Daily Archives: September 7, 2014

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Watch Dogs in Review

In a world where everyone and everything is at a man’s fingertips, Chicago’s darkest secrets come to light. Aiden Pearce’s quest for revenge leads to forays into Chicago’s dark underworld of human trafficking, gang activity, and corruption. Although this story could easily have all of the fixings of a world-class game, Ubisoft failed to deliver with “Watch Dogs.” From the lackluster graphics to the poor driving mechanics, the game certainly is not the blockbuster it was made out to be.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is a Marvel Adventure

“Guardians of the Galaxy” takes a step away from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Entertaining, humorous, with a surprising amount of heart, this movie is one wild ride. Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, the first women to be given credit for working on a screenplay of a Marvel film, and directed by Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voice the two main CGI characters, and arguably the most lovable two characters. Other well-known actors such as Lee Pace, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Benicio del Toro, and Stan Lee (in his usual brief cameo) help bring the movie to life. The storyline of a band of misfits coming together for the greater good is hardly original but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is fresh, exciting, and filled with charming characters who steal your heart.

An Honest Review of The SKS-45

In an age filled with advanced, tech-heavy, synthetic, expensive weapons, one is inclined to believe that for those on a low budget, a semi-automatic rifle of assault rifle quality is by far out of reach. While this is true for weapons like the more hailed AK-47 or AR-15, the SKS-45 is a distinguished exception. Designed by Sergei Simonov in 1943, the rifle was designed to counter the world’s first assault rifle, the recently deployed German Sturmgewehr 44, and was used as the general battle rifle for the Red Army until it was phased out by the iconic AK-47 in the early 1950’s. The SKS is still used by both the Chinese and Russian honor guards and has served in almost every major war since its creation including Korea and Vietnam.

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Faculty Spotlight: Rod Switzer

“Even though we are in Colorado, we still haven’t legalized dividing by 0.” Professor Rod Switzer brings humor into his lectures from every possible angle (no pun intended). This is one of the reasons why most students have enjoyed taking his classes. He is able to make students laugh and smile during his job as lecturer at Colorado School of Mines.

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Summer Squash and Orange Muffins

When mothers drop their children off for a new year of school, they often leave behind vegetables in a futile attempt to get their kids to eat more healthily. Some vegetables, such as carrots or tomatoes, will be used pretty quickly. However, some vegetables no one knows what to do with. What if a summer squash gets left behind? This is a vegetable that no self-respecting college student even knows exists, so when they find one hanging out in the fridge, they wonder what to do with it. Some students may take that as a challenge to invent a delicious treat. One such invention is Summer Squash and Orange Muffins.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Local Gallery Connects Art and Science

While pursuing math, science, and engineering at Colorado School of Mines might seem a world away from art, a quaint brick building at the corner of 15th Street and Washington Avenue links technicality and creativity. The Foothills Art Center was founded in 1968 by a group of local artists seeking to move their sidewalk watercolor show indoors. In the 40 years since, the center has evolved into a National Historic Landmark, a thriving business, and a source of community pride for citizens of Golden.

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