Monthly Archives: September 2012

Salomon Slalom Skis: A mouthful that’s worth it

As the weather gets colder, many start thinking of winter, skiing, and shopping for new ski gear. For most, the question of what ski to purchase is intimidating. The Salomon line of slalom race skis, officially titled 3V Race Powerline, offers a great solution. The ski is designed for fast carving through short radius turns. Do not be intimidated by the racing classification, this ski is unique because it balances stiffness and flexibility. This balance allows for confidence when flying down groomers and the ability to bounce through moguls and trees. The ski has a large sidecut, meaning that when the ski is put on edge the resulting turn has a short radius. Additionally, it has a short beneath-boot radius, allowing every motion of the boot to have a large impact on the motion of the ski. This leads to a design that allows for great responsiveness, making it different from most all terrain ski.

Stars above Mines: Its the end of the world as we know it

The are many ways the world could end and most of the ways are entirely unavoidable; whether or not prior warning of the end of the Earth is a good thing is truly a subjective matter for discussion, perhaps over drinks and dinner. Armageddon, whether a result of huge asteroids or the demise of the sun, has been a subject of a few major blockbusters and even more made-for-TV, B-grade films.

Club Spotlight: Secular Student Alliance

Whether they are hosting a speaker talking about philosophy and theology or having discussions about their own personal experiences, the Secular Student Alliance prides itself on being a place for the community of secular students at the Colorado School of Mines. The following is an interview with Secular Student Alliance president John Bristow, a graduate student in geology. Those interested in joining can attend bi-weekly meetings every Thursday in Meyer Hall 220 at 5:00 pm.

A book that hates the Bell Curve

What do 9/11, the stock market crash of 2008, and a statistics class all have in common? “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” contains the answer. Originally published in 2007 and reprinted in 2010, it is an argued thesis by self-declared philosopher Nicholas Taleb. Taleb, who made his money applying quantitative models on Wall Street, has dedicated his life to understanding the role of the unpredictable. He argues that “black swans,” or events which cannot be predicted, have a definitive impact on society. He asserts that they can be either beneficial or harmful, depending on how society prepares itself.

Marv Kay Field more than just a football stadium

Colorado School of Mines is not a nationally known football school, so when students at the Century Society Dinner Saturday night announced the name for a planned new state-of-the-art football stadium, it raised a few questions about the priorities of the school. Recently, President Bill Scoggins sat down for an interview with “The Oredigger” to explain how this project came to be and to clear up any misconceptions.

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