Daily Archives: September 4, 2011

New college formed by big departments

On August 3, 2011, the College of Engineering and Computational Science was created. The Division of Engineering and the Mathematical and Computer Science Department reconfigured to form the Departments of Applied Mathematics & Statistics (AMS), Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), and Mechanical Engineering (ME), within the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge tears through Golden

Racers and spectators alike rejoiced last Sunday as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge came to a rousing finish in downtown Denver, Colorado. The race, which involved every aspect of road racing, is the toughest cycling challenge in the United States and has been compared to be on par with the infamous Tour de France. With steep climbs, long flats, and high-speed drops, this race encompassed the ultimate challenge for a cyclist; maintain a steady pace while refusing to succumb to the unforgivable strain of the Rocky Mountains.

This week in Colorado history: Smallpox and subscriptions

September 5, 1900
The “Boys in the State Industrial School at Golden” learned further that crime never pays in September of 1900. As if having been sent to reform school was not enough punishment in itself, twelve students were affected by a mild outbreak of smallpox, reported The Colorado Transcript. The school itself issued a letter that explained two students were already cured, four more were expected to be released within the week, and the rest were “up and about the hospital, dressed and in usual health, with the exception of the eruption.” As for the cause, “To the best of our [the administration’s] belief and information this disease was brought here by a 12-year-old boy from the Arapahoe county jail.”


SWE is scaling new heights

Whoever said there are no women in Engineering has clearly never been to the Mines chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE is a national non-profit organization for both professional female and male engineers. And upon reaching 395 members, the Colorado School of Mines student section of SWE is not only the largest professional organization on campus, but the largest SWE section in the nation.

Movie Review: Captain America, America’s first avenger

Building on the increasingly popular comic-book-turned-hit-movie formula, “Captain America: The First Avenger” is the kind of feel-good movie that leaves you wondering, “Where can I get a shield like that?” While the common superheroes contain inherent talent and must learn to use them for good, Captain America is the extreme opposite, featuring a scrawny kid with nothing but a huge heart.

Tech Break – CenturyLink vs. Xfinity

People checking their mail lately have probably received some sort of promotional notice from the telephone company. The promo card likely mentioned $14.99 per month Internet access (with purchase of a phone line) and has a green color scheme, an aesthetic change representing recent transitions.


Minds at Mines – Back to school

At the end of each summer, Mines students return from their far-flung hideouts to campus. Their summer activities are often a mystery or a hodgepodge. A typical Mines summer can be broken down into three pursuits, working, playing, and doing nothing. So in this first issue, Minds at Mines asks, “What did you do during your summer?”

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