While the national economy may still be in a slump, for engineering students, things are looking up.


The winter Career Fair took place Wednesday in the SRC, attracting almost 90 companies and 200 recruiters – a 10% increase from last year’s fair. Students from across campus went to the fair to find jobs, follow up with potential employers, and figure out the best way to go about getting work for the summer.

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Obama sparks controversy with State of the Union


President Obama’s State of the Union address picked the issue of jobs as the most important issue of the night. However, many in Congress aren’t sharing Mr. Obama’s views. Democrats in particular are wary of the upcoming midterm elections, especially given the recent landmark election of a Republican to one of Massachusetts’s US Senate seats. “Blue Dog” Democrats are particularly concerned with their prospects, and proposed new legislation Tuesday that would restore pay-as-you-go rules to the budget. However, all members of Congress are usually reluctant to cut their “pet programs”, and this session seems to be no different as yet. To wit, Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala., said before Wednesday’s address that “my district, we don’t like change we’re not sure of.”

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It’s a common problem: a Rose-Hulman student, deprived of cafeteria service on weekends and with no way to get off campus, resorts to store-bought junk food or a 2 a.m. Taco Bell run. Last weekend, however, Chi Omega resolved this issue for many students with their “Make-a-Dish for Make-a-Wish” fundraiser.


The primary purpose of “Make-a-Dish” was to raise money for Zachary, a local child suffering from both cerebral palsy and epilepsy. For a donation of five dollars, Rose-Hulman and ISU students gained access to an all-you-can-eat buffet donated by several area restaurants.

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The Homework Hotline has done what Rose-Hulman does best: it’s changed the game when it comes to helping middle and high school students with their homework.


The Hotline, started in 1991, is staffed by Rose-Hulman students from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday. In the 2007-2008 school year, it received over 44,000 calls; since 2002, more than 280,000 students have called in to have their questions answered.

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In Clint Eastwood’s latest film, “Invictus,” Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon team up along with an excellent cast to share the struggle to end radical racial tension in South Africa with audiences around the world.


“Invictus” tells the story of how Mandela started to unite the country together through the game of rugby during his first term. With Matt Damon playing the captain of the South African Springboxes, Francois Pienaar, the historic underdog story of the South African rugby team’s journey to the 1995 Rugby World Cup was able to come true before the eyes of all who were in the theater. Freeman vividly depicts Mandela’s struggle alongside the captain to gain the trust and confidence of his new constituents and followers as well as his internal turmoil stemming from his unstable family.

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“The Book of Eli” is a post-apocalyptic movie starring Denzel Washington. In this action-packed thriller, Eli (Denzel Washington) is a man on a mission who will not be stopped. He carries with him the heavy burden of a single book. Not just any book though, it is the last Bible in the world. After the war tore a hole in the sky, the remaining survivors destroyed all the Bibles they could find, claiming that the text was the sole cause of the war. Led by a mysterious voice, Eli finds the last Bible and walks west to the place the voice said it would be needed.

On his journey, he runs into Carnegie (Gary Oldman), a blue-eyed devil who, like Eli, knew the persuasive powers of the Bible. When he found out what Eli is carrying with him, he stopped at nothing to take it from him. Eli and Carnegie entered into a huge battle for the sole remaining Bible. With the help of God, and a beautiful girl he met on his journey, Eli cut down anything and anyone who got in his way.

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