Articles by Katrina San Nicolas

Katrina San Nicolas

While I love math and science, writing for the newspaper gives my life balance and allows me to meet lots of great new people. I am a Chemical Engineering major and I am also involved in Alpha Phi Omega (APO) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). When I am free from my studies, I enjoy traveling with my family, jogging, and baking. If you have an article idea or know of an event or person on campus that should be featured, let me know!


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Canvas to Replace Blackboard Next Semester

Students and faculty frustrated with Blackboard’s organization and performance may be excited by upcoming technological developments on campus. Next semester, Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) will gradually be phased in to replace Blackboard, the current LMS. By Summer 2017, Blackboard will no longer be available and all courses that currently use Blackboard will instead utilize…

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CEO Questions Ethical Computing Future

“What are the implications of the computing world—as some people see it—having taken over the world?” Dr. Bobby Schnabel asked a large group of students and professors at a computer science colloquium last Tuesday. Currently the CEO of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Schnabel described the evolution of computer science in relation to society…

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Engineering Culture Contributes to Lack of Diversity

That vague, mysterious phrase—“diversity in STEM fields”—has swept across the academic community like wildfire in recent years. It is a major part of the “Mines 2014-2024 Strategic plan”. This plan outlines the programs and research opportunities designed for underrepresented groups, and the conversations that abound from the enrollment statistics released each year. “Having different ideas…

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Humanitarian Engineering Major Proposal

As Mines continues to lead in engineering education, faculty members are working to provide new opportunities for students through a proposed Humanitarian Engineering (HE) major. “Many people think that the time has come to have the first major—a full fledged bachelor’s degree with 128 credits or so—in Humanitarian Engineering,” explained Dr. Juan Lucena, Director of…

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Invictus Initiative Plans Trip to Kenya, Aims to Raise College Admission Rates

Mines graduates not only lead in STEM fields, but often use their ideas and passions to help communities in need. David Pesek, a 2007 CSM graduate, partnered with Mike Kmita to found the Invictus Initiative in 2008. Dedicated to helping communities around the world develop sustainable solutions, this nonprofit organization continues to challenge students to…

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Stress at Mines: A look into the mental health of the Mines community and what to do about it

With School of Mines’ challenging exams, stiff competition for jobs and internships, and all-encompassing projects, most students would agree that it is often a stressful environment to be a part of. However, a recent and unintentional finding about raised levels of antidepressants in the wastewater coming from Mines Park evokes further concern about campus stress…

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