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Monday, August 27, 2012
Volume 121 | No. 15
THE STUDENT VOICE OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1891
Record set, ends $537.3 million campaign
In April, President Barack Obama paid a visit to CU-Boulder, and in turn The Sink, a Boulder restaurant and institution. Here are a few recommendations for places he should check out during his visit to our beautiful city on Tuesday.
Fundraising helps offset decreased state funding
Fort Collins places President Obama should go to
By AUSTIN BRIGGS Rocky Mountain Collegian In the midst of decreased state funding to higher education, CSU supporters stepped in and gave $111.6 million in a record-breaking fundraising year that went from June 2011 to June 2012. “We basically doubled fundraising in two years,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement. “This puts us up there with the big, nationally-known universities.” The record-breaking 20112012 year signals the culmination of the long-term fundraising drive, Campaign for Colorado State. The seven-year campaign saw 94,200 donors give a total of $537.3 million. Sixty-eight donors gave $1 million or more. That $111.6 million, up 31 percent from the year before, is even more impressive, Anderson said, because the national average “is in the single digits.” The estimated increase for charitable giving to colleges and universities increased 4.9 percent during the 2011-2012 academic year, according to data from the Washington-based Council for Advancement and Support of Education. “Our students should be very proud of that. The reason we’re able to fundraise is our students,” Anderson said. “Every time I bring them to fundraisers they just ‘wow’ the donors.” CSU is not alone in massive fundraising efforts. As reported in the Collegian on Aug. 1, the University See FUNDRAISER on Page 8
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Students stand in line for hours to be among the ﬁrst to receive tickets to President Obama’s grassroots campaign event on the Monfort Quad. Obama for America is not releasing how many tickets it distributed.
Students arrive at dawn for Obama tickets Campaign says tickets still available but ‘going fast’ By ELISABETH WILLNER and KATE WINKLE The Rocky Mountain Collegian Homework, blankets, coffee, cell phones and a few lawn chairs kept students and community members company on the plaza as they waited Saturday morning to receive tickets to see President Barack Obama. From 7 until 9 a.m. approximately 60 people were in line to receive a free ticket to see Obama speak at CSU’s Monfort Quad on Tuesday. By 11 a.m. the number had doubled and the line stretched from the southwest corner of the plaza almost to the intersection of Meridian and University Avenues. Still, the volunteers didn’t give out all the tickets available, according to the Obama campaign. Though the campaign would not say how many tickets were still left, the campaign confirmed that at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday there were still tickets available and that they were “going fast.” The campaign could also not provide the exact number of tickets distributed, but on Saturday Vanessa Dominguez, a volunteer with the Obama campaign, estimated that about 2,000 people received tickets at the CSU pla-
za location alone. At least 100 people were in line at the Obama For America office on South College Avenue, and others waited at the CSU OFA office on Elizabeth Street. A ticket will guarantee entrance to the event, according to Dominguez. Volunteer Bryon Lee estimated there were 30 volunteers working to distribute tickets, which were set to be given away at noon. Some students on the plaza arrived as early as 3 a.m. to guarantee their place at the event. “I’ve never pulled an all-nighter before,” said Riley Gearhard, a sophomore biology major who was in the 3 a.m. group. “It was a lot of fun and good bonding. We’re all RAs in Summit, and we feel it’s our duty to hear the president speak.” While waiting to receive tickets, many people played cards, talked and ran shifts to get breakfast and coffee. And it wasn’t just American citizens who stood in line — a group of international students waited to get tickets as well. “He’s the most famous person in America, and good at speaking in public,” said Chanun Singh, an English and philosophy major from England. “It’d be silly not to (come) if we’re here.” The president will speak at CSU on
GET A TICKET Fort Collins OFA ofﬁce 4206 S. College Ave., Unit 109 CSU OFA ofﬁce 1205 W. Elizabeth St.
Tuesday at 5 p.m. as part of a three-college tour beginning at Iowa State University and ending at the University of Virginia. At each stop, including CSU, he will discuss his education platform and voter registration. Locations to receive tickets other than the plaza included the Obama for America offices in Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins. The Fort Collins office is located at 4206 S. College Ave., Unit 109. The CSU OFA office is located at 1205 W. Elizabeth St. At the office on South College Avenue, the first people in line had arrived a little later than their CSU counterparts. Cat Lichtenbelt, who waited with other early-arrivals next to the office door, said that she had arrived at 6:30 a.m. “I wanted a ticket. I went (to Obama’s speech at the Oval) in 2008 and I wanted to go again,” Lichtenbelt said. See TICKETS on Page 5
RamRide sees fewer volunteers, rides in first weekend By CARRIE MOBLEY and ANDREW CARRERA The Rocky Mountain Collegian RamRide’s first weekend in operation this year had fewer volunteers and gave fewer rides home than last year –– but it also saw shorter wait times, according to Associated Students of CSU records. To kick off the 2012-2013 academic year, the program attracted 88 volunteers to give 936 people rides home. The average wait time was less than 45 minutes. By comparison, last year’s first weekend had 112 RamRide volunteers and provided rides to 1,191 people. The average wait time was more than an hour. “It’s kind of one of those things where the first week-
end is always hard to find volunteers. Everyone’s just come back to school,” said RamRide Director Becky Ewing. “ …Those numbers are going to go up and they do every year.” Ewing explained that recruiting students this fall to help with program’s inaugural weekend was especially difficult. “In previous years, we really hit ASCSU members up to help out those first few weekends,” she said. “We’re really trying not to hit up the same people over and over.” Even still, organizations like Greek life have “really stepped up this semester and are taking a lot of shifts these first few weeks,” she said. Kevin Johnson, an undeclared freshman, volunteered to help out with RamRide for
the first time on Friday night, saying he decided to help out when his RA told him what he was doing. “I was just looking to get involved,” Johnson said. “I just kinda jumped into it, and it’s been going pretty well so far.” ASCSU President Regina Martel echoed Johnson’s assessment. “I went in to volunteer on Thursday night since it was the first night of RamRide,” she said. “I thought they might need more volunteers or need some help with something, but they didn’t even need me.” The city’s new late night bus –– an ASCSU-sponsored program that picks up students from Old Town bars from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. over the weekend –– could have also attributed to the fact that 225
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RamRide’s first weekend
Fill out an application at: http://www.ramride.colostate.edu/ sign-up.aspx Choose a position (dispatcher, driver, or navigator) Provide the proper documentation (Copy of driver’s license, Health insurance, Auto insurance, Student ID, Signed volunteer application cover page) Choose a date to volunteer (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night)
Volunteers last year: 112 Volunteers this year: 88 People taken home last year: 1,191 People taken home this year: 936 Wait time last year: More than an hour Wait time this year: Less than 45 minutes
more people were given rides home last year. “There were less rides given home, but there could also have been less calls coming in,” Ewing said. The director attributed the decrease in wait time to the people she had staffing RamRide this year. “What made starting this
year easier than others to start out was the fact that we had a lot of returning staff,” Ewing said. “Instead of spending a lot of time on training new people we just got started with the semester.” ASCSU Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley and News Editor Andrew Carrera can be reached at email@example.com.
This Fort Collins institution might make Michelle Obama stop in her health-conscious tracks, but the Food Network can’t be wrong. Doesn’t Congress think pizza is a vegetable anyway?
What better place to have a meet and greet with the average student, trying to get drunk before class?
Did you know that in Japanese, karaoke means “empty orchestra” (isn’t that hauntingly beautiful)? Well, regardless, Yum Yums has Tuesday night karaoke, and anyone who has seen President Obama sing Al Green knows that he simply has to partake. The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff and designed by Design Editor Kris Lawan
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Senior biology major Kelly Stabenau places chalk on the Lory Student Center Plaza Sunday afternoon. The east side of the Plaza is a free speech area that permits chalking to promote events and free speech.
Community Briefs New CSU Cross Country Coach Announced
CSU cross country head coach Art Siemers has added Scott Dahlberg as the new assistant coach. “We are so fortunate to have Scott Dahlberg work with the CSU distance runners,” Siemers said in a news release. “He has tons of experience as a multi-time
All-American and coach while at Western State College, one of the premiere distance programs in the country.” Dahlberg, who coached at Western State College for five years, will assist in cross country and track and field while also driving recruiting efforts in the middle distance and distance events. He comes from a team at Western State that he helped coach to four runner-up National Championships, four
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Making wastewater a little less wasteful
As part of the Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar, Susan De Long, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will talk Monday about how to make wastewater less wasteful. At 4 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building, room
109, De Long will outline a process of bioelectrochemical (BES) systems, a technology for recovery of energy during wastewater treatment. According to a news releas,e removal of dissolved organics in wastewater requires 5 to 7 percent of all electricity used in the U.S. In the BES system “electrochemically active microorganisms growing on the surface of a conductive anode break down waste organics and transfer electrons to the anode surface,” the
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news release said. De Long’s expertise is in environmental biotechnology and received bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.S.E and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. All faculty, students and off-campus water professionals are encouraged to attend.
Enter The CSU Chamber
Take a step back in time to the pop music of the 18th century as the Department
of Music, Theatre & Dance presents the Virtuoso Series Concert: Chamber Music Recital. At 7:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall CSU music faculty and guests are performing chamber music from Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”). This is the premiere of a new modern performance edition by Richard Frey, which showcases musicians in a chamber wind setting of the Overture and 15 arias.
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‘Harold and Kumar’ talk Obama, youth vote at CSU By Kate Winkle The Rocky Mountain Collegian With the nearest White Castle 783 miles away (Columbia, Mo.), John Cho and Kal Penn of “Harold and Kumar” made their way to Colorado State Friday to talk about politics—not for burgers. Decked-out in Obama t-shirts, the actors shared their passion for the Obama campaign and the importance of voter registration. “You’re young, and you’re going to swing the nation,” Cho said to a group of Obama campaign volun-
teers before the event. “This is a really historical chance to do something to affect the country in a positive way.” Around 2:30 p.m., approximately 100 students gathered beneath the trees west of the lagoon to hear the actors speak. “It’s really inspiring that young people came out,” said CSU alumna Melissa Pickett. “Affection for the actors is probably why they’re here, but it’s cool they came out and registered to vote.” Penn and Cho focused on what they called President Obama’s commitment to quality education and ful-
filling his promise to young people. “The measure of a nation is how many people can access higher education,” said Cho, a first-generation student whose family immigrated from Korea. “One guy worked really hard on that, and he’s in the White House.” Penn cited Obama’s increase of Pell Grants and implementation of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which can be claimed for certain college expenses, as Obama’s fight for youth issues. Volunteers for the Obama For America Colora-
do group, who brought Cho and Penn to campus, handed out flyers and registered students to vote at the event. Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the general election. The College Republicans at CSU will work toward providing voter registration as well, according to President Brad Dick. Currently two of their members are able to register people to vote, and Dick hopes to increase that number and register students in conjunction with future events. Celebrity endorsements of candidates are ubiquitous
during election season, but according to Sandra Davis, an associate professor of political science, they do not always affect voter opinions. “People and citizens respond well to different sources of information,” said Sandra Davis, an associate professor of political science. “Young people today watch comedy and political comedy. It’s a good way to reach out and encourage students. People, student or otherwise, are inclined to pay attention to a celebrity they have some regard for.” In his tours through 26
states, Penn noticed that the majority of students were concerned about the campaign and not his celebrity. According to him, for every 50 questions asked, only one is about his work in movies or television. Cho said it was up to the attendees to make the country what they want it to be. “We’re talking heads out there,” Cho said. “It doesn’t matter. (People will) talk to friends, community members, and that’s the real weight.” Politics Beat Reporter Kate Winkle can be reached at email@example.com.
Spending a night out on the town with a CSUPD officer By Bailey Constas The Rocky Mountain Collegian
It’s a Thursday night and the last place that anyone would hope to be is in a cop car. And once there, the last thing a student would expect is for an officer to ask your musical preference for the night. “I hope you don’t mind country music,” said CSUPD Officer Mitchell McGuinnis. CSUPD runs a program called Ride Along, which allows citizens –– including Collegian reporters –– who clear background checks to ride with a cop during their duties for a night. The ride along began with a tour of the dispatch center inside the on-campus police department. The dispatch center is integrated between Larimer County, Fort Collins, Estes Park and the CSU campus. It has computer monitors that keep track of the 1,000 to 2,000 security cameras and alarms on campus, as well as a record of locations for the various officers and team members and a 24-hour dispatch team.
McGuinnis is also CSUPD’s driving instructor and is working toward a degree in sociology. “I always wanted to be a cop ever since I can remember,” McGuinnis said. “I didn’t want to to sit behind a desk and do the same thing everyday.” An officer’s day is far from repetitive. “You never really know what you’re going to see,” McGuinnis said. And as with any unpredictable situation, there comes fear. “When I first started it was more predominant, but we go through a lot of training,” McGuiniss said. McGuiniss’s shift Thursday night began with an elevator rescue in the towers. Twelve students could be heard singing to pass the time before they could get out with assistance from the fire department. McGuiniss went to the roof of the building to turn off the elevator, and took a moment mid-rescue to appreciate the rooftop-view of Fort Collins “Not many people get to
see this right here,” said sergeant Adam Smith, who accompanied the rescue. The next order of business was to resolve a dispute between neighbors who were international students. McGuiness said that working with different cultures is a challenging part of the job. Diversity training is required and with help from the resources of the international community at CSU, officers learn how to respect and work with different cultures. “A lot of people in the university are from different cultures, and they give us good tips. The more we interact the more comfortable we get,” McGuiniss said. As the night continued on, McGuiniss would stop and chat with the safe walk volunteers, resident assistants, and even the workers at 7-11 where he often makes a stop for caffeine on late night shifts. The reason for this unique way of connecting with the community is CSUPD’s theory on law enforcement, called “Community Oriented Policing.”
“On paper, I work for the state,” McGuiniss said. “The state is made of people of Colorado. If you build relationships in the community, then the community trusts the police more, and then we can work through problems together.” “By getting input from the community we build relationships and trust so they don’t take matters into their own hands,” McGuiniss said. A key part of this theory is to let the community know there’s a presence of police so people think twice about doing a crime. Walking through the dorms, McGuiniss would ask students about the movie they’re watching or how their classes are going. When a report of a student running away from another cop was reported, McGuiniss asked a group of girls if they had seen the male, but then continued to ask about classes and how their night was going. “Everyone I see, 95 percent of them I know are more than willing to help,” McGuiniss said. The night concluded
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with a party stop where a young woman was vomiting outside of a house and taken to the hospital. In the end, the tenants of the house could receive a neighborhood nuisance ticket and possibly a felony charge for throwing the party with underaged participants. But McGuiniss made sure to stress that parties are dealt with only on a call basis. “We could make an entire career out of busting parties,” McGuiniss said. “And I don’t run traffic unless I’m bored.”
Officer McGuiniss said that the call volume between Fort Collins and the CSU campus, even though there is a fair share of crime, allows the CSUPD to forge relationships with the community. “Don’t be afraid to talk to us. We aren’t trying to give tickets,” McGuiniss said. “Not all contacts turn into a MIP or a possession ticket of marijuana. “Our main concern is the safety of everybody.” Diversity Beat Reporter Bailey Constas can be reached at news@collegian. com.
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Dangerous precedent set by AppleSamsung suit
By Hamilton Reed
The verdict for a landmark technology case was heard Friday in the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in San Jose, Calif. The two plaintiffs were the two smartphone giants Apple and Samsung. For those not in the know, Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in a lawsuit for more than a year now with regards to various patent and design infringements by both parties against the other. Apple fired the first shot, claiming that the design of many of Samsung’s smartphones and tablets are essentially copies of the popular iPhone and iPad, while Samsung has countersued claiming that Apple’s iPhone and iPad utilize technologies developed by Samsung without paying for the right to use them. After a very short four days, the jury returned with their verdict. Samsung is guilty of almost all the patent infringements Apple put forth, while Apple has been found guilty of literally nothing. Personally, I find the whole thing rather absurd. Looking over the claimed patent infringements put forth by Apple, most of the patents relate to design elements that seem rather self-apparent. For example, one patent involves “double-tapping to enlarge and center portions of an electronic document.” To me, this seems akin to filing a patent for say, doubling clicking an icon and that icon launching the program associated with it. Or, it would be like if one car company sued another for including a pedal that could be pressed to provide gas to the car engine to increase the car’s acceleration. Now, perhaps if Apple could prove that Samsung or Google had copied the source code required for such an action to occur, then I feel Apple would have a leg to stand on. To me though, it just looks like Apple got one-upped by a competitor and can’t stand to lose. One can look to another tech giant for a precedent of Apples actions. The Oracle corporation, re-
sponsible for Oracle database systems and other related software, was also in another high-profile tech lawsuit recently, this time directly attacking Google for its use of Java in the Android operation system. Looking at Oracle’s overall and technology timelines on its Wikipedia page, one can see that in the last five years Oracle has released one major technological project, but in that same time it has acquired 10 other tech companies and pursued at least two high-profile, high-stakes lawsuits. In other words, it seems as though Oracle has decided to use its mass, wealth and political clout to buy out smaller competitors and bully larger ones. To me this looks just a little bit like the current route Apple is pursuing. Think about it for a moment. The visionary leader Steve Jobs is dead; only a year ago Samsung was trailing Apple in terms of smartphone market share, and has now shot from second place to first with an almost 200 percent lead on Apple. It seems as if the driving force for innovation at Apple is gone and Jobs’ legacy isn’t enough to keep the competitors at bay. What’s a washed-up company to do but strike out in one last hurrah? In the current court case there is little downside, if Apple wins they take their market monopoly back. If they’re defeated they lose some cash, and maybe a bit of public face. With the recent ruling the jury seems to have decided that Apple can do no wrong, and Samsung can do no right. It is amazing what good marketing can do for a brand's image, even in court. Samsung has now had more than $1 billion in fines levied against it for the “infringements” against Apple, and will essentially have to scrap all current productions of their phones until they can remove all infringing elements. Hopefully Samsung will appeal this until a higher court realizes the folly of this verdict because if this verdict stands it will set a precedent allowing Apple to sweep through the tech industry, and destroy almost every other smartphone and tablet competitor. Hamilton Reed is a senior computer science major. His columns appear Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks CSU, but you’re still too expensive More than 32,000 private donors gave to CSU during the 20112012 fiscal year, generating $111.6 million in revenue and making it the most successful year for fundraising in CSU’s history. But how much do those funds help the CSU student facing an annually-increasing tuition bill? CSU recently completed its seven-year fundraising effort titled the Campaign for Colorado State, during which $537.3 million was raised. Of that, $63 million went toward 15,783 scholarships. It’s an impressive figure that makes it easy to forget that tuition (for Colorado residents) increased by 49 percent since the Campaign for Colorado State began in 2005. But what’s unsettling is that — during the course of a seven-year, $537.3 million fundraising campaign — only $63 million in scholarship funding was raised for an institution with a
yearly budget of more than $850 million. What’s more, the 15,783 scholarships were awarded, in many cases, to either low-in-
“CSU’s fundraising efforts throughtout the Campain for Colorado State are commendable, but... the reality that higher education is too expensive becomes all the more clear.” come or high-performing students, meaning that a large section of the student body never saw –– or will ever see –– any of that money.
Fundraising is a necessary revenue stream for higher education in the current landscape as state funding continues to shrink due to Colorado’s limping economy. Indeed, for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, private donations outpaced state funding by $18.6 million; a trend that CSU’s Vice President for University Advancement, Brett Anderson, told the Collegian in July he believes will continue into the future. CSU’s fundraising efforts throughout the Campaign for Colorado State are commendable, but when compared with the school’s yearly operating budget, the rise in tuition during the last seven-years and the fact that many students will never benefit from a scholarship, the $63 million suddenly appears lackluster, and the reality that higher education is too expensive becomes all the more clear.
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A battle of execution versus ideas
By Allison Sylte
This summer, I kept up with two things: The Kardashians, and HBO’s new series “The Newsroom.” Call me crazy, but I’m actually a little more embarrassed about the latter. For those of you who aren’t journalism majors (or who have too much pride to mooch off of your parent’s HBO-GO account), “The Newsroom” is screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s opus about the state of modern American journalism. It uses real events, like Osama bin Laden’s death and the Casey Anthony trial, for Sorkin to comment on the failings of cable news shows to adequately educate the American electorate. Don’t get me wrong: The show is full of noble ideas. A newsroom trying to actually report news, be a watchdog and take a stand against gov-
ernment institutions? That’s what I thought I signed up for when I majored in journalism. The ideas are great, but ideas mean nothing if the execution isn’t there. And when Sorkin wrote “The Newsroom,” he invested a lot of time into pontificating grand ideas, but he forgot how to present those grand ideas in a way that doesn’t entirely dilute their value. Foremost, Sorkin intersperses cutting observations about American media, such as how cable news devolved into a highly entertaining freak show during the Casey Anthony trial, with unnecessary depictions of the tangled love triangles within the fictional newsroom. Call me crazy, but I think it’s ironic that a show meant to be filled with insightful observations about the state of media continuously falls victim to the tendencies that it’s trying to condemn. True, it’s a fictional show that’s clearly meant to entertain, but if it isn’t obvious enough from the sanctimonious credit sequence full of the heroic newsmen of yore, it’s trying to do a lot more than just that. Another fundamental flaw of “The Newsroom” is that, while it’s filled with lofty ideas of what reporting should be, it has no idea
what reporting actually is. In every episode, some sort of lucky connection, like the lead anchor’s golfing relationship with Joe Biden, or the fact that an intern went to high school with Casey Anthony, leads to some sort of big break. That’s not the way it is. Usually, reporting is a dirty process that combines stalking and Googling, that combines lots of voicemails and useless interviews with occasional, fleeting glimpses of that mysterious underlying answer you’re searching for. Personal connections play a role, but it doesn’t happen every single time. And if you’re trying to comment on how most reporters get it wrong, like Aaron Sorkin clearly is during “The Newsroom,” then it might be worth it to get the reporting element right. I know I could probably report on the CSU administration far better if my cousin were Tony Frank’s personal beard-stylist, but he’s not, so I just have to work my way around it. The depictions of journalism in “The Newsroom” are infuriating, but for some reason I keep watching. And I keep watching because I think that, at the end of the day, it actually has good intentions. I genuinely do think that journalism should serve all
of the functions that Sorkin preaches, and I agree that often, it fails. I don’t watch “The Newsroom” because I think it’s an insightful behind-thescenes look at the profession I’m interested in. I watch it because it’s entertaining, and it sometimes gives me things to think about. Hopefully, as you read our coverage of the election and, more pressingly, President Obama’s date with CSU on Tuesday, the guiding principles of informing our electorate, and not simply serving as yet another entertainment outlet, are evident in our content. And as a media consumer, I encourage you to at least watch “The Newsroom” once, because even though parts of it are inaccurate and downright hypocritical, it will hopefully offer a glimpse into what your nightly news could do for you. As I said before, the ideas are there, it’s just the execution that’s missing. And hopefully during the second season of “The Newsroom,” I won’t feel as annoyed keeping up with it as I do the Kardashians. Editor in Chief Allison Sylte is a senior journalism major. Her column appears Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to email@example.com.
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Renovation days are over Lory Student Theatre opens with Friday moving showing, art events By Kate Simmons The Rocky Mountain Collegian “Back To The Future,” “Grease,” “Toy Story,” and “Men In Black 3” are four movies usually not seen together in movie previews, but on Friday night these previews kicked off “The Avengers” showing at the grand opening of Lory Student Center’s Theatre. Each of the films previewed will be shown over the next month to celebrate the LSC’s 50th birthday. “The Avengers” showing is the first of the LSC’s 50th birthday celebration events that will continue on through the month of September. It was also the first event held at theater since a $65 million renovation began in the summer of 2011. “It took a lot of man power and a lot of hours to do and it was exciting to see how
Theatre Events September
8-9 – Office of Cultural Programs Reunion 1968-1982 13 – President’s Fall Address and Picnic on the Oval 15 – Ram Jam with Cobra Starship and Breathe Carolina 17 – To Kill A Mockingbird: 1960s Movie Night 19 – Balloon Artist on the Plaza 19 – Grease: 1970s Movie Night 20 – Blane Harding: 50 years in 50 minutes 24 – Back to the Future: 1980s Movie Night 26 – Caricature Artist on the Plaza 26 – Time Capsule: The Big Reveal 26 – Toy Story: 1990s Move Night 29-30 – SLiCE Involvement Expo 2012 30 – Grill the Buffs with ASCSU
3 – Magician on the Plaza 3 – Men In Black 3: 2000s Movie Night 5 – Homecoming and Family Weekend
impressed the students were seeing it,” said Doni Luckutt, the director of marketing for Colab, an events-planning and marketing group for the Lory Student Center. About 100 students attended the Avengers showing, which was a good turnout according to Emily McCormick, the Lory Student Center coordinator. “That’s pretty good for the Friday of the first week of school,” McCormick said. “We had a lot of great stu-
dent talent today.” Events for the theatre opening, which took place between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, included booths and performances on the plaza, free hot dogs in the Sculpture Garden and an exposition of artwork at the Curfman Gallery. Smaller events also took place throughout the day including a surprise flash mob on the plaza at 1:50 p.m. that was orchestrated by CSU’s Swing and Tango clubs, and
tickets | Students expected longer line Continued from Page 1 Most of the people waiting in line at the OFA office were Fort Collins community members, but a few students had set up to wait at the location as well. Sophomore business ma-
jor Zenaida Herrea said she went to the south College location because she thought the campus ticket line might be busier. She said she wanted to see Obama speak because she agrees with his education policy. Herrea received a pell
grant, which she credited in part to Obama. “It’s paying for my school and I’m forever grateful for that,” she said. News Editor Elisabeth Willner and politics beat reporter Kate Winkle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Freshman Nikki Tune, left and Danyel Enz sit in on a movie in the new Lory Student Theatre during the Grand Opening Friday night. The theater was originally constructed in 1962, and after renovations have added just under 40,000 gross square feet of new space.
a tour of the theater by the LSC governing board. Friday’s events were “designed to give the students an idea of what the theater can be used for once they’re inside,” said Mike Ellis, the vice president for Student Affairs. The renovated theater will be open to host events ranging from concerts to receptions, lectures, films, banquets, and a variety of other events. A moveable seating structure allows the theatre
to be transformed to accommodate a variety of events. The retractable seating system is one of the first of its kind in the United States, according to the LSC website. Friday’s grand opening is the first event of many to come in celebration of the LSC’s 50th Anniversary. Through the month of September, Colab has orchestrated more than a dozen events in honor of the LSC reaching its half-century birthday.
As the month of September progresses, Colab will take CSU students through a journey of the decades. Other events include balloon artists, caricature artists, magicians, and a time capsule on the Plaza. The celebration activities will culminate with Homecoming and Family Weekend on Oct. 5. Senior reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at email@example.com.
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A look at the DIY music scene in Fort Collins By Bailey Constas The Rocky Mountain Collegian
On Friday night, deep underneath Old Town Fort Collins, a crowd congregated to listen to the sounds of local bands in a dimly lit space that’s part art gallery, part music venue and, overall, aims to be a community asset. The concert of self-managed solo musicians from groups the Morning Clouds, Lonelyhearts, P@4P, and Sour Boy, Bitter Girl typified the personality of the space they were playing in — GNU: Experience Gallery. GNU proudly exhibits the DIY (do it yourself ) ethic, one which germinated during the punk movement of the 1970s, and grew into a scene of homegrown arts in cities across the country. “I like being involved... but also in DIY it’s all about music,” said Benjamin Buttice, the vocalist and songwriter for Fort Collins band Sour Boy, Bitter Girl. “Where in legitimate venues, they try to market you to sell beer and make money.” And although the DIY aesthetic provides freedom and control for artists, it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Earlier this year GNU was faced with the prospect of closing due to lack of funds, forcing owners Brandton Manshel (janitor in chief) and Tomas Herrera (chief video renderer) to rework their strategy. Manshel and Herrera created a new call-to-action and new events to match their changing space.
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The once white walls of Gnu Experience Gallery have been saturated with creativity in the underground space at 109 Linden Street. The underground space used for shows and live music was on the verge of closing when an anonymous donation allowed them to keep their doors open.
One example is their partnership with a new organization called Transitional Creative Arts & Mentoring Program (TCAMP). The organization provides at-risk kids an opportunity to find activities to do after school by providing drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, acting, guitar, music production, and other classes. Herrera is also heading up an actors workshop that happens every other Tuesday beginning in September. “The people in the community, that’s what saved us,” Manshel said. But, according to Herre-
ra, there was a period of time when too much responsibility rested on Manshel’s shoulders. “There was a time when Brandton felt he wasn’t getting any help from the community,” Herrera said. Herrera explained that Manshel was responsible for almost single-handedly booking more than 200 shows since August 2011. “That’s almost maniac behavior,” Herrera said. “Epitomizing the DIY theme, there is a time when you need to ask for help.” In addition to continuing the music shows, Manshel and Herrera are working
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to add video blogs, housing interviews with the artists, more working studio time to be available for artists, and an extension and possible move to the California DIY scene. “We want to work with people we know in the DIY scene out there. We want to be a DIY agency,” Manshel said. Though it’s the most prominent, GNU is not the only DIY space located in Fort Collins. Dawn Putney, co-founder and self proclaimed fairy godmother of Art Lab, also located in Old Town Fort Collins, wanted to give art-
ists a place to create. “Art lab became a broad, blank palate. You can approach us with an idea that you want to do with a big open space,” Putney said. “There’s a pretty good chance we’ll have space for it.” “We jokingly, but honestly, only have two rules,” Putney said. “Don’t burn the place down and don’t get us arrested.” The importance of the DIY scene, according to Putney, is to give artists a space where they can express their work exactly how they want to without judgement.
“We’ll take anyone who walks in the door,” Putney said. DIY venues have a strong connection all throughout the state including Rhinoceropolis, a music, art and film venue in Denver. Chris Westin, Rhinoceropolis’s current lease holder, said that their only goal is to have fun. “The scene isn’t necessarily important. The important thing is really just having a place for interesting people making interesting music...it’s not always the kind that can be bought and sold,” Westin said. Westin argues that the only difference between Fort Collins and Denver is that Denver is a bit more populated, and there are more things happening, but Westin sees Fort Collins as having a healthy music scene. “The support to others, and mutual support (of DIY), that’s not a music genre,” Manshel said. “That’s a lifestyle.” Entertainment and diversity Beat Reporter Bailey Constas can be reached at entertainment@collegian. com.
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Fundraiser | Donations
bring scholarships Continued from Page 1
of Colorado System –– which includes CU-Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus –– announced $228.6 million in record-breaking private donations for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. And the increase in private donations also extends to institutions outside Colorado. Kansas State University hauled in $121 million in their fiscal year ending June 2012, a 13 percent increase from the prior year. Iowa State University collected $867 million during a nine-year campaign that ended in June. “Donors are more confident in the recovery of the economy, which in turn is leading to more confidence in their capacity to give,” said Pam Russell, director of communications for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CSU Spokesman Kyle Henley said private support is crucial to fund student scholarships and faculty development. “This is going directly into scholarships, making a difference for students here and now,” he said. The campaign led to the creation of 16 new endowed chairs and professorships, almost 16,000 scholarship awards and $63 million raised for new scholarships. Anderson said private fundraising helps offset decreases in state funding. To make up for those losses, CSU
by the numbers 7 — The number of years that the Campaign for Colorado State lasted. $537.3 million — The total amount of money raised during campaign. 68 — The number of donors who gave $1 million or more. 94,200 donors 15,783 scholarships awarded $63 million raised for new scholarships 41 facilities built or renovated 34,265 CSU alumni donors 520 new planned gifts is also creating new revenue streams in the form of private partnerships –– like with Coca-Cola and Hewlett Packard –– and the INTO program, which works to bring nonresident students to CSU. Russell cautions against any university becoming too financially dependent on donations and fundraising, and believes that looking at multiple sources of funding is key for a solid financial foundation. “Private fundraising only accounts for 10 percent of an institution’s budget... and most major gifts are restricted,” Russell said. “Institutions don’t have as much flexibility as with state funding, as donors don’t often give money to take care of such things as keeping the lights on or fixing the cracks of sidewalks. So they need to make sure they have multiple sources of funding.” Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defeat opponents in easy fashion
Continued from Page 10 ment in the first game, which usually isn’t how I play,” she said. “I focused on that a lot these last two games, and took swings to kill when I had the opportunity.” CSU jumped out to early first set leads against Denver and Rhode Island and didn’t let off the gas in both sweeps. The Rams kept long rallies alive with scrambling defense and either found the kill or forced their opponent into a hitting error.
CSU tried to speed up the tempo of its offense in its last match in order to better utilize its outside hitters, which led to another dominant game from Cranston. “We wanted to see how fast we could go with the outsides, so I think we’re going to continue to go that fast in the other games because it worked well for us,” redshirt sophomore setter Deedra Foss said. CSU accomplished its goals in the tournament by picking up wins in all three matches and working out some kinks before next
weekend’s tournament in Wichita, Kan. “This tournament helped us see some things, and we accomplished some things we needed to accomplish,” CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. “We got three wins, which we should have gotten, and we identified some things we need to work on. Now we’ve got to look forward to Wichita State, which will be a challenging tournament for us.” Assistant Sports Editor Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.
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Continued from Page 10 When coaches have to write open letters to students asking them to attend big games, there’s a
“It speaks a lot to (associate head coach) Brook (Coulter). She’s enforced the idea that defense is an attitude,” Cranston said. “Last year those balls were dropping either because of hesitation from people or we couldn’t make the play. Her working with us is doing a lot.” The last match Saturday against Rhode Island wasn’t close from the beginning. CSU beat the Rhode Island Rams 25-9 in the first set, the third time they’ve held a team to single digits since 2007.
fundamental disconnect between what people are really cheering for. You’re supporting your university and fellow Rams in the most direct possible way. How
could anyone want to waste that opportunity? Because face it, you’re only here for four years (or five if you decide to take a victory lap) and you’re the
only one to blame if you regret not showing up. Assistant Sports Editor Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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defensive tackle Te’Jay Brown said. “I feel like he’s gonna get after it, so I’m just excited as a fan to see it.” In order for CSU’s de-
fensive line to be productive in the upcoming season, they must coalesce as a unit, and become familiar with a whole new defensive scheme, a process that started during the beginning of
spring practices in March. “Our coaches have prepared us the best way they can,” Brown said. “And just like coach (McElwain) says, we’ve got all the tools, so if something goes bad, if
something breaks down, we can fix it. We feel pretty confident in what we can do.” Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at email@example.com.
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Senior libero Izzy Gaulia hoists the championship trophy for the 2012 Rams Volleyball Rocky Mountain Invite. CSU swept the tournament with victories over Virginia, Denver and Rhode Island.
Volleyball sweeps season opening tournament By Kyle Grabowski The Rocky Mountain Collegian Once the CSU volleyball team got past their first game jitters, it cruised through the rest of the 2012 Rams Volleyball Rocky Mountain Invitational. CSU swept Virginia, Denver and Rhode Island during the weekend to start the season 3-0 for the second straight year. The Rams started the first set of the
season against Virginia on a fairly shaky note. The set was tied at 16 before CSU scored nine of the next 11 points to close it out. “The one advantage we probably had was that we knew what some of their players were going to do. They had no idea what we were going to do,” Virginia coach Dennis Hohenshelt said. “In the end (CSU) just physically overpowered us.” That trend continued through the
other two matches in the tournament. CSU blocked 27 balls throughout three games, forcing teams into hitting errors in efforts to avoid getting thwarted at the net. Senior outside hitter Dana Cranston only tallied six kills against Virginia Friday, but came back with double digit kills in both matches on Saturday. “I had pretty poor error manageSee vball on Page 8
Fans letting team down By Kyle Grabowski The Rocky Mountain Collegian
To most CSU students, receiving less than 50 percent in a class would be a complete failure. Why then, should we as a student body be satisfied with filling less than 50 percent of our allotted seats at next weekend’s Rocky Mountain Showdown? It was reported Wednesday that only 3,000 of CSU’s 10,000 student tickets have been sold for the season opener against CU-Boulder, which with less than a week before the game is a tragedy. That’s a failing grade as far as I’m concerned. This is one of our biggest rivalry games of the year, and a season opener to boot. Students should be lining up to get tickets to see the game, and goodness knows that kind of support can tip an evenly balanced game for either team. The game will be the Rams’ first game under the leadership of new coach Jim McElwain, which at the very least is worth seeing a newlook CSU team. Yes the team hasn’t been to a bowl or over .500 since 2007, but they deserve the benefit of the doubt under a new coaching staff led by a man who won two National Championship rings at Alabama. The Rocky Mountain Showdown does cost money to attend ($25 for a ticket, travel expenses, etc.) as opposed to free student tickets at Hughes Stadium and a free shuttle from campus. This generally sends any college student running away, but seeing your team play in a professional stadium against its biggest instate rival is more than worth working another four hours this week to recoup the cost. Ask yourself: which will I regret more? Spending a few dollars and a beautiful fall day in Denver? Or missing precious opportunities to support your fellow student athletes and come together as a student body? Even if CSU loses, even if it’s a really rough game, the trip is worth it because the Rocky Mountain Showdown is about more than football. It’s about feeling a sense of pride and dedication to your university. Apathy runs rampant at CSU. The school puts on a huge number of speakers and events and barely anyone shows up. See grabowski on Page 8
Rams hoping to fill void left by departed players on the d-line By Andrew Schaller The Rocky Mountain Collegian
With the beginning of the season looming just days away, CSU will be looking to fill holes on the defensive line after three key contributors from the 2011 season left the team. Defensive linemen Colton Paulhus and Nordly Capi were expelled before the season after being charged with an assault on a CSU freshman, and defensive end C.J. James transferred from the university in the spring. Capi and James’ departures leave many question marks regarding how CSU will make up for their pass-rushing abilities. Still, the Rams have remained confident that
Zach Tiedgen 2011 stats: 10 tkl, 4 solo, 1 sack Te’Jay Brown 2011 stats: 14 tkl, 6 solo John Froland 2011 stats: 34 tkl, 8 solo, 1 forced fumble
Nordly Capi 2011 stats: 34 tkl, 25 solo, 10 sacks CJ James 2011 stats: 36 tkl, 18 solo, 5 sacks
the new defensive scheme coach Jim McElwain and his coaching staff have put together will be able to manufacture pressure for the team in 2012. McElwain noted the improvement on the defensive
side of the ball during last Thursday’s scrimmage “(They) gave (the offense) some trouble,” McElwain said. “We’re starting to develop some pass rushers, and that’s good to see too.” With more positions open on the defensive line, opportunities have opened up for some Rams that may not have had the chance to play before losing so many key defensive linemen in the spring. ”I feel like everyone’s stepping up and filling their shoes,” defensive lineman Zach Tiedgen said. “We’ve got a lot of dudes coming up, so we’re gonna be just fine.” One player who has stood out among his peers throughout practice this far has been Lanston Tanyi, a transfer student from Appa-
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Defensive end Brodrick Sargent battles an offensive lineman during a drill in practice Aug. 17.
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Lanston, he’s a beast,” See fball on Page 8