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Vol. 129, No. 30

Mike Bobo’s tenure: 7-6 isn’t looking so bad now Slow degression over the past five years has left fans yearning for a product on the field they can be proud of

By Jack Taylor @j_taylr

work,” said Angela Gilbert, Forrey’s mother. “But people were very understanding of how serious this was.” Forrey said one of his greatest fears upon being diagnosed was the financial impact his disease would have on his family. “I would feel really bad to have that whole burden fall onto my parents’ lap,” Forrey said. “They wouldn’t have been able to cover it on their own.”

This past Friday at Canvas Stadium, the Colorado State University football team lost their final game of the season 31-24 to Boise State. Without bowl game eligibility, Rams players and fans will be waiting until next year’s Rocky Mountain Showdown to see CSU football again. In wake of preparing for the 2020 season, CSU football will go through some of the biggest changes the team has seen in recent seasons. After ending the year with a dreadful loss at home, something has to budge. The fans know it, the players know it and the coaches know it. However, it’s much easier said than done.  After the home loss to Boise, head coach Mike Bobo had this to say about the team’s success: “It’s like I told them in there. ‘Despite the noise outside, we’re really close to being really good.’ But it’s a bottom-line business. I know that. I think we all know that, and we didn’t get it done enough this year.”

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Colorado State University fifth-year geology major Ryan Forrey was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma a year ago and already has “around $8,000 of medical expenses just from this year.” After hearing about Forrey, FarmHouse fraternity stepped in to donate locally for their annual fundraiser. PHOTO BY NATHAN TRAN THE COLLEGIAN

‘It really took a lot of stress off my shoulders’ FarmHouse helps finance student’s lymphoma treatment By Dorina Vida @simply_she_

Stereotypes can pin sororities and fraternities as seemingly vain and egotistical at times, but those same organizations can impact the community in profound ways. Ryan Forrey, a fifth-year geology major at Colorado State University who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma a year ago, said FarmHouse, a fraternity at CSU, is the reason he is

able to afford to go to school and pay for his chemotherapy at the same time. “I personally don’t have a direct connection to FarmHouse, which is what makes it that much cooler that they would go out and do something like this,” Forrey said. “I have friends in a sorority that have connections with FarmHouse. They brought it up with the fraternity, and they were all for helping a CSU student, using funds that would have gone to the Lymphoma

and Leukemia Foundation.” Forrey said his battle with cancer began one day when he was collecting samples for a field work assignment. He had a burning itch in his legs that persisted, leaving medical professionals confused. Eventually, after undergoing a biopsy, Forrey was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. “His father and I were devastated and very frightened as (chemotherapy) doesn’t always


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Colorado State University volleyball head coach Tom Hilbert discusses the games and venues that the CSU volleyball team will compete at for the NCAA tournament at the selection show at The Mayor of Old Town Dec. 1. Players and supporters of the volleyball team gathered to watch the selection of venues and teams that CSU will play against during the NCAA tournament.


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News | Monday, December 2, 2019


Faculty propose action plan to combat anti-Semitism on campus By Noah Pasley @PasleyNoah

Following bias-related incidents at Colorado State University in the spring, two faculty members at CSU developed an action plan to combat anti-Semitism on campus. Magdalena Serpa, foodscapes and health program leader at One Health Institute, and Carolin Aronis, affiliated faculty member of communication studies at CSU, submitted an action plan to the University after the Race, Bias and Equity Initiative was announced in mid September. The action plan evolved from a civic project Serpa was working on in June 2019 to provide prevention-based action. “The proposed action plan is a set of actual suggestions for the University to adopt in order to cope with current anti-Semitism on campus and to prevent future incidents,” Aronis wrote in an email to The Collegian. Aronis said it was clear that “instead of talking about these issues, we need to help improve the current situation.” 

Citing the fact that there is no place on campus for Jewish support when incidents of anti-Semitism arise, Aronis said there need to be allies to help pave the way for people within the Jewish community to feel more welcomed, accepted and protected. “The testimonies that students bring up about incidents that have happened to them are alarming, but they are usually told behind doors, not reported officially to the University,” Aronis wrote. With the University expressing interest in working with Aronis and Serpa, Aronis said she led the writing of the action plan in May and June with the input and support of the Jewish community in town and on campus. “Rabbi (Yerachmiel) Gorelik and myself have dealt with anti-Semitism at CSU for quite a while, before meeting Magdalena (Serpa),” Aronis wrote. “But it was Magdalena (Serpa) that pushed it seriously forward, offering an organized support to our community.” Aronis said there was a feeling of hopelessness among the community in the spring of 2018 following incidents of anti-Semitism on

campus, but she said Serpa stepped in at that moment and brought support from outside the Jewish community. Serpa said that she brought together a “wonderful group of experts from the CSU community” and consulted national and international experts to develop her civic project, for which she found two European action plans that set a foundation for why she proposed to develop an action plan. She cited a plan developed in Norway in 2016 as well as a plan published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2018 that addressed anti-Semitism through education guidelines for policymakers.  While Aronis said she didn’t know of other universities that have instituted a similar plan, she said many other universities have integrated a few of the things she and Serpa suggested over the years.  “Plans are adopted in places that need them and in places that have enough awareness to understand their importance,” Aronis wrote. Some actions Aronis said she

Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik speaks to students, faculty and community members gathered to hear Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss speak in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom Nov. 18. PHOTO BY COLIN SHEPHERD THE COLLEGIAN

would like to see happen include creating a “center for Jews and allies at the Lory Student Center” and developing new courses about Jewish culture and Jewish history in the United States. Scott Levin, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will offer Aronis and Serpa’s plan to the ADL to encourage other universities to adopt it, Aronis said.

“As a physician and public health person who has seen more than enough suffering and pain in her lifetime, I still hope to contribute — even if only a little bit — towards a more inclusive Fort Collins,” Serpa wrote in an email to The Collegian. Noah Pasley can be reached at

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Colorado State University fifth-year geology major Ryan Forrey was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and received a generous donation from FarmHouse fraternity to help offset some of his medical bills. PHOTO BY NATHAN TRAN THE COLLEGIAN

>> Gilbert said Forrey’s diagnosis coinciding with a time when the family was trying to focus on paying Forrey and his brother’s college tuitions left the family in a financial bind. “We had around $8,000 of medical expenses just from this year, and there is more coming,” Gilbert said. “But it would have been really difficult for our family to pay Ryan (Forrey’s) college expenses and still meet his medical expenses at the same time.” And then FarmHouse stepped in. CSU FarmHouse chapter President Reid Ernst said the fraternity traditionally donates to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and raises money through Totally Baldacious, an annual event where community members donate money to be able to shave a FarmHouse member’s head. This year, however, the fraternity decided to donate the proceeds to Forrey. “By donating locally, we are better able to demonstrate to our members and the community the impact that active involvement and dedication to your community can have,”

Ernst wrote in an email to The Collegian. “We see the importance in giving back to our community when the opportunity presents itself.”

“It made me feel a lot less alone at CSU knowing that there are people I don’t even know that seem to care about what I’m going through.” RYAN FORREY FIFTH-YEAR GEOLOGY MAJOR

Even with the support of his friends, family and professors, Forrey said it was FarmHouse who made him realize how much support he has from the CSU community, and at the end of the day, FarmHouse’s donation made him feel less isolated and alone. “It really took a lot of stress off my shoulders knowing that I could take a step back and breathe without having to worry about the financial part of it,” Forrey said.

Gilbert said the donation from FarmHouse lifted a weight from Forrey’s parents’ shoulders, and it came as a shock to Forrey’s family that a group of strangers was willing to dedicate their annual charity function to Forrey and donate all their proceeds to his disease. “That donation from the FarmHouse fraternity really made a big difference for our family,” Gilbert said. Since his diagnosis, Forrey has made some progress with overcoming his disease. “I have hair again, so that’s a step in the right direction,” Forrey said.  After undergoing six months of chemotherapy, Forrey is now waiting to receive more test results to determine the exact state of the disease. “If you can do something for someone, that’s great,” Forrey said. “But if you can do something for someone that has a seed effect, that’s really good. It made me feel a lot less alone at CSU knowing that there are people I don’t even know that seem to care about what I’m going through.” Dorina Vida can be reached at

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Health Network sees increase in vaccines during flu season By Delaney Allen @DelaneyAllen0

As if finals aren’t enough to stress out about, the threat of flu season can be a major source of stress for students at Colorado State University, as has been the case in years prior. Influenza, or the flu virus, is a common viral infection most often transmitted through droplets in the air. Most of the time, the flu is not serious and will leave people with moderate symptoms. However, the flu can be dangerous and even deadly for very young or old people, as well as anyone with prior medical concerns. The CSU Health Network offers the flu shot for all students, and flu shots are typically a covered benefit under all health insurance plans, meaning there is no out-ofpocket cost for flu shots. “To date this academic year, we have given 2,842 flu shots,” said Kate Hagdorn, associate director of communications for the CSU Health Network. “That’s an 11% increase in the amount of flu shots we

gave at the same time last year.” The increase in flu shots is in line with a trend the CSU Health Network has observed over the past couple of years. Because of the increase, Hagdorn said the Health Network is encouraged to see more students getting flu shots. Hagdorn said the flu shot is available at the Health Network as long as it is in stock. Throughout the flu season, the vaccine is reordered and restocked to ensure it is available for anyone who comes in needing one, even into the spring semester. Students are welcome to walk into the CSU Health Center and receive their flu shots any time during business hours, Hagdorn said. No appointment is necessary. Hagdorn said it is recommended that students who have the flu stay home and rest instead of going to class, which can not only exhaust students affected with the flu physically and mentally, but it can help spread the virus to peers. If flu symptoms worsen after five or more days, Hagdorn said students should consider seeing a medical professional who can pre-

scribe antiviral medications to help lessen the symptoms. Antibiotics are not effective against the flu, as they are made to fight infections caused by bacteria, not viruses. Some health insurance plans may not cover a flu vaccination, so it is ultimately best for students to check with their providers before seeking vaccination, Hagdorn said. It may be more cost effective for anyone with providers such as Kaiser Permanente or Medicaid to consider going elsewhere for their flu vaccination. “More this year than other years in the past, students came in to get their flu shot because they don’t want to miss classes,” Hagdorn said. “Especially during this time of year when people are traveling and spending time with loved ones, it’s best to have those protections in place that limit disruptions in life the flu virus can cause.” Students who experience a health event that prevents them from attending class, such as a bad case of the flu, should consider reaching out to Student Case Management, which can help students navigate academic arrangements.

An influenza vaccine before being administered in the Colorado State University Health Center on Nov. 12. PHOTO BY RYAN SCHMIDT THE COLLEGIAN

Student Case Management can also be contacted online. According to the Center for Disease Control, other means aside from getting a flu vaccination can be taken to prevent contracting the flu, such as washing hands, wiping down surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes and engaging in im-

mune-boosting activities, such as exercising and eating healthy. Students can find more information about immunizations at the CSU Health Center on its immunizations webpage. Delaney Allen can be reached at


SkiSU opens to CSU employees, expands number of trips By Samantha Ye @samxye4

With 13 round-trip rides to seven different ski resort destinations scheduled between December and April, the Colorado State University ski bus is back with more trips than ever. For the first time, CSU employees are allowed to purchase SkiSU tickets for the full price of $30. Student tickets remain only $20 since SkiSU received $9,248 in student fees this year from the Alternative Transportation Fee Advisory Board, and students and employees can each purchase one additional guest ticket for someone not affiliated with CSU. Each trip allots 42 seats for students and 12 seats for employees.  Employees must purchase their tickets by midnight the Wednesday before the weekend trip, whereas the student deadline is 4 p.m. the Friday before. That way, any unsold employee spots become available to students who want them, said Erika Benti, active transportation professional with Parking and Transportation Services. “We’ve had a lot of questions from employees saying, ‘Are we allowed to ride the bus?’ and in the past, we said no because SkiSU gets funding from ATFAB, and we don’t want any student fee money going towards employee tickets,” Benti said. “So, this year,

we ended up working out a system where employees just pay the full, true cost of the round trip.” With employees paying the full price, SkiSU was able to increase its trip offerings while keeping the same overall number of student seats, Benti said. The program takes rider surveys to determine which resorts students enjoy going to, and it has been looking at diversifying and expanding. Last year, SkiSU had 10 trips, several of which were sold out or near capacity.  “We knew that we wanted to grow this year because we had such high demand last year,” Benti said. “But we also wanted to be careful with the budget.” Student fees covered about 56% of the program’s total $16,448 expenses last year while ticket sales accounted for the rest. The program has seen consistent success with students since it began in 2017 as an eco-leader project. Political science major Manny Santistevan and business administration major Drew Bell, seniors at CSU, wanted to start a CSU ski bus to help reduce emissions from cars and provide transportation for students without cars.  The program was piloted with five trips funded by Parking and Transportation Services and Housing and Dining Services. It started receiving money from ATFAB its second year and is now

Eldora Mountain Resort opened on Nov. 1, two weeks ahead of schedule, and is a stop for the SkiSU service. Eldora offers 680 acres of skiable terrain for visitors of all skill levels. PHOTO BY SKYLER PRADHAN THE COLLEGIAN

housed under PTS, which continues to think of SkiSU as a sustainability project, Benti said. “It serves both the purpose of being a sustainability initiative and something that’s convenient for students,” Benti said. “That’s why I enjoy working on it so much.” Hayley Pawsey, junior business major at CSU, rode the bus her first year because she didn’t have a car but loves to ski. 

Since then, Pawsey said she has become a student ski bus representative who keeps track of who is on the bus and can answer questions such as what resources can be provided for renting gear (riders must arrange for their own lift ticket, ski or snowboard, gear, food and water for the trip). Student representatives also get free rides on the SkiSU bus and can spend their day as they like at the resort.

Pawsey said she is excited to see how the new expansions go this year, which will determine what happens next year. “I just think (SkiSU) is a great opportunity for students that not many students know about,” Pawsey said. “Even though we do sell out, I think there’s so much potential for the bus program.” Samantha Ye can be reached at


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STAYING SAFE ON THE SLOPES BY RACHEL RASMUSSEN Winter break is right around the corner for CSU students, faculty and staff, and many of them will be hitting the slopes in Colorado during their time off. While Colorado offers amazing groomed runs and beautiful backcountry for people to explore, it is also important to keep in mind that where there’s slopes and snow, there are bound to be avalanches. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Colorado is the current leader in the number of avalanche deaths from the 1950 to the 2018-19 season. In 2019 alone,

Colorado has had eight avalanche fatalities. Because avalanches are a part of backcountry snow riding in Colorado, it is recommended that everyone wanting to go to the backcountry should get the proper training. There are many companies that have avalanche education training. The company Know-Before-You-Go provides people with an introductory class about basic avalanche hazards and conditions. But it is recommended to take the full Level 1 avalanche course from any reputable provider; this will typically be around 24 hours of

training time total. Simply having the proper gear and training doesn’t completely protect you from avalanches. Any backcountry riders must use their training, observation skills, and good team communication to assess the terrain before they drop a line. Don’t be afraid to make a plan and opt for a more conservative path to avoid danger. Don’t worry, the mountain will still be there tomorrow. Be sure to check sites, such as avalanche., to find out the forecast for the backcountry and the predicted hazards.

Also, if you’re interested in getting avalanche training, CSU is offering one in January through Never Summer Outdoor School and there are tons of other trainings being offered: The information provided in this article is thanks to Chris Denne, a teacher on avalanche safety for Never Summer Outdoor School and a Diamond Peaks Ski Patroller for 17 years. He hopes that “this info can help keep the CSU community safe while enjoying our mountains.”

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With finals looming for CSU students, stress is high and sleep is low. It is well-known that stress is bad for mental and physical health, but it seems difficult to find the time to be able to effectively manage stress during this part of the semester. Even if you do have time, it may be difficult to know how to relax and de-stress. Luckily, there are some places on campus that can help; few students know about, and even fewer take advantage of. REFLECTION ROOMS AND SPACES With locations in the Lory Student Center, Health and Medical Center, Natural Resources Building, and Morgan Library, the

reflection rooms and spaces are designed for students to prioritize self-care, pray, reflect, meditate and relax. It is open to any and all CSU faculty, staff and students. When you’re in one of the rooms, there are some guidelines to follow while you’re there. You must respect others’ cultures while in there. You aren’t allowed to do or use anything that could be distracting or cause stress; this includes homework, studying, using your phone, etc. You also can’t bring candles, diffusers, or incense into the rooms and food and drinks, except water, aren’t allowed. However, you can listen to music through headphones while you’re there. RELAXATION POD

Within the reflection room in the Health and Medical Center, (aka Still Point Reflection Space) there is a futuristic chair known as the Relaxation, or Nap, Pod. This pod allows students, faculty, and staff of CSU to take a much needed, calming 20 minute nap. In the pod, you will be surrounded by darkness with noise-canceling headphones that play quiet, soothing music. For more information on these spaces, you can visit rooms.

RAMPAGE | Monday, December 2, 2019

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AVOCADOS AND BANANAS Both of these are rich in potassium. Potassium helps regulate the body’s fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals. A high-potassium diet can help reduce blood pressure and water retention, protect against stroke and prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones. SWISS CHARD This leafy green helps to balance the body’s stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol and adrenaline use up significant amounts of magnesium because the body perceives itself to be in an “emergency” situation, thus directing the hormones to take priority over the body’s normal use for these nutrients. Too little magnesium can result in headaches and fatigue, worsening the effects of stress. FISH Fish including salmon, tuna and halibut contain omega-3 fats which

help manage adrenaline levels to help keep calm. Omega-3s can also help ease depression. ALMONDS Almonds contain many vitamins and minerals that are involved in the production of serotonin, which is the body’s natural stress reliever. These vitamins include vitamin B2, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc. WHOLE GRAINS When cortisol levels are high, B-vitamins are depleted. Grains like wheat, oats, quinoa and brown rice can provide a source of B-vitamins the body needs for better energy production and mental function. CITRUS Along with the depletion of B-vitamins, high cortisol levels also affect vitamin C levels. Citrus will help fight off stressinduced illness as well as regulate hormone levels.

NONPROFIT RAISES AWARENESS FOR MENTAL BY LAURA STUDLEY HEALTH Active Minds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students since 2003. Seeking to build stronger families and communities as well as save lives, this organization works to change the conversation surrounding mental health in the United States. Their mission encourages students to become more empowered and create a space for them to speak openly about their stories. They believe no one should struggle by themselves. Through conversation and more awareness, Active Minds is moving toward reducing stigma and the rate of suicides. With 450+ chapters on college campuses around the nation,

this organization has impacted around 5.4 million college-aged individuals. Each year, more than 15,000 students join this organization to become advocates and educators for mental health. This nonprofit has a series of programs and services that aim to inspire a conversation surrounding mental health. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. One in five adults have a diagnosable mental illness and 50% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Active Minds is working to change the way mental illness is viewed, and to bring to light the struggles individuals, specifically college students, face day to day.


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Opinion | Monday, December 2, 2019


Schools should participate in safety, lockdown drills Alexandra MacDonald @alexandramacc

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board. With the Poudre School District taking part in lockdown drills in an effort to increase security and emergency preparedness, the argument over how we should be protecting our children ignites once again. Encouraging children in K-12 schools to be aware of what to do when danger arises, like an armed intruder or an attack from within the school itself, is certainly a step


forward — but that isn’t enough for some parents. Mary Aversa, a mother of a child who was attending high school at the same time as the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, thinks we should begin with gun control. “You shouldn’t be able to just take out a gun without extensive background checks,” Aversa said. “Not every gun retail or third-party seller (takes) the steps to do that.”  That fact is unfortunately true. A columnist of The Philadelphia Inquirer purchased an AR-15 in seven minutes. With just showing her ID, Helen Ubinas only needed to spend a few minutes to fill out some paperwork to pick out her rifle.  But it obviously doesn’t happen all over the United States, and


People are beginning to realize how truly dangerous guns are. They want bulletproof backpacks, pepper spray and, like PSD, more lockdown drills. It makes sense. Just earlier this month, a high school student killed two people and injured more in Santa Clarita with a .45-caliber handgun. We can’t put down the tragedy of one shooting long before we hear the terrible news of another one. As much as we need to recognize preventative measures to stop these terrible events from happening before they do, we should also teach reactionary efforts. It’s not an ideal situation to tell our kids that they may have to be survivors in an event like this, but we want them to survive. As negative as that sounds, we want them to be survivors instead of victims, and that’s the reason


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it doesn’t happen in every single gun store, but it still does happen. That fact is the thread that’s slowly unraveling the sweater that all of our safety depends on. We can all agree that frequent mass murders by people with guns are a problem. The solution isn’t a simple fix. With our right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment, we can’t just infringe on that right and attempt to remove firearms from people’s homes without violently starting a second civil war. Despite how easily candidates, such as Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas, promise to get rid of this issue, it could take a lot more work than one administration can deliver, even if it is supported by the majority of American citizens. 

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why these lockdown drills need to happen. If anything, more of these efforts should be made in teaching children to defend themselves. Our ignorance of the issue shouldn’t be costing students their lives. Sheltering our kids from the issue only hurts them in the long run. They shouldn’t be terrified to come to school, but prepared and aware instead.   PSD recognizes this problem, and they’re implementing the measures first. Yes, you can rage about how children shouldn’t be taught this at such a young age, and it could be shocking to them to realize that our gun control isn’t as protective as it should be, but the real world is harsh, and we can’t hide that.  Alexandra MacDonald can be reached at

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Bobo >> from page 1 The most popular answer to CSU’s football success hiatus is to fire Bobo. But there is much more to fixing a losing football team than just firing the head coach. Bobo was hired at CSU because of his success on the field as a player and on the sidelines as a coach. Bobo played quarterback at the University of Georgia. In his senior season (1997), he threw for an impressive 2,751 yards and 19 touchdowns. Obviously, Bobo can sling the ball. But most CSU football fans won’t care about his time as a player; fans care about his ability to coach their team. With a perspective from the last few seasons, most fans would say that Bobo can’t coach. But there is a reason he was hired as the head football coach. CSU wouldn’t gamble millions away on an untested coach. Bobo coached multiple NFL quarterbacks, such as Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions) and Aaron Murray (Tampa Bay Vipers). After the 2012 CFB season, Bobo was a finalist for the Broyles Award, an award given to the best college football assistant coach.  CSU placed a smart bet on the assistant coach from Georgia. Fans dreamed of success,

Sports | Monday, December 2, 2019

and Bobo seemed to be the answer. And after the first season, Bobo seemed to be worth the millions he’s getting paid. CSU went 7-6 and appeared in the Arizona Bowl  and opened up CSU’s ability to recruit players from the southern United States. The Rams were on the edge of becoming a top football university in the Mountain West. But now, four years since his hiring, CSU fans are calling for his job.  Is firing Bobo going to save CSU football? Former CSU President Tony Frank constructed a foundation for the University to field a successful football team. But after the 2019 season, the Rams finished with three rivalry game losses, no bowl game and an overall record of 4-8. Joe Parker was hired on March 17, 2015, by Frank. Parker came to CSU with an impressive resume. Before coming to CSU, Parker was the deputy athletic director for Texas Tech and senior associate A.D. for the University of Michigan, the University of Oklahoma, Washington State University and the University of Texas. All of these schools have one thing in common: dominance on the football field. But CSU isn’t a big football school; CSU is known for its championship-caliber volleyball team and for having a topranked veterinary program.  Regardless of what CSU is renowned for, in 2015, CSU had

a new athletic director in Parker, who came with a hunger and an understanding of how to run a successful football program, and a promising new coach in Bobo, who would be at the helm of the team. However, the team needed one more piece to finish the puzzle — a stadium that could fit all of the fans. Before the Canvas Stadium’s inaugural season in 2017, fans crammed into Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. The off-campus stadium only had a capacity of 32,500 compared to the new Canvas Stadium with a capacity of 41,000. During the two seasons Bobo coached games at Hughes, only three of the 12 games played at home were sold out. Over the two years in Canvas Stadium, CSU football has been terrible. It also seems that the fans don’t care how nice the stadium is. If the team isn’t good, CSU fans won’t show up. With a new $220 million  stadium, an experienced athletic director with the means and know-how to build a successful football program and a promising head coach, why does CSU football always seem to fall below expectations? That’s the million dollar question fans want answered. The path forward is under the control of Parker, and fans will know soon if firing Bobo is in his plan. Jack Taylor  can be reached at

Colorado State University head football coach Mike Bobo watches the team during warm-ups before the Thanksgiving Day game against Air Force Nov. 22, 2018. COLLEGIAN FILE PHOTO

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Rams victorious over Utah State in their return to Moby

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Hyron Edwards (0) dives and passes the ball against Arkansas State. PHOTO BY LUKE BOURLAND THE COLLEGIAN

By Tyler Meguire @TMeguire

The Colorado State men’s basketball team is still hot from their trip down south as the Rams cooked Utah Valley 92-61, their first game in Moby since the Cayman Islands Classic last week. UVU only had the lead for 53 seconds the entire game, which led head coach Niko Medved to say, “not a lot to complain about here today.” The Rams, fresh off an impressive tournament (2-1), came home to defend Moby Arena. The game started off slow, as both teams were trading blows for the first five minutes. Then, the Rams went on a 17-point run and held the Wolverines scoreless for seven minutes. Freshman Dischon Thomas was a big part of the Rams’ early lead as he added eight points to the 17. “I’m feeling very comfortable,” Thomas said. “Just learning, I’m always just learning, and just playing with confidence is the biggest part.” Hyron Edwards brought in a defensive intensity when he checked in with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. This energy fueled the rest of the team, as they had six steals at the half. CSU was able to out-rebound UVU  37-24. Nico Carvacho was doing what he does best: grabbing 10 total rebounds and feeding his team with five assists. “I could tell right away Hyron (Edwards) was locked in defensively,” Medved said. “That’s kind of where it (started), and then we were able to get out in transition.” UVU was held to 38.6% from the field, shooting 22-57 and 24.2% from three on 8-33. Isaiah Stevens was a spark plug out of halftime, making continuous hustle plays. Stevens also pulled a nifty move out of his bag of tricks and put his defender on the ground but missed the 3-point shot. The Rams were slumping and making sloppy plays with 12 minutes remaining. David Roddy prompted a Moby Arena eruption from the fans as he dunked over his defender for an and-one play on a fast break with

12:43 on the clock. “We didn’t really come out in the second half like we really wanted to,” Kris Martin said. “We let in a little bit. They started getting in the paint, started to get comfortable offensively, so Medved called the timeout to get us together.” P.J. Byrd checked in early in the second half for his first minutes of the season. Around the 5:33 mark, Byrd hit his first three of his CSU career. Then, nearly a minute later and after a Martin breakaway slam, he hit another one. If the Wolverines were not already deflated, they were after those threes. Thomas scored a career- and season-high 18 points on 7-8 shooting and 4-4 behind the free-throw line. The Rams had four players score double digits with Martin (10), Stevens (10), Thomas (18) and Roddy (10). CSU put up some of its best shooting numbers as a team with 58.9% from the field and 58.3% from 3-point land. Medved credits some of the offensive numbers with the play on the other end. “Our ability to get stops and knock the ball loose, I think that’s where everything starts with us,” Medved said. “You know it’s funny. It gets your energy going … when you play really good defense. I think it gives guys confidence to shoot the ball. I think that’s where it does start, and playing good defense helps your offense as much as anything.” The Rams will get their first taste of conference play next matchup. They will host San Diego State (8-0) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. “I expect San Diego State probably to be in the top 25,” Medved said. “We had to play well. We grew up a little bit in the Cayman Islands. I thought we played some good basketball down there. Not perfect, but we were better. … Now, we all know we are going to have to be even better on Wednesday to get the job done. We are going to have to have our best effort for the year, but why not have your best effort of the year?” Tyler Meguire can be reached at

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Arts & Culture | Monday, December 2, 2019

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Alisa Otte

Mr. Rogers biopic brings the trope of kindness to new depths By Scotty Powell @scottysseus

Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is a good movie. It isn’t great; it isn’t spectacular; it doesn’t tear into the depths of your soul or wrench open the floodgates of your tear ducts. But just like its subject, the eternally kind and compassionate Fred Rogers, this simple goodness is precisely what makes the film nearly perfect. The simplicity of “A Beautiful Day” shouldn’t be mistaken for shallowness. While a biopic about Mr. Rogers seems like it would be doomed to descend into the kind of dumb, flippant, feel-good fanfare that usually characterizes films of its type, what “A Beautiful Day” succeeds at, and professes such a unique and important understanding of, is the power and intensity of Rogers’ kindness. His kindness wasn’t blind. It wasn’t something that he practiced simply because life had been good to him and had given him no reason to act otherwise. It was a focused, intentional action on his part. This is a kindness that one rarely sees in the movies. While our culture openly recognizes and proclaims the kindness gospel, upholding it as the most sacred thing in the world, we can’t seem to conceptualize it as anything other than either a blind submission to the whims and fantasies of ourselves and those around us or a pleasant but impractical myth that can’t realistically serve as the driving force of our civilization, which therefore can only ever be a mask for deeper, darker, more destructive emotions. This is what makes the film, and what made Rogers himself, so refreshing. They don’t present kindness as something that exists apart from the dark and painful realities and emotions of real life. It’s not something that we exhibit once we have freed ourselves from our suffering, but rather something that can only be effective and meaningful when carried out in the midst of this suffering. It’s a simple concept to recognize, to understand and to appreciate, but it’s an intensely difficult one to actually live out because we are not naturally inclined to be kind in the midst of suffering, but rather to root out and destroy what we perceive to be causing us pain. The kindness displayed by Rogers was powerful because it was intentional and because it required an intense amount of discipline and conscientiousness that most people are unwilling to engage with.

It isn’t a happy-go-lucky celebration of Mr. Rogers, patron saint of all-American niceness; it’s an exposition of the intensity and the intentionality that is necessary for the kindness he embodied to make a meaningful change in the world. This intentionality is captured perfectly in Tom Hanks’ exquisite portrayal of Rogers, which, like the rest of the film, soars above its lukewarm and mediocre potential. On the surface, Hanks is the perfect fit for the part. He’s our modern icon for the universal likability that Rogers embodied in his own time.

“What ‘A Beautiful Day’ succeeds at, and professes such a unique and important understanding of, is the power and intensity of Rogers’ kindness.” Given this equivalency in the culture’s general attitude toward the two, it would have been easy for Hanks to mold Rogers into a mere extension of his own likable persona. But of course, this would only reassert the notion that kindness is the product of a specific emotional state and not an intentional action taken in response to our constantly fluctuating emotional states, as Rogers dedicated his life to explaining. But Hanks doesn’t do this. He recognizes that Rogers’ kindness was something that was personal, that was layered and that was wholly unique to him. Another actor might see the simplicity of Rogers’ persona and turn the role into a simple imitation of that. But Hanks gives the character the discipline and intentionality he deserves, executing every pause, every smile, every shoe toss, every sweater change and every slight lift of the eyebrows with the utmost care and conscientiousness, so he’s likable not because he’s Hanks, but because he’s Mr. Rogers. This is proof of Hanks’ ability to maintain the character’s sense of dignity even when his actions come off as silly. For example, one scene sees Rogers trying — and failing miserably — to set up a tent on his show. The camera lingers for about three minutes on him as he fumbles around with the pop-up shelter before finally stopping and conceding that “Maybe setting up a tent is a job best done by two adults.” It’s a funny moment and one that

could have easily come off as a condescending mockery in the hands of a lesser actor. Yet the perseverance exhibited by Hanks throughout the scene — perseverance not for the sake of his own pride and the preservation of his image, but for the sake of completing his chosen task — imbues the scene with an authenticity and turns it into just another reminder of why the world loved Mr. Rogers. He was committed to seeing each of his goals through to fruition, no matter how silly that may have made him look. Rogers wasn’t about trying to steer his young audience in any particular direction in terms of their accomplishments, but rather to preserve the mindset that all tasks set before us, even ones as simple as setting up a tent or listening to someone else when they’re speaking, are worth our time, attention and dedication. And this mindset shines through in Hanks’ performance. In addition to the phenomenal acting, the film is also set apart by its whimsical, quirky aesthetics, which are a creative and unique diversion from the otherwise cut-and-dry family drama formula. Rather than simply presenting the events of the story as they occur, Heller crafts them together with a certain expressionistic charm that imbues the tale with the simple, childlike imagination Rogers sought to promote through his Neighborhood of Make-Believe. From Mr. Rogers’ meta-narration of the plot, to the scenic transitions depicted by scale model renderings of the film’s various locales like those that opened Rogers’ show every week, to a trippy dream sequence in which Matthew Rhys’ Lloyd Vogel finds himself shrunken down to the size of one of Rogers’ puppets and is made to share about his childhood trauma with a pair of fuzzy brown bunny ears sticking out of his head, the film’s visual and directorial style captures the same kind of light imagination on display in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood. In a world that is desperate for tangible, immediate answers to tangible, immediate problems, it can be hard to make a film about the simple power of individual kindness seem relevant. Yet “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” does exactly this, refusing to shy away from the painful, sometimes uncomfortable emotional weight that one must contend with in order for their kindness to be effective and meaningful. Scotty Powell can be reached at

Alisa Otte is a Gemini and a fourth-year English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in philosophy. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (12/02/19). ARIES (March 21-April 19) You

learn best through argument and debate. Take the time to understand exactly what a person believes in. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’ve never been one for patience. Others may think that this is reflective of your character. Try to show your softness and keep your temper at bay. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’ve had some time to detox your emotions and now everything is as it should be. When you wake up, you will finally be able to breathe easily again. CANCER (June 21-July 22) As the decade closes out, do your best to be responsible and prepared for the busy times that lie ahead. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re noticing how lovely everyone is today. Strike up a conversation when you’re in line at the coffee shop. VIRGO (Aug. 23- Sept. 22) Right now, take the time to reorganize your bookshelf and pick out the

perfect 2020 calendar and planner. It’s okay to spend a whole day to yourself in your room. LIBRA (Sept. 23- Oct. 22) You have a beautiful understanding of yourself. Now is a good time to share that beauty with the world. SCORPIO (Oct. 23- Nov. 21) Take the time to reflect on this past year. Appreciation and joy will fill you up. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21) You’re finally ready to be surrounded by all of those that you love. It’s time to celebrate. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22- Jan. 19) You’ve always been one for risks. But the reality is that you’re far too afraid to find safety in any one person. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20- Feb. 18) You’ve always been independent, so take the time to capitalize on that and spend a night doing only what you want to do. PISCES (Feb. 19- March 20) You’re feeling pulls to go far away and you’re conflicted about what it would mean to stay.



THIS WEEK 12/2: THE RIALTO THEATRE is hosting The Dev Sessions at 7:30 pm. This is an open mic event where all up-and-coming musicians can take the stage to get used to playing in front of a crowd. Open mics like these are a great way to get exposure and practice to further your musical talents. 12/3: PINBALL JONES CAMPUS WEST is hosting Choir Vandals and The Crooked Rugs at 9 pm. 12/4: MAGIC RAT is hosting the Mark Lavengood Band at 8 pm. 12/5: CHIPPER’S LANES is hosting Live on The Lanes featuring Home Fried Boogaloo at 9 pm.

FEATURED EVENT 12/5: THE AGGIE THEATRE presents Goose w/ Amorphic, 9 pm (Doors at 8:30 PM) The atmosphere Goose radiates is like a keg party in the woods on a summer night with all of your closest friends. While behind this bonfire-lit gathering, further into the forest, there is a deeper mystery awaiting those looking for it.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Puzzle Junction Crossword Puzzle

Across 1 Yokel 5 Winter hazard 10 Chick’s sound 14 Misfortunes 15 Hot rum drink 16 Tortoise racer 17 Painter’s tool

41 Dugout, for one 18 Trots 42 Miss. neighbor 22 Type widths 43 Walking sticks 25 Castle defense 26 Young newts 44 Auditorium 27 Teen transport 48 Type of signal 49 Bard’s “before” 28 Op-ed piece 29 Thames town 50 Barley bristle 30 Mexican Spitfi re 53 Biblical king 56 Facts and fi gures actress Velez 31 Prevaricates 57 Forest female 32 Sunscreen 58 Sailing ingredient 59 Cruise ship 33 Piccadilly Circus features statue 62 Lion’s den 34 Narrow inlets 63 Pillow fi ller 38 Street fl eet 64 Kind of fall 65 Investment item 39 Confederate 43 Transparent 66 File 45 Kind of pie 67 Sawbucks 46 Radiator Down 47 Angioplasty 1 Staircase part target 2 Extreme 50 Cherish 3 Sheep sound 51 John Lennon hit 4 Medium claim 52 Retreats 5 Russian leader 53 Fifty percent 6 Inns 19 To be, in old Rome 27 Olfactory aware54 Jacob’s twin 7 Icelandic epic ness 20 Generation 55 Check 21 One of Chekhov’s 32 Fringe benefi ts 8 Dutch city 56 Florida’s Miami9 Norse war god 35 Perched Three Sisters ___ County 36 Ornamental purse 10 Extraordinary 22 Keyboard key 59 Observe 37 Opera highlight 11 Toward sunrise 23 Informer 60 Curry of Clue 12 Gaelic tongue 38 Flings 24 Quiche, e.g. 61 Make a choice 13 Equal 40 Slangy denial 25 Offi ce note Last edition’s solution

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