Daily Archives: September 25, 2011

Music Review: Time Out

“Time Out” by Dave Brubeck is more than just a jazz album, it is a jazz classic. Recorded during the summer of 1959, it was almost never released by Columbia Records. The album’s blend of unconventional time signatures and lack of standard tunes made company executives doubtful that it could be a success. Luckily, through an intervention by the company president Goddard Lieberson, the album was released, and despite a number of negative reviews initially, it became one of the most popular and well-known jazz albums of all time.


Geek of the Week: Andrew Franson, Sophomore, Engineering Physics

Some geeks attempt to hide their inner geek, others proudly scooter around campus with the latest D&D rulebook. Perhaps that guy or gal next door with 70GB of RAM is a nerd that you never knew. However, what about the people who do not clearly fall into any such categories? Meet Andrew Franson, the “doctor” down the hall who knows more about the sun than anyone could ever imagine.

Cooking Corner: Chicken Ranch Tacos

For all students living on campus without access to a kitchen, it is possible to make delicious meals without any expensive equipment. The only instruments needed are a microwave, a fridge, and a rotisserie chicken. In less then 10 minutes, the chicken can be transformed into delicious ranch tacos. It is simple and easy and has a short ingredient list. If using a whole rotisserie chicken instead of the recommended two cups, double the toppings and other ingredients to share with up to 10 friends.

Operational excellence: The ability to see

“As you get further and further into your careers, that never happens. No one ever tells you what to do,” said Mark Desrochers. Desrochers, a Mines alumnus, is currently working as the Vice President of Operations at PrimeStar Solar, a company that manufactures solar panels based out of Arvada, Colorado. Desrochers presented a seminar titled “Operational Excellence – The Ability to See,” and shared with students and staff the goals of operations within a company and the benefits that stem from reaching those goals.

Scientific discoveries this week: 9-26-11

Geneva, Switzerland – The existence of particles travelling faster than light has been deemed impossible since Albert Einstein laid out his famous theory of special relativity in 1905. That theory is being challenged, as physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known as CERN) have clocked neutrinos arriving at a target 60 nanoseconds faster than light. Many in the scientific community are clamoring to begin independently recreating the experiment to verify the validity of the feat, but the team who originally discovered the faster-than-light neutrinos are very certain that their data is correct. They have released their results in the hope that someone will invalidate them.

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