Inthe 2009-2010 academic year, the incoming freshman class represented over 30 states and eight countries, and was a record-high 16% non-Caucasian. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Rose-Hulman, along with Indiana State University (ISU) and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), celebrates their diversity as much as possible.
Last Saturday, SMWC hosted a free potluck dinner for students at the three Wabash Valley colleges, along with their friends, families, and other Terre Haute residents. Over 300 people attended for a night of ethnic dishes and performances from around the globe.

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As eighth week draws to a drudging close, students seem to find themselves full of words for professors. The members of the Blue Key Honor Society did just that the evening of Thursday, January 28.


Blue Key Honor Society had their annual Student-Faculty Dialogue in the Faculty Dining Room with the intent to provide a channel of communication between the members of the society and the Rose-Hulman faculty and staff. Addressed in the evening was the concept of airport shuttles, wireless in the Subway café, and the use of ANGEL amongst the faculty. “These topics are presented to the relevant faculty and staff, who provide feedback and can use students proposals,” Blue Key’s President – Sean Cody, a senior chemical engineering student – said.

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Elaine Houston, a senior biomedical engineering major, is a well rounded student at Rose-Hulman. She likes practical jokes, received the Girl Scouts Gold Award, and makes beaded jewelry. Houston is also part of a small minority of students on campus who use wheelchairs to get around.


Wednesday afternoon Houston gave a talk to several members of the faculty and staff about interacting with people with disabilities. While she delivered the presentation in a light-hearted way, Houston’s message is one that is truly important: in the right environment, a disability doesn’t hold a person back. And as she said, a disability is only a mismatch between the person and the environment they are in.

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Obama sparks tensions with China


The financial crisis of the past year has seen the Chinese government become newly aggressive in its foreign policies, particularly in response to U.S. actions. In addition to current issues like the valuation of the Chinese RMB and differing views on sanctions for Iran, two new problems have come in the form of an arms deal with Taiwan and a scheduled Obama visit to the Dalai Lama. Both items have raised strong criticism from the Chinese government; for the first time, Beijing has threatened U.S. companies, as well as the government, for taking part in the arms deal. When asked about potential consequences should Obama meet the Tibetan religious leader, a Chinese representative said, “We will take corresponding measures to make the relevant countries realize their mistakes.”

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During the previous weekend, many of Rose’s talented students took a break from all of their stresses and hit the snowy hills at Perfect North Slopes.


The annual Rose ski trip began many years ago at Nashville Alps located in Brown County Indiana, then was moved to Paoli Peaks. Finally, the ski trip was moved to Perfect North Slopes where it has been held for the past five to six years.

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When the Rose-Hulman administration is determining the reasons behind my declining GPA, they will inevitably make a footnote on January 26, 2010, the day Mass Effect 2 was released to the public.


Developer BioWare has long been known for their incredibly epic stories, which continuously require the player to make difficult moral decisions in-game that have an effect on the surrounding world. In Mass Effect 2, they have taken these moral decisions to a whole new level by not only increasing the frequency of these good versus evil decisions, but also by implementing a feature that allows the player to occasionally interrupt a scene or conversation with an action that reflects upon their alignment. These decisions range from simply stopping a teammate from killing someone in cold blood to much more sinister acts, like blowing up a fuel line while the enemy is delivering a villainous monologue.

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