Protect your belongings during Winter Break

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Dec 122004
Authors: Megan Buettgenbach

The first key to burglarizing a house is to make sure no one is home. For potential thieves on CSU's campus, this question is a no-brainer during the holiday break, and campus police annually see break-ins even when school is not in session.

In December 2003 and January 2004, there were five counts of burglary on campus and 21 thefts of bicycles, according to CSU Police Department records.

Sergeant Beery of CSUPD said there are several things students can do to help protect their belongings while enjoying the winter holidays.

"In rooms, make sure your windows are closed and blocked especially if you live on the first floor of residence halls," Beery said.

Beery also recommended that students take any valuables home. If that is not an option, he suggested locking them in a closet or putting them under the bed, where they would be less visible.

While there are thefts from residence halls over break, CSUPD's records show those months are similar to other times of the year.

Sophomore Young Lin, a computer science major, was a victim of theft in Allison Hall last fall when his laptop was stolen from his room.

After watching a Broncos football game on TV, Lin left his room to eat lunch, but made the mistake of not locking his door behind him as he left.

"I think somebody just came in and took (my laptop)," Lin said. "I was sad, mad and angry."

Lin never got his laptop back. He suggested that students who live in the residence halls always lock their door behind them and take their belongings with them over break.

Drew Way, Parmelee Hall director and graduate student in student affairs, also knows of a way to secure belongings.

"(Students) should work to ensure that the three layers of security in the halls are closed behind them," Way said. "If you see someone who you know is not a resident or a guest of a resident lurking around, tell a hall staff member about it."

Other students are concerned about leaving their bikes on campus while they are gone.

"Over break I'm putting my bike in my room," said junior Chris Clarke, a sociology major. "There will be so few people on campus that it will increase the chances of getting it stolen."

Housing and Dining Services said it is OK for students to put their bicycles inside their rooms over break.

However, the safety of students' bikes is not the only thing some have to worry about.

In October, sophomore Christian Berringer, a psychology major, had his motorcycle stolen from the front parking lot of Parmelee Hall.

"Even though I got it back, it is one of those things where I feel very violated," Berringer said. "Sitting on it, and knowing that it was taken away from me, it will never be the same."

Berringer does not want anyone else to have to experience this.

"If you have a motorcycle, make sure it is anchored to something, like a tree, so it can not be lifted from the ground," Berringer said.

Beery also suggests if students are planning on leaving their car on campus during break to park it in the parking lot just south of the police department, located in Green Hall.

Beery said there will be two police officers on duty and dispatch will be on duty throughout break, but has a recommendation for those who are worried about the safety of electronics left in their room.

"Always have a list of the make, model and serial numbers (of your valuables)," Beery said, "so that if they are stolen, they are easier to track."

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Dec 122004


National Society of Collegiate Scholars Holiday Drive with the Salvation Army

Durrell Center, Ellis Hall, outside the CSU Bookstore, between Parmelee and Corbett halls and at various Greek houses

Ending at 3 p.m. each day

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is doing a holiday drive with the Salvation Army from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16. We would like people to donate any warm winter clothing, especially coats.

Java Jumpstart!

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners office in the basement of the Lory Student Center

Join us for coffee, tea, hot cocoa and good conversation. Everyone is welcome. Focus is adult students.


National Society of Collegiate Scholars Holiday Drive with the Salvation Army

Durrell Center, Ellis Hall, outside the CSU Bookstore, between Parmelee and Corbett halls and various Greek houses

Ending at 3 p.m. each day

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is doing a holiday drive with the Salvation Army from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16. We would like people to donate any warm winter clothing, especially coats.

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Exchange Student Series

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Dec 122004
Authors: B.A. Klaene

If there was ever a difficult time to be a stranger in a strange land it's now.

In recent years American foreign policy and the media portrayal of foreign countries has created some obstacles for foreign students wanting to study in the United States as well as misconceptions about the atmosphere in America.

"There have been some challenges since 9/11 and the Patriot Act," said Seth Webb, coordinator for International Programs.

Some Saudi Arabian students were inundated with hassles when registering with the U.S. government and attaining student visas. Basem Abu-Jamil, an English literature Ph.D. student, from Saudi Arabia, came to the United States to study after Sept. 11, 2001.

"I heard a lot before I came here. I was given suggestions and advice especially after Sept. 11," said Abu-Jamil. "My first experience here was bad because I spent five hours detained with my family at JFK airport. Other than that my experience here has been good."

Ahmed Khogeer, a chemical engineering Ph.D. student, from Saudi Arabia who has lived in the United States for several years, feels the differences after Sept. 11, 2001, are drastic.

"This is a completely different perception of America than what we saw in the movies. We grew up with the American dream and Pepsi and songs," Khogeer said. "Now we ask 'Is this really America, which we loved with the Mickey Mouse and Scooby-Doo?' No, this is completely different."

Khaleel Alyahya, a neurobiology Ph.D. student from Saudi Arabia, has experienced the opposite.

"When I planned to come here (people) warned me that I would find so many things that were bad in women and men," Alyahya said. "So many fake stories about the culture and the life here, besides, I had no one who came here before to tell me how the life or culture was here."

The study abroad experience changed some of Alyahya's misconceptions.

"I came here and was shocked because of so many positive things I found here," Alyahya said. "I did not hear about these things in my country."

Other students have faced turmoil with regards to their country's portrayal in the American media.

Ku Birm Kwon, a senior Biochemistry student from South Korea, acknowledged that the United States does receive some negative press in South Korea but that the coverage is minimal compared to the coverage of Asia by the American press.

"The news about Asia is bad news. When I watch CNN I barely see good news about Asia," Kwon said.

Manuela Goller, a German graduate student studying German, said media coverage differs from what she experienced in Germany.

"There has always been a certain criticism about the way that the media is set up here. It focuses on American policy and doesn't really look at other countries," Goller said. "If you have any news coverage it is running at the bottom of the screen and nobody is reading it. I am use to a completely different format of news coverage."

Thorsten Kramer, a Ph.D. student, from Germany, has noticed differences in political coverage in the United States compared to Germany.

"The Germans have a real problem when it comes to patriotism," Kramer said. "Leadership, patriotism and war are very much connected to German history, especially WWII."

Goller believes some of these political stereotypes exist in U.S. media.

"There are a couple of clich/s that we don't like. One's that Americans tend to put themselves up as the people who save the world," Goller said, "which may be true in some aspects, because they have the strongest military force and they are the only one who can do anything because they are so big."


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Concert Calendar

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Dec 092004



Swingset f/ Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band, 9 p.m., $8. Aggie Theatre, 482-8300.

T Band, Soap & Drop of the Hat, 7 p.m., $5. Avogadro's Number, 493-5555.

Hells Belles w/ Swindl, Black Lamb, 9 p.m., $15 (21+). Fox Theatre, (303) 443-3399.

Ion w/ Aggressive Persuasion, Plastic Parachute, Trick Life, Son of Man, 8:30 p.m., $5. Gothic Theatre, (303) 788-0984.


Matson Jones w/ Hot IQs, 9 p.m., $5. Aggie Theatre, 482-8300.

Blues is Blood, WadiRum, 8 p.m., $5. Avogadro's Number, 493-5555.

P.B.S. f/ George Porter Jr., Russel Batiste & Brian Stolz w/ Fluffer a.k.a Chief Broom, 9 p.m., $15 (21+). Fox Theatre, (303) 443-3399.

Painted Sounds III w/ Boondock Saints, Five Style Fist, Optimal Frequency, Deep Pocket Three, 8 p.m., $5. Gothic Theatre, (303) 788-0984.

Michael Waido, 9 p.m., free. Lucky Joe's, 493-2213.

Holiday Metal Ball w/ Cevrance, Corruption, Cymetre, Ankor, I-October, 8 p.m., $6. Ogden Theatre, (303) 830-2525.


Boys Night Out with Emery. 7 p.m. $10 adv. / $12 doors. Rock Island. (303) 572-7625


Live Jazz, 7:30 to10:30 p.m., free. The Crown Pub, 484-5929.

Blackdog and the Psycho Horns & Swingset f/ Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band, 9 p.m., $6 (21+). Fox Theatre, (303) 443-3399.

Michael Waido, 9 p.m., free. Lucky Joe's, 493-2213.


The Gamits w/ Link, Le Boom, 9 p.m., $8. Aggie Theatre, 482-8300.

Phix w/ Seepeoples, 9 p.m., $7 (under 21), $4 (21+). Fox Theatre, (303) 443-3399.

Jason Vigil, 9 p.m., free. Lucky Joe's, 493-2213.

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Trivia Friday

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Dec 092004

When was the last time a family of owls nested in the "owl cam"?


a) 2001

b) 2002

c) 2003

d) 2004


Answer: C) The last family of owls nested in the owl cam in 2003. Last year there was an owl in the nest, however, he was without a mate.

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Fiesta Time: Utah garners at-large bid, MWC gets three Bowls

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Dec 092004
Authors: Preston Cagle

It took seven years and plenty of controversy, but it finally happened. The sixth-ranked Utah Utes finally cracked the code that was the Bowl Championship Series. With help from losses by some top-10 teams late in the season and an undefeated finish, Utah was able to secure the sixth spot in the BCS polls and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl to become the first mid-major to break the ranks of the BCS since its inception. They finished 11-0 (7-0 Mountain West Conference), and got enough help to finish in the top six of the BCS to win a guaranteed BCS at-large bid.

The Utes are led by Heisman-hopeful Alex Smith. He threw for 2,624 yards and 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions and ran for another 563 yards and ten touchdowns. The Ute passing attack has been potent this season with two great receivers leading the way for Smith to throw to.

The Utah defense has also stepped up this season allowing only 20.6 points per game. Combine that with the offense averaging 46.3 points per game and you get an undefeated season and a BCS bowl bid.

Utah will take on Pittsburgh (8-3) in the Fiesta Bowl. Pitt is the champion of the Big East where there was a four-way tie at the top of the conference. Boston College, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia all finished 4-2 in the Big East, but Pitt won the tiebreaker, winning seven of their last eight games. Junior quarterback Tyler Palko leads the Cougars onto the field. He has thrown for 2,816 yards and 23 touchdowns with only seven interceptions this season and has run for another 183 yards and three touchdowns.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m. on ABC from Tempe, Arizona on Jan. 1.

Like Dorothy and Todo, the Lobos head to the Emerald

The No. 2 team in the MWC has accepted their automatic bid to the Emerald Bowl. The New Mexico Lobos will face the Midshipmen from Navy in San Francisco. UNM comes into the game with a 7-4 record (5-2 MWC) and boasting a 1-1 record versus the BCS top-25. They beat No. 22 Texas Tech, but lost to No. 6 Utah at home.

Junior running back DonTrell Moore leads the Lobos onto the field. He has rushed for 1,082 yards and five touchdowns this season, and caught 24 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Kole McKamey is coming into his own on this young team. He threw for 1,065 yards and five touchdowns this season, but also threw seven interceptions.

The Midshipmen come into the game with a 9-2 record this season and are led by a pair of seniors at the quarterback and running back positions. Quarterback Aaron Polanco has completed 58 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions. Polanco is also a threat on the ground rushing 220 times this season for 844 yards and 13 touchdowns. Fullback Kyle Eckel compliments the quarterback in the backfield. He has gained 1062 yards on 211 rushing attempts this season for 11 touchdowns. The Midshipmen and Lobos square off Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Cowboys in Vegas

Wyoming received its first bowl bid in 11 years earning the MWC spot in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Cowboys finished with a 6-5 record (3-4 MWC) and steadily improved all year. Junior quarterback Corey Bramlet leads the offense on to the field. He has completed 175 passes for 2,102 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, but also has 12 interceptions. Junior wideout Jovon Bouknight provides the deep threat for Bramlet in the offense. He hauled in 58 passes for 968 yards and seven touchdowns this season. In their only two games against top-25 opponents they lost at No. 19 Texas A&M and No. 6 Utah.

Wyoming will take on the Bruins from UCLA, who come into the game with a matching 6-5 record (4-4 Pac-10), but four of those five loses came at the hands of ranked BCS teams. They lost to No. 1 Southern California, No. 5 California, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 24 Oklahoma State.

Junior quarterback Drew Olson is under center for the Bruins. He threw for 2,469 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season. Sophomore running back Maurice Drew has the talent to be a premier back. He rushed for 881 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 18 receptions for 262 yards and three more touchdowns. The game begins at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 23 on ESPN.

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Only our opinions matter: College Football Edition

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Dec 092004
Authors: Paul Baker, Scott Bondy

Topic 1: Being successful is up to interpretation, but to some, the BCS is just that this year. The Bowl Championship Series takes a lot of heat year in and year out because it often leaves deserving teams out of the mix. Did it get anything right this year?

Bondy: Absolutely. Everyone thinks he or she has the BCS figured out. Everyone has the perfect solution. Fact is, no one is ever going to be completely happy with it.

Baker: They certainly got the championship game right, but what about Auburn? It went undefeated in arguably the toughest conference in the nation.

Bondy: Well, Auburn got screwed. Such is life. The Tigers had a great run, but better luck next year.

Baker: Including a team like Pittsburgh, with an 8-3 record and at No. 20 in the nation, makes the Fiesta Bowl look like a joke.

Bondy: Bottom line: Make a playoff. That's why March Madness is the most exciting tourney of the year.

Topic 2: The Heisman finalists were chosen on Wednesday, leaving out such players as Cedric Benson of Texas and Jason Campbell of Auburn. Were the five finalists the right choices and who should win the award?

Baker: The right finalists were chosen.

Bondy: Yeah, who is Campbell anyways? And Benson gets drowned out by a freshman and a sophomore on a weekly basis.

Baker: Adrian Peterson is a stud. He deserves the award. He's the best freshman running back since Herschel Walker

Bondy: Leinart is good, but stick any quarterback in that offense and you have a winner. Reggie Bush is the best player on his team but the second best running back in the nation. Without Peterson, Jason White isn't in the championship game.

Topic 3: Q and A Lightning Round

Bondy: The winner of the National Championship will be?

Baker: Oklahoma by 10.

Baker: Did Utah make the right decision by allowing Urban Meyer to coach the Fiesta Bowl?

Bondy: Nope. He quit his job and quit on his team. Bad decision to announce his departure before the bowl game.

Bondy: Utah over Pitt?

Baker: Uh huh. Alex Smith combines for like a bajillion yards.

Baker: Michigan over Texas?

Bondy: Yeah right. Hook 'em Horns.

Bondy: Auburn over Virginia Tech?

Baker: Tech scores two points, yes two, but Auburn wins 3-2 on a late field goal.

Topic 4: In light of the holiday season, we would like to thank the athletes who do their very best to entertain us every outing by handing out some awards. Here are the 2004 Baker/ Bondy awards.

Coolest athlete of the year: Ricky Williams, because he did us a favor and quit.

Worst Athlete of the year: Ron Artest. Oh wait, he isn't allowed to play this year.

Best hit of the year: Jermaine O'Neal rocking that fan with a sliding punch.

Clutch team: BoSox is pretty much the new definition of clutch.

Pothead: Carmelo Anthony. Yeah, it was his.

Crack head: Receiving his second Baker/Bondy award, Ron Artest.

Closing statements and words to the wise:

Bondy: Happy holidays and good luck on finals.

Baker: I want a Napoleon Dynamite action figure for Christmas.

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Rams look to rebound against Oregon

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Dec 092004
Authors: Bob Fernandez

The CSU women's basketball team's four-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday, as they fell to in-state rival Colorado by a score of 77-83.

Fortunately for the Rams, they have little time to dwell on their heartbreaking loss since they will be back on the court at Moby Arena on Sunday as they return home to take on Oregon (5-0).

CSU (5-2) is undefeated at home, going 5-0 at Moby Arena so far this season. The Rams' only two losses this season came on the road against CU and at Notre Dame, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

CSU has dominated on its home floor so far this season, defeating its opponents by an average of 25.8 points per game.

Sunday's game against CSU will be Oregon's second road game of the season. The Ducks' previous road game on Nov. 27 resulted in a 68-50 win at Long-Island Brooklyn.

Defense has been a key to Oregon's undefeated start. In their five victories, the Ducks have averaged 67.8 points per game, while allowing only 52.2 points per game.

CSU has used a high-scoring, balanced offense during their previous seven games. The Rams have averaged 75.3 points per game, while giving up 60.9 points per game.

CSU is led in scoring by junior forward Melissa Dennett, who is averaging 14.3 points per game to go along with her 9.1 rebounds per game. Two other Rams are averaging double-digit points per game: Junior center Lindsay Thomas is averaging 13.1 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds per game; Junior guard Vanessa Espinoza is third on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and is also averaging a team-best 4.1 assists per game.

Through their first five games, the Ducks are led by senior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld, who is averaging 13 points and 7.2 rebounds, both team-bests, and 2.8 assists per game. Senior center Andrea Bills is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding with 11.4 points and 6.4 boards per game. Senior guard Corrie Mizusawa, is the top-dishing duck, averaging 7.8 assists per game, third best in the nation.

Tip-off for Sunday's game against Oregon is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Moby Arena.

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Rams look to repeat history

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Dec 092004
Authors: Paul Baker

The Rams take their 5-2 record on the road to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the Purdue Boilermakers in a rematch of last year's Miracle in Moby.

Last year's game pitted the then-No. 21 Boilermakers against a stingy Rams team. The Rams led by as many as 13 points in the first half before falling behind in the second half, only to set the stage for what was to ensue. Trailing by four points with seven seconds remaining in the game, guard Micheal Morris hit a 3-pointer to bring the Rams within one point. On the ensuing inbounds play, forward Matt Williams deflected the pass to the top of the arc, where Morris caught the ball in midair and threw a shot at the buzzer for an improbable 71-69 win.

"We were in the game the whole time," head coach Dale Layer said of last year's game. "We played really good. It was a great confidence booster to win that game."

Purdue is coming into this game with a 1-5 record after losing 66-48 in a nationally televised game against Oklahoma Wednesday night. Senior guard Brandon McKnight led the Boilermakers with a game-high 15 points in the loss.

This year McKnight and junior Carl Landry lead the Boilermakers. McKnight is averaging 15.3 points per game, while Landry is averaging 15.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Purdue is a different team than last year, as the team lost its leading scorer from last season, Kenneth Lowe, who averaged 13.3 points per game.

"They are definitely a different team," said junior Dwight Boatner. "We still need to watch out for McKnight and David Teague."

Both teams are a bit different from last year, Layer said.

"They are not quite as deep inside in the post position this year as they were last year," Layer said. "It's really early to tell how we are, but we definitely have more confidence, and are deeper as a team this year."

Head coach Gene Keady, who is in his 25th and final year at the helm, leads the Purdue Boilermakers. At Purdue, he has an overall record of 505-259, 1-1 against CSU.

CSU head coach Dale Layer is 2-1 versus Big Ten opponents in his tenure at CSU, with wins against Michigan and Purdue and a loss to Purdue two years ago.

"It will be a big challenge for us going into Purdue and getting a victory," Layer said. "It will be very similar to a conference road game."

CSU has seemed to have perfected its zone defense in the past couple games, giving teams fits under the basket and forcing them to shoot from the outside.

"We need to play our matchup zone the way we know how," Morris said. "We need to stay in our own areas for the zone to work."

The game is set for 10 a.m. and will be will be televised on the Altitude channel.

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Mammoth play at Bud Center

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Dec 092004
Authors: Jon Pilsner

Northern Colorado will get a special treat this weekend, as the Colorado Mammoth professional lacrosse team will play at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland in a preseason game against the Minnesota Swarm. It will be the first-ever indoor lacrosse game held at The Ranch.

Former CSU lacrosse captain Mark Plonkey, who was drafted by the Mammoth this past year, will not play because of injury.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. game are $15 and can be purchased at the door or on

See Sports Monday in the Collegian for a story about Plonkey's journey from college to pro lacrosse.

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