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Recovery mode: regaining campus after the long winter SIMENG LI Lode Writer Three weeks after the vernal equinox claimed the official coming of the spring, the snow is finally melting in Houghton. Michigan Tech, after being covered by the thick layer of snow for several months, is currently under a comprehensive recovery from the winter. “Everyone knows that we were blessed with abundant snowfall and cold weather. Mother Nature has had an impact on our budgets for snow removal and fuel,” said Tim Griffin, Director of Custodial and Maintenance Services. “In light of this past winter, Facilities Management is reviewing the adequacy of our snow removal equipment and whether or not we need to mitigate the risk of the impact of additional fuel volumes and prices when polar vortexes descend upon us.” The buildings have been suffering from the sand and salts used to help keep the walkways safe to walk on. These sand and salts often get dragged into the building entrances, most often stuck to student and staffs’ shoes and boots. Therefore, a major effort is focused on counteracting these effects of old man winter. Walk-off mats at entrances and associated drains are cleaned to remove sand that has been tracked in over the winter. Meanwhile, throughout campus, storm catch basins are being inspected for proper operations for all the spring runoff water. As the snow continues melting, bicycling is getting back its role as one of the most popular transportation choices.
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As campus recovers from the long winter, sunshine and warm temps encourage feelings of spring and rapid snow melt.
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Bike repair stations are put back in place at designated spots on campus which will facilitate students and staffs to make any repairs to their bicycles. Changes are also occurring in energy
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management. According to Griffin, some of the chillers and cooling towers that serve specific labs, computers and other areas of buildings are being taken out of winter layup and being prepared for spring
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and summer operations. Control strategies of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are being tweaked to accommodate the switchover from deep freeze to the summer breezes.
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Recovery Continued from front page “The Central Heating Plant will hold their annual steam shut down from May 4 until May 8 to perform maintenance and repair on high pressure steam lines,” said Dave Taivalkoski, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability. “The heating plant is also in the process of switching over from winter boilers to summer boilers. Summer boilers are currently in the process of inspection and safety testing.” High voltage switchgears that serve buildings at Michigan Tech, some of which are outdoor gears, will also be inspected and maintained to keep them in good operating condition. This will require some electrical outages in some buildings during the evening and night of May 7 and May 8. Notices will being sent out to campus. For Pete Pelissero, Manager of Grounds and Trades, spring is the time to beautify the campus. “Many hours are spent fixing scars on the campus green space from snow plowing and snow removal,” said Pelissero. “We also collect trash that surfaces after the spring melt.” In the meantime, the grounds crews will need to sweep up all sand that was used over the winter, which includes sand on
pedestrian sidewalks and all paved parking lots. “Raking and aerating of the green space is the first thing that we complete so that the grass can regenerate,” Pelissero said. “Inspections and testing of our campus sprinkler system need to be done as soon as possible after the snow leaves.” Over the last two summers Grounds was busy installing the sprinkler system and they look forward to the completion of the west side of campus early this summer.“Our master gardeners and student gardeners will be working to bring the 64 garden areas back to life,” Pelissero added. “This involves many hours of hands-on manual labor to restore the gardens quickly enough so that we all can enjoy the beauty that each garden provides to students, staffs and the many visitors that come to the area in the summer months.” Although the snow shovel is still out on the back porch, the weather is becoming warmer and the snow is fading away. Thanks to the constant efforts of Facilities Management to recover the campus from the winter, Michigan Tech is getting ready for this transition of weather, one that many believe is long overdue.
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Services Administration. Due to the station’s part in saving hundreds of lives over its existence and to honor the brave men and women who served there, it has become a museum and also a member of the Keweenaw County Historical Society.
The museum contains several exhibits showcasing both equipment the rescuers used and accounts of some of the station’s most famous rescues. Some of the equipment on display includes a 36-foot and a 26-foot selfrighting surfboats, a Life-Car which is
a small covered life boat that was used to take victims from shipwrecks to shore, a Lyle gun that was used to shoot Lode Writer a rescue line from the shore to a wreck As Gordon Lightfoot would put it, and a Beach Cart which contained all the Gitche Gumee is said to never give up equipment surfmen used to transport her dead, as Lake Superior is infamously equipment to a scene. known as being one lethal Another popular exhibit is a puddle of water. glass-enclosed viewing area. One Its ability to go from a sheet of its displays tells the tale of the of glass to spewing waves station’s most famous rescue of the three stories high in a matter L.C. Waldo in the November 1913 of minutes has been spoken of snowstorm that had 70 mile per since man first dared to traverse hour winds and a sub-freezing air her waters. For those who temperature. experienced treacherous times As a result of their heroic on the lake, the crew of the actions, nine rescuers were presented with the Gold Medal, Eagle Harbor Lifesaving Station has been doing their part to which is the highest honor in the keep Superior’s death toll at Lifesaving Services. The efforts the Gold Medal was awarded for zero since 1912. included saving 24 individuals and The Lifesaving Station was a seafaring canine from the clutch originally opened by the United of Superior’s dark depths. States Lifesaving-Service, but The museum is located near in 1915 when this organization combined with the United the marina in Eagle Harbor, States Revenue Cutter Service approximately an hour from to form the United States campus through the scenic drives Coast Guard, it fell under their of the Keweenaw County. Those jurisdiction. It served in this wishing to view this historical site and all its artifacts will find it open capacity after World War II. The Eagle Harbor Lifesaving Station is now a historical museum. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from In 1954, the station was then Photo courtesy of Keweenaw Digital Archives mid-June to early October. turned over to the General
Design Expo to exhibit talents SIMENG LI Lode Writer What do an air-driven moped, a wireless cardiopulmonary monitor, a hand-washing detector and a portable oozeball court all have in common? All are projects tackled by student teams that have been on display at the Michigan Tech Design Expo. You can expect to see real industry projects such as these at the annual Design Expo, and many more. Design Expo 2014 (formerly Undergraduate Expo) is coming up on Thursday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. The third floor will become the stage for many graduate’s projects. For the past 14 years, Michigan Tech undergraduate students have showcased their work at the Undergraduate Expo each April. This year, event organizers – the College of Engineering and the
Institute for Leadership and Innovation – changed the name from Undergraduate Expo to Design Expo: A showcase of Enterprise and Senior Design teams.
“The cash awards, ranging from $50 to $300, will fall into the following categories: enterprise, senior design, design expo image contest and invention disclosure contest.” There are two reasons for this change. One reason is to avoid confusion because a brand new event, the Undergraduate Research Expo, has been launched by the Michigan Tech Honors Institute for 2014. The other reason is that event organizers believe that the new name Design Expo
better describes the event, in which student teams display their senior design projects. This year, more than 600 students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams will showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, will critique the projects in three categories: abstracts, posters, and presentations. The cash awards, ranging from $50 to $300, will fall into the following categories: enterprise, senior design, design expo image contest and invention disclosure contest. Winners of the Design Expo will be revealed on Friday, April 18, on the new Design Expo website (http://blogs.mtu. edu/expo/). The goal of the Expo is to provide an opportunity for students to present their research, design and independent study projects. Students will gain
professional experience and build their resumes through direct exposure to real world problems and competitiveness. The Expo will not only serve as a means of showcasing the hard work of many of Michigan Tech’s talented students, but also the quality of education that is afforded to Michigan Tech students because of the generous donations made by members of industry. Many of the Enterprise Team projects to be displayed are sponsored by industry. Through sponsorship, industry is able to link up and directly engage with the fresh, new engineering talent at Michigan Tech and contribute significantly to their education and the mission of the University. Members of industry and various academic department advisory boards will be on campus to view the various projects. The projects and posters will also be available for viewing by the campus and community throughout the day for free.
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Seismic activity strikes Solomon Islands The Solomon Islands experienced a powerful 7.6 earthquake on Sunday, April 13. The quake sent large waves into the area, which caused a tsunami alert to be issued. According to an ABC News report (http:// abcn.ws/1nj1rnz), a tsunami warning was cancelled by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Although three large waves were reported by people on the islands in the vicinity of the quake, no reports have been made of damage or injuries. The Solomon Islands, described as a hidden paradise, are currently recovering from severe flash floods. Striking Honiara, the capital city, the floods on April 3 reportedly killed 23 people and left 9,000 homeless. Others still remain missing. Thousands of miles from the west coast of the United States, the earthquakes felt on Sunday in the Solomon Islands were no threat to California, Oregon, Washington State, Hawaii or Alaska. The legendary Ring of Fire lies beneath the Solomon Islands. According to Volcano World, offered by Oregon State University, the Ring of Fire is home to most of the Earth’s subduction zones. A subduction zone is a location in the earth’s crust and upper mantle where one plate is shoved beneath another, causing stress. The heavier plate most often slips under the lighter one, melting back into the Earth’s mantle. Subduction zones are oftentimes the sites of volcanos. In total, the Ring of Fire encompasses 25,000 miles in its horseshoe shape. National Geographic Education (http:// bit.ly/1gTMzqc) said the Andes in South America, the Cascade Range in North America and the Southern Alps in New Zealand and all part of, or associated with, the Ring of Fire. An example of an active volcano in the Ring of Fire is Mount St. Helens in Washington State.
Spring graduation is looming over the heads of many Michigan Tech students. Like all upcoming graduates, students in fields where construction and innovation are key building blocks in their role in society are pondering the possible positions they can hold in the near future. Whether they’re in a construction manager role or one as hard-working and dedicated laborer, it is helpful to be aware of the potential ambiguities and details of fair labor practices in this workplace. If you, or someone you know, wasn’t paid what they were due, how would you react? In a recently settled lawsuit, Moyle Construction, a local contractor and property developer, paid over $450,000 of unpaid pension funds and lost opportunity costs to former employees, some of which worked on Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) project. Current striking workers involved in the suit, former employees, local clergy members and other supporters feel it is necessary for the public to fully understand the severity of this issue. Last Friday, April 11, a large group gathered on Michigan Tech’s campus near the intersection of MacInnes Drive as well as entrances to the Memorial Union Building (MUB) and library to raise awareness so something like this doesn’t happen again. The busy intersection was a prime location to gain exposure for their cause. Darin Burcar and Rich Simons, striking employees of Moyle, first noticed discrepancies on their paychecks, which led to concern and further investigation. The GLRC and other projects were part of Federal Davis-Bacon or State Prevailing Wage projects from 2009 through the end of 2012. According to a recent press release, Moyle Construction regularly reported the funds, but the money never reached employees’ pension accounts. According to Gregg Richards, Facilities Engineer and Project Manager on
the GLRC project, Moyle was acting as a subcontractor under Granger Construction, out of Lansing, Mich. “As a State University, MTU falls under this rule to require contractors to use the prevailing wages,” said Richards in an email, adding, “Typically, we contract with a general contractor who usually uses subcontractors with specialized skills (plumbers, masons, electricians, steam fitters, etc.). During the GLRC project our [the University’s] contract was with Granger Construction who in turn subcontracted out portions of the work to several companies, one being Moyle.” As one of many regional projects workers completed over the course of the four years in question, the GLRC project
“In any case, the institution who works with the contractor would hold responsibility to enforce the paying of wages to ensure fair labor practices for the workers.” is a direct instance where a contractor (or subcontractor), Moyle Construction, allegedly did not pay their workers what they were owed in pension funds. According to its legal documents, the University should have been overseeing that. “All subcontractors were required to provide certified payrolls with their application for payment to Granger. Granger would then review all the subcontractor’s payment applications and if correct, include them in their payment application to the University,” said Richards. Tim Helminen, President of Moyle Construction, was contacted, but did not have comments to make at this time. Chris Rootes, supporter of the workers and their cause, said that even though Michigan Tech has language in place, a
lack of enforcement is the real issue. In essence, it is the end-users responsibility. In any case, the institution who works with the contractor would hold responsibility to enforce the paying of wages to ensure fair labor practices for the workers. In this case in particular, it should have been Michigan Tech doing the enforcing. “MTU has a responsibility to comply,” said Rootes. Under Michigan Tech’s written policies for contractors, Article 1.2.28 Prevailing Wage reads, “Rates of wages and fringe benefits to be paid to each class of mechanics employed by the contractor and all subcontractors, shall be not less than the wage and fringe benefit rates prevailing in the locality in which the work is to be performed.” The language also states that the contractor needs to keep records of all wages paid to employees, and that “This record shall be available for reasonable inspection by the Michigan Department of Labor and the University.” Bucky Beach, Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, said he feels it is important to address this issue. Initially approached by Burcar and Simons, clergy members agreed to support their efforts. “They [clergy members] felt it is a moral issue and churches would be the place to go for moral support,” said Beach. In all actuality, this type of occurrence could happen to students in the future. Across the country and in our community, tradesmen and women have sons and daughters looking to go to college. Tuition isn’t cheap, and wage and pay struggles in construction-related workplaces are oftentimes daily struggles. In the case of Moyle Construction, general construction, Michigan Tech and the enforcement of the legal policies regarding fair labor and prevailing wage, it is not a matter of placing blame, but one of stopping this from affecting the young, innovative, soon-to-be graduates of the future construction and contractor business, some of which Michigan Tech has sown.
Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame inducts Wolf-Moose study Lead Director of Research John Vucetich accepts award in Grand Rapids AUTUMN CHANNEY Lode Writer Michigan Tech’s Environmental Science department has been working on an important study of the predator-prey
relationship between two of the Upper Peninsula’s beloved animals for over five decades. On April 10, John Vucetich, Lead Director of Research, accepted the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame award on behalf of Michigan Tech. Because the Hall of Fame is located in Grand Rapids, Vucetich traveled
downstate to accept the award. He also gave a lecture at Grand Valley University discussing the decade-long study. The wolf-moose study shows the predator-prey relationship between the wolves and moose populations of Isle Royale, Michigan’s northernmost National P a r k Continued on page 5
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Wolf-Moose Continued from page 4 located in the northwest of Lake Superior. In the dense forests and solitude, Vucetich and other researchers involved in the project have learned a number of interesting things from the animals. According to isleroyalewolf.org, the project’s website, “Isle Royale has offered many discoveries… how wolves affect
“The wolf-moose study shows the predator-prey relationship between the wolves and moose populations of Isle Royale, Michigan’s northernmost National Park located in the northwest of Lake Superior.” populations of their prey, how population health is affected by inbreeding and genetics, what moose teeth can tell us about long-term trends in air pollution, how ravens give wolves a reason to live in packs, why wolves don’t always eat all the food that they kill, and more.” Long been on the endangered species list, the eastern timber wolf population took a major hit in the 1990’s when they were almost driven to extinction by canine parvovirus. The population did rebound but inbreeding caused an all time low of 8 to occur. Measures have been taken to decrease the moose population, but keeping the wolf population somewhat steady causes concerns of inbreeding and other issues. The animals each have their own personalities, showing them through their populations, the seasonal changes they make and their eating habits. All of
these make the data to this study unique in its own way. Isle Royale allows the researchers like Vucetich the opportunity to understand nature more closely. Durward J. Allen started this project in 1958. Allen began working on the wolf-moose study during his undergrad Michigan Tech. He received his bachelors degree, continued to work on the study through the years and also received his doctorate from the University. Vucetich has been engaged in the WolfMoose study for a long time. Even though he did not exactly choose it, he described the project as growing on him. Once that happened, he became stuck. Vucetich is very happy to be able to still work with his director, Rolf Peterson, who is still very engaged in the project although he is retired from Michigan Tech. With the Wolf-Moose study forever in the Environmental Hall of Fame, generations to come will learn about what was done in the past to preserve these
“On April 10, John Vuceitch, Lead Director of Research, accepted the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame award on behalf of Michigan Tech.” important species in Michigan. Vucetich said it was such a great honor considering the study started before he was even born. While he is grateful to have been a part of it since the researchers were great to work with but, the wolves, moose, nature and Isle Royale were the best part of it the whole thing.
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Spring Fling 2014 TESSA MAUER Lode Writer This Friday, April 18, Michigan Tech will host the 12th annual Spring Fling - an event that gives students a chance to enjoy the warm weather and take a break from early studying for finals, all while learning about the variety of school involvement opportunities. From noon until 4 p.m., 53 of the university’s 220 student organizations will manage informational booths spread throughout campus with the intention of recruiting new participants and increasing awareness for their programs. In order to attract visitors, many organizations choose to include activities or prizes alongside their booths. For example, each year the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) hosts an Oozeball (mud volleyball) tournament and the MUB offers free snacks. What’s better than watching people comedically fall in a pit of mud? Watching people fall in a pit of mud while you sip on a free root beer float and snack on freshly-cut french fries! While Oozeball and free food are recurring highlights each year, this April’s Fling, which will reuse last year’s theme of “Shipwrecked,” will feature some brand new forms of entertainment. The addition of inflatable structures, an artist drawing caricatures and a t-shirt tie-dyeing station will hopefully contribute to a more engaging environment. This level of engagement will hopefully encourage more students to explore and interact with the various organizations. While offering more opportunities for fun and games should motivate greater student involvement, the committee in charge of planning the event also took steps to inspire increased participation from student
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organizations. The Special Events Committee for MUB Board created a competition in which each booth will be evaluated by a panel of judges for the title of “Best Booth.” The student organization which best meets the criteria set by members of the E-board and Student Activities will win $500 for their organization, while the runner up will take home a solid $250. Although not as enticing as winning money, students wandering campus will also be given chances to win prizes. Besides collecting various goodies provided by the organizations and clubs themselves, students can win a beach ball by completing the tasks listed on a punch card. These tasks will encourage students to interact with a variety of student organizations- everything from lesser-known programs such as the Rotaract Club, to highly visible organizations such as the MUB Board. The anticipation for this year’s piratethemed festivities is greater than most, partly due to the fact that last year’s event was cancelled due to inclement weather. However, committee chair, Josh Krugh, has ensured that rain or snow will not affect this year’s event. Should the weather turn sour, the festivities will simply be moved indoors at the SDC. The final decision on the location for the event will be announced Tuesday and will be included in an email sent by University Vice President of Student Affairs, Les Cook. No matter where the event is hosted, students and organizations alike can look forward to a break from studying and an exciting, interactive way to learn more about campus involvement opportunities. With the free food, sunshine, exciting games and spectacles and the chance to learn more about student organization opportunities on campus, all of campus should look forward to Spring Fling 2014: Shipwrecked 2.0.
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Pure poetry Rosza’s Ballet and Opera double feature ARIC RHODES
The written word is one of the most evocative means of expression known to man. Perhaps no form of it expresses this more than poetry. Whether it be simple stanzas using the common rhyme pattern or the more powerful and difficult pieces which make up the great epics, poetry may be the greatest form of art which can be achieve through the tools of language. There are some who seem to have a gift in the art of poetry, and Russell Thorburn is certainly one gifted by the muses. When the Upper Peninsula’s native Poet Laureate came to visit Michigan Tech, it was a rather casual affair. Indeed, there were several students in the library who likely did not know that such a great author was among them and presenting. The audience could not have been more than twenty, as this master of his craft told the stories behind some of his works. Much of the poetry presented was inspired by the west, the great things which had happened there and the sheer feelings which one gets by simply being among such great expanses and vistas. The poetry itself, though complicated, was extremely satisfying on a technical level. An utmost knowledge of the proper form, even of such subtleties as the meter was demonstrated and used to great effect. It was clear after the first piece that Mr. Thorburn certainly deserves the position of Poet Laureate. The deep meaning behind some of these poems was made even more interesting by knowledge of what inspired them. Often, it could be something as simple as an old fence, slowly being devoured by the very land that it once divided. Other times, a piece was inspired through an entire story, such as a dream. It would be a lie to say that all of the material in the poems was understood. Some of the pieces were so complicated, with such deep and engrained meaning, that it stands as a marvel that they could be written at all. Yet still, these pieces were written and by a good man no less. Even when the intricacies of a poem were too much to be overcome in one examination, they still rang as beautiful. A major point in Mr. Thorburn’s philosophy is that poetry can be written by anyone, and thus it is only fitting that this article conclude thusly:
The Tech Theatre and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra held a Ballet and Opera two-for-one show at the Rosza this weekend. The evening began with A Night at the Opera in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. It begins with Amahl- an imaginative boy who walks with a crutch- playing outside and telling his mother about an amazing big star. His mother, all too familiar with his exaggerated stories, tells him not to create the tall tales and to prepare for bed. Later that night Amahl mother’s weeps and wishes for a better life for her son. Their night of rest is interrupted by a knock on the door by The Three Kings. Amahl answers the door and informs his mother of The Three Kings. Believing he is exaggerating, she goes to the door and sees the Kings herself and is stunned. The Three Kings ask for shelter at their meager home as they are on a long journey to give gifts to a wonderful child. The Kings and Amahl get to know one another more with conversation, entertainment and food from other neighbors before deciding to retire for the night. During the night, Amahl’s mother attempts to steal from the Kings in order to provide for her son. As protective Amahl comes to his mother’s aid, the Kings decide to give Amahl and his mother the gold knowing her true intentions. With no worthy gift in their home to show appreciativeness to the Kings, Amahl suggests his crutch and immediately his leg becomes healed. He then joins the King’s in their journey to see the child. An interesting plot to see played out on a opera stage with expressions and the tone of the
“Great master poet, Wandering about the world. Yet you still return.”
Curious Amahl asks the visiting kings questions about their distant kingdoms
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opera creating humorous and sympathetic emotions. The story seems to provide hope for good hearts in people and for measuring a person’s character beyond their wealth. In the director’s notes, it states, “The idea of renewal, of a second chance, of the blossoming of plenty finds its metaphor in spring and in miracle of Amahl’s cure.” The ballet portion of the night was found in the second half, with the performance of Swan Lake by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Unlike the first operatic act, this coming-ofage story featured orchestrated selections and a choreographed dance. In the beginning of the ballet, Prince Siegfried’s mother, the Queen, insists that he finds a bride and throws a ball for him to choose a noble wife. After the first night of the ball, near the lake Siegfried sees the beautiful Princess Odette who, along with her maidens, is cursed by a sorcerer to take the shape of a swan by day and human form at night until true love’s
kiss. With Siegfried being captivated by Odette, the Queen’s effort at the ball the next evening to present several princesses before him goes remiss. Next enters the evil sorcerer who transforms his daughter, Odile, into an image of Odette tricking Siegfried to affirm his love for her and ultimately dooms Odette to remain a swan forever. Realizing his mistake, he rushes to beg Odette’s forgiveness but it’s too late as Odette, her heart broken, dies. Through her death, the maidens are freed from the spell and banish the sorcerer from the lake shores. Here we see a choreographed battle of love and romance with a not-so-fairy-tale ending in a story of love with an underlying tone to be true to your heart’s desire. The director’s notes adds “The Ballet owes great deal of its popularity to Tchaikovsky’s romantic and lushly beautiful score, which captures the full amount of emotions.”
Keweenawesomefest: the first night
Featured: Pioneer Parade, Walk a Mile, Stereo Tiger, Del Brutto, The Belle Weather, George Morris and the Gypsy Chorus and Frontier Ruckus JAMES WOOD Lode Writer April 11 was the first night of Keweenawesomefest, WMTU’s signature event of the year. It was a night of great music, passionate performances and reunion as many of the bands featured Michigan Tech alumni. Round one of this year’s festivities didn’t disappoint. At first, stage workers and audience members alike were anxious as the audience members were about equal in size to the stage workers, but as the night kicked
off more people showed up, although admittedly not as many as one would expect for a seven-band concert. The performances were difficult to judge because the first band, Pioneer Parade, had to deal with a terrible sound quality, making the lyrics hard to make out and turning the music into a plethora of noise which wasn’t entertaining. Listening on their website however, there was a significant improvement so it’s likely that if the sound quality had been better they would have been a great opening act. Thankfully, the show only got better from that point. The next two bands, Walk a Mile
and Stereo Tiger, both provided a good arrangement of songs and a great stage presence. On top of the sound quality being improved, these two bands gave away free CDs and digital downloads of their albums to everybody in the audience. Walk a Mile’s bassist won the audience’s hearts with sick bass lines and a clean sound. Stereo Tiger’s lead singer talked to the audience between songs which made for a more personal connection with this band. Their performances turned things around and made the audience eager to experience the rest of the performances. Continued on page 7 T h e
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Keweenawesomefest Continued from page 6 next band, Del Brutto, was popular among many audience members for their awesome energy and their heavy distortion. Thanks to the sound quality somehow dropping again the performance didn’t catch on for others. Rather than being inspired by the high energy, many were unamused about losing their hearing to a band with so much distortion that they couldn’t even remotely decipher the lyrics. Despite this, no one could deny the guitarist and drummer were extremely energetic and fun to watch. The next band, The Belle Weather, had arguably the best vocals of the night and their sound was spot on. Their stage presence was reminiscent of a ‘90s alternative band; they were mellow at times, but also could rock out. It was a nice transition from the eardrum assault the audience received from Del Brutto. The two bands that followed both did their part to make the night unforgettable though. The first of which, George Morris and the Gypsy Chorus, were the most interesting of all the bands that night. The lead singer’s voice was nasally and distorted, but this was a good thing as it fit perfectly with the organ/keyboard heavy style of music this band played. Each member of the band had their own kind of look so it’s hard to classify them as having a certain stage presence, but grunge would probably fit best. After the show, they were very friendly with fans talking about where to party afterwards or how to find each other on Facebook, it
Keweenawesomefest’s first night featured seven bands, each of which offered a different sound. Photos by Pratik Joshi
made them seem very down to earth which is a quality everyone can appreciate in a band. The last band to perform, Frontier Ruckus, stood apart from the other bands with their folk style and impressive use of a saw blade and a horn instruments. The harmonies in this band were excellent and the songs they sung had relatable lyrics. For their final act, they came off stage and performed unplugged to deliver the most
memorable performance of the night. Not only was it more personal, it allowed their music to shine far more brightly than it had on stage. Although none of these bands are famous, a lack of fame makes for an even better show. The bands were approachable in their booths between shows and provided an exclusive experience on stage making the experience more personal for everyone. WMTU delivered a great show this year
and, minor sound qualms aside, students should look forward to next year’s as well.
Gatsby roars through Michigan Tech SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer The Roaring Twenties, famous for its excesses and seemingly endless wealth, is the backdrop for The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the classic American novels and one many of us had to read in high school. It was also the theme of a three-day party organized by MUB Board that took over campus last weekend with free film screenings, a casino night in the DHH Ballroom and culminated with a dance in the MUB. The sixth, and most current, version of the film was shown twice, once on Thursday evening and once on Saturday afternoon. The cinematography was beautiful, but the music left something to be desired: most of the soundtrack was current, organized by producer Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Music from the Jazz Age would have been much
more appropriate, but the decision is understandable wanting to modernize the film. Who wouldn’t want to show up to a casino with nothing to lose and everything to win? Blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em were available in the DHH Ballroom Friday night, with MUB Board members serving (non-alcoholic) mixed drinks and dealing for the tables. Whether or not a player was good didn’t make playing any less fun. The dealers were also very willing to teach new players how to limp along. Prizes were the object of the game, from a small Brita water filter to a blender to a Bluetooth speaker. For those not skilled at gambling, small ones were given out at 30 minute intervals based on a random number generator. Even the most unlucky had the chance of winning things such as flash drives, which are ever-useful. The triathlon of Gatsby ended with a dance on Saturday night at the MUB, in Ballroom A. All the guests came decked
out in the closest they could get to ‘20s attire, doing very well all things considered. Snacks and punch were there for the taking, along with Mardi Gras beads available at the door and at every table. Members of the MUB Board set up both a photobooth and a green screen for party-goers to take silly pictures either in private or with Jay Gatsby’s mansion in the background, the festival in full swing. Although it may have reminded one of a high school dance, it was fun nonetheless. Dalton Shoebridge, a member of MUB Board, enjoyed working this event the most, saying, “[The] Gatsby Gala was so much fun to work. It’s awesome to see a hardworking student body take a break and go crazy.” Unfortunately, most college students aren’t as fabulously wealthy as Jay Gatsby, and the best part about the weekend was that it was free. Thank you from all the attendees to all the members of the MUB Board for making this, and others like it, happen.
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Two weeks? I swear, K-Day wasn’t that long ago, and now we’re here, days away from summer break. Looking back, I can’t even begin to grasp where the time has gone. The end of the school year always brings about a flood of emotions. There’s a side of me that’s ready for a break from long hours in the library, nearsleepless nights and all the stress that comes along with school; that side is 100 percent gungho for summer and all its glory. Bring on the sunshine. Let’s do a 180, shall we, and I realize that I don’t want to leave. Houghton has been my home for the past three years, summers included. I love this town, the community and all the beauty and adventure the Keweenaw has to offer. Not to mention, being away from all my Tech friends for four months is rough, and knowing that some of them are graduating and won’t be here next fall makes the situation that much worse. I had an incredible year. It was definitely trying at times, but the amazing experiences shared with friends, both old and new, knowledge gained and life lessons learned far offset those difficult times. Knowing that it will never be the same is hard, but greater adventures lie ahead. This summer, for one, is bound to be filled with adventure, and I can hardly contain my excitement. I will be studying abroad in Alicante, Spain! I’m so thankful for such an incredible opportunity, one which I know is going to be a life changing experience. I hope everyone has a great summer, no matter where your path takes you –back home, to a new job or halfway across the world. I suppose I’m jumping the gun a little; I should probably say good luck with finals first! Until the fall, Michigan Tech.
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Eich: A study in liberal politics DAVID MOREHOUSE Lode Writer Recently, co-founder and Mozilla’s CEO, Brendan Eich, has resigned, opening up a firestorm of controversy linch pinned on his donation of $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8. That was five years ago and was no problem when he was Mozilla’s CTO. But when he was promoted to CEO, things changed. Within a week of his new promotion Eich was gone. Mozilla insisting it had nothing to do with his political donation, but all over the media it wasn’t just another CEO fired. It was buzzing with speculation on how his views lead to his removal. When Eich was promoted for his brief stint as the CEO, three of Mozilla’s board members stepped down. It was officially claimed for “a variety of reasons” and “[t]wo of the board members had been planning to leave for some time, one since January and one explicitly at the end of the CEO search, regardless of the person selected.” Here’s a question, “Does anyone but Mozilla believe this?” OkCupid, the
dating site, put its hat into the ring asking users to not use Firefox, and an uproar on Twitter occurred after Eich’s promotion. Even Mozilla itself reiterated its values of tolerance and acceptance for every sexual preference. Two things are clear- this is about his political views and there was no other reason for such a quick resigning. Eich was the CTO for Firefox and was most qualified. Even if he wasn’t, it still doesn’t explain his brief stint; you can’t believe Mozilla just threw him into the position and then found out he wasn’t the right fit. If it wasn’t about incompetence, it must have been about how he fit with the culture, Eich himself said “I cannot be an effective leader.” But why wouldn’t he be? Eich founded Mozilla, was CTO, and was clearly supported to be CEO. The only discrepancies were his political viewpoints. Mozilla openly supported gay marriage, Eich didn’t. This isn’t even about gay marriage and people’s sexual preferences, this is about politics and hypocrisy. If a Catholic or a Lutheran outlet forced someone to resign because they supported gay marriage, abortion or contraceptives, there would be an
uproar as well as claims of bigotry, hate and discrimination. But flip the coin to the side not aligned with liberality and you get the same group believing it’s ok. When it comes to people who agree on a political topic, freedom of speech, tolerance, voting, political support, etc. are of no concern. But when someone is using these rights that go against your views, problems arise. Freedom of speech becomes most valuable when it’s the other side using it. Certainly Mozilla has the right to force Eich out, but everyone else has the right to call them out on their hypocrisy. It is hypocritical to be tolerant of people if you are only tolerant towards those who agree you. Eich’s political views never hurt the workplace. There were no claims of discrimination in the media when he was CTO. There was little reason to fire him except quasi outrage from a group that calls themselves tolerant but only when you agree with them. People against Proposition 8 claimed equality and fairness, at least for the ones pushing for Eich’s ousting it is anything but these. Just know this, in Silicon Valley you best not be conservative, religious, or political unless it’s with the party line.
Information Technology goes under-appreciated GAGE HEERINGA Lode Writer For most places you look at on campus, it may be difficult to see the relevance of it to our Information Technology (IT) department here. However, students often take for granted what IT does to make our lives easier every day. Beyond services such as deleted file retrieval and maintaining a secure data storage drive for students and faculty, they are accountable for many responsibilities students may be unaware of. Let’s say you decide to stop at the Wadsworth Hall dining hall for lunch where you swipe your IT-managed meal card to confirm you’ve already paid for your meal. Under the surveillance of IT’s security camera, you decide to pull out your laptop and connect to the ITmaintained wireless internet and print your homework which is due later that day via the IT-implemented printing ticket request. Then, you leave to swipe your card at a convenient printing station, thanks to IT. And before you finally continue on your journey, you stop at a vending machine to use your
dining dollars and purchase a drink – you guessed it again, thanks to IT. It is difficult to keep track of the collaboration with other departments and roles IT plays in services and resources provided on campus, such as maintaining the integrity of a transcript you want sent to a potential employer or keeping your room heated in the winter through the heating control networks. Many students complain that IT could do a better job, or suggest that Michigan Tech should outsource IT to a company. IT at a university is different than IT at a company, as employee Patrick Hopp explains “the hardest part of being in IT at a higher education institution is that you’re not in IT at a corporation.” He explains that businesses can direct employees to use, for example, one single statistical analysis software, one word processor and one easy way to access e-mail. At a university, the best you can do is make a suggestion. “…it’s like herding cats. And because of that, you get spread thin trying to support the myriad of platforms, operating systems and applications needed by the different groups to do what it is they specialize in.” Despite all their unseen hard work
that would make me want to run home and hide from people at times, they make great efforts to keep in touch with campus. Their monthly IT news updates acknowledge anonymous student feedback submit on their online Google form. IT just implemented the “Where’s Chris?” weekly events where IT Intern and Michigan Tech student Chris Cena hangs out at a different location page every week on campus to acknowledge comments and concerns and bring them directly to IT management. They post his location on the IT Facebook page, if you’d like to participate. Each semester, IT holds a student outreach forum to maintain communication with campus. The next one will be held April 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Union Building Alumni Lounge, and students are encouraged to RSVP through the event on the IT Facebook page or by e-mailing email@example.com. Students have plenty of opportunities to keep in touch with IT, so I’d prefer more students would rather than just complain. Lastly, some pretty cool people work there. I hope everyone keeps up the good work!
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Photo editing falls victim to society’s views KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer We currently live in a social era where technology is at a certain peak in defining who we are as individuals, how we conduct our lives and how we think about ourselves. One of the more defining aspects of the ‘generation me’ culture that has now infiltrated through many generations of picture takers is the ‘selfie.’ The concept of the selfie is not new to many people. As I’m writing this I am surprised that Microsoft Word hasn’t underlined this as a misprint, however, for the sake of this argument and according to Dictionary.com a selfie is a “photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or a front-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting on a social-networking or photo-sharing website.” There are numerous apps available for Android and Apple products that help to further encourage the idea of the selfie; in fact, many of these apps also allow you to make alterations to the images. An app similar to the effects in Photoshop will allow you to change the hue, saturation, warmth and even provide cool effects for the images
such as clouds or hearts. There is a relatively new app that is now gaining popularity in the amount of downloads, and it pertains exactly to selfies in a very negative and manipulative way. Skinneepix is an app similar to FatBooth, but the exact opposite. Rather than deforming the image of a person to a greater capacity, Skinneepix advertises that it can take off five to fifteen pounds of weight on a person’s image. The creators decided to pursue an app such as this after disliking all of their vacation pictures, so they could create images that they liked and would make them feel better. Unfortunately, what I don’t think they realize is the only reason they are unhappy with their selfies or pictures from their vacation is because our culture tells us that being skinny and being thin is what is attractive, the norm and the way we should look. Skinneepix and FatBooth are both apps that are extremely offensive; in the United States there are approximately 8 million people suffering from an eating disorder. The numbers in reality are much higher because cases of eating disorders more than often are not reported. One million of these people are men, and seven million are women. Our
culture tells us that we are not good enough in the body that we are in and continues to portray this as a ‘skinny pic’ is worth far more in terms of value than a normal ‘selfie’ of an individual. The concept of the selfie is often associated with people being vain. In some cases eating disorders begin this way, and transform into a very grave and deadly mental and physical disorder. Please note that it is also important to understand that you don’t have to be seriously obese or emaciated to have an eating disorder and these diseases have become increasingly more prominent in college age students, for males as well as females. This is ridiculous and in the words the amazing spoken word artist, Andrea Gibson:
”I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror on a day you’re feeling good. I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror on a day you’re feeling bad. I wanna know the first person who taught you your beauty could ever be reflected on a lousy piece of glass.”
The cost of education
Ability to discuss unions is ceased JOE ANDRES Lode Writer Guaranteed in the first amendment, the freedom of speech is one of the most sacred liberties Americans possess. But that right is being restricted here at Michigan Tech and other public universities in Michigan. A provision is being added to the Michigan state budget, by the Michigan State Senate, which would fine institutions for “any instructional activity that encourages or discourages union organizing of employees.” The fine for each offense would be a staggering $500,000. This provision would now prohibit teaching courses on unions, discussing unions in class or providing any instruction on unions, in either encouragement or discouragement, under the penalty of fine. Michigan Tech’s school of business and economics, like many other business schools in
Michigan, offer courses that discuss unions. Industrial Organization is one such class that discusses unions in depth. For better or worse, unions are a reality of the business world today. To not discuss them is reprehensible, not to mention detrimental to students. If Michigan Tech, or other Michigan schools, produces graduates that know little about unions, they will be at a distinct disadvantage in the job market, as their competition will not have that knowledge gap. The union lobby, American Builders and Contractors (ABC), sponsored this new provision. With the recent American recession and the bad press associated with unions, the ABC has been extremely active in trying to squash anti-union movements. This endeavor apparently now extends to passing legislation fining people exorbitant sums of money for simply talking about unions with any sort of opinion. This behavior is deplorable
and should not be tolerated. The ABC’s actions are on par with North Korea and other repressive regimes that attempt to prevent all negative publicity about
“A provision is being addedd... which would fine institutions for ‘any instructional activity that encourages or discourages union organization of employees.’” themselves. Michigan Tech has yet to take an opinion on this new law as it puts them between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they can follow the state’s directive and harm their student’s educations, as well as their own reputation. Or, they can elect to not follow the directive and be fined extensively by the state. Either option bares extreme negative consequences for the university and its students.
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Walmart’s fake savings JOESPH PIETRZYK Lode Writer Walmart is infamous for its incredible convenience and great bargains. Here at Michigan Tech it sometimes feels like it’s the only place you have to shop. However, beneath the sales signs and smiling employees lies a much more malicious secret. Their business practices are harmful towards local businesses, and much of their actions serve as a detriment to the improvement of the economy, all of which negatively impact the students of Michigan Tech. The great prices found at Walmart are nice to the consumer, but they do come at a cost. Walmart will frequently sell their products below the cost of production to run their competitors out of business. Local businesses usually cannot compete with these low prices, and over time may be run entirely out of business by Walmart. Sure, lower prices are great for college students who have traditionally been a poorer demographic, but that doesn’t
“While shoppers are seeing lower prices at Walmart, these students are seeing a lower salary and we’re all seeing less jobs in Houghton.” mean they’re free. Part of the reason they’re able to sell things so cheaply is that much of their staff goes underpaid, which is made evident by the fact that about 70 percent of Walmart’s workers leave after less than a year of working there. To top this off, more than one-third of Walmart’s employees receive no benefits. Over 70 percent of college students have a job in the United States; that being said, the staff of Houghton’s Walmart is largely comprised of Michigan Tech students. While shoppers are seeing lower prices at Walmart, these students are seeing a lower salary and we’re all seeing less jobs in Houghton. This vicious cycle of eliminating jobs at other locations and then underpaying its own employees most certainly negatively impacts a large number of students at Michigan Tech. The lower prices and convenience of Walmart are nice, but the cost of these low prices outweighs the savings. Its hard to beat the convenience of Walmart, but if possible, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to shop elsewhere.
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Number of top-five finishes on the day for Michigan Tech Track and Field at the Holst Invitational on April 12
Weeks until the GLIAC Track and Field Championships kick off in Geneva, Ohio
Days until Tech’s spring fling oozeball tournament
Accolades earned by Austin Armga during his final season with Men’s Basketballl
Weeks until the GLIAC Men’s Tennis Tournament
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TEAM OF THE WEEK
Men’s Track and Field ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor This past weekend, the Michigan Tech men’s track and field team had a handful of top-five finishes as they competed in the fourth annual Holst Invitation. The meet was held at the campus of the University of Concordia-St. Paul on April 12. Freshman Shane McGrath earned one of two first place finishes of the day for the Huskies. He won the 400-meter hurdle event in 54.59, just 0.32 seconds behind the school
record. McGrath also took third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.31. The other first place finish was earned by graduate assistant coach Tom Scott. His time of 3:52.44 was a meet record-setting time for the 1500-meter race. Eight additional Huskies placed in the top-13 of the 1500 event. Sophomore Kyle Hanson took fifth in a time of 4:05.34. Additional top-five individual finishes included senior Wesley Jacobson’s fifth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.06), freshman Jake Wiedemeier’s fifth place pole vault with a 13-9.25 clear, freshman Kyle Petermann’s fourth place discus toss (146-6)
and freshman Matthew Vander Velden’s fifth place javelin throw (134-6). Two of the men’s relay teams also placed in the top-five in their respective races. The 4x100 relay team took second in a time of 45.52. Relay members included Brian Fisk, Allen Harrison, Jacobson and Chrispin Johnston. There was also Isaac Pringle, Benjamin Kramka, McGrath and Mike Tuski, who took third in the 4x400 relay in a time of 3:31.37. The Michigan Tech track and field teams will be back in action next weekend. They will compete on April 18 in the Al Owens Invitational in Allendale, Mich.
Golf club competes in Racquetball spring tournaments Club looking to grow PARKER MCCOLL Lode Writer
Michigan Tech’s golf club is in the middle of their spring season. The team competes in two tournaments during the spring semester. The first was on the weekend of April 5 in Janesville, Wisc., and the second was this past weekend in Green Bay. The golf club is a member of the National Collegiate Club Golf Association. They typically compete against schools from Wisconsin, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee and Whitewater, and Marquette University. Tournaments are two day events, with 18 holes played each day. At the Janesville, Wis., tournament, seven teams were present. Both UW-Madison and Marquette University sent two teams. “Madison’s a much bigger school than we are, and whoever gets cut from their D1 team competes with the club,” said David Walsh, a member of Tech’s golf club. “Our team is more for fun.” Eight Tech students competed in the tournament, including John Keller, Joseph Yarosh, Walker Hyland, Blake Hietala, Cole Cook, David Johnston, David Walsh and Alexander Moore. To Tech sports enthusiasts, some of the names may sound familiar. Hyland, Johnston, and Hietala are members of the Huskies’ hockey team. “A few of the hockey players are really good scratch golfers,” explained Walsh. The five golfers with the lowest scores count for the team each day. For Tech, this
included Hyland, Yarosh, Keller, Johnston and Walsh. Hyland and Johnston had the lowest scores for the team. Hyland was also named All Team for the tournament as he was one of the top eight golfers overall. Tech’s golf club finished the weekend in third. Madison’s club teams claimed first and second. The team also competed in a tournament this past weekend in Green Bay. A few of the members couldn’t make the trip down, but a couple others also joined, including Tyler Heinonen from the Huskies’ hockey team. Going into the tournament, the club had their sights set to place in the top three. A lot of the golfers competed for the first time in Janesville. “I think we have a pretty good chance of coming in second or third this weekend,” commented Walsh. After the first round on Saturday, the club had a total score of 425. Hyland, Hietala, Yarosh, Walsh and Cook were the top five members contributing to the score. Preparing for the tournaments was challenging with snow on the ground. Before the first tournament, the club hit foam balls in the SDC. Tech’s golf course also has a simulator in the pro shop where golfers can practice and watch video of their swing. Outside of this, members practice on their own. “I putt in my room sometimes,” admitted Walsh. With a large majority of golf club members returning next season, the golf club is hoping to see some improvements, particularly once they become more familiar with the tournament system. The team will be attending tournaments again starting in the fall.
JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer The Racquetball Club is facing new challenges as this young club sees its founding members begin to dwindle and the new members start to take over. This organization is on the rise and will start seeing some changes under the leadership of its four week old President Tyler Sexton. The club still uses its first set of equipment, meets twice a week, is currently on its third president and is in its fourth year of existence. The club was founded by Steven Castello, an alumnus of Michigan Tech. He began by recruiting some people to help take on leadership roles in the organization. “The club hasn’t had the best attendance, but it is growing and the new president is doing good things,” said Alyssa Sipes, who was part of the founding core of the organization and served as interim president during the transition between the first and third. USG provided funding for the initial equipment, which included racquets, balls, eye protection and gloves. “Any members can come to meetings and play competitive racquetball against players of a similar skill level using the equipment Continued on page 14
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2013-14 Michigan Tech sports in review ELLIE FURMANSKI & IAN HATZILIAS Sports Editor & Lode Writer
It’s hard to believe that the 2013-2014 academic year is already coming to a close, and with that, another year of sports is in the books. Here’s a look back at how the Huskies performed this year, starting with the fall sports. Women’s Soccer
Women’s soccer is the first thing that comes to mind when looking back at fall sports. The women came off of a historical year in 2012, only the third year of the program at Michigan Tech. Back then, the Huskies earned a share of the 2012 GLIAC title after going 11-1-1 in the conference and made it to the GLIAC Tournament semifinal game. Along the way, the team set an astounding 37 school records. Needless to say, the squad was coming off a hot season entering fall 2013. Would the Huskies be able to pull of another impressive season? The words NCAA Tournament should answer that question. Yes, the Huskies had another historical season last fall. In 2013, women’s soccer went 9-1-2 in the conference, 14-5-2 overall, to earn second place in the GLIAC and the second seed into the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies defeated Saginaw Valley State and Ashland to make it to the GLIAC Championship game, another program first. Despite losing 2-0 to No. 1 Grand Valley State in the final, their season was not over yet. The Huskies earned an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. They took the No. 6 seed and competed in their first NCAA match against UW-Parkside. A 4-0 loss wasn’t the desired outcome, but just making it into the tournament was a huge step in the right direction for the women’s soccer program here at Michigan Tech. Despite losing five seniors, the Huskies will no doubt be anxious to hit the pitch again come September to try and improve upon what was an outstanding season.
Last fall, men’s football ended their season with a 6-4 conference record. They took fourth in the GLIAC North and finished sixth overall in the conference. The Huskies were led by Head Coach Tom Kearly, who holds a 49-33 record after completing eight total seasons as head coach. Highlights from the season included defeating Walsh 29-7 at the Michigan Tech Homecoming game, snatching the Miner’s Cup for the ninth time in its 12-year history after defeating
Northern 31-7 and competing in two games won on the final play. The first was a 33-31 win at Northwood on October 19. The Huskies trailed by four with less than a minute left in the game, but a tipped pass from quarterback Tyler Scarlett landed in the hands of Jordan McConnell in the end zone just as time expired to earn the win. Tech closed another nail biter at Hillsdale on November in a 30-27 double overtime victory. The Huskies set a handful of records, including career passing yards, kick scoring points and field goals made in a game. Scarlett, in his third season as a starter, capped the school record for career passing yards at 7,554 yards with one more season to play in his career. Junior kicker Garrett Mead set the kicking records with five field goal attempts made and 17 total points scored in a 29-7 win over Walsh. The season’s statistical leaders this year went to Scarlett, McConnell, Mead, Charlie Leffingwell and Tayler Ziolkowski. Scarlett led the team in passing and total offense for the third year in a row, McConnell led the team in receiving yards with 851, Leffingwell led rushing and total scoring and tackles were led by Mead and Ziolkowski, respectively. The Huskies are currently back in action, using their 15 allowed spring practices to prepare for the fall. Michigan Tech football will be off and running once again officially on September 4 at Wayne State.
Women’s tennis rounded off the 2013 season tied for ninth in the conference with Lake Superior State. The Huskies compiled a 5-9 record in the GLIAC and went 6-12 on the year. They finished just one spot short of making the GLIAC Tournament. The 2013 season was a slight improvement from the year before. In 2012, the team earned 11th in the conference with a 4-10 GLIAC record. Leading the team was No. 1 singles player Natalia Lebedeva and No. 2 singles player Kwang Suthijindawong. Lebedeva, a senior, put forward a 12-2 conference record this season in singles matches. Suthijindawong,
who has two years left to compete for the Huskies, is still undefeated in GLIAC play at 28-0. She went 13-0 this fall at No. 2. The dynamic duo won 11 out of 12 doubles games paired at No. 1 doubles this season. Both athletes were named to the All-GLIAC First Team. Sophomore Emilia Tenizbaeva was named All-GLIAC Honorable Mention. Tenizbaeva went 1-0 at No. 3 and 5-8 and No. 4 singles during the fall. The Huskies’ spring competition resumed in early March at the Spring Tennis Fest in Hilton Head, S.C. While there, the team compiled a 1-3 record. Lebedeva, one of two seniors on the team, officially concluded her Michigan Tech career with a 63-18 overall singles record, which included a 45-12 feat at No. 1.
The 2013 cross country season was a step in the right direction for the Michigan Tech runners. The teams closed out the fall placing 12th out of 36 on the men’s side and 18th out of 35 teams on the women’s side at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Kenosha, Wis. Both teams improved on their placement compared to the 2012 season. Multiple runners achieved personal best times as they competed against the best in a very deep region. Jani Lane earned the top placement amongst the Huskies. He took 21st in the men’s 10-kilometer race in a time of 32:13, earning all-region. Sophomore Kyle Hanson and Freshman Jason Saliga followed Lane in the men’s race, taking 47th and 65th, respectively. Leading the women was Deedra Irwin. She took 41st after completing the women’s six kilometer race in 23:04. Senior Marissa Yovetich was next to follow in 119th place. The Huskies placed as expected in most meets during the season. They took second each out of three teams at the U.P. Championships, finishing in between Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State. At the GLIAC Championships, which the Huskies hosted, the men took sixth out of 15 Continued on page 15
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Armga earns All-American Honorable Mention Once again, Austin Armga of the Michigan Tech men’s basketball team is making headlines. Last week, the senior guard was named Division II Bulletin All-America Honorable Mention. The honor tops off an impressive career for Armga. This year alone, the list of additional accolades he earned includes: GLIAC first team, GLIAC All-Tournament Team, Capital One Academic All-American , NCAA Midwest Regional AllTournament Team, NABC Midwest Region First Team and Daktronics Midwest Region Second Team. Armga was a leading force for the Huskies all season. He led the team in scoring, averaging 23 points per game, rebounding and minutes. He also led the GLIAC for much of the season in scoring but ended second, just 1.5 points behind Findlay’s Greg Kahlig. Armga largely helped lead the Huskies to a 24-8 record, which included a fourth place conference finish, runnerup title in the GLIAC Tournament and runner-up title at the NCAA Midwest Regional championship game.
Men’s Tennis goes1-2 at home This past weekend, Michigan Tech men’s tennis competed in three matches at home. They finished out the weekend on Sunday with a record of 1-2, putting them at 4-7 in the GLIAC. Friday, April 11, the Huskies broke a five game losing streak with a 5-4 win over Findlay. The Huskies took the lead after winning two out of three doubles matches. In singles, the bottom three flights –Built Yumuang, Nick Kremkow and Jimmy Konarske– each topped their opponents after three sets to earn three additional points for the team win. Saturday, the Huskies fell 6-3 to Ohio Dominican. Felipe dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez scored one for the team with a win a No. 1 doubles. Yumuang and Kremkow were the only Huskies to win in the singles competition. Sunday’s competition against Tiffin was a close 5-4 loss. Once again, Dos Santos and Rodriguez were the only Huskies to win at doubles. Rodriguez, Yumuang and Konarske won at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles. The Huskies will most likely just make the GLIAC Tournament with an eighth place conference finish.
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we have,” said Sexton. Some players have their own, slightly nicer racquets, but anybody can have the minimums to participate if they show up. The club is trying to provide players with better equipment opportunities, however, “We are talking with some companies to demo their racquets,” said Sexton. Some companies offer rentals of their goods at a discounted price, especially to college organizations. This club could help players find their dream racquets in the near future. They are also working on setting up an outdoor court, a more challenging form of racquetball. This organization is trying to have a bigger presence on campus. “Some players have been playing and teaching squash to other members,” said Sipes. Expanding the club’s activities in an effort to make it more fun is something that has been on the table. Wallyball and handball have also been thrown around as ideas to keep the club meetings interesting. The club wants to get more members so that attending tournaments becomes a feasible option. “A couple of members have looked into some tournaments, but there hasn’t been enough interest to make it worthwhile,” said Sexton. They are working to make tournaments a possibility next year. The club has already made significant improvements in membership and interest. “We are going to have to start renting more courts,” said Sexton. One of the club’s main missions is expanding the sport, and they are working hard to do so. Racquetball club is available for members of all experience levels. They want to teach new members in addition to recruiting people who are already experienced in the sport. Hopefully this club can continue their upward climb as they continue to grow.
The weekend of April 5 was a big one for the Michigan Tech track and field teams. Five school records fell in a matter of three days. The first record to fall was the 10K. Senior Jonathon Kilpela competed at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Kilpela ran the event in 31:11.94, over 20 seconds faster than the previous school record. Four other records, including the 4x100 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay, 200 meter dash and discus, fell at the Rex Foster Invitational meet in Whitewater, Wis. The first to fall at the event was the 4x100 meter relay. The team of Lauren Raiford,
Hannah Schnack, Ashley Veale and Jamie Dompier consisted of three freshmen and one sophomore. Dompier served as the anchor. She crossed the line in 50.64. Raiford, Veale and Dompier also broke the school’s 4x400 meter relay record with the help of junior Deedra Irwin. The four finished in 4:02.5. “I had a feeling we were going to break the 4x100 and 4x400 at some point, but I didn’t expect it to be at the first outdoor meet,” commented Dompier. With these impressive results coming from such a young group of athletes, future years are sure to be exciting and fast for the Michigan Tech women’s track team. “It’s going to be a good four years for sure,” added Dompier. Dompier also broke a school record in the
Oozeball, a storied tradition JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer The University of Connecticut pioneered the mud volleyball tournament in 1983. Michigan Tech quickly followed the growing trend and has been playing Oozeball for over 20 years. Despite some bumps along the way, this is a storied tradition on Michigan Tech’s campus, and it is going to continue this Friday beginning early in the morning. The Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) has been setting up this student-run tournament, with all 20 members helping make the tournament a success. About eight members on the MTSF events committee have taken the lead and set up the main tournament. The rest of the members help out the day of the tournament to keep the tournament running. Despite the hard work that goes into the tournament, there are a lot of outside influences hindering the tournament
every year. There have been many problems in years past, but the organization has found a way to throw the tournament every year. Last year, due to bad weather, the tournament had to be held in the SDC, which took away the “ooze” from oozeball. It was disappointing, but the show had to go on. “We are hoping that we can play outside, but there is still a layer of permafrost to dig through,” said Neil Momsen, president of MTSF. MTSF has had to change some of their strategies and ideas to help address the issues. One idea they threw around was changing the tournament to a snow volleyball tournament. “We are in an awkward zone where it is too cold for oozeball and too warm for snow volleyball,” said Momsen. They also change the location frequently. The tournament used to be held in the Wads parking lot, but they have played on Walker lawn in recent years as well as in the SDC. This year the plan is to play in front of the ROTC building because the grass is going to
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200 meter dash with a time of 26.12. “I was really aiming for that record,” stated Dompier. At their indoor meet, she posted a 26:39, her best indoor result. Dompier hopes to break into the 25-second mark by the end of this season. As far as other school records, Dompier isn’t sure what else she might break. “The 400 open is a contender,” commented Dompier. She is also looking at the 100 meter but still has some work in the event. She ran the 100-meter dash in 12.85 seconds at the Rex Invitational, and the current school record, ran by Christ St. Louis in 1983, is 12.20. The final school record to fall was in the men’s discus. Kyle Petermann’s toss flew 151 feet and 10 inches. Also a freshman, Petermann’s early achievement makes his four years at Tech look promising.
be torn up anyway. The tournament starts in the early morning, usually around 8 a.m., and it goes all day, usually ending around 6 p.m. There are two divisions that teams can join, the coed league or the women’s league. “There is usually a two-to-one ratio between the two divisions,” said Momsen. Through sponsors and the $15 per person entry fee, MTSF is able to offer door prizes and a T-shirt for participants. After the teams are in, they must sign their waivers and show up for the single elimination tournament. It is a very streamlined and time-tested system. MTSF puts on an excellent opportunity for Tech students to enjoy the “spring” weather and get active while getting a little dirty. The volunteer staff works hard to bring this tradition to the Tech campus every year, in addition to the many other excellent services the organization provides. Keep a lookout for oozeball this Friday, a tournament set up by an organization that truly lives by their motto “Students Helping Students.”
Home Game Friday, 11
Saturday, 12 @ Al Owens Invitational -Allendale, Mich.
** Conference Match Monday, 14
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2013-14 Michigan Tech sports in review Continued from page 13
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while the women placed 12th out of 15. Both squads are relatively young with deep talent. Runners will be training throughout the summer in hopes of returning for a strong fall season.
A very snowy winter set up the Huskies for a successful winter of Nordic skiing. Highlights included placing tenth in the College Cup standings after the US National Championships and placing in the top-five at the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Championships and NCAA Central Regional Championships. Placing tenth in the College Cup was one of the team’s goals from the get-go of the season. Accomplishing that goal shows that Michigan Tech Nordic is among the top-ten best collegiate ski programs in the country. Top finishes from the four day event included Alice Flanders’ 23rd place finish in the women’s 20-kilometer freestyle and Jay Woodbeck’s 39th place in the men’s 15-kilometer classic race. The CCSA Championships and NCAA Central Regional Championships were the teams’ two biggest meets of the year. In both cases, the men’s team finished fourth out of seven teams. The women finished third out of eight teams at the CCSA Championships and fourth out of eight at regionals. Flanders was the Huskies’ top skier making headlines this season. The junior took first place in the women’s freestyle events in back-to-back weeks at the Telemark JOQ and Mt. Itasca CCSA Invite for which she earned CCSA Skier of the Week. In addition, she placed sixth overall in the CCSA standings, making her the only Husky to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Flanders placed 31st in the five-kilometer classic and 10th in the 15-kilometer freestyle, resulting in an 18th place finish out of 23 teams at the NCAAs. Her 10th place freestyle finish was an All-American performance. Flanders and teammate Deedra Irwin were named to the CCSA First Team. Matt Wong earned CCSA Second Team honors.
The Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies have had a ride of ups and downs since October. Triumphant victories and disappointing losses, both big and small, were a part of their 2013-14 season. The season began with a series of games outside of the WCHA, playing the likes of Minnesota Duluth, Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State, only taking a victory against the Spartans from East Lansing. But after a slow start to the
season, the Huskies started earning wins with goals coming from veterans and rookies alike. Come the Great Lakes Invitational, the team advanced in a shootout victory in the first round against Michigan State. Unfortunately, they fell short in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Broncos of Western Michigan. The year before, MTU shut out WMU 4-0 in the GLI championship game. Following the holiday break, Tech went on to win eight of its 16 remaining regular season games. In the post season, the Huskies lost to the Bowling Green Falcons in two straight games in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The Huskies finished the season with an overall record of 14-19-7, and a conference record of 12-11-5 to give them fifth place in the WCHA. In the post-season, two Hockey Huskies signed professional contracts. Senior captain Brad Stebner signed with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, a New York Islanders affiliate, and sophomore goaltender Pheonix Copley signed a contract with the Washington Capitals.
The 2012 and 2013 GLIAC Champion men’s basketball team of Michigan Tech opened their regular season with a 78-58 win against Minnesota Duluth, setting the tone for what would be a very successful season for the team. The team fell short of a third consecutive GLIAC Championship against Findlay back in early March but later earned their right to face Drury in the NCAAA Tournament Regional Championship. They defeated Southern Indiana and Indianapolis in the first round and semifinal matchups. Although they lost in the championship, the team held a 24-8 record at the conclusion of their season. The Huskies treated the fans in Houghton to a 13-2 home record. The Huskies were able to overcome the likes of Ferris State, Grand Valley, Wayne State, Saginaw Valley and Northern, just to name a few, in their race to the top of the GLIAC standings. In the process, they went 16-6 in the conference. The Huskies finished second in the GLIAC North division, bested only by Lake Superior State in the standings. LSSU topped the combined standings of the North and South divisions while Michigan Tech found themselves in fourth place at the end of it all below the Lakers, Findlay and Walsh. The team accomplished a lot this season and will seek to only improve upon their efforts come early November in the next fall semester.
While the women’s basketball team seemed to struggle a little more than the men’s, they also had another successful
season. The Huskies kicked off conference play with an impressive 11-game win streak before eventually falling to No. 1 Wayne State. Wayne State was the only team to beat the Huskies both at home and in Houghton. In fact, the Huskies only lost two games at home. They put on a 12-2 record in front of their home fans in the SDC wood gym. Tech battled to a three-way tie for second in the conference along with Northern Michigan and Ashland after posting a 16-6 conference record. With the tie breaker, the Huskies ended up landing the third place seed into the GLIAC Tournament. The team advanced to the GLIAC Tournament semifinal game after defeating Saginaw Valley State 69-63 in an overtime GLIAC quarterfinal win at home. Unfortunately, the semifinal match against Northern was the end of the road. During the regular season, Tech and Northern went 1-1 against one another, each winning while playing on their home court. Northern stole the third game, however, winning the semifinal 59-54 to end the Huskies’ season. Overall, Tech put forward a 19-9 record.
Michigan Tech Volleyball went 6-12 this year in the conference and were 10-20 overall. They landed a 12th place overall conference finish after placing seventh in the GLIAC North division. Head Coach Matt Jennings has lifted the program significantly since he took over in 2012. The year before Jennings was hired, the Huskies did not win a single conference game and went 0-19 in the GLIAC. Highlights from this year include the team’s lone sweep in conference play against Lake Erie and a 3-2 win at Lake Superior State, which ended a five-game losing streak. The Huskies had many close five-set matches. Their record does not necessarily portray an accurate reflection of their hard work and dedication. Senior setter Madeline Haben was one of the team’s top athletes throughout the season. She ended her career second in Tech history with 3,993 assists and sixth with 1,092 career digs. Haben was recognized after the team’s first tournament early this fall. She was named to the all-tournament team after the Huskies went 1-3 at the Winona State Warrior Classic. At the end of the season, Haben was also named to the GLIAC Second Team. Tech will be without its four seniors come next fall, but the team has already had six high school seniors sign National Letters of Intent to play for the Huskies. Jennings will look to continue building the program in his third year as head coach.
Events April 15 - 21 Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series
Friday, April 18
3p.m. M&M U113
The department of Biomedical Engineering will be hosting gues speaker, Dr. Monica Hinds to present at the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series on Friday, April 18 at 3 p.m. Dr. Monica Hinds is from the Oregon Health & Science University and will presenting in M&M U113 on “Endothelialization of Vascular Biomaterials.”
Gala Fundraiser-Dial Help
Thursday, April 24.
6p.m. - 8:30p.m.
On Thursday, April 24, Dial Help will host its annual Gala Fundraiser to support their 20 programs in the local community. The event will take place at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and include pizza and appetizers from Studio Pizza, a live band and auctions.
Joey’s Seafood Fundraiser-WLC & Panhellenic Council
Tuesday, April 22. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Joey’s Seafood
Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and Panhellic Council have joined efforts to have a fundraiser for the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home. The fundraiser will take place at Joey’s Seafood on Tuesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Twenty percent of all purchases during this time, both carry-out and dining-in will go to the Shelter.
Spring Fling-MUB Board
Friday, April 18 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Campus
MUB Board will be hosting the annual Spring Fling event this Friday, April 18. The event will take place regardless of the weather. During Spring Fling “Shipwreaked 2.0,” students have the opportunity to engage with organizations on campus, play games and just enjoy the warmer weather. Visit the MUB Board Facebook page for more information.
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