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LIFE December 14, 2012


Heather Horton, Director of the Wellness Resource Center, talks about how she became an advocate for safe sex, how sexual assault is a problem at CC, the transition into her new position, feminism in Disney movies and the Mayan apocalypse.

Comment cards: The woman who answers your Rastall prayers

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ACTIVE LIFE Comment and Debate


Zumba rewarding experience for all involved. Page 9

FRIDAY Week 3, Block 4 December 14, 2012 Volume 42 • No. 12

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CAMPUS FOOD Rumors of laxatives in Rastall food prove false

Student section thin at CC home hockey games

Two CC staff members resign abruptly

Two high-ranking college staff Jesse Paul members simulNews Editor taneously and abruptly resigned this week under circumstances that neither Colorado College nor the former employees will discuss. Paul York, Student Activities Specialist, and Nicole Fagundo, Residential Life Coordinator for Mathias Hall, submitted letters of resignation on Monday afternoon, of�icially splitting from the college, according to Jane Turnis, Director of Communications. “I can’t address any further questions, as we can’t comment on personnel matters,” Turnis told The Catalyst. Both York and Fagundo were wellknown at CC as being heavily involved in Residential Life and the different disciplinary facets of the college. In Mathias, where Fagundo supervised a team of Residential Advisors, some are feeling left in the dust. “Nikki Fagundo is someone who has the love and great professional respect of her entire Mathias RA staff,” junior Allie Weibel, a Mathias Staff RA, said. “The entire situation concerning her has had an extremely negative impact.” Catalyst inquiries sent to the Residential Life department, Dean’s Of�ice and Human Resources as to the nature of the resignations were all directed to the Of�ice of Communications. “I hear [The Catalyst has] inquired about two college employees and requested a meeting,” Turnis said in an CC STAFF

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Sitting in the stands at a ColoAudrey Wheeler rado College Guest Writer hockey game might have more of an impact than you think. The student section at hockey games seems emptier than usual this year to many students, but the athletics department maintains that it is no more than the regular �lux of crowds. While it is undeniable that certain games, like those against DU, are packed with students, there have been other games with noticeably small turnout. “The more students attend, the more energy there is in the arena, and we as a team feed off of that energy,” said Joe Marciano, an assistant captain of the team. “Student sections play a huge role during college hockey games and the more students that come the better.” The athletic department runs many campaigns to get students excited to attend hockey games. The most obvious incentives are the free tickets and free buses, and other efforts include �lyers, posters, free t-shirts, tailgate parties, and on-ice promotions involving students. “It means a lot to have student/peer support,” said Jessica Bennett, the DiCC HOCKEY

Students march down Tejon Street in protest of fracking within city limits. The banner reads, “Protect our Future. Keep Fracking Out.” Photo by Alex Suber.

STUDENTS PROTEST FRACKING Springs City Council postpones decision

The stomping resonated Alex Suber throughout the Guest Writer whole building as a storm of 30some Colorado College students ran up the metal stairs into the city hall meeting Tuesday to have their voice heard. It was jam-packed inside and the tension so high it mirrored the delicate stakes. This was the scene at the Colorado Springs City Hall meeting Tuesday where hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as “fracking,” was up for discussion. The city preliminarily approved plans to allow fracking within city limits last month with a City Council vote of 6-3 to pass an amendment that would allow oil and gas companies to start their search for natural gas in city parks and LOCAL POLITICS

federal lands. On Tuesday City Council voted 7-2 to postpone their �inal decision on the controversial gas-extraction method. Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas from bedrock deep underground, a type of drilling that creates miniature earthquakes and allows gas to escape from deep within the earth. Then immense amounts of water and chemicals are pumped in to further extract the gas. Plainly put, hydraulic fracturing is a way to drill for natural gas, a fossil fuel. The debate, however, is whether this method is safe. Studies have shown that fracking has contaminated groundwater causing detrimental health effects both to humans and the surrounding ecology. In Colorado alone there have been cases Continued: News page 8

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Past hockey game coverage as well as photos are available at

Freshman writing portfolio a necessary evil The First Year Writing Portfolio at Colorado ColColleen Leong lege is arguably Staff Writer the most dreaded part of freshman year, but is more important than you might think. We frequently see CC students seated in Tutt Library, coffee in hand, pounding out essays, lab write-ups, and senior theses, and it’s widely accepted that writing is a crucial component of a liberal arts education. Reinstated with the class of 2014, CC now requires a First Year Portfolio – a collection of papers written throughout a student’s �irst year at the college that are used to analyze writing progress and pro�iciency. The portfolio consists of an essay written during the student’s First ACADEMICS

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Year Experience (FYE) class, a course paper written in blocks three to eight, and a re�lective essay completed at the conclusion of the year. “Portfolios as a means of assessing undergraduate student writing �irst came into vogue in the mid 80s,” said Tracy Santa, director of the Writing Center. “Rather than grade students on work as they are developing skills, perhaps the most meaningful evaluation comes at the end of the class when students re�lect on their work.” The re�lection portion of the portfolio is what distinguishes it from a mere compilation of essays. “Since 1969, CC has not mandated any English class requirement,” Santa said. “In November of 2009, the writ-

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The Catalyst remembers the late Ruth Barton, a pioneer for CC writing and journalism to whom we all owe thanks. Page 7

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