Monthly Archives: March 2017

Editorial: The post St. Pats hangover

By: Caroline Newman, Missouri Miner Editor-in-Chief

With St. Patrick’s day coming to an end in Rolla we all need to take a long look at ourselves. The long ten day event is the pinnacle for students in the spring semester to party the struggles of school work away. Friends and family come in for the weekend to conclude the week with the parade and coronation of the queen of St. Pat.

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Two big upsets in NCAA Tournament

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: reschedules.com

While people in Rolla were celebrating ten Daze of St. Pat’s last week, the NCAA Tournament began to unfold around the rest of the country. The first round failed to produce any upsets that were too big, but the round of 32 saw two of the tournament favorites sent home early. The number one overall tournament seed, Villanova, was beaten by number eight Wisconsin and the number two seed in the east, Duke, was beaten by seventh seeded South Carolina.

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Research On Tap: A new opportunity to learn

By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer

There is a new and exciting thing to do in Rolla! Every second Wednesday of the month, the Graduate Student Leadership Council (GSLC) has one or two professors or graduate students talk about the research that they are doing at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The GSLC is, more or less, the link between the university’s administration and their graduate students. They represent the graduate students specifically in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) and they strive to work toward the greater goals of the university, which means creating positive relationships with both the on-campus and off-campus community in Rolla.  

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Fallen natural landmarks

By: Tim Maninger, Features Writer

Source: wikipedia.org

The Mediterranean island of Malta, has an economy that is largely driven by tourists who are attracted by its sights and landmarks. The Azure Window, a 92 foot tall, natural limestone arch, was one of those landmarks until it unexpectedly fell away into the sea. The night before this incident, there had been a violent storm which ultimately brought about the landmark’s demise. The arch had been photographed millions of times and appeared in many films and TV shows, including Game of Thrones and Clash of the Titans. Now those recordings are all that remains of the natural landmark as the cliff, where the arch was once attached, stands alone. While this event was inevitable and finally brought about by natural causes, it has been noted that tourists have done damage to the arch’s structural integrity by jumping off of it and into the sea below, dislodging pieces in the process. However, the Azure Window is not alone in that as other natural landmarks have also been damaged or destroyed by thoughtless tourists, all looking for a cheap thrill.

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International Women’s Day

By: Mahati Ganji, Features Writer

“On international Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.” – UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

International Women’s Day (IWD), is celebrated on March 8th every year. The earliest observance of Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York and was organized by the Socialist Party of America. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day during the proclaimed International Women’s Year, 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 8th as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. Every year since 1996, International Women’s Day has a theme to help promote equal rights and empowerment. This year, the UN theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.’ It is the next, logical step of last year’s theme: ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,’ which is an independent campaign run by Ernst & Young with a #PledgeForParity social media hashtag. This year Ernst & Young is promoting the theme as #BeBoldForChange. A fitting theme since women’s rights, as António Guterres put it, are being, “reduced, restricted and reversed.” Due to the flaring gender gap and men (commonly) in control, he called for change, “By empowering women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard and giving them control over their own lives and over the future of our world.”

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CHI OMEGA’S MAKE-A-WISH

By: Mahati Ganji, Features Writer

March seems to be the giving month of the spring semester. Following the Pi Kappa Phi and Kappa Sigma’s Fish Fry, the Chi Omega chapter held their 25th annual Spaghetti Dinner on March 4th to benefit Make-A-Wish Missouri. Chi Omega has been nationally paired with the Make-a-Wish foundation since 2001; however the Eta Kappa chapter at Missouri S&T has been supporting the same foundation for the past 24 years. In the past, the sorority sponsored three wishes for local children through the Make-A-Wish foundation such as a Nickelodeon cruise, a trip to Hawaii, and a vacation to Legoland!

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Editorial: An opinion on oppression in the U.S.

By: Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor 

Social and/or societal constructs often define and shape human behavior (individually and as a community), as to what is socially acceptable or unacceptable. These predetermined expectations majorly affect human behavior in a more public environment and can extend to a private environment, such as the privacy of a home or in solitude. This concept seems pretty evident and basic; however, human behavior is more nuanced than that. Defining a universal application, a universal moral compass if you will, of what is right and wrong is nearly impossible given cultural (i.e. societal) differences, such as differing belief systems (religion), which often shape political viewpoints, gender roles and associated expectations, and government ordinance and law enforcement. Other contributing factors includes historical events of significant impact, such as war, genocide, or civil rights movements, all of which tend to have an underlying implication of a differing belief system and opinion as to what is right and wrong. While there are many ways that one can explore human behavior and morality, my interest and focus is related to gender roles, perception, and expectation. As globalization continues, debates on gender roles, especially those that are oppressed or perceived to be oppressed, grow more heated. In using the phrase “perceived oppression,” I am referring to those that are largely unaware or unbeknownst of their own oppression, common in dictatorial nations and/or developing countries.

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USA looks good in World Baseball Classic

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: mlb.com

The first round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic has come to an end, but some of the bigger matchups are just about to begin. There have been plenty of exciting moments so far, and the World Baseball Classic has been a welcomed alternative to Spring Training games.  Multiple games have gone into extra innings, including two implementing the new rule of putting runners on first and second to start the 11th inning. The most exciting part for American fans, however, is that this year could be Team USA’s best shot at winning it all.

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March Madness returns

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: wikipedia.org

For many sports fans around the country, March Madness is seen as the best time of year.  Although many people think they may have the best bracket out there, their bracket is most likely “busted” by the end of the second round.  With many unlikely Cinderella teams consistently knocking off the top seeds in the tournament, it certainly makes for some great games.  This year is no different as March Madness kicks off this week.

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