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The student voice of the Colorado School of Mines
Volume 94, Issue 7 October 21, 2013
COURTESY MARTIN JACOBSEN
Modern revolutions for Mines students.
Cookie Clicker a fun online diversion.
Research impeded by shutdown
Jordan Francis Staff Writer
For the first sixteen days of October, the federal government was shut down as Congress failed to come to an agreement about the appropriation of funds for the next fiscal year and thus was unable to pass any legislation that would renew or continue the federal budget. While the effects of the shutdown were numerous and multi-faceted, it is particularly interesting to look at how the whole affair impacted the Colorado School of Mines. In many respects, Mines was immune to the effects of the shutdown. Mines did not experience the sort of funding crisis that many other institutions went through during this time, which Dr. Kevin Moore, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences at CSM said was “because Mines does a higher percentage of industry-funded research…we are less vulnerable than schools who have more government funding.” Fortunately, many students and professors reported that their research and projects were able to continue mostly uninterrupted throughout the shutdown period. Ralph Brown, the director of the Office of Research Administration at Mines said of that time period, “There was a financial impact but it was minimal overall in that we only had a few small contracts that had to be stopped for a few days. We did have some contracts issued to stop work orders but [they] were rescinded the next day when the shutdown ended. We were able to continue expending funds and receive reimbursement from every federal agency except the National Science Foundation.” Although it seems that most existing projects and research at Mines were not stopped due to lack of funds, certainly the problems in the federal government did turn into problems for the endeavors of some of the Mines populace. Students and faculty encountered inconveniences and setbacks in many forms. Those who were working with federal employees and organizations found themselves having to postpone or reschedule intended conference calls and meetings with these colleagues and some groups had to start planning for how their projects would be impacted and what would need to be done if federal institution partners that were still open shut down later due to lack of funding. Dr. Paul Santi, Interim Head of the Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering at Mines, said that some federally-funded projects received “radio silence,” or no contact at all from the federally connected people managing the projects. Travel plans were thrown into disarray from both sides. Trips involving locations or organizations that had been shut down could not be rescheduled and had to be cancelled. Dr. Tom Furtak, Head of the Physics Department at Mines, spoke of a visiting committee member from the Los Alamos National Lab who was forced to cancel a trip to Golden, though he did manage to come by changing his reservation so that he traveled as a private citizen instead of as a government worker. Santi spoke of a faculty member from CSM who was “on loan” to the NSF and who thus often travels back and forth from Washington D.C. who essentially “didn’t have a job” during that time period and lost money due to the shutdown’s interference with travel plans. Santi also pointed out the closure of national parks interfered with a lot of plans, including those of students on a field trip in Utah, who were unable to go to the parks as planned. A faculty member who has a research project at the Rocky Mountain National Park requires regular data measurements, and the faculty had already lost two weeks’ worth of data due to flooding and lost another two weeks worth due to the park being closed during the shutdown. The closing of federal websites also seems to be responsible for some lost potential data among the Mines community. There were many reports, particularly among professors and graduate students, of inability to submit new research proposals due to website shutdowns. Many spoke of the National Science Foundation’s RAPID program, which normally allows time sensitive proposals to bypass the normal review systems and receive quick funding, which was inaccessible during the shutdown. Dr. John McCray, Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Mines, spoke of an
While not disastrous for the Colorado School of Mines community, the government shutdown, which ended last week, did impact research and leave some students and professors temporarily without funding.
Women’s soccer continues winning streak.
Students react to government shutdown.
intended project to gather data from the area around Lake Hetch Hetchy, which is a major water source located in California’s Sierra Mountains after a fire in that area. Santi described a proposed project on landslides after Colorado flooding. Neither of them were able to submit proposals for this research during the shutdown and even if the projects were now approved, it is likely that some important data was lost in the interim. The closed websites and organizations also forced the postponement of many proposal deadlines. Dr. Santi said that “it’s pushed the whole schedule back,” pointing out that these delays could interfere with the next proposal cycle as things get “stacked up” while reviewers try to catch up on all the proposals from the shutdown. This could lead to delays in the funding cycle. Additionally, when websites for organizations such as NIST, NSF, NOAA, USDA, USGS, NASA, and others went down, undergraduates to professors lost access to the valuable stores of data these organizations maintain. Many undergraduate and graduate students reported an inability to complete certain homework assignments without the NIST databases and students found themselves having to continue to try and gather the information they needed on a deadline without access to the articles and technical data these sites normally provide. Continued on page 3 at Shutdown
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USA - A recently discovered form of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is so dangerous that the details of the DNA sequence are being kept censored for fear of malicious intent. Inhaling just 13 billionths of a gram of the super toxin or injecting 2 billionths of a gram would be lethal. This is believed to be the deadliest toxin known to man and no antibody has been discovered. The toxin blocks the secretion of the chemical acetylcholine from nerve cells, which impairs muscle function and leads to paralysis. The withholding of information on this scale is nearly unprecedented in the field.
Kylen McClintock, Staff Writer
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany - Researchers in Germany have created a world record breaking wireless network processing at 100 gigabytes per second, topping their own previous record of 40. The method combines the fields of photonics and electronics. To create the 240GHz bandwidth signal, a photon mixer combines two laser beams, which results in an electrical signal. This signal can then be transferred over conventional antennas but requires a special fast twitch transistor to process the high frequency signal. The researchers claim the technology is scalable to terabits per second and is currently around 10 times faster than the lauded Google fiber.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California A significant breakthrough in nuclear fusion technology has been reached at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. While the ultimate and ambitious goal of sustained ignition has yet to be reached, this is the first time a nuclear fusion facility has produced more energy than was input. Using 192 lasers equaling 1.8 million joules aimed at capsules of deuterium-tritium fuel, 14,000 joules of energy were yielded. While significantly less than 1.8 million it is still more than was absorbed by the fuel capsules. The loss of fuel is due to various inefficiencies involving the laser delivery method and fuel containment. Achieving sustained ignition requires that the ratio of fusion energy produced is greater than the breakeven energy to maintain the fusion reaction. This milestone would greatly reduce the cost to manufacture energy around the world without relying on diminishing resources or producing significant radioactive waste. The other promising method of sustaining fusion ignition is being developed by ITER in the south of France utilizing torus geometry magnetic containment to sustain the nuclear plasma.
James Cook University, Australia - A recent study in Thailand paints new light on the severity of biodiversity loss due to forest fragmentation and other forms of habitat isolation. A dam installed in 1986 flooded large swaths of rainforest effectively creating over 100 tropical islands varying in size. After only 5 years the majority of small mammal species on islands less then 10 hectares in size had become locally extinct and within 25 years the diversity on the larger islands up to 56 hectares in area had succumbed to the same fate. This is troubling news in a world where humans increasingly divide ecosystems for various use leaving only small swaths of land in a natural state. With this new data organizations should emphasize the preservation of larger intact areas, over a variety of smaller ones as well as the creation of nature corridors linking the existing patches.
Deborah Good Editor-in-Chief Emily McNair Managing Editor Taylor Polodna Design Editor Connor McDonald Webmaster Lucy Orsi Business Manager Arnaud Filliat Copy Editor Katerina Gonzales Content Manager Jared Riemer Content Manager Karen Gilbert Faculty Advisor
Headlines from around the world
James Davis, Staff Writer
Violent protests erupted in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. On September 30, protesters blockaded an equipment storage area owned by Southwestern Energy. Occupiers are protesting the exploration of the Canadian province for shale gas, fearing the invasive procedure will lead to water pollution. Peaceful occupation escalated to violence earlier this week resulting in over 40 arrests. Protesters threw Molotov cocktails towards local police, destroying at least five vehicles. Oil production halted in Brazil due to a worker union strike. Approximately 90% of the oil company Petrobras’ workers went on strike last Thursday, effectively shutting down 42 offshore rigs. Workers believe that an auctioning of the Libra oilfield will bring in too much foreign competition, threatening local employment. Pay and benefits are also on the table for negotiations. Despite this setback, Petrobras intends to carry out the auction. The 16-day government shutdown finally came to an end in the United States. Unable to negotiate a balanced budget, Congress approved a law that raised the debt limit to $16.7 trillion and extended the country’s borrowing capability until February 7, 2014. National parks and attractions across the US have reopened for visitors and millions of government employees returned to work. President Obama publicly announced his disapproval of the monetary situation the country is in and is urging Congress to do whatever it can to reduce the national debt. A chunk of meteor was finally recovered in Chelyabinsk, Russia. After seven months, scientists finally recover what is believed to be the largest piece of the most recent meteor landing. Upon retrieval, the rock broke into three smaller pieces totaling in weight over 1250 pounds. It is estimated to be over 4.5 billion years old and weighed approximately 10,000 pounds prior to entering our atmosphere. The meteor left over 1200 people injured in its wake and shattered glass and loose structures as well. British government officials have offered China shares in new nuclear power plants. Going against the social norm, Britain intends to open 12 new nuclear reactors by the year 2030. British officials are allowing Chinese investors opportunities to invest in the first of many new plants. Negotiations are in place to determine the terms of China’s eventual majority shareholding in Britain’s domestic nuclear power. Australia is suffering from mass wildfires. Close to 100 wildfires appeared last Friday, putting the country on full alert. Sydney is home to the largest concentration of fires, destroying many homes, schools and local businesses. Despite optimal conditions, firefighters continue to struggle against the ongoing threat. One death and many severe injuries have been reported.
250 soldiers based at Fort Carson are scheduled to return home on Monday. These soldiers spent the last nine months in Kuwait. They helped with joint exercises, security, and training while overseas. The Justice Department will monitor hiring practices at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. The department found that the sheriff’s office disqualified applicants who weren’t citizens. The investigation comes after a senior deputy claimed she was fired when the sheriff’s office could not confirm her citizenship. An investigator for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office was accidentally shot in the leg. The investigator’s handgun fell out of his car and bounced on the ground, causing the weapon to discharge. Zachery Joseph Cooper is charged with first-degree murder after allegedly beating 70-year-old Peter Morales to death with a baseball bat. Cooper told his mother he was God and “killed the devil” shortly after the murder. According to Cooper’s mother, he has mental health problems. Joey Eugene Gallegos pled guilty to felony burglary and misdemeanor theft. Gallegos was accused of stealing women’s underwear from the laundry room of an apartment complex.
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october 21, 2013
Shutdown ends Arab Spring panel speaks on personal experiences
Jordan Francis Staff Writer
Continued from page 1. As Dr. McCray pointed out, other problems arose regarding federal grants, as some grants come in installments and while some faculty members continued to receive their grants, others did not and thus temporarily could not pay their graduate students. Dr. McCray also spoke of two particular students who were financially affected by the shutdown: one PhD student who was unable to submit her planned abstract for her USGS research and whose stipend from the USGS was stopped and one student on an EPA star fellowship whose funding would have been in serious question if the shutdown had continued. Among all of the suspended funding and closed agencies, one of the most obvious instances to the Mines community was the closure of the United States Geological Survey on campus. Not only did this severely limit (or eliminate, as the case may be) the work its employees were allowed to do, but with the USGS offices and website closed nationwide and scientific work from the institution greatly reduced, Dr. McCray pointed out that many consulting firms that were and are working on various aspects of recovery from the Colorado floods were unable to access the storm data the USGS website would normally supply. The government shutdown had a number of other impacts. Plenty of people at Mines know or are related to either federal employees that were furloughed or working without pay or contract workers who were working for the government and were temporarily out of work and cannot look forward to any back pay for lost time. Some Mines students and faculty members depend on federal programs that were suspended, reduced, or shut down entirely during this time period. And of course, as Dr. Davis, the director of the LAIS department at Mines pointed out, the impact of the lost research and funding from the shutdown can be overcome but is likely to continue affecting parts of the scientific community long after the shutdown is over. Dr. Rod Eggert, Director of the Economics and Business Division at Mines pointed out that the problems caused by the shutdown can be divided into those with short and long-term effects. In the shortterm, the government shutdown proved to be, as Dr. Eggert said, “more of a nuisance” than anything else. However, in the long term, the lost data may cost some faculty some accuracy in their research or even the chance to effectively research important events. Though some of these setbacks may continue to affect Mines campus for some time to come, the general CSM population escaped the government shutdown relatively unscathed and has already begun recovering from the problems it did suffer during this time. At the very least, the Colorado School of Mines may now be better prepared for whatever decisions the federal government may make once the January 15th deadline rolls around next year.
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these people what’s going on, they’re not going to be like, ‘Well, the central bank and the sociopolitical of this and that.’ No. They’re going to say, ‘They took away our freedom. They killed our children. We’re fighting back.’” The human side of revolution seems to have been overlooked. “Most people don’t know what’s going on in the Middle East or North Africa or in Libya. If I tell someone I’m from Libya, they only know two things: oil and Gadhafi,” a Mines PhD student from Benghazi, Libya said. “They don’t know the human side. They don’t know that there are people in Libya who are starving. They don’t know there are Libyans who don’t have any means to go to a health clinic. Sadly, the conditions are ongoing.” The human side, though, is not the only aspect of the Arab Spring Revolutions to be underemphasized in the news. The United States’ stance regarding many of the dictators that were overthrown has been glanced over as well. “The U.S. has supported dictators and repressive leaders for a long time,” a Mines faculty member who lived through the first year of the civil war in Lebanon, which began in 1975, said. “Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted [this]
Jessica Deters Staff Writer
To many ordinary Americans, the relatively recent Arab Spring revolutions seem nothing more than a news title—tragic stories emerging from a far-off land. But, to Mines students and faculty who experienced the revolutions in their respective countries firsthand, the upheavals prove much more than a headline. As part of a McBride Honors course studying revolution, five panelists from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Tunisia gathered on Oct. 16 to respectively share personal experiences regarding the recent revolutions in each country. “Twelve members of my family have been killed. The youngest one was 13 years old sitting for breakfast with her family. She was sniped in the back of the head in front of her family. That is my relationship to the revolution,” an 18-year-old slam poet from Syria said. Names will be withheld for the safety of the panelists and their families. According to the slam poet, the way in which news articles portray revolutions and their causes varies drastically from the way in which people directly impacted by revolutions do. “When you ask a Syrian or any one of
Political revolutions still worth a discussion
Benjamin Elliott Staff Writer
On the night of Wednesday, October 9th, students of the McBride Honors program gathered to hear a panel of three special guests present their first-hand accounts of recent historical revolutions. The presenters, Tim Haddon, Toni Lefton, and Alex Gorodinski, each told their own stories, and followed these by answering questions from the assembled audience. Timothy Haddon, a Mines alum with a B.S. Mining Engineering and over 35 years of experience in international mining, grew up during the tumultuous period of Rhodesia, before its reconstitution as the Republic of Zimbabwe in 1980. The country, much like its neighbor South Africa, had developed laws to enforce massive gaps in privilege and equality along racial lines. White colonists were given special treatment, being in possession of almost all of the land, material wealth, and resources of the country. Tim’s parents were among a small minority of whites who fought against these types of laws at a time where such resistance bordered on illegal. Tim left the country in 1965, the same year that Rhodesia formally declared its independence from the United Kingdom. On graduating high school, his parents encouraged him to leave the country. His father had attended the Royal School of Mines in London, so Tim decided to follow suit and attend a mining school- only this time, it was in Colorado. During his freshman year, his father was imprisoned for three years. Tim noted that even though mining had been a vehicle by which whites had taken advantage of blacks in Rhodesia, he didn’t see mining itself as exploitative. “Mining creates wealth,” he said, “...it is one of the few industries where you’re actually taking something from the ground and making it available, like agriculture or fishing.” He pointed to the laws in place which gave whites control over mining as the primary creator of inequality. Tim’s own work in mining, as CEO of Amax Gold Inc., as well as CEO and President of Archangel Diamond Corporation, has been recognized as some of the most environmentally conscious in the industry. While at Amax Gold, the company received the Dupont Environmental Excellence Award, judged by activists including members of the Sierra Club, Mineral Policy Center, and the National Wildlife Federation. Toni Lefton, a member of the Mines faculty with the LAIS department, and current McBride professor, gave her own account of growing up in Liberia. She lived at about the time of the coup d’état As a child, she attended an American cooperative school while living in the United States embassy. Toni left the country on account of her parents separating at an early age, and left the country before the full-scale revolution took place. Still, she had been in the country for long enough to see death and civil strife on a large scale. One notable event were the race riots following a “hut tax”, high property taxes to pay for subsidies for rice farmers. Toni expressed that for her, writing was both a tool for healing and a way to open dialogue between parties unable to communicate in other ways.“The greatest gift you can give to a writer is listening,” she noted, adding that she had hidden from her own memories as a defense mechanism and used writing therapeutically. Toni has been writing a memoir, and has found it to be more cathartic than painful. She came up with an ending for the memoir on a trip to South Africa, upon wandering into a clinic. Recognizing from the clinic a childhood memory, she remembered playing marbles with her brother in an identical context. She proceeded to recite a poem titled “Collateral Damage”, a loquacious examination of the stolen childhoods of boy soldiers in revolutions and how such a childhood might be restored in future generations. Toni wishes to visit Liberia again someday, which has been moving in a progressive direction following a highly successful democratic election in 2005. Alex Gorodinski, a teacher of mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology, and pedagogy, recounted only one event from a lifetime of experiences with revolution and change in the USSR: the fall of the Berlin Wall. While he had been present during many political tumults, including the Perestroika movement and collapse of the Iron Curtain, he chose the fall of the Berlin Wall due to its emblematic status in the sudden change from a Cold War mentality to that of optimistic idealism. He described the scene in depth- some other professors and him drove to Berlin during the month in which it was torn down, November of 1989. Whenever they had crossed the Wall while it was in operation, border police required them to stop and present documents for every conceivable thing- textbooks, the car they were driving, papers- always in order to ensure that nothing passed the wall without reason. When the wall fell, the atmosphere changed almost overnight. A few million people were there to celebrate. Former guards no longer oppressed the Berliners, but joined them in festivities. Alex remembered coming across the Germans on the other side, speaking only Russian himself. Within a few minutes the two groups had developed a simple working vocabulary, the Germans notably using “Gorbe!” (in reference to the Mikhail Gorbachev, now former Soviet General Secretary and reformer) and attempting to determine the Russian word for beer. While German may have been the language most spoken, there were other languages present as well: English, French, Italian, and countless others- it seemed as if the whole world had gathered to view the spectacle of a newly reunified Berlin. It being November, the city was fairly cold, and the drive had left many celebrants exhausted, but almost everyone their found it hard to contain their exuberance. Alex, as an pronounced academic, had involved himself in papers on how opening the borders could have serious negative effects, but
openly and essentially said that we were wrong.” However, no matter what the news emphasizes or underemphasizes, millions of people lived in constant fear during the revolutions and suffered their horrifying repercussions. “They hunted my brother because he’s from Benghazi. They started calling him and saying where are you, we want to kill you,” the PhD student, who was in the U.S. during the Libyan revolution, said. “If the revolution did not work out, we [would have been] prosecuted because we went out to protest what was going on back in Libya. We were very anxious and worried about our families back there because Libyans have very extended families.” To the PhD student, the Libyan revolution boiled down to nothing more than senseless slaughter. “Now if you ask me what I think went on, I would say a brother is killing a brother. Libya is not like other countries. We are all from one faction; we are all Muslims—I think it’s the only country that has a 100 percent Muslim community. We are all on the same page; we are all from the same descent. Everyone knows everybody, literally. When you say people are fighting in Libya, you are talking about brothers and cousins killing each other, which is very tragic.”
the criminality and mass egression predicted in those papers simply failed to occur in Berlin. He noted, “...[the] wall is just formal...[it] is not reality.” Sadly, the optimism and hopefulness at the fall of the wall was a spirit which has not carried over into modern day Russia. Alex’s school was destroyed following the wall’s fall, and he consequently moved out of the country. In modern Russia, he noted, failures in education prevent much of the population from finding anything but menial work, and even that is sometimes short. “The majority are forced to live like slaves,” he said. If he were to return, he believes he would not be welcome. So what could be a driving force for lasting societal change, if a revolution like that seen at the Berlin Wall does not maintain its potency over the years? Alex points to quality education as greater than any economic or political forces in ensuring a high quality of life. Students, teachers, and other members of the audience seemed to find the dialogue and stories given by the guests fascinating, and took every opportunity to bounce questions off of the trio of panelists. The picture of revolution as a concept was given myriad forms to work with- violent or peaceful, large or small, political or societal, slow or instantaneous. The message which all three panelists seemed to agree on the most was one of idealism. “Never lose your idealism,” Tim warned, as the other two panelists agreed. “Always hoping for a better world might be the best thing we can do.”
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just got an offer to go on a twentyshow tour. What is your favorite thing about Mines? The classes are challenging. [They] give you motivation to work hard and are equipping us for future careers. Would you rather live in the Matrix and be able to upload any knowledge and/or ability directly into your brain or have to learn things the long way but live in the real world? It’s easy to look at the Matrix and be like “oh, that’s awesome,” but [with] the real world, it’s fun to look at things and be like “oh, that’s a challenge” because that’s what makes [having] talents worth it. What is your best nerd moment? Getting to take Calc 2 here at Mines when I was a junior in high school. I also took Phys 2 with Santiago Gonzalez. That kid’s awesome. If you could be dropped into any fictional universe, what would it be and why? Well, I’m a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, so I’d like to go into Middle Earth, which probably means I’ll end up taking a vacation to New
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...Matthew Brandt, Sophomore: Mechanical Engineering
Jordan Francis Staff Writer
Many Mines students proudly identify themselves to the world as all-out nerds. Others, however, tend to shy away from even the mere label of “geek.” Nonetheless, the thirst for knowledge and the masochistic tendency to seek out academic challenge is a bond common to most all Mines students, including sophomore Matthew Brandt. [Oredigger]: Why did you choose Mechanical Engineering? [Brandt]: I wanted something general that’d give me some options when I graduate. What has been your favorite class so far? This semester, I’m liking Statics ‘cause I don’t think it’s too challenging. It’s like Physics I all over again. Are you a geek and why? Not really. I don’t know any programming languages [and] I rarely play video games. I do love music, [but a] band geek is not a geek. What do you do with your non-scholastic time? Music. I’m in a couple different bands. My band We The Sheep
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We’re the Millers Grip-Go a hands-free feat
Liam Mahoney Staff Writer
In “We’re the Millers” Jason Sudekis plays a solitary small time drug dealer who, through a series of unfortunate events, finds himself smuggling a few hundred kilograms of marijuana across the Mexican border. After his stash of drugs and money is stolen, his boss forces him to become a drug smuggler to pay back his debt. To safely smuggle the load, he hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway teen (Emma Roberts), and the abandoned boy who lives downstairs (Will Poulter) to pose as the Miller family. The premise of the movie is completely absurd, as is most of the content. In this case, the absurdity plays out excellently. Sudekis gives a superb performance, showing a knack for well executed humor as well as great character development. Aniston definitely still has ‘it’, and young actors Will Poulter and Emma Roberts performed well alongside the more experienced pair, although their acting left a small something to be desired. The action stays quick and engaging, with a good mix between character development, clever humor, and pure ridiculousness. This movie, unlike many others lately, does not overuse the ‘shock value’ card. The shocking scenes are used effectively, not just as a gimmick. The character development is better than expected for a blockbuster comedy, although some scenes slow down the pace of the film. Aniston and Sudekis help to construct a very convincing storyline. This is to be expected from Aniston, but the capability of Sudekis to do something other than comedy came as a pleasant surprise. The interaction between the characters is authentic and funny. They develop believable relationships with each other as the film progresses. The exchange between the characters is always quick and witty. The writers manage to keep you just interested enough in the characters to give you a reason to stick around after the jokes. The jokes themselves are excruciatingly funny. The story is well written as well, and it serves as more than just a nice bonus to a raunchy comedy; it also serves to tie all the madness together to provide an entertaining 110 minutes. This was not by any means a flawless film; some slower scenes threw off the quick pacing maintained throughout the rest of the movie. Some of the more emotional bits came off as strained instead of sincere. Some might say that the absurdity was overplayed, but those people are few and far between. Some important plot points seemed a little forced, like they were only there because all plots are required to have certain common elements. Some of the humor was a bit cheap, like the spider bite scene, but for the most part it was satisfyingly hilarious. This is a movie to keep the whole theater laughing start to finish. If you were planning to see “We’re the Millers” because it looked funny in the previews, then definitely give it a view. You will get your money’s worth, along with a little extra. The film is a great time, unbearably quotable, ridiculously unreasonable, takes a great shot at sincerity, and very nearly reaches it. Also, Jennifer Aniston is still smokin’. If raunchy comedies are not your thing, then this movie may not be for you but it is certainly worth a try. Nowadays it is rare to find a good mix between outrageous laughs and genuine smiles, and “We’re the Millers” is about as close as it gets to finding that mix. Never has a movie with so much vulgarity managed to have such a heartwarming ending. This is one of the better comedies to come out in recent months. Highly recommended.
Zealand sometime. Which is the better Halloween mascot: Jack Skellington: the Pumpkin King, or the Great Pumpkin (of Charlie Brown fame)? The Charlie Brown one because why not? What is your favorite book? Lord of the Rings and I also like Skin by Ted Dekker. Do you have any plans for the future? Eventually, I’d like to get married and just work happily as an engineer and a musician. Nothing too specific. Just a typical comfortable life with a family. I don’t have any desire to produce the next cure for cancer or anything. Do you have any advice for fellow Mines students? Just enjoy the college experience and work hard. It’ll pay off in the long run. Mines is a tough school, but it’ll be worth it in the long run and when you get out of here, life won’t be as bad as if you [graduated with] a liberal arts degree. Do you have a favorite quote? “Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.” –Steven Wright
Matthew Brandt dreams of taking a vacation to New Zealand to see the set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Evan Ford Staff Writer
The convenience of handsfree communication and GPS mounting comes directly with the Grip-Go in car, phone mount. The mount is designed to hold on to any device: MP3 players, phones, and GPS units securely and safely. Priced at around $10, this As-Seen-On-TV product is fairly inexpensive considering the functionality it provides. Many different setup options are provided, allowing the user to decide which one is fitting of his or her needs. The Grip-Go comes with a circular surface for which the suction cup can adhere to in cases where mounting the suction cup to glass is not applicable. When mounted on the inside of the windshield, the GripGo’s suction is extremely effective. The mount also rotates and swivels in two different locations to accommodate nearly any dashboard setup. The actual component of the
Grip-Go that holds the electronic device is a small green patch of sticky material. Upon first glance, it appears that the material would be prone to leaving sticky residues on anything that comes in contact, but this is not the case. The patch of material is able to secure devices without damaging the surface of application. However, the reliability of the stickiness is not perfect. Initially, the stickiness of the patch is too much, and removing a phone or GPS unit becomes difficult. As times progresses, the stickiness gradually reduces, but can be replenished by washing the surface with water. Additionally, temperature plays a role in the amount of adhesion of the material. Colder temperatures will decrease the effectiveness of the stickiness. The mount itself is made from plastic and is able to remain sturdy and in place while driving. Rotating the swiveling head of the GripGo allows devices to be presented in either landscape or portrait
modes, which can be helpful for navigating. Overall, the use of the GripGo is helpful, but the adhesion is sometimes unreliable. If the GripGo is too sticky, your device can be trapped on the Grip-Go, and if is not sticky enough, phones and GPS units are at risk of falling and breaking on the floor of the car. It takes balance and learning the discrepancies of the material to ensure everything works properly. For $10, the product does provide options that can promote safer driving habits. The Grip-Go keeps your phone at a level that keeps eyes on the road and discourages texting. Phone calls can be taken on speakerphone and allows the driver to keep two hands on the wheel. Safer driving habits are not guaranteed by the use of this product, as the decisions made on the road are ultimately made by the driver. Use at your own risk, making sure the device is entirely secure. Driving remains the priority while using the Grip-Go.
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The Grip-Go offers the convenience of hands-free communication and encourages safer driving.
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october 21, 2013
The Nightmare Spider-Men worth a read returns to Greek Street
Jardan Francis Staff Writer Tyrell Frame Guest Writer
Halloween is a holiday that all ages celebrate. While we all love wearing costumes, regardless of age, the younger trick-o-treaters tend to go to bed before it gets truly “spooky.” However, CSM is presenting an opportunity for children of the Golden Community to celebrate Halloween with us! Nightmare on Greek Street is an event where Greeks and other volunteers play host to the former’s festivities. On Friday, October 25th, families are invited to bring their kids to Greek Row for candy, crafts, and games at the booths run by CSM students. Admission is free, but any money donated will benefit Colorado flood relief. Booth activities include face painting, squash bowling, and goomaking. The event goes from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, so mark your calendar if you have a younger friend or family member who wants to get an early start on Halloween. of the Avengers) on the scene to investigate and Peter long gone. Parker does some research on his own and realizes that his counterpart in this universe died in combat. He finds where Aunt May and Gwen Stacy live in this world and shows up on their doorstep, much to their shock. May and Gwen initially attack him, thinking that he is mocking the Peter Parker they knew, but Miles soon shows up and tells them who he really is. Peter, Gwen, Miles, and eventually May get to telling stories about Ultimate Peter Parker and discussing the differences between the two universes. Peter and May have a heart-to-heart about Uncle Ben and why Peter does what he does and Aunt May embraces him, impossibly glad to have another chance to see the nephew to whom she never got to say goodbye. After an emotional
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mostly targeted at fans of the traditional Marvel continuity and largely aimed at introducing them to and getting them interested in Spider-Men is a five issue the Ultimate universe. Of course, crossover event from 2012 bethis does make some sense, tween the world of the traditional since the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel universe and Marvel’s Uluniverse has been around since timate universe. As the title sugthe 1960s, while the Ultimate gests, the series focuses on the universe only started in 2000, two universes’ Spider-Men: Peter so more people would obviously Parker and Miles Morales respecknow the traditional Peter Parker tively. In this story, Peter is the better than Miles Morales. NoneSpider-Man most fans (and even theless, the whole series does non-fans) know and love, set in feel less like a meeting of the the continuity established by the two worlds and more like an exOne More Day reboot wherein cuse for Peter Parker to explore Parker is an adult, his secret the Ultimate universe. Even Joe identity is still mostly secret, and Quesada, Marvel’s former Editorhe is no longer married to Mary in-Chief and the man largely reJane. Morales, on the other hand, sponsible for the One More Day is the teenage Spider-Man of the storyline and the subsequent SpiUltimate universe, the Marvel unider-Man reboot it created, said in verse launched in 2000 designed 2005 that if the Ultimate universe to retell and adapt the stories and ever crossed over with the maincharacters of the more traditional Marvel continuity. The COURTESY MARVEL COMICS stream Marvel universe, it would be a sign that Ultimate universe often Marvel “had officially run features younger, updatout of ideas.” Nonetheed versions of existing less, the story relies on characters and attempts the simple but relatively to update continuities entertaining premise of that made sense when most crossovers: one or they were created in the both parties are, in some 1960s and 1970s but are way, thrust into an unfadeemed not as plausible miliar world and forced for a modern audience. to help with a problem The Ultimate universe in the new environment generally exists outside while trying to figure out of regular Marvel contihow to get back home, nuity. This series marks with the additional clithe first instance of a chéd but touching elemeeting between the ment of Miles getting to Ultimate and traditional meet and get approval Marvel worlds. from an alternate version The comic opens with of his now-dead hero. Peter Parker as SpiderThe art is generally Man fighting crime as pretty solid, though it per usual in New York typically favors the typical City. He runs into Mystestyles of the Ultimate unirio and defeats him with verse over the standard ease. However, as he is style for Amazing Spiderexamining Mysterio’s latMan. It carries the genest high-tech gadgets, erally the dynamic but Mysterio shoots SpiderMan and forces him into Spider-men issues 1-5 deserves a serious read. distinctly comic book flathe equipment, which the reader goodbye, Peter leaves with Nick vor readers have come to expect later discovers was generating Fury and Miles to try and help from Spider-Man art, with a bit of a rift into the Ultimate universe. Tony Stark (Iron Man) unravel the an extra focus on the exaggerated effects for which the Ultimate Parker wakes up to find he is mysteries of the dimensional rift. With their combined efforts, universe is known. The characters apparently still in New York City, but somehow the fact that Peter the heroes manage to locate Mys- are interesting and fun for readParker is Spider-Man is common terio’s rift and attack him when ers who are already familiar with knowledge. As he tries to figure he sends in his avatar for “just them, but a bit shallow for new out what is happening, he runs a peek” to see how Spider-Man readers, as non-main characters into another Spider-Man, who is suffering in the new universe. get very little time to develop. The readers of the Ultimate comics Mysterio puts up a serious fight dialogue is packed full of all the will recognize as Miles Morales. and after the Spider-Men and wit and quips readers have come Back in Parker’s world, Mysterio Mysterio battle it out between ac- to expect from both Spider-Man wakes up and realizes what has cidental dimensional jumps, they and pretty much any character in happened. He activates a Mys- finally take him down and Nick the Ultimate universe and is good terio avatar and sends it into the Fury offers to keep him impris- for a fair bit of laughs. Overall, the rift, determined to make sure Spi- oned in the Ultimate universe so story is good, but trite and it rareder-Man is “never seen or heard that he cannot go around telling ly feels as though the characters from again.” Meanwhile, the two people Peter’s secret identity. are in any real danger and everySpider-Men fight, with Miles even- Peter gives Miles his blessing to thing returns to the status quo at tually beating Peter and handing keep being Spider-Man before the end of the series. It does use him over to S.H.I.E.L.D. Peter ex- turning around heading home some cheap gimmicks, including plains to Nick Fury his theory that before the unstable portal col- the “shocking news” about Miles he is from an alternate dimension lapses. Miles swings off, ecstatic Morales in the traditional Marvel and Fury accepts this idea. Fury to have received the blessing of world which still has not been ofinstructs Miles to explain to Peter even an alternate version of his ficially explained to Marvel readwhat happened to their world’s biggest hero and Peter decides to ers as of the time of this writing. original Spider-Man, but before he look up Miles Morales in his world Much of the comic is clichéd, can say much, they are attacked and the comic ends on him find- but it also has a few touching ing a shocking answer that is not moments and makes for a fairly by Mysterio’s avatar. decent glimpse into the Ultimate Mysterio hits both Spider-Men shown to the reader. This series is fairly entertaining, universe, if not a particularly great with chemicals that give both heroes realistic and substantial illu- but it is also a bit of a gimmick introduction to it. This is probably sions of various villains from their and it shows. It is supposed to not the Spider-Man comic for any respective past. They beat Myste- be a crossover event about the new fans to start on, but for those rio, but he simply decides to dis- Spider-Men, but the story overall who love the character in either or connect from his avatar and leave really winds up being a fish out both universes, are curious about Parker trapped in this unfamiliar of water story about Peter Parker the Ultimate universe, or just want universe. The avatar explodes in the Ultimate universe that hap- a slightly different look on who and Miles wakes up to find the pens to involve Miles Morales as a Spider-Man can be, this series Ultimates (this universe’s version side character. The series seems deserves a read.
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Cookie Clicker a free and addicting online game
Jordan Francis Staff Writer
Cookie Clicker is a free, simple, and addicting online game that allows players to make cookies with every mouse click. Through a series of upgrades and continuous clicking, the game challenges players to make as many cookies as they can. It may not sound like much, but Cookie Clicker provides a strangely engrossing experience that can last for hours at a time. The objective is to make as many cookies as possible. Players start with an icon of a cookie they can click. Every click produces one cookie. As players get more cookies, they can trade those cookies for new automated methods of cookie productions, from cursors that click the cookie once every ten seconds for the player and friendly grandmas who will bake extra cookies to time machines that bring cookies from the past and antimatter condensers that turn all the antimatter in the universe into cookies on a regular basis. There are ten different items (or buildings) that the player can purchase to increase automated cookie production, all of which increase in cost with every unit the players purchase. Building items can be sold back at any time for half of its current price and each building item can be upgraded to increase its efficiency or the number of cookies produced per second (CpS). The game allows players to keep track of both the total current CpS rate and the CpS rate of each section of building items. The game also keeps track of players’ progress through a news ticker at the top of the screen that will display various humorous messages, quotes, and news stories based on player progress. Players eventually gain the option to change the type of cookie they are producing after making several thousand cookies. These different types and flavors act as cookie production multipliers. Players can unlock achievements for reaching various numbers of cookies produced and building items purchased. Achievements increase the amount of milk players have, which can be used in conjunction with Kitten worker upgrades to further increase the CpS rate. The game will also randomly spawn golden cookies, which will give the player a bonus. However, players must be cautious in upgrading their cookie production capabilities, as some upgrades in the higher levels can trigger the Grandmapocalypse, which is every bit as terrifying as it sounds and can change the background and spawn detrimental or helpful red cookies. The Grandmapocalypse can be stopped or delayed, though for a serious price and reduction in the CpS rate. Many games convince players to push through the necessary grind for the rewards of seeing that all-powerful experience meter fill up to that magic moment of leveling up. Cookie Clicker relies on much the same rewards to provide the necessary incentive for players to keep going, except in this case, the repetitive clicks provide an instant reward. Strangely enough, this simple concept makes for a very entertaining and highly addictive game. It allows for nearly any level of involvement once automated production starts, from players that want to play with complete and obsessive attention to detail to gamers who want to set up some building items and let the game run in a separate tab and forget about it. The game makes for a fun, engrossing experience that can draw in both casual and hardcore gamers alike. Fair warning though: this is not a game players with other immediate responsibilities should pick up, lest they find themselves right up against a deadline rationalizing the time for “just a few more cookies…”
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october 21, 2013
“The Tudors” worth watching
Vishnu Kadirisani Staff Writer
“The Tudors” is a wonderful show in terms of story and character development, but has serious flaws in historical accuracies. “The Tudors” is loosely based on the reign of King Henry VIII. There is a strong emphasis on the word loosely, as the show has many historical inaccuracies. Several historical facts about Henry’s many marriages and affairs are often blown out of proportion or altogether newly invented. Anyone who is watching the show will more than likely start noticing flaws in the casting of the characters. Probably the most apparent flaw is that King Henry VIII was actually a whale of a man who was balding in real life, quite unlike the King Henry VIII that Jonathan Rhys Meyers portrays. However, the lack of historical accuracy is made up for with the character development in the show. All characters have traits that truly show their “royal” sides, but also have qualities that make them seem no better than a petty criminal. One of the best character developments to the plot is Cardinal Wosley. Cardinal Wosley seems to be the King’s greatest aide in the beginning of episode one. He convinces the rash king to avoid war with France and instead sign a peace treaty, and also arranges a peace summit for the two countries. However, towards the end of the show it is shown that he does all this for his own personal gain to convince the other Cardinals to make him the next Pope. It is interesting to see how Wosley, along with other characters, continues changing as the show progresses, showing positive and negative traits that take the viewer from hating a particular character to loving them in the next scene. There are also many minor characters who would have passed under the viewers radar had it not been for the brilliance of the actors portraying these personalities. The best example is actress Ruta Gedmintas, who plays one of Henry’s mistresses, making viewers gasp when she announces to Cardinal Wosley that she is pregnant with the King’s illegitimate child. The show does a fantastic job in keeping viewers entertained by the politics that are happening in the show. The show follows a pattern of showing a very intense political scene usually followed by a scene that reinvigorates the viewer. Whether it be a sex scene, execution, or shocker moment that makes one creep towards the edge of their seat. The show is filled with entertaining scenes that make the usually dry political scenes seem like a nice break to prepare for the next surprise. Overall, “The Tudors” is a show worth watching and it delivers in terms of good story development, character growth, and exciting plot details even though the show falls short historically.
Women’s soccer remains unbeaten after 28 games
Jared Riemer Content Manager
The No. 5 Colorado School of Mines Women’s soccer team played four games over the course of eight days and were victorious in all four appearances, getting shutouts in three of them. On Friday Oct. 11, Colorado Mesa visited Mines; then, the lady Orediggers hit the road for games on Sunday October, 13 at Colorado Christian University and Wednesday October, 16, at Regis before finishing off this stretch with a home game this past Friday against Fort Lewis. The first game against CMU started out with very even play in the first half. Neither team was able to take control of the game, and the match stayed scoreless in the first 45 minutes of play. Mines outshot CMU by a margin of 5-2 in a very defense minded first half. However, things would change quickly in the second half when the lady Orediggers took control of the game and never looked back. In the fifty-ninth minute, #9 Rachael Turner scored the first goal of the game when she nailed home a Jordan Hopper (#8) corner kick from six yards out. In the seventy-seventh minute, Mines scored again this time when #10 Anna Evans passed inside the box to #3 Bree Archuleta who put the ball in the right side of the net from 18 yards out. Just 10 minutes later, Mines scored the final goal of the game. Jayln Yates (#00) sprung #16 Jaclyn Knott with a long punt from goal and Knott took the pass and finished to the left side of the goal from 13 out. The lady Orediggers outshot CMU by a total of 13-1 in the decisive second stanza and had six corner kicks to Mesa’s zero in the half. Overall, Mines outshot CMU 18-3 and Yates saved only one shot en route to recording her fourth consecutive shutout in net and ninth on the year. Game two was a more subdued game as Mines looked for the season sweep when they visited CCU. The lady Orediggers needed overtime, but they pulled out the 1-0 victory and recorded their fifth straight shutout in the process. The first half of play was controlled by Mines, but none of their seven total shots found the net (three were on goal). The second half was much the same as the first, as Mines once again outshot their opponent, 9-3 but CCU saved six shots to keep the game knotted at nil-nil. Halfway through the first overtime period, #18 Mel Westhoff converted her first goal of the season when she took a Rachael Turner pass and sailed it into the upper 90 from 30 yards out. The Orediggers needed only one shot in the OT period, but that was all it took as Mines escaped with the victory. It was a relatively clean game, with only seven total fouls (CSM 2, CCU 5). Mines outshot CCU 17-4 overall and had seven corner kicks to none for CCU. Yates only needed two saves in the game to nab her tenth shutout of the year. The third of four games featured a few more scores than the previous two, and Mines came within one minute of another shutout before grabbing the 3-1 victory when they visited Regis (4-7-1, 2-6-1 RMAC) Evans got the scoring started early when just 5:51 in, she sent #24 Anna Deleray’s cross into the bottom left corner of the goal from just inside the 18 yard box. The goal was Evans’ seventh of the year. In the thirty-second minute, Turner scored her fourth of the year when she dribbled through the Ranger defense and converted from point blank range. The score at the half was 2-0 with Mines having outshot Regis 7-1 in the half. Just seven minutes into the second stanza, Deleray added her fourth of the year to give Mines the 3-0 lead. Set up by a Turner pass, Deleray scorched a shot from 18 yards out for the three goal advantage. With their sixth straight shutout in site, and the victory all but decided, Mines gave up a goal in the ninetieth minute when Catherine Anger of Regis took a pass, dribbled a few times, and sent the ball sailing into the net. Other than spoiling the shutout, the Regis goal meant very little in a dominating performance by the lady Orediggers. For the game, Mines outshot Regis 14-6 and only had four fouls to seven by Regis. Yates was a little busier in the 3-1 victory, saving four of the five Regis shots on goal. The lady Orediggers final game of the four was this past Friday at home against Fort Lewis (10-3, 6-3 RMAC). Mines emerged as the 1-0 victor after a cold 90 minutes of play and stayed unbeaten on the year with a record of 13-0-1 and 10-0-0 in the RMAC. For most of the game, these two conference powerhouses played each other to a standstill
without fouling, three overall for Mines, and two for Fort Lewis. For the first time all year, Mines was outshot by an opponent 8-7 (although Mines had a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal), but still ended up on the plus side of the scoreboard. The lady Orediggers broke the 0-0 standstill in the eighty-second minute when Archuleta scored a point blank header. Archuleta was set up by a cross by #11 Cari Smith and a chip by Evans. Mines held on for the last 8:26 of play for the 1-0 victory to remain unbeaten on the year. Yates saved three shots in the win and now has 21 total shutouts in her brief career (second year). With the four wins in eight days, The Orediggers have now recorded a program record 10 wins in a row, are unbeaten in their last 28 contests, and have only trailed for 92 seconds in their past 1912:38 minutes of play dating back to last year. Yates and the team, now have 11 shutouts on the year in just 14 games and have allowed only three goals all year. On the season, the Orediggers have had two different stretches of five straight shutouts. Mines returns to the field this Friday in Pueblo against CSUPueblo.
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october 21, 2013
Men’s soccer experiences ups and downs
Jared Riemer Content Manager
VS. ADAMS STATE (10/11) After 89 minutes of scoreless play against the Adams State Grizzlies on October 11, the Orediggers lost a heartbreaker in what would become their first shutout appearance of the 2013 season. The Orediggers managed an astounding 27 total shots during the game, their third most of the season, but could never find the back of the net. Attacking midfielder, #10 Tesho Akindele lead the Orediggers in shots, with eight, three of which were on target. Defenseman, # 17 Jared Herselman, who found himself on the attacking end a few times during the game, had the next most shots with four, two of which were on target. Chayce Moniz, Alex Gunberg, Richard Garvey, and Joe Haines all contributed three shots to the Orediggers’ attempts. Upsettingly, none of these attempts found their way to the back of the net due to an outstanding game by Adams State Keeper, #0 Jared Wilson who racked up a total of 11 saves in the game. While trying to clear a header shot from Grizzlies #5 Bryce White, an own goal was scored at 88:31 by the Oredigger defense. This amounted to a disappointing finish to an otherwise strong defensive game. The Oredigger defense played strong and only allowed the Grizzlies three shots on goal before the own goal. VS. FORT LEWIS (10/13) After a disappointing loss to the Adams State Grizzlies on Friday, the CSM Orediggers’ Men’s Soccer team came back with a dominating victory on Sunday the 13 against Fort Lewis. The 5-2 victory was lead by a hat trick game by Mines’ very own Tesho Akindele. By the end of the first minute of the game, the Orediggers took a 1-0 lead thanks to a rapid by start by the offense. A right cross from #8 Garvey connected with #7 Haines, who finished the play with his second goal of the season at 0:22. In the seventeenth minute, Akindele scored his ninth goal of the season, and second goal of the game off of an assist by #14 Moniz to put the Orediggers up 2-0. In the twenty-fifth minute, Fort Lewis’ #25 Tamino Kroeger scored off of an assist by teammate #7 Austin Derksen. This would be Fort Lewis’ only goal until the eighty-seventh minute of the game. Before the end of the first half, #11 Seun Ogunmodede would score a close header off of a cross from Jared Herselman in the forty-third minute giving the Orediggers a 3-1 lead when the whistle blew. The Orediggers carried their momentum into the second half. The second half started rough with multiple fouls from each side, which eventually lead to a penalty kick goal in the fifty-seventh minute for the Orediggers scored by Akindele, his second goal of the day. Less than 10 minutes later, in the sixty-fourth minute, an assist from Oredigger Gunberg connected with Akindele who finished the play with a 10-yard shot to complete his hat trick. This goal put the Orediggers up 5-1, the largest lead they would hold in the game. In the eighty-seventh minute, the Orediggers let up a consolation goal to Fort Lewis’ Jordan Alexander. The game ended in a 5-2 victory for the Orediggers, who finished the game with a record of 8-2-1 on the season and 6-2-0 in the RMAC. AT COLORADO MESA (10/16) This past Wednesday, the Orediggers traveled to Grand Junction to take on the Colorado Mesa Mavericks for the second time this season. The Orediggers won 1-0 in the teams’ first encounter on September 20. This time, the Mavericks would have it their way, pulling out a 2-1 win over the CSM Orediggers. The Orediggers held the advantage in both shots and shots on goal with 19 and 9 respectively versus the Mavericks’ six shots and five shots on goal. However,
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Volleyball victory Mines can’t break CSUP
Chris Robbins Staff Writer
The 18th-ranked Lady Orediggers volleyball team took to the court twice this weekend to defend their place atop the RMAC volleyball standings, and came away with two decisive victories. Friday night’s matchup put Mines against a tough Colorado Mesa team with the top spot in the RMAC on the line. Mines did not get off to the start they had hoped for, suffering a hardfought 23-25 loss in the first game of the match in which neither team ever led by more than three points. However, game number two saw momentum start to shift to the Orediggers’ favor, as they overcame an early 0-2 deficit to win comfortably 2519. That momentum hit its peak in the third game, as CSM rode a streak of nine straight points in the middle of the game to prevail 25-16. With a 2-1 lead in the match, the Orediggers went into the final game full of confidence, and it showed in the 25-14 final score. After handing Mesa their second RMAC loss of the season, CSM sat alone atop the conference standings going into Saturday’s match against Fort Lewis. Mines picked up right where they left off with Colorado Mesa, completely dominating the first game 25-13. Though not in as commanding a fashion, the Orediggers soundly took down Fort Lewis 25-19 in the second game and 25-18 in the final game. The entire match took little more than an hour to complete. Both wins came from strong offensive contributions from Melanie Wannamaker (35 total kills across both games), Alanna Winfield (26 kills), Sarah Pekarek (27 kills), and Danielle JohnsonHazlewood (88 assists). In addition, a fantastic defensive showing was put on by Hannah Margheim, who tallied 34 digs over the weekend (including 22 in the Colorado Mesa match). The Lady Orediggers will try to keep their current nine match winning streak going strong next weekend here in Golden as they host Western New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands. The WNM game begins at 7pm on Friday, October 25th in Lockridge Arena and the NMH game starts at 5pm on Saturday the 26th.
Mavericks’ keeper, #1 Micah Conrads pulled out a staggering eight saves in the game, only allowing one goal which came off the boot of Oredigger #10 Tesho Akindele assisted by #7 Joe Haines in the forty-eighth minute of the game. This goal tied the game at 1-1. The game remained tied until the eightieth minute when Mesa player Stevie Palma scored a goal from deep, over Oredigger keeper Colin Baker giving Mesa a 2-1 lead. After this goal, the Orediggers had 5 more shots, two of which were on target, but could not score the tying goal. Akindele lead the team with six shots and one goal. Haines had four shots in the game, #8 Richard Garvey, #9 Baski Baker, and #17 Jared Herselman all had two. The game ended in a 2-1 loss for the Orediggers, who finished the game at 8-3-1 in the season and 6-3-0 in the RMAC standings. The Orediggers are currently in third in the RMAC behind first place Regis and second place Metro State.
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Golf tops RMAC
Chris Robbins Staff Writer
In their second RMAC tournament of the season, and final tournament of the calendar year, the Oredigger golf team led for most of the tournament before once again coming out on top. Riding strong opening rounds by Jordan Arndt, Michael Lee, and Kyle Grassel, Mines sat in a solid second place with a team score of 292, five strokes behind Western New Mexico University (287). After better second rounds from John Ahern and Kyle Miley, CSM jumped up to first place with a 588 overall score, giving them a four shot lead over WNMU (592). Tuesday’s final round saw these two schools pull away from the rest of the field and keep it close,
Orediggers on offense
Chris Robbins Staff Writer
The Oredigger football team struck early and often on Saturday October, 12, dismantling the Fort Lewis College defense en route to a 51-16 win. It took CSM little more than two minutes to march down the field on their opening possession and set up an 11-yard Dan Palmer touchdown run. Fort Lewis responded a few minutes later with a 22-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 7-3 in favor of CSM, but Mines answered right back with their own 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a short strike to the endzone from Joe Schneider to Diamond Gillis. After two consecutive Fort Lewis three-and-outs brought the game into the second quarter, Schneider put the Orediggers in the endzone again, this time on a three-yard quarterback keeper. The Fort Lewis offense gained some temporary life in the latter part of the second quarter, scoring 13 unanswered points before halftime and cutting the Mines lead to 21-16 as both teams headed to the locker room. Any momentum Fort Lewis had built up disappeared quickly though, as Mines converted their first two possessions of the second half into a swift ten points on a seven-yard Schneider run and a 29-yard Avery Llewellyn field goal. Schneider found the endzone once more before the third quarter expired, this time on a 23 yard pass to Alex Waner. Heading into the final quarter of play, the Orediggers held a solid 38-16 lead, but that did not cause the offense to let off the gas. Even after Schneider, the day’s starting quarterback, was replaced with Matt Brown, the offense continued to roll down the field. After a 32-yard kick by Llewellyn and a 63-yard run by Brown gave CSM the commanding 48-16 lead, the
The Oredigger football team traveled to Pueblo Saturday night to take on the undefeated and third-ranked CSU-Pueblo and were handed a 48-28 defeat by the Thunderwolves. Mines got off to a shaky start, fumbling the ball on their opening possession which set up a CSU field goal. The following offensive drive went much more smoothly, as the Orediggers drove down the field and found the endzone on a 21-yard pass from Joe Schneider to Matt Brown. The Thunderwolves would answer right back in under three minutes though, stringing together their own scoring drive to take the 10-7 lead. Mines seemed poised to score again on their ensuing possession, putting together a 14 play drive to set up a 41-yard Avery Llewellyn field goal that would have tied the game at ten. However, the kick missed wide right, and after the first quarter Mines found themselves down 10-7. Momentum began to shift dras-
tically to the Thunderwolves in the second quarter, as the CSUP offense would convert three of their four possessions into touchdowns while Mines’ offense was held in check by the Thunderwolves defense. CSM was forced to punt three times in the second quarter alone, and the one drive that went deep into Thunderwolves’ territory abruptly ended on an intercepted pass from Schneider. The Orediggers found themselves down 31-7 going into the locker rooms at halftime, which would prove to be too deep of a hole to dig themselves out of. The Thunderwolves picked up in the third quarter right where they left off taking their third drive into the endzone to increase the lead to 38-7. However, the Mines offense began to show some life late in the third, as their last possession of the quarter ended with a 29-yard scoring strike from Schneider to Cole Spurgeon. This cut the CSUP lead to 38-14 heading into the final quarter of play. CSUP would start off the fourth quarter by putting up three more
points on a short field goal, but CSM would answer right back after forcing a Thunderwolves fumble deep in their own territory. The Orediggers capitalized on the short field position and scored on a three-yard Schneider quarterback keeper, cutting the CSUP lead to 41-21. After stopping Mines’ next possession on a failed fourth down conversion, the Thunderwolves took advantage of their own short field opportunity to score and bump their lead up to 48-21. With little more than a minute left in the game, Mines would manage to put up seven more points on a 58-yard strike from Justin Dvorak to Ty Young, but it was too little too late as CSU-Pueblo still won 48-28 to remain undefeated. CSM will have a week to regroup after the loss before they hit the road again to take on Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction. Though not undefeated and seeking a national title like CSU-Pueblo, the Colorado Mesa Mavericks are currently 5-2 (4-1 RMAC) and will be another tough test for the Orediggers. That game kicks off at 1pm on Saturday, October 26th.
with the Orediggers prevailing in the end by four shots over WNMU 873-877. In addition to the team title, Jordan Arndt claimed the individual title by three strokes (71-7268-211, -2). Michael Lee (6th, 7078-71-219, +6) and Kyle Grassel (9th-tied, 71-80-71-222, +9) also put on great performances to finish the tournament in the top-ten. John Ahern (80-72-77-229, +16) and Kyle Miley (80-74-75-229, +16) rounded out the Oredigger competitors in a tie for 26th overall. Firmly entrenched at number one in the RMAC to end 2013, the Orediggers will be off of the links competitively until early March 2014, when they will travel down to Austin, Texas for the St. Edward’s Invitational.
Mines defense forced a Fort Lewis fumble deep within their own territory, which set up the 34-yard Llewellyn field goal that provided the game’s final score of 51-16 Mines. Despite only a 43.2 completion percentage by Schneider, he still had a very solid day with 290 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and another 61 yards and two scores rushing. A fantastic, balanced performance was put on by the rest of the offense as well; with five different rushers and 11 different receivers all contributing towards CSM’s 600 yards of total offense. The Orediggers will look to keep their momentum going next weekend as they attempt to spoil CSUPueblo’s perfect season on their home turf. At 6-0 (4-0 RMAC) and currently ranked #5 in the nation, Pueblo will be Mines’ toughest test of the season. That game kicks off at 6 p.m. in Pueblo on Saturday, October 19th.
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Minds at Mines Government Shutdown
Katerina Gonzales Content Manager
The 16-day U.S. government shutdown came and went. It was the first government shutdown in 17 years. Although being dealt with in Washington, the shutdown did affect some Colorado School of Mines students. For example, with national parks being closed, visiting them was off-limits during Fall Break. But the largest effect was the shutdown of information, as research, labs, and even summer internship searches were affected in some way. This week, Minds at Mines asked a few undergraduate students if they had been affected by the shutdown and how.
All I go on is imgur and Mastering Engineering, so it didn’t really affect me. Antonia McMullan
It decreased my homework problems because the NIST webbook site was down, so one less homework problem for me! Rima Baliga
In lab, I couldn’t use the USGS website when working with ArcGIS. That was super annoying because I needed more data points. Austin Bailey
It affected me during [Gravity, Magnetic, and Electrical Methods] when our professor tried to show us the NOAA website with [magnetic field] inclinations and also in trying to find REUs because the NSF website is down. Rosie Leone
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