This week, Minds at Mines asked, "What was the highlight or favorite memory from this school year?"
With summer less than three weeks away, school becomes more difficult yet more important to focus on. Yet, the plans for the summer months can be a motivator to get through the last few midterms, projects, and homework assignments. Whether going on their departmental Field Camps, gaining experience on the job, or doing things for fun, Mines kids know how to have a great summer. This week Minds at Mines asked, "What are you doing this summer?"
This correction is intended to clarify some editing issues with my previous article from last week. The tittle "Opinion from GSG Representative" and subtitle of "GSG on SA Fee" was done last minute by the Oredigger Staff from my original title which can be found at oredigger.net. This was purely an opinion piece written by myself and it reflected my views. It was not nor has ever been my intention to represent all of GSG through this article. Unfortunately, this was not made clear in the new title and arrangement selected by the Oredigger and could be misconstrued as an official position when seen next to the opinion written by a USG voting member. Additionally, I would like to note between the transition from page 1 to page 3 the content of "The document "Institutional Plan for Student Fees", amended by the Board in May of 2013" was left out and I feel this reference is important for students to have.
There are now less than three weeks until finals begin and, for most, the long year weighs on the shoulders and motivation is hard to come by. Whether bright-eyed freshman or a senior itching to graduate, Mines minds need to stay motivated in the crucial stretch to the end. This week, Minds at Mines asked, "What keeps you motivated?"
For those who have missed the recent controversy, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) voted unanimously to increase the Associated Student Fee (AS Fee) over the unanimous objection of the Graduate Student Government (GSG) on March 17th. This polarizing vote has soured intergovernmental relations and drawn significant criticism to USG. Backlash from this criticism sparked finger-pointing by representatives of USG and Mines Activity Council (MAC). These representatives accuse GSG of obstructing extra-curricular activities and ignoring student life on campus.
As some readers no doubt know, USG voted unanimously to increase student fees to $100 during a joint operating meeting. The fee increase passed despite a unanimous no vote from the smaller GSG delegation. This extremely unusual split highlights how out of touch and self interested GSG has become.
There are good reasons to believe that humans have some ethical obligations with respect to the environment. This claim is true even if we believe that our only direct obligations are toward other human beings. For example, biodiversity plays an important role in the health of our food and water supply and in the development of modern medicine. So, doing right by the environment and promoting biodiversity, in addition to being good for nonhuman organisms, can be seen as a means to the end of meet our obligation to promote human flourishing. Other obligations that we might have toward the environment include reducing consumption of energy and the use of other products that use large amounts of natural resources, working toward minimizing the suffering of animals, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions to curb the effects of climate change.
Every semester is different, and that means the amount of movies watched per semester is different for many students. Yet, even with a small sample size, it seems that most Mines students have been able to chill out, relax, and see a film, whether it just premiered like "Divergent", or it has been a childhood favorite like "Anastasia". We wanted to know the best movies out there that Mines kids are watching right now, so this week, Mines at Mines asked, "What has been the best movie you've seen this semester?"
As some readers no doubt know, USG voted unanimously to increase student fees to $100 during Monday's joint operating meeting. The fee increase passed despite a unanimous no vote from the smaller GSG delegation. This extremely unusual split highlights how out of touch and self interested USG has become.
Pursuing a degree at Mines provides ample opportunity to think a lot about the technical aspects of science, engineering, and technology. Sometimes it is really easy to get lost in the details. Getting lost in the details often means that one forgets to step back, look at the big picture, and ask why. Solving technical problems is often interesting and fun; but, along with asking how to do X, we should also ask why ought X be done.
Spring Break comes at the perfect point in the semester to rescue Mines students from the constant homework, exams and projects. It is also a good halfway marker for the semester. Mines jokingly put up on the student activities board, "Don't get arrested" the week before Spring Break. Hopefully most student's plans included not being arrested, having fun, and maybe some relaxing. Before students headed off to faraway lands or home a few minutes away, Minds at Mines caught up with a few to ask,"What will have your Spring Break consisted of?"