Fimm, Nas break new ground on new CDs

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Nov 302004
Authors: Nicholas LoFaro

Sarah Fimm, "Nexus"

Ambient Music Fit For Winter Nights

The atmosphere that Sarah Fimm creates when she plays could put even the most savage of people to sleep. On her third album, "Nexus," Fimm has taken her education of electronic and world music from Berklee School of Music in Boston and created a brilliant dimension between vocals and pianos. The songs on "Nexus" are colored with celestial and ambient sounds, and transition into each other almost seamlessly.

The sound transitions are reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and "Dark Side of The Moon," and her tranquil vocals and keys seem to pick up where Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan left off. Although she sounds quite similar to Amos and McLachlan, "Nexus" proves that Fimm is an artist who innovates rather than imitates her influences.

Classic composure from the likes of Bach and Chopin are apparent in Fimm's piano structure, and fans of the voice and piano of Evanescence's Amy Lee will especially take a liking for Fimm's dark and somber songwriting. Her electronic education is present on most of her tracks, incorporating Linkin Park-style drumbeats that put Fimm in a drastically different category. Mournful cellos on "Orchids" promote the album's sorrow, and the songs "Walk Away" and "December," bring the album's melancholy. The war-story song "Story of Us" paints an eerie picture, and the instrumental "Storytime," is as joyful as it is haunting. Fimm is a diamond buried deep in the indie underground, but digging her up will be well worth it.

Nas, "Street's Disciple"

Bridging the Gap Between the Streets and the World

Where do artists fit when their words are explicit but their voice is prophetic? Where do artists go when their wish is to make politics poetic? Nas' new double album proves that he might have just found that place.

Entertainment, especially in the world of hip-hop, is usually discredited or ignored when it comes to politics (thank P. Diddy for that), because many question the validity of the artist's words. Nas' career, however, stems long before rap had seen its solidified place in music, and he was also one of the first artists to help make it permanent. Rather than encouraging rump-shaking and drinking, Nas found his style better fit to voice the streets from which he was born. Family, society and relationships prevail on "Street's Disciple" to further Nas' legacy. His fianc/, Kelis, best known for the song "Milkshake," appears on the cynical "American Way," and she is the subject on Nas' more romantic song, "Getting Married."

The best track features Nas' father, Olu Dara, on a 12-bar blues/hip-hop gem that he had played live at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors alongside his old man. The song shows the influence that blues music had in the formation of hip-hop. "Virgo," is a head-bang worthy jam, featuring Ludicris and Doug E. Fresh, stealing its clever beat from the shaking of a spray-paint can.

"War" is Nas' discussion of the ongoing war in the streets and features Keon Bryce, who sounds like a friendlier Nate Dogg. "Me & You," contains interpolations from Marvin Gaye's "If This World Were Mine" and is Nas' tribute to his daughter. "A Message to the Feds, Sincerely the People," opens the album with a somber piano melody, and "Thief's Theme," closes the album with a story of New York City with a tight '70s rock 'n' roll groove. Nas might not be on the rotation of TRL or behind the podium of CNN, but he'll continue to spread his knowledge from the streets to his audience.

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Trivia Wednesday

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Nov 302004

True or False: There are more male then female undergraduate students.

False: Female students out number male students by 453.

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Rams overcome waves in comeback win

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Nov 302004
Authors: Bob Fernandez

The CSU women's basketball team (4-1) used a late-game offensive surge to knock off the Pepperdine Waves (1-4) and improve its home record to 4-0 Tuesday night at Moby Arena.

Sloppy play plagued the first half for the Rams. After getting off to an 11-6 start at the 15:17 mark of the first half, the Rams struggled to make a basket, only scoring 12 points during the remainder of the half.

Going into halftime, the Waves led 26-23. The Rams shot only 25.7 percent in the first half, compared to 40.9 percent for Pepperdine. CSU committed 10 turnovers and only had four assists. The Waves had five assists and also had 10 turnovers.

"We were getting good looks (in the first half), they just weren't going in," said junior forward Lindsay Thomas. "The only thing you can do is keep shooting, and they fell in the second half."

The Rams came out of halftime with better execution on the offensive end. They began the second half with a quick 4-0 run to cut the Waves' lead to 27-31 at the 18:32 of the second half.

The Waves responded by stretching their lead to 39-33 with 14:14 remaining in the game. Freshman guard Sara Hunter, who scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting in the first half, drilled a 3-pointer at the 14:02 mark to narrow the lead to 36-39. After several defensive stops in a row, junior forward Melissa Dennett sank a layup to tie the game at 50-50 with 5:19 remaining in the game. The Rams outscored the Waves 14-8 the rest of the way to secure the win.

CSU head coach Chris Denker said he was pleased with how the Rams played in their tightest game of the season. The Rams' previous three wins were by an average of 27.3 points per game, and their lone loss to Notre Dame was by 22 points.

"I was very happy that our kids were able to come through late," Denker said. "(The team) just stepped up when they needed to make some big plays."

CSU was led by Hunter's 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Thomas, the reigning Mountain West Conference player of the week, recorded her fourth double-double in five games by pouring in 10 points and grabbing a team-best 12 rebounds. Dennett scored eight points and pulled down 11 boards.

Pepperdine senior forward Jennifer Lacy led all scorers with 21 points but was held to only six points on 2-of-9 shooting in the second half.

Hunter drilled four 3-pointers in the second half, including three in the game's final six minutes, and finished with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the 3-point stripe.

According to Denker, Hunter was hesitant to shoot during the first half and he urged the freshman guard to shoot more in second half.

"Sara's a great player," Denker said. "She just needs to relax and play. You can tell she was hesitating a bit (in the first half). She hit a really big shot when we needed it and kept us in the game in the second half."

Hunter was coming off a one point (0-of-6 shooting), three assist and four-turnover performance against Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday during the Rocky Mountain Invitational tournament at Moby.

"I came in a little hesitant tonight after a shaky performance last weekend," Hunter said. "After halftime, I didn't think about it as much and just had fun."

The Rams will return to action Saturday when they take on Texas-Pan American at Moby at 2 p.m.

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CSU loses 79-76 in OT to Auburn

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Nov 302004
Authors: Paul Baker, Scott Bondy

A crowd of about 4,500 watched Ian Young and Toney Douglas of Auburn hit two free throws each and, with 23 seconds left, lead the Tigers to a 79-76 overtime victory over the Rams.

With 47 seconds left in the game, senior Matt Williams, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, converted a layup to put the Rams up 66-63. Then with only 27 seconds left Young (Auburn) tied the game with a 3-point basket to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Rams (3-2) seemed to play catch up the whole time. Williams and freshman Jason Smith, who had 14 points in the game, started the extra period off with two consecutive baskets on as many trips down the court. Then Auburn (5-0) matched CSU on each of their trips down the court, eventually pulling ahead 72-20 with just over two minutes remaining. Williams tied the score 72-72 with two free throws. After the converted free throws, the Rams went on a 0-4 streak from the field over the last 1:20, while the Tigers made free throws down the stretch. Senior Jon Rakiecki, who had 13 points, scored with five seconds to go in the game, but it was not enough.

Four Rams scored in double figures including Stuart Creason who had a team high 17 points and a game high 10 rebounds.

CSU had 21 turnovers in the game as opposed to Auburn's seven. Auburn was led by guard Douglas who had a game high 23 points and Young who was right behind him with 22.

Rams center Matt Nelson was sorely missed tonight, as he was inactive due to a stomach virus.

The Rams' next match up will be at home against Drake on Saturday at Moby Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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Cross country ends season at NCAA Finals

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Nov 302004
Authors: Justin Shaw

The cross country teams both ended their seasons with a trip to nationals on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. The women's team placed 26th and the men's team finished 29th. The Colorado Buffaloes won both the men's and women's overall national championships at the event.

Junior Danielle Korb led the CSU women's team with a finish of 76th overall with a time of 22:00. Junior Nicole Feest was the second Ram to cross with a time of 22:20 and a 110th-place finish. Sophomore Linnea Pudwill, seniors Michelle Carmen and Colleen Blair and sophomore Rebekah Yetzer rounded out the scoring for the ladies placing 119, 150, 180 and 203, respectively.

"Our whole team could've run better," Feest said. "We trained the same as last year, but we just didn't run to our potential for some reason."

Senior Mike Nicks was the first runner for the men's team to cross the finish line with a time of 31:48. Nicks finished in 26th place overall, which earned him All-American honors. Junior Josh Glaab finished 73rd overall with a time of 32:34 and was the only other Ram in the top 100. Senior Matt Pettit, juniors Matt Cianciulli and Paul Michel, and freshman Jeff Scull also contributed points with finishes of 131, 170, 174 and 182, respectively.

"I achieved my personal goal by getting All-American status," Nicks said. "However, I think both teams were tired since it was the end of the season and that we didn't run as well as we should have."

The meet ended what was a successful year for both teams. The teams were both in the top five in the Mountain West Conference and they hosted a regional meet in Fort Collins.

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To the Editor:

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Nov 302004

I think every one of us who knew Dave Karspeck was touched by him and have our own story of an experience with him. Stories that if you didn't know the man just wouldn't make sense; they were all part of his unique nature that will be sorely missed. I met Dave in the dorms and he was unlike anyone I had ever met before or probably ever will again. He lived life based on his own principles in his way. I remember long conversations where it would take a while to understand his take on a topic but it was always refreshing to hear. He would talk of future plans, but he was always living in the moment. I can remember nights at 2 a.m. when everyone was tired and he wanted to stay out. It didn't matter much what we did, he just didn't want the night to end. Dave was a one-of-a-kind personality who lived life to the fullest. With Dave you never knew what he was going to do or say next and that is what I will always love about the guy. How he was his own person living life on his terms and up to try anything. He was a kind individual who genuinely cared about people. I don't think there was a single part of his character that was mean or remorseful. It's a shame that someone who wasn't afraid to live would die so young. We can all learn something from Dave though, about how to live our lives and treat other people while not being afraid to be true to ourselves.

Brady McDaniel

Iowa City, IA

CSU alumni

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Listen to those loser Liberals

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Nov 302004
Authors: Vincent Adams

There's nothing worse than a smug Bushite – a guy or gal who thinks the president is vindicated because the Bush reelection team scared 51 percent of Americans to vote W., Bush is now a great president and has not made any mistakes. And most importantly, the Liberals were/are wrong.

In a Bushite's fantasy world, not only were weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq but also Osama bin Laden was captured in Baghdad a mere 20 seconds away from launching a nuclear attack against the United States. That is until their glorious leader smacked the trigger out of Osama's wimpy hand on Nov. 2.

Moreover, the economy suddenly rebounded in record fashion. Nov. 2 erased Bush Jr.'s huge deficits, and the middle and lower classes all realized the benefits of the tax cuts. Yes, indeed, all was right in the world after Nov. 2. Liberals lost the game and were proven, once and for all, that George W. Bush is righteous and infallible. Right?

While the above has not happened and Bushites have not said such things directly or indirectly, you would think such things happened the way Bushites naively celebrate their leader's failures and mistakes. The most moronic Bushites now defend their president by saying, "Our president won. Nanny, nanny, ha ha." Then the bewildered Liberal is left to sulk, after the Bushite sticks his or her tongue out at the loser Liberal.

This is a very dangerous attitude. Since Bushites gleefully ignore their leader's mistakes, who or what is to stop future Bush blunders? Bush will continue making mistakes if his constituency doesn't even acknowledge his mistakes, which says nothing of the praise shower many Bushite's give their leader. If Bushites keep celebrating their leader's pitiful first term by singing, "weeeeeee are the champions, my friend," this country, and world, will be even worse off in four years than it is now.

Further, asserting the "losers" have to conform to the Bush agenda is probably most dangerous. Bushites need to drop their smug attitude and acknowledge the Liberals were right about many things. Liberals had it right when they said, "Don't go to war until you exhaust all diplomatic efforts."

Had the president actually listened to what some Liberals (and non-Liberals) said before the war, this country wouldn't have waged Operation Oops. "Oops, we thought there were WMDs in Iraq. Oops, we thought there was an al-Qaida connection. Oops! Oops! Sorry guys."

And the Bushites can spin the tax cut theory any way they want, but many people's economic existence is not better because of the tax cuts. Sure, tax cuts would be great in the right economic climate, but the economy will remain stagnant if Bush continues to nurture his $7.4 trillion national deficit.

According to, a Web site designed to inform people of deficit dangers, the federal government spent $322 billion on interest payments for that gargantuan deficit in the fiscal year 2004 alone. For context, the Web site claims NASA received $15 billion, Education $61 billion and Department of Transportation $56 billion. Imagine the ways this country could have used that money. That is a lot of money wasted on interest payments.

Remember, the economy was at its best with a balanced budget, something accomplished by President Bill Clinton and a Republican-led Congress. The good 'ol days of moderate politics.

Liberals want to balance the budget, and then offer tax relief that benefits more than the top 1 percent of wage earners. While Bushites think it is wise to increase these deficits, wage poorly-planned wars and keep the constituency happy through tax cuts the country can't afford.

Yes. Liberals know they are scum. They lost Election Bowl 2004. But listening to Liberals might turn smug, stubborn Bushites into well-rounded compassionate conservatives – something they have yet to be.

And before sending me your hate mail, one point of clarification: Not all conservatives and Republicans are Bushites. There is a difference.

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Our View

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Nov 302004
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Everyone has an opinion about alcohol.

This is especially true when it comes to alcohol policies at CSU.

Some feel there is a problematic "alcohol culture" in Fort Collins. Others feel the situation at CSU is no different than that of many of the nation's other colleges. Still others feel the university should do more to discourage excessive drinking and encourage responsible drinking.

Everyone has something to say, but no one is talking.

There are several outlets for students and community members to voice their opinions about current and possible future alcohol policies at CSU.

The CSU Alcohol Task Force has held several open forums at its meetings where anyone can express their views on what's happening in our town, but the response has been minimal.

The task force has also added an e-mail feature to solicit more feedback at, but some students are not aware of it.

And now there's another option. Local retailers have joined together in an advertising campaign to give students another opportunity to be heard, and the Collegian is helping to collect your responses.

This week's and next week's Collegians will have ads asking students to answer brief questions about alcohol consumption. Any responses students may have can be sent to

The responses will be published in the Collegian when students return from Winter Break.

The forums are there. If you have something to say, take advantage of them. This is our university and our community. Your voice is important – make it heard.

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Practice Thanks-Living year-round

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Nov 302004
Authors: Kelly Hagenah

Well … Thanksgiving is over. Does that sound totally crazy to anyone else? I can't believe how fast time really can fly by. I can't believe Christmas is less than a month away, and even scarier, finals and graduation are just around the corner. But before we get carried away with studying, saying goodbye and the chaos that the holidays bring, I think it's important to linger on Thanksgiving for just a little bit longer, especially within these next few weeks.

One argument I hear again and again is that we all wish the holiday spirit stayed within us throughout the year. You know, that feeling of warmth and happiness, the comfort of a smiling stranger, the desire to give, and visions of sugar plum fairies. And that would be great; I am still that girl who is too excited to fall asleep on Christmas Eve, but what I don't understand is why we all move on from Thanksgiving so quickly. It seems as if Christmas cheer is already pretty long lasting, but the only Thanksgiving extensions past the final Thursday of November are the holiday sales that start the morning after.

Is one day really long enough to feel thankful for everything we have? (Especially when that one day is strongly focused on eating, football and early holiday shopping.) Would it be so hard to take a few minutes every day to stop and think for a moment about all the things in our lives that we can be grateful for?

These last few weeks before break are filled with stress, anxiety, anticipation and excitement. Of course it sucks that finals are close enough to slap us in the face, but at the same time, we are pretty lucky that we have been given the opportunity to learn material worth being tested about. And while studying and pulling all-nighters is never fun, doesn't it feel good when you finally understand it? So before we get all annoyed and stressed out about our exams, stop and be grateful that we have this opportunity – that we are intelligent, that we can push ourselves and achieve our goals, and that some of us can even manage to pass a class without actually attending it.

Aside from cramming for finals, it is also time to prepare for the holidays. And while the holidays do provide us all with an anti-Scrooge spirit, it can be so easy to get lost in the moment and forget to take everything in. To be thankful for the people in our life, those whom we know, love and can't live without. To appreciate the time and effort put in by the city of Fort Collins in hanging up the decorations that make Old Town feel warm and look beautiful. To honor the soldiers overseas who can't be with their families and to cherish our time at home for them. To take advantage of the Christmas spirit and remember to give thanks along with everything else.

Finally, to those about to graduate, remember everyday to be grateful for your time spent at Colorado State University. Whether CSU was your first choice or your safety choice back when you applied, it became a part of your life and has helped to prepare you for whatever lies ahead. Be thankful for the education, the stress, the life-changing lessons, and even those random "filler" classes. Never forget the feeling of that first amazing (and sometime lucky or unexpected) grade. Never forget the time you bombed a test because you went out the night before but also having the sensation of knowing it was worth it. Always remember to be grateful for the faculty and staff that helped get you this far. Always remember the friends you made, the memories you created, the laughter and love you experienced. Be thankful for the college student in you, and never let that go.

Time does fly by, and yes – life is too short. So remember to take the time to reflect on life, to appreciate it for everything we can, to celebrate every moment. For it's never too late to begin a Thanks-Living.

Kelly Hagenah is a senior speech communications major. Her column runs every Wednesday in the Collegian.

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New California standard could set bar for production of fire-proof mattresses

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Nov 302004
Authors: James Baetke

Curling up under the covers might not be as safe as people think.

Some people turn to it for a good night's sleep, but some industry experts call it solid gasoline – it's best known as a mattress.

More than 700 people in the United States die annually in bedroom fires each year and thousands are injured, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The polyurethane foam in many mattresses has been found to burn easily and quickly earning the nickname of solid gasoline.

While California legislatures recently enacted a bill to help save lives in mattress fires, the rest of the country maintains a 31-year-old federal mandate.

In January 2005, California will be the only state in the nation to have specific mandates on mattresses sold in the state. Under the new law, mattresses must withstand a 30-minute open flame test.

However, all other states currently operate under a less stringent federal mandate. This mandate states that all mattress tags must have a federal standard printed on them requiring manufacturers to produce a mattress that can resist ignition from a slow smoldering cigarette flame.

Even if the mattress tag states that it meets all federal standards that does not mean the mattress is resistant to open flames from sources such as candles or an electrical fire that may smolder near an electrical outlet. If the tag has the word "flame-retardant" on it, then the mattress is protected, according to CPSC.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is the federal governmental agency that oversees mattress mandates.

Serta Inc. is the only national company already on board with California's new law with the new 2004 Serta "Fire Blocker" mattress.

In a U.S. Senate Committee hearing in July, Vice President for Research and Development Al Klancnik said Serta had moved forward and demonstrated the technology for fire-resistant mattresses exists.

"We hope our actions prompt other companies to make safer mattresses," said Kally Reynolds, Serta director for public relations.

On Nov. 1, the CPSC presented a draft proposing a new fire safety standard for mattresses.

Reynolds believes the draft action may be an indication that a new federal standard on mattresses is soon coming.

Ultimately, the draft is designed to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from bedroom fires resulting from mattresses and flammable bedclothes. The mattress standard would limit the size of the fire and prevent or delay the time it takes for a fire to engulf an entire room.

Ken Giles, spokesman for the CPSC, said the draft proposed will allow more time for people to escape from a mattress fire and will give rescue personnel more time to extinguish the fire.

"The standard calls for reducing the intensity of the flame and for reducing the fire growth," Giles said.

Reynolds said the challenge mattress companies face today is making a comfortable bed that is also safe. She also said companies must recognize that by the time flames attach to bedclothes, the flame is already large and capable of engulfing the mattress.

Ken Quintana, director for safety and security for the Housing and Dining Services at CSU, said the residence halls on campus are well equipped with fire prevention items.

Campus housing does not provide "fire-proofed" mattresses, but the mattresses in campus housing have a high turn-around rate and the university spends about $100,000 on new mattresses every year, Quintana said. The mattresses follow the national standard related to cigarette flames.

"We do take fire safety really serious. It is one of those things we do not ignore," Quintana said.

Campus safety officials will be retrofitting fire sprinklers in all the residence halls during summer 2005 and will be updating fire alarm systems with newer technology, Quintana said.

Quintana can recall only two fires sparking in the residence halls during his 12 years with campus safety. Neither were related to mattresses.

"We believe we have a responsibility to make safer mattresses as soon as possible," Reynolds said. "Time is life in a bedroom fire."



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