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Public universities to receive funding cuts Michigan Tech stands well prepared STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor In Chief Governor Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal calls for a 15 percent overall reduction in higher education funding, but Michigan Technological University’s allocation would actually drop 22 percent; from $47.9 million to $37.4 million. If the University limits a tuition increase to seven percent or less, it would be eligible to receive $3.32 million in “tuition restraint” incentives, which would bump the overall allocation back up to $40.8 million –equal to the governor’s proposed 15 percent cut. At an open campus forum on Monday, Feb. 21, Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz reassured the campus community that Tech will not make any knee-jerk reactions, but will be prepared to handle whatever the final budget is. Mroz also stressed that the FY2012 budget is only a proposal now, and must pass through the state legislature, which Snyder hopes will be done by May 31. Michigan Tech hopes to have its budget done by then as well, with Tech’s initial budget proposal

coming at the April 29 Board of Control meeting. The $40.8 million that Michigan Tech would receive per Snyder’s proposal would only account for 19 percent of the total operating budget, which creates a larger need for other sources of funding, including additional research revenues, larger philanthropic gifts and higher tuition rates; particularly given that federal stimulus funding has come and gone. Research expenditures have increased in not only STEM fields, but also in Arts, Humanities, Business and Education. Philanthropic gifts through the “Generations of Discovery” campaign have raised just over $140 million as of the end of January. While tuition has increased, so has enrollment –particularly among graduate students and female students, both of which are at their highest numbers ever. Other than tuition increases, Mroz noted that Michigan Tech is showing positive trends in most major categories. Michigan Tech is trying to properly balance its budget in continued on page 2

Understanding change: The graph above from President Mroz’s open campus forum from Monday, Feb. 21 shows the last ten years of funding that services like health care, public safety, human services and higher education (public universities) have been receiving. College students will not be surprised to see higher education in the negatives. However, Michigan Tech has a plan to continue with the same quality of education it has been offereing while balancing the university’s budget so students can still afford schooling. Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech adopts Google CEO hosts competition for new security plan potential intern MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer Over the next two weeks Michigan Tech’s Information Technology Services and Security department (ITSS) will be implementing a new Information Security Plan. This new plan represents a replacement of two previous plans with additional specifications, information and guidelines. A major component of this implementation is training professors, staff, faculty and even student employees on how to handle sensitive information. This change comes from recent changes in the obligations of ITSS, such as the recent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The current Information Security Plan, Policy 2.1009, can be viewed at http:// ITSS is the department responsible for data services and security on Michigan Tech, including data servers such as the MTU server on which all students log in and save files while on campus computers as well

as MTU email and student billing information. ITSS runs and maintains all of these services as well as handles the information so that privacy and identity are protected, preventing illicit activities such as credit card theft. ITSS is required to conform to a large range of obligations and standards. These range from government regulations such as HIPAA and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act for Disclosure of Nonpublic Personal Information (GLBA), to contractual obligations such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). Examples of these obligations can be viewed at These requirements might detail protocols for handling certain types of data, information and technology; this could mean a certain encryption procedure, a certain configuration of servers, how data is backed up and restored or even how paper documents are handled and stored. Often the obligations or guidelines are intentionally left open to interpretation, often with the

phrase “best practice” to reflect dynamic needs to be addressed –such as the ever-changing security software available, or to respond to developing concerns. Fortunately, students can rest easy knowing that while their information is stored and handled by ITSS, it is not actually read or looked through except by authorized personnel. Sports trainers and other professionals with relevant need of the information, for example, might have access to health information, and ITSS would be in charge of how it is stored and accessed, but ITSS would not be able read the information they are working with. An analogy would be that they store and handle boxes with sensitive information, but never actually look inside the boxes themselves. Though ITSS does much to protect the privacy of those under its watch, students need to be aware of security concerns as well. You should never share a password for a personal account, of any sort, with anycontinued on page 3

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will select the winner. Intern Inc. will profile and follow the winning candidate throughout their Ultimate Internship, documenting their experience on its community blog with photos, videos and intriguing stories of what it’s like to work with one of the world’s most accomplished business executives. “I’m passionate about investing in our future business leaders and believe internships are an invaluable way prepare them for successful careers,” said Eric Schmidt. “We need to continue to strengthen the connection between students, businesses and schools. Because of this, I am excited about supporting an organization, like Intern Inc., that is solely dedicated to ensuring students are well prepared for their careers, and businesses are able to derive great value from their contributions. I’m looking forward to finding and mentoring my own intern, and helping to prepare that person for their future career.” Founded in 2009 by CEO Derek Rundell, Intern Inc. provides a unique and powerful way continued on page 2

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Public universities to receive funding cuts MichiganTech stands well prepared, from front light of the economic hardships while maintaining its strategic plan, detailed at http://www.mtu. edu/stratplan/. The core mission of Michigan Tech’s five-year budget development plan, as outlined in Mroz’s presentation, is to “instill the knowledge and confidence that graduates need to be top ranked in the degrees we offer.” Mroz also detailed several guiding principles that will be used to establish Michigan Tech’s budget. This includes no furloughs, no university-wide salary reduction, no university-wide hiring freezes, a tuition increase of less than or equal to seven percent, no across-the-board budget reductions and the strategic consolidation and realign-

ment of positions. Michigan Tech is hoping that its level-headed reaction to the slightly-higher-than-expected FY2012 cuts will pay off in additional funding in FY2013 and beyond. After 2012, Governor Snyder has proposed a formula that would “encourage universities to graduate a highly educated workforce in a timely manner and conduct research that contributes to the overall economic strategy for Michigan.” The formula would measure tangible results, such as the number of degrees awarded, second-year retention rate and graduation rate, and reward public universities accordingly. Snyder’s FY2012 budget, which notably calls for drastic changes in the Michigan Business Tax, is

intentionally geared toward helping businesses expand. In theory, this investment in entrepreneurial innovation will create jobs in Michigan, which will stimulate the economy, which will allow the state to provide additional higher education funding, which will then be given to the most successful universities. While the proposed budget cuts are a painful reminder of Michigan’s recent financial downturn, the future looks bright for the State of Michigan and Michigan Tech. Mroz encouraged faculty, staff and students alike to voice their comments, concerns and ideas, both to legislators and to Michigan Tech administration: “the best thing you can do is weigh in.”

Percy Julian nominations sought Google CEO hosts Do you know an outstanding student at Michigan Tech that has gone above and beyond to promote diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding within the campus community? If so, please do not let their efforts go unnoticed. The Dean of Students Office is currently accepting nominations for the Percy Julian Leadership Award. This $500 award recog-

nizes an undergraduate student, with a minimum of 2.50 cumulative grade point average, who has demonstrated leadership in the promotion of diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding. You may submit nominations online at edu/awards or in person at the Dean of Students Office, room 170 Administration Building.

Nominations may be submitted through Friday, March 4. As a nominee you will be asked to complete an application form that will need to be submitted to the Dean of Students Office by March 18. The recipient will be announced at the HAANA Multicultural Banquet on April 7. If you have questions, call the Dean of Students Office at 487-2212.

Frendewey named School of Technology Dean On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Dr. Jim Frendewey was officially announced as the dean of Michigan Technological University’s School of Technology. Frendewey, who has been the interim dean since July 2008, was one of three finalists for the position. Dr. Mark Johnson led the search committee that decided on Frendewey. Frendewey received his mechanical engineering undergrad-

uate degree from Michigan Tech before receiving his PhD in management science from the University of Colorado. After teaching and conducting computer and operations research at Virginia Tech University, Frendewey returned to Tech as a Business faculty member in 1989. He served as the associate dean of Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics from 2002-07.

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Michigan Tech sponsors Future City Award KIMBERLY GRIGG Lode Writer Michigan Technological University has recently sponsored the Future City Award for the student who has the most innovative way to use science and technology. The award was given out at the 2011 Engineering Society of Detroit Michigan Regional Future City Competition and was awarded to the Sacred Heart hospital of Bloomfield Hills. This competition is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Committee. The committee promotes engineering and technology, as well as bringing major accomplishments and the benefits engineers have provided society throughout the years to main-

stream audiences. This year the competition focused on how to create a virtual health care system. The system would need to be just as efficient and effective as a traditional doctor’s visit. This means that the patient must be able to get the proper care and the proper diagnosis from the virtual health care system. The students also had to describe whom they would be helping, and the medical care that would be received from this virtual system. They would also have to explain how this would relat back to engineering. This competition requires the students to create a city of the future, and help flush out ideas about what the future will look like. The seventh and eighth grade students who are par-

Michigan Tech adopts new security plan, from front one else. You should also never email a password or credit card number, not even to yourself. Computers and email accounts should be logged off or locked when not being monitored. Other good habits for privacy and security can be viewed at the_day.php. Though intentional transgressions can occur, students do not need to worry about accidentally transgressing, if they follow common sense and common courtesy. ITSS Director Daniel deBeaubien said, students are “not going to stumble into territory to violate,” and that “compliance isn’t an issue for students doing student things.” However, more specialized information handling, such as that required for student organizations, might require some special considerations. A student organization that collects or uses credit card numbers, for example, would have to follow certain guidelines and obtain a merchant ID. Some other considerations are important for

preventing sensitive information from ending up where it shouldn’t be. For example, food allergies are classified as sensitive personal information by HIPAA, which a student organization might inadvertently come into possession of when inquiring into dietary considerations for a group dinner. To remedy this, student organizations, or other entities, that deal with information that might be personal should inquire with ITSS for proper handling procedures. The upcoming changes represent extensive work, training and many considerations. Fortunately, the demands and requirements of students will not be directly affected. Most of these changes come down to administrative adjustments within ITSS, or to the addition of training given to personnel that will come into contact with sensitive information. This includes professors, registrars and also some student employees. Students can rest easy knowing their data is protected by ITSS.

ticipating in this competition are getting a whole new look at engineering and technology in general. This program helps students see both of these fields in a new and exciting light, and helps them discover new possibilities through science, engineering and technology.

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Aquila Theatre presents “Two Rooms” presents story of Lebanese Civil War “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” home office in Washington D.C. Distraught from her husband’s situation, Lanie Wells attempts to keep herself preoccupied in Michael’s office, which she refuses to leave, in order to reason with her senses. In the midst of all the turmoil, Lanie must deal with a seemingly incompetent government agent who is working to get her husband back and an overly gluttonous journalist hungry for an interview. The play is a remarkable reflection of society in that era, which can be examined from the selfishness of both the government agent and the journalist. Both characters make an attempt to use phony empathy as a surrogate for their egotism. One attendee remarked, “I remember reading about this in the news. Chaos and civil war was erupting in the Middle East and, in the 1980’s, we were on the verge


The Michigan Tech Theater Company hosted an astonishing contribution to one of Lee Blessing’s famous plays, “Two Rooms”, Friday and Saturday evening in the McArdle Theater and will be shown again this week in the same location from Feb. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. Set during the Lebanese Civil War, the story is told from the point-of-view of two separated characters, a wife and a husband, who struggle to find sanity under the daunting imminence of the unknown. The husband, Michael Wells, has been taken hostage by a group of Lebanese terrorists and is held in a small cell surrounded with explosives in Beirut. The second room is set in Michael’s

of becoming a very selfish society. It was an era where we craved individual power at the expense of others.” He added, “We had just dealt with the Iranian hostage crisis. I remember reading about the carelessness of the situation; politicians and state agents doing little about it.” Lee Blessing has been active in directing and producing plays since the 1970’s. Some of his major themes deal with the conditions of humanity and the relationship between characters in difficult situations. To find out more information about the play, visit the Visual and Performing Arts website at http:// Tickets for the general public will be $10 and a fee of $5 will be paid by students under 18 years of age. Michigan Tech students will be free of charge for this event.

NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor One of William Shakespeare’s most well known works comes to the Rozsa Center this Friday. On Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., Aquila Theatre will present its production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Generally believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has become one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, with performances around the world. The play unfolds around the misadventures of a group of four young Athenian noblemen and women, who while trying to sort out the various marriage interests between them stumble

into the realm of fairies, who proceed to play tricks on them. Complicating the situation are a group of would-be performers who wish to perform the play Pyramus and Thisbe at the marriage of the Duke of Athens, who also stumble into the world of fairies. Aquila Theatre was founded in 1991 in London, and has been based in New York City since 1999. They have performed and toured several plays, including a number of Shakespeare’s works as well as other works both historical and recent. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students, and free for Michigan Tech students. Tickets can be purchased at the Rozsa ticket office at 487-3200 or online at No refunds or late seating.

Solomiya Ivakhiv and KSO finish fall season with Tchaikovsky NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra finished its 201011 season with a performance Saturday night. Coming off of their Winter Carnival pops concert the previous week, the orchestra performed Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto along with guest soloist Solomiya Ivakhiv, in addition to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring suite. The Appalachian Spring suite is quite possibly one of Copland’s most well known works. The ballet that the suite was adapted from was originally composed in 1944 near the end of World War II. The work was a departure from some of Copland’s recent work at the time, which had Western themes; Copland instead used Shaker music as an inspiration, appropriately, as the ballet is “a pioneer celebration in spring… in the Pennsylvania hills.” It is a fairly difficult piece, due to the complex timing, which often changes, and uses unusual times such as 5/4 instead of more common times such as 4/4 and 3/4. Interestingly, the original score called for only 13 instruments due to the size of the pit in the original auditorium. The suite, which includes full instrumentation, is

the much more popular and well-known version. The violin concerto has an interesting history. Originally composed in 1878, while Tchaikovsky was traveling abroad in an effort to shake the emotional distress of a disastrous marriage, the concerto was initially rejected as “unplayable.” It took three years after the work was written for someone to take up the challenge, and at the first performance the piece was roundly hated. The soloist, Adolf Brodsky, persisted and the piece generally gained popularity, with some of its early critics coming to embrace the work. The KSO’s guest soloist, Solomiya Ivakhiv is an awardwinning violinist, who has worked with distinguished groups such as the National Symphony of Ukraine, the Chamber Orchestra of Philidelphia, and the Baltimore Symphony. The concert was the KSO’s final concert of the season. Instead of performing an April concert, the orchestra will instead work with the Tech Theatre Company as the pit orchestra in their production of South Pacific. The KSO’s next regular concert will be in October, performing among others the popular “Night on Bald Mountain.”

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OPINION 5 A critique of the Snyder Budget Think twice before throwing Coach Russell under the bus

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LUKE GUBLO Opinion Editor

The term “shared sacrifice” is thrown around a lot these days within political circles. Certainly, it has been appropriated often within the current debate in Wisconsin over the benefits and collective bargaining rights of state workers. While that story has received a lot of press and publicity in the past week, another event happened that will have a marked effect on the tuition rates and education quality that Michigan Tech provides students. The event being referred to in this instance is the unveiling of

Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s budget. While I commend the governor for seriously addressing the $1.58 billion dollar deficit that Michigan faces for FY 2011, the fact of the matter is that while the governor says that his budget proposal demonstrates “shared sacrifice,” I’m just not convinced that it is as shared as he indicates that it is. Among Snyder’s proposals within his budget was the complete elimination of business tax credits for the state, increased contributions from state employees to pension and healthcare, and most pertinent to Michigan Tech students, a 5% and 15% percent in K-12 and higher education

Ask Sassy Dear Sassy, I have a professor who is extremely condescending. He seems to take pleasure in besting us with his superior knowledge. He always throws out obscure facts and seems amazed when we don’t know them already. Is it rude to confront him or should I just be a passive student? Sincerely, Peeved Pupil Dear Peeved, I’m sure it’s tempting to confront him. It is a supreme annoyance when a professor, from whom one seeks guidance and knowledge, acts in such a condescending manner. Classes are not held to boost egos or deflate self-esteem. Your professor’s behavior is unfortunate and a poor reflection on his character. However, it is your duty as a student to transform such circumstances into something constructive. Try to learn from your professor’s pigheadedness. In life, one may be granted many talents: physical, intellectual or otherwise. Boasting of these talents or using them as a tool to inflate the go is a sign that they are not fully appreciated. Your professor, who is no doubt extremely intelligent and accomplished in his field, is teaching you a lesson that is not in your textbook, but is valuable nonetheless. Dear Sassy, I really want to study abroad this fall, but I’m having trouble deciding where to go. There are so many choices and I know wherever I choose to go will be amazing. Do you have any tips to help me make up my mind? Sincerely, Travel Bug Dear Travel, I think it’s marvelous that you want to study abroad. It will be an invaluable addition to your education. Every student should pursue it. Because I am a well-rounded world traveller, I am able to offer you insight on some very exotic locations that will give you an excellent starting point. Why not take a trip to Mole Hill, Kansas? Breathe in the fresh air (watch out for the crop dusters) as you embrace the wonders of the American prairie. Don’t miss the pie at JJ’s Truck Stop; it’s the best (and only) pie for miles! Happy trails! Dear Sassy, I have worn glasses since the 2nd grade. But lately, they’ve been getting on my nerves and I think I want a change. I think I’m ready for contacts. I’m nervous about what people will say. Maybe I’m one of those people that only looks good in glasses. What if I get contacts and look like a complete loser? Sincerely, Insecure Four-eyes Dear Insecure, This is a very big decision. It’s probably the most important decision you will ever make in your life. You should spend a good deal of time thinking about this. If you make the wrong decision, it will probably begin a downward spiral into ruin. If you get contacts, you’re taking a big risk. Every time your friends see you, they’ll ask you where your glasses are. They’ll wonder why you don’t have your glasses. They’ll probably spend ten minutes gawking at your unadorned face. On the other hand, the removal of your glasses could unleash your true colors. You might suddenly find yourself unrestricted by your metal and glass prison that has been keeping you trapped for so long. More likely than not, though, it might be a really minor decision that will have no significant impact on your life whatsoever.

respectively. In once sense, it could be said that Snyder’s proposal does share the burden between people of all class levels, the fact of the matter is that cuts on lower income and college bound individuals will be felt much more than those from higher income backgrounds. It’s simply a study in proportionality. There are instances within Snyder’s budget, such as brown field tax credits, that are detrimental to low income households. In addition to that, news of shuttering half of the public schools within the Detroit Public School system will have marked effects on the lives of lower income individuals within the state. In addition to this, another casualty that will affect Michigan is the elimination of the Michigan film tax incentives. In many cases, these have provided jobs to Michiganders that wouldn’t have ordinarily existed otherwise. The debate over these tax credits amount to whether the state receives a good deal on the investment. It’s hard to quantify, since increased employment within Michigan will cause increased commerce from the investment in the state, but it’s an honest debate. Even with this, though, it’s a program that helped provide employment to Michiganders that wouldn’t normally have had employment, and this will be lost with a Snyder budget. Which brings me to the point of investment in education. While Snyder has claimed that these increased cuts will be offset in coming budget years by increased investment in education, the fact of the matter is that politicians have a history of saying one thing and meaning another. Furthermore, parents and students will have to endure further increased tuition rates, putting the student even deeper into debt even as him or her try to advance their education. In regards to the effect of a Snyder budget on Michigan Tech, the university will lose 22 percent of funding. The cut would be reduced to 15 percent if the university agreed not to increase tuition by 7percent during the next year. In that respect, the resulting blow to the student could be softened by this clause. What’s unknown, however, is the effect that it will have on Michigan Tech’s quality of education and increased emphasis on research. For his part, Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz is insisting that this will not affect Michigan Tech’s goals going into the future. “While the proposed budget reductions present challenges, we will respond to them, and they will not deter us from our objective of being a world-class technological research university,” said Mroz. Nonetheless, one remains skeptical of whether Snyder’s budget really is an excersise in shared sacrifice. While he emphasizes that people of all backgrounds are feeling the cuts, one still feels that these cuts are being made in an uneven fashion, all in the name of fiscal austerity. One can honestly hope that these proposals are only temporary; until such time that the Michigan economy corrects itself. If not, there’s a possibility that growth in the state could continue to slide.

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DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Having lived in the local area as long as I have, I swear I have nearly seen it all when it comes to Michigan Tech hockey. I saw the years Randy McKay was here and how competitive the Huskies were. I remember when Shawn Harrison became the first and only Huskies’ skater to lead the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in scoring. I’ve also seen some of the lowest points: the four-win season under head coach Tim Watters, the six and five win seasons, respectively, under current head coach Jamie Russell. However, I hate to say it, folks, but despite popular belief, firing Russell will not solve the problem. I am not a hockey apologist, or even a Russell apologist. I simply understand that college hockey isn’t like professional hockey. You can’t just change coaches and magically become better. It just doesn’t work that way. It takes years to build a winner in college sports. Sure, Don Lucia helped make Colorado College very good very fast, but they were already improving before he got there. He won two national titles in Minnesota, but it took him three years to build those teams after former head coach Doug

Woog had nearly run the program into the ground. Now I’m not trying to say that Russell hasn’t had ample opportunity to turn the ship around, but let’s look at the facts. The Huskies consistently won 10 or more games until Watters took over in 1996. Since then, the program has only won 10 or more games four times, with three different coaches. Changing coaches hasn’t fixed the situation. In fact, Russell is the only one of the three to do it twice, 18 and 14, respectively in consecutive seasons. The Huskies play in the most competitive conference in college hockey. Seven of the 20 best programs in the country play in the WCHA, the closest thing the NCAA has to a superconference. Name a football program that plays a schedule like that. Also, it’s tough to win when six of your top players are injured, just look at the Pittsburgh Penguins without Crosby, Malkin, and Kunitz. While the Huskies have certainly struggled, changing the guard rashly would be a mistake. This year’s freshman class will all be a year stronger next season. The return of a healthy Jordan Baker and a healthy Brett Olson won’t hurt, either. Barring any more injuries, that bodes well for Russell and his staff.

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Hockey Huskies looking for more wins in Minnesota JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer The hockey Huskies will be looking to build off of their split last weekend at No. 4 Denver as they hit the road for a two-game series against the No. 20 Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers are also coming off a three-point weekend at Wisconsin in which they earned a win and tie. In the previous meeting between the Huskies and Gophers in Houghton, Mich., the Gophers defeated the Huskies both nights, earning 6-4 and 4-1 wins. Team Scope: The Gophers: The Gophers return home after scoring eight goals against the Badgers in a 5-2 win and a 3-3 overtime tie. The Gophers have been having an up and down season and they are currently 10-10-4 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) action. Goaltender Kent Patterson, a junior, has all 10 of the team’s wins this season and remains their top goalie with a .926 save

Furne garners WCHA honor DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor After helping the hockey Huskies to their first win in 26 tries by scoring a shorthanded gamewinning goal, freshman winger Ryan Furne has been honored by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) as the Rookie of the Week. He added a second goal on Saturday. With the Huskies already leading 2-1 thanks in part to a shorthanded goal from freshman center Patrick McCadden, Furne extended the Huskies’ lead after getting a lead pass from McCadden and powering his way to the net to beat Denver Pioneers goaltender Sam Brittain. In addition to his two goals, Furne led the Huskies with 10 shots in the two games and a +1 rating. He fired six of the Huskies’ 19 shots on Saturday night. Furne has played in every game this season for the Huskies and is tied for second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 18 points. Furne is the second Huskies’ freshman named Rookie of the Week. Milos Gordic was named Co-Rookie of the Week on Oct. 12.

percentage and 2.34 goals against average. The Gophers are at .760 percent efficiency on the penalty kill and .171 percent on the power play. Seniors lead the Gophers scoring with four out of the top five point leaders for the team being in their final season. Forward Jacob Cepis is the Gophers’

top scorer, with 10 goals and 26 points. Forward Jay Barriball and Mike Hoeffel are tied for the team lead in goals with 12 each. The Gophers’ last loss at home came against Denver on Feb. 11, in a 2-1 loss in the Friday night game, and they are 4-6-2 at home in WCHA play. The Huskies: Friday night, the Huskies

Bearing down: Freshman forward Jacob Johnstone stares down Gophers goalie Kent Patterson. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

achieved their first win in 26 games, and even though they lost Saturday, they are hoping to add more wins to their name this weekend. Even though they can’t climb in the WCHA standings, they can make life difficult for everyone else. The Huskies suffered a big loss when points leader Milos Gordic, a freshman, went down with a season ending injury. His classmates had a big showing last weekend as they had three out of the four Huskies’ goals in the series. Who’s Hot: The Gophers: Junior forward Taylor Matson had two goals, including the game-winner against the Badgers last weekend. Matson has eight goals and two assists on the season and 41 shots on goal. The Huskies: Freshman forward Ryan Furne had two goals last weekend, including a shorthanded game-winner on Friday. Furne is tied for second on the team in points, behind freshman Milos Gordic with 10 goals and 18 points.

Two final tune-ups stand between the No. 7-ranked women’s basketball Huskies and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament. On Thursday, the Huskies will take on the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals and on Saturday, they will face the Northwood Timberwolves. In the previous meetings with these opponents, the Huskies beat the Cardinals by 20, 67-47, and the Timberwolves by 19, 85-66. The Cardinals are 7-17 on the season including 4-13 in GLIAC play. Since losing to the Huskies at the SDC Gym, the Cardinals have been slightly better, going 3-7, picking up victories over Tiffin, Lake Erie, and Urbana in a nonconference tilt. Sophomore forward Cheritee Green continues to be the Cardinals most consistent scorer, averaging 9.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. In the first meeting with the Huskies, she came off the bench to score four points in

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times Michigan Tech has been featured on ESPN SportsCenter this month. The first time was for a dunk against Wayne State and the second was the goal in Denver.


skiers who placed well enough (top-10) to earn All-Region honors. Alice Flanders, was the lone first-team qualifier.


blocks this season by senior forward Lucy Dernovsek. Along with her teammates, the Huskies have 132 blocks on the season, a new school record.


assists racked up this season by senior guard Don Fowler. He picked up four in Saturday’s comefrom-behind win over Lake Erie.

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22 minutes of action. rebounds per game. Huskies juSenior forward Brittany Bur- nior forward Lindsey Lindstrom khardt has played well for the held her to just seven points in 37 Cardinals, averaging 7.5 points minutes the first time around. and 6.2 rebounds per contest. continued at She was held scoreless in 16 minutes of action against the Huskies earlier this season. Freshman guard Kristen Greene is developing into a leader in the backcourt for the Cardinals. She only scored two points in 22 minutes against the Huskies earlier this season, but she averages 9.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves are 14-9 on the season and are riding a sixgame winning streak, all GLIAC wins, to improve to 10-7 in GLIAC play. In fact, the last time the Timberwolves lost was to the Huskies. Senior forward Pam Wilson remains one of Scoring touch: Senior center Lynn the most dynamic playGeisler shoots a jumper. ers in the GLIAC, averPhoto by Ben Wittbrodt aging 17.7 points and 9.3


feet, approximately, that Pioneers player Dave Makowski fired a puck on Saturday night to beat sophomore goaltender Kevin Genoe.

Schedules/Results Visit for full standings W. Basketball (21-2, 16-1 GLIAC) Feb. 17 vs. Ashland, W, 68-50 Feb. 19 vs. Lake Erie, W, 89-49 Thurs. at Saginaw Valley, 8 p.m. Sat. at Northwood, 3 p.m.

M. Basketball (14-10, 9-8 GLIAC) Feb. 17 vs. Ashland, W, 63-60 Feb. 19 vs. Lake Erie, W, 71-68 Thurs. at Saginaw Valley, 6 p.m. Sat. at Northwood, 1 p.m.

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

Hockey (4-24-4, 2-20-2 WCHA) Feb. 18 at Denver, W, 3-2 Feb. 19 at Denver, L, 5-1 Fri. at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Sat. at Minnesota, 8:30 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: St. Louis Blues at Calgary Flames, Brigham Young Cougars at San Diego State Aztecs, New York Knicks at Miami Heat

JACOB VEHRING Business Manager 1-2 Last Week, 37-23 Overall

STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief 2-1 Last Week, 36-24 Overall

DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor 0-3 Last Week, 24-36 Overall

YOU Readers 0-3 Last Week, 27-33 Overall

The East may have more star power, and even more so with Carmelo Anthony playing for the Knicks, but the West with Kobe just knows how to win games. Even if it was the All-Star game. The Calgary Flames have been very good at home and St. Louis has been bad on the road, put those two factors together and you get a Flames victory. Jimmer Fredette, of the BYU Cougars, has been dominating college basketball this year and already beat San Diego State once this year, that will happen again in the rematch. The Knicks have a new team this week, and will have a learning curve and will lose to the Heat who is farther along in their team development.

Flames, 4-2

The Blues desperately need some wins if they’re going to make the playoffs, but they’ll be lucky to take two of three games during their Western Canada trip. Unfortunately Calgary comes last, and the Flames will exercise their home ice advantage over St. Louis. BYU won convincingly over San Diego State a month ago, but they’ll keep Jimmer in check enough to deadlock the season series. Finally, the new-look Knicks have all eyes on them, but Melo and Amare will take a little more time to gel -- expect the Heat to roll big at home.

Flames, 4-2

The Blues are so young and so fragile right now it hurts. They go out and score nine against the Ducks, but only nine combined against the Hawks and the Avalanche. If this offense can ever figure it out, they will be deadly. Calgary is poised to stumble and St. Louis should be just the team to help them fall. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 in the previous meeting with the Cougars, and I think he will continue his hot hand at home against BYU as the Aztecs exact some revenge.

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.

BYU, 74-71 Heat, 105-87

Aztecs, 70-65 Heat, 104-98

Blues, 6-3 Aztecs, 59-57 Heat, 101-95 Last week’s picks: Predators Huskies West

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Men’s Basketball still looking to secure playoff spot DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Riding a three-game winning streak, the men’s basketball have all but sown up a spot in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament. They avenged a home loss to the Lake Superior State Lakers two weeks ago before winning a pair of thrillers over the Ashland Eagles and Lake Erie Storm to finish out their home schedule. The Huskies hope all this adversity will help them give back what both the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals and Northwood Timberwolves gave them, home losses. The Cardinals beat the Huskies 70-61 earlier this season as part of a four-game winning streak. The Cardinals are now 12-12 overall and 8-9 in GLIAC play, boasting wins over the Timberwolves twice, Grand Valley State, and Ashland. Junior Greg Foster has been the Cardinals top offensive threat, averaging 16.7 points and 5.5 re-

bounds per game. He came off the bench to score 12 points in 21 minutes against the Huskies on Jan. 15. Sophomores Michael Fugate and Chris Webb join Foster to give the Cardinals a deadly backcourt. Fugate averages 13.6 points and 3.2 assists per game while Webb notches 11.2 points and 2.0 assists. Webb posted 12 points against the Huskies while Fugate was held to nine earlier this season. Up front, the Cardinals boast an effective big man in junior forward Keithan Jackson.

Super scorer: Sophomore forward Ali Haidar puts up a layup against Lake Erie. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Jackson averages 12.5 from the floor and 6.9 rebounds per game. The Huskies held him in check earlier this season, allowing him only seven points. Since beating the Huskies 69-55, the Timberwolves have stumbled a bit, going 3-4. They are now 10-16 on the season, and 7-10 in GLIAC play. They come into this week having knocked off Lake Superior State on Saturday, 88-78. Junior forward Bobby Lewis is one of the top scorers in the GLIAC, averaging 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Lewis led the way for the Timberwolves in their previous encounter with the Huskies, scoring 18 points in 29 minutes. The Timberwolves’ backcourt is tough, featuring sophomores Andrew

VanDierenDonck and Cameron Joyce. They sit second and third, respectively, in team scoring, averaging 12.0 and 10.0 points per game. Joyce runs the offense effectively, averaging 5.4 assists per game. The duo combined for 17 points against the Huskies earlier this season. If the Huskies defeat the Cardinals on Thursday night, they should clinch a playoff spot. The highest they could place is sixth, which could lead to a rematch with Hillsdale, whom the Huskies defeated earlier this season in a thrilling overtime contest. There’s also a chance they could face Wayne State again. If that’s the case, they will look to stay off of ESPN SportsCenter for getting dunked on in the playoffs. Should they lose, they must win on Saturday. Be sure to check out our web site,, after each game for a detailed recap of the action.

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championship as season winds down STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief The warm weather threw us for a loop in terms of our planned coverage, but, like all the players, we are back on track. It’s pointless to publish our daily coverage in print since it will likely be outdated by the time you read it, but for now, following is a summary of what we plan to feature during the rest of the broomball playoffs, which are scheduled to wrap up this weekend. Every day we will offer previews and reviews of each day

in the playoffs. Perhaps you are focused on a specific match-up, in which case you can get a full grasp for the playoff bracket and how it plays out. We will also continue our power rankings, but they will be updated daily for the rest of the playoffs, specifically comparing the odds of winning a championship. Since the number of games is quickly narrowing down every single day, we will start to cover every single game the rest of the way, with online recaps posted each night, along with of course the nightly summary of the full

day. While we are not able to feature the bracket challenge this year, myself and broomball writer Joe Eckstein will post our picks for the remainder of the playoffs at An additional feature that we will be offering this year is an in-depth look at ice conditions. Anyone who has placed broomball knows that the ice surface has a significant impact on the game play, and by previewing it each day, teams can game plan accordingly. Keep your input coming, and enjoy the playoffs!

Nordic Skiing places third at NCAA Regionals who placed four racers in the top-20 in the 10-kilometer freestyle race. For the second straight comDugan finished with a time petition, the Nordic Skiing Husof 27:08, good for seventh. He kies skied well on Saturday, but earned second-team honors found themselves in third at the for his efforts. Freshman Mikko end of the day. Despite finishing Harju finished 12th thanks to behind rival Northern Michihis time of 27:33. Sophomore gan and Alaska-Fairbanks, the Matt Wong place 16th with a Huskies did place six skiers on time of 27:54. Sophomore Sonthe All-Region teams after the dre Sandvik, who finished with races held at the Michigan Tech a time 28:13, placed 19th. trails. “I thought Matt and Sondre Weather was as much a factor skied really well,” said Haggenas the trails were. After two days miller. of over-60 temperatures, Friday Sandvik, who finished the was marred by 40-mile an hour 10-kilometer classic race in winds, forcing race officials to ninth with a time 28:48, earned the freestyle races to Saturday All-Region honors. morning, followed by the classic Three more Huskies finished races later in the afternoon. in the top-20 in the classic race. Freshman Alice Flanders finHarju placed 11th thanks to a ished fifth in the women’s fivetime of 28:52. Dugan, who finkilometer freestyle race with a ished with a time of 29:01, fintime of 15:08. That was good ished 13th. Junior Luke Gesior enough to help rounded out the her earn firstHuskies’ racers team honors for with a 17th-place her efforts. finish (29:44). “I thought The Huskies Alice Flanders’ return to the skate race was trails on Mar.9 a real strong rewhen they travel sult,” said Husto Stowe, Ver., to kies head coach take part in the Joe HaggenmillNCAA Champier. “The comonships. Be sure petition was to check Mar. really tight. The 17’s print edition conditions were for a detailed Taking the lead: Members of the men’s Nordic Ski team. really good and recap of the acPhoto courtesy of Gowtham tion.


really fast.” Four more Huskies finished in the top-15. Sophomore Lynn Duijndam and senior Kristen Monahan finished in the top10, thanks to times of 15:12 and 15:30 respectively. They both were named to the secondteam. Freshman Malin Eriksson placed 11th with a time of 15:31. Sophomore Sarah Daniels, who finished with a time of 15:35, placed 15:35. In the women’s 10-kilometer classic race, Daniels earned All-Region honors by placing eighth. She finished with a time of 34:06. Two other Huskies placed in the top-15. Eriksson, who finished with a time of 34:35, placed 12th. Flanders placed 14th (35:04). In the men’s races, sophomore Matt Dugan paced the Huskies,

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Thursday, Feb. 24, Liberia-14 years of Civil War, 6:00PM, Chem Sci Building 101 Saturday, Feb. 26, African Night, Dinner, 5:00PM, MUB, Commons Performance,7:30PM, Rozsa Center

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1Girls Fight Back, Panhellenic Council, 7:00 -8:30 PM, MUB Ballroom A

1Women in Information Systems & Technology, Guest speaker--Anne Herron, Business Intelligence, Vice-President at Allis Information Management. 12:00-1:00 PM, MUB Ballroom A

1Leveling the Playing Field: Women in Sports, 12:00-1:00 PM, MUB Alumni Lounge

9 1Mean Girls- Taryn Mack,What to do if confronted by a “Mean”girl, 12:00-1:00 , MUB Ballroom A 21 1Feminist Work in Humanities Today, 1:00-2:00 , Peterson Library,Walker Building 23 1Women and Math: How Does it All Add Up? Dr. Bergvall, “Brain Scams: The Real Story about Sex, Brains, and Engineering,”12:00-1:00 , Ballroom A-1 25 1Feminists Making Waves, 1:00-2:00 , Peterson Library,Walker Building PM




1Bra Show: Candy! 8:00 PM, MUB Ballroom, Cost: Donation

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