With an estimated 100,000 injured or dead and over 3 million affected by the recent Haiti earthquake, there’s never been a better time for charitable aid to the Caribbean country. And Rose-Hulman is doing its part to help.


The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a group representing student athletes on campus, has launched a weekslong relief campaign to get clothing to those affected by the quake. The concept is simple: students donate any excess clothing they have, and it’s shipped straight to charitable organizations in the affected area to aid disaster victims.

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At least when there are eight weeks of class in a row, there’s hot chili to make up for it.


Rose-Hulman’s annual Winter Funfest took place this Wednesday, prominently featuring a widely anticipated chili cook-off. This year, twelve entrants in the cook-off created a variety of chilis, from traditional to an unusual, creamy “white chili.”

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Haiti suffers earthquake


The Caribbean nation of Haiti has experienced its strongest earthquake in more than two hundred years this past Tuesday. Many buildings collapsed and panic ensued in the streets as dead bodies began to appear among the rubble. The quake was a 7.0 on the Moment earthquake scale, and at least 1.8 million people live within the affected area. Humanitarian organizations trying to get assistance to those in danger have had to deal with dead phone lines and a general lack of infrastructure. A risk management specialist at the World Bank noted that Haiti’s weak government, and the resulting lack of disaster preparedness
infrastructure, would make the country’s recovery even more difficult.

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This Wednesday night’s basketball game marked the annual reoccurance of Greek Night. The event, sponsored by Alpha Tau Omega, was held as a food drive to benefit the local group Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities director John Etling told the Terre Haute Tribune-Star that “donations to the food bank are crucial in this post-holiday period, when need is still great and freezing winter temperatures bring people to request services from local [aid] agencies.”

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As is customary with the coming of a new year, most media venues have opted to take a moment and reflect at the past behind then. Then, with a tear in their eye and a song in their heart, they grab a note pad and rank the past such that everybody could say in reading that list that, “this was the good stuff. Oh yeah.” That aside, most of the time these best of the year lists come from people who are a little overly critical and rather eager to pet somebody’s ego than really objectively say what was good and what was bad. These same people have decided that with the passing of the 2000’s, it is their right to look beyond just judging what was best with the year and now set their eyes on a new span of time to grace their infinite decisiveness: the decade.

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1. Halo:Combat Evolved
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
4. Halo 3
5. Portal


For top five choices, it really isn’t hard to understand why these games are here. Even in being relatively recent releases, the Modern Warfare titles have reinvigorated a once-considered stagnant franchise into a new powerhouse and a new level of quality for first-person shooters and the entertainment factor of games overall. However, the real top contender and rightfully deserving of its post as the best is undoubtedly “Halo: Combat Evolved.” Many people experienced the Xbox version of the game, playing split-screen multiplayer, oblivious to the next games’ effect on the idea of online console gaming. I, however, experienced the shooter on my PC, not having an Xbox. Playing through the campaign, I got to experience a real challenge in a shooter I hadn’t had since I first picked up “Goldeneye,” needing to think in more strategic means than simply running up and shooting enemies in the face because of the superb AI. This was a game of finesse and brutality at the same time, enthralling me to play for hours on end and playing through multiple times at all the difficulties. As a PC player, I also got to experience the Halo online multiplayer experience that everybody now can enjoy on Xbox 360 and, quite frankly, it’s still an awesome experience, albeit with a much smaller gaming community. The Microsoft/Bungie project didn’t halt with this single title and proceeded to produce subsequent Halo series titles, albeit there is still some critical differences in the experiences in the subsequent games. “Halo 3” did round off the top five but other games such as “Halo: ODST,” “Halo Wars,” and “Halo 2” were far from the top ten list. “Halo 2” is still considered the weakest of the Master Chief trilogy due to its unbalancing of the weapons and general letdown of expectations for this follow-up title. However, this franchise overall has left its mark on our generation and will more than likely be considered “the shooter” for years to come. The final title to round off the top five list was what I’d consider to be the surprise game of the year. “Portal” in a word seemed like filler for the “Orange Box” compilation, but as people began to play it, they were surprised to find an innovative puzzle game that really pushed the gamer to think, “an I really do that?” It really is a fantastic title that even as a stand-alone game is well worth its relatively cheap price tag. Valve has hinted that they will further the game concept in a more fleshed out and longer game but that will have to wait for this new and starry-eyed decade.

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