Rose-Hulman’s organization Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is currently exploring the possibility of a trip to the Dominican Republic to do some renovation and construction work. During the Thanksgiving break, three Rose-Hulman students (Daniel Giranda, Eric Hollenkamp, and Abby Grommet) went with Professor John Gardner and 1996 chemical engineering alumnus Levi Barclay to Batey Cinco Casas (in the Monte Plata region) to assess what work needed to be done to expand the medical clinic there.

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This past Saturday, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an honors fraternity for computer science and software engineering majors, hosted its first CSSE UnConference. CSSE current students and alumni gathered for a day of alumni presentations, socializing, and free
pizza. The conference lasted all day and contained nine presentations in total.

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Minarets banned in Switzerland


On Sunday, a Swiss popular vote approved a proposal from the country’s right-wing Swiss People’s Party that bans the  construction of minarets, the spirelike structures that are used for calls to prayer in many Muslim countries. The move has  attracted criticism from many in Europe, including French President Nicholas Sarkozy, who said that people should practice their faiths with “humble discretion.” Many have said that the vote creates a double standard, and the UK’s Guardian newspaper noted that an EU human rights court would likely find that the vote violates the principle of religious freedom.

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“It’s complicated.” Many at Rose might apply that particular statement to relationships, but anyone who attended  Wednesday’s intellectual property seminar might well apply that statement to patents and copyrights. Rose-Hulman Ventures invited intellectual property law firm Bose, McKinney, and Evans, LLP to speak on the topic of patents and copyrights pertaining to software. The speakers covered the nuances of current patent law, including pending cases that will affect future patent applications.

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Friday, December 4, the Swing Club hosted the first Winter Gala at Rose-Hulman’s dining center. The Winter Gala was a time for people from Rose’s and other college’s swing clubs to come together, learn new moves from one another, and dance socially. Schools in attendance included Anderson College, the University of Indianapolis, DePauw, Ball State, and IUPUI. It began at eight in the evening with basic partner dancing lessons, where attendees learned the basic step, how to do turns, and the cuddle. After this lesson, the social dancing began, with skill levels ranging from beginner to expert.

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Although Sandra Bullock’s football flick, “The Blind Side,” nabbed the #1 spot this weekend at the box office, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” has grossed a sparkling $255.4 million in just over two weeks. For all you fans of the Harry Potter book series, “New Moon” is ahead of the last Thanksgiving Harry Potter movie, “Goblet of Fire,” for this two-week period. How you like them apples?! And with all the shirtless man-candy frolicking around, it’s time for the wizards to put down their wands and grow some fangs, or maybe fur, depending on which team you’re on. I myself am Team Edward. Accept it, Jacob fans: Bella’s just not interested in him.

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