Karl Jeffries came to Colorado College from a small town in Southern Colorado in 1987 and graduated in 1991. He was diagnosed with HIV shortly after graduation and now lives in Berkeley, California with his partner and two kids. Karl was interviewed for the project during his visit for homecoming weekend on October 16, 2011.
The Monthly Rag, a publication of the Feminist and Gender Studies interns, is found affixed to toilet stall walls around the Colorado College campus.
The film focuses on the use of dance movement therapy in a patient who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Creator's summary: Parkinson's Disease is measured on a scale of 1to 5. 5 being complete dependency on another. When I began working with Amy, she was at a 3. Recently, her neurologist rediagnosed her at a +1.
This study investigates the effects of men’s college basketball coach’s abilities on their team’s success. Previous research has been limited, but has shown that at the professional level, the abilities of a coach have very little effect on the outcome of their team’s games. This suggests that the most important aspect of team success, and thus, coaching success comes from having the best players on the court rather than having the best strategy as a team. The present study divides the various aspects of college basketball coaching into three separate categories, recruiting ability, in game coaching ability and the pedigree in which a coach has earned through past experiences. This study uses three separate regression analyses in order to most accurately describe the various phases of a college basketball season: the regular season, the conference tournament and the NCAA tournament. Controlling for a wide variety of variables that affect the outcome of a basketball game, this study finds that when measuring a coach’s success during the regular season, a coach’s pedigree is the most important aspect of his success. However, when measuring a coach’s success in the NCAA tournament, where the top programs in the country are matched against one another, it is a coach’s ability to recruit top level talent that most determines the success of that coach’s team, and in turn that coach himself.
This study provides an analysis of variables affecting crime from year 2006-2009, in all counties of Colorado. A literature review of relevant studies is included as background on crime issues in Colorado. The study itself uses data collected from The Colorado Department of Education, The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, KIDS COUNT DATA CENTER and The Colorado Bureau of Labor Statistics. An economic model is used to discover the statistical significance among the variables, with the data changing depending on what year or set of years is being examined. The model finds that the Unemployment and Median Family Income variables are the most significant predictors of county crime, and that the other factors, dropout rates and control’s, are less than ideal for fitting the model.
Marijuana legislation in the United States dates back to the early twentieth century. History has shown how policymakers have twisted the creed of marijuana to something dangerous and deadly. Yet, recent years have shown how individual states have been able to reduce the stigma surrounding this drug. Proposition 19 was defeated in California during November of 2010. This proposition would have legalized the consumption, production, and possession of marijuana in California for adults 21 years of age and older. This thesis illustrates the fiscal benefits that might be realized if marijuana were legalized, regulated, and taxed. While other results have recently been produced, this paper combines data, theory, and estimates from a number of renowned sources, to find the potential tax revenue that could be generated from legalization. The results are compiled with current budget deficit and revenue figures, to find the overarching fiscal impact. While others have offered different outcomes, the results indicate that legalization will only slightly improve the monetary situation in California.
Crime is very prevalent among athletes of all sports at all levels, but it is seen especially often among football players, whether it be in high school, college, or the NFL. In the following study I determine the variables that have significance on where a college player gets drafted and how much that player gets paid in his rookie contract. In this study I used variables in order to forecast where a player will be drafted using a negative binomial count estimator. I then used this forecasted draft position in an OLS regression with the dependent variable of guaranteed money in a player’s rookie contract. I found that there were some variables that showed up as significant in many of the regressions, however off the field issues of a player was not significant in the regression analysis.
Previous research has effectively shown how in connection with race, and free-agency, performance statistics have affected the value of the baseball card market. However, examination has not been done on how a player's performance directly relates to their popularity and card value. This study attempts to determine which performance statistics for pitchers and batters significantly affect their rookie card value in the card trading market. The abundance of statistical data from the MLB allows an evaluation through regression based analysis to determine what attributes from Hall of Fame players are determinants. The implications from this research used correctly can aid collectors in determining which cards to invest in.
Viticulture has had a rich and relatively stable history. However, in recent times, the wine industry has undergone many changes. The global wine industry no longer depends on the outmoded practices and wines of the Old World. New World wineries have grown immensely in recent years in both production and consumption. This thesis evaluates marketing strategies that have brought New World countries to their current state. It includes an investigation into market positioning, market segmentation, new packaging, and internet advertising techniques that have found their way into the wineries and brands of the New World.
In 2006, the most extreme housing bubble the United States has ever faced popped, rocking financial industries to their knees. Losses were expected to be contained to the subprime sector but the losses due to defaults were massive as exposure to mortgage default proved to permeate the balance sheets of investors globally. This paper strives to illuminate the causes of how such a catastrophic market came to pass.
Previous empirical research has found that perceived under-reward in relation to both internal and external pay referents negatively affects work attitudes such as pay satisfaction. Unjust procedures in the workplace have similar negative effects. This study compares the effects of internal pay comparisons, external pay comparisons, and procedural justice on professor work attitudes such as job satisfaction, morale, and turnover intentions. Results varied across outcomes, though internal pay comparisons and procedural justice were found to have the most consistently significant effects. Implications for faculty compensation policies are discussed.
The efficient market hypothesis fails to fully explain market behavior. Behavioral economics is a new field that contributes insights to stock market analysis. Throughout history there have been many panics and crashes, with the most recent one being the 2008 housing bubble. This thesis seeks to find evidence and explain, through behavioral economic theory, why investors panic and behave irrationally to bad news. It will utilize the asymmetric utility function along with other behavioral economic theory to find evidence through the market reaction to good quarterly earnings reports and bad quarterly earnings reports. This thesis hopes to show that good news and bad news of equal magnitude result in different reactions in the stock market, as measured through share price and trading volume.
The following thesis examines an incumbent firm affected by change. It seeks to deepen the understanding of the dynamic capabilities model by proposing cognition and not previous resource deployment is the limit of change. Two similar companies, Eastman Kodak and Polaroid will be compared during the shift from film to digital photography to determine what separated the two companies.
Global climate change is quite possibly the most serious challenge that faces us today. Consumers and businesses alike are thinking more seriously about their environmental impact and what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. One industry uniquely tied to the environment and concerned with its well-being is the ski industry and one way to achieve this reduction is through carbon offsets. Using data collected through a contingent valuation study regarding consumer behavior, this thesis analyzes the factors that affect consumers' willingness to pay (WTP) for carbon offsets in the ski industry. The study finds that age, gender, and climate knowledge are highly influential on WTP, and that the use of tax credits as an incentive provides the greatest increase in consumer WTP.
The purpose of this study is to explore the factors that affect theme park attendance. Some of these factors are theme park specific, such as the type of attractions offered. Other factors are geographic and locational, such as the population of the city and the weather. Through the study of 86 theme parks around the world, this paper presents a model that estimates the changes in attendance caused by a variety of factors.
While leadership experts have found compelling evidence to support the argument that the undergraduate years, and the institutions themselves play a pivotal role in developing leadership capabilities, colleges and universities need to question whether or not they fit this profile. Colorado College, one of seven schools in the nation under a block system, has never been the focus of such investigations, and while some parameters may include it by default, the question that remains is: do the results found in these studies on leadership development for non-block institutions still hold when tested against the unconventional elements intrinsic to a block system school like Colorado College? Even though this investigation does not include the alumni records from similar non-block institutions, the results found in this study will hopefully provide enough information to signal if the theories presented in the literature are applicable to and accurately representative of Colorado College’s demographic.
Obesity rates in the United States have increased dramatically since the 1970s. This paper examines the effect of calorie consumption and caloric expenditure on obesity rates for both individuals who report that they are trying to lose weight and individuals who report that they are not trying to lose weight. This study uses Ordinary Least Square (OLS) Regressions for both of these groups, and finds that the results are generally consistent with the existing literature.
Recurring famines and droughts have weakened the Ethiopian agricultural sector since the 1970s. A number of theories addressing food security affirm that hunger and destitution in rural areas are caused by shortages in food supply. This thesis argues that the fragile food security status of Ethiopia is a result of inadequate land management systems. Land tenure policies play a key role in the livelihood stability of rural communities. This study hypothesizes that improvements in land tenure security can create resilient livelihood systems. The Agro-Ecological Zones model developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization serves as a theoretical framework for the research. A multidimensional regression model assesses the impact of the current land registration initiative being pursued by the Ethiopian government on the value of food crops.
This paper investigates the hypothesis of rational addiction theory as it pertains to Bulimia Nervosa. Bulimia is currently classified as a mental health disorder, and while psychological studies often allude to the addictive nature of the disorder, it is imperative to reinforce theory with empirical data. A rational addiction model is derived through the maximization of the agent’s utility function, which incorporates measures of bulimia and bulimic risk factors that are supported by the existing literature. The theoretical model was tested on an empirical data set collected from a study conducted by the National Heart Lung and Blood institute. The dependent variable was an index constructed for the purpose of measuring one’s severity of bulimic behaviors and tendencies. Emphasis was placed on the significance of the lagged variable on bulimia as a method of capturing persistence in behavior over time. The results found that lagged and lead variables of the bulimic index each accounted for about 12% - 20% of current bulimic behavior.
Across the West, water transfers generate controversy. In Colorado’s Arkansas River basin urban growth and harsh farming conditions have led to water transfers from agricultural to urban uses. Much of this water left the Arkansas basin and was transferred north to the city of Aurora in the South Platte River basin. Several studies have shown that these transfers have had significant secondary economic impacts associated with the removal of irrigated land from production. In response, new methods of sharing water are being developed to allow water transfers that benefit both the farm and urban economies. One such project currently under study is the Arkansas Valley “Super Ditch”, a rotational crop fallowing plan based long-term water leasing designed to provide an annual supply of 31.6 Mm3. This paper analyzes the economic impacts of implementing the "Super Ditch" as a locally developed alternative to "buy and dry".
Minutes for CC faculty meeting held on October 24, 2011, written and submitted by Secretary of the Faculty, Ted Lindeman.
Revised agenda for CC faculty meeting, April 18, 2011, Gates Common Room.
The Staff Council’s Mission Statement is as follows: Staff Council advises the President and administration of Colorado College. In that context, our mission is to advocate for and promote the interests of staff, help draft and establish policies that affect staff, and facilitate communication between staff and other constituencies. In doing so, we aim to advance the mission of Colorado College.
KRDO interview with Colorado College lacrosse player Zach Hoisington, who talks about what it means to be part of the first senior class to carry the undefeated team (15-0) to its first NCAA tournament.