Rams, Buffs sign 10-year contract extension

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Aug 312009
Authors: Stephen Meyers

Paul Kowalczyk and Mike Bohn, athletics directors for CSU and CU-Boulder, respectively, announced Monday a 10-year extension to the football series, the Rocky Mountain Showdown, between the schools.

As part of the agreement, the 2010 game will return to Invesco Field at Mile High and remain in Denver every season through 2019. In 2020, the contest will move to Fort Collins for one game.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the Metro Denver Sports Commission and Stadium Management Company. The agreement is believed to represent the longest football extension ever negotiated by the state’s two largest institutions.

“It’s the right thing, it’s a great day for college football, it’s a great day for Denver, it’s a great day for the state of Colorado; good for both universities,” said CSU head coach Steve Fairchild. “I’m just really excited; really good news.”

With the extension, the football programs will meet for at least 26 straight years (1995 to 2020), the longest uninterrupted string of games in the 116-year-old series since they met for 37 consecutive seasons from 1906 to 1942 — a streak ended by World War II.

The programs, scheduled to meet for the 81st Sept. 6 for their season opener at Folsom Field in Boulder, first met on Feb. 11, 1893 in Fort Collins.

The rivalry has gained national prominence since it first moved to Denver in 1998, and the game this year will be the only game in the nation — college or NFL — being played on national television during the primetime Sunday night slot.

Playing the game in Denver offers both programs an opportunity to generate revenue unlike any event they could hold on their own campus.

“The economic benefits of playing the game in Denver cannot be understated,” Kowalczyk said. “If we expect to compete on the national stage and continue to grow our programs, it will take the kind of revenue this game generates.”

With the game in Denver, each institution has the opportunity to generate more than $1 million in net revenue.

At Invesco, the game annually draws the state’s largest single-game crowd for any college football contest.

“I think that’s where it should be, especially for our fans, because we get a chance to get them to Denver, and it’s a great environment,” said CSU senior safety Klint Kubiak. “As a player, you can’t ask for anything better than playing on a pro field, so that’s where the game should be, and I’m glad it’s going to be back there.”

Kowalczyk also said that by having the game in Denver, the Rams will be able to offer the contest as part of their season-ticket package, which isn’t the case this season, as the game is a traditional road contest in Boulder.

Football beat writer Stephen Meyers can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Ram Talk

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Aug 312009

Guy + longboard + texting

+ unexpected crack in sidewalk = a great start to the day.

Women: If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

The person who coined the phrase, “little black dresses are appropriate for all occasions,” was not talking about 9 a.m. English 100. Especially when so many sequins are involved.

I find it ironic that the university has suddenly decided that it can’t afford printing, but that students can.

Just found out my boyfriend’s psycho ex is in my math class … it’s going to be a good semester.

To the guy whose girl said “I love you”: I don’t think the “correct” response was, “I love food.”

I wonder how the girl who left CSU because of “Taser this, **** Bush” is doing.

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Campus Eye

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Aug 312009
Authors: Madeline Novey

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Our View: Showdown is at home in Denver

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Aug 312009
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

It’s going down in D-town.

On Monday, the contract for the Rocky Mountain Showdown, the annual football rivalry between CSU and CU-Boulder, was extended through the 2020 season. Under that contract the next 10 games will be played at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, and the last year of the contract puts the game at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.

We at the Collegian think moving the showdown back to Denver is a good move for CSU and Ram fans. Not only will the rivalry match be held in a neutral location, but the stadium is bigger, the game is nationally televised and, from a financial aspect, CSU stands to make more money there than holding it at home.

Tickets prices for Sunday’s showdown at Folsom Field in Boulder were $72 per student. We don’t know about you, but we feel that’s a rather large dent in a college student’s wallet. The high ticket price and the fact that the game is being held in hippie-ville probably discouraged a large number of CSU fans from purchasing tickets.

Ticket prices were cheaper for students the past three years when the game was held in Denver. Not to mention, it was just way more exciting. There’s nothing like seeing half of Invesco filled with Forever Green T-shirts and hearing chants of “F ’em up, CSU!”

Some may argue that it’s unfair for Boulder to host the game this year, and we won’t host until 2020. But hey, who cares anyway? Those of you who will be around in 11 years can deal with the logistical nightmare of having the showdown in Fort Collins.

So, here’s to next year’s debacle in Denver. It shall be grand.

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Letter to the Editor

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Aug 312009
Authors: The National PanHellenic Council at Colorado State University

In reference to last Thursday’s article written by J. David McSwane regarding the sorority-hazing incident, we, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at Colorado State University would like to address the issue with a formal statement./

NPHC serves as the umbrella organization that oversees the affiliate Black Greek fraternities and sororities that comprise our council at CSU. In the spring of 2009, our council took swift actions on the hazing allegations of the Omicron Omicron Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and removed recognition of the sorority from our council. As a council, our purpose is to promote unity and expose members to the “service for life” philosophy and foster leadership development and scholarship.

Due to the actions of the Omicron Omicron Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., they represent themselves, and as a council, we are not responsible for their actions, and in no way shape or form condone hazing in any of our fraternities and sororities. Our respective organizations have zero tolerance for hazing and are in strict guidelines with the university student conduct.

Our mission is/”Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” We value high scholastic achievement, brotherhood/sisterhood, community empowerment through educational, economic and cultural activities; as well as to serve as activists on campus and in our communities. NPHC members are devoted to serve as a collective voice in our community, and membership is a lifelong commitment, beyond college years.

Since 1990, the acts of underground pledging and hazing have been abolished by our respectable organizations. NPHC strictly adheres to this policy and expectation and only recognize chapters that live up to their values and mission statements set fourth by our founders.

We understand that being a recognized student organization at CSU is a privilege, and despite the actions of this isolated incident, we will continue to uphold the fraternal values and strengthen our campus and our community. We strive to represent each Greek Letter organization to the best of our abilities.

As CSU Greeks, we live up to our expectations as leaders, through programming and events to educate students, we remain steadfast in our efforts to stay unified and continue to serve as a resource and activists for others.


The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Colorado State University

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Letter to the Editor

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Aug 312009
Authors: Lauren Williams VP of Public Relations for the PanHellenic Council CSU

In spite of the recent events involving Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., as well as various editorials submitted to express personal opinions, the Greek Community feels it’s necessary to dispel preconceived notions regarding membership in our organizations.

Hazing is not condoned or tolerated within any of our organizations. Failure to comply with University and Federal Laws results in swift action against the organization and its members.

Case in point: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. lost recognition from their governing council and the university. This situation, while unfortunate, is an isolated incident and is not an accurate portrayal of the CSU Greek community. Greek organizations value rituals and traditions that their founders implemented hundreds of years ago.

None of these rituals include mental, physical or emotional abuse. We value the safety of our members and work to uphold the most positive, enjoyable and well-rounded collegiate experience.

Andy, it is unfortunate you had to endure the type of behavior you outlined in your article Monday. In addition, we’re sorry you did not experience all the positive aspects of being a Greek member.

However, you cannot speak for the CSU Greek community because you were not a Greek member here. Joining the Greek community isn’t about needing to prove you are worthy of membership. Rather, it is about participating in centuries-old rituals that bond us to one another.

We are proud of what we have to offer every member, which includes development of personal and professional skills, strong academic success, learning how to be selfless and work to better the whole of society and build lifelong friendships. This is who we are and this is what sustains our organizations year after year, decade after decade.

If you are considering joining a CSU fraternity or sorority and are concerned about hazing policies and practices, please contact Sonja Jensen, director of Greek Life in the Greek Life Office (Rm 176, the Lory Student Center).

Lauren Williams

VP of Public Relations

Pan-Hellenic Council

Colorado State University

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CSU police department should crack down on scofflaw cyclists

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Aug 312009
Authors: Seth Anthony

Ah, fall: the time when a young student’s thoughts turn to cycling. And why not? Fort Collins has done an amazing job at developing a citywide network of bike paths and bike lanes on major streets, and the flat terrain and beautiful weather are conducive to hopping on your bike to get where you need to go.

As evidenced by the hundreds of bike racks around campus and the thousands of bikes zipping between buildings, many of us choose this option.

Bikes don’t work for everybody, of course, so we share the roads with motorists. And although you’d expect cyclists to be extremely cautious when traveling alongside cars, many take their lives into their own hands by breaking the law, running red lights and stop signs, riding the wrong way in bike lanes and riding at night without proper lights. Understandably, many motorists have come to expect that cyclists won’t follow regular traffic rules.

As a consequence, things like this happen to me at least once a month: When coming up to a four-way stop on my bike, I’ll come to a full stop at the stop sign, but there’s a car there ahead of me. Since the car has the right-of-way, I wait for it to proceed, but it doesn’t.

But, because the driver of the car expects me, a cyclist, to break the law and speed on through the intersection, they wait for me to do so, even though I’ve already stopped. I try to be a responsible cyclist, so I motion to them that they have the right-of-way and should proceed accordingly. Not only does this slow everybody down, but it occasionally makes the motorist mad. I’ve been honked at, flipped off and yelled at for doing nothing other than refusing to break the law.

These interactions at intersections are a minor annoyance compared to what can happen when, say, a 150-pound cyclist traveling at 10 miles per hour collides with a 2,000-pound car traveling at 40 miles per hour, needless to say, the results are not going to be good for the cyclist. In recent months, multiple cyclists have been killed or severely injured as a result of bike-car collisions in Fort Collins.

Because the stakes are so high when cyclists and motorists interact, you’d think that the Fort Collins and CSU police would place a high priority on enforcing the traffic laws for both groups. And yet, after four years in Fort Collins seeing cyclists break the law on a near-daily basis, I’ve never once seen a cyclist pulled over by a police officer.

Now I know what you’re thinking: We do have bike police at CSU. But I’ve never seen them do anything other than enforce the dismount zones around the center of campus. Preventing a 10-mile-per-hour cyclist from colliding with a 5-mile-per-hour pedestrian is nothing compared to averting the potential dangers of a bike-car collision.

To add to this waste of resources, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported two weeks ago that CSU police, under the leadership of former Chief Dexter Yarbrough, were given leave to police areas of town well away from campus.

It feels to me as though the CSU police department has been ignoring students’ actual safety in order to simply write more tickets. It may be easier to pull over motorists miles away from campus or to cite stray cyclists in the dismount zones, but we pay the CSU police to help keep us safe. Why not devote more resources to the places where there’s the greatest risk of students being involved in deadly collisions?

Now that we’ve had a change in administration, perhaps CSU police under the leadership of new chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt can be more productive with their time, keeping motorists and cyclists around campus safe by rigorously enforcing traffic laws against scofflaw cyclists. Doing so would make both driving and cycling safer and more convenient for everyone.

Seth Anthony is a chemistry graduate student. His column appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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International humanitarian speaks to an audience of about 8,500 at Moby Arena

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Aug 312009
Authors: Bryan Schiele

International peacemaker, humanitarian school-builder and New York Times bestselling author Greg Mortenson addressed about 8,500 people at Moby Arena Monday night.

Mortenson’s message focused on how international peace and prosperity can and must be obtained through gender equality and education.

“I say it all the time, but you can drop bombs, hand out condoms, build roads or put in electricity, but until girls are educated, our society won’t change,” he said.

The lecture, titled “Promoting Peace through Education,” was part of the Monfort Lecture Series, presented by the Bohemian Foundation and sponsored by the university’s Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement.

Mortenson said he steadfastly believes that the key to changing the world lies in educating women, because doing so would “reduce infant mortality, reduce the population explosion and improve the quality and health of life itself.”

The lecture was biographical in nature, giving the audience a look into Mortenson’s life and background.

Mortenson talked of his 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain. After narrowly missing his goal to summit the peak, Mortenson spent time recovering in the remote village of Korphe.

“We all make mistakes, and we all fail in life,” Mortenson said. “(But) when it is dark, you can see the stars,” he told the audience, quoting an ancient Persian proverb.

It was in Korphe that Mortenson’s humanitarian campaign was born when he saw 84 children, 79 of whom were boys, writing with sticks in the sand. He promised to help build them a school and thus began his life mission of promoting education, especially for girls, in remote and often volatile areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Since his K2 attempt 16 years ago, Mortenson said he has played a major role in establishing more than 90 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those schools provide education to more than 38,000 children, including 27,000 girls.

He co-founded the non-profit organizations Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, the latter of which is involved with 4,300 schools in the United States.

The diverse audience included CSU students and faculty as well as both young and old Fort Collins residents. Former CSU President Albert Yates was also at the lecture.

Many said they came because they read Mortenson’s New York Times bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” which details his mission to change the world and has sold more than three million copies. It spent 132 weeks on the bestseller list.

“It was a very inspirational story,” Fort Collins resident Diana Hammerdorfer said, adding, however, “I want(ed) to hear more about how the story is going now.”

Some, including Jake Schmidt, a 2009 CSU graduate, had little knowledge about “Three Cups of Tea” except what a friend had told him about it.

“I thought it was really awesome to see the positive impact he is having,” Schmidt said, adding that he “might even go pick up the book.”

Nikesh Dhar, a mechanical engineering student at CSU, called the lecture “very impressive and inspiring.”

As the speech wound to a close, Mortenson praised CSU students for their strong community service leadership and urged everyone in attendance to “go out and make the world a better place.”

After the speech, a representative for the Bohemian Foundation formally announced that his foundation would match up to $500,000 of the total money Larimer County residents donate to Mortenson’s organization, Central Asia Institute.

According to the CAI Web site, a donation of $20 will pay for school supplies for one student for one year, and $100 will pay for maternal health care supplies for one year.

Donations can be made at the front desk of the SLiCE office.

Staff writer Bryan Schiele can be reached at news@collegian.com

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Poppy pod tea cause of CSU student death

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Aug 312009
Authors: Matt Minich

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office confirmed Monday that an overdose of narcotic poppy pod tea caused the death of CSU student Jeffrey Bohan, 19, in July.

Bohan, registered as an incoming CSU freshman, died on the morning of July 22 at a friend’s house after drinking a homemade tea made from poppy pods, which contain opium. Consumption of the tea resulted in a morphine overdose, causing Bohan to go into respiratory arrest and later die, Boulder County Coroner Tom Faure said.

Police were called to a house on the 4300 block of Hanover Avenue in Boulder at approximately 6 a.m. after Bohan’s older brother, 21, discovered he was not breathing, said Sara Huntly, a spokesperson for the Boulder Police Department, as reported in the Collegian in July.

Bohan drank an unknown volume of poppy pod tea with his older brother at approximately midnight on July 21 at a friend’s house, she said.

Though Boulder County saw one other death from opium tea in February, most morphine overdoses are caused by heroin or prescription drug use, Faure said.

“(Tea) is not a frequent method for having an overdose (of morphine),” he said.

The coroner’s office could not determine how much of the tea Bohan drank ,and even if the amount was known, the health community does not know what amount of the tea proves lethal, Faure said.

“You don’t know the potency of the tea that you’re making.”

Kirsten Ward, a coordinator with Mountain Crest Behavioral Healthcare Center, a local drug treatment facility, said that while she was aware of Fort Collins residents using opium tea, she did not see it as a growing trend.

“It’s not something we’re seeing on a regular basis,” Ward said.

On the other hand, one health official on campus was not aware of this issue at all.

“I have not heard students talk about this at all,” CSU’s Director of Research and Health Promotion Lisa Miller said about the opium tea.

While some students experiment with other drugs, the vast majority of drug use by students is limited to either alcohol or marijuana, she said.

Senior Reporter Matt Minich can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Life on the Edge

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Aug 312009
Authors: Dave Anderson

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