Despite last weekend’s rough opening tournament in Minnesota, dropping the Lady Orediggers to No. 19 in the country, the Orediggers rebounded strong on their home court to win four straight on the weekend. After sweeping their first two matches against Western Oregon and Texas Woman’s University on Friday, Mines certainly kept their momentum going on Saturday.
After an offseason that can best be described as “too **** long”, football has returned to us at last. The final season of the Bowl Championship Series is underway, and true to form, a national title controversy is brewing as usual, with Clemson, Oregon, Ohio State, and the SEC West powers eyeing their championship hopes while Louisville looks on from the outside. The elites jostle for position and strut their resumes for the press in the one sport where, inexplicably, newspaper columnists’ opinions directly matter.
With four games on the docket between Friday and Saturday, the nineteenth ranked Colorado School of Mines’ Volleyball team looked to put their rough first weekend of games behind them. With contests against Western Oregon University and Texas Woman’s on Friday, the Orediggers were looking to gain momentum going into Saturday’s showdown with No. 22 Central Washington. Winning both matches by a score of three sets to zero, the ladies from Mines did so in convincing and record breaking style.
It was a rough week for Colorado, as flooding caused by four straight days of rain occurred along the Front Range. Although Mines kids might have initially welcomed the change in weather, save the umbrella-less students running from class to class, the overflowing torrents likely changed most people’s minds. This week, Minds at Mines asked, “What do you think about the floods?”
The monsoon-like conditions did not stop ambitious Mines students from filling Lockridge Arena at the annual Fall Career Fair last week. “This is probably the soggiest Career Day ever,” said John Kuyt, a senior in Civil Engineering, “When I first came in, I walked around and talked with friends who are recruiting because that was when I had wet hair.”
Director of Mines Career Center Jean Manning-Clark concurred, “Well, it’s definitely the wettest Career Fair ever, though we have done it in a blizzard before.”
Besides being the wettest, this year’s Fall fair also broke the record for most employers in the history of CSM career fairs. According to Manning-Clark, the official number of employers was 227, eight more than the previous year, which was the largest Career Day at that time. “This year we kind of just blew it away,” added Manning-Clark. There were also additional companies on the waitlist and large areas for resume drops.
Last summer some students chose to take a summer course thousands of miles from home all the way on the other side of the globe. These students went to the University of Wollongong (UoW) in Australia to tackle a sustainable design project, evaluating the energy usage of a 180-person residence hall, and making feasible recommendations to increase its energy efficiency. They were also one of the first groups to tour UoW’s newly constructed Sustainable Buildings Research Center (SBRC), a net-zero energy building that, over its lifetime, will produce as much or more energy than it takes to build and operate.
Only a few months after bone-dry conditions were elemental in wildfires across Colorado, torrential rains and flooding struck the Front Range, leaving roads washed away and closed, basements underwater, tragic casualties, and hundreds unaccounted for within a week. The worst of the disaster fell upon the Boulder area where, according to the Denver Post, flood waters reached an estimated 4.5 billion gallons of water as of Friday. In Lyons roads in and out of the town were unusable, and in Jamestown citizens had to be evacuated with helicopter. Downtown Evergreen was also completely flooded and the South Platte’s rising in Aurora led to some raft rescues, while Longmont, Greeley, Estes Park and other areas were also badly hit.
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A study of the Sutter’s Mill meteorite suggests that there was a larger variety of extraterrestrial organic molecules available to the Earth in it’s early years than previously thought. By hydrothermally treating meteorite fragments, scientists at Arizona State University were able to simulate early Earth conditions; which caused the release of complex oxygen-rich compounds, including polyethers of “definite prebiotic interest.” These findings give greater insight into the organic compounds produced outside of Earth, as well as to how they may have influenced early molecular evolution on the planet.