Briefs 4/24/12

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President Obama to talk Stafford student loan rates in Boulder today

President Obama will make a stop at CU–Boulder today as part of a whirlwind tour to urge Congress to keep the interest rates on Stafford student loans at 3.4 percent. If no action is taken by July, these rates will double to 6.8 percent.

In addition to visiting Boulder, the president will also campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Iowa.

The President is slated to speak at 6:45 p.m. in the Coors Event Center on the CU–Boulder campus. It is free and open to the public, though advance tickets are required.

This will mark the first time in 58 years a standing president has come to CU–Boulder’s campus, with the last being President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, according to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera.

For coverage of President Obama’s speech, be sure to pick up Wednesday’s Collegian.

Celebrate good times at CSU

To recognize the plentiful accomplishments of the CSU community’s past school year, the university will be holding the Celebrate! Colorado State Awards today in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

The recognition ceremony starts at 3 p.m. and will feature a reception and awards presentation that will publicly announce top university awards and honors.

Students, faculty, staff and the members of the community will all get accolades, according to an entry on the events calendar.

Mens basketball signs top junior college transfer

New CSU men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy announced Monday that he has signed former College of South Idaho power forward Gerson Santo for the 2012-2013 season.

Santo, who hails from Valencia, Brazil, has spent the last two seasons at Idaho, averaging 7.4 points and 4 rebounds per game over the course of his 65 career games at CSI.

“We are really excited to have Gerson committed to come play at Colorado State for the next two seasons,” Eustachy said in a news release. “He is considered one of the most sought-after junior college big men in the spring signing period, and we feel like he will be a great addition for the Rams.”

According to the release, Santo spurned scholarship offers from both Washington State and Illinois to come join the Rams.

Musical East meets musical West

It’s been said that music transcends race, culture, past and aesthetic influences –– it’s been said that music is the universal language.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center for the Art’s Organ Recital Hall, musical cultures will meld at the East-West Week Collaborative Voice Area Recital.

Both CSU music students and visiting Chinese students from East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China will perform an array of classical and opera songs.

The recital is free and open to the public.

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