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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Exit polls show that students favored Obama 2:1


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STAT 305 conducted polls as a class project By AUSTIN BRIGGS The Rocky Mountain Collegian If the amount of signs and clipboard-wielding Obama supporters were any indication of the president's popularity on campus, Mitt Romney was in for a tough time in getting strong support from CSU students on election day. A survey done as a project for a 300-level statistics course led by Department Chair Jean Opsomer was able to quantify this anecdotal evidence of the support President Obama has on campus. Of the 409 students surveyed as they exited the Lory Student Center Theatre Tuesday after having cast their ballots, 64 percent said they had voted for Obama, 31 percent for Romney and 6 percent for other. Female students at CSU overwhelmingly favored Obama, with 69 percent voting for the president versus a mere 28 percent for Romney. This support by young women for Obama didn’t surprise junior zoology major Mely Farquhar. She felt Obama and Democrats in general are more in tune with female voters, who she described as more understanding and empathetic to the struggles of other people. Reproductive rights also played a big part in her voting for Obama. “I just think Obama appeals more to women compared to Romney,” Farquhar said. “He’s not trying to take away the right to chose what we want to do with our own bodies.” Two of the eight colleges at CSU, the agriculture and business colleges, favored Romney by just over a 50 percent margin. The other six all over



The fabled end of the world as predicted by the Mayans is only six weeks away. Continuing on potential ways for the world to enter the void, this week: a look at the popular armageddon scenario, the Zombie Apocalypse.

Ways in Which the Zombies Shall Rise Parasites


People sit on a nearly empty West Lawn during this year’s Fall Concert put on by ASAP. 1,654 people purchased tickets for the Cobra Starship show, resulting in the lowest revenue since the Fall Concert began in 2008.

ASAP self-generated revenue continues to fall By NIC TURICIANO The Rocky Mountain Collegian


According to documents obtained by the Collegian and interviews with current and former ASAP staffers, low sales figures for the 2012 Cobra Starship RamJam concert are likely to exacerbate a four-year downward trend in self-generated revenue for the organization. This may create a situation in which it does not meet its mandated $50,000 in self generated revenue as set by the Student Fee Review Board. Self-generated revenue for the 2009 fiscal year was $113,536, but has fallen every year since and may amount to less than $50,000 for the 2012 fiscal year. The RamJam event serves as ASAP’s largest source of self-generated revenue for the fiscal year, and this year’s ticket sales earned ASAP $17,000 in revenue from the $160,000 budget show. The 2012 concert’s $160,000 price tag accounts for 33 percent of ASAP’s approved budget for the school year, which totals $489,554 — $436,554 of which comes from student fees. Other self-generated revenue sources for ASAP include community partnerships, grants from the city of Fort Collins

2012 – Cobra Starship and Breathe Carolina Tickets Sold: 1,654 Revenue: $20,320


ASAP Budget


2011– B.o.B and Sean Kingston $400,000 Tickets Sold: 5,241 $300,000 Revenue: $53,967 2010 – Ludacris $200,000 Attendance: 8,264 Revenue: Tickets were free due to 100,000 a partnership with the U.S. Air Force $ 2009 – Pepper and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Tickets Sold: 1,907 Revenue: $32,403 (estimate)


There is a parasite that affects cats called Toxoplasma Gondii, which needs to breed in cats yet often finds itself in rats. Its solution is rewiring a rats brain to make it attracted to cats. A little modification can ensure that Toxo can do the same to people, bingo: zombies.




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and a reserve of funds left over from a 2010 partnership with the U.S. Air Force, but revenue from the Cobra Starship concert will account for the lion’s share; the B.o.B. show was responsible for 78 percent of ASAP’s $69,341 of self-generated revenue in 2011. Lance Wright, director of campus activities, stresses that ASAP’s mission is not to make money, but admits that low revenue from this year’s concert has put the organization in a situation

2011 Revenue from student fees



Self generated revenue

where it may not meet its mandate of $50,000 in annual self-generated revenue as set by the SFRB. “I do think there’s a chance, it’s possible we don’t make the $50,000 in revenue this year,” Wright said. “The reality is if we get to a point where it’s like, ‘gosh, we’re not going to make the income,’ (ASAP’s) going to have to cut expenses. It’s a very simple formula.

Society is no stranger to viruses that alter behavior, like Mad-Cow Disease. Some of the symptoms include: altered gait, dementia, speech impairment, muscle stiffness, and (potentially) sudden onset cannibalism. Rage virus anyone?

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Marijuana is legal – now what? Moving forward with Amendment 64 By EMILY SMITH The Rocky Mountain Collegian


Alex Foster, from Colorado Springs, takes a toke on a hollowed-out watermelon loaded with marijuana blunts on 420 in Boulder as friends and complete strangers provide combustion. Amendment 64, passed yesterday, legalizes the individual possession of an ounce of marijuana.

Many citizens in Colorado may be asking themselves “now what?” after voters in Colorado passed Amendment 64 Tuesday night. The amendment, which will be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper within the next 30 days, legalizes the possession, use, growing and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana or up to six marijuana plants for adults 21 years

of age or older. “In terms of enforcement, there is no enforcement — because there’s no state law to enforce,” said Tony Ryan, a retired Denver police officer and member of the board of directors for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Ryan said he supported the passage of Amendment 64 because current drug laws create an environment similar to that which existed during alcohol prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s, with the same results of

a black market, criminal activity, underground activity and violent crime. According to Ryan, what law officers will enforce is the regulations on Amendment 64, including the 21 and older age limit, no public marijuana use or personal selling and the limits on the amount of marijuana individuals can grow. For those concerned about federal law enforcement cracking down, Ryan said that See MARIJUANA on Page 7


Remember that big scare about ‘Bath Salts’ over the summer? What that actually was was a synthetic form of cocaine that caused hallucinations and paranoia, as well a PCPesque strength increase . It isn’t hard to follow the logical path to something like this going widespread. The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.

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Hear Distler’s last work tonight at the UCA Tonight’s CSU Wind Ensemble concert will include the world premiere of an original transcription for wind ensemble of the choral work “Fürwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit” by German composer Hugo Distler. The work, described as a “despondent and plaintive motet” by an entry on the CSU events calendar, was the last work written by Distler before he committed suicide at the age of 34, under duress from the Nazis, the calendar goes on to say. “Fürwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit” loosely translates to “truly he has borne our infirmities.” The concert, conducted by Christopher Nicholas, will features other selections, including “Passacaglia,” by Ron Nelson. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the UCA’s Griffin Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for CSU students, $1 for youth ages 2 through 17, and $12 for adults.

Will Jenkins browses through piano books with his daughter Trinity at Spotlight Music Wednesday afternoon. Spotlight Music lies on the corner of College Avenue and Harmony Road and houses a vast variety of musical instruments ranging from guitars to didgeridoos. (Photo by Kevin Johansen)

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A workshop for students who want to ‘have it all’

Do you dream of taking up an exotic new hobby, like knitting, but are too busy with work, school and social commitments? Then the Institute for Teaching and Learning’s Time Management Workshop is the one for you. The workshop, according to an entry on the CSU events calendar, will give students strategies for time management, with a focus on setting personal priorities and thinking about how to tackle tasks. “Students will come away with tools they can use, not only for academic planning, but life, career and personal planning as well,” the calendar entry reads. “This workshop is great for a busy student who wants to have it all during their time in college without becoming overwhelmed.” The workshop starts at 5 p.m. in TILT building, room 105.


In an article about student debt published Nov. 6, “The burdens of borrowing,” the research director for the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) was incorrectly identified as Jill Cochrane. Ms. Cochrane’s first name is Deborah. The organization was also incorrectly abbreviated as ICAS. The Collegian regrets the errors.


In the same article, a quote from Cochrane was misrepresented. Two different quotes were placed in proximity, implying that they were said in direct succession. The quote “Nationally, what we see is the average student loan debt for grads continues to grow” was not said directly prior to the quote that begins “College tuition is certainly one of the factors.” These two quotes actually came from two different points in the interview. The Collegian regrets the error.


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ASAP | Brown: Continued from Page 1 They can’t go into the red.” The SFRB declined to comment on what failing to meet the $50,000 mandate would mean for ASAP, citing a conflict of interest. Bethel Nathan, assistant director for campus activities at CSU, believes that two factors, more so than others, contributed to 2012’s RamJam concert’s low turnout and sales. “In hindsight, we had it on the wrong date. There were so many things going on on Saturday, Sept. 15 in the community and on campus, and it’s really hard to compete against that,” Nathan said. Second, according to Nathan, is that Starship simply wasn’t “the very best band.” Lindsay Brown, concert co-coordinator for ASAP, agreed, saying, “I think Cobra Starship was an incredible band and I think they were right for the show, but I do think that they don’t have name recognition, they have song recognition. I think that that makes things hard as well.” The selection of Cobra Starship was, according to ASAP emails and interviews with the Collegian, the result of ASAP staffers’ decision to bring an artist whose genre was not rap or hip hop — genres that have a history of wide appeal to the CSU student body with successes such as 2008’s Lupe Fiasco/Three 6 Mafia concert ($36,138 in revenue and an attendance of 7,469) and 2010’s Ludacris concert (8,264 students attended at no cost). As Brown explained, seeking an artist in a genre other than hip hop or rap was in an effort to reach students who may not have benefitted from previous RamJam concerts. “If we bring a rap or hip hop group four years in a row, and there’s a student who’s not going to go to a hip hop show, that’s their entire college career where they don’t go to this large event because they don’t want to listen to the music,” Brown said. This year’s concert and the 2010 Pepper show, the only RamJam concerts to feature genres other than hip hop or rap, have seen the low-

Show still successful RamRide director steps down

est attendance, and the 2012 Starship concert generated the lowest revenue of any large concert at CSU since 2008. Brown, though, believes the show was still a success despite the low turnout and less-than-expected revenue. “Honestly I think it was a really great show. Our staff had an amazing time. The artists were incredible to work with and from what we heard they had a really great time at CSU and getting to know the population on campus and in the town,” Brown said. “There was an energy, if you looked out at the crowd, during the performance. Their energy was just through the roof.” But Nathan and Wright agree that other factors contributed to the low 2012 RamJam turnout. According to Nathan and emails obtained by the Collegian, booking for this year’s concert took longer than ASAP would have liked. In an in-house ASAP email sent April 12, 2012, Avery Kahn, the 2011-2012 concert coordinator, wrote that, “At this point, we need to move on and start getting offer letters out or else our fall concert is going to be ASAP staff singing on stage in front of 8,000 people. I’m not saying we wouldn’t rock it, but that’s probably not a responsible use of student fees.” Cobra Starship was not confirmed as the 2012 RamJam headliner until June 6, 54 days after Kahn’s email. For comparison, the 2011 offer for B.o.B. was sent May 3, 2011, and the show was confirmed no later than May 20, 2011, according to ASAP emails. In another ASAP email dated Aug. 16, 2012 — just 30 days before the concert — ASAP staffers discussed possible marketing opportunities and noted that the show was not listed on the Cobra Starship and Breathe Carolina websites or Facebook pages. Cole Soli, marketing assistant for the Denver branch of AEG Live, the largest producer of music festivals in North America, explained that performers earn the same agreed-upon paycheck when they play specialty shows such as those on college cam-


puses, regardless of how large an audience they bring. As a result, Soli said, there’s often little incentive for performers to promote their own events. “They’re coming in to play; they’ve given that guarantee,” Soli said. “When it’s a touring instance, there’s more incentive on the management and publicity side for bands to put out more information, whether it be social media or their own websites to kind of drive ticket sales … There’s no incentive there when they’re playing a festival or college situation.” Moving forward with the large fall shows, Nathan says that every year is different in terms of band selection and execution, but that there are changes being made. “One of the things we’ve talked about moving forward with this large show is to start the process earlier in the semester so that we hopefully have an act confirmed by the end of the school year,” Nathan said. Mary Branton-Housley, a former ASAP adviser who worked at CSU from 2003 until December of 2011, doubts that the selection process is broken; sometimes certain bands just aren’t good fits. “I would hope they’re still getting student input. There’s a multitude of ways to get students in on the selection process,” Branton-Housley said. “In that regard, if they were doing those things, I would assume that the process is still good, it’s just maybe (Cobra Starship) was the wrong choice.” Brown explained that student trend polling on the Lory Student Center Plaza is ongoing, and that efforts are being made to better incorporate student opinion in the performer selection for next year’s large event. “There are lots of factors that go into it that make it hard, but I do think that we have significant intentions to try and incorporate a student body opinion in this event next year, regardless of whether it’s a concert or not,” Brown said. Content Managing Editor Nic Turiciano can be reached at

Skydiving Club recruits brave souls By MARCUS MORITZ The Rocky Mountain Collegian There are clubs at CSU for swing dancers, zombie killers and Harry Potter fans. So why not people who like to jump out of planes? “It's the biggest adrenaline rush you can get,” said senior fish, wildlife and conservation biology major and two-time jumper Dan Marotti at the first-ever CSU Skydiving Club meeting on Wednesday. Junior construction management major Chris Lierheimer, who started the club, and sophomore natural resources major Keifer Grossi gave a 30-minute presentation to a room filled with about 50 people Wednesday going over what skydiving entails and why CSU needs a skydiving club.


“The only thing going through your mind when you fall is screams of adrenaline,” Marotti said. After a short jumping video, they talked about how much skydiving costs, safety concerns and all the reasons everyone in the room should get on track to start jumping. There were over three million jumps in 2010 and of that number, only 21 people had fatal accidents, according to Lierheimer. “It's almost never an equipment malfunction,” he went on to say. “It's usually the fault of the jumper.” If the skydiver makes the right precautions, jumping is safer than driving, flying in an airplane and drinking alcohol by a larger margin. The first jump –– which will be at Mile-Hi Skydiv-

ing in Longmont –– will cost about $200. Getting a Accelerated Free Fall license (AFF) requires taking another seven classes that gradually get cheaper and allow people to jump on their own. Then, interested individuals can apply for their “A” license, which happens after making 25 jumps and learning skills like piloting a parachute and freestyle jumping. Each jump after that only costs around $25. “After you get your ‘A’ license, the sky is the limit,” Lierheimer said to a room full of laughter and chuckles. “Skydiving is addicting,” said Elizabeth Arrington, who was at the meeting and has gone on one tandem jump before. “The first time I went it was a birthday gift, See SKYDIVE on Page 7

By CARRIE MOBLEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian For the third time in a year, the Associated Students of CSU must find a new director for RamRide. Becky Ewing, the director since January, has stepped down in order to focus on a legislative internship offered through the political science EWING department, according to the ASCSU Chief of Staff Robert Duran. Ewing announced her decision to step down on Oct. 31 at the weekly ASCSU Senate meeting. She will remain the director for the rest of the semester to train a replacement, but stop her duties before spring semester begins. “The goal of announcing this opening now is so that we can start the interviewing process now and still have time for Becky to train the new director,” said

Duran. “We want it to be as smooth of a transition as possible.” RamRide has recently had a lot of turnover in terms of leadership within the program. Ewing was the third director appointed in one year, coming into the position last January. Applications for the position will be available until Nov. 9, said Duran and all students are encouraged to apply. To find the new director, Duran, Ewing and ASCSU President Regina Martel will interview applicants for the position. “First we will look at people who have experience with RamRide or ASCSU, but it all depends on the interview process and who we feel will do the best job,” Duran said. “If it’s someone who has no experience with either, but is highly qualified, we aren’t going to not give

them the job.” According to Ewing, the new director doesn’t need to have prior experience with RamRide, but needs to care about the program. “We are really looking for someone who will be passionate and dedicated,” Ewing said. “It can be a very stressful job, so you really need that passion to keep you going. That’s the biggest priority.” The new director will also need to be someone who will be in it for the long haul, Ewing said. “RamRide really needs a director who will be there for a few semesters in order to keep the program strong,” she said. It will be a bittersweet departure for the outgoing director. “The hardest part about taking this internship was my decision to leave RamRide,” Ewing said. “But I’m also excited for what’s coming next.” ASCSU Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley can be reached at news@collegian. com.


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“Disaster, as zombie enthusiasts hope for, is always just around the corner.”

The zombie apocalypse is coming; you’ve been warned


I know how excited we all are for it. It’s a way to weed out the weak and the less intelligent. A reason to shoot people we hated for picking on us when we were little, while simultaneously saving the life of the damsel in distress or for you ladies, the attractive sharpshooter who just ran out of ammo. The zombie apocalypse. As the saying goes, the hardest part about the zombie apocalypse will be pretending I’m not excited. Fear not, my fellow citizens, because if you don’t think you have the skills to survive, REI has a class for you. Zombie Preparedness — Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse. This is a real class taught by a “Zombie Specialist.” Sure, it’s in Framingham, Mass. But at least it exists. Disaster, as zombie enthusiasts hope for, is always just around the corner. It’s like winter: It’s always coming (If you haven’t seen “Game of Thrones,” stop reading the newspaper in class and go watch it). Hurricane Sandy was a horrible disaster that shut down the east coast and devastated lives. There was no electricity, no food, no water and no way to move around safely because of the flooding. Sound familiar? All the zombie preparedness training is actually just good survival training. Doug Cornelius on said that the training was especially relevant because of the power outage his family faced from Hurricane Sandy. He acknowledges that his family was lucky for not taking the brunt of the storm like New York or New Jersey, but still felt that a little survival training couldn’t hurt. The zombie premise “helped keep a difficult discussion about survival more light-hearted,” Mr. Cornelius wrote in his article “Lessons from a Zombie Preparedness Class.” Survival is survival (Minus the flesh eating freaks thing). The more people know about how to take care

of themselves, the better. If you are exposed to media, books, movies, TV shows etc., then you have heard the idea that we are too reliant on our technology. And we are. Think about how you would survive if power went down for a couple months. This means no credit cards, no driving, no internet, no heating, no refrigerator, no oven and none of the other items that people in the first world take for granted. How many of you know how to hunt? Some people are impressive hunters, but not impressive enough to feed a college campus of 25,000 people. What about water? Do you know how to purify it so it’s safe to drink? If you are as excited about World War Z as Max Brooks or I am, then you might know these skills. If you like backpacking, you might also be okay. Living in Colorado we are lucky. We don’t have to deal with disasters like cities on the coasts do. But that doesn’t mean basic survival knowledge isn’t important. We also have the beautiful Rocky Mountains, in which several people die every year. Even experienced hikers — like James Nelson, who was found in May of this year, dead by his camp — are not safe. But what Colorado does face is snow. Lots of it. Enough to trap people in their homes or the hotel in Estes Park they are caretaking while ghosts possess their husband. My car may be tricked out with armor and ready for the zombie highway, but it is also great in situations where other cars can’t drive. I’ve towed many cars out of snow and made grocery store runs for people who can’t pull out of their garage. Being prepared, and able to take care of yourself in the face of natural disasters — or zombies — is important. Survival knowledge will always be helpful because no matter how the world ends. Aliens, robot rebellion, or zombies, knowing how to feed yourself is priority number one. If you don’t know anything about survival, then let me suggest you team up with one of us nerds who does. Sarah Romer is a senior electrical engineering major. Her column appears Thursday in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to


Time for a change, GOP After an election, the losing party has an amazing opportunity to restructure and refocus. The ability to change the direction of their party to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome the next presidential race. GOP, you now have the opportunity to balance fiscal conservatism with progressive social policies to appeal to today’s average voter. It wasn’t just Obama who won on Tuesday either. Democrats had a strong showing across the country. Two senate races in Indiana and Missouri ended up being sound defeats for Republicans even though they were pulling ahead up to that point. What caused their ultimate defeat? What the voters saw as extreme stances on abortion, rape and incest. Statements like these and

Stephen’s King’s call for citizenship checks turn off entire segments of the population like hispanics — the largest voting bloc this election. Rather than rallying the party

“Fiscal responsibility, state rights and social toleration should be the future message of the GOP.” around divisive hardline social issues, why not take a note from Joe Biden (a lifelong Catholic) in the second debate and divorce the political decisions the party pursues from the faith and be-

liefs of its members. Obama was able to defeat Romney even though a vast majority of the American population regularly indicated in polls that voters would choose the Republican nominee every time if it was only a question of fiscal policy. What defeated the GOP, then, was their stances on social issues. Now is the opportunity to rethink the direction of the Republican party, extend the tent to accommodate more demographics with a message that more of the population can get behind. Fiscal responsibility, state’s rights and social toleration should be the future message of the GOP, a message that will reach further than merely the older, white, religious demographic.

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These are the key battles of out time the consciousness. This way we could just get spare parts whenever we needed them. Two extra kidneys anyone? Cloning is a hot issue with a lot of people. Most opponents say it is simply unnatural. Well that is not really a valid argument since nature has a few examples of creatures that clone themselves. Insects are the most common examples. Bees and leaf bugs are examples of ones you can look up if you don’t believe me. Cloning gets two thumbs up from me. Even more if I could use my future clones!

Animal Experimentation


Every generation faces new challenges and new issues that they must face and conquer. Our generation faces arguably more than any other in our history. For decades we fought against communism encroaching on our nation, and also spent many long years working towards equality in the eyes of the law — albeit we still have a little work to do there. This is a time where the limits of science are being pushed every day, and it’s no longer clear that there is a limit to what we can accomplish. Time and archaic thinking are the only barriers. So what are the big issues that we will have to decide on in the coming years? These are what I believe to be the problems that will define our generation, discuss these with everyone around you, and realize the importance of these issues.

Human Cloning Scientists have cloned dogs, sheep, monkeys, pigs and various other animals, so the ability to clone a human is likely already a realizable ability. Cloning could provide a number of different benefits to humanity, especially if the cloning is just the body and not

This is a widely debated topic and has valid arguments from both sides, but let’s look at the overall picture here. Experimenting on animals has given us insight and knowledge into how life itself behaves. We have gained numerous things from our use of animals in laboratory situations, especially benefitting from our ability to test drugs on them. Also, when experimenting with animals, humanity gains insight into how these animals live and behave. By understanding them better, we can better improve their existence on this planet. I disagree with the proposition that animals have rights just like we do. They have what rights we give them. This is evidenced by how we treat various species of animals differently depending on how well we like them. Cats, dogs and horses certainly get lots of love, but fish, cows, and several wildlife species are either directly or indirectly slaughtered by humanity; sort of a double standard right? Every animal should be treated with dignity and respect because the way we treat other living things reflects on our character as a species. That being said, people come first. If we have to sacrifice a few rats so that we can get

a step closer to a vaccine against AIDS, well that is a necessary step.

Human Trafficking

The issue of human trafficking needs to be addressed, brought out into the light and included in our national dialogue. It remains a horrible reality that millions of people are bought and sold like property throughout the world every year. Nearly all of the people that are trafficked each year are women; mostly women from impoverished areas like Eastern Europe or Asia. Often these young girls are sold into sexual slavery simply for the family to be able to afford another meal or to send their sons to school. This practice must end. Our country, which supposedly values individual and human rights so much, and enjoys sticking our collective noses into other people’s business, should really be focusing on deterring this horrible crime against humanity. Threaten our overseas oil interests and we will light up your world like the 4th of July, but if you want to sell your woman into a life of sexual slavery we will look the other way. This is pitiful and disgusting and something needs to be done about it. People that are involved in human trafficking should be shot on sight. Not the victims, of course, it is in no way the woman’s fault. We should be seeking retribution against the people that are involved in the buying and selling. Think about your future and what you want it to look like, these are the often ignored issues we must cope with that will define our generation

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Hickenlooper proposes $37 million increase for higher ed. By EMILY SMITH The Rocky Mountain Collegian Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s budget proposal released last Thursday includes increased funding for higher education. According to Chad Marturano, director of legislative affairs at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the budget includes approximately $37 million for higher education. $30 million of this increase applies to operating funding, while the remaining $7 million goes to various financial aid programs, Marturano said. Of the $7 million, $5.3 million goes to need-based financial aid for students from a lower income background with demonstrated financial need. The remaining $1.7 million goes toward other various financial aid programs. The budget proposal also includes a recommendation to fund level one and level two controlled maintenance projects in higher education, at a total of $25 million according to Mike Hooker, CSU’s executive director of public affairs and communications. “Of the $30 million for operating, the CSU system will get about 20 percent,” Hooker said in an email to the Collegian. “That translates to roughly $6 million for the CSU-Fort Collins campus.” This $6 million represents a 5.9 percent increase in state funding from fiscal year 20122013 to fiscal year 2013-2014, according to Marturano. The average increase in funding via this budget proposal for public universities in Colorado is 5.8 percent. On the lowest end of the spectrum is Western State Colorado University, with a 4.5 percent increase. On the high-

est end is the Colorado School of Mines with a 6.6 percent increase in state funding. The University of Colorado system, which includes campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver and the Anschutz Medical campus, would receive a 6.4 percent increase in funding, which comes out to about $9 million. Hooker said there are no specifics yet on what the increased budget money would apply to at CSU, but that it would go towards helping keep tuition down and building on the quality of the university. According to ASCSU President Regina Martel, the increased higher education funding the budget will not directly affect ASCSU, as it is funded completely by student fees. “I think it sends a positive message to our university that Colorado is starting to care again about higher education,” Martel said. “It’s been kind of dismal lately. I think this sends the right message that higher education is something Colorado needs to focus on.” More than 90 percent of the governor’s general fund budget is spent on K-12 schools, higher education, health and human services and public safety, the governor’s office said in a CBS News article. “Since the 08-09 school year, public universities’ funding has been cut by over 27 percent from a high watermark of $706 million down to $513 million in the current fiscal year,” Marturano said. The current proposal would increase this number to $543 million. According to 2010-2011 data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CSU receives $219 in state appropriations per student, plus $1,860 per student from the College Opportunity

Fund, which is a unique state appropriation to Colorado. This puts CSU at a total of $2,079 in state appropriations per student. When comparing this number to its 13 peer institutions, CSU ranks the lowest in state appropriation per students. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranks closest above CSU with $5,943 in state appropriations per student. North Carolina State University at Raleigh ranks the highest on the list of peer institutions with $15,558 in state appropriations per student. The data also reveals that state appropriations are one percent of CSU’s core revenues, not including the College Opportunity Fund. CSU’s peer institutions’ state appropriations as a percentage of core revenue range from 14 to 40 percent. Marturano said today’s budget proposal is a step in the right direction but doesn’t solve the problem of cuts in higher education in the past few years. Research institutions like CSU took a lot of the cuts because they have the ability to absorb cuts due to a bigger non-residential population than non-research institutions, according to Marturano. Marturano also explained that enrollment is counter-cyclical, meaning when the economy is down, many people go back to school to retrain and have competitive skills in the labor market. “There’s a lot of programs that have been cut over the past few years and this budget seems to address those things and things that will make us competitive tomorrow and in the future,” Marturano said. “Higher education is one of those things.” Collegian Writer Emily Smith can be reached at






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UNLV, CSU limping to the finish line of the 2012 season By ANDREW SCHALLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian Throughout the 2012 season, the UNLV football team has struggled with inconsistent play and a lack of execution on its way to garnering only two wins with three games remaining in the season. Sound familiar? It should. UNLV (2-8, 2-3 MW) will try and salvage a piece of its season when it comes to Fort Collins to play CSU (2-7, 1-4 MW) Saturday. The Rebels have had their share of heartbreaking losses this year, dropping their first three games by one score apiece. Last week, however, the Rebels were able to end a five-game losing streak by beating New Mexico 35-7 thanks in large part to 100yard rushing efforts from their two running backs, Tim Cornett and Bradley Randle. “It definitely was important,” quarterback Nick Sherry said. “We hadn’t been on the same page every week, and last week we kind of put it all together, so it was fun.”

The Rebels had success on offense last week by rotating in both Randle and Cornett into the game in order to give New Mexico different looks and keep both backs fresh throughout the game. “In general terms of philosophy, we believe in rolling guys at that position,” UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. “So those guys, they understand that they need to go real hard when they’re in there because the other guy’s ready to come in there and give them a break. I think they both embrace that. I think they both play really hard.” The Rebels will look to take advantage of the success of their ground game against a CSU defense that has given up 213 rushing yards per game — ranking No. 108 in the country in rushing defense out of 120 teams. “We’re looking at (CSU’s) defense and we’re liking what we see,” Randle said. “Hopefully we can capitalize on their defense, and the mistakes that they make.” On the other side of the ball, the Rebels’ defense will face a CSU offense that

TOP UNLV PERFORMERS Quarterback Nick Sherry: 1727, 289 yards, 2 TD, 2 Int. Running back Bradley Randle: 12 rushes, 113 yards, 2 TD, 1 rec. TD Running back Tim Cornett: 9 rushes, 107 yards, 1 TD


Head coach Jim McElwain leads the team onto the field at the Wyoming game this past Saturday. The Rams will play UNLV this Saturday at 5 p.m. at Hughes Stadium.

started to make some progress recently, averaging 36.5 points per game in its last two games against Hawai’i and Wyoming. The Rams’ success on offense came from the help of multiple formations they

use with players like Kivon Cartwright, Charles Lovett and Jake Levin, who can each play multiple positions. “The thing that concerns me most is, on the offensive side of the ball, is how multiple they are,” Hauck said. “The

position groups and formation changes and all the different things they try to do try to take advantage of misalignment. You have to get lined up against them. It’s gonna be a major emphasis for us.” Coming out and per-

forming well in their final three games of the season for the Rebels, as well as the Rams, will be an important factor for the future of the programs and momentum they carry into next season. “(Momentum) carries over big time,” Randle said of the possibility of finishing strong this season. “That carries over to spring ball and it carries over to the offseason. It carries over to the summertime. And that’s something that we’ve needed to push us forward, to get us going. To remember the good things that we did at the end of the season and hopefully we can start like that at the beginning (next year) and finish towards the end.” Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at

The Rocky Mountain Collegian | Thursday, November 8, 2012

“It’s monumental that we

now have two states that have legalized, for adults, marijuana posession.” Tony Ryan | (member of the board of director for LEAP)

Team Fort Collins fights back MARIJUANA |

Continued from Page 1 if regulations are followed, especially not smoking marijuana in public, the Drug Enforcement Agency “is not going to go around knocking on doors trying to smell marijuana smoke.” “It’s monumental that we now have two states that have legalized, for adults, marijuana possession,” Ryan said. “Two states have taken the first step, which will maybe lead to a federal policy.” CSU political sciences professor John Straayer sees a few problems with the bill’s wording, specifically that the amendment instructs state officials to enact an excise tax of 15 percent on the wholesale sale of marijuana, with the first $40 million collected to be designated for the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund. “You can’t tell legislators how to vote. They’re elected to make judgements,” Straayer said, adding that, no matter the source of collection, legislators are never likely to vote for a new tax ballot measure. “I don’t think it will happen,” Straayer said. In a statement to 9 News, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers reacted to the passage of Amendment 64. Despite his continued belief that marijuana legalization on a state level is “bad public policy,” Suthers promised that his office will work to implement the new laws. “ ... Voters can be assured that the Attorney General’s Office will move

forward in assisting the pertinent executive branch agencies to implement this new provision in the Colorado Constitution,” Suthers said. Team Fort Collins, a substance abuse prevention non-profit organization in Fort Collins, also reacted to the amendment’s passage, providing information about their future plans to continue preventing alcohol and drug abuse. “Team Fort Collins educators will integrate more information about the effects of marijuana use on the teenage brain,” said Ashley Kasprzk, executive director of Team Fort Collins. “Since youth and young adults’ brains are developing, re-organizing and refining from the ages of 12 to 25, Team Fort Collins teaches youth the importance of letting their brains develop without interruptions from alcohol and drugs,” Kasprzk said. Kasprzk said focusing on education is a starting point for the organization, and they also plan to address “the increasing misperception that marijuana is not harmful.” Mason Tvert, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said they are ready to work toward implementing this law. “We look forward to working with state and federal officials to move on to a more sensible approach to marijuana,” Tvert said. Collegian Writer Emily Smith can be reached at

SKYDIVING | Continued from Page 3


How to get 10 times hotter

and I need to do it again.” Joining CSU Skydiving has added bonuses too, according to Lierheimer. Things like getting to know people at Mile-Hi, jumping out of people’s hot air balloons, as well as enjoying some beer in between jumps are all part of the experience. “After you get your AFF license, you get a subscription to Skydiving Magazine, which has a lot of skydiving porn in it,” he said. “To be clear, it’s not actual porn, just really

cool shots of people skydiving.” Near the end of the meeting to try and drive home how cool skydiving really is, Lierheimer added a personal note. “When I met my girlfriend and told her that I skydive, she said, ‘Whoa boy you just got ten times hotter,’” he said. After one more short video of people falling through the air at the end of the meeting, Lierheimer whispered, “That could be you.” Collegian Writer Marcus Mortiz can be reached at


CSU skydiving club members Kiefer Grossi (left) and Chris Lierheimer answer questions about skydiving logistics at an informative meeting to grow club interest Wednesday eveing in the student center.

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Student Managers and Editors-in-Chief for the 2013-14 academic year To ensure consideration apply by 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 The student managers and editors-in-chief hired for academic year 2013-14 will train with current student media heads and professional staff during spring semester 2013 and assume their duties in the summer of 2013.

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Continued from Page 1 whelmingly showed support for the president. The Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Natural Resources Colleges were the highest, with over 72 percent of their students voting Obama. On issues other than the presidential race, interviews asked voters to pick one of six issues that they felt was the most important. Twenty four percent said unem-

ployment and taxes were the most important issue, followed by 20 percent of students saying higher education topped their list. Energy found itself at the bottom, with only seven percent of students saying it was the most important issue. Most of those that voted at CSU could agree on one thing: voting “Yes” on amendment 64. Seventy six percent of CSU students supported the amendment to legalize marijuana in Colorado.

“A lot of young people are progressive,” said junior nutrition science major Zack Zeilik, who voted “Yes” on the amendment. “People are going to use it, so it might as well be regulated.” The STAT 305 class had spent the last two weeks developing questionnaires, setting up the interview groups and establishing a data entry and analysis group. “I think for most people in the class, it was really valuable to see what goes into a survey,” said senior psychology major Katherine Regelson. “It gave me a healthy amount of respect for the amount of work that goes into doing this.” In order to get a random sample, the interview group set up outside the LSC theatre and surveyed every fifth person as they exited the voting area. The process wasn’t without its difficulties though, as the group was incorrectly told

by poll watchers that they weren’t allowed to be within 100 feet of the building. Once outside, getting a random sample proved more difficult than being next to the polling area. “It was frustrating,” said statistics sophomore Paul Harmon. “When I asked people if they voted, they confused me with the clipboard people so it was harder to get information.” Opsomer acknowledged that with early voting, getting a truly random sample of how CSU students voted would not have been possible by focusing solely on how students voted on Tuesday. “If you do an exit poll on the day of, it’s not a random sample,” Opsomer said. “Some people are more likely to be early voters than others.” Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at

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