Men’s golf finishes sixth at MWC Championship

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Apr 302006
Authors: Grant Meech

The CSU men’s golf team took sixth place in the Mountain West Championships Saturday at the par-72 7,630-yard Crosswater Course in Sunriver, Ore. The University of New Mexico took the team title for the fourth straight year.

New Mexico defeated second place San Diego State by five strokes, while UNLV took third. CSU’s sixth-place finish ranked them above Utah, Air Force and Wyoming.

Jay Choi from New Mexico captured the individual title with three rounds of 72-70-73 to go 1-under-par for the tournament

CSU shot a three round total of 301-283-299 to shoot 19-over-par for the championship.

Junior Derrick Whiting carded three rounds of 79-67-74 to finish tied for 17th place at four-over-par. His performance this season was good enough to be named to the MWC all-conference team.

Freshman Zen Brown recorded three rounds over par at 75-73-75 to finish tied for 20. Rounding out the tournament for the Rams were seniors Nate Pettitt, who tied for 25, and Kevin McAlpine, who finished up for 27. Junior Aaron Weston finished tied for 30.

The opening round didn’t fair well for the Rams, as all players shot well above par except for McAlpine who was 1-under par. The second round was much better for the Rams as Whiting shot 5-under-par, and Pettitt was 2-under par.

But the final round took its toll on the Rams as every player shot over par, including McAlpine, who shot a 9-over 81.

Whiting is the second Ram in as many years to make the all-conference team. McAlpine was named to the team last season.

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Difficult road trip for softball

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Apr 302006

CSU softball continued its Mountain West struggles this weekend, going 1-3 in a pair of doubleheaders against border rivals Utah and BYU.

The Rams (25-23, 5-13 in conference play) dropped both games against Utah on Saturday, and split a doubleheader the day before, against BYU.

“We fought hard in every game this weekend,” said head coach Mary Yori. “We had opportunities to win, but our pitching didn’t hold up, which has kind of been the story these last few weeks.”

Junior Jessica Strickland went 3-4 at the plate in game one against Utah, but it wasn’t enough for the Rams, as they lost 7-3. CSU was up 6-5 in game two, before the Utes scored six runs in their half of the fifth inning, to win 11-6 and sweep the doubleheader.

The Rams recorded 16 hits in their games against Utah, but the Utes tallied 33. Utah also got key hits late in both games to put the Rams away Saturday afternoon.

“It seemed like they knew what pitches were coming,” said junior Jessica Strickland. “We couldn’t get any important outs.”

CSU had an easier time the day before against the BYU Cougars. A pair of Cougar solo home runs secured a 2-1 victory for BYU in game one, but CSU was dominant in game two, winning its only game of the weekend.

“We were pumped up for that second game against BYU,” Strickland said. “We didn’t get a key hit in the first game, but we knew we could beat them in game 2.”

Two RBIs by sophomore Lauren Cusick, plus a two-run home run by junior Stacey Leigh gave CSU a 4-0 lead at the end of the first. Cusick added two more RBIs in the second to ring her total to four for the game. Freshman Kim Klabough pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on three hits, improving her record to 14-6 with the 9-3 victory.

The Rams will hope to build some momentum next weekend when they will host a pair of games against the University of New Mexico.

“We want to win against New Mexico to make sure we finish above .500 and get a higher seed for the conference tournament,” said Coach Yori.

Saturday’s doubleheader will be the final regular season games before the Mountain West Conference tournament starts May 11.

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Busy weekend for track and field

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Apr 302006

A week after the men and women competed together at the Jack Christiansen Invitational, members of CSU’s track and field team were once again divided and conquering in different meets around the country.

At the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., the Rams excelled in a number of events. Junior Drew Morano proved to be the fastest sprinter there by winning both the 100- and 200-meter sprints.

“It was the first time I ran the 100 this year, so I was happy to be out there,” Morano said. “I can’t be disappointed with how I ran, but my times definitely could have been better.” Morano said his times were slowed a little because the sprinters had to run into the wind.

CSU throwers also had a good weekend, making up half of the top ten finishers in the women’s hammer throw, with junior Haley Hunt and sophomore Stacey Poulos taking the top two spots.

The men’s hammer throw was a repeat of the women’s, as senior Nate Heyrman, junior Trey Eder and sophomore Jason Schutz were the top three collegiate finishers. Ram throwers also dominated the discus when senior Katie Hansen, junior Haley Hunt and senior Jill McCormick swept first, second and third.

“It was a really good trip for us,” said Head Coach Del Hessel about the team’s meet in Albuquerque. “Both the men and women are moving forward and making nice progress. There have been lots of personal records set, and that’s what you want this time of year.”

Younger athletes on the squad also had a good showing Saturday. Freshmen Kristen Hemphill and Ashlee Velez took first and second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while another freshman, Steven Swartz, finished first in the men’s 800.

In the women’s 800, junior Danielle Korb and freshman Heather Loseke were the top finishers, and junior Rheannon Backes won the high jump, leading three of her teammates into the top ten.

Positive outcomes on the track are partly a result of coaching staff, which emphasizes hard training early in the season rather than late, so that the athlete has energy to go all out in the final meets.

“This time of year, you’re looking for personal records because you lessen the training in hopes of seeing increased effort in competitions,” Hessel said.

CSU also sent a small squad to the Drake Relays, where juniors Justin Hazzard and Kevin Johnson, along with senior Mike Horton and freshman Rashaun Greer took second place in the 4×100-meter shuttle hurdle relay.

Despite the success they’ve had all season, CSU athletes like Morano realize they still must work to get better.

“Those weren’t my best times, there’s lots of room for improvement. I’ve done much better in the 200,” Morano said.

The Rams will have their last meet of the regular season Friday, before the Mountain West Championships get underway on May 10th. Morano says his body will be ready for the Conference Championships.

“I’m in great shape right now. I trained very hard earlier in the season, so I think I’ll be in ideal shape entering the Mountain West Championships,” Morano said.

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Community rallies for immigrant rights

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Apr 302006
Authors: Sara Crocker

Through the light rain they came outside. They poured into the streets, with police cars flanking the front and back of the group. Shutting down traffic on Laurel Street and College Avenue on Sunday afternoon, they marched in support of immigrant rights.

The group of about 500 chanted “Si se puede,” cheered and waved signs at the onlookers who came outside to watch.

“I think it’s cool,” said Dupree Branch, a Fort Collins resident and CSU alumnus surprised by the number of people marching. “I think America is a country of diversity. I’m all for it.”

The rally was organized to protest a federal proposal that would criminalize illegal immigrants and a state proposal that would no longer provide services to those who cannot prove their citizenship.

Jimena Pe/a, a member of Fuerza Latina, which helped organize the event, said they hope to show the community that it, too, is a community with immigrants.

“We wanted to come out of the shadows for once,” she said.

The group marched from the Oval to Old Town Square. On the way there were honks of support, but there were also yells to go home. At the corner of College Avenue and Shields Street, the marchers were met with a counter protest.

The group of more than 100 chanted, “USA,” and waved American flags as the marchers went past.

“There is no peace without truth and justice and law and order,” said Jack Huffman, a Loveland resident who participated in the counter protest. “I’m here just to ask people to obey the law.”

Huffman said he supports the proposal to legalize the nearly 12 million immigrants who are in the country illegally, but there needs to be more control of the borders after that.

Others said they wanted stronger reform than that, with tighter borders and removal of illegal aliens.

“They’re taking away from American heritage,” said Loveland resident Jennifer Archer. “They don’t come here to be Americans.”

But, neither the weather nor the counter-protest slowed down those rallying for immigrant rights. In Old Town Square speakers addressed the crowd in English and Spanish.

All the speakers encouraged a push for immigration reform. Booths were set up where supporters could make phone calls and sign letters to their representatives.

“We need to have comprehensive immigration reform,” said James Johnson, political director for the Service Employees’ International Union Local 105, during the rally. “Not a year from now, not three years from now; the time is now.”

Other speakers also noted the importance of workers’ rights and recognizing the universal right to provide for one’s self and family.

“International workers’ rights have no borders,” said Norberto Valdez, an anthropology professor.

Today, May Day or International Workers Day, celebrates gains made by the labor movements in the United States. Some groups, like Finding Racial and Economic Equality (FREE), are encouraging people not to attend work or school. They will be hosting a sit-in today on the Lory Student Center Plaza in support of all workers’ rights.

As the rally continued, speakers encouraged unity and commitment.

“Let us remember that we all seek acceptance and equality,” said Miguel Guardado, a senior finance and real estate major during the rally. “We are all just immigrants; that’s all we are.”

Sara Crocker can be reached at

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Immigrants here to stay

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Apr 302006
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Undocumented immigrants are, and should be, here to stay.

Anyone who would want to argue this is filled with irrational hatred and probably ignorance. In fact, we’d wager that a large number of these people are racists.

We don’t think this is a bold claim.

If one were to view this issue rationally, he or she would realize that this nation is stuck with undocumented immigrants. They’re an enormous part of our economy – they do jobs most Americans would refuse for low wages. They do business with us.

We’d all feel the impact if undocumented immigrants were to disappear.

Some would take up a neo-patriotic “War on Terror” banner, saying that Mexico’s borders must be bolstered to protect us against terrorists. While this seems noble and logical enough, why hasn’t Congress been planning on spending billions of dollars to block our Canadian borders?

There’s not so much logic there, after all. Perhaps the truth is that many Americans worry less about Canadians because most of them don’t have brown skin.

But the right-wingers who would like to see undocumented Mexican-Americans sent back to Mexico are the same people who support the American corporations that extract resources from our neighbor to the south, marginalize its people and leave nothing in return.

It isn’t so much what we should do about undocumented immigrants anymore. That decision was made for us long ago, when our society and economy became dependent on their work.

Rather, what our nation must figure out now is how to integrate undocumented immigrants – and tax them – and decide to what extent we ought to go to ease regulations on legal immigration.

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Ram Talk

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Apr 302006

Does anyone know when the Sudoku final is? I’ve been studying all semester, it would be a shame to miss it.

The Bush administration has announced a $104 billion plan to return Americans to the moon by 2018. If we don’t have some wicked-looking futuristic space ships for that amount of money, I’m gonna be pissed.

I agree with the C-103 discussion: never judge a girl by her looks. After four years at the business school, I have learned that as hot as some of the girls are, most of them would roundhouse kick a puppy faster than Chuck Norris if it meant getting the job or internship they want.

Is it bad when the guy at the Wendy’s drive through says to me, “You come here a lot, don’t you?” Thanks, Wendy’s guy for pointing out that I am a loser.

I was walking into Best Buy today and noticed a DVD player and plasma TV on the door of some crazy high-tech refrigerator and I ask, why?

To the SUV/truck driver who put a baseball-sized dent in the back of my car yesterday: thank you for missing my taillight, which would have cost me hundreds of dollars to get repaired. Next time though, could you key “Oops!” into my door? Thanks.

So I was thinking: a major difference between stalkers and boyfriends is that stalkers do what you want boyfriends to do.

So, is anyone else surprised that it took so long to make a movie about 9/11? And while we’re on the subject, anyone not surprised that it received such high praise?

To my fellow peers at CSU: The time has come to rid the Plaza of the hardcore religionists, environmentalists, petitioners, politicians, surveyors and handout advertisers. When you encounter a “Plaza Pest” do what I do and simply say, “Hi, I’m broke, busy, atheist, apathetic and undecided on every issue.”

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Not cool at CSU

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Apr 302006

EVERY YEAR more than half a million college students are targets of bias-driven slurs or physical assaults. Every day at least one hate crime occurs on a college campus. Every minute a college student sees or hears a racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or otherwise biased word or image (, a Web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center).

Recently there was a report of such an incident involving gay students who were assaulted off campus.

In today’s Collegian, you will find a “Not Cool at CSU” ad. If you do not support any type of discrimination or harassment, cut this out and display it where others can see it. This will show your solidarity, provide support to those that have been or could be targets, and will help create a culture where everyone can live freely.

On the plaza today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services office will be doing a variety of awareness and educational initiatives. Please stop by to check it out and to show your support!

If you hear or see hate language and/or bias-driven acts occur, do not sit idle. These are extremely hurtful, and if left unchecked, an atmosphere is created that permits this conduct to escalate to stronger threats and possibly violence.

Being aware of the various forms of oppression and continually educating oneself is something, we feel, that everyone needs to do. The United States of America is increasingly culturally diverse and the world is becoming more globally accessible. If you hear friends or people in your community making inappropriate comments or exhibiting bias, let them know or inform a person/office who can. With compassionate feedback from one another, we can learn a lot about how to get along well with people of all backgrounds.

Ways to advance your awareness and get involved include:

* Multicultural Leadership Retreat

* Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity

* Student of Color Retreat

* Women’s Programs and Studies Certificate Program

* Safe Zone Training

* CSU’s Advocacy Offices

* Healing Action Response Team (H.A.R.T.)

We all must play a role in creating a campus, a community, and a world that respects diversity and one another.


The Healing Action Response Team, including:

Hedy Berman, Hillel of CSU

Chris Linder, Women’s Programs and Studies

Patricia Vigil, University Counseling Center

Sara Sheikh, G.U.I.D.E./Housing and Dining Services

Anne Hudgens, Executive Director of Campus Life

Emily Laue, Student Representative

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, Housing and Dining Services/Apartment Life

Craig Chesson, Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services

Jody Donovan, Office of Vice President for Student Affairs

Emily Gaspar, Housing and Dining Services/Residence Life

Lisa Culpepper, Student Legal Services

Randy McCrillis, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services

Ryan Barone, Women’s Programs and Studies

Shay Bright, Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services

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Anderson selected by the Texans

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Apr 302006
Authors: Collegian Staff

David Anderson, who holds CSU’s career records for catches (222) and receiving yards (3,634), was selected by the Houston Texans in the seventh round of the NFL draft Sunday. He was the 30th wide receiver taken in the draft and selected with the 251st overall pick.

Anderson will be joining a team that already has a Colorado State connection. CSU safety Klint Kubiak is the son of Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Gary, who was named Texans head coach earlier this year, was with the Denver Broncos for more than 20 seasons.

Despite leading the Mountain West Conference in catches per game last season, Anderson was the fourth Mountain West receiver selected. Cory Rodgers of TCU (Green Bay Packers), Jeff Webb of San Diego State (Kansas City Chiefs), and Todd Watkins of BYU (Arizona Cardinals) were all drafted ahead of Anderson.

Anderson is the seventh receiver and the 92nd player in CSU history to be selected in the NFL draft. He is the first Ram to ever be selected by the Texans.

Quarterback Justin Holland and offensive lineman Mike Brisiel were not selected, making Anderson the only Ram drafted. H

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One Laptop Per Child

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Apr 302006
Authors: Ben Bleckley

Next year, every school-aged child in Nigeria will own a laptop.

That’s the plan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the One Laptop Per Child organization (OLPC).

MIT students and faculty have produced a Linux laptop that will start on the market at a $135. Operating on only two watts of power, the laptop will be charged with a hand crank or foot pedal.

The laptop can function as a regular laptop with a word processor, Internet access and peer-to-peer software, or as an electronic book.

In January, the United Nations voiced its support for the plan and pledged to help distribute the laptops when they are ready.

The laptop plan has received criticism from Bill Gates, some assume due to the use of a Linux operating system. Many feel the laptop will not have enough programs to be truly useful.

Even my middle school students were critical of the plan. They said we should send food to Africa, not computers.

Food is important. But if wealthy nations provide basic resources alone, poor nations will develop at a snail’s pace, if at all. The educational prospects of OLPC are key to bringing undeveloped countries to first world status.

Technology improves achievement in at-risk populations. In the United States, technology is a great resource for disadvantaged children.

Poudre School District places students who fail a grade twice into an online learning program as opposed to the typical classroom environment.

My students, at an average level, demonstrate greater attention and learning when completing Web quests online.

Books are not readily available in developing countries. Paper, pencils and other basic school supplies are not exactly abundant.

The laptops are designed to work as e-books as well as laptops, allowing students to own all the books they need for study and the ability to take those books home at night.

The peer-to-peer file sharing on these laptops would allow students to practice their writing and complete assignments without the need for common school supplies and then transmit assignments to their teacher for grading.

The Internet holds a wealth of information, especially if students are taught how to find credible sources.

Teachers could provide students with information unavailable before and students could explore subjects of personal interest through Internet connections.

Undeveloped countries will catch up with the rest of the world much more quickly if students of today learn how to use technology.

Children pick up technology quickly and on their own. A head start for them in school will secure high-tech jobs and greater development in their countries down the road.

Ben Bleckley is a senior majoring in English education. His column runs every Monday in the Collegian.

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Double lives of college students and secret agents

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Apr 302006
Authors: Jake Blumberg

This time of year, I always find myself dreaming of life without school. As final exams approach and I sit writing one of my endless research papers, dreams of summer dance in my mind.

That’s when I call my parents to get a bit of a reality check.

For the past week, the most exciting thing happening back home has been a battle with a clan of woodpeckers attacking my house. Before you get too excited, you need to realize that none of the woodpeckers involved are named Woody nor do they have a cool, infectious laugh.

Every time I talk to my Dad, he tells me about the “aircraft carrier”-sized birds that have truly taken over my parents’ life. They have skipped meals so they can go buy new and exciting windsocks to scare the birds away; They wake up before sunrise so they can scare the birds away by making as much noise as possible.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is going to be my summer. My parents, waking me up in the early morning, yelling and clapping like crazed football fans; I guess it’s kind of like a riot, but without the kegs and flaming couches.

Going back home for a few months is always an interesting experience, one that many college students look forward to and dread at the same time. Living two lives is an experience unique to college students and secret agents, a sensation that can lead to a few mix-ups when we go home.

So, as a service to my readers in my last column of the year, I am going to give you a brief “How to Go Home Guide” to avoid a few family faux pas. The transition home may be a little tough, but with these helpful hints, the transition should be much more smooth.

1. When sitting at the dinner table with your family, don’t start yelling, “Chug, chug, chug!” as your grandma drinks her iced tea. First of all, it’s not very classy, and secondly, you would hate to make her swallow her dentures.

2. Don’t knock on your parents’ door at 2 a.m. to see if they want anything from Taco Bell or Wendy’s. Although you share a house with them, they are not like your CSU roommates.

3. Be prepared to “check in” in the evenings because once you are home, you are officially back on your parents’ radar.

4. Eat. Eat as much as you can because good home cooking has one requirement: being home.

5. Make sure to wash your dishes and throw out your old pizza boxes. Your mom, unlike your roommates, will care about excessive mold growing throughout the house.

6. Leave your laundry in strategic locations that will allow your parents to throw a load or two in for you, possibly mixing your laundry in with theirs to ensure their help.

With these handy tips we will be prepared to head home for a few relaxing months. As this will be my last column this year, I just want to thank anyone and everyone who has read my column. Have a happy and safe summer, and Go Rams!

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