As news arose that Matt Branam had been chosen as the new permanent president of Rose-Hulman, the Rose Thorn had an opportunity to sit down with the president and get his thoughts on Rose: from how everything’s changed to how he might like to see us change in the future.

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Gaza protest results in deaths


A total of 21 people (twelve Palestinians, nine Egyptians) were killed at an anti-Egypt rally in southern Gaza on Wednesday. Demonstrators rushed the Gaza-Egypt border fence and threw stones at Egyptian soldiers, who retaliated with gunfire. Egyptian forces also resorted to using tear gas against demonstrators, who were waving Hamas and Turkish flags. The rally was organized by Hamas to protest refusal by Egyptian authorities to allow foreign aid into the Gaza strip. Protestors also complained about the new underground border fence constructed by Egyptian authorities to prevent smuggling tunnels used to provide aid and weapons to Gaza. The incident was eventually controlled, with many wounded being taken to area hospitals.

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While most Rose-Hulman students were getting used to the cold weather over winter break, one was instead enjoying herself on a warm beach in the Middle East.


Chandni Jagannathan, a freshman chemical engineering major, traveled to Jordan and Israel to visit family and friends over this past break. The weather there? 60 degrees and sunny.

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Students living in Percopo received an unexpected welcome on campus Monday when an equipment failure brought a steady waterfall into the end of the first-floor hallway.


The troublesome piece was a copper pipe in one of the nine air chillers that bring conditioned outside air into the building. The water in the pipe froze, cracking the pipe and causing a leak when the water melted.

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For two nights this past week, the public was able to enjoy the ballet stylings of the Moscow Festival Ballet. Presenting “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Coppélia,” the company entertained both students and visitors from the Terre Haute community. The ballet company stopped in Terre Haute for two nights between shows at larger venues.

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Even with the recent surge of 3-D movies over this last year (“Final Destination,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” etc.), I still firmly believe that the notion of producing 3-D movies is gimmicky and degrading for the cinema.


Admittedly, IMAX specials with deep sea scenes of fish floating around in the water is a pretty cool concept, especially to the
elementary school kids who are brought to see such spectacles. However, when you mix high budget films and the gimmick of 3-D, I can only wonder what kind of calamity is about to take place. “Final Destination,” which was a bad movie, had pop-out 3-D visuals that were mildly entertaining, and in a way it made the movie experience slightly better.

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