Only our opinion matters: Nuggets will get wins at home

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Apr 282005
Authors: Paul Baker, Scott Bondy

Topic 1: The Nuggets suffered a minor setback after losing Game 2 to the Spurs. Not only did they lose, they got embarrassed 104-76. Are the Nugg puppies in trouble, or can they bounce back as they return home?

Baker: Of course they can bounce back. With home-court advantage now, I think they can win the next two games.

Bondy: They played a poor last game. They must bounce back quickly if they are going to win. They got out-hustled and outplayed. The Nuggets committed too many turnovers and rebounded the ball poorly.

Baker: You're looking at all the negatives. Denver split two games in San Antonio, where the Spurs have a ridiculous home record of 38-3. Denver is 31-10 at home.

Bondy: I think they'll split the next two games in Denver. Tim Duncan looks pretty good. He had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists in Game 2.

Baker: He missed his last seven shots in Game 1 and finished 7-of-22. I'd say he's pretty streaky.


Topic 2: Question and Answer

Baker: Is Reggie Miller as good as most believe?

Bondy: Absolutely. You don't give him a chance, just because you think he is a crybaby. He should be credited with being one of the guys who pushed Michael Jordan to become the greatest. His 3-point antics are outstanding, along with his last-second play-making ability.

Bondy: Will Ken Griffey Jr. still be considered one of the best players of all time even if he never has another good year?

Baker: Maybe. Early Griffey will be considered great. But with 501 career home runs in so few years, it's hard to say he wouldn't be considered great.

Baker: What team looked bad during the NFL Draft?

Bondy: Obviously, the Broncos. What other team would want five running backs, let alone Maurice Clarett. Maybe he'll take Cecil Sapp's place on the practice squad.

Topic 3: The Bowl Championship Series has become a little more Mountain West Conference-friendly, at least starting in 2007. The BCS will be opening its automatic bids to all Division I-A conferences. Will this benefit NCAA football?

Bondy: This is awesome. One can only hope it will mean good things for CSU as well, maybe in the very distant future.

Baker: I dislike the BCS, but it's a step in the right direction. More teams have a shot. As long as they are worthy teams, there will be no problem.

Bondy: Pathetic football conferences, such as the Big East, will be forced to share those bids. Now Boise State has a chance.

Baker: Of course Notre Dame is given special treatment. If the Fighting Irish is in the top eight, it gets an automatic bid for a BCS game. And even if it doesn't get a bid, the team still makes money.

Bondy: That's crap.

Closing statements and words to the wise:

Bondy: Terrell Owens is probably going to sit out mini-camp. Maybe he'll get a second job because, like he said, he has to feed his family.

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Water polo sets out for WWPA Championships

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Apr 282005
Authors: Collegian sports staff

The CSU women's water polo team will conclude its inaugural varsity season this weekend, competing in the Western Water Polo Association Championships in Davis, Calif.

Of the 12 teams playing in the tournament, CSU is the only non-California team. The Rams hold the 12th seed and will be paired against the fifth-seeded California State-San Bernardino Coyotes in the first round.

The Rams have compiled a 6-14 record this season and are ranked 37th in the nation in goals per game, averaging 6.6. They also rank 37th defensively, giving up 8.9 goals per game. Freshman Annie Quinn is tied for 54th in scoring, averaging 1.4 goals per game. Junior goalie Holly Sanfill ranks 19th with 7.7 saves per game.

The Coyotes enter the tournament with an 18-18 record. Freshman Freyja Berg is the Coyotes' top goal scorer with 56 goals this season. Goalie Lauren Cooper defends the net for the Coyotes and ranks second in the nation with 261 saves on the year.

The game takes place today at 8:45 a.m. If the Rams win, they will face Santa Clara at 1:45 p.m. If they lose, they will be in the consolation bracket. Win or lose, games will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

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Track travels to opposite ends of country to compete

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Apr 282005
Authors: Amanda Havekost

Running, Jumping and Throwing Rams in Iowa

Ten members of the CSU track and field team will be competing in the Drake Relays Today and Saturday.

Senior Jacob Benson

Senior Colleen Blair

Sophomore Matt Cianciulli

Sophomore Janay DeLoach

Sophomore Megan Fox

Junior Becky Hammitt

Junior Mike Horton

Junior Amanda Huddleston

Freshman Anne McLaughlin

Senior Katrice Thomas

The majority of the CSU track and field team is traveling to New Mexico to compete in the Modrall Sperling Don Kirby Invitational hosted by the Lobos. The meet starts Saturday at the Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium at 9:30 a.m.

While most of the team is representing CSU in Albuquerque, some have traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays.

These Rams can anticipate a large crowd to attend the meet held at Drake Field. In 2001, a record 39,280 people were in attendance to watch the Drake Relays. Ten athletes will represent the green and gold in Des Moines and will compete today and Saturday.

Senior thrower Loree Smith is the sole Ram traveling to compete in the 111th Penn Relays held at the historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The elite competition began Thursday and continues until Saturday.

Smith will be competing in the premier U.S. track and field event, which is also the largest in the nation. The weight of the meet is in the back of her mind, since Penn Relay competitors have won gold medals in every modern summer Olympics, except the 1980 games boycotted by the United States. Former medal-winners Marion Jones and Alan Webb competed in last year's meet and 23 Penn Relay competitors won Olympic gold medals in Athens.

Smith is eager to compete and do her best in Philadelphia, and she hopes the higher level of competition will push her further.

"This meet includes the nation's best; both professional and in college," Smith said. "Hopefully, I'll do well."

The Penn meet is playing host to 425 races, which factors out to more than one race every five minutes.

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Softball looks to continue its winning streak

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Apr 282005
Authors: Paul Baker

Mountain West Conference Standings

Conference Overall

Team W L Pct. GB W L Pct.

BYU 12 2 .857 — 36 11 .766

UNLV 11 3 .786 1.0 35 16 .686

Colorado State……. 8 4 .667 3.0 29 16 .644

Utah…………….. 5 9 .357 7.0 17 24 .415

New Mexico……….. 3 9 .250 8.0 13 26 .333

San Diego State…… 1 13 .071 11.0 23 25 .479

As of Wednesday at 8 a.m. MT

Wednesday and Thursday's snowstorm threatens the CSU softball team's chance to extend its winning streak.

The team is on a four-game winning streak after beating Utah and New Mexico on the road for consecutive weekends.

The Rams were scheduled to play a doubleheader today against Utah, to complete the series for the year. However, because of the snowy conditions, that doubleheader has been canceled and the games will not be made up. As of now, the doubleheader against Brigham Young on Saturday will still be played.

After four weeks of Mountain West Conference play, the Rams sit at 8-4 and 29-16 overall. This weekend could mean big things for the Rams, as they have the potential to climb closer to conference-leading BYU and UNLV.

"We are still very much in the hunt," said head coach Mary Yori before the cancellation of the Utah games. "We have a big opportunity this weekend with BYU and Utah coming into town, to move up in the conference."

Two weeks ago, CSU traveled to Salt Lake and swept Utah in a two-game series. In those games, Rams pitchers Jessica Strickland and Genevieve Kelly dominated from the circle as well as the plate. Each came up with wins on the day, while Kelly recorded four RBIs and Strickland contributed three.

The first-place BYU Cougars stop by Rams Field on Saturday to play a doubleheader that could potentially help put the Rams near the top of the conference. BYU is off to a fast start in conference play this season, as the Cougars have posted a record of 12-2 to lead the bunch.

Last time the two teams met in Provo, Utah, the Rams came out on the losing side, coming up short on both occasions in close games.

"Our pitchers didn't do bad against them last time, but they needed to do more," Yori said. "We need to give up less than three or four runs, so that we can outscore them."

Yori said she really hopes that the games can be played this weekend, as the Mountain West Conference schedules no time for the teams to make up games if they are canceled.

"We have been working on a lot of team stuff this week in practice," said senior second baseman Stephanie Roberts. "If our team bats the way we should, we will do all right this weekend."

The doubleheader against BYU is scheduled for noon on Saturday. It will be played at Rams Field.

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Eagles head to Laredo with confidence

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Apr 282005
Authors: Chris Gerken

The Colorado Eagles have confidence on their side entering Game 3 of the President's Cup Finals because, regardless of what happens, they will have at least one more game in Colorado.

The Eagles play Game 3 Monday against the Laredo Bucks in Texas, having outscored the Bucks 6-2 at home to go up 2-0 on the best of seven series.

"At the very worst, we come back to Colorado for a Game 6," said Phil Crowe, director of player personnel.

The Laredo Entertainment Center, built just three years ago, can hold nearly 10,000 people for Bucks games. All three games in Laredo are expected to be sold out, which will make Colorado's challenge of taking the President's Cup in Laredo a difficult task.

Like the Eagles, Laredo is undefeated at home this playoff year and will be relying on the play of both David Guerrera and Jeremy Symington, who alternate goaltending duties, to be sharp at home.

Colorado enters Game 3 with a lot of offensive might, having three of the top-five point scorers in the playoffs as well as the highest goal scorer in Greg Pankewicz. Goalie Tyler Weiman will need to be sharp for the three away games, as he as struggled to keep goals out of the net in away games this year. It's very likely that backup Paulo Colaiacovo, who made an impressive playoff start against the Wichita Thunder, will start at least one of the games.

Game 3 starts Monday night at 6 p.m. and can be heard in 99.9 FM or seen on

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To the editor:

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Apr 282005

There is much to be said about Ryan Chapman. Some is praise and some is only muttered under the breath, but he has turned much of this campus upside-down. He starts conversations, sure, but how do you allow him to do it by sacrificing the journalistic integrity of the Collegian at large?

His articles about politics, as mentioned many times, are free of facts and are written as though a group of Republican monkeys were put in a room to come up with the most inane comments they can come up with on life. Because of this, the focus is taken off the topic at hand and put on him and his skewed view on life.

Meanwhile, his articles that he writes on his off days seem to be nothing more than a clever ploy to make girls realize that he's a tough guy because he got "four staples in his head," and he does competitive weight lifting. At least these articles are based on fact, we think, so that's a start.

I'm not trying to insult Chapman, but am rather trying to save him from further problems. The next time he says, "I don't have much to talk about," please tell him "Don't talk," and have someone with some experience in technical journalism write an article in his absence.

Paul Sitzman


Open-option major

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To the editor:

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Apr 282005

While the article on the ATV ban was well written, the campus voice question missed the point. ATVs are not being banned due to "pollution" in a general sense. They are being banned from certain areas because they cause severe damage to vegetation and archeological sites. "Pollution" suggests air pollution.

Priscilla Baker

Ecology graduate student

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Apr 282005

Ok I have to know, who is the person who keeps quoting Mitch Hedberg and not giving him any credit? Always cite your sources!

Dear God,

Could you please start making women that are less confusing.


All men

True hunters respect wildlife in its natural state. Just because we hunt doesn't mean we don't respect them any less, in fact most hunters respect animals more than most humans.

I'm getting tired of all these reality TV shows. Whatever happened to the good old shows like Captain Planet…"Captain Planet, he's a hero, gonna take pollution down to zero…the power is YOURS!"

To the genius from Alaska who doesn't like Ugg boots. You obviously aren't a fashion connoisseur. Uggs weren't invented in Alaska, and aren't even for the snow. This wonderful fashion faux pas was invented in AUSTRALIA for surfers and girls in miniskirts who strut around campus.

Did you know that there is a strip mall in northwest Austin, Texas that contains a liquor store, a gun store and a bank, right next to each other? I BET YOU DIDN'T YOU SILLY LITTLE PERSON YOU!

Why can't you freaking lazy people clean ALL the snow off your cars instead of using only your windshield wipers? Get off your lazy butts and clean your cars so you're not a danger to the rest of us.

E2 Flaggrabbers: Intramural basketball champs in '06.

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Our View

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Apr 282005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

CSU faculty and staff should be able to access and use the Student Recreation Center, but so should students.

The Associated Students of CSU passed a bill Wednesday night that included a provision allowing faculty and staff to purchase recreation center passes. The bill still needs approval from CSU's administration and the Board of Governors of the CSU System.

There currently isn't even enough room in the recreation center for students to workout, let alone a multitude of faculty and staff members, which will add to the center's congestion. While it should be a perk for people working on campus to have access to the recreation center, students, staff and faculty should be able to actually use it, which is barely an option right now.

If this bill passes, CSU needs to be ready to allow money into the recreation center. This money will have to be used immediately so the equipment required to accommodate the increase in users can be added to the center. It needs to be spent before the influx of users occurs to make sure everyone has a place to workout. If this does not happen, the students, faculty and staff will be racing against each other to grab the workout equipment first. This inconvenience may even deter many of us to find alternative and potentially expensive workout alternatives or even worse, deter us from exercising at all. We need to think logically and explore all the options so that everyone can benefit from a facility like the recreation center.

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Connecting Your Coffee Cup to the World

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Apr 282005
Authors: Meg Burd

Grabbing that first cup of coffee in the morning, I know I am usually too sleepy and preoccupied with beginning the day to pause and consider how the contents of my coffee mug might be linking me to the broader global world.

Indeed, in many of the rushes to grab that morning latte, the fact that something as seemingly innocuous as coffee could be contributing to inequality and poverty in other parts of the world is easily overlooked.

"The coffee in your cup is an immediate, tangible connection with the rural poor in some of the most destitute parts of the planet," Gregory Dicum and Nina Luttinger note in The Coffee Book. "It is a physical link across space and cultures from one end of the human experience to the other."

Unfortunately for many, being on the farming end of this link, one might often see falling coffee prices, decreased wages and families broken apart by failing farms.

"In the conventional trading system, small-scale producers of coffee and other commodities receive only a tiny percentage of the final market value of their products," states Oxfam America, a nonprofit organization that works on projects such as humanitarian relief.

With an emphasis on "free trade" in global markets today, we are coming to see via commodities such as coffee that "free" does not necessarily mean just or equitable for everyone involved. Indeed, as many concerned observers today are noting, so-called "free trade" serves to benefit only the industrialized, well-established countries (such as the United States) and their markets, while leaving the less-affluent countries and the majority of their populations in the dust of the ever-increasing gap between rich and poor.

Rooted in colonial inequality and exploitation, the coffee trade "cannot be understood outside of its colonial history," Oxfam America notes. In the mercantile system of colonialism, indigenous populations were often forced into exploitative labor, with colonial powers exporting the raw materials (such as coffee) from places such as South and Central America. "Today, the commodity trade still primarily benefits the importing industrialized countries," Oxfam and TransFair USA, a fair-trade organization, state in an examination of the issue.

Consuming one-fifth of the world's coffee, the United States is most definitely a force in the international coffee market. Drinking our daily joe, however, "few Americans realize that agriculture workers in the coffee industry often toil in what can be described as 'sweatshops in the fields,'" according to the organization Global Exchange.

With coffee prices dropping to a low of 45 cents a pound in 2002, many male farmers were forced to move to urban centers to seek employment, often leaving women farmers to tend the crops and care for the children alone, forcing many of the children to be pulled from school in order to assist their mothers in caring for the crops and families.

Even when prices were supposedly "high," annual incomes of many farmers hovered at around $500 dollars or less annually, according to Oxfam, something that (even in impoverished countries) would be considered poverty. In an industry that generates an approximate $5 billion dollars a year, it is unconscionable that small farmers and coffee plantation workers are kept in such poverty.

As "free trade" systems for a variety of commodities serve to destroy small farms and create more impoverished and sometimes migrant populations, rethinking trade policies and implementing a system of fair trade instead seems to be the best option available. With Fair Trade certification, farmers or cooperatives are guaranteed a floor price or income that is paid directly to the producer, something that allows many of the farmers to avoid exploitative middlemen or large corporations that suck up most of the profit. Besides this, the criteria for fair trade certification emphasizes that farms should guarantee fair labor practices for all their workers, and also restrict the use of chemicals and thus work toward promoting more ecological sustainability, TransFair USA reports.

Farmers working in the fair trade system or joining fair trade cooperatives also have an added benefit of learning more about the markets and becoming active negotiators in their own economic fate to some degree.

While critics point out that fair trade systems are not perfect, they are indeed a good alternative to the current exploitative systems of "free trade" that are currently in place. When going to purchase your next cup of coffee, therefore, take a moment to consider how that drink links you to the broader socio-economic world and ask for fair trade coffee instead.

Meg Burd is an anthropology graduate student. Her column runs every Friday in the Collegian.

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