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Volume 91, Issue 6

October 11, 2010


Mines breaks ground on new building
John Bristow Staff Writer
“Because of [the students’] own investment, we were able to add approximately 25,000 square feet Although the sky was overcast of much-needed classroom space and the wind was flowing, spirits through a separate wing addition could not have been higher this that will be built on the southeast past Friday for the groundbreak- side of the Marquez Hall building. ing of the newest addition on the Dr. Ramona Graves, departcampus, Marquez Hall. ment head for the Petroleum Festivities started off with a Engineering department, was performance by the CSM march- next to speak on the advantages ing band and chorus, followed by the new, state of the art facility a pleasant acknowledgement to will bring to the students of the the many people who helped make school. “The building will be truly this building a restate-of-the-art, ality by President “... Tim Marquez and his and will further Scoggins. “As our position as a you may know, wife, Bernie, laid the global leader with 1980 alumnus a unique breadth T i m M a r q u e z groundwork for this new of industry exand his wife, pertise.” With Bernie, laid the facility with a generous hopeful optimism groundwork for for the future of this new facility challenge grant of $10 the department, with a generous Ramona Graves million in 2005.” challenge grant continued on of $10 million in about the new 2005. Since then, more than features of the building, including 150 individuals and corporations “smart classrooms enabling interstepped up to that challenge, active audio-visual technologies, contributing nearly $27 million and 3-D and 4-D visualization labs, helping Mines fulfill its vision for a adaptable space for classroom new home for petroleum engineer- instruction and interdisciplinary ing at the school. Thanks to donor research, and one of the most support, Marquez Hall is the first sophisticated drilling simulators in academic building on campus the country.” completely funded with private Other speakers at the event resources.” President Scoggins included Tim Marquez, who was then thanked the students for proud to dedicate the building their support in helping fund the to his family and the future of addition to the building through petroleum engineers at Mines; a portion of their student fees, Mike LeBaron, a senior in petroleum engineering who expressed many thanks to the long list of donors who have empowered the petroleum program; and Harold Korell, recently retired CEO of Southwestern Energy Company and graduate of Mines. Each of these speakers focused on the future that this building will bring to the school with the hopeful intent that it will help the school gain even more recognition in the area or petroleum engineering. Among the crowd for the event were members of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation’s Board of Governors and members of the school’s Board of Trustees along with famed architect Peter Bohlin, designer of such build-

ings as the New York City Apple Store and the Pixar Studios headquarters in California, and now Marquez Hall here at Mines. To end the reception and start the groundbreaking, President Scoggins displayed his appreciation for all those in attendance, “You are all a part of the community that keeps this institution moving forward.”

President Scoggins, Peter Bohlin, Bernadette Marquez, Timothy Marquez, and Dr. Ramona Graves (left to right), break ground on the new Petroleum Engineering building Marquez Hall.
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Mines learns to prevent identity theft
Sara Small Staff Writer
Hill Hall welcomed in Deputy Gordon Neunfeldt Thursday morning to discuss the issue of identity theft. By describing the many ways that thieves can steal your identity, Neunfeldt hopes to help prevent identity theft from happening to you. “Identity theft is an ugly issue,” he explained, “... it is pervasive and it is not stopping.” Neufeldt added that the first step to avoiding identity theft is to become aware of the threat. 11.1 million people nationwide become victims of identity theft each year and spend up to 5,840 hours repairing the damages. Among the worst offenses include flagging, skimming, dumpster diving, and phishing/e-mail scams. Flagging occurs when mail is sent through the mailbox, leaving the “flag” up. This is a clear sign for criminals that you have something in your mailbox that may be of value to them, such as personal information or checks. As alternative, Neunfeldt recommends taking all outgoing mail to the post office for it to be delivered. Skimming occurs when a criminal captures information through an electronic device, especially an ATM. In this case, criminals will put a “trap” in the ATM which will eat your card. Then they will offer to help you and watch as you type your pin number over and over. As you walk away in frustration, the thief can then retrieve your card and withdraw money from your account. If you cannot retrieve your card from an ATM, make sure to stay by the ATM and call your bank immediately. Although dumpster diving is not as common today, it still happens. Make sure any document with personal information that needs to be thrown away or recycled is shredded first. Be especially aware when getting a prescription filled, and dispose of the health documentations yourself, for pharmacies will not shred them, thus making it easy for thieves to find a plethora of information right outside in the dumpster. Phishing and e-mail scams are easy ways for criminals to take advantage of you and receive personal information. Neunfeldt, a victim himself, is especially motivated to prevent this type of fraud. The best option is to never give out personal information over the phone or internet unless you have initiated the discussion. Also avoid giving away your social security number, even for an online job application. If it is unavoidable, be sure to print out a security statement given by the company. And be alert to scams, especially those located on the jobs section of craigslist. If identity theft does happen to you, it is important to first contact both your bank and credit card companies to ensure that they are aware of the issue, and then file a report with the police department. An additional report will need to be filed with the Federal Trade Commission, and finally contact major credit reporting agencies to ask for a freeze on your account to protect your credit score. It is important for college students to be aware of identity theft, because, as Neufeldt described, “Ages 20-29 are most susceptible.” Identity theft is “constantly evolving and changing.” We must be aware of the issue and take the small steps to prevent identity theft from happening. Extra Steps to Prevent Identity Theft: 1. Do not carry your social security card, insurance cards, or your ATM pin number with you. 2. Write “ask for ID” on the back of your credit card. 3. Watch bank statements closely and report any unusual activity in your account. 4. When writing a check, do not use a ball-point pen, use a gel pen or marker, for these inks cannot be “washed” off.

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Accurate method Manure connoisseurof fold interpreta- Tackling acid mine drainage through organic waste tion revealed
Jessica Ho Staff Writer
that made the most sense and that were closest to the true value. In his findings, Groshong was most surprised with “how dramatically wrong the conventional interpretation of the sandbox models is. I couldn’t even believe for quite a while.” Fold interpretations can reveal interesting information about faults. In the Pigeon Mountain outcrop, something very unusual was found. “Usually you get layer-parallel shortening…but over here we have a layer-parallel extension,” said Groshong. “This means that what this is trying to do is lift an enormous thick overbearing. So it’s actually getting squeezed out horizontally relative to the vertical uplift…which is causing this extension to strain parallel to this.” Fault-bend interpretation is important for “people who are trying to produce liquids out of reservoirs,” Groshong said. “Small faults can be discontinuities if you’re trying to get stuff out.” For instance, someone who is mining oil would want to know if there is a fault blocking the path between the oil and the well. Also, “if you’re trying to get rid of CO2, pumping it around, you don’t want it to hit a barrier right outside the well.” Using the correct tools for interpretation, the fault-bends and folds can be pinpointed, and barriers can be avoided.

Deputy Neufeldt discusses identity theft with students.

Erik Charrier Staff Writer

On October 7th, Rick Groshong, consultant and PetraSkills instructor, came to talk about fault-related fold interpretation as part of the Van Tuyl lecture series. After receiving his Ph.D. from Brown University, he worked in the oil industry for about 10 years. He then went on to teach at the University of Alabama for 20 years. He is now a “semi-retired consultant geologist”. “So this is what I do for fun,” Groshong laughs. Groshong began his lecture by discussing the most common pitfall in measuring fault bends and folds. Traditional methods assume a constant line length, which produces inaccurate results. Area-depth-strain relationships are better for interpreting faults because “it makes fewer assumptions about how things work…the fewer things you have to assume, the better,” Groshong explained. “It allows us to make the interpretation without making assumptions about line length.” To compare the differences between the two methods, Groshong applied them both to different models, including the Rosario oil field and the Pigeon Mountain outcrop. Each method yielded different results, but the area-depth-strain had numbers

Dr. Ronald Cohen came to Mines to work on cleaning up nuclear weapons sites and later received a certificate of special recognition from Congress, among other research accomplishments. Then something went horribly wrong. As Cohen put it, “Imagine me in a hardhat and rubber boots standing on top of a dump truck load of manure and I’m shoveling it into wheelbarrows as my graduate students are taking it into a mine.” Cohen continued, “That triggers thoughts of my mother telling me that if I get an education, I could use my head instead of my back, and what am I doing? I’m shoveling cow manure in a mine, where have I gone astray?” Cohen went astray when he joined a team of professors trying to solve a particularly vexing problem, acid mine drainage. The problem is that it is impossible to simply plug the mineshaft because the pressure head is often enough to force water through fractured rock. This requires continual treatment of the mine drainage, which is expensive with traditional technologies. The goal of the research was to develop a method of treating acid mine drainage that was considerably less costly in terms of initial capital and operations costs. Researchers noticed, however, that wetlands were able to achieve a low level of treatment. The initial researchers in this

area tried constructing wetlands to treat acid mine drainage using peat and wetland plants. The dream was to design a perpetual system. Cohen’s view was that, “[It was] an admirable dream, but that’s all it was. Nobody knew what to do because nobody knew how it worked.” The wetlands lost their effectiveness after a month or two. This is where the Mines researchers started. Cohen joined Dr. Ronald Klusman, Dr. Thomas Wildeman, and later Dr. Linda Figueroa, who set out to understand the process. Their approach was, as Cohen put it, “Not to look at it as a black box, but to address how it works.” In order to figure out what was happening, the team conducted experiments to isolate what processes were at work. Plants were not found to be doing anything. They discovered that it was sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) taking the metals out of the water. The SRB were taking the sulfate, which was responsible for the low pH, and reducing it to sulfide. The sulfide was then reacting with the metals to make metal sulfides which were precipitating out of the water. The transformation to metal sulfides brought the metals back to the form that they had been in underground. With an understanding of the processes at work, the researchers were then able to start designing an engineered system. According to Cohen, “The key was making microbes happy.” SRBs need a low or no oxygen

environment to thrive. The first attempt was using peat like the earlier wetland experiments but it fizzled out just as quickly. The reason is because peat is the end of the decay cycle and is not a particularly good home for microbes. Other materials were tried, like hops waste. The winners turned out to be wood chips and livestock manure. While the research failed to achieve the dream of a perpetual system, it made significant strides in terms of cost effective treatment. The manure does not last forever, but it can make it for four to six years before it needs to be replenished. It proved that microbiology can work well for low to moderate acid mine drainage flows, but not high flows. The SRB systems turned out to be between one tenth and one hundredth of the cost of a traditional system. The only frequent maintenance it needs is to have somebody check the system to make sure it is not plugged every few weeks and change the food out every three to five years. Klusman and Wildman have retired since the successful demonstration of the SRB-based treatment systems. Figueroa has continued the study of what makes SRB “happy.” A better understanding of the needs of SRB will likely improve the effectiveness of processes in the future. Cohen has branched out into other methods of mitigating the impact of mining and is now teaching a class on the topic.

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Joshua Kleitsch, Staff Writer

Livermore, California Sustainable energy from nuclear fusion is growing ever closer as scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA fired the first shot of their super-laser Thursday. The laser, which occupies the area the size of several football fields, is a composite of 192 individual beams and can achieve over 1 megajoule to the target. The fusion scientists fired the beam at a group of cryogenically frozen deuterium, tritium, and hydrogen atoms trying to start a fusion reaction that will eventually produce energy in the same manner as the Sun.

Tempe, Arizona - Old wives’ tales may have proved themselves partly true in a recent study at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The study seeks to determine if rainfall is linked to moon phases, following the past several years of collected data showing a link between river runoff and the moon. Using data from 11,000 US Geological Survey stations from around the country, the team of researchers noticed that stream runoff showed a slight increase in volume when the moon is one-quarter full. While certainly not enough to prove that rainfall is affected by the moon, it’s one more step in the direction of understanding our water cycle.

Berlin, Germany - Mars’ version of the Grand Canyon was discovered by the European Mars Express orbiter recently, giving rise to more discussion over the red planet’s past. The canyon, which one could call the Super-Grand Canyon, reaches over 9 kilometers down in some areas which is nearly 6 times as deep as the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The canyon walls have collapsed in places over the years and scientists say that, based on the texture, the debris was carried by liquid water and ice.

Southern Siberia - Russian archaeologists have discovered the ruins of what appears to be a collection of ancient Aryan cities. Dated at 4,000 years old, the roughly 20 settlements are located in the southern steppes of Siberia near the border of Kazakhstan. The discovery is just one more piece in the larger puzzle of where many modern languages originated, as many words appear to be the ancestors of current English words.

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Headlines from around the world
Joshua Kleitsch, Staff Writer
In fear of causing more problems in the mortgage foreclosure market, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are calling for Bank of America to put a stop on all foreclosure proceedings and thoroughly review the entire foreclosure process. The move was taken because of Bank of America’s employment of “robo-signers,” employees whose only job is to sign thousands of foreclosure papers. The system allows for incorrect paperwork to be filed and possibly unjust foreclosures to take place. Bank of America has since stopped foreclosures. Following the lessening of tensions between North and South Korea, the Obama administration plans to hold discussions with North Korea as early as January. Prompted by China’s assurances that North Korea is ready to resume talks, the US will address the tender topic of North Korea’s plans to rebuild Yongbyon’s nuclear reactor. A group of Germans that were possibly militant were killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan on Tuesday. The group was allegedly involved in planning terrorist activity in Europe, which has been confirmed by Pakistani officials. The US military has been inadvertently hiring contractors who appear to be Taliban agents. An investigation by the US Senate Arms Committee found that many of the contractors, security guards, and other support personnel involved in the campaign in Afghanistan are unsuited and unqualified for their jobs and in some cases have direct links to the Taliban. The US lost 95,000 jobs in September, causing some to question if the recession is truly over. This number may be misleading as the government dropped around 159,000 employees, half of them temporary census workers. However, private industry has added over 60,000 jobs, giving some hope that the economy will continue to strengthen. The unemployment rate is unchanged at 9.6%. Google revealed that it has been testing cars that drive themselves for a few months now. The cars, which are equipped with a large array of cameras and lasers, have driven over 140,000 miles and have only had one incident, where a car was rear-ended at a stoplight. The project is spearheaded by winners of the DARPA Challenges, created by the Pentagon to encourage innovation in self-driving vehicles. Americans may be taking too many drugs, leading many to question whether there may be an underlying problem. 61% of Americans take at least one drug to combat a chronic health issue, and 1 in 4 seniors take 5 different medications per day. While drugs may have many good effects, there are some that cause unforeseen problems. Vioxx, the once-popular arthritis medication, caused over 100,000 heart attacks before it was removed from sale by the FDA.

Local News
The Colorado Mountain Bike Association plans to open its new bike-only skills park on October 30, 2010. The park is within Golden city limits, at the northern end of the Tony Grampsas Sports Memorial Complex, just east of North Table Mountain. The park will be open to all ages and ability levels.

A Golden home was destroyed by fire last week, the probable cause being “discarded smoking material”, officials say. The fire heated and ruptured 15-20 oxygen tanks, causing them to burn down the dwelling. One other house was damaged, and no one was injured.






The Denver Broncos found it hard to compete with the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday’s game, losing 31-17. Having now gone 0-5 in Baltimore, the Broncos are solidifying their reputation as non-competitors at M&T Bank stadium. The Broncos now stand at 2-3 in the AFC West.



Mines has been continuing in its research on groundwater contamination by excavating a site on the south side of Clear Creek. The work intends to determine the extent and origination of uranium contaminant in the soil itself.

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This week in Beautiful Explosions in the Sky Colorado History
John Bristow Staff Writer

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The economy, farms and politics: a solution to current events
Deborah Good Staff Writer
The Golden Weekly Globe of October 11, 1873 begins by discussing issues common to October 11, 2010, but offers considerably different solutions. The article “Go West, Young Man” begins by stating that, “One result of the financial difficulties now before us will be the throwing out of employment of numbers of laborers in all of the large cities and towns.” For those currently seeking a job, this seems to again be a statement of the obvious. It is doubtful, though, that a graduating Mines student is too interested in the author’s solution to the problem. He establishes that, “The inland regions are not only blessed with a profusion of food, but are suffering from a dearth of labor,” and suggests that those in need of work rapidly depart for the Midwest to shuck corn. If Career Day and Info Sessions do not end well, this is always an option. “To the Farmers” Before computers and corporate farms, it was far more difficult to obtain information on crops, as

New gaze: the live styling of Get geared up Fellow Citizens and Old Radio at Bent Gate
Tim Weilert Something Like Sound Blogger
Friday night at the Skylark Lounge was a bit of déjà vu. It was last February when I found myself there basking in the yellowy light, listening intently as Fellow Citizens and Old Radio filled the night with music. This past weekend’s show, a showcase from local-arts/music collective Hot Congress, brought me back to the Skylark to see… Fellow Citizens and Old Radio. While the obvious question: “Why would you see the same lineup in the same venue twice?” did come to mind, another query had me intrigued: “How have these groups progressed since I saw them last?” Fellow Citizens began the evening with a set of sometimes-ambient, sometimes-unrestrained wallof-sound music. The group played through a set consisting of a number of new songs, including one that will be featured on an upcoming compilation (Act So Big Forest Compilation Vol. 1: Triton out October 12). Singer/harmonium player Eliza Boote began the band’s final song by looping her reverb-laden vocals to create a rhythmic and melodic base. By the end of the song I had been blown away by the multiplicity of sounds and the sheer quality of the music. Old Radio closed out the night with their unique brand of shoegazerock. As the group bid guitarist Eric Peterson adieu (he’s going to focus on his other projects: Houses and Roger; Roll), their performance was the most intense Old Radio set I have ever seen. Their songs that night had an ebb-and-flow, often building to a feverous level of sound and energy. At one point singer/guitarist Patrick Kelly knocked over the mic stand while the entire stage pulsed with movement and energy. The highlight of their set came in the form of “Asleep at the Wheel,” a slow-burner with an excellent use of build and guitar-layering.

evidenced by Geo. F. Packard’s request as president of the Colorado Farmer’s Union that farmers turn in their statistics. Why? Packard explains, “It is desirable that the wheat crop of Colorado for the year 1873 should be ascertained with some degree of certainty, in order that we may not be forced to sell at too low a figure.” He tentatively suggests that wheat should be sold at a little less than 1872’s prices. Partisan Cooperation The Golden Weekly Globe also reported that some election results were back for the Territorial Legislature. To quote those more intimately connected with the political climate 137 years ago, “The Denver Tribune thinks that as this body will probably be a non-partisan one, the people have much to expect from it.” This is not a particularly profound opinion, as the Council consisted of five Republicans, six Democrats and one independent and the House consisted of eleven Republicans, eleven Democrats, and one independent. The opinion that much would get accomplished was at least optimistic – it could have easily predicted gridlock.

After Coma” to “The Only Mo- band can be heard. There is an ment We Were Alone” is gradual. element of sincerity and purThe only noticeable change hap- pose to each song as if the writIf there were a perfect album, pening is a transition in pace and er is personally opening up to it would sound very close to The a focus on a growing guitar part. the listener through the music. Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place For this song and the follow- Even as the tempo quickens, by Explooriginal hallowed My advice is three words long: ing ballad, the song remains. feeling of sions In “Six Days the The Sky. The If there were any song that “Buy This Album.” With any luck, At While not B o t t o m I could listen to for the rest of new, this Of The my life, it would be the final it will be discovered by even a l b u m O c e a n , ” song, “Your Hand In Mine.” The serves as more music fans and it too will the beat carefully timid beats start soft, a great is expres- then progressively grow into a f a l l b a c k rise into the ranks of what will sive, de- marching force of intoxicating a l b u m spite a rhythms, which are truly harsoon be “classic” music. when the lack of monic with the emotion of the m u s i c any vocals song. For the finale, the song market is waiting for its next for the entire album. Where the rises with fervor, and then dies big release. Explosions In The second song is much off slowly into Despite being almost the melodiSky is a Texas-based post-rock more emboldening band that deals heavily in long, and cheerful, the third ten minutes long, ous quiet. melodic jam sessions, which in song is much more My adthis humble reviewer’s opinion, pensive and brooding. [The Earth is not vice is three can suit just about any situation, While not my favorite words long: whether it be beautiful sunrises, song on the album, a Cold Dead Place] “Buy This Alromantic encounters, or starry this song has a beautibum.” With remains captivat- any luck, it nights. ful dual guitar part that The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead echoes of many two will be dising throughout as covered by Place starts with the astonish- part “solos” found in ingly well titled “First Breath some elaborate claseven more After Coma,” which carries the sic orchestral piec- the tone of the song music fans spirits with a burbling guitar es. Near the halfway and it too changes several and drum background which point, this song begins will rise into is complimented by a soft, yet to crescendo into a the ranks times. resolute lead guitar. Despite frenzy of emotions, of what will being almost ten minutes long, which then tapers off beautifully soon be “classic” music. As for this song remains captivating into “Memorial.” flaws, sometimes it seems to throughout as the tone of the “Memorial” brings forth sad, grow stagnant based upon the song changes several times. solemn memories with its echo- mood, though this can be reLike every song on this album, ing beginning, and it is in this lieved by just relaxing and falling the transition from “First Breath song that the true genius of the in deeper to the music.


dic snowboards that are handcrafted in the Never Summer factory in Denver. Always placing a strong emAlthough Colorado is surround by beautiful wilderness, students phasis on their local community, often fail to take advantage of Bent Gate holds a Community what it can offer. Bent Gate Night once a month that features Mountaineering helps students a movie or a professional speakutilize Mines’ wonderful location er. During the summer, the focus with backpacking, climbing, and is geared towards climbing and in the winter, the skiing gear. Starting out The store offers a large se- focus switches to skiing. Proin a small shop from d o w n t o w n , lection of any type of gear ceeds summer ComBent Gate beyou need. Although the munity Nights gan in Golden go to the Acin 1994. Since then, the com- store carries popular brands cess Fund, a orgapany has besuch as Black Diamond, nonprofitto prenization came known statewide for La Sportiva, Prana, and serve climbing areas. Bent their quality products and K2, Bent Gate also focuses Gate donates proceeds from knowledgewinter able staff. Their on quality products from their events to the growth allowed them to ex- smaller, local companies. Colorado Avalanche Inforpand into their current location at 1313 Wash- mation Center or to Friends of ington Avenue (next to Woody’s) Berthoud Pass. The incoming winter weather a few years ago. The store offers a large selection of any type of means the camping, hiking, and gear you might need. Although climbing seasons will not last the store carries popular brands much longer, so give your friendsuch as Black Diamond, La ly neighborhood Bent Gate a visit Sportiva, Prana, and K2, Bent and make the most of it! This also Gate also focuses on quality means ski season is near. Bent products from smaller, local com- Gate has their winter gear sale panies. Fly Low and DPS Skis, going on now through October new ski companies still building 22. Not much of a climber, backtheir reputation, are seen on Bent packer, or skier? The employees Gate’s shelves and are strongly are great at helping newcomers recommended by the staff. Bent get into the sports, so stop by Gate also proudly carries Icelan- and give it a try.

Katy Beseda Staff Writer

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How to prepare a pie pumpkin
Deborah Good Staff Writer
Throughout the fall, one ingredient seems to pop up everywhere: pumpkin. From coffee drinks to bagels, from pies to cookies, the season just would not be the same without it. Most homemade pumpkin goods are prepared with store-bought, canned pumpkin pie filling. However, this really is unnecessary and unfortunate because preparing a pumpkin is relatively simple and more than pays for the time it takes with the improved taste of the final product. To begin, select a pie pumpkin. Note that, though available at every store from the farmer’s market to Home Depot, pie pumpkins are not jack-o-lantern pumpkins. If baked goods are made from jack-o-lantern pumpkins, the final product will be edible, but not as pleasant or tasty. Pie pumpkins are the smaller ones. Once a pumpkin is selected, the cooking process begins. Actually cooking

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Geek Week
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speare class, I think they used to offer it here at Mines, but I could not find it as a class this year. What do you do in your free time? Well as a chemical engineering junior, I don’t really have free time, but if I did, I would make epic side walk chalk drawings, chew bubble gum, and throw epic theme parties. If you could change anything at Mines, what would you change? EPICS, just kidding, that is not my answer. My real answer is that I would change the placement of tests. That way, I could study for one test at a time, instead of five. Do you have any favorite, geeky pickup lines? Yes, actually I have two that are actually related to each other. The first one is ‘I wish I was your first derivative, so I could lie tangent to your curves,’ and the second one is ‘I wish I was your second derivative, so I could explore your concavity.’ Do you have any advice for aspiring geeks? Always wear your knee socks with sandals, especially vibrantly colored socks, and if your sandals go between your toes, be sure to wear toe socks. What is your favorite movie and why? My favorite movie

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...Kari Kron, Junior: Chemical Engineering
is “Pan’s Labyrinth” because it is artistic and well done. It’s a good movie, kind of creepy, but way good. Why did you choose your major? I came into this school as a civil engineer. When I got here, however, I learned how terrible physics was and how awesome chemistry was, so I decided to switch to chemical engineering. What do you want to do once you graduate college? I have not decided yet, I am kind of applying to places, jobs and graduate school. I am applying to stuff and hope something happens.

the pumpkin is not too hard. The steps are as follows: 1. Cut the pumpkin in half and place it in a greased pan (a cookie sheet or 9 x 13 cake pan would work well). 2. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour to an hour and a half – until tender when pierced. 3. When done, remove the pumpkin from the oven. Allow it to cool until it can be comfortably handled. 4. At this time, scoop the seeds from the pumpkin, being careful to leave the meat of the pumpkin intact. Also, remove the skin from the pumpkin. 5. Mash the pumpkin in a food processor, blender, or by hand. This completes the cooking process and leaves the pumpkin ready to be used in any baked good. Enjoy devouring whatever delicious pumpkin treat is the final product and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing the main ingredient was carefully prepared in a home kitchen.

Stephen Hejducek Staff Writer
This week’s Geek of the Week is a very unique Mines individual who strives to be extraordinary in every aspect of her life. Her car is lined with ducks on the dash board, she loves to dress up and she is a free spirit in everything she does. Undergraduate Kari Kron is obsessive about things she enjoys while being socially acceptable at the same time. “I feel like a geek because I fit into my society here at Mines,” Kron expalined. A junior chemical engineer at Mines, Kron hails from Louisville, Colorado, and walking to the beat of her own drum has defined her personality. She is the epitomy of a Geek of the Week. What is your favorite video game/ video game system? My Lenovo! I like playing “The Hobbit,” but if I had to choose a system, it would be the Wii, to play “Super Smash Brothers: Brawl.” Poof Poof Poof, I am Kirby. <(^^)> (>^^)> <(^^)> <(^^<) This is called the dancing Kirby. Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars for sure! In Star Wars, they have Ewoks and Han Solo. If you could have any superpower, which one would you have? If I could have any superpower, I would have to power to spit acidic goo, because that would be awesome. Plus I would not want to be a super hero, I am more of a super villain. If you could add any class at Mines, what class would you add? I really wanted to take a Shake-

Haunted house review: The Field of Corpses
Charlotte Adams Staff Writer
This week’s haunted house visited the Field of Corpses in Arvada. At this haunted house, a personal guide leads groups through a menagerie of spooky scenes. The fun begins by crawling through a hearse into a cemetery, followed by a trip through a swamp, creepy candy store, nuclear facility, and much more. This haunt plays on all the senses. All of the props are made by the owner and are very impressive. The use of projected scents creates an atmosphere that is very real. Visitors are subjected to small spaces, pitch-black corridors, and bursts of air at times. All of these different and new components create a unique experience. This said, Field of Corpses has its faults. The actors again, were sub-par. Most were very inexperienced and thought the only way to scare a customer was to scream at them. By the end of the house, ears were ringing and heads were aching. In addition, the guide told bad jokes rather than do anything to make the experience more frightening. For those with strong ears, this

Department preview: Geological Engineering
John Bristow Staff Writer
If there were any two words that could embody the Geology and Geological Engineering department at the School of Mines, it would be community and diversity. Along with the general education provided by the world-class faculty, the department also functions as a unique community on campus. Dr. John Humphrey, head of the Geology and Geological Engineering department expects that with a degree in this field, “You will know how the Earth works in a way that you can use it in a variety of situations... the department has two tracks, geotechnical engineering, which has more engineering, and minerals and fuels exploration, which focuses more on geology. Regardless, each of these gets you a bachelor of science in geological engineering.” “One of the great things about an education in earth sciences is that you can go in many different directions,” Humphrey explained, emphasizing the degree’s diversity. “The geological engineering department at Mines focuses in four different directions: mineral deposits, petroleum exploration, geotechnical engineering, and hydrogeology,” each of which is represented by a senior design track in the final year. Any direction taken within these specialties can lead to even more possibilities, just as a focus in mineral deposits can lead into igneous studies or, surprisingly, even Wall Street. “We have students that are working as investors and advisers on the floors of Wall Street,” said Humphrey. On top of all this, since geology is a derivative science, it is possible to combine geology with biology, physics, or even math. As for community, it would be hard to find a closer group of students. “Because of the seminal experience of field camp, where we spend 24/7 camping with each other, we get to know each other... [T]hat way a student isn’t just a number or a final grade. We know the students well,” said Humphrey. “Most of us are on a first name basis.” When asked whether his experiences have served him well and if he truly feels part of a community, Tom Grummon, a senior in the exploration track of geological engineering summed it up concisely with a joyful “YES!” Humphrey had a few heartfelt words about the program. “Number one, it is the best department on campus, and number two, it is the best major on campus,” he said, smiling. You would be hard pressed to find a geological engineering student that would not feel the same way about their decision to be involved.

is a good haunted house - just going for the props is worth it. The line is practically non-existent on Sunday night, but on Fridays and Saturdays the line can get long. However, the wait is bearable as scary movies play on a projector for those waiting. Overall this haunt receives two and a half ghosts out of five. Stay tuned for next week’s haunted house review.

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The stars (and ice balls) above Mines
John Bristow Staff Writer
While many of the stars we see in the sky have been around since before humanity was able to admire them, there are elements of the night sky that change very readily, usually with a splendor unmatched by their more eternal counterparts. At the time of writing, one of these events is visible to the fortunate residents of the northern hemisphere, and with basic equipment you too can enjoy one of the joys of our Solar System. A clear view of the northern sky and a pair of binoculars, with a bit of guidance, will reveal comet Hartley 2. Comets are masses of and metal that periodically get knocked out of their stable orbits and wind up circling the Sun in giant ellipses. Though there are quite a few of these snowballs circling the Sun, very rarely does one get close enough to Earth to been seen readily with the naked eye. This generation has been quite lucky to see a few that stand out, including Hale-Bopp in 1997 and for the southern hemisphere in 2007, comet McNaught. Hartley 2 is not the most daz-

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zling of comets, but coming up on October 20, it should reach a point where it will be slightly visible, even possibly with the naked eye. At that point, the comet will be around 20 degrees above the horizon to the north-east, near the star Capella in the constellation of Auriga. It should appear as a fuzzy dot with a small tail directed to the south. A better view will come even earlier on October 14, as the comet will be visible along with the Double cluster. A basic search online for this comet will reveal the comet’s trajectory across the sky over the next few days that will help any stargazers having a hard time spotting it. This comet will serve as a focus for several satellites as it nears the Earth as information caught up in these beautiful wanderers may give deeper insight into what the edge of the solar system is like. While it is entirely up to humanity whether or not we choose to explore these depths of our stellar neighborhood, through comets like Hartley 2, we can truly begin to understand what life on the edge of the Solar System may be like. Peace and may the stars shine brightly in your skies.

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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future continues to impress
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of London, citizens are eager for the player to solve their own puzzles, whether they just have The Nintendo DS has not had the puzzle on their mind, or if the much publicity with the older and riddle is necessary to progress more mature members of its au- in the game. The player will find dience, but Level 5’s release of themselves thinking creatively by “Professor Layton and the Un- building a gun out of a broken slot wound Future” allows them to machine and by apprehending a wrap their brains around brain mysterious villain with a crew of teasers and other logic puzzles. identical goons. The game also consists of three The third game feain the Unwound The premise of this mini-game tures that are also Future series, Professor Layton game is that there puzzles, and while they are not imporis filled with logic is a mystery that tant to the quest, puzzles that are these features do still challenging, even to the most can only be solved allow the player to access special extraordinary Mines student. by the British Pro- bonuses including This sequel is an fessor Layton and concept art and extremely difficult great improvement when it his young accom- puzzles. In all, Profescomes to game sor Layton and the play, difficulty of plice Luke Triton Unwound Future the puzzles, and the overall aesas they are thrust contains over 165 puzzles and about thetics of the ten years into the 20-40 hours of game. Even the game play dependnon-player charfuture. ing upon the speed acters are amazat which the player ingly hysterical and whimsy as their personalities solves puzzles. While the camhelp drive the campaign of the paign comes with those initial 165 puzzles, each week another game. The premise of this game is puzzle is available to download that there is a mystery that can which extends the replay value only be solved by the British greatly. Professor Layton and the Professor Layton and his young Unwound Future is the perfect accomplice Luke Triton as they game for any Mines student who are thrust ten years into the fu- wants to work their brain while ture. As they traverse the streets still relaxing after that difficult test.

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The wings did fly Tickle your taste buds with green-hot chili peppers
Brian Lindstadt Staff Writer
The smell of hot wings filled the air. On October 9, 2010, the annual Wing Eating Contest was held by Up ‘til Dawn. The Mining, Engineering, Math, Physics, Petroleum and Student Activities departments were all represented in the contest. 30 wings were given to 3-person teams with unlimited substitutions. Each team was preparing to dominate the spicy wings. They were stretching, grunting and getting psyched out as they attempted to eat the wings the fastest. While the contestants prepared, Up ‘til Dawn was accepting donations for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Research. A total of over $900 was raised to support children’s disease research. The Physics department led the way, garnering over $250 worth of donations. The eating contest was quite a sight. “When I saw the Engineering department, they were a bunch of old white men and I didn’t think they could compete,” said Matt Stech with a smile. Despite their age, the Engineering department competed valiantly and took second place, behind the Math and Science department. The Mining engineering department followed and took third. Intro to Computer Science and Intro to Programming professor Keith Hellman led the way for the first-place Math department. Hellman consumed an impressive 22 of the 30 wings eaten by his department, giving them a sturdy lead. “I am not sure about how many wings I ate,” he exclaimed, “but I am glad we won the contest.” The remaining eight wings were put away by fellow teammates Clair Le Lait and Scott Strong. It was a successful day no matter which side of the contest you were on. St. Jude’s Children’s hospital is a noble institution and it is a privilege to be associated with helping to cure sick children. It will not be long before people forget the winner of the wing eating competition, but for some children, the results will impact the rest of their lives. Up ‘til Dawn continues its festivities November 3, 2010, as students can address letters to friends and family to help raise awareness about children’s diseases and to help fund St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Joshua Kleitsch Staff Writer

The grand finale to homecoming 2010 was the third annual “Knock Your Boots Off” beer tasting and chili cook-off, featuring the best chili and brewskis Golden has to offer. This event provides local companies and individuals the opportunity to showcase their chili creations, competing for cash prizes and ribbons. Owing to the beautiful, if blustery, weather, hundreds of people flocked to this years’ event, a significant increase over last year. The atmosphere was one of relaxation and fun; people made their way from booth to booth enjoying the wonderful, if sometimes unusual, chili creations. Last years’ winner was the Poblano Mining Co.’s chili, which was a balanced, more traditional red chili. The overall ef-

fect was wonderful, the chili had enough kick to know it’s there, but it wasn’t overpowering. This chili had some pedigree, and it was evident why it had won in the past. Green chili was a popular topic this year, with many groups offering green and red versions of their chili. In general, the red chili was hotter and had a heavier, more meaty consistency. Definitely the kind of meal coveted on a cold, blustery October day. The green chili offered a different take on the concept of chili, and the individual expression in the many different varieties presented by the contestants was amazing. Truly, chili is not just chili to these people. Favorites in the green chili area include the Gringo Green and the East Meets West chili, both were very different in flavor from traditional red chili, but were pleasant and quite filling. No chili tasting would be com-

plete without a chili that cooks your innards, and sure enough, Buffalo Rose’s Habanero chili fit the bill nicely. Boasting the hottest peppers in the western hemisphere, this chili was very hot. Interestingly, it was not red, but white chili. The overall flavor profile was very good, and because the heat of the Habanero pepper tends to hit you with a slight delay after you eat it, you were actually able to taste the chili before your face was engulfed in flames. For those not able to come this year, it’s likely that Golden will continue to hold this event for years to come. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon in October; watching a great football game and hanging out with friends eating some of the best chili out there. Homecoming 2010, it’s been fun. Homecoming 2011, here we come!





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Orediggers victorious from hard-fought gridiron battle
Joshua Kleitsch Staff Writer
The Colorado School of Mines Orediggers pulled off an amazing win after a shaky three quarters of offensive play at Saturday’s homecoming game vs CSUPueblo. The game, which marks the fourth for Mines in RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) play, didn’t start well for the Orediggers. In the first drive, Mines was forced to punt on a fourth and long, setting CSU Pueblo up for an early field goal, which became the only score on the board for the first 40 minutes of play. The Orediggers proved to be stronger, refusing to let the ThunderWolves deny them their homecoming game. At the first half, it was difficult to determine who was the superior team, both seemed to have strengths and weaknesses that prevented them from scoring. With a chorus of cheers and groans from the 3,216 fans attending, the Orediggers fought their way towards the end zone on five consecutive drives, with three of them ending in turnovers on downs and two of them ending with the ThunderWolves intercepting Garcia’s pass. It was difficult to watch the Orediggers reach the red-zone to have the opportunity stripped like a football from a wide receiver on a falling tackle. The halftime show allowed the Orediggers to regroup and refocus their game plan, while the Colorado School of Mines marching band performed the famous splitting of the atom. In true Mines fashion, they played a medley of the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme by John Williams, as well as other great band pieces. Joining them again this year was the Mines dance team, performing a rather geeky dance dressed up as nerds. The halftime show concluded with a spirited singing of the Mines fight song with all students in attendance joining in, per tradition. This year’s halftime held something very special for the girlfriend a 2004 Oredigger hallof-fame inductee lineman, as he got down on one knee and proposed in front of the entire crowd. In the third quarter, the Orediggers came out on the field with a renewed vigor that was contagious. The crowd was riled up and ready for Mines to take the field by storm, and show the ThunderWolves who owns the astro-turf. True to form, the Orediggers held the ThunderWolves to a 43 yard, 3:19 drive, forced a punt, and then proceeded to eat up the clock and fight their way to a stress-inducing three yard rush by defensive lineman Blaine Sumner to put the score at 6 - 3 for the third quarter on a 80 yard, 6:30 drive. The next few minutes passed with both the Orediggers and the ThunderWolves straining for possession, with the ThunderWolves finally taking the ball on a 64 yard, 6:00 drive ending with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. With the stakes high, the Orediggers responded with a fast, powerful drive culminating in a stunning 41 yard pass from Garcia to wide receiver Jerrod Doucet, putting Mines back in the lead with 12-10. Not about to let us win without a fight, CSU Pueblo responded by scoring again, putting them back in the lead with 16-12, which only served to ratchet up the tension in the stands.

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Lady Orediggers stayed strong against Metro State

The crowd of on-lookers was treated to what can only be described as football history in the making, as the Orediggers fought hard to reach the end zone once again, where they nearly stalled on three consecutive incomplete passes by Garcia. On the final shot of the game, Garcia lofted one high over Robbin Vinnola, prompting angry groans and protests from the crowd, believing that it was all over. Fourth down and eight yards with 30.8 seconds left on the clock, the referee called offside on the ThunderWolves, giving the Orediggers one more chance to salvage the game. With the tension high, Garcia found Doucet in the end zone for a perfect catch to end the game. Truly a win for the books, this year’s homecoming football game will go down in history as one of the most memorable.

Jerrod Doucet (#3) reaches new heights in the second quarter.

Holly Hutchison (#7) spikes the ball during Friday night’s homecoming game against Metro State.

Sam Frazier (#45) sacks quarterback Ross Dausin for a loss of 5 yards, forcing 4th down and 12.

Jerrod Doucet (#3) completes a 4-yard reception with 30 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter to put the Orediggers ahead 19-16. Mines handed CSU-Pueblo their first loss of the season.

Elizabeth Serra-Hsu (#1) goes up to spike the ball in the second set Friday night.

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Trevor Crane Content Manager

A semester at CSM is incredibly busy for any student. Throw in a varsity sport and time quickly becomes a hot commodity. But that was not enough for senior football player Josh Ruff, who added being an active member in two local bands to the mix. The first, Ploy for Extinction, of which Ruff is the bass player, is currently looking to be included on the popular internet radio station Pandora.com. The second, Hämärä, features Ruff as the lead singer and is slowly rising in popularity. But alas, this is not Music Star of the Week. It is Athlete of the Week, and this past week it was Ruff’s stellar defensive performance that earned him recognition. A linebacker for the Orediggers, Ruff currently leads CSM in tackles (48) which is good enough for sixth overall in the RMAC. Last week, he was named the RMAC/Baden defensive player of the week for his efforts. And Saturday, when the prolific Mines offense was struggling to put points on the board, it was Ruff and the Oredigger defense that shined, holding #25 CSU-Pueblo, the second highest scoring team in the RMAC behind Mines, to 16 points ensuring a CSM victory. For his effort on the field, Ruff is this

Lady Orediggers Athleter: Football Team, Mechanical Engineer Week ... Josh Ruff, Junio crush Notre Dame de Namur 3-0
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week’s Athlete of the Week. [Oredigger] What brought you to Mines? [Ruff] I had two uncles that went here. I knew I liked math and science so it seemed like a good fit. Why do you like to play football? My dad has had a football in my hands ever since I was little. He gave me the drive to play and now I just love the game and can’t get away from it. What kind of mindset does the defensive team take for each game? We want to be playmakers and to be the team that other teams use as an example. It doesn’t matter where we are, who we are playing, or what the situation is. We just play our part no matter what. We want to make a statement every down. What do you like about playing on defense? It’s not all about the spotlight, the touchdowns, or the scoring. Defense is all about toughness and being physical. And as a team you really have to trust each other to be successful. What is the hardest part about being a student-athlete at CSM? The time commitment. It is so hard, in season, finding time to study. You have to plan out everything and become as efficient as possible. I remember two years ago, we came back from a bowl game Sunday night at 4 AM, and had finals on that Monday. What is it like being on a varsity team? We help each other out in everything. Everyone works together and no one refuses to help. If someone is having trouble in a class, some of the older guys who have already taken the class will always come and help them out. We all help each other out. What is your schedule like? The middle of the week is all school and football. I spend all day at school and my time off is spent watching film. If we have a home game on the weekends, I will play in a show that night and on Sundays both of my bands practice. I don’t really sleep. How do you keep yourself motivated? Football keeps me motivated and refreshed. I don’t have to worry about school and the game keeps my mind active. What classes have you enjoyed the most at Mines? Robotics, it’s kind of a cool class. It is more involved and has more application than some other classes. It’s nice to have a class that has something other than just numbers.

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Sara Small Staff Writer

The Colorado School of Mines volleyball team shut out Notre Dame de Namur University Tuesday evening at Lockridge Arena, winning 3-0. Most of the first period was spent battling back and forth between the two teams, with each side struggling to pull away. However, led by a strong defense and numerous kills by Melanie Wannamaker (.471 hitting %), Amanda Massey, and Anna Padget-Shields, culminating in an exuberant somersault from Alese Madenwald, the Orediggers soon took the lead. Senior Jackie Stabell (.533 hitting %) finished out the period with a sound serve, giving CSM the win 25-18. The NDNU Argonauts scored the first two points of the second period, but did not hold the lead for very long. Soon the Orediggers regained their confidence and they began to dominate the Argonauts, doomed by many of their own attack errors, going on an 20-8 run to lead 20-10. But the Argonauts went on a run of their own and brought the score to 22-19. But after a service error, another attack error, and a kill from Jackie Stabell, Mines ended up on top, 25-19. As third period started, the

Orediggers began the set on top, and they continued to hold their lead for the rest of the game. Assists from Emily Collett and Madenwald proved to be very helpful to the team throughout the set. Collett finished off the Argonauts with a kill to end the third set 25-15 and give CSM the win. Wannamaker and Stabell provided a combined 20 kills for the Orediggers. Stabell finished the game with 10 kills, four service aces, eight digs, and two block assists. Alese Maddenwald led Mines in digs (12) along with her six assists. Melanie Wannamaker contributed 10 kills and four block assists. Elizabeth Serra-Hsu ended the game with seven digs and four block assists, while Amanda Massey contributed a whopping eighteen assists. Anna Padget-Shields had eight kills, while Emily Collett added six digs presented thirteen assists, and Holly Hutchison distributed three block assists. The Notre Dame Argonauts fall to 3-6 overall after the loss to CSM. CSM has now won 9 of their last 11 games. They suffered a 3-0 loss to #17 Metro Friday and and rebounded with a 3-0 pounding of Regis University Saturday night. CSM is now 14-4 (7-2 RMAC) and begins a four game road trip Sept. 24 at Chadron State.

Josh Ruff, #53, tackles the running back during the Western New Mexico game.


Holly Hutchinson spikes the ball in their game against Notre Dame de Namur this past Tuesday.


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Morals to your story
Dilemma A friend recently broke up with his girlfriend. They’d been having real problems for a while, so it seemed pretty inevitable. I met this girl through my friend and we’ve hung out a few times as a group. I’ve had a crush on her for a while, but I’ve never asked her to hang out because, obviously, she was dating my friend. Would it be wrong for me to ask her out now? --Crushing on My Friend’s Ex Responses: Go for the rebound. Assuming that your friend hadn’t been dating the girl for an extremely long time, you’ve got the green light. If they had been having problems for a while, and especially if your friend initiated the breakup, it looks like you are in the clear. Take this simple equation to help you verify whether or not asking your friend’s ex is appropriate ethically: If Tb (Ag) (10) – 10Pf > 50, ask her out. Td Tb=Time broken up Td=Time couple dated Ag=Hc H=Hotness (1-10) C=Coolness(1-10) Pf=How mad your friend will be on a scale of 1 to 10 It’s that simple, man. This equation follows utilitarian values: it weighs your happiness against the potential hurt your friend will endure. --Matt Mischo I don’t think you should ask her out at all. If you are with her, it will cause pain for your friend. I know from personal experience. When I broke up with a girl and my friend went out with her, our friendship ended. He had been a really close friend and seeing him with my ex-girlfriend and knowing they were together was very difficult for me. I suggest you leave her alone and find someone else. According to utilitarianism, the best thing to do in this situation is to find someone else, because then everyone has the potential to be happy in contrast to you dating your friend’s ex and your friend likely being very upset. --Kdog

After reviewing the formula by my classmate, Matt Mischo, I added my own alterations to the cost benefit analysis that I find is required in determining when and if it is appropriate to date a friend’s ex:

Ethics on the street has a pretty definite (and misogynistic) take on this dilemma: “Bros before [girlfriends].” But there might be some deeper reasoning behind that kind of motto too. Basically two values are on the table: loyalty to a friend and the chance to explore a romantic relationship with someone (because she’s not definitely going to say yes, right?). The dilemma-poser doesn’t say how close of a friend this is, but assuming that the friendship is even a little valuable to the person, it’s probably best to consult the friend about this plan (tactfully). You never know, the friend could be fine with the whole arrangement and you might not have to choose at all between the friend and the possibility of a new girlfriend. (If he thinks you’re sneaking around behind his back, it’s unlikely to end so well.) If he is uncomfortable with you asking the woman out, then you have a much tougher choice. Unless the dilemma-poser feels some kind of insatiable attraction to the woman he/she wants to ask out, probably better to maintain the friendship and look elsewhere. -- Adam Potthast, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Park University

Ag= Hc Pf = Tb = Time broken up Td= Time couple dated If results are greater than 20, it’s OK to ask your friend’s ex out. --Brendan Lyle

In my opinion, dating a friend’s ex-girlfriend after they have been broken up for a while is acceptable as long as your friend knows it is going on. Following Aristotle’s virtue ethics, you should be honest with your friend that you like the girl and she likes you, but you don’t have to tell your friend everything about the situation for him to understand what’s going on. If he truly is uncomfortable with it and he tells you, then you have to decide if risking your friendship is worth asking her out, but chances are if they were having issues anyway, your friend will tell you to go for it because it didn’t work between them anyway. --Proponent of an Honest Mean

I think you should talk to your friend and base your action on what he says. This is the moral thing to do according to Kantian ethics because you are respecting your friend’s dignity as a rational being by asking if it’s OK with him if you date his ex-girlfriend. If you don’t ask him and he isn’t OK with it, then you are not respecting him as a human being and are going behind his back. According to virtue ethics, talking to your friend would also be morally sound. Being friends with someone requires you to be honest with them as a part of your telos, or purpose, as a friend. Talking to your friend about the situation would be virtuous because you are also finding the middle ground between not asking at all and going behind your friend’s back to ask his ex-girlfriend out. Finding and fulfilling the middle ground helps us determine virtuous action, which ultimately creates the most happiness. And true, pure happiness is what virtue ethics is all about. --Chris Asmussen

Next week’s dilemma: I have a very serious mental illness and would like to be open about it, but I am not sure how soon to reveal it to people or to whom I should be open about it. It is well-maintained and most people don’t even know I have a problem until they either see me taking medicine or I tell them about it. One day, I would like to educate the world about it, but most people already have misconceptions about the illness and make jokes about it. How do I handle this without overexposing myself? --Weighing Education and Exposure

We would love to know what you think Weighing Education and Exposure should do and the reasons that make you think so. Do you have an ethical dilemma in your personal, academic, or professional life? You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Send it in and see what wisdom others have to offer. Send your ethical dilemmas and responses to Weighing Education and Exposure to: srichman@mines.edu. Be sure to let me know if you want your name printed or not and if you have a preferred nickname, what it is. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Professor breeding program facing setbacks
Janeen Neri Mad Scientist
Schools across the country have been experiencing setbacks in their professor breeding programs. “Basically,” said prominent breeder Frank Galton, “our problems started when nerds started becoming ‘cool’. Since that paradigm shift, our problems in controlling the reproduction of our specimens have increased tenfold.” The professor breeding program has been going on for centuries, dating back to some of the oldest universities in Europe. The program began when the administrators of the universities realized that certain genetic characteristics were very useful in the teaching trade. It was further noticed that careers in academia occasionally ran through families. Some of these families became the foundation stock for purebreds that exist to this day. “We’ve got several breeds going today,” Galton explained, “for example those lively, animated ‘teacup’ professors we use for small classes with a great deal of equations and boardwork. This breed is my favorite, quite quirky and charming – good for early morning or sleepy afternoon classes – and their petite frames mean that they spend a limited amount of time blocking what they’re writing on the board. Then there are the slower, the thinking breeds. These varieties are not particularly sociable, but for classes that require precision and quiet contemplation of the material, they excel.” A popular new breed in recent years is the Revised, though Galton admitted that the standard for Revised professors is still a work in progress. “We meant them to be sort of a creative, affable sort. You know, the kind of teacher that people remember fondly from their youth because they had a unique teaching style? Unfortunately, naturally occurring specimens with the traits we wanted were somewhat rare, and the breed as it now stands tends to be hit-or-miss. Right now we still get a lot of young Reviseds that ally, the problem then was getting try fancy new teaching styles just them to breed at all,” Galton joked for the sake of doing something “they were so busy with their different, and the students hate work. Also, at that time the only them. They’ll then either continue specimens that could be shown doing ‘new’ things, completely were males, so they tended not oblivious to students’ protests, or to have female specimens to they’ll bechoose from The professor breeding pro- anyway. come disAt illusioned that time, gram has been going on for breeders just and start to concenturies, dating back to some saw it as unform more avoidable to the of the oldest universities in o u t - c ro s s i n g Traditional that would, standard, least, Europe. The program began at which is strengthen the when the administrators of health of their a problem we need lines.” to ad- the universities realized that When a fedress.” male standard H o w - certain genetic characteristics was finally ever, all developed, were very useful in the teach- sometime in the breeds could be the 1900s, the ing trade. in danger program really if current took off. “At trends continue. When the breed- that point we started to rely more ing program started, intellectuals on the aversion that mongrels were stuck-up enough to stay had for our purebreds,” Galton within reasonable bounds. “Actu- said, “now instead of being the high and mighty class, academics were seen unfavorably by the general public, and that allowed us to isolate the gene pool really nicely. The jock breeders were having a terrible time of it, though… and now the situation is starting to reverse.” Intellectuals began to experience more and more appreciation as the 20th century rolled to a close, and now “it’s quite a struggle to keep out-crossing from happening on an unprecedented level,” Galton said, “we’re feeling a very real loss of control when it comes to mate selection. Furthermore, this outcrossing means that we’re less likely to reach some new equilibrium where professors are again the lofty ivory-tower class or the isolated dorks. If either of those are going to happen, it’s going to have to arise spontaneously from among the mongrels, because the breeds we could have taken in those directions are being diluted with each passing generation. In short, the situation is very, very bad for breeders.”

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