Cigarette smokers receive a much worse reputation than they deserve. The amount of judgment they receive compared to people who frequently partake in other vices (like alcohol or marijuana) is honestly a little ridiculous, but not completely unfounded. Lung cancer is expected to kill approximately 160,000 people this year alone; of those people, 90% of…
“Earth, Energy, Environment.” We are all familiar with Mines’ motto, which signifies the matrix of focus within the degrees that the school offers. While many of the students at our school are exceptional at deriving value from the matrix, there are still many changes that we can make to bring the values of our motto…
If you randomly pick a person out of the school’s population, you have a higher chance of finding a woman than a non-engineering major. Since we are the top ranked engineering school in the nation, the question that pops up in some minds is: “Why would you ever come here for anything else?” Other than…
“There has been an unacceptable and possibly dangerous change in the student verification for health insurance policy. In previous semesters I have been able to get a student verification for health insurance form, to continue my coverage through my father’s health insurance (Rocky Mountain UFCW), filled out in a matter of minutes with a quick look up of my CWID and a stamp. A change this semester required it to be mailed out and filled out by a national service and then mailed back so that I could pick it up. Three weeks later it has not returned and my bills for glasses and medical expenses are piling up. Any policy change that could negatively impact the continuity of health insurance for students is highly inappropriate and possibly dangerous. I know that I will not be able to be helped, but for future students this policy change must be dealt with aggressively and quickly.”
“Please set more double/dual monitor computers in the Library/Computer labs.”
For this topic I referred to Zachary Boerner and two Student Government representatives that sat on the Technology Fee Committee last year to get their input on the feasibility of this request.
“While having more computers with dual monitors would be nice for many uses, the cost still remains prohibitive given the required quantity and the fact that many people would not use the dual setup. The Tech Fee committee on campus receives over 30 proposals a semester and since not all of these can be funded, items must be prioritized. Dual monitor support is not, compared to many other projects on campus, a high priority. However, if you wish to see more dual-monitor support, you should probably talk to CCIT and inform them that you would like to see more labs that have this ability.”
We need more PARKING.
Given the fact that the Q and F lots are almost never completely full, I will presume that you mean that we need more parking at locations nearer the classes you attend. Moving forward, long term parking (parking for those who live in the residents halls) will be migrated to the Q and F lots. That measure will be delayed by the fact that parking passes have already been allocated. However, there currently is an effort to persuade those living in the residents halls to park in those lots to allow those who commute to campus daily to have access to closer spaces. As to the oversold state of the General parking permits, there are plans to raise their price relative to Commuter parking so that General parking will not be quite so oversold.
Why aren’t there power cords to rent in the digger den? Suggestion: Keep 4-5 extension cords in stock, and hold BlasterCard during rental.
Good news! There are now power strips available for check out at the Student Center Information Desk. Your BlasterCard will be held at the desk during the check-out period. Thanks for the suggestion!
What is the school doing for the students about parking?
Ashley Young, ASCSM Vice President and Chair of the Parking Services & Public Safety Committee answered as follows:
- An outside (private) consulting firm was hired to evaluate our parking system and recommend changes for next year.
- Parking Services recently rebalanced several of the freshman lots (Ford, the upper gravel lot) to include upperclassman parking spaces. In light of the recent construction, Parking Services has also juggled moving faculty and other reserved spaces around the campus.