Batten defines Libero

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Sep 302008
Authors: Matthew Pucak

Katelin Batten has faced the question what is a libero? so many times that she now seems to have an entire monologue committed to memory.

“We (the libero position) started in 1998 at the international volleyball level and then it trickled down to college around 2002 .” said Batten, who then continues describing the rules that guide the position for at least a minute, blitzing through all the regulations for the position.

Here are the rest of the facts she mentions:

Only one libero per team, and they wear a contrasting jersey from teammates.

Allowed unlimited substitutions, but must play in the back row.

Cannot attack above the net.

If setting in front of the 3-meter line, then the attacking player cannot play above the net.

Can only serve for one player in a regular rotation.

After pausing for a breath, Batten then follows up with a very succinct summary of what libero must do.

“My job is to dig balls, generally on the back row, and make great plays,” said the Rams junior.

Batten certainly fits the job description for the Rams, as she stepped in to start immediately for the Rams as a freshman in 2006.

She set the CSU record for digs in her season during her rookie campaign (438), and improved even more as a sophomore, upping her record for digs in a season (463) and setting the record for digs per set (4.21).

“She’s as good as it gets. She is a stabilizer for us, and she is our best passer. She is certainly one of the best passers in the conference,” said Jesse Mahoney, the Rams assistant head coach. “She is a very hard worker who loves to have you hit balls to her for hours.”

The Rams are certainly thrilled to have a player like Batten at the position, but it took some luck to get her to come to CSU.

Batten wasn’t heavily recruited in high school despite being an all-state performer at Grandview High School, but she did have an offer from Northern Colorado and had verbally committed to attend.

At the same time, during Batten’s senior season, CSU already had an incoming freshman libero in Kelsey Hoff, who was expected to be a mainstay for the next four years, so Batten wasn’t in the recruiting picture for the Rams.

Then, everything changed. Hoff quit the team two weeks into the season, and Batten’s committment to the Bears was interrupted.

“One year before I was going to go to UNC, the coach (Ron Alexander) quit to be a fireman,” said Batten.

She got in contact with Mahoney, who had tried to recruit Batten when he was a coach at Fort Hayes State, to tell him what happened. After a couple of recruiting trips, she decided to come to CSU.

“Liberos are always the last people to be recruited, so I thought it was too late to find any big school to play at. Then, to be able to go to Colorado State, which was my dream school growing up, it was really a dream come true,” said Batten.

Volleyball beat writer Matthew Pucak can be reached at

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Our View: Candidates, come to FoCo

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Sep 302008

This is a call to presidential candidates Senators Barack Obama and John McCain: Stop ignoring northern Colorado — specifically Fort Collins and CSU.

Obama and McCain have made numerous stops in Colorado since they started campaigning.

Obama stopped at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, he was treated like a rock star at Invesco Field at Mile High during the Democratic National Convention and he even made stops in Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction.

McCain most recently stopped in Colorado Springs, has made many appearances in Aspen to butter up the rich folk and, of course, spent time in Denver.

McCain will “swing through Colorado” this Thursday and Friday, according to a recent Denver Post article. The aged candidate will be in Denver for a “women’s town hall meeting” Thursday. Then, on Friday, he’ll be gracing the college campus of CSU-Pueblo. That’s right, you read correctly, CSU-Pueblo, not CSU-Fort Collins.

Why is the northern part of the Front Range not getting any love from the presidential candidates?

Universities throughout the country will host all the scheduled debates. But CSU is not one of them.

Now, understandably these candidates have to dole their time out wisely and make the most strategic stops, but the plain and simple fact is we don’t like being ignored. If you want our votes, you’ll need to work for it.

Here’s to hoping you pay us a visit soon.

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World of Warcraft mirrors the real world

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Sep 302008
Authors: Brian Lancaster

Hi, my name is Brian Lancaster . and I play World of Warcraft. It’s an addiction. A terrible, terrible addiction. And I love every hotkeyed minute of it.

But, in my year or so experience with the most massively populated multiplayer online role-playing game ever created, I’ve noticed something: it’s just like real life! Ok, sure, in the real world, I don’t get to go on raids through abandoned/haunted castle towers and fight for my life in the hopes of receiving epic gear, but a lot of things are the same.

For example: The cool kids choose evil.

In the World of Warcraft, you can choose to play as the Alliance or the Horde. Technically, these are just two opposing sides, not necessarily good and evil, but most players view the Alliance as good, and the Horde as evil.

Now, I haven’t necessarily played for very long as an Alliance character (my Alliance character – or “toon”- is a level 20, and I just deleted him), but I’m going to assume that all Alliance characters are just as uncool as that one was. And, of course, since I chose to play a Horde character, that means all cool people chose to play Horde as well, correct? Correct.

Also, even though we’re all playing a game, all the players of the World of Warcraft still choose to play within their groups of friends, or make friends in the game to play with. Most players are members of “guilds,” which are just groups of people who choose to play the game together.

Not that you care, but my guild is called La Familia. They are a group of people who just want to have fun with the game, and have the same sense of humor that I do. Toilet humor and sexual innuendo are par for the course in my guild, and without them, the game wouldn’t be fun.

And yet another similarity between real life and the World of Warcraft is that, no matter which side you play for, there are certain people that everyone hates.

In the World of Warcraft, everyone hates gnomes. They seem to be the most annoying of all the character species, sort of like an insect that just won’t leave you the hell alone, no matter how many times you crit (critical hit, for the uninitiated) when you cast arcane shot.

But the most blatantly obvious link between the real world and the World of Warcraft is the undeniable quest for better stuff.

We, as a people, are always striving to get better clothes, computers, cars, jewelry and other various items, which is essentially what the entire game is about.

For example, while many young men my age are out at the stores buying the latest designer fashions or upgrading their pimp ride, I am with my guildmates in Karazhan slaying Prince Malchezaar and hoping for an epic chestpiece to drop. I really need a new chestpiece. I mean, 33 critical strike rating and 66 attack power is nice and all, but let’s be realistic: I need something better.

My point here is that, even though World of Warcraft is a game, it’s still a place where literally millions of people can come together and enjoy a pastime together, in the unassuming safety of their own homes.

It’s a great way to pass the time, have some fun and be productive. And isn’t that what the real world is really about?

Oh, and if you are also an avid player, my main toon’s name is Brede, and I play on Doomhammer. Pop in and say hello, and maybe give me some gold. I need an epic flying mount.

Brian Lancaster is a senior English major. His column appears Wednesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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Over-medicating leads to Sara Palin epiphany

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Sep 302008
Authors: Ryan Nowell

Last week, a filling I had had done seven years ago became inflamed and I had to schedule an emergency root canal. To get me through the week between my initial visit and the actual procedure, my dentist prescribed some antibiotics and a tube of Vicodin.

But this is mere exposition, friends. We’re not here to discuss my inflamed molar. The point is that ever since I’ve been on pain medication, I totally understand Sarah Palin’s appeal. Where previously my unimpaired rational faculties found her complete lack of experience, substance and any shade of character beyond that particular genus of subarctic hillbilly, as entirely unsuitable for the office she already holds (much less the one she’s running for), my chemically-altered perception now helps me see past the plain facts and really appreciate what this candidate has to offer: a down-home slice of good, old-fashioned willful ignorance.

Now before, that really didn’t strike me as a good thing. Coming from a backwoods community sheltered from the kinds of diversity you would think a world leader would need in order to have some sort of relevant perspective sounded, in fact, quite bad. I was in a very judgmental place then. But, as her most ardent supporters have been saying all along, this cloistered upbringing and incredibly narrow worldview is not a weakness, but rather a strength. It’s a sign of purity, you see.

Viewing the world as a vast, complicated moral grey area that must be judiciously navigated leads to all sorts of considerations and responsibilities that, frankly, are no fun to keep track of. Folksy, small town values, on the other hand, keep things clean and simple. After all, who ever hears of injustice occurring in small towns?

By keeping her perspective dangerously oversimplified, Palin can keep her moral compass unswayed by the evils of modern metropolitan intellectualism. Armed with the vital life lessons gleaned from monster truck rallies and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, Palin is on the bleeding-edge of morally invincible politicians, as unblemished as an Alaskan wildlife refuge.

Before the pills, I was convinced that the biggest threat to national security was for voters to put another idiot in the White House who can barely speak the English language.

But now it occurs to me — witches! Covens are popping up all over the country, spreading social ills like poverty, foreclosure, and rap music as they go.

Wouldn’t America be safer in the hands of a woman who attributed winning the governorship to the spiritual blessings of Thomas Muthee, a Christian pastor known for running elderly, single women out of rural villages in his native Kenya?

What better way to bring back our small town values than to embody that tenacious Salem fightin’ spirit! Democrats want to change the argument into a bunch of finger-pointing over “torture” and “casualties” and “encroaching financial collapse,” but this is only because they’ve always been weak on the metaphysical issues important to the average American. A vote for the Democrats means a vote for a country overrun by hellspawn and caribou, and that, kind readers, I will not abide.

I’m rather ashamed that it took a full-blown narcotic stupor for me to realize the underhandedness of the liberal agenda, to point out the catastrophic failures of the conservatives in order to illustrate to voters the necessity of a progressive agenda. But readers, this is not the time for accusations and bad vibes. This is a time when America should be feeling good about itself. We should be celebrating apple pie, fireworks, quaint values, and how uncultured and undereducated our civic leaders are.

America’s standing abroad has never soared so high. Our economy has never been so stout, our citizens never so well off and our rights never this inalienable. We should be popping open champagne, or I suppose fermented Mountain Dew is more suited to the occasion, because it’s time to wallow in this great sty of achievement we’ve helped build over the last eight years.

Ryan Nowell is a senior English major. His column appears Wednesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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Michelle Obama rallies at CU

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Sep 302008
Authors: Madeline Novey

Hundreds of people crowded onto Farrand Field in the center of the CU campus to hear Michelle Obama, the wife of presidential candidate Sen. Obama, speak about the importance of voting in the 2008 election Wednesday.

The event, which was open to the public, was hosted by the CU Student Union.

The line began to form at 8:30 a.m. and was composed of only a few dozen people. By 10 a.m., it stretched several hundred feet to the east of the field.

People of all ages waited in anticipation, dressed in their “Change” Obama t-shirts as a swarms of voter registration volunteers walked the line and registered the eager political participants.

Political officials have predicted an increase in vote turn-out from the young demographic, ages 18-25. In addition to that increase, Obama said that on the campaign trail, she has met more people than ever who have registered to vote when they never had before.

She said that 170,000 young people across the nation have not registered yet.

“With 170,000 students alone, we can make the difference,” she said. “What we’re asking right here on the CU campus, register right now. We have a goal of registering 4,100 students on this campus. We are half way there. I am asking you – personally – let’s get that goal.”

Obama said to the crowd, “even if you have registered,” “your job is to find five other trifling people in your life” and convince them to register to vote.

“We need everyone in the sound of my voice to be engaged,” she said. “We need people to register today.”

She emphasized the weight and importance of the individual vote in Colorado, a swing-state in the election.

“This is a swing state – and we want some swinging to go on right here,” she said. “What happens here in the state can set the tone for the rest of the election.”

Prominent political figures, CU students and local celebrities supported Obama’s message. Speakers included but were not limited to:

/ The CU Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson

/ CU students

/ Jared Polis, democratic candidate for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District

/ Rod Smith, former wide-receiver for the Denver Broncos

/ Jeannie Ritter, first lady of Colorado

/ Maggie Fox, wife of Congressman and U.S. senate candidate Mark Udall

Rod Smith, former wide-receiver for the Denver Broncos, told the crowd to register immediately so that they would not regret not doing so in the future.

“I suffered enough by not voting, and you know what I did the whole time? Complained about it,” he said. “Don’t complain if you don’t vote.”

All of the speakers emphasized the importance of every individual’s vote, and said that voting is an honor and a right.

Jared Polis, democratic candidate for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, said that the student vote and most importantly the young vote “will make the difference in this election.”

With the national voter registration deadline quickly approaching, Obama said, “We’re running out of time.”

With the national registration deadline only four day away on Oct. 6, voter registration efforts have kicked into overdrive across the nation. Registration efforts on college campuses have increased significantly during the final push.

VoteCSU!, CSU’s non-partisan voter registration coalition started its final push to register 10,000 students this week.

Coalition members traveled to classes this first part of the week and passed out standard and mail-in ballot registration forms.

On Friday, Oct. 3, VC is hosting their first annual Voter Blitz in the Plaza to the east of the Lory Student Center. Students will be able to register to vote, participate in various activities and watch performances by local bands.

Obama said in regards to the impact of the American vote, “We can change our future, we can perhaps change the world.”

Staff writer Madeline Novey can be reached at

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Students protest anti-abortion exhibit

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Sep 302008
Authors: Johnny Hart

Nearly 50 CSU students converged on the Lory Student Center Plaza this morning to protest a controversial anti-abortion exhibit, resulting in the promise of withholding the exhibit for at least one day next year to further relations between groups on both sides of the issue.

Justice For All, the organization presenting the exhibit, allowed the students to remain in the exhibit area, where the organization has been permitted to display since Monday, under the condition that there would be a dialogue between Director David Lee and the students.

Tammy Cook, director of field operations for J.F.A., said, “We’re excited when students show passion about an issue that is vital to our country. Fruitful dialogue is a necessary catalyst to further the rights and protect unborn children.”

Student protestors agreed.

“If we get a crowd of people to wake up at seven in the morning to make a statement says more than other ways,” junior sociology major Sam Bowersox-Daly said. “It sends a better message than vandalism and senseless verbage.”

Bowersox-Daly and junior political science major Melisa Panagakos brainstormed the idea of the protest, but did not want to take credit as the protest’s leaders.

The protest remained peaceful, as was planned by Bowersox-Daly and Panagakos.

The students passed out a letter stating the intentions of the protest and signed it from “Concerned Colorado State University Students”.

“Those who gathered today feel that [J.P.A.’s] display is intrusive, insensitive, overwhelming and therefore inappropriate on a college campus,” the letter said. It went on to read, “The pure magnitude of [J.P.A.’s] display keeps the voices of students who oppose the display from being heard.”

Panagakos said the display is inappropriate and offensive and that it is so prominent that you avoid it.

Cook justified the display, saying that its graphic nature fits the action it portrays.

“It does not match the official definition of obscene, but we do agree that [the images] are disturbing,” said Cook. “Most forms of injustice are very rarely visually appealing.”

Students were pleased with the dialogue resulting from the protest.

“We were looking to find a way to get those voices heard,” Panagakos said.

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Lawmakers talk about poverty at forum

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Sep 302008
Authors: Jessica Cline

The four candidates contending for the Larimer County Commissioner seat held a forum Tuesday night that aimed to share with the Fort Collins Community how they planned to alleviate poverty in Larimer County, which — according the U.S Census Bureau — has skyrocketed over the past decade.

Randy Eubanks, D – Fort Collins, said the county needs a proactive method to bring poverty rates back down, as Larimer County outpaces both the state and the nation in rising poverty rates.

“It is not only important for us to react but also to act,” Eubanks said, placing an emphasis on the necessity of attracting jobs to the area.

Steve Johnson, R – Fort Collins, echoed Eubanks’ statement, saying that employers in the area need to bolster training programs to make employment more accessible to the poverty-stricken.

“We need to have more tailored job training programs to bring in more employees,” he said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the past seven years, poverty in Larimer County has increased by 51.2 percent.

There are 34,176 people in the county living below the poverty line.

Nicolle Gregg, a representative of Pathways Past Poverty, a local poverty awareness campaign, said most, if not all, students at CSU fall below the poverty line.

“Most students would fall below the poverty line because they have little or no income coming in,” Gregg said.

“Students depend on their parents to help them make ends meet.”

Because of students’ dependence on parents, Gregg said it’s very hard to fit students into the poverty study.

Regardless, though, all college students are poor, she said.

Gregg said there are not yet opportunities for aid for students in the Pathways Past Poverty program.

But said she hopes there eventually will be. Pathways Past Poverty has eight different committees with a total of 156 community members working towards the poverty problem.

“We are concerned with the quality of help, and we are concerned with the sustainability of what we do,” Gregg said.

Martin Carcasson, the director and founder of the Center for Public Deliberation at CSU, works with Pathways Past Poverty with a team of CSU students to enhance local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving.

His program teamed up with Pathways Past Poverty to find ways to deal with poverty and to start helping people become self-sufficient.

Since the start of Carcasson’s program, students from his center have been part of committees dedicated to developing goals to fight poverty and developing strategies to accomplish those goals.

Students have also been trained to help facilitate focus groups that have been held and have helped run various meetings, including recent forums, since the center first started.

“These students have been in charge of capturing the public voice,” Carcasson said.

The outcome of all of these goals to help poverty will not only help the community but will greatly benefit students as well.

If the goals are reached, he said, Larimer County will have better more reliable transportation, more and better jobs and job training, and more affordable housing.

“CSU will be a resource we lean on in the future,” Carcasson said.

Staff writer Jessica Cline can be reached at

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Trailblazers look to expand resumes

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Sep 302008
Authors: Shari Blackman

Students in assistant professor Jeff Miller’s Food and Society class have undertaken the task of serving as “an extra pair of eyes” in some local restaurants.

The program is part of local non-profit UniverCity Connections task force for sustainable energy’s vision to create a Zero Energy District in the area surrounding CSU and downtown. Five local restaurants were selected to receive energy audits and be scrutinized daily for energy leaks.

“The most intense energy users are restaurants,” said Mark Wanger, a community volunteer for FortZED, as the Zero Energy District program is known.

“Because restaurants are so good at focusing on food and ambience, they often overlook energy.”

Wanger said the city’s ClimateWise program, which also works with the five restaurants, known as Trailblazers, is very good at making suggestions on how to save money and energy, but needs someone to be in the restaurants on a regular basis to notice where energy is escaping.

“If we can get more people with the right eyeballs in the restaurant, we can really find leaks,” Wanger said.

That’s where the students in assistant professor Jeff Miller’s Food and Society class come in. The restaurant management seniors work in teams to conduct energy audits, analyze data and train managers and staff on energy-saving methods Miller said.

This is their semester project for the class.

Jake Cousins, a restaurant and resort management major, is part of the team that works in the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant observing food waste, trash and recycling habits.

Cousins said, “We take pictures of the dumpsters before they get taken away to make sure they are full,” a practice that saves the company money on trash pick-up, and results in less overall fuel use and reduction of air pollution by decreasing truck runs.

This is just one of the many ways restaurants can conserve energy and save money as a result, said Wanger, who uses Fort Collin’s Italian restaurant, Carrabas, as an example, pointing out that last year, when Carrabas management took on the task of looking for energy leaks, they saved $17,000.

Mugs Coffee Lounge is a participant in the Trailblazers Program, a project consistent with the restaurant’s interest in sustainable practices, says owner McCabe Callahan.

He recently agreed to have student interns observe the daily habits of his restaurant staff and provide free data on “what more we can do to retrofit” and how to present and market the restaurant’s green practices to the public.

Cousins said the engagement of restaurants in sustainable business practices helps with marketing and employee retention.

“People are proud to help the environment,” he said.

Staff writer Shari Blackman can be reached at

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Musgrave runs attack campaign on Markey for D4

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Sep 302008
Authors: Trevor Simonton

In the wake of Congress’ failure to approve a $700 billion bailout Monday and looming fears surrounding the nation’s future economy, the battle for Colorado’s coveted 4th Congressional District seat is taking a sharp focus on the candidate’s economic plans.

Incumbent Rep. Marilyn Musgrave has been fiercely battling Democratic candidate Betsy Markey for the seat that has been held by Republicans since 1972, which Democrats fell just short of taking in 2006.

Both campaigns have highlighted the importance of considering the current disastrous condition of the economy and how that will affect future generations.

But Musgrave, R – Colorado, who has held the seat since 2002, is fighting an uphill battle as the current economic turmoil is linked to the Bush administration and the Republican Party. CSU political science professor John Straayer said the poor state of the economy has tarnished the image of the current Republicans in office and has opened the door to a Democratic election.

“The 4th Congressional seat has been in Republican hands since the 1970s,” he said. “But now Musgrave has been handicapped in this election by a negative Republican Party image. . The national political atmosphere is not good for Republicans.”

Christana Duran, president of the Colorado Young Democrats, said the seat will directly impact funding for higher education.

“That’s going to be an important seat,” Duran said.

“It’s important in terms of access and affordability of higher education, and in terms of going forward.”

Straayer said the Republicans have had an overwhelming base of support in this district, but now, because of the Iraq war and the economy, the seat is now highly competitive.

Ben Marter, a spokesperson for the Democratic Markey campaign, recognizes this fact and said that Musgrave has helped bring the economy into the mess in which it currently stands.

“People like her consistently vote to deregulate financial markets,” he said. “We certainly need more oversight of the financial markets.”

“If (Markey) were in Congress,” he said, “she would be at the table involved in negotiations. We haven’t seen that from Musgrave.”

But decision campaign spokesperson Jason Thielman defended Musgrave, saying that she voted no on the $700 billion bailout that was shot down by Congress on Monday.

“She is trying not to saddle the next generation with a monstrous debt,” he said. “It is important to deal with the financial situation, but when this generation rises up, we want them to not be handcuffed with debt.”

Thielman added that it’s unfair to say that Musgrave has not been involved in negotiations, and pointed to her appearance on CNN with Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur Monday night as an example of how she works with others to create reform.

Both candidates have expressed recognition of the need for economic recovery and the effect it will have on future generations.

“But the most important thing to note is that when the economic package failed yesterday, people immediately started pointing fingers,” Marter said.

“That’s the sort of attitude that won’t solve any problems at all. (Markey) will aim to avoid that sort of mentality.”

But a wave of negative campaign ads has flooded TV commercial time, as both parties fire back and forth with finger pointing.

Judicial complaints have been filed on both sides, as allegedly untruthful smear campaigns have taken over the spotlight.

The ad battle started when the Musgrave campaign launched an attack that accused Markey of using her staff position under Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colorado, to gain government contracts for her business, Syscom Services.

Markey fired back, accusing Musgrave of co-sponsoring a bill that lowered tax rates on collectable coins and precious metals with the intention of benefiting her coin and metal-invested husband and also accused her of unethically giving herself a pay raise.

Both ad campaigns have landed complaints in Larimer County district court, with both parties claiming that the others’ are untrue.

“It’s just modern American politics, which is increasingly characterized by negative ads and dueling attacks, and it has now reached into the judicial system,” Straayer said.

Elections Beat Reporter Trevor Simonton can be reached at

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Economic forecast emphasizes need for incentives, renewable energy

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Sep 302008
Authors: Jim Sojourner

After the recent economic fallout, America will face a loss of one-half of its energy workforce in the next 10 years, said the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, in his economic forecast Tuesday.

“Working together we can transform our energy challenge into an energy opportunity,” said CEO James Jones, also a retired U.S. Marine Corps general.

In his “Blueprint for Securing America’s Energy Future,” Jones said that America’s response to energy challenges in the next few years will determine its role later.

Jones said that America’s future in terms of alternative energy is bright, and to fill jobs resultant of its growth, compensation to combat workforce depletion is vital. He said that the U.S. needs to develop programs, incentives and visa policies to bring in and retain workers.

The address featured presentations from both government and private sector speakers and put a specific emphasis on the contributions of the state of Colorado and CSU to the alternative energy future.

To keep up with the projected 30 percent growth in energy consumption in the U.S., Jones’s blueprint emphasized a need to diversify sources of energy including refining traditional sources such as coal and nuclear, and developing new, renewable energy sources.

The focus is on creating viable and clean energy, Jones said.

He said technologies like carbon catchers and provisions such as tax credits or breaks for efficient and alternative energy use are a vital part of a successful energy plan. He added that new ideas must coincide with exploration into the nation’s oil reserves and the construction of more nuclear power facilities.

“Now is not the time to relegate energy to the back burner,” Jones said.

Jones said a key element of a successful and diverse energy plan is cooperation between the research and business sectors.

He said CSU has a collaborative atmosphere that facilitates the interaction of research science and business.

“(Holding this event) at CSU shows that Colorado is in the forefront in leading the way,” said Renny Fagan, state director for Sen. Ken Salazar.

CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory is key in the collaboration between the university and businesses.

Christian L’Orange, a master’s student who works with the EECL, said the lab focuses on the research and development of new technology and then hands them over to companies to be put on the market.

“We’re like an incubator,” L’Orange said in reference to the process.

Jones said cooperation like this is important to make sure ideas and technology are not created just to continue to be in the incubator and “sit on a shelf for 20 years.”

Jones also emphasized the need for environmental responsibility in any comprehensive energy plan.

He said Colorado residents share in the responsibility for pushing the government towards positive environmental stewardship.

“They realized you can’t have an energy policy without an environmental policy,” Jones said.

Fagan also discussed the role of Colorado in the creation of alternative, environmentally friendly energy.

He said Colorado is leading the way in the creation of biofuels by developing ethanol resources on the eastern plains and Front Range and that the state is pioneering wind farming technology and solar fields in the San Luis Valley.

He also said that the state — Fort Collins in particular — is working to integrate renewable energy into the power grid.

Solex Biofuels, Inc. is involved in the development of alternative energy in Colorado.

Doug Henston, CEO of Solex, said his company is working on large-scale algae production as an alternative to petroleum-based energy.

Solix, Henston said, is working to get algae-based fuels, which can be substituted for over-road and aviation fuels, as well as heating oils, on the market as soon as possible.

“We’re focused on making this a commercial feasibility,” Henston said. “Colorado is a special environment for companies like Solex.”

Staff writer Jim Sojourner can be reached at

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