Have you ever thought that sharing bathrooms and waiting in lines to take showers in the traditional residence halls are a bit tedious? Do you have concerns regarding anything on campus? Do you live in a residence hall? If the answer is yes to any of those questions, Residence Hall Association is a great way to voice those opinions. New students and returning students who want to be more involved on campus and discuss ideas regarding Mines can join RHA. RHA president Kelsie Merchant explains, "At RHA, you are always welcome regardless of whether you came to our first meetings or not." RHA's mission statement is "a forum for creative, social programming aimed to unite and improve communication between residents and Residence Life staff across campus. Through its efforts, RHA strives to foster a positive and healthy campus community supportive of diverse identities and ideas." In essence, RHA is an organization where all residents in Mines can come to have their ideas heard.
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.
When Professors Rebecca Swanson and Deb Carney set foot on campus in 2012, they felt something was missing. "They already had this idea of coming together and making the women community stronger," said Kownoon Her, a SWiM officer. A group for women in math was something Carney and Swanson had previously experienced and enjoyed, but there was no such group at Mines—yet. Society for Women in Mathematics at Mines was born last Spring, but truly launched in the Fall with hearty support from the Department of Applied Math and Statistics. Though Carney, Swanson, and Agata Dean were instrumental in the initiation and vision of the club, SWiM thrives from both AMS faculty and student leadership and participation, creating a vertically integrated community. Before SWiM, SWE was the only organization on the Mines campus that was specifically for women, but growing efforts by Mines to recruit more women resulted in strong support for SWiM by the campus, including WISEM (Women in Science, Engineering, and Math). SWiM is now an official student chapter of AWM, Association for Women in Mathematics.
Once a week, strategic masters clash in the club Magic: The Gathering. It is here that students can express their joy of the popular card game. "This game... pisses me off more than you can imagine," shared current president Everett. Despite his obvious sarcasm, the general atmosphere of the room surrenders their true opinion: that this is their hobby, and this is what they like to do.