‘Tis the season to be jolly, so why not start the season early? Why not initiate the holiday festivities as soon as the trick-or-treaters return to their homes to demolish all of the candy they collected? Every year as October comes to a close, social media seems to erupt with complaints about supermarkets already switching to Christmas displays and neighbors already hanging lights and assorted Christmas decorations. But why are Christmas celebrators met with such disdain?
With only one full week of class remaining before Thanksgiving Break and only one week of class after the break, students are quite familiar with their classes to the point of wanting to be rid of them. The wave of registration last week was a reminder that a clean slate is on its way on a couple months. But while classes are certainly a large part of stress, students still have that class that keeps them interested each semester. This week The Oredigger asked, "What is your favorite class this semester?"
As a mines student, your calculator becomes one of your best friends over the years. Long nights of calculations, countless tests together...those white buttons and small colorless screens have been with you through the good times and the bad. Truth be told, familiarity has bonded you together in a relationship that can be taken for granted. The reliability and effectiveness of a calculator can be overlooked. That is, until tragedy strikes.
In the 1950s and 1960s, heroes such as Dr. Manhattan, Superman, and the Hulk captured the imaginations of the public with the subtle use of science to animate their backgrounds and spark the curiosity of the young and young at heart. Topics such as atomic physics and quantum mechanics were applied in new and exciting ways that could allow Dr. Manhattan to grow to ten times the size of a house or teleport throughout the universe. It was this sentiment in the general public that gave many an interest into the sciences and inspired many scientists. However, since then a paradigm shift has occurred. The general public seems uninterested and not quite as enthralled by the quirks of the nature of the world they live in. This shift away from an interest in the scientific world may be due purely to a shift in public interest, or it could correspond with the way in which science is being communicated.
The 16-day U.S. government shutdown came and went. It was the first government shutdown in 17 years. Although being dealt with in Washington, the shutdown did affect some Colorado School of Mines students. For example, with national parks being closed, visiting them was off-limits during Fall Break. But the largest effect was the shutdown of information, as research, labs, and even summer internship searches were affected in some way. This week, Minds at Mines asked a few undergraduate students if they had been affected by the shutdown and how.
The Mines campus is one of the few settings where nerds can talk about their favorite elements. Some are practical, such as nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon while others are favorites of the explosive-loving students. Some elements are favorites purely because of their name, such as Krypton. This week, Minds at Mines went around campus asking, "What is your favorite element and why?"
In the September 30, 2013 issue of the Oredigger, Jordan Francis reported on a wonderful interview that he conducted with Kiewit CEO Bruce Grewcock. In this interview, Grewcock suggested that, in addition to a working knowledge of STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Mines students who wish to become successful engineers ought to develop proficient critical thinking and communication skills.
Autumn officially made its appearance on the calendar Sunday, and recent cooler weather has been a welcome change to those who enjoy hot beverages. Whether out of necessity for waking up during 8AM labs or for pure enjoyment while reading a book or doing homework, every person has their own personal favorite of hot drink. This week Minds at Minds sought to find out which drink was most popular among students.
It was a rough week for Colorado, as flooding caused by four straight days of rain occurred along the Front Range. Although Mines kids might have initially welcomed the change in weather, save the umbrella-less students running from class to class, the overflowing torrents likely changed most people's minds. This week, Minds at Mines asked, "What do you think about the floods?"
Affectionately nicknamed, "Where the West Lives", Golden provides its students and residents enjoyable activities to do year-round. Its proximity to the mountains and the metropolis of Denver offers many recreational opportunities all while maintaining the small-town charm of historic Golden. This week, Minds at Mines asked, "What is your favorite thing to do around Golden?"