Community Briefs for 03/01

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Feb 282011
Authors: Collegian Staff

Talks on city solicitation ordinance delayed

City Council postponed their meeting today to discuss proposed changes to the current door-to-door solicitation ordinance to a later date.

A release said the postponement will provide more time to develop the administrative systems required to implement the change should the ordinance pass.
Current law bans commercial door-to-door residential solicitation. The proposed legislation would replace the current ban with a permit system regulating solicitation.

The date for the discussion has not yet been scheduled.

Sexual assault suspect arrested

Fort Collins police arrested 38-year-old Herbert Daily for the Feb. 8 sexual assault of a 20-year-old in her home in the 600 block of Remington Street.

Police made contact with Daily early Monday morning after an officer patrolling the 700 block of S. College Avenue stopped Daily for a bicycle violation and realized he matched the description of the sexual assault suspect, according to a press release.

Daily was transported to the Larimer County Detention Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance and sexual assault. He is a registered sex offender.
Treatment available for headaches*

The Spine Correction Center of the Rockies is offering new treatment for patients with headaches and migraines. The treatment involves restoring the normal spinal curvature caused by postures used during computer use, reading and writing, according to a release.

The first appointment consists of giving a thorough medical history and a description of the duration and frequency of their headaches. The patient will be given a consultation with a doctor.

April Cardwell, a doctor at the center, said it takes 3 to 6 visits before relief is evident.

New Restaurant and Bar opening today

Taps Sports Bar & Grill, a new restaurant and bar, is opening today. The bar has 40 beers on tap and serves a variety of food, including beer infused pizza dough.

The owner, Mark Spring, is a recent CSU graduate. Taps is located at 165 Boardwalk Drive and occupies the space that used to be Sports Casters.
The bar is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Happy hour specials are offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

— Collegian Staff Report

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CSU honors Peace Corps tradition 50 years later

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Feb 282011
Authors: Allison Sylte

Had it not have been for the University of Illinois Veterinary School refusing his proposal to defer his admission for a year, CSU President Tony Frank would have joined the ranks of the many CSU-affiliated Peace Corps volunteers.

“I’m still bitter about that,” Frank said to a laughing crowd at Monday’s Peace Corps reception.

The reception, held on the second floor of the Morgan Library, served to honor the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps and to kick off a slew of events over the course of March honoring CSU’s Peace Corps tradition.

In honor of the event, archivists at the Morgan Library displayed artifacts that came from an over 400-box collection left by Peace Corps co-founder and former CSU professor Maury Albertson.

The items ranged from plaques from his many awards to photos of Albertson from his personal collection to the very notebooks where his ideas for the Peace Corps came into fruition.

“Displays like this really serve to bring history to life right in front of people’s faces,” said Petty Rettig, the archivist tasked with compiling the display. “You’re no longer hearing about events, instead, you’re learning about what they left behind.”

In addition to the Maury Albertson exhibit, display cases on the second floor of the library will be dedicated to housing additional Peace Corps memorabilia for the rest of March.

“It’s a very rich collection,” said Janet Bishop, the head of archives and special collections at the Morgan Library, in reference to the photos and unique cultural items that make up the display.

CSU administrators, community members and former Peace Corps volunteers flocked to the reception, which featured short speeches by Frank, Fort Collins Mayor Doug Hutchinson and Colorado House District 54 Representative John Kefalas.

Kefalas, a CSU alumnus, volunteered for the Peace Corps in 1979, where he was stationed in El Salvador.

“I came back focused on dedicating my life to public service and making the world a better place,” Kefalas said. “The Peace Corps absolutely changed my life.”

CSU consistently ranks among the top U.S universities in terms of Peace Corps volunteers, and last year, 93 CSU students and graduates became volunteers.

Rosalie Smith, a CSU alumna, came to the reception to relive her own memories of the Peace Corps, which she didn’t join until she was 56 years old and already had five children.

She was assigned to an agricultural extension office in Thailand, and though her project didn’t quite implement the changes that she had expected, she still refers to the experience as one of the most fulfilling she had ever had.

“I was the oldest there, by far,” Smith said. “But the experience was absolutely fabulous. It was an amazing feeling to realize that you’re doing something to go out there and change the world.”

Assistant News Editor Allison Sylte can be reached at

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Tales of a family�s Holocaust history

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Feb 282011
Authors: Erin Udell

Joseph Stalin once said, “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of one million is a statistic.”

And while the former Soviet dictator used this bizarre quote to justify the killing of men, Ron Sladek, a Fort Collins resident, historian and son of a Holocaust survivor, has spent 18 years telling his family’s story—making sure they don’t become just another statistic.

About 70 people gathered in the Lory Student Center Monday night to hear Sladek speak as part of an annual Holocaust survivor panel that starts Holocaust and Genocide Awareness week.

While Sladek, who was born in 1960, was raised with stories of how his father and grandparents survived the Holocaust, he represents an important aspect of the way the history is now being shared.

“It was a little harder this year (getting survivors to come),” said Rabbi Allison Peiser, Hillel campus director at CSU. “Survivors are getting older and more concerned about travel.”

But, despite not being a survivor, Sladek has made a job of passing on the stories of his father’s childhood memories from 1939 to 1945, when six million Jews were killed — 1.6 million of them children.

“On my father’s side wehave this legacy that’s both interesting and terrible at the same time,” Sladek said.

Sladek’s father, Osi, came from a line of Jewish merchants from the Slovakian town of Presov where his father, an accomplished violinist, and his mother, known for her cooking, owned a shop in town.

“They were lovely, lovely people,” Sladek said, looking at a picture of the young family taken shortly before the German invasion of Poland and subsequent change in Slovakia.

“It was about the time of the end of their innocence and the end of their freedom because of when they were born, where they lived and what was going on in nearby Poland,” Sladek said.

In October 1938, Slovakia declared independence and allegiance with Nazi Germany. Soon, they passed anti-Jew laws that stripped Jewish citizens of their civil rights and made them leave their schools and jobs.

They began to “relocate” Jews further east to be put in work camps, but after a chance encounter with a German soldier, Osi’s mother found out they weren’t relocating people, but instead sending them to death camps.

It was then that Osi’s parents enlisted the help of the Solcs, a Christian family in Presov that provided arrangements for hiding places, fake identification and protection papers to keep the young family from getting caught and deported.

“I don’t know if you believe in angels or you don’t believe in angels,” Sladek said, showing the audience a picture of the Solc family. “But this is what they look like.”

After briefly living with his aunt and uncle in Hungary, Osi and his parents took a taxicab to central Slovakia where there was a temporary uprising.

But after Germans took over the area they were living in, the family left, spending the bitter winter in shacks and caves in the country’s foothills and mountains, living on berries and snow.

Russian soldiers eventually found them after crossing the Russian front into a forest. From there, a former friend gave them shelter and a week later, they were back in Presov where they still faced considerable harassment, even though the war had ended.

After a move to Kosice, Slovakia, they began to rebuild their lives, eventually leaving for Israel in 1949 where Osi became an Israeli solider, entertaining soldiers with his amusing personality.

In an effort to pursue a life in show business, he immigrated to Los Angeles in 1957, where he met his future wife, settled down and started a family.

Years later, Osi’s parents moved out to America to be with their son, but they died a few years later.

And while his father was open in speaking about his experiences, Sladek’s grandparents never openly spoke about the years that changed their lives forever.

“This isn’t your typical Holocaust story,” Sladek said. “This one has a relatively happy ending.”

Senior Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at

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Decoding the CSU budget

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Feb 282011
Authors: Erin Udell

On Monday afternoon, members of the CSU campus and Fort Collins community gathered in the Lory Student Center’s Cherokee Park Ballroom to take an in-depth, interactive look at the university’s budget, the changes it has endured and the changes it will likely see in the future.

CSU Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda and Associate Vice President for Finance, Lynn Johnson, presented steps of the budget and planning process, discussed the university’s current financial standing and exposed some of the latest numbers for the next fiscal year.

According to Miranda, the planning and budgeting cycle goes through a two-year process, with the first year focused largely on planning, the second year focused more on the budgeting phase and the third on refreshing the budget.

The budget that the university will continue working on throughout spring will go into effect on July 1 and is the culmination of two years of thinking since the summer of 2009.

Every third year, the university takes a deeper look at how to make investments and revise the strategic plan, creating new goals and strategies for the monetary future.

And since that third year of CSU’s current strategic plan is here, the university will start the restructuring this coming year.

According to Johnson, the university’s current financial standing shows that revenue has been steadily growing despite a slight drop in 2010.

“We’ve been growing,” Johnson said. “Things are pretty constant.”

And as for the CSU schedule of state support, there has been a change from the state paying two-thirds in the early-90s to students now paying that amount, with the state paying the rest.

“This has happened a few percent every year for 20 years,” Miranda said. “This is the reality.”

But with people asking why higher education is so expensive, Miranda clarified that while costs may be up, the university is not spending more than previous years — they are actually spending less.

“We’re a much better institution than we were 20 yearsago,” Miranda said. “The criticisms are not really accurate, and it comes from students only seeing the tuition bar and not university spending.”

But despite an increase in tuition over the past few years, Johnson made a point of saying that undergraduate tuition and fees are in the bottom 30 percent compared to CSU’s peers.

As for CSU’s budget outlook for the 2012 fiscal year, state reductions are possible and, according to Miranda, projected at $6.1 million.

In line with the fiscal year 2012 Draft Incremental E&G budget, which was revised Monday, revenue from tuition will total at $32.8 million, with more money coming in from the closing of the credit hour gap, something that could generate $525 per student/per semester.

And, according to Miranda, with the federal stimulus money going away and the governor’s million-dollar funding cuts, the university will have around $13.32 million to cover new expenses.

After these new expenses, totaling $12,857,358, are covered, there will be a remainder of $462,642.

“Even with all the revenue enhancements, the results of these state cuts are having an effect on the bottom line,” Miranda said. “We’ll be refining these numbers over the course of this next week, but this is a preview of what it’s getting close to looking like.”

In recent months, the administration had been looking at cutting between five and 10 percent from university programs, but Miranda is pleased with ending up on the lesser side of those possible cuts.

“The way this budget is ending up is actually on the lower scale,” Miranda said. “We’re not pleased at having to make cuts, but we’re at the lower end of things and that shows that we planned sufficiently for this downturn.”

Senior Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at

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Rams fight to save higher ed at the capitol

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Feb 282011
Authors: Andrew Carrera

tudent government Legislative Affairs Director Matt Strauch asked Colorado’s No. 2 state official on Monday at what time CSU would stop hearing about 20 percent tuition increases in the foreseeable future.

“When will this trend ever stop?” Strauch asked Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, former president of CSU-Pueblo.

“When voters decide to increase general funding,” Garcia said.

Fort Collins and Pueblo CSU students alike were bussed to Denver on Monday to hear Garcia’s take on the circumstances of higher education in Colorado and push lawmakers for fewer budget cuts to the state’s public universities.

“We want to bring to the attention of our representatives and senators that students at CSU are facing a 20 percent increase next year in tuition,” said Justin Safady, the Associated Students of CSU assistant director of Legislative Affairs, to the office staff of Rep. Tom Massey, R–District 60, who chairs the House Education Committee.

ASCSU’s Legislative Affairs Department organized CSU Student Advocacy Day, which brought 45 students to the capitol Monday at 7 a.m. to have a meet-and-greet with legislators.

The students observed theHouse and Senate floors before being debriefed by Garcia on a higher education system he says will see enormous cuts and equally large tuition hikes.

“The fact of the matter is, when I went to school, the state paid a greater proportion of the costs.”

Garcia said. “Boy, this all sounds depressing doesn’t it?”

ASCSU President Cooper Anderson said one of student government’s main event functions was to maintain a strong presence in the state capitol.

“I think it’s been great going around talking to the representatives and the senators,” Anderson said. “It’s just very encouraging to hear what they have to say.”

CSU students later broke into self-organized groups of varying sizes led by eight ASCSU Legislative Affairs staffers –– some heading 20 strong packs and others more intimate three-member collections –– charged with visiting about 13 legislators each.

“We just wanted to raise some awareness,” added Chase Eckerdt, ASCSU director of Community Affairs. “We’re hoping that throughout this process we could get some representation.”

Higher education is cut by legislators who don’t understand the specifics of universities, like CSU’s, budget, Safady said.

“And even if they do look at the specifics of it, higher education is one of the only areas they can cut because so much of the state budget is constitutionally protected by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR),” Eckerdt said. “So we have to come down here and make them aware of how critical it is to make higher education a priority.”

For other CSU students, Advocacy Day was an opportunity to advance future careers in government. Politically minded students, Strauch said, were the ones comprising Advocacy Day’s participants.

“I’m just trying to meet all the heads of state and find out who runs the government we all live under … Eventually I’m thinking about going into something related to politics, I’m not quite sure what,” said undeclared sophomore Aidan Levy. “It’s always good to have connections. It’s interesting to see how the government works.”

Senior Reporter Andrew Carrera can be reached at

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Flags wave for lost

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Feb 282011
Authors: Erin Udell

As temperatures dropped and snow fell on Friday afternoon, almost 15 volunteers gathered at a patch of grass on the Lory Student Center Plaza to place several hundred colorful flags in the frozen ground for the annual Field of Flags event.
Each tiny flag — which represents 5,000 of the 11 million lives lost in the
Holocaust — will remain on the Plaza through Friday as part of the 15th annual Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week.

“This year was pretty profound with the color of flags contrasted against the snow,” said Rabbi Allison Peiser, Hillel campus director at CSU. “It’s just unfathomable to actually imagine how many people died.”

Field of Flags marks the beginning of the awareness week, which is sponsored by the Hillel Center, Students for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness, the Associated Students of CSU and the Association for Student Activity Programming.

“It’s something people see every year,” said veterinary medicine student and awareness week volunteer Jennie Cohen. “They stop, they look and they read the sign.”

Each flag is divided by color, with nine different colors representing the groups of people targeted in the Holocaust. Three signs around the perimeter of the lawn list the amount of people killed.

“I was here around the same time last year to visit, and this was the first thing I saw,” said undeclared freshman Sarah Constantine. “It’s just so crazy that so many people died under one person’s rule.”

Throughout the week, several free events to promote holocaust and genocide awareness are slated to take place, including a survivor panel, a litany of martyrs, two speakers, a movie showing and a memorial service.

Senior Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at

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The Shallows

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Feb 282011
Authors: Dave Anderson
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