Entertainment Calendar

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Tuesday, November 1

Karaoke Night

9 p.m.


Free, 21+


Conor O'Neill's

Love is Laughter

With Sam Champion

The Starlight

Open Mic Night

8 p.m. signup

Avogadro's Number

Salsa Caliente Latin Dance Night

7 to 9 p.m.

Rio Grande


Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament

7 p.m.

City Limits Lounge

Call 224-9165 to register.

House Party

Co-sponsored by Miller Lite, giveaways

Tailgate Tommy's

Wednesday, November 2

Bluegrass Jam

8:30 p.m.

Avogadro's Number

Jazz Night

7:30 p.m.

Crown Pub

Free, 21+

Virginia Sisters

With The Hard Lessons

9 p.m.

Surfside 7

Magicyclops' 80s Dance Party

The Starlight

Movie Night: Thunderheart

7 to 10 p.m.

Lory Student Center Theatre

Free popcorn and soda

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100 and counting

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Oct 312005
Authors: Nick Piburn

It's no secret that Sonny Lubick is arguably most successful coach CSU has ever had – his team plays on a field named after him every home game. Friday Oct. 28 Lubick beat New Mexico for his 100th career victory with the Rams.

Before Lubick came, the Rams were buried in the bottom 25 of college football nearly every year. And when they weren't at the bottom, they were stuck in the land of mediocrity. From the year Harry Hughes left CSU in 1992, after starting in 1947, the Rams had 22 seasons in which they won only four, five or six games.

Before Lubick arrived in Fort Collins, the Rams made it to a total of two bowl games: The Raisin in 1949 and the Freedom in 1990. During Lubick's reign, CSU has made it to eight bowls, winning three.

Maybe the most important thing coach Lubick has brought to CSU is respect. The Rams were a next to nothing program before Sonny. Now this state's biggest rivalry game is CU-CSU; just ask anyone who was at the game this year.

Lubick has brought respect and credibility to the Rams by beating teams such as Colorado (three times) and leading the Rams to at least a share of six conference championships. This is Lubick's 13th season and he's won 100 games. In CSU's 13 seasons prior to Lubick's arrival the Rams had 53 wins.

Lubick has also helped many college players develop into NFL talent. He has coached 18 players that have been drafted into the NFL, and it's obvious there are a few more draft picks on this 2005 roster as well.

There's about a book's worth of great things coach Lubick has done for CSU, but his 100th win really got us thinking. We went back in time to re-celebrate Sonny's five greatest wins.

5) No. 5 is actually No. 1, that is, Sonny's first win as the Rams' head coach. Sonny made headlines by shutting down the Air Force option and winning by an awkward score of 8-5. It was Sonny's second career game as a Ram. Lubick's defense held the Falcons to 153 yards of total offense.

4) Look no further than Sonny's last game. The big 100 is the pick here. It wasn't just great for making history – it was also one of the greatest comeback wins of Sonny's career. Lubick showed why he has so many wins by out-coaching New Mexico's Rocky Long for the entire second half. Lubick and his staff made some amazing halftime adjustments that completely shut down a roaring Lobo offensive attack. CSU won 35-25, ending the game by outscoring the Lobos 30-3 while holding them to 47 yards in the second half. The game kept CSU's hopes alive for a possible conference championship. Sonny enjoyed the traditional ice bath afterwards.

3) Sonny did some amazing things in 2000. He was Mountain West Coach of the Year, leading his team to a 10-2 overall record. That magical season started with the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown where Lubick rallied his troops to a 28-24 win over CU. It was Sonny's second straight season beating the Buffs. The Rams went into the fourth quarter trailing by three, but quarterback Matt Newton threw a late pass to Jose Ochoa to seal the deal.

2) This one also came in the great 2000 season, but this one was the last game on the year. After winning his second straight Mountain West Championship, Lubick led his team to Memphis to face Dave Ragone and the Louisville Cardinals. The Rams rode their sophomore running back Cecil Sapp to a 22-17 victory in the Liberty Bowl. It was Lubick's second career Bowl victory.

1) Lubick's first bowl win came in the bowl he had previously lost twice, the Holiday Bowl. This time the Rams used Lubick trademarks to get back into the game, a second half rally and outstanding special teams. Trailing 17-14 at half the Rams scored on an 85-yard Darran Hall punt return and a 23-yard touchdown run off a fake field goal to win 35-24. The Rams finished that season 10-2 and finished ranked in the top 15.


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Rams hold Falcons in second half

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Oct 312005
Authors: Aaron Schoonmaker

A tale of two halves is the best way to describe the contest between the CSU women's rugby team and the visiting Air Force Falcons this past weekend.

The sixth ranked, unbeaten Falcons came to Fort Collins Sunday looking to extend their streak against an equally hot Ram squad. Unfortunately for the Rams, they were the cooler of the two.

"The intensity was a little slow the first half," said the Rams' Erin Mick.

A little slow may have been an understatement as the Falcons jumped out to an early 27-0 lead and looked to be dominating the Rams in every facet of the game. The speed, strength and endurance of Air Force were superior to that of the Rams in the first half and it showed on the scoreboard.

"We felt like we had a good shot coming into the game," said forward Koreen Padjen. "I'm happy with how we came out in the second half though."

So were the faithful who came to support the team through a cold second half drizzle. The Rams, who have been a better second half team all season, rewarded them with a late spark.

"We wanted to really bring it to them," said team captain Alyssa Amason. "We worked out some of our glitches on defense in the second half."

Holding the Falcons scoreless in the second half, CSU also managed a little bit of offense. Amason got the Rams on the board as she touched down a loose ball in a bit of a tangle. The kick was good and a comeback stage was set. Padjen scored a second try for the Rams on a long run, followed by a converted kick and the score stood at 27-14.

Two more times the Rams got within two yards of scoring, tries that would have completed the comeback, but the stringent defense of the Falcons stood strong and frustrated CSU's attack.

Time ran out on CSU in a losing effort, but following the game came nothing but praises from the Air Force side that admitted to have just beaten their toughest foe of the season.

CSU players were also in decent spirits after the game.

"It was a real mauling game," Padjen said. "It was fun."

Air Force, who knocked off CU to win the High Dirt Tournament, remained unbeaten, and the Rams put forth a solid performance to build on as they host the same Buffs team next week.

Final Score: Falcons 27 Rams 14

Next Game: Sunday, CSU vs. CU 11:30, Intramural Fields


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Sports Calendar

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Women's Golf Las Vegas Founders Collegiate, Las Vegas, Nev., All Day

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs, San Antonio, Texas, 6 p.m. TNT(TV)


Women's Golf Las Vegas Founders Collegiate, Las Vegas, Nev., All Day

Colorado Eagles vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, Budweiser Events Center, 7:05 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Pepsi Center, 8:30 p.m. ESPN(TV)

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To the Editor:

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This morning we were embarrassed.

Embarrassed of where we came from and where the Collegian is going.

Your decision to put Our View as the lead story on Monday morning, the day before Colorado votes on Referendums C and D, was a little stupid.

Sure, we've been there; we were Collegian editors once.

Budget meetings are fun. It's all fun and games – until someone puts an editorial above the fold on page one.

This is not to assume your readers can't differentiate news from opinion, but some of them don't, and you're misleading them.

Opinions, especially Our View opinions, belong on the opinion page (page four last time we checked). We understand the Collegian is a college paper, and you're ready to push the envelope whenever possible – we did it too.

But when it comes to what you, as an editorial staff, think of an issue, it's always better to keep it on the opinion page.

Let the sources and experts speak, your only job is to make sure the stories are balanced. The readers should form their own opinion; you should not be supplying them with one on the front page.

Shout out to Mr. Bennett and the rest of the Collegian editorial class of Fall 2004

Respect That.

Taylour Nelson and Adrienne Hoenig

CSU Alumnae 2004

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This is in response to Jake Blumberg’s opinion article, “Racist and tactless”

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This is in response to Jake Blumberg's opinion article, "Racist and tactless"

I don't understand how anyone could possibly look at the now famous "Referendums C and D" graphic intelligently and see a lynching poster, unless of course, you didn't look at it intelligently. Mr. Blumberg, you need to look at the entire picture before you start calling it "KKK material." If you actually look at the flier, above the drawing there is a quote, and if you read it correctly, it says, "Does CSU's Future Hang on Referendums C and D?" If you actually read this quote and apply it to the drawing, you'll see the "dark figure" is a CSU student and the flier is supposed to suggest that if we do not consider very carefully what we are voting for in the upcoming election, ALL CSU students, including you and me, will "hang" as a consequence. In absolutely no way, in any shape or form, is this flier racist.

The only possible way a person can even come close to believing this flier is discriminatory is if you just look at the picture and nothing else. In that case, I can understand how you can come up with that conclusion. However, you're in college now, you know there is more to a flier than just a picture, there are words also.

Robert Drost



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To the Editor:

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What happens when you take a police department comparative in size to a small city's and concentrate it to an area less than 10 square miles? What happens if you take some of that police department's responsibilities such as issuing parking tickets and give it to students? What if you chop the workload of these officers and hand it over to trainees to act as bike police and nightly foot patrolmen? What if these trainees are, on the most part, younger than half the students that attend this university? What if you give this police department sheriff-like jurisdiction, allowing them to potentially arrest someone throughout the county? You get a very bored, inexperienced and power happy police force.

The CSU Police Department, in my book, ranks one peg above rental security at Wal-Mart. They are actual police officers, but look at the things they nail us for, such as going 21 in a 20-mph zone.

I am one of thousands of students who bike to school everyday. I stop at stop signs, signal when I turn and obey, on the most part, the dismount zones. But I bike to school in very hostile environment where your average driver does not look out for bikers. I bike with my safety first, sometimes requiring me to bike on the "wrong" side of the road, or ride down a one-way street to avoid a stop sign where I was knocked off my bike in a hit-and-run.

I watch my back these days for the wrong reasons. I get busted by young bike cops who carry a plastic, sewn-on badge, for pointless infractions that would be laughed at by any Fort Collins Police Services officer. I am forced to pay a $5 fee to place a number on my bike in case of theft. Don't tell me this fee is for bike signs and lane maintenance; we don't register pedestrians and make them pay a sidewalk maintenance fee.

When ticketed I get two bike cops and a squad car coming to write me a citation. It's time bikers are given the respect we deserve. If none of us rode to school, think about the money required to build additional parking structures this morbidly under-funded university would be required to fork over.

How about we give some of CSUPD's babysitting fund to FCPS to bust Meth labs and solve rape cases. Better yet let's turn that money into a crosswalk at Springfield Drive and Shields Street where bikers are forced to wait in the yellow lane just to cross the street. There are serious safety issues CSU needs to address before someone gets killed.

Parker Coombs



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Friday's Collegian article covering the new Centerra strip mall in Loveland showcases exactly what is wrong with Colorado's Front Range. Local city officials and out of state developers team up to pave the shrinking landscape with no regard to long term environmental, aesthetic and economic impact.

It is unspeakable how nearsighted and irresponsible both the developer and Loveland city officials are acting by building such an immense concrete monolith.

This new strip mall, along with the other new housing and commercial developments in the area, highlight the sad, obvious lack of concern for the long term detrimental effects they inevitably cause:

overcrowding, exhaustion of water supplies and the curse of future generations who can never see the land as it once was.

Jim Stobie

senior, music

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Silly Arabs

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Oct 312005
Authors: Tyler Wittman

The Middle East. No, I'm not talking about Iowa, where the spuds are plentiful and people are depressed all year long (I smell a connection). No, rather I'm talking about those crazy, fun-loving people on the other side of the globe who seem so intent on killing one another and even us – baseball-loving Americans. For those of you who pay any attention to the goings-on of the world at large, you may have noticed a little comment made by Iran this past week. Not sure what it is I'm talking about? Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (try saying that ten times fast with a mouthful of marshmallows), declared this week Israel must be "wiped off the map."

Now many people were a bit distraught at the comments initially, and some still are. The beef is that a member of the U.N. shouldn't be saying such things about another member. Of course, amid heavy criticism, Iranian authorities have come forward and said they do not intend to take military action and they long for peaceful relations with Israel. I'm not an expert on foreign relations, but is calling for a Naziesque eradication of the Jewish state and its people some kind of jumpstart to being best friends? Maybe those crazy Iranians are comedians at heart and the joke is flying over the heads of the rest of the world. Iranian jokesters will get you every time. I'm sure those nuclear weapons are just for some kind of big practical joke.

The comments not only highlight the ineptitude of Iranian leadership, but also the widespread racism and hatred that characterizes many Arab nations. Too many of these nations see the Qumran as some sort of warrant for the murder and terrorization of Israel and its people. The Palestinians are the best example of this. For years the nation fought for the Gaza Strip, shedding too much blood and losing too much life. Then, in an unexpected move, Israel concedes the land to the Palestinians forcing its own citizens out of the area. Now you have the Gaza Strip, Palestine, are you happy? No? Why not? Oh, you want Israel to die and be wiped off the face of the Earth. Weird, so does Iran. How about you all go blow yourselves up in the name of Allah?

Israel comprises a fraction of "Arab land" and still Arabs are irate over their existence as a state. They have been since 1948 when Israel once again became a nation in the geo-political sense of the word. They won this independence fairly too. It's no different than our own independence from Britain in 1776. The Israelis declared their independence and then promptly kicked the living snot out of the Arab nations that attacked them in the aftermath, increasing their land by around 50 percent. Apparently, 60 years later, many of these same Arab nations still have hurt feelings. Note that my intention is not to lump all Arabs together here, surely they don't all share the sentiments of Mahmoud.

The recent attacks along the Palestinian-Israeli border and the oafish comments by an Iranian state that probably isn't as smart as the spuds that grow in our middle-east should be cause for concern for not only Americans, but the world community. This rhetoric of racism and hatred should sound familiar to WWII veterans as it was employed by Hitler and the Nazis. Iran should be held accountable for their actions and the U.N. should castigate them in one form or another. It is my hope Iran and members of other Arab nations tone down their rhetoric and the hatred of the Jewish people. War is the last thing any American wants right now, and it's certainly the last thing any Arab nation wants, whether they know it or not.

Tyler Wittman is a senior speech communication major. His column runs every Tuesday in the Collegian.

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DeBerry a racist? I think not

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Oct 312005
Authors: Megan Schulz

Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry was recently reprimanded for statements he made regarding African American athletes. After a recent 48-10 loss to Texas Christian University, DeBerry said TCU "had a lot more Afro-American players than we did and they ran a lot faster than we did," according to espn.com. "Afro-American kids can run very well. That doesn't mean that Caucasian kids and other descents can't run, but it's very obvious to me that they run extremely well."

Yes, I can see how his comments can be interpreted as being offensive. I just don't think he meant any harm. The man is the highest-paid employee at the Air Force Academy. I would like to think he would make smarter career moves than to state comments that could be viewed as blatantly racist and trigger some people to think he should be fired.

I've met Fisher DeBerry and he isn't the most eloquent man around. His accent and quirky sayings make him likeable, but I would never hire him to teach a speech class. Although this is his 22nd year coaching Air Force football, living in Colorado for that long has done nothing to taint his heavy Southern accent. If he can't even lose his accent, then it's no wonder he used the term "Afro-American." DeBerry is 57 years old. I'm surprised he didn't use the term "Negro."

He was just looking for a way to defend his losing season. Let's face it: Air Force football isn't doing well this year. For example, CSU beat the Falcons 41-23 in a televised Thursday night game. Last year, Air Force beat CSU 47-17 in cold, snowy conditions. That's a pretty radical difference. But commenting on how well a particular race performs in football just isn't the way to go.

He could have explained one reason why hardly any football players who can "run extremely well" don't attend the Air Force Academy, whether they are black or white. It just isn't beneficial to them. Why would a talented player attend the Air Force Academy when they are obligated to serve time in the military afterwards? A player's chances of being drafted in the NFL go down the drain. The benefits of the military can be great, but it wouldn't be wise to choose that route when instead a player can makes millions in the pros.

I'm wondering why all of a sudden he felt the need to pick on TCU. Racial performance in athletics is an age-old issue and I'm disappointed he felt the need to bring it up. If he believes his loss to TCU was because they had more black players, then I'd like to know his reasoning behind the loss to CSU, or even BYU for that matter.

I'm sure he learned his lesson, and hopefully next time he can just comment about the players and not even mention race. Or better yet, he can examine what his team did wrong in addition to what the other team did right. If I made as much money as he does, I'd be walking on eggshells. His statements were probably misconstrued. I don't think he's a secret member of the KKK or even a threat to the African American race. He's a product of his upbringing and the time period in which he was born, which wouldn't even be a big deal if he wasn't in the public eye.

Megan Schulz is a sophomore technical journalism major. Her column runs every Tuesday in the Collegian.

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