CSU showcases student achievement

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May 022013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


The Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity showcase crowded the Lory Student Center Theatre at Colorado State University May 30. All CSU undergraduate students are encouraged to submit research or creative works that are then featured at the showcase and judged by three different judges. Students showed off their achievements and winners were awarded from the various events. For more information visit http://curc.colostate.edu/.

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Defying a social standard

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Dec 072012

Author: Hannah Woolums

The social norm has been created that right after graduating high school one is expected to go to college.

Many have given in to this expectation, but many others decided to enter into the workforce right away due to different factors that caused them to make the decision.

For 19-year-old, Ethan Midland, going to college wasn’t what he had his sights set on when he graduated high school. His first plan was to join the Army, but then after some persuasion, he decided to stay and work full time.

“I initially was going to go into the Army when I got out of high school. I had pretty much made up my mind and was prepared to go, but my parents (who were very against it) swayed my decision. So instead of going in to the Army, I decided it would be better to just take time off of school,” said Midland.

Although Midland has taken time off from school he plans to start up at Front Range Community College in the near future. He plans to start with taking his general education classes before he decides on a major. For the time being, he will continue to gain experiences as a Shift Lead at Taco Bell.

“The decision has impacted my life mostly in the fact that I’m a bit behind in schooling. It had honestly, in my opinion, set me back,” said Midland. “I plan on going back to school very soon at FRCC (Front Range Community College). First for my general eds and from there we will see!”

Shalon Gage, 24, deviated from her college education for a very different reason. Once she had her son, college no longer seemed as adamant. As an employee of Taco Bell, she quickly worked her way up to the position of assistant manager. With her job and her son, college no longer seems like it fits into the picture.

“If I were given the chance I would not go to college, mostly because I want to be there for my kid,” said Gage.

For others, college was not a priority right after high school and working gave them experiences and knowledge they will never forget.

Dale Woolums, father and wine store manager, grew up in a different social standard. College was not a strong expectation and he factored in his family as a reason why he ended up not attending.

“College was not a priority for my family. Neither of my parents went, and it wasn’t discussed with me, at least I didn’t remember it being. It wasn’t that I decided not to go to college, I just kept working, running kitchens, and then restaurants, and before I knew it, I hadn’t gone,” said Woolums.

Although many years have gone by, Woolums would not have changed the path he followed. Through jumping into work right after high school, Woolums was able to work hard and advance within his company.

He has had a few different jobs throughout his lifetime, but even without going to college, he was able to make his way into management positions in more than one of the jobs he held. Now at 56, Woolums is proud of the experiences he had.

“I didn’t decide my path, I followed it. My career moves were just that, moves, from where I was, to something better. I was fortunate that my career didn’t require a degree to get into, then advancements were based on performance. Not relying on a degree to be ‘successful’ developed my common sense and logic, efficiency and creativeness. While I lack certain skill sets that I could have learned in college, I acquired some that are only taught by experience,” said Woolums.

Midland has had a different experience from not going to school. He has made great friendships but has not seen a huge difference in gathering real life experience over education.

“I’m not sure I’ve gained a whole lot from doing work rather than school. I’ve definitely gained friendships that I would never give up. I’ve also now gained a bit of management experience,” Midland explained. “Mostly what ended up happening as a result of not being in school was the large amount of partying, more than I should have. And mainly what made me decide to take the role as a manager at TB (Taco Bell) was the extra money.”

Although he has had a very successful life, first as a kitchen manger, and now as a manager of a liquor store in Denver, Woolums has seen many jobs in between. Some of which are a wine broker, and then moving on to a real estate agent and to buying houses to ‘fix-and-flip.’ However, he says that if he were able to do something differently, given the chance he would have gone to school.

“I would have gone (to school), for sure. At the time, I wasn’t a great student when I graduated from high school, although I got pretty good grades for the amount of effort I gave. I was ‘to cool for school’ then and after a few years, it never occurred to me to go,” explained Woolums.

Too School for Cool: Fake ID impatiencey

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Oct 052012

Author: Allison LeCain

The Best Gol Darn Beer Ever.

The Best Gol Darn Beer Ever. (Photo credit: Bmaas)

Does the saying ‘it doesn’t count as alcoholism until you’re out of college’ mean anything to you?

When people hear tales of college, they usually involve drinking. You come home for winter break and all you hear about from your friends is how wasted they were when they jumped off the roof, fell out of a tree, or woke up in a stranger’s bed. This makes it feel like college is all about drinking alcohol.

I myself turned 21 almost a year ago (what do I have to look forward to now!?), but my 21st birthday certainly wasn’t the first time I had tasted alcohol (sorry mom).  I’d be lying if I said that underage students at CSU don’t drink, as it’s easy to look up the statistics online, but in my opinion some of the underage students are smarter than others.

It’s my understanding that the majority of underage students tend to move in crowds, house-party hopping on Friday nights. For others, it seems like there is no way they can possibly wait to go to bars or buy something at a liquor store, so they choose to ‘turn 21’ right now.

Fake ID’s are nothing new, though it is becoming increasingly easier to get them, what with the internet and all that jazz. Once a person has a legitimate-looking ‘fake’, they can join their 21-and-up friends for a night of buying overly-priced alcoholic beverages and mingling with some honeys.

While it is ridiculously unfair that a person can serve in the military and vote at the age of 18 but cannot buy or consume alcohol, the repercussions for dodging this law by purchasing a ‘fake’ are costly, and I don’t just mean money-wise.

If a person is caught with a fake ID, there are several possibilities of punishment by law. These range from a $1,000 fine to one year in jail with a felony or misdemeanor charge on your record, depending on your criminal history.

This image shows a red wine glass.

This image shows a red wine glass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now this may just be my belief, but I’m thinking that messing up your college career by going to jail might not be a good plan. You should treasure those few more months/years you have of being underage, because after you’re 21, life kicks into gear. Soon you’ll graduate college and be in the real world. That’s when you’ll be wishing you were underage with less life decisions to make.

Stay smart rams and think before you drink.