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The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Sports for Dummies: Athlete status is no excuse for abuse

Sports for Dummies: Athlete status is no excuse for abuse

Michelle Fredrickson April 25, 2017

Having an external and unemotional view on the sporting world is funny most of the time. It gives me an amusing perspective on a huge subculture I am not part of. It is very entertaining to watch. But...

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Sports for dummies: How sports contributes to toxic masculinity

Michelle Fredrickson April 18, 2017

I was at the gym in my apartment complex the other day, and there was a guy lifting weights – 10 pounds in each hand. As I ran on the treadmill, I heard two girls on the machines next to me making fun...

Sports for Dummies: A self-inflicted emotional battering ram

Sports for Dummies: A self-inflicted emotional battering ram

Michelle Fredrickson April 11, 2017

As sports dummies, we have become pretty good at one thing – dealing with the crippling feelings of defeat in our sports-loving friends whenever their team does not win. My brother-in-law, for example,...

The football takeover: What happened to America’s Pastime?

The football takeover: What happened to America’s Pastime?

Michelle Fredrickson March 28, 2017

Sports dummies, I have a confession to make. While I am mostly a confused and separated bystander to the world of sporting, there is one area in which I find myself intrigued. I have a soft spot in my...

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 21:  The Gonzaga Bulldogs mascot performs on the court while taking on the Southern University Jaguars during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 21, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 159452550

Sports for Dummies: Mascot Madness

Michelle Fredrickson March 21, 2017

March Madness is a tough time of year for those of us who do not know anything about sports, because everybody is talking about basketball and their brackets. And now that "The Bachelor" is over, we do...

Western confernce player Jessica Hopkins (R) makes a break against the Eastern Conference players during their Lingerie Football League (LFL) All-Stars match in Sydney on June 9, 2012. The top lingerie football players from the US are in Australia to play two matches to promote the sport here.  IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE  AFP PHOTO/William WEST        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/GettyImages)

Sports for Dummies: Sexism exists in the sports world

Michelle Fredrickson March 7, 2017

I am often asked to defend my perspective on sports. Anybody who has ever admitted to not liking sports knows this feeling all too well. Fans are always curious, often aggressively so, why I do not like...

Sports for Dummies: Sports, for people who hate sports

Sports for Dummies: Sports, for people who hate sports

Michelle Fredrickson February 28, 2017

I do not really like sports, especially football. I know, that is a very strange way to begin a sports column. I am a graduate student and I have only been to one football game. No, I am not talking about...

Rising rent leads to rising food insecurity for students

Michelle Fredrickson January 26, 2017

John Sneddon was a student at Colorado State University studying biochemistry, and his path through his education was fraught with challenges. He lived with a disability on a fixed income that could not...

Hundreds gathered for peaceful protest in light of the recent presidential election at Civic Center Park for the Peace and Solidarity Rally hosted by Fort Collins for Progress.

Surge of protests unique to this election

Michelle Fredrickson November 17, 2016

Last week, Donald Trump became President-elect of the United States. In the wake of that surprising outcome, protests and rallies have broken out across the country in opposition to the results. The vocal...

A CSU student walks the campus Thursday night. According to several sources, a woman’s first few weeks of college is a “red zone” for sexual violence. (Michael Berg | Collegian) Photo credit: Michael Berg

Confidential campus resources offer violence survivors healing

Michelle Fredrickson October 20, 2016

Violence is a reality of life for many college-aged students. Between 20 and 25 percent of women in college experience a form of sexual violence, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center....

From Pianos to Storm Drains: Art around Fort Collins

From Pianos to Storm Drains: Art around Fort Collins

September 1, 2016

In Fort Collins, pianos, transformer boxes, blank walls, pavement and storm drains all have one thing in common – they are all canvases for local and national artists through the Art in Public Places...

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