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Monday, October 8, 2012
Volume 121 | No. 43
THE STUDENT VOICE OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1891
Greek Life battles CSU hazing statistics Sororities and fraternities implement programs for National Hazing Prevention Week By TAYLOR PETTAWAY The Rocky Mountain Collegian According to a 2008 University of Maine study, 55 percent of students who join fraternities, sororities, sports teams or another student groups experience some form of hazing. Last week, CSU Greek Life did its part to lower this statistic during National Hazing Prevention Week. In previous years, Greek Life has celebrated the week-long event by inviting speakers and holding large events, but they have found that people don’t take it as seriously because of busy schedules, according to Caitlin Still, a mem-
ber of Tri Delta sorority. Though the Greek community didn’t hold large events this year, many fraternities and sororities made sure that members in the chapters know what hazing is and how to prevent it. “We teach about what hazing is and especially things that you don’t realize are hazing,” Still said. “... It is important to know what it is.” Two weeks ago, Greek Life passed out ribbons that say “Real Rams Don’t Haze” to any sororities and fraternities that wanted them. The ribbons, according to Tri Delta member Sydney Thompson, were meant to get the word out that it is important for all CSU com-
munity members to not haze. Hazing prevention was important for Greek Life this year, in light of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority hazing allegations. In the fall of 2011, the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority was suspended from recruiting new members until spring of 2013 because of hazing. “What happened last year was a long standing problem, and is something that has been addressed so that it doesn’t happen again,” Still said. “It has been solved internally, fixed for members and the community and dealt with. We are moving forward because it isn’t good to dwell on the past. In order to grow and learn, we must
HAZING DEFINED Hazing is considered any action taken or situation that: is created intentionally; causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule; risks emotional or physical harm regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.
move forward.” According to Adam Kimbrel, a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the incident shows how, in times of sorrow and regret, the Greek community See HAZING on Page 3
Painting the sky
Okay, we here at the Collegian fully acknowledge that we have next to no knowledge of baseball. That being said, having the team manager resign after setting a franchise record for losses does not sound like a good thing. So now that the Colorado Rockies are looking for a new manager.
New Managers the Rockies Should Hire
(“Field of Dreams”) “If you hire him, wins will come.” Hey, he decided to cut down half of his income and build a baseball field in order to bring his dad back from the dead (right?).
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Members of the CSU marching band watch as ﬁreworks are set off during Friday nights homecoming weekend festivities behind the Lory Student Center.
Rams fail to capitalize on Fresno State mistakes By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian
When opportunities arise and aren’t taken advantage of in any walk of life, you can sometimes wonder “what if” after the fact. After their 28-7 loss homecoming weekend to Fresno State, that’s exactly what the CSU football team is thinking. Though they only turned the ball over twice, the Rams squandered multiple opportunities, opportunities that would have made the game this weekend much more interesting. It all started at the end of the first quarter, when quarterback M.J. McPeek threw a 36yard touchdown pass to Kivon Cartwright, but the play was called back on a Crockett Gillmore chop block penalty. Four plays later, the Rams punted, halting any momentum they gained from the drive. “You wanna kick yourself a little bit,” McPeek said. “Be-
cause it’s like we had it, and you don’t wanna point to one play in the game and say ‘that changed it,’ but that definitely changed the way that that part of the game turned out.” It turned out to be a sign of things to come for the Rams. CSU had its hands on two interceptions which were dropped, one by safety Trent Matthews and one by defensive back DeAndre Elliott. Either one of those plays could have been a big play for the Rams’ struggling offense, with both players having a lot of open field in front of them had they intercepted their respective passes. “I thought I had it but I just didn’t grab it,” Matthews said. “I just have to go back on Monday and start catching some more, be a receiver even though I’m a safety.” While the Rams struggled to take advantage of opportunities they were handed during the game, Fresno State continued to turn mistakes made by
MISTAKE-RIDDEN RAMS Turnovers: 2
Third down efﬁciency: 5-for14 (35.7 percent) Fourth down efﬁciency: 1-for-3 (33 percent) Passing efﬁciency: 16-for-31 (51.6 percent)
(Trouble with the Curve) “Get off my Lawn!” If inspiration doesn’t work, try scaring them. And who is scarier than Clint Eastwood? Besides, if he can give an impassioned diatribe against a chair.
Penalties: 5 for 55 yards
the Rams into points. At the end of the second quarter, a Pete Kontodiakos punt was blocked and recovered by Fresno State at the Rams' 33-yard line with 1:49 left in the half. Thirty-two seconds later, the Bulldogs put the ball into the end zone on a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr to Josh Harper. The score put Fresno State ahead of the Rams 14-0 at halftime and stopped any momentum CSU had heading into the See MISTAKES on Page 6
Dinger the Dinosaur
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr (4) makes a throw during the ﬁrst half of Saturdays game at Huges Stadium. (Photo by Dylan Langille)
(Mascot) Because, why not? They need someone to fill the gap in the meantime, and everyone including the mascot works.
The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff and designed by Design Editor Kris Lawan.
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FORT COLLINS FOCUS
Police investigate fatal domestic incident on Meldrum Street Following a domestic call at 11:25 p.m. Friday, Fort Collins Police have arrested Nicole Marie Ryan on suspicion of second degree murder for the death of her fiance in their home in the 400 block of N. Meldrum Street, according to a news release. Ryan was taken into custody and taken to Larimer County Jail on suspicion of second degree murder and domestic violence charges. According to the release, no one else was home at the time of the incident. Ryan (D.O.B, 3-3-89), according to the university directory, is not a CSU student. She called 911 Friday evening after reporting that she had injured her “husband” during an argument. When police arrived, they
A couple of elk resting in Rocky Mountains National Park with the beautiful color changes of Fall behind them on Sunday October 7. (Photo by Austin Simpson).
found her fiance, described as a male in his early 30s, with a severe knife wound to his neck. The victim died while being transported to Poudre Valley Hospital. The identity of the victim and the official manner and cause of death will be released by the Larimer County Coroner. The case remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Keith Maynard at 970-221-6540.
CSU scientists honored this month for field work Several members of the CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences will be honored this month for their work in the field at the 2012 international meetings of leading agronomy, crop and soil science societies. The honorees include senior soil and crop sciences major Donald Hodgkin-
son and Colorado Wheat Executive Director Darrell L. Hanavan, among several others. The five members will be among 4,000 honorees recognized by the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America during their annual gathering in Cincinnati Oct. 21 to 24. The conference will feature more than 3,000 presentations on issues ranging from the impact of manufactured nanoparticles on a given ecosystem, to the use of “grey” wastewater in farm irrigation. Professor Emeritus Gary “Pete” Peterson will be given the Distinguished Service Award for his service as the president of the Soil Science Society of America in 2008, along with his work in minimizing erosion and water conservation.
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CLARIFICATION A RamTalk that ran Friday, Oct. 5 incorrectly stated that the Ramskellar will be closing next semester as a result of renovations to the Lory Student Center. The Ramskellar will continue to serve students through Spring Semester 2013.
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Diminishing tolerance of hazing Making a U-turn
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supports one another. “[Hazing prevention] means to uphold integrity in others and bring out the best in each other without making anyone feel worthless or degraded,” Kimbrel said. According to the National Hazing Prevention Week website, the intention of a hazing prevention week is to diminish society’s tolerance of hazing and inspire every-
one’s belief in their own ability to prevent and stand up to hazing. “I think this is a very important week to advocate because it is a common stereotype of Greek life,” Thompson said, a member of the Tri Delta sorority. “Especially at CSU, we are very against hazing and more focused on friendships and academics and giving back with our philanthropies. [National Hazing Prevention
week] is something to continue absolutely until hazing isn't a problem and innocent kids aren't getting hurt or killed.” For next semester’s Hazing Prevention weeks, Greek Life is hoping to have larger programs planned and to get new pledges involved. According to Still, they want to do something different in order to get the word out about hazing prevention.
“We are going in a good direction, and I would love to see that continue,” Still said. “It is important to have hazing prevention weeks because it is something to nationally prevent in Greek communities. This way we can hold a higher standard for ourselves in the Greek, as well as CSU, community.” Collegian Writer Taylor Pettaway can be reached at email@example.com.
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U.S. President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House as he heads to Marine One on his way to California for a campaign stop on Sunday, October 7, 2012. (Olivier Douliery/Abac Press/MCT)
Obama, Romeny campaigns trade accusations of lies By JIM PUZZANGHERA The McClatchy Tribune WASHINGTON – The campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney traded sharp accusations of lies and distortions Sunday as the race headed into its final month roiled by last week’s debate. The Romney camp released a new TV ad accusing Obama of “not telling the truth about Mitt Romney’s tax plan.” It charged Obama with distorting the plan by asserting on the campaign trail and during Wednesday’s first presidential debate that the Republican candidate would raise taxes on middle-class Americans as part of a $5-trillion tax cut that mostly would benefit the wealthy. Romney supporters repeated the charge on the Sunday talk shows. “We know it’s not true what they’re saying about his tax plan,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. said on “Fox News Sunday.” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said during the Republican primaries that Romney was running a “fundamentally dishonest
campaign,” came to his former opponent’s defense. Gingrich said, “The charges on the tax cuts are just plain wrong. “Mitt Romney walked over him,” Gingrich said of Obama’s debate performance. But Obama aides and supporters pressed their assertions that Romney’s tax plan doesn’t add up and that he misled voters during the debate. “It was a masterful theatrical performance. It was fundamentally dishonest for the American people,” Robert Gibbs, an adviser to Obama’s campaign, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “This was what he used to do in private business,” Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “You have the ‘closer’ at Bain Capital and the basic theory is say whatever you need to get the deal and that’s what he did that night.” He said Romney was “dishonest in his answers” and delivered “a Gantry-esque performance,” a reference to the fictional, dishonest evangelist Elmer Gantry. The Romney campaign sought to build on the momentum they believe they
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gained from the former Massachusetts governor’s strong performance in the first of three presidential debates. “The debate was a reset of this campaign,” Ayotte said. She described it as “an opportunity for the American people … to debunk the myths created by the Obama campaign through false advertising about Gov. Romney.” Republican Mike DeWine, attorney general in the battleground state of Ohio, said: “This race fundamentally changed Wednesday night in Ohio and across the country.” “The president … couldn’t defend the last four years,” DeWine, a former U.S. senator, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Maybe that’s not because he’s not a good debater. We know he’s a good debater. He couldn’t defend the last four years because you can’t defend it. You can’t defend not getting the job done.” Democrats said Obama was not happy with his performance and would improve in the upcoming debates. “I think the president understood that he hadn’t performed up to his own expec-
tations pretty quickly after he got off the stage that night,” Gibbs said. Axelrod said Obama “did plenty of homework” before the debate, but wasn’t ready for Romney distortions of his own positions. “I think he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which Gov. Romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he’s run, walked away from his record and that’s something we’re going to have to make an adjustment for in these subsequent debates,” Axelrod said.
TILT helps students improve unsatisfactory grades By MOONIER SAID The Rocky Mountain Collegian
The semester may be halfway over, but students heading in the wrong direction with their grades still have a chance to turn things around. Anyone with an unsatisfactory report in a class can learn how to improve by attending TILT’s U-Turn Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Thanks to the Early Grade Feedback Program, some 100 level CHEM, CS, LIFE, MATH, PSY and HIST students receive a “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory” progress report. “If students didn't do well, they have a lot of options to improve their grades with the many faculty members available,” said Heather Landers, associate coordinator for the Institute for Learning and Teaching. Siri Newman, the Coordinator for the Center for Advising and Student Achievement, and her team have made it their priority to bring in the most qualified staff for the event. “We have done extensive searches across all colleges to bring to this event so students can have personalized help,” Newman said. Once students get to TILT, they participate in academic assessment where they will answer questions to root out why they may have a “U.” “We understand that
What: Students get a chance to learn how to turn around unsatisfactory performance in classes When: Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Where: TILT 105
there can be many reasons students are having difficulty so we ask if personal situations have affected them or if it’s a hard class. We use the assessment to understand why,” Landers said. Students then meet one-on-one with a navigator to talk about the assessment and are directed to booths to talk about goals and tips on how to succeed for the rest of the semester. “Our event is individualized for each student, so no two students will have the same experience,” Landers said. Each booth has a different faculty member suited specifically for each student and besides the advising, students are able to make future appointments and learn about future events to finish the semester strong. “Any student can come to U Turn, even if you are doing fine you are welcome to come. We will have food and a raffle with CSU gear and prizes so come and join us,” Landers said. Collegian writer Moonier Said can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Poetry grows out of the oral tradition and thus its artistic nature relies just as much on the rhythm and flow of the words as the meaning.”
Poetry is dead and academics are to blame
By Hamilton reed
Poetry is dead and academics killed it. I understand that this is a strong claim, but I want you to think about something. I’m sure all of you have at least had some experience with poetry, what with this being an institute of higher learning and all, but I want you to think about the last time you actually sat down and read poetry for fun. The fact that there are probably people out there who would cringe at reading the words “poetry” and “fun” together just serves to reinforce my point. People read poetry, and in fact many people have favorite poems, but raw poetry just doesn’t seem to find its way into our lives as much anymore. I know among my friends there are always conversations floating around about new books to read, new music to listen to, new movies to see or even new artists or exhibits to check out. When it comes to poetry though, I’ve never had a friend in conversation say to me “Hey, you’ve got to check out this poem I read.” It seems to me that the current academic situation of poetry has left people feeling less than thrilled about the art. Who doesn’t remember looking at a Shakespearean sonnet and having a professor go on about “close reading” and trying to find the deeper meaning of the poem? This approach then turns what should be an interesting and enlightening form of entertainment into what essentially amounts to a very hard and vague puzzle to decipher. It enforces the notion that poetry is about rigor, discipline and repetition. To a certain extent repetition is needed to appreciate the fine points and nuance of poetry, but the same is true of other artworks as well. I know I usually don’t catch all the meanings in the lyrics of a song the first time I hear it. Heck, sometimes I catch new meanings years after
I’ve first heard a song. I know I don’t catch all the little details in most paintings and images the first time I look at them. Books seem to be an exception only because the whole composition can be drip fed to a reader, thus time to think and reflect is inherent to the process of reading a novel. But there are other reasons we look at images again or listen to songs again. There’s something about the composition itself that is pleasing. A melody that catches our fancy or a particular shade of blue that sparks an emotion. There’s something beyond the message and instead something about the medium that keeps us coming back to the art we love. This is where I feel poetry is crippled by formal study. In the classroom poems are treated like a novel. Something to be read in one’s own time, annotated, then brought back to class to have it’s meaning deciphered and then the poem is never touched again. Poetry isn’t meant to be read though. To truly enjoy poetry one should be able to close their eyes and listen. Poetry grows out of the oral tradition and thus its artistic nature relies just as much on the rhythm and flow of the words as the meaning. Thanks to the rhyme and pacing inherent in traditional poetry, bards and common folk alike could easily memorize and recite the great epics of their culture. The “Odyssey,” “Gilgamesh,” “Beowulf” — all of them great works written just as much to tell a story as to be memorable when spoken. Without the form of past poetry — coupled with the strict and silent rigor of poetic study in academia — poetry has had its soul slowly sucked out and its husk of a body entombed within the ivory tomes of academia. Thankfully, the oral tradition has been reborn in the art of rap and hiphop. There the standards of rhythm and rhyme are maintained, and the craft of the sound of words thrives. Poetry may be dead, but at least its soul lives on. Hamilton Reed is a senior computer science major. His columns appear Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian. com.
There is a common misperception on most college campuses that Greek Life is nothing but a bunch of wild, “Animal House”-esk bros who do nothing but drink and cause havoc. This 1970s perception has stuck to those wearing Greek letters to this day, even though the practices of many Greek Life organizations has changed radically in past years. Despite what most students believe, Greek Life is full of service efforts to make this town a better place. The average Greek Life participant — in fact — probably contributes leagues more to the Fort Collins community than the average CSU student. Greek Life organizations on our
campus are raising their requirements and colleges are raising their expectations of Greek Life, and
“Our Greek Life should be commended for their efforts to battle hazing.” have been cracking down on those not meeting the requirements. Our Greek Life should be com-
mended for their efforts to battle hazing — which is consistently associated with fraternities and sororities to this day. They should be doing everything in their power to differentiate themselves from the typical Greek Life stereotypes. Hazing is an unacceptable rite of passage, and if you are ever made to do anything you’re uncomfortable with to join an organization — it’s probably not worth joining. Speak up if you are the victim of hazing. Ensure that those who participate in hazing are singled out a dealt with in order to break the negative perception that all Greek Life hazes, and all fraternities and sororities are the same.
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Why we run offensive columns
By allison sylte
The only time my friends actually read the paper is when the Collegian does something controversial. And that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday, when immediately after getting back to my apartment to grab some quick dinner before coming into the office, I was accosted by two of my roommates about something one of our columnists wrote about military discounts. “Why would you publish this?” One of them asked me while I was digging into my gourmet $0.50 dinner of ramen noodles and tuna. “Don’t you think this makes the Collegian look bad?” It’s not the first time I’ve been asked that question. During my three years at the Collegian, we’ve published a variety of unpopular pieces on our opinion page, from a column calling basically everyone godless heathens, to an incendiary look at Greek, life to a piece about “screwing racism (literally).” And every single time, people ask the same question, regardless of the content in question: “Why would you publish this?” My answer is simple: We publish it because it’s called the opinion page.
And in my opinion (no pun intended), an opinion page is absolutely worthless if it doesn’t give space to unpopular opinions alongside the more conventional ones. Was I slightly offended that someone was questioning whether or not veterans should get tiny 10 percent discounts at private businesses? I honestly was, but by the same token, I fully support her right to say it. Looking online, I firmly believe that she started a genuine discussion, and forced some people to actually justify something they have never questioned before. If that’s not a perfect example of the function an opinion page should have, then I don’t know what is. One of the biggest distinctions I think a lot of media consumers lack is that there is a clear difference between an actual news article and an opinion piece. While expecting unbiased reporting from a news article should be a given, the function of a column is the exact opposite. It’s always disheartening when I see people’s comments online about how our columns are “bad journalism” or “totally biased reporting,” because neither of these things are expectations whatsoever when it comes to a column. What I do expect from our opinion page is that our columns are well-researched, have good argumentation, be factually accurate and have a strong variety of voices from different facets of our community. I don’t think we should ever reject an opinion piece because of its subject matter, but that we should have an expectation where the more potentially controversial the subject, the more we expect in terms of argumentation and research.
Yes — we have held columns because of these two factors, but our policy is to always allow the writer to rewrite the piece until it is up to our standards. And sometimes we have published columns that did not meet our quality control standards for argumentation, and that’s when we’ve gotten in trouble. In my mind, we should never shy away from being controversial simply to save face or to save our readers from being offended. A good opinion piece should continuously make you think, and it should force you to challenge the very things that you have never questioned before (a statement that is understandably hypocritical coming from someone who wrote a humor column last year). When this works, it’s awesome. One of my all-time favorite opinion pieces is New York Times columnist Nick Kristof’s defense of sweatshops in third-world countries. This column made me question something that is almost common knowledge (that sweatshops are inherently bad), and through a unique argument, totally changed my mind. Sure, some people out there were pretty mad, but lots of other people were forced to think. One of my favorite professors once said that, “One of our society’s greatest flaws is our perpetual fear of being offended.” As a media consumer, I implore you to overcome that fear, and rather than to initially question whether or not a potentially abrasive piece should have run, to discuss its content instead.
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Moby Arena crowd too much for Wyoming By KYLE GRABOWSKI The Rocky Mountain Collegian Wyoming’ volleyball’s fans spilled into Moby Arena Friday and yelled, “why so quiet?” after CSU only won the first set 25-22. They didn’t have much to say after the Rams took the next two sets 25-13 to run the Cowgirls back to Laramie. “When all of the Wyoming guys came in and lined up, I said to my assistant, ‘I love when that happens because that’s going to make our students even more rabid.’ They aren’t going to be outdone by guys coming in all dressed up,” CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. “We have the best home environment in the United States. I really think that.” Wyoming stayed so close in the first set due to six CSU service errors and had a chance to win with it tied at 20. The Rams proved tougher in the endgame and used a 4-1 run to close it out. “They outblocked us, 3-2. It was a matter of them having a lot of unforced hitting errors,” Hilbert said. The Cowgirls came out with significantly less energy in the second and third sets, which showed in their negative hitting percentages. “We lost a bit of confidence and couldn’t gain it
back,” Wyoming coach Carrie Yerty said. “They picked us apart point by point.” CSU did that with a strong block. The Rams finished with nine stuff blocks for points, and their defensive presence forced Wyoming into 15 unforced hitting errors. Wyoming’s Mountain West leading defense showed up as well, holding CSU to a .198 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Dana Cranston had eight kills on a .146 hitting percentage, but lead the team in total points due to her service aces and blocking. “She could have been impatient and she could have gotten antsy and tried to do things that she couldn’t do, but she didn’t,” Hilbert said. “She stayed with what she does for us.” CSU leaned on Cranston in the match because they were out of system a lot, but she made the necessary adjustments to help her team. “It was tough because I felt like I was taking pretty big swings in the first set, but a lot of times when teams get a read on you, even when they are big swings, they are standing in the right spot,” Cranston said. “Tom (Hilbert) told me to keep being patient. Near the end of the second set I just started giving a lot of junk. It’s just
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Wyoming Senior Jodi Purdy tries to spike the ball past CSU’s Brieon Paige Deedra Foss during the Ram Boarder War victory Friday at Moby. The Rams swept the Cowgirls in 3 sets.
finding the balance between those two.” Now the key for the Rams is to take the momentum they’ve gained in the past two weeks on the road,
where they have struggled this season. “When we’re on the road every set is like that, and we have to be the kind of team that can stay with somebody
to 20, and then beat them at the end. We did that there,” Hilbert said. “That’s a great thing for our team to attach themselves to, and to come out and do that again, espe-
cially this next weekend when we go to Vegas and Fresno.” Assistant Sports Editor Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago-area man held in alledged Oklahoma bomb plot By CARLOS SADOVI and DAWN RHODES The McClatchy Tribune
CHICAGO — By the time Gregory Weiler II was in his late teens, his family said, the Elk Grove Village, Ill., native was well down a path toward destruction. Both his mother and father had committed suicide before he was 16, and Weiler had also tried to kill himself in the eighth grade. He had been hospitalized for mental illness at least six times. In between, he had become addicted to heroin and alcohol. When Weiler, 23, left several years ago to join a religious group in Missouri, his family knew they’d eventually hear that he had again gotten into trouble.
It happened last week, when Weiler was arrested in Miami, Okla. for allegedly gathering materials to make 50 Molotov cocktails, with plans to bomb nearly that many local churches. His family in Elk Grove Village expressed relief that Weiler had been caught, certain that he would have followed through with what an Oklahoma court affidavit described as a deadly terrorist plot. “It’s a blessing in disguise that they were able to get there,” said Johnny Meyers, Weiler’s cousin. “He has to be held accountable. It’s a blessing, he can’t hurt anyone now.” According to court documents, Weiler was arrested after police found the
bomb-making equipment in a garbage can at a motel. He has been charged with violating Oklahoma’s anti-terrorism laws, a legacy of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. Entering Weiler’s motel room, police found dozens of empty beer bottles fashioned as Molotov cocktails, along with a torn-up page that had hand-written instructions for making the bombs. The document had a hand-drawn map of 48 local churches, and plans to make more bombs, according to the affidavit. The churches were “grouped and circled with a key detailing how many nights and how many people,” would potentially be affected, according to the af-
fidavit. Officials said Weiler had plans to videotape the explosions. A hand-written journal discovered in his motel room laid out plans to destroy churches across the U.S. “a tiny bit at a time — setting foundation for the years to follow,” the affidavit said. Miami Police Chief George Haralson said Weiler checked into the motel on Sept. 20 using an Illinois driver’s license with an address in Washington, Ill., just east of Peoria. Haralson said police have not found any indication of a partner in the plot. “To be able to fire bomb 48 churches in a week, that’s an awful lot of effort,” Haralson said. “But we’re confident that he was acting alone.” As for why Weiler might
have targeted the rural community of 15,000 people, “I couldn’t even begin to guess,” Haralson said. Weiler is charged with threat to use explosives, incendiary device, simulated bomb to damage or injure persons or property, and a violation of the Oklahoma anti-terrorism act. He is being held without bail in Ottawa County Jail. His aunt Joanne Meyers said she believes the latest incident is another example how mental illness has devastated their family. She and her husband Chris took in Weiler after his mother committed suicide in 2002 after years of depression and alcoholism, she said. Weiler’s father suffered from alcohol and drug ad-
diction before he killed himself in 2005. And, a sister is hospitalized for mental illness after several suicide attempts, said Meyers. “We just want people to understand how mental illness such as Greg’s affects our whole family,” Meyers said. Weiler showed signs of mental illness early, she said. After graduating from Elk Grove High School, he went to Bradley University—where he skipped classes and stole money from friends and family through a pyramid scheme, Meyers said. About three years ago, Weiler joined a church in Missouri that his family called “a cult.”
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Top Left: Thomas Coffman (2) dives for a catch during the third quarter of Satrudays loss to Fresno State. Above: A young fan holds up a foam ﬁnger during the ﬁrst half of Saturday’s football game at Hughes Stadium. Left: Fans react to a call made in the ﬁrst quarter of Saturdays game against Fresno State. Far Left: Kivon Cartwright (86) celebrates a touchdown with Marquis Law (9) during the ﬁrst half of Saturday game against Fresno State. The touchdown was called back after a ﬂag was thrown on the play and the Rams eventually fell short to the Bulldogs 28-7. DYLAN LANGILLE | COLLEGIAN
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Fans suffering from the Rams’ failure to produce
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scored just once after the Rams fumbled at their own 29-yard line putting the defense in tough field position. Short fields left for the defense became a theme. “Give credit to (Fresno State’s) guys. They took advantage of the things that we talked about earlier in the week that we couldn’t do, and that’s give the ball to them in
short field and let that offense go,” McElwain said. The question of the season is how does the offense find success? The first step to finding a solution is recognizing the problem, and the Rams feel like they’re getting closer. “As an offense we need to come together as a group and execute,” wide receiver Charles Lovett said. “We cannot just keep leaving it on our defense for every game.”
Eventually the Rams’ defense cracked under the weight of holding up an entire team on route to a fifth straight loss. “We have to go back to the basics on Monday. Playing with belief, like against CU. We have to play with that type of fire, of intensity,” Matthews said. “I feel like some guys have it and some guys don’t, but we’re trying to find each other as a team
and when we do we’ll be a good team.” Until that day happens, it’s the fans that continue to suffer. “I’m very disappointed for the fans... it’s disappointing that we’re not giving them something tangible to hang their hats on and feel good about,” McElwain said. “As I’ve said, I see what we’re doing and I see the guys we’re doing it with, and the Rams are going to be a force
FRESNO STATE STATS Fresno State averages vs. Saturday
Season: 41.8 Saturday: 28
to be reckoned with here in the future I can tell you that and I guarantee that.”
Season: 512.8 Saturday: 408 Season: 335.2 Saturday: 217
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locker room at the break. The Rams know what they have to do, especially on offense, in order to take advantage of opportunities in the future, but that still doesn’t make the sting of five straight losses hurt any less. “How miserable am I?” said a disappointed Jim McElwain after the game. “I am miserable, but I am not ready to jump off the cliff be-
cause I saw the fight in the comeback from what they should have been embarrassed about the week before. “There was some resolve. There was a huge disappointment because I know what they put into it. (But) they know we come back to work and we keep moving forward.” Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.
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Hughes is cursed, we need a new stadium
By Quentin sickafoose
The past couple times I’ve sat down to write this weekly column of mine, the end result has bashed the CSU football team pretty hard. So, before I get my car tires slashed in the school parking lot, I’d like to shift focus onto a different reason for our lack of success — it must be our poor excuse for a stadium. To say that Hughes Stadium lacks home field advantage would be an understatement at the very least. It clearly has done a whole lot of nothing for us because we are now halfway through our home games of the season and have yet to capitalize once. However, we would be lying if we said this was a strange, new experience. The Rams played six games at Hughes in 2011 and managed to pull out one measly victory. The fact that it was against the University of Northern Colorado would only add insult to injury at this point. So why does Hughes suck so bad? One of the key factors that needs to be addressed here is its location. To put a stadium located off campus is bad enough, but putting it on the outskirts of Fort Collins is another. Hughes is basically out in the middle of nowhere, which is less than convenient when trying to draw in a crowd. Summer is gone and temperatures are starting to sink into the thirties. This eliminates use of Horsetooth, the drive-in movie theater and the new frisbee golf course, making CSU home games the only reason to ever need to travel that far west. Location ties straight into another key reason why
Hughes sucks — attendance. Getting out to Hughes on a Saturday can be a bit of a trek, which causes a decrease in attendance for home games. The average home attendance this season is 24,252 which leaves almost 10,000 empty seats at every game. Anybody can recognize that a poor turnout means a lack in support that ultimately ends without the home victory. It is rather discouraging when the stands at your own home field feel bare. The most important reason that I’m suggesting our with Hughes and in with the new is the fact that it is outdated. We are getting awfully close to the half century mark of calling Hughes home. Anybody that has walked through those old, concrete concourses knows that it carries a somewhat “creepy” feel to it. It may possess the look of a classic stadium, but lacks the classic feel. The first game ever played at Hughes was on September 28, 1968 against North Texas State that ended with a 17-12 loss for CSU. That inaugural game not only launched the Hughes Stadium era (arguably off on the wrong foot), but also ended the days of Colorado Field. Colorado Field was an on-campus football field that sat only 12,000; a place the Rams used to call home before the then much needed Hughes was introduced. Just as CSU desperately needed to replace Colorado Field in the late sixties, we are currently experiencing the same need to replace Hughes today. So there it is, donors. Please don’t settle for upgrading Hughes. We need to do this the right way and set our team up for success. A closer, on-campus home is a necessity to get everyone within the CSU community involved. Get us a new spot to call home, away from that cursed location out west. Quentin Sickafoose is a junior journalism major. His column appears Monday in the sports section of the Collegian. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rashad Evans(11) of Fresno State attempts to haul in a catch in the third quarter of Saturdays game veresus CSU at Hughes Stadium.
Strong defensive effort spoiled in loss By Cris Tiller The Rocky Mountain Collegian Last week, CSU football coach Jim McElwain called out his team for playing with no heart and challenged them to show up. Only half the team got the message. “I saw a defense that answered the call after a week ago,” McElwain said following CSU’s 28-7 loss to Fresno State. “A team that scraped against a very, very high powered offense... I was really proud of the way our guys fought and swarmed to
the ball most of the day and played hard. “Our defense played their tails off and they did what they needed to do to win this football game against an explosive offense.” The Rams’ defense contained the NCAA’s 16th best scoring offense nearly two touchdowns below its average, but Saturday night CSU’s offense let the team down as the case has been too many times this season. CSU held the Bulldogs under their season average in three separate cat-
egories (points, total offense and passing yards), but the defense returned to the field with no more than four minutes rest at any point in the game. In the end, Fresno State controlled the ball for 36:55 of the game, but CSU safety Trent Matthews refused to believe his unit got tired. “We don’t (get tired). We just practice that way, practice fast tempo,” Matthews said. “It’s on us to execute more.” Fatigue or not, CSU’s defense made considerable strides over the week
in pass defense forcing a pass happy Fresno State team to focus on the running game. “We knew that they weren’t going to let us run our receivers against man coverage all day,” Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said. “So if they were going to double cover our guys, we’re going to run the ball.” Early on, the Rams’ defensive scheme worked. Fresno State’s potent offense ended four of its first five drives in either a punt or turnover on downs, and See fball on Page 6
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