U.S. doesn’t get into soccer, but team can’t get into finals

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Jun 272006
Authors: Brett Okamoto

The ESPN slogan for the 2006 FIFA World Cup claimed that “One game changes everything.” Hmm. If you’re from the U.S., that slogan should have been more like “Three games changes absolutely nothing.”

Are we not still where we started when this whole cup thing began? The U.S. is still on an entirely different page from the rest of the world: a “pitch” is still a field, “boots” are called cleats and futbol is spelled with two O’s and is an entirely different game all together.

The U.S. had the opportunity to prove to the world, and the critics here, that they were finally for real. Instead, they did exactly what the world expected them to do. They gave up, they bickered – they lost.

After squandering any chance of a grand entrance in a 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic, the U.S. could have still smiled at the press and said everything was still under control. Yes, they would have been lying, but we’re sports fans – we’re used to being lied to.

I would have appreciated that more than hearing our fine coach, Bruce Arena, personally call out his own players. Great encouragement, Bruce. Why not just tell us, “Hey, there’s always 2010”?

People in this country just don’t care about soccer. In 1999, U.S. player Brandi Chastain, a young, attractive woman, ripped off her shirt on the middle of the field to celebrate their win over China. When the shirt went back on, we changed the channel.

Even though we don’t get into soccer, something we do love is flexing our strength over others, which is why the U.S. team had such an amazing opportunity this year.

The U.S. team couldn’t even give us a goal, let alone a win, to celebrate until the final game against Ghana. (The score of the second game was 1-1, but I’m not going to count that one, because the Italians actually scored them both.)

Of course, not excusing our players at all, they sure didn’t receive any help this year. The Italy game exemplified perfectly why watching soccer isn’t worth it. Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda turned the game into a joke when he sent three players to the locker room early in the second half. Eventually, the remaining nine U.S. players were forced to simply play for the 1-1 tie, which is one of the most painful things to watch in sports.

Regardless of whether you blame it on the officiating, coaching, or the play of the entire team, one thing seems certain. Soccer will have to wait at least another four years to find a home in the U.S.

World Cup Participants: ’30, ’34, ’50, ’90, ’94, ’98, ’02

Best Finish: Semis in 1930 (13 team field)

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July 4th events

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Jun 272006

Fort Collins Fireworks at City Park

-Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:35 p.m.

-Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the Fort Collins Symphony beginning at 8:15 p.m.

-Parking will be limited at City Park, however there will be free shuttles from the Downtown Transit Center in Old Town and Moby Arena.

Loveland Fireworks at North Lake Park located at 29th Street and Taft Avenue

-Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes

-Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. and will include various musical acts with the 80-piece Loveland concert band starting at 8:00 p.m.

-Visitors can pay a fee to park at nearby Loveland High School or park on one of many streets nearby.

Greeley Stampede Fireworks at Island Grove Park located between 14th and 11th Avenues in downtown Greeley

-Fireworks will begin directly after the Big and Rich Concert at approximately 9:45 p.m.

-Festivities begin at 9 a.m. as part of Greeley Stampede. The day’s events include a western art show, carnival, and rodeo.

-Parking is $5 or $7 and can be found throughout the park.

The penalty for possession or use of any kind of fireworks in the city limits will result in confiscation of these fireworks, and issuance of a summons into municipal court. The fine for fireworks violations has increased from $100.00 to $250.00 effective January 2006.

Press Release from Rita Davis Fort Collins Police Services June 5

/ Due to current fire restrictions, fireworks of any kind are not allowed in unincorporated Larimer County (areas that are not in city limits).

/Fireworks are never allowed within Fort Collins city limits.

/ Fireworks that do not leave the ground or explode are still allowed in Loveland.

Doug Lee, assistant fire marshall, Poudre Fire Authority

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Tuition to increase but will not be nearly as bad as last year

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Jun 272006
Authors: Mike Donovan

CSU students will be paying slightly more to attend school for the 2006-2007 school year, but the jump is much smaller than previous increases

In-state residents’ tuition will increase 2.5 percent ($42 per semester), while their out-of-state counterparts will be paying a 4.5 percent ($325 per semester) increase.

The 2.5 percent in-state increase is the most allowed by Colorado Gov. Bill Owens’ 2006-2007 budget. The increase is significantly lower than the 15 percent tuition increase that in-state students were hit with last year.

One reason for the smaller increase is that money from Referendum C is going toward higher education. The additional help is similar to two years ago when CSU received state tobacco tax revenue and only had to raise tuition by a small amount.

The tuition increase was confirmed as part of the $328 million educational and general budget for CSU’s 2006-2007 school year approved June 22 by the Board of Governors.

The approved budget is the same one that was recommended by the ASCSU senate, said ASCSU President Jason Green. Green, who attended the Board of Governors’ meeting, believes the increase is a proper amount.

“It was just a general increase,” Green said. “We are at the lower ends for pricing of tuition as far schools go.”

The board approved student fee increases as well – the most significant being for the athletic department. Each student will be paying additional $15 per semester earmarked for athletics. The athletics department needs the extra money to avoid a 10% across the board cut for all sports, said Associate Director of Business Operations for the athletic department Phillip Goldstein.

“We were facing significant cuts, and this will certainly help us,” Goldstein said.

Other areas that will get extra help from student fee increases are the Lory Student Center and the Hartshorn Health Center, Green said.

The $328 million dollar budget is an approximate $15 million increase over last year’s budget. This 4.5 percent increase accounts for usual inflation according to the ASCSU senate, which originally approved the budget on April 17.

The majority of money goes toward academic faculty salaries and benefits, according to 2005-2006 CSU fact book. Senior Vice President and Provost Tony Frank said this trend will continue with an additional $1 million going toward new faculty positions.

CSU President Larry Penley wrote in a message posted on the school’s Web site that the budget will allow for improvements in many areas at CSU.

“Quality improvements at Colorado State are essential if we are to realize the vision of the CSU Board of Governors and set the standard as the 21st century land-grant institution, serving the community while addressing great global challenges,” Penley also wrote in the message.

In the 2005-2006 school year, in-state students at CSU paid less than they would have at most universities in Colorado, according to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. On average CSU students paid more than $1,000 less than their University of Colorado-Boulder counterparts.

Student Loans

Starting Saturday, July 1, interest rates on student loans will increase under the Deficit Reduction Act.Consolidating loans before Saturday could lock in interest rates.

/ Stafford loans in repayment will increase from 5.3 percent to 7.14 percent.

/ For current students, the rate will rise to 6.54 percent from 4.7 percent.

/ Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans will jump to 7.94 percent from 6.1 percent.

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Jun 272006

Monday, July 10

Deadline for submitting Repeat/Delete forms for 8-week Summer Term.

Last day to withdraw from courses for 8-week Summer Term.

Deadline for submitting Repeat/Delete forms for 12-week Summer courses.

Last day to withdraw from regular 12-week courses.

Third 4-Week Summer Term Begins

Wednesday, July 12

Last day to add or drop courses for third 4-week Summer term.

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Campus Calendar

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Jun 272006

Thursday, June 29

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

7 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Friday, June 30

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘The Miracle Worker’

7 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, July 1

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

7 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Sunday, July 2

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘The Miracle Worker’

2 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Tuesday, July 4

CSU offices closed

Thursday, July 6

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

7 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Friday, July 7

Last Day of Classes for Second 4-Week Summer Term

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘The Miracle Worker’

7 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, July 8

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

2 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Summer Theatre Festival: ‘The Miracle Worker’

7 p.m.

University Center for the Arts

Call (970) 491-4849 for tickets and more information.

Tuesday, July 11

Twilight Garden Series

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Ex-CSU worker faces prison after conviction in $17,000 theft case

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Jun 202006

A former Colorado State University worker faces up to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of stealing $17,000 from the University Counseling Center.

Reva Jeannette Miles, 55, was found guilty of felony theft and misdemeanor credit card fraud. Her trial was in Larimer County District court during the first week of June.

Prosecutors said Miles, a 30-year employee of the school, was responsible for depositing cash and checks from the center. They said she deposited the checks but not the cash.

She was also accused of making about $500 in improper purchases on a university-issued credit card.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 17.

Miles’ boss, Charles Davidshofer, faces one count of official misconduct. Investigators said they do not believe he knew of the thefts. He is accused of creating an environment that allowed Miles to take the money.

He is scheduled to appear in court June 23.

The center provides academic and counseling services to students.

Information from: The Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

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Construction starts on Columbine Memorial

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Jun 202006
Authors: Mike Donovan

Seven years since the deadly shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Brian Rohrbough, father of victim Danny Rohrbough, believes the right amount of time has passed to start work on a permanent memorial.

“The amount of time isn’t important; what’s important is that it is happening,” Rohrbough said after a groundbreaking ceremony at the school on Friday.

Dark skies, lit by occasional lightning, dripped rain on an audience of several thousand people who joined Rohrbaugh and other victim’s family members to listen to keynote speaker and former President Bill Clinton remember the shootings.

Clinton, who was president at the time of the April 20, 1999 shootings, remembered the pain he felt that day.

“It was one of the darkest days for Hillary and me in the White House,” Clinton said.

The Columbine shootings – in which 12 students and one teacher were killed – affected not only the local community, but also millions of Americans, Clinton said.

“Every parent felt helpless, even the president,” the former president said. “I have some feeling for how awful it was to all of you who lost your loved ones, whose loved ones were wounded, who just lived in fear.”

Preceding Clinton on stage was Dawn Anna Beck, mother of victim Lauren Townsend. Beck, representing the family members, believes the memorial will give both the general public and the families the opportunity to remember and get to know the lost loved ones.

“This memorial will give us a chance to know better the 13 victims of the tragedy,” Beck said.

Beck referenced the thunder, which was constantly booming throughout her speech, by saying, “See, God remembers.” Beck also talked about how the shootings have brought complete strangers together.

“Evil, such as a vicious act, generated all this love,” Beck said. “In that darkness, we can truly see the light and the hope.”

Bob Easton, chairman of the Columbine Memorial Committee, said the groundbreaking was partially an act of faith because the memorial was about $350,000 short of its fundraising goal. Clinton, who promised to match a $50,000 donation by a local golf course, spoke about raising the additional money.

“If everyone gave a little, just ten or twenty dollars, we can get there,” Clinton said after the ceremony.

Clinton, who has helped raise money for various causes in his six years since his presidency, believes that the money can and will be donated.

“After Katrina and the tsunami, Americans gave so much, and I know they will again,” Clinton told a handful of reporters.

The reason for the seven-year delay in the memorial groundbreaking was because the victims’ families agreed that ridding Columbine High School of its old library was the most important task. The old library, where the majority of the victims were killed and wounded, gave way for a new library in 2001.

Rohrbough believed then that a permanent, official memorial may never come, but agreed with the decision to raze the library first.

“When we decided to take on the library, we knew this day may never come,” Rohrbough said.

After the speeches, bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” as family members shoveled dirt to mark the site. During the groundbreaking, the rain stopped and the sun came out for a few minutes. It seemed fitting that even on the somber and rainy day, the sun came out in the end.

To make a donation, visit www.columbinememorial.org

Cassie Bernall

Steven Curnow

Corey DePooter

Kelly Fleming

Matt Kechter

Daniel Mauser

Danny Rohrbaugh

Dave Sanders – Teacher

Rachel Scott

Isiah Shoels

John Tomlin

Lauren Townsend

Kyle Velasquez

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Cold beers for hot days

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Jun 202006
Authors: Mike Donovan

More than 35 different Colorado breweries. 48 different beers. 432 kegs. 6,696 gallons of beer. One lucky group of residents.

The 17th annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival will shut down portions of Old Town on Saturday and Sunday (June 24 and 25) The Brewfest is the only beer festival that showcases strictly Colorado beer, according to the event’s coordinator Peggy Lyle.

“This festival is truly one-of-a-kind,” Lyle said. “We have breweries from all over the state; they’re coming out of the woodwork for (the festival).”

While more than 35 breweries will showcase their suds over the weekend, six local breweries have the honor of being host breweries.

New Belgium Brewing, Budweiser, Big Horn Brewing Company, Coopersmith’s, Fort Collins Brewery, and Odell Brewing Company will host this year’s festival.

While guest breweries will only be bringing one beer to Fort Collins, each host will bring at least two, according to Lyle.

According to the Colorado tourism office, Colorado brews more beer than any other state in the country.

Tom Peters, owner of the three-year-old Fort Collins Brewery, believes that Brewfest and the number of breweries set Fort Collins apart from other cities.

“This region is kind of the Napa Valley of beer,” Peters said during a phone interview Monday. “It would be not to have a festival.”

For small breweries – like Fort Collins Brewery – serving at festivals is the best way to increase beer sales due to their lack of advertising budgets. Peters, who has taken his beers to Cheyenne, Estes Park, and Aspen in the past few months, is looking forward to a hometown festival.

“We don’t have millions of dollars or a team of Clydesdales, so we are always doing festivals,” Peters said.

While many beer festivals around the country have judges to decide which beer is best, this one does not.

“There’s no judging. It is for the public to come in and sample new beers,” Lyle said.

The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both the 24th and 25th on Linden and Walnut Streets.

It costs ten dollars for a two-day pass on Saturday or six dollars for a one-day only pass on Sunday.

Designated drivers attending will receive two free Pepsi products. Timberline Church will also be providing safe rides for festival-goers.

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Vice President of Student Affairs steps down

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Jun 202006
Authors: Kate Dzintars

Linda Kuk, vice president for student affairs at CSU, is leaving her post to teach full-time and direct the graduate program in student affairs, according to an e-mail from Tony Frank, provost and senior vice president.

The e-mail also said that Blanche Hughes, associate vice president for student affairs will serve as interim vice president beginning August 16.

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Nothing tops the World Cup

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Jun 132006
Authors: Mike Donovan

The greatest sporting event in the world started on June 9th, and even though most Americans don’t know it, the world is watching.

It is hard to completely comprehend how big the World Cup is around the world because quite simply, it is not as big in the US. According to soccer’s governing body F/d/ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the 2002 World Cup was broadcast in 213 countries. In case you’re keeping track at home, only 191 countries are members of United Nations.

To get started, I will take a look at the American national soccer team. Coming off their best finish ever, the Americans look to continue that trend in Germany. I would compare the United States team to the Utah Jazz teams of the 1990’s. The team has great skill, chemistry and confidence, yet is not respected by its opponents.

The John Stockton of the American team is Landon Donovan. He is a distributor and passing machine, and despite his small size, always seems to find the ball. On the receiving end of Donovan’s passes is Brian McBride, the Karl Malone of the team. The tall forward, who plays for Fulham in the English Premier League, always seems to be in the air to head balls in the back of the net.

As a passionate England Soccer and Chicago Cubs fan, I cannot help notice the similarities between the two teams. Both are constant underachievers who never seem to perform on the big stage. English fans are so used to losing and complaining about their team’s efforts that if they actually did win the World Cup they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.

Every World Cup has its own great story. This year has already proven to be no different. During the second day of the Cup, tiny Trinidad and Tobago drew with Sweden in a scoreless draw. To Americans, this may sound like the height of boredom. How could a game be interesting when no goals are scored?

The reason for the excitement was because not only is Trinidad and Tobago the smallest country ever to qualify, but it was also their first game in the competition. Sweden, on the other hand, finished third in 1994 World Cup and has been in the final four on three separate occasions. T&T tying with Sweden was similar to having CSU’s football team competing against the New York Jets and coming away with a 7-7 tie.

One reason I find the World Cup so compelling is how emotionally involved the spectators are with the game. If Americans were half as passionate about their team as the Dutch or Argentinean supporters, then soccer would catch on faster in the United States.

To find out how great the World Cup is, simply watch the spectacle, and I guarantee you will be hooked. So when you are deciding between Judge Judy and the Price Is Right one morning, turn the channel to ESPN or ESPN2 and find out what you are missing.

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