The October 29, 2013 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.
October 29, 2013 Safehouse 2013 brings fun and fear RAND SILVERS Lode Writer Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of organizers, tour guides, decorators and actors, Michigan Tech’s 26th annual Safehouse event was a huge success. An estimated 1500-2000 campus and community members took advantage of the event on Saturday, Oct. 26, which included both two-thirds “scary” and one-third “fun” tour routes through halls in Wadsworth and McNair. In following with tradition, the entirety of DHH was devoted to scary themes. Adding to the usual attractions at DHH was a special feature set up by the Sound and Lighting Services student group on campus, which used various effects to turn the ballroom into a creepy mine. Jon Faror, Programming Chair for IRHC, said, “Their goal was to make a professional-style haunted house that is very high-tech. Hopefully we’ll be able to turn this into a tradition that they do every year.” Other scary halls on the DHH tour turned themselves into dark forests, spider’s lairs and several asylums gone wrong. Fun halls included themes such as WreckIt-Ralph, board games and Pokemon. Many of these invited their audiences to participate, by fighting cybugs alongside Ralph in Hero’s Duty, navigating their way through a twister hall, or battling against Bulbasaur. In addition to the fun of setting up the decorations and benefitting the community, Safehouse has a competitive element. All News: Budgeting part IV: the Strategic Plan 3 News: Students dressed up as Wreck it Ralph and Fix it Felix for a fun hallway in McNair. halls are judged on the criteria of Originality, Creativity, Theme Usage, Enthusiasm of Volunteers and Interactivity. This year’s winning scary hall was TreeHouse’s “haunted forest” theme. They 4 Michigan Tech not exempt of phishing attempts Pulse: Photo by Maxwell Curtis outdid their competitors by only two-thirds of a point. Agency and Nightclub (of Visual and Performing Arts) took second but only by .2 points, with their “cult” theme. In the fun category, Raptor, who 7 “Farenheit 451” the play a classic deserves Opinion: Michigan wolf hunt portrayed “Dr. Seuss,” Burrow’s “Harry Potter,” CSLC/Daddy’s Girls’ “old school board games” and Summit/WIE’s “Wreck it 11 Continued on page 4 Sports: 14 Soccer closes out regular home season 1-1 2 Tuesday, October 29 NEWS Michigan Tech Lode Mineral Museum free for students EVAN MAYER Lode Writer As Halloween approaches, candy is on the mind. At the Arthur Edmund (A.E.) Seaman Mineral Museum, a different type of candy, “eye candy,” as described by museum director Dr. Theodore Bornhorst, is on display for the public to see. Located at 1404 East Sharon Ave, the museum not only has the world’s largest collection of Michigan minerals, but also is the official mineral museum of Michigan. The museum boasts the largest public display of Great Lakes minerals and is said by many collectors to be the best mineral museum in North America. The museum has continued to grow since officially beginning in 1902 through trading and buying. The collection has seen its largest gains though from donations, both in the form of money and pieces for the collection. Michigan Technological University began in the mines, so it is only fitting that a part of the museum is dedicated to its history. One exhibit features a display of the history of copper mining in the Keweenaw, which has made the museum a Keweenaw Heritage Site. An impressive copper crystal is located in front of this gallery in “Keweenaw Highlights.” The museum is set up into many other exhibits and galleries that support a theme. These include Minerals and Society, How Minerals Form, Minerals of the Great Lake Region, Minerals of the World and Minerals as Natural Masterpieces. Some of these exhibits include the best specimen of a particular mineral. Others contain the mineral that led to a new type being documented. All of them are of a high quality and come from all over the United States and the world. “The great part about minerals,” Dr. “Whether you are a geology fanatic or just looking to learn more about minerals, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum is an experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.” Bornhorst shared, “is that nature actually made these things. This is natural art.” The most popular exhibit is tucked away in the far rear of the museum. Ultraviolet light is used to show off these minerals’ fluorescent glow. But how does this phenomenon occur? This exhibit includes a computer display to inform patrons all about these glowing spectacles. This has also been named one of the best fluorescent minerals exhibits in the United States. The gift shop that welcomes guest upon their arrival will be holding a 20 percent holiday sale from Thanksgiving to Christmas on everything in store. All products have earthly connections and are made locally as well as globally. Admission was a point stressed by Dr. Bornhorst, as he emphasized the fact that Michigan Tech students get free admission. All they need to produce is a valid student id. For the general public, admission for two days is $6 for adults, $2 for juniors (ages 10 to 17), $5 for seniors (65+), and free for children (10 and under). On Tuesdays, admission is free for everyone. The current hours for the museum until December 21st are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Whether you are a geology fanatic or just looking to learn more about minerals, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum is an experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. In The Lode’s 10/22/13 issue, it was incorrectly reported that the safety rail in construction on McNair hill would be six feet high. While that would be quite impressive, the height will be a much more reasonable three feet. d n a t u o t e G t s i l k c e ch u d e . u t m . h c e t e c n e i r e www.Exp yer. portunity emplo ution/equal op tit ins al ion at rtunity educ an equal oppo ical University is log no ch Te n Michiga Tuesday, October 29 3 NEWS Budgeting part IV: the Strategic Plan Michigan Tech Lode RAND SILVERS Lode Writer The university’s audited financial report comes out at the end of October, and so in preparation the Lode is releasing a number of articles on the university’s finances and budget. This week’s article focuses on the university’s Strategic Plan. Last week, this column discussed how the numbers of the university’s budget come together. But numbers alone don’t make a budget; there have to be guiding principles that direct those dollars into objectives. These come from the university’s Strategic Plan, a document that outlines the university’s goals and priorities. The plan is two pages long and has three sections. The first is the mission, which is a one-sentence statement of what Michigan Tech does. It is, and has been since 2000, “We prepare students to create the future.” The next section is the vision, which is a one-sentence statement of what the university will do in the future. The current vision statement for the university is “Michigan Tech will grow as a premier technological research university of international stature, delivering education, new knowledge and innovation for the needs of our world.” This is further explored in a separate document, the University Portrait 2035, which outlines quantitative milestones for the university to have reached by 2035. The final section of the Strategic Plan are the goals, which explain how the university will implement its mission and vision. This section makes up the majority of the body of the document, as each goal contains two to three subgoals, each of which have a number of more specific bullet points underneath them. For instance, goal 1 is: “A world-class and diverse faculty, staff and student population,” which is to be understood as one facet of attaining the university’s vision so that it can complete its mission. The first subgoal underneath this is, “Outstanding professional environment for all members of the Michigan Tech community,” which is one way the university wishes to accomplish goal 1. The first bullet point to attain this subgoal is “provide competitive compensation, recognition and rewards to attract, retain and support faculty and staff.” The bullet points, being the most specific, can be directly implemented through the allocation of funds in the budget process, in this case by ensuring that wages being offered by Michigan Tech are at the same level as peer institutions. The current format of the plan originated in 2006 and was updated in 2009 and 2012. The target for the next revision is the spring of 2015, but the process begins much earlier. “Fall of 2014 we will begin preparing the revision,” said Dave Reed, Vice-President of Research. “We start that process with an open, web-based comment period. So the old plan [is] put up there, and anyone who has any comments at all can contribute to that. Early in the fall semester, the Deans… take those comments, take the plan and do a revision.” The Executive team then review what the Deans have put together, and in meetings with the University Senate, the Staff Council and a variety of other groups, the plan goes through between three and five revisions. “In the early spring there’s another comment period right before we go into the Board retreat in February… where we review the updated draft with them, get their concerns, maybe go back to particular groups with concerns, talk through the issues and try to get a resolution,” said Reed. The process is completed in May when the Board approves an updated Strategic Plan, which guides the university in budgeting and policy-making for the next three years. But how extensive is this revision? In theory, it could be completely rewritten. In practice, the changes are usually rather minor. “The first meeting I have with the Deans, I tell them ‘Here’s the plan it’s two pages long. You can’t change the font, you can’t change the margins and you can’t add any pages,’ and that’s the guidelines,” said Reed. “The three main goals… have been reworded, but they haven’t really changed. What’s changed is down on the subgoals, and even what’s under the subgoals. Those get mixed and matched, and sometimes they get done. Three years from now, one might be done, and others may not have made much progress, so they get a little more emphasis.” Michigan Tech’s current Strategic Plan, along with the University Portrait 2035 and the Michigan Tech Dashboard, which displays metrics cataloguing how the university is doing relative to its goals are available at (www.banweb.mtu.edu/pls/ owa/strategic_plan2.p_display). Do you have any questions you’d like answered? E-mail email@example.com. We’re not like every W E HAVE A S U RE F IRE WAY other high-tech company. TO PRE D ICT THE F U T U RE : We’re hiring. HIRE YO U TO INVENT IT. 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All rights reserved. 4 NEWS Tuesday, October 29 Michigan Tech Lode Michigan Tech not exempt of phishing attempts The world at a glance KATELYN WAARA News Editor Washington monthly school rankings Bang for your buck universities This week’s World at a Glance gets closer to home; Michigan Tech ranked 58th on a list of 150 universities based on the economic value students are said to receive. The New York Time’s article, “Lists That Ranks Colleges’ Value Are on the Rise,” published on Sunday, Oct. 27, shows the heightened interest in ranking colleges based on a “dollars-and-cents tabulation.” The list, compiled by “Washington Monthly,” also ranked colleges by other factors, including best community college, best master’s and best liberal arts colleges. The title of the list, “Standout Best-Bangfor-the-Buck Schools,” is described as “a closer look at a few of the schools doing particularly well educating average students at a reasonable price. This ranking strategy is becoming more and more popular following President Obama’s idea to tie college rankings with the amount of financial aid given to students. Graduating high school seniors and their parents are also becoming more concerned with the costs associated with attending college. According to the article, and if President Obama’s plans go through, universities will either sink or swim depending on their projected value. US News and World Report, who publishes renowned academic rankings, has even started to publish “best value” lists. Princeton Review, normally the place to go for advice on the best party school, has also done a ranking of value schools. Currently, there is no standard way to measure the value of a college, nor is there an agreement on what value really means. Because of that, many factors can be taken into account when assessing value; from tuition, subsidies, graduation rate, placement rate, etc. “Washington Monthly,” whom with Michigan Tech ranked 58th, which was based on students receiving Pell Grants, graduation rate, default rate and net price. The best way to measure value is being sought out. Education Department officials will soon be heading out all over the country to conduct interviews and attend school forums and meetings. Their plan is to organize the information gathered by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. By 2018, they hope to have the ratings linked to federal financial aid. As an institution, Michigan Tech brings in large amounts of money, whether it comes from students’ tuition, research grants or textbook and hoodies sales. Because the university is associated with such a large amount of data and since it accepts credit cards, it is important that those who perform those transactions are aware of the phishing attempts against Michigan Tech. Phishing, or an attempt to retrieve information such as someone’s username, password or social security number, happens everyday. Thieves looking to steal your money and identity have gotten more and more crafty; these days, attempts oftentimes come through email, and sometimes by phone calls. On an annual basis, students, faculty and staff are asked to complete a series of online learning modules, meant to inform and teach them about how they can protect themselves from identity and data theft. Many of these people also ask themselves why this training is relevant to them. Although the training is not mandatory for students, Ashley Sudderth, Information Compliance Officer, said it holds a wealth of knowledge and its advice should not be ignored. The Security Awareness training is mandatory for all employees, including student employees, at Michigan Tech. Initially, a mandatory survey was sent across campus to gain information on who uses various types of data and in what ways. After the survey, it was decided that faculty would be trained first. The program was assembled and sent to those necessary participants through Blackboard. According to Sudderth, that platform proved to be difficult, as some users weren’t able to complete their portions of the program. The following year, the modules were hosted through Securing the Human, a company which helps to plan and organize the training for the university. Michigan Tech was one of the company’s first institutional partners. An asset to the university, Sudderth also holds a position on Securing the Human’s Advisory Board. Student employees’ high turnover rate and their movement between many departments across campus pose challenges to the amount of training they need to receive. Last year showed a large push for student employees to complete the training since they would be paid for their time. In the end, it proved successful with over 90 percent of the campus community participating. This year, the buzz of the phishing world is a virus called CryptoLocker. After you open an attachment in an infected email, CryptoLocker uses an advanced encryption, creating a “public” and a “private” key. The public key is used for the encryption and verification of the data, while the private key is used to decode it. The malware keeps the user from regaining their data unless they pay a ransom within 48 or 72 hours. You could also become a victim of CryptoLocker if you enter one of their infected websites. Typically, victims of this internet/email attack have been paying up to $300 to regain access to their files. Michigan Tech is not exempt of attempts like these. According to Sudderth, because of Michigan Tech’s status as a research institution, there are an average of 1.6 million attacks of various types, looking to steal your credentials, every day. Thinking about everyone’s busy schedules, the amount of time people would spend completing the training was a major factor in the building of the program. One series of modules takes 30 minutes to complete, with the option to Safehouse leave and come back to finish the videos later. Because incoming students are arguably the most unaware of the university’s policies and regulations for securing their data, first years were pushed a little harder to complete their training, so much that is was added to their orientation week checklist. “We have an obligation to ensure you are properly trained,” said Sudderth. “The modules are a starting point.” Sudderth added that the modules are meant to give participants background knowledge in data security and the ways they can protect themselves and their information. Feedback received from the campus community has been positive, although some people are still unaware of Michigan Tech’s Security Awareness Training benefits. If you have questions about the training or suggestions for topics to be covered, contact Ashley Sudderth at ashley@mtu. edu. She also welcomes anyone to make an appointment to meet with her or to stop by her office, EERC B33, to discuss the training and its importance. Continued from front page Ralph” themes all tied for first place. The community also enjoyed the event. Throughout the halls, the air was filled with the sounds of laughter or screams, depending on where you listened. Karen Patterson, Office Assistant at the CDI and Safehouse judge, said, “It’s good to the students doing this kind of stuff with the children. I enjoyed it.” Fellow judge Mike Christianson, Michigan Tech Director of Bands, added, “It was fun.” While successful, the event did not go off quite without incident. One hall was disqualified for physically touching a member of one of the tour groups. Steve Knudtrup, IRHC President, said, “If you touch anyone, you’re automatically out. It’s a liability thing.” However, planning leading up to the event went remarkably well. One of the challenges with organizing such a large number of halls is the creation of linear routes that all fall into the category of “fun” or “scary.” Knudstrup said, “We usually have to change a couple halls that want to be scary to a fun route, and this year we were able to avoid that.” Scary themed hallways brought out screams from many Safehouse attendees. Photo Max Curtis NEWS Michigan Tech Lode Tuesday, October 29 Student Org Spotlight 5 Leaders in Continuous Improvement NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer New to campus is the student organization Leaders in Continuous Improvement. Continuous Improvement is the process of improving product, relationships, process or services in an organization. Through internship experience and on-campus work in the Office of Process Improvement, student founders wanted to share their knowledge and experience of continuous improvement with other students. Brainstorming began last spring for the student organization, and it has become an official organization this fall. Continuous improvement involves philosophies on how to guide a company on to improvement practices. One of these philosophies is Lean, a methodology currently practiced on the Michigan Tech campus. Lean focuses on a respect for people, improving a process for the benefit of the customer and eliminating waste. This is also a widely used methodology in the manufacturing world. Leaders in Continuous Improvement want to help students gain experience through hands-on learning on campus and in the community.“ During our meetings we learn about different tools and techniques or philosophies in Continuous Improvement and then we want to go out and apply them,” said Megan Johnson, a Biomedical Engineering graduate student. “Our overall goals are to educate our members and the campus community on continuous improvement and what it is, what the benefits are and to have our members actually practice continuous improvement hands-on, to promote it in the community in general,” said Johnson. Another goal of Leaders in Continuous Improvement is to gain networking and knowledge that can help students with future employment opportunities. “We are also hoping to bring in as many industry speakers as we can to help members A: see how it is used in industry, and B: have that networking experience with the people who are actually out there doing it,” said Johnson. “In the future we want to consult with local businesses, we’ve actually already talked with the Smartzone and they would love to have us come in and work with their startups and look at their processes and see if we can help them improve,” said Johnson. If you are interested in learning more about the philosophies, methodology and how to apply aspects of continuous improvement, contact Megan Johnson at (firstname.lastname@example.org), for information about meetings and how to get involved. Tech students work to make a difference in the community SASHA BURNETT Lode Writer On Saturday, Oct. 26, students were given the opportunity to give back to their community. Make a Difference Day, held each fall, is a national community service day providing multiple opportunities for voluntary service. “The event was started by USA weekend magazine and has become the largest national day of service,” Jessie Stapleton, coordinator of Student Activities, said. Although the event is primarily for students, local community members and alumni of Michigan Tech also provide their service on this day. “Seeing the number of people who are willing to give up a Saturday to give back to the community is the best part of Make a Difference Day. It is heartwarming,” Stapleton said. Students were able to register for the event on involvement link up to Wednesday of last week. “When registration ends, I match all of the groups up with projects based on the number of people in the group and whether or not they have transportation. Students don’t know what they will be doing until the morning of the event,” Stapleton said. Even though students don’t know what they are signing up to do for the day, Michigan Tech Lode Stapleton said that they are normally willing to take on whatever project they are assigned. “I do not believe that we have been assigned a task yet, but we will be up and ready to go at 9 a.m.,” said Kyle Krueger, a volunteer with Delta Sigma Phi. Some of the projects that took place on Saturday were heating houses and chopping wood for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, house building with Habitat for Humanity, removing invasive species with the Michigan Nature association, clearing trails at Lakeland School of Forestry and cutting wood at the Ford Center. 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For some, last Saturday was their first time volunteering, but for others it was another chance to help out. “I have volunteered elsewhere, but have never participated in Make a Difference Day. However, my fraternity participated last year and raked leaves in the community. I enjoy volunteering because it feels good knowing you helped someone else out, especially when it is in your own community,” Krueger said. If you or your organization are interested in volunteering on Make a Difference Day, the event will be held again next fall. Opinions expressed in the Lode are not necessarily those of the student body, faculty, staff or administration of Michigan Technological University or the Michigan Tech Lode. The Lode is designed, written and edited by Michigan Tech students. The paper is printed every Tuesday during fall and spring semesters. The Lode is available free of charge at drop-off sites around campus and in the surrounding community. 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This leaves some in the predicament that they must find a costume in time, lest the spirits and monsters that walk the mortal realm on Halloween know that the human is not one of their own. Thankfully, here are some ideas for great last-minute costumes sure to trick those nasty spirits and deflect the spells of witches. A time tested standby is, of course, the “Sheet Ghost.” To create this costume, just acquire a sheet which is able to cover your entire body while standing. Next, drape it over yourself, being sure to center the sheet as much as possible. Simply use a marker to indicate circles where your eyes are and cut out the circles. For extra fun, be sure to elaborate on how much work it took to make your costume, or how expensive it was. For unknown reasons, the monsters seem to often be satisfied with clever puns as a disguise. Perhaps it is because they interpret the groans that some of these costumes bring as those of the undead giving approval. Regardless, for the time constrained here are a few “punny” costumes which will keep monsters at bay with minimal time investment. Put a dollar bill on each ear to be a buck-an-ear. Carry a box of cereal and a knife, hopefully fake, to be a cereal killer. Create a sign saying “Go Ceilings!” and cheer, you are a ceiling fan. Affix smarties to your pants and relish in being a smarty pants. Finally, you can always simply not go to something and later insist that you went as the Invisible Man/Woman. While it is unknown why, or if, these costumes can protect wearers from monsters, if there is simply little time left anything is better than nothing. Halloween can be a frightful night, a night where the unliving are allowed to once again walk the Earth. Centuries of experience has shown that the best way to avoid the wrath of these monsters is to dress as one of them and fool them. Halloween is the one night of the year to scare the living daylights out of people with no real ramifications. May the costume ideas given here aid you in evading the monsters and seeing the morning. Undead U SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer Zombies have taken over. There are hundreds of films made about them, both satirical and serious. The Zombie Survival Guide is the ultimate handbook giving instructions on the preparation and subsequent realities of an apocalypse of the undead. Now, Humans vs. Zombies is on campus (and has been for a few years), those playing with fabric wrapped around their arms, indicating humanity, or heads, indicating zombie. Now, for all fans of zombies, there is a symposium on the very subject held right here at Tech: “Undead U: A Zombie Symposium” will be held in DOW 641, free of charge and open to the public, on Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m. The creatures will be explored biologically and mythologically, and our thoughts about them will be ascertained ethically, psychologically and philosophically. Michigan Tech staff included in the talk will be Syd Johnson and Ketty Thomas of the Humanities and Adam Feltz of the Cognitive and Learning Sciences. From the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Department of Biology comes the special guest speaker, John Dahl. In preparation, the Northern Lights Film Festival screened “Shaun of the Dead” on Sunday, Oct. 27. Be sure to come by on Nov. 1 for a fun and educational evening filled with the creatures of legend. “Fifty Lakes One Island” ROSHNI SACHAR Lode Writer Michigan Tech brings recent awardwinning independent films and filmmakers to Houghton through the Northern Lights Film Festival each year. This year was the ninth year of the festival and it took place at the Rozsa Center from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27. George Desort, an independent filmmaker from Chicago, was one of the invitees this year. His first feature film, “Fortunate Wilderness,” documented the fifty-year Isle Royale Wolf and Moose study led by MTU faculty Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich. Two of Desort’s recent films were showcased this year and it was a pleasure to watch one of his films. “Fifty Lakes One Island” is a fifty minute documentary that captures Desort’s eightday long trip to the Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior in 2011. He set out alone with his camera equipment and as much food as he could fit into his kayak on an adventure to explore the rugged terrain of this island. His breathtaking footage and personal, undiluted storytelling result in a film that asks us to consider the importance and gravity of wilderness to our experience of life and this world. Desort, a selfproclaimed Isle Royale lover, chose the months of August, September and stunning sunrise and sunsets, rainbow formations, northern lights shows and various other stunning and beautiful George Desort captured the beeauty of Isle Royale alone with a camera. Photo by Pratik Joshi October for this trip because he wanted to be alone on this exploration and not there when it was tourist season. Desort manages to capture several aspects of the wilderness. On foot and his kayak, Desort explores the fifty inland lakes on the island and remembers the times he and his dad would go fishing at Trevor Creek, Ontario, Canada when he was little. The “over stimulation of nature and wilderness” as Desort calls it and the calm, peaceful and serene island makes him feel happy, healthy and strong. Even though Desort was all alone throughout this adventure, he did a commendable job with the camera work and filming of himself. Isle Royale is extremely scenic and by portraying it beautifully Desort has made people’s intention to visit the island stronger. Since the movie mainly explores the wilderness on the island, one would expect it to be boring at points but Desort has an appreciable sense of humor that comes across in his storytelling. The length of the movie makes it an appropriately short and crisp watch. The screenplay has been written really well and cinematography of the film is excellent. “Fifty Lakes One Island” is a documentary that is fun, interesting and meaningful all at the same time. The film is a visual treat; and especially if you are a nature and wilderness lover, you don’t want to miss this one! The movie will be out on DVD this December; for more information about the movie and to interact with George Desort be sure to visit (www. fiftylakesoneisland.com). Michigan Tech Lode PULSE Fauxgrass at the Orpheum SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer Last Friday night, Fauxgrass played at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock. Fauxgrass is an acoustic contemporary bluegrass quartet who combines genres to create a unique sound. The current members of the group are Joey Shultz (banjo), Jason Wheeler (mandolin), Timothy McKay (upright bass) and Adam Balcer (acoustic guitar). They tour throughout the nation, from the west to the east coast. Michigan has the privilege of having them as regulars on the music scene. The band’s website, www.fauxgrassmusic. com, has free music and webcasts available for download for fans of bluegrass and those who are unfamiliar with the genre. Tuesday, October 29 From book to blog, “Eat, Live, Run” feeds readers souls JANE KIRBY Pulse Editor Fauxgrass performs at the Orpheum. Photo by Jane Kirby 7 Looking for a read that not only provides quality life advice but also provides tasty and healthy recipes? Jenna Weber, a real women who has gone through a lot of life experiences that has shaped who she is and what she does today, started “Eat, Live, Run,” a blog primarily aimed at young women who are looking for ways to live a full, healthy life. Weber’s blog began after her first book, “White Jacket Required,” became a hit. “White Jacket Required” is a fast but entertaining and informative read that tells Weber’s story as a college graduate with no direction in life after not being able to find a single job opening. Her true passion in life was cooking, and after earning a degree in writing, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in food writing by enrolling herself in culinary school. Once enrolled, Weber’s story of her life as a lost twenty-something year old trying to find her place in the world takes readers on a rollercoaster of ups and downs in her education, family and relationships as she eventually and unexpectedly finds herself and what she was meant to do with her life. In addition to the relatable journey of Weber’s life, she also includes family recipes and recipes she learned in culinary school to break the story up and for readers to try on their own. From granola recipes to turkey burgers with spicy sweet potato fries, Weber entices the audience even more by including these. After her book became a hit, she began her blog, “Eat, Live, Run.” This bright, and youthful blog is aimed at the same audience as her book: young women looking to better themselves in terms of healthy living. Weber blogs nearly on a day-to-day basis about recent recipes she’s tried, experiences she’s had that have touched her in some way and even about products she uses and recommends. With high quality photos and a friendly, informal tone of writing, readers are sure to be entertained and find helpful advice or tips while surfing “Eat, Live, Run.” Check out Weber’s blog at (http://www. eatliverun.com/). Find her book “White Jacket Required,” at the local bookstore or order it online for a great read. “Farenheit 451” the play a classic deserves ARIC RHODES Lode Writer With any adaptation, changes are made. It is which changes are made that define any interpretation of a work. The Aquila Theatre presentation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” was no exception. The play stayed remarkably similar to the book, having only a few scenes of divergence, these scenes being extremely relevant. Considering the success that “Fahrenheit 451” has enjoyed, there is little wonder as to why. The Aquila Theatre performed admirably, lines were well delivered and clean. While mistakes were made occasionally, these stumbles played into the dystopian future which Bradbury conveyed throughout the work. Indeed, some of these errors may have been intentional in order to demonstrate the lack of meaningful education in the setting. “Between staying predominantly true to the original and the excellent acting in a difficult work, this was an excellent version of a classic.” Speaking of settings, the sets themselves were minimalist by design, but they were just enough to allow the audience a vision into the world of “Fahrenheit 451” without giving unnecessary details. Many of these insignificant details would have simply made the stage feel cluttered and taken too much time to put up between scenes. All that was truly needed was the most bare of props, aided by the active lighting. A large part of the environment building in the play was done with the assistance of projected images onto hanging cloth that served as the background. This had the advantage of giving bright, vibrant backdrops that could be changed in an instant. Despite this, the projection at times felt inadequate for showing a convincing backdrop. Because there was no full piece of cloth running the width of the stage, all backdrops looked broken up. Further, the actors were sometimes forced to get in the path of the projector’s light. This created a distracting luminescence on the actor and a noticeable shadow on the backdrop. The plot of the play was much the same as the book. Guy Montague was a fireman who began questioning things when he met Clarisse, one of few imaginative people left. Guy then began reading the books he was to be burning, is found out by his boss and eventually has to leave behind everything to escape the law. The few places where the play deviated from the book were unfortunately major plot points. The worst change was, in the play, the fire chief sacrificed himself so that Guy could get away; in the book, Guy killed Beatty outright. Adaptations are always going to be different than the source material, if only because of the requirements of a new medium. It is a sign of quality, however, when an adaptation stays faithful to its source material. Between staying predominantly true to the original and the excellent acting in a difficult work, this was an excellent version of a classic. 8 Tuesday, October 29 COMICS Michigan Tech Lode CLASSIFIEDS Rifles, Shotguns, Pistols, Excaliber Bows, Muzzle Loaders and all of your hunting accessories ONLY at Northwoods Sporting Goods - downtown Hancock. New shipments of ammo arriving daily 4825210 E-mail lodeads@mtu. edu for information about placing a classified ad. Comic courtesy of XKCD Winter Campus Overnight Parking Effective: November 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014 To allow for snow removal, parking is prohibited on campus between 2:00AM and 7:00AM, from November 1 through April 30, except as follows: 1. In designated parking areas for occupants of University Housing. 2. Employees working on an assigned shift and parking in assigned overnight parking spaces. 3. Anyone issued a special overnight parking permit by Public Safety & Police Services or Transportation Services. This regulation is in effect regardless of the amount of snow on the ground. VEHICLES VIOLATING THIS REGULATION WILL BE TICKETED AND MAY BE TOWED AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE. Any questions regarding the winter campus overnight parking regulation? – Contact Public Safety & Police Services at 487-2216 or Transportation Services at 487-1441. PUZZLES Michigan Tech Lode Tuesday, October 29 9 Sudoku Rules: Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 block contains 1-9 exactly once. Last Week’s Solution... No. 1027 WHO’S LEFT? 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I am one of those people who gets obnoxiously involved with whatever I am reading. If I read a poem that I love, every single person that I see that day has to read it and has to love it as well. If they don’t love it, it is time for me to seriously reconsider our friendship. Just joking. But really, my favorite days are the ones where I get a lot of time to read and write. Unfortunately, those days certainly don’t come as often with school in full swing. I found myself not doing nearly as much reading and writing as I would like. So, I decided that I would have to make it happen by finding ways to work it into my school career. One of the first things that I did when I started as an STC major was join the Lode staff. I found a job where I could make money doing something that I loved writing. The Lode is great because it gives me the opportunity to write every week about topics I am passionate about and gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Over the summer, I started an internship with [PANK] which just so happens to be based here at Tech. It is a highly-respected literary magazine that publishes avant-garde poetry and prose. The amazing part is that my internship with [PANK] allows me to read tons and tons of ground-breaking poetry and short stories as part of my job. In fact, it is mandatory for me to take an hour out of every day to sit down with a copy and read it. This internship and I... love at first sight. Although poetry may not be your cup of tea, I’m sure you have that activity in your life that you love more than anything. Don’t ignore it because of school. Make time for it, it is important. OPINION Silk Road Point: Counter-point: RYAN GRAINGER ZACH EVANS Lode Writer Lode Writer In early October, thousands of users logged on to the infamous black market website known as the Silk Road to find a notice that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized the website and shut it down permanently. While it was up and running, users could log onto Silk Road and pay for any number of illegal items, most notably drugs, and get them shipped to their place of residence. While many people would say that this is a victory against “hard drugs” like heroin and cocaine I feel like the Silk Road being shut down is a tragedy that harms more people than it ends up helping. According to statistics from the Silk Road, some of the most popular items sold were extremely physically addictive. Cocaine, heroin and benzodiazepines like xanax and klonopin were sold to addicts for prices that would be unheard of outside of a well-regulated online market. Additionally, reports from the FBI claim that products they ordered from the website were what they were marketed to be more than 90 percent of the time and relatively pure samples more than 80 percent of the time. With addicts unable to get the chemicals that they’re looking for at a good price and almost assuredly pure, they’re going to have to resort to other ways to find their drug of choice. Unfortunately, outside of online black markets the most common way to find most drugs is through street dealers, whose profits could be used to fund less ethical activity such as cartel operations. Regardless of where the profits go, street dealing is notorious for being a violent profession. According to a report from the FBI there were between 400 and 600 drug-related murders annually between 2007 and 2011 in the United States alone. In Mexico, the drug war has claimed the lives of more than 18,000 people in 2012, revealed in documents from the Mexican government. Not only was the shutdown of the Silk Road bad for addicts, it was downright futile. Shutting down the largest black market only opens up a spot for a new market to emerge, and that’s exactly what’s happening. Users and vendors from the Silk Road are lining up to start trading on other online black markets. Despite their efforts the FBI didn’t end the war on drugs; they simply cut off the head of the hydra. The war on drugs is like the war on terror, in that it’s unwinnable. The FBI is up against a faceless, bodiless enemy whose real power comes from the very laws that they break to make a profit. On Oct. 2 the Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down one of the largest online black markets called Silk Road. Primarily used for selling illegal substances, the website garnered a lot of attention for its use of the digital currency, Bitcoin. Despite the shady nature of the transactions, certain sectors of the internet have lauded it for its high user ratings, providing a better customer-vendor relationship than traditionally found in localized drug trade. While it is true that a degree of safety accompanies this form of business, it is also hard to ignore the fact that the drugs are illegal for a reason. Addictive substances are a death threat to their users and any medium that facilitates their use should be abolished. Simply put, safe drugs are not good drugs. While street violence diminishes with such a market, accessibility increases as well. Is immediate safety worth the risk of creating an even larger pool of drug users? Ignoring these markets would provide a temporary relief to what is a structural problem with our society. The illegal nature of these substances is what created the drug cartels, responsible for the violent nature of the trade. Our legal system meant to protect people from the harm of drugs is, in a way, responsible for their danger. Changing the nature of violations could be a way to circumvent the support of sites like Silk Road. It is confusing to think we jail people for simply putting substances into their own bodies and dealers for responding to a capitalistic demand. We take burdens to society and turn them into tax supported criminals that have very little hope of moving away from their charges. Instead of incarceration, drug users and dealers should be rehabilitated and put on a path to productivity, instead of a life in the system most likely accompanied by relapse. In truth, websites like Silk Road are neither the cause nor the answer to such overarching discussion. It is a system formed from a combination of demand and resources available to fulfill that demand. Other sites will step up to take its place, as there was clearly a want for such a website. The only way to fight these trends is to focus on the roots of these systems. Educating people about the danger of illegal substances, the alternative options open to them and helping to rehabilitate drug users are the few options to limit websites like Silk Road. Michigan Tech Lode OPINION Tuesday, October 29 11 Tattoos in the workplace KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer According to statistics from the Pew Research Center, Tattoo Finder and Vanishing Tattoo, 36 percent of young adults from ages 18-25 have tattoos. This number has been increasing over the years, and for individuals of that age group one concern has been attaining a job after college with a tattoo or losing job opportunities because of visible tattoos. There are numerous debates as to whether the rise of tattoos is becoming more accepted or if they are posing a serious threat towards gaining a career. Some argue that tattoos are inhibiting attaining jobs, and that tattoos in certain areas on the body may be the deciding factor for employers. Most institutions will allow employees to have tattoos on the basis that they can be covered up or hidden. Personally, I feel that it is quite dependent on one’s field of study. For instance, it may be more accepted to have a tattoo within an arts career versus a career in medicine. It truly depends on the field of work and the context that one would be employed; these factors determine how socially and professionally acceptable tattoos are considered to be. Many businesses are now working with individuals who have tattoos in the workplace because they have become more prevalent. As such, attempts toward creating a welcoming environment that is open to diversity Michigan wolf hunt MEGAN WALSH Opinion Editor A big topic in the local news lately is the wolf hunt. In late October, wolfhunting licenses went on sale in the Keweenaw that would allow hunters to kill wolves in three specific zones in the Upper Peninsula. It was reported that all of that 1,200 licenses that were allowed to be sold were all sold out by the end of the day. One of the main arguments in favor of the wolf hunt is because of the effect that wolves have on the community. Recently, as the wolf population rises, there have been many more reports of attacks on dogs as well as farmer’s livestock. The idea is that allowing the wolf hunt will help to stabilize the population and keep these events from happening as frequently. It is important to note that in these three hunting zones, there is a limit to the number of wolves that can be hunted. The goal is to keep hunters from eradicating the population entirely. However, local hunters are not only interested in hunting wolves to protect their land, but also, for sport. Hunting is simply a cultural event that comes with living in the U.P. But to the portion of the community who is intent on preserving the U.P.’s natural ecological balance, there is concern. I think that there are definite situations when it is justified and is an effective way to feed your family. However, I do not believe that it is our right, as human beings, to hunt another animal simply because they are killing our pets. When you own a dog, it is your job to make sure that you watch after it, let it inside at night, build a fence so it cannot get hurt, etc. As the owner of the pet, the responsibility is yours to make sure that nothing tragic happens. And after all, no matter how important that pet is to your family, it is by no means crucial to your survival and therefore, you do need to kill its predators in order for you to survive. When it comes to the farmers who are losing cattle, it is a more understandable argument. The livestock are their main source of income and without them, it may hinder their ability to survive. However, no matter what, there are going to be natural predators of the livestock. Again, it is the responsibility of that farmer to make sure that they are enclosed and safe. Hazard of the trade. We have to realize that, just because of our technological advances and brain capacity, we do not, as human beings, have the liberty to take whatever we want and potentially destroy the environment around us. Be conscious of the effects your actions have on what surrounds you in the world. that has grown exponentially within the past 50 years. Why turn someone away on the premise that they have tattoos when they could potentially be the greatest individual a company has yet to employ? The skills of an individual are not correlated to whether or not they have tattoos. Regardless of these strides towards acceptance, negative stereotypes surrounding tattoos continue to exist. How can we diminish this stereotype? Is this something we can do on a personal basis or is it something that will take years for our culture to accept? These are all questions that people with tattoos as well as employers are asking. Despite one’s personal opinions, it is certain that the value of the individual and the contributions they make should not be inhibited by the fact that they have tattoos. Having tattoos does not decrease the potential contributions a person can make to a company. This is something employers must remember when evaluating individuals with tattoos. Is it really the tattoo or the kind of tattoo and its placement that will determine one’s ability to be hired? For individuals seeking positions after college, it’s important to be mindful of the situational and professional aspects that are present within a company’s culture. Despite the growing popularity of tattoos, it is still not widely deemed acceptable and may continue to prevent job placement. Looking into company policies towards tattoos is a great way to be cautious and aware of potential reactions. 12 SPORTS Tuesday, October 29 # the By s r e b num 33 Shots by MTU Hockey against Northern on Saturday 6 Men’s Cross Country’s placement out of 15 teams at the GLIAC Championships 2 Volleyball home games left in the regular season 57.1 Fouls called in Sunday’s soccer game against Ferris State 3rd ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Jordan McConnell ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Junior forward for the Michigan Tech Hockey team Blake Hietala opened scoring for the Huskies in Saturday’s game against Northern Michigan and would contribute a second goal just one minute later, helping the Huskies to edge the Wildcats in a 4-1 victory. After losing 2-0 to Northern just 24 hours earlier in Marquette, the Huskies hit the ice hungry for a win Saturday night. Blake Hietala came out setting the tone of the game early on with a goal in the seventh minute of play in the first period. Max Vallis and Hietala worked together to rush towards the net and set up the goal. 28 Women’s Soccer’s place in the GLIAC standings with two regular season games to go Northern’s Mitch Jones was called for a two-minute tripping minor at 7:25 in the first, setting the Huskies on their first power play of the game. All it took was nine seconds for the Huskies to capitalize on the one-man advantage with Hietala netting a shot at 7:34. The assist was credited to teammates David Johnstone and Daniel Holmberg. Hietala’s set of goals against Northern were his first of the season. He has contributed three assists and now two goals in the Huskies seven games played thus far. The five points he has earned already this season matches his point total earned in sixteen games played last year. As the season picks up now that conference play is underway, fans can definitely expect to see more of Blake Hietala. Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletics Roller Hockey Club rolls into Chicago IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer Tech Football’s win percentage so far this season Michigan Tech Lode The Blackhawks aren’t the only team playing in Chicago lately. Michigan Tech’s Roller Hockey Club spent last weekend at the Megaplex in Homer Glenn, just outside “We rebounded scoring to make it 3-2, and I found the 5-hole with a slapshot to tie it at 3!” -Cam Hempel the windy city, to compete in their first tournament of the year. The team may be close friends, but physically they were packed pretty tightly in one Tech van and in one hotel room at a local La Quinta. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the team played three games. The morning game was against Miami Ohio’s club team, a top ranked Division II hockey school. Miami bested Tech 12-2 in the match. Next up was Akron, in which the Huskies lost 8-5. Despite the two losses, the team ended the day on a positive note, winning against Cincinnati by a final score of 5-3. The team ended the tournament losing to Central Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 27, by a score of 8-3. Along with Miami being a top ranked Division II team, Central stands there with them after being removed from Division I last year. Cam Hempel, a member of Tech’s roller hockey club stated, “A loss to Miami Ohio was expected. They were undefeated last year, had a full roster and have beaten us pretty badly the last few years. Plus, it was our first game. We only had six skaters.” Tech improved in their efforts against Akron, and Hempel believes that with a full bench, they could win a game against them. “We were up early on a goal from Dave Weyland but started to struggle and gave up three unanswered. We rebounded scoring to make it 3-2, and I found the 5-hole with a snapshot to tie it at 3,” exclaimed Hempel. The team enjoyed playing Cincinnati the most. Aside from winning, the team worked well together. When down 2-1, the goaltender came in with some pointers and a game plan during a timeout. The team didn’t score a plethora of goals, but good puck control carried the team to victory. Central came out strung, but Tech hung with them early with both benches short of players and all fatigued from the day before. The Huskies’ downfall in this game was lack of puck control and inability to capitalize on scoring chances. Skater Dave Walsh commented, “Although the win/loss column might reflect mediocrity, it was a good tournament, especially for the first one of the year.” The team’s roster for the tournament included Dave “Awesome Sauce” Weyland, who leads the team in points, Dave “Wall-E” Walsh, Mark “Raffi” Torres, Jack Nagle, Cam Hempel, Josh Dumminger and Kyler Witting in net. This year’s roster is small to begin with, and this weekend the team was especially short staffed when some of the talent couldn’t make it down to Chicago with the rest of team. Tired and fatigued, the team has returned to Houghton in their rented Tech van to continue practicing and improving as a team. “A huge amount of experience was gained over the four games,” noted Walsh. The team’s next tournament will be held the weekend of Nov. 23-24 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. “Although the win/loss column might reflect mediocrity, it was a good tournament, especially for the first one of the year.” -Dave Walsh Michigan Tech Lode SPORTS Tuesday, October 29 13 Huskies host GLIAC Sidelines Cross Country Championships Intramural deadlines ELLIE FURMANSKI approaching Sports Editor A nasty wind chill and a few occasional snowflakes didn’t stop runners from busting out their short shorts in Saturday’s GLIAC Cross Country Championships at the Tech Trails. A fairly large crowd of bundledup spectators dared to bear the elements as well to cheer on runners from across the conference, a field which included 15 teams. The event consisted of four races followed by an awards ceremony. The women’s 6K championship race kicked off at 11 a.m. followed by the men’s 8K championship race, men’s 8K open race and women’s 6K open race. Michigan Tech hosted the event for the first time since 2000. According to head coach Joe Haggenmiller, the competition in the GLIAC has grown tremendously since then. Being part of such a competitive conference provides the athletes with an exciting opportunity to push themselves and see where they stack up against a very talented pool of athletes. The men’s team made headlines for the Huskies after posting a sixth place finish with 180 points, their best finish since 2008. Sophomore Kyle Hanson led the Huskies, placing 29th overall after completing the eight-kilometer course in a time of 26:27.4. Jani Lane, Jason Saliga, Evan Krzyske, Bradon Kampstra, Sean Pengelly and Eric Parsell also contributed to the Huskies’ team score. “The way our men were running today, to take sixth was a real strong performance by them,” noted Haggenmiller. Haggenmiller is particularly Looking to sign up for three-onthree basketball? The deadline to sign up is Oct. 31st at 5 p.m. Another basketball event coming up is the skills competition which will be held Nov. 5th and 6th from 7-8 p.m. Sign-ups will run up until right before the event. To participate in intramural riflery, registration closes at 3 p.m. on Nov. 8th. Visit (www.imleagues.com) for more information. As the Huskies compete in the championship, the coaches look to next season. Photo by Pratik Joshi enthusiastic about the future of the men’s team, which is very young and already very strong. The team will graduate only one runner after this year, Krzyske. The remaining athletes are expected to return, and “this is definitely a sport where the older you are, the stronger you get,” Haggenmiller explained. On the women’s side, a mix of outstanding and off performances landed the team a twelfth place finish. Pacing the Huskies was senior Sarah Daniels who completed the sixkilometer course in 23:53.7 to earn a 38th place finish overall. “Sarah Daniels had an outstanding race,” mentioned Haggenmiller. Cassie Bobart finished next for the Huskies, coming in at 53rd, followed by Deedra Irwin, Marissa Yovetich, Sonja Hedblom, Carolyn Lucca and Rachel Mason. Overall, Haggenmiller was pleased with the teams’ performances. “I’m really proud of how hard they competed. Our conference is really a stacked conference for cross country running.” Sarah Daniels thought competing on their home course definitely benefitted both Husky teams. “We have a lot of experience on this course, and a lot of the other teams aren’t used to running such big hills and consistently as we are, so I think that was an advantage.” The weather, according to Daniels, also served as an advantage for the Huskies who are used to training in such conditions, unlike most other teams in the conference who come from locations further south. The Huskies will have two weeks before competing in the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “I’m really proud of how hard they competed. Our conference is really a stacked conference for cross country running.” -Coach Joe Haggenmiller Upcoming series for fastpitch softball JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer Even on cold, dark nights, the Michigan Tech Fastpitch Softball Club is still working hard and having fun. This dedicated team plays despite less than ideal field conditions and even minimal visibility. This relaxed club is always improving and working hard to do so. Practices consist of calisthenics and drills. There is a lot of joking and heckling between the members, and it is a very fun group to be around. “Strike one,” said the team as Coach Rob Lippus missed a swing during drills. “Strike two,” they proclaimed as the frustrated coach missed again, and the team laughed. This fun attitude permeates their entire practice. During the infield drills, directions were given by the President Kelsey Aho. “Two down, plays at first,” he shouted, and the team would know they had to throw to first base. If a mistake was made, either the coach or other members would explain what they could have done better. “Some people don’t know as much as others when they first get here, but everybody gets a lot better quickly,” said Coach Rob. “Playing with my friends every week [is why I play],” said club Treasurer and Secretary Jackie Harms. This club is extremely welcoming to new people, and they want to make new friends. The welcoming nature of the team is apparent from the moment you step onto the Continued on page 15 Halloween-themed Community Fitness Programs The SDC will host a series of Halloween-themed community fitness programs this week. Check out The 80s Aren’t DEAD! Halloween Zumba Party on Oct. 30th from 7-7:50 in the SDC studio. The flashiest HalH 80s costume will win a free eight-class Zumba punch card. The cost to attend is $6. Saturday, Nov. 2, there will be a costume parade and contest at the second annual Halloween Skating Party held at the MacInnes Ice Arena from 3-5 p.m. Admission is $7, and tickets can be purchased at the SDC ticket office. Sidelines Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball went 1-2 over the weekend at the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover tournament in Aurora, Ill. The Huskies fell 3-0 to Drury and 3-1 to St. Joseph’s (Ind.) on Friday, Oct. 25. Saturday, the Huskies closed out the tournament with a 3-1 win against Ill.-Springfield. The Huskies return to GLIAC play in their final two home matches of the regular season this coming weekend. The Michigan Tech Hockey team traveled to Marquette last Friday, Oct. 25, for the first of the rivals’ two-game series. Two goals scored by Northern in the first period concluded scoring for the evening, resulting in a 2-0 upset. The Huskies failed to convert, going 0-for-6 on power plays. Copley made 31 saves in the net for the Huskies. Michigan Tech Lode SPORTS Soccer closes out regular home season 1-1 14 Tuesday, October 29 ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor This past weekend, Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer went 1-1 in their last two home games of the regular season. Friday, Oct. 25, the team fell 2-1 in a tough battle against an undefeated Grand Valley State squad, but the Huskies came back with a 3-0 shutout against Ferris State on Sunday, Oct. 27. These results advance the Huskies’ GLIAC record to 7-2-1. For the time being, the Huskies sit in third place in the conference standings behind Grand Valley State (11-0) at number one and Ashland (8-2-1) at number two. Overall, the Huskies have compiled a 10-4-1 record for the season. Friday’s matchup against Grand Valley was quite the showdown. The Huskies, backed by a wildly energetic crowd, put up a battle against their undefeated opponent. The Lakers got off to a swift start, netting a goal in the fourth minute of play. Grand Valley’s offense would score their second and final goal of the night just over twenty minutes later after catching the Huskies offguard on the weak side of the field. Despite being down 2-0 at half, the Huskies were actually playing well. Head coach of the Huskies Michelle Jacob noted that in the halftime talk, she told her players not to change a thing, just “tackle harder and get to balls quicker.” With that in mind, an aggressive Husky squad came out and played hard in the final 45 minutes of play. The Huskies were able to better pressure the Lakers in the second half which caused turnovers and created more scoring opportunities. In the 56th minute of play, Danna Kasom scored her first goal of the season to put the Huskies up on the scoreboard. The Huskies’ goal was also The Huskie’s heart will help push them through the end of the season. the first goal scored against the Lakers all season which is “a little victory in its own,” as Jacob put it. Kasom’s shot, assisted by Katie Boardman, snuck into the net after being fumbled by Grand Valley’s goalkeeper. Looking past the score, the Huskies won the second half against a great team. “They’re one of the top teams in the country, and to be able to hang with them the entire game and come within a goal says a lot about our program and our players’ drive and dedication. They gave us everything they had, and I thought they did a fantastic job,” said Jacob. Sherman was alive again on Sunday after Ferris State arrived to the pitch. The Huskies and Bulldogs went head to head in a very physical battle which resulted in 28 fouls total throughout the game. Opening the run of scoring for the Huskies was Amber Hynnek who placed a beautiful header into the back of the net off of a corner kick from Lexi Herrewig in the 24th minute of the match. The first half ended with the Huskies up 1-0. Haley Crites and Herrewig added goals late in the second half to put away the 3-0 win. Goalkeeper for the Huskies MaryBeth Spoehr made five saves to earn the shutout, the Huskies’ seventh of the season. A noticeable change to the Huskies’ starting lineup against Ferris State was the Varsity Events Schedule: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 Tuesday, 10/29 Wednesday, 10/30 Thursday, 10/31 Photo by Max Curtis Friday, 11/1 absence of central defender Kaitlyn Boelter. Boelter, who did not return to the field after walking off injured in the first half of Friday’s game against Grand Valley, is out for the season. A solid defensive performance by the Huskies despite Boelter’s absence in the backline only reveals the depth of the squad. Next weekend marks the official end of the regular season, but the Huskies are already guaranteed a seed into the GLIAC Tournament. If they make one of the top four seeds, the Huskies will host their first match of the tournament which starts November 5th. Two matches against Malone and Walsh stand in between the Huskies and the Continued on page 15 Home Game Saturday, 11/2 ** Conference Match Sunday, 11/3 **Vs. Saginaw Valley @ 1 p.m. Football Cross Country Hockey @ Michigan, 7:35 p.m. @ Michigan, 7 p.m. Women’s Soccer @ Malone, 3:30 p.m. Women’s Volleyball **Vs. Ferris State **Vs. Grand @ 7 p.m. Valley St @ 4 p.m. **@ Walsh, 12:30 p.m. Monday, 11/4 Michigan Tech Lode SPORTS Tuesday, October 29 15 Soccer Continued from page 14 Hopefully the Huskies can repeat their winning performance against NMU last weekend at U of M. Photo by Max Curtis GLIAC Tournament. Historically, the Huskies have not seen much of either Malone or Walsh. Without knowing much about either team, the Huskies will take some comfort looking at the GLIAC standings. Malone is currently last in the conference with a 1-8 record, and Walsh is in the bottom third after posting a 3-7 record so far this season. Having that said, relying on numbers is never a safe bet. The Huskies will go into each game with the same drive and mentality as if they were playing for the conference championship. Tactically, the Huskies will focus on maintaining better possession in the midfield and feeding slotted through balls to the forwards in these next two upcoming games. Jacob noted that the team is still focusing on improving every day and working towards fine-tuning the little things. “We still have a lot of room to grow, and we can still get better,” said Jacob. “I think we’re capable of winning all games if we show up to play and want it.” Sometimes just having the right mentality and playing with heart makes all the difference in a soccer match. Huskies to face-off against Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor Upcoming series for fastpitch softball There are a number of reasons that the Huskies have an advantage going into this series. Coming from over two decades of coaching the Wolverines, Pearson states, “I have some insight to their players.” He knows a lot more about their team than they know about Tech, which poses an advantage, but to a very limited extent. At any rate, Pearson emphasized that it is about his team now and what they’re going to do, not the opponents. The last time these two teams met, the Huskies bested the Wolverines in the GLI with a 4-0 shutout thanks to phenomenal goaltending by Pheonix Copley. Going into this series, Copley remains the only net-minder to completely shut down U of M. Knowing that no other team has kept them scoreless brings a lot of confidence to the Huskies. On the flipside, Michigan will be coming into this game headstrong to show they can compete with Michigan Tech. For Pearson, the most important thing in playing this team is to be ready from the get-go. Michigan comes ready to play right at puck drop. Pearson validated this stating, “Usually that first five to ten minutes of play you have to weather the storm.” The Huskies got through that at the GLI last year, and then the game settled in, and everyone knows what happened after that. If the Huskies have a job other than field. The club is looking for new members all the time, and they encourage new players to drop by. Practices are held from 5:307:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. They meet at the Michigan Tech baseball fields. Pitchers in particular are encouraged to come to the clubs’ practices. Fastptich softball club competes in the National Club Softball Association in the Great Lakes West Conference. They usually play five series per semester with each series consisting of three games. The team travels as far as Northern Illinois, and the club frequents Wisconsin. Everybody in the club is welcome to travel to each series. There are typically ten to twelve members at each event. The club’s next event will be held this Saturday, Nov. 2, at home against Northwestern. Games will be played on the Houghton High School fields. Come check out the Michigan Tech Softball Club. “We are always looking for new people,” said Kelsey. “It is a great way to get back into fastpitch softball and meet new people,” said Coach Rob. Hopefully the team can win the upcoming series against Northwestern. With all the hard work they have been putting in, it will certainly be a matchup worth watching. At an absolute minimum, the team will have a good time. IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer This weekend, Coach Mel Pearson and the Huskies will take the long road to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they will face-off against the highly esteemed University of Michigan Wolverines in a two-game series. This series will be heated without question. With Coach Pearson having a 23-year affiliation with U of M and the two teams possibly competing against each other again in future seasons in addition to the GLI, the potential to spark a rivalry exists. Coach Pearson has bittersweet feelings on returning to The Yost. He noted that he is excited and looking forward to seeing old friends as he reflected on the still-active players that he recruited and coached. “I hope they win every game this season, except for the two we’re playing them in,” said Pearson lightheartedly. As far as a rivalry goes, if there is to be one, Pearson says it will be healthy. There is no tension between him and Michigan’s coaching staff. In fact, they remain close friends. It is for this reason that some coaches don’t schedule to play against former teams, but that’s not the case here. “I hope they win every game this season, except for the two we’re playing them in.” -Coach Mel Pearson playing hockey this weekend, it’s to keep them quiet. Pearson said, “Don’t give them any reasons to get really pumped up and get going.” U of M feeds off of that positive energy and momentum more than your average team. Unlike Notre Dame, who is heavily defense-focused, U of M is an offensive powerhouse. Tech’s young defensemen will most definitely be put to the test against Michigan’s strong offensive prowess. They can score in bunches, and it’s dangerous. When U of M played RIT earlier this season, they put up four goals in the first, let four goals in, and then quickly scored three more to win the game 7-4. The dynamic of these teams’ interaction will be interesting to say the least. Follow the Huskies as they travel downstate this weekend on Twitter at @mtuhky. The games will be live tweeted to keep fans up to date as soon as something happens. Friday’s game is set to start at 7:35, and the matchup on Saturday will commence at 7. Once again, go Tech! Continued from page 13 Upcoming Events October 29 - November 4 Rose and the Rime Audition Wednesday Oct. 30. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Rozsa 120 Calling all dancers, gymnists and actors! Rose and the Rime is a spectacular modern fairy tale of courage and hope in the face of adversity and fear. The fable features Rose, a very special girl who embarks on an adventure to save her town, Radio Falls, Mich., from perpetual winter. Auditions for the show will be held in Rozsa room 120 (choir room) on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Spring and Summer 2014 registration Thursday, Oct. 31. 10 p.m. Online Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 31, registration will be open for the upcoming 2014 spring and summer semesters. Registration opens at 10 p.m. It is important to note that due to the large number of students registering, some days may have two start times. Halloween Trick or Treating Thursday, Oct. 31. 5 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. City of Houghton The City of Houghton invites you to embark on a quest for treats on the streets of Houghton this Thursday, Oct. 31 for Halloween 2013! Trick or treating begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Jazz “Backstage at the Rozsa” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12. 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Center Stage Join the MTU Jazz Lab Band and Research & Development Big Band, both under the direction of Mike Irish, for two great evenings of a wide variety of jazz. Concerts will be held on the Rozsa Center Stage. Adult tickets are $13. Student and youth tickets are $5. “Red 2”-Film Board Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1. Fisher 135 Film Board will be showing “Red 2” this weekend in Fisher 135. Showings will be at 6:00, 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. The runtime of the show is 116 minutes. Tickets are $3. As usual, refreshments will be available for purchase. Place your ad here! Special rates on events page advertising. 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