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The Oredigger Issue 24 - April 13, 2009

The Oredigger Issue 24 - April 13, 2009

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 Volume 89, Issue 24April 13, 2009
News 2Features 4opiNioN - 10sports - 11
~world headlines~scientific discoveries~tech break ~mines dance recital~tim’s two cents~minds at mines~track at nationals~scoreboard
satire  12
~this paper is silly!~wark! wark!
 Around campus this week, youmay notice some large price tags
afxed to items in your classrooms,
labs, or your favorite recreationalpiece of equipment. These pricetags list an estimated price that theitem was originally purchased for orwhat it would cost for replacement. According to Kevin Duffy, Chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee,“the hope is that the price tags willget students thinking about thehidden costs associated with theireducation.” Many of these hiddencosts are not directly covered bytuition and fees, and are funded bydonations from Mines alumni andother corporate sponsors. Many of the amenities that students take for
granted would simply not exist with
-out the generous support of alumni. The price tags are a part of theSenior Gift Committee’s “The Priceis Right” week which culminates
Price tags invade campus to inspire giving
Jeff Godwin
Guest Columnist
with a party that is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 from 11:00 AM to1:00 PM in the Student RecreationCenter’s McNeil Room. At the party,seniors can celebrate our currentprogress of having 51 studentsdonate to the senior gift and raisingover $6,499 (including matchingfunds) towards the gift. Seniors willhave the chance to compete in a
modied version of the “Price is
Right,” with winners receiving giftcards to some of your favorite res-taurants, including Starbucks, BlueCanyon Bar & Grill, and Chipotle.Finger food and (non-alcoholic)drinks will be served at the party. All seniors are invited to attend andthey should bring one of the pricetags with them to the party to be
entered into a rafe for a door prize!
 The Senior Gift Committee
would also like to recognize all of 
those who have contributed to thesenior gift so far (in no particularorder):Kevin Duffy, Matthew Hurliman, Trisha Kendall, Zach Aman, IrinaHardesty, Benjamin Jones, JansonFerrera, Amanda Bowers, Christo-
pher Paull, Alexsander Lopez, Kris
-tin Smith, Arianne Dean, Matthew
Pusard, Lee Rothleutner, Cesar
de la Riva, Anant Pradhan, JoeSchneiderwind, Kenneth Dodson,Walter Unglaub, Elliott Dudley, BrianFuqua, Elise Goggin, Justin Guerra,Jesse Havens, Andy Ahern, Joseph
Eisinger, Tracy McEvoy, Anhvu Le,
Jared Albers, Matthew Host, James
Molde, Marc Malone, Jared Alexan
-der, Rebecca Johnson, JonathanPowers, John McGee, Rawan Bar-dini, Brandon Killinger, Darren Ross,Jon Monserud, Jessica Bowser,
Electra Lamb, Quoe Thanh, Minda
Morris, Jeremy Brown, Jonathan
Lanning, G. Colin Trickel, Akira
Rattenbury, Mikayla Buenger, Kelly
Lindholm, Diane Wetzel, and Kristi
Selden. Thank you all so much for yoursupport in helping to make Mines
a better place for future students!
The senior class has placed price tags on various itemsall over campus to impress on students the cost of their education that is covered by alumni donations.
COURTESY SENIOR GIFT COMMITTEE
Dr. Zhigang Wu of the BerkeleyNanosciences and Nanoengi-neering Institute (BNNI) visitedthe CSM physics department forpart of their ongoing colloquiumseries. The title of Dr. Wu’s talk 
was “Quantum Simulations of 
Nanostructured Materials for NewEnergy.”Wu began with a brief synopsisof the current need for new en-ergy solutions and environmentalproblems such as global warm-ing. Graphs, which have becomecommonplace, depicting the
exponential growth of CO2 in the
atmosphere were followed by im-ages and slides showing renew-able natural energy resources.“Solar energy is particularly at-tractive,” said Wu, “If you wereto cover 100 square miles withsolar panels that are only 10%efficient, you could power thewhole nation.” However, such afeat would be costly, with a pricetag of nearly $16 trillion.“A promising approach is totake advantage of nanotechnol-ogy,” said Wu. He then discusseddefinitions surrounding nano-technology and issues of scale.“Nanomaterials,” according toWu, “have at least one dimensionin the nano scale.” Nanotechnol-ogy, in addition to being usefulas a means of improving photo-voltaic solar cells, is useful for awide variety of applications. Wuattributed this usefulness to the
customization of these materials.
“The properties of nanomaterialscan be tuned by varying their
sizes.”
 The main thrust of Wu’s re-search has dealt with silicon-based nanowires and their spe-
cic electrical properties. Throughvarious experiments involving
strain and synthesis conditions,Wu has attempted to build highquality silicon nanowires thatcan be used for solar cells. Fur-thermore, Wu has researchedinteractions that occur at thehybrid interface, which is crucialfor molecular electronics andoptoelectronics such as photo-voltaics.Finally, Wu discussed a newself-assembly process for creat-ing nanowires. Basically it involvescreating small sections of nanow-ire with various functional groupsintegrated into the ends of eachsegment. The functional groupsare then allowed to hydrogenbond to one another, but only incertain alignments. These build-ing blocks use the “bottom up”approach to self-assembly tocreate nanowires of the desiredcharacteristics.
In July of 2008, an initiative
was formed amongst presidentsand chancellors of colleges anduniversities around the world. Thisinitiative, called the Amethyst Initia-tive, seeks to promote a drinking
age lower than 21. “Adults under21 are deemed capable of voting,
signing contracts, serving on juriesand enlisting in the military, but aretold they are not mature enough tohave a beer,” from their website.Currently, the initiative has 135 sig-natories from colleges around thenation, including President RichardF. Celeste of Colorado College andPresident Tim Foster of Mesa StateCollege. The initiative comes as a resultof complaints that drinking hasbecome far too prevalent on col-lege campuses around the UnitedStates. However, legislators arestill debating over the implicationsof passing such a law. Accordingto the National Institute on Alco-hol Abuse and Alcoholism, 5,000
people under the age of 21 die as a
result of underage drinking – 1,900of those are vehicular fatalities,1,600 from homicides, 300 fromsuicide, and the remaining fromfalls, burns, or drowning. The issue stems from the pos-sibility that lowering the drinkingage may curb the abuse of alcoholamongst college students. Bylowering the drinking age, youngadults may learn responsibility andlead safer lifestyles. The counter-argument is the factthat when a youth is surrounded byalcohol and friends, peer pressureplays a larger role affecting theperson’s judgment, not necessarilythe alcohol involved.
In a 2008 report,
the National High-way Traffic Safety Administration esti-mated that minimumdrinking age lawshave saved more
than 26,000 lives
since 1975, and thecurrent drinking agesaves about 900
lives in trafc fatali
-ties each year.Culturally aroundthe world, the United States is oneof the few countries to have a drink-
ing age at 21. Armenia, Indonesia,
India, Pakistan, and Palau are theonly other countries with a drink-ing age that high, aside from someMuslim countries that ban alcohol
altogether. Other countries, such
as Italy, have the drinking age aslow as 14, while Canada varies by
territory, between 18 and 19.On Wednesday, April 8, CU-
Boulder students offered an alter-native plan to the Amethyst Initia-tive called the “Emerald Initiative,”advocating marijuana use as asafer alternative to alcohol. TheEmerald initiative was launched by
the Boulder-founded organization
Safer Alternative For EnjoyableRecreation (SAFER).Students from the Boulder
chapter of the National Organiza
-tion for the Reform of Marijuana
Laws (NORML) also supported the
bill, citing claims that the healthrisks of alcohol compared to Mari- juana aren’t being discussed,but rather ignored. As with the Amethyst Initiative, the Emerald
Initiative expects to supplement its
mission statement with signatoriesfrom college presidents, but thestatement is still in the process of being mailed to every signatory of the Amethyst Initiative along with asurvey regarding the use of alcoholand marijuana by students at theirrespective schools.
Colleges, legislators tornover Amethyst Initiative
Gene Duran
Staff Writer 
LILY GIDDINGS / OREDIGGER
Tim Weilert
Content Manager 
Nanotubes, solar cells, and energy
 Diamond AnniversarE-Days Recappages 6 & 7
Faculty SpotlightPresident Bill Scoggins
page 5
capital constructionfee to be used
page 3
How to survivethe economy
page 10
 
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Oredigger Staff 
Sara Post
Editor-in-Chief 
Lily Giddings
Managing Editor 
Zach Boerner 
Copy Editor 
Abdullah Ahmed
Business Manager 
Amanda Graninger 
Design Editor 
Ryan Browne
Webmaster 
Cericia Martinez
 Asst. Design Editor for Layout 
Robert Gill
 Asst. Business Manager for Sales and Marketing 
Ian Littman
 Assistant Webmaster 
Mike Stone
Fool’s Gold Content Manager 
Tim Weilert
Content Manager 
Jake Rezac
Content Manager 
Spencer Nelson
Content Manager 
Neelha Mudigonda
Content Manager 
David Frossard
Faculty Advisor 
Headlines from around the world
 A wax version of rst LadyMichelle Obama was unveiled atMadame Tussauds wax museumin Washington D.C. The sculpturehas brought some criticism thatthe museum is playing favorites,as all three of the rst ladies rep
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resented were wives of Demo
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cratic Presidents.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised his coun
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try’s developing nuclear program,saying that the packagings of fuelfor the reactor and high capacity,uranium-enriching centrifuges aresome of the nuclear programsgreatest accomplishments.Nick Adenhart, age 22, rookiepitcher for the Las Angeles An
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gels was killed in a car crash inFullerton, California. The crashalso killed two others, and oneman was arrested and will facecharges. Adenhart was taken tothe UC Irvine Medical Center, butdied after undergoing surgery. Thousands of radical ShiiteMuslims rallied in Firdous Square,Baghdad, where the statue of Saddam Hussein was torndown six years ago. Pro
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testors shouted anti-U.S.slogans and carried Iraqiags, commemoratingthe six year anniversaryof Hussein’s fall frompower.Wildres scorchedareas of Texas andOklahoma, injuring atleast 34 people, burn
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ing down nearly 100homes, and forcing sev
-
eral hundreds of peopleto evacuate. Due to highwinds and dry conditions,the re has spread quickly. Taro Aso, the Prime Ministerof Japan, announced a 150 bil
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lion dollar stimulus plan in orderto prevent collapse on the world’ssecond largest economy. Thestimulus plan focuses on buildinginfrastructure, aiding strugglingcompanies, creating unemploy
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ment benets, and improvingwelfare and health. A man and woman were founddead in a classroom at HenryFord Community College in Dear
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born, Michigan. The campus wasquickly put on lockdown aftershots were red in the school’sFine Arts building. A suicide bombing in Mosul,Iraq killed ve United States sol
-
diers at the outer barrier of theIraqi National PoliceHeadquarters. Threeothers were killed, and at least60 were wounded in the attack,which has been the most deadlysingle attack on U.S. troops inover a year. Algerian President AbdelazizBouteika won the election forhis third term in ofce with a land
-
slide victory, securing 90 percentof the vote. Algerian lawmakersabolished term limits last year,allowing Bouteika to run for re-election, though critics say thatthe vote was simply a charade.Social networking websiteFacebook welcomed its 200 mil
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lionth user, and has partneredwith 16 charities and advocacygroups. The site also created“gifts” that users can buy for thepages of other users, the pro
-
ceeds from which willbenet the
c h a r i -
ties.
Emily Trudell,
Staff Writer 
Anand Erdenebileg
,
Staff Writer
Local News
Bryce Robbins wasawarded an honorablemention by the Goldwater Foundation. He was oneof four candidates fromMines for the scholarshipand the only one to berecognized by the Foun-dation.Faculty members ColinWolden, Dan Knauss,Candy Sulzbach, JohnStermole, Ravel Ammer-man, PK Sen, Ron Cohen,John Curtis, Terence Young, Toni Lefton, ScottStrong, Dinesh Mehta,Cara Coad, Ryan O’Hayre,Hugh Miller, Kadri Dag-delen, Jennifer Miskim-mins, and F. EdwardCecil were recognized as“outstanding” by graduat-ing seniors and graduatestudents this week.ASCSM election resultswere announced lastweek. Congratulations toJaime Thorpe, StudentBody President, Ashley Young, Vice President,Damian Illing, Board of Trustees Representative,Sharif Jawad, At largecommunity, RambertNahm, At large faculty,and Alec Westerman, Atlarge university. Con-gratulations also to thosewho won in individualclass races.
Melbourne, Australia:
Monash University researchers have success
-
fully modeled the act of pizza tossing, based on observations they madeof professional pizza chefs. They developed calculations to identify dough’strajectories and they were able to analyze the tossing motions along withrotational speed, stability, and energy efciency. By collaborating with pizzachefs, the researchers were able to analyze two types of dough toss. Oneis called single tossing and it is when pizza is tossed from rest. The other iscalled multiple tossing, which occurs when the chef spins the pizza multipletimes before allowing it to rest.
 Austin, TX:
Scientists at the University of Texas at Austinfound a new predatory ant called Martialis eureka (meaning “antfrom Mars”) in the Amazon. After morphological and genetic anal
-
ysis, the researchers conrmed that the ant was a new species. The ant has many interesting characteristics not usually presentin ants. For example, it is only 2 to 3 millimeters long, has noeyesight, and has large mandibles which help it to capture prey.
London, UK:
Physicists from the University CollegeLondon have developed a method that could make en
-
tangled light using a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC). Bymaking a group of atoms extremely cold (close to absolutezero), the scientists can make the group act as one atom. The scientists blocked a BEC in an optical cavity, whichmeans the light eld could cause the atoms to react thesame. As a result, a strong atom-photon forms, and strongatom-proton coupling provides the entangled method.
Gothenburg, Sweden:
Archaeologists from The Universityof Gothenburg discovered that societies in the Late Neolithicand Bronze Age had more varied cultures than once realized. The researcher looked at archeological evidence dated between2300-500BC, and discovered that the structure of communitieswere very complex. For example, houses greatly varied in size,based on a person’s inuence in the community. Furthermore, itwas discovered that powerful political entities were formed andtried to control large areas of land, something which was notthought to happen by many scientists.
 
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Tier Expectations Benefits3
 
100% BSO meetings
 
3 service events (1 campus, 1community, and 1 of either)
 
Self maintained website
 
Officer transition plan
 
No specified yearly funding limit
 
Eligible for Special Program funding
 
Eligible to reserve Student Center rooms for the followingsemester after the midterm of the current semester for “specialevents”
 
Eligible for office space
 
Eligible for Tier 3 Organization of the Year
2
 
Goals/Evaluation Worksheet
 
1 service event (campus)
 
Updated Student Activities Web PageForm
 
75% BSO meetings
 
 Yearly funding up to $2500
 
Eligible for storage locker
 
Eligible for mail box
 
Eligible to hold events with alcohol
 
Eligible for marquee space
 
Eligible for Tier 2 Organization of the Year
1
(concurrent withcurrent organizationrequirements and benefits)
 
Organization Update form
 
Officer Update form
 
Submit meeting dates/times toStudent Activities
 
 Yearly funding up to $250
 
 Appropriate use of CSM logos, names, etc
 
Name on Student activities website
 
Information in Calendar/Whats happening emails
 
 Access to SA arts/publicity supplies
 
Eligible for Tier 1 Organization of the Year
 
Contact info on Student Activities webpage (if form issubmitted)
 
Tier Structure is cumulative
 
Organizations to remain outside the Tier Structure: Governing Bodies: ASCSM, BSO, GSA , Sports Club Council; Club Sports, MAC , andRecognized Sororities and Fraternities
 Thursday evening, ASCSMpassed a resolution and approvedthe Board of Student Organiza-tions (BSO) Tier Structure forStudent Organizations on cam-pus. With this resolution, a fewchanges will take place that willaffect Student Organizations oncampus. The Tier Structure will beimplemented in the fall of 2009 af-fecting spring 2010 budget alloca-tions. The purpose of the Tier Struc-ture is to address the currentchallenges faced by Student Or-ganizations, ASCSM and Student Activities. Challenges such as dis-tribution of resources, lack of fund-ing, and longevity of organizationsare increasing as more StudentOrganizations are started at CSM. The Tier Structure is intended topromote organizational account-ability and community steward-ship as well as provide recognitionto organizations that show out-standing leadership on campus.We are asking that StudentOrganizations participate in theiroriginal Tier Placement. Meetingtimes will be available at the end
Tier Structure for student organizations tobegin Fall 2009
Simon Demby-Myers
BSO President
Karlyn Adams
BSO Treasurer 
of the springsemester andbeginning of fall semes-ter to assureappropriateplacementwithin the TierStructure.Informa-tion sessionson the sys-tem will beheld April 22and 23. Allsessions willbe held inBerthoud Hall126. We en-courage or-ganizations touse this op-portunity to
nd out more
informationabout the TierStructure. The complete Tier Structuredocument,including all
denitions and clarications, can
be found on the Student Activitiesweb page. Signups for meetingtimes will be available at the Infor-mation Sessions and in the Stu-
dent Activities ofce during Dead
Week. Please note that all StudentOrganizations, whether or not theyreceive funding from ASCSM, area part of the Tier Structure. We areexcited to continue working withStudent Organizations to makethis system a success.Information Sessions: April 22 5 PM BE 126 April 23 4 PM BE 126, 5 PMBE 126Individual meeting times will be
held during Dead Week.
 Two years ago, the CapitalConstruction Fee was imple-mented. Included in the fee is$200,000 per year for classroomimprovements, with ASCSM (andthus students) getting a 51%vote on funds disbursal. The Classroom Equipmentfee was notused lastyear, leaving$400,000available forimprove-ments thisyear. Assuch, thisyear’s proj-ects are larg-er in scope than the predictedaverage. According to ASCSM’s
outgoing president Kevin Duffy,
more typical funds use will in-clude such as improvements asdesk and chair replacements in Alderson Hall. The largest of the projectsthis year, at roughly $260,000,is a rip-and-replace renovationof Coolbaugh Hall room 209.“Basically rip it out, it’s a shell,and build something new,” was
Duffy’s description of the im
-provements. New chairs, audio-visual equipment, and other fur-nishings will replace the currentfacilities.Second, Brown Building 316B,a holdover from drafting classes,will be transformed into a digi-tal-friendly environment. “Thesefunds are to transform that area
Mines uses two years of capital construction fee
Ian Littman
Assistant Webmaster 
into a CTLM-esque learning stu-
dio,” Duffy stated. “The rooms
were built when engineers weretaught two or three actual man-ual drafting courses, and now allof our courses are SolidWorks,
 AutoCAD, [etc.]” According to
the request for proposal on thisproject, “Benefits from the pro-posed re-modeling will be pri-marily for the teaching of the twomajor upper-level requiredcoursesEGGN411
Machine De
-sign, andEGGN413Computer- Aided En-gineering...and the me-chanical engineering field ses-sion EGGN233...” These chang-es, which will improve visibility forprojector-based presentations,will affect several hundred stu-dents (around 150 in Machine
Design, 260 in Computer-Aided
Engineering, 160 in field session,and 60 in other classes) and willcost roughly between $69,000and $91,000.Smaller jobs, more represen-tative of ongoingactivitiessupportedby this fee,include theadditionof smartpodiumtechnol-ogy for HillHall rooms 202 and 204, similarto what is available in some Ber-thoud Hall and CTLM rooms. Thetotal cost for the two rooms is inthe neighborhood of $20,000.Once these proposals, and afew smaller ones, are paid for,other projects will be completedwith remaining funds. If a fewthousand dollars are left after thelarger renovations, Alderson Hall134 and 151 will get upgraded orreplaced carpeting. If the avail-able funds are significant, BrownBuilding rooms 303 and 304 willbe reworked entirely, creating abetter combination of lecture andlab space, as well as an officeand storage room for lab TAs andthe like. The cost for this project,which will likely be postponeduntil the next round of CapitalConstructin Fee funding is avail-able, would be about $100,000.Students are encouraged tovoice their opinions to ASCSMabout where the next year’sClassroom Equipment sectionof the Capital Construction Feeshould go. ASCSM built the 51%student government vote into thesystem to allow any input a verygood chance of succeeding, withthe full realization that all moniesdisbursedare paid bystudents,who willbe theultimatebeneficia-ries of anyimprove-mentsmade.
The largest of the proj-ects this year, at roughly$260,000, is a rip-and-replace renovation of Cool-baugh Hall room 209.Students are encouraged tovoice their opinions to ASCSMabout where the next year’sClassroom Equipment sectionof the Capital Construction Feeshould go.
 
When asked to describe Up
‘Til Dawn, Merika Treants ex
-plained that, “It’s a fundraiserfor St. Jude Children’s ResearchHospital.” The motto of St. Judeis, “Finding cures. Saving chil-
dren.” “Up ‘Til Dawn is their col
-lege program to raise money.” Thus far, the Colorado Schoolof Mines chapter has been quitesuccessful. According to Treants, “Wehave an All-T meeting in thefall. We raised$9,721.97… The year be-fore we raised $7,000.” This is
the third year Up ‘Til Dawn has
held activities at Mines. All-T is the event though
which the Mines Up ‘Til Dawn
group brings in most of theirmoney. At All-T, participants ad-dress letters to family and friendsrequesting donations for St.Jude. “Last year it was Nov 5.”Next year, it might be around thesame time, but possibly later.
 This Friday, Up ‘til Dawn is
hosting an open event. “‘On the
Lawn With Up ‘til Dawn’ is what
it’s called… anyone can come…It’s to celebrate how much moneythe school raised.” The occasionwill be marked with free pizza,ice cream cake, and drinks. Theonly requirement of attendees isthat they each address at leastone letter asking for a donation.
Up ‘Til Dawn atMines
Alec Westerman
Staff Writer 
On the Lawn With Up ‘til Dawn
will be held on Kafadar Com-mons April 17 from 11:00 AMto 1:00 PM. It’s not necessaryto commit two hours or even toshow up at a certain time to getfed. Treants invites everyone to,“Come any time.” Treant’s would like to see Up
‘til Dawn grow and raise ever in
-creasing sums of money. A largecomponent of that is outreach.She explained, “We do a lot withthe Greeks…we send out amass email.”However,more elabo-rate outreachhasn’t beenfeasible. Tre-ants explained, “We’ve been lim-ited by our budget.” In order toensure that next year runs better
than ever, Up ‘til Dawn is seekingqualied people for its executive
board. Treants told her tale of involve-
ment with Up ‘til Dawn saying, “I
actually got to go to the hospi-tal in Memphis.” The hospital,
she explained, is nonprot and
it’s involved in both treatmentand research. She described thetreatment facilities by saying, “It’sreally happy.” She also explainedthat when researches at St.Jude’s develop new treatments,
they share their ndings freely inhopes that they will benet more
children. Treants expressed how
much she enjoyed Up ‘til Dawn
saying, “It’s just a fun thing todo.”
At All-T, participantsaddress letters to familyand friends requestingdonations for St. Jude.

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