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Breaking the Tomato CSU researchers map the tomato genome


Fort Collins, Colorado

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Volume 121 | No. 3


West Nile found in mosquito Early appearance concerns authorities


STRIP CLUB Colorado Brewer’s Festival This weekend marks the 23rd annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival in Fort Collins. Here’s some tasty suggestions for where to start.

BY JOHN SHEESLEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian


Jeff Feneis, Housing Supervisor for the Loveland Housing Authority, lends an ear to a High Park fire survivor at the disaster relief center located in Johnson Hall. Inside the center, those evacuated by the fire can gather information from a variety of service organizations.

CSU opens the door to High Park refugees BY KAITIE HUSS The Rocky Mountain Collegian Christina Olivas, a senior at Rocky Mountain High School, welcomes victims of the fire into Johnson Hall last Friday. She remains calm, even as a man sits down across from her and breaks out into a sob, explaining he has lost everything to the High Park Fire. “It’s a real eye-opener,” Olivas said. “Coming from small high school problems to people who have lost everything they had. It’s definitely good for me.” Olivas, along with many other volunteers, arrived at Johnson Hall on Friday for the opening of a disaster relief center hosted by

CSU in Johnson Hall. “The university historically reaches out to the community and part of the land grant is to be giving to the community,” Mike Hooker, executive director of Public Affairs and Communications at CSU, said. “This is just another opportunity to be a part of the community land grant universities are supposed to be.” The center was set up in a matter of days, according to Deni La Rue, PIO for Larimer County, due to the efforts of both the University and the city. “They’vemadeitverysmooth and very easy,” La Rue, said. “I almost feel like we’re a partnership between the three of us: Larimer county, CSU and the state

department of local affairs.” The center is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. La Rue expects the center to remain open for about 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the need. Inside the center, those affected by the fire will find booths equipped with information, things such as housing, safety precautions to consider when returning home, mental health consultation and insurance. There is also a booth specifically for CSU employees affected by the fire. “Johnson hall was just the perfect spot to be at the hub of all of these resources to help folks get moving forward and trying to figure out what the

next step is to recover from their losses of the fire,” Hooker said. Brad Kucera, CSU Senior sports medicine major, heard about the need for volunteers through his involvement in CSU ROTC. He arrived Friday morning to help usher fire survivors through the center. “We’re a college town and that really says a lot. It says a lot about what the college means to the town, and, what the town means to the college.” For more information about ways you can volunteer at the center, email bmiller@ or call (970) 4987150. Managing editor Kaitie Huss can be contacted at news@

The West Nile virus has been found in Culex mosquitoes captured in southeast Fort Collins near Fossil Creek Reservoir, according to officials at the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. “We collect mosquitoes from Fort Collins and Loveland. There are about 50 locations a week that we get pools of mosquitoes from. The one found that was positive was from fossil ridge,” said Scott Sieke, a junior biology major and student lab assistant at the Infectious Disease Annex in CSU’s Judson M. Harper Research Complex. The complex houses university research aimed at finding cures and preventative measures for diseases such as West Nile virus, tuberculosis, yellow fever, dengue, and hantavirus. The Culex mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found on June 5, a month earlier than they usually are in the average year, suggesting that this summer could have an increased number of human West Nile virus infections. “So far its shaping up to be worse than last year but its hard to be sure at this point,” Sieke said. West Nile virus infection results from a by an infected mosquito so avoiding bites is the best way to prevent infection. The virus can occur in humans without symptoms or can cause illness ranging from mild to deadly. Those over 50 or with weak immune systems are at the highest risk to experience severe symptoms from West Nile virus. See VIRUS on Page 3

New chancellor remembered as a ‘defender’ of higher education at his last post Some saw him as an agitator at LSU, but Martin is focused on ‘mixing it up’ on ground level BY NIC TURICIANO The Rocky Mountain Collegian

According to observers at LSU, CSU’s new Chancellor Michael Martin isn’t afraid to fight for higher education, even when his opponent is the state’s governor. Robert Mann, a mass communications professor at LSU, believes that Martin and those around him did their best to hold the university together despite flat faculty salaries for the past three years, a 10 percent loss in staff, $102 million in budget cuts and pressure from the Louisiana governor’s office. Mann noted that throughout the budget cuts at LSU— which, after Martin’s resignation, is now without a Provost or Chancellor— Martin was a vocal opponent of Gov. Jindal’s position on higher education. “They clearly were annoyed by the audacity to defend your own university against budget cuts, but [Martin] did,” Mann said. “He did, at least until the President of the system issued basically a gag order

telling everybody to shut up and pretend to be grateful for the crumbs the Governor was willing to give us.” That audacity, according to Mann, gained Martin negative attention from the Louisiana governor’s office. “I don’t know that [Martin] would acknowledge that— but, I don’t have any evidence of this, but it was well known around town— the governor’s office wanted him gone because they saw him as someone who was not a team player and not willing to hue the line that everything was fine and that the cuts really weren’t all that bad, that we could do more with less and all this BS that they put out about how the budget cuts weren’t hurting LSU,” Mann said. “Martin and others around him were pushing back aggressively, and I think he definitely made some enemies down there.” The Louisiana Governor’s Office did not return requests for comment. Martin didn’t want to comment on the tensions at LSU, but is more interested in looking toward his new position with the CSU System.

“I guess if I have a strength, and some people may think it’s a weakness, it’s that I like to get out and mix it up on the ground level, and I intend to do some of that,” Martin said. Martin, whose duties will include oversight of CSU, CSU-Pueblo and the CSUGlobal Campus, joins the CSU System after four years as Chancellor of LSU. The CSU Board and Martin have agreed to a contract, which has yet to be finalized, that includes a $375,000 base salary as well as an option for up to $50,000 in incentive payments and deferred compensation of $75,000. The contract is comparable to Martin’s current contract with LSU. Though Martin still resides in Louisiana, he plans to move to Colorado no later than August 15. Upon his arrival, he will begin a four-step process to acquaint himself with the state, CSU and the stakeholders that it serves. While Colorado’s higher education budget has also been bleak throughout the recession (there have been a total of $39 million in budget

Cache la Porter

Porters are usually dark, with hints of burnt coffee or toast. As a “brown porter,” this brew will be lighter and sweeter.

Tropic King

Saisons were originally lowalcohol pale ales, but variations such as the Tropic King are becoming more popular.

Midsummer Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale was developed in the 1980’s. Its main characteristic is high quantities of American hops.

Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat

Wheat beers are brewed are typically topfermented. This one in particular is infused with pomegranates.

Biere de Mars

Biere de Garde, a strong pale ale, means “beer for keeping.” Once bottled, it was traditionally cellared and consumed later in the year.

Dark Knight

This hoppy brown ale, first brewed in 2007, is cask conditioned. And yes, this ale is named after the one and only Batman.


CSU’s new Chancellor Michael Martin, whose duties will include overshight of CSU, CSU Pueblo, and the CSU-GLobal Campus.

cuts to the CSU main campus since 2008) Martin arrives at a time when financial aid funding is increasing by 11 percent and faculty are see-

ing their first salary raise in three years. See CHANCELLOR on Page 6

Thirsty for some more? Read the full story on page 3. The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.

Rocky Mountain Collegian June 21  

The Rocky Mountain Collegian for June 21, 2012.

Rocky Mountain Collegian June 21  

The Rocky Mountain Collegian for June 21, 2012.