Daily Archives: October 7, 2012

Grinds my Gears: lack of auto-flush toilets

You know what really grinds my gears?

Where are all the auto-flush toilets in the new buildings? Now, I can only speak for the men’s bathrooms, but still, I would imagine that the women’s are similar in technology. Both the new section of the Brown Building and Marquez Hall require us students to manually facilitate the flushing process. Not only is this an inconvenience for everyone using the facilities, but it also contributes to the spread of germs and disease. I understand that the school spends what likely amounts to thousands of dollars on the flu vaccine for all the students. Wouldn’t a good supplement to flu prevention be installing auto-flush facilities? I recognize that these electronics are not cheap. According to Google, the auto-flush sensor itself can cost $200, but for a building being built in the 21st century, it should be made standard. Luckily, these contraptions can be fitted to the pipes after the manual flush has been installed, so there’s still hope for our lazy race.

The Football Informant: The elites stand and deliver

This week in college football was tumultuous, unpredictable, and thrilling—in other words, it was all of the reasons why the sport is great. Contenders were validated, pretenders revealed, and the national title picture is becoming clearer. Florida State’s expected collapse came in spectacular fashion, as the Seminoles inexplicably blew a 16-0 halftime lead, getting shut out in the second half against North Carolina State in a one-point loss that should end FSU’s title hopes. On the other hand, South Carolina used a spectacular first quarter to lay waste to fifth-ranked Georgia, validating the Gamecocks’ national title campaign. After six weeks, we have finally seen enough football to reasonably select the best teams in football. With much ado, here is the inaugural 2012 Football Informant Top Five:

Mines narrowly falls 1-0 to Regis

The Colorado School of Mines men’s soccer team took on No. 3 Regis University looking to slow down the high-powered Ranger offense that leads all of Division II in scoring. Mines did just that, holding a Regis team that is avergaing nearly four goals per game to just one score on the night. But it was not enough as Regis held on for the 1-0 win in dreary weather Friday at the CSM Soccer Stadium.

Football crushes Fort Lewis 58-16

After being frustrated for the past nine quarters, things did not look promising for the Orediggers as they trailed winless Fort Lewis College 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. But, all that pent up frustration turned into an offensive explosion in a 27-point second quarter that led to a 58-16 win over the Skyhawks Saturday in Durango, Colorado.


Club Sport of the Week: Men’s Rugby

Rugby is not a game for the light-hearted. It is a game that builds and tests a person’s character and spirit. Many people believe that rugby was born in 1823 when William Ellis disregarded the rules of football and “first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game” (as found on a commemorative stone at Rugby School). However, the first team was formed by Arthur Pell at Cambridge in 1839. Soon after, the Rugby Football Union was founded in a London hostelry, with one of the team representatives missing due to the fact that he got drunk in the wrong pub.

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