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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Volume 121 | No. 102
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GREEN IS GOLDEN
Today, for those of you who are unaware, is Valentine’s Day. The annual day where happy couples celebrate their (hopefully) undying love, and single people wallow in bitterness and despair. Given this reality, there are a couple of places you should avoid today, such as:
Places to avoid on Valentine’s Day Bars
HUNTER THOMPSON | COLLEGIAN
This is a perfect place for creepy loners to prey upon singles. Expect an intoxicated, depressed and awkward demographic to be there en masse.
Dorian Green, 22, drives to the basket during the game against San Diego State in Moby Arena Wednesday night in the ﬁrst ranked matchup in Moby history. The Rams beat San Diego 66-60.
Senior guard wills Rams past No. 22 San Diego State
Athletic director Jack Graham ﬁst bumps head coach Larry Eustachy after the Rams defeated San Diego State in a close game Wednesday night in Moby Arena. The Rams’ winning streak at Moby is now 27 games in a row.
By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian Key situations in tight games call for someone to step up and make a big play. On Wednesday night in Moby Arena, it was CSU's Dorian Green that made the difference in securing the Rams' twenty-seventh consecutive home victory in a 6660 win against San Diego State. At the end of the game, with the Rams trailing 60-58, Green took control of the game, hitting a deep three-pointer that gave the Rams a 61-60 lead with 1 minute 3 seconds See BBALL on Page 8
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“Really, it is just another Thursday.” Warren McEnulty | junior business major
SINGLES WON’T PAINT TOWN RED By ALEX BEYER The Rocky Mountain Collegian
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ove will be in the air tonight in Fort Collins. Couples young and old will ambulate around the Old Town streets, indulging in Rodizio Grill’s “Together Forever Menu” and devouring the Melting Pot’s “Romance Packages,” and maybe even trying Pinot’s Palette “Love is in the Air” special. But what about singles? “I'm pretty cynical when it comes to Valentine's Day,” said junior biomedical science major Maryanne Miko Flasik. “My plan for Valentine's Day is to avoid all the lovey-dovey
couples parading around campus. I think the idea of it is sweet: to show your partner how much you care and love them. However, I am not a fan of how commercialized it is. It's a great day to be a florist though!” The commercialized nature of Valentine’s Day has led some singles, like English major Zach Trabona, to discount the day entirely. “I plan on going about my day-to-day business and not acknowledging the holiday at all,” Trabona said. “I think it’s a pointless consumer holiday. You shouldn’t need a day to remind you to love the people See VALENTINE on Page 6
Welcome to the world of parrots Undergrad devoted to bird research By KATE SIMMONS The Rocky Mountain Collegian He’s researched birds, bees and toads, studied in Hawaii, Panama and Australia, is a finalist for a Fulbright Scholarship –– and he’s only a senior. Adam Miller started breeding birds at age 12 and has been dedicated to conservation biology ever since. His father, who sells insurance for a living, helped Miller build big outdoor bird cages in their backyard in St. Louis, Mo. “Both my parents grew up in rural settings so everyone in my family has an appreciation of wildlife at some level. My sister was a zookeeper so everyone in my family has a wildlife affinity,” Miller said.
After volunteering for an entire summer feeding baby birds at a local pet store, he got his first bird. “When I was there they had some Lorikeets come in, and I was immediately drawn to them,” Miller said. “They’re really brightly colored, and they drink nectar and eat fruit instead of seeds which is fairly uncommon in the parrot world.” After researching Lorikeets, Miller found the American Lory Society, a captive breeding organization that works to promote preservation of a group of Indonesian parrots called Lorikeets –– a species of birds that are relatively unstudied. See BIRDS on Page 6
The explosions of red, pink, hearts, candy and Hallmark love is aesthetic torture. Can too much pink cause seizures? Oh, and do you see that ravishing bouquet of flowers? Giant box of delicious chocolate? Adorable stuffed animal? Singles need not be present.
The Dorms Specifically the basement where the study rooms are located, lounge, or anywhere with comfortable seating. Those stains didn’t come from nowhere.
They’ll be packed with vomit-inducing couples gushing at every possible opportunity. Singles beware! The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.
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Community Briefs Deadline for Fort Collins voter registration nears Residents of Fort Collins planning to vote in the upcoming city elections have until March 4 to complete their voter registration. Registration and verification can be completed online at https://www.sos.state. co.us/voter-classic/ secuRegVoterIntro.do. Larimer County Citizen Information Center, located at 200 W. Oak St., also offers opportunity for registration from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
CSU professor offers dating advice in online classroom environment Jennifer Harman, an assistant professor of psychology, offers a program for individuals looking to improve their dating skills. Harman breaks down the science of a good date by analyzing things such as body language, eye contact and conversational topics. She offers her services for first date success through DateSim.net assesments.
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This online program for $499 launches users into a faux dating website in which they must create a profile. Users then engage with a fake dating pool in order to refine bad dating habits. Harman uses personal experience as well as her knowledge of psychology to provide a successful dating assessment.
First round of voting to ban concealed carry on campus cleared The House Education Committee passed a bill on Wednesday to ban concealed weapons on Colorado campuses, the Denver Post reports. This was the first step in Colorado Legislature the bill must clear before coming into effect. Despite the bill’s opposition from Larimer County Sheriff, Justin Smith, CSU supports the proposed concealed weapon ban. The bill is a response to the 2012 Supreme Court ruling which allowed for concealed weapon carry at public Colorado colleges.
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Maggie Miller, left, laughs as she gets a kiss on the cheek by Kirk Brackmann at the Zeta Tau Alpha kissing booth in the Lory Student Center on Wednesday. Zeta Tau Alpha was charging 25 cents for kisses and all of the proﬁts are going to breast cancer awareness.
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“It’s tangible to students, and they feel like they are able to make a difference.” Tonie Miyamoto | director of communications for CSU Housing and Dining Services
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CSU goes crazy for RecycleMania By MARIAH WENZEL The Rocky Mountain Collegian Imagine someone, somewhere, examining your trash. He or she is probably taking stock of the amount of paper, scribbling down the number of cans and maybe even weighing the amount of food waste. It’s not just a figment of your imagination. This is RecycleMania. It is a nationwide competition that encourages waste reduction and recycling, and it is already under way. As of Feb. 3, CSU has been recording the amount of recycling and trash being dropped into bins — and we are not the only university watching our trash. Eco-Leader Nakayla Lestina assists in tracking and recording the recycling of her fellow residents. Her job is to promote recycling and waste management. “We get (students) into the habit of recycling for off-campus living and the future,” Lestina said. According to the RecycleMania website, 650 colleges and universities participate in this competition, which has been taking place since 2001. Its popularity has
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Junior construction management major Angel Rojas grabs a plate from the window at Corbett Dining Hall before recycling the food waste Wednesday afternoon. A new CSU program in partnership with RecycleMania diverts food waste from the dining halls to create clean energy.
grown vastly since then, with state and private schools joining in to make the earth greener. RecycleMania allows students to quantify how much waste they produce. According to Tonie Miyamoto, director of communication for CSU Housing and Dining Services, 1,000 pounds of dining hall food waste are composted every day. “It’s tangible to students, and they feel like they are able to make a difference,” Miyamoto said. Current rankings place CSU at No.18 overall, with several weeks to go. According to the CSU RecycleMania website, CSU has placed in the top 5 percent each year for the 10 years it has participated. Ranks are determined on a per capita level, meaning it is a schoolwide effort. Recycling and overall waste amounts are tallied weekly and reported in pounds. Another Eco-Leader, Alex Romero, works in the engineering dorms. She takes pride in the fact that CSU is ranked so highly nationwide. Romero’s main goal is to teach students how to be more sustainable.
“The first thing is that most people don’t know how to recycle,” Romero said. Romero places emphasis on student participation in this event, which makes a difference both locally and nationally. “All that junk we waste is actually being put to good use,” Romero said. Besides the national competition, which is coordinated by CSU’s Housing and Dining Services, a smaller competition among residence halls takes place. The smaller contest is hosted with the help of the Live Green Team. Winners of the smaller contest within the residence halls win the RecycleMania trophy and are honored at the Student Sustainability Fair and Earth Day Celebration on April 22. The City of Fort Collins has its own pilot program to add to the sustainability fever. As a first step, the program expanded on-campus composting to all dining halls. With the new program, 1,000 pounds of additional waste will be diverted for another purpose. This food waste is pulped, crushed and dried out, then sent to
RECYCLEMANIA Nationwide competition that encourages waste reduction and recycling 650 colleges and university taking place First started in 2001
CSU’S CONTRIBUTION Composting 1,000 pounds of food waste daily from dining halls Currently: ranked No. 18 overall Historically: placed in top 5 percent every year
anaerobic digesters. The methane gas produced is then burned to create clean new energy, which will be used as a fuel resource. Housing and Dining Services will also offer a Waste Audit opportunity for students on March 6. Volunteers will go through a day’s worth of participants’ trash, showing students how much waste they generate in just one day. The RecycleMania competitions, both national and local, will continue through March 30. Collegian Writer Mariah Wenzel can be reached at email@example.com.
BEIJING — Hours after carrying out a nuclear test in defiance of international warnings not to, North Korea warned Tuesday that it will take new unspecified actions if the United States doesn’t curb its hostility toward the rogue nation. In a statement it attributed to the country’s Foreign Ministry, the North Korean state news agency blamed the United States for U.N.-imposed sanctions intended to discourage North Korea’s missile and nuclear development programs. A continuation of that approach, the statement said, would leave North Korea “with no option but to take the second and third stronger steps.” South Korea’s intelligence service warned that its northern neighbor might conduct another nuclear test and might repeat its December launch of another long-range missile. The threats came as scientists began analyzing data from the test to determine the strength of the explosion and what it might portend about the country’s ability to accumulate a nuclear arsenal. The U.N. agency that’s charged with monitoring nuclear tests around the world said Tuesday’s blast was at least twice as powerful as one the North Koreans set off in 2009 and “much larger” than the country’s first test, in 2006. North Korea official state news media described the device as “small and light,” characteristics that seemed to indicate it could be used atop a rocket or missile, a step that would put countries such as Japan and even parts of
the United States within range. Meeting in New York, the U.N. Security Council condemned the test, calling it “a clear threat to international peace and security.” President Barack Obama also denounced the test, as did a wide range of foreign governments. U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on the Obama administration to take tougher steps against North Korea, noting that the country also had launched a multi-stage rocket in December and had posted a bizarre video on the Internet that shows a sleeping North Korean dreaming of a nuclear attack on New York. “The administration must replace its failed North Korea policy with one that is energetic, creative and focused on crippling the Kim regime’s military capabilities,” Royce said in a statement, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Otherwise, the grave North Korean threat to the region and the United States will only grow.” It wasn’t at all clear what those tougher steps might be. The United States and the United Nations already have placed North Korea under a wide range of economic sanctions, and stronger steps, such as a naval blockade, would need the agreement of North Korea’s principal ally, China. How willing — and able — China would be to impose tougher measures remains to be seen. China repeatedly has admonished its neighbor from conducting such a test, apparently to no avail.
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“Ladies, if there is a man that obliges your heart to completely flit away from your chest every time he looks at you, tell him.”
Take heart this Valentine’s Day Like most holidays that are celebrated in the Christian world, Valentine’s Day has somewhat murky origins. It may be descended (like Christmas and Halloween) from pagan traditions, in this case from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia. Or perhaps the day of love owes its origins to one of several Catholic saints by the name of Valentine. Or, as some people say, it is just By Res Stecker another hallmark holiday that big businesses are pushing on us in order to squeeze our wallets even more. However, I urge everyone to partake in this day of shamelessly showing our affection toward one another. I love asking my co-workers of the female persuasion what their significant other is doing for them for Valentine’s Day because their hopes are often more extravagant than the men’s. Usually the responses are the simple, yet awesome, activity of a fancy dinner. Somewhere like Red Robin doesn’t count if another place is affordable. Try Rodizio Grill for a really good time. Other times I’ll hear things like, “We are getting pierced together!” I suppose that is a somewhat sensual activity and great if you are into that sort of thing. Just please do not delve into the world of matching tattoos; I am convinced getting one is the first step to a breakup. And then it’s just awkward. But what if you are not into any of the above mentioned activities? Or you simply cannot afford to do something extravagant? Don’t fret. This day isn’t about spending money; it’s about sharing time with the person that you have probably already spent money on. There are other awesome activities that anybody can share with their cuddly cupid. Suggestions range from playing card tournaments with other couples in games such as magic, (strip?) poker or pitch. If those sound just too under-romantic, someone told me they are going to pitch a tent in the living room, turn on some romantic music, open a bottle of wine, and share their thoughts and dreams with their significant other. However, if you do not have anyone yet whom you will share this evening with, it is not too late to find someone! I am convinced that at any given time there are several people with whom an individual can become infatuated with. Men in particular here at CSU are splendidly lucky with all the beautiful ladies here. Several times a day I will see a beautiful woman, and even if it is just for a second, they will steal my heart and I’ll fall in love. I am sure every guy knows of a particular girl who compels roses and tulips to bow in the presence of her beauty - a lady whose loveliness is so uncommon that she could inspire anyone to write words of her splendor. Well, that may be a little intense, but you get the idea. Men are usually expected to take the first step, and if she is anything like the description above, then get a move on! Ladies, if there is a man that obliges your heart to completely flit away from your chest every time he looks at you, tell him. Men want to know these things. I sometimes feel girls get caught up in the idea of how meeting a guy should go and thus pass up an opportunity to really have something. Remember, it’s not the things you do that you regret forever; it’s the things you passed up that will gnaw away until you are no more. What I am trying to say is that love is worth chasing; even if you crash and burn, it is better than not taking that leap at all. And what better day to finally get the courage up and talk to that person, and start what may be just the best thing that could ever happen to you, than on Valentine’s Day? This day is dedicated to passion and love for one another. And although you shouldn’t wait till this day to show him/her how much you care, this day exists for you to go above and beyond the call of loving. So tonight may l’amour fill not only your heart, but your prospective lover’s heart as well. Now, speaking of that girl I was writing about… Res Stecker is a junior international studies major. His columns appear Thursdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting local beers A recent bill that would have permitted grocery stores in Colorado to sell craft beers met a sudden end on Tuesday when it was killed by its own sponsor, citing lack of support. House Bill 1178 would have allowed grocery and convenience stores to sell craft beer, beer with an alcohol content above 3.2 percent by weight or 4 percent alcohol by volume. While it would’ve been nice to be able to buy craft beer from a nearby grocery store, such a decision would have detrimental effects on local small businesses across Colorado, who would then have to compete with enormous retail
stores — with monolith grocers eventually pushing out the mom and pop liquor stores that live next store.
“Bill 1178 had the potential to completely change the craft beer industry in Colorado – and not for the better.” The Colorado Brewers Guild has come out against similar bills in the past on behalf of in-
dependent brewers throughout the state, often with strong support from liquor stores and local businesses. Colorado has a unique culture and atmosphere surrounding its brewing industry; Bill 1178 had the potential to completely change the craft beer industry in Colorado — and not for the better. As unfortunate as it is that we can’t buy our brew with our food, supporting local businesses and keeping Colorado’s beer culture unique and free from corporate grocery influence makes the short walk to the liquor establishment next store worth it.
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“The first and most important rule will always be: Don’t be creepy.”
A straight man’s guide to courting on V-Day I’m sure after reading that headline, many of you have looked at my mug shot, laughed and closed the paper immediately. But if you didn’t, hear me out. I’ve lived with a variety of women I’ve known By Brian Fosdick very well for two to three years now, and I’ve been in a relationship for the past three years, so I’ve heard the do’s and don’ts of what guys do on Valentine’s Day. Trust me, women complain about the stupid stuff guys do. If you don’t think they do, you’re kidding yourself. So, here are a few things to do if you’re looking to impress that special girl on this depressing consumerist shadow of a holiday. The first and most important rule will always be: Don’t be creepy. I’ve seen so many guys text my roommates 15 times after they haven’t responded and try to get them to do something all day. Just stop. If you ever wanted to push a girl further away, you can do it by harassing her when she’s clearly not interested. If she doesn’t
respond to the first text, she’s probably not comfortable spending Valentine’s Day with you. Work on improving your relationship and try again next year. If, on the other hand, things do work out for the better, you will always find that giving a gift is one of the harder parts of the day. There’s always the classic flowers, chocolate, etc., but going beyond the cliché will get you more points. The key is to make the gift more personal to you and the girl. As an example, I have a friend who is talented in the arts and took time to draw a picture he had taken with the girl and give it a nice frame. I was there when he gave it to her, and her face lit up like the Fourth of July. They were dating a week later. Use talents you have to make something special on Valentine’s Day and I promise you will always be more impressive. The final advice I can give for this day is that fortune favors the bold when it comes to confessing feelings for a woman. I don’t want to bother getting a tally of how many guys have asked my roommates out over the internet or by phone, but I can tell you that the success rate of this method
has been zero. Almost every woman I have met has told me that you have a much better chance of asking her out in person. It is more earnest and it shows a confidence that women can respect. There is no easy way to ask women out, but normally there is a right way and that is never online. Still, I can sympathize after seeing too many drunken depressed guys on Valentine’s Day who struck out, or are afraid of striking out. But the failure to ask someone else or spend this day with a woman is not your measure as a man. It’s a holiday that makes most people feel like crap and makes you feel pressured, but every bit of advice can be applied on any other day. Don’t feel pressured to run around and try to express all of your feelings because people say you should. Regardless of how you spend this Valentine’s Day, try to have a good time and take the day with a grain of salt. No matter how you cut it, it’s just another day. Brian Fosdick is a junior journalism major. His columns appear Wednesdays in the Collegian Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@ collegian.com.
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Body of Dorner not yet found; cabin goes up in flames By ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, JOEL RUBIN and ASHLEY POWERS The McClatchy-Tribune BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif._ When authorities hemmed in the man they suspected of killing three people in a campaign of revenge that has gripped Southern California, he responded as they had feared: with smoke bombs and a barrage of gunfire. The suspect, who police believe is fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, shot to death one San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy and injured another Tuesday. He then barricaded himself in a wood cabin outside Big Bear in the snow-blanketed San Bernardino Mountains, police said. Just before 5 p.m., authorities smashed the cabin’s windows, pumped in tear gas and called for the suspect to surrender. They got no response. Then, using a demolition vehicle, they tore down the cabin’s walls one by one. When they reached the last wall, they heard a gunshot. Then the cabin burst into flames. By late Tuesday evening, the smoldering ruins remained too hot for police to enter, but authorities said they believed Dorner’s body was inside. The standoff appeared to end a weeklong hunt for the former L.A. police officer and Navy reserve lieutenant, who is also suspected of killing an Irvine couple and a Riverside police officer. But Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he would not consider the manhunt over until a body was recovered and identified as Dorner. “It is a bittersweet night,” said Beck as he drove to the hospital where the injured deputy was undergoing surgery. “This could have ended much better, it could have ended worse. I feel for the family of the deputy who lost his life.” According to a manifes-
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The light is on at the Mountain Vista Resort as investigators work nearby where Christopher Dorner allegedly hid before taking two cleaning women hostage, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
to Dorner allegedly posted on Facebook, he felt the LAPD unjustly fired him in 2009, when a disciplinary panel determined that he lied in accusing his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest. Beck has promised to review the case. Dorner, 33, vowed to wage “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against law enforcement officers and their families, the manifesto said. “Self-preservation is no longer important to me. Do not fear death as I died long ago.” Last week, authorities had tracked Dorner to a wooded area near Big Bear Lake. They found his torched gray Nissan Titan with several weapons inside. The only trace of Dorner was a short trail of footprints in newly fallen snow.
On Tuesday morning two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive and ran into a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The cabin was not far from where Dorner’s singed truck had been found and where police had been holding news conferences about the manhunt. The man tied up the maids, and he took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin. About 12:20 p.m., one of the maids broke free and called police. Nearly half an hour later, officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted the stolen vehicle and called for backup. The suspect turned down a side road in an attempt to elude the officers but crashed the vehicle, police said.
A short time later, authorities said the suspect carjacked a light-colored pickup truck. Allan Laframboise said the truck belonged to his friend Rick Heltebrake, who works at a nearby Boy Scout camp. Heltebrake was driving on Glass Road with his Dalmatian, Suni, when a hulking black man stepped into the road, Laframboise said. Heltebrake stopped. The man told him to get out of the truck. “Can I take my dog?” Heltebrake asked, according to his friend. “You can leave and you can take your dog,” the man said. He then sped off in the Dodge extended-cab pickup and quickly encountered two Department of Fish and Wildlife trucks. As the suspect zoomed past the officers, he rolled
down his window and fired about 15 to 20 rounds. One of the officers jumped out and shot a high-powered rifle at the fleeing pickup. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot. Police said he ended up at the Seven Oaks Mountain Cabins, a cluster of woodframe buildings about halfway between Big Bear Lake and Yucaipa. The suspect exchanged gunfire with San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies as he fled into a cabin that locals described as a single-story, multi-room structure. The suspect fired from the cabin, striking one deputy, law enforcement sources said. Then he ducked out the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fire again, hitting a second deputy. Neither deputy was identified by authorities. The
suspect retreated back into the cabin. The gun battle was captured on TV by local KCAL 9 reporter Carter Evans, who said he was about 200 feet from the cabin. As Evans described on air how deputies were approaching the structure, he was interrupted by 10 seconds of gunfire. Deputies drew their weapons and sprinted toward Evans. Someone yelled for him to move then about 20 more seconds of shooting erupted. “Hey! Get ... out of here, pal,” someone shouted. Evans was unharmed. The gunfire gave way to a tense standoff. Mountain residents locked their doors and hunkered down. Holly Haas, 52, who lives about a mile from where the shootout unfolded, said she heard helicopters buzzing on and off until about 3:30 p.m.. One dipped so close to her home, she said, “I could throw a rock and hit it.” Others watched the standoff unfold on television. At her home, Candy Martin sat down to watch TV when, to her surprise, she spotted her rental cabin onscreen _ where the suspect was believed to be holed up. She contacted police and told them that the furnished, 85-year-old cabin had no cable, telephone or Internet service. No one had booked it for Monday. “There should have been nobody,” she recalled saying. “Nobody in any way.” Within hours, authorities moved in on the cabin. The fire broke out, setting off ammunition that had apparently been inside. On TV, viewers saw only the orange flames and curls of black smoke. As night fell, authorities had yet to enter the building, said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. “They believe there is a body in there,” she said.
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Valentine| Continued from Page 1
Hunter Thompson | COLLEGIAN
On Saturday, Feb. 9, a CSU sign near Pitkin and Shields Street was destroyed by a car that slid on ice sometime between 6 and 7 p.m, according to a university spokesperson. No one was injured and the sign will be fixed. Exactly when reconstruction will take place and how much it will cost was not available at time of print.
“It takes some guts to approach a faculty member, especially as a freshman.” Liba Pejchar | undergrad assistant professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Undergrad dreams of Indonesia
Continued from Page 1 “It’s a pretty small group of people and I’m the youngest person probably by like 40 years interested in these birds,” Miller said. Once he got to college, his interest in birds translated into a Wildlife Conservation and Biology major. As an undergraduate, he has worked closely with Liba Pejchar, assistant professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. “He was taking such initiative to reach out to faculty members and he obviously had so much passion and excitement and already a lot of knowledge,” Pejchar said. “I think he’s unusual in the sense that he already had a good sense for where he was headed in terms of the type of research and types of topics he wanted to focus on.” As a freshman at CSU, Miller approached his teaching assistant for BZ111 and sent emails to faculty in his department hoping to volunteer on their research team. “It takes some guts to approach a faculty member, especially as a freshmen,” Pejchar said. “It’s easy to sit through class and never interact with a professor here because it’s such a big university, but I think a lot of faculty would be really receptive to working with undergraduates if they would approach them.” Miller said he knows a lot of students look on RamWeb or look for field jobs or government jobs without utilizing the resources at
CSU. “All the graduate students teaching lab and the TAs in your classes are all doing their own research and essentially all of them need help,” Miller said. “I think that’s a great resource, especially as a freshman or sophomore.” Ultimately, Miller would like to work with conservation biology in Indonesia. “Indonesia has some of the highest levels of endemism –– species are only found there in the entire world,” Miller explained. “In this one region alone they have, I think it’s onetenth of the world’s parrot species. They have the highest number of endangered mammals. But surprisingly, not a lot of people are working there.” According to Miller, Indonesia is divided east and west. In the west, wealthy Indonesians own wildlife like parrots and monkeys as a sign of stature and power. “It’s even a sign of resilience. Sometimes you can own a species and not get caught by the police,” Miller said. The east is covered with giant rainforests where all the wildlife is and the people who live there are extremely impoverished. “These people are catching these animals to feed their families. They sell them to middlemen and (the animals) eventually make it to the west,” Miller said. “It’s a tricky situation because you can’t just go there and cut it off because it’s their economy. “Awareness programs are really a big thing be-
cause a lot of those Indonesians are really passionate about wildlife because they own it and I think a lot of times they just don’t realize it,” Miller said. “There’s been some work there that’s recently started that has shown wildlife conservation education has a huge affect.” According to Miller, a movement that began in England is petitioning for a market-based approach to the problem. Instead of the government issuing a “blanket ban” that is not regulated, people are advocating for a switch to a captive bred system. “That would still keep livelihoods for humans and put in regulations for animal welfare and reduce this wildlife trade,” Miller said. “I think a lot of times researchers work in foreign countries, especially with conservation. They’ll be based in America, fly there, make all these recommendations and leave,” Miller said. “There is a lot of distrust in foreign non-governmental agencies so my first goal is to get there, learn the language and work with an organization called the Indonesian Parrot Project.” Miller was exposed to the Indonesian Parrot Project through his work with the American Lory Society. Since animal trappers know where everything is in the rainforest, the Indonesian Parrot Project gets them jobs as tour guides and gives them alternatives to trapping. “I’d like to go there and either volunteer or work for them and start to be seen as someone that’s interest-
ed in this area of the world so it’s not like, he’s coming here and telling us what to do and leaving,” Miller said. While this is his dream post-graduation, Miller is spending his final semester working on his senior thesis tracking bird habitats between Fort Collins and Wyoming. Using satellite images, Miller created a gradient that shows housing density. At each of those points, he documents what species are flourishing and which are absent. “American Robins, for instance, can do really well in high housing densities but another species like the Northern Shrike doesn’t do well,” Miller said. This research will aid Conservation Development, an upcoming field in conservation biology. “It looks at when we do future development or urban centers how can we build in a way that benefits the environments and humans,” Miller said. “Which species can do well with housing densities and which ones can’t.” Erica Goad, a graduate student doing similar research, goes out into the field with Miller when he tracks the birds to conduct her own research on mammals. “He’s really helpful and motivated. He obviously cares a lot about the work we’re doing,” Goad said. “He does his homework in advance, so he knows a lot about what we’re doing before we get out there.” Senior Reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
around you. That should be every day.” Some other singles have a rather humorous perspective of the holiday. “I am planning on attending school and watching the NBA games with my roommates and Manti Te’o’s girlfriend,” said junior business major Warren McEnulty. “Really, it’s just another Thursday.” Leena Hibbert, a senior art major currently in a relationship, echoes McEnulty’s sentiments. This Valentine’s Day Leena will be doing homework and studying for tests. She emphasized that all that is needed is something simple and sweet to show you care. “I like to celebrate it because it’s an opportunity to show my loved ones I care about them,” Leena said. “You can do it any day, but why would you miss out on showing affection to your loved ones on the holliday established upon that very sentiment?” There aren’t many events in town tonight where singles can congregate, but this doesn’t seem to vex most, especially since many are content being the loneliest number. “I think that I have less to balance than those who are in relationships, so I do have more time for school and hanging out with friends,” said senior biomedical science major Tiffany Ly. “I also have less stress in the boy drama department. I’m enjoying my time being single, and I’m sure that
once I enter a relationship, I’ll enjoy that time too.” However, for those with singles’ pride and an anti-Valentine’s Day sentiment, there’s the recently established (but unofficial) Singles Awareness Day on Friday. According to singlesawareness.com, “In response to the huge push by retailers for us to buy all of their candy, flowers and greeting cards, February 15 has been declared Singles Awareness Day! This is the day that all of the single people can proudly stand up and show that it is OK to be single!” The day is meant to give the unpartnered a chance to get together with others in similar situations, exchange gifts and just relish the single life. Whether they’ll be celebrating SAD or not, those interviewed seem to agree that there isn’t any reason to be despondent on this cold February weekday just because they are single. “My advice to other singles would be to not focus on that fact that you’re single on Valentine’s Day,” Ly said. “Just because you’re not in a relationship doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. So instead of moping around, go out with great friends and have fun! Enjoy this season of singleness, take advantage of all the things you can do because you’re single, and take this time to appreciate the relationships you do have.” Collegian Writer Alex Beyer can be reached at email@example.com.
Max Faulkner | McClatchy Tribune
Though fewer people are traveling as airlines have cut the number of flights planes feel crowded, and they are with many seeing 80 percent of seats filled.
Airline boards vote to merge sources by Andrea Ahles The McClatchy Tribune
FORT WORTH, Texas — The deal is finally done. On Wednesday, the boards of directors for both AMR Corp. and US Airways Group approved a definitive agreement to merge the two carriers, sources close to the deal said. An announcement is scheduled for Thursday morning at Dallas/Fort Worth airport in the American Airlines’ Admirals Club, said the sources, who declined to be identified. The merger will create the largest airline in the U.S., bumping United Continental out of the top spot, with combined revenues of $38.7 billion and close to 100,000 employees. The deal will need to be approved by the bankruptcy judge and by federal regulators before AMR, American’s parent company, can exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. AMR’s board met in New York and voted unanimously to approve the merger, the sources said. A bankruptcy filing is expected on Thursday regarding the deal. Details of the merger have not been released. But the sources said that AMR chief executive Tom Horton will become non-executive chairman of the new carrier until its first shareholder meeting, likely in mid-2014. US Airways CEO Doug Parker will become the chief executive of the merged airline. The deal is likely to include a 72 percent equity stake for AMR creditors while US Airways shareholders will receive 28 percent of the eq-
uity in the new company, sources said, adding that AMR common shareholders will get a percentage of AMR’s equity portion of the merger. According to the Wall Street Journal, the board of the new company will have 12 directors, with five appointed by American’s creditors, three appointed by American and four appointed by US Airways. US Airways has been pushing for a merger since last spring, winning the support of American’s unions and creditors. Meetings have been going on for weeks as executives at both companies, along with American’s unsecured creditors committee and an ad hoc bondholder group, tried to reach a deal before the Feb. 15 expiration of a nondisclosure agreement with bondholders. AMR had previously asked the court to extend its deadline until late April to submit a reorganization plan which suggested that talks could have stretched past this week. With the merger, American will get more market share on the East Coast, where it has lost business in recent years to carriers like JetBlue. US Airways’ hubs in Charlotte and Philadelphia will also bolster American’s north-south traffic on the East Coast. For US Airways, the merger gives it access to more international routes and partners through the Oneworld alliance. US Airways is currently a member of the Star Alliance but does not have the full benefits where United has better joint ventures with international partners.
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To my love, Happy first Valentine’s Day and I hope for many more to come! Love you! Rascal To all the student staff at the AAC… Happy V Day and thanks for all you do! Erik, guess what? Not chicken butt. Love, Sara Airik, Rose are Red, Violets are Blue, you are the best fake hubby, even better than the other two! Cameron, I wont give up on us, even if the skies get rough! I love you so much! Sierra I may not always be cheesy, unless when I flatter, but today I’ll be served on a platter with crackers. – Omar Dear Schylar: Everyday I think, dream, and fall deeper in love with you. You are the love of my life! I love you baby, John Dear Vin, I’ve never loved a man more than I love you! -Your Momma
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“This is something that we felt like should have happened weeks ago but it hasn’t so now we’ve gotta go out there and show what we’re about.” Greg Smith | CSU senior forward
Late game execution key for win
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DYLAN LANGILLE | COLLEGIAN
Jon Octeus, 5, makes a slam dunk at the buzzer in the 66-60 win against San Diego State in Moby Arena Wednesday night.
remaining in the second half. After San Diego State junior guard Xavier Thames missed a three-pointer, Colton Iverson grabbed the rebound, and CSU coach Larry Eustachy called a timeout with 36 seconds to play. Following the timeout, Green drove into the lane and made a contested layup while being fouled. Green hit the ensuing free throw for his sixteenth point of the game and gave the Rams a 64-60 lead with only 19.4 seconds in the game. “I just wanted to go out and make a play, whether it was for myself or setting someone else up for a basket,” Green said. “(I was) just trying to be aggressive really and make a play, and we know we have to step up in key moments and tonight it was me,” Green said. “Offensively I hit those
shots but everybody’s done it throughout the season.” San Diego State turned the ball over one more time as Greg Smith stole the ball away from Jamaal Franklin, and he fed the ball up the floor to Jon Octeus, who finished with an emphatic dunk giving CSU a 66-60 lead with 10.3 seconds to play that iced the game for the Rams. “You’ve got to be able to get a shot to have a chance to score,” San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. “But this was a tough, hard-fought game just like we thought it would be. We were in a position to win, we didn’t quite get it done, that’s what makes it hurt all the more.” The victory for the Rams is the first since CSU became ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press weekly poll, putting the team in the national spotlight for the first time this year. “We know it’s a special
Road troubles for Rams continue rolling By QUENTIN SICKAFOSE The Rocky Mountain Collegian The road has proven to be a difficult place for the CSU women’s basketball team all season long, and its game on Wednesday night only added to the troubles. CSU hit the road Wednesday night to take on its Mountain West rival San Diego State, but the Aztecs got the better of the match up, winning 60-44 in Viejas Arena. The Rams held tight with SDSU for the majority of the first half, a similar story to the last meeting the two teams had on Jan. 13 when CSU dropped the home game by only four points. “I liked the way these
kids came out to play,” CSU coach Ryun Williams said. “We knew we needed to get things going, and I think they did a good job of getting it done.” CSU lost the lead it built for itself midway through the first half, allowing the Aztecs to go on a 16-0 run, which was the turning point in the game, as the Rams never saw the lead again. “I think we’ve been dealing with that all season,” senior forward Meghan Heimstra said. “We have our runs too, we just need to make those runs for the other team a little less extreme.” SDSU entered the locker room at halftime with an 11-point cushion over the Rams, but CSU was able to
eliminate it coming back from the recess, pulling back to within one point midway through the second. “It helps us come out in the second half a little harder, knowing we have some ground to make up,” freshman guard Caitlin Duffy said. “We gave up some baskets leading into half that we shouldn’t have.” Although CSU was able to make it back into the game, they allowed the Aztecs to go on another run that took control for the remainder of regulation. “I think we put ourselves in a good position to win that game in the last five or six minutes, and we just couldn’t get it done,” Williams said.
The deal was sealed when CSU’s leading scorer, Heimstra, was sent to the bench for the rest of the game after she fouled out with two minutes left. “I hate fouling out, it’s just one of those things,” Heimstra said. “You just have to watch and hope for your teammates to pull through.” CSU falls to 7-15, 3-6 MW as SDSU improves to 18-5, 9-1 MW after Wednesday’s result. “It’s tough to go on the road in a place like that,” Williams said. “We just didn’t get the ball in the basket the way we needed to.” Women’s basketball Beat Reporter Quentin Sickafoose can be reached at sports@ collegian.com.
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thing that now we’re ranked, and we really just wanted to show people that we deserved it and that we can keep that going throughout the year,” Smith said. “This is something that we felt like should have happened weeks ago, but it hasn’t so now we’ve gotta go out there and show what we’re about.” Up until the final minute of the game, San Diego State and CSU played a highly physical and tightly contested game. Throughout the entire second half, neither team was able to gain a lead of more than three points. “We just made plays
down at the end, and I thought the game could’ve gone either way,” CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. “It was an unbelievable atmosphere, as good as I’ve been in.” With the result, CSU (20-4, 7-2) maintains its position in second place in the Mountain West Conference and adds breathing room between itself and third-place San Diego State (18-6, 6-4). Every game has become critical in the highly-unpredictable MW, and on Wednesday night in front of a packed house in Moby Arena, the Rams were able to solidify their place as one of the best and toughest teams in the conference. Assistant Sports Editor Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.
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Daily Horoscope Nancy Black
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (02/14/13) Pablo Neruda said, “Laughter is the language of the soul.” Take this to heart, as springtime romances your schedule with social events. The spotlight is on, so play to the crowd. After June, a career shift leads you in a worthwhile direction. Keep performing, and smile for the cameras. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) ––9–– Quit dillydallying, and surrender to your passion. The action is behind the scenes. Confer with family on decisions. Put in the extra effort. Success is within your grasp. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ––6–– There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but why rush out when you can dance in the dark? Reveal your adorable side. And wear something comfortable. GEMINI (May 21-June 20)––7–– It’s all about partnership. Rely on your team and get inspired. Share your winnings. Pretend the work is fun, and it will be. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ––8–– It’s a good time for romantic plans. Grasp an opportunity and you may get a bonus. Make subtle refinements along the way. Be happy with what you have. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ––8–– Dress well, and relax with confidence. Your friends are saying nice things about you. You’re in charge of your happiness. Bring along an interesting companion. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ––7–– Provide leadership. Work that you love pays well now. Find another way to cut expenses. Shop carefully. It’s an excellent time to fall in love. Savor the deliciousness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ––9–– Opportunities arise in your social network. Consult an expert, use your partner’s ideas and accept tutoring from a loved one. Keep delivering what you say you will. Your fame travels. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ––8–– Necessity birthed invention. A creative solution provides ease. Get others to help. You’re making a good impression on an older person. Consider a new hairstyle; you’re looking good. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ––8–– Follow your wise partner’s advice and encouragement. There’s good news from far away. Get something that will grow in value. Good conversation is free, so listen carefully. All is forgiven. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ––8–– Housework is satisfying. You have valuable resources hidden. Get a boost from a partner. Romance blossoms at a distance. You’re making a good impression. Study what you love. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ––8–– What you give freely returns to you tenfold. Build up savings by avoiding letting others spend for you. Love finds a way. It’s easy to understand. Others find you fascinating. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ––8–– You’re learning good stuff. Keep your long-term goals in mind, and add a touch of elegance. Love hits you like a feather. Hold a social gathering, and get a pleasant surprise.
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To the girl asking if aspirations is a word, I can tell that yours are high.
People who talk to Siri in public: Thank you for giving me something to laugh at.
You know it’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air when you hear girls around campus saying, “I hate guys, they’re such dicks!”
Freshman year, I never drank. Sophomore year, I drank on the weekends. Junior year, I went to the Skeller after class. Now, I go to the Skeller before class.
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