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The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

(Graphic Illustration by Christine Moore-Bonbright | The Collegian)

Students see brunt of mental health crisis as pandemic goes on

Sam Moccia March 11, 2021

About 14 months ago, on the day the very first case of COVID-19 was reported in the United States, the country had already been waging a long and quiet war with another pandemic — one students today...

Founded in 1910, all that is left of the once thriving Dearfield, Colorado is the shells of buildings that once made up the downtown and the foundations of a few surrounding farm houses. At its peak in the 1920s, 600 Black farmers and families shopped, traded and attended church inside now dry, rotting walls held up by equally degraded supports. The buildings, now vandalized remnants of the dust bowl sitting along U.S. Route 34, are slowly being reclaimed by the prairie that once provided life and a new start for many. (Matt Tackett | The Collegian)

Uncovering Colorado’s historic Black agricultural community

Sam Moccia February 11, 2021

On the morning of Jan. 12, 1918, readers of The Denver Star, the city’s foremost Black newspaper, were greeted with something curious standing out among the various political commentaries. “The...

(Graphic Illustration by Malia Berry | The Collegian)

‘We have all traveled a long road’: Cameron Peak 100% contained

Sam Moccia December 3, 2020

After 112 days of continuous efforts by wildland firefighters, officials declared the Cameron Peak fire 100% contained Wednesday night.  The news follows weeks of steady work by fire teams working...

(Graphic illustration by Charlie Dillon | The Collegian)

The science behind spooks: Why we’re scared and why we love it

Sam Moccia October 28, 2020

Leading up to Halloween, few things guarantee more goosebumps and jump scares than horror films. They are the backbone of the spooky fall season, and in any other year void of 2020’s COVID-19 restrictions,...

(Graphic Illustration by Allie Watkinson | The Collegian)

Ballot feature: Proposition 114

Sam Moccia October 26, 2020

Among the multitude of propositions appearing in the Colorado ballot this election year, Proposition 114 focuses on a more rural-urban stance.  If passed, Prop. 114, formally Proposition 107, would task...

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Cory Gardner wait for moderator Kyle Clark to finish asking a question before they respond Oct. 13. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

Gardner, Hickenlooper face off in final senatorial debate

Sam Moccia October 15, 2020

U.S. senatorial candidates Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper debated Tuesday night over issues ranging from the COVID-19 response to health care, racial justice, Colorado’s role in addressing climate...

A firefighter cools a hot stump Oct. 4 as line reinforcement operations continue near Killpecker tower. (Photo Courtesy of Cameron Peak Fire Media)

Dual infernos: Mullen fire crosses border, Cameron Peak rages on

Sam Moccia October 6, 2020

Two immense wildfires, the cross-state Mullen wildfire and the Cameron Peak fire, continued to burn in Northern Colorado this week. The Mullen fire, which began in Wyoming last month, crossed state lines...

(Graphic Illustration by Abby Flitton | The Collegian)

Changes in eviction moratoriums, uncertainties for renters

Sam Moccia October 5, 2020

For many students, the eviction crisis looming across the United States has added a massive layer atop the already immense weight of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In August, it was estimated that between 19-23...

Smoke rises from the Cameron Peak fire north of highway 14, Aug. 19. (Photo courtesy of Cameron Peak Fire Media)

Cameron Peak Fire grows to record size over weekend

Sam Moccia September 28, 2020

The Cameron Peak fire reached a size of over 124,000 acres, or just under 194 square miles, this weekend, gaining status as the third largest in Colorado wildfire history, according to 9News.  The record...

(Graphic Illustration by Katrina Clasen | The Collegian)

Multiple COVID-19 cases confirmed within University Greek life

Sam Moccia September 23, 2020

New cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Colorado State University this week, including some associated with CSU Greek life.  Two new cases in off-campus Greek life housing were confirmed Sept. 23,...

After weeks of wildfires close to Fort Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir sits in a cloud of smoke Sept. 7. In addition to the Fort Collins region being covered by a blanket of smoke, a layer of ash covered cars and the sidewalks. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

Fort Collins to begin water restrictions in October

Sam Moccia September 15, 2020

Mandatory water restrictions across Fort Collins are slated to begin Oct. 1, after Fort Collins City Manager Darin Atteberry signed a declaration and order for the action level IV restrictions last week,...

ASCSU campaign: Adam Peña and Merry Gebretsadik

ASCSU campaign: Adam Peña and Merry Gebretsadik

Sam Moccia September 13, 2020

Toting extensive community and student government experience and campaigning under the slogan “Unity for our Community," Adam Peña and Merry Gebretsadik are running to become the Associated Students...

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