This week’s GOTW, or more accurately, “Greek of the Week,” is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, an Air Force ROTC participant, and a major geek. Kevin Norbert Tornes is beginning his sophomore year and his third semester at the Colorado School of Mines. He is an avid board game aficionado and genuine lady’s man. The following interview between “The Oredigger” and Mr. Tornes was eventful one to say the least.
Colorado School of Mines faculty have always been involved in research on our campus. December, 1874, was no different, as the Colorado Transcript published a letter from the then Territorial School of Mines Prof. E. J. Mallet to William N. Byers. The letter discussed Mallet’s opinions on descriptions of coal as he proposed, “To give up entirely the term lignite as a special class name.” Feeling that the confusion caused by referring to Colorado mineral fuel as a class was unnecessary, he requested replacing the general use of the term lignite with specific use of lignite, caking bituminous, non-caking bituminous, and anthracite. Mallet explained that “the above classification draws sharply a line of demarcation between coals and, as it depends on physical as well as chemical properties, it clearly expresses their relative characteristics.”
Over the upcoming break, if you find yourself looking up at the sky, ever so often if you are very observant, you will see small glimmers of light track across the sky. While some of these will invariably be meteors streaking to their demise, a handful of them chart an even path, growing lighter as they go overhead, then dying out as the go into the shadow of the Earth.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and seemingly one of the more memorable holidays for college students is Parents’ and Family weekend. While it’s not an official holiday by any means, nor even a bank holiday (though the local utilities did take off Thursday for Veterans Day), the “gifts” of food and the good company fit in well with the big time players, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas.
Suspense, deception, strategy, close calls! Most people think of their grandparents when they here the name Canasta, but in fact nothing could be farther from the truth. In recent years, card games such as Canasta have fallen in popularity due in large part to console and PC games, but nothing can fully replace a good old card game for it’s crowd-pleasing fun.
Music styles vary all across the Colorado School of Mines campus. Many students listen to the basic types such as hip-hop, country, metal, rap, oldies, and rock. However, DJ song mixing and techno is beginning to take over many iPods and CD players around campus. Bassnectar is an entertaining and exciting DJ and songwriter that has recently become very popular.
As the final chapter in the Harry Potter saga, the Deathly Hallows serves to remind the viewer that, in life, things often have to get much worse before they get better. Eminently dark and foreboding of evil, this first part to the last book in the massively popular Harry Potter series makes you wish that Warner Brothers had just gone ahead and released both parts at once, just so you didn’t have to watch everything go so horribly wrong for Harry and not have any happiness to balance it out.
Feeding the City of Golden since 1988, Mannie and Bo’s Pizzeria serves amazing calzones, pizzas, and offers to Mines students and the community as a whole. Featuring homemade dough, sauce, sausages, and meatballs, Mannie and Bo’s ensures that anyone who eats at their restaurant leaves happy and satisfied. Plus, their prices are actually quite reasonable especially with all of the benefits that they bestow upon Mines students.
Massively-multiplayer online role-playing games, or MMORPGs, have been around since the first days of the Internet, and today many boast multiple millions of players. Big-budget MMOs like World of Warcraft feature finely crafted 3-D graphics, immersive soundtracks, and exciting real-time gameplay. Kingdom of Loathing possesses none of these.