On October 25, Rose-Hulman will host the tenth annual I.R.C. symposium on campus in the Myers Presentation Room. The students that present at this conference are undergraduate researches from multiple fields of study who have conducted their research in several different areas, including academic and industrial. The range of these backgrounds include bioengineering, chemistry, mechanical, and computational biology.

“We’re really happy about this year,” Dr. Coppinger tells the Rose-Thorn. “Dr. Brandt and I have been working on hard this every year and it’s great to know that after ten years it’s only getting better.” And better is a word that isn’t used lightly. Over the course of the ten years since the programs initiation, the I.R.C. has supported over a hundred different students majoring in a total of nine different fields.  

Funded by Edwards Lifesciences, the I.R.C. stands for the Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative. Ten years ago, it began as an effort for undergraduate students of the Biology and Chemistry disciplines to practice their research ability and presentation skills. Taking place during the academic year or over the summer, the students would work on a project of their choosing under the watchful eye of a sponsoring professor. Today, the program is still going strong, but only gaining speed with more students showing interest in improving their research and presentation skills.

The Student Affairs is gracious enough to provide on-campus housing for students conducting their research while the I.R.B. pays these students stipends for the needs and, occasionally, covering all materials needed for the student’s research.

This year, the I.R.C. is proud to have Alan Chiu as their Key-Note Speaker. A proud member of the ABBE department, Dr. Chiu received his doctorates in Electrical and Computer Engineering Sciences from the University of Toronto, Canada. His specialization in electrical systems and biology give him the perfect background for his research into neurosciences. His presentation at the I.R.C. will be showcasing his latest research regarding a Brain-Machine Interface, allowing greater rehabilitation greatly increasing intuitive user interfaces.

The I.R.C. starts at 8:00 A.M. on Friday October 25 and continues until 5:00 P.M. The conference itself is open for walk-ins or walk-outs at any time. The diversity of the projects being shown will be of interest to almost any student in research. As the approaching symposium is open to any undergraduate student to present their research, students are still welcome to submit their abstract to Dr. Coppinger by October fourth.


14 Wounded in Texas College stabbing

Fourteen students have been wounded in a Lone Star College stabbing on Tuesday. The aggressor was identified as Dylan Quick, a 20-year-old student that attended the college. Witnesses of the scene said that Quick was randomly stabbing at people that seemed to be an easy target by using a “razor-type knife”. He was aiming at his victim’s neck and face. Some students that were at the scene helped the victims by applying pressure at the wound until medical aid arrived. Steven Maida, a student at the college, said he joined a group of students that chased the suspect and stopped him from stabbing more people until the authorities arrived. Police took Quick into custody. He has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault, said Donna Hawkins of the Harris County Prosecutor’s Office. The college was closed after this incident while authorities ensured that there were no more attackers involved.

Bird Flu outbreak in China

Nine people have died from a rare strain of bird flu in China. This new strain is known as H7N9 avian influenza. The virus has been known to affect pigeons but had been recently discovered in humans. There are 28 reported cases in the east of the country, mostly in the Shanghai region. China’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) are searching for the source of infection. The poultry markets have become the focus of the investigation. Live bird trading have been suspended in many cities across the country. The WHO said that positive samples of the H7N0 virus have not been found in pigs or farms in China. However, they are moving on their investigation by studying suspected “family clusters” of people who may be infected with H7N9 to see if there is a potential of human to human transmission.

Firefighters taken hostage in Atlanta

On Wednesday, four Gwinnett County firefighters were taken hostage after responding to a call for help under the pretense of a heart attack victim in need of assistance. The incident began around 3:40 p.m. when the firefighters went to a residence in suburban Atlanta. Authorities arrived at the scene and negotiated with the suspect. However, it ended up in an exchange of gunfire. At 7:30 p.m. the authorities decided to use explosives to distract the suspect and get to the house to free the firefighters. The suspect was killed by the authorities in order to save the firefighters.

 

This past weekend, Rose-Hulman was proud to host the Second Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Taking place in the SRC over the course of three days from Thursday through Saturday, the competition was able to gather over a thousand students and mentors from around the state of Indiana, all from the grades of K-12. Along with the many participants were also over 1,500 local Terre Haute community members.
Additionally, the competition attracted the audience of both Presidents of Rose-Hulman, several members from the Board of Trustees, and the VPPA. Then on the second day of the competition, Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST, made a surprise appearance to give a speech to all of the young competitors and volunteers.
Needless to say, the event was a hit.
FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an organization dedicated to encouraging growth and curiosity in the fields of science in young students from the grades as low as kindergarten and through their senior year of high school. This FIRST Robotics Competition is just one of the many activities they host and sponsor to encourage kids to have an appreciation and interest in the growing fields of science.
The FIRST Robotics Competition begins six weeks before any actual competitions start. That’s how long the teams have to design, manufacture, and build their robots. At this time, they are told what the machine has to accomplish. Other than that, they can decide how it accomplishes the task, how it looks, and how it interacts with the team.
The three sections the robots were judged on this year were its autonomy, a catapult throw, and ability to climb. The central competition was Frisbee throwing, which involved seeing how far these designed robots could throw a Frisbee. Autonomy involved their ability to retrieve the Frisbee from the ground, within a thirty second timeframe. Following this, it had two minutes to catapult the Frisbee across the field. This can be done with remote controls or with the team members placing the Frisbee on the machine, which would automatically reduce the number of points they would receive for autonomy. Lastly, they were challenged to climb a spiked wall in thirty seconds. They was judged on how fast and far the machine got.
The competition awards over fifteen different medals to the competing teams. Teams were awarded for the creativity of their design, how far the Frisbee was thrown, and the speed of the autonomous sections, amongst other things. However, additional medals are awarded not just for the robots competing in the events, but the teams behind the robots as well. The director of the Second Regional Competition, Dr. Berry, explains.

“One part of it is Gracious Professionalism, or how well you work with other teams, not just in the competition. It means you help them out with problems: maybe with advice or with broken parts. The second part is Coopertism, a word we made up. One part is cooperation and the other is competition. Basically, it’s a judgment of how well the teams interact with other teams in the competition.”
Dr. Berry, director of the Robotics Major at Rose-Hulman, was the director of the competition at Rose Hulman. In an interview, she explained that the goal behind FIRST Robotics Competition is not only to have the young participants design interesting and efficient machines, but also to learn professionalism and cooperation with one another.
Dr. Berry went onto explain that the competition did more than help the young competitors gain an interest in these growing fields of science. According to the businesses around Terre Haute, the competition brought in a huge amount of revenue, including every hotel in the area being completely booked for the weekend. “Not even I could get a room,” says Dr. Berry. “But it’s something we didn’t expect. Not only were we encouraging these kids to learn more about science and about Rose Hulman, like the Human Power Vehicle Team or ECOcar, but we got the whole community to benefit from this as well. Overall, everyone benefitted from this.”
In the future, Dr. Berry hopes to revive the Terre Haute FIRST team, as currently there is none. It would have been fun to see kids from the local schools participating in the competition. However, with such a large crowd drawn in by the display, and the huge number of students eager to participate again, it looks like another competition is a sure thing. It’s just a matter of time before another challenger approaches.

"Iron Man" is a movie series that has frequently been hailed as not only the beginning of the Marvel Movie Franchise, but of the "modernized" comic book heroes who all mostly had their origins in the 40's. The first movie, "Iron Man," was correctly hailed as a great comic book movie, adapting the character's origins to a more modern interpretation, complete with the desire to change the world and himself, sacrificing much in order to do so.

"Iron Man," the first one, is also remembered as the last good "Iron Man" movie, at least by me.

"Iron Man 3" is a film that retreads already beaten, worn, and basically abused paths of both movie, comic book, and even a few game story arcs. Beginning with Tony Stark "haunted by his dreams" because of the invasion of New York City. You remember it as the climax of "The Avengers," a scene you probably celebrate. Stark does not agree. Paranoid because of the experience, he builds several Iron Man suits out of no reason than to be prepared. You already know where this is going.

Cue several terrorist attacks from the Mandarin, a villain who honestly looks like his comic book counterpart, for once. Tony, the loveable selfless guy he is, doesn't give it a passing nod until one of his personal guards is injured. Then it becomes personal.

I can't even continue along this plot without already stating what you either already know or can simply speculate. The whole "knocked down to get back up" story line has been done so much and repurposed so often that I nearly fell asleep in a few parts. I would have to, if the explosions didn't keep rocking me out of my seat.

Ah, yes explosions, the sure fire sign that a movie is a serious A-List contender. Make the most obscene and unbelievable set up for an explosion, complete with some final showdown occurring just before or after it, and you're sure to guarantee more than a few hungry movie watchers who secretly dream of dropping said bombs from airplanes. It's easy to admit that the action is the star of the movie, because the plot sure isn't, and I don't even want to kid about the characters. You got one out of ten who is interesting. That's it and it isn't nearly enough.

"Iron Man" was a great movie because it had some great comedy that stopped on a dime once a bomb when off and everyone started getting into the mood of a battlefield. No jokes were cracked, no plot armor was forged, battles were deadly, fierce and real. Queue "Iron Man 2" and you see the action stop on a dime now because someone has some great joke they want to crack. Once the successfully deliver said message, they are granted +1 plot armor, making them immune to damage for the next ten minutes. This doesn't change in Iron Man 3. That's a hint.

A lot of people are talking about the twist being very original and clever. I won't spoil it, but I also won't praise it, not too much. I'll admit I didn't see it coming, mostly because I like where it was going without it, but if I had stopped to think for five minutes and compared the first hour of the film to the prior two "Iron Man" movies, I'd realize they weren't targeting the same crowd of people as the villains. Good thing the plot twist fixed that one.

Over all, "Iron Man 3" is a severely over-praised movie, still riding on the waves of the original and not looking to jump off the board anytime soon. Who knows? Next movie we might get to see Tony jump a shark.

Rating: 2/5 Elephants

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things Review

Kevin T. Weaver

When we think about men, real men, we like to imagine macho men. Guys who carry guns larger than their bodies, able to take more steel than a milling machine, and measure their machoness by their chest hairs. These are the guys we like to see blowing up buildings on screen, tearing the heads off monsters in ancient Greece, and fighting the impossible fight against hordes of enemies.

But have you ever thought of how hard it must be for these guys to live in real life? Fortunately, talented artist Coelasquid has started to answer this all important question in the most celebrated form of solo-art. Comics.

“Manly Guys Doing Manly Things,” is an online comic by Coelasquid, as stated. The premise is simple, take all of the most macho and manly men from all genres of entertainment and see how they really would integrate into society. As most would expect, these usually end with utterly hilarious consequences.

Kratos just killed the last Greek God? Time to get a job at the IAIT department. The Big Daddy was rescued from Rapture? Better get a job at a nursery. While most of these are obviously set up for failure, the method by which the art is drawn and dialogue is written makes even the most predictable of endings utterly hilarious to read, often requiring a break from web surfing just to catch your breath.

This comic, however, does more than just celebrate the macho men, it also brings up some very valid reasons why the androgynous heroes out there. You know, the guys who are built like toothpicks glued together but can still manage to throw buildings? Those guys? Yeah, they’re kind of the butt-monkeys in this comic, and in an utterly hilarious way. The best example I can find still remains “Inuyasha” talking to the main cast of “Manly Guys Doing Manly Things,” stating that he’s proud to have more views and fan art than all of them put together. Then he is asked whether he feels embarrassed he just commented about the number of pictures of him making out with his brother.

Obviously, like all comics, this isn’t for everyone. If you like games like “Final Fantasy” or most other JRPG’s, you’re probably going to have a bad time here. However, if you want a good life, complete with references to make “Borderlands” raise an eyebrow ,you’re going to find something you enjoy here.

Rating: 4/5 Elephants

Is there any chance that you are looking for an extremely fun and free game to play? Well then Warframe would almost certainly be a game that you have to try. This game is an amazingly fun and surprisingly addicting over the shoulder shooter. The game focuses primarily on action and a handful of cool cut scenes.

The real fun of Warframe however is that no matter how long I play for I feel like a frigg’in ninja. Every level of the game I have encountered so far starts of where you infiltrate a space craft to perform a mission like blowing up a reactor or rescuing a prisoner. The key word here is infiltrate though. You start off every level undetected and can sneak up behind and stab them in the back or slice them in half.

Of course eventually all good things come to an end and you are bound to be detected by one of the soldiers sooner or later in which case the game simply turns into an exercise of shooting anyone that is trying to keep you from completing your mission or leaving the ship.

The individual missions and maps do not seem to be all that important. After failing the first mission four times because I refused to use any weapon other than my sword, I got the distinct impression that the “maps” are a randomized series of rooms which are rearranged for each attempt of a mission. These same rooms though are repeated in later missions and are clearly not unique at all.

As for character growth and development it is surprisingly simple. The character himself gains experience for each enemy it kills and gains better shields and health. The weapons also level up though, based on which weapon gets the kill, and as they level they begin to do more damage and gain access to better mods.

These mods require certain character or item levels to be used. These mods seem to be the main goal in leveling a character as they provide more options of how to fight such as holograms, camouflage and teleportation or many other skills which I have yet to see. These mods are dropped randomly by the enemies killed feel rather to come across in any given level.

The only bad thing I have to say about this game is that it seems certain weapons and even characters must be purchased with platinum to unlock. As far as I can tell so far the only way to get platinum is to buy it with real money. Normally I would not consider this an issue in a free to play game, however the majority of items I have seen so far can only be purchased by using platinum.

Regardless I would consider this game worth playing since the only thing it will cost you is a slight portions of your bandwidth, and less than hour of your time to download it.

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