Monthly Archives: November 2017

STUCO Update

By: Caroline Newman, Editor in Chief

Recently, I met with Makenzie Buescher, the PR chair for S&T’s Student Council, to learn about some of the projects STUCO has undertaken. Here’s a brief update!

The Health Season Advisory Committee meets once a week to address issues with campus health services. Last month’s focus was spreading the word about the types of services offered by student health since overall student engagement is low. This month’s focus is on transparency with regard to the student health fee so that students will have a better understanding of how their money is being spent. Continue reading

How I realized I’m an adult.

I, Caroline Newman, am An Adult™. I made a spreadsheet comparing grocery prices across town. I pay my taxes (and pay someone to prepare them for me). It now takes me three to six sittings to finish a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. I rarely drink wine from a can, pouch, bag, or carton.

These traits were not, however, the final straw in my journey towards adulthood. No, I first realized I was an adult when, three weeks ago, my mom asked me what I might like for Christmas.

In years past, this exchange has gone something like this:

Mom: What do you want for Christmas? Continue reading

Zimbabwe President Resigns after Thirty Years

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

Source: cnn.com

To millions of people all around the world elections and handing over power within a government is a momentous, if not expected, event. America elects a new president and a whole swath of congressmen. Germany recently re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel. Last year, China implemented its thirteenth “Five-year plan”. However, not all countries are fortunate enough to have changes of power go so smoothly. Zimbabwe is one of them.

After the various reforms to Africa imposed by European empires, Zimbabwe went through turbulent years of fighting and conflict until it was granted independence in 1980 by Britain. The leader of this new country was Canaan Banana, but this was only in name. The real leader was Robert Mugabe, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Autonomous Vehicles Decide Fate of Riders

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

Source: kitguru.net

Self-Driving cars are causing a stir in the world of transportation. They are projected to save tens of thousands of lives each year, create smooth-flowing traffic, cut-down on commute time, and give the elderly a chance to move freely. However, they also prose a scary question:  “What about crashes?”

Undoubtedly accidents will occur because of self-driving cars. Opponents of autonomous vehicles have criticized numerous fender-benders and accidents which involve self-driving vehicles. However, almost every single accident occurred due to negligence or error by human drivers. Often, the self-driving vehicles obey laws which common drivers may forget about. For example, Google’s self-driving vehicle caused an injury when it got rear ended after stopping somewhat suddenly at an intersection. There was heavy traffic at the time and the car was programmed to never block intersections, which is the law. However, the driver behind the car expected to continue through the intersection, causing a crash. Another accident occurred when the Google car encountered a congested area due to storm drain damage. The car attempted to merge into a lane by using the “zipper technique”, allowing one car through and then attempting to merge. However, a bus did not slow down or wait for the car to merge and a crash occurred, no injuries were reported. Continue reading

Keystone Pipeline Experiences Second Spill

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

Source: prwatch.org

On November 23th the Keystone XL Pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil across South Dakota. The spill is the largest produced by Keystone to date. TransCanada, the pipeline’s operator, announced that the spill will not affect waterways or wildlife. Additionally, the spill was reportedly shut down “within minutes” of the accident being noticed. The 2,600 mile long pipeline promised to have no more than eleven spills over its fifty-year projected lifetime. However, the Thanksgiving spill marks the second one in under two years. In April 2016 the pipeline spilled 16,800 gallons of oil-  or about 400 barrels-  and the clean-up took around two months to complete. This spill is more than ten times bigger than the initial spill, or around 5,000 barrels of oil. Continue reading

Mizzou vs Razorbacks

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: cbssports.com

The Missouri Tigers football team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas this past Friday to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in their annual “Battle Line Rivalry”. Mizzou was looking for their sixth win in a row to close out a regular season in which they had started with a miserable 1-5 record. The Tigers kept their winning streak alive with a late-game comeback, and quarterback Drew Lock also made Southeastern Conference history during the game. Continue reading

Auburn wins the Iron Bowl to spoil Alabama’s season

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: dothaneagle.com

It was yet another crazy weekend in college football as many of the top teams battled it out in rivalry games with a lot on the line in their quest to making the College Football Playoff.  The number two Miami Hurricanes were upset by unranked Pittsburgh, likely putting them on the outside looking in, while third ranked Clemson won easily over South Carolina and the fourth-ranked Sooners from Oklahoma defeated West Virginia.  However, the biggest game of the weekend was the annual Iron Bowl between top-ranked Alabama and number six Auburn.

Just two weeks after beating then number one Georgia, the Auburn Tigers appeared to be ready to take down the top team in college football.  They got after it from the beginning and did not look back.  They took the lead with under five minutes to play in the first on a jump pass touchdown out of the wildcat from running back Kerryon Johnson to Nate Craig-Myers. Continue reading

Dr. Jerry Bayless Retires

By: Danielle Sheahan

Featuring Dr. Jerry Bayless and his much deserved retirement. He has given much of his life to the Missouri S&T campus, especially the CArE (Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering) Department. Dr. Jerry Bayless, P.E. was an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering and is now holds the title Emeritus. Emeritus is an honorary title given to a well accomplished professor who does not teach presently. He has been on the campus since he started his education at the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (now known as Missouri S&T) in Civil Engineering in 1955. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1959 and immediately joined the university faculty. He continued his education while working as faculty and completed his Masters in Civil Engineering in 1962. Then to now is 62 years! He had to have loved Rolla because it shows through his work and extracurriculars.

Dr. Bayless was best known for teaching CE 3330, otherwise known as Engineering Fluid Mechanics (specifically for the CArE department) or just Fluids. It is an upper level course where you learn how to manipulate the Bernoulli’s equation to solve problems dealing with water and other fluid materials. A wide range of students take this class even including petroleum engineering students. As stated in a prior article written by Joe McCune, Dr. Bayless’ favorite classes he taught were Fluid Mechanics, Reinforced Concrete Design, Structural Analysis and Slide Rule. Dr. Bayless also was the associate dean of the School of Engineering at what was then called University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) which is a very involved position. Continue reading

Trump and Putin Face Off at APEC Summit

By: Neal Kisor, Features Writer

Source: npr.org

President Trump and Vladimir Putin came face to face this past week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam. The meeting followed the recent scandal of collusion committed by Trump’s campaign team. They wanted to dig up “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and for Russia to surface thousands of emails on her. Trump has remained steadfast in claiming that the people involved were not high on his campaign team, though one of the accused, George Papadopoulos, was named as “an excellent guy” by Trump in 2016. Regardless, those accused have been exiled from Trump’s favor.

Trump singled out former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and former FBI Director James Comey, all of whom have cited evidence about Russia election activity in 2016. “They’re political hacks,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he’s proven to be a leaker.” Continue reading

Even Obama Can’t Escape Jury Duty

By: Neal Kisor, Features Writer

Presidents, past and current, hold the responsibility of being outstanding and model American citizens. This past week former President Obama exemplified this responsibility by showing up to jury duty in Cook County, Illinois.

Source: people.com

Obama arrived to a chorus of excited voices and a swath of smiling faces. Of the almost 200 in attendance, Obama went around to almost every single one, shaking hands and signing books and autographs.

Obama did not allow himself to get too caught up in the popularity. After all, to allow all of the people to take selfies would be to delay the Justice System. When it came time to watch the twenty minute long video on how to be a juror, Obama sat through the whole thing. Continue reading