Daily Archives: October 9, 2011

Report released on Deepwater Horizon incident

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE, formerly the Minerals Management Service (MMS)) recently released what has been called the most comprehensive findings to date on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon incident of April 20, 2010. The incident killed 11 workers and resulted in the worst oil spill in US history, which lasted 87 days and released almost 5 million barrels of oil.

Women’s soccer shuts out Ft. Lewis 4-0

The CSM soccer complex was abuzz last Friday night as the Lady Orediggers hosted familiar foe Fort Lewis College in the Lady Skyhawks’ first-ever visit to the new Mines soccer field in Golden. The twenty-fifth-ranked Lady Orediggers were seeking to make a statement and climb higher in the RMAC standings against conference leader and ninth-ranked Fort Lewis. Mines earned a resounding 4-0 victory.

Headlines from around the world: 10-10-11

The fighting continues in Libya, as NATO has stated that it is still unwilling to withdraw its military operations in the region. Citing the fighting surrounding the Libyan city of Sirte as an example, the American Defense Secretary has said that NATO is being very careful so as to flush out all the remaining loyalist forces before giving their political leaders official consent to pull out.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Paul Martin

Meeting with Dr. Paul Martin, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, one is immediately struck by his gray-flecked full beard and British accent. He has a unique philosophy and teaching style, which is a result of the time he has spent on both sides of the Atlantic. His experiences and habits make him a different kind of professor, but in the best way possible.

Mines Intramurals in action: First half highlights

The Mines Intramurals program is off to a strong start, with over 2200 members of the Mines community participating in leagues and tournaments such as Grass Volleyball, Flag Football, and the Doubles Golf Scramble. Participation statistics such as these show that Mines students are finding intramural sports as a great outlet from the weekly grind of tough classes. Here are a few notable performances over the past month and a half of the intramural season.

Game Review: Jak III

“Jak III” is a Playstation 2 game from 2004 that, despite its age, still manages to provide gamers with an entertaining experience. The game is the third installment of the “Jak and Daxter” adventures, created by Naughty Dog (the same developers responsible for the recently popular “Uncharted” series). The game works well as a standalone title, as it starts by quickly bringing players up to speed on both the basics of the story and the fairly simple controls, but it also recognizes and uses its status as the third in a trilogy to its full advantage, giving nods to veteran players through improvements in gameplay and storyline and gratuitous inside jokes.

Cooking Corner: ¬°Queso!

Every college student should develop an arsenal of easy-to-make, cheap foods. These dishes are what get students through grueling semesters, in hopes of graduating and never having to eat pickles with cheese ever again. There are some staples, though, that will follow students past their college years. One of them is a simple and delicious queso dip.

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Up ‘Til Dawn hosts kids carnival

Kafadar Commons hosted a rather unique event amidst the hustle and bustle of classes last week – a charity carnival. According to spokespeople Stephanie Ives and Whitney Rucker, Up ‘Til Dawn held the carnival to conclude their awareness week.
Throughout the week, the organization hosted events to provide information about activities and to gain support from the campus community. Up ‘Til Dawn raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fund cancer research and support the well-being of patients.

Music Review: Wilco’s “The Whole Love”

One of the best things about Wilco is that, while they have always had a distinct sound, they have never been confined to one particular genre. They have been a little bit rock, a little bit punk, a little country, and even a little metal. Never has their sound on one album been more undefined, though, than on their newest and first self released album, “The Whole Love.” Jeff Tweedy, the band’s lead singer, describes the new album as jumping between “snot-nosed obnoxious pop songs… and more languid, atmospheric-country music.” This hardly seems appealing, but while “The Whole Love” is not Wilco’s best album (that award still belongs to “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”), it does benefit from a more confident and relaxed band.

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