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You could go to Homecoming, or...
By Emily Kribs The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Homecoming is great, if you’re into parades and 5Ks and football. But maybe you’re not. Maybe you’re rankled by running, peeved by parades and won’t stand for the sport. Maybe you don’t ever want to come home. And if that’s the case, here are some suggestions for you.
...you could take the Fort Collins Ghost Tour
This is some scary stuff, guys. Kickstart your October—nationally lauded as the spookiest month of the year—with the FoCo Ghost Tour. This thing is legit, with a ban on kids less than 12 years old and a requirement that people younger than 18 years old are accompanied by their parents, since this tour is too scary for even unattended high school juniors. (Or, if you have kids, a family-friendly tour is available as well.) The website, www.HauntedFortCollins.com, says, “Our tour guides take you on a journey into and under historic and haunted buildings and sites, and regale you with stories about ghostly sightings, local legends, and strange happenings.” Tours are Friday and Saturday evenings, and tickets are available online. Cost: $15 More information available at www.HauntedFortCollins.com
so I’m all about high school homecoming. If you’re feeling nostalgic, or at least masochistic, you can crash Windsor High School’s Homecoming this weekend instead of attending your own. Nothing blends in with a room full of Wizards like a CSU ram. Cost: Your dignity
...you could make cookies
Who doesn’t like cookies? Please raise your hand. OK, now you look like an idiot, which is what you get for not liking cookies. For the rest of you: there used to be a bakery called Krista’s Kitchen in Wisconsin, which unfortunately closed down when a truck hit the owner’s uninsured house, forcing her to close up shop. But first, this top secret recipe was stolen just for you. Ingredients: 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter 1 tsp salt 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup white chocolate chips Mix solids and liquids in separate bowls, then blend together. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
process is repeated with the detective, who selects someone to send to prison. Everyone then opens their eyes; whoever the murderer killed is informed of the fact by the orchestrator, and then removed from play unless they were saved by the doctor. Whoever the detective chose is also removed from play as a prisoner. If you have enough players, everyone can vote on a person to be imprisoned as well. The game continues in this pattern until all players have been eliminated or until the murderer is caught. To make it a drinking game, have everyone take a shot whenever they guess wrong. Cost: Free
...you could go sky gazing
Tonight at Fossil Creek, Fort Collins offers its monthly sky gazing event from 8 to 10 p.m. According to www.FCGov.com, “Each month, volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure, and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies and more.” If there is anything cooler than casual astronomy, we don’t want to hear about it. It’s suggested that you dress warmly and bring a chair to sit on. The event is free, and no registration is needed. The group meets in the parking lot of Fossil Creek Reservoir at 8 p.m. Cost: Free
could play Mafia ...you could go bowling ...you could crash Windsor ...you Easily the best game ever, Mafia combines mediSure, you could do this any weekend, but when High School’s Homecoming cal science, murder and anonymity. Make it a drink- else can you expect everyone else to be caught up Between puzzling over the stupid theme, saying yes to awful dates (in case no one else asks) and cheering themselves hoarse for their football team, everyone remembers their high school homecomings fondly. I can vouch for this, having spent one waiting for my friend to emerge from the bathroom all evening, two eagerly waiting for the event to be over and one asleep on the floor of my bedroom,
ing game too and you’ll have the best of all worlds. Sit a group of people—more than 10 is best— in a circle. Have one person (the orchestrator) select the doctor, the detective and the murderer without telling anyone else. Everyone else is the townsfolk. Everyone closes their eyes while the murderer chooses someone to kill. The murderer then closes their eyes while the doctor chooses someone to save, and the
attending Homecoming events? Plus, at Chipper’s Lanes on West Horsetooth Road, there are some deals you might not be aware of, such as Happy Hour every night (except Saturdays) from 4 to 6 p.m. and $2 games, shoes and drafts on Sundays after 9 p.m. Or, for something a little closer to campus, Chipper’s College Street location will give you the same deal Sunday, plus a karaoke bonus or Cosmic Bowl any day of the week after 9 p.m. That’s
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where there’s a lot of black lights and everything glows in the dark, for the record, which is the best thing you’ve ever heard of. For more information go to www. ChippersLanes.com
...you could clean the Poudre River
If Homecoming really isn’t your bag, or if your pride extends beyond the reaches of CSU into the Fort Collins community, you could get down with your civic duty and come help clean the Poudre. “Save the Poudre, the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and additional cosponsors invite the community to help pick-up trash along the Poudre River and trail. Volunteers will pick up trash along the river from Shields to Timberline,” says www.FCGov.com. Volunteers are advised to wear pants, closedtoe shoes and gloves because, you know, trash. Trash bags are provided, but bring some water. Obviously, this event is free (no one would pay to pick up trash) and no registration is required. Cost: Free
...you could watch elk get up in each other’s faces
Head up to Rocky Mountain National Park to get an eyeful of fall color—excluding the evergreens—and watch elk fight each other for mating privileges. The elk population numbers near 1,000 in The Park, and according to its website, they’re not hard to find. “As Autumn approaches, elk descend from the high country to montane meadows for the annual breeding season,” the site said. Throw in a fall fighting frolic and you’re good to go. Keep your distance, and pack a lunch. Entry is $20 for motor vehicles and $10 per person on foot, bikes and motorcycles. Cost: $10 to $20 Collegian writer Emily Kribs can be reached at email@example.com.
WEEKEND EXCURSION GUIDE
Summit Flattop this weekend By Kevin Bartz The Rocky Mountain Collegian We still have some time before the snow comes! Take advantage of the sunny days and pleasant temperature. This week I recommend taking a hike up Flattop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a challenging trek, but its rewards are some amazing views. From the Bear Lake Trailhead, you’ll head counterclockwise around the lake. On a calm morning, the peaks of Flattop and Hallet reflect in the early sunlight. It’s a great starting point. Follow the signs to the right up a slope. You’ll soon be submerged in a golden aspen grove. I keep harping on the aspen trees this year. I just can’t help myself. They are brilliant!
Continue on and you’ll catch glimpses of Bear Lake from above. The trail then goes into a series of switchbacks through dense forest. But as you climb in altitude, the forest grows thinner and thinner. Through this point the trail is very wide and well kept. Then you will break tree line and the trail will narrow. It will curve around drop-offs and steep, rocky slopes. It’s an easy trail to lose if there is just a little bit of snow. You’ll weave up the slope, through the alpine tundra and wide-open panoramas of forest canyon to the north and the backside of Long’s Peak to the south. Also, the Mummy range looms off in the distance on the other side of the park. After 4.5 miles you will arrive at the summit of Flattop Mountain at 12,324
feet above sea level. Yes, it lives up to its name, so the last couple hundred yards is very gradual. But do not underestimate the climb from Bear Lake. Up top, you can see the western side of the park as well as Lake Granby. It truly is a huge view. Your camera will not fit it into one photo. If you feel like hiking a bit more from the summit marker, head left (or south) up Hallet Peak. It’s about a half hour rock scramble to the top and offers great views of the jagged Front Range from the north. To get here, take College, Shields, or Taft Hill Road down into Loveland. Turn Right onto Highway 34 (Eisenhower Boulevard). Continue all the way into Estes Park. Continue on 34 into downtown Estes Park and turn left onto Highway 36, following the sign for the Beaver Meadows Entrance. Af-
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ter you enter the park, hang a left onto Bear Lake Road. The trailhead is at the end of this road. However, you may have to park in the Park n’ Ride lot and take the shuttle up.
You’ll have to buy a week-long pass at the park entrance for $20. But save it for next weekend. It will be worth it. Collegian writer Kevin Bartz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BOG green lights new stadium BY ALLISON SYLTE
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGIAN Following two hours of nothing but negative public comment, the CSU System Board of Governors unanimously passed a resolution approving university President Tony Frank’s proposal to start fundraising for an on-campus stadium. Citing his Monday email to students and faculty detailing his decision, Frank reiterated his argument that the stadium is what’s best for the CSU he envisions 50 years in the future. “In 2062, I think we can infer that the university will be larger than it is now,” Frank said. “It would be unusual if this university has not topped 50,000 students by then... it’s my belief that against this backdrop, having a stadium of the size and scope of the one we’re proposing would be good for the campus.” Keeping in line with the parameter’s Frank set for himself in his email, the board approved the stadium proposal as long as Frank can raise half the funds required for the estimated $246 million project in two years. While the resolution was passed with unanimous consent, some board members still expressed reservations about the proposal. “I’m a little bit skeptical moving forward,” board member Mary Lou Makepeace said during the meeting. “... Our primary message is academics.” Frank countered this argument by claiming that
the stadium is only a small part of what he wants to set out to do. “If someone came up to me on the street and offered me $246 million... an on-campus stadium isn’t the first thing I’d do,” Frank said. Even though Frank has already made his decision, members of stadium opposition group Save Our Stadium: Hughes and student representatives from PERC filled the Cherokee Ballroom to vent their complaints one last time to the Board of Governors. “Turn a soft yes into a hard no,” Save Our Stadium: Hughes Founder Bob Vangermeersch implored board members during the meeting. “We are depending on you.” While raising $246 million in two years may seem like a lofty goal — especially after billionaire philanthropist Pat Stryker issued a statement Wednesday clarifying that she had made no financial commitments to the stadium — Vice President of Advancement Brett Anderson was optimistic that it could be achieved. “I feel very confident that we can make this happen,” Anderson said during a press conference following the BOG meeting. Anderson emphasized that the university did not start fundraising until the board had made its decision. “[Jack] and I are going to be on the phone with donors right after this is over,” Anderson said. Editor in Chief Allison Sylte can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Cupcake Cabaret is shocked as one of their members shows a little too much during dress rehearsal at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins Thursday.
Enjoy an evening at the cabaret By Emily Smith The Rocky Mountain Collegian “Show me how you burlesque,” Fort Collins. The High Performance Dance Theater (HPDT) has collaborated with lyrical rock band The Key of Joy and the Cupcake Cabaret burlesque revue to present a cabaret-inspired show tonight and tomorrow at the Lincoln Center. According to HPDT founding member Stacy Montes, the dancers will be performing a variety of works, including a playful piece to the song “When You’re Good to Mama” from the musical “Chicago,” and a can-can number from the musical “Moulin Rouge.” Montes said the show, which is for ages 16 and older, will be more “PG-13” and appeal to college students more than
previous shows. “When we decided we’d be doing cabaret-style work, I know the ladies from Cupcake Cabaret and just asked if they’d like to be our guest artists and do a few pieces,” said Kim Lang, artistic director at HPDT. According to Allison Ahlm, co-founder/dancer/singer for the Cupcake Cabaret, three of their members will be participating in the show, performing a total of three burlesque dances. “The trio is doing more of a traditional burlesque piece — slow, bluesy sound with feather boas,” Ahlm said. “No striptease though, just a dance number.” There will also be a solo dance and a duet. Both will be high-energy samba-style dances which originate from Brazil. “It’s a really fun, sassy, sexy
evening and definitely a girls’ night out or date night show,” Lang said. HPDT has also collaborated with The Key of Joy for several years. Mason Bassuk and wife Lauren Bassuk started playing music together six years ago in Fort Collins and currently make up The Key of Joy duo. “We’ll be providing stylistic burlesque and cabaret-style music between the different scenes essentially,” M. Bassuk said. “It’s a nice transition because then the audience has continuous live action going on.” Montes said dance groups in the Fort Collins area are very strong. “I would like to see more support from the community and have people know that we are just as good as companies coming in from out of state.”
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DETAILS Who: High Preformance Dance Theater with “The Key of Joy” and the Cupcake Cabaret
What: Cabaret-themed dance, live music and burlesque Where: The Lincoln Center When: Frid., Oct. 5 and Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $12 for students, $15 for adults
“I’m not sure if a lot of CSU students know how much Fort Collins has to offer in the arts department,” Ahlm said. “It’s a very diverse show so it gives students a chance to see what’s out here in our community.” Collegian writer Emily Smith can be reached at entertainment@ collegian.com.
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“Yung reportedly felt that he was in the bathroom alone, so he naturally started checking himself out in order to examine his physical progress.”
The weekend’s best concert
By BAILEY CONSTAS
A plethora of great musical acts are making their way to Fort Collins this weekend. And, as usual, the alt kids will go to the alt venues, the dub kids will go to the dub venues and everyone else will do whatever they do. What’s different about this weekend, however, is a few concerts that are being sponsored by local non-profit SpokesBUZZ in a show called BandSwap. Their mission is to switch up the music scene a bit and have Fort Collins bands swap with bands from other cities. Among the numerous opportunities to rock/dub/sway/ MountainGrass your face off, the concert that is crowned the best for this weekend is Whitewater Ramble and Fierce Bad Rabbit at the Aggie Theatre Saturday night.
Whitewater Ramble is sure to set a scene to get down with an entire quintet of a mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals. With this incredible musicianship, they are surely not to disappoint. FBR has had countless amounts of coverage, and with their viola and indie folk that is dripping with energy they will absolutely bring a show to the Aggie not to miss. Although the Whitewater Ramble show is the clear winner, there’s a wealth of other live music taking place around town this weekend. Tonight, the Poudre River Irregulars (Dixieland) and Jody Adams and the String Dudes will be playing at Avogadro’s Number, a great place to kick back and eat some decent food while listening to a local band. Road 34 Bike Bar will be hosting K.Flay (aka Kristine Flaherty). K.Flay hails from Chicago and is a hip-hop/indie rock artist that has degrees from Stanford. If you want to challenge your views of hip-hop (or, more specifically, hip-hop from Stanford), Road 34 is the place to be Friday night. At GNU, Little Owl, a synth pop indie rock group that is sure to bring a party, will be performing. Playing with them
is one of Fort Collins highest held indie rock groups, Sour Boy Bitter Girl, along with Ned Garthe who is described as a Teenage Acid Party. Saturday night, Whitewater Ramble and Fierce Bad Rabbit will be performing at the Aggie. Whitewater Ramble is a High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass group and FBR is an indie pop rock group. Denver’s the Foot. is making its way to Road 34 Saturday as well. The Foot. infuses heavy guitar with pure rock and brazen sexual energy. Sunday night Say Anything, a pop-punk band that harkens back to high school angst with the song, “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too,” will play the Aggie. Many people looking for a sentimental night or dedicated fans of the group will be glad to know Say Anything is still touring. Avogadro’s Number is closing the weekend with A Quantum Arts Production featuring Constitution, New Transit and the Lindsey O’Brien Band from 1 to 5 p.m. And Carrie Newcomer at 7 p.m. Entertainment and Diversity Beat Reporter Bailey Constas (@ BaileyLiza) can be reached email@example.com.
RAM TALK ... THE REST OF THE STORY
Hey bro, public flexing is not acceptable (SRSLY) By Davis English
The Rocky Mountain Collegian This fictional column is based on the Ramtalk, “That awkward moment when you’re walking into the bathroom at the rec center and walk in on someone flexing in the mirror,” which originally appeared in the Sept. 28 Collegian. A male CSU student was incredibly embarrassed when he was caught flexing in the mirror in the CSU Recreation Center’s bathroom. The frequent Rec patron, Bruce Yung (a sophomore civil engineer major) has “never been so humiliated,” and will be taking a break from going to the CSU gym until this whole flexing ordeal blows over. Yung reportedly felt that he was in the bathroom alone, so he naturally start-
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Pumpkin Patch The Farm at Lee Martinez Park Saturday, Oct. 6 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free to attend, pumpkins will be sold by the pound It’s hard to believe, but pumpkins can be used for more than making pie, beer, pastries and lattes. Though those things are in no way bad, there are ever more creative uses for a pumpkin, and you can pick one up yourself at the Farm at Lee Martinez Park’s pumpkin patch this Saturday. Prices vary — it’s all based on weight — but splurging might be a good idea. After all, no one wants to have the smallest pumpkin on the block. For more information, visit www.fcgov.com.
LSC 50th Anniversary Party The Lory Student Center Friday, Oct. 5 6 - 8 p.m. Free It’s not often that someone (or, in this case, something) turns 50 years old, but usually when they do, the celebration doesn’t go far beyond a cake and some pleasantly unclever cards. Too bad more 50th birthdays can’t be like the LSC’s, because not only have festivities been going on throughout the semester, but Friday night the long celebration will conclude with unveilings, special announcements, food, beverages and fireworks (yep, fireworks). For more information, visit www.calendar. colostate.edu.
Wiyeld went on to say that Yung immediately stopped checking himself out and pretended that he was adjusting his belt buckle — a belt buckle he wasn’t wearing. Incidents like this are on the rise here on campus. Last month alone, 15 people reported witnessing self-flex-checks in the Rec Center and numerous others have undoubtedly gone unreported. As for Yung, he says that he will be working out at another local gym until Wiyeld and others forget about the incident that transpired between the two. Although his muscles may be enormous, his self-confidence is not, and he should be all, like, embarrassed… Collegian writer Davis English can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Weekend in the mountains Pingree Park Campus Saturday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, Oct. 7 Depart at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, return at 1 p.m. Sunday $40 for new students, $50 for returning students
ed checking himself out in order to examine his physical progress. He was in the middle of a radical delt-flex when Tailor Wiyeld, a freshman horticulture major, walked in. “I had just gotten finished with my traps workout,” Yung said. “You know, the one that really kills down in the core. I then went on to my legs,” he went on, “They’re really turning out great.” Yung went out to describe several workouts before stating how uncomfortable the situation was when Wiyeld entered the bathroom. “I was all, like, embarrassed, bro,” Yung said. “It was super weird,” Wiyeld said, “I feel for him, but at the same time he needs to wait until he gets home to check out his sweet delts.”
Fall is really starting to set in as the nights are becoming noticeably chilly, leaves are turning yellow and class work is becoming kind of difficult. This is one of the last weekends to enjoy the great outdoors before the ground gets covered with ice and snow (hopefully, right?), and there’s no better way to do that than at the CSU Pingree Park Campus. The Weekend in the Mountains program, aimed primarily at international students, features programs on culturally adjusting to the U.S. and providing a relaxing break from campus and school. For more information, contact Delma.Ramos@colostate.edu.
ART First Friday Art Walk Old Town Fort Collins Friday, Oct. 5 6 - 9 p.m. Free Yep, it’s the first friday of the month, which means that galleries throughout Old Town Fort Collins are opening their doors past closing time and showing off October’s newest art. Locations vary, as nearly every gallery in Old Town participates in the event, so the safest bet is to wander around until a gallery strikes your fancy. For more information, visit www.artbeetfc.com.
Concert Choir & Chamber Choir Concert Griffin Concert Hall at the UCA Friday, Oct. 5 7:30 - 9 p.m. $7 students, $12 general public You could spend $7 watching Finding Nemo 3D, or you could spend that same money by joining the CSU Concert and Chamber Choirs Friday night as they perform sets by Spanish, Latin American and German composers. The choice seems pretty clear … For more information, visit www.calendar.colostate.edu.
Fort Collins Symphony presents Americana Pie Lincoln Center Saturday, Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. $15 students, $30-$50 general public The idea of a symphony is somewhat outdated. It brings to mind fancy, restricting formal wear and fancy cheeses, but the Fort Collins Symphony is going to turn that notion on its head. This concert, which features classical, blues and rock musical styles, marks a transformation for the Fort Collins Symphony. The night’s show will include pieces from the Martha Graham Ballet, Michael Daugherty and William Grant. For more information, visit www.fcgov.com.
“Observations” by Sunny Belliston Taylor Clara Hatton Gallery in the CSU Visual Arts Building Friday, Oct. 5 5 - 7 p.m. Free Sometimes Friday nights are best spent looking at fine pieces of art, and lucky for us, CSU has a wonderful visual arts program complete with stellar galleries on campus. Swing by the Clara Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building Friday evening to see Sunny Belliston Taylor’s home-buildingthemed artwork. For more information, visit www.central.colostate.edu.
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“This is why you respect your delivery driver.”
Don’t let anyone spit in your food
By QUINN SCAHILL
I’m guessing that everyone, at one point or another, has ordered delivery. If you haven’t then you have missed out on something quintessential to the American experience. All you have to do is dial a number and in no time there is hot food at your doorstep. It’s something our ancestors only dreamed about. However, next time when you’re waiting for your food on your couch — watching football or whatever you might be doing — take a moment to think about who brings you that food. Imagine driving your car around town trying to find hungry patrons and dealing with whatever they might throw at you. Remember as a consumer that the delivery driver is the most maligned cog in the giant wheels of the food service industry. Nevertheless, that same person is also the one who ultimately decides how fast you get your meal, and if it is going to be tampered with in any way. This is why you should respect your delivery driver. He or she is no different than you. A majority of them are in college, just trying to eek out a living. As a former practitioner of this craft, I know there are certain things you should and should not do while ordering a meal. The first thing you can do is pretty simple: Give your correct address to the person on the phone. For someone who makes a living by finding the right addresses at the right time, this is the most crucial part of the whole process. Also, you might get a call from a random number after ordering delivery. Don’t cower in fear of this unknown number; it is your food calling — you should answer. I know it can be irritating having to direct the driver to your house, but it’s the only way you will get your food. This goes especially for apartments. Whenever I delivered, I always dreaded navigating through them. The person was always on the top floor and in the least accessible building. So all you apartment
dwellers: Answer the driver’s phone calls, to them your apartment complex feels more like a labyrinth. Another really simple — yet often forgotten — thing to do is to turn on your porch light if you have one. It’s not much of a problem in the summer, but as fall and winter approach it starts getting dark at 5 o’clock. If the driver doesn’t have to walk around your block looking for an address with their dim cell phone flashlights, it makes their job a lot easier and you can get your food a lot quicker. Everyone wins. Now comes the most important part of the whole process: The tip. Nothing else really matters to a driver but the tip. It doesn’t matter if the person that ordered was a total douche to them. As long as a good tip is forked out, everything is okay. I’m not going to tell anybody how much they should be tipping, but I would keep in mind the distance that the driver had to travel, because gas costs an arm and a leg these days. Also take into account if they were pleasant to deal with. It’s the food service, so being courteous is part of the job. Also take into account the amount of time it took for the food to get to you when tipping. However, in the driver’s defense, I was usually speeding and risking tickets just so I could maybe get a little extra for a tip. And I did get pulled over once. So reward them for being timely. In my own humble opinion, I thought the usual 15-20 percent gratuity did the trick. However, if you completely stiff the driver they will likely not forget about you. They remember who tips well and who doesn’t. I realize that ordering delivery is not a big part of anybody’s life (or at least I hope not). But for delivery drivers, no matter if they work at a pizza shop or a flower shop, it’s all they do when they go to work. Small, simple things like saying ‘hello’ or ‘drive safe’ can go a long way to making their shift run much more smoothly. It’s not a very glamorous job, so just try to do your part to make someone else’s life a little easier — or else you might find an extra side of loogie on that pepperoni pizza you ordered. Quinn Scahill is a senior English major. His columns appear Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@ collegian.com.
Imagine if we treated our presidential debates like we treat other forms of spectacle-worthy ceremonies. After two hours of red carpet coverage, Billy Crystal would serve as moderator. He’d soft-toss questions to President Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney that have nothing to do with politics and make jokes that weren’t well suited for the ‘90s, much less 2012. He’d ask, “If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?” and “If you could rub a genie bottle and have whatever you wanted, what would you ask for?” The responses would be as vague as they were Wednesday night, and it would be okay. A super-American musician like Bruce Springsteen would serve as the house band, punctuating particularly meaningless points in the conversation and playing the National Anthem in between questions. The candidates wouldn’t be held to any sort of fact-based standard — not that they really are at the moment —
and the entire charade could be billed as entertainment. In essence, it would be a hybrid created from the Oscars and the Miss America Pageant, complete with the formal wear and bikini rounds. The idea is absurd, but it makes more sense than watching two candidates spin statistics, speak in vagaries and attack each other verbally, especially considering that the debates rarely accomplish anything other than to convince the public that our politicians are afraid to discuss important issues. Wednesday night’s Denver debate was hard to watch, but it wasn’t just because Romney couldn’t temper his smug smile, Obama seemed genuinely disinterested, Jim Lehrer was a paper weight and the evening’s highlight was a reference to Big Bird. No, it was hard to watch because the debates’ current format renders them frustratingly meaningless. As U.S. consumers of media, we’re conditioned to viewing high-speed car chases, “Jersey Shore,” sensationalized news programming and fast-moving athletics. Our habits don’t condition us for 90 minutes of well-spun political fluff. Add to it that our current president seemed to be mentally lost on Wednesday, and what resulted was an hour and a half of time wasted. If the candidates were willing to directly answer questions, put forth real statistics and recede from their party’s talking points, the events would be more tolerable and (importantly) truly informative. Until that happens, though, the best option is to let the presidential debates degrade into an entertainment circus or reform the format to allow
more candidates and enforce deeper discussion. It’s not that Americans won’t watch 90 minutes of a meaningful debate; we will. According to politicker.com (who reference Nielsen TV ratings), 40 million people tuned in to watch the debate on broadcast channels (which excludes cable networks such as MSNBC and Fox News). Clearly the American people care, but overall reactions to last night’s debate — as gleaned from other media coverage and personal interactions — have been decidedly negative. It’s that the candidates (and their parties) are afraid to cut through their meticulously crafted talking points and get specific on how to solve this country’s problems, and the American public isn’t so dumb that we don’t realize what we’re hearing are half-truths. As Kevin Jensen, the Collegian’s opinion editor, pointed out in his column earlier this week, the current system for presidential debates is all-but-rigged to restrict third party participants thanks to the Commission on Presidential Debates. Adding a third-party candidate and holding debate participants accountable for their answers would restore respectability and solve most of the current problems associated with presidential debates. But if the CPD isn’t willing to do that, then it might be time to phone Crystal and break out the penguin suits, because I’d rather watch Romney and Obama talk about world peace in bikinis than sit through another debate similar to Wednesday’s. Entertainment Editor Nic Turiciano can be reached at email@example.com.
Student changes lives with Little Pieces of Hope
By LAUREN STIERITZ
When I was 15, like many of my peers, I was focused on boys and my brand new flip phone. And that's about it from what I remember. But, senior apparel merchandising major Ceci Tucker had something else on her mind. Charity. Ceci remembers learning about Africa in her high school geography class. From there, a change sparked within her. "I came from a really wealthy high school, every student had a bottle of water on their desk, it seemed crazy to me that we had water parks around based on this element and that people in this world can't get water," she recalls. How's that Smart Water on your desk tasting? Or is it a Fiji water? Take a minute and imagine what it would be like to be completely deprived of any water, much less a beautifully bottled, labeled and filtered one. Ceci shared with me the fact that in Africa, 40 billion hours alone are spent each year by women and children in search of clean water. How's that education treating you? Take a minute and imagine not being
able to sit in that uncomfortable desk in Eddy we all complain about, because instead of being able to get an education, you have to search for water to survive. Imagine if, instead of worrying about what phone or tablet you "need" next (which I'll admit, I am fully guilty of), you had to worry about this one vital element: clean water. "It's an endless cycle, if you get clean water, so many good things will come from it," Ceci said. Ceci took these problems, problems that were happening thousands of miles away from her and decided to make a difference. She founded Little Pieces of Hope in high school, and started back up her freshman year right here at CSU. Little Pieces of Hope is a unique project to say the least; Ceci creates and designs beautiful and unique jewelry, which proceeds then go to building water wells in developing countries. The money goes to an organization called Charity Water. The organization not only teaches communities how to upkeep their well once they have received one through donations, but teaches women and children basic hygiene practices — as simple as hand-washing. About 30 percent of diseases can be prevented with these basic hygienic practices. So far, Little Pieces of Hope has raised $3,500, $1,500 of which that has gone directly to Ethiopia and built a well — providing clean water for many. Ceci is a student we should all be proud to have as a member of our CSU community. I hear quite a bit of talk around campus about wanting to make a difference, about caring for other coun-
tries and people in need — but I often don't see enough action. We are frequently convinced that when causes are so enormous and overpowering, one small voice will not be heard. However, Ceci reminds us, "Our generation is the generation to take the opportunity to better this world ... If I can do it anyone can do it ... Any one person can help change the world." We can make a difference, no matter how big or how small our causes are. Ceci is a prime example of this with Little Pieces of Hope. If you're looking for a way to start, Little Pieces of Hope will be at the flea market in the Lory Student Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds on Tuesday will be going to the American Cancer Society. If you can't make it on Tuesday, be sure to "like" Little Pieces of Hope on Facebook and check out the store at www.etsy.com/shop/littlepiecesofhope. What's better than donating to a great cause and walking away with a piece of jewelry for yourself (or your girlfriend, guys!) that represents a positive change you helped make in the world? It becomes a unique symbol of your generosity and individuality — I'd say that's money well spent. Remember, nothing changes without action — you can make a difference in the world. I challenge you to start now, Rams!
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This week’s top 2 albums:
Marcus Foster: “The Last House”
Marcus Foster is an English musician who recorded an EP in a barn in Sussex. I know what you’re thinking, but no, it doesn’t really sound like Bon Iver, and no, there are songs that are louder than a mouse’s whisper. It’s a diverse album actually, for being only six songs long. Foster’s album is one of swells and seasons, highs and lows, but also one of complete joy. Release Date: Oct. 21 “Shadows of the City” was featured on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Contributed a song to the “Twilight” movie soundtrack Opening for Michael Kiwanuka in his upcoming U.S. tour
Melody’s Echo Chamber: “Melody’s Echo Chamber” When a French dream-pop artist and Australia’s Tame Impala get together, magic happens. At least, that was the hope for “Melody’s Echo Chamber,” a collaborative effort between the aforementioned Australian and the French Melody Prochet. The album weaves through different sorts of silk screens, in one place reminiscent of the beach, in another of a playground and another of “Kirby’s Dream Land.” It is as satisfying as it is sweet, however, so I think any hopes about its success are affirmed rather than denied. Release date: Sept. 25 Melody Prochet originally played with My Bee’s Garden Tracks include “You Won’t Be Missing That Part of Me” and “Some Time Alone, Alone” Collaborated with Delicate Steve, an instrumental artist who opened for Yeasayer in June Her debut LP
Top 10 albums for the
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Year and major: Natural Resource Management/Economics Show Description: My show has all of today’s current college music with throwbacks to get you in the groove. Show Time: Monday and Wednesday, 11-1 p.m. Fun Fact: Cetrain people say I sound like Christopher Walken
1. ALT-J — “An Awesome Wave” 2. The XX — “Coexist” 3. Reptile Youth — “Reptile Youth” 4. Jonti— “Jonti” 5. Heavy — “The Glorious Dead” 6. Mister Loveless — “Grow up” 7. Grizzly Bear — “Shields” 8. New Beard — “New Beard City” 9. Callers — “Reviver Partisian” 10. Beth Orton — “Sugaring Season”
“You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. If all the insects disappeared from the planet we’d have a hard time surviving...” Boris Kondratieff | entomology professor
Fort Collins loves creepy crawlies CSU’s oldest student club celebrates 100-year anniversary Things are going to get a little buggy Saturday morning in the Plant Sciences building. All things creepy, crawly and in possession of upward of a hundred legs will be represented as CSU’s Gillette Entomology Club marks its 100-year anniversary with a “Centi-bration of Entomology” community festival. The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of the Plant Sciences building. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” saidWhitney Cranshaw, an entomology professor and club advisor. “It’s going to be the biggest get together of people who work with insects in the entire state. Everybody’s pitching in.” Insects ranging from a friendly Chilean rose hair tarantula, a giant Asian mantis and a Madagascar hissing cockroach along with CSU’s celebrity insect —Steve the
giant African millipede — will be on hand, allowing attendees to personally handle these distinguished members of the insect kingdom. For those who don’t like to get up close and personal with anything possessing more than two legs, an insect zoo will also be on display with the scurrying bugs confined in their containers. Have any insect-related questions? Volunteers from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado Mosquito Control, Denver’s Butterfly Pavillion and the Colorado State Forest Service will have booths and displays set up and will be on hand to answer questions. A Gillette Entomology Club get together isn’t complete without the popular cockroach races. The races feature colored cockroaches scuttling across painted plywood as their fans enthusiastically cheer them on. Other games will include Pin the Stinger on the Wasp, the Bed Bug Bean Bag Toss
and Mexican jumping bean races. The Gillette Entomology Club was founded in 1912 by renowned insect scientist Clarence Preston Gillette with four student members. Gillette, CSU’s first entomologist and an expert in aphids, believed in promoting education in the field of entomology. A hundred years later, that philosophy still lives strong in the club. Besides hosting seminars and other insect-related events, club members also perform outreach services by visiting area schools and sharing bug facts with students. “That’s one of the biggest parts of the club is outreach,” said Heather Hawkins, club president and a sophomore majoring in horticulture with a minor in entomology. “There’s so many bugs on the planet that affect us in so many ways, it’s important that kids learn about them.” Former club advisor and entomology professor
Boris Kondratieff said even though we may not realize it, the lives of humans are closely connected to the insect kingdom. “You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them,” Kondratieff said of humanity’s complex relationship with insects. “If all the insects disappeared from the planet we’d have a hard time surviving, but the negative aspect is more people have suffered and died from insect borne diseases than all the wars, famines and natural disasters put together.” Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sometimes though, that bond forged through faith can sneak into the competitive realm. Occasionally Cranston will point to the sky after making a good play as a way to honor God. “At the conference tournament in the midst of the
game, everyone’s super competitive, she looked at me and smiled after I did it,” Cranston said. “It’s kind of cool knowing we’re fighting for the same thing even though we’re on different sides.” Assistant Sports Editor Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.
CRANSTON AND PURDY SIDE BY SIDE CSU Dadna Cranston
Position: Outside hitter Height: 6’ 3” Major: Business Administration Favorite Movie: “Meet the Robinsons” Perfect Meal: Steak, mashed potatoes, and asparagus Dream Car: Ford F-150 Ideal Vacation Destination: Greece
UW Jodi Purdy
Position: Outside hitter Height: 5’ 10” Major: Kinesiology and health promotion Favorite Movie: “Courageous” Perfect Meal: Ham and potatoes from mom Dream Car: Her 2001 Toyota Camry Ideal Vacation Destination: Somewhere warm with a beach to try surﬁng
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Today’s Birthday (10/05/12). Saturn enters Scorpio today (for the next two and a half years), providing a birthday prosperity bump. Key focus areas this year include money and values; attract wealth as your perception of it alters. Thrifty, educational discovery beckons. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
Aries (Mar. 21-April 19) —7— Advance through the element of surprise to end ahead. Focus on financial planning; you’ve got the facts. It’s a lucky moment for love. Taurus (April 20-May 20) —6— Focus on making money; there’s time to play later. Let a friend do you a favor. Compromise is required. You solve the problem. Gemini (May 21-June 20) —8— Work has your attention. Finish old jobs while scheduling current stuff and increase in status. Others request your advice. Be careful with the wording. You’ll end up ahead. Cancer (June 21-July 22) —5— Keep track of spending, and let somebody else help. This provides a sense of inner balance. You have what you need, and you know what you have. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —7— Friends lead you to a good coach. Keep it practical, and make lots of money. Keep your facts straight. Let your partner know the score. Listen to unspoken elements. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —7— Go for peace today. Allow yourself quiet time. Ask for what you need, and support others. Heed a friend’s concerns, but don’t let them stop you. Breathe. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —7— Spend money to make money, and shop carefully. Your obligations may seem way too heavy, but your team is gaining strength. You can get whatever you need. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —5— You’re in a practical, yet creative mood. And you’ll be even more intelligent than usual for the next three weeks. You can get more done than you thought. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —7— Spend time on home and family, and treat all with respect. New ideas come in odd moments. Put in extra effort for financial reward. Keep it under your hat. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —6— Put promises and bold declarations down in writing. Walk the beaten pathways and discover a treasure hidden in plain sight. Everyone’s happy when you’re happy. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —8— For the next few days, review topics you’ve researched previously and find new results. Wrap up old business. Only purchase bargains. Standardize and increase earnings. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —8— Your friends like your ideas, too. For about three weeks, renew old bonds and traditions. There’s no shortage of money today and tomorrow. Use what you’ve kept hidden.
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Rams battle Fresno State for Homecoming By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian After four consecutive losses of 14 or more points and enthusiasm around the program waning, the CSU football team will have another chance to right the ship this Saturday during the annual homecoming game against Fresno State. In order to stop their current slide, the Rams will have to get the running game going early in the game. CSU has not had a 100 yard rushing game yet in any of its first five games this season, a trend it would like to stop with the help of running back Chris Nwoke, who had games with over 100 yards rushing in three of his last five games in 2011. “Getting the run game going is a factor every week,” quarterback M.J. McPeek said. “There’s gotta be a balance, gotta be able to throw the ball and gotta be able to run the ball and just gotta keep the defense on their heels. I don’t care if I throw it as long as we score and we win.” Fresno State will be looking to continue the Rams’ struggles while contending for its first road victory after experiencing a blowout loss at No. 4 Oregon in week two and a disappointing onepoint loss at Tulsa two weeks ago. “This week we know we’ve got a big challenge on our hands having to go on the road,” Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said. “We’ve not won on the road yet this year, (we’re) playing a CSU team that’s beaten us the last
PLAYING WITH FAITH can I do to pray for your team?” “It shows you that volleyball is a game, and it brings you so many memories, adrenaline, and insanely cool sports-like things, but it also brings you friendships and relationships that I would never have had without this game,” Cranston said. Even the intense Border War rivalry that typically creates a schism between athletes and fans of CSU and Wyoming hasn’t dimmed their friendship. “That points to Christ and
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three times.” In order to end their road struggles, the Bulldogs will have to continue their dominance on offense behind quarterback Derek Carr and Fresno State’s passing attack that averages 335.2 yards per game, which ranks the Bulldogs No. 11 in college football. “At the end of the day, it will be nothing that they do, it’s all what we do and how we prepare,” CSU defensive back Bernard Blake said. “We have guys who can match with their guys, we have playmakers on our defense that match with their playmakers on offense so all we have to come out and do is execute the game plan.” Execution is something that has been lacking during the Rams’ last four games, as sloppy play on both sides of the ball have caused CSU to run up large deficits early in games. Going into their second Mountain West game of the season, the Rams are still working on ironing out some of the details that haven’t been attended to and hope to regain the passion shown in their first week of play. “We don’t know until Saturday,” CSU coach Jim McElwain said of whether or not his team has that passion back. “I wish I had the crystal ball to say yes. I do know that it’s important to them, I do know they’re not out there not trying, you know, now let’s grasp a little of what we had that first week.” Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.
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Dana Cranston prays for Wyoming’s volleyball team, and especially the Cowgirls’ best player Jodi Purdy. The two Mountain West preseason co-players of the year will face each other on the court for the first time this season on Friday, but their spiritual connection goes deeper than athletic competition. “We are sisters in Christ,” Purdy said. The pair first met at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Athletes in Action winter retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park during their sophomore year. “The whole aspect of both of those ministries is ‘how to bring God into your sport,’ so it’s a lot of working through practical ways to do that,” Cranston said. Their relationship has continued to develop since then despite the traditional rivalry between CSU and Wyoming. When the Cowgirls beat CSU for the first time since 1997 last October in Laramie, Purdy recorded her 1,000th kill in the match. “After the game she was clearly excited and I was disappointed, but I still went and gave her a hug and said congratulations because that’s a huge accomplishment,” Cranston said. “It’s cool to see the sportsmanship side of this game and the fact that it brings you a lot more things than wins and losses.” Purdy and Cranston keep in touch throughout the season, always asking each other “how’s your team doing?” and “what
the body of Christ working together,” Purdy said. “We’re technically rivals on the court, but partners in his kingdom.” They largely achieve that balance by keeping what happens on and off the court separate. “Once you step on the court it’s business. We are out there to win, and once we get off the court whatever’s done is done,” Cranston said. On the court both Cranston and Purdy play all six rotations and do everything on the court for their respective teams. “Both Dana and Jodi are really elite caliber athletes, but completely opposite in their styles of play. Dana Cranston is a taller player that hits from a higher spot on the net, while Jody is a fast explosive player with great ball control,” Wyoming coach Carrie Yerty said. They’re both great mentors and great players in our conference.” See VBALL on Page 5
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