OkCupid: A hot spot for college students

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Apr 182013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


According to Statistics Brain, there are 40 million people in the U.S. who have tried online dating, but what is it that convinces so many people to look for a relationship on the Internet? According to Lindsie Livingston, a Colorado State University student who used the site for about three months before deciding to delete it, claims it’s linked to our generation of college students. She said that because of the way in which we use social media, it is hard not to meet people online, so why not? She used a site called OkCupid, which many college students are currently connecting to. Most online dating sites charge a fee, but because of it’s demographic, OkCupid uses advertisers for income instead. According to Find The Best, an online database, the largest percent of users on OkCupid are between the ages of 18 and 34, which is a much younger age group than most other online dating websites. Colorado State University associate professor Patrick Plaisance said that his concern doesn’t stem from the idea of online dating, but rather from the way in which people communicate online. He said people tend to focus so much on themselves that people communicate differently online than they would in person. Plaisance also referred to the fact that because OkCupid is free, advertisers pay for the site, which means they are tracking your every click. “We relinquish that kind of privacy for the convenience of that free service,” he said. “With OkCupid and any other kinds of free service, we have to understand there is nothing that is free.”

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“Girl Rising” film inspires Fort Collins

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Apr 032013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


“Girl Rising,” a 10 x 10 film revealing the story of nine different girls from around the world, premiered in Fort Collins Monday, Apr.1 at AMC Cinema Saver 6. The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, was written by nine celebrated writers from each girl’s country and narrated by nine renowned actresses. As posted on their website, “Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.” In order to show in any area, a community must sell at least 100 tickets first. A group of Colorado State University graduate students involved in conservations leadership (CLTL) worked hard for the screening of “Girl Rising” in Fort Collins. After the film, Kari Grady Grossman, founder of Sustainable Schools International, spoke about the importance of worldwide education and the immense impact it can have, especially on girls. The premiere was sold out and a second screening is planned to show on Apr. 18. To purchase tickets visit http://gathr.us/screening/1785.

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CSU student explores Kenya for alternative break

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Mar 072013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


Over winter break, Colorado State University student Wesley Wyatt went on an alternative break trip to Kenya, which gave him the experience of a lifetime and a whole new perspective. After about 24 hours of travel time, he arrived in a town called Archer’s Post and received an overwhelming welcome from the two women’s tribes that reside there: Unity and Umoja. Though Wyatt was a little shocked by the change in culture, he expressed feeling very humbled. After two weeks of eye-opening emotion, transitioning back to daily life in the U.S. was a challenge that took a few weeks of adjustment. Wyatt made friends he will never forget and formed relationships that opened his heart to Kenya. If you’re interested in participating in this alternative break trip to Kenya, the 2013-2014 registration deadline is March 26.

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week hits CSU

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Feb 282013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


This week, Feb. 24 to Mar. 2, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and eating disorders are more prevalent on college campuses than many people realize. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 60 to 90 percent of women on college campuses are dieting to try to lose weight and 10 to 18 percent of men struggle with compulsive exercising, abusing supplements or steroids, and undergoing cosmetic surgery. Many college students like Kalista Consol struggle with helping friends with eating disorders as well as struggle with the disorder themselves. There are many resources at CSU to help students fight the mental ailment and the CSU Health Network offers both counseling and help from nutritionists. Their counseling services can be reached at (970) 491-6053. With media influences in every direction telling women and men how they should look, it is important to be aware of the prevalence of eating disorders, which is what this week is all about. According to The Body Project, most female models are thinner than 98 percent of American women.

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Hollywood stunt industry arrives in Fort Collins

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Feb 202013

Author: Kelsey Peterson


Legendary Hollywood stuntman Gary Montana, who has doubled actors in Fast and Furious, Pirates of the Caribbean, Forest Gump, and over 700 additional movies and television shows, has come to Fort Collins to open the Motion Picture Stunts and Tactical Studio. He trains actors, stunt performers, law enforcement/ military, and weekend warriors and for several years held the high-fall record of 225 feet while on fire. Montana moved to Fort Collins for romance, but stayed for the opportunity to liven up a great city. According to Montana, whether a famous actor or first-time college student, students are all treated the same. He instructs courses that include stunt fighting, explosions, dives and rolls, limited high falls, combat and sword fighting, and military/SWAT tactical screen action. Classes begin Feb. 23 and the studio is located at 1318 Blue Spruce Drive No. 5. For more information visit www.motionpicturestunts.com.

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Souled Out: Up, up & down, a snowriders guide

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Oct 242012

Author: Cassandra Whelihan


The Snowriders at Colorado State University are dedicated to getting you to the mountains for some much-needed mountain time.

So much in fact, that we have planned our first day trip before the snows started falling.

Saturday, October 27th, join us for a day of fun and shredding at A-basin.

We have rented three vans that fit roughly 12 people each. For members, the cost is only $15; non-members pay $20,

Sign up today during our office hours in the sunken lounge in the Lory Student Center.

As for upcoming trips, Jackson Hole is happening January 3rd-8th, 2013. For the low price of $620, the trip includes transportation to and from Jackson and the mountain, lift tickets, lodging, sustenance and beer. If you are an avid snow goer, you do not want to miss out on this trip.

People have already started putting their deposit down so get saving! A $100 down payment can be made online through our website to reserve your spot. Bless the hole, let’s get weird!

Currently, we are trying to plan a trip to the Winter X-games January 25th-27th, 2013. We are looking to rent a house for up to 15 members. Check back for updates and details soon!

As for spring semester, we throw down for a spring break house, movie premieres, day trips and socials. Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean we can’t follow the snow!

Check out or website and Facebook page to stay updated on our events:

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Build your own super speedy sled on the cheap

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Sep 282012

Author: John Sheesley

It’s that time of year again; the falling leaves will soon give way to falling snow and frigid weather. With bike trails covered in snow and the nearest ski area hours away, those with a lust for speed will have to turn to the old sledding hill. Cheap, plastic sleds are slow and boring, and the speedy runner sleds can cost more than a college student can spare. It’s time to get out that screwdriver and head to the thrift shop to get supplies for your very own do-it-yourself sled.

English: Boy on snow sled

A boy on a runner-style snow sled. These are fast! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Keep in mind the fact that snow is slippery. A sled that is equally slippery is going to go fast. The sled design outlined below will go very fast on a mildly steep hill. So wear a helmet, and maybe some old football pads or other protective padding. Be careful; with great speed comes a great risk, and sleds don’t have brakes. These instructions will require some knowledge of power tools, but nothing too difficult. If you haven’t got any tools head to the Hammer Time! shop on east Laurel and check out their tool co-op. They have lots of tools that can be used for a suggested donation, and they’re happy to help you use them.

All of the needed materials to build the sled

All of the needed materials to build the sled

Mostly anything will work as a sled. An old mattress can hold a few people and slides pretty well. Trash can lids, cookie sheets, car hoods; anything hard and slick can work. Here, we go big or go home, so at the thrift shop take a look around for a pair of old skis. They can be beat up, ugly relics from the ’80s as long as they’ve still got some wax on the bottoms. Try to find a cheap, plastic sled as well, or something similarly shaped, and an old pillow. Stop by the hardware store on the way home and get some scrap wood and four nuts, four washers and four bolts. Be sure to get the nuts with the smooth round heads, as they will slide easier.

Now to put everything together:

  1. Place the sled between the skis and the wood as shown below.
  2. Drill two holes the same size as your bolts through each ski and up through the sled and wood.
  3. Bolt it all together as shown, making sure the nuts are nice and tight.
  4. Put the pillow on top of the sled, covering the bolts.
  5. You may want to affix a rope to the sled so you have something to hang on too. Just drill a couple of holes in the front of the sled and tie the rope to them.
Assembling the sled

Assembling the sled

The finished product, the pillow is left off so you can see where the bolts go

The finished product, the pillow is left off so you can see where the bolts go








Now it’s time to try out the new sled! Sit on the pillow and go for a speedy ride down a nice snowy hill.

DIY Dorm-Safe A/C

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Sep 242012

Author: Jack Krause

The finished result of the project.

The finished result of the project.
Photo by Jack Krause.

Between the sweltering heat, and the bitter mornings, Colorado’s temperature may be throwing some of you for a loop. Worry no longer though, as there is a way to stop those hot afternoon’s dead in their tracks with a do-it-yourself dorm-friendly A/C.

Using the same process as siphoning liquid through a straw and the wind-power of a personal fan, you can lower the temperature of a sweaty dorm room by an average of five to seven degrees.

What you’ll need are…

  • A floor standing stationary fan with a removable face
  • 9 ft. of ¼ inch Copper tubing
  • 12 ft. of ¼ inch rubber tubing
  • About 40-50 zip ties
  • 2 small hose clamps (optional)
  • 2 buckets
  • Tools

What to do next is first remove the face from the fan; this is where you’ll be installing the copper tubing. Remove the face and set it on the ground and grab copper tubing. Start to coil the tubing along the face in a spiral pattern and use zip ties to hold it into place where it seems loose. Make sure both ends of the copper tubing end at the bottom of the face. Now take the hose clamps and attach the clear rubber tubing to the copper pipes with a secure seal.

Now take the buckets, and fill one with water to about the halfway point. Position this bucket on top of a desk or another elevated position, as long as it is above the other bucket. Now using “Bernoulli’s Principle” siphon the water into the other bucket by using the tubing as a straw to get a pressure built with the water. An example would be like a straw. Put the out-end of the tubing into the other bucket and let the water drain from the full one. There you have it! Dorm-safe A/C.

The process behind how this works is the water runs through the copper tubing, cooling the metal and the air around the metal. The fan pushes that air out, which in turn cools the room the fan is in. For the best results and maximum cooling, use ice-cold water in the bucket. This will keep the last month of heat at bay and will give you the most popular room on your floor. Keep it chill!

CTV Channel 11 Follows the Campaign’s Student Volunteers

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Sep 062012

Author: sadowney


The students at Colorado State University take on voter registration drives and make phone calls in preparation for the upcoming 2012 election. CTV reporter Sarah Downey has the story.

Get in gear: A guide to gear rentals in Fort Collins

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Aug 252012

Author: Kristin Hall

Photo Courtesy of Colorado State University Campus Recreation

The summer isn’t over yet and now that friends are back in town, it’s the perfect time of year to go experience the outdoors, but not having the right gear can be a huge problem for those living on a tight budget that can’t go out and purchase gear. Lucky for all those weekend warriors, Fort Collins has many options for gear rentals that will be easy on the bankroll.

One of the most convenient resources, located on campus, is the Outdoor Program at the Recreation Center. They offer basic outdoor gear that ranges from tents and sleeping bags to rock climbing and snow shoes, and they offer all of this exclusively for Colorado State University students and Rec Center members.

The Outdoor Program has made some big changes to its rental system this year. Instead of paying for each individual rental, students can purchase monthly or semester passes and rent an unlimited amount of gear. Also, the Program has bought more gear and moved their desk. Rentals now go through the Rec Center service desk, allowing students to rent gear any time the Rec Center is open.

According to the Outdoor Program Coordinator Eric DeLuca, this change was made to make the whole process easier and less expensive for students.

“To be honest the reason we can offer such low prices is that we aren’t here to make a profit — we are supported by student fees. The goal is to get students outdoors,” said DeLuca.

DeLuca said that though they are a great rental program, they can’t offer everything.

“If you’re looking for technical gear for something like Nordic skiing, we’re fairly limited,” he sad.

If you are looking for more technical gear, no need to fear, there are still more options in town. Jax Outdoor offers a wide range of affordable rentals charged by the day. The first-day rental will run you a bit more but each successive day costs less. And according to Jax employee Mike Engelstad, you can expect the gear you rent to be newer and less worn. Engelstad cautions students to call and make reservations ahead of time to be sure they have gear because it often goes quickly depending on the time of year.

Photo courtesy of Colorado State University Campus Recreation

If you’re looking for a place where the employees are knowledgeable about recreation areas near Fort Collins, Jax is your best bet according to Engelstad.

“People come in all the time talking about where they are going and how their trips went, so the employees know all the best places to play,” he said.

Another option is REI. They offer a wide range of gear for rent and not just purchase. According to REI employee Tegan Plock, it’s a really great deal if you are an REI member.

“Members don’t have to pay the $100 damage deposit and they get a discount on our gear,” she said. Plock notes that they also work well with busy schedules and can schedule pre-pick up and drop off.

No matter what outdoor adventure is calling, Fort Collins has plenty of options to satisfy your wallet and your wild streak.