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The Oredigger Issue 26 - August 15th, 2013

The Oredigger Issue 26 - August 15th, 2013

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 Volume 93, Issue 26 August 15, 2013
The student voice of the Colorado School of Mines
Learn about thehighlights of Golden.
Golden 6
Oredigger 8CSM 4 Advice 2
Learn how toprepare forMinesLearn what todo on the CSMcampusLearn aboutcampuspublications
as club sports and intercollegiateathletics, residence halls activities,and student groups. I encourageyou to jump in, get involved, andtruly embrace Mines as your sec-ond home. You have already enjoyedachievement in your lives, andnow you’re ready to take on newchallenges. I can’t wait to see what YOU bring to Mines- see you in August!Sincerely,M.W. ScogginsPresidentDear Class of 2017,Welcome to the ColoradoSchool of Mines. What an excitingtime to be an Oredigger! Minescontinues to be one of the premierengineering and applied scienceschools in the country, and we justkeep getting better. There manyexciting new facilities, programs,and services available on campus
as we continue to fulll our goal of 
excellence.Our focus is now to help youreach
goals. You want tobe a part of the next generationof scientists and engineers toaddress global challenges andopportunities affecting the earth,energy sectors, and the environ-ment. We strongly believe thatyour education at Mines will giveyou the skills, knowledge, andattributes you’ll need to realizeyour goals and dreams. You’llwork harder, reach farther, pushyourself out of your comfort zone,and accomplish more in the nextfour years than you ever thoughtpossible. And the payoff will beconfidence in knowing exactlywhat you’re capable of, what youcan achieve, and a whole world of opportunity ahead of you.In the coming weeks and dur-
ing your rst semester here you’ll
learn more about Mines’ academicprograms and also about the manyways to get involved in campuslife outside of the classroom, such
Message from the CSMPresident
“The Oredigger” is excited to welcome the Class of 2017 to the Colorado School of Mines. Go Orediggers!
Message from your USG
Welcome to Mines, new stu-dents! I know you are all readyfor the challenge that awaits inthe new semester. I hope you’veall had a great summer’s rest inpreparation for school. Needlessto say, you picked the right placeto spend four years.With just a quick glance aroundyou, the beauty of Golden is ap-parent and the town has so manygreat things to do! Located within15 minutes of town are ideal cy-cling roads and mountain bikingpaths, rock climbing crag filledClear Creek Canyon, and ClearCreek itself for kayaking. Thesunny creekside park is a greatplace to hang out and read, or takea nice, exciting ride downstreamon a tube.Whatever your fancy, Mines hasa student organization for it, every-thing from the Free ride Collectiveto watching “gnar” ski videos to theUrban Gaming club for some Hu-mans vs. Zombies. Don’t be afraidto get active on campus! There aremany opportunities for everyone tobecome leaders and members of the 170 clubs and organizations.Not only will participation in theseimprove your resume, there is nobetter outlet from your rigorousstudies.I would like to introduce oneof the great organizations to getinvolved in; the UndergraduateStudent Government, or USG.USG is one of the big players in thestudent life at Mines, and overseesthe use of upwards of $800,000
to benet the student body.. We
discuss policy, campus issues,and plan traditional events eachyear such as Into the Streets (acommunity service day) and theE-Days Undie Run. The growth of student government in the last fewyears has been great to see, and itwill continue through this next year.We hope to see you active andsuccessful on campus, and indeedwe have our own opportunitiesfor freshman. The four freshmanrepresentatives have not yet beendecided, and will not be until thesemester starts. The positions include FreshmanClass President, and three Fresh-man Senators, all of whom will bechosen by your class through elec-tions. Keep in mind all of this asyou start out the year and pleasefeel free to meet with any of thecouncil. To end, I want to welcome youagain to the Colorado School of Mines. Congratulations! I hope
you’re excited for your rst year
in college!Samuel “Scoop” CooperUSG President
For a complete list of USGcouncil members, see page 8.
Editorials Policy 
The Oredigger is a designated public forum.Editors have the authority to make all con-tent decisions without censorship or advanceapproval and may edit submitted pieces for length so long as the original meaning of thepiece is unchanged. Opinions contained within
the Opinion Section do not necessarily reect
those of Colorado School of Mines or The Ore-digger. The Oredigger does not accept submis-
sions without identifcation and will consider 
all requests for anonymity in publication on acase-by-case basis. Submissions less than 300words will receive preference.
o r e d i g g e
 August 15, 2013Page 
 w w w . O R E D I G G E R . n e t
Deborah Good
Upon your arrival, before your classes
This is a calculator- free zone
Lily Giddins
Guest Writer 
 The rst reaction of many stu
dents upon hearing that they areheaded to the Colorado Schoolof Mines for a high-quality en
gineering education is that theyare going to require a much morepowerful cal
culator. Wait just one sec
ond, though:before yougo out andspend threehundred dol
lars on abrand new TI or Casio, you shouldbe warned that you will have fewchances to use it.Professors at Mines are ontothe tactic of programming equa
tions and information into thecalculator to bypass the need tomemorize material that the profes
sor deems necessary. Studentsare not allowed to use a calcula
Before you buy: know what to look for 
tor on any test for Calculus I, II andIII. Also, the use of graphing cal
culators is prohibited on the Phys
ics I and II exams and, historically,Chemistry I and II exams. This may seem like a cruel andunusual punishment, but it doesn’thave to be. Instead of buying thebrand new, ultra-powerful calcu
lator forhundredsof dollarsonly to let itlanguish inyour dormroom orbackpack for the en
tire year, stick with the calculatoryou already have.Invest in a TI 30X IIS. This is thecalculator you will be provided dur
ing all Physics I and II exams andgenerally Chemistry I and II ex
ams. It can be nicky, therefore itis important to make sure you arecompetent in using this calculatorbefore the day of the exam.Most important of all, don’tpanic. You can, and will, learn toderive and integrate in your head,or at least without a calculator. Teachers are not trying to makeyou fail their class; they are try
ing to teach you skills that you willneed and constantly use in yourtenure at Mines.For practice, it would be ben
ecial to attempt at least part of your homework without the aidof a graphing calculator. This re
minds you, in a low-stress situ
ation, how to do the problem byhand, and you can practice usingthe scientic calculator to help youin the parts that you absolutelycannot do by memory or by hand.Bottom line, it’s not really sucha bad thing that teachers will notallow the use of high-tech graph
ing calculators on exams. It takesa little more concentration to com
plete the exams without a graph
ing calculator, but it’s ultimatelybenecial to know that you can docalculus on your own.
Invest in a cheap, functional
scientic calculator and learnhow to use the trigonometric
School mascot Blaster the Burro welcomes new students.
 You’ve applied, you’ve beenaccepted, you’ve agreed to come,and now all that awaits you in yourquest to begin college is to, well,actually begin college. Perhapsyou are moving across the country,or perhaps just across town. Per
haps you can’t wait to strike out onyour own, perhaps you are appre
hensive. Most likely, you have justnished high school or a gap year,but it is also possible you have alot more life experience under yourbelt. Whatever your background,Mines will be challenging, but re
warding.Mines will also most likely bedifferent than any other school youhave attended.Many of you cruised throughthe rst thirteen years of your edu
cations. A very small percentage of you will be able to cruise throughMines as well, but most of you willhave to study more than you haveever done before. For that segmentof the incoming class, the next fouryears may bring unusual challeng
es. You may drop from one of thesmartest in your high school class
es to the middle or even lower tiersof your college class. This is notunusual at Mines. It is okay, andyou will get through it.For any of you who nd your
selves mired in feel
ings of insufciency,remember this: If you were not one of the smartest peoplearound, you wouldnever have made itthis far. Most of theworld will never learnmultivariate calcu
lus or SolidWorks,but you will. Also re
member that feelingsof inferiority are actu
ally very common amongst peoplein your shoes. There is another segment of thepopulation that will rarely if ever feelinferior. In fact, many of you willbecome incredibly arrogant as you
 Advice for surviving and thriving during your time at Colorado School of Mines
continue at Mines.For you, it is important to avoiddeveloping a condescending atti
tude, particularly to those outsideof Mines or STEM in general. Re
member, everyone has a differentset of abilities. Perhaps you are thevery best civil or petroleum engi
neer or geophysicist ever to exist.Remember, though, that there issome eld you are not the best at.When tempted to believe yourself better than others, ask yourself “When was the last literary analy
sis essay I wrote? When did I lastrevolutionize thinking on Chinesehistory?” or other similar questions,to highlight that your superiority isnot universal.Both the doubting Orediggerand the gloatingOredigger mightwonder why itmatters if theyquestion or brag.In many ways,it does not. Onthe other hand,a properly con
dent but not overlycocky Oredigger ismore likeable. Plus, that Orediggeris less likely to send him or herself into a mid-exam panic attack ordecide to not study at all.On a similar note, it is impor
tant to seek help when you needit. There is no prize awarded for at
tending ofce hours the least timesor being the mostinvisible student.If somethingdoes not makesense to you,seek out a pro
fessor, a teachingassistant (TA), orat least a friendwho is better atthe class in ques
tion. Do this rightaway; do not waituntil the night before the exam. If you wait too long, not only will youstill be confused, you will havetrouble with any concept based onthe original problem. When you 
nally move to address the problem,you’ll have a crisis on your hands.One piece of advice I receivedwhen I started Mines, and whichhas served me well, is this. Withinthe rst week or two of the semes
ter, go to all of your professors’ of 
ce hours, even if you do not haveany questions for them. At leastintroduce yourself, and then whenyou do have questions later in thesemester, it will be easier for youto go to the professor for answers. They will seem like a real person,not some sort of academic ma
chine.Many of you have probably al
ready decided on a major. I knowI had when started at Mines. If youhave a program of study in mind,start looking at the owchart of courses you needto take. These canbe found on the de
partment websites. At the same time,do not consideryourself married toyour major. You willnot ofcially declareuntil later in yourtenure at Mines,and between now and then, youmay change your mind. Leaveyourself open to liking somethingelse better.If, on the other hand, you do notknow what you want to major in,do not panic. You have plenty of time, and you can get somethingof a feel for various elds of studyin your freshman classes. Ask yourchemistry, physics, and EPICS TAsand your CSM 101 Peer Mentorsabout what they like and dislikeabout their elds. Poke around onthe department websites. Go to acolloquium or two in the depart
ments you are interested in. (Donot expect to really understandwhat’s going on - not even all theprofessors there are fully tracking- you just want to see if the topicis someting you might like to knowmore about.) Look around, andchoose based on what you mostlove. Another common worry onstarting Mines lies in makingfriends. The number one thing toremember in making friends at col
lege is that onemust actually talk to other people tomake friends. The plain read
ing of that sen
tence, an indict
ment of reclusivebehavior, is valid,and I know somehere who needthe reminder.However, there isa second aspectto that straightfor
ward advice: youcannot tell with
out speaking tosomeone whether they are friendmaterial or not. At some point in their lives, ev
eryone has known someone wholooked nice and was a jerk orsomeone who looked uninvitingbut was a great friend. When mak 
ing friends, set aside your pre-sup
positions as much as possible andconverse with the actual human infront of you.Life outside the classroom is acritically important part of college. You will hear more than once in thispublication alone about the pletho
ra of student organizations here atMines. It is important to partake inthese activities and to enjoy yourcollege years. Do not squander theopportunity by studying 24/7.On the other hand, know yourlimits. You could never join all 170clubs and organizations. Do not try.
Remember this: If you were not one of the smartest peoplearound, you wouldnever have made itthis far.
Of course, joining every orga
nization is an obvious exaggera
tion. The principle,though, is that youshould take on onlywhat you can. Thefastest path to stressis in joining or be
coming an ofcer inone too many clubs.Chances are, at leastone semester duringyour time at Mines,you will take on toomuch. Prioritize, doyour best, and makethe changes youneed to make for thenext semester. As with mostthings in life, the path to a produc
tive and happy four years at Mineslies through moderation. Do not bethe most arrogant, nor the mostunsure. Be involved, but not soinvolved you do not have time foryour classes.Find what you truly enjoy, bothas a eld of study and as extra-curricular activities, and pursue it.Mines is too much work to wind upstuck doing something you hate forfour years at school and for yourcareer. Above all, remember that youare surrounded by people whowant you to succeed. Sometimes itmay not feel like it. Sometimes youwill get a bad lab partner or a badprofessor who will not support you. They are not the majority, and donot give up just because of one ortwo or even three bad experiences.
Chances are, at leastone semester duringyour time at Mines,
you will take on too
much. Prioritize, doyour best, and makethe changes you needto make for the nextsemester.There is no prizeawarded for attendingoce hours the leasttimes or being themost invisible student.
o r e d i g g e r 
 August 15, 2013Page 3
 w w w . O R E D I G G E R . n e t
Minds at Mines
 Advice to younger self 
Katerina Gonzales
Content Manager 
 The end of the year is a time for many things, including frantically getting
projects done, studying for nals, and cleaning out rooms for the summer
to move back home for a little while. The end of the year also provides atime to look back and learn. At the end of this year, Minds at Mines asked,“What would you say to the incoming freshman version of yourself?”Don’t trust anyone, and if you’re sick formore than a month, go to the health center! Antonia McMullanGet as much sleep as youcan. If you can take a nap, DO IT! Andrea ChristiansStudy hard, trust yourself, don’t give up,and ask for help.Mengyuan YuNever take 19 credit hours!Corbett Crook College can be stressful but not everythinghas to be about homework, you can do otherstuff too.Nohemi Almaraz
CSM campus andparking map
Find where you are going before orientation starts
Deborah Good
Most of your packing time willprobably be occupied in corral-ling missing socks and purchas-ing cheap microwaves. However,you are coming to Colorado
School of Mines rst and fore
-most to attend school. With thatin mind, it’s important to have
a sufcient stockpile of school
supplies. The Essentials:-Mechanical pencils: Youneither want your writing to beperfect, nor do you want to have
to nd a pencil sharpener all the
time.-Extra lead: Be sure it actually
ts your pencils before you buy it.
-A pen: While you will prob-ably use the pencil more, don’tforget you will sometimes have to
sign ofcial documents.
-A large eraser: You will makemistakes. This will clean them up
Don’t forget this!
What school supplies to bring and why
-A calculator: If you have agraphing calculator, feel free to
bring it, but a scientic calcula
-tor will be the standard for yourfreshman classes.-Paper: You will certainly wantsome sort of paper. For freshmanclasses at least, its exact natureis fungible. Many students useengineering paper or graph pa-per, though others use primarilycomputer paper.-Notebooks: Be sure to bringsome paper place to write downclass notes. Using your computerto take notes will rarely be bothallowed and practical your fresh-man year.-A stapler: It seems really ran-dom now, but if you bring yourown stapler, complete with extrastaples, you will save yourself alot of time and hassle. Plus, you’llmeet a lot of people who didn’tbring a stapler.-Textbooks: This may seemobvious, but in the internet agemany students never buy books.It is useful to make sure you haveat absolute minimum guaranteed,long-term access to your books. The Options:-Three-ring binders: Manyprofessors post complete lecturenotes online. If you print hardcopies of these notes, bindersare the best way to store these.-Three-hole punch: If you planto use binders, it only makessense to bring your own punch.-Two-pocket folders: Whilethey may seem a little juvenile,folders are an effective wayto store paperwork from yourclasses, such as old homework and quizzes. You’ll appreciate the
organization at nals time.
-Flash-drive: More often thanyou might think, it is convenient
to transfer les between school
computers and your personalcomputer. E-mail and Dropboxwork too, but sometimes a physi-cal memory device is helpful.

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