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Alumni Way project adds to campus EVAN MAYER Lode Writer For those who have not yet noticed, Michigan Technological University’s main campus mall is getting some upgrades thanks to the efforts of Michigan Tech’s President Glenn Mroz, the Presidential Council for Alumnae, and other donors throughout the country. The whole project began when President Mroz asked the Presidential Council for Alumnae to split up into groups, go out onto the campus, and look for ways to make the campus more welcoming for visitors. The list held many suggestions including simple things such as adding baby changing stations in restrooms. The Alumnae helped cross one of the tasks off the list by increasing the amount of flower gardens on campus as at the time there was only one, which was located by the Rozsa Center. This has led to Michigan Tech adding a master gardener and a group of dedicated students to help maintain all of the flower gardens that have now sprung up across campus. The biggest project that’s currently in the works is the Husky statue, located near the center of the campus mall. This project is being funded by honorary alumnus Dan and Joan Lorenzetti, as well as other donors whose names will be engraved on bricks, or pavers, surrounding the statue. Even the rock itself that the husky will adorn was donated by alumnus Roland Hutala. The sculptor, Brian Hanlon of Hanlon Studios is hoping to have the



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Alumni Relations Husky Statue Plaza creates a new welcoming environment on campus thanks to the generous donors who helped to fund the project.

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statue done and ready to be dedicated by the university October 13. Some of the other projects that have also been completed include the boulder garden, which showcases specimens of

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some of the Upper Peninsula’s major rocks. This project was a result of effort put in by Emeritus Professor of Geological and Mining Engineering Bill Rose. Another project, built thanks to donations from


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Dave and Else Brule, is the Rovano Plaza located outside of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. A bell and clock tower will also eventually make its home in the center of campus.


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McAllister Welcome Center comes to completion Admin finds new home in Welcome Center

Twenty years of thought have finally came to life. The McAllister Welcome Center, the new location for the Admissions office, will be complete by the end of this week, Friday, September 19.

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AUTUMN CHANNEY Lode Writer The admissions office at Michigan Tech is a bit difficult to find at the moment, lodged in the basement of Admin as it is. With the move to the new John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center, they will be easy to find, as well as right up front and center to campus. This will be the new home to the admissions office and all the things that it has to offer. The McAllister Welcome Center is scheduled to be finished on September 19, while the dedication of the center will happen on September 20. Admissions will have the

opportunity to move into the building on the 9th and the 10th of October. The new center will consist of 3,000 square feet of new construction and an additional 1,500 square feet of renovated space in the MUB, making it significantly larger than the old Admissions center. Each of Admissions’ programs will have the opportunity to have their own space. Also, in the new building is a room large enough to accommodate presentations for prospective students and their parents during campus visits. Currently the Admissions building can only hold a group of about 40 people, meaning that larger groups have to move to the MUB. This gives some of the visitors the idea

that campus is not organized in the best

“very excited to be able to have this new space that will allow [us] to put [our] best foot foreward.” -Allison Carter way possible. This change will allow for the best impression when people are visiting campus. Admissions staff are pleased with the new space. Allison Carter, the Director of Admissions, said that she is “very excited to be able to have this new space

that will allow [us] to put [our] best foot forward.” The McAllister Center has been a work in progress for many years. Tech has been thinking about building Admissions a new space for over 20 years before the proposal was approved by the Board of Control last December. Tech is a top tier institution and the previous home of Admissions did not adequately represent that. The nearly million dollar project was funded entirely by Alumni donors. The J. Edgar McAllister Trust was the primary contributor, as the name reflects, and the Edwin C Davis Estate was also a major source of funding.

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Why the Upper Peninsula is part Place your of Michigan, not Wisconcin ad here! EVAN MAYER Lode Writer A question that anyone who has ever looked at a map of the United States probably has had is why is the Upper Peninsula part of Michigan and not Wisconsin? As it turns out, Yoopers can thank Andrew Jackson and good old American politics for making them Michiganders instead of Wisconsinites. The story begins with the Northwest Ordinance, which was first issued in 1787. The United States was in its infancy as a country and the Ordinance structured the first organized territory of the United States around the Great Lakes region. In the plan, there was a clause that said the territory would eventually become “no less than three and no more than five states formed from the land.” The north-south border for the states would be the southernmost extreme of Lake Michigan’s latitude. Where this exact latitude was, never was explicitly said, though. John Mitchell, who created the most comprehensive map of eastern North America during the colonial era, reckoned that the latitude was the same as the mouth of the Detroit River. When the Enabling Act of 1802 was passed to make Ohio a state, they used the Mitchell Map as the reference for their northernmost boundary in their constitution despite having knowledge, from a fur trapper, that the line would be further south below the Maumee River. Ohio disregarded this and went with the Mitchell Line for their boundary. When the Michigan Territory was created in 1805 it used what was in fact the correct latitude line from the Northwest Ordinance as its boundary. This created the Toledo Strip, a section of land five to eight miles wide controlled

by both of the states. sought a means to quickly negotiate a In 1816, Edward Tiffin did a formal deal between the two forces. Jackson also survey of the area and he officially gave did not want to lose electoral votes and the land north of the Maumee River to since Ohio represented 21 of those votes Ohio. When Michigan found out, they and was a crucial swing state in his hopes were not happy, as the line was not based of reelection. Michigan had not yet been on Congress’s approved Ordinance line, granted statehood, so he chose to be a as the latitude of the southernmost point politician and gave the Toledo Strip to of Lake Michigan was now known. To Ohio. This ended the Toledo War, which confirm this, Michigan commissioned resulted in a single casualty. a second survey by In return, John Fulton. His “As for Michiganders Michigan would get survey was based on rest of the land originally thinking the Upper the the Ordinance line above the Wisconsin and, like Michigan Peninsula was worthless, the Territory. Voters, wanted, awarded who thought the discovery of copper, iron, them the Toledo Upper Peninsula and other minerals changed to be worthless, strip. This land was rejected the offer their minds in a hurry .” so highly valued by and small skirmishes both governments sprung up in the because it was prime agriculture land Toledo Strip for control. and the Maumee River was a highway A year later the Michigan Territory connecting Fort Worth, Indiana and was on its way to bankruptcy, thanks in Lake Erie. Also there was a hope that a part to the militia it had raised for the canal would be built off the Maumee that Toledo War. That year the United States would connect the Mississippi River to had a $400,000 surplus in its treasury and Lake Erie, which would make the port at that money was going to be redistributed the mouth of the Maumee quite wealthy. to the states. Michigan, in the dire straits By the time the 1820s were complete, it was in, saw this as the opportunity it the Michigan Territory had surpassed the needed to save itself. population threshold of 60,000 people Despite many Michiganders’ avid required for a territory to become a state. protests against it, the territory of But in 1833 when it attempted to apply Michigan accepted all the terms set for statehood, Congress, led by Ohio’s forth by President Jackson to become a 21 representatives’ votes, rejected them state, thereby surrendering the Toledo because of the Toledo Strip conflict. Strip and gaining full possession of the Michigan did not like Ohio flexing its Upper Peninsula. As for Michiganders governmental power at all, so Governor originally thinking the Upper Peninsula Stevens Mason raised a militia and went was worthless, the discovery of copper, to take the Toledo Strip by force. Ohio’s iron, and other minerals changed their governor Robert Lucas did the same and minds in a hurry. the Toledo War had begun. So there is the short version of how the At this time President Andrew Jackson Upper Peninsula came under Michigan occupied the White House and like any control and why there is the state rivalry president, he did not like the idea of his between Ohio and Michigan. country engaging in a civil war. So he

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Alumni Way project Continued from front page Another major project will be an arch at the westward gateway onto the campus mall. Two towers that are symbolic of mining structures to reflect on Michigan Tech originally being named the Michigan Mining School will support the arch. Throughout the center of the mall and meandering their way westward will be Legacy Markers, which will pay tribute to those who have greatly influenced Michigan Tech, and commemorative

benches, which will be modeled after old mining equipment to keep the mining tradition alive. There are naming opportunities for several of the projects including the Arch, bell tower, legacy markers, and commemorative benches. A project of this magnitude will not be completed in a few years. “The timetable for the entire project is dependent on donor interest,” said Mroz. “As donors

fund parts of the project, we’ll do them.” The reaction to the projects seems to be largely positive. While some campus veterans mourn the loss of the EERC tree, which stood where the statue does now, the new Husky Plaza is certainly getting use. “People visiting campus are already choosing it as a ‘selfie’ location”, said Mroz. “As these more comfortable outdoor spaces like the Rovano Plaza and Husky Plaza are created, its been great to

see students, faculty and staff using them - people are recognizing them as meeting spaces, informal collaborative spaces, relaxation or for just plain fun.” To see more about the project, go online to mtu.edu/alumniway, which includes current pictures of campus and also what the end result will look like. There is also the option to donate to the project on the page.



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IT changes more than wireless coverage Student dissatifaction is taken into consideration by IT staff


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2. Weekly IT Customer Outreach meeting. Meet with Brian, the IT Customer Outreach officer and give your feedback. This week’s is on Wednesday, September 17th in the Wads cafeteria between 11AM and 1PM

For many, the recent appearance of ISIL on the world stage has caused confusion. Perhaps the first reason is the many names for the group. The administration has referred to the group as ISIL, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, while the media has largely used the term ISIS, for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The group simply calls themselves the Islamic State. The name tells quite a bit about their goals; the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has appointed himself “caliph” in an attempt to renew the idea of a united Islamic empire across the entirety of the Middle East and Northern Africa. A second reason is that the group seems to have come out of nowhere. In fact, the group goes back as far as 2003, when it originated as the JTL, organizing highly effective suicide bombings against the majority Shiite population in Iraq. The Shiites are seen as heretics by Sunni militant groups, which include al-Qaeda. The group was merged with al-Qaeda in 2004, but soon criticized for the ferocity of its tactics. An American-supported counterinsurgency reduced the group’s membership by 95% by the end of the Iraq War, but Shiite oppressiveness after the troop withdrawal revitalized the group. The CIA now estimates the group’s membership to be between 2031,000 militants. With this much expanded force, ISIL has begun capturing and holding large swaths of territory in northern Iraq and Syria. In an address to the nation on Wednesday, President Obama laid out the US strategy against ISIL, which focuses on increasing air strikes, training and arming armed groups opposing ISIL, and gaining the support of regional powers such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The President has ruled out both putting US troops on the ground and working with the Syrian or Iranian governments, both of which are actively working to undermine and combat ISIL. View the President’s address to the nation here:

3. Monthly IT Forum, with pizza!- Meet with IT leadership, hear about what’s happening on campus, give your feedback and enjoy some pizza! September 24th from 6-8PM in the Alumni Lounge in the MUB. 4. Check the status of the wireless upgrades in the residence halls. Go to http://www.it.mtu. edu/wireless-project-status to get details about what’s already been completed and what’s next for the wireless upgrades. 5. Email it-help@mtu.edu with any and all IT questions.

RAND SILVERS News Editor At the end of spring semester, IT leadership partnered with faculty from the Social Sciences department to develop a survey that would reflect student, faculty and staff opinions of IT and provide actionable data for improvements. The survey, whose results can be found at https://www.it.mtu.edu/ OIT/projects-reports.php, quantified what everyone already knew: people on campus are rather dissatisfied with IT. In fact, roughly 40% of undergraduate students and faculty polled indicated that they were “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the overall campus IT environment. Over the summer, IT leadership took several steps to remedy this situation, many of which are still in progress. Perhaps the most dramatic change has been the wireless upgrades in the residence halls. “What some students may not remember is that up until three years ago, we didn’t have wireless in the residence halls,” said Walt Milligan, Tech’s Chief

Information Officer [CIO] and Professor of Material Science and Engineering. “Three years ago we decided that was unacceptable, and so we installed our own wireless network…. It wasn’t very effective.” This was reflected in the IT survey, which found that wireless coverage in the residence halls received a 2.87 out of 5 for satisfaction. The response was to reprioritize half a million dollars of the IT budget for an upgrade. The first step was to hire a consultant group specializing in wireless networks for universities. The consultants created a virtual “heat map” of wireless coverage across campus, and used that to make recommendations for a new network setup. The recommendations were received in July, and approved by the Executive Team later that month. They included the installation of almost 700 new access points, which meant over 1,200 pounds of new routers and over around 700 pounds of brackets, according to Travis Pierce, Director of Housing and Residential Life. Most of these routers were installed before Move-In weekend, but the installation continues in lounges and in Hillside Place.

“Hillside was the last building for the rollout, and that was by my request,” said Pierce. “In the residence halls, there was work being done in student’s bedrooms, while in the Hillside Apartments, workers only have to go into the living room areas.”

“He’s committed to listening to customers and fixing the things that aren’t working.” -Walt Milligan A second change to IT services has been a move away from the Bradford Persistent Client on student laptops. “Students had privacy concerns that were unwarranted, but perception is everything, and so we got rid of it,” said Milligan. The new system uses a “Dissolvable Agent”, which allows students to log in once and then remove the software. A third and ongoing concern has been the consolidation of lab spaces on campus. During the summer of 2013, IT Continued on page 5


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IT changes Continued from page 4 consolidated computers from departmental labs across campus to the library, which provoked an outcry from faculty and senior students. The IT survey polled about the overall satisfaction with the computing environment in the library, and the results were telling. Among first-year students, the library received a 4 out of 5, but the longer a student has been at Tech, the less satisfied they were, with seniors giving the library a 2.6 out of 5. Across these lines, however, areas of dissatisfaction stood out. While the quality of computers, software and furniture in the library received high marks, printing the availability of computers, the ability to work quietly and the ability to work collaboratively in teams were all rated poorly. To remedy this, effort has gone toward continuing to improve the wireless lounges around campus, which has involved adding printers, more comfortable furniture, physical workstations and large-screen TVs for practicing presentations. Another factor has been the renovation of the new Active Learning Center, or ALC, which has replaced the Fishbowl in the MEEM. This large space will pull pressure off the library, increasing computer availability and replacing lost collaboration space. “There are a number of people across campus, including those at the library, that are trying to come up with ways to increase collaboration spaces. That’s an ongoing effort,” said Milligan. “We realize that those were lost and we’re trying to return that functionality.” “We’re not going to put the labs back in the departments, though. It’s too inefficient,” he added. There has also been work to reorganize

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“I couldn’t be happier with IT. They’ve been extremely responsive to our students.” -Travis Pierce The fourth change to IT has been organizational. Josh Olson has been promoted into the position of Chief Technology Officer [CTO] to replace Dan deBeaubien, who left the university last spring. Milligan has also announced his plans to leave his position as CIO and has returned to the faculty, but will be staying on as CIO to support Olson for an indefinite period, likely to be two to three years. Along with Olson’s promotion comes a change in IT’s vision. “Josh Olson passionately believes in customer service,” said Milligan, “He’s committed to listening to customers and fixing the things that aren’t working.” This change has been noticed by people on campus already. “I couldn’t be happier with IT. They’ve been extremely responsive to our students,” said Pierce. “It’s nice to see that the new leadership has a place for student housing in their vision.” IT on campus is certainly a work in progress, but with a new focus on customer service, things seem to be improving.

AUTUMN CHANNEY Lode Writer An interesting question to ask any Tech student is how they came to Tech. The variety of different answers reflect Michigan Tech’s many different types of recruitment that attract first years to come and be “crazy smart.” These programs are run through the Admissions department and some other places on campus as well. Some of the general approaches are tabling at college fairs and following up prospective students’ interest with calls from the telecounseling office. There are also some techniques that are more targeted, such as the Pre-college Outreach Center and Tech’s efforts to recruit more women. The Pre-college Outreach Center works with the summer youth programs. This is important to Michigan Tech because they are getting the chance to get a feel for engineering and different topics that can be emphasized in the recruitment process. Tech usually follows up by acknowledging the fact that they participated in a summer youth program and are wondering if they are looking at Michigan Tech as a college choice. They recruit from all of the most popular summer youth programs, ranging from Women in Engineering to the Engineering Scholars Program. Tech also makes significant efforts to recruit women into STEM fields, where they are historically underrepresented. One aspect of this effort are the summer youth programs specifically devoted to women, such as the Women in Computer Science program. Tech also has brunches for female students. One part of the recruitment process for women that has received tremendous positive feedback

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is personally reaching out to accepted students, often sending them a mug with hot chocolate packets in congratulations. “So many women remember the little things like this that Tech does to keep them and make them feel more like they belong,” said Allison Carter, Director of Admissions. These recruitment efforts seem to be paying off. According to statistics from the Department of Admissions, this fall Tech received almost 6,000 applications from incoming students, a 4% increase over last year. Total enrollment has

“According to statistics from the Department of Admissions, this fall Tech received almost 6,000 applications from incoming students, a 4% increase over last year. Total enrollment has increased by 1.8%, and the percentage of female students has increased modestly from 25.9% to 26.3%.” increased by 1.8%, and the percentage of female students has increased modestly from 25.9% to 26.3%. First year student Ashley Brown, a material science and engineering major said “I came to Tech because they are one of the only schools with my major and I liked the campus, as well as the way they make you feel about being a woman on campus.”

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Come and An evening with Arun Ghandi Step Africa! ARIC RHODES Lode Writer

SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer The 25th annual Parade of Nations strutted through Hancock and Houghton on Saturday, bringing with them a celebration of culture, food, and diversity. This fall event never fails to bring a crowd. An entire week of special events led up to Saturday, including a talk from Arun Ghandi, grandson of Mahatma Ghandi. To culminate the festivities, world-renowned dance group Step Afrika! stomped away the evening at the Rozsa Center. Stepping is a form of “percussive, multirhythmic dance” that originated with African American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s. Another form of stepping came from South African miners, known as the gumboot dance. As more African Americans began attending universities, there was a need for connection between the students. Now, this type of dance is seen in step shows, where people get together to compete for cash prizes and trophies, but it is also catching on with other groups. Using their bodies as instruments, steppers speak, clap, slap, and stomp to create rhythm. Step Afrika! is a stepping group from Washington, D.C. that is devoted to entertaining and, more importantly, helping students achieve their dream of going to university. The performers come from across the U.S. They travel extensively, holding youth camps in parts of the world where conflict exists to build confidence and encourage friendship and cooperation. Also, the Step Afrika! Scholars Program offers 10 $500 awards to students at any college or university, in any program of study. Saturday night’s performance was electric and energetic. It included a variety of acts, from an imitation step show to a traditional Zulu dance to a sketch of South African miners. A group of twelve volunteers from the crowd were invited to the stage to participate as well, learning and performing a dance in about five minutes. Audience members included people from the community and students. Tickets were free under the Experience Tech fee for the first 300 students. MUB Board organized and helped staff the event. To learn more about stepping and Step Afrika!, visit www.stepafrika.org. On the site there is a link to the Scholars Program, so make sure to fill one out. Next week, the Skivvies are on stage. Tickets are $5 for students and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the famed Mahatma Gandhi, shared some of his grandfather’s teachings in a wonderful talk which formed one of the pinnacle pieces of the week leading into the Parade of Nations. While the presentation was largely about the teachings of his grandfather, there were also many segments in which stories were told of Arun Gandhi’s childhood, where these teachings were practiced by his parents. Also notable, is the work that Arun Gandhi himself has done around the world, from presentations like this to writing many books. A major theme of the evening was dispelling the myth surrounding Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings. This is to say the myth that they are simply a strategy for nonviolent resistance. While this has become a general view held by many outside academia, a large emphasis was put on the fact that it is wrong.

The teachings are meant to be a lifestyle, something which is done constantly, rather than a short term strategy. Another point which was returned to many times is the difference between passive and active violence. Active violence is relatively easy to see, things like assault, abuse, or even war. This active violence, being so readily seen, is also easier to stop in the short term. By locking away those who commit acts of active violence, they are stopped for a time. Indeed, this has been the method for many western nations. However, it will not work while there is passive violence. Passive violence, Arun Gandhi implores, is more subtle and leads to active violence. This violence can take many forms, such as wasting natural resources, discriminating, and greed at the expense of others. These passive violences are far more numerous and just as dangerous, because they are harder to spot and stop.

A story which was of particular interest, told near the end of the evening, acts as an example for how the philosophy of peace is to spread. The story tells of a king, who wanted to know what peace is. The king eventually finds an old sage, who gives him a single grain of wheat. The king takes the grain, and puts it in a box. When another intellectual comes to his palace, he asks what was meant by the grain. The intellectual explains that the grain represents peace, and by keeping it to himself, only the king will have it. If he were to plant the grain, however, it would grow, and there could soon be a field of peace. It is the goal of planting his wisdom that drives Arun Gandhi to speak, and hope the world will be better off. The world seems more violent by the day, and in this age, peace is more hoarded by those who find it than ever. Only time will tell if the many grains which have been planted will grow.

“It is the goal of planting his wisdom that drives Arun Gandhi to speak, and hope the world will be better off.”

Salsa Mondays MARCUS WHITMER Lode Writer Dance. It’s what some people were meant to do. For others, it’s something we have to learn. But it can be agreed that dance is primeval. It’s been with us since the beginning. Whenever and wherever that was, there was a young person fixing together a beat machine to impress the neighbors. We’ve come a little way since the days of gourds and animal hides. It’s been a subject of debate for generations of just how to move your body in the dancehall, with each generation usually ridiculing the others. Dance is an integral part of what it means to be alive. Except for those with the most puritanical of outlooks, or those who have just never really gotten into the groove, there’s a consensus that dancing is “pretty much awesome.” Once one faces the poverty of a life without dance the only dilemma is just which type of dance to learn. American culture gives a smorgasbord of dance styles with as many types of music to move to, and who doesn’t love a buffet? Out of the great number, one great homegrown dance, though you may not know it, is the Salsa. In the Caribbean about a hundred years ago Spanish guitars were paired with African drums giving birth to the Latin rhythms now today known

everywhere. The Salsa itself originates in partner’s kicks to knock the beers out of idle New York City during the 70’s. A busy town patrons’ hands. If you want to learn how to in a busy decade mashed up the likes of the dance under the instruction of a professional, Cha Cha, Mambo, and Tango to give us the then check this class out. mixture that is Salsa, appropriately named, Salsa Dancing is held on Monday nights at no? 7 p.m. at the Canterbury House, the yellow Salsa today is danced all around the house on Houghton Ave across from the world, even here in Houghton, Michigan. Admin building. The class in the fall is for There are a number of people interested in those new to Salsa, with an intermediate/ educating the average club goer. When it advanced class to be held in the spring. comes to dance s p e c i f i c a l l y, Dr. Thomas Werner is a fantastically busy faculty member who teaches a free salsa class, when he is not manipulating fruit fly genes to change their spots or studying the evolution of certain killer mushrooms. It’s been said that while living in Sweden, where he learned the Correction: Photo from last issues Copper harbor Bike Race Salsa, he would acticle was takne by Hayden Henderson, not Oliver Cooper. Cooper is the athlete on the bike. guide his dance

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Around the world in a parade University ARIC RHODES

shortage of options, with dishes from all over the world being present. The music was traditional music of the many cultures

Lode Writer It is a sobering experience, to see the amount of diversity that flourishes in the world. So many people, having such seemingly alien cultures from each other. Even in the community of Houghton and Hancock, there is a great amount of diversity. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than the annual Parade of Nations. The Parade of Nations is a large affair, stretching all the way from Hancock to the Dee Stadium in Houghton. Volunteers and participants from a multitude of cultures participated, often wearing traditional dress and decoration. Many cultural heritage groups were present in the parade, and their effort certainly showed. The parade was a rousing success, with many hundreds of children and adults coming out to cheer on the spectacle. After winding its way through the cities, the parade found itself at the Dee Stadium, beginning the Multicultural Festival. Here, much of the crowd which had watched the parade gathered into the stadium, joined by even more participants. From the many vendors to the live music, nearly everything was themed for the event. Those wishing to try exotic foods found themselves with no

a world away, it doesn’t seem like they could be that different. Events such as the Parade of Nations, or the Multicultural


Michigan Tech takes day to indulge in different cultures through parade celebration, food, and dance.

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present, performed live. It certainly added to the flair of the event, and gave an even greater feeling of the multiculturalism here at Michigan Tech and beyond. In this age of technological connection, it is easy to forget just how big the world is. When one can talk to another who lives

Festival, serve the very important cause of reminding us of the vast diversity of the world. As easy as it is to stay within one’s own, well known culture, a brief experience with other cultures can often be enlightening.

Book ‘Boom, Bust, Boom’ hits home in Houghton JANE KIRBY Pulse Editor Recently published book “Boom, Bust, Boom,” by Bill Carter is a story about copper mining, its effects on the environment, as well as the role copper has in our everyday lives. This book sparks interest among readers interested in mining history, public health awareness, and those who live in currently or once copper rich communities. After only reading two chapters and the epilogue of “Boom, Bust, Boom,” it is apparent that Carter knows how to tie personal anecdotes together with informative, wellresearched content into a fast-paced and interesting read. It all begins with an introduction to how the book came about. Carter lived in a small town called Bisbee in southern Arizona that was once a copper mining boomtown. He experienced the impacts of the copper mining first hand after he consumed vegetables grown in his backyard only to discover they were poisoned with high

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levels of arsenic and lead found in the soil. The heavy metals appeared from the copper mining processes in the surrounding area. At the time he had a two-year-old daughter and his wife was pregnant with another on the way, so Carter was concerned about the health of his family. He was also curious about the effect copper mining had on the environment, and what he should expect if the mine in his town were to reopen. Carter even gives a shout out to our backyard here in Houghton, referring to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as the home of America’s first copper rush, so a lot of the information in the book is relevant to people living here as well. He not only looks at the harmful effects copper mining may have on an environment, but he also looks into the role copper has in our lives. Since we use this metal on a daily basis without even realizing it sometimes, it can be hard to argue against mining. For example, in the epilogue, Carter mentions the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c last September, which also applies to this week’s release of the iPhone 6. Up to 16 grams

of copper are used in each of these phones, not to mention other technologies that surround us every day. It is also found in our plumbing, and can easily get into our food and water, causing health problems. The way Carter maintains a level head and considers all points of view in the controversy about copper mining makes to book an interesting read that is sure to get the readers’ wheels turning. Aside from “Boom, Bust, Boom,” Carter has written books “Red Summer,” and “Fools Rush In.” In addition, he was the director of the award-winning documentary “Miss Sarajevo,” produced by Bono, which has been accredited in helping to bring attention to ending the Bosnian War in the 1990s. Carter is also involved in the ongoing opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay, Alaska. For more information on Carter and his works, please visit www.boombustboombook. com. Carter is available to come speak here as well. Please contact Jane Kirby if this is something of interest to any groups on campus.

America’s national parks are a mecca of nature, childhood memories, and humanity’s efforts balancing “handsoff ” preservation and “wise-use” conservation. While those who visit these expanses of set-aside land might be aware of the individual park’s history, they may not know is who started the movement towards ecological protection: John Muir, who passed on December 24, 1914. A production at the Calumet Theatre is here to celebrate his contributions to everyone in America, even to us, in the centennial year of his death. Muir lived his childhood in Scotland before moving to Wisconsin as a young man. During his adult life, he roamed the Great Sierra Nevada Mountains. This magnificent western range inspired Muir to set off on an adventure to help save undeveloped lands. He went on to found the Sierra Club in 1892, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy. “John Muir – University of the Wilderness” is a narrative concert featuring the music of Chance and the writings of the celebrated naturalist. Chance describes their show’s musical landscape as “a place where contemporary, classical, and celtic music beautifully collide.” Actor Thomas Clyde Mitchell will be the narrator for the evening, breathing life into Muir’s musings and animating his passion for preservation. Chance is a quartet composed of cellist Ed Willett, vocalist Cheryl Leah, bassist Jane Aleckson and actor/musician Thomas Clyde Mitchell. They will be performing a score of nature-forged new music. The concert will take place on Saturday, September 20 at the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased through the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 906-337-2601. Visit http:// www.chanceworld.com/john_muir/ to learn more about the nature-influenced quartet, Chance.


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‘Old People used to write obnoxious thinkpieces about how people these days always wear watches and are slaves to the clock, but now they’ve switched to writing thinkpieces about how kids these days don’t appreciate the benefits of an old-fashioned watch. My position is: The word ‘thinkpiece’ sounds like a word made up by someone who didn’t know abot the world ‘brain’. .’




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Tuesday, September 16


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Going into the third week of classes, you’re probably finding yourself getting into a groove. Whether it’s adapting to your first college experience or getting back into the same routine, we all develop habits that make our days regular. We can fall into these habits, or we can be intentional about creating them. Having a pattern can be a great motivator to get things done if you’re setting aside time each day to work on specific tasks. On the other hand, you might end up filling your day with involvement in activities or social events, and suddenly the only time you have left to do your assignments is after the day is done. Make sure your schedule is keeping you kept up on your studying and your sleep. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to plan fun into your day too. Figuring out whose lunch schedules line up is critical; last spring a friend and I found out we’d been eating at the same time in different cafeterias for half the semester without realizing it. Some people can combine work and play. Studying or doing assignments in groups can be a fantastic tool, but be cautious. It’s easy for “study sessions” to involve more Netflix than Canvas. Know how you interact with different people; if you can’t study while that one friend of yours is in the room, plan other times to hang out with them. Finally, don’t stress out if things change. Getting too attached to a schedule makes you inflexible, and spontaneity can be one of life’s great joys. Plan times to study, but one missed session won’t tank your grade. And if you have to miss your weekly game night to finish an important project, that’s OK too. Have a groovy semester!


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Library cuts hours, students disagree KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer On Monday September 8th, IT released information that the entire library will no longer continue to be open for 24 hours seven days a week. According to the school, this was simply in order to ascertain which library hours were most used by the students. This has brought a variety of responses from the student body, many of which are negative. Students adapted to slaving away over their books and computers into the wee hours of the morning. Not only studying for exams, but also to collaborate on late night projects, which generally is the only time college students are ever free. After researching and calculating the most frequently used hours of the library, data was reviewed from all entrances every hour from midnight to 8 a.m. The school has decided to offer limited staffed hours, so this academic year the library with available services will consist of: 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. However, there will be an area of the library designated for 24/7 use and will only be accessible through the use of the Michigan Tech ID card.

IT will be moving benched computers to the Reading Rooms, with access to a printer and a vending area. Overall 80 workstations are planned to be open for student use after the main library area is closed for the evening. This seems ideal, especially for conserving labor hours, energy etc., however, with the amount of students that enjoyed using the library for its computers late in the evening may be out of luck. But is this right? And were the methods of obtaining the data sufficient for determining the true amount of passers and goers? One student contested that they would “enter the library at nine and [not] leave. Our cards were swiped early in the evening and not at two in the morning. And generally came in as groups. Most occasions one person would swipe in five people.” I personally don’t use the library for much of anything other than borrowing books, and the humanities lab is the best kept place on campus for studying and group work. This is no longer actually possible for many engineering students, as their labs have been refurbished into wireless lounges. Our increase in tuition also plays into the irritation forming in students. According to an environmental

engineer, she “[feels] that [with] the amount of tuition we have to pay and the additional $900 fee added to our bills this year, we should have access at any time to the computers, including throughout the nighttime hours. Especially when we

“[feels] that [with] the amount of tuition we have to pay and the additional $900 fee added to our bills this year, we should have access at any time to the computers.” need to use programs that are too large to run on personal computers.” Michigan Tech has been introducing many new changes to the campus over the past two years, and 24/7 access to the library was one that did not foster any complaints. It is still early to determine the full effects of limited library hours or the success of the changes. However, it’s always important to keep and open mind and provide feedback to those who have power to invoke changes that students actually like.

Excess amounts of university spending KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer As many of you may know there have been numerous changes to the Michigan Tech campus during the summer months. These changes include: the John Rovano Plaza (husky statue), freshly planted gardens, the MUB add on (the new admissions building) and study lounges. One morning prior to the beginning of classes, I went with a friend to the MEEM to print syllabi. We were immediately mesmerized by the beautiful front lounge complete with high standing chairs, comfy chairs, tables, and large televisions. Taking a turn around the corner we found ourselves face first with a mysterious blue wall that to our knowledge never existed. This caught us off guard, however, was nothing that could prepare us for the incredible changes to our once and beloved ‘fishbowl’. The fishbowl that we once knew now exists as a lab for freshmen mechanical engineers. Inside the room there are new computers, desks, new carpet covered floor and televisions scattered across the ceiling. Rather than the stuffy vibe from before, the aura and

air is sterile, new and shining. Michigan Tech finally has the appearance of a highly advanced engineering college, as it is flashier than ever before. There have been numerous complaints and jokes that for an engineering and technological university, Michigan Tech has been far behind their times compared to other technological colleges in terms of appearance, functioning Wi-Fi and device requirements. Last spring there was much debate over the elimination of labs and a requirement for incoming freshmen to have laptops. The decision was not completely transparent to students, after IT and administration received feedback from the open discussions, and no one was absolutely certain what the outcome would result to. True to their word, IT is increasing access to Wi-Fi around campus and dorm buildings, and there continue to be selective open labs with revisions, and shutting down of others. Despite the glamorous atmosphere of the new lab, there are a few aspects that should be discussed. Hanging on the ceiling of this new lab are 29 television monitors. 29. I understand that the new fishbowl looks very advanced and coincides with the philosophy of

our university, however, 29 monitors streaming the same advertisement for IT is only slightly excessive. I walked away feeling very apprehensive about the large amount of money spent on useless television monitors. As six or seven monitors could be clearly seen from every chair, unfortunately without a clear purpose. After speaking with a variety of different students of different majors, most of the criticism was negative. “I don’t understand why my tuition went up, but they can afford to buy 29 televisions? A better use would be for a more convenient parking lot,” expressed one student. Another mechanical engineering student was upset because “the lab is primarily for freshmen, and always filled, what are the rest of the ME majors supposed to do? This is really inconvenient.” With changes there will inevitably be criticism and disagreement. This is a fact of life. I do not argue against the very much-needed upgrade to the fishbowl, however, I do question the necessity of excessive purchases when the money can clearly be used elsewhere around campus. As should other MTU students. It is our money after all.

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Tuesday, September 16


Point, Counter-point

“Apple continues success?” Point: ADAM ROMANKO

First, the size of the new iPhone is something that should be appreciated, Opinion Editor not something that one should be annoyed by. Many people claimed that On September 9, 2014, Apple held the liked the size of the old iPhones, but a Keynote presentation in Cupertino, a 4.7 inch screen is not really as large California just as it has done in past as many people make it out to be. Most years. During events such as these, people will still be able to comfortably Apple releases new products or software, use it in one hand, and some people including technology specifications, will even prefer to go with the 5.5 inch release dates, prices and features. This is display of the iPhone 6 Plus, especially if then followed by massive media coverage, they want to use their phone like a tablet. and of course, lots of excitement for the Second, it is very obvious that Apple tech giant’s products. has been experiencing some iCloud Of course, this event was no different. security problems in the past weeks. Apple unveiled two Many people new iPhones, names are severely “Apple not only makes their concerned about iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both are features easy to use, but their data being much larger than they inform you of how c o m p r o m i s e d , their predecessors, to use them and why you and they have that come equipped with right, but it is still should use them.” higher resolution very unclear what displays, better actually happened. camera functionality and overall better Some people are speculating that performance. They are expected to ship Apple did not have any control over the by the end of September and will be security breach- these leaked files may running Apple’s latest mobile operating have been the result of a directed, nonsystem- iOS 8. On top of that huge random attack on specific celebrities. Of announcement, Apple released plans to course, Apple will continue to work to produce and sell a smartwatch. Apple discover how this happened and how to Watch, which pairs with the user’s prevent it in the future, but it should not iPhone, would allow users iPhone-style be something to make your reconsider functionality built into a compact, stylish buying an iPhone. watch. Needless to say, September 9th Finally, people all over social media was a large day for the Apple community. have mentioned that Google has Overall, this presentation confirmed produced phones that are now over that Apple is continuing to build high- two years old that have all the same end, user-friendly devices that anyone functionality that the iPhone is just now can appreciate. With new features like receiving. The only issue is that most Apple Pay and iCloud Drive, Apple is people who had these Android phones making the average person’s life simpler, failed to use these features. Apple not even though the technology inside of only makes their features easy to use, their devices is more complicated than but they inform you of how to use them any of us can possibly imaging. Apple’s and why you should use them. Apple’s commitment to produce new innovative customers have the vast potential of ways of living your life is not slowing using these features to change how we down. use technology, unlike the Android Of course, that is not to say that population that has not been successful everyone is on board with Apple. Many in implementing these changes. people are continuing to attack Apple Overall, Apple’s event signaled a over three main problems: iPhone size, reoccurring truth- Apple will never cease Apple’s security problems and Android’s innovating, and they won’t ever lose their pre-existing phones with the same market share. They may not produce technology. The problem, however, is everything first, but when they release that none of these arguments really stand something, they have engineered it with up when put to the test. the user in mind.

Counter-point: DAVID MOREHOUSE Lode Writer

On September 9th, Apple introduced its latest products to the world. Designed by Jony Ive, they marked a distinct departure and the formation of a new era, an era that Tim Cook will come to now lead. Of the updates, one took no one by surprise, as is Apple’s practice, they updated their popular smart phone to the next version. But with it came a few other surprises and even with rumors swirling nothing was a sure bet. Apple also took the time to announce what they call “Apple Pay.” Rumors were afloat from the major credit card companies- MasterCard, Visa and American Express- but it was still considered a slim chance with Jobs having long declared his disdain for NFC, a standard for credit card payments from your phone adopted by Android. This would seem to become a theme of the whole presentation. The release of every 3.5 inch iPhone before the 5S would steadfastly and adamantly support the smaller form factor, Jobs having once declared “[w] e’ve designed something wonderful for your hand, just wonderful.” He was never interested in Android’s move to huge screens and phones, impossible for all but a few to use with one hand, as Jobs’ believed was important. With Cook now on stage and Ive’s design, Apple has now joined the ‘phablet’ era of tablet like phones. Once a thing mocked by Cook’s predecessor had now become a reality. Cook had now declared his vision for Apple almost as a rebuke to claims that Apple would no longer innovate with Cook and the magic was lost with Jobs.

With the new announcements came Apple’s answer to a market explored by Android before, that of touch screen watches. This announcement rumored and talked about for years, expected and, for some, hoped for at every announcement had finally come true. With pre-orders starting September 12th and orders going out September 19th we will finally be able to see if the claims of Cook’s failure are true. It

““[w]e’ve designed something wonderful for your hand, just wonderful.” -Jobs is likely these devices will make new records, it is, after all, Apple’s talent to make their ‘innovation’ look like magic. That’s what their marketing department does best. This is why they will sell millions of devices and why some quipped of Jobs’ and Apples’ “reality distortion field.” However doubts still remain, Apple’s recent track record on security hasn’t been glamorize with rumors swirling from hacked iCloud accounts to severe security problems in their operating system. The question is simple- will people use Apple Pay? Will they trust their credit cards to Apple? What about their new, bigger iPhone, will it sell millions? Probably. But still remains the question of whether Jobs was right, that phones need to be smaller, more mobile and the success of the new ventures in Apple Pay and Apple Watch.



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Points posted by Husky Football in their second GLIAC matchup of the season to give them a 37-6 victory over Malone.


Shutouts this weekend by Tech Volleyball against Lake Superior State and Northwood in the team’s first two GLIAC matches of the season.

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Sylvie Rokosh

ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Junior Sylvie Rokosh of Michigan Tech’s volleyball team had two outstanding games this past weekend, helping the Huskies to earn two consecutive wins in their first two GLIAC matches of the season. The Huskies spent the weekend on the road, making stops at Lake Superior State on Friday, Sept. 12, and at Northwood on Sept. 13. So far this year, Tech stands 2-0 in the conference and 3-4 overall. In Friday’s matchup against the Lakers, the Huskies took each of the three sets by scores of 26-24, 25-12 and 25-21 to earn their first 3-0 shutout of the season. Rokosh led the Huskies with 29 total attacks. She posted a match-high 13 kills to earn

a match-high 13.5 points and closed the game with a 0.276 kill percentage. She closed out the first set and earned three of the Huskies’ final five points in set three for the match victory. Saturday, the Huskies posted not just another win, but another 3-0 shutout at Northwood. Tech won each set by scores of 25-15, 25-20 and 28-26. Once again, Rokosh posted a matchhigh of 29 total attacks, including 13 kills. She tied for most points earned with 14. Rokosh closed out the match with a 0.310 kill percentage. Without a doubt, Rokosh is a dominant offensive force for the Huskies and will continue to be a threat to other GLIAC opponents throughout the season. Currently, she ranks first among GLIAC players in kills per set, averaging 4.33, and she is tied for second in total kills with 26 in

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conference play. Follow Rokosh and the rest of the Huskies as the team heads to Ashland and Lake Erie this weekend for more GLIAC matchups.

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Women’s Tennis earned their first GLIAC victory against Ashland (7-2) on Sept. 12.


Number of cross country runners who finished top-30 for the Huskies at the Spartan Invitational on Sept. 12. Deedra Irwin came in at 23 and Sean Pengelly placed 29th.


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Weeks until the official start of hockey season with a GLIAC game at Lake Superior State on October 4.

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Little Huskies Basketball League continues this season IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer Michigan Tech’s Women’s Basketball program began hosting the annual Little Huskies Basketball League last weekend, a five week program which takes place Saturday mornings. The Little Huskies program has been a staple in the basketball program for years. The concept of the league is very simple, to get kids inspired about playing basketball. The participants work on the fundamentals of the game and play a few games which make up “Championship Saturday,” an event that is both fun and competitive for all. The kids get plenty of attention to develop their skillset, as they are assigned their own coach for the entire five weeks. The student-athletes that play for the school are the kids’ individual trainers. “It is neat to see the bond the campers create with their respective coach over

the course of the season,” stated Assistant Coach for the Huskies Maria Kasza. “They really take to their coaches and cheer a little extra harder for them during our games. Our players are also competitive and do a great job teaching and motivating to try and get their team into the finals.” As the years go by, participation has remained high. In each of the past two years, the Huskies have hosted over 120 local kids in third through eighth grade in the program. For forty dollars, the kids get five weeks of instruction and games, a uniform t-shirt, free admittance to every home Husky basketball game when wearing their shirt and lastly, they get an opportunity to play during halftime of the men’s games once more with their coach and teammates in front of the cheering crowds. Kasza holds this league very close to her, emphasizing, “This league is so much more than just basketball. Our players remember the girls on their team over the years and recognize each other in the

community and say hi after our games.” Not only is the league a good contribution to the community, it’s emotionally rewarding for all involved. The current Huskies show their commitment to the program as well, helping run the camp on Saturday mornings after an early practice. Even after that, the players still carry energy and enthusiasm into teaching the kids how to play basketball. The aim is to have the kids come back as Little Huskies for all six years of their eligibility. Coach Kasza expressed her gratitude for those that make Little Huskies possible every year. “We are very thankful for Pat’s Foods and Festival Foods for sponsoring our league this year. It is great having a local business help with our local program.” Although the start of basketball season is still a ways away, the team is practicing hard every week and preparing for their home opener, which will be an exhibition match against Finlandia hosted in the Wood Gym on Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

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Husky reps the Midwest Sidelines in European volleyball

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IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer The best way to learn how to play a sport is to expose yourself to it in every way possible, and if you’re Lauren Emmert, a freshman volleyball player here at Michigan Tech, you do that by representing all of the Midwest in a Croatian-hosted volleyball tournament. Emmert was invited to the tournament, joining others from the southeastern region of the United States and Colorado area schools to compete. “After talking with the coach and my parents, I decided that it would be a wonderful opportunity.” And it was, as Emmert was fortunate enough to tour around Croatia and play some scrimmages in Montenegro. Emmert’s team made their way to the championship bracket of the tournament, playing against three American teams in the process. As much as it was a cultural experience, it was an educational one for the American visitors. “I was able to learn that a player needs to adapt to whoever the opponent is on the other side. There are two very different styles of volleyball,” stated Emmert. “In America, we are less disciplined and are more about power and fast offense while in Europe they are more disciplined and use their outside hitters more often.” As a student who is just starting her college career, Emmert was one of the youngest ladies participating in the tournament. While

competing against more experienced opponents can be intimidating, Emmert was able to take away a lot of positives from her elders, stating, “It helped me adjust playing with and against girls that are older than me. The girls on the European team gave me lots of helpful advice.” As an athlete, Emmert has gone through a lot of Freshman, Lauren Emmert registers an attack during a tournament changes in her earlier this season. Emmert represented the Midwest in a Croatianenvironment in hosted volleyball tournament. just a few short Photo by Maxwell Curtis Photo (Left) courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletics months, playing regionally in the Midwestern United States, Emmert summarizes her experience being invited to compete in Croatia and now across the Atlantic with improvement in joining the GLIAC playing for the Huskies. mind. “Going on the trip gave me a lot of Emmert has handled the adjustments just confidence, but it also left me knowing that I fine though and sees it as only a good thing. have more things I can work on.” “It wasn’t very difficult, if anything it was The Tech Volleyball team opened up helpful,” she said. “It helped me with keeping GLIAC play this past weekend and swept up on my volleyball skills over the summer all their sets, going 3-0 in a pair of wins between club and Tech.” against Lake Superior State and Northwood. Some notable challenges for Emmert Emmert put up a good sum of points. The included being thrown together with a group volleyball team will return to the SDC for of girls and being expected to compete at a GLIAC play on Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. against high level without really knowing each other. Findlay.

Baseball Club kicks off the 2014-15 season ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Spring may be the typical season for baseball, but when you live in Houghton, well, what is spring? The baseball fields here are generally covered in snow for the majority of the school year, which makes baseball practice difficult. So, in order to maximize playing time outdoors on grass, the Michigan Tech Baseball Club kicks off their season every year early on in the fall. Practice started just over a week ago, following a successful showing at K-Day. Recruiting efforts are ongoing year-round for the baseball club, but K-Day is their biggest event. At the booth this year, students interested in joining the club, as well as passerby’s, were able to throw

a baseball and have their speed clocked. The event was a huge success, and the club received a lot of interest. Nearly 20 guys showed up for the first practice of the season the following week. Until the snow flies, the team will hold weekly meetings in addition to practicing outdoors two times a week. Sometimes the club will play with the team at Finlandia University, which benefits both teams since there are no other schools within close proximity to scrimmage against. Right now, the team is looking to finalize their roster for fall games, which will pick up in the next few weeks. The baseball club competes in the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) as a DII school. They play against Northern Michigan, Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley and Eastern Michigan in their

division, District Six East. Each team plays a three-game series against each opponent, so the club plays 12 conference games in total throughout the year. Due to weather related issues, Tech plays the majority of their season during the fall. They will play nine of the 12 conference games in October and then wait until April to play the final three. Tech will head down to Grand Valley during the first weekend in October to kick off conference play for the 2014-15 season. The following two weeks, Tech will host two home series. The weekend of October 11-12, Tech will host Saginaw Valley, and the weekend of October 18-19, Tech will host Northern. Home games are held at the Hancock Driving Park with two games on Saturday starting at noon and one game on Continued on page 14

Two deadlines for intramurals will expire this week. The final date to sign up for the racquetball singles tournament is this Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 3:00 p.m. Lastly, there will be a trails relay as part of the homecoming week festivities this Thursday, Sept. 18. Registration for the event is open until noon on the 18th, and the race will kick off at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. To register or for more information, visit the intramurals webpage at www.mtu.edu/kip/undergraduate/ intramural.

First SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint New to this year’s homecoming lineup of events is a 5k fundraiser for the Barbara Kettle Gunlach Shelter Home and Michigan Tech’s section of Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The event will take place on Sept. 20, kicking off on Walker Lawn at 9:00 a.m. The cost for pre-registration is $10. Registration is due to the SWE office (MUB 106) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. Day-of registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on race day and will cost $15. For more information, contact Janelle Rupkalvis at jmrupkal@mtu.edu.

Husky Scoreboard Football: The Huskies are 2-0 in

the GLIAC after earning a 37-6 victory at Malone on Sept. 13.

Soccer: A 2-1 victory against

Minnesota-Crookston on Sept. 12 advanced the Huskies to a 2-1 record heading into GLIAC play this weekend.

Women’s Tennis: The tennis

team picked up their first conference win against Ashland (7-2) on Sept. 12 but lost to Walsh (7-2) on Sept. 13. The Huskies stand 1-4 in the GLIAC.

Volleyball: Volleyball picked up

two consecutive conference wins at Lake Superior State and Northwood on Sept. 12 and 13, landing them at 2-0 in the in the GLIAC, 3-4 overall.



Tuesday, September 16

Baseball Club Continued from page 13

Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. During the winter months, the team practices in the SDC to prepare for their last conference series as well as their spring training trip. Every year during spring break, the baseball club travels to Florida and plays four games over the span of a week. Playing against southern schools who are able to play outdoors year-round makes for some intense competition. And after months of playing indoors, it’s always nice for the players to get out on grass again. The team this year is relatively young. Most of the players carrying over from last year are now sophomores and juniors. Regardless of age and experience, club president Luke Roberts noted, “Our main goal is to stay competitive.” The players here might not be college recruits, and they might not have the best equipment or facilities to take advantage of, but the team does the best they can to make a name for themselves. “We’re just a bunch of guys that miss playing baseball,” said Roberts. For students who are interested in joining the baseball club, contact Roberts at lmrobert@mtu.edu, or simply attend one of the team’s weekly events. They play at the Hancock Driving Park at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays and at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and their weekly meetings are held in Fisher 230 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. There are no tryouts or club dues. Roberts added, “Anybody who wants to come and play, they play. As long as they put in time and effort, they’re going to get playing time.”

Michigan Tech Lode

Basketball Club looks for tougher competition The club is trying to make it into the National Club Basketball Association, a slightly more competitive league. JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer The Michigan Tech Basketball Club is trying to make it into the National Club Basketball Association, a slightly more competitive league. They currently play in the Jeffers League at Jeffers High School in addition to playing in tournaments in the local area as well as in the Great Lakes area. With some successes in tournaments last year, the relatively new team could be ready to move up in the level of competition they face. “Some of the players we face used to play Division I basketball,” said Brent Myers, president of the basketball club. The Tech team is comprised of people who know their way around a basketball court; most played for their schools in high school. Last year, the Huskies took second place at the Ewen-Trout Creek Tournament in Ewen, Mich. They also won a game in tournament play at the NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation tournament. The team went

2-1 in pool play and won a game before falling to Central Michigan University in the tournament. In one crucial pool play game, Tyler Myers, older brother of the current president, made a three-pointer with five seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime for the eventual Husky win. They would have been eliminated with a loss. The NCBBA is a league featuring 34 schools from a wide area around the country. It is divided into six conferences. The University of Kentucky Club Basketball Team just got added to the Great Lakes Conference for the upcoming year. With their recent performances, the Huskies could make a strong showing in the NCBBA. One place where the club can really evaluate their skill will be at their two scrimmages at the end of October and the beginning of November. The first will take place against UW-Baraboo/ Sauk County, and the latter will take place against UW-Fox Valley. The team is currently practicing three days a week in preparation for the upcoming season and the scrimmages against their Wisconsin foes.

Varsity Events Schedule: September 3-9 Tuesday, 3

Wednesday, 4

Thursday, 5

Friday, 6


-Brent Myers

Home Game Saturday, 7

Sunday, 8

Vs. Northern, Mich. @ 12:00 p.m.**

Women’s Soccer


“Some of the players we face used to play Division I basketball.”

St. Olaf Invitational @ Northfield, Minn. Vs. Saginaw Valley State, 1:00 p.m.**

Cross Country

Women’s Tennis

The area’s basketball tournaments are also a big draw to the team. Negaunee has a tournament that they play in. They also have traveled to Gogebic in Ironwood for a scrimmage. “Travelling with the team is fun,” said Myers. They usually rent a Tech van to get to where they need to go. The current team has seven returning members and seven new guys, which is a slightly smaller team than what they had last year. They are competitive and want to get better, which is why they play at least four tournaments in the spring but will try to get five or six if they can. “In general, we want to have fun,” said Myers. Travelling as a group around the area, they do seem to accomplish this in addition to being a competitive force in club basketball. Hopefully with their work ethic and their love of the game, the Huskies can break new ground in a new league.

Vs. Saginaw Valley State @ 12:00 p.m. @ Ashland, 7:00 p.m.**

Vs. Nothwood @ 10:00 a.m. @ Lake Erie, 1:00 p.m.**

** Conference Match Monday, 9

Michigan Tech Lode


Tuesday, September 16


Cross country teams run at MSU PARKER MCCOLL Lode Writer

Junior Haley Crites, races to move the ball up field during a home match-up against Minnesota-Crookston this past friday.

Photo by Maxwell Curtis

Soccer gears up for conference play ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Michigan Tech soccer is officially back in season. After an amazing year in 2013 which led the team all the way to the NCAA quarterfinals, the Huskies are back on the pitch and ready to take on the GLIAC once again in the program’s fifth year here at Michigan Tech. So far, the Huskies stand 2-1 overall after competing in three non-conference games. The Huskies hosted Winona State on September 5 and opened their season with a 2-1 loss. Senior Jenna Proctor scored for the Huskies in the second half to tie up the game, but a strong Winona offense put away a second unanswered goal just under five minutes later, sealing the victory. Two days later, St. Cloud State made their way to Sherman Field, and the Huskies posted a 2-0 shutout to earn their first win of the year. The Huskies out-shot St. Cloud 17-8, with goals coming from junior Lexi Herrewig and sophomore Jacqueline Mielke, both in the second half. Last Friday (Sept. 12), the Huskies hosted their third non-conference match against Minnesota-Crookston. The

Golden Eagles made a strong statement with a quick goal in just the fourth minute of the game. Coming back into the match down a goal, the Huskies turned the game around in the second half. Tech picked up their intensity while remaining composed, which ultimately led to two second half goals scored by freshman Sarah Boyd and junior Janelle Riedl. “As the game went on, we progressively got better and better. We started to play quicker. We started to play more our style of soccer,” commented Michelle Jacob, head coach of the Huskies. Tech held on to their 2-1 lead to put the game away and earn their second consecutive victory of the season. This week, the Huskies will be gearing up to kick off conference play in the GLIAC. Sunday, Sept. 21, Northern Michigan will travel to Houghton for both teams’ GLIAC opener. So far this season, Northern is 1-2-1. They have hosted four non-conference games against St. Cloud State, Winona State, Minn.-Duluth and Minn.Crookston. The Wildcats fell to both St. Cloud and Winona but picked up a win against Duluth. In a double overtime, Northern tied 1-1 with MinnesotaCrookston. In no way, shape or form will the Huskies take their up-and-coming

opponent lightly. Jacob noted that this week the team will be working specifically on feeding their forwards with the right kind of passes. Getting balls to the inside instead of having to run with the ball on the outside of the field is bound to create more offensive opportunities. The Huskies will also be working on their possession, intention to move forward with the ball, speed of play and ability to get more shots off on goal. Looking at this year’s roster, it’s evident that the team is fairly young. The Huskies lost a handful of key seniors who led last year’s team to the NCAAs. Despite the current squad’s youthfulness, collectively these players still have a lot of experience and are working each day to improve and build chemistry on the field. “I feel pretty good about the group and how far we’ve progressed since we started this year. There’s a lot of excitement about the team dynamic and the possibilities,” said Jacob. In a conference as tough as the GLIAC, outcomes are always unpredictable, and this year the Huskies have a target on their backs. The Huskies will have to show up and put on a strong performance every game. May the best teams win as GLIAC play officially kicks off this weekend.

The Michigan Tech Cross Country teams ran in their first official collegiate meet last weekend, hosted by Michigan State University. The teams ran with solid finishes in a large field of athletes. Senior Deedra Irwin and sophomore Sean Pengelly were front runners for the Huskies. Deedra ran the sixkilometer course in 22:25, finishing 23rd in a field of over 300 women. Sean ran the eight-kilometer course in 25:26, good for a 29th place finish in the men’s race. Coach Joe Haggenmiller applauded their efforts saying, “They are both fit and getting after it on the course, and they are raising our level significantly.” Michigan Tech’s four freshmen women- Elise Dombkowski, Liz Bloch, Emily Vigil and Sophia Farquharfinished second through fifth for the Huskies, respectively. Elise and Liz were separated by a mere four second gap. “They [the freshmen girls] ran well for their first collegiate meet and for stepping up the distance to 6k,” commented Haggenmiller. “With more experience, they will become more competitive.” For the men, Calvin Nitz and Jason Saliga also raced well, finishing 101st and 117th, respectively. “It was really exciting to see Dan Byrne and Dan Kulas have breakthrough races after consistent solid training,” added Haggenmiller. Coach Haggenmiller was satisfied with the team’s performance early on in the season, especially with the number of racers present. “We were competitive with a very strong and deep field, so we have to be pleased with where we are at.” With a drawn out season, there is plenty of time to continue building before the GLIAC and NCAA Championships. “As a whole, we like how we started and feel we are in a good place to build on the foundation we have established,” commented Haggenmiller.


Events September 16-22 Resume Blitz-Career Services

Wednesday, Sept. 17, Thursday, Sept. 18. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Van Pelt & Opie Library

The Fall 2014 Career fair is just around the corner. Career Services will be holding a Resume Blitz this week to give students tips on improving thier resumes before presenting them to employers. The blitz will be help on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Representatives from ArcelorMittal and Ford will be at the blitz to assist students.

Homecoming-Student Activities

Friday, Sept. 20.

9:00 a.m.

Walker Lawn

Although this week has been filled with events boosting our spirits for the homecoming game, the final event will take place this Saturday, September 20. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will be hosting the SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint, a 5k for charity, starting on Walker Lawn at 9 a.m. The tailgate for the football game begins at 12 p.m. Finally, the Football game versus Saginaw Valley State University will kick-off at 1 p.m. on Sherman Field! Come show your Husky spirit.

Alumni Way Pavers-Alumni Relations

Sunday, Sept. 21. 11:59 p.m. Husky Plaza

Want to see your name become a part of Michigan Tech forever? Alumni Relations has once again made the 4” x 8” pavers available for purchase. Pavers cost $275 and must be purchased by Sunday, September 21. Pavers can be purchased online at http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/pavers/. For samples, view the pavers currently at the new Husky Plaza.

Homemade Birdfeeders-Outdoor Adventure Program

Thursday, Sept. 18. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. OAP House

Interested in attracting birds from the Upper Peninsula? The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) will be holding a birdfeeder making session on Thursday, September 8 from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the OAP House. The OAP staff will show students how to easily attract the beautiful U.P. birds. Students can sign up at the OAP office to reserve a spot, or just stop by at the time of the event. The cost is free and snacks and refreshments will be proided.

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ASK TECH Jimmy Moore “I love room 209 of Walker. It’s usually full during the day, but on nights and weekends it has great acoustics for long practices.”

Alessandro Fitzsimmons “The art gallery under the Rozsa. It provides a window into the artistic side of campus that you don’t always get.”

What is your favorite room on campus? -Rand Silvers

Tiffany Lopetrone “The Dow sixth floor atrium is great. Once they had a cart of agates there, and you could just take as many as you wanted.”

Cody Aardema “Definitely study room 307 in the library. We had our engineering team meetings there and formed a special bond with it.”

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