Police substation proposed in riot zone

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: James Baetke

City officials are tinkering with the idea of creating a police substation in one of the neighborhoods that was in the heart of last year's riots.

Endorsed by Mayor Ray Martinez, a former police officer, the substation would be intended to bring more police presence to the student-laden neighborhood, and it would be in part expected to curb any possible future riots.

Over the span of the first weeks of school last semester, riots broke out just north and west of campus. Dozens of police showed up in riot gear and sprayed tear gas in an effort to deter rowdy partygoers.

The police substation would be in the Campus West area, a residential neighborhood generally known as the region east of Shields Street from Prospect Road to Mulberry Street.

Martinez said it is likely the substation would do business out of a house, not a storefront like the District 1 substation located in Old Town. At least one neighbor offered her house for sale at a City Council meeting earlier last month.

Rita Davis, spokesperson for Fort Collins Police Services, said the substation is very preliminary and is in "early conception stages." She said the District 1 substation has been a success since its origin in 1995.

"There is not even any analysis going on," Davis said.

She said the substation is just a thought and may not even be called a "police substation" because it is too early to air out any of the details. There are too many variables that need to be worked out.

Officer Yvonne Paez, the public information officer for CSU Police Department, said discussions have been occurring between CSU Chief of Police Dexter Yarbrough, Fort Collins Chief of Police Dennis Harrison and Martinez.

Paez said no further details are available yet.

The substation's location and the timeline for implementing it are unclear, but CSU and Fort Collins police have agreed to work together in making the project become a reality.

"We are going to set up a plan of action before I leave office," Martinez said, who is term limited and will depart his seat on City Council in April.

Martinez said the council is "seriously considering" increasing police personnel to help man the substation. It has also been reported that CSU police will help run the facility.

Councilwoman Marty Tharp, who represents District 5, is in favor of the facility and is pleased CSU may help in running it. Tharp said the building would have the potential to better respond to problems.

"If we have more visible presence, it should be a plus all around," Tharp said.

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Denver photographer presents slide show of Holocaust survivors

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Megan Schulz

A Denver-based photographer returns to CSU Wednesday to present powerful images in remembrance of the Holocaust.

Nick Del Calzo will present a slide show of photos of Holocaust victims from his book "The Triumphant Spirit: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors and their Messages of Hope and Compassion" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

"He has done a lot of work with capturing stories of survivors of the Holocaust," said Jenn Christ, a student affairs and higher education graduate student and member of Hillel, CSU's Jewish student organization. "That's important because the survivors aren't going to be around forever, so this is one way to capture their stories forever. (We can) transition the Holocaust through the future by having a wide variety of programs that tell the stories through multiple forms."

Hillel Director Hedy Berman said Del Calzo was chosen because his presentation relates to the theme of the ninth Annual Holocaust Awareness Week at CSU. The theme is "60 years of Liberation: Every Face has a Number. Every Number has a Face."

"When we talk about the theme, the whole idea was to really focus on the survivors this year," Berman said. "(We wanted) to really connect faces with what seems like an incomprehensible number. Nick (Del Calzo) seemed to work in well there because he has portraits of survivors and tells their stories and the lessons to be learned from them."

This is not the first time Del Calzo has visited CSU. He displayed "The Triumphant Spirit" presentation in 1997 during CSU's first Annual Holocaust Awareness Week. Del Calzo also taught a junior-level public relations course for one semester at CSU in 1976.

"I had remembered his slide show and I had a copy of his book," said Berman. "The photographs are just beautiful."

Del Calzo said he wants students to attend the presentation to realize the most important decision they could make in their lives is to have a big dream.

"I certainly look forward to the opportunity to talk to young people about fulfilling and pursuing their dreams and this project is an illustration of that," said Del Calzo, photographer and creator of the "Triumphant Spirit" Project. "It's both about the opportunity to talk about the Holocaust and some amazing people who (survived) that experience but also it illustrates that it's important to have a dream for your life and never to give up hope on that dream."

Del Calzo said the idea for his project came about by accident. He took a trip to Europe by himself in 1991 and stopped overnight in Dachau, Germany, the location of a notorious Nazi concentration camp that has been turned into a memorial museum for the prisoners.

"I felt compelled to stay overnight and go to the camp," said Del Calzo. "(That experience) really related to experiences I had while in high school and college when I did term papers on the Holocaust. ("The Triumphant Spirit") helped fulfill one of my personal goals through photography to help touch thousands of peoples of lives in a personal way."

Berman said a wide variety of students could benefit from attending the presentation.

"I think it's important for anyone to go to it," she said. "It doesn't make a difference what faith or religion you are from. The lessons to be learned are the lessons of (where) intolerance and bigotry can lead."

Jenn Christ agreed the concept of genocide is something that still needs awareness throughout the future.

"The mass killing of people, for whatever the reason is, needs to be kept aware because it's not a concept that will never happen again because there is always potential for it to happen," Christ said.

"I also think it's important to hear these stories because unfortunately the last survivors are going to be gone before to long," said Berman. "It's the last opportunity to hear first-hand from people who have experienced it instead of reading it from a history textbook."

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N.J. casino’s “appearance policy” restricts employees’ weight

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Jake Blumberg

Whether the weight scales and the scales of justice are coming into conflict is a question some people have begun to ask because of a recent employment policy in New Jersey.

The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., recently implemented an "appearance policy" for its cocktail servers and bartenders.

The policy affects people in the casino's "Costumed Positions," a term that describes 200 of the casino's employees, including bartenders and servers. The new addition to the appearance policy places restrictions on these employees' weights for the duration of their casino employment.

Borgata officials, who declined an interview, outlined their policy in an e-mailed statement, " For these Costumed Positions, associates will be permitted up to a 7 percent weight gain during the length of his/her employment from the weight he/she has at the time of hire and/or weight establishment. Should he/she exceed the 7 percent, Borgata will pay for a weight-reduction program while the associate is put on a leave of absence for a maximum of 90-days …We believe the policy in place is not only legal and non-discriminatory, it is also fair."

The "weight establishment" referred to in the statement applies to current employees who were hired before the new policy came into existence. Present employees were required to attend a weigh-in to establish the weights that will be used as a base weight for their future weigh-ins, taking place periodically during the employee's tenure with the casino.

In addition to defining the weight-gain policy, the statement also clarified Borgata's policy toward pregnant women, stating that pregnant employees will be given "transitional costumes" for 180 days, and upon returning will be given 90 days to achieve appearance standards, with access to a weight-reduction program during that time.

If employees do not reach the standards at that time, they will then be given 90 more days on an unpaid leave of absence to achieve their goal, with the company paying for the employees' health care costs and weight-reduction program.

Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families in Washington D.C., has been following the situation in Atlantic City closely.

"They told the employees that the weigh-in would be done on Monday morning, and then surprised them with it at a breakfast on the Friday before," Zuckerman said. "They did not even let them eat breakfast. It has been found that people, especially women, weigh less in the early morning compared to later on in the day, so they could gain something like 4 pounds throughout the day just through natural fluid gain."

Along with the surprise weigh-in, Zuckerman has various other issues with the Borgata policy of weight-related employment.

"There are already a fair amount of eating disorders that are now going to be exacerbated by the new policy at the casino. This is not a policy to prevent fat people from working at the casino; most of the women there weigh somewhere around 100 pounds and are already concerned about their weight," Zuckerman said. "They do not need to tell them to watch their weight, they already have an incentive to do that on their own. Now, if one of these women are put on a medication that causes weight gain, like birth control can, they will be worried about losing their job."

Zuckerman feels that the policy is especially unfair to women, although men are also being subjected to it.

"With a 7 percent weight-gain policy, a man who weighs 185 pounds has a lot more room for weight gain than a woman who weighs a 100 pounds," Zuckerman said. "In addition to demeaning, this is just not a friendly company policy."

Although Zuckerman describes the policy as unfriendly, it is not illegal, said John Jostad, a CSU student affairs in higher education law professor. It does affect both men and women and does not discriminate against pregnant women.

He explained why the policy does not violate employment law.

"Generally speaking, the employer can make workplace rules regarding dress/appearance and apply those standards uniformly. An employer may, correspondingly, discipline employees for a failure to comply with those standards," Jostad wrote in an emailed interview. "Fairness is not a legal standard … The issue from an employment law perspective is whether the policy adversely affects a protected class, e.g. race, national origin, sex, age, and if it does not, it will probably be valid."

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Holocaust survivors discuss horrors of Holocaust

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Lila Hickey

Rosalyn Kirkel was born in Lithuania, Osi Sladek in Czechoslovakia, and Jack Alder in Poland. Before they were even teenagers, all three felt the horrific power of Nazi Germany.

More than 6 million Jews were killed by Axis military powers between 1939 and 1945, a period of time known as the Holocaust. Holocaust Awareness Week, spearheaded by Hillel and the Students for Holocaust Awareness, started Monday with events that included a survivors' panel in which Alder, Sladek and Kirkel spoke about their experiences as children during the Holocaust

Kirkel lost her mother, sister and brother in ghettos and labor camps. Sladek and his parents retreated farther and farther into the forests of Slovakia until they were trapped, clinging to life in the mountains between the Russian and German army forces. Alder rescued his 9-year-old sister from extermination in Polish ghettos only to see her sent to the gas chambers two years later.

Alder remembers being shipped to a concentration and labor camp, where the Nazis separated the able-bodied from the sick, and prisoners offered chilling advice.

"They whispered to us, 'Look strong if you want to live," Alder said. "Once again, the old and the sick and the weak were asked to move to the right – my little sister, who I saved for two years."

Alder bowed his head for a moment at the memory. He is the only member of his immediate family – parents, two sisters and a brother – to survive the Holocaust. Of the more than 80 members of his extended family in Europe during World War II, only a handful survived.

Kirkel's mother had her smuggled out of the ghettos after her older brother was "vanished" by the Nazis. No records exist of her family members' deaths – they, like many others, slipped through the Nazis' record-keeping systems during a rush of prisoners sent to Auschwitz in the summer of 1944.

Even as the Germans were losing the war, they were sending Jewish people, homosexuals, political opponents and the mentally and physically disabled to death camps at an increasingly hurried pace. As Alder noted, if the Allies had bombed the railroads leading to Auschwitz in 1944, they would have averted the death of more than a million people.

Kirkel's mother was sent to a German camp after the Germans dissolved the Lithuanian labor camp at which she was held. It was a labor camp, Kirkel said, not an extermination camp. But that hardly matters.

"People died everywhere, just more efficiently in the extermination camps in Poland," she said.

For Sladek, there was no concentration camp – just a pact with his parents to survive the war, whatever it took. After evading periodic "sweeps," when the Nazis took Jews from their homes in the night and sent them to labor and death camps, the Sladeks finally decided to send 8-year-old Sladek to live with relatives in Hungary, where Jews were still safe. But in March 1944 the Germans occupied Hungary, and Sladek, guided by premonition, begged to return to his parents.

"If the Germans take me away, I want to be with my parents, not with my aunt and uncle," he said.

After weeks of mischief, his relatives gave in and sent Sladek back to his parents. The three spent the next few years working their way farther and farther from urban areas, occasionally protected by commandos, who liberated one of the towns the Sladeks were staying in. Finally, the family was driven into the mountains.

"That was our fate at that point," Sladek said. "We had to go to the mountains. It was the only place we could seek some shelter."

After the Sladeks survived a German raid, they had to retreat still farther into the mountains and struggle to survive, sustained by the food occasionally brought by one of the commandos.

"We had no idea what's going to happen. All we know is, 'We're going to perish if something doesn't happen very soon,'" Sladek said.

The Good In Every Soul

For Alder, Kirkel and Sladek, the Holocaust was a time of horror and trauma. But it was also a time of hope. For each story of hatred and abuse by the Nazis, there were people who offered shelter, food and love. These people, Alder said, are a reminder that no race or nationality has a monopoly on good and evil.

For Alder, that hope was a German officer who left carefully wrapped bits of food in his office stove for the near-starving boy to find as he swept the stove out each morning.

"(The officer) was a decent human being, and I'm sure there were many like him, who got caught up in something over their heads, and did not hesitate when they had a chance to do something humane," Alder said.

For Kirkel, hope was the Christian couple that named her Zulita and hid her, risking death by defying Nazi law and harboring a Jewish child. Hope was a family friend who smuggled Kirkel as a toddler out of the Lithuanian ghetto and helped her father recover his daughter when the war ended.

"She said, many years later, she told me, 'Rosalyn, I couldn't not do it,'" Kirkel said.

For Sladek there was much hope. It was a local judge who helped the family avoid the dreaded deportations and a group of gentile friends who hid them during nighttime raids.

"(The judge) would send a message to my father and say, 'Tomorrow and the day after, disappear,'" Sladek said.

Lessons Learned

Despite what they have endured, all three have built lives for themselves in the United States. They have children and grandchildren and a determination to share the memories – and messages- of the Holocaust with other generations.

For Alder, the horrific experiences of three concentration camps, two ghettos and a death march boils down to one simple lesson for the future: respect.

"Don't love me, don't like me, just respect me as a human being," he said.

Sladek warned against complacency.

"Complacency is the biggest sin there is," he said. "The world was complacent when we were experiencing our trouble. We all have to worry about something. We have no guarantees."

Reactions

Audience reactions to the survivors' panel were emotionally charged, even for those who have seen it before.

"I've heard one of the speakers before and it still has a huge impact on me," said Rachel Singer, a senior psychology major and member of Hillel and Students for Holocaust Awareness.

For some residents, the event is especially poignant because, as survivors grow older and pass on, their stories are lost.

"I think all of us realize that this is that last generation that can tell us (firsthand)," said community member Shirley Payne. "I think it's important not to forget."

Mary Kay Pixley agreed. She feels so strongly, in fact, that the CSU human resource services employee brought her daughter and grandsons, wanting the boys to hear survivors' stories while the opportunity is still available.

"It just devastates me," Pixley said, nearly crying. "And I think it's so important, I just really wanted my grandsons to come."

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Pets in residence halls

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Anne Farrell

For those living in the residence halls a trip home generally guarantees two things, a home cooked meal and visiting with family, for others there is the bonus of reuniting with their best friend – often their dog or cat or other household animal.

Animals with gills are the only pets permitted within the residence halls. The specific guidelines can be found within the Residence Hall Handbook and read:

* Residents are permitted to have fish in their rooms. Residents having pets other than fish may face disciplinary action and be charged for damages or cleaning.

* Students are permitted to have aquariums provided the aquarium is stocked with fish only. Aquariums must be no larger then 25 gallons.

* Snakes, turtles, salamanders, newts, frogs and rodents are specifically prohibited.

While many residents brought their fish from home at the beginning of the year, those that did not, are offered many opportunities to find a scaled replacement for their furry buddies.

Goldfish bowls and food were given as a prize in a carnival-style game during Ram Welcome in the Lory Student Center. Programming Activities Council (PAC) also sponsored an evening in which students were allowed to decorate bowls and were given beta fish to add the final touch.

Occasionally there are students who feel they cannot live without their fuzzy buddy and that is when housing intervenes. The general policy regarding illegal pets is that the staff will work with the student and will usually involve a meeting with the hall director.

Mary-Ellen Sinnwell, director of Residence Life said events revolving around illegal pets are generally minimal and there have been no major incidents so far this year.

"We do a really good job of sharing pet policies" said Sinnwell. "The students are very well informed. They typically know they cannot bring the pet and that pet usually goes home with Mom or Dad during move in."

Sinnwell also said the most common illegal pet found is gerbils and hamsters because they tend to be the pet students have at home and that students would like to bring.

Towers Hall Coordinator Chris Loveall agreed students caught with illegal pets were most commonly rodents because larger animals were more difficult to hide

While it is not practical to have anything larger then a fish living in a resident hall it is possible to still have a dog.

Former resident Dana Miller, a sophomore natural resources recreation and tourism major was able to sneak her dog into the building using stairwells when no resident assistants were present on her floor. Most of the time the dog stayed with a friend who lived off campus.

"They should have a separate hall for students with pets." Miller said.

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Internet a good tool for professors

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Feb 282005
 
Authors: Lindsay Reiter

As technology has become more advanced, the Internet has become a vital part of nearly everyone's day, especially students and professors who use it to communicate about classes and assignments.

WebCT is one of the most widely used forms of communication between professors and students.

"WebCT is an online means to deliver a class via the Internet. Videos can be posted and it is also used for Continuing Education because classes can be taken all over the world," said Diane Noren, central computing manager for the help desk at Academic Computing and Networking Services.

WebCT has only been available campus-wide since 1998.

"Before 1998 it was only used in the College of Veterinary Medicine for about a year or so," said Thomas G. Maher, director of Instructional Services. "A campus-wide committee examined about five or six different products before choosing WebCT."

It was important for the university to adopt a standard program for the benefit of both students and professors, Maher said.

"The faculty has had faith in it because it was adopted as a campus standard," Maher said. "They spend the time to learn it and are not as reluctant to invest time in setting it up because it has become more established."

Until WebCT was available for professors to use in conjunction with teaching classes, some integrated the Internet into their classes in other ways.

"Professors had regular open Web sites, which was the most used method other than WebCT or individual applications," Maher said.

WebCT is still relatively new, and while the number of classes posted on WebCT continues to grow with each semester, there are still professors who opt not to use it.

Jeff Collett, professor and acting department head for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, has been teaching at CSU for 11 years. He has watched the use of the Internet evolve and become more integrated in the classroom.

"One thing that's changed is we can pull up data in real-time rather than having to bring in less-current information on transparencies," Collett said.

Although Collett has found the Internet to be beneficial in research, he does not use WebCT in his classes.

"I haven't found it to be necessary because I teach smaller graduate classes," Collett said.

Other professors do not use WebCT simply because of the extra work it requires.

"I don't use WebCT because I just don't have the time. It takes quite a lot of time to set up even a supplemental site and I would not be compensated for the additional work," said Kelly Cockburn, an instructor in the English department. " I am planning on setting up a site over the summer."

Students have found that many professors use WebCT to make class information more convenient to access.

"It's a good tool and it makes it easier for everyone. Professors can post their syllabus on WebCT and have students print off their own copy rather than making like 500 copies and trying to hand them out during class," said Rachel Befort, a freshman equine sciences major.

Sophomore Richelle Price, a psychology major, would prefer it if all of her classes were on WebCT.

"One of my professors who doesn't use it doesn't always announce when a paper is due more than once, so unless you're in class when he assigns it you miss out," Price said.

Regardless of whether a professor uses WebCT, nearly all communicate with students through e-mail.

"Right now I rely on students to e-mail me and I am always happy to correspond with students over the Internet," Cockburn said.

Collett, too, would prefer to e-mail students directly rather than using WebCT.

"While the Internet is important I don't see it as a replacement for other more conventional teaching methods. I think it is important for students to write things down. It helps reinforce the material," Collett said.

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Campus Calendar

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Feb 282005
 
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2day:

Paws of the Rockies Food Drive

Month of March

1538 E. Harmony Road Unit C-2

All food donations will benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County.

 

Training Tip Tuesday

6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Student Recreation Center weight room

Have a certified personal trainer answer your fitness questions.

Nutrition Panel

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wellness Zone

Interact with a panel of nutrition professionals to promote Eating Disorders Awareness Month.

Yoga Demo at the Wellness Zone

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Wellness Zone

Learn the basics of yoga and some simple poses to help restore your body and soul.

A Journey of Survival

Noon

Lory Student Center

Osi Sladek, a singer/songwriter who survived the Holocaust, presents his life.

Communicating In and Out of the Classroom

Noon to 1 p.m.

Lory Student Center, Spring Creek Room,

Tips on how to talk so others (fellow students, professors, and staff) will listen. Open to everyone; focus on adult-student needs.

Got Sleep?

4 to 5 p.m.

Wellness Zone

This workshop will help you learn effective sleep habits to help you sleep more restfully and feel more refreshed in the morning.

Student Organizations Officer Orientation

4 to 6 p.m.

Student center room 228

Officer orientations for student organization leaders to learn about resources available on campus.

Public Lecture by Visiting Curator

6 p.m.

Student center theatre

Lecture by Annie Carlano, curator at the Museum of International Folk Art.

PRSSA Meeting-Resume night!

7 p.m.

Clark Building C-359

Come get your resume critiqued by public relations professionals.

Echoes from Auschwitz

7 p.m.

Student center north ballroom,

Presentation by Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor.

2morrow:

Eating Disorders Awareness

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wellness Zone

Stop in for refreshments and new activities each day.

Nutrition Panel

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wellness Zone

Interact with a panel of Nutrition Professionals to promote Eating Disorders Awareness Month.

Women at Noon

Noon

Student center room 230

A firsthand account about a child's emotional trauma endured in the Auschwitz death camp.

Business Day Capstone Lecture

2:30 p.m.

Middle/East Ballroom

Lecture by Brian Dyson, former president and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises.

A Student of the Holocaust

3 p.m.

Student center room 230

A graduate student shares her experiences visiting Poland.

Exercise to Better Your "SELF"

7 to 8 p.m.

Wellness Zone

Visit Professionals from the recreation center to learn exercise techniques to promote a healthy body.

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Sometimes being ‘Mad’ feels so good

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Feb 272005
 
Authors: Ryan Skeels

The only thing that could possibly beat the good times of watching this story on the big screen would be seeing it in its original form as a play. Tyler Perry wrote both versions and plays the role of three different people in his comedy/romance/revenge flick "Diary of a Mad, Black Woman." It's hard to think of a time when it may be appropriate to mix marriage problems, psychotic women and slapstick comedy together, but Perry may have found it.

The story follows Kimberly Elise as Helen, a woman whose world turns upside down in the blink of an eye and is forced to tip it back over just as fast. She's been married to big-time defense attorney Charles for 18 years and is preparing to celebrate their anniversary when the bomb gets dropped right in her lap – Charles has been seeing another woman for some time now and has the kids to prove it.

Instead of talking about the problems with Helen, he decides to take the drastic route and literally throws her out of his house. Helen, having not lived on her own in more than 15 years, is forced to crawl back to the relatives she had long since abandoned. "Diary of a Mad, Black Woman" is a story of love lost, rekindled love and revenge all tossed together in a sweet sauce of laughter and tears.

Elise is elegant as always and a pleasure to watch. The nominee for best role in this one would have to go to Perry's part as Madea, Helen's gun-toting, trigger-happy grandmother. She is reminiscent of the entire Klump family in "Nutty Professor" and still has enough charm to bring tears, which starts to happen a lot as the movie is wrapping up.

The transitions from the emotionally serious parts to the hilariously funny parts are a bit weird at first, but start to smooth out over the course of the story. At first you won't know whether to take the characters seriously or with a grain of salt, especially as Madea is introduced.

As the movie rolls on, however, it will become apparent that these people aren't here only to make you laugh or only to make you cry but to let you take them in and roll with their emotions. It's amazing at how much you'll hate a character one scene and find yourself in love with him or her the next.

3 out of 4 rams

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“Cursed” revives horror originality

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Feb 272005
 
Authors: Ryan Skeels

For the past 10 years or so there has been an unsettling change in the horror movie industry. After Wes Craven made the movie "Scream," there was a huge boost in the horror film's popularity, and it seemed that everyone in Hollywood was hell-bent on making the most clich� and cheesy slasher/creature movie they could.

Ever since that surge of terrible movies, it has always been a risky trip down to the theater when a new one comes out. This past weekend, however, the tides finally turned with the release of Wes Craven's latest nightmare-making, werewolf-hugging funfest "Cursed."

Ellie and little brother Jimmy are driving home down Mulholland Drive late one night when an animal jumps onto their hood, causing them to collide with an oncoming car and slam it over the rail and down the hill. When the two climb down the hill to make sure the driver is still alive, the animal attacks and both of them end up going home with scratches. Little do they know that it wasn't just any old creature and that their bodies aren't going to heal into the same old bodies they had before. After all, you know what they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

It's hard to imagine too many people wanting to see this movie after such a terrible preview was released for it. There have been too many bad horror movies lately and a lot of people are tired of paying too much money to see them. It's really a surprise that Craven let his production team release a preview that makes his movie seem like the boring, emotionless trash that it is the exact opposite of.

The story is fresh and a relief to watch, the suspense is perfect, and the acting is great with Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson taking the helm and bringing plenty of cringing smiles to the faces of moviegoers near and far. Ricci's little brother, Jimmy, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is definitely the favorite character though, as his one-liners are absolutely amazing and sure to put you in the aisle with laughter. The only downfall to the entire movie are two romance scenes that come out of nowhere and do absolutely nothing, which is more puzzling than anything else.

Hopefully "Cursed" will mark the day horror went away with the old and in with the new. Craven has created a monster with this one. It's got great makeup, great deaths, great dialogue and Christina Ricci looking great the entire time. For an unexpectedly fun hour and a half, bring five bucks and five friends to an afternoon under a full moon.

3 out of 4 ramwolves

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Women drop second straight at home

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Feb 272005
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Star of the Box: Utah's Kim Smith 22 points, four 3-pointers

Utah 77, CSU 69

Utah 39 38 77

CSU 19 50 69

Utah: Smith 6, 4-6, 22; Perry 4, 0-1, 8; Hanchett 2, 0-0, 4; Thorburn 8, 2-4, 20; Sitterud 5, 2-5, 17; Carlsen 0, 0-1, 0; Brouillard 1, 0-0, 2; Wood, 0, 0-2, 0; Allen, 2, 0-0, 4; Warner 0, 0-0, 0.

CSU: Dennett 6, 0-0, 18; Thomas 5, 0-0, 13; Hunter 6, 1-10, 13; Espinoza 5, 2-3, 12; Walseth 1, 1-2, 3; Nohr 2, 1-1, 10; O'Dwyer 0, 0-1, 0; Tor-Agbidye 0, 0-0, 0; Moulton 0, 0-0, 0.

Rebounds: Utah 30 (Smith 6, Sitterud 6), CSU 40 (Dennett 13). 3-point shots: Utah 8 (Smith 4), CSU 5 (Espinoza 2). Technical fouls: none.

A- 1505

Despite several players having career nights, the CSU women's basketball team fell to the Utah Utes 77-69 Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 1,505.

It was the first time since the 1999-2000 season that the Rams suffered back-to-back losses at home.

The Rams struggled to score in the first half, shooting just 29.6 percent from the field and scoring 19 points, and they could not overcome a 20-point deficit at halftime.

"A couple people said they were embarrassed," said junior forward Melissa Dennett, who led CSU with 18 points and recorded her ninth career double-double. "It was just not our team. I got frustrated with myself. We're playing at home and our fans are behind us no matter what. We owe it to them to play our best."

Head coach Chris Denker said he was also shocked by the poor performance in the first half.

"I wouldn't have ever predicted they would come out and play like they did," Denker said. "They basically assisted on every (Utah) field goal."

The Rams came out for the second half looking like a different team, scoring 50 points and getting within seven points of the Utes at one point.

"I think the comeback in the second half you have to be pleased with," Denker said. "To score 50 points in the second half is phenomenal. I thought our energy was very good in the second half."

Dennett also said the team's energy was much higher in the second half.

"(The second half) felt great," she said. "We didn't get the win, but we really came together in the second half."

Dennett recorded a new career high with eight offensive rebounds and freshman guard Sara Hunter set a career high with eight total rebounds. Coming off the bench, sophomore guard Molly Nohr scored a career-high 10 points.

"I thought Sara Hunter played one of her best games collegiately," Denker said. "She really, really played well."

The Rams out-rebounded the Utes 40-30 in the game, making it the second-straight game a loss was recorded despite the Rams out-rebounding their opponent. The Rams had previously been 14-0 when they won the rebound battle.

The Utah trio of junior forward Kim Smith, junior guard Shona Thorburn and senior guard Lana Sitterud proved too much offensively. Combined, the three scored 59 points.

"(Thorburn) is really smart," Hunter said. "She hurt us definitely on some spots, but every team's going to have players like that."

The Rams fell to 14-11 overall and 5-6 in conference play while the Utes improved to 21-6, 9-2 in conference. The Rams will play New Mexico on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena. The Rams lost to the Lobos 49-75 at New Mexico on Feb. 5, but they hope to continue their offensive ways after their second-half outburst.

"We played hard and we played well (in the second half) and we need to build off that," said junior center Lindsay Thomas.

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