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The Oredigger goes flying with iFly Denver!

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Written by Lucy Orsi

Posted on 19 November 2014

web1On Friday, October 17, three Oredigger staff members were invited to the Grand Reopening of iFly Denve. Our paper sent three staff members: Connor McDonald (top right), Ronald Kem (middle left), and Lucy Orsi (middle right). At the event, each of our representatives suited up and jumped into their wind tunnel to give indoor sky diving a try!
iFly Denver, formerly known as Skyventure Colorado, is one of 32 iFly facilities operating around the globe. iFly Holdings is based in Austin, Texas and leads the world in the manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for recreational indoor sky-diving, competitive skydiver training and military training. iFly has successfully flown over 6 million flyers.

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Treasure Island: An Ironic Experience at Engineering School

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Written by Katrina San Nicolas

Posted on 11 November 2014

"Colorado School of Mines" and "theater productions" are two phrases not frequently found in the same sentence, but avoid telling that to the members of Mines Little Theater. Amidst Calculus class, Physics homework, and plenty of Engineering Design, students involved in Mines Theater wholeheartedly performed the classic play "Treasure Island" last weekend. While the performance was far from a Broadway production, the enthusiasm of the actors made the experience light-hearted and humorous for all involved.

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Hit The Courts with Mines Tennis

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 11 November 2014

Tennis is a global sport well known for its complicated scoring techniques and how fast the ball can fly. The subtleties in technique and footwork are admired in tennis players when newcomers enter the court for the first time. On campus, there is a group of students that seeks to improve on their these techniques while experiencing the fun and joy that comes with the sport.

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Melodic Miners Concert

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Written by Kathryn Dykes

Posted on 11 November 2014

At first it would seem like a pretty regular afternoon in the library with students scattered around with piles of books and frantically typing on laptops. But off to the side a small gaggle of 9 girls is in the corner of the Boettcher Room wearing matching black polo shirts embroidered with the words "Melodic Miners" on a music staff. The ladies cluster together, giggling nervously as students, teachers, and faculty gathered to hear their tunes. As 12:00 rolls around the girls straighten up and stand in a line. A pitch pipe is played quietly and suddenly a beautiful chorus breaks free. Toes are tapping, hips are swaying to the beat as the bouncy backup to the Little Mermaid classic "Kiss the Girl" enters the library.

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Leslie Light: EPICS Professor Extraordinaire

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Written by Katrina San Nicolas

Posted on 11 November 2014

Light-(1)From designing lunch boxes for consumers in India to working in Silicon Valley, Leslie Light is an engineer who has experienced the career many Mines students dream of. Officially the Teaching Associate Professor and Director of EPICS, Leslie Light is now using her engineering experiences to enhance the EPICS design course sequence here at Colorado School of Mines.

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Keurig Coffee Machine

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Written by Frank Knafelc

Posted on 22 October 2014

In 1995, the young college student and entrepreneur John Sylvan was hung over an ATM machine suffering tunnel vision, heart palpitations, and feeling extremely woozy. After contacting his physician, he was ordered to the emergency room. Doctors soon discovered that Sylvan was drinking no less than thirty to forty cups of coffee a day! Little did they know though that young Sylvan and his roommate Dragone were on the verge of redefining how America drinks her coffee.

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Hidden Remains: Chapter 1: Awakening

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 22 October 2014

The sun had just kissed the horizon when the birds hushed their daily calls; the howls of the wolves died and the owls fell silent. The darkened sky gained an orange hue even as the wind shuffled the leaves that remained on the trees. The foxes abandoned the forests surrounding the Seine Mountains and in a distant forest a sword began to hum.

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Geek of the Week: Amanda Casner, Physics, Sophomore

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Written by Katerina Gonzales

Posted on 22 October 2014

gotw-(1)WEBAmanda Casner is the perfect blend of geek and nerd at Mines, from loving physics to loving Harry Potter. In her second year at Mines, she has found her groove in the Mines community and also is a TA for Physics I.

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Faculty Spotlight: Renee Falconer

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 22 October 2014

Faculty-Spotlight--2WEBLoved by a majority of her students, teaching professor Renee Falconer imparts on her students more than just the chemistry that is taught in her classes. She welcomes all of her students with open arms and an open office, and makes the courses she teach about them and their learning experience rather than her. With a BS and a PhD in chemistry, she teaches Chemistry I and Chemistry II and makes CSM 101 an enjoyable and fun class.

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Harmonic Happenings: Vintage Silk Band

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Written by Katrina San Nicolas

Posted on 22 October 2014

While the Arthur Lakes Library is generally a silent place to study, the upbeat sound of smooth jazz drifted throughout the building one Friday afternoon. Vintage Silk Band, a four piece jazz ensemble, energetically performed a one hour-lunchtime show in the Boettcher room as part of the Concerts in the Library entertainment series.

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Department in Review: Geology & Geological Engineering

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Written by Jared Riemer

Posted on 17 October 2014

Diagrams-1The student/professor ratio is about 9:1.
There are 150 undergraduate students and 183 graduate students in the department as well as 17 faculty members.
The average starting salary (as of 2012) for undergrads is $55,000 whereas for graduate students, it is $95,000, and the employment rate within the department is 80% for undergrads and mid to high 90s for graduate students.

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Scott Strong—Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for AMS (Applied Math and Statistics)

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Written by Katrina San Nicolas

Posted on 06 October 2014

Scott Strong is not your typical college mathematics professor. He bounds into class with more energy than all 30 students combined, uses the room as a coordinate system to model quadric surfaces, and always manages to evoke many more questions than calculus can possibly answer. Professor Strong is the epitome of an engaging lecturer, challenging each and every student who steps into his room to consider the real world application of a subject often considered too abstract.

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Entering a Rumor: Chapter 5: Shattering Steel

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 06 October 2014

"Roland sir, it seems that the traitor has allies." The commander frowned, his eyes scanning the small clearing. The remains of a fire pit was still warm to touch, banked not an hour ago. The soft ground had given way to footsteps, how many he couldn't tell. "Orders?"

"Get our best trackers on the trail. Itel is a risk to our clan. He knows far too many secrets and if the Liaru Clan finds out....." Roland growled, his hands tightening on the reins of his horse. "The results will be disastrous."

"You think the Loners have a hand in this, sir?" The soldier questioned quietly, his face pale as thought of the possible consequences. "You think Itel fell that far? The Loners consist of nothing but deserters and traitors!"

"No other clan would come out this far." Roland snapped as one of his other unit members gestured in a direction. "Let's end that traitor!

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