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Students relax after weeks of hard work ERIKA PEABODY Lode Writer Hundreds of students braved freezing cold temperatures and blustering winds last Wednesday during the All-Nighter, whether they were working on statues or just taking in the sights. There was a variety of food being offered on campus including grilled cheese, fried candy bars and pancakes. The Audio Engineering Society (AES) made use of their 40 subwoofers, donated by alumni, to create their annual dance party in the middle of campus. The music could be heard through-

out the entire All-Nighter and many students stopped by to take a break from working or to just join the party and dance. For the students working on the statues, it was a long, cold night but the ending result brought a proud sense of accomplishment. That weekend, the completed statues stood tall, gleaming in the sunlight as large groups of families and friends enjoyed the spectacle. This year’s novel theme about books yielded a variety of statues, from “Jurassic Park” to “Everyone Poops”. Some groups decided to capture beloved

1st Place Fraternity: (Top) Phi kappa Tau took first place in the month-long statue building event with their statue based off of the “Chronicles of Narnia” book series. The title for the statue was, “Narnia is frozen until four Royalty are chosen.” Photo by Jacob Shuler

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Winter Games: Students participate in the winter games Winter Carnival has to offer by playing Snow Volleyball (left) and by running in the Human dog sled races (right). Other events that took place included Tug-O-War, snowshoe races, skiing, skating, broomball, ice bowling, ice fishing, and the beards competition. Photos by Ben Wittbrodt

Wellness Week Career Fair invites students Tuesday, Feb. 22 to participate SDC, Noon-6 p.m. The trailhead of the Bigfoot Snowshoe event marked the start of not only a family-oriented trek through the snow, but also the beginning of Week of Wellness. This week is filled with special events, coordinated by Michigan Tech’s Counseling and Wellness department aimed at highlighting some of the available activities and promote health and well-being of students. This is the third annual wellness week, and the first to be held in the spring semester, and so far it has garnered a positive response. The Week of Wellness kicked off with the Bigfoot Snowshoe event this past Saturday, Feb. 12, and is to continue until Feb.19. The main events were the Bigfoot Snowshoe event, “How the Health Are You?”, and the free showing of “She’s Out of My League”, but includes a plethora of other events, most of which being held by clubs and stu-

dent groups. These events range from dances held by the Swing Dance Club to free access to the SDC and to fitness classes to Open Broomball courts thanks to IRHC to a comedian brought to the MUB by Student Activities. A complete list of events is available at, all of which are, or were, free with the exception of

who had to commute great distances, this meant the difference between getting to go and not. This year, the Bigfoot Snowshoe trip had 285 registered attendees, composed of people of all ages and levels of experience. “How the Health Are You?”, held on Wednesday, was an expo-like event put on through Portage Health displaying the


Come out, try something new, get active, and

experience what Michigan Tech has to offer.

the Bigfoot Snowshoe event and the Kayak Clinic. Bigfoot Snowshoe is an annual event that has just celebrated its 14th year. In past years, it took place the weekend before Winter Carnival. This year it was held the weekend of Winter Carnival, which allowed visitors from out of town to attend the carnival events and the snowshoe trek without having to make separate trips to Houghton – for some

medical services that are available to students as well as showcasing recent technological advances in the medical field. Students are able to learn about Portage Health, the medical field, get health information, and even take free screenings and tests such as blood-glucose tests, bone density, blood pressure, and fitness. The expo also

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Get a haircut Wear professional attire Update your resume Get a good night’s sleep the night before Talk to your professor if you plan to attend during classtime Practice being interviewed (Mock Interviews at Career Services, Feb. 17-18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Research the companies you plan to talk to Smile Remember to say “Thank you.” * The Feb. 10 edition of the Lode incorrectly stated that the Career Fair would be on Feb. 16. As noted above, the Career Fair is actually on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

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Michigan Tech celebrates Winter Carnival 2011 Students relax after weeks of hard work, Air pollution and human health from front children’s stories while others decided to capture exciting action scenes in current, popular books. Overall, it was clear to see that all of the statues were a success, if only for a short time due to the recent warm weather. In the month long statue building contest, Phi Kappa Tau won first place for their statue based on “The Chronicles of Narnia” in the Fraternity category. In the Women’s Group category, Alpha Sigma Tau won first place for their statue based on various classic stories. Campus Crusade for Christ won first place for the Student Organizations category with their statue based on The Bible. Finally, in the Residence Halls category, West McNair Superhall took first place with their statue of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and his doghouse. For the One-Nighter statues, 4D

won first place in the University Housing category with their statue based on “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) with their statue based on “The Three Little Pigs” took first place for the On-Campus statue. The Off-Campus first place was awarded to the Concordia Student Movement with their statue also based on The Bible. However, Winter Carnival results are not based solely on the results of Statues; many other exciting events took place during Carnival. During Stage Revue, fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations put on skits that bring Winter Carnival to life. The scoring for Stage Review came half from a panel of judges and half from the audience. The winners of Stage Re-

view are Air Force ROTC in first, Phi Kappa Tau in second and Sigma Phi Epsilon in third. The overall division winners for Winter Carnival as a whole are Lutheran Student Movement, Da Nort Side, Air Force ROTC, Delta Zeta and Phi Kappa Tau. The overall Winter Carnival Winners were Phi Kappa Tau, Air Force ROTC, and Sigma Phi Epsilon in the order given. Saturday offered the closing events with a torchlight parade, fireworks, and the Sno-Ball. The parade made its way from the Michigan Tech campus to the base of Mount Ripley, where fireworks were set off to celebrate another successful Winter Carnival season. The final event, the Sno-Ball, was a semi-formal dance that allowed those who were still in the carnival spirit to dress up and dance the rest of the night away. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Winter Carnival this year on a job well done. Students dance night away: Sound and Lighting Services (SLS) hosted an indoor dance for those who don’t like the cold. Photo by Caitlin Pionke


The World Health Organization (WHO) has done research to show that air pollution affects human health. “Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health and is estimated to cause approximately two million premature deaths worldwide per year. More than half of the burden from air pollution on human health is borne by people in developing countries.” The WHO website has lists of more facts and ways to contact them for support. There are some students at Michigan Tech who are trying to better the air quality and overall health of the world. Jarod Maggio is a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering with Dr. Kurtis Paterson as an advisor. For the past 18 months, he has been researching the inefficient combustion of solid fuels. These solid fuels include particulates, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. Maggio’s research is directed towards reducing the inhalation of these toxic fumes. Not only do these gases kill, but they also affect the Global Warming Poten-

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tial (GWP) of the entire world. “The end goal is to compile the multidisciplinary research results to construct an intervention strategy for improving indoor air pollution and reducing global emissions from household cooking,” said Maggio. As a part of the D80 center, Maggio is not only researching but also being trained to be a solutionoriented designer and engineer; he is working on four separate, but related, projects for his dissertation. They include the study and analysis of carbonaceous particulates from biomass and fossil fuel and the efficiency of household cooking methods. Maggio has done field data acquisition to determine the physical characteristics of carbonaceous particles and also has carried out ethnographic research and surveys. For his work, Maggio has received grants from the National Science Foundation – Developing Global Scientists and Engineers, the DeVlieg Foundation Award, and Michigan Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship. If you are interested in this type of research and work, or for more information on D80, go to


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The last day to drop full term fall semester classes is Friday, March 4, 2011 by 5:00 p.m. All drops must be done in person in the Student Service Center. Drops cannot be done via the web. Also, please note: The last day to drop track B classes (those classes that begin on February 28, 2011) with a refund is Thursday, March 3, 2011. The last day to drop track B classes with no grade is Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The last day to drop track B classes with a “W” grade is Friday, April 1, 2011.

Wellness Week invites students to participate, from front hosted various activities to help students enjoy their time there and to encourage healthy habits, such as a parfait station, reusable grocery bags, and wellnessrelated prizes. “How the Health Are You?” also showed other local wellness-related businesses and services such as Dial Help, local masseuses, and the Health Department. Since this year’s Week of Wellness happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day, Counseling and Wellness and KISS (Keep It Safer, Sweetheart) worked with Film Board to hold a free showing of “She’s Out of My League”, a romance comedy

starring Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve and T.J. Miller. This is the third time that Counseling and Wellness has worked directly with Film Board, and the first time that they have done so for Week of Wellness. So far these events have received positive and constructive feedback. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these events. Coordinator of Student Health and Wellness, Michelle Bangan, said that she would like students to “come out, try something new, get active, and experience what Michigan Tech has to offer.” Bangan cited that exploring student groups and

other activities highlighted through Week of Wellness has led students to take up those activities long-term. Each year, students who attend these wellness events receive a survey with which to give suggestions and feedback about the events, but students can also contact the Counseling and Wellness Center at with questions or feedback. Bangan also said that she would like to thank the other groups involved with the Week of Wellness, saying that she “couldn’t do it without the other student organizations and individuals hosting events.”

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Upcoming Events Rock Band Somnium

enlightens audience ZACHARY PAGE Lode Writer

An outstanding performance was held by the underground band Somnium at the Rozsa Center’s Art Theater Saturday evening. The show had a remarkable turnout of over 100 attendees which included the Tech community, families who drove up to see their sons and daughters for Winter Carnival, and locals from around the HoughtonHancock municipality. Free concessions were also given out which included food, beverages and a free CD. The CD featured 12 songs and covered many of those that were performed at the event. The theme of the event, The After Days, was centered on how the world would cope with existence before and after an apocalyptic event. The band featured Tony Pinar on

electric guitar and Richard Chiochios on acoustic guitar, Aaron Radz on vocals, and Karl Larson on keyboards. The setting featured a collage of artwork which was set up by a group of artists mainly based in Michigan. “We wanted to convey the brutality and darkness of what contributes to the end of times; machines and the mindset of man,” stated one artist. The backdrop primarily consisted of bleak portraits of human life which were often consumed by a purple or black neon glow. Other props included a 1920s-era film projected onto a series of skulls which predominantly showed workers working at an assembly plant. The dais was overhung by a pyramid-like framework with shimmering electric candles on the overhead under which the band performed. “The whole setting was very mysterious,” said an attendee.

KSO performs Saturday matinee, prepares for next concert NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra had its only matinee performance of the season on Saturday. The orchestra brought back many of the most popular songs from earlier this season for a pops concert aimed at raising awareness of the group among students, their families, and the community. This performance was the first Winter Carnival performance in KSO history. As the concert was meant to be relatively informal, there were a number of differences from the standard KSO concert format. The concert was relatively short at close to one hour with no intermission, and the orchestra members were dressed in white, black, and yellow shirts in the spirit of Michigan Tech’s colors instead of their more formal wear. Ticket prices were reduced, too: the event was free for Tech students, as always, but general admission prices were $5 instead of the usual $15. The KSO’s selections represented a cross-section of their work over the previous semester. They began the performance with some of their December concert music. Their first selection was Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, playing the very famous first movement as well as the bombastic fourth movement. Next was the French Impressionist Pavane for a Dead Princess, a work that conductor Joel Neves described as “everything that German music [of the time] was not.” They followed up with a performance of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody, a collection of Romanian and Gypsy folk songs. Wrapping the concert up were selections from the fall concert work: Edward

Elgar’s Enigma Variations. As the audience applauded following Enigma, Dr. Neves returned to the stage for an encore performance of Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance. The Winter Carnival performance was in fact only the first KSO concert out of two this February. Their second performance will be this Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. For this more traditional concert, the KSO will perform two well-known works. The concert will begin with a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, which has been described as “the first great American orchestral work.” After an intermission, they will continue with Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, featuring guest soloist Solomiya Ivakhiv. The KSO has been preparing for this second concert since returning from winter break in January. They have only paused for one week to warm up and prepare for the Winter Carnival concert this past weekend. The February concert will be the last KSO performance of the season. Unlike last year, when the KSO had a fourth regular concert in April, the orchestra will instead accompany the Tech Theater Company as a pit orchestra in their performance of South Pacific. Tickets for the Feb. 19 concert are free for Michigan Tech students; for the general public they cost $15 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the Rozsa box office at 487-3200 or at tickets. Like all KSO concerts, the performance is appropriate for all ages; however, since performances are recorded and audience noise could ruin a recording, parents are asked to carefully consider whether to bring very small children.

“The artists certainly did a superb job setting up for this event.” The music had a Pink Floydlike semblance with its progression from one part of the story into the next. Radz’s low and raspy vocals echoed those of Roger Waters on Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album The Wall. Larson’s use of the keyboard replicates a style used by many other progressive rock bands such as Yes, Genesis and King Crimson. George Larks and his family stated, “Our favorite songs were Peace and Prosperity and The After Days. We loved the guitar riffs on both songs, particularly the slow swaying electric guitar on The After Days. They reminded us of the classic bands we used to listen to when we were little.” Since the bands founding in 2007, they have experimented with many different styles and have made a commitment to

February 17:

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., MUB Bowling Alley: MUB Board Bowling and Billiards Tournament

February 18:

10:00 p.m., MUB Ballroom: SACS Comedian Tracy Ashley

February 19:

7:30 p.m., Rozsa Center: Keweenay Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

February 21-25:

MUB Commons: Tech Arts Festival

February 23:

EERC 100: Honors Institute speaker: Dr. Mike Falkowski

February 25:

7:30 p.m., Rozsa Center: Aquila Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream promote the free use of digital media online. To find out more about the band or to join their blog, visit their website at http://www.

radzmedia .com/the-afterdays. For upcoming events at Tech, visit the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts website at

This week at Film Board:


After serving 10 years in prison for bank robbery, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has only one mission in life, to avenge the murder of his older brother who was killed when they were double-crossed after the heist. Now a free man with the names and addresses in hand, there is nothing on earth that can stop him from killing all of them. However, two people are in the hunt to stop him, veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) only days from retiring, and a young hit man (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), both on Driver’s trail. The race is on, and there can be only one winner. Written by Douglas Young. Friday and Saturday Showtimes 6:00, 8:30, 11:00 p.m. Tickets $3.00 Runtime 98 minutes

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NFL labor issues: Why the league is out of touch with players, fans LUKE GUBLO Opinion Editor This past year in the NFL has brought a lot of joy to many fans here on the campus of Michigan Tech, seeing as a good portion of the campus (myself included) count themselves among one of the most widespread fan bases in the country, cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Even as I spent the better part of the NFL season on the west coast, I was able to enjoy perhaps what was the best season in team history, culminating in the Packer victory in Dallas two weeks ago to win Super Bowl XLV. My, oh my, what a distant memory. Two weeks after Super Bowl Sunday, the talk about the triumphant 2010 Packers has given way to talk about whether or not there will be a work stoppage in the NFL. Both the NFL and the NFLPA, one of the largest unions in professional sports, appear to be at a stand-still in their negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The old CBA, negotiated in 1992, is set to expire on March 4; if the two

sides cannot come to an agreement before then, the owners will lock out the players, which could be catastrophic to the upcoming NFL season. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, has indicated that he does not feel that the current CBA is fair to the NFL teams. “We need an agreement that both sides can live with and obtain what they need, not simply what they want,” Goodell said in a nationwide Op-Ed column on Wednesday. “Today’s collective bargain agreement does not work as it should from the standpoint of the teams.” In addition to this statement, Goodell continued by lamenting the fact that the league needs money for stadiums built in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Oakland, and also the fact that players receive 60 percent of NFL revenue. “The status quo means failing to recognize the many costs of financing, building, maintaining and operating stadiums,” continued Goodell. “We need new stadiums

Ask Sassy Dear Sassy, Valentine’s Day was horrible. The girl I asked out for dinner turned me down, I failed an exam and I had to listen to everybody’s lovey-dovey crap all day. Plus, I’m really getting sick of winter. I feel stir-crazy from being inside all the time. Is there anything I can do to help myself get out of the doldrums? Sincerely, Depressed Dear Depressed, Initially I was committed to not answering a single complaint about Valentine’s Day. The woes of the single life are familiar to us all. However, the mail room was unusually full this year. Our underpaid (if paid at all) laborers spent hours sorting through the mess with no breaks. They didn’t even eat. Luckily for you, Depressed, one worker handed me your letter from a trembling, malnourished hand and I was filled with such pity for him that I couldn’t help but transfer my gratitude to you. And so I am obliged to address an age-old problem. I believe what you need to hear is the familiar phrase “keep on keeping on”. At least find comfort in knowing that your winter doldrums can’t last for more than a couple more months. However, your romantic woes could very well last your whole life. Well...just keep on keeping on.

Dear Sassy, What do you do when everything you thought you could rely on crumbles right before your eyes? Sincerely, Broken Dear Broken, I have an inkling this question was brought about by some event on Valentine’s Day. Because I have a gracious heart, I will dignify your desperate (and vague) call for help with a response. Do I look like the wise man on the mountain? Am I God? Why am I expected to have succinct answers to such ridiculously vast questions? An advice column really doesn’t require credentials of any kind; my ability to make life decisions for other people is limited. I barely know what to say when the sarcastic teenage boy working the drive-thru at McDonald’s asks me for my order. Luckily my quick wit often compels me to spurt out “one McTaco please”, giving me more time to construct a more satisfying answer. I know I only gave you an insecurity and not a solution. But here’s to being fixed again, Broken.

in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego… The status quo means players continuing to keep 60 percent of available revenue, in good years or bad, no matter how the national economy or the economics of the league have changed.” Aside from the glaring mention of the imperative need for a new stadium in Los Angeles (last I checked, there hasn’t been an NFL team in L.A. since 1995), his mention of the stadiums is particularly laughable considering how NFL teams have used the threat of relocation numerous times in order to get city county governments across the country to levy taxes on citizens to build stadiums. Goodell makes this statement, yet it seems like L.A.’s main purpose in the current NFL is to act as a bargaining chip to use against NFL cities resisting public funding of a new stadium. It seems like all the NFL has to do to get a new stadium built in an NFL city is to simply say “Los Angeles,” and people simply fall into line! Meanwhile, in regards to Goodell’s second point, he may be accurate. On the other hand, though, in comparison to other sports leagues, the NFL owners have resisted numerous calls for their financial books to be opened. In other words, the very same NFL owners that are currently complaining about the current state of the economy and the cut of money that players currently receive don’t have to reveal whether they actually are turning a profit or not. Now, perhaps they deserve a bigger share, I don’t know. But NFL owners aren’t living off of food stamps. The value of NFL franchises over the past 10 years has grown by an enormous amount, not to mention additional revenue brought in from other sources. I feel absolutely no sympathy for them. Meanwhile, while perhaps the players do take too large of a cut of revenue, the simple fact of the matter is that while some players make superstar money, the average NFL player plays only four years in an extremely dangerous sport. I don’t blame them for wanting to maintain the status quo. Since the previous CBA was instituted in 1992, the value of every franchise in the NFL has gone up exponentially, and the league has a higher profile than any league has (perhaps) ever attained in the history of professional sports. Why mess with a good thing? Ultimately, the real loser in this mess of a situation is the fan. The NFL has shown callous disregard towards the possibility of a work stoppage that could halt the entire league, and that could possibly deprive fans of the game they love. The NFL has built a ton of goodwill over the past 50 years, and washing out an entire season would tarnish their reputation and success. Ultimately, the fans will lose, and the NFL will lose market share to other sports, such as MLB and the NHL. One hopes that the words and actions of the past few days do not affect the upcoming season, that they are merely acts of posturing. More realistically, however, there may be a few boring weekends to contend with next fall.


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Men’s Basketball hosts final home matches of season

Reach out: Senior guard Don Fowler goes up for a layup against Saginaw Valley earlier this season. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Considering the way things went for the men’s basketball Huskies last season, head coach Kevin Luke would probably have been happy just to be competitive this season. Instead, he had a team that jumped out to a 9-1 record to open the season and now finds itself in the thick of things Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament-wise. The Huskies are currently in a tie for seventh with Saginaw Valley State, and head into this week’s matchups with the Ashland Eages and Lake Erie Storm looking for some separation. The Eagles come into Thursday night’s game sitting fourth in the GLIAC South with a 6-9 record in conference play and a 12-10 record overall. The Eagles have wins over Wayne State and Grand Valley State, but losses to Lake Superior State, Saginaw Valley State, and Hillsdale twice. Senior forward Kale Richardson has been an effective post player all season for the Eagles. Through the first 22 games of the season, Richardson averages team-highs with 15.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. He has led the Eagles in scoring 10 times this season.

DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Sophomore center Evan Yates has developed into one of the top centers in the South Division, averaging 13.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. Yates scored a season-high 26 in a win over Tiffin on Jan. 13. “Yates and Richardson are really, really good players,” said Huskies head coach Kevin Luke. “Their inside game is their strength.” The Eagles’ young backcourt is run by sophomore guard David Harris, who averages 8.9 points and 2.4 assists per game. Harris is often joined by freshman guard Jordan Berlin, who is still learning the pace of the game at the college level, averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 assists per contest. The Storm come into this week riding an eight-game losing streak. It’s been a tough transition for the Storm to the grind that is the GLIAC season. However, they do have one conference win over Tiffin.

After finishing a season sweep of the Lake Superior State Lakers in overtime on Saturday, the No. 8-ranked women’s basketball Huskies put themselves in the best position possible in the race to host their fourth consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament. Of course, they will be even better off if they take care of business against the Ashland Eagles on Thursday and the Lake Erie Storm on Saturday. The Eagles (15-7 overall) are tied for the GLIAC South Division lead with the Findlay Oilers at 10-5 in conference play. The Eagles come into Thursday’s game riding a two-game winning streak, having beaten Grand Valley State and Ferris State. “Ashland is very good... they currently lead the league in scoring,” said Huskies head coach Kim Cameron. “Our post defense is going to be very, very important in this game.” Guard Jena Stutzman, the

lone junior on the Eagles’ roster, leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. Senior guard Rachel Poorman has also played well in the backcourt, averaging 8.6 poitns and 3.3 assists per game. Before the season began, sophomore forward Daiva Gerbec was going to be counted on to be a leader on this young squad, and she’s done a commendable job, averaging 15.3 points and a team-high 11.0 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Elizabeth Tyler averages 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Saturday’s opponent, the Lake Erie Storm, have won only twice in GLIAC play this season, defeating Wayne State on Dec. 2 and Ohio Dominican on Feb. 5. Just before beating the Panthers, the Storm gave Hillsdale all it could handle in a six-point loss, 66-60. The Storm have a pair of outstanding offensive players in junior forwards Stephanie Rogers and Jen Caiola. Rogers leads the Storm in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.0 points and

By # the er nu m b players on the women’s basketball team with 15 or more points in Saturday’s overtime victory over Lake Superior State.


8.0 rebounds per game. Caiola is the only other Storm player in double figures, averaging 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. “Rogers is the fifthleading rebounder [in the GLIAC], and the eighthleading scorer,” said Cameron. “She kind of runs their team. They definitely have people who can score.” Junior guard Britt Busson dishes the ball effectively, averaging 3.1 assists and 5.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Sarah Wojciechowski has been the Storm’s top bench player, averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Thursday night’s Boarding: Senior guard Angela matchup with the Eagles Guisfredi snatches an offensive will be at 7:30 p.m. Satrebound. urday’s with the Storm Photo by Ben Wittbrodt will be at 3 p.m. Check out our web site, www.mtulode. com/sports, after each game for a detailed recap of the action.


hockey Huskies named WCHA Scholar-Athletes. Corson Cramer, Bennett Royer, Jordan Baker, Kevin Genoe, and Brett Olson all have GPAs over 3.5.


times this season that sophomore forward Ali Haidar has led the men’s basketball Huskies in scoring, including his 19-point performance on Saturday.


goals scored by freshman winger Milos Gordic, who leads the team. Of his 13, five have come on the man advantage.

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rebounds collected by the men’s basketball Huskies twice this season (Nov. 19 against Rockhurst and Nov. 20 against Missouri Western).

Schedules/Results Visit for full standings W. Basketball (19-2, 14-1 GLIAC) Feb. 12 at LSSU, W, 70-68 OT Thurs. vs. Ashland, 7:30 p.m. Sat. vs. Lake Erie, 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Saginaw Valley, 8 p.m.

M. Basketball (12-10, 7-8 GLIAC) Feb. 12 at LSSU, W, 78-62 Thurs. vs. Ashland, 5:30 p.m. Sat. vs. Lake Erie, 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at Saginaw Valley, 6 p.m.

Nordic Skiing Feb. 18-19 at Central Reg. Champ. Feb. 26 at Birkibeiner Mar. 7-12 at US Junior Nat’ls Mar,. 9-12 at NCAA Champ.

Hockey (3-23-4, 1-19-2 WCHA) Feb. 11 vs. Bemidji State, T, 2-2 Feb. 12 vs. Bemidji State, L, 1-0 Fri. at Denver, 9:30 p.m. Sat. at Denver, 9 p.m. Visit for full standings

Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Daver Karnosky, editor in chief Stephen Anderson, business manager Jacob Vehring and you, the reader, via online poll. Stephen Anderson won last year and has won two of the last three years (former opinion editor Rob Devaun with the other win). This will be a weekly feature where each editor picks his winners of the three biggest games/series of the week and backs up his decisions with a short rant. THIS WEEK: Phoenix Coyotes at Nashville Predators, Connecticut Huskies at Louisville Cardinals, NBA All-Star Game

JACOB VEHRING Business Manager 2-1 Last Week, 36-21 Overall

STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief 3-0 Last Week, 34-23 Overall

DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor 1-2 Last Week, 24-33 Overall

YOU Readers 3-0 Last Week, 27-30 Overall

Well now is the time of year where sports I am not as knowledgeable, so now is the chance for the other editors to try to catch me. But, I don’t think they will. The Coyotes have been on a five-game winning streak as of Tuesday, and I look for them to continue that good fortune against the Predators. Connecticut has been having a good year behind the efforts of Kemba Walker, and will win the rematch game against Louisville after a double OT loss a couple weeks ago. The Eastern Conference has much more star power than the West and I believe they will win the All-Star game.

Coyotes, 3-2

Jake, I’m catching up! Getting scared of the defending champ yet?! Anyways, expect me to make up some more ground here. Nashville has shown flashes of brilliance lately, but Phoenix has been more consistent -- down go the Predators on home ice. UConn would love revenge against Louisville after their 2OT loss to the Cardinals, but Kuric’s hot shooting will continue in the ridiculously named KFC Yum! Center as Louisville sweeps Kemba Walker and the Huskies. In the defenseless NBA All-Star game, I’ll take the East to show its depth in a convincing win.

Coyotes, 4-3

The Predators are a dangerous team that needs points right now to stick around in the NHL playoff hunt. I know better than to pick against their outstanding goaltending. With Marek Svatos and Marcel Goc back, the Predators are healthier than they have been in some time. UConn/Louisville might be the next great college basketball rivalry. After that double overtime game earlier this season, the Huskies will be looking to take a bite out of the Cardinals. Finally, I honestly could care less about the NBA All-Star scrimmage, but if I have to pick one, I’d have to say that the East is stacked and should take this game fairly easily. Each week, we’ll let you the reader vote in our Editor’s Shootout online poll at editors-shootout-polls-7/. The majority of the vote for each match-up will be the chosen team, and your cumulative record will get put alongside our three wannabe experts. We’ll run this feature through the entire year and see who comes out on top.

Huskies, 61-58 East, 120-113

Cardinals, 68-55 East, 140-127

Predators, 4-1 Huskies, 55-53 East, 119-108 Last week’s picks: Red Wings Badgers Knicks

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Pioneers next ranked opponent for Hockey Huskies JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer The hockey Huskies head to Denver, Colo., this weekend to take on the No. 4 Denver Pioneers. This will be the Huskies seventh series this season against a nationally-ranked opponent. Team Scope: The Pioneers: The Pioneers are 14-5-3 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) this season, putting them in second place in the conference, just one point below North Dakota. On home ice the Pioneers are undefeated with a 9-0-1 record, the tie coming against Wisconsin back in October. Their penalty kill is ranked 11th in the nation, having killed 85.4 percent of their total penalties. Sam Brittain has been their goaltending leader, having played a majority of conference minutes. Brittain currently has a .920 save percentage and a 2.37 goals against

average, putting him fourth in the class making it to the score sheet and Milos Gordic. WCHA. with goals by Patrick McCadden The Huskies efficiency on the Last weekend penalty kill against Minhas fallen nesota, the Pioin recent neers split their weeks to series and had 77 percent. their worst loss of The Husthe season in the kies also Saturday night suffered a game, falling to big loss in the Gophers 7-3. the Friday The Huskies: night game The Huskies when coare coming off captain their annual Brett OlWinter Carnival son, who series with only has already a tie to show for missed it against Bemimuch of dji State. Sophothe seamore Kevin son, went Genoe played in down late both games and in the first stopped 60 of his period and 63 shots. It was a did not weekend lead by return for Total concentraition: Freshman center Patrick McCadden prepares to underclassmen the Saturwin a faceoff against Bemidji State. as freshmen day game. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt were the only W h o ’s

Hot: The Pioneers: Rookie forward Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist to help lift his team over the Gophers Friday night. He is second in scoring for the Pioneers with 18 goals and 11 assists in WCHA play. The Huskies: Freshman Tyler Gubb, one of the newest additions to the Huskies’ roster, has been one of the hottest players on the ice. Although Gubb only has one assist to his name, the freshman forward has assumed his role well for the Huskies and has been one of the most fun players to watch this season. Bottom Line: The Huskies are going to have their work cut out for them this weekend as they venture onto the home ice of the Pioneers. With the loss of Olson for the second time, every Huskies’ skater will need to pick up the slack to replace one of the team’s strongest players. continued at

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Weather delays playoffs; Lode prepares expanded coverage STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief The unseasonably warm weather conditions are a welcome change for many people who braved last week’s sub-zero temperatures. However, for hardcore broomball players who were eagerly awaiting the start of this year’s broomball playoffs, the warm conditions could not have come at a worse time. The regular season was just days from ending when temperatures surpassing 60 degrees rendered the three rinks completely unusable. IRHC has sent

e-mails out and posted notices to, with a warning that many if not all games for the rest of the week may be cancelled. They noted that games will be cancelled on a day-by-day basis, so all captains and players should pay close attention to their e-mails, especially given that several playoff spots are yet to be determined. The broomball committee appropriately warns everyone to refrain from going on the rinks, as any deep scars in the rink could make full repair almost impossible. As for the Lode’s coverage, we were fully gearing up for play-

offs to start Thursday. We will not feature power rankings until all playoff teams have been announced. We will then announce the top games of the week and the preliminary playoff power rankings. Be sure to check back to broomball for continued updates. We will cover more and more games as the playoffs progress, and we will launch the broomball bracket challenge when the round of 32 is reached, along with featuring daily playoff reviews and previews. Check out last year’s coverage to get a taste of what is coming this year!

Nordic Skiing places third DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor The men’s and women’s Nordic Skiing Huskies had another solid weekend this past weekend while competing in the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships. The team finished third behind rival Northern Michigan and Alaska Fairbanks. Freshman Malin Eriksson had an especially great day on Sunday, winning the 15-kilometer classic race. Eriksson, who finished the race in 49:28, sprinted through the end of the race to beat out Carolyn Freeman of WisconsinGreen Bay. Eriksson finished just three tenths of a second better Photo courtesy of Gowtham

than Freeman. The Huskies had one other top10 finisher along with three others in the top-20. Freshman Alice Flanders finished ninth with a time of 51:17. Junior Christina Mishica, who finished in 51:35, placed 13th. Senior Kristen Monahan placed 15th with a time of 52:00. Sophomore Sarah Daniels (52:04) finished 16th. On Saturday, Flanders was the highest finisher in the fivekilometer freestyle race thanks in part to a solid race and in part to Eriksson suffering a crash. Flanders placed sixth with a time of 18:04. Sophomore Lynn Duijndam finished just behind Flanders with a time of 18:20.

Three more Huskies finished in the top-25. Daniels placed 12th with a time of 18:42. Eriksson recovered from her fall to finish 18th with a time of 19:01. Placing 23rd was Mishica with a time of 19:16. In the men’s 20-kilometer classic race on Sunday, freshman Mikko Harju paced the Huskies with a time of 59:01, good for fifth overall. Sophomore Matt Dugan finished 10th with a time of 59:51. Three other Huskies finished in the top-25. Sophomore Sondre Sandvik, who finished with a time of 1:01:18, placed 16th. Sophomore Matt Wong placed 20th after finishing in a time of 1:02:04. Andy Keller, a junior, rounded out the top five Huskies, finishing 22nd with a time of 1:02:30. Harju led the Huskies in the 10-kilometer freestyle race on Saturday. Harju placed fifth with a time of 31:28. He was joined by six other Huskies in the top-25. Dugan, who finished 14th, recorded a time of 32:32. Junior Jesse Smith placed 19th with a time of 32:58. Petter Sjulstad (33:02), a junior, finished 20th. Wong, who finished with a time of 33:12, placed 21st. Junior Colin Singleton, who finished 19 seconds later, placed 23rd. Junior Luke Gesior placed 24th thanks to a run of 33:43. The Huskies return to action this weekend with the NCAA Central Regional Skiing Championships this weekend, which will be held at the Michigan Tech trails.

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