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The Oredigger Issue 09 - November 9, 2009

The Oredigger Issue 09 - November 9, 2009

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Celebration of the various daysof Diwali are different dependingon where the celebration occurs.Sachdeva explained what happensin Northern India on the third dayof Diwali,
Naraka Chaturdash
, theslaying of the demon king Naraka-sura by Lord Krishna, a Hindu god.“Basically, we make colorfuldesigns called rangoli,” Sa-chdeva described. “Then wehave family get-togethersin which we go to peo-ple’s houses and makesweets.” When thesun sets, many light
reworks. “The whole
thing is very colorfuland full of lights,” Sa-chdeva explained. The fourth day iswhen
Lakshmi Pooja
is celebrated.Commonly known asthe most impor-tant day of Diwali,people pray to theHindu Goddess,Lakshmi, fortheir well-beingand prosperity.When Sa-chdeva’s pre-sentation end-ed, the crowdwas invited toeat traditionalIndian food.Offering threetypes of curryand sweets, the food was wellreceived. The night ended with apresentation of dances by membersof ISA. Those who were not mem-bers of ISA were invited to take partin the last dance, and many endedtheir celebration of Diwali and Indianculture dancing with new friendsfrom ISA.
 Volume 90, Issue 9November 9, 2009
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“Diwali basically celebrates thetriumph of good over evil,” ex-plained Sonny Sachdeva during theIndian Student Association’s (ISA)Diwali Night 2009. Sachdeva, amember of ISA, describedthe meaning of and his-tory behind Diwali, theIndian Celebration of Lights, to a group of students and faculty.While Diwali took placeon October 17, theISA had presentedDiwali Night to thepublic on November2, to celebrate In-dian culture andfood. The 5 dayfestival of Diwaliis very impor-tant for manypeople acrossthe world.In manycountries, suchas India and Sin-gapore, Diwali is anational holiday. Dur-ing Diwali, people celebrate bywearing new clothes and sharingsweets with friends and family. It isalso believed to be the start of a newyear; many start important tasks onthis day, whether it be business-related or buying a new car, to bringthem good luck in their endeavors.Sachdeva explained, “Diwali derivesfrom the Sanskrit word
... it’sa combination of words... meaningrow of lamps,” Sachdeva explained.
“The signicance of the lamp is thatit signies knowledge... the triumph
of light over ignorance.”
ISA shares a tasteof India with CSM
 A vastly diverse crowd cameto this year’s International Day.Packing into the Green Center,hundreds of people enjoyedphenomenal food, lots of music,cultural performances, and afashion show. To start, food was served inFriedhoff Hall. About 30 countrieshad tables with a massive varietyof food. A delicious smell could befound in all corners of the building.
 As the crowd lled all the tables
and hallways, a DJ played songsin English, Spanish, German, andother languages to promote theinternational atmosphere. After the food, the peoplemoved into Bunker Auditoriumfor the cultural and fashion show.First, groups of people from dif-
Jake Rezac
Content Manager 
ferent countries would come onstage and perform something fromtheir culture. Many of the countriesperformed a traditional dance,while some performed songs on in-struments native to their countries.Following this was a talentshow. People dressed in theirtraditional cultural attire came onstage and strutted up and downto the applause of the audience.Some countries, like Saudi Arabia, joined in at the last minute. The night ended with a word of thanks to all those who contributedto making it happen. All the per-formers were asked to come back on stage to create a kaleidescopeof costumes and cultures, diverse
and unied. Together the rainbow
sang John Lennon’s classic song,“Imagine,” ending out the nightwith an idealistic plea for worldpeace.
Spencer Nelson
Content Manager 
Students getinternationaleducation
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Oredigger Staff 
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Managing Editor 
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Business Manager 
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Design Editor 
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Copy Editor 
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Headlines from around the world
Local News
Emily Trudell,
Staff Writer 
Sara Post,
A study by Swiss and German scientistsindicates that the Swiss Alps are being eroded and upliftedat the same rate. The Alps were formed by the collision of the European and African continents beginning about 55 mil-lion years ago, but are no longer growing as a result of thisprocess. The Alps do rise about 1 mm per year, but erode atthe same rate, which scientists were able to show by measur-ing the concentration of the isotope Beryllium-10 both on theslopes and in the sand of the rivers draining the Alps. This in-dicates that the reason the Alps are still rising is rebound fromthe mantle. This has been discussed theoretically, but neverbefore been proven in a complete mountain range.
Northwestern University, Illinois:
New research suggeststhat most small earthquakes in the central United States are af-tershocks of the New Madrid earthquakes that struck in the early19th century. Fault zones in the center of the continent movemuch more slowly than faults on the margins, such as the San Andreas. It takes much longer for the rock around a slow-movingfault zone to recover from the effects of a big earthquake.
Cardiff University, UK:
An international team from Stanfordand Cardiff Universities has created a detailed picture of the cos-mic microwave background, including variations in polarization. This map matches the expectations of theories seeking to under-stand dark matter and dark energy, leading scientists to concludethat the universe is made up of 95% dark matter and energy, leav-ing a scant 5% as ordinary matter and energy.
Scientists in China have reported that in-creasing nitrogen emissions will largely offset gainsfrom the government’s focus on reducing sulfur diox-
ide pollution. China is trying stop soil acidication from
acid rain, but has focused exclusively on sulfur dioxideto this point. Authorities in Mexico arrestedthree doctors, a nurse, and a re-ceptionist in connection with
stealing newborn babies
to besold to paying parents. The doc-tors reportedly told the biologicalparents of the children that thebabies had died. So far, three par-ents were charged with buying thechildren, and one has since beenreunited with its mother. The World Health Organizationsays that the
H1N1 virus
is now
the dominant inuenza strain in the
world. A study conducted by the Uni-versity of Haifa in Israel found can-cer rates are higher for Jews whowere exposed to the conditionsduring the
in WorldWar II. Researchers believe that thestress and severe starvation pres-ent in concentration camps couldhave contributed to the cancerrates.
Ofcials from the United Nations
say that a treaty to combat
globalclimate change
could be readyas soon as 2010. Extensive talkson the subject are set to begin inCopenhagen next month.
Raymond Jessop
, a memberof the Yearning for Zion Ranch inEldorado, Texas, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 17 year oldgirl with whom he had a “spiritualmarriage.” When the ranch wasraided in 2008, the girl was one of 400 other children who were re-moved by child welfare workers.President Roberto Micheletti,the interim president of 
 announced the formation of a newunity government and installedhimself as the new leader of thenation, ousting President ManuelZelaya.British Prime Minister
gave a major speech about Afghanistan, stating that Britain willnot abandon its mission in the na-tion, but warned that reform mustbe made in order for the 9,000 Brit-ish troops to remain in the area.Chinese authorities made anagreement with the
Walt Dis-ney Company 
to build a “MagicKingdom-style” theme park inShanghai. Disney already has aresort in Hong Kong, but this will
be Disney’s rst park on China’s
mainland. A poll taken by the Science Mu-seum in London voted the
 X-ray machine
as the most important
scientic invention, from a list of 
10 inventions in the past centuries,followed closely by the discoveryof penicillin. Roughly 50,000 voteswere cast.Michel Bagaragaza, a
former ofcial in the
Rwandan tea industry, was con-victed of contributing to the
that killed 800,000 of the Tutsi people. Bagaragaza wasresponsible for the death of at least1,000 people in Rwanda. Air Force
Staff Sgt. DavidBooher
was among six of thosewho were killed in a shooting at astrip club in Ciudad Juarez, Mexi-
co. A Mexican ofcial said that he
believed that the gunman was spe-
cically targeting the victims.
 The Labor Department reportedthat teen
reached27.6 percent in October, raising 1.8percent since the previous month. The U.S. House of Representa-tives
voted 220-215
Saturday toapprove sweeping health care re-form. The bill included an amend-ment that prevents the “public op-tion” from paying for abortions.
13 people died
Friday whenMajor Nidal Majik Hasan opened
re inside the Fort Hood Army
Base. The Colorado School of Mines’s women’s soccer team
had ve players named to All-
Rocky Mountain Athletic Con-ference teams as voted on bythe 11 head women’s soccercoaches in the RMAC. KaylaMitchell was named the 2009RMAC Player of the Year andwas a unanimous First Team se-lection. Joining Mitchell on theFirst Team are Briana Schulzeand Megan Woodworth. Jes-sica Stark earned Second Teamhonors while Kelsey Lang wasnamed to the Third Team.Colorado School of Mines’sKaity Edmiston has earned Co-SIDA / ESPN The MagazineSecond Team Academic All-District honors (College Division;District VII) for the 2009 season,as announced this week by Co-SIDA (College Sports Informa-tion Directors of America).Colorado School of Mines’sZach Meints has earned CoSI-DA / ESPN The Magazine Sec-ond Team Academic All-Districthonors (College Division; District VII) for the 2009 season, as an-nounced this week by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Di-rectors of America).Colorado School of Minesdefeated N.M. Highlands Uni-
versity, in their nal game of the
regular season, by the score of 69-27 in RMAC football actionon Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7th,at Brooks Field.
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John Bandimere, owner of theBandimere Speedway, came to theColorado School of Mines (CSM)last week for a casual discussionon business and community as partof the CSM Republicans meeting.Bandimere discussed dealing withneighbors of the speedway and howhe runs his business. Apart fromthe speedway, Bandimere is deeplyinvolved in the community, and hasstarted programs such as “Raceto Read,” where racing is used asa motivator for kids in elementaryschool to pursue reading.Bandimere enjoyed telling storiesabout himself and the speedway thatbears his name. He explained thatthe speedway was originally built byhis father as place for people to safelytry out their vehicles.He spoke of growing up in a dif-ferent time, and gave some reasonswhy his father built the speedway.One interesting story had to do with“funny cars” or drag racers. Henoted that the distance a funny cartravels during a race was recentlydecreased from the traditionalquarter mile to 1000 feet for safe-ty reasons.
 This was done to limitthe maximum speed a funny carcould achieve and still safely brakewithout running out of track! Hetalked about how the landdevelopment around theBandimere Speed-way raised con-cerns aboutnoise andtraffic.Fiftyyears
“MBA programs are targetedtowards the general public. If youhave a History degree, you go toan MBA program,” Professor Mi-chael Walls said in an info sessionon November 4 about Mines’s En-gineering Technology Management
program. “We’ve identied a niche
where we’re really trying to build acurriculum targeted toward engi-neers and applied scientists only,”he explained.Engineering Technology Man-agement, a Master’s degree offeredby the Department of Econom-ics and Business, was launched in2001. Walls explained the purposeof the program during Wednes-day’s presentation. “[We want] togive students who have engineeringand applied science undergraduatedegrees a stronger managerial andbusiness perspective.” The pro-gram “gives [students] a leg up inthe context of understanding muchmore about the business side of theworld and understand the compo-nents of that that might affect theirday-to-day job,” according to Walls. The ETM program, which hasturned out around 200 graduatessince 2001, typically takes a yearto complete. In addition to an eigh-teen-hour core, ETM students canchoose from four other classes tocomplete their degree. The classesthey choose coincide with two spe-cialties on which the program focus-es. The more quantitative specialty,Operations Engineering Manage-ment, is “a tool bag of methodolo-gies and technologies, particularlywith regard to operations researchand optimization, to really supportdecisions in the context of the…par-ticular environment you’re in,” Wallsexplained. The specialty focuseson operations research techniquessuch as integer and linear program-ming, and includes a decision anal-ysis class, which focuses on takingsystematic approaches to makingcomplex decisions. Associate Professor AlexandraNewman brought up applications of 
this specialty, specically related to
her operations research program-ming courses. “We do work in mining,like optimizing how to plan productionfor open-pit and underground mines.We do work in energy, both withzero-energy building and also basedon operating energy systems,” sheexplained during the presentation.“I also have a project group work-ing right now on scheduling softballgames for the Rocky Mountain Ath-letic Conference…[W]e hope to takeover the Rocky Mountain AthleticConference schedules because wethink that [ours] are better than whatthe RMAC currently has.” The other specialty available forETM students is Strategy and Inno-vation. Courses in this specialty relateto entrepreneurship. Class topics
include entrepreneurial nance, pat
-enting, inventing and licensing. Mar-keting, business ethics and businesslaw courses are also included underthis heading. “The emphasis here ison developing strategic competitive-ness,” said Walls.
 The nal-semester capstone
project and executive in residenceprograms round out the highlightsof ETM. The capstone class “is acombination of a business strategycourse and an internet based com-petitive simulation game,” Walls ex-plained. Teams of four ETM studentscompete with each other in the simu-lation, which immerses students indecision-making activities for everymajor aspect of running a high-techbusiness. “We think it’s a really greatgame…it’s a great experience for stu-dents who haven’t been in a businessenvironment. The idea is to get youexposed to a business environmentin a very quick way,” Walls said, con-tinuing, “Basically you compete overeight years…, and the idea is to beatout the competition and create somevalue for the company. Students giveus a lot of positive feedback aboutthat course.” The executive in residence pro-gram brings even more real-worldexperience to the ETM program andstrengthens the program’s empha-sis on leadership. Each fall semes-ter the ETM program brings a sea-soned professional on-campus topresent a semester of seminars andto sit down with students in a two-way discussion about today’s busi-ness issues. “The idea is for them togive you some practical perspec-tive and some industry perspectivebeyond what you’re getting in theclassroom setting. Some of our re-cent executives in residence haveactually helped some students intheir career planning,” said Walls.Previous executives in residencehave included Richard Herring,COO of Ball Aerospace and Ray-mond Colladay, former president of Lockheed Martin Astronautics. Thecurrent executive in residence, Tam-my Berberick, has twenty years of 
experience in nance, HR, IT, strat
-egy and sales operation, mainly withrelation to Coors.ETM’s career outlook for stu-dents is varied but positive. With90% placement rates betweenthree and six months after gradu-ation, a starting salary $8,000-$10,000 higher than a typical Minesgraduate and an accelerated track toward management and leader-ship positions in graduates’ em-ployers, ETM presents a quick re-turn on investment for a one-yeargraduate program tailor-made forengineers and applied scientists.While at school, fellowships partially
nanced via an endowment from
Jerome and Rebecca Broussardhelp to defray the cost of tuition. Asan extra bonus for Mines students,GMAT and GRE test scores are notrequired for undergraduates apply-ing for the program, though lettersof recommendation and a state-ment of career goals are.More information on the ETMprogram can be found at http://etm.mines.edu.
Students learn businesssense from ETM
Ian Littman
Asst. Business Manager,Web Content
CSM Republicanshost racewayowner 
Daniel Haughey
Staff Writer 
ago, when he was a kid, the speed-way would operate through the nightand into the morning hours. Today,the there are strict limits on operatinghours, with weekday events endingas early as 9 PM.Mr. Bandimere made a point thatwhen it comes to the roar of the ve-hicle and the rapid acceleration fromthe starting line, nothing beats whathappens at the speedway. He notedthat when the race starts, you canfeel the roar of the cars going downthe track like someone hitting you inthe chest. After speaking about himself, he
opened the oor and a lively discus
-sion of current events took place. The CSM Republicans meet ev-ery Tuesday night from 4-6 PM at thestudent center. Former congressman Tom Tancredo is scheduled to speak on November 11, Sherry Giroux isthe scheduled speaker on November17, and Ryan Frazier, an At-Largemember of the Aurora City council,who is considering runningfor the US Senate, istentatively sched-uled to speak the week after Thanksgiving.If no speakeris scheduled,movies or docu-mentaries areusually shown,according tomember Nick Mostaccero. The Faculty Senate held theirlast meeting on October 27
, andmany important topics were dis-cussed and voted on. Along withthe unanimous approval of theproposed core curriculum changesas presented by Dr. Wendy Harri-son at the Oct. 1
ASCSM meet-
ing, there will be a signicant policy
change for students.Starting in Fall 2011, the repeatgrade policy will be repealed, andstudents will no longer be able tosimply retake a class and only havethe newer (and potentially better)grade affect their GPA. This meansthat if you receive a grade of F ina course and wish to retake it fora better grade, you may certainlydo so, but unlike in the previousfew years, that previous F will im-pact your GPA. This repeal undoesthe repeat grade policy, originallyimplemented starting in Fall 2007:“If a course completed duringthe Fall 2007 term or after is a re-peat of a course completed in anyprevious term and the course is notrepeatable for credit, the grade andcredit hours earned for the mostrecent occurrence of the coursewill count toward the student’sgrade-point average and the stu-dent’s degree requirements. Themost recent course occurrencemust be an exact match to theprevious course completed (sub- ject and number). The most recentgrade will be applied to the over-all grade-point average even if theprevious grade is higher.”Since this policy was put into ef-fect, there have been a number of issues that have come up becauseof the policy. For example, therehave been graduating studentswith more than 20 F’s on their tran-scripts, but none of them countedbecause they either retook theclass and got a better grade orwere currently retaking the class.So, there is ‘student A’ who has20 F’s on his/her transcript, buthas a GPA of 2.3. ‘Student B’, onthe other hand, has 1 F on his/hertranscript, but has a GPA of 2.0. This hardly seems fair, and the fac-ulty took notice of this. In addition,they realized that letting students
Faculty senate rules on replacement grades
Rambert Nahm
Guest Columnist
graduate with 20+ F’s and award-ing them a degree from Mines thatwould technically be equal to an-other degree from a Mines studentof a 3.0 GPA is not fair and sendsthe image that Mines simply handsout degrees to anyone.In addition, this policy, as awhole, creates more work for thealready over-burdened Registrar,
and also has other signicant im
-pacts on the school. There aremany returning students who havecome back to replace their previ-ously failed classes and try again. There are also many current stu-dents who are retaking past class-es to attempt to achieve a bettergrade. However, both of theseconsequences also cause another:
they ll up registration slots for the
students who have not yet eventaken those courses. So, classes
are lled up with students who
previously have taken the class in-stead of ones that need to take the
class for the rst time.
It has been shown that this
policy had no statistically signi
-cant effect on average GPA’s, andit has been shown that athletes arelargely unaffected (even thoughmany of them may have the largestconcerns). The issue on the table was whatto do about this policy. Thoughsome senators expressed thatthey have seen some good fromthis, the bad clearly seemed tooutweigh the good. So, it was pro-posed that this policy be undonecompletely. The Faculty discussedthis for quite some time, and I men-tioned to them that the seniors of next year, who started with thispolicy in place and would obviouslyexpect it throughout their schoolcareer, would then have no wayto pull themselves out of a hole if they were in it (a student cannotgraduate if they have a cumulativeGPA of less than 2.00) without thispolicy. And especially since they
will have received no direct noti
-cation of this policy change exceptfrom sources such as myself and ASCSM, this would be especiallyunfair to the class of 2011. As a re-sult, the senate decided to repealthe repeat grade policy effectiveFall 2011 instead of Fall 2010 asoriginally proposed.Now, I realize that this policychange seems sudden and it prob-ably feels like there was no realwarning about it. Well, it was sud-den, but there were indications of change coming down the pipe (Ihave previously mentioned thatthey have discussed the problemwith numerous F’s on some tran-scripts at previous ASCSM meet-ings). This was an issue that thesenate brought up and deemedit necessary and appropriate totake action on right then and there. They were very adamant about itand voted unanimously that thispolicy be undone.However, to counter-balancethis policy change, there was an-
other signicant policy change:
the withdrawal date for all continu-ing students (non-freshmen, non-transfer) was bumped to 12 weeksinto the semester instead of theprevious 10. The withdrawal datefor freshmen and transfer studentsis still 15 weeks into the semester.

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