Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Dr. Art Saller emphasizes the importance of Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy

A corporate executive might ask, “I don’t care about the miocene, I just care about the kerosene,” said Dr. Art Saller in a lecture about sequence stratigraphy of classic carbonate outcrops. He emphasized that this sort of statement should not impact a geologist. Lackadaisical analysis of an area could result in mislocated, improper, and inefficient drilling, as carbonate deposits are not always immediately apparent.

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Geek of the Week: Andrew Towe, Sophomore, Comp Sci

John Green once said that nerds “…are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself-love it.” One of the most obvious examples of this facet of nerdiness on campus is this week’s geek, a sophomore Computer Science major by the name of Andrew “Thüs” Towe. He is known by many for his great enthusiasm in all parts of life, be it having real-life adventures or reveling in ways to play science and fantasy games.

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Club Sport of the Week: Women’s Rugby

What do Sean Connery, John F Kennedy, Daniel Craig, Chris Farley, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Javier Bardem, and J.R.R. Tolkien all have in common? They all have played rugby! Although they played men’s rugby, the rules are the same for women’s rugby. The pitch, rules, and equipment are all identical, though the histories of the two are very different. No one knows for sure when women’s rugby began, as public reaction to women playing such a physical, contact sport was extremely negative, and even violent. The first report of a women’s rugby game was found in the Liverpool Mercury in June, 1881 and described games with touchdowns, proving at least a version of rugby was played.

Men fall 58-67 to Adams State on the road

The Colorado School of Mines Men’s Basketball team traveled to Alamosa on Friday night to square off against the eighteenth ranked Adams State Grizzlies.

In what would prove to be a defensive battle, the Orediggers jumped out to an early 10-4 lead five minutes into the game, but by the halfway point of the first half, the score was tied at 11 with neither team being able to establishing much of a rhythm against stifling defenses. If it was not for free throw shooting in the first half, 10-12 from the charity stripe, the Orediggers would have been facing a far greater deficit at the half than the 22-28 hole they were in. Of the Orediggers final 12 points in the first half, nine of them came from the free throw line with a Brian Muller three-pointer standing as the only field goal that Mines made in the last half of the first session.

Women defeat Adam’s State 58-46

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The Lady Oredigger basketball team squared off against Adams State on Friday, looking to snap their two game losing streak and begin their road trip with a conference win.

Adams State scored the first bucket of the game, and looked to be in control of the game as they shot the ball well for the first five minutes of the half. But that was as much control that the Grizzlies would have. Mines soon battled back to take the lead 8-6, a lead they would never relinquish. Mines then went on a 13-5 run to jump out to a 21-11 lead halfway through the first period. The Lady Orediggers then stepped up their defense and took advantage of Adams State turnovers to lead 33-28 at the half. Mines shot 40% in the first with balanced scoring as seven players had scored at least two points. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies were only shooting 37.5%.

This Week in Colorado History: Mines Mint Robber?

This week in 1923, Mines alumnus Fleet Parsons had a tense moment when he was mistaken for a Denver Mint bandit in Nebraska. Parsons looked highly suspicious, as he had been in a car “hurtling from Lincoln to Omaha, carrying $1,902,000 negotiable bonds” reported the Omaha World-Herald. A business dispute had escalated, and the bonds needed to be in Omaha immediately. However, Parsons and his companions had quite the shock when they found themselves surrounded by men armed with sawed-off shotguns. Ultimately, it turned out that the armed men were Omaha police officers and that the entire thing was a misunderstanding. Parsons continued on to Omaha with no further issue.

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Mines Wrestling narrowly loses to CSU-Pueblo

The Colorado School of Mines mens wrestling team squared off against CSU-Pueblo in Lockridge Arena Friday night, for what proved to be a thrilling dual meet.

The dual started at the 174 pound weight class with Mines’ Chance Davis narrowly losing to Ray Hall of CSUP by a 3-2 decision. Ryan Swanson then tied the dual up at 3 points apiece with his 8-3 defeat of Joseph Giron in the 184 pound division. Mines lost the next three bouts of the night at 194, Heavyweight, and 125 pounds by scores of 8-3, 2-1, and 6-2, as CSU Pueblo took the 12-3 advantage halfway through the match.

Scientific discoveries this week: 1/28/13

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Sand, or silicon dioxide, makes up about 40 percent of the Earth’s crust, but converting sand into crystalline silicon is expensive and negatively affects the environment. According to Stephen Maldonado, crystalline silicon is made with some energy-intensive chemical reactions that produce large amounts of carbon dioxide and require temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. But Maldonado and his team of U-M researchers recently discovered how to create silicon crystals at 180 degrees fahrenheit. 

Grinds My Gears: Colorado Mills

You know what really grinds my gears?

The lack of vigor with which the new area around Colorado Mills is being developed. Officially titled the “Promenade at Denver West,” this area already has a Mediterranean Chipotle called Garbanzo, and a Panera Bread. However, the best may be yet to come. According to the Denver Post, there is a Chick-fil-A, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Five Guys, Café Rio, and even a Pacific Dental on the way. However, I have done some very advanced military-style reconnaissance on the area and cannot determine where the Chick-fil-A or Café Rio will go.

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