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August 26, 2010

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“Inspired” to “create the future”

Smile for the camera: Incoming first-year students gather at Sherman Field for the 2010 first-year class photo on Sunday night. The photo was just the start of a week of academic and social events highlighting this year’s Orientation, based off the theme “inspire.” Photo courtesy of Michigan Technological University

We’re here to serve you STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief You’re a first-year college student — why in the world would you ever read a newspaper? After all, the industry is dying. Well, maybe that’s what you’ve heard. We’re here to break that stereotype, serving you with the best, hard-hitting, in-depth, accurate and ethical news, sports, opinion and pulse content from a student perspective. This is neither your parents’ newspaper nor a public relations wing for the University — we’re truly here to serve you. While we may be entering our 90th year of serving the campus, we recognize that journalism has changed drastically in the last century, even in the last few years. We seek to maintain the integrity and quality that seems to be lacking from mainstream media — and we seek to do so in a relevant way using the latest technology. We may only print weekly, but we will be publishing daily online once the school year starts. We also heavily use our social media presence (links below) to bring the information directly to

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you at your convenience. Our online presence also helps us to develop a relationship with you, the reader. Journalism is no longer a one-way business. We need your feedback to thrive. Comment on our online articles, vote in our polls, post on our social media website — we want to know what you’re thinking. Every year we try to amp up our coverage across campus in a number of ways. In addition to our growing online presence, we are also collaborating extensively with other student organizations to broaden our coverage. For example, we will be providing WMTU with news and sports updates to add to their great music variety. Please take full advantage of the fact that we are here to serve you. You can use the below emails to contact us, or you can personally let me know how we’re doing through e-mail at - content - comment - advertising


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Academics are important in college, but don’t forget to get the most out of your college experience at Michigan Tech. This quick reference guide will give you a great glance at what the local community has to offer.

Local Dining Restaurants Ambassador - Specalizes in thin crust pizza Applebee’s - Bar and Grill Armando’s - Specalizes in Italian Cuisi ne Downtowner - Best burgers in town

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Check out our behindthe-scenes look at the new varsity soccer team

Comedian Tim Young performed at the Rozsa to help kick off Orientation week

2A NEWS Take advantage of your resources

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Michigan Tech’s learning centers are just one of many resources that Michigan Tech offers to enhance your learning experience. Chemistry Supplemental Instruction (SI) Sessions Chemistry Learning Center Math Learning Center Physics Learning Center Writing Center Electrical and Computer Engineering Learning Center

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With all the extracurricular opportunities at Michigan Tech, it can be easy to accidentally let academics slide. Maybe your friends will go out and party when you have an exam the next day. Maybe “the big game” is on, but you know you have not touched “the big paper” due in a couple days. Maybe you have averaged four hours of sleep for two straight weeks and sleeping through class seems like the best option. What separates the best students from the average and failing students is that they do not allow distractions to affect their academic

First year experience

Advice from a former first year on how to avoid common blunders, mistakes and freshmen faux-pas

You’ve been welcomed. You’ve been taught how to study, get involved and travel overseas. But when you wake up the morning of your first class you may suddenly be overcome with uneasiness and a strong desire to vomit. The familiar first-dayof-school jitters might take over your mind and body reducing you to a mumbling mass of anxiety. You’ll curse every out of place hair and your parents for not taking you shoe shopping before you left home. You’ll suddenly forget where every building on campus is and wander aimlessly, missing your class. This is, of course, a worst-case scenario. However likely, it can be avoided by following a few simple steps which will allow you to be prepared and blend in with those sixth-years who stroll to class with such ease and grace. Preparation can make or break a college debut. Take the time given in Orientation to find your classes before they begin. Don’t be that first-year running through an empty campus bawling and yelling for help because they can’t find their biology class. Being familiar with your schedule will also bring familiarity to Michigan Tech’s endless acronyms. The phrase: “I love liv-

ing in Douglas Houghton Hall” will draw strange looks and be followed by an awkward silence. If, however, you state confidently, “DHH rocks,” you will be met with nods and murmured agreements.The statement, “That concert in the Memorial Union Building was rad,” will label you as a social outcast. Simple rephrasing, “That MUB concert was sick,” will convince everyone you’ve been there and done that. Some good news to first years: college kids often put their personal appearance in the backseat (or trunk) on most class days. Gone are the days of matching outfits or new styles. These are the days of sweatpants, sweatshirts and a plethora of Michigan Tech apparel. It should be noted that although overall appearance may be less important, personal hygiene is not. First-years should shower everyday and apply antiperspirant to avoid social suicide. Also, first-years should discontinue wearing give-away lanyards around their necks (that was so Orientation Week). You

will find at Michigan Tech that friends and potential dates will not judge you on your clothes or hair but your skill at broomball, carving snow statues and your spirit at hockey games.Use your ner vous energy to sharpen your focus and take adv antage of this new beginning. W a l k confidently through campus. Enter the classrooms fearlessly. This is your chance to change into the person you have always wanted to be. Leave behind long-founded beliefs and ideals and explore new ones. As former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson stated, “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.” So rather than being the architects of decay, become the engineers of progress. First-years: abandon your perfectly fitting jeans and bright polos. Don your sweatpants and hoodies. Leave behind brushes and combs. Arm yourselves with calculators and notebooks. Join the ranks of so many Michigan Tech students in the battle for academic success.

First-years: abandon your perfectly fitting jeans and bright polos. Don your sweatpants and hoodies.


Engineering Learning Center Biological Sciences Learning Center

performance. Like everything in life, it is critical to find a balance between work and play, but do not neglect the work. Think about the big picture. You are here to prepare for your career and you have to live with the results of your lifestyle decisions. Fortunately, Michigan Tech provides a wealth of resources for furthering your education outside of class. Some of the best, and sadly often overlooked options for academic help are the different learning centers, which are listed to the right.

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Michigan Tech blood drive next week Michigan Tech will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 31 (Noon - 6 p.m.) and Wednesday, Sept. 1 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) in the JR Van Pelt and Ope Library East Reading Room. Call Rachel or Lindsey at 4871963 to sign up to donate blood. Visit for more information about blood donations. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for

patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Eligible blood donors can give blood every 56 days, so if you gave earlier this summer, you might be eligible to give again.

Michigan Tech abbreviations DHH Douglass Houghton Hall

EERC Electrical Energy Resources Center


Minerals and Materials Engineering Building


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MUB Memorial Union Building


Student Development Complex


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5 tips for staying healthy in college 1. Know which foods to eat regularly, and which to eat in moderation. 2. Take advantage of Michigan Tech’s free gym; exercise is a stress reliever just as much as a fat burner or muscle toner. 3. Get proper sleep! It trips up so many college students, but don’t let it get to you. All-nighters are actually counterproductive. 4. Find a healthy friend, work out together and hold each other accountable. 5. Reward yourself for following through on a healthy goal. There’s nothing wrong with a snack or a “lazy day” every now and then, as long as it does not turn into a bad habit.

Dorm life: remember it’s not a palace

Keep these tips on smart buys in mind while you make yourself at home LENA WILSON Opinion Editor There are many products designed to be cheap and supposedly useful just for dorm rooms and entering freshmen. The saying “back to school” seems to rev parents right up. Of course, relatives are happy to travel to the local Wal-Mart to buy some small appliances, plastic shelving, hand towels and things of the like. Many students are often gifted with “food”. Ramen noodles and candy are automatically associated with the term “college food”. A dorm room is quite a small space, as we are very aware. It is also a very impermanent space. It only seems logical to buy things with this impermanence in mind. Why buy a bunch of sub-par and/ or very specialized furniture, appliances , and accessories when money could be invested in a few nice things? Why did anyone ever need locker shelves in high school? I mean, unless they were found in the garbage, thrift store or were free. I am also guilty of this and am realizing the fault of this mindset. While going through my things I have some plastic shelves and some storage items I really have no use for. It seems that someone else who was now in the situation, a dorm or incredibly small place, could use these things. There are many people, however, who will not go

to yard sales, thrift stores or bark board looking for these items because they aren’t yet introduced to the Houghton area and the Michigan Tech student community. I was selling textbooks online and just recently sold a textbook to someone living in DHH. Coincidentally, I had also listed this book on Barkboard for a little cheaper. In a University setting, it would be ideal to think locally for items that are common to students like textbooks, dorm furniture, and so on. It is great to donate items to Goodwill but I’m beginning to believe that many times we throw our abused or half broken items at thrift stores. There is disrespect for household items throughout college housing. Some housing is appalling. It is great to have fun, party and gather, but treating houses with disrespect is an inexcusable waste. Housing is a responsibility no matter who we sign on with, as is ownership of belongings. It may not be possible to have perfect passing of houses, apartments, and items between each other, but having good communication between students locally would decrease waste of popular items. It would be great for incoming students to be aware of Barkboard or other avenues through which to get a hold of students. Great communication locally can only lead to great things.


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Getting out of your dorm room Illusionist Fun events to go to at Michigan Tech NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor Everyone will at some point in his or her college careers have some free time. This is true no matter who you are. Even you somehow had the attention span to be studying every single minute not eating, sleeping, or in class, you certainly wouldn’t want to. The good news is that there are plenty of events on campus that can let you get out of your dorms and do something interesting. One of the first places to look for fun events is that big building on your right as you drive in to campus: the Rozsa Center, Michigan Tech’s Per-

forming Arts center. Combined with the McArdle Theater in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center behind it, there is something for everybody. For the musically inclined, there are performances by all of Tech’s major musical ensembles, including the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, the Superior Winds, and the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, all of which students can see for free through the Experience Tech program. Those who are more interested in the theatre may wish to attend one of the Michigan Tech Theatre Company’s performances, also free for students, or see one of the touring productions at the Rozsa, such as Aquila Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Finally, there are several lectures that are free for students to attend. Of course, the Rozsa isn’t the only place to go for events. Another popular event series on Tech is the Student Activities Comedy Series, or SACS for short. For no cost to students, SACS will bring in seven comedians to Tech over the course of the year. Tim Young’s Movein weekend performance was the first such comedian. If you missed that one, you’ll have another chance soon–their next comedian, Pete Lee, will be performing in the MUB ballroom on September 3. Those who enjoy more mainstream music also have something for them. Michigan Tech’s in-house radio station, WMTU, routinely offers a va-

riety of concerts over the year. The concerts they sponsor span a variety of genres: metal, hip hop, and indie rock concerts are all in the works, and many more are planned. Of course, these are not the only things that happen on campus. Many organizations have their own events, and it’s incredibly likely that everyone will find at least one thing to go to they find interesting. So, if you’re interested in doing something outside your normal routine, look for something that interests you! You can find information on the events calendar, on board postings in the residence halls and academic buildings, and here in the Pulse section. Just look for something you like, and do something fun!

Student Activities Comedy Series kicks off with Tim Young in Rozsa NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor

SACS Schedule Pete Lee, Sept. 3 Johnny Cardinale, Oct. 8 KT Tatara, Nov. 5 Bobby Banuelos, Jan. 14 Tracey Ashley, Feb. 18 Rajiv Satyal, Mar. 18

Michigan Tech’s Student Activities Comedy Series kicked off Saturday night with its first performer, Tim Young. Since the show took place during move-in weekend, it was held in the Rozsa Center instead of the MUB ballroom. Young, who has given over five hundred college performances and has made a number of TV appearances, including on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” as well as “Daria.” Young’s performance was extremely well received by the audience. He started off by describing himself as looking like “Tony Hawk and a little bit like Woody from Toy Story.” He then moved on to the university itself, in

particular the “nerdiness” level at Tech. Playing on the perception that girls don’t play video games, he joked “Girls bringing Xbox? That’s weird… girl nerds.” He also commented on university life in general, joking about items that commonly get stolen from universities, such as silverware and food trays, and also made fun of unpleasant roommates (the three kinds, as he describes them, are dirty, naked, and drunk). And, of course, comments on the local climate and culture were also part of the routine. The rest of his performance, for the most part, followed no particular theme. Many of his jokes had a bit of a violent tone to them, such as his joke about deer hunters: since the deer had no defense, he said he could be defense for the deer: “The hunters shoot the deer, and I shoot

the hunters.” Other parts of his routine included embarrassing parents, such as “Chia dad,” “Underwear dad,” and “Mom who always wears sunglasses, even at night.” He also got into advice for college life, offering such tidbits as “don’t drink as many shots as old as you are… unless you’re five,” and “Girls, the nice guys aren’t the ones giving you compliments. The nice guys are the ones looking scared in the corner.” Finally, a couple of his jokes touched on current events, such as his wish to have been in an Alabama nursing home on the day of President Obama’s inauguration, to watch the reactions of the patients there. SACS will be bringing six more comedians to Tech this year. The next one will be Pete Lee on September 3.

Craig Karges coming to Rozsa RAEANNE MADISON Lode Writer Illusionist Craig Karges will be performing for the Michigan Tech community on Friday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. Karges, who is nationally known for his illusions, has been featured on the Tonight Show and Larry King Live. He has also appeared on several other network television stations including Lifetime, CNN and SOAPnet. The National Association for Campus Activities has named Karges Entertainer of the Year six times. He is one of the most popular college entertainers in recent years. Karges’ work is not supernatural or physic, he claims, but relies on intuition and psychology to make the audience believe that anything is possible. “Ordinary people are capable of extraordinary results because we all possess extraordinary capabilities. I communicate that message both verbally and visually,” Karges says on his official website. His motivational skills have even led him to author a book about the subject, Ignite Your Intuition. Karges reputation precedes him—even large companies like McDonald’s have had him perform for their employees. His skills as an entertainer and motivator have made him a huge success in all fifty states. Karges assures that no stooges are used in his acts of illusion; only the mind is used to create mystery. He even offers $100,000, payable to charity, to anyone who can prove otherwise. Craig Karges’ performance promises to be exciting and extraordinary—be sure to join him for a night of mystery and illusion!

5A 10 tips I wish someone had given to me as a college freshman Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, August 26, 2010

STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief I've learned a lot during my four full years at Michigan Tech. I've received a lot of advice, some that I've wisely taken, some that I've foolishly disregarded. I wouldn't claim to have a full grasp of what makes a successful college student, but there are some tips that I can definitely say would have helped me had I taken them more seriously in my first year (and that I'm still trying to incorporate entering my fifth year!) -- here are 10 tips that I wish someone had given me as a freshman: 1) Make the most of Orientation - Everyone mocks Orientation as a massive waste of time, and it can be, if you let it be. But, since you're basically required to go to a week's worth of brainwashing, you might as well make the most of it. The people in your group will be in tons of your classes, and you'll probably get to know many of them quite well, so the networking is great. Basically, if you complain the whole time and let it be a waste of time, it will be; if you take what


they give you and channel into a great learning experience, it will be just that. 2) Focus on learning instead of just good grades - I've taken so many classes at Tech that I got an "A" in that I really didn't learn much in. Likewise, I've taken several courses where I got a "B," but learned so much more. Certainly it's important to get good grades, but don't limit your learning to the teacher's requirements. Teachers are there to help you learn -- you have to make the learning happen. 3) Go to class - You'll hear this advice a ton, but I've learned the hard way. I've failed a class because I missed too many classes. I insist that since I'm paying for it, I should be able to attend when I want. Some professors enforce it, while others do not, but no matter what, you'll be better off attending class. I can't tell you how badly I wish I would have taken this advice from the start! 4) Get involved with extracurriculars, but learn to say "no" - You will be bombarded with different opportunities, and it's fine to join several extracurricular activities. However, understand

that if you get heavily involved in three-four organizations and/or jobs (this is typical), it may be manageable to begin with, but you may have to leave one or more of them as you achieve leadership positions in them, which demand more time and energy, while you're also reaching more challenging academic work. It can get overwhelming! 5) Plan time to relax, sleep well, exercise, and eat well - Maybe you're not like me, but I always have to be busy. You will drive yourself into the ground (I've done it) if you don't plan reasonable relaxing, sleeping, exercising, and eating habits. Perhaps you think you're the exception (I thought I was), but I guarantee you're human and you're better off balancing your schedule well (if you don't hit burnout in college like I did, you'll hit it eventually, and it's not fun). 6) Enjoy the journey - I was assigned to write several alumni spotlights for the Michigan Tech Lode and this was the most common piece of advice I received from successful alumni. So many times it's easy to have goals and do everything possible to reach them, however, it's common to finally


reach the goal and realize that you really didn't have much fun getting there. What's the point then? 7) Invest in people - Personal achievement through grades, scholarships, awards, etc. is all great, but if you trample people in the process, it's hard to derive much satisfaction out of it. Having a lasting, positive impact on people is far more rewarding than more tangible short-term rewards. 8) Challenge your beliefs - Perhaps you've taken your parents word for it that your beliefs are correct, but now is the time to examine them for yourself. Don't assume your parents are wrong, though, either, but if you're convinced that you believe in the truth, then the truth will stand up to scrutiny. I've personally explored my beliefs, further realizing how sound they are at answering the four biggest questions about life: origin, meaning, morality and destiny. 9) Explore career options, but keep the door open - You may have a very specific idea of what you want to do after graduation now, but don't be afraid to let that idea change. Students change majors all the time (though I've been

fortunate to feel right at home in my major), and it's extremely rare for a person to even stay in the same career for their whole life after graduation now. Learn as much as you can and leave your options open. Most students end up applying to dozens (even hundreds) of places after graduation with really no idea where the job-hunting journey will end up. 10) Take responsibility for your actions - Most high school students are dying for independence from overbearing parents, yet most go racing right back to their parents if they've dug themselves in a hole. It's OK to get advice and even money from them, but you're no longer identified as your parent's child -- you're you, and you're responsible for your future from here on out. Act accordingly. I'm not trying to sound like a know-it-all, but I have had to learn the hard way plenty of times. Maybe taking some of my advice to heart will help you avoid some of the mistakes I've made. Hopefully your college experience is just as rewarding as mine has been so far — have a blast!

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Full season previews of all fall sports coming in our first official issue

Huskies have high hopes for ‘10-’11 New varsity women’s soccer team to kick off inaugural campaign on Sept. 2 Excitement abounds for Michigan Tech’s brand new women’s varsity soccer team to kick off its season at home on Sept. 2 against Concordia-St. Paul. The Huskies, led by head coach Michelle Jacob, will compete in the tough Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, aligning with most of Michigan Tech’s other varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level (Hockey is the only Division I team). Jacob faced the daunting task of starting the team from scratch, but through extensive recruiting efforts, has landed 14 recruits with tryouts

Jacob rounding out the roster, which has yet to be finalized. We encourage you to follow the Lode’s extensive coverage of the first-ever season of Michigan Tech varsity soccer!

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If it could go wrong during the 2009 football season, it did. The Huskies fought through injuries to critical players (QB Steve Short, RB Phil Milbrath, DE Drew Vanderlin), gave up costly turnovers and struggled to develop consistency, leading to a disappointing 2-8 season for the Huskies. Given that last year was packed with high expectations and the season panned out the way it did, fans are surely more tentative to develop high expectations this year. Of course a ninth out of 14 GLIAC teams ranking in the preseason poll does not

Kearly provide a ton of reason for optimism. That being said, head coach Tom Kearly knows how to get the most out of his players, and with veteran quarterback Steve Short returning for his final season, anything can

happen for the Huskies. Unlike last year, the Huskies start with what looks like an easier schedule, taking on new GLIAC addition Lake Erie on the road to start the season on Sept. 11. The schedule gets tougher in the middle, if last year’s standings are any indication, and Tech plays its final two homes games of the season against powerhouse Grand Valley State and arch rival Northern Michigan. Stay tuned to the Lode throughout the football season for exclusive coverage, beginning with next week’s comprehensive season preview.

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Tennis Huskies look to build on record-breaking season Women’s tennis head coach Mike Axford will be hard pressed to get the same results as last year’s record-breaking 9-3 season. The Huskies’ third loss came in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s title match against the host team, Northwood. The Huskies return all but one player this year, so expectations are surely high entering the year, with seniors Nathalia Rondelli (right) and Asel Otunchieva looking to finish their careers on a strong note. The tennis team opens this year’s season on Sept. 10, 11 and 12 in Ohio before heading to the ITA Regionals (which is the only competition that the men’s team competes in as well during the fall). The Huskies play six of

Axford their final eight matches in the friendly confines of the Gates Tennis Center. Northwood, who defeated Tech last year in the title game, will once again be hosting the GLIAC Championships in late October. Make sure to follow the Huskies’ season throughout as they make their push to dethrone the always-strong Northwood Timberwolves.

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Volleyball Huskies expect more consistency in second year under Gonzalez

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The 2009 volleyball season was a rollercoaster from the beginning. Orlando Gonzalez was hired on as the head volleyball coach with little time to spare before the season. It was clear that it would take some time to adapt to Gonzalez’s system, as the team returned from the Wildcat Open in Marquette with an 0-4 record to start the season. In the end, the Huskies finished with a very average 14-15 record, with the team’s longest winning streak reaching three games. Despite a loss in the GLIAC playoffs, the Huskies qualified for the NCAA Regional, only to lose 3-0 to Indianapolis. Now that Orlando Gonzalez

Gonzalez (and his wife Carrie, who was officially named the assistant coach) is entering his second season with the Huskies, hopes are that the Huskies can develop some consistency en route to another NCAA Regional berth, only with a better result. The Huskies start their season next Friday already with a four-game tournament in Big Rapids, Mich. The Huskies will


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not return home until Sept. 17, when they host five straight games. Outside hitters Veronica Armstrong and Kaari Nevanen graduated last year, but several young players hope to step up, with OH Kristine Sexton likely taking on an even greater leadership role than her previous two seasons. Follow the Lode’s coverage all season long.

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Weekly features in our regular editions By the number - Featuring an interesting statistical look at the week in sports Editor’s shootout - Three of our editors make picks for the three biggest sporting events of the week in national sports. This year we plan to make it interactive, so be sure to check back next week! Breakdown of online content - Once the sports season gets going, there are several games every week. We have live blogs of home games, game recaps each game night and some neat online exclusives as well. Weekly sports poll - We want to know what you think!

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Cross Country teams look to finish strong this year after disappointing end in 2009 The 2009 Michigan Tech cross country teams certainly ran well at times, led by several impressive individual performances by Brian Stetter. Unfortunately, it did not come together in the end. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished ninth at the GLIAC Championships, and Stetter just missed a spot in nationals. Perhaps that disappointment can rally the Huskies this year as head coach Joe Haggenmiller welcomes Joshua Korn to his coaching staff following the departure of Jason Cork. The Huskies are obviously seeking a better finish, but a good start to that end would be an impressive performance in the very first race of the year, the only one that the Huskies will host.

Haggenmiller The U.P. Season Opener takes place next Friday, Sept. 3 on the Michigan Tech Trails. The Huskies will then race in three invitational events before U.P. Championships (which the Huskies ran well at last year), GLIAC Championships, NCAA Regional Championships, then NCAA National Championships, which Stetter certainly hopes to reach this year in his final season as a Husky.

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8A Husky Hodgepodge

Inspiration Shock


JUN (MILES) NI Lode Writer

Editor’s note: Culture Shock will be returning this semester, beginning next week. Instead of just Miles’ articles, we will be featuring several different authors, each from a different culture. If you would like to contribute to this feature, apply to be a writer at Following is Miles’ last article from last school year, just to give you a taste of one of our most popular features. 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!

us will not attain their level of recognition. In one hundred years, most of us will only be remembered by curious grandchildren or reminiscing sons and daughters. However, it is important to realize that widespread recognition is not the measure of one person’s impact in their lifetime. And though some of us are meant to be remembered, studied, and idolized by the next generation, most of us may just be meant to provide those small, but equally important


self and that the dog missed me too. For some reason I had the presence of mind to put Inspiration is hidden down the half-eaten cookie is some very unexpected and really absorb what this places. During Orientation care package and postcard Week, first years were given meant. And I felt inspired. examples of great Alumni, Knowing that my family back professors and current home was thinking of me and Michigan Tech students. was rooting for me meant Those remembered by histothe world. No, my dad didn’t ry are the people inevitable invent the light bulb and my turned to when inspiration mom hasn’t found a cure for is needed. The week has alcancer, but that little postso been filled with speeches card and two Ziploc bags full and activities that will enof cookies recharged me. It’s courage first years to funny how some ink realize their potential and cookies can emand take full advanpower a person. tage of opportuniFor first years, pay You don’t need to find ties on campus. And attention to all the a war hero or a Nobel although traditions, forms of inspiration Prize winner to get an alumni and curricuthis week. Feed off of inspirational jumpstart. lum will be mined the time and energy for their inspirational your Orientation Team You may just need to get gold, it is important Leaders are dedicating to know the person sitting to recognize more to you. When your next to you in class. subtle forms of inspiResident Assistant or ration. Program Coordinator True, some of us is eating dinner with will go on to build you, recognize that bridges and skyscrapthey are trying to help ers that challenge the laws of daily doses of inspiration. you during an enormous gravity. Some of us are meant Inspiring someone does change. Calls from friends to lead a team of research- not have to consist of some back home, sunsets, and ers in the search for clean great act or discovery. snowfall are among countfuel. Some of us are meant Sometimes we barely no- less other minor, but incredto paint and draw, decorat- tice the smallest incidences ibly important, sources of ing gallery walls. Some of us which have such profound inspiration. may be gifted with eloquent impacts on us. Such a thing Everyone around you, evwords that will be strung to- happened to me earlier this ery single person, is a mogether to form the next great week. My mom sent me a saic of experiences. Their American novel. Whatever care package full of home- character is molded by disrandom assortment of made cookies. While I was tinct instances of pain and strengths and weaknesses busy overdosing on choco- joy. Notice this, admire this. we have been given, all of us late, walnuts and dates, I You don’t need to find a war have a niche carved out for glanced at the note she had hero or a Nobel Prize winner us in the world. written on the back of a to get an inspirational jumpAlthough we look to many postcard. My mom’s loopy, start. You may just need to inspirational icons for moti- cheerful handwriting told get to know the person sitvation, it is true that most of me to take good care of my- ting next to you in class.


Michigan Tech Lode Thursday August 26, 2010

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Schedule of Events Thursday, Aug. 26 Scholastic Bowl, 8:30 p.m. in Fisher 139 MHA Dance, 10 p.m., McNair Courtyard

Friday, Aug. 27 Taste of Downtown Houghton, 1 p.m. Canterbury Student House Open House and Barbeque, 5:30 p.m. Craig Karges, 8 p.m., Rozsa Center Greek Life Luau, 9 p.m., Walker front lawn

Saturday, Aug. 28 Geological excursion, Sylvania wilderness area canoe trip, Copper Harbor trip and Porkies trip; all leave at 8 a.m. (except Porkies, at 8:30 a.m.) Volleyball tournament, Noon, SDC Sand Volleyball courts F’All Nighter, 8 p.m., SDC

Sunday, Aug. 29 Schoolyard Olympics, 10:30 a.m., DHH front lawn

Monday, Aug. 30 President’s Breakfast, 8:05 and 9:05 a.m.; outside Dow, Walker lawn, Fisher (US41 side), between MEEM and MUB Back in 1885! 2 p.m., MUB Circle Bingo, 7 p.m., MUB Ballroom

Tuesday, Aug. 31 Blood drive, 12 p.m., library (see page 2A for details)

Mandatory Student Organization Meeting; 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m., MUB Ballroom

Wednesday, Sept. 1 Community Expo, 10 a.m., Campus Mall Blood drive, 10 a.m., library (see page 2A for details) Chillin’ & Grillin’ with Greek Life, 6 p.m., Walker lawn Have an event you would like to see us list? Contact us via the information on the front page.

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