Mines' largest-ever freshman class to whitewash mountainside M
GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 21, 2009 – Colorado School of Mines freshmen will set off on the traditional M-Climb up Mt. Zion on Aug. 24 from Kafadar Commons on the school’s campus in Golden.
The largest new student class in the university’s history — 885 freshmen — will experience a first-ever send-off to the M.
President Bill Scoggins, Mines faculty and staff will line the path between Guggenheim and Berthoud Halls at around 8:15 a.m. to cheer on the new students as they carry 10-pound rocks up the mountain. The students will place their rocks on the M and then splash a fresh coat of whitewash on the historic mountainside monument.
Steve Castillo, Mines’ new provost and executive vice president, will trek with the students on his first M-Climb.
To reach the M, take 6th Avenue west from Denver to 19th Street in Golden. Turn left at the light and follow the road up Lookout Mountain. Although the road will be closed to the public, media representatives will be permitted to drive to the M.
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