Jan 172011
Authors: Collegian Staff Report


KCSU to run on automated system while updating equipment

Colorado State University’s student run radio station KCSU will be running on an automated system until mid February in order to install outdated equipment.

The station received an $80,000 grant from ASCSU last year that went toward updating 13-year-old equipment.

“We will catch up on the modern era and get equipment that DJs will use in the real world,” said KCSU Station Manager Dylan Wray.

Wray added that most of the changes will only effect how the station operates, but there will be a slightly better sound to its broadcast.

Although there will be no live DJs broadcasting until the updates are finished listeners can still make requests by calling 970-491-5278.

Recognized by Kiplinger’s best colleges list

CSU was ranked 90th for in-state universities on Kiplinger’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011.” CSU was shortly after CU-Boulder, which ranked 85th.

The magazine also highlighted other recognitions the university received this year, including placing 60th in U.S. News and World Report 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” survey.

“This ranking is an acknowledgement that Colorado State University continues to provide an outstanding educational experience at a very reasonable cost –– as measured relative to other leading institutions and in an absolute sense,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda in a release.

Former Gov. Bill Ritter comes to CSU

Former Gov. Bill Ritter was appointed the director of the newly created Center for the New Energy Economy. Ritter was also made senior scholar within the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He starts his work on Feb. 1.

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation and the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation are privately funding the center.
That money also covers Ritter’s $300,000 salary, which puts him in the third highest paid position at the university behind President Tony Frank, CSU football coach Steve Fairchild and tied with Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda.

The Center for the New Energy Economy was built to focus on building the new energy economy, Frank said in a university press release.

“This policy center –– under Gov. Ritter’s leadership –– will help build essential partnerships around research-based clean energy solutions, workforce development and advancement of technologies that will fuel long-term, sustainable economic growth,” he said in the same release.
Three business students recognized in Denver challenge*

The College of Business competed in the 2010 Financial Planning Challenge in Denver over break and three students left with third-place rankings, marking the first time a CSU team has placed at the event.

Kristin Brandli, Elyse Hitchings and Dan Preller left the competition with a $1,000 scholarship between the three and each a $100 gift card.

The competition was part of Financial Planning Association’s Annual Conference. Students are picked in the spring to compete and use the summer break to prepare.

“The final project is a testament to all of the hard work we put in as a team,” Brandli said. “Our team was actually in the lead for most of the knowledge contest before finishing third overall.”
CSU Statistics professor appointed to committee for Department of Commerce*

Statistics professor Jay Breidt was appointed to a new advisory committee for the U.S. Department of Commerce that will examine the programs under the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal organizations.

Breidt previously served on the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2009. He will work to coordinate efforts between the Census Bureau, Land of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

“There’s definitely a big need for statisticians in government,” Breidt said. “The number of people trained in statistics who go into government is small. The number who go into survey sampling is tiny.”

CSU student died of possible influenza

CSU senior animal sciences major Matthew Wayne Kitzman was found dead in his home Jan. 10 after dying of what health officials believe was influenza.

Kitzman’s girlfriend discovered the 25-year-old in the early afternoon. Tests for H1N1 virus, or swine flu, are pending, said Larimer County Coroner Greg Fairman.

Kitzman’s weight of 383 pounds is thought to have contributed to his death after examiners found discoloration and inflammation of his heart. He was set to graduate in May.

Students are encouraged to get the flu vaccines that Hartshorn Health Services provides for $20 to students and $25 to non-students.


Senate repeals Don’t Ask Don’t Tell*

With a 65-31 vote, the Senate repealed the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which banned openly gay citizens from serving in the armed forces.

A struggle fought for more than two decades, the measure passed with a primarily Democratic vote, with eight Republicans joining them.

Following a review by the Pentagon to assess the potential reaction to the repeal, the measure proved to pose little risk to military effectiveness, despite concerns from the Marine Corps.

The repeal is still awaiting President Obama’s signature, but the president has made it clear he intends to do so, hailing the Senate’s decision.

“As commander in chief, I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world ahs ever known,” Obama said, as reported by The New York Times on Dec. 18.
US Representative shot outside of Tucson Safeway *

Six died and 13 were injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a Jan. 8 shooting outside of a Tucson, Ariz. Safeway.
Among those killed were one of Gifford’s staffers, three retirees, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank range and is in serious condition. The shooter, Jared Loughner, 22, is currently in custody. His motives remain unclear.

112th congress sworn in with Republican majority

The 112th U.S. Congress opened on Jan. 5, with republicans holding a 242-193 majority in the house, and democrats maintaining 51-47 majority in the Senate.

Republican Ohio Rep. John Boehner has taken the seat of Speaker of the House, with former speaker Nancy Pelosi moving into the minority leader position.

Republicans have already pushed to repeal the Obama healthcare bill, and say that one of their main talking points will be reducing the deficit and government bailouts.


Riots in Tunisia ousted government, leader flees country

Tunisia President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country Jan. 15 after ruling the country for 23 years.

Citizens have been rioting for about a month for the high unemployment rates and corruption within the government.

Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has stepped in as interim president until elections will be held. Lawmake Fouad Mebazaa has 60 days to organize the elections.

South Sudan seceding from Sudan

In an election held in Southern Sudan, 95 percent of voters voted to secede from Sudan. Election officials are waiting for more votes to come in, but so far there is an overwhelming majority for Southern Sudan to become its own country.

The final tally is schedule to be announced on Feb. 14, but independence won’t be possible until July 9 when the peace agreement between the north and south expires. The agreement was American-backed and signed in 2005.

WikiLeaks given documents on Swiss bank

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given documents on the inner workings of the Swiss bank Julius Baer by Rudolf Elmer, former executive for the bank that was dismissed in 2002.

Elmer handed over two computer disks to Assange at a news conference that he says incriminate more than 2,000 individuals and companies that participated in tax evasion and other criminal activity.

Assange said he would have the documents posted in as soon as two weeks.

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