Daily Archives: February 5, 2012

Future of Librarianship

“The easiest way for me to be proven wrong is to tell you what I think the future of librarianship will be,” said Carl Grant, a library management consultant. The profession of librarianship is on the decline and, according to the report “Perceptions of Libraries,” at the projected rate, libraries will not be used at all by the year 2035.


Minds at Mines: Campus restaurants

With the addition of a Subway, Pizza Hut and Starbucks, the CSM campus offers students more variety in their dining options. Along with Einstein’s Bagels, these food options allow student’s to enjoy chain restaurants without stepping foot off campus. But are these changes for the better? Minds are Mines wants to know, “What is your opinion of the addition chain restaurants to campus dining locations?”

Winter X-Games rock Aspen

The 2012 Winter X-Games was a historic event, as highlights included the first ever snowmobile frontflip, a record breaking 96 point run in the ski slopestyle, and a weekend of paying respect to the late Sarah Burke. But despite all this, the X-Games still belonged to snowboarder Shaun White.


Athlete of the Week: Matt Bisping, Junior, Swimming

Few people have had the privilege of competing in a race against an Olympian. Even fewer could say they raced alongside 13 time Olympic Gold medalist Michael Phelps. But that is where Mines junior swimmer Matt Bisping found himself when he lined up against Phelps at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in 2009. As Bisping remembers, “I didn’t stand a chance.”

You cannot hold it against him though, because while Bisping was racing in his first few competitive swim meets, Phelps was well on his way to earning a record seven gold medals in Beijing. Bisping has not wasted any time since then, finding success in his career as an Oredigger.

Geek of the Week: Mark Taylor, Grad, MME

The man is second-year graduate student in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering program Mark Taylor. The myth is that grad students never emerge from the caverns of their work. The legend is people surviving the graduate program at Mines. Despite the rigor of his studies, Mark somehow manages to keep himself active outside the classroom, and in good spirits. This interview finds him in his office, at an intermission of his work.


Snow Day!

A winter storm warning was issued by the National weather service in most of eastern Colorado on Friday, leading to the closure of Colorado School of Mines for the second time in three years and leaving students and faculty with a great snow day.


Cooking Corner: Candied Bacon

Bacon, a classic breakfast favorite, is popular because of its rich flavour and simplicity to cook. A simple spin to this treat is candied bacon. To make this delicious treat, you need an oven, a pan, aluminum foil, bacon, and brown sugar, along with 20 minutes. The strips can be eaten whole or broken up and used as toppings on foods like hamburgers or salads.

Grinds my gears? The groundhog

The groundhog.

What is your deal? You sit in a hole for 364 days a year and then, on February 2 every year, you decide to come out and see if you can see your shadow. That way of life is lazier than Snooki when she’s working at the Shore Store. Furthermore, how in the world are you supposed to predict the changes of the seasons when you are stuck in a hole all year. That is like the time some gypsy in Paris tried to predict my future. You know nothing about me, so get that slew of diseases you are no doubt carrying away from me. The name “Punxsutawney Phil” for a groundhog is not becoming. Instead of this “oracle” that is supposed to predict changing weather patterns, your name sounds like you are the drunk of a Pennsylvania ghost town.

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