The student voice of the Colorado School of Mines
Volume 93, Issue 9 November 5, 2012


Parents flock to campus for family weekend

Features 4

Campus parties to “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Massive Hurricane Sandy shown on October 29, two days before landfall in New Jersey. The storm’s historic size is apparent, as its outer bands extend from central Florida well into Canada.



Devastating Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on Eastern seaboard
James Kergosien Staff Writer
It was an unpleasant Halloween surprise up and down the East Coast last Monday as massive Hurricane Sandy became the most powerful storm to affect New York in the city’s 390-year history. Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey, and pushed a ninefoot storm surge into New York Harbor, flooding large parts of the city. Sandy was truly a record-breaking storm, with the largest wind area ever recorded in an Atlantic tropical cyclone; at landfall, the storm was bringing 40-mile-per-hour sustained winds to an area of coastline stretching from Wilmington, North Carolina to southern Maine, a diameter of almost 1000 miles and causing power outages as far apart as South Carolina and Ontario, Canada. This historic storm left 160 dead as it traveled from the central Caribbean to the Jersey shore, and caused untold billions of dollars in damage. Sandy was an unusual storm from the start, forming south of Jamaica on October 22 as the eighteenth named storm of this highly active hurricane season. It quickly intensified as it moved northward, impacting Jamaica and eastern Cuba and dumping torrential rains over parts of Haiti, killing 67 in the islands. It reached its peak intensity in the central Bahamas as a strong Category 2 hurricane, before addition, large-scale flooding was adverse atmospheric conditions reported in Queens, Brooklyn, and disrupted the storm’s circulation. Jersey City, New Jersey. Power Still over warm water, the hurricane outages covered the city as Con continued to strengthen, building Edison, New York’s electrical utility, its winds outward instead of form- shut down the grid to prevent daming a strong core. This process age. Floodwaters filled most road continued until landfall, leading to tunnels in and out of Manhattan, as the immense wind field of the hur- well as much of the subway system. ricane. It made landfall in southern Flooding forced a temporary shutNew Jersey on down of the evening of Floodwaters and downed trees all three October 29, as hindered emergency personnel o fo rNke’w the storm was Y s in the process from rescue efforts, as a massive major airof merging with ports and a frontal system fire broke out in the Breezy Point w a s h e d over the Appaout a lachians. The neighborhood of Queens, raging portion of resulting hybrid the New system caused out of control and destroying J e r s e y high winds Turnpike. over eighty homes. and blizzards Floodwaacross the ters and southern mountains, particularly downed trees hindered emergency in West Virginia, and energized personnel from rescue efforts, as a the storm’s center. Strong, near- massive fire broke out in the Breezy hurricane-force winds out of the Point neighborhood of Queens, southeast drove a massive surge raging out of control and destroying of floodwater into the waterways over eighty homes. All subway lines around New York at the stroke of in the city were closed, as well as high tide, leading to a maximum the major auxiliary NJ Transit and water level of almost fourteen feet Long Island Rail Road networks. above mean low tide in Battery Damage in coastal areas on Park, Manhattan. This was more the shorelines of Delaware, New than three feet above the previous Jersey, Long Island, and Masrecord, set in a hurricane in 1821. sachusetts was severe, and an Floodwaters inundated lower Man- ominous silence emanated from hattan, including Wall Street and the areas of the New Jersey barrier isGround Zero construction site; in lands for almost a day after landfall. Atlantic City and Ocean City, New Jersey, suffered the brunt of the storm surge and massive waves; the iconic Atlantic City boardwalk was almost completely destroyed and much of the city was flooded. Storm preparations were marred by evacuation miscues, most notably Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford’s assertion that evacuation was unnecessary and the city’s storm shelters would prove sufficient – a statement that was quickly proved foolish when several of those shelters went underwater during the storm. Similar non-evacuations occurred up and down the New Jersey coastline, much to the chagrin of Governor Chris Christie, and the Coast Guard ended up performing over 500 rescues in Atlantic City alone. This storm was historic in many ways – it was the first hurricane to strike New Jersey since 1921; it was almost assuredly one of the two costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, and may press Hurricane Katrina for the top spot; it dealt a knockout punch to New York that left the world’s greatest city out cold, and it could take weeks before the city is fully back up and running again. And though the tunnels may be pumped and the beachfront villas rebuilt, the scars of this massive storm will remain for many years, a testament to the raw power and unpredictability of the forces of nature.

Mines soccer beats out Metro State 2-0

Opinion 8

Minds at Mines asks about winter plans



Clinton rallies from behind

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Morris, Minnesota - Obesity may have broader consequences to those who are perfectly healthy than many realize, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The study examined a group of truck drivers working for the company by recording their height and weight at the beginning of their period of employment. With that information, the researchers calculated the Body Mass Index (BMI) of each driver. The BMI is used as an indicator of obesity, as it compares the overall size and weight of a person to what they would weigh if they had very little fat. The results showed that those drivers that were over the obesity BMI level of 30 were much more likely to have accidents than those who were in the lower BMI group.

Joshua Kleitsch, Staff Writer

Hinxton, United Kingdom - The controversial cure for an exceedingly unpleasant bacterial imbalance, diarrhea, may no longer be required, according to a new study by microbiologists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, U.K. Currently, the most effective way to restore the bacterial balance of a sick person’s intestines is to insert a tube into his or her stomach and pump in filtered fecal matter. This treatment is highly controversial both because many consider it disgusting and because it poses a significant risk of infecting the patient with dangerous pathogens. The researchers working on the study set out to determine which microbes in the fecal matter treatment were actually curing the problem. By experimenting with many different combinations of the roughly 18 bacteria varieties contained in the fecal culture, they found one combination of six different bacterium that cured the diarrhea in mice. If these bacteria can be made into a cocktail that can be administered to patients, then it would eliminate the need for the fecal matter treatment and antibiotics.

New York, New York - Immunologists at Rockefeller University in New York City have begun studying the efficacy of antibodies against HIV. In the past, antibodies have been used to attack one portion of the HIV protein casing. This method had some effect, but the HIV cell would simply adapt and continue to grow. This new study examines just how strong the antibodies can be made, and what effect they have when administered en masse. The researchers administered ten different antibodies simultaneously to a group of mice with HIV and watched the reaction. In most cases, the HIV proteins broke down and the HIV cells were severely damaged.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - It is impossible to get enough energy to grow a big brain without processed, cooked food, according to a new study conducted by a neuroscientist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The energy requirements of growing a larger brain than primates would apparently require humans to spend nine hours a day eating, if all food were raw and unprocessed. By comparing the energy requirements of the brains of primates and humans, the researchers involved in the study found that primates have about one third as many neurons as an average human, which translates to significantly lower energy requirements to fuel the brain. This has led many to wonder how primates evolved into humans if the energy was not available to do so. According to a separate study conducted in the 1990s, the evolution was facilitated by primates learning to cook. They began cooking their meats and tuberous vegetables, which allowed them to eat more meats and in turn fueled the growth of their brains. The study also found that animals in general grew much faster and bigger when they were fed cooked meats and vegetables.

Oredigger Staff
Katie Huckfeldt Editor-in-Chief Deborah Good Managing Editor Steven Wooldridge Webmaster Barbara Anderson Design Editor Lucy Orsi Business Manager Ian Mertz Copy Editor Arnaud Filliat Asst. Copy Editor Nick Davis Asst. Design Editor Trevor Crane Content Manager Stephen Hejducek Content Manager David Tauchen Faculty Advisor

Headlines from around the world
Joshua Kleitsch, Staff Writer
Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic coast last week, wreaking havoc across much of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. In Manhattan, the maximum storm surge was reported to have hit a record 13.88 feet, besting the previous record of 10 feet. The total losses caused by the storm are estimated at roughly $50 billion and economists are cautioning that this could result in a one-half percent drop in the nation’s growth this quarter. As of last Friday, FEMA has distributed nearly $20 million in aid to over 85,000 victims of Hurricane Sandy. Initial expenditures also include $29 million to fund highway reconstruction, and $16 million to pay for temporary workers to clean up the mess. After last year, the Federal Government set aside roughly $12 billion for disaster relief. Last week saw the arrest and incarceration of a Chinese national who spoke out against the ruling Chinese Communist Party. The man spoke of establishing an opposition party, to be called the Chinese Republican Party. He was convicted of “subversion of state power” for trying to oppose the ruling party. He will serve an eightyear sentence. Both the Republican and Democratic parties will be mustering thousands of lawyers to enter polling places next week to carefully observe how the polling is going. Based on what these scouts see, they will inform their superiors of any suspicious behavior. If the higher-ups in Chicago or Boston think that there is any voter fraud taking place at any of the nationwide voting locations, then they will pursue legal action to counteract any illegal behavior. One man accused of planning to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol was arrested and sentenced to 17 years in prison last week. Rezwan Ferdaus admitted to making plans to load F-86 Sabre drones with C-4 high explosive, and send them into the capitol building and the pentagon. Ferdaus worked with undercover FBI agents whom he believed were Al Qaeda operatives. The death toll for Hurricane Sandy is over 100, according to recent reports. The storm left many low-lying areas in Staten Island, the area hit the hardest by the storm and its 14-foot surge, totally destroyed. Even days after the storm moved out of the area, there are still many neighborhoods without power and running water. Gasoline shortages in the area have complicated things further, as even those with generators cannot use them. People throughout the country are hoping for a quick recovery.

Local News
A fuel tanker rolled over on Quebec near 128th Avenue in Thornton Saturday night. Crews worked to clean up the fuel which spilled into a nearby drainage ditch. The tanker’s driver was injured and taken to a hospital. As the 2012 presidential campaign wound down, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney spoke to his largest Colorado crowd thus far. The Romney campaign reported more than 17,000 people attended the rally, which served as the candidate’s closing argument in his campaign against President Barack Obama. Sometime during the night of October 31, the Pitkin County Republican Party headquarters was egged. This was not the first time the headquarters had been vandalized. A 41-year-old man was killed after falling 250 feet while hiking near Boulder. Authorities say the man was found dead at the Bastille Rock formation in Eldorado Canyon State Park around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Twenty-year-old alleged hit and run driver Erin Finn is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and hitchhiking to a gas station following the crash. Authorities allege that Finn’s sedan skipped over the westbound lane of C-470 and crashed into an SUV driving in the eastbound lane. The SUV’s driver, Dennis Dolce of Littleton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police continue to search for four men suspected in armed robberies of three Diamond Shamrock convenience stores and two individuals over the course of about an hour Friday night. Police also say the four men each had a pistol and were to be considered armed and dangerous.









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Mines’ Democrats and Republicans debate
ping the unnecessary spending in Washington.” As the debate progressed, topics reached China and the two groups compared their views for a plan of action for the country’s fabricated exchange rate reports. Republicans and Democrats alike agreed that a trade war is undesirable, because at the moment China exports 97% of the world’s rare earth metals. Bristow criticized Romney when he called China “cheaters,” as this “could threaten trade with China.” He also pointed out that “China is more impressive from afar. Internally, they are suffering just like the US, and they will eventually change on their own.” Domestic policies were addressed subsequently, as Reinbold critiqued high taxes, saying, “low taxes are incentive for Americans to keep what they worked for.” Later, Bailey called out Romney for being ranked forty-seventh in job creation while Governor in Massachusetts. Healy was quick to note that that ranking was at the beginning of his term, and “at the end of his term he was ranked 28th.” Bristow then presented a solution to the hurting economy, “spend now and pay off later.” Reinbold had a problem with this idea, as he stated, “people will begin to sit on their money as they prepare to be taxed heavily in the future.” As the moderators brought up the topic of Obamacare, the Republicans were first to express their opinions. Healy said the government healthcare is “smothering small businesses by forcing them to buy it, while punishing those who don’t.” Bristow defended Obamacare, saying, “it is not a money sink. The money is being used to make the country better.” He asked, “If not for improved infrastructure, where

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Evan Ford Staff Writer
In last weeks’ Econ Club debate, the Young Democrats and CSM College Republicans exchanged their ideas and stances regarding hot topic issues, such as foreign and domestic policy, education, and employment rates. At the end of the night, a clear victor emerged. The debate took place in Hill Hall, and was well organized by event coordinator, Lisa Martinez-Templeton. A unique feature of the debate allowed those in attendance to participate in various polls throughout the event via iClickers. Debate moderators Nick Van Gundy and Tasha Comstock managed the questions throughout the night. The Democrats won the initial coin-toss, so they delivered the opening statements in the session. John Bristow and Matt Bailey represented the Young Democrats, while Zachary Reinbold and Carl Healy spoke on behalf of the College Republicans. Although the two groups embodied the two party’s different viewpoints, they were able to agree on some topics. Bristow began by alluding to the Declaration of Independence and reiterating the importance of “Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness.” Alternatively, Reinbold did not wait to get into the debate as he stated, “Obama is hostile to the oil and mining industry,” which hit home with the petroleum majors in attendance. Reinbold added, “Romney is a business man, who will be able to manage the private sector.” Unemployment was addressed next, and Healy engaged the audience as he reminded the students about how scary Career Day is, and with 23 million out of work, Healy stressed the “importance of stop-

would we work?” Democrats did ad- on academics, not sports stadiums only looking to be re-elected. Romdress that there were some holes in and Subways inside high schools,” ney is a president that will help the the Obamacare system, but “the free he said. people, as he has already donated market is not good for health care.” The groups held two different thousands of hours in community Energy, an issue that directly ap- ideas on taxes. Republicans favored service and millions of dollars for plies to many majors here at Mines, a flat tax rate, while Democrats be- charity.” Healy, although Republican, came up next. Healy noted “wind is lieve in a progressive tax that would conveyed a different message. He two-times more expensive than oil to increase with increased incomes. encouraged students to “research produce, and solar is five times as “Flat taxes can cut into necessities the candidates on their own, and expensive.” The Democrats did not for lower income families,” said Bris- make their own educated decision.” see this as an excuse to ignore in- tow. The Republicans said the govDemocrat Bristow concluded the vestment and the pursuit of advanc- ernment “should not tell someone night by asking an important quesing these technologies, especially how much they can earn.” tion, “What does it mean to be an in the event of oil becoming inacClimate change and carbon American?” He then quoted Presicessible. Reinbold pointed out that taxes were among the next top- dent Kennedy, saying “Ask not what there are many reserves available ics presented. The Republican side your country can do for you – ask on federal land, but “Obama voted disagreed with carbon taxes, and what you can do for your country.” down operations on this land to gain believed human intervention was The clear winners of the debate votes.” Democrats and Republicans causing minimal effects in climate were those in attendance. Being agreed once more when Bristow change. Bristow said, “If we are af- able to observe an intense clashing said, “Government run oil compa- fecting the climate, taking no action of ideas spanning from foreign to donies are a bad idea.” is dangerous.” Both Bristow and mestic policy enlightened students After discussing energy, the de- Bailey favored carbon taxes, as they about various viewpoints. If a victor bate focussed on education. Rein- “present incentive for companies to had to be decided between the two bold pointed the blame at teacher’s be more efficient.” parties, the Republicans generally unions, saying, “the teachers reAfter an extensive debate that had more constructed, applicable ceive bonuses based on longevity covered a wide spectrum of topics, responses. The Republicans Reinand tenure, not merit.” Bristow was strong closing statements were is- bold and Healy also received 65% same page, but instead he said, sued. Republican Reinbold accused of the iClicker voting for best perfor“Don’t remove unions, rather, spread Obama of “being self-interested, mance at the end of the night. EVAN FORD / OREDIGGER the knowledge of the importance of getting a STEM degree if students desire results.” Bailey provided another option for fixing the economic situation, “Increase the workday to 16 hours. Productivity would increase and we would be out of the recession.” Healy then addressed the importance of responsible spending in school systems. “Money does not make a school better. There CSM Democrats and Republicans debate hot topics such as foreign and needs to be a focus domestic policy, education, and employment rates.

Parents visit Mines campus
Evan Ford Staff Writer
Students invited their families to visit Mines to experience the changes and additions occurring on campus as part of Parents and Family Weekend, a fall semester tradition. Families were also treated to a spectrum of events to entertain and impress. The Students Activities Office and the Parents Fund organized and planned the event. Events began on Friday with a tour of CSM’s own Edgar Mine. The mine is used extensively for the training and education of Mining Engineers. Later, families experienced the Geology Museum and Geology Trail found on campus. Throughout the rest of the day, families participated in other activities to showcase all of the things Mines students experience on a daily basis, providing insight into where and how students conduct their studies here at Mines. On Friday evening, Mines Performing Arts demonstrated their talents in Friedhoff Hall in the Green Center, with a musical performance. That was only the beginning of the exciting night, as Mines Little Theatre presented a rendition of the Broadway play, “Harvey,” in Metals Hall. The play chronicled the ridiculousness surrounding a man and his imaginary friend, a giant rabbit. Also taking place on Friday evening was an improv comedy show in Bunker Auditorium. The performers used audience suggestions to create unexpected yet clever demonstrations of humor. Saturday presented a less involved schedule. If students were unable to attend the Edgar Mine tour on Friday due to class conflicts, three more opportunities took place Saturday morning. Throughout the rest of the day, classroom experiences were recreated to give parents a feel for the unique classroom environment at Mines. Later during the day, Mines football hosted Adams State at Campbell Field. Although Mines lost, it served as a bonding experience for students and their families. Sunday did not include any spectacular plans, but rather families were encouraged to spend the day together. It can be difficult for out of state parents when their children are away at college, so the Parents and Family Weekend provided a way for families to reconnect. Students and parents alike look forward each year for this opportunity to share and embrace the Mines experience.

Amendment S seeks to overhaul civil services
James Kerogsien Staff Writer
test, with the top three test-takers qualifying for interviews. The amendment would increase the number of This Tuesday, voters in Colorado interview candidates to six, but it and around the nation will put an would also enable factors other than end to a contentious Presidential test scores to determine the candicampaign that has the potential to dates for a position, in effect reducshape the future of the nation. There ing or eliminating the importance are other things on the ballot, of of the test in favor of “comparative course, which include Congressio- analysis.” It would also increase the nal races, confidence votes on each number of state jobs that are directly of Colorado’s Supreme Court jus- appointable by the governor’s office, bypassing tices, and a There is one more statewide the test and first-of-itsinterview kind marijuana le- initiative, known as Amendment process engalization S, and upon first glance it is al- tirely. The amendment initiative. There is one most impossible to tell what this would further give veterans more statewide initiaamendment will actually do. a direct advantage on tive, known as Amendment S, and upon first the skill tests, enabling them to gain glance it is almost impossible to tell state employment more easily than what this amendment will actually at-large civilians. It also would accomplish a number of minor housedo. As most voters’ minds are, or keeping issues, such as term limits perhaps should be, effectively made on the State Personnel Board and up on the major issues by now, a fo- residency requirements for state facus on this obscure amendment is cilities near the state’s boundaries. This is effectively a grocery-list the most educational thing this column can accomplish. Amendment amendment, and a number of its S seeks to overhaul the state civil provisions are universally supported service program, which is the pro- by political commentators, but there cess by which new government em- are a few contentious points that ployees are hired. Currently, job can- need to be addressed. The amenddidates are determined by a written ment seeks to make it easier for changing administrations to control government employment, through increased direct appointments and making the hiring process more subjective. Proponents argue that this will increase government efficiency and enable a new governor to more clearly set his own agenda; opponents counter that this could lead to political cronyism, increased partisanship in the civil service, and a potential spoils-system situation in state employment. The amendment was unanimously approved by the state legislature, indicating strong bipartisan support, although critics argue that because it gives more power to those same officials, that support is not unexpected. The requirements for the civil service are what they are in order to prevent direct political control of minor government posts. Support of this amendment should hinge on whether one feels that this is a sensible obstruction or not. Those who see efficiency and action as the most important factors in government would be advised to vote for this measure, while a more libertarian view would generally oppose the amendment as a needless expansion of executive power. As always, information is the most important factor in any election, and hopefully this column will shed light on this obscure ballot initiative.

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Geek Week
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see about that, because four more years of school would not only be a lot of money, but it is a lot of time spent in school. What makes you a geek? Well, I’ve always been really interested in science. When I was younger, I wanted to be one of the scientists who blow stuff up, but as I got older and found out more about science, I decided that wasn’t what I wanted to do. Also I am very technologically savvy, and I always have the newest and best technology. I don’t play video games, but I have every gaming console simply because I like technology. Also I study a ton, and friends even joke that I study too much because I am always extremely busy with school and all my other activities. What extracurricular activities are you involved in? I am a member of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and for the last two years I have been the treasurer for the house. Also, I am the president of the Inter-Fraternal Council here at Mines, and I am a peer mentor and really involved in student life. I really enjoy the peer mentor program and getting to work with all the different people, I am a lead so I get to not only help mentor the new students, but I mentor the newer peer mentors and help out with the summer peer mentor program as well. I have dabbled in MAC, but since my sophomore year, I only really help out with the large events MAC puts on such as E-days. The best part about being involved with student life is all the free food. What is your favorite class you have taken at Mines? I would say my design classes, I really enjoyed steel and concrete design, as well as my EPICS classes. For EPICS II, I did the concrete canoe building EPICS, so I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the class. What has been your least favorite class? The whole math sequence was terrible; math is just not fun. What are you most proud of accomplishing so far at Mines? Well other than almost being done with school, I actually have two things. First, I am really proud to have joined Greek life and become so active in it. I was originally advised from family and friends not to join a fraternity because when people hear fraternity, they think of “Animal House.” But here at Mines, for the most part, Greek life is not like that at all. Second, working extensively with student life has been awesome. It has been a great experience and I have gotten to know a lot of the higher ups on campus such as the dean, and I also have been able to be on search committees for finding

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Jared Reimer Staff Writer
With the freezing cold of winter creeping in, the days getting shorter, and the leaves quickly disappearing, the sprint to final exams is nearly here. Despite semester activities intensifying, Kenny Choong, a senior in Civil Engineering, took time out of his busy schedule and met with the Oredigger to discuss some of his experiences at Mines. [Oredigger] First off, why did you choose Mines? [Choong] I actually applied to School of Mines as a joke, but after I found out more about its reputation, I chose Mines because of its great reputation in the industry. Originally, I’m from Houston so I thought about going to a large school such as the University of Houston. But the location, size, and the close proximity to Golden, Denver, and to the mountains really made Mines stand out. What are your post graduation aspirations? I’ve applied to the combined Masters program here at CSM, so grad school will be the next step. My specialty is structural design, so I would love to work with buildings and the actual design of them... I’ve always really liked architecture and had originally planned to get a degree in architecture after Mines, but we will

...Kenny Choong, Senior: Civil Engineering
new staff members. I helped in the search for the new CASA staff and helped hire the new director of student activities. Plus, getting to see the interview from the side of the person asking the questions has been extremely beneficial to my own job search. It has also been great getting to know all the people involved with student life and overall has been a fun and rewarding experience. How did you get involved in a fraternity, and what is your favorite part about fraternity life? When I was a freshman at Mines, the food at Slate was awful, so I would go to the fraternities to eat because they had good food, and I met a lot of the people and came to really enjoy the people involved in Greek life. Coming in to college, I had a negative view of fraternities after seeing what they are like at other larger schools, but now three years later I am running the Inter-Fraternal Council and couldn’t imagine not being in a fraternity. What is your favorite motto or quote? “The True Gentleman.” That’s what I live by. It’s actually the creed of my fraternity and I strive to live by every word of it. I would recite the whole thing for you, but It’s almost 125 words long. So for the sake of space, I think “The True Gentleman” is the best way to

summarize it. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be? I would have to go with a Siberian tiger. I’ve always liked them, especially since they’re white. I’ve always wanted a tiger as a pet, but between it being illegal, and the fact that tigers grow to be giant and deadly, I’ll pass on that dream. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Flying, I enjoy traveling so it would make that easier. Plus, flying is cool. If I had to pick another one, I would say the ability to multiply/be in two places at one time because I never seem to have enough time. What is your favorite movie? The Bond series is my all time favorite, and I actually made a theatre in my house. My roommates and my latest quest is to watch all the Bond movies before the new one comes out, but it is proving to be a tough task since there are so many and it takes a crazy long time to watch all 22 movies. I also really love Despicable Me; it’s a great movie. What were you for Halloween this year? I actually did not have a costume, but I helped a few of my roommates put together their costumes. They were the cast from Anchorman so that was pretty awesome.

Engineering professor doubles as family man
Evan Ford Staff Writer
Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Professor Jered Dean has gone through every level of the Mines experience – student life, graduate studies, and even teaching. He balances a growing family and a dynamic career. Dean’s current life is not what he ever imagined it would be. “Take your master plan with a grain of salt,” he said. After growing up in a family of five with two older siblings, Dean began his studies at Mines as an undergraduate with a mechanical specialty. Upon graduating, he married his wife who also attended Mines. She currently teaches in the Math department. Dean then worked for a company called Syncroness, starting out as a “CAD jockey.” “My initial responsibility was converting paper schematics into 3D models,” said Dean. As his career progressed he began doing real design work and eventually leading projects. Projects would last from around three to four months up to one and a half years. Three and a half years later, Dean returned to Mines for two years of graduate school, where he obtained his Masters in Engineering with a systems specialty. “I give a lot of credit to Dr. Muñoz; he let me audit a class which spurred my interest in returning to school. He also facilitated my opportunities for research. I had a great experience working with Dr. Muñoz and Dr. Braun on my graduate research.” In this time, Dean also taught Statics, was a research assistant at NREL, and conducted freelance product design on the side. After obtaining his Masters degree, Dean once again returned to Syncroness for two and a half years, before coming back to Mines to teach again. He currently teaches statics and is a faculty advisor for Senior Design. As an adjunct, Dean also does product development consulting. There is more to Dean than just his impressive history of careers and educational achievements. He is also the proud father of three young boys. “Having three boys is kind of crazy; I can’t keep up with the destruction at home,” said Dean. “My 5 year old knows how to patch walls at this point, so that helps.” Although he may be busy, Dean said he would not have it any other way. “I never saw myself being where I am today, but it is better than anything I had planned.”

Sweet, gooey, delicious bread
Whitney Welch Staff Writer
When it comes to sweet and gooey treats, few dishes can match monkey bread. Traditionally served hot so that the sweet cinnamon dough can be torn off easily by hand, it is similar to a bunch of cinnamon roll middles. Monkey bread is a real crowd pleaser and is super easy to make. Make it for dessert, a snack, or brunch. Ingredients: 3 12 oz packages of refrigerated biscuit dough 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup butter 2 teaspoons cinnamon Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 °F and grease pan.

2. Cut biscuits into fourths. 3. Mix white sugar and cinnamon together in a plastic bag. Shake 5 biscuit pieces in cinnamon sugar mix until coated. 4. Arrange biscuit pieces evenly in a 10 inch tube or bundt pan. 5. Melt butter and brown sugar in saucepan. 6. Pour butter and sugar sauce over the biscuit pieces. 7. Bake at 350 °F for 40 minutes. 8. Let stand for 10 minutes then turn out onto a plate. 9. Pull pieces of monkey bread off and enjoy. For those without a tube or bundt pan, use a large oven safe bowl and a glass jar. Turn the jar upside down in the bowl, and place the dough pieces around that. This method will yield the classic monkey bread look.

Dean balances his academic career with three young sons.

This monkey bread makes a great dessert, snack, or brunch!

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Sigma Lambda sponsors a cult classic
Esther Lowe Staff Writer
Sigma Lambda sponsored their annual showing of the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” last week. Between 120 and 150 students, faculty, and townspeople crowded into Berthoud 243 to watch the film and eat pizza, according to Sigma Lambda’s President, Jon Pritchard. As the film began, the crowd chanted, “Lips! Lips! Lips! Lips!...” until a pair of luscious red lips appeared on the screen and began singing. Several crowd members came prepared with scripts for audience participation and Sigma Lambda provided props for even better audience participation. At the beginning of the film, when main characters Janet and Brad were caught in a terrible rainstorm, crowd members covered their heads with Oredigger newspapers and shot each other with squirt guns. Other props provided for audience participation included latex gloves, cards, noisemakers, toast, party hats, flashlights, and toilet paper. Throughout the film, audience members made vulgar and cynical remarks during pauses in characters’ speeches and soliloquies, including a regular series of insults about the criminologistnarrator’s neck. One highlight was the audience doing the Time Warp dance. “It’s just a jump to the left and a step to the right, put your hands on your hips, bring your knees in tight, but it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane...” Toward the end of the film, when the character Riff Raff pulled out a gun from Transylvania to shoot Frank-N-Furter, Dr. Scott, another character in the film, commented, “Great heavens, that’s a laser!” Riff Raff replied, “Yes Dr. Scott, a laser capable of emitting a beam of pure antimatter.” An indignant audience member shouted “Then it’s NOT a laser!” Following the film, a costume contest was held, in which contestants were required to do the Time Warp dance. Costumes included Frank-N-Furter, Cat, Bane, the Mad-hatter, a Storm Trooper - scout class armor, a Batman and Robin superheroes duo, and Gene Duran, an anime character. The first place winner was Calin Meserschmidt, a Mines civil engineering student, who dressed up as Frank-N-Furter. After the event, Berthod 243 was quite a sight to behold, with toast, cards, toilet paper, papiermâché, and other props covering the floor. With great effort from a large team of Sigma Lambda members and friends, the room’s classroom-like appearance was restored. For those who attended the film, it can be said with certainty that Berthoud 243 will never be thought of as just another lecture hall again. Fanatics can look forward to another epic Sigma Lambda “Rocky Horror” party next year.

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Taylor Swift branches out Facial hair for men’s
Tyrel Jacobsen Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, the blonde bombshell from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania released her fourth studio album, “Red.” On the initial listenthrough, though, it is hard to picture Swift as the first country artist to have won a Video Music Award. There is just so much going on that few would consider it even among the most progressive of contemporary country music. However, after the first round it becomes apparent that Swift has not forgotten her country roots completely. She is simply using them as a base to branch out and grow as an artist and entertainer. In a recent interview with CMT Insider, Swift tried to explain her new album. “Every song sounds different from every other song, so you have a lot of country, a lot of pop, and a lot of acoustic... But for me, this album was about making every song sound how it felt. And it was an interesting goal to achieve because it’s not as easy as ‘We need to put more fiddle on that. We need to make that bass more heavy.’ It’s really more about finding a feeling, so there are influences from every genre on this record.” And boy are there ever smatter- tainer of the Year by the Country Muings from every genre. The first track sic Association. “Red” has already opens up with a bass drum and elec- broken world records despite barely tric guitar riff that could fit very nicely being out for two weeks. Openinto any pop rock style album. Then ing with sales of $1.2 million, “Red” it moves into more familiar territory debuted as the highest sales record with an acoustic guitar accompanied in a decade. It seems that Swift has by an electric guitar before suddenly opened a new door with “Red” and introducing a synthesizer. And, if that it will be exciting to see not only how is not enough variation, by the fourth she continues to progress and grow song, country has been cast aside as an artist, but also how other artin favor of what Rolling Stone Maga- ists will respond and how music itself zine calls a “dubstep-inspired bass will evolve. COURTESY TAYLOR SWIFT breakdown.” While these dubstep homages have become ever more popular, Swift still manages to take it, wrap it up in emotion, and package it with her own flair. The most remarkable aspect of this album though is that despite jumping from genre to genre, the album really does become one cohesive unit. It is not a surprise then that Swift was the youngest artist Taylor Swifts branches out and opens new to be named Enter- doors in her newest album “Red”.

“Following the film, a costume contest was held, in which contestants were required to do the Time Warp dance.”

Ramiro Rodriguez Staff Writer

health awareness

This November, men and women around the country will be participating in Movember, an event to raise awareness for men’s health issues. At Mines, there will be a best mustache and best beard competition for the men and a best knitted mustache contest for women. Registration happened on November 1, but it is still possible to register late by speaking to Travis Smith in the Student Activities Office or Brandon Samter in the International Student and Scholar Services office with a freshly shaved face.

Toned Bones cuts ceremonial ribbon
Ramiro Rodriguez Staff Writer
The Golden Chamber of Commerce put on a ribbon cutting event for Toned Bones, a recently opened eatery in downtown Golden. Toned Bones has been officially open for several weeks, but until the event had yet to introduce its breakfast menu or serve alcoholic beverages. Toned Bones celebrated by providing a free buffet of some of its menu items, including a variety of their hamburgers,

Prizes have yet to be determined. On November 14, Dr. Pattridge, MD will be giving a seminar on men’s health in the W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center. On November 15, there will be a knitting class in the wellness center to help with the best knitted mustache contest for those who do not know how to knit and would still like to enter the contest. At the end of the month, the three contests will be judged. Furthermore, if $10,000 or more is raised at Mines, Dr. Robert Knecht of the EPICS department will shave off his iconic mustache. Visit for more information.

This week in Colorado History
Deborah Good Managing Editor

Wilson carries Colorado

One hundred years ago this week, “After the most strenuous and interesting political campaign in the nation’s history, a magnificent Democratic victory has been won in the state and Woodrow Wilson is elected president by an overwhelming majority,” reported “The Colorado Transcript.” Wilson won 40 of the 48 states and 435 electoral votes. Theodore Roosevelt of the self-created Bull Moose party won six states and 88 votes, Republican incumbent William Howard Taft won two states and eight electoral votes, and Socialist Eugene Debs won six percent of the popular vote but no

electoral votes. The Democrats’ success extended through most of Colorado, with that party winning every state office. Jefferson County results were more mixed as Democrats “were successful in electing only three of their candidates, as shown by the incomplete returns at the time of going to press.” Even in the traditionally Republican first ward of Golden, twelve more straight Democrat votes were cast than straight Republican. A Walsenburg man was nearly crushed by a radiator, this week in 1912. The 700-pound radiator slipped while being unloaded and “plunged to the trucks waiting to receive it.” The station agent hit by the radiator was seriously injured,

but survived the experience A seven-year-old Pinon boy was shot by a friend this week in 1912. The other boy inaccurately aimed a .22 caliber rifle, resulting in the accident. In less substantive news, the Colorado School of Mines football team defeated the “husky Fort Collins Aggies” 14-0. The victory came as a surprise, given that Colorado State’s team had recently defeated both the University of Colorado and University of Denver teams. Mines’ success gave them “the edge in the race for the state championship, and an even break for the Rocky Mountain conference pennant.” CSM remained the only team not beaten by another team in the state.

flatbreads, and starters. They also had a happy hour. Paper coupons for 10% discounts were available to give the rest of the Golden community – the same discount offered to Mines students and faculty with a Blastercard. The ribbon cutting event marked the restaurant’s entrance into the Golden community. For more information about Toned Bones, including its menu, visit Visit their Facebook page and Twitter page, the latter of which has a new discount every Tuesday.

Toned Bones ribbon cutting event marked its entrance into the Golden community.

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Ski Team is ramping up for the winter season
Sydney Liming Club Sports
With A-Basin, Copper, and Loveland Ski Resorts already open (and many more right around the corner), the Colorado School of Mines Ski Team is ramping up for their season! The club is one of the four co-ed sports offered through Club Sports at Mines, with 10 men and 9 women on the team. This gender ratio is the highest in the club’s history, contributing to the largest team seen in several years. The team competes in both Slalom and Giant Slalom races at Loveland, Powderhorn, Telluride, and Winter Park in January and February. Slalom skiing is an alpine skiing discipline, consisting of skiing between poles (called “gates”) spaced much closer together than Giant Slalom. This spacing causes quicker and shorter turning by the skier. The word “Slalom” comes from the Norwegian word “slalåm”, where “sla” means slightly inclining hillside and “låm” means track after skis. The inventors of modern-day skiing classified the trails based on the difficulty – a slalåm was a trail used in Telemark (a country in southern Norway) by children not yet able to try themselves on more challenging runs. This, however, does not mean Slalom racing is by any means easy! The skiers often take a fairly direct line and knock the poles out of the way as they pass, leading to an average winning speed for Olympic Slalom skiers of 25 MPH. Giant Slalom involves the same gate system as Slalom, but is more spaced out. The first Giant Slalom race was set on the Marmolata in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains in 1935. The first run in the world championships in 1950 in our very own Aspen, CO was the Giant Slalom. The race debuted at the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway in 1952. Although these two races are not the fastest in skiing, the welltrained Giant Slalom racer can average speeds of 50 MPH! CSM Ski Team is a part of the Rocky Mountain Conference under the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, competing against schools such as CU, CSU, Air Force, DU, and many others. The team will be racing at Winter Park from 1/19/2013 to 1/20/2013, Loveland from 1/26/2013 to 1/26/2013, Telluride from 2/3/2013 to 2/4/2013, Powderhorn from 2/16/2013 to 2/17/2013, Red Lodge (MT) from 2/21/2013 to 2/23/2013, and Sun Valley (ID) from 3/4/2013 to 3/9/2013. The race in Red Lodge, MT is the Regional Championships. The team will qualify to go to this race if they place 5th or better in the conference series races. Histori-

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Trevor Crane Content Manager

Weekly Sports Recap
for their ninth straight victory. November 3 Football - Adams St 36, CSM 25 - Senior Jerrod Doucet led the Orediggers with 128 receiving yards and a touchdown and Tyler Denson returned an interception for a touchdown as Mines fell to the Grizzlies during Senior Day and Parent’s Weekend. Senior punter Taylor Accardi had ten punts for 497 yards as he currently leads all of NCAA Division II in yards per punt with 52. Men’s X-Country - 3rd, Regional Championships - After finishing second in the RMAC Championship two weeks ago, the Oredigger men placed third at the Regional Championships to earn their eighth straight berth in the National Championship, held in Joplin, Missouri. Sophomore Phil Schneider placed 8th overall (32:37), one one-hundredth of a second in front of teammate Derek Alcorn in 9th (32:38). Junior Frank Socha finished 17th (32:57) while Andrew Epperson came in 20th (32:58) and Adam Dodnar finished 21st (33:00). Women’s X-Country - 4th, Regional Championships - The Lady Orediggers finished fourth at the Regional Championships in Denver to earn their first trip to the National Championships in five years. Sophomore Chloe Gustafson finished 16th (22:49), while Hannah Cooling came in 27th (23:24), Marie Patton 28th (23:25), and Hannah Schuster 29th (23:29). Kristen Farquhar finished in 32nd (23:33) to round out the top five. Volleyball - #14 CSM 3, #23 Metro St. 2 - After falling in the first set 25-19, Mines won the next three out of four sets to defeat RMAC rival Metro State on the road, 3-2. Jackie Stabell led the Orediggers with 17 kills as Hannah Margheim added 19 digs and Holly Hutchison had three blocks.

cally, the team has always made it to Regionals. By placing better than 4th at Regionals, the team will go to Nationals in Sun Valley, ID. The team has not made it to Nationals in recent years, but is looking to do so this year. In order to fund their racing, the team has two large fundraisers that they host. The first is the TGR movie premiere that they show on campus every year. The film this year was Jeremy Jones’s Further. The second fundraiser they have is the Loveland race. The team runs the race and every year will ask for volunteer course workers from the school. Keep an eye out for the email in January. The team always encourages new members to join, although due to registration deadlines with USCSA, they are unable to accept any new members this season. If you are interested in joining next year, please email club-skiteam@mymail. for more information.

Slalom racing, a staple event for the team, is not as easy as it appears.

Oredigger athletics results as of 12:00 am Sunday: October 28 Men’s Soccer - CSM 2, Colorado Mesa 0 - An early goal by junior Baski Baker and an insurance goal by Alex Nass in the 76th minute paced Mines to the 2-0 win to close out the 2012 regular season. Goalkeeper Manville Strand made six saves in the win to earn his sixth shutout of the year. Women’s Soccer - CSM 3, Colorado Mesa 0 - Megan Woodworth scored two goals and an assist as Mines cruised past Colorado Mesa during Senior Day in Golden. Anna Evans added her team-leading, 14th goal of the year in the win. November 2 Men’s Soccer - CSM 2, Metro St 0 - After a scoreless first half, Mines scored two goals 12 seconds apart courtesy of Tannor Randle and Tesho Akindele to earn their fifth straight shutout and advance to the Championship game of the RMAC Championship Tournament. Manville Strand made five saves to earn his seventh shutout of the year and 24th of his career. Volleyball - #14 CSM 3, #13 Regis 0 - Senior Jackie Stabell led all players with 12 kills as the Orediggers defeated cross-town rival Regis University to move into first place in the RMAC. True freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood led Mines with 14 digs while Holly Hutchison and Stabell each added four blocks apiece. Women’s Soccer -#19 CSM 1, Metro St. 0 - Senior defender Aubrey Bagley scored the lone goal, her first of the season and fourth of her career, as Mines beat rival Metro State in the semifinal round of the RMAC Championship Tournament


Giants sweep Tigers 4-0 in a quick World Series
Evan Ford Staff Writer
The first two rounds of the MLB postseason were filled with drama for the San Francisco Giants as they faced multiple elimination games. By the time the World Series came around, they decided they were finished with drama, outscoring the Detroit Tigers 16-6 and sweeping the series four games to none to earn their second title in four years. Despite the lopsided series total, the Detroit Tigers were not a bad team; the Giants simply outperformed them at key moments. Prior to entering the World Series, the Tigers swept the New York Yankees in the ALCS, which is not an easy task. It appeared the Tigers were going to be fierce contenders for the best in the world. However, offseason acquisitions that played well in the regular season were unable to come through when it really counted. All-Star Prince Fielder from the Milwaukee Brewers batted .173 in this year’s postseason, and his stats were even lower in the World Series. By virtue of a third straight MLB All-Star Game victory by the National League, the first game was played in San Francisco, and locked at 3-3, following back and the Giants scored early and often forth homeruns from both teams, to defeat the Tigers 8-3. In game including bombs from Cabrera and two, more of a defensive struggle, Giants catcher Buster Posey, the the Giants edged out the Tigers NL batting champion. The game 2-0, scoring both runs after the ended up in extra innings, but the seventh inning. As game three took Giants sought to end the affair the series to Michigan, the Giants quickly. won again by a slim margin of two In the top of the tenth, former runs, this time The Tigers faced elimination Rockies sectaking the lead ond baseman early and hold- in the fourth game of the and NLCS ing the Tigers MVP, Marco to nothing. The World Series, but they did not Scutaro, sinTigers failed to gled in Ryan come up with go down without an aggres- Theriot for runs in crucial the go-ahead situations in sive fight. The weather was run. The Tithe third game. gers failed to A m e r i c a n less than ideal, as cold tem- answer, and league batting lost the World peratures and chilling winds Series in four champion and Triple Crown games in their thrashed the stadium. winner Miguel own stadium, a Cabrera missed an opportunity to truly devastating blow. Giants playdeal some serious damage with ers, such as Scutaro and Hunter the bases loaded in the fifth. Pence, acquired during the 2012 The Tigers faced elimination season delivered a helpful boost in the fourth game of the World to team productivity. The Giants Series, but they did not go down pitching dominated throughout the without an aggressive fight. The season and into the postseason. weather was less than ideal, as Many factors such as these fell into cold temperatures and chilling place for the San Francisco Giants winds thrashed the stadium. After to produce an effective World Sesix innings, the game was dead- ries team.

Mines beat out Metro State 2-0 in the RMAC Semifinal.

Men’s Rugby finishes their Fall season this week playing Adams State on November 10 in Alamosa.

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Football falls to Adams State 25-36 at home
Trevor Crane Content Manager
Senior wide receiver Jerrod Doucet made the most of his final home game as an Oredigger, posting 128 receiving yards and a touchdown, but it simply was not enough, as Mines’ comeback fell just short in a 36-25 loss to Adams State University during Parents Weekend at Campbell Field. Things started out well for the Orediggers. On Adams State’s first offensive play of the day, Oredigger linebacker Henry Kaetzer intercepted Trevor Eggleston and lumbered down to the ten yard line, setting up a Avery Llewellyn 25-yard field goal. It would not last, as Adams state would respond with 10 straight points to take the lead at 10-3 late in the first quarter. The Orediggers would then go on a 15-0 run of their own, highlighted by an Eric Shannon, 37-yard touchdown reception and an interception return for a touchdown by junior linebacker Tyler Denson. Then, leading 15-10 with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Oredigger defense stuffed the Grizzlies on a fourth down conversion, handing both the ball and momentum to the offensive unit. The offense responded, moving the ball 50 yards in 1:20 to set up a 29-yard Llewelyn field goal with 29 seconds left. Up 18-10 the Orediggers looked well on their way to their sixth straight victory over Adams State. But, the Grizzlies’ Ron Gaudin would quickly answer, taking the ensuing kickoff 107 yards for a score with 11 seconds remaining. A failed two-point conversion would bring the score to 18-16 The touchdown took the wind out of the Oredigger’s sails. Adams State would take the opening drive of the second half 78 yards for a touchdown, taking a 23-18 and never looking back. These two scores would spark a 26-0 Adams State run that would essentially seal the game for the Grizzlies. Yet with an offense that had been averaging almost 400 passing yards per game, the Orediggers are seemingly never out of a game, and with seven minutes left in the game, Matt Brown and the offense finally began to find their rhythm. Facing fourth down on the Adams State 43, Brown heaved the ball into the endzone for Doucet. The ball bounced off an Adams State defender before landing in the lap of Doucet for the touchdown, narrowing the deficit to 11 with six minutes to play. After a strong stand by the defense, Mines got the ball back one more time, marching the ball all the way down to the Adams State goal line before being denied one last time at the end of the game. Doucet led the Orediggers with his 128 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Shannon added 88 yards and a score as well. Brown finished with 303 yards on 22-63 passing and two touchdowns. Brown also led the Orediggers in rushing yards with 21. Mines’ poor rushing performance highlighted the gap left by injured running back Dan Palmer, as Mines finished with just 27 total rushing yards, most coming on broken quarterback scrambles. With Palmer out, Mines ran just 15 designed running plays, only two of which were not run by Brown. Both teams entered the contest with identical 6-3 records, looking to make a late push in the conference standings. Adams State outgained Mines in overall yardage 580-330, and 210-27 on the ground. Adams State also had a 2:1 time of possession ratio, holding the ball for 40:02 compared to Mines’ 19:58. Mines forced three first half turnovers and scored 10 points off of turnovers. Punter Taylor Accardi, leading the nation with 52.4 yards per punt (seven yards per punt better than second place) averaged 50 yards per punt on ten punts on the afternoon. In addition to seniors Accardi, Doucet, and Kaetzer, Saturday marked the final home game for tight end David Pawelek, wide receiver Cody Renken, running backs Zach Newnam and Dan Palmer, defensive backs Jarrad McKay, Dan Moose, and Justin Neal, defensive lineman Sam Frazier, and offensive linemen Iain Smith, Preston Linser, and Nate Behrends. Mines closes out its 2012 regular season at Chadron State (7-2 overall, 6-1 RMAC) Saturday, November 10 in Chadron, Nebraska.

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Jerrod Doucet completed 128 receiving yards and one TD.

The Football Informant: Trial By Fire
James Kergosien Staff Writer
This weekend provided drama in game after game, as each of the four undefeated teams at the top of college football received their sternest test of the season so far. Oregon and Kansas State emerged with comfortable victories in the end, while Alabama and Notre Dame had narrow escapes. We learned a lot about the major contenders, while they only increased their distance from the rest of the pack. Alabama and LSU provided a titanic clash that validated their status among the nation’s elite. LSU effectively dominated the first 58 ½ minutes of the game, before Alabama launched a frantic comeback through a suddenly porous Tiger defense to win in the final minute. Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenburger played erratically, but had a run of excellence in the second half when LSU scored two touchdowns to come back from a 14-3 halftime deficit, appearing to take control of the game. In the end, however, LSU paid dearly for allowing Alabama to stick around, giving up a backbreaking late touchdown to lose 21-17. LSU struggled through a series of miscues, failed gambles, and missed field goals, and in the end Alabama was outplayed but not beaten, mostly due to the Tigers’ failings. Alabama picked up a critical win, and while they were finally challenged, they passed the test in the end. Notre Dame’s performance was considerably less impressive, as the Irish were taken to triple overtime by an erratic Pittsburgh team that began the season with a loss to Youngstown State. While clearly the Panthers have improved since then, this should not have been a close game, given Notre Dame’s high ranking. The Irish were very fortunate to escape with the victory, as Pitt missed a reasonable game-winning field goal in the second overtime. A significant amount of Notre Dame’s luster has been tarnished with this game, and the Irish should rightfully drop back in the national title discussion. Oregon and Kansas State took care of solid opposition despite being strongly challenged. Kansas State fought back from an early deficit against Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys hung around until after halftime before Kansas State pulled away comfortably. Oregon, meanwhile, went to the LA Coliseum and ran up 62 points on USC, the most the Trojans have ever surrendered in a game. Oregon’s defense may have performed poorly in this game, allowing USC to hang with them until the end, but the Ducks have proven that they can effectively score at will against almost any opponent. The Ducks still remain slightly behind Kansas State in my estimation, and their remaining games might not be enough to get back in the race. At this point, the title race is reasonably simple. Alabama is effectively guaranteed to hold the top ranking as long as the Tide keep winning. Oregon and Kansas State are in a close race to the finish, but all things considered, the Wildcats will likely remain ahead of the Ducks barring a series of close finishes. Notre Dame is a distant fourth and would require two of the teams ahead of it to lose. Georgia can win the SEC East this week against Auburn; should the Bulldogs slip up, Florida will take the division. Either of these teams

Sophomore QB Matt Brown (#17) posted 303 yards during the last home game.

would likely jump over Notre Dame with a win over Alabama, and with a bit of luck or an upset of Oregon or K-State they could leap all the way to the title game. No other teams have realistic championship hopes at this point, and it would require an apocalypse of upsets for any other team to even sniff the national title. Clarity is breaking out, but as always in college football, insanity is only a Saturday away.

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Minds at Mines Winter sports
Arnaud Filliat Assistant Copy Editor
This week Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland were all open. To celebrate the upcoming season of winter sports, this week Minds at Mines asked, “Are you planning on going to the mountains for some winter sports this year?” I went the last time I was here before I moved in. I drove up to Winter Park with my dad, other than that I haven’t gone anywhere. I’ll probably go a few times depending on the weekends but the school is crazy here so that’ll be pretty difficult, I guess. Ernest Burkholder

Grinds my gears
Jarrod Sparks Staff Writer
while removing the spots for them. I understand why new dorms are being built. As state funding decreases, enrollment tuition needs to make up the difference. This can be done through either increasing the amount each student pays or through increasing the amount of students (or in our case, both). It is also evident that dorms and living conditions are one of the things that attract new students to come to Mines, while parking status is often overlooked. It is time for something to be done. In response to my article last year, a no doubt well meaning and inspired student employee of parking services pointed out that a parking garage costs multiple thousands of dollars per space. While a parking garage represents an expensive endeavor, it is time for Mines to join the modern age of parking structures and go vertical. Even the retirement complex

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You know what really grinds my gears? Parking. On everyday but Friday, arrive any time after 9:00 or 10:00, and it is a tossup as to whether or not you’ll acquire any decent space. I could understand that the early bird gets the worm and whatnot, but if you’re a late bird, one of your only choices is the back corner of the Ford lot or the dirt lot, and even those are full sometimes. Word on the street is it is not getting any better either. Another one of our parking lots is going away soon to be replaced by a new residence hall. Lot B, or the lot surrounded by Elm Street, Weaver Hall, and Maple Hall, will soon be a new dormitory. This dorm will no doubt attract a new group of people to the campus, further adding to the number of cars on campus,

in Golden has a parking garage, and they only drive three times a week – to church, the farmer’s market, and the doctor. There has also been talk of restricting the number of freshman cars, or abolishing them altogether. Is this fair? Well, as referenced by our two candidates for president, one’s definition of “fair” can vary greatly. Either way, it would reduce the number of cars on campus. Finding a good spot on the Mines campus is about as rare as a night where Snooki does not start a fight in a club or a song where 2 Chainz doesn’t yell his name. It does happen, but you rarely hear about it. Ultimately, something will have to be done to accommodate the increase in vehicles with the increase in enrollment and drop in parking space, but I have not seen any positive changes made. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what grinds my gears.

I haven’t been up to the mountains yet, but I’m just kind of waiting on snow. I got my pass this winter. I got the Epic Local Pass. So hopefully once it starts snowing I’ll be up there as soon as that happens. I ski. Logan Ramseier

Joshua Kleitsch Tormentor of Fact

Mines student for President
Last week Filipe Escutcheon III, an Econ Senior at the Colorado School of Mines, chose to place himself in the presidential race as a third party candidate. When asked, he explained his decision to run as “a personal goal in life, one that I think fits well with my current desires as an econ major here at Mines.” He continued, “I’m not really worth anything as an econ major here, so I decided that being President of the United States would be a better decision career-wise.” With the presidential race winding to a close, Escutcheon’s entrance at the ninth hour prompted odd stares from the high rollers in the Republican and Democratic parties. They see his chances as slim to nonexistent, though he is staunch in his belief that he can pull a solid win by splitting the vote. In his estimation, by giving voters the option to pick him as the shiniest of three turds, he can garner a substantial number of votes. Escutcheon held a town hall discussion of his policies last Friday, and there was an excellent turnout from Mines. With roughly 327 girls attending, it was arguably the largest gathering of females in the history of mines, outside of Convocation of new freshman classes. One of the questions directed at Escutcheon was in regards to his policies on college loans. He responded that he thinks the government needs to pay for all of college, regardless of their grades, goals, personal accomplishments, etc. In Escutcheon’s estimation, schooling should be as free as a bird in Nepal. Totally free. One reporter for the London Sunday Times present at the event asked Escutcheon what his views

I will be going up to the mountains. I bought an Epic Local Pass. I’m excited to go up with some of my friends. I ski. I will be going up this week at A-basin. Just take advantage of the opportunity that Colorado School of Mines has. James Debartolomeis

were on the military and foreign policy. The presidential candidate offered one nugget of wisdom, and said that he believes that “other countries need to screw themselves and leave the U.S. alone.” He continued, saying, “We have enough problems with running our own country, and we don’t need to worry about other people. The military needs to do fundraisers and make money for themselves.” While many may see Escutcheon as a poor choice for Commander in Chief and the leader of the free world, it is undeniable that he is more level-headed in his understanding of how the world works than either Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama. His experience is lacking, his personal hygiene is suspect, and his worldview is decidedly undecided, but he is sincere. Vote for him this week, and prove to the world that we need sincerity again.

I have not been and I won’t go because I didn’t get a pass this year. I don’t think the snow is gonna be as good. I think it’s gonna be like it was last year. I was up there a week ago and there was nothing. Matt Schneider

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