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The Oredigger Issue 27 - July 31, 2009

The Oredigger Issue 27 - July 31, 2009

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developing world. Colorado Schoolof Mines, with its special mission inthe development of natural and hu-man resources, has a crucial role to
play in nding solutions to these and
other challenges.We are delighted that you will be joining us in the fall because you willeach make your own unique con-tributions to the Mines community.
 You have already achieved signicant
accomplishments in your lives, andwe know that you will continue to doso, making us, yourselves, and yourfamilies proud.Welcome to Mines!Sincerely,M.W. ScogginsPresident
 Volume 89, Issue 27July 31, 2009
A Message From the President 
Dear members of the class of 2013,I am delighted to have this oppor-tunity to welcome you as the newestmembers of the Colorado School of Mines community. The importance of a col-lege education cannot be over-stated. The statistics are wellknown. College graduates earn sub-stantially more than non-col-lege graduates – and the gap be-tween these two groups contin-ues to grow. A new report conductedby the National Association of Col-leges and Employers is particularlyrelevant to our institution. The reportshows that engineering disciplines
account for four of the ve disciplines
getting the highest starting salaryoffers.But in addition to these careeradvantages, a college educationprovides you with so much more. Itis a unique time in your lives to learnabout yourselves, and to develop theleadership and citizenship skills – andthe character – to become valuedmembers of society. As Mines students, you will be joining a unique learning community.Colorado School of Mines enjoys aglobal reputation in engineering andthe applied sciences, particularlyin the development and use of theEarth’s resources. No other higher-education institution in the UnitedStates has an array of resource-related programs that is comparablein breadth or international reputation.What we expect of you is that youwill work hard with us for the nextfour years and participate fully in theMines community. The work will be
difcult – at times very difcult – but
I encourage you to devote yourself to it. I promise that you will not regretmaking the effort. I also strongly en-courage you to take full advantageof the many activities available toyou outside the classroom, includingstudent professional organizations,intramural and club sports, morethan 100 student clubs, studentgovernment, and much more. Theseactivities, and the friendships youmake through them, will greatly en-rich your college experience.We live in a complex world pro-viding engineers and scientists with
difcult challenges – from dealing
with large-scale natural disasters,to developing new sustainable,environmentally friendly energysources, to helping supply the basicnecessities of life to inhabitants of the
In the middle of November, ashockwave woke Colorado Schoolof Mines students and Goldenresidents. Golden looked up to Mt.Zion to see that an explosion hadleft the M lacking a 20ft section.
 This act was the nal shot in a
war that erupted between the Colo-rado School of Mines and DenverUniversity, a war that began justover a week previous, on November5, 1919. At the time, Denver Universityand the Colorado School of Mineswere bitter rivals in football. Only afew years previous, pranks betweenthe two schools were common, buthad been ceased by mutual agree-ment. However, a report in a Denvernewspaper of a plot by the DenverPioneers to repaint the Mines sym-bol, the iconic M set on the side of Mt. Zion, in their crimson colorscaused a furor on campus. DenverUniversity immediately responded,claiming that the report was false,but actions were set in motion thatwould not easily be undone.Early in the morning on Wednes-day, November 4, several small ex-plosions were heard on the DenverUniversity campus, and when thenoises were investigated, build-ings around campus were foundplastered with posters saying, “GetDU and then what? Give them hellMines.” Beyond the posters, noother damage was reported. The following morning, 4 blastsshook the Denver University cam-pus. 25 sticks of dynamite, splitinto 5 clutches, had been plantedon campus in front of the adminis-tration building. Fortunately for thebuildings on the Denver Universitycampus, 1 clutch of 5 of the sticksof dynamite failed to detonate. Evenso, windows were blown out inbuildings around campus includingin the chapel, library, and residentialbuildings. In addition, the front wallof the administration building wascracked.While there was not direct evi-dence of Mines’ involvement,evidence was found that indicatedthat the dynamite was stolen froma clay plant in Golden, whoseowner, ironically enough, was a DUalumnus and trustee. Regardless of the legal evidence, it was clear tothe DU students that this was thework of CSM students. Late onthe morning of November 6, thesame day of the bombing, severalstudents from the Denver UniversityDentistry School left for Golden withenough crimson paint, the color of the Denver Pioneers, to paint the104 x 107 foot M.Unfortunately for these stu-dents, the Orediggers, who hadseen many attempts at defacingthe M, had taken precautions toprotect it. As the Pioneers weredefacing the M, they were spottedfrom campus, which secured a hu-miliating fate for the Pioneers. Whenan alarm went up on campus, they
tried to ee the mountain, however,
CSM students set up a roadblock on the road leading from Mt. Zion,and captured the charlatans. There
were reports of shots red by theeeing Pioneers, but it was later
reported that they might have been
ring blanks.
 The CSM students made surethat this was not an experience tosoon be forgotten by the culprits. They dressed them in prisoneroveralls, shaved their heads, anddyed a purple M into their scalpusing silver nitrate. Silver nitrate isa chemical used to dye biologicalmaterial, usually for study undera microscope. The DU studentswere going tobe walking ad-vertisementsfor the Schoolof Mines for 6or 7 months. TheOrediggerswere on a roll at this point, anddecided to kill another bird withthis stone. They lured a DenverPost reporter to Golden with thebait of a huge story. Instead of 
nding a story, he was subjected
to a similar treatment as the DUstudents. However, he was sparedthe shaving and branding. He did join the Denver University studentsin a parade through the streetof downtown Golden. Later thatevening, both the reporter and theDU students were released. Thereporter was sent back with a warn-ing to the Denver Post to stop theirslanderous reporting.Mines students, fearing anotherattempt at the M, set up patrols
armed with ries and bayonets on
the roads leading into Golden. Inaddition, a barricade was set up atthe base of Mt. Zion in a mannerdesigned to force vehicles to slowor even stop to successfully navi-gate the impedance. The studentsclaimed the right to search all carsto ensure that DU students werenot concealed inside.CSM’s President Victor Alder-
son gave ofcial sanction to the
actions of the students. While theschool administration supportedthe actions, Colorado’s governorOliver Shoupexpressed hisconcern overthe situation,noting thatstriking min-ers whoseactions hadcaused militia forces to be sent into ensure peace were not permitted
ries, and yet college students were
arming themselves. As he was cur-rently dealing with more importantissues, he expressed his hope that
the school administration could nd
a solution without need of stateassistance.Finally, the schools were tired of the war, or perhaps they merely ranout of explosives. Either way, repre-sentatives from both schools met to
negotiate a ceasere. They decided
that at this time that the contestshould be decided by the footballteams, those who should have
determined it in the rst place. The
truce managed to stand for a day,and both teams’ fans acted the partof good sportsmen. A winter stormstruck the region, creating terribleconditions for a football game. The
eld was covered in snow, so plays
were short and fumbles were com-mon. Both teams fought hard, butin the end, they had managed to
ght only to a 0-0 tie.
 This frustrated the abused Pio-neers, and they sought revenge. The storm that ruined the footballgame gave DU the opportunitythey needed. On the morning of November 13, Golden was shakenawake by the blast that left the Mscarred. Upon inspection, it wasdetermined that the blast could wellhave destroyed most of the M, wereit not for the dynamite being poorlyplaced. Responding quickly to thebridge leading from Mt. Zion, Minesstudents were unable to apprehendthe conspirators due to the severesnow. A raid of Denver Universitywas contemplated to kidnap somestudents to act as the manual laborto repair the M, however, this sug-gestion was rejected. The decision was made to allowa group of seniors to determine thenext steps. As a Grand Jury wasinvestigating the bombing of theDenver University, the governorwas threatening military interven-tion, and the likelihood of mutuallyassured destruction was increas-ing, both schools met to work outa lasting truce. This truce, unlikethe last, stood for nearly 10 years,but that is a story for another issue.
Intercollegiate war, 1919 style
Ryan Browne
This act was the nal shot in awar that erupted between theColorado School of Mines andDenver University.
Guidearound town
r e c r e a t i o n
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Colorado is well-known for its scenic beauty, which provides us with several outdooractivities such as skiing, hiking, and mountain-biking. Living in Golden makes it possiblefor residents to conveniently access many of these hiking and biking trails that are closeto town. Here are some interesting trails in the area.
Located just south of I-70 at the Morrison exitand close to the Red Rocks Amphitheater, theMatthews/Winters Park Trails consist of threetrails - the Dakota Ridge Trail, Red Rocks Trail,and Morrison Slide Trail. The park contains a to-tal of approximately 8 miles of trails.This trail is more familiar tomountain-bikers than hikers be-cause of its rolling sections andtechnical loops; it also providesgreat views of the Eastern plainsas well as the Red Rocks in theWest. Adjacent to the Red Rocksamphitheater, this trail starts outin the midst of meadows. Thetrail begins above a creek, wheremany native species of birds andinsects are present.The plains and the meadowsare good for beginning hikers. Also, the exposure to sunlighton this trail makes it welcomingeven in the midst of winter. Peo-ple often go horseback riding onthis trail as well.
 A couple of access pointsto this trail are from LookoutMountain west of US 6 andthe roadside parking on US 6eastbound from Highway 58.This trail is a major attractionto mountain-bikers and hikerswho like to challenge them-selves with intensely elevatedheights.The Chimney Gulch Trailclimbs 2000 feet in a relativelyshort distance of 2.5 miles fromUS 6 to the peak of the Look-out Mountain, taking its visitorsthrough grass prairies and pineforests, and to streams andcreeks.
Starting at the Heritage Squareparking lot, Apex Park is approxi-mately an 800 foot climb betweenthe parking lot and LookoutMountain road. One of the trailsof the Apex Park runs parallel tothe Chimney Gulch Trail, makingthe Chimney Gulch Trail and the Apex trail close neighbors.The park consists of all lev-
els of difculties for hiking and
biking. Many horseback ridersas well as visitors who come toenjoy the scenery are often pres-ent on the easier hiking trails. Theview of the snow-capped moun-
Mountain-bikers who seek
more adventure and difculty and
want to return to the foothills rath-er than continuing uphill choosethe Enchanted Forest path. Thispath is “hard and known for itsrapid drops; sometimes, themudslides make it even harder,”said a biker.With its steep rocks and nar-row dirt paths, Morrison Slide traileasily attracts both climbers andbikers.The hogback in the Matthews/ Winters Park Trails separates themountains from the plains. To theeast of the hogback is the Dino-saur Ridge Visitor Center, anotherattraction to visitors; furthermore,the hogback is the center of wild-life views in the area.
matthews / winters park trails
Neelha Mudigonda, Content Manager
morrison slide traildakota ridge trailred rocks trailapex parkchimney gulch trailenchanted forest trailsouth table mountain
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The Matthews/Winters Park Trail systemoffers terrain for horseback riding, hiking, and biking.
Bird’s eye view.
The view of Golden from thetop of South Table Mountain is worth the climb.
At the Apex.
From Heritage Square,hikers can embark on a 800 ft climb.
Up the chimney.
Beautiful views greet hikersat the top of the Chimney Gulch Trail.
South Table Mountain is lo-cated just southeast of Goldenwith an intriguing formationhistory. Its highlight is its cap,formed of basalt from ancient
lava ows. An access point to
hike South Table Mountain is ina neighborhood at the end of19
street.The curvy path makes thehike easier because of the lackof rapid elevation gain, butpath gets rockier and steepertowards the summit. SouthTable Mountain is renowned forthe view from the top.Hikers are well rewardedwith an amazing view of Gold-en and its surroundings as wellas the mountains. “The hike iswell-worth the view of the city,”said a hiker. “The view of thesunset from the very top is thebest.”
The gulch gets its name from
the fast moving wildres in the
area, which explains the natu-ral vegetation that grows in thearea. “I see deer up on Chim-ney Gulch every time I bike upthere,” a local mountain bikerrecalled. “Going late in the af-ternoon is the best time togo,” said another biker. “That’swhen the trail is the prettiest.”The tourist attractions at thetop of the trail include BuffaloBill’s Grave, the Boettcher Man-sion, and the Lookout MountainNature center, which is locatedat the summit of the mountainwhere the trail ends.
tains in the backgroundis a treat for many of itsvisitors.One of the mostpopular routes that themountain bikers take isthe Apex Trail West to Apex gulch, which inturn leads to the Pickn’ Sledge trail and theGrubstake loop. Thisroute climbs uphill forapproximately 2 milesbefore meeting the En-chanted Forest.
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Free checking
–Your money will be at your fingertips with achecking account and Visa debit card.
–As the closest financial institution to CSM,we’re located just off-campus.
ATM access
–There is a Credit Union of Colorado ATMlocated in the Ben Parker Student Center.
Easy money transfers
–Wire money from home toschool when you need it.
Online access
–Take advantage of our Bill Pay andother free, secure online banking services atwww.cuofco.org.
And more
–We also offer Visa Platinum Credit Cards tothose who qualify, savings and money market accountswith great yield rates, and low-rate loans.
Ditch your bank and join
Credit Union of Colorado!
You’re already qualified! You’re eligible to become a member ofCredit Union of Colorado, thanks to being a CSM student.Open a checking account with us and you willget all the benefits of being a credit unionmember combined with the easy accessour CSM branch offers.
Credit Union of Colorado atColorado School of Mines
Locations throughout Colorado including:
1800 Jackson Street, Golden CO
303-832-4816 www.cuofco.org
This credit union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.
From saying bye to your folksto trying to remember 50 names
at once, the haze of the rst day
of university can be something of asurvival challenge.
 You could have spent the morn
-ing cramming every one of your be-
loved belongings into the car trunk. You could have spent a number of 
hours on the motorway with your
family, either being calmed by them
as they reassure you that you’ll sur-
vive this monstrous experience – or
you giving comfort to your folks,
explaining that while you may haveown the nest, but you still lovethem. The following lines probably
serve either scenario: “the semes-ters are short,” “it’ll be over be-fore you know it,” “it’s not that far
away,” and so on.Once that ordeal is over,your rst task may well be todispatch your parents. They’ll
want a tour of your new ac-
commodation, maybe a quick handshake with the warden/ senior resident, and then it’stime for the goodbyes. Afterunloading the car, you mightsimply say “goodbye mom/ dad,” not as a farewell, but an
instruction. Then you’ll move on to claim
your key and… don’t panic! Your new abode may appear
to resemble more of a bombshelter or a storage facility for
Goodwill rejects than home
sweet home, but it will look 
much more like the cozy place youhad been dreaming of, once youinstall your clutter into its connedspace.My undergrad residences roomhappened to be the most gar
ish shades of duck egg blue and
lime green imaginable, but it soon
became home to for a wonderfulfreshman year of adventures. Inany case, your communal spaceswill be decorated in all mannerof DIY ways over the rst term.Whether it be with a pyramid of emptied cans or any number of strange collections, freshman ndtheir own unique ways to make
their mark.
 The best piece of advice I gotfor starting Uni was to pack a door
stop. In the 450 person residencein central London, when ‘at home’ Ileft my door open and got chattingto anyone strolling down the hall.It’s a small gesture but an essentialone, conveying that you are friendlyand ready to meet new people.
Next, there’s time for a few
eeting introductions and sheep
ish handshakes, before you areshipped off to some social event.
Here are two challenges for you to
overcome: rst, try to remembera succession of names, subjects,home-towns and other little tidbitsof information being bowled at you.Just have an interesting couple of questions to hand, or some en
-gaging things to say for yourself 
– maybe your summer holiday oryour gap year. But don’t go on toomuch. No-one warms to an intrep
id gapper who can’t stop blather
ing on about how much he/she hasfound him/herself and how they’veseen/discovered/healed the worldblah blah blah. But this tactic reallyworks. It’s those kind of details thatstop everyone meshing into oneamorphous mess. Just be carefulto stay on the right side of attentive
Sophie Hancock
Staff Writer 
Starting at Mines
and curious, and not on the wrongside of obsessive stalker.
Do have a blast, but make
at least a token attempt to stayhealthy. The notorious freshman uis pretty self-explanatory. Throw aload of youngsters from all over thecountry, and, in fact, the world, intoclose quarters and the rst timebeing away from home (read: direfood) – and you haven’t got theeasiest pathway to healthy living.Perhaps you should even bring thecold remedies and Echinacea withyou in advance.
Finally, when you get back to
your residence and you enter theearly hours with your newly-foundfriends, bear the following piece of advice in mind. People often tendto stick together and fall into theircomfort zones in a pretty shortspace of time. So make the mostof your enthusiasm. Invest in thatdoorstop, and you may nd thatyour hospitality results in your room
being the social centre of your
corridor. Meet lots of people anddon’t just attach yourself to a smallenclave of like-minded freshers.“Don’t be like me and end up stuck with the same morons,” advisesone recent graduate, who unsur
prisingly wishes to remain name
less. “Yeah, don’t get stuck”, her(also anonymous) friend agrees. It’sgood advice; there are hundreds of other freshman - and second, thirdyear or grad students at this smalluniversity waiting to be acquainted
with you. They are not strangers
– they’re just friends you haven’tmade yet (cheesy as it sounds).But the best advice is just take iteasy. If you arrive late, have forgot
ten your favourite teddy, think that
everyone’s staring at you, or your
room stinks of damp, just take itin your stride. In terms of expecta
tions, it’s probably best just not tohave any. Being a freshman can bereally daunting, especially that rsttrip down to the canteen for dinner.I remember speaking to a verygood friend who went to Uni a yearbefore I did. She said she was pret
ty bored and wiling the hours awayon her newly-purchased laptop.When I had spent a couple of daysin my gaudy yellow room, I kind of 
knew what she meant. For a lot of 
people, the whole week is haze of unbridled euphoria. But for manyfreshman, student life doesn’t pro
vide an instant sensation of hedo
-nistic elation. For most, orientation
is about getting used to new sur
roundings, new people and a newstage of your life. Just enjoy it.Starting University really isn’tthat scary, honest. All the clichésapply (“you’re all in the same boat”being just one of them), but to steala metaphor from a recent acquain
tance – it is just like a buffet. Useyour rst week at university, andespecially your rst day, to be anadventurous eater. Get a taste of as much as you can. Just paceyourself; no-one wants indigestion.Bon appétit!
Bring: a stash of passport/ government issued photos and a
notebook. They’re a must for the
stream of forms, I.D. cards, andmembership cards you’ll be receiv
ing in your rst week, and a to dolist will help you get all that admindone in time so you can start relax
ing and settling in.Read:
Starter for Ten
, by DavidNicholls, or if this is too English
for you, try
 A Question of Attrac-tion
, the American title of the samebook. It’s a witty and entertainingread about one spotty student’srst year at university in Eng
land. You will laugh, cry, andcringe following the protago
nist’s faltering steps into life asa freshman in the 1980s. Sharein his encounters at the ‘Tartsand Vicars’ fancy-dress partyalong with his hapless attemptsto woo the girl of his dreams. Alternatively watch the funnylm version of 
Starter for 10
produced by Tom Hanks. Visit: all-consuming Face
book. It will become your virtualhome once you enter student
life, so you may as well start
making friends now! Create agroup for your specic courseat your university and start net
-working.Join: at least one truly wackysociety. When you’re at orientation,
talk to all the clubs and societies,you’ll surely leave with handfulsof freebies. But don’t forget the
societies that will overwhelm you,both in terms of their number, their
bizarre breadth, and of courseSPAM! That said, any club, and es
pecially any sport-based club, is agreat way to build teammates intonew mates. Societies and clubs
have a great
sense of sharedcommunity and
are fabulousat organizingsocial events
and introducingpeople to one
another - you
may even nd you socialize morethan play.Enjoy: Mines is a uniquelyWestern school, not a typical col
lege, with nearby hiking, camping,bicycling, kayaking, y shing, rock climbing, and white-water raft
ing. For skiing and snowboarding,there are about a dozen major skiareas within 1-4 hours drive fromcampus. Denver and Boulder arewithin 20 miles of campus, offering
all the attractions of a large met-
ropolitan area. The social environ
ment is informal and friendly, andthe academic
environment is
competitive, but
not cutthroat.Mines attracts
ambitious andmotivated stu
dents, staff, and
faculty, but we
are not only about work; Mines of 
fers 18 varsity sports and over 50club and intramural teams. Stu
dents are active in more than 100clubs and organizations includingmusic, student government, Greek Life, religious, cultural, special in
terest, and professional groups.
Starting University is just
like a buet. Use your rst
week at university, and
especially your rst day, tobe an adventurous eater.Get a taste of as much asyou can. Just pace yourself;no-one wants indigestion.Bon appétit!
Students are active in
more than 100 clubsand organizations.

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