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Letter to the Editor: 4/15/13


Written by Anonymous

Posted on 14 April 2013

In my opinion, the student body at Mines seems to have a problem with defining personal space and pigheadedness, particularly on the main sidewalks between classes. I have been run into countless times from lazy students who refuse to respect their half of the sidewalk and move out of the way. This problem is greatly intensified by the presence of snow. The limited walking space created by snow barriers leads to an excess number of physical collisions because students are adamant about standing their ground and not moving to their half of the sidewalk. I understand that they maybe mid-conversation with a friend but I believe it is the respectful thing to move either in front of or behind the person you are walking with to avoid running into someone else.


Letter to Jared


Written by Paul Penner

Posted on 24 February 2013

Last weekend my son Adam and I flew from Boston to attend a Discover Mines day. After enjoying a morning full of opportunities to look through people, not smile, and not hold doors, we decided to get something to eat at the Slate Café. We were scanning The Oredigger (2/11/13), munching ore-burgers, and lamenting our fast-fading fake tans when we came across your Grinds My Gears article about how much people from the Northeast annoy you. After reading it we have decided to change our lives. From now on we will say hello to everyone, everywhere, all the time. This will probably get us killed on the subway back home, but hey, attempting to change social norms is not without risk.


Letter to the Editor: 2/11/13


Written by Oredigger Newspaper

Posted on 10 February 2013

Perhaps you have heard the story about how to boil a frog without having him jump out of the pot. You just raise the temperature so slowly that he doesn't get so agitated that he jumps out. Folks we are that frog and the pot that we getting heated in is our very own earth. If we don't do more than we are now, we are going to get boiled! In spite of the small but vocal opposition say, there is no doubt that we, or rather the CO2 we emit in our energy systems, are the cause.


Letters to the Editor: 12/5/11


Written by Oredigger Newspaper

Posted on 04 December 2011

Dear Editor,

The recently established pedestrian zone of the Maple Street Plaza has removed bikers, skateboarders, and scooters from the plaza. It has also removed the life of an innocent animal from the campus of the Colorado School of Mines.


Letter to the Editor: Occupy Response


Written by Robert Oates

Posted on 13 November 2011

Parker's article concerning the Occupy Movement is a typical opinion based entirely inside the mind of someone that has been inculcated by our current technocratic society, without regard for a historical reference as to why "the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%" are behaving as they are. The following comes from page 580 of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States:


Letter to the Editor: Grinds my Gears response


Written by Robert Broman Concerned Reader

Posted on 23 October 2011

You know what grinds my gears?
People hating on Lil Wayne.


Letter to the Editor


Written by Oredigger Newspaper

Posted on 02 October 2011

To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to ask that the Oredigger apply a stronger hand in examining the pieces that are published by its writers, and hold writers to a higher standard of reporting. I reference the story "Obama's optimism not enough to bring jobs" in the Sept 19th issue. Your writer Will Parker states "But one must consider that many of these people own Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), an LLC is a pass-through-entity, meaning that the LLC's income is reported on the owner's tax return and the owner of the LLC is taxed not just for their personal profit but also their business's profit.


A letter to the underclassmen


Written by Oredigger Newspaper

Posted on 03 October 2010

Dear Underclassmen (including the “POed Mines Student”),


The CSM Campus has recently become riddled with criticism. As many might suspect, these grievances address the difficulty of the classes being offered. But they are not coming from the upperclassmen. They are made in vast numbers by the lower classes (freshmen and sophomores) who feel that Mines is unjustly challenging. Their work loads are too big, the material is too advanced, and their tests are HARD! I'm sure you've all heard it, I know I have. Well, my fellow upperclassmen and myself have a few words of advice.

You guys are the whiniest group of students that Mines has seen yet. You complain about lower level courses, which are the basis for all future classes of your degree. You are not going to get away from basic Physics and Chemistry, even if you reeeally don't like them. Why? Because you're getting a technical degree.

Yes Mines is more challenging then your high school, but just because you flew through your classes there and were "like, the smartest person in your class" does not mean you are going to get through Mines without a struggle. Mines is challenging and you can't be afraid to work hard! It's supposed to kick you in the Blaster sometimes! And I think you need a reminder that, just like you, everyone else at Mines was in the top of their class too. You can't all be the best here.

That brings to light a valid point: Mines is not for everyone. Just because you got in does not mean that you will be able to succeed at Mines. As my fellow classmates like to say, "It's a hell of a lot easier to get into Mines then it is to stay at Mines." So shrink your egos, you're not a BAMF just because you're here.

Some helpful hints: To succeed at your classes, it requires work and effort. That means that you may have to go to that Academic Workshop or Tutoring session, you may have to spend more then 2 hours on your homework assignments, and the most ghastly part is, you may have to use those textbooks that you spent $400 on!

And stop trying to convince your professors that the material and classes are too hard. It does you absolutely no good for your classes to be made easier since they will only get harder. Upperclassmen professors will not "give you slack." They will just fail you. And making your classes easier won't help anyways, because your future boss won't make your job easier. Mines is hard. That is how it has always been and always will be. If it wasn't, our degrees would be worth as little as a degree from CU.

And if you do manage to have your teachers drop the levels of their classes, you end up lowering the standards of Mines. This means you are devaluing the degrees you are paying $20+ grand for a year. This not only harms you, but hurts future and past classes. So stop trying to degrade our degrees!

So if studying and putting a decent effort into your classes sounds like more effort then you're willing to put in, then you do not belong at Mines. But remember, hard classes make you learn something! That is generally regarded as the point of going to college. We have all gone through what you are going through and survived, I am pretty sure you will too. Just remember, you can always transfer to CU, and if you do, we'll send flowers.

Concerned Upperclassmen
Colorado School of Mines

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