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The Oredigger Issue 09 - February 7, 2007

The Oredigger Issue 09 - February 7, 2007

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The Oredigger Volume 87, Issue 9
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Volume 87, Issue 9February 7, 2007
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 News - 2 Features - 5 Sports - 8 Entertainment - 10 Editorials - 12 Rec. Sports - 15
Mines Gone Wild
E-Days 2007 Theme and Schedule Announced
Rebecca Hubis/E-Days Council
The 2007 E-Days Committee poses for a shot. This year’s theme for the annual Mines event is ‘Safar-E Days’. Games, free food, comedians, and a concert are planned.
Inside thisIssue of 
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Oscar Predictionsand Contestants
Page 10 
Interview withAvalanche LeftWing AndrewBrunette
Page 8 
Rebecca Hubis
E-Days Council
 Are you sick of the snow? The2007 Colorado School of MinesE-Days Committee would like toannounce that “Safar-E-Days” is com-ing! So jump in your jeeps and grabyour binoculars, because you’re off onan exotic Safari, CSM E-Days style!Safar-E-Days will take placeMarch 29th through March 31st, withmany of the traditional E-Days events,as well as a few new ones.On Thursday, March 29th, wewill kick off the fun with the annualfireworks blasting into the skies over Brooks Field. The fireworks will im-mediately be followed by the kickoff  party in the student center, whichincludes a DJ’d dance for those wholove clubbin’, a swing dance, andgames with prizes.As usual, on Friday morning at 9a.m., Mines students will wake their “asses” up and pull the Orecart tothe capital building for the officialcommencement by the governor.Participants will receive a Chipotle burrito and afree “Orecart- pull” T-shirt.After that,there’s nocrawling back in bed becausethe fun is juststarting on theIM fields! Stu-dent organiza-tions will host games and events whilethe faculty sells tickets to studentsover 21 for the Coors Van. Studentswho aren’t 21 won’t be out of luck;the Pepsi cart will be giving away freesoda to all of the thirsty under-agers.At 4:30 on the IM fields, we will behosting the Pig Roast: free food whileit lasts! As the sun sets on a long day,everyone will move to the field housefor the concert.Finally, we’ll end a great weekendwith more field events, including thecardboard boatrace in Clear Creek and the3rd annualTrebuchet con-test on the IMfields. Be sureto buy a ticketto the charity barbecue ben-efiting AIDSrelief. After that, we’ll retire to Bunker Auditorium for some comedy.Many other important things willtake place during E-Days, such as theannouncement of the new AssociatedStudents of the Colorado School of Mines officers, and the presentationof E-Days Scholarships and E-DaysEngineers. There will be somethingfor everyone!Students, faculty, staff, alumni,community members, and familiesare all welcome to come to all of the events! Packets will be sold withtickets to the concert, comedians,and charity BBQ, T-shirts, and somesafari goodies. More details will beannounced later.If you or your organization wouldlike to host a field event, pleasecontact Madison Shoemaker at
mshoemak@mines.edu
. If you wouldlike to volunteer to help and receivea free T-shirt, contact Tarryn Miller at
tamiller@mines.edu
. If you haveany other questions, swing by StudentActivities. Get excited! Safar-E-Days 2007 is bound to be a wild adventure!
“Safar-E-Days will take place March 29th throughMarch 31st, with manyof the traditional E-Daysevents, as well as a few newones.”
 
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Heating Up Quick 
New Crowd Control MethodUnveiled By Pentagon Officials
Jason Fish
News Editor 
Since the discovery of microwaveenergy, it has been used to heat food, broadcast television, operate wirelessnetworks, and it is the basis for radar technology.Another application has recently been discovered and implemented by the United States military: crowdcontrol.The new invention, called the Ac-tive Denial System (ADS), consistsof a flat dish mounted atop a humveevehicle. The ADS can project a focused beamof microwave energy, ex-tending it out to an effec-tive range of 500 meters(approximately 1600 feet). When the beam contacts human skin, it causesthe feeling of being burned.As part of the electromagneticspectrum, microwaves share similar  physical characteristics to the visiblelight from the sun. They do not pro-duce sound or pressure as they passthe human senses.However, unlike the beam of aflashlight, microwaves are invisibleto human eyes. Thus, the ADS is dif-ferent from previous crowd controlmethods such as tear gas and water cannons because there is no audibleor visual clue before the target isexposed.Researchers with the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons (JNLW) Directivetested the system. When interviewed by the press, they listed several ad-vantages of ADS over current crowdcontrol tactics.The ADS is more more maneuver-able and lighter than a water cannon.Also, its focus allows for trackingsmaller, individual targets, rather thanexposing an entire crowd to tear gas.There has been debate amongscholars and officials in the U.S. over the effect such a device will haveon crowds and the ethical concernsabout its use. Some have asked aboutthe long-term effects as well as the potential for protestors being unableto escape the ADS beamin a riot situation.Here at the ColoradoSchool of Mines, stu-dents are having their own thoughts on thisnew military invention.“It doesn’t accomplish anythingthe Pentagon wasn’t doing before,”said junior Sean Santos. “It doesn’treally have any new capability other than better crowd dispersal.”CSM students also are talkingabout the ethical issues of the ADS.“It should not be used,” said senior  Natalie Wagner.“I think it will turn into a veryugly situation once it becomes widelyused,” said junior Ron Deiotte.The military gave its first pub-lic display of the ADS last month.According to defense officials, thesystem could be in use by the armedforces by 2010.
“It should not be used.”
 
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‘Scooter’ Trial Underway
2003. He has not been charged withthe leak itself, but his grand jurytestimony in the investigation of theleak raised the suspicion of Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney and SpecialCounsel in the Plame investigation.FBI agent Deborah Bond has toldthe jury in Libby’s trial that he leftout some information about meetingswith reporters in his interviews withthe FBI.She has also shed light on con-tradictions in Libby’s testimony,including his recollections of a phoneconversation which, according toLibby, first did not include mention of Plame, and then did include mentionof her with Libby denying knowledgethat she worked at the CIA.Bond also said that Libby deniedtelling former White House presssecretary Ari Fleischer about Plame.Fleischer testified recently that Libbydid tell him about her identity.Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller also has contradictedwhat Libby has told investigators,testifying that he identified Plame as
Andrew Aschenbrenner 
Staff Writer 
It is being called “the most-watchedtrial in Washington,” and the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby may commandattention for weeks to come. Libby is being tried on charges of perjury andobstruction of justice in the investiga-tion into the leaking of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.Libby was Chief of Staff to VicePresident Dick Cheney before Plame’sidentity was leaked to reporters ina CIA employee in two meetings prior to when Libby has said he first heardthe information.The meetings occurred after thedate of a note that Libby took indicat-ing that Cheney himself told him of Plame’s identity.Defense attorneys for Mr. Libbyhave argued that he was a scapegoatfor the White House, but that argu-ment has been partially discredited byevidence that Cheney in October 2003directed Scott McClellan, the currentWhite House press secretary, to denythat Libby had any role in the leak.After Plame’s identity was pub-licized, allegations flew that it wasleaked on purpose by a White Housethat was working to discredit Plame’shusband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Wilson had been senton a mission to investigate whether or not reports were true that Iraq wasattempting to purchase uranium fromAfrica.Wilson has said that he told U.S.officials that the reports were base-less, but the claim was made by thePresident in his 2003 State of theUnion address.After this, Wilson accused theadministration of manipulating Iraqintelligence. The leak of Plame’s iden-tity as a CIA employee occurred justone week after Wilson’s accusation.
Career Day Approaching: Resume Ready?
Courtesy CSM Career Center 
Spending our Winter Holidayshoveling gave us all a chance tocontemplate the pleasures of hav-ing a career that really fits with our talents, interests, and life goals. Ronand the gang (Art, Debbie, and Lin)welcome you all back to school andannounce our biggest Spring Recruit-ing Season yet!Following our record-breakingCareer Day in the Fall, our February13 event is the biggest ever Spring fair,with 155 companies attending – some-thing for every major! Many of thesehave jobs posted on DiggerNet (check  NOW for upcoming resume submis-sion deadlines) and a wide variety of employers are reserving a room to dointerviews on February 14.Wouldn’t it besweet to lock inYOUR career or summer intern-ship! The hardcopy version of theCareer Day Guideis now availablein the Career Center. Find the onlineversion plus a link to “Who wantsMY major?” at http://www.mines.edu/stu_life/career/cd_students.htm.Be sure that you have a currentresume on DiggerNet - a new resume packet is now available in the Career Center and online.Congratulations and thanks to thestudents whose“employer ap- proved” resumesare in our packet.These are meantto be just a guideto help you for-mat your own personalized resume, being sure toinclude the information employerswant to see.Remember, Information Sessionsare a GREAT way to begin network-ing, identify “culture fit” of employ-ers to your nature, explore choice of major and, often, enjoy food while youlearn about the companies!Watch DiggerNet for notice of these Info Sessions and contact Lin inthe Career Center to be a student hostfor them. We hope you’ve been catch-ing the ROOTBEER FLOATS touringthe campus. Upcoming Career Center workshops are displayed below:We are here to help if you haveany questions. Drop by the Career Center (next door to the Registrar)for help with DiggerNet access, mock interviews (the best value for your money in interview preparation) andresume critiques.We also have information ontypical salaries (our website under 2005-2006 Annual Report) to helpguide you in planning your “Life after Mines.” Welcome back! We hopeyou had a great break and are readyto rock!!!
EMPLOYER RESEARCH FOR INTERVIEW SUCCESS!
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Tuesday, FEB 6Student Center, Ballroom C
ACE THAT INTERVIEW! 
12:00 PM-1:00 PMWednesday, FEB 7Student Center, Ballroom C
THE VALUE OFINTERNSHIPS
5:00 PM-6:00 PMWednesday, FEB 7Student Center, Ballroom C
DRESS FOR SUCCESS!PRESENTINGYOUR TOTAL SELF 
5:00 PM-6:00 PMThursday, FEB 8Student Center, Ballroom C
“Remember, Infor-mation Sessions are aGREAT way to beginnetworking.”
StuGovs Getting Together
Lily Giddings
Staff Writer 
In an attempt to address the issueof communication between studentsand the state government, the Associ-ated Students of the Colorado Schoolof Mines, in conjunction with other Colorado schools,are attempting re-vive an organiza-tion that acts as ago-between.Student govern-ments from stateschools will jointogether to supportcauses that are im- portant to the col-lege students theyrepresent. The purpose is to givestudents a voice inthe state legislature, beyond voting onissues that appear in elections.The original organization, createdfor the same purpose as the new AlliedStudents of Colorado, was dissolved because of internal issues. However,members of the work group for rein-stating the organization are confidentthat the new edition will be moreeffective.The project is in the planningstages, but the work group has beenable to work out the structure of theorganization, and the bylaws. Thenext meeting will beheld on March 4
th
.The group is fo-cused on getting bet-ter funding for higher education purposes,including reducingthe price of text- books. It is difficultfor student govern-ments to get fundingfrom the state, butthe Allied Studentsof Colorado hope toeventually be able tohire lobbyists to pursue their causes.Similar groups in Arizona andOregon have been successful. Theyhave even been able to hire full-timelobbyists that make the organization’scauses their own. This is the model towhich the Allied Students of Coloradoaspires.Thus far, the organization is in the planning stage, accepting help fromvolunteer lobbyists.
“Student govern-ments from state schools will jointogether to support causes that are im- portant to the college students they repre- sent.”
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