Monthly Archives: April 2012

Concert Review: Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)

Jeff Mangum returned to Denver for the first time in fourteen years. The legendary singer of Neutral Milk Hotel has been touring this year as a solo act, performing songs from their two studio albums. Denver holds a special place in Mangum’s heart, as it was the location where both of these records were recorded. His performance at the Ogden did not disappoint and reminded fans of what they have been missing for fourteen years.

Mass Effect 3 followup

Despite a small amount of graphical hiccups and some reductions in the dialogue system, “Mass Effect 3” is a masterpiece of storytelling and gameplay, until the last 5-10 minutes of the game. At that point, the game clumsily introduces several new plot points and forces you to make a choice on how the galaxy is saved. Fans everywhere were confused, upset, and enraged over the lack of closure and how new questions were presented that would never be answered. I know this information is weeks old, but I owe it to myself and the readers of “The Oredigger” to explain where “Mass Effect 3” went wrong.

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Local Travel: Cardinal directions

Summer is coming soon to the students of the Colorado School of Mines, though that might seem unlikely through the haze of exams. Some students will take this time off, others will take classes, others will have internships, and others will graduate and move on to real jobs. Most will either have to or be able to take a longer trip during the summer than would be possible during the semester. In fact, Mines students could be considered to be scattering to the four corners of the country over the summer. With that in mind, “The Oredigger” here presents travel options in each of the four cardinal directions.

Hunger Games: May the odds be ever in your favor

“May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,” the iconic phrase represents a lingering theme throughout the movie. Although the odds are never in anyone’s favor in this clever adaptation of the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, the film leaves audiences laughing, crying and occasionally jumping in terror from the many twists and turns thrown at them. Directed by Gary Ross. and staring the talents of Jennifer Lawrence as the sullen but determined sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen (Mystique in “X-Men First Class”) and Josh Hutcherson the quiet but likeable baker’s son Peeta Mellark (Jess Aarons in “Bridge to Terabithia”), critics and audiences alike agree “Hunger Games” is “entertaining.” According to Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor, the pacing is “remarkably swift, given that the games themselves don’t start until halfway through the 144-minute running time.”

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Geek of the Week: Josh Brown, Junior, Mining

Walking around the Mines campus during this time of the year, it is easy to spot geeks who are overstressed, overcommitted, and losing their minds to their workloads. Yet despite this hectic season, it is still possible to comes across geeks like junior Josh Brown, who manage to be involved in several different organizations, have a social life, enjoy some free time, and somehow maintain a reputation as a hard worker. Luckily, he managed to find some time in his busy schedule to talk to the Oredigger.

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Cooking Corner: Crêpes

A classic French recipe, crêpes make a delicious meal, snack, or dessert. As one of the most versatile foods, crêpes lend themselves to both savory and sweet preparations. They can be served unaccompanied, filled with eggs, ham, and cheese, or with Nutella and whipped cream as a dessert. The possibilities are endless, so experiment to discover the vast number of preparations the crêpe has to offer.

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