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Volume 93, Issue 16 February 11, 2013
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News

Be prepared for Spring Career Day

Features 5

BCM helps inner city kids through hikes
Despite raising political conflicts with rebel groups, Gold Fields has been able to continue their exploration of Mali.

Sports 10

Developing Gold Fields in Mali
Evan Ford Staff Writer
Mines alumnus Benjamin Teschner was featured in the Hennebach-MIPER guest lecture series with his presentation surrounding the effects of large-scale geologic exploration efforts in undeveloped areas of the world. MIPER, or Master of International Political Economy of Resources, is a Colorado of School of Mines exclusive degree, and this degree focuses on offering engineers and scientists specialized knowledge surrounding an intricate global economy. Teschner graduated from Mines in 2008, and achieved his masters in 2011. Since that time he has worked for the international mining and resources company, Gold Fields. The company has operations on nearly every continent, but Teschner was stationed in Mali as a geological consultant for the resources development program. “I use both of my degrees from Mines on a daily basis,” said Teschner. Part of his responsibilities as an expatriate in Mali included interactions and leases with the local village leaders and government officials. Gold Fields and Teschner worked to establish sustainable relationships with locals through community development and shared value. Sanitation and farming projects were initiated in the rural areas of southern Mali where Teschner worked. Additionally, Teschner was involved with the building and renovation of schools for the Yanfolila and factioned, gained some moProject of Southern Africa, which mentum and began taking over is explicitly an exploration endeavor cities, such as Timbuktu. They at the present time (currently no declared their conquered land Azamining). “Thousands of meters of wad, and again there was very little testing samples have been drilled bloodshed, as “the Malian military so far,” said Teschner. Despite this, was seen removing their uniforms the “infrastructure is pretty poor in and fleeing in some cases,” said this area. Medics in Mali are he- Teschner. roes—they do a lot with very little.” This turmoil was occurring in Teschner refers to the time pe- the Northern part of Mali, while the riod of building the community and Gold Fields operation is situated exploratory drilling as “the Good in the very south of Mali, sepaOld Days,” referring to the time rated from Guinea by only a river. beginning around June 2011. How- However, this turmoil and struggle ever, on March for power did 23, 2012, every- “Infrastructure is pretty poor affect the projthing changed. ect. “Safety of in this area. Medics in Mali t h e e m p l o y In Mali, there is a rebel group are heroes—they do a lot ees, explorain the north tion licenses, in known as the country capiwith very little.” Tu a r e g , w h o tal, and new have “wrestled for independence government all became major since the 1960s,” said Teschner. concerns,” said Teschner. Also, Rebellions of the Arab Spring the withdrawal of international and the fall of Muammar Qaddafi aid in the country stressed nonresulted in the Tuareg receiving government organizations and armaments and thus some power. local government officials. HosPresident Amadou Toumani Touré pitals and police stations were experienced a “non-violent, almost underfunded. The importance of accidental coup d’état led by a low mining escalated to produce revranking Amadou Sanago of the enue to sustain the functionality in Malian military. Sanago believed the area. At this point, “Gold Fields that the president was not ad- donated $50,000 to the End Fund, equately addressing or dealing with which combats tropical diseases,” the Taureg. Touré left the country, said Teschner. And to prove their and Sanago assumed full power, dedication to the community, Gold despite his inexperience. Fields continued their sustainable The situation complicated even development programs, rather further as radical Islamic groups than fleeing the fragile conditions. aligned with the Tuareg, and this However, “there was a need to rebellion, although highly unstable update crisis management plans and to evacuate expatriates” as the conditions are threatening for foreigners, as demonstrated by a fatal hostage event in Algeria, just north of Mali. As the Tuareg and rebel groups advanced the borders of Azawad even further south, the French military began to intervene, and the French efforts pushed the Tuareg back north. The French managed to recapture Timbuktu, which drastically changed the perspective and long-term situation in Mali. Despite all of the conflicts in Mali, Gold Fields was able to remain successful, and arguably flourish during these desperate times. None of their operations were adversely affected directly, with their keys to success being a large portion of the reason why. “We trained and hired local staff, maintained positive relationships and full transparency with our ethics policies,” said Teschner. He and the company now look to the future for Mali. There are many questions in play: “Will the Tuareg utilize guerilla tactics in the south? Will the French gain full control of the North? Will democratic elections continue in July? Will hostage events become common?” There is a lot of uncertainty and speculation, but Teschner’s delayed return to Mali suggests the country and the area still has many issues to address. However, positive efforts like those from Gold Fields and employees like Teschner work to enhance the state of affairs in this part of the world.

Pole vaulting does well at track meet

Opinion 11

How much warmer will the Earth get?

Satire

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Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. Or is it?

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Josh Kleitsch, Staff Writer

Bonn, Germany - Coral reefs, built of calcium carbonate deposits excreted by tiny organisms on the ocean floor, are in danger of being dissolved away by the increasing acid content of the oceans. There is hope, however. New studies performed by a group from the University of Bonn, Germany, show that there is an ancient microbe that generates significantly more calcium carbonate per square foot of ocean floor than the coral microbes, and are much more resistant to the increasing acidity.

Stony Brook, New York - A deep study into mammal physiology and genetics revealed the ancestor of all placental mammals. Placental mammals are mammals that give birth to young in much the same way as humans. The research group responsible for the study began by assembling a massive database of genetic traits from 86 different species of placental mammals, then compared the various species-specific traits in an effort to find common threads.

Wallingford, United Kingdom - Ants are commonly known to communicate via pheromones, or special scents, that inform other ants about their social status, alert them to a predator, or guide them to food. Until recently, scientists believed that ants did not communicate any other way than by the use of these pheromones. A few years ago, however, scientists studying various species of ants found that they make noise.

Cambridge, United Kingdom - Humans are not the only species capable of knowing what another of their kind is thinking. A group of researchers from Cambridge, England, who have been studying Eurasian Jays have come to the conclusion that they must share the same type of intuition that defines human relationships. The male jay, when feeding his mate, appears to sense that she wants to eat some other type of insect, and will thus provide her with those instead.

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Headlines from around the world
Josh Kleitsch, Staff Writer
United Nations refugee agency officials are confirming that over 5000 people are leaving Syria every day now, which is a massive increase from the numbers in December. Some 260,000 already reside in Lebanon. The total number of people who have fled Syria has now topped 780,000, with many more to come as a result of the fighting in and around Damascus. British food supplier Findus has been selling frozen horse meat labelled as beef. Others have committed similar offenses over the past few months, but none to the extent of selling something entirely made of horse meat. The British public has raised a strong outcry against the action, due to deep cultural inhibitions against eating horse. After many weeks of difficult negotiation, the European Union has finally agreed to a new budget for the next seven years. The EU countries have vast differences to overcome in reaching any agreement as to a budget, and in light of the significant economic peril that faces Spain, Greece, and Italy, countries such as Germany had considerable motivation to reach a consensus. High-ranking officials in the Obama administration are standing before a Senate committee to explain how the Central Intelligence Agency uses drones in targeted strikes against terrorist groups and known militants. The committee seeks to determine the legality of the way these drones are used, and the secrecy in which they operate. Deep divisions in opinion over how to approach the Syrian rebel situation is making decision making difficult for the Obama administration. Senate Armed Services Committee members are not approving military action on the behalf of the Syrian rebels. Senator John McCain has repeatedly advised sending military support to groups of rebels who have been carefully screened by U.S. military officials. The U.S. Postal Service posted a $1.3 billion loss for the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, a drop from the $3.1 billion loss over the same quarter of last year. Postal service authorities hoped that the holiday season would curb the losses that they have been facing, but rising fuel cost and lower overall mail volume due to the faltering economy has forestalled their progress. Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was murdered by an unknown gunman last week, resulting in widespread protests and demonstrations. Opposition party members claimed that the Islamist party ordered the killing, an allegation the Islamists denied. A recent study that shows only 18 percent of Zimbabwe children passed the nation’s standardized test. President Robert Mugabe blames the deplorable passing rate on the years of turmoil and financial problems that resulted from the political tension of the last decade.

Local News
The Dolores County School Board voted unanimously to allow a district superintendent and the Dove Creek High School principal to carry firearms at the school. The administrators are to complete a concealed carry course and receive a permit from the county sheriff’s office and will receive an extra $1 salary. Experts predict a 60% increase in traffic on Denver roads by 2035. The Denver metro area population is expected to balloon from 2.3 million people to 4 million people by that year, which is expected to drastically increase traffic and air pollution. Experts recommend carpooling, biking, or using public transit. Water experts report it is nearly impossible for Colorado to recover from its current drought this year. 2013 is already worse than the monumental 2002 drought, and 9News quotes one expert as saying, “Coming out of 2012 we can’t have another year like that on 2013 because there will be some severe impact.” The same expert continues, “Do your snow and rain dances and let’s hope it gets better from now on.” The Denver Harlequins Wheelchair Rugby Club, Craig Hospital, and the City of Englewood hosted a Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this weekend at Englewood High School. The event included two bronze medal London Paralympics athletes among the more than 60 competitors. The trial of Frederick Mueller, accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, came to a stand-still as the jury was unable to come to a verdict. Mueller’s wife, Leslie, was found dead in 2008 in a Lake City creek. Sheriff Ron Bruce contested that “She drowned.”

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february 11, 2013

Second annual USG urges real time GEE Panel talks grading and more parking multiple industries
Aaron Pfeifer Staff Writer Evan Ford Staff Writer
Colorado School of Mines celebrated the second annual GEEE Industry Panel with impressive industry representation. Companies such as Olsson Associates, CH2MHILL, ARCADIS, and Milender White Construction were invited to present their company mission statements and what they look for in job candidates. Students were able to ask these industry professionals specific questions regarding work environments, résumé refinements, and were even given the opportunity to network. GEEE catered specifically to careers in Mining, Geology, Civil and Environmental. A light dinner was provided before the companies presented. The first business to present was Olsson Associates. Olsson has 22 offices in seven states, and over 600 employees. The company was founded in Nebraska in 1956. Engineer Chance Uhrich and Emily Haney from human resources were the speakers for Olsson, and they focused on the integrity and cross -coordination of the Olsson offices. Haney said when choosing a job, “Focus on the fit of a job, not the salary.” In regard to Olsson, she added, “People want to stay here, and they have stayed here.” The next company was CH2MHILL, which is a global enterprise. The company name comes from the initials of the founders. CH2MHILL employs 30,000 people in 60 countries worldwide. The company is a client based firm, and their services span from accounting, human resources, engineering, and construction. Brenden Hedez, Mines alum, was joined by Glynis WilliamsThompson from human resources to inform the students about CH2MHILL. “We are looking for mobile graduates, and employees will never be doing the same thing twice,” said Williams-Thompson. Even though the company receives 2000-3000 resumes a day, “Mines students have an advantage in being considered for a job,” said Hedez. Richard Murphy, another Mines alumnus represented ARCADIS. Like CH2HMILL, ARCADIS is a large international company. The company’s US headquarters are located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. ARCADIS has catered to many commercial enterprises since the 1800s. ARCADIS breaks down their company into four pillars, including TKI (Technical Knowledge Information) and safety. “We stress safety at ARCADIS, and this leads to a complete reduction of injuries at work,” said Murphy. When looking at candidates for a job, Murphy always asks, “What fires you up?” The answer to this question should be used to guide an engineer’s career search. The final presentation came from Milender White Construction, a smaller Colorado based company. Milender White hires office as well as field engineers, and employees 7090 individuals at a time. Dawn Hart from HR and Lou Primak visited for Milender White, and their enthusiasm and humor was well accepted by those in attendance. Primak emphasized that an employee must be “well-rounded and intelligent” to succeed in the job market. A common theme from all of the presentations was a focus on worklife balances and finding the job that was the correct fit for an individual. The night presented an uncompromised learning experience for the students in search of internships and specific careers in geology and civil engineering. The companies that attended this year’s GEEE Industry Panel presented nearly endless opportunities to the students in attendance.
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Students may soon be assured that they will have their grades within two weeks of assignment submission. USG Sophomores are spearheading a resolution to this effect. The resolution, on behalf of the student body, would encourage the Faculty Senate to create a policy requiring professors to have materials graded and returned to students within two weeks of their submission. The resolution is expected to be unanimously approved at the next USG meeting in two weeks. This matter was brought up by a student petition on the Class of 2015 Facebook page which received over 200 names requesting this policy. This semester, students could have a say in taxing themselves $165 for a parking garage to begin construction immediately, according to Matt McNew, USG President. By popular request from students, the executive council of USG has been busy working on obtaining information to push the school to build a parking garage near the Green Center, effective immediately. The committee is currently researching the matter and plans on educating the campus about the expected $11 million dollar endeavor later this semester. Students can expect to see a campus-wide survey later this semester to express their opinions on the matter. Additionally, USG is looking into funding and the process of installing lights on the north intramural field. $40 million has been donated to the school this year to fund research. This amount is double the amount from three years ago. Stephanie Bonucci, Board of Trustees Rep., also announced that the Board of Trustees is

campaigning for $35 million in donations this year and obtained roughly $27 million last semester. These funds go directly back to the campus to help fund construction and academics at Mines. The Board would also like to put $5 million more towards needbased scholarships for students with an ACT score of 32 or higher, above the current Mines average of 31. Mines also received $14 million from the Department of Energy for the efforts of a research group in the Materials Department on reducing the supply waste for clean energy and recycling materials. They will now be working with national labs on the project. OrgSync membership for Mines is up for renewal and BSO is looking for club’s opinions as to what is good and bad about OrgSync or if the website should be exchanged for another system. Additionally, BSO is currently looking into the logistics of creating a prayer room on campus for students and staff to be able to practice their religious beliefs in a private space. Riding on the Pedestrian Plaza may soon be a legal reality, courtesy of the Junior Class. Sam Cooper announced that Greg Bohlen of Public Safety may support a measure to allow skateboards and bicycles to be ridden through the pedestrian plaza in off peak hours. The committee will next meet with Gary Bowersock of Facilities Management. Numerous students brought up this matter on USG’s “What’s Your Beef” opinion forum. RTD fees will not go up for the next school year, announced Derek Morgan. An increase was expected in light of the new RTD system that Mines will be enjoying this April. However, RTD has no metric to measure how much students will use the new system,

so a fee likely will not occur until the 2014 academic school year. Only 2800 students have picked up RTD passes this semester from the Student Activities office, despite the fact that every student has paid for one with their student fees. “Into the Streets” will most likely be working with the City of Golden History District to help clean up the park and History Museum this year. Communityat-Large Representative Kaitlin Hedberg reported that the event is tentatively scheduled for March 23 at 10 am. Participants will likely receive free burritos, t-shirts, and free admission to the museum at a later date. A senior barbecue in conjunction with the Senior M-Climb will be happening this spring announced Aaron Pfeifer, Senior Class President. The Senior Class is currently looking for help sponsoring the event and for individuals or groups willing to play music. Their goal is to make the Senior M-Climb a huge celebration and a last hoorah for Seniors preparing to graduate. USG currently has money left over from reallocations last semester. USG has since allowed students and organizations to request money from this fund. Thus far, students have submitted requests to Budget Committee ranging from money for conferences to $20,000 for a saloon on campus. After analyzing the requests, budget committee recommended two requests to the USG: $150 was granted to the Student Alumni Association to help fund snacks for Discover Mines Day and $285 was granted to help offset registration fees for three students attending an ACS conference in New Orleans later this year.

Students network with company representatives from civil, mining, geology and environmental industries.

stand the behaviors of the ants and how they appear to communicate using this noise. By rubbing Stony Brook, New York - their legs against a spiky ridge By doing this, they were able to along their abdomen, the ants are infer that the ancestor of these able to produce a sound that can mammals was likely a furry, tree- be used to communicate with climbing, insect-eating creature other ants. More recent studies no larger than have also a large rat. As the waters of our oceans s h o w n The ancestor that maprobably came continue to warm, these mi- ture ant around roughpupae crobes spread farther north can also ly 400,000 years after the commumass extinc- and cover more coastline. As n i c a t e tion event that like this, wiped out the they spread, they build “reefs” and that dinosaur popcommualong the coasts ulation. The nication researchers speculate that the is likely critical to their survival. period beginning with this mamBonn, Germany - As the wamal was likely the time when new ters of our oceans continue to species categories were appear- warm, these microbes spread ing rapidly, perhaps on 200,000 farther north and cover more year intervals. coastline. As they spread, they Wallingford, United King- build “reefs” along the coasts, dom - At first they did not know providing the same type of ecowhat the noise meant, but they logical protection that coral reefs have gradually begun to under- provide, but in a much more ro-

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bust way. The end result of this “new-old” microbe remains to be seen, but it may have a positive impact on the planet’s various marine ecosystems. Cambridge, United Kingdom - In addition to this behavior, the jays appear to have some concept of planning for the future, and not just satiating their immediate appetite. To identify whether or not this behavior was actually caring for the other bird, the researchers placed the birds in a cage and gave them mealworms and wax fly larvae. The Jays prefer the wax fly larvae to the mealworms, so if they are purely acting out of their own desires, they will both eat the wax fly larvae. The male, rather than feeding the female a mixture of the two or just mealworms, fed her the wax fly larvae. This would indicate that he was considering her desires over his own. Whether this study can be taken to prove that jays are capable of some higher intelligence or not must still be determined.

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30 seconds to shine
Bradley Wood Staff Writer
To stand out at career day, one should follow a few simple and helpful steps provided by the Career Center to make a better impression on possible employers. These tips are not only limited to the the obvious, like dressing well and presenting oneself professionally, but are also about doing research on the company and having a strategy when approaching the various companies. Just follow these simple steps to make a good impression at career day. The first step to making a good impression is doing a little background work. This consists of looking through the list of employers that will be present at the fair, which can be found in the Career Day pamphlet. Pick out a list of companies that would be interesting to talk to and that fit degree specifications. After getting this list, put together a spreadsheet that organizes information about each company. The first thing to do is to go to each company’s website, apply online, and then research the company in order to get some general information. Record information about each company in the spreadsheet in order to later reference it at the fair. That way, when talking to the recruiters about their own company, they will see a motivated individual who cares about their company. Prior to the fair, print off enough resumes in order to give two copies to each employer you intend to talk to. Organize notes about the companies and resumes in a folder that can be carried at the fair. At the fair there are a few pointers to follow. The first pertains to attire. Men should be dressed business casual, meaning a long sleeve shirt, a tie, and slacks. Ladies should be dressed conservatively, and be aware of possible “wardrobe malfunctions.” Secondly, have a strategy on how to approach each booth. If uncomfortable about approaching a booth, practice the approach on a booth that does not hold much interest. When approaching a booth, one should be confident and know what they want to say. It is helpful to have a 30 second commercial prepared to give to the recruiters. After completing the 30 second commercial, try to get the recruiters to take a resume and carry on conversation. After leaving the booth take a few notes about the recruiter and any contact information they may have given. If during a talk with a recruiter, a slip-up or embarrassing moment arises, do not sweat it. Move on with the point, and act like nothing happened. Showing performance this way in a stressful situation is also a good quality to a prospective employer. After the fair, it is key to follow up with recruiters. If a good conversation took place with the recruiters, send them a thank you for their time. This is a good way to stand out and make sure to still stay on their mind and to potentially gain an interview.

Discover internship and co-op opportunities
Jordan Francis Staff Writer
According to Debbie Behnfield, the recruitment coordinator at Mines’ Career Center, “When you graduate from Mines, 75% of… students who are getting their undergraduate degrees report that they have had technical experience in their major. That would include internships, co-ops, research, or other opportunities.” This trait benefits both graduates and their employers, as it provides students with experience beyond just classroom and theoretical knowledge about their chosen profession. There are many systems in place at Mines intended to help students find this highly sought-after technical experience. Behnfield explained that while talking to companies and representatives on one of the two Career Days during the controlled recruiting seasons on campus tends to be the most well-known method of seeking an internship, there are other ways students can find companies who will give them this sort of experience. Behnfield recommends Diggernet as the go-to page for internship, co-op, and on and off-campus job openings, as well as information about workshops and information sessions. Events (besides Career Day) such as company information sessions and on-campus interviews during the recruiting seasons are also good ways of getting in touch with companies who are looking for interns from Mines. The Career Center also has links to further opportunities and search engines designed to look for internships. Additionally, Behnfield pointed out that one always has the option of “pro-active” job searching, which includes going above and beyond the systems in place at Mines to seek a position. Behnfield also recommends undergraduate research as another method by which students can gain experience. While research positions are not usually advertised on Diggernet, students can go to the www.inside.mines. edu website and search “centers and institutes” to find links to all of the research institutes at Mines where students can apply for undergraduate research Behnfield then turned the floor over to the Career Center’s assistant director, Lin Sherman, to discuss co-op opportunities. Co-ops, which are similar to internships, but generally last longer, are, according to Sherman, “a chance to get greater responsibility and integrate more with the company,” as well as earn a fairly competitive wage. Co-ops differ from internships in that they are required to be equivalent to at least six months of full-time work, so they usually take place over at least one semester of a school year. Students who participate in a co-op can earn three hours of academic credit through both their performance and a technical paper on their experience. Students can continue to take academic courses during their co-op experience, though it is highly recommended that students take a reduced class load, as their employers will expect them to spend a lot of time on the job. Requirements for a co-op include at least three completed semesters at Mines for most students and two semesters for transfer students, a minimum 2.0 GPA and good academic and disciplinary standing. Students who are interested in taking this route are cautioned to plan

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How to use the campus calendar
Aaron Pfiefer Staff Writer
CSM students often wonder why the campus calendar does not include a holiday for Labor Day, or why students do not get a full week off for Thanksgiving. Lara Medley of the Registrar’s Office answered these questions at the USG meeting last week as she explained how the campus calendar is created. First and foremost, the calendar is outlined by federal guidelines. One such guideline requires one hour of classroom time and two hours of “out of class work” per credit hour for fifteen weeks per semester for classes. Labs require three hours of classroom time for the same time period. Mines currently meets this requirement only by also including times spent during finals week. Second, as employees of the State of Colorado, the staff of the campus are required to have 10 holidays throughout the year. New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are holidays recognized by the school. The other five holidays—Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran’s Day— are all “moved” holidays that Mines faculty recognize on the days between Christmas and New Year’s, which gives staff an extended holiday and allows the school to save on utilities costs. Third, the faculty contract allows faculty members 75 days a year in which they are allowed to work on their research or other endeavors outside of teaching students. Finally, the school recognizes traditional non-class days such as M-Climb and E-days. Once all of these criteria have been satisfied, the calendar committee looks into giving students as many convenient breaks as possible. Medley went on to answer common questions about the calendar. Q: Why does Mines not recognize Labor Day? A: Students voted in 2007 that they would rather have Fall Break for two days and therefore have a longer break and a chance to catch up on homework than have Labor Day so early in the year. Q: Why is Spring Break so early and not matched with Jeffco School District? A: Jeffco schools continually push their break later in the year. Students voted they would rather have spring break during weeks 8 or 9 to break up the semester evenly. Q: Why don’t we get a full week for Thanksgiving like some schools do? A: The criteria listed above just don’t allow Mines to have this flexibility. The calendar committee, which consists of an undergraduate member, a graduate member, three faculty, the Associate Dean of Life, and the Director of Human Resources meets every September to discuss the calendar three years in advance. Additional nonvoting members include the Registrar and the Executive Assistant to the Provost. Once the committee approves the calendar, it goes on to the Provost, and then the President for final approval.

Career Day tips and tricks
Ramiro Rodriguez Staff Writer
For students wanting to get an internship or full time job during the upcoming Career Day, the Colorado School of Mines Career Center offers a large amount of helpful advice. To get tips and advice for Career Day, “The Oredigger” talked with Jean Manning-Clark, the Director of the Mines Career Center and Employer Relations, to discuss Career Day. Having a successful Career Day begins beforehand with research and planning. The Career Center’s “The Mines Strategy” guidebook says, “One of the most common complaints from recruiters is that students don’t research their company before an interview or when they meet them at Career Day.” Researching a company before meeting with them can be done through the company’s website, as well as through Diggernet and the Career Day Program Guide, which features all the employers coming to Career Day. Additionally, the program guide shows the majors and years each company is looking to hire for internships and jobs. Company research can be kept in the pages of a padfolio for quick reference before talking with a company representative. A padfolio can also be used to keep extra résumé copies. This can be very useful as it may be necessary to hand out multiple résumés at a company’s booth. ManningClark recommends that “if you plan to talk with fifteen companies, bring twenty-five copies of your resume.” The last item to prepare is what the Career center calls your “30-second commercial,” which is essentially a vocalized cover letter. During Career Day itself, dress professionally, be prepared, and act confidently. Appearance is a large part of one’s first impression, so it is important to be dressed appropriately, be well groomed, and be hygienic. Men should wear either business attire or business casual. Matching socks, shoes that either match the outfit or are darker, and neckties are encouraged. For women, wear a blouse or scooped neck shirt, dress slacks or a skirt no shorter than three inches above the knee, a suit, flats or low heels, no open toed shoes or overly high heels, and minimal jewelry. During Career Day, it is a good idea to lead with a company and position of lower interest or even a company of no interest to gain some practice and confidence. It

their remaining semesters after the co-op, as the experience is likely to delay students in terms of graduating on time. Sherman then let several Mines students who have gotten internship and co-ops share their experiences. Many of them cited the importance of “being yourself” both when talking to and interviewing with companies and when working for them, though as senior Andrea Switzer pointed out, it is a good idea to be prepared with prior knowledge about the company before going to talk to its representatives. Additionally, as both Switzer and freshman Dilan Orrino proved, it is entirely possible to get an internship as a freshman when, as Switzer points out, students do not yet have the “detrimental Mines GPA.” Several of the students recommend making oneself stand out by following up with companies and sending them some sort of “thank you” after interviews and discussions. Junior Madeline Tarasar advised students to “get to know people [at the job] on a more personal level than just a ‘working relationship,’” a sentiment backed up by Switzer, who said that someone who spends part of the work day talking to their co-workers stands a much better chance of being remembered and offered a job than someone who stays hidden away and works all day. Junior Ryan Peck added that it was important that one “work hard, ask questions and [not] be afraid to take responsibility.” All of the students who shared their stories about internships and coops agreed that their time with the companies had provided them with valuable experience, a new set of knowledge, and were worth the effort.

is also important to keep in mind that mistakes will happen. Do not get discouraged by any sort of rejection, especially if the rejection is because the recruiter explains that the company is not looking for that major or year. When this happens, it is important to keep in mind that almost a third of the recruiters are changed out for different recruiters for that company and may or may not be the people who created the listing. If this happens, just keep showing interest, leave a resume, and apply online. Many of the companies coming are government contractors, and as such, are required to have online applications for their positions under Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Even more important than Career Day are the days that follow. Many companies hold interviews during the week following Career Day. These can be confirmed during Career Day itself, found on Diggernet, or through company information sessions. It is also recommended to send a thank you letter with a resume attached to the recruiters who came to Career Day. Their contact information can be found in the Career Day Program Guide under the listing for the company.

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Harveys pay it forward through scholarship
Amy Ackerman Guest Writer
The saying “paying it forward” is one most everyone has heard. According to Wikipedia, to “pay it forward” means to ask the beneficiary of a good deed to “repay” it to others instead of to the original benefactor. It is a good theory, but how many of us actually take it to heart? Well, for myself and 25 other students here at Mines, this saying has made a huge impact on our lives. The “pay it forward” concept has been started, and it is now an experiment of some sort, to see how far it can spread. The two people responsible for this spread are Mines alumnus Hugh Harvey and his wife, Michelle. When the Harveys decided to create a scholarship fund in 2009 with their first gift of $10 million, it was important to the couple that this fund be sustainable. We all know that no fund is truly endless, but the idea here is that the legacy will catch on among the scholars themselves. Through spreading their unique outlooks on philanthropy and humanity, the Harveys are effectively creating an epidemic of “pay it forward” syndrome that is transmitted through a small group of students known as the Harvey Scholars. I remember receiving the application through email and just getting excited at the thought of it. I had already applied to so many scholarships that my patience was wearing thin. But as I read through the description of the program, it seemed perfect for me. My family is a huge part of my life, and when my aunt in New York heard that the prompt was about “paying it forward,” she sent me a copy of the movie “Pay It Forward.” The basic idea was that a little boy helped some people, and when they asked what he would like in return, his response was, “Just ‘pay it forward.’ Three big favors for three other people. That’s it.” It seems like a simple concept, but these things are easier said than done. The movie gave me a great starting point, a real understanding of what it truly meant to “pay it forward.” Fast forward to April 2011 when I got a phone call informing me that I had been chosen as a Harvey Scholar. I was ecstatic, to say the least. I would not graduate with student loans! That was my first thought anyway, but after having met the Harveys and having been a part of the program for about two years now, my whole perspective has changed. I realize now that the program is equipping me with more than financial security. I have learned so much about selflessness and the contagiousness of philanthropy. Through monthly luncheons and weekly chair meetings, the program has become an integral part of my life at Mines. Each scholar brings something new to the table. Every scholar is encouraged to use an enrichment grant to add to the academic, professional, and personal aspects of our college experience. Whether that be through research opportunities, study abroad, or philanthropy in remote parts of the world, the opportunities are vast. The program also has a big focus on service. Different service events happen every month. Recently, the scholars served food at the Denver Rescue Mission and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. The scholars are also establishing a book scholarship to assist their fellow students at Mines. The book scholarship itself came about in a very unique fashion. Every student has experienced the painful process of purchasing textbooks. We recognize how significant such a scholarship can be on an individual level. At the beginning of the year, an orientation event was held for the new freshman (all scholars were in attendance), to introduce them to the program. Towards the end of the event, Mrs. Harvey surprised all of the scholars, new and old, with a gift of $100 each, tasking each of us with the challenge of using the money to “pay it forward” in our own way. Her emphasis on the importance of responsible giving inspired some scholars to contemplate pooling their money together to increase its impact. A group of us then decided to use our money to create a book scholarship for other students on campus. We used the money from Mrs. Harvey in order to establish the initial funds, but we will continue to keep the fund sustainable by contacting local businesses and engineering firms to sponsor the scholarship for future years By processing applications and fundraising for future years, we hope to be truly involved in the nitty-gritty of philanthropy. It is amazing to see the program continue to grow and develop. I came into the program when there were only eleven scholars; five freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors. Each year only a few scholars were selected, but with another amazingly generous contribution of $11.2 million dollars, the largest gift in Mines history, the Harveys expanded the program to accept about fourteen new scholars each year. The program jumped from having twelve scholars to twentysix in one year, and fourteen more will be accepted this spring. This will support 300 scholars over the next 25 years, with 60 enrolled at Mines at any given time. As the program grows, the group is capable of doing more. This year, we became an official student organization and have developed chair positions held by student members that are geared toward expanding our reach within the community. The chairs work together to keep the program running smoothly and help develop the program for the future. The chairs coordinate internal affairs, community service events, scrapbooking and documentation, alumni/freshman relations, and organize the book scholarship. The goal of the program is to keep each scholar involved and to form a community of support for one another. As the program continues to grow, keeping everyone involved is essential, but difficult. The scholars are working to put a system in place that allows the Harvey Scholar Program to continue paying it forward. It is an exciting time to be a part of the program as it continues to grow and develop. The Harveys have truly done something amazing. They have created a legacy of paying it forward at Mines and inspired each scholar to promote the “pay it forward” attitude. Learn more and meet the scholars at giving.mines.edu/harveyscholars.

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Evan Ford Staff Writer

“Electric Dream” a feel-good remix
flects the mood and atmosphere of the song, as at times it feels very dream like, which leaves the listener in a state of reverie. The song is seven minutes and 47 seconds long, which is long, but far from boring. The Electric Dream begins as any typical dance or techno song—with bass. As the song progresses, the listener is introduced to a cheerful and enticing melody. This serves to segue the song into the first drop, which comes after about two minutes. At this point, some high pitch beeps are presented, which are brief, but somewhat distracting and annoying. The song progresses past this stage after a bit, and returns to the introductory melody which functions as a build up of more to come. At the halfway point of the song, at about 3 minutes and 50 seconds, comes the most interesting and significant drop. Here, the song almost takes a different direction, but it seems to fit the style and cadence previously established. Now, the song becomes dubstep-like, but not the typical sounds associated with this genre. The sounds are unique and strikingly positive, and are sure to get the listener into a good mood. A pumping bassline is still present, and to be truly enjoyed a listener should be sure to have quality speakers or headphones. After a minute or so of this sequence, the song pulls back into a somewhat trance like state, with a muted melody and an ambient glow of sounds. But the song comes right back with an accelerated buildup that leads to a point that can catch the listener off-guard. For a split second, it seems as though the song is over, but this only leaves the listener wanting more. What makes this song great is that it delivers

Jonathan Gering has remixed the “Electric Dream,” by Mord Fustang, and the product is an exceptional, melodious experience. The odd song title and artist, as well as the fact that this song is a remix, may be unappealing to most. However, it is a feel-good song that has variety and upbeats, making it very stimulating. The original song by Mord Fustang is significantly different from this version, but definite similarity between the two songs can be drawn. The title accurately re-

with more danceable sequences that tie directly to the main melody of this song, now enhanced to fully energize the audience. After an unforgettable series of beats, the song takes the time to curtail the established energy and ends by slowly eliminating these elements. Overall, “The Electric Dream” by Mord Fustang, remixed by Jonathan Gering, is a feel-good song chock full of exciting drops. The song will be well accepted by techno, electric, or dance music enthusiasts, but anyone with an open taste in music will be sure to find the song engaging.

“Heavy Metal” not to be taken seriously
Kyle Santi Staff Writer
Animated shows and movies have been stereotyped as children’s fare since the 1960s. As such, few animated films try to cater to an adult audience even though adults in the United States are slowly accepting them. “Heavy Metal” is one of those adult films, and it is an interesting ride from start to finish. The movie starts with a space shuttle releasing a car from its cargo hold and an astronaut piloting the car to Earth. This is a prime and well-done example of the trope “Rule of Cool.” This establishes the movie’s tone: just sit back and enjoy the ride. The astronaut arrives at a house with a container. He opens the container in front of his daughter and the green orb inside, Loc-Nar, promptly melts him. LocNar then tells the terrified daughter a series of stories that tangentially relate to him. The first story follows a taxi cab driver named Harry Canyon, who tries to make it in a dystopian New York City. He gets involved in a mob’s attempt to acquire Loc-Nar from a museum curator’s daughter and they get sexually involved. The film makes heavy use of the rotoscoping technique that make the sex scenes go right into the uncanny valley. They stop being sexy and start being a little creepy after a while. Despite this, this story is very engaging with excellent music from classic rock artists from the time. The rest of the movie also has excellent heavy metal and rock music that fits the atmosphere. The second story follows a teenage nerd who gets caught up in another world thanks to Loc-Nar. Once there, he saves a woman from being sacrificed and she repays him sexually, which helps establish how the writers view women. To be fair, these stories are based on classic stories from the magazine “Heavy Metal.” From there, Den, the protagonist, embarks on a journey to defeat the evil and perverted leaders of the second story’s world. Once again, the uncanny valley makes a comeback and makes the sex scenes slightly uncomfortable. Despite that, the scenery is simply gorgeous, like with the first story. Captain Sternn of the next story is on trial for numerous crimes such as rape, murder, and a moving violation. Sternn bribes a witness to praise his character, but Loc-Nar interferes and puts Sternn’s freedom, and life, on the line. This story stops being funny when Sternn’s true nature emerges. For once, Loc-Nar’s evil machinations try to do some good. Alas, these good deeds are for naught. This story’s moral is that sometimes things do not work out and it presents that moral depressingly well. The next story is by far one of the best. It involves a B-17 bomber that takes heavy damage and casualties during a mission. Thanks to Loc-Nar, the dead crew turns into zombies and attacks the pilot. This story presents the horror of being on a damaged airplane quite well in addition to showing how bad war is with the dead bodies strewn around the plane. The music, done by Cheap Trick, fits the scene well and enhances the story. The second-to-last story seems to take up space. It is funny in its own right, but it distracts from the narrative flow. It follows a government agent espousing his belief that extraterrestrials do not exist despite strange mutations happening to the populace. When he sees a stenographer, Gloria, having a piece of Loc-Nar, he attacks her. Extraterrestrials recall him for repair, but they abduct Gloria as well. The agent was placed there by aliens for no given reason. Then the story engages in more antics such as a drug trip and Gloria sexing a robot. This bizarre story requires an extensive suspension of disbelief. The last story deals with LocNar’s ultimate confrontation. First, he strikes a planet as a giant meteor. He corrupts a local tribe of humans who turn into murderous barbarians. They massacre a nearby city, and the elders try to recruit a warrior race, the Tarrakians, to help. They are all extinct except for one. Taarna, the silent last member of the Tarrakians, goes to help them, but is too late. She then strives to avenge them and confronts Loc-Nar and his murderous band. This competes with the B-17 story for quality and actually has a strong female lead. She has gratuitous nude shots, but she still is a strong presence and gives the impression that she is very powerful despite her demure frame. The music and the scenery are both excellent. This story, however, ups the lavish detail in the movie to create something gritty and impressive. “Heavy Metal” is a mixed-bag. It has some excellent stories and some okay ones. It has beautiful scenery but the rotoscoping makes the characters look odd even though nothing is wrong with their designs. The music is excellent and improves the movie significantly. “Heavy Metal” is an overall fun romp and a great way to spend an hour and a half, as long as the stories are not taken too seriously.

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Brighten your day with Faster Than Light
Kyle Santi Staff Writer
Steam is laden with many games. As a result, it can be difficult for a certain game to stand out in the crowd. If one looks hard enough, though, it is possible to find a gem. “FTL: Faster Than Light” is one of those gems. It is an independent game developed solely from Kickstarter money. Many invested in this game, and they got a fun and very challenging game that is well worth the expense. FTL is a rogue-like game created by Matthew Davis and Justin Ma, the creators of Subset Games. The premise of the game is that players are the captains of a Federation starship with vital information to end the rebel uprising that is tearing the galaxy apart. Armed with their wits and whatever scrap they have to get by, players must traverse eight randomly generated sectors of space to rendezvous with the Federation fleet. Players start out with a basic ship but can unlock more as they play though the game. Along the way, players collect scrap to purchase upgrades, weapons, fuel, missiles, drone parts, drone schematics, repairs, subsystems, and new crewmembers. Players only have one life, so to speak, and must survive until sector eight and take on the Rebel flagship. Once it is destroyed, the Rebel fleet crumbles and the Federation wins the war. Within a sector, there are beacons connected to each other, but some do not connect to ones that allow players to move forward. Each beacon has a different environment. Open space has no environmental maladies. Asteroid fields damage shields and eventually the hull. Suns give out solar flares that start fires which damage the ship and crew over time. Nebulae obstruct sensors and may reduce the ship’s power capacity. However, this never seems to affect enemy ships. It is recommended to visit every beacon to collect supplies and scrap to buy more supplies, but the amount of time a player spends in the sector is limited since the Rebel fleet can move into the sector and take over the beacons. In order to escape, players must reach the exit beacon to move to the next sector. Each sector has three categories: green, red, and violet. Green sectors have fewer battles and have more opportunities to resupply. Red sectors are hostile and have more battles and fewer opportunities to resupply. Violet sectors are nebulae and have a mix of hostiles and resupply opportunities. Each sector and galaxy is randomized so there is no memorization involved, just skill in navigating the ship and luck. Also, each beacon has a random event that requires choices. These choices have no bearing on the rest of the game, but players can never be sure what each choice will yield. There are many components to the ship. Weapons are divided into six categories. Burst weapons fire several laser shots that are effective at taking down shields. Beam weapons damage several “rooms” (areas that hold the ship’s subsystems) of the ship at once but shields block them. Ion weapons take down shields and disable a ship’s subsystem for a while. Heavy lasers deal heavy damage to rooms and are moderately effective at taking down shields. Missile weapons bypass shields to deal heavy damage but are inaccurate. Finally, bombs are more specialized and can be used for a variety of tasks. The ships can handle other subsystems as well. Shields protect the ship from hull damage and regenerate after a time. If the shields are manned, then the shields recharge faster. Hull damage can only be repaired at stores. Engines allow the ship to travel from beacon to beacon within a sector and evade enemy fire. If the engine subsystem is manned, the ship is more likely to evade enemy attacks. The piloting subsystem, which must be manned, allows the FTL drive to power up so the player can move onto the next beacon. The weapons subsystem keeps the weapons armed. If manned, weapons charge faster. The other subsystems cannot be manned. The doors keep out fires, intruders, and keep oxygen in the room. The oxygen subsystem ensures that the crew has air to breath. The sensors illugreater power demand of the upgraded subsystem. The final aspect is the crew. There are seven species in the game. The humans are balanced and have no strengths or weaknesses. The Zoltans have less health but are able to provide extra power to a subsystem. Rockmen are very slow but they are immune to fire and have the most health. Slugs can see into adjacent rooms when the sensors are down and are incredibly useful in nebulae. Engi repair subsystems quickly but are less effective in combat. Mantises are very good in comCOURTESY SUBSET GAMES bat and are faster than the other species but they repair subsystems slowly. The Crystals are a unique species that is very rare and they are more resistant to suffocation, a little faster than the Rockmen, have slightly less health than the Rockmen, and are able to freeze rooms and prevent the room from being used. Depending on the crewmember, players can get “blue minate the ship’s rooms and enemy choices” that provide alternatives to ships’ rooms when upgraded. The random events that require choices. drone subsystem powers up drones Blue choices often have a more that are used for a variety of tasks positive outcome than standard such as offense, defense, repairs, choices. Even having particular or and more. The teleporter sends the upgraded subsystems can yield blue crew to board enemy ships. Cloak- choices. Each crewmember can ing dramatically improves the ship’s gain proficiency in six areas: weapevasion. Finally, the medbay heals ons, which allow faster recharge of injured crewmembers. The reac- the ship’s weapons; engines, which tor powers each subsystem, but it allow greater evasion; piloting, which only has so much power for every allows greater evasion; shields, system. Part of the game is know- which allow faster recharge of the ing how to prioritize the power needs shields; repairs, which allow faster of the ship. This system can get in- repairs; and combat, which allows credibly complex, and that adds to more damage to be dealt in hand to the game’s challenge. All of these hand combat. It is important to keep subsystems can be upgraded to the crew alive by preventing fires be more effective, but the price for and keeping the oxygen levels high, upgrading requires more scrap each which makes the game even more time and upgrading the reactor to challenging. provide more power to match the Despite its simplistic appearance,

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Bradley Wood Staff Writer

Angel food cake easy bake Delish taco dip
as the required equipment is available. Most of the ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store except for cream of tartar, which can be found in the spice aisle.
BRADLEY WOOD / OREDIGGER

FTL is extremely complex. Players need to keep track of so much at once that it can get overwhelming at times. Fortunately, players can pause the game and give orders while the game is paused. This allows for more complex strategies to be enacted. However, this does not mean that the game gets easier. The enemies are hard to defeat and look for every way to cripple your ship. They can even divide the player’s attention with boarding parties while the enemy ship keeps firing. Their weapon arrays are diverse and will keep players frazzled trying to defend against them. Another major component of this game is luck. Players do not know what they will encounter. Unlike most games where this is cheap difficulty, this is designed to make players work with what they have and learn how to use it effectively. Even on easy, this game is very difficult and it makes players work hard and learn how to strategize properly just to make it to the final boss, and even then the boss is incredibly hard to take down. Players will lose many times before beating the game, but that just makes the sensation of victory all the more rewarding. The story is nothing special, but it does not need to be. The gameplay is engaging enough that the simplicity of the story can be ignored. Still, it has enough backstory to keep the player’s interest. This game is also very addictive and players will want to play it over and over to refine their strategies and intimately know what each weapon does and how it can be used most effectively. In addition and most importantly, this game has a lot of intrinsic reward for victory and is a lot of fun. FTL is a unique game with a lot of challenge involved. It is very complex and requires a lot of strategy. Players will want to play it over and over again as each playthrough is different from the last. Players can only formulate strategies by experience from each ship, sector, system, and many other factors. This game will keep players entertained for a long time as they try and try again to achieve victory for the Federation.

This light and fluffy cake can be made at home quite easily as long

This angel food cake is light, fluffy, and delicious.

Ingredients: 1 ½ cups egg whites (10-12 eggs) 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 cup sifted flour or all purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup granulated sugar Directions: In large mixing bowl allow the egg whites to sit for 30 minutes. While the eggs are sitting, sift the powdered sugar and flour together three times. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the cream of tartar and vanilla to the egg whites. Beat them with an electric mixer until soft tips peaks from in the mixture. Slowly add the granulated sugar 2 tablespoons at a time, repeating until all 16 tablespoons have been added. Beat the mixture until firmer tipped peaks form. Remove the electric mixer and fold the sifted flour mixture into the batter with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. When removed from the oven the cake should be inverted in the pan while it cools.

Whitney Welch Staff Writer

Taco Dip is an easy to make appetizer as there is no cooking required. This “delish” dip is sure to please any crowd. Ingredients 1 can of refried beans 1 can of black beans, strained 3 avocados, peeled and pitted 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise 8 oz salsa 1 package of taco seasoning ½ cup white onion, chopped ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped WHITNEY WELCH / OREDIGGER ½ cup tomatoes, chopped 1 cups shredded lettuce Directions 1. In a bowl mix sour cream, mayonnaise, and taco seasoning. Set aside. 2. In another bowl, mash avocados and This taco dip is sure to draw a hungry crowd.

lime juice. Set aside. 3. Spread refried beans over the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. 4. Next, top the refried beans with black beans. 5. Spread the avocado mixture over the black beans. 6. Spread the sour cream mixture over the avocados. 7. Then, pour salsa over sour cream mixture. 8. Finally, top with lettuce onion, bell pepper, and tomato. 9. Cover the dish and let chill in refrigerator for 2-4 hours before serving. 10. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy. Serves 10 -12.

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Geek Week
of the
in one of my role-play games. That was actually really fun, despite what [one of my players] says. How do you spend your free time? Video games. This week, we’re watching the League of Legends tournament. What’s been your greatest accomplishment thus far? In a video game, I got a good deal on liquor from a rabbi – and I don’t feel bad because an actual Jewish friend approved this. While a swallow probably can’t carry a coconut, if we gave it wings, could a one pound coconut carry a five ounce bird? By the simple matter of ratios, yes, if it can find a way to hold the bird, which is always a problem, isn’t it? If you could be dropped into any fictional universe, what would it be and why? I’d actually go to the League of Legends universe so I could watch real life League of Legends and meet the champions in real life, especially the Yordles. What’s your favorite thing about Mines? I just like the people here. I don’t feel out-of-place being geeky here. I’d feel out-of-place being normal here. What’s your best nerd story?

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...Chris Thiebaud, Sophomore: Chemical Engineer
[I ran] a Dark Heresy campaign where I created this mutant squig that would not die and would harass one of the players, which he did not like. They would throw the squig out into space and it would reappear next to the guy. That, or the time when Deadpool invaded that game, riding a squig and an Alaskan. How would you face off against a group of angry orks? [For] the Warhammer variety, I’d just paint myself purple because they’d never see me. I’d be invisible because you’ve never seen a purple army. That, or I’d paint myself red and run away because red is fast. Do you have any plans for the future? Go into the FBI as an explosive forensic specialist, which means I can show up in court and say, “Yeah, this is the bomb they used.” Do you have any advice for fellow geeks and Mines students? Stay geeky! That, or take your roommate’s soul because you’ll need one. Do you have a favorite quote? “I am evil! Stop Laughing!” – Veigar, “League of Legends” Which would make a better pet: a fire-breathing sea dragon, or an undead minotaur? Being from New Orleans, I think I’d go with the sea dragon because there’s water everywhere. A fire-breathing sea dragon would be a hit at Mardi Gras.
JORDAN FRANCIS / OREDIGGER

Jordan Francis Staff Writer
It’s no secret that geeks populate the Mines campus. This week’s geek, Chemical Engineering major Chris Thiebaud, attaches himself to a nearly permanent fixture of gamers who gather around tables in Digger Den, laughing, comparing strategies, and shooting anything that gets in their way… except the lag, of course. This week, Thiebaud took time between running and gunning for a virtual mafia and covering lanes with online heroes to prove to the Oredigger that the gamers in Digger can and do say more than “hax!” [Oredigger]: What about Chemical Engineering interests you? [Thiebaud]: Ever since I was young, I watched Bill Nye. [That] kinda got me into Chemistry. That and I like the explosions. What’s been your favorite class? Oddly enough, it’s been Music Technology [because] it was a lot of fun. That and we made a guitar and electrocuted the person using it for one of our projects. Are you a geek and why? Yes, I am a geek. I play videogames, [watch] anime, video games again, [play] role-plays, I created a weird, mutant alien thing

Big City Mountaineers recruits volunteers
Kyle Santi Staff Writer
Sometimes, it can be easy to ignore the daily struggles faced by inner city children. They have to deal with drugs, gangs, broken homes, and the hopelessness that can result from it. Many groups try to help inner city children, but one group with a unique approach is the Big City Mountaineers (BCM). BCM takes inner city children on hikes through the mountains. Their philosophy is based on the hero’s journey created by Joseph Campbell, as they take students on a lifechanging journey to self-discovery and greater confidence in themselves. More often than not, this approach works very well. The following is a narrative of the author’s experience on a recent BCM trip. Upon arrival, the first thing the organizers did was divide us up into groups based on our hometowns. People north of Golden were in one group, people south of Golden were in another group, and so on. Twelve people not counting myself were involved. Elizabeth Williams, the Rocky Mountain Program Director, said the purpose of the activity “was to learn more about our backgrounds and gain an idea of how diverse we are.” We each talked about our backgrounds to help gain a better understanding of each other and where we came from. After the activity, we moved to a conference room to listen to a presentation on the goals of the organization. BCM’s goal is “to instill critical life skills in underserved urban youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions” as said in their charter. They serve under-resourced and racially diverse students in partnerships with community agencies, professional instructors, and adult volunteer mentors. BCM does this through “mentoring expeditions” that last for between one day to one week, depending on the age of the kids. The intent is to instill critical life skills, integrity, conflict resolution skills, and positive self-esteem. “Going on these experiences, they will have more confidence to succeed,” said Sherry Manning, one of the volunteers. They even presented a video narrated by Taylor, a student who had experienced the program, in which he explained how his life got better as a result of the program. “They taught me about responsibility,” said Taylor. BCM uses surveys based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets Profile to measure the program’s effectiveness, and the youth involved in the program consistently show long-term growth in positive values, social competencies, and positive identity. In addition, BCM youth are more likely to stay in school and have the confidence to avoid drugs, violence, and delinquency. Williams and Manning insisted on volunteers to join and that they want a diverse array of volunteers. Sometimes it takes a certain volunteer to connect with a certain student. Manning gave one example of a youth who did not make friends easily. “The student couldn’t connect with any of the volunteers, but she was able to connect with one volunteer,” said Sherry. “It can take only one volunteer to connect with a student.” “We consider our

Geek of the Week, Chris Thiebaud enjoys anime, role-playing games, and League of Legends.

volunteers ‘gatekeepers’ of knowl- leader, and the youth. The expedi- join a gang in order to stay safe. edge,” Williams added. The slide- tions consist of teambuilding, hik- While on her journey, she opened show then focused on the various ing, BCM rituals, camping, lessons up about herself and realized mountain climbs BCM does. Some in the backcountry, and a peak that she was stronger than she climbs are professionally guided climb. “This is often their first time thought. She decided she did not and are fundraisers for BCM to en- in a tent,” Elizabeth commented. need to get married or join a gang able youth to go on BCM’s expe- The entire expedition follows the and realized that she could take ditions. More details can be found hero’s journey. BCM structures the care of herself. at http://www.summitforsomeone. expeditions like the stages of the The Big City Mountaineers org. hero’s journey so the participants have a unique program for uplifting The second and final activity are changed by the experience for troubled youth. They send youth was a trust-building exercise. The the better. They gain skills such on expeditions into the mountains object was to prevent a rolled-up as decision-making, responsibility, to learn vital life skills to help them sock from striking your posterior. integrity, self-esteem, communi- succeed in life. The presentation As a result, everyone had their cation, resilience, honesty, car- was to recruit people interested backs to each other to prevent the ing, and conflict-resolution. The in joining and teach them about socks from having a clear target. overnight camps are for kids 8-12 the program as a whole. The sucIt was a subtle way for disparate years old and teach many of these cess rate for this program is very people, to learn to trust and rely on skills. high and many teenagers leave the each other. “This is so we can get Towards the end, Manning told program and are successful later in people to open up, even shy indi- a success story of one teenager life. This program is always lookviduals,” said Williams. “That way, who was very small-statured. She ing for volunteers, and more inforwe can move them from low-trust claimed she was pregnant and that mation can be obtained at http:// to high-trust activities.” she needed to marry someone and www.bigcitymountaineers.org. KYLE SANTI / OREDIGGER There are single-day programs for children and week-long expeditions for teenagers. BCM partners itself with after-school programs, residential foster care agencies, educational institutions, and summer youth programs to identify children who could benefit from the BCM program. The expedition team consists of an instructor, youth agency leaders, volunteer mentors, a peer BCM uses team-building exercises to build trust within the group.

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Comic Corner: Flashpoint volumes 1-5
Jordan Francis Staff Writer
Batcave, calling out to Bruce. However, Batman does not recognize him and reacts violently to Disclaimer: This column is being called “Bruce,” which leads an opinion formed by an author Barry to realize that it is not Bruce who does not have an omniscient Wayne beneath Batman’s cowl, knowledge of comics. It also con- but his father, Dr. Thomas Wayne. tains a fair number of spoilers for At this point, Barry notices that he the titular comic. You have been has what seems to be the ring for warned. his costume, though upon further Flashpoint was, appropriately examination it is revealed to conenough, a relatively quick event tain the costume of his enemy, (only five issues in the main se- Reverse-Flash. Barry also starts ries) that managed to have a fairly to experience some memory almassive effect on the DC Uni- teration as his memories start to verse. Though there were several synch up with this new world. He tie-ins and crossovers, this re- learns that this world is caught in view will focus on the main series, a war between the forces of Wonwhich was written by one of com- der Woman and Aquaman and ic’s more well-known and highly realizes that this is not some illutalented writers, Geoff Jones, sion or alternate dimension, but and which centers around Barry his world, altered by some previAllen, the Flash: fastest man alive. ous interference in the timeline. Courtesy of some wibbly-wobbly, Since super-speedsters are some timey-wimey events at the end of the only people capable of time of the series, this story wound travel at will in this universe (to reup leading directly into the New ally over-simplify, I’ll just say that 52 relaunch they can run This story is absolutely in 2011. (For so fast that anybody unthey can run familiar with breathtaking. It does a stel- through time this event, lar job of creating a world on occasion) New 52 was he assumes essentially a that is significantly different that the cosreboot of the tume means entire DC Unifrom the known DC Uni- that Reverseverse. Most Flash is reof the same verse, yet one that readers sponsible and characters begs Thomas are still there, can believe would logically to help him but with variregain his come to exist given the ous changes speed so made to them he can help and with less very simple changes to the restore the personal hisworld before traditional backstory of the he loses his tory in their new continumemories of world. ity.) A lot haphow it should pens in this be. Thomas comic, so I cannot describe too still seems skeptical until Barry much of it outside of the main plot mentions that in his reality, Bruce, points, so while there will still be not Thomas, had survived the spoilers, I suggest purchasing the robbery that created Batman. collection to appreciate the nu- Wayne then agrees to help and ances and more minor moments reluctantly lets Barry attempt to in the series. re-create his origin not once, but The story begins with Barry Al- twice. For any readers unaware len waking up at his job as a fo- of how the Flash got his powrensic scientist and hearing about ers, this involves Barry allowing a crime in process. He dashes out himself to be struck by lightning. to go stop it as the Flash (a hero The second attempt is successwith the power of super-speed) ful and with his powers restored, only to find that he is missing the Scarlet Speedster sets out both his costume and his super- with Batman to try and assemble speed. Before he has time to a new Justice League from the process this revelation, he makes shambles of this world. an even more amazing discovery. The two of them His mother, who he thought was murdered when he was a child, is alive and well.
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Moreover, when he starts to question his mother and the surrounding people about these inconsistencies in his memory, no one seems to have any idea what he is talking about. Barry drives to Gotham to ask Batman for some help, since nobody seems to recognize the names of any other superheroes he mentions. Barry enters the

rec r u i t Cyborg, who in this world is the most prominent American superhero and together, the three of them set off to free Superman, who was apparently captured by the government when he first arrived on Earth as a baby. However, when he sees the sun for the first time in his life, Superman runs away. The trio begins recruiting other heroes and along the way, Barry comes to grips with the

fact that he needs to make a plan to deal with reality in case he is unable change the timeline back. He decides to take the group of heroes to directly confront Aquaman and Wonder Woman before their war makes things any worse for the planet. The battle goes poorly, even with the return of Superman. Heroes are losing and dying left and right when suddenly, Reverse-Flash shows up and forces Barry to see the memories he had not been able to access yet. Through these memories, Barry realizes that Reverse-Flash did not mess up the timeline—he did. When the timeline shifted, Barry lost the memory of the moment he had gone back in time to save his mother’s life. In saving her life when she should have died, Barry inadvertently set off a chain of dominoes that caused this entire catastrophe. Thomas then kills ReverseFlash, hands a note to Barry, and tells him to run into the past to save the millions who have died because of this alteration. Barry travels to a time before all of this to explain the situation to his mother and try to figure out a way to save both her and the world. Eventually, she tells Barry that he has to let her go and that one way or another, the life they did have together still happened, no matter what. He hugs her one last time and then jumps into the time stream and with tears streaming down his face, stops his younger self from saving his mother’s life, allowing her to die and the universe to right itself. As he races home, he notices his timeline in the time stream seems to split into three, which was later revealed to be the lead-in to the New 52. Upon returning home, Barry races to Batman to check that reality really is back, then relays the story and reveals that for some reason, his memories of his time in that timeline, particu- larly those with his mother, have not yet f a d e d as he expects. Bruce tells him to think of it as a gift to ease the pain and Barry hands him the note from Thomas. Upon realizing who wrote the note, a shocked Bruce sits down to read it, then, in a rare display of emotion, lets a few tears escape as he thanks Barry as the story ends. This story is absolutely breathtaking. It does a stellar job of creating a world that is significantly different from the known DC Universe, yet one that readers can believe would logically come to exist given the very simple changes to the traditional backstory of the world. The art is stunning

and does an excellent job of both making the world feel real and showing the difference between what should be and what is in the reader’s face. Oftentimes, heroes become so good at what they do and so powerful

death at the cost of his own life is absolutely beautiful and its almost as comforting for the reader as it would be for Bruce to realize that his father loves him so dearly, even years after Bruce’s death. The final scene where Bruce gets to read the last

words of his father (the majority of which remain a mystery to the reader) is g u t - w re n c h i n g and it evokes a strange mix of happiness a n d

that in the eyes of many, they essentially become gods. This series recognizes how uncomfortable that fact is and forces the characters and the readers to directly confront what can happen when the heroes start acting l i k e the allpowerful beings people think they are. It is also a really powerful way of showing that even the best of intentions can go awry in the worst possible way. The Flash is one of my all-time favorite superheroes and to see someone that good and honest, and believe that he could go back and protect someone who he loved so dearly, to see the joy in his eyes when it worked even though he could not remember why, to see the horror on his face when he realized the full consequences of his actions, and to see someone so brave have to surrender to the pain of failing someone he deeply cared about was incredibly painful and powerful. He is never perfect, but always trying his best to do right and make decisions that he may not like, but that he can stand by and stand on based on his morality. Unfortunately, he is the perfect character to convey the message that even the best super hero cannot change reality or the past without dire consequences. The art shines again in this area, as the facial expression and body language of every character does an excellent job communicating both spoken and unspoken emotions and conflicts to the reader. While there are plenty of other emotional moments in the comic, the majority of them are encompassed in Batman’s story. Watching hope and astonishment flow into Thomas Wayne’s face when he found out that there was a way to save his son from his untimely

mournfulness in both the characters and the reader. Beyond the serious emotional and thematic aspects, this comic is also enjoyable because of all of the minor and secondary characters that show up. Since the main heroes of this universe are either out of the picture or caught up in their own war in this book, a lot of characters who normally do not see as much mainstream attention are brought to the forefront. It is good to see Cyborg getting a leadership role, especially when he does not have to deal with being under anybody’s shadow, and it is always cool to see Deathstroke, even if his part in the story was woefully short. I also like the idea that so many villains and anti-heroes wound up fighting on the side of the good guys simply because of a powerful mutual enemy. Speaking of that enemy, I love the idea of Wonder Woman and Aquaman posing such a huge threat to the world. After all, they each have their own people and civilizations (the Amazons and Atlanteans, respectively) to watch over. It is entirely conceivable that, given a few missed meetings or miscommunications, they could have perceived each other or humanity as a threat and declared war, causing some serious casualties along the way, as both have some definite powerhouses in their armies. Overall, this is a very emotional story that shows the perils of playing God and the sacrifices that must be made to keep things the way they are.

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The Knight, the Seer, and the Child Brennus
entrusted to the temples by bringing lies to the people. They claim that releasing the dark god from his prison would bring death and destruction onto the land.” Brennus smiled down at Miranda as the pendant grew brighter. “But they’re wrong, don’t you see? Naonet was created by the goddesses to rule us. Like a shepherd to a flock of sheep, you see. When the time is right, Naonet will be released and the world will fall into sweet darkness. Fear not, my love, you will forever be remembered as the bringer of truth and freedom. First, though, you must be prepared.” Brennus removed the pendant hanging around his neck, placing it on Miranda’s forehead. The stone around her neck flashed with light, making an arc with the stone on her forehead. He placed a hand over the stone on her forehead and began a series of chants. “Lord Naonet, accept part of my soul as a sacrifice. In turn I provide your daughter’s mind.” Out of the corner of his eye, a shadow began slithering towards him. In his mind he heard his lord’s voice. “Miranda, let me introduce you to your real father.” Miranda’s eyes rolled into the back of her head and her hands began to shake. The light from the pendants dimmed and then exploded with black and red flames. Brennus bit down on his lip to keep the screams trapped in his throat. Somewhere in the distance, Brennus heard rustling and shouts. His grip on his pendant loosened just enough to cut the connection. The rebound of energy hit him square in the chest, knocking him flat on his back. He looked up just in time to see Miranda gasping for breath. When her eyes opened, Brennus saw they were significantly darker. Within her pupils, Brennus could not mistake the glimmer of red. “My lord,” he whispered as he stood and straightened his robes. Miranda stood with ease, picking loose leaves from her hair. When she spoke, her voice was deeper and hoarse. “You broke the connection too early. I cannot sustain control for very long. Already my daughter’s body rejects me. It’ll have to do until they find the Goddess Stone. I trust Rolanda has told you the rest of the plan?” Brennus knelt to one knee. “Yes, my lord. The plans are in place. You will have millions by the morrow.” There was a soft giggling hidden in the rustle of the trees. Miranda smiled. “My children do get quite lonely. You have done well, considering, but make no mistake. You have yet to fully prove yourself. Give me an army and you will be rewarded.” Miranda turned towards the shouts, getting louder. “This body grows weak. I must retreat for now. Do not fail me tomorrow.” Brennus rushed to Miranda as she began to fall, placing a kiss on her forehead. Her body was cold as ice in his arms while her head burned with heat. Brennus grabbed his pendant from the ground and tossed it into a nearby mud puddle. He pushed the damp hair from Miranda’s neck and made sure her breathing slowed and her heart returned to a soft, steady beat. He took out a small vial and opened it under her nose, whispering, “I was just so tired. I must have slipped. Sleep and remember. Remember.” Outside their private enclave the rain was finally starting to let up. Gathering Miranda in his arms, Brennus carried her past the wall of vines covering the entrance and began to call out for help. Not even a few seconds passed before two Kaitu guards came barreling around the corner. Their gaze switched from Brennus to Miranda unconscious in his arms. “Sir Garreth! We found her.” Brennus knew the name well, though he’d never met the man. Son of Sir Caldon and a common tavern wench, the boy was raised as a Trinity Knight and rose through the ranks faster than any man had a right to. When he came around the corner, Brennus did his best not to smile. If only the fool knew what was coming for him. Garreth ran to Brennus’ side, dropping next to Miranda. “Tell me what happened.” “An accident is all. We were walking and she collapsed. Looks like exhaustion to me. I would be too if I was used as publicity for supporting the royal family.” Garreth turned towards the Kaitu guard. “Get her to her room and see to it her parents are informed of her safety.” Brennus handed Miranda off to one of the Kaitu guard and stood to follow. Garreth placed a hand on his shoulder. “Not you, High Senator. We need to have a nice chat.” Brennus raised an eye brow. “I’d really like to make sure she’s ok.” “Healers will see to her.” Garreth indicated one of the stone benches by the fountain. “Please, sit. My name is Sir Garreth of the Ausceran Guard.” “So far from home, good knight.” “On temporary loan to the Royal Family.” Garreth kept his face calm. “There’s been a murder.” “Murder? In the palace? Who?” Garreth once again motioned for Brennus to sit, which Brennus finally did. “Miranda’s teacher was found dead by a couple of guards. Only when my partner and I arrived, all we found was a robe and a few books.” Brennus laughed. “Do corpses walk now?” “Not generally no, that is unless dark magic is involved.” Brennus felt something in his stomach squirm, but let nothing show on his face. “I wouldn’t know anything of that sort. I follow Zurla.” “What were you doing out here so late and how did Miranda end up with you?” Brennus smiled, hearing the knight’s voice betray him. “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were jealous. I thought knights weren’t supposed to have feelings, especially for another kingdom’s princess. She is above your station.” Garreth’s face remained expressionless. “If you’re not going to cooperate…” Brennus placed his hands palms up in defense. “I didn’t say that. I thought she might like some fresh air. When I came to visit her, she was alone and very lonely. I offered her some company and time must have escaped us because we ended up down here. As for her condition, well just as I said, she simply collapsed.” He paused. “Although she did complain of a headache and seemed awfully tired to me. Too many suitors vying for her attention, perhaps?” “That’ll be all High Senator. It’s getting late. I’ll have someone escort you to your room.” Garreth’s gaze challenged him to deny the escort, but Brennus knew this game better than the knight. He bowed his head gracefully. “I will accept your generosity. Good night, Sir Garreth. I will check on Miranda in the morning.” Brennus followed the guard across the grounds and up the guest entrance to the North Wing guest rooms. When he entered his room, he almost did not notice the feminine figure watching him intently from the bed. “Is it done?” “I was… interrupted. The transfer wasn’t able to be completed, but the connection has been established. With the completed stone, he will rise. Is everything set for tomorrow?” Rolanda smiled, or would have if she had most of her teeth left intact. “Everything has been set. All that remains is the spark. With the leaders gone, everyone will look to the temples for guidance. Already many of them turn in their relatives as seers for extra food rations.” Brennus frowned. “I think you can hardly call those rations food.” “They don’t know that.” Rolanda strode over to the window and poured two glasses of wine, holding one out to Brennus. “To our lord and master.” Brennus took the goblet and drank. The warm liquid burned a path down his throat, wrapping itself around his heart. A sharp pain hit his chest. The goblet clattered to the floor, spilling bright red liquid on the gold carpet. Spasms crashed like a wave over and over through his body. He looked down at his arms as symbols burned themselves into his flesh. “What? What’s going on?” “You’re being promoted. Naonet’s first general for the brand new age. You should be honored.” Rolanda tied a strip of cloth over his mouth to cover the screams, pulling the curtains shut around the room’s windows. As the room grew darker, Rolanda could hear the soft footsteps of Naonet’s children materializing from the darkness. With just enough light to reach the door at the other end of the room, Rolanda quickly ran through it and locked the door behind her, leaving two acolytes to keep watch throughout the night.

Previous chapters can be found online at oredigger.net “I know it sounds strange, but even growing up, my favorite places were near water. I love the trees too, but there’s nothing quite like the sound and smell of rain.” Miranda leaned into Brennus’ right side, smiling for what felt like the first time in weeks. The nerves in her stomach quieted when she smelled the musky wood scent coming from his robes. Brennus chuckled softly. “I would often drive my teachers crazy because I spent more time looking out the window at the gardens rather than at my textbooks. There’s something calming about nature that I think most of the world does not understand.” He watched Miranda’s eyelids start to droop as the pendant seemed to acquire a soft glow from within. It wouldn’t be long before the process was complete. Suddenly Miranda sat straight and looked at the moon light peeking out from the darkened clouds. “How long have we been out here?” Miranda brought a hand to her head. “We should get back. I’m already in enough trouble with the queen as it is.” “What else are daughters for, but to worry their parents through mischief?” He started to laugh, “I’m sure the king and queen wouldn’t mind if we spent time together. An alliance between our lands would prove useful against potential threats.” Miranda stood from the ornate marble bench. “What threats?” Brennus stood as well, pushing a hand through her hair. “I did not want to worry you this quickly, but you have been lied to.” “What do you mean?” Miranda tried to take a step back but found her legs too heavy to move. Their strength gave way altogether and Miranda collapsed to the ground, grasping at Brennus’ cloak as she fell. “What’s wrong with me?” Brennus knelt next to Miranda, continuing to stroke her hair. “There are those who would seek to take away the people’s hope. Trinity Knights they call themselves. They would undermine the power

A rare species of This week in Colorado history Dances for dead presidents gummy bear
Stephen Hejducek Content Manager Deborah Good Managing Editor
When most people think of alcohol and gummy bears, they think of the vodka soaked variety. However, this recipe is a little more expensive, but yields a much better tasting final product. The recipe calls for some unique ingredients that are normally out of reach for most college students. Ingredients: 1 shot of Hpnotiq 1 shot raspberry and/or strawberry vodka ½ can of Mountain Dew 1/3 can or 8.4 oz. Redbull 1 splash of grenadine Since this is a party drink, all the ingredients can be poured into a plastic cup and enjoyed. First of all, the ingredients should be addressed. Hpnotiq is a fruity cognac with an interesting blue hue. It, along with the vodka, adds the gummy bear flavor to the drink. The smell of citrus permeates through the drink and the Hpnotiq fills the nose with a hefty fruit scent. Without the sodas and the grenadine, the other ingredients create a hpnotiq-tini. Beyond that, the drink has an interesting orange color and the alcohol is tasteless, making it a great drink to enjoy either at a party or with a meal. But beware, the caffeine alcohol combination makes it a rather dangerous drink for those with heart conditions. Enjoy responsibly. “The road which will make Colorado famous” was rapidly coming together this week in 1912 and reports indicated it would be open ahead of schedule. The GoldenIdaho Springs boulevard, most especially the Lookout Mountain and Mount Zion section, was to be “finished for traffic by the first of July,” reported “The Colorado Transcript.” Work at the time was in process somewhere between Lookout Mountain and Floyd Hill. Golden celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday this week in 1912. “[T]he public schools, School of Mines, public buildings, and part of the business houses” were closed in honor of the sixteenth president. Additionally, the Methodist church held “services appropriate to Lincoln’s anniversary.” Apparently, this entailed “a strong sermon…on the characteristics of the martyr.” The Woman’s Relief Corps was also planning a meeting to commemorate Lincoln, along with Washington and McKinley. Lincoln’s birthday was not the only cause for social events in Golden. In fact, it appears that February was dance season in the town. The Socialists were to host a barn dance, charging 25 cents for men and 15 cents for ladies. The Golden Court Foresters of America announced its dance, scheduled for March 15. “The younger set” was also planning a dance, set for February 21, in honor of Leap Year. The event was to have music by an

orchestra from Denver. Fortune smiled upon the Orediggers this week in 1912. The men’s basketball team defeated Colorado Agricultural college (the future CSU) 26 to 14 and the University of Wyoming 27 to 14. Insulting the officials was not advisable, as one “Toughy” Wolff refereed both games. All was not perfect in Golden, though. A charlatan masquerading as a vacuum cleaner company manager “bamboozled a number of people” this week. In addition to his vacuum antics, the young man who went by the name of Belt, cashed “a phoney draft at the Avenue hotel.” He should have stuck to smaller towns like Golden, though, for he attempted his con in Denver and was arrested.

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The Offseason Informant:
James Kergosien Staff Writer
What a game! Following the Baltimore Ravens’ stunning ride to a championship, I think we can safely dispense with the idea that home field advantage, regularseason performance, or really any other factor has any effect on who wins the Super Bowl. For the fourth time in six years, a team that began in the wild-card round ended up lifting the trophy. Regular season success is great, but it guarantees nothing and it often has led to playoff letdowns, as I am sure Peyton Manning’s Broncos can attest. I don’t mean to say “I told you so” because I was desperately hoping for a different result, but in the aftermath of the ManningTebow swap last spring, I predicted in this column that the Broncos would reach 10-12 wins, cruise by the rest of the AFC West, and bow out of the playoffs in excruciating fashion. So it proved to be, as the Broncos fumbled and stumbled their way to defeat against an inferior Ravens team in one of the longest, coldest games in NFL history. Manning does not deserve all of the blame, or anything near it. However, it is indisputable that the Broncos’ offense shut down when the stakes were raised and the weather became colder, and without the two kick-return touchdowns chipped in by the electrifying Trindon Holliday, the Broncos would not have even been in position to blow the game with one of the most egregiously poor defensive plays that you will ever find in football. In the end, Baltimore played well, Denver played poorly, and a couple of costly Tom Brady interceptions the following week sent the Ravens on their way to New Orleans. San Francisco’s appearance was less unexpected. After falling a few special-teams gaffes away from the big game last year, the Niners entered the playoffs this season with a full head of steam behind newly-promoted quarterback Colin Kaepernick. With Atlanta untested and the Packers struggling at the end of the season, San Francisco was the arguable favorite to win the NFC, and they demonstrated why, hammering Green bay in the Divisional round, before pulling a madcap comeback to defeat Atlanta on the road in the NFC Championship Game after falling behind 203. The storylines going into the Super Bowl were irresistible, brothers Jim and John Harbaugh coached the opposing teams. On

And that’s why they play the games
the one hand led by the phenomenal Kaepernick and on the other by the retiring legend Ray Lewis, eager to snag a second ring on his way out of the league. In one of the funnier oddities of this alreadyexceptional Super Bowl, Lewis’ first career sack in the NFL was on a certain Jim Harbaugh, who played quarterback for the Colts at the time. The game began with a Ravens onslaught, and for a time it seemed that Baltimore could do no wrong. The defense held, Joe Flacco’s desperate heaves managed to find their targets again and again in the face of the San Francisco rush, and the Ravens were cruising in the first half. Following a generally jaw-dropping (not necessarily in a good way) performance by Beyonce at halftime, Baltimore seemed to put the game out of reach with Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kickoff return. However, a few plays later, a partial power outage suspended the game for over half an hour, and San Francisco came back with a vengeance when play resumed. The balance of luck in the game shifted strongly toward the Niners, and they took full advantage, pulling within a two-point conversion of tying the game. In the end, however, a failed fourth-and-goal with the game on the line and a clever deliberate safety by Baltimore simply left San Francisco without any more time. Baltimore won the game, but it was far from being the best team in the NFL this season. This type of unexpected run is the blessing and curse of a playoff system, and it seems that now more than ever, the championship is wide-open to all comers. This is the legacy of the 2012 Ravens, who won when it counted most.

Ice hockey takes Indoor track and field hosts on Front Range Twilight Open: Ramp up for
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The fastest sport on ice is making big waves in the Mines club sports community. With a record 35 members, the Men’s Ice Hockey team has greatly improved to be one of the juggernauts in the Division III ACHA. The team has been around for almost a decade at Mines and has seen a recent increase in participation, fan attendance, and wins! The team underwent a makeover two seasons ago and came out with new jerseys and two new coaches. Although they don’t play on campus, their home games are located at the Edge Ice Arena (Kipling & C470) as well as the Apex Ice Arena (72nd and Ward Road in Arvada). These two both locations are short drives to see the hard-hitting fast paced action that has become Mines hockey. While the team does play close often, they do travel across the state of Colorado, as well as New Mexico and Wyoming. The Club Ice Hockey team at Colorado School of Mines has been developing into a more competitive team in recent years, with the team’s best records occurring in the last two years. The team participates in weekly games, usually occurring on Fridays and Saturdays. The team will be playing in Gunnison versus Western State the weekend of February 15 and 16, as well as in Littleton the weekend of February 22 and 23 versus Colorado Mesa University at the Edge Ice Arena. The team will also be playing the weekend of March 1 and 2; however that schedule has not been posted yet. Please visit the team’s website at http:// recsports.mines.edu/REC-ClubSports-Ice-Hockey for more information. The team is always looking for new members. The club holds yearly tryouts at the beginning of the fall semester; however, the team is willing to make arrangements for a midseason tryout. The team also participates in several fundraisers that help fund the travel costs. These fundraisers involve club members submitting addresses for sponsorship letters, as well as selling tickets to a Colorado Avalanche game on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 PM. The team will be playing an alumni game after the Colorado Avalanche play.
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The team is fundraising by selling tickets to a Colorado Avalanche game on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 PM. The team will be playing an alumni game after the Colorado Avalanche play.

On their home turf for the first time, the Colorado School of Mines track and field teams put together one of their best all-around performances of the season with numerous personal-records across the two-day CSM Twilight Collegiate Open at Steinhauer Fieldhouse.

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Mindsof at Mines First round exams
Arnaud Filliat Asst. Copy Editor
The first few weeks of the second semester were easy, but now with exams starting to come in droves it has begun to get harder. This week Minds at Minds asked, “How were your first few exams?”

Grinds my gears
Jarrod Sparks Staff Writer
In Norway, people don’t care about the weather; they will simply land on the snow. Furthermore, the people in the Northeast are generally rude. Walk anywhere west of the Mississippi River, and the people walk proud. On the sidewalk, the population will walk with their eyes up saying “hello” to numerous people as they pass. Everybody in the Northeast wants nothing to do with one another. People will be literally pressed up against each other in subways from DC to NYC and take no notice of the other person. Just the other week, in the Denver Airport’s short tram ride from terminal C to the baggage claim area, I witnessed what I will call the start of an epic relationship. This guy and this girl had the same bag, they stood right next to each other, and mixed their suitcases up when they

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“First week of exams was pretty stressful and packed in there. I had Chem II test first. I felt as though that went alright. Physics was awful, it was really bad, but Calculus II was better than I thought it would be.” Nicholas Fleegal

You know what really grinds my gears? The Northeast United States. Yes, I know it is an entire region, but there is enough of a uniform ideology up there that it warrants a complaint. First, they get a little bit of weather and the entire country has to shut down. You didn’t see the United States take a holiday when hurricane Ike and Rita hit Houston, the 4th largest city in the country. You also did not see thousands of flights cancelled when Denver was receiving snow at greater rates than an inch an hour last February. Ultimately, these metropolitanbased people are too sheltered by their subways, concrete jungles, and fake tans to learn how to deal with adverse weather conditions.

got off of the train. Ultimately, there has not been a better romantic introduction since Pongo and Perdita got their owners tangled up in their leashes in “101 Dalmatians.” I acknowledge the Northeast’s importance with regard to the United States. They control most of the money, and almost all of the government. However, there are certain things that they could definitely learn from the rest of the country. DJ Pauly D and the rest of his gang do not speak for the majority of us in the United States. Much of the population closer relates to Duck Dynasty. New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC are all amazing places, but every now and again, people need to escape population dense locales and breathe fresh air. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what grinds my gears.

Letter to the Editor
“My first round of exams went pretty well and helped me get back in the groove of going to Mines. I had Chemistry II, Calculus II, and physics, and they were all about the difficulty I expected, but I had enough time to prepare for all of them and I got grades I expected with the effort I put in.” Rowdy Mathews To the editor: Perhaps you have heard the story about how to boil a frog without having him jump out of the pot. You just raise the temperature so slowly that he doesn’t get so agitated that he jumps out. Folks we are that frog and the pot that we getting heated in is our very own earth. If we don’t do more than we are now, we are going to get boiled! In spite of the small but vocal opposition say, there is no doubt that we, or rather the CO2 we emit in our energy systems, are the cause. A even more important fact is that your grandchildren will have to live in a world where we have either responded to and mitigated the effects of our current increased CO2 generation, or in a world where the effects of this crisis will produce a world that could well be much like our worst nightmare. We can be like the ostrich and hide our head in the sand, but the level of CO2 will increase at a rate that will lead to a very different world. Using an analogy presented by Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change, our human body can respond to an increase in temperature of one or two degrees, but if our temperature goes up five degrees the possibility of death is very real—that five degrees is what is being predicted by the latest climate change models. So we can just sit on our lily pad and croak out our song and end up in the soup or we can start to change how we create and use energy and allow our grandchildren to live to enjoy another beautiful spring. The choice is ours and the time is now. Check out the NASA article “How Much More Will Earth Warm?” for scientific information on these estimates. The quote there is “average surface temperatures could rise between 2°C and 6°C by the end of the 21st century.” http://earthobservatory.nasa. gov/Features/GlobalWarming/ page5.php Sincerely, John Steele

“My first round of exams went fairly well. I prepared fairly well for the chem exam and it went better than expected and then the physics exam I spent a couple of days studying for it and that went well. The calc exam I probably could have prepared for better but I was sick of exams by the end of the week.” Jeff Wood

Study Break

“It went well. I mean mostly great and I’ve had three so far. I had math, physics, and econ. The hardest was physics but I was still happy with my grade. I got higher than average so that was great.” Xandon Sigafoos

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Valentine’s Day rises
Jordan Francis Staff Writer
As Valentine’s Day draws closer, members of the anti-Valentine’s Day movement begin to make their presence more and more obvious. One of their more prominent members, known only as “Vane,” was recently caught trying to outright sabotage the holiday. When questioned about why he was so adamantly against Valentine’s Day, Vane had this to say: “Mines, take control! Take control of your campus! I come to you not as a conqueror, but as a liberator to return control of this campus from the companies that profit off Valentine’s Day to the people. Behind me stands a symbol of oppression, Hallmark Headquarters. Here, thousands of men have languished under the name of Saint Valentine, who has been held up to you as the shining example of romance. You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this corrupt holiday. I would tell you the truth about Saint Valentine, but none of us know who he was. For who among you can tell me what this man did to become synonymous with romance, or what he did further to become the patron saint of selling worthless trinkets to symbolize affection? Through him, grand gestures of love on this day have been rendered useless, turned into spectacles and tokens of romance given not out of love, but out of societal obligation. You have all been forced, at one point or another, to pay high prices for gifts, dates, and time in order to “prove” that you love someone, merely because a date on a calendar said that it was time to do so. And did it work? Did such arbitrary spending and sacrifice strengthen your relationships, or did the stress of paying the price put extra strain on the two of you? It is time to forgo the lies that buying overpriced pink cards and chocolate somehow equates to true love, or will miraculously save or start a relationship! We will take this holiday from the corrupt promoters, the rich marketers, the oppressors of generations who kept you down with myths of opportunity and fulfillment in a relationship if you would only spend enough money, and we give it back to you, the people. Valentine’s Day is yours. None shall interfere, do as you please. Step forward, those who would serve, for an army will be raised. Those in stable relationships will be ripped from their romantic dinners of happiness and cast out into the cold world of lonesomeness that we who cannot get a

date know and endure. Relationship counselors will survive as they learn to serve true justice. This great campus... it will endure. Mines will survive.” When asked why he chose Mines for the center of his antiValentine’s Day plans at Mines, Vane gave a simple response: “Mines... where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There’s a reason why this school is the worst hell on earth... hope. Every man who has ventured here over the years has looked out upon the student body and imagined developing a relationship with one of the few girls on campus. So easy, so simple. And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have gone mad trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Mines, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can find a significant other so that I can watch them clamoring over each other to stay out of the friend zone. As they squabble, I will destroy the traditions of this holiday and then when it is done, if they still wish to spend money they don’t have on Valentine’s Day... when their hearts are in shambles and their wallets in ashes, then they have my permission to buy.”

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