in sexual

activity more often or earlier, but they do use contraception and

practice safer sex more consistently when they become sexually

active.” Currently, 35 percent of school districts require that

abstinence is taught as the only sexual option for unmarried


Lawmakers are attempting to divide our nation and restrict the

rights of at least 10 percent of our citizens by passing a Federal

Marriage Amendment. They seem to be concerned with preserving the

values of the American family. I, for one, am not concerned about

being lured away by a male from my fianc�e’s side. Maybe

others feel differently.

While I’m sure his heart President Bush’s heart is in the right

place, his policies are not. While Sen. John Kerry would not be my

first choice for president, he has the best chance of replacing our

president. To preserve our nation and move us forward to tomorrow,

vote for John Kerry this Tuesday.

Ben Bleckley is a junior English major. His column runs every

Monday in the Collegian.

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Denver’s terror risk drops, authorities unsure why

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Oct 312004
Authors: Adam Ebner

Denver dropped from ninth to 39th in cities considered to be at

high risk for terrorist attacks, but security officials say the

city is not necessarily any safer.

As a result, Denver will receive less money from a federal

funding program that allocates money, often through grants, to

protect against an attack.

The funding is based on three main factors: population density,

the vulnerability of its infrastructure and perceived threats from

credible information in each considered city.

Specific reasons as to why Denver had such a significant change

have been kept confidential. Valerie Smith, spokeswoman for the

Homeland Security Department, said it might mean threats to other

cities have risen, making them a greater priority. She also said it

could mean Denver has a decreased risk of terrorism since last


“It is not particularly useful to look at allocations and guess

what’s going on,” Smith said.

State and city officials in Colorado have a similar assessment

of the federal grants’ meaning. While it might appear to be a

relief for the city, it does not change authorities’ outlook on

taking precautions in the event of an attack on the city.

Tracy Howard, deputy manager for the Denver Department of

Safety, said the city accepts the change in ranking as a fiscal

report only. It should not change how officials or citizens view

Denver’s risk of terrorism.

“This ranking is based on a grant program through the federal

government,” Howard said. “Particular concern (for citizens) into

these lists should be minimal, and it doesn’t necessarily mean

people should feel safer.”

In 2003, Denver was the ninth in an initial distribution of

funds allocated in the Urban Area Security Initiative. The city

received $15.6 million in federal grants to help aid Denver in

preparing for any potential terrorist attack.

This year, that figure dropped $7 million to $8.6 million. This

was the most significant change any city listed in the previous


Linda Rice, public information specialist for Department of

Local Affairs, said because the city dropped in the rankings,

citizens of Denver can feel safer. However, Rice does not believe

we have enough specific knowledge to draw any conclusions about the

risk of attacks on the city.

“Did they find (reason to suspect possible terrorism) more in

other cities than in Denver? We don’t know,” Rice said.

Rusty Enscore is an environmental health specialist at CSU and a

member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research

team in Fort Collins. He researches bioterrorism methods through

bacterial transmission and communicates these possibilities with

state and federal officials.

Enscore said little can be taken from a fiscal report to assess

how much more or less safe citizens of any city can feel.

“This is perceiving risks based upon a financial grant,” Enscore

said. “It is hard to draw any conclusions from something of that


Thirty U.S. cities were allocated funding in 2003 amounting to a

combined $700 million. The 2004 budget increased to $725 million

but was divided among 50 urban cities, according a press release on

the Department of Homeland Security Web site.

Howard said Denver plans to use funding for improved

communication through radio development. He also said a portion of

the funding is designated to train first responders in preparation

for a potential state emergency.

The Urban Area Security Initiative has been in existence for the

past two years to aid cities in terrorist attack preparation and

prevention. New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. have received the

highest funding of all U.S. cities each year. Increased preparation

and funding to protect the nation’s cities is something Smith

believes everyone can take as a positive change.

“A tremendous amount of money is being used for planning to

allow greater resources to equip state and local governments to

prevent terrorism,” Smith said. “Overall the news is good.”

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CSU veterinary hospital benefits pets, owners and students

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Oct 312004
Authors: Jennifer Johnson

For several years, CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Hospital, 300

W. Drake Road, has provided both pets and owners with excellence in

research, medical care, love and hope.

“I see ‘miracles’ performed by our clinicians on almost a daily

basis,” said David Lee, hospital director at the Veterinary

Hospital. “I look at the advancement in our oncology section with

the most awe because many of the cancers we now cure, were cases we

had lack of alternatives for just 10 years ago.”

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital, consists of and specializes in

several different clinical programs including anesthesia,

cardiology, neurology and oncology, while also providing grief

counseling at the Argus Institute and alternative therapies through

the Shipley Center for Natural Healing (are they at the


“The Argus Institute, for example, is a remarkable resource to

the VTH, as it has provided training in client communication and

grief counseling for over 20 years, something that almost every

veterinary college in the U.S. is struggling to incorporate into

its curriculum,” Lee said.

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at

CSU is currently ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report and

is one of the most well-known veterinary hospitals both nationally

and internationally.

Lee said the VTH receives the majority of international

recognition from its ability to attract top faculty who continue to

drive the profession through innovation in basic and applied

research, which in turn benefits students.

“Maintaining a cutting-edge research program ensures that

veterinary students at CSU are exposed to the very latest

advancements in the profession,” he said. “Students are an integral

part of the VTH staff and greatly benefit from the experience they


Thomas Allen, a third-year vet student and president of the

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association,

feels the VTH allows future vet students a firsthand idea of what a

career in veterinary medicine will be like.

“Veterinary medicine is a very intense and demanding

profession,” he said. “It is also one of the most rewarding and


Allen said the outstanding faculty at the VTH is an important

component in the hospital’s success.

“The dedication (of the faculty) to educate the next generation

of veterinarians is impressive to say the least. Anyone who is

thinking of becoming a veterinarian will benefit immensely from

working at the VTH,” Allen said.

In Allen’s opinion, CSU has the best veterinary hospital in the


“I certainly feel privileged to be a student at this hospital

and believe that the education I am receiving is the best that can

be obtained anywhere,” he said.

Lynda Reed, an administrative assistant at the Animal Cancer

Center believes the best aspects of the VTH are its willingness to

both help and serve the animals.

“We want to make a difference in the animals that we treat,” she

said. “While walking through the hospital, I am always amazed at

the tenderness that the doctors, students and staff show toward the

pets that are hospitalized.”

Reed said people come from all over the world to seek treatment

and hope at the VTH and especially at the Animal Cancer Center.

“Last year we had a client from Romania bring his Rottweiler

here for surgery,” she said. “I think that is incredible.”

Although there are many reasons the VTH is known nationally and

internationally, Reed feels the clients and faculty are the most


“Our clients spread the word about their excellent experiences

at CSU-VTH,” she said. “We also have a wonderful faculty who write

many medical books that students and veterinarians use throughout

the world.”

At the Animal Cancer Center in particular, a lot of research is

done with animal companions, which is something extremely important

to Reed.

“It is so rewarding to see how our research is benefiting so

many others,” she said. “Collaboration is huge in cancer research.

The more teams fighting cancer and collaborating, the easier it is

to fight.”

Reed is one of the many people who are extremely proud of the

VTH and the benefits it provides.

“Everyone that works at the VTH really does make a difference

everyday, even if they are not aware that they do,” she said.

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New website encourages “freecycling”

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Oct 312004
Authors: Lila Hickey

Many people enjoy searching through sales racks and cardboard

boxes at yard sales and flea markets. Now they can sift through a

variety of items worthy of any rummage sale without ever leaving

their house.

Fort Collins resident Barb Lattin started a Freecycle chapter in

March 2004, hoping to promote recycling and a sense of community.

Eight months later, her online forum has more than 800 members

offering each other everything from waterbeds to hamsters – all for


The main rule on Freecycle’s Web site,, reads:

“Everything posted must be free. Whether it’s a chair, a fax

machine, piano or an old door to be given away, it can be posted on

the network.”

Freecycle was created in 2003 as a way for residents of Tucson,

Ariz., to offer unwanted possessions to other community members

before taking them to the landfill. The online forum now has more

than 500,000 members in 1,665 cities, according to its Web


After signing up for the Yahoo! Groups Web site that hosts the

Fort Collins’ chapter, members offer their own unwanted

possessions, respond to others’ offers and sometimes post requests

for specific items.

Lattin created the chapter partially to help college students

find free goods and reduce the overflow of furniture, rugs, pillows

and other items left in Dumpsters and on curbs when college

students move or leave town for the summer.

“It could help students find a place to get rid of items they no

longer need at the end of the semester,” Lattin wrote in an e-mail

interview. “(The Dumpsters) are always filled and I think much of

that stuff is in fine to perfect condition. If students offered

these items on Freecycle, they could get rid of it in good

conscience and somebody who needs that item, possibly somebody with

low income, could use it.”

Janice Grabowski, a home-schooled college student in Loveland,

only found Freecycle a week ago, but she already loves the


“I like it because it’s a great place to list things you don’t

need and want to get rid of, and at the same time you are helping

someone in need,” Grabowski wrote in an e-mail interview. She also

received a quick offer when she requested a specific item on the


Other users agree that giving is the best part of Freecycle.

“My first offer was a daybed frame and it happened to go to a

foster-care mom who needed another bed so she could accept a

sibling group,” wrote Fort Collins resident Lisa Wynn in an e-mail

interview. “When she got to my house, I remembered I had a twin

mattress upstairs I wasn’t using so I gave her that and all the

sheets that went with it. It felt so wonderful to know I was really

helping someone.”

Freecycle’s basic idea, reusing unwanted possessions by offering

them to the community, is not a new one. But the online forum is a

different way to pass on unwanted or unneeded possessions.

“As a professional organizer I see the problem every day –

people have stuff they don’t need and need stuff they don’t have,”

wrote Fort Collins resident Sam Pielstick in an e-mail


Freecycling has grown in Fort Collins by word-of-mouth and media

publicity, Lattin wrote, noting that the Web site usually

experiences bursts of new memberships after new media exposure.

Lattin hopes that more college students will subscribe to the


“Freecycle would be a benefit to any community, but I think that

it would be especially useful in college towns and any other

communities where people are constantly moving in and out,” she

wrote. “These members are probably even less likely than permanent

community members to know of local places where they can get rid of

items they no longer need, but that are still in good


How To Get Involved:


->US Central

->Join Fort Collins

->Start advertising your own junk

and browsing other peoples’!

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CSU students Adopt-a-Neighbor

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Oct 312004
Authors: Sara Bahnson

Through the City of Fort Collins’ Adopt-a-Neighbor program, CSU

students and Fort Collins residents can lend a helping hand to a

community member in need.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet someone in your neighborhood

and possibly someone from another generation,” said Wendy Hartzell,

administrative assistant at the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood

Resources Office. “It’s a way to give something back to the

community that doesn’t take a lot of time.”

Last year, approximately 12 CSU student volunteered in the

Adopt-a-Neighbor program. Amy Fox, a sophomore business/finance

major, participated last year and is planning on helping out a

neighbor in need again this year.

“I think the Adopt-a-Neighbor program is a good way to link the

college campus to the Fort Collins community,” Fox said. “We treat

the community members like family.”

Volunteers assist Fort Collins residents with lawn-mowing,

leaf-raking, snow-shoveling and other yard work. Many of the

residents who receive the volunteer services are physically unable

to do the work and/or cannot pay to have it done, Hartzell


“The goal is to keep these people in the home for safety reasons

and to comply with city ordinances that require driveways to be

shoveled, for example,” Hartzell said.

If a Fort Collins community member needs help with yard work,

the Neighborhood Resources Office will send 15 to 20 letters to

neighbors around the resident’s home.

“If no one is available, the resident may be matched with a CSU

student who is willing to drive to the resident’s home,” Hartzell


Once the matches have been made, Adopt-a-Neighbor volunteers and

their assigned resident meet throughout the year as yard work is


“We encourage volunteers to stick with the resident for the

whole season,” Hartzell said.

Kelly Conright, a junior business management major, will

volunteer in the Adopt-a-Neighbor program this year and has

participated in a similar program in the past.

“It was really nice knowing that these people really appreciated

your help,” Conright said. “It was a good way to show (the

community member) that you really do care.”

Anyone can participate in the Adopt-a-Neighbor program, however

volunteers younger 18 must have parental consent. Applications are

available on the City of Fort Collins Web site,

Hartzell said that not only do the residents benefit from the

Adopt-a-Neighbor program but the volunteers also reap rewards.

“I think that any time you do something for the community you

feel good about yourself,” Hartzell said. “The residents are just

so appreciative.”

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