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Monday, November 5, 2012
Volume 121 | No. 64
THE STUDENT VOICE OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1891
What do pot dealers think about legislation?
Tomorrow, America chooses between two political parties in the quadrennial contest for the president of the United States — or do they? As much as the establishment would like you to believe there’s only two parties going after the White House, here’s a few more:
Another look at Amendment 64 By NIC TURICIANO The Rocky Mountain Collegian Kevin Dallinger owns Herb’s Medicinals in Berthoud, Colo. — a medical marijuana dispensary. In both personal and professional aspects, marijuana plays a large role in Dallinger’s life; more than just make his living off of it, Dallinger credits his marijuana consumption for making him an “asset to society” after an auto injury left him disabled 12 years ago. So if anyone would be a proponent for legalizing marijuana it would be Kevin Dallinger, right? Not exactly. Dallinger opposes Colorado Amendment 64 — an amendment to the state’s constitution that would legalize the consumption and sale of marijuana for people over the age of 21. “What I fear is the way they worded (Amendment 64) is incorrect,” Dallinger said. “They should have worded it ‘any resident of Colorado over the age of 21 can purchase,’ but now, the way they’ve worded it, it’s anyone over 21.” Dallinger believes the legalization of marijuana sales to residents of other states will likely create a marijuana tourism industry in the state of Colorado, an industry that Dallinger believes will attract the attention of the Drug Enforcement Agency. As Dallinger points out, even if Amendment 64 passes, marijuana sales and consumption would still be illegal under federal law. So for marijuana sellers — even those who abide by Colorado laws — the less attention drawn to their profession, the better. But, from the perspective of one black market marijuana dealer, the positives of legalizing marijuana in Colorado outweigh the negatives. “It’s a double edge sword, because there are good benefits; generate taxes, create new jobs, a new industry for study,”
Lesser Known Political Parties
The Objectivist Party
Essentially hipster libertarians, the Objectivists wish to enact Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy to the political realm, and usher in an era of no income taxes.
The Justice Party
Not the political wing of the Justice League, but rather a party promoting the idea of economic justice. Their platform includes abolishing corporate personhood, single payer health care, and the election of Superman (allegedly). REPORTING BY KATE WINKLE, DESIGN BY HUNTER THOMPSON
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Men and women embrace hair worldwide By HALEIGH HAMBLIN The Rocky Mountain Collegian
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Pat Amie is well ahead of the curve for those participating in “No Shave November” as he is walking through the plaza on Tuesday. Pat is a senior in the English Creative Writing program at CSU.
Men throw away their razors, get rid of their shaving cream and embrace their facial hair to spread awareness and raise funds for testicular and prostate cancer research during November. There are 8,500 new cases of Testicular cancer so far this year in America. Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s sport facial and body hair during the Movember Campaign,
at times harnessing the power of the mustache to raise awareness for the cause. Taking place in over 21 countries, men and women participate to help forever change testicular and prostate cancer research over a 30 day span. Raising over $126 million dollars in 2011, Movember had 855,203 registered participants all around the world. Bringing back the mustache, or Mo, Australia initiated mens health awareness to in 2003 with the establishment of
Movember. The movement began with just a couple of men nine years ago and is expected to reach over a million by the end of November. Director of Grassroots Engagement, Tom Whiteside, reaches out to the community as a mustache farmer educating the community and raising awareness on men’s health. “To change the way we think about men’s health, we need See BEARD on Page 3
There are not one, not two, not three, but four Socialist Parties fielding candidates for President. The Freedom Socialist Party, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Party USA, and the Socialist Workers Party. They all have pretty much the same agenda. The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.
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FORT COLLINS FOCUS
Will Paul Ryan eat a world famous cinnamon roll?
Even though Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan is known to have good physical health, he may have to face the calories in Johnsonâ€™s Cornerâ€™s world famous cinnamon roll when he visits the Johnstown truck stop and restaurant on Monday. Ryan is visiting hours before election day as part of a Republican campaign rally that begins at 1 p.m. with doors opening at 11 a.m. Johnsonâ€™s Corner, which is about a half-hour south of the CSU campus on Interstate 25, has become a Colorado institution and was named one of the top truck stop restaurants by the Food Network. Having opened in 1952 â€” before Interstate 25 was built in the â€˜60s â€” Johnsonâ€™s Corner has served as a location for the Bill Murray and Matthew McConaughey movie â€œLarger than Lifeâ€?. Tickets can be reserved at www.mittromney.com/co.
The Duo Francois performs at CSU
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Kaylee Kirzek dives to get the ball at practice for the Loveland Volleyball Club on the courts by the Recreation Center. The sand volleyball courts as well as the rest of the intramural ďŹ elds are always open for use by students when the weather permits.
CORRECTIONS In an article published Nov. 1, â€œGLBTQ history month display at Colorado State sparks discussion,â€? the name of the student service office which serves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students is misidentified as the â€œGLBTQ resources office;â€? the correct name is the GLBT Resource Center.
In the same article, it was stated that Foula Demopolous, director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center, sent a letter about the display. The letter was actually a joint effort of The Student Diversity Programs and Services Cluster, which includes the Asian Pacific
American Cultural Center, Black/African American Cultural Center, El Centro, Native American Cultural Center, Resources for Disabled Students, Women & Gender Advocacy Center and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center. The Collegian regrets the errors.
Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center for the Arts Organ Recital Hall, the Duo Francios will perform several works including Franz Schuberâ€™s â€œRondo Brilliantâ€?. The duo includes Ronald Francois on violin and Silvana Santinelli on piano. â€œThe core of this program features such beautifully crafted writing for piano and violin,â€? Francios said in a university events calendar listing. Tickets cost $7 for CSU students, $1 for children 2 to 17 years old and $12 for adults.
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“I feel like we only live once and when we look back, are we going to say that every single day of our entire life we were focused on checking our email...or are we going to look back and say ‘Wow, I really enjoyed that moment.” Tamir Goodman | Motivational speaker and former basketball player
Shabbat 200 rejuvenates and inspires Fort Collins By KATE WINKLE The Rocky Mountain Collegian A rabbi, a congressman, a basketball player and more than 200 students and community members gathered Friday in the Lory Student Center West Ballroom to celebrate Shabbat 200. Shabbat traditions originated thousands of years ago, but maintain a sense of slowing down every Friday and focusing on the important aspects of life, according to Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik. He and students from CSU’s Chabad Jewish Student Organization led guests through the meal and its accompanying blessings, explaining the significance of traditional dishes and songs interspersed with jokes and speeches. “I hope you are re-Jew-vinated,” Gorelik said, explaining the purpose of Shabbat. “Rabbi, you should be more Jew-dicious with your puns,” countered Michael Lichtbach, president of Chabad. Congressman Jared Polis, who grew up in a Jewish family, attended the event as a guest of honor. Polis added his voice to the religious songs and clapped gleefully as matzo ball soup was served. He also explained how he has upheld his faith as a congressman through an informal Jewish caucus in
Congress. “There are many different ways to manifest Judaism,” Polis said. “Spirit, culture, through knowledge, through family. Part of the universal experience is to find out how to express Judaism as a part of your identity.” Motivational speaker and former basketball player Tamir Goodman, or “Jewish Jordan,” spoke during the event and shared his struggles and triumphs as a Jewish athlete committed to keeping Shabbat. At one point in college, he got off his team’s bus before Shabbat began and walked in the snow to a Jewish community center, then walked two hours the next morning to the university to support his teammates. “I’d never felt more Jewish,” Goodman said. “Judaism came alive to me through basketball and through my own unique journey.” Goodman explained his journey through basketball-related lessons: “The layup” shows that, to be successful, people have to devote themselves 100 percent; “The free throw” represents a return of confidence when people remember their identity; “Listening” involves focusing on what people can do, as opposed to what they
cannot; and “paying attention” reminds people to focus and help others. Goodman said he believes everything he experienced in his career was divinely ordained, and he was meant to share his story with others and help them through similar struggles. “That’s the best part coming to speak,” Goodman said. “It’s part of my duty, part of my journey, part of my job to share my story because it relates to so many different types of people on so many different levels that it’s not just for athletes, it’s not just for people in the corporate world.” Goodman admits that his career would have been smoother if he had not kept Shabbat and that the practice is difficult for some to understand. For him, it is not outdated and brings fresh perspective. “I feel like we only live once and when we look back, are we going to say that every single day of our entire life we were focused on checking our email and going to the movies and just constantly going through the same routine, or are we going to look back and say ‘Wow, I really enjoyed that moment.’” Freshman Spanish major Savannah Nelson, who came
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Lechem bread lies ready to be blessed by Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik as the sun sets on the West Ballroom, indicating the start of the Shabbat dinner. The dinner was held in the LSC West Ballroom on Friday night.
to the dinner with Jewish friends and wanted to learn more about the culture, said she was inspired by Goodman’s dedication to his faith. “I learned if you have trouble, always be yourself and who you are,” Nelson said. “As a freshman... I felt isolated, I felt like I’m not being myself lately and his message rang true for me: Be yourself and things will follow through for you.”
Nelson said that when she chose CSU she wanted to meet people of different faiths, backgrounds and cultures, and she would be interested in learning more about the Jewish faith. Shabbat 200 reminded freshman Lauren Mittman of major holiday celebrations at home. The food, prayers and traditions connected her to other people who come from the same
background, she said. “We’re all connected, all one voice, we all know exactly how to go on and there’s no awkwardness or confusion. We’re all together,” Mittman said. “(Shabbat) is something I look forward to in the week. If it’s been a bad week or a good week, it’s always there.” Senior Reporter Kate Winkle can be reached at email@example.com.
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Continued from Page 1 people to register as a group and spread the word,” Whiteside said. “It is simple, fun and in the end you will get a party.” Men’s Health Partners, Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Livestrong foundation are working together to ensure funds from the Movember Campaign support research, education, survivorship and awareness programs. “Our marathon is the 30 days of moustache growing,” Whiteside said. “Families, friends and fellow Mo’s can donate money to those with the best photos and stories.” Registration gives access to their own fundraising page, free downloads, special prizes, collect donations and connect with the Mo Community. Men and women are able to pledge towards a month free of razors, waxing and trimming. Reaching across the world, the Movember campaign has attracted CSU
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students and several Denver Bronco Players. Senior sports medicine major Tyler Honn has participated in No Shave November for the past four years. This year, him and a team of four friends are participating in the campaign. “I am participating in Movember with four of my friends,” Honn said. “It is a way to support testicular cancer awareness and men’s health.” Denver Bronco wide receiver, Eric Decker joins Matt Prater, Calev Hanie, Lance Ball and several other players who pledged their faces to the Movember campaign. Raising awareness on men’s health, Bronco players were photographed Nov. first shaving off their hair. v For more information on donating, creating a Mo Bro team, research fund efforts and photos please visit movember.com. Collegian Writer Haleigh Hamblin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is the state that launched President Barack Obama four years ago, and the state that bedeviled Mitt Romney in two primary cycles, even if he was temporarily named the winner this year before all votes were counted. So in addition to its six electoral votes, Iowa holds great symbolic significance in this year’s presidential race. Romney campaigned here Sunday morning, his second visit in two days. He urged his supporters to reach out to disenchanted backers of the president and persuade them that a change in direction is vital for the nation’s future. “I need your vote, I need your work, I need your help. Walk with me. We’ll walk together. Let’s begin anew.
I need Iowa,” he told thousands gathered in a convention center. “I need Iowa so we can win the White House and take back America, keep it strong, make sure we always remain the hope of the Earth. I’m counting on you.” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, said the state that made Obama will take him down. “Iowans feel betrayed. Almost a sense of — not only disappointed but almost a sense of betrayal that our principles of sound budgeting and responsible government have been ignored by this administration for four straight years,” he said. “Iowa’s message for Obama is: It’s time for a change. It’s time for you to go back to Chicago.” A new poll by the Des Moines Register released Saturday night showed Obama up by 5 percentage points. But Republicans seized on it
because the same poll four years ago vastly overstated Obama’s support in the state, showing Obama leading by 17. He ended up winning by 9.5 points. They were also heartened by the Register’s endorsement of Romney, the first time in four decades the state’s largest newspaper endorsed a Republican, and also notable because of its staunch support for Obama four years ago. It’s unclear how much voters care about endorsements, but the tone of the endorsement – sadness and regret about Obama’s inability to fulfill his potential, and a conclusion that Romney offered a better chance at righting the nation’s economy – echoed one of the Romney camp’s own lines of argument to voters. After Romney thanked various politicians at the morning rally, he said, “And a
special shout-out to the Des Moines Register. Thanks for your endorsement.” Iowa is doing better economically than much of the nation, leading Romney to highlight the nation’s debt and federal spending in his appeal here. The stereotype of the frugal Midwesterner is rooted in truth – the state has the lowest per capita credit card debt in the nation. “I’m going to move to tackle out-of-control spending. I will send Congress the first of several fundamental reforms called the Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act,” Romney said. “You see, we are going to cut not just slow the rate of growth, but actually cut non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent. Because I’m not just going to take office on January 20th, I’m going to take responsibility for the office as well.”
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“ In a good year, the political fate of our nation is determined by barely half of the eligible voters.”
Seriously, get out and vote
By HAMILTON REED
Tomorrow is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the month of November, better known as election day here in America, or the last day to cast your vote in states that have early voting procedures like Colorado. At this point in the election cycle I feel it would be silly for me to attempt to sway any of my audience one way or another with regards on which way to cast their vote. There’s been coverage of the potential candidates for over a year now, we’ve been bombarded with YouTube and Pandora ads for each candidate for almost four months, the papers continue to fill with stories of “gaffes” from each candidates campaign and the nationally televised debates have come and gone. Chances are that anyone who is going to be voting in this election has already cast their vote (I know I have) or have at least already decided on who they are voting for and for what when they go to the polls Tuesday. No, today’s article is instead aimed at those who have decided not to participate. This is a presidential election, so the overall turnout of the voting age population will be higher than other elections. Even taking that into consideration, though, the turnout for eligible voters for the last 10 presidential elections is around 53 percent. The turnout is even less for non-presidential elections. Think about that. In a good year, the political fate of our nation is determined by barely half of the eligible voters. On off years there are more people not participating in the civil election process than are. That hardly sounds like democracy to me. I suppose I can understand why some people would not vote, heck I was one of those people for the last two years. I registered when I turned 18 and voted in my first election but ended up skipping the last two. It’s not that I didn’t know they were happening. I was very aware that the election was occurring.
I had just never gotten around to changing where I was registered and the justifications for not voting just sort of snowballed from there. But after updating my voter registration this summer I realized just how ridiculous an excuse that is. Seriously, it takes around 15 minutes to go online and update your registration and in this state you can have a ballot mailed to you. That means no waiting in line, no external pressures from the environment, you can take as much time as you want to think about an issue, and if you really want you can do all that while drinking a beer or a cup of coffee. It really is the most American way to vote. The other class of person I’d like to reach out to is the sort of people that choose not to vote as a “statement.” Those who don’t appreciate the current two party status quo or seem to think that the current electoral system is corrupt or broken and thus their vote doesn’t matter. For those upset at the two party status quo the solution is simple. Don’t vote for a Democrat or Republican. Vote third party. Vote for a Libertarian candidate or a Green Party candidate or start your own party and vote for yourself. The two main parties still don’t get your vote, but another party will. This can lead to a snowball effect, where the more votes a party gets in one year the more legitimate they appear and the more votes they will get in the next year and help chip away at two party representation. For those that think their votes don’t count, with respect to Mr. Wayne Gretzky all I have to say is that governments ignore 100 percent of the votes you don’t cast. If you feel your voice is still being ignored after you vote, there are other avenues. Write letters to your representatives or organize demonstrations. It is hard for governments to ignore massive gatherings of people. I realize there are some people who have trouble getting to polling places or properly registering in the first place, but those who can vote and don’t are failing one of their primary responsibilities as citizens of a free country. Seriously, get out and vote. Hamilton Reed is a senior computer science major. His columns appear Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to email@example.com.
We endorse Barack Obama
Four years ago, young voters went to the polls in record numbers to elect Barack Obama as president of the United States. It was likely the first time we ever voted and our decision was one based off emotion — the power of his words, his passionate speeches and his vision for our country that represented how our generation would inherit the nation. Obama inspired us and we gave him the worst job in the country; a disaster to sort out. On Tuesday, we will walk into the voting booth with four years of accomplishments on which to base our decision instead of pretty speeches. With Obama at the helm, our crippled economy has slowly improved. He has been a champion for us students in healthcare and education. In foreign affairs, Obama has proved himself to be a fearless commander in chief and globally respected ambassador. On social issues, Obama is on the right side of history, particularly with women’s health and GLBTQ rights. For these reason, the Collegian
endorses Obama for re-election so he can continue what he started. Four years is not enough time to fix the mess he inherited. As a second Great Depression
“On Tuesday, we will walk into the voting booth with four years of accomplishments on which to base our decision instead of pretty speeches.’” loomed, Obama’s $840 billion stimulus bill saved 2.5 million jobs and spurred economic growth. Obama’s health care plan has allowed us to be covered by our parents’ insurance until the age of 26. Without this burden, we can focus on finding a job and paying off our student loans. He increased Pell
Grants for us and this summer he opposed legislation that would have doubled the interest rate on Stafford Loan. Meanwhile, Romney’s plan to help the average college student seems oddly lacking –– his plan to help students pay for college is essentially to borrow from our parents. This summer, an executive order halted the deportation of undocumented minors who entered the country under the age of sixteen and have lived in the U.S. for five years. He also aided in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which allowed gay and lesbian military members serve openly. Obama has shown support of Planned Parenthood and other women’s issues. While it’s true the president’s domestic power in these instances is limited, whoever takes office next will likely get to appoint two Supreme Court justices. Romney would turn back the clock on our country, undoing decades of the work that has been done to make all men and women truly equal.
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Why we made an endorsement this year
By ALLISON SYLTE
This August, during the first session of our staff-wide training, the very first question I asked was “Should we endorse a presidential candidate this year?” The answer was an overwhelming “Yes.” And about 12 weeks later, everyone still agreed. That’s why, right above this column, you can see that we endorsed President Barack Obama. It wasn’t unanimous — Obama received about 60 percent of the vote. Some members of the editorial board chose to support Gary Johnson, one of us advocated for Jill Stein and one abstained. Forty one of the 100 largest newspapers in the country endorsed Obama, compared to 34 for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. Two decided to give neither a vote of confidence, according to a University of California-Santa Barbara study. Eight newspapers that intend to write endorsements haven’t written one by time of print. But what about the other 15 that chose not to make an endorsement?
In a 2008 article in Time, Richard Stengel, the magazine’s managing editor, blasted the practice of presidential endorsements by the media. “Media outlets should publish editorials and take positions, but the vote for President is the most personal decision we make as citizens,” he wrote. “No one wants to be told how to vote.” To begin, I firmly believe that no one is going to vote for Obama because the Collegian Editorial Board endorsed him. And I don’t think that The New York Times’ endorsement is going to be a gamechanger either. However, our endorsement will promote (what I hope) is a civil, healthy discussion in our community surrounding the candidate’s positions during the final two days of this election season. I want to see people disagree and defend their positions, be it in support of or opposition to our decision today. That’s the purpose of an opinion page. In a story lambasting a college newspaper’s endorsement of Barack Obama, the Onion joked that a fictional newspaper used cliches like telling the nation’s 140 million likely voters that “the future is in (their) hands” and that “slogans won’t be enough this time around” to make a case for their candidate of choice. The commentary on the newspaper’s self-importance hit a little bit too close to home. So we tried to do things differently. The Collegian wanted its endorsement to come from the perspective of a college student, talking about issues as they pertain to students. Regardless, the whole notion of an endorsement will rightfully cause some people to ask how we can be objective
in our news reporting if our editorial board supported a candidate. Trust in the media is at an all-time low right now –– and rightfully so. The line between news and opinion at some publications has become so blurred that it might as well not exist. I can guarantee you, however, that the content on our opinion page differs radically from our news content and that the process of creating them are very, very separate. Our reporters were not involved in our discussion surrounding our endorsement, nor should they have been. Objectivity and balance continue to be our biggest goals — in any sort of coverage, not just the election. In addition, our editorial board makes statements about the issues that we report on every day. We constantly take stances about things that our local and student governments are doing, all while doing our best to be as balanced as possible in our coverage. Yes, we have made mistakes, but I guarantee it’s not because we don’t value objectivity. Let us know in our comments section if you agree or disagree with our endorsement, or if you think that we’re totally off base in writing one, period. And if you want to discuss anything, don’t hesitate to send me an email or find me on Twitter — if we’re going to do something as potentially controversial as making an endorsement, the least I can do as fall editor in chief is explain why. Editor in Chief Allison Sylte is a senior journalism major. Her column appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AllisonSylte.
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Team Fort Collins educates against Amendment 64 By EMILY SMITH The Rocky Mountain Collegian
This election year, Team Fort Collins has worked to educate the community about their opposition to Amendment 64, which would legalize and regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol for individuals 21 years old or older. Team Fort Collins has provided drug and alcohol prevention services in the Fort Collins community since 1989. The amendment would modify Colorado’s constitution to allow these individuals to possess, use, grow and transfer up to one ounce of marijuana or up to six marijuana plants, with some restrictions. “We are opposed because we expect that the legalization of marijuana will increase its availability in our community and communities across Colorado,” said Dawn Nannini,
evaluation specialist for Team Fort Collins. “The reason we’re concerned about availability is because we know that use of any substance increases as it becomes more available,” Nannini said. According to Nannini, Team Fort Collins currently has no concerted effort to stop Amendment 64 from passing. As a non-profit organization they play the role of educators in the community and respond to questions regarding whether or not they think it is a good idea. “Our approach to the issue is that marijuana use, like any other substance with a potential for abuse and dependency, harms young people who are still actively developing,” Nannini said. Nannini said that increasing the availability of pot for adults would inadvertently increase availability for use by young
people. Team Fort Collins is funded by two grants disbursed through the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health. The first grant, which comes from federal funding, focuses on reducing underage drinking, according to Nannini. The second grant, which utilizes state funding, is designed to reduce drinking and driving incidents, injuries and fatalities. Team Fort Collins also solicits funding from community foundations, personal donors and fundraisers. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Team Fort Collins cannot lobby or support candidates, but can provide education and raise awareness of their perspective. Mason Tvert, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, is familiar with Team Fort Collins. “Given their mission and the work they do, it is
Continued from Page 1 a CSU senior and marijuana dealer said. The source, who has sold marijuana illegally for the past six years, agrees that marijuana tourism will likely increase if Amendment 64 passes, saying that he/she witnessed residents from other areas of the country flock to Fort Collins when the now-closed Fort Collins medical marijuana dispensaries first began opening. “I know eight to 10 kids that moved out here from out of state to get their [medical marijuana] cards, grow pot and sell it back home, so [Amendment 64]’s definitely going to change the economy and population of Colorado,” the source said. Up to half of the source’s business left when the dispensaries opened, and though they’ve been closed in Fort Collins since February 2011, many of the drug dealer’s clients have not returned. Instead, according to the source, his/her former clients began buying marijuana at dispensaries in Boulder and Denver. Though the source also sees the wording of Amendment 64 as a potential problem, he/she is in favor of the Amendment’s passage, say-
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Bill Clinton joins Obama in N.H. CONCORD, N.H. — President Barack Obama’s campaign isn’t nostalgic just for 2008. As it blew through New Hampshire 48 hours from Election Day, it was pining for the’90s. Former President Bill Clinton, the only Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to the office twice, joined Obama on the stump for what would be only the second – but the last – time of the campaign. The two men with the short and choppy history focused narrowly on the future. “I’m not ready to give up on the fight,” Obama told the crowd as he asked for their vote one last time. “Folks, the hour is late and time is short,” Clinton said. The joint appearance was staged at the scene of one of their epic battles. The podium sat just yards away from a large historical marker honoring New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, a contest Obama lost to Hillary Rodham Clinton — more than four years ago. That history was not forgotten but quickly dismissed Sunday, with both presidents preferring to emphasize their common causes. Clinton, whose voices has grown hoarse as he hustles across the country for Obama’s re-election, noted
Coloradans purchasing marijuana in an underground market where they are likely to be exposed to other more dangerous drugs?” Former Fort Collins medical marijuana dispensary owner Steve Ackerman had his first interaction with Team Fort Collins about a year and half ago. “We went to Team Fort Collins and said ‘we’re gonna be here, you’re gonna be here, let’s work together to discourage teenagers from using marijuana, let’s work on a program together,’” Ackerman said. Ackerman said the director of Team Fort Collins told him they could not work together because marijuana is federally illegal and Team Fort Collins receives federal funding. “Next thing we knew they started a petition drive to put it on the ballot,” Ackerman said. “37,000 people voted and dispensaries were banned by a difference of
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odd that they are opposed to Amendment 64,” Tvert said in an email to the Collegian. “The organization fully supports the concept of a regulated alcohol market, so I do not see why such a concept could not apply to marijuana which is objectively less harmful than alcohol,” Tvert said. Tvert said it is becoming increasingly obvious that regulation works and prohibition does not, in regards to marijuana, as marijuana use nationwide has been growing and is now more widely used than tobacco among teens. “If Team Fort Collins truly wants to keep marijuana away from young people, why would they not want the people selling it to ask for ID?” Tvert said. “Why wouldn’t they want law enforcement officials to know exactly who is selling it, when, where and to whom?” Tvert asked. “And why would they want hundreds of thousands of
that he worked hard four years ago, but that the stakes are greater today, he said. “I’m much more enthusiastic now than I was then,” he said. The former president has an even longer history with New Hampshire voters than he does with Obama. This was the state that resurrected his campaign in early 1992 after accusations of womanizing and avoiding the Vietnam War draft. He campaigned relentlessly, vowing to stand with voters “until the last dog dies.” He crowned himself the “Comeback Kid” after a second-place finish to next-door Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts, whom he breezed past for the nomination. On Sunday, Clinton delivered a long explainer of a speech, one of the sort some Democrats believe he perfected at the Democratic National Convention and the president never did. Clocking in at about 25 minutes, he spoke a few minutes longer than Obama. And it was Clinton’s first campaign song, Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” not Obama’s usual Bruce Springsteen that blared as the president ended his speech. Despite falling to Hillary Clinton in the primary, Obama won New Hampshire in the 2008 general election by nearly 10 percentage points. But now the president is even with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center late last week, put the race at 48 percent for each candidate. But it also pointed to signs of potential trouble for Obama. Independents in the state, a large part of the New Hampshire electorate, appeared to be moving to Romney’s corner – 54 percent said they back him, compared with 32 percent who support Obama. The battle for independents had Obama and Clinton hitting notes of bipartisanship, talking about reaching across the aisle and promising to move what has been immovable gridlock in Washington. Obama touted his administration’s work managing the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, noting his work with leaders from other party and promising to stand with storm victims. “As long as I’m president I will work with anybody of any party,” Obama said. Clinton praised Obama’s decision to step off the campaign trail and on the Sandy response to work with Republican Gov. Chris Christie and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent. “It was a stunning example of how ‘We’re all in this together’ is a way better philosophy than “You’re on your own.’” Clinton said.
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about 1,400 votes.” Ackerman and other dispensary owners began a petition campaign to get the dispensary question back on the ballot for this election. They garnered nearly 10,000 signatures in Fort Collins and Initiative Question 301, in addition to Amendment 64, is on the ballot. “A ‘yes’ vote on 301 is a vote to overturn the ban on dispensaries,” Ackermand said. Both Initiative Question 301 and Amendment 64 are currently being voted on in Larimer County. Collegian Writer Emily Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
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ing that legalized marijuana would be a boost to the state’s economy and keep many Fort Collins marijuana users’ funds from leaving the town. Dallinger, whose business will be forced to close if Question 300 — which would ban medical marijuana dispensaries in Berthoud — said he’s more focussed on 300 than 64 at the moment, and hasn’t yet decided if he will apply for a license to sell non-medicinally distinguished marijuana if 64 passes. “I hesitate to say yes because here’s what’s going to happen; we would be the test state,” Dallinger said. He said he’d like to see this honor go to another locale. Colorado isn’t the only state with a marijuana legalization bill in play this election. Both Oregon and Washington may legalize the recreational use of the drug depending on the results of tomorrow’s election. The latest polls from Public Policy Polling have the passing of Washington State’s Initiative 502, which would legalize the sale and consumption of marijuana, leading 53 to 44 percent. “I would almost rather see it pass in Washington,” Dallinger said. “Let them
be the test state and that would give us time to get everything in place.” A senior at Western Washington University and former marijuana dealer in Bellingham, Wash., said that his/her state’s bill is also receiving criticism from pro-marijuana supporters, but for reasons other than those Dallinger cites for 64. According to the Washington source — who opposes 502 — the bill would enact unnecessarily harsh punishments for driving under the influence of marijuana. “I can say with 95 percent certainty that my habits won’t change from the law, but there’s that 5 percent chance that if those DUI laws are strict, and that if there are more varieties and better sources for (marijuana), it might switch up my routine,” the source said. The source also believed that the bill was unnecessary, saying that the current marijuana economy in Washington is non commercialized, and social acceptance of the drug’s use continues to grow regardless of its legality. Entertainment Editor Nic Turiciano can be reached at entertainment@collegian. com.
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Jared Polis places a focus on education in Colorado By AMANDA ZETAH The Rocky Mountain Collegian Before Jared Polis became the congressional representative for Colorado’s second district (which includes Fort Collins), he became a millionare. While in college at Princeton University, Polis was working toward a political science degree, but at the same time was in the midst of running his own start-up Internet provider called American Information Systems. After graduation, Polis sold his company for more $21 million and was eager to find a new way to make a POLIS difference. “I knew I always wanted to be part of a community and give back,” Polis said. “I think part of giving back is the responsibility of all Americans.” In 2008, Polis got his chance to give back to his home state when voters from Fort Collins, Boulder and others elected him as their congressional representative. His winning the 2008 election also marked the first time an openly gay male was elected to Congress as a freshman. He is currently running for re-election against Kevin Lundberg. Of all the bills Polis has helped pass while a U.S. congressman, he said the one he is most proud of came in his last session of Congress. “I helped to defeat HIPAA, which censored the Internet and threatened to shut down many websites that had user-generated content,” Polis said. He was able to defeat HIPAA in a bipartisan way. With the help of two Republicans
and a fellow Democrat, they were able to slow down HIPAA enough and calm down the public outrage. “It would have hurt servers overseas and would be very damaging to the entire internet,” Polis said. HIPAA isn’t his only priority. In fact, his political platform focuses on issues prevalent to CSU students today, namely education. “In this increasing global economy, it is more important than ever to get an education and then get a job,” Polis said. “It’s also becoming harder to afford, so I want to help families save money on taxes, expand pell grants, keep interest rates low on loans and reduce the increasing tuition rates.” Polis plans to accomplish all this by encouraging investment in science and research in higher education. He wants to expand Pell grants and make sure they keep up with the rising costs of college. “I’ve been on the state board of education for six years, and I also started a high school and was superintendent of a charter school,” Polis said. He hopes that with this investment in the education system, it will boost the economy and create more jobs for future graduates of CSU. “I encourage investment in science and research,” Polis said. “Much of that research will result in new companies and new jobs that will employ hundreds of people.” Along with that, he sees a problem with the budget and plans to balance it in a more responsible manner.
“We should show that we have good fiscal policies at the federal level, balance the budget, stabilize taxes, and make sure there is no fluctuation or uncertainty,” Polis said. The rest of his political platform covers all aspects of major issues going on in America right now. He not only plans to invest in education and boost the economy, he wants to help end the war in Afghanistan and fight for equal rights for all. “I strongly believe in equality for every American, regardless of race, gender, or gender identification,” Polis said. Polis sponsors the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which prevents bullying and discrimination against those with various gender identifications. “There is no federal law that prevents discrimination of those with different gender identities,” Polis said. “I think we should offer the same protection to gays and lesbians, like we already do with different races.” Along with protecting basic human rights, Polis believes the federal government should play a role in decriminalizing marijuana. “We should allow states to decide how they want to treat it,” Polis said. “I want to respect states’ decisions about regulating marijuana.” Polis’ platform covers a wide range of topics and he is eager to get the votes of young people, because he is so focused on issues prevalent to their lives today. “I encourage everyone to vote on Tuesday,” Polis said. “Then, the results will be tallied and finally, our country can move past this biannual ritual and get back to moving forward.” City Beat Reporter Amanda Zetah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My solutions come down to the question of it this is really Congress’ business in the first place.” State Senator Kevin Lundberg
Kevin Lundberg believes federal gov. is too large ple’s lives. His goal is to scale back the scope of government State Senator Kevin through lowering taxes and Lundberg decided to run allowing more autonomy to for U.S. Congress states and indiwhen, following viduals. the 2010 census, With both Larimer County CU-Boulder was pulled from and CSU in the the fourth ConSecond CD, gressional District higher educa(CD) and placed tion is one of in the second CD. the defining Now the onecharacteristics time democratic of the district. stronghold has LUNDBERG Lundberg roughly the same said it’s importnumber of regisant to keep a tered voters in both Repub- mix of public and private lican and Democratic par- funding to the universities, ties, giving the Republican but at the same time feels candidate a better chance they need more autonomy of winning the election to increase competitivethan in the past. ness. This includes allowing “I was satisfied with legal accrediting associaCongressman Gardner’s tions to “function on their representation in the fourth own, rather than being dic(Congressional District),” tated by state and federal Lundberg said. “I am not regulations.” satisfied with CongressHe added that while man Polis’ representation. the rising cost of tuition is So I looked at that and said a serious issue, allowing somebody has to challenge students to take out tens him, and maybe I’m the guy of thousands of dollars in to do it.” student loans is not a smart Lundberg, who is mak- way to solve the problem. ing his first run at federal Lundberg said he and office on a platform of lim- his opponent are at polar ited government and free opposites when it comes to market principles, is hop- the role of the government ing to unseat incumbent in people’s lives. Democrat Jared Polis, who “His solution always has held the position since comes down to some 2008. mandate from Congress,” A social and fiscal con- Lundberg said. “My soluservative, Lundberg has tions come down to the spent 10 years in the Col- question of if this is really orado legislature, first as a Congress’ business in the congressman then as a sen- first place.” ator. He believes the federal Two of the bills he’s government has gotten too sponsored in the Colorado large and intrusive in peo- legislature that he’s particu-
By AUSTIN BRIGGS The Rocky Mountain Collegian
larly proud of are a $4 prescription drug program and a bill that allows retailers, such as grocery stores, to offer discounts on gas. “Both of those programs were illegal in Colorado until I ran two separate pieces of legislation,” Lundberg said, adding that they passed with bipartisan support. Known as a staunch social conservative, Lundberg has opposed abortion, same sex marriage and civil unions during his time in the state legislature. Brad Dick, president of the College Republicans at CSU, says this shouldn’t have an impact on how students, who are more concerned about the job market and the economy, will vote. “(Lundberg) knows how to create jobs, he’s focused on the economy,” Dick said. “I think that’s exactly what students are focused on right now so he’d be an excellent choice.” As the race comes to a close, both parties and candidates are coming out strong to win the vote. This new competitiveness in the second Congressional District is a good thing, said Anne Wilseck, the secretary for the Larimer County Democratic Party. “When you have a competitive district, the congressperson really has to represent all their constituents because they’re not guaranteed re-election,” Wilseck said. Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at email@example.com
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Memorable moments from the 2012 campaign COMPILED by HALEIGH HAMBLIN Rocky Mountain Collegian
Romney casually bets $10,000, Dec. 12, 2011 During a Republican primary held in December 2011, Romney made a bet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry over the individual mandate. Perry said that Romney had called the Massachusetts healthcare law a model for the nation. Romney replied that he hadn’t. "I'll tell you what," Romney said, holding out his hand. "$10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet?” (Washington Post)
Obama’s ‘You didn’t build that’ comment draws constructive criticism, July 13, 2012 At a firehouse in Roanoke, Va., Obama defended his economic policy and the role of government in supporting business by saying “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.” Republicans criticized the comment, and it would pop up in campaign advertisements and speeches for much of the campaign. (CNN)
Mitt Romney criticizes the British during London Olympics, July 29, 2012 During the London Olympics, Mitt Romney criticized the British several times for their handling of the games. “The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” he
said. (ABC News)
Obama camp won’t disavow ad tying Romney to woman’s cancer death, Aug. 8, 2012 A steelworker addressed the camera and said that after Bain Capital shut down his plant, his family lost their health insurance and his wife died of cancer. The ad was produced by a pro-Obama SuperPAC and it implied that Romney would kill voter’s spouses. (ABC News)
Biden says Republicans are ‘Going to put y’all back in chains,’ Aug. 12, 2012
In a meeting with a group of Cuban-exiles in Miami, Romney mentioned how much he loved “papaya” and several other fruits. A Cuban slang word, “papaya,” is used as a way to describe the female genitalia. (Huffington Post)
Mitt Romney criticized for Latino joke, Sept. 19, 2012 In a campaign fundraising event, Romney spoke about his father, who was born in Mexico to make a joke which would draw criticism. "Had he been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this,” Romney said. “But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino." (Huffington Post)
Obama campaign trail is B.Y.O.B, Aug. 14, 2012
Paul Ryan visits Fort Collins, Sept. 26, 2012
Obama spokesman Jay Carney told the Des Moines Register that the Obama campaign bus is stocked with beers homebrewed at the White House. Obama drank with supporters at the Iowa State Fair in August 2012 and has been photographed drinking beer on several occasions. (Fox News)
Obama visits Fort Collins, Aug. 28, 2012 Addressing students, faculty and community members on the Montfort Quad
Obama campaign’s on-campus presence more prominent to students than Mitt Romney’s
In spite of the weather, supporters gather beneath a large Obama sign for their daily vote-encouraging vigil on the Lory Student Center Plaza. Occasionally, Romney supporters set up tables as well. Candidates and campaigns employ a similar strategy with students that they use with all voters: mobilization and persuasion. The only difference is the methods used focus on being visible and viable in a campus environment, according to Kyle Saunders, a CSU political science professor. In 2008, voters aged 18 to 29 represented 18 percent of voters and voted for Obama over McCain by a 2-1 margin. This year voter engagement has decreased, and that same age group may only represent 14 to 15 percent of the electorate, Saunders said. Both parties work to encourage student votes for their candidates, but the decreased enthusiasm could leave Obama at a slight disadvantage because young voters tend to vote Democratic. This means Democratic-affiliated groups will work harder to persuade young people to
Romney accidentally tells a group of Cubans that he loves vagina, Sept. 15, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd of African-Americans in Danville, Virginia that "(Romney) is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street," Biden said. "He is going to put y'all back in chains." Biden drew criticism for being insensitive with the remark. The speech was about the economic policies of the Romney/Ryan ticket. (ABC News)
Campaigns vie for student votes
By KATE WINKLE The Rocky Mountain Collegian
at Colorado State University, President Obama talked about jobs and clean energy.
vote, according to Saunders. Events designed specifically for young voters help them feel more comfortable in the campaign environment, according to Haley Damm-Hamblin, a sophomore political science major and volunteer for the Obama campaign. The CSU campaign office on Elizabeth Street also helped bring in students throughout the election. Extensive Romney support on CSU’s campus seems absent because young people are not usually a part of his voter base and tend to vote Democratic, according to Brad Dick, president of the College Republicans at CSU. President Obama’s visit to the CSU campus made him accessible to students, according to Damm-Hamblin, who also compared Obama’s speech location with Paul Ryan’s Sept. 26 speech at Walker Manufacturing. “To me, I think that shows that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s priorities were not with the students,” Damm-Hamblin said. “They had other things on their mind, whereas when President Obama came, he came directly to the school. That showed to me that students really do matter to him.”
Romney cares about students, according to Dick, and his focus on building a stronger economy affects young people in the long run. Instead of targeting only students, Ryan’s speech encompassed small business owners who will help get the economy back on track. “He’s really trying to win over voters by talking about issues that matter, which I think is the economy and getting Americans back to work,” Dick said. “His presence (on-campus) is not as strong as Obama’s, but I think his message is on target.” Damm-Hamblin volunteered throughout the campaign, and often spent time on the Plaza answering students’ voting questions. “It’s an extremely rewarding experience. I’ve had so many meaningful conversations just with people off the street. To be able to talk to them and see what matters to them in this campaign really means a lot to me,” Damm-Hamblin said. “This is such an important election, especially for young Americans, and I’m really excited for election day.” Politics Beat Reporter Kate Winkle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a campaign stop, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan hosted a town hall meeting at Walker Manufacturing, a local manufacturer of farm equipment. He spoke about small businesses, healthcare, modifying welfare and changing foreign policy.
Obama seemed drunk or on drugs or both at first presidential debate, Oct. 3 2012 In the first presidential debate Obama “took presidential decorum to
a Xanax extreme,” the New York Times said. The President was distracted and listless and excuses some even called it a disaster.
Romney’s love/hate relationship with Big Bird, Oct. 3, 2012 In the same debate, Romney addressed cutting federal funding, including the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). “I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too,” Romney said to PBS “NewsHour” host Jim Lehrer, who was hosting the debate. “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” (USA Today)
Romney brags about his “binders full of women,” Oct. 16, 2012 At second presidential debate, Romney described the Massachusetts search for qualified women to fill cabinet posts saying “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” (ABC News)
Obama accidently reminds the country that bayonets are still standard issue, Oct. 22, 2012 During the final presidential debate, Obama told Romney: "You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916," Obama said. "Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed." (ABC News)
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“This game means so much that it definitely stings more than the other (losses).” James Skelton | senior linebacker
Young Rams perform well in loss
Continued from Page 10 Smith threw for 131 yards one touchdown and no interceptions in the fourth quarter alone. The success of Smith and the Rams’ offense came largely because of the success of freshman running back Donnell Alexander, who rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown in place of junior running back Chris Nwoke. Nwoke was held out of the game despite his effort last week against Hawai’i when he rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, but fumbled the ball twice. “I was pretty surprised,” Alexander said of McElwain’s decision to give him the start. “At the end of the day, it’s always about going out there and competing with one another. Me and Chris going out there and
CSU TOP PERFORMERS Redshirt freshman running back Donnell Alexander: 20 carries, 114 yards, 1 TD Redshirt freshman quarterback Conner Smith: 13-23, 326 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int. Sophomore wide receiver Thomas Coffman: 4 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD Sophomore linebacker Aaron Davis: 13 total tackles (8 solo), 1 pass breakup
competing with each other, me and Tommey (Morris). It’s always a competition with each other.” It’s a competition that might have just gotten bigger now that the Rams have three games remaining in the season and have lost seven of their last eight games. Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Every time you have an experience it teaches you something about yourself, and this was a great experience for us.” NICK LYON | COLLEGIAN
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Sophomore linebacker Max Morgan (40) tackles Wyoming freshman running back Shaun Wick (26) in the second quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Cowboys.
Keeps hold on Loss erases chances for a bowl game MW second place VBALL |
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Leading into Saturday’s matchup with Wyoming, the Rams knew they would have to finish the year perfect to end up at 6-6 with a chance to play in a bowl game. After a disappointing loss to the Cowboys, CSU will have to find a different motivation to get them through its remaining three games this season. “It’s no longer a possibility, but we just can’t think about it, that’s negative thinking. We’ve just gotta stay positive in the locker room,” wide receiver Charles Lovett said. “Because as soon as we start talking negative, we’re gonna start believing it, then we’re gonna start playing it and stuff like that. So we’ve just got to continue to rebuild on what we already got going on and just continue to fight.”
Staying positive in the face of a fourth-consecutive losing season will not be an easy task for CSU, however, especially coming off a loss in a rivalry game. The loss to Wyoming Saturday erased the possibility for seniors like linebacker James Skelton to experience a victory in the Border War. The Rams have now failed to defeat the Cowboys every year since 2008. “This is the last shot (for the seniors),” a disappointed Skelton said after the game. “This game means so much that it definitely stings more than the other (losses).” Disappointment could be seen in many of the Rams’ faces after the loss Saturday as the matchup with onewin Wyoming was considered to be a winnable game for CSU. “It’s very disappointing,” sophomore quarterback Garrett Grayson said. “We
Consecutive Border War losses: 4 Have lost seven of last eight games Record in Mountain West Conference play: 1-4
came up here and thought we had a good plan and we scored quite a few points, but they just played harder than us.” Now the Rams will look forward to the remaining three games on the schedule this year, which features a battle with No. 19 Boise State on Nov. 17. “(We) just have to keep encouraging each other to get better,” cornerback Shaq Bell said. “We still have three games left, which we expect to win. So coming to practice Monday, we just have to keep encouraging each other to compete against the offense.”
There will likely be more competition for the Rams to get playing time at the end of the year, especially on offense. CSU has started three different quarterbacks this year, all of which are now healthy and have a backfield that has given extended playing time to four different running backs. In order to make those competitions more effective, the Rams will need to pick up the intensity with whom they play, something that’s difficult to do while playing on a team that has struggled to get wins the last few years. “Honestly, just play football,” Skelton said. “I mean, it’s tough and there’s not really much to say, but honestly you’ve just gotta remember why you play the game.” Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (11/05/12). What is your ideal destination and travel partner? Healing and spiritual growth come with the winter solstice, and eclipses this year put you in the spotlight. Focus on career and finances until summer, when a learning opportunity develops. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) ––7–– Continue to repay obligations. Take time out for recreation today and tomorrow. Romance is a growing possibility. You’re gaining support. Celebrate with a home-cooked meal and coziness. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ––6–– Make household decisions the next few days, and focus on home and family. Improvements to shared living spaces benefit everyone. It’s amazing what a little paint can do. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ––5–– The next two days are excellent for studying. You’ll learn quickly with laser focus. Research the situation and any new developments. Catch up on the reading. Back up hard drives. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ––7–– That money could show up any time now. You’re entering a two-day phase of financial planning and practical effort. A spending spree could tempt; contemplate costs first. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ––5–– For the next few days, innovation and personal assessment rule. You’re back in control for the most part. Assertiveness works well now. Decide who you’re growing up to be. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ––6–– Watch out for surprises. Clarify your direction with friends, and keep an eye on the competition. Review your plans. Finish your work in private. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ––6–– You’re entering a cooperative cycle today and tomorrow. Your friends are happy to give you a boost. Make sure what you build is solid. Guard against being impetuous. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ––6–– Plan for the spotlight, and focus on your career. There’s still a way to win, although conflict could be possible. Don’t let anybody push you around. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ––5–– Wash everything in sight. Take time for long-term planning. Travel compels, but it could get complex. Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow for the next three weeks. Book tickets for later. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ––6–– Handle financial matters today and tomorrow. Work out a compromise. Put away provisions for the future. Pay the bills, and reward yourself with relaxation and peace of mind. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ––5–– Spend more time with your mate the next few days. Partnership is at the forefront. The focus is on peacemaking and compromise. Listen to suggestions, and negotiate a win-win. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ––7–– You’re entering an intense work phase. Sort through feelings as they arise. A co-worker demands your time. Chores need attention. Schedule workflow for ease.
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SPORTS MONDAY Monday, November 5, 2012 | Page 10
This loss hurts FOUR YEAR DROUGHT more than usual
By QUENTIN SICKAFOOSE
If you’re only going to win a couple games in an entire season, at least get the one that matters most. The hated, 113 year-old rivalry between CSU and Wyoming is too important, for the pride of the school, to fall short on. Jim McElwain has experienced his share of struggles with his “Bold New Era” this season, but he still could have won the hearts of the CSU community by returning to Fort Collins with the Bronze Boot. Instead, he let the University of Wyoming add CSU to their short list of wins this season, now totaling all of two in the nine games they have played. The thing that bothered me most about Saturday’s loss was McElwain’s inability to make up his mind about who he wanted to be leading his team. He pulled Conner Smith out of the game after he threw a pick six that went nearly the entire length of the football field, replacing him with Garrett Grayson. I realize that this was a huge turning point in the game that took wind out of CSU’s sails, but I don’t think it was excusable enough to put the freshman on the bench after asking him to start a Division I football game.
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be McElwain’s only stint with unsure feelings Saturday. After Grayson gave up an interception and completed only 33 percent of his pases, coach Mac had a change of heart again and put Smith back in behind the center. If you’re going to shift gears like that, at least stick to one and run with it. This indecisiveness makes it seem like he might not have the best faith in his team, something that will undoubtedly end negatively. Steve Fairchild won the Bronze Boot only once during his time as CSU football’s head coach, and look where that got him — fired after four seasons. No matter how bad your final record is at the end of November, if you walk away with the ‘W’ from ‘WYO’ it won’t be the end of the world. But we let the Bronze Boot travel to Laramie in 2009 and hasn’t crossed back across the state line since. I could care less about that Ram-Falcon trophy or a Centennial Cup, but I actually do mind losing bragging rights to our neighbors to the north. The Rams and Cowboys were equally terrible with only three victories combined going into Saturday’s football game, so it ultimately came down to who wanted it more, and this weekend proved that Wyoming cares more about the rivalry than CSU. Getting defeated in the Border War is hard enough, but it makes it even more difficult to cope with when the Cowboys are singing “Hey hey hey, goodbye,” as you get on the bus to ride 65 miles home in complete silence. Quentin Sickafoose is a junior journalism major and can be reached at email@example.com.
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Freshman Donnell Alexander (7) runs during the third quarter of Saturday loss to Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium. The Rams were defeated 45-31 and now have a record of 2-7.
Rams fail to bring home Bronze Boot By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian The CSU football team officially clinched its fourth consecutive losing season on Saturday in a 45-31 loss to Wyoming While disappointments have been seen all over the field throughout the 2012 campaign, there are building blocks on the team that can be used and developed in the future of the program. Sophomore linebacker Aaron Davis tallied 13 tackles on the day and junior cornerback Shaq Bell added five tackles and a sack. Individual effort was seen from multiple Rams, but the problem was that the entire unit did not per-
form consistently throughout the game against the Wyoming offense. “It was the little things. We were missing tackles, not running our feet and they’d get extra yardage and get a first down,” Bell said. “I give them credit, they got good things off what we did negative.” On offense, the Rams were able to work in some younger players, and CSU coach Jim McElwain even elected to give freshman quarterback Conner Smith the start over sophomore Garrett Grayson and senior M.J. McPeek. Smith completed 7-of-15 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception before McElwain decided to put Grayson in the game at the beginning of the third quarter.
Grayson played the entire third quarter for the Rams, but after throwing for 61 yards along with one interception, McElwain elected to put Smith back in at quarterback for the rest of the game. “We were able to get both quarterbacks in the game, and that’s kind of what we wanted to do,” CSU coach Jim McElwain said. “(Wyoming) threw a couple of things at us that Conner was kinda not quite seeing, so I thought him sitting on the bench there, kind of seeing, taking a look (was effective). And it showed when he came back in he did some good things for us, so that’s all part of learning.” See FBALL on Page 8
CSU silences raucous crowd in sweep over the Wyo. Cowgirls By KYLE GRABOWSKI The Rocky Mountain Collegian
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Dana Cranston celebrates after scoring a point during the first game of Saturdays sweep against the Wyoming Cowgirls. The rams swept all three games at the Uni Wyo Sports Complex in front of a sold out Wyoming crowd.
Even in a UniWyo Sports Complex filled with screaming Cowgirls fans, the ball sounded like it was shot from a cannon after Dana Cranston got through with it. She finished with a gamehigh 17 kills, leading CSU to a 3-0 win against Wyoming Friday night in Laramie. “She was a warrior from the beginning of the match and even through some rough patches. She still stayed in there and continued to play smart,” CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. Wyoming came out swing-
ing early, no doubt powered by the sell-out crowd of 1,003 in a very confined arena. The noise wasn’t so much distracting for the Rams as it was invigorating and motivational for CSU. “I said to the girls in the huddle, ‘how awesome is it that people are at the game?’ First of all for the sport in general, and to play in front of a crowd, that’s so cool,” Cranston said. The Cowgirls fed off the energy early, taking a lead in the beginning of every set, but CSU showed its composure and responded with a point run to take control. Freshman defensive spe-
cialist Jaime Colaizzi and redshirt sophomore Deedra Foss — two players Hilbert said are “not normally point run people” — sparked those point runs with their serving. Cranston started to struggle early in the third set after Wyoming changed their blocking scheme to start to key on her. Enter redshirt freshman Kaila Thomas. She blasted four kills in the third set and took some of the heat away from Cranston. “For me, these are the types of environments I thrive in because it’s a go get See VBALL on Page 8