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The Oredigger Issue 10 - November 5, 2007

The Oredigger Issue 10 - November 5, 2007

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The Voice of the Colorado School of Mines, a Superior Education in Applied Science and Engineering
Volume 88, Issue 10November 5, 2007
News - 2Features - 4Sports - 7Opinion - 9Fools Gold - 10
 Although rumors abound thata new football stadium is in theworks, no clear plans have beenmade. According to Director of  Athletics Tom Spicer, a new astro-
turf football eld is going to be builtwhere the practice elds are right
now. Eventually, they may build
a stadium around the new eld.
For the time being, however,games would still be held in Brooks
stadium, even after the new eld is
constructed. When built, it wouldsolely be for the players to prac-tice on. Hopefully, its constructionwill start this spring or next fall.Spicer admits that there are alot of people interested in a new
stadium, but there are no ofcial
plans to build one. He said thattheir first priorities are to builda new soccer pitch, track, and
football eld,
 not 
a stadium. “Thereis a lot of talk, a lot of energy, and
a lot of interest. But ofcially, in
this point of time, we have not
nalized or addressed the issue
of a new stadium,” said Spicer. There are six Mines students
working on the new eld for their
Senior Design Project. They arethe third group to take on theproject. However, according tothe group, they are renovatingthe current stadium, not building
a new one by the practice elds.
Drew Ferren, a senior on thedesign team, said that a stadium
on the practice eld is an old idea
that they lost interest in becauseit would cost too much money. The Senior Design team’s plans
for the stadium include a eld witharticial turf, new stands (capacity
of 4000), a press box, a president’s
suite (that will hold 35 guests and
include a bar), new lights, andtaking out the track. The fake turf will allow the team to both practiceand play games in the stadium. They are also thinking about
 An Astro-logical Play
Melinda Bartel
Staff Writer 
private footballmeeting roomsand a per-sonal footballweight room.But those aresecondaryobjectives. The grouphas a ten mil-lion dollar bud-get, and they’replanning to staywithin it. Vince
Dorzweiler, an
-other senior onthe design proj-ect, said thattheir proposalwill be doneby the end of the semester.If accepted,it would be
built within ve
years. Ferrensaid that whenthe team pre-sented theirproject in front of Spicer, they werecut off and shot down a lot. How-ever, he was under the impressionthat their general ideas are still a go. The Mines head football coach,Bob Stitt, said that he is one of theleast informed and that he hasn’tbeen approached about the newfield. He doesn’t know when orwhere the construction is beingplanned. However, he said hewould hope to be involved in thefuture because he knows what theteam needs. “The football teamwould benefit immensely froma facility that is ours. But a newstadium with no offices doesn’treally fix anything,” said Stitt.Currently, the team struggleswith finding adequate meeting
places (they usually meet in Cool
-baugh), and it’s also hard for Stitt tohold coaches meetings. They needa place where they can draw up
game plans and have lm study
without being interrupted. “Thestadium would really help us withour every day operation” said Stitt.
 The football eld itself is also
in desperate need of renova-
tion. There is a four to ve foot
difference from the center of thefield to the sideline. Field turf 
(as opposed to natural grass)
would help in practice becauseit handles rain well. As of now,the team practically plays on dirt,and if it rains it makes playingalmost impossible. “The idea of 
a new eld has been bounced
around since 2004, but I don’treally have a clue what is going
on with ofcial plans,” said Stitt.
“When I was recruit-ed I was promised a rubberfield. It would be really niceto play on,” said Sophomorefootball player Robbin Vinnola.
MEAVE HAMM / OREDIGGER
Under the Bleachers:
An entryway intothe underbelly of the current Brooks Field.
CSM Senior Design Group Plans for New Field
MEAVE HAMM / OREDIGGER
Leadership
 
F
orum
Greg Smith
Staff Writer 
 The Executive Panel of theColorado School of Mines will hosta “question and answer session”with four CSM Alumni who are nowindustry executives. Current andformer students are encouraged toattend and learn from these leaders.
 The panelists are Tim Marquez,
Founder, CEO and Chairman of  Venoco, Inc. Robert Carlson, Di-rector of Finance and Treasury, Co-orsTek, Inc. Bruce D. Hansen, CEOand Director of General Moly, Inc.,and Sandy Stash, Vice President,Regulatory Affairs and Compli-
ance, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.
 They will be discussing what has
inuenced them personally. They
will have advice for students andalumni alike. The panelists will alsoshare the highlights of their careersafter Mines to where they are today.In a pre-panel question submit-ted to the speakers, Serena Aernieof the Alumni Association asked,“What aspects of your personalitycontributed most to your successas a leader, and were those quali-ties instilled or are they inherent?”
 Tim Marquez said, “The rst two
personality factors that most con-tributed to my success as a leaderare my tenacity and my drive toexcel. I think my tenacity wasboth instilled and inherent. I wasborn into a family of hard-headedpeople, but I have successfully
rened this to a higher level. My
drive to excel was instilled. Therewas a time that I accepted medi-ocrity, but I have come to abhor itand always at least try to excel ateverything I do. The third person-ality factor that has contributed tomy success as a leader is my keenwit. However, since most people
say that my wit is unrecognizable,
maybe we can forget that one.”Robert Carlson answered, “I
have found that being a condent,
independent thinker has servedme well as a leader. While all of us start off with varying levelsof these traits, our actions cangreatly enhance these skills. If we force ourselves to step out of 
our comfort zone and continu
-ously challenge ourselves in newways, we will develop the breadthof knowledge required to be anindependent thinker and we will
build condence from succeed
-ing in these new challenges.” The panel discussion will takeplace on November 7
th
in Met-als Hall with refreshments at
6:30 P.M. and the question and
answer session beginning at7:00 P.M. Students are askedto RSVP due to limited seating.Questions for the panelists shouldbe sent in advance to Alison.
Wheelock@is.mines.edu or 303-273-3295. Hope to see you there!
Panelists Field Questions on Success
 
November 5, 2007
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UNITED STATESOver 12,000 members of theWriters Guild of America will goon strike this Monday after un-successfully negotiating higherpayment for “new” online andDVD media. Jay Leno, DavidLetterman, Conan O’Brien,Jon Stewart, and StephenColbert are among the televi-sion hosts who will be imme-diately effected by the strike.LIBYA In an internet audio mes-sage, al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahriannounced that Libya’s Fight-ing Islamic Group will be-come part of al-Qaeda. AbuLaith al-Libi, leader of Libya’sFighting Islamic Group, saidon the message, “We pro-claim our alliance with theal-Qaeda network ... to be-come the faithful soldiers of Osama bin Laden.”ISRAEL At a conference this weekend,Israeli Foreign Minister TzipiLivni told US Secretary of StateCondoleezza Rice that theestablishment of a Palestin-ian state came second to thesecurity of Israel. “Nobodywants to see another terrorstate in the region,” Livni said.PAKISTAN After Pakistani PresidentPervez Musharraf imposedemergency rule this weekend,the country’s Prime Minister,Shaukat Aziz, commented thatJanuary elections are expectedto be delayed by up to a year. Aziz noted, however, that thecountry remains committedto the democratic process.NORTH KOREA Pyongyang has granted per-mission for US technicians tobegin dismantling North Ko-rea’s only operational nuclearreactor. The reactor is currentlyable to produce weapons-grade plutonium. The agree-ment came under conditionsof aid and security betweenthe US and North Korea.
Zach Aman,
Editor-in-Chief 
Oredigger Staff 
Zach Aman
Editor-in-Chief 
Hilary Brown
 Asst. Editor-in-Chief 
Chris Phillips
Business Manager 
Sara Post
Copy Editor 
Andrew Aschenbrenner 
Opinion Editor 
Josh Elliot
 Asst. Business Manager 
Jason Fish
Content Manager 
Mike Stone
Content Manager 
Lily Giddings
Content Manager 
Kevin Duffy
Content Manager 
K
ing of the Aluminum Hill
Castle of Cans Event at Colorado School of Mines
 The third annual Castle of Canscontest is approaching soon! Castleof Cans is a charitable food drive
Greg Smith
Staff Writer 
where teams build big structures outof canned food. The structures are judged on weight, in addition to over-all appearance. The food from thedrive will go to the local community aswell as other families from Colorado. This year’s Castle of Cans willbe held in Ballrooms ABC on No-vember 16
th
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sigma Lambda took the goldlast year, but the contest is upfor grabs. The winners will bothhave the gratification of help-ing families in need, as well asbragging rights for another year.For more information or to signup your team, contact DustinHaynie. (dhaynie@mines.edu)
COURTESY SIGMA LAMBDA / COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
Constructive Thinking:
Mines students gather once per year to build a creative structure outof cans that are donated to charitable causes.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – An upstart
Broomeld company is set to break 
ground in rural Georgia on what’sbilled as the world’s first wood-based commercial ethanol plant.
Range Fuels’ renery will rely on
Georgia pine trees and forest wastethat would otherwise be burned orleft to rot. Silicon Valley money andUncle Sam are bankrolling the plant,to be located in Treutlen County,about 155 miles southeast of Atlanta. A groundbreaking is set for Tues-
day. The renery will use pine trees,
limbs, bark and needles as well asleftover waste from timber mills toproduce a cellulose-based ethanol.Unlike corn ethanol, cellulose-based fuel relies on wood, grass, hogmanure and other organic matter.“This could be the beginningof changing our reliance on fossilfuels for transportation energy,” saidRange Fuels CEO Mitch Mandich.“We’re setting out to prove it can bedone and be commercially viable.”When fully built, the plant isdesigned to produce more than100 million gallons of ethanol ayear using a proprietary tech-nology. Mandich said it will cost“several hundred million” dollars.
 The plant’s rst phase of con
-struction is slated for comple-tion at the end of 2008. The ini-tial facility is engineered to pro-duce 20 million gallons a year.“It’s great to see it coming outto the marketplace,” said JimMcMillan, an engineer who helpsmanage biofuels research anddevelopment at the National Renew-able Energy Laboratory in Golden.Unlike corn ethanol, cellulose-
Silicon Valley-Backed CompanyBuilding Georgia Ethanol Plant
Roger Fillion
Rocky Mountain News; AP
based ethanol doesn’t rely on a foodsource or farmland for its feedstock.Ethanol demand has sent corn pric-es skyrocketing, pushing up costsfor meat suppliers and consumers.“You’re not competing directlyin the food market,” McMillan said.He also noted that cellulose-basedethanol requires less fossil fuel inputsin the way of natural gas and coal.Founded in 2006, Range Fuelsis backed by Sun Microsystemsco-founder Vinod Khosla and federaldollars. In February, the companyreceived $76 million in funding fromthe U.S. Department of Energy.Range Fuels was one of sixcellulose-based ethanol companiesto receive DOE funding totaling$385 million. Energy SecretarySamuel Bodman said at the timethe companies’ plants “will playa critical role in helping to bringcellulosic ethanol to market andteaching us how we can produceit in a more cost effective manner.”When fully operational,the Range Fuels refinery is ex-pected to employ 60 to 70.“We plan on building multipleplants and rolling out this technol-ogy swiftly,” said Mandich, the CEO.More than 6 billion gallons of ethanol were produced in theUnited States last year. Nearly allthat fuel was derived from corn.Experts say cellulose-based
ethanol is more efcient than corn
ethanol. They cite data showing thateach unit of fossil fuel used to makecorn ethanol produces about 1.3to 1.4 units of ethanol-based fuel.Mandich cited governmentdata showing that in the case of cellulose-based ethanol, the ratiois one unit of fossil fuel input forevery 10 units of ethanol output.
 
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ews
November 5, 2007
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. – A stateemployee at one of the Colorado’s24 group homes for the develop-mentally disabledhas been arrest-ed for allegedlyabusing patients.Krista Jacob-sen is accused of locking patientsbehind closeddoors at DepewHouse, a chargeshe denies.“It was com-pletely inappropriate,” Dr. Sha-ron Jacksi, who oversees thegroup homes, told KCNC TV.Jacksi said Jacobsen was firedafter the accusations surfaced.Locking patients behind closeddoors “would definitely be con-sidered abuse,” Jacksi said. Ja-cobsen is charged with neglect of an at-risk adult, a misdemeanor.KCNC said it interviewed otheremployees at the center and wastold Jacobsen, a licensed psychi-atric technician, had told them itwas acceptable to lock the pa-tients in rooms which containeda couch, toys and a television. Amanda Houghtailing, admit-ted to the practice when inter-
Widespread ProblemsReported in MentalHealth Centers
Associated Press
viewed by police, saying, “Atfirst I thought it was okay, butthen in the back of my mind Iknew it was wrong.” Among thepatients locked up was one whowas supposedto be observedconstantly be-cause he hada tendency to“self-injuri-ous” behavior.KCNC said italso found prob-lems at otherhomes afterreviewing hun-dreds of pages of reports and look-ing at the results of investigations. A state inspection found eightresidents soaked in their own urineat one home in March. Inspectorsfrom the state health departmentfound that employees at onecenter were hiding toys and otheritems belonging to one patient,causing her extreme anguish.“We are concerned we dohave these instances and arelooking at how to improvethe services,” Jacksi said. The investigation alsofound that many workers whowere supposed to be moni-toring at-risk patients werecaught asleep on the job.
 “A state inspectionfound eight resi-dents soaked in theirown urine at onehome in March.” 
PASADENA, Calif. – Stu-dents at the California Institute of  Technology campus were ableto forget rocket science for aday and harvest olives instead.Students and faculty put awaytheir laptops Fri-day to climb 16-foot-high ladders,perch in cherrypickers and grabthe black andgreen fruit thatwould otherwisestain the univer-sity’s walkways. Their goal is tomake some 1,200bottles of olive oilto raise moneyfor scholarships,staff bonuses andstudent activities.“It’s not really just about theolives. It’s about everyone work-ing together,” said freshmanmath major Tim Black of Wis-consin, who was one of morethan 500 people picking olives.Olive picking became a fallevent at the campus more fa-mous for producing math ge-niuses and rocket scientists af-ter two students began pluckingcampus trees as a joke last year.
 At Caltech, StudentsForgo Rocket Sciencefor a Day to Pick Olives
Associated Press
President Jean-Lou Cha-meau, who saw them, told biol-ogy major Ricky Jones and phys-ics major Dvin Adalian he wouldprepare them a home-cooked
meal if they could gure out how
to turn the olives into olive oil. They met the challenge usingblenders, con-crete blocks,windowscreens anda centrifuge. Their ef-forts garneredso much at-tention thatCaltech de-cided to createa full-blownharvest festi-val this year.Most of the olives thatstudents andfaculty plucked were being turnedover to the Santa Barbara Ol-ive Co., where they will be pro-fessionally pressed and bottled.But Jones, 22, and Adalian,20, kept their hand in, design-ing and helping build a human-powered crusher that rolled twoone-ton metal wheels over someof the olives, which were thenwrapped in cloth, placed in apress and squeezed into a bin.
 “Most of the olivesthat students and fac-ulty plucked were be-ing turned over to theSanta Barbara OliveCo., where they will beprofessionally pressedand bottled.” 
 C O U R T E S Y  W I K I M E D IA  C O M M O N S
 T a l k  O n: 
 C l o c k - w i s e  f r o m  t o p ;  D a - v i d  L e t t e r m a n,  J o n  S t e w a r t,  S t e p h e n  C o l b e r t,  a n d  J a y  L e n o  a r e  a  f e w  o f  t h e  t a l k  s h o w  h o s t s  p o t e n t i a l l y  a f f e c t e d  b y  t h e  u p c o m i n g  s t r i k e. 
LOS ANGELES – Hollywood writ-ers were back at the bargaining tableSunday in a last-minute push to avoida strike against TV networks andmovie studios over writers’ share of 
prots from DVDs and the Internet.
 The battle has broad implicationsfor the way Hollywood does business,since whatever deal is struck by theWriters Guild of Amer-
Result of Writers’ Battle
DVD, Internet Profits Also Likely to Impact Actors, Directors
Gary Gentile
Associated Press
ica will likely be used as a templatefor talks with actors and directors,whose contracts expire next June.“We’ll get what they get,” Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosen-berg told The Associated Press.Negotiators were meeting with afederal mediator Sunday evening inhopes of avoiding a strike that writershad set to begin 12:01 a.m. Monday. The guild announced sweepingplans to picket every major studio inLos Angeles starting at 9 a.m. Monday,along with Rockefeller Center in New York, where NBC is headquartered. The Alliance of Motion Pictureand Television Producers previ-ously called a writers’ strike “pre-cipitous and irresponsible.”Producers believe progress can bemade on other issues but “it makesabsolutely no sense to increasethe burden of this additional com-pensation,” said J. Nicholas Coun-ter, the producer’s chief negotiator. The guilds have been preparingfor these negotiations for years, hir-ing staff with extensive labor unionexperience, and developing jointstrategies and a harder line thanproducers have seen in decades.“We haven’t shown particular re-solve in past negotiations,” said JohnBowman, the WGA’s chief negotiator.“The sea change is that this is anenormously galvanizing issue, and two,that the new regime at the guild actuallyhas a plan, has an organization and astructure to respond to something.” The writers are the first unionto bargain for a new deal this year. Their contract expired Wednesday.In past years, actors have almostalways gone first, although theDirectors Guild of America, which isseen as the least aggressive of thethree guilds, has sometimes taken the
lead. Whatever deal was struck rst
was usually accepted by the others. The guilds are aware that if writers fail to win concessions in-volving DVDs and the Internet, ac-
tors may have to take up the ght.
“This is an issue that touchesevery member of this guild and everymember of the Screen Actors Guildas well,” said Carlton Cuse, executiveproducer of the ABC drama “Lost.”Consumers are expected to spend$16.4 billion on DVDs this year, ac-cording to Adams Media Research.By contrast, studios could generateonly $158 million from selling mov-ies online and about $194 millionfrom selling TV shows over the Web,although those numbers are expect-ed to skyrocket in coming years.Studios argue that it is too early toknow how much money they can makefrom offering entertainment on the Inter-net, cell phones, iPods and other devices.Hollywood unions have long regret-ted a decision made in 1984 to accepta small percentage of home video salesbecause studios said the technologywas untested and that costs werehigh. Writers only get about 3 centson a typical DVD retailing for $20. The guilds have tried andfailed for two decades to increasevideo payments, even as DVDshave become more profitable forstudios than box office receipts.Unions say they won’tmake the same mistakewhen it comes to the Internet.“I think we all understand what acrucial time in history this is,” Rosen-berg said. “We really feel if we can’tget a fair formula in new media, we’lldig ourselves into the same type of hole we’ve been in with DVDs.”
 The rst casualty of the strike
would be late-night talk shows,which are dependent on currentevents to fuel monologues andother entertainment. Daytime TV, including live talk showssuch as “The View” and soapoperas, which typically tapeabout a week’s worth of shows in advance, wouldbe next to feel the impact. The strike would notimmediately impact pro-duction of movies or prime-time TV pro-grams. Most studios have stockpileddozens of movie scripts, and TV showshave enough scripts or completedshows in hand to last until early next year. The actors’ union has urgedits members to join the writers’picket lines during their off hours.If a writers strike lingers and actorsshow support, producers could try andundermine the writers’ position by seek-ing a more favorable deal with directors.Writers and directors haveclashed in the past, mostly overwriters’ feelings that directors taketoo much credit for a movie andneglect the contribution of writers.In 2004, the directors’ union settled
its contract rst and backed down fromdemands for a higher share of prot
from the lucrative DVD marketplace.Writers and actors then had littlechoice but to accept a similar deal.
“This is a bare knuckle ght and
a chess game,” said Jonathan Han-del, an entertainment lawyer at the
Los Angeles law rm of TroyGould.
“If producers do reach a dealwith the DGA, it would be to cutthe legs right out from under thestrike. Then the focus shifts to SAG.” The DGA said it has not yetscheduled contract talks but wasclosely monitoring developments.

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