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September 16, 2010

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Parade of Nations This year the event Parade of Nations is on Saturday, Sept. 18 in which students from both Michigan Technological University and Finlandia University, as well as members of the community, are going to take part. The theme this year is “Many nations, one Heart”. The event is going to take off from Hancock Middle School, at 11 a.m and will end at Noon at Dee Stadium, Houghton. The route will be the same route as followed last year. Applications have come up for at least nine floats this year, out of which there are three community floats. As per the float decoration winning records there seems to be a kind of competition between ISA (Indian Students Association) and AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering) for the first place. Last year the first prize went to the combined effort by both AISES and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). The theme of the event was proposed by Lori Muhlig, Coordinator, Native American Outreach and Co-Director MICUP  who came across the idea on Facebook. She was of the view that the event is a place to encourage all students in multicultural associations and is an excellent means of entertainment. The event is getting full co-operation from the Houghton Police and Hancock Police. They will be putting up blockades on different intersections during the event so that there will not be any traffic congestion. Many communities have

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voluntarily agreed to make the event a big success; the management expects a turnout of about 2,000 people in the stadium and about 4,000 people during the parade. A quick chat with an ISA member confirmed that they would really like to get the first prize this time and they are trying hard for it. The event promises to be filled with entertainment. It will start with a performance by the well known Cass Tech Band from Lewis Cass Technical High School, Detroit, followed

Quad Core Fitness raises prices for first time in 15 years LAUREN KORS Lode Writer With the new residence hall on campus comes a brand new in-hall fitness center. While it’s not as big as the fitness center in Wadsworth Hall, it has the most up to date equipment students could want at their disposal. However, with a new fitness center and brand new equipment come higher prices of membership. For the past fifteen years Michigan Technological University Housing has helped run the residence hall fitness centers along with the Quad Core Fitness Center, formerly known as the Tri Hall Weight Club. The price for a yearlong membership has gone up from fifty dollars last year to sixty dollars this year. “We’re going to be spending around $35,000 to equip this room, at least initially. Probably more down the road,” stated Andre Bonen, Director of Housing Facilities and the Advisor of the Quad Core Fitness Center.

The price of membership was raised to help cover these costs, as well as the cost of upkeep of equipment. The price change also makes it easier for Housing to give refunds to students who don’t want to continue their membership past the end of fall semester. “It’s a $30 refund for spring semester where before it was $50 for the year and trying to explain to people you only get $20 back because of the $10 we have to spend on the card [was challenging], where students thought it should be $25 back. Now we just pay them $30 [for a refund],” said Bonen. Last year roughly 800 students were members of the Tri-Hall Weight Club, and with the addition of another weight room along with the extra $10 in membership fees, Housing along with the Quad Core Fitness Center can continue to keep all of the equipment in all four fitness centers up to date and in good working condition for students in the residence halls to enjoy 24 hours a day.

by individual and group performances for dancing and singing by various students. In the end the famous Indian bollywood songs will be dished out for the students to dance. For families with children there will be an exclusive children’s play area along with free pony rides. There will be a wide variety of cuisine available for the people to look for as there are more than 30 booths from the Dining application center. The food will represent over 15 cultures from all over the world as Michigan Tech and Finlandia University both have a considerable number of international students. There is a wide range of food starting with the tea, appetizers, pan cakes, spring rolls to Chinese donor kebab, sushi and sau-

SUBHASH GOSWAMI Lode Writer sages. Some of the options to choose from will be the buffet of Chinese food from Hunan Garden, barbecued ribs from the Black Student Association and shish kebabs from Society of Intellectual Sisters. New entries for this year will be the booths from Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran and Korea. Food lovers that would like to taste some distinct item like a preparation of pigeon by the Puerto Rico or special chicken biriyani and rice biriyani from one of the Indian booths along with mango ice cream. Also debuting this year will be a booth from the Library Restaurant who has commented that they will be preparing something which is different than the rest. Countries like Finland, East India and Thailand will also be represented. There will also be a number of Chinese and Indian food booths to taste from, as they are very popular in Michigan. Apart from the food there will also be booths for clothing, crafts, jewelry and homemade baskets. The students of both universities are invited to represent their countries during the parade and be a part of one of the biggest events in the Upper Peninsula.


Huskies football prepares for home opener

Halo Reach takes campus by storm

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Michigan Tech professor faces CSC charges KAYLA HERRERA Lode Writer

JOHN ADLER HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech Biological Sciences professor, John Adler, was arraigned on two counts of criminal sexual conduct charges Sept. 10 at the 97th District Court. Adler has been charged with second-degree and fourth-degree CSC. Seconddegree would result in a 15-year penalty and fourth degree, a twoyear misdemeanor, is comprised of using force to achieve sexual contact. The Michigan Tech Biological Sciences Chair’s office states, “Dr. Adler is on administrative leave from Biological Sciences at this time, but remains a valued member of the Department and an employee of the University.” Ms. Stacy Cotey has taken responsibility for BL 1040, and Dr. Aparna Deshpande has taken responsibility for BL 2100, courses that Dr. Adler currently continued on 3A

Enterprise of the Week: Advanced Metalworks Enterprise REBEKAH PRICE Lode Writer The Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME) is a collective group of the Innovative Castings Enterprise (ICE) and the Program in Integrated Sustainable Manufacturing Enterprise (PrISM). They joined forces in 2009 to make it easier for students to communicate and complete projects in a more efficient manner. AME gives students the opportunity to work in the machine shop, foundry, and with various specialized microscopes to solve their project problems as students are given access to these facilities that are not necessarily open to underclassmen. “The first chance I got to use a 3-axis CNC machine was a very exciting opportunity for me,” said Dan Young, Chief Executive Officer. “I also really enjoyed the non-work related experiences with my team members. After the job is finished or the day has ended, sharing time and the enjoyment of accomplishment with other people was quite enjoyable.” Young joined AME to gain “experience and knowledge that wouldn’t necessarily be covered with the classroom.” Michelle Loomis, Chief Operating Officer, joined AME to “gain industrial contacts and project experience.” She has done just that by working with ArcelorMittal, a world class dis-

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tributor of steel, on 2 separate projects and with Eastern Alloys, who does work with zinc die casting alloys. “As a direct result of my involvement with enterprise, I landed an internship in the summer of 2010. I have also enhanced leadership skills as vice-president of the enterprise and have learned to give guidance and teach new members the skills they need to work on projects. I was able to use the foundry as early as sophomore year and am now familiar with the process before I ever took a castings class.” Mark Twilley, Chief Information Officer of AME, thinks that

“AME is a great way to get experience that will open the door to amazing internships. [It is great] pouring liquid metal while hanging out with some of the best people on campus.” Twilley has been in the enterprise for six semesters and has participated in projects sponsored by Winsert of Marinette, Wisconsin; and ArcelorMittal. The overwhelming aura of AME is one of ambition, friendliness, and the pure enjoyment of the work that is given to the students. To help gain insight into the engineering process continued on 3A

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Walker Renovations: The HDMZ Lab in the Walker building is recieving new renovations this semester. Construction Photo by Caitlin Pionke and Floor Plan photo from the Humanities Website

New Walker renovations: A highly improved computer lab KIM GRIGG Lode Writer Renovations are being made in Walker to create an improved computer lab for students. Construction for this lab is taking place on the first floor of Walker. The old space was not working well for the humanities department. According to Erin Smith, head of the project, the old space “Had a center island broken up into 10 spaces and some had redundant functions, some had old unused equipment” It was “a jumble of spaces that didn’t work well together.” The lab has taken 2 years to plan out. The new space will be much improved and will offer new opportunities to the students. Ron Strickland, the head of the humanities department, says it will offer “Opportunities for students to work collabora-

tively in clusters, work on large screens interactively with other students, a seminar room with gaming equipment (for the gaming design class) a sound proof room for foreign language videos and practice, redesigned classrooms, and a central check out desk.” The new design of the computer lab will also help with the flow of traffic in the walker building. The lab will have a big commons area for students to work, along with new technologies for the students to work with. The use of the computer lab is not just going to be for a study spot, but there will also be classes held in the computer lab. The construction does not seem to be effecting many students at Michigan Tech. Many of the classes that were in Walker have been moved and humanities students have a temporary lab to work in while the renovations

are taking place. The effect has been very small on the students. Most students are not currently effected by the construction at this time. Smith says that “the teachers are effected more by it then the students” There was much work going into finding the funds to pay for this lab. Stickland says the funds came from “40% student fees, 40% operating budget and 20% tech funds” The humanities department raised a good portion of the money, so the students could have a better computer lab. The construction has started late for this project, because Michigan Tech put a hold on all projects, except for 3 over the summer. The expected end date for this project is in October and students are expected to be able to use the computer lab by December. One of the biggest questions on campus about the new computer lab is, as Mark Maguire puts it “Is it open to all students?” the computer lab will be open to students who are either a humanities major or are currently enrolled in certain humanities classes.

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What sort of activities would you like to see in the Lode? Let us know by e-mailing This week’s Sudoku hits in at a level two. We’ll get harder as the semester goes on, though we’ll post our final level one puzzle entering finals week — we don’t want you wasting too much of your brain power on this. Last week’s completed puzzle is to the right.

EERC Tree actually older than Michigan Tech? STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief The Lode reported in the September 2 edition that the EERC tree was established in 1915, which was based off several popular opinions. However, as Mike Hyslop, Geographic Information Systems Analyst for Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science found out, the tree may even be older than the campus.

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Hyslop counted the radial growth rings that represent tree years by hand under magnification, determining that the tree was probably established in 1871, 16 years before Jay Hubbell convened Tech’s first classes in 1887, when the University was known as the Michigan College of Mines. “I am reasonably confident that the 139 years is correct, but there are a few areas of densely-packed rings that bear closer scrutiny,” said Hyslop in a September 9 Tech

Today article on the subject. The lore surrounding the tree may seem excessive to first-year students, but the EERC tree was known for winning student government elections, Homecoming and Winter Carnival queen – in short, the tree was probably the most popular, and clearly the longest-lived symbol in Michigan Tech history. A new white pine will be planted in its place, and one can only imagine the history that it will see.

Metalworks, continued from 1A

CSC charges, 1A

(brainstorming, designing, testing, and manufacturing), first year students in the enterprise have the opportunity to join the “Widget Team.” This team is primarily made up of sophomores and juniors led by someone who has more experience in the enterprise. These projects that this team takes on are not sponsored by industry contacts, but students learn to strive to complete their tasks in a timely manner. Last year’s Widget project was not able to be completed by the end of last year, but the remaining members are excited about completing it on the side by this December. If

instructs. The Biological Sciences Chair’s office adds, “We do not foresee any disruption in the educational activities associated with these courses.” Adler has been on leave officially since Sept. 10 and has posted bond of $5,000. Dr. K. Michael Gibson, professor and chair of the Biological Sciences department sees Dr. Adler as an integral part of this institution, regardless. “Dr. Adler is indeed a longstanding and valued member of the Biological Sciences Community.” Adler’s preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 15.

you are interested in joining the Enterprise, this would be a good place to start as it will help you learn how to use the machines in the machine shop and give experience in sand casting. Currently, AME is composed of approximately 20 members but is always looking for more students. Electrical engineers, business majors, and mechanical engineering technology students are always needed for projects. If you are interested in AME, contact Mark Twilley ( or Dr. Paul Sanders (sanders@mtu. edu). The weekly meetings are on Mondays at 6 p.m. in M&M 610.


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Start the school year healthy Indian students celebrate ZACHARY PAGE Lode Writer As the new school year begins, many new students find themselves exposed to the various techniques for improving their physical and mental hygiene. Administrators at Michigan Tech have often stressed the importance for student-health awareness programs as a guide for independent living. Many students and faculty have witnessed a positive change in student health education during their years on campus. One student remarked, “I really like how they put nutritional facts and calorie intake on the cereals in the [residence] dining halls. It gives me a better understanding of what’s going on.” It is commonly accepted that healthy eating habits are an important factor in success and well-being. Dr. Kathleen Zelma, an expert on diet and nutrition,

states that weight is not everything when it comes to food consumption. “A regular intake of sugary and high trans-fat foods can lead to huge swings in blood sugar levels. These fluctuations often make it difficult to stay alert and focused,” says Zelma. “Other factors may include low nutritional levels which are essential to growth and development.” Attention span is also triggered by the amount of sleep we get at night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average young adult needs between seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to stay healthy and alert in the classroom. Sarah Godlewski, a senior at Tech commented, “I think the biggest sacrifice in sleep is with that of procrastination. Many students put aside mountains of homework and then wait the day before it is due to do them.” Sleep is also an important aspect of fitness. Tech offers a variety of ser-

vices to students looking to stay in shape for the school year. The Quad Core Fitness Center (QCFC) contains a fitness room in each of the three dormitories as well as in the new Residential Apartment Building. “My friends and I go to the McNair weight room a lot”, says Patricia Waters. “They are a great way to relieve a lot of stress build up.” To obtain annual membership, on-campus students pay a $60 fee in the Housing Facilities Office located in Douglas Houghton Hall. Other services include the Student Fitness Center located in the Student Development Complex. “It’s a good place to go,” says student Roy Kellner. “I usually go there prior to my morning class and it helps me get through the day.” The Tech community provides a myriad of resources on maintaining good health. Many of these may be found by accessing the Student Health 101 handbook which can be found on the campus website.

Halo Reach takes campus by storm Halo, the first person shooter game, has taken Michigan Tech’s campus by storm. It seems like students (mostly males) across campus are either going to the midnight release, getting it on September 14 (the day it comes out), or have pre-ordered the game. The new Halo coming is out Halo: Reach. The game is a prequel to all the other Halo games that have been released so far. It is called Halo Reach, because the video game takes place on the planet Reach. The story takes place before the Spartans from the other games are killed off and long before the other games have taken place. Many students across campus are excited to get

the game and find out the story of the game. There are the select few who do know the story line of the game and even then they are excited to play the game. It doesn’t matter one bit to many gamers on campus if they know the story or not. They are just excited to get the game in their hands and play it. This game is so popular that it could potentially put students’ social lives on pause. Many of the gamers on campus are planning on playing it until they win it at least one time. The game is anticipated to be so entertaining that a student, Cody Trevillian, said, “I’m probably going to play it until I burn a ring in it.”

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Halo Timeline: Halo Wars (2009) Halo: Reach (2010) Halo (2003) Halo 2 (2004) Halo 3 (2007) Halo 3: ODST (2009)

Ganesh Festival PRIYANKA MOHARIR Lode Writer When you are sad, in trouble, or when everything in life goes upside down or you are stuck all alone on a dark night on a very quiet road waiting by your broken car with no cell phone, what do you do? Your first reaction is to think about your carelessness and wait helplessly. The next instinct is to pray to God for help because when in trouble the only thing you do is pray to your god even if there is no church in front of you. Maybe because we believe He is watching over us and hope that after we pray he might come and rescue us. But most times he does not come. Not because he is too busy helping others, but because he thinks we are capable enough to solve our problems on our own. Sometimes we ask Him for favors like “I wish my submissions aren’t due tomorrow” or “I hope my interview goes well” or sometimes we wish for things we want. But we seldom get these things not because we don’t deserve it, but because we deserve much better things. You are aware of the fact that though it is much quicker and easier to build a house as compared to building a mega structure that takes several years, once completed, that mega structure is one of a kind. We often remember God in times of trouble but we forget him when we are committing a sin. But when everyone abandons us and we are on our own? Yeah, He is there for us. Regardless of age we just go to Him for help. We believe he will hear us. Even if we go to another part of the globe we know he will be there with us. You must be wondering why I am speaking so much about God. Well, in India on Saturday, Sept. 11 2010, a festival was celebrated called “Ganesh Festival”. It is unlike any other festival. It would be surprising for many of you; interesting though. Lord Ganesh (commonly known as Ganapati) is the name of the god whose birthday is celebrated mainly by Hindus (Though nowadays regardless of caste, creed or nationality everyone celebrates this festival). I won’t say it is only celebrated in India because it is celebrated widely; including the United States. Ganesh is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. Ganapati is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride.‘Ga’ means Buddhi (intelligence). ‘Na’ means Vijnaana (wisdom). ‘Pathi’ means master. Ganapati was well versed in 14 fields of education and 64 fields of arts.

So, Ganapati is the master of all knowledge, intelligence and wisdom. Whenever people want to commence any undertaking or start learning music or the fine arts or any branch of knowledge, they first offer worship to Lord Ganesha. He is also the Guardian of Wealth and so is also called as Lakshmi Svaruupa. Here svaruupa means in the “form of ” and Lakshmi represents all wealth and prosperity and not only money; here wealth means pleasure and bliss. Of what use is having money, knowledge and wisdom when one has no pleasure or bliss? Here’s how this festival is celebrated. Devotees bring an idol of Ganapati and perform arti (a form of prayer wherein hymns are sung accompanied by rhythmic clapping) usually twice a day, in front of the idol after which Prasad is distributed to all the devotees. Prasad is a sweet, which is food of the Lord and is distributed after the arti, it is considered to have blessings of Lord. All these rituals make the whole atmosphere holy. People who can’t make it for the arti can come anytime and pray in front of the idol. In India, the idol sizes may vary from one foot to 76 feet. The interesting part about this festival is that this idol is only kept for a short period of time and then it is usually immersed in a water body (which is called Visargan) as it is believed that God travels towards his home at Kailash and takes all the troubles, misfortune and infirmity of devotees with him and brings happiness, wealth and good luck to their lives. Visargan usually takes place after a day and a half, or the third, fifth or seventh day according to family tradition. When done on a bigger scale for all the devotees then it is done after eleven days. Devotees get so emotionally attached to Ganapati that you can actually see many of them crying after the idol is immersed into the water body; especially children (for children Lord Ganesh is more like a friend). If you want to have this holy experience then you should probably head to 1117 Ruby Avenue, Houghton, MI, where many of Tech’s Indian students are celebrating this festival and performing these sacred rituals by bringing the idol of Lord Ganesha and by decorating his surroundings. The idol will be kept for ten days: Sept. 11 to Sept. 22. There is an open invitation to all the readers of the Lode regardless of your creed and nationality to go there and just pray whole heartedly. It is said all your wishes will be fullfilled.

Khana Khazana to support flood victims PRIYANKA MOHARIR Lode Writer The floods in Pakistan have affected 14 million people and killed 1,600, according to the UN. Millions of people remain stranded by these floods and have yet to receive any help at all. An estimated six million people, ¬almost one-third of the 20 million left homeless, are still waiting for aid relief to get through ¬more than two weeks after the floods hit and destroyed so many lives. Many people are injured or homeless as a result of the flooding. To support these people who are in desperate need of help, some Michigan Tech students have

taken taken the initiative by organizing a fund raising event. A group of Pakistani and MSA students, with the help of the Khana Khazana staff are going to prepare lunch on Friday, Sept. 17. Half of the proceeds will go to benefit the flood victims in Pakistan. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MUB food mall. As this money is going toward a good cause, many people are expected to participate in this event. The menu seems to be delicious as there will be many types of cuisine from different countries. This is just one of the many cultural events happening this weekend that you may not want to miss.

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New firearms storage is undesirable JACK AMMERMAN Lode Writer One of the things that make Michigan Tech such a unique campus is the fact that it allows firearm storage on campus. For any students interested in hunting or shooting at a range, this is a major plus for the university. It is especially convenient for the many students who live far away. The ability to store their firearm on campus instead of driving far out of their way to store them makes it easier for students to stay involved in a sport which uses them. Just to clarify, by “on campus” I am referring to the Public Safety building. Michigan Tech does not allow any student to carry or store a firearm anywhere else. The concept of storing a firearm on campus is a great idea for all involved. Students can drop off any number of firearms and/or bows at Public Safety. After filling

out a bit of paperwork, the firearms are locked away. The student has a sense of security that their firearm is safely protected and the university knows there is less risk of a student sneaking something into a dorm room because they are given a better alternative. In the past the firearms storage system was absolutely perfect. A student would register their firearms with public safety and would be assigned a locker. The student was responsible for providing a lock, but otherwise the entire service is free. Once registered a student would walk his/her own firearm back and store it themselves. This insured that no one was in contact with the firearm except the students. Once the locker was locked, only the student had the key. However among the many changes to Michigan Tech in the past year was a change to the firearm storage process. With this new change arose a

Ask Sassy Dear Sassy, There are no forks in our house. We were fully stocked on forks, but somehow they’ve all mysteriously disappeared. Maybe they really don’t like our house. Do you know how to keep forks around?

Sincerely, Forkless in Houghton

Dear Forkless,

Of all the kitchen utensils, the fork is the most restless. The life of a fork is not easy. They have a forty-hour work week, no benefits, and no chance for promotion. They are the lowest of the low, the pawns of the silverware drawer. Not only do they constantly shovel food into violent , chomping mouths, but they are on the front lines when it comes to scraping the bottoms of dirty pots and pans. It’s no wonder that your forks have escaped from your culinary prison. Maybe you should have given them a break. Would it kill you to use a spoon once in a while? The only remedy I can suggest is purchasing a Wal-Mart set of forks. They are usually a little duller and won’t recognize the harsh realities of their imprisonment.

Dear Sassy, I have two friends that are both running for Homecoming King. I am under a lot of pressure from both of them to help them win. Do I support both of them or just avoid the whole contest?

Sincerely, King of Indecision

Dear King, On one hand you really could just avoid the whole contest. In a few years it won’t really matter who won and no one will really remember. There are very few titles more arbitrary and pointless than Homecoming royalty. I think the American people just feel compelled to express their democratic tendencies at every opportunity. However, to keep in spirit of the fleeting importance and drama of the occasion, I would suggest that you support both. All anger and resentment will be avoided this way. Be Switzerland. Dear Sassy, A guy I just met invited me over for dinner this weekend. He said he was making pork chops. It’s very nice of him, but I really don’t care for pork chops! Should I just go and suffer through it or should I be honest and have him change the menu?

Sincerely, Picky Eater

Dear Picky, The ethical thing to do is to call up that boy and tell him that you’re very sorry but you won’t be able to attend dinner because you’re too inconsiderate. When someone offers to make you dinner, you accept it if logistically possible. What they serve you is what they eat. It is incredibly rude to turn your nose up at food that another person has taken time to prepare for you. You don’t like pork chops? You probably don’t like onion, tomatoes, or a further array of edibles that you have, for no good reason, taken a dislike to. If your entire person is as immature as your palette and sense of social correctness, it will be years before you’re ready to make a romantic commitment. Have a question to ASK SASSY?! E-mail questions to Sassy at

few issues in the storage process. The new method starts the same, a student registers the firearms with Public Safety. Then, once registered, the student is asked to remove them from the cases and hand them to a police officer who disappears into the back room. The officer takes the firearms to gun racks like one would see in Gander Mountain, leaving the student at the front desk. When the student goes to remove their firearm, it is the process in reverse. An officer retrieves the unprotected firearm from the rack and brings it to the front desk. This new method of storage leaves a lot to be desired. For one, the firearms are being removed from the very cases meant to protect them. Public Safety states that this is because of a space issue. Large, padded, hard cases are too bulky and they cannot accommodate them. The way to combat a space issue is to create

a larger space. Not to create a risk of potentially damaging expensive firearms. Any firearm removed from a case should be stored in a legitimate gun safe which protects it from harm. Storage which allows protective cases would require a larger space. Increasing the storage area would predictably cost a bit. This can be dealt with however by charging students a small fee to use the space each semester. The storage area would pay for itself in time. Public Safety is also creating liability for themselves involving a police officer in the transportation of the firearms. With the old system the only person handling any firearm was the owner of that firearm. Now not only is an officer handling them, but also without a protective case. And no matter how careful, how trained, or how responsible the officers are, we are all human. Mistakes are made. It is much better to let the owner

of a firearm make the mistake. This way the cost of a damaged scope, for example, would not lie on the university’s shoulders. If an officer must oversee the transportation of the firearms into storage then let them accompany the student. Guiding them to the specific spot and escorting the student throughout the storage area would keep the firearm and liability out of the officers hands. As an avid hunter and shooter, I was estatic when I found out that Michigan Tech allowed firearm storage on campus. For me, it was one factor in determining which college I attended. I used the storage last year and was thoroughly pleased with the setup. However with the new system I will not store any of my firearms there. It was dissapointing to feel the need to remove my firearms, but until some changes are made I feel much safer with my firearms located off campus.

A formal La Maison hall apology

Today the Lode Office received an apology from La Maison Hall. As the Opinion Editor, I thank La Maison for their response. The hall members’ signatures are seen to the right. Their apology is as follows:

LA MAISON West Wads Resident Hall The Lode recently published a story concerning the community agreement of La Maison De Giete, a house in West Wadsworth Hall. This agreement contained several statements that were vulgar and inappropriate to be displayed as a set of rules supported by a house in the resident halls. We, the members of La Maison, would like to apologize to all those in the Michigan Tech community who were offended by these statements, as well as to anyone else who might have read the agreement. We in La Maison do not want people to think the agreement that was posted is an accurate representation of who we are. After reading the article and having a discussion, we as a community realized that this joke went too far. In La Maison, we are a group of men who like to joke around, but we also value having a strong sense of community, strong tradition, a desire to do well in academics and being involved in our Michigan Tech community. We would like to be viewed as a hall that is very active on campus and also accepting of everybody. Finally, the residents of La Maison would like to inform the community that we encourage open discussion about any issues, questions or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. We apologize again for what happened.

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Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, September 16, 2010


Football looks to improve record against Warriors By After playing 60 solid minutes of football in last Saturday’s 42-13 season-opening victory, the Huskies look to carry over that same high-level consistency into their home opener this Saturday afternoon against Wayne State. It is fair to say that the Warriors (2-0, 1-0 GLIAC) will provide a tougher test than Lake Erie (0-2, 0-1 GLIAC). Wayne State defeated Northwood 3119 in what was technically a non-conference game, before destroying Tiffin 63-14 last week. The Warriors have featured a dominant running game in recent years, led by last year’s GLIAC player of the year, Joique Bell, who tallied 2,084 rushing yards last year alone, leading not just the GLIAC but all levels of NCAA football in rushing,

Stanley Cup visits Michigan Tech DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor For a brief few minutes on Tuesday, passersby in the SDC were treated to a very special visit from hockey’s most coveted award, the Stanley Cup. Brad Aldrich, the son of former Michigan Tech equipment manager Mike Aldrich, works for the Chicago Blackhawks, the current Stanley Cup Champions, as a video coach. Just like the players, all of the coaching staff too get their day with the Cup. Today was Brad’s. Aldrich, decked out in his Blackhawks’ best, shared his day with his family and several employees of the SDC before taking the trophy to his former high school in Hancock, Mich. This marks the third time the trophy has made an appearance at Michigan Tech as former Huskies’ star Randy McKay twice won the Cup as a member of the New Jersey Devils. The Stanley Cup was donated in 1892, and was originally awarded to Canada’s top amateur ice hockey club. It became the official NHL championship trophy in 1926 and has become arguably the most popular trophy in sports since. Aldrich and the rest of the Blackhawks will officially have their names forever etched on the surface of the Cup next week.

scoring and all-purpose yards per game. While the Huskies will be thankful for Bell’s departure, two solid backs have done their best to fill Bell’s shoes. Josh Renel and Tony Davis both individually have more than 40 carries and 250 yards in two games this year, leading the Warriors to a dominant GLIAC lead in team rushing yards per game (308; Northwood is second in the GLIAC with 232). Warrior QB Mickey Mohner has only averaged 138 yards through the air this year with one touchdown and two interceptions over two games, but he throws just enough to set up Wayne State’s dominant running game. The Warriors only big-play receiver, if two games are any indication, is Troy Burrell, who is averaging four catches for 77.5 yards per game, and he has caught Mohner’s only touchdown pass of the year. The Wayne State defense is

staunch, allowing a league low in total yards per game (207.5). They are fifth best in scoring defense, allowing just 16.5 points per game. It is fairly easy to maintain these defensive statistics when the offense leads the GLIAC in time of possession, at 35:21 per contest. It will certainly be a grudge match as Michigan Tech tallied 196 rushing yards and had possession for more than 20 minutes in the second half of last week’s game against Lake Erie. “As a team, we all want to win. We just want to be 1-0 every weekend and that will help us down the road,” said Phil Milbrath, who tallied 109 yards rushing and 82 yards receiving, plus three touchdowns in last week’s win. “Individually, my goal is to perform at a consistent enough level to help the team goal, win ball games.” The Huskies will need a solid balance of passing and running if they hope to keep Wayne

State’s solid rushing game off the field, and keep their defense guessing. As it stands this early in the season, the Huskies and Warriors are first and second in the GLIAC in scoring offense, both over 40 points per game, while both being in the top five in defense, surrendering less than 17 points per game. Something has to give between these two powerhouses. Michigan Tech is 5-16 all time against Wayne State, but their last meeting in 2007 went in favor of the Huskies 21-14 in Detroit. If the Huskies pull out the victory, it will be their second of the season, matching last year’s total. Saturday’s kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Sherman Field between the Huskies and Warriors. WKMJ 93.5 FM will carry the game via radio, but the brisk, partly cloudy weather conditions should make perfect football watching conditions.

First look at hockey newcomers shows strong potential JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer Daniel Holmberg When school starts at Michigan Tech, there seems to be one conversation topic that always comes up, “How long was your drive up to Houghton?” People from downstate Michigan like to think their 8-10 hour drives are impressive, while others come from further places from across the United States. For one freshman student, it took three plane trips and a distance of 3,990 miles to get to Houghton, Michigan. As one of the eight freshmen on the Michigan Tech hockey team, Daniel Holmberg, who hails from Nykoping, Sweden, came to the United States for the first time to join the rest of the class of 2014 during orientation week. Holmberg was recruited by Michigan Tech while the Huskies’ coaching staff were on a trip to Sweden last year. “I felt like this was definitely the right fit for me,” said Holmberg on his decision on Michigan Tech. “I like everything here. I like the school and the training.” In Sweden, there is no university-based hockey system, so coming to the United States was an opportunity for Holmberg to continue to play quality hockey while getting an

education. As a business management major, with English not being Holmberg’s native language, adapting to the constant English has been a challenge. However, adapting to Michigan seems to have been an easier test. “The first day we drove around here it felt like home,” said Holmberg. With the Detroit Red Wings as his favorite hockey team, and the Ambassador as his favorite restaurant in Houghton, Holmberg seems to be adjusting well to life in Houghton. While the rest of the school gets into their cars to head for home this spring, Holmberg will be headed for the airport, ready for the 12-hour flight home, with a year full of pasties and WCHA hockey experiences going with him.

I felt like this was definitely the right fit for me. I like everything here. I like the school and the training.

Daniel Sova


Michigan Tech has different draws for different people. Some students love the engineering programs and some

love the outdoor opportunities. A few students choose Michigan Tech for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and that was the criteria for one key freshman. Daniel Sova landed at Michigan Tech mainly thanks to their membership in the WCHA. For an average student, this could seem like a random reason to decide on a school, but not for a hockey player. Sova joins the Huskies hockey program this fall as one of eight incoming freshman on the team. Growing up in Cottage Grove, Minn., close to the University of Minnesota campus, Sova is not new to watching the high level of play the WCHA is known for. Sova played his last two years for the Waterloo Black Hawks in Iowa, so he is used to the high level expected in the WCHA. “I know what’s in front of me,” said Sova. “Hopefully in the first game you get the grasp of what’s going on.” Sova hopes to help the Huskies defensively this year. While with Waterloo, he had been named the USHL CCM Defensive Player of the Week. He hopes to showcase his defensive talent this year for the Huskies. With a strong background and knowledge of the WCHA, his goal of playing in the league is finally becoming a reality.



r e b m nu wins by the soccer team against nonconference opponents from the state of Minnesota.



wins by women’s tennis doubles teams this season thus far through three matches. Last season, the teams started with five wins and finished the season with 38.


minutes needed by Brian Stetter to win the Lake Superior Challenge for the second straight season.


-point seasonopening victory for football. The margin was the largest to win a season opener since 2005, when they beat NMU, 42-21.


assists by Madeline Haben in the volleyball Huskies’ first three GLIAC matches this season. She is on pace for 494 assists in conference play.

Schedules/Results Football (1-0, 1-0 GLIAC)

Sept. 11 @ Lake Erie, W, 42-21 Sat. vs. Wayne State, 1 p.m. Sept. 25 @ Indianapolis, 2 p.m. Oct. 2 vs. Ohio Dominican, 1 p.m. Visit for full standings

Soccer (2-2-0, 0-2-0 GLIAC)

Sept. 10 vs. ODU, L, 1-0 Sept. 12 vs. UMD, W, 1-0 Fri. vs. Grand Valley State, 7 p.m. Sat.vs. Ferris State, 1 p.m. Visit for full standings

Volleyball (1-6, 0-3 GLIAC) Sept. 11 @ Grand Valley, L, 3-0 Sept. 12 @ Ferris State, L, 3-1 Fri. vs. Ashland, 5 p.m. Sat. vs. Lake Erie, 4 p.m. Visit for full standings

W. Tennis (1-2, 1-2 GLIAC)

Sept. 10 @ Ohio Dominican, L, 6-3 Sept. 11 @.Ashland, L, 7-2 Sept. 12 @ Lake Erie, W, 7-0 Sept. 17-19 @ ITA Regionals Visit for full standings

Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Daver Karnosky, editor in chief Stephen Anderson, business manager Jacob Vehring and you, the reader, via online poll. Stephen Anderson won last year and has won two of the last three years (former opinion editor Rob Devaun with the other win). 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: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles (three-game series), Iowa Hawkeyes at Arizona Wildcats, New England Patriots at New York Jets

DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor 1-2 Last Week, 2-4 Overall

STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief 3-0 Last Week, 4-2 Overall

JACOB VEHRING Business Manager 3-0 Last Week, 4-2 Overall

YOU Readers 3-3 Last Week, 3-3 Overall

Wow, am I getting beat up or what? The Baltimore Orioles have looked like a baseball team ever since they brought in Buck Showalter to manage the team. It makes you wonder why they waited so long, doesn’t it? This weekend, they will do what they’ve been doing so effectively of late, win. The Wildcats may have the best team they’ve had in years, but the Ricky Stanzi and the Hawkeyes are just simply deeper. Finally, I am a Jets fan, but the loss of Kris Jenkins is too large for their defense to overcome this week. What a crazy start to the NFL and college football seasons! Fortunately I weathered the storm well with my picks last week, but it’s anybody’s guess who will win. I’m going to take New England against the Jets only because Tom Brady is my fantasy football quarterback, and I’m sick of USC pretty-boy QBs. I really can’t stand either of them, but it is certainly an intriguing match-up. It’ll be Iowa’s defense that gives them the victory in a low-scoring battle of top 25s. The baseball match-up may seem obscure, but the Orioles are primed to play spoiler under Showalter’s resurgence. 3-0 last week, hopefully that success continues. As a University of Michigan football fan, I am very happy to see Denard Robinson putting the team on his back and making them relevant again. I just hope he can keep getting up from all those hits. This week I think the Jets will continue disappointing, because Sanchez is just not as good as thought, as they will lose to the New England Patriots. Arizona will upset Iowa, although neither team has played a difficult game Arizona has absolutely dominated their games. The Yankees are too good to lose a series to the lowly Orioles no matter who is managing them. Each week, we’ll let you the reader vote in our Editor’s Shootout online poll at editors-shootout-polls/. The majority of the vote for each match-up will be the chosen team, and your cumulative record will get put alongside our three wannabe experts. We’ll run this feature through the entire year and see who comes out on top.

Orioles 2-1 Hawkeyes 27-18 Patriots 29-19

Orioles 2-1 Hawkeyes 14-10 Patriots 20-14

Yankees 2-1 Arizona 28 - 24 Patriots 17-14

Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, September 16, 2010



Cross Country teams win again at Lake Superior ANDREW KLESCEWSKI Lode Writer Michigan Tech went to Sault Ste. Marie for the Lake Superior Challenge last Saturday and competed against Northern Michigan, Lake Superior State, and Northwood. The Huskies’ runners mimicked last week’s performance with both the men’s and women’s teams taking first at the meet. “Obviously I have no complaints about our team’s performance,” said Huskies’ coach Joe Haggenmiller. The women’s race was won for the second straight week by

true freshman Deedra Irwin, who remains undefeated in her collegiate career, and finished with a time of 19 minutes even. Right behind Irwin was Huskies’ senior Jill Smith, who finished second (19:14). Two more Huskies finished in the top five to elevate the team to a win. Sophomore Nikki Kilunen (19:30) and freshman Marissa Yovetich (19:31) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. On the men’s side, senior Brian Stetter also finished first for the second week on a row, with a time of 16:03. Huskies’ sophomore Nick Bedbury finished second with

Soccer preps for NCAAChampion Grand Valley

Saving grace: MaryBeth Spoehr comes up big against Minnesota Duluth Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Super senior: Brian Stetter has won each of his first two races this season. Photo by Jacob Shuler

CARA HANSON Lode Writer Soccer action continues this week at Sherman Field when the Huskies host Grand Valley State on Friday and Ferris State on Sunday. Friday’s game against the Lakers will most likely be the toughest battle for the Huskies this season. GVSU claimed the NCAA Division II National Championship last year, finishing the 2009 season undefeated (22-0-4). The Huskies will have to exploit the young Laker roster, as the majority of GVSU’s players are freshman or sophomores. “We will be prepping and preparing for the game during practice this week,” said de-

a time of 16:22. Freshman Matt Dugan rounded out the top five for the Huskies with a time of 16:27, which earned him a fourth place finish. The Huskies also took sixth through tenth place with consecutive finishes from Dylan Anderson, Karl Koivisto, Nick Wimmer, Jon Kilpela, and Jonathan Enderby. Overall, the Huskies cross country team looks quite impressive, and the GLIAC Championships later this year promises to be an exciting one. Both teams will be tested again at the Roy Griak Invitation on the University of Minnesota campus on Sept. 25.

fender Anne Dancy. “We are trying to set a high bar for the program and will come out and play hard.” If the Huskies come aggressive and play like they did during their season opener against Concordia-St. Paul, they have an excellent chance of topping Ferris State. The Bulldogs lost their first four games of the season, two of which were to GLIAC competitors GVSU and Saginaw Valley State. Similar to Michigan Tech, Ferris has two freshman goalkeepers who don’t have much college experience. Huskies’ goalkeeper MaryBeth Spoehr wants the team to “play with composure and ferocity.” The Huskies offense is more than capable of creating scoring opportunities, and

2009 Roy Griak Invite Top 5 Returning Huskies Men’s Results Brian Stetter (26:17) Zach Carlson (27:48) Colin Singleton (27:53) Nick Bedbury (28:13) Jonathan Kilpela (28:17) Women’s Results Sarah Daniels (24:28) Alison Springer-Wil. (24:33) Amanda Halonen (24:38) Christina Michica (24:42) Laura Rantala (25:12)

should be able to do so Sunday afternoon. The Huskies are fresh off their second win against Minnesota Duluth, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the Huskies on Sunday afternoon. The game was an improvement over the 1-0 loss to GLIAC newcomer Ohio Dominican last Friday night. The soccer team is 2-2-0 and is looking for their first conference win this weekend. Game times for this weekend are Friday at 7 p.m. against Grand Valley State and at noon on Sunday against Ferris State. Come out and support the newest Huskies athletic program. If you can’t make it to the game make sure to check out the game recaps at www.

ITA Regional Tournament next for tennis After a disappointing weekend that saw the women’s tennis Huskies come back with just a single win in three tries, the Huskies look forward to taking a break this weekend and participating in the ITA Regional Tournament. “We are trying to start where we finished last year,” said head coach Mike Axford. “We are putting too much pressure on ourselves.” The ITA Regional takes place from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 19. The tournament is set up so that top performers from each participating squad will be seeded according to their perceived

We are trying to start where we finished last year. We are putting too much pressure on ourselves.


ability level. After that, the rest of the participating players will be placed in the open slots to fill out the bracket. In last year’s singles tournament, junior Ploy Suthijindawong finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, making it to the quarterfinals. She made short work of

Drury’s Ann Lustig, Northwood’s Svenja Stephan, and Amy Ingle of Ferris State. Senior Nathalia Rondelli won her opening match against Paige Cooper of Ashland before falling in the second round to Ingle. Senior Asel Otunchieva dropped her only match against Adrienne DiVito of Lake Superior State. In doubles, Suthijindawong and Rondelli won their first two matches before falling to Katia Bon and Pelagie Gamo of Drury in the quarterfinals. In their opening match, the Huskies’ top duo cruised past Northwood’s Raphaela Perisic and Charlotte Sevin. For their second match, the pair defeated Aya Gombo and Stephanie Thompson of Mis-

Volleyball looks forward to GLIAC home opener DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor

Since picking up a win against Glenville in the Ferris State Invitational, the volleyball Huskies have been searching for their identity, and, in the process, they have dropped four straight tough matches. The Huskies look to start turning around their 1-6 overall record this weekend as they are finally home at the SDC Wood Gym to face a pair of GLIAC opponents in the Ashland Eagles and Lake Erie Storm. The Eagles and head coach Connie Surowicz enter Friday’s match with the Huskies sporting a 4-3 overall record. They are 1-2 in GLIAC play thus far, having beaten Wayne State, but having lost to Findlay and Hillsdale. Sophomore Brittany Snider has been a big part of the Ea-

gles’ attack, with 136 kills and a .203 hitting percentage. Snider also has 64 digs, the thirdhighest total on the team. Freshman Kate Eckels has added 82 kills and 78 digs, giving her the second most on the team in both categories. Sophomore Crystal Elliot leads the Eagles with 282 assists thus far. She also has 47 digs on the season. The Storm enter this Saturday’s match with a 3-5 record overall, but have yet to pick up a win in GLIAC play in three tries. Head coach Gary VanCauwenberge has a relatively young team, and that inexperience sometimes shows. Freshman Jamie Hoppe leads the Storm in kills with 58 this season. Her dig total of 57 is second-highest on the team. Sophomore Mary Walter has 52 kills, good for second on the team. Walter also has a

hitting percentage of .178. Leading the Storm in assists is junior Krista O’Connor, who has notched 103 on the campaign. Classmate Lauren Bogatay isn’t far behind with 97. Senior Lauren Johnson leads the team in digs with 99. For the Huskies, junior Kristine Sexton has 30 kills through the team’s three GLIAC matches. Senior Alicia Schneider isn’t far behind with 24. Sophomore Madeline Haben has picked up 78 assists through the three matches, posting 29 digs along the way. The loss of Kathleen Storm to injury will be difficult for the Huskies to rebound from. Game time on Friday is 5 p.m., and the match on Saturday will be at 4 p.m.

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souri-St. Louis. The other Huskies’ duo to compete was Otunchieva and Danielle Stoll. Unfortunately, they fell to Ashland’s Paige Cooper and Katherine Goudy. This season, the Huskies will be sending some of their younger players to compete in the tournament. Freshmen Natalia Lebedeva and Anna Hegyi will represent the Huskies along with sophomore Kira Eck and senior Asel Otunchieva. None of the Huskies will be seeded, so they will have to fight through their bracket. “Everyone has their little things they need to focus on,” said Axford. “That’s what we want to step forward with.” Hegyi has been the most effective Huskies’ singles player thus far this season with points

against both Ohio Dominican and Ashland. Hegyi’s doubles team, the Huskies’ number two duo of Hegyi and Otunchieva have won two of their three matches thus far. For Lebedeva, this will be the youngster’s first action of the season. While their teammates are heading to the tournament, those Huskies not going will be spending their extra week gearing up for the five-match home stand that starts next weekend. The Huskies will play host to Ferris State and Grand Valley State first before facing Tiffin, Wayne State, and Findlay during a two-week stretch. The pairings for the tournament this weekend will be released later this week.

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