Update: Aurora theater shooting

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Jul 302012

Author: Kirsten Swanson


Update: July 30th, 2012
Denver, Colo – The suspect in the Aurora theater shooting appeared in Arapahoe County Court Monday. James Holmes was advised on charges after he shot up an Aurora movie theater premiere of The Dark Night Rises.

Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder (be advised, these charges are doubled in number for the victims of the shooting).

Both the murder and attempted murder charge carry the death penalty if Holmes is convicted.

The prosecution against Holmes will be stalled for now. A new Arapahoe County district attorney will take over the case after the new officials are installed. That means that Holmes trial could be put off for up to a year.

Twelve people died in the theater massacre, including a six-year-old little girl.

CSU raises money for equine center fire

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Jul 262012

Author: CTV Staff


raised money. Colorado State University’s Equine Reproductive Laboratory caught fire on July 26th, 2011. This office fire resulted in one of the costliest damages in CSU history. This laboratory is world renowned and part of one of the nation’s top Veterinary programs here at Colorado State University. This news package aired on Colorado State’s campus television news program, sharing how students and staff are coping now. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Human Performance Clinical Research Lab conducts breakthrough research

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Jul 162012

Author: Kirsten Swanson


CTV Reporter Kirsten Swanson visited the Health and Exercise Science department for a look at some of the cutting edge studies and technologies they are doing to help keep CSU as a top research institution.

Money and Political Advertising:  Two in the Same

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Jul 122012

Author: technical

If you live in a presidential “swing state” the
election may be hitting home a little sooner than in the rest of the country.  A
flood of television advertisements has dominated the airwaves in Colorado, Florida, Iowa,
Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, since the beginning of

$222.6 million has already been spent on
television ads by all of the presidential candidates combined this election
cycle—most of which has been focused in the nine swing states.

Attack ads from PAC’s, unflattering
still-shots of candidates, and words taken out of context make up most of the

what’s new?  This is just another year for us all to swear off
television.   Then four years from now we’ll do it all over, and the sea
of political ads will once again drown our television sets.   But do our
elections have to be this way—perhaps more importantly should they be?

Advertising’s Role in Politics

“Advertisers are just doing their
job,” said Roger Lipker, professor of advertising at Colorado State University
and former director of communications at McDonald’s Corporation.  

“The most effective creative wins, no matter what the product or politician.
 Those sick of political advertising should not blame the advertising industry;
rather, they should blame the two sources — money and today’s Supreme Court.
 So long as the justices continue to allow huge sums of money from PACs and others
with an agenda to flow as it does today, we’ll continue to see advertising as we see
it,” Lipker said in an email interview.

We already know the Supreme
Court’s stance on this issue with the Citizens United decision and the State of Montana case two weeks ago.   Which means,
according to Lipker, we are left with only one alternative—our political future is
in the hands of businesses and those with money.

Management Holds the Key

“It’s important that [the Supreme Court] upheld the
corporations rights because it protects the shareholders.  It’s a good thing
overall because corporations tend to have more money to give,” said Burt Deines,
business and management professor also at Colorado State University.

Was it the
Supreme Court’s intention to put the power of political contributions into the hands
of those with the most to give?  It appears that way, and if this is our political
reality then CEO’s and managers face the burden of whether or not to continue
contributing to the current state of our election process.  

means however that upper management also must decide whether or not to continue furthering
their industries by spending company funds to elect politicians that favor them.

“It exposes managers and CEO’s to risks, but that’s their job—to
manage risk.  It’s important to lobby for the laws that help protect their
industry because that’s a risk management tool.  Can it go overboard? 
Sure,” said Deines.

The Way It Should Be

When all is said and done in
November, the end goal of these television blitz campaigns is votes.  While
historically television ads have had very little effect on the
of elections, this election cycle is proving to be different.  

According to a USA Today/ Gallup poll in the New
York Daily News
, President Obama’s attack ads are giving him the edge in the key
swing states.  Eight percent of voters said political ads have changed their minds
about either Obama or Romney.   More than three-quarters of those who changed
their mind said they now support the president. Only 16 percent said ads convinced them to
support Romney.

The payoff in votes is essential but it may also be returned in
the form of  individual donations.  According to the Federal Election
Commission, some of the largest individual contributions have come from the states where
advertising has been heaviest.

The map below allows you to see both Mitt Romney
and Barack Obama’s swing state totals raised as of May 31, 2012.  President Obama is
leading fundraising across all swing states by just over $2 million.

So should our elections be this way?  The
answer for now remains unknown, and alternatives may never be seen.  We do however
know that businesses and those who currently contribute the most to the political process
might be the only ones to whom citizens can turn if they wish to change the way things

Gigababy: College Avenue Rears a Digital Child

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Jul 112012

Author: CollegeAveStaff

I am a second semester fifth year senior. Doing any task outside of the newsroom has now become loathsome.  Alas, the powers that be are requiring me to continue to trek towards earning a degree at Colorado State University.

Among my carefully selected array of hundred level lecture classes, I have managed to pick up a child development class. My hope is that there will be a day, far from now, that I may need to have a knowledge of these tiny squirmy beings.


Congratulations! My easy-peasy-rice-and-cheesy lecture class has delivered me with a healthy digital baby boy! By some miracle I am expected to parent him to a fully functioning age 18.

So what do I know about parenting? Nada. Which is why the staff at College Avenue Magazine has stepped up to help me out. Together we will be answering some seriously tough, sometimes funny, questions that will shape our child as he grows.


Happy Birthday!

Our healthy baby boy, College Avenue II, was born on Jan. 19, 2012. He is currently 12 months old after cranking though a series of tutorials and multiple-choice questions.

Like any new parent, this process has turned out to be harder than we expected! There were decisions to be made about when to start feeding him solid foods, if you should puree it, what is a normal level of social interaction, etc.

Keep in mind (as in real life) with every answer we chose, we were guiding the intricacies of College Ave. II’s future! If we answered to his every cry he may become dependent later on. If we didn’t answer his every cry he may reject us as socially interactive parents and cling to others.

The program the class is using is called Virtual Child, through Pearson Education. Virtual Child evaluates our baby, and all of the decisions we make within the first 30 months of his life, on five dimensions – activity, sociability, emotionality, aggressiveness vs. cooperativeness and self-control.  So far, we’re nose deep in to the nitty-gritty stench of hard questions.

Growing up in a bustling, rowdy newsroom is a rough place to be, but some magazine staff has got to do it!


End of the World: A Mayan Prediction?

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Jul 112012

Author: CollegeAveStaff

The year 2012 brings with it a conundrum for mankind to solve:  is this long-awaited year really the end of all humanity? Will December 21, 2012 be the end of the world or the beginning of another? Or is all this fear and speculation over nothing?

Speculators, alike, have been talking about this day for half a decade.  A lot of the debate has primarily focused on the Maya, a diverse group of indigenous people who lived around 2000 B.C. in parts of present-day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and northwestern Honduras, according to History.com.  Michael D. Coe, American archeologist and author, has written numerous books about the Maya culture.  His own research has led him to side with the Armageddon viewpoint, according to Wikipedia.

Some people believe that the Maya held the power to predict future events, including the end of the world; however, there is no hard evidence that proves this theory, according to History.com.  A possible reason as to why scholars have directed their attention toward this group of people could be because they were successful in developing “one of the most sophisticated and complex civilizations in the Western Hemisphere,” according to History.com.  The Mayas built complex cities without the use of modern technology, communicated using one of the world’s first written languages, and measured time using two calendar systems.

Over the past ten years, speculation has continued to heighten as various perspectives come to the surface. As this date has drawn closer, even cultural and entertainment trends have reflected the broad array of opinions, including the 2012 film which depicted a series of cataclysmic events unfolding.

These “doomsday” theories have brought about fear and uncertainty, but even Mayas, today, don’t believe that December 21, 2012 marks the end of the world, Stephanie Lesar, a junior anthropologist and sociologist student at Colorado State University, says.

“One of my archeology professors who conducted research in Central America said modern Mayas don’t believe it’s the end of the world,” Lesar says.  Rather, they believe it is just the end of another life cycle.

The Maya civilization marked this day as the end of the 13th b’ak’tun, a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which was used in Central America.  A b’ak’tun consists of 144,000 days, or 394.26 solar years.  A solar year refers to the length of time that the Sun takes to return to the same position in the cycle of seasons.  The Classic Mayas lived during the eighth and ninth b’ak’tun.  The end of the 13th b’ak’tun marks the beginning of the 14th b’ak’tun, according to Wikipedia.

According to the Mayas, the world has already collapsed five times; life has ended five times.  The Mayans believe that the first humans to inhabit the earth disrespected the planet, so the gods wiped them out, Lesar says.

“There is nothing in the Maya or Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican prophecy to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012,” Mayanist scholar Mark Von Stone said.  “The notion of a ‘Great Cycle’ coming to an end is completely a modern invention.”

Road Trip

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Jul 112012

Author: CollegeAveStaff

Road trip! Road trip! It has always been a love of mine to drive. Either it be fast, slow, cornering, accelerating, or just flat out cruise control. One of the all-time greatest driving attitudes in my opinion is to sit back, put on your favorite cd, look at that open highway ahead and hit the gas. No true sense or idea of where you’re going or how long it’s going to take, just that you’re on your way (otherwise known as a road trip).


There are two basic archetypes of road trips. The first: The family experience. Or as I like to call it, the lets take people who probably already spend too much time together, cram them all into a tight uncomfortable space for 25 and a half hours, and watch the sparks fly. It all goes back to the old saying you can choose your friends but not your relatives, (or in this case your immediate family). Don’t get me wrong I love my family, but I gotta say my lovely mother after 12 hours in the car without a drink can start to feel a little crazy. Or my father’s OCD making us clean out the trash every 4 minutes could be quite a treat for a sitcom audience. That’s not even mentioning my brother who falls asleep before we even get out of the driveway.


Family road trips are a great experience. It’s where you learn how light hearted people can be; how fun your family beneath your family truly is, (or just how to shut up before mommy and daddy gouge your eyes out with the pen in the cup holder). Whatever it is, you realize that you can actually bond with these people who you sometimes just grunt at each day before breakfast. It gives you that sense that there is more to one another, and that you can learn something new about people every day.  It may seem like such a drag to be stuck with the big unit in the car, or Johnny drinks too much, but you look back on it later and are glad you have these people in your life. After all, they really are the wheels to your car.

The second: The getaway. I want to go there; well then go. It’s all about freedom. No more just going somewhere to see somebody, but just going to go. Who cares how many clothes you have or what you smell like, just put that peddle down and drive. Drive as far as you want, till the motor blows or the sky falls; and when you’re full, go on back. There is not really much to this type of road trip. The concept that lies beneath the hood is the idea that you are free. You’re not looking for anything, but you know you’ll probably find it. It is an experience to experience if you know what I mean.

So slam the gas and drive.


Dorm Room Cooking: Rice Krispie

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Jul 112012

Author: CollegeAveStaff

For this month’s recipe I decided to make a classic, Rice Krispie Treats. Some of my greatest memories are with my mom baking in the kitchen. One of the recipes we would always make and I would always ask for were Rice Krispies. Being a college freshman I often crave things that I used to take for granted and always want Mom’s home cooking, but never know how to make them in the dorms. Although, many recipes are very difficult to make in the dorms, this one was quite easy and very tasty.

What you will need:

  • 2 Teaspoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Marshmallow Crème
  • 1 cup of Rice Krispies
  • This will make a small bowl of the treats. For a larger batch I would use
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ bags of marshmallows or about one jar of the marshmallow crème
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  • *this will fit a 9×13 pan
  • For a change add 1 cup of peanut butter


Melt the butter in the microwave for one minute, stopping every ten seconds to stir the butter. Next scoop the two tablespoons of the marshmallow crème into the butter. I used marshmallow crème because I only have a microwave so using regular marshmallows in a microwave would cause them to explode. Mix these two together until almost fully combined. After this step, add the Rice Krispies to the mix and stir until fully combined. You can either transfer the mix to a pan or a new bowl or keep it in the same bowl. If you use a new bowl make sure you properly butter the bowl so that the treats don’t stick to the bowl. Let sit for about an hour and enjoy!