Monthly Archives: September 2010

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Obama states goals, answers questions in student-focused teleconference

“We have fallen behind,” President Barack Obama opined during a college-focused teleconference held Monday. “In a single generation we’ve fallen from first to twelfth in college graduation rates for young adults.” Still, the president proclaimed that, with better incentives on the part of the government and a more refined focus on the nation’s future, “by 2020, we once again [can be] number one and have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”

“First of all, we’re making college more affordable,” Obama explained. “For example, we’ve changed the way federal student loans are administered.  Instead of handing over $60 billion in unwarranted subsidies to big banks that were essentially getting this money even though the loans were guaranteed by the federal government, we’re redirecting that money so that it goes directly to students.”

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Geek of the Week: Jordan Francis, Freshman, Mechanical

Choosing the geek for Geek of the Week may seem easy, but it has proven to be somewhat difficult. Nearly everyone plays video games and has unique hobbies, but I wanted to interview someone who was very passionate about their “geek” status. Enter Jordan Francis. Francis, a freshman here at Mines, is majoring is Mechanical Engineering. She is known for her special interest in the obscure.

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Making the leap from college to career

Typically, we come to Mines primarily to become engineers. We spend thousands of hours learning everything from calculus to fluid mechanics expecting our merit to be judged by our ability to solve technical problems. Unfortunately for many, this illusion is shattered before we even graduate. No amount of calculus can prepare us to make that critical leap into a job where we can use our technical abilities. Fully communicating your abilities and qualifications are simply not possible using calculus. This is why Mines has the Career Center.

The stars shine brightly above Mines: Sagitarrius

As the nights get longer here in the northern hemisphere, the stars seem to shine brighter and with a more ethereal glow. These fall nights feature the start of new winter constellations while still retaining many of the most beautiful summer constellations. If you find yourself out just after twilight and you have a clear view of the southern skies, be sure to look for the teapot shaped set of stars. If you can find the slightly illuminated strip of stars that forms the Milky Way and follow it to the horizon, you will find Sagittarius.

This Week in Colorado History September 27 – October 3: Mills and Messages

Revolutionary Mining Technology
Technology is not the exclusive domain of the 21st century, as the article “Clear Creek County: Silver Plume Concentration Works” illustrates.  This week in 1877, The Colorado Miner spotlighted the Silver Plume Concentration Works, a mill run by a man known as E. Eddy, Esq.  This then-revolutionary mill was able to process 25 tons of rock per day while employing only 5 workers.  The rocks, containing only very small amounts of the desired minerals, were first thoroughly crushed, and then sifted down to the slime tables.  Eventually, the rock was removed and the desired mineral emerged.

Exams unfairly unrepresentative of classwork

So last week I took the first Statics exam of my career here at Mines, and I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t surprised at how it went. I have become jaded towards exams at this school because our faculty seems to enjoy giving us exams that are much more difficult than anything we’ve done before; whether it be in-class problems or practice exams from the previous year. Sadly, this exam only served to reinforce that bad attitude I’ve developed because it was far harder than the practice exam provided.

At the CoRE of Mines Research

In terms of research at Mines, the Chevron Center of Research Excellence (CoRE) is arguably one of the most prized institutions. Located in the basement of Berthoud Hall, CoRE was formed in 2003 as a long-term agreement between Chevron’s Energy Technology Company and CSM, meant to bring together experts in petroleum and geological engineering. As it currently stands, this goal is being met by the amazing staff at this facility. Most of the geologically inclined faculty on campus have nothing but respect and admiration for CoRE and the work they are performing.

Coffee Lover? Windy Saddle Cafe has you covered

For those that appreciate a fine cup of black gold, the Windy Saddle Cafe at 1110 Washington Avenue here in Golden has much to offer. The coffee at Windy Saddle is truly something to relish. Roasted in Milwaukee, WI using only the finest fair-trade organic beans, Alterra Coffee is what Windy Saddle serves its numerous clientele. As a coffee lover, I was very pleased with the Americano I was served; it was made exactly right with the perfect levels of smokiness and bitterness, balanced out with mild acidity and a warm, nutty aftertaste. Experience would dictate that if a shop can do an Americano well they can do anything well.

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