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Colorado State University hosts a lot of international students on its campus. According to the Institutional Research Factbook for this 2011-2012, the university hosts more than 1,133 students from 91 different countries. However, there are a few countries that aren’t sending their best and brightest here. Like:


Countries That Are NOT Represented at CSU

CSU will decide independently, but will work with city By AUSTIN BRIGGS The Rocky Mountain Collegian If the City of Fort Collins decided to build a sports complex in the city, it would be out of place for CSU to voice concerns that it would interfere with college athletics. That’s the analogy Fort Collins mayor Karen Weitkanut used as she discussed the city’s role in CSU's decision making process to build an oncampus stadium. "The university has its areas of jurisdiction and what it can and can't do and so does the city," Weitkanut said. "I feel very strongly that both the city and university each has

its own set of priorities. And where those meet [if stadium construction moves forward] is somewhere down the road. It's not now." Mayor Weitkanut’s comments highlight the fact that the university enjoys complete autonomy when deciding which construction projects to pursue on campus. The city cannot tell CSU whether or not to build an on-campus stadium, because the city doesn’t have jurisdiction over CSU campus. This is nothing new. An agreement reached in the mid 1960s between CSU and the city of Fort Collins exempts the university from city zoning regulations and

Human Development and Family Studies students give back By MEGAN TIMLIN The Rocky Mountain Collegian


One CSU organization in particular rewards community service with academic credit, provides leadership opportunities to its participants and a place to call home. It’s called the Academic Interest Group (AIG), which is a student-run, non-profit organization consisting of 30 to 35 students –– and they’re all human development and family studies majors. Their role is “to provide an opportunity for students who are HDFS majors to take an active role in the community,” said Jen Krachick, AIG faculty advisor. On campus, AIG participates in RamRide, Cans Around the Oval and CSUnity. RamRide is one of the many fundraisers AIG participates in to raise money for their organization. Each semester they participate in Gelazzi Cares in Old Town and seek donations from local businesses. AIG also works with organizations outside of the CSU campus, which include Oakridge Assisted Living, Kids at Heart — a program

Are you an HDFS major or gerontology minor? What: Academic Interest Group (AIG) When: meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Where: The Behavior Sciences Building, Room 459

that works with adoptive, kinship and foster children — and a Thanksgiving Basket collection, where AIG is assigned two to three underprivileged families to provide with clothes, food and other necessities for the holiday season. Volunteers work with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. “The HDFS major provides students with an informative picture of the life span as well as an in-depth knowledge of it,” Krachick said. In an email to the Collegian, sophomore HDFS major Amanda Wilson described how she was confused on which direction she wanted to go with her major, but AIG “opened my eyes and helped me figure out See HDFS on Page 3

gives CSU broad latitude when making decisions about construction on campus. This was done in recognition that the university needed to be able to function independently since it belongs to the entire state. However, should the proposed on-campus stadium move forward, the city and the university would be working closely together doing neighborhood outreach processes to see what the concerns of homeowners would be and looking at solutions for traffic and parking issues as well. Fred Haberecht, assistant director of landscape and planning with CSU’s facilities management, said

the three biggest concerns if the stadium project moves forward would be parking, traffic and the impact on nearby neighborhoods. He added these are problems any university runs into if it's undergoing expansion. "Those are all traditionally hotbutton issues," Haberecht said. "The stadium brings all of them to the front in one fell swoop." Other concerns –– like receiving water, sewage and electrical services –– would be negotiated with city departments, said city of Fort Collins chief planner Ted Shepard. See STADIUM on Page 3


Working on a ‘masterpiece’ By CRIS TILLER The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Sistine Chapel wasn’t built in three weeks, and the CSU football team won’t be either. “Think about those great painters. Think about those guys who put all that time into making those masterpieces,” CSU coach Jim McElwain said. “In the creation of things that are great, in the creation of things that are consistent, if you don’t take care of those tiny little brush strokes all the sudden the Mona Lisa doesn’t look the way it does.” McElwain talked in length during his weekly Monday press conference about the continuing development of the program following a 40-20 loss to San Jose State Saturday. He compared the process to painting a masterpiece, where each detail is important to the final product. In his mind CSU’s masterpiece is just starting and growing pains are expected. “There’s a lot of good things that we did, and I do believe that we’re truly headed in the right direction,” he said. “The easy thing to do is always just lop it on the players. That’s not who I am. I will never do that. I believe in these guys. I believe in the vision we have and I believe in the process we have.” The Rams did see progress in areas Saturday cutting down on penalties and flashing signs


Given that the country is composed of 115 archipelagos, and it has a population of 84,000, which is smaller than that of Fort Collins, it should not be surprising that they don’t send students here. Maybe the mountain climate and mass of people scared them off?


This country in northern Africa only just recently gained it’s independence from Ethiopia in 1991. Basically, everyone who is legal at CSU is about as old as the entire nation of Eritrea.


There aren’t any Israeli students here at CSU, which is surprising given the close diplomatic ties between the United States and Israel.

The Czech Republic


Senior wide reciever Lou Greenwood makes a catch during last weeks practice. The rams are 1-2 entering this week, with Utah State State visiting Hughes stadium for Saturdays game.

of potent offense in the hurry up. There were also signs of resiliency after getting behind early in the first quarter 14-0, which CSU responded to with two touchdowns of its own. “We’ve made strides over

the past couple of weeks to really get (communication) down, so that’s one little detail,” offensive lineman Brandon Haynes said Monday. “In See FBALL on Page 3

Again a surprise. CSU and the Czech Republic are in mountainous areas! We’re both great places for brewing! We’ve got so much in common, and yet there are no Czech students here... The Strip Club is written by the Collegian staff and designed by Design Editor Kris Lawan.

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Community Briefs


CEO Jim Herbert speaking Sept. 21 First Republic Bank Chief Executive Officer Jim Herbert will be featured by CSU’s College of Business at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Held inside the Lory Student Center Theater, the event is free and open to the public. Arrive early because seating is first come, first served. Jim Herbert is the founding CEO of First Republic Bank and chairman of the Board of the Directors. First Republic Bank ranked No. 3 on Forbes’ “Best Banks” list this year, with $27 billion in total assets. The initial public offering was completed by the bank in December 2012, and continues to be among the fastest growing banks in the industry. The topics discussed at the event include ethics, integrity, the current financial crises and how to build a high performing organization in a regulated industry.


Terry Ward, a sophomore Natural Sciences major, takes a break between classes Monday to de-stress and practice tennis on the raquetball courts in Rolland Moore Park. Ward has been playing tennis since he could hold a racquet.

CSU makes GI Jobs Military Friendly Schools list The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list, released on Monday by GI Jobs magazine, names Colorado State University as being among the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools. The higher education institutions on the list were recognized because they embrace America’s military service members, veterans

and spouses as students, and work hard to ensure their success on campus. CSU has also been awarded the Success for Veterans Award Grant in 2009, has been recognized for providing education to the Colorado Army National Guard and is offering military veterans sections for required composition courses to share perspectives and offer support.

Stuff your face at Ag Day Sept. 22

Ag Day, the football-day feast of homegrown, Colorado food will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Located on the south side of Hughes Stadium off Overland Trail in Fort Collins, this 31st annual event is expected to be attended by up to 3,500 CSU students, alumni and friends. Meal tickets for Ag Day costs $16.50 each, and may be purchased in combination with CSU football tickets. With the revenue provided from Ag Day, nearly 150 scholarships have been funded, totalling over $250,000 since 2000. The scholarships are $2,000 each and are awarded to deserving students in CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Fort Collins rock-n-roll band Better Than Bacon will be there to entertain supporters as they enjoy a meal of Colorado beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, beans, salad, watermelon and drinks.

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Bison embryo: Round two

CSU team partners with USDA, Bronx Zoo to create purebred bison calves By KATE WINKLE The Rocky Mountain Collegian One down, herds to go. Part two of the process that created the first genetically pure Yellowstone bison calf for the Bronx Zoo’s herd is underway because of researchers at CSU’s Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL). The project began October 2011 and was the first time attempting a bison embryo transfer, according to Jennifer Barfield, a reproductive physiologist who worked on the project. The team transferred an embryo on-site from a purebred diseased Yellowstone bison into a genetically impure and healthy recipient. The recipients were moved to the Bronx Zoo where the calf was born June 20. “Our lab is know for these kind of technologies in cattle and horses. We’ve been doing it for years and decades,” said George Seidel, a professor of biomedical sciences who worked on the project. “From an out-and-out scientific standpoint, we’re really taking procedures that have worked in other species and adapting them and it’s not trivial.”

This year the team is adding a new element to the process. They will collect embryos Sept. 24 and immediately fly them to New York for transfer. Collection a month after the bison breeding season last time may have affected the pregnancy success rate, according to Barfield. “We really didn’t know what to expect,” Barfield said. “We were assuming that [bison] are very similar to cattle and so we used technology that is known to be successful in cattle and used them on the bison hoping they would work.” Producing a purebred bison calf through embryo transfer is like an episode of “Dirty Jobs,” according to Barfield. “It doesn’t feel very prestigious when it’s six in the morning and you’re covered in poop,” Barfield said. The team starts work early so the bison do not overheat and it takes 30 to 45 minutes to extract the embryo from each bison. After collection, Barfield cleans the embryos with a series of chemical drops that successively purges them of disease. The process takes approximately 30 seconds. The project began by a

chance connection. A contact in South Dakota put Barfield in touch with The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which owned land and a bison herd next to ARBL. “The idea kind of developed by word of mouth that there was this herd of Yellowstone bison here at APHIS and they wanted to look into doing some sort of genetic rescue because Yellowstone bison are genetically very valuable,” Barfield said. “We had no idea there were bison over here... We learned about each other and the two groups across the street started to collaborate.” Restoration projects aim to preserve genetically pure bison, but the Yellowstone variety have brucellosis which could infect other herds. Quarantine and now embryo transfer are methods of getting rid of the disease, according to Jack Rhyan, who worked on the APHIS side of the project. Barfiled said the project’s success has led ARBL to consider creating a longer, more sustained bison program. “I think students will be interested in learning more

TRANSFER TIMELINE September: Normal bison breeding season Oct. 7: Embryo for Bronx calf collected at ARBL mid-December: First ultrasound performed on 13 recipients. Six were pregnant; one survived to full term. June 20: Bronx calf born in New York

about bison,” Barfield said. “It’s probably not a species that a lot of undergrads who come through biology or animal sciences have ever thought about working with.” Pioneering reproductive techniques is not new to ARBL and it puts the laboratory ahead in its field. “With embryo transfers bovine and equine this department has done in past years there’s been new breakthroughs routinely for embryo transfer. We’ve just had a lot of firsts and with this bison it’s one of the firsts in the United States that was born,” said Zella Brink, the technician who performed the embryo collection and transfers. “It’s another first for CSU.” Politics Beat Reporter Kate Winkle can be reached at

“You get to enjoy the company of your AIG members while doing some good for the community.” Amanda Wilson | Sophomore, HDFS


HDFS majors, get involved in AIG

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exactly what I wanted to put my emphasis on,” she said. AIG participants said the group helped them gain experience while fine-tuning their career goals and making a difference in the community. Both HDFS majors and gerontology minors have the ability to be involved in AIG. The majority of students in the organization are volunteers, but currently six are earning one academic credit for their service. Academic credit for AIG is only earned by maintaining a 3.0 GPA and perform-


ing 45 hours of community service, sophomore HDFS major Danielle Palmer, said in an email to the Collegian. That amounts to one credit. Seventy hours earns two credits and 135 hours earns three credits. The organization acknowledges that students may not be able to fulfill all their hours through AIG coordinated events, so these students are allowed to volunteer outside AIG. Students also said they developed leadership skills while participating in AIG. Junior HDFS major Allison Hamm said she didn’t want to join as a freshman, but ever

since she signed up during her second semester on campus, she has enjoyed all the experiences and leadership opportunities she has received. She now leads AIG as its president. Last year, Hamm received the HDFS Undergraduate Student Development Scholarship for her volunteer work. “It has opened my eyes to all the programs CSU and Fort Collins has,” she said. Not only does AIG provide students with an abundance of volunteer opportunities, but also the chance to network and connect

with professors on a different level. Hamm said this opportunity “makes everyone more personable.” It is a different level of comfort that is not always present in the classroom. “I met so many people that were also in my classes and very good friends I hang out with outside of AIG. You get to enjoy the company of your AIG members while doing some good for the community,” Wilson said. Collegian Writer Megan Timlin can be reached at

Losing hurts, just like it should

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the past we would look at the whole, huge situation versus now we’re focused on the detail, one thing at a time. It’s really helped us to have a better focus on what’s important.” Development, however, isn’t without struggles. “It is never good to lose... and personally I’m not used to it, but I also understand within the process, and what it takes to build it,” McElwain said. “You don’t go and all of the sudden (create)

radical change.” The pain of losing is known all too well by this group of players, but it only reinforces McElwain’s message of commitment. “Well if it doesn’t hurt as a player and if it doesn’t hurt as a coach, I think you’re doing the wrong thing,” sophomore safety Austin Gray said. “You’re in the wrong profession or playing the wrong sport because that just shows you’re not competitive. We gotta just use that hurt and turn in into

positive energy.” McElwain looks at the pain as an unfortunate, but necessary brush stroke in his masterpiece. “I saw the hurt in their eyes after the game. I mean this hurt, that’s part of it, it’s gotta hurt. It’s gotta be a bad taste,” he said. “Yet you can’t dwell on it...but there’s also a time of grieving that’s healthy. You can’t deny the bad taste, so let’s reflect on what caused the taste and let’s try not to have to taste it again. “(Winning programs) all

WEEK 3 STATS Record: 1-2 PPG: 16.3 Opponents PPG: 26.3 Yards per game: 309 Opponents yards per game: 393

have that same foundation, the same basis, they all worry about that one brush detail that makes this a masterpiece, and not just a felt Elvis.” Sports Editor Cris Tiller can be reached at


Ft. Collins authority limited STADIUM |

Continued from Page 1 Because CSU is a state entity, the city’s authority to regulate the university is extremely limited, said Deputy City Manager Diane Jones. CSU is not alone with this level of freedom in deciding construction projects on campus. The CU-Boulder process is similar to CSU, according to CU-Boulder director of media relations spokesman Bronson Hilliard. The university takes input from the public, coordinates with the city, but ultimately has the final say on what gets built. “If the city expresses concerns with us about a particular project, we try to engage with their planning department to see what kind of things get worked out. We do that as a way to maintain good town/university relations,” Hilliard said.” We don’t do it because of any specific rules or requirements. Just because CSU can make building and construction decisions independent of the city doesn't mean the two entities don't often collaborate on or share plans about future projects. "We sit down with city staff regularly. We ask them, 'what are the potential issues you see with this project'," Haberecht said. "We try to get out early for anything we think may have an impact on the city and fully disclose what we're planning." An example can be found in the 5-mile, $88 million Mason corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, a city project that involves a two mile stretch of property on campus. Haberecht said the city and university worked together, from the staff level up to the city manager and university president, for almost 10 years. Figuring out what neighborhood impacts would be, who pays for what and pedestrian improvements are a few of the problems the two entities looked at together. Haberecht said even though there's no city oversight at CSU construction sites, the university still has rigorous state oversight on

all building projects within its jurisdiction. He described this as a combination of oversight from the state architect’s office, a lengthy series of both peer and internal reviews and master plan final approval from both the CSU Board of Governors and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Shepard said the city would generally have no concerns about projects on the core of campus. "If CSU wanted to do more improvements at the Lory Student Center, or to put brick on Corbett Hall, we're not really going to care about that,” Shepard said. Where the city starts to become interested in CSU construction projects is when they are adjacent to city streets or property and might have an impact outside of campus. He used the parking garage on Prospect Street and Center Street as an example. "We had concerns about pedestrian visibility, would cars get backed up on the public right of way, how it would affect traffic," Shepard said. The city asked CSU to do an additional study to see if an extra traffic lane was needed on Center Street. The study found that no extra lane was needed. "If the study did show we needed that extra lane, we would have built one," Haberecht said. "That's typically included in the cost of development." On those sort of interface issues, the city and university work closely together. The city has the power to mandate improvements or upgrades if need be. Haberecht is confident that university and city officials will be able to work together to get on the same page with any problems that arise should stadium construction move forward. "It certainly has never been an issue of staff working with staff because we work with the city transportation manager, planning manager, all the way through," Haberecht said. "I believe we have a really healthy working relationship with city staff." Senior Reporter Austin Briggs can be reached at


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“So, I am refuting that a simple wake-up call is needed to bring attention to how racism has persisted throughout our nation’s history.”

Responding to ‘Joke for a Smoke’


This is a response to Lauren Stieritz’s Friday column “Joke for a smoke! Wait, that’s not funny,” where she — insightfully so — called attention to the fact that racism still does plague our society and reminded people that not only their words, but their prejudices reflect upon our community. And, while I appreciated her restating the fact that the color of an individual’s skin shouldn’t be a determining factor in their work ethic, intelligence, character or anything else and would agree that she, along with every other person in this country, has a rightful place in this discourse, there is one small line nearing the end of the article that proved to be a considerable problem for me. It reads as such: “wake the hell up.” I feel as if I clearly understand the point of her message. However, I do not agree that demanding intolerant people to “wake up” is the way to go about inspiring change, awareness and racial equality. My main issue is that it suggests, at least in my opinion, that the problem all this time was that people, specifically intolerant and/or privileged people, just needed to open their eyes and all would be clear to them — negative racially charged injustice would no longer exist. It’s a lot more complicated than that. In my experience, those who mistreat and misjudge people of other races, inherently believe — whether through a religious, political or socio-economic lens — that the race of which they are discriminatory against is less than the one to which they belong. I say this knowing that to stop being racist is much more difficult than turning on or off a light switch or simply waking up. Another issue I have with demanding people to “wake up” is that racism is too profound and deeply rooted in people, culture, government, history and education to demand for an emergence from slumber. The jokes, ignorant comments, stereotypes and Halloween costumes are only the tip of what I call the “racism iceberg.” Below the water, sewn into

our society, is the foundation to racism in this country: History, access to education, government, xenophobia, religion and socioeconomics. All of the above, I know have played a significant role in the marginalization of our country, shaping the way we approach racism today in our institutions. Historically speaking, non-white groups, undeniably, haven’t been treated with tolerance and equality. From the near eradication of the native tribes upon Europe’s arrival to the New World, to using the Bible’s story of Cain and Abel as a justification to kidnap people from Africa and force them into slavery, to concentrating Japanese Americans during World War II, to the annexation of lands from native peoples. This racism persisted into the 21st century, where still, across the board, non-white groups have less access to higher education and technology. Xenophobia and government continually play a role in the oppression and mistreatment of non-white groups, such as the fear that every Latino/Hispanic American is “illegal” and people of Middle Eastern descent are “terrorists.” To me, demanding a person to “wake up” is excusing the mistreatment of people in this country and distorting the truth that acts of terrorism are more likely to be committed by a white man — white people have better access to technology and a more competitive education. The dominant white group actually gets a larger share of federal assistance and funds than any other racial group in this country. So, I am refuting that a simple wake-up call is needed to bring attention to how racism has persisted throughout our nation’s history. At any given time, there have been people preaching for the abolition of one form of mistreatment to another. So the alarm has been going off, and racism still exists. The alarm has been sounded many times over and people still have hatred in their hearts. I don’t know how to fix this problem, but I can see how it seems seductive on the surface to tell people to “wake the hell up.” But I don’t think that is strong enough. Nicole Frazier is a senior English and Spanish major. Her column appears every other Tuesday in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to


We must retain autonomy The on-campus stadium has been a hot-button topic in Fort Collins since the beginning of the year, with outspoken community members coming out both in favor and against the new stadium proposal. As it stands, however, our city at large does not have a final say on the proposed on-campus stadium, that authority rests solely with Colorado State University — and that’s the way it should stay. Our university was founded upon the Morrill Land-Grant Act, which is an indication of the loyalty we owe our community, whose opinions should definitely be a factor in decisions relating to the stadium. The administration has done a wonderful job, however,

of reaching out to the community for their input. The opinion of the city has consistently

“Ultimately, though, our university must have the autonomy to make decisions for what is in the best interests of the university.” been factored into the decision making process, with plenty of public forums to ensure that

anybody that wanted to could be heard. Great lengths have been taken to hear the community’s opinion; the time and effort expended upon receiving input from the city is commendable. Ultimately, though, our university must have the autonomy to make decisions for what is in the best interests of the university. Luckily for Fort Collins, what benefits our university will usually benefit our city. Our university must continue to have an open discussion between our campus and the city of Fort Collins, taking their opinions into consideration while ultimately making a decision that is truly in the best interests of the future of Colorado State University.

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Stand up for Mile High, Governor Hickenlooper


On Sept. 12, the Huffington Post reported Gov. John Hickenlooper officially announced his opposition to Amendment 64, which would regulate marijuana like alcohol. “Colorado is known for many great things — marijuana should not be one of them,” Hickenlooper said. My question is, why not? Can you even imagine the amount of publicity and national recognition that would occur because of Amendment 64? Our state’s many tourist attractions would surely benefit from the attention, exponentially increasing the amount of revenue that would come from out of state vacationers. According to a report by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, passing Amendment 64 would cause a huge boom for the economy. Legalizing marijuana would produce hundreds of new jobs, as well raising millions for Colorado’s public schools and providing about $60 million annually in revenue and savings for the Colorado budget. As a reason for his opposition to Amendment 64, Hickenlooper cited the age old ‘think of the children,’ justification. Well, Gov. Hickenlooper, I am thinking about the children. Studies show that the legalization and regulation of marijuana would actually decrease use by minors, just as the introduction of medical marijuana

has decreased the usage rate of minors in just about every state it’s been implemented. More importantly, the youth who are already using, if caught, won’t have to face the dire implications that are the effect of getting busted with marijuana or paraphernalia. The ramifications of these offenses can affect you and your employment opportunities throughout the rest of your life. Not to mention all health risks associated with alcohol, whereas marijuana is much less harmful and not physically addictive, and would be a much healthier future drug of choice. Of course, I don’t have to tell you all this, most people know these basic truths, which is why a Rasmussen poll shows that 61 percent of likely Colorado voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Amendment 64 has been met with some stark opposition, however, using some dirty legislative tricks to prevent its passing. The Colorado Legislative Council deleted some key text out of wording that appears in the voters guide blue books that are distributed before voting day. The key sentences that were deleted include: Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol; the consequences of a marijuana offense are too severe; and law enforcement resources would be better spent on more severe crimes. This deletion makes the wording count of the “Arguments For” section of the voters guide 298 words, to the “Arguments Against” section’s 366 words — about 75 percent more than the arguments for. The worst part is that Sen. Mark Scheffel’s original motion to amend the “Arguments For” section was unanimously approved, but the approval was not genuine — the Huffington Post reports. When Council members realized the motion had deleted the last three sentences of the five sentence paragraph instead of only a few words —

which is what they had understood would be deleted — the Council members made a motion to reinsert the sentences. The motion to reinsert the language that had been mistakenly removed failed to achieve the two thirds vote necessary to modify the language. Despite this foul play, Colorado is still poised to become the first state to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol, even with the outspoken opposition of our state’s governor. A reason Hickenlooper cited for his opposition was that “Federal laws would remain unchanged in classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance, and federal authorities have been clear they will not turn a blind eye toward states attempting to trump those laws,” the Huffington Post reported. Well, Mr. Governor, what if Federal laws are wrong? The majority of Colorado citizens support Amendment 64, it would be beneficial to Coloradans in every conceivable way and is in the best interest of our state, yet the Governor opposes its legalization. Is it simply because Washington’s edict has remained unchanged all these years since Nixon’s Drug War? By citing the Federal government as the reason for his opposition to Amendment 64, Governor Hickenlooper missed a great opportunity to stand up for Colorado and the authority of all Coloradans to decide this issue for themselves rather than bureaucrats thousands of miles away. Our governor missed an opportunity to stand up for the Tenth Amendment. An opportunity to stand by his state’s citizens’ decision in the matter — whatever it may be — and challenge the extent to which our state’s fate is self determined.

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Yays and Nays Yay | to the Constitution’s birthday on Monday. It turned 225 years old and doesn’t look a day older than 200.

Nay | to the said bison embryos not being from a ram. The ram is the only animal worth trying to transfer the embryos of ... it’s a sheep, but with horns.

“Israel is an unconditional ally of the U.S. in a region where there is a lot of instability.”

Response to U.S. – Israel Ignorance of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Wed. column Nay | to the arrests of Occupy Wall Street protestors. There were more than 180 people arrested, you’d think after a year things would go smoother.

Yay |

Yay | to CSU and its successful bison embryo transfer. Remember that movie

NAY | to Gov. John Hickenlooper coming out against Amendment 64. You’d think a state that prides itself in brewing culture would have an open mind for a much safer alternative...

“Gattaca” (probably not), our university is kind of like that, but with animals. Cool!


Following the recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt, I have witnessed a myriad of retorts from both Muslim and nonMuslim participants. Undoubtedly, the violence was triggered from the American made anti-Islamic film, “Innocence of Muslims.” Of course, coverage of the events on news stations such as CNN and FOX are paired with the quintessential shots where Muslim people are burning and/ or trampling on American flags while screaming “Allahu Akhbar.” Let us delineate sensationalism from truth. The fact of the matter is, Sam Bacile’s Islamic parody film was highly offensive to all Muslims. However, not everyone in the Islamic community desires to react violently. Like always, let us recognize that the minor-

to the Diversity Symposium at CSU on Tuesday. There’s a huge lineup of awesome speakers — we’re looking at you Sherman Alexie.

ity of radicals within any religion does not define the attitude or beliefs of the religious community as a whole. Let it also be known that not all Arabs are Muslim, and not all Muslims are Arab. Meaning, there are a good number of Muslim Americans, even within the Fort Collins community, who are patriotic and respectable citizens and deserve to be treated as such. As American citizens we are entitled to our constitutional rights, one of which being the First Amendment — freedom of speech. Just as well, we have responsibilities not only as citizens of the United States but as global citizens. Our actions and reactions as a country are digested globally. When a decision is made to spew poisonous speech, we can expect a foul response. With our constitutional rights, a level of wisdom and common decency must follow. It can be argued that the “Innocence of Muslims,” is constitutionally protected. As an American and global citizen however, Bacile has failed us all. His film deeply offended millions of people, incited terrorist activity on U.S. embassies, wreaked havoc on unstable governments through violent protests, beleaguered tensions between the United States and the Middle East, not to mention proliferated false stereotypes of both American and Muslim people. His film has produced nothing but

evil, and this is why I would categorize Sam Bacile as a failure. I can speak for myself as an American, a Christian, and a friend to many Muslim people and say that I do not support the slanderous and hate-filled film mocking the prophet Muhammad. I understand the recent response to the film which resulted in terrorist activity, ferocious protests and a deepened anti-American sentiment in the Middle East does not reflect the opinion of the Islamic community as a whole. Along the same vein, let it be known that there are Americans who sympathize with the offense taken from the film, and understand the terrorist activity in Libya and Egypt against the U.S. does not reflect the whole of the Islamic mindset. Whether you’re Arab, Christian, Muslim, American, Jewish or any other group affected by the recent violence I want to urge you to think critically about your response and recognize that you have the authority to react courageously by rising above the hate. Editorial Assistant Brooke Lake is a senior international studies major. Her column appears every other Tuesday in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to


I look forward to learning with you When I first started teaching in the Honors Program 10 years ago, I always enjoyed my first year students. I always think of them as “bright-eyed and bushy tailed,” which is an aphorism that comes from “I don’t know where.” To me, this means that my first semester students are eager and willing to learn. There is always positive and exciting energy in my first semester seminar. The students come in and are wondering what college classes will be like, and they follow the culture of the classroom well. They do their reading, they participate in class and they are a joy to learn with. This year my two first semester seminars on community are giving me that renewed faith in the new academic year. They are having some great discussions just as we get into the content of the course. The discussions are already rich with thoughts, observations and debate about our experiences, opinions and facts about communal human life. There are similar traits about first year students that I have noticed during the course of my teaching career. First year students have to transition to the idea that they are an adult. No more parental units to make sure their curfew is met. No more teachers hanging over them for their assign-

ments. No more thinking that they are girls and boys. They are women and men and they need to own that. We are all adults in the classroom and if I don’t have to call you “Miss That,” or “Mr. This,” you don’t have to “Dr. me.” We were all born with beautiful first names that our parents struggled to think about for many months. The first-year students still think that they cannot use “I” in the written responses required by the Honors Program. In our case a response is a personal reaction to a written piece which is a part of the content of the course. Yes, I want their opinion. They need to use “I.” Students need to get used to being an integral part of the conversation, not just the audience or those called upon to regurgitate what someone has told you is the truth. The first semester course that I teach is about the ideas and expressions of community. This is a great first semester course because it makes the students think about their own lives as an example of human organization. We also talk extensively about where they came from and where they are going. I like the life lessons of making yourself useful while we are on the Great Blue Marble. I encourage them to make personally authentic decisions about what they want to do for an occupation, and what type of community

that they want to live in after they leave campus. Their first assignment is a narrative called “My Community.” Their assignment is to write a narrative of their lives using community as the central organizing theme. They relay the story of their lives using people, places, and events to chronicle their experiences and thoughts about community in their lives. I read about parents, family, friends, teachers, leaders in their communities of faiths and community members who have mentored and shaped these young souls for years. Many students write about their new community here on campus. Most wonder what CSU will have in store for them in terms of community. Most of these students look forward to the challenges ahead of them. I get excited about their enthusiasm about being on campus. One of my frequent comments on their papers is “I look forward to learning with you.” Over the course of the semester, students learn how to learn, and teachers learn to teach. We all learn how to live and learn well together. I do look forward to learning with you! Anne Merline is an instructor for the University Honors Program. Letters and feedback can be sent to


We’ve found that every year, there is at least one token anti-Israel writer for the Collegian, eager to support the entirely onesided viewpoint that Israel is the cause of the majority of the instability in the Middle East. Last Wednesday’s editorial by Jason Kincaid, “The United States, Israel and the proverbial nest” was no different than the rest. We found the column to be desperately lacking in any fact. It was like saying that all the world problems are from America’s “policing the world” attitude because that was what this ‘cool’ person I know once said. That is not an opinion. That is regurgitated nonsense. So to help Mr. Kincaid out, we’ll provide some facts where he did not, so the informed readership can make a more educated opinion. Israel worked with U.S. soldiers on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan and taught them its experience in dealing with a variety of issues like car bombs, suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices and antitank missiles, helping to save American lives. Israel has also shared with the United States its unique armor-plating technology for tanks, making them more resistant to enemy fire. The U.S. is turning to Israel to help it solve complex problems like heightened airport security as well as sharing technology for unmanned aerial systems used for both reconnaissance and combat. According to Senator Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Approbations Committee, and former chairman of the Intelligence Committee, “The scope and quality of intelligence received by the U.S. from Israel exceeds the scope of intelligence received from all NATO countries combined.” Combine that with the fact that in 1970, while the U.S was worn down in Vietnam, Israel prevented Syria from invading Jordan. Had this invasion occurred, it would have threatened the survival of oil-rich Persian Gulf regimes, and resulted in an economic and national security disaster for the U.S. The late General Alexander Haig, who was a former U.S. Secretary of State and NATO supreme commander, said that Israel is “the largest, most battle-

tested and cost-effective U.S. aircraft carrier, which does not require a single U.S. boot, cannot be sunk and is located at a most critical area. If Israel did not exist, the U.S. would have to deploy a few more real aircraft carriers to the eastern flank of the Mediterranean, costing some $20 billion annually, which has been spared by the Jewish state.” Israel is an unconditional ally of the U.S. in a region where there is a lot of instability. Given the recent attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa, with one attack resulting in the death of an American ambassador, the United States needs a stable ally in the region that will look out for its interests. Israel is that ally. Israel is in a border dispute with the Palestinian people. This does cause conflict. But to say Israel is solely responsible would be an oversimplification of the issue. While Israel is certainly not blameless in the conflict, we feel it would be wrong to lob criticism without having an understanding of the issue. Israel has helped to technologically advance the world. The world’s first surface drip irrigation system was developed in the 1960s at Kibbutz Hatzerim near Beersheba, a system that is popular all over the world, including the U.S. The first Internet phone software was created in Israel, so if you have ever Skyped, you can credit that breakthrough to Israel. The first Internet chat program was also developed there. We could go on, but there are word limits. Israel is the home to dozens of Nobel Prize winners and technological advancements. It is a strong ally for America to have. It is a contributing nation to growth of the world and if you have ever been to Israel, Jason, I can guarantee you wouldn’t have compared Israel to a bratty teenager. If you had ever been in a city where terrorist attacks are common as they are in Israel, you would have more respect. The world has many problems. Israel has many problems. America has many problems. But we refuse to accept that anyone can be so narrow-minded as to think some of the things written in, “The United States, Israel and the proverbial nest.” People can be better than that. One can only hope that the Collegian will not contain such narrow-minded and uneducated arguments in the future. The Collegian, its readers, and CSU as a whole will be better for it.

Sarah Romer is a senior electrical engineering major. Her column appears Thursday in the Collegian. Michael Lichtbach is the former president of Chabad. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian. com.

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International students at CSU by the numbers By KATE SIMMONS The Rocky Mountain Collegian


The number of international students at CSU continues to grow. In the last year, almost 100 additional international students have enrolled at the university. The most represented countries on campus over the last five years are Saudi Arabia, China and South Korea, all top four placeholders over the last five years, with India joining them in the last four years.


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THE LSC CELEBRATES ITS 50TH BIRTHDAY 1960 - Students voted on whether or not the school should have a student center. The vote passed and the Lory Student Center was completed in 1962.

1963 - President John F. Kennedy’s murder was a shocking and difficult time for many across the state. The LSC provided a common place for students and teachers alike to go and mourn over the loss of the president and come together as a community.


The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Lory Student Center –– the heart of CSU that has served as a place to mourn the death of President John F. Kennedy, view the verdict of the O.J. Simpson trial and catch a bus back home. The timeline shows a general overview of events that have happened on campus over the last five decades. Students will have the opportunity to learn in more detail about all of the events through Collegian inserts provided by the LSC staff. In addition, ASAP is bringing entertainers to campus on Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3, and a time capsule from 1987 will be dug up on Sept. 26 to celebrate the student center’s 50 years in existence. On Oct. 5, the LSC’s 50th Anniversary Party will take place at 6 p.m. in the Main Ballroom. Food, beverages and special announcements will be provided.


1965 - Bowling anyone? The LSC also gave the students a place to go bowling with friends at the bowling alley in the basement – right next to the Ramskeller.

JULY 19, 1975 - The Rolling Stones began their tour of the Americas in June, and made their way to Hughes Stadium — at the time, one of the largest venues in Colorado. The LSC put on many more shows just like this for years. 1976 - “One on One,” a film starring Robby Benson and Annette O’Toole, was filmed on scene in the LSC. 1987 - A plexiglas box was made for students to put memorabilia from the ‘80s into and then was buried for years. This became best known as the Time Capsule.

OCT. 3, 1995 - The OJ Simpson case in ‘94 became well known to many across the country. Students gathered in the LSC on the day of the verdict to see the live broadcasting of whether Simpson would be found guilty for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend.


JULY 28, 1997 - A flash flood came through Fort Collins and flooded the LSC destroying every book, textbook and piece of equipment two weeks before school started for the fall semester. The president of the school said that no matter what the setback, the students would be coming to campus as scheduled — and they did!




2007 - The LSC made an addition with a transit center for students who decided public transit would be their primary means of transportation to and from classes.

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