Daily Archives: September 18, 2011

Movie Review: Green Lantern (2011)

“The ring has chosen. Speak the oath.” As “Green Lantern” begins, these words are the audience’s first introduction to a mythical energy that apparently gives the user nearly unlimited power and drives much of the movie’s plot. These powers are not locked safely away, however, but, as is typical in fiction, thrust upon an ordinary human.

Cooking Corner: Gourmet Grilled cheese improves college staple

The grilled cheese sandwich has long been a staple of the student diet. It is simple to prepare and tastes great. For many people, the grilled cheese stops at two slices of white bread and a piece of American cheese, but with just a few modifications, anyone can turn a grilled cheese into a gourmet sandwich. Using this recipe, students can impress themselves and their friends by making the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.


Geek of the Week: Ben Cathey, Sophomore, Petroleum Engineering

Some students at Mines attempt to suppress their nerdy instincts, denying their inner geek in all but the most extreme circumstances. Others accept their geeky nature but make no efforts to encourage that particular side of their personalities. Many however, choose to embrace their inner geek and act enthusiastically on their nerdy passions. Whether you see him walking around campus in his trademark fedora, catch him at his computer playing “Space Marines” and yelling that “cover is for the weak,” or pass by as he’s busy frustrating the DM of whatever RPG he happens to be playing, Ben Cathey most definitely fits squarely in the final category.

Football Informant 9/17/11

It seems difficult to believe, but one quarter of the college football regular season has already passed. And what a season it has been so far! There have been stunning upsets and unlikely contenders, capped off with one of the greatest games in recent memory when Notre Dame visited Michigan under the lights. This is the time of year when Vanderbilt is tied for the SEC East lead, when Iowa State is still unbeaten and when Notre Dame has already fallen short of lofty expectations… again. Michigan has begun its annual creep into the bottom of the rankings, soon to be relegated out again once Big Twelve, ahem, Big Ten play begins. There have been the annual slew of SEC non-conference marquee wins – Oregon, Penn State, and… not really anyone else important. The bottom half of the SEC has also participated in a number of less-publicized marquee losses, as Clemson, Louisville, and most prominently Boise State would like to point out. Hopefully, the nation’s most top-heavy conference will not be mistaken as the top-to-bottom best conference this year. There is no clear title favorite, and no team is invulnerable this year. Rumors of realignment are shaking the landscape, but for now, the regular season of this American pastime is well underway in all its grandeur.

Debate: Obama’s new job plan

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the unemployment rate is currently at 9.1%. As his response, President Obama presented a plan to add more jobs to the economy in an address to Congress. According to Obama, his plan, the American Jobs Act, “Will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed. It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business. It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services.”


Community Spotlight: Goozell Yogurt

With a few more warm days left in the season, everyone has a chance to enjoy the cooling effects of one of Golden’s newest local businesses, Goozell Yogurt. Goozell opened their doors to Golden this past summer, in June. Their windows sport a bright blue and green logo that attracts customers, and the inside is just as radiant. Their self-serve frozen yogurt is priced by the ounce, so it is totally up to the customer as to what conglomeration they end up with. Flavors include “Mediterranean Mango,” “Istanbul Cheesecake,” or “Sultan Chocolate.”

Good things come in threes

Excitement is running high for the inaugural season of the Triathlon Club here at the Colorado School of Mines. Tess Weathers, a graduate student in hydrology, formed the club earlier this year and expressed her joy to have companions to train and compete with. But Weathers’ primary goal is to share the feeling of crossing the finish line with the Mines campus. “[In triathlons], sometimes you question why you are out there, but once you cross the finish line, it’s so exciting to say ‘Oh my gosh, I did it!'” Weathers’ athletic career began three years ago in college at the University of California Davis. Since then, she has competed in triathlons across the nation and enjoys bringing new athletes to the sport.

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