(Photo by Abbie Parr)

(Photo by Abbie Parr)

Update 4:13 p.m. Tuesday:

“It was a female student who was riding a bike,” said Dell Rae Ciaravola, Senior Communications Coordinator. “The female was taken to the hospital for precautions.” She said the accident was not at all serious.

Original:

A black Chevy Silverado hit a bicyclist Tuesday just south of the Hartshorn Health Center parking lot on the Colorado State University campus.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. when the driver of the Silverado was exiting the Hartshorn Health Center Z lot. A woman on her bike was hit by the truck, according to witness Amarley Amartey, a junior studying human development and family studies. She said there was no blood on the scene.

It is not clear yet whether the driver or the bicyclist are CSU students.

The driver of the Silverado declined to comment. There were multiple police officers and an ambulance on the scene. Traffic was backed up into the Morgan Library parking lot waiting for the accident to clear.

See the full story here.

Colorado State University President Tony Frank sat down with the Collegian to discuss topics affecting CSU students: affordable housing, Hughes stadium, CSU open records, salary equity and sexual assault on campus.

This Q & A is an excerpt from a larger interview that took place Oct. 19 and has been edited for clarity.

Recently, there has been a lot of chatter about affordable housing and U + 2. Do you see a solution that can fit both the students and the city residents?

I think all of us have a role to play in it. We have launched a housing task force. This is the first time we have formally tried as a University to pull together all the different assets of the University that deal with housing.

(Photo by Abbie Parr)

(Photo by Abbie Parr)

I think, in general, you see a strong sense that maintaining neighborhoods close to campus matters, and I think all of us are supportive of that. At the same time, if you are a property owner who has a four-bedroom home, and you have parking for four people, or it’s next to campus and there’s not a need for all the people there to have cars, some of those folks have legitimate questions about why they are not able to utilize the house as it was designed. I don’t know where all of that will end up … I think ASCSU has made it clear that they want to get involved in this discussion. I think we all know that not just students, but everybody in the community, is struggling around the housing issue. That to me, is a signal that the next step is to get folks involved, sitting down, discussing things.

The new stadium is very well on its way. What have and you and the other Board of Governors members discussed regarding the future of Hughes Stadium?

The Board is responsible for the land on behalf of the tax payers of the entire state, so it is a multi-million dollar financial asset for the University.

We know the stadium project has been controversial. We know that if there is a way to do something with that land that the community as a whole finds beneficial, that would be beneficial for us as well. We know there are housing challenges, does that make sense for us to potentially utilize some of that land, or to exchange that land for a piece of land that might make more sense for higher-density housing.

Read the full Q and A here.

The man who brought a replica gun into the Morgan Library Sept. 22 was developing a game controller for Illustrative Designs, according to a Colorado State University Police Department report.

Daniel King, 49, said he was in the Morgan Library to utilize the “fast WiFi.”

“After an hour of productive work, I was arrested,” King said. “I was actually working — that part of my story never got anywhere. I was tasked with creating basically a control replacing a control for an Xbox game with a toy gun. That’s what I was doing.”

King said he works with 3-D modeling and circuit board design.

Daniel King, 49, was booked in the Larimer County Jail Sept. 22.

Daniel King, 49, was booked in the Larimer County Jail Sept. 22.

“Walking around town now, people will recognize me and they will freak out, and that is not who I am,” King said. “In my opinion, the police totally overreacted.”

Police were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. and handcuffed King after 11 minutes.

Daniel King, 49, was booked at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office for two nights.  (Photo Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office).

“I did not hear gunfire or screaming,” stated a report from CSUPD Officer Vincent Maffett. “So I waited until Officer Rayroux and Officer Chiodo arrived at my location.”

CSUPD officers gave verbal commands for other subjects in the area to immediately leave and evacuate, according to the police report. Officer Cayley Chiodo gave King orders to get on the ground, and he complied and was handcuffed.

“They caused more of a hazard than I did by storming in there like that and clearing out half the library,” King said. “They were pointing guns at me. If I hadn’t been calm, if I had jumped or something, I could have been shot. They put my life in danger for no reason.”

Read more here.

The Larimer County Sheriff is seeking help in locating fugitive Mario Garcia.unnamed1-320x400

He is the focus of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Impact Unit involving threats and extortion to take control of a Larimer County homeowner’s property for the purpose of illegally growing marijuana.

Garcia is 5’9″, with black hair and brown eyes, weighing 190 pounds. His last location is unknown.

Garcia is also known under the following aliases: Mario Robert Garcia, Mario Roberto Garcia, Mario Moses Garcia, Nick Garcia, Ponce Garcia, Nick Ponce, Nick Marcia.

Read more here.

Update 2:36 p.m. Thursday:

The shooter is now dead, said Douglas County Sheriff John Handlen at a press conference Thursday.

The shooter was identified as a 20-year-old male student.

“There was an exchange of gunfire, the shooter threat was neutralized and officers continued to sweep the campus looking for other threats,” said Handlen. “At this point, it is a very active scene and it is a very active investigation. “

Handlen said there will be “a thorough and rather lengthy investigation.”

Update 2:20 p.m. Thursday:

Authorities are now confirming that 13 people are dead after a gunman opened fire at the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg, Oregon, according to NBC News. Police say the shooter is no longer a threat.

Read more here.

A proposed payment of up to $5,000 in compensation for college athletes was denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit Wednesday. The Court of Appeals ruled that NCAA member colleges must only compensate student athletes for the cost of attendance.

Wednesday’s ruling upheld a federal judge’s findings last year that the NCAA must comply with antitrust laws, but denied the judge’s proposal that member athletes should be paid in deferred compensation.

This ruling means that universities and colleges will not have to budget annually for compensation of men’s basketball and football players for use of their names in commercial products such as video games and television broadcasts.

Judge Sidney R. Thomas wrote that payment of $5,000 in deferred compensation would not significantly reduce consumer demand for college sports.

“The difference between offering student athletes education-related compensation and offering them cash sums untethered to educational expenses is not minor — it is a quantum leap,” the ruling states.

Read more here.

About 26 percent of college women reported experiencing sexual assault or misconduct as a result of physical force or incapacitation, according to a Campus Climate Survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct released Monday by the Association of American Universities.

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Additionally, the survey found that non-consensual sexual contact involving drugs and alcohol constitute a large percentage of the incidents.

Around 150,000 of the 780,000 students originally contacted responded to the survey — student respondents were surveyed across 27 American universities. The survey aims to provide institutions of higher education with information to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct.

“The survey was designed to assess the incidence, prevalence and characteristics of incidents of sexual assault and misconduct,” states the AAU website. “It also assessed the overall climate of the campus with respect to perceptions of risk, knowledge of resources available to victims and perceived reactions to an incident of sexual assault or misconduct.”

Read more here.

Update: 5 p.m. Sept. 23

Daniel King, age 49, was charged with disorderly conduct for displaying a simulated weapon, a Class 2 misdemeanor, according to court record.

King is due in court Wednesday afternoon.

CSUPD confirmed the gun carried by the suspect very closely resembled a real, working weapon, but has been verified as a non-firing, replica of a gun, according to Senior Communications Coordinator Dell Rae Ciaravola.

(Photo by: Abbie Parr).

(Photo by: Abbie Parr).

A Morgan Library employee, who would like to remain anonymous, called CSUPD when he saw the suspect with the replica gun in his hands. The library employee said the suspect was holding a handgun, which turned out to be a replica. He said the suspect was not pointing the replica gun at people.

“The guy was playing with the gun in his hands while sitting in the computer lab,” the library employee said.

CSUPD was very responsive and showed up in only a few minutes, according to the library employee.

CSU freshman Rachel Schubert was in the library and saw the suspect detained by CSUPD.

“We heard these cops scream ‘put down the gun,” Schubert said. “I was freaking out a little. I thought he was going to shoot someone.”

Schubert said she saw approximately five cops, some with assault riffles, surrounding the suspect in the computer lab area.

The suspect is not a current student or employee.

Read more here.

A sexually violent predator was recently discharged from the Larimer County Jail and released into the community, according to Fort Collins Police Services.

FCPSSexually Violent Predator Joshua Doyle was recently released from the Larimer County Jail and into the Fort Collins community. (Photo: Fort Collins Police Services).

The Caucasian man, 24-year-old Joshua Doyle, has multiple tattoos on both arms, legs, back and neck. The FCPS is releasing this information in order to maintain public safety.

The information will be posted on the FCPS website from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11 in order to provide notification of the predator under Colorado Revised Statutes 16-13-901 through 16-13-905. This information is being published after a community meeting.

Read more here.

The Colorado State University campus has entered a state of construction, leaving the CSU System with over $1 billion in debt after the sale of a $171 million bond package earlier in August.

The most recent bond package supporting major construction projects was sold by CSU System in less than four hours. This package includes funding for a new medical center, a new biology building, an academic and alumni addition to the stadium, the new Plant Environmental Research Center greenhouses and two new parking areas. Read more here.