Colorado State makes NCAA Tournament statement with comeback win over UNLV

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Feb 292012
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The dream looked dead. The Dance was cancelled. Just like last season, UNLV was going to sink the CSU men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament hopes.

By halftime the Rams (18-10, 7-6 MW) looked dead in the water. UNLV (24-7, 8-5 MW) was up 41-26 and was shooting white-hot. The Runnin’ Rebels hit 7-of-12 threes in the first half, including 4-of-5 from long distance for Oscar Bellfield.

But it all changed after halftime.

“In the locker room I think we were just frustrated,” CSU guard Dorian Green said. “We were playing awful. We kind of just talked about what we had to do and we came out. We knew we had to chip away. We wrote three things on the board (at halftime) and one of them was ‘chip away.’ ”

And the Rams did just that. They cut the lead 14, then 11, then 10, then eight and before you knew it, CSU was down 52-50 with just under 10 minutes remaining and the crowd of 8,371 at Moby Arena was going ballistic.

After cutting the deficit to two, CSU had three straight possessions with a chance to tie the game or take the lead, but the Rams couldn’t score.

Finally Bellfield missed a three and Green got the ball at the other end and drove to the basket, making the layup and getting fouled. His free throw gave CSU its first lead of the game.

From there CSU relied on its stellar defense to hold the lead. Every time UNLV had a chance to tie the game or take the lead, the Rams forced a miss. And with 46 seconds left in the game, Pierce Hornung put an exclamation mark on the victory with a huge block of Anthony Marshall.

“We’ve certainly had some difficult losses this year and this is absolutely right at the top,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said.

The Rams then sealed the 66-59 win at the foul line.

UNLV scored only six points in the final 10 minutes of the game and 18 total in the second half. And after shooting 47 percent in the first half, UNLV hit only 27 percent of its shots after the break, including only 1-of-9 3-pointers.

“There was not a schematic thing we talked about,” CSU coach Tim Miles said about halftime changes. “It was just play in stance, make them feel you, guard the ball, get to your shrink spots, block out and rebound.”

Offensively in the second half one of CSU’s key juniors took on the role of a leader that wouldn’t let the Rams lose. Green scored only two points in the first half, but in the second he scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

“I was forcing my way through there, to be honest,” Green said. “I was just at times putting my head down and getting to the basket and trying to make plays.”

The win finishes off CSU’s home schedule. The Rams won 13-straight at Moby to finish the season and went undefeated at home in conference play for the first time since 1960-61.

And as unlikely as it seemed at the end of the first half, CSU was able to come back and get one of the biggest wins in program history as it looks for its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002-03.

“Name the alley. Name the foxhole. Name the bet,” Miles said. “I’m taking these guys.”

Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Lytle can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Students search for careers abroad [VIDEO]

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Feb 292012
 
Authors: Kirsten Swanson

23 students participated in the Career Center workshop on preparing and searching for international jobs.

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Letter from Colorado State basketball coach Tim Miles

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Feb 292012
 
Authors: Tim Miles

Hey CSU Ram Fans,

Coach Miles here, asking all CSU students and fans to come to our final home game for the 2012 season! We play nationally ranked UNLV tonight at 8 p.m. CSU hoops is 2-0 this season against top-25 teams in Moby Arena, and we need your energy and enthusiasm to bring home one final win! You make a HUGE difference at our games! We have a chance to be undefeated at home in league play with a victory over the Rebels –– that hasn’t been done in over 50 years at CSU. So come be a part of HISTORY, and let’s beat the Runnin’ Rebels!!

GO RAMS!

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My first ‘real’ spring break in college

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Feb 282012
 
Authors: Erin Udell

If asked at the start of this past fall semester about my general college experience, I would describe it as typical, classic and, most of all, good.

I would have also probably said I was ready to leave, to move on and start my post-grad life.

Fast forward six months to right now –– almost half way through my final semester at CSU –– and you’d see a completely different person.

With graduation looming, I have become a mere shell of myself –– one who has taken to holding back tears at the transit center after realizing I won’t be just another college student waiting for the bus in a couple months, or one who drives past campus on Laurel Street while looking off wistfully and saying ‘I wish I went to the Oval more often.’”

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of college experiences. I’ve gone to football games. I’ve lost my phone, and dignity, after blacking out in Old Town. I’ve even worn a Snuggie in the Corbett dining hall after losing a bet.

But, it wasn’t until several weeks ago that I realized I’ve yet to do something so integral to the typical college experience that it’s almost expected. I’ve never gone on a real spring break.

It had never really occurred to me to go anywhere. So, for the most part, I spent my past three spring breaks sitting on the futon in my mom’s basement watching MTV’s coverage of the sacred event in between shifts at my seasonal lifeguard job.

I’m not sure if it was because of my depressed senior status, or the drunken promise I made at a dinner party, but before I knew it, my spring break plans were ultimately set, and I was map questing directions to a place I’d never even thought of going: Moab, Utah.

The suggestion came from our Content Managing Editor Allison Sylte, and soon, two other co-workers jumped on board.

Since our decision, we’ve all sat back and stared at Ali in fear as she excitedly described the 10-mile hikes and four-night camping trip she’s planned. And while my first thought was obviously, “Oh dear God, I have made a terrible mistake,” I started to warm up to the idea of the trip.

After all, when people start telling me their spring break stories from college, I don’t want to be the one who can only chime in with, “Oh yeah, the YMCA is so crazy over breaks. The water exercise classes get so big we need two lifeguards!”

I want to be able to look back fondly on college and say I did everything I thought I would – that, once, my friends and I packed up my tiny car and drove to the desert for a real spring break.

News Editor Erin Udell is a senior journalism major. She is probably going to Moab and never coming back. Or if she does come back, she will only have one arm.

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The ultimate spring break playlist

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Feb 282012
 
Authors: Allison Sylte

I’ve always had this vision of spring break being a blissful week filled with volleyball in the sun, margaritas and my fake British boyfriend giving me back rubs under a palm tree.

However, my past spring breaks have taught me this is nothing more than a dream, that instead, it’s a week destined to be spent working, wistfully watching episodes of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and being yelled at by my family for leaving my nasty tennis shoes in the house.

But this year, it’s gonna be different. I’m going to Moab with my life partners from the Collegian, and in honor of our time together, I’ve crafted the ultimate spring break playlist.

Do with it what you will, my faithful readers, but be warned: it might cause you to get yo’ groove on uncontrollably. And I will not be liable for the consequences.

“This Will Be An Everlasting Love,” by Natalie Cole

You’ve heard it in “The Parent Trap.” It was in the credits of “The Holiday.” It was to this song that Visual Managing Editor Greg Mees and I first fell in love to while I was smacking him in the face and driving 100 miles an hour in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming.

In a nutshell, it’s the perfect jam for compulsively snapping your fingers and singing in a high-pitched voice. In other words, it’s the perfect song for spring break. Duh.

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” by the Proclaimers

For those of you who don’t compulsively watch “How I Met Your Mother,” let me hit you with some mad knowledge. This song is the only song that plays in Marshall’s car, and as a result, was the soundtrack to Marshall and Ted’s long road trips. And now, it will be part of the soundtrack to your road trip.

“Life is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts

I usually hate Rascal Flatts with a flaming passion. The lead singer looks like an elf, and because I’m shallow (as evidenced by the tremendously attractive mug that accompanies my columns), I just can’t get past that. But this song is ballin’, yo.

“Comin’ into Los Angeles,” Arlo Guthrie.

But only if you’re going to Los Angeles. And only if you have a trunk full of illegal narcotics.

“Drive,” Incubus

This was totally the soundtrack to my middle school years. And it has the word “Drive” in the title. Get it?

“Get Low,” Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz (featuring the Ying Yang Twins)

This is the perfect song to blast with your windows down, as you cruise through the suburbs in your Toyota Matrix. Props if you know all the lyrics. Not like I do. Just kidding, I totally do. My parents must be so proud.

“(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

This is for your drive home, when you and all of your friends are annoyed with each other and need to rediscover that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey-esque magic.

“Celebration,” Kool and the Gang

This isn’t just for Bar Mitzfah’s and weddings anymore people.

“Folsom Prison Blues,” Johnny Cash

This is for those of you who might do something on the wrong side of the law over spring break. It’s alright: prison isn’t as bad as it seems.

“Jesus Take the Wheel,” Carrie Underwood

For those of you who want to explore your spirituality over break after your run-ins with the law.

“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” Three 6 Mafia

Self-explanatory.

Content Managing Editor Allison Sylte is a junior journalism major. She’s set to have a delightful spring break having a strange, spiritual experience in the desert of Moab with her life partners from the Collegian.

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Q & A with Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn

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Feb 282012
 
Authors: Jason Pohl

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (ret) visited CSU Monday to discuss the future of national security and our dependence on foreign resources. McGinn served 35 years in the United States Navy as an aviator and commanding officer. At one time, he was the commander of the Third Fleet, controlling nearly 50 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

After retiring from his position in 2002, he has since become the vice chair of the Center for Naval Analysis Military Advisory Board and president of the American Center on Renewable Energy (ACORE). He actively works with Congress and federal agencies to ensure the future of the country’s renewable energy, technology and foreign policy for the sake of national security.

Prior to his Monday visit, McGinn sat down for a phone interview with the Collegian from his office in Central California.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but while you were serving, you watched all of these things happen (Oil embargo, federal speed mandates) at a distance. Am I correct in assuming that just kind of set off a spark with you?

It did. You’ve probably read some of the things that every president since Richard Nixon has said. ‘We’ve got to do something about our dependence on foreign oil.’ Yet here we are. We’re looking at gas going north of $3.70 per gallon, on average. People are saying ‘what the heck?’ We have made, especially in the last three years, some good progress in that the corporate average fuel economy standards have been increased. … this is going to save us one heck of a lot of oil.

Its not the only answer, but it’s a big step.

… There’s a lot of good things going on. We just need to try to have the kinds of policies at the national – and especially the state level – that encourage investment in these alternatives.

Going off of that, what do you think are some of the biggest pitfalls in terms of policy and maybe leadership regarding this issue?

I think one of the biggest challenges we have as a nation is that energy security has gotten way, way too politicized. It isn’t a political issue. It’s a national security issue in a classic sense. It affects us diplomatically, militarily and economically, so we need to get over partisan fighting and start crafting a national energy strategy that allows us to expand our portfolio of energy choices, both for electricity production and especially for transportation energy.

We need to get beyond these sort of ‘drill baby drill’ ideas. Hey, more drilling, that’s great. But it isn’t the answer. It’s part of the answer –– a small part. It’ll help us in the near term but it’s not gonna go as far as energy efficiency. It’s not gonna go as far as developing additional choices for consumers beyond just petroleum.

I think that really raises an interesting point, especially with all the recent talks of the Keystone pipeline and offshore drilling. How important is it that we utilize the oil that is in this country and just offshore?

We need to recognize that we didn’t get on oil overnight, were not gonna get off oil overnight. Where we can in an environmentally sound and safe way and in an economical way, sure, we need to exploit fossil fuel assets that are available to us. But, we shouldn’t for a minute think that if we do that, it’s going to solve our problem. That’s the thing I worry about. This complacency thing. This idea that folks have in their head that the only thing causing high gas prices or dependence on foreign oil is that the government, EPA or the Department of the Interior is preventing us from accessing the mineral resources we have available.

That is not the case. There are those who want to have no environmental regulation – for some reason – and they advocate this problem of oil dependency can be solved by simply drilling more.

That simply is not the case. It’s misinformation.

What do you think it’s truly going take to ensure a safe and secure transition of resources over the coming years?

I think, first of all, the solution to a problem begins with acknowledging that you have a problem. As consumers and as citizens, we all need to recognize energy security, economic security, environmental security and national security, are all inextricably linked. We need to not just try to solve one aspect of those problems. We need to think about solutions that can help in some way, all of them. That’s where energy efficiency and the production of renewable fuels really, really helps address, in some way, all of those things. This awareness that these challenges aren’t gonna go away –– that there aren’t any easy answers, there’s no silver bullet for our future energy security –– once we realize that, then we can start saying ‘OK, well maybe there’s an opportunity here to create what has been referred to as the clean energy economy.’

That really, I think, is the positive, good news. It isn’t all about doom and gloom. We’ve got all these problems with energy security and the economy. Yeah, we have them, but we’ve got tremendous ways that we can bring terrific American assets to the forefront.

We’ve got great universities like Colorado State. We’ve got great infrastructure. We’ve got great natural resources including the stuff above the ground like wind and solar as well as stuff that’s under the ground like coal, gas and oil. We just need to bring that American ingenuity forward to create industries that will constitute the clean energy economy for the 21st century.

Talk to me a little about your organization, ACORE, and how you address the issues of sustainability moving forward.

The American Council on Renewable Energy has been around for about 10 years. We’re a member-driven organization that has members from all renewable energy areas including energy efficiency and waste energy recovery. We have a terrific group of members in finance, policy and the technology itself.

The mission of ACORE is to help build a more secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. That’s it. That’s as simple as I can say it. It’s not that we’re the only answer –– we’re part of an answer –– but we’re a big part in addressing those four security challenges of energy, environment,
economic and national security.

That’s something that’s really gonna key in, especially here at CSU. Could you talk more, from your perspective, about the role of CSU is playing into the global issues at hand?

I think, basically, the research and development of cleaner forms of energy and energy efficiency – the stuff that’s coming out of the physical sciences –– I think the consortium across various school and disciplines that bring in social science and economic and communications –– that synergy that’s created is really, really key. An important thing that Colorado State is one of the leaders of is walking the walk, not just talking the talk but actually adopting sustainable practices, sustainable forms of energy. In the process of actually using it, helping to lead the way and set an example for other parts of our society to do that, whether in the government or in a particular sector of the economy.

A lot of times, students may feel helpless with these types of issues. What would you say to these students?

They absolutely are the agents of change. If they don’t decide they’re part of the solution, then they’re part of the problem. They can change it. We can all change it. We can change it through our choices as citizens and the kinds of policy-makers that we elect at the local, state and federal level. We can affect it as consumers in the choices we make about what kinds of energy we use, what kinds of products we use, how energy efficient they are. Just knowing that these challenges are real and there are some things that we can do to create opportunity.

This isn’t a problem that going to be solved by Washington or in Detroit or on Wallstreet. This is a problem that’s gonna be solved in every town and village and city across the country. Universities are absolutely key thought leaders of America. We need to have students like the great students body at Colorado State to say ‘hey, you know what? This is going to affect me. It’s going to affect my children. It’s going to affect my grandchildren.’

But really, it’s something that going affect our nation and our quality of life and our economy and our job opportunities for students coming out of college. There’s some really, really great opportunity here.

Taking a step back, I know a lot of times people cite irresponsible military spending, even during difficult economic times. I’m curious to see what you would say about federal, military and national security spending and how this ties into the environmental message you’re advocating.

Basically, the Department of Defense and militarily services over the past five years have become leaders in the adoption of energy efficiency and energy technology. Whether it’s at bases like Fort Carson in Colorado or at operating bases in the wilds of Afghanistan, the military has really come forward and said, ‘We want to be as effective and efficient as we possible can. We want to squeeze every bit of capability out of taxpayer dollars in all of our operations and training.’

They recognize they cannot do it in a business-as-usual way. They have to be more efficient. They have to be innovative at adopting renewable energy technologies.

There has to be a good debate about how much is enough for military spending. I think that is very appropriate, but as far as what the military is doing with the money that goes to energy, I’m really encouraged. They’re really leading so many parts of the country in that regard.

Playing off of that, how do you see the energy issues in the Middle East, especially now, becoming more important marching forward?

At the strategic level, there’s a reason that we’re in places like the Middle East. One of the biggest strategic reasons is we want to protect the lifeblood of the world economy called oil. There’s no getting around that. That’s not the only reason we’re there, but it sure is an important reason.

So, for the wonderful men and women in uniform actually servicing there, they understand that there’s a tremendously high cost for our dependency on oil. There are many, many groups of veterans who have come out and said ‘Hey look, we’ve gotta do things for helping our country become more secure and be more economically viable and not just say let’s continue business as usual.’

They understand the cost. They understand the cost not just in dollars but in lives lost protecting fuel convoys. They’ve lost friends in units who have been killed or wounded protecting oil convoys, for example, in Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s very, very real to them.

The other aspect of this is that you see these little magnetic ribbons on cars that say ‘support our troops.’ Hey, that’s a great thought, but if people really want to support our troops, they’ll do something to try to reduce our tremendous addiction to oil.

Imagine a support our troops ribbon on the back of a big, gas guzzling SUV in which one person is driving to or from some place in traffic on I-25.

What is it, specifically now that you’re doing with ACORE on the national level?

We work very closely with the administration, Department of Defense, Dept of Agriculture, Department of Energy and also with Congress in an educational role to tell them in objective, analytical terms – not advocacy –– ‘Hey, here are the facts about the jobs that have been created as a result of tax incentive programs, loan guarantee programs and mandates that are real jobs that are helping to make us a more secure and prosperous nation.

Wrapping up, are there any final comments you’d like to add that maybe I didn’t hit that people need to know?

Not really. I think you covered it very, very well. I would encourage people to help teach us because, in my travels around the country, I’ve found that I always learn a lot when I have a conversation. Colorado is right in the intersection of fossil fuel energy, oil, gas and coal and tremendous renewables like wind, solar, geothermal and bio-mass. I think it’s going to be a real leader in helping the nation and other states to decide that, no kidding, there really is great opportunity here.

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Our View: Colorado State students need to pack Moby Arena to help bring NCAA Tournament berth

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Feb 282012
 
Authors: The Rocky Mountain Collegian Editorial Board

CU-Boulder. No. 12 San Diego State. No. 21 New Mexico.

All potential NCAA Tournament teams. All lost to CSU at Moby Arena.

CSU’s players and coaches say the energy of a big crowd has been a key element in the Rams’ winning 13-straight games at home.

And with a victory tonight against No. 17 UNLV (tip at 8 p.m.), the Rams will be undefeated at home in conference play for the first time since 1960-61, when CSU went 8-0 in the Mountain States Conference.

But more important than the undefeated home record is the fact that another win against a top-25 team would be a big boost to CSU’s hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth.

And that is something to cheer about.

CSU last made the Tournament in 2002-03 when the Rams got hot and won the Mountain West Tournament to gain an automatic berth.

The last time CSU earned an at-large berth was in 1989-90.

According to ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi, CSU is firmly on the “bubble” and still needs a boost to its resume.

And tonight is that chance. There is a reason CSU has won all of its conference games at home, while losing all of them on the road: Moby Madness.

The Rams play with the swagger of a Tournament team at home and when Moby is filled, it can rattle the nerves of the opponent.

So get to Moby, get loud and help CSU make the NCAA Tournament.

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Fat taxes and Facebook stalking added to airline agenda

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Feb 282012
 
Authors: Morgan Mayo

Nothing good ever happens to me on airplanes. I always seem to end up on 12-hour flights behind screaming infants, next to yowling cats or crammed in-between teenage boys who like to throw wads of paper down my cleavage while I’m asleep.

Hardly a flight goes by when my baggage isn’t lost, my connection isn’t canceled due to mysterious freak lighting storms or I don’t find myself curled up on the floor beneath a discarded newspaper in some obscure, non-English speaking airport in the middle of the night.

The immigration officer flirted with me in Newark and then had my luggage searched for an hour because my giggling was “suspicious.” An old man on the escalator in the Edinburgh airport fell backwards and busted his head open on my shoes. He lived, but my feet smelled like brain, and I puked up vodka from the night before the entire flight home.

And then somehow, there always seems to be an issue with the plane itself. We get to sit on the tarmac for two hours because the plane’s wings won’t defrost properly (also known as the pilot is hammered). Somewhere over Iceland we hit some “unexpected turbulence” that makes the oxygen masks fall, the drink cart flip over and various assorted old people go rolling down the aisle.

Needless to say, the travel gods hate me. So if you’re planning a spring break trip, you should probably try to avoid Delta flight 109 to Charlotte, N.C. on March 10 — unless you enjoy watching old people roll down the aisle.

Some things you should also consider when booking your flight this spring break is your weight and how hot your Facebook picture is. Because in addition to being profiled in the security line because of your dark skin and turban, your obesity and social media profiles are now going to affect your flight with certain airlines.

Taxing the Fatties

That’s right, fatsos. According to a UK court of appeals, you can’t sue airlines for embarrassing you when they ask you to pay a “fat tax” if you can’t fit in the seat.

Southwest and United Airlines have publicly announced that they will begin asking severely overweight passengers to purchase an additional seat or pay an extra fee in March of 2012. And as with any fad that bleeds customers of their hard-earned cash, I can almost guarantee you that it won’t be long until all the other airlines decide to jump on the bandwagon.

Many proclaim that this kind of tax is “discriminatory” or “below the belt” as they clutch their fried chicken in their chubby little fists. But clearly these people have not spent a 10-hour flight crushed in-between two obese German men who refuse to let you out to use the bathroom because they are literally stuck in the seat.

If I’m paying upwards of $1,000 for a plane ticket, I do not want to share my seat with your stomach rolls. Perhaps concerned obese customers should postpone their flight and consider using the money to join the gym instead.

“Meet and Seat”

KLM airlines has recently pioneered a new way to choose your seat on the plane. Previously, we all had to rely on the luck of the draw when it came to who we ended up sitting next to on that 20-hour flight to Tokyo. But now, KLM Dutch airlines allows passengers to upload and share their Facebook or Twitter profile information with other passengers before choosing their seat.

Now theoretically this sounds like an awesome idea: Gone are the days when you are stuck sitting besides screaming infants or behind the Boy Scout troupe all hyped up on candy. I would no longer have to say desperate, pleading prayers that the hot guy with veiny forearms boarding in front of me would end up being my neighbor on the plane.

But at the same time, I don’t want some creepy old guy looking at my profile and choosing the seat beside me because I’m a 20-year-old woman traveling alone. I’ve had my share of flights sitting besides some backwoods-looking mofos who spent the entire time trying to touch my leg because they thought I had a purty mouth. It is not pleasant.

And besides, even if I do hand-pick a hot man to sit next to, how creepy does that make me look that I went online, stalked a stranger and then decided I wanted to sit by him out of an entire plane full of people? Pretty damn creepy.

KLM Dutch Airlines is basically encouraging online stalking.

Awkward times are ahead my friends. But until we meet again…Cheers!

Morgan Mayo is a junior journalism major. Her column appears Wednesdays in the Collegian. She can be reached at letters@collegian.com.

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Where to be this spring break

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Feb 282012
 
Authors: Morgan Mayo

This year, ditch the video games and daytime TV and gear up for an unforgettable spring break. Whether it’s hiking a trail, eating Southern cuisine, exploring the wine country or jamming on the beach, these unique, last-minute spring break locations offer something for everybody.

Wild and Wonderful

Arches National Park, located in Moab, Utah, provides the perfect spring break for nature-lovers and outdoorsmen.

“The landscape is so unique,” said Arches NPS Program Supervisor Sharon Brussell. “It truly captures your imagination and spirit.”

At Arches National Park, visitors can expect miles of hiking, camping, guided trails and canyoneering around the fragile, naturally formed rock arches.

“I always recommend that people get up at sunrise and hike one of our most popular trails, Devil’s Garden,” Brussel said. “The soft morning light makes the arches appear to glow.”

Other popular trails include the Delicate Arch and Fiery Furnace.

Brussel recommends that visitors prepare for cooler temperatures and dress in layers. Campsites should be booked well in advance, since the park usually sees up to 62,000 visitors in March alone. Guests can also check out discovermoab.com for additional lodging and Moab information.

“Moab, Utah is a great place to spend spring break,” Brussel said. “There’s so many outdoorsy things to do in Arches National Park, and the scenery will just take your breath away.”

Southern St. Patrick’s Day

Thirty thousand people crowd the streets of Savannah, Ga. each year to enjoy a distinctly Southern twist on an Irish holiday.

“All of our fountains are dyed green, the bars on River Street are packed, and we have a huge parade,” said Visitor Bureau representative Calli Arnold. “St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is a lot of fun.”

St Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, March 17, but in Savannah, festivities will start on Thursday, March 15.
“Everyone will be out enjoying downtown,” Arnold said. “Enjoying the bars and showing off their Irish.”

Arnold recommends students check out the nightlife on Rivers Street, Congress Street or City Market Street. The Congress Social Club and Jen’s and Friends are both popular bars with students and Georgia locals.

Popular tourist attractions such as ghost tours, boutique shopping and famous Southern restaurants, such as Paula Deen’s, “The Lady and Sons,” attract tourists year round. But it’s the St. Patrick’s Day celebration that draws in the biggest crowds.

“Temperatures are in the lower 80s, and the beach is only 20 minutes away,” Arnold said. “Spend one St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, and you’ll definitely want to come back again next year.”

Uniquely Urban

For this quirky, urban destination, spring breakers will need a taste for the fine wine and flowers in their hair.

“San Francisco is a very unique cultural city,” said Frosche Travel Agency consultant Ann Griffith. “You’ve got Chinatown, museums, cable cars and amazing food. There’s just such a great variety of activities.”

And while San Francisco is known for its big tourist attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz, its local, swanky music venues is what sets it apart from other Western cities.

Visitors should check out the Parlour Bar for rare drinks and a burlesque vibe. The Hemlock Tavern and The Red Devil Lounge are also popular, albeit somewhat pricey music venues, with local residents.

“People forget how close San Francisco is to the wine country,” Griffith said. “It’s a great gateway city if you want to explore California.”

Beaches and Beats

What do you get when you take a massive techno music festival on The Gulf and then pair it with 40,000 college-aged spring breakers on jet skis? South Padre Island, Texas.

“During March, our half-mile-wide resort town turns into spring break heaven for college kids,” said South Padre special event coordinator Mary K. Hancock. “Everybody takes their coolers out to the beach, and it becomes one big party.”

In addition to the beach parties and clubs, spring breakers will also be rocking to the beats of the 2nd annual Ultimate Music Experience. The festival, which runs from Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 17, will feature the biggest techno lineup in spring break history.

Kite boarding, para-sailing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are also popular South Padre activities.

“The important things to remember are: stay hydrated, take advantage of the free transportation and don’t miss the midnight pancakes,” Hancock said. “Other than that, get excited and have fun.”

Collegian writer Morgan Mayo can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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