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The Oredigger Issue 5 - October 1, 2012

The Oredigger Issue 5 - October 1, 2012

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 Volume 93, Issue 5October 1, 2012
The student voice of the Colorado School of Mines
CSM Volleyballwins againstSDSMT
Sports 11
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Opinion 12Features 4News 3Satire 12
CSM studentsvolunteer atanimal shelterHomecomingevents celebrateschool spiritCommericalsgrind ourgears!Oh dear I thinkI hit a deer!
Orediggers proudly show school spirit at the Homecoming football game. Check out Homecoming highlights on page 6.Aaron Pfeifer 
Staff Writer 
CASA, the Center for AcademicServices and Advising, providesacademic advising for first andsecond year students. In addition,CASA hosts academic servicessuch as Tutoring, Academic Ex-cellence Workshops, and facili-tates CSM 101. CASA is part of the makeover that the ColoradoSchool of Mines has been un-dergoing this past year in orderto enhance the undergraduateexperience. The new CASA facility will alsomanage readmissions and theuniversity withdrawal process.From this location they will createan early identification programthat will work with teachers toidentify those students strugglingin classes. Additionally, they will
sponsor pre-nals workshops and
various academic programs.CASA existed on campus lastyear in a lesser form as StudentDevelopment and Academic Ser-vices. In May, the Board of Trust-ees, in recognition of the growingneeds of the campus, approvedthe CASA program. A new initiative from CASA isthe Peer Advising Program. Thisprogram will consist of upper-classmen helping underclassmenby providing advising on classes,teachers, and life at Mines froma student perspective. Studentswith work study hours looking forleadership experience are encour-aged to apply for a peer advisorposition. Another area that CASA willbe involved is in undergraduateadvising. They noticed a largediscrepancy in the quality of theprogram between students in
their rst and second years. “Any
incoming student, regardless of how many credits they have, whatdiscipline they are in… they will re-ceive consistent, universal, timelyand accurate advice from our staff,” said Colin Terry. This will allow younger studentsto get advice on how to excel atMines, while lessening the load onthe faculty who have many otherduties as well. After sophomoreyear, students will be assignedtheir faculty advisor. This advisorwill be able to better serve upper-classmen with advice for a futurein their discipline.Currently the CASA administra-tive staff consists of Director Colin Terry, three Academic AdvisingCoordinators and an Administra-tive Coordinator. Additionally,CASA co-employs 76 peer men-tors with Student Activities andmore than 25 tutors/facilitators.Prestigious donors and alumniwere honored and entertained atthe annual Mines Century SocietyDinner; the largest donor eventof the year. Lockridge Arena waselaborately decorated to embodythe night’s theme of water. Alumniand students discussed the impor-tance of water in engineering overan elegant meal. Awards were given during theevent to alumni and faculty whoexhibit exceptional kindness andcontribution to the Colorado Schoolof Mines. Awards were given for topyoung alumni, top faculty membersand outstanding philanthropists. Toconclude the evening, a surpriseannouncement followed the din-ner and was the highlight of theevening. The event included performanc-es from the Mines InterpretiveDance Team, presentations recap-ping recent campus changes, andan announcement regarding aneven newer change – the ClearCreek Athletic Complex Initiative.Known as CCACI, this programwill include improvements to thecurrent Campbell Football Field andoutdoor training center. Changes
will convert the eld into a state of 
the art stadium dedicated to leg-endary CSM alumnus, All-Americanathlete, Mines football coach, andathletic director, Marv Kay.Until Friday, this announcementwas a tightly held secret among
high prole members of the school.
When the moment of announce-ment did come, the entire gymerupted with full-hearted applauseand two rounds of standing ovation.Kay is legendary on campus,due to his lifetime of devotion tothe school, participation in athleticprograms, and his genuine, warmattitude.Following the special announce-ment was a recitation of the Mines’
ght song, uniting the current stu
-dents and the alumni in attendance. Annual donor and alumnus, Gary
Gantner said, “There is a good en
-ergy surrounding Mines. The facili-ties are keeping up with the times,which is great to see.”Gantner also
explained why he donates saying, “I
want to remain a part of the Minesnetwork. The camaraderie andfriendships last a lifetime. Addition-ally, the donations are directed byengineering and leadership, so Ican be sure my contributions endup where they are needed.” The Mines Century Society isa group of esteemed donors whodemonstrate a lifetime of generos-ity to the school and the studentexperience.
Donors dine atCentury Dinner 
Evan Ford
Staff Writer 
Continued at 
on page 3
CASA is a homefor new students
Continued at 
on page 3
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Oredigger Staff 
Katie Huckfeldt
Deborah Good
Managing Editor 
Steven Wooldridge
Barbara Anderson
Design Editor 
Lucy Orsi
Business Manager 
Ian Mertz
Copy Editor 
Arnaud Filliat
 Asst. Copy Editor 
Nick Davis
 Asst. Design Editor 
Trevor Crane
Content Manager 
Stephen Hejducek
Content Manager 
David Tauchen
Faculty Advisor 
Headlines from around the world
Local News
Recent tests by CU grad stu-dents Neil Stewart and Ben Millerindicate that the Upper SnakeRiver near Keystone is unhealthy.Insect diversity is an importantindication of river health, but thestudents found only one kind of insect. They hypothesized thiswas due to high metal concen-tration. Metals seep naturallyfrom rocks into the river at a con-stant rate. In years with low waterlevel and high temperatures, thisleads to a higher concentration of metals. The students expressedtheir concerns over the trend withrespect to climate change. A 14-year-old boy saved hismother and another residentfrom a Steamboat Springs house
re Saturday morning. Authori
-ties say the boy was woken bythe smoke alarm and found a
re in the hallway. He was unable
to pass directly to his mother’sroom, but went outside andwoke her by banging on a win-
dow. His actions also alerted an
-other tenant to the danger. FireChief Mel Stewart praised theboy’s actions.Colorado Department of Ag-
riculture ofcials lifted four ranch
quarantines instated after an an-thrax outbreak amongst North-eastern Colorado cattle. Theoutbreak killed about 55 cattle,about 50 from one ranch anda few from the three surround-ing ranches. Cattle were subse-quently vaccinated and treated,stopping the outbreak.
Montezuma County ofcialsare considering ling chargesover the Weber Fire. The re lit
June 22 south of Mancos, Colo-rado. It burned 15 square milesand cost $3.2 million before be-ing contained in early July. Sheriff Dennis Spruell recently contested
that the re was set intentionally
by a local youth.
Josh Kleitsch,
Staff Writer 
Josh Kleitsch,
Staff Writer 
San Francisco, California
- New vi-ruses do not appear often, so when thecause of death of three separate cases of a hemorrhagic fever is linked back to a vi-rus that doesn’t match any yet known, vi-rologists and geneticists immediately takenotice. Such was the case last week, whenthe genome of a virus that killed three peo-ple in the Democratic Republic of Congowas successfully sequenced and found tobe a new virus in the same family as the ra-bies virus. Samples were sent to a group of researchers at the University of San Fran-cisco, where they assembled the roughly140 million pieces into a single genome.
Seattle, Washington
- The popular old belief that a woman’s brainacts differently when she is pregnant with a boy, known as “pregnancybrain”, may actually hold some truth, according to a new study regardingthe effect of male DNA on a woman’s brain. The study says that when awoman is pregnant with a male, the DNA cells from that child gradually
migrate from the child to the mother. While there is no scientic correla
-tion between being pregnant with a boy and thinking any differently, theredoes appear to be a correlation between pregnancy with a male and a
signicantly decreased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Gainesville, Florida
- There is a select group of animals ca-
pable of regenerating signicant parts of their bodies as needed.
Until recently, scientists believed that only reptiles and crusta-
ceans could regenerate limbs and skin at will. However, there
is one known mammal that is also capable of regenerating theskin; everything from muscle to the epidermis. The group thatestablished the identity of this unique mammal had heard storiesof a mouse in Africa that had tiny, hard spines on its back thatresembled a hedgehog. After observing the mouse, they foundthat its skin was so weak that it would simply tear off if a predatorattacked it, allowing the mouse to escape. The regenerated skinlooks nearly identical to the original skin, including hair follicles. The rodent, aptly named the “African Spiny mouse”, does thisby forming a “pool” of embryonic cells when the skin is removed.
Edinburgh, Scotland
- Long before the Great White shark was the king of the oceans, a group of prehistoric sea-crocodiles fought and maimed their wayto dominance. the largest of the species is known as the “Plesiosuchus Man-selii”, with a skull as large as that of an adult T-Rex. After extensive study, theresearch group that has documented the ocean-going dinosaurs compared thekilling methods these monsters used to modern-day killer whales, who are knownfor their ferocity. The skulls of the crocs allow them to effectively tear and shred theirprey, not unlike modern killer whales. Their size allowed them to exert dominanceover anything in the oceans, giving them a similar reputation to the well-known Tyrannosaurus Rex. These massive crocodiles were larger and and probably stron-ger than modern Great White sharks, which has lead the researchers to postulatethat they may have eaten early humans.Nakoula Basseley Nakoula,the man suspected of making the
anti-islam lm that inamed much
of the Middle East two weeks agois being held in the U.S. with-out bond until a hearing can bescheduled. The man will be triedfor eight probation violations fol-lowing his arrest for his participa-tion in bank fraud in 2010.Last week was confusing forthe Israeli populace, due to mis-communication on the part of President Benjamin Netanyahu.During a speech at the UnitedNations Thursday, Netanyahutook a simple drawing of a bomb,and drew a red line through thebomb illustrating “90% comple-tion” of the bomb. Netanyahu didso to point out that Iran must bestopped before they reach 90%completion on their uranium en-richment process. Much of theIsraeli populace took that to indi-cate that Netanyahu thought Iranwas nearing 90% enrichment of their uranium, which would meanthey are fully capable of produc-ing a bomb. The Obama administra-tion attempted to give Egypt$450 million Friday, butwas stopped by congress.Nervous of sending anyforeign aid to a countryrun by the Muslim Broth-erhood, legislators de-cided to stall the paymentfor the time being. In lightof the recent changes ingovernment in Egypt,lawmakers are wary of supplying the govern-ment with more funds.Questions about thequality of the Iraqi security forcescontinue after the deadly prisonbreak in Iraq last week. The break is suspected to have been or-chestrated by Al-Qaeda. 16 police
ofcers are dead, and 102 prison
-ers have escaped. Of the 102 es-
capees, 47 of them are afliated
with Al-Qaeda. As of Friday eve-ning, 40 of the prisoners were re-captured and put back in holding. The air is heavy with frustra-tion between China and Japan,as the decision of who owns thecluster of small islands in the EastChina Sea continues. Last week China organized a reception formany top-level businessmen and
ofcials from both China and Ja
-pan to commemorate the 40-yearanniversary of diplomacy betweenthe two powers, but de-nied entry to aselect fewJapa-nese attendees. The two coun-tries are again at odds. The Greek government hasreached an agreement to imple-ment several austerity measuresthat are intended to bring themout of economic turmoil. The newplan calls for $15 billion in pen-sion cuts, salary restrictions, andvarious state spending, as well asmore taxes.Investors the world over arewaiting for the U.S. election re-sults to determine their course
of action for the next scal year.
With the U.S. economy still weak,many are unsure of the safest wayto use their money, and are elect-ing to wait until the next presidentis decided to pursue new invest-ments.
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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
 for new students
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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.
Continued from page 1
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 ofce. 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 ofces for the director
and three coordinators as well asa member of the faculty to hold
their ofce hours.
Colin pointed out that teach-
ers have their ofce 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 ofce, 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-
et 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,
ofce 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 ofcially 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 ofcially 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
Lucy Orsi
Business Manager 
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 ofces 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
Tyrel Jacobsen
Staff Writer 
Orediggers pay it forwardat local animal shelter 
Katie Huckfeldt
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 notications 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.

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