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Strutting her stuff: Amanda Taylor strikes a pose during the talent portion of the Winter Carnival Queen Competition. Taylor was voted 2010 Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. Photo courtesy of MTU Flickr

a traditional winter U.P. ritual— chopping wood. The winners of the Queen competition typically represent their sponsers and Michigan Tech by riding the zamboni machine at the hockey game against Duluth. Their sponsors also receive points towards winning the

coveted winter carnival trophy. They proudly represented not only their sponsors but also Michigan Tech. With their intelligent, innovative, and good-natured performances, the women of the Queen’s coronation put on a great show. It is a great start to Winter Carnival 2010.

Khana Khazaana international food booth premieres in MUB TARA SOTIRIN Lode Writer

Diners at the Memorial Union Building on Friday, Jan. 29 may have noticed something new happening in the commons area. Two tables set up buffet style with student servers offered students a chance to taste authentic Indian food. For $6 a plate the price was right for two main dishes, bread, fruit salad, and warm spiced chai tea. For the first Friday, the proceeds for the meal, approximately $3 for each plate, will be sent to the Haiti Relief Effort. This isn’t the last that students have seen of this treat either—the tables will be back every Friday offering students another chance to explore palates from different cultures. The tables were part of the new Khana Khazaana international food booth that will feature a different international menu every Friday. “Khana Khazaana means ‘Food Treasure’ in Indian,” says Sahil Thakkar, one of the international chefs behind Friday’s menu

as well as one of the founding members of Khana Khazaana. Sahil Thakkar and Safayat Alum are two international students who proposed the idea of international food at the MUB. To their good-fortune, the executive chef, Eric Karvonen and Executive Director of Food Services, Matt Lean were more than willing to consider the plan. “Eric and Matt were very excited, they adapted to the project very well,” remembers Sahil, “it’s a big project but with student interest it will succeed.” The project began with trial runs last November and December that went “very well.” Surveys of students’ interest in eating international food and a display of the two primary chefs’ talents cemented the plan to start the food booth in January. “Students answering the survey showed more and more they were tired of the same food,” Sahil says, “We got such a good response and that’s what we hoped for.” Initial plans for Khana Khazaana contd. 2A Food

General Motors supports Blue Key Honor Society’s Annual Conference CRYSTAL HIGGINBOTHAM News Editor


lue Key Honor Society will host its annual leadership conference from Friday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 7. The theme for this year is “The Variables of Leadership.” Approximately 125 people from all over the country will be in attendance. The participants will be engaged in a variety of leadership breakout sessions, business meetings, and Winter Carnival festivities. Blue Key Honor Society is privileged this year to have the keynote address—The Thermodynamics of Lead-

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Winter Carnival Queen: Anna Uhl after being crowned at the Queen’s Coronation. Eight contestants competed in Saturday night’s competition. Photo by Alex Cotton

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ight Michigan Tech women stepped away from their textbooks and out of their snow boots to instead don evening gowns and show-off their poise, their charm, and their wood chopping skills. The Queens competition for Winter Carnival has always been a light-hearted endeavor—judging Michigan Tech sweethearts on much more than just their pretty faces but also on their humorous, articulate, and entertaining natures. This year the competition heated up in true Winter Carnival Fashion for the Queens with the eight finalists on-stage, victors of the student vote, ready to show off their talents and prove their sponsors proud. And they certainly did. Cheers and catcalls rang from the audience as the lucky lady crossed the Rosza stage to accept her frosty crown. Saturday, Jan. 30, Tech crowned Anna Uhl Winter Carnival Queen. Sigma Phi Epislon and Kukkakaupa in Hancock were Ana’s sponsors. Her talent corresponded with the theme for carnival as she demonstrated her love for Latin American dance with the help of My-Size Barbie. The games continued when Brett Farve received a nod in a comedic performance by the Women’s Soccer Club and Xpressions Hair Salons’ women, Brittany Wood, whom placed third in the competition. Jazz numbers and beautiful vocal performances were also among the competitors’ many talents. Sally Sanderson, Alpha Xi Pheta and Dairy Queens’ competitor, even showed off her mastery of

ership, presented by Dr. Terry Woychowski, Vice President of Global Management for General Motors. Other speakers include a variety of Michigan Tech faculty and staff who volunteered their time. Blue Key Honor Society is very grateful to General Motors who provided a generous donation to the Michigan Tech Chapter in order to help support this year’s conference. Special thanks and appreciation are also extended to the Michigan Tech Admissions, Graduate School, Dean of Students, Housing and Residential Life offices, who also helped support this year’s conference. For more information about Blue Key Honor Society, the conference, or speakers, visit the Blue Key Web site at http:// bluekey.students.mtu. edu/ or via E-mail at

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Fatal Car Crash Press Release Houghton County Sheriff ’s Dept.


he Houghton County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a two vehicle head on crash that resulted in the death of a Laurium man that occurred on US-41 just south of the Airport Park road in Franklin Township at around 10:40 a.m. on Jan. 28. The crash happened when a Chevy minivan, driven by 40year old Sean Fontaine from Laurium, was northbound on Us-41 just south of Airport Park behind an MDOT plow truck. A whiteout condition occurred and the minivan collided head on with

a Pisani Distributing delivery truck. The driver of the minivan was pronounced dead at the scene. His 46-year old wife, Terri Fontaine, who was a passenger in his vehicle, had to be extricated from the vehicle before being transported to Portage Health in Hancock for treatment of her injuries. The driver of the truck was 37-year old Ryan Greenleaf from Hancock and was transported to Portage Health where he was treated and released. The Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Boston Fire Department, The Calumet Township Fire Department, Superior Service Towing and Mercy Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.

News Indecent exposure incident on Michigan Tech campus CRYSTAL HIGGINBOTHAM News Editor


n Jan. 31, the Michigan Tech Department of Public Safety and Police Services (DPSPS) issued a “timely warning” in reference to a female student reporting an indecent exposure case. As she was traveling home at approximately 12:20 a.m., in the direction of the Memorial Union Bldg. (MUB) and Administration Building, the incident occurred. DPSPS and local officials are investigating the incident. They are in pursuit of possibly a sil-

ver Subaru hatchback with a rear spoiler. DPSPS are advising students, staff, and faculty to do the following: be extra vigilant when walking during evening hours, walk in groups or with a friend (if possible), contact DPSPS for an escort (if feeling uneasy), walk in the other direction and find the closest well-lit and populated area or emergency phone if a suspicious car or person is spotted. If you have a cell phone, call for assistance; give your precise location, and be sure to wait until the officer arrives. Anyone with any information should contact the DPSPS tip line: http://www.mtu. edu/tips/

Ice in action: The past week has been a buzz of activity across Michigan Tech’s campus. Student groups have participated in nearly a dozen special events. Events are typically a winter spinoff of an already-loved past time. Events include ice bowling (upper left), snow volleyball (bottom left) and the unique and unorthodox Yooper sprint. Photo courtesy of MTU Flickr


CLASSIFIED: Interested in flying or building your own aircraft ? The Experimental Aircraft Association is recruiting new members. We are currently building a Kitfox airplane, and many of the local pilots are associated with the club. We’re looking for volunteers to help build the aircraft, become involved in experimental aircraft, and learn about aviation. Meetings are the second Saturday of each month at the airport. Interested people please e-mail your contact information to: flightdeck@ House for rent in Houghton for 2010-2011 school year. Eight large bedrooms with two and a half baths. Zoned multi-residential. Licensed for up to ten students. House completely renovated. Enjoy the indoor hot tub and warm up after a cold day in Houghton. Contact: Brad Davison (517) 202-6886. Bookkeeper, onsite, part- time. Excellent Bookkeeping/GL, Quickbooks and organizational skills required. Email resume om@

Food contd. 1A included opening it to the community and expanding it to other cultures. “We are in contact with Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Thai chefs,” says Sahil. He and Safayat will be in charge of interviewing potential chefs and checking to make sure the chefs talents in the kitchen are up to the Khana Khazaana’s standards. Many of the potential chefs have practice from cooking for International night or various cultural events offering food but quantities at the Friday afternoon

meals will be limited, typically offering around 100-150 plates. Farther down the line Sahil and Safayat would like to see the Khana Khazaana dabble in Latin American and Middle Eastern food as well. The first Friday was well attended, the MUB commons packed with students, faculty, and staff. Most of the diners that day chose to try the two Indian dishes, which were both vegetarian, one a primarily-egg dish and the other a mix of rice. The menu for the next Friday’s meal will be available on the MUB website: http://www.dining.mtu. edu/. Comments and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff have enjoyed cultural food at international events before but this project brings international food to MTU students’ fingertips, or more specifically the tips of their forks, like never before.

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John Oliver performs at Rozsa Rozsa Center Press Release


Jan. 26, 2010 - On Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9:00pm, the Rozsa Center is proud to present the international sensation – comedian John Oliver in our annual Winter Carnival celebration! John has been a writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2006. As a result of his huge success on The Daily Show, for which John received an Emmy Award and been nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award, John was asked to write and star in his own one hour stand-up special for Comedy Central. Entitled Terrifying Times, this premiered in April 2008 and was subsequently released on DVD. Alongside long-term writing partner Andy Zaltzman, John

currently co-writes and stars in The Bugle, an ongoing series of satirical news podcasts, in association with The Times newspaper. With Andy Zaltzman, John has co-written and hosted the BBC Radio 4 show Political Animal. Based on their satirical live stand-up show, a second series was broadcast in 2008. John has additionally written and starred in three series’ of The Department (BBC Radio 4) alongside Chris Addison and Andy Zaltzman. John has recently filmed a role in the brand new NBC primetime series ‘Community’ alongside Chevy Chase and Joel McHale. “Oliver is a master storyteller, stringing jokes together so tightly that not a syllable falls out of place.” - The Onion “John Oliver, from Merseyside to Cambridge Footlights, has been a Jon Stewart regular for over three years now. He writes great gags, he snarls, he’s hilari-

ous. He ought to come home on a free transfer - because the zeitgeist needs him.” - Guardian Oliver hopes to stay at The Daily Show for as long as they and US immigration will allow. Wrap up the perfect Winter Carnival Week with the funniest show of the season! Don’t miss the clever and disarmingly witty John Oliver! Ticket prices for the general public are $25 and $20; MTU student prices are $20 and $15 (MTU student ID required). To purchase tickets contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487.3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073, Tech Express (MUB) at 487.3308 or go online at tickets. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please. Sponsored by the Student Entertainment Board (SEB) and the James and Margaret Black Endowment.

Oscar nominees announced LUKE GUBLO Pulse Editor

Best Picture Nominees

2010 Oscars


n Tuesday morning, nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. The announcements were made by Tom Sherak, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and actress Anne Hathaway. This year’s Oscars, notable for the fact that it will be the first time since the 1943 Academy Awards where more than five Best Picture nominees will be featured (there will be ten in all), will take place on March 7, 2010 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Among the films nominated for Best Picture were science fiction thrillers “Avatar” and “District 9,” as well as expected Oscar nominees “Up in the Air,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “Inglourious Basterds.” Expanding the field to ten films did bring about some surprises though. Unexpected nominees included The Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man,” Pixar’s latest animanted film “Up,” and “The Blind Side.” The other award categories went more conventional. Best Actor nominees include favorite George Clooney for “Up in the Air,” Jeremy Renner for “The Hurt Locker,” and Morgan Freeman for his portrayal of former South African leader Nelson Mandela in “Invictus.” Best Actress nominees

Comedian John Oliver: Comedy Central star John Oliver to perform on Saturday night Photo courtesy of Rozsa Center

Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker James Cameron: Avatar director, nominated for Best Director Photo courtesy of Angela George via Flickr

notably include Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side” and Meryl Streep for “Julie and Julia,” portraying renowned American chef Julia Child. Among those nominated for Best Director include James Cameron for “Avatar,” Quentin Tarantino for “Inglourious Basterds,” and Jason Reitman for “Up in the Air.” This year’s Oscars is also notable due to the fact that it represents the first real threat to Pixar’s

domination of the Best Animated Feature category. Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated feature “Fantastic Mr. Fox” has been very highly regarded amongst critics, and is seen as a viable contender for the award. This year’s Academy Awards will take place on March 7, and will be broadcasted live on ABC. The show will be co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, who both were recently features in the film “It’s Complicated.”

Inglorious Bastards Precious A Serious Man Up Up in the Air Michigan Tech’s Top 14 Winter Carnival Events

Curling Ice Bowling Ice Fishing Skating Races Snow Volleyball Yooper Sprint Nordic Skiing Beards Competition

Stage Reveu Tug-o-war Human Dogsled Races Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Torchlight Parade Snow Ball


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Ask Sassy Dear Sassy, I have always wanted to be a writer. However, when I showed a short story that I was very proud of to a writing professor, they basically told me I should start over. This discouraged me quite a bit. What if I just don’t have the talent to be a writer? Should I start considering other options? Sincerely, Wannabe Writer

Dear Wannabe , Your professor is undoubtedly all-knowing and to not give his advice serious consideration would simply be irresponsible. If your short story is as terrible as your professor believes, you should just throw it away and don’t look back. If you aren’t a good writer by now, you probably will never be. Pay no attention to writers such as Kenneth Grahame and Anthony Burgess who didn’t publish until their middle ages, they got lucky. William S. Burroughs and Anthony Burgess got lucky too. It’s best you learn now that writing is an in-born skill that no amount of practice can improve or perfect. If you insist on being faithful to your dream of being a writer, you may end up a pessimistic, bitter advice columnist for some unknown newspaper.

Music with a message

Christian musician Scott Michael Bennett comes to Houghton

Dear Sassy I’ve recently become attracted to my lab partner. We get along great and I think I would like to ask them out. But I haven’t asked anybody out in a while and I need some pointers. How should I ask them and what should I suggest we do? Thanks Sassy! Sincerely,

Rusty Romantic Rusty

Dear , Your plea for advice encourages me by reminding me that there are still a few hopeless romantics out there. The next time I see an old codger complaining about how kids these days have no sense of romance, I will tell them your story. It’s great that you want to ask this person out and the fact that you are putting so much thought into your proposal is a very promising start to your potential relationship. The best way to ask someone out may be familiar to you. Despite its origin in elementary schools, it’s a classic, timetested method that will ensure a clear, direct response. Rip out a piece of notebook paper and write the following message: “Dear so-and-so, will you go out with me?” Follow this query with two check boxes (yes or no). Feel free to add a “maybe” check box for some extra charm. Good luck and I hope I have helped you with such a juvenile problem.

Dear Sassy I have been having trouble lately keeping my commitments. I missed two meetings last week and today, I completely forgot about a huge homework assignment. How can I keep to my schedule? Sincerely,

Late Lucy

Dear Late , First of all, don’t feel too bad. We all miss appointments and deadlines every once in a while. From due dates, to lunch dates, to blind dates, anything scheduled is made to be forgotten. The most important thing to remember when you’re feeling crunched for time is to cut the dates you don’t absolutely have to make. When facing a time conflict with a work meeting and your great aunt’s funeral, it’s obvious which commitment you need to cut. Family events, such as funerals, can be missed with few repercussions (unless you have strong spiritual beliefs). Missing a meeting for your job, however, could result in lower wage or even termination. Another secret to keeping on schedule is the almighty sticky note. CEO’s and other important business people have their offices wallpapered with these handy little reminders. When you run out of space on your wall, stick them to your computer, filing cabinet, or even on your person. This technique will help you to organize any unmanageable mess of appointments.

Pianist and SInger to Preform: Scott Michae Bennet will preform Feb. 6 at Portage Lake United

Church. Bennet’s Album features renovations of familiar hymns as well as some from his personal collection. Photo courtesy of



n Feb. 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., Scott Michael Bennett, male-pianist and vocalist, will be performing at the Portage Lake United Church located at 1400 E. Houghton Ave. in Houghton, MI (located next to Wells Fargo Bank). Bennett will render for the Keweenaw community a variety of hymnal and spiritual song selections. FreshDay Music describes Bennett as “an inspirational young singer whose sincere goal is to dramatically inspire people of all ages to reach for a higher life with God as its [life’s] center and other people as its [life’s] focus.” Bennett is a former member of the Grammy Award winning Phoenix Symphony Chorale and Arizona State University’s Men’s Chorus. In 2001, he was pronounced the winner of the National Young Artists’ Competition in the Vocal Performance category singing two Shakespearean songs with full orchestral ac-

companiment. In 2002, at the age of 19, Bennett recorded and released his debut album “O Glorious Love,” recorded at Gaither Studios.  This album contains fresh reinventions of some familiar hymns in addition to some obscure songs that are favorites among Bennett’s supporters. His sophomore album, “Come As You Are” is a deeper creation that many listeners describe as “moving” and “inspirational.”  Several have shared that they were moved to tears as they envisioned the messages conveyed in his songs.  Scott is very patriotic and is noted for including a brief tribute in his concerts to the men and women in law enforcement, EMT/EMS, fire fighters, Emergency Services Personnel, and even our troops. He has sung at the Pentagon and sings annually for a local Veterans Day program and Sept. 11 memorial program.  Recently, Bennett married his best friend & sweetheart Heather Bennett (formerly Kincaid). Scott & Heather Bennett’s deep commitment to God, their spiritual

growth, and each other, continue to create a dynamic duo in ministry. FreshDay Music continues through the new year with the Bennetts working side-by-side to inspire, hope, & share deep and meaningful messages to people everywhere through use of passionate music, multimedia, and presentations. This event is free and is brought to you by the Center for Adventist Ministry to Public University Students—C.A.M.P.U.S. HOPE (Michigan Tech) and the Houghton Seventh-Day Adventist Church. If you are interested in more information about the concert on Feb. 6, contact Alanna Knapp, CAMPUS Staff Member, at Scott & Heather are currently booking concerts for 2010 and would love to share at your church or event. Please contact FreshDay Music if you are interested in more information via their Web site at www. All biography information was provided by FreshDay: inspire, hope, & share.

Just the Facts What: Scott Michael Bennett Concert Where: Portage Lake United Church

(located next to Wells Fargo)

When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free Brought to you by the Center for Adventist Ministry to Public University Students-C.A.M.P.U.S. HOPE (Michigan Tech) and the Houghton Seventh-Day Adventist Church

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Cold, hard facts ELIJAH HAINES Opinion Editor


his morning, a plethora of bundled up, jolly families perused the campus and marvelled at the beautiful snow statues. They wondered at their intricacies and commented on how marvelous it is that students willingly spend their free time on such a constructive and unique occupation.   The kids shrieked with delight as they spotted their favorite board games and video game characters being brought to life.   The image of the snow statues presented on that quiet Thursday morning is a highly romanticized and misleading representation of a realistically cold and bitter process. This insight into statue building is not intended to diminish such gargantuan accomplish-

ments, it is merely meant to communicate the other side of the story. This story exists behind the smooth glazed surface and beyond the shining eyes of impressed and astonished admirers.  This is the story of students facing negative 25 degree wind chill and standing ankle deep in cold, icy slush, furiously stomping.   This is the story of precariously balanced scaffolding, which threatens to fling machetes and hatchets from its upper level to the ground below at the slightest jostle. Worse than the physical dangers of building a snow statue is the abuse suffered when a student neglects their hall or organization’s masterpiece.   I have heard stories of power being cut to rooms and hefty monetary fines given to those who would rather stay in and do homework than hack away at a solid block of ice for hours on

end. And though being in any hall or organization obligates you to participate in statue, I can’t say I blame anyone who stubb ornly refuses to face hypothermia, fifty-dollar fine or not.   This is my first year participating in a month long statue.   The viciousness of competition is palpable, being the best is the only option, anything else would merely be a waste of sore muscles and frost-bitten fingertips. Although I choose to block the pains of statue building with the

A look inside the monumental task of making a snow statue prospect of completion, others resort to more potent methods to cope such as alcohol and gallons of Monster, the re m a i n s of which litter the ground a f t e r the AllNighter. It is truly miraculous that each year such t i m e consuming statues always end up fully completed and highly professional looking. I can testify that the morale of the statue crews do not maintain such a steady trajectory in the lead up to

The first night of statue building is a veritable geyser of enthusiam and excitement. The last few hours of the AllNighter however, are a grim struggle.

Smoke signals


Winter Carnival. The first night of statue building is a veritable geyser of enthusiasm and excitement. The last few hours of the All-Nighter however, are a grim struggle; the last few diehards stubbornly chip away at blocks of ice in a desperate attempt to complete the statue before judging. All night they have been powered by hot chocolate and deepfried Twinkies, a remarkably energizing combination. Although I have painted a grim picture of statue building, this isn’t to say that it’s not all worth it. There are certainly rewards, if nothing else the sound sleep after the All-Nighter. The admiration of family and friends is certainly something to be considered as well. And while we could stay inside until spring, the severity and length of Houghton winters almost demand some sort of icy, arctic endeavor be undertaken.

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Are there signs that a change is needed in the Michigan Tech smoking policy? DANNY MESSINGER Lode Writer Walking down campus between classes, small clouds of smoke are seen rising above the crowd. Many of these clouds are not of condensing breath but are, rather, plumes of exhaled cigarette smoke. Many students are used to simply dodging others’ smoke clouds, but some students are taking a stand against smoking and asking smokers to “quit it” across most of campus. Michigan Tech’s current smoking policy is outlined in the Michigan Tech Board of Control Policy Manual and states that “Smoking is prohibited except where permitted by the administration.” Many of the entrances to buildings on campus have been designated as non-smoking entrances. However, the enforcement of these non-smoking areas proves to be a challenge for Public Safety officers. Public Safety Chief Dan Bennett said that since the University’s smoking entrance policies are not an official law, they are very hard to enforce. “The strictest thing we could do is forward a name to Judicial Affairs if we catch someone [smoking],” Bennett said. If the offender were staff or faculty,

their name would be sent to Human Resources for review. Bennett stated that “if someone was smoking inside a building, we (the police) have the authority to cite them for a civil infraction for violation of the Public Health Code…” However, since this level of authority does not carry over to outdoor offenses, officers are left with a punishment that is no more than a “slap on the wrist” from University Judicial officials. Bennett said that he hopes smokers exercise good judgment when choosing a location to smoke, but “if everybody uses good judgment, we wouldn’t need police.” Carissa Miller, a second-year Business Management student, recently proposed a partial smoking ban on campus. In an e-mail she sent to Student Affairs, Miller states that she would like to “start some sort of petition or student surveys” to research student reception of such a ban. Miller proposed “allowing people to smoke where there are designated smoking entrances” and “in private vehicles” while also asking for the construction of smoking shelters on campus since she believes the availability of shelter is the main reason smokers choose to smoke next to buildings in areas that are designated non-smoking entrances. Miller also explains that

she believes the main reason she has found initial support among students for her proposal “stems from the fact that the university is not enforcing its current policies about not smoking within x amount of feet from the academic buildings.” While the enforcement of smoking entrances is spotty at best, the problem originates from the lack of an enforceable law with which Public Safety could cite offenders. Michigan Tech needs to consider changing its 23-year-old smoking policy in order to enable Public Safety to enforce the school’s existing smoking policies. Perhaps the threat of a fine or a more severe judicial punishment would curb the number of smokers outside non-smoking entrances. Although I don’t agree with the proposed partial smoking ban on campus, I do agree that the existing rules regarding smoking need to be consistently enforced. I believe that the first step toward effective policy is enacting effective enforcement measures. If officers were able to punish wrongdoers with more than a report sent to Judicial Affairs, Michigan Tech smokers might think twice before lighting up next to a non-smoking entrance.

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Sports Opponents defeated:

wins in a row for Michigan Tech women’s basketball

Ashland, Jan. 7 Tiffin, Jan. 9 Hillsdale, Jan. 14 Findlay, Jan. 16 Saginaw Valley, Jan. 21 Lake Superior, Jan. 23 Grand Valley, Jan. 28 Ferris State, Jan. 30

three-pointers in a game for Zimmerman, new school record

Katie Zimmerman Senior Guard, No. 13

The Huskies will be at home for six of their final eight games, looking to double their current eight-game winning streak. The Huskies have proved they can put away lesser opponents and win in the clutch against elite opposition. After playing four straight road games, it will be nice to see the No. 4 Huskies back in

the home confines of the SDC Gym. The Huskies had a 10-game win streak to start the season before Northern Michigan upset the Huskies on Jan. 2. The Huskies have a very realistic opportunity of finishing 26-1, having already defeated each of the remaining eight GLIAC opponents this season.

It was a special day for Katie Zimmerman on Jan. 16 at home against Findlay. The senior scored her 1,000th career point and drained a school record seven threes, bringing the crowd to their feet. If it was not already apparent then, it is certainly apparent now that Katie Zimmerman is out of her early season rut. In Saturday’s 75-58 victory over Ferris

State, Zimmerman scored 26 points, including a new school record eight three-point shots. She is shooting 47 percent from three-point range this season. Her performance earned her the GLIAC player of the week honor. The Huskies have earned seven player of the week awards, with Katie Wysocky receiving five and Danae Danen adding one.

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of the final eight regular season basketball games for both the Michigan Tech women’s and men’s basketball teams will be at home in the SDC Gym.


Division II women’s basketball programs have a higher margin of victory than the Huskies — that’s out of 271 teams. Michigan Tech is defeating opponents by 18 points per game.

Women finally return home, prepare for Tiffin, Ashland rematches STEPHEN ANDERSON Sports Editor

Six of the final eight regular season games for Michigan Tech will be at home, and all eight games will be against teams that they have already defeated earlier this year. “It’s great to be at home at the end of the season,” said head coach John Barnes. “We can be resting up heading into the postseason while others may be breaking down with the wear and grind of late-season road trips.” Of course, Michigan Tech is just fine on the road as well, having won all 12 road games this year, including 89-63 and 88-65 victories over Tiffin and Ashland respectively, the Huskies’ two opponents this Winter Carnival weekend. The Michigan Tech basketball teams have not been home for Winter Carnival since the 200607 season, but Barnes is not too worried about the possible distractions. “We have such an ex-

perienced team. They know that the No. 1 priority is getting two victories. After Saturday’s game, they can spend time with family and friends.” Even though the Huskies made quick work of both the Dragons and Eagles earlier this year, the second time around poses different challenges. “We know they may try different traps or a zone defense; things to try to throw us off our game,” said Barnes. The Huskies will need to be alert and ready to go, improving on ball control and rebounding, two areas that Barnes cited as areas that need improvement. Thursday’s match-up between the Huskies and Tiffin Dragons will feature the two top scorers in the GLIAC: Mandy Jaeb, who is averaging 21 points per game, and Kate Wysocky, who is scoring 18 points per contest. Aside from Jaeb, Tiffin only has one other player averaging double figures, whereas Michigan Tech has four.


power play goals have been scored by the hockey Huskies this season on 119 opportunities. Justin Fontaine and Jack Connolly of Minnesota Duluth (who the Huskies play this week) have scored that many alone.


out of 60 Winter Carnival hockey series have been won by the Huskies. Michigan Tech is 6-3-1 against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs during Winter Carnival. Lode file photo Katie Zimmerman, the Huskies most recent recipient of GLIAC player of the week honors runs up the court earlier this year.

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Hockey Huskies end 15-game Huskies look for some Winter winless streak against Mankato Carnival Magic against Bulldogs Friday night, the hockey Huskies, who hadn’t won since Nov. 13, picked up three second-period tallies en route to a 4-1 win for first win in 16 games. Unfor-

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Photo by Ben Wittbrodt Leading by example: Senior captain Malcolm Gwilliam nets one of his two goals in Friday’s 4-1 victory over Minn. St. Mankato


goals by Brett Olson of the hockey Huskies. Even though Michigan Tech has struggled offensively this year, Olson is quietly in the top 20 scorers in the nation.

DAVER KARNOSKY Lode Writer Fresh off a weekend in which they earned their first win in 16 games on Friday night, the hockey Huskies are still searching for that level of consistency that will help them earn points over the last four weekends of the WCHA schedule. “To finally break [the 15-game slide] was big,” said assistant captain Brett Olson. “We’ve been a lot more consistent recently, and that’s a big key to playing well down the stretch.” Besides consistency, the Huskies are looking for a

little of that Winter Carnival magic to rub off on them this weekend. The Huskies have won 39 of 60 total weekends when it comes to Winter Carnival, but only twice since head coach Jamie Russell took over the reigns. This weekend the Huskies play host to the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, who currently sit second in the WCHA Standings with a 13-6-1 record, good for 27 points. The Bulldogs, who feature the top three scorers in WCHA play, are coming off a split with the Wisconsin Badgers.

Schedules/Results Hockey (4-21-1, 3-17-0 WCHA) MTU 4-1 Minn. St. Mankato Minn. St. Mankato 3-2 MTU Fri. vs. Minn. Duluth, 7:07 p.m. Sat. vs. Minn. Duluth, 5:07 p.m. Visit for full standings

W. Basketball (18-1, 13-1 GLIAC) MTU 75-71 Grand Valley State MTU 75-58 Ferris State Thurs. vs. Tiffin, 5:30 p.m. Sat. vs. Ashland, 1 p.m.

M. Basketball (4-15, 3-11 GLIAC) Grand Valley State 59-42 MTU Ferris State 67-63 MTU Thurs. vs. Tiffin, 7:30 p.m. Sat. vs. Ashland, 3 p.m. Visit for full standings

Nordic Skiing No races this weekend

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Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Stephen Anderson, business manager Richard Goodell, pulse editor Luke Gublo and online editor Jeremiah Baumann. Stephen won two years ago with former opinion editor Rob Devaun winning last year. This will be a weekly feature where each editor picks his winners of the three biggest games/series of the week and backs up his decisions with a short rant. THIS WEEK: Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Longhorns (College Basketball)

LUKE GUBLO Pulse Editor 0-3 Last Week, 29-19 Overall

STEPHEN ANDERSON Sports Editor 3-0 Last Week, 28-20 Overall

RICHARD GOODELL Business Manager 2-1 Last Week, 25-23 Overall

JEREMIAH BAUMANN Online Editor 1-2 Last Week, 23-25 Overall

Indy and New Orleans promise to provide a very good Super Bowl. With the status of Dwight Freeney in doubt at the publishing of this paper, I’ll say it will be close with Indianapolis winning. Expect Ovechkin and the Caps to knock off the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins. Kansas and Texas are two powerhouse Big 12 programs, but expect Kansas to pull it out in the end.

Colts 34-27 Capitals 3-1 Jayhawks 63-59

Two straight 3-0 weeks have me cautiously optimistic, but my clairvoyance hinges far too much on luck for me to boast just yet. My upset picks have been helping me out, but I just can’t see the feel-good Saints ousting the Colts. Manning will cement his legacy with a second Super Bowl victory. The Caps are on fire, and I can’t see that changing much at home. Finally, the Jayhawks’ No. 1 ranking will be in doubt after Texas makes toast of them in Austin.

Colts 41-36

The Colts are just too dominant when their starters are out there (look past the losses at the end of the season) and the Saints just won’t be able to keep up. They are a great team, with crazy good talent at almost all positions, but there is no accounting for the pure dominance that this team brings to the table. Crosby IS indeed better, and Kansas reigns supreme.

Colts 38-30

The Super Bowl was predicated early on in the season. I have to give it to the Saints to pull off the last-minute win. Washington and Pittsburgh are both playing great but I think I have to pick Crosby and the Penguins, as he is currently the league’s top scorer. Kansas is on a hot streak and I don’t see it ending yet, as I see them topping Texas for the win.

Saints 31-28

Capitals 6-5 Longhorns 65-60

Penguins 4-3 Jayhawks 90-76

Penguins 3-2 Jayhawks 98-89

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Ski teams improve as CCSA and NCAA Central Region Championships approach MARC SANKO Lode Writer The Huskies ski team continued a good run in the Central Super Tour this past weekend in Telemark, Wisc. Good showings from both teams is an encouraging sign as the teams will begin to prepare for the CCSA Championships which will be hosted in Ishpeming February 13 and 14. The Ski team will then host the NCAA Central Region Championships here at Tech the weekend after the races in Ishpeming. But this past weekend saw Oskar Lund for the Men’s team have a stand-out weekend. Lund won the 10k Classic in a time of 29:28 on Saturday, and then skied to a third-place finish in the 15K freestyle. The impressive part about the third-place finish is that Lund was part of a minor crash after battling for the leading spot earlier in the race, and was able to race back and finish so well. Jesse Lang added to the team success with a fifth-place Classic finish and a sixth-place Freestyle finish. Sophomore Jesse Smith added to the Tech top three trio, finishing seventh and ninth in the two respective races. For the Women, it was standout senior Henna RiikonenPurtsi winning the 10k freestyle for the first time. She finished the 5k the day earlier in fourth place. Help for Riikonen-Purtsi came from senior Jenna Klein who finished ninth in the Classic and 10th in the freestyle. Senior Liz Quinley finished sixth and 12th bringing up the last of the Huskies to finish in the top 10.


Broomball HQ Games of the week Just as the intensity of broomball is increasing as teams make their push for the playoffs, the Lode’s coverage is increasing with equal intensity. With the recent addition of two dedicated broomball writers — Mike Metzger and Matt McGuire — we will have games covered every day on With 17 of the top match-ups between tonight and next week’s publication, we can assure the most comprehensive broomball coverage on

Don Fowler drives to the lane against Hillsdale earlier this year. Fowler scored 23 points over the last two games for the Huskies.

Michigan Tech’s campus. Not only do we have the top match-ups covered, but we also have exclusive team rankings as well. Sure, anyone can grab all the undefeated teams with the most goals scored and fewest scored against and call it power rankings, but few take into account strength of schedule for opponents and the experience of team players. The Lode does. The only thing that is missing is your involvement. Interact with our online coverage now!

Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team has its coach, and now has a foundation on which to build. Michelle Jacob was announced as the head coach on Jan. 27, coming off an 11-7-1 record last year with Marian University. The record looks deceiving, as prior to her reign as head coach at Marian, the soccer team was just a measly 4-12-1. Jacob spent three seasons in the assistant coaching ranks at UW-

Friday, February 5, 11:15 p.m., Silver Rink While the three four-win teams in women’s conference No. 1 may disagree, Wonder Women looks to be the team to beat in women’s league. They

have only surrendered one goal, while scoring 27. FantASTics! will definitely need more than the one (yes, one) goal per game they are averaging now.

Headless Hitmen (4-1) vs. Sea Monsters (4-0) - E. Wads 3 Saturday, February 6, 11 a.m., Gold Rink

this season, but the Sea Monsters have been the beneficiary of an easy schedule, struggling to a 2-1 victory in their only matchup against a winning team.

Caliente (4-0) vs. The Pirate Sheep (2-0) - Off Campus 2 Sunday, February 7, 8:15 p.m., Silver Rink Photo by Matt McGuire Ridikilus took it to BBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGHHH in a 6-0 victory. Both teams entered with undefeated records in McNair 1.

Broomball Power Rankings 1. Ridikilus (McNair 1): 4-0

With 45 goals for and none against, including in games against strong opponents, they may prove to be the best team overall.

2. Incognito (East Wads 2): 4-0

They are second in their division, so how are they No. 2 overall? Their opponents’ records are 9-8, one of the toughest schedules.

3. Excello I (West Wads 1): 4-1

Even with a loss to their name, their 58 goals leads broomball. They’ll have to prove themselves against tougher competition.

4. JAX (West Wads 3): 4-0

They have already defeated quality opponents and they have scored 42 goals, while surrendering just one.

5. Brute Force and Ignorance (McNair 2): 4-0

Having already defeated the second place team in their division, their 28 goals for and five against is quite impressive early on.

Visit for a full list of the top 20 teams and those earning honorable mention. Feel free to sound off on the rankings as well.



With all 15 players healthy for the first time since November, the Huskies chemistry may finally be coming together. Two road losses against Grand Valley, in which the team “lacked everything” according to coach Kevin Luke, and Ferris, in which the team was much improved, left a bitter taste in the Huskies’ mouths.

Michigan Tech scored 90 points against Tiffin on the road not even one month ago, and with a healthy lineup, the team is confident heading into Thursday’s match-up against the 1-18 Dragons. Ashland comes to town on Saturday looking for the season sweep after a 73-62 victory against Tech on Jan. 9.

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Stevens Point after finishing a four-year playing career at the same university. At UW-Stevens Point, Jacob was an All-America First-Team selection and the WIAC Player of the Year in 2001. While playing with the Pointers, her teams racked up a 75-15-2 record and won the Conference title all four years. Jacob will also take on the extra responsibility of being an instructor in Michigan Tech’s Department of Exercise Science and Health and Physical Education. Tech will play 18 games next year, three out of conference and 15

Michigan Tech men’s tennis season kicks off this weekend Season preview

The Pirate Sheep may be flying under the radar now with only two games under their belt, but they have already scored 30 goals. They defeated the 3-1

T9X by a 6-1 score, so undefeated Caliente better bring their best shot if they plan to take down the perenniel broomball powerhouse.

Baby Sheep (4-0) vs. Incognito (4-0) - E. Wads 2 Wednesday, February 10, 8:15 p.m., Black Rink The spin-off of the Pirate Sheep certainly follows in the same winning footsteps as its apparent superior, outscoring opponents 32-2. Incognito has

faced a tougher schedule, though, and has still only given up one goal, while netting 23. Both these teams are in the top 10 of power rankings for a reason.

Other featured games for Feb. 4-10: Classy Gents vs. Arctic Warriors, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., Silver Fighting Artichokes vs. Disorderly Conduct, Feb. 5, 8:15 p.m., Silver Dump and Chase vs. Mighty Mor. Pow. Mooses, Feb. 5, 9:45 p.m., Silver Progress Our Goal vs. Beach Bums, Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m., Gold Summit St. Hooligans vs. The Icebreakers, Feb. 6, 3:30 p.m., Silver Sea Monsters vs. Flying Penguins, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., Gold Moose Brigade vs. Ginger Haus, Feb. 6, 6:45 p.m., Black La Maison 3 vs. The Knights Who Say Ni, Feb. 6, 9:45 p.m., Gold SigEps vs. Classy Gents, Feb. 7, 5:15 p.m., Silver Sum It Up vs. Ridikilus, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Black T9X vs. Lumberjax, Feb. 8, 5:15 p.m., Silver We Talk Like T-Pain vs. Assassins of the Youth, Feb. 8, 9 p.m., Black BAstille vs. Tinn, Feb. 9, 8:15 p.m., Black SigEps vs. Arctic Warriors, Feb. 9, 11:15 p.m., Black

Men’s basketball prepares to host struggling Dragons, Eagles

Michelle Jacob named Michigan Tech women’s soccer coach MARC SANKO Lode Writer

FantASTics! (4-1)vs. Wonder Women (4-0) - Women’s 2

With four four-win teams in the conference, this mid-season match-up has huge playoff implications already. Both teams have scored more than 35 goals

Team chemistry developing but losses keep mounting for Michigan Tech men

Photo by Ben Wittbrodt


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Memories KAYLA HERRERA Editor-In-Chief My first year of Winter Carnival, I had no idea what to expect. As a young child, my parents would bring me to the campus during this week and we would walk around, innocent and untouched by the imprudent festivities, staring at the statues carved meticulously out of snow and ice. I had no idea there was a whole other side to Winter Carnival.

Walking around campus, you can feel the energy radiating from everyone you pass by. Kids frolic amongst the snow, guffawing and watching in admiration as Tech students work hard against the All-Nighter deadline. From across Walker there is an ice bar where drinks are being served in ice mugs and next to the booth is an icy mini golf setup for those who think the ice is no match for their golf balls. I have never had the experience of participating in one of the events such as snow volleyball and ice bowling. I always thought I would be decent as the bowling ball in ice bowling, but apparently I would be too small and light. Maybe I should just suck it up and join the grundy run. They would not even know what hit them. I bet they would not even notice me at first, considering how short I am. I mean who would notice a girl running in the freezing cold amongst a gaggle of boys in her underwear? Come on, no one would even notice. As for the human dog sledding race, I think I will survive without having been a dog pulling a sled.



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Delegates from six southern states (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana) met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America.


Louis Perlman of New York City received a patent for his demountable tire-carrying rims, which we now call wheels.

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In terms of statue-building, I am sort of glad I do not have to participate in that this year. Last year, I don’t think I even participated that much. Just another reason to freeze my butt off and miss out on everything else going on around campus. I am more of an observer rather than a dedicated person of taking action. Winter Carnival never fails to deliver a wild and outstanding week of scandalous tricks, mischievousness, and memory loss. Have fun and don’t do anything I would not do.

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There are no words to describe the chaos introduced to me the night of my first all-nighter. I did not even really work on our hall statue. I shoveled here and there and used the machete to chop away ice and snow (merely to just say I have swung a machete in my lifetime). But as the night got later, things got crazier. I saw a student curled up in a hole in a snowbank, sleeping. I had random students hugging me out of the blue. The snow trickling from the sky like dainty autumn leaves was not enough to mask the pungent smell of “courage juice”, as the Daily Bull puts it. Walker Hall looked as if it had just survived the apocalypse with trash scattered everywhere and bottles strewn across the floor in piles. That night, I got the honor of seeing a broomball shattered because of the intensity of the below-zero temperatures.

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