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THE RO CKY MOUNTAIN
Fort Collins, Colorado
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Volume 120 | No. 9
THE STUDENT VOICE OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1891
Puff, puff, protest Group petitions to ban FoCo MMJ dispenaries
By COLLEEN MCSWEENEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian
There are 21 medical marijuana dispensaries in Fort Collins, but if a local activist group succeeds in its endeavor, that count could drop to zero. At the beginning of this summer, the Concerned Fort Collins Citizens (CFCC) assembled a petition which, if approved, will force all retail medical marijuana businesses in Fort Collins to shut down. The group garnered more than 7,000 signatures in support of the ban — only 4,214 are needed for a proposal — and last week the signatures were deemed legitimate by the city, according to Fort Collins City Clerk Wanda Krajicek.
Now that the petition’s signatures have been reviewed, it will be put in the hands of the Fort Collins City Council, Krajicek said. And on Aug. 16, the council members will either vote to directly approve the proposal, or they’ll send it to November’s ballot, leaving it up to Fort Collins voters. “I would be shocked if the city council approves it right away,” said Larimer County Sheriff and CFCC member Justin Smith. “But at the very least, this deserves the citizen vote.” Sheriff Smith has been a proponent for the banning of medical marijuana dispensaries since 2009, when a shift in Colorado’s medical marijuana laws led to a laxity among distributors and increase of
dispensaries. From 2009 to 2010, Smith cited a 20 percent increase in marijuana-related crime. “Fort Collins promotes healthy living, so why encourage marijuana use?” Smith asked. “My take is, we didn’t see so many problems before (2009) with the original patient-caregiver model, so we need to return to that.” But with the 21 dispensaries in Fort Collins comes a strong support of medical marijuana use and subsequently adamant opposition to the CFCC’s petition. Most of this support comes from a group formed in direct opposition to the petition — the Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods. Terri Gomez, the group’s campaign director, believes the proposal will be sent to the ballot in November, however, she’s in the process of
Medicinal Gardens of Colorado, located at the Carriage House on Howes and Mulberry, is one of many medical marijuana dispensaries in Fort Collins. While all dispensaries sell marijuana, some also sell paraphernalia as well.
See MMJ on Page 3
ALAN PERRY | COLLEGIAN
The Goat Whisperer
Fort Collins adding a new layer
Some people may beome uncomfortable, or even disagree with the idea of man dates. But, to all of us at the Collegian, there is nothing more beautiful or natural than two heterosexual gentlemen enjoying each other’s company in a romantic environment.
“I love you, man” A quiet night at home There’s nothing like grabbing a DVD from RedBox and curling up on the couch to counteract a stressful day. And let’s face it, sometimes two dudes just need to get together, watch “Eat, Pray, Love,” and have a good cry.
By MATT MILLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian For the first time since it began publishing in 1891, this issue of the Collegian will have something entirely new tucked inside its pages. Inserted into this issue is the satirical newspaper, “The Onion.” Through a deal between the Associated Students of CSU, “The Onion” and Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, “The Onion” will be inserted as a tabloid into the Collegian every Wednesday. “The Onion” staff provides all of the content in the insert, and all local advertisement sales go to RMSMC. “The Onion” has no control over Collegian content and the Collegian advertising department provides all local advertisement sales. ASCSU paid the initial licensing fee, which came from student fees without a fee increase. Collegian advertisement sales will pay for all printing and production costs that go into providing “The Onion.” “I think it’s a great partnership with ‘The Onion’ to provide students with something they clearly want,” said ASCSU President Eric Berlinberg. As one of his campaign promises, Berlinberg approached RMSMC to provide “The Onion.” The satirical newspaper is currently offered throughout Denver, as well as on campus at CU-Boulder. However, in these areas it is a stand-alone See ONION on Page 6
WHAT IS THE ONION?
ALAN PERRY | COLLEGIAN
Hannah Tobin, 9, looks on while feeding goats Tuesday at the Farm at Lee Martinez Park. The Farm, which aims to be interactive and educational, was established in 1985. The Farm is open daily, except for Sundays and admission is $2.50 per person.
“The Onion” is a satirical newspaper that was founded in 1988 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as a student newspaper. The humorous publication, which originally targeted its local student readers, has now spread to an international audience through print, radio, broadcast and Internet outlets. It is published in places such as Denver, Boulder, New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto. It will be published in the Collegian every Wednesday.
THE LONE WOLF
Sen. Rollie Heath campaigns for education funding
By JUSTIN RAMPY The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Sen. Rollie Heath, of Colorado’s 18th district, took his interim time between sessions this year to campaign for an initiative that would bring in a total of $3 billion to education institutions across the state — an effort that has since paid off with more than 142,000 signatures.
His proposal, which would raise Colorado’s income and sales tax rates to levels not seen since 1999, could generate the funds needed over the next five years to counter the recent announcement of statewide education cuts. Individual and corporate income tax would be raised from 4.63 percent to five percent. Additionally, the sales and use tax would be raised
from 2.9 percent to three percent. Heath said these increases alone would be enough to bridge the deficit on education. The citizen’s initiative has 142,000 unverified signatures, which are being reviewed — the petition needs at least 86,105 to get on the ballot. Despite this, it is behind in polling and does not have ad-
equate funding. But it won’t stop Heath from campaigning. “We think it’s a good bill, but we’re playing the waiting game until Congress reconvenes and we can get a better sense of the debate,” Chase Eckerdt, Governmental Affairs of ASCSU, said. “But we’re glad that voters will have a say for the future of education. It was a big step to get it on the ballot.”
Heath has gone around to several student governments in the state, but interestingly enough, has not made his way to Fort Collins to meet with ASCSU. “We are one of most, if not the most, influential student governments in the state so we expect to be in the mix eventually,” Eckerdt said. See HEATH on Page 6
The gym Sports have been bringing people together for centuries, something bros at the Rec Center realized long ago. I mean, come on, who can say no to, “Hey man, let’s cut the sleeves off of all our t-shirts and get our swell on.”
If there’s something wrong with two men sitting down to enjoy a delicious, varying menu and happy hour mango margaritas with sugared rims, we here at the Collegian don’t want to be right.
Strip Club This is the pinnacle of male bonding. There’s nothing like coming together, getting tanked, harassing a girl named Destiny, being thrown from a stage and vomiting in a parking lot.
The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff and designed by Visual Managing Editor Greg Mees.
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ELC Summer Day Camp: Follow Your Food 9 a.m. Environmental Learning Center Drake Site Lagoon Concert: The Indulgers 6:30 p.m. Lagoon’s West Lawn Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets. Dance or sing along.
Student Organic Produce Stand (Cancelled) 1 p.m. Plant Environmental Research Center The CSU sustainable development garden is full of delicious organic vegetables, grown and maintained by students. Some veggies are now ready to eat, including radishes, rhubarb, lettuce, spinach, kale and herbs. Food Science and Human Nutrition Seminar 2 p.m. Gifford Building, Rm 235 Bonnie Jortberg, doctoral candidate in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, will be presenting.
Summer classes end
Meet the Rams Day: CSU Football 7:45 a.m. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
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Miles McClain, left, and Jonathan Seevers, of the band Tree, play a show at the GNU Gallery in Old Town Saturday. The band, from Lincoln, Neb., is known to have an affinity for fake blood.
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The Rocky Mountain Collegian | Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Big changes come to billing New system allows for more flexible payment plan
By Jason Pohl The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Students now have more options for paying bills during their time at CSU, thanks to a new plan for the upcoming school year that will provide greater flexibility in an easier to understand statement. “We really wanted to take a look at the possible solutions,” said Lynn Johnson, associate vice president for finance at CSU. “We wanted e-billing to be understandable.” Under the new plan, students are encouraged to have their bill paid in full by the September due date to avoid any additional charges. If a bill is not paid in full by that time, a 1.5 percent deferral fee will be assessed to the outstanding balance. No additional penalties
will accrue and no special arrangements must be made with the university. “Student now will know their amount-due earlier,” Johnson said, allowing for more time to plan accordingly. “It's a really nice thing we can do for our students.” Two years ago, bills were dispersed in July and onethird was due in August. However, students would drop classes, add meal plans and accrue additional costs to their bill in the time after billing. Additionally, financial aid, including scholarships, was not yet applied, resulting in an inaccurate and “fairly convoluted” statement, according to Johnson. The university decided to implement e-billing after looking into the systems in place among other universities. This more accurate bill
was due in September all at once and solved many of the previous problems. But students sometimes could not afford everything in one payment and would often get hit with late fees. “Flexibility is what people want,” said Christie Leighton, a Student Financial Services spokesperson. “This is a positive move for CSU students and their families.” Students can pay their bill online at any time in any amount through RAMweb rather than going to the cashier's office on campus. Those who do not have their bill paid in full will be precluded from registering for classes for the next semester. The changes were made in partnership with the Associated Students of Colorado State University, as well
The payments Fiscal 2010: Payments due included one-third of total bill, due in August and additional payments during the semester.
Fiscal 2011: Payments due included all charges and factored in financial aid. Everything due in September to avoid fees.
Now, Fiscal 2012: Payment due Sept. 12, but can be deferred at 1.5 percent charge throughout the semester.
as Student Financial Services and Business and Financial Services. “Many students rely on month-to-month paychecks in order to pay their bills,” said ASCSU President Eric Berlinberg. “The new payment system is one way to help aid those students during a struggling financial time such as today.” Staff writer Jason Pohl can be reached at email@example.com
LEarning for life
Institute offers retirees a second education By Erin Udell The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Governor Hickenlooper may have proclaimed the first week of August Lifelong Learning Week but, to the people of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), he did much more — he reinforced their belief that curiosity never retires. Lifelong Learning Week was created to recognize and celebrate the large number of Colorado adults committed to learning through OLLI. Partially funded through the Bernard Osher Foundation, these institutes, which are located at CSU and the University of Denver, provide more than 4,000 Colorado residents over the age
“The pursuit of education shouldn’t stop in high school or even college.” John Hickenlooper | Colorado governor of 50 with a place to take educational classes. “The pursuit of education shouldn’t stop in high school or even college,” said Eric Brown, Governor Hickenlooper’s director of communications, in an email to the Collegian. “We are happy to recognize the benefits of people over the age of 50 taking educational classes and we applaud those who do so.” Jean Morgenweck, the co-director of OLLI at CSU, said the institute offers students an opportunity to not only learn new things, but
also learn with like-minded people around the same age, offering an environment that is more focused on learning and discussion instead of tests and attendance requirements. “Whether you were an engineer, or teacher, or lawyer or physician, you may have spent your college and professional years learning about that one area,” said Morgenweck. “When you retire, you can often go back and explore something like renaissance art — something you never had a chance to
explore before,” she added. Kevin Cook, an instructor at OLLI at CSU, has been teaching wildlife-based courses to his older students for more than five years. “The people who come to the kind of classes I teach are retired from a job, not retired from life,” Cook said. “They have active minds and find personal gratification in using learning as a way to spend their leisure time.” In honor of Lifelong Learning Week, Morgenweck will give a presentation at Rigden Farm Senior Living, located at 2350 Limon Dr. in Fort Collins, Wednesday at 2 p.m. News Editor Erin Udell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I don’t think the ban would affect recreational cannabis use at all. If people want to find it, they’ll find it”
“It is cool to see Craig in a very Bond-ish role, but Ford and the other actors definitely are not given much to work with.” Entertainment column: Movie review
‘Cowboys and Aliens’ a bland example of unoriginality
by Jason Berlinberg The Rocky Mountain Collegian
“Cowboys and Aliens” is an average, western/scifi mash-up that was made as an excuse to have James Bond and Indiana Jones in a movie at the same time; I’m sure of it. Maybe there was a little more to it, but I wouldn’t really blame director Jon Favreau if he simply wanted Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford snarling on screen together. I just wish that Favreau Follow had put them Jason on together in Twitter something a at @jasonberlittle more interlinberg. esting. “Cowboys and Aliens” stars Craig as outlaw Jake Lonergan, who wakes up in the middle of the desert with no memory of who he is or where he came from. He is captured by an irritable lawman (Harrison Ford) and gets escorted out of town when a pack of aliens attacks the town and changes Lonergan’s plans. For having such an impressive cast list that boasts the talents of not only Craig and Ford, but also the underrated Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano, “Cowboys and Aliens” does
not show off their acting abilities at all. It seems as if all of the actors were told to just talk slower in order to make the scenes come off as more dramatic. However, the acting throws off the pacing and clashes with the big-budget action sequences. Coming off of “Iron Man 2,” Favreau had a lot to prove to regain his reputation as a first-rate director. Instead, he created another mediocre movie with little-to-no creativity to back up its interesting premise. It is cool to see Craig in a very Bond-ish role, but Ford and the other actors definitely are not given much to work with. Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at email@example.com.
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Terri Gomez | Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods’ campaign director
MMJ | Some Continued from Page 1 educating voters about what she believes would be the negative impact of the ban. “Our job is to get out there and educate people of the real potential consequences,” Gomez said. “I don’t think the ban would affect recreational cannabis use at all. If people want to find it, they’ll find it,” she said. Gomez believes those affected most by the ban would be the “over 65” group — patients she says
feel proposal not worth city’s time use medical marijuana strictly for chronic pain and other ailments. “(The older users) aren’t the ones causing the real problems, but they’re the ones who would pay the stiffest price,” Gomez said. Dave Schwaab, owner of the Fort Collins dispensary, Abundant Healing, also thinks the ban would be counterproductive. “Marijuana is not going away, so banning the only places it’s kept under regulation is a very bad idea,”
Schwaab said. “Every day, patients tell me how they’ve gotten off of opiate prescriptions because of medical marijuana,” he said. “I’m trying right now to educate (voters) about how much medical marijuana helps thousands of people in Fort Collins.” Aside from the supporters’ argument of medical marijuana’s benefits, some CSU students believe the proposal is not worth the city’s time. “People are going to
smoke (marijuana) anyway, no matter how many dispensaries there are, so I think that the ban is not going to do a doggone thing,” said sophomore applied human sciences major Denice Shokranifar. “I think the whole thing is silly,” said senior liberal arts major Nick Holland. “There are much worse issues to confront right now.” Editorial Editor Colleen McSweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Unique town, unique art
The Fort’s pipe dream Fort Collins is under attack. A legion of red-eyed, forgetful rabble-rousers has invaded our convenience stores, clearing the shelves of cereal, Funyuns and Gatorade. This wild bunch has since escaped to their homes to play video games, watch YouTube videos and play Bop It. Thankfully, the Concerned Fort Collins Citizens have nobly taken up the battle against these monsters. The group has acquired more than 7,000 signatures in support of a ban of medical marijuana dispensaries in Fort Collins. You see, the CFCC and 7,000 others have a dream. They dream of a community where the streets are lined with gumdrops, the sun always
shines, anyone under 30 years old goes to bed by 8 p.m. and pot is an evil of the past. The group says there has
“Should we ban alcohol next? Maybe mouth wash? (it has alcohol in it) Maybe cough drops? (they could be a choking hazard)” been a “20 percent increase in marijuana-related crime” from 2009 to 2010. But what is marijuana-related crime? And how does it compare to alcoholrelated crime? Or gang-related crime? Should we ban alcohol next? Maybe mouthwash? Maybe cough drops?
The Collegian Editorial Board does not in any way support doing drugs, but we do support the people of Fort Collins having access to a medicine that Colorado lawmakers have deemed legal. It is also worrisome to take away a legal distribution of marijuana. Doing so would almost surely increase the illegal sale of pot. Would we rather fill our streets with legal drug dealers, or illegal drug dealers? If it bothers the CFCC to know that there are people in their town who are smoking pot, or staying up late, or consuming alcohol, maybe they should move to another state, or Nazi Germany. These Concerned Fort Collins Citizens have a dream... a pipe dream.
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By ALAN PERRY
Fort Collins is, for better or worse, a college town. The peculiarities of such a situation extend to the art scene here — the dichotomy of locals coexisting with students also translates to local art coexisting with scholastic art — and this is an extreme advantage. Cross-pollination can strengthen and distill art. There is a wide range of artists here, concerning their backgrounds: we have student-artists learning their craft here at the university, young artists who have never been scholastically conditioned, professor-artists that tend to go unnoticed, commercial artists, fine artists, reclusive artists and conspicuous artists. All this makes for a very exciting and interesting art scene here in Fort Collins. One that, in my personal opinion, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Compare it with the thriving music scene here: just as we have fantastic and skilled bands, we have fantastic and skilled artists as well — but they don’t enjoy the same following. Why should art be marginalized, purposefully or not? To illustrate my point: Scene Magazine has a section devoted to reviewing albums by local musicians, yet nobody talks (in any detail) about the art exhibitions around town. We have a wealth of galleries here, but one often has to go out of his or her way to find out information about them. Sure, there are occasionally fliers in the visual arts building or local coffee shops, but sometimes the art museums on campus feel hopelessly elitist — and by accident. Likewise, local art has a sort of “in-crowd” pressure to it. I’m not pointing fingers, and I don’t regard this as a conscious decision, but rather, just an unfortunate circumstance. In an effort to alleviate this situation, I’d like to overview the galleries we have here, beginning with the newest: the GNU Gallery. An interesting, multifunctional gallery underneath Old Town Square, GNU filled the void left by the Gallery Underground earlier this year. The owners change out the art monthly, usually featuring one or two artists at a time. And, perhaps what’s even better, there is almost always a music show happening there on the weekends, which has the potential to bring the art and the music scenes together. Of course, you can go in during the day and look at the art — you just can’t be timid about going, as it can seem almost deserted in contrast with the music shows they put on. On the opposite end
of the spectrum, and paradoxically a block-and-ahalf away, is the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The FCMoA tends to provide art from outside of Fort Collins. Earlier this year, they exhibited some beautiful Ansel Adams photographs. While I want to focus more on the art specific to Fort Collins, it’s important to remember that there’s a whole world out there producing art. The fact that we can see physical art objects from around the world is astoundingly important: to provide an anecdote, I despised Ansel Adams before I went to see his photos (Mountains? This is Colorado, if I wanted to look at a mountain I can just look to the West), but the experience of seeing the photographs he personally made completely changed my opinion. In between these two representative galleries exist the galleries on campus, and that is a very plural “galleries.” The Curfman Gallery is in the southernmost part of the Lory Student Center. I suspect there’s a second gallery lurking somewhere around the LSC as well, but that remains a suspicion. In the Visual Arts Building, there’s the mini Gallery, the Directions Gallery and the Hatton Gallery. Across College Avenue, the University Center for the Arts houses both the Avenir Design Museum and the University Art Museum. While these six galleries each have their own interesting characteristics, the unifying trait that ties them together is the fact that they are for a university, by a university. This provides a distinct flavor of art, especially when it comes around time for the BFA and MFA thesis exhibitions. When these exhibitions aren’t happening, these museums showcase art that is decidedly in between the local and national art scene, choosing to display art from both spheres rather indiscriminately. When it’s all said and done, there is an abundance of art out there. And with “First Friday” right around the corner, you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to experience the art culture here. Old Town, on the first Friday of any given month, is bristling with activity. There’s an opening at the Center for Fine Art Photography this Friday at 6 p.m., another at the GNU Gallery at 8 p.m. (with live music) and art to see at the FCMoA and University Art Museum. If you’re in Old Town this Friday, you’ll have to try hard to not see good art. Alan Perry is a senior art major. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@ colleigan.com.
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“The entire system of this nation, from the federal government to the media to the school system is designed for one purpose: control.”
Stay home and do not vote in 2012 By Seth stern A perpetual debate rages on in the good old U.S.A. as to the importance and trustworthiness of user-generated content. The sports community felt the first growing pangs when bloggers began receiving attention from fans and analysts for their information and content. As we have all witnessed recently, willingly or otherwise, the 2012 campaign season heaved itself out of the gate and into the distended belly of the mainstream media in the form of the debt ceiling debate. A thought occurred to me after a lengthy and heated debate featuring someone who put all of the blame for the situation on a diseased and decaying system of prostitution passing for the federal government. Meanwhile my opposition felt the party of no ideas — Democrats — was bending over backward to reach a compromise with the party of bad ideas — Republicans. For the record, if you handled your own expenses with even one percent of the incompetence of the federal government, you would be beaten in the street by large Middle Eastern and Asian thugs you borrowed from too often. Back to the point at hand: the youngest voters showed up in droves
in 2008 for the general election. Many even participated in the primaries. A great deal of pressure comes from the media, academia and society for citizens to get involved, to vote and let your voice be heard. My advice and heartfelt request: ignore them and stay home. As the mainstream media of television, newspapers, radio and webpages dedicated to the first three gather steam to cover every juicy tidbit of sensationalist and meaningless crap from every candidate’s past, I give you my blessing to ignore it all, spark one up and watch reruns of “Beavis and Butthead.” The entire system of this nation, from the federal government to the media to the school system is designed for one purpose: control. Washington D.C. has no more urge to ensure you receive an education of relevant facts than I have to drive into Boulder with a buffalo rug dragging behind my car. Wait, scratch that — bad analogy, and I give up all rights to creative license should anyone decide to do so prior to the Showdown. At any rate, the mainstream media exists to make money. At one point they actually managed the occasional success in holding D.C. accountable, but at this point, the best we can hope for is a book ghost-written by a politician to reveal the coke-fueled orgies that take place prior to bipartisan closed-door sessions. The reality of the next election is the candidates will punch out the talking points according to what their party wants, and they will do their best to stick to these points despite the lu-
dicrous idea of a politician sticking to anything besides the seat of the toilet. I have been very forthright in my support for Ron Paul — his momentum is gathering and he is receiving record donations once again, and it seems this time the media will not blackball him from the primary debates. Gary Johnson, on the other hand, has been typecast as the rogue libertarian despite having views nearly identical to Paul’s. If the only news you receive regarding political goings on is from television, newspapers and radio, please, do not contribute to the lines at the voting booths, and do not pander to the street-walkers pushing to register you to vote. Above all, if you decide you want to seek the facts on a candidate or law, do not, under any circumstances, take the word of a politically affiliated website. Moveon.org and whatever the right-wing equivalent is, are designed to spin things in as favorable a light as possible. Either seek information from reliable and non-mainstream sources, or do not be sucked in by either party telling you why their whore is best for you. The candidate running without the support of their party is the candidate to study. Anyone who receives the endorsement of the mainstream is the status quo.
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NOTICE – STUDENT FEES 2011-2012
The Rocky Mountain Collegian | Wednesday, August 3, 2011
THE FOLLOWING NEW SPECIAL COURSE FEES, CHANGES IN SPECIAL COURSE FEES, CHARGES FOR TECHNOLOGY, AND MANDATORY STUDENT FEES FOR 2011-2012 WERE APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS ON JUNE 20, 2011. THE SPECIAL COURSE FEES ARE ALL PERMANENT. THE CHARGES FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE MANDATORY STUDENT FEES WERE APPROVED AND RECOMMENDED BY THE ASCSU STUDENT FEE REVIEW BOARD. THEY REFLECT INFLATIONARY INCREASES IN COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE PROGRAMS. THE SPECIAL COURSE FEE COMPREHENSIVE LIST MAY BE ACCESSED THROUGH WWW.PROVOST.COLOSTATE.EDU UNDER “STUDENTS” COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND GENERAL PROPOSED STUDENT FEE SCHEDULE PER SEMESTER FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-12 ON CAMPUS FULL TIME FEES (six or more credits)
Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) Athletics Operations Debt Service Campus Recreation Student Recreation Center Recreational Sports Office CSU Health Network Hartshorn Health Service University Counseling Center Lory Student Center Operations Facilities Construction/Renovations Association for Student Activity Programming Student Services Adult Learner and Veteran Services Career Center4 Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services Disabled Student Accessibility Interpersonal Violence Response and Safety3 Off-Campus Life School of the Arts Advisory Council Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement Student Legal Services
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Perils of the Twitterverse By Kevin Lytle The Rocky Mountain Collegian
On Feb. 2 2010, University of Pittsburgh linebacker Elijah Fields posted pictures of himself on Twitter surrounded by huge piles of cash. Posted with the pictures was the quote, “Never knew Football was gon get me all this money Sike I knew haha.” Eight days later Fields was kicked off the team for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Whether or not the post was the reason for his dismissal from the team is largely irrelevant. His use of social media raised eyebrows around the nation as he displayed what could easily be construed as an NCAA violation. The CSU athletics department wants to avoid any similar situations. To do that, the department tries to
educate student-athletes on how to properly represent themselves on various social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Every fall, members of the athletic department meet with every team and educate them on the do’s and don’ts of social media. Student-athletes are told not to post statements that are borderline racist, homophobic, or unsportsmanlike in any way. Cursing and talking about anything illegal is not permitted. But the reality is that with more than 300 studentathletes, it is impossible to monitor every single tweet and post on Facebook. “We can’t look at every student-athletes page every single day,” said Shalini Shanker, director of compliance at CSU. “What we do is try and educate them.” So rather than try to watch all posts, the athletic
department tries to stress responsibility to studentathletes and make sure they know that everything they post will be seen by fans, as well as the NCAA. “It’s an illusion that you are, when you go on social media, only talking to your friends,” director of media relations Zak Gilbert said. “That’s an illusion, that’s not true. When you go on social media, it’s the Internet, everybody can read it.” The compliance office does run periodic checks on social media sites and if they find unacceptable posts, they usually alert the coach of the player who posted and let him or her handle the discipline. However, if a post raises questions about a potential NCAA violation, the player is brought into the compliance office and a full investigation is conducted. In addition to watching
all the athletes at CSU, the compliance office keeps an eye out for pages created by fans to try and sway a recruit to the school. These fan pages are classified as NCAA violations for which the school could be punished. Shanker said that if she finds pages trying to influence recruits she contacts the person running the page and explains why it is a violation and asks them to remove the page. But with such easy and constant access to social media, there is no way for the department to see everything that could be problematic. “It’s a nightmare to try and keep up with everything,” Shanker said. “We’re a two-person compliance office. There’s no way we could see everything.” Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Lytle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Onion | Experts: ‘Onion’ on campus a good move Continued from Page 1 newspaper. “The Collegian is very widely know and well-liked and we didn’t want to take away from that,” Berlinberg said. “We would never want there to be competition between the Collegian and ‘The Onion’ for pickup rate.” In order to avoid this competition, Berlinberg made an agreement with RMSMC to provide “The Onion” as an insert rather than a stand-alone product. Berlinberg said he wanted to bring “The Onion” to campus in order to accomplish three goals: provide students with something they wanted, provide RMSMC with an additional revenue source and increase the readership of the Collegian. “I’m really interested to see the pickup and see how fast the papers go,” Berlinberg said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if students make it part of their morning rou-
tine to pick up Collegians.” Larry Steward, the president of RMSMC, agrees that providing students with the satirical newspaper will help increase the pickup of the Collegian. “’The Onion’ has a strong national brand,” Steward said. “I think it will increase pickup rate.” He added that RMSMC, a non-profit organization, sees the insert as a reader service. “The benefit is really for CSU and its readers,” Steward said. “All I’ve heard from students is very positive feedback.” Media experts outside of CSU agree that providing “The Onion” on campus is a good business move. “After 35 years in the business I would say that’s a winner of an idea,” said Tim McGuire the former editor and senior vice president of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. “I would predict this idea is stolen.” McGuire, who is the
Frank Russell Chair for the business of journalism at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University, said that the partnership with “The Onion” is a great way to provide for the Collegian’s audience. “It’s going to increase (the Collegian’s) audience and pickup rate,” McGuire said. “There is a natural synergy there, so I think advertisers will want to be in the paper.” He said that this type of business arrangement is not an unusual one for newspapers –– his paper, the Star Tribune, used to have a USA Weekly insert. McGuire said his only concern was of a possible conflict of interest with ASCSU since the student government was involved in a deal with the paper. However, Steward said the Collegian newsroom is in no way involved with the deal. In order to celebrate
“The Onion” arriving at CSU, Berlinberg said he is planning a party in September. He plans on having a writer from “The Onion” speak on campus and also have an evening party in Old Town that same day. “The Onion” will appear again in the Collegian on Aug. 24 and every Wednesday from then on. The deal is for one year, and Steward said it would continue next year based off of the success of “The Onion” on campus. News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at email@example.com.
Community Briefs Fort Collins named a ‘Best Buy’ Even in a time of tuition increases, one college review guide says that CSU is actually worth the money. The Fiske Guide to Colleges has rated CSU a “Best Buy,” meaning the school is moderately priced and has a four- or five-star academic rating. A “Best Buy” school must have three qualities: high academic ratings, inexpensive or moderate price and quality student life on campus. CSU is one of only 24 public institutions that received this distinction for 2012. For more than 25 years the guide has given its own independent perspective on colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Atmospheric Science’s new head Jeffrey Collett has been named the new head of CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science. Collett, who has been a professor for about 17 years, is the new head of one of the top programs in its field in the nation. He leads a program that enrolls about 85 master’s and doctoral students each year and employs 16 faculty and about 60 research staffers. His research, which by the National Science Foudation and the National Park Service, has supported focuses on atmospheric chemistry and air quality with an emphasis on cloud processing of pollutants. His research group is active worldwide.
Rams announce new defensive end Announced Tuesday, a new defensive end has signed on to join this year’s Rams’ football team. Coach Steve Fairchild said Brent Williams, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound recruit, will have four seasons of eli-
gibility and plans to join the Rams on Thursday at training camp. Originally from Woodland Hills, Calif., Williams had 29 sacks in 25 games during his last two years at Taft High School. He was also a first-team, all-West Valley League pick, as well as a second-team, all-city pick in his junior year. As a senior, he was a second-team all-area team pick. Williams will join three other players added this summer to the 2011 roster: Shaquil Barrett (NebraskaOmaha), Cordarius Golston (Kilgore College/Arizona) and A.J. Frieler (Greeley West/Air Force).
New CSU PR director announced
In an announcement released Tuesday, CSU officials named Kyle Henley as their director of Denver public relations. Before working for CSU, Henley was the corporate communications manager for CoBank in the Denver Tech Center. He also worked for a Denver advertising agency after years as a journalist. In his new role at CSU, Henley will lead the university’s media relations, marketing and community relations throughout Denver. He will also try to continue building awareness and support of CSU’s academic programs and research endeavors. “Kyle is a talented communicator with a proven track record of success in the Denver market and beyond,” said Tom Milligan, the university’s vice president for External Relations, in the release. “CSU is committed to demonstrating the value of our cutting-edge research and top-quality academic programs to the state of Colorado, and Kyle’s experience will help the university showcase our success to important stakeholders in the state’s largest metro area.”
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This year, Governor John Hickenlooper proposed a budget with $332 million in cuts to K-12 and higher education, with more cuts being necessary in 2012. “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me,” Heath said. Some Coloradoans, however, were upset when they cut the tax rates to begin with. “Some of our current budget mess is a product of those decisions which were, in my judgment, misguided,” said John Straayer, a political science professor at CSU. “I would have signed the petition. I will vote ‘yes’ — I do hope it passes and turns out to be the first of several
badly needed fixes to our state fiscal policy,” he said. The bill is also quite popular among students ,who would like to see those 20-percent tuition hikes be subsidized by state funding. “If they can get it passed I think it would be great for all students in all schools across Colorado,” junior mechanical engineering major Nate Thompson said. However, the fate of this initiative is uncertain and even if it gets on the November ballot, few experts give it a chance to pass. Heath continues his campaign across Colorado, rallying support and hopefully gathering funding. Staff writer Justin Rampy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Aries (March 21-April 19) –– 7 –– Mercury went retrograde overnight, prompting mix-ups at work and play. Focus on schedules and instructions. Partnerships are strong now, so get help if needed. Taurus (April 20-May 20) –– 9 –– Things are busy, so watch for disruptions in the flow. Leave extra time for the unexpected. Stay conservative with money, love and risks. Travel later. Gemini (May 21-June 21) –– 8 –– Stick close to home and fix something for optimal functionality. Your ability to see all sides of an argument will come in handy today. You’re entering a romantic, lovely phase. Cancer (June 22-July 22) –– 8 –– Keep to your routine and allow time for unexpected chaos. Flexibility is key. Mars enters your sign, empowering communications. Make changes at home. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) –– 7 –– Don’t let your passion and drive cloud objectivity. Stay grounded in what really matters to you. Do your chores at home. Take it easy today to avoid impulsive accidents. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) –– 7 –– Back up hard drives, and take care with equipment today. Mars enters Cancer (for almost the next two years), energizing home and family. Go slow for greatest productivity. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) –– 8 –– Whatever craziness comes today, it doesn’t knock you off your stride. Your confidence and power are infectious. Take it easy though. Tempers could be short. Flow with changes as they come. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) –– 5 –– Adapt to any deviations in plan, confirm dates and places and copy files. Taking extra time and care now will keep things flowing smoothly for the next few weeks. Launch later. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) –– 7 –– Now’s the time to be close to your friends. It’s easier to surmount obstacles surrounded by your tribe, raising barns (or whatever is needed), together. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) –– 7 –– Go ahead and push for new opportunities. You may need to compete, so stay focused and grounded. Leave time free for surprises, and dance with any changes. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) –– 6 –– You feel like you could accomplish anything at work and are ready to take on challenges. Prioritize and schedule actions to move it forward. Keep it practical and grounded. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -–– 8 –– Take time to review your finances. You may have to be creative now, but don’t get too wild. Listen to your conservative side regarding spending. More comes in later.
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Obama signs debt ceiling increase into law By David Lightman and Lesley Clark McClatchy-Tribune
WASHINGTON — With the deadline for raising the nation’s debt ceiling only hours away, President Barack Obama signed a historic deficit-reduction package into law Tuesday that aims to cut trillions of dollars from federal spending while increasing the debt limit immediately. Obama acted just hours after the Senate passed the bill on a bipartisan 74-26 vote. The president called the weeks-long standoff over raising the debt ceiling “a manufactured crisis” that didn’t help a faltering economy. “It’s pretty likely that the uncertainty surrounding the raising of the debt ceiling for both businesses and consumers has been unsettling and just one more impediment to the full recovery that we need,” he said. “And it was something that we could have avoided entirely.” He also made it clear that he’ll continue to press for tax increases in the months ahead to help balance the federal budget. “Since you can’t close the deficit with just spending cuts, we’ll need a balanced approach where everything’s on the table,” he said. “Everyone’s going to have to chip in. That’s only fair. That’s the principle I’ll be fighting for during the next phase of this process.” During debate on the Senate floor, even supporters were similarly unsatisfied with the result of all the weeks of acrimonious Washington deal-making. “On this matter my conscience is conflicted,” said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, D-Ill. “If this bill should fail, we will default on our nation’s debt ... terrible things will ensue.” But he also worried about its trillions of dollars in spending cuts and “all of the consequences on innocent people in America.” The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was a bit more upbeat. “We’ve had to settle
for less than we wanted, but what we’ve achieved is in no way insignificant. And we did it because we had something Democrats didn’t. Republicans may only control one half of one third of the government in Washington. But the American people agreed with us on the nature of the problem,” he said. “And if you’re spending yourself into oblivion, the solution isn’t to spend more, it’s to spend less.” The Senate action followed the Monday vote in the House of Representatives, when a bipartisan majority also approved the deal. In the House, 174 House Republicans and 95 Democrats voted for the measure, and 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted against it. The mood in the Senate was similar to that in the House — reluctant acceptance of the package. “To say the legislation before us is not ideal is truly an understatement,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. But he added, “despite its many flaws, the legislation must pass.” Conservatives and liberals, though, had different reasons for opposing the measure. “At the end of the day, this bill allows Washington to continue business as usual in the irresponsible way it spends hard-earned tax dollars.,” said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. From the left, Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., had a different complaint. “The wealthiest people in this country and the largest corporations who are doing phenomenally well today are not being asked to contribute one penny in shared sacrifice toward deficit reduction,” he said. “On the other hand, middle-class and working families who are suffering terribly in the midst of this horrible recession are being asked to shoulder 100 percent of the human cost of lowering our deficit. This is not only grossly unfair, it is bad economic policy.” The agreement would cut deficits by $917 billion over 10 years, according to an
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United States President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House Tuesday in Washington, D.C. following the U.S. Senate’s 74 - 26 passage of the bill that averted a U.S. default on its financial obligations by increasing the government’s borrowing authority.
analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Those reductions would allow the debt limit to be raised by $900 billion, which is expected to be enough to last through early next year. About $350 billion would come from defense spending. The rest would come from cuts to a variety of domestic programs, such as education, housing and transportation. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security wouldn’t be cut. A second series of reductions, totaling as much as $1.5 trillion, would be subject to a vote by late December. A special bipartisan joint congressional committee will recommend specifics. The committee must make recommendations by
Nov. 23, and Congress must vote on them by Dec. 23. If those recommendations aren’t approved on upor-down, non-amendable votes in Congress, programs would be cut automatically across the board — half from defense, half from nondefense — starting in 2013. Social Security, Medicaid, military and civilian pensions, and most low-income programs would be exempt. Medicare cuts would be restricted to payments to providers, and limited. Once the reductions are made, the debt limit would go up by at least another $1.2 trillion, which is expected to allow the government sufficient borrowing authority through 2012.
Debt ceiling under the pending deal Debt ceiling
Actual debt A President Barack Obama would have the authority to raise the ceiling $400 billion immediately
Increases in debt ceiling
B Measures would be put in place to raise the ceiling an additional� $500 billion as soon as September
Current ceiling $14.3 trillion
C A bipartisan committee
would be charged with recommending additional cuts; depending on the amount cut, the ceiling could go up another $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion by the end of the year.
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