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    Freerider's Union of Colorado College Rail Jam 2010

    Video footage from the 2010 Rail Jam, an annual event featuring CC snowboarders and skiers performing their best tricks on rails and jumps.

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    The monthly rag [2010-2011 Block 4] by Colorado College. Dept. of Feminist and Gender Studies

    The Monthly Rag, a publication of the Feminist and Gender Studies interns, is found affixed to toilet stall walls around the Colorado College campus.

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    The entrepreneur [2010-2011 Issue No. 7 Fall] by Colorado College. Dept. of Economics and Business

    The Entrepreneur is the official newsletter of the Colorado College Department of Economics and Business.

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    Does whaling make cents? : A bioeconomic model of the Antarctic minke whale and the Japanese whaling industry by Buchanan, Samuel Prescott

    Japan's whaling fleet and environmental organizations are clashing in the Antarctic Ocean as Japan continues to conduct lethal scientific research on whales, specifically on the Antarctic minke whale (AMW). This conflict and issues surrounding other cetaceans have received substantial media attention in the past few years due to the Sea Shepherds Society's television show entitled Whale Wars and the movie The Cove. These productions succeeded in spreading awareness of Japan's lethal research on whales and harvests of dolphins, but insufficiently explained why Japan is engaging in practices that damage her international reputation. These media productions do not provide bioeconomic analysis modeling whether or not the species is threatened by Japan's actions nor the economics of whaling and Japan's market for whale products. Scientific articles related to the biology of whales, and historical, political, and cultural investigations that provide the foundation for the whaling conflict do not explore if Japan's lethal scientific research threatens the AMW with extinction nor explore the economics of Japan's whaling industry and domestic market if commercial whaling were to resume. This thesis aims to answer these questions by constructing a bioeconomic model composed of biological parameters and data from Japan's whaling fleet to estimate various sustainable catch yields and the corresponding AMW population sizes, Japan's seasonal effort in catcher-boat hours, and seasonal sustainable revenues. The eventual equilibrium population and sustainable catch yield if Japan maintains its current harvest effort, the maximum sustained yield, the condition of zero net revenue, and the condition in which the discounted total present value for all future whaling revenue is achieved will be explored in particular. The results conclude that Japan's current scientific research does not endanger the AMW, and furthermore concludes that whaling is not only profitable, but the industry capacity, high costs, and shrinking domestic demand discourage overharvesting that could lead to the collapse of the species

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    A hedonic model valuation of natural amenities in El Paso County, Colorado by Riedel, Kie

    This study examines how proximity to greenspaces and water bodies impact residential home sales prices in El Paso County, Colorado using a hedonic pricing approach. Values for proximity to natural amenities are first estimated using Euclidean distances. Distances are then calculated by a road network to determine how residents value accessibility and use of environmental attributes, in particular. In the Euclidean model, home sale prices increase with closer proximity to parks, lakes, golf courses, sports/recreation specialty facilities, and Pikes National Forest. Closer proximity to streams, however, leads to a decrease in housing price and closer proximity to natural areas has an insignificant impact on housing. In the road network model, distance to natural areas by road becomes significant and indicates that closer proximity and greater use access of natural areas leads to higher home sales prices. Closer distances to parks by road, however, have the opposite effect and home prices decrease with increasing proximity. All other greenspace and water body variables remain fairly similar in the road network model. These results illustrate the importance of environmental amenities to homeowners and can be used to help policymakers and urban planners make decisions regarding preservation, maintenance, and design of natural amenities.

  • Thumbnail for Staying ahead of today's economy : the six essential aptitudes for successful entrepreneurs in tomorrow's business world
    Staying ahead of today's economy : the six essential aptitudes for successful entrepreneurs in tomorrow's business world by Kanipe, J. Tristan

    In today's economy, the failure rates of new companies are astronomical. In 2007 there were about twenty-eight thousand businesses that closed. In 2008, about forty-two thousand closed, and that number only continues to grow. With only twenty-nine percent of new businesses start ups succeeding beyond the first ten years, there is little question that the business world is in the midst of a major transition. The economic theorist and bestselling author, Daniel Pink, has developed a six-part theory to cope with this change. His theory contains six essential aptitudes, which will allow one to excel during this transformational time. Pink describes this movement as a transition from the Information Age, which values logical and linear thinking, to the Conceptual Age, which values inventive, empathetic, and big-picture thinking. This study is an empirical investigation of the simultaneous presence of the six essential aptitudes in ten entrepreneurs, five in product-based industries and five in service-based industries. The results suggest that the transition from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age although well underway, is not yet complete.

  • Thumbnail for How much is too much? : Illicit behavior as a salary determinant in the National Football League
    How much is too much? : Illicit behavior as a salary determinant in the National Football League by Nichols, Ryan Lane

    This thesis is an investigation of the affects illicit behaviors have on player salaries in the National Football League (NFL). Illicit behaviors include criminal arrests and convictions, and acts fine-able by the NFL. Previous studies in this area have been limited and with the exception of a few have focused on salary determinants which did not include behavior. Further extensive research has been conducted on the affect criminal behavior has on income and entry into the American labor market. An Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) model is used to explore different offensive positions and the role illicit behaviors play in salary determination. The regression t-values show varying results for different positions based on varying illicit acts. Despite the few instances where salary is affected at better than the 10% level, the evidence points to limited economic repercussions for players who commit illicit acts.

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    The demand for live popular music : a case study by Hicks, George Drabing

    Live popular music is an area of growing importance. With the proliferation of piracy and online music sources, revenue streams for musicians are shrinking in the 21st Century and live performance is becoming one of the last areas for artists to make a living. This study investigates the determining factors in the success or failure of live popular music events by measuring ticket sales. Using a case study of a venue in Santa Cruz, CA, variables describing event context and expected quality of performance are regressed against final box office sales to uncover any existent relationships. Artist exposure, day of the week, and age restrictions are all found to significantly impact final ticket demand for live music events.

  • Thumbnail for Baseball's Napoleonic complex : a study of the effects of market size and local revenue on competitive balance in Major League Baseball
    Baseball's Napoleonic complex : a study of the effects of market size and local revenue on competitive balance in Major League Baseball by Zager, Jeffrey A.

    In 2000, three seasons after the institution of a revenue sharing plan, Major League Baseball commissioned the Blue Ribbon Panel to assess competitive balance within the league. Their report found that small market teams are at a considerable disadvantage due to the larger revenue bases of teams located in more heavily populated areas. However, these results have often been challenged. This thesis builds upon existing models in an attempt to determine the extent to which market size and local revenue independently affect competitive balance. Additionally, it seeks to analyze any effects of baseball's revenue sharing plan on competitive balance. While the findings support the claim that revenue sharing enhances competitive balance, they fail to establish market size as a positive determinant of local revenue.

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    Demographic determinants of skier satisfaction by Testwuide, Michael

    According to recent ski industry research, skiing is, at best, stagnant. At worst, it is doomed for a collapse in the next few decades because of its primary demographic, the baby boomers, will no longer be participating in the sport. Also, with the current economic crisis that we are facing, some ski areas have already felt major effects and are on the brink of failure. In this competitive market environment, ski destination success depends strongly on a thorough analysis of customer satisfaction. Ski area managers need to identify the drivers of customer satisfaction, measure satisfaction levels, and derive the right strategies to increase satisfaction. Many ski resorts monitor customer satisfaction regularly using on-mountain surveys. Using regression analysis from surveys conducted by the National Ski Area Association for the 2008/2009 ski season, this thesis will investigate the demographic determinants associated with skier satisfaction.

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    Solving the Electoral College by Gross, Benjamin R.

    This thesis estimates the current voting power of each of the voting blocs in the Electoral College. It concludes that the current distribution of power, while significantly improved from the last similar published paper, is still significantly unfair in terms of the one man one vote principle. Since the Electoral College elects the highest authority in the United States, the President, the election should reflect the principle of one man-one vote. An alternative to the Electoral College is presented, based on L.S. Penrose's conclusions on weighted voting, that comes close to solving the issue of one man-one vote while retaining some of the traditions of the Electoral College.

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    Executive pay inefficiencies in the financial sector by Barton, Haley

    The 2008 financial crisis has left researchers investigating the inefficiencies that prompted the collapse of the credit and investment markets. This study considers the implications of excessive executive pay on capital structure during the years 2005 through 2007. The hypothesis proposes that for firms in the financial sector, executives awarded generous compensation packages compared to salary implemented a higher use of debt in their firm's capital structure. Agency theory, capital structure composition, the Efficient Market Hypothesis, and behavioral finance principles represent key economic theories supporting the hypothesis. The study examines data on 31 firms in the financial sector and 31 firms in the manufacturing sector to empirically test the relationship between executive pay and leverage. Cross-sectional analysis of nine models reveals that compensation is a significant determinant of a firm's total debt-to-total assets ratio for the financial sector, while the manufacturing sector yielded insignificant findings. The results further evidence that within the financial sector, the greatest relationship between compensation and leverage occurred when a one- or two-year lag between executive pay and the debt ratio was in effect. These findings reveal sources of agency conflicts and behavioral biases within the financial sector during the three years preceding the financial collapse.

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    Variation in pill use : do abortion laws matter? by Felkey, Amanda J. , Lybecker, Kristina M.

    Economists have studied the impact of legalized abortion on a variety of factors including women’s decision surrounding when to enter the work force and how many hours to work, schooling and most controversially crime. They have also examined the determinants of state abortion restrictions across the United States, considering the strength of interest advocacy groups and demographic characteristics. Notably absent from the existing literature is a study of the impact of legalized abortion on the use of contraceptives. Earlier work has established that states with more lenient laws regarding access to contraceptive services by minors have greater pill use, but the impact of the legal framework surrounding abortion restrictions has not been examined. This paper explores the possibility that variation in state abortion availability, as proxied by legislation pertaining to women’s reproductive rights (particularly either supporting or restricting access to abortions) across the United States may generate variation in the use of birth control pills. Without the option of terminating a pregnancy, one would expect that oral contraceptives would be more widely utilized. We find restrictions on abortion availability (through abortion legislation mandating parental consent or notification) induce women to seek a reliable form of birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancies, while pro-choice sentiments in the legislature may have the opposite effect. We also consider the effect of sex education on the rate of oral contraceptive use within states.

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    Faculty Meeting Agenda, Block 4 2010-2011 by Colorado College

    Agenda for CC faculty meeting, December 20, 2010, Gates Common Room.

  • Thumbnail for Faculty Meeting Agenda, Block 5 2009-2010
    Faculty Meeting Agenda, Block 5 2009-2010 by Colorado College

    Agenda for CC faculty meeting, February 8, 2010, Gates Common Room.

  • Thumbnail for [2010-07-27] Staff Council minutes
    [2010-07-27] Staff Council minutes by Colorado College. Staff Council

    Minutes of Staff Council meeting held on July 27, 2010.

  • Thumbnail for [2010-01-26] Staff Council minutes
    [2010-01-26] Staff Council minutes by Colorado College. Staff Council

    Minutes of Staff Council meeting held on January 26, 2010.

  • Thumbnail for Owens, Scott. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Coaches and staff portraits, 2011-2012
    Owens, Scott. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Coaches and staff portraits, 2011-2012

    Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team Head Coach, Scott Owens.

  • Thumbnail for Moross, Dave. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Coaches and staff portraits, 2011-2012
    Moross, Dave. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Coaches and staff portraits, 2011-2012

    Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Director of Media Relations, Dave Moross.

  • Thumbnail for Schwartz, Rylan. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011
    Schwartz, Rylan. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011

    Portrait of 2010-2011 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Rylan Schwartz.

  • Thumbnail for Schwartz, Jaden. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011
    Schwartz, Jaden. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011

    Portrait of 2010-2011 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Jaden Schwartz.

  • Thumbnail for Behrend, Ted. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011
    Behrend, Ted. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011

    Portrait of 2010-2011 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Ted Behrend.

  • Thumbnail for Thorimbert, Josh. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011
    Thorimbert, Josh. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011

    Portrait of 2010-2011 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Thorimbert, Josh.

  • Thumbnail for Winkler, Scott. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011
    Winkler, Scott. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011

    Portrait of 2010-2011 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Scott Winkler.

  • Thumbnail for Civitarese, David. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011
    Civitarese, David. Colorado College Men's Hockey. Player portraits, 2010-2011

    Portrait of 2010-2011 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, David Civitarese.