Daily Archives: November 18, 2012

Local band Churchill is making a change

From 3OH!3 to Breathe Carolina, Flobots, The Lumineers, and One Republic, many well known bands call Colorado home. Now, the Denver-based band Churchill has begun to receive national attention as well with the release of “Change EP.” Since its beginning in 2009, Churchill has been successful, appearing in SXSW and opening for The Fray, another local band. Churchill drummer Joe Richmond attributes this recent success to the band’s eventual signing with record label A&M Octone. In an interview with news site “Music Is My Oxygen,” Richmond says that Churchill has “been playing in Denver a lot the past couple of years, and that led to meeting some people in the Denver music scene… One of the big things that led to getting some attention from record labels was The Fray having us out on a couple of shows. That led to getting some recognition from some people… [and] that kind of started the ball rolling.”


GSA wins NAGPS Regional Member of the Year

For the Colorado School of Mines Graduate Student Association (GSA), a year of successes and innovative ventures was recognized by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) at the National Conference this November. Competing against top-notch universities such as MIT and Texas Tech, CSM walked away with the highest award: the National Member of the Year. Mines GSA members received three awards and participated in the national conference held at Duke University in North Carolina earlier this month.

USG talks about change

Last Thursday, USG met to discuss two new residence halls, class changes, and parking.

Tyler Cooper, Executive Vice President, announced that Aspen Hall will open in the spring semester. Aspen Hall is the newly renovated residence hall that used to be Sigma Nu’s round house. The leadership themed house will be open for 23 students. More details will follow on how students may apply to live in this hall. Cooper also announced that admissions should be lower next year, returning to the average admittance of roughly 950 students, compared to this year’s admissions of 1060 students. Over 9000 applications have already been submitted to Mines for next year, an increase of 25% from last year, with many more expected.

Scientific discoveries this week: 11/26/12

Cambridge, Massachusetts – Astronomers have long sought an explanation as to why planets often have axes that are tilted from their orbital plane. In the case of the Earth, its axis is 23 degrees from vertical, which causes there to be seasons. For the past 17 years, most astronomers agreed that the most plausible explanation for this phenomenon was that the disk of the planet formed far from the star, then over time migrated closer. This theory has not stood the test of time, as a few years ago astronomers discovered planets on severely tilted and even backwards orbits. The only way this extreme level of tilt could be achieved is if some other celestial body had acted on the planet in some way. Just last week an astronomer from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge postulated that the cause of these maligned orbits is not disk migration, but rather the reality that many planets are born in multi-stellar environments. This means that the planet was born amongst a group of stars, and that as the stars migrated apart, the planet’s axis tilted due to the massive gravitational pull of the multiple stars.


Club Sport of the Week: Men’s Volleyball

Although some people may know the history of the sport, many people don’t know that volleyball was created in 1895 in Massachusetts as a recreational sport for students and businessmen. The game was made as a combination of basketball (which had only been invented four years before volleyball), handball, tennis, and baseball. Following great popularity, The Playground of America Convention in 1907 stated that volleyball was one of the most popular recreational sports. From this point, volleyball was added to school education and intramural programs in 1916.

Women’s Soccer beats Metro State 2-1 in third round of NCAA

The Colorado School of Mines Women’s soccer team extended their season, beating Metro State 2-1 in the third round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship. With the win, the Lady Orediggers advanced to the elite eight for the second consecutive year. This was the fourth matchup of the year between these two RMAC foes, with Metro state taking the two regular season games and Mines taking the two tournament games after beating Metro 1-0 en route to the RMAC tourney championship.

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