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The Oredigger Issue 13 - December 3, 2007

The Oredigger Issue 13 - December 3, 2007

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The Voice of the Colorado School of Mines, a Superior Education in Applied Science and Engineering
Volume 88, Issue 13December 3, 2007
News - 2
No doubt many returning stu-dents have noticed a $50 Aca-demic Construction Building Feeadded to their Fall 2007 bill andwondered, “what is this AcademicConstruction Building Fee, why wasit implemented,and how andwhen will it ben-
et the student
population?” The Academ-ic ConstructionBuilding Fee isa student fee willgo towards cap-ital constructionimprovementsto CSM. Accord-ing to ASCSMPresident CaseyMorse, the fee will be “graduallyimplemented, so that students willnot be shocked by a one time fee in-crease.” Consequentially, the fee willincrementally rise from 50 dollars thissemester to 275 dollars by 2010. The Academic ConstructionBuilding Fee came about in “re-sponse to budgetary constraints”explained Morse. Previously, CSMwas able to cover operating costsand facility expansion throughfunding granted by the State (andtuition). Currently, “the funding fromthe State of Colorado has not beenenough to cover most of [CSM’s]operating costs;” therefore, expan-
sion has been difcult, stated Morse.
In order to continue with facilityimprovement and expansion, CSMhas four options by which to raisethe required money: tuition increas-es, private donations, state fund-ing, and/or student fee increases. Tuition increases were ruledout due to the fact that the statemandates them. Private donationswill be used in conjunction withthe Academic Construction Build-
ing Fee but will be more difcult
to raise “whennot geared towards a very spe-
cic function” such as special use
laboratories, stated Morse. Statefunding is actively being pursuedbut may not be received. Therefore,the Academic Construction BuildingFee was presented by the Board of  Trusties and President Scoggins to ASCSM who approved the reso-lution lastSpring. Accord-ing to Cam-pus ArchitectPaul Leef,the Academ-ic Construc-tion BuildingFee will raisean estimated33 milliondollars thatwill be usedfor the addi-tion of approximately 75,000 squarefeet of building space on campus;roughly the equivalent of addinganother Alderson Hall. The addi-tional space will be realized throughthe additionof two newbuildings oncampus: aBrownBuildingextensionand anotheraddition tothe CTLM. The addition to Brown Build-ing will be built next to the currentfaculty parking on the west side of the building, close to the StudentRecreation Center. It will “essentiallybe [its] own building” and will mostlikely contain classrooms, break-outrooms, and high tech computinglabs, according to Morse. TheBrown Building addition will bethe larger of the two additions andwill cost approximately 25 milliondollars with an estimated 9 milliondollar appropriation from the state,according to Leef. The addition to the CTLM, calledthe CTLM III, will be a 9 million dol-lar addition to the current CTLM. The extension of these two newbuildings to CSM will undoubtedlyhave many positive effects for thestudents on campus as well asgraduated students. “Our class-rooms have over eighty percent uti-lization; which is really high” statedMorse. The additional 75,000square feet will help to “decompresseveryone on campus,” said Morse. These additions “will help addressboth current space deficits andprojected needs as enrollment andresearch activities continue to grow.“[They] will construct new, modern,state-of-the-art learning environ-ments that include classrooms,labs, learning centers, and groupstudy spaces,” explained Leef. This means that students couldbe offered more chronologicallysuccinct schedules, more timeslots for professors when it comes
to nals, as well as more places
to do homework for students. Also, the expanding and improvingof CSM’s facili-ties “will help toadd strength to[graduated stu-dents] degrees10-20 yearsdown the road,”said Morse.When canstudents ex-pect to start receiving the ben-
ets of the Academic Construction
Building Fee? According to Leef,“the whole process of planning,design, and construction should becomplete by fall semester of 2011.” The implementation of the Aca-demic Construction Building Feewill allow CSM to continue remaincompetitive with other universitiesand “will have a positive, long lastingimpact on this institution,” said Leef.
William Everson
Staff Writer 
Capital Construction Fee
Update on Building Progress at School of Mines
 “The additional spacewill be realized throughthe addition of twonew buildings on cam-pus: a Brown Buildingextension and anotheraddition to the CTLM.” 
 “The whole process of plan-ning, design, and construc-tion should be complete byfall semester of 2011.” 
A Golden Background:
Guggenheim Hall, pictured above, is the school’s main administra-tive building and only one of two buildings in Colorado to be adorned by a “Golden Dome.”
Just off the coast of Ecuadorlie the Galapagos Islands. TheGalapagos are perhaps bestknown as the location of someof Charles Darwin’s studies of evolution. Professor Donna Anderson, as part of the Van Tuyl lecture series,shared her experiencesas a geologist in theIslands. They are situ-ated on a hot spot, muchlike the Hawaiian Islands,and at the meeting of two deep-sea cur-rents. Professor An-derson discussedtheir location on“an abyssal plane”with respect to thedramatic drop-off 
to the ocean oor.
 This combination of geological and geographical po-sitioning has spawned a uniquecombination of climate and wildlife.When Darwin visited the is-lands in 1835, he described themas a wasteland “covered with animmense deluge of black, nakedlava,” and indeed the islands arecontinually growing due to thisvolcanic activity. They receivevery little rainfall every year, plac-ing them in the desert climatologycategory. What little precipitationthey do receive comes in theform of fog, which produces anorographic effect. Lush vegeta-tion - grasses, trees, and ferns- generally occurs at higher el-evations, while cactus are foundlower in areas near the coast.Despite the apparent inhospi-table nature of the islands, they
Lava, Cactus,Penguins, and Darwin
 A Van Tuyl Lecture Review
David Sommer 
Staff Writer 
harbor a wide range of wildlife,and this is what they are typicallyknown for. Due to their isolationand the lack of human coloniza-tion, animal life has beenable to flourish. TheGalapagos turtles haveevolved differ-ent shellpatternsdepend-ing ontheirislandof origin. The Califor-nia sea lion hasmade its homeon the islands,having beencarried thereby the samedeep-sea cur-rents respon-sible for the climate. The samehas happened with the Magellanpenguin, which has adapted tolife on the islands by making itshome in lava tubes. Other wild-life includes the marine iguana,the albatross, the blue-footedbooby, and the frigate bird. Tourism to the islands hasbeen increasing, and this hasthreatened the balance of theecosystem. Restoration proj-ects are underway, but theyare not an absolute solution. The Galapagos Islands area unique area of varied wildlifeand climate, the epitome of ecological beauty. Professor Anderson ended her lecturewith a quote from Darwin: “Theforce of impressions generallydepends on preconceived ideas.”
Professor Ander-son lectures about the differ-ent facets of the Galapagos.
Sports - 3Features - 4Opinion - 11Fools Gold - 14
“Stop Loss” Movie Review – Page 4 ASCSM Update – Page 6Geek of the Week – Pg 5 Terre Deegan-Young – Page 7Religious Organizations at Mines – Page 8CSM Sustainability – Page 10
December 3, 2007
Page 2
Oredigger Staff 
Zach Aman
Hilary Brown
 Asst. Editor-in-Chief 
Sara Post
Copy Editor 
Andrew Aschenbrenner 
Opinion Editor 
Josh Elliott
Business Manager 
Cericia Martinez
Prospector Editor 
Meave Hamm
Lead Prospector Photographer 
Chris Phillips
 Asst. Business Manager 
Mike Stone
Fool’s Gold Editor 
Jason Fish
Content Manager 
Kevin Duffy
Content Manager 
Lily Giddings
Content Manager 
David Frossard
Faculty Advisor oredig@mines.edu 
Emily Trudell,
Staff Writer 
 UNITED STATES- DaredevilEvel Knieval died last week at the age of 69. Knievel hasbeen American icon since thelate 1960’s and 1970’s, andmade himself famous withdangerous motorcycle jumpsover such things as cars, bus-es, and the Grand Canyon.Over the last ten years of hislife, Knievel has suffered fromdiabetes, Hepatitis C, andan incurable lung condition. CANADA- Canadian parlia-ment voted last week forJapan to take responsibil-ity for the enslavement of over 200,000 young womenduring World War II. Thewomen, some as young as15, were mainly Korean,Chinese, and Filipino, andwere continuously rapedand assaulted by Japa-nese government officialsover the course of the war. GERMANY- Over the monthof September and October,retail sales in Germany havefallen sharply, as compared
to previous months. Ofcials
blame the decrease in salesto the increase in the cost of food and fuels, leading to adecrease in the purchasingpower of German citizens. EGYPT- Four Egyptian police-men received a sentence of three to seven years of prisontime after being convictedof brutally beating a man todeath during interrogation.In recent weeks, Egyptianpolice have been involved inmultiple cruelties to detain-ees, including sexual assault. INDIA- Ground water in the In-dian state of Punjabi has beenfound to contain high levels of poisonous pesticides and heavymetals. Studies have shown thatthe presence of arsenic and mer-cury as well as other dangerouschemicals have entered the foodchain, and are responsible for ahigh occurrence of deformitiesand cancers. Blood tests of localsshowed that nearly two thirds of the population had slightly mutat-ed DNA due to the contamination.With an estimated 33.2 mil-lion people in the world infectedwith the HIV/ AIDS virus, including2.5 million children under the ageof 15, the United Nations raisedawareness on Saturday, December1, the twentieth World AIDS day.South Africa, the country with
over ve million infected citizens;
the highest number of any country
in the world, held a benet concert
featuring local artists, as well assome internationally known artists. The concert was funded bythe 46664 campaign, a programcreated by former South Afri-can President Nelson Mandelain order to spread education toyounger generations about AIDSprevention. Mr. Mandela madean appearance at the concert. The South African governmenthas previously been accused fordenying and minimizing the HIV epidemic in that nation. How-ever, in modern years, the coun-try has formed one of the besttreatment programs in the world.Considering that two thirds of those infected with the virus areresiding in Sub-Saharan Africa,campaigners have focused onending the epidemic and spread-ing education to that part of theworld. However, the numbersof infected individuals has risendramatically around the world.While many relief efforts haveinvolved educating the public andproviding prevention methods,such as condoms, activists stillplan to stop the spread of theinfection from mother to child.Moreover, special efforts havebeen put forth to protect thewomen in this part of the world.In the United States, PresidentBush has asked Congress for anextra 15 billion dollars in order toexpand the President’s EmergencyPlan for AIDS Relief, an act imple-mented in 2003. Currently, the WhiteHouse reports that this program hastreated over 1.3 million individuals,and advocates abstinence as thebest policy for AIDS prevention.United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon hopes that by year 2010,HIV education, treatment, andprevention methods will beavailable to anyone who mayneed it, regardless of financialstatus or geographic location.
HIV and Africa
Emily Trudell
Staff Writer 
 Ask Portuguese business execu-tive João Azevedo Coutinho why hiscompany is spending $603 millionto lease the Northwest Parkway for99 years, and he says the invest-ment comes withthe expectationthat there will be a“ring road” aroundmetro Denver.On Monday,Portugal’s Brisa Auto-Estradasclosed on its dealwith the North-west ParkwayPublic Highway Authority thatwill retire about $503 millionin bond debt on the toll road,which has failed to meet originaltraffic and revenue predictions. The deal includes another $40million to cover parkway debtsowed to local government entitiesand $60 million that could be spentto extend the parkway 2.3 miles tothe west, to Colorado128 in Broomfield.Spending the $60million is contingenton construction of afar longer extension of the parkway, to Colo-rado 93 in JeffersonCounty, said Northwest ParkwayExecutive Director Steve Hogan. Taking the parkway to Colo-rado 93 is expected to be partof a more ambitious plan - esti-mated to cost up to $1 billion - toextend the highway to the junc-tion of C-470 and Interstate 70. That would complete the beltwayaround the Denver metro area.“We see that as an impor-tant event,” Coutinho, chief ex-ecutive officer of Brisa Interna-cional, said of completing the
Lease Signed for NW Parkway
Jeffrey Leib
Denver Post Staff Writer 
highway loop. He said his com-pany will work in “partnership”with others to pursue that aim.
Ofcials from Broomeld, Arvada
and Jefferson County have beenamong those lobbying for comple-tion of the beltway. The city of Gold-en has been a strong foe of the plan.Early detailsof the Brisa-Northwest Park-way transactionincluded the pos-sibility that thedeal would be fol-lowed with a tollincrease to $3 forvehicles that trav-el the full lengthof the parkway.Hogan saidMonday he is “not aware of anyplan for a toll increase.” Hoganleaves his position at the end of the month, but will continue asa consultant for the NorthwestParkway authority for six months. The authority retains owner-ship of the road, which runs fromInterstate 25 near 160th Avenueon a roughly 9-milearc to a location just east of U.S. 36.Former ColoradoGov. Bill Owens at-tended Monday’sclosing of the toll-road lease arrangement and saidthe nation will be seeing moredeals like it. “There’s not enoughpublic resources to meet our in-frastructure needs,” said Owens,now a vice chairman with RBSGreenwich Capital. The company
is an afliate of The Royal Bank of 
Scotland, which Owens said will
aid in nancing Brisa’s transaction.
Owens added: “This is amodel of public-private part-nership that brings addition-al resources for public needs.”[Reprinted with permission]
 “The city of Goldenhas been a strongfoe of the plan.”  “Spending the $60 mil-lion is contingent onconstruction of a farlonger extension of theparkway, to Colorado 93
in Jeferson County.” 
This Week at
 The American Chemical So-ciety reelected Mines’s ownKent Voorhees to its Boardof Directors last week. The Colorado School of Mines administration an-nounced last week thatit had trademarked theword “Mines.” Accord-ing to the memo, theword should now be writ-ten as “Mines TM.” Con-tact Esther Henry or DanFox for more information.CSM was celebrated inmultiple publications lastweek for its ColoradoEnergy Research Insti-tute, which found that, in2005, “oil-and-gas activ-ity generated $22.9 bil-lion,” making the industrythe largest in the state.Mines students have 3class days remaining inthe fall semester beforethey must face finals. The Mines football teamlost the Dixie Rotary
Bowl last weekend; the
final score was 26-12.
Page 3
December 3, 2007
 The CSM Orediggers fell to theWestern Oregon Wolves on Satur-day 26-12 in the 2007 Dixie RotaryBowl in St. George, Utah. It was
the rst team the teams had metup on the football eld and it pro
duced a very heated matchup. Thegame started off slowly, with bothteams trading interceptions. Mineswas playing smart football, fooling
Western Oregon a bit with the snap
count, and both teams were battling
swirling winds. Near the end of the
rst quarter, the Wolves nally broke
through with ashort drive inCSM territorycapped off byWR Shaun
Kauleinamoku,the game MVP
for Western Or-egon, of Hawaii. The second
quarter wasvery much likethe first quar
-ter with stalleddrives beforeWestern Or-
egon QB Mark 
 Thorson threwhis 2nd of 4 in-terceptions onthe day settingup the Oredig-gers with nicefield position.
Mines QB David Pesek then madean impressive 15 yard scramble inwhich Western Oregon also com
mitted a personal foul to move
Mines deep into the red zone, but
they progressed no further fromthere and kicker Aaron Abel, the alltime leading scorer in Mines’ his
tory, uncharacteristically missed a40 yard eld goal. Western Oregon
then had a three and out drive be-fore punting it. The punt return was
fumbled, the Wolves recovered,and quickly made the Orediggers
pay with a 30 reverse by Kaulein-
amoku for his 2nd touchdownof the day. They would miss thePAT to make it 13-0. The Wolves
added a touchdown later on in
the second quarter in which WRDJ Jackson went in untouchedand somersaulted into the end
zone to celebrate. They failed on 2separate 2 point conversion tries,
the rst of which was negated byoffsetting penalties, to make it 19-0.
Mines drove late in the second
quarter right before halftime beforeDavid Pesek threw an interceptionto give Western Oregon the samechange. However, junior linebacker AJ Montalvo, the eventually MVPof the game for Mines, intercept
-ed the ball to end the first half.
 The third quarter was predomi
-nantly slow, but near the end of 
the quarter, junior defensive back 
Drew Ferren intercepted his second
pass of the game. This set up theOrediggers for their rst score, a
touchdown pass to senior wide
receiver Derek Dykstra. Mineswent for 2, but the attempt wasintercepted to make the score19-6. A muffed punt by Mines andsubsequent recovery by the Wolvesat the end of the 4th quarter madeit 26-6, but CSM made one last
drive into the endzone near the end,
nished by Demarin Richardson, adefensive end who came in as ahalfback and scored a TD in thenal seconds to nish the game.Overall, it was a messy gamewith many turnovers and penalties.
Western Oregon was penalized
14 times for 132 yards throughoutthe course of the game (Mineshad 5 for 35) and each team had4 turnovers. Tensions ared nearthe end of the game with hard hitsmade, stupid penalties commit
ted, and a skirmish after the nalkickoff, but at the end of the gameduring the conventional handshakeperiod, a lot of hugs broke outamongst players of both sides.While the game did not turn out
well for CSM, the announcers forWestern Oregon heaped on praise
for the team, saying they playedsmart football and have a brightfuture ahead of them with most of 
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Rotary Bowl Action:
The Oredigger offense lines up ina spread formation against the Western Oregon Wolves.
Orediggers Fall to Western Oregon in Bowl
Bad Breaks Mar Smart Play, Contribute to Postseason Loss
Matthew Pusard
Staff Writer 
the roster returning for next season.
For a statistical breakdown of thebowl game, please visit http://www.rotarybowl.com/matchup.php.
Supporting the Team:
Mines Cheerleaders, theCSM band, and Marvin the Miner made the trip.

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