I i News Northern Colorado Counties Vote on Secession Hannah Nielsen, staff writer On Nov. 5, eleven counties in Colorado voted on a referendum called “the 51st State Initiative,” which would help state legislators decide whether or not there was support for the new state of “Northern Colorado.” Only five out of the eleven counties voted in favor of se cession: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Phillips, Washington and Yuma. The theoretical separation in Col orado is between the more rural counties in the north and the rest of the state. The northern counties feel that their needs are being overlooked by their more urban rep resentatives in the legislature. Democratic representatives in the state have recently made laws regarding agriculture, gun control, and renewable energy. The more conservative counties, especially those located in the north that rely on agricul ture, feel that these bills have negatively affected their economy and industry. Ac cording to CNN, John Hickenlooper (D), the governor of Colorado, said that the rural counties were indeed suffering eco nomically, but not as a result of the energy or gun-control bills. Likewise, other Colo radans seem to think that the rural coun ties should embrace the new, progressive direction of the state. As a result of these differences of opinion, certain counties began discussing the possibility of secession. Weld Coun ty-one of the most populous counties in Colorado—has been discussing the possi bility of becoming the 51st state since June of this year. If there had been a majority vote for secession, the idea would still have to be approved by Congress, which is not very likely. In fact, the last recorded se cession was in 1863, when West Virginia separated from Virginia. Now that the ref erendum has failed, Northern Colorado residents may pursue some other route to try to be better represented in the legisla ture. Meanwhile, the rest of America will be waiting just as eagerly to see what hap pens next in Colorado. Meredith Adds Public Health Major Julia Dent, managing editor Meredith College will offer a new public health major starting in the fall semester of 2014. It was approved the Board of Trustees on Oct. 25, and the courses are already listed on the Meredith website. The public health major has been in the planning stages with the Biology Department since fall 2012. “The science department has a track record of expand ing programs,” said Dr. Carolina Perez- Ileydrich, the new director of the public health major. “Someone interested in health science could pursue a more popu lation approach to health. It’s for people who like science but don’t just want to do science like biology and chemistry.” Students majoring in public health will get to choose to complete their core curriculum in the Policy and Ethics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Biolog ical Sciences tracks to give them more op tions depending on what career path they want to follow. Junior Lindsay Parlberg is al ready interested in the new public health major. “I decided that I wanted to ma jor in Public Health because I knew I was passionate about the health/medi cal field, but my learning style did not fit into the Biology or Chemistry path,” she saidi “The interdisciplinary approach that public health takes to science is exactly what caught my attention. Before public health, I could not choose a major. What I wanted to do was have a major that was actually a combination of about 5 minors. That is why PBH is perfect for me (and others); it allows for a core set of classes, along with a variety of tracks to finish. This is going to be a successful major, and I am looking forward to the opportuni ties that can come from it. It is not one size fits all, so every student has to put in what they want out, and that can be very rewarding!” Cornhuskin’ 2013 Results Cooperation Points Hog Callin’: Script 2014: 28 4th place: Freshmen 2015:26 Tie 2nd place: Sophomores and 2016; 25 Juniors 2017: 26 1st place: Seniors Attendance Tall Tale: Overall Performance 4th Place; Sophomores 4th place: Freshmen 3rd Place: Freshmen 3rd place: Sophomores 2nd Place; Seniors 2nd place: Seniors 1st Place: Juniors 1st place: Juniors Apple Bobbin’ TaU Tale: Script 4th place: Freshmen 4th place; Freshmen 3rd place: Sophomores 3rd place: Sophomores 2nd place: Juniors 2nd place: Seniors 1st place; Seniors 1st place: Juniors ComshucMn’ Tall Tale: Costumes / Props 4th place; Sophomores 4th place: Freshmen 3rd place: Freshmen 3rd place: Sophomores 2nd place: Seniors 2nd place: Seniors 1st place: Juniors 1st place; Juniors Shirt: Overall Design Class Songs: Overall 4th place: Sophomores Performance 3rd place: Juniors 4th place: Freshmen 2nd place: Seniors 3rd place; Sophomores 1st place; Freshmen 2nd place: Juniors Shirt: Significance to Theme 1st place; Seniors 4th place: Freshmen Skit: Script 3rd place: Sophomores 4th place: Freshmen 2nd place: Juniors 3rd place: Sophomores 1st place; Seniors and place; Juniors Can Art: Intended Design 1st place: Seniors 4th place: Freshmen SMt: Costumes / Props 3rd place: Sophomores 4th place: Freshmen and place: Juniors 3rd place: Juniors 1st place: Seniors 2nd place; Sophomores Can Art: Execution of Design 1st place; Seniors 4th place: Freshmen SMt: Word Parade 3rd place: Sophomores 4th place: Freshmen 2nd place: Juniors Tie 2nd place: Sophomores and 1st place: Seniors Seniors Can Art: Significance to Theme 1st place: Juniors 4th place; Freshmen SMt: Overall Performance 3rd place: Sophomores 4th place: Freshmen 2nd place: Juniors 3rd place: Sophomores 1st place: Seniors 2nd place; Juniors Hog Callin’: Overall 1st place: Seniors Performance Overall Wiimer 4th place: Freshmen 4th place: Freshmen 3rd place; Seniors 3rd place: Sophomores 2nd place: Sophomores 2nd place: Juniors 1st place: Juniors 1st place: Seniors 2013 Election Inspires Early Speculation about 2016 Monique Kreisman, news editor via businessinsider.com Although no major elections were held in North Carolina on Nov. 5, the day was not inconsequential. Across the nation, the recent elections have sparked predic tions of which candidates will run for presi dent in 2016. The New Jersey gubernatorial race in particular could contain clues as to what might happen in three years. Governor Chris Christie ran for re- election in New Jersey on Nov. 5, and he won by a landslide. According to The New York Times, Christie received 60 percent of the vote, and his opponent, Barbara Buono, received 38 percent. Even more significant than the overall numbers, however, is the fact that Christie received a large percentage of the vote among groups that did not sup port Republicans in 2012. Paul Steinhauser reports in a Nov. 6 CNN article that Christie received 59 percent of the female vote and 51 percent of the Latino vote. These numbers could be a signal that Christie would be as popular in a national election among these traditionally Democrat-leaning groups. Christie has not made an official announcement of his intent to run for presi dent, but he has come very close. Steinhaus er reports that Christie said in a speech, “You don’t just show up six months before an election. You show up four years before one,” and when asked if he will serve all four years of his term as governor, Christie re sponded, “I don’t know.” Governor Christie is a moderate Republican who takes pride in his ability to cooperate and compromise with diverse groups. Rebecca Kaplan reports that in a Nov. 11 CBS article he said, “The lesson is to govern and to show up... It’s about do ing things, accomplishing things, reaching across the aisle and crafting accomplish ments.” Christie is a leader of the Repub lican Party, but he does favor immigration reform and some gun control measures. His win in New Jersey is attributed to his moderate views combined with his effort to pursue the votes of minority groups, and many predict that those same characteris tics could mean victory in the presidential race of 2016.

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