Campus Issues

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Where Did Marvin the Miner Go?

Marvin the Miner, the first official mascot of the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers. Yes, that bushy-eyebrowed, pickaxe-toting, suspenders-wearing mascot. Now wait a minute, doesn’t that title belong to the omnipresent Blaster? Nope: according to canon lore, Blaster debuted as a mascot at Rock the Lock on February 16, 2018 – it hasn’t even been…

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The Ethics of Endowments

The Colorado School of Mines Foundation is a money making machine. A non profit organization headquartered in the Starzer Welcome Center, the main part of its mission is to “advance Mines by raising and managing funds…” and its vision is to “be the essential partner to the entire Mines community…” according to its website. And…

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We should change this. Incoming freshmen this year faced a particularly hostile M-Climb

The consensus goes that freshmen who don’t endure the M-Climb are not truly Orediggers. The fiery resolve of upperclassmen to stand by the tradition is not unreasonable; afterall, the M-Climb is the quintessential Mines experience. This year, it seemed more like a hazing. My belief is that the climb should revolve around the act of…

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Expand Major Options

Mines is expanding. This year alone, 200 more freshmen were admitted than the residence halls can handle, forcing triple rooms on every floor. Acceptance and enrollment rates will only continue to grow, but the school’s current capabilities and options likely won’t keep up. It will fall behind unless the school expands with its growing student…

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