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Plugging in a game changer Broomball rinks receive new scoreboards, designed by the Robotic Systems Enterprise JANE KIRBY Lode Writer The icy broomball rinks are already heating up with the commencement of the 2013 season, ever since the Jan. 15 ball drop. Many players are waiting for a big change to the broomball scene, the addition of new scoreboards. Thanks to the Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE), there will be three new electronic scoreboards, one for each rink. Last April, RSE began planning for the boards. Based on survey results from the players of the 2012 season, it was clear there was a desire for electronic scoreboards, as opposed to the wooden ones. Because electronic scoreboards couldn’t be found commercially, the Broomball Committee began working together

A Robotic Systems Enterprise member works to get the scoreboards up and running.

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Pistol Club holds firearm awareness day

News: Cold spell prepares campus for Winter Carnival




Wii U rough around the edges.



Two writers share their opinions on gun control.



Skiers compete at Tour de Twin Cities.

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Pistol Club holds firearm awareness day ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer With the current shooting tragedies that have covered the front pages and the various gun laws being proposed across the country, Michigan Tech’s Pistol Club decided to host a Firearm Education and Gun Appreciation Day this past Saturday, Jan. 19 at the SDC Rifle Range. “Our goal is to educate new shooters on the safety and factuality of firearms. A lot of people just see movies and what the news says. We want to show them what people who shoot actually are like,” said president of the Pistol Club John Becker. To make their goal a reality, the Pistol Club walked people through how to properly handle a firearm and taught them the safety knowledge needed to be allowed to shoot at the range. They also introduced attendees to the variety of firearms available to shoot and the differences between each gun. After going through the basic safety training, those attending were required to fire five rounds safely with a Range Safety Officer (RSO), before being allowed to fire their remaining rounds. This allowed those attending to have more one on one instruction, which was beneficial for those who had never used a firearm before. The instructors showed how to safely load and unload the firearm, the proper stance and how to properly hold and

aim the firearm. “We had an excellent turnout…all but two or three people that came down were new shooters. In that respect it also served our purpose, which was to teach new shooters about firearm safety and expose them to what sport/target shooting is all about,” said Becker. “Everyone I talked to said they had a great time and wanted to come back down sometime, and a good number of them thanked us personally before leaving. Altogether, I would say it was a very successful event and I am very happy with how it went.” With the new firearm laws being proposed and passed through the legislative tiers, both nationally and on the state level, it brings new challenges to the Pistol Club. The Senate Bill No. 60 that was introduced on Jan. 16, 2013 states that those who purchase or acquire a pistol will be required to complete a record that will be provided by the department of state police. This information will then be entered into the pistol entry database. Further, the Senate Bill No. 63, also known as the “Michigan Firearms Freedom Act,” states that a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is manufactured in Michigan and stays within the borders of Michigan, is not subject to federal laws due to it not being interstate commerce. This does not apply to a firearm that can be carried and used by one person, one whose

Pistol Club logo. Courtesy of Michigan Tech Pistol Club.

bore diameter is greater than one and a half inches and uses smokeless powder, one whose ammunition is a projectile and explodes due to chemical energy after leaving the firearm, or one that discharges two or more projectiles with only one activation of the firing device or trigger. Both of these bills would require more registration for the guns used by the pistol club. It has currently been stated that the club, as of late, will have to make every semiautomatic firearm registered under the National Firearms Act. This applies to approximately 9/10 of guns produced, so the Pistol Club plans on registering those possibly under one or two people within the club. Though there have been a variety of opinions on what action should be taken with regards to gun control, overall events such as the Firearm Safety and Gun Appreciation Day are meant to help educate people about how to properly and safely use firearms in a controlled environment. As student John Risch said, “It was a lot of fun and everyone there was very helpful.”

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Professor attitudes affect student learning ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer With the first week of the new semester past us, students are starting to learn how their instructors teach and what approach they take. There are always the professors that students are worried they won’t learn from, whether it’s the teaching style or another factor. This brought up the question, what is the effect of a professor’s approach to teaching on a students’ learning? There are many factors that affect a student’s learning, everything from the class size to where they sit in the classroom, but one huge factor on a student’s learning is the instructor. Every professor has a different approach to what they believe is the best way to teach a subject. To look at this a

different way, professors are the leaders of the classroom, which is why students learn best from professors they find credible. Being a credible leader can mean a variety of things, whether it’s having experience in the field or demanding respect. Many students have been found to respond well to teachers who exhibit respect to their students. “The course professor’s demeanor is serious but nurturing, and by the end of the course students were likely to have a reasonably positive view of her, while at the beginning they did not know her,” said Elizabeth Stork, author of the study Classroom Incivilities: Student’s Perceptions About Professors’ Behavior. Generally, students are likely to learn more in a classroom that has a friendly, yet professional environment. “When they [the professors] are excited about what they

are teaching then it definitely helps me learn the material better, but also just how many times they go over it [the material] and what they think is important. If they tell the students it is important then I am more likely to learn it,” said Michigan Tech student Corey Tindall. Stork’s study also found that when a student is in a situation where the professor is disrespectful they are not as comfortable. “Students in the focus groups were also aware of and critical of behaviors that demean students or embarrass them, and felt strongly that those behaviors were inexcusable and should be reported,” said Stork. Stork’s findings are consistent with students’ feelings at Michigan Tech. “It [when a teacher is disrespectful to a student] makes me think less of them because it’s less professional. I think of

professionalism as how you act and less how you dress. So they can be wearing really nice clothes but if they aren’t going to be nice to the students then I’m not going to take them seriously,” said Tindall. More and more studies are reporting that the relationship between a student and their instructor is vital to their learning. Steven Meyers, in his article, “Do Your Students Care Whether You Care About Them,” found that when there was a rapport between the student and instructor the class had better attendance, more attention was given, along with more time devoted to the class. Meyer also found that when a professor had a positive attitude towards the students it accounted for 58 percent of a student’s motivation, 42 percent of a students’ appreciation of the course and 60 percent of a student’s attitude toward the instructor.

As students at Michigan Technological University start their new semester there are many factors to keep in mind. Getting to know the professor, whether by asking questions during class or visiting during office hours, is a great idea. There are a variety of affects teachers have on students, and there are many ways students affect the teachers. If you are respectful and hardworking this upcoming semester, you should be rewarded. To read Elizabeth Storks complete article, please visit, (http://journals.cluteonline. com/index.php/CIER/ article/view/1066). Be sure to download the PDF version. To read Steven Meyers complete article, please visit, ( smeyers/files/2011/04/caring. pdf) Data courtesy of Steven Meyers

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Broomball scoreboards

with RSE in order to create their own. Charlie Rysenga, a thirdyear electrical engineering

major and the project director for the task, was in charge of ordering parts and the overall planning

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and design for the ambitious project. Working all through summer, Rysenga worked with various companies in

China, as well as here in Houghton, to get a start on designing the scoreboards. The digits, for example, were custom made in China, which Rysenga says were “very difficult to order.” In addition, AdvanceTec Bodyshop generously contributed materials and labor to paint the boards, free of charge. This saved RSE around $1500, which was a big help. Once the fall semester rolled around, RSE continued to work hard in collaboration with the Broomball Committee and Facilities in order to keep up with the plan so they could make the January deadline. $10,500 and nine months later, the project is still in the works. A prototype was tested at the recent Alumni Broomball game

When the scoreboards are complete, each rink will boast one in its own color. Vice President for Student Affairs Les Cook and Blizzard were part of the ball drop ceremony. Photos by Scott Thompson

during Homecoming 2012, but none currently stand on the rinks. RSE and the Broomball Committee are hoping to have all three up and running in a few weeks, or by Winter Carnival at the latest. So will these boards have any effect on the games? George Olszewski, Broomball’s Vice Chair, believes that they will be a “real game changer,” since players can now see the time left rather than asking the ref ’s constantly. “It’ll be handy for everybody,” says Megan Crowley, a fourthyear applied ecology and environmental sciences major and the RSE director. Fans will be able to know the time and scores now, and the ref ’s will have an easier time keeping track of games. Player Mitch Murphy, a member of Team Woz, said that he likes the new boards. “I think they will be beneficial to everyone, especially the players,” he said. “Normally the time is always an unknown and this can affect line changes, strategy, and just can cause unneeded confusion.” Murphy added that “everybody better watch out,” because Team Woz will be taking advantage of the new scoreboards and go all the way this season. As far as the future goes with the new scoreboards, RSE plans to update the software as needed and even add a live score update on the live web feed found online at (http://www.broomball.mtu. edu/info/webcams). For more information on the new scoreboards, visit the RSE website at (rse. You may also contact the RSE director, Megan Crowley (mmcrowle@ or assistant RSE director, Matthaeus Saavedra, at (masaaved@

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Cold Spell prepares campus for Winter Carnival KATELYN WAARA News Editor Thanks to Heikki Lunta, snow god of the Copper Country, typical January weather has finally arrived. Single-digit temperatures and double-digit snow accumulation made their way to the UP last week and with Winter Carnival two weeks away, it was welcomed with open arms. Statue forms and the bare bones of what will be brilliant works of icy-art can already be seen around campus and in the campus community as students prepare for what seems like it will be a successful and appropriately named Winter Carnival.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), December 2012 will go down in the record books as the one of the top 10 warmest Decembers in the Upper Peninsula. January and February, however, promise to keep temperatures about average for this time of year in the UP, allowing the snow to accumulate and stick around for Carnival’s festivities. Stephanie Bonenfant, a member of the Winter Carnival Queens Committee for Blue Key Honor Society, agreed that winter finally shaped up and brought Houghton what the town is due: snow. “When students, families and tourists are in Houghton during Winter Carnival, they’re looking

forward to literally walking in a winter wonderland,” said Bonenfant. “It seems as if in the last week, the weather realized it’s near Carnival time and decided to bring us a fair amount of snow and cold temperatures.” Everyone who was a part of last year’s Winter Carnival remembers worrying about the possible postponement of the broomball season because of the warmer temperatures, let alone the lack of snow. With the unpredictability of the Copper Country weather, though, some students may still worry about the resources they are provided when it comes to statue supplies. “On the occasion that temperatures would rise and/or we receive less snow,

I’m sure students making the statues will find ways to complete them beautifully— they’re pros!” said Bonenfant. For this week, the Weather Channel is forecasting mostly single-digit temperatures, with many lows at or below the zero-degree mark. Snow will continue to fall, allowing statue builders everything they need to get their white and icy superheroes and villains prepped for competition. In order to avoid injury and illness during this exciting time, it is suggested that students wear proper clothing while outside, whether working on statues or just walking around on campus. Bonenfant specifically suggested that, during the all-nighter,

students keep warm and stay safe. “If you become too cold, go inside one of the buildings on campus to warm up, find a warm beverage from a vendor or call it a night!” Winter Carnival is taking place Feb. 6 through 9. For a complete list of events, visit ( carnival/).

Visit the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival website.

AkzoNobel seeks graduate students for competition Innovators in chemistry, materials science and technology needed KATELYN WAARA News Editor There has been a growing need for individuals specializing in chemistry and material sciences because of our country’s energy crisis and environmental threats. Michigan Tech seems like the perfect place to find those who can bring new ideas to aid in the efforts. Recently, AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty

chemicals, announced on Jan. 1 that they are seeking entries for their Tomorrow’s Answers Today poster competition. The competition, which, according to the company’s website, “aims to highlight the best ideas which show the greatest insight into the future trends of our society,” is open to students pursuing graduate research in the fields of chemical sciences or technologies. Those who may want to take notice on Michigan Tech’s campus include chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science and engineering and technologies students, to name

a few. To enter, individuals must possess a sustainable, innovative idea that will meet the needs of our society, our environment and its consumers in the next decade. Group or team submissions will not be accepted. The entries will be reviewed by a committee and five finalists will be chosen. Each finalist’s entry idea will be converted into a professionally-designed poster displaying their idea and concept. In addition, each finalist will be invited to Chicago in June to attend the North American

Photo courtesy of AkzoNobel website.

Science Award event held at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Once there, the posters will be voted on and a grand prize winner will be selected. That person shall receive $1000 and the opportunity to visit an AkzoNobel research facility. Prizes will be given to the best ideas that prove to be imaginative, realistic and insightful for the future.

AkzoNobel asks that applicants prepare their entries and submit them in PowerPoint format no later than Feb. 28, 2013. For a more complete list of eligibility and requirements and a list of questions to think about, please visit the AkzoNobel’s website at (http://www.akzonobel. co m / i n n o v at i o n / p o s te r _ competition/).

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Cold nights, hot jazz ALEX SAARI Lode Writer This month, the Backstage at the Rosza series returns with two nights of live jazz. For this event, a featured jazz ensemble will perform. The Momentum Jazz Combo seamlessly blends together the dueling sounds of horns, vocal and rhythm sections and will perform both nights. The group has recorded CDs, and received the Outstanding Jazz Combo award at the UW-Eau Claire Festival and the Aquinas College Jazz Festival. MTU’s Jazz Club Cabaret has occurred several times in the past

and attendance has always been strong. Designed to shed light on the local jazz scene, the setting is made to resemble a cabaret lounge. Table seating, casual lighting and a bar all heighten the atmosphere. Student ensembles have always performed at the cabaret sessions and past performers include JazTec, the RealTime Jazz Band, the Calumet Jazz Experience and Momentum. Solo performances have included Michael Christianson, the director of bands at Michigan Tech. The Backstage at the Rosza series continues on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26. Both nights open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 each. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2074 or visit (

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Comedian Pete Lee to visit Tech COREY SAARI Lode Writer In support of activities providing an opportunity for students to unwind in an alcohol free setting is a series of comedy shows known as Late Night Programming. Made possible by Student Activities and funded by undergraduate student government and various cosponsorships, this event seeks to bring a relatively well known entertainer to campus on an irregular basis. While not set in

stone, said entertainers perform at 10 p.m. on select Friday nights in the MUB Ballroom. Scheduled to appear on Jan. 25 is comedian Pete Lee. Unlike other comedians, his brand of comedy involves roasting himself to entertain his audience. From his roots as a comedian on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, he has since become relatively well known. His accomplishments include taking the 12 spot out of 100 rival comedians on Comedy Central’s Standup Showdown and earning the distinction of CMT’s Next Big Comic.

To provide an idea of Pete Lee’s comic talent, student activities has posted a URL hyperlink at the end of the introductory paragraph found on the student activities page. Following the given hyperlink will lead to a short YouTube video of Lee performing a standup comedy routine. Student activities currently have posted the schedule for Late Night Programming through Feb. 15, when Mike Malone will be performing. For further information on him, visit ( student-activities/traditions/latenight/).

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Wii U rough around the edges Although it has promising new features, the system ultimately isn’t worth the current price NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor It’s official: The eighth round in the video game console wars has begun, and this time it’s Nintendo that has made the first move with its Wii U console. Nintendo obviously hopes its new box will be a worthy successor to the wildly popular Wii; indeed, after the poor start for its last successor to a popular platform (the 3DS), Nintendo probably feels it needs to hit a double (or triple) to make up. Which raises the question: is the Wii U as good now as the Wii was when it first launched? First, the hardware itself. The console comes in two versions: a $300 Basic version, which is white and has 8 GB of storage, and a $350 Deluxe version, which is black and has 32 GB of storage. Besides color and storage size, the only difference is the extras in the box. Both versions include a Wii U GamePad, power cords and an HDMI cable (using the console with a non-HD TV requires purchasing a separate cable or reusing ones from a Wii or Gamecube). The Deluxe edition also includes stands for the GamePad, a Sensor Bar for using Wii Remotes and a copy of Nintendo Land. The Basic version is probably not worth the money–the Deluxe extras are probably worth more than the $50 difference and 8 GB will likely not be enough for most users. But the Deluxe version is also $100 more than the Wii was at launch, negating the “affordability” factor that made the latter successful. The main attraction of the Wii U is, of course, the

aforementioned GamePad. The new controller has an unusual look to it, like someone took the bottom half of a DS and applied an enlarger ray to it. But it’s actually very nice to use. It feels good in the hands, the return to a more standard set of buttons is nice for the games that the old Wii Remotes just didn’t have enough buttons for, and it seems to be as motionsensitive as a Wii Remote Plus. It has a camera on the front and can even be used as a remote control (which is a really nice feature). The standout is the big touchscreen on the controller. This screen is the primary way to interact with the console on the Wii U menu and can be used by games in several different ways. Many games use it much like the DS bottom screen, putting things like maps and/ or interface elements on it (you can select plays in Madden, for example) but it can also be used as the main screen, either mirroring the TV display or reversing the “normal” way by having the TV show status information. Support varies among games; some always use it, some never do, and some only have it for certain modes or let the user pick. Best of all, it’s big enough and sharp enough (6.2-inch and FWVGA resolution) to be nice to look at. It’s great for the games that do use it, and it may be the system’s best selling point, since it can effectively end TV disputes. The only real downsides are that it’s big and bulky, its battery life isn’t very good (another reason to

get the deluxe version, with its charging stand) and doesn’t seem to be compatible with virtual console games in Wii mode (more below on why that’s bad). The Wii U is backwardscompatible with Wii games, but in a weird way. Unlike, say, the Wii or PS3, where you can just pop in a backwards compatible disc and play like normal, the Wii U’s backwards compatibility feels more like the “Classic Mode” found on early versions of Mac OS X. To play a Wii game on the Wii U, one must select “Wii Menu” from the Wii U menu, which brings up the old Wii interface–only from there can one start a [classic] Wii game. It’s a system that works, but it is kind of cumbersome. More annoyingly, the GamePad doesn’t work in Wii mode—and since Wii U removed Gamecube backwards compatibility, the only way to play certain Wii and Virtual Console games is to use the Classic Controller. Nintendo has released a transfer utility that will move save data and purchased games from a Wii

console to a Wii U console via an SD card. It’s actually fairly easy to use, and amusing to watch (assuming there are no problems with the original Wii console). The Wii U is completely incompatible with DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, which is another disappointment. Finally, there’s the online experience, which in this day and age may be one of the most important parts of a console–and it’s where the Wii U is weakest. Nintendo has finally—finally—purged its world of friend codes and has implemented a much more sensible username-based system, but there are several flaws. First, accounts still seem to be bound to a single console, meaning you’re out of luck if your console breaks and the repair guys can’t recover anything. Many of the online services, though steps in the right direction, still lack serious polish. For example, the YouTube app seems incapable of playing videos on the TV screen instead of on the GamePad. Then there’s the MiiVerse social network, which is a

really neat idea (allow players to make posts, and see others’ posts, about specific parts of a game, in-game) but the actual app is kind of hard to use. And that’s just a couple of the issues. There’s a lot of promise here, and I suspect if Nintendo just sat down with some usability experts its offerings could be a lot stronger. As it is now, it feels incomplete. So that’s the Wii U. With the somewhat beefier insides as well as the more traditional controller and HD output, it seems that Nintendo is making more of a play at the “traditional” gamer market—a market they’ve had trouble with ever since the N64 days—while still trying to retain the innovation that gave them success with the Wii and DS. Only time will tell if that strategy works. For the present, the Wii U is a console that has some clearly interesting ideas, but also a lot of rough edges. Apart from the specific drawbacks listed earlier, it doesn’t have a very big software library yet, which could be an issue when trying to attract early adopters. And it’s a little pricey. For now, this is a console for die-hard Nintendo fans and cuttingedge types. Most others would be best served by waiting for a price drop, a better software library, or both.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Jordan Erickson



ZONE Today I was driving into the Rosza parking lot and got stuck in the snow before I even reached the gates. I was lucky three guys were nice enough to help push and shovel me out, making me realize once again, how great of a community we have here at Michigan Tech. With Febrauary quickly approaching, it seems like all campus can think about is Winter Carnival. Statues are going up across campus, skits are being refined and last-minute sign ups for special events are taking place as deadlines to turn in rosters approach. One of the reasons I love Carnival so much is that I think it’s amazing to see practically all of campus come together for the celebration of the snowglobe that we live in. Personally, my favorite events is Beards. It seems the men of Michigan Tech have no shame in this event, from dressing up as girls to doing dances and measuring things. As the Sports Editor of the Lode, I love watching the broomball games, and of course, the Winter Carnival hockey “tournament.” I can’t wait to see all of campus spread out on the all nighter, from the dance floor to the statue builders, the campus of Michigan Tech has an amazing community, and it shows during our celebration of Winter Carnival.


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We cannot afford to forget TAYLOR DOMAGALLA Opinion Editor Class has only been in session for a week, but it’s probably safe to say that everyone was grateful for the holiday on Monday. Even if it was too cold to enjoy the hill, the trails or the broomball rinks, having some extra time to spend under blankets or over textbooks and to readjust to the Keweenaw winter and Michigan Tech academia is something to appreciate. Whenever we get a day off, I get so swept up in thoughts of what to do with the extra time that I forget to remember why I don’t have class. Whether or not time was taken to reflect on it, Monday was the federally proclaimed day to celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. This April will mark the 45th anniversary of King’s death. With so much time gone by, it may be hard for people of our generation to have a real appreciation for King’s work. The social injustices of the past certainly aren’t something I ponder every day, but this holiday seemed to be a fitting time. While the United States has plenty to be proud of, when I consider some of the building blocks of this nation I can’t help but feel ashamed. states that “The first [slaves] were bought in 1619. The last freed in 1865. In the intervening 250 years, slaves labored to make America what it is today.” Almost a century after emancipation, during May 1963, black civil rights protestors were attacked by police dogs and targeted with

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fire hoses in Birmingham, Ala. Even after President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, tear gas, whips and clubs were used against marchers in Selma, Ala., resulting in 50 protestors in the hospital ( These instances, and the mindsets that caused them to occur, are a stain on U.S. history. Fortunately for the country, civil rights activists, such as King, struggled through these dark ages. Though facing violence through bombings, a stabbing and ultimately a lethal gunshot, King only promoted peaceful protests. King relentlessly worked to bring the United States closer to his dream. At the Oberlin College Commencement, he stated, “Somewhere we must come to see that human

progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of dedicated individuals…” It is important to remember and reflect on King’s work because there are still social and economic problems that need to be addressed. The current Supreme Court docket contains several civil liberties cases and is expected to add more. Some of the issues that will be ruled on are whether or not universities can use race as an application factor to promote diversity, whether or not companies like Shell can be held accountable for human rights violations abroad (such as purportedly conspiring with the Nigerian government “to stop protests over petroleum exploration

using killings, rape, arrests, and property destruction” in the 1990s), the legality and rights associated with samesex marriage, whether or not the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still necessary, and whether or not “personhood” can be defined at conception (thereby making all abortions illegal in Okla.) ( All of this combined with the ongoing Occupy Wall St. movement shows that the world we live in is still one of civil unrest. There will always be work to do on the civil rights front for dedicated individuals, like those King spoke of, which is why his life and example should not be forgotten.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Gun Control Point , Counter-Point

ZACH EVANS Lode Writer The horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary shows that a fundamental flaw exists in this country: a deranged killer can access weapons of near military strength and efficiency and silence the lives of 28 people in minutes. While it is true that there is no way to absolutely prevent these anomalies in human behavior, steps should be taken to lessen their severity. A common sense regulation is the requirement of universal background checks. The mentally unstable and criminally tainted should not have weapons, yet little is currently done to prevent it. A person can buy guns off-the-record through gun shows and other second hand resources. Owning a gun should not just be a right, but both a right and responsibility. Those unable to abide by this commitment should not be allowed access to one. High-capacity magazines are a primary factor in the disturbingly high number of deaths in mass shootings, with the Sandy Hook shooter using a rifle with 30-round magazines. These magazines eliminate the precious seconds during a shooter’s reload time, which could be used for retaliation or to run. While the Second Amendment is often used to defend gun ownership, it is important to keep in mind the context in which it was written—at the time, an efficient marksman could only get off three rounds a minute. I agree with the current proposition made by President Obama, which would make it illegal to own magazines above 10-round capacities.

Poll Results: Based on responses from 100 Lode readers.

In terms of self-defense, one of the most important aspects of the Second Amendment, a bigger gun will not equal a safer house. It takes one bullet to stop an aggressor—not 20 or 30—and after you fire 3-4 shots either you or the aggressor will likely be dead. Assault weapons should be banned entirely, due to the fact they are designed for the act of assaulting, not defending. Examining the wording of the Second Amendment helps provide insight as well. It says, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” As the language states, the right to “bear” arms was intended for members of a “well-regulated” militia, not a consumer market tainted by a violent media and a multi-million dollar gun industry. Plus, the concept of being a militia man had more merit than it does at present, considering a hostile, British-owned Canada was to the north, Mexico to the south, and justifiably angry Native Americans to the west. Now America’s enemies operate through intelligence, which cannot be combatted with militia bullets. The amendments found within the Constitution are vital to our country’s survival yet it is a document designed to evolve with the progress of time, not to halt progress. The lessons learned at Sandy Hook must not be forgotten. Guns are tools with necessary purpose when used properly, but when the negatives of a tool outweigh the positives it becomes time to reconsider that tool’s place in society.

JACE FRITZLER Lode Writer With the recent gun violence, there is no wonder that people have issued a call to—or rather, against arms. However, reducing the number of guns among citizens is not the solution to the struggle with violence. With new threats of legislation against gun-owners, it is time for responsible gun owners to stand up against the harassment of anti-gun politics. The United States was founded by the people, for the people. To me, this means that every citizen of the United States is part of the government, which not only entitles me to rights as provided in the Constitution and its amendments, but also gives me the responsibility of upholding the rights that belong to me and my fellow citizens. The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This can easily be interpreted either as the military, being part of the government that consists of the people, has the right to bear arms to maintain the security of the free state, or that the people themselves have the right to bear arms to provide the security of the freedom of the state. I believe that the second interpretation is the correct one. Our founding fathers made a new government while under the tyranny of another. This amendment was not only meant to provide security from

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other countries that look to infringe upon our freedoms, but also from tyrant governments that overstep their bounds, like Great Britain had done to the American colonies. Disarming law abiding citizens does nothing but make them targets for criminals. Liberal concealed-carry laws prevent crime by reducing criminals’ confidence. If a criminal thinks that a target is armed, he or she will be much less likely to go through with the crime. ABC did a special report after the Virginia Tech shooting which interviewed inmates about whether gun laws applied to them; the answer was a resounding no. The main issue with outlawing guns is that criminals, obviously, don’t follow the rules. When it comes down to it, if someone breaks into my house, reminding them kindly that I voted for their weapon to be illegal is not going to keep my household safe from harm. Until legislation is bulletproof, I will be sticking to the old home defense go-to: a shotgun. Melinda Herman was taught by her husband to use his .38 caliber handgun. After her home was broken into, she hid with her two children in a crawl space. While on the phone with both her husband and 911, Herman was forced to open fire on the intruder before fleeing to a neighbor’s house. The local sheriff commended Herman for her actions. This particular story received air time on CBS, but there are many stories like this one where proper training and knowledge of a concealed firearm kept many more people safe than it endangered.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


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Weeks until women’s basketball returns to the Wood Photo courtesy of MTU Gym. The Huskies will Athletics be on the road until Pheonix Copley keeps the puck out of his net in Friday nights shutout against Bemidji State. February 7 when they Photo by Ben Wittbrodt host Ferris State.


Pheonix Copley

JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor Freshman net minder Pheonix Copley turned away 25 shots in Friday night’s

game against Bemidji State to earn his third shut out in five games. “I’m just playing with more confidence,” said Copley of his developing game that helped earn him the scores. The two previous shut

outs were earned during the Great Lakes Invitational when he North Pole, AK native helped the Huskies to the championship. With his 4-0, 4-0 wins over the University of Michigan and Western Michigan,

Copley became the second goaltender in the history of the tournament to get backto-back shutouts. Copley turned away 71 shots on the weekend to help the Huskies to their first GLI title since 1980.

Hoffman earns Commissioner’s Award ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer Last week, senior defender for the Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team Melanie Hoffman was announced as one of only six women in the GLIAC to receive the Fall 2012 Commissioner’s Award. This award stands as one of Hoffman’s numerous achievements earned in recognition for her athletic and academic excellence this season. The Commissioner’s Award, sponsored by Meijer, Inc., is presented after the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes from the GLIAC in order to honor their excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

Hoffman’s qualifications for the award are self-explanatory. As a captain and starting defender, she helped the Huskies post 10 shutout victories which ultimately led to a shared regular season conference title. In the program’s third season ever, the Huskies set a school record for number of wins with an 111-1 conference record, 14-3-2 overall, along with 36 other new school records. Hoffman, a Pulaski, Wisconsin, native, also boasts a 4.0 grade point average as an exercise science and biology major. “It’s an honor to have received this award for my accomplishments in the classroom and on the field,” said Hoffman. “As studentathletes, we pride ourselves in being able to perform highly in academics and athletics.”

Hoffman is a two-time recipient of the award having received the Commissioner’s Award once before during the Fall 2011 soccer season. She also earned several other awards to honor her athletic and academic excellence during the 2012 season. Hoffman was a recipient of All-GLIAC honorable mention, All-Midwest Region Third Team honors, Capital One CoSIDA NCAA Div. II Women’s Soccer Academic All-American honors, the LSGI Scholastic Achievement Award, and she was a member of the 2012 Fall All-Academic Excellence Team. “It’s been great to have received these awards during my senior year,” noted Hoffman. “These awards have given me confidence and excitement as I prepare to continue my education at Marquette.”

Hoffman will continue her career as a Michigan Tech student-athlete one last time this spring as a member of the Women’s Track and Field team. Great things are expected from the academic and athletic all-star who last year set the school record in the heptathlon and once again received various awards and honorable mentions. She earned Heptathlon All-GLIAC Honorable Mention, Academic All-District Honors, and was recognized as a Capital One Academic All-District Second Team honoree. Hoffman will graduate from Michigan Tech this coming spring and afterward plans to continue her education at Marquette University School of Dentistry.


Of eight points the hockey Huskies have taken from the Bemidji State Beavers this season. Two overtime wins in November and a win and a tie this weekend helped them claim the points.


Points netted by junior Alex Curly in the mens basketball’s 77-54 win over Saginaw Valley State on Saturday. The number tied his season high.


Place Husky skiier Matt Wong finished in during the 20 km race at the Tour de Twin Cities on Sunday with a time of 50:10.


Shut outs from freshman netminder Pheonix Copley in his last five games. Copley shut out both games in the GLI and added the third Friday night with a 4-0 win over Bemidji State.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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This past weekend, the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski teams competed in the Tour de Twin Cities freestyle and classic races at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota as part of the CCSA Central Super Tour. While both teams put forward several impressive individual finishes, their overall placement fell short to rivals University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northern Michigan University, and College of Saint Scholastica in the team standings. Competition began Saturday (Jan. 19) with the women’s 5-kilometer freestyle and men’s 10-kilometer freestyle races. Top finishers for the women included Lynn Duijndam, Sarah Daniels, and Rachel Mason. Duijndam finished first for the Huskies placing ninth (13: 11), just 20.5 seconds behind the first place finisher from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Daniels and Mason followed shortly coming in 16th (13:28) and 19th (13:40). Overall, the women finished third in team standings after day one. Raphael Bechtiger led the men’s team with a ninth place finish (22:44), coming in 59.1 seconds behind the first place finisher in the men’s 10-k freestyle. Teammates Jay Woodbeck, Luke Gesior, and Kyle Hanson also made top-20 finishes placing 12th (23:05), 13th (23:14), 16th (23:15), and 18th (23:25) respectively. Despite the strong team

effort, the men came in fourth in the team standings after day one of the competition. Sunday (Jan. 20) the skiers closed out the weekend competing in the women’s 15-kilometer classic and men’s 20-kilometer classic races. Daniels finished first for the women with a 12th place overall finish (49:54). Mason and Duijndam finished closely behind coming in 14th (50:11) and 22nd (52:25). Matt Wong’s strong 10th place finish (50:10) led the men’s team in the 20-k classic race. Gesior and Sondre Sandvik finished next for the Huskies placing 11th (50:17) and 17th (50:58). Overall, combined scores from the men’s and women’s teams for the weekend landed Tech in fourth place in the team standings with 213 points. The Huskies finished behind University of Alaska Fairbanks who earned 301 points, Northern Michigan (276 points), and Saint Scholastica (225 points). Individually, the women’s team tied for third with Saint Scholastica (106 points) behind Alaska (155 points) and Northern (133 points). The men’s team came in fourth with 107 points behind Alaska (146 points), Northern (141 points), and Saint Scholastica (119 points). Despite a disappointing overall finish in the team standings, head coach of the Huskies Joe Haggenmiller was impressed by some individual performances. The Huskies will look to improve as a team next weekend as they compete in the St. Scholastica Michigan Tech skiers compete earlier this season. Invitational January 26-27 in Biwabik, Minnesota.

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Michelle Gadke takes the ball down court.

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T.J. Brown looks for an open teammate against Saginaw Valley Saturday.

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Women ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer After winning both games in their two-game series at home this past week against Wayne State and Saginaw Valley, the Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball team made the climb back to number one in the North Division GLIAC standings. The team holds a 9-3 conference record, 11-5 overall. Thursday’s (Jan. 17) game against Wayne State ended in a 77-56 Husky victory. The Huskies created a ninepoint lead at half and maintained the lead throughout the duration of the match. Rebounding and scoring off of turnovers largely contributed to the victory. Black and Gold out-

rebounded Wayne State 38-27 and scored 22 points off of Warrior turnovers. Freshman guard Mackenzie Perttu headlined the match with a careerhigh 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. In addition, senior guard Sam Hoyt helped Tech’s offense by contributing 19 points. A solid night of shooting and a strong defensive effort enabled the Huskies to launch past the Warriors. With a day of rest between matches, the Huskies prepared to take on their next opponent Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 19). Both teams rallied for the lead during the first half. After out-shooting the Huskies by ten percent (47-percent to 37-percent). Continued on page 15



Sports Editor Breaking a three-game losing streak, the basketball Huskies defeated Saginaw Valley State Saturday in a 77-54 final. Just in time to give the team a needed confidence boost, the Huskies now head south for a threegame away series. After a slow start in the first half, the Huskies picked up their game in the second half of the game after an offensive jump-start. Outscoring Saginaw 50-24 in the second half of the game was enough for the Huskies to take the win. Senior Ali Haidar led the Huskies with 25 points on the game with junior Alex Curly behind him with 17. Haidar also took seven

rebounds for the Huskies and shot 7-of-10 from the field. The streak begins on January 24 when the Huskies visit Northwood for the two teams first of two meetings this season. The Timberwolves currently sit at second to last in the GLIAC North Division with a 5-7 conference record and 6-10 are overall. In their most recent competition, the Timberwolves fell in a 49-59 final while visiting the conference’s top team, Grand Valley State. Leading the Timberwolves is sophomore Will Bowles who is averaging 13.1 points per game. In the Timberwolves fight against Grand Valley, Wes Wilcox finished the game with a double-double, netting 13 points and 11 rebounds. Continued on page 15

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The Cardinals ended the first half in control of the game with a seven point lead. An improved offensive and defensive effort in the second half helped the Huskies to close out the deficit and take the lead, eventually ending the game in a 73-67 victory. Hoyt ended the match with a game-high 22 points. Also noteworthy, freshmen Kylie Moxley recorded her first career double-double after scoring 20 points for the Huskies and finishing with 10 rebounds.

The Huskies will be on the road this week to take on Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 24) and Lake Superior State on Saturday (Jan. 26). Currently Northwood sits in fifth place in the GLIAC North Division with a 7-5 conference record. Northwood, the highest scoring team in the North Division, will look to continue their two-game win streak against the Huskies. Conversely, LSSU will hope to reverse their two-game losing streak. The Lakers have recorded a 4-8 conference record and are

currently situated in last place in the GLIAC North Division. While it is easy to judge teams based on their records, a highly competitive North Division leaves little wiggle room between first and last place. Looking past the standings, both upcoming matches will require the Huskies to play with the same consistent fervor which set them on their current twogame winning streak. One game at a time, the Huskies will continue on down the road in hopes of GLIAC victory.

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Basketball Beats : Men Continued from page 14

The Huskies will then make their way back North to visit Lake Superior State Jan. 26. The Lakers sit at fourth in the GLIAC, one spot behind the Huskies, with a 7-5 conference record and 9-6 overall. With only one win in their last three games, the Lakers are right on the Huskies heels, looking to move up in the standings. Taking a 6958 win over Ferris State, the Lakers snapped their losing streak. Leading the Lakers in points is junior guard Derek

Billing, averaging 17.3 points per game and has 259 points on the season so far. In the Laker’s latest win, Billings netted a career-high 32 points and was 10-of-10 at the free throw line for the game. Junior center Metz lead the Lakers in rebounds in the game with 10 and also netted a season-high 16 points. With two big contests next week the Huskies are on the hunt to move up in the standings. The Huskies return to home court on February 7.

This past weekend in Hockey Sophmore Blake Pietila was honored for winning a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors before the game against Bemidji State on Friday night. Pietila responded by adding two goals and an assist during Fridays 4-0 win. Then again on Saturday night he tallied a goal as the team skated to a 2-2 tie finish. Pietila has a team-leading total of 13 goals in 21 games this season. (Top photo) Blake Pietila was honored at the start of the Bemidji State series this past weekend. (Bottom photo) Pietila puts the puck on the net against Bemidji State on Friday night. He tallied a total of 4 points for the weekend. Photos by Ben Wittbrodt


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Spring Involvement Fair- Balloon Your Involvement

Nordic Ski Club of Michigan Tech

Tuesday, Jan. 22 , 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. MUB Commons

More information at ( Ski Season is here! Join the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club for only $10 for the academic year. Members use our classic skis, skate skis and snowshoes for free at Tech Trails. Our equipment and wax room at Tech Trails is open afternoons and evenings every day of the week. Members range from people who have never skied before to experienced racers.

Interested in becoming more involved on campus, pursing your interests or finding new clubs? Find your answers at the Spring Involvement Fair, a time when students can browse the 60 plus organizations and talk in person with those already involved! Stop by for complementary hot chocolate and cake!

Jazz Cabaret: Rozsa Backstage Jan. 25 - 26, 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Center

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Warm up your nights this next weekend with the Jazz Cabaret’s lively music. The backstage of the Rozsa will be transformed with table seating, mood lighting and a bar setting. Find tickets online at (

Count Dracula hosts a hotel for monsters as a safe haven from the human world and for a way to protect his daughter. When a young mountain climber finds his way in, however, all chaos breaks loose as Dracula’s daughter falls in love with the outsider. Ticket Price: $3 Runtime: 91 minutes

ASK TECH Olivia Zajac “Never giving this school more money after I graduate.”

Veronica Tabor “Winter Carnival and hanging out with some of my favorite people!”

“What are you looking forward to about this semester?”

Alec Hamer “Living far, far away from here.”

Nathan Miller “Working for the Keweenaw Land Trust!”

- Zach Evans