Members of the Engineers Without Borders / Bridges to Prosperity (EWB/B2P) student organization at the Colorado School of Mines recently traveled to Nicaragua to complete a social survey for a community development project. The team of five included four students: Ethan Faber, Eric Rosing, Ashley Lessig, and Jeremy Beard as well as professional mentor Stephanie Fleckenstein. Over the course of the survey trip the team spent their spring break collecting information about a group of four rural communities in the Carazo region of Nicaragua. The main goals were to collect information about development needs in the communities and identify what opportunities they saw for themselves. The Los Gomez area communities were the site of a pedestrian bridge construction project which was completed by the community members and EWB/B2P students at Mines in May, 2013.
With bad weather in the forecast on Sunday, the Colorado School of Mines softball team had their games rescheduled to a Friday-Saturday series with two games each day. Blessed with beautiful weather both Friday and Saturday, Mines took three of the four games to improve their record to 15-22 and 11-17 in the RMAC.
It was perfect weather for baseball all week, but a forecast for snow altered the schedule to contain two double headers on Friday and Saturday. The Orediggers won a game each day, resulting in the series split: 13-8 win and 5-2 loss Friday, then 8-3 loss and 3-1 win Saturday. The split takes CSM’s record to 16-17 overall, with 14-12 in conference play.
Another year, another tournament that epitomizes the name ‘March Madness’. The seventh seeded Connecticut Huskies defeated the number eight seed Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in one of the more improbable tournament final matchups to date, claiming their third national championship in the past ten years and fourth overall. So how did it happen that these two teams played for it all last Monday night? What transpired along the way that allowed these schools, that were close to not even making the tournament only a few weeks prior, suddenly go as far as they did? Simply put: March Madness.
The Colorado School of Mines golf team headed to Goodyear, Arizona on Monday and Tuesday for the Mustang Intercollegiate golf tournament. After the first day of competition, and two rounds of play, the Orediggers were in seventeenth place. After the second day, the Orediggers placed thirteenth.
There are many interesting clubs at Mines which span a wide variety of activities and one of the most impressive is the Club Hockey team. Founded in 1995 and currently participating in the Division III American Collegiate Hockey Association, the team has provided a great opportunity for hockey players at Mines looking to play at a competitive level without the sometimes overwhelming pressure of Division I teams.
There are now less than three weeks until finals begin and, for most, the long year weighs on the shoulders and motivation is hard to come by. Whether bright-eyed freshman or a senior itching to graduate, Mines minds need to stay motivated in the crucial stretch to the end. This week, Minds at Mines asked, “What keeps you motivated?”
For those who have missed the recent controversy, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) voted unanimously to increase the Associated Student Fee (AS Fee) over the unanimous objection of the Graduate Student Government (GSG) on March 17th. This polarizing vote has soured intergovernmental relations and drawn significant criticism to USG. Backlash from this criticism sparked finger-pointing by representatives of USG and Mines Activity Council (MAC). These representatives accuse GSG of obstructing extra-curricular activities and ignoring student life on campus.
Seventy-one percent of the Earth’s crust is covered by ocean. According to NOAA, “more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored.” In other words, seventy percent of the planet could hold vast, untapped mineral resources. As technology improves, humankind’s ability to access these resources increases as well. Soon, the majority of mining may be done, not on land as today, but far below the sea.