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The Keweenaw Land Trust hopes to raise enough money to purchase the upper falls and keep them open to visitors. Photo courtesy of Nathan Miller



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With warmer months ahead, we start to think about the special places we’ve visited in the UP and the memories we’ve made there. For some, it’s the shores and many beaches of Lake Superior. For others, it’s the hiking, biking and nature trails that students and locals enjoy. One location that may come to mind is the cascading levels of the Hungarian Falls, part of which was recently listed by real estate for potential private ownership. The Upper Hungarian Falls, located on the same 10-acre land as an impoundment pond formerly used by the Torch Lake Township Fire Authority, and a small dam from the mining era, was listed in December of 2012. The property listing was shortly removed thereafter because of an uproar from the community. In particular, concerned community member Clay Hixson created a Facebook page titled “Save the Hungarian Falls” to gain support of keeping the falls open for public access. Members of the Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) pushed numerous phone calls and emails into the KLT


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School of Business and Economics helps with taxes JANE KIRBY Lode Writer April 15 is quickly approaching, and many are still scrambling around to fill out paperwork for tax preparations. Many Michigan Tech students and Houghton community members perhaps don’t have enough time to fill them out by themselves, with some unable to spend the money to hire a tax preparation expert to complete them. Luckily, however, there is a solution!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is a free service run by the School of Business and Economics that offers services to complete all tax forms for Tech students and Houghton area community members. The Volunteer Income Tax Program has been helping students and community at Tech for over 20 years. Knowledgeable accounting and finance students enrolled in the School of Business are trained to complete forms including W-2’s, form 1099’s, 1098T’s and more. Last year, over 50 students and community members

received help from this program during tax season.

opportunity for students to save a lot of time and money

The Volunteer Income Tax Program has been helping students and community at Tech for over 20 years. Second year student Sean Kuchta heard about this service through his economics course and believes it’s a great idea. “Taxes are a pain, and I think that this is a great

while it’s also allowing accounting and finance students to get amazing experience in their field of study,” Kuchta says. No appointment is necessary to get tax assistance

through the Volunteer Income Tax Program. Please visit the Academic Office Building, room G010D, or the Tidwell Center Conference Room from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays or from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Sessions are being held now through April 13. For more information, please visit: (http://blogs.mtu. edu/business/2013/03/20/ get-help-with-your-incometax-return-for-free/). You may also contact Joel Tuoriniemi at (jctuorin@mtu. edu) or Anne Warrington at (

Student Commission looks to improve students’ experience NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Together a broad group of students, faculty and staff are working to enrich every student’s experience while at Michigan Tech. This group, known as the Student Commission, works to eliminate the problematic and inefficient barriers that students face in their daily lives on campus. “The role of the Student Commission is so that both undergraduate and graduate students can collaborate with faculty and staff in order to solve current issues on campus and also to make improvements to our university,” said Rachel Morrison, Biomedical Engineering student. Since 2005, the Student Commission has worked to improve or eliminate over 170 issues on campus.

Student Commission Goals To provide a venue for students, faculty and staff to have open dialogue about the types of programs, services and opportunities that contribute to a successful educational experience. To eliminate barriers or obstacles that stand in the way of student success. To define a set of best practices to guide us in our relations with students and other University constituents. To ensure that the student voice is heard and that students are provided a forum to express their support, ideas and concerns. To enrich student success on campus by providing them with a high quality, student friendly academic and co-curricular experience. Courtesy of the Michigan Tech Student Commission

Since then, they’ve completed over 140 of them. Some accomplishments include implementing midterm surveys, relocation of the broomball rinks (from the area to the south of Walker, to their current location), and the Experience Tech fee initiative.

“Our current projects include the promotion of Zipcars that are available for student use, improvement of various aspects of the parking situation and [a] collaboration with Facilities to improve the Shuttle Service,” said Morrison. Other projects include

a Student Community Garden, printing stations in the Residence halls and an e m e rg e n c y / s u p p l e m e nt a l health care fund for students. “We are… working diligently on a Student Community Garden on campus which will be located outside of Wadsworth

Hall. This not only will be functional for supplying food and education reasons, but will also help the beautification of campus in general,” said Morrison. The Student Commission was also instrumental in the recent changes to the Continued on page 4


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The KLT Board set a goal to raise $40,000 by April 30, which will cover the upfront costs of the project, and they need the community’s help to reach their goal. office, urging them to get onboard with the efforts to save the falls. The Facebook page achieved nearly 1,000 supporters, and with more calls and emails coming in, it was an offer hard to refuse. Nathan Miller, Project Intern with the KLT, has become engaged in the Upper Hungarian Falls project for a multitude of reasons, one being that he enjoys the outdoors and hiking locations such as Hungarian Falls and wants to see it open for everyone to enjoy in the future. Once the listing agent of the property and other authorities saw the community’s reactions to the area being put up for sale, the KLT saw the opportunity to devise a plan to keep the land and trails, as well as the many falls, open to the public. The project was then accepted in full. First, Miller said the KLT wanted to get a real sense of the community’s feelings towards the use of the area. By conducting an online survey, it was found that the majority of participants (over 600 people took the survey) would like to see the property remain undeveloped. Miller said the 10-acre area needed to be assessed because of liabilities associated with the dam and pond. It was found that because the dam is less than one acre, it is low hazard and does not need to be regulated by the state. This also made the dam a

low liability, helping the KLT’s project move further. Other research has been done, including recent core sampling, to assess the area in general. The KLT has been given preliminary approval by their Board to begin fundraising, and currently have raised $9,000 for the project and 45 new members. The KLT Board set a goal to raise $40,000 by April 30, which will cover the upfront costs of the project, and they need the community’s help to reach their goal. Currently in the fundraising phase, the KLT hopes to gain new members who support the project while raising money to cover the costs of keeping the Upper Hungarian Falls open. With a number of lead donors in place, the Board also issued the KLT a “New Member Challenge”: $10,000 if they gain 100 new members who support the project. By becoming a member and donating to the Hungarian Falls cause, anyone can make a difference and keep the falls open for everyone to enjoy. A fundraising “Dam Jam” will also be taking place on Saturday, April 13 at the Brownstone Hall in Atlantic Mine from 4:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Anyone and everyone who donates five dollars or more in support will receive an “I Helped Top Off Hungarian Falls” sticker! To learn more about the project, to donate, or to

Liz Fujita explores the Upper Gorge of Hungarian Falls.

become a member, please visit the Keweenaw Land Trust’s website at (http:// www.KeweenawLandTrust. org). To see the results of the online survey, please visit (http://survey. a07e6uy73pihbgp5v47/ results).

Left: KLT’s website

Courtesy of Nathan Miller

Right: Survey Results

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Friends of Library hosts community-wide Scrabble event ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer What is the best way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon? The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library believes a game of Scrabble is the obvious choice. This past Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the Friends of the Library hosted their second annual fun filled Scrabble Tournament for members of the community. “We wanted to help people get out of the house since it’s early spring. Since we are the Friends of the Library we love

books and words, so Scrabble seemed like a great way to do so,” said Courtney Hohnholt, member of The Friends of the Library and organizer of the Scrabble event. The Friends of the Library is an organization engaged in raising money to purchase things the Library may not have money for in their regular budget. This money has been used to purchase a telescope for the Library as well as help to fund events for the community, including an upcoming Salsa Contest on Cinco de Mayo where people will enter their best salsa recipes and the public will vote for a winner. Further,

they have a book sale in the spring and a summer’s bounty event where everyone is invited to bring foods

the community together. “I’m enjoying it [the tournament] very much,” said community member Elaine

Vassel. “I usually play on the computer, but this is much more fun.” With more than 120,000

words that can be played in a match, Scrabble combines words and numbers to create an addicting and thoughtprovoking game. With both new and returning players enjoying the food, prizes and the company of others, this year’s Scrabble Tournament was a great success. Prizes offered were Scrabble t-shirts, the Scrabble board game, mugs, tote bags and magnets. Many members of the community, along with some student players, attended and had a wonderful time, and many are looking forward to next year’s event.

meetings, we can have more ideas and help to enhance student’s college experience,” said Morrison. The Student Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Alumni

Lounge of the Memorial Union Building. For more information, please visit (http:// w w w.mtu .e du/student affairs/administration/ vp/committees/studentcommission/).

I’m enjoying it [the tournament] very much, I usually play on the computer, but this is much more fun. they’ve grown and harvested. These events, along with the Scrabble Tournament, are great ways to bring people in

Student Commission Continued from page 2 Library’s new phone charging stations as well as their extended hours on Fridays when they are now open until 7 p.m. The new charging stations are located in the Library Café, the east reading room and also in the seating

area behind the former Library reference desk. “If they cannot attend meetings, they can also voice concerns or suggestions to Undergraduate and Graduate Student Government representatives.

Both organizations have representatives that attend the meetings and can report these suggestions,” said Morrison. Students are encouraged to attend meetings, “If more students that can attend our


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Endangered subspecies giraffe born in Conn.

On March 22, the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn. welcomed a baby Rothschild giraffe. As an endangered subspecies, there are only a few hundred Rothschild giraffes remaining in the wild. The center also held a naming contest for the female giraffe, which was broadcast on the “Today” show. Following the show’s airing, the center’s website received over 6,000 name suggestions, which overwhelmed the site’s server. The new name was announced Monday, April 1. The giraffe will be called “Sandy Hope” in memorial of the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December 2012. The name holds special meaning to the animal’s home state. Sandy Hope already stands over six feet tall. She will eventually be close to 18 feet tall as a full-grown adult. The Rothschild giraffe is native to Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

Russian government blocking Internet

The Russian government has recently made use of a new law that has the power to block Internet content they deem illegal or harmful to children. Supporters of the law say the censorship is a “narrowly focused of controlling child pornography and content that promotes drug use and suicide,” according to the New York Times. Opposition leaders have rallied against the law because of its association with the broader Internet censorship issues. The child protection law creates a system for government officials to ask companies like Facebook or YouTube to take down content, although putting

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The naming contest for the baby Rothschild giraffe ended yesterday when the “Today” show announced the name Sandy Hope. Photo courtesy of Evan Sung, NYT

a country-wide ban on the sites would reflect poorly on Russia’s image overall, leaving many Internet users angry. Much of what has been singled out and removed recently has been distressing material posted by Russianspeaking users.

Holi continue


The Hindu festival of Holi, or the Festival of Colors, is held every year as a celebration of spring’s arrival. This year, the festivities began on Wednesday, March 27. Primarily observed in India and Nepal, Holi is also celebrated in other countries with large Indian populations, including the United States. Holi also holds a religious purpose in commemoration of the Hindu mythology. Those celebrating the festival engage in parades involving the throwing of colored powder and the spraying of colored liquids. Other rituals include bonfires, music and dancing.

“Cuckoo’s Nest” now a museum

The Oregon State Hospital, location where Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed, is now a museum. The Hospital, which opened in 1883, has been turned into the Museum of Mental Health, one of few around the world that are still part of a functioning hospital. Superintendent of the hospital Dr. Dean Brooks played the role of Dr. Spivey in the film as he was on staff at the time of filming. Other staff from the hospital as well as patients had walk-on roles. Many of the museum’s interesting displays ask its audience to determine what is real and what only seems real, questions the main characters in the film began to ask themselves. Was the hospital a place of sanctuary or a place of confinement? The film, starring Jack Nicholson as a lawbreaker who pleads insanity to escape prison and is admitted to a mental institution, won numerous Oscars in its time, including Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay. Source: NYT

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Tech Jazz celebrates its history at Don Keranen Memorial Concert NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Michigan Tech jazz program celebrated its origins with its annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert held at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, March 30. The roughly one and a halfhour concert brought out both of Michigan Tech’s jazz big bands: the open-enrollment Research and Development Big Band and the auditionrequired Jazz Lab Band. Tech jazz alumnus and Director of Jazz Studies Mike Irish directed the concert. Many of the songs in the concert were selected to honor Don Keranen, the founder of the Michigan Tech jazz

program, in some way. For example, the R&D band’s second tune, “Just What the Doctor Ordered,” was a Ska tune, chosen in memory of Keranen’s love of Jamaican music styles. (Dr. Irish pointed out that, in a rather fitting coincidence, one of the soloists on this song is from the Virgin Islands, Shanna Williams (timbales)). The group also added a couple of additional sections to the song to fit their group, something that Keranen would often do. Dr. Irish also spoke about how Keranen always “gave everybody a chance,” and encouraged his students to try making arrangements of songs, no matter how good or bad they were at it. In that spirit, the R&D band

performed an arrangement of “Zaius,” originally by Eddie Russ (himself a close associate of Keranen). The arrangement was made with input from the entire band, with members of the group suggesting new ideas, trying them to see if they worked, and keeping the best ones. Yet another homage to Keranen was the song “A Little Minor Booze”, one of the songs on the Jazz Lab Band’s first recording. The JLB brought this song back in tribute to that history. Other songs performed by the R&D band were “Big Dipper,” “Curls,” and “Cissy Strut.” The JLB also performed “Waltz For Another Debbie,” “When You’re Smiling,” “Lulu’s Left Town,” “We Came to Play”

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and “Pussywiggle Stomp.” During the concert, Dr. Irish also announced the winners of the Most Improved Jazz Musician and Outstanding Jazz Musician awards. The Most

Improved Jazz Musician was a tie, and was awarded to both Scott Wambold and Colton Mooney. The Outstanding Jazz Musician award was given to Eric Davis.

Spanish Indie music at the Rosza TRAVIS PELLOSMA Lode Writer Guatemalan singer and songwriter Gaby Moreno performed at the Rozsa Center last Wednesday evening, dazzling the audience with her unique lyrical and musical sound. Moreno’s performance contained mainly Spanish lyrics, but she also dotted with a few English songs. Listening to music in your non-native language can be a hit or miss type of experience with some people enjoying themselves while others grow lost missing the depth and breadth of the lyrics. She was able to get through this by briefly explaining a few of her songs and their meanings. This allowed her to better connect with the audience’s level of understanding. What intrigued me about her performance were the meanings behind the songs. She’d have one song about when she left Guatemala while another

changes the angle completely to her favorite childhood poem. I found these meanings to be far more down to earth compared to the modern American songs. Though the audience might not be able to pick up what the lyrics are saying, hearing the brief explanation allowed the audience to envision what the lyrics were saying purely based on the way they were sung and the music accompanied in the background. Hearing her meanings behind just a few of her songs makes me wonder what other secrets were hidden within her other pieces. Another interesting aspect of her performance for me was when she sang from her new album, which is completely in Spanish. She chose to sing two of her Spanish-styled blues pieces. She noted that it was hard to overcome hearing the blues in Spanish rather than the American styles of blues. Even though it sounded different than what

people may be accustom to hearing, the soothing tones of the instruments and her voice was able to capture the same feelings of the American blues.

After Moreno’s performance, people were able to leave feeling more enriched by her meanings and the music with a better appreciation for foreign music.

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Retro gaming week: “The Legend of Zelda” Editor’s Note: in the spirit of April Fools’ Day, we have decided to run a review for the original “The Legend of Zelda” game, released in 1987 for the NES, as if it was a current game being released on current technology.

NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor Well, it seems that Nintendo isn’t going to rest on their laurels with their successful “Super Mario Bros.” Their new game, created by the same mind as Mario, aims not to be some variant on the same concept, but an entirely different type of game. “The Legend of Zelda” may share the “Save the Princess” motif, but in other respects is very different, with a focus on topdown exploration and combat. The basic gameplay concept is fairly straightforward. You play as “Link” a young boy from the Kingdom of Hyrule, who has to find the eight pieces of the “Triforce of Wisdom” and use them to defeat the evil Prince of Darkness, Ganon, who has kidnapped Princess Zelda and holds the “Triforce of Power.” You see the world from a top-down perspective, and explore the land of Hyrule while fighting monsters and looking for secret caves. Some of these caves hold shopkeepers or old men who give you cryptic hints or gifts, but a few of them lead to giant underground mazes, which are where the Triforce pieces needed to complete the game are hidden. There are eight of these mazes, and while in theory they can be solved in any order except for the last one, in practice most players will want to complete them more-or-less in the order suggested by the game, as the later ones have very powerful enemies that will be difficult to kill without the health powerups and weapons found in earlier mazes. As for solving the mazes, and finding a way towards the goal, the game keeps a map of each room you visit so far, and in addition each maze has hidden map and compass items, which show a full map of the maze, and your position and that of the goal, respectively. Finally, as mentioned, each maze has a hidden item (sometimes more than one) that helps the player advance through the

game: some of these are weapons and some are items that allow the players to reach previously inaccessible areas. Combat is the game’s area of strength. Right when you start, you can find a cave with a sword, and that will be your main way to kill monsters. There are many different kinds of monsters, and each is killed in a different way. Again, the monsters get harder to kill the further along you go in the game, and some have special ways to be killed: for example, “Darknut” enemies, which look like evil knights, can’t be hit from the front, and the “Ghini” ghosts are all invulnerable except the original one on a given screen, but killing that one kills the others. Each maze also has a “boss” monster at the end, some of which are very fun and tricky. The game’s main fault is that there’s a lot it doesn’t tell you, or even really hint at. For example, there are fake walls that can be blown up with bombs to reveal hidden caves and passages, but nowhere in the game tells you this. Worse, though, are the hints the game does give you, which often seem meaningless unless you know ahead of time what they mean. Some of the information you do get is just plain wrong: the manual for the game describes the Pols Voice, a rabbit-like enemy with large ears, as hating loud noises, but the whistle item you can get doesn’t do anything to them. Apparently Japanese version of the NES has a microphone on its controllers, and you’re supposed

to blow into it to kill these enemies, but the manual writers didn’t seem to realize this. On the other hand, what this game does well, it does very well. As mentioned, combat is varied and a lot of fun. In addition, the world is huge, and at least on the overworld there’s almost no recycling of screens, so there’s a lot to explore. Ultimately, this game has the potential to become a classic. It’s not flawless, but what’s there is seriously good, and there’s a lot to build on. Definitely a game to buy.

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ZONE When I graduated from high school, my sister told me not to get too wrapped up in college academics and that the lessons I would learn from the people I got to know along the way were as important as the things I’d be tested on. My sister got her bachelor’s at Northern— maybe she just didn’t have much to learn in the classroom, but I think she was onto something. I’ve often failed to take her advice while at Tech. As my third year draws to a close, I’m starting to realize my folly. For all of the hours I’ve spent studying, doing homework, writing articles, planning fundraisers, working, etc., I’ve only spent a tiny fraction of my time here just enjoying life. What I wish I had more of at this point is time—time to explore the Keweenaw, time to hang out without an assignment distracting me, time to make and maintain friendships. If I had listened to my sister, my resume might not be the best it could be, but my friendships would be even better. When I look back on my time at Tech, everything I worry about on a daily basis won’t matter; what I’ll care about are the memories I haven’t spent enough time making. I’m not saying caring about school and involvement are bad; I’m saying there’s only so much room on your plate, so make sure there’s enough space for the things that you’d want to remember.

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Supreme Court takes on gay marriage ZACH EVANS Lode Writer Every generation faces social challenges; ours are gay marriage and equality. Currently, the country’s attention is focused on the Supreme Court as it reviews the issue of gay marriage. This firestorm of ideals was brought on by two cases, one challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and one targeting California’s Proposition 8. These cases could be a milestone event for LGBT rights, one that will likely determine the future course of political and legal action for gay marriage. While these cases have been lumped into one glorious crusade for equality, they are being dealt with in very different ways. The Prop 8 discussion consisted of a debate about the government’s ability to control the nature of marriage. California lawyers attempted to defend Prop 8 using a man and woman’s ability to procreate as the basis for traditional marriage. To this, Justice Kagan brought

up the issue of people over 55 not being able to have children but still being able to get married, and Justice Scalia humorously replied “I suppose we could have a questionnaire at the marriage desk when people come in to get the marriage — you know, are you fertile or are you not fertile?” Despite numerous comments defending gay marriage, the Justices were quite hesitant to take direct action, believing that this issue is still relatively new and both sides lack clear evidence. It seems that the Justices might dismiss the case and leave gay marriage decisions to the states. While this avoids the larger issue at hand, Prop 8 would be lifted because a lower court had previously declared it unconstitutional. Although the Court was rather ambivalent in its dealings with Prop 8, their arguments over DOMA allude to a more positive future for equal marriage rights. The main disagreements come from the nature of the legislation and whether it is constitutional to limit marital rights. Justices are worried about how

Demonstrators chant outside of the Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of

DOMA interferes with states’ rights because, while they can allow couples to marry, many federal benefits would still be denied under DOMA. Justice Ginsburg compared gay marriage to “skim-milk marriages” because samesex couples are denied 1,100 federal benefits (MSN). Such discrimination barely seems in line with other constitutional decisions; in many ways it is similar to the old interracial marriage controversy. Justice Kagan read from a House

report that stated Congress passed DOMA because of a “moral disapproval of homosexuality.” Using personal morals while creating legislation undermines the professionalism of American politics. While I believe that the progression of gay rights is a noble cause that will continue marching on regardless of Supreme Court rulings, DOMA’s denial of America’s right to work out this decision on a state level will make the road more difficult.

Recycling is not dead MEGAN WALSH Lode Writer I remember back in the third grade when my class learned how to reduce, reuse and recycle from the energetic recycling spokesperson. By the age of nine, many of us knew how to recycle, or at least we knew what it was. But how much have those lessons stuck with us through today? Maybe it’s because the word has been so thrown around, or maybe it’s just because we don’t fully understand the consequences, but it seems like a lot of us have forgotten just how important and logical recycling really is. I know you have heard this a million times. Recycling has just become an annoying “fad,” right? But recycling is so much more than just a cute

symbol to print on a handbag. I’m not going to present the same argument that has been presented to us our entire lives. Islands made up of plastic bags in the Atlantic and overcrowding in landfills all across the world are practically common knowledge. If those reasons alone aren’t enough for you to go out and recycle, let’s talk economics for a moment. According to the National Recycling Coalition, recycling creates more than 1.1 million U.S. jobs alone. In fact, recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries. The more we recycle the more jobs we support for our fellow Americans. It is often much cheaper for companies to make products using recycled materials. For example, using fresh aluminum costs almost twice as much as reusing aluminum.

This is because about 90% more energy is needed to extract aluminum from its raw forms. Therefore, by recycling we may lower the expenses of companies, allowing them to sustain their businesses, and we hopefully lower the cost of goods for ourselves. So, if you live in the dorms, head down to the front desk and check out a mini recycling bin for you room. They are completely free and all you have to do is drop it off at the desk when it’s full! If you live off campus, reducing the amount of waste in your orange and yellow trash bags by dropping some off at the recycling center saves you from having to buy more bags. Even as students, we can make a difference for ourselves and for the environment.


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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 or submit them on our website ( under “Submit a News Tip.”

“When my girlfriend and I have sex, it never seems like I can satisfy her. She assures me that I’m lasting long enough, but I don’t see how that could be true. What can we do to make it great for both of us?”

Peach’s Perspective I’m glad that you’re concerned about pleasing your lady! Even if you aren’t driving her crazy now, the fact that you care to find opportunities for improvement is a sign that, with time and practice, you’ll be able to blow her mind. As a girl, I can tell you that sex isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Every once in a while it’s toe-curling and moan-inducing; occasionally it’s too quick, painful or so boring I’d rather be asleep; most of the time it falls between these extremes and is good in an everyday kind of way. For me, both the everyday sex and the toe-curling sex are satisfying. Just because your girlfriend isn’t having screaming orgasms or orgasms at all doesn’t mean she isn’t having a good time. I can also tell you that I’ve never lied about having an orgasm, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been honest about the quality of every experience. If your girlfriend made you a dinner and you didn’t like it very much, you’d probably choke it down with a smile and hope that she doesn’t ask how it was. When a guy asks how the sex was after it really wasn’t

good, women often feel obligated to lie to protect the guy’s ego. Instead of asking if the sex was bad, ask her what she thinks would make the sex even better. There’s always room for improvement, so asking this way is more constructive than having to admit or making her tell you that you’re not a stud all of the time. Hopefully she’ll give you some ideas to make the sex as good for her as it is for you, but you should have some ideas ready too, to start the conversation. The easiest way to make sex better for her is usually to dedicate more foreplay time to her pleasure. However, if you feel like you’re finishing too quickly, increasing foreplay time might get you even more excited. That method works if you can rebound quickly. However, if you need more ideas, look to the Internet, magazines or books. When I started having sex, my boyfriend and I bought "Supersex” by Tracey Cox. It really helped us learn about sex and about what we could do to make those toe-curling nights happen more frequently.

Cream’s Commentary Pleasing your woman isn’t always about how long intercourse lasts. Some of the hottest sex I have had has been over in less than fifteen minutes, leaving both of us satisfied and hardly able to move. I have also had sex for so long that my partner and I both decided it was time to give up and get some sleep. Lasting long and being passionate are completely different things. Being shy won’t get you far in the bedroom. Don’t be afraid to ask her what she likes. When I am in a relationship, I usually ask my partner if she masturbates. If she does, she already knows what gets her going and can direct you accordingly. If she doesn’t, you may have a little more investigating to do. This gives you the opportunity to learn her body as she does, so try different things and ask what she likes if it isn’t apparent. Discovering new things about her body together will bring you together. If you are both comfortable with the idea, use a vibrator during foreplay. It will intensify the stimulation at her most sensitive areas. Once you know where she likes to be stimulated, you can get the reaction you are hoping for, which makes sex even more satisfying for both partners.

I have been with women that have claimed that they have never had an orgasm with a man. I take this as a personal challenge. It takes time to get to know your partner’s body and what works can be extremely different for every person, so don’t be intimidated if it doesn’t happen right away and don’t give up. Another thing to keep in mind is that a strong emotional connection helps create a strong physical connection. The sex that I have had while in a longterm relationship has always been better than in one-night stands and short relationships. That could have something to do with the long dry spells at Michigan Tech, but that’s a different story. The last bit of advice I can give you is to trust her. If she says that you are satisfying her, even if you aren’t necessarily seeing (or hearing) the desired results, then there is a good chance that you are satisfying her. If she is still sleeping with you, you have to be doing something right. Taking the compliment doesn’t mean it can’t get better, though. The best thing you can do is keep working at it. After all, practice makes perfect.

Gayle Brewer of the University of Central Lancashire and Colin Hendrie of the University of Leeds asked 71 women between the ages of 18 and 48 a series of questions.


Women faked about half the time they were unable to have an orgasm



Women who faked it at least once used “vocal acting”


Men faked at least once

Men who did fake it at least once used “vocal acting”



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Looking back at the 2012-2013 Nordic Ski season s r e b m u n


Husky hockey players who have signed professional contracts this month.



AllAmerican awards for Ali Haidar for his senior season efforts.


Overall wins from men’s tennis this season. The team just completed a home series.


Academic rank for men’s cross country out of 126 D II teams. The runners have a cumalative 3.45 GPA.


Week until the Michigan Tech women’s lacrosse club in back in action.


Ski season began for the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski teams just over four months ago. Last November, the skiers hit the snow for the first time in West Yellowstone, Montana, for a week-long training trip. Since then, the Huskies raced in five CCSA competitions in addition to two school sponsored events, a showing at the US Jr. National Championships, and a final race at the UP Collegiate Spring Skiing Championships. Unusually warm temperatures caused a few minor setbacks and schedule changes at the beginning, causing a slow start to the season. Two races scheduled early on in the Huskies’ lineup of events, the NMU Wildcat Invitational and Ironwood Wolverine Challenge JOQ, were outright canceled due to the lack of snow. By the time Dec. 1 rolled around, the Michigan Tech Trails had a sufficient amount of snow to kick off the season with the Michigan Tech Collegiate Opener. Warm weather and less than ideal snow conditions, however, proved for two interesting days of racing. The Huskies’ second competition of the season at the College of Saint Scholastica Christmas Classic was another slushy experience. Poor trail conditions resulted in the cancellation of the event’s second day races. Luckily for the Huskies, 2013 brought snow and a change of pace to the season. Over winter break in early January, the skiers traveled to Soldier Hollow, Utah, to compete in the U.S. National Championships. The Huskies put forward several impressive finishes and collectively placed twelfth in the College Cup standings. Upon returning from break, the Huskies spent two consecutive weekends in Minnesota to compete in

the CCSA Central Super Tour and St. Scholastica Invitational. The Huskies made seven top-twenty finishes in the Super Tour classic and freestyle races and earned the fourth place team title. At St. Scholastica, the Huskies improved to a third place finish. One of the performance highlights of the year came from Lynn Duijndam who placed second in the women’s 15.7-kilometer freestyle race. The Huskies competed in the

top three finishers in the CCSA for the men’s team, placing 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively. On the women’s side, Sarah Daniels, Deedra Irwin and Lynn Duijndam placed 11th, 13th and 16th overall. While team racing concluded for the Huskies after the NCAA Central Region Championships, a select number of Huskies competed in two more events. Four skiers raced in the U.S. Junior National Championships in Fairbanks,

The season finale came to an end Saturday, March 23, in Marquette where the Huskies competed in a team sprint against Northern Michigan. The men were able to out-sprint the Wildcats and earned the top-two podium finishes while the women finished second.

CCSA Sprint/Relay and Distance Championships next. Five men and three women qualified for heats in the freestyle sprints, and both teams took third in the classic relays. In the distance races, the Huskies made ten top-25 finishes. Most notably was Deedra Irwin who posted a sixth place finish in the women’s five-kilometer classic race and Matt Dugan who took tenth in the men’s 20-kilometer freestyle. Overall, the four-day, two-weekend event landed the women a third place finish, and the men took fourth. Northern Michigan was consistently dominant while competition for the Huskies remained stiff with University of Alaska Fairbanks and St. Scholastica throughout the season’s CCSA races. At the culminating CCSA event, the NCAA Central Region Championships, the Huskies’ team score edged St. Scholastica to earn a third place finish behind Alaska and Northern who took second and third. Only the top seven men and top six women in the CCSA earned qualifying positions for the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships. Matt Wong, Raphael Bechtiger and Luke Gesior were the

Alaska. Thomas Kendrick, Sam Holmes and Ruth Oppliger skied for the Great Lakes Region team, and Kyle Hanson skied for the Alaska Region Team. Top performances were by Kendrick and Hanson who each took top-twenty finishes in the men’s 15-kilometer classic race. Kendrick placed 17th and Hanson 18th. Also, Hanson was the only skier out of the four to advance into one of the men’s freestyle sprint final heats. He placed twelfth overall. The season finale came to an end Saturday, March 23, in Marquette where the Huskies competed in a team sprint against Northern Michigan. The men were able to out-sprint the Wildcats and earned the top-two podium finishes while the women finished second. The 2012-2013 season may not have been ideal, considering the warm weather and slow start. Nonetheless, the Huskies were able to make steady improvements throughout and see through to a third place region finish. Returning skiers will look to build on their experiences and the team’s success as they look to train for next winter.

The Lode would like to apologize for a misprint in last week’s issue. “Men’s Tennis loses to undefeated Grand Valley and Ferris State” was written by Ellie Furmanski.

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Huskies hit pro ice


Defensemen Steven Seigo and Carl Neilsen have both signed try-out contracts with American Hockey League clubs

Left: Senior Carl Neilsen competes in a home match up earlier this season. Right: Senior Steven Seigo passes the puck forward in one of the huskies home series. The teams captain and assistant captain, as well as key defensive contributors both recently signed try-out contracts with American Hockey League clubs. Photos by Scott Thompson

JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor When we’re young, we have dreams of what we want to be when we grow up. For many young hockey players, the dream is to one day be able to call yourself a professional hockey player. For several Huskies, this ultimate dream has become a reality.

Most recently, two Huskies have moved into the ranks of professional hockey players. Defensemen Steven Seigo and Carl Neilsen have both signed try-out contracts with American Hockey League (AHL) clubs. On March 23, Seigo signed with an Amateur Try-Out contract with National Hockey League (NHL) Calgary Flames affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. This

type of contract is typical for players leaving college or junior leagues, and is typically signed towards the end of the professional team’s season. The Edenwold, Sask. native finished his career as a Husky with 75 points (19 goals, 56 assists) over his 150 games wearing black and gold. In three games with the Heat, Seigo has racked up two assists. Neilsen signed his tryout

contract with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. The affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bat Lightning, The former Husky donned a number four sweater in his professional debut March 20. In his first game with the Crunch, the team fell in a 2-0 final. Siego joins former Husky Captain Brett Olson on the Abbotsford Heat roster. Olson is in his first season with the Heat and has totaled

18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) so far this season. Other Huskies are also continuing the professional hockey dream. Last year’s senior Bryce Reddick currently plays for the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and former net minder Josh Robinson has a twoway contract between the AHL’s Texas Stars and the Steelheads.

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Athlete Spotlight

Ali Haidar

ALYSSA DEBELAK Lode Writer Ali Haidar played an amazing four seasons for the Michigan Tech Men’s Basketball team. He has become a legend at Michigan Tech and he will be greatly missed in the basketball program for years to come. Ali started playing for Michigan Tech in the 20092010 season. That year he earned the Bob Olson Award for being the team’s best incoming player. He was the GLIAC’s topscoring freshman, averaging 9.9 points per game. He impressively played in all 27 games, and started in 23 of them. In 13 games he scored in double digits. He had the second-highest rebound average on the team with an average of 5.8 per game. The week of Jan. 11, 2010 he was named the GLIAC Player of the Week when he scored 35 points and had 11 rebounds in two games. In the 2010-2011 season, Ali just continued to get better. He started all 28 games and led the team throughout the season. He earned first-team AllGLIAC honors and AllGLIAC Academic Honors. Ali was the most valuable player for the team, earning the Ken Hamar Award. He was seventh in the league for averaging 6.7 rebounds per game and second in the GLIAC in defensive rebounds. For the 2011-2012 season Ali earned many honors. He earned the Ken Hamar

Award for the second year in the row, was the GLIAC Player of the Year and was on the GLIAC first-team again. He was named to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team, the Basketball Times AllAmerica Third Team and Bulletin All-America Fourth Team honors. Haidar scored his 1,000th point during a game against Saginaw Valley State and finished the 2011-2012 season with 1,252 points, ranking 16th in school history at the time. Ali finished his career during the 2012-2013 season, going out with a bang. He was again named the GLIAC Player of the Year. He was named to the Daktronics, Inc First Team All-America. He also earned All-America Honor from the National Basketball Coaches Association. He finished his career with 1,995 points, scoring 743 of his points this season. He broke the record of rebounds in a career with a grand total of 893, grabbing 285 from the boards this season. He broke the record of having 14 double-doubles in a season and having 35 in his entire career. He also broke the record of having most 30-plus point games in a season, coming in with nine. Ali was a member of the East All-Star Team for the Division Two College All-Star game. Ali has left his mark on Michigan Tech Athletics and he will be used as an example in years to come that hard work and dedication pay off.

Senior Ali Haidar tallies another basket to add to his career high of 1,995 points and 743 for this season. Haidar broke various records including career rebounds and season double-doubles. Photo by Scott Thompson

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 15 SPORTS Women’s lacrosse ready for season start

Michigan Tech Lode ALYSSA DEBELAK Lode Writer

The Michigan Tech women’s club lacrosse team will be starting off their spring season by traveling to a tournament in Wisconsin next Saturday, April 6. They will be playing Ripon College and University of WisconsinOshkosh. To prepare for tournaments and games the lacrosse team practices every Wednesday night in the Student Development Complex. Sometimes on the weekends they have conditioning practices to keep them in shape.

There are around 18-20 girls that show up regularly to the women’s lacrosse club practices and each week there are a couple new girls that come to check out the team. In the fall, the club team recruits players by having a booth at K-day, putting up flyers around campus and table tents. In the past the women’s lacrosse club really struggled with keeping members, but recently this problem has gotten a lot better. Lacrosse club president Rachel Altscheffel said that her favorite part of being a part of the lacrosse club is watching the club grow and teaching others about the sport she loves.

Next fall the women’s lacrosse club would like to join a league which would enable them to play more games. The women’s lacrosse club has four main objectives. They are to play intercollegiate lacrosse, increase awareness of women’s lacrosse on our campus, bring women together who enjoy lacrosse at Tech and to form relationships between the women at Michigan Tech and women at other universities who share the common interest of lacrosse. To be in the women’s lacrosse club you have to have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher when you become a member. Members of the club also have

to pay dues. The club has a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and computer administrator. The president is in charge of public relations and making game schedules. The vice president is in charge of the fitness/ practice schedule. The treasurer is in charge of making a budget and in general just in charge of all of the club’s money. The secretary is in charge of recruitment. The computer administrator is responsible for the website and the email list. The women’s lacrosse team is looking forward to future growth and encourages female athletes to join.

Men’s Tennis sneaks by Wayne State 5-4 in biggest win of the season ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer This past Saturday, March 30, the Michigan Tech Men’s Tennis team battled to an exciting 5-4 victory against Wayne State at the Gates Tennis Center. The win advances the Huskies’ record to 4-3 in the GLIAC, 13-6 overall for the season. Wayne State was previously undefeated in the conference and now moves to a 4-1 GLIAC record. Saturday’s match started off in favor of the Huskies with a 3-0 sweep of the doubles competition. A series of close matches throughout the day began with No. 1 doubles. Duo Felipe Dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez came back from a 7-5 deficit and won four straight games to claim their match with a 9-7 decision. At Nos. 2 and 3, Javier Oliveros/ Built Yumuang and Jimmy Konarske/Andrew Kremkow won their respective matches 8-4 and 8-5. Head coach of the Huskies Kevin Kalinec noted that the team put in an extra effort preparing for doubles this past week. Luckily, for the Huskies, that extra effort seemed to win them the match.

The Huskies went on to win only two of the six singles flights. With the three points earned earlier in doubles, those two additional points gave the Huskies a one point edge over the Warriors to claim the match 5-4. A win was hard to come by, however, after competition tightened up during singles. Dos Santos at No. 1 singles drew out the Huskies’ lead 4-0 by defeating his opponent in two straight sets 6-4, 6-2. The Huskies’ decisive fifth point was earned in a hard fought battle at No. 4. Rodriguez won his first set 7-5 but fell 8-10 in the second. In the tiebreaker, Rodriguez dominated, winning six straight games to claim the match 7-5, 8-10, 6-0. Two additional matches were forced into third set tiebreakers. At No. 2, Oliveros went up 6-4 in the first set, but his opponent took the lead from then onward. He fell 5-7 in the second match and then again 4-6 in the third, losing the tiebreaker. The No. 5 match also went into a decisive third set. Nick Kremkow battled back from a 6-2 defeat in the first set to win the second 7-6 but lost the tiebreaker 6-10. The Huskies’ No. 3 Yumuang and No. 6 Konarske were

Built Yumuang returns the ball during a practice match this season.

defeated in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-2. The Huskies will take on Lake Superior State this

Saturday, April 6, in their last home match of the regular season. The Lakers fall just behind the Huskies in GLIAC

Photo by Scott Thompson

standings with a 3-4 conference record, 5-12 overall. Saturday’s match is set to begin at the Gates Tennis Center at 10 a.m.


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April 2 - April 9

Gender in Negotiaion: Lessons for Men and Women-Lecture

Wednesday, April 3.

1 p.m.

MUB Alumni Lounge

The School of Business and Economics and the Department of Learning and Cognitive Sciences are pleased to invite faculty, staff and students to a visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar lecture given by Alice Stuhlmacher, PhD, Professor of Psychology at DePaul University. A reception will follow at 1:45 p.m. Please contact Sonia Goltz at or Edward Cokely at for comments and questions.

Korean-Thai Dinner and Preformances

Friday, April 5. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. MUB Commons

The Korean and Thai student associations are united to present their delicious exotic foods and performances to MTU students and faculty. This is the first event in which these two associations will cooperate to help others learn about and experience two different cultures at the same time. Two of the most popular Asian foods will be prepared for both non-vegetarian and vegetarian students. K-pop dance and Thai boxing are two distinguished traditional daces that will be performed as the entertainment. All guests can join to experience Korean and Thai games with a chance to win prizes. Tickets are available in the Mub and Wads $9 for students, $12 for faculty and the general public, but children under 8 are free. For more information please contact or

Film Board - “Django Unchained”

Friday-Saturday, April 5-6. Runtime: 165 mins. Showtimes: 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 11:30 p.m.

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner staring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Dicaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L Jackson. Tickets are available for $3.00 at the door and concessions are available before the show.

Casino Night-Sponsored by Wellness and MUB Board

Saturday, April 6.

6 p.m. -10 p.m.

MUB Ballroom

Join in the fun for Casino Night! Games, light snacks, prizes and more will be offered! Casino attire is preferred. For information contact David Shul at


Monday, April 8.

12:05 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. EERC 214

Attention students: there will be a MIOSH/OSHA compliance information meeting for all students who will be finding employment and being on sites of Construction and General Industry. Pizza and pop will be served sponsored by the KEDA and MTU-MIOSHA Technical Institutes Speaking. Students can sign up for workshops here. for more information and to register please contact Dar Gronevelt at

Library Video and Writing Contest -Empowered by Information

Deadline Sunday April 21.

11:59 p.m.


The Van Pelt & Opie Library wants to hear stories about your successful library research! Did the perfect research article that a librarian helped you find in a library database make all the difference in your poster presentation? How have library resources been your lifesaver? The library invites all current Tech students to submit a video or written piece showing us the awesome ways you have thrived using the library’s information sources for a chance to win a cash prize! Video prizes have a chance at $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Written entries could win $200 for first place, $125 for second and $75 for third. Entries must be received by April 21 and winners will be announced on April 29. See full contest details at (


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most from your pre-college days? -Taylor Domagalla


Erich Alden

Jon Miller

“Peach cobbler made with wine.”

“Irish car bomb cupcakes.”

William “Harvey” Weaver “Cedar planked salmon.”


Tyler Sykes

“Mom’s awesome lasagna.”


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