Monthly Archives: February 2018

Women’s History Month at S&T

By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer

As Missouri University of Science and Technology’s (S&T) Black History Month nears an end, Women’s History Month will begin on March 1st. Please know that the Celebration of the Black Experience is Friday, February 23rd and that tickets are still on sale for “Dinner to Jazz – A Southern Taste,” which is on Saturday, February 24th.
S&T will be celebrating Women’s History Month in our own, unique S&T way. It is important to celebrate Women’s History because our society is still in transition and fighting to make things like equal pay and access to information about what to do in sexual harassment situations mandatory for work settings. It is even more important to celebrate Women’s History Month on MS&T’s campus since STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) fields are notorious for having more males than females. There is a softer side to celebrating, for instance, when asking a female S&T student about what Women’s History Month on our campus is she responded with the following.
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The Reclamation of “The Rolla Mural”

By: Sarah Haug, Features Writer

It is hard to not notice the edition to the north end of the second floor of the library; a realist mural new to the Missouri S&T campus, but not to the City of Rolla. The painting was originally commissioned in 1952 by the Sower’s family, who owned the Rolla Daily News. The artist, Sidney Larson, completed the piece in 1953 and it was the second largest mural in the state of Missouri at that time with dimensions of five feet by twenty-two feet. The painting tells the story of the events that led to the founding of Rolla until post World War II. It was donated to the The Sower’s family donated the mural to the school and is now being restored as it finds its permanent home in the Curtis Wilson Laws Library.   Continue reading

National Engineers Week

By: Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor

Each year, we celebrate the contributions that engineers make to society. Admittedly, this is the first time I have heard of such a celebration, but I will continue to act otherwise. Naturally, S&T celebrates this unique celebration given its hand in producing a relatively large quality engineers, out of our entire student population. Per S&T’s website, the S&T campus uses this time to “celebrate the return on another S&T tradition” and in conjunction “of a national effort to celebrate how engineers make a difference in the world, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers and most importantly, to bring engineering to life.” Continue reading

Music, a Political and Cultural Experience

By: Leslie Hamilton

Growing up my parents instilled value and appreciation of the fine arts. While my mother’s appreciation might be limited to Josh Groban, Celtic Woman, and R&B (crossover – depending on perspective and opinion) bands of the likes of 98 Degrees and Destiny’s Child, I owe my father’s appreciation of all fine arts. My mother grew up playing piano, quite talented to say the least, but ultimately pursued a career in business – working for a non-profit as an event planner and running at least 3 owner-operated businesses in her lifetime. My father was one of those rare individuals gifted with a photographic memory and an ability to replay an entire song by memory with some level of familiarity with the instrument, achieving scholarships on instruments he had rarely touched and having a passion for art history that ultimately lead him to become the art dealer that he is now. My father vastly contrasts my mother’s musical and artistic preferences, but I feel as though his the well-rounded appreciation for all forms of creative art inspired my current appreciation for music. My father has instilled within me the capacity to appreciate art and culture outside of my own. He has always lectured that there is a nuanced interpretation and valuation, but it your duty to see beyond it, look to the fundamental importance and potential. Essentially this is how he sells paintings, but as far as my own experience, this is how I came to appreciate music at the most fundamental level. Continue reading

Tragedy Girls

By: Caroline Newman, Editor in Chief

Source: imbd.com

Tragedy Girls, a 2017 send up of the slasher genre, was recently added to Hulu. The film, which follow two serial killer-obsessed Tumblr teens, McKayla Hooper and Sadie Cunningham, who kidnap their town’s resident slasher in order to boost their follower count, released to relatively little fanfare even though it’s currently sitting at a respectable “81% fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

While the premise is fairly simple (and, frankly, a little cheesy), the actors really sell it. The film floats seamlessly between typical high school comedy and low-budget slasher flick- if you had told me this was the stylistic baby of Heathers and Scream, I wouldn’t disagree. Continue reading

A.I. Causes Unnecessary Stir in Politics

By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor

With advances in technology and the latest updates to products like Amazon’s Alexa or robots like Jibo, artificial intelligence (A.I.) is all over the place. Naturally, this has led to concerns over the rules and ethics surrounding A.I. with groups both in support of and against how it will impact the general public. December was a big month for advocates of regulating artificial intelligence. First, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced the Future of A.I. Act, the first federal bill solely focused on A.I. It would create an advisory committee to make recommendations about A.I. — on topics including the technology’s effect on the American work force and strategies to protect the privacy rights of those it impacts. Then the New York City Council approved a first-of-its-kind bill that once signed into law will create a task force to examine its own use of automated decision systems, with the ultimate goal of making its use of algorithms fairer and more transparent.

These efforts also overlap with increasing calls to regulate artificial intelligence along with claims by the likes of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking that it poses a threat to humanity’s literal survival. But this push for broad legislation to regulate A.I. is premature.

To begin with, even experts can’t agree on what, exactly, constitutes artificial intelligence. Take the recent report released by the AI Now Institute, aimed at creating a framework for ethically implementing A.I. While itself focused on A.I., the report also acknowledges that no commonly accepted definition of A.I. exists, which it describes loosely as “a broad assemblage of technologies … that have traditionally relied on human capacities.”

“Artificial intelligence” is all too frequently used as a shorthand for software that simply does what humans used to do. But replacing human activity is precisely what new technologies accomplish — spears replaced clubs, wheels replaced feet, the printing press replaced scribes, and so on. What’s new about A.I. is that this technology isn’t simply replacing human activities, external to our bodies; it’s also replacing human decision-making, inside our minds.
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Effects of Recent Solar Storm on Earth

By: Mary Rommer, News Writer

Ninety-three million miles away exists our Sun. A brilliant gleaming mass recognized by the ancients as a symbol of perfection and worshipped as a god, for it is a driving force of life. Today perhaps the mysticism of the sun has been lost to science, but it cannot be denied that the sun is an enormous propelling force to humanity and all of life. So what happens when that orb of golden light, which we so heavily rely on, undergoes upset in the form of solar flares?

To begin, the phenomenon of the solar flare is caused by the buildup and subsequent release of magnetic energy on the sun. Solar flares usually occur when the interior motion of the sun distorts the magnetic field causing an explosive realignment, thus forcing the release of high energy particles. More relevant to us is not what caused it, but rather the effects it causes on the earth. When the high energy particles and radiation are released, solar winds carry the particles until they make impact with another object. When that object is Earth, some issues arise including the disruption of radio signals. Continue reading

A Dirty Defense

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

The medical world has been at odds over various disease-causing microbes. For years there have been stirrings and callings for changes made to antibiotics. The issue? Simply, many microbes and bacteria are evolving at a rapid rate to fight off many common antibiotics used by today’s medical professionals. Experts refer to these evolving bacteria as “superbugs” and they may have the potential to cause major damages in the future. The British “Review on Antimicrobial Resistance” has predicted that, unless new methods are found, superbugs may cause ten million deaths a year by 2050. Continue reading

Tragedy Strikes Florida in High School Ambush

By: Riley Dodson, News Writer

Source: abcnews.com

America witnessed a devastating tragedy on Valentine’s Day, when nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Lakewood, Florida as classes were being dismissed for the day. The ambush claimed seventeen lives and spurred mass chaos throughout the community that day. The Associated Press suggests that the timing of the attack was because of trouble with an ex-girlfriend, although that remains a speculation for now. Continue reading

Mizzou Suffers Tough Road Loss to LSU

By: William Morgan, Sports Writer

Source: saturdaydownsouth.com

It has been quite a stretch for the Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team the past couple weeks. However, a matchup with the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge on Saturday was a struggle. Mizzou went into the game with the hopes of strengthening their resume for a higher seed in the NCAA tournament with a tough road win.

Mizzou started off strong and lead LSU in every nearly every statistic except for two, turnovers and free throws, and that’s what made the difference in this game. The visiting Mizzou team shot 12 of 21 from 3-point range, but a season worst 7 of 17 from the foul line. This was very out of character for the Tigers as they came into the game shooting 75% from the line this season. Continue reading