Lubick declines office job

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Jan 312008
Authors: Sean Star

The possibility of Sonny Lubick coming back to work for CSU ended Wednesday afternoon when the former coach gave a letter to athletic director Paul Kowalczyk indicating that Lubick has declined a fundraising position with the University, the athletic department confirmed Thursday.

The position was offered to Lubick as part of his contract, which had two years remaining when he was fired by Kowalczyk in November. After forcing out Lubick, Kolalczyk and Lubick agreed that the coach would make a decision by now.

According to Kowalczyk, the letter didn’t “say a whole lot.”

“(We) appreciate Sonny and what he’s done for the University,” Kowalczyk said Thursday. “I think that everyone agrees that Sonny is going to be part of the Ram family forever.”

Lubick last spoke to the Collegian Dec. 6, and said he “probably” would like to coach again, but that he was busy helping his old staff get new jobs.

Rams safety Klint Kubiak wasn’t surprised when he heard about Lubick’s decision.

“I know coach Lubick and the way he departed, and I know he wanted to coach another year so it doesn’t surprise me that he did that,” Kubiak said. “.He’s been coaching his whole life. This is a time maybe for him to step back and be with (wife) Carol Jo and his family.”

Rams linebacker Ricky Brewer said Lubick’s presence won’t soon be forgotten.

“Regardless of if he’s here physically, he’ll still be here in spirit,” Brewer said.

As Kubiak put it, “(Lubick)’s not going anywhere; the field is named after him.”

Though Lubick officially cut ties with the school Wednesday, it’s been almost a month since the team started transitioning to his replacement, Steve Fairchild.

Kubiak and Brewer said Fairchild and his staff wasted no time getting to work, taking a no-nonsense approach that refuses to hear excuses.

“I think coach Lubick was a little more laid back,” Brewer said. “But I think everybody’s bought into coach Fairchild’s approach. He’s a player’s coach by all means, but coming in here, he needed to establish a new environment.”

After Brewer returned to campus from winter break, he sat down with Fairchild one-on-one to briefly discuss the coaching change.

“We just talked about how things will be different in the sense that everyone will have to step away from their individuality,” Brewer said.

Kubiak said the new coaching staff hasn’t shied away from demanding a strong work ethic that includes the classroom.

“They’re pushing me harder than I’ve ever been pushed before,” he said.

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Men to face Utah, MWC’s tallest player

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Jan 312008
Authors: Nick Hubel

When the Utah Utes visit Moby Arena Saturday, they’re planning on brining a little bit of down under with them.

Well, more like a lot of down under.

Seven-foot-one Australian native Luke Nevill anchors the Utes (11-8, 2-4 MWC) inside game with the kind of authority that being the Mountain West’s tallest player can afford.

“We have no true 4 (power forward), so we’re outmanned some,” CSU coach Tim Miles said. “The biggest thing is just staying down and making him score through us.”

In 20 games this season, Nevill is averaging 14.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. In last week’s loss to Wyoming, the Aussie picked up a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds.

Stepping up to face Nevill for CSU (6-14, 0-6 MWC) will be 7-foot sophomore Ronnie Aguilar, as regular starter Stuart Creason still has at least 10 days until he can play on his stress fractured foot. Even without Creason, Aguilar has held his own in conference play this season, averaging 7.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the Mountain West.

“In high school I played against this guy who was 7-5,” Aguilar said. “I’m not worried about it or anything because I know that I’m faster than most guys my size.”

The perimeter game should see a good battle as well, as CSU standout Marcus Walker will look to slow the onslaught of Ute sixth-man Jonnie Bryant. Bryant has not started a game yet this season, but averages 25.1 minutes and 13.5 points per game (second only to Nevill for the team high).

Walker, a high-energy shooter and adopted Ram leader, has maintained his conference scoring barrage every time he has stepped on the court this season, averaging a MWC-high 18.4 points per game. In conference play that number jumps to 23.7 PPG, almost three times as many points as any other Ram.

For all the scoring, it’s been a tough road of late for the green and gold, as they’ve lost every game in January and 11 of their last 12. Last Tuesday the Rams lost a heartbreaker to San Diego State, 83-82, when a last-second look by junior guard Willis Gardner rimmed out.

The last time CSU was in such a close game, they lost by three (65-62) to Nevada-Las Vegas on Jan. 5. The hangover from that game led to an overtime tailspin loss to Oklahoma Panhandle State (97-91) from which the team has yet to recover.

Walker said that this time around the team will be more prepared to come out strong after the tough loss.

“Coach isn’t going to let us do that,” Walker said. “We’ve had good, quality practices. Coach isn’t going to allow us to take practice lightly.”

Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Moby Arena.

Sidebar –

Super Bowl Predictions –

Adam Nigon: Patriots 34, Giants 20

Plans: “Just, chill – hopefully have a day off.”

Andre McFarland: Patriots 23, Giants 17

Plans: “Probably get together with some teammates.”

Marcus Walker: Patriots 35, Giants 17

Plans: “Super Bowl Sunday.I’m going to probably cook and have some of my teammates over.” On the menu? “Catfish, baked potatoes, corn, and pork chops.”

Coach Tim Miles: Giants in a rout

Plans: We’re gonna have some coaches over for some festivities

Projected Starters –


PG – Willis Gardener, 6-1, 11.7 PPG

SG – Marcus Walker, 6-0, 18.4 PPG

SF – Adam Nigon, 6-3, 2.6 PPG

PF – Andre McFarland, 6-6, 7.6

C – Ronnie Aguilar, 7-0, 4.2 PPG


PG – Tyler Kepkay, 6-0, 9.5 PPG

SG – Carlon Brown, 6-4, 3.7 PPG

SF – Lawrence Borha, 6-3, 7.6 PPG

PF – Sean Green, 6-8, 8.3 PPG

C – Luke Nevill, 7-1, 14.3 PPG

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Guest Column: Gannett partnership a bad idea

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Jan 312008
Authors: Donna Rouner

I am writing in opposition to a Fort Collins Coloradoan-Rocky Mountain Collegian “partnership,” the prospect of corporate ownership of our campus paper.

Having spent most of my professional life teaching college and high school journalism (19/ years at Colorado State University), I am an ardent advocate of scholastic press freedom.

The Collegian has already published information about possible threats related to students working in a corporate environment. Although serious, these dangers pale by comparison to a larger risk at Colorado State University, the raison d’tere for the Collegian’s existence – education. This should strike fear among community, campus and student media members.

First, the Fort Collins area community learns from the Collegian, its student voice – reporting and editorial perspectives. College newspapers provide diversity in a one-commercial-newspaper town.

I grew up and practiced journalism where a healthy competition exists between the university of Iowa’s Daily Iowan (circulation 19,500) and the commercial Iowa City Press Citizen (circulation 15,594), with frequent Daily Iowan scoops.

The Collegian has scooped area newspapers and published stories that have been picked up and elaborated upon widely.

Secondly, Colorado State students rely on the Collegian, with research demonstrating many exclusively depend on it for national and global information. It offers its audience “free information” as needed, according to classical democratic theory. It prints discussions of racism, sexual orientation, alcohol abuse, the presidential election race and local entertainment.

Colorado State students reacted strongly to a controversial Collegian editorial fall semester. Hundreds were kept from entering a packed public hearing where students commented on the issue.

I witnessed a first-year student shake as he pled his case, using prepared notes. Discussions of that crisis occurred in and outside classrooms, with pages and pages of letters to the editor.

Finally, student journalists would suffer a major loss from a merger. The Collegian learning experience includes, among many benefits:

/ Reporting on the community one lives in, including the governmental

watchdog function of the press

/ Polishing research, writing, interviewing, editorializing, design,

photography, technology, advertising and promotion skills

/ Management of production, people, time, ethical dilemmas, crises

/ Coping with politics, unfairness, mistakes, gaffes

/ Social interaction, team work, building and maintaining source relationships

Because student journalists learn by doing, they become problem solvers. Given autonomy and responsibility, they rise to the challenge.

The Collegian has a rich history of awards. Its current editor-in-chief has received the highest award in electronic journalism, the Peabody Award. Outstanding professionals serve as the Collegian’s advisers.

Those who graduate with a journalism major complete a rigorous program of professional skills and concept courses that cover history, law, ethics, technology, diversity and international concerns. These students learn the comprehensive nature of freedom of the press – the marketplace of ideas and respect for dissenting viewpoints.

Working at student media may be their only opportunity to exercise press freedom truly, unfettered by corporate constraints. Press freedom is vulnerable in a context of media consolidation, commercial influence of editorial content, lowering of journalistic standards and increasing focus on celebrity and entertainment as news.

Our students need and deserve choices – choices about the information they consume, whether they wish to work for a corporation, whether they want to merely “fit in” or whether they plan to be instruments of change, decision makers and agents, as media consumers or professionals, who can tackle a media landscape that we educators can neither predict nor imagine.

Donna Rouner is a professor for the Department of Journalism. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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McCain — the conservative frontrunner?

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Jan 312008
Authors: Joseph Haynie

This past summer, Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) presidential hopes seemed to be all but done.

With the decisive victory in Florida this past Tuesday, the Arizona senator, and now undisputed frontrunner, seems to be in a good position to become the Republican presidential nomination.

However, despite his victories, and to no surprise, he still hasn’t managed to rally the conservative base behind his Straight Talk Express.

Throughout the debates, McCain has been dull, repetitive and far from engaging. When he’s not lulling the viewers to sleep, he is disruptive, surly and not-so-presidential.

What he lacks, his opponents, oddly enough, possess.

Unlike McCain, Ron Paul is passionate. Mitt Romney is presidential and well spoken. Mike Huckabee — one more reason not to trust a politician from Hope, Arkansas — is whimsical and folksy, the exact opposite of the hawkish McCain’s crotchetiness.

Despite lacking these qualities, McCain is still the frontrunner. How can this be?

In Wednesday’s debate in California, when asked what qualified him to be president, McCain responded in similar fashion as John Kerry did at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Touting his military record, McCain said that because he led the largest attack squadron in the Navy 30 years ago he is now capable of leading the country.

He cleverly failed to mention that his squadron was located in Florida at the time and never flew combat missions.

Military strategy and expertise is learned in classrooms — McCain graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy. Valuable experience is gained in the trenches and along the frontlines.

Moreover, aside from being a marvelous story of heroism and selflessness, how does spending six years in a POW camp qualify one to be the most powerful man in the world?

Like Kerry before him, who reported to duty, only later to be left behind by his constituents, McCain runs the risk of succumbing to the same fate.

He may be able to fight radical Islamic terrorists, but America faces more perils than crazy fundamentalists. With a poor economy and porous borders, America is looking for someone who is well-rounded and capable of solving all of our problems, both foreign and domestic.

The fact of the matter is, McCain has been a senator longer than he has been a soldier. Senators know how to talk and spend money — they don’t know how to run a government.

If elected, he won’t be able to change Washington, because he is Washington!

It has been said that for conservatives to accept McCain as the nominee, they will need to pinch their noses. A hazmat suit would be more like it.

The frustrations of many conservatives with McCain were summed up well by Larry Thornberry of Zogby International.

“He’s as red, white, and blue as they come,” he wrote.

Indeed he is. He’s one part Republican; one part Independent; and one part Democrat. His staunch support for the War on Terror has many on the right concerned about national security excited.

His support for liberal bills (McCain-Feingold and McCain-Kennedy) has frustrated many conservatives while intriguing many on the Democrats at the same time.

His willingness to jump party lines has garnered a lot of support among the Independent electorate.

This behavior shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, what else would we expect from a self-proclaimed maverick?

Is this the best we have? With all of the candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring, this is the man conservatives are supposed to rally behind? He’s supposed to be the one that will defeat the Democrats? You got to be kidding me.

Joseph Haynie is a senior political science major. His column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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Our View: Save our starving universities

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Jan 312008

Recent reports say everything is beautiful in Colorado.

Statistics say Colorado hosts many cities leading in climate change research, the job market is diverse and Colorado is the least obese state in the nation.

Life is good — until we come to education.

While more and more students around the nation are paying for a larger piece of their education with student loans instead of state grants and scholarships, Colorado students have been hit especially hard as the state has slipped to 48th in higher education funding.

Concerned legislators have put higher education as one of the highest ticket items on the State Budget Committee’s docket, but some state legislators say Colorado would have to add $830 million yearly for the next 10 years to be at par with the national average.

This is particularly troubling as out of state labor has started invading Colorado’s research-based job market, which experts say is stimulated by education, as the state’s number of bachelor’s degrees is decreasing.

We at the Collegian believe the state needs to reorganize its priorities, put higher education in a higher slot on the agenda, even if it means raising taxes.

We, of all people, don’t particularly want the government dipping their grubby fishhooks in our pockets, but if it means Colorado will stay competitive, it needs to be done.

We understand that any tax hikes will require significant revision of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), but what’s more important — a restrictive piece of legislation or our state’s future? We think the latter.

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Students help prevent forest fires

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Jan 312008

As flames raged in the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, Adrian Flygt and Killian Malone stand grinning in two inches of mid-December snow.

Flygt, a philosophy graduate student, held a basic propane flamethrower in his hands as he smiled.

But these students aren’t arsonists — quite the opposite. They’re members of the CSU Logging team.

Along with other CSU students and community members, they began an ongoing volunteer project for the Warner College of Natural Resources.

Out of the smoke, Ryan Staychock, head of the volunteer program, came trudging through the freshly fallen snow.

“You guys get everything?” he asks.

“Not yet, just getting warm,” Flygt said, as he and Malone, a sophomore natural resources major, stand by a pile of downed flaming trees, the blaze reaching 10 feet in the air.

The volunteers, or “VOLTZ,” as Staychock calls them, endure the nearly freezing temperatures and snow-covered ground to aide an ongoing statewide initiative to “clean up” Colorado’s poorly managed and now endangered forests.

Bob Sturtevant, extension forester of the WCNR, said years of forest mismanagement have inhibited the natural ecological cycle.

Increased firefighting to protect an increasing number of intermountain communities caused the wildfire danger to skyrocket over the last few years.

And too much firefighting can be a bad thing, Sturtevant said, because it stifles the natural burn process that thins the forest of dead foliage.

The bark beetle epidemic that is plaguing many of Colorado’s forests is also contributing to the problem, he said.

The situation “has come over Cameron Pass and into Pingree Park. We will start seeing massive areas affected over the next couple years,” Sturtevant said.

Anticipating future difficulties, BDSR began to work with CSU over a decade ago. And seeing an opportunity for field training, WCNR began recruiting students to do more of the work and help with the management.

The pile burnings are the last step in a year-round student-run management plan.

Staychock said when CSU’s Forestry Field practices students go to the ranch in the spring, they pick a small stand of trees and calculate how many of them must be cut down for the stand to survive in case of wildfire.

After the dead trees are down, student organizations, including CSU’s logging team and the Society of American Foresters, haul out the lumber to sell as firewood — their primary fundraiser.

Then, in the winter, the organizations go back up and burn the trees that couldn’t be sold.

“Ryan tries to do right with the (CSU logging) team, and the team tries to do right with Ryan,” Adrian said. “We provide the horsepower, and he provides the firewood.”

The grant get about $17 a volunteer hour from the CSFS.

“For a lot of non-profits like the Scout Ranch, volunteer hours help leverage one side of the 50/50 match for cost share grants,” Staychock said.

Staff writer Eldad Sharon can be reached at

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CSU hosts Black History Month events

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Jan 312008
Authors: Heidi Reitmeier

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Definition Student Organization has planned events and shows to celebrate Black women who affected change and inspired the nation.

Starting today, BDSO will host events that exemplify the importance of Black women in the workplace, law enforcement, the home and in history.

“The BDSO is looking forward to having a celebration about women throughout history in all parts of the community,” said Marcus Elliot, director of BDSO.

Kicking off the celebration are movies and performances that showcase Black women in the roles of single-motherhood, as expressed in the movie “Imitation of Life,” showing at noon today, Room 210 at the Lory Student Center.

The Opening Ceremony for this month’s events will be held on Feb. 6 at noon in the LSC commons.

“It’s a Fort Collins tradition that proclaims February as Black History Month and introduces the theme of this year: Phenomenal Women,” said Dr. Jennifer Molock, director of Black Student Services.

Along with a formal speech by Fort Collins Mayor Doug Hutchinson, Bridgette Black, a sophomore English major, will perform a dramatic reading of the poem “Phenomenal Women.”

On Feb. 5, the role of a female civil rights activist will be examined in the one-woman play “I Question America — the Legacy of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer,” with actress E.P. McKnight portraying all of the play’s characters in the LSC Theatre at 6 p.m.

Later in the month, the focus will be on the long life of Jane Pittman.

Pittman, born into slavery during the Civil War, died during her tenure as a civil rights activist in the early 1960s. The film based on her life, “Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” will be shown Feb. 15 in LSC rooms 203 and 205, from 12-2 p.m.

Four keynote speakers will also contribute to the celebration of phenomenal women by sharing their experiences in law enforcement, business, higher education and sports, Elliot said.

On Feb. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the LSC Theatre, Olympic Gold Medalist Vonetta Flowers will share her experience about being the first African American to earn a gold medal in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games.

Dr. Stephanie Evans, assistant professor of African American and Women Studies at the University of Florida, will speak about her book, “Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History” on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Room 214-216 in the LSC. A discussion panel will immediately follow her speech.

Entrepreneur Marshawn Evans will discuss her experiences in business on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in Room 228 of the LSC. Her accomplishments include being the CEO of Communication Counts!, a consulting agency. An accomplished scholar, jumpstarting an inspirational clothing line entitled “JewelME Couture,” Evans is a third runner-up in the 2002 America contest as Miss District of Columbia, a viable contender in the fourth season of NBC’s The Apprentice and a litigator with a top Atlanta law firm.

The last keynote speaker is Commander Tracie Keesee of the Denver Police Department, who will speak on Feb. 14 at noon. in Room 230 of the LSC.

Along with the keynote speakers, Dr. Hope White will be speaking in honor of mothers throughout history on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the North Ballroom in the LSC.

“The speech is to celebrate the accomplishment and love that have been shown by mothers,” Elliot said.

The grand finale will be held Feb. 29 at noon. in the LSC commons, with a closing ceremony that recaps the events of the month as well as the reactions of the people who attended, Molock said.

All of the events are free and are sponsored by the BDSO and Black Student Services. For more information, contact Marcus Elliot or Jennifer Molock at (970) 491-5781.

Staff writer Heidi Reitmeier can be reached at

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Focus the Nation attracts small crowd

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Jan 312008
Authors: Cece Wildeman

A group of about 15 people gathered Thursday in Room 230 of the Lory Student Center to learn more about what they can do to offset global climate change.

The event was part of the second, and final, day of the Focus the Nation event on global climate change.

The program, titled “Student Activisim,”included a panel of 10 students who researched ways in which humans can change their consumption habits to offset global climate change.

Fair Advocates for Cultural Truth, a new club at CSU, discussed the difference between fair trade and free trade.

They advocated for fair trade because it helps to eliminate corrupt production methods, they said.

Producing goods for fair trade cuts down on pesticides, water depletion and carbon dioxide emissions from both production and transportation of products, the group said.

Steven Smeal, a freshman chemistry major who attended the program, brought up the issue of the increased cost for consumers that comes with fair trade.

“What are we saving?” answered Alicia Berry-Chaney, who is part of the Focus the Nation planning committee. “We’re saving a dollar, but destroying the place we live.”

FACT members said they believe the world needs more sustainable production, which will be better for the environment and, therefore, cut down on global climate change. They told the audience that people need to realize that humans around the globe are interconnected and that everyone’s actions affect everyone else.

Although Focus the Nation came to a close Thursday night, event organizers hope to bring more awareness and activism to CSU and Fort Collins regarding global climate change.

The group hopes to bring speakers to CSU throughout the semester as well as organize a series of lectures for the 2008-2009 school year.

“We have so many people on campus and in the community that are very knowledgeable on the subject,” said Sue Ellen Campbell, an English professor and event organizer. “They are all willing to volunteer their time. We’re just organizing it.”

Senior Reporter Cece Wildeman can be reached at

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Study: Higher ed in Colo. is broken

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Jan 312008
Authors: Edie Adams

Colorado’s higher education funding is among the worst in the nation, and it’s creating a problem for those looking for in-state work, according to a recent study.

A report released last month places Colorado near the bottom of the nation’s education funding bucket, yet simultaneously ranks it as third highest for bachelor’s degrees or higher held by its citizens — two statistics that create what the Metro Denver Economic Corporation’s report calls the “Colorado Paradox.”

Colorado has a “knowledge-based” economy, said Tom Clark, vice president of MDEC.

And the highest paying jobs are in the fields of aerospace, energy and software, respectively — jobs that require more than a high school education.

While the job market is flourishing, fewer students are going to college, and out-of-state workers are taking new jobs, analysts found.

“The problem that Colorado’s got is that it’s not paralleling that importing brain power with its own brain power,” said John Straayer, a CSU political science professor. “We’re not doing the job. It means that this state tops the charts in the effort to destroy its own seed corn.”

Colorado placed high in several categories, including being the “skinniest” state, but as far as education was concerned, its ratings were abysmal.

It ranked 48th in the nation for higher education spending and state support for students, as well as state and local support per full-time student.

In contrast, Colorado ranks third in the nation for bachelor’s degrees or higher held by citizens 25 or older.

The report compares Colorado to other states in all aspects, from the composition of its workforce to education and health.

It is meant to increase public awareness of the state’s “strengths and challenges,” Clark said.

Meggin Lewis, a sophomore double-majoring in international studies and political science, is frustrated at the situation, which she says is a complex problem.

“Education always needs work,” she said. “The government can never really get it right.”

Lewis, who is paying for her own education, holds two jobs on campus to help pay for expenses.

It is worrisome that out-of-state employees are taking Colorado jobs, she said, because that means there is no guarantee that a bachelor’s degree from CSU is worth it in the long run.

“We’re always paying, paying, paying,” she said. “I worry about my future.”

Each year, MDEC studies are given to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, which is responsible for getting attention for these issues in legislature.

Staff writer Edie Adams can be reached at

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Sigma Chi may lose house

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Jan 312008
Authors: J. David McSwane

Members of CSU’s Sigma Chi fraternity could be forced to move out of their house after an “ancient” heating furnace stopped working.

“This is definitely disappointing for us,” said Scott Leturno, Sigma Chi president. “It’s going to be a tough situation for a fraternity to be without a central location.”

The house, at 1504 Remington Street, was purchased last summer by the CSU Foundation, a non-profit organization that manages donations for the university, and was already in poor condition, Leturno said.

When the fraternity reported the problem Tuesday afternoon, the Foundation offered to pay for the 11 members to stay at a motel, said Dell Rae Moellenberg, a university spokesperson.

But the fraternity chose to remain in the un-heated house, using space heaters, while the university scrambles to find a place for them to live.

“We’re students; we need our computers to function,” Leturno said. “We can’t live in a motel.”

While Sigma Chi faces displacement from the house Leturno admits “was never a permanent house,” the members and the university are working together to find housing.

“They’re developing a plan for a more permanent accommodation,” Moellenberg said. “(The CSU Foundation is) definitely trying to figure out how to accommodate those students for the rest of the semester . and the university real estate office is working with them, checking in on an hourly basis.”

And CSU maintenance workers are investigating repairing or replacing the furnace, she added, which is more than 50 years old.

“We’re working together,” Leturno said. “They’re not just throwing us out.”

Ram’s Village is one of several places the university has contacted to accommodate the fraternity.

Mark Watts, Ram’s Village property manager, said he got a call Thursday morning from the university.

“We do have some apartments available for them,” Watts said. “Without heat, that’s pretty quick, but we will try to help where we can.”

A four-room apartment at Ram’s village would cost each member $410 a month, according to the company’s Web site.

The house, built in 1924, is leased to Sigma Chi members on a month-to-month basis, and rent ranges from $425-$450 a month, Moellenberg said.

Editor-in-Chief J. David McSwane can be reached at

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