Home Sweet Home

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Sep 302007
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

Despite beating one of the toughest teams in the conference in four games, coach Tom Hilbert was still somewhat disappointed in the way the CSU volleyball team played.

The Rams (10-4 5-1) handed the University of Nevada Las Vegas (11-3 2-2) only their third loss of the season, 30-25, 30-27, 23-30 and 30-28, maintaining a perfect record at home and extending their conference lead to two games.

After committing three straight service errors to begin game 4, CSU picked up their pace to take a 7-5 lead. The rebels would battle back, earning an 11-12 advantage.

The Rams would answer with critical kills from outside hitters Jamie Strauss, Danielle Minch and middle blocker Mekana Barnes, taking a 25-23 lead. UNLV stayed close throughout, but the Rams would eventually prevail, winning game four, 30-28 and the match 3-1.

Hilbert was happy to get a win but saw many things his team needs to improve on, mainly its serving.

“Obviously we had way too many service errors,” the 18-year head coach said. “They were errors from being tentative and from fear. We got to get over that. I feel happy with the way we hit the ball and competed, but we put ourselves in a very difficult position with our serving and passing game. We are at home and we should be doing that better than we did tonight.”

UNLV came out strong in game three, leading by as many as nine and grabbing its only win of the match.

Hilbert removed key players throughout the game, giving them a chance to rest and refocus. It was a move that would pay off for him by the end of the game.

“I think a lot of times it is just a good idea for them to come out of the game and watch a little bit,” Hilbert said. “Sometimes it is good to let players gather themselves.”

Minch agreed, explaining that watching from the bench helped her get a hold of things.

“It gave me time to see what I was doing wrong and refocus,” the true freshman said. “I would rather play through it, but it is kind of nice to sit, settle down and figure it out.”

CSU came out strong in the first two games, outscoring UNLV by a combined total of 60-52.

Junior setter Ashley Fornstrom had an impressive match, posting six kills, 10 digs and 60 assists. Junior outside hitter Jamie Strauss also played well, chipping in 23 kills and eight digs.

With the win, CSU extends their Mountain West Conference lead. Fornstrom is happy about the position her team is in after this week.

“It is kind of a relief because there was a lot of pressure to win these two games,” the junior explained. Getting a cushion definitely feels better than being in the middle of the pack.”

Volleyball beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at collegian.colostate.edu

Player of the Game

Ashley Fornstrom

60 assists

10 digs

6 kills

.600 attack percentage

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Sarah Smith Q&A

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Sep 302007
Authors: Laurel Berch

Graduate student Sarah Smith has touched a total of six leopards. She sat down with the Collegian this week to talk about this unique opportunity she had during an internship with The Cape Leopard Trust in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa. While she was there, Smith studied the food source of leopards, the declining dassie population and found a rare form of tuberculoses. The research she did will be published in the journal Tuberculoses.

Q. What is your status at CSU?

A. I’m a first year veterinary student, and I went here for undergraduate as well as an environmental health major.

Q. What made you want to go to vet school?

A. I wanted to be a vet for a really long time, since I was a little kid. That’s partly how I chose CSU, because I’d never been to Colorado before that.

During my undergrad I thought I wasn’t going to do it anymore, but medicine and getting to work with animals all day is the perfect career. And CSU has a great vet school.

Q. Where are you from originally?

A. Originally New Jersey. Then Dallas, Texas for a little while. And now

Colorado. Fort Collins is really my home.

Q. What’s your favorite food?

A. Cheese. And pizza because it has cheese on it. And cheese and crackers. I could never go vegan.

Q. Are you a vegetarian?

A. Yeah.

Q. What do you want to do in the future?

A. I don’t know for sure. I plan to go into public health at some point. I like the idea of saving the world. I want to work on zoonotic diseases (diseases that transmit from animals to people). That’s where a lot of the major diseases that we are concerned about in the human population are coming from. For example, bird flu and mad cow disease. Those are things that veterinarians are on the front line for.

Q. What do you do in your free time?

A. Free time? I don’t have much free time, but I joined a bunch of clubs for school and I started Tae Kwon Do because my roommate got me into it and it’s really fun, so I’ve been doing that a couple times a week. It’s a great stress relief. And this winter, I will be snowboarding in all my free time.

Q. Have you ever peed your pants while doing Tae Kwon Do like Visual Editor Aaron Montoya did when he was younger?

A. That’s a good story! I did not, but I wish I knew that before I met Aaron

Montoya! I haven’t been in it long enough – we should ask my roommate. Did he do that because he was scared? I have not done that yet, but I’ll make it a point to let you know when I do – not that I’m planning on it.

Q. What’s your most embarrassing moment?

A. I’m a klutzy person so there are a lot, but I’m not sure one sticks out. I broke my foot walking across my front lawn.

Q. How did you do that?

A. I don’t know, and I was sober. I had people in my house, too, so I walked in laughing because I knew how embarrassing it was.

Q. You did an internship in Africa. Can you tell me about that?

A. I had such a good time. We needed to do an internship for environmental health, and I really wanted to leave the country. I’ve always wanted to go to

Africa, so I was looking at programs in Tanzania and Kenya but they involved working with people. I started to think, I’d like to do something with animals, so I began researching different organizations and found one that seemed really centered on research and education (called The Cape Leopard Trust).Cederberg (where the trust is located) is a beautiful wilderness area up in the mountains about five hours north east of cape town. It was pretty amazing to get there and see the place. Fort Collins is the smallest place I’ve ever lived, and in this area when I left, the population dropped dramatically so it was a really different experience.

Q. Tell me about the research you did in Africa.

A. I was supposed to be working on the dassie project . (Dassie is the South

African term for rock hyrax, an important prey species for leopards.) They kind of look like big guinea pigs or large rabbits without ears, and they’re the closest relative to the African elephant. They are thought to be really common, so it was really discouraging not capturing one.

Q. You didn’t capture any of them?

A. Not at first. I didn’t even see one for the first part I was there, which is really bad. But part of the reason they were having me do this (research) is because (dassies) used to be all over the place. Farmers talked about how they would step outside of their door and would be squishing dassies. That was an exaggeration, but that’s what they told me. In the 80s they started noticing the population started dying off but they didn’t really know why and people hadn’t done much research on it. Quinton, the head of The Cape Leopard Trust, was curious if maybe it was because of a disease.

Q. So how did you get samples for your research?

A. One of the rangers from Cape Nature (a group that deals with environmental issues) went out and shot a couple dassies. It was destructive sampling (though it followed protocol). I felt awful because I don’t really like killing animals . When we opened the first one up I felt awful because the first thing I see is that it is a pregnant female . Then I realized that the placenta was covered in all these dots and the lungs were almost completely destroyed. It probably wouldn’t have lived to give birth the way it looked. Suddenly I didn’t feel so bad. The other (dassie) was a young female, but she had a lesion on its lungs. So we took samples and sent them to a lab and it turned out to be a weird form of tuberculoses. That raised some interesting issues.

Q. Why is this research important?

A. Now we are wondering if (tuberculoses) is contributing to the population loss.

Then there are the concerns like if it is transmittable to humans. They don’t believe that it is. But it could be kind of a big deal ecologically. It was really neat because I found this in a sample of only two.

Q. Do you have a lot of pets?

A. I do. Between me and my roommate, we have four cats, two dogs, a beta fish and a duck and a chicken. I am really allergic to cats, though, so I have to take lots of medicine.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When someone is being a “downer.” When people are all negative. But I like sarcasm. Sarcasm is wonderful.

Q. And do you have a hero or someone who inspires you?

A. Spiderman. Actually I like batman better because he didn’t have a weird spider bite give him powers. He’s just good.

Q. Anything else you’d like to add?

A. I want to give a shout out to the Pre-Vet club.

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Women beat BYU

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Sep 302007
Authors: Anica Wong

In a meet that boasted several top-ranked teams, the CSU women’s cross country team proved that they can stick with the best of them by placing fourth Saturday at the Bill Dellinger Invitational meet hosted by the University of Oregon.

The Rams finished only five points behind No. 4 Arkansas, who was second and two points behind Washington, who is ranked 17th and placed third. The team also placed ahead Georgia and BYU, who are ranked 15th and 18th in the nation, respectively.

“We beat a couple of high-ranked teams, which is good,” coach Bryan Berryhill said. “Beating BYU was a good victory.”

April Thomas, who has consistently led the women’s team, finished the 6,000-meter course fourth in a field of 141 runners.

“I think I raced pretty well,” Thomas said. “I tried to stay as close to the leaders as I could.”

Thomas’ 20:27 finish was her fastest race to date.

Knowing that her team finished ahead of several ranked teams was encouraging for Thomas.

“It is a good feeling to say we were two points away from second,” she said.

Heather Loseke, who has also helped the Rams to several top finishes, crossed the line in 20:38, which placed her ninth overall.

The men’s team, who is young and inconsistent, placed 11th out of 15 teams.

“The guys didn’t really step up to the occasion,” said Berryhill.

The top runner for the Rams was Jeremy Freed, who finished the 8,000-meter course in 19th place with a time of 23:55.

It has been a struggle for every member of the men’s team to be consistent at the same race.

“We have yet to put five guys on the same page on the same day,” Berryhill said.

The Rams have two weeks before they head to Indiana for pre-nationals on Oct. 13. During that time, the team will continue doing intense training while keeping their mileage up, Berryhill said.

“We’ll just keep getting out there, having good practices, staying healthy and keep doing it right,” Thomas said.

Cross country beat reporter Anica Wong can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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11 in a row

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Sep 302007

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)- TCU coach Gary Patterson stopped short of giving his offense rave reviews – but he acknowledged that they got the job done.

Backup quarterback Marcus Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead TCU past Colorado State 24-12 Saturday night.

“We are going to need a better fourth-quarter offense if we want to beat the people we want to beat. But we got 24 points on the board again,” Patterson said.

Jackson was 11-for-26 passing for 137 yards and carried 17 times for 38 yards.

TCU’s Aaron Brown, who has been slowed this season with a knee injury, rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries. It was his fifth career 100-yard rushing game.

“I thought I kept my speed up, and we knew it would get a little easier as the defense wore down in the fourth quarter,” said Brown, who gained 35 yards in the final period.

Colorado State (0-4, 0-1) scored on its first possession when Jason Smith booted a 47-yard field goal.

“We played well enough on defense to win,” said head coach Sonny Lubick, whose Rams lost their 11th consecutive game and have the nation’s second-longest active losing streak.

Colorado State finished the scoring on Smith’s 27-yard field goal and Caleb Hanie’s 54-yard touchdown pass to Damon Morton. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 24-12 a minute into the fourth quarter.

The Rams host San Diego State University 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Hughes Stadium.


Quote of the game:

“Kyle Bell was the mainstay of our running game. But I think when John Mosure went in there you could see a little spark. He hit the hole a little quicker. But besides the running backs, we have to be a lot stronger on the offensive line.” – Coach Lubick on why Mosure started the second half in place of Bell.

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Pride, not Politics?

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Sep 302007
Authors: Dr. John Straayer

Pardon me for sharing a few personal recollections, but College Republican Kevin Weston’s quip that the Collegian editorial flap is “not a political issue, it’s a pride issue” in the Coloradoan Sept. 25, brings back memories.

Prior to the 2004 Presidential election, the Vietnam swift boat chap who was rescued by John Kerry in the Mekong Delta spoke to my State and Local Politics class.

He was a Republican, a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy, now a national expert on orchids, and a supporter of Kerry.

He spoke to the class about orchids, L.A. and California public finances and, yes, he shared his near life-ending experience and said he supported Kerry for President.

The reaction? I was chastised by the College Republican chief for my partisanship, my chairman was contacted and, apparently, so were lawmakers in Denver. My misdeed was brought up in a joint House-Senate Education Committee hearing.

Over the past decade or two, these folks have also visited my classes, some several times: Senators Steve Johnson, Norma Anderson and Shawn Mitchell along with Reps Rob Witwer, Vickie Agler, Kevin Lundberg, Bob McCluskey and Cory Gardner.

They are all Republicans, as is former Representative Penn Pfiffner who preached to my students about the evils of taxes and big government. I’ve also had two Democrats – Peggy Reeves and Brian Jameson.

The reaction? One student appended a note to her student evaluation to the effect that I might try to invite Democrats, but there is no evidence that she solicited the support of university administrators or state lawmakers so as to correct my behavior.

For several decades, and more lately than in years past, I hear students and others use the F—word as often as I hear “Budweiser” or “Starbucks”. For better or worse, it’s just another word that seems to roll off the tongue with little thought these days. That may be unfortunate, but it’s real.

Is there a line-up on the plaza to gather signatures for a petition demanding that we all clean up our language?

Here are just a few suggestions.

First, Editor McSwane, et.al., might want to purchase a thesaurus.

Second, College Republicans might want to join College Democrats and brainstorm about ways to help the medically uninsured, tackle global warming and reduce sex slavery and child labor worldwide.

Then, we might all want to have some warm milk and cookies, relax, and have a good night’s sleep.

Extra rest often helps with our studies and temperament.

Since this is all about pride, and inasmuch as university life is about liberating the mind from intellectual darkness and preconceptions, let us embark on a campus-wide crusade to read and re-read our United States and Colorado Constitutions and both celebrate and debate the blessings of unfettered liberty.

Perhaps in their respective and ongoing capacities as Collegian Editor and College Republican, Mr. McSwane and Mr. Weston will lead the way, employing their civil liberties to the max.

John Straayer is a professor of political science. His column appears occasionally in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Jenna six treated unfairly

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Sep 302007
Authors: Sean Reed

Racism is still alive and well in the United States.

On Dec. 4, six students from Jena, LA. were arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder for the beating of white student Justin Baker following a long spiral of racially charged events in their high school.

According to the LA Times one year ago at a school assembly, a black freshman student asked the vice-principal if he was allowed to sit under a tree commonly used for shade by white students. He was told he could.

However, when black students when out to the schoolyard to sit, they found three nooses hanging from the branches. The principal recommended the students responsible be expelled for the incident, but he was overruled by the superintendent, who brought it down to a three-day suspension.

No charges were filed against the students responsible for this incident.

Black students gathered under the tree to protest, sparking many violent racially charged altercations for the days to follow.

The principal then called in U.S. District Attorney Reed Walters to speak to the student body.

He has been quoted as saying, allegedly looking toward black students, “With the stroke of a pen, I can make your lives disappear.”

Walters has not denied that he made the statement, but said he was not directing it to the black students.

Many involved with the final incident have said these earlier events are unrelated to what happened on Dec. 4, but I think they likely had an influence on the events leading up to that day.

A few days before, one of the six, Robert Bailey, was attacked while trying to enter a party. He was struck with beer bottles by several attackers until he left.

Only one attacker was charged with battery.

The following day, a white student that was at the same party brandished a shotgun during an altercation between Bailey and some other boys. They wrestled the gun away.

According to the LA Times, the boy with the gun was not charged, but the others were – for stealing the gun.

Then, the famous incident happened. Michyl Bell, Robert Bailey and some others ganged up on one student, Justin Baker, and beat him unconscious.

He was hospitalized for two hours and was released. He felt well enough to attend a class ring ceremony that very same night.

Unlike white students involved in similar incidents – although the beatings were not

quite as severe – they were charged with crimes that could send them to jail for most of their lives.

The DA has said they were charged with such harsh crimes because they used a deadly weapon – their sneakers.

Call me crazy, but I think beer bottles or a shotgun can be far more deadly than a pair of shoes. Call me crazy again, but I think there is clear evidence of a bias in which the judicial system has treated these different cases.

It was neither fair nor proper for these six students to behave the way they did, but do they deserved to spend the rest of their lives in jail for it?

My fellow columnist Ian Bezek seems to think so.

However, in the context of all the events that precede it and in light of the very biased way in which these young men were treated, I would have to disagree.

Editorials editor Sean Reed is a junior political science major. His column appears Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com,

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Sep 302007

Ummm, I think its time to get rid of Sonny. The game has passed you up, old-timer.

I’ve got three simple words: Sonny must go!!

The other day I saw one of the blue-shirt environmentalists locked in a heated conversation with one of the roaming Mormons … I don’t know whom I felt more sorry for.

To that rude girl in my Organic Chemistry class: shut up. I may taser you the next time you open your mouth.

If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn?

I watched my roommate on his bike get in the way of some girl on her bike. People went flying. It looked and sounded like this: #$(@_$#*%*)$.

Dearest CSU Bookstore: You will be boycotted for boycotting. Thanks for sending our business elsewhere.

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Our View: Homecoming is upon us

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Sep 302007

Homecoming is right around the corner, and you know what that means Ram fans /- a week of random activities that are perfect excuses not to do homework!

We encourage every student on campus to show their RamPride and participate in as many events as possible.

The fun starts Monday at 11 a.m. when the Association for Student Activity Programming starts its weeklong scavenger hunt.

Students can pick up information packets and their first clue until 2 p.m. The first group to complete the challenge will receive a CSU sweatshirt and the runner-up will get a water bottle.

On Wednesday at 10 p.m., the SLiCE office and Poudre School District will hold its annual CANstruction event as part of the bigger Cans Around the Oval project.

Students can bring cans and other non-perishable items and show off their artistic skills by building structures to raise awareness on the issues of hunger.

Friday kicks off Family Weekend, which hosts a variety of activities that will keep your folks occupied.

They can sit in classes with you, go to the alumni center or visit the Greek houses. That night, you can take them to the first annual All University Homecoming festival and enjoy live music, food, and games.

On Saturday, crawl out of bed early and enjoy the homecoming parade at 9 a.m. and head on to Hughes to tailgate before the game against San Diego State.

For more information on Homecoming events, please visit homecoming@colostate.edu.

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The Wells Fargo/Tag Body Spray daily McPinion.

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Sep 302007
Authors: By Ryan Nowell

Last Wednesday, the Board of Student Communications met to gather opinions on what to do about J. David McSwane after the infamous Sept. 21st editorial.

Reasons for termination varied, but by the end of the evening it became clear which one really held weight.

It wasn’t the use of profanity. The BSC bylaws have clear exceptions for using profane language.

The Collegian’s accessibility in the community doesn’t complicate this, either, as anyone who’s ever read the Chronicle or Scene magazine can tell you. Both are free publications, use profanity, and are often distributed alongside the Collegian.

It wasn’t partisanship. Given the Editorial Board’s history of liberal bias, anyone citing that as the issue here is being misleading.

Outside of dismantling the Opinion section, I don’t quite know what conservative watchdogs would do to stamp out the apparent pinko influence. Report that the war is going “righteously?” Less politics, more volleyball coverage?

It wasn’t that McSwane shirked his responsibilities.

The consequences of this have been enormous. The financial stability of not just the paper, but the university, has been challenged. News coverage, letters and phone calls, all have stemmed from the editor’s decision.

They knew there would be repercussions. You don’t print that sort of thing lightly. But I’m extremely skeptical of anyone claiming they could’ve anticipated a national reaction.

For all the talk lately of the Collegian’s “proud traditions” and “storied history,” the reality is, most don’t read this paper.

Ask your peers who Phil Elder is, about their favorite photographer, or how many Nick Hemenway articles they’ve read, or browsed, or even seen.

It’s common knowledge that a lot of this campus had a low opinion of the Collegian before, and were it not for the 142-point bold typeface the editorial was printed in, most of you would’ve breezed straight for Sudoku country.

Now, I’m not suggesting you prostrate yourselves to the all-important school paper, or that you to change your attitudes and be more supportive.

I don’t expect anything; this student body/student paper relation we have here is typical of school papers across the country.

Some may say it’s the Collegian’s sub par journalism that led to this lack of interest and respect. But people accusing this paper of journalistic shoddiness are often more belligerent than constructive.

Believe me people, if you know some secret formula to set the world on fire with a college newspaper, do tell. Think our coverage sucks? There are applications in the media center. By all means, show us how it’s done.

But, back to my point: when critics have demanded of Dave McSwane “how could you be so irresponsible,” the answer is that when you go week after week printing all sorts of divisive political content to a tepid response, the thought of stirring up a national furor with a four letter word seems utterly preposterous.

This doesn’t make the choice to run the editorial a responsible one, but everyone picked a real awkward time to suddenly care about what this paper has to say.

To any of the multitudes that wrote in with “welcome to the real world” comments – there’s nothing real about a world that grinds to a halt over profanity in a college newspaper.

There’s media hype, a truckload of self-righteous pomp from people on both sides of the issue trying to turn it into a crusade, and fourth grade mudslinging from multitudes of partisan bottom feeders.

Reality is someone reading that headline, rolling their eyes, and turning the page.

The only real reason to oust Dave McSwane is commercial viability.

That was really the purpose of the BSC meeting Wednesday; less to hear overwrought First Amendment speeches or “shame on you” guilt trips, and more to get feedback from a gigantic focus group about whether or not people would still read the paper.

McSwane has compromised this paper financially. Advertisers have pulled out; alumni have threatened to cut donations. Replacing him would be a very practical business decision.

It would also be completely unprincipled cowardice.

It would set the precedent in our paper for journalism deferring to advertising. Subsequent reporting and editorials would have to pass a “would this upset the CSU bookstore” litmus test.

It would make the editor in chief a glorified watchdog for sponsors.

Anything remotely controversial would never hit the stands, and readers would be treated to the kind of downy soft, tiptoe journalism that makes no one but advertisers happy.

There’s nothing unusual about this situation; it’s the same predicament the mainstream media has found itself in. Watch five minutes of CNN and you’ll understand the consequences of choosing comfortable funding over hard journalism.

I, for one, would rather be considered a joke for a tactless editorial than for selling out.

Ryan Nowell is a junior English major. His column appears Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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LTTE: Jena 6

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Sep 302007

I just wanted to comment on your article you wrote about not freeing the Jena Six.

I don’t think you comprehend the problem all that well.

The issue with Mychal Bell is that he was tried as an adult. He was still 17 and even though he does have a violent history he should not have been tried as an adult.

As far as freeing the Jena Six goes I don’t think they mean free them with no penalty it means give them a bond that is not absurd.

Mychal was “freed” today but he is still facing criminal charges in the Juvenile System.

This whole situation is out of control – the white students that hung the nooses should have been expelled from school and charged with a hate crime, but were they? No.

I know you are not for what they did but the town of Jena needs to teach their children race does not mean anything.

I just wish America could learn to accept people for who they are and not what color they are. Judge people on their character rather than color.

Leslie Swank

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