Dr. Beth Cunningham has plans for Rose-Hulman.


Cunningham, currently the Dean of Faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, held an hour-long Q&A session with Rose-Hulman faculty and staff to discuss her application to the newly created position of Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Starting with a 20-minute presentation, Cunningham outlined the needs she saw facing Rose-Hulman and what she would do if hired to increase interest in science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM) majors.

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Western China struck again


A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck China’s Qinghai province on Wednesday, causing widespread destruction in the region. Various infrastructure issues such as a lack of fuel at local airports and landslide-blocked roads have hindered aid to the mountainous region. Chinese President Hu Jintao has sent 5,000 rescuers, including 700 soldiers, to the area to provide assistance. The quake’s death toll already includes more than 600 people, and is expected to rise as search and rescue operations get underway. The U.S. Geological Survey has said that this quake was the strongest in the area since 1976.

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Rose-Hulman’s Oakley Observatory will be opening its doors to students and visitors from the Terre Haute area tonight from 7-11 p.m. during an open house to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Observatory. Visitors can use the telescopes to observe astronomical phenomena and can learn more about astronomy from members of Rose-Hulman’s Astronomical Society. Additionally, an exhibition of NASA-collected lunar rocks will be displayed in Moench Commons from 2-5 p.m. and during the open house.

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Last Monday, the Student Activities Board held the 7th annual Dyngus Day celebration, with staffers giving out over 400 bratwursts with lemonade to students. The fest was accompanied by live music from R&B/soul singer Rudy Currence, whose accomplishments include performing a song featured in “The Bourne Identity” with Matt Damon.

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Dan Black’s breakthrough in the UK came when he posted a mashup of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” title “HYPNTZ” to his MySpace. Now his debut album has arrived in the States, and it builds on the influences of that track to mixed effect.

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John Cusack (“2012”), Craig Robinson (“Zach and Miri”), Clark Duke (“Sex Drive”), and Rob Corddry (“Harold and Kumar 2”) star in this blackout comedy filled with new generation hilarity in the vintage setting of our parents’ generation, the 80s.

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