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Fort Collins, Colorado
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Volume 121 | No. 47
THE STUDENT VOICE OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1891
SOS Hughes continuing to oppose on-campus stadium
Austrian aviation specialist Felix Baumgartner had to delay his 22 mile skydive attempt due to dangerous wind speeds. In homage to this upcoming feat of human insanity, here are some other grade A crazy stunts people have performed in the past.
By AUSTIN BRIGGS The Rocky Mountain Collegian Even though CSU President Tony Frank announced last week that the university plans to move forward with its proposal to build an on-campus stadium, Save Our Stadium: Hughes, a group that opposes the project, is still working to stop it. About 40 community members and three CSU students attended a public forum Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian church to discuss what can be done to stop the plan. “Our objective is to formulate where to go from here,” said SOS founder Bob Vangermeersch. “Logic and facts and figures didn’t have any effect in influencing the decision. We need to reinvigorate and decide where to go from here.” Many attendees felt the best way to stop construction of a new stadium is to hit the university where it hurts most –– its pocketbook. Ideas ranged from having potential stadium donors sign a pledge against giving money to CSU for the stadium to bringing a lawsuit against the university. “We’ve tried everything,” said Deb James, a CSU alumna and 28-year Fort Collins resident. “The only power left is whether I’m going to give money.” Even though Frank has given the green light to move forward, it’s still not too late to have the university change course, said sophomore art history major Dani Cole. She said she’s never talked to a student who supported the
Incredible Feats of Daredevilism
KATIE THOMPSON| COLLEGIAN
Senior student and Silver Wings member Chelsea Wight explains the can model of the student center on the plaza during the LSC-themed structure building competiton Wednesday afternoon. CANstruction is the kick off to Cans Around the Oval, an annual CSU tradition intended to raise food, money and awareness about hunger in the community.
Can you handle CANstruction?
CSU students raise donations for the Food Bank of Larimer County By KATE SIMMONS The Rocky Mountain Collegian CANstruction, part of the largest canned food drive in Northern Colorado, took place Wednesday on the Lory Student Center Plaza and will continue to receive donations for the Food Bank of Larimer County through the next week. “Without our donations, [the food bank] wouldn’t be able to meet the high demand of their customers and families,” senior marketing major and student coordinator for SLiCE James Bryant said. CANstruction is part of the larger Cans Around the Oval food drive.
Campus groups including the College of Business, CSU Pre-Vet Club, Gamma Phi Beta, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and Warner Business Council, are all competing to collect the most amount of foodstuff. The groups received donations from members within their respective groups and many have ventured into the Fort Collins community to ask for donations door-to-door. “The event gives members in each college an opportunity to meet other students and build camaraderie between the colleges,” Bryant said. Most of the participating groups started collecting cans last month and
will continue to receive donations until Oct. 17. “We’re all willing to step up and donate our time to collect cans because it’s important for the food bank and it’s an empowering event the university does,” junior environmental communication major Jamie Ragusa said. Last year Cans Around the Oval raised $34,000 and $60,000 pounds of food and SLiCE is hoping to surpass those numbers this year. “We’re really pushing monetary donations this year,” Bryant said. “$20 can go further than one can of food.” Members of the College of See CANS on Page 3
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Student government hosts second congressional district debate By KATE SIMMONS The Rocky Mountain Collegian In the first ASCSU-hosted debate in the organization’s history, Rep. Jared Polis and State Sen. Kevin Lundberg discussed their campaign promises in Clark A Wednesday night. “We wanted to host something for students in an election during our term,” ASCSU Director of Governmental Affairs Lindon Belshe said. After being given a rough outline by ASCSU, Polis and Lundberg discussed a number of issues that will affect CSU students including education, the economy and marijuana decriminalization. Polis and Lundberg both supported leaving marijuana decriminalization decisions to individual states instead of enacting federal legislation. Lundberg does not support Amendment 64, a proposed Colorado amendment that would legalize medical marijuana. Polis did not mention
the amendment during the debate, but he has previously expressed support for medical marijuana legalization. “I think it’s a very reasonable approach if states regulate marijuana rather than treat it as an illegal drug,” Polis said. The candidates also discussed the current economic crisis. Polis said there would not be a quick fix. “You have to do it over 10 years,” Polis said. “You can’t do it over four years like the [Paul] Ryan plan does.” Lundberg said that economic problems have increased over the last four years and increasing taxes is not the answer. “We cannot continue to spend ourselves into prosperity,” Lundberg said. “Does anyone have $16 trillion that they could loan us?” Both candidates also presented plans to solve the economic crisis through natural See DEBATE on Page 3
High wire artist Philippe Petit decided in 1974 to stretch a tightrope across the World Trade Center towers and walk across it. The only thing preventing him from falling over 1,300 feet to the pavement below was a 200 foot long length of .75 inch steel wire. Well played....
Flying across the English Channel isn’t that big of a deal, unless you have a jetpack with Buzz Lightyear wings. Yves Rossy, a former Swiss ﬁghter pilot, did just that in 2008. He ﬂew 22 miles in 10 minutes after jumping from a height of 8,200 feet.
An illusionist and endurance artist with a long resume of daring stunts, one of which was called Buried Alive, which he performed in 1999. Blaine was buried in a cofﬁn underneath a three-ton tank of water for seven days. During that time, he only had six inches of headroom and two inches on either side. HUNTER THOMPSON | COLLEGIAN
Jared Polis, left, watches Kevin Lundberg as he responds to a question in the debate in Clark between the second congressional district candidates. ASCSU sponsored the debate.
The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff
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FORT COLLINS FOCUS
Author will discuss Christians and climate change
Author Katharine Wilkinson will speak Thursday at CSU about her new book, “Between God and Green: How Evangelicals are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change.” Wilkinson, a Rhodes scholar and expert on religious leaders’ views of climate change, will focus on how evangelical leaders who were once considered disconnected from the topic are embracing the notion of climate change. Many evangelicals are now working on both sides of the political aisle to foster policy change on environmental issues, according to Wilkinson. The lecture is set for 4:15 p.m. in Room 212 of the Shephardson Building, and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by CSU’s Department of Political Science, the Department of Philosophy, ChangingClimates@ CSU and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. ERIN MROSS | COLLEGIAN
CSU 2005 Alumnus Ryan Stover uses an App on his iPhone to record and learn songs on his Ukulele Wednesday afternoon in the gardens on Remington Street. The app Stover uses records snipits of music and loops it back so the listener can layer it to create new songs.
High school J-Day at CSU
Thursday there will be more than 1,400 high school journalists and their advisers on campus for the Colorado High School Press Association’s annual Journalism Day. The all-day event includes workshops, lectures and presentations designed to encourage students to pursue careers in media. 2009 CSU graduate Ryan Avery is one featured speaker. Avery beat out 30,000 entrants from 116 countries in August to become the youngest-ever Toastmasters International World Champion in public speaking.
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Students to have more input on student fees By CARRIE MOBLEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian Editor’s Note: Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, the Collegian’s parent company, receives $520,000 in student fee funding per year from the Associated Students of CSU. A student opinion survey will be sent out to students at the end of this month regarding the current student fees and the services provided under those fees, according to ASCSU director of Finance Wendy Bowling. As per ASCSU President Regina Martel and Vice President Joe Eden’s third campaign promise to involve more students in student fee processes and outcomes, the survey will be distributed to approximately 5,000 students as a way to assess the effectiveness of the services provided under ASCSU’s portion of student fees. “This survey is designed to get tangible feedback on services that ASCSU provides,” Bowling said. “It will help us know what services affect the most students and how to keep the fees that students pay at a sustainable rate.” Bowling added that the survey will also be used as an educational tool for those who complete it. It will cover 16 different categories, mainly organized by the
biggest and most expensive services provided by ASCSU. This will give student government an idea about how to best fund certain programs, depending on which are the most effective. “It will also give us some great insight as to what types of students use what programs most,” Bowling said. “From that data, we might be able to collaborate with other campus organizations to help fund it and therefore decrease costs on our part.” In addition to this survey, ASCSU has held two finance forums on the Lory Student Center Plaza in order to get direct feedback from students and has two more planned for the upcoming months. “We’ve started holding finance forums where Wendy and I will stand on the Plaza to provide an opportunity for students to give us their input about fees and also about all our services in general,” Martel said. “We want to ensure that students can become more involved in the process and I think that we have largely done that.” A change in the ASCSU Constitution, written by Eden and passed by Senate at the beginning of this year, has also contributed to more student voice in the matter of student fees. The amendment provid-
STUDENT FEE BREAKDOWN ASCSU is allocated $35.92 of each student’s fee. Where does that go?
$3.92 ASCSU staff (student and professional) $3.92 Executitive Branch of ASCSU $2.16 RamRide $10.17 Transfort (Late Night Bus Route) $4.63 Board for Student Organization Funding $1.40 Collegiate Readership Program $9.52 Student Media $0.32 Office Supplies ed for 50 percent of the Student Fee Review Board to be made up by senators, a representative body. “We try to be as transparent as possible with every penny we spend that is collected from student fees,” Eden said in an email to the Collegian. “We hope that this survey will help clarify any questions students may have on where their student government fee goes and encourage both feedback and participation in the process.” A similar survey was conducted by ASCSU last spring on student opinions of tobacco use and smoke on campus, the results of which were made public last week. ASCSU Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sobering reminder
Continued from Page 1 Business visited the food bank to take pictures of the line. “We wanted to show there is a need,” senior business major Irene Chaves said. “It’s not just a competition. With the fires and everything else going on people are really suffering.” Intentionally raising food and money to help people in the Fort Collins community who are suffering has pushed each group to raise the most cans and, de-
spite the rivalries within the competition, many group members have not forgotten the deeper purpose of the event. Keith McCaskell, a junior majoring in landscape design and member of the MANRRS club, said they are asking people to write a message on the top of the cans they donate. “We hope the family who receives that can will get our message that we support them,” McCaskell said. Supporting people who are suffering in Larimer
County can help CSU students remember that hunger is an issue in our own community, not just an issue in other parts of the world, junior equine science major and member of Gamma Phi Beta Arielle Stewart said. “As college students we don’t really struggle with finding food and CANstruction on the Oval is a good reminder that people just up the street don’t have enough to eat,” Stewart said. Senior Reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at email@example.com.
Student gov. pleased
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THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2 RACE BY THE NUMBERS
gas. Lundberg would try to find more jobs for Americans by renewing natural gas credits and Polis suggested renewing the production gas credit. Polis and Lundberg differed in their opinions in regard to children of undocumented residents receiving higher education. “If they meet the residency requirement, you should get in-state tuition,” Polis said. “It’s not their fault they were brought here when they were two years old.” While Polis supports immigrant children’s pursuit of higher education, Lundberg made a distinction between residents and citizens saying that undocumented immigrants’ children should not receive citizen benefits just because they meet residency requirements. Lundberg said he believes Polis’ stance would
$846,462: The amount raised by $78,712: The amount raised incumbent Democratic candidate by Republican candidate Kevin Jared Polis Lundberg
The top five employers of campaign donors:
Jared Polis: $16,500 — KKR & Co $16,250 — Foundry Group $12,500 — SPS Studios $10,250 — Brownstein, Hyatt et al $7,400 — Blackstone Group
Kevin Lundberg: $2,500 — Colorado Christian University $2,500 — Diocese of Colorado Springs $1,840 — Digital Media Productions $1,520 — Iweb Designs $1,000 — Molson Coors Brewing
Top five campaign donor industries:
Jared Polis: $112,400 — Securities and investment $60,150 — Retired $40,110 — Lawyers/Law Firms $27,750 — Miscellaneous business $20,550 — Miscellaneous finance
Kevin Lundberg: $12,350 — Retired $2,500 — Education $2,500 — Clergy and religious orgs $1,900 — Miscellaneous business $1,500 — Oil and gas
Information courtesy of www.opensecrets.org
only encourage parents to immigrate for the purpose of obtaining higher education for their children. “What you end up with is a big banner for the people coming through this nation illegally to come,” Lundberg said. Belshe said that ASCSU had accomplished its goal of hosting a debate to focus
on key issues that affect students, and may host others like it in the future. “We do hope this is a project for them to continue next year, hopefully two years from now and definitely four years from now,” Belshe said. Senior reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continued from Page 1 stadium, but at the same time feels some frustration that students aren’t doing more to voice their concerns. “Students are few and far between that have the motivation to change,” Cole said. She added that if the on-campus stadium is built, it would mean tearing down the community gardens located next to the parking lot serving Summit Hall, Aspen Hall and Academic Village. “The sustainable garden has been my home for the last two years” Cole said. “The thought of using it for a stadium kills me.” James agreed that students need to be more involved and make their voices heard. “No one’s going to refuse the students. They’re the future alumni,” James said.
“If they alienate students they’re potentially shutting down future donors.” One of the other student attendees, natural resources major Andrea Vanderbilt, started a student group that opposes the stadium. SOSCSU, an anti-stadium student group, has been meeting every Tuesday evening in the Lory Student Center. “We’ve been growing, it’s been great,” Vanderbilt said. “We’re planning an event, a big barbecue, for the next home game.” Vangermeersch acknowledged that many people were probably “tired and burned out” from the nine-monthlong fight but still felt that the group can influence the process moving forward. He questioned the university’s ability to raise $125 million in cash, calling donation pledges unreliable.
Even if those donations came through, the on-campus stadium would still be a bad idea, he said. “As our speaker Maxcy said, ‘A lousy investment is a lousy investment, no matter who’s paying for it,’” Vangermeersch said. Rob Phillips, a Fort Collins native and business owner, had a unique approach to changing public opinion. He registered Internet domain names that would have a high chance of directing people to the site, where they’d find a website opposing the stadium. A few of the website names: “CSUstadium.com” “Ramsstadium. com” and his favorite, “Firejackgraham.com” “I was feeling a little ornery,” Phillips joked. Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at email@example.com.
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“...President Obama has spent more than $109,447,120 on negative ads alone. That’s a lot of negativity.”
2012 Elections are cleaning up my Facebook feed
By SARAH ROMER
How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many annoying political posts does your thread get spammed with a day? Way, WAY too many. I think it is absolutely great that young adults can get passionate about the upcoming election. It shows interest in the community and the future of this country and that young people want to have a say in that. There is, however, a nasty side effect and I know I am not the only one feeling it. Last week, I had to hide all Facebook posts from five of my friends. And I’m not the person with 400 friends on the social media website –– I only friend people I actually know pretty well. Before I figured out how to hide posts from people, I un-friended a couple folks. (Sorry guys! You were annoying me.) At the end of that week, one of my good friends posted a plea asking everyone to stop writing and sharing all the political stuff on Facebook. It didn’t matter for which candidate. Just stop. Since then, I have seen several posts with the same message — and it isn’t just in our generation. “I desperately need a ‘hide political posts’ button on Facebook so I can still like all my friends after the election year is over,” wrote my great aunt, who is quite a bit older than the college generation. It’s not just on Facebook, though, that is the best place to see it. You can’t watch TV without a ridiculous ad. I stopped going on YouTube because of the political ads from both sides. I can’t walk across campus, or listen to the radio, or read anything anywhere without some ad for a candidate. I’m going to guess that if you are interested in the election, you probably know who you are going to vote for. Even if your reasons are stupid — “My
parents are (insert political party here) so I’m voting that way” (and too many young adults have that reason) — you still know who you are voting for. According to the Washington Post, President Obama has spent more than $109,447,120 on negative ads alone. That’s a lot of negativity. Good thing Colorado is a battleground state, with Denver being the focus of $24.1 million dollars in ads! As of Sept. 16, $473.4 million has been spent on campaign ads, 79 percent of which are negative. You know what else that money could have done? According to space.com and NASA, it would have been enough money to help speed up development of a new fleet of spacecraft capable of running supply runs to the space station, testing new robotics in space and a new shuttle orbital to replace the old shuttles and the need for our country to pay Russia to taxi our astronauts. But close to $500 million? That’s not small change and could help a lot of Americans in countless ways instead of annoying them. The tiny percentage of people who haven’t made up their mind yet on the election should take five minutes of their day and Google the candidates’ positions (Google is an official verb now, finally). That would save everyone time, money and a whole lot of negativity coming through the media right now. Again, being passionate about politics and making an impact on society is great. I may not agree with you, but to quote Voltaire, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. But please, consider the message you are putting out. Instead of discussing an issue like abortion, gun control, taxes, marijuana, foreign policy or anything else not yet firmly established, too many people are getting worked up over something that many people have already decided on. I really don’t think that yelling at someone 500 times about how bad the other guy is, is going to help convince anyone that hasn’t already decided your candidate is better. Sarah Romer is a senior electrical engineering major. Her column appears Thursday in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian. com.
The war on drugs wages on Dr. Christian Thurston, a CU-Denver professor and medical director of youth substance abuse clinics in Colorado, and Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, visited Berthoud on Wednesday to debate the legalization of pot and its positive and negative effects on society, the economy and the individual. They were arguments we’ve been hearing for decades — arguments we’ve all heard many times over. Often overlooked in this debate, though, is the simple truth that regardless of whether Colorado legalizes marijuana, the “War on Drugs” will continue. Whether Colorado approves Amendment 64, more than a
million legal consenting adults will be incarcerated for drug possession. Fareed Zakaria wrote in
“Whether Colorado approves Amendment 64 more than a million legal consenting adults will be incarcerated for drug possession.” TIME Magazine that in 2009 alone, 1.66 million Americans were arrested on drug charges — more than those who were arrested for either larceny or as-
sault. In fact, four out of five of those 1.66 million drug arrests were simply for possession. Currently there are more than 6 million Americans in prison, which is more people than Joseph Stalin’s forced labor camps had at the height of its power. Doing drugs may not be good for you and it could possibly ruin your life. Unfortunately, the way it’s most likely to ruin your life is simply if you get caught. Voting in favor of Amendment 64 may not do much to combat the greater injustice of the national War on Drugs, but at least it will ensure that the lives of otherwise law abiding citizens in our own community are not ruined for consensually partaking in their drug of choice.
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“There are still some areas where gender, racial and socioeconomic inequality should be addressed and bringing up non- inclusive language is an opportunity to discuss those issues and look for solutions.”
In defense of inclusive language
By ELISABETH WILLNER
In an opinion piece titled “Leave political correctness to the politicians” that ran Oct. 2, Brittany Jordan argues against using politically correct and inclusive language, saying that Americans “cannot take a stand on anything because, Lord forbid, they might offend someone.” While Jordan is right that political correctness is a negative concept, she’s right for the wrong reasons. The article asserts that inclusive language and politically correct language are the same thing. Actually, they are different, and that difference depends on a question of respect. People who throw around the phrase “politically correct” often use it as a way to dismiss other’s reactions. They aren’t personally offended by the
language in question, but they have the basic knowledge that it offends other people, want to avoid confrontation and tailor their language to do so. Politicians often do this to get votes — giving rise to the term "politically" correct. But not everyone uses inclusive language with the goal of avoiding confrontation or winning votes. Using inclusive language often is taking a stand. Many people, myself included, use it as a way address social inequalities — to point out the ways in which groups have been, and continue to be, disenfranchised. Take for instance the phrase “All men are created equal.” The Declaration of Independence was written in a time in which that phrase referred only to white, male, property owners. Now we interpret it more broadly, but the traces of the system it reflected still exist in the United States. There are still some areas where gender, racial and socioeconomic inequality should be addressed and bringing up non-inclusive language is an opportunity to discuss those issues and look for solutions. In terms of respect, using inclusive language is a lot like knowing not to say “F*** you” to your grandmother. Some grannies out there probably don’t mind, but most of them do, and when you chose to change your language around
her, you show that you care whether or not she’s offended. Not saying “guys” to a group of female friends, and avoiding other non-inclusive terms, accomplishes something similar. I'm not saying that every time you say "guys" that you're being sexist. Intentions do matter. Some of the people I know who care deeply about the equality of all people occasionally use the word “guys.” The difference is, when the term comes up, they’re open to discuss why it can be offensive. I'm also not saying that if you simply stop saying "guys," you will have cured society of sexism. Inclusive language alone won't lead to social change. If used in the politically correct sense, language can be a way to sidestep discussion and give the illusion of respect where none exists. But using inclusive language can be one way to show that you’ve thought about other people, considered their opinions and made an effort to show them respect. By taking a moment to question non-inclusive words when they tumble out inadvertently or by pausing to find a different word to say, we can start a process that allows us at least to discuss equality, if not also work toward it. News Editor Elisabeth Willner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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An Eye For Details
“The benefits (to students) are to interface on real world projects with real world professionals.” April Wacker | Project Manager of CSU’s Institute fro the Built Environment
An initiative for green building By KATE SIMMONS The Rocky Mountain Collegian
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Senior apparel merchandising major Jules Davies checks clothing stock in a section of GG Boutique on Laurel Street Wednesday night. Davies says most people that work at GG are apparel merchandising majors.
U.S. pair share Nobel Prize in cell research By LENNART SIMONSSON The McClatchy Tribune
STOCKHOLM — U.S. researchers Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka shared the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for their pioneering studies on cell receptors, which enable each cell to sense its environment, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. Their research on “G-protein-coupled receptors” could also contribute to developing better drugs, according to the Nobel Committee. Receptors serve as sensors for cells, communicating from outside the cell to the inside, similar to the body’s sensors for light (eyes), smell (nose) or taste (mouth), the committee said. G-protein-coupled receptors comprise “a whole family of receptors,” it said, noting that “about half of all medications achieve their effect through G-protein-coupled receptors.” Antihistamines, beta blockers and different drugs for psychiatric conditions use receptors. “The receptors are a bit like the switchboard in a building,” explained Sara Snogerup Linse, a committee member. “How it works is very important informa-
tion for the development of drugs.” “Thanks to the receptors I now can enjoy a cup of coffee,” she said, as an assistant poured her a cup. “And thanks to Lefkowitz and Kobilka I know how it works.” Lefkowitz is with Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He used radioactivity in 1968 to trace cells’ receptors, discovering several and gaining an initial understanding of them. Kobilka, affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine in California, worked as a research assistant with Lefkowitz in the 1980s and was instrumental in tracing a key gene that codes the receptor for adrenalin. The 57-year-old told Deutche Presse-Agentur that the news had hit him “like a thunderbolt ... I keep trying to convince myself that this is not a dream.” The phone had rung in the middle of the night, he said. “Since then there’s been one call after the other. I am answering the house phone, my wife is on the mobile.” But the prize has not gone to his head. “I am not interesting, rather dull,” he said. “I can’t offer much besides a bit cycling here and there.” Earlier he told Swedish
Radio that the Nobel Committee had had to phone him twice, because “I didn’t make it to the phone in time.” Lefkowitz told the committee in Stockholm by phone that he was “very, very excited,” to receive the prize. “I was fast asleep and the phone rang. I was wearing earplugs. My wife gave me an elbow. And there it was, a total surprise.” “By then, I was wide awake. Surely, Stockholm did not call to ask me for the weather,” Lefkowitz told dpa a few hours after the call. After the flood of emails from friends, he said it felt as though he was “reliving my whole life.” He hadn’t yet found the time to notify his five children and five grandchildren. “Not one of them is in science. I think they saw how hard I was working and came to the conclusion: This is not for us,” he laughingly told dpa. “I was going to get a haircut today, I am afraid I will have to postpone that ... It’ll be a pretty crazy day at my office,” he told Swedish Radio. Both plan to travel to Stockholm for the award ceremony on Dec. 10. The chemistry prize is worth $1.2 million. It was the third of the annual Nobel prizes to be announced.
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When businesses in Fort Collins want to learn about sustainable building practices, they can turn to CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment (IBE). The IBE is an on-campus non-profit focused on fostering stewardship and the sustainability of natural and built environments through research-based, interdisciplinary educational forums. Graduate students from multiple colleges across the university — including construction management, landscape architecture, business, natural resources and interior design — have interned with IBE over the last 17 years. “Students are given the opportunity to interact with professionals and to start to build their professional network, which ultimately helps them be more employable,” Associate Director Josie Plaut said. Students help lead trainings for companies interested in making their buildings LEED accredited and teach green sustainability programs. They are also involved in outreach education and assist in
building renovation plans. “The benefits (to students) are to interface on real world projects with real world professionals,” Project Manager April Wackerman said. “To learn how to manage time and responsibilities, to gain skills in the professional world related to consulting and green building services in the construction industry.” IBE was created in 1994 through a grant from the College of Applied Human Sciences. According to Plaut, the dean at the time wanted to encourage more interdisciplinary work so faculty members from different colleges came together to create a project that would focus on sustainable and healthy building practices. The governing board still has members from multiple colleges on campus, including the Department of Design and Merchandising, College of Business and the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences. By having contributions from multiple educational disciplines, IBE is better equipped to execute project plans because each discipline offers a unique
perspective, according to Elliot Dale, a green building associate. “It’s important to get a variety of perspectives and opinions. It gives us a better understanding of the issues to be dealt with; it’s obviously challenging, but it’s worth the challenges,” Dale said. “Someone might not know the construction lingo if they’re from the history department but it doesn’t mean that their viewpoints aren’t important and they can add in another, unexpected perspective.” While IBE started at CSU and still exists within the university and is run by CSU students and staff, IBE is completely self-funded. They charge a service fee for their certification programs, trainings and outreach education. They receive no university funding and even though they are an institute within the university, IBE is an independent non-profit. “We feel like the greatest thing we provide to the students is practical application of the theories and concepts that they learn in the classroom,” Plaut said. Senior Reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at email@example.com.
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Winds blamed as attempt to break freefall record is aborted By W.J. HENNIGAN The McClatchy Tribune LOS ANGELES — After squeezing into a white spacesuit and helmet, daredevil Felix Baumgartner entered a pressurized capsule and waited to be taken to 120,000 feet above New Mexico for a leap into history. But as the desert winds picked up to 17 mph, the attempt to break the world’s free-fall record was scrubbed Tuesday afternoon. Officials had said that an attempt at the feat, the longest and fastest free fall, can be made only if winds on the ground are around 2 mph, but have not decided when to try again. Baumgartner was seeking to shatter a record set by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger in 1960. His world record stands at more than 19 miles, or 102,800 feet.
The perilous stunt, called Stratos, is funded by the energy drink company Red Bull and was to have been webcast live. The mission was first set to begin around 8:30 a.m. EDT, but it was pushed back to 1:30 p.m. because of gusty winds. The mission began when Baumgartner suited up. But as the massive balloon that is set to take Baumgartner to altitude was being filled with helium, the winds picked up again. “Mission needed to be aborted due to gusty winds picking up and making a launch too risky,” the company said in a statement. If the mission does launch and is successful, Baumgartner is expected to become the first free-falling human to break the sound barrier, hitting speeds of around 700 mph.
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From left, Kelsey Snider, Dana Cranston and Izzy Gaulia warm up at practice Monday afternoon. Tonight the Rams are on the road playing Fresno State in California.
“They are pretty fast.They have three good weapons...” Tom Hilbert | CSU coach
Rams hit the road for conference action By QUENTIN SICKAFOOSE The Rocky Mountain Collegian Vegas and California — what more could one ask for out of a single trip? The CSU volleyball team had their bags packed Wednesday, ready to hit the road to California. They plan to return home with more than just a tan however — they want two additional conference wins. The Rams begin their third road trip of the season Thursday night against the Bulldogs when they visit Fresno State. They will then stop in Sin City — not for penny slots and free drinks, but yet another Mountain West rival showdown with UNLV before returning home. “Our team knows now
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that these are two of the better teams and this is probably the hardest road trip. We gotta be on our game and everybody knows that,” CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. “Fresno has been beating a lot of people at their place, we just have to expect that that stuff is going to happen.” Fresno State runs a fast-paced offense that has them currently sitting at the top of the Mountain West in both hitting percentage and kills in each set while in conference play. “They’re pretty fast. They have three good weapons. [Megan] Callahan, the left handed kid is the scariest for us because we don’t have a player like that to prepare
against,” Hilbert said. “She also has to hit against the better side of our block so we’ll see what happens. They’re good and they’re balanced, so we need to be good in their gym.” The Bulldogs also heavily rely on their strong defense in the back row that keeps their opponents on their toes. Fresno State is currently averaging 15.21 digs per set played, another conference best and a full dig more than CSU. “We’re really excited about it, we know it’s really important and we need to beat Fresno and UNLV to put us at the top of the conference, so it’s a really big road trip for us,” senior middle blocker Brieon Paige said. “Vegas has pretty big egos, so to beat Fresno State would
be really good going into playing them.” The Rams realize the importance of setting the tone of this road trip early. UNLV, on paper, should be a more difficult match for CSU, but with having gone the whole season without a road victory, any other gym can seem intimidating without Moby Magic. “Every match mathematically is the same. We need to win conference games and it’s that simple,” Hilbert said. “Fresno is the first one and we have to win it. I’m kind of glad they’re the first one because I think that’s the one we’ll have most excitement for.” Volleyball Beat Reporter Quentin Sickafoose can be reached at sports@colle-
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Taliban call girl’s shooting ‘obligatory’ By SAEED SHAH The McClatchy Tribune ISLAMABAD — Doctors treating a 14-year-old girl shot in the head by Islamist militants because she dared to advocate schooling for girls said Wednesday that they hoped she would make a full recovery from her wounds after nightlong surgery to remove the bullet. Pakistan rallied around the girl, Malala Yousafzai, who had become a national heroine in 2009 for defying the Pakistani Taliban’s rule in the tourist district of Swat. Prayer vigils were held throughout the country, television channels gave blanket and emotional coverage to developments, and politicians across the spectrum denounced the shooting. Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, arguably the country’s most powerful official, made an unusual trip to be at Malala’s bedside, afterward issuing a statement whose final lines were spelled out in capital letters for emphasis. “WE REFUSE TO BOW BEFORE TERROR. WE WILL FIGHT, REGARDLESS OF THE COST, WE WILL PREVAIL, INSHA ALLAH (God willing),” the statement read. Malala’s attackers were unrepentant, however, with Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan issuing a detailed and chilling justification for the assault, which targeted the girl as she sat in a van waiting to be taken home from school Tuesday afternoon. Relying on references to the Quran, Islamic history and Shariah — Islamic law — the statement, in English and containing eccentric capitalizations, misspellings and grammatically awkward phrases, left no doubt about the wide gulf that separates the Tal-
iban from the mainstream of Pakistani thought. “It’s a clear command of Shariah that any female that by any means plays [a] role in war against mujahideen (holy warriors) should be killed,” the statement said. “Malala Yousafzai was playing a vital role in bucking up the emotions of Murtad (apostate) army and Government of Pakistan, and was inviting Muslims to hate mujahideen.” The statement cited passages from the Quran that the Taliban said justified the killing of children as well as women, and it said that killing someone engaged in rebellion against Islamic law was not just a right but “obligatory in Islam.” “If anyone thinks … that Malala is targeted because of education, that’s absolutely wrong, and a propaganda of (the) Media,” the statement said. “Malala is targeted because of her pioneer role in preaching secularism and so called enlightened moderation. And whom so ever will commit so in future too will be targeted again by TTP.” Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan is the largest faction making up the Pakistani Taliban. Malala gained fame as an 11-year-old in 2009 when she defied the Islamist militants who then governed her hometown, Mingora, first in a diary that became the basis for a series of reports on life under the Taliban carried by the BBC’s local Urdu language service, and then in television appearances in which she decried the Taliban’s efforts to limit schooling for girls. The Taliban had seized control of Swat, the district where Mingora is located, in 2007. The Pakistan army launched an offensive in 2009 that supposedly pushed the Taliban out of Swat.
NICK LYON | COLLEGIAN
Chris Nwoke, right, runs with M.J. McPeek during practice Tuesday afternoon. The Rams are preparing to travel this week to take on the San Diego State Aztecs.
CSU faces SDSU’s unpredictable offense Over the last five weeks, San Diego State’s offense has scored 34 points or more in every game — at times coming up with points in somewhat unconventional ways. Senior quarterback Ryan Katz has produced an average of 2.6 touchdowns per game during the last five games, and last week surprised Hawaii by rushing for three touchdowns. Katz’s ability to create plays with the ball in his hands is something the Aztecs will be looking to exploit this weekend against CSU and the Rams’ rushing defense that ranks No. 108 in the nation. “I like it,” Katz said of having opportunities to run the ball. “There are a couple of designed runs in there this week. So, yeah, it’s fun. It’s fun to get out there, guys blocking for you.” The Aztecs’ offense behind Katz’ leadership has exploded during the last two
games, putting up 40 points against a Fresno State team that held the Rams to seven points last week and 52 in a win last week against Hawaii. In order to have a large offensive output on Saturday, the Aztecs will likely have to rely heavily on the running game. “Fresno [State] had great success running the ball [last week against the Rams], so you don’t throw it as much.” San Diego State coach Rocky Long said. “If you have great success running the ball, you don’t throw it as much. You don’t throw it 50 something times if you’re rushing it for 250 yards.” Though they’ve struggled in stopping the run, the Rams’ defense has been successful in shutting down their opponents lately through the air, holding Air Force and Fresno State to an average of 217 yards per game passing over the last two weeks. CSU has had success against stopping opponents’ passing games largely be-
cause of bracket coverages in which safeties have targeted top receivers and provided double coverage on deep threats when necessary. “I thought they did a really nice job of confusing the quarterback because I watched the film, obviously,” Long said. “They played some bracket coverage, which is very technical. It’s hard to teach unless that’s what you do all the time.” Despite the different facets of the matchup, San Diego State maintains, much like the Rams have, that execution above all will determine who will have the upper hand on Saturday. “When we execute, we can put up points. It comes down to that,” San Diego State offensive lineman Alec Johnson said. “(Last week) I think we executed pretty good. Still see the film and there is room for improvement, definitely. So [we’re] trying to do that. Work and prepare hard this week.” While preparing for a
CSU team that’s lost five straight games, San Diego State said they are focusing on not taking any game for granted as they are still tied for third place early in the season in the Mountain West standings. “Can’t do it,” Katz said. “I think Hawaii was 1-4 last week. We did a good job of preparing all last week, and we’ve got to do the same thing this week. We’re trying to get back on a roll, get another win this week. Just got to keep preparing like we did last week and try to keep this thing going.” Football Beat Reporter Andrew Schaller can be reached at sports@collegian. com.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (10/11/12). You can really take ground in your career this year. Responsible financial management coupled with a clear plan of where you’re going can open unimaginable opportunities. New perspectives on wealth allow for greater prosperity. Travel and educational exploration expand mind and spirit. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
ARIES (Mar. 21-April 19) ––8–– Get down to the actual work for the next two days. Get your ideas into action without delay. You’re gaining respect. Pay attention to details. Love flows both ways. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ––8–– Take more time for play over the next couple of days and be rewarded. Or at least take everything with a grain of salt and a good sense of humor. Consider all possibilities. Question authority. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ––7–– Stay true to your vision and commitments, even as you revise them. It’s a good time to find a bargain. Allow your feet to take you where they want. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ––6–– Study the situation for a while. Meet with an important client or family member, and listen as if you’re paying gold for every word. Practice something you love. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ––8–– Tap another source of revenue, looking at all possible angles. The upcoming days are quite profitable (and you’re very popular). Don’t fall for a sob story. Think about the future. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ––5–– You have extra confidence starting today. Your actions speak louder than words, so make them count. Gather practical information and advance. Remember an important appointment. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ––7–– You’re entering a pensive phase. It’s easy to get sidetracked (which can be useful sometimes). Focus on taking actions you’re especially qualified for, even if it means postponing play. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ––7–– Play, but remember your budget. If it seems too good to be true, it may be. Consider consequences. You have more friends than you realized. Follow the rules. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ––7–– Work requires more attention (and is more rewarding) for the next few days. Learn so you’re stronger and wiser next time. Crossing a body of water looks interesting. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ––5–– Use today and tomorrow to plan the actions for the rest of the year. Do the necessary research, but don’t believe everything you read. Keep the money in the bank. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ––7–– Make sure you’re linking up with an expert, especially around funding. There’s power in numbers. Provide yourself with what you need, but don’t get complacent. Travel light this time. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ––6–– Let go of stale fantasies. Invest in the right tools to save money in the long run. There’s a change in plans; take care. Outdoor walks are especially romantic.
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