Articles by Ryan Browne

Stomach bug circulates campus

Jefferson County Health Department officials were brought in to investigate reports of stomach flu-like illness among attendees at a physics seminar.

According to Carla Opp, an Environmental Health Specialist with the Jefferson County Health Department, the department began investigating a report of gastrointestinal illness from an attendee at a seminar hosted on campus and catered by Sodexo. Thirteen people who attended that seminar were sent questionnaires by the Health Department.

Sweeping changes proposed for McBride program

At the request of Provost Steve Castillo, several faculty committees have been working since as early as last spring to recommend changes to the McBride Honors Program. These committees have recommended sweeping change to the program, including moving it into the Liberal Arts and International Studies Department and changing which semester students start in the program.

What’s the difference?

From Friday September 10 to Saturday September 11, I had the privilege of attending a wonderful retreat put on by the Associated Students of the Colorado School of Mines (ASCSM). We drove to beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado, spending almost 24 hours framing the direction for ASCSM this year. This retreat was meant to serve as a team-building and planning opportunity, a purpose that I believe it served admirably. The concerning piece of this trip is that it was funded entirely by a school fee.
I should mention that I am a voting member of the ASCSM Senate, hence my attendance at this retreat, so I, too, should take to heart the criticisms that follow.

Creativity found at Mines


Boasting the largest crowd in history and an overflowing Ballroom A, High Grade’s April 23 launch went off without a hitch. With a live musical performance, readings from some of the published authors, and a special tribute to a Mines student who passed away.

High Grade, the school’s literary journal, started in 1970, has always published the pieces that showed the right-brain prowess of students at Mines. Students, faculty, and staff have always had their best works of fiction, poetry and art published. This year, for the first time ever, the edition features a music and spoken word CD, which was composed with the help of the Music Department here at Mines. The journal, though originally a fairly amateur-looking publication, has undergone a stunning transformation, partially thanks to the constant mentorship of Toni Lefton.

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