’50 Dates Worse Than Yours’ reminisces of many a familiar date

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Jan 312007
Authors: Hallie Woods

Most of us have been on at least one bad date. We’ve realized at the end of the night that we had a piece of parsley wedged in between our teeth for the duration of the date. We’ve cringed as the person we’re on a date with speaks, and spreads a waft of halitosis filled with onions and garlic, and God knows what else. And with Valentine’s Day around the corner – and many of us searching for any kind of date – we are wondering if it’s all really worth it.

When we’re on a bad date we can’t wait for it to end, but it actually makes for a funny story or a comedic remembrance. And just when you think you’ve got the worst date/funniest story, someone has one worse than yours. For instance, in Justin Racz “50 Dates Worse Than Yours,” he compiles 50 scenarios of awful date situations that are humorous and make some of us cringe at the same time.

“50 Dates Worse Than Yours,” is the newest part of a “worse than” series by Racz, including “50 Jobs Worse Than Yours,” “50 Relatives Worse Than Yours,” “50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours,” and “50 Days Worse Than Yours.” The book is mixed with short clips of a bad date scenario complimented by comical photos of a couple facing a really awful date.

Scenarios include a bad date where the couple ends up drunk and singing awful karaoke at Wong’s Sing Sing amateur night, or another where the couple finds out they are related after an intense tonsil hockey situation. Others include a creepy, non-blinking Hannibal Lector-like date, a rousing night of cow tipping, a night watching illegal cockfighting, and the awful company Christmas party. The worst: A prison visit where the man claims, “Honey, I’ve only got ten minutes. Let’s make the most out of it.”

“50 Dates Worse Than Yours” is amusing and a very simple read that can be done easily sitting in the bathroom or watching TV. And this Valentine’s Day, if you would rather just stay home than go out on a date just so you aren’t “alone” on the most romantic day of year, snuggle up with this book and read about other people’s bad dates instead of experiencing your own.

Verve editor Hallie Woods can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.

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Youth Group: Casino Twilight Dogs

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Jan 312007
Authors: Jake Mountjoy

If you happened to catch Death Cab For Cutie on tour after they released “Plans” in 2005 you may remember sitting through a peaceful warm-up band before Seth Cohen’s favorite indie-rock quartet took the stage. That band was Australia’s Youth Group.

Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla had discovered the band and Youth Group scored a U.S. tour as the openers. Youth Group was generating some buzz for their debut album, “Skeleton Jar.” Of course, a friendship with Death Cab led to grabbing the attention of the popular teen drama “The O.C.” Youth Group recorded a cover of Alphaville’s “Forever Young” (which is on the new album) for the TV show, which became a popular hit back home in Sydney.

Fast forward to today and we have Youth Group’s latest release, “Casino Twilight Dogs.” To start, the record doesn’t venture too far from their previous work.

The first song, “Catching and Killing,” starts the record out with a full melodic pop sound, Australian style. But my favorite cut is “On a String.” The track is filled with a melodic undertone on top of Toby Martin’s sing-along melancholy windpipes.

Dare I use the word and say that the “Emo” crowd could enjoy this? But don’t let the term scare you away from this band.

Overall, “Casino Twilight Dogs” is straight-up Indie pop. It doesn’t blow you away like the new Justin Timberlake probably does, but it satisfies the heartfelt adventurer in all of us.

KCSU music director Jake Mountjoy can be reached at kcsumusic@gmail.com.

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Cookin’ with no dough

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Jan 312007
Authors: Liz Sunshine

I have a confession to make: My idea of a good Super Bowl Sunday is good food, commercials and friends. Frankly I couldn’t care less who is playing. Because of this American faux pas I have asked Mike Donovan, Collegian sports editor and friend, to help me out.

There are many different ways for people to celebrate this particular Sunday. Some spend it alone or with just a few people. These are generally self-proclaimed major annoyances during a game. You know the type – yelling at the TV, throwing things if their team is doing poorly and known for causing a general ruckus.

I actually prefer to “watch the game” with a large group. Ever since the Broncos went to the Super Bowl – and won – in 1997, my family has gotten together with friends and engorged ourselves on an unhealthy spread of food while we watched two teams play that most people don’t care about until about two weeks prior.

Originally this was a potluck feast with a selection ranging from the always-tasty seven-layer dip to the generally avoided tiny bowl of three-bean salad. After two consecutive years of Bronco wins, leftover three-bean salad and an all-around good time, the group morphed and so did the food.

Salads have been phased out for more artery clogging foods. Instead of sharing recipes for what the group is having this year, which by the way is a deep-fried turkey (fodder for a different column), I decided to go with some classics instead. Hot wings, seven-layer dip and bratwurst topped my list as far as standards went.

I love hot wings – actually, I love all spicy foods. My problem is if you remember from last semester, they don’t love me back. Because of my apparently permanent problem with heartburn, my hot wings aren’t about the heat but instead about the flavor. I mix my favorite hot sauce with about half as much melted butter, add Cheyenne pepper, garlic salt and black pepper and toss that with my wings. After thirty minutes in the oven they are cooked perfectly with juicy meat in the middle and a flavorful kick on the skin.

The reason seven-layer dip works so well is there are so many combinations that there’s no wrong answer. Some dips have olives, some introduce taco meat, my tendency is to keep my layers vegetarian for the sake of my friends who aren’t carnivores. Because of human error the dip I made this week actually only had six layers – the olives got left behind – but the dip still tasted great.

Since bratwurst is generally made with pork this was actually my first time cooking it. I picked up pre-cooked beef brats and just followed the instructions on the package with a few adjustments. The only instruction was to stick the brats in a half-inch of hot water and let them warm for ten minutes. Instead I poured a half-inch of my favorite beer in the pan and cut up an onion to toss in as well and let that heat for ten minutes. The result was not only tasty but filling as well.

Whether you are a Superfan or part of the Indy Blue Crew enjoy the Super Bowl weekend and indulge in some heart attack-inducing food.

L’Chaim and B’Tay Avon (To Life and Eat Well).

Staff writer Liz Sunshine can be reached at verve@collegian.com.



Seven Layer Dip

1 can vegetarian refried beans

2 cups guacamole

1/4 cup chopped jalapenos

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup sliced black olives

2 cups shredded cheese

1 whole tomato chopped

Layer each ingredient in a bowl as listed and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Hot Wings

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups favorite hot sauce

2 pounds chicken wings (this can be adjusted according to amount needed)

Cheyenne pepper, garlic salt and black pepper all to taste

Melt butter and combine with hot sauce. Pour over chicken wings and toss to coat. Season to taste. Cook in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes and enjoy.

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Making the Scene: New venue Hodi’s Half Note to feature a variety of musical acts

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Jan 312007
Authors: Elena Ulyanova

On a cold Saturday morning Tom McLoughlin had no problem spending his time volunteering at what will soon be Fort Collins’ new music venue, Hodi’s Half Note.

“How can you feel bad doing this?” McLoughlin said with one foot still up on the ladder. “Fort Collins needs music venues, this is essential to the scene.”

For many local bands such as McLoughlin’s band Foot Clan, the venue will provide a new outlet for musical expression.

Nick Kirkes, general manager of Hodi’s Half Note, said it will be one of Fort Collins’ very few midsized venues, meaning that it’s still very intimate but can bring in local acts as well as national acts.

“What really motivates this place is the ability to work with smaller local bands that have outgrown the small stages but aren’t ready to fill the capacity of the big stages,” Kirkes said.

Kirkes said with Hodi’s capability to host so many different bands, the venue will feature a diversity of musical genres.

“It’s difficult to sustain a single minded community and since we don’t live in one, there’s no reason to,” Kirkes said. “If we truly want to make a difference we have to support music in general, not just in one flavor.”

Kirkes said his goal is to make Hodi’s a part of the community by creating relationships with the public and encouraging an open-door policy for suggestions through a system of checks and balances.

“My hope is that people will come in and tell me if I’m going in the wrong direction,” Kirkes said. “So If I turn out to be an asshole, then it’s not a problem because it’s run by the community.”

Kirkes said that the community is essential to the venue’s success because of the new business’ vulnerability.

“There’s always possibility for failure. We consider that there’s no room for mistakes because of everything in the past,” Kirkes said.

Being situated in the same location that the Starlight Theater once filled has left the new venue open to comparison. However, Kirkes said that there is no connection between the two except the building.

He hopes that the Starlight’s failures will not affect the future of Hodi’s Half Note and is optimistic that the new name and look can help throw away the past.

“People will at first be hypersensitive to what we do,” Kirkes said. “I can’t change anyone’s mind verbally; it’s going to have to be by example.”

A complete renovation of the interior to replace the old d/cor of the Starlight is meant to create a warmer, cleaner atmosphere and a different look all around. However, Kirkes said that refurbishing the place is just the first step.

“This is a journey, it’s not a one shot change – new wood panels can’t change that,” Kirkes said.

But the renovations themselves are not a simple task for the volunteers, and for many of the necessary repairs, such as the sound equipment, professionals were brought in.

“When things broke, they left it broke,” Kirkes said of the Starlight Theater. “It just needed a lot of love, and we just needed to put that love back into it.”

Kirkes has strong expectations for the future and is thrilled for the month of February. He said that Hodi’s will feature almost every musical genre in this next month alone.

“I hope this becomes a place where people can have a voice and better their music scene,” Kirkes said.

The bar will open at 3 p.m. daily and although the bar area may have a smaller stage, Hodi’s main stage will be reserved for scheduled musical acts and will not feature karaoke or open mic.

“It’s not an open stage anymore,” Kirkes said. “In order to become a premier stage we have to maintain its integrity and maturity.”

With the grand opening of Hodi’s Half Note approaching in less than a week, emotions and excitement are seeping through all the hard work.

“It’s emotional,” Kirkes said. “It’s really awesome to see it all come together, especially now that we’ve put in so much time and effort.”

And with all the advantages of a new venue, the music seems to be what really channels the excitement.

“Music is music no matter what genre it is – it speaks to everyone,” Kirkes said. “It really enriches everything around us.”

Staff writer Elena Ulyanova can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

Feb. 7 – The Station, Wasabi

Feb. 9 – Victor Barnes w/ Motorhome

Feb. 10 – Jeff Finlin, John Alex Mason, Unanimous

Feb. 14 – Magic Cyclops

Feb. 15 – Haldon Wofford and The Hi-Beams w/ The Billy Pilgrims

Feb. 16 – Alternative Spring Break Benefit featuring Prism and guests

Feb. 17 – 3 Peas

Feb. 20 – Hot Day at the Zoo

Feb. 21 – Magic Cyclops

Feb. 22 – The Piggies

Feb. 23 – Head for the Hills

Feb. 24 – Jason Ricci

Feb. 26 – John Lee Hooker Jr.

Feb. 28 – Magic Cyclops

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KCSU calendar

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Jan 312007

Thursday Feb. 1

Lazyface with New Dialectic, Littany

Bluebird Theatre

8 p.m.

Friday Feb. 2

Guttermouth with ASG, Frontside Five

Marquis Theatre

7:30 p.m.

Tickle Me Pink with Single File, The Brotherhood of Dae Han, Love Me Destroyer

Aggie Theatre

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3

New Dialectic with TT Lester

Everyday Joe’s

8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 8

The Cover with The Archive, Rif Raf, The Jimi Austin

Gothic Theatre

7 p.m.

Camera Obscura with Pony Up

Bluebird Theatre

9 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 14


The Black Sheep

8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15


Bluebird Theatre

7 p.m.

The Shins

Fillmore Auditorium

8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16

Fall of Troy with Portugal The Man, Damiera, Tera Melos

Marquis Theatre

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Hot IQ’s with Mr. Packman, Cowboy Curse, Lionsized, Adam Clayton, Ben Cromberg

Bluebird Theatre

7 p.m.

The Roots

Fillmore Auditorium

7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23

Pete Yorn with Aqualung

Ogden Theatre

8:30 p.m.

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Dr. Kevorkian seeks therapy

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Jan 312007
Authors: Kevin Johnson

Editor’s Note: This story is fictional and meant for comedic purposes.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian was released from prison last month on early parole for good behavior. Though the good doctor, now 78 years young, was free to go out into the world and lead a long and vigorous life, his parole was not without one very particular and, as some insiders have said, “oddly specific,” condition: That he “promise” not to assist in any more suicides.



To help fight his addiction to causing death, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, or the Fantasia of Euthanasia as the media have dubbed him, was enrolled in court-ordered rehab in the non-profit group Assisted Suicide Survivors and Humans against Obviously Lethal life Efforts.

For an old pro like Dr. J.K. kicking the habit is sure to be a long and tough road to recovery, and enrolling in A.S.S.H.O.L.E., as it is known on the streets, is only the beginning. According to his A.S.S.H.O.L.E. support, A.S. survivor Dr. Edgar Kensington, of Chodahtaint, Va., “Jack is just going to have to take it day by day.”

I ran into Mr. Kensington at A.S.S.H.O.L.E.’s charity garage sale over the weekend and was able to ask him a few questions about Dr. Kevorkian’s progress thus far.

KJ: So How’s Jack doing, Dr. Kensington?

Dr. K: Well, you know, it is going to be an uphill battle for him. he’s old, and as the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.. But, seriously though, it is going to be a while before Jack is able to look at another human being and not think, in what way can I help them die?

KJ: Obviously. What kind of program is Jack on?

Dr. K: Well, the A.S.S.H.O.L.E. guide to recovery is a two-step program. Basically it is: Recognize that you have a problem and then stop it. It’s pretty simple, actually. We started him with a gradual withdraw “aiding” in the deaths of small rodents – rats, ferrets, etcetera… and to Jack’s credit he is doing tremendously well. We have weaned him down to just three or four small mice a day.

KJ: Wouldn’t some consider that animal cruelty?

Dr. K: We have it on good word that our specially ordered “Rehab Rodents” are better off dead. chiggers, dysentery, insomnia, you know.

KJ: How many people are currently enrolled in your program?

Dr. K: Well, right now, just Jack. He is actually our first member. ever. Half the battle is really just getting people to admit that they have a problem.

(An elderly couple comes up to Dr. Kensington and asks, how much for the “whole box of sedatives?” Dr. Kensington asks for $4 but is eventually haggled down to $1.30)

KJ: Is this how you fund A.S.S.H.O.L.E.?

(Dr. Kensington furrows his brow and points to a dusty brown bottle on a shelf labeled “bargain.”)

Dr. K: You see that bottle of arsenic over there? You can’t say to a bottle of arsenic, “Hey bottle of liquid death, stop killing people when they drink you.” The basic fact is that humans have been aiding in the deaths of other humans for thousands of years; this is bigger than you or me, or even Jack! Death is a machine that can’t, and won’t, be stopped.

KJ: Kind of like Robocop?

Dr. K: Not really.

KJ: Well, kind of.

Dr. K: No.

KJ: Not even a little bit?

Dr. K: .Maybe a little bit like Robocop.

Kevin Johnson can be reached at verve@collegian.com. The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.

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‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ a stunning modern-day fairy tale

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Jan 312007
Authors: Jeff Schwartz

***** out of *****

Of all the movies I’ve seen since I began this column, “Pan’s Labyrinth” has made me the most aware of my shortcomings as a critic.

Here is a film brimming with a profusion of visual and storytelling wonders that literally brought me and my fellow theater-goers to silence at its conclusion.

And yet, days after having seen this film, I am still hard-pressed to articulate the reasons behind this silence.

“Pan’s Labyrinth” is the brainchild of Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican director most known in the United States for films like “Blade II” and “Hellboy,” and while those films may have hinted at his visual faculties, “Pan’s Labyrinth” marries del Toro’s penchant for brilliant visuals with a story that is told with all the magic and unassuming skill of a fairy tale.

The story, as in all fairy tales, is simple: Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is a young girl living in Spain during the last throes of its civil war. Ofelia’s father is dead and her mother (Adriana Gil) has remarried and is pregnant. Ofelia’s stepfather is the sadistic Captain Vidal (Sergi Lopez), a member of the Fascist military who is in charge of ridding rural Spain of communist rebels.

Left to her own devices, Ofelia wanders the woods around the Vidal’s manor house and eventually discovers an ancient labyrinth inhabited by an equally ancient faun (Doug Jones).

The faun believes Ofelia to be the princess of an underground realm, but in order to prove her royal lineage, he sets Ofelia off to accomplish three perilous tasks.

The tasks, which include confronting a grotesque toad and a child-eating ogre, test both Ofelia’s resilience and her morality, and it is in these scenes that “Pan’s Labyrinth” is most obviously working as a fairy tale, though it is a fairy tale of more intensity and violence than even the Grimm brothers could have imagined.

The scenes as Ofelia undergoes her tasks are juxtaposed with scenes involving Captain Vidal, a man of such cruelty that he seems even less human than the mythical characters like the ogre.

Like a fine tapestry, all the elements of “Pan’s Labyrinth” weave together to create a stunning overall effect, marked by strong performances, a cunning, heartrending story and music and cinematography that are hauntingly expressive.

Baquero. as Ofelia, especially deserves accolades for her portrayal of a girl on the cusp of adolescence who is brutally made aware of life’s tribulations, and the courage and conviction it takes to confront these tribulations. That Baquero did not receive an Oscar nomination is exemplary of the Academy’s extravagant ineptitude.

If I have been ineloquent in this review, it is only because “Pan’s Labyrinth” defies conventional description. It is a film that, to quote Mark Twain, “(holds) the eye like a spell and (moves) the spirit like music.”

I can think of no better description.

Movie reviewer Jeff Schwartz can be reached at verve@collegian.com. The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.

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Movie Blurbs

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Jan 312007
Authors: Jeff Schwartz

Smokin’ Aces

Starring: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven and Alicia Keys

Rated: R

Running time: 1 hr. 48 min.

Summary: Piven stars as mob tattler Buddy Israel who has a price on his head larger than Lake Tahoe (which is where Israel is staying, under the protection of the FBI). But when a whole slew of bounty hunters, hitmen and general no-good-nicks catch wind of the price on Israel’s head, they all set out to get a proverbial piece of the pie. So far, most critics have labeled this one a lame imitator of better films like “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” but if hitman comedies are your thing, or you just want some eye-candy, “Aces” should entertain.

The Last King of Scotland

Starring: Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy

Rated: R

Running time: 2 hr. 1 min.

Summary: Advice to all actors, young and old: If you want an Academy Away nomination, star in a biopic. However, that little piece of sarcasm isn’t intended to demean Whitaker’s portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, a performance that has been almost universally hailed by critics as one of the best of the decade. The “king” of the title actually refers to Amin’s personal physician (McAvoy), who just happens to be Scottish, and it is through him that the audience witnesses the charisma and cruelty of Amin. Recommended for all those who’d like to see what all the fuss is about concerning Whitaker’s performance.

The Queen

Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and James Cromwell

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 1 hr. 43 min.

Summary: Once again, I just have to say, star in a biopic, get an Oscar nomination. Forest Whitaker did it, and now Helen Mirren has done it, starring as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” a film that focuses on the British monarch’s reaction and decisions concerning the death of Princess Diana. If you’re the betting type, bet big on Mirren to take home the Best Actress Oscar (she’s already won a Golden Globe and a SAG). More importantly though, Mirren is a respected actress who has, as not, as yet, won an Academy Award, so it’s time for some long-overdue recognition.

Movie reviewer Jeff Schwartz can be reached at verve@collegian.com. The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.

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Movie Times

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Jan 312007

Movie Times for Feb. 2 through Feb. 4

Cinemark Fort Collins

4721 South Timberline Road


Because I Said So

PG-13, 102 minutes

11:40 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:04 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

The Messengers

PG-13, 91 minutes

12:15 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:35 p.m.


R, 121 minutes

11:05 p.m., 1:55 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

Blood and Chocolate

PG-13, 98 minutes

11:55 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

Catch and Release

PG-13, 111 minutes

10:50 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Children of Men

R, 109 minutes

10:55 a.m., 4:10 p.m., 9:20 p.m.


PG-13, 131 minutes

1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Epic Movie

PG-13, 86 minutes

12:45 p.m., 2:55 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Freedom Writers

PG-13, 123 minutes

11:10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Letters from Iwo Jima

R, 141 minutes

12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

Night at the Museum

PG, 109 minutes

12:25 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Notes on a Scandal

R, 93 minutes

12:55 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

Pan’s Labyrinth

R, 115 minutes

11:20 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:40 p,m.

Smokin’ Aces

R, 109 minutes

12:05 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

Stomp the Yard

PG-13, 114 minutes

1:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

The Last King of Scotland

R, 123 minutes

2:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

The Pursuit of Happyness

PG-13, 117 minutes

11:25 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

The Queen

PG-13, 97 minutes

11 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

Carmike 10

3636 Manhattan Ave.


The Messengers

PG-13 91 minutes

3:10 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

Because I Said So

PG-13, 102 minutes

4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Epic Movie

PG-13, 85 minutes

4:30 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

Smokin’ Aces

R, 109 mintues

4:20 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Children of Men

R, 128 minutes

4:10 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:40 p.m.


PG-13, 109 minutes

4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

Night at the Museum

PG, 109 minutes

4:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

The Pursuit of Happyness

PG-13, 118 minutes

4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.


R, 143 minutes

4p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

The Departed

R, 151 minutes

4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

Cinema Saver 6

2525 Worthington Circle



R, 138 minutes

6:35 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

R, 84 minutes

5:05 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

Casino Royale

PG-13, 144 minutes

3:45 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:50 p.m.


PG 99 minutes

2:30 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

Flushed Away

PG 86 minutes

2:10 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

The Good Shepherd

R, 160 minutes

4:30 p.m., 7:55 p.m.

The Holiday

PG-13, 2hrs 16min

4 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 10 p.m.

Rocky Balboa

PG 102 minutes

2:45 p.m., 7:35 p.m.

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Two suspended players to return tonight

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Jan 312007
Authors: Nick Hubel

The suspensions of four players on Jan. 12 left the women’s basketball team scrambling to fill roster spots and struggling to win. Since that time, the Rams have seen their record slip below .150 in conference games and they have even brought in two volleyball players as reserves for their shorthanded bench.

Fortunately for the team, help is on the way. Head Coach Jen Warden announced Wednesday that two of the four players who were suspended for their involvement with a chemical bomb prank have been reinstated.

Freshmen guards Emily Neal and Brittney Stirling practiced with the team on Wednesday and are scheduled to play in Thursday’s match-up with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The suspensions of freshmen guard Kelly Jo Mullaney and center Raysha Ritter are slated to continue. Coach Warden declined to comment on the status of volleyball players Mekana Barnes and Ashley Fornstrom with the team.

With their personnel straightened out for the moment, the Rams head to Las Vegas this Thursday to face the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (9-10, 3-4 MWC) in Mountain West Conference action.

CSU (6-13, 1-6 MWC) will be looking to snap their six-game losing streak, dating back to Jan. 6 when they lost to TCU in their second conference road game.

The Rams are coming off an overtime loss to rival Wyoming in which they only had six full-time players available. Overtime proved too much for the depleted team and they fell 78-66.

Junior guard Sara Hunter said that playing as well as the team did with such a small roster will help to give them confidence in the weeks to come.

“I think that for the girls that were there it gives us confidence. We came together as a team,” Hunter said.

The Rams enter the game ranked eighth in the Mountain West and in the bottom half of nearly every statistical category among teams in the conference. Still, the team has seen some outstanding play in spots over the past two weeks.

Freshman guard Ashley McFarland has put up 36 points over the last two games and has been extremely potent from outside the arc, hitting eight of her last 12.

On the glass, senior Marilyn Moulton has led the team in rebounding in 11 of its 18 games this season. She is averaging 8.5 boards per game, good enough for fourth overall in the conference.

The Rebels come into the game having lost three of their last four and are currently ranked sixth in the Mountain West.

Offensively, they are lead by junior guard Sequoia Holmes, who has been averaging 13.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.

On the block, 6-foot-3-inch forward Faye Miller leads the Rebels with 10.4 rebounds per game. She has pulled down 187 boards this season and is the leading rebounder in the Mountain West.

According to Hunter, the game will come down to ball control and hustle, two things the Rams have managed to do pretty well in the past few games.

“We have to take care of the ball and just play tough,” Hunter said.

Coach Warden sees things in a much simpler, but similar, manner.

“We have to do the job that is in front of us,” Warden said. “I think things have become very simple for this team. We are practicing hard and we are who we are. Just do the job in front of us and go Rams.”

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


What: CSU at UNLV

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas

TV: The mtn. (Comcast channel 411)

Radio: KCOL AM 600


Jan. 8- A chemical bomb is detonated outside the apartment of women’s basketball player sophomore Kelly Finley. No damage is done to the apartment complex and there are no injuries.

Jan. 12- Four women’s basketball players, guard Kelly Jo Mullaney, forward Raysha Ritter, forward Brittney Stirling, and guard Emily Neal, are suspended from the basketball team after police notified CSU that the four women would be charged with Class III misdemeanors.

Jan. 13- A depleted Rams squad takes the floor with just eight women in uniform and gets blown out by New Mexico at Moby Arena, 72-43.

Jan. 16- The four players receive their summonses from the police with a scheduled court date of Feb. 21.

Jan. 20- Senior guard Molly Nohr plays only 11 minutes, while freshman forward Nya Mason injures her ankle just four minutes into her stint during CSU’s 75-66 loss to San Diego State.

Jan. 25- With the four players still suspended, Nohr out for personal reasons, and Mason hurt, the women’s basketball team is forced to suit up two volleyball players, Mekana Barnes and Ashley Fornstrom for a game against rival Wyoming. Barnes plays 23 seconds in an overtime loss.

Jan. 31- Stirling and Neal are reinstated to the team and make the trip to Las Vegas to take on UNLV.

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