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April 22, 2010

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Queens arrive to take the stage

Rozsa hosts Keweenaw Pride’s 10th annual Drag Show MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer

The Rosza will be decorated and the show equipped: “The

the Rosza, there is also some trade-off. “The one big drawback

would now simply have to go up to the stage or up the stairs to the


his week marks the 10th Annual Pride Week at Michigan Tech’s campus. Various events were held throughout the week, which will be capped by undoubtedly the biggest event, the drag show. The drag show, to be held at 8 p.m. in the Rosza, is the highlight of Pride Week. Admission is $2 for MTU students and $5 for the general public this year. The show has been the most popular event of Pride Week, and has been growing every year. According to Jordan Marlor, Keweenaw Pride’s Pride Week chair, the size of the crowd was one of the factors in the decision to move to the Rosza: “the ballroom’s actually not big enough for the crowd that we’ve gotten; there are actually people that are turned away from the drag show in previous years because the room is at capacity.” Performing this year will be professional entertainers Joey Black, Tabatha Stevens, Candi Stratton, and Cass Marie Domino. A fifth performer, Genevee, was scheduled to come, but had to cancel. Additionally, after the main performers there will be an amateur competition, which had five participants listed as of Sunday night.

Strutting Their Stuff: Cass Marie Domino and Joey Black wow onlookers at the 2009 Drag Show.

entire Rosza lobby is going to be lit up like a giant pride flag,” said Marlor, “KISS will be setting up a safe-sex table they’ll be giving out condoms.” For the show itself, “We have two spotlights, we have a fog machine we have intelligent lighting.” Though there is much benefit to be expected with the move to

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of the show is the lack of a catwalk. That’s always been a staple of every drag show, the catwalk,” said Marlor. He said that he and the Pride Week committee had discussed ideas for a catwalk in the Rosza, but none of the ideas panned out. He said that audience participation would still be allowed, but that audience members

sides. Marlor said that there would also be an option to make charitable donations at the drag show. He said that the charity to be benefited had not been decided at the time, but proposed options were the Trevor Project, a charity dedicated to helping homeless LGBT youth, the Aids Research Founda-

tion, the Human Rights Campaign, or even donating the money to the Student Government fund. For this year’s Pride Week, effort and emphasis has been placed on “making it so everybody’s involved, it’s not just Keweenaw Pride. We are partnered with five other student groups,” said Marlor, “which is more than we’ve ever had in any of our pride weeks.” These groups included K.I.S.S., S.A.C.S., Howl, the Safe Place Fund, and S.E.B. Marlor said that the drag show was part of that, saying “the drag show is always just a really really fun show for everybody and this is experimental, it really is,” said Marlor. “This year I really hope that it’ll be huge and be just a massively great show.” Speaking about the show in past years and present, he said “The drag show is always just a really, really fun show for everybody, doesn’t matter if you’re gay [or] straight.” On Thursday night, you have the opportunity to “Meet the Queens” in Fisher 135 at 8 p.m. It is an informal social held every year the day before the drag show where the performers, in their day-to-day attire, “answer questions about their lives, their art form, and then also what it means to be a drag queen,” said Marlor.

Flinging Milkshakes and Digging Deep Chilly, gusty weather didn’t blow away all of the events during MTU’s Spring Fling.

Photos by: Alex Cotton

Though the weather was less than cooperative, MTU students still managed to make the most of this year’s Spring Fling. Top right: John Kinzinger, a fourth year, takes the milkshake toss like a champ. Bottom right: another MTU student feels the same frosty pain, as multiple students aim towards him. Bottom left: the Purple Platypi were crowned the champions of the Women’s bracket in this year’s Oozeball competition. The Wads Learning Community Staff put on a milkshake toss to raise money to buy new uniforms for the Houghton Little League. It cost $1 to throw or drink a milkshake. The event raised a total of $158.

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MTU Team lightly paddles to victory MOLLY HOLMSTROM Lode Writer Michigan Tech students have been proving across the board why they’re top notch, and that’s not just in the classroom. From canoes that shouldn’t float, to using maple syrup to strengthen Michigan’s economy, to a car powered by chemicals, students have been doing some awesome things, and here’s a little insight into what’s been going on. First off, the MTU Concrete Canoe team rocked the 2010

American Society of Civil Engineers North-Central Regional competition, which was held in Kalamazoo. The team almost swept the whole competition, being awarded first place in three of the competition areas: paper, display, and racing. Their presentation took second overall. You’re probably asking yourself how exactly concrete is able to float. According to the MTU Concrete Canoe website, traditional concrete is a mixture of cement, water, sand, and gravel. They use tiny spheres of recycled hollow glass and ceramic rather

than sand and gravel. This results in their ability to float. The technical paper category, which the team excelled in, required the writing of a “professional quality design paper” which details basically everything in the process for making the canoe, including concrete design, management, testing, and construction. The team also swept the races, which consisted of the two person women’s sprint, two person men’s sprint, three person women’s endurance, three person men’s endurance, and the four person coed sprint. The women’s team even

posted a faster time in the endurance than all men’s endurance teams, other than MTU’s men’s team. And last, but not least, the team dominated the final product aspect of the competition, which was when the canoe was displayed and judged for aesthetics and their consistency with the official competition rules, specifically dimensions and materials used. The MTU Concrete Canoe team has been in existence since the 1991-1992, and they have won 10 Regional Championships in the past 11 years. Various ca-

noe names throughout the years have been good representatives of the MTU campus and the Keweenaw area, including The MacInnes, Copper Country Cruiser, Keweenaw Miner, and of course, this year’s Yooper. The team, led by Ryan Hoensheid, senior cocaptain, and Jon Zalud, junior co-captain, will now head to the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition this June at California Polytechnic University.

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2nd place Testing and Refining Rehydroxylation Ceramic Dating Student Researchers: Patrick Bowen and Helen Ranck (MSE) and Jessica Beck (Bio) Advisor: Advisors: Timothy Scarlett (SS) and Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE)

MTU student develops idea to un-stick Michigan’s economy MOLLY HOLMSTROM

Lode Writer As students begin to lose hope in the current job market, and our economy feels like it’s faltering, a new competition is attempting to utilize and stimulate the future, by way of innovative college students. Motivate Michigan is a competition which allows students to submit ideas which will improve the Michigan economy. The objective is to initiate creative ideas to improve our mitten state’s economy. Students were required to submit a problem statement, proposed idea, and expected outcome, and the top 10 ideas, determined by judging via the categories of creativity, originality, practicality, and the potential economic impact to the state of Michigan, advanced to the semifinals. Once in the semifinals, students were required to submit an abstract or a two-minute video, and these are now available online. The ten ideas, ranging from empowering Michigan’s youth to learn

more about business opportunities to utilizing our water via water turbines, will now be voted on online to determine who will make the finals, in which the Top 5 will present in person to the motivate Michigan Scholarship Committee. One MTU student took the initiative, and created quite the idea. David Kossak, a student of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at MTU, feels that the best route would be to utilize the maple syrup in the state. According to Kossak, using figures from Quebec, Michigan has the potential to produce 280 million gallons of syrup a year, which could bring in 11 billion dollars worth of syrup. Kossak has developed a four step plan on how to go about utilizing the delicious natural resources that are maple syrup, and now he needs your help in making it to the final level of competition. To vote for David, you can visit and click on “Voting”. Click on vote next to entry number nine.

Team Leaders: Charlie Ciarkowski, Chemical Engineering, and Ben Kusterer, Mechanical Engineering

Team Members: Danielle Aerts, Jon Congdon, Katie Elicerio, Matt Johnson, and Justine Wiles (BME)

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KSO finishes season with Jamie Bernstein NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra finished off the 200910 season on Apr. 17 with their performance of The Bernstein Beat at the Rozsa Center. Featuring guest Jamie Bernstein, the concert showcased several works from famed conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, including music from “On the Town” and “West Side Story.” Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, narrated the concert. Over the course of the hour-long event, she explained to the audience about her father’s life and how it influenced

his music. She told, for example, about how his mother would take him to the synagogue, where listening to the cantor, readings from the Torah, and the shofar (a horn instrument made from a ram’s horn, which the KSO was able to borrow for the concert) kindled an interest in music at an early age. She also explained some of his other musical influences; such as the contrast of the “cool” jazz and the “hot” Latin American rhythms in the Prologue to West Side Story. In between Bernstein’s narrations, the KSO performed several of her father’s works, including “Meditation” from Mass, and “Mambo,” “Cool,” and “America” from West Side Story.

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For some of these, Bernstein worked in some audience participation. During “Mambo” she invited the audience to shout out “Mambo!” at the appropriate time, explaining, “You really

have to! It’s in the score, even the orchestra has to!” Also, to demonstrate how the unusual nine-beat rhythm of “Meditation” worked, Bernstein invited nine kids from the audience onto the stage. From there, she explained how any rhythm could be divided into two- and three-beat parts, which she referred as “hot dogs” and “hamburgers” respectively. She then gave each of the children a red foam board to hold up, and gave four of them a yellow board to clip onto the red one, which indicated the “strong” beats. With her demonstration in place, she had the kids call out “hot dog” and “hamburger” in time with the rhythm as their “beat” came up. The KSO, for their part, per-

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formed very well given some of the most difficult music they’ve played this season. During the concert, Bernstein complemented KSO director Dr. Joel Neves and the orchestra. Near the end of the performance, she told the audience “you are lucky to have them here.” Following the concert, Bernstein and Neves were both available in the Rozsa lobby to talk with members of the audience. The KSO will return in the Fall of 2010 with a concert at the Calumet Theater, where they will perform Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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Ask Sassy Dear Sassy So there is the Pride Week thing going on at my college right now. I don’t mind celebrations on campus, but I just don’t like how gays flaunt their sexuality in our faces. I don’t get why they can have a week, but if I wanted to have a Straight Pride Week everyone would be all up in arms. How does this make sense? Sincerely, Straight-n-proud Dear Straight-n-proud, You are absolutely right! Straights deserve a time of celebration too! For far too long have straights been oppressed and afraid to be who they really are. For hundreds of years they have faced harsh persecution. Now, finally, in the modern day and age they are able to openly practice their sexuality without facing discrimination. Sounds like it deserves a parade to me! The gays should celebrate, but do so more privately. All of their Pride Week events are so obnoxious. They should only celebrate after dark or in a concrete bunker somewhere. The public should not have to be subject to their promotion of civil rights. Good for you for standing up for your beliefs! And thank you for providing entertainment to those of us with common sense. Idiots who voice such absurd opinions never cease to amuse.

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Campus Chalk Art JACK AMMERMAN Opinion Writer As soon as the snow melted in Houghton, a tidal wave of messages and pictures swept Michigan Tech’s campus. Unless you stare at the sky all day, when you walk through campus you must have seen the multitude of chalk drawings! With dry, bare sidewalk exposed there was no hesitation on the

part of students and organizations who were eager to color the gray sidewalk. Among the messages lately have been religious advertisements, event dates, and even thousands of digits of Pi! As a penny pincher, I am ever looking for spare change on the sidewalk, therefore I notice almost every chalk design that I walk across. I find that the messages have varied intents but for the most part they are informa-

tive and humorous. Michigan Tech Policy allows chalking as long as it “takes place only on sidewalks, not buildings... identified as sponsored by University Community Member... does not deface a previous chalk drawing ... and is non-permanent, nonthreatening, and non-discriminatory.” Curious about what others thought, I took to the streets to find out how the rest of the Michigan Tech Community felt about chalking.

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“I like the drawings which make fun of other drawings, they amuse me. I enjoy those much more than the initial ones.” - Caleb Walk “I like [the chalk drawings], it is a nice little touch to the plain sidewalk” - Adam Moritz “The drawings are cool, but they get annoying when they spam the same message all over campus.” - Nick Popa “They are entertaining, it gets the message across and it feels like it brings campus closer together.” - Sarah Philamalee “Chalking is better than random fliers, it is environmentally friendly. Plus people actually read it because they are staring down at their feet anyway!” - Leah Hein “The Campus Crusade chalkings?” - Anonymous “I don’t care, I never really look at them.” - Luke Pretzel “I liked the Darwin Fish. It made my day.” - Chester little “I think it leads to a lot of unnecessary collisions. People looking down wondering, ‘What does that say?’ and then run into eachother.” - Molly Holmstrom “There should be free chalk available for doodlers.” - Lena Wilson

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Michigan Tech Athletics: By # the er A year in pictures nu m b 1 31-3 record 20-2 GLIAC

Women’s Basketball

Ice Hockey

Season highlight:


Season highlight: Defeating Ferris State in “The Battle at the Ballpark.”

Defeating MinnesotaDuluth to win the Winter Carnival Cup.


First team to reach 30plus wins in a season.

5-30-1 record 4-24 WCHA

Volleyball Season highlight: Mike Hojnacki and Don Fowler earn AllGLIAC Honors.

Qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for second straight season.

2-8 record

Men’s Men’s and Basketball Women’s Tennis

14-15 record 10-6 GLIAC

Season highlight:

The Men’s team finishing the season strong to earn a hope at a NCAA Tournament Bid.

Season highlight:

The Women’s team posted an all time school best 7-2 record in GLIAC competition. Men’s Record: 10-9 4-6 GLIAC Women’s Record: 14-6 7-2 GLIAC

9-18 record 8-14 GLIAC

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Michigan Tech Men’s Tennis players earned all All-GLIAC status. Luka Stupar, Anderson Sandholm, David Heuer and Doug Yossida were all honored.


Season highlight:

Season highlight:

foot seperated Michigan Tech Track and Field discus thrower Jason Julien from the school record in the discus event. Jason’s throw of 149-8 earned him first-place at the North Country Invitational.

points seperated the black and white teams in the annual spring football contest held last Saturday. This breaks the streak of one-point victories in the annual contest.


percent is the win-loss percentage of the Michigan Tech Men’s Tennis team. With a 10-9 overall record the Huskies now await to see if they will be playing in the NCAA Tournament.


days until the Women’s Socer home opener. The Women’s Soccer squad will open their season on September 2.. They will be playing under the lights at 7 p.m. on Sherman Field.

Schedules/Results Men’s Tennis (10-9, 4-6 GLIAC)

Men’s and Women’s Nordic Skiing

Men’s and Track Field

Women’s and

MTU 5-2 Tiffin Wayne State 5-1 MTU MTU 5-2 LSSU Full standings at

Track and Field

Women: Four of eight at Duluth Men: Five of eight at Duluth Apr. 21 @ Twilight

Season highlight:

Season highlight:

Both the Men’s and Women’s teams reigned supreme in the UP Collegiate Cross Country Season Opener. This home meet featured all three of the major Upper-Peninsula universities against each other .

Season highlight: Oskar Lund and Henna Riikonen-Purtsi both qualified for the NCAA Skiing Championships.

Ken Gilkerson and Brian Stetter both started the season 3-0 in their primary events.

Season highlight:

The Women’s team improved from seventh place to fourth place in the UW-Oshkosh Invitational.

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Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Stephen Anderson, business manager Jacob Vehring, pulse editor Luke Gublo and online editor Jeremiah Baumann. Stephen won two years ago with former opinion editor Rob Devaun winning last year. This will be a weekly feature where each editor picks his winners of the three biggest games/series of the week and backs up his decisions with a short rant. THIS WEEK: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers, St Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants

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Well, this shootout is mine to win or lose! I think the Red Wings and Penguins will pull through for me from last week and I’m pretty confident in my baseball predictions. I think the Tigers will take advantage of the Rangers’ recent slump, taking three of four. In Milwaukee, I’ll take the hometown Brewers to edge the Cubbies in the rubber match. Finally, the Giants will actually come through for me this time, falling just shy of the sweep over the visiting Cards.

Tigers 3-1 Brewers 2-1 Giants 2-1

The Tigers are looking decent for this year, but are in the midst of a long West Coast road trip. I expect a split against the underperforming Texas Rangers. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers renew their rivalry in Milwaukee this upcoming weekend. The Brewers play well at home, but the Cubs really need to turn things around. Cubbies take the series.. The Cardinals travel to San Francisco to play the upstart San Francisco Giants. The Giants are pretty tough, pitching wise, but I expect the Cardinals to match up well.

Tigers- Split Cubs 2-1 Cardinals 2-1

I guess there is always next year. I tanked my predictions for the last month and went from competeing for 1st down to last place. For the last week of the year I think Detroit, even though they are kind of my favorite team, is going to split the series with Texas. The Brew Crew is going to get swept against the Cubs as the predicted starters for the series heavily favors the Cubs. San Fransisco is going to take the series 2-1 from the Cardinals. Thanks for reading us all year! Good Luck with finals and have a great summer! Well since I’m graduating looks like this is it. And ending with a week of baseball...sad stuff. So for this challenge I decided to just pick the away team for every series. Its been a great year and obviously the NHL playoffs have been nothing but exciting. Should be a great ending for an amazing NHL season. Of course, being from Minnesota, I’m sure the Wild will come back next year stronger then ever. Jeremiah signing off one last time - keep your stick on the ice.

Tigers- Split Cubs 3-0 Giants 2-1

Tigers- Split Cubs 2-1 Cardinals 2-1

Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, April 22, 2010

Senior spotlight: Katie Wysocky STEPHEN ANDERSON Sports Editor No single article could possibly do justice to the accomplishments of Katie Wysocky, but this one will try. The 6’ senior from Whitefish Bay, Wis. graduates as the all-time scoring (1,943 points) and rebounding (1,231 rebounds) leader in Michigan Tech women’s basketball history. She helped the Huskies to two NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances, compiling exactly 100 wins over four years, with just 27 losses. She became the first player in school history to make the State Farm Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America First Team. For all intents and purposes, Wysocky will go down as the best player in the 35-year history of Michigan Tech women’s basketball. Wysocky started playing basketball when she was six years old, but did not play competitively until high school. After playing on the freshman team at Whitefish Bay High School her freshman year, she furthered her development by playing AAU basketball between her junior and senior years, preparing her to earn Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel All-State First Team honors her senior year with 21.6 points, 16.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists. The Blue Dukes fell just shy of the Wisconsin Division 2 championship. “We actually had six seniors on my team my senior year in high school, too, so we had a good season that year (22-4) and it’s a funny coincidence in comparison to this team, (2009-10 Huskies)” said Wysocky. Michigan Tech head coach John Barnes certainly landed a solid recruit, but it was far from a given that Wysocky would attend Tech. “I had never heard of Tech

before getting recruited. I didn’t know what to expect when I came for my official visit but I loved it once I got here; I couldn’t stop talking about it,” said Wysocky. “I ultimately decided on Tech because there’s such a great combination of good academics and a strong basketball program. It’s rare to see that in basketball programs.” Wysocky was a key player right from the start. She started 24 of the 26 games her freshman year, earning Division II Bulletin National All-Freshman Team and GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors. Wysocky said, “It was a huge honor…so many times you hear stories of freshmen not getting the ball or being disliked by upperclassmen for playing but that’s not the case here.” Her 190 rebounds were the most by a Husky since 1993-94, but were just a hint of what was to come. Wysocky followed up her freshman campaign with a sophomore year that earned her All-GLIAC North Division First Team, GLIAC All-Tournament Team and All-Academic Team honors. She became just the third player in school history to break 500 points (exactly) in a season, to go along with 301 rebounds, shattering the school record (255) in that category. While Wysocky’s individual accolades continued to pile up,

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the team was improving as well, with a strong group of young players stepping into leadership positions. “As time went on and as more people got added to our class due to injuries I realized we had a really good, strong core group that could accomplish a lot.” The team finished 19-9 in Wysocky’s first year and 23-8 her second year, leading up to two stellar seasons. The Huskies finished the 200809 season with a 27-7 record, reaching the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Wysocky’s 15 points and 10.5 rebounds per game played a huge factor in that success. Again, she garnered AllGLIAC honors on the court and in the classroom, but she also became the first Husky since Andrea Novak in 2004 to be named in All-American, earning her way onto the Third Team. continued at

Career Highs Points: 30 Rebounds: 19 Assists: 7 Blocks: 6

Career Totals Points: 1,943* Rebounds: 1,233* Assists: 265 Blocks: 187 *- School Record

Looking back on the season of the Michigan Tech Huskies Women’s Basketball program, there are two players who stood above and beyond and truly led this team. One of these players is Sarah Stream who in her career has earned many awards and recognitions. Stream started her career like many players at a very young age. She started off in early elementary school shooting hoops with her older brothers in the driveway. She credited them to teaching her many of the things that she knows about the game. After she got into High School, Sarah then learned the role that a point guard plays on the floor. She said, “I became more confident, more vocal, and started making better decisions.” In fact she became so confident that she realized that she wanted to play ball after high school. Half-way through her senior year of high school she was decided that she was to become a Michigan Tech Husky. In making her decision she stated, “I knew that I would be able to get a great education, play for an outstanding basketball program, and also get to be part of a close-knit community.” Stream started her career at Michigan Tech five years ago (she was medical redshirted her sophomore year), and dur-

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Career Highs Points: 24 Rebounds: 9 Assists: 10 Blocks: 4

Career Totals Points: 1,464 Rebounds: 379 Assists: 459* Blocks: 121 *- School Record


Tennis takes fifth place in GLIAC Tournament DAVER KARNOSKY Lode Writer

Senior spotlight: Sarah Stream MIKE METZGER Lode Writer


Despite an opening round loss to the Wayne State Warriors, the men’s tennis Huskies (10-9 overall) battled to win key matches over the Tiffin Dragons and the Lake Superior State Lakers to finish the GLIAC Tournament with a 2-1 record and a fifthplace finish. On Saturday, the No. 6 seeded Huskies earned a point in doubles play, but that was all the No. 3 seeded Warriors were willing to surrender as they went on to beat the Huskies, 5-1. Sophomore Anders Sandholm and junior David Heuer earned the lone Huskies’ point at number two doubles with an 8-4 win over Eric Szydlowski and Thomas Ducret. The duo is 12-5 on the season. The Warriors earned victories at numbers one, three, and six singles to seal the win. In their second match of the day, the Huskies took two of the doubles matches from the No. 7 seeded Dragons en route to a 5-2 win. Sandholm and Heuer cruised to an 8-1 win over Harry Smith and Leo Vladimirov. Senior Tim Viola and junior Chris Verhulst earned the second Huskies’ point at number three doubles, winning 8-4 over Brian Coffman and Ryan Toporowsky. With the win, the duo is now 109 on the season, including an 8-8 record at number three. Sophomore Luka Stupar earned a straight set victory at number one singles over Luiz Carvalho, 6-4, 6-1. Stupar is now 12-10 on the season, and 10-9 in dual matches. Sandholm surrendered five games to Smith at number two singles, but that was all he gave up, winning 6-3, 6-2. Sandholm is 10-8 on the season. Scoring the other Huskies’ point was sophomore Douglas Yossida, who needed extra games in his second set to defeat

Vladimirov, 6-4, 7-5. Yossida improved to 10-8 for the season. The Dragons scored their second point of the match at number six singles as Santiago Revelo earned a three-set win over Viola. On Sunday, the Huskies were looking for some revenge against the No. 4 seeded Lakers, and they earned in the form of a 5-2 win. Stupar and Yossida got the Huskies on the board with an 8-4 win at number one doubles over Razvan Mag and Pawel Wegrzyn. The Huskies’ top duo is now 9-11 on the season. The Huskies earned their second doubles point when Sandholm and Heuer earned their third win of the tournament over Brandon Clayton and Robert Nelson, 8-5. The Huskies couldn’t earn the doubles sweep as Verhulst and Viola fell to Travis Toth and Sergiu Laza. Stupar picked up his second point of the day, defeating Mag, 6-3, 6-4, in straight sets. Heuer earned a victory over Wegrzyn in straight sets by identical 6-4 scores at number three singles. Heuer improved to 10-5 with the win. Verhulst exacted a little revenge of his own on Toth for the doubles loss with a 6-2, 6-3, win at number five singles. Verhulst is now 9-9 on the season. The Huskies will now have to wait to see if their strong showing at the GLIACs will earn them a chance at an at-large Bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament. They will be waiting awhile, as the pairings aren’t announced until Wednesday (April 28).

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ing these five years she has watched a team that has improved vastly. Last season when the Huskies made the Elite Eight and lost to eventual champions Minnesota StateMankato, Sarah said that “The 2009 Elite Eight prepared us for the season by motivating us. It was a great experience because we saw how close we were to having the opportunity to win it all. Every day in the offseason we worked towards that goal of winning a National Championship.” Now move ahead to this past season, the Huskies again make the Elite Eight. However it was like déjà vu for the Huskies as they went down in the first round to eventual national champions Emporia State. When asked the question about losing to eventual champions back-to-back she responded “Those teams were better than us for 40 minutes those days. We were close to winning it all both years, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

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JUN (MILES) NI Lode Writer Last week, last article! 10 days to leave Houghton and 13 days to leave America! I’m doing this countdown at least 10 times a day. I cannot wait any more to go back home. I know you guys have the same feeling, don’t you? Well, first thing first, before we leave school, we need make sure all the final exams are doing well. I don’t want to bring a bad GPA with me to home. It’s shame. Chinese go back home only with awards. This last one is kind like a wrap up for my column this year. First of all, I would like to thank all of you for reading my articles this school year. It has been a great time for me to write this column. It gives me a chance to think about how different culture is between two countries. Hope you guys enjoyed those articles and have some general ideas about my country after reading them. China is still a miserable place for most western country people. There are too many thing need be found out. But because of my knowledge limitation, I’m afraid I have to stop at this point and leave more rooms for you guys to discover by yourselves. Just like what I’m doing here. Culture is a very interesting topic to talk about. It affects how people think, live and make decisions. People respect each other from different culture backgrounds. I’m going to take a class called Communication Between Different Cultures next fall. It should be fun. So I can learn this from a professional way. Final exams week is almost here. I bet all of you are working super hard to get a good grade to stay on the den’s list. So do I. From my past experience, if you take some time review all you have learned this semester and do some practice exams, you should be fine. Do you have any friends graduating this May? Sure you do. It is always sad to say goodbye. There are five senior students are graduating from my organization and enterprise team. I promise I will pass the torch and teach new guys just like what I have been taught. Come back and visit any time you feel free. Tech is always your home! Oh, by the way, please don’t be mad if I never reply your facebook messages. It has been blocked for a while in China. Can someone take care of my Happy Aquarium? We can talk on Skype though. Just search my real name on Skype you will find it easily. I’m a MILES of SMILE. Well, here’s the end of the column. But our life will keep going, on the journey to success. I love you all and have a great summer. See you next fall!

Dear Michigan Tech Lode Editor: I am writing to correct an error made in the April 8, 2010 edition of The Lode. I was erroneously credited for the photo of President Obama signing an education reform bill that ran on the front page. Upon investigation, I found this photo had been taken from the Internet and was copyrighted. Credit for the photo should be given to Kenton Ngo, the actual photographer.

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