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Huskies head to Final Five JOrdan Erickson Sports Editor It has taken five years but the Huskies have done it. After getting swept the previous weekend at Colorado College, Black and Gold rebounded and came back with a sweep of their own to send them to the WCHA Final Five this weekend. The Huskies have spent this year recovering from a series of disappointing seasons. With a new head coach, the Huskies have turned around from last year’s season with only four wins to the current season where they boast 16 wins overall. In their last regular season weekend, the Colorado College Tigers had swept the Huskies in 2-5, 0-2 decisions, adding two more games to the Huskies 0-28 regular season record at Colorado College. Prospects for extending their season were looking slim. Since losing hopes of a home Continued on page 12



Proposed Campus Activity Board would offer event planning services to Student Orgs

Photo by Ben Wittbrodt



New EMS sled will allow for faster response time in certain situations



See photos of the winning projects from the Tech Art Show



The obsession with contraceptives



Mel Pearson named WCHA Coach of the Year

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) This major type of depression can strike at any time, but is most common during the winter months. jessica Kennedy Lode Writer

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects a person’s mood throughout a specific season each year. SAD is also recognized by people as the winter blues, winter depression, summer blues and seasonal depression. SAD is a mood disorder where those who typically have healthy mindsets during the majority of the year experience bouts of extreme depression during certain seasons. Although SAD can occur during any season, the majority of people who are affected suffer from winter depression, a subtype of SAD. In the United States, four to six percent of the population suffers from seasonal affective disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) does not see SAD as a unique or rare mood disorder, but rather a major type of depression. Symptoms of SAD can range from very mild to severe. Some of these symptoms may include difficulty getting up in the morning and moving forward through the day, nausea, over sleep-

ing and over eating. Other indications of SAD include lethargy, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, withdrawing from friends, family, daily activities and a lower sex drive. These can all lead to developing this depression and feelings of hopelessness. These symptoms are common among those who suffer from winter depression. Symptoms for spring and summer depression are similar to those of classic depression, which include insomnia, anxiety, irritability, reduced appetite, weight loss, lower sex drive, social withdrawal and suicidal thoughts and actions. Although the demographics of SAD are complex, the condition tends to strike mainly women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Although not as often, men, children and adolescents may also develop it. SAD may begin at any point in your life but is typically recognized in teens and adults. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a high percentage of people tend to experience mood changes during season change. Many people may begin to over sleep or sleep less, experience changes in energy levels or feel depressed. Though symptoms

for SAD may be severe, help is available. There are numerous ways people suffering from SAD can be treated. People who endure winter depression can be offered light therapy with sunlight or bright lights, antidepressant medications, ionized-air administration and cognitivebehavioral therapy. One specific treatment called Dawn simulation has proved very effective and successful. Compared to bright light therapy, there is an 83 percent better response when given Dawn simulation. Although patients using light therapy can experience improvement during their first week of treatment, patients who continue several weeks after have more positive effects. People who experience summer or spring depression are suggested to follow a plan where they eat healthier, exercise more, get enough sleep, rest when possible, and do what they enjoy. If you are think you may be suffering from SAD, contact Michigan Tech Counseling and Wellness Services, housed on the third floor of the Administration building.

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Campus Activity Board proposed New centralized event planning organization will make planning and logistics easier for Student Orgs Katelyn Waara Lode Writer Planning a campus-wide event for students as well as the community takes a lot of time, effort and money. Oftentimes, because students may be unfamiliar with the process of planning an event, attendance is low and money is wasted. To aid in this problem, a blueprint is being put together to comprise a large number of organizations on campus to form what will be called the Campus Activity Board. The Campus Activity Board, or CAB for short, is a proposed plan by members of MUB Board and will be a collaboration of the largest event-based organizations on campus. CAB would consist of the organizations of MUB Board, Student Entertainment Board, Late Night Programming, Film Board and the student-run production company known as SLS. Mainly, CAB will be a way to streamline the planning and logistics of campus-wide events at Michigan Tech, making it easier and more efficient for students to plan and hold them. “What we would like to do is take the largest event-based organizations on campus and combine them into one centralized Campus Activities Board. It’s a model used at virtually every other university across America.” said Kyle Johnston, President of MUB Board. “We want to streamline the event process.” Johnston spoke in length about the need for something like CAB to come to Michigan Tech. Since hundreds of other universities across the United

students will be reminded to reserve dates, for example, in What we would like to do is take the the weeks prior to their event largest event-based organizations on so that when the actual event campus and combine them into one rolls around, its attendance is centralized Campus Activities Board. high and runs as smoothly as It’s a model used at virtually every other possible. university across America. MUB Board Vice-President and Advertising Chair David States use it, why shouldn’t it put on and that a lot of money Shull, co-collaborator of the be utilized by the Huskies? gets spent on.” Johnston said. CAB proposal, was also en“We would like to take the The second thing CAB thusiastic about the project. President or another upper wishes to do is form an events About the events support level E Board or highly expe- support committee, which committee, Shull said, “I think rienced member and the Pro- would be like an advisory that right now student groups gramming Chair for each of board who is set in place for have a lot of passion and want these organizations and have students if they are in need to translate that into incredthem meet and talk about the of advice on ways to improve ible events that get people events they are going to do advertising and to help with excited about what they do. that month.” Johnston said. any other However, it’s By doing this, talents can be p r o b l e m s really easy to Because a lot of miss crucial brought together in such a way that may turnover gets lost each to improve upon the planning arise in the details that year when students of the events from those who p l a n n i n g are necesgraduate, we’d like to sary for a are most familiar with each of process. Behelp people plan their s u c c e s s f u l the different stages. cause each events, look at what Because of the state of the i n d i v i d u a l event (e.g. they need to get done, registering current process for planning event-based and then hear from the table tents, an event (or lack thereof ), o r g a n i z a support committee on some events will overlap, caus- tion has rules for what they can do to ing students and community m e m b e r s posters, tips improve their event members to have to choose who have for findbetween a number of great specific taling fundexperiences that could be had ents, bringing them ing, etc.). By providing these on any given date. CAB will to work together will be great organizations with a panel of solve this problem in a num- for the events featured as well experts, they can focus on dober of ways. First, an online as the University as a whole. ing what they’re passionate campus-wide events calen- Also during this meeting, about.” dar will be put in place, mak- students will discuss a budShull also has the idea of ing it the one location where get for their event. Johnston creating a mobile application all events each month can be said, “Because a lot of turn- to bring all events together viewed. This calendar will be over gets lost each year when for students, just as the onup online year-round, making students graduate, we’d like to line calendar would. “It (the it useful for the community as help people plan their events, application) would be able to well. If a student wants to plan look at what they need to get send push notifications to stuan event, they will first need to done, and then hear from the dents about all the opportunisubmit their date to a member support committee on what ties available to them for the of CAB, who will add it to the they can do to improve their upcoming weekend. Events calendar for the month the event.” For example, some- that work with CAB will be event will take place. “Because thing like reserving dates for included in this marketing there are so many places to you table-tent advertising may heightening overall awarelook (for what events are hap- seem insignificant, but it is an ness, resulting in better attenpening) no one really checks important part of your event’s dance and a more efficient use all of them so people tend to advertising. With the event of the Student Activities Fee.” miss some big events that get support committee in place, The mobile app idea is still be-

ing thought through, but with the wide use of smart phones and Wi-Fi across campus, the idea is a practical one. Michigan Tech students worked specifically with students from the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin Lacrosse, University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Lake Superior State University and several others in order to produce a strategic plan for the change. This plan has not yet been proposed to USG for a vote, but it is highly supported by a few of its members, including USG Treasurer and Presidential-candidate, Eli Karttunen. By the fall semester of 2012, supporters would like to see the event-based organizations on campus merged into CAB. Although they will be a part of the larger organization of CAB, the individual organizations will operate similar to how they did before the merger. Over the years following the change, the hope is that CAB will become more interconnected with increased collaboration between members of each organization. Although CAB is still in the design and concept and drafting stages, Shull said they are hopeful to get the plan voted on by USG in the near future. “By presenting this concept to USG we are hoping to get a vote of approval from the student body that this is a good idea and something they’d like to see.” With support from the students as well as some staff and faculty involved in its development, Johnston and Shull hope to see world-class events planned at Michigan Tech with the help of CAB and the changes it will bring to the current event process.

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CopperDog challenges mushers and delights spectators Nicole Iutzi Lode Writer On March 2-4 the CopperDog 150 sled dog race was held in Calumet. Two races started Friday night in busy downtown Calumet, the 150 mile race and the 35 mile race. After starting to run at 7 p.m., the mushers rested after reaching Eagle Harbor. Mushers from the CopperDog 35 finished late Friday night. The CopperDog 150 lasted until Sunday afternoon, after restarting in Copper Harbor in the morning hours. The festivities continued in Calumet after the mushers raced out on the trail. Fireworks lit up the sky. Restaurants were filled with people who had come to experience the race. Music and laughter filled downtown Calumet late into the night, as the third annual CopperDog sled dog race commenced. Lead dog sponsors, such as the River Valley

Bank, helped make the race a success, and local businesses were major supporters of the race and festivities. At the 7 p.m. start, mushers were sent out onto the trail, separated by two minute intervals. Each musher was introduced along with a story about their personal history with sled dog racing and how they became interested. Each musher was also allowed to choose a song to serve as theme music as they raced off the starting line. After starting in Calumet, mushers from the 35 mile race traveled east, near Gay, then headed northwest, finishing the race in Phoenix, at the Vansville Bar parking lot. Mushers raced through beautiful weather during the night. The 35 mile race lasted around four hours, with finishing times ranging from 3:22:41 to 4:25:35. In first came Jerry Trudell, musher number 32, with an average speed of 11.38 mph. Second place went to Chad Grentz, musher number 36,

who averaged 10.84 mph. Third and forth place mushers were Lynne Witte and Matt Schmidt. For continued fun, and extra time with the CopperDog 35 mushers, people were encouraged to drive north to the Vansville Bar. The Phoenix bar may have marked the ending point for the race, but for all the fans, it was the starting point for a great time with the mushers. Volunteers manned the roadway crossings as teams approached, and also helped handle the dogs before and after the race. Volunteer handlers got to meet with the mushers and their dogs one on one. Tech student and volunteer Robert Lippus said, “Working with the dogs was an exciting new adventure.” Interactive maps allowed fans to follow the mushers and keep up to date on the CopperDog 150. Spectators could track the mushers through checkpoints as they made their way across Copper Country.

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CopperDog 150 Continued from page 4 over four hours to complete. Mushers traveled through tough weather conditions, and one musher commented that the windy snow conditions caused visibility problems on the trails. Mushers raced for more then 12 hours over the weekend. Coming in first overall was J.R. Anderson number 23, with a total time

of 12:49:08. In second was Bruce Magnusson, and in third place was Jerry Bath. Mushers travelled far and wide to participate in the race. Many Mushers came from Minnesota, others from as far as South Africa, and others still were local. One musher had been racing for 30 years; another, Frank Holmberg, said this might

just be his last race. The official results can be seen on the CopperDog website www.copperdog150. com. Times are posted for different legs of the race along with the overall time for each musher. Teams who participated made the race possible, and thanks to their hard work the race was a success.

Volunteers are ready to help with next year’s race. Some people traveled by car and by plane to see the race. One family came up from Chicago to see and volunteer in the race, and now they are excited to come up for next year’s race. Feedback for race and ideas can be posted on the CopperDog website. Volun-

teer race planner Todd Brassard said all feedback is welcomed, good or bad. Congratulations to all the teams who participated in the CopperDog races. Hard work made the third annual race a huge success. People of all ages enjoyed the race, as smiles laughs and cheers were witnessed during all stages of the race.

EMS sled allows for quicker response time jessica Kennedy Lode Writer

Mushers prepare to depart from Eagle Harbor

In late February, Michigan Technological University’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) team developed a new way to help transport injured skiers from the Upper Peninsula skiing and hiking trails in a more accelerated and efficient manner. This new operating system consists of a snowmobile and sled, which will hopeful-

ly enable the medical team to reach the skiers before they become more injured or reach a hypothermic condition. This new sled will allow the medical team to reach their target quicker due to a snowmobiles small body and accessibility to travel where large vehicles cannot. The snowmobile/sled allows for two people to pull the sled and fits for a third volunteer to stand behind the patient on the sled.

Dustin Gaberdiel, who is a Computer Network and Systems Administration major at Michigan Tech said that the EMS team will no longer be limited to backboards when someone is injured or in need of help. The medical team previously had to travel by foot to reach emergencies occurring on the trails. The EMS team said that this new transport service is the latest piece of equipment to join their service. The EMS team has been at sever-

al ski meets this season, and although the new sled hasn’t been needed, they have several people trained in case of an accident. Jon Stone, the University’s emergency medical service director and advisor, says they have a map which shows all the trail systems which will allow for the EMS team to reach the skiers quicker. Stone said he would like to see the snowmobile/ sled used for other purposes as well. In the future,

he hopes to replace the skis with wheels and the snowmobile with an ATV to help joggers and bikers when they’re in need of assistance. This new sled was made possible by the donation from Calumet Township after equipment there was replaced. The Michigan Tech EMS team has had over 30 people volunteer since it was founded in 2011.

Photos by Nicole Iutzi

As the name implies, the CopperDog 150 took mushers on a 150 mile route through the beautiful Keweenaw peninsula.. After resting Friday night in Eagle Harbor, mushers readied themselves for the second stage of the race—traveling through the northern region of the Keweenaw to Copper Harbor. Restarting in Eagle Harbor, the teams faced blustering, cold conditions. Volunteers helped to ready the teams for stage two. After starting at 9 a.m., teams began to roll into Copper Harbor around 1 p.m.. Activities kept the sprits up on Saturday as windy

conditions kept conditions chilly along the Superior lakeshore. Children could experience the thrill of sled dog racing for free and local restaurants offered specials on Saturday, and Sunday morning. For the third stage of the race, the teams climbed and made their wayacross Brockway Mountain before descending back toward Calumet. Teams again stared at 9 a.m., and began to reach Calumet around 1 p.m.. A warm welcome awaited the mushers in Calumet as spectators waited for the mushers to return. Each stage took mushers Continued on next page

Student Orgs: Human Interface Design Enterprise krysten Cooper News Editor The Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) just started last semester, but that hasn’t kept them from working on exciting projects. Right now, HIDE is working with Chrysler to figure out ways to make driving safer. How? In the form of mobile apps and a U-connect interface. The mobile

app the Enterprise is currently working on is to control the heating and cooling systems in a car. The U-connect interface is currently having its vibro-tactile feedback tested by HIDE. In other words, if the screen vibrates when the user chooses an option, will drivers be more likely to keep looking at the road instead of their phones? In the future, HIDE hopes to work even more with mobile apps and will continue to do projects in collabora-

tion with Chrysler. HIDE is broken down into two sub-teams: the Development Team and the Evaluation Team. The Development team works on projects such as building the driving simulator and developing mobile apps. The Evaluation Team gets to design the experiments used to test the projects, including the U-connect. HIDE meets on Wednesdays at 5pm in Rekhi 118. All majors are welcome, but the Enterprise is going to need

more Psychology, Computer Science and Scientific and Technical Communications majors. The Enterprise requires only 2-3 hours of time outside of meetings per week and they will need leadership positions filled as many of their current leaders are graduating. Joining an Enterprise is a great way to get real-world experience said HIDE President Brock Dean. Dean said HIDE works with Chrysler and team members get to experience usability testing,

mobile app development and even conference calls. Maggie Day and Lynsday Loren, Co-Vice Presidents of Communications for HIDE said that the Enterprise is a laid back and friendly environment. All different majors are welcome, and everybody gets along. If you are interested in the joining HIDE, contact Enterprise President Brock Dean ( or their advisor Dr. Robert Pastel (

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Mystical Arts of Tibet

Abigail Dillon Lode Writer A week-long celebration of Tibetan culture is upon us. This Tuesday, March 13, begins a series of events from the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour at the Rosza Center with the sacred Sand Mandala Opening Ceremonies. At 1:00 PM the Drepung Loseling Monks will begin a work to create a sand mandala in the lobby of the Rosza, a task which will be worked on each day until Saturday March 17 at 9:00 PM. This

beautiful artwork is often called an “architecture of enlightenment,” an expression of humanity’s subconscious. And while a great many hours of work will be applied to this, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily, the sand mandala will be eventually be swept away, symbolizing the eventual passing of life and consciousness. The sand will be placed in glass vials, and given as a gift to those attending this free event. Other events will be presented this week, including two lectures at the Rosza theater: “Tibet Today: The History of a Diaspora,”

a teaching on the life and work of the monks, and “Lecture & Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living,” which will be a session for guided meditation. The two lectures will be shown Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 PM and Thursday morning, March 15, respectively, and are free as well. Lastly, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM will see two performances of Sacred Music Sacred Dance, that is, according to the program, “[a creation of ] a world as seen through the eyes of inner perfection. This is sent forth as an offering for world heal-

ing.” The music is both vocal and instrumental, seeking to awaken “creative awareness within [the monks] and the audience.” These performances are at 7:30 PM both nights with a cost of $20 per seat. Immediately following the Saturday performance will be the sweeping of the sand mandala. The Drepung Loseling Monks are known nationwide for their musical performances both on stage and on screen. According to their website, the monastery of which they are a part of in Atlanta, Georgia is dedicated to educating the Western

world of Tibetan traditions and preserving the culture. Tickets for the Sacred Music Sacred Dance performances may be purchased at the SDC during the box office hours, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Saturday, and 12:00 noon – 8:00 PM Sunday, or online at, or two hours before the event at the Rosza Box Office. For more information on the Drepung Loseling Monks and Monastery, please visit their website at

Spring Bowling and Billiards Tournament The MUB Board will be holding its Spring Bowling and Billiards festival in the bowling alley and billiards room in the basement of the Memorial Union Building. The tournament will be on Saturday, March 17 from noon to 4:00. Entry is open to all, and is no charge to students.


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Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night mandy barbulcouch Lode Writer Shakespeare’s comic story follows Viola, a young woman who has been shipwrecked in a violent storm

off the coast of Illyria; in the process she has lost her twin brother, Sebastian. Viola disguises herself as a boy and assumes the name Cesario for protection. Thus disguised, Viola becomes a page in the service of Orsino, the Duke. Through Viola, the Duke sends love letters to Olivia,

who refuses any proposals of marriage as she mourns for the loss of her brother and father. Viola realizes to her dismay that Olivia has fallen for her, Cesario, rather than Duke Orsino—further complicated by the fact that Viola has had feelings herself for Orsino.

The Tech Theatre would like to welcome everyone to come out and see the performance in McArdle Theatre, Thursday - Saturday, March 22-24 & 29-31, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Matinees, March 25 & April 1, 2:00 p.m.. General Admission is $10 and Michigan Tech students are

admitted for free. Twelfth Night is presented by the Tech Theatre Company and sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Tech Arts Show winners The main event of the Tech Arts Festival was the art show, which, due to scheduling conflicts with the Career Fair, was held in the Peninsula Room of the Memorial Union Building. It was a mixed media show with 50 pieces of artwork submitted, including jewelry design, photography, painting, drawing, and mixed media pieces. Lynn Anderson, a member of the Board of Directors at the Calumet Art Center, served as the independent juror for the show. The winners were:

Genevieve Gierke, for Best Overall Painting Michael Hilliard, for Best Overall Mixed Media Jared Schlueter, for Best Overall Drawing Ben Wittbrodt, for Best Overall Photograph

Another of Ben’s pieces (“Northern Lights”) won the People’s Choice award. The Memorial Union Board, the event sponsor, would like to congratulate the winners and thank all those who participated.

Below: People’s Choice Award Winner by Ben Wittbrodt

Above: Best Overall Drawing Winner by Jared Schlueter

Above: Best Overall Mixed Media Winner by Michael Hilliard

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The obsession with contraceptives Luke Gublo Opinion Editor The one thing you have to give the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates is that they sure know how to make things interesting. While the field currently stands at four remaining candidates (two of which, former Speaker of the Hosue Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Representative Ron Paul (RTexas), stand little chance of being nominated), some of the previous candidates provided plenty of entertainment and folly. Whether it was the well-haired Rick Perry or slick businessman Herman Cain, the group more resembled some sort of political comedy troupe. This phase of the campaign, however, has come to a halt. A major part of this fact is the reintroduction of the issue of contraceptives and women’s health back into the political dialogue. It should be noted that the

main reason that the issue gained steam was a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services (via the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that all health insurance providers, regardless of religious affiliation, provide coverage for contraceptives. Initially, the issue was handled poorly by President Obama. The Administration, upon being called out by various religious groups, most notably the Roman Catholic Church, tweaked the policy so that the coverage would be picked up by the insurance provider and not the church. Right then and there should have been the end of the dialogue on contraception during this election cycle. Studies have shown that contraception is almost universally used amongst sexually active adult females in this country, and restrictions upon contraceptives are not only unpopular but can also be considered an affront of the health and well

being of women. Unfortunately, this was only the beginning. Upon the reversal by the administration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for a vote on the mandate, arguing that health insurance providers should not be required to carry contraceptive coverage based on Constitutionality. “It’s riddled with constitutional problems,” McConnell said while speaking on the CBS program Face the Nation on February 12, 2012. “And this is what happens when the government tries to take over health care and tries to interfere with your religious beliefs.” Presidential Candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) took this notion even further. “There’s no compromise here,” said GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, a Catholic and favorite among religious conservatives. “They are forcing religious organizations, either direct-

ly or indirectly, to pay for something that they find is a deeply, morally, you know, wrong thing. And this is not what the government should be doing.” The real problem in this entire argument, aside from the fact that it can be easily construed (with merit) as an attack on women’s rights, is the fact that the rights of religious organizations is conveniently being used for cover in the arguments against the administration’s original policy on the mandate. The fact of the matter is that while our government should respect the rights of all religious organizations, the government should not have to be forced to tailor public health policy to fit the needs of religious organizations. There is a reason that there is a widely accepted separation of church of state in this country. The public health aspect of the contraceptive argument delivers a pretty strong case. While it is true that there is a cost to all Ameri-

cans in order to provide coverage for contraception, the fact is that it reduces the amount of unwanted pregnancies and abortions that happen in this country. There’s a social cost to every unwanted pregnancy and abortion that takes place. While it may seem to the average American that contraceptive coverage encourages “bad behavior,” the argument could be made that the “bad behavior” would happen anyway and that it is more beneficial to provide the coverage for it. Regardless, I’m hoping that we all come to our senses when looking at this issue and consider the fact that we can’t tailor our policies to please everyone. There’s a tremendous social benefit to reducing unwanted pregnancies. While religious organizations may consider this an affront on their beliefs, it may simply be dealing with the reality of unwanted pregnancies.

Education value: Is it really worth it? Luke Gublo Opinion Editor The current political climate that exists in this country has not been for the faint at heart. Buoyed by populism on both the conservative and liberal sides (Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, respectively), Americans are increasingly frustrated on matters related to their economic well being.

While it would seem logical that the view of both of the mentioned groups would be diametrically opposed to each other, there’s one thing that ties each viewpoint together: the economic reality that the American Middle Class is receding. As it pertains to the Middle Class, one troubling aspect of these developments is the price of education, and the necessity that education has become. It seems safe to say that in order to advance

into the higher echelons of a career, a college education is more necessary than it has been at any time in history. The fact is that jobs requiring a mere high school diploma are disappearing. Here in Michigan, you can’t simply graduate from high school and expect to be able to go work at Ford’s Rouge plant in Dearborn. The high value of education in our society, in particular, has taken a toll on Michigan largely due to the

conditioning of people to believe that a high school diploma is just good enough to reach the goal of a Middle Class life. This is especially apparent downstate, especially in areas dominated by automobile manufacturing, but also including rural, agrarian areas. That existed during the post war era, a time with an abundance of manufacturing jobs and skepticism towards globalization. The reality is much different in current times,

and it will take a generation or more to reinforce this fact. Having said all of this, as a Michigan Tech student, the one thing that perplexes me about education value is the fact that while college education is more necessary than ever before, the cost of higher education, compared to previous times, is much higher. Way higher, in fact. For public universities, such as Michigan Tech, tuition rates have consistently been

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Education Value Continued from page 10 increased by (on average) 7% per year over the past 10 years. Because of this, it not only prevents some people from enrolling in college to begin with, but it also puts the student in the unenviable position of being stuck with an albatross around their neck upon graduation. For students everywhere, this is the crux of the problem. A college education is now more necessary than ever to compete in the work-

place, yet the price of that college education is now higher than it ever has been. Furthermore, because of the necessity of having a college education, the competition for jobs can be quite brutal, requiring a lot of time, persistence, and waiting before finding a job. Considering all of these factors, it shouldn’t surprise me that demonstrations have taken place outside of various college administra-

tion buildings. It shouldn’t surprise me that students at the University of California-Davis withstood intense pepper spraying while protesting tuition hikes proposed by the California government. They’re mad that they’ve been told their entire life that they need a college education, but still have to deal with the reality of student debt upon graduation. Deep down inside, as Michigan Tech students, we

should feel the same way. For my part, I’ve enjoyed my education, look forward to someday having a good job and, for that, I’m grateful for the things I’ve learned as a student. With that having been said, I feel like more can be in order to ensure that people shouldn’t have to bankrupt themselves in order to advance themselves. In the coming years, this should be an issue that should have some atten-

tion paid to it. There’s no indication that the price tag of a college education will come down, and eventually, society may reach a breaking point. More needs to be done to address the structural problems in higher education. A failure to do so could affect the outcome of students all across the United States.

Peyton Manning: Class Act Luke Gublo Opinion Editor This week marks a changing of the guard for one of the most prominent franchises of the past 10 years in the National Football League. On March 7th, the Indianapolis Colts released 13 year veteran Quarterback Peyton Manning, concluding with an emotional farewell press conference. “Nobody loves their job more than I do. Nobody loves playing quarterback more than I do. I still want to play. But there is no other team I wanted to play for,” said Manning, who turns 36 this month. “We all know that nothing lasts forever. Times change, circumstances change, and that’s the reality of playing in the NFL.” For his part, team owner Jim Irsay confirmed after the press conference that no future player for the Indianapolis Colts will wear the number 18 on their jersey, a proper gesture for the player who has been the franchise cornerstone for the past 14

years. Nonetheless, it’s sad that Manning’s NFL career had to end the way it did, but it is also the nature of the business in the NFL. We’ve seen similar situations play out in other circumstances. The most high profile case of a star QB being let go, of course, is the saga that ensued when former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre unretired prior to the 2008 NFL Season. Favre continued to play another three seasons, one with the New York Jets and two with the Minnesota Vikings. In Manning’s case, a gaping hole will now exist in the foundation of the Indianapolis Colts franchise. For all intents and purposes, Manning was the Colts. He called many of the plays and was the master of the Colts offense, with an uncanny ability to read defenses and dial up the right play in any situation. An example of his importance to the franchise over the course

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of his career was seen in his absence during the 2011 NFL season, due to a sustained neck injury. The team consistently won 10+ games throughout the 2000s, but during his absence, the Colts only managed to win two games the entire season. Manning was also a stabilizing presence off the field for

the Colts. He contributed much time and money to charities in the Greater Indianapolis areas, as well as for charities in his home state of Louisiana. Both the Indianapolis Colts franchise and Peyton Manning will move on from this. It was only a matter of time that Manning would

leave the team. But it is still somewhat sad, as his release is the de facto end of one of the most enduring dynasties in the NFL. One hopes that Manning will continue to do well and influence the game for whatever team he lands with.

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Huskies head to Final Five Continued from front page playoff series on March 3rd, the Huskies were guaranteed an away series and after Saturday night’s loss, the Huskies were pinned against the Tigers for a second week in a row. A week of staying in Colorado Springs allowed the Huskies to make the adjustment to the extra large rink at the World Arena and the elevation of Colorado Springs. Friday night, the Huskies stepped on the ice ready to begin the fight for their season. After a scoreless first period, the Huskies took the momentum in the second period scoring the first goal of the game, which the Tigers were unable to recapture. Two more goals in the third period would seal in a 3-1 victory, inching the

Huskies closer to prolonging their post-season run. Freshman David Johnstone left his mark on the win with a goal and an assist while net minder Josh Robinson turned away 16 of the 17 shots faced. Now a Saturday night win was all standing in the way of the Huskies punching their ticket to the Final Five. The Huskies came out hungry Saturday night with Johnstone starting the night’s scoring just 1:08 into the first frame. Five minutes later Husky captain Brett Olson put the Huskies at a 2-0 lead after burying the puck top corner. The Tigers managed to get on the board before the time ran out in the opening period after beating Husky defense-

man Riley Sweeney on a two on one breakaway. The Tigers made it a 2-2 game 3:50 into the second period. After killing of two backto-back penalties, the Huskies looked as if they were in the clear, but the Tigers managed to knock one past Robinson for a 3-2 lead. With only 1:30 left in the period to tie the game, the Huskies pulled Robinson for the extra attacker and at the 18:55 mark defenseman Steven Seigo slammed the puck through heavy traffic to take the game into overtime. Twenty minutes was put on the board giving the Huskies a full regular period to end the fight for the Final Five. The Huskies would only need 3:30

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of the allotted time as David Johnstone once again made a critical point for the Huskies. “I got a piece of it and didn’t know it went in,” said Johnstone of the game winner. “I saw my brother (Jacob) celebrate, and that’s when I knew.” The win sends the Huskies to the Final Five for the first time since the 20062007 season when they also beat Colorado College in the first round. “This is a big win for our program,” said head coach Mel Pearson. “Our guys worked really hard and turned in a gutsy effort tonight. CC’s a good team, and any team’s going to give you everything they’ve got when they’re facing elimination. The Huskies headed straight to Minnesota to prepare for the tournament hosted at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. After the completion of the first round games, the winning teams were reseeded. The Huskies, who were the only road team to win the first round, were seeded at No. 6 and will face the third-seeded Denver Pioneers in the quarterfinals Thursday. Puck drop is set at 3:07 ET and tickets for the game go on sale today and can be purchased at the Student Development Complex at noon. If you can’t make it to St. Paul for the games, the tournament will be on Fox Sports North and will be broadcasted on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM.




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Goals from senior hockey Husky David Johnstone this past weekend. The forward scored the first goal Friday and Satuday night’s and also notched the game winner that sent the Huskies to the Final Five.


National Champion in Husky Nordic Skiing history. Alice Flanders became the first national champion is Husky history when she won the 3x3-kilometer freestyle relay USSA Mariott Junior National Championships Sat.


Wins from the Women’s basketball team. The Huskies finished with only seven losses under second-year head coach Kim Cameron. They narrowly missed the national tournament when they fell to Ashland 70-80 March 3.


Combined matches won by Husky tennis during their spring break trip to Hilton Head, SC. The women won one match and the men took two of their five matches during the trip out east.


Husky basketball members who were given AllRegion Honors. Juniors Sam Hoyt and Ali Haidar were each awarded after standout seasons for Husky Basketball.

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Wrapping up the Nordic ski season Ellie Furmanski Lode Writer Over Michigan Tech’s spring break, the Nordic ski teams sent two skiers to Bozeman, MT, to compete in the NCAA Championships, and seven skiers traveled to Midway, Utah, to compete at the prestigious Soldier Hollow Ski Resort in the US Jr. National Championships. Deedra Irwin and Mikko Harju earned qualified positions in the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) to ski at Bohart Ranch in Montana in the NCAA Championships. Competition opened with the freestyle races on March 7. Irwin finished in the top-30, placing 29th in the women’s 5-kilometer race (16:06). Harju finished 38th in the men’s 10-kilometer

race (28:54). After a day of rest, the skiers finished out the competition on March 9 in the classic races. Irwin placed 36th in the women’s 15-kilometer race (1:01:15), and Harju came in 35th in the men’s 20-kilometer race (1:02:28). Competing at the national level is undoubtedly challenging, but this past week the skiers also had to battle the altitude and warm temperatures which reached up into to the mid-50s. Overall, Tech placed 18th out of 21 schools in the team rankings. Concurrantly, teammates Alice Flanders, Rachel Mason, Sam Holmes, Mike Fleming, David Joda, Thomas Kendrick, and Brad Allen were skiing in Utah at Junior Nationals. Unlike the NCAA Championships, in which skiers qualified through their ranking in the CCSA, qualifying

for Junior Nationals is a separate process. The US Junior Cross Country Ski program is a nationwide series of ski events in which members compete at Junior National Qualifying races (JNQs) in hopes of making their regional team. The Tech skiers who traveled to Utah took part in JNQ races throughout the year earned a spot on either the Midwest (Flanders) or Great Lakes (Mason, Holmes, Fleming, Joda, Kendrick, Allen) regional teams. On March 8, Junior Nationals opened with the freestyle races. Most notably, Flanders and Mason each took top-10 finishes in the women’s 10-kilometer race. Flanders finished 7th (33:18), and Mason placed 10th (33:49). The men’s team placed top-50 with Holmes taking 39th, Fleming 42nd, Joda 45th, and Kendrick

50th. On March 9, the skiers competed in the classic races. Rachel Mason earned her third overall AllAmerican honor with an 8th place finish in the women’s 5-kilometer classic race (15:11). Flanders took 18th (15:42). For the men, Joda took 38th, Holmes 44th, Fleming 49th, and Allen 57th in the men’s 10-kilometer race. Then, rounding off the 2012 Junior Championships on March 10, the skiers competed in a 3x3-kilometer relay. Alice Flanders won a national championship as a member of the first place relay team. With relay members Sharmila Ahmed and Elizabeth Simak, the team finished in a time of 20:00. Flanders is the first skier at Michigan Tech to earn a national championship. Mason’s

Lode Writer Michigan Tech would like to welcome Matt Jennings as the new head coach of the women’s volleyball program as of March 1. The university is excited to see what his credentials and coaching philosophy will bring to the team in the upcoming 2012 fall season. Certainly, if history provides any indication of what’s to come, the future of women’s volleyball here at Tech is bright given Jennings’ record as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.

As a player, Jennings received his volleyball training through two prestigious club programs in the Midwest, Shoreline Volleyball Club and Sky High VBC. He was a threeyear varsity starter, cocaptain, MVP, all-area, and all-conference outside hitter at Barrington High School (1995-1999). Then, as an undergrad at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., he was a four-year starter, two-time captain, and earned all-conference, MVP, and All-American honoree titles. He graduated from Augustana in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration and

political science, and in 2006, he received his MBA from St. Ambrose. Jennings has held various coaching positions throughout the years. His coaching career began in 2004 as head of the men’s varsity and head of the women’s junior varsity volleyball teams at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Since then, he has been an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University, assistant coach at DePaul University, and head coach for the Pittsburgh Elite VBC U18 team. In addition, Jennings led the USA Athletes International Men’s Team to a first place

victory at the Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament championship which took place in Perth, Scotland, in 2008. For the last three years, Jennings has been an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I University of Pittsburgh of the Big East. While on the Pitt volleyball staff, he focused on the development of individual student-athletes in addition to serving as the head recruiting coordinator. As head of recruiting, he helped sign three high school All-American players to the 2011 team. Jennings also specialized in team passing, defense, and elements of outside hitting.

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team took 8th (20:47). Holmes, Joda, and Fleming took 15th in the men’s race (18:08), and Kendrick and Allen’s team finish 17th (18:26).

MTU welcomes new head coach for volleyball program Ellie Furmanski

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Throughout his career at Pittsburgh, the team compiled a 51-44 record and produced several high achieving players who earned titles including the Big East Player and Libero of the Year, ESPN Academic AllAmerican, and the 2009 Big East Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. It is clear that Jennings has a track record for success. The university is anticipating the program to undergo a transformation under his direction. Jennings’ longstanding experience as a volleyball player, recruiter, and coach will undoubtedly be an asset for the Michigan Tech volleyball program.

After seasons of consistently finishing at the bottom of the league, the hockey Huskies needed a change, and a big one at that. The Huskies found their change in former Husky, Mel Pearson. After spending the last 23 years coaching under Red Berenson at the University of Michigan, Pearson left the national-runner up team to come back to his alma mater in hopes of making turning around the program his once helped to a national championship. Arriving last summer to a team that only had four wins

the previous season would be a daunting challenge to any coach, but Pearson has found a way to make a team who had gotten used to losing, win. This season the Huskies have 16 overall, and 11 league wins, and have won the first round of playoffs in five years under the direction of their new head coach. “I’m extremely proud of Mel and what he’s been able to accomplish in such a short time,” said Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret in a press release earlier this month. “He and his coaching staff have found a way to motivate and inspire the team, and it has made for a positive experience for our student-athletes. This

Mel Pearson in action

has been an exciting year for Michigan Tech athletics and the entire community, and we look forward to the future.” This season the Huskies had two sweeps over Wisconsin and Alaska-

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Anchorage. The Huskies also shut out the No.1 University of MinnesotaDuluth Bulldogs, 5-0 and took out the top University of Minnesota Gophers. “The WCHA is a great league with so many great

coaches. I feel fortunate and privileged to win this award—especially this year when there are so many who are worthy,” said Pearson of winning the award.

Men’s basketball closes out season Jacob Shuler Lode Writer The Huskies season ended against the Hillsdale Chargers this year in the GLIAC semifinals. The final score ended up being 84-62 giving the Huskies a season record of 16-12. The Huskies had up notes and down notes all season long. Starting off the season with a 3-3 record, the Huskies had a slow start. They then went 13-7 for the second two

thirds of the season helping to push them to the top of the GLIAC North Division giving them their first title since 2002. One player was huge to the Huskies success this season. Ali Haidar was named to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team and GLIAC Player of the Year. He had 14 double doubles this year which is 9th highest in the NCAA Division II. In a game against Saginaw Valley State, Haidar was able to tally his 1000th point while scoring a career high 36 points in that

game. Haidar led the team in rebounds, blocked shots, scoring, turnovers, and fouls this season. The Huskies dominated their opponents in several areas of the game this season. With nearly a 50 percent scoring percentage for all shots, and a 75 percent free throw percentage, the Huskies outscored their opponents by an average of four points per game this season. Every portion of the game was close for the Huskies as they made their opponents work for points.

Senior Mike Hojnacki and sophomore Austin Armga had bit seasons this year as well. Both averaged 11 points per game and both players maintained above a 50 percent shots-made percentage. Armga led the team with 20 three pointers with a shot percentage of 54 percent. Alex Culy, a sophomore, led the team with total number of three pointers made this season with 57 total this season. On defense, the Huskies were led by freshman Ben

Stezer. Steltzer led the team with steals totaling a total of 21. Stelzer helped his team set up points leading the team in assists with 66 this season. The Huskies road in the playoffs started off well as the Huskies defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs 71-59 in the GLIAC Tournament. They were unable to defeat the Hillsdale Chargers on the road on March 3rd. The Huskies worked hard all season and will continue to work towards next season looking for another successful season.

Women Huskies end season on road Jacob Shuler Lode Writer

Women’s basketball ended a very strong season on Saturday, March 3rd against the Ashland Eagle. A close fight, the Huskies were

unable to pull off the win ending the game 70-80. The Huskies had another solid season this year putting together a total

record of 20-7. The Huskies had one loss at the Wood Gym this year which was helped by the fact that 1000 people came out to support

the Huskies every time they played at home. Throughout the season, the Huskies had significant

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Weekly Roundup Hoyt and Haidar Given Regional Honors Women’s basketball member Sam Hoyt and men’s member Ali Haidar were named to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region Honors. Hoyt averaged 16 points per game this season and also holds the school record for netting 35 points against Northwood. The junior was also named to the first-team All-GLIAC honors and the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. Haidar, along with the Regional Honors, was named the GLIAC player of the year for his outstanding season. The junior finished third in the league in scoring, with 19.1 points. The Windsor, Ont. native passed the 1,000 point mark this season, and continues to move up in the ranks of all-time scorers. Tennis Wraps Up Week in South Carolina Husky tennis headed for warmer weather for spring break as they traveled to Hilton Head. Each team had a scheduled five matches. The women were only able to complete four of the events due to weather. The Huskies struggled in their first outdoor matches of the year, taking only one win from four matches. Men’s tennis also made the trip and completed all of their matches. The men took two wins over St. Joseph’s in a 7-2 decision and a close 5-4 win over Ashford. Alice Flanders Becomes First National Champion for Husky Skiing Flanders was member of the winning 3x3-kilometer freestyle relay at the USSA Mariott Junior National Championships this past Saturday. Flanders and her teammates finished with a time of 20:00, the relay team included Sharmila Ahmed and Elizabeth Simak. “This is awesome for Alice,” said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. “it is great way to end her career at the junior national championships.”


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Women’s Basketball Continued from page 14 win streaks. The biggest came starting on the road against Minnesota Crookston Eagles and ended against the Tiffin Dragons at home. The streak totaled five wins in a row. The Huskies also put together a four win streak and two three win streaks. The Huskies made their opponents look inexperienced out shooting them by nearly ten points a game to tally 67 points on average. They also led their opponents in steals, blocks, rebounds, and assists. Helping to push the team towards their success was junior Sam Hoyt. Hoyt was named to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team and the GLIAC

All-Defensive Team. She averaged 16 points per game. This was sixth best in the league. With an 80 percent free throw percentage, she ranked 10th in free throws. Hoyt led the team in rebounds with a total of 74 this season. Supporting Hoyt were players like seniors Lynn Giesler and Lindsey Lindstrom. They both scored an average of 12 points per game. Giesler led the team with field goals made with a total of 142. Lindstrom placed second on the team in 3 pointers made with 31 this season behind Hoyt’s 71 total three pointers. Helping the Huskies on defense was senior Krista Kasubaski and junior Emma

Veach. Kasubaski ranked second on the team in steals with 23 this season. Veach was just behind Kasubaski with 21. Veach also ranked second on the team for rebound average, totaling an average of 6 per game. The Huskies had a deep team this season with all players contributing to the game. After a short playoff run, the Huskies will start preparing for their next season looking for another chance at the NCAA Tournament.


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