Our View

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Jan 302008
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

After what has seemed like an eternity of campaigning, the presidential candidate pool is finally beginning to thin.

Wednesday, both John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani announced their long-overdue departure from the presidential race, leaving only a handful of candidates from which Americans can choose.

While both campaigns had their positives, we would like to suggest ways in which, the next time around, these two fine men might be able to increase their chances.

To John Edwards: $300 haircuts are a bad idea. As is pursuing a White House bid immediately after your wife has been diagnosed with cancer.

Also, when you, by default, represent the human embodiment of white male privilege, don’t pretend that you understand civil rights struggles better than a woman and a Black man — because believe us, you don’t.

P.S. your own state doesn’t like you.

To Rudy: Just because people have called you “America’s mayor,” doesn’t mean they want you to be America’s president.

While we respect the difficult task you were handed in the wake of 9/11 and certainly commend your hard work in keeping the city together, it doesn’t make you an expert on terrorism, so you might want to consider taking stances on other issues.

As a final piece of advice, next time, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Campaigning was almost as bad an idea as cheating on your wife — family values, Rudy.

P.S. Florida doesn’t like you.

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Sigma Chi forced out of house

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Jan 302008
Authors: J. David McSwane

Members of the Sigma Chi fraternity are moving out of their house after an “ancient” boiler stopped working to heat the house.

The house, at 1504 Remington Street, is owned by the CSU Foundation, a non-profit organization that manages donations for the university.

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

But some members chose to remain in the un-heated house while the university scrambles to find a place for them to live.

“They’re developing a plan for a more permanent accommodation,” she 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 boiler, she added, which is more than 50 years old.

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

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.

Scott Leturno, Sigma Chi president, did not return calls or e-mails from the Collegian.

Editor-in-Chief J. David McSwane can be reached at editor@collegian.com.

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Lubick declines fund-raising position with CSU

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Jan 302008
Authors: Sean Victor Star

Any possibility of Sonny Lubick staying at CSU ended Wednesday afternoon when the former coach gave a letter to athletic director Paul Kowalczyk indicating that Lubick has declined a fund-raising 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.

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

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Web cast fails to air

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Jan 302008
Authors: Cece Wildeman

A national Web cast scheduled for Wednesday night as part of the Focus the Nation event on global climate change failed to load due to the large number of institutions attempting to access the Web cast.

Nearly 1,750 institutions were set to air the Web cast across the nation, and though it failed to load in Room 228 of the Lory Student Center, conversation persisted.

“It’s disappointing that (the Web cast) was cancelled, but in an indirect way, it is encouraging to see that so many people wanted to see it and that so many people are willing to talk to each other about it,” said Sue Ellen Campbell, an English professor and event organizer.

Around 75 people gathered for the Web cast, far less than the 150 that attended each of the programs taking place earlier that day. Despite this, John Calderazzo, an English professor and event organizer, said he was pleased with the attendance level.

“This means we are tapping into an interest that is already there,” he said.

Event organizers saw about 150 people at an earlier program titled, “Why Should I Care? How Climate Change Will Affect Humans.”

Lori Peek, an assistant professor of sociology, discussed the effects of climate change on all people and animals.

Peek also spoke on the issues of temperature change, sea level and snow cover, and how the rapid changes are causing species extinctions and displacement of humans in coastal cities, arctic areas and islands.

As a result of global climate change, there are currently more people in the world that have been displaced by natural disasters than by war, she said.

Annually, there are 400-500 natural disasters, a number that has quadrupled since the early 1980’s.

Humans living inland are not yet experiencing quite the backlash of global climate change, but Peek said they would over time if lifestyle changes weren’t mitigated. This would show itself through an increase in forest fires and hot, dry weather, Peek said. 11 of the past 12 years are among the warmest on record, according to Peek’s presentation.

Many student attendees were required to attend for a class, Maya Fulton, a senior philosophy major, said she chose to go on her own accord.

“I think everyone should have to come because people may not make the decisions they do if they knew the full consequences,” Fulton said. “People in small communities should start changing the way they live.”

Although Focus the Nation is a nationwide event, Fulton said it is important at CSU because the university has some of the leading climatologists.

Other students, like Luke Karn, a junior performing arts major, agree.

“There is a lot of open-minded people here who care about the environment,” he said.

After a briefing on ways in which climate change affected humans, Peek concluded her program by encouraging people to make a pledge.

“I would like you all to make a pledge to do something different,” Peek said. “It’s incredible what’s happening here, educating you all, but the greatest risk we face is doing nothing.”

Senior Reporter Cece Wildeman can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Obama touts change in Denver

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Jan 302008
Authors: Aaron Hedge

Denver University was a raging hot spot of the state’s capitol city Wednesday morning, courtesy presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Nearly 20,000 Obama supporters showed up to Magness Arena and waited more than an hour for the candidate who stopped outside of the building to talk to the half of the crowd that wouldn’t fit inside.

High from success in last weekend’s South Carolina primary, Obama turns his eyes to what many are calling Super Duper Tuesday, Feb. 4, on which 24 states, including Colorado make their choice for the presidential candidate in both parties.

Introduced by his latest endorser, Caroline Kennedy, Obama praised John Edwards, who dropped out of the race earlier in the morning, for separating himself from the political strife that has been driving the Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns for the last few months.

“At a time when politics is too concerned with who’s up and who’s down, (Edwards) reminded us who matters,” Obama said.

With the Colorado caucus only six days away, Obama played to the sympathies of his youthful, idealistic base by promising an immediate troop pullout from Iraq and health care for every American by the end of his first term, if elected president.

But he also expressed an optimistic view on the future of the U.S. no matter the outcome of the 2008 election..

“This has been an amazing race with lots of twists and turns to come. But there is one thing we know for certain: the name George W. Bush will not be on the docket anymore. The name of my cousin Dick Cheney will not be on the docket anymore,” he said to thunderous applause.

Students and citizens from across the state showed up in great anticipation of seeing Obama, who many have compared to late President John F. Kennedy.

“I’m kind of freaking out,” said Claire Overturf, a liberal arts sophomore at CSU who went to the rally with CSU Students for Obama to sign voters up to support the candidate. “Ever since I saw the 2004 Democratic National Convention, I was like ‘oh my God, he should run for president,'”

Sign-up forms in hand, Overturf said she was on a mission to get students registered.

“We’re gonna assault every person who looks like they can vote,” she said.

Alix Oreck, 24, of Boulder, said Obama shows her a glimmer of hope in an increasingly hopeless world.

“We’ve got a candidate who speaks to us,” she said. “I feel like he’s the only one I can look in the eye and trust with my future.”

Jim Pearson, 66, of Colorado Springs, who broke his neck in a swimming accident, said Obama was a candidate he could trust to reform health care and put the country back on track. Pearson hailed Obama as a man “that has a chance of putting the country back together after Bush enrieched it.”

Citing his most popular slogan — that of change — Obama quoted John F. Kennedy and touted his fresh take on politics as one that will fix idealistic problems from corruption in Washington to the division between the parties.

He talked about a shared longing for change from “a politics that uses 9/11 to scare up votes instead of leading us toward a common purpose . Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson, all of them wanted to bring an end to these politics.”

Bill Chaloupka, a CSU political science professor, said a possible reason people are so enamored with the young candidate aside from his idealistic views, is because of he has good stage presence and people have been starved from that for the past seven years.

“They’re like, ‘Finally, a man who can talk!” Chaloupka said.

News Editor Aaron Hedge can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Rams still looking to snap losing streak

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Jan 292008
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

As head coach of the CSU women’s basketball team, Jen Warden has had significant success against San Diego State (4-1 all-time), but the SDSU team the Rams face at the Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl tonight isn’t quite the team CSU could look past like in years before – they’re stronger, quicker and more athletic. SDSU (11-7, 2-4) has won their past two games and if they are to win tonight against the Rams, they will have claimed their largest conference win streak in the past decade.

CSU (2-16, 0-5), on the other hand, is riding its worst losing streak (nine) since losing 13 in a row in 1977, and its star guard, senior Sara Hunter, is averaging only 5.4 points per conference game.

“Our main focus is to get a quicker offense going,” Hunter said after the loss to Wyoming on Saturday. “There’s really nothing else . with that I should be able to take more (shots).”

Hunter’s slump has led to the need of younger guards, like junior Kandy Beemer and freshman Bonnie Barbie, to step up and take a leadership role as floor general. Last season’s freshman lane-slasher Emily Neal has also rode the pine this year more than expected and seeing her earn more playing time soon wouldn’t be surprising.

“Bonnie is in a position to help us win a ballgame,” Warden said. “It seems that for every player who as already been here has started ahead of Bonnie. For Emily (Neal) and Sara, as Kandy and Bonnie progress, as Zoi (Simmons) progresses, they’re going to hear their footsteps. That’s what happens when players move to a college program, in their second semester they’re going to improve.”

Leading the charge for the Aztecs is sophomore guard Jene Morris, a UC-Berkeley transfer, who leads the conference in scoring with 18 points per game.

Her experience playing in the Pacific-10 Conference has certainly helped her become a respectable figure on a team not used to success in conference play.

Tonight’s Mountain West contest will feature two teams fighting for and against milestones and the game can be heard at 8 p.m. on 90.5 KCSU.

WBball beat reporter Matt L. Stephens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Cricket hits the airwaves in Fort Collins

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Jan 292008
Authors: Chad Taylor

It may sound like a simple enough plan; chose a small American city, throw money at its residents until they agree to try something as foreign as baked beans with breakfast.

Beans with breakfast, a tradition from the British Isles, has had some trouble getting across the Atlantic to Fort Collins. The same could be said for cricket. One wealthy businessman thinks cricket will catch on in Fort Collins a lot faster than beans with breakfast.

From now until Feb. 24, Fort Collins residents will be the only people in the United States that are able to view the Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament on basic cable.

The Stanford 20/20 is an annual Cricket tournament played in Antigua that was created by Sir Allen Stanford.

Stanford, the chairman, CEO and sole shareholder of the multibillion dollar company Stanford Financial Group, started the tournament in 2006 as a way of rejuvenating cricket in the eastern Caribbean.

Stanford, a Texas native who spends the most of his time in the Caribbean, was affected by cricket long before he decided to affect it.

“Cricket is synonymous with success, business-wise,” Stanford said. “When the West Indies are at the top of their game, it gives us all a feeling of pride and success.”

As recently as 2006 Cricket’s popularity in the West Indies was falling. Stanford seized this opportunity to create a new kind of tournament with a new kind of cricket.

20/20 Cricket is different from traditional cricket in that it only lasts about three hours. Combine that with a bit of Caribbean flavor and Stanford thinks cricket is back in the Caribbean and it can make the jump to the United States.

“I was introduced to the game of cricket over 20 years ago while conducting business in the Caribbean,” Stanford said in a statement. “And now, after successfully reigniting passion for the game throughout the region, I want to share my love for the sport with America.”

Stanford says demographics were a key factor in choosing Fort Collins as his target location.

He thinks of the tournament as something that can reach far wider than sports currently popular in America. In fact, he would like to see the American audience to be made up of 60 percent women and children. For this reason Stanford said he wanted his ideal test market to be a young, family oriented community; something that he thinks Fort Collins exemplifies. Fort Collins also fits the bill in other ways.

“Next to demographics, the city having a college was the second most important factor,” Stanford said.

Cold weather was also a factor in his decision. The logic behind this is the thought that a city in a cold climate would respond well to a sport being played in the tropics.

Ann Arbor, Michigan was another city that Stanford said was heavily considered, but in the end Fort Collins was chosen because of the variety of sports its residents already participate in.

“I chose the Fort Collins area for our American broadcast debut because the residents form a vibrant and active community, while possessing a willingness to try new things and an enthusiasm for sports,” Stanford said in a statement.

A schedule of Ft. Collins events that surround the Stanford 20/20s can be found at www.yougottaseethis2020.com.

Sports writer Chad Taylor can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Close but no cigar

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Jan 292008
Authors: Matthew Pucak

It’s been a season where nothing seems to go Colorado State’s way.

Less than 20 seconds after Marcus Walker bombed home a deep 3-pointer over two Aztec defenders giving the Rams an 82-80 lead, San Diego State’s (16-6, 5-2 in the MWC) Lorrenzo Wade pulled up on the other end and answered with a three of his own, the final points scored in an entertaining 83-82 Aztec victory.

It was due to good defense from the Rams (6-14, 0-6 in the MWC) that Wade was in position to become the hero. The play called for Wade to go inside to the paint where SDSU had done much of their damage and try to get the tie, but CSU freshman Andre McFarland forced him to the perimeter.

There, the 6’6” Wade saw he was isolated on the Rams seven-foot center Ronnie Aguilar, and decided he had to go for the win.

“When I saw Aguilar, I knew I had to put it up. That’s what you dream of as a child, making a shot like that,” Wade said.

Wade’s shot came with 21 seconds remaining, and the Aztecs then forced Walker, the MWC’s leading scorer, to pass with good defense of their own. Willis Gardner’s runner from just outside the lane with 3 seconds left came up empty, and the Rams were unable to foul before time expired.

“It was a good shot at the end, it just didn’t go in,” said Walker of Gardner’s effort.

It was another in a string of tough losses for the Rams, who have now lost seven straight games, many of them coming right down to the wire.

Head coach Tim Miles choked up when he tried to explain how hard his team was battling and how important a win would be to his team, but he also found an analogy to describe how close they were to success.

“I told (the team) that this was like one of those old western movies were a gold miner has a rock and a pick axe and he just hammering it; you never know when it is going to break,” Miles said.

“Every game it is the same thing. We are in every game, we just can’t close,” added Walker.

Wade’s big shot wiped out another great performance by Walker, who continued his scoring barrage in conference play with 26 points.

Unlike many games this season, Walker had support, provided by two freshmen from California, as Jesse Woodard scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half and Flynn Clayman poured in all 12 of his points in the second half. After struggling from long-range much of the season, the Rams hit 14-25 3-point field goals from the field compared to the Aztecs 4-16, but they couldn’t overcome SDSU 46-14 advantage in the paint.

San Diego had three forwards record double-doubles, as Ryan Amoroso led with 23 points and 11 rebounds, along with Wade (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Billy White (17 points, 10 boards).

Sports reporter Matthew Pucak can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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LTTE: Thanks for Koch article

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Jan 292008

To the Collegian Staff:

Thank you very much for publishing the story of Mr. Koch, a fellow CSU student. His story shows remarkable resilience in the face of war and unrest.

Thank you also, because the rest of the world is too often forgotten in the midst of our tests, jobs and cares of our own small world.

Mr. Koch’s story reminds us that there are atrocities going on right now that we must not ignore. His story reminds us that we should pray, write our government and do anything we can so others will not have to tell the same story.

Katie Sutherland

Graduate Student,

Human development

and family studies

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Reflecting on what Bush has ruined

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Jan 292008
Authors: Phil Elder

Our fearless leader and beloved president’s last State of the Union address aired on Monday night, for all of America to witness.

Expecting another boring strain of mission statements and self-proclaimed heroism, I instead found myself riveted by his confidence, even pride (some say audacity) as he spewed his seventh and final series of lies, warps of truth and propagandist refuse that would put Stalin’s PR guy to shame.

In the spirit of this annual political tradition, I would like to dedicate this column to our fallen angel’s final speech to his people, and subsequently recap his success as our 43rd president.

On the economy: “In the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth.”

This confidence, naturally, can spawn from our $850 billion deficit, unprecedented mortgage defaults and plummeting housing market, record oil prices and the weakest dollar that the United States has ever seen.

Not to worry, though, you are in no serious financial threat — as long as you move to Europe.

On Iraq: “The advance of liberty is opposed by terrorists and extremists — evil men who despise freedom, despise America and aim to subject millions to their violent rule.”

Terrorists are no democratic activists, this I won’t deny. Our dismantling of the Iraqi government, however, has given them not only a base of operations in the region where there was once a dictator to suppress and silence them, but also has rallied millions towards the jihadist cause.

Bush does, however, quell these un-American doubts with words of consolation, of comfort.

“Al-Qaeda is on the run in Iraq.”

This is accurate. They are on the run all the way to Pakistan — an unstable nuclear power the U.S. has not pressured to use force in the capturing of terrorist officers — where they enjoy freedom from attack. Way to go, Dubya.

On the environment: “. let us complete an international agreement that has the potential to slow, stop and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases . This agreement will be effective only if it includes commitments by every major economy and gives none a free ride.”

We have such an agreement. It’s called the Kyoto Protocol. One-hundred, seventy-four nations have signed and ratified it, including every single developed state — except the United States, of course, whose lovely leader refuses to ratify its signature, lime-lighting us not only as the single greatest producer of greenhouse gases per capita (by a long shot) but the only first world country on the planet to refuse to take a single step in helping the environment.

On the American laborer: “We must trust American workers to compete with anyone in the world and empower them by opening up new markets overseas.”

What this means, of course, is his rejection of protectionism, the idea that Americans should at least attempt to keep American jobs in America. In short, Bush supports outsourcing.

Thus, through analysis of this comment, one finds that “empowering” the American worker means freeing him from the binds of tedious labor, and that “opening new markets overseas” means giving the tedious labor of the American worker to a less paid Indian. A true man of the people.

I would like all of you, in the spirit of reflection, to take a moment and honor our President: a man who ruined one of the strongest economies the world has ever seen; who has done all he could to drag our beloved stars and stripes into the mud of shame and resentment; who has caused the deaths of over 500,000 innocent men, women and children and a man who in any just society would be tried for treason, theft and murder and hanged until dead for the celebratory world to view and disseminate via cell phone video.

Phil Elder is a senior political science major. His column appears Wednesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.

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