Daily Archives: September 12, 2010

ASCSM discusses traditions, curriculum

While largely unattended, last Thursday’s Associated Students of the Colorado School of Mines (ASCSM) meeting discussed many new issues facing the student body including current discussions in the undergraduate council and the possibility of new traditions for students.

The idea of an activity credit is back in the undergraduate council, with the basic idea being that students would do eight semesters of activities (yet to be defined) that would be required for graduation but would not count towards students’ GPAs. This is meant to replace the current system of PA credit.

Tech Break: Why is iTunes so slow?

We could talk about Google Instant, but there really isn’t much to say about that product; you type a search query and Google pulls up results before you finish typing. Google Instant increases the number of search queries that hit Google servers by a factor of between five and seven, and will save people 350 million hours over the course of the year. The time savings assumes, of course, that people will not spend those hours testing out Google Instant, or programming instant editions of other web applications, such as Google Maps or iTunes.

Dr. Christian Shorey

Shorey takes Mines to the world

Sitting at his desk strewn with various rocks and minerals, Dr. Christian Shorey begins to talk about his background. “I grew up in Dallas, Texas, born in California though, the two most hated states in Colorado,” he jokes.

Geology has always been of interest to Dr. Shorey, even at a young age. “I’ve been doing it since I was in Kindergarten… always into rocks, playing in creek beds, doing stuff outdoors… it was something I already knew I was going to do when I was in eighth grade.” Dr. Shorey received his Bachelor’s of Science in Geology with a minor in Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. “I went straight to my Ph.D. because I knew I wanted to teach. That was in paleoclimatology… the study of ancient climates.”

TP “Bomber” charms campus

Rumors have been spreading recently about a campus hero that the students have dubbed the “Charmin Bomber,” who “bombs” a different campus restroom every Monday. According to reports from those on the receiving end his or her work, the Charmin Bomber removes all the toilet paper from the target bathroom and restocks the bathroom with a softer, thicker brand. There is no apparent gender bias in the target bathrooms, so many speculate that the bombing is a team effort. Occasionally, a dorm bathroom will be TP-bombed, so at least one of the students in on the effort has BlasterCard access.

Morals for your story: 9-13-2010

Dear Moralistas,
A former teacher of mine recently won a teaching award. I didn’t nominate her for the award, though I wish I did.

I wrote to congratulate her on receiving the prestigious award. She wrote back in an email to a group of our friends, thanking me for nominating her. In the email she mentioned that she wanted to show her gratitude to me and another friend (who actually did write a nomination) by getting us something special when we go to her house in a couple of weeks.

Should I tell my former teacher, who has since become my friend, that I didn’t nominate her? Or should I say nothing and let her believe that I did?
–A Too Secret Admirer

Arnold Borgsiewicz

Minds at Mines: That clueless facial expression

It happens every year around the end of August. No, it is not the closing of the pool, pre-season football, sweet corn, apple cider, or the changing colors of the leaves. It is the beginning of college. For millions of people around the world, this is a return to a familiarity – same friends, same buildings, same professors, sometimes even same courses. For millions of others, however, this signifies the end of dependence on parents and the beginning of total independence (until tuition is due). They begin the proverbial journey of a thousand miles with that proverbial single step. And, at least in this country, we call these people freshmen. They can be identified by the clueless stares on their faces and the anger exuding from their pores directed at either physics or calculus homework. I say this with full knowledge – my clueless stare is permanently affixed to my befuddled face and I nearly cried over my Calc II homework this week. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a freshman, and I am not ashamed to admit it. Perhaps you too, reader, are experiencing everything for the first time. No matter what your class, you may be curious to read on as this week, Minds at Mines investigates how these fresh-faced youngsters are coping with the transition to Mines life. As is readily apparent, responses varied widely, from advice to complaints to blank stares – lots of blank stares. So, without further ado, here are several representatives of the class of 2014 saying what is on their minds after three weeks at the Colorado School of Mines.

Lady Orediggers demolish TWU 2-0

The women’s soccer game overcame two tough, early losses to earn their first win of the season Friday as the Colorado School of Mines beat Texas Woman’s University 2-0.Most of the game was dominated by strong defensive performances on both sides. It was not until late in the first half in the forty-first minute that CSM junior Joanna Graves broke the scoreless tie. Teammate Megan Woodworth fired a well-placed corner kick into the box, where Graves caught the ball in midair with her foot and sent it home. It was Graves’s first goal of the 2010 season.

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