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Bridgette Hutton winds up for a pitch during the game against Fresno State March 15. PHOTO BY ASHLEY POTTS COLLEGIAN

CSU softball’s Bridgette Hutton’s love of the game stems from family By Junior Guerrero @juniorg45

Very few athletes at Colorado State University have a bloodline connecting them to their sport, but Bridgette Hutton is one of the few who do. Hutton, the softball team’s senior pitcher, comes from a softball background. The game has always been a huge part of her life. She grew up watching

her older sisters Taylor Hutton and Haley Hutton play softball. Her mother, Christine, and both her sisters played softball for CSU. The combination of her family’s support and her love for the game are the reasons why she’s playing Division I softball today. “I knew I wanted to play softball when I was four,” Hutton said. “I watched my sisters play t-ball, and I was like, ‘Wow,

I really want to do this.’ Something about watching the pitcher throw sparked something in me, and I knew I wanted to try pitching.” Hutton fell in love with the sport early, but insisted that she could have been successful at anything because of her mother’s support. “My mother let us do whatever we wanted to do,” Hutton said. “If we wanted to dance, she

would’ve let us dance, or if we wanted to play volleyball, she would have let us. Of course we did other sports, but I think that softball was in our blood.” As Hutton got older and started to do more softball-related activities, she knew her love for the game was getting serious and that she really wanted to play competitively. “It began when I was in middle school and when I had just

started doing pitching lessons,” Hutton said. “Everything built up from there. I would go to practice, then to pitching lessons and then I started playing club ball and then competitive ball.” When she reached high school, it started to become clear that she could have a future in softball and could play in college.

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Alumnus contributes to green energy with company Renewablue By Corbin Reiter @CorbinReiter

Colorado State University alumnus James Mitchell began his quest to add solar energy into Northern Colorado by founding Renewablue, a solar consultation company that helps residents in Fort Collins find the best renewable energy option for them. Renewablue acts as a middle man between solar installers and consumers in Fort Collins looking to add more green technology to their home. Solar providers do a lot of marketing, but Renewablue can save them a lot of time by connecting interested buyers to the best solar installation company for their needs, Mitchell said. “He is connecting people that don’t even know they are in

the market with companies like ours that offer these services” said Matt Scherer, director of solar at REenergizeCO. One of the value points that Renewablue is trying to bring to the solar industry in client connections, Mitchell said. Solar companies are really great at installations, but they have to do their own sales. Renewablue works closely with clients to match their goals for renewable energy with the best solar installation company in the area, Mitchell said. Most clients of Renewablue are already interested in investing in renewable energy but they need help finding a company that can best help them achieve their goals, and so Renewablue works to find a match. “Companies send us the proposal and we present it so we are saving the solar install-

er hours and hours of time in investment by finding the customer first,” Mitchell said.

“Companies send us the proposal and we present it so we are saving the solar installer hours and hours of time in investment by finding the customer first.” JAMES MITCHELL RENEWABLUE CEO

Renewablue recently won the Innovate Fort Collins challenge for their innovative initiative, Taco ‘Bout Solar. This is an informational program for homeowners and realtors to

introduce them to solar energy and how it can be incorporated into homes. “Taco ‘Bout Solar first and foremost appeals to anyone that wants to eat tacos and we will talk about solar after that,” Mitchell said. Scherer explained the types of people that Mitchell comes into contact with while working with Renewablue. “James crosses paths with a lot of people that are not necessarily thinking about solar efficiency when he works with them,” Scherer said. Beyond Taco ‘Bout Solar, Renewablue does consultations with their potential customers, during which a representative will visit the home of the client to discuss any questions or concerns. Renewablue focuses on three aspects of energy efficien-

cy: solar installation, energy efficient updates to houses and the financing of any changes. “James is a believer in the greater good and he has been an advocate for the green movement and he adds a lot of value,” Scherer said. Renewablue has plans for expansion in the future. They plan to partner with a solar energy co-op that is coming to Fort Collins in order to be able to expand their services. “Right now the services that are offered are solely for individual homeowners, but with a partnership, there is the potential to build co-op purchasing power into a neighborhood,” Mitchell said. Corbin Reiter can be reached at

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University working towards future sustainability initiatives By Corbin Reiter @CorbinReiter

For years, Colorado State University has maintained that sustainability is at the forefront of the values held at an institutional level. The CSU state of sustainability mentions that sustainability is central to everything done in association with CSU. The efforts to cultivate sustainability within CSU have been rewarded with repeated Platinum Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System ratings and will continue to grow through efforts of larger plans that have been implemented. According to the CSU website, “As a land-grant university, we’re compelled to steward, conserve and protect the world around us. It’s central to everything we do — from academics, research and operations to outreach. While CSU has received the Platinum rating from STARS, the score recorded was not perfect. The lowest scoring section on the most recent submission was Operations, according to the STARS website. “Note that the Operations is the lowest percent score in STARS for CSU, but it is true for nearly all STARS reporters,” said Carol Dollard, CSU energy engineer. Dollard further explained that STARS has set the bar high for Operations. For example, all buildings on campus would have to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum to get all the points in the New Buildings category. CSU has several buildings

that are LEED certified, but only a handful that are LEED Platinum. CSU Facilities Management has jurisdiction over many of the points of rating outlined within the STARS form. Programs and initiatives originating in their department have the largest impact on the STARS rating for CSU.

“A strategic plan is a long term visioning document, not a detailed action plan. So we set goals in a strategic plan, then have to do additional work to figure out how we implement projects to meet those goals.” CAROL DOLLARD CSU ENERGY ENGINEER

The CSU Sustainability Strategic Plan has several sections that are headed by Stacey Baumgarn and Dollard, both of whom work in Facilities Management. These sections are directly related to the lowest scoring STARS sections. “Each, if not all, of the goal areas of the (President’s Sustainability Commission) Strategic Plan, were mapped to one or more of the goals of the University Strategic Plan,” Baumgarn said. New initiatives have been put in place to continue improving the sustainability capabilities of

A “green wall” in the The Pavilion at Laurel Village April 13. The Pavilion was CSU’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified Platinum building, which is one of the requirements to get a perfect Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System rating. PHOTO BY RYAN SCHMIDT COLLEGIAN

CSU operations and improving the STARS rating in the process. “A strategic plan is a long term visioning document, not a detailed action plan,” Dollard said. “So we set goals in a strategic plan, then have to do additional work to figure out how we implement projects to meet those goals.” The strategic plan is specifically addressing the sustainability culture within individual departments, along with the reduction of water and electricity. These proposals have been met with a quantifiable change in recent history.

“We have an Energy Reserve Fund — an energy and water efficiency revolving fund where the savings from the previous year’s projects are rolled back into the fund to help fund future projects,” Dollard said. The Energy Reserve Fund has contributed to campus sustainability projects and the installation of new fixtures to campus, including new lighting, plumbing fixtures and HVAC equipment, Dollard said. Continuing into the future, other programs will continue to address different shortcomings in

CSU sustainability. There are currently several projects being designed to address carbon emissions on campus and to continue to improve CSU, Dollard said. “CSU has set the goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030 — since that category is half our GHG (greenhouse gas) footprint, it will reduce our GHG emissions by 50%, but we have a decade to accomplish that, so you won’t likely see drastic reductions in any one year,” Dollard said. Corbin Reiter can be reached at


Fort Collins Police uses community events to connect with city By Ravyn Cullor @RCullor99

Turns out, cops are people too. Fort Collins Police Services has been running events like Coffee with a Cop for years in an attempt to bring the community and the law enforcement officers who serve them closer together. Coffee with a Cop is among a number of other events, like Pizza with Police and Donuts with a Dispatcher, that FCPS has run or will soon be running to allow residents of Fort Collins to interact with officers, ask questions and discuss issues they see in the community, said Kate Kimble, the FCPS public relations manager. “These events are an opportunity for area officers to connect with residents,” Kimble said. “A lot of people don’t often encounter police, and when they do, it’s in the middle of a traffic stop or something where they may be having a bad day, so it’s not the most opportune time for them to be able to ask questions and connect with

their local police.” Kimble said community engagement is a priority at FCPS, and the officers are genuinely interested in being part of the community. Officer Erin Feit said she has seen Chief Jeff Swoboda lead by example and engage with people on his own, like in a pick-up basketball game he arranged with the Boys and Girls Club and a few officers. The FCPS also has a specialized outreach team for Spanish-speaking residents. The team addresses issues and questions Spanish-speaking and migrant communities might have, Kimble said. For Feit, these events help her understand the issues and concerns of the community and remind her why she got into the career in the first place. “Like in any type of job, after a while, you can forget the reason why you started doing something,” Feit said. “For me, when I get to have those positive interactions, I

get to remember why I started doing this. Even on the days when it’s all negative, it can kind of serve as that little positive to keep going.”

“A lot of people don’t often encounter police, and when they do, it’s in the middle of a traffic stop or something where they may be having a bad day, so it’s not the most opportune time for them to be able to ask questions and connect with their local police.” KATE KIMBLE PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, FORT COLLINS POLICE SERVICES

After a handful of incidents which involved physical or deadly force, Feit said the community engagement events allow for citizens

A police car blocking a lane on Shields Street after an accident on campus. PHOTO BY AJ FRANKSON COLLEGIAN

to ask questions about what happened and why. “It’s important that we don’t have cops getting upset with citizens for not understanding and citizens getting upset with cops because they think that we’re held to our own standards,” she said. “We need to come together to have these conversations.” Most of the events are publicized by FCPS’ social media and sometimes by the coffee shops

where they are held, but Kimble said they would like to make them more accessible to people who want to attend. The next event will be a Pizza with Police event held later in April, she said. “I’d encourage people to come, even if it’d be a little uncomfortable or weird,” Feit said. “I think that they’d be surprised how laid back and how normal we all are.” Ravyn Cullor can be reached at


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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on fire; roof, spire collapse By Kassidy Vavra New York Daily News

Fire tore through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Monday, destroying the building’s roof and central spire and incinerating hundreds of years of history in a matter of minutes. “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” Notre Dame spokesperson Andre Finot told French Media. First responders are working to salvage art and other priceless pieces stored in the cathedral, Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregorie told BFMTV. Gregorie said the cathedral suffered “colossal damages” from the fire. Authorities advised people to steer clear of the area to allow emergency vehicles access. The cause of the fire was not clear, but it was possibly linked to renovation work, officials said, as reported by BBC. A €6 million ($6.8 million) construction project was being done on the church’s peak, France 24 reported. Videos circulating social media showed the cathedral engulfed in flames. The cathedral, which is located on a small island in the middle of the River Seine, was built over the course of nearly 200 years, according to the monument’s official site. Construction began in 1163 during King Louis VII’s reign, and was not completed until 1345. Notre Dame has been home to monumental events, including Henry VI’s crowning in 1431. At once in “a stage of total disrepair”

and on the brink of being demolished, Napoleon saved the building and crowned himself Emperor inside the cathedral in 1804. The building was once again threatened during WWII when it was feared German soldiers may destroy stained glass that was newly installed in the restored building. The glass was removed and reinstalled after the war had ended. Dubbed “our lady,” Notre Dame is still used for Sunday Mass by the Roman Catholic Church and is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris.

“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.” ANDRE FINOT NOTRE DAME SPOKESPERSON

Anne Hidalgo, Paris’ mayor, shared the news of the “terrible fire” and shared officials were trying to control the flames. Emmanuel Macron cancelled a planned speech to the country to go to the burning cathedral an Elysee Palace official told BBC. Macron shared his sympathies on social media for Catholics and the people of France. President Trump said the fire at the cathedral was “horrible to watch” and suggested “flying water tankers could be used” to extinguish the fire. “Must act quickly!” Trump tweeted. Content Pulled from News Tribune Service.

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Smoke and flames rise from Notre Dame Cathedral April 15 in Paris, France. A fire broke out on Monday afternoon and quickly spread across the building, collapsing the spire. The cause is yet unknown but officials said it was possibly linked to ongoing renovation work. PHOTO BY VERONIQUE DE VIGUERIE GETTY IMAGES


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Top Republican says House investigation into voter suppression exceeds authority By Bryan Lowry & David Lightman McClatchy Washington Bureau

The top Republican on a House committee investigating voter suppression told election officials in Kansas, Georgia and Texas that the committee has exceeded its authority with information requests sent to those states. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, sent letters Monday to election officials in the three states that described the Democratic-led investigation as partisan and beyond the bounds of Congress’ oversight power. Jordan’s letter comes after Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the House Oversight chair, sent records requests to election officials in the three states last month. The committee plans to look at at least four or five states, and could subpoena witnesses in its probe of possible voter suppression.


“We have fulfilled the committee’s request. We’ve provided the applicable information. They requested the communications and we provided them with what we had on record.” KATIE KOUPAL SPOKESWOMAN FOR SCHWAB

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Cummings has previously told McClatchy the probe is focused on states considered to have “the most egregious situations.” Texas officials balked at Cummings’ request, but Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab’s office said Monday that it has already responded. “We have fulfilled the committee’s request,” said Katie Koupal, spokeswoman for Schwab. “We’ve provided the applicable information. They requested the communications and we provided them with what we had on record.” In Kansas, Cummings sought communications between former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office and Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox about the 2018 decision to move Dodge City’s only polling site outside the limits of the majority Latino city. Jordan’s letter states that Republicans on the committee were not consulted before the request. “As articulated by the chairman, their inquiry does not appear to have a valid legislative purpose and instead seeks confidential communications among state officials,

House Oversight and Reform Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) looks on at the Michael Cohen hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Feb. 27. PHOTO BY OLIVIER DOULIERY ABACA PRESS/TNS

including state law enforcement officials, regarding the enforcement of state law,” the letter from Jordan and three other Republicans on the committee states. Schwab’s office said last month that it was in the process of responding to the committee’s requests, which deal with communications between Ford County and Schwab’s predecessor, Kobach, who ran unsuccessfully for governor. Both Kobach and Schwab are Republicans, but Schwab has notably distanced himself from some of Kobach’s policies since taking office. He has supported repealing a law, championed by Kobach, which gave the Kansas secretary of state the power to prosecute election crimes. Cummings and Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat who chairs the House subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties, also sent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger a detailed request for data regarding the state’s 2018 election. Kemp, who won the governorship in that election, oversaw voting as secretary of state. He ran against Stacey Abrams, a Democrat vying to become the nation’s first African American woman elected governor. Kemp won with 50.2% of the vote. Under Kemp, the secretary of state’s office placed on hold registration applications for 53,000

Georgia residents, mostly minorities, a few weeks before the election. Kemp denied Democrats’ assertions that this was voter suppression. Cummings, Raskin and other Democrats want to know more. They have asked Georgia officials to provide “all communications related to any voter roll purges,” as well as “all documents related to your ethical or legal obligations or possible conflicts of interest while simultaneously running for governor and overseeing the state’s elections as Georgia’s secretary of state.” Jordan’s letters to the Georgia officials are nearly identical to the ones he sent to the officials in Kansas and Texas. The Democrats sought documents from Texas officials detailing reported efforts to toss possible noncitizens off voter rolls. Cummings and Raskin wrote on March 28 that they were “disturbed” by accounts that Texas officials have “taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters” from state rolls. And, they said, many have been referred for criminal prosecution “for exercising their right to vote.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office responded last week that the oversight committee “lacks any oversight jurisdiction over constitutional officers in the State of Texas.” Content pulled from Tribune News Service.

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Man accused of killing parents, brother admits concocting false life By Michael Williams, Jeff Weiner & Gal Tziperman Lotan Orlando Sentinel

In a typed letter addressed to six friends, Grant Amato admitted that the life he had presented to them was a lie. He didn’t drive a BMW; he drove a Honda Accord. He lived at home with his parents and brother, not by himself. And he was not a professional gamer — he was a former nurse who had been fired from his job at a hospital after he was accused of stealing medicine. Amato, 29, described the anger he felt toward his family after they forced him to undergo treatment for sex and internet addiction at a rehabilitation clinic in Fort Lauderdale. Amato had stolen more than $200,000 from his family to pay for chats with a Bulgarian woman named Silvie he had met on the adult website The letter was part of several hundred pages of documents and hours of audio and video interviews released by prosecutors Monday morning. Grant Amato is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his parents and brother, whose bodies were discovered in their Chuluota home Jan. 25. Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty. The letter is not dated, but was completed sometime after he was released from the clinic Jan. 9. It’s not clear whether his family had already been killed when the letter was written. In it, Grant Amato called his father, Chad Amato, “controlling and abusive,” said his mother, Margaret Anne Amato was “simply around for security,” and described his brother, Cody Amato, as “also controlling and does not understand how I could care from someone as much as I cared for Silvie.” Amato wrote of being despondent over his loss of contact with Silvie. His family ordered him to stop talking with her if he wanted to continue living in the home, but authorities said Chad Amato discovered his son had violated the ultimatum, which led him to kick Grant Amato out in the hours before the family was killed. “I hate myself for what I did and I hate the thought of never getting to be with her again,” Amato said in the letter. “After everything that I gave and everything that I tried to do with her ... I just can’t comprehend being without her.” Amato said, while he was at the clinic, his family had “hacked” into his computer and gained access to his phone records and “personal things related to Silvie.” “Seeing her be able to be so happy without me in her life is

Grant Amato, charged with killing his parents and brother in January, appears at a bond hearing in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, Wednesday, March 27. He was denied bond, Wednesday. PHOTO BY JOE BURBANK ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS

something I hope you guys never have to (live) through,” he said. “It is a feeling that rips your heart out and makes you realize how pointless everything is without her.”

“I hate myself for what I did and I hate the thought of never getting to be with her again. After everythimg that I gave and everything that I tried to do with her ... I just can’t comprehend being without her.” GRANT AMATO MURDER SUSPECT

“It makes you give up on life as I have without her,” he said. Among the records were reports from deputies involved in the case, including those who discovered the bodies of the Amatos and others who spoke to friends and neighbors of the family.

The first deputy to arrive at the home described using his knife to open a rear door. He entered and soon found Cody and Grant’s father, Chad Amato, lying bloodied on the floor of the kitchen, a semi-automatic handgun holstered on his right hip. The holster was a cross-draw holster, meaning somebody who is right-handed would have to wear the holster on their left side to draw the firearm. Family members said Chad Amato was right-handed, and normally didn’t wear the gun around the home. Cody was found lying in a doorway in a “semi-fetal position,” according to an investigative report. He was wearing his nursing scrubs and a handgun lay about five feet from his body. Margaret Amato’s body was found seated at a chair in the home’s office, slumped over the desk, her head resting on a computer keyboard, a deputy reported. Family pictures were on her desk and her sons’ graduation photos were spread along nearby shelves. The investigative report says deputies also found a hydroponic

marijuana-growing system and several containers with marijuana in the master bedroom. A close friend of the brothers told investigators that he had gone on a trip with them to Japan in December. Grant, the friend said, was “battling depression” during the trip. The day they were supposed to return to the U.S., Grant Amato “went missing for a few hours because he did not want to return home,” the friend told deputies. Deputies also talked to Grant Amato’s aunt and uncle, with whom he stayed for a period in December after a “blow up” with his father, according to the report. They said they hid their weapons while Grant Amato was in their home at the urging of his parents, who feared he was suicidal and would harm himself. “Much later,” they discovered that he had used their credit card without permission while living in their home to use on the same website where he met the Bulgarian woman, according to a synopsis of their statement to deputies. Meanwhile, Chad Amato had taken out a second mortgage on

his home to pay for Grant Amato’s legal expenses and debts, the relatives told detectives. When Chad discovered Grant Amato was in the process of taking out a line of credit in his name without permission, they said Chad Amato allowed the application to proceed “because he did not want Grant to get in trouble for fraud and wished to protect him.” A co-worker of Chad Amato’s at CVS Health said he worked two jobs and was “very proud” of his sons. Chad and Margaret Amato planned to work a few more years before retiring to Tennessee, the colleague said. She described noticing that Chad was tired and stressed from working two jobs and dealing with his son’s issues. Amato’s attorneys argue that no physical evidence ties him to the killings. He was denied bond during a hearing in March, but he will appear in court again April 25 to determine whether he is eligible for pretrial release. Amato has pleaded not guilty to the killings. Content pulled from Tribune News Service.

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Education system would be stronger if we emphasized creativity Renee Ziel @reneezwrites

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board. President Donald Trump’s administration has again proposed budget cuts to education for the next fiscal year, despite the prevalent fact that our ever-changing world needs certain studies more than ever. The hierarchy of the school system always places arts and humanities as the first to get cut, but these subjects provide the tools to fix complex issues. One of these tools is creativity. In February 2006, education and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson gave the most viewed TED Talk in history, a record it


maintains today. He posed the question: “Do schools kill creativity?” Robinson said the future is uncertain due to the immense creativity humans are capable of, as it creates an unbelievable amount of possibilities. Education is meant to take children into this future and prepare them for it. At the same time, we squander their individual talents. “Creativity, now, is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status,” Robinson said. He made note that children are not frightened of being wrong while adults have lost that ability because society and education stigmatize mistakes. People, he argued, are educated out of creativity rather than into it. According to Robinson, the consequences of stigmatizing mistakes, especially when they allow the expansion of human creativity, is that “many highly


talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued.” Everyone is good at something. Oftentimes that something is a form of art, and society not taking advantage of everyone’s individual talents is a sad statement about the world we live in.

“Our world is one in which all art forms must take a higher stance.” The poor value we currently place on originality is unsustainable. One can put a more tangible value on sciences and mathematics, but humanities are the ways in which we creatively observe and study people. It is significantly harder to measure the worth of arts and humanities because their contribution is often ab-



stract and concerns our own intricate nature. It is for this reason they are so important. One such subject is anthropology, which we use to study culture and how civilizations may have looked and operated, such as in Ancient Rome. Closely tied is history, which allows us to see into the politics, economies and societies of the past to prepare for the future. Language studies, cultural studies and fine arts help us understand the lives of those different from ourselves. To study human nature is not to simply sit in lectures and move on. It is to think critically about these subjects throughout our careers and how we can apply the knowledge we obtain to a better future. “I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology — one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. ... We have to re-



think the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children,” Robinson said. We tell children who find value in and attachment to creative activities that they will never get a job doing that thing. Even if the job market has few openings in the arts, why do we paint the world that way for our youth? Our world is one in which all art forms must take a higher stance. This is not to disparage STEM studies — they also help us understand life — but to realize how important innovation and individuality are in a world that needs their influence. “We have to be careful now that we use (the gift of the human imagination) wisely ... ,” Robinson said. “And the only way we’ll do it is by seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are and seeing our children for the hope that they are.” Renee Ziel can be reached at


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The Ra ft Guide Life By Trigg Skoe We wake up and find ourselves searching for the least smelly set of clothes, grab either a coffee or a Red Bull and force that smile before the first round of happy-go-lucky customers arrive. From the drunken group of guys on a bachelor party to the timid foreign family, we have experienced it all. We always hope for the strong, light group of fun people, but are usually stuck with the opposite.

Guiding is a great job and it brings along with it a community you won’t find anywhere else. We spend our days on the river and get paid to do it. For many of us this is what keeps us coming back. Many guides go on to become teachers and engineers and guide in their free time, but there are also many who find themselves searching for water turning guiding into a career.

Don’t get me wrong, raft guiding is a blast, but until you are going through a class IV rapid while trying to rescue a 300 pound man, with his three kids, and a flipped raft, you haven’t experienced panic. I think a large misconception of rafting is that the job is all fun and no work. It is a lot of fun, but there are other factors that aren’t so much.

So, before you sign into a training program for a raft guide position, make sure you are ready for some of the craziest times of your life and a passion that will last a lifetime.


SPONSORED CONTENT New Years means something different for us all. For me, it meant joining 105 other people, all layered in drysuits on top of fleece, on the frigid waters of the Colorado River. For many of the kayakers and rafters this was a new event, but for others, this is an annual event. A few of the participants were even on their 7th year.

I think that celebrating the new year with kayaking was the best way I could have celebrated it. Instead of waking up hungover, I got to bring in the new year with some amazing people doing an activity that I love. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you think you can put up with the cold and the rapids, check it out for January 1, 2020!

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When we got off the river I looked down and saw a sheet of ice covering me. We had to pour hot water on my life jacket to melt the ice so I could take it off, and it took two people to pull off my boyfriends’ life jacket. Luckily, we were greeted by hot chocolate and hand warmers at the take-out.

The river is never safe, it seem s that each year at least one person looses thei r life, please take the hazards serio usly.

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This year was my first time participating in the Shoshone New Year’s Day paddling. When we first got to the put-in, I thought we were crazy. It was 15 degrees, there was snow on the ground, and I was about to get into the river. To put-in, we slid down the snow covered rocks in our kayaks, which proved to be both chaotic and fun. When we got onto the river, the feeling that we were crazy was confirmed. It was cold, I was covered in ice, but I couldn’t have been more happy. Everyone was so ecstatic to be on the river, with the exception of the two people that swam.

Everyone shoul d wear a PFD, not just weak swimmers.


On New Year’s Day a group of boaters all meet outside of Glenwood Springs to boat a section of the Colorado River called Shoshone, a Class II and III run. This tradition is a great way to bring in the new year and maybe even shake off anything from the night before.

The Poudre River upstream from Gateway Natural Area shoul d only be floa ted in a boat, it is not safe for tubing.

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Tubing the Poudre By Shae Sarconi

All winter long we pray for warm summer days. Luckily, those blistering hot days are right around the corner. Beat the heat by grabbing a tube and hitting the Poudre River, located right here in Fort Collins. Water tubing essentials include a tube, swimwear, water shoes and often a PFD (personal floatation device). Tubes are sold at various locations, such as Target, Walmart, and most sporting goods stores for roughly $20. Save your breath and money by filling up the tubes at Jax Farm and Ranch for free or use a local gas stations’ air pump along the way. Swimsuits or any clothing meant to be soaked will be ideal for a day on the water. The final essential is water shoes, an old pair of athletic shoes or Chacos do just fine, which are a must to protect your feet from the rocky and slippery river bottom. Avoid flip-flops or other shoes that slip off easily. Remember

sunscreen and to stay hydrated. Always know what the river conditions are and level is as it is constantly changing. There are two very common starting points for Fort Collins tubing. The farthest and most scenic option is driving up Poudre Canyon Highway (CO-14) and tube from Filter Plant to Picnic Rocks. This section is approximately 2.4 miles long and will provide a full afternoon of tubing. The water tends to be rougher in this area, so it is recommended that inexperienced swimmers wear a PFD. Do not do the Filter Plant section before mid June. A more local place to begin the tubing journey is just north of Old Town at Legacy Park. Leave vehicles at Legacy Park and walk toward Shields Street the get on the trail. From there, the entry point will be reached. If tubing this route, watch out for low hanging branches and spillways that have previously been stumbled upon. It

is advised with any tubing excursion, especially long-distance ones, to take two cars and park one where you enter the river and another at your end spot. This way everyone can avoid a long trek with their tubes and gear. Although there are always risks when tubing, it is advised to avoid the river in early summer. April-June can be dangerous months due to the runoff creating a fast-pace of the river and possible cooler temperatures. For this summer, with the large snowpack runoff is expected to be high so avoid the river until mid June.

Surfing In Colorado Have you heard the buzz around the new whitewater sports park coming to Fort Collins? For years and years the whitewater community of Fort Collins has been developing ideas with the City of Fort Collins and the time is finally here! The Poudre River Whitewater Park will have three different wave features for throwing down big tricks, shredding on a SUP board, and whatever else you’d like to do. This summer the park will open north of Old Town off College and right near New Belgium Brewing. Make sure to come check it out, but be aware that this is not an amusement park and there are times when it is dangerous to be in the water, especially during high water (May-June). If you plan to use the park be respectful of others and make sure to keep it clean by always practicing leave no trace. We are very excited to enjoy the park this summer and hope you are too! Stay safe and always be smart! By Trigg Skoe

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It’s not inclusive if it’s not intersectional Katrina Leibee @KatrinaLeibee

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board. Colorado State University has pushed inclusivity for as long as most of us can remember. From putting the Principles of Community on posters to handing out “No Place 4 Hate” pins, CSU has never failed to remind students of its intentions. It is not news, however, that CSU has seen multiple incidents of racial discrimination recently. We saw it with the students sharing stories of discrimination on social media as well as with the hate speech found in Warner College just last month. With CSUnity coming up,

it is important not to overlook the lack of intersectional inclusion on this campus. It is one thing to intend to be inclusive of everyone, but it is another thing to actually be inclusive. People on this campus will gladly speak up about feminist and LGBTQ issues because they affect white people. Once it becomes an issue of race, such as the multiple incidents of discrimination, students and organizations often suddenly forget they have a voice. You don’t get to call yourself inclusive if you pick and choose the genders, races, ethnicities and sexualities that you are supportive of. This lack of intersectionality when fighting for inclusivity might come from the trend of victim-hood in our society, especially among white people. Psychology Today says that, “In our culture of victim-hood, victims can be excused for victimizing others, taking away the rights, freedoms and autonomy of others, in service to their victimization.”

We see this when people jump to correct others when they mis-gender someone or say “you guys,” rather than “ya’ll” but remain quiet when an obvious act of racism occurs. It’s not that mis-gendering should go unnoticed, but standing up for issues facing one group of people is less impactful when you are not standing up for all people. It is easy to excuse racism when it comes from someone who has been the victim of something themselves, whether that be sexism, ableism, homophobia, mis-gendering etc. However, that should no longer be an excuse. Although this campus has a predominately white population, that doesn’t mean we should only focus on the issues that affect the dominant population. If we can ask people to respect the million different identities that white people have, we should be able to ask them to respect people of color. As a white, cisgender, heterosexual female, I recognize


CSU adds new degree program called ‘Weekend of TED Talks’ By Marshall Dunham @gnarshallfunham

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board. Colorado State University will be offering a new degree program in the new school year: “A Weekend of TED Talks.” “It’s a fantastic idea,” said program creator Garrett Watson. “Because let’s face it, I’m pretty sure any student here could probably acquire the knowledge equivalent of a college degree on a rainy Saturday browsing TED Talks.” Watson went on to comment that, although the program could most likely be knocked out in a single day, he thought it would be a great idea to make it two days long, giving college students an opportunity to explore. “Because that’s what college is all about,” remarked Watson. “Even if you have your whole career path lined up, it’s important to take some classes, or TED Talks, that offer you virtually no benefit or learning opportunities whatsoever.”

He went on to comment that the real joy of college wasn’t in the learning or the growing, but rather the opportunity to waste away the prime of your life “screwing around with some real underwater basket weaving nonsense.”

“Even though the whole degree program takes about twelve hours, it’s still going to run you about $100,000.” GARRETT WATSON PROGRAM CREATOR

This new degree program won’t be limited to just TED Talks, however. “There’s a whole Wikipedia portion too, where we basically have students just click the ‘random article’ button for an hour and a half,” Watson added. “That ‘random article’ button really embodies the entire college experience we’re trying to convey here.” Watson went on to discuss the financials of the program. “Even though the whole degree program takes about twelve

hours, it’s still going to run you about $100,000,” Watson said. “I know all of this college knowledge already exists on the internet for free, but if you want an arbitrary, pricey piece of paper from CSU that will eventually prove virtually nothing to all prospective employers other than the fact that your parents can afford college, well, it’s going to cost you.” Many students gave nods of approval towards the new program. “I just like that CSU finally owned up to the fact that a person can gain the equivalent of a college degree with a couple of hours and an internet connection,” remarked TED Talks major Izabella Martinez. She went on to say that her favorite part of the program was the aforementioned “random Wikipedia article” section. “It’s like, am I going to be learning about nuclear fission or Republican Dan Benishek?” Martinez asked. “At the same time, who the hell really cares? I’m just going to go push grocery carts at a King Soopers when I graduate anyway.” Marshall Dunham can be reached at

my privilege on this campus, but I also recognize that because of my identities, I have an opportunity to say the things that are not often listened to, even if I am not speaking on behalf of myself.

Ally-ship, a relationship of trust and respect with marginalized groups, is not true ally-ship if it is not intersectional. Feminism without intersectionality is a form of white supremacy. Standing up for is-

sues affecting white people but failing to acknowledge racism at all is another way of saying the issues that affect white people deserve the most attention and discussion. A possible way to counter this problem may be more simple than it seems. Rather than plastering posters all over with the principles of community, using the words “diversity and inclusion” like they are concretely defined, or creating more generic slogans, we should just ask people to not be racist. Rather than just saying “No Place 4 Hate,” we should also say “no place for racism,” because clearly we need to be reminded. It doesn’t take a lot to do these things, and it doesn’t mean we have to forget about other marginalized groups. All it requires is to recognize the privilege of white people and for once think outside of it. That is not a lot to ask. Katrina Leibee can be reached at



“People on this campus will gladly speak up about feminist and LGBTQ issues because they affect white people. Once it becomes an issue of race ... students and organizations often suddenly forget they have a voice.”


When a project is going to take you WAY longer than expected.

Drake Bell coming to the Aggie Theatre. #HeFoundAWay

The Notre Dame Cathedral burning.

Going to life-affirming conferences and learning lots of stuff. #ISOJ2019

Getting a sad phone call that ruins a good day.

Having a good day. #Blessed

Being cold all the time especially when the weather is warm.

The new season of “Game of Thrones”. #TalkTheThrones

The futility of trying to start new projects at this point in the year.

Picking up extra side gigs. #CashMoney

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Softball >> from page 1 “When I started to get recruited in high school, I thought about where I wanted to go to school,” Hutton said. “At that moment it hit me. ... I want to play softball in college. I thought about all the times I watched my sisters and all the stories I heard about my mom, and CSU was my number one choice. When the CSU coaches came to watch me at state my freshman year in high school, I was so nervous. That moment was surreal to me, but I wanted to do this. ... I wanted to play Division I softball.” As Hutton made the transition from high school ball to playing at CSU, her sisters were there to help her each step of the way. “I was really nervous coming in,” Hutton said. “After watching my sisters play, I realized that college ball is really competitive. My older sister, Taylor, always gave me advice, and I had my other sister, Haley, on the team with me. … They helped me with the transition, and that was really nice.” The moment Hutton realized she had what it takes to play ball collegiately happened early in her college career. “My freshman year, we were in the Mary Nutter Classic, and I was pitching against the University of California. We lost the game 2-1 but that was the most fun game I’ve ever played in and the game where I knew I could compete at this level,” Hutton said. “I always (refer) back to that game when I’m having trouble.”

“It’s been super fun with this team. We’ve shared some great memories this year and accomplished so much, and I couldn’t be more proud of this team.” BRIDGETTE HUTTON SENIOR PITCHER

As Hutton moved into her sophomore season, she knew that she still had a lot to learn. “Sophomore year was still a learning curve,” Hutton said. “I was still trying to get my foot in the door, but I had more confidence in myself going into the season.” Her junior year was the start

of something special. She had confidence and experience on her side, which helped her start to come into her own. “Junior year I felt this overall strong mentality about myself, and I learned a lot through Coach (Dedeann) Pendleton-Helm and how to get stronger mentally,” Hutton said. “I started doing visualizations to help the mental side of my game. I knew I had the physical part, but the mental part was holding me back.” As her final season began, Hutton became a leader on the team, and she knew that there were great things in store for this season. “This team is so special, and I felt that coming into our fall season,” Hutton said. “I knew that it was going to be different this year because it was kind of a change in mentality. We needed to be strong mentally and know that we can do this. It’s been super fun with this team. We’ve shared some great memories this year and accomplished so much, and I couldn’t be more proud of this team. … Our key components this season are pushing each other, wanting to get better and wanting to learn more.” As one of the leaders of the team, Hutton has contributed mightily to the Rams’ best season in 30 years. She’s been instrumental in that success. The team is 13-3 when Hutton is pitching. She has pitched 119.1 innings so far this season, in which she has an earned run advantage of only 2.46 and 75 strike outs. She even threw her first career no-hitter earlier in the season. After nearly four years of strong play, Hutton still credits her family in her success. She said she is grateful for her family and all the support they have given in her career. “My family has meant everything to me throughout my four years,” Hutton said. “Going back in the day to when my grandpa was the athletic trainer (at CSU) for 31 years and my mom and dad met here. … All of us have been here. They’ve supported me no matter what throughout my four years. They tell me to do me and they support me no matter if I have a bad day or a good day, and that’s big. They’ve been my strong suit these last four years, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have played with Haley and to have that support system. Having them by my side has really helped me.” Junior Guerrero can be reached at sports@collegian. com.


Women’s 4x100 relay team smashes CSU all-time record time for second week in a row By Ashley Potts @ashleypotts09

The new Jack Christiansen Track at Colorado State University saw some incredibly fast times recorded over the weekend at the Doug Max Invitational meet. The meet featured athletes from Air Force, University of Wyoming and University of Colorado, Boulder. It was originally scheduled for April 12 and 13, but was postponed to April 14 due to weather. Once things finally got going, so did the Rams.

“The 4x100 was definitely a highlight for us. It’s fun to see that group get together and do some special things. What’s exciting is that not all the handoffs were perfect — we had one that could be a lot better, so they’re just going to get faster and faster as the season goes on.” BRIAN BEDARD HEAD COACH

“It was a great day to have a meet,” Head Coach Brian Bedard said in a press release. “... We had beautiful weather to celebrate Doug Max and his influence on our program. It was fun to have him out here and acknowledge him. ... I think it was important for the impact he’s had on our program and athletic department to acknowledge and lift him up.” The women’s 4x100 relay team came out in full force, breaking the CSU all-time record for the second time in as many weeks. The team made up of Marybeth Sant, Lauren Gale, Destinee Rocker and Jessica Ozoude broke the record last week with a time of 44.66 seconds. They topped themselves again on Sunday, clocking in at 44.06 seconds. The previous record before this team began breaking them was 44.79 seconds. “The 4x100 was definitely a

Marybeth Sant launches from the start blocks in the 4x100m relay on April 14. Sant and her team would complete the race with a new school record and in first place. PHOTO BY AKYSE OXENFORD COLLEGIAN

highlight for us,” Bedard said in a press release. “It’s fun to see that group get together and do some special things. What’s exciting is that not all the handoffs were perfect — we had one that could be a lot better, so they’re just going to get faster and faster as the season goes on.” The record breaking relay runners also made waves in individual events at the meet. Sant came in first and set a personal best in the 100 meter, running it in 11.56 seconds. This beat her previous personal record of 11.80 seconds from last season. She is now ranked third on the CSU all-time list in the event. Ozoude came in first in the 400 meter, running her personal best time of 53.79. This beat her previous personal best time of 53.84 seconds and puts her at third on the Rams all-time list. Gale came in right behind Ozoude with her own personal best of 53.79 seconds. Gale is now fifth all-time at CSU in the event. Rocker came in first in the 200 meter, recording a time of 24.15 seconds. That beat her previous best of 24.80 from last

season and put her at seventh all-time at CSU. Nathan Gish and Emma Atwell also set personal records at the meet. Gish won the men’s 200 meter, beating his previous record of 21.5 seconds from last year’s Mountain West championships for a new personal best 21.25 seconds. This puts him at ninth all-time at CSU. Atwell won the 3,000 meter steeplechase event with a time of 1:29.72, now fifteenth overall at CSU. Many other Rams won their events and set personal records at the meet. “There were some good performances across the board,” Bedard said in a press release. “And that’s always fun to see.” The Rams will be on the road for several meets in California this week. Starting Wednesday they will be at the Bryan Clay Multis meet at Azusa Pacific before continuing on to the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational, Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Long Beach Invitational. Ashley Potts can be reached at

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True Star: Nathan MacKinnon shines brightest in Denver By Doug Otewill Mile High Sports

Stars shine. By their very definition, that’s what they do. On Saturday night, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon lit up Denver – all the way from Calgary. That’s how bright he shined. Come to think of it, MacKinnon is the Colorado’s brightest star. He’s also youngest and rising fastest. But the thing is, there’s no denying he’s a star. There’s no “he will be.” There’s no “he’s got the potential.” There’s no “just give him time.” At the tender age of 23, he is. Already. Perhaps more interesting – or ironic, maybe – is that he’s a star in sport that’s largely devoid of stars. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of great hockey players – there are. It’s just that the culture and strategy of the sport practically prohibit any kind of “look at me” mentality. In the NBA and NFL, that sort of thing is more or less the norm; if the stars aren’t promoting themselves with every dunk, flex or celebration dance, the teams, leagues and shoe companies will do it for them. In hockey, if you’re a noticeable star, you’ve unquestionably earned it. And it’s not that Nathan MacKinnon is showy. He’s not a self-promoter by any means. It’s just that you simply can’t take your eyes off the kid when he’s on the ice. I have a theory as to why the NHL is fourth among the “Big 4” sports in terms of popularity, and it’s not because the game is any worse or less exciting. It’s a great game to watch, but, in most games, the average fan can’t easily identify which player on the ice is the best. A trained eye most certainly can,

but the average fan can’t sit down, watch two teams play and confidently say, “See there, that guy – No. ‘XX’ – he’s the best player in this game.” By nature of the sport, it’s just not as easy to tell. Skaters are on and off the ice. The puck doesn’t stay with one player for long (not like basketball, for example) and there’s no dead time for an announcer to talk about the same player who gets opportunities to make plays all game long over and over (say, Tom Brady, who takes the snap on every offensive play, making it easy to explain who he is and what he’s doing). Statistics in hockey don’t jump off the scoreboard like they do in other sports. In actuality, these are all good things – probably a reason many hockey fans like hockey. It’s just that the game doesn’t cultivate or promote its stars easily. In hockey, if you stand out, it’s because you’re really, really good. And MacKinnon is. He’s faster. He’s shiftier. He scores more. Even for a hockey layman, he’s doing things that are noticeably “better” – call them “different” – than most anyone on the ice. I once watched Alexander Ovechkin play at Pepsi Center early in his career. The hype surrounding him was unusual, so I had to go see for myself. But in that particular game, it wasn’t easy to tell he was that good. Just one of those games; neither the puck nor many offensive opportunities found him that night. I watched Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan play in person several times, too. Not once was there any confusion as to who the best player on the floor was on those nights. Anyone could tell. That’s not to say either scenario is good or bad, it’s just how the games and their respec-

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) go for the puck against Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) during the first period of an NHL regular season hockey game at the BB&T Center Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Sunrise. PHOTO BY DAVID SANTIAGO MIAMI HERALD

tive stars are different. And that’s why MacKinnon is so special. Because you can tell. The Denver star who entered Saturday night with the most attention was Nikola Jokic. When Saturday night was over, MacKinnon was the one being labeled a star. MacKinnon scored one of the most clutch goals in Avalanche history. It was the only one, and it came in overtime. But that one instance – a blink of an eye really – still has people talking. Jokic, conversely, had a “nice” game – on paper. He posted yet another triple-double (10 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists), his 13th on the season. But for those who watched, his impact on the game was debatable. Ten points weren’t


Broncos announce new jersey numbers By Justin Michael Mile High Sports

Change is in the air – the Denver Broncos have a new head coach, new starting quarterback and now some of the players will be rocking new numbers on their jerseys. On Monday, the Broncos announced that Joe Flacco will continue to wear his traditional No. 5. The number previously belonged to Garrett Grayson, but the backup QB will now be wearing No. 2. Along with Flacco, cornerback Kareem Jackson will be wearing No. 22 and Bryce Callahan will be No. 29. Offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James will be wearing No. 70. Aside from the new players, Brendan Langley has changed

his jersey number from No. 27 to No. 12 as he continues to convert from cornerback to wide receiver. Cornerback Isaac Yiadom also changed his number from No. 41 to No. 26. And finally, offensive guard Sam Jones will now be wearing No. 77 (formerly No. 70). Broncos 2019 new uniform numbers: QB Joe Flacco (5) WR Aaron Burbridge (13) WR Fred Brown (19) CB Kareem Jackson (22) CB Horace Richardson (27) CB Bryce Callahan (29)

CB De’Vante Bausby (41) CB Craig Mager (49) G Don Barclay (67) T Ja’Wuan James (70) 2019 Broncos uniform number changes: QB Garrett Grayson (2) WR Brendan Langley (12) CB Isaac Yiadom (26) G Sam Jones (77) Content pulled from Mile High Sports.

enough. And they didn’t arrive when they were needed most. “Clutch” – doing the biggest thing in the biggest moment – is one of the key ingredients to being a star. MacKinnon was clutch in the game’s defining moment. Jokic was not. The Avalanche won. The Nuggets lost. The Nuggets needed a star. The Avalanche got one. MacKinnon won’t win a Q-score ranking, not even amongst Denver athletes. That only means that significantly fewer people follow hockey than they NFL football. Von Miller – unquestionably a star for all the same reasons MacKinnon is – would rank higher when it comes to sheer popularity; so might Jokic, for that matter. But today, heading into Game 3 with the Avalanche-Flames

round-one series tied at 1-1 – largely because of his heroics on Saturday night – MacKinnon is the biggest star in Denver. I remember a night, looking up in the sky and seeing a sea of stars, but there was one that shined brightest. Turns out, it was actually a planet. The point, is, though, you couldn’t “not” notice it. I still remember that night; you just don’t forget the shiniest. And I won’t forget MacKinnon’s overtime winner, either. I’m not sure I’d go with the old cliché “a star was born” because he already was one. It’s just that MacKinnon shined so damn bright. That’s what stars do. Content pulled from Mile High Sports.

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FoCo Cafe’s first annual Spring Soiree serves, supports community By Lyra Wiley @lyra_wiley

FoCo Cafe’s first annual Spring Soiree fundraiser presented food and drinks from a variety of different local suppliers, further celebrating their mission of serving and supporting the community. Doing good for those in the community was the central theme of the night, and the spirit of giving back was not only in the air but on the walls. Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, which hosted the event Friday, believes in serving and benefiting the neighborhood through more than just their coffee.

“That’s something that Everyday Joe’s stands by - good coffee and the importance of hospitality. A cup of coffee and a genuine conversations.” MYLENE LAUGHLIN VOLUNTEER AT EVERYDAY JOE’S COFFEE HOUSE

“The fundraising goes towards the overall mission of the FoCo Cafe,” said Mallory Garneau, executive director of FoCo Cafe. “FoCo Cafe is northern Colorado’s first and only non-profit, donation-based restaurant, so there are no set prices — you don’t even have to have money.” Relying on volunteerism as a coffee shop, an art gallery and a meeting place for Timberline Old Town Church, Everyday Joe’s welcomes everyone. “The coffee house and the coffee bar are entirely volunteer-based,” said Mylene Laughlin, a volunteer at the

coffee house. “A lot of times, it’s people who go to the church and want to have a way of giving back to it. A lot of times, it’s people who like good coffee, and that’s something that Everyday Joe’s stands by — good coffee and the importance of hospitality. A cup of coffee and a genuine conversation. A lot of times, it’s volunteers just wanting to be hospitable.” Emphasizing the power in community, the fundraising event showcased local restaurants like The Waffle Lab, The Regional, Ginger and Baker, Walrus Ice Cream, The Still Whiskey Steaks, Stuft and The Welsh Rabbit. Beverages were provided by Odell, Wunder Juice and Clean Food, Life’s a Buch and Wilbur’s Total Beverages. Providing gypsy swing and jazz sounds, French Toast Quartet, a local band, was the entertainment for the night. Serving green chile cheddar hand pies, and sour cherry hand pies, Ginger and Baker celebrated history, creativity, community and pie. “We spend a lot of time donating food to FoCo Cafe and we’re working with them to do the ‘Kids Feeding Kids’ program this summer,” said Rachel Brickel, the head baker at Ginger and Baker. “A lot of our pastries and bread that don’t get sold, we donate to them and they feed the community at the FoCo Cafe.” In addition to hosting the “Kids Feeding Kids Summer Breakfast Program” that provides families and children with healthy breakfasts over the summer, FoCo Cafe will also host the “Bikes, Brews and Blockbusters” fundraiser in August. Garneau details the event as a hyper-local festival that, much like the Soiree, will showcase the “awesome” things the Fort Collins community has to offer. “This is a celebration of

Fort Collins community members attend FoCo Cafe’s first annual Spring Soiree fundraiser event held in Everyday Joe’s Coffee House April. 12. FoCo Cafe is located in Old Town with a mission to provide nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins regardless of their ability to pay while using mostly local, organic and sustainably grown ingredients. PHOTO BY ALYSSA UHL COLLEGIAN

community, food and togetherness,” Garneau said. “We wanted it to be available to everyone — so the tickets are a lot cheaper than they could be — but we also offered the opportunity for people to buy tickets for community members that aren’t able to buy tickets themselves.” The concept of paying it forward is deeply ingrained in the cafe’s belief system. When eating at the restaurant, patrons can pay what they can, pay it forward or volunteer for their meals. Being a donation-based restaurant, FoCo Cafe relies heavily on support from its community.

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Janie Stein and Martin Bates are sustaining members of the cafe and donate monthly to ensure that it can continue serving the community. “Mainly what we’ve been doing is giving small monthly donations so they can rely on a certain amount to keep going because we believe in paying it forward,” Stein said. “We can’t do a lot, but if everybody does a little, then that helps, you know? It supports something good in the community.” In addition to providing food, FoCo Cafe also offers the Free Outdoor Library, which gives individuals access to books; The Giving Tree, which

gives the community resources like baby items, snacks, dog food and writing supplies; the Hydration Station, which was installed to ensure access to clean water; and The Kindness Cupboard, which provides non-perishable food items to those who may need them. “When we find something good like this that allows people who have a little more to allows people who don’t have so much to still be able to get what they need,” Stein said. “That’s right down our alley, so we’re really happy to be able to support FoCo Cafe.” Lyra Wiley can be reached at for more!

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Arts & Culture | Tuesday, April 16, 2019


‘Waldheim Waltz’ mirrors today’s issues By Dominic Brazeau @DomBrazeau

The fourth annual ACT Film Festival came to a close April 13 with “Waldheim Waltz” directed by Ruth Beckermann, the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors. The story is about Austrian diplomat Kurt Waldheim in the 1980s, who was elected to the United Nations. After gaining public trust, Waldheim decided to run for president of Austria. A little more than a month before the election, it was revealed that he was closely tied to the Nazi Party during the Second World War. One of the largest accusations against him is that he was responsible for the transport of over 25 trains full of people to the concentration camps. The film focuses on the news about the accusations and how he responded to them. Once Beckermann saw what was happening

in her country, she felt the need to start recording everything that she saw about the elections. The film is narrated by Beckermann, who protested against Waldheim’s election. The documentary is told using old, selfshot footage from Beckermann as well as other news clips from around the world. Some of the clips are interviews with Waldheim in where he loses his composure on live TV.

“(‘Waldheim Waltz’ is) one of the most fiercely intelligent films I’ve seen in awhile.” DR. SCOTT DIFFRIENT ACT FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER & COORDINATOR

Many of the questions he was asked was about his involvement with the Nazis. Waldheim would deny this connection every time. Towards the end of the film, there is a trial held against Waldheim to see if he should be tried as a war criminal for his alleged involvement with the Nazis. Waldheim denies the al-

legations. He would even get his American son to support him to make him look like a typical family man. Despite the allegations against him, Waldheim would go on to become president of Austria. Many people around the world felt that he was the best president for a country that was still preaching hate. Waldheim shows that his charisma and the way he carries himself was enough to be elected. Waldheim would be put on the United States watch list and would not be allowed into the country after being elected. ACT festival programmer and coordinator, Scott Diffrient, praised the movie. “(‘Waldheim Waltz’ is) one of the most fiercely intelligent films I’ve seen in awhile,” Diffrient said. Overall, “Waldheim Waltz” is an important reminder of how hate will rise and it is important to look out for the signs. Not only is it important to set yourself up but to also hold these politicians and people trying to get power accountable for their past so history cannot repeat itself. Dominic Brazeau can be reached at entertainment@


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ACT Film Festival Shorts show different lenses of human rights By Maddie Wright @maddierwright

As the fourth annual ACT Film Festival came to a close, the last day opened with a block of short films. Five films played from different parts of the world, the shortest being 12 minutes and the longest being 28 minutes. All of them made their Colorado debut, one of them making its debut in North America. Keeping with the themes and purpose of the film festival, the shorts encouraged discussion and action from viewers as they learn about different perspectives of human rights around the world. After the showing, representatives from various organizations like Partners for Peace, Wall of Flowers and the American Civil Liberties Union made presentations about working towards peace and focusing on human rights. These were not the only short films shown over the course of the festival. Three others showed in conjunction with films that complimented the themes. “Edgecombe” Edgecombe County in North Carolina sparked an idea in filmmaker Crystal Kayiza. This 15-minute film showed a deeper account of an African American community prospering through the support of each other. The film is told in three

parts, the first portion discussing “house” and what it represents. The second film looks at “homestead.” It tells the story of how a woman’s home has been in her family for generations, revealing slavery was not really that long ago. It closes with “community,” talking about how community can help the wellbeing of its citizens. This production served as a profound look at African American communities compared to the journalistic stories of racialized poverty often showed. “Los Comandos” “Los Comandos” comes from the minds of Josh Bennett and Juliana Schatz Preston in cooperation with the United States and El Salvador. It shares the story of one of many first responder teams in El Salvador, showing the audience the group of teenagers and young adults who exhibit everyday heroism. It delves into a different type of ageism in Salvadoran teenagers and how they are terrorized by both gangs and the police. It serves as a form of hope and raw beauty in putting one’s life on the line to save someone else’s. It also looks at how losing someone in your organization can impact the rest of the group morale but how through a purpose and hope, good can keep happening. “Scenes from a Dry City” In 12 minutes, filmmakers François Verster and Simon Wood tell the story of Cape Town, South Africa’s water regulations. Some of the shots included are arrests at illegal car washes and people golfing in water. By explaining the government’s policies, the film talks

of the racism and classism that exist within them. For example, the regional hotels can use water without a problem, but citizens can’t have water in their own homes. “Our Song to War” This Belgium short film examines Colombia’s grim 2002 Bojayá Massacre. The film uses beautifully raw shots of the forest to create an attitude and intrigue from the get-go. It tells the story and history of the massacre through the perspectives of the children who lost family members in the tragedy. It explores the ideas of familial loss and healing as a community by using the voices of these children talking about the loss of their family members. “Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains” To end the shorts block, this short film discusses the “morally suspect” behavior of the underground subculture in Chongqing, China. Filmmaker David Verbeek shows the censorship laws in China that include the banning of hip-hop and tattoos. The underground club culture in Chongqing gives its residents, especially young, tattooed rappers, a chance to express themselves freely. It looks at the idea of hip-hop culture as freedom and how China is not truly free because the music is not allowed. The film includes shots of rappers rapping in their studio, music videos being filmed and generally young people exploring this as a part of their identity. Maddie Wright can be reached at

Daily Horoscope Nancy Black TODAY’S BIRTHDAY

(04/16/19). Raise your skills and expertise through travel and education this year. Dedicated focus builds your career status and influence. Domestic joys delight your family this summer, inspiring new professional directions. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. ARIES (March 21-April 19)

— 8 — Disciplined practice matters with a physical goal. You’re exceptionally clever with communication over the next three weeks, with Mercury in your sign. Express your creativity. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — 8 — Build a romantic relationship through steady participation. With Mercury in Aries, review the past. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — 8 — Participate with an energetic team over three weeks, with Mercury in Aries. Your friends are a source of inspiration. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — 8 — Stay involved with your community and networks. Share valuable professional opportunities. Mercury in Aries emphasizes career gain through communications. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — 7 — Can you mix business with pleasure? Travel beckons, with Mercury in Aries for several weeks. Make long-distance connections.

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9 — Use your power for good. It’s easier to organize shared finances, with Mercury in Aries. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — 7 — Communication between partners, lovers and allies flowers, with Mercury in Aries. Compromise and negotiate terms. Delegate more. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — 8 — Coordinated teamwork leads to success. What you’re learning energizes your work, health and fitness, with Mercury in Aries. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — 8 — Charm benefits your career. Express your affection and heart. Put your love into words. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — 8 — Begin a home renovation phase, with Mercury in Aries. Set family goals. Clean house and organize. Release stuff that no longer “sparks joy.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — 7 — Learn voraciously, with Mercury in Aries. You’re especially creative, and words flow with ease. Write, record and report. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — 8 — Discover new income sources. Track your cash flow for growth. Make profitable connections, with Mercury in Aries. Benefit through communications, collaboration and networking.

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