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Lupe Fiasco was pulled off stage during Obama’s preinauguration for a disrupting political rant. While disruptions at public events are always fun, the responses are the best part. Not everybody chooses to have security handle the situation.

Nine-year diversity trends broken down by college By KATE WINKLE, BAILEY CONSTAS and EMILY SMITH The Rocky Mountain Collegian Editor’s note: The following interviews were conducted before the 2012-2013 Winter Break. In 2003, CSU’s minority students represented 11.4 percent of the student body. By fall 2012, that number increased to 15.6 percent. The uptick in underrepresented persons’ enrollment at CSU is good for the university, but there is still room for improvement, according to Mary Ontiveros, CSU vice president for diversity. “We are more diverse than we’ve ever been,” Ontiveros said. “Are we as diverse as perhaps we should be? Probably not. It would be nice to have more of that kind of diversity on campus.” With the help of campus officials, the Collegian analyzed the enrollment of racially and ethnically diverse students in each of CSU’s eight colleges and intra-university program. In 2003, 15.8 percent of students in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were minorities, making it the most diverse at the time. The least diverse was the Warner College of Natural Resources, whose student body was 6.8 percent minority. The College of Natural Sciences is currently the most diverse on campus. About 19.4 percent of its students are minorities. The Warner College of Natural Resources continues to be the least diverse at CSU, as it has been for seven of the past nine years. In 2012, just 9.5 percent of its students were minorities.

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Hundreds of Fort Collins community members marched from Old Town Square to the LSC plaza in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and to advocate for human rights. Participants of the march wore “MLKJr.” stickers and carried signs illuminating their appreciation for the significant work done by Martin Luther King Jr. for the freedom of all people.

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n Monday, CSU students and the Fort Collins community joined together in solidarity and marched through their city in honor of the man who stood for justice just 60 years ago: Martin Luther King Jr. “This afternoon we gather to recognize a great leader, but we also gather as a thousand faces of all ages and colors and experiences, as a community of people united by that believe in that underlying dream,” said CSU President Tony Frank at the beginning of the program that followed the march, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald. “Freedom is ours, to keep or to lose. It's been one for all of us through the sacrifices for all of us but today we must all be champions, and it's in that spirit that we marched this afternoon.” The march started at 1 p.m. and continued with a presentation of the winner of the Poudre School District essay and poetry contest at 1:45 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, according to a university news release. “Over the years, the walk has had different iterations including ending in downtown with live celebrations,” said Peggy Lyle of the Downtown Business Association. “And for at least the last five years it kicks off in Old Town Square and concludes on the CSU campus.” A volunteer fair followed, encouraging community members to participate in making Fort Collins greater together. Attendees were bussed back to Old Town for free. “Downtown Fort Collins is very proud to host the start of this march, which signifies such a positive demonstration of our community,” Lyle said. Caitlin Johnson, a junior nutrition major, agreed. “I think it’s important to honor a great man,” Johnson said. The Collegian Staff can be reached at news@collegian. com.

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Nancy York, a CSU 1960 Alumni, joined hundreds of Fort Collins community members marching from Old Town Square to the LSC plaza in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. York has been a strong advocator for humans rights her whole life, and was excited to partipate in this event.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FACTS Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday on Nov. 3, 1983, but didn’t start until 1986. This year was the 23rd MLK Day. The holiday became a day of service on Aug. 23, 1994.

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Tickets available three days in advance, online By ANDREW CARRERA The Rocky Mountain Collegian

CSU basketball games just became easier to attend. According to an email from Tim Brogdon, director of Ram Ruckus, students can buy tickets to men’s and women’s games three days in advance at Moby Arena or online at www.ramruckus.colostate. edu for an extra $2. Brogdon wrote that the university isn’t making any money from the $2 fee, which is an added charge put in place by their ticketing company. “I think it’s one of the best

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things that I’ve seen the ticketing department do,” said Taylor Jackson, director of student services for the Associated Students of CSU, whose department is helping CSU athletics advertise its new policy. Jackson explained that it makes ticket purchasing for basketball games more similar to the system in place for football games, where students can easily buy vouchers in the days leading up to the game. With basketball, she said, students had far more difficulty getting tickets. The arena also recently

created a new student entrance on its south side. “This entrance will serve students much better as all student initiatives and promos will be through this entrance,” Brogdon wrote. “I think it’s fun when you’re all going in the same area. You’re all yelling and getting excited as you go in –– it funnels you right into the student section,” she said. Ram Ruckus is a student spirit group that launched in June 2012, according to the Rams Athletics official website. News Editor Andrew Carrera can be reached at news@ collegian.com.

Rapper Akon had the unfortunate experience of having a hot dog flung at him during an event. Rather than wait for security, Akon invited the man on stage, and hurled him from it with gusto.

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Every comedian has their limits when it comes to heckling. For Bill Maher, that came when his show was infiltrated by 9/11 Truthers. After repeated interruptions from the individual in the crowd, Maher forcibly removed the man from the crowd himself. Mr. President, are you taking notes? The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.


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CSU’s Theatre Program presents “Comic Potential,” the romantic sci-fi by award-winning writer Sir Alan Ayckbourn, an Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright who’s written 77 plays, which have been produced and performed around the world. Tickets are $8 for CSU students and youth under the age of 17, and $18 for the public, and are available at the University Center for the Arts Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970)-491-2787 or online. CSU students get in free on Ticket Thursdays: Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. Performances are Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Studio Theatre at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.

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SPARC presents annual updates on Jan. 23 All members of the Colorado State University community are welcome to attend the annual presentation of the Strategic Planning Area Review Committees (SPARC ) on Jan. 23, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Cherokee Park Ballroom, Lory Student Center, as part of CSU’s strategic planning and budgeting process. Chairs from SPARC will all present updates from their specific areas, including CSU 2020 and Infrastructure SPARC, Research and Discovery SPARC, Diversity SPARC, Engagement/ Outreach SPARC, Teaching and Learning SPARC, and Faculty/Staff Development SPARC. The presentation will set the stage for the University budget retreat also in the Cherokee Park Ballroom on Jan. 30.

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Lean, mean, RamRide machine New director promises to reform department, including hosting theme parties By CARRIE MOBLEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian Big changes are in store for RamRide this semester. Potential changes include: a restructuring of the department, a new dispatch system, a smaller fleet of vehicles, decreased wait times and a smaller volunteer force, according to new RamRide director Chelsey Green. “We will really focus on efficiency of RamRide,” Green said. “We want to cut down wait times and really streamline the whole department.” Green also plans to implement a strategic action plan to try to secure funding for a new dispatch system which will assign cars to rides based on a GPS system. “Right now I am in the process of meeting with Regina and the RamRide advisory board,” Green said. “We are working to hopefully partner up with other campus organizations, and eventually get into testing some new technology at the end of this semester.” According to ASCSU President Regina Martel, the action plan will also help the department more easily portray its core purpose. “It’ll help us define values we are not willing to compromise on,” Martel

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said. “This might include always making it a safe ride home, never to a party, and always having the program be completely student-run.” This semester could also bring an organizational overhaul to the RamRide department, according to Martel. “We will be completely restructuring it,” Martel said. “We will be examining things like if we have too many staff members or not enough, but Chelsey is definitely going to be key to this semester.” Martel also hopes an era of stability will be brought along with Green. “It helps that she is a junior and so she has the possibility to re-apply for the position for next year,” said Martel. “That way she will be able to introduce big ideas and carry them through several semesters.” As for personal goals, Green hopes to implement new volunteer appreciation programs for RamRide volunteers. “A lot of our volunteers are Greek organizations,”

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Green said. “We would love to maybe create an event for them, like a theme event, where volunteers can dress up and have fun. It will add more excitement and make it fun.” Martel hopes to follow through with these chang-

es and is confident Green will pave the way towards a new and improved RamRide. Most of all, she said, she hopes these changes are here to stay. City Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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YOUR TWO CENTS

YESTERDAY’S QUESTION: What did you do over break?

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Fact checking Puerto Rico’s statehood Anyone remember a few months ago when the whole of the United States was agog with the idea that Puerto Rico voted to become the 51st state? Well, is anyone wondering what actually came of it? Fear not, I’m here to help. Being a native Puerto Rican myself, the moment when the voting was reported by newspapers and magazines in the United States, my By RAFAEL RIVERO friends went crazy and bombarded me with questions. “Did you hear? What do you think? Will it happen? Is it true?” The only question that actually made me think was the last one — is it true? Honestly, I was completely at a loss; so I called my parents and asked them. They said the vote had been reported on correctly (if a tad misleadingly, but we’ll get to that) and then they added that the incumbent governor had been ousted by a member of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Now that was interesting. But to understand why, we have to go into some political history. In 1898, the Spanish-American War came to a close and, like a hand-me-down, Puerto Rico was passed from Spain to the United States (with Guam and the Philippine Islands) via the Treaty of Paris for a measly $20 million. Soon afterwards, Puerto Ricans were granted citizenship under the Jones-Shafroth Act, even though the entire Puerto Rican House of Delegates voted against it. Federal Law No. 81-600, which Harry S. Truman signed on July 3, 1950, after decades of military rule, afforded Puerto Ricans the right to draft a constitution to set up a functioning government. The new Constitution was ratified on July 3, 1952, and Puerto Rico became what is known as an Estado Libre Asociado. After this status (referred to in English as a Commonwealth even though it translates to Free Associated State) was created, the politics in Puerto Rico changed. In the United States, people largely vote based on if they are liberal or conservative. In Puerto Rico, however, people largely vote based on the political status of the island. The major political parties include: the PPD, who want the island to remain an Estado Libre Asociado; the PNP (New Progressive Party), who want the island to become a state; and the PIP (Puerto Rican Independence Party), who want the island to become independent. As is to be expected, whenever the PNP party is in control, they’ll attempt to have an island-wide vote on the status. You’re given three choices: Status Quo, Statehood, or Independence. Throughout the years, this has gone off without a hitch. The Status Quo has always won out. That is, until November 2012. This time, the PNP politicians had another plebiscite and, somehow, the status question went from a moreor-less even split down the middle to a whopping 61 percent vote in favor of statehood. That’s already statistically iffy based on the history of the vote. Coupled with the fact that the PPD beat the PNP in the election cycle essentially across the board (including in the gubernatorial race), it’s enough to leave people like me wondering what’s going on. It turns out that the status ballot had been changed drastically. Instead of the usual ballot, this one had two questions: 1) Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue with its current status? Yes/No. 2) Ignore the previous question and select which non-territorial status you’d prefer: Statehood, Independence, Free Associated Sovereign State. Now that’s confusing. Not only that, but the PPD had also asked for people to leave the second question blank as a way to protest it. Those blank ballots weren’t originally included in the reporting, which led to the 61 percent number. But, if the 480,918 ballots left in blank are added onto the votes for “Yes” in the first question (as per the PPD’s political outlook), then the actual vote looks more like this: Happy with the current status? 57.5 percent YES and 42.5 percent NO. And, if added to Free Associated Sovereign State (which the PPD also endorsed and, if you recall, is an almost identical translation of Estado Libre Asociado): On non-territorial status? 45 percent for Statehood. 51 percent for Free Associated Sovereign State, and 4 percent for Independence. These values are the lowest it has ever been. All of this analysis is unnecessary anyway, as Congress has already decided that the vote was a sham. They have effectively decided to not pay attention to the non-binding referendum and simply let Puerto Rico be. So, in answering the initial question: is it true? I’m going with no. Rafael Rivero is a senior zoology major. His columns appear every other Tuesday in the Collegian. Letters and Feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com

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Still dreaming, but not resting While it’s great to have a three-day weekend, we should remember the reason for its occurrence. It’s not just one more day of guiltless video gaming before class starts up again; it signifies a major shift in the United States’ standard on human rights. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader, but also a person who believed in what future generations could accomplish. It wasn’t all that long ago that the color of your skin impacted your daily life, the opportunities you could have and the things you could achieve. Even now, we are not yet a post-racial society, and it’s not a destination to be reached and then forgotten about. We must remember

every day to fight for our rights and those of others. As members

“It wasn’t all that long ago that the color of your skin impacted your daily life, the opportunities you could have and the things you could achieve.” of the future generation and the voice thereof, it’s our duty to use the power we have today to grant

the people of tomorrow the freedoms they deserve. Even here at CSU, we have the possibility of a cure for cancer, engineers and researchers that could save us from climate change, and new teachers that will help cultivate the minds of students for generations to come. We can not accomplish these goals, however, without remembering what Martin Luther King, Jr. was striving for: equal opportunity and love. We certainly won’t get anywhere if over half the population is stymied in their efforts by baseless prejudice. As President Obama said yesterday during his inaugural speech, “Our journey is not complete.”

The Collegian Editorial Board is responsible for writing the staff editorial, “Our View,” and for the views expressed therein. Letters and feedback in response to the staff editorial can be sent to letters@collegian.com. Greg Mees | Editor in Chief editor@collegian.com Kevin Jensen | Content Managing Editor news@collegian.com Hunter Thompson | Visual Managing Editor photo@collegian.com

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“So, I’m making a commitment to you. I’m committing to serve as a platform for the voice of students at Colorado State University. I’m committing to share stories from CSU and Fort Collins that you, as readers, deserve. ”

A commitment to community journalism Being a reflection of the student population we represent and are staffed by, CSU students. Every semester, we at the Collegian are constantly seeking ways to be innovative and reinvent ourselves, learning and growing both By GREG MEES as individuals and collectively as an organization that is here to serve you, our reader. After spending the fall semester on the east coast working as a designer for The Boston Globe, I’m excited to be back at CSU to finish my degree and serve as the editor in chief of this publication, spearheading the next chapter in the history of this 121-year-old CSU campus staple. This semester you’ll see some changes in these pages –– the most noticeable coming Friday when the paper will become half its normal size and turn into a new and improved weekender edition. Yes, the weekender is nothing new, but the new look we’re going for will give off a more student-centric vibe, and through the complete redesign I’m hoping it brings more stories and

entertainment to your fingertips. This semester I hope that we not only bring you a guide to weekend entertainment, but also give you the news that is essential to you as students on this campus. We will be continuing to follow the construction on campus and keep you up to speed on everything that is happening with the Lory Student Center reconstruction. Turn to our pages or visit Collegian.com for updates on when and where construction may start affecting your daily life on campus. I also understand that we do not live in a bubble called CSU and therefore we will be covering as much Fort Collins news that we can. I’m committed to making sure that if your life will be affected, you’ll see the story from us — whether that means something in the city, state or even national stories. Some of the news stories that we will cover this semester might start a deeper conversation. It’s because of this that it is my goal to open up page four, and, in Tuesday’s paper, page five, for commentary and conversation, engaging with and sharing the collective voice of the student community. CSU’s student voice is usually belting when it comes to athletics. Our sports staff will be following the

CSU basketball teams through the rest of their season, providing previews, coverage and features of our teams and best players. As basketball season comes to a close, we’ll continue to cover all of CSU’s other great Division-1 sports teams, and stories from our numerous club sports teams as well. And on top of all of that, we have a staff of photographers and designers that are excited to capture moments and break down information so that it’s easier and quicker for you to understand, building a look, style and feel that is distinctly representative of this campus and university. So, I’m making a commitment to you. I’m committing to serve as a platform for the voice of students at Colorado State University. I’m committing to share stories from CSU and Fort Collins that you, as readers, deserve. I have an amazingly talented team of editors, reporters, photographers and designers that are passionate and ready to share CSU’s stories with you. I hope that you’ll engage with us and let us know when you’re happy, angry, entertained or down-right pissed off.

Editor in chief Greg Mees is a senior journalism major. His column appears occasionally in the Collegian. He can be reached at editor@collegian.com.

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language I spent my winter break in South America, hanging out and traveling with friends that I met when I studied abroad in Santiago, By tyanna slobe Chile. Spanish is the only language that I speak other than English, and I am especially attentive to all of the intonations, dialects and vocabulary of the language that I have only recently learned. Despite the amount of time that I have spent in Santiago, Chilean Spanish never ceases to amaze me. My friends drop words and phrases into their everyday language that I would never dream of using in English because they are things that I would consider classist, racist, sexist and homophobic. Returning to Chile over break was a shocking reminder of how uncomfortable this sort of language makes me. One day a friend was telling me a story about how he was trying to get to the airport to meet someone but didn’t have a cell phone so he couldn’t and he felt dumb. He referred to himself in the situation as being “muy indio,” or very Indian, very Native American. I told him that referring to himself in a situation where he did not have any technology and felt idiotic as a result as “Native American” seemed to me like a racist statement, given the marginalization of Native Americans all over the Americas. We got into an argument and he told me that I didn’t get it because I am not Chilean and I do not understand the ways of their language and culture. A few days later I uploaded pictures to Facebook from my friend’s Pink Floyd cover band show. In one of the pictures I was scantily dressed, dripping in sweat, my tongue was hanging out and I was giving the rock ‘n’ roll signal. Someone left a comment on the picture that read, “white trash.” “White trash” is something that people refer to each other as all of the time for looking and acting like I was in that picture. “White trash” is a fairly normal term in our language –– everyone knows what it means and many people think that it is a funny thing to call someone. Over the next few days, I started thinking about it more and more and what exactly “white trash” means. Generally, the term connotes an image of poor people. People who live in low income housing. People who come from low income

families that have higher rates of alcoholism, addiction and domestic violence. People who do not have access to quality public education or higher education. People who do not have access to healthcare. People who are extremely marginalized in American society. “White trash” by definition also has to do with race. The phrase refers to Caucasians who are considered “less than” a stereotypical middle class white person –– hence “trash.” “White trash” links certain white people with people of color who are also often considered by society as being “less than” the stereotypical middle class white person, suggesting that the worst thing a white person could do is fall into the same socio-economic category as people of color have historically filled in the U.S. In their respective contexts, like those mentioned above, the terms “indio” and “white trash” are very classist and racist. They’re also very normal Spanish and English words, to the extent that it is difficult for an insider to recognize the social context of their referents. My friend wasn’t right when he said that I do not know enough about Spanish and Chilean culture to understand why “indio” in that context was a racist and classist comment. In fact, I understand exactly what it meant. However, I think that he was onto something. I am too much of an outsider to the language to have that sort of statement seem normal and inoffensive. It is far more difficult to notice the harmful and degrading nuances that are normalized in your native language. It is an interesting idea, though, to look at English in its social context from an outsider’s perspective. What kinds of things do we say everyday that feed into racist, classist, sexist, homophobic and other divides –– the ones that help maintain a status quo? What kinds of things do we inadvertently say every day that reinforce discourses about marginalized groups being “different,” “less than,” “weird,” or “other?” Who exactly is benefiting from this sort of language being normalized, and why do we allow such racist and classist things like “white trash” exist as normal and harmless comments? I think that taking a step back and looking at the language that we use from an outsider’s perspective would yield shocking results similar to my own surprise at my Chilean friend’s language. Tyanna Slobe is a senior English and Spanish double major. Her column appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and Feedback can be sent to letters@ collegian.com.

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Yays and Nays Yay | to the Inauguration. For the second time in a row we’ve seen history in the making. Nay | to break ending. Somehow, five whole weeks just doesn’t seem like enough time. Yay | to hockey returning. Now that the Broncos have broken our hearts, it’s up to the Avs to try and pull out a win for Colorado! Nay | to flu season. Seriously, as if Mother Nature hasn’t tortured us enough already this winter. Yay | to Syllabus Week. Shorter classes with no homework is okay with us!

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“You may as well assume that anyone who picks up a video game instantly transforms into a crazed murderer.”

In defense of video games In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, this nation found itself locked once again in the circle of sadness, anger and confusion that follows mass shootings. Once again, this nation found itself asking itself what could be done to prevent another such shooting from happening again. Predictably, solutions began to fall along the traditional gun-rights/ By caleb hendrich gun-control lines. The National Rifle Association, however, identified a different culprit: violent video games. NRA Chairman Wayne LaPierre stated, “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games." You may as well assume that anyone who picks up a video game instantly transforms into a crazed murderer. As a gamer myself, I can tell you the notion that playing a violent video game makes someone more violent is false, plain and simple. It can cause of a lot of other problems (such as self-entitlement, addiction, and obesity) definitely, but certainly not violence. For one thing, there is no correlation between playing videogames and violence. A study conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime tracked the consumption of video games against the number of gun-related murders in those countries. The country that purchased and consumed the most video games was the Netherlands, which has very few gun deaths. The United States purchased significantly lower games, but had the highest number of gun deaths. The trend goes downwards, rather than upwards, which indicates that there is no correlation between murdering someone with a gun and playing a video game. I, personally, find the notion that I am incapable from telling fiction from reality insulting. Killing in fiction is a far different scenario that killing in reality. In fiction, there are not any penalties for shooting another player. I know that game characters are not living things, much less another person. The adrenaline rush from the “Fight-or-Flight” instinct is gone. The fear of a painful death and the “survive at all costs” drive is also gone. Holding and using a controller is just not equivalent to holding a gun. Of course, you do not have to take my word for it. If you feel that video games make you more violent, then you are free to abstain from them. As with all forms of media, there is no law mandating that you participate. If you do not want to, then you do not have to. For parents worried about the potential influence of video games on their kids, the solution is even simpler: Don’t let them play them. Believe it or not, this is something that the video game industry takes fairly seriously. After complaints in the early 1990’s about the potential impact of violent games like “Mortal Kombat” on children, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board was created. The ESRB then came up with a rating system for games. These ratings range from Everyone to Adults Only, allowing parents to know which games are appropriate for their kids to be playing. This is the what my parents did. I was first introduced to video games in the mid 1990’s, and from then on in my experience with them was rigidly controlled and enforced. I was allowed to play my first “T” rated game when I was 13. I was not allowed to touch games that were rated “M” until I was 17. I did not end up playing first person shooters until I had left home to go to CSU. That’s how the ESRB rating system should work. If a parent does not want their kid to be playing “Call of Duty”, then that parent should be exercising their authority and taking the game away from their kid. In the parent-child relationship, the parent has all of the power, not the other way around. Playing video games does not cause violence. Banning them, or using them as a scapegoat for violence in America is a waste of time, effort, and will not keep children safe. Editorial Editor Caleb Hendrich is a senior Journalism and Political Science double major. His columns appear Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Junior Ian Ingraham, Debate Club president, practices topics with coach and advisor Alex Ried Monday afternoon in the Lory Student Center. The Debate Club is a new student organization that will compete and represent CSU in national tournaments.

Debate now, or forever hold your peace By Alex Beyer The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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CSU’s new Speech and Debate Union, established in September, is eager to welcome new members –– students who revel in arguments and gawk at presidential debates. “We started the Debate Union at CSU because we had a sincere belief that an institution as great and prestigious as our school needed a team,” said Ian Ingraham, the group’s president. “Moreover, our belief in the value of speech and debate led us to believe our fellow students could benefit from the establishment of our union.” Rather than focus on the more traditional policy debate, the union places an

emphasis on parliamentary debate. The style doesn’t allow for written evidence during a competition, unlike other forms of debate, forcing debaters to rely on their own knowledge to contrive compelling arguments on the spot. Team meetings run every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek Room in the Lory Student Center. Meetings will consist of debate practice rounds and discussions on debate theory to give students a better grasp on the fundamentals of argumentation. The team plans on participating in four local tournaments this semester. The group covers topics from affirmative action to American involvement in

Syria. “To anyone considering a degree in law, public speaking, business, or high level corporate enterprises, all will in some way require a degree of public speaking, along with critical thinking that I feel no club or activity offers such as debate,” Ingraham said. The team is open to students of all skill levels. Debate coach Carl Wangsvick has 25 years of coaching experience at Fort Collins high schools and has sent many of his students to national competitions. “Out of any of the activities students may participate in at CSU, debate certainly offers distinct advantages that other clubs may not offer,” Ingraham said. Wangsvick has high

hopes for the Speech and Debate Union despite the fact that this is the team’s first year. “Given that there is commitment to the activity and that CSU will be in local, not national competition for a while, and that CSU looks to have some people experienced at the national level both in competing and in coaching, I expect good results,” Wangsvick said. Wangsvick added that those students with experience can do well to start and the rest will improve a lot by the end of the term. “There are no downsides to debating, win or lose,” Wangsvick said. Collegian Writer Alex Beyer can be reached at news@collegian.com.


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“We don’t necessarily need a really wet year to get back to normal – but it would be good if we could at least be close to ‘average.’” Nolan Doesken | State climateologist and csu professor

Less water gathers in Colo. reservoirs due to record heat By Cassandra Whelihan The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The year 2012 was confirmed as the warmest year on record. Have rising temperatures had significance in the lack of snowfall this year, and what does the lack of snow mean for Colorado? “It meant a slow start to the 2012-2013 winter recreation season, and a bunch of nervous urban and agricultural water managers concerned about the coming irrigation season — spring and summer,” Professor Nolan Doesken, state climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center and professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU, wrote in an email to the Collegian. “In Northern Colorado we are at 25 to 89 percent of the normal (30 year average) snowfall, as of January,” said Steven Fassnacht, a professor in the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science. “The Cache la Poudre is at 70 to 89 percent, but other nearby areas have less snow; the headwaters of the South Platte have less than 50 percent,” Fassnacht said. According to Doesken, December snows were enough to blanket the western and southern mountain valleys of Colorado, resulting in a mid-winter freeze. “Heat and drought go hand in hand during the summer months, but that association is more complicated during the winter,” Doesken said. “What heat does do — and we saw that clearly in 2012 — is hasten the melt of our mountain snowpack.” “Last year, considerable amounts of snow were already gone by later March weeks

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Nolan Doesken stands outside of his home in Fort Collins Sunday afternoon. Doesken is a CSU climatologist and is currently investigating why there has been so little snow throughout this mild winter.

before the high mountain snow melt usually begins,” Doesken said. “That means an earlier and longer wildfire season. It also means the potential for higher evapotranspiration rates.” Colorado is home to five million people who rely on snowmelt to survive. Warming temperatures cause the snowpack in the mountains to melt earlier in the season, leading to more of the water being evaporated back into the atmosphere and less water accumulation in the reservoirs. “Two things: One is you could have more or less snowfall out of the sky but the other thing is really the warming is more about how much of that snowpack winds up getting into the reservoirs and staying in the reservoirs,” said Scott Denning, professor in the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science.

“If it’s a lot warmer more of the snow will evaporate or melt and run off earlier so it doesn’t fill the reservoirs in the spring,” Denning said. As the climate warms, the result is less water even if there isn’t less snow because the extra warming evaporates the water before it ever gets to us. “Last year was a poor snowpack year and it was very warm,” Denning said. “But the year before that was a huge snowpack year.” Denning went on to relate that in the future, “it’s going to get warmer because of all the extra CO2 and that will tend to melt and evaporate more of the snow before it gets into our reservoirs.” Although winter is still upon us, the chance of reaching an average water accumulation by spring is becoming less likely.

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supply, we're far enough below average, only about 60 percent of average statewide, that the chances of recovery to normal by April when our high elevation snowpack usually reaches its maximum water content are now slim — one chance in 10,” Doesken said. One look at Horsetooth Reservoir and the impact of last year’s dry, hot climate becomes evident. According to Doesken, the water levels have dipped below average throughout most of Colorado. “Since last year was dry and hot, our reservoirs have fallen below average over most of the state,” Doesken said. “We don't necessarily need a really wet year to get back to normal — but it

would be good if we could at least be close to ‘average.’ But with another week of dry, sunny weather forecast, the chances of catching up are getting lower.” Doesken said we simply cannot tell if we’ll continue dry, revert to near average or experience wetter than average conditions. “The climate is naturally highly variable and often swings back and forth. Many drought periods in the past ended with floods or very wet weather,” Doesken said. “So while we don't know what will happen this year, from past experience we can tell it could be interesting.” Collegian Writer Cassandra Whelihan can be reached at news@collegian.com.


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Diversity | Continued from Page 1

Intra-University most diverse program at CSU

population, according to Nancy Irlbeck, associate dean of academic affairs. The college hired a recruiter, Ruben Flores, who helps provide infrastructure for the college and increase both recruitment and retention. Irlbeck predicted that the Hispanic population within Colorado will be predominant within a few years. She believes the College of Agricultural Sciences needs to change Latinos’ perspective on agriculture and encourage involvement. “Our role within the College of Agricultural Sciences is to help change the perception that these young men and these young women have of agriculture, and that you don’t have to be a migrant worker, you don’t have to work in a packing plant, you can work as a leader,” Irlbeck said.

College of Applied Human Sciences

2003: 11.8 percent were minorities 2012: 17 percent were minorities Nine-year change: 5.6 percent increase A “number of units” have been created to help diversify the College of Applied Human Sciences (CAHS), particularly when it comes to retention, recruitment and inclusion, according to Malcolm Scott, co-chair of the college’s Diversity Committee. Scott said CAHS has maintained an active diversity committee and has also partnered with historically black colleges and universities. CAHS is also spearheading efforts to bring the Vice President of Diversity from Texas A&M University to CSU for a consultation and presentation, according to Scott.

College of Business

2003: 10.2 percent were minorities 2012: 13.3 percent were minorities Nine-year change: 2.1 percent increase Mike Jaramillo, director

of undergraduate programs for the College of Business (COB), said that some ways the school has worked to increase diversity include improving resources for diverse students, improving inclusivity and educating faculty and staff on diversity issues. “We have made it easier for us to retain diverse students,” Jaramillo said. Jaramillo said the college also has several diversity-related organizations such as the Business Diversity and Leadership Alliance, which is centered on including of all types of diverse students, from gender to sexual orientation, ability, class, religion, race and ethnicity. In addition, the College of Business Mentoring Program pairs first generation and ethnically diverse students with a junior or senior in the college. “The more diverse a class is, the more perspectives, the more ideas –– the more students learn,” Jaramillo said.

College of Engineering

2003: 8.9 percent were minorities 2012: 11.6 percent were minorities Nine-year change: 2.7 percent increase According to Kathleen Baumgardner, director of the College of Engineering, the college has run a student ambassador program in the last six years. The plan of action pairs current students with prospective students to determine if their programs fit their needs. “It is our belief that this program is particularly helpful for not only women but also ethnically diverse groups,” Baumgardner wrote in an email to the Collegian. According to Baumgardner, since 2007 the percentage of undergraduate ethnically diverse students has increased at a rate of 57.6 percent, compared with the total undergraduate enrollment which has increased at a rate of 39.9 percent. “Living and learning among students from various

not looking into the future anymore. It’s now.”

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ethnic, cultural, geographic, socioeconomic, linguistic and religious backgrounds benefits every student and the college as a whole,” Baumgardner said.

Intra-University (undeclared student advising)

2003: 14.2 percent 2012: 21.3 percent Nine-year change: 8.1 percent increase

Intra-University is the name given to undeclared student advising, which is housed under CSU’s Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA). With 21.3 percent of its students coming from underrepresented backgrounds, it is the most diverse part of CSU’s campus. According to Madyln D’Andrea, director of advising for undeclared students, minorities enrolled at CSU are attracted to Key Communities, which target diverse students when they apply for admission. The programs require students to live (often in Braiden Hall) and take classes together, creating a built-in support group to encourage retention.

“Our newest community is Key Explore; that’s for students who want to see their other options before they take a major choice,” D’Andrea said. Of these students, 50 percent them are ethnically and racially diverse. The reasons for being an undeclared student, according to D’Andrea, come from wanting to explore majors before declaring, not knowing the different majors available as well as not yet meeting the requirements for competitive majors such as engineering or business. “I think we’re doing more than a lot of universities and institutions and we’re all really proud of that,” D’Andrea said. “The students are just wonderful to work with because they are so interested and eager to be here.

College of Liberal Arts

2003: 13.1 percent were minorities 2012: 18.1 percent were minorities Nine-year change: 5 percent increase The number of diverse students in the College of

Liberal Arts is increasing because of changes in admissions, according to Associate Dean Irene Vernon. The faculty diversity, however, is “dreadful,” she said. In 2003, 10 percent of the college’s teaching staff came were minorities. In 2012, that number climbed to 14 percent. When looking at the numbers, it appears that CSU is doing well with underrepresented faculty members, with a very high percentage of Asians, according to Vernon. Out of the 146 minority teachers on campus, 75 are Asian. There are 10 Asian faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts, which has 30 minority faculty members in total. Vernon said she believes that diversity cannot be looked at as a compartmentalized situation but a topic that needs to be at the root and core of the university. “All we have to do is think about what the future is going to look like in America and how the demographics are changing,” she said. “It’s

2003: 14 percent were minorities 2012: 19.4 percent were minorities Nine-year change: 5.4 percent increase The College of Natural Sciences has a history of diverse undergraduate students. The college is almost 4 percent above the total percentage of minority students at CSU and first in the number of diverse students as a science college, according to Dean Janice Nerger. The college has a variety of programs that help recruit and retain diverse students, according to Nerger. It has a leadership role in the consortium for the Colorado Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, which works to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented students who earn bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Additionally, the college has organizations and clubs that connect students with those of similar interests. The CSU chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) promotes and supports recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities, and was recognized for seven consecutive years at the SACNAS National Conference for its work with diverse students, according to Nerger.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

2003: 15.8 percent were minorities 2012: 16.9 percent were minorities Nine-year change: 1.1 percent increase Over the last four years, underrepresented student enrollment for the college remained stable, according to Kenneth Blehm, associate See Diversity on Page 9


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“The goal of this organization is to assist in student success and professional development of diverse students in these fields.” Diversity |

Ethan Billingsey | Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs at Warner College of Natural Resources

Warner College of Natural Resource least diverse

Continued from Page 8 dean of CVMBS. Each year has had some fluctuation, which is likely caused by differences in the number of people reporting their minority status and changes in federal classification of underrepresented students. “Overall we continue to attract minority students who share a passion for applied life sciences in an environment that stresses integrated hands-on learning to complement rigorous classroom programs,” Blehm wrote in an email to the Collegian. The college has attempted to focus its publicity efforts on attracting minority students through university initiatives. Students who enroll in CVMBS learn to explain complex topics, solve problems,

learn actively and communicate clearly. Relative to these attributes, there is no difference between minority and non-minority students, Blehm said.

Warner College of Natural Resources

2003: 6.8 percent were minorities 2012: 9.5 percent were minorities Nine-year change: 2.7 percent increase The Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) is the least diverse college on campus, but the numbers of ethnic and diverse students are increasing. “I think it’s pretty easy to go from: when your numbers are pretty low to increase those numbers,” said Ethan Billingsley, assistant director of undergraduate programs at WCNR. “Historically, we

haven’t been extremely diverse.” Billingsley believes that this is partially reflective of the population of Colorado. “Our population has changed dramatically in the last 30 years, looking at racial diversity, there’s been a large upswing in the Latino population,” he said. “We’re seeing more of these students as well.” In Larimer County, according to Billingsley, the Latino population is 25 percent of the total population. “When the U.S. Forest Services wants to talk about how we manage the land here in Larimer County, we need to understand how the entire population wants to use the land. It’s everybody’s land,” Billingsley said. “Not just the 75 percent.” Fields of study like

wildlife, forestry and geology have not always been linked in the school setting to allow diverse students to be introduced to these areas of studies. Billingsley used African American communities concentrated in urban centers as an example. “They didn’t have a connection already with natural resources so that didn’t lead them to study it,” Billingsley said. “Those barriers are coming down

as more work is down to include all people in understanding natural resources.” Billingsley said the attraction for students to WCNR is generally, “I have a passion for the outdoors; I like the outdoors; I want to study things that have to do with the outdoors.” For those who love the outdoors, WCNR has provided more outlets to recruit more students, such as a club on campus called

Minorities in Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Sciences, for which Billingsley is the advisor. “The goal of this organization is to assist in student success and professional development of diverse students in these fields,” he said. Senior Reporter Kate Winkle, Student Life Beat Reporter Bailey Constas and News Editor Emily Smith can be reached at news@ collegian.com.


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Unselfish play propels Rams to nine wins over break By Andrew Schaller The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Rams Over break

Going into winter break, the CSU men’s basketball team came off two disappointing road losses, one to rival CU-Boulder and one to Illinois-Chicago. Since then, the Rams have rattled off nine wins in 10 games en route to positioning themselves in second place in the Mountain West. “We’ve lost once and that was in overtime at San Diego State — a tough place to play,” CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. “So we’ve made progress, (but) I think we can get so much better.” Of the nine wins during the recess, the Rams defeated two teams from last year’s NCAA tournament (St. Bonaventure and UNLV) while pushing No. 16 San Diego State to overtime on the road. They did it by reminding everyone of the Rams’ team that made the tournament last year. During the break, CSU has performed better from the field than its opponents in every game except the San Diego State and UNLV contests, and shot at 50 percent or better from the field in four games. To go along with their hot shooting, the Rams out-rebounded every team it faced over break, while making themselves the team with the best rebounding margin in the country (13.8). The hustle plays helped CSU particularly in its last game against UNLV, when

Record: 9-1 Average margin of victory: 20.3 points 2012 NCAA tournament teams defeated: 2 Average rebounding margin: 12.3

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Colorado State Rams players mug Dorian Green after their second straight home conference win. After his performace in Saturday nights game, Green was awarded the Mountain West player of the week.

the Rams denied the Rebels second chance opportunities down the stretch before squeaking out a 66-61 victory. Senior center Colton Iverson struggled from the field in the game, scoring seven points on 1-for-8 shooting, but grabbed 10 rebounds and was described by Eustachy as “the happiest guy in the locker room,” despite his poor shooting per-

formance. “There’s a lot of things that go into playing and winning a game,” senior guard Dorian Green said. “It’s not just scoring, (there’s) defense and rebounding, everybody was great defensively. So being a great teammate and knowing that the team’s first and trying to do whatever you can to help the team win; knowing you have guys like

that is great.” While some Rams like Iverson and Eikmeier struggled in scoring seven and six points, respectively against UNLV, Green shined while scoring 24 points, adding five rebounds and dishing five assists. The performance propelled the Rams to victory and helped Green receive MW player of the week honors.

“I think it’s cool but I think it’s a compliment to our whole team, the way we play and how unselfish we are,” Green said. “The fact that it came in a win makes it better.” Pulling out the victory against the Rebels keeps the Rams in the hunt for the top position in the conference, as every team in the MW has lost to a conference opponent at least once except for

New Mexico, who the Rams will play on Wednesday. Because of the fierce competition in the league, every one of the remaining 13 games in the season will be critical in securing the Rams’ position heading into the MW championships in March. “We can play great and lose because of who’s in this league,” Eustachy said. “But we’ll play our best and hopefully it equals wins.” The Rams have said throughout the year that it will be important for them to have an even keel throughout the season whether they win or lose. CSU has maintained that tone while having a tough practice Monday afternoon in which Eustachy pulled players aside to work on their game and having the team run sprints when things weren’t going well. “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse,” Iverson said. “So we definitely wanna come in and work hard every day, and the teams that aren’t doing that aren’t improving and we just wanna keep getting better.” Assistant Sports Editor Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.

women’s basketball

Great strides despite below average record for CSU women By Kyle Grabowski The Rocky Mountain Collegian

At a glance

The CSU women’s basketball team more than doubled its win total over the winter break while adding nearly as many losses as it previously possessed. The Rams compiled a 3-5 overall record while beginning Mountain West play at 1-2 with a win over Air Force and losses to San Diego State and UNLV. CSU opened the recess with a 56-54 win over Cal State Bakersfield before dropping three straight games, two at the Fordham Holiday Classic in the Bronx, NY. Junior forward Sam

Overall record: 3-5 Points scored per game: 58.9 Points allowed per game: 55.9 Double-digit losses: 2 Mountain West road wins: 1

Martin earned a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two losses. The Rams then won two out of their next three games, all played in the state of Colorado. They crushed Division-II opponent South Dakota Tech by 40 before losing to San Di-

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ego State and downing Air Force to open conference play. CSU opened the Air Force game on a 15-3 run after experiencing painfully slow starts throughout the non-conference season. “I thought we were really disruptive, and we rebounded the ball well,” CSU coach Ryun Williams said. “It was comforting to our kids to get on the board first. We needed this today.” The Rams continued their new pattern of starting quickly by opening up a 7-1 lead on UNLV, but they couldn’t hold the lead due to turnovers which lead to a plethora of simple baskets for the Rebels.

CSU turned the ball over 23 times in that game after turning the ball over a shade under 16 times per game entering the contest. “I think it was us. They had decent pressure but we’ve seen a lot worse,” sophomore guard Caitlin Duffy said. “We weren’t as tough with the ball as we should be.” CSU turned the ball over more than 15 times in five of its games over the break, and though the coaches can simulate pressure in practice, at some point it falls on the players to become more mentally and physically tough with the ball, according to Williams.

Though the Rams lost five of their eight games, the manner in which they lost has shifted since the beginning of the season. Four of the team’s first six losses were by more than double digits while only two of the games over break were blowouts. Freshman Caitlin Duffy has helped CSU become a more competitive team through her increased offensive output. Duffy averaged 13.5 points per game during the break compared to seven in the preceding contests. “We definitely want the ball in her hands. She creates plays on the offensive

end,” senior forward Megan Heimstra said. “She has a really great three point shot and drive so it’s really hard to guard her.” CSU plays its next two games at home, where they are .500 on the season, and is looking to begin to build confidence and momentum in the Mountain West. “Coming off a loss is always hard, but I think we’re a close team and we’ll come together. We are confident,” Duffy said. “It’s going to be nice to have two home games and we’ve shown a lot even in our losses of what we can be.” Sports Editor Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.


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“We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.” President Barack Obama

Obama uses inauguration to spotlight policy pledges By David Lauter The McClatchy Tribune WASHINGTON — Barack Obama publicly took the oath of office for his second term Monday, strongly defending the ideology of his party as he urged Americans to accept compromise as a path toward solving the nation’s problems.

“Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time — but it does require us to act in our time,” Obama said, soon after taking the oath from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism

for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” While just over 18 minutes — relatively short by historical standards — the address hit several major policy priorities Obama hopes to pursue. For the first time, an inaugural address mentioned

the rights of gay Americans, as Obama declared that America’s “journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” The president also in-

sisted on the need to “respond to the threat of climate change” — a subject he largely avoided after a stinging loss in Congress early in his first term. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms,” he said. “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.” “That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.” Obama wove those specific policy pledges, along with brief reminders of his proposals for gun control and immigration reform, into a text that, overall, amounted to a strong reaffirmation of the core of liberal, Democratic politics

and its belief in the positive role that government can play in the nation’s life. In a nod to those who do not share that outlook, he noted that Americans “have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.” But, he said, “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.” “We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few,” he said. “The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (01/22/13). It’s getting romantic. The first half of 2013 holds creativity, fun and cultural exploration. Your communication skills are on fire, so light up your social life. Career blazes after June. Provide excellent service, and your fortunes rise. Increase skills to keep pace. Waltz with changes. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) ––7–– You’re exceptionally intelligent now. Put your mind to good use. Surround yourself with people who you respect and respect you and find new solutions to old problems. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ––5–– There’s plenty to go around; relax and enjoy it. Others need you. Provide leadership, and allow others to lead you, too. You’re surrounded by loving friends. Show them your appreciation. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ––9–– Savor sweet moments and share them with a loved one. Your generosity is commendable. Don’t let your bright future blind you. Find support in your community, and return the favor. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ––5–– Optimism is appropriate now. Pick up the pieces and make something new. Call on your intuitive talent, and accept guidance. You’re surrounded by love. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ––9–– Beauty surrounds you. Pay attention to the surrounding syncopation to discover something new. Intuition finds an opportunity. Allow yourself to get luxurious, but family comes first. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ––8–– Take time to praise, admire and thank someone who’s made a difference. A small risk now pays off. Negotiate from the heart. Relax to avoid a temper tantrum. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ––8–– You have more than enough and keep earning more. Read and take the time to let thoughts sink in. Stock up. Share the luck and the love. Confer with family. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ––7–– Investigate previously impossible possibilities, and use your charm and wit to make them possible. Listen for ideas out of the blue, from those around you, and revise your plans. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ––9–– What you lack in funds you can compensate with creativity and self-confidence. Look around; you are well blessed. Love drops a happy surprise in your lap. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ––8–– You don’t quite know how brilliant you are, but you could find out. Go for what you believe in. Discover new friendships and projects to get involved in. Dive in. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ––7–– A breakthrough moment is here. Expand your ideas to reach a larger audience. Use what you’ve gained to build structure. Income fluctuates, so think twice before making a purchase. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ––9–– Toss the ball to a teammate. Relieve the pressure and make room for a fabulous opportunity. Reinvigorate your team and think outside the box. You’ve got a buzz going.

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