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ROTC leads annual Day of Challenges Katelyn Waara Lode Writer Michigan Tech’s Army ROTC, along with sponsorship from the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and help from our local VFW chapters, hosted the annual Day of Challenges for middle and high school students this past Saturday, Feb. 18th. Designed to build leadership skills and improve teamwork,

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students competed against other teams in order to bring home the trophy right here on Michigan Tech’s campus. This year’s Day of Challenges hosted 148 individual participants in 24 teams. Somewhere close to 60 volunteers, all of which were members of Michigan Tech Army ROTC, helped the teams throughout the day. Teams were invited from all over Michigan, the furthest coming from the Ironwood area. Held at the Student Development Complex, students were tested in a variety of situations and events. The Day of Challenges is divided into two divisions: Junior, which holds students ranging from 5th to 8th grade, and Senior, which includes students in 9th through

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12th grade. Divisions were then divided into individual teams of six which the students constructed themselves prior to attending the event. Although many who attended were involved in the Army ROTC programs at their schools, students did not need to be a member to participate in the Day of Challenges; they could have been a group of friends or family members who wanted to test themselves and have some fun. Teams met no later than 7am at the SDC for registration where their guides briefed the teams on the events and safety regulations for the challenges. All of the competitions held were scaled down versions of actual events members of the Army ROTC would go through themselves, making it fun for the volunteer Cadets as well. Each competitor was asked to bring a bathing suit, towel, gym clothes and proper shoes with them. The welcome ceremony commenced at 8am. The assigned Army ROTC Cadet then escorted participants first to a series of water courses,



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which took place in the SDC pool. Confidence tests, including a 25-meter swim to test their general abilities in the water, a swim of 15-meters wearing military load bearing vest and belt (LBV) and finally a step off the 5-meter platform were all performed in the pool. Public Relations for Michigan Tech Army ROTC, Cadet Will Lytle, was very enthusias-

tic about the event. “At the age they are, it’s more about teamwork.” Lytle said. “Because of the variety of events, it allows for the kids to realize that different team members have different skills, so they are really able to appreciate the diversity of a team.” From the pool, teams were led to a number of general skill challenges. These include a Continued on page 3

Local students fly through the obstacle course set up by the Army ROTC Photos by Kevin Madson

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Senator Stabenow visits Michigan Tech

Katelyn Waara Lode Writer It is a usual sight around Carnival time: uncommon faces, tourists (if you will) wandering Michigan Tech’s campus in awe of the famous statues constructed by students bold enough to brave the Upper Peninsula weather. Although the weather this year was uncooperative in terms of snow accumulation, Winter Carnival had its share of special visitors. Most recently, Michigan Tech had the pleasure of hosting US Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator Stabenow, the first woman from Michigan to be elected to the US Senate, was visiting Michigan Tech’s campus to experience the lore of Winter Carnival. Something she enjoys and tries to experience every year. Thankfully, Carnival 2012 was a success

as usual. After flying in from Washington D.C. the Friday following the All-Nighter, Senator Stabenow was able to walk around campus to view the statues with some student members of the Blue Key organization. “I was very impressed.” she said. When asked about picking a favorite statue, she was very hesitant. Choosing one alone that stood out was hard, but she mentioned the Army ROTC’s statue, “Hockeytown” and most specifically “Ford Progression in Icy Succession” because of her connection to the auto industry. Overall, Senator Stabenow admired the work the students put into their individual sites and said the statues were “terrific”. On Friday night, the Senator had the privilege of dropping the puck for Winter Carnival hockey as the Huskies took on the University of NebraskaOmaha. She has dropped the

game puck in years past, but this time it was really worthwhile. “It felt good I was able to drop the puck and see the Huskies make a goal right away.” Senator Stabenow said. For the duration of Friday night’s game, Senator Stabenow spent time in Michigan Tech’s Alumni Association skybox. As a special treat, the University gave her her very own personalized Huskies game jersey. Overall, Senator Stabenow loves what is being done at Tech. Besides enjoying the Winter Carnival festivities, she visited GS Engineering, a local firm who employs a number of Michigan Tech graduates to do military and commercial work. After her stay in Houghton, she travelled southeast to Escanaba for obligations there on Saturday. However, the Senator will surely be back to the UP to experience next year’s Winter Carnival.

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Local community members receive help from Enterprise Nicole Iutzi Lode Writer

physical fitness test with sit-ups, push-ups and a 400-meter run. Although these skill tests seem to be the easiest in a more general sense, the sit-ups, push-ups and running laps caused much fatigue. Also included in the skills challenges was a Leadership Reaction Course, or LRC. Each team is presented with a situation or a challenge course to try and conquer. By relying on themselves and their teammates, individuals are tested to see how they work together and who will step up into being in a leadership-oriented role. Because the LRC is a timed event, it pushes the kids to react quickly. “We change what the participants do every year so that it will be a surprise and the participants will have to rely on their teammates and themselves to react to the problem. It also allows for participants to take leadership roles in a fun environment.” Cadet Hilary Drake said of the LRC. Cadet Drake, who has been planning the Day of Challenges with other members of the Army ROTC for the past year, commented on the event’s values to the older members of the program at Michigan Tech. “We prepare for this event a year in advance, planning and reserving all that is needed. This is an important event for

the battalion… it has been a tradition (in the area) for over 30 years.” Cadet Drake said. “Cadets build leadership skills by planning and participating in the event.” All teams competed in similar events, although some were modified to change the degree of difficulty for younger competitors. Following the LRC, teams participated in a skills event, an electronic shooting range challenge and an obstacle course. “The obstacle course usually is a fun event because we try hard to make it different every year. The kids really enjoy it.” Cadet Drake said. Added to Day of Challenges this year were some non-graded skills contests including climbing a rope suspended from the ceiling, litter carry and general sport competitions like a basketball, hockey and soccer shoot. A lunch was provided for the exhausted competitors down the hill in the Army ROTC building’s gymnasium. Served by members of the local VFW Post 6165, the food was looked forward to after hours of competition by all those involved. The half-hour awards ceremony started at 1:30PM. With full bellies and nourished bodies, the competitors congratulated each other on a job well

done. The Army ROTC gave a total of 35 trophies, each of which was awarded to a first, second and third place competitor in each of the specific events. Along with the division winners’ trophies, participants were awarded medals for individual achievements. New to this year’s Day of Challenges, overall winners received 3ft by 5ft wooden plaques to be displayed at the winner’s school. Each student was also issued a Day of Challenges t-shirt for participating. Overall, the annual Day of Challenges was considered a success. The competitors had a great time challenging and pushing themselves. Although the event is designed to test the teams, many took it as an opportunity to have some fun and test their abilities in the process. Who says a competitive set of events has to be terribly severe and strenuous? With their helpful and enthusiastic Cadet guides by their sides the whole way, teams from each Division claimed plaques to take back to their schools, individuals won place trophies for specific events and special medals were awarded for achievements throughout the day. The Day of Challenges is surely to become a fond memory for many.


Michigan Tech’s enterprise team Efficiency through Engineering and Construction (ETEC), is working to help the local community. One of their current projects evolved from Generations of Energy, a program to help local low income and elderly homeowners save money by winterizing their homes. This has now been expanded to assist any low-income homeowners in need. For 10 years the ETEC has been at MTU. They first started out designing homes that Habitat for Humanity built and completing an analysis to see if renovating or building new homes was more efficient. Another project completed was designing a way to retrofit the Ford Forestry Center in Alberta, MI. The enterprise team also entered two different competitions including the Michigan Green Build Design in 2007. ETEC took second in this competition. Another competition was the United States Building Councils Green Build Design Competition and the enterprise took first for the Minnesota division. ETEC has been working on the winterization project since Aug. 2009 and has completed 35 homes. Through a Ford Motor Company Ford College Community Challenge, Generations of Energy was initially funded. The plan of completing 30 homes in a two-year span was reached, and the ETEC still continues to winterize homes through some remaining funds and by assistance from New Power

Tour, a local non- profit. The Ford funding allowed ETEC to purchase a blower door system, and a thermal imaging camera, both very important in finding air leaks, and areas of energy loss in homes. Nine students and their advisor Lynn Artman work on the project weekly, sending out groups of two to three students to work on the houses. At-risk high school students also work on the homes. Through the Energy Works Post-Secondary program, members of the ETEC have spread awareness about green careers at ten high schools throughout Michigan. The Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, St. Vincent DePauls and other members of the community refer individuals for the winterization project who are in need. After inspecting the home and finding the air leaks, the team works to winterize it. Some of the standard procedures include insulating the hot water tank, hot water pipes, also caulking the windows, and putting foam gaskets in the electrical outlets, helping to reduce the cost of heat. Artman said the group looked over a fairly new home and they found a couple of air leaks, after winterizing the house the team saved the owner $70 a month. “It’s amazing what a little bit of work will do,” said Artman. If you are interested in joining the Efficiency through Engineering and Construction enterprise contact Lynn Artman, the advisor of the team at (laartman@mtu. edu). More information is also available on the Michigan Technological University enterprise web site.

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Global Campus: Student engagement jessica Kennedy Lode Writer

In this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), faculty members estimated how often they thought the average full-time undergraduate student studies on a weekly basis. The NSSE’s results from their study reported that the estimated time the average full-time student studies closely correlated with what faculty members expected— roughly 15 hours a week. The average amount of hours put in each week by students varied significantly by major. Engineering students hit the top mark with 19 hours a

week and students enrolled in social sciences and business studying the least, at 14 hours a week. In the 2011 survey, the NSSE examined how fulltime college seniors, in relation to their majors, spent their time outside studying. Although business students spend the least amount of time studying, they were reported as having spent the most amount of time working—16 plus hours a week and caring for dependents. In the NSSE’s survey last year, it asked freshman and senior college students about their learning strategies, which produced some unsatisfactory results. The NSSE reported that over

85 percent of undergraduate students carefully take notes during class, but only half talk with their fellow colleagues and faculty members about effective study habits. Nearly two-thirds of students are able to stay focused while reading course materials and only half write summaries and give examples of what their reading was about. According to the survey, Students who are enrolled in online colleges or classes report using a variety of different learning strategies. Also, first-year students, on average, tend to spend less time preparing for class but spend more time discussing effective learning habits and exploring various

learning techniques. NSSE also showed how first-year students anticipate new challenges, such as how they plan on affording college. The report says that in addition to financial uncertainties, freshman are expecting to having trouble when learning new course material, interacting with faculty members, and asking and receiving help, as well as managing time and making friends. In the spring of 2011, 416,000 freshman and seniors at 673 four-year colleges in the United States completed the NSSE’s survey. This year, freshman and seniors from participating colleges received the survey

questionnaire. According to this year’s report, regardless of whether the response rates are low and remain near 30 percent, the collected data is strong enough to have meaningful and conclusive results. Researchers from NSSE are continuing to explore and engage participating colleges, offering workshops and Webinars. NSSE plans more for 2013 though. Their plans for the future are focused on refining its measures of learning, adding new ones, and updating the language of the questions to apply to online students as well as on-campus.

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History of the U.P. Succession Sawyer Newman Lode Writer Looking at a map, it is not immediately apparent why the U.P. is considered a part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, rather than a part of Wisconsin. The “Michiganizing” of the U.P. was a result of the Toledo War (1835-1836), a dispute over a stretch of land along the boarder of Michigan and Ohio. In the end, Michigan was granted the Upper Peninsula in its entirety, and Ohio was given the Toledo strip. Fortunately enough, the economic loss that came

with surrendering this small portion of land was soon forgotten with the discovery of mass copper and other resources in the region—which had in 1837 been described in a federal report as being a “sterile region on the shores of Lake Superior destined by soil and climate to remain forever a wilderness”. Though the territory of the Upper Peninsula had been granted to Michigan, not all of its residents were supportive at the time, and some continue to hope that changes will be made to their borders. Desires for U.P. secession from the lower portions of Michigan and the formation

of a new state can be dated back to 1858 when the State of Superior was proposed at a meeting in Ontonagon. Superior was initially proposed as being comprised of parts of Northern Michigan, the U.P., Northern Wisconsin and parts of Northwest Minnesota. Ontonagon State was another potential name. Though reasons for Yooper unrest include geographic distance, cultural difference, and a perceived disregard for the U.P. in Lansing based on legislation, the Upper Peninsula lacks the financial independence and support it once had that could have supported its independence. If the State of Superior had

been founded, it would have had the smallest population of any American state, having less than half of the population of Alaska. Despite not yet having succeeded in seceding, there are still a number of people wishing to break free from their more corporate lower half. Their blog (, sums up their desires and reasons for them. “For too long the ‘trolls’ under the bridge have dominated the politics in this great state. The government of this state of Michigan in no way reflects the values of this our great state of Superiorland.”

Though passionate, it is not clear how many people are involved with the upkeep of the blog. There are a few comments on posted prompts and debates, but most notably over which beer should be considMered the official beer of Superior land, which the site appallingly enough marks down as being Leinenhugels, “until we can make a better one”.

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MTU helps with community ski program Nicole Iutzi Lode Writer Other notable features of the site include a debate on whether or not to boycott the Cobert Report, a question and answer on if Superiorland will keep the $0.10 bottle deposit, and a link to the MIT of Superior land ( Michigan Technological University Nordic ski team, the superior alliance for Independent Living (SAIL), Copper Country Metal Health and Single Point for Activities and Recreation (SPAR) have teamed up to teach those with disabilities how to ski and snowshoe. Every Tuesday and Thursday, volunteers help disabled individuals ski and snowshoe at the Michigan Tech Trails. Program Coordinator Karyn Juntunen, a special education teacher is in charge of the Cross Coun-

try Skiing Program for those with disabilities. The SAIL volunteers take groups of students out on the trails to teach them skills needed for skiing and snowshoeing. SAIL also covers the liability for the volunteers. SAIL is a program through the Copper Country Intermediate school district to help people with disabilities become more independent. Based out of Marquette, this nonprofit organization works to improve the lives of disabled people and members of the community. Last year the program began with four skiers and has now grown to 10 ski and 28 snowshoe students, with the numbers constantly on the rise. At first, many of the students are intimidated by skiing, which is why the program began using snowshoes. Juntunen said, “They are pumped to be here!” There are participants of all ages, from 10 to 60, with the

majority between 20 and 60. Copper Country Mental Health provides transportation for disabled individuals to attend the program, allowing everything to be free. The snowshoes, skis and use of the trail are provided by organizations of Michigan Tech. The Nordic Ski Club is allowing free membership for the program, and the use of club equipment. The snowshoes are provided by the Outdoor Adventure Program. “MTU made it more accessible” said Juntunen. Also, Michigan Tech wrote a grant for a sit-ski, so those with difficulties walking can still participate. The sit-ski uses all upper body strength to move along the trail. Paraplegic Dean Juntunen is one of the coaches for the program. He is also a mentor for students, and a great motivation for them. Other coaches are students from Tech and they are looking at ways to make

The last day to drop full term fall semester classes is Friday, March 2, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. All drops must be done in person in the Student Service Center. Drops cannot be done via the web. Also, please note: The last day to drop track B classes (those classes that begin on February 27, 2012) with a refund is Thursday, March 3, 2011. The last day to drop track B classes with no grade is Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The last day to drop track B classes with a “W” grade is Friday, March 30, 2012. According to the University policy on late drops: “After the eighth week of the semester, a student may request a late drop from the Dean of Student’s Office, which will consider those requests that involve circumstances beyond the student’s control.” Extenuating circumstances considered are prolonged illness, serious accidents and death in the immediate family or of a close friend, or similar situations beyond the student’s control. All requests must be made in writing. Instructions for late drops are available in the Compass Office (Wadsworth Hall, G28) or the Dean of Student’s Office (Administration Building 170). No late drops will be granted to avoid poor grades. Again, only extenuating circumstances will be considered for granting a late drop.

The sit-ski (shown above) uses all upper body strength to move. Photo by Kevin Madson

the sit-ski more accessible for the disabled. Not only does the skiing program benefit disabled members of the community, but also brings the community together. “People working with people with disabilities that normally wouldn’t” said Juntunen. Coaches help teach the students how to ski and snowshoe. They are also specially trained to help those who are visual and hearing impaired. The 10 coaches are compiled of one parent, four Tech students, one high school student, and five special education teachers. Parents can get a first hand look at how their child benefits from the program through being a coach and also participating with them on alternate days. “People who know how important it is for them to be out in the community” said Juntunen, those are the people who help. Coaches serve the members as role models, especially the men. An opportunity is provided to the students for outdoor recreation instead of mall walking. “The goal is to help students become as independent as they can be,” said Juntunen. Two dif-

ferent group types are taken out on the trails by coaches, and given different maps to follow. Roughly an hour is spent roaming around on the trails. “This is a life long skill to go out with the family,” she said. Student’s benefit from gaining experience to use later with their families. After taking one hyper student out on the trails, Juntunen said they were a natural on skis and she never had a problem with the child’s hyper attitude. All it takes is time and the students become naturals on the trails. After falling they immediately stand up and continue on. Participants put great effort forth, and continually try. Cross Country skiing in Houghton is available for free to those with any disability. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm, at the Michigan Tech Trails groups are taken out for lessons and to enjoy the outdoors. The Nordic Ski Club provides equipment or you can choose to bring your own to use. To sign up, or for more information, contact Karyn Juntunen at (906-281-2689) or email her at (kjuntunen@

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 does not meet expectations nick blecha Pulse Editor

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C+ Sometimes, especially with video games, a sequel to a mediocre or even bad work can learn from the mistakes its predecessor made, resulting in a much better work than the original. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is not one of those games.

Sure, it certainly learns from many of the mistakes its predecessor made. However, it makes a few new mistakes of its own. To top it off, the improvements made in XIII2 do little more than expose the weakness of the entire Final Fantasy XIII formula. The biggest and most noticeable change has to be the changes to exploration. While on level it made sense with the story, Final Fantasy XIII was highly criticized for making nearly all of its environments into linear paths with a few alternate routes and no side quests until the last quarter of the game. In contrast, XIII-2 has all of its areas as self-contained areas that the player is free to explore. All of these areas are

connected by the “Historia Crux,” a time-travel mechanic that serves as a “home” screen of sorts. While the freedom to explore (and having NPCs to talk to) is a welcome addition, it seems the consequence of this freedom is the reintroduction of “random encounters.” Unlike in XIII, where all monsters were there on the field screen for the player to see and thus choose to fight or avoid, here monsters will randomly appear around the player character whenever not in a “safe” area such as a town or research headquarters. The player can then try to attack the monsters for a “preemptive strike,” run into them to fight a normal battle, or try to run away. This can

KSO performs third show mandy barbulcouch Lode Writer This past Saturday, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra performed its third show of the season to a classical set of composers. The Rozsa was buzzing with many guest who were excited about the well renowned William Tell, Franz Liszt’s, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 . The sounds were very sophisticated and had rolls of thunder and resembled the calm before the storm. Four pieces were performed, three of them being of classical composers and the final being a premiere of Michigan Tech’s very own Dr. Milton Olson. While all the pieces felt familiar they all had their own personalities that set them apart. Each piece felt as though a tragedy was being played out. It was very easy for the audience to envision the

picture behind the music. The first piece was twelve minutes was dedicated to William Tell opera, and musically described life in the Swiss Alps, throughout the four pieces you could understand what was unfolding. In the final part, we were graced with the most famous and well known of the piece, representing the cavalry charge. The second piece, Halmet, is a prelude to the Shakespearean tragedy which premiered in 1858. This movement was very related for the audience, and Dr. Joel Neves did a wonderful job at capturing the music in a way that conveyed the sorrow in the piece. This single movement piece compared to traditional concert overtures is considered to be Franz Lintz in that regard. The third piece is the second movement from Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. This was the last of Brahms’ symphonies. It is no surprise that

when listening to the music that Brahm is inspired by, composer Ludwig van Beethoven, and is easily recognized in the piece. Finally, Dr Joel Neves was gracious enough to allow previous director Dr. Milton Olson to take the stage to present his own dialogs. Dr. Milton is no stranger to composing; and has written pieces for the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in the past. His piece was noticeably different then the previous pieces, but was a terrific ending to the performance. His dialogs were strong, but yet calming and beautiful. The audience was left feeling emotionally satisfied after the entire performance. It was clear that the Orchestra had practiced each piece to perfection, and it was yet another successful presentation from Dr Joel Neves and the rest of the KSO.

become frustrating when one is trying to do a lot of moving around in a random-encounter area–especially since, as mentioned below, most random-encounter fights just aren’t that interesting. In terms of story, your mileage may vary with regards to whether XIII-2’s is better or worse than that of XIII. While many seem to agree that the overall plot is an improvement, it’s plenty confusing on its own (which is a hazard with any story involving time travel that can change history), and it lacks the deep characterizations that was XIII’s saving grace. The basic premise is that the ending of XIII is changed so that the main character of that game, Lightning, disappears at the conclusion of the game. Only her sister, Serah, remembers how things originally were. When a meteorite strike outside her new home coincides with a monster attack and the appearance of a strange boy named Noel, the two set out on a time-travel journey to fix history. Such a plot seems like it would have a lot of potential, but most of the time it’s not clear what’s going on—and in more of a “did I miss something?” way than anything else. On the other hand, The game also gives us the series’ first properly voiced moogle in the form of Mog, a companion character that can also reveal hidden treasures on the map and serves as Serah’s weapon. Again, your mileage may vary on whether Mog’s voice is cute or annoying, but hey, it’s a moogle! What more can you want? The gameplay is probably the game’s biggest strength, but even then, it’s not great. XIII-2 retains the Paradigm system from the previous game, where each of your characters could be one of

six roles. Commandos did the most damage, Ravagers could increase the damage multiplier to enemies, Medics healed, Sentinels could draw and defend against enemy attacks, Synergists could give your party status buffs, and Saboteurs inflicted enemy debuffs. A given combination of these roles is called a paradigm, and the player can set up to six paradigms. This setup makes for great boss fights, which often require tinkering with paradigms to get the best combination to beat the boss. However, random battles have taken a step back from the previous game, and can be mostly beaten with the “Aggression” paradigm (two Commandos and a Ravager), making them boring. In addition, in XIII no two characters were the same, even in the same role: for example, Hope as a Synergist learned mostly defensive buffs like Protect and Shell, whereas Sazh learned offensive buffs like Bravery and Haste. Sarah and Noel, on the other hand, learn almost exactly the same abilities in each role. Defeating monsters will sometimes cause them to join your party; the player can level them up using material items and assign them to the third slot in the party, where they act as one of the six roles. A simplified Crystarium is also present to level up Serah and Noel, but it’s not much improved. Despite all its flaws, Final Fantasy XIII isn’t a bad game per se. While most gamers probably won’t enjoy it enough for the standard $60 price tag, dedicated JRPG and especially Final Fantasy fans probably can find enough to enjoy here. Still, this is a very weak entry in a once-great series and Final Fantasy XV sure had better make up for it.

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“Almost Maine” enchants audiences Abigail Dillon Lode Writer Lights waltz across the stage floor, colors evoking the Northern Lights. Music announces the enchantment of the evening while a chime cues a kiss or the turning of a back. Little touches of life play out in a poignant manner that brings the magical into a meeting with the everyday. Almost, Maine is beautifully executed in every manner.

Visually, the set was striking. Nine “mini-sets” were set up across the stage floor. This allows not only a certain parallel feel among scenes of the play—little things happening simultaneously: the writing in a book, the nursing of a drink— but also created the small town aura. None of the sets bleed into each other as if they were trying to mash an entire town onto a stage. Rather, each scene has its own individual area on the floor, distinct enough to be dif-

ferent, but not enough so to be disjointed. The cues of the lights are also well done. Most of the stage is lit by a deep blue, hinting at the late night, while a soft white light is used to indicate the current set. The lights of the Aurora are impressive; the colors shift like water across the stage. Music and sound cues fit perfectly within the visual production. Many things in the play, such as someone carrying in “bags” of love, shrinking from loss of

hope, or physically repairing a shattered heart, would seem cheesy if brought into an everyday conversation; however, the script as well as the acting brought the magical quality of each moment to life while still having it feel like a small town that one might know. Each actor brought something to their character, and performed wonderfully, catching the small nuances of being angry, confused or ashamed. Almost, Maine is a touching

play that evokes the magic of life and the Tech Theater Company pulls it off in an equally touching manner. Characters are memorable, the sets are creative and the sound cues add the perfect touch. The final show dates are February 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the McArdle Theater in Walker on the night of the preformance or online at Cost is $10 for the general public and free for Tech students.

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No. 0219 CORE O’ NATIONS By James F. C. Burns / Edited by Will Shortz








RELEASE DATE: 2/26/2012

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Deconstructing Mitt Romney Luke Gublo Opinion Editor The 2012 Presidential Election is heating up, with the state of Michigan becoming ground zero in the larger battle over the heart and soul of the Republican Party. At the center of the Michigan primary race is the fact that the state is, surprisingly, in play. Mitt Romney, Presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts, has ties to the state of Michigan. His father, George Romney, served as Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. During the 2008 Presidential Election, Mitt Romney scored an overwhelming win in the Michigan primary, in a year where Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was dominant during the primary season. Naturally, since Romney is somewhat of a prodigal son, it’s logical to assume that he would do very well and score a strong win in the state. But the script hasn’t exactly played out the way the Romney campaign would have envisioned. According to an American Research Group poll, Romney is tied with Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) at 35% amongst self-identified conservatives within the state. In addition, a Detroit News -WDIV poll shows Romney trailing Santorum 34%-30.4%. At the outset, the most notable thing about Michigan’s role in this campaign was the fact that it could serve as a defacto coronation for Romney, seizing momentum and riding the way all the way to Tampa for the Republican National Convention in late August. But now, the Romney campaign’s seeming inability to gain momentum and pick off delegates has grown frustrating for many

in the Republican Party. So the question on everyone’s mind is this: what’s wrong with Mitt Romney? At the most basic level, the reason I attribute to Romney’s struggles is the fact that he simply comes across as elitist and out-of-touch in public appearances. An excellent example of this phenomenon is an appearance he made at the Iowa State Fair last August. In response to a man who shouted that raising taxes on corporations could help make up for losses in social programs, Romney made an off-the-cuff remark that “corporations are people.” While that may be true, this kind of dialogue—especially in light of the growing resentment toward extreme wealth by average Americans—does not serve a candidate well when running for President of the United States. Another problem for Romney is the unshakable notion that he is inauthentic. While campaigning here in Michigan with Governor Rick Snyder (RMich.), at a stop in Farmington Hills, Romney made another unadvisable verbal outburst. “I love this state. It seems right here. The trees are the right height,” said Romney, who drew laughs in response to the characterization of Michigan’s trees. “I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. There’s something very special here… the great lakes, but also all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan. I love cars. I don’t know, I mean, I grew up totally in love with cars.” The quote really doesn’t give justice to the overall cringe worthiness of the statement made by Romney. It was forced and stuffy, almost to the point where a person has to wonder whether or not the teleprompter failed as he was waxing poetic about our state. Furthermore, I’m not exactly

sure what the height of Michigan trees has to do with Romney’s ability to govern, or how his homage to the wonderful trees of our state helps him stand out in the GOP field. This isn’t the first time that Romney has waxed poetic about his time in the Great Lakes State. In the first paragraph of an op-ed penned to broaden his views on the auto-bailout, Romney made sure to remind everyone in the state that he’s a Michigander, and he hit all the buzzwords. “I am a son of Detroit. I was born in Harper Hospital and lived in the city until my family moved to Oakland County,” said Romney. “I grew up drinking Vernors and watching ballgames at Michigan & Trumbull. Cars got in my bones early. And not just any cars, American cars.” On its face, these statements play into the narrative of Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch, aloof candidate who doesn’t understand the average voter. In particular, the statements relating to Mitt Romney’s professed love of Michigan show a candidate who is simply trying too hard to make a connection, but is seemingly unable to. It’s as if Romney believes that by associating himself with Vernors, the Detroit Tigers, and the now-resurgent automobile industry will be enough for him to make the connection with voters in this state.

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Either way, what transpires here in Michigan will have a marked effect on the direction of the campaign for the GOP nomination going forward, in particular for Mitt Romney. Romney simply cannot afford to lose this state, especially considering the fact that he’s positioned himself historically as being the prodigal son of Michigan. If he does lose Michigan, the doubts about his ability to connect to the average American and to compete well head-to-head in a matchup with President Barack Obama will increase further. Furthermore, delegate-heavy states like Ohio and other Super Tuesday states will follow Michigan; losing this state

could cause his campaign to lose momentum permanently. As someone who follows politics, it’s interesting to see that Michigan will play a role in determining a primary fight. As far as Mitt Romney’s concerned, he wants Michigan to be the place where he turned things around and took the reins of the GOP race again. But more likely, in my opinion, this could end up being his Waterloo. It could be the real affirmation of the level of frustration that average GOP voters have had with him over the course of the last 5 years, and an affirmation that he will not be the President of the United States.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Point - Counter point: Death Penalty Point:

Counter Point:

Luke Gublo

deterrence question fails to support the threat or use of the death penalty.” Opinion Editor On top of this, there are plenty of reasons to move away from the use In last week’s edition of the Michi- of the death penalty, even aside from gan Tech Lode, the case of Alyssa the emotional and sociological asBustamante, an 18 year old from Jef- pects. One way of self-critiquing our ferson City, Missouri was explored. use of the practice is observe how our Bustamante committed the murder peers in the Western World deal with of nine-year old Elizabeth Olten, criminal offenses. Of all western nathen deposited the body in a shallow tions, the United States is the ONLY grave. Mark Richardson, the Cole nation where the death penalty is still County, Mo. Prosecutor for the case, legal and used. The European Union asked for life in prison, plus 71 years, and Council of Europe actually have for the murder. This has caused a tied the abolition of the death penfirestorm due to the fact that it leaves alty in with membership. As such, the possibility of parole on the table. the United States is the company of It is really easy to want revenge countries like Iran, North Korea, and upon any murder that happens, par- Yemen in allowing the death penalty. ticularly one this heinous. In a sense, The final, and perhaps most harone of the stronger arguments in fa- rowing, reason for my opposition vor of the death pento the death alty is the fact that it penalty is that, provides a level of clo88.2% of no matter how sure for the family of complete the the deceased. Unforcriminologists do not p r o s e c u t i o n tunately, I don’t accept of a criminal this notion as a strong believe that the death is, there’s no enough argument for way to have the existence of this penalty acts as an complete practice. The fact of metaphysithe matter is that no effective deterrent to cal certitude matter what you do to in knowing the person who comcrime. whether somemitted the crime, the one actually use of the death penalty will never committed a crime. In other words, come back. allowing the death penalty means Another often heard argument in risking the fact that an innocent perfavor of the death penalty is that it son may be put to death. The last is a deterrent for criminal activity. American state to end the practice Honestly, it’s debatable whether this of capital punishment, Illinois, did so is actually a definitive fact. A 2008 for this very reason. The Governor at study, Do Executions Lower Homi- the time (the year 2000), George Ryan cide Rates? The Views of Leading (R-Ill.), noticed that more people had Criminologists, conducted by Pro- been freed then had been executed fessors’ Michael L. Radelet and Traci since the reinstatement of the death Lacock of the University of Colorado penalty in Illinois in 1977. showed that 88.2% of criminologists Gov. George Ryan, though corrupt do not believe that the death pen- in many other aspects, had a moment alty acts as an effective deterrent to of moral clarity. One hopes that othcrime. er states realize the same thing; that From the study, “There is over- the risk of executing innocent people whelming consensus among Ameri- is not worth whatever vengeance the ca’s top criminologists that the em- practice serves to deliver. pirical research conducted on the

employ the death penalty, in 2008 Iran executed 346+ prisoners while the United States executed 37 prisoners. As Lode Writer seriously as our legal system considers executing a person, it can hardly be said Any murder this senseless and violent that the U.S. is in the same category as elicits anger from all who hear about it. Iran, who executed nearly ten times as That feeling of repulsion that rises with- many people. in us is natural, part Another famous of it is empathy. We politician of Illiare able to imagine ...I believe that nois wrote “I behow awful it would lieve there are some be to have a loved people who go out crimes–mass murone be brutally murder, the rape and dered. However, alprepared to take the murder of a child lowing the victim’s so heinous that the loved ones closure is lives of other people community is justinot enough of a reafied in expressing son to put someone forfeit their own the full measure of to death. An even its outrage by methigher purpose has right to live. ing out the ultimate to be served. punishment. On the Deterrence is not the most compel- other hand, the way capital cases were ling argument for the death penalty, but tried in Illinois at the time was so rife the only thing lost in the rightful pur- with error, questionable police tacsuit of deterrence is the lives of some tics, racial bias, and shoddy lawyering, murderers. Even if deterrence works, that 13 death row inmates had been the idea slightly off-putting to me. If exonerated.” In The Audacity of Hope our goal in executing murderers is to President Obama expresses horror at make an example of what will happen the justice system of Illinois, not at the to a murderer, isn’t it more likely that thought of using the death penalty. This we’d think less of accidentally killing failure of the justice system means the an innocent because we’re serving the justice system needs to be rejuvenated, greater good of deterring other mur- not that citizens should reject the death derers? Whether capital punishment is penalty so lawyers and policemen can an effective deterrent or not, deterrence be less certain about convictions. An will never be the strongest argument for innocent person serving a life sentence the death penalty. is nearly as tragic as an innocent person Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister being put to death—both punishments of the United Kingdom from 1979- are to be reserved for the guilty. When 1990, stated “Personally I have always the guilty have committed a crime as voted for the death penalty because disgusting as slaying a child, they deI believe that people who go out pre- serve to be put to death. With DNA pared to take the lives of other people evidence, intensive capital trials, many forfeit their own right to live. I believe appeal opportunities, the risk of conthat that death penalty should be used victing and executing an innocent peronly very rarely, but I believe that no- son is minimized. Instead of refusing to one should go out certain that no mat- demand more from our justice system, ter how cruel, how vicious, how hid- perhaps we should seek the truth then eous their murder, they themselves will give the guilty what they deserve. That not suffer the death penalty.” England’s is serving justice, not merely seeking own Iron Lady would not be proud of vengeance. her country for refusing to execute the very few people who commit crimes so terrible that they deserve to die. Also, while both Iran and the United States

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Men’s basketball comes home for final two By the ers regular season games numb Jacob Shuler Lode Writer This week the Huskies are back home to play against the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals and the Northwood Timberwolves. Both games should provide the Huskies with solid competition. The last week of basketball was a split for the Huskies. They beat Lake Erie in a close game but were unable to beat the Ashland Eagles due to poor shooting percentages in the second half. With just a 32 percent completion percentage, the Huskies fell well behind after a tie at half time. The final score was 73-59. The Lake Erie Storm was unable to beat the Huskies last weekend. In a defensive showing, the Huskies out rebounded the Storm 3625. The Storm were close the entire game, trailing the Huskies by just two points with two minutes remaining. Sophomore Alex Culy sealed the deal with a free throw to end the game. The final score was 61-58. The Cardinals will prove to be a solid team f or the Huskies to play against. With average points per game of 70, the Cardinals will put points on the board. The Huskies will have to keep the Cardinals on their toes and get ahead early to try and keep the lead. Leading the team in scoring is junior Chris Webb who is currently averaging 14 points per game. While it’s not the highest number in the league, the Cardinals

have several players that consistently put up more than ten points per game. Webb also contributes defensively with 40 defensive rebounds this season. In 2009, Webb was named the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Year. Heading up to the weekend, the Huskies take on the Northwood Timberwolves. The Timberwolves will be looking to take on the Huskies after their first meeting had the Huskies emerge the winners. This season, the Timberwolves have had a very solid season

with a conference record of 12-5. For away games, they are 6-2 taking away much of the home court advantage the Huskies have playing at the Wood Gym. Leading the team is Bobby Lewis. Lewis has averaged 17 points per game this season to help the team reach a scoring average of 72 points per game. Lewis is ranked second on the team with 138 rebounds making him a solid offensive and defensive player. If the Huskies don’t want to repeat their loss to the Cardinals earlier in the

season, they will be looking to draw a lead early in the game and keep the lead. This goes for the game against the Timberwolves as well. Both opponents have very strong scoring offenses. If the Huskies defense can shut this down, the Huskies will be able to take both games. Come support your Huskies this weekend at the Wood Gym. They play the Cardinals at 7:30 pm on Thursday and the Timberwolves at 3:00pm on Saturday.

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Nordic Skiing Huskies given AllRegion honors. Mikko Harju and Deedra Irwin were given the honors at the NCAA Central Regional Championship.


Combined points seniors Jordan Baker and Brett Olson have for this season. The hockey Huskies are back at home this weekend hosting the St. Cloud St. Huskies Friday and Saturday at 7:07 p.m.


Rebounds men’s basketball had at Lake Erie in their 61-58 win on Saturday. The Huskies currently sit at third place in the GLIAC North Divison with an 11-6 conference record.

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Points Sam Hoyt and Lindsey Lindstrom had in their win over Lake Erie on Saturday. The basketball Huskies are back home this week for their final home play of the regular season.


Place the women’s nordic skiing team took at the NCAA Central Regional Championships this past weekend.

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Hockey hosts St. Cloud Jordan Erickson Sports Editor The Huskies have had their eyes set on home ice for playoffs but after gaining only one point from their trip to North Dakota, this might be out of reach. The Huskies host the St. Cloud State Huskies for their final regular season home series, and what could be the final home games of the season. The visiting St. Cloud Huskies sit one point behind their hosts, coming off a split against Alaska-Anchorage in a 2-3 overtime loss and an 8-3 win the next night. Before their Friday night loss on home ice, St. Cloud had swept Wisconsin and are 3-0-1 in their last four games. Leading their offense is junior Ben Hanowski who has 36 points on the season (18 goals, 18 assists). Ryan Faragher has been the St. Cloud’s anchor in net, boasting a .914 save percentage and a

2.84 goals against average. The Black and Gold currently sits at seventh in the WCHA standings, three points from North Dakota who has the sixth place spot they need for home ice. The Huskies have proven themselves to be strong on home ice, only falling five times while playing in front of their home crowd. Seniors Jordan Baker and Brett Olson continue to shine for the Huskies, as the pair worked together for Saturday’s only goal and have a combined 54 points on the season. Josh Robinson has been a constant for the Huskies between the pipes with a 12-12-3 record and 2.81 goals against average. Desperate for every point they can manage, the Huskies will not be easy to topple this weekend. Returning from an exhausting road trip in which they were forced to leave everything on the ice and still go home with only a point, the four points needed to take over North Dakota is still in the distance.

Freshman Blake Pietila launches the puck onto Nebraska Omaha’s goalie during Winter Carnival Photo by Ben Wittbrodt


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


MTU sends two skiers to NCAA Championships Ellie Furmanski Lode Writer

teams’ successful finishes on Friday, the list of skiers qualified for the NCAA Championships would not be determined until after Saturday’s classic races. The women posted five top20 finishes in the 10-kilometer classic race. Deedra Irwin took ninth overall (33:17.1), followed shortly by Malin

The Michigan Tech Nordic Ski teams had a successful weekend at the NCAA Central Regional Championships in Ishpeming this past weekend. Four skiers earned all-region honors and two skiers qualified to race at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Bozeman, Montana. All-regionhonors were announced after the men’s and women’s freestyle races on Friday, February 17. Alice Flanders received this accolade after finishing second (15:30) in the women’s 5-kilometer race. Teammate Deedra Irwin also received the honor after taking seventh place (15:45). Two skiers from the men’s team, Mikko Harju and Matt Wong, received all-region honors as well. Harju placed ninth in the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle race (26:07), and Wong finished tenth (26:16). Overall, the women’s team placed second out of eight teams, and the men finished third out of eight 15k Relay 31 from the CCSA Championships teams in Friday’s freestyle races. Despite the

Eriksson (33:35.6) who finished thirteenth. In the men’s 15-kilometer classic race, six MTU skiers finished in the top20. Mikko Harju placed first for the Huskies, taking ninth overall (41:45.4), followed by Jesse Smith in twelfth (41:53.3), and Luke Gessior in thirteenth continued on page 15

Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

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Women’s basketball looks to close regular season on strong note Jacob Shuler Lode Writer This week, the Women’s basketball team takes on their final two opponents of the regular season. They will play the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals on Thursday and the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday. In their games last week, the Huskies were unable to beat the Ashland Eagles and fell one point shy 6362. The Huskies struggled in the scoring department with Lindsay Lindstrom being the only double digit scorer with 13 points. Playing against the Lake Erie Storm, the Huskies saw more success. They led rebounds during the game 41-24. The Huskies were able to shoot 53 percent from the floor and made eight of nine free throws. At the end of the game the score was 6966. The first game this week against the Cardinals will be against a team that has struggled this season. They are 4-13 in conference play. With an average field goal percentage of 36 percent, if the Huskies can limit their shooting opportunities it will be very hard of the Cardinals to stay in the game. A player to watch out for will be Kristen Greene. Greene is one of the leaders in scoring this season with an average of 9 points per game. She also has 109 rebounds this season making a good contributor to the defense. She joins two other players that also average nine points per game.

When the Huskies play against the Timberwolves, they will be facing a slightly better team. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 10-14 this season. Right now they are on a two loss streak going in to this week. This will give the Huskies some momentum going into the game. Looking to limit players like Savanah Stedman will be one of the Huskies primary goals. Stedman has led the team in scoring this season with an average of 17 points per game. Limiting a player like this will greatly help the Huskies chances for winning the game. This week, the Huskies are playing against two teams that have seen less success than themselves. This will help the Huskies gain the upper hand in both games. A strong defense and offense will bring two wins this week. This will be a strong finish to the regular season. The Huskies play the Cardinals at 5:30 pm on Thursday and the Timberwolves at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Both games will be held at the Wood Gym. Husky Jillian Ritchie looks for the open passing lane against Wayne State Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

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Nordic Skiing Continued from page 13

Jordan Erickson

Weekend ends with a point for Hockey Huskies

Sports Editor

The Huskies were on the road this weekend for their only meeting with the University of North Dakota this season. Friday night the Huskies had a 2-1 lead heading out of the first period, but two North Dakota goals in the second would solidify the lead, ending in a 4-2 final in favor of the home team. Saturday night turned into a battle of the goaltenders to see who would let up first. Scoring started late in the game at 6:04 in the third period as a centering pass was redirected off of Husky defender Carl Nielsen’s skate and behind net minder Josh Robinson. Jordan Baker would tie up the game for Black and Gold after picking up line mate Brett Olson’s rebound. The overtime ended in a 1-1 with the Huskies returning to Houghton with one point.

Quinn Parnell

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Women’s Basketball Splits on the Road The Huskies took to the road for the last time of the regular season stopping at Ashland and Lake Erie. The Ashland Eagles were first up for the Huskies on Thursday night. The game ended in a heartbreaking 62-63 loss for the Huskies, with junior Sam Hoyt missing a jumper as time expired. The Huskies took Lake Erie the next night with a 69-66 win over their hosts. Hoyt and Lindsey Lindstrom lead the Huskies with 20 points apiece. The Huskies stand at second place in the GLIAC with a 12-5 record. One Road Win for Men’s Basketball Black and Gold suffered a 73-59 loss at Ashland. The game started out even with the score tied at 34 entering the second half. Precise shooting by the Eagles allowed them to take over the Huskies for the win. Saturday night sophomore Austin Armada lead the Huskies with 18 points in the team’s 61-58 win over Lake Erie. Junior Ali Haidar was close behind with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Huskies shot at 43 percent overall for the win. They currently sit at third in the GLIAC with an 11-6 record. Men’s and Women’s Tennis Fall at Home Husky tennis was swept this past weekend at the Gates Tennis Center as the men dropped a 9-0 final and the women falling 7-2 to Lewis. The women’s team was in action for the first time since Oct. 15. The Flyers swept the doubles matches and went four for six in the singles matches. Men’s tennis opened their home season with some close matches, The No. 3 doubles partners Bryan Bartelt and James Konarske had the closest match of the day with an 8-6 loss.

15 Track and Field gets strong start

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech

(41:54.6). Both teams finished third out of eight teams. Scores from the NCAA Central Regional Championships this weekend were soon accounted for in the Central Collegiate Ski Association’s (CCSA) rankings. Out of ten conference races, each skiers’ top two freestyle and top two classic race finishes were combined to create an overall average score. A low average score corresponds to a high ranking. The eight top-ranked men and seven top-ranked women in the CCSA qualify for the NCAA Championships. Deedra Irwin and Mikko Harju are the two Michigan Tech skiers to earn qualifying positions. Irwin is ranked sixth in the women’s division, and Harju is ranked fourth in the men’s. Mikko

Harju will be making his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Skiing Championships in only his second year of skiing for Michigan Tech. Competition will commence for both skiers on Wednesday, March 7, with the men’s 10-kilometer and women’s 5-kilometer freestyle races. Then, Friday, March 9, results of the men’s 20-kilomter and women’s 10-kilometer classic races will conclude the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships. Congratulations to the Michigan Tech men’s and women’s Nordic Ski teams for their outstanding performances this weekend, and best of luck to Deedra Irwin and Mikko Harju as they go on to represent MTU at the NCAA Championships.

Husky track and field opened their season in Marquette Saturday at the Northern Michigan Challenge where they took first in five events and second in six more. Black and Gold swept the podium on the 3,000-meter with Jonathon Kilpela taking first with a time of 9:08.87, Jon Graves in second and Bradon Kampstra rounding out in third. The Huskies also dominated the 200- meter dash with Quinn Parnell taking first for the Huskies and teammates Tylor Rathsack taking fifth. Parnell also took first in the 55-meter sprint with a time of 6.46 and Rathsack finished seventh in the same race. Nate Hood gave the Huskies another first place finish in the long jump and Eric Parsell took for final win of the day placing first in the 5,000- meter run. The Huskies take a brief break in competition before returning April 5 in the St. Norbert Invite.


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