350 Club hosts Fossil Free Film Festival

Over the next two weeks, Colorado State University’s 350 Club will be hosting the Fossil Free Film Festival to help raise awareness about climate change and to promote sustainability on campus.

The 350 Club is a new student organization, but there are various 350 chapters all over the nation.

President Sophie McVicker, a junior studying natural resource recreation and tourism, founded CSU’s branch of the 350 club. She became interested after attending a Fort Collins 350 meeting and decided the University needed its own club.

“One of our main goals as an organization is divestment. Most people know what investing is, divesting is the opposite,” McVicker said. “350’s goal is often to try to get institutions to divest, so we’re trying to get them to pull their money out of fossil fuels.”

The club is always looking for new members to come together and support environmental issues. McVicker said they will focus on climate change activism.

“Living in Colorado, most people here care about the environment,” McVicker said. “So, just giving people a centralized mission and place to come together is our goal.”

The film festival will be the first event that the club hosts, but McVicker thinks it is a good step towards convincing CSU to divest in energy other than fossil fuels.

“We put so much effort into this event that I am confident it will draw more people in,” McVicker said.

Film festival schedule

Climate Change: The Looming Crisis

Tuesday, Dec. 1 in Behavioral Sciences Building room A101 at 7 p.m.

This event will feature three guest speakers, followed by the film Chasing Ice. Scott Denning, from CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science, and two State Senators John Kefalas and Matt Jones will deliver speeches.

Global Connections

Thursday, Dec. 3 in Behavioral Sciences Building room A101 at 7 p.m.

Two films will be shown, Unearthed and Climate Refugees, accompanied by two guest speakers Michele Betsill, CSU climate politics professor, and Razz Gormley

Global Connections

Saturday, Dec. 5 in Behavioral Sciences Building room A101 at 2 p.m.

Part two of Global Connections will feature the film This Changes Everything.

Frack Attack

Monday, Dec. 7 at Avogadro’s Number at 7 p.m.

Next week will kick off with two local speakers, Sam Schabacker from the Food and Water Watch and Fort Collins City Council member Ross Cunniff. The night will also include two documentaries about fracking, Dear Governor Hickenlooper and Groundswell Rising.

This Land Was Your Land

Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Behavioral Sciences Building room A101 at 2 p.m.

This event will be hosted by the CSU Sustainability Center and will include a musical performance by Elizabeth Hudetz, keynote speaker Stacia Ryder and two films. First they will air Last Rush For the Wild West, followed by Split Estate.

Vision For a Fossil Free Future

Saturday, Dec. 12 in Behavioral Sciences Building room A101 at 2 p.m.

The final night of the Fossil Free Film Festival will consist of three guest speakers and two films. Chuck Kutscher, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, followed by Fort Collins State Rep. Jeni Arndt and State Rep. Max Tyler, who is also Chair of the House Transportation and Energy Committee.

This article was published in The Collegian December 1, 2015.

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CSU agricultural students educate campus community on nutrition

The process food goes through before it arrives at the grocery store is crucial for consumers to understand if they would like to lead a healthy lifestyle, according to members of Assistant Professor Michael Martin’s AGED 330 class.

The AGED 330 class teamed up with other agricultural clubs at CSU to voice nutrition from a farmer's standpoint. (Photo by Veronica Baas)

The AGED 330 class teamed up with other agricultural clubs at CSU to voice nutrition from a farmer’s standpoint. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

The class hosted an event Tuesday on the Lory Student Center plaza to educate the Colorado State University community on the production of food. AGED students and members of agricultural clubs came together to answer any questions that people passing may have relating food.

Brett Arnusch, a sophomore agricultural education major and a member of the AGED 330 class, helped organize the event.

“We just wanted to be the administrators that brought all of the ag groups together,” Arnusch said. “If we group as many clubs and as many agricultural groups as we can together, we can actually have a very large voice.”

The class voted on several ideas mid-semester to educate their peers on the food they eat. Since then, the class has worked to bring all the different agricultural clubs together.

“This was a class-driven project,” Martin said. “We had thrown on the board some ideas that we wanted to do related to this. They had this idea and we took a vote, and this was the class idea that won.”

Initially, the class planned on having Cam the Ram with them on the plaza to help attract students.

“It turned out to be smaller due to weather, but we just wanted to show the non-ag students at CSU what’s actually going on in agriculture,” Martin said.

The idea of the project was to look at food production from a new angle: Rather than asking yourself how certain foods ended up on your table, think about how they were produced and in term where they are being shipped from.

“A lot of people talk about farm to table, right now we’re taking the approach of table to farm,” Martin said. “We think it’s an interesting way to have a discussion with people who may not know a lot about production ag, but know a lot about food.”

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Members of the Agronomy Club (left) and the CSU Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter (right) teamed up on the plaza to answer questions about food production. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Several groups ran booths on the plaza to reach out to students. Representatives from the CSU Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter, Alpha Gamma Rho, Ag Ed Alliance and the CSU Agronomy Club came together to provide nutritional education.

Macy Child, a junior studying soil and crop sciences, represented Ag Ed Alliance as she answered student questions about hormones, pesticides and anything else regarding food.

“We’re here to inform the students and anyone on campus about where their food comes from,” Child said. “It’s a little more in-depth and kind of a backwards twist on what people think is in their food and what actually is.”

This article was published in The Collegian November 17, 2015.

Students may take online survey on reconstruction of bridge connecting LSC to engineering

Some students may have noticed the rust accumulating under the bridge that connects the Lory Student Center to the Engineering building. Or maybe, after a rainy night, they have been walking to class and gotten dripped on.

This bridge connects the newly remodeled Lory Student Center to the Engineering building. For a class project, a team of engineering students are designing plans to reconstruct it.

This bridge connects the newly remodeled Lory Student Center to the Engineering building. For a class project, a team of engineering students will design a plan to reconstruct it. (Photo by Veronica Baas)

As members of a senior civil engineering design class at Colorado State University, Jerome Brunelle and his team are designing a plan to reconstruct the 37-year-old bridge.

“There are a lot of parts where it leaks, it’s broken and rusted out in a lot of spots, and a lot of people just don’t think it goes with the design of the new LSC structure,” Brunelle said.

The proposal includes a student fee increase to fund the project. It has not been submitted for review or considered for approval yet. To share your opinion with the designers, take the online survey.

Senior engineering majors Tanner Waldron, Samantha Katz, Ian Swensson, Matthew MacDonnell, Amanda Higley and Jerome Brunelle are all working on the Lory Student Center Engineering Building Connection project proposal.

Chris Thornton, an associate professor at CSU, teaches the course and it takes a full year to complete. The first semester student teams build proposals, and the second semester they create and finalize designs that they hope the University will consider.

“We will pick a few different alternatives next semester, a few different designs, and then pick a final one to go further with,” Brunelle said. “We decide on that with Mike Ellis.”

Brunelle will be focusing on the aesthetics of the bridge and the bridge canopy. To gather student input, Waldron designed a survey for the CSU community. It will be used in reference as to how often students and faculty use the connection and what designs they would like to see.

“It’s interesting to see what people want and what they wouldn’t want because there’s not a lot of times when student input is taken into consideration with projects on campus,” Katz said. “I feel like that gives us a little bit of an edge on our project.”

Waldron will design the bridge. He hopes to work in design at a structural engineering company when he graduates. For him, the project is great practice.

“All civils have to take this class and it definitely helps you gear towards your future as an engineer,” Waldron said.

This article was published in The Collegian November 17, 2015.

Join Cam the Ram on the Plaza for nutritional education

Cam the Ram will be on the Lory Student Center Plaza Tuesday to help teach students about nutrition. Students will be on campus from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. answering any questions students may have regarding food.

Cam’s Ag Experience will be hosted by Colorado State University’s program design and evaluation in agricultural literacy class, AGED 330. AGED 330 is taught by assistant professor Michael Martin. Danielle Wesolowski, a senior agricultural business major and a member of the class, helped organize the event.

“The goal is to show everyone where food comes from and to answer questions, like, ‘What’s in sausage?’” Wesolowski said. “And to answer concerns about gluten or high fructose corn syrup, and etc.”

Clubs from the College of Agricultural Sciences will be on the Plaza to help answer questions. To learn more about what goes into your body on a daily basis, stop by the Plaza Tuesday and visit with Cam.

This article was published in The Collegian November 16, 2015.

Rams Unplug: Journalism students promote sustainability on campus

Is your phone charger sitting at home plugged into the wall right now? Yeah, so is mine.

Forty percent of all electricity is used to power electronics that are off or not connected, according to statistics provided by the Rams Unplug campaign.

Five Colorado State University journalism students, Brian Waugh, Julia Adams, Pamela Shapiro, Erica Grasmick and Lucy Skrobacz, have come up with a plan to help CSU reduce its carbon footprint.

Rams Unplug is an awareness campaign designed to initiate better electricity conservation habits on campus.

“This campaign really focuses around unplugging,” Waugh said. “All of us kind of shared the compassion for sustainability and it seemed like something a lot of CSU students can relate to, especially with us being a green school.”

(Graphic by Julia Adams)

CSU set goals to become carbon neutral by 2050 through the Climate Action Plan — every carbon emission the University releases will be counteracted, recycled or reused somehow. Rams Unplug is one of the many steps the University is taking to achieve this.

Tom Milligan, vice president of external relations at CSU, guided the group of five students in a public relations workshop as they created the campaign.

“It’s thoughtful, it’s well designed and I think they’ve done great work here,” Milligan said. “It’ll give this group of students some professional level work they can be proud of, and to demonstrate that they have real skills.”

Electricity use accounts for the largest portion of CSU’s carbon footprint. By practicing sustainable habits, a large amount of electronic waste can be controlled. The campaign is encouraging students to limit electronic waste at CSU and practice unplugging cords when they are not in use.

“We’re trying to focus in on those first-year students so that they can hopefully build those habits and take them, whether they live on campus next year or off campus,” Skrobacz said.

Waugh said he has learned a lot about electricity use that he never would have known before the project.

“We’re not the experts on this topic by any means,” Waugh said. “We just found something that we want to promote, that would be good for CSU.”

This article was published in The Collegian November 10, 2015.

University breaks ground on ‘gateway to discovery’: New biology and chemistry research buildings

At a groundbreaking event for the new biology and chemistry research buildings, Colorado State University celebrated the construction of what will be known as the gateway to discovery, according to Dean of the College of Natural Sciences Jan Nerger.

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President Tony Frank speaks at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new biology and chemistry buildings. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

The new buildings will be located south of Pitkin Street next to the Anatomy-Zoology building, serving as an entrance to the new Science Mall.

President Tony Frank addressed students, staff and other community members to celebrate these two projects. Frank said the new buildings are like blank pages in the story of CSU.

“(As) long as we stay focused on the mission of discovering new knowledge, passing that to the next generation and applying it for the benefit of the society we exist to serve, whatever happens in those buildings, whatever is written on the pages of that next chapter, will be something we can be proud of,” Frank said in his speech.

The Biology Building will cost $70 million. It was partially funded through bonds, but $57 million came from a student facilities fee.

Kathryn Tracy and Jesus Tapia, chemistry graduate students, treat themselves to cookies decorated with a picture of the new Chemistry Research Building.

Kathryn Tracy and Jesus Tapia, chemistry graduate students, treat themselves to cookies decorated with a picture of the new Chemistry Research Building. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

The building will feature enhanced classrooms and state-of-the-art research labs. There will also be a lecture hall and an advising center. It will occupy 151,560 sq. ft. and will be ready for student use in August 2017.

Tracey Abel, facilities management project manager for the biology building, said she is excited to break ground.

“This building is going to accommodate the students, where the existing Anatomy-Zoology is just packed,” Abel said. “The students aren’t able to do all of the things that could be done in science and learning.”

The Chemistry Research Building is being funded by the State of Colorado. It is a multi-phase funded project scheduled for completion August 2017. The new research facility will be 60,000 sq. ft., located next to the new Biology Building.

Megan Neufeld, a graduate chemistry student, said she is happy to see the University expand its resources for scientific purposes.

“I think it’s going to be really cool,” Neufeld said. “It will be nice to be able to have resources that aren’t currently available to us in the building that we are in right now.”

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ASCSU President Jason Sydoriak and University Facility Fee Advisory Board Chair Sam Laffey address students, faculty and other members of the community at the ground-breaking event Thursday. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Sam Laffey, chair of the University Facility Fee Advisory Board, and Jason Sydoriak, president of the Associated Students of Colorado State University, spoke at the event, representing the student body.

Sydoriak said the new buildings will give the community a tangible idea of what the University believes CSU should look like in the future.

“I think it’s exciting because it’s one more installment that’s a part of the trajectory that the University has taken for the vision of the future,” Sydoriak said. “And I think they’re going in the right direction.”

This article was published in The Collegian October 16, 2015.

Student by day, rapper by night: Emprovyze records out of Corbett Hall

For most students, living in a dorm can be loud and space limiting. Sophomore Josh Weemes manages to fit a small recording studio into his.

Weemes started rapping last year when he lived in Durward Hall. Now he is a RA in Corbett Hall where he still records music.

His fans know him as Emprovyze, and for now his tracks can be found on Soundcloud.

“I want to record a four or five song EP by the end of this upcoming summer,” Weemes said. “That’s my goal, I hope to be on iTunes and Spotify by then.”

The newest Emprovyze track, “Oceans,” was recorded out of Corbett. Two of his other songs, “Dude…Where’s my ship?” and “The End,” were recorded in Durward.

“I have a condenser microphone, and I have like a sound proofing foam that I’ve built around it so it blocks outside noise,” Weemes said. “Then I have studio monitors, monitors are a fancy word for speakers, and I work with Logic ProX.”

Weemes pays for his education on his own, as well as the finances involved with making music. He has to buy the beats he raps to, purchase the equipment he records on and in the future he wants to get some real studio time.

“I’m a 20 year old, single dude I can take all the financial risks I need to right now,” Weemes said. “And whether or not Emprovyze blows up, I want to be able tell people that I had a dream and I went for it, regardless of what happens.”

It was only about five months ago when Weemes started recording his music. After his friends recognized his passion for the written word, they convinced him to try rapping to a beat. It came naturally and he has been hooked since.

“I love doing it,” Weemes said. “It gets me up in the morning and keeps me up a little too late at night.”

Josh Weemes, also known as Emprovyze, reviews a recording in his studio he built in Corbett Hall.

Josh Weemes, also known as Emprovyze, reviews a recording in his studio he built in Corbett Hall. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

When he began, he was a freshman studying journalism, living on campus and recording when he could. Zach Hussey, Weemes’ floormate at the time, said he could hear him rapping last year when they lived on the same hall.

“I could hear him recording for sure,” Hussey said. “I couldn’t exactly hear what he was saying, but I could hear a beat and hear him rapping pretty fast.”

Since then, his fan base has grown to more than just friends. He said ten percent of his plays on Soundcloud are international, and he receives fan mail and comments from people all over the world.

“I’m definitely branching out to a much broader audience, trying to break away from my friends,” Weemes said. “But your friends can start a lot too. It’s all a snowball effect.”

Currently Weemes is in the process of talking to booking agents to arrange some smaller scale shows. He hopes this will help expand his fan base and spread the music.

Freshman Josh Dorsch went to high school with Weemes before he became Emprovyze. They have grown closer since coming to CSU, and Dorsch thinks he has a good chance of blowing up.

“I’ve heard him freestyle and this kid has an act for this — he has some serious talent,” Dorsch said

Emprovyze wants his listeners to know that he cares about what his lyrics mean, and how his audience perceives them. He thinks it is important to have a purpose and a message. For example, he raps “If music is lust than my lyrics are love” in his newest song “Oceans.”

Weemes does not fit in to the average rapper stereotype, so gaining respect from his listeners has been hard. So far it seems to be working out. His new song released less than a month ago already has 400 plays on YouTube and almost 1,000 on Soundcloud.

“Josh talks a lot about how this is a huge dream for him and how he wants everyone to be able to live their dreams,” Hussey said. “I think that‘s one of the reasons he’s sticking to this, because he believes everyone should go through with what they really want to do in life.”

This article was published in The Collegian October 14, 2015.

CSU hosts construction informational meetings in October

As any member of Colorado State University knows, construction is nearly always happening, and it can be inconvenient. To avoid any surprises, attend an informational meeting hosted by Facilities Management.

These presentations will be about 45 minutes long and will explain what the University is building, where they are building it and why. The presentations will also give students, staff and faculty an opportunity to ask questions.

To learn more about construction projects happening at CSU, the following meetings are scheduled:

  • 10 a.m. Monday in the Lory Student Center room 376-378
  • 10 a.m. Oct. 20 in the LSC room 376-378
  • 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Morgan Library Event Hall
  • 9 a.m. Oct. 30 in the LSC room 324

There is no need to RSVP — just show up to learn about what CSU is planning next.

This article was published in The Collegian October 12, 2015.

Starbucks on Elizabeth Street now serving alcohol

Select Starbucks are now serving beer, wine and a variety of new food options as a part of their evenings program.

Based in Seattle, the chain has expanded to over 21,000 different locations worldwide. According to Amy Maiberger, store manager at the Starbucks on Elizabeth Street, only 103 of these serve the new evenings menu. The store on Elizabeth Street is the first in Fort Collins to participate in the program.

Stores chosen to participate in the evenings program are based on the demographics of that city. Two other Starbucks locations in Fort Collins will begin serving the evenings menu Nov. 3. One is on Drake Road and Lemay Avenue, the other is on College Avenue and Stuart Street.“It’s pretty limited,” Maiberger said. “Not every store is going to get this, so those stores that do, it’s a pretty big deal and a pretty awesome honor.”

The new menu offers five red wines, five white wines and four beers, one of which changes seasonally. There are also additional food options called “small plates.”

“We are working super hard to create a classier atmosphere, so when people are in here studying, we are almost treating it like a restaurant style,” Maiberger said. “We’re coming around to your table and checking on you or seeing if you wanted to order anything else.”

Lex Lubinski is a junior studying economics who works as a barista at a coffee shop on campus. He said the new menu takes away from the Starbucks coffee experience.To promote the new program, the Elizabeth Street location is staying open later than in the past. They are now open until 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

“I don’t understand why they would need wine or any sort of alcohol, because that just puts you to sleep,” Lubinski said. “And, coffee is supposed to wake you up, so it kind of defeats the purpose of chilling at a Starbucks.”

Reservations are available to those who call ahead of time, and tables can be reserved for groups of up to 10 people.

“I prefer coffee shops over bars, so I kind of like that if I want to get a drink at a coffee shop I can, and they’re open late also — it seems nice,” said Kimberly DeJong, a senior studying human development and family studies.

Starting this week, the Starbucks on Elizabeth Street will also feature live acoustic music on some Fridays. Any students who are interested in performing are advised to call the shop and contact the store manager.

“I’m wanting to get as many students through here as I can,” Maiberger said. “Just to have a place to showcase their talent.”

This article was published in The Collegian October 9, 2015.

University breaks ground at $37.5M parking garage site on Pitkin Street

Those driving to the Colorado State University campus will have 650 new places to park come summer.

Over the next few weeks, students will start to see dramatic changes at the new parking garage site. The South College Parking Garage is scheduled to be complete July 2016.

Over the past few weeks contractors started breaking ground for the new parking garage. The South College Parking Garage will be located on the southeast side of campus, next to the site for the new medical center. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Contractors have started breaking ground for the new parking garage. The South College Parking Garage will be located on the southeast side of campus, next to the site for the new medical center. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Located on the southeast side of campus on Pitkin Street, the garage will be four stories tall. There will also be designated spots reserved for bike parking. The project will cost a total of $37.5 million, according to the CSU website.

Project manager for the parking structure Tony Flores said construction workers are currently re-surfacing the area.

“Then, they’ll start drilling peers within the next couple weeks,” Flores said. “Which will hold, it’s a precast building, in place.”

The contracting company hired for the project was Pinkard Construction, they will work alongside designers at H+L Architecture.

Design build teams, the combination of a contractor and a designer, bid to be hired for the project. Fred Haberecht, assistant director of Facilities Management, explained this process in more detail.

“These design build contracts are awarded based on qualifications and cost,” Haberecht said. “So, this was the contracting team that had the lowest cost with good qualifications.”

Students make changes in their daily route to accommodate the construction happening all over campus. The university apologizes for any inconveniences they have caused.

Students make changes in their daily route to accommodate the construction happening all over campus. The university apologizes for any inconveniences they have caused. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

The project was designed to make better use of space on campus by putting more vehicles on the same patch of land. It is also meant to replace parking spots that will be lost to various construction projects over the next few years.

Tayler Rensink, junior construction management major, said the construction on campus is inconvenient, but worth it.

“I’m looking forward towards the future not just at ‘now’ students, which I am currently and it sucks,” Rensink said. “We just have to sacrifice through it, push through it, and in the future it’s going to help out CSU a lot more.”

This article was published in The Collegian October 8, 2015.