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Your all-inclusive guide to fall break, family, Black Friday and more By Bailey Constas The Rocky Mountain Collegian Fall break is finally here, and just in time. Unfortunately, far from the restful break we all crave, this all-too-brief vacation can be difficult to navigate, what with all the family time, Black Friday and the interminable wait between waking up and dinner. Whose bright idea was it to put that off until 3 p.m., anyway? Luckily, the Collegian has got you covered.

How to deal with family:

Perfect the smile and nod: When Grandma tells you about her bridge group and how her bowel movements are going, there’s only one thing to do. And that’s to be as physically present and as mentally absent as possible. Come up with three topics that you’ve learned in class to convince your parents you’re not just spending all their money on beer. It could be a new word you picked up when you didn’t understand that prompt on your midterm, that concept in philosophy that will go over your parents’ heads or a topic in sociology that you know your dad will disagree with. Another key tip would be to stash a few beers in your travel duffle to get

through the family dinners. Help out at least once around the house. It’s easy to get back into the swing of things, meaning have your mother do everything for you. But it would be a wise decision to maybe do one load of laundry, set the table for Thanksgiving, help with the dishes or entertain some younger family members, if only to pretend you’re a responsible and upstanding member of society all the time.

Things to do before dinner:

Go to a movie For the kids: Rise of the Guardians Wreck-It Ralph The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Though it might not exactly be toddler material, anyone over the age of 14 should be embarrassed to be at this movie. Dramas Silver Linings Playbook: Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in one place Life of Pi: Based on a hugely popular bestselling book about a boy and a tiger stranded in the ocean; the book mostly takes place in Pi’s head, but this actually looks really interesting

Action Red Dawn: This remake of the 1984 movie is about the coming of WWIII in suburbia. Skyfall: the new James Bond movie. Although most people who want to see it will have already done so by Thanksgiving, it’s an action movie that’s suited for most of the family. Watch/play football: A classic American past time for a classic American holiday. What’s more patriotic than burly men in tight pants? Write your term papers: A novel idea, but maybe it’s time to sit down and write those term papers that you’ve been putting off. Maybe it’s easier to focus when you don’t have drunken roommates threatening to hurl on the carpet. Or when you’re not drunkenly considering hurling on the carpet. Donate turkeys to food banks: It’s easy to pick up an extra turkey at the grocery store or other food items for those less fortunate than you this holiday. Spread the wealth or the tryptophan.

Other things you can take part of:

Give to the Food Bank for Larimer County: Food donations are ac-

cepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Food Bank warehouse in Fort Collins. Peanut butter Turkeys Canned vegetables/fruit Canned meat/fish (chicken, salmon, tuna) Beans Pasta/Rice Cereal Oatmeal/Grits Shelf-stable milk Healthy kids snacks Black Friday: After coming out of their food coma, Americans all over the country will be lining up in the early morning hours of Black Friday —and Thursday night — to get outrageous deals. If you’re planning on burning off those extra calories from the day before by running around and pulling electronics out of other shoppers’ hands, then here are some deals to get you started for planning your Black Friday. 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night Walmart K-mart

Sears Toy’R’Us 9 p.m. Outlets at Loveland — stores will be open 24-hours straight Target Midnight Best Buy Dick’s Sporting Goods GameStop Old Navy Kohl’s Macy’s Sports Authority 5 a.m. Ace Hardware Home Depot Lowe’s Michael’s Office Depot Staples 6 a.m. Bed Bath & Beyond JC Penny Office Max PetsMart Radioshack 7 a.m. and later Cost Plus World Market Kind Creations Sam’s Club

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RAM TALK ... THE REST OF THE STORY

No sex November By Davis English

The Rocky Mountain Collegian Based on the Ramtalk: “With it being No-Shave November, Halo 4 and the new Call of Duty coming out, I predict pregnancy rates will drop off dramatically.” — Originally in 11/9 Collegian In a recent study conducted by the Family Studies Department at CSU, it seems as though pregnancy rates have nearly dropped off the map this month. November is notorious for its yearly cessation of intercourse, but a key question remains: Why? Pregnancy specialist Keifer Grawsey attributes this drop in pregnancy rates to a few factors: No-Shave November and the releases of “Halo 4” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.” “Hairy gamers get no love,” Grawsey said. “It’s the long facial hair that turns the girls off, and the extreme gaming that keeps them away. Every

November, facial hair graces the faces of countless young men, but with the addition of

“As long as the college-aged men pretend that they can grow facial hair, they will not be engaging in sexual contact with the collegeaged females.” highly anticipated video game releases, I would say that this November is the perfect storm for abstinence.” Females all over the country are boycotting their male counterparts, saying that they

must “shave their faces and stop playing those darn video games” if they want to continue fornicating. The males couldn’t be reached for comment, as they are far too busy playing their new games in their dank, dark basements. The condom industry has also been feeling the effects of this sudden decrease in coitus by young adults. The drop in sales has directly affected local condom manufacturer and connoisseur, Oliver “Three Bones” Jones. “I’m just absolutely devastated,” Jones said. “I’m in shock. How am I going to put bread on the table without people knockin’ boots? Shave the beards, boys!” One thing remains clear: As long as the college-aged men pretend that they can grow facial hair, they will not be engaging in sexual contact with the college-aged females. Collegian Writer Davis English can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

The “great” outdoors

There’s absolutely nothing great about it By Emily Kribs The Rocky Mountain Collegian Kevin Bartz’ column, with all its worldly wisdom about hiking trails and the great outdoors will not be featured today. Instead, I’m going to cover for him. I know things about what goes on outside! I’ve been there before, no matter what my pasty complexion implies. In fact, I go out there every day! The terror of the great outdoors spices up my life, adding excitement and vague uneasiness to the school day. What’s going to happen next? You never know with the world outside your front door. Sure, we have an institution put in place for the express purpose of keeping us from being surprised when we exit our homes in the morning — or afternoon, or even night. Hell, I don’t know your schedule — but that National Weather Service is constantly letting me down. Just yesterday morning I was shocked to find it snowing. Snowing! That wasn’t on the itinerary at all for the day. Yeah, it was over within ten minutes, but it still gave me a pretty good scare. Today, the Internet tells me, it’s supposed to be “mostly sunny.” What’s the difference between that and “partly cloudy?” The graphic looks exactly the same. My weather app also forecasts for “nighttime.” I guess I’m glad I know that was planned ahead of time, since otherwise that would have to be symptomatic of The End Times. But you know what the scariest part of the

outdoors is? That’s where outer space and the ocean are. I’m willing to contend with space; from an objective standpoint, I think space is awesome. Sure, there’s just one flimsy little atmosphere between us and the endless void of space, but hey, I’ll manage. The ocean, on the other hand, is a fathoms deep well of the most unknowable fear imaginable. You know that fish in “Finding Nemo” with the little light on its head and teeth as long as its body? That’s a real creature that exists, which isn’t actually a problem for humans since most of us are bigger than the eight inches it has to its name — plus we’d already be dead if we were deep enough to encounter it. The outdoors is also where bugs come from. Some insects are fine, like ladybugs, moths and praying mantises (mantes?). But there are plenty of bugs that I’m sure everyone will agree need to go. I’m not referring to spiders, which are mostly harmless (or at least non-lethal) in Colorado, but wasps. What the devil is the point of those things? Don’t get me wrong; they’re not scary. But they certainly are awful. So go on your hikes, your bike rides and your walks. Go camping in the mountains, or even scuba diving in California and Florida. I’ll be here, biting my nails and wondering exactly how many bacteria live under them. Entertainment Editor Emily Kribs is masquerading as an agoraphobe and as a result welcomes your mockery at entertainment@collegian.com.


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Ending myths with cameras

“You’ll see anything from stylized to realistic, nature, humans, abstract, caricatures. There’s quite a variety of different carving and styles.”

By Emily Kribs The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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When most people think of people without homes, “They think of 50 year old drunk men,” said James Robinson, a social work major. “That’s not the case.” Homeward 2020, a “very specific initiative to end homelessness by the year 2020 in Fort Collins, Colorado,” as stated by their website, will be putting on an exhibition designed to help further that goal. Homeward 2020 gave 10 people without permanent homes disposable film cameras, which they then used to photograph their life and living conditions. According to their website, “Since the season of year has a strong bearing on what that daily experience is like, this was done each season over the past year,” ending up with 40 cameras worth of pictures. Starting Friday, Nov. 16, these photographs will be on display in the Center for Fine Art Photography. According to Robinson, there will be a wall devoted to each season of the year. A lot of work went into this project, the purpose? “The most important part is to dispel the myth of what homelessness looks like,” said Robinson. “It affects lots of people.” “It affects people with young kids,” Robinson went on. “The average age (of homelessness) is nine years old. This does a good

What: “Fort Collins Through the Eyes of Those Who Have No Home” Where: Center for Fine Art Photography When: Friday, Nov. 16 Cost: Free

Wood carve if you could carve

Callow- Mosher | Artist and local woodcarver

By Marcus Moritz The Rocky Mountain Collegian

job of conveying the extent of this problem.” He explained that there are many people who no one would ever guess were without homes. “I think there’s 40 people at CSU who are currently homeless.” The photos include “children, families and adults showing their realities from the streets, shelters, cars, ‘couch surfing,’ on the Poudre River and experiencing life in our community from a very unique vantage point,” said their website. Robinson is part of this project for a organized communication class. “I think it’s absolutely served its purpose,” he said. Robinson also noted that on Dec. 2, some of the photos will be displayed in the basement of the Lory Student Center. Homeward 2020 Executive Director Bryce Hach could not be reached for comment. More information can be found at www.homeward2020.org Entertainment Editor Emily Kribs can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

Discipline is the name of the game in woodcarving. “In order to be a good woodcarver, you have to be able to stop,” said Angela Callow-Mosher, an artist and local woodcarver, “or else you pick, pick, pick, pick at it until you don't have a piece anymore." This Saturday and Sunday, everyone is invited to see where some of the local artists felt the need to stop at the annual Northern Colorado Woodcarvers event at the Thomas M. McKee Building at the Larimer County Fairgrounds. The event is part competition, part sale and all art. There will be about 40 different artists (some of whom may be wielding a chainsaw) and a large variety of art, including wood and gourds, painted and plain. “"There's all kinds of techniques and styles,” Callow-Mosher. “You'll see anything from stylized to realistic, nature, humans, abstract, caricatures. There's quite a variety of different carvings and styles." "You have to figure out what you're worth,” Callow-Mosher said regarding prices. “You want your prices to be reasonable to get your name out there, but you don't want to insult yourself either." Pieces will range greatly in size from the size of a

craft competition Who: Northern Colorado Woodcarvers Club What: Wood Carving sale and competition When: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: The Ranch Events Complex Cost: Free dime to as big as a human. "I like to do ones I can hold in my hand,” said Alice Huffman, another carver. “I'm more into 12 to 16 inch pieces, maybe not even quite 16 inches." Huffman began carving about a decade ago. "I went to a resort in Arizona. They had everything you could do, so I tried quilts and ceramics … but I liked wood, so I joined their group — they called themselves the ‘Easy Bleeders’ — and I took a class in wood shop." Since then, Huffman has fallen in love. She carves both wood — she has a preference for basswood, though she hears cottonwood bark is a good material too — and gourds. In October, her jack o’ lanterns are fantastic. At the event, you can expect to see anything the carvers can imagine, from characters to animals to caricatures. “My favorite part is, if I'm doing a character, finishing the eyes,” Huffman went

Photo courtesy of angela callow-mosher

on to say. “I like watching people looking at and smiling at my work." The art is undeniably beautiful, but Callow-Mosher and Huffman have known people to balk at the prices. “Some people don't know how much time goes into creating a piece,” Callow-Mosher said. “You need discipline; it's not like clay where if you take a piece off you can put it back on.

You've got to slow down and take time to enjoy the process. “It’s not a craft; it’s an art.” The price of the pieces will vary based on who carved it, the size of the sculpture and the skill involved. The event is free to attend. Collegian Writer Marcus Moritz can be reached at news@collegian.com.

football

Rams continue sweep streak over AFA Boise State’s the volleyball

football blueprint

By Quentin Sickafoose The Rocky Mountain Collegian

If history is known to repeat itself, then the CSU volleyball team could have seen this one from a mile away. Going into Thursday night’s game, CSU hadn’t lost to Air Force since 1982, and had swept the last 18 matches they have met — this one proved to be no exception, as the Rams picked up their sixth consecutive victory 3-0 over the Falcons 26-24, 25-22, 25-16. “They’ve been very competitive and it’s always a very high level of volleyball,” Air Force libero Maiya Perich said. “They’re huge. Air Force isn’t a big team, so playing CSU is kind of intimidating, but after awhile it gets more competitive and more fun.” It seemed as though Air Force would end CSU’s 49 consecutive set victories, as the Rams trailed for the majority of the opening set. To add to visual frustration on coach Tom Hilbert’s face, his team stopped playing before the ball hit the ground on one play, and the Falcons made them pay for their early celebration. “I knew the ball was up. I don’t understand why they thought it wasn’t,” Hilbert said. “That’s one of those things that happens that sets the tone for Air Force.” Fortunately for Hilbert, it didn’t set the tone for his opposition. Instead, his team

By Andrew Schaller The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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Dana Cranston (2) goes up for a kill during the volleyball game at Air Force Thursday night. The Rams swept the Falcons in three sets.

battled back to take the last three points of the set, leading them to a 26-24 victory after facing an Air Force set point. The second set was another nail biter where every point counted. Air Force’s Felicia Clement went off in the second, putting up 12 kills by the end of the set. Despite her performance, and Air Force having a better attacking percentage than CSU, the Rams still managed to squeak another set win out. “We didn’t block very well against Felicia. We didn’t really block well

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against anybody actually,” Hilbert said. “We’re a tired group of players right now.” After set two, the Rams were able to rest during the set break. They were also able to say what needed to be said to come back out and put the game away early. “We were definitely focused,” Brieon Paige said. “We talked after halftime that we needed to start playing CSU volleyball and go back to the things that we’re good at.” The final set featured none of the fight that was brought by the Falcons in the first two. CSU put up a .591 hitting percentage

Top hitting percentages Deedra Foss: 100 percent Brieon Paige: 60 percent Megan Ploudre: 45 percent

compared to Air Force’s .194. The Falcons managed to put up only 16 points before losing the last set. “I think Air Force played worse to be honest,” Hilbert said. “My hat’s off to them in the first two sets; they competed.” Volleyball Beat Reporter Quentin Sickafoose can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Six years ago, Boise State football coach Chris Petersen brought a team from the small Western Athletic Conference and burst onto the national scene with an overtime victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta bowl. Now, after joining the Mountain West last season, Petersen and the Broncos will play their final two games in the conference before becoming a part of the Big East next year. The successes that Petersen has had with a team from a small conference raised eyebrows around the country, and provides a prototype for how to get a team from a small conference, like the Mountain West, onto the national stage. “It’s unbelievable what they’ve done,” CSU coach Jim McElwain said. “I’ve seen it, maybe, up close and personal, growing up when they were in the Big Sky Conference and seeing them as just another program, to see how fast they became who they are. “But the most important thing is the consistency at which they have done it, I mean, it is year-in and yearout, and that speaks volumes for the leadership there, and obviously for [Petersen].” In over six seasons that Petersen has been the head

Chris Petersen Highest win percentage among active coaches in NCAA Division I FBS football: 81-8 (.910) 2-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2008-09) Six consecutive 10+ win seasons (2006-present) Two Fiesta Bowl victories (following 2006 and 2009 seasons)

Jim mcElwain First year as head coach at CSU Offensive coordinator for Alabama during two national championship seasons (following 2009 and 2011 seasons) Coached two Heisman Trophy finalists (Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson)

coach at Boise State, the Broncos have focused on being consistent, while accumulating a 81-8 record. When McElwain took over as the coach of CSU last December, he was faced with a similar challenge that Petersen took on: taking a program from a small conference and trying to turn it into a winner. “We’re all trying to model ourselves and pick up the good things that other programs do,” Petersen said. “We’re no different than anyone else in our conference, I mean, we’re trying to figure See fball on Page 5

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CSU athletics signs contract with Under Armour

Multi-year clothing agreement will provide gear for over 400 student athletes By Amanda Zetah The Rocky Mountain Collegian CSU athletic teams may have just become a little flashier. The CSU Athletic Department announced Thursday that it has signed a multi-year contract with the clothing manufacturing company Under Armour, who will provide nearly 400 student athletes with gear starting next year. Jack Graham, athletic director for CSU, hopes that it will help recruit quality student-athletes. “The apparel that you wear when you are compet-

ing matters to the athlete," Graham said. "They identify with the brand, so quality matters." The process of selecting Under Armour as CSU’s new athletic brand was rigorous. It involved four specific criteria that the brand had to meet — performance, level of service, financial arrangements, and brand recognition. "We went into it with a completely open mind and looked at all prospective vendors," Graham said. Among those vendors was Nike, Adidas, Russell Athletics and Under Armour. CSU has been branded with Russell Athletics since

2004. They will be finishing up the contract with them on June 30, 2013. “We went through a competitive process and decided that Under Armour is a better fit for us," Graham said. Under Armour features a variety of products for both male and female athletes that cater to nearly any sport. Kelly Morgan, store manager of Under Armour in Loveland, thinks this partnership will be "absolutely beneficial for the university because Under Armour is a better brand and is better quality." Their quality product includes heat gear, cold gear and

special wicking technology that gets rid of perspiration. “I think this partnership is awesome because Under Armour has so many different types of clothing,” said Sarah Emter, an employee at Sports Authority in Fort Collins. She believes that they have enough of a variety that they can fit all of the needs of CSU athletes. “If you’re half way through the first quarter of a football game and are dripping sweat, you don’t want to be wearing a cotton t-shirt,” Graham said, “Under Armour invented high performance athletic gear that enables perspiration to evaporate and go away.”

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Many believe that it will be beneficial for the surrounding community as well. “We are ultimately affected by this, and it is a great thing for us,” Morgan said, “If the athletes need something, we are here to replace or add onto the product.” Under Armour was chosen by CSU namely because it targets our athletes. “They are investing heavily in the young athlete market and have been very effective in penetrating that market,” Graham said. Under Armour and CSU have just finished negotiations. According to Graham, there were points of negotia-

tion in which Under Armour agreed to provide sponsorship and quality equipment to the over 400 student athletes at CSU. "They are providing a deep discount and providing us a sponsorship that we don't have to pay for," Graham said. Due to a confidentiality clause, Graham was not able to disclose the specifics of the contract. "Quality is what sets Under Armour apart," Emter said. "Besides having a good brand name, they have good quality products to back it up." City Beat Reporter Amanda Zetah can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Compiled by Emily Kribs, Design by Corinne Winthrop Check in with the Collegian’s Weekender every Friday to see what’s going on in Fort Collins over the weekend.

Midnight Madness Special Event

Thanks Sharing

Where: Loveland Laser Tag When: Saturday, Nov. 17 Times: 9 p.m. to midnight Cost: $20

Where: Mennonite Church on Oak Street When: Thursday, Nov. 22 Times: 3 p.m. on Cost: Free

On any old Friday or Saturday you can get unlimited laser tag, dodgeball, basketball and Wii/Xbox 360 gaming for a mere $20 at Loveland Laser Tag. But if that won’t satisfy your insatiable desire for fun and excitement, this Saturday there’s a special event with a live DJ and late-night food specials. You can’t bring the 90s back, but you can certainly pretend for a night — even if laser tag technology has improved a lot since it first became popular. Learn more at www.laserfuncenter.com

If you don’t already have plans or just don’t want to cook that much, this alternative Thanksgiving event is available to you. Don’t get me wrong, you’re still supposed to cook, but now you can just make one dish that serves six to eight people instead of an entire Thanksgiving spread. Feel free to bring a poem or song if you’d like to perform! This event is primarily geared towards Ethnic Studies and Women Studies students, but anyone can come. If you want to attend, RSVP to Lynn at lynn.stutheit@colostate.edu by Nov. 19.

Sudoku Simplified Where: Loveland Public Library When: Saturday, Nov. 17 Time: 2 p.m. Cost: Free Are you a nerd? More specifically, are you enough of a nerd to go to Loveland for sudoku? Taught by Darvel Silda, a Loveland resident of 28 years and with a B.A. in Early Childhood Development, this class discusses sudoku strategy. This event will be in Long's Peak Room on the second floor. While the event is free, DVDs and laminated sudoku cards will be available for $10.

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time” Where: Room 131 in Behavioral Sciences When: Friday, Nov. 16 Times: Doors open at 6 p.m., begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free When we say we’re a “green university,” we don’t just mean our school colors. The Rocky Mountain Research Station will be showing “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time,” produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service. The film examines Leopold’s ideas on conservation and ecology, and a land ethic for today’s society. Afterwards, stick around for a Q&A session with the film’s co-director, David Steinke, who will be accompanied by CSU Professor Rick Knight and one of Leopold’s great-grandsons and doctoral candidate, Jed Meunier. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org

Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) with Ryan Kirkpatrick Where: Mishawaka's SpokesBUZZ Lounge When: Saturday, Nov. 17 Times: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Kirkpatrick begins at 8 p.m. Cost: $22.50 in advance, $25.50 at door This Saturday night at the SpokesBUZZ Lounge, kickstart your fall break with an acoustic/folk rock/pop concert. To translate all those genres into one sentence: It’s really chill, and as a commenter on ALO’s site called it, “surprisingly groovy.” Fort Collins’ own Ryan Kirkpatrick will be opening for ALO, a band comprised of four friends who met while attending University of California Santa Barbara. This is a good concert to bring friends; you won’t have to scream yourself hoarse to have a conversation. Sample Kirkpatrick’s music at www.myspace.com/kirkpatty ALO’s music can be heard at www.last.fm/music/ALO

Applewood Arts and Crafts Fair Where: Budweiser Events Center When: Saturday, Nov. 17 Times: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $4 Do you like art? Crafts? Food? Getting your Christmas shopping out of the way? Or just buying things if you’re not into that particular holiday? Head on over to the Applewood Arts and Crafts Fair. With a cute name like that, what’s not to love? Stock up on home furnishings and specialty foods; with 35 years under its handcrafted and lovingly decorated belt, you know this is the source you can trust for your fine arts. Find out more at www. artbeetfc.com


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OPINION Friday, November 16, 2012 | Page 4

your two cents

Yesterday’s Question: How many Five Hour Energy drinks do you think it’s ok to consume in one day?

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44% Zero, it’s a death shot. 22% Two. 18% A four pack. 16% One.

What Texas should focus on

Today’s question: What are you doing this fall break?

*45 people voted in this poll.

Log on to http://collegian.com to give us your two cents.

This is an unscientific poll conducted at Collegian.com and reflects the opinions of the Internet users who have chosen to participate.

“Rather than relying on a weaponstrapped drug mule to cross the border, they are relying on the Internet and postal service.”

Buying LSD on Ebay: Welcome to Silk Road

By quinn scahill

Some people have been saying recently that the legalization of marijuana in our state is a definitive blow to the War on Drugs in the US. While the importance of this legislation cannot be overlooked, it is nothing compared to what the Internet is doing to the illegal drug trade. In February 2011, a website called Silk Road reared its head from the depths of the Internet. Silk Road has been compared to a “black market Amazon” because its primary function is distributing illegal drugs that can be purchased anonymously online, and sent through the mail to a buyer. Last year, the site’s annual sales totaled $22 million. It seems unbelievable, but a gram of crystal meth is no harder to buy than a sweater on Amazon these days. I’m not much of a computer whiz, but apparently Silk Road is run out of the deep web, a part of the Internet that cannot be accessed by typing in a web address or searching Google. The deep web is a part of the Internet that is incredibly encrypted so that anything that you do on your computer cannot be traced back to you. To access this part of the Internet you have to run a network called TOR, which makes your computer anonymous to the online world. Once you have TOR you are able to access to the deep web and thus, Silk Road. This website offers a cornucopia of illegal drugs, from a gram of Afghani hash to 50 sheets of LSD. The drugs are sold from different vendors on the website, and everyone using the site has to create a user ID to make a purchase. This is so that user feedback can be given to specific vendors on the quality and price of their product, and it helps prevent scams. Like Amazon, there is a “Top Sellers” section where the highest-rated drugs from the trustiest vendors can be bought for the fairest prices. Speaking of paying for drugs, there is no awkward transaction of money between you and your drug dealer on Silk Road. In fact, there is technically no trans-

action at all because of the encryption of the deep web. Untraceable, online currencies called Bitcoins are used to purchase things, but the exchange rate of Bitcoins to USD can fluctuate wildly from hour to hour. You have to use an online exchange service to obtain Bitcoins, but you basically just deposit them into your Silk Road account and then you can start buying weed, heroin, meth or Oxycontin. Except Silk Road doesn’t offer absolutely everything. You won’t find human beings for sale or weapons of mass destruction, because the site’s terms of service ban the sale of anything harmful or defrauding such as guns or stolen credit cards. Instead of loading submarines with cocaine or putting heroin in the caskets of American soldiers, drug dealers are finally selling their products in a civil, secure and I daresay: ethical way. With the user rating and review system, anyone scamming people or selling fake drugs will be ostracized and ousted from the online community. Also, nobody can be shot or killed in an online drug transaction. Think of Mexico, for example. The violence from the drug war has killed an estimated 67,000 Mexican civilians. The cartels are known for their grotesque violence, but even these organizations are moving their business online. Rather than relying on a weapon-strapped drug mule to cross the border, they are relying on the Internet and postal service. If the drugs do not arrive or are intercepted, it is not their problem because they have already received Bitcoins for their products. However, the violence doesn’t just come out of Mexico. Fifteen year-old kids are shot everyday in our cities selling drugs. Unnecessary lives are being lost. I’m not advocating for anybody to use drugs, or go online and buy drugs, but I am advocating a much safer marketplace for them. Drugs aren’t safe in any way, but you shouldn’t have to kill yourself obtaining them. Quinn Scahill is a senior English major. His columns appear Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

By Nic Turiciano

The petition to peacefully grant the state of Texas permission to withdraw from the United States of America has 109,119 signatures at the time of writing. That’s 84,119 signatures more than needed to qualify for a response from the White House. Clearly, there is a strong-ish movement for the state of Texas to become Texas the country. Seeing as so many people care about it, it stands to reason that the biggest problem facing Texas’ longterm prosperity is the fact that it’s part of the United States, right? The petition states that it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union thanks to its balanced budget and its economy, which is the 15th largest in the world. So long as those claims remain true, thousands of people in Texas are confident in their state’s ability to be independent. It’s too bad that they choose to ig-

nore a number of state-level issues that are more troublesome for Texas than the fact that Obama was reelected. Let’s look at some indications that Texas won’t succeed after its improbable secession.. It’s hard to imagine a functional, successful country without a well educated population; welp, too bad for Texas. According to the U.S. Census, 79.9 percent of the adult population in Texas held a high school degree in 2010 — the lowest percentage for any state in the nation. That doesn’t mean that Texas is the dumbest state in the U.S. (and I’m not insinuating anything by choosing to include that remark), but it doesn’t bode well for the future of Texas R&D. It seems the educational failings start rather young, because — also according to the Census — average reading test scores for 8th and 4th grade students in the state of Texas for 2009 fell below the national average for students performing at basic levels. Texas, however, does alright on the math side (give credit where credit is due). Maybe the low graduation rates and sub-par reading performance have something to do with the amount of money educators in Texas are paid. According to the Census, the average salary for an elementary or secondary school teacher in Texas in 2009 was $47,200. The national average for the same year was $54,300. Obamacare, a law that Texas and

its Governor, Rick Perry, seem to hate with a fervor, is another sticking point for the secessionist movement, but it might not be the worst thing for Lone Star State. As we all know by now, Obamacare makes health insurance a tax, effectively ensuring that all U.S. citizens have health insurance. People in Texas don’t like this. It’s hard to understand why, seeing as Texas has the greatest percentage (26 percent, actually) of uninsured residents for any state in the country. Additionally, Texas has fewer doctors per 100,000 citizens than 40 other states, averaging just one for every 467 citizens, and is one of 12 states with an obesity rate higher than 30 percent (the U.S. Census is wonderful). So Texas has lots of unemployed citizens, fewer doctors and a higher obesity rate than can be found in most other states. Seems like Texas could use some help on the healthcare side of things. If looming healthcare disasters and poor education statistics aren’t enough to make 109,119 Texans rethink their choice to support secession, then maybe the fact that 213 of Texas’ 254 counties are currently designated natural disaster areas due to extended drought will. That’s right. It’s a particularly tough time for Texan farmers. Good luck feeding yourself, Texas! Try not to get conquered by your neighbors. Content Managing Editor Nic Turiciano can be reached at letters@collegian.com.

Give thanks, you’ve no reason not to

By Lauren Stieritz

The time of year has come. The time of year where we say thanks to everyone and everything in our life that we have been so blessed with. Where we remember the pilgrims and the Native Americans who came together, despite their differences on their first Thanksgiving 400 or so years ago, or so the elementary school narrative says. Thanksgiving, just like Halloween and St. Patty’s Day, or any other holiday in the United States for that matter, has been taken from an innocent tradition to a week full of drinking and over-spending. Especially now, with Black Friday deals bombarding our Facebook feeds and inboxes. In these last few weeks, I’ve heard an immense amount of complaining from students. Believe me, I’m just as guilty of this as the rest of you. We’re bombarded and over-

whelmed with group projects, research papers and finals on the horizon. We’re annoyed about politics and the elections, and who won what and who posted what on Facebook last night. The end of this semester has essentially turned into the biggest bitch-fest I’ve ever seen. I think it’s time for us to take a step back and think about the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s time for us to actually be thankful rather than superficially participating in the spirit of the season — what a concept, right? Before we continue our rants about how our professors have loaded it on at the end of the semester and how we’re in debt up to our eyeballs from student loans and bar tabs, let’s take a step back and be thankful that we are part of the 7 percent of individuals in the world lucky enough to be able to attain a college degree. Before we complain about how annoying our friends’ status updates and tweets about political views are on our various social media sites, why don’t we be thankful that we even have Internet access, unlike 67 percent of the world and that sites like YouTube haven’t been completely shut down and blocked by our government. And if you don’t have Internet access, at least you have clean water — rare in some parts of the world, even today. Instead of whining about how long Amendment 64 and Question 301 will take to go into full effect, let’s be thank-

ful that we are in a state that allows for citizen ballot initiatives — that we have the freedom and access to change what we don’t like about our society and government. This year, I’m thankful to be sitting in the Morgan Library with access to hundreds of computers and tablets of my choice — thankful that I even get the luxury of choosing between a Mac and a PC. I’m thankful to have a job at the Collegian, to be able to explore my opportunities and further my goals and aspirations. I’m thankful that I could stay up all night last night applying for jobs on the Internet because, believe it or not, there ARE jobs out there, especially for us 7 percent who have a college degree. This Thanksgiving, before you get too caught up in the drinking and festivities, take a couple minutes and send out a tweet or two that isn’t a rant or a manifesto of sorts, but one that shares with others what you’re thankful for — genuinely. Whether it be the latest “Twilight” movie or the fact that your grandparents are in town — I don’t care. Just be thankful; you’ve got so much to be thankful for. Copy Editor Lauren Stieritz is a senior communication studies major. Her columns appear Fridays in the Collegian. She can be reached at letters@ collegian.com or on Twitter @laurenstieritz.

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Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn” These songs were recorded from 2006 to 2012

If we’re going by Stevens’ sequencing, after “Infinity Voyage” comes “Let It Snow!” and after that comes “Christmas Unicorn,” which is a hell of a finale to a 58-song collection if I’ve ever heard one. Not only is there a glitchy cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” but the originals “Happy Karma Christmas” and “Justice Delivers Its Death” are among the best songs on the album. The second one actually manages to turn the Christmas standard “Silver and Gold” into a critique of capitalism. The centerpiece is the title track, a 13-minute behemoth that is as grandiose as it is quirky. It’s a sight to behold, and I guess a sound to behold as well. The album features three instrumental renditions of traditional Christmas carols The guest vocalist here is Vesper Stamper, part of the band Ben + Vesper and a friend of Stevens’

Sufjan Stevens– “Infinity Voyage” Released Nov. 13

Perhaps the most interesting package we’ve gotten this week — or ever — was Sufjan Stevens’ 5-LP box set collection “Silver and Gold.” Besides the albums, which include “Infinity Voyage” among their number, there are several sheets of stickers and temporary tattoos, a giant poster and a detailed 50-plus page booklet that not only has song lyrics with chord changes, but also several essays on various Christmas topics. Pulling it out of the packaging felt like pulling a child out of the womb. I could have said it was like opening a present, but since “Infinity Voyage” is a Christmas album, that would be too obvious. Many of the familiar songs, like “Joy to the World” and “Good King Wenceslas,” have heavy electronic facelifts, while original slow burners, like “The Child with the Star on His Head” and “Christmas in the Room,” seem conventional in comparison (even though the former is 15 minutes long). The album, overblown as it may be in the context of its larger 5-record collection, is a good 45 minutes of good fun and good music. So really, it’s not overblown at all. “Silver and Gold” is the sequel to Stevens’ 5-LP “Songs for Christmas” box set This CD also includes a cover of Prince’s “Alphabet Street” for some reason

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Despite posting a 3-7 record so far this year, the Rams have maintained the optimism that McElwain has embodied, particularly when they speak of the future of the program. “I have full faith that this is going to be a very successful program here in the future,” senior offensive tackle Joe Caprioglio said. “Obviously, at this point in time in the season we’re disappoint-

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results on the field have spoken for themselves. “It’s the base foundation and fundamentals of the process, which they have accepted and they have excelled at,” McElwain said. “Which simply means attention to detail at a high level in everything you do, and that’s how they play the game.” Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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“A person who loves food for the purpose of consumption, studying, preparation and recreation.”

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Fort Collins Foodie Walk By EMILY SMITH The Rocky Mountain Collegian

FOODIE WALK

“Foodie.” Noun. A person who loves food for the purpose of consumption, studying, preparation and recreation. According to the Downtown Fort Collins website, foodies wish to learn everything about food and take in the science, industry, history and characters surrounding food. If this sounds like you, then the Fort Collins Foodie Walk tonight offers a way to explore several unique culinary shops in town. The walk is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to attend and self-guided. Maps are available on the Downtown Fort Collins website. “Culinary shops in Downtown Fort Collins focus on unique quality ingredients, locally sourced and organic produce in their shops,” the website reads. The first suggested stop on the walk takes you to The Cupboard, located at 152 S. College Ave. The Cupboard sells specialty kitchen wares and features regular cooking demonstrations and food samplings. You’ll feel just like Rachel Ray with all your fancy new cookware — assuming you’re the type who knows how to use it, of course. Next up is Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream at 114 S. College Ave. Kilwin’s is a sweet confections heaven, selling hand-crafted chocolates, caramel apples, ice cream, caramel corn and hand-paddled fudge. Sugar coma, anyone? Continue on to Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company located at 114 N. College Ave. Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company features a tasting bar layout where you can try more than 45 premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. Mmm, vinegar. From there, make your way to the Savory Spice Shop at 123 N. College Ave. Savory Spice Shop

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Fort Collins offers more than 400 freshly ground and hand blended herbs, spices and seasonings. Taste a specially-prepared sample during your walk, and even learn the recipe from the staff. Also participating is Happy Lucky’s Teahouse & Treasures located at 236 Walnut St. Happy Lucky’s features a “Great Wall of Tea” with over 150 loose-leaf teas available in bulk. They also sell teaware and brewing accessories. Heads up: don’t expect to brew loose-leaf tea like a teabag unless you like your tea full of fiber. The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop is your next stop, located at 216 Pine St. This locally-owned cheese shop sells complementary items such as chocolate and fresh flowers. Never been to a cheese bistro? (Me neither). This is your chance to sit down and enjoy “cheese flights” prepared with wine or beer, or I guess just “cheese flights” if you’ve yet to ascend to the lofty height known as “over 21.” Your final foodie stop will be the Old Town Spice Shop at 220 Linden St. The staff will educate you on the versatility of all the spices they offer, as well as their origins and uses. So don’t load up on spices at the Savory Spice Shop! Just kidding — you can never have too many spices. Bon appetit! Collegian writer Emily Smith can be reached at entertainment@ collegian.com.


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Sports Friday slam dunk Friday, November 16, 2012 | Page 8

CSU cruises past Chadron State By Andrew Schaller The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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Gerson Santo (15) dunks during the first half of Thursday night’s blowout at Moby Arena. The Rams defeated Chadron State 93-50 in ther second straight home win.

It was clear early on that CSU wasn’t going to let Division-II Chadron State hang around. The Rams got off on a 24-2 run to start the game and never looked back, en route to a 93-50 victory Thursday night. The large early lead allowed many reserves on the bench for the Rams to come in the game, who never allowed the lead to go lower than 28 at any point during the second half. “We were in a lot of good spots; we made a lot of good plays early,” senior guard Greg Smith said. “And then just seeing those guys come in and keep it going you know, they didn’t miss a beat when they came in. Everybody played hard tonight.” The Rams were again led by the play of senior center Colton Iverson, who led the team with 18 points and added 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Iverson imposed his will on Chadron State, shooting 87.5 percent from the floor thanks to multiple looks down low that afforded him the opportunity to work on his post game. The play of Iverson and the rest of the starters for CSU allowed for a total of 11 Rams

to take the floor Thursday night thanks to the early lead. Those reserves managed to post 48 bench points for the Rams, compared with just 26 from Chadron State’s bench. “It was a good game allaround for everybody,” Iverson said. “We got 48 bench points, that’s huge. And then we just put together a complete game I thought, especially after last game [against Montana] was kind of sloppy here and there. I thought we played a pretty complete game.” One starter who played only a few seconds was senior guard Dorian Green, who was allowed to continue his streak of 98 consecutive starts despite having a concussion. Green stepped onto the floor to start the game, Iverson won the opening tip-off then coach Larry Eustachy called a timeout and sophomore guard Jon Octeus was subbed in for Green. “I just thought it was the right thing to do,” Eustachy said. “This is kind of special, this kind of a Cal Ripken type thing it really is. … I thought he deserved it, so we said we had to get the tip to him. He’s been cleared, but he still has to do a couple tests. But we anticipate him being back. We’re off tomorrow; he’ll

CSU dominates Points in the Paint: CSC: 18, CSU: 52 Points off turnovers: CSC: 9, CSU: 21 Second-chance points: CSC: 11, CSU: 25 Fast break points: CSC: 2, CSU: 14 Bench points: CSC: 26, CSU: 48

be back Saturday for practice, and he’ll definitely play against Denver.” The combination of the lopsided score, Green’s injury and early foul trouble again for Wes Eikmeier provided the perfect storm for sophomore guard Jon Octeus, who scored 13 points in 31 minutes of playing time. “I thought he was terrific,” Eustachy said of Octeus. “He was really disappointed in how he played against Montana. I really challenged him after the game. ... He has a lot of pride; I think you can see that.” Octeus and the rest of the Rams will now prepare for their next game at the University of Denver next Wednesday at 7 p.m. Men’s Basketball Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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By Quentin sickafoose

9:51 p.m.- College basketball season is finally here. Luckily, our friends at ESPN have prepared a 24 hour schedule of 11 games for their annual Tip Off Marathon. I’ve got a four-pack of Red Bull. Bring it on. 10:00 p.m.- Round one features West Virginia at Gonzaga. College students in Spokane camping outside of the stadium hours before the game started to help me feel that I’m not alone. 10:05 p.m.- Somewhat of a bummer to see the first point of this basketball marathon be scored on a free throw. Pretty sloppy basketball early, but my inner optimist reminds me the games can only get better. 12:19 a.m.- ‘Zaga dominates 84-50. One game down, and 10 to go. Davidson at New Mexico, should be a good preview of what one of CSU’s rivals will look like. 1:45 a.m.- Now we’re talking, this game is tied with

three minutes left. There’s a sign in the crowd that reads, “it’s way past my bedtime,” I feel you there. The two students in the crowd wearing Teletubbies outfits have to be drunk. 1:54 a.m.- New Mexico deserved that one after coming back from 16 down in the second half to take it 86-81. Way to make it worth it for your loyal fans who stuck it out until two in the morning. 2:24 a.m.- Need more Red Bull if I’m going to get lei’d for the Houston Baptist at Hawaii game. 3:44 a.m.-This game is a blowout, so I check the guide for the next game. Stony Brook at Rider? Really? I guess a little sleep never hurt anyone. 10:12 a.m.- Start the coffee. I need my roommate to wake up and make me breakfast. 12:47 p.m.- It feels as though I am one with my couch at this point; I wouldn’t be surprised if I never moved again. 3:18 p.m.- I have just entered hour 18, the worst part is that I volunteered for this. Luckily, it’s all about to pay off. I just started the first of the last three games, so we’re at the point of no return. Butler at Xavier; both great basketball teams. 5:01 p.m.- Xavier takes it, but the last two are what I have my eye on. The Champions Classic from the Georgia Dome featuring Michigan State vs. Kansas and Duke vs. Kentucky is what America has been waiting for.

Michigan State and Kansas up first, both teams come into tipoff being ranked in the top-25 in the country. Lights, camera, action. 5:57 p.m.- At halftime it’s a three-point game, and I’ve already seen multiple plays that will likely end up on SportsCenter’s top plays. So far, this matchup has lived up to all the hype. 6:20 p.m.- Duty calls, time to go cover the CSU women’s basketball game. Hats off to whoever invented the DVR. 7:12 p.m.- The social networking world has informed me that Michigan state gets the upset over KU. I’m alright with that, never been a fan of the whole “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” thing. 10:32 p.m.- I’m still going to watch my recording of Duke vs Kentucky, despite Sports Editor Cris Tiller ruining the ending for m.e. The coffee and Red Bull have now turned into Fat Tires — this is the main event after all. 10:45 p.m.- Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel inspires me to rock a flat top. 11:22 p.m.- Despite already knowing what is going to happen, this game is still everything I thought it could be and so much more. Twenty four hours and nine games later–basketball season’s here, and I couldn’t be more stoked about it. Quentin Sickafoose is a junior journalism & technical communications major and can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Friday, November 16, 2012