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Shaking it up, MTU style JANE KIRBY Lode Writer At first it looks like a normal broomball game, with Tech students gliding around Blizzard T. Husky as he gets down in the middle of the rink. In another scene, students work hard at putting the finishing touches on their snow statue as a person in a panda suit dances in front of them. Next, a lone student dances in a foggy theater. Then, with the change of a scene, suddenly everyone is together in the middle, doing what is known as the Harlem Shake. When asked what the Harlem Shake came from, most students were lost for words. “I have no idea where it came from,” third year Scientific and Technical Communications major Erin Norton said. Likewise, Frank Vruwink, a second year environmental engineer, said, “I’m not really sure what the Harlem Shake is.” The Harlem Shake, although new to the Internet in the past month as the latest string of viral videos, is actually not

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Students gather on Delta Sigma Phi’s snow statue to take part in one of many versions of the MTU Harlem Shake. Photo Courtesy of YouTube

an entirely new thing. In a recent article published online, National Public Radio asked Harlem native Jay Smooth, host of the hip-hop video blog called



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III Doctrine, where the dance came from. Smooth said the original Harlem Shake has been around for decades already, since 1981. It can be traced back



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to “a street dancer named Al B, who used to entertain the crowd at the Rucker tournament,” a legendary basketball league in Harlem, New York.



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Smooth went on to say in the article that the dance was “brought into the mainstream” by his Harlem neighbor, Sean ‘P. Continued on page 5



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Editor in Chief ...................................Krysten Cooper Business Manager........................................Alex Mager KATELYN WAARA Design Editor..................................................Kaila Pietila Media Editor................................................Pam Landrum News Editor News Editor..............................................Katelyn Waara Preparing for your life in Opinion Editor...................................Taylor Domagalla Pulse Editor...................................................Nick Blecha industry after graduating Sports Editor ......................................Jordan Erickson from Michigan Tech can be both an exciting and Advisor ........................................................Kara Sokol frightening transition. Doing all that they can to be ready, some Michigan Staff Writers - Zach Evans, Jace Fritzler, Tech students took time Ellie Furmanski, Nicole Iutzi, Jane Kirby, Sawyer out of their Winter Carnival Newman, Travis Pellosma, Alex Saari, Corey Saari, break to complete their first Erika Vichcales, Megan Walsh level of training to become compliant of the Michigan Occupation Safety and Circulation - Christopher Fongers, Health Administration’s Joseph Price (MIOSHA) standards. The MIOSHA classes are important for anyone who is Visuals Staff - Kourtney Cooper, Adam concerned with health and Marshall, Kevin Madson, Sarah Schram, Gabriela safety on a job site, employees Shirkey, Scott Thompson, Ben Wittbrodt who are interested in Copy Editors - Michael Hilliard, Zach Ziemke learning the proper ways to protect themselves at work and those to-be or recent 1. for Opinions expressed in graduates who want to have submitting comments to the the Lode are not necessarily a valuable commendation on Lode. Messages posted to this those of the student body, their resume. address are received by the edifaculty, staff or administration Darlene Gronevelt, tor in chief and faculty advisor of Michigan Technological business consultant for the and are forwarded to others on University or the Michigan Michigan Small Business and the staff as appropriate. Tech Lode. 2. for Technology Development The Michigan Tech Lode is submitting classified ads to the designed, written and edited Center, Keweenaw Economic Lode. Messages posted to this by Michigan Tech students. Development Alliance (MIaddress are received by the busiThe paper is printed every SBDTC, KEDA), said this ness manager and secretary. Tuesday during fall and spring program took a long time 3. for semesters. submitting articles and letters to to establish in the Upper The Lode is available free Peninsula. Classes have the editor. Messages posted to of charge at drop-off sites this address are received by the around campus and in the been taught by instructors editors and the faculty advisor. surrounding community. from the MIOSHA Training Work submitted to the Lode To the best of its ability, the Institute (MTI) in the UP for should be submitted with the Michigan Tech Lode submany years, but Gronevelt understanding that it may scribes to the Code of Ethics says she has been trying be printed by the Lode and/ of the Society of Professional to incorporate university or posted to the Online Lode, Journalists, the text of which students because of the is available at The Lode reserves the right benefits the classes can have ethics_code.asp. to edit submissions for length, The Lode is funded in part when someone is launched clarity and potentially libelous by the Michigan Tech Student into the competitive job material. Submissions should Activity Fee. market. not exceed 500 words. Students in many majors

can benefit from the courses. Ranging in topics from Machine Guarding and Hazard Identifications to Asbestos and Lead Awareness, the attendees must first complete what is known as a 10-Hour. The course can be taken in either General Industry Safety and Health or Construction Safety and Health, depending on the area of study and interest. After achieving their 10-Hour certification, the next steps, Level 1 or Level 2 certification (which become more specific), must be taken within three years. A class was held the day following the All-Nighter, giving the students who attended the opportunity to acquire their 10-Hour training certifications. Upon completion of the 10-Hour, you are given a MIOSHA certification card to take with you, with an OSHA— Occupational Safety and Health Administration— card to follow in the mail. The certification card shows initiative and an increased level of technical expertise. Upon completion, students are accepted to both MIOSHA and OSHA. Because of the increased interest in and with the mining industry regaining its footing in the UP, many employers are looking to hire recent graduates who already have knowledge of the safety and health operations of their industry. Michigan Tech students are fortunate that a scholarship is available to pay for up to half of the $170 10-Hour program fee to help them

meet this recommendation. Gronevelt has been working very hard to schedule classes when students are out of school or when they have increased down time, such as over an extended break. Because of Michigan Tech’s track record of job placement rates, and because businesses said that other university students were coming into the industry OSHA certified, it was unfortunate for Gronevelt to find out that many Michigan Tech students weren’t. Whether you are the company president, manager, supervisor or an equipment operator, the awareness you gain from being compliant can only benefit a business. “It doesn’t matter how much you get paid,” she said. Taking these courses will add value to a student’s education on campus and help land the job in industry after graduation. Certification classes are currently being held at the Lakeshore Center in downtown Houghton. The next classes will be held on May 7 and 8. At that time, students will be able to attain their 10-Hour MIOSHA Construction certification. The date of the General Industry class is yet to be determined. It is recommended that you sign up early, as there is a limit to the number of participants. Please visit (http://www.,4601,7154-61256-40999--,00. html). The link to the scholarship application is also available on this page.

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Fighting fires with the Fire Dogs JANE KIRBY Lode Writer Blame it on the long, cold winters full of snow and ice, but one thing that most Tech students don’t think about is getting involved in a club that can get them hands-on experience with fighting the blazes of wildfires. This opportunity is available for all students through the Wildland Fire Club, an organization that educates students in topics of wildland fires, including possible careers involved in firefighting as well as getting firefighting certification. The Wildland Fire Club, also known as the Fire Dogs, was established in spring of 2012. The club focuses on educating students on managing the suppression of wildland fires. After losing a big chunk of members to graduation last spring, the number of members rose from four to 35 in less than a year, which is a start in President and third year Forestry major Ben Hunter’s opinion. Currently, the Wildland Fire Club offers two training courses, S130 and S190, which cover the basics in firefighting and prepares students for

certification. Eventually, Hunter says they wish to add two more courses, including a pumps class, to further the available certification process. “We really want to start branching out,” Hunter says. “I know that there are adrenaline junkies here at Tech who would love to learn about fighting wildfires.” Besides the thrill of fire fighting, getting involved in the Wildland Fire Club can open up a wide range of job connections and look great on a résumé. Companies like the National Forest Service contact Michigan Tech looking for certified fire fighters. In addition, the Wildland Fire Club has a solid relationship with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “If you didn’t get that dream internship or co-op at last week’s Career Fair and you’re looking to ditch bagging groceries for a summer, fighting wildfires is definitely a good option,” Hunter says. There are opportunities out west, as well as more locally in the UP. Hunter worked out of Baraga last summer as a firefighter and said it was a life changing experience that he wishes other students could experience as well. Hunter also says that fire

The Wildland Fire Club works to contain a fire at Duck Lake.

fighting involves “a lot of problem solving and handson work, which is what our generation really needs.” Working with the machinery and learning to make crucial decisions with a time crunch is a big part of the job. As far as the goals for the Wildland Fire Club go, Hunter says that they wish

to gain more members from various departments, since the majority of the club is made up of forestry and ecology majors. In addition, he hopes the club can someday acquire their own fire crew, and even run their own hypothetical situations in the Keweenaw area. With 2012 being the worst fire season on record,

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the demand for certified firefighters is on the rise. To get involved in Michigan Tech’s Wildland Fire Club, please contact Ben Hunter at (, or attend the club’s meetings every other Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Forestry Building.

Alumni confirm rarity of snow closures KATELYN WAARA News Editor A snowstorm rocked the Keweenaw last Tuesday that left many students wondering why Michigan Tech would continue to operate and hold classes. Visibility was down to two-tenths of a mile and the county snow plows were pulled off the roads due to the dangerous conditions. After

cancelling afternoon classes on Tuesday, many of us carefully drove home or walked back to our dorm rooms wearing ski goggles, and scarves tightly wound around our faces. Wednesday, however, offered the student body a glorious surprise; snow day! By way of text message and email, the campus community learned that Michigan Tech cancelled classes for the entire day. When was the last time

that happened? According to the responses received from subscribers of the TechAlum Newsletter, the last known closure of Michigan Tech for inclement weather before last week was in 2007 when the university was closed for one day. There have been multiple one and one-half day closures, but as far as Alumni know, Michigan Tech has never been closed for two or more days in

a row. The TechAlum Newsletter, published every-other Tuesday by writer Dennis Walikainen, Senior Editor for Michigan Tech News, is sent out to 34,000 alumni. When the question about snow closures was asked back in 2007, many alumni felt compelled to respond. Walikainen said the March 2007 newsletter resulted in the most responses of any of the newsletters and

their topics. Putting on a war face to brave the winter weather is one thing, but taking joy in it is another. Either way, it was a much needed middle-of-theweek break from classes. To read some of the responses from alums online about what they remember about snow closures, please visit (http://www.alumni.mtu. edu/techalum/snowclosure. htm).

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Professor researches new cancer treatment

ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people are diagnosed with cancer in the United States every year. Dr. Ramakrishna Wusirika, an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech, is currently working on research that

has promising potential to be one of the latest ways to treat cancer. Wusirika is working with a team of graduate students, including Surendar Dhadi and Aparna Deshpandi, on a new way to approach cancer treatment. The project started when Wusirika and Dhadi began looking at the different effects rice callus has on

cells, which then lead to studying the effect of the rice callus on cancer cells. They are currently testing whether or not it is effective on renal and colon cancer cells. Next, Wusirika hopes to test the rice callus theory on lung, prostate and breast cancer cells, as there are over 600,000 cases of these in the United States per year. Wusirika extracts raw

Annual Copper Dog races return NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer The CopperDog 150 is fast approaching. During the weekend of March 1, 2 and 3 the sled dog race will take place in the Keweenaw. Calumet is the starting and ending location of the threeday race. On Friday night, the race will kick off at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the start and are scheduled to begin at 8:45 p.m. Events will fill the weekend as the mushers make their way from Calumet to Copper Harbor and back again. “We strive to put together a world-class event that will bring national recognition to the Keweenaw,” said Todd Brassard, the Public Relations and Race Director for the CopperDog. There are 30 ten-dog teams competing in the 150-mile race, and 15 six-dog teams in the 40 mile race. “When the CopperDog opened registration to mushers this year, the race was full within 3.5 hours,” said Brassard. The short race, the CopperDog 40, will end in

Eagle River in Keweenaw County between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. The CopperDog 150, the longer race, will continue for the duration of the weekend. New this year, CopperDog is a legal organization. “The CopperDog 150 is going into its fourth year planning an exciting sled dog race, but this is actually our first year as our own legal organization, CopperDog, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit. The focus of our event is community vitality and community pride,” said Brassard. The race takes many volunteers to be a success. “The CopperDog requires about 450 volunteers working about 800 shifts over race weekend. We have the best volunteers in the sport,” said Brassard. A three-day event, the CopperDog leaves Calumet and travels down toward Gay, then to Eagle Harbor, where they will have a short stay overnight. Saturday morning, the teams head to Copper Harbor; they are expected to arrive between 12 and 3 p.m. On Sunday the teams will head back to Calumet, starting at 9 a.m. “The Copper Harbor ‘restart’ on Saturday is an

excellent time to come up and have an early breakfast and get up close and personal with the dogs, meet the mushers, and then watch the teams head out of town,” said Brassard. The race is expected to finish in Calumet between 12 and 3 p.m. The CopperDog is an event like no other that students can be a part of if they choose to make the short drive from campus, said Brassard. Travel from campus to Calumet is approximately 22 minutes. “Students need to get downtown for some dinner and goofing around then watch the dog teams hit the trail. We promise them a unique experience and a really fun time,” said Brassard. For more information about the race visit (http://www.

cell mass from rice plants. They take that mass, called

seems to have great results? There is still

It was found that when using the proper dilution of juice, greater than 95 percent of the cancerous cells died, while less than 5 percent of healthy cells died.

a rice callus, and extract the bioactive juice from the callus. They experiment with various dilutions of the juice, observing the effects the juice has on cancer cells. It was found that when using the proper dilution of juice, greater than 95 percent of the cancerous cells died, while less than 5 percent of healthy cells died. At present, when cancer patients take Taxol, a common anticancer drug, less than 80 percent of the cancer cells are killed and greater than 20 percent of healthy cells die. Essentially, what the rice callus does is break the connections between the colon or renal cancer cells, ultimately killing them. “The major breakthrough is killing the cancer cells without killing the normal cells, and this is coming from something like rice so it’s easier to make. Now I was asked this question, ‘It’s like, [if ] people eat more rice then they won’t get cancer?’ but no, it’s not like that,” said Wusirika. “This is not in the rice granule itself but you have to grow that callus culture. Then you grow [it] again in the liquid culture for three weeks. This will not happen if you just have the rice seed.” The question, then, is why not just get this for patients immediately because it

more testing that needs to be done. This is why Wusirika and his team of researchers are asking for donations, so they can test their rice callus on other types of cancer cells. Once they do this, the next step would be to test on animals and then eventually on humans. “Here we have a technology that has potential. It works on cancer selectively, which is important. This is targeted specifically to cancer cells, not normal cells. The other we work solely on rice, but my original idea was to look at other medicinal plants and see if we can make callus from them and then grow them. Garlic and turmeric powder have some antibiotic activity. Those are some of the targets we are thinking of.” “The thing is we want this to actually go to the people… That is the whole idea. Otherwise there is no point of funding the research…” said Wusirika. “Then it’s not useful for people who are suffering, who really need it.” There is much still to be researched, but funding is needed for this project to continue. To help support and to learn more, please visit (http://superiorideas. org/projects/cancerfighting/). Whether it’s five or twenty dollars, every bit helps.

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Peace Corps brings new program to Tech ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer Have you ever wanted to acquire unique volunteer opportunities without putting your schooling on hold? Michigan Tech has recently teamed up with the Peace Corp’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. For those students in the graduate programs in the departments of Biological Sciences, Forest Resources, Environmental Science and Social Sciences, the Fellows Program is now available to you. “Peace Corps service makes a difference in communities

overseas, in the lives of volunteers, and in the U.S., and nowhere is this more clear than in the Coverdell Fellows program,” said Jessica Mayles, Public Affairs Coordinator for the Peace Corps. “Peace Corps Volunteers complete sustainable, communitydriven development projects while in service, and they gain language, cross-cultural and leadership skills that make them competitive upon their return to the U.S.” Essentially through the Fellows Program, returning Peace Corps volunteers will receive financial aid to complete their degree. Also they will

receive professional experience via their internship experience with the Peace Corps. For those doing the Fellows program through Michigan Tech, there are a few different agencies that the students can work with to help underserved communities. Through the program, members would work on either the Western Hadrock Watershed Team or the Appalachian Coal Country Team while off campus. “The Fellows program provides financial benefits for returned volunteers, and the schools benefit from their unique experiences and global perspectives. Finally, Fellows apply the skills they

learned in service in degreerelated internships that make a difference in underserved American communities.” Students interested in the program should apply through their department at

recruiter Brett Heimann will be presenting at an information session on campus March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Fisher 125. “It is a great opportunity for somebody who wants a practical experience with their

It is a great opportunity for somebody who wants a practical experience with their graduate degree.

Michigan Tech to the Office of Surface Mining VISTA (OSM/VISTA) program, which applies to both returning Peace Corps volunteers and those who are just starting. To provide more information,

graduate degree,” said the coordinator of the OSM/VISTA programs, Blair Orr. “It requires students who are flexible and function well without somebody always looking over their shoulder.”

the viral video scene with style. For more information on the history of the Harlem Shake, visit (http://knowyourmeme. com/memes/harlemshake) and (http://www.npr.

org/2013/02/21/172615268/ where-does-the-harlem-shakeactually-come-from). To see your peers shaking it up, visit YouTube and search “MTU Harlem Shake.”

Shaking it up, MTU style Continued from front page Diddy’ Combs, by incorporating the dance into a few of his music videos. So how did this dance resurface some 30 years later? American music producer Harry Rodrigues, also known by the stage name Baauer, produced an electronic instrumental track in May of 2012, which was used in video blogger Filthy_Frank’s viral video entitled “Do the Harlem Shake,” in January, 2013. From then on, the dance and the song both caught on and exploded into the latest YouTube sensation. According to “Know Your Meme,” a one-stop site for memes, videos and other internet phenomena, the Harlem Shake is a dance move that consists of “pivoting the shoulder while popping the other shoulder out at the same time.” This motion, along with other random and eccentric moves, can be seen in the numerous viral videos featuring a number of different groups of people, including the Huskies of Michigan Tech. A few Huskies shared their

opinions of the Harlem Shake. “Yeah, it’s definitely goofy,” Theresa Tran, a second year here at Tech, said. “It seems easy to do though, and really goes along with the music. I might consider

doing a video!” she added. By putting a Houghton twist on the Harlem Shake, with some stage props, statue building and broomball, Tech students have successfully boogied into

Students come together to create a MTU Broomball version of the Harlem Shake.

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Calamity Jeanne brings a new wave of music ALEX SAARI Lode Writer This coming March, the Rozsa will continue the trend of introducing international performers to the Houghton area. Based in Paris, France, ensemble Calamity Jeanne will perform for two nights at the Rozsa. Made of three members, the group plays a mix of Latin, funk, blues and jazz. New Hampshire-born David Garlitz is the guitarist for Calamity Jeanne and combines Parisian music with Caribbean sounds, taken from time spent in Cuba. Percussionist William

Broquin uses Afro-Cuban rhymes and salsa. Jeanne Abi Denzler is the lead vocalist of the group, using both blues and folk-jazz when performing. Calamity Jeanne performs on March 5 and 6 (Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively). Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for orchestra and tier seating are $20 for youth, $22 for adults, $21 for seniors and $20 for Michigan Tech students. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2074 or visit ( The Rozsa Center announces the perfomance of Calamity Jeanne Photo by Scott Thompson

Women’s Film Series Presents:

“GI Jane” NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor

The Spring 2013 Women’s Film Series will be showing “G.I. Jane.”

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The Spring 2013 Women’s Film Series will host a screening of the film “G.I. Jane” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Fisher 135. The screening will have free admission and concessions and is open to the public. “G.I. Jane” is the fictional story of Lieutenant Jordan O’Neill (Demi Moore), the first female recruit for a U.S. Navy Combined Reconnaissance Team. The training program has a 60%

dropout rate, and O’Neill’s candidacy is one factor in a series of tests to determine if women should be fully integrated into the U.S. Navy. O’Neill must prove herself to her opponents, who are skeptical and in some cases outright hostile to the idea of women in the U.S. Navy. “G.I. Jane” is rated R by the MPAA and has a 55% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Spring 2013 Women’s Film Series is sponsored by the Womens’ Programming Committee, the Michigan Tech Film Board and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Witness the masterpiece “I Am My Own Wife” ROHIT SHARMA Guest Writer McArdle Theatre is back in action, hosting the nonpareil saga by Doug Write, “I Am My Own Wife.” The play will be performed March 5 through March 7 at 7:30 p.m. This drama is a one-man show, hence Visual and Performing Arts’ Dennis Kerwin will play the role of protagonist Charlotte von Mahlsdorf­—and over 28 other characters. “I Am My Own Wife” is a captivating tale that shows the morally complex story of Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite, who was born as Lothar Berfelde on March 18, 1928, in Berlin. Von Mahlsdorf was a “boy with the soul of a girl” whose father, Max Berfelde, was a member of the Nazi party  and a violent despot. Enraged by her father’s abhorrence for her effeminate character, she killed him when she was quite young. And she still managed to overcome the odds of life in the face of Nazi assault and the oppressive East German Communist regime. Wright’s play is a

true story based on the conversations and interviews with the elegant and eccentric 65 years old cynosure Mahlsdorf. “I Am My Own Wife” confronts us with the queasy dilemma: What would each of us have done in Mahlsdorf ’s sensible shoes? The play has been performed on several stages globally and received numerous accolades, like the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama and the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play. Come and witness the amalgam of Doug Wright’s opus combined with the technical and dramatic skills of the VPA department. Tickets are $12 for all sections and are available both at the door and online. They can be purchased at (https://roz sa .tickets. asp). Visit the VPA website for more information on the production at ( vpa/events/12-13/ownwife/). “I Am My Own Wife” is truly a profound story of survival that promises to wow attendees.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Jordan Erickson



ZONE When I entered college, one of my goals (if it qualifies as a goal) was to never take an 8 a.m. class. I made it until my final semester of my fourth year and then it worked out that I would have to take the early shift on a math class. Now, as a history major, math is not something I would ideally spend time doing, and as a 22-yearold girl, waking up early should not be happening on the daily. In the U.P. winters we all love to hate and hate to love, the sun goes down early and comes up late. This is not ideal for motivation to get out of bed and walk to a class that makes my head spin and want to pass out. Sunday night I was laying in my bed having a solo pity party that girls are so good at throwing for ourselves, dreading my 6:32, 7:02, and 7:22 alarms I had set for the morning. When I finally got out of bed at 7:36 I realized there was something different about this morning. The sun was out. On my walk to school I had sun shining on my face for the first time all semester and it felt pretty good. I guess it’s not all that bad. Although the campus is still covered in snow, there’s hope for brighter days. With spring break quickly approaching and spring fling to follow after, winter will not last much longer.


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Poor campus food options cause student’s stress MEGAN WALSH Lode Writer It seems like many of us college students find ourselves running between classes, working two jobs, pulling all-nighters and studying for exams all too often. It’s just what we were warned about in High School, so we expected it. To keep this up, we need to stay healthy and fuel our minds and bodies with diverse, nutrientrich foods. Unfortunately, doing so can be a real challenge on campus. As a commuter student, there are certain days during the week when I have only 20 minutes to eat lunch. On those days, I find myself pinballing back and forth between Fusion, Aftermath Café, the Library and the MUB only to find virtually the same food options. In the smaller cafés, our options are limited to mainly cold sandwiches, breakfast muffins, greasy calzones or plain salads. You can also buy a yogurt or some cottage cheese, but that alone is not a meal. I was excited when I heard about Khana Khazana in the

MUB and glad to hear that there was now an option for some of our international students. However, every time I went, the food proved to be greasy and unappealing. Right next door to Khana Khazana is a grill that serves pizza, burgers and fish sandwiches, which I find even greasier and more unappealing. Clearly, the MUB is not an option for healthy, diverse meals either. The only options for healthy food are cold sandwiches or a choice between about three types of packaged salad. “On many occasions I have gone to the dining hall and the healthy choices have run out. It’s a drooping feeling and there’s not much you can do about it, so you’re stuck with options that often tend to be filled with grease or fat,” said Katherine Baeckeroot, a Scientific and Technical Communications major. “With a healthy body one can have a healthy mind. When one has a healthy mind, it is easier to be innovative, artistic, community minded, warm-hearted, and happy. We are what we eat, literally.” What our campus needs are

The Campus Cafe, located in the basement of Wads, offers a plethora of greasy after-dinner treats. Photo by Kourtney Cooper

more options. A vegetarian student should be able to purchase warm food. An athlete should be able to fuel themselves with fruits and vegetables. An international student should be helped to feel at home with the foods that they eat. “Campus would benefit from a retail dining concept that focuses on freshly prepared, healthy, organic and local offerings with a prominence of vegetarian and ethnic foods,” said Robert Hiltunen, the Associate Director Auxiliary Services “This type of concept would help to create a much more

welcoming campus.” Students and faculty would benefit tremendously from more food options on campus. More choices would welcome everyone equally, whether you have dietary restrictions, want to shed a couple of pounds or just want to feel at home when you are thousands of miles away. If students and faculty felt more comfortable and well nourished from a variety of foods on campus, the stress that accompanies our everyday toil would be that much easier to deal with. Getting rid of some stress is a perk that none of us can argue with.

Snow closure policy in need of revision TAYLOR DOMAGALLA Opinion Editor On the night of Monday, Feb. 18 many area schools and Finlandia University announced closures for the following day. By my sixth semester at Tech, I’ve more or less lost hope of having a day off when other schools do. There’s something about Tech staying open during rough winter weather that makes me feel like I go to a school for the rugged and tenacious. Pride in being a tough Tech student keeps me from being upset most of the

time I have to brave cold and snow to get to class. However, Tuesday, Feb. 19 was a different story. Before going to campus, I was startled when nearby Verizon phones rang out with a travel warning from the National Weather Service. Just before 11 a.m. I walked to class, a walk which mainly consists of crossing 41. Unfortunately, when I tried to look both ways before crossing the street, all I saw was a wall of white when looking into the wind. I ran across the street, grateful that I didn’t have to drive in white-out conditions. At 11:38 a.m. my phone finally

buzzed in my pocket to tell me that Tech classes were cancelled starting at noon. When asked what the criteria for closing the university and why class was called off on Tuesday, Max Seel, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, replied, “Our normal rule is if 41 and 26 are open, we are open, so I didn’t even consult with the other VPs   for a decision to stay open... When the advisory was upgraded to blizzard and that the road commission plows might be pulled off in the afternoon, it was decided (after consultation with the other VPs) to close at

noon…” I understand that class should not be called off for reasonable conditions, but Tuesday’s conditions were not safe, as recognized by the National Weather Service and other schools in the Keweenaw and U.P. The delay in cancelling class put many students, staff and faculty in harm’s way, both when they were travelling to campus and when they were returning home in worse conditions. The “normal rule” for closing the university needs to be revised with the safety of all who come to Tech as a first priority.


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This feature is aimed at helping the Michigan Tech community with sex-related questions from both male and female student perspectives. Feel free to email us questions or comments at

“My friend had sex at a park last year during Spring Break. It sounds like a lot of fun, but I’m afraid of getting caught. What’s the worst that could happen? Any tips to avoid being caught?”

Peach’s Perspective

Cream’s Commentary

Something about being exposed to the elements combined with risk of being caught makes having sex in public places a very novel experience. If you decide to follow through with this, it will be a thrill. However, you are right to be afraid. There are a lot of things to consider before you make a choice. Your first concern should be legal consequences. In a worst-case scenario you could be arrested and charged with public indecency, which could put you in jail for up to a year and carries up to a ten-year sex offender registration. The charges could be different from place to place, but you should be prepared to deal with the consequences. While having sex in public places is always a crime, there is a fine line between doing it discretely and being obvious and offensive. The key to staying on the more respectful side of this line is choosing the time and place wisely. You want to minimize the chance of being seen or heard, so don’t have sex on the beach in the middle of the day. The further you are away from other people, especially families and children, the better. I’ve had sex off-trail in the woods before—we didn’t see or disturb

Just as you suspected, bringing activities normally restricted to the bedroom outdoors can be a lot of fun. The best part for me is the risk of being caught; knowing that I am getting away with something that could get me into trouble gives me an adrenaline rush. However, this is a personal preference and not the opinion of everyone, especially not the Lode (see page 2). Having sex outside may be a huge rush, but it comes with an extreme risk. If a police officer caught me having sex outside, I could very well expect a public indecency charge. Public indecency is a sexual offense, and being charged with it could make me an official sex offender. As a sex offender, I may be required to inform every interviewer of my status and also register in the national sex offender database—and you thought getting a job in this economy was hard before! As I get older, the adrenaline has turned more to paranoia, so I have become a fan of the indoors. I was never caught, but I did have my share of close calls that have taught me a trick or two. Most places

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anyone. I’ve seen couples have car sex in mall parking lots before—I was ready to call the cops because kids could have easily walked by. Also, to have sex outdoors, you have to face the great outdoors—soil, plants, insects, animals and all. Dirt and sand tend to cling to everything that’s wet. You can avoid dirty genitals by staying off of the ground or bringing something to lie on. Having poison ivy or a tick on your genitals would not be pleasant. Animals vary around the country; you could be interrupted by anything from a poisonous snake to a bear, which is probably worse than having a parent walk in on you. Review outdoors guides on how to deal with insects and animals—they aren’t my specialty. Please practice Leave No Trace; condoms should be packed in and packed out. Spring Break is a time to cut loose and try new things. What you decide to try is up to you, but it would only take one cop, tick or snake to ruin my fun. You want to make memories that’ll last forever because they were great, not because you did something that ruined your Spring Break. Good luck!

Based on responses from 52 Lode readers.

Are you satisfied with Michigan Tech’s response to severe winter weather? No 77%

do not have laws against hanging out in discrete or hard to reach sections of parks, so making your way to a secluded spot is fair game. Especially on Spring Break, it is important to have a story ready, just in case you end up having any unexpected company. Make sure you and your partner are on the same page because if you blurt out different answers, you’ll look that much more guilty. Acting skills come into play here. Fake tears and a bit of drama can really convince most people that you just wanted a quiet place to talk. However, even the best cover stories fall through if you get caught with your pants down. I recommend keeping as much clothing on as possible so you can quickly become decent should the need arise. The best advice I can give you to avoid being caught is to keep a clear head and think before you act. Alcohol impairs your judgment and your ability to think and act quickly, so reserve outdoor sex for sober moments. It is up to you to analyze the risks and rewards of having sex outside, but it sure sounds like you are in for a great Spring Break.

Does Michigan Tech’s severe winter weather response show that Tech holds paramount students, staff and faculty safety? Indifferent 4%

Indifferent 4%

Yes 19%

Were you alerted that a class or work was cancelled at Michigan Tech prior to the 11:38 a.m. cancellation announcement?

Yes 29%

No 67%

Next week’s poll: Check the Lode’s facebook page for our next poll.

Yes 29%

No 71%



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T.J. Brown

JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor A 70-foot pass from Ben Stelzer to teammate T.J. Brown at the last second put the Huskies over the Lakers in a 79-78 thriller finish. “I still can’t believe that

just happened,” said Brown. “We said in the huddle that if they made a shot, I’d go long. Ben made a great pass to get me the ball.” Brown and the Huskies had just been scored on by the Lakers to give them the lead, and the long shot pass and resulting shot gave the Huskies the last minute lead

that would save the game. “I don’t know what to say,” said head coach Kevin Luke. “That’s heads up basketball. Great presence by those two players to recognize the situation and execute that play.” Brown’s shot was featured on ESPN’s Sport Center Top 10 yesterday.

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Puck Drop

The Huskies return to play this weekend with a hard-hitting series as they head to Minnesota to take on the No. 7 St. Cloud State Huskies. JORDAN ERICKSON



Skiers who were awarded AllRegion Honors this past Saturday.


Foot long pass to T.J. Brown that led a last second shot that put the Huskies over the Lakers in a 79-78 nail-biter final.

Sports Editor

Team Scope

St. Cloud Huskies St. Cloud’s six game undefeated streak was snapped Friday night while visiting Colorado College. The 4-3 loss to the Tigers marked their seventh conference loss of the season. Saturday night the Huskies came out hungry to take the series split. Five different Huskies tallied goals as the team came back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 5-2 win over the host team. Sophomore defenseman for the Huskies, Andrew Prochno, set up three of the five goals to bring his assist count up to 17 for the season. The win kept the Huskies two points ahead of the number two University of Minnesota Gophers in the tight ranks of the WCHA. The Michigan Tech Huskies The Huskies sit at second to last in the WCHA standings after their final bye week of the season. In their last weekend of competition, the Huskies

Regular season games left for the hockey Huskies.

Jacob Johnstone looks for the open pass in the Husky’s 8-2 win over Northern Michigan. Photo by Scott Thompson

were swept while on the road at Minnesota State. Freshman forward Alex Petan continues to lead the Huskies in points with 28 (13 goals, 15 assists). Not far behind is sophomore David Johnstone with 24 (eight goals, 16 assists). Freshman goaltender Pheonix Copley has been the Huskies choice in net this half of the season as he has started every game since the Great Lakes Invitational. Copley has a 4-11-1 conference

record and will be the likely choice for this weekends competition.

Who’s Hot

St. Cloud forward Drew LeBlanc continues to produce for the Huskies. He is currently tied for fifth in the nation in points totals with 42 (32 goals, 10 assists). St. Cloud’s penalty kill is a force to be reckoned with as they are the top unit in the WCHA with an 85.5 percent record.

Puck Drop

As the season gets closer to playoffs, both Huskies are looking to scrape out every last point they can. St. Cloud needs the wins to clinch the program’s first regular season title, while the Huskies are looking for a last minute bump up. Black and Gold skate into hostile territory in St. Cloud, taking on the top opponent in the WCHA.


Points the women’s basketball team held the Lakers to in the first half of the game on Saturday.


Naitonal ranking of hockey opponent St. Cloud State Huskies. Black and Gold is on the road this week in their final road series of the regular season.

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Basketball Beats


The basketball Huskies were successful with wins over Northwood and Lake Superior State

Women’s basketball ready for the Wildcats ALYSSA DEBELAK Lode Writer

Heather Kessler scores against LSSU in Saturday’s game.

Photo by Kevin Madson

Northern Michigan University will be traveling to take on the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team Saturday (Mar. 2). The Huskies are ranked number two in the North Division GLIAC standings with a 16-5 conference record. Northern Michigan is ranked number six with a 10-11 conference record. The game will be at 3 p.m. On Thursday (Feb. 21) the Huskies played the Northwood Timberwolves, blowing them away with a 70-57 win. The first half was a close game, but in the second half the Huskies came back ready to win. Northwood shot 35.7 percent overall. The Timberwolves were led in points by freshman Jordyn Nurenberg with 18 points. She was 6-8 with free throws and 6-10 from the floor. Sophomore Kaitlin Susan had 12 points. Senior Janell Smith had four assists. Northwood is number seven in the GLIAC standings with a 9-12 record. Coming out of the locker room after the half the Huskies started a shooting streak led by junior Kelcey Traynoff who came out with two three pointers in a row. Sam Hoyt also sank a three and made four free throws. Then Emily Harrison made a shot from behind the arc. Senior Hoyt led the way with 23 points, seven assists and two steals. Senior Emma Veach had 10 rebounds.

Tech shot 58 percent from the three point line and 84 percent from the free throw line. On Saturday (Feb. 23) the Huskies played as a team to beat the Lake Superior State University Lakers 57-38. 11 of the 14 girls got to play and 10 of them scored. The Lakers only scored 17 points in the first half, due to a great defensive performance by the Huskies. Holding the Lakers to 38 points was a season record for the lowest number of points a team scored against the Huskies. Senior Maria Blazejewski had 18 points and four rebounds for the Lakers. She was eight for eight at the foul line. Junior Candice LaCross pitched in seven points and three steals. Sophomore Kandace Crittendon had three assists. The Lakers were shooting at 25 percent from the field. They made 13 of 16 free throws. Freshman Kylie Moxley had 13 points and four rebounds for Michigan Tech. Sam Hoyt had eight points. Sophomore Emily Harrison had seven rebounds and sophomore Michelle Gaedke had five assists. Tech shot 33 percent from the field. The Huskies out rebounded the Lakers 4435. In the second half the Huskies didn’t let the Lakers get within 13 points. The Huskies will be preparing to compete against Northern Michigan University this week in hopes of continuing their winning streak before going into tournament play.

Michigan Tech Lode 14 Tuesday, February 26, 2013 SPORTS The Huskies look ahead in preparation for NMU

(Left) Senior, Ali Haidar drives to the basket past a defender. Haidar made an impressive showing once again, as he scored over 30 points and broke school records for his free throws. (Right) Austin Armga, Ali Haidar, Matt Esters and TJ Brown celebrate their huge buzzer beater win over LSSU. Brown’s layup with less than two seconds to go gave the huskies the lead and made ESPN’s top ten plays. Photos by Kevin Madson

ALYSSA DEBELAK Lode Writer The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team only has one more game to play before they go into tournament. Next Saturday Northern Michigan University will travel to Houghton to compete. Currently in the North Division GLIAC standings, Northern Michigan University is ranked last with a 4-17 conference record and Michigan Tech is ranked at number two. The game begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday. On Thursday night (Feb. 21) Tech took on fifth ranked Northwood

Timberwolves and won 8270. The Timberwolves had five players in double digits, while the Huskies had three. Michigan Tech’s Ali Haidar set a record for the most free throws attempted in a season, his number being 210. The Timberwolves put up a good fight but were not able to stand up to the Huskies offense or get past their defense. In the last nine minutes of the game, Northwood only scored eight points. Northwood shot 48 percent from the floor. Senior Wes Wilcox led the team with 26 points. He made all seven of his free throws and three 3-pointers,

along with having seven rebounds for his team. Tech was strong from the beginning, scoring 16 points in the first four minutes of the game. In the first half the Huskies were shooting 52-percent, but improved to 58-percent in the second half. In the second half they shot 91 percent from the free throw line. Senior Ali Haidar had 32 points. Sophomore Ben Stelzer ended the game with 17 points, including four from behind the arc. Junior Austin Armga threw in 16 points for the Huskies. Saturday was a game nobody should have missed. Tech played Lake Superior State University and won 79-

78 with a buzzer beater by T.J. Brown. With two seconds to go the Lakers sank a 3-pointer, then Husky Ben Stelzer threw a 70 foot pass to Brown who made a layup. The play was number six on ESPN’s top ten plays. The Lakers were really looking for this win because last time they played the Huskies it was an 83-79 loss in overtime. Unfortunately for them they lost again, this time by just one point. They had five players in double digits; junior Cameron Metz had 19 points. Senior Derek Kinney had eight rebounds and junior Derek Billing had six assists. They had 27 fouls called

against them. The Lakers made 11 of 20 from behind the arc. Again, Ali Haidar led the Huskies to the victory. He had 36 points, making that his eighth game this year where he had at least 30 points. He made 18 out of 20 free throws, putting him at 173 made free throws for the season, both of these school record breakers. He also led with seven rebounds. Ben Stelzer bucketed 17 points. Tech made 85 percent of their free throws. The Huskies will be preparing to beat the Wildcats this week before they go into tournament play.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 15 SPORTS Nordic Skiers finish third at NCAA Central Region Championships

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ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer The Tech Trails were bustling with NCAA qualifiers this past weekend as the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski teams hosted the NCAA Central Region Championships. Several Huskies earned all-region honors in both the classic and freestyle races. Overall, the combined team score earned the Huskies a third place finish. Saturday, February 23, the skiers competed in classic races. Deedra Irwin placed first for the Huskies, taking a 5th place finish overall (18:00). Rachel Mason and Sarah Daniels finished one second apart, coming in 9th (18:26) and 10th (18:27), respectively. Irwin, Mason, and Daniels each earned NCAA All-Region honors in the women’s fivekilometer classic race for placing in the top-ten. In the men’s ten-kilometer classic race, three Huskies placed in the top-twenty.

Raphael Bechtiger was the Huskies’ top finisher with a 15th place finish (32:30). Matt Wong trailed Bechtiger by seconds, placing 16th in 32:36. Rounding off the top-twenty was Matt Dugan who finished 19th (33:06). Despite the tricky waxing conditions, which resulted from a warm mix of snow showers and peaks of sun throughout the day, the Huskies pulled through with some strong performances. At the end of day one, the women’s team stood in third while the men took fourth. To close out the weekend, the skiers competed in mass start freestyle races on Sunday, February 24. Once again, three Huskies earned all-region honors. On the women’s side, there was Lynn Duijndam and Sarah Daniels. Duijndam posted the top finish of the day for the Huskies with a 5th place finish (31:27) in the women’s ten-kilometer freestyle race. Daniels earned her second allregion honor with a 10th place finish (31:42). Irwin and Mason

rounded off the top-twenty with 15th (32:42) and 18th (32:59) place finishes. In the men’s fifteen-kilometer freestyle race, Matt Dugan also earned all-region honors with a 10th place finish overall (41:14). Kyle Hanson and Matt Wong trailed Dugan closely, placing 11th (41:16) and 12th (41:18). Rounding off the top-twenty for the men was a 17th place finish by Bechtiger (41:40) and a 20th place finish by Luke Gesior (42:09). Similar to Saturday’s results, the women’s team took third and the men’s team finished fourth given the combined classic and freestyle scores. The women’s third place finish with 57 points fell behind Northern Michigan at number two with 67 points and Alaska Fairbanks at number one with 71 points. The men earned 46 points throughout the weekend. They trailed St. Scholastica (55 points), Alaska (68 points), and Northern (69 points). Combining the men’s and women’s scores, the Huskies came in third with 103 points behind Northern (136 points)

The Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team competes in this past weekend’s Central Region Championships at the Tech Trails. Photo by Scott Thompson

and Alaska (139 points). The races this past weekend marked the final opportunity for skiers to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Unfortunately, no one from either the men’s or women’s teams earned

qualifying positions. The end of the season, however, is still weeks away. The Huskies will have several skiers compete in additional races. Next up will be the US Jr. National Championships on March 11 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Huskies incur their first loss in Men’s Tennis ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer This past weekend, the Michigan Tech Men’s Tennis team traveled to Romeoville, Ill., for a set of nonconference matches against Lewis University and Olivet Nazarene. The Huskies fell 3-6 for the first time this season to Lewis but were able to recover a 5-3 win against Olivet Nazarene. A split over the weekend advances the Huskies’ overall record to 9-1. The Huskies still stand undefeated in the GLIAC with a 3-0 conference record.

The tone for Friday’s (February 22) match against Lewis was set early on after the Huskies were defeated 0-3 in doubles play. The Flyers managed to upset the Huskies 8-1, 8-2, and 8-5 at Nos. 1-3. This was the first time all season that the Huskies were swept in doubles. In singles, the Huskies were able to recover three points after splitting the six flights. Pedro Rodriguez earned the Huskies’ first point of the day at No. 4. After losing the first set 3-6, he was able to come back and win the second 6-4. A tiebreaker decision ended in favor of Rodriguez by winning the third set 10-8. Nick

Kremkow at No. 5 and Jimmy Konarske at No. 6 rounded off the Huskies’ three points. Kremkow won 7-6, 6-2, and Konarske won 6-1, 6-4. While the first loss is a bitter pill to swallow, the Huskies were up against a fairly highranked team. Lewis stands ranked 33rd in the nation and fourth overall in the region. Saturday (February 23), a 5-3 decision in favor of the Huskies over Olivet Nazarene set the Huskies back on a winning streak. The match opened with the Huskies leading 2-0 after doubles play. No. 1 duo Felipe dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez fell for the second straight day by a

score of 1-8. Javier Oliveros/ Built Yumuang at No. 2 and Jimmy Konarske/Andrew Kremkow at No. 3 both recovered from Friday’s upset, winning their matches 9-7 and 8-3, respectively. The Huskies went on to win the match after earning three points in singles. No. 4 Pedro Rodriguez claimed a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Shortly after, the Huskies fell at Nos. 1 and 2, making the all-around team score tied at three all. No. 5 Nick Kremkow pulled the Huskies ahead after a 6-4, 6-2 decision. Meanwhile at No. 3, Built Yumuang played through a late tiebreaker in the third set. After Yumuang

claimed a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 victory, the Huskies had won the match 5-3. No. 6 Jimmy Konarske was leading 6-4, 3-1 but did not finish once the team match was decided. After the split weekend, only two Huskies remain undefeated. Pedro Rodriguez and Nick Kremkow are both 10-0 in singles after ten matches. The Huskies will be back in GLIAC action this Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. in Houghton at the Gates Tennis Center to take on Northwood University. So far this season, Northwood has posted an undefeated 2-0 GLIAC record, 2-0 overall.


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February 26 - March 5

Greek Week Blood Drive - Organized by Student Activities

Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 27-28. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Library Reading Room

According to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can help save up to three lives. Donate blood this week! As a part of Greek Week the American Red Cross will be collecting blood on a walk-in basis or appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (906) 487-1963 prior to the drive, or by coming in person the day of and signing up for a time that fits your schedule.

Film Board- “Rise of the Guardians”

Friday-Saturday, March 1-2.

Runtime: 97 minutes.

Showtimes: 6 p.m. , 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.

Immortal Guardians like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy continue to protect the world’s children from darkness and despair. However, an evil boogeyman named Pitch Black schemes to overthrow the Guardians by obliterating children’s belief in them. It falls to a winter sprite named Jack Frost to thwart Pitch Black and save the day. Tickets are available for $3.00 at the door for “Rise of the Gaurdians” in 3D. A Tech ID is required for 3D glasses checkout and concessions are available before the show.

ADA Challenge – Bowl for Kids

Saturday, Mar. 2.

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MUB Ballroom

Bowl for Kids is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The challenge is for another college team to raise more money than the ADAs, and the team who raises the most money will receive a $100 gift certificate to an eatery of their choice! Each team gets to bowl for 2 hours and is entered into a drawing for $100 worth of gift certificates. It’s a great way to help out in the community and to win some really cool prizes. Take the Challenge! you will be assigned a time to bowl when you register. For more information please contact Haley Florinki at

Come Dance with NOSOTROS-Sponsored by USG

Saturday, Mar. 2.

8 p.m.-11p.m.

MUB Ballroom A

All Student Organizations are invited to celebrate Spring. Come learn to dance to Latin music and show off your ethinic dance! No partner is needed, this is a free family friendly event open to the public at all levels. From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be free Salsa Lessons and an open floor from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Band Benefit- Hosted by Engineers Without Borders

Saturday, Mar. 2. 8 p.m.-11 p.m.

Orpheum Theater

Michigan Tech’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders invites and encourages you to attend the Band Benefit at the Orpheum Theater featuring Gratiot Lake Road, The Barnstormers, Ripley St. Fire Department and Jonathan Soper. The cover cost is $7.00 and all proceeds go to benefiting Engineering Projects in Guatemala and Bolivia. Please e-mail Autumn Storteboom at with any questions.

2013 Mr. MTU-Relay for Life Fundraiser

Deadline for nominees Friday, Mar. 8. 11:59 p.m.



Mr. MTU is a male pageant competition sponsored by Theta Chi Epsilon to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Applications for nominees will be due March 8 with a $10 fee and photo. Please contact to sign up or for more information.

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d What did you do during the two snow days? -Zach Evans


Jeanine Chmielewski “After getting back from teaching I cleaned, did homework and watched Castle.”

Nathan Booms

Richelle Grosskopf

“I socialized, ate tacos and played in the snow.”

“I helped build a snow cave then did homework.”



Alex Slepak

“Survived a sudden wave of hypotension that resulted from a sudden lack of stress.”


The February 26, 2013 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.

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