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Exotic animals visit Walker lawn SASHA BURNETT Lode Writer Last week on Friday, Oct. 11, a monkey named Mindy paraded herself on Walker Lawn, kissing students and posing for photos. A tarantula named Cuddles showed off his creepy-crawlies. A ‘famous’ porcupine named Porky gushed about what it was like to be in a commercial. These animals, among others, were part of the exotic animal show
on Walker Lawn, brought to campus by the MUB Board. Animal Rentals, a company from Chicago, travels around the US to different events and colleges to put on animal petting zoos and shows. Michigan Tech students were able to interact with ten of Animal Rentals’ exotic friends. “The MUB Board planned on having the exotic animals last year for Spring Fling, but Continued on page 3
Left: A brave student kisses Purse, the American alligator. Right: Pi-Wacker the Scarlett Macaw sat still to be pet by students.
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Staying Safe at Tech continued RAND SILVERS Lode Writer Safety is very important here at Tech, and so The Lode and Public Safety are partnering to bring MTU students the important information they need to keep themselves safe. Check back here every other week for another safety topic. Michigan Tech has always been considered a safe place. In 2011, Reader’s Digest ranked it as the third safest university in the country and the safest in the state (the next safest, the University of Michigan, ranked at #34 nationally). But why is that? “I think that a lot of it is that this is a small area, and people tend to look after each other. People who are likeminded tend to come here, because it’s a safe area,” says Brian Cadwell, Deputy Chief of Police at Michigan
Tech Public Safety. “[These statistics] typically look at violent crime… sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, which is assault with a weapon, burglaries, which is entry of a building with the intent to steal something, or robberies, which is theft with the threat of violence, be it a gun or a knife. The instance of those is very low here.” It’s not just the fact that Tech students are good people, however. Over the last several years, Public Safety has taken a number of steps to make the campus safer. The largest of these has been increased focus on preventing crime before it happens. Cadwell said, “We’ve become more proactive in terms of being more involved with the community… Helping people make themselves safe, and trying to find new innovative ways to get the safety message out.” One of these programs which was initiated last fall has been the Resident Officer program, where a Public Safety Officer lives in Daniel Heights whose duties largely consist of outreach and information. Cadwell says that,
“It’s opened up lines of communication that allow us to see what’s going on and find ways to keep the campus safer, and get a better rapport with the population here.” He encourages students to report things such as broken streetlights, safety concerns and information about illegal activities to Public Safety, which can be contacted 24/7 at 906-487-2216. In an emergency, always call 911. Students can also go to Public Safety’s offices at the Widmaier House on campus. The front door is locked after 5 p.m., but the phone by the door goes to the dispatch room, which is staffed 24/7 and can provide access. You can view the 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report at (http://www.mtu.edu/publicsafety/policeservices/administration/campus-security-act/annualreport.pdf). You can view Michigan Tech’s physical crime log by visiting the Widmaier House, or view it online at (http:// blogs.mtu.edu/publicsafety/).
Student Org Spotlight: Aerospace Enterprise NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Interested in furthering your knowledge and experience in aerospace? Michigan Tech’s Aerospace Enterprise may be your ticket to having your ideas,
suggestions and handiwork head into space. The Aerospace Enterprise has been working on their current project, a satellite, for some time. This spring they will ship the Oculus-ASR nanosat away from campus to be tested further. The current project the Oculus-ASR was started a few years ago. “The goal
of the Oculus-ASR mission is to act as a calibration tool or test-bed for an Air Force space surveillance program that utilizes low-powered telescopes,” said Andrew Conley, third year Mechanical Engineering major and current project manager for the enterprise team. To describe the current mission, Conley said “Currently, to get an
accurate model of orbiting satellites and highlight key details, a very high powered telescope is needed. When you move to lower powered telescopes, a lot of the details are lost and the image becomes mainly a small light. This light can be tracked and interpolated to determine a Continued on page 3
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general shape and attitude. If the shape and attitude are known, key information about the mission can be determined.” The team is comprised of about 60 individuals split into teams. Each team has been working on part of the satellite. Students from many majors comprise the team: mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, computer engineers and software engineers. “You get the opportunity to work with other disciplines, it’s not just your own,” said Conley. Students have the opportunity to take on simple projects that may take as little as two hours a week, or more involved ones that may take up to ten hours a week. “With the typical student participating in the enterprise program for two years, there is a high turnover rate which allows for individuals to take leadership positions and this is encouraged after some time working in the enterprise,” said Conley. With the current satellite project
Top: Mindy the monkey. Bottom: Porky the porcupine.
there was a blizzard so it was cancelled and we decided to have it on Family Weekend,” said Maddison Alden, member of MUB Board. According to MUB Board president David Shull, Family Weekend was chosen for the exotic animals event because it was both a time when students were already out and about and could stop by. Friday was a time that not a lot of other events were happening so there wouldn’t be a big competition for students’ attention. William Hoffman, president of Animal Rentals, said the animals present were Amy, the nine banded armadillo; Sherman, the leopard tortoise; Cuddles, a Chilean RoseHaired tarantula; Miss Clean, a hairless rat; Chi Chi, the chinchilla; Porky, the porcupine; Purse, the American alligator; Casper, the white python; Pi-Wacker, the Scarlett Macaw; a menagerie of Madagascar hissing cockroaches; a Sarah desert fox and Mindy the monkey.
wrapping up a new competition design, new ideas are in the works. “In the coming semester and next year, we will begin the design phase of the next satellite or aerospace vehicle,” said Conley. Although it is almost completed, Conley adds, “It is a complicated mission with many parties involved, including the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) and Department of Defense (DoD).” “If you have ideas or are interested in working with leading aerospace companies in the future or are interested in aerospace or aviation, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved,” Conley said. Students who join this semester or next will get the chance to work in designing a satellite for the next competition, along with hands on experience with the current satellite. “It’s a great time to join,” said Conley. If you have any interest please email Conley at (email@example.com).
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“I really enjoyed the monkey because she was very playful and when I held her she licked me on the lips. I got a kiss from a monkey,” said Cassie Jaffas, a first year student who attended the event. “At MUB Board we believe that it’s our job to break out of just doing the typical event programming… and offer students at Michigan Tech unique and fun options. We want students to have fun and to share that with their friends,” Shull said. Mindy the monkey seemed to be the talk of the show, but, according to Hoffman, many of the other animals have interesting characteristics. For example, Cuddles the tarantula is 25 years old and although he is mildly venomous, humans do not find the venom toxic. Also, Porky the porcupine recently starred in a commercial for the Illinois Lottery. In case you missed the exotic animal show, check out some photos of the animals on Facebook; simply search “Animal Rentals.”
The current project of the Aerospace Enterprise is the Oculus-ASR Satellite.
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The world at Budgeting part II: the a glance Audited Financial Report RAND SILVERS Lode Writer
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The Pointing Test Chimpanzees and humans share many characteristics in communication, emotions and intelligence. A recent study done by Dr. Richard Byrne, a biologist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and his graduate student Anna Smet now believe they have found a link between humans and another animal: the elephant. Extending an index finger to draw attention to an object, or the simple gesture of pointing, is typically learned within the first year of a human’s life. This study, completed with 11 elephants, probably isn’t enough to seal the deal, but is does raise the question: do elephants also have a deep social intelligence similar to humans? The researchers at the University of St. Andrews used a simple test to see if the animals understood pointing. By putting food in one of two identical containers, the researcher then will point to the container with food. After this, the researcher waits to see which container the animal approaches. Interestingly, according to the New York Times article “Elephants Get the Point of Pointing, Study Shows,” primates and other animals have failed the test. Many domestic animals, particularly dogs, however, have been seen to have an especially good understanding of pointing. In the mid-2000’s, Byrne started to wonder, based on experience with elephants in Kenya on an experiment trip, if they too could understand pointing. During the time in Kenya, Byrne found that elephants could distinguish the smells of people from hidden clothing. Byrne noticed that the elephants would sometimes curl their trunks, like they were pointing towards the source of the smell.
To test this further, Smet traveled to Zimbabwe and worked with Wild Horizons, a company offering safaris. After an elephant handler brought an animal a few yards away from her, Smet would lower pieces of fruit into buckets behind a screen. The elephant could not see which bucket the fruit was in. After this, Smet brought the buckets out in front of the elephant and stood between them, pointing to the bucket with the fruit inside. She then noted which bucket the elephant put its trunk in first. After analyzing the data she collected, Smet found the elephants picked the right bucket 67.5 percent of the time. Byrne and Smet recently published their findings in the scientific journal “Current Biology.” The duo plans to investigate further into answering the question of whether or not elephants can point to each other in addition to food and other objects. Byrne is also interested to see if other highly social mammals, like whales and dolphins, can pass the pointing test, although they will prove to be more difficult to test than elephants.
Link to the elephant video.
The university’s audited financial report is coming out at the end of October. Because of this, the Lode will be publishing a number of articles explaining exactly how the budget is structured and how it is put together over the next month. Today’s article focuses on the report itself. The document is one of the most important financial documents released by the university, but what goes into it, and how is it used? “The financial report is put together by the accounting office here, and they’re responsible for it. Management is primarily responsible for the financial statement. [We hire an] external auditor, and it’s their responsibility to give us their opinion on the financial statements,” says Amy Hughes, Director
“According to the 2012 Audited Financial Report, “The university’s financial report includes three financial statements: the statements of net assets; the statements of revenues, expenses, and changes in net assets; and the statements of cash flows.” of Internal Audit at Michigan Tech. “Basically their financial testing is to show that everything we say happened in the financial statements happened.” According to the 2012 Audited Financial Report, “The university’s financial report includes three financial statements: the statements of net assets; the statements of revenues, expenses, and changes in net assets; and the statements of cash flows.” The statement of net assets essentially compares the worth of all the things the university owns combined with how much other institutions owe the university, with how much the university owes other institutions. Assets includes
things like cash, investments made and capital assets like buildings or land. The university also has a large amount of bonded debt from the construction and
“The administration is paying pretty close attention to make sure the books balance out.” – Dr. Michael Mullins, Chair of the University Senate Finance Committee renovation of buildings, which is a lot like taking out a mortgage on a home. The statement of revenues, expenses and changes in net assets reports how much money the university brought in compared with how much it spent. Revenues include things like tuition, research grants, state appropriations and gifts. Expenses include utilities, payroll and payments on debt. The last financial statement included in the report is the statement of cash flows, which is simply another way of looking at the income and expenses of the university while focusing on cashon-hand and cash reserves rather than other assets. The report is used by a number of university bodies, including the University Senate Finance Committee. “The finance committee is… supposed to do a yearly review of the university’s finances… We do that using publicly available documents like the annual audited financial report (among others)… and do an analysis of potential opportunities, threats and weaknesses in university finances,” says Dr. Michael Mullins, Chair of the University Senate Finance Committee. The committee then forms a series of advisory recommendations that it makes available to the Board of Control and the Executive Team, some of which are implemented. The report is also made available to the public on the university website. Reports archived as far back as the fiscal year of 1973 are available at (http://www.admin. mtu.edu/acct/reports/audited.php). Do you have questions about the budget that you’d like to be addressed by the Lode? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New location for Roy’s Bakery EVAN MAYER Lode Writer Last week, Roy’s Bakery closed the doors for the last time at its Sharon Avenue location, which has been its home for the past 11 years. But don’t fret pasty lovers - their new location, which began construction in the spring, is open as of Monday, Oct. 14th. The run-down yellow building that was Lucchesi Welding at 305 West Lakeshore Drive has gotten a makeover and is Roy’s new 6,600 square foot home. The new building includes two apartments on the second floor that will be available for leasing on a yearly basis. The location is great news for students as it is closer and more accessible from campus. According to owner Trisia Kappler, the move was due to the company being able to own their building. Roy’s old location on Sharon Avenue was a lease agreement. The new location’s expanded size results in more room for patrons to enjoy their treats. Going from 16 seats and the windowsills at the previous location to 60 seats indoors as well as seating for 40 who wish to dine on the patio is a welcomed change. The new dining area also features a waterfront view of the Portage Canal. Kappler says it is “a great location, great view and a beautiful facility.” The seating was not the only aspect that expanded. In order to bake the goodies that bring people in to fill those seats up, the kitchen is larger. Not only to increase production, the kitchen has also adapted a new baking method. Switching from a horizontal cooking rack system to a vertical one, this change
Roy’s Bakery’s new building on 305 West Lakeshore Drive.
will allow 15 pans to be cooked at a time compared to the old locations less efficient eight pans at a time. The menu will be a little lengthier too, going from ten sandwiches to 15, plus a new salad option. Eight different pasty
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“Into the Mind” review JAMES WOOD Lode Writer “Into The Mind” was shown at the Continental Fire Company in downtown Houghton on Friday and Saturday night. The venue charmed audiences with blue and purple hanging lights and bass music playing in the background. Pre-show excitement filled the room as clips of Mount Ripley skiers were shown on the projector as the audience filtered in. Most of the audience had to sit on the hardwood floor, unfortunately, but there’s not much else to complain about concerning the venue. The main attraction however, failed to live up to the hype. “Into The Mind” is a skiing movie that tried to be innovative but falls short of greatness due to countless inane scenes, too much repetition and an inconsistent soundtrack. Someone who lives and dies for skiing could likely sit through a 4-hour long
montage of downhill skiing and never get bored, but the average viewer would lose interest long before that, especially if the directing is sub-par, which happens to be the
“There’s no doubt that it’s an intense ride, and it shows some of the most incredible skiing footage ever, but it’s bogged down by its own pretentiousness.” case for “Into The Mind.” Throughout the film, clips of an old man are shown in which he waves a gizmo around in his hand and wears an expressionless face. At first these were intriguing, but after a while, his inclusion in the movie became a mere distraction from the entertaining scenes. Every awesome downhill skiing scene could have been way cooler if the editing had been better. Sadly, the movie would cut to
the old man or a shot of an eagle flying in skiing position when it should have focused on the intensity of the downhill action. The soundtrack was hit and miss. The song, “A Tribe Called Red” perfectly accented one of the best downhill skiing segments of the movie. Many other songs were adequate, but too many of them lacked the chemistry with the on screen action that is necessary in a movie that is arguably just an extremely long music video. Not that the songs individually aren’t good, some of them just fail to associate effectively with the video. Despite all its shortcomings, “Into The Mind” managed to ensnare both skiers and non-skiers alike. There’s no doubt that it’s an intense ride, and it shows some of the most incredible skiing footage ever, but it’s bogged down by its own pretentiousness. This movie could be something great to buy for a home theatre where a remote can skip all the boring, unnecessary parts, but it certainly isn’t worth five dollars for one showing.
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Coffee House SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer
The lights were dim, the audience was gathered, the food was depleting and music was playing. Last Friday night was the second Coffee House of the semester in the Wadsworth dining hall; the first was held during Open House. Students with any sort of talent had a chance to showcase themselves in front of over one hundred others. All that was (and is) necessary to reserve time on stage was placing a name on a sign-up sheet during Coffee House night so no need to worry about prior commitments. Those who performed did comedy routines, played an instrument, sang and read poetry. Anything was welcome, as long as it was appropriate. Refreshments were provided for students and included: small sandwiches, donuts, chips and dip, mixed (non-alcoholic) drinks, punch and water. These open-mic nights tend to come around once a month, so start planning for November! The Wadsworth Hall Student Association organized, allocated funds and staffed the event.
“Pacific Rim” review ARIC RHODES Lode Writer ”Pacific Rim” is one of those movies in which action takes precedence over everything else. Unfortunately, this emphasis on enormous action sequences was given superiority to some important things like character development and depth. That being said, when these action sequences take place, they are very nice. The effects are more believable than would be expected in a film about giant robots fighting giant monsters, and this goes a long way in making the many “fight scenes” the best parts of the movie. The premise of the movie is that giant monsters, called kaiju, from another universe started coming out of a seemingly one-way wormhole at the bottom of the ocean and they were so big and powerful that the nations of the world all started working together in order to make giant humanoid fighting robots, called jaeger, in order to combat them. Needless to say, most disbelief must be suspended within the first few minutes of the movie. That is to say nothing of the application of logic or real science, which should not be attempted
in order to save groans. In the first few minutes of the film, the protagonist loses his brother while they are fighting a kaiju. The film decides not to show how the protagonist copes with the loss of his brother. Instead there is a jump to several years later and the kaiju are now much larger
“‘Pacific Rim’ is a good movie in the same way that some of the giant monster movies were good, it is just filled with action. and deadlier, and are coming closer together. The governments of the world have decided to shut down the jaeger program that they had all decided was essential in preference of making a giant “unbreakable” wall. Unbelievably, this wall is shown to be insufficient as a kaiju breaks through it in one shot. This means that the walking stereotype who was leader of the jaeger program must scrape together four jaeger and their pilots, including the protagonist. A couple montages, an invasive side plot, some obviously doomed character introductions, and a forced romance
later, the jaeger have to defend Hong Kong from two kaiju attacking at once. The battle that ensues is admittedly nice to watch, but the protagonist is sitting at the base due to his co-pilot having an emotional breakdown, those who are fighting are mostly doomed. The two kaiju take down two of the jaeger without any real damage. Then, in an attack it should really have lead with, one of the kaiju emits an E.M.P. that somehow damages the electronics in every jaeger except the one that our protagonist co-pilots. Obviously, after a gratifying fight sequence that was admittedly well put together, the protagonist is able to overcome the odds and take down the two kaiju that had just curb stomped a jaeger each. The plan to set off a nuclear weapon inside the breach to destroy it, because nuclear weapons can destroy pieces of space-time, has to be done by only two jaeger now. Since one co-pilot of the bomb carrying jaeger was injured by a sudden onset of physics, it must be co-piloted by his son and the military stereotype. In another shocking twist that was only entirely predictable, the bomb carriers have to set off their payload in order to take out the remaining kaiju. This leaves it to our protagonist to
detonate the nuclear power source of his jaeger. As they limp their jaeger to the breach a kaiju rises to show that it survived a point-blank nuclear blast of high megatonnage payload. Cheating the audience of an action sequence, the kaiju is killed by one sword to its head. The breach is then blown up and the world is saved, in yet another plot twist. Overall, “Pacific Rim” is a decent
“’Pacific Rim’ garners a solid two out of five stars, if only for action and effects.” movie at best. The story is weak, the characters shallow and undeveloped, and the science is laughable. If there were not so many scenes of gratuitous oversized mayhem and action, the movie would barely be worth making. “Pacific Rim” is a good movie in the same way that some of the giant monster movies were good, it is just filled with action. “Pacific Rim” is as close to a “Godzilla” type movie that would be produced these days and it is all that that implies. Overall, “Pacific Rim” garners a solid two out of five stars, if only for action and effects.
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KSO presents “The Color of Sound” ARIC RHODES Lode Writer There come rare moments where words can fail to describe something. Things which show flaws in our language to express enough beauty. These moments do not come often, but when they do they are memorable. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra brought a moment like this with its performance, “The Color of Sound.” The music was well selected and played; it was truly an experience. Three tenets of a good musical performance are blend, balance and beauty; the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra demonstrated all of these in spades. There was no particular player in any section of the symphony which stood above the others of the section except where this was obviously intended. Instead there was a blended larger sound. The entire symphony was obviously well rehearsed, and it demonstrated a remarkable balance between sections. There was not any time where the symphony seemed out of touch, whether between sections or players. Combined with the considerable skill of the
KSO beautifully blends sounds to create an extraordinary experience.
performers, this created an unbelievable and moving beauty in the playing; pieces were played which brought some in the audience to tears with the emotion behind them. All of this is not to say, of course, that the symphony was flawless. Though there were hardly any mistakes in the performance itself, there was some room for improvement. The primary place that the symphony could improve would be in uniform and stage presence. As the symphony waited on stage to begin, several problems could be seen in the uniformity of the dress with a couple of members.
While these errors were more than made up for with the performance itself, it seems that a greater amount of communication could assure that all of the performers look as good as they would play. This would go a long way toward improving the stage presence. The performance could also be aided by changing the background lights to better fit the mood of the piece instead of changing them seemingly at random. It must be noted that both of these flaws are nitpicks, and that is because there was little else to complain about. The performance which was given by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra was nothing short of phenomenal.
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The few ways that it could have been improved are in the smallest of details. In all, the symphony practiced hard for a long time, and it is a pleasure that they were able to share the results of their hard labor with the audience. When one has significant experience with classical music, one is often moved less easily by it. Despite this, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra’s performance brought even this seasoned band veteran to tears. The performance was simply unfathomably beautiful at its core, and it was a pleasure to hear.
Enlightenment without emnity Ted Talk Tuesdays a great experience JAMES WOOD Lode Writer Making the cross-campus trip to the Canterbury house for the weekly Ted Talks Tuesday turned out to be well worth the journey. The Ted Talks video was as thought provoking and educational as always, but, considering anyone with an internet connection could watch it for free on YouTube, that wasn’t the main attraction of this event. The ensuing discussion after the video is the unique experience that justifies the trek. The video was about 15 minutes long, but the discussion afterwards lasted over an hour. The discussion started with
technological enhancements for human beings, or transhumanism. From that point, topics including video games, movies, recent technological developments, the division between the poor and the rich and much more were brought into the discussion about the moral and ethical principles and the near future possibilities for human biomechanical enhancements. Describing the conversation’s specifics would certainly not do it justice; Ted Talks Tuesdays, like a Broadway play or IMAX 3D movie, has to be experienced firsthand in order for one to fully appreciate it. One aspect of the conversation that stood out was its fluidity. No awkward pauses disrupted the flow of discourse and every point brought up was discussed and
explained by others with open-minded
“Ted Talks Tuesdays, like a Broadway play or IMAX 3D movie, has to be experienced first-hand in order for one to fully appreciate it.” attitudes and a great deal of devotion. It’s interesting to listen to passionate people about any subject, but without interest in the subject, a person could easily become bored. Ted Talks Tuesdays isn’t for everyone and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially considering the size of the Canterbury house. There were only five or six people present during the
discussion, but with any more than that it may have seemed like a classroom discussion. That would’ve been alright, but some of the atmosphere unique to small discussions like this might have been lost. If not for the discussion, go for the friendly atmosphere that emanates from the Canterbury house. Throughout the discussion, the charming black lab Becky would stroll around with an affectionate attitude that could satisfy any dog lover who’s been missing their own mutt. Knowing everything that’s occurring in the biomedical and technological frontiers of science isn’t necessary for someone to get a hearty dose of education and entertainment from Ted Talks Tuesdays.
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53 Plant whose seed is sold as a health food product 55 Twin of Jacob
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63 “Be My Yoko ___” (Barenaked Ladies single)
64 When doubled, a hit song of 1965 and 1989 65 Porter
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Tuesday, October 15 Katelyn Waara
I am not a big tv-watcher, but I do indulge in “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story,” Red Wing hockey and the occasional Packers football game. Aside from that, my television sits idle. I’m too busy working two jobs and trying to get my mountains of homework done to be able to indulge any more than that! Growing up, my sister and I would watch cartoons on Saturday morning, mostly all of those older Nickelodeon shows like “Rugrats,” “Hey Arnold!” and “The Angry Beavers.” On occasion, we would also watch “I Love Lucy.” On this day, Oct. 15, in 1951, “I Love Lucy” aired its first episode on CBS. Starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnez, William Frawley and Vivian Vance. The American sitcom follows Ricky and Lucy Ricardo through their life together. Renting an apartment from landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, the comedy is set in New York City. Lucy’s quest to be a star, begging Ricky to act in his shows at the Tropicana, offer laughs and comedic tribulations through the whole series, which aired in black and white. Constantly pressuring Ricky to help launch her acting career, Lucy is denied countless times. All Ricky wants is a quiet housewife, but Lucy is having none of that. All in all an impressive comedic show from the 1950’s, “I Love Lucy” reruns are still being aired. My mom, especially, is a fan of the series, sometimes calling me when she sees an episode we watched together or remembers a moment from the show when Lucy slips up and makes a fool of herself. Even though I am not of that generation of average Lucy-lovers, I will still watch it on Saturday mornings before work, eating my cereal like I used to.
Michigan Tech Lode OPINION Supplemental nutrition
KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer A topic gaining presence within the field of health is supplements. Whether they are herbal supplements or vitamins, their benefits have been debated as well as their safety. Fish Oil, vitamin A, D and C are among the most common in the market. Two philosophies have really evolved from this: either people believe that supplements behave as a natural “medicine” that significantly help heal ailments or that they are detrimental to your health, particularly in large consumptions. In some cases, doctors have even gone so far as to say they will cause cancer. According to those who feel that supplements are prone to be more dangerous to our health, they feel we should be able to obtain these vitamins and minerals through the food we eat. It’s possible that the vitamins consumed as
supplements are simply unable to provide our bodies with the nutrients in the same way that they would through natural foods, and therefore purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables is a better option for obtaining these nutrients. However, it can be difficult for individuals with busy schedules to make sure they eat a balanced diet. Prepackaged and process foods are the easiest option for students. These are foods that are usually stripped of all their nutrients. Another growing concern is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate many supplements that are on the shelves. The fear is there may be harmful additives or the labeling on the supplements will be falsified information. For example, the raspberry ketone supplement gaining attention for losing weight has caused a lot of trouble. It is not necessarily guaranteed safe, as there has been no research into these supplements and young males and females are using these “diet pill” in excess, and side effects are not yet known. However, contrary to the popular belief within the media, there are numerous
instances that glorify the usage of vitamin supplements. Based off the nutrition documentary Food Matters, directed by James Colquhoun, our health is solely determined by kind of food we put into our bodies. If you eat terribly, you will feel terrible, and exude the health problems that are associated with this. Supplements have been shown to cure people of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. One particularly moving case surrounds the power of Vitamin C and the elimination of depression. Regardless of personal justifications for either argument, it’s impossible to deny that some people simply need the extra vitamin boost to live healthier lives, in order to feel better. It’s important to consume the healthy omega fats and meet the quota for vitamins and minerals, unfortunately, this generally isn’t everyone’s main focus. If you do your research and only consume healthy quantities of these vitamins they can be extremely beneficial to your overall health. Everything must be in moderation.
Jumbotron replaces Pep Band’s role in hockey ZACH EVANS Lode Writer Athletics at Michigan Tech are a time honored tradition for both the students and the surrounding community with hockey being the main sport of choice. Steeped in years of tradition, Tech Hockey is a unique experience crafted by excellent sportsmanship, striped musicians and, most recently, a large video scoreboard often referred to as the “jumbotron.” While providing a new level of interaction for the hordes of Hockey fans, its extensive use of audio elements intrudes upon another fan favorite: the Huskies Pep Band. One of the main changes is the replacement of the pep band’s part in our Team’s entrance and introduction with prerecorded music. Traditionally the band played the fight song upon entrance, accompanied by the clapping of longtime fans, and a small note progression with the player introductions called “Chords.” “Not getting to play the fight song at the very beginning is disappointing for both the band and the fans,” said DaWGs president Kara Bakowski. Not only do the new introductions steal away one of the most important roles of the pep band but the new music is designed for a “cinematic” feel that detracts from the sheer energy that used to fill the stadium with the pep music. The Jumbotron also creates another unavoidable struggle during the game as the
The new Jumbotron takes time away from the Pep Band at hockey games.
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pep band is forced to compete for playing time against the pre-recorded segments and music that is used on the screen. It seems odd to have a world renowned organization consistently show up for events but then to have them replaced by generic material. Also getting the band to show up to an event is by no means an easy task as it involves the coordination of hundreds of members, the hauling of large equipment and interruption of busy college schedules. That effort seems wasted when the band is then delegated to entertain at the convenience of the board. “While it has its merits it, just doesn’t
provide the same energy that the pep band does,” said former student conductor Nathan Booms. While the band is not in danger of becoming replaced by the jumbotron, it does seem like a greater coordination between the two needs to be facilitated. It is too early in the board’s life to say what the norms will be and hopefully a happier middle ground can be reached. Using the visual element of the screen in conjunction with the music of the band could become a truly great thing that might draw fans for reasons other than the game itself.
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Shutdown causes FDA cutbacks MEGAN WALSH Opinion Editor Even for those who are not adamant when it comes to keeping up with the news, we all have heard and had many conversations about the government shutdown within the last couple of weeks. We know that some government employees are out of work. We know that we can’t enjoy the national parks anymore. There is a sea of confusion regarding what is going on, why this is happening and what is going to happen next. But for the most Americans, I think it is safe to say that we are still able to go about our daily lives normally. But what happens when something as taken for granted as the food we eat is affected? Although I would argue that people should stay extremely informed about the food that they are eating, most people don’t feel like they need to give it a second thought. All of the food that we eat goes through thorough inspection to make sure that it is not contaminated so that we will not get sick. Very rarely do we see contamination outbreaks. So, we tend to trust the system and eat without worrying about getting sick. Call it a luxury in our country. However, since the government shutdown began, the Food and Drug Administration has 60 percent of its investigators on furlough. According to Steven Immergut, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for public affairs, “During the lapse in appropriations, the FDA will not be conducting routine domestic or international inspections of food facilities.” What this means is that the likelihood of there being disease or other contamination in foods that have been imported from overseas has gone up drastically. In fact, just a few days ago, the Food and Safety Inspection Service issued an alert after 278 people became sick in 18 states after eating chicken products from farm facilities in California. Although the health effects on these consumers were minor, without the normal inspections underway, the cuts that the FDA and Centers for Disease Control were hit with leave weaknesses in the nation’s defense against food-borne illness. Although the only outbreaks we have seen so far have been minor, this lack of inspection can potentially lead to
more serious risks to human life. The Center for Science in the Public Interest put out a list of the top ten riskiest foods regulated by the FDA. They recommend that especially during the shutdown, we are careful when purchasing leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts and berries. It is absolutely unacceptable that the American people have to put their lives at risk by simply going to the grocery store because Congress could not agree on a budget. It is also crucial to note that it is unacceptable that 60 percent of FDA employees, as well as many other government employees, now find themselves without work. We should be able to look to our government for guidance and mature decision making. This is, without a doubt, one of the most embarrassing moments in United States history. Although this situation is absurd and it shouldn’t be something that we ever have to worry about, it is an educational moment for the American people. Even when the government is not shut down, some of the ingredients and chemicals that are let into our food are extremely harmful to the human body and to the environment. This is the perfect time for people to start educating themselves about the safety of their food and where it comes from. There is no excuse for not knowing what is in the food you eat or feed to your family. The safest thing that you can do during the shutdown and even when the shutdown is over is to make a conscious effort to buy local, organic, sustainable foods. At Michigan Tech, we are lucky enough to live in an area with many local farmers. If you are wondering where to get local greens or organic eggs, take a swing by the Keweenaw Co-op in Hancock. We are privileged enough to live in a country where we have the tools to educate ourselves on the food that we are eating. We need to know about the dangers of factory farms. We need to know the effect that growth hormones have on our body. We need to know what aspartame does to our organs. We need to always be aware and involved in what is going on around us because the current government shutdown has made it very clear that there are some things that we are simply on our own for.
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s r e b m nu Female cross country runners broke the 20 minute barrier at the Lucian Rosa Invite
Natalia Lebedeva’s number of career wins for Women’s Tennis in singles
Number of times the Huskies have won the Miner’s Cup in its twelve-year history
Service aces per set by Aubrey Ficek, who leads the GLIAC standings
Consecutive games won by Women’s Soccer
Shots on goal by the Huskies against Minn.-Duluth in the two-game hockey series
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Senior forward for the Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer Team Katie Boardman scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Saginaw Valley last Friday, Oct. 11. As a result, the Huskies remain undefeated in the conference with a 5-0-1 record and will head into next weekend’s games on the road with a fourgame win streak behind them. The Huskies finished out the first half down one goal, but after coming out strong in the second half, the Huskies were able to equalize the score early on. A pass from Lindsey Van Rooy led Boardman towards the net. After fending off a pair of defenders, Boardman was able to get a shot off that sailed past Saginaw’s goalkeeper into the back of the net. Boardman’s first of two goals in the game
was scored less than two minutes into the second half. Her second, the game-winning goal, came unassisted with 21 minutes left in the match. Boardman dribbled her way in towards the box from the left side and was able to loft a shot which floated just inside the top right post. Boardman has been a strong asset for the Huskies over the years. So far this season, she has started all eleven games and has already posted four goals, two of which have been game-winning goals, and three assists. Last year, she started all 19 games and earned 19 points with seven goals and five assists. The Fond du Lac, Wisc., native will continue to strive for more goals and assists as she and the rest of the Huskies enter the second half of their season. The team hopes to repeat history and earn the conference champion title for the second time in school history.
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Win streak continues for women’s soccer ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor
Sherman Field was bustling this past weekend with Husky victories, two of which were earned on the soccer pitch. The Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team earned two wins against Saginaw Valley and Northwood, advancing their conference record to 5-0-1, 8-2-1 overall. Currently, the Huskies stand at the head of a four-game win streak, one which they hope to continue on the road this upcoming weekend. Friday’s match against Saginaw Valley was a comeback win. The opening of the game was much slower than desired, not exactly what the game plan called for. Neither was Saginaw’s goal, which put the Cardinals up 1-0 with just over eight minutes to go in the first half. Having to make up the deficit, the Huskies knew they had to come out much stronger in the second half and capitalize on scoring opportunities. Well, the team did just that. Less than two minutes after the match resumed, the ball found the back of Saginaw’s net. A pass from Lindsey Van Rooy connected with forward Katie Boardman who ripped a shot past the goalkeeper to earn the equalizing goal. Boardman would score the game-winning goal unassisted just over twenty minutes later. The Huskies had several other viable scoring opportunities, including MacKenzie Jordon’s penalty kick attempt
The strong performance by the Huskies gave them two wins this weekend.
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which the crossbar rejected. The final score ended 2-1 in favor of the Huskies. “I thought we did a great job keeping the ball with the intent of going forward, especially in the second half,” commented head coach of the Huskies Michelle Jacob. Jacob attributed the team’s success in the second half largely due in part to their improvements in timing runs and both giving and receiving visual cues. The fact that the team is midway through the season also attests to a stronger team chemistry, which has allowed the team to play better balls and maintain a greater degree of ball possession. Jacob noted that the Huskies’ focus for the upcoming match against Northwood was going to be playing the ball quickly and moving the ball around effectively. It seems that executing the game plan has become
somewhat of a habit for the Huskies because the team, once again, did just that. From the starting whistle to the ending buzzer, the Huskies played a dominating game of soccer. Their 23-2 advantage in shots is a strong indication of the very few scoring opportunities that Northwood was able to create up against a solid line of Husky defense. Overall, the Huskies out-possessed Northwood. “Our ability to keep the ball and keep it moving really caused a lot of problems for them having to chase us a lot throughout the game,” said Jacob. Junior Annie Dahlquist netted the first goal of the game for the Huskies in the eleventh minute. Dahlquist’s head was able to connect with a corner kick from Lexi Continued on page 13
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Sidelines Intramural deadlines Three registration deadlines are approaching this week for intramurals. Don’t forget to sign up for the annual Turkey Trot race, the tennis singles tournament and team ice hockey. Registration for these three events closes this Thursday, Oct. 17, at noon, 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
The Michigan Tech Golf Club has 35 members and is growing rapidly.
Photos courtesy of Cole Cook
Michigan Tech’s Club of Clubs ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Despite the fact that Houghton seems to be covered in snow 364 days in an average year, the Michigan Tech Golf Club was graced with a more than pleasant fall this year to kick off their first ever semester of competition. Club President Cole Cook started the club officially last spring after receiving advice and encouragement from a former boss and golf professional. Essentially, Cook wanted to create a club for seasoned golfers to continue pursuing their passion for the game and for prospective golfers to be able to learn and practice the game in a relaxed, fun setting. Eventually, the club will strive towards becoming an NCAA sanctioned team, but before that can happen, players need to start at the club level. According to Cook, “We’re a very laid-back club sport that just enjoys playing the game of golf.” So far, the club is already an impressive 35 members strong. In addition, the club received interest from around 50 people at K-Day, so Cook expects to see the team grow. While the club is one team, members will typically practice on their own due to the difficulty in coordinating full-team practices at the Portage Lake Golf Course. During the offseason, the team is not planning to practice; however, Cook is hoping to secure enough interest to be able to reserve time to hit into nets at the SDC this winter. The team’s competition schedule will consist of two tournaments per semester which will be held at various locations across the Great Lakes region as part of the National Collegiate Club Golf Association. Tournaments will operate where the top eight golfers
per team qualify to compete, and each team’s top five scores will count towards a team total. Michigan Tech will compete against club teams from Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Marquette University, Illinois State and Indiana University South Bend. The club’s first ever tournament was held Sept. 21-22 in Frankfort, Illinois. Overall, the team did well, placing fourth out of ten teams. John Keller led the team with a 156 after scoring an 83 on day one and a 73 on the second day of competition. Joseph Yarosh scored an 80 and a 78, falling only two points behind Keller with a 158. Competition for the season wrapped up Oct. 6th at the Great Lakes Regional 2 in Waukesha, Wisc. Inclement weather caused an abrupt halt to competition on Saturday, which altered scoring. In the end, the Huskies placed fifth out of ten teams. Collin Kuoppala and David Walsh placed first and second for the Huskies in the tournament, scoring a 77 and 82, respectively. Kuoppala was named to the AllTournament Team with a seventh overall finish in the tournament. This coming spring, the club plans to host a variety of fun tournaments at Portage Lake Golf Course in addition to competing in the two regional tournaments. Cook and the rest of the members filling leadership roles are still figuring things out. As a new club, getting a handle on scheduling, budgeting and even ordering apparel takes time. But overall, the experience has been a worthwhile venture. According to Cook, “When students are happy to see a golf community established, it’s a rewarding feeling.” The club is interested in recruiting new players of all skill levels and measures of experience. “It’s a competitive team, but we allow anyone to join the club and participate in team outings,” noted Cook. For more information, contact Cole Cook at email@example.com. Also, be sure to like the Michigan Tech Club Golf page on Facebook and follow the team on Twitter @MTUClubGolf.
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Herrewig which sailed past Northwood’s goalkeeper for a delightful header goal. After Amanda Whiting was fouled in the box midway through the second half, the Huskies earned a penalty kick which would result in their second and final goal, lending to a 2-0 win. Van Rooy stepped up to take the shot and made it count with a low shot directed just inside the left post. Overjoyed by her team’s performance, Jacob recognized the players’ dedicated
work ethic during the match. “They obviously showed that they wanted it. They were going hard for everything.” The Huskies will hit the road this weekend for games against Ashland and Ohio Dominican on Oct. 18th and 20th, respectively. “Ashland and Ohio Dominican are very good teams, so we have to step up. We’ve had some battles with ODU over the years, so I know the girls are going to be hungry
for those games,” expressed Jacob. Having officially crossed the halfway point of the season, maintaining momentum and continuing to build on the season’s early success will be critical for the Huskies down the road. If they manage to do so, there’s no doubt that this team will be able to become repeat conference champions. Michelle Jacob said it all: “I feel great where we’re at this point in the season. The players have done us proud.”
Disco Tech shows improvement at No Wisconsequences Michigan Tech’s Ultimate Team Disco Tech competed in the fourth annual No Wisconsequences ultimate tournament Oct. 12-13. The tournament was held just outside of Milwaukee, WI. Overall, Disco Tech’s results show improvement from previous tournaments. The team went 4-2 over the weekend with wins against Indiana Wesleyan, Milwaukee School of Engineering, WisconsinMadison and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Losses were ceded to Valparaiso and Eastern Illinois.
Away Scoreboard The Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed at the Lucian Rosa Invitational at UW-Parkside on Saturday, Oct. 12. Evan Krzyske and Sarah Daniels came in first for the Huskies, leading the men’s team to a ninth place finish out of 25 teams and the women’s team to a fourteenth place finish out of 29 teams. Michigan Tech Hockey hit the ice again for a two game, non-conference series against Minnesota Duluth. Friday, Oct. 11, the Huskies fell 2-1 to the Bulldogs. Chris Leibinger scored an equalizing goal in the third period to even the score at one all, but a late goal by Minn. Duluth cost the Huskies the win. Saturday night’s redemption game ended in a 1-1 draw. This time Mike Neville scored the equalizer late in the third. After a scoreless overtime, the Huskies went on to win the shootout with goals by Kero and Heinonen. The game, however, will be recorded as a tie, leaving the Huskies 0-1-1 so far this season in non-conference play.
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Huskies prepare to take on the Fighting Irish IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer The upcoming two-game series for the Huskies against the No. 8 nationally renowned CCHA Championship Notre Dame Fighting Irish will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult series this season. Excitement, nervousness and intensity are flurrying amongst the hockey players as well as Coach Pearson as they wait for Oct. 18th. When asked about the upcoming games, Coach Pearson responded by repeatedly using the word “tough.” Notre Dame is a veteran team consisting of 15 juniors and 15 seniors. They are the reigning CCHA champions and will be playing at home with an already guaranteed full house. Coach Pearson said, “For us, it’s going to be a huge challenge. We’re going in as the underdog, but I want our team exposed to those environments.” In order to become a better team, the Huskies need to compete against better teams, and Notre Dame is one of the best in the nation. They will present a good challenge for Tech’s young team. Pearson says that learning what it takes to Continued on page 15
The leaders of women’s tennis ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Last Sunday, the fall 2013 season wrapped up for Michigan Tech Women’s Tennis. The team rounded of the season with a 5-9 conference record, landing a tenth place finish in GLIAC standings out of fifteen teams. Throughout the season, the No.1 singles player Natalia Lebedeva and No. 2 singles player Kwang Suthijindawong led the team from week to week as top competitors out on the court. Lebedeva, a senior, rounded off her final season at Michigan Tech with a noteworthy 59- 16 singles record. Suthijindawong closed out her sophomore year still undefeated at 28-0. Together, the dynamic duo won 11 out of 12 doubles games paired at No. 1 doubles this season. There’s only one word to describe these results: impressive. For both athletes, tennis has been a part of their lives since they were little, and it has grown to be an irreplaceable aspect. Lebedeva’s tennis career began at the age of six back in her home town of Nakhodka, Russia. Despite starting against her own will, Lebedeva recalls beginning to actually enjoy the sport once she discovered she could win. From there, the desire to win and competitive edge she carries with her today was born. In order to further her talents, she began to receive official coaching at the age of nine and compete in international tournaments. Lebedeva’s travels specifically for tennis took her from Thailand to Spain, Australia and other countries in between.
Upon graduating from high school back in Russia, Lebedeva landed at Michigan Tech to pursue a degree in finance but also to continue following her passion for tennis. As a freshman, she made a statement at No. 2 singles for the Huskies with a 13-4 record. The following year she took over the No. 1 singles position and has been one of the GLIAC’s top players since. Lebedeva was named to the All-GLIAC First Team for the past two years and has earned many other accolades, including GLIAC All-Academic honors, GLIAC Academic Excellence and team MVP. For Lebedeva, there’s no greater feeling than stepping onto the court, especially in important matches. She’s the type of competitive player that loves precompetition nerves and adrenaline and is fueled by pressure. She expressed, “I’m usually stiff at first, but once I get going, I’m on fire.” Despite all the long bus rides and 6 a.m. practices, Lebedeva couldn’t imagine her career at Michigan Tech without tennis and will truly miss being on a team and competing after graduating this spring. She closed out her final season with a 12-2 singles record. Teammate Kwang Suthijindawong has been playing tennis since the age of five, although she recalls not actually training seriously until age ten when she began to receive formal coaching. The Bangkok, Thailand, native spent much of her youth
training and competing in tournaments. She competed on her high school team in Thailand and also for Duluth East where she was an exchange student her senior year. For Suthijindawong, tennis has been somewhat of a family affair. Back in Thailand, her coach growing up was a cousin, and her older sister Ploy has been a lifelong tennis partner. Ploy played for Michigan Tech Women’s Tennis herself and is now an assistant coach for the team. Following the footsteps of her sister, Suthijindawong came to Michigan Tech in 2011 to major in business administration and play tennis for the Huskies. Last year was her freshman year on the tennis team after redshirting in 2011. An extraordinary undefeated 14-0 record at No. 2 singles landed Suthijindawong the GLIAC Freshman of the Year title. Next year, Suthijindawong is expected to move up to the No. 1 singles position, something which she is a little nervous about. The very humble, quiet leader commented, “Playing at number one is a lot of pressure.” She will no doubt continue to strive for excellence, however, even in that number one position. The Huskies will definitely miss Lebedeva’s talents next year and the dynamic LebedevaSuthijindawong doubles duo. This pair of remarkable athletes has been a steady rock for the Huskies throughout the season and a dominating force in GLIAC Women’s Tennis.
“This pair of remarkable athletes has been a steady rock for the Huskies throughout the season and a dominating force in GLIAC Women’s Tennis.”
Varsity Events Schedule: October 15-21 Tuesday, 15
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**Vs. Northwood @ 12 p.m.
UP Championships @ Marquette, Mich
** Conference Match
**Vs. Notre Dame @ 7 p.m.
Vs. Notre Dame @ 2 p.m.
**Vs. Ashland @ 7 p.m.
**Vs. Ohio Dominican @ 12 p.m.
**Vs. Tiffin @ 7 p.m.
**Vs. Ohio Dominican @ 1 p.m.
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Huskies prepare to take on the Fighting Irish Continued from page 14
The Huskies came out strong against Laurentian, however, Mel Pearson is still nervous about playing UND.
Photo by Kevin Madson
In the mind of Mel Pearson IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer Sure, anyone can see what happens on the ice in a hockey game and make sense of it. Less known, however, is what goes through the mind of the man controlling the magic of the game. Head Coach of the Huskies Mel Pearson gives an inside look on the team he coaches. The season opener against Laurentian seems a fit place to start off, seeing as it was the first time the men all hit the ice in uniform this year. As an exhibition game, it served as a base for where the team is and the path they need to travel in order to achieve their goals. Most importantly from that game for Coach Pearson was determining the standing of each player. Pearson commented, “You get a good feel where your individuals are and then a feel for your systems.” The offensive lines and defensive pairings are an indicator of who has good chemistry and who compliments their teammates well in that group. Pearson noted that the most improvement was needed on the power play and execution. Offense in general was good; the team just needs to tie it all together. “It’s the little things. The pieces are there, but we need to execute better,” said Pearson. It doesn’t take a hockey genius to see this is the case. Just look at the glaring shot differential of 59-21 in favor of Tech and the final score 3-2. Alongside these offensive improvements, there also needs to be a higher commitment to defense. Although the Huskies were on
offense most of the game, Pearson saw small nuances that could lead to danger further on in the season. “You can see little things where better teams are going to take advantage of the chances [Laurentian] got.” As time brings the team closer to the middle of the season, assembly of the best possible lines are imperative to the success of the team. When playing Laurentian, Petan and Kero worked well together. Petan, dominant on the scoring sheet in every sense of the word, was assisted by Kero in his goals. Captain Pietila started center at puck drop, a position he had never played before, and by the end of the game he was playing left winger alongside Petan and Kero. All other lines were also shifted during the game to experiment with chemistry and compatibility of the players, the element that Pearson is very focused on. One reason Pearson is so focused on chemistry and less worried about the ability of the individual players is the fact that the Huskies’ offense has tremendous depth. Yes, Petan, Kero and Pietila all come to mind, but the Huskies have recruited many offensive players with a great amount of speed and skill. Brent Baltus was the interior MVP of the British Columbia Jr. League, Tyler Heinonen has had good numbers coming in, Reid Sturos was in the top 20 of the British Columbia Jr. League and Mike Neville was captain of the Buckland Cup Championship team in Ontario. Pearson is a big fan of the young talent brought in, and he wants to shape them into better thinkers to make them more valuable players. “We got to convince the guys to shoot to score, not just shoot,”
noted Pearson. The development of these players will lead to a promising future for the Michigan Tech Huskies team. Everyone seems to be raving about Alex Petan, and this isn’t the end of it. Pearson had a lot to say about this young star, including that he is very committed to the team and does a lot of extra work. Like every player, he has things he has to work on, too, and he knows it. It is important for a star player to remain humble. Pearson is excited for Petan to grow. “We have to continue to challenge him to get better, because if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse,” explained Pearson. Since Petan is a very coachable player, seeing him continually improve shouldn’t be a concern. Pearson would like to have him expand his roles on the team in order to become better-rounded, including becoming more defense-oriented so he can help out the pairings he plays with and getting him on the penalty kill as well. Pearson didn’t have as much to say about goaltending, but in a way that’s a good thing. He’s very pleased with Copley and Phillips who are both more experienced and a year wiser. Consistency is the focus for the goaltenders. New to the team this year is Matt Wintjes, a goalie from Holland Landing, Ontario. Pearson is impressed with the depth of the goalies and is pleased to see that even as a new teammate, Wintjes, is pushing Copley and Phillips to become better players. Overall, Pearson is pleased but restless with this year’s team. There is a lot of potential, and he seeks to bring out the best of each player on the roster.
compete against championship teams is a part of the education process. Pearson’s strategy going in is to be aggressive and play with speed as well as finesse. The Huskies need to get an early lead in order to win these games since the Fighting Irish are a strong defensive team. If Tech can manage possession of a lead, it’ll throw UND off their game and get them out of their system. It will be difficult for the Huskies to get back in the game from a goal deficit. Everyone knows who Notre Dame is, whether talking about football, basketball or hockey, and the Huskies are excited to travel there. Especially for the freshmen this season, the team has a lot to look forward to with this opportunity. Pearson is a big fan of the incoming class, emphasizing his appreciation for their eagerness and energy. Playing against defending CCHA champs is a great way for them to get good developmental experience. Not only will the series give the new team members experience, but Pearson sees value in it for the rest of the season as it will provide another good marker of where the team is at. How the Huskies perform will also be an indication of what the team has to do in order to be successful against other top-tier teams that Tech will play later on in the season. It definitely induces some shakiness knowing that the team will be playing such a strong opponent this early in the season. When asked how he feels, Pearson flat out said, “I’m nervous.” Aside from the nerves, Pearson and his team know that the mindset for this game is no different than any other game. The nerves, however, do not deter from the excitement of playing UND. Pearson gave his view from the players’ perspective on the upcoming games by stating, “They are definitely one of the top teams, and that’s what you want as a player, to go into an opposing rink where you know there will be a full house, playing against a strong team, and you’re the underdog. It can’t get any better than that.” This is a huge series for Tech and will absolutely be one to remember. If the Huskies can bring their many individual talents together to work cohesively and with good chemistry, there is no reason they can’t bring two wins back home to Houghton. If this does happen, it will not be something that goes unheard of throughout the sports world, and a heavy buzz will be generated because of it. Let’s go Huskies!
Events October 15 - 21 2000 Years of Pep-VPA Department
Wednesday, Oct. 16. 7:30 p.m. Rozsa
The Huskies Pep Band with special guest Jean Pepiste Lully will traverse the history of Pep music from the very beginning to just a few minutes ago. Tickets for the event are available on the Rozsa website (rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu).
Art, Science and Saying Hello-JRVP Library
Wednesday, Oct. 16. 7:30 p.m.
Library, East reading room
Dr. Edward Duca will be talking about his work helping scientists and the public engage with each other. He has set up science cafes and a festival that attracts 15,000 people (over 3 percent of the population) to Malta’s capital city, Valletta. The festival brings scientists and artists together to reach the public in a more attractive and interactive manner. He will also be talking about how University-based magazines can be designed to appear less like PR and attract a wider audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Dia de Los Muertos Candy Skull Workshop-SHPE
Tuesday, Oct. 22. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. MUB Commons
Dia de Los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring our lost loved ones. Alters are filled with food, flowers, messages and more to welcome their spirits back and the memories we have of them. You are invited celebrate with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and decorate sugar skulls to adorn the alter in our library display during Hispanic Heritage Month, from Oct. 23-28, 2013. (facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/179710798886400/declines/?notif_t=plan_ mall_activity).
Despicable Me 2-Film Board
Friday, Saturday, Oct. 18, 19. 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m. $3 Fisher 135
Join Film Board as they continue the story of Gru, a super villian with a changed heart, as he joins forces with the Anti-Villian League. The cost for a ticket is $3. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase.
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ASK TECH Shawn White “Radio show (the fourth meal) from 1:00-3:00 every Friday and Saturday morning.”
Charles Lubitz “Trolling Alex as he strolled along through West Mcnair.”
Copper Country Mall Next to Dunhams 47420 M26, Houghton, MI 49931
Located in Marquette and Houghton
What is the most fun thing you’ve done since arriving at tech? -James Wood
Steve Marcyan “Frisbockey.”
Devon Van Order “Visiting Jacobsville lighthouse.”