Daily Archives: October 2, 2011

Beirut Concert Review

Beirut doesn’t make a lot of sense in today’s indie scene. They don’t fit into the electronic synth style pop music or the acoustic melancholy music or even the refined garage band punk. In fact, when I tried to think of bands that Beirut reminded me of, I was stumped. I could only think of a region that Beirut made me think of, and that was Eastern Europe. Still, despite the fact that of all the random instruments Beirut mixes into their music, neither an electric nor an acoustic makes the lineup, Beirut has found their own niche in today’s music scene. Wednesday night’s concert at the Fillmore in downtown Denver was evidence of exactly that.

Scientific discoveries this week: 10-03-11

Ames Research Center California – Researchers at the Ames Research Center, a NASA laboratory, have created the most accurate simulation of the universe, running on NASA’s Pleiades supercomputer. The simulation, called Bolshoi, “great” in Russian, used data from NASA’s WMAP Explorer mission as a starting point, and computed how the universe should evolve from that state. The WMAP Explorer has been mapping the Microwave Background Radiation, the radiation that resulted from the Big Bang.

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Oredigger soccer falls to Fort Lewis

All eyes were on the CSM soccer complex Friday night as the 20th-ranked Oredigger men’s team hosted second-ranked Fort Lewis College in a crucial Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match between bitter rivals. The game was hotly contested, played with the fury and determination one would expect from a conference rivalry. A rowdy crowd was on hand, including a large contingent from Durango supporting the visiting Skyhawks. Unfortunately, the visitors pulled away late for a 4-1 victory over the Orediggers.

Weekly Sports recap: 10/2/11

Sept 25:
Men’s Soccer- Metro St. 2, #11 CSM 1 OT – Sean Helster scored his first goal of the year on a header from an Alex Nass free kick with less than two minutes left to play, forcing an overtime. Goalkeeper Manville Strand made an impressive 10 saves as Mines fell four minutes into the extra session.

This Week in Colorado History: Death and Politics

A forty-year resident of Golden was tragically shot and killed in October of 1912. Mrs. Daniel Theobald was shot and instantly killed in a shotgun accident. Her son Daniel, a miner in Cripple Creek, came home to visit the family farm and hunt deer. She met him at Floyd hill with the family wagon. The younger Theobald loaded his shotgun in an attempt to hunt rabbits on the way home. According to “The Colorado Transcript,” “He placed the gun, muzzle up, between his mother and himself.” Upon arriving at the ranch, both Theobalds attempted to alight from the wagon. The loaded gun fell over and discharged. Mrs. Theobald was hit with a full charge of shot in the breast. She quickly fell into unconsciousness and died. She was a respected long-term resident of Golden, a member of the local Women of Woodcraft Circle and was survived by five daughters and four sons.

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Homecoming: Math & Comp Sci triumph at hotwing eating contest

Hot wings, tears, and milk were all abundant at this year’s faculty hot wing eating contest organized by Up ‘Til Dawn, a CSM student group that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude advances cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases such as cancer using research and treatment. Their one guiding principle is that no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.

Movie Review: Contagion

The most recent popular thriller is not one that ends with destruction, but rather a realistic look at a possible catastrophic disease outbreak. The film, “Contagion,” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film manages to depict an accurate and enthralling story of a modern epidemic. While at times a tad slow, the film as a whole is brought together in its enlightening presentation of a potential pandemic.

“Moneyball” near cinema perfection

Baseball is a sport that has been riddled with problems in recent years, including steroid abuse and wide payroll disparities. “Moneyball,” unlike other baseball movies, is not directly about the sport, but rather the economics behind the creation of a team. Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, portrayed by Brad Pitt, was given the impossible task of creating a winning baseball team with no money and no star players.

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