Daily Archives: April 14, 2013

Campus Rumors: Does Chuck Stone wear pants?

Physicists across the country work to solve the mysteries of the universe. The physics faculty and graduate students and Colorado School of Mines are no different. They strive to answer mysteries and questions such as: “What is dark matter? Are the branching ratios of the Higgs Boson consistent with the standard model? Is the proton a fundamentally stable particle or does it have a finite lifetime as predicted by some extensions to the standard model?” However, probably the single most asked question in the physics department is, “Does Chuck Stone wear pants?”

Letter to the Editor: 4/15/13

In my opinion, the student body at Mines seems to have a problem with defining personal space and pigheadedness, particularly on the main sidewalks between classes. I have been run into countless times from lazy students who refuse to respect their half of the sidewalk and move out of the way. This problem is greatly intensified by the presence of snow. The limited walking space created by snow barriers leads to an excess number of physical collisions because students are adamant about standing their ground and not moving to their half of the sidewalk. I understand that they maybe mid-conversation with a friend but I believe it is the respectful thing to move either in front of or behind the person you are walking with to avoid running into someone else.

Scientific discoveries this week: 4/15/13

Honolulu, Hawaii – The Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. The telescope will be the largest in the world. The telescope is expected to be able to see 13 billion light years in the astronomical past and also to view extrasolar planets. The project is expected to cost more than $1 billion.

Headlines from around the world: 4/15/13

Margaret Thatcher, also know as the “Iron Lady” died Monday at 87 following a stroke. She was known for the conservative resurgence she led in her home country and her partnership with Ronald Reagan. Thatcher, a former British prime minister, led Britain from 1979 until 1990. She was the first and only woman to be prime minister and the longest-serving prime minister since before the world wars. President Barack Obama said that Thatcher was an exemplar of British strength and resolve and a role model for young women.

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