November is already half over and the holiday season is right around the corner. And between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, there’s something for everybody to get into the spirit of the season. Snow, lights, baked goods, family, and friends; it seems everyone has a favorite part of this time of year. So the Oredigger hit the streets of Mines to find out, “What is your favorite part of the holiday season?”
My friend was recently offered a job in a new department at our company. I was actually the one who told him about the new opportunity. Recently, however, I’ve heard from a reliable source that this new department is not expected to survive, that it may be a holding tank for people the company wants to get rid of.
I don’t want my friend to lose his job. I’ve told him he should find out more about the new job and make sure it seems sound, but he seems content to believe that it is the best thing ever. I don’t want to tell him exactly what I’ve heard and from whom. My friend has a big mouth and I don’t want it to be known that I have leaked private information.
What should I do? Do I have ethical obligations to my company? To my friend?
–Under the Weight of Knowledge
It didn’t take Sheldon “Tesho” Akindele to make his mark on Oredigger athletics. The true freshman, in only his fourth month in Golden, Akindele has become a force to be reckoned with in Division II soccer. Currently undecided about his major, the he currently leads Mines in goals (17), points (45) and is third on the team in assists (7). Akindele added an assist on the Oredigger’s first goal during a 5-1 win over Regis University that became the first NCAA tournament win in program history. And recently, the freshman received national recognition as he was featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Faces in the Crowd article. Other awards include being named to the All-Conference RMAC team, 2010 Freshman of the Year as well as the RMAC player of the month for October. As Mines heads to Texas to look to continue its postseason run, Akindele will be an integral part of the team’s success. And the scary part is, he has three more years of soccer in his future. For his efforts and performances this year, Akindele is this week’s Athlete of the Week.
For a second, it looked as if it was going to happen again. The team that had handed the #3 CSM men’s soccer team its only loss of the season, Regis University, jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and with momentum on their side, looked to pull off a second upset win over Mines in the opening round of the Division II NCAA tournament in Golden, CO.
It couldn’t have been scripted any better. Triple overtime. Senior Day. Parent’s weekend. RMAC title and playoff berth on the line. Mines faced 4th and 1 on the Nebraska-Kearney 5 yard line trailing by 6 in the third extra session. The Lopers defensive line and defensive back Sam Kuck had been dominating the ground game all day. So what does coach Bob Stitt do? He does what every coach does and calls a statue of liberty trick play. Clay Garcia rolled to his right to found a wide open Scott McManigal for the touchdown to tie the game. CSM now faced one of the biggest two-point conversions in their programs history. One three yard grab by Robbin Vinnola later, and Mines had claimed its first RMAC championship since 2004 by defeating #8 Nebraska-Kearney 55-53 Saturday at Campbell Field in Golden, CO.
For those disappointed with today’s movie scene, Stock, Aitken, and Waterman’s 1987 classic Too Shy to Say It is a welcome alternative to 2010’s light-as-popcorn fare. The stylized sci-fi flick is set in a dystopian future where people of any age may be selected for medical experimentation, much like being selected for jury duty. Originally meant to accelerate the life-saving work of the overstressed biomedical industry, the program was slowly co-opted by radical eugenicists who made a living out of convincing researchers to request “abnormal” patients – anyone that deviated too much from their standard.
Contrary to the title of this event, Turkey Trivia had nothing to do with turkeys. On Tuesday night, several groups of students gathered in teams to combine their knowledge of trivia for the opportunity to win a variety of cool and tasty prizes. With categories such as “Popular Movies” and “Acronyms,” this was sure to be an interesting night full of laughter and literary mishaps.