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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 Connor McDonald

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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Entering a Rumor: Chapter 4: Cross Fire

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 29 September 2014

It was a little past dawn when the teen stirred, his eyes scrunching before flickering open. It took a moment for him to remember the events of the night before; the corpses, the fire and most of all, his dead twin. He jerked upwards with a panicked cry, his body crashing back onto the bedroll as his broken ribs and wrist flared in agony.

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Faculty Spotlight: Mark Seger, PhD. in Chemistry

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 24 September 2014

Seger-9-17-14"Would you rather wear a hard hat or a lab coat?" Professor Mark Seger is generally known around campus as the pyromaniac who teaches in Coolbaugh Hall. He makes the day of his students, putting on engaging demos that are not only educational but also entertaining. But what has made Mark Seger who he is today?

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Entering a Rumor: Chapter 3: Spinning Webs

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 24 September 2014

It was sometime past midnight when Isidore saw the dim reflection of the moon on the ground. Dropping the reins of his mare, he knelt, letting his pants soak in water from the soil. His eyes, accustomed to the dark foliage, managed to make out what seemed to be a handle. He frowned gently, letting his hands wrap around it before pulling.

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What's Eating You: How to prevent eating disorders and the myth of "Freshman 15"

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Written by Magnus Chun

Posted on 24 September 2014

As the first month of college passes by and exams start to place stress on many students, especially freshmen, there are many health issues that suddenly start to arise. At times, students may feel depressed, stressed out about academic and social pressures, and feel anxiety from being away from home. "These pressures for young adults can create the perfect storm for eating disorders development," says Bonnie Brennan, the Senior Clinical Director at the Eating Recovery Center. Leaving home for the first time can present challenges that freshman students may not have encountered when living with their parents. In this way, these challenges can result in dieting, over-exercising, and bingeing on food. "Eating disorders are complex illnesses with biological, psychological, and sociocultural contributing factors," remarks Brennan. Common triggers that can trigger eating disorder are "dieting, stresses, social pressures, and even genetics," according to Brennan.

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Concert Review: clipping.

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Written by Curt Dennis

Posted on 24 September 2014

Starting late is never easy for an artist or the audience. With a scheduled performance time of 8:15, Clipping, a noise rap group from California, ended up starting at 9, and had to make the most of the intermission, which they did so by making a simple joke. But the only way to understand what made their simple joke of, "Thank you, we're clipping.," funny, is to understand Clipping.

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