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Andres Rodriguez, Julio Martínez and Vivían Cortes, performers from Studio Colombia, displays a combination style of choreography

Latinx Heritage Month kicks off with lively Plaza celebration

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director September 21, 2022

Sept. 15 kicked off Colorado State University’s Latinx Heritage Month celebrations. Hosted by El Centro with other Latinx-based groups on campus as well as RamEvents, this year's kickoff was the festive...

CSUnicorn Task Force dance in The Plaza with a pride flag to spread joy amid the presence of religious and anti-abortion groups

CSUnicorn Task Force draws attention away from Plaza preaching

Samy Gentle, Staff Reporter September 20, 2022

The Lory Student Center Plaza is a place on campus for a variety of groups to set up tables, signs or simply speak to spread their messages to the passersby. This includes certain religious groups...

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El Centro continues student support, Latinx Heritage Month begins

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director September 14, 2022

Opposites may attract, but similarities create lifelong bonds. For Student Diversity Programs and Services, both of these ideas are essential to building community on campus.  El Centro, the Latinx...

Alley Cat Cafe barista Messina Ranieri prepares a drink

7 study spots in Fort Collins to get you out of your room

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director September 13, 2022

There are as many barriers to studying as there are things to study. Why memorize equations when your roommates are just so noisy? You can’t focus, and your cat needs a bath anyway. It wouldn't hurt...

(Graphic Illustration by Dylan Tusinski | The Collegian)

Concerns about water rise as Colorado River negotiations continue

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director September 8, 2022

Dry, hot air settles over a small suburb in Fort Collins. The heat pushes residents indoors to crank the air conditioning, and the constant spurt of sprinklers is the only sound breaking the midday silence.  This...

(Graphic illustration by Charlie Cohen | The Collegian)

FoCo Trash Mob protests Trader Joe’s plastic use

Piper Russell, News Editor September 8, 2022

Highly organized protest may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "trash mob," but for a group of recycling volunteers in Fort Collins, it's the new method of protesting single-use plastics. On...

Participants of the Fort Collins Colorado Tour De Fat bike parade line up along West Mountain Avenue in preparation for the parade Sept. 3. Tour De Fat is annual event put on New Belgium Brewing Company featuring live music, costumes and beer.

New Belgium Brewing hosts 23rd Tour de Fat

Jack Miller, News Repoter September 7, 2022

Editors Note: This article was updated to reflect more accurate information about the nonprofit organizations. New Belgium Brewing hosted its 23rd Fort Collins Tour de Fat event this past Saturday....


5 dining hall hacks to level up your meals

Emmalee Krieg , Staff Reporter August 31, 2022

Just like that, the school year at Colorado State University has begun. First-year students are excited to experience dorm life and everything that comes with it: new friends, roommates and nightlife....

A cyclist passes in front of the Student Recreation Center Aug. 28, 2021. All full-time Colorado State University students have unlimited free access to gym equipment, personal training opportunities, a pool and outdoor equipment rentals.

Rams take care of Rams: 5 ways to get active on campus

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director August 31, 2022

Colorado is a famously active state, and Colorado State University is an even more motivating environment. Between yoga on the Intramural Fields, bikers zooming through campus without concern and the whole...

Academic Village on Colorado State Universitys campus

Is living and learning in Academic Village worth it?

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director August 30, 2022

While some students are living in standard residence halls and some are living at Fort Collins' Best Western University Inn, others have opted to live in Learning Communities. Academic Village houses one...

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The benefits of local: Taking a look at the farmers market

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director August 24, 2022

Sunday morning chatter fills the Fort Collins Farmers Market. Like buzzing bees, patrons dart between booths and around produce. They pick over cucumbers and discuss cuts of meat and their best uses. The...

Red rocks

So you want to be a Coloradan: 5 ways to blend in

Ivy Secrest, Life and Culture Director August 23, 2022

Welcome to Colorado: sun, snow and the great outdoors. It certainly is a paradise seen in about every "van life" TikTok and outdoor influencer Instagram account that exists.  Over the past decade,...

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