Eagles aim to sweep Gorillas

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Dec 072006
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

The Colorado Eagles are about to play the most important stretch of their young season. The first-place team will begin this stretch on Friday and Saturday night, facing the Amarillo Gorillas in a two game home stand.

“These are two huge games,” said Eagles left wing Ryan Tobler. “We want to come out on top of the league going into the Christmas break and really need to play some determined hockey.”

After completing a four-game road trip the Eagles are happy to be back at the Budweiser Events Center.

“I look forward to playing back at home,” said Eagles forward Scott Polaski. “Everyone is energized and it should be a good week.

Going into this weekend the Eagles have a two-game win streak and show a record of 13-4, but the team feels that they still need improvement.

“We are going to focus on three main concepts,” said Eagles Head Coach Chris Stewart. “We need speed, strength and toughness. If we can do these we will scoop up some goals.”

The main focus of upcoming games for the Eagles will be giving their all.

“We need to focus on complete effort,” Polaski said. “Keeping physical and mental effort high for all 60 minutes (in the game) will help.”

Eagles goalie Marco Emond agreed.

“What we want to do is go all out 100 percent,” said the nine-year veteran. “We are focusing on making good decisions and playing as hard as we can.”

With the exception of the loss of Greg Pankewicz and Eric Adams to injury, Stewart is pretty happy about the health of his team.

“Everyone is nursing some bumps and bruises,” the fourth-year Eagles coach said. “We are pretty healthy though.”

The Gorillas come into Colorado with a record of 8-8-2, having lost their last two games.

Even though their record doesn’t show it, the Eagles still consider them a big threat.

“In years past we have had some pretty intense games with them,” Tobler said. “We have to come out, set the tempo and dictate what is going to happen in these games.”

Emond is confident that they can pick up two wins.

“We haven’t seen them, but if we play our game it should go well,” Emond said.

Stewart agrees that his team should be ready.

“If we come out mentally prepared we will be fine,” Stewart said.

Eagles beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Men’s basketball to renew rivalry against Buffs

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Dec 072006
 
Authors: Sean Star

When it comes to rivalries at CSU, the Rocky Mountain Showdown is the undisputed king.

But ask senior guard Cory Lewis and he’ll tell you that bad blood between CSU and Colorado-Boulder can be found on the basketball court too.

“They hype it up a lot,” said Lewis. “It will be a big win come tournament time.”

Lewis and the Rams have the chance to beat CU in both football and basketball in the same year – for the first time since 1999 – on Saturday in Boulder, at the Coors Event Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Even junior guard Tyler Smith, in his first season in Fort Collins, knows the significance of this weekend’s game.

“It’s always been a big rivalry for years before we got here,” he said. “We just have to hold it down for CSU.”

The Rams enter the game riding the momentum of a five-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, the Buffs are off to a slow start under lame duck Head Coach Ricardo Patton, and have yet to surpass CU’s football team’s win total from this past season.

But don’t think for a second that the Rams are taking the game lightly. CSU knows it will be playing in a hostile environment and will be pleased with a win of any kind.

Limiting the production of CU’s best player, junior guard Richard Roby, will be key for a CSU victory.

“I think he averages like 20 shots a game, so he’s looking to score before he passes,” said Smith.

Roby was an All-Big 12 first-team selection last year and had plans of moving on to the NBA last spring before pulling out of the draft and returning to Boulder for another year.

Roby, the cousin of Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin, managed only ten points in CSU’s 84-83 thrilling victory last year.

“That was a huge deal for us (last year),” said Rams Head Coach Dale Layer.

“He’s a guy that can beat you. He’s very offensive-minded and very good, so if we can hold him to ten, 12 or 15 points we have a chance.”

Layer said that stopping senior guard Dominique Coleman and freshman guard Xavier Silas – the son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas – will help the Rams defensively.

Offensively, Layer said he expects the Buffaloes to play a lot of zone defense against the Rams.

The coach also commented on the rivalry aspect: “It’s an important part of it. Everyone knows CU (Boulder) is a rival. Hopefully we’ll be excited to go up there to a place we haven’t won at in a lot of years.”

Admission to the game at the Coors Event Center is free to those who donate a new toy to the Marine Reserves’ Toys for Tots program.

Men’s basketball beat writer Sean Star can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Women’s Hoops Looking to “Get on A Roll”

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Dec 072006
 
Authors: Nick Hubel

When the San Jose State Spartans (0-9) come to Moby Arena Saturday afternoon, the Ram women’s basketball team will be looking to start something it hasn’t been able to get going all season: a winning streak.

CSU (3-5) has not put back-to-back wins together since late December of last year, but this year’s team seems more than ready to end that streak.

The Rams beat in-state rival Northern Colorado Wednesday for the 15th straight time, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.

Still, Head Coach Jen Warden says she knows the team has a long way to go before opening up league play with Air Force on Jan. 4.

“We just need to keep getting better,” Warden said. “We’ve got seven freshmen, so we do need to have patience in our development.”

Despite the relative inexperience of this year’s team, many of the underclassmen are already making an impact.

Freshman guard Kelly Jo Mullaney is the leading scorer on the team, and is averaging more than 17 points per game. She was the first on the team to score 100 total points, a feat she accomplished in just six games. She also boasts a team-high 91.3 percent mark from the free throw line.

Freshman forward Juanise Cornell is also making her presence felt this season, averaging more than six rebounds and 28 minutes per game.

Still, the bulk of the positive statistics this year have come from the team’s experienced guards Sara Hunter and Molly Nohr, as well as senior center Marilyn Moulton.

Hunter and Nohr are combining to average more than 27 points per game this season and Moulton pulls down almost 10 rebounds in each contest.

Mullaney said that for the team to be successful in the coming weeks she knows the guards need to have confidence in their play in order to spark the offense that has averaged 63.7 points per game.

“Sometimes just knowing that we (Mullaney, Hunter and Nohr) are the shooters on the team, it can start there,” Mullaney said.

Hunter agreed with her, adding that the team also needs to shore up their play defensively in order to have success.

“It all starts on the defensive end,” Hunter said. “It’s all we have been working on in practice.”

Last year when the Rams and the Spartans locked horns down in California, San Jose State came out on top 78-66.

The Spartans have retained six players from last year’s roster, including three starters. They are led offensively by freshman guard Brittany Helm, who is currently averaging 15 points per game.

San Jose State is on a nine-game losing streak and has not picked up a win since last March.

As a team, the Spartans are averaging 37.6 rebounds and 59.4 points this season, giving the Rams a plus-4 advantage in scoring and a plus-8 advantage on the glass.

Hunter said that the team knows what they need to do and at this point it is just a matter of preparation and execution.

“We just need to get mentally prepared and get on a roll,” Hunter said.

Tip off is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday in Moby Arena. The game will also be available on the radio via AM 600 KCOL.

Women’s basketball writer Nick Hubel can be at sports@collegian.com.

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RamTalk

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Dec 072006
 
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Only jerks wear corduroys in the library.

To the person who wishes to wake library nappers: It is a shame that your life is so boring that you have never had a reason to nap in public. Let us sleep.

Is anyone else mad that they have locked the art lounge doors the past two days? Now I can’t take my 9:30 nap in between my classes.

To the girl who picked up the dollar I dropped in the library and gave it back to me, thank you very much for that! I appreciated it greatly. That, and you are really beautiful.

To all those who have friends who are graduating: Please stop asking what they are planning on doing after they graduate. It’s like asking a deer caught in the headlights what it plans on doing after being hit by a semi truck.

If someone offers you a piece of gum, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T REJECT IT!!!

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Our View: Bush taints America’s image

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Dec 072006
 
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Even pro-war conservatives have finally come to terms with the fact that the Iraq War was a blunder.

Almost 3,000 Americans have been killed, along with several tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

And the brutal fighting remains as deadly as ever – just Wednesday, another 10 young Americans breathed their last breath half a world away.

With the release of the Iraq Study Group report earlier this week, it’s even more apparent the Iraq War could be the costliest American mistake ever.

And through all this, President Bush refuses to acknowledge a mistake was made. Sure, he says a change in course may be needed, but he clings to the fundamental morality of something so clearly immoral.

And on top of that, he has irreparably harmed the credibility of our country.

For instance, the Iraq Study Group recommended that, given that Iran influences events in Iraq, it’s a good idea that the U.S. engage it and listen to its concerns.

And Bush has indicated that’s a possibility.

That would be a good thing, except for the fact that Bush labeled the country “evil” a few years ago.

Yeah, calling other countries names works well with the right-wing base, but when we crawl back to them when we realize we must, it’s just slightly humiliating to America’s image.

And that should infuriate every American, regardless of ideology.

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If Test Taking Isn’t Your Thing, Don’t Sweat it Anymore

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Dec 072006
 
Authors: Kaitlin Snook

With finals looming, it’s hard to find students who don’t understand the importance of studying for their last big tests and the significance of the effect finals, and in fact all tests, have on their grades. However, with so much material covered in a semester and individuals’ learning styles being so different, is basing so much of a grade on only tests really justified?

The transition from high school to college can be difficult in a lot of ways, but in my opinion, the biggest and most difficult transitions are getting used to class and grading styles.

In high school, you are given homework on a daily basis that not only is worth points, but is actually beneficial when it comes to learning the material. In college, you are given a syllabus and that’s about it. You can choose whether you come to class or not, and when you do, you are responsible for your own notes. Some teachers don’t even write notes on the board but just talk and expect you to take important points down. And in the worst-case scenario, you get stuck with a teacher who, although knowledgeable on the subject, either may not know how to teach it or may talk so fast that nobody even has the time to process the information.

So, how do we do it? How do you successfully make the transition from high school to college with few obstacles in between? My answer: I didn’t. I didn’t do very well first semester mainly because of the weight on my grades that tests caused. Like many, I am not the best test-taker and I had always relied on the other points from homework and projects to make up for my lack of skills, but in most college courses, there are no other activities to give you points.

Some people are just good test-takers, while others, like myself, are lacking in that area. For instance, my roommate is actually very smart but just has a hard time with tests. We will study, and she’ll know the information, but when she gets to the test, she freaks. And, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, my brother can merely attend class, not study at all, and do great. He’s relaxed about tests and doesn’t stress at all, because why should he? He’s always done fine.

So, if you are a bad test-taker, or if you’re a freshman and you feel like you’re being thrown into this world where nothing matters but test scores, what do you do? Obviously teachers aren’t going to stop giving tests, because how else will they measure what we’ve learned?

Learning how to study the right way can be difficult, but there are resources out there to help you. You can go online or you can even sign up at CSU for seminars related to reading and study habits. For those of you stressed about finals, and know it’s too late for a tutor or class, here are a few suggestions from The Tutorial and Academic Schools Center:

? Re-read your material at least three times: once in class, once soon after and at least once when studying.

? Don’t just read over things, actually try to make sense of them and give examples.

? Study in a quiet place similar to the place in which you will take the test.

? Try to stay calm when taking a test. Remember, it’s not life or death.

Good luck on finals and if you want more tips go to

www.wwu.edu/depts/tutorialcenter/studyskills/StudySkills.htm

Kaitlin Snook is a junior technical journalism major. Her column appears every Friday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Tidings of comfort, joy and political correctness

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Dec 072006
 
Authors: Hilary Davis

It’s the week before finals and all through the school, the Rammies are sleeping, trying not to drool.

The papers were turned in, written with care, in hopes that the teachers would grade nice and fair.

The students were nestled all snug in their beds after hours at the library, cramming their heads.

With one week to go they just had to get through, but in their excitement for Christmas, they offend someone – you?

Yes, it’s that time of year again: time to watch what you say and time to sidestep around any mention of words that offend. What? You thought this time of year was about peace, love and generosity to others? Well it might be, unless someone else is offended by such things, in which case you’re not allowed to talk about them either.

With the snow falling and the smell of hot chocolate and religious oversensitivity in the air, I have to wonder if all the focus on being politically correct has led us to make some decisions that are incorrect. Have we taken political correctness too far?

I used to work at the InfoToo desk, a place where political correctness reigned supreme. Paper chains counting down the days until finals week had to be removed, as they were too similar to paper chains that count down the days until Christmas. We also were not allowed to listen to Christmas music or wish one another Merry Christmas without verbal reprimand. And every year, the whole staff gets together for a non-denominational, non-religious winter gathering. I’m not even kidding – that’s what it said on the invitation. They believe that any mention of any holiday whatsoever might be offensive to someone.

I hear they’re having another winter gathering this year. I wasn’t invited.

This might all sound like I’m pro-Christmas and anti-everything else, but I’m not. In fact, I’m very much pro-other religious holidays. But I am very much against the trend that seems to favor eliminating the recognizing of any religious holidays, and instead pretending like they don’t exist.

For example, the Fort Collins City Council has decided that Christmas trees will be allowed on public property because they can be considered a secular symbol. I agree that trees are most definitely secular. A nice Aspen, shimmering in the wind? The epitome of secularity. But trees with ornaments and lights on them? Not so much. And calling it a “holiday tree” is just a bit ridiculous. Unless you know of any other religious holiday where the followers celebrate by decorating a native plant and then sitting under it and singing songs and trading gifts. But I enjoy walking around Fort Collins and seeing the trees wrapped in lights. I only wish that other city residents were able to see their religious symbols as well.

City Council members say Menorahs or any other religious symbols will not be allowed – after all, if one religion’s symbols are allowed, then you have to allow all religious symbols. My question is: What’s wrong with that? It seems as though the spirit of political correctness is trampling the spirit of the holiday season, no matter what religion you happen to be.

This time of year means something different for everyone. Some are celebrating the festival of lights, others rejoice in the birth of Christ, and some study the seven principles. But at the core of the holiday season, there is a message of love, purpose and peace in the world. And I just can’t see what is so offensive about that.

Hilary Davis is a senior technical journalism major. Her column appears on Fridays in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to opinion@collegian.com.

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To the Editor:

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Dec 072006
 
Authors: Whitney Faulconer

The Holy Days

In response to Luci Storelli-Castro’s Editorial on Thursday, “Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas”. I would like to voice my agreement on pretty much every point she made. Overall, the argument is pointless. First and foremost, any child growing up

in a religiously unaffiliated house (like I did) probably knows and celebrates Christmas in the way that any “sensible” American does. We get presents, and we have to listen to the same twelve songs on Mom’s Country Christmas tape while we decorate a tree for reasons we don’ t really understand. But we get presents. For those like me, Christmas is no more religious than the Fourth of July. But on Christmas, yeah you guessed it, we get presents.

More importantly, I would like to talk about this being an argument over semantics. As the column mentioned, when broken down, holiday really means “holy day”. No matter my own religious beliefs, I can’t help but wonder why the Atheists haven’t joined the legal battle yet. If you remember a few years ago, there was a court ruling about the Pledge of Allegiance that stated “the line under god? is the same as saying ?under Allah? or ?under no god?” and was thus unconstitutional. But really, isn’t saying happy holidays just a bogus attempt at some sort of middle ground for everyone? If you think about it, the Atheists just kind of get screwed in this whole deal. An Atheist probably isn’t celebrating much of anything this December, certainly nothing that could be considered “holy”.

It is my opinion that people generally don’t care. I know this because of the Pledge of Allegiance. No matter what the ruling says, the line “under god” is still said.

Dillon McDonald

Freshman

English

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To the Editor:

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Dec 072006
 
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The Founding Fathers

Many people conveniently endorse their secular humanist ideologies by claiming it as the will of mythical figures known as the “Founding Fathers”, as if these men themselves spoke with one voice and with the desired message. Nevertheless, I think it is important to point out that the Founding Fathers did have in common one characteristic: They were all traitors to the legitimateauthority residing with the King of Great Britain and Ireland.

Those pernicious, petulant, radical, revolutionary leaders of an insurgent uprising would rightfully today be called terrorists. Not a single word these men authored either individually or collectively, like the Declaration of Independence or the US Constitution, deserves any serious consideration. Indeed, many reasonable colonists opposed the colonial insurgency at the time. In fact, I dare say that a larger portion of the early American population supported a continued colonial relationship to Britain than the portion of Iraq’s population that today

desires the maintenance of American garrisons on its soil, and who are

currently cited by the US to justify continued occupation of Iraq.

Its time we realized that the US Constitution is a flawed and

unworkable document, and restore the United States to their proper

position as a part of the United Kingdom, under Her Majesty Queen

Elizabeth II, and under one God.

James Ian Easton

2nd Bachelor

Civil Engineering

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Here’s hoping Lubick stays forever

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Dec 072006
 
Authors: Mike Donovan

There comes a time in every football program when a new coach and a new direction is needed.

Some CSU fans believe the time has come for a new voice to lead the Rams into the 2007 season. This, however, would not be the correct course of action for new Athletic Director Paul Kowalcyzk.

Put quite simply, Head Coach Sonny Lubick has earned the right to stay as long as he wants. Only two people in the history of CSU football have meant as much to the Rams as Lubick; Harry Hughes, who was head coach from 1911 through 1941 and athletic director for four years, and Fum McGraw, who was a football All-American and athletic director.

All Lubick has done in his 14 seasons is turn around one of the worst teams in the nation. His winning percentage of .617 is by far the best of the last six head coaches CSU has had.

While Lubick’s numbers over the long haul are impressive, the last three seasons of Ram football have not been up to the standards expected by boosters or the student body. However, there is no better man to rebuild CSU than the man who did the same exact thing 15 years ago.

The same fans who want Lubick gone think the Rams also have a chance for success next season. Next year’s players need the man who recruited them to coach them.

Losing Lubick would also give the Rams a hit on the recruiting trail. Every year when new recruits decide to commit to Fort Collins, the majority of them say Lubick was one of the factors.

Do changes need to be made to Ram football? Yes, but losing Sonny Lubick would cause CSU to lose all of the little national respect that it still has.

Not only has Lubick earned the right to stay, CSU would be shooting themselves in the foot if they let him go. With CSU’s athletic budget in dire straits, the athletic department simply cannot afford a suitable replacement.

Even if Lubick decided to retire, which he will likely do within the next four years, CSU would still not be able to afford a replacement. However, it is possible that the athletic budget crisis will be resolved in a few years, which is something that would coincide with Lubick’s retirement.

When it comes down to it, CSU needs Sonny Lubick. Lubick, both as a football coach and a man, is a foundation at CSU. He has returned the program to the success it reached in early part of the 1900s.

It will be a sad day in CSU football history when Lubick leaves the Rams for the last time. However, the least CSU should do for a legend like Lubick is let him leave on his own terms.

Sports Editor Mike Donovan can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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