Daily Archives: October 24, 2010

The stars shine brightly above Mines: Globular Clusters

The night sky is a ephemeral tapestry filled with nearby planets and far off stars. A quick glance upwards on a dark night will warrant more stars than imaginable. Still, there are elements of this eternal artwork that lie even further away than the stars seen from Earth. While our own star’s neighbors have either long dissipated to the rest of the galaxy or did not exist at all, wild gatherings of other stars can be seen in clusters that dot the night sky. For the most part, these clusters contain stars that formed about the same time as each other. Imagining the night sky from a planet within one of these clusters is overwhelming, yet tranquil, as the night sky would possess luminescence like a thousand planets all shining at once.

Emma Stone Goes All the Way in “Easy A”

Emma Stone shines in “Easy A” as Olive Penderghast, a high school girl with absolutely no reputation until a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out. When Olive’s pushy friend pries for details about what happened over the weekend, Olive appeases her by making up an elaborate story about losing her virginity to a college boy from a nearby school. In reality, Olive spent the weekend at home singing and dancing to Natasha Bedingfield’s hit-single “Pocketful of Sunshine.” Unfortunately for Olive, her fake story is overheard by the catty Marianne, and the rumor spreads like wildfire.


Cooking Corner: Crunchy garlic chicken

There’s no need to run around like a chicken with your head cut off to make the Cooking Corner dish this week! With midterms all but over and finals slowly creeping up on the horizon, it is important for the aspiring engineer to keep on top of their diet. Between shots of Red Bull or whatever else any college student is sure to be drinking, it is important to make sure to get some protein. Chicken is an excellent source of protein, and while some of the ingredients will not be found in the typical college pantry, a quick trip to the store is certain to be worth the time. This recipe will not leave you lacking in heartiness or flavor.

Beer Review: Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager

In the tradition of Germany’s Reinheitsgebot, or beer purity law, only barley, hops, water, and yeast can be used to brew beer. Today’s craft brewers often stretch, or even outright break, these rules with the addition of alternative grains, sugars, herbs, and spices. Wheat, oats, rye, corn, and rice are all fair game, especially in cultures where barley is less common. These experimental brews often shake up the status quo and always serve to keep innovation and creativity in the beer world.

Lauren Sepp

Colorado’s Queen competes to be America’s favorite

Videos, speeches, essays, gowns; Lauren Sepp became very accustom to those over the past year. Sepp is a freshman at Mines and is majoring in mechanical engineering. She has moved nine times due to her family’s military background and lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the last three years. Sepp was crowned her high school’s queen in a blaze of hair spray, make-up, and dresses. Afterwards, she was contacted by America’s Homecoming Queen and competed last April for Colorado’s Homecoming Queen and from there, America’s Homecoming Queen.

Chad McKenna

Geek of the Week: Chad McKenna, Junior, Computer Science

Chad McKenna, RA for Weaver Tower East, Computer Science major, and professional geek. Hailing from Parker, Colorado, McKenna is a local student and plans to graduate in the spring of 2012. Surprisingly, McKenna actually has a life aside from routine bathroom checks & bimonthly health inspections and enjoys the Rocky Mountains as much as any true Colorado native can. However, McKenna still expresses the proper characteristics of any Colorado School of Mines geek.

María Brunhart-Lupo

Faculty Spotlight: María Brunhart-Lupo jazzes up Geology

Many people do not love their job. Luckily for many of the students taking Earth and Environmental Systems, María Brunhart-Lupo is the exception, not the rule. She says of her job, “I love turning up to teach [my SYGN 101 students]. This is the highlight.”
Brunhart-Lupo can relate to the average Mines undergraduate more than most instructors. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from CSM and returned to Golden for her doctorate, again in geology. For Brunhart-Lupo, Mines is a family affair. “My father went here,” she said, “I remember coming here as kid, and I thought it was the neatest place.” Additionally, her brother is currently at Mines pursuing a doctorate in computer science.

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