Monthly Archives: August 2017

SUB and Leach Events

By: Michael Pellham

Back to school means back to the grind of tests, homework and guzzling coffee to get it all done. Luckily the good people at SUB and Leach Theater have plenty of events lined up to help relax our minds from the stress of deadlines and due dates.

First off are the Friday movie nights hosted by SUB. These free films have often just been released to DVD, and some are even shown before they reach shelves in stores! SUB provides the movie theater staples such as popcorn, candy, and soda all free for students. The next movie SUB will present is the latest DC Superhero movie, Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, on September 8th at 8PM. Keep an eye out for posters around campus for the location. If you are unable to attend, no worries! As mentioned before SUB will be showing movies all semester such as Baywatch, It Comes at Night, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Visit the SUB page on Orgsync for the full calendar and schedule of movies. SUB does more than movies however, and will be announcing concerts, comedians, and other events as the semester continues. Continue reading

Find Your Niche through Undergraduate Research

By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer

Do you struggle with knowing what you actually want to do in the career path you are headed down? You are not alone, I myself struggled finding a niche in my degree of Environmental Engineering, and I kept going back and forth on what to do after graduation. “Do I want to conduct remediation projects, design wastewater treatment facilities, or maintain regulations at state or federal levels?” I was lucky enough to learn about multiple paths I could take via internships, but it was not until I volunteered in Dr. Wang’s wastewater lab that I started seriously narrowing down where I really could see my career going. No matter what department you are in on campus there are tons of undergraduate research projects to jump into. Every department has their own unique projects ranging from chemical uptake to composite manufacturing research. The biology department even conducts experiments on cockroaches. Whatever your department, there are undergraduate research opportunities available. Continue reading

Long Island-based Brand New releases first album in 8 years; Internet loses its collective sh*t.

By: Caroline Newman, Editor-In-Chief

Fans of emo/post-hardcore legends Brand New are no strangers to waiting. The band released their fourth full-length album, Daisy, in 2009  and have been mostly under the radar since then. A handful of singles were released between 2014 and 2016, but besides that, the biggest news to come from frontman Jesse Lacey and the rest of the band was a cassette-tape reissue of some demos that had been leaked during the writing process for 2006’s The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (Yes, that’s right. Brand New fans, including myself, forked out money for a CASSETTE TAPE of songs that have been available for free on the internet for ten years). Continue reading

New year brings new faculty

By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor

In fall of 2013, then-Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader announced in her State of the
University Address plans to add 100 new faculty positions by the year 2020. This decision
came after seeing the significant student growth of recent years and the unequal increase in
faculty and staff. Although Dr. Christopher G. Maples has now become the university’s
interim chancellor, the hiring initiative is still underway and has brought 29 new members
into the S&T family. This jump brings the goal’s progress to 71.

The computer science department saw five additions including Dr. Santosh Gupta, assistant professor of computer science. Gupta brings insight into smart buildings, internet-of-things architecture, cyber-physical systems, wireless systems and tech entrepreneurship with his research. He is joining the university from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he served as a post-doctoral research associate, and earned his Ph.D. in electrical, computer and systems engineering. Dr. George Markowsky, chair and professor of computer science, has joined the Miner family as well. Markowsky has a background in entrepreneurship, international education and cybersecurity research, and is transferring from the University of Maine where he served as a professor of computer science.

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Lawmaker hopes to limit Russian investigation

By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor

Ron DeSantis, a Florida Representative, plans to put a time limit on special counsel Robert
Mueller’s large-scope investigation into the Trump’s campaign ties to Russia. DeSantis, a
conservative Republican, filed legislation that would allow funding for the probe for only 180
days after the measure passes Congress. In a statement released by his office, DeSantis said he’s concerned the Department of Justice investigation being led by the former FBI director is
irresponsibly open-ended.

“The order appointing a special counsel promulgated by Deputy Attorney General (Rod) Rosenstein didn’t identify a crime to be investigated and practically invites a fishing expedition.
Congress should use its spending power to clarify the scope and limit the duration of this investigation. Rosenstein has said that the DOJ doesn’t conduct fishing expeditions; the corollary to this admonition should be that Congress will not fund a fishing expedition.”

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Harvey temporarily eases over Houston

By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor


The first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005 and the first to hit Texas since Ike in 2008 landed near Rockport, Texas on August 26. Harvey’s winds whipped the coast at 130 mph before continuing to the Copano Bay and back to Texas near Holiday Beach. The storm weakened as the day went on and was downgraded to a tropical storm on the evening of August 26.

Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, became inundated as parts of Harris County received more than 30 inches of rain. The city did not order evacuations before the storm and countless residents were trapped in their homes before taking refuge on roofs. Governor Gregg Abbott of Texas said the region would not recover anytime soon from “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced”. Thousands of residents are still caught in their homes, but as of Tuesday morning, Harvey seemed to be moving towards Louisiana giving the city a break from the pounding rains.

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Mayweather beats McGregor in title fight

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer


On Saturday night, the biggest boxing match of the year went down between UFC superstar Conor Mcgregor and boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather. A fight two years in the making that started as a joke on the “Conan O’Brien Show” turned into one of the biggest pay-per-view events in television history. The 40-year-old Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement, putting his undefeated record on the line, to take on the 29-year-old McGregor, who was making his boxing debut.

The fight started out in surprising fashion, with McGregor taking control of the first few rounds. He landed quite a few hits including a few big blows to Mayweather. McGregor showed signs of his MMA background, getting warnings for hammer fists to the back of Mayweather’s head. Mayweather seemed to have no answers in the first couple of rounds, but still winked at the camera in a show of confidence during the middle of the match. As the match went on, Floyd took advantage of the short 25 minute length of UFC fights, as McGregor began to tire in the middle rounds. By the start of the seventh round, the tides started turning in Mayweather’s favor. Continue reading

NFL teams ready to start journey towards Super Bowl

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer


While the weather transitions from warm and humid to the cooler fall weather, the changes mark the beginning of the football season.  Each team endured their fair share of trades and free agent acquisitions this offseason, but with preseason games wrapping up in the next week, we look forward to the season opener on September seventh.

The New England Patriots are coming off yet another Super Bowl title after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in February.  They enter the season as a favorite to repeat as Super Bowl Champions but just suffered a major loss, losing veteran receiver Julian Edelman for the season with a torn ACL.  However, with Tom Brady still producing as a potential MVP and a dangerous weapon in Rob Gronkowski, look for the Pats to have another strong year.

Another dangerous AFC team to keep an eye on this season is the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They knocked out the AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs last season and have another strong team coming back for the 2017 season.  Ben Roethlisberger still has his dynamic weapons of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell on offense so it could come down to another battle for the AFC Championship between them and the Patriots. Continue reading