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History of the Calumet Theater krysten Cooper News Editor The Calumet Theater first opened on March 20, 1900 with a sold-out showing of The Highwayman as the only municipal theater in the United States. The Theater was a huge success when it was built and even though the Theater is less popular now, it continues to host a variety of interesting shows. From a classical performance of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra to Led Zeppelin covers, the Calumet Theater has something to offer everybody. Perhaps even more amazing than the performances, however, is the stunning interior and rich history of this historic building. When the Calumet Theater first opened it was known as the Red Jacket Theater or Red Jacket opera house. This is because Calumet used to be known as the Village of Red Jacket.

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The town council of Red Jacket originally scoffed at the idea of a Theater. There was already one Theater in the town and a second seemed like a waste of money. Many people were much more interested in the erection of a new town hall. After many arguments between council members, it was decided that the taxpayers should make the final call. After all, their money would be funding either project. To the surprise of many, taxpayers voted for the Theater and a legend was born. When the Theater was first constructed, it also had the nickname of Red Jacket Town Hall, referring to the conflicts around its construction. Throughout the height of the Theater’s existence it saw many famous performers and sold out shows regularly. However, one of the most remembered of these performances was that of Madame Helena Modjeska. She appeared at the Calumet Theater playing Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

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On the opening day of ticket sales for the performance, all of the tickets were sold out in less than an hour. The ticket sale office was total chaos and people were given numbers to wait in line. This was the quickest the Theater had ever sold out a performance. Modjeska’s performance

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lived on in much more than just ticket sales, however. It is rumored that her ghost haunts the Calumet Theater. There is a picture of Modjeska hung at the back of the Theater, and whenever the picture is taken down, strange things begin to happen such as lights turning on and off

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when nobody touched them. The first sighting of the ghost was by a young actor named Adysse Lane. She forgot her lines while performing on the Calumet Theater stage and stood there silent until she noticed a ghost high Continued on page 2

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in the ceiling above her. The ghost mouthed the words to the lines that Lane had forgotten. Lane was able to follow along and after finishing the performance said that the ghost was that of Modjeska. Since then, numerous other strange instances have increased the story. A reporter by the name of Rick Rudden decided to see if there was any truth to the stories people told of the ghost and spent the night in a sleeping bag on the theater stage. In his narration of the experience, he said he was so scared that if he had seen something even close to a ghost he would have dropped all his expensive photography equipment and ran out of the theater, keeping only his three-dollar flashlight as a weapon. During the night, Rudden heard a number of noises that he said were too loud and consistent to be natural. He heard knocking noises below the stage, the doors rattling as if someone was trying to open them and also heard the sound of something bang-

ing the radiator beneath the stage. After that night, Rudden was convinced as well. In 1973 the Calumet Theater became a historic landmark of Michigan. The sign was placed outside the Theater and in some ways changed the building forever. The way in which its presence was most felt was that it changed the spelling of the Theater’s name. Previously, the building had been called the Calumet Theatre, but the sign referred to the building as the Calumet Theater and since then the new name has stuck. Another aspect of this building is the amazing inte-

rior. With five unique murals gracing the archways, lights around the stage and even some of the original wooden seats, the inside looks every bit like the Theater built in 1900. Although it has and will take lots of money and work to keep the Theater in this condition, there are many people who have dedicated lots of their time to keeping the building this way. As a result, the Theater should remain an impressive historic landmark for a long time. For more information about the Theater, visit (http://www. calumettheatre.com/).

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Two Tech graduates have put the gaming design process under their belts as they prepare for the release of their card game, Fleet! Fleet is a strategic card game with a commercial fishing theme. It is designed for two to four players the game can last 3045 minutes. You can build a fleet of boats and become the master of the seas! Game Designers Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback both attended Michigan Tech’s college of engineering and together they tackled the process of making a card game. While playing many European card and board games, Riddle and Pinchback pointed out the frustrations of the games. Cards could only be used for one purpose and after playing for a certain amount of time only one card needed to be drawn in order to win. Some of the core principals that guided the foundation of their game were based off of their frustrations with other card games. The designers worked to make sure that all players would have a shot at drawing good cards and also

There have been countless studies on the affects soda has on the body and despite numerous warnings on the dangers of drinking too much soda, many people aren’t aware of the damage they are actually causing themselves. Soda is devoid of any nutritional value and a study conducted by researchers from the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles (UCLA) have revealed that drinking large amounts of soda can lead to obesity and diabetes. Another study released recently by Health Today shows that in addition to obesity and diabetes, there are a lot more serious and disturbing sideeffects soda can cause your body that most people are educated about. Regardless of a person’s choice to drink sugary soda or diet, it doesn’t seem to make a difference when comparing the two in health risks. All cola brands contain phosphates, or phosphoric acid. These give colas their distinct flavor and allow soda to last longer. Phosphoric acid is also found in many foods such as nuts, dairy, and meat products, so when consuming extra by drinking soda, your body is at an increased risk of developing health problems from osteoporosis to heart attacks. The coloring in Coke, Pepsi and other brown sodas contains two contaminants, 2-methylimidazole

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and 4-methylimidazole, that researchers have found cause cancer. The Center for Science in the Public interest has been working on petitioning to the Food and Drug Administration that this purely cosmetic artificial coloring be eliminated from all colas. It only takes 16 micrograms per day of 4-methylimidazole to be considered being at risk of cancer; most brown colas contain 200 micrograms per 20-ounce bottle of soda. Another issue arising in consuming soda is weight gain. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that it’s not only sugary sodas that can cause significant amounts of weight gain. These researchers monitored nearly 500 adults drinking diet soda for a period of 10 years and found that within the ten years of watching them, their subjects had a 70 percent expansion in waist circumference. Those who drank more than two diet sodas per day had a nearly a 500 percent waist increase. In an additional study

conducted by the same researchers, aspartame was suggested to be the cause for the weight gain. Aspartame is what makes the soda sweet and researchers found that when rats were given this, they had heightened blood glucose levels. When an excessive amount of glucose encounters your liver, the extra is converted into body fat. The soda itself isn’t the only thing you should worry about when you’re drinking it from a can. Almost all aluminum soda cans are coated with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is used to keep the reaction down between the metal and the acids in the soda. BPA has been shown to cause infertility, hormone problems, obesity and diabetes and some types of reproductive cancers. Both Pepsi and Coke are working on creating 100 percent plant-based-plastic bottles which are considered as “BPA free”, but neither company has started developing BPA-free cans.

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to make sure that every card had a purpose. During lunch breaks, the two would go over details and ideas for the game. Throughout the design process many different names were proposed for the game. ‘Unnamed Best Game Ever’ was the very first name. Other names including ‘Imperials’ and ‘Plutocracy’ were used then thrown out and finally ‘Fleet!’ was settled on as the official title. Based upon these principals Riddle and Pinchback tweaked and designed their game Fleet. Before the finished product play testing took place to work out the kinks. A proto-type was created for the game and artwork was designed for the cards. Kickstarter.com now has a campaign of the game that will last until April 27. Kickstarter.com is a website dedicated as a funding platform for creative new products. On Kickstarter.com Fleet can be reviewed and pledges given to help fund the game. For more information or to contact Ben Pinchback or Matthew Riddle visit (kickstarter.com). Further information can be found at (boardgamegeek.com).

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Michigan Tech accreditation up for review “Evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visited Michigan Tech’s campus last week to meet with students, faculty and staff about the University’s Academic Quality Improvement Programs (AQIP) in order to collect data that will be used by HLC to decide whether to reaffirm Michigan Tech’s accreditation. “ Katelyn Waara Lode Writer Evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visited Michigan Tech’s campus last week to meet with students, faculty and staff about the University’s Academic Quality Improvement Programs (AQIP) in order to collect data that will be used by HLC to decide whether to reaffirm Michigan Tech’s accreditation. Ms. Kathryn DeBoer from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Dr. Charles Harrington from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, both consultant evaluators for HLC, were here for three days to communicate with the campus community and conduct a “Quality Check-up Visit” or a peer review of Michigan Tech. The HLC is continually focused on quality and improving universities in the north-central region of the United States. Faculty and staff from those universities are used as consultant evaluators for these visits. During their stay, students were invited to attend an open meeting Wednesday afternoon where the guests welcomed casual conversation regarding student’s experiences while at Michigan Tech. Both were eager to hear what the students had to say as well as any recommendations they may have had. “We’re interested in your perceptions on what

the University is doing right. We want to hear your opinions,” said Dr. Harrington. All members of the campus community were then welcome to attend a reception that evening in the Opie Reading Room of the Library. The evaluators met with President Glenn Mroz, Provost Max Seel, Associate Provost Christa Walck and Vice President of Student Affairs Les Cook on Friday to discuss their findings. Fortunately, they came back with great things to say about Michigan Tech. “In their final meeting with President Mroz and Provost Seel, the evaluators reported that Michigan Tech has done an incredible job and our efforts have been transformational,” Walck said. Also during this meeting, the evaluators discussed their findings and gave advice on the next steps in the process of improvement at Michigan Tech. The HLC is a commission member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accreditor for Michigan. Michigan Tech has voluntarily sought accreditation from the HLC and has been continuously awarded that accreditation since 1928. Degree-granting institutions are evaluated based on their mission and the education system as a whole. Academic Quality Improvement Programs (AQIP) mainly focuses on quality processes and overall improvement in all aspects of the Univer-

sity’s goals to improve the learning experience of the students. The visit from the HLC evaluators is the final step in the re-affirmation process. The AQIP process of accreditation is fairly new to Michigan Tech. Prior to 2005, Michigan Tech used a method of accreditation called Program to Evaluate and Enhance Quality (PEAQ). Under PEAQ, every department in the University was required to conduct a self-study of their area and report back to the HLC. The decision was made to transition to the AQIP process of accreditation in part because the engineering, technology, business and forestry programs on campus are already evaluated by ABET, AACSB, and SAF, accreditation programs for the College of Engineering and Schools of Business & Economics, Technology, and Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, respectively. Accreditation is the equivalent of a “stamp of approval”, said Walck, whose main assignment has been to lead the accreditation efforts at Michigan Tech. Without the accreditation, Michigan Tech would not be eligible for federal financial aid, including Pell grants, workstudy, and many types of loans, all of which are valuable resources to our students and are an important factor in prospective student’s decisions on whether or not to attend the University.

“AQIP focuses on the whole institution, not just individual departments. It looks at the overall processes in your university and how you can improve your processes to become more efficient and more effective to achieve your mission,” Walck said. Each of the processes a student goes through to become a Husky, (from registering for classes though the Registrar’s Office, to the accessibility of information to students on University matters which are relevant to them), is looked at under the AQIP process in order to be sure it is as accurate, efficient and readily available to prospective and current students. AQIP looks at how the university is meeting its mission to help its students learn, as well as other university objectives such as research and technology transfer, and the processes that support those objectives. Universities accepted into AQIP are required to show evidence of improvement over a period of time. These improvements are presented by a number of ongoing action projects as well as a systems portfolio. To date, Michigan Tech has completed six action projects and two strategy forums. Three projects are currently underway, continuing the most recent efforts of improvement. Under the current accreditation program, a new evaluation is done every seven years. “There are several milestones over that seven

year period that you need to achieve, and in that seventh year you have a campus visit,” Walck said. Upon leaving Michigan Tech, and taking the data and information they gathered during their stay, the evaluators will write up a report for the HLC. Later this year, Michigan Tech will receive the HLC’s decision regarding reaffirmation of accreditation, and whether there are any improvements to the University’s processes which need to be made before reaffirmation is granted. “I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the external evaluators for giving valuable feedback and to Associate Provost Walck, not only for her ongoing work with the Academic Quality Improvement Program, but for preparing and leading us all through this important quality checkup visit,” said Provost Seel of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. For more information about the HLC, please visit their website at (www. ncahlc.org). For more information about Michigan Tech’s Academic Quality Improvement Programs and about the improvement projects that are currently underway, visit (www.mtu. edu/aqip). A more general description of the Academic Quality Improvement Programs can be found at (www. h l c o mmi s si o n . o r g / AQ I P / AQIP-Home).

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One-day closure scheduled for Portage Health-University Center Houghton – Portage Health-University Center will be closed on Friday, March 23, 2012, as part of Portage Health’s $4.3 million renovation at the clinic. The clinic will reopen on Monday, March 26, 2012 for

regular business hours in the newly constructed space. The new space features a more spacious and comfortable registration area/waiting room, state-of-the-art patient-care areas and a larger revamped pharmacy.

All of these new areas will be open on March 26, when phase 2 of the renovation begins. Phase 2 includes renovating the current clinic, which was built in 2000. In August, the entire complex is expected to be open.

Patients are being asked to either visit Portage Health Express Care in Houghton or Portage Health’s main campus in Hancock if they need to be seen that day. The Apothecary – Hancock will be open normal hours,

and free delivery is available as usual. Call (906-483-1919) to reach the Hancock office, or to learn more about free delivery. Visit (portagehealth. org/universitycenter) for more information about the project.

Unusually warm weather causes mixed reactions krysten Cooper News Editor Anyone can see that the warm weather over the last few days has been a little unusual. However, you may not be aware of just how unusual it is. According to weather. com, the record high for March 16 was 57 degrees and the record high for March 18 was 56 degrees. The last two days, however, have put those records to shame. With temperatures climbing as high as 76 degrees on the 17 and 18, it is little wonder that the weather change is bringing mixed reactions from people. Third year Biology major and Hancock native Zac Johnson said, “This has been a pretty messed up winter in

general.” Johnson said that snowfall wasn’t the biggest concern, but rather the temperature extremes. According to Johnson, there have been years with low snow accumulation in the past, but he’s never seen it melt, return and melt again. Additionally, Johnson said that although he personally enjoys winter and would like it to stick around until April, he would be willing to see spring in March, just not temperatures akin to summer. Johnson has been a member of Mont Ripley since last fall and had his final exam on the 17. He said that the conditions of the hill were terrible. These conditions didn’t make the test any harder, but it dampened spirits a little. “I like spring skiing,” Johnson said, but the conditions just weren’t fun.

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Despite this strange weather, students are taking full advantage of what it has to offer. Walking around campus students can be found in shorts studying, playing football, Frisbee, slacklining, biking and

even sleeping in hammocks. There are also students still taking part in winter activities in areas where the snow survives. However you feel about the weather, one thing is certain. You shouldn’t get

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LOL Tournament is a huge success Abigail Dillon Lode Writer It’s coming… The gauntlet has been thrown. It’s here! Across campus these ominous words have filled students with anticipation. Posters and table tents have heralded the arrival of the official League of Legends Tournament for several weeks leading to last Saturday night. At this event sponsored by the developers Riot Games as well as multiple services, departments, and organizations at Michigan Tech, thirty-one teams of five players each gathered

in the Wads Annex to test their skills and teamwork against others. The award-winning League of Legends is an online action real-time-strategy (RTS) game, a game genre in which players control a single player, in contrast to the usual RTS in which players control entire armies, in a birds-eye view of the map. According to their website, it was officially launched in on October 27, 2009 and a second season of game play with updates was released November of 2011. To play, the gamers or the servers set up teams of three or five to compete to destroy each other’s base. Each teammate has the chance to select the character or “Champion”

that they will play during the course of the match, each with their own unique set of attacks and stats. These aren’t the only things on the battlefield though, as defensive turrets guard the lanes, minions march on opposing forces, and creatures wait in the surrounding jungle to attack. Each kill made by a player, whether a minion, creature, turret, or another Champion, adds gold to the team’s fund to allow purchase of items to give the team an edge. League also provides spells and masteries for players to use in addition to whatever powers their Champion already has, allowing two spells per player per match. A common spell used at the tournament

was teleportation, allowing a wounded champion to pull out of a battle quickly without receiving more, possibly fatal damage. Long before the tournament’s start at 6:00 pm, players were in the Wads Annex, setting up team tables of monitors, towers, and laptops. Due to the size of some, teams had to get creative. A few had a tower of towers as a pinnacle in the table center, while others had them set in a star shape around them on the floor. Support staff ensured LAN server and outlet space for all contestants, as well as fighting the lag and disconnects encountered by many players to make the tournament run smoothly.

The tournament lasted until long after midnight, but did not leave the players without sustenance. Each team was given two free pizzas and each player two free Monster drinks from the Campus Café. A raffle throughout the night provided prizes for entrants with items sponsored by Riot Games, Monster, and Michigan Tech. Skill among players ranged from level one, to level thirty, the highest possible. Whether a team lost the first round, entered the Loser’s Bracket, or reached first place, there seemed to be a consistent attitude or enjoyment and good sportsmanship. Winning was great, but they all were there just to play.

21 Jump Street is good movie, but worth waiting for the DVD to see JOe Giddings Lode Writer “21 Jump Street” is a new movie that just hit theatres last Friday. Though it gets its title from the late 80s police drama “21 Jump Street,” this film has nothing else in common with its namesake. Drama is one of the words that least describes this film; if you are into serious movies, this is definitely not for you. However, if you enjoy penile jokes this movie may be your thing. There are plenty of them, which is to be expected since Jonah Hill was involved in the writing process.

Jonah Hill (as Schmidt) costars with Channing Tatum (as Jenko) as two mediocreat-best police officers. The film starts off with Schmidt and Jenko still in high school: Schmidt a nerdy outcast and Jenko an empty headed jock who pokes fun at others, including Schmidt. The story then fast-forwards to 7 years later, as Schmidt and Jenko reunite when they both join the police academy. While in the academy, Schmidt aces all of the bookwork while failing at everything pertaining to physical activity. Vice versa for Jenko. They both realize their respective strengths and weaknesses and decide to over-

come their past differences by buddying up while at the academy to ensure that they each graduate. After graduation they get stuck with unsatisfying positions as bicycle cops, leaving them to eagerly looking for a big bust in order to gain promotions. What they get, however, is quite the opposite. When arresting a member of a biker gang, Jenko can’t remember the Miranda rights, so he decides to just make up his own version of the rights. Since he did not read the correct rights, the district attorney could not prosecute the gang member and he was released. This gains Schmidt and Jenko a

demotion to the undercover high school officer program, located on 21 Jump Street. Their immature appearance was all that kept them from being fired. Their undercover assignment is to take up the identities of Doug and Brad, two brothers who just transferred high schools after relocating. Their objective is to get in with the drug dealers at school who are selling a deadly new drug, in order to discover the supplier. After mixing up their names at school on the first day, they get stuck with the wrong identities. This places Jenko in AP chemistry and Schmidt into drama class

where he gets chosen to take the lead role as Peter Pan in their play, which works well for comedic effect. Despite being highly predictable, overall, the movie was quite entertaining. What it lacked in suspense, it more than made up for with humor. This movie is full of hilarious situations. If you are a Jonah Hill fan, this movie will not disappoint. All things considered, however, I would say that the movie was good, but not amazing. I would recommend saving yourself a few bucks by waiting until this movie is released on DVD and Blu-ray.


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Annual Memorial Concert is fast approaching nick blecha Pulse Editor Right now, the Michigan Tech jazz bands are putting the finishing touches on their performances for the upcoming annual Don Keranen Memorial Concert, just like every year. This year, however, is not just like every year: the jazz program is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Thus, the Don Keranen Memorial Concert doubles this year as “45 Years of Jazz and Still in the Pocket,”

an anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 in the Rozsa Center featuring guest artists Gus Sandberg on saxophone and Scott Agster on trombone, both from the Twin Cities. An Alumni Jazz Band will also come together to perform for the concert. Don Keranan, the man the annual concert is held in honor of, is the founder of the Michigan Tech jazz programs. Arriving at Tech in 1967 as a professor in the Humanities department, Keranen not only directed the men’s glee club, concert band,

and pep band, but also created Tech’s first student jazz ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band. Keranen would continue to develop the jazz program, touring the Jazz Lab Band and eventually adding a second large-scale ensemble, the R&D Big Band, until his retirement in 1988 to pursue a career as a professional musician. He passed away in 2002 at age 59. Today, the jazz program is directed by Mike Irish, a 1974 alumnus of Michigan Tech and the Jazz Lab Band, who took over the program in 1991. The

program now consists of the two big bands–the open-enrollment R&D Big Band, and the audition-only Jazz Lab Band–as well as three jazz combos and a 19-credit minor in Jazz Idiom. Irish speaks highly of Keranen, calling him “visionary” in the creation and development of the jazz program at Tech, since at the time few schools in the Midwest had that kind of program, and no non-“music schools” had one. Most important, however, was “[Keranen’s ] ability to give students a chance to learn in a nurturing environ-

ment. He never said ‘No, you can’t.’ It was always ‘Let’s try it!’” Selections from the concert include the Jazz Lab Band performing the famous “Sing, Sing, Sing” as well as “MacArthur Park.” The R&D Big Band will perform Astor Piazolla’s “Libertango,” and the Alumni Jazz Band will perform Thad Jones’ “Don’t Get Sassy.” Prices for tickets are $10 general admission, and free for Michigan Tech students. Tickets may be purchased at rozsa. mtu.edu or by calling (906) 4872073.

Billiards/Bowling Tournament results nick blecha Pulse Editor The MUB Board held a Bowling and Billiards tournament in the basement bowling alley of the Memorial Union Building on Saturday, March 17. The tournament was open to all, with no charge to Mich-

igan Tech students. Refreshments, including popcorn and lemonade, were served. Prizes were offered for the top finishers in each tournament: $75 for the first-place finishers, $35 for the secondplace finishers, and $15 for the third-place finishers. In addition, a $25 gift card to the MUB Bookstore was offered as a prize to the person best

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dressed for March Madness. The tournament was scheduled to run from noon to 4:00 p.m., though it was finished by 3:30. The format of the bowling tournament was a singleelimination bracket tournament. Connor Herbart won first place in bowling, followed by Aric Cleland in second and Brett Dupras in third.

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The billiards tournament was a double-elimination bracket tournament; Cong Liu won first place in billiards, fol-

lowed by Yiwei Gan in second and Rui Pan in third. Bryan Reitte won the prize for dressing for March Madness.


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March 20, 2012

Opinion

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The legality of Mary Jane Kush Gianna Gomez-Mayo Lode Writer On March 31st, 2010 Comedy Central aired the 198th episode of South Park titled “Medicinal Fried Chicken,” featuring opinions concerning new laws regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. Apart from the opinions displayed about these new questionable businesses, we see, through the character of Cartman, the idea that anything can become a black market object, not just drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, etc. Through the development of medicinal marijuana dispensaries, many citizens feel that marijuana has become an “easy to get” substance, thus harming our youth and plaguing them with the inexplicable evil associated with drugs. Yet as we further analyze and compare the pros and cons associated with

medical marijuana, it seems that if regulated, this drug helps more than it harms. Through the years marijuana has been associated with drugs such as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, by the Controlled Substances Act, which specifically marks marijuana as a Schedule I drug. As various studies have been done to prove the help that medical marijuana can provide, 18 states in the union have legalized the use of medical marijuana, including Michigan. Although these states have approved the use of marijuana (for medical purposes), an employee can still be fired from their job if they test positive for drugs, in this case marijuana. Although 18 states have approved the use of medical marijuana, only 8 states utilize dispensaries in order to sell this controversial product. Dispensaries can be thought of as “herbal pharmacies,” a fact that disturbs many Ameri-

can citizens. Many feel that the legalization of marijuana and its sale, through the use of dispensaries, is essentially plaguing our society and sending our youth on a downward spiral of drugs, sex, and eventually death… or worse. This apocalyptic view concerning marijuana does not stop there, U.S citizens also seem to feel as though these new businesses are irresponsible and run by pot-heads only looking to get high and make money off of this despised drug. Yet how are these misconceptions so different than the ones wall-street endured during harsher economic times? Medical marijuana dispensaries may be controversial but if they help those who go through insufferable pain how can they be bad? The main arguments that oppose the use of medical marijuana center around the effects this drug may have on society. Many believe social down-

fall, and possibly economic downfall, has resulted from the use of dispensaries; but, through the sales of this product, stimulus in various “dispensary zones” has occurred. These new sellers of legal marijuana allow for those who need medical marijuana to use it when necessary and through its convenience, easy access is granted for those in pain, not the stereotypical teen pot head. If steadily regulated there is no reason why medical marijuana would affect our children or society in general. Apart from the convenience associated with medical marijuana there is also the issue of marijuana in general. The values, or lack thereof, linked with marijuana have plagued the minds of U.S citizens across the country. Many relate marijuana with dirty hippies or young careless kids. These bad associations lead many to believe that the legaliza-

tion of medical marijuana will also lead to the downfall of American society. Yet through the legalization of medical marijuana, those with chronic illnesses can be helped, making their lives easier and their pain smaller. To those that disagree with the legalization of medical marijuana, I believe you should take marijuana as a substance out of the equation and substitute it with a drug that relieves YOUR pain. What if you had a headache and could not take aspirin or had menstrual cramps and Midol was illegal? Those who need medical marijuana to escape the pain within their lives should be allowed to do so. They deserve access to the medication they need just as much as a teenage girl is allowed to take Midol. Those who run marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to sell their product just as much as Walmart can sell milk and eggs.

This American Life and the Dangers of Fabrication Luke Gublo Opinion Editor As we all know, the dangers of plagiarism and fabrication are often relayed to us by our professors. Using good sources when writing and being honest in reporting is paramount. In life, your word is your reputation, and your reputation can be your best friend or word enemy. This brings me to the nexus of the story. In the March 16th edition of This Ameri-

can Life, produced by NPR’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ, and distributed by Public Radio International, retracted it’s January 6th episode. During this show, an excerpt from monologist Mike Daisey’s acclaimed show The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs was aired. The traveling show bills itself as an expose of working conditions at a Foxconn factory in China, where Apple’s iPod and iPhones are produced. The problem that Daisey’s monologue runs into isn’t that it’s necessarily inaccurate;

it certainly isn’t a stretch to discern that working conditions in Chinese factories are less than ideal. The problem is that he asserted that, in a journalistic sense, he claimed to have traveled to China to experience the plight of Foxconn workers first hand. In the process, various assertions he made were subsequently debunked. During this week’s edition of This American Life, Rob Schmidtz, a reporter for NPR’s Marketplace, gave an account of the events that caused him to come forward

to purporting a possible fabrication in Daisey’s story. The first assertion from Daisey which raised suspicion was the account that Foxconn guards were armed. “I’ve done reporting at a lot of Chinese factories, and I’ve never seen guards with guns,” said Schmidtz. “The only people allowed to have guns in China are the military and the police… not factory guards.” An additional red flag went up for Schmidtz when he asserted that the factory workers, through a translator, had

told him that they would organize through meeting at local Starbucks locations. This would seem unlikely to the casual observers as the workers in these types of factories are generally quite poor and unlikely to afford sipping coffee at Starbucks. Ultimately, Schmidtz was able to track down the translator, who corroborated his suspicions about the accuracy of the story. “She says a lot of details were exaggerated…some of them were just plain madeup,” said Schmidtz. “We start


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American Life Continued from page 10 with their itinerary: Daisey makes it sound like he talked to lots of workers – in interviews he’s said hundreds – but Cathy says it was maybe 50 people on the outside - they were just at Foxconn’s gates for two mornings. “And emails between Daisey and Cathy, which she gave me, show that the chronology

of the story that Daisey tells on stage is a fabrication. In his monologue he says he visited Foxconn’s gates and then decided to pose as a businessman to get tours of factories. In fact, he visited Foxconn the morning after he arrived in Shenzen a factory called KTC technology that very afternoon. It was all set up in

advance.” For his part, host Ira Glass was extremely apologetic about the ordeal. I can say now in retrospect that when Mike Daisey wouldn’t give us contact information for his interpreter we should’ve killed the story rather than run it. We never should’ve broadcast this story

without talking to that woman,” said Glass. “Instead, we trusted his word. Although he’s not a journalist, we made clear to him that anything he was going to say on our show would have to live up to journalistic standards. He had to be truthful. And he lied to us.” This incident should serve as a reminder to all of us that

our reputation is everything. Whether you are an engineering major, a social science major, or any other discipline, it is incumbent upon all of us to act and write ethically, to give true accounts to our observations. This is important because once you lose your credibility; it’s hard to get it back.

Sex at Tech: Ups and Downs

This column is aimed at helping MTU students with sex related questions. Written by two 20 year old MTU students, Peaches & Cream, the column will address your questions from both the male and female perspective. We will discuss sex safety, health issues, and advice in this column. Feel free to email us questions or comments at peaches.cream.mtu@gmail.com.

How many dates am I supposed to go on with a guy before I have sex? Is this 3 or 5 date rule what he will be expecting? Where is the balance between suggestive and prude?

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Peach’s Perspective

This is a very tricky question because each situation must be addressed in a unique manner. I will give you my advice for two scenarios I have experienced, but only you can decide when you are ready to have sex with a new partner. If you have any doubts, I would suggest waiting. There will always be time for sex at a later date, but sex can’t be undone. Every time you have sex, you take a chance. You need to think long and hard about who you take chances with. From the way you worded your question, it sounds as if you have just recently met a man that fits your dating criteria. The meeting is the first thing you will have to think about. Did you have instant chemistry or did you build up to starting a relationship? If you experienced “love at first sight,” it is difficult to resist the temptation to express your initial feelings physically, whether it is after one date or fifteen. The problem is that you know little about your partner and that is never a good thing. Even if using protection, sexually transmitted infections and diseases can still be transferred. I don’t know about most people, but I don’t find talk of STDs to be great first date conversation. If you have built your relationship around a friendship,

There is no set, right answer to this question, especially some arbitrary number thrown out by magazines and mentioned in movies. I’ve got some questions for you to consider before you jump into anything. What are you considering a date? Is that meeting to do homework together or getting dressed up and going out to dinner? Is this a guy you’ve known for a while, someone you’ve just met, or are meeting for the first time? Do you spend a lot of time communicating and getting to know each other on the phone or online between dates? Also, what are you really looking for out of this guy? Do you want to have some fun or for him to become your next boyfriend? Once you can answer these questions you’ll have a better idea of how long to wait. Arbitrary numbers are thrown out as a guide to help you answer your last question: Sex on the first date is generally frowned upon; sex on the sixth date, if you go out once a week, takes a month and a half before you’re in bed together, which apparently is a long enough time to come off as prude. The media that mention the date number guidelines suggest you fall somewhere between suggestive and prude. I don’t buy into any of those numbers or those adjectives. I like sex a lot, that’s part of why I get to write this column.

it is much easier to ask the questions that you need to before working on your night moves. In this type of relationship, I wouldn’t be shocked if you engaged in sexual activity before you even went on a date. For your second question, I would suggest you be very mature about the situation. If you aren’t sure what he expects, ask him. It might be a little awkward, but it is the simplest way to figure out what he is thinking. As a guy, I have been asked what I was expecting out of a night several times. I have always been honest with my answer, and the nights always turn out to be fun even if sex isn’t involved. If you aren’t comfortable enough to ask him a question, are you comfortable enough with him to have sex? Your third question doesn’t address an issue with society, but an issue of personal security. If you are worried about what other people are thinking about you, don’t be. At the end of the day, you have to answer to yourself. It’s easy to look at other people and judge them as either a prude or a slut or even a tease. When we point the question back at ourselves, standards usually change. If you fail to achieve your own standards, it may be time to make a change.

I do not, however, like how casual sex is today, whether that’s just how magazines and movies encourage us to be or that’s the reality of our generation. It’s not just that at some level it bothers me that people hardly get to know each other before geting physical. It also bothers me that these numbers are so generalized. Relationships develop in different settings and at different rates for every couple. Sometimes you’ll end up hanging out for hours and get to know each other in a really casual setting. I’d feel closer after that kind of interaction than going to dinner and a movie. As far as his expectations go, they’ll be based on his personal experiences or those magic numbers if they are present at all. No guy I was interested in granting access to my body has ever pushed any expectations on me. That’s not to say that no one has ever tried to push sex on me after a date, but if I wasn’t comfortable with him, he was barred access. You have to figure out what you’re comfortable with. Once you know, assert yourself. I’m not saying the guy’s wants and needs aren’t important, but in this case you’ve got to look out for yourself. Once you know where you’re comfortable, these adjectives shouldn’t faze you. If you know yourself and what you want, who really cares what other people think?


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March 20, 2012

Sports

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Men’s tennis takes on Wayne State Ellie Furmanski Lode Writer Friday, March 23, the Michigan Tech Men’s Tennis team will travel to Detroit and take on the Warriors of Wayne State University. This will be the Huskies fourth conference match in the GLIAC this season. As of March 18, the Huskies are 4-7 in the season overall and 0-2 in conference play. Their first two losses in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate

Athletic Conference (GLIAC) were ceded to Northwood and Ferris State, who, head coach Kevin Kalinec argues, are the best two teams in the conference. The upcoming match is expected to be anyone’s game. Wayne State stands with a record of 7-6 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Warriors’ two conference wins were against Lake Erie College and Ohio Dominican University, both of which Wayne State swept, with scores of 9-0

and 8-1. Despite Wayne State’s 2-0 conference record, Tech should be able to compete well against the Warriors. The Huskies have, arguably, had to face tougher opponents up to this point in the season. All things considered, the match on Friday should be close. According to Kalinec, “Wayne State is our competition this year. They are the one to beat.” One of Tech’s main concerns in preparation for the upcoming match against Wayne State is

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treating injuries and staying healthy. Currently, the team’s number three player Doug Yossida is dealing with leg and wrist injuries. Yossida is still set to compete, although the roster is subject to change. Given that the season is about midway through, the men’s tennis team has had plenty of experience in which to evaluate their progress and pinpoint their weaknesses. In recent practices, the team has been working on improving various aspects of both their singles and doubles play. “In singles, we tend to give up easy points. Our goal is consistency. We are working on keeping rallies alive and having more patience. For doubles, we recently changed our lineup which has given us a spark, but we are still working on closing and finishing,” said Kalinec. Having competed in twelve matches this season, the Huskies continue to learn from the past and are improving their game. Kalinec notes, “We have been consistently getting better this year, playing smarter in every match.” The Huskies seem to be on the right track. The match against Wayne State University will be held at Wayne State on Friday, March 23, at 1:00 p.m.

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Skiers earn academic accolades

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Lode Writer With the conclusion of the 2012 Nordic ski season, the National Ski Coaches Association recently announced the names of those who made the AllAcademic Ski Team. To earn this honor, student-athletes needed to have at least a 3.5 grade point average for the 2011 fall semester, and they needed to compete at the regional championships.

Sixteen skiers from the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski teams were bestowed this honor. Honorees from the men’s team included Brendan Baic, Matt Dugan, Luke Gesior, Andy Keller, Abram Peterson, Matt Wong, and Jay Woodbeck. Nine skiers on the women’s team were also honored, including Lynn Duijndam, Malin Eriksson, Alice Flanders, Maria Frick, Deedra Irwin, Rachel Mason, Christina Mishica, Anna Rix, and Marissa Yovetich.

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Ridge Roamers hold spring climbing competition Ellie Furmanski Lode Writer

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ridge Roamers is the official rock and ice climbing club at Michigan Tech. They maintain the climbing wall at the SDC and look after the club’s climbing equipment. Every school year, the Ridge Roamers hold two climbing competitions, one in the fall and one in the spring. This past Saturday, March 17, the club held their annual spring Keweenaw Climbing Comp. In preparation for the competition, club members spent the week before tearing down the wall and setting new holds to create new routes. The club creates new routes before each of their climbing competitions. A total of ten new routes were set, including a beginner, intermediate, and advanced route on each of the wall’s three faces, as well as one warm up route. The competition was open to students and the public. About 30 participants competed this year, including members from the climbing club at Northern Michigan University. Preregistration began weeks ago, and all proceeds from the registration fees go towards funding the Ridge Roamers. Climbers showed up to the wall at the SDC from 9 a.m. and the even lasted until 4 p.m. Upon registration, individuals were placed into one of six divisions. There was a beginner, intermediate, and advanced division for both men and women. Each competitor was assigned a half hour time slot in which

to complete three routes, on the bulge, flat, and roof sections of the wall. The better of the two attempts on each of the three walls contributed to a climber’s overall score. Scoring was based on the total number of holds weighted on each attempt, so the higher a climber made it up the wall, the more points they earned. The person with the best overall score in each division won. The event was sponsored by six organizations, including Mad Rock, Detroit Rock Climbing Company, Planet Rock, CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment, La Sportiva,

and Down Wind Sports. Sponsors provided prizes, awarded to the winner of each division, and additional prizes were raffled off at the conclusion of the event. Club certification officer Mike Merwin noted the increase in competitors this spring compared to the competition last fall. “It was nice to see new people out there enjoying the routes.” Interested in being a member of the climbing club? Join the Ridge Roamers at one of their weekly meetings at the climbing wall in the SDC Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.

Photo credit: Ridge Roamers

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March 20, 2012

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Baseball ready for season after Spring Training in Florida Jordan Erickson Sports Editor For the fourth year in a row the Michigan Tech Baseball Club headed for warmer waters for spring training to kick off their spring season. Members of the club headed to Plant City, Fla. for the NCBA Spring Training Showcase where they competed against Division I and II clubs from schools around the nation. The Huskies, who compete at a Division II status, played four games in the tournament including Division I opponents Western Michigan University, Xavier University, Michigan State, and D2 level Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Although the Huskies only took one win from the tournament, they did so in outstanding fashion. The Huskies took down their southern foe, Michigan State, in a 8-6 final to round out their Florida trip. Senior pitcher Jimmy Maltese had a no-hitter going into the fourth inning, but the Spartans managed to break through and get on the board. The Huskies kept a lead through the game and Maltese finished the game with four strikeouts and only one walk. “We are a D2 Club Team so the win was pretty satisfying,” said Maltese of the game. Several Huskies ended Spring Training on a strong note including infielder Jason Schram who hit two home runs, including one grand slam. Schram left

Florida with 11 RBIs and six runs for the Huskies. Other notables from the week were Kellen Murray and Jimmy Fregien. Murray ended the week with a .500 batting average while Fregien had a batting average of .600 and a base percentage of .700. This weekend the Huskies head down to the

University of MinnesotaTwin Cities for some of their first conference games of the year. The Huskies will continue play April 7 with some non-conference play against rival Northern Michigan in Marquette. Home play for the Huskies kicks off April 14 when they host Lake Head University

for two days of games. The Huskies continue their home stretch April 21 and 22 when they host the University of WisconsinMadison. All home games will be held at the Houghton County Fairgrounds. The Huskies are always looking for new members. Players interested in

joining the team can attend practices Sundays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in the SDC multi-purpose gym. Students looking for more information can email Jimmy Maltese at jdmaltes@ mtu.edu.

Kellen Murray pitches for the Huskies during their spring training in Florida Photo credit: MTU Baseball


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Weekly Roundup

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Hockey Knocked out of Final Five The hockey Husky’s season was ended Thursday when they fell to Denver University 3-2 in overtime. The Pioneers took a lead 3:50 into the first, but the Huskies rebounded with a goal of their at 10:45. Blake Pietila received a pass from Justin Fillion for the Husky’s tying goal. Late in the third the Huskies took their only lead of the game with a goal from sophomore Ryan Furne. The lead was short lived after the Pioneers scored late in the third to send the game in to overtime. The Huskies took their first loss in overtime play of the season when Pioneer Jason Zucker ended their Final Five run. Husky net minder Josh Robinson finished his final game as a Husky with 41 saves. The Huskies finished at 17-18-4 for one of their best finishes in years.

Husky Basketball Earns Academic Honors Michigan Tech Basketball had 10 student-athletes earn GLIAC Academic Excellence awards with eight players earning All-Academic accolades. Men’s basketball had four athletes earn Academic Excellenct awards, indluding Austin Armga, Alex Curly, Troy Heckt, and Michael Hojnacki. Women’s basketball had six student-athletes take Academic Excellence awards including, Sam Hoyt, Krista Kasuboski, Lindsey Lindstrom, Jessica Racine, Taylor Stippel, and Emma Veach. To earn the Academic Excellence award, students must have a grade point average of a 3.5 or higher.

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Athlete of the week Josh Robinson

Men’s Tennis Falls at Home The Huskies fell to 0-2 in GLIAC competition after falling to Ferris State 7-2 Saturday at the Gates Tennis Center. Singles competition for the Huskies was led by Luka Stupar who won the only singles match with a 6-3, 7-5 final in no. 2 singles. The only doubles fight won came from no. 3 duo Doug Yossida and Bryan Bartelt who defeated Ferris in a 8-6 final. Sunday the Huskies hosted Grand Valley State for another round of GLAIC action, but were unsuccessful and fell 3-6.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Senior goaltender Josh Robinson made a seasonhigh 41 saves in the Husky’s 2-3 overtime loss in the quarterfinals of the Red Baron Final Five in St. Paul Minnesota. The Frankenmuth, MI native had a breakout season in the final year of his career, ending the season with a 15-14-4 record and was a WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times.

Robinson made one for the highlight reel with a sequence of 3 saves during the second period to keep the score tied at 1.

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The March 20th issue of the Michigan Tech Lode newspaper.