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Study Abroad: Exploring Prague’s history

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October 27, 2011

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STC Student Chapter gets national recognition KRYSTEN COOPER Lode Writer The Scientific and Technical Communication (STC) student chapter at Michigan Tech has become a powerful student force. As a result of this, they have turned the scientific and technical communications major from obscure, to recognized across campus. This recognition, however, reaches much farther than Houghton. The Society for Technical Communication (STC), the national organization the student chapter is under, is considering Tech’s student chapter to host a webinar for other student chapters across the country to watch and learn how to become a successful group. In addition, Liz Pohland, the editor of the STC journal intercom, wants some of the advisors of the STC program here to write an article for the publication about what the student chapter is doing. That being said, what is the student chapter at Tech doing to earn this recognition? Our student chapter sponsored Eric Johnson on his journey to becoming homecoming king. In addition, they are in charge of scheduling STC speaker series presentations where professionals in the STC field come to the university and speak to students about what they do. The chapter also runs the “I am STC” campaign, which uses

posters to spread recognition for the major across campus. They also have a member of the organization sit on the STC steering committee, which decides important things for the major, such as curriculum and class content. Throughout the year they hold fundraising activities. The student chapter allows its members to travel as well. The STC Summit, a conference held in various locations across the U.S., is where the Society for Technical Communication presents what is new in the field. This conference not only keeps current STC students well informed, but it also provides them with an opportunity to network and find jobs. After attending the conference, they make a video documentary where those who attended talk about what they learned to inform those who did not attend. Jess Banda, former president of the STC student chapter said that when she joined in 2009, there were only three members. At that point, the chapter had to change the way they were doing things or dissolve. Banda became president later that year and helped re-structure the organization. Since then it has grown to new heights, as there are now 20 regular members. The current president of the chapter, Maggie Day, said “The chapter has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years….

Photo courtesy of STC Student Chapter

This semester we have increased attendance almost threefold! It’s great to see our small major get together and put on some great

events. We’ve had…STC majors win Homecoming the past two years, and we always say STC majors will take over the world. I’m

looking forward to the STC Summit this year and hope it will help me find a job I love!”

“Occupy Wall Street” protest grows in size JESSICA KENNEDY Lode Writer What started as a small group of disenchanted young protesters occupying a city park near the nation’s financial center in New York City, has rapidly spread to more than seventy major cities

in the US apparently becoming effectively linked with ongoing protests against many features of the existing social order in several nations around the world and a host of “Occupy-type” protests springing up in foreign capitols. The inspiration for the Wall Street protest is claimed to come from a group called the Adbusters

Media Foundation. On their website, Adbusters’ stated purpose is to, “topple existing power structures and force a major shift in the way we live in the 21st century.” In mid-2011, Adbusters proposed to its 120,000 readers a peaceful occupation of Wall Street to protest what it saw as the excessive influence of corpo-

rations in governmental affairs, a growing divide between rich and poor, and the failure of the judicial system to assign guilt to countless acts of financial chicanery of bankers and leaders of public lending agencies involved in the near collapse of the US financial system in 2008. Television and print news agencies have struggled to succinctly characterize the demands of the protesters put off by the fact that there are, apparently, no officially-designated spokespersons for the protesters. It was reported on, that the desirability of drafting of a list of focused demands is being debated through various online discussion forums. One particular Saturday during the protests, nearly 100 people were arrested while policemen bombarded Wall Street and pepper-sprayed several women who were thrown to the ground, jumped on demonstrators, injured several men, and handcuffed protestors who stood on the sides and acted in non-violent ways. The actions of these New York policemen as well as the incident itself also did not receive any media coverage by the Mass Media’s major news Photo courtesy of David Shankbone via Wikipedia corporations or newspapers.

So what’s driving the protests? In a Washington Post piece, Adbusters’ Kalle Lasn suggested that many young people in America see only a dismal future. Lasn said, “They look at the future and see just one big black hole. They look at a world with climate change that will be much hotter when they get older, at a political crisis and corruption in Washington, at the American democracy not working any more at a time when America is in decline, and at a financial crisis in which the Dow Jones could plummet tomorrow. If we don’t stand up and fight for a different kind of future, they realize, we won’t get one.” So is there likely to be an “Occupy Houghton/Hancock” in our future? Residents of nearby Marquette, woke on Saturday, October 14th to discover that a group identifying itself as “Occupy the UP” would march through downtown Marquette and later distribute literature in front of the post office. What will come of the “Occupy” protests remains to be seen. Despite the Mass Media’s neglected efforts to broadcast about the protests, the people of “Occupy Wall Street” have gotten a great deal of attention, which is already quite evident.

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GLBTQ Month comes to an end MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer

Halloween Events The Sigma Pi fraternity will be hosting their annual Haunted House this weekend. Located on College Avenue across from Wells Fargo, gravestone decorations dress up their lawn making it obvious to stop by for a scare. The Coast Guard station in Dollar Bay will also be holding a haunted house, sure to frighten even the bravest souls. This event starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. on Saturday night, and there is no entry fee. If you want a scare with a local twist, visit the Quincy Mine Hoist this weekend for a haunted mine tour. There will be six tours starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and four tours starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call the Quincy Mine business office at 482-5569. Still need a costume and find yourself on a budget? Jeannie’s Specialty Boutique located on 127 Quincy Street in Hancock is trying to get out of the costume business and is currently selling costumes and accessories at a big markdown! Masks are 50 percent off, wigs are 30 percent off and rental costumes are selling at 50 percent off. Costumes, from superheroes to chicken outfits, are up to 40 percent off. Sexy costumes for ladies are also on sale, and are available from sizes x-small to 3XL and 4XL.

As September draws to a close, Michigan Tech hosts the last two events for GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) History Month. LGBT History Month has been observed October every year since its founding in 1994. This year, Tech has hosted no less than seven events to recognize the trials and culture, both in the past and ongoing, of the LGBT community. The first event was actually part of a larger event, the blackout hockey game. To resonate with the campaign by Keweenaw Pride to distribute shirts bearing the slogan “Gay? Fine by Me.” Tech gave out a number of black shirts with the text “Gay? Fine by Michigan Tech.” Oct. 11 was National Coming Out Day, and was the second event in the History Month schedule. It was observed with Keweenaw Pride’s rainbow door; students could have their photograph taken as they were walking through, symbolizing coming out of the closet as a member of the LGBTQ community or a supporter and ally. Third was the showing of “Before Stonewall”, a documentary about how the LGBT community was treated, how they adapted and what cultures they had amongst each other before the iconic 1969Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots happened after gay hangouts were routinely raided and harassed by police until decades of frustration and repression welled up, resulting in a massive demonstration outside the Stonewall Hotel in the Greenwich Village. This is widely considered to be a turning point in LGBT history. Before then, being gay could result in being placed in a mental institution without warning, if not harsh legal punishment. The riots finally cracked the barrier of silence to pave the way for the dialogue that has made a lot of social progress since then. On Oct. 18, the esteemed speaker Robyn Ochs, who gave two favorably reviewed workshops as the fourth and fifth events, visited Tech. Ochs is an activist and speaker about LGBT issues and is openly bisexual; she humorously refers

to herself as a “Professional Bisexual” when she was invited to speak at a university and was greeted by a banner describing her as such. Ochs recounted that she was surprised by the banner, debated the various interpretations that the audience might come away with, and ultimately said to herself “why not?” Och’s first workshop, titled “Loosening the Gender Girdle,” focused on the issues of gender, identity, and how cultural notions of gender influence how people interactions between peoples and pressure them to behave in certain ways. Ochs challenged participants to confront stereotypes that are applied to each gender, using dialogue, brainstorming and role-playing exercises. Afterwards, Ochs spoke about gender theory as discussed by highly regarded sociologists, and asked the audience to consider the idea of gender being a performance. She spoke the notion that culture rewards people who perform the gender ‘well,’ punishes people who cross gender barriers, creates gender roles that diminish women and enforce very strict norms. Ochs further noted that gender roles could be very harmful to people of both genders and especially to transgendered individuals. She encouraged her audience to avoid harmful “Gender Policing” and to reflect on what gender means to each person individually and how he or she identifies with respect to that aspect. For her second speech, Ochs presented the workshop “Beyond Binaries,” which was about identity and the sexuality spectrum. The talk began with theory about sexual orientation, ultimately leading to a discussion of the work of Kinsey, one of the first psychologists to acknowledge and study homosexuality. For the workshop, Ochs allowed the audience to fill out an anonymous survey of their orientation, feelings and experiences. The results were then shuffled and redistributed, and the audience was instructed to move from one part of the room according to the survey result’s rating in various aspects, such as sexual attraction, romantic attraction, sexual experiences


and thoughts/fantasies. The audience found that many people reported different ratings on the Kinsey scale – with zero being entirely heterosexual, six being entirely homosexual, and middle values corresponding to mixed (bisexual) feelings – for the different aspects and also for different time frames. Ochs informed the audience that orientation is far more than a binary, limited to gay and straight, but is a multidimensional spectrum. Ochs recounted the story of approaching a fellow bisexual and, during conversation, stated that bisexuals did not see gender. She told that her friend countered the comment, “It’s all about gender – I date football players and cheerleaders.” Afterwards, Ochs reflected and realized that she herself was attracted to androgynouspresenting people of either gender, and encouraged the audience to reflect on their own personal “recipe” for what their ideal mate was with respect to gender presentation. Ochs then followed by reminding the audience that gender was just one of many aspects of people that factored into attraction, noting that focusing on gender was very narrow and unproductive. She gave the example “ever meet someone who you were attracted to... until they started talking?” as a reminder that personality and compatibility were very strong factors as well. This is the last week of events for GLBTQ History Month, which happens to be Asexuality Awareness Week (observing another demographic under the gender-sexuality-minority umbrella). The sixth event, “GLBTQ History: Reclaiming the Queer Past,” will be held in MUB Ballroom A1 on Oct.27 at 8 p.m. This event looks at LGBT history as far back as cave paintings and ancient Greece, and it will be held by guest lecturer Josh Burford. The last scheduled event, “Beyond Stonewall: How Queer Community Changed America,” Burford will talk about how the decade following the Stonewall Riots impacted the cultural and social progression of the LGBT community and how life in the United States has changed for LGBT people.


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A Friendly Reminder from Public Safety

Winter Parking Rules Go Into Effect on November 1st No person shall park any vehicle on campus between the hours of

2:00 AM and 7:00 AM From November 1st to April 30th, except as follows:

1) In designated parking areas for occupants of University Housing. What sort of activities would you like to see in the Lode? Let us know by e-mailing This week’s puzzle will be a hard puzzle. However challenging this may be though, remember it will always be easier than your Physics homework. —we don’t want you wasting too much of your brain power on this though! The answer to last week’s puzzle is below. Enjoy!

2) Employees working on an assigned shift and parking in an assigned over-night parking Space. 3) Anyone issued a special overnight parking permit by the Department of Public Safety & Police Services.

Vehicles violating these rules will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Paying off college debts

The White House releases new steps for students CAMERON SCHWACH News Editor On Oct. 25 the Whitehouse Press Secretary released a series of additional steps students can take to help those currently dealing with financial debt due to their college career pay off their loans. This move was made in conjunction with the Pell Grant association and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, “to help make college more affordable for millions of current and future students.” The announcement detailed several different options being added on to college repayment plans that will help reduce the amount owed to a more manageable payment based off of a borrower’s current income level. The first adjustment made will allow borrowers to cap their student loan payments at 10% of their discretionary income, instead of the current 15%. This part of the plan was suggested during the 2010 State of the Union address, and Congress was quick to enact the policy. The income-based repayment (IBR) plan will be put into effect July 1, 2014. However, the President’s administration is putting forward a “Pay As You Earn” proposal to help guarantee that borrowers graduating in 2012 or later will be able to qualify as well. For

more information and to see if an IBR payment plan would be beneficial to your loan status, go to ( ibr). The next proposal the administration is attempting to establish is to ease the repayment by allowing those who consolidate their loans a discount. This plan is help those with Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) group their monthly payments with their Direct Loan payments for one monthly payment, but also letting the borrowers keep the terms and conditions of the original loan. This offer will be a limited-time deal offered by the government beginning in January 2012, and will also include a 0.5 percent reduction to the interest rate of the consolidated loan. Finally, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education are working on creating a financial aid model that will help students understand the different types of loans available to them, as well as what different financial aid packages would offer them should they accept. This project would also provide the students with clear, and upfront, assessments of each loan’s risks associated with it before the student encounters them or even accepts the loan. The project is being called

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Are you MAN enough? KEDAR JUMDE Lode Writer

Are you the one who has to bear the brunt of your tempestuous partner? Tired of domestic violence and somehow wish to bring an end to it? Alas, there is someone who can help. The Society of African American Men (SAAM) is an organization dedicated to the promotion of brotherhood, unity and scholastic achievement. SAAM also strives to help foster character development and discipline in African American men and provide cultural diversity and awareness throughout the Michigan Technological University community. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, sexual assault, physical assault, battery and/or

other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior and is thus part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma and, sometimes in the worst, death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. Children are most vulnerable in their formative ages, for they tend to imitate their parents. It need not be proved that witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is one of the stron-

gest risk factors of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. And yes, what about mental anguish? How can we possibly expect victims to carry out their daily chores confidently when they undergo such dreadful times? The members of SAAM therefore joined hands to create awareness on this crucial issue. ‘Walk a mile in her shoes’ organized by SAAM, is a national march to raise awareness and funding for domestic violence. Nearly 100,000 men from all over the world have worn high heels to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The event is scheduled on October 29, 2011 at the MUB Ballroom. To register contact Vince Fitzgerald at or call the Centre for Diversity & Inclusion at (906)-487-2920.


MUB Board hosts annual Fall Card Tournament NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor At 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 3, the MUB board will be hosting their fourth annual Fall Card Tournament. The tournament is open to all Michigan Tech students. Both experienced poker players and newbies are welcome, and instructions will be provided for players who do not know the rules of the game. Officially, the tournament runs until 10:00 p.m., but past tournaments have run very long as players make it through the various rounds of the tournament. Last year’s spring tournament, for example, ran well past 10:00 p.m. even though it


was a much smaller event. The fall tournament is traditionally the much larger event; MUB Board representative Trevor Gibson said that in the past they’ve had more than 100 players, and have even turned players away. Those interested in participating should arrive early to ensure a seat. Refreshments, such as water and soda, will be provided for participants. The tournament format will have players divided into tables, playing Texas Hold’Em poker. The winner of each table will proceed to a new table in the next round. The winner of the tournament will receive a $150 cash prize; the second and third place finishers will receive $75 and $25 prizes.

Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

Eric Whitacre visits Tech ZACHARY PAGE Lode Writer Renowned composer Eric Whitacre gave a lecture on his experiences as a composer and with his virtual choir on Thursday and Friday at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts. Born in a small town near Reno, Nevada, Whitacre described his childhood as being “secular”. It was not until high school that he discovered his passion for music. He described joining the school choir as a world “turned from black and white to an explosion of color”. In college, Whitacre began writing his own compositions

and attended Julliard School while completing his Master’s. Since then, he has written numerous compositions for choral, orchestra, wind, solo, television and more. Whitacre drew most of his inspiration, most heavily witnessed in his choral compositions, from famous poets and writers. “Sleep”, one choral written by him, was based on a poem by Robert Frost entitled, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. “Sleep” was used as an example during the lecture as a way of illustrating the numerous means he uses to direct his chorus. He typically labels his style of directing as “compassionate fascism”. “When I get up on the stage, I am full of animation,” says Whitacre.

Recently, Whitacre has set up a virtual choir, which allows YouTube users to sing choral pieces. He then collects all users for that piece and sets up his own virtual performance. His inspiration came from a young girl he discovered on YouTube singing one of his pieces. Whitacre then began his first test run for “Sleep”, which received more than one million hits in the first two months of its release. He also plans on releasing a new virtual choir video soon. For more information on Whitacre and his work, visit his website at For information on upcoming events, visit the Rozsa website at www.rozsa.

All in: Students enjoy last year’s Spring Card Tournament Photo by Caitlin Pionke

Tie-dye with the Green Campus Enterprise RACHEL BARLOCK Guest Writer

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Upcoming Events October 29 October 31 November 3

Green Campus Enterprise will be hosting a tie dying recruitment event on Thursday, November 3rd at 5:00 p.m. in Dow 110. There will be free pizza provided! Green Campus is part of the enterprise program on campus that students

can join and use as senior design electives. The goal of Green Campus Enterprise is to help the Michigan Tech Administration effectively engage the university community in reducing the carbon footprint. Some of the projects we’re working on include a carbon calculator, energy reduction in computer labs and buildings, campus awareness, and wind turbine feasibility. If interested in learning more about Green Campus feel free to attend the tie dying event, attend a weekly meeting on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in Rekhi 214, or contact

October 28 - November 3 at Roger’s Cinema Puss in Boots Sat. and Sun. Matinees at (1:00) (3:00) and Daily at (5:00) (7:00) (9:00)

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Residence Halls Safehouse 8:00 a.m. Week of Wellness begins

7:30 p.m. McArdle Theater “Fuddy Meers”

In Time Sat. and Sun. Matinees at (12:40) (2:50) and Daily at (5:00) (7:10) (9:20) Paranormal Activity 3 Sat. and Sun. Matinees at (1:30) (3:30) and Daily at (5:30) (7:30) (9:30) The Three Musketeers Sat. and Sun. Matinees at (12:30) (2:40) and Daily at (4:50) (7:00) (9:10) Footloose Sat. and Sun. Matinees at (12:30) (2:45) and Daily at (5:00) (7:15) (9:30)

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Study Abroad:



Exploring Prague’s history ELIJAH HAINES Lode Writer It’s my fifth week in Prague. Although I’m surrounded by a foreign, wonderful world, our apartment remains an American haven where everything is all too familiar. It’s eerily similar to life at Michigan Tech. The guys I live with are messy; one of them is cooking mac and cheese as I write. It’s noisy in the stairwell in the evening, and people have the habit of crooning to guitars at odd hours of the night. So it’s outside the doors of Křižíkova 17 that I spend most of my time. Today, after my Gender and Post-Socialist Transformation class, I rushed off to the Rudolfinum, eager to pick up a couple of tickets I had reserved. The Rudolfinum is a gigantic and beautiful theatre, planted right on the Vltava River in Old Town. Statues of famous composers line the roof. It has two theatre halls and several galleries that house traveling art exhibits. In 1896, Antonín Dvořák conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the Rudolfinum’s maiden concert. Directly outside the front steps is a statue of the great Czech composer, clutching the lapel of his coat and striking a

frontier-esque pose. On October 12, I’ll be enjoying several string quartets by Mozart, Fibich and Shostakovich in the intimate Suk Hall, and on October 20, I’ll bask in Beethoven’s dramatic symphonies in the impressive Dvořak hall- all for around $15. Will it be the highlight of my trip to Prague? I’ll reserve judgment until I see Don Giovanni down the street, in the very theatre where Mozart conducted the premier. In between discovering what modern Prague has to offer, I’ve been immersing myself in its past and attempting to unravel its complicated history. In class today, our professor showed us images of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague. Although these same tanks liberated the country in the 40s, this new takeover was devastating to Czech people particularly as they had just begun an optimistic new era (referred to as the Prague Spring). Worse, the Soviets came without warning in the night. Prague went to sleep a hopeful nation and woke up a resigned one. The photographs showed expressions of disbelief. In one, three generations of Czechs gazed at the oncoming Soviet tanks - a little boy, a middle-aged man and

an elderly woman stood huddled together. Another showed a brave young student standing on a Soviet tank brandishing a Czech flag. A year or two after the invasion, the restrictive regime tightened its grip on Prague and Czechoslovakia, and it sank into two decades of Communist rule. If you walk to the top of Wenceslas Square in central Prague, you’ll find a modest memorial - a black cross rising slightly from the cobblestone. This is where Jan Palach, a young student, burned himself alive in protest of that 1968 invasion. Horrified at the take-over and disheartened at Prague’s passive reaction, he was driven to his now legendary selfimmolation. At times, Prague seems to be a city of memorials. But what can one expect, considering the long history of regime change and war? Statues to Nazi and Communist regime victims are common here. The most moving memorial I’ve seen is also perhaps the smallest. On a non-descript street there’s a small, bronze cobblestone in front of an apartment building. Unless you spend a good amount of time looking at your feet when you walk, it’s doubtful you’d stumble across it by chance. On the stone is the engraving:

Strategic little black boxes GIANNA GOMEZ - MAYO Lode Writer The theme song had played, and I sat quietly as large amounts of beeping resonated from my television screen. I knew that my favorite talking sponge was committing a very large social faux pas through his use of diction and word choice, yet I could not truly understand what it was. As the episode continued I wished, quite desperately, to know what exactly they were saying and why it was being covered up with dolphin noises. Once the episode had finished I thought nothing of it, I did not understand why or how this had happened, and, like any other child would do, I forgot about it. It was not until high school that I finally understood the implications of censorship in our communities, our country and our world. Censorship has always been viewed, superficially, as the concept of placing little black boxes strategically on the human form, but what many do not consider is the fact the censorship has bled its way deep into many aspects of our lives, creating large discrepancies between our morality and our laws. The idea of censorship stems from the concept of protection. Protection has always played a large role within humanity. Humans and other animals live to

protect their own from starvation, persecution and now, words, images and ideas. Censorship allows for a sense of security in our world. Parents do not have to be afraid their child will turn on the Disney Channel and there will be a nude Selena Gomez front and center, or that the dolphin noises in “SpongeBob SquarePants” will magically turn into f-bombs and s-words. Some people feel that censorship allows for a more humane world, forcing humanity to actually think about what they say or do before prior to acting. Although when concerning children, censorship can be crucial once we reach the adult world. So is censorship really an issue? Doesn’t censorship remove some of the rights granted to us as American citizens and human beings? Although by law censorship is a non-issue, as human beings we put a value on everything we say, especially when the idea of morality comes into play. Many feel censorship revives a sense of principle to our ever-shifting world. But the truth is, just because something is not printed or painted does not mean the idea is not out there. You could walk the halls of a high school and learn the words that television, newspapers and radios are not allowed to say. So what are we “protecting” each other from? Either way, morality will be tainted in some

way, shape or form. The only things we are achieving through censorship are delays and headaches. As we review the idea of censorship, one of the things that come to mind, as Americans, is freedom of speech. Freedom of speech came into our culture through the Revolutionary War. As America’s founding fathers declared independence, they wanted future generations to be able to speak freely and not be persecuted for it. Today, many are lulled into a conditional sense of freedom of speech. Although this right makes it a possibility for me to say “Obama sucks!” if I wanted to say something in relation to sex it is not as socially acceptable. Many feel freedom of speech is being exploited and pushed to an unnecessary boundary, but those who “push” that line are just doing what the law permits, so why should they be ostracized for it? Censorship has always been a huge issue in America. Through its social development, Americans have relied on censorship for the protection of youth and morality. But as we reflect on humanity and its laws, does censorship really do anything for us? People censor on their own and through society’s norms, so why make strategic little black boxes necessary in our culture when in the end we will all know what lies beneath?

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“Zde bydlel Hanuš Adler nar. 1922 deportován 1941 do Lodže zavražděn” In English it reads: “Here lived Hanuš Adler, born 1922, deported 1941, murdered in Lodz”. I learned later there are thousands of these cobblestones throughout Europe, memorializing Holocaust victims. I’m not able to describe the feeling I had as I looked down at the dirty bronze plaque. 70 years ago, a 19-year-old boy had been wrenched from his home at that very spot and senselessly murdered in a Nazi-established Jewish ghetto in Poland. I did some research and was able to find a copy of his passport and several other government documents. He was born in Prague on February 11 to parents Max and Anna. The passport has a photo of a young boy with dark, side-swept hair in a white, short-sleeved col-

lared shirt. Another form shows the teenage Adler, in glasses, a shirt and tie and coat. His brown hair is neatly combed back. And that’s been the way of my discovery of Prague’s past. Heroic events and the glorious periods of history (marked by such landmarks as the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock) are marred by violence and tragedy. But, such is history, and it’s worth becoming familiar with the personal stories of those who lived through it. My next article will include a change of scenery. On Friday, I’m taking a five-day tour of Vienna and Budapest with my study abroad program. Sites will include the Vienna Opera House, the beautiful Belvedere Palace and several castles in Hungary. I can’t wait to see another little glimpse of the world.

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Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, October 27 2011

Sports On the road again:


Husky Football vs. GVSU JACOB SHULER Lode Writer Husky football is on the road for the second week in a row looking for their fifth GLIAC win of the season. So far the Huskies have gotten half of their wins on the road and this weekend will take on the Grand Valley State Lakers in search of another. Last week’s game against the Northwood Timberwolves was dominated by the Huskies defense. The Huskies held the Timberwolves to zero passing yards and 191 rushing yards. Husky scoring started off after a recovered fumble from a failed option pitch. Tyler Scarlett completed a pass to receiver Steve Worthy for a 45-yard touchdown run. The Timberwolves answered with a 44-yard run to tie the score at 7-7. The Huskies allowed the Timberwolves to score only three more points. The final score was 24-10.

“In the second half we controlled the clock,” commented Coach Kearly. “They got a few things in the first half. We made a couple of scheme changes at the half. I thought we played very well defensively the whole game.” This week, the Huskies hit the road again to go head to head against the Lakers. This season, the Lakers have returned to form scoring an average of 44 points per game. The Lakers have offense in both running and passing, averaging 222 yards rushing and 253 yards passing per game. The Huskies have been able to control the clock this year with their running game. The Lakers, despite their offensive numbers, have controlled the ball for less time than their opponents. Controlling the clock will serve as additional defense to combat the Lakers strong offensive numbers.

MTU sails to third JACK AMMERMAN Lode Writer

This past weekend four sailors from the Michigan Tech Sailing Team traveled to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and came away with a third place overall finiswh. University of Michigan Sailing Club is located on Baseline Lake, 30 minutes north of Ann Arbor’s campus. College sailing regattas consist of two fleets, A and B, with two sailors from each school in each fleet on the same boat. Each fleet sails two races, usually lasting 20 to 30 minutes, then rotates boats with the other fleet for another two races. After each rotation, teams rotate boats, the idea being that each team will sail all the boats throughout the weekend for an even playing field. Racing started bright and early on Saturday morning with 12 races held over a course of six hours. However, light and shifty wind

conditions that prevailed through out the weekend forced the sailors to compete in less than ideal conditions. Consistent finishes with a few race wins had the Huskies in a good position for the overall after the first day of sailing. More light winds on Sunday morning led to a one-hour postponement, allowing only four races. The boats that were able to stay in wind puffs and carry speed throughout the racecourse were victorious. Light wind sailing poses many challenges for racing sailors, but patience led the Huskies to finish on the podium. Husky sailors have two regattas left this season, one at University of Wisconsin – Madison and anther on Lake Michigan at Northwestern University in mid November. The Michigan Tech Sailing Team is currently ranked in eighth place in the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association.

Sophomore Heath Parling is the leading passer for the Lakers. This season he has averaged 224 yards per game. Last year he served as the reserve quarterback for the Lakers. Parling’s number one receiver is Charles Johnson. Johnson is a junior who was redshirted for the 2010 season. This season he has recorded an average of 95 yards receiving per game. Rushing for the Lakers is led by Norman Shuford. Shuford has an average of 93 yards per game followed closely by Hersey Jackson with 84 yards per game. Shuford is playing his first season for the Lakers going mostly untested while playing in Akron. He only gained 57 yards rushing before joining the Lakers. Shuford Jackon is a sophomore who was redshirted as a freshman. The 2010 season saw Jackson rush 34 times for 140 yards. Together, these two form the core of the Lakers’ run-

ning game. The Laker’s defense has been strong this year by limiting the Lakers’ opponents to a scoring average of less than half of that of the Lakers. “They may not have the best record but I think there’s a lot of people in our league that would say they’re the best team,” said Coach Kearly. “We were able to beat them last year, and the big thing was we had a back that rushed for 200 yards.” Rushing and passing have been strong points for the Huskies this season. Black and Gold will be looking to running backs Akeem Cason and Cedrig Barbor to eat up the play clock and give the Huskies more chances to score. Scarlett will help take the pressure off the running game with a passing game that always threatens to score. Both passing and rushing will be paramount in this weekend’s game in Allendale, Mich.

Athlete of the Week:

Katie Boardman For the second time this year, Katie Boardman is the Athlete of the Week after an outstanding weekend for the soccer Huskies. Boardman set a school record for most points in a game after netting two goals and two assists for a 5-1 Husky win over Northwood last Friday. Boardman has led the Huskies in points throughout the season and now stands at 20 overall points. She has also been an offensive leader for the Huskies with 61 shots on net this season. The Fond du Lac, Wisconsin native has also been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Soccer Player of the



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Game left in the soccer Husky’s sophomore season. The Huskeis are on the road to take on rival Northern Michigan for the final GLIAC play.


Home games in a row for Husky volleyball. These games will finish up their regular season.


Goals Denver had aginst Minn. St. last weekend. The Huskies will see the Pioneers at home this Friday and Saturday at 7:07 p.m.


Week until women’s basketball returns to home court. They head to Green Bay for their only exibition game of the season and return home November 12 and 15.


Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech

Days until the Muck Run. The 5 k is at the Tech Trails. Prepare your silliest costume and go support Husky cross country!

Week for her achievements this past weekend.

Husky Hockey takes on Denver at home JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor The hockey Huskies are back at home this weekend as they face off against the Denver University Pioneers for the two team’s first meeting of the season. The Big Story: The Huskies return home after dropping their weekend series in 5-6, 1-3

losses while the Pioneers travel to Houghton after 4-2, 10-2 wins. The Pioneers enter the weekend with a three game winning streak going after sweeping Minnesota State last weekend. Team Scope: The Huskies: The Huskies might be 4-2-0 for the season but they are 4-0-0 on home ice and they are back this weekend to defend this record. The Hus-

kies are back at work this week as they look to improve their special teams after allowing a third of their goals against while on the penalty kill last weekend. After last weekend, the Husky’s power play sits at 13th in the nation with their penalty kill at 21st. The Huskies also look to improve on finishing their chances after outshooting the Beavers 31-13 Saturday night, but only turn-

ing one of those opportunities into a goal. The Pioneers: The Pioneers visit Houghton looking to extend their three game win streak. After netting 14 goals last weekend, the Pioneers’ offense is on a roll and looking for more. Special teams were a big part of the Pioneers’ success last weekend, netting two shorthanded goals and tallying six more while on the power

Tanner Kero celebrates after scoring the Huskies’ first goal of the night Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

play. Injury Report: Sophomore forward Milos Gordic is taking things day to day after having shoulder surgery over the summer and could possibly be in the line up for this weekend. Junior defender Tommy Brown will be out for at least another month as he recovers from appendix surgery last week. Season Series: This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Last season they split their series with the Huskies taking a 3-2 win February 18th and the Pioneers taking the next night 5-1. Overall, on home ice the Huskies have a 50-33-7 advantage over the Pioneers. Puck Drop: The Huskies return to their home ice only to be met by one of the strongest teams they will see this season. The Pioneers are no novices to scoring and continue to be a force on their special teams. The Huskies need to reduce their penalties taken and step up on the penalty kill in order to shut down the Pioneers powerful power play line. In the offensive zone finishing chances will be the make or break factor in netting goals. “You want to play the best and beat the best and this is an excellent opportunity,” said Husky’s assistant coach Bill Muckalt “We feel we’ve made some strides as a hockey club, were going to have to play our best hockey, but that’s good, you want to play your best hockey. The opportunity is here and now its what are we going to with that opportunity.”

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Husky Soccer’s season closer at NMU this Friday

QUICK LOOK HOCKEY Oct. 28-29 vs. Denver 7:07 p.m. Nov. 4-5 vs. Minn St. 7:07 p.m. Nov. 18-19 at Alaska 11:07 p.m. Nov. 25-26 at St. Law. 7:07 p.m.

• Huskies have 4-2-0 overall record • This weekend will be Den- ver’s final visit as a member of the WCHA • Denver on a two game win- ning streak after sweeping Minn. St. last weekend

SOCCER Oct. 16 vs. Grand Valley St. 0-3 L Oct. 21 vs. Northwood 5-1 W Oct. 23 vs. Sag. Valley St. 3-0 W Oct. 28 at Northern Mich. 4 p.m.

• Sophomore Katie Boardman named GLIAC Player of the week • On two game winning streak • Goes to Marquette for final regular season game • First time going to Mqt. this season

FOOTBALL Oct. 22 at Northwood 24-10 W Oct. 29 at Grand Valley St. 7 p.m. Nov. 5 vs. Ferris St. 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Northern Mich. 1 p.m.

JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor This Friday the soccer Huskies head to Marquette to take on rival Northern Michigan Wildcats in their final regular season game of 2011. The Huskies closed out their home season last weekend with a set of wins over Northwood and Saginaw Valley State, lifting them to fifth place in the division standings. Last Friday night when playing against Northwood, the Huskies took their fourth win in the highest scoring game of the season, achieving a 5-1 victory. Sophomore forward Katie Boardman made history for the Huskies, setting the school record for points (6) after netting two goals and assisting two more for the win. Sunday night, Husky net-minder MaryBeth Spoehr turned away every shot by the Cardinals to record her second shutout of the season and bring the Huskies a win. Three different Huskies netted goals that game, including freshman forward Alyssa Hynnek who put up one goal and one assist toward the win. For the regular season closer, the Huskies will take on the Wildcats for the second and final time of the season. In their first meeting of the season at Sherman Field,

• 4-3-1 overall this season • Only one home game left • Sat. was first win since Oct. 1 • Undefeated on the road • Fifth in division

VOLLEYBALL Oct. 28 vs. Northwood 5 p.m. Oct. 29 vs. Lake Sup. St. 4 p.m. Nov. 4 vs. Hillsdale 5 p.m. Nov. 5 vs. Wayne St. 4 p.m.

• Will play last five matches of the season at home • Winless since September 3

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the Huskies fell to the Wildcats 1-3 and in their first GLIAC game, the Huskies suffered a 0-2 Wildcat lead in the first half; sophomore Lindsey Van Rooy netted a goal for the Huskies in the second half, but they were unable to complete a come back for the win. The Wildcats will enter the game with a 7-5-2 GLIAC record. In competition last weekend, the

Wildcats split their games, falling to Saginaw Valley State but defeating Northwood. The Wildcats failed to get on the scoreboard against the Cardinals, leaving the game with a 0-2 loss for their fifth loss of the season. Sunday the Wildcats found better luck in a double overtime win against Northwood with a 4-3 final. The Huskies seem to be finding

their stride in the final games of the season, taking wins in three of their last four games. The Wildcats will have to make a strong recovery from last weekend, barely winning against a team the Huskies defeated with apparent ease last Friday. Kick off will be at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Outdoor Fields of the Superior Dome in Marquette, Mich.

Katie Boardman takes control of the ball in the game against Bemedji. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Seniors to lead Women’s Basketball TAYLOR STIPPEL Guest Writer As the 2011-12 Husky Women’s Basketball team looks forward to beginning another season on Oct. 15, one thing is abundantly clear: the team will be led by a devoted and experienced group of seniors. Though small in number, the Husky’s three seniors— Krista Kasuboski, Lindsey Lindstrom and Lynn Giesler— have the drive and enthusiasm to inspire the rest of their team to

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keep the same work ethic that they have displayed throughout their time at Tech. A talented guard from Wautoma, Wisc., Kasuboski is a leader both on and off the court. Pushing the team to run sprints faster, bench press more weight and hustle for every loose ball on the court, Kasuboski has become a player the team can rely on. Coach Kim Cameron commented that she will miss Kasuboski’s maturity and leadership when she graduates. Superior, Wisc. native Lindstrom brings a high level of versatility to the team. Relied on for her outstanding defense, Lindstrom is asked to guard the other team’s best player each game. Cameron cites Lindstrom’s “athletic gifts” as her greatest strength, saying that “Defense is a selfless job, and she loves to do it!” Giesler, the Huskies’ mostseasoned post player, hails from Green Bay, Wisc. With the graduation of the Huskies’2010-2011 starting post, Lisa Staehlin, Giesler will be asked to take on more responsibility this year. Cameron is confident in Giesler’s ability, saying, “We were strong, steady and consistent when she was [playing in the Regional tournament game], and we won the tournament.” There is no doubt that the Husky senior women value their membership on the basketball team. Lindstrom says that her favorite part of playing basketball for the Huskies is the unique nature of the team: “I love my teammates. We push

each other, we encourage each other, and we make each other better players as well as better people.” Reaffirming the close relationships among team members, Kasuboski said, “I love being part of the Husky family.” This sense of family extends to all of the devoted community members and students who attend the games. Giesler emphasized the role that the Michigan Tech community plays in the teams’ experience saying, “We feel so blessed to play for such an amazing university and community. Our fans and our pep band are the greatest.” Apart from their devotion to the team, the seniors also demonstrate a high level of commitment to their education. When asked why she decided to attend Michigan Tech, Giesler said, “I chose Tech because it’s a good school. School has always come first.” Kasuboski and Lindstrom expressed similar views. Prioritization of education is by no means a newfound notion for the seniors. Before any of these players were old enough to shoot a three-pointer, each of them had high ambitions to pursue demanding careers. Kasuboski and Giesler laughingly acknowledge that they aspired to be marine biologists when they were younger, while Lindstrom wanted to have “any standard Americandream job.” These dreams were modified over time, and each of the seniors has nearly completed her undergraduate

degree: Giesler will graduate with a double Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering degree, Kasuboski with an Exercise Science/Pre-Medicine degree and Lindstrom with a double Business Administration/Management degree. Just as their education has prepared them for their future, the seniors’ participation on the Husky Women’s Basketball Team has reinforced the core values necessary to succeed in today’s competitive career environment. Regarding her membership on the team, Kasuboski said, “it has taught me how to perform in pressure situations and exceed my own expectations. I’ve learned both confidence and humility. I’ve learned how to lead, but also how to follow when the time is right.” Reaffirming these assertions, Giesler acknowledged that , “[Basketball] has shown me how to overcome adversity and work toward a common goal as a member of a group.” After falling just short of attaining the national title last season, the driving force behind each squat, sprint and defensive shuffle that the seniors and their teammates now perform is the goal of a national championship. As Lindstrom puts it, “we’re going to take it step by step, one game at a time. GLIAC champs, regional champs and eventually national champs.” See the seniors and the rest of the Huskies as they return to home court November 12 when they host Madonna at 1 p.m. in the SDC Wood Gym.

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WordSmart is new regular feature here in the Lode, written and compiled by Michael Hilliard, a voracious verbivore. In this section you can find words that are commonly found on graduate exams, such as the GRE, along with their definitions and examples of their use. Anything you’d like to see featured in Word Smart? Send an e-mail to

infelicitous: [pronounced like: in-fuh-liss-ih-tuss]


1. unfortunate, awkward, inappropriate Examples: In Thailand, it is considered infelicitous to touch someone’s head. The candidate’s infelicitous remark about the poor was said to have lost him the debate.

cognate: [pronounced like: cog-nate]


1. of the same or similar nature : generically alike 2. related by blood; also : related on the mother’s side 3. a : related by descent from the same ancestral language b : of a word or morpheme : related by derivation and serving as its object to reinforce the meaning. Examples: English “eat” and German “essen” are cognate. Spanish and French are cognate languages.

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A stunning display of Northern Lights Photographer Ben Wittbrodt captured this image of the Aurora Borealis on Mon., Oct. 24 at Breakers in Houghton. This show of lights was very rare because it was documented as far south as Osark, Ark. Researchers say that the span of this aurora is baffling because it was only “moderate” sized and shouldn’t have been visible south of Iowa. The effects of the solar storm that caused the lights reached the Earth eight hours earlier than predicted. This timing however, was perfect for viewers in the U.S.


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