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Volume 121 | No. 86


From organic produce to 4-H



Yet another spring semester has started here at CSU, and with it you should be hearing some new and old noises while you go about your day on campus. If you hear all of these in one day think of yourself as getting the “full CSU experience.”

Extension program works to connect residents with university research By AUSTIN BRIGGS The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Every Friday night during the growing season from late June through October, fourth generation farmer Steve Ela packs up that week’s organic fruit harvest from Ela Family Farms and makes his way over the continental divide from Hotchkiss to farmer’s markets along the front range. With a truck full of peaches, cherries, apples, plums, berries and heirloom tomatoes, one of his stops is the farmer’s market in Old Town. Here, Ela and other growers work closely with the Certified Master Gardeners and coordinators from CSU’s Extension program who organize the weekly farmer’s market. CSU Extension is a statewide network which connects community members with research-based information gathered at CSU and other universities. Ela said that as the demand See EXTENSION on Page 5

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Senior computer science major Noah Habibi prepares his brailller for a piece of paper Tuesday evening in his apartment. Habibi is from Muscat, Oman and lost his eyesight at the age of seven.

READING BY TOUCH Computer science major stays positive despite vision impairment

By BAILEY CONSTAS The Rocky Mountain Collegian In the wake of a new year, the population of students with disabilities can be put at the forefront with January being National Braille Month. Noah Habibi is a senior computer science major from Muscat, Oman who is helping CSU extend its online course material for students with impaired vision. At the age of seven, Habibi lost his eyesight because of a disorder referred to as retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that directly affects the retina.

Habibi studied at Arkansas State University but instead transferred to CSU because of the resources that the campus offers that Arkansas did not. Habibi said he also chose CSU because there was another blind student who was a computer science major. “I got in touch with this person and I decided that I should come here since someone else in the field is like me,” Habibi said. Machines that Habibi uses for his classes include Jaws, voiceover, Brailler, Braille Sence (Braille note taker), victor reader stream, talking scientific calcula-

tor and the Piaf machine. The Assistance Technology Resource Center provides Habibi with these machines, paying for all technology that is used for school. Marla Roll, director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center and assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, explained the devices that Habibi and other students use. “Screen reading software reads every event that happens on the computer. Reading more at the html level,” Roll See BRAILLE on Page 11

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Mountain West splits into two divisions

A complete remodel of the Foothills Fashion Mall will be part of the revitalization of the Midtown project, an area along College Avenue, from Prospect to Harmony. RENDERING COURTESY OF FCGOV.COM

Midtown getting a makeover Construction slated to begin in 2014

By KATE SIMMONS The Rocky Mountain Collegian While Old Town’s Historic District continues to undergo renovations and CSU’s campus evolves through seasonal renovations, Midtown Fort Collins has been ignored. But that’s changing. Design concepts for a renovation of Midtown Fort Col-

The LSC construction, which sounds an awful lot like a bad rock concert with some dubstep incorporated. Is that a hammer pounding or the bass dropping?

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By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian


Mountain West football fans may get the opportunity to root for their team in one more game starting next season. The 12 football members will be split into two divisions starting in the 2013 football season culminating in a championship game, the conference announced Tuesday. The two divisions, called the Mountain Division and West division, will contain six teams that will play each other in the regular season. CSU has been placed in the Mountain Division along with Air Force, Boise State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming. Fresno State, Hawai’i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV will comprise the West Division. Teams will play every

Mountain Division: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming. West Division: Fresno State, Hawai’i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.

other team within their division and three teams from the opposing division. The two teams with the best divisional records will play each other in the Mountain West Football Championship game at the home stadium of the team with the highest BCS ranking. The inaugural Mountain West Football Championship game will be played Dec. 7, 2013. The conference stated on its website that divisions were broken up “based upon See DIVISIONS on Page 9

“Do you have a moment to talk with me about Jesus?” The honking of geese near the reflection pool, Oval, IM fields, Plaza and basically anywhere those little bastards can fly… or waddle. “Now that marijuana is legalized in Colorado, does that mean I can smoke a bowl on campus?”

Hipsters with one speed cycles whizzing past you at alarming speeds screaming, “ON YOUR LEFT!”

“How long until summer break?”

The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.

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George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist, will speak at CSU in Moby Arena Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. His lecture is supported by the Monfort Lecture Series, which brings speakers who have a variety of viewpoints and beliefs to help stimulate conversation and academic issues to address the issues we all face. As a newspaper columnist, journalist and author, Will is best known for his conservative commentary on politics and has written numerous books. Tickets are free and are required to enter the lecture. Beginning Jan. 22, tickets will also be available at the Lory Student Center Box Office in person or by phone at (970) 491-4849. Moby Arena’s doors open at 5:30 p.m. Early arrival is encouraged to avoid long

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Applications for Citizen’s Police Academy close Jan. 25 The Division of Student Affairs, the CSU Police Department and the CSU Bookstore will be hosting the seventh annual Citizen’s Police Academy on Thursday, Jan. 31. The academy will consist of 12 classes held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, held in the CSUPD Training Room at Green Hall and possibly other locations. Fifteen students and 12 employees will receive admission into the academy. All applicants must not have any felony or misdemeanor convictions and must consent to a background check. All student applicants must have a 2.5 GPA.

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“When you decide to live with someone, do background checks, don’t be afraid to ask questions, find out their habits. It is so costly to break a lease.” Kathleen Harward | Director of Student Legal Services

Off-Campus Life, Student Legal Services offer resources for students The second semester is underway and students are back to the daily grind –– and back to making important decisions about majors, jobs and housing. Deciding where to live can be a feat itself, let alone weighing the options on-and off-campus, signing leases and finding roommates. Selecting who to live with for an extended amount of time can be a stressful decision for some. When choosing a roommate, conflicts and legal issues can often be avoided by asking the necessary questions. According to Kathleen Harward, director of Student Legal Services at CSU, it is a vital decision for students to determine exactly what they are getting into prior to signing a lease. “Pick your roommates wisely because if you don’t get along, it can be costly,” Harward said. According to the “Art of Roommating” webpage on the Off-Campus Life website, students should discuss financial aspects, quiet times, pets, smoking, drinking, parties and visitors with potential roommates before signing a lease together. There are several dif-

ferent ways to discuss the topics, however according to Harward, it’s necessary to just come right out and ask the questions. “When you decide to live with someone, do background checks, don’t be afraid to ask questions, find out their habits,” Harward said. “It is so costly to break a lease.” Students who have experienced the trials and errors of finding roommates agreed that it is important to pay attention to all aspects of living before choosing to live with someone. According to Alexandra Donovan-Hawkes, sophomore biology major, choosing a roommate is much more than having seemingly similar interests. “I decided to live with her because it seemed like we both had the same type of hobbies and interests. However, we didn’t live the same lifestyle,” Donovan-Hawkes said. “She would rather stay up late and have a whole bunch of guys stay the night, whereas I actually focused on studying and school during the week.” She explained that it was much too difficult to live with someone who was the complete opposite of herself. When it came to a breaking point, they both realized that something needed to change. “She moved out be-

cause of study abroad, but if she didn’t, I was going to,” Donovan-Hawkes said. “It was affecting my ability to focus on things I needed to focus on. And we decided enough was enough when we couldn’t even leave the apartment without locking our bedroom doors. We didn’t trust each other and there was no way to fix that.” In order for either of the girls to move out of the apartment, they had to break their lease –– a process that can be expensive, depending on the landlord and the terms of the agreement. According to Donovan-Hawkes, her roommate had to find someone to take over her place in the lease and pay a termination fee to remove her name from the lease. Many students go to Student Legal Services to try to get out of their lease because of roommate issues and unfortunately for a lot of the students, it isn’t that simple, Harward said. “Having a roommate that is difficult doesn’t give you justification to get out of the lease without breaking it,” she added. “We refer a lot of those students to mediation. Mediation really is a first step to dealing with roommate conflict.” She explained that in some cases, mediation just

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won’t work and then legal avenues needs to be taken, like breaking the lease. At these and similar junctures, Student Legal Services work with students and help them with whatever advice they may need to progress forward. When considering moving into a new place and finding roommates, it is important that all aspects of the living situation are clear. “If you are a night person, don’t live with a morning person,” Donovan-Hawkes said. “If you like it clean, don’t think that having a roommate that says they are ‘kind of neat’ will work because things build up and tensions will arise when you and your roommates don’t live the same way.” Diversity Beat Reporter Alex Steinmetz can be reached at news@collegian.

Mason Corridor, and the Foothills Mall area. A study conducted with local residents by the City of Fort Collins in 2010 said that a redevelopment of Midtown would hope to produce a district as identifiable and memorable as Old Town or CSU, making the city an even bigger draw for visitors and future residents. Midtown lacks a cohesive identity and design vision, despite its significance to the community, according to the City of Fort Collins website. Senior English education major Kaitlyn Mainhart said she thinks a renovation would improve the area, especially the Foothills Mall. “You want to be in a mall. That’s the point. Our mall now, you don’t want to be there,” Mainhart said. “You go, get what you want and leave. You don’t want to stay and hang out.” Mainhart hopes a renovation will improve the building and bring in more natural light. “In the area where Spencer’s Gifts is, there are only like three stores over there,” Mainhart said “I don’t like going over there when I’m by myself. It seems darker and there seem to be more corners that could hold questionable characters.” The City of Fort Collins conducted a survey with local residents in 2010 and found that 91 percent of the 90 respondents visit Midtown daily or weekly and 84.5 percent of visitors go there to shop. Only 31

percent of respondents said they feel safe walking or biking in the region. The renovations are designed to increase safety and accessibility. “The survey directed the city to consider creating an urban renewal area for Midtown,” Megan Bolin, a redevelopment specialist for the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) said. “Midtown has been identified by the city for a number of years as an area we want to focus and target for redevelopment.” The URA works to identify and revitalize areas of the city that could be redeveloped. Projects undertaken by the URA are usually paid for with Tax Increment Financing (TIF). “Qualified projects can receive a portion of property tax generated to be allocated back into the project for the community’s benefit,” according to the Fort Collins URA website. “Having the urban renewal plan in place allows the Urban Renewal Authority to institute a tax increment financing,” Bolin said. “When a tax increment financing district is established, any increases on the existing property taxes are collected by the Urban Renewal Authority and used to go into the project. Urban renewal is one tool we have in place to help finance development.” A final Midtown plan will be presented by June and construction is slated to begin in 2014. Senior Reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at

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“The lesson of my entire story and the research I did following it came down to one thing: giving people more guns will not help solve our gun violence situation.”

What I learned from firing a gun in self-defense To begin, I feel I should note that I wrote this column after the Sandy Hook shooting. I purposely waited a month to show some sympathy and respect for the victims. This column was never meant to run after the shooting in Texas, however, it is becoming increasingly obvious to me that if I keep waiting a month after every shooting, I may well never have the chance to share my story. At some point, remaining silent By Brian fosdick in the face of tragedy becomes worse than acknowledging it and trying to end future tragedies of the like. I came from a hunting family that kept quite a few guns around the house, and I was taught how to use a gun from the age of four. I had a good understanding of how dangerous the weapons could be. When I was seven-years-old I was forced to shoot someone in self-defense. A man had broken into our house through the garage window, and my mother and I were holed up in a back room scared to death. The situation was already out of control and when your back is put up against the wall, you stop thinking logically; having a gun acts more like a threat than as a mode of protection. When he kicked down the door, I was sure he was armed and I was ready to pull the trigger. I ended up taking the shot. The gun I fired was a low-powered rifle and did not inflict any serious injuries, but it stopped the invader’s advance; though not for the reasons you might think. I ended up shooting my father. To this day I have never been told whether or not my father was armed upon breaking into our house after violating his restraining order. What I will say is this: I would give almost anything for guns to have not been available to either of us. They served to create an atmosphere of fear and paranoia and they led me to do something I regret more than anything else in my life. There is no heroism in shooting another person no matter how threatened you may feel. You will not feel like you saved yourself or others, even if you did. It is a psychological toll you will have to carry around for the rest of your life. The reality of the situation is that most people cannot bring themselves to shoot other people even when they are threatened. The book On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in World and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a required text in the FBI academy and part of the curriculum of West Point, even goes as far to explore how unlikely it is for trained soldiers to shoot at other people. Ordinary American citizens are not programmed to turn off their senses and just shoot, and only under extreme duress was I able to take the shot. The lesson of my entire story and the research I did following it came down to one thing: giving people more guns will not help solve our gun violence situation. It will help perpetuate violence and create an air of fear, and it will not solve the root of the problem. Shooting my father did not change the fact that he was a chronic alcoholic with bipolar symptoms and had easy access to guns. It will not cure people who find it in themselves to go on mass shootings. If you want to change the history of America’s gun violence, support mental health care. Support more thorough background checks and greater restrictions on the guns people are allowed to have. I will respect others’ rights to hunt, but I will not respect the right of everyone to own guns. There are a lot of people who should not own them. From a person who has been involved in a self-defense shooting I can say with confidence that whether or not you believe in the Second Amendment, it’s time to re-evaluate how easily guns are distributed in America. On December 14, a school attack happened in both Connecticut and Henan province in China. In America, 27 children were killed. In China, 23 children were injured with not a single death. The only differences were the gun laws in each country and the weapons used. It is time to consider that more guns may not be the solution to gun violence, and that it may indeed be the problem. Brian Fosdick is a junior journalism major. His columns appear Wednesdays in the Collegian Letters and feedback can be sent to

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MW split benefits Rams The Mountain West Conference announced Tuesday that it will be splitting its 12 football members into two divisions and adding a conference championship game at the end of the season. Not only does this mean good things for CSU, but the conference as a whole. Of the six BCS automatic qualifying schools, four of them host championship games. It shows that the conference is healthy and sees a future for itself as a football institution, unlike the Big East and Western Athletic Conference, both of which have seen multiple football members jump ship in recent years to come to the Mountain West. This move would not have

been possible without Boise State and San Diego State deciding to come back to the Mountain West after initially planning

“Not only does this mean good things for CSU, but the conference as a whole.” to move to the Big East, which shows the belief in the strength of the conference by its member institutions. The split was handled expertly by the conference. It did not cut off any traditional rivalries by dividing geographically, and

it allows for a certain amount of divisional pride amongst the participating institutions. By adding a championship game and splitting into divisions, the Mountain West is positioning itself as a conference to be reckoned with on a national stage, and not just the little brother who trots out Cinderella stories once every few BCS cycles. CSU should feel safe and proud to be a member of a conference that shows such strength in an era where so many schools are jumping around willy nilly. This move can only benefit CSU as a football team and an athletic department by providing a consistent, stabilizing force in an uncertain space.

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Protect our children, end the violence A mother holds her child close in the morning, squeezing him tight and whispering “I love you” before watching anxiously as his grubby little face disappears down the street on his way to school. She's uneasy. By kevin R. jensen She still replays that horrible day in her life over and over in her head, when her eldest son left for school, never to return home again. Is this ever-looming fear the new reality? Every morning met with the terror of possibly never seeing her child again? She feels frightened and utterly helpless. Protesters demonstrate in the street, seeking to end the violence — to end the slaughter of innocent civilians. She's well aware the protests won't change anything; Washington D.C. isn't listening, so hundreds more innocents will be killed. Obama's drone war continues on, with no end in sight. According to data by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), Obama has overseen more than six times the amount of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan than under Bush, with over 300 strikes in that region alone. While the Obama administration has often claimed that minimal civilians are killed during targeted UAV strikes, a report conducted by experts at the Stanford and New York University law schools concluded that, "even the most conservative nongovernmental civilian casualty estimates ... contradict the administration’s claims." Part of the discrepancy between

accounts of the number of civilians killed may be due to Obama's classification of "all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants," as The New York Times revealed, but where is the Obama administration's explanation for the murders of women and non-military aged civilians? TBIJ reveals there have been 176 children reported killed by American drones in Pakistan since we began anti-terror operations there in 2004. Most of the Pakistani children’s blood on the hands of the Obama administration are a result of changes in how our drone attacks are executed and the frequency with which they’re used. The Stanford/NYU study, "Living Under Drones," highlights the switch from Bush's practice of targeting high-profile al-Qaeda leaders to the Obama administration's targeting of "groups or men who bear certain signatures, or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity, but whose identities aren't known." The report reveals that drone “strikes in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt are terrorizing civilians 24 hours a day and breeding bitter anti-American sentiment. (They) have killed thousands of people … even stopping their children going to school for fear of being targeted.” In that region, families are afraid to even attend funerals to mourn the deaths of their loved ones for fear of being targeted by US ground operators who misinterpret them as gatherings of al-Qaeda or Taliban militants. These attacks on Pakistan's tribal areas have been justified under the pretext of Haqqani militants who have been blamed for numerous assaults on US and NATO bases in Afghanistan. But how effective has Obama's drone war been?

The Stanford and NYU law schools study cites publicly available evidence that reveals that claims that drone strikes “have made the US safer overall is ambiguous at best. The number of 'high-level' militants killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low — estimated at just 2% (of deaths)." In America we’re happy to believe that the drone war we are waging in Pakistan, in violation of their national sovereignty, is done with surgical precision. We don’t experience the destruction every day in our own streets. We’re completely disconnected from the wars our government wages. We pretend like our policies aren't really hurting anybody but the terrorists that deserve it, deceiving ourselves into believing the collateral damage occurring from striking unidentified targets isn't happening. America may be able to pretend like our policies don't have consequences, but in Pakistan — and increasingly in Yemen — the terror of another US drone strike never ceases, breeding anti-U.S. sentiments among the people and giving greater incentive to extremist factions in the region. With the deaths of 176 Pakistani children (and counting) at the hands of the American people, funded by our taxes and decisions made by the people we elect into office, can we blame the civilian population for increasingly seeing the US as an enemy? Those who slaughter the innocent are rarely hailed as the good guys. Content Managing Editor Kevin R. Jensen is a senior English major. His column appears Wednesdays in the Collegian. He can be reached at or on Twitter @ kevinrjensen.

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Continued from Page 1 for locally grown food increases and people become more aware of how it is produced, Extension’s role in connecting local growers to consumers will expand. “Extension plays a big role in making organic produce accessible to people in the area,” she said. As the only land grant university in the state, CSU has a unique role in making sure the people of Colorado benefit from research done at nationally-renowned universities. Employing 370 people and organizing thousands of volunteers in a network of 61 offices serving 63 counties around the state, Extension professionals answer questions from community members on subjects from agriculture, pest management and nutrition to renewable energy, sustainability practices and personal finances.

The $25.7 million operating budget for Extension is funded through a combination of county, state and federal dollars, with counties pitching in 39 percent of the total. Lou Swanson, vice president of outreach and engagement at CSU, said the flow of information works both ways. The county Extension offices are aware of the needs of local communities and bring that information to researchers and personnel at CSU, who are able to respond to the needs of each community. “It’s not us telling everybody ‘here’s the answer to your problem’ but to be part of the discussion and to contribute university resources to seek new solutions to public questions and problems,” Swanson said. During the High Park Fire in Larimer County this past summer, for example, Extension assisted with a Di-

saster Recovery Center and distributed fact sheets to assist those affected by the fire. The biggest program in Extension is the 4-H youth organization, Swanson said. Across the nation, 4-H is sponsored entirely by the country’s 106 land grant universities’ Extension programs. “That’s our most impactful program if you look across the number of people,” Swanson said. In Colorado last year, Extension worked with 103,000 youth and 11,970 4-H volunteers who contributed 1,532,160 total hours. The Extension program has a long history of working with rural communities when it comes to agriculture and animal sciences. With a large percentage of the population situated on the Front Range, however, urban engagement is just as important as the rural areas, Swanson said. Denver Mayor Michael

Hancock has embarked on a plan to reinvent how the food economy operates in the city. Currently, only one percent of food consumed in the capital comes from within 300 miles of the city. CSU Extension will play a role in helping to increase that number to upward of 20 percent through urban agriculture initiatives being considered by the mayor’s office. The way food is grown, distributed, processed and turned to waste will be tailored to be done on a local level. The end goal is an increase in jobs and better overall sustainability practices. Rusty Collins, director of CSU Denver Extension, said urban agriculture is a “hot button issue right now” and Extension has been able to assist the city of Denver by providing a coordinator who works with potential growers to develop a long-term business plan and move from backyard to more large

scale farming. A beginning urban farmer class is also taught for members of the public interested in areas of urban agriculture including cultivating their own plot or raising bees or chickens. Collins also runs the Denver Seed Task Force and has facilitated monthly meetings for the last year with approximately 20 key organizations involved with urban agriculture. The task force plans to release a summary on the progress towards the 20 percent initiative. “We’re creating a first-ofits-kind model that will be replicated in other cities,” Collins said. Kendra Sandoval, community liaison for the Denver mayor’s office, said if and when the initiative is implemented it would usher in a

whole new growth industry with restaurants, businesses and jobs springing up across the metro area to support the 20 percent benchmark. Sandoval said Extension has been able to bring expertise in farming, community relations and a “historical understanding of the region” to the dialogue and infrastructure of Denver’s transition to a center of urban agriculture. “I think that CSU Extension has been so good at bridging all those together, especially with the knowledgeable staff and going out of their way to really build this urban agriculture community and train for this industry that’s coming,” Sandoval said. Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at


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Shooting at Lone Star College near Houston leaves 4 injured By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE McClatchy Tribune HOUSTON — Three people were shot at a north Houston community college Tuesday in the latest act of gun violence to mar a school campus. Witnesses and officials said the shooting at Lone Star College’s North Harris campus erupted about 12:20 p.m. CST after an argument between two men in front of the campus library. At least one of them was armed, authorities said. Both were hurt and hospitalized under armed guard. They had not been charged or formally arrested, and their identities had not been released. A maintenance worker in his mid-50s was shot in the leg and hospitalized in stable condition. A fourth person, a woman with a student ID card whose connection to the school was unclear, was hospitalized with “medical complications” after the melee, said acting Harris County Sheriff

Maj. Armando Tello. It was unclear what sparked the argument at Lone Star, which has 90,000 students and six campuses, including North Harris with 19,000 students. “I never thought it would happen here. It’s starting to become common,” said Ana Coronado, 18, a veterinary student in her second semester. “When I chose that college, I chose it because I felt safe there, I felt comfortable. I don’t know what to feel now.” Some students did not recognize the sounds as gunfire. Daniel Flores, 19, was doing homework when he heard six or seven loud pops. “I thought it was construction,” he said. “Then people started running, and I knew it had to be a shooting.” Pedro Cervantes, 19, a dental hygiene student in his second semester, said there are gangs in the suburban area, mostly Bloods. “You notice it because

of the tats,” he said, meaning gang tattoos, and some gang clothing on campus. But Cervantes said he hadn’t felt unsafe at Lone Star until the shooting. Now, he worries about his safety and the value of his degree. “I’m paying for this,” he said. “I don’t want this college to have a bad reputation.” Lone Star Chancellor Richard Carpenter said weapons are not allowed on campus. Training had begun for staff last week on how to handle a school shooting, he said, leading many workers to lock their doors and stay in place after the shots rang out. “I’m relieved that we were as prepared as we were,” Carpenter said. “Often people pass on that training. They say, ‘Oh, that won’t ever happen here, I don’t need that now.’ This probably made it very real. I suspect all our employees will be very eager to participate in the future.”

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Israel’s Netanyahu wins reelection, but barely By SHEERA FRENKEL McClatchy Tribune TEL AVIV, Israel — Israelis voted Tuesday in an election that’s widely expected to hand Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a third term, but with a coalition far less stable than one he’s enjoyed in recent years. Early exit polls found a bloc of right-wing parties with a very slim majority of 61 or 62 seats in Israel’s 120-member Parliament, while moderate forces did better than expected. The polls released by Israel’s three largest television stations showed Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition of the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties winning 31 seats, followed by the new centrist movement, Yesh Atid, also known as “There Is a Future,” with 18 or 19 seats. The left-leaning Labor Party stood in third place with 17. The staunchly pro-settlement Jewish Home party, which had been projected

to take second place in the Parliament, ended up disappointed, with only 12 seats. Israeli news websites spoke of a “humiliating defeat for Netanyahu,” as Israel’s Army Radio ran a segment titled “The Demise of Netanyahu.” “The polls we have seen during the elections are way, way off,” said Steven Miller, an Israeli pollster and political analyst. “The Likud-Beiteinu is going to get far fewer seats than they wanted. He will be prime minister, but it will be a coalition that is very difficult to control, and it is unlikely to last very long.” Miller said that several Cabinet ministers loyal to Netanyahu were unlikely to return to office, and that tempers would quickly flare within Likud over why it had failed to win the 45 to 48 seats that pollsters had predicted months ago. “Fingers will be pointed over why the Likud didn’t run a more active campaign

and address the socioeconomic concerns of voters,” said Miller. “That concern is going to ignite what will be an internal struggle in Likud and eventual internal challengers to Likud.” Another pollster who’s affiliated with the Likud Party gave McClatchy similar numbers, calling the figures shocking. “We are awaiting the final, official results, but what we’ve seen has been very concerning,” said the pollster, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to journalists about his results. He said that a combination of unseasonably warm weather and active social-media campaigns had brought voters out in unusually high numbers, especially in urban areas, where they were more likely to vote for centrist and leftwing parties. “That high turnout has led to higher results than we expected for the centrist parties,” the pollster said.

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CSU football holding walk-on meeting Jan. 24 at McGraw By CRIS TILLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian Hundreds of high school football players graduate believing their playing days are over, though their passion for the game persists. Some just aren’t good enough to make a college team, some fall through the cracks in recruiting and others never recognize the opportunities teams put out every year. CSU football wants to give anyone remotely interested in continuing to play the game they love their opportunity at a walk-on meeting Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. in the McGraw Athletic Center’s main auditorium on the first floor.

“There’s a long history and tradition of walk-on players at Colorado State, and that’s something I have continued to embrace as the head coach of this football program,” coach Jim McElwain said. “All walk-ons are an important part of our Ram family, and some have even gone on to play in the NFL.” While future stardom and an NFL career are far from a guarantee, walk-ons have an undeniable impact on the day-to-day improvement of a football team. Sophomore defensive lineman Cole Allenbrand played football at local Fort Collins High School and went to Adams State before

deciding he’d rather help a Division I team. “It obviously starts with not wanting to be done playing the game. That’s the biggest thing,” Allenbrand said of his decision to walk-on. “You’re not getting a scholarship, you’re really doing it for the love of the game ... if there’s any part of (interested walk-ons) that thinks they still want to play, and they have that fire to keep going, then do it, come play because you won’t regret it.” Director of Football Operations Tom Ehlers said the last walk-on meeting had 35 interested walk-ons show up to the meeting, and 13 of them made it onto the

team’s roster. Ehlers said there is a potential for up to as many as 20 open spots for this spring. There is always an emphasis for size and players along the offensive and defensive lines, but any skill position players are encouraged to show up and help a struggling program, according to Ehlers. Ehlers, who’s been with the program for 28 years, has seen first hand the success stories of the guys who took a chance. “There’s a lot of programs that can tell you about their stars that have been walkons, but I think if you’ve met a lot of our walk-ons, you’d

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MEETING CSU football walk-on meeting Thursday, January 24 at 3 p.m. McGraw Athletic Center main auditorium on the first floor

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“It’s a tough place to play but I think we’ve just gotta play our game.” Dorian Green | senior guard men’s basketball

Rams try to correct road woes in New Mexico tonight

By Andrew Schaller The Rocky Mountain Collegian

After winning just one Mountain West Conference road game last season and struggling to a 2-3 overall record in road games this year, the CSU men’s basketball team will look to fix its road struggles in one of the country’s most difficult venues. The Rams will travel to No. 15/17 New Mexico’s University Arena tonight to face a Lobos team that has won 25 of their last 28 games at home over the last two seasons. Last year, New Mexico handed the Rams a 33-point drubbing. CSU maintains that it is more prepared to take on this year’s challenge in Albuquerque this year. “It’s a tough place to play but I think we’ve just gotta play our game,” CSU senior guard Dorian Green said. “We’re way better as a team defensively and rebounding-wise and just a better sense of toughness than what we had last year and some more resilience so we’ve just gotta play our game.” CSU’s toughness on the interior and on the boards has recieved the attention of many around college basketball; New Mexico coach Steve Alford is no different. The way the Rams can neutralize the ruckus that “The Pit” can provide tonight is by creating second chances for themselves offensively by pulling down offensive rebounds, a category in which CSU averages 13.8 per game, good enough for sixth in the NCAA. “We might have guys that are sitting over there on the bench and our cameramen and everybody else on the

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Head Coach Larry Eustachy watches Dwight Smith (33) attempt to block Greg Smith (44) during full court drills at practice in Moby Arena on Tuesday evening. The Rams are preparing for a huge face off with nationally ranked New Mexico tonight in Albuquerque.

floor try to help us rebound against this team,” Alford said. “But we’re just gonna have to concentrate on it, do the things we’ve done all year. I don’t think it’s about changing a lot of things it’s just each game, each team presents different emphases that you have to have going into the game.” Critical in maintaining the Rams’ dominance on the

boards will be 6-foot 10-inch center Colton Iverson, who has averaged nine rebounds per game this year, but will be facing 7-0 New Mexico center Alex Kirk. The matchup between Kirk and Iverson will be one to watch in the game , as both centers have averaged over 12 points per game this season. Iverson is looking forward to

matching up against another post who is as vertically gifted as he is. “I generally get my game on the court better when I’m going against a guy my size,” Iverson said. The key for Iverson and the rest of the Rams against New Mexico will be how they execute when they get into The Pit and playing the way they have all season from the

start of the game. “We struggled against UNLV on our own court to start the game the right way and we made a lot of mistakes,” CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. “The game breaks us down wherever it is, whether it’s home, let alone The Pit…We just take it one day at a time and it’s really just about us, it’s not about the opponent.”

the game Who: CSU vs. New Mexico When: Tonight at 6 p.m. MT Where: Albuquerque, NM Coverage: CBS Sports Network

Assistant Sports Editor Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.

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Split to add championship game Divisions | Continued from Page 1 common geographic regions and traditional rivalries.” The new conference alignment will ensure that CSU maintains its rivalries with Wyoming and Air Force as the Rams are guaranteed to play both teams during the regular season every year under the new system. As the MW announced the creation of two new divisions for football, it also announced a new format for men’s and women’s basketball in the upcoming 2013-14 season as the conference prepares to add

two new basketball members, Utah State and San Jose State. As part of the new-look conference, each team will have home-and-home match-ups with eight conference opponents while playing one game against a rotation of the two remaining teams in the conference. Discussions over how to format the new conference championships for men’s and women’s basketball are still ongoing. Assistant Sports Editor Andrew Schaller can be reached at

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Freshman Taylor Varsho goes to block Sophomore Hanne Mestdagh from making a shot during Tuesday’s afternoon practice. The women’s basketball team practiced hard in preparation for their upcoming game this weekend.

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Balanced Lobo offense will challenge Rams By Kyle Grabowski The Rocky Mountain Collegian Defending one scoring threat is difficult enough, but when the New Mexico women’s basketball team comes to town, teams have to be ready to defend every inch of the floor. The Lobos, who play CSU in Moby Wednesday at 7 p.m., boast five players averaging over seven points per game and shooting better than 46.6 percent from the field. Senior guard Caroline Durbin leads the team, scoring 12.6 points per game and shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the three point line, but the Rams cannot focus their defense completely around her or they will get burned by supplementary players. “You just gotta compete. There’s no game plan for competing and toughness,” CSU coach Ryun Williams

said. “That’s where it starts. We’re going to have to be extremely active and do it collectively.” On top of that, New Mexico fields one of the more athletic teams that the Rams will match up with this year. Nine out of the 14 players on New Mexico’s roster stand 6 feet tall or taller and the Lobos take advantage of that height along with a coach-instilled sense of hustle to out-rebound their opponents by nearly six per game, which ranks second in the Mountain West. “They’re always going to come in and play really hard. They’re going to go for rebounds, and get 50-50 balls,” CSU forward Sam Martin said. “You have to throw the first punch in basketball and that’s what we’re going to try to do.” Most of CSU’s arsenal this season has included a strong effort on defense and the boards, but the team has

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struggled to put the ball in the basket, only averaging 55.6 points per game, which puts them at 8th out of the nine-team Mountain West. Returning home after spending a majority of the winter break away should help the Rams gain some confidence and traction in the Mountain West standings. “We’re so close to where we want to be and I think being at home will give us that little push to get there,” CSU junior guard Hayley Thompson said. “It’s all us, turnovers, mental mistakes that we’re making. While it’s frustrating, the good side is it’s all stuff that we can control.”

Coach Williams has stressed recently that there’s only so much his staff can do in terms of instilling a physical and mental toughness and that it is up to the team to make those necessary changes. Playing the next two games at home gives the Rams that opportunity. “It’s nice to be able to play in front of our home fans, but it’s important that we take advantage of it. I don’t think we’ve done as good a job as we need to protect our home court. They need to understand the pride of wearing green and gold in Fort Collins,” Williams said. “The conference is always a grind and you do have to take it one game at a time. Protecting your home court is crucial. This will allow us to get even in conference and start the climb.” Sports Editor Kyle Grabowski can be reached at


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said. “That’s how they access information. We provide the actual software and we’ll teach them how to use it.” There is also software available to convert documents into a format that can be embossed into braille by a braille embosser. “It’s a pretty powerful way to read. They can hear audio but they can also read with braille,” Roll said. Roll explained that, with braille, it’s an active reading process and if it’s only read to you it’s more passive. However, according to Roll the best option that CSU can present is refreshable braille that has been implemented at the university for over ten years. “The refreshable braille display (sees) whatever is on the computer screen and pushes the equivalent on this braille keyboard,” Roll said. “They also have it read back to them at the same.” There are assistive technology rooms spread out on the campus. One is located in the Morgan Library and has refreshable braille display –– technology that will scan and convert with braille or screen reading software. Tactile graphics, which creates a tangible representation of graphics, are other tools for blind students.

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“It’s like a raised drawing all the lines are raised. That becomes really important for graphical or visual kinds of things,” Roll said. “You can take a map of campus and turn into a tactile graphic and feel the different buildings on campus.” She also sees there is a problem with the move to more web-based education. “The more we move to online content, I have a worry that these students might get left behind,” Roll said. Dani Castillo, a journalism professor at CSU who teaches web design teaches in her classes how to make websites and other online media into something that

can be accessible to all audiences. “There are a lot of people who don’t even think about it, we just key websites the way we see them,” Castillo said. Habibi is currently assisting CSU with its online course materials to make it more accessible to the blind. And in the future he hopes to extend his major to creating more resources. “I will just be writing programs and helping with accessibility to make sure that software is accessible for my people,” Habibi said. Student Life Beat and Entertainment Reporter Bailey Constas can be reached at news@collegian. com.

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