CSU student saves day in auto accident

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Nov 302004
Authors: Jake Blumberg

The State of Colorado Accident Report described the car accident as "extreme," the highest rating any accident can receive.

On Nov. 2, on Highway 6 mile marker 264, a car hit a patch of ice, careened down a 75-foot embankment, rolled one and a half times and came to rest on its roof in the middle of a mountain river. Seventy-eight-year-old Lola Counce, the driver of the vehicle, was ejected from the car, left hanging on a cliff located 5 feet from the road, badly injured. Frank Counce, her 79-year-old husband, was trapped inside the car, upside down in knee-high water.

Two cars passed by the accident, slowing but not stopping to help the couple. The third car did stop, and from inside of it the Counces' hero emerged.

Sean Abbey, a freshman open-option major, ran to the cliff edge, found Lola and pulled her to safety on the roadside.

"I asked her if she was OK, what was hurting her and I heard her mumble, 'My poor husband.' That's when I looked down into the riverbed, and I saw the car, on its roof in the water," Abbey said. "I didn't even think about it; the next thing I knew, I was running down the embankment to go help him."

Abbey's friend and traveling companion that day, Shawn Kazmierczak, a freshman biology major at University of Colorado-Boulder, stayed on the top of the hill to help Lola.

"Sean (Abbey) just took off. Before I even knew what was happening, he was sprinting down the hill. It was insane. The hill was so steep," Kazmierczak said. "Once he got down there, he just started into the river."

Wading into frigid water that at points was as high as his waist, Abbey finally reached the car.

"I looked inside the car, and there was this old man hanging by his seatbelt, his face barely above water. He was covered in blood, but still conscious. I asked if he was OK, asked if he could get out of the car. He kind of mumbled to me that he was stuck in the seatbelt and he couldn't move," Abbey said. "At this point, I still can't remember exactly what happened; I was just moving without thinking. I picked up a shard of glass, went under water and cut his seat belt, careful to catch him when I finally cut him lose. He was limp in my arms, still awake, but in really bad shape. I put him on my shoulder, and carried him across the river."

At that point, Abbey called for his friend to come help him. Kazmierczak made it down the hill and helped Abbey get Frank all the way across the river.

"I was in the water for about 25 minutes, and my body was completely numb. I was beginning to feel the effects of hypothermia, and I knew that in just a few minutes I was going to run out of strength," Abbey said. "At that point, a female state trooper appeared on top of the embankment and tossed me a rope to help me get up the hill. Shawn was really cold, he wasn't wearing enough clothes for the cold weather, and he couldn't do much to help me. I decided I had to go for it right then. I grabbed the rope and began climbing the hill as quickly as I could. I made it about halfway up before I had to stop. I was out of energy. I hung there, on the side of the cliff, holding on to the man, and I just kept telling him that he would be OK, kept talking to him to keep him awake."

As Abbey hung on to the rope, holding on for Frank's and life and his own, the minutes ticked by until the emergency crews finally arrived, along with the "Flight for Life" helicopter. The paramedics climbed down and secured Frank into a neck brace, lifting his body out of Abbey's frozen arms.

"They helped me up, and I went to an ambulance where they wrapped me in blankets and began to warm me up; the hypothermia had really set in at that point," Abbey said. "My clothes were soaked with water and blood. I am just so happy I was there to help them."

Both Lola and Frank were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for multiple injuries, Abbey said. Neither were able to be reached for the article.

"There are normally people at an accident that have their heart in the right place, trying to help," said Trooper Eric Wynn, public information officer for the Colorado State Patrol. "Sometimes they can, sometimes they can't. That's why we have the Good Samaritan Law, to protect all those people who want to help out those people who are in danger, protecting them from liability if they hurt a person while trying to save them. It allows for people to help other people, without being afraid of legal repercussions."

In Abbey's case, he said he did not think about anything like legal repercussions, or even his own safety; he just acted, and by doing so saved a life that may have perished without him.

"Sean was a real hero that day," Kazmierczak said. "He didn't think about his own life at all. He just knew he had to save that man. Without Sean, I don't think (Frank) would have made it. Sean was not just a hero that day, but a superhero … it was Superman stuff he did."

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Campus Calendar

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Nov 302004


Wrap the Newt!


In front of Yates Building

Wrap the Newt is the largest demonstration yet on the CSU campus and helps to shed some light on the overpowering AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Live band Holiday Dance

7 to 11 p.m.

Lory Student Center, East Ballroom

Featuring the FortJazz Big Band. Admission is $5 for CSU students, $6 for non-CSU students.

Inaugural Intramural Sports Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament

9 to 11:30 p.m.

For more information, please call Intramural Sports at 491-6671, or visit the Campus Recreation Web site at www.campusrec.colostate.edu.

Campus Blood Drive

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Student center, North Ballroom


Roommate Roundup!

5 to 6 p.m.

Student center, room 228

Need a place to stay or someone to live with? Meet for a brief presentation and an opportunity to meet potential roommates. Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services, 491-2248.

College Bowl

6:30 p.m.

Student center, Commons

Do you have the brains to outsmart the competition? Then College Bowl is for you. The winner will be sent to the regional tournament in New Mexico. Sign up in the Association for Student Activity Programming office (across from the Sunken Lounge, behind the CIS desk in the student center). For more information visit www.asap.colostate.edu or call 491-2727.

Film Matters Presents: "Europa Europa"

7 p.m.

Student center, theater

Film Matters is brought to you by ASAP/CinemaCSU and the student center.

Campus Blood Drive

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Student center, North Ballroom

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World AIDS Day Promotes Awareness on Campus

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Nov 302004
Authors: Erin Tracy

Today, people around the world are celebrating the progress that has been made against AIDS and are focusing on the hurdles that remain in the fight against the epidemic.

CSU is joining in World AIDS Day with many activities to recognize the toll AIDS has taken.

Christiano Sossa, executive director of Northern Colorado Aids Project, said the CSU campus is having "A Day Without Art" in which the Curfman Gallery will cover all art pieces with a black cloth and wrap it with a red ribbon.

"(It represents) the incredible toll that HIV has taken on the artist communities," Sossa said.

The Association for Student Activity Programming is also sponsoring an art-related activity for World AIDS Day called "Wrap the Newt."

Whitney Carlson, executive director of ASAP, said between noon and 2 p.m. today, anyone walking by the Isaac Newton statue, located outside the Yates Building, will be encouraged to write any thoughts on a piece of paper and pin it to the statue in an attempt to completely cover or wrap the entire statue.

"We are hiding the Isaac Newton sculpture as a way to produce awareness for 'A Day Without Art,'" Carlson said.

A vigil for World AIDS Day will also be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Sutherland Garden near the west entrance of the Lory Student Center. The vigil will have music from a women's chorus, a showing of the film "Hidden Crisis: Women and AIDS in America," a speech by a woman who is raising an HIV-positive child, candle lighting and reading the names of people who have died from the AIDS virus.

CSU has hosted a World AIDS Day vigil in the past, but because of decreased awareness, participation has declined, Sossa said.

He said he expects more people to attend this year, because of the help he has received from students in professor Cindy Griffin's Rhetoric and Civility class. The students in the class did a project to raise awareness about AIDS.

"They have done a dynamic job with promotion," Sossa said.

The students in Rhetoric and Civility will be passing out red ribbons and flyers on campus and will help with the vigil.

Sam Hendrick, a junior speech communications major in Griffin's class said through the work they have done for World AIDS Day, he has realized the importance of educating individuals on the seriousness of AIDS.

"It is the leading cause of death right now," Hendrick said.

Released in November, "AIDS Epidemic Update 2004" from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS estimated about 39.4 million people are living with AIDS, about 4.9 million people were newly infected in 2004 and 31 million died.

The number of people who contract AIDS continues to grow each year, but awareness and knowledge could help slow down the number of AIDS patients, Sossa said.

"(World AIDS Day) is about awareness and remembering the people that have gone before us and passed away from the virus," Sossa said.

He also said he hopes today will make people realize that AIDS effects people in the Fort Collins area.

"People don't think that it affects their community and that is not the truth," Sossa said. "As of December 2003, 504 people were infected or living with HIV (in Fort Collins), however, 30 percent of the people that are infected don't know that they are."

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Black History Month events designed for all students

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Nov 302004
Authors: Lila Hickey

Tony Daniels, interim assistant director of the Black Student Services, has a question for students at CSU.

"Why haven't you, or why wouldn't you, participate in Black History Month activities?" Daniels asked. Black History Month will occur in February, and organizers are looking for ways to engage the entire campus, not just black students.

Daniels and Will Wooten, the president of Black Definition, a student organization dedicated to advancing black culture and society at CSU, posed the question to a small leadership class Daniels teaches. The result, they said, was a spirited conversation that ended with three students attending a brainstorming session for Black History Month promotions on campus.

"From the start, we told them to be honest, (and) they were as honest as can be," Wooten said. "They didn't hesitate in what they said."

Daniels said students had concerns ranging from intruding on black students' territory to the nature of the black-student associations available on campus.

"We had people saying, you know, 'I'm not sure if I'm going to walk into a Black Panthers meeting," Daniels said with a laugh.

Daniels assured students that they are always welcome in the Black Student Services office, room 204 in the Lory Student Center, or at Black Definition meetings, held at 5 p.m. every Wednesday in the student center Art Lounge.

Black Definition is planning an events calendar for Black History Month and hopes for input from non-black students on the creation, marketing and promotion of these programs, Daniels said.

Many students, he said, feel that black history is only for black people.

"Black History Month" implies within its title which group of people it is targeting as participants, and because I am not affiliated with the group, I would feel like I was attending something I was not officially invited to," wrote freshman business administration major Erin Yemm in an e-mail interview.

Yemm, a white student in Daniels' class, attended a Black Definition meeting after Daniels and Wooten spoke to her class.

But black students feel that majority students should learn about black history.

"It's not just black history. It's everyone's history," said Chantel Reed, a member of Black Definition.

Khala McAfee, a black senior English major, agreed.

"The same way I have to learn about George Washington, everyone should have to learn about George Washington Carver," she said.

Students also expressed a concern that they would be intruding on areas or events that were aimed exclusively at minorities.

"I didn't want to feel as though I was intruding on an event or meeting that was not intended for me," wrote Tyler Will, who also attended a Black Definition meeting.

Once again, black students say this is not the case.

"I would say anyone here that I know has been very welcoming," Reed said of the Black Student Services office. "It might be intimidating, but everyone's really nice."

She acknowledged the difficulty of entering an area or event where majority students suddenly become the minority, but she said the experience could be beneficial and help majority students understand minority experiences.

"Them being the minority that one time is what we feel day to day on this campus," she said. "People should know what it feels like."

McAfee agreed.

"It's my situation in reverse," she said. "Every time I walk into a classroom, I feel this isn't my sanctuary."

In an effort to increase majority student participation, Daniels has helped organize a speaking series leading up to Black History Month, sponsored in part by Black Student Services.

Tuesday evening, students attended to a speech by criminal attorney Rick Jones about minority voting. Jones' speech, "Did Your Vote Count?" was held at 6 p.m. in the student center North Ballroom.

Daniels said the turnout, which included black and white students, administrators, employees, and admissions officers, was encouraging.

On Dec. 7, another speaker, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, the vice president for student affairs at Albany State University, will speak to CSU students about hazing-like problems in black fraternities and sororities. Kimbrough is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. in the LSC's East Ballroom.

"Politics, Greek life – just about anybody can relate to that," Daniels said.

Great possible pull-quote:

"The same way I have to learn about George Washington, everyone should have to learn about George Washington Carver," -Khala McAfee, senior, English major.

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Dreessen, Pears make first time all-MWC honors

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Nov 292004
Authors: Jon Pilsner

CSU seniors Joel Dreessen and Erik Pears both were honored Monday as members of the first team All-Mountain West Conference team for the past football season. A panel of MWC coaches and media members voted for the team members.

Dreessen, a H-back who finished the season with 43 catches for 427 yards and three touchdowns, was voted the unanimous first-team tight end. For Pears, it was the second straight season he was voted on the first team as an offensive lineman.

Junior wide receiver David Anderson and senior defensive end Patrick Goodpaster were both named members of the second team All-MWC. Anderson led the Rams in receiving for a second straight year with 57 catches for 940 yards and two touchdowns. Goodpaster ended the season with 37 total tackles, 22 of which were for a loss. He also tallied two sacks.

Making the honorable mention list from CSU were senior punter/placekicker Jeff Babcock, junior center Albert Bimper, junior offensive lineman Mike Brisiel, senior safety Adam Lancisero and senior defensive tackle Jonathon Simon.

Utah quarterback Alex Smith was voted Offensive Player of the Year, while San Diego State linebacker Kirk Morrison and Utah safety Morgan Scalley shared the Defensive Player of the Year award. Utah's Urban Meyer was voted Coach of the Year for a second straight season.

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Rams get ready to take on the Waves

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Nov 292004
Authors: Bob Fernandez

The CSU women's basketball team hopes to make a big splash tonight when it takes on the Pepperdine Waves at Moby Arena.

The Rams are fresh off an 82-57 win over Alabama-Birmingham Saturday. The win earned CSU a first-place finish at the two-day long Rocky Mountain Invitational tournament at Moby Arena.

Through the first four games of the season, the Rams have posted a 3-1 record and have averaged 77 points per game, making them the highest scoring team in the Mountain West Conference. They have also held their opponents to an average of 62 points per game, good enough for fourth in the MWC.

Although the Rams offense has looked crisp and the defense has been solid, the team still has room for improvement, said junior forward Melissa Dennett, who had 25 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against UAB on Saturday.

"I think we need to work on our defense a little more and rebounding," Dennett said. "(We also need to) keep running the floor."

Pepperdine enters the game tonight with a 1-3 record. The Waves' lone victory came on Friday when they beat Fullerton State 60-47. The Waves last played on Saturday when they lost to Montana by a score of 61-51. Despite Pepperdine's losing record, CSU head coach Chris Denker said the Waves should provide a challenge for CSU.

"Pepperdine is real athletic and very big," Denker said. "They occasionally have a lineup on the floor where they have four kids over 6-(feet)-1-(inch)."

The Waves finished second in the West Coast Conference a year ago and have made the postseason in four of the last five seasons. However, after the first week and a half of this season, Pepperdine is last in the WCC standings and is the conference's lowest scoring team, averaging only 50.5 points per game while giving up 62.7 points per game.

The Rams are 2-2 all-time against Pepperdine and have won the last two meetings between the two teams. The last time the two teams met, CSU came out on top by a score of 82-70.

Junior forward Lindsay Thomas, who had a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds against UAB on Saturday, said she hopes that the Rams can continue to build on their early season success with a win against Pepperdine. Thomas was also named MWC player of the week.

After losing to Notre Dame on Nov. 22 by a score of 69-47, the Rams went on to beat Iona and UAB by an average of 37 points per game.

"We've played pretty well," Thomas said. "We bounced back pretty well from our game against Notre Dame, and I think if we can just keep it going, that would be great."

Tonight's game against Pepperdine tips off at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena.

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Men’s basketball to face off against Auburn

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Nov 292004
Authors: Paul Baker

With arguably the toughest matchup of the season happening tonight, the CSU men's basketball team heads to Alabama to play Auburn.

The two teams meet for the second time in two years, the last meeting coming last year at Auburn with the Tigers winning 84-54. The Tigers were led by senior Kyle Davis, who had a career-high 21 points in 24 minutes to go along with nine rebounds. Marco Killingworth added 19 points and seven rebounds in the game. The Rams were led by center Matt Nelson, who had a team-high 12 points and four rebounds.

The Tigers return two starters from a year ago: seniors Ian Young, who averaged 10 points per game, and Nathan Watson, who averaged 7.5 points per game. Auburn lost four starters from last year. Two keys players lost were Killingworth, who averaged 13.7 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game and received second team All- Southeastern Conference, and Davis, who averaged 6.5 points per game.

The Tigers finished last year at 14-14 overall and 5-11 in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference.

Auburn is coached by first-year man Jeff Lebo, who has led the Tigers to a 4-0 start. Lebo has had good success as a coach, notching a record of 116-63 in seven years of coaching previously at Tennessee Tech and Tennessee-Chattanooga.

"The trip down to Auburn will be really tough," said sophomore guard Dwight Boatner. "We need to come out with a lot of energy tonight."

CSU looks to end a nine-game losing streak on the road, dating back to Dec. 22, 2003, when the Rams defeated Stetson 66-65 on a last-second free throw by forward Matt Williams.

CSU, which seems to be a second-half team this year, having outscored its opponents 179-120 this year, will try to work on playing consistently throughout the game.

"We definitely play a lot better in the second half," said junior guard Micheal Morris. "I don't know what's wrong with us in the first half, but it needs to change."



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Cross country ends season at NCAA Finals

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Nov 292004
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 292004

Imagine waking up in a hospital and not knowing why you are there until you remember taking the emergency contraception pill that you received over-the-counter the day before. You have chronic diabetes and did not know of the risks of taking the morning-after pill.

I think as an adult or teenager you would want to be informed of the side effects and precautions you should be taking if you were to receive the emergency contraception and go to a doctor to be prescribed the pill.

The emergency contraception pill is a hormone that a woman can take to reduce her risk of pregnancy after sexual intercourse. She may take the pill up to 120 hours (5 days) after intercourse. The debate is ongoing and I am opposing the emergency contraception being over-the-counter. A woman can just as easily wait to go see the doctor after the weekend to receive the pill. The Food and Drug Administration shut down the proposal of the emergency contraception pill (Plan B) being sold over-the-counter to the public because the pill does not provide adequate data to support a conclusion that Plan B can be used safely by young adolescent women for emergency contraception without consent from a practitioner. It is important to be aware of your options if an accident occurs by promoting the EC pill through doctor's prescription. Plan B is called the "emergency contraception pill" because it is used in an "emergency," not in failure of taking precautions and being irresponsible. If a woman knew she couldn't buy the EC pill over-the-counter, maybe she would think twice of having sexual intercourse. I'm not saying that the EC pill should be taken out of the public's reach, just off of the shelf. Do you want to have the hormone be on shelves for young girls and their friends to run down to their local grocery store and grab?

Meggie Cowan


Human development and family studies major

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Nov 292004


In reference to Matt Hitt's article on Monday about Christmas shopping, I urge him to explore the facts about Buy Nothing Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving. He dismisses "various anti-consumerism groups" (actually Buy Nothing Day is celebrated by millions of people in several countries) and argues that refusing to participate in the holiday consumerism madness is pointless because of the size and power of the economy. "We can't 'buy nothing' or stop spending money altogether," he writes. I just have to ask, Why not? Why not take a single day out of the year to realize how much our lives revolve around buying things that don't bring us any fulfillment? In an article criticizing holiday over-consumption, Hitt criticizes anti-consumerism groups for not having realistic goals. But my goal on Buy Nothing Day is not to bring the U.S. monster economy to its knees. I don't expect that to happen, nor do I want it to. My goal is simply to take a day that has become a personal holiday, spend it with my loved ones focusing on the things that bring true happiness in this world, and remembering in this "affluenza" season I don't have to participate in trampling my fellow human beings or this earth we share. I believe this is a very realistic and worthwhile goal, and I urge everyone participating in this economy to take a day off.


Jenessa M. Strickland

Senior, Philosophy

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