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Volume 121 | No. 97


Football signs 24 recruits to 2013 class

“Every coach wants to award all the scholarships. It’s a competitive disadvantage if they don’t. It’s a moving target and takes a lot of attention and management.” Christine Susemihl | Senior associate athletic director for internal operations


Honors Society President Lauren Hartsough sits in her biological psychology class last Thursday, Jan. 31. Hartsough represents a portion of the CSU population that will receive $26.2 million in academic scholarships this year.


Student Financial Services analyzes aid, scholarship disbursement By AUSTIN BRIGGS The Rocky Mountain Collegian Hunkered down in departments around campus, a small team of statisticians stays busy compiling application and enrollment data at CSU. The information is looked at every week, and short- and long-term strategies related to student financial aid, access and enrollment are analyzed regularly by the Student Financial Services department, said Student Financial Services director Tom Biedscheid. “We might ask them how many students do we have in this area, what’s the yield rate,” Biedscheid said. “There’s a core crew that drives it all within the division.” With student loan debt and the de-

faults that come with it hitting an all time high, potential students are being extra vigilant about every dollar they can save when deciding which college to enroll in.

Academic Scholarships This year, students at CSU will receive approximately $26.2 million in academic scholarships. A priority for any university is attracting a diverse student body which includes high ability, academically successful students, Biedscheid said. Competition is tight to get the 4.0 GPA students with high test scores and sparkling resumes to enroll at any university. The largest award CSU offers nonresidents is the Triple Crown –– a to-

tal of 244 scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $36,000 spread out over four years. One of the more coveted scholarships for in-state students is the Green and Gold Scholarship, which is $2,000 per year over four years. “It’s competitive in a lot of ways,” Biedscheid said. “It’s the kind of student that’s going to get an offer like this from essentially any university.” As a sign of this competition, CU– Boulder recently created the Esteemed Scholars Scholarship that goes into effect this fall. Depending upon GPA and test scores, approximately 20 percent of incoming resident freshmen are See SCHOLARSHIP on Page 5

See RECRUITS on Page 6

CSUPD attempts to curb bike thefts on campus By ALEX BEYER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

No matter the weather, hundreds of bikers can always be found pedaling their way through campus. But with a lot of bikes, comes a lot of bike theft. In 2012, 192 bikes were reported stolen to the CSU Police Department. Most bikes get stolen near Westfall, Durward and Corbett Halls, which collectively reported 46 bike thefts in 2012. The second most popular area is the south side dorms, including Ingersoll, Summit, Academic Village, Edwards, Newsom and Braiden, which reported 34 thefts all together. “There is less traffic on that side of campus compared to places like the Academic Village where you have people all over,” said CSUPD Lt. Scott Harris. “And most thieves are not only looking for an easy opportunity but also looking for a quick way to get away

with what they got.” One of those reports came from junior biology major Quinn Watt, whose bike was stolen last summer. “I did go to CSU police, and my bike was registered, so they got all the information for my bike in their records,” Watt said. “They said they would relay it to Fort Collins police also to spread the word. I actually got a call once thinking they found it, but I wasn't that lucky.” With so many instances like this, the CSUPD has taken several measures in order to protect students from bicycle kleptomania. Harris said that some of those measures include educating students on how to properly secure their bikes when they register their bikes, as well as warning the public about bike theft trends through mediums like Today@CSU. Harris also mentioned that having a police presence on campus deters bike thieves from stealing. However, he stressed

Bikes stolen on campus in 2012

46 Bikes- North side dorms

(Towers, Corbett, Parmalee, Allison, Lory Apts)

Laurel St.



There is a long list of crimes that are just to deplorable to mention. High on this list for those of us in Fort Collins is the theft of bikes. Bike thieves are amongst the most deplorable human beings to stain the beautiful painting of this most bike-friendly of cities. They ought to have a punishment equitable to their crimes, like:

By CRIS TILLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian Size, athleticism and depth. All three were serious needs for CSU football heading into the 2013 off-season, and coach Jim McElwain believes his next recruiting class fills them all. In his first full recruiting cycle since becoming the head coach of CSU, McElwain and his staff announced the addition of 24 players, including 20 from high school and four junior college transfers. “We’re really excited about the quality of the individuals that we brought in … I know we’ve answered some needs,” McElwain said at the announcement press conference. “Each and every one of them we expect to be impact players at sometime in their career.” In McElwain’s newest class is a potential quarterback in Murrieta, Calif. native Nick Stevens. Stevens impressed CSU coaches during a summer workout in which he threw around 65 passes, displaying his ability to hit every route with accuracy. “He missed one throw. Everything else was a catchable, on target, release,” offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin said. “We came away from there going, ‘This is a phenom.’ ... It was a no brainer. There were a lot of people that came back on him.” Baldwin talked about his athletic prowess as an exciting facet to his game that attracted the attention of schools like Boise State. Stevens won a championship in his junior


34 Bikes- South side dorms

(Ingersoll, Summit, Academic Village, Edwards, Newsom, Braiden)

IM fields

Punishments for bike thieves Practice Dummies

It’s no secret that the CSU football team hasn’t done well in the past. Clearly, they are in need of some new equipment... new, live equipment. Nobody would ever steal a bike if they knew that, if caught, they’d be doomed to being smashed by linebackers for eternity!

Geese Shepherds

Every spring, CSU is plagued by geese. And someone needs to make sure that they don’t wander onto sidewalks. Fitting, then, that the bike-grabbing scum of the city should be punished by wallowing in geese droppings.

26 Bikes- Student Center/Engineering area

18 Bikes- Clark/Morgan Library, Eddy area 15- Southeast admin Prospect st.

(Chemistry, Gifford, Pathology, Microbiology, Yates, PERC) HUNTER THOMPSON | COLLEGIAN

that one main reason bikes are stolen is simply because bikers don’t use the right lock: a U-lock. “Just by using a pair of wire cutters you can cut through a cable lock in seconds and take a

bike,” Harris said. “Some cable locks can even be opened just by pulling hard on them. U-locks, though, are very hard to defeat and take away a bike thief’s opportunity.”

Some students, like junior liberal arts major Aaron Grinsell, learned this lesson the hard way. His bike wasn’t See BIKES on Page 6

Arrested by Bike Cops

The irony of this is inescapable. As is the humiliation. The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.

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Community Briefs


Poudre River Trail closed between Lincoln Avenue and Mulberry Street


Junior mechanical engineering major Noah Clark drowns out the sounds of construction around the Lory Student Center Theatre as he plays the grand piano Wednesday. Clark was practicing a classical version of Eminem’s song “Love the Way You Lie.”

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Starting in late 2013, the Mulberry Street bridge over the Poudre River will be replaced by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The city’s utility department will relocate major sewer and water lines just upstream of the existing bridge to accommodate the new, wider road bridge. The department will begin work this month, which is scheduled to be completed in May. During this time frame, the Poudre Trail at the Mulberry Bridge will be closed and trail users will be detoured along Lincoln Street and Lemay Avenue. Trail users are encouraged to avoid the construction area for their safety and to allow the contractor to efficiently complete their work.

City hosting open house to discuss design plans for College Avenue

Changes have recently been made along North College Avenue, from Jefferson Street to Conifer Street. The City of Fort Collins will

host an open house Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 215 N. Mason St. to discuss the final proposed improvements, which will stretch from Conifer Street to Willox Lane. The city aims to begin construction on this section of N. College Ave. in 2014. At the open house, attendees will be able to view design plans for bike lanes, sidewalks, landscape and urban design features.

Premium rooms available for students returning to residence halls

Students interested in living in the residence halls again next fall can now choose from premium rooms. The choices include rooms in Aspen Hall; lofts in Parmelee Hall; single rooms in Summit, Durward, Westfall and Corbett Halls; double-as-single rooms in Ingersoll, Edwards and Newsom Halls; designated upperclass floors in Summit and Newsom Halls; and three-room corner units with private bedrooms in Westfall and Durward Halls. No money is due at the time of signing and students’ deposits from this year will roll over to next fall.

— Collegian Staff Report

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“Civil unions are the most we can do legislatively to provide equality and justice to people in loving and committed relationships.” Randy Fischer | District 43 representative

Colorado soon to decide on new civil union bill By MCKENNA FERGUSON The Rocky Mountain Collegian


A construction crew works on the roof of the new student apartment complex, The Summit, on the corner of College Avenue and Prospect Street. The complex is expected to be completed in summer of 2013 and is apart of a plan to increase the student housing in Fort Collins.

Home sweet...apartment? New student housing action plan to bring more than 3,000 living spaces to Fort Collins students next fall By CARRIE MOBLEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian A new city action plan will bring more student housing to Fort Collins upon its approval in the upcoming weeks. Although it may seem like there are plenty of places for students to choose from, Neighborhood Services Manager Beth Sowder said it is the low vacancy rates at current student housing complexes which helped spur the action plan. “We realized we don’t have that many multi-family complexes,” Sowder said. “We have a shortage, and we are trying to respond to that.” Sowder added that three new complexes are already approved and underway. Those buildings will be completed in fall 2013 and will bring an estimated 3,000 new bedrooms to the city. “The action plan really focused on what’s available and also on what’s coming,” Sowder said. “And we believe

that what’s coming with it will be able to provide for the city’s housing needs for five to seven years.” One of the three new complexes that is being built is The Summit on College. According to Pat Postal, director of leasing for the complex, it is expected to be completed over summer 2013. “The reason students will choose (The Summit) is because of the overall feel,” Postal said. “Its competitive in price to other similar complexes and it has great amenities, along with the advantage of being a brand new complex.” Postal went on to say that the complex will also offer a retail center, with a much different feel than complexes normally offer here in Fort Collins. Sowder says this is a common goal of the action plan. “A lot of the action plan focuses on compatibility between single family spaces and multi-family spaces,” Sowder said. “That could be as simple as planning for

more common recreation areas within an apartment complex, so there will be less of an impact on the immediate community outside it.” These new types of spaces are exactly what draws students in, according to one student who has already signed a lease at a new complex. “I chose (The Summit) because it had a combination of all the things that appealed to me,” said Beth Sonnema, who signed her lease last semester to live in the complex next fall. “It was close to campus, brand new, lots of rooming choices and a decent price all in one place.” According to Sowder, the most important part about the action plan is that it’s not comprehensive. “It’s all about the here and now,” Sowder said. “Most actions are immediate, and the longest ones are about two or three years into the future.” City Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley can be reached at

Colorado may soon take what some consider an important step toward equal rights for all its residents. The Colorado General Assembly is currently in the process of reviewing the Colorado Civil Union Act, which would allow samesex couples to enter into a civil union. The bill went through the Senate committee on Jan. 23 and is expected to pass. It has the backing of the democratic majority and of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Similar bills have appeared in the general assembly before, only to be killed before reaching the governor. With the support the bill has currently, many are saying this will be the year it succeeds. The difference between civil unions and marriage is important to note. According to Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, there are over a thousand legal protections given to married couples that are not given to those in a civil union. These include things like taking time off work to care for a loved one, Social Security survivor benefits

and more. “My initial reaction is close, but not quite there yet,” said Amy Power, senior health and exercise science major and member of the student organization, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied People of CSU. “I’d rather have civil unions than nothing at all.” Civil unions do afford some of the same rights as marriage, including adopting children, visiting each other in the hospital and making medical decisions for one another. “It’s a step forward because it means that the collective consciousness of Colorado is starting to move forward in a positive direction,” said Maureen Kosse, SOGLBT member and senior linguistics major. Many believe that while civil unions are a step forward, they are not enough. “I’m definitely torn between two feelings: on the one hand, it’s a step in the right direction, but it does at times feel like a cop-out,” said Ian Farrow, vice president of SOGLBT and senior microbiology major. The reason for civil unions as opposed to mar-

riage is that in 2006 Colorado passed a constitutional ban on same-sex unions by defining marriage as something exclusively between a man and a woman. This can only be overturned by a vote of the people. “Civil unions are the most we can do legislatively to provide equality and justice to people in loving and committed relationships,” said District 43 representative Randy Fischer. “I think it’s important for us to send a message. I think this would be a big step for civil rights and equality for all our citizens.” Many residents are hoping that if the civil union bill passes it could eventually lead to marriage for same-sex couples. “I’m not going to say that I’m not crossing my fingers,” Powers said. “I eventually hope to be married, and I love the state of Colorado. So for me to have to move to get married is actually pretty heartbreaking because this is my home.” If passed, Colorado will become the sixth state with civil union laws. Collegian Writer McKenna Ferguson can be reached at news@collegian. com.


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The invisible war for water against corporations Recently, I have found myself attracted to watching the various documentaries that are available on Netflix. This is the kind of thing I do in my spare time, but it pays off. Mostly, I watch these pictures to get the facts, such as seeing what really caused the financial meltdown and put faces on those who were responsible, but I will watch anything that seeks to report the truth no matter what. By Res Stecker Currently, my favorite documentary is “Flow: For the Love of Water.” Some of you have probably seen it, but a large proportion of the population has likely never heard of it. Essentially, the film covers several locations throughout the world exposing the downright criminal acts of major corporations such as Nestle and Coca-Cola as they put profits above people. The film examines the effects that the privatization of water supply in different areas is having on local populations along with the social consequences of privatized water. “Flow” exposes the truly immoral act that is the privatization of water. I understand that we live in a capitalist system and I also recognize that there may not be a better way of effectively distributing water to a population than by having a company control it. However, my main problem with privatized water is when corporations begin to redistribute water around the world for the purpose of making profits. What I do not understand is how a company can simply be allowed to take water out of a spring or glacier and then bottle it up and sell it off around the globe when they have no right to do so. In the documentary, local residents often saw their local water resources dry up or become polluted, devastating the local health and economy of places ranging from India to Michigan. In Michigan, Nestle leased land from the government for a meager $65 thousand for 99 years; unbelievable right? Wait, it gets better. The residents discovered that the streams that they had formerly relied on to supply water to their homes were reduced to mere trickles of their former selves, which made it downright difficult to cook, farm or drink anything. Nestle was simply taking water that should have belonged to the residents of the town that had relied on it for generations and was selling it off around the world for exorbitant prices. This is not the same as BP drilling for oil and then selling that off, as oil is completely different resource. It is a non-renewable and non-life critical resource, thus separating it from water completely. Water is needed by every human being in order to survive. If they cannot afford it are they simply supposed to die? Who says that a business can control who gets water and who doesn’t? No company or person should have the right to control water distribution that has profit in mind. These mega-corporations pick an area and pay a ridiculously low fee to suck up all the water and then proceed to charge people ridiculously high prices for a resource that should not have been theirs to begin with. I would argue that if we are going to let companies redistribute our water and sell it to us for prices that are simply outrageous, we should let them control our air supply as well. We seem to be heading down that road so we might as well get it over with now. Imagine living in neighborhoods that were walled off from each other and each area had to pay for oxygen. I would posit that charging people for water is equally as whacked. I suppose though that part of the problem lies with people buying bottled water, which in and of itself is a crime against humanity, which you will see if you set aside an hour to watch “Flow.” Seriously, do not buy bottled water. It will send a message to these corporations that we are not going to pay for a natural resource that we have a right to as human beings. Still not convinced? Consider this: according to the film, there is less than one person in the federal government that is responsible for overseeing the quality of bottled water. You are not getting any guarantee that your expensive, humanity-choking bottled water is any better than the tap. Some of the time, it is probably worse. Res Stecker is a junior international studies major. His columns appear Thursdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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House hunting season February is typically a stressful month for students. Your daily schedule for the semester is basically set and you’re beginning to feel the full burden of classes, work and extracurriculars, already starting to count down the days until Spring Break, or even the end of the semester. You’re right to already be looking so long term. It’s actually very important that you do so about this time of year or else before you know it you might not be able to find a place to live for the following school year. A place to live can be hard to find in Fort Collins despite the

high living costs, especially with the U+2 ordinance in the city, which dictates that you can live

“Luckily, Fort Collins is in the process of acquiring additional housing for students that’s both pretty close to campus and fairly affordable.” in a house with no more than two other people who are not re-

lated to you. Luckily, Fort Collins is in the process of acquiring additional housing for students that’s both pretty close to campus and fairly affordable in comparison to others, such as the complex Summit on College. If you don’t want to check out the new housing options, you can always stick with classics like Ram’s Pointe, Ram’s Village, a small house near campus or any of the nearby apartment complexes. But wherever you decide to live, start looking for housing soon. It’ll all fill up before you know it.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: in response to ramride As a former director of RamRide, it made me deeply sad to hear of the incident that occurred this past weekend. Your recent editorial entitled “RamRide has broken our trust,” while bringing up a few good points, threatens to tarnish a wonderful program that has provided Colorado State University and the Fort Collins community with almost ten years of outstanding service. Does this incident bring up the necessity for RamRide to review its policies? Yes, it does. Should the student body lose its trust in the program? Absolutely not. Your opinion piece begins by degrading the purpose of the program as “a guilt free way for students to go out, party and return home safe.” From its inception, RamRide has offered a free, safe and non-judgmental way for students to get home on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. While admittedly a majority of people who utilize the program have been out at the bars or

at parties, there have been many cases where a student simply needed a ride home from work or the library. Your editorial staff and CSU students should be reminded that RamRide is a privilege afforded to them by the volunteered time of many dedicated students. The actions of this one volunteer should in no way erase the collective actions of the thousands of students who have volunteered before him. They have dedicated their time to building this program into what it is today and every single person involved in any way should be proud of that. Should students who call RamRide expect that their driver is sober and will get them home safely? Without question. Is it the responsibility of RamRide and its directors to make sure their policies ensure this standard? Absolutely. I have no doubt that ASCSU, RamRide and the university administration will work together to analyze current

policies and create any necessary new ones in light of this incident. Whether that is more staff training, volunteer restrictions or placing a GPS tracker on each car, this issue will be addressed. But as the current Director of RamRide stated, “We are entrusting a lot in our volunteers,” this means that as CSU students you need to expect better from each other and be responsible for your own actions. Use common sense, follow the policies RamRide has in place and listen to the directors in charge of the program. It is not funny or cool to put people’s lives at risk and I hope that now students recognize that RamRide is not a joke. It is a service that needs to be treated with the utmost respect by both patrons and volunteers. Many years of blood, sweat and tears have gone into creating and maintaining the RamRide program. Do not let the actions of one person and the scare tactics of one article ruin what is such a good thing for CSU. Holli Kinkel, Class of 2008

My name is Robin Sager. I am a CSU alumna and I served as both an assistant and associate director of RamRide from 2005 to 2007, logging about 500 hours of volunteer service in the two and a half years I attended CSU. One of my colleagues from the program directed me to the editorial you wrote concerning last weekend’s incident involving a RamRide driver driving for the program while under the influence of marijuana. Clearly this student, and doubtless others, are under the impression that marijuana is absolutely harmless and does not have an effect on their ability to operate a vehicle, even though science and the law both say otherwise. Therefore, it is absolutely appalling to me that instead of using your position on campus as a widely-read circular to remind students that driving while high is comparable to driving while drunk, you inexplicably chose to trash RamRide as a program, ignoring everything that alumni and your fellow students have done that make it such an amazing program. The fact that a student made an

independent decision to commit an illegal and moronic act does not have any bearing on the efficacy of RamRide, which is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. RamRide, ASCSU and CSU are not clairvoyant entities, and asking them to have been able to predict and prevent this kind of behavior before it occurs is akin to asking police officers to arrest people for DUI before they have even begun drinking, or asking HR to fire someone before the sexual harassment of his subordinate began. When I was a student, RamRide ran (and I assume it continues to run) background checks on its volunteers solely to assure the safety of its patrons. Students judged to be a risk to safety based on the data given to the program by the university are not placed in situations where they will be a risk, should they be allowed to volunteer at all. If there are no known prior bad acts, there is no reason to suspect someone would do something as unbelievably stupid as what happened last weekend. RamRide obviously did not provide the student with the marijuana,

and I am at a loss to understand how a student making an independent and stupid decision is a reflection on the quality of the program as a whole. Volunteering for the RamRide program was the highlight of my career at CSU. I have made lifelong friends with many of my fellow volunteers, have some incredible stories from driving some unforgettable folks home and learned valuable leadership skills that I continue to use in my post-collegiate career. I always encourage people I meet planning on attending CSU to volunteer for the service because of how rewarding it is to know that you have a direct impact on student and community safety. RamRide and its volunteers should not be and are not held above reproach. However, the service it provides has too much of a tangible impact on the safety of all CSU students and the city of Fort Collins at large for the Collegian to try and scare students away from using this amazing service with yellow journalism and irresponsible reporting. Please exercise more discretion in the future. Robin Sager, Class of 2007

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SCHOLARSHIP | Continued from Page 1 expected to receive one of the three scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 over four years. “It’s obviously the highly sought-after student not only from other state institutions but from outside of Colorado, and we just wanted to be able to offer them an opportunity to encourage them to attend CU,” said Susan Yountz, associate director of the office of financial aid at CU. Biedscheid acknowledged that competition like this is a good thing, both for students and institutions. “Now that they have that in place we need to respond with a scholarship that’s higher.” As students become more savvy about finances and, in many cases, receive admission offers from multiple schools, enrolling students across a range of demographics can be a complicated process that involves heavy number crunching as much as it does sending out glossy brochures. The scholarship disbursement system is part of this equation, Biedscheid said. Besides providing financial assistance for both merit- and need-based students, scholarships also draw in certain student populations if applications or enrollment are down within those populations, which naturally changes from year to year. If the university wants to attract more transfer students, for example, a scholarship may be offered that

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$26.2 mill. for academic, $7.3 mill. for athletics caters to those students. Figuring out enrollment, predicting future finances, offering financial aid packets, tracking retention rates and student demographics, and figuring out which scholarships to offer is a year-round, never-ending process, Biedscheid said. “Fall hasn’t even started yet and we’re already talking about fall 2014,” Biedscheid said. Lauren Hartsough, a sophomore psychology and criminal justice major, decided to stay close to home when she chose to enroll at CSU. The Poudre High School graduate participated in an International Baccalaureate program and graduated with honors. She fielded offers from a number of schools, including CU–Boulder, but decided on CSU largely because the admissions process was easier. Twelve thousand dollars in scholarship money over four years didn’t hurt either. Hartsough, who’s also the president of the University Honors Student Association, was offered the Green and Gold Scholarship and the Honors Scholarship by CSU. “I haven’t had to take out any loans. It’s been a huge help,” Hartsough said. “It means I can take more credit hours per semester without it being such a financial burden.” Hartsough plans on pursuing a doctorate degree in forensic neuroscience to study brain physiology on a molecular level in the criminal population to see if their brains are different than the

Scholarship funds by comparison

rest of the population. Even with complex algorithms tracking thousands of applications and enrollment trends, and the university strategizing accordingly on a regular basis, at the end of the day nothing can truly predict human behavior. “The dynamic at the heart of it is it’s an 18-yearold and who knows what they’re going to do,” Biedscheid said. “Even with all the research that’s been done on it, it’s still an interesting challenge.”

Athletic Scholarships While academic scholarships are handled by the Student Financial Services office, athletic scholarships are distributed in-house by the athletic department. The money for athletic scholarships at CSU comes from a combination of private support, revenue generating and university support, such as the $208 athletics fee every full time student pays each year. A complex mathematical formula the NCAA uses determines how many full ride scholarships a university may distribute each year. At CSU, that number is 208 full ride scholarships totalling $7.3 million. Regulations stipulate how many athletic scholarships can be awarded per team, with some sports allowing the scholarships to be divided into smaller awards. Others, like football, have to offer the full scholarship to each athlete, said Christine Susemihl, senior associate athletic director for internal operations. Susemihl estimated 65



Academic scholarships:


Academic scholarships:



CSU $911.7 million*

$1.24 billion*

Total budget


Student athletes

301 208 209.4

Full ride scholarships**

263 271

Total athletic scholarships

$7.30 million

FY13 athletic scholarship amount

$8.06 million $25.0 million

Athletic budget

$54.2 million * Numbers based on: CSU reports for 2012-2013; CU-Boulder reports for 2011-2012 **Allowed under NCAA rules (some of those can be divided up)


percent of athletic scholarships go to out of state students, with coaches having the discretion to award their allotated scholarships as they see fit. “The coaches decide the scholarships, they find the recipients, make the offers — it’s their decision,” Susemihl said. “We still give the final approval.”

Most are awarded year to year, although the NCAA recently changed its rules to allow scholarships to be offered for multiple years. With a constant rotation of players graduating, new ones coming in as freshmen, the NCAA tweaking rules and new teams being created as others disband, the athletic scholarships are

in a constant state of fluctuation. “Every coach wants to award all the scholarships. It’s a competitive disadvantage if they don’t,” Susemihl said. “It's a moving target and takes a lot of attention and management.” Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at

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DECA returns to CSU International organization provides opportunity for students entering marketing and business By HALEIGH HAMBLIN The Rocky Mountain Collegian It’s not everyday that a 1980s group is revived at CSU. But that’s the case with the return of the university’s business marketing club, DECA. Alex Carter, an advisor in the College of Business recently reintroduced DECA to CSU in fall 2012. While Carter was not involved in DECA at the high school or collegiate level, she said she is a student at heart. “What DECA has to offer students is the opportunity,” Carter said. “We are hoping to have a couple workshops and training sessions that will appeal to our members and those other interested students.” Organized at the state, district and local level, Colorado DECA is split into four collegiate levels including CU–Boulder, CU–Colorado Springs, Johnson and Wales College of Business and most recently CSU. DECA organizers test participants on their knowl-

MEMBERSHIP INFO Membership deadline: Feb. 20 $30 dues annually Meetings are held every Wednesday, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in Rockwell Hall North Membership drive Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. in Rockwell Hall North Alex Carter: College of Business advisor and CSU DECA chapter head E-mail:, Phone: 970-491-1315

edge and career exploration every year at national and regional conferences. Colorado DECA is a chartered State Association of National DECA and is set up on the state constitution and bylaws developed by their members. Colorado DECA runs on 17 elected officers: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, publicity director and 12 regional vice presidents. “This international association is comprised of two levels on the high school and collegiate level,” Everett Vaughan, student advisor of Colorado, said. “Our goal is to prepare and train students outside of the classroom and give them real life experience for their futures.” Vaughan has been work-

ing with CSU for the last year and a half on the development of the chapter. Casey Cook, CSU DECA chapter president, currently works a full-time job with the Department of Agriculture at CSU, in addition to going to school. Cook recently decided to attend CSU to obtain a degree after serving in the military for 11 years. “You can only get so far in life without a degree,” Cook said. “DECA has the opportunity to become a strong organization. It is all about what we can do to help them help us.” “We are focusing on what we can do to help them and how they can help us grow to becoming a better organization,” Cook said.

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CSUPD has even recovered stolen bikes just by looking on “I think the police do what they can since it is such a big campus,” Watt said. “I think it is more up to the students to share a common respect, and if they see someone trying to steal a bike stop them or just report any suspicious activity.” Collegian Writer Alex Beyer can be reached at


CSU chapter president of DECA, Casey Cook, answers questions at DECA’s first informational meeting of the spring semester. Meetings for the club are held every Wednesday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in Rockwell North.

Members are given a scenario 10 to 30 minutes before meeting with a judge where they will be judged on five performance indicators. Based on performance, students are ranked and receive stage recognition for the top 10 and trophies within the top three. Although the CSU DECA chapter will not be competing at the upcoming conference in Colorado Springs, Carter

and Cook will be holding a booth for recruitment. The CSU DECA chapter is focusing on recruiting and training this semester with hopes to send a few members to the national competition in California in April. In the upcoming weeks, CSU DECA will host guest speakers from local businesses OtterBox and New Belgium Brewery.

On Feb. 6, the CSU DECA chapter will hold a membership drive at 6 p.m. in Rockwell Hall North. All interested members of all majors are invited to come. For more information on Colorado DECA or joining the CSU chapter, visit their website Collegian writer Haleigh Hamblin can be reached at

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year and lost another in his senior season. Championship appearances seemed to be a focus in this recruiting class with a total of six championships in the group and 48 combined playoff appearances. After years of disappointment, the program wanted a group that expects to win and more importantly, knows how to win. “Guys that are used to winning, they find it really hard to throw in the towel,” McElwain said. “That is something that is so important because it says a lot about a guy that knows how to win. Winning does not come easy … the day-

to-day work ethic. Those guys that are winners, they always have a way to dig down deep and figure out a way to get it done.” Wide receiver was a position McElwain said he was very pleased with, in that the Rams added much needed size, joking that he wanted to find guys at least taller than him (about 5 feet 10 inches). Rashard Higgins, Sammie Long, Elroy Masters and Xavier Williams are all 6 feet 2 inches or taller, allowing them to play the outside positions and move current wide receivers like Thomas Coffman and Charles Lovett in the slot full time. The new corp’s athletic ability will be evident once they get on the

field, according to Baldwin. “We are gonna go deep,” Baldwin said. “I think the mismatches that you get, and the physicality, we’re gonna be able to run the football, too. If you’re big and can get in on the safeties, that’s going to help us in that aspect too. I really want to create mismatches, and I think those kinds of receivers do.” While the offense has added pieces for the future, the most likely position group to impact the team by next fall will be the defensive line, bolstered by junior college transfers Terry Jackson and LaRyan King. “We’re real happy with the older guys that are coming in that have that

size and maturity that can get in and hold point a little bit better,” co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mary English said. “We needed (size), and it shows. It shows in the games where we needed that help, so we addressed that right away.” Only two high school recruits, defensive lineman Austin Berk and tight end Brett Jordan, are enrolled for the spring semester and able to participate in spring practices, while the rest will join the team around June 17, the start of the second summer session. Football Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at

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Rams survive road scare at Nevada By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian


After falling into a 20-8 hole within the first eight minutes of the game, CSU men's basketball mounted a comeback to defeat Nevada 73-69 despite senior forward Pierce Hornung playing only three minutes due to a stomach illness. Stepping up and leading the Rams in the scoring department was senior forward Greg Smith, who led the Rams with 28 points while adding 12 rebounds in the game. “I was just being aggressive,” Smith said. “Coaches came in last night and told me to put my best game out there on the floor and get my practice into the game and that’s what I did tonight. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, I just made plays.” CSU (19-4, 6-2) managed to make it through the game without Hornung, its leading rebound man on the year, with help of senior center Colton Iverson, who provided toughness in the post while pulling down a team-high 16 rebounds and chipping in 10 points. “It took awhile to adjust (without Hornung),” CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. “We tried him out there and he just couldn’t do it. We’ve done it before so we know how to handle it.” Nevada (11-11, 2-6) managed to push the Rams' backs against the walls thanks in large part to senior guard Malik Story, who paced the Wolf Pack with 31 points on 7-for-11 shooting from three-point range. With Story leading the charge, Nevada kept pace with the Rams in the final six minutes of the game as

CSU- Greg Smith 28 points 12 rebounds FG percentage: 64.7 percent Nevada- Malik Story 31 points, 3 rebounds 3-point FG percentage: 63.6 percent

the two teams stayed within four points of each other through the end of the game. The difference in the game came with 26 seconds remaining in the game when after Colton Iverson made jumper, Nevada guard Jordan Burris threw a pass down into the post where no one was except for Iverson, who recorded the steal and put the Rams in position to win the game. Four made free throws by senior guard Wes Eikmeier iced the game for the Rams and gave them their fourth straight victory and more importantly, gives CSU its second straight road conference victory, an area the team struggled in last year. “We were extremely lucky and they were extremely unfortunate not to win,” Eustachy said. “It came down to a couple plays and I thought we were fortunate, and I thought they were unfortunate.” The Rams will now have a week off before trying to continue their recent good fortune in a rematch against San Diego State in Fort Collins. Assistant Sports Editor Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.



Nevada rally fails, CSU stops home losing streak By QUENTIN SICKAFOOSE The Rocky Mountain Collegian With the arrival of the latter part of its season and important Mountain West matchups beginning to heat up, the CSU women’s basketball team has been ready to start putting more tallies in its win column. The Rams did just that Wednesday night when conference rival Nevada traveled to Moby before walking away wearing its seventh straight loss, falling to CSU 59-50. “No coach likes to watch that,” Nevada coach Jane Albright said. “You want your teams to execute, but their defense is very good. We had a hard trouble finding shooters.” The first 10 minutes of the game were evenly matched, experiencing the lead change seven different times. CSU was then able to finish the half on a 15-4 run to take a nine point lead into the locker room at halftime. The Rams’ early success came from being able to defend the three starting guards for the Wolf Pack, who have been their key scorers all season. “We didn’t let them get out and go. Those guards, they’ve got a different gear, I think we kept them contained and corralled most of the night,” CSU coach Ryun Williams said. “They couldn’t get into attack mode, which when they get there, they’re pretty darn good.” Although it never regained the lead after the first half, Nevada put out a second half surge, going on a 10-0 run to pull back within two possessions with three minutes left to play. “I think in the first half we played more as a team, they applied more pressure the second half and that’s when we started to fall apart as a team,” senior forward Meghan Heimstra said. Despite the late effort, CSU was able to match Nevada’s 26 second half points to secure its nine point lead when the final buzzer went off.


Sam Martin (12) fights for a basket against Nevada during last night’s game in Moby Arena. The Rams beat Nevada 59-50.

“Coach calmed us down and said ‘Let’s go, we’re not losing this game, we’re protecting Moby,’” junior forward Sam Martin said. CSU improves to 7-14, 2-5 MW as Nevada’s losing streak lives on, putting it at 6-14, 1-6 MW. The Rams will have the weekend off before playing

a red hot San Diego State (15-5) next Wednesday on the road. “We’ll practice Friday and Saturday, and we’ll bust them up and get some work done. Then get ready for San Diego State,” Williams said. “If we continue to grow offensively, I think we can be a tough team to beat.”

RAMS PERFORMANCE Caitlin Duffy’s 17 points Meghan Heimstra’s 11 rebounds 15-4 run to end first half

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Scouts delay vote on gay ban By Molly Hennessy-Fiske The McClatchy Tribune IRVING, Texas — Just a week after Boy Scout officials signaled that they might lift a ban on gays, the national board on Wednesday postponed a vote, extending a debate that has roiled the organization. The decision to take up the matter again at the group’s national meeting in May suggested that the board was buffeted by the furor that erupted after it announced it might allow local units to decide whether to admit gays as scouts and leaders. President Barack Obama, several senators, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others spoke out in favor of ending the ban, and petitions purportedly bearing 1.4 million signatures were presented at Scouting headquarters in Texas. But the ban retained strong backing among important constituencies in the Scouts, including the Southern Baptist Convention and the Family Research Council, which took to the airwaves and bought an ad defending it. “Due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts of America spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday, adding that the board “directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns.” Some experts said the Boy Scouts’ decision to continue deliberating signaled a shift at a time when the organization is struggling to maintain its membership. It was down about 19 percent during the last decade to about 2.7 million as of 2011, the most recent year available. “They have different constituencies and they’re being torn between them,” said Marc Poirier, a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law who has studied the Boy Scouts. “I’m sure there are some powerful individuals who feel the Scouts’ brand is tarnished if they back off the policy. And clearly there are people who feel that way

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