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The MineShaft
Where the real news is buried February 28, 2007 Vol. 1 Issue 9

In This Issue
International Terrorism Region 8 History Day 2 The Growth of an Empire 3 How to Ruin Higher Education 4 A New Forum 5 Little Shop of Horrors 6 Intel to Upgrade Factory Ceramics and Energy 7 The Grammys 8 A New Era 9 The Real Post-Season 10 Construction Updates 1

International Terrorism at UMR
Tuesday morning at approximately 2:32 A.M., UMR PD was called in reference to a UMR student threatening terrorist actions in the form of bombs and anthrax. The student in question was apprehended and arrested inside of the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Building soon after the incident began. After the occurrence, the building was evacuated and 23 people (including 8 students, one professor, and 14 other individuals) who were present in the building at

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that time were quarantined in the nearby Physics building. The police believed at that time they may have found bomb-making materials in the form of a white powder within a close proximity of the student. Since this incident has occurred, law enforcement agents have confirmed that threats made by the student were in no way accurate. This incident escalated very quickly throughout the day, beginning with the presence of the Rolla Police,
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A Note from Sybil
Greetings again loyal readers. This week is one of the most exciting for the Mineshaft in quite a while. Today marks the day that the first of our founders is able to reveal his identity publicly. From this point forward, Milford Cubicle’s and Sybil’s real identities will be co-listed in the credits. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to address in person with the Mineshaft, these two will be your official points of contact. In addition to this, you may also notice a slightly reorganized staff structure. This was done to better represent our work roles along with recognizing the contributions of guest writers. We are still in the process of acquiring a P.O. Box and should be able to provide one shortly. Lastly, if you would like to submit a story for the Mineshaft please submit it by Monday night at midnight. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee its publication. Thank you and enjoy this issue.

UMR to Host Region 8 History Day Contest
The University of MissouriRolla will host the Missouri Region 8 History Day contest Friday, March 2, at the Havener Center. More than 250 students from seven schools in a four-county area of the state will participate. This year’s theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Judging will occur between 9 a.m. and noon and the general public is invited to attend. An awards ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center. The students are grouped in two divisions: Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12). Schools from Gasconade, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski counties will be represented. Each regional division has five Page 1

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categories of competition (Paper, Exhibit, Performance, Documentary, and Web Site). First-, secondand third-place winners in each category will win pins and qualify to participate in the Missouri State History Day contest in Columbia, Mo., on April 14. Winners of the state contest advance to the national competition at the University of Maryland-College Park June 10-14. The Region 8 judges are faculty members from UMR’s history and political science and English departments, as well as campus media specialists and qualified historians from the area. The Region 8 History Day director is Dr. Patrick Huber, associate professor of history at UMR.

Terrorism Continued from Page 1
U.M.R. Campus Police, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Fort Leonard Wood Explosive Operations Division. Due to the extreme severity of terrorist threats in our post-9/11 world, it became apparent that these organizations would be needed here on campus and that this would have a resounding effect on UMR’s campus. The first of these repercussions was the eventual cancellation of classes at UMR and the Saint Patrick Catholic High School. This is very concerning to me. One of the aspects of this event that has been covered recently is the fact that the student in question is an international graduate student. This issue has been brought up not only in media coverage from outside sources but also during the press conferences that occurred on Tuesday. This begs the question, “Why is it important to mention the nationality of the student?” It has been mentioned that this student is Indian, and as such has brought into question the fact that they are international. In addition to mentioning the fact that the student was international, there has also been the question as to whether or not this international students here at UMR. This incident is extremely serious and could be considered a matter of Homeland Security; however, it is not an issue that should revolve around whether or not the student in question is from a foreign country. I contacted the Student Body President, Lauren Huchingson, and she said “The students that I have spoken to concerning the incident that occurred Tuesday morning feel that this issue should revolve solely around the threats of individual and community harm and not the ethnicity of the student in question as portrayed by external media.” I hope that students take the time to become even more familiar with Picture from The Mineshaft this incident. However, I would affect the relations of UMR to would also encourage everyone to international students and whether keep in mind that assuming this issue or not this event had any connection had anything to do with the race of the to 9/11. student in question is exceptionally To assume that this incident close-minded and discriminatory. As inherently is related to ethnicity of such, I hope that all future discussion the suspect is not only foolish but also will focus on the incident itself, and offensive to the large population of not the ethnicity of the suspect.

The Growth of an Empire
One of the most common staples of modern day America is the existence of Wal-Mart. This fact is especially true here in Rolla, Missouri. In fact, in small towns such as Rolla, Wal-Mart becomes one of the local “hot spots” for people to spend their free time, as well as a place to shop for all of their household needs. While we here in Rolla may have grown to love our ever-present corporate giant, they have recently faced a great deal of resistance from entering foreign markets. Last week Wal-Mart executives spent their time touring stores in India for hopes to begin integrating their business into one of the largest untapped sources of the retail industry. The estimated amount of retail business done in India last year Page 2

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was a very respectable 300 billion dollars. As such, Wal-Mart is highly motivated to inject themselves into India. While all of us here in the United States love Wal-Mart, there were over a hundred protesters that marched on governmental establishments. These demonstrators were there directly opposing the entrance of Wal-Mart
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How to Ruin Higher Education
The students of the University of Missouri - Rolla currently face legislation that could cripple our system of higher education for years to come. I am not talking about the budget cuts that have plagued the past five years, but rather I am talking about a bill that is currently in the State Senate. The bill in question is Senate Bill 389, which has been known this session as the “Omnibus Bill.” This bill takes up a variety of issues related to higher education, lumps them all together, and will attempt to get them all passed together. The brilliance of this plan is that some aspects of SB 389 are very beneficial to students. The bill would provide quite a few provisions that would undoubtedly be appreciated by the students here at UMR. Unfortunately, in the midst of these other changes is a portion of the bill that will have horrendous implications on the students of UMR. The portion of the bill that is in question is entitled the Higher Education Student Funding Act. This portion of the bill can be summarized into a few key points. The main point is to cap the amount that universities can raise tuition each year. This cap would be set at the consumer price index (CPI) and would fluctuate each year. The penalty that would be applied for not following this guideline would be a 5% reduction in State appropriations. This means that if the UM system decided to raise tuition by more than the CPI the State would then take back 5% of the total money appropriated to the system for that year. This idea seems good, since it would cap the
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guarantee, they could instead choose to cut funding to higher education. Let’s assume that happens. Perhaps the State Legislature feels the need to cut higher education (once again) and lowers our appropriations by 3%. We would then have to account for not only inflation but also a 3% cut to our funding, without being able to raise the tuition costs by more than the CPI (read: inflation). This means that we will have to cut costs. How do we cut cots? It seems to me that the likely course of action would be to reduce the quality of our University and quite possibly our education. While I would love to think that tuition should not rise more than inflation, there is no reason to think the idea is legitimate without guaranteed increases in state appropriations. Without being able to Picture from www.state.mo.us raise our tuition there amount that tuition could go up, and would be little to no way to keep the I could safely say that almost all level of our education as high as it students like it when tuition stays is today. low. Unfortunately, the catch is what If you have any questions makes this portion of the bill so regarding this issue, please feel dangerous. free to contact your local State Limiting tuition increases to the Representative or Senator. If you CPI is not inherently bad. However, would prefer to contact someone this would require that the State of here on campus, I would suggest Missouri guarantee that their State contacting your Student Council and appropriations would also increase asking them for any way that you by at least the CPI each year. If the could help stop this change from state was unable to make such a occurring. Page 3

A New Forum
In keeping with UMR’s reputation as an innovator in more than just academics, the administration has introduced a new method of communicating a proposed major change. The Name Change Conversations blog (http://namechange.umr.edu) was conceptualized as part of the strategy for sharing information and receiving feedback regarding the proposed name change, developed by Chancellor John F. Carney III, Provost Warren K. Wray, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Connie Eggert, Dean of Enrollment Management Jay Goff, and Director of Communications Andrew Careaga. According to Mr. Careaga, “A weblog seemed like an obvious approach for both sharing information in a timely, informal manner and for providing audiences an avenue for making their views known.” While only a month old, Name Change Conversations is attracting attention from its peers. Karine Joly, the author of collegewebeditor.com (a blog about using technology to market higher education), highlights Name Change Conversations in one of her entries, stating that it is a creative and effective way to get information out about a big change. One of the best features of Name Change Conversations is the opportunity for two-way communication. “We didn’t want it to be a traditional, one-way communication in which the sender sends and the receiver passively receives. We want feedback, some give and take, some discussion -some conversation.” Mr. Careaga personally reviews all comments received; concise, respectful (no profanity) comments are then posted. After a month of activity, the information from Name Change Conversations will be presented to the upper administration. Aside from sitting down with Dean Goff or the Chancellor, this is one of the most effective means to share your opinion. Name Change Conversations follows the format of another successful blog—Visions, UMR’s Research weblog. Visions (http:// visions.umr.edu) celebrated its one year anniversary on February 9th,
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2007. “Like the Name Change Conversations site, Visions is unique in its purpose -- promoting UMR research and related activities to an external audience.” When one looks at the statistics for Visions, which boasts an average of over one thousand page views per day and an average session length of six minutes, it is apparent that Visions is quickly becoming a fixture on the UMR campus. Blogging is poised to become an integral part of communications strategy in the information age. In the words of Mr. Careaga, “If done right, blogging can be a more authentic approach to communication than traditional one-way approaches (such as the official press release, for example) but it may not always be the best approach. Much of it depends on the subject being communicated. If an organization wishes to take a transparent approach to communication, then a blog—with comments allowed, naturally—is a good approach. My hope is that blogs will continue to be an important part of UMR’s communications strategy.”

Congratulations! To the Lady Miners on your playoff appearance
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Little Shop of Horrors
Singing, eccentricity, and a man-eating plant named Audrey II characterizes UMR Theatre Department’s newest production, “Little Shop of Horrors”, directed by Philosophy and liberal arts teacher John Woodfin. The musical will take place at Castleman’s Leach Theatre these Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 1st - 3rd) nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Tickets only cost $5 for UMR students with IDs and $8 for the general public. This musical, based on the 1960s movie, centers around Skid Row Flower Shop where Seymour, an assistant at the flower shop, tries for fame and fortune. In the process, he creates a plant which sings rhythm and blues, but also has an appetite for people. Seymour develops a friendship with the maneating plant and names it after his love, Audrey. The story follows as Audrey II demands more and more as the musical goes on.
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Science sophomore; Crystal is played by Amanda Engelke, a senior History major; Seymour is played by Adam Key, a Computer Science senior; the puppeteer for Audrey II is Wendy King, a junior History major junior; the vocals for Audrey II and playing Derelict is Dan Marincel, a Ceramic Engineering junior; Chiffon is played by Michelle Rader, an Aerospace Engineering junior; and Audrey is played by Angela Reinholdt, a Chemical Engineering junior. The assistant directors for the musical are Adam Blinzler, a senior Physics Picture from facebook major, Diana Meyers, A wide variety of UMR students a Ceramic Engineering senior, are acting in this musical. Ronnette and Katie Nisbett, a Mechanical is played by Katie Bryant, an IDE Engineering freshman. For more information or to freshman; multiple roles are played by Jim Driscoll, a Civil Engineering purchase tickets in advance call 573senior; the owner of the flower shop 341-4219. You also can purchase is played by Nate Oloe, a Computer tickets at Leach Theatre.

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Intel to Upgrade Factory
Intel Corp. plans to invest $1 billion to $1.5 billion to upgrade its chip factory in New Mexico, increasing a bet on a new manufacturing technology that could aid the company’s battle with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The factory in Rio Rancho, N.M., is expected to become the fourth Intel plant that can create chips with circuitry measured at 45 nanometers, or billionths of a meter. Intel, whose most advanced chips now use 65-nanometer circuitry, has said it expects to beat competitors by delivering 45-nanometer chips in the second half of 2007. Shrinking transistors and other features on chips makes it possible to increase their performance and data-storage capacity while reducing production costs. The pace of improvement is sometimes called Moore’s Law, after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, who observed that semiconductor makers double the number of transistors on a typical chip every year or two. AMD, Intel’s rival in the market for microprocessors, has tended to rely more on sophisticated chip designs than production technology in competing with Intel. It did not begin selling 65-nanometer chips until December, more than a year after Intel, and does not expect to be manufacturing 45-nanometer chips until mid-2008.
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But Hector Ruiz, AMD’s chief executive, has vowed to reach parity with Intel in adopting new manufacturing technologies after the 45-nanometer transition. Rio Rancho is one of Intel’s three big U.S. manufacturing sites. Once new production tools are added, a factory there called Fab 11X is expected to begin making 45nanometer chips in the second half of 2008, the company said. Intel’s first production of 45-nanometer chips will begin in the second half of this year at a plant in Hillsboro, Ore. The new manufacturing technology is next expected to begin production in late 2007 at an Intel factory in Chandler, Ariz., where the company has announced a $3 billion expansion. The third factory to use the manufacturing technology will be in Kiryat At, Israel, and is scheduled to begin production in the first half of 2008, the company says. Intel has estimated its investment in the factory there at $4.5 billion. Chuck Mulloy, an Intel spokesman, said the investment at Rio Rancho will be part of the company’s prior prediction that it will have spend about $5.5 billion on factories and equipment this year. The investment will not create new jobs at the site; Intel will staff the factory with existing employees, he said.

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The University of MissouriRolla, Missouri’s premier technological research university, continues to hold true to the name in the Ceramic Engineering Department. A popular field of research found in ceramics is energy. Dr. Robert Schwartz, along with 3 other professors and 10 students, are working to improve the state of the art in energy density. UMR, Penn State, and Northwestern currently share $½ million worth of funding from the Office of Naval Research. They have a 3 year contract and each university receives approximately $200K per year for research. The main goal of the research is to make an All Electric Ship. The idea is to have a global energy system so that all energy can be converted to one system if necessary. The main challenge for an All Electric Ship is that current capacitors are too large for a ship. The typical capacitance now is about 1-2 J/cm3 and the goal is to increase it by more than 10 times to 30-100 J/cm3 which will make it possible to decrease the size of the capacitor enabling to fit in a ship. Dr. Schwartz currently has 4 graduate students working on dielectrics for this project. Each student has a different project in electrical ceramics. There are 2 criteria that the materials must meet. One of these is to have a high break down strength and ability to store large amounts of energy, and the other is to have high dielectric constants dependent on voltage. One
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The Grammys: An Awards Show or a Sideshow?
The 49 Grammy Awards were handed out on February 11th. This was a couple weeks ago and I planned on trying to ignore this horrible travesty of an event, but I just couldn’t stop being angry about it. I share Trent Reznor’s thoughts about the Grammys: “I’d like to officially say **** the Grammys. Talk about out of touch. If you want to see why the record business is collapsing, look no further than the incredible lack of talent and innovation being celebrated on those lists. The Grammys are NOTHING more than a popularity contest under the guise of having some importance.” Keep in mind that Trent Reznor is a former Grammy-winner, so he’s not speaking out of bitterness. Let’s first take a look at the nominees for Album of the Year: The Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Justin Timberlake. Looking at this list, I can only conclude that the Grammys are a clever plot to get me to stab myself in the ears, since the only nominee who even vaguely deserves the award is Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere. Even then, there are much better albums that were released last year, so it’s inconsequential that the Dixie Chicks won; they didn’t deserve it, but none of these bands do. John Mayer? I hope that this is a different Mayer than the one who wrote that “Your Body Is a Wonderland” pop-garbage, because if it’s not, then it’s just giving the Grammys less credibility. The Red

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Hot Chili Peppers’ album, while being a commercial success, was not groundbreaking as much as it was just a return to the Chili Peppers’ original sound. Justin Timberlake? He’s a good singer, but groundbreaking? Please. Moving on, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal had nominees such as Keane, The Fray, and Death Cab For Cutie, all of which would have been fine winners. However, The Black Eyed Peas won the award with—wait for it—“My Humps.” “What you gon’ do with all that junk? I’m gonna throw it in my trunk. Throw that junk up in my trunk. THEN I’M GONNA THROW IT IN THE RIVER AFTER I PUT SOME LEAD WEIGHTS IN IT.” I’m sorry, those aren’t the lyrics to the song; that is what I’d like to do to the Black Eyed Peas after committing that atrocity to musical history. Madonna won the award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. I find it unbelievable that this gap-toothed poser who thinks she’s half her actual age (and dresses like it too) can insert a few electronic beats and have her poppy rubbish passed off as an “electronic album.” We see John Mayer again nominated for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, which either means the Grammys don’t know what “genre” means, or Mayer is a genre-hopping trailblazer of innovation! Take a guess at which one is correct. Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal was won by the Chili Pepper’s Page 7

with “Dani California.” This is understandable, given such generic competition as Coldplay, but what is their fascination with California? Seriously! They might as well make a song about bums, stoned losers, and liberal morons and call it “The Real California.” Best Hard Rock Performance had VERY strong nominations from Tool, Nine Inch Nails, and System of a Down. None of them won, though, because they were beat out by Wolfmother. WOLFMOTHER! Are we back in the 70’s, when having a Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath crossbreed is acceptable and innovative? Best Metal Performance fares badly as well. Despite very strong offerings by Mastodon and Lamb of God, Slayer took home the award with their current brand of nu-metal. These awards that I’ve mentioned happen to be the worst parts of the show, but unfortunately there weren’t really any “good” parts. Allow me to mention a stylistic concern in this grand farce: many of the presenters were actors. When did actors have any bearing on music (with the exception of Jada PinkettSmith and the worst nu-metal band ever, Wicked Wisdom)? Actors get paid to PRETEND, which I suppose makes sense considering the Grammy’s get to pretend that they’re recognizing “good” music. It looks like Reznor had it right when he claimed that a lack of innovation and talent is being celebrated at this awards event. Popularity contests are fine, but when talent is the basis of an awards show, doesn’t it make sense to reward talent and not popularity?

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A New Era


Early Sunday morning it was announced to the public that the St. Louis Blues had traded Keith Tkachuk. This announcement came as no shock to anyone close to the Blues or their fan base. Tkachuk’s status on the team had been questioned for almost a week on whether or not he would be traded before the trade deadline. With Tkachuk’s contract up at the end of the season, he would be a key free agent and one that the Blues could not afford to resign. With this in mind, Blues management made the decision to make a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers. The trade sent Tkachuk to Atlanta and the Blues, in turn, got a first and third round draft pick in 2007 and a second round draft pick in 2008 along with Glen Metropolit. Along with this, they also received the option that if Tkachuk is resigned by Atlanta next season, the Blues will receive their first round draft pick in 2008. To me, the trade makes a lot of sense for both teams. Sadly, the Blues will not make the playoffs this year as they are in the mindset of revamping for the next couple of years. Atlanta on the other hand, is already in playoff positioning and Tkachuk will add a much needed extra boost for them in the playoffs. Along with the announcement of Tkachuk’s trade, the Blues also declared the re-signing of Eric Brewer and Manny Legace. This is a changing of the guard in the Blues’ organization and shows that they know what it takes to win. For the Blues management to realize that they do not have the talent or ability to make it into the playoffs this year

shows that they are really in it for the long haul. One day the Blues will be a powerhouse in the NHL, just as they were before the strike. Tkachuk, who has been with the Blues since 2000, and who has been in the NHL since ’92, is a crafty veteran who the Blues will miss immensely this year and next. But the value of Tkachuk is at an all-time high, and the Blues got the most they could out of him. Sunday’s game against Chicago showed this as the Blues lost 5-1. Those who watched the game could see that something was missing, an extra little something. Some could say it was Tkachuk that they were missing. The Blues players are just going to have to learn that Tkachuk is no longer on the team and they must step up to make the difference. The contract extensions of Brewer and Legace suggest a bright future for the team. Along with the draft picks that the Blues got, Metropolit, who has been in the league for four years, is said to be nothing special for the time being. Blues fans can think of him as more of a Scott Mellanby; he was never known for putting up a lot of points but more of as a team leader and someone that would always put his back on the line for his teammates. While some people see this trade as the Blues giving up on the season, they do not see that really the Blues are building for the future. The key to the trade and these moves is to make sure that the Blues will one day not only be on the top of the NHL but will be there to stay, like in the days of Bernie Federko and Glen Hall when playing the Blues wasn’t thought of as being just a game but a fight of attrition. Page 8

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into the country. The reasoning behind these protesters was given as protecting their own well being. Many small families are concerned that if Wal-Mart enters into India the era of the small business will end. This becomes extremely dangerous considering that almost the entire retail industry is currently dominated by small, independent retailers. These store owners are worried that if a company able to sell things at near wholesale price opens near them, they will not be able to compete. This fear is not, however, limited to the “common people.” In fact, the countries’ head of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, has discussed “the Wal-Mart effect” in a letter that was said to be sent to the countries’ Prime Minister. Due to this criticism the Indian government is currently holding negotiations with the executives

Since early February, the Lady Miners basketball team has been playing every game like it’s the last one of their season; like you’re supposed to do in the post season, where passion and intensity go to a whole new level. I reported on the Lady Miners a few weeks ago, informing readers that if they won their next four games, they would make it into the post-season. I’m sorry to say that I misjudged the situation, but happy that in their last four games they went 3-1 and with a win over Quincy on Saturday they officially made it into the postseason. The Lady Miners won their game against Quincy 75-61. The game against Quincy was a tight one, with the Miners leading for most of the game, but not until the end was it certain that they would clinch a victory and a playoff spot. They shot over 50% in the game, which is a stat that any team should be proud of. That win clinched them a spot in next weekend’s GLVC tournament in Evansville. They will be seated third in the GLVC West because earlier in the season they swept Indiana. Also with the win, it gives the Lady Miners a season ending win-loss record of 17-10. The GLVC tournament will be on Friday, March 2nd; the times the Lady Miners will play are still to be announced. Look for them to go deep into the tournament and prove that they are worthy of their third seat placement.

of Wal-Mart. This discussion is likely leading towards some form of compromise that will allow WalMart to enter the market even though it may be in a limited capacity. WalMart appears to be leaning towards any form of entry into the market, which could eventually lead to an increased chance for Wal-Mart to fully enter the Indian marketplace. This fear has led current political parties to increase their opposition to any form of entry by the corporate giant. If, however, their political influence is unable to stop Wal-Mart from expanding into Indian borders, the world may have to begin dealing with the issue of small businesses being driven under by the fierce competition that is created by WalMart’s presence. This is unless you listen to Wal-Mart, of course, because according to them the issue of driving small area stores under is all propaganda. We all know not to question corporate America, because that is the path to communism.

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of his students is working with a pure barium strontium ceramic material to be used for dielectrics. Another student is working with glass ceramics to determine the heterogeneities in dielectric responses. The other areas of research include field dependence of dielectrics and computer

simulation of field distribution and enhancement for composites. With all of the research being conducted in electrical properties, ceramics are becoming of high interest, particularly in energy and conservation. UMR’s Ceramic Engineering Department is internationally recognized for electrical ceramic research.


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Construction Updates
John Gantner

Residential Hall 2/3 Both buildings were put “in the dry” last month, with the completion of the roof sheathing and installation of the roofing felt over the entire roof. This milestone has allowed drywall to begin in earnest on the lower floors, with minimal risk of moisture damage. Roof shingle, soffit and fascia work has begun, although it is progressing slowly due to the cold temperatures. Masonry work continues through the cold weather with the use of tents and temporary heat to protect the masons and the finished product. MEP rough-in continues on all floors of both buildings. Work continues in the mechanical room, connecting piping and ductwork to equipment. Concrete work inside the building was completed last month, with the concrete fill in the pan stairs.

Relocation of UMR Police department Construction continues with wall completion and sheet rock installation. Electrical work continues with installation of panel and preparation for finishes. HVAC work continues with installation of new equipment and preparation for finishes. The project has been delayed by a volatile bidding market and procurement of materials. The completion date has been updated below. Thomas Jefferson Renovation North Tower Phase I Asbestos Removal This project will remove all asbestos material from the North/North Tower of Thomas Jefferson in preparation for the renovation project. Update: Construction Documents have been finalized and prepared for bidding. Thomas Jefferson Renovation North Tower Phase I This project is the next step in the

Residential hall master plan conducted in 2002. The project will provide for the renovation of the existing facility starting with the North tower and working south. The project will be conducted in 3 phases. Update: Construction Documents are being prepared for bidding. Documents will be reviewed in March and prepared for bidding in April Mechanical Aerospace Engineering Building Exterior framing is nearing completion. Exterior masonry continues to be installed. Exterior glazing is to begin in March. Roofing continues and should be completed on the addition in early March. Sprinkler system continues to be installed. Mechanical piping and ductwork continue on 2nd and 3rd floors. Interior concrete is to be completed by the end of the month. Electrical installation continues with branch panels being installed per schedule.

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