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Volume 121 | No. 52





Urging Colo. Assembly to pass ‘Textbook Tax Holiday’


Cans Around the Oval is a time-honored CSU tradition in which we — the student body — line up hundreds of cans around the historic Oval. It is the single biggest food donation drive in Larimer County. But sometimes the use of “cans” can get a bit monotonous.

By CARRIE MOBLEY The Rocky Mountain Collegian Wednesday night, student government pushed for a resolution that would urge the Colorado legislature to create a one-day tax break holiday on textbooks in university bookstores. “The purpose of this bill is to encourage the legislative assembly of 2013 to address this issue,” said Lindon Belshe, Director of Government Affairs. “By passing this, we are endorsing the legislative action to follow.” The resolution, which is approximately two paragraphs in length, in shorter than the average resolution to pass through the Senate. The reasoning behind this, Belshe said, is because there is currently no representative in either the state’s House or Senate who is sponsoring this bill and so the details of it are still unknown. “We originally had a lot of details in our resolution about specifications for this particular holiday,” Belshe said. “The reason we took those stats out is because we just won’t know the details until later.” Student senators raised many questions about the path this bill might take. When Becky Ewing, Director of RamRide, asked which representatives were being considered to sponsor on the bill, others in Senate questioned why the legislation would only benefit university bookstores. “How would this help students more than a tax holiday on all textbooks?” said Sen. Josh Shaugnessy. “If I go to the bookstore, even with this tax break I would still be paying 50 percent more there than I would somewhere else.” Belshe replied that a tax holiday targeted at all retail stores that carried textbooks would only result in a loss of state revenue, which would See ASCSU on Page 3

Other things to donate around the Oval KEVIN JOHANSEN | COLLEGIAN

Kelcey and Baylee Bedard look on as their dog Jojo receives attention from the CSU Pet Hospice volunteers. The volunteers visit family homes in the Fort Collins area to aid families as they care for their ill pets.

Vet students provide a helping hand BY SEAN MEEDS The Rocky Mountain Collegian When two veterinary medicine students rang the Bedard family’s doorbell, two black labradors greeted them — one barking with a greying face, the other with slick black fur and a calm, curious disposition. The silent dog is the reason that graduate students Jeret Benson and Sarah Eck were there in the first place. Eight-year-old Jojo was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma three years ago when the family decided to have her left hind leg amputated. She received chemotherapy at CSU’s veterinary hospital and has since enjoyed a very active lifestyle. “She’s a miracle dog,” said Jill Bedard, Jojo’s owner. “The vets predicted that she would only last for one more year and she’s on three years now.” However, things started to go downhill this July, when the family veterinarian discovered that Jojo’s cancer had come back. That’s where Benson and Eck come in to the picture. Both students are volunteers with the CSU Pet Hospice Program. It was initiated in 2003 with the goal of providing care for pets and their owners during the end of life decision-making pro-

cess. According to faculty advisor Gail Benson, the program is the first and only to use student volunteers. There are currently 25 students involved, with each member expected to handle four different cases a year. The hospice was founded by the Argus Institute, a counseling service that offers support to families and their pets while also teaching veterinary students the proper communication skill needed to interact with owners and their animals. Benson, who joined the program last fall, helped to train hospice volunteers to effectively communicate with families. “We act as liaisons between the families and their veterinarians,” she said. “We teach students effective communication skills that help them empathize with the families.” Magen Shaughnessy, the former team manager for the hospice program, further emphasized the need for good communication skills. “We talk to families about all the specifics of the disease as well as help them put a plan into place,” she said. “It lets them feel they have more control.” Shaughnessy recounted one of her visits where she included the family’s 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter in a discussion about eutha-

nasia. She asked both kids what they knew about the process. “It turns out they already knew quite a bit,” she said. She then went on to explain the process in medical terms to reassure the kids that their dog would not feel any pain. Shaughnessy “facilitated a conversation” between the parents and the kids about all the other factors they needed to discuss if they were to go through with the procedure. “I wanted them to think about all the choices they have,” she said. “For instance, I told them that it’s okay to undergo euthanasia on one of the dog’s good days.” In terms of “good days,” many Hospice workers have families track their pet’s health on a calendar that records the animal’s behavior. For Jojo, daughters Kelcey and Baylee Bedard use a mental calendar to track their dog’s signs of good health. Yesterday, they noticed signs of Jojo being her old self. “She was eating, chasing her ball and snapping at flies,” Kelcey Bedard said. Jill noted that she also ate three meals, something that she had troubling doing in the past. See HOSPICE on Page 3

Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard is a very malleable and useful sculpting material. Since we have a penchant for making some sweet aluminum can art, we should expand that talent into cardboard boxes. Besides, there are a lot of great foods that come in cardboard boxes.


Bottles are an indispensable and valuable resource for all kinds of things, and they are readily available to be donated. After all, CSU students go through thousands of bottles every weekend.


Straight from the mouth of coach Jim McElwain By CRIS TILLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Cris Tiller: What would you say to a fan who’s lost faith in this team, in this program? Jim McElwain: I understand the heartache and I understand the results. We will have results and we will get the people back and I’m really excited to see that happen. It’s going to take some time and I knew that coming in, so the expectation of the instant wins: I could have told you looking at the roster that we were going to be a ways away, but at the same time I also knew we were building something special. Tiller: How much differ-

ent or harder is it being a head coach than you thought coming into the job? McElwain: I would say the time commitment, other than the football itself, is probably the biggest adjustment and all the different people that want a little bit of your time. Yet, I also know that’s part of the job, so you McELWAIN just deal with it. Tiller: The season obviously isn’t going the way you’d like. How hard is it to rebuild a program? McElwain: Well one of the things is trying to change the

mindset and the culture is hard especially when habits have already been formed in some areas, so trying to erase those habits while building it is the exciting part. Getting other parts in here to help and that’s really the exciting part. Tiller: People had high expectations, felt you’d come in and everything would be different. How fair do you feel those expectations were and how pressure do you feel to live up to them? McElwain: You know the

expectations part, I expect it out of myself, so I wouldn’t expect anything less from anybody else to have those same thought. It’s disappointing where we’re at, but I also see what we’re building and the foundation that’s being laid, so the exciting thing is being able to put our finger prints all over that and create something that these fans deserve to be excited about. Tiller: Alabama is once again a favorite to win a national championship, is there any part of you that wishes you would have stayed? McElwain: Look, that’s a well-oiled machine, and yet building a piece of that orga-

nization out west to Colorado State, that’s what’s exciting. Tiller: The results on the field aren’t going the way you’d like, but you talk about bettering your players as people, do you feel this mission is successful? McElwain: It’s an ongoing mission and you never know when some of the lessons that you teach and some of things that will hit them in life might be five years from now, might be 10 years from now, might be when they have their first child. That’s the satisfying thing, is knowing that you’re instilling that in them and it’s something that’s going to help them forever.


Every year students pay hundreds of dollars for textbooks, many of which cannot be sold back. Since paper is something that is a good recyclable material — and most of our textbooks are made with gallons of the stuff — it might be a better end for unsellable textbooks. The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff.

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Swimming and diving to begin season at DU

With hopes of beating their 5-7 record last season, the CSU Swimming and Diving team will kick off its season on Saturday at noon at the University of Denver. Following the season opener at DU, second-year coach Christopher Woodard and the Rams will face the University of Wyoming on Oct. 27, and then San Diego State the following weekend. Last year, UW was ranked fourth in the Mountain West. “Essentially, the purpose is we don’t want to ease into the season. We want to test ourselves right from the beginning,” Woodard said. Last year, DU won the Sunbelt Conference, and the Pioneers have five returning seniors. AUSTIN SIMPSON | COLLEGIAN

Andy Thran is in the CSU greenhouses wokring on a project under Dr. Sarah Ward, which should shed further light on African Wire Grass, an invasive species in Idaho and Mont., on Wednesday, Oct. 17. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in molecular plant biology.

CORRECTION In an Oct. 2 Collegian article titled “English Dept. faces backlash for discriminatory ad,” it was incorrectly stated that an advertisement “angered many adjunct professors with qualified mas-

ter’s degrees” by requiring job applicants to have received their master’s before 2010. Instead, the listing called for applicants with a Ph.D. and a master’s degree between 2010 and time of


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appointment. The article also said the ad was posted “this past week,” implying Sept. 27 to Sept. 31, when it was actually posted on Sept. 6 and revised on Sept. 12. It was also inaccurately report-

ed that CSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity reworded the job listing. The text was actually revised by the English department’s search committee. The Collegian regrets its errors.

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Take a journey... Into the universe!

Sometimes, the universe is like a casual acquaintance: You hang out with it plenty, you like it a lot, but you don’t know too much about its life story. That can all change on Thursday, because the School of Global Environmental Sustainability will be hosting a screening of the Emmy-winning documenta-

ry, “Journey of the Universe.” Following the viewing, numerous experts on environmental research, including Blue Planet Prize Winner Tom Lovejoy and Robin Reid, the director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, will be discussing environmental justice. The screening starts at 5 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theater.

New Belgium’s Frambozen seasonal beer is returning

Sure, it’s starting to get colder, the leaves are changing and King Soopers has started putting out the Halloween candy. But there’s another sign that, as the Starks would say, “Winter is Coming.” Frambozen, New Belgium’s holiday beer, is once again available in select markets. “Frambozen is a beautiful beer that deserves to be on the table with the thoughtfully prepared foods of the holidays,” said Grady Hull, assistant brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing, said in a news release. Frambozen has 6.5 percent alcohol by volume, and its price varies according to the market, according to a news release.

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Taking a closer look at campaign contributions from faculty and others By AMANDA ZETAH The Rocky Mountain Collegian CSU employees donated to the Democratic Party more than any other political party. In fact, CSU gives money to the group more than other Colorado university, with more than 72 employees donating a total $31,960 during the 2012 election season. There is a diverse population of donors at CSU, with the majority of them being professors. That doesn’t stop administra-

tors and other employees from donating to the cause, which accounts for 5.56 percent of the total donor population. The donations don’t come from from a specific corner of campus, either. In fact, 18 percent of donors were from the microbiology department. The others are professors in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, in the president’s cabinet and on the facilities team. The only university that

comes close to CSU is the University of Denver, which had 43 employees donating. But those individuals have donated nearly $20,000 this year. The University of Colorado-Boulder had a similar ratio to CSU, with the majority of employees donating to the Democratic Party by a rate of six to one. Overall, seven employees donated $2,050 this year. City Beat Reporter Amanda Zetah can be reached at news@collegian. com.

REPORTED DONATIONS COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY CSU Employees That Donated: 72 Candidates: Obama (42), Democrat Party (9), Joe Miklosi (9), Elizabeth Warren (3), Rick Santorum (2), Cory Gardner (1), Alan Grayson (1), Andrew Romanoff (1), Brandon Shaffer (1), Romney (0) Who Donates? Professors (18), Admin (2), Other (2) Which Party? Democrat (64), Republican (3), Other (5) Total $$ donated: $31,960 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO- BOULDER CU Employees That Donated: 7 Candidates: Obama (4), Democrat Party (1), Rauniyar (1), Republican Party (1) Which Party? Democrat (6), Republican (1) Total $$ Donated: $2,050

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER DU Employees: 43 Candidates: Obama (15), Romney (1), Other (27) Which Party? Democrat (37), Republican (5), Other (1) Total $$ Donated: $19,122



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Continued from Page 1 The hospice volunteers sat down on the Bedard’s living room floor as they listened to the family describe Jojo’s demeanor since their last visit a week ago. Benson and Eck checked the dog’s gums, temperature and even worked together to make her ingest a pill to aid with her upset stomach. As the volunteers attended

to Jojo, the family expressed their thanks for the help. “It’s reassuring that they’re here,” Baylee Bedard said. “They’re doing everything they can for Jojo, they answer our questions — it’s like they’re almost family.” Jill Bedard called the volunteers a “blessing” for supporting Jojo and the family. She noted that they gave her options that she had never known about, too.

Benson knelt down and hand-fed Jojo — her first real meal of the day. When she had finished an entire can of food, Jojo laid down and rolled on to her side. She started to close her eyes, as if to say that she felt safe and sound with the people around her. Collegian Writer Sean Meeds can be reached at

ASCSU | Sending a message to legislators Continued from Page 1 hurt students in turn. “How would this work with students who reserve their textbooks ahead of time?” asked Sen. Caitlain Bricker. “Would they get the tax break?” Belshe replied that those students would probably still receive the tax break and that the details would be resolved after the bill was created in the Colorado General Assembly. “All we are doing is sending a message to the legislature that we are behind this bill,” Belshe said. “The rest of the details are things that will be discussed when the assembly reconvenes in the spring.” The resolution was sent

MINUTE BY MINUTE What did Senate talk about this week?

Each week senate convenes at 6:30 in the LSC Senate chambers to discuss possible legislation and issues impacting students. Here is how they spent their time Wednesday night.

6:30 P.M. Swearing in and ratifying new Senators

6:35 P.M. Judicial reports 6:39 P.M. Executive Reports 6:44 P.M. Committee Reports 6:49 P.M. Bill 4206: Updated job descriptions to add the Campus

to the External Affairs Committee and will be voted on in next Wednesday’s Senate meeting.

Outreach Initiative Team, which will try to increase ASCSU’s outreach to the student body 7:15 P.M. Bill 4210: Changed the Senate job description to allow senators to attend a university sponsored event in exchange for office hours every week. This bill was sent to all three committees to be voted on next week. 7:37 P.M. Resolution 4202: A bill introduced to encourage the Colorado General Assembly to create a tax break holiday on textbooks at university bookstores

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If nice guys finish last, then why be held back by your morals?


Everyone knows the cliché — nice guys finish last. Basic logic necessitates that if this old adage is true, the only decision that I could make is to become a jerk. We all see it every day. The pretty girl that’s beautiful inside and out is almost always dating the biggest jerk you could ever meet. Empirically I’ve been shown that if I want to date a nice, pretty girl, I have to be an ass. It seems the world has forced my hand. Being good doesn’t just put you behind in the dating world, it’ll put you behind in other aspects of life as well. Thus explaining my lackluster performance in the real world. What use is there in being the good guy? Imagine, if you will, that a situation arose where you found a bag of money. Well, if you’re the good honest fellow you’ll turn it in and get a pat on the back and a thank you note. Yippee. However, imagine you’re the dishonest, conniving “Draco Malfoy” of the world. You could take that money, buy yourself a nice new car, some new clothes, maybe go on a vacation, and then start investing it to make even more money. So seriously, which would you rather be? The rich guy with nice things and a leg up in the world, or the guy with a big thank you note? Be honest. Don’t end up poor like me! Next, let’s assume you have the opportunity to cheat on a test. If you did you would likely get an A, if you didn’t, you probably didn’t study –– which is why you’ll need to cheat and you’ll likely end up with a D. This bad score will affect your grade. Maybe even your GPA and a poor GPA means you look bad on your applications, so you’ll likely be joining the proud ranks of the unemployed, or at best landing your dream job as a pizza delivery driver. We do not live in a world that tangibly rewards moral decisions. In this scenario you’ve made all the morally right choices, but where has that gotten you? You’ve got no girlfriend,

no money, and no job and it’s mighty hard to hold your head high when all three of those areas are in the toilet. In essence, you’re me — that’s just sad (trust me). Meanwhile, our hypothetical Malfoy gets the beautiful woman, gets rich and gets a great job because he has no qualms about cheating. Second guessing your moral high ground yet? All you’ve done is obeyed your institutionalized morality and made your conscience proud. At least Jiminy Cricket will respect you. A liar, thief and a dishonest man is proactive about his life. He goes out, does what he needs to do to be successful in this world and doesn’t take no for an answer, ever. Meanwhile, little nice guy has to play by the rules, and is dependent on someone noticing his work ethic and values in order for him to climb up the ladder rung by rung. While Malfoy pushes the top guy off the ladder and accomplishes the same goals 20 years faster. The nice guy is just at a disadvantage, and he has to work so hard to get so little. Meanwhile, the winners in this world refuse to be held to such immaterial standards. The world is not built to be fair and to give bonus points to the man with the most honest convictions. If anything, it’s all about who you can take advantage of. Think of Eeyore and Tigger. Eeyore is our proverbial nice guy; Tigger is our man of mischief. Eeyore is always downtrodden, sad and has his home of two sticks constantly knocked down by Tigger, who lives in a big tree house and on his worst day is jubilant. Again, who is better off? So next time you’re faced with the tough choices in life, think for a moment: Which will lead me to a better future? The path of the goody-twoshoes, Eeyoresque individual? Or the tough, get it done, headstrong, jubilant, Tigger? Unfortunately for me, I am likely going to be girlfriendless, moneyless and have low job prospects in my future — I just cannot seem to bring myself to abandon my morals. At the end of the day, though, at least I’ll be able to face myself in the mirror. Res Stecker is a junior international studies major. His columns appear Thursdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian. com.


Liberal, but it’s hard to tell

CSU doesn’t feel like an overtly liberal campus. Yeah, one of its largest donors — Pat Stryker — is one of the most liberal billionaire philanthropists, but the students and faculty members on campus seem to harbor a relatively diverse range of political ideologies. So it may be surprising to some that a vast majority of the university’s faculty donated to Democratic candidates this election. In fact, a much higher percentage of CSU faculty members donated to Democrats than at CU, a famously liberal university. It’s great that these professors are giving money to either campaign, but what’s even better is that they don’t let their political ideologies overtly influence the education we receive in the

classroom. That undue influence can be pretty damaging to students. Although in college we’re hopefully mature enough not to be indoctrinated to believe any-

“It’s important our professors don’t let these personal biases into the classroom.” thing, it can actually be harmful to your education to get any sort of skewed representation of the truth from a professor. Remember how much harm

Ward Churchill caused at CU? It’s important our professors don’t let these personal biases into the classroom. We’re paying for an education and a set of skills to make us professionals, not for someone to stand on a soapbox and try to change our moral or political beliefs. The political science department does a pretty good job of this at CSU. Most professors make a point to keep their own ideologies to themselves, because they know revealing their beliefs could alienate students, and possibly damage their reputation as a reliable educator. Now if only everyone on Facebook could keep their political opinions to themselves as well as CSU’s professors...

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Let’s be civil: Follow the Golden Rule


If you haven’t had a chance to read Nicole Fraizer’s column that mentioned why there shouldn’t be military discounts, I’d encourage you to look at it online. But not the actual article. Scroll down and read the comments. There are some vile, rude, cruel things written to Ms. Fraizer in those comments and I would bet she doesn’t deserve any of them. To the people who feel the need to degrade someone for their opinion, I would point you to Lauren Stieritz’s column in response to the first. That is an intelligent response. That is how adults should disagree. Let’s be clear, I very strongly disagree with Ms. Fraizer in her opinion, but that’s okay because she probably disagrees with me sometimes too. I usually try not to get political in my columns but it’s too perfect for this topic. I like small government. This means I tend not to agree with a considerable amount of President Obama’s policies. But when people find out I don’t support Obama I am called racist, uneducated and several other names that will probably get censored. None of which are true, but that doesn’t stop people from saying it. I would be offended, but it seems

to be a common theme. You can’t watch a YouTube video of a sneezing puppy without the comments devolving into a rant on racism, hating America, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobic ravings or something else equally as absurd and offensive. But this rudeness isn’t just confined to the Internet — though that’s where it’s most common. Politics is something you are told not to discuss in civilized conversation. The reason is that even though we are grown members of society, we can’t remember what we learned in grade school. Respect. I admit to having received a couple rude comments on my previous articles. In my thinking, I was misunderstood and someone got offended and decided to lash out. I pity those people who can only handle their anger in this way. I have also gotten very polite emails correcting me on things and explaining why they disagreed with me. I love these types of emails. Disagreeing with people is okay, it can even be desired because that is the only way you can expand upon what you already think. But what I saw in response to Ms. Fraizer’s column was embarrassing. How can I be surprised by this, though, when our leaders are barely holding themselves back from the same type of behavior? Back to politics — if you saw the vice presidential debate, with current Vice President Biden interrupting everyone, laughing during serious commentary and –– in my opinion –– being rude, then it only makes sense that the American people would show the same behavior. Biden is just the best example, but any of the debates has a tweet or 20 about how (insert candidate one) looks like he wants to punch (insert candidate two). The second presidential debate was vastly different from the first, but simi-

lar to the pattern in being unnecessarily rude in their disagreement. I understand that the presidential debate sways a significant amount of voters and decides undecided voters, but I don’t want my leader to be a jerk just for the stage presence. If you watch “Game of Thrones,” I want my leaders to be like the Starks –– they lead by example. They have a strength and inner grace about them. They know to pick their fights because Winter is Coming. I expect my superiors to hold themselves to a higher level. I expect my leaders to know the fifth grade Golden Rule on how to treat people. “Nicole, you fail as a human being” was one of the nicer comments on Ms. Fraizer’s article. How do you know that? If you believe she doesn’t understand the value of the armed service, do you really think calling her names will change her mind? To be fair, there were several very civil comments with thought-out and respectful arguments as to why they disagree. But these were outnumbered by far. I mentioned how I try to avoid stating my political opinion because I tend to write more humorously. I feel like humor is the way to get people to see your side with more clarity. Being called an uneducated moron who fails at life for an opinion –– political or not –– is not humorous at all. LaMar’s donuts Dough-Bama and Mitt-Yum-ney are humorous and creative — something trolls and keyboard vigilantes are severely lacking. If you feel the need to disagree with somebody openly, probably don’t start off by saying something that would get you put in timeout in elementary school. Sarah Romer is a senior electrical engineering major. Her column appears Thursday in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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Q&A with Michael Cieply, Hollywood corespondent for the New York Times Interviewed by ALLISON SYLTE and WAYNE STAFFORD The Rocky Mountain Collegian Michael Cieply is a journalist-turned film producer-turned journalist who now covers Hollywood for the New York Times. Prior to his stint at the Times, he has worked for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the L.A. Times, and was the man responsible for putting the script for “The Last Action Hero,” into the hands of Columbia Pictures. Editor in Chief Allison Sylte and CTV’s Wayne Stafford sat down with Cieply prior to his lecture at CSU on Wednesday to chat about the covering the Oscars, entertainment journalism and the movie business. Sylte: In a blog post, you said that off the record, Hollywood writers, directors and actors are some of the smartest people out there. That’s not something you hear a lot. Cieply: It’s true — it’s the endemic problem of covering Hollywood. There are

lots of smart people. It’s a fun culture, it’s a smart culture, and it’s highly political. But the thing is, there’s a cultural prohibition against speaking the truth publicly. Every year, you can sit and watch the Oscar’s, and if you bet money, you can make a fortune if you bet that not one interesting thing will be said by those people. And it’s astounding to me that you can take someone as old, as grizzled and as smart and wily as Clint Eastwood — someone who you think would speak his mind — but put him on the Oscars, and he’s as sanitized and inane as anyone else. They can’t constitutionally talk on that stage. Sylte: But I’m assuming that the candor you’re talking about is not necessarily trying to get pictures of Kristen Stewart cheating on her boyfriend. Cieply: Sometimes, yes. (laughs) Sylte: What’s the difference, then, between the New York Times and TMZ when it comes to cover-

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ing Hollywood? What’s the goal? Cieply: With regard to the TMZ question, there’s a more superficial way to answer it, which is the question of what you do with the gossip story. TMZ goes for the throat on all of them. The New York Times actually has to make, or does make, a kind of judgement call on impressionistic call on all those stories. It has to do with perceiving that there’s a slightly deeper and more meaningful something in the story. With Mel Gibson ... it you took away the anti-semitic nature of what he actually said, it would have lapsed into a Paris Hilton thing. You’re looking for a platform, so it’s more than just frivolous.

“No one was going to stand up for me –– I had to stand up for myself.” Zach Wahls | LGBT rights activist

Zach Wahls thanks you for coming out GLBTQ activist shared his experience on being raised by two moms: ‘No one was going to stand up for me’ By BAILEY CONSTAS The Rocky Mountain Collegian Zach Wahls, a nationally-renowned GLBTQ rights activist, started his speech Wednesday night with a little humor. “Thanks for coming out,” Wahls said, then apologizing for the “terrible pun.” The 120 members and allies of the GLBTQ community in Lory Student Center Theatre may not have disagreed, but were nonetheless thrilled to have the YouTube sensation just feet away from them, speaking passionately about marriage equality. The event was sponsored by CSU’s LGBT Resource Center and ASAP. Wahls became famous after starring in a popular political video from 2011, in which he spoke before the Iowa House Judiciary when a bill to make gay marriage illegal was under review. “I’ve seen (his) video on YouTube in public speaking and I thought it would be a great opportunity,” said Melissa Arcker, a sophomore communication studies and journalism double major. Wahls’ speech focused on his upbringing, calling into to question the vitriol often surrounding the samesex equality debate. “The gender of your parents does not tell you what skills you’ll have,” Wahls said, talking about how he grew up as an Eagle Scout and was quarterback of his high school football team. In this environment, Wahls was faced with discriminatory language every day.


Zach Wahls nationally-renowned LGBTQ rights activist speaks Wednesday night in the Lory Student Center Theater. Wahls spoke as a part of national GLBTQ history month.

“No one was going to stand up for me –– I had to stand up for myself,” Wahls said. The 21-year-old has been speaking for 20 months across the nation as an GLBTQ activist, but according to Wahls, the coolest thing that has happened to him was meeting Jon Stewart. Wahls said he has been most grateful to have the opportunity to make up for a

lot of things that he said or did not say in the past. “It was really spur of the moment,” said Collyn Franka, a mechanical engineering major who attended the event. “But someday, maybe I’ll get married.” Diversity Beat and Entertainment Reporter Bailey Constas (@BaileyLiza) can be reached at


Cans Around the Oval has another successful year By KATE SIMMONS The Rocky Mountain Collegian Colder weather, hot cocoa and CSU’s Cans Around the Oval signal the beginning of the heaviest donation season for the Food Bank for Larimer County. Last year, Cans Around The Oval provided the Food Bank for Larimer County with 66,900 pounds of food and raised $34,038. One dollar buys four cans of food. SLiCE predicts that, in total, the event will raise 78,500 pounds. The service receives increased attention from the community around Thanksgiving and Christmas, with various collection drives popping up around Fort Collins. But they all start after the university’s mammoth campaign to raise thousands of pounds of food, called Cans Around the Oval, which has donated goods to the Food Bank since 1997. “Cans Around the Oval is important to get students involved in volunteering and giving back to their community and raise awareness about hunger,” said Emma Martens, an event coordinator for the SLiCE office. The campus entity organizes the annual drive. Audrey Moreno, an assistant coordinator of special events at SLiCE, said that the Larimer County Food Bank would struggle to feed the high number of people who utilize their services without CSU’s canned food drive. “Just the $40,000 alone (without the can donations) would allow us to acquire enough food to provide our clients with 160,000 meals,” said Heather Buoniconti, the Larimer County Food Bank’s development director. On e - h u n d re d - t h i r t y

campus organizations registered to participate in fundraising alongside the Fort Collins community. About 100 to 150 volunteers showed up Oct. 17 to help unload and weigh the cans. “I think, more importantly, it brings together so many different groups and people from our community and I think that’s what makes Cans Around The Oval such an amazing drive,” Buoniconti said. One of the groups who joined CSU in their fundraising effort was Bethke Elementary School. Over the course of a week, the 400 students at Bethke Elementary conducted their own “Cans Around Bethke” drive. They lined the halls of the school with 2,400 donated cans and 29 student council members from fourth and fifth grade classes came to CSU to deliver the school’s donation. “I really like giving back to the community,” said Adam Jabs, student council president and fifth grade student at Bethke Elementary. “We take so much and we’re not really grateful for what we all have so it feels good to give back to the community.” Sarah Bruhn, a fourth grade teacher and student council co-sponsor, said it’s important for her as an educator to show her students that they can make an impact. “Even though they are one person they can make an impact in their community and in their world,” Bruhn said. “When they see a gap there is something they can do to close it and it’s important for us as educators to help them see that.” Bruhn used the food drive to teach her elementary classes about stewardship and how important it is to give back to their community.


Total pounds of food donated: 60,319.3 Total cash donated: $34,038.5 Total number of participating groups: 18


Total pounds of food donated: 87,831.9 Total cash donated: $24,591.4 Total number of participating groups: 140


Total pounds of food donated: 11,147.89 Total cash donated: $25,000 Total number of participating groups:140

“Part of being an educator in the United States today is making sure that we take care of the whole child, and it’s hard for us as educators to show them what impact they can have on the world in our school building so when we see an event happening like Cans Around the Oval, it’s really important for us to get involved,” Bruhn said. Sarah Stephens, a volunteer programs graduate coordinator at SLiCE, said CSU students could benefit from the same community service lessons Bruhn has taught her students. “I think freshmen especially have no idea what happens outside of campus. They don’t know that just north of here is one of the most poverty dense areas of Fort Collins,” Stephens said. “I don’t think they really get a grasp of how much poverty there is so I think Cans Around the Oval is a way we can tangibly give.” Student Life Beat Reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at

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Team ready to ‘Dig Pink’ against Boise State By QUENTIN SICKAFOOSE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The CSU volleyball team will not only be battling Mountain West rival Boise State Thursday night, but will also be contributing to the fight against breast cancer. Moby Arena’s Thursday night showdown has been labeled as CSU’s “Dig Pink” match in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event will have the Ram players wearing pink accessories from head to toe, and will provide fans with pink ribbons on top of encouraging them to wear pink of their own. The best student outfits will be awarded with prizes. “We’re putting on this match in honor of breast cancer awareness because there are lots of people affected by this. Hopefully, with help from the ZTA sorority, we can get lots of people to the match to help the cause of raising awareness,” CSU’s Director of Operations Bri Olmstead said. The match will also include an offensive shootout with one of the best ranked teams in the conference. The Broncos are currently riding

a three match win streak that includes a pair of clutch MW victories against San Diego State and Nevada. They plan on using their recent success as momentum to break the protective barrier that surrounds Moby, where CSU has been nearly perfect this year with a 10-1 record. “We played well last weekend, but we know that we really need a big road win to get back into the hunt,” Boise State coach Shawn Garus said. “Colorado State is also coming off a big win so both teams are playing well headed into this game. Whoever comes out of this has a very good shot to compete for the conference title.” On paper, the Rams have the size factor in their favor and their blocking should be able to match the Boise State attack fairly well. However, Garus is convinced that there is a way to work around it. “When somebody is bigger than you, you try to do things to make them uncomfortable. We have to serve really well so that their bigger players aren’t at an advantage offensively and we have to pass well to find the splits in their big block. It comes down to controlling


Who: Boise State When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Moby Arena What: Fans encouraged to wear pink Why: Breast Cancer Awareness

the first contact,” Garus said. Boise State is dangerously talented when it comes to distributing the ball. They are currently sitting second in the MW and No. 42 nationally in assists per set with 13.01. Great distribution is merely the framework for the impressive rankings the Boise State offense wears. Within the conference, the Broncos rank third in hitting percentage (.235), second in kills (13.79) and third in service aces per set (1.24). “They’re hot right now,” CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. “I know their coach and he’s very good. What he’s good at is preparation for you. He knows we’re preparing for them and he’s doing things to counter that.” Volleyball Beat Reporter Quentin Sickafoose can be reached at

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (10/18/12). Gain new power around money and values this year, as you realize that you don’t need as much as you thought. Focus on expanding skills, passions and talents by soaking up educational experience through travel, communication and the arts. Level up significantly this year. Celebrate! To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.


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