Daily Archives: October 2, 2011

Movie Review: Drive

After watching the trailer for “Drive,” I was convinced not to see the full movie. It seemed like a remake of “Transporter” with updated special effects, and I was not a fan of “Transporter.” However, after too many recommendations from friends to ignore, I decided to give it a chance. And “Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling, proved me wrong, swapping frilly special effects for intricate plotlines and understated but impressive chase scenes.

Mines to institute No-Girl-Left-Behind

In their latest effort to attract more people of the female persuasion to Mines, the financial aid department has announced several new grants and scholarships targeted at women. These new scholarships have one limitation, and it is one that many men will find annoying. Simply put, you need a set of ovaries. While some men at this prestigious school would see this as an opportunity, most would rather the financial aid department just be more lenient.


Minds at Mines: Best Invention

This year’s stone-age-themed homecoming was named “Re-inventing the Wheel.” This title is a great way to describe homecoming, but a poor idea in practice. The wheel essentially has no flaws, and has been in use for thousands of years, making it perhaps the greatest invention of all time. There are of course many other great inventions, which is why this week, Minds at Mines asks, “What is the greatest invention of all time and why?”

Two guarantees in life: Death and taxes

Unequal taxation is slavery. This statement is not self-evident, and thus the terms in it need to be defined in order to prevent misunderstandings. Taxation is the government requiring its citizens to pay it a portion of the money they earn. Inequality is the government treating two citizens differently. Slavery is one person or entity forcibly taking another person’s time away from them. Unequal taxation is the government requiring one citizen to pay a higher percentage of their income than another.

Letter to the Editor

To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to ask that the Oredigger apply a stronger hand in examining the pieces that are published by its writers, and hold writers to a higher standard of reporting. I reference the story “Obama’s optimism not enough to bring jobs” in the Sept 19th issue. Your writer Will Parker states “But one must consider that many of these people own Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), an LLC is a pass-through-entity, meaning that the LLC’s income is reported on the owner’s tax return and the owner of the LLC is taxed not just for their personal profit but also their business’s profit.

Headlines from around the world: 10-3-2011

An al-Qaeda leader of American birth was killed by a predator drone strike in Yemen last week, marking the first time in the war on terrorism that an American has been directly targeted. The leader in question was Anwar al-Awlaki. Born an American and an outspoken al-Qaeda activist, he was considered by the Central Intelligence Agency to be the most dangerous English-speaking propagandist working for al-Qaeda.

Athlete of the Week: Alex Vigil, Senior, Football

When most students get sick of doing their homework, they want to hit their head on the nearest object until they felt better. When senior linebacker Alex Vigil wants to vent his academic frustration, he can hurl his 6’1″, 215 lb at the opposing quarterback. Vigil, a fifth-year senior and team captain, has watched and helped guide the football team as the Orediggers have risen from a squad that went 7-5 in his first year to one that has won 21 of its last 25 games and advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament in 2010.

Return of the football informant: The real season begins

This was a wild weekend in college football, with conference play beginning in earnest and a choice selection of excellent match-ups. Contenders were exposed, heavyweights dominated, and many teams finally displayed their true colors after starting out against weak competition. Alabama achieved an impressive road win to hold up to LSU’s early triumphs, while Oklahoma continued its early warm-up run. Boise State took out its frustrations from last season against Nevada, while Ohio State and TCU fell further from national relevance. The SEC East descended into chaos, while the Big Ten hierarchy became much clearer. Most major conferences now have a dominant front-runner or two, followed by a thoroughly muddled middle of the standings. Though the ultimate results are uncertain, the season will certainly be exciting.

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