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dine atCentury Dinner
There are varying levels of do-nation, from Copper to Platinumand more.Private donations from mem-bers like these allow new additionsto campus, such as the W. LloydWright Wellness Center and Mar-Currently, there are roughly1000 students in the CASA pro-gram, which includes the entirefreshmen class.“We are an ad-ditional layer of support for stu-dents who either just need some-one to talk to about academicsor need assistance with how tobetter prepare for classes and ex-ams,” said Amy Argyris Dupont,one of the three Academic Advis-ing Coordinators.Colin Terry, the newly appoint-ed Director of CASA, explainedthat, “We chose the name veryintentionally. Casa means homein Spanish, the idea being thatall incoming students view thisas home.” Colin explained thatCASA aims to help studentswith the many decisions theyface during their college career.Sometimes students will strugglewith school for reasons outsideof class, and the staff at CASA
want to help students nd the as
CASA is a
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quez Hall. The entire spectrum of donation levels can be seen on theDonor Wall on the second level of the student center. The Mines Century Society Din-ner embodies the school’s dedica-tion to enhancing the student ex-perience, which will continue wellinto the future with new endeavors.
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sistance they need. Colin statesthat, “It’s really our hope to sup-port students holistically.” Along with a new name, CASA is almost ready to unveil their
new ofce. CASA’s newly reno
-vated building is being designedfor students. This space will con-sist of several tables, and somecushy chairs for students to relax.Students will be able to use thisspace after hours via Blaster-card access. In the back, thereis a restroom and a kitchen avail-able for student use. The building
also hosts ofces for the director
and three coordinators as well asa member of the faculty to hold
their ofce hours.
Colin pointed out that teach-
ers have their ofce and stu
-dents have their space, but theCASA building can be the sharedground to bring them together.CASA will be sponsoring an openhouse in mid October to show off
their new ofce, located in the old
wellness building.Colorado School of Mines is nota nationally known football school,so when students at the CenturySociety Dinner Saturday night of-
cially announced and named a
planned state-of-the-art footballstadium, it raised a few questionsabout the priorities of the school.Recently, President Bill Scogginssat down for an interview with “TheOredigger” to explain how this proj-ect came to be and to clear up anymisconceptions.Scoggins started by explain-ing that the existing stadium is “inengineering terms, basically at theend of its useful life.” The schoolhas previously invested in the sta-dium in order to prolong its life,but believes at this point it wouldbe “throwing good money afterbad.” Thus, it became a goal of the
Scoggins Administration to nd a
way to build a new stadium. The school came up with a vi-sion that, according to Scogginswas “more than just a footballstadium.” The newly named ClearCreek Athletics Complex will bewhat Scoggins called a “campuswide facility” that will not just ben-
et the football team, but “a num
-ber of varsity sports, club sports,and intramural sports.” The newfacilities will include a contempo-rary 5000-seat football stadium,locker room and training facilities,
ofce and event facilities, func
-tional space for club sports andintramurals, updates to the soccerpitch area, restroom facilities, anda modern press box. The scope of this project implies
a substantial nancial commitment,
but Scoggins made it clear thatthis was “obviously [something]that [they] had to fund with privatemoney [and] gifts to the school.”Fortunately for the school, ananonymous donor came forward
with a nancial proposition that al
-lowed the project to move forward.
The donor’s proposal nanced
three-quarters of the project’s costand a gift covered approximatelyone-third of the project. Scogginsexplains that the donor essen-tially “gave [the school] a loan” tomove the project forward while thefoundation collects the remainingtwo-thirds. This type of proposal is
called “bridge nancing.”In addition to ofcially announc
-ing the project on Saturday, stu-dents also revealed the name of thenew stadium, “Marv Kay Stadium.” The name, which honors legendaryfootball player and school coachMarv Kay, was met with a standingovation from those in attendanceon Saturday night, including Kayhimself. Kay graduated from Minesin 1960 and went on to be draftedby the Denver Broncos before re-turning to Mines as the head foot-ball coach from 1969-1994.
The project, which ofcially be
-gan in August, is slated for com-pletion in September of 2014. Theschool has scheduled constructionin two phases so as to allow forcontinuous football play at HarryCampbell Field.
New sports complex tobe named after legend
Mines students continue to betop-notch graduates not only be-cause of their technical skills, butalso because of their involvementand contributions to the local com-munity. One of the newer organi-zations on campus, OrediggersPaying it Forward, offers studentsthe ability to volunteer around theGolden area. Headed by Nick An-tonicci, a resident life coordina-tor who began the program lastyear, Orediggers Paying it Forwardstrives to create opportunities forMines students to become moreactive in the community. Becauseof successful volunteer eventswith over 30 students and facultymembers last spring break, theprogram continues this fall. To kick off the year, volunteers headed tothe Foothills Animal Shelter a fewminutes outside of Golden. The volunteer group, a mix of both students and faculty mem-bers, began their after-noon of work with anintroduction from theFoothills Animal Shelter. The shelter, located at of 6th Avenue and Indiana,was built only two yearsago. The building fea-tures a dog kennel, kittycondos, and a crittercorner, as well as medi-
cal ofces and holding
facilities for lost pets. The shelter accepts anyanimal dropped off attheir door.One volunteer mem-ber recalls the visit of a200-pound pot-belly pignamed Penelope andeven an alligator. Thestaff keeps busy withapproximately 10,000animals coming in andout of the shelter eachyear. The paid staff of 41 people is aided by a volunteerstaff of over 500. Volunteers thatwant to work on a more frequentschedule must go through trainingin order to assure proper care of the animals.In addition to caring for andfostering pets, the shelter also of-fers discounted spay/neuter clin-ics, dog trainings and much more.With such dedicated employeesand volunteers, the shelter proud-ly boasts an 85% adoption rate. The shelter’s goal is to do what isbest for the animals. All dogs gothrough a behavioral analysis tohelp determine what home will suitthem best. The staff works hard
to nd every animal a home or a
nearby rescue. After learning the history of theshelter, the group set to work. The staff remarked at how ex-cited they were to have Minesstudents, as the shelter recentlyheld their largest fundraisingevent at the CSM Green Center(the event was a success, raisingNearly everyone knows someonewho has battled cancer. This week,the student-led group Up ‘Till Dawnspread all over campus increasingawareness for childhood cancer, asthey raised money for the St. Jude’sChildren’s Research Hospital.St. Jude’s is a unique organiza-tion, as its patients are not requiredto pay for the treatment that the hos-pital provides. Therefore, keepingthe organization up and running is in-credibly expensive. Currently, it costsabout $1.8 million per day to operateSt. Jude’s. Christian Feagans, Pub-lic Relations chair for Up ‘Till Dawn,visited the hospital this past sum-mer. “Normally when you think of ahospital you think of drab, smelly,old people,” said Feagans. “Butat St. Jude’s, it’s really awesome.It’s brightly colored [and] instead of wheelchairs they have wagons forthe kids. One of the coolest thingsI saw there is we got to see someof the kids and talk to them. Therewas a little girl that had danced be-fore she got cancer, and the peopleworked really hard with her to get herback to where she was in her danc-ing career.”On the Mines campus, Up ‘TillDawn hosted several events overthe past week. Fundraisers includedgiving away free snow cones on Ka-fadar and selling baked goods forsuggested donation. One night Up‘Til Dawn hosted a Cosmic Bowl-ing event which complementedtheir slogan “Blackout Cancer.” Thegroup also featured informationtables in prominent campus areassuch as Kafadar Commons and theStudent Center. All of these events not only raisedawareness for childhood cancer, butthey also promoted Up ‘Till Dawn’sbiggest fundraiser of the year, theletter writing event to take place atMines on November 9, 2012. Theletter writing event is a team com-petition where participants send pre-written letters to people they think would be interested in donating tothe cause. After the event, Up ‘TillDawn hosts a variety of activities,such as laser tag for the teams thatparticipated. Feagans Encourageseverybody to “sign up for this goodcause. It’s lots of fun and we havesome sweet door prizes!” Anyone in-
terested in starting a team can ll out
a signup form that can be acquiredfrom any Up ‘Till Dawn executivemember, including Feagans. Ad-ditionally, teams can register onlineat www.stjude.org/utd and www.stjude.org/utdreg if using a mobiledevice.
Up ‘Till Dawnraises awareness
Orediggers pay it forwardat local animal shelter
close to $90,000.) The group splitup and tackled tasks throughoutthe building. One team readied aroom for a spay/neuter clinic, oneorganized medical supplies in thesick ward, and one washed dishesand dog toys, among other activi-ties. While none of the jobs wereglamorous, they were vital for theshelter to operate smoothly. At theend of the afternoon, the groupwas rewarded with a trip to thepuppy room where they playedwith two eight-week old puppies,Zach and Cody. Each group mem-ber received an appreciative nipand kiss from the small puppies,which had a home due to the ef-forts of volunteers such as theMines group. To learn more about volun-teering at the animal shelter, visittheir website at www.foothillsani-malshelter.org. To join the “Ore-diggers Paying it Forward” team,
watch for email notications about
opportunities coming up through-out the year.
Two Saint Bernards wait for their owners at the lost and found. Theshelter welcomes all kinds of lost or unwanted pets.
KATIE HUCKFELDT / OREDIGGER