Steven Spurgeon Staffwriter

Class of 2009


  • Noted German dignitary lectures in Breed Hall

    ?The American people have not learned the extent of how unpopular the [Iraq] war was in Europe,? former German ambassador to the United Nations Hans Arnold said on October 17, following his lecture, ?Europe and the U.S.: Where Do We Go From Here??
    Having served as Germany?s foreign minister under the administration of former Chancellor Willy Brandt ? noted for its infamous ?Ostpolitik? and voting...

    News | October 31, 2005
  • Statistically Speaking

    U.S. military budget for 2005: $420.7 billion

    Money spent on military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11: $390 billion

    Combined Chinese and Russian military budget for 2005: $134.2 billion

    Combined budget of ?rogue? states (Cuba, Iran, Iraq, N. Korea, Libya, Sudan, and Syria) for 2005: $13 billion

    News | October 10, 2005
  • Statistically Speaking

    Estimated cost of Hurricane Katrina: $125 billion

    Costliest hurricane in America as of 2005 (Andrew, 1992): $35 billion

    Most storms in one hurricane season (1933): 21

    Number of storms in 2005 thus far: 17

    Minimum wind speed of a category 5 hurricane: 156 mph

    News | September 26, 2005
  • Test Your Knowledge: Light and Optics

    Every substance produces a different color (wavelength) of light when burned.

    True ? When a substance is burned it gives off a characteristic wavelength of light that can be used to determine its composition through a process called grating spectroscopy.

    When we look at another distant star system we are seeing a delayed image of it.

    SciTech | September 19, 2005
  • Enrollment up, preparation down

    The number of students enrolling at four-year universities in the United States has risen 18 percent over the past 10 years, and will continue to rise, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education?s 2005 almanac.
    That?s bad news for current and future high school students who will face higher admissions standards as colleges are flooded with applications.
    According to Michael Steidel, the dir...

    News | September 19, 2005