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College students are fully sub-mersed in a lifestyle that differsgreatly from that in which they grewup. They depart from the scheduleand environment to which they areaccustomed: they eat different food,meet different people, and do differ-ent things at college than when theyare home. Frequently, one of the lifechanges is religion.Students who are suddenly re-leased from their parents’ expectationsare likely to forget about religion.They “lose” their religion. Other students come to college and ﬁnd re-ligion. The Colorado School of Mineshas examples of each type of student,as well as a variety of religious orga-nizations on campus.Rick Thomas, a freshman, is oneof the former. He is a “reformed Jew”who does not see Judaism as a reli-gion, but more of a culture. He ﬁndsit hard to maintain Jewish practicesat college, where the cafeteria is hard pressed to accommodate the specialdiet required by Passover. Rick says,“It’s a pain in the ass, living in thedorms. Not only the food, but some people don’t seem very acceptingof Jews. I wish they would just getover it.”At home he is a practicing Jew,at school he attends a Christian biblestudy, just to learn. “It’s interestingto hear the stories that come after the Torah. We can learn a lot aboutthe tension between Christians andJews from the New Testament.” ToRick, religion is a way to deal withdaily problems, as well as maintain aconnection to his ancestors. But Rick also claims to be an atheist. “I don’twant to be told what to believe. I wantto ﬁgure out what I believe myself.”College is a great place to ﬁgure outyour beliefs for yourself.Ryan Rowlette is a self describednon-Christian Jesus follower, and a bible study leader with IntervarsityChristian Fellowship. He has workedwith collegestudents for 8 years, sohe gets tosee the re-ligious sideof collegelife. “I think that religionis the lam-est thing inthe world.People aregoing to optout of it if they get the choice.” Instead of reli-gion, Ryan feels that college studentsreally just need a way to get to knowJesus. They don’t need a structuredhymns, prayers and sermon churchenvironment; they need a place toexplore their faith.Another group on campus is theChurch of Latter-day Saints. Theyhold daily classes on campus, where
Religion in the Face of Science
Changing or afﬁrming religion at college is a choice most make
anyone is welcome to come and learnabout the scriptures and modern day prophets. There is a large communityin the Denver metro area of Latter-day Saints that organizes events for those who wish to come. StephanieSchmidt says, “I think that religioncan help people form a connection.”That seems to be the aim of the events,as well as the studies and services held by the group.The Muslim Student Association isalso open to any who wish to attendtheir activities. The organization wasfoundedto serveas a sup- port for Muslimstudentsat Mines,as well as promotegood re-lations betweenMuslimsand non-Muslims.They do not often hold meetings, butthey arrange events on campus, and participate in events like InternationalDay. Badri Amat states; “Islam is notsomething separate from your life. Itis a way of life, it completely shapesthe way you live your life. It’s notsomething that you just believe in.”The group holds only one annualmeeting. The other events happenthroughoutthe schoolyear, and arenot set up spe-cifically bythe MuslimStudent As-sociation.Faith, if not religion,is a driv-ing force inmany lives.Schmidt says;“I do believethat religionis going outof style inthe world ingeneral, but people need itand that is whythey are tryingto replace it with ‘spiritualism’ andthings like that.”Rowlette asserts; “The thing I’mmost passionate about is Jesus. I think that if people knew about Jesus like Ido, they would want to know more.Faith can make a difference to anyone,everyone.”Amat claims; “Once you believethat there’s only one God, you basi-cally want to follow everything heasks you to do and leave everythingthat he forbids you.”For these people, faith is a require-ment, not a choice. But they are onlya few examples of the many people
“The strongest human desire is tobe in a relationship where you are fully known and fully loved. Youcan’t have that kind of a relationshipwith another human being, you need something bigger.”
on campus who are shaped by their faith.Regardless of the afﬁliations of thegroups on campus, all seem to havethe same ideas about religion in mind:a connection to something outside of one’s life. Rowlette sums up this ideawith: “The strongest human desireis to be in a relationship where youare fully known and fully loved. Youcan’t have that kind of a relationshipwith another human being, you needsomething bigger.” All of the organi-zations on campus are focused on onething: bringing students closer to that“something bigger” by bringing themtogether to learn.
Courtesy Ryan Mills
A Bible study group uses garbage collection asa volunteering activity.
Soon students will have bus transportation included in fees.
In the recent ASCSM elections, theIntermodal Transportation Fee passed by a staggering margin, 77% to 23%.This measure proposes to give stu-dents more options for transportationto and from the campus. One of theseoptions is to give the student body bus passes with unlimited use. Other options have been discussed, but thecommittee decided fully what to dowith the full budget.Last year, this same measure was proposed, but failed by a narrowmargin of only a handful of votes.“It’s good to see that once [the student body is] more informed that it passed
Bus Pass Passes
by such a large margin,” ThomasWell said. “We put a lot of effort incampaigning this year and informingthe students about the issue.”This measure has some studentshoping for trend. CSM President,Dr. Scoggins, has shown interest insustainability through the presidentialsustainability committee. ThomasWells says; “The campus architect,Paul Leef, has been in communicationwith the City of Golden to coordinateour sustainability efforts.”Thomas, along with other like-minded students, is hoping to see morecare given to the issue of sustainabil-ity. Thomas added; “Sustainability isthe way of future and I deﬁnitely don’tforesee Mines being left in the past.”
Asst. Editorials Editor
On March 28, David Scott, Inter-national Editor for the Christian Sci-ence Monitor, spoke at the ColoradoSchool of Mines to students of theGuy T. McBride Jr. Honors Programregarding journalism on the front linesof the international scene.In an interview, Scott said; “Ten,even 15 years ago, cell phones andlaptops were rare. Satellite phoneswere just starting to be used and theywere bulky suitcases. The Internet wasin its infancy. As a result, reporterswere not in as close contact with their home ofﬁces as they are today. Now,reporters are much better informedabout what’s going on both inside thecountry where they work as well aswhat’s going on in the world beyond.It’s easier to shift gears quickly inresponse to events.”Scott also discussed a paradigmshift in the ﬁeld of journalism; “Newsis increasingly a commodity – likecopper or iron. News – deﬁned as whathappened this morning or yesterday – is all over the Internet. Google Newssearches more than 4,000 news sitesfor information. That’s why there’sa premium on news analysis – whatdo all these data points mean? Whyshould the reader care about a par-ticular event? Why is it relevant tomy life?”Scott’s presentation to McBridestudents focused on his most impor-tant suggestions for journalists trav-eling internationally. These include:location, networking, being foreign,compassion, translators, comfortlevel, and keeping a low proﬁle.Scottexpounded on his networking pointlater on. “Look at the popularity of Facebook or You Tube. These are acouple of the most current social net-working tools. They enable local andglobal communities to be built muchfaster today. CSM grads looking for work – or research partners - can con-nect instantly to CSM alumnus work-ing in international ﬁrms all over theworld. You can swap ideas, apply for a job in Saudi Arabia, create web pages,develop marketing plans or research projects, even ﬁnd a date, withoutgetting out of your pajamas.”In addition to networking, Scottalso spent time discussing the pro-fessional necessity of “fixers.” Hesaid, “In-country ﬁxers are basicallylow-budget consultants. They can in-troduce you to key people, saving youa lot of wasted time and money. Theycan read the political, economic, andscientiﬁc landscape for you. If you’rea journalist or a geophysicist, youwill likely need some helpﬁguring out the quickest path to completing your assignment. Journal-ists turn to other local journalists. Geologistscan tap local geologistsor professors at a localuniversity.”One of Scott’s ﬁnal points, the 6-week rule,has additional resound-ing effects beyond therealm of journalism.Many CSM graduateswill work in foreigncountries and, in alllikeliness, some of these countries will bein volatile political andsocial situations. “The boiled frog analogy is particularly relevant tooverseas security, butcan be useful if you’redoing research, for ex-ample, on hurricanes and tornados inthe US. You need to be mindful of the fact that just because a particular location or situation was safe the lasttime you were there, doesn’t mean theconditions haven’t changed. Don’tget too comfortable.”The ﬁnal portion of Scott’s pre-sentation was dedicated to takingMcBride students through an editingworkshop. Students learned how toidentify the important paragraphs ina news article and rearrange them sothat they were optimal for informationdelivery to the reader.
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David Scott, the International Editor of theChristian Science Monitor, spoke to mem-bers of the Mines campus on March 28.
Applying lessons of foreign correspon-dence to science and technology