This has totally changed my life

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Apr 302012
Authors: Lianna Salva

Usually, I am showing up to a rehearsal or waiting in the dressing rooms of the UCA two hours before a show starts to get my next interview. Since I’ve been living and studying in England for the past four months, that part of the job has been a little difficult to achieve. So here I am, writing to you from across the pond about something I’ve learned since I left Colorado:

“Everything is going to change, and it’s not going to change back.”

Yes, that is a line from a recent episode of Glee. How recent I can’t say, since I still haven’t gotten used to the time zone difference.

Still, I thought it was worth repeating, especially since change is something they tell you is going to happen when you study abroad. Change is something you might not want to happen when you do study abroad, but change is something that does happen, and it did happen… to me.

If you do plan to study abroad, there will be days when everything goes right and you feel like you could conquer the world. There will also be days when life just plain sucks and you might start to regret ever leaving. At some point, though, there will be that day when you look back at where you were in your life a year ago and say, “Who the heck was I?” It’s on that day when everything will fall into place, and you’ll feel as though you’ve lived in [insert city name here] all your life.

Using the local phrases, cutting my hair and actually having a drink for the first time in my life — to the surprise of every person that I know — are not the type of changes I’m talking about.

How I changed isn’t something that can exactly be traced, nor can it be expected. I didn’t know I changed — not dramatically, but noticeably — until very recently. When I realized I did, it felt like the world stopped spinning for a split second.

And then it started to spin again. The world hadn’t ended; it had just shifted.

One thing you have to realize when you go through a major transition like this is that everything back home is changing too.

Culture shock is one thing when you live in a different country; it’s to be expected. It’s a completely different matter when you go back to a place where you’ve spent practically your whole life.

I know vaguely what awaits me when I do return back home: my own bed, American cheeseburgers and more interviewing people backstage. I know, too, that it will be much more complicated than that. Most of my friends will be able to drink legally, which is just plain weird to think about. Some of my friends will have graduated, a change I won’t be able to contemplate for another year. And I’m sure I will have to have a lot of inside jokes explained to me because I wasn’t there.

I was scared beyond belief of changing before I left. I was terrified up until the day I stepped off that plane and onto British soil.

I didn’t want to change, but everyone told me that I would. It turns out they were right. What they didn’t tell me was that I would change into a more thankful, more confident and more awesome person than I already was.

And I am so happy that there is no changing back.

Lianna Salva is a junior English major.

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CSU System Board of Governors May meeting schedule

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Apr 302012
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

All meetings are open to the public, except for executive session, and will be held in the Grey Rock room of the Lory Student Center.

Tuesday Schedule

Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Call to Order: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Evaluation Committee (Mary Lou Makepeace, chair): 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Finance Committee: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Break: 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Audit Committee (Scott Johnson, chair): 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Real Estate/Facilities Committee (Ed Haselden, chair): 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Board Development: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Board of Governors Dinner at Jay’s Bistro: 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2012
Continental Breakfast for the Board of Governors and Student Leaders 7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
1. PUBLIC COMMENT (5 min.)
3. EXECUTIVE SESSION (1 hr. 40 min.)
A. Faculty Reports
CSU-Fort Collins: Faculty Report (10 min.)
CSU-Pueblo: Faculty Report (10 min.)
B. Student Reports
CSU-Fort Collins: Student Report (10 min.)
CSU-Pueblo: Student Report (10 min.)
Colorado State University System
Board of Governors Meeting Agenda
May 1-2, 2012
Page 2 of 3
A. CSU-Global: President’s Report – Presented by Becky Takeda-Tinker (10 min.)
B. CSU-Pueblo: President’s Report – Presented by Lesley Di Mare (10 min.)
C. CSU-Fort Collins: President’s Report – Presented by Tony Frank (20 min.)
A. Evaluation Committee (Mary Lou Makepeace, Chair) (10 min.)
B. Finance Committee (Joseph Zimlich, Board Chair for Committee of the Whole) (20 min.)
C. Audit Committee (Scott Johnson, Chair) (10 min.)
D. Real Estate/Facilities Committee (Ed Haselden, Chair) (10 min.)
E. Academic Affairs Committee (Dorothy Horrell, Chair) (20 min.)
F. Chancellor Search Committee (10 min.)
8. CONSENT AGENDA (5 min.)
A. Colorado State University System
Approval of February 2012 Board Retreat Minutes
Approval of February 2012 Audit Committee Meeting Minutes
Approval of February 2012 Finance Committee Meeting Minutes
Approval of February 2012 Real Estate/Facilities Committee Meeting Minutes
Approval of February 2012 Board of Governors Meeting Minutes
Approval of March 2012 Special Board Meeting Minutes
Approval of April 2012 Academic Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes
B. CSU-Fort Collins
Nondelegable Personnel Actions
Section K, Faculty Handbook
Section D, Faculty Handbook
Spring Graduates
New Program Proposal, Master of Tourism Management (MTM)
New Special Academic Unit Proposal (MCIN)
Sabbatical Leave Revisions
Emeritus Designations
C. CSU-Pueblo
Leave Without Pay Recommendation
Emeritus Designations
Spring Graduates
Colorado State University System
Board of Governors Meeting Agenda
May 1-2, 2012
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D. CSU-Global
Spring 2012 Graduates
Faculty Guidebook Revisions
Stadium Update – Tony Frank, President, CSU-Fort Collins
Master Plan for CSU-Fort Collins, Tony Frank, President, CSU-Fort Collins
Master Plan for CSU-Pueblo, Lesley Di Mare, President, CSU-Pueblo
11. ADJOURNMENT 2:00 p.m.
Next Board of Governors Meeting: Board Meeting and Retreat – June 21-22, 2012, Pingree Park

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Ram Talk 4/30/12

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Apr 302012

Todd Helton’s beard is so much cooler than Tony Frank’s.

Why does the remodeled part of the library look like a K-mart furniture show room?

You know it’s the end of the year when you play rock, paper, scissors over going to class or not.

That awkward moment when you have to explain to a freshman who Tony Frank is.

Anyone else substituting their breakfast for beer this week?

To the squirrel with half a gingerbread house in its mouth: is there more where that came from?

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In Sickness and In Stress

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Apr 302012
Authors: Kate Wilson

Jenny wanted to take a long, relaxing walk one Sunday morning, but she couldn’t. She has irritable bowel syndrome, which requires her to stay close to a working restroom. Plus, she’s got asthma, which sometimes makes it difficult for her to breathe. But the root of Jenny’s health problems is psychological in nature. She suffers from stress – and it’s created physical reactions that have limited her activities since she was in fourth grade.

Stress can become a serious health burden, leading to heart disease, high blood pressure, mental health disorders, sleep disorders, digestive problems, obesity, skin conditions and menstrual problems for women, according to websites by Mayo Clinic and the Office on Women’s Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Like Jenny, people with high levels of stress can experience life-altering illness.

Studies as a stress factor

College students are an especially susceptible group to stress, and in a 2010 study, college freshman reported the lowest self-rated emotional health levels since 1985. “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010,” conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA, also reported that 29.1 percent of the 201,818 freshmen surveyed felt overwhelmed. That’s up from 27.1 percent in 2009.

Lisa Lively, a post-doctoral fellow at Colorado State University Counseling Services who has a master’s degree in health psychology, said financial need is one reason for higher stress levels among the recent generation of students.

“I think that more students are working while in college,” she said during a phone interview. “They have a financial need to work, and trying to balance that with classes is really difficult.”

Susan MacQuiddy, director of Counseling Services at CSU, said in an email that 73.8 percent of students seeking counseling services at CSU indicated they were moderately or severely stressed. In a November 2011 survey conducted by the National College Health Association, 87.5 percent of CSU student participants reported that they felt overwhelmed by all they had to do at some time during the past 12 months, according to MacQuiddy.

Ashley Hamm, a 21-year-old senior at Colorado State University, said she thinks she would experience less stress if she weren’t holding down a job and taking classes full time.

“I have a job, which makes it harder to get homework done,” she said. “But I still have to pay bills, so I have to work.”

Information from the National Center for Education Statistics confirms Lively’s hypothesis. Although the percentage of full-time college students who are employed has decreased from 47 percent in 2001 to 41 percent in 2009, it’s higher than the 32 percent who worked in 1970.

Hamm said she believes it’s typical for college students to be stressed, and that students generally experience more stress than adults who aren’t in college.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be this stressed again after I graduate,” she said. “Right now the only thing that stresses me out is school.”

Anticipation and Antacid

Jenny, who asked us to withhold her last name to protect her medical privacy, is a full-time student at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo., where she takes online classes. She also works full time as an office assistant at a sports memorabilia services company. Her stress-induced asthma and irritable bowel syndrome affect her quality of life. Her daily decisions revolve around the limitations her illnesses place on her. She said she can feel problems starting to arise before the physical symptoms become apparent to others, although oftentimes she is crying when the attacks begin.

“I start breathing a little heavier and a little faster. I can inhale, but I can’t breathe out very well. I have to force it,” she said. “I usually carry [my inhaler] in my vehicle.”

One particular day Jenny’s stress caused an even scarier symptom: a panic attack.

“I was walking to work, headed to the bus station and I got a horrible pain in my chest, like someone was crushing me from the inside,” she said. “I couldn’t breathe, and I felt like I was suffocating. I thought I was having a heart attack. A girl who worked with me took me to the hospital, and it turned out that it was a panic attack. I just remember thinking ‘no way, no way – it was so much more than that.’”

Jenny said she’s only experienced a panic attack that one time, and there was no specific trigger that set it off. The ongoing stress in her life caused the attack.

“At the time, I loved my job but I had a horrible boss. Nothing had happened that day, there were no major events. But I had that one huge stress.”

Kendra Duff, an administrative assistant at CTL Thompson and a CSU graduate, experiences severe heartburn and other symptoms when she’s stressed.

“I first started noticing symptoms when I’d try to go to bed at night,” she said. “It just felt like I had small flames creeping up my throat. … I couldn’t eat because I either felt nauseous or nothing would go down right. As a result came weight loss and other problems, like the headaches and the loss of sleep.”

Classroom concerns

According to the CSU student health insurance summary of benefits, maintaining good health and prevention of illness are critical to academic success. Students who experience continual illness and poor health are at risk of excessive absences and getting behind on coursework. But Lively said that even when physical symptoms are lacking, stress can be a factor in a poor academic performance.

“When people aren’t managing stress well, it can build up and become overwhelming,” she said. “I see a lot of that: not sleeping, not being able to concentrate, not being able to focus and think clearly. … The sympathetic nervous system … makes it harder to think, organize and plan.”

Adversely, when a student begins to miss classes or struggle with a curriculum, more stress can occur.

“Anxiety, worrying about how they’re doing in classes, it turns into a circular situation,” Lively said.

During Duff’s senior year, she experienced exactly that.

“The anxiety and stress caused me to procrastinate. Because I would become so overwhelmed by all that was on my plate, I couldn’t touch any of it. I ended up pulling a lot of all-nighters. I always took naps in between classes and going to work on campus because I constantly felt tired,” Duff said. “The worst was my senior year, with trying to finish classes along with working a full 40 hours a week. I was constantly grumpy and would become very snappy with others, which is something completely out of character for me.”

Duff agrees that the stress-classroom relationship can be a vicious cycle, and she said her stress levels have improved since she graduated. She’s also learned that avoiding stressful tasks and losing sleep aren’t healthy ways to cope.

“I try to de-stress by doing things like working out to release tension and going to bed early,” she said. “Talking with those around me also helps tremendously. I’ve learned that I must ask for help when I need it instead of trying to tackle things on my own.”

Physiology of freak-outs

According to an article from the Mayo Clinic website, there is a reasonable scientific explanation for why human bodies seem to break over life circumstances. The article states that stressful situations in life set the body’s fight-or-flight response into motion. The “natural alarm system” is turned on when a person feels under attack, whether it be from a bear in the woods or a killer homework assignment. The brain sends hormones and nerve signals to the adrenal gland to release adrenaline and cortisol, the principal stress hormone, into the blood.

Adrenaline increases a person’s heart rate and raises blood pressure. If someone is attacked by a predator, this function would allow that person to react quickly. Cortisol releases extra glucose, a type of sugar, into the blood and boosts the brain’s ability to use glucose. When a person is constantly stressed, the cortisol release is ongoing. When over-produced, cortisol suppresses digestive functions, affects the reproductive system and growth and wreaks havoc on the immune system. These changes can result in dangerous medical consequences when gone unmanaged, according to the article.

And those consequences can lead to large medical bills for a lot of people. American Psychological Association CEO Norman B. Anderson told the “Monitor on Psychology” that 75 percent of health-care costs involve chronic illness, and that stress is a “key driver of chronic illnesses.”

Americans aren’t handling stress well, and it’s affecting the health of individuals across the nation, according to the APA’s 2011 report, “Stress in America: Our Health at Risk.” The report indicated that 22 percent of Americans experience extreme stress, levels of eight or more on a scale of one to 10. In the same report, even more reported physical symptoms, including 32 percent with headaches, 24 percent with upset stomachs and 37 percent with fatigue – all due to stress.

The APA report stated, “Overall, Americans appear to be caught in a vicious cycle where they manage stress in unhealthy ways, and seemingly insurmountable barriers prevent them from making the lifestyle or behavioral changes necessary for good health.”

According to Lisa Lively, a post-doctoral fellow at Colorado State University’s Counseling Services, good self-care is the best kind of stress prevention. “We all get so focused on how to get through and survive, we let the things we know are good for us fall to the side,” she said. She’s offered these stress-busting tips for students who want to stay well.

• Keep a regular schedule. This includes sleep, exercise, and eating. Try to do things at about the same time every day.

• Monitor and limit substances. Be aware of caffeine and alcohol intake, and limit yourself. Don’t use substances as a coping source.

• Talk to people you trust. Sometimes just having someone who will listen can alleviate stress.

• Spend time doing activities you enjoy. Take up a hobby, take a bath, go outside, play with animals, or even cleaning can be therapeutic.

• Be intentional about your time. Evaluate how you spend your time on a daily basis. Some of it might be better spent doing a 30-minute relaxation exercise, talking to someone on the phone or going for a walk.

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CSU baseball clinches division in final home game

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Apr 292012
Authors: Andrew Schaller

The CSU club baseball team was able to finish its regular season with a win in its fourth and final game of the weekend Sunday afternoon after losing the first three against the University of Northern Colorado.

The Rams (24-9, 10-4) entered the four-game home stand one game away from clinching the Mid-America West region of the National Club Baseball Association, but fell short in their first three outings, losing by a combined seven runs to Northern Colorado (21-15, 6-6).

“I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves,” CSU coach Matt Reed said. “We got away from our approaches and got away from how we play the game and I think we made (Northern Colorado) look better than they were.”

Northern Colorado forced the Rams to play with their backs against the wall all weekend, keeping the fourth and decisive game tied until the bottom of the sixth inning, when catcher Austin Davidson-Pray hit a two-run home run over the left field fence that gave the Rams a 4-2 victory.

Pray, who had only one hit in the two games Sunday, and who shared time with Wataru Morisaki behind the plate all weekend, celebrated the fact that the home run gave one last conference title to seniors Matt Kurtz, Josh Ary and Mark Rivet.

“I’m glad that it happened,” Pray said. “I was trying to swing out of my shoes really, but (I was) doing it mainly for the seniors this year.”

The Rams will now prepare for the NCBA regional round of the playoffs, which will take place in Topeka, Kan. in two weeks.

In order to advance in the playoffs and compete for their seventh national championship in the last nine years, the Rams will need to get production out of a pitching staff that held Northern Colorado to an average of 3.25 runs per game over the weekend.

“Our pitchers carried us through this weekend,” Ary said. “They’ve done it throughout the season. I tip my cap to them. As hitters, we just gotta kind of carry our weight too and we’ll have no problem through regionals.”

Following a disappointing 2011 season in which they lost in the first round of the regional playoffs, the Rams now have two weeks to prepare themselves for their first postseason under Reed.

Heading into the regional playoffs, the Rams can now look back on the end of a turbulent regular season in which the team had three separate losing streaks of four or more games before rattling off 14 straight wins during the middle of the year.

“Going into the season, we were optimistic that we had a chance,” Reed said. “We got better, we kind of digressed there for a while, and then picked it back up, but I think we’re on the right track now.”

Club sports Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at

Weekend baseball results
Game 1: UNC: 1 CSU: 0 F/7
Game 2: UNC: 4 CSU: 0 F/7
Game 3: UNC: 6 CSU: 4 F/9
Game 4: CSU: 4 UNC: 2 F/7

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Briefs 4/30/12

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Apr 292012

First annual Alpha Kappa Delta and Crossroads Safehouse Clothing Drive today

Students interested in clearing out their closets and helping a good cause can look no further than the first annual Alpha Kappa Delta and Crossroads Safehouse Clothing Drive.

Clothing can be dropped off throughout the week in boxes near the entrances of Clark A and C, the Sociology Department office (Clark B 258) and in the Natural Resources Building.

“This is a great way to start your spring cleaning and/or moving process while helping out a local organization that is a refuge to so many victims of violence and abuse,” according to an events calendar entry.

The drive officially begins at 9 a.m. today.

Blue Ridge Trio to rock the UCA

The all-female Blue Ridge Trio will make a stop at the University Center for the Arts today in the Organ Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The trio, which features San Hochmiller, soprano; Tabatha Easley, flute; and Catherine Garner, piano, has been performing across the country since 2005.

The group is interested in researching and performing less-known chamber music by female composers, according to an entry on the events calendar, and tonight’s program will be comprised of works written after 1950.

“[The program] is a cross-section of accessible music highlighting both the success and diversity of female composers over the last 60 years,” according to a listing on the events calendar.

Tickets are $7 for CSU students, $1 for youth ages 2 through 17 and $12 for adults.

Spring issue of undergraduate research journal coming out May 4

Most undergraduate research publications only accept entries from their home university, and are under the tutelage of a faculty editor in chief.

But not CSU’s, which accepts entries from schools as far-ranging as England and Chile, and is helmed by Jessica Egner, a senior chemistry major.

The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence (JUR) is now on its fourth issue, which has a projected May 4 release date.

“We all were very surprised at how fast JUR would spread,” said JUR editor in chief and CSU chemistry major Jessica Egner in a news release. “The spring issue features undergraduate work from four different countries covering topics from Hemingway to fire regimes in South Africa, and radical art to cancer virotherapeutics.”

The first journal, which was issued in fall 2010, total about 30 pages. Since then, it was doubled in size.

JUR features the work of students in every discipline, from art to chemistry to creative writing to engineering, and is even registered with the Library of Congress.

“It’s been great working with the JUR undergraduate team,” said Mark Brown, the director for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry, and JUR’s advisor and supervisor. “JUR is one of the only student-run organizations like this in the country.”

CSU track and field sweeps the Jack Christiansen Invite

CSU track and field recorded six first-place finishes at the Jack Christiansen on Saturday, enroute to sweeping the tournament.

The Rams totaled 182.33 points on the men’s side and 190 on the women’s side, outscoring regional rivals Colorado, Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Air Force along with four other schools.

Trevor Brown earned first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.95 seconds, and Holly Keeper won the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:36.75. Seth Butler won the 800-meter run, posting a time of 1:54.0

For a full recap of the day, visit

Pick up some mad stadium knowledge

To get students more in the know about the on campus stadium discussion process, the university will be holding a series of events through the week to provide information and gather feedback about the university’s feasibility study of the project.

To kick things off, the Stadium Advisory Committee and the Associated Students of CSU will host four public forums for CSU students at 11 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the LSC West Ballroom.

These forums will be facilitated by the Center for Public Deliberation, and will offer both informational sessions and opportunities for input.

ASCSU will also have displays about the stadium process in the plaza from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Plaza. Students will have the opportunity to connect with members of the Stadium Advisory Committee and have additional opportunities for feedback.

Thus far, ASCSU President Eric Berlinberg has said that he has not gathered sufficient data to determine what student sentiment is about the on campus stadium.

“Students are a critical stakeholder in the discussion about whether the university should consider building a new stadium on campus, and the Stadium Advisory Committee needs to hear from them,” Berlinberg said in a news release. “These events will really help students learn more about the process and provide a meaningful opportunity for them to give their thoughts, ask questions and offer feedback.”

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Colorado State’s 24-hour Study Cube opens on campus

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Apr 292012
Authors: Kate Simmons

As university students begin to pull all-nighters for the impending finals week, they will have a new on-campus location to use to slog through their studies.

Construction on the Morgan Library Study Cube finishes Monday. For the rest of the semester, students will be able to access the study area using their ID cards at any time during the day or night.

“We wanted to provide a 24/7 study space for students,” said Morgan Library Dean Pat Burns.

The cube – part of the $16.8 million library renovation project – will serve as the entrance to the library with doors on the side facing the Lory Student Center as well as the side facing the Clark Building,

Construction began in March 2011 and has been executed in 12 phases. The project is currently in its 11th phase and will be completed in July.

“The construction crew has been working seven days a week to get this open,” said Tom Moothart, Morgan Library’s Assistant Dean of Delivery Services.

The floors of the Study Cube are heated and the windows were installed with photometric glass. This allows the windows to darken according to the light levels outside. There will also be solar panels on the cube’s roof.

Elevator access and two stairways lead to the second floor, where study areas, tables and couches surround the elevator. Tables can be moved so large study groups can make enough space to study together.

The construction team working on the library renovation also built the Behavioral Sciences building. They planned out both of the projects in phases to avoid disrupting student life as much as possible.

“We knew we’d be pushing people over (to the Behavioral Sciences building),” Moothart said. “We were very concerned. We knew parts of the construction were going to be very noisy.”

Some construction workers on the team even came in at night after the library was closed to do some of the noisiest work.

“There were still some noisy parts, but we tried to do core drilling and that kind of stuff at night,” said Troy Bohlender, a former CSU construction management student and superintendent for the project.

The team has worked every day for two weeks to complete the construction in time for dead week and finals week. Moothart explained that they want to see how the students use the space and work out any kinks so the library construction will be finished before fall semester.

Collegian writer Kate Simmons can be reached at

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Three former CSU football players get chance to prove themselves in the NFL

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Apr 292012
Authors: Kevin Lytle

Three former CSU football players watched this weekend as the NFL Draft didn’t fall their way. For the second year in a row no Rams were selected, but shortly after the Draft concluded, they found themselves on the road to the NFL.

Offensive lineman Paul Madsen, linebacker/safety Myke Sisson and running back Ray Carter all have been invited to rookie camps over the summer.

A little less than an hour after the Draft concluded Carter tweeted that he was headed to Green Bay. Almost immediately, however, he tweeted that he was actually signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“That whole situation was crazy,” Carter said on Sunday. “My agent was doing his job trying to find the best spot for me to go. Green Bay didn’t draft a running back so we were going to pursue Green Bay. At the same time, the Jaguars had a high interest in me and we were just waiting on a call so we kind of rushed it a little bit.

“At first thought I was going to go that route, but then Jacksonville’s head scout called me and it just went from there.”

Carter ran for 585 yards and four touchdowns his senior season and saw his stock go up after an impressive performance at his Pro Day. He is now ready for the opportunity to prove himself and work with Pro Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew.

“I’m going to a place where I can get a good opportunity to show them that I’m capable of playing,” Carter said. “I’ve just got to show them that I’m capable of doing a lot of things at a high level.”

Madsen, a 6-foot-4 tackle, signed with the Buffalo Bills almost immediately after the Draft concluded and is expected to be in Buffalo this weekend for a minicamp.

The 5-foot-11 Sisson said that it was a little nerve-wracking in the late rounds as his name wasn’t getting called, but shortly after the Draft ended he started hearing from teams and is now going to a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks.

His task now is to prove that the ankle injury that kept him out for seven games this season does not limit him and he is able to make plays in the NFL.

“When it comes down to it, it’s not when you go or where you go, it’s what you do when you get there,” Sisson said.

Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Lytle can be reached at

NFL signees

Running back Ray Carter
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Linebacker/safety Myke Sisson
Team: Seattle Seahawks

Offensive lineman Paul Madsen
Team: Buffalo Bills

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Elections: A love story

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Apr 292012
Authors: Jefferson Freeman

I came into college during a presidential election year, and am going to be leaving during one. So I felt that my last column should be about why I enjoy the spectacle of elections so much. Elections are some of the deepest and most complicated analysis of human nature that I can think of. They encompass changing the minds of millions of people while constantly reacting to changing information.

The coming election cycle is set to be one of the most expensive, and entertaining, in history. I write this in the hope that my disinterested and apathetic peers will get sucked into the show of it all and maybe fall in love with elections as I have. I hear from a lot of people that they find politics very boring, which I think is a valid point if you haven’t given it a chance to suck you in. For me, however, once you get to know the characters, or how the narrative works, it’s just as engaging as sports talk, or celebrity gossip, with all of the same back table dealings, scandals and stupid remarks –– and that’s why I love elections

Politicians are funny creatures, careful to avoid offending any group of people, but yet spewing personal and pointed insults at other politicians every week. A political candidate needs to be harsh, but at the same time pleasant. They need to be smart, but not elitist, in that people want to feel like they can have a beer with their leaders in government. Politicians are constantly fighting for their job, and therefore always have an air about them of self-justification.

It’s like that one friend everyone has who is constantly one-upping everything, –– politicians are always trying to outdo their peers, and that’s why I love elections.

Even better are the pundits and reporters who cover the election cycle. The perpetual hype machine which is 24-hour cable news is fairly hilarious in its coverage of an election and especially a presidential election. These characters are the gossip hounds of the TV drama that is an election.
They take something and menial as what a candidate eats, and are able to turn it into a class dividing issue. There is more drama than a soap opera, and I eat it up. Every word uttered by politicians has the potential to become a News Alert, that interrupts the less important news like war or corporate scandal. Political pundits have taken over the election cycle, and even though they may have dumbed it down, they have made it quite the spectacle, and that’s why I love elections
Elections are interesting because they are no longer about the issues. Sure, the issues may be mentioned here and there, but when all the major news networks spend more time analyzing the body language and vocal variety of candidates than they do discussing platforms, it’s obviously not about political promises anymore. This is clearly not the best for the state of our politics as we should be more serious over who is elected, but it does make for an interesting exhibition of how the masses think.

Do we care more about how a politician acts and holds themselves than on what they plan to do in office? As your TV screen starts to become littered with political ads and the such, pay a bit of attention to how many talk about real issues and how many are merely about character flaws. I think it is quite funny when you start realizing that most ads have nothing to do with being president, but rather, are just meant to get you riled up –– and that’s why I love elections.

For all of you who have never paid the slightest attention to election cycles, I ask you not to do your research on the issues, or to figure out the platforms of politicians. But rather, I hope you will look at the spectacle of it all and revel in the fact that the dramedy that is the U.S. election cycle will only continue to get more hyped as new forms of media emerge. Once you are interested in the show of elections, you may eventually start to care about issues, and you may even do what no one our age does… vote.

Jefferson Freeman is a senior economics major. His column appears every other Monday in the Collegian. He can be reached at

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Colorado State's Global Ambassadors share cultures with elementary school students

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Apr 292012
Authors: Elisabeth Willner

American children like multiple-choice questions, according to Ayrat Abdullin. They also like funny photos. So to catch the interest of elementary school classes, Abdullin showed a photograph of himself in northeast Siberia riding in a small, un-armed tank.

“A Siberian taxi,” he joked, explaining that the tanks are sometimes used as transportation in areas of Siberia that lack roads.

Abdullin came to CSU from Kazan, Russia, the capital of the region of Tatarstan, to get his master’s degree as part of a government scholars program. But now, thanks to Fort Collins’ Global Ambassadors program, he’s also an impromptu teacher.

Over the past year, Abdullin and fellow Russian student Ildus Mingazetdinov have been giving presentations as part of the program, which is coordinated by the Fort Collins International Center, CSU’s Office of International Programs and a newly formed Global Ambassadors student organization that connects local schools with international visitors.

Monday Abdullin and others will go to Bennett Elementary School to give 20-minute presentations about their native countries. Presentations include facts about the country as well as personal stories from presenters.

From Abdullin and Mingazetdinov, for instance, students will learn to write their names with the Russian alphabet. They’ll also look at photographs from Russia and hear about the animals, holidays and geography of the country.

Roxy Fajda, the president of the Global Ambassadors student organization, said the program aims to expose American children to other cultures.

“Our main goal is to put a face to a country, so it’s not just a random piece of earth they’ve never seen,” Fajda said.

Overall, speakers in the program come from about 30 different countries, including India, Bosnia, Malaysia and others. CSU international students participate, as well as other international community members.

Along with hosting events like the one at Bennett Elementary, Global Ambassadors also provides presenters to teachers who request them. If a class is learning about Africa, for instance, the teacher can ask for an African presenter.

This element of the program has existed for a long time. Fifteen years ago, the Fort Collins International Center used to arrange classroom visits by international speakers through a program they called the “International Speaker’s Bureau.”

In those days, however, the organization was informal and it eventually died out.

Roy Mongelli, a former CSU professor, helped revive the program six years ago when he asked a Mexican student if she would like to speak in classrooms about her decision to become a veterinarian.

“It was just a wild idea for a one-time shot,” Mongelli said.

The presentation was so successful, however, that the principal hugged Mongelli afterward. With the help of Kate Wormus, then a master’s student who now works in student affairs, Mongelli got a new program together by 2007, and it has grown ever since.

Global Ambassadors now markets to schools like Bennett Elementary, rather than just waiting for requests.

Abdullin said that the experience with Global Ambassadors might encourage students to visit other countries and expand their worldview.

“If they are excited about it when they are small, I think they will have an intention to go to Russia some day,” Abdullin said. “And that’s great from a cultural change perspective.”

Collegian writer Elisabeth Willner can be reached at

Global Ambassadors
14 group members
58 presenters from 30 countries
232 presentations at 12 schools and organizations
226 hours of volunteering

Presentation excerpt
As part of their presentation, Russian students Ayrat Abdullin and Ildus Mingazetdinov teach elementary school children to write their names in the Russian (cyrillic) alphabet.

Here is how to write “Collegian” in Russian:


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