Alone in the rubbish pile

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Jan 302005
Authors: Ryan Skeels

"Alone in the Dark" is by far the worst movie of 2005 hands down, and it's not even February yet. All right, so Christian Slater has made some bad career choices in the past, including "Hard Rain" and "Broken Arrow," but what on earth was he thinking taking this role on?

Director Uwe Boll messed up back in 2003 by trying to turn the video game "House of Dead" into a movie, and you would think he learned his lesson. Nope. He does it to himself again, trying to remake the old Atari game, "Alone in the Dark," into a film. The movie follows the paranormal detective Edward Carnby, played by Slater, in his attempt to unravel the mysteries of his clouded past. This past of his isn't normal either; oh no, it involves an orphanage, a crazy scientist and low-budget computer animated demons.

Even going into the movie expecting some mindless but cool entertainment didn't pan out for this one. After 20 or so minutes, you'll find yourself wondering if you can still catch the previews of the movie playing on the screen next door. The beginning is pretty cool. They set up a creative plot and get you pretty psyched about what's to come, demons and all, but then it just bombs.

Even Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff were no match for the horridness of this flick. Reid, Dorff and Slater all seemed like they were reading their lines for the first time, and all the smaller background acting felt like watching a really bad sitcom, with enough unnatural movement and emotions to fill five phone booths.

The moment when you really just put your face into your hands and start to weep is when Reid, out of absolutely nowhere, shows up at Slater's house and just climbs into bed with him.

When a director can actually succeed at making Tara Reid getting into bed look bad, then you know it's time to leave.

There needs to be some sort of organization that puts an end to making video games into movies, and stops people like Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson from touching movie cameras ever again. If another "Alone in the Dark" or "Alien vs. Predator" comes out again, heads are going to roll. Who knows what Slater was thinking, but if he wants to start making a name for himself again, he had better go back to his skateboarding days of "Gleaming the Cube" and "The Wizard."

0 out of 4 ramheads. Shoot, this one only deserves a horn.

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Rams buck Cowboys at home

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Jan 302005
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Stars of the box: Wyoming Ashley Elliott, 28 points; CSU Melissa Dennett, 22 points

Wyoming 51, Colorado State 61

Wyoming 31 20 51

Colorado State 33 28 61

Wyoming – Sisk 0, 0-0, 0; Zaveck 3, 0-0, 8; Lenhardt 1, 0-0, 3; Hicks 1, 0-0, 3; Elliott 9, 5-7, 28; Bolderjack 1, 0-1, 3; Lapar 0, 2-2, 2; Ewing 2, 0-2, 4l Hippen 0, 0-0, 0. Totals 17, 7-12, 51.

Colorado State – Dennett 9, 4-6, 22; Thomas 3, 0-0, 6; Espinoza 2, 3-4, 8; Nohr 1, 1-2, 3; Walseth 0, 4-4, 4; Hunter 4, 0-0, 12; Kramer 0, 0-0, 0; O'Dwyer 1, 2-2, 4; Tor-Agbidye 1, 0-0, 2; Moulton 0, 0-0, 0. Totals 21, 14-18, 61.

Rebounds – Wyoming 31 (Elliott 7); Colorado State 42 (Espinoza 10). 3-point baskets – Wyoming 10-41 (Elliott 5-13); Colorado State 5-11 (Hunter 4-4). Technical fouls – none

A – 3,008

It is said that a good defense is the best offense.

The CSU women's basketball team proved this theory true Friday night, beating Wyoming 61-51 before 3,008 fans in Moby Arena.

A strong showing by the Rams defense forced the Cowgirls to shoot 3-pointers repeatedly.

"We were moving our defense around a lot," said junior forward Melissa Dennett. "That was our goal coming into the game. Once we start doing well on defense, our offense comes."

The Cowgirls, normally a good 3-point shooting team, came up short, shooting just 24.4 percent from the field, a number Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski called "uncharacteristic."

"We had some shots tonight," Legerski said. "We rely a great deal on our outside shooting. It wasn't there tonight."

Wyoming senior guard Ashley Elliott, who led all players with 28 points, had five baskets from the field, but she also noticed the absence of 3-pointers from the Cowgirls.

"Usually we go through some droughts," Elliott said. "I don't think we played with a lot of confidence."

While Elliott was putting up points, the rest of the team was pretty silent. No other Cowgirl scored more than eight points.

CSU head coach Chris Denker said this was all a part of the plan.

"We forced them to become a parameter team," Denker said. "(Elliott) is a hell of a player. I think we made her work really hard."

A big part of the Rams defense came from junior guard Vanessa Espinoza's 10 defensive rebounds, six of which came in the first half.

"When a kid like (Espinoza) comes out with 10 rebounds, it helps," Denker said. "We really put an end to the scoring. Some kids really stepped up."

And once the defense was on a roll, the offense came.

Freshman guard Sara Hunter, who was born in Laramie, Wyo., but graduated from Fort Collins High School, has been struggling lately with hesitation and decision making but that all ended on Friday when she sank four balls on four attempts from the field.

"It didn't just happen tonight," Hunter said of the regained shot. "I've been working on it in practice. It's up to me to get out of the slump or not."

But there was at least one disappointed member of the Hunter family, despite Sara Hunter's impressive game. Hunter said her brother, Daniel, watched from the crowd wearing his Wyoming sweatshirt.

The Cowgirls (12-6, 3-2 MWC) managed to tie the score several times and were just down by two points after the first half, but it wasn't enough. Their 18 fouls in the game, 10 of which came in the first half, proved to be a deciding factor, with the Rams going 14-of-18 on the free-throw line.

"To have 2-of-3 (of our top) players in foul trouble early on isn't good," Legerski said. "I thought that was a huge part of the ball game."

With the win, the Rams (12-6, 3-2) are now tied for third place in the Mountain West Conference with Wyoming, and no team is undefeated in conference play. Next up, the Rams will travel to Colorado Springs to play at Air Force (6-11, 1-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday. They will also play the conference leaders New Mexico (14-3, 3-1) on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. in Albuquerque, N.M.



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Trio of big men can’t make shots vs. Cowboys

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Jan 302005
Authors: Jon Pilsner

LARAMIE, Wyo. – 6-of-29. 20 percent.

That's what the CSU trio of 7-footers, Matt Nelson, Stuart Creason and Jason Smith, shot Saturday against the Wyoming Cowboys in a 69-56 defeat.

For all three, it was a frustrating day filled with fouls and missed baskets. Smith fouled out, and Nelson and Creason ended with four fouls. Often, because of the foul trouble, CSU had to play without its size advantage.

"They defended them pretty well," said CSU coach Dale Layer. "Our guys couldn't get a rhythm going."

Even when the Rams got good looks at the basket, the shots didn't fall.

"I thought I went through the motions," the senior Nelson said. "It felt good when I threw it up, it just didn't go down."

Freshmen Smith and Creason also had little luck shooting. Smith was visibly frustrated on the court after missing shots and committing fouls.

"Jason has to understand to slow down and let the game come to him," said junior guard Micheal Morris, who finished with eight points. "He just has to calm down sometimes."

The physical play of the Wyoming defense also led to eight total blocks by the Cowboys. Smith had three offensive rebounds, but only four points. Creason ended with six points.

"It was a little frustrating," Nelson said. "They played good defense in the post."

All three, however, seemed to have a combined off night.

"Maybe we got lucky a little bit," said Wyoming coach Steve McClain. "Smith didn't shoot as well as he has. They're good players."

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Rams drop another

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Jan 302005
Authors: Jon Pilsner

Colorado State 56, Wyoming 69

Colorado State 30 26 56

Wyoming 22 47 69

Colorado State – Smith 1, 2-2, 4; Creason 1, 4-4, 6; Nelson 4, 7-10, 15; S. Morris 3, 0-0, 8; Patterson 0, 2-2, 2; Lohrey 0, 0-0, 0; Ball 0, 0-0, 0; Rakiecki 3, 0-0, 9; Thomasson 0, 0-0, 0; Brown 0, 0-0, 0; M. Morris 5, 2-5, 12; Verwers 0, 0-0, 0. Totals 17, 17-23, 56.

Wyoming – Webb 5, 4-5, 14; Williams 3, 4-6, 10; Dunn 1, 5-6, 7; Sherrell 5, 0-0, 5; Straight 3, 4-5, 12; Leven 1, 0-1, 2; Lewis 1, 0-1, 2; Ebert 1, 2-2, 4; Anderson 0, 0-0, 0; Wabbington 1, 0-0, 2. Totals 21, 22-29, 69.

Rebounds – Wyoming 51 (Straight 9); Colorado State 34 (Smith 6). 3-point baskets – Wyoming 5-16 (Sherrell 3-5); Colorado State 5-16 (Rakiecki 3-8). Technical fouls – none.

A – 10,025

LARAMIE, Wyo. – A golden opportunity wasted. Now at 17, the streak lives on.

Up by as much as 12, the CSU men's basketball team promptly squandered its best first-half effort on the road and lost the Wyoming Cowboys 69-56 before a crowd of 10,025 at Arena-Auditorium Saturday.

The Cowboys used a 24-3 run midway through the second half to erase an eight-point halftime lead and bury the Rams in the season's first installment of the Border War.

"I'm proud of their effort. I thought that late in the game, when it got tough in the second half, we've got freshmen playing 70 minutes, and they've got freshmen playing no minutes, and I thought their experience showed," said CSU coach Dale Layer. "Our inexperience showed."

It was the Rams' 17th-straight road loss, and it landed CSU a last-place spot in the Mountain West Conference, a half game behind Brigham Young, who was idle this weekend.

A physical and tough first half caused both teams to shoot poorly. The Rams (9-10, 1-5 MWC) shot only 31 percent from the field, but the Cowboys (11-8, 3-3) had even more problems, making 6-of-29 shots, 20.7 percent.

From the whole the game, CSU shot 28.8 percent from the field, while Wyoming shot 35.6 percent. Senior center Matt Nelson led the Rams with 15 points, but he was only 4-of-12 from the field.

Freshmen Jason Smith and Stuart Creason, CSU's other 7-footers, were a combined 2-of-17 from the field and combined for only 10 points.

All three centers had trouble with fouls. Smith fouled out late in the second, and Creason and Nelson both ended with four fouls each. All were subjected to physical play in the paint.

Wyoming, in the top 20-nationally in blocks per game, had eight total, six coming from Justin Williams, who also had five offensive rebounds and 10 points.

"We knew this game was going to be tough," Nelson said. "They're a physical team."

Wyoming stormed back from a 30-22 halftime deficit in the second half, hitting three straight three-point buckets to erase a nine-point CSU lead and ignite the run. It was the Cowboys first lead since the very beginning of the game.

CSU fell apart from there, throwing the ball away and reverting back to its old, sloppy, style of play with bad turnovers and poor shot selection. The Rams were out-hustled, outplayed, and out-matched.

Wyoming would by as many as 11 with just over six minutes to play. Sean Morris hit a 3-point basket with 1:54 remaining to cut the Cowboy lead to six, but it was as close as the Rams would come.

Jay Straight put in a layup with .3 seconds to go in the game, but apologized afterward and said he didn't mean to run up the score. Straight said he though the game was over because people were running onto the court.

Senior Matt Williams missed the game with a virus.



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Rams track leaves competition in the dust…again

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Jan 302005
Authors: Amanda Grace Havekost

Robert Shine Invitational Results:

Men Points Women Points

1) Colorado State 116 1) Colorado State 131

2) Air Force 100 2) Wyoming 98.5

3) Wyoming 95 3) Air Force 60.5

The CSU men's and women's track and field teams walked away from the War Memorial Fieldhouse Robert Shine Invitational Saturday victorious over Wyoming and Air Force.

The men claimed a win with 116 total points. The women won with 131 total points, more than doubling Air Force's results.

Three members of the CSU teams left Saturday with souvenirs, with senior Loree Smith, sophomore Magnus Lohse and junior Becky Hammitt each earning field house records all their own.

Smith broke her own CSU and Mountain West Conference record for the second week in a row in the weight throw with a toss recorded at 71-2 1/2. She made Wyoming's Robin Lyons' former fieldhouse record of 70-11 1/4 obsolete.

"I'm definitely excited about moving up every week," Smith said. "I feel my technique gets a little cleaner every week."

The CSU school record for men's shot put fell with Lohse's toss of 65-8.75. With that throw, Lohse broke four-time World Champion John Godina's 1994 fieldhouse record and made the NCAA qualifying mark.

Junior Becky Hammitt not only won the 800 meters running 2:14.60 but also broke a 1993 fieldhouse record set by Deby Anderson from Wyoming.

"It felt great because it's not an easy place to run and I had my eye on that record for a while," Hammitt said.

The CSU teams earned first-place finishes in 18 out of 28 events Saturday.

Sophomore Janay DeLoach placed first in two events. Her 19-3 3/4 jump in the long jump beat out the rest. With a time of 6.97 in the 55 meters, DeLoach just missed the NCAA provisional qualifying time by .01.

"I feel really good about placing first and with practice I might be able to qualify," DeLoach said.

One of last week's repeat record-breakers, junior Amanda Huddleston, placed first in the triple jump at 40-9 3/4, and placed second while she one-upped her own school record leap last week in the long jump of 40-4 3/4.

Senior Michelle Carman and freshman Heather Loseke claimed first and second in the mile.

Sophomores Katie Lloyd and Megan Fox also made their mark Saturday. Lloyd tied for second in the 55-meter hurdles clocking in at 8.26, and Fox won the 200-meter with a time of 25.86.

The Rams women claimed the top three spots in the 3000 meters and the high jump. Freshmen Kirsten Anthony ran a 10:58.14. Freshmen Anne McLaughlin won the high jump after clearing 5-5.

The Rams men also swept the top three spots in the 3000 meters, with freshman Paul Hamilton winning in 9:15.10.

Senior John Woods took first in the 55 meters with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 6.28. Freshman Drew Morano ran 6.39 to place second behind Woods.

Senior Adam Trainor provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship in the weight throw with a second-place toss of 65-7.

Sophomore Rob Watson won the mile in 4:26.34. Junior Mike Horton won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.52.

Junior Brett Melin won the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.27. Sophomore Rodnee Pope was first in the 200 meters with a clocking of 22.43.

The Rams look to continue their winning streak at the Air Force Quadrangular on Saturday.

STAR OF THE BOX: Becky Hammitt 800 meters



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To the editors:

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Jan 302005

We are writing in response to an editorial cartoon, which ran in the Collegian on January 20. The cartoon depicted rush week and suggested that Greek life is elitist and racist, two assumptions that cannot be further from the truth.

The members of Greek Life at CSU have long fought to break down the perpetuating stereotypes surrounding fraternity and sorority involvement. The cartoon that appeared last week was another example of these stereotypes being publicized without any ties to the truth.

We realize the cartoon ran in the opinion section of the newspaper, but here are some facts about Greek Life that you may be unaware of. More than 1,600 men and women make up fraternities and sororities at Colorado State. Greek Life at CSU includes 37 chapters that do not discriminate based on race, religion and/or ethnicity. We have several chapters that celebrate the African-American or Latino heritage as part of their founding values. It is in poor taste to lump a diverse group of 37 organizations together and lump them into one stereotype.

The Greek community is not exclusive or racist, as your editorial cartoon suggests. Please have consideration not only for the Greek men and women of this campus who read your publication, but also for Greeks everywhere, who continuously have to fight the negative stereotypes that are ubiquitous in the media.

Sheehan Meagher & Katie Birkel

Vice Presidents of Public Relations for Greek Life


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To the Editor,

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Jan 302005


I've heard many rumors concerning the status of drinking at football games in the 2005 football season. Among these is a recommendation by the Alcohol Task Force to ban beer sales inside the stadium and also to ban alcohol in the tailgating area around Hughes Stadium. While I understand that the death of Samantha Spady was a tragic loss of life and that something has to be done in its wake, I fail to draw the parallel between underage binge drinking and drinking at a CSU tailgater.

Many people who tailgate before CSU football games choose to enjoy some alcoholic drinks in a totally responsible manner while barbecuing and gearing up for a Rams football game. Why should their ability to do so be infringed upon because of the irresponsible acts of an underage student drinker? The issue here is underage drinking, not drinking on the whole. Prohibition didn't work in the 1920s and it won't work now.

Nathan Robertson

Senior Computer Science Major

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To the editor:

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Jan 302005

Give me a break!

I am dumbfounded by this newspaper's lack of a student voice. The notion that a rock on the side of I-25 will strengthen the city-university bond is ludicrous. CSU may be the largest employer in town, but that is far from saying we have a great relationship.

After riots, alcohol-related deaths and the housing issues, I am appalled to hear the city manager claim he is proud of CSU. The claim that the three-unrelated law is not a direct attack on students is a lie because any reason to support the ordinance is to organize the community in response to the charges and grievances levied against drunk and disorderly students. While there certainly are some objectionable student actions, splitting up residences will do nothing. Neither the number of students nor the propensity to drink and party will change if this battle is lost. I do believe and I do have faith that CSU can have an awesome relationship with the city, but only if this three-unrelated law is dropped and we all understand our commitments as Fort Collins community members.

I can stand up and say I'm proud to be a RAM, but putting up a rock doesn't give the city manager that right.


Christopher Latham


Accounting & Finance

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CU professor’s essay out of line

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Jan 302005
Authors: Matt Hitt

No dancing around the point, no jokes about celebrities, no cute little quips today. I am mad and you should be too.

Ward Churchill, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, recently wrote an essay in which he labels the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, as "little Eichmanns." (

Eichmann was the Nazi leader who made Hitler's dreams of hellish death camps for Jews and others a horrific, unspeakable reality.

Churchill's ludicrous analogy stems from his assertion that the terrorists who attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001, were acting in retaliation for American violence against Iraqi children in 1991, and for the economic sanctions against Iraq that followed.

He even goes so far as to rename the perpetrators of the single worst act of terrorism in America's history as "combat teams," not terrorists.

Churchill defends his statements by writing, "When you kill 500,000 children in order to impose your will on other countries, then you shouldn't be surprised when somebody responds in kind."

I'm not here to argue for or against the Persian Gulf War, and the actions taken by our military at that time. But I would most certainly like to take issue with Professor Churchill's assertion that the victims inside the Twin Towers were guilty and deserving of the attack. Churchill writes, "True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break."

Ward Churchill has the right to say whatever he wants. But frankly, I would like to remind him, and any other person who feels bitter enough to insult the memory of more than 3,000 American civilians, that the people who were attacked that day were not soldiers. They were not major politicians. They were not great movers and shakers out to destroy Iraq and all things Islam.

They were simply Americans.

Good, ordinary people like you and me. They were just starting another day at work, trying to make a living in peace, when a few renegade extremists decided to murder them. What crime did these people commit to deserve the homicidal rage of these terrorists? Only being American, and working on American soil. Being American is the crime that Ward Churchill seems to think these men and women were guilty of.

I have no problem with anyone criticizing our government and the way things are done here in America. By all means, cast a critical eye on our president and our congress and their actions. Even if you want to slander the memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, you have the right to do so.

But I question whether or not the University of Colorado, an institution which does still receive some funding from taxpayers, should continue to employ a man who insists on making ludicrous and offensive statements without any real logic to back it up.

I cannot see how any rationally thinking person could hold those 3,000 citizens of New York in 2001 responsible for the alleged actions of soldiers in Iraq in 1991.

So you see why I'm mad. I'm mad because these statements were made. I'm mad because the families of the victims may hear about this essay. I'm mad because our tax dollars partially support this man. I'm mad because this man is representing a Colorado institution to the rest of our nation, smearing the name of all Coloradoans,

especially CU students and alumni.

Ward Churchill has the right to say whatever he wants. I just hope that the administration at CU is mad enough to make him speak his mind in the unemployment line.

Matt Hitt is a sophomore theatre major. His column runs Mondays in the Collegian.

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Renting to the Unrelated

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Jan 302005
Authors: Ben Bleckley

The Fort Collins City Council and the City Manager's office have begun a rental registration program regarding the amendment of a nuisance ordinance and nuisance gathering code. These are logical and thoughtful responses to the September riots and community complaints.

Rental registration would place partial responsibility of a renter's actions on the owner, encouraging landlords to carefully consider whom they rent property to. Registration would better assure safe living conditions for tenants, and it will aid public education of the nuisance ordinance and gathering code.

These potential amendments will streamline the process, serving notice to offenders by a city official, and will bring the charge of damages against offenders instead of city taxpayers.

In these ways the city has responded proportionally to make communities cohabitated by college students and families comfortable and safe for all residents.

However, any decision to further enforce the three-unrelated ordinance is unacceptable and an overreaction that would blindly punish college students' independence of their individuality will have a personal impact on Fort Collins.

When the same issue was discussed at a study session on Jan. 27, 2004, Mayor Ray Martinez called the ordinance "unconstitutional." However, there is a very real possibility it is.

The three-unrelated ordinance is a section in article five of the city's Land Use Code that defines a family as either "any number of persons related by blood, marriage, adoption, guardianship or other duly authorized custodial relationship unless such number is otherwise specifically limited in this Land Use Code or any unrelated group of persons consisting of not more than three persons or not more than two unrelated adults and their related children, if any."

The Land Use Code also states that single-family residences must contain no more than a single family.

Thus, individuals are in violation of a city ordinance when they live with three or more other tenants. In Fort Collins, it is likely the majority of these are college students.

Luckily this ordinance has not been widely enforced, and currently acts as a final resort in the case that nuisance complaints fail to evict repeat offenders.

However, pending an economic study, amendments could be made that would enforce three-unrelated more often, an act that could mean higher rental prices for college students already paying higher tuition. A four bedroom townhouse rented for $1,600 a month currently can be rented to four students for $400 each. If the ordinance were enforced, three of these students would be forced to pay $533 a month, a difference of over $1,000 in a nine-month period.

Such a law should be protected under the federal Fair Housing Act. Yet a number of similar cases, particularly the Supreme Court case City of Edmonds v. Oxford House, Inc., state that municipal governments have a right to limit the number of persons inhabiting a residence. Still, the reasons in this case were for personal safety of residents, not an attempt to limit nuisance violations.

Furthermore, more than three persons can easily live in a single family home. The average American family has four members. In the case of Edmonds v. Oxford, the number of persons was limited according to square feet of property.

As a citizen of Fort Collins, I too am upset and scared by anarchic rioting and fed up with repeat noise violations. The city council has maintained caution and careful steps while dealing with this important matter. They are right to wait on the return of this economic study. When they vote in upcoming months, I expect city council will remember the crucial role Colorado State University and its students play in the community as a whole – and the devastating effect the enforcement of three-unrelated would bring.

Ben Bleckley is a senior English major. His column runs Mondays in the Collegian.

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