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Monday, December 10, 2012
Volume 121 | No. 84
THE STUDENT VOICE OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1891
This is it. One week until the entire world comes crashing down around our ears. Given that there is little time as it is, here are a few miscellaneous topics we would’ve run, if we only had more time...
Miscellaneous Apocalypse Topics
Places that Should Go First
Preparing for the move PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY HUNTER THOMPSON
Fences come up for Lory Student Center renovation project Byy SEAN MEEDS The Rocky Mountain Collegian In January, students will return from winter break to a student center in transition. The renovation project on the Lory Student Center will get into full swing spring semester, with earliest signs of the remodeling occurring on the west side of Lory. Over break, construction workers will put up a fence around the sidewalk coming from the Vietnam Bridge to the student center. The fence will close off the southwest side of
the LSC to student traffic. “We’re starting with the west ballroom, that’s our first priority,” said Mike Ellis, executive director of the LSC. None of the actual demolition will take place until the end of the spring semester, when construction will tear down the solarium and the west end of the south ballroom. “Everything will be normal,” said Doni Luckutt, director of LSC marketing. “The biggest thing is the fence going up. We’re making sure everything is in place and working
… we’re trying to keep renovations as compact as possible time-wise.” Yet some of the departments within Lory are moving out at the beginning of next semester. The Senate Chambers, Curfman Gallery and Sutherland Sculpture Garden will all be off-line at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester. “We’re trying to do as much prep work as possible before people leave for the summer,” Luckutt said. The main renovation project will begin Summer 2013 and will continue for the next
TILT serves 6,000 students By AMANDA ZETAH The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Sitting in a lecture hall of 100 students and listening to a professor drone on about introductory chemistry is scary enough. Not passing that class is even scarier. The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) helps students that find themselves in such a situation. This semester alone, TILT tutors have participated in over 6,000 tutoring sessions with students. This is an increase from years previous. “Every semester since the Arts and Sciences Tutoring Program has existed, we have seen an increase in numbers,” said Christie Yeadon, associate director of learning programs, “My guess would be that every semester more students are becoming aware of TILT.”
WHAT IS CLOSING AND WHAT IS STAYING OPEN Ofﬁces that are closing beginning of next semester: Senate Chambers Curfman Gallery Sutherland Sculpture Garden Staying open: Adult Learner Veteran Services Student Legal Services
For more information visit: http://www. sc.colostate.edu/renovation.aspx
academic year and following summer. Both Ellis and Luckutt want to emphasize to students where the concentrated renovation project is going to occur.
ERIN MROSS | COLLEGIAN
Not only are students aware of TILT and its resources, but they have found that it is an effective way to study for their tougher courses. “I think there certainly has been a feeling of success, it feels like we are expanding and are having to hire
more tutors to keep up with demand,” said Jeremy Redmond, senior physics education major. He has been a tutor at TILT for three semesters now and sees that the more See TILT on Page 3
“LSC central is the actual part that will be closed next year,” Luckutt said. “LSC south and north will still be open.” See LORY on Page 2
Accomplish your Colorado State University bucket list By CARRIE MOBLEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Statistics Instructor Ben Prytherch, right, helps Hussain Alherz with his STAT 201 homework in the TILT building Thursday afternoon.
Cam’s Lobby Shop Bagel Place II Aspen Grill CSU Bookstore University Club Transit Center
Students who had trouble completing the “70 things to do before you graduate” list will receive help from student government beginning next semester. Next semester, the Associated Students of CSU will start a program to help students complete the ASCSU-sponsored list, according to Taylor Jackson, director of Student Services. “We are really big on school spirit here,” said Jackson. “We have been working with the athletics department in order to make lasting traditions and also to make them something students know about and can easily accomplish.” The first step in completing this project is to cross the small
HIGHLIGHTS ASCSU’s “70 things to do before you graduate” list will be more easily accomplished thanks to new programming from ASCSU New program will include a new points system to encourage participation More events will be turned into annual school spirit traditions
things off the list, Jackson said. This means things that are already sponsored by ASCSU, such as meeting the student body president, volunteering for RamRide or going to the Grill the Buffs event before the Rocky Mountain Showdown. “First we will tackle the PR See BUCKET LIST on Page 3
Let’s be honest, nobody really needs Atlanta, Ga. On Dec. 21, we need to see the fourth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, reenacted FOR REAL! Also, Boulder; because... F*** Boulder, dirty hippies, that’s why!
Plus Sides to the Apocalypse
Everyone focuses on the negatives of the end of the world. Nobody really points out the benefits of it. Like: No more commercials! Or, the necessity for hooking up to repopulate the Earth! And a spectacular fireworks/meteor show!
How does one celebrate the end of the world? With excessive drinking, of course! The end of the world literally means no hangover in the morning, so go nuts! The Earth’s had a good run, so let’s all send her out in style. The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.
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LORY | ‘Student–centered’ Continued from Page 1 Areas that will remain open include the Adult Learner & Veterans Services office, Student Legal Services, Cam’s Lobby Shop, Bagel Place II, the Aspen Grille, the Bookstore, the Ramskellar, the Transit Center and the University Club. Both Luckutt and Ellis said that the newly renovated theater will be open on the south end too. In order to make sure that students can find out where construction will be taking place, the LSC marketing team is designing their website to be easily accessible to all students and staff. “We’re making all the information available within one to two clicks,” said Robin Grogan, web developer for the LSC Renovation Project Website. “Everything’s simple, easy and concise now that we’re centralizing all the information.” Some of the site’s oth-
er features, like the blow up maps, which show development plans and the ‘Help Me Find’ feature, which allows users to search for information within the site, will also allow greater accessibility. Even though the project will not be in full swing until next year, many of those involved with the student center’s renovation are excited that it soon will be. “Construction is progress,” Ellis said. “This building is 50 years old. If we’re not building (and) improving we’re not meeting student needs.” Luckutt says that students can help this project by remembering what it’s all about in the end. “The best way to help is to visualize the future,” she said. “Everything is about the students and the focus is on creating a ‘student-centered’ student center.” Collegian Writer Sean Meeds can be reached at email@example.com
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Madison Brandt | COLLEGIAN
To pass the time before a ski movie premiere, CSU senior Spencer Kaye and sophomore Ben Wolf play pong at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Saturday evening. Spencer Kaye is the current president of Snowriders (CSU Ski/Snowboard club) and helped organize the movie premiere as well as a benefit raffle for foster children wishing to spend a day on Colorado’s snowy slopes.
Community Briefs Burglary reported at CSU’s University Village apartments The CSU Police Department responded at 12:16 p.m. Friday to a report of a burglary in progress at the University Village. The suspect, according to a release by the CSU Public Safety Team, was reported to be in the home, having entered from an unlocked door. He ran away from the area before police could apprehend him. The suspect stole an un-
determined amount of cash from inside the home. He was described as “probably a white male,” between 25 to 30 years old, wearing a white baseball cap, a maroon sweatshirt with a hoodie over the cap and blue jeans. The subject was last seen leaving the 1600 block of West Plum, running eastbound. There are have reports of four other burglaries in the general area of the University Village, according to the CSU Public Safety Team’s website. “Citizens are reminded to secure their homes before leaving and promptly report any suspicious incidents to
police,” the website goes on to say. The University Village has over 1,500 residents, and is described as an “academically supportive, family environment for students interested in living in an interactive community.”
TEDxCSU seeks speakers for its second year CSU is seeking for engaging and interesting Coloradans to speak at the second annual TEDxCSU, being held March 2 in the LSC Theater.
Though last year’s TEDxCSU featured a shared topic for all speakers, this year’s event is an open forum for all types of discussion. “We are searching for a broad spectrum of ideas. Absolutely any topic can be submitted,” said Hannah Toole, TEDxCSU co-founder, in a press release. “The possibilities are limitless.” Talks will range from five to 15 minutes in length. Applications, due Dec.21, and nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fall Class of 2012
You have reached yet another wonderful milestone in your lifetime. The students at ASCSU would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for all you have done for Colorado State University during your time here. We wish you the best of luck in your next endeavors!
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BUCKET LIST | Continued from Page 1
To become a tradition
(Public Relations) side of it and try to get some of the easier ones, like meeting Regina or voting in an ASCSU election,” Jackson said. “Then more students will know about the list and will hopefully be working towards completing it.” Next, said Jackson, are bigger events that will take more time to coordinate. “Then we will move towards planning events that will become a tradition to be held once a year, and work towards getting as many people there as possible,” Jackson said. “That way it will turn into a tradition of its own.” The first Friday of spring
semester will bring back the “get your green on” Fridays, in which free forever green t-shirts will be handed out on the plaza. “We are going to implement a rewards system so that at the entrance of an event or on the plaza students will have a card to get stamped for participating,” Jackson said. “At a certain number of stamps, students can win prizes from the bookstore like free backpacks or sweatshirts to reward those who are most involved.” The point of this, said ASCSU President Regina Martel, is about more than the points a student can earn; it is about the CSU experience. “Hopefully students
will be able to get more of a taste of what its about to be a Ram,” Martel said. “We are really trying to get people more connected to their university and encourage more school pride.” As for hosting enough events for students to complete the entire list, Jackson said it will be a ongoing effort. “Eventually we will get to that point. This semester is the test run,” Jackson said. “The next few years, after these things have become a tradition, it will get to the point that a student could easily accomplish all the things on that list through our programming.” ASCSU Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley can be reached at email@example.com.
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Continued from Page 1 students hear good feedback from their professors and fellow students, the more likely they are to ask for help. With some tutoring, most students become more confident in their topic area and eventually stop coming back. “Our goal is to create individual learners and integrate study skills,” Heather Landers, director of learning programs, wrote in an email, “we love it if a student stops going because we see that as a success.” According to a summary on TILT’s website, “tutoring program participants had a higher average grade in the courses for which they received tutoring compared to non-tutored pro-
gram participants in most courses.” It is common for those that come in at least three times during the semester to receive a passing grade in those tougher classes. “81 percent of students that come to TILT three or more times receive an A, B or C,” wrote Landers. Landers has overseen the program for three years. During that time, she has noticed a trend in the courses that students seem to be finding difficult. “From 2008 to 2010, the harder classes have been CHEM 111, LIFE 102, MATH 118, and PSY 100,” Landers wrote, “these classes stay fairly consistent.” Right now, TILT employs 34 tutors and 16 group study leaders. In a group study, students agree
to meet during certain times of the week to work on homework problems and clarify concepts with their peers. “A study group creates an opportunity for students to help students,” Redmond said. “Re-teaching something you just learned has a tremendous value.” Students are offered the opportunity to work with study groups or to come in during drop-in hours to speak with a tutor. TILT is continuously working on offering more resources for those students that keep coming back. “We are constantly changing and adding some classes, taking away others — it’s a process,” Yeadon said. City beat reporter Amanda Zetah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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State’s rights and your liberty
By Kevin Jensen
The political conversation has become so clouded in this country, that what I feel is generally the main point at issue on the national stage is rarely acknowledged, or quickly abandoned in pursuit of the next biggest hot button topic and wedge issue. When in all reality, the conversation we should be having is one that's been going on in our country since it's founding: federalism versus anti-federalism. I can generally be described as a state’s rights type of guy, believing that, for the most part, people should be governed by their local government, determining what laws are best for the people it immediately affects. When Colorado passed Amendment 64, I was ecstatic to see Coloradans take the issue of the war on drugs into their own hands. 64 passed in a landslide, but it was interesting to see Obama win our state so handily, necessitating that some of the same people that voted for 64, voted for Obama — who is the biggest threat today of nullifying 64. Obama isn’t a state’s rights guy, he’s had a long history of persecuting perfectly state law abiding medical marijuana facilities, and in no way think that Coloradans have — or even should have — the authority to determine our drug laws for ourselves outside of the federal government. Do I believe that states should be supreme in their self-governance, though? No. There are definitely times where the fed’s trump card can and should be implemented, especially in regards to protecting individual liberties. The clearest example I can think of today are the two same-sex marriage cases set to go before the Supreme Court; one from the 2nd Circuit denying the marriage exemption from the state estate tax to a surviving same-sex spouse under the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the other from the 9th Circuit, who ruled California’s Prop 8 unconstitutionally took away same-sex couples’ right to marry. Now it’s possible that the Supreme Court narrowly tailor their decision, to where it would only affect the states in question rather than the nation as a whole, but there is also the very real possibility that the decision will be a resounding win for those in favor of same-sex marriage. Personally, I think there
could not be a better opportunity to establish this at the federal level, I see absolutely no justification for discriminating against my fellow GLTBQ citizens. What about state’s rights, though, you may ask. Don’t the people of California have the right to establish their own rule of law, much like Colorado is seeking to do through 64? The difference between the two is that legalizing the consumption of marijuana for law abiding adults doesn’t negatively infringe upon any person’s individual liberties, banning samesex marriage does. Marriage is a social construct, one that requires undying love, affection and devotion from both participants if it is even going to have a chance of succeeding. Who are we to define the parameters of who can and cannot participate, especially if such a restriction could hinder the self-actualization and pursuit of happiness of any fellow citizen? Preventing same-sex couples from marrying seems as juvenile and nonsensical as creating the rules to an imaginary game as a child, and arbitrarily declaring that girls aren’t allowed to partake in your fictionally constructed reality. But in the social construct called marriage, there are very real material benefits for playing the game. Should same-sex couples have access to these same benefits that come with being married? Unquestionably. However, this reveals an even subtler form of discrimination, one that is rarely mentioned: discrimination against single people. Anybody who chooses not to marry will never be able to capitalize on the favorable tax treatment and range of health and pension benefits available to married couples. Many of these benefits have slowly been implemented in order to strengthen and encourage the modern family. But should we really be trying to influence the choices our fellow citizens are making in their lives, providing them with financial incentives and benefits if they cooperate with the will of state and dutifully wed each other and reproduce more red-blooded patriots? If our system wasn’t racked with these carrots and sticks, trying to coerce us into doing what we’ve decided is best, right, and morally acceptable, both halves of the country might not be screaming at each other over the rules of a social construct that it can be argued the government has no place in at all. Editorial Editor and Copy Chief Kevin Jensen is a senior English major. His column appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ kevinrjensen.
You’re free to feel like crap Whine. Moan. And do it with sweet abandon. It’s finals week at CSU and no one can expect you to be happy. Those people can go to hell. But sometime in between stress eating and scowling at the floor, if only for a second, picture someone who has it a lot worse than you. No, not that one guy who has a 7:30 a.m. final on Friday. Someone with real problems. In the time it takes you to read this sentence, 11 kids under age five will die from preventable diseases, six kids will die from starvation, one kid will be sold
into sex slavery and another will be born with HIV/AIDS. In 30 more seconds, those numbers
“In 12 hours, the total will be more than 27,000, which is about the size of CSU’s entire student body.” combined will total 38, which is roughly enough to fill an average classroom on campus. In 12
hours, the total will be more than 27,000, which is about the size of CSU’s entire student body. Finals week is nothing. Keep this perspective. It’s not going to make you into a good person who’s happy to take tests –– but it will keep you from turning into a bad person who gets overly dramatic about them. And right now, that’s enough. Whine. Moan. And do it with sweet abandon. But remember that it means you’re safe enough to afford worrying about things like college finals, when millions of other kids won’t even make it past their fifth birthday this year.
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Some final thoughts about CSU
By allison sylte
Four years ago, when I took my first campus tour at CSU, the first thing I noticed when my parents and I drove down Laurel Street were the ugly green dorms. Here I am, four years later, and those ugly green dorms now have a nice brown brick exterior. Inside, the dorms are still more or less the same, but it’s the change in their facade that makes all the difference. This focus on improving the outside appearance, while ignoring the underlying issues, is pretty indicative of CSU as a whole. I’ve gotten the opportunity to cover CSU quite a bit over the past three years. During that time, I’ve come to learn that most of our administrators genuinely care about the university — especially its long-term future. But during this time, I’ve also learned that CSU’s biggest focus isn’t necessarily on its students. Instead, its biggest focus is on its image. Its biggest focus is on touting that it’s still affordable, even in the face of double-digit tuition increases, and the largest student fee increases of any other university in the state. Its biggest focus is on being perceived as diverse, even though this year’s freshmen class was 80 percent white. Sure, the university has made
significant gains in the past five years (only 15 percent of the fall 2007 class identified as part of a minority group), but it still has a long way to go before it reflects the diversity in the state of Colorado has a whole. Why not admit that, and why not more openly talk about ways of improving? CSU wants to be perceived as a good school, which it is; I certainly think that I’ve gotten a good education. But that doesn’t change that fact that it’s ranked 134th in the country by U.S. News and World Report. CU-Boulder is ranked 97th, and the Colorado School of Mines is ranked 77th. We are not the best university in the state, but there is never conversation about improving CSU’s academics. Instead, the message revolves around how inherently great the university is. In five years, when I decide to come to a football game at my alma mater, I’ll see a university that is radically different from the one I graduated from. There will be a brand new student center, lots of brand new dorms and, of course, a snazzy new stadium on campus. On the outside, it will be newer and nicer. But on the inside, I’m guessing that it still won’t be as diverse as the state of Colorado. It might have increased enrollment, and a higher percentage of out-of-state students, but it still won’t be more affordable. Academically, it still won’t be the best university in Colorado. Its facade will look a hell of a lot nicer, and to some, that will be a resounding success. But, as everyone’s mom has told them at least once, “It’s what’s inside that counts.” I thought a lot about what I wanted to write about for my last column, and what I’ve realized is this: I really wish that CSU would acknowledge that it needs to fix some of its issues on the inside, instead of simply focusing on its facade.
I promised myself that I wouldn’t get self-indulgent on my last column, but unfortunately, restraint has never been my strong suit. I owe a big thanks to Jack Lovelace, Donna Rouner, Kim Spencer, Rob Reuteman and other awesome teachers in the journalism department for getting me ready for the working world. And especially, thanks to Mike Humphrey and everyone at student media: If it weren’t for all of you, slumming in my parents’ basement would be very much in my future (it still might be). Also, a big shout out to Lydia Jorden, Courtney Riley and Colleen McSweeney for being the best roommates in the world... and for enjoying “Rock of the Ages” and “Burlesque” as much as I do. And a big thanks to Cameron Tafoya and Alex Borton for keeping my massive ego in check (sometimes). Thanks to Erin Udell for being the one person who will hike with me... even though she can’t identify which mountain Long’s Peak is (the big one!). And thanks to Greg Mees (next semester’s editor in chief) for being a downright decent human being. Also, thank you so much to the Collegian staff for dealing with me this semester, and more importantly, working your asses off to serve our community the best as we can. More than anything, thank you to everyone who has read the Collegian these past three years. I would not even have the opportunity to write a really self-indulgent farewell column without you — you are the ones who keep the Collegian alive, and who give us the chance to tell your story, which at the end of the day, is what we’re about. Cheers!
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Eustachy: road problems result from low ‘mental toughness’ By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian Talent alone is never enough to build a successful program on. Great teams have the toughness to go into difficult environments and get wins. After a 64-55 loss at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, it is clear that the Rams lack that toughness — at least for now. “The problem with our team is that our mental toughness is extremely low,”
CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. “So what is happening with this team is when they get put in tough environments … they’re unsuccessful.” The Rams played well defensively Saturday, and didn’t allow Illinois-Chicago to get second-chance opportunities as CSU dominated the boards 41-22. The problem, however, was the Rams’ struggles on offense, shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and committing a season-high 15 turnovers, which turned
GRAHAM | Expects Continued from Page 10 it a college gameday experience. It’s been disappointing that the investments we’ve made haven’t shown up in fan attendance. At the same time, it’s understandable. We’ve had five straight years of poor performance from a win-loss perspective. There’s no mystery around why people come. People come because they want to watch winning events whether it’s volleyball, basketball or football. People like to watch winners and that’s not been their experience for the past four or five years, and we’ve got to change that. At the same time I would really like to ask our fans to make an
into 19 UIC points. “We just didn’t make enough plays,” senior guard Dorian Green said. “Offensively, defensively we just broke down too much; too many stupid mistakes. They’re a good team. They’re not gonna beat themselves. Coaches told us all week they weren’t gonna beat themselves, so we just didn’t make enough plays to beat them.” One Ram who continued his early-season struggles was senior guard Wes Eikmeier, CSU’s leading scor-
er from last year, who shot 0-for-8 from the field while scoring just one point. In order to be successful through the rest of the season, the Rams will have to get Eikmeier and the rest of their scorers on track. During their current twogame losing streak, the Rams have had more than half of their total offensive output come from two players. Saturday it was senior forward Greg Smith and Green, who combined to score 30 of the Rams’ 55 points.
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investment because their presence makes a huge difference. Waiting for us to win is counter productive to the objective of winning. It’s kind of like the old expression “the beatings will stop when morale improves.” It’s a chicken and an egg question. When people don’t show up it delivers a message to the team that isn’t a positive one, and I would really like to ask our fans and our student body to turn up and help us turn this thing around. KG: What are some of the goals and expectations you have for this upcoming spring semester? JG: I think our men’s basketball team has an in-
credible amount of promise and talent. We’ve got a great contingent of seniors that have come back to lead us this year including the addition of Colt Iverson and Daniel Bejarano. Those are two exceptional basketball players. They’ve added a lot of depth. There’s so much wisdom on that team in the senior leadership that is there. We’ve shown that we can get down, play poorly and still come back and win. Our opportunity for the remainder of the basketball season is really high. I think the Mountain West conference is one of the top three conferences in collegiate athletics as far basketball is concerned; certainly a top five confer-
ence. Between UNLV, SDSU, New Mexico, Colorado State and Wyoming there’s real competition out there. We’re competitive, we’re absolutely competitive with every one of those schools, and I think we’re in a position that we could win the Mountain West conference championship. It would be an incredible success if we were able to pull that off. I know that’s what these guys want; that’s what their objective is. I think we all have an expectation to go back to the NCAA Tournament. So light a candle, keep the faith and hope that’ll keep hold. Assistant Sports Editor Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian. com.
The lack of a balanced scoring attack is something the Rams need to address this week as the Rams have a bye week before returning to action Dec. 17 against North Florida. “What we need to do is get on the practice court,” Eustachy said. “I’ve got these guys for a short period of time. I’ve looked at the pedigree, looked at the struggles in these situations (on the road).” Now for Eustachy and the Rams, the challenge is to find a way to prepare for
similar difficult road situations even though CSU does not have another true road game on the schedule until the beginning of Mountain West play when they travel to San Diego State Jan. 12. “We’re still learning,” Smith said. “We’re learning how to win, we’re learning how to play on the road. We’ve just gotta find a way, find a formula that works for us.” Men’s Basketball Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at email@example.com
“I’d rather lose to an undefeated, No. 1 ranked team than be defeated by a 1-7 Wyoming team.” SICKAFOOSE | Game gives
CSU national exposure Continued from Page 10 be exposed to an Alabama football audience, an SEC football audience, and maybe even a national football audience. So my theory is, why not be excited? I’d rather lose to an undefeated, No. 1 ranked team than be defeated by a 1-7 Wyoming team (because that would be embarrassing, right?). I’ve never been to the south, so maybe this is my
chance to see what Tuscaloosa, Ala. has to offer. Whether or not anyone tied to CSU other than the football team shows up, at least we know we can count on Jack Graham trying to sing the CSU Ram chant while the 100,000+ fans in red yell “Roll Tide!” in his face.
Quentin Sickafoose is a junior Journalism & Technical Communications major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SPORTS MONDAY Monday, December 10, 2012 | Page 10
Playing Alabama is what football needs
By QUENTIN SICKAFOOSE
There’s no doubt the CSU football team will see its fair share of losses next season, but according to a tweet sent out over the weekend, there may be one worth watching. The tweet came from the official CSU Alumni Association Twitter feed and read: “@jackgrahamcsu announces CSU vs. Alabama Sept. 21, 2013 at Chicago @ CSURamClub event.” An official announcement has yet to be made, but if the 2013 schedule does in fact include Alabama, it would benefit CSU football in more ways than just a fat paycheck. I am in favor of the whole idea because the story behind it is pretty interesting. I like the thought of Jim McElwain having a homecoming, and going up against his former team. McElwain served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2008-11, helping take them to two National Championships. Making an SEC Championship appearance in every
year, it’s safe to say that he had job security. However, McElwain embarked to take control of his own program. He can mold it into a dynasty or continue to allow it to be the team that sits in the lower part of the Mountain West standings — that decision is up to him. He has the entire offseason to produce the team he wants to present to his former co-workers. Another great reason to commit to letting the Crimson Tide embarrass us on national television is the exposure it will bring to CSU. Alabama is one of, if not the, biggest football programs in the entire country. Every week during college football’s regular season, there is a nationally ranked team beating down some poor, defenseless school that you might not have ever heard of — we could be that mistake. ‘Bama is always good, scratch that, ‘Bama is always great. They’re great this year (currently waiting to play an undefeated Notre Dame for the National Championship) and they’ll be great next year too. So there is a pretty good chance that we might not even get on the scoreboard while Alabama head coach Nick Saban decides how many points he wants to put up against us as we mercifully wave the white flag. While doing so, we will See SICKAFOOSE on Page 8
SITTING DOWN WITH
JACK GRAHAM Interviewed by Kyle Grabowski
Kyle Grabowski: How has this fall semester been from a competitive standpoint for the athletic program? Jack Graham: There’s a lot of dimensions to that question. I think it’s been an outstanding start to the academic year. Lots of sports to be taken in consideration when I answer that question. I think the football program had a great year even though it didn’t show up in the win column. The foundation that Coach McElwain put in place to serve us for the long term was the most important thing that he had to accomplish with the start of his responsibility as head coach. KG: You seem to attend more athletic events than your predecessor. Why are you making the effort to be more present at games? JG: Because it’s a hell of a lot of fun. It’s the fun part of the job. I love sports, I love athletics. I get a big kick out of watching people toss nickels up against the wall and compete; I love to watch great athletes compete. I enjoy it, number one, and number two, it’s important for every student athlete to know that I’m paying attention and I am holding them accountable to the “do it all” standard, and equally important that I’m there to help and support in any way I can. If they see me there and they know I’m paying attention and they know I care — and I do care, I passionately care about those student athletes as individuals and as teams — I think they play better.
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CSU Director of Athletics Jack Graham stands outside his ofﬁce Thursday morning. Graham is optimistic about the direction of CSU’s football program, but disappointed in students leaving at halftime during games.
KG: What has been your experience with the fans and how they’ve come out to support the teams so far this year? JG: I’m disappointed. I think it’s a huge disappointment that we’re not able to get more people to show
up at Hughes and watch our football team. It’s a good show. It’s a lot of fun. We’ve done a lot with pageantry, with gameday traditions, to make it not just a football game and make See GRAHAM on Page 8