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Lighting up the night NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer On certain nights the sky is aglow from a special event that occurs when the atmosphere is just right.

Blazing colors light up the sky, a spectacle viewed only by those willing to stay up late. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, start at the sun. High-energy particle clouds called plasma in the solar wind eventually

interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, trapping some of the particles. Particles are then drawn to the ionosphere by the magnetic pull. As particles collide with gases in the ionosphere, vibrant colors are produced, creating the

The northern lights have frequently graced the Keweenaw this year.

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northern lights. To break it down, particles that cause the aurora are energetic and come from the magnetosphere, a geospace environment. Although protons are important in producing the lights, it is mostly electrons that are the cause. By following magnetic field lines, the electrons are guided to high altitudes where the chance of colliding with an atom or molecule increases the deeper the particle goes. Once a collision takes place, the atom takes some of the energy from the particle and stores it as extra energy. In order for the atom to return to a non-excited state, it sends off a photon, making light in the process. Colors of the aurora come from the different compositions and densities of the atmosphere and altitude. Colors are generally green, blue, red and purple. Solar wind, the outermost atmosphere of the sun, is made up of protons and electrons. Within the solar

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wind is also the magnetic field of the sun. At the meeting of the solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere, energy is transferred through different processes including reconnection. This is when the fields melt together and the solar wind drags the magnetosphere and plasma along. The bottom edge of the aurora is generally at 60 miles. High altitude auroras can be seen up to 350 miles away. Scientists are able to predict when the northern lights will occur and who will be able to view them. Generally the best viewing of the northern lights is from Alaska, and Canada, but it can also be seen from the most northern parts of North America, including Houghton. For more information about the Aurora Borealis and viewing times visit ( weather/aurora), brought to you by Michigan Tech Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.



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Look out for Fungal Meningitis

JANE KIRBY Lode Writer With summer turning into fall, and fall escalating to winter, students at Tech should be preparing for more sniffles, with the cold and flu season rapidly approaching. Colds and the flu shouldn’t be the only thing students are concerned about however, specifically after a recent outbreak of fungal meningitis. This outbreak is creating more cautionary reminders for college students to receive a vaccination for meningitis before going off to school, simply because they are at a higher risk of contracting it when living in such close proximity to each other, as USA Today states. As of Saturday, NBC News reported on 185 cases of fungal meningitis and a total of 14 deaths nationwide in 12 states, including Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and Michigan. In this particular situation, the fungus came from tainted epidural steroids, specifically methylprednisolone acetate, which came from a center in Framingham, Massachusetts, according to an Indiana newspaper. Typically, fungal meningitis is caused by a number of different things, mainly inhalation of certain fungi found in bird or bat droppings or contaminants in soil, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Individuals with weak immune systems are more susceptible to get sick from this fungus, but it can affect anyone who breathes in the contaminants. Once the fungus gets inside the body,

it travels to the blood and then spreads to the spinal cord. Fortunately, fungal meningitis is not contagious. Bacterial meningitis is, however. Related to fungal meningitis, bacterial meningitis has similar nature and symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, when bacteria from contaminated food, air, dust or dirt is release into the bloodstream, it migrates to the spinal cord and the brain, much like fungal meningitis, and produces similar symptoms. The symptoms of fungal and bacterial meningitis include fever, stiff neck, vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to light, and an altered mental state. These symptoms can easily be mistaken for the flu, and often don’t show up for a few days after the fungus or bacteria has spread. states that 20 to 25 percent of bacterial meningitis cases are fatal, even when treated. How does this affect college students? Just like the common cold, bacterial meningitis can easily spread to those living in close quarters, like in a dormitory. Most germs “spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions,” according to USA Today. Because most college students live with at least one roommate in relatively tight spaces, they are more likely to be affected by the spreading of bacteria than any other population. Most students don’t realize how serious meningitis can be, so they don’t take action to prevent it before it happens. Although it is rare, it is also important to be prepared for the worst,

especially when it is easy to prevent such a dangerous sickness. Meningitis vaccines are available from most medical providers and are highly advised for all college students. In addition to getting a vaccine, other steps can be taken to avoid contracting meningitis. The Mayo Clinic advises maintaining healthy habits, like getting lots of sleep and eating a healthy diet. This can be hard for students, but it would help them stay healthy. In addition, avoiding smoking and close contact with people who are already sick (especially if you have a weak immune system), are good tips for staying healthy through the long months of fall and winter. To read more on meningitis, its symptoms and ways to combat contracting the sickness, visit (http:// w w health/meningitis/DS00118/ DSECTION=symptoms) For more information on the recent outbreak, please visit: ( H e a l t h / We l l n e s s / f u n g a l meningitis-outbreak170-cases-14-deaths/ story?id=17454314 .UHddeI7NW7w)

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Delaware Mine An exploration of its tumultous past...

SAWYER NEWMAN Lode Writer What is today known as the Delaware mine has had a long and tumultuous past. Much of this comes from short lived and frequently changing management, who collectively left behind largely conflicting sets of mining records. The mine started in 1847 as part of the Northwest Copper Association, at which time it was simply known as, “The Northwest.” Originally, the mine operated a copper vein just east of the later Delaware location. Later, the

company would spread out to mine two other nearby fissures as well. Unfortunately, the Northwest Mine was one of many early mines working with veins containing enough copper to remain to tempt management to continue operating, although the amount of copper was not enough to make any sort of profit. The Northwest built a stamp mill around 1850 that may have housed over 24 processing stamp sites. Over the course of the next three years, the mining company claimed $100,000 in copper—though increased expenses, including the new stamp mill, put company expenditures over $170,000.

Despite lacking substantially in revenue, the company later built another stamp mill on the Montreal River. It was not until 1859 that the Northwest faced closure. In 1861, the previous directors of the Northwest pooled together another half-million dollars to fund “The Pennsylvania Mine.” After gathering these funds and focusing their efforts on two new veins of copper, the directors of the Pennsylvania spent vast amounts of money on surface features such as a road to Lac La Belle, a new railway and a complete hoisting house. After these structures were instituted, and the company started to turn to actual mining operation, the directors once

again found themselves in need of funding. Following this, the Pennsylvania Mining Company provided over 700 acres of land for the Delaware Mine. In this trade, the Pennsylvania Mining Company received $100,000 in Delaware Mining Company stock. The two mines operated independently until 1876, when they joined up under the Delaware Mining Company name. The area around the Delaware property would go on to host different mining companies over the years, such as the Amygdaloid Mining Company as well as the Connecticut Mining Company. During the operation of the Delaware Mine, around 8 million pounds of copper

were supposedly harvested from five different shafts sunk by the company. These shafts reached 1,400 feet under the surface of the earth. The Delaware’s system of underground tunnels consisted of 10 horizontal levels at which the men were able to mine. Twelve miles south of Copper Harbor, on the north side of U.S. 41, you can visit the first level of the Delaware mine, which has been measured at 110 feet under the ground. Both guided tours and self-guided tours are offered, where you can see the underground workings of the Delaware mine. Besides the structure of the tunnel, you can witness holes bored into the rock walls to be used for explosives that would have expanded the tunnel further, and a one-man drill, still in place. Other aboveground features of the mine can also be seen. If you have an interest in copper mining or the mining industry in the Copper Country specifically, the Delaware Mine is a superb example of an industry that once flourished in the area. Photos courtesy of the Michigan Tech Archives



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Tech releases “Superior Ideas” News Editor Michigan Tech is heavily involved in scientific research, much of which is funded by large organizations. The university is also involved in a variety of smaller, highquality research programs, however. A new concept, known as crowdfunding, has come to campus as a way for researchers to reach monetary goals to fund these smaller projects. Superior Ideas, launched last week, features researchers on campus who are in need of support for their scientific endeavors. According to Dr. Dave Reed, Michigan Tech’s Vice President for Research, crowdfunding is a fairly new concept. Based on the spread of news about projects, crowdfunding allows anyone to make a donation to the fund. Those involved at Michigan Tech specifically thought Superior Ideas could take on the crowdfunding concept better than any other site out there. Upon some more thought, Reed asked himself: Why not bring something like this to Michigan Tech? Planning for the website, which began only months ago, ran smoothly. Those heavily involved in the development held weekly meeting to discuss progress, changes and future goals before the release. The site was initially aimed to be completed by the end of December, but with hopes to present Superior Ideas to the Board of Control at their first meeting in October,

I think what really mattered was that they were all very interested in this. It intrigued them and they wanted to do something because we thought it was a great idea, that it could really change something.


those involved hurried their efforts and were successful in launching the site last week. The site is aimed to showcase smaller (yet still important and intriguing) research projects. “We hope to raise funds for small projects that are not really suitable for competitive funding through tradition research sponsors like the National Science Foundation or National Institutes of Health,” said Reed. Each project is listed on the site for a certain period

of time and allows those interested in learning more or donating to read up on the research. Interested donors may then make a donation through a secure credit card transaction. There are currently nine projects featured on Superior Ideas, all of which are from Michigan Tech. When the time comes for those projects to be taken down, new ones will be uploaded. Future plans include opening up the site to other institutions, but approval will need to be given in order for research projects from other universities to be eligible

to participate in Superior Ideas. Other plans include incorporating the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship projects into the site, allowing undergraduate students to be involved and recognized. Natasha Chopp, an alumna of the School of Business and Economics, is currently heading the efforts as Research Development and Marketing Manager with the university. Chopp, who said she was up for the challenge, decided to take the idea of the site head on. By using the skills she learned while working in the Sponsored Programs office, Chopp contacted researchers and asked if they would want to give Superior Ideas a try. “I think what really mattered was that they [those involved and researchers] were all very interested in this. It intrigued them and they wanted to do something because we thought it was a great idea, that it could really change something,” Chopp said. With the help of Brandy Tichonoff in University Marketing and Communications, a web presence was started. Others from the Michigan Tech Fund, IT Services, Accounting Services and faculty and staff members from within the individual research projects themselves were also involved. Because teamwork played a huge role in the planning and release of Superior Ideas, Chopp wanted to note everyone’s hard work and to thank them for contributing along the way. “It came together really smoothly, actually. It was nice that everybody came

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National Depression Screening Day KATE BOYLES Lode Writer On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Michigan Tech participated in National Depression Screening Day. Free, confidential depression screenings were held in the MUB. Students who chose to participate took a two-page survey. Questions focused on one’s ability to concentrate, worrying, irritability and general emotional trends as well as sleep and appetite. The survey asked questions related to depression, mood disorders, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. Upon completing the survey, students would discuss the results with a counselor. Nancy Taglione, a counselor at Michigan Tech, said, “The survey is not a diagnosis. It is just meant to point out signs, so we can help students find the steps to get help from here.” These screenings are held across the country and are meant to raise awareness. According to Taglione, “Many people do not even know that they are depressed.” This is why it is so important to raise awareness. Pamphlets, brochures and informative papers tailored to collegeage issues are given out as additional resources for students. Anxiety and depression are related to some extent. The together so easily…everyone was great to work with.” To learn more about Superior Ideas and the research projects, visit the site at (http://www. You are also urged to “Like” Superior Ideas on Facebook and “Follow” them on Twitter.

signs of depression include very low energy, oversleeping and losing interest in activities and friends. Sometimes, however, anxiety can cause these same symptoms to occur. Anxiety also includes constant worrying and feelings of stress that do not subside. Counselors can also help with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Someone diagnosed with this disorder is strongly influenced by the lack of sunlight. As winter comes, someone with SAD tends to crave carbohydrates and prefers to stay curled up inside all day. He or she has a difficult time participating in everyday activities. There is a counselor available here at Tech twenty-four hours of the day and seven days of the week. If a student has an emergency, he or she may call public safety at any time of the day or night and they will redirect the student to a counselor. All counseling services here are free and completely confidential, and appointments can usually be made within a week of contacting Counseling and Wellness Services. The counselors are prepared to talk about a variety of issues, ranging from depression or anxiety to relationship problems to adjusting to a new school. For more information, please go to (http://www.mtu. edu/counseling/). If you have immediate questions or suggestions, you may contact someone through the Superior Ideas site itself under “Contact Us”. You may also email Natasha Chopp at (nichopp@mtu. edu) or call her at (906-4871115).


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Sustainability efforts move forward NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Facilities Management at Michigan Tech is working to reduce its carbon footprint and increase sustainability efforts for campus operations. Assigned to lead the project are David Taivalkoski and Jim Schultz. The concept of sustainability is not new to Tech; projects have been underway for years. In the 1980’s the University reduced fuel consumption by 40 percent and electrical usage by 17 percent, said Taivalkoski. Since then the campus has expanded and changed demand for energy usage. Current projects include using waste heat generated by the Central Heating stacks to partially heat the Great Lakes Research Center. At relatively little operating cost, except pumping the heat to the GLRC, this has been another move for

Tech in sustainability efforts. “It’s all about managing resources,” said Taivalkoski. Michigan Tech plans to integrate the current work in energy and engineering to sustainability efforts in campus operations. The Energy Advisory Group (EAG) that began looking at energy, was formed a few years ago to prepare a comprehensive energy blueprint. A new committee geared toward more sustainable projects will build off the old committee. Using members of the EAG and new members to form this sustainability group, more experience and new ideas will be sought. Already on campus there are approximately forty sustainability groups. Three years ago a list was started by Facilities of sustainability groups on campus, with the last update being last year. Facilities Management would like to update the

list again, so any student organizations that want to be added to the sustainable groups list can contact Jim Schultz at ( Organizations can view the list at ( facilities/energy/work-groups). The new committees will be seeking input from students and student groups for sustainability ideas. Students will be encouraged to participate in the effort to make Michigan Tech greener. More collective involvement from student organizations and the committee being formed are goals for the future. Overlapping projects or ideas could be brought together for greater effort. “It’s not just energy but other resources that impact Michigan Tech and the community,” said Taivalkoski. A three-tier approach is being proposed for the new sustainability group. Step one will include low-capital-cost

projects with mostly human capital. Steps two and three include projects with longer payback periods. The new committee will establish objectives, which could include cost reduction, carbon reduction, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable energy and energy security. Proposed ideas for the group include revamping the Energy Advisory Groups’ Energy Blueprint, to create a more sustainable “greenprint”. Implementing carpooling software for students and maintenance of local bike paths are also proposed projects of the group. Energy audits of campus buildings and additional energy reduction for computers are also potential areas for consideration. The overall strategy for the group includes the basic and familiar theme to reduce, reuse and recycle. Tech City, a potential concept

for students to utilize, is a sustainability game. Students would have a budget and be able to choose alternate energy sources to be implanted on campus. “It is still in the early stages of brainstorming,” said Schultz. “Everyone can be a player in sustainability at Tech,” said Taivalkoski. A Facebook page is another proposal allowing students the opportunity to become involved in Tech’s sustainability efforts. If students have any questions, or want to know how they can become involved they can visit the link to sustainable student groups, or email David Taivalkoski at (detaival@mtu. edu). Notably, Michigan Tech was recently awarded Commercial Customer of the year by the Upper Peninsula Power Company and Efficiency United for implementing numerous energy saving projects and taking advantage of energy project rebates.

Homecoming week recap ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer As people are scrambling to finish up midterm exams, it is nice to have the distraction of Homecoming week. Many students took part in the kickball tournament, painting of the SDC windows, the parade, pep rally and the cardboard boat races, not to mention the hundreds in attendance at the Husky football and hockey games. The fate of those who were to be crowned Homecoming king and queen was decided through the Court Dinner on Wednesday, held at the Great Lakes Research Center. The Court Dinner allows those involved in Homecoming

court to be judged by the Michigan Tech Board of Control members to decide upon a winner. Those on the court were required to answer a series of questions asked by the Board of Control. Congratulations to Logan Anderson and Anne Francois, 2012 Homecoming King and Queen! The Homecoming Games were held on Walker Lawn Thursday starting at 4 p.m. This year, the Intramural Turkey Trot was added to the Homecoming festivities. The Turkey Trot is a one and a half mile race featuring separate divisions for students and faculty, as well as men and women. Each first place finisher won a t-shirt while the runner up was awarded a

Michigan Tech mug. Everyone, however, had a chance at a prize because those who finished the race were placed in a drawing to win turkeys! Follwowing the Turkey Trot were Minute to Win It games at 5 p.m. The night concluded with the ever-popular and always competitive game of Tug of War where students tested their strength against others, trying their hardest to pull the other team into the cold mud. Friday, by far, could have been considered the busiest day for many students. In addition to Homecoming week, last weekend was also Family Weekend. Many parents and siblings made the trip up to Houghton to visit and participate in the activities.

Friday began with the Homecoming Parade, which made its way through downtown Houghton before concluding at Chutes and Ladders. The pep band led the way, getting the crowd excited, followed by the homecoming court and various cardboard boats. The annual Homecoming Pep rally immediately followed the parade’s conclusion. Audiences were able to see Michigan Tech’s dance and competitive cheer teams perform, getting the students, and families, riled up for the athletic games. A multitude of Homecoming and Husky spirit was shouted, worn and expressed in other ways throughout the day. One of the major highlights

of Homecoming Week are the cardboard boat races. Students spent multiple hours (most of which were probably not “free-time”) into designing and creating cardboard boats to race in the Portage Canal. “We wanted the boat to be fast and light so we could actually compete, unlike all of the other raft styled boats. There are two side compartments in which people will sit to allow for a better displacement making out buoyancy better,” explained competitor Kiernan Babcock. Students put their boats made of cardboard, duct tape, hockey tape and caulk to the test in the cold water, some of which got very wet in the process.



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Keweenaw Symphony

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“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”


Editor in Chief The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra had its first concert of the 2012-13 season on October 13 with its performance of “From Russia With Love.” The concert contained works from two of the most famous Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Suite” and the first movement of RimskyKorsakov’s “Antar Symphony.” It also included one of Russia’s more controversial composers, Shostakovich and his infamous “Ninth Symphony.” KSO director Dr. Joel Neves, in his fourth year as director, introduced the music and the orchestra. In introducing the music, he explained various details surrounding the music, some of which were useful for understanding the music and some of which were simply for the audience’s enjoyment. In introducing the “Ninth Symphony,” for example, he explained why it was considered controversial, in particular the ending of its final movement. Most endings to a symphony are triumphant, or occasionally melancholy, but Shostakovich’s “Ninth Symphony” was the only

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Dr. Joel Neves conducts the KSO in rehearsal Photo courtesy of Bethany Jones

symphony Dr. Neves knew of that ended flippantly. This did not please the powers that be, and Stalin had him censored for that reason. Dr. Neves also praised the “unprecedented dedication of the orchestra members, who have worked on the music since the beginning of the fall semester.” He claimed that the members would arrive at rehearsal “come snow or more

snow,” some from as far as Marquette. This concert also represents the beginning of the KSO’s “first ever” concert tour. From October 25-28, the KSO will perform in Norway, Marquette and Escanaba. The KSO’s next concert at the Rozsa Center will be “Hampton Rock String Quartet” on December 8.

Being performed at the Rozsa Center and presented by the Tech Theatre Company from October 25 to 27 at 7:30 p.m. each night is John Bishop’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”. Performed as a “who done it”, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is a humorous satire of the 1940’s era thriller movies and musical comedies. The play draws inspiration from mystery movies of this era, one of them being “The Cat and the Canary”, as according to (www. Audiences in attendance of this play will witness a “slasher” running amok and causing the deaths of various actors. Effectively a play within a play, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” plays host to a relatively useless police inspector, swiveling bookcases, a severe blizzard and a general storm of who’s to blame for the murders are just a few of the elements that

will have the audience enjoying the performance until the very end. As told by Patricia Helsel, Assistant Professor of Theatre, theatre performances and films of 1940 were a kind of escape for audiences in that time period. This was sorely needed as the rising specter of WWII had a significant impact on the everyday lives of people living through it, not only the armed forces but civilians as well. According to Ms. Helsel, the cast members of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” are currently in rehearsal mode. The bulk of this rehearsal is intended to develop comic timing with regard to the actors. As to the make-up of the actors, they are not exclusively students majoring in theatre. Talented students from other majors across campus are welcome to join in on the experience of theatre acting. Tickets are priced at $12.75 each. They can be obtained by calling the Rozsa Center at (906-4872073) or by visiting (rozsa.

Royal Dancers and Drummers bring Africa to Michigan Tech ALEX SAARI Lode Writer On Tuesday, October 30th, a unique event will be held at Michigan Tech. The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi will perform at the Rozsa Center, bringing cultural African music to the Upper Peninsula. With touring starting in the 1960’s, this percussion ensemble has expanded outside their home country of Burundi, Africa. The sound of this group has been credited as influencing major British rock bands of the 1980’s including Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow. Since

touring began, the group has released three records including a live album. All members of the group are considered ‘Master Drummers’ in their home country. Though no formal drumming school exists, Burundi drumming is passed from generation to generation. To gain experience during each performance, the ensemble tries to rotate each member at least once. Gabriel Ntagabo, group leader of the Royal Dancers and Drummers, remarks of the individual drummers experience that “children come to the drums between ages 5 to 7 and move to the big drums at age 12 to 13”.

The art of drumming has been passed down from father to son for centuries and is meant to symbolize regeneration and fertility. The actual drums are held as sacred instruments in Burundi culture. The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi are praised as combining athletic dances with a deep drumbeat, often called the ‘Burundi Beat’. Four different types of drums are used for each performance and each type has a specific sound. Respectively, the ensemble uses the following drums: Ingoma, Amashako, Ibishikiso and Inkiranya. The Ingoma drum typically tapers off near the bottom and is made by hollowing

out tree trunks that are then covered with skin. The Amashako drums are used to provide a continuous background beat while the Ibishikiso drums follow the lead drum, the Inkiranya. Compared to other musical groups where the lead (violin, cello, etcetera) player remains so for the entire performance, the Royal Drummers and Dancers alternate playing of the Inkiranya between all members. The ensemble has been directly credited for inspiring Peter Gabriel and Thomas Brooman to organize the first World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) international festival in 1982.

Because the international festival was held, world music (non-Western, ethnic and folk music from specific regions) has become a popular source of entertainment and expression. Orchestra and tier seating is $20 for MTU students, $22 for seniors, $24 for adults and $20 for youth. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online or at the Rozsa box office. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. This show is part of a 2012 coast-to-coast tour of the U.S. and Canada and is sponsored in part by the James and Margaret Black Endowment and the Performing Arts Fund.


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephan Chbosky brings to life his novel in this coming of age story of one high school boy taken in by a rather unusual group of friends. TRAVIS PELLOSMA Lode Writer The transition from an epistolary novel to the big screen was a troubling task, but Stephan Chbosky, author of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, takes the story under his wing and debuts himself as a first time director. We all remember how high school was filled with our highs and lows of life, from when we were worried about what our future may hold to when we fell head over heels for the girl or guy we loved. Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, is an incoming freshman who is worried about his first year of high school. He has a clouded past that began with his Aunt Helen and her death. Traumatized from those events, he receded into the shadows and became nothing more than a mere spectator to the world. Only through a series of anonymous letters does Charlie’s past slowly come to life for the viewer. When he is taken under the wings of Sam and Patrick (played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller respectively) does Charlie learn the true value of friendship and what it means to live outside the shadows. Though his experiences, he is finally able to begin

the process of mending the wounds of his troubled past. The story unfolds struggles we all have or will have to face at some point during our lives and handles them in a mature and respectable matter. In an age when cell phones and computers were a luxury rather than a necessity, the movie transitions quite well into the high school environment of the early 1990s. The characters bring a breath of fresh air from the typical clichéd high school movies with a phenomenal cast that meshes together so perfectly that you forget it is a story that is meant to show the imperfections of life. The cast makes this movie come to life almost as effectively as the characters in the novel did. Chbosky’s novel may be over sentimental at times, but he is able to successfully recreate the high school atmosphere that many Americans have during their teenage years. This is undoubtedly a must see movie for new or old fans of the novel. The movie is faithful to the original novel. However, this presents the audience with a darker side of teen fiction as we see the truth unfold of Charlie’s troubled past. Though the movie may be confusing at times, the story blooms into an unforgettable tale tying up all the loose ends by the time the movie has ended.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is in theaters now. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

MDOT Construction Project The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) wishes to inform you about a construction project taking place at the intersection of MacInnes Drive and U.S. 41. The construction, which began yesterday (Monday, Oct. 15), will consist of workers replacing the four main street poles and installing new traffic and cross walk signals. The project also includes the pouring of new sections of concrete curbs and sidewalks. Because of this, portions of the pedestrian walkways will be closed in order for the contractors to get their work done. They have, however, promised to keep one side open for pedestrian use during the process, which will take several weeks to complete. MDOT asks that everyone be courteous of the hard work and please follow the signs so that progress is not disrupted. If you have any questions regarding the construction process, you may contact Michigan Tech Facilities Management at


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LODE Who’s got school spirit? Krysten Cooper


ZONE Finding ways to become involved outside of classes is an important part of every Michigan Tech students career. I have been involved in a number of different organizations and activities throughout my time here and can’t wait to experience more. Although involvment on campus can seem like a giant waste of time, it can be very beneficial as well. Student organizations are a great way to find people on campus with similar interests as yourself and make new friends. With over 200 organizations on campus already, you’re likely to find at least one that interestst you. If there’s nothing that interests you, you can always start an organization that does. Student organizations, however, are about more than just making friends. Gaining a leadership position in a student organization is a fantastic way to get hands-on leadership experience and boost your resume. Also, next time you’re asked to desribe a situation where you had to work with other people in an interview, you can use an example outside of “this one group I had in a class.” Finally, consider areas outside of student organizations as well. I was an Orientation Team Leader two years ago and those two weeks made a huge difference in my life. I am now a much better public speaker and less shy when approaching new people. Whatever you’re interests, I encourage you to explore your niche here at Tech!


Homecoming and Hobos have been closely linked at Michigan Tech for over 50 years. According to ParentNET posting number 364, “The Hobo tradition dates back to 1959, when students at Tech chose that year’s Homecoming theme to be ‘hobo.’ It was a huge hit, and students voted to keep the theme in following years.”The theme was amplified in 1970 when a huge gust of wind partially destroyed the float of Phi Kappa Tau while it was on the Lift Bridge. This partially wrecked float became a standard; eventually the floats became a fleet of smashed, spray-painted, and barely running vehicles. Another feature of this tradition was that the student body would dress up like hobos. The hobo garb would be worn for days before the parade, accumulating

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many events, sometimes including a baked bean-eating contest. What has happened to all of these traditions? They seem to have been discouraged and phased out over the past four years. Upperclassmen, staff and faculty remember them well, but most new students hardly know about Hobo Homecoming. Greek students and Pep Band members have a dedication to tradition above and beyond the average student, but at Tech, where homecoming spirit and hobo spirit were synonymous, the Greeks and Pep Band students have been forced out of their traditions. The brothers of Beta Sigma Theta have long participated in Hobo Homecoming. Along with driving their car in the Hobo Parade, they decorate their yard and invite students to come over after the evening after the parade and pep rally. This year, however, the brothers

Scattered pep band members in hobo attire remain as the tradition begins to fade out. Photo by Adam Marshall

stains and tears. After the Hobo Parade, many students accumulated on fraternity lawns to sit on some brokendown couches and roast marshmallows. One campus event was the Hobo Games, where students competed in

were not allowed to carry out their traditions. The brothers said the Interfraternity Council advisor Rachel Wussow told them to get their car, couches and other decorations out of their yard by 9 p.m. after the parade. Previously the Hobo

decorations have been allowed to stay on the lawns of the fraternities until 9 a.m. Sunday, when the city of Houghton requires that the yards be cleaned up. When asked why the University would dictate this change, senior Mechanical Engineering student and Beta Sigma Theta brother Clayton Brown said,“The only thing I can see is the political correctness of it. But if our float made the front page of the Gazette, we clearly aren’t offending the community.” He also indicated that perhaps the change has been made to avoid offending parents and alumni who come up during Homecoming and now Family Weekend, but his house brother and senior Electrical Engineering Technologies student Ian Bumgardner commented, “For the alumni, this is a tradition they remember and liked a lot.” The brothers were clearly upset at the degradation of a time-honored tradition. Bumgardner continued, “We understand that we’re a university organization and we do our best to respect their rules and wishes. We could do with some mutual respect and respect for our traditions.” The Pep Band has participated in Hobo Homecoming by dressing up as hobos and carrying signs, but they too have been discouraged from participating. Student Pep Band Director and fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student Paul Zimmerman said of the forced changes, “I feel that it is getting rid of some of our traditions. While we are trying to be a more diverse university, we’re getting rid of some of our

traditions that make us unique.” When asked if the Pep Band still partook in the Hobo theme, Zimmerman said, “Yes and no. We were required to wear our stripes, but some older members were wearing hobo under their stripes.” He also said that, “Phase out of Hobo feels like censoring the Pep Band from all the quirky traditions we have. No one likes having their rituals censored,” and it “makes you wonder if you’ll get in trouble for things you do at everyday Pep Band events.” Not only Greek students and Pep Band members are upset about these changes. Fourthyear Biomedical Engineering student Corey Ernst said, “Ever since they sterilized the Hobo theme from Homecoming, it stopped being a special event. The Michigan Tech community stopped caring when it stopped being unique. What makes Michigan Tech really special is how the big events we put on, like Winter Carnival, are unlike the events put on by other universities. By forcing our events to be like those at other schools, they kill the spirit that makes Tech’s holidays special.” Homecoming and other large campus events are meant to bring the student body together. Tech students are tied together through generations by traditions; we have wonderful “generations of discovery,” but what about the fun traditions? When I’m a graduate, I would like to be able to include Homecoming in my favorite memories; unfortunately the deviation from tradition has made Homecoming just another week.

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Closing the door on discrimination ZACH EVANS Lode Writer For many, identity is just another part of life—a way to differentiate from the other 7 billion people in the world. Yet individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bi or transgender are faced with societal prejudice far beyond the normal hardships of dayto-day living. In recognition of this unsettling trend, October marks LGBT History Month in which the LGBT community seeks to raise awareness about

risk behavior. Despite the ease with which we, as a society, could facilitate this process, certain groups and individuals cannot accept the idea of difference and actively seek to inhibit the ability of others to grow away from traditional ideas. Recently Ryan Andresen, a former Boy Scout, completed all the requirements necessary to achieve the coveted Eagle rank. Right before he was awarded it, his Scout leader refused to sign off on the title due to the fact that Ryan is gay, information which the Scout leader was previously aware of.

Phi Delta Chi Sorority showed their support alongside other organizations and individuals on National Coming Out Day. Photos courtesy of Renee Wells

the long history of adversity they have faced as well as the current struggles with institutional discrimination they still suffer through, like with the Boy Scouts of America ban on gay members. One major goal of the movement is to bring attention to the coming-out process. Usually taking place in the emotional storm of adolescence, coming out is an action that takes great courage; when met with support it can be a rite of passage towards a happy adult life. On the other hand, when met with resistance, it can be a traumatic incident that can lead to depression and high-

The Boy Scouts of America have had a long history of controversy regarding their positions on issues regarding sexuality, gender and religious belief. This recent crude action against a qualified individual as well as the recent affirmation of their position, over the summer, on gay members has made it all too clear that the fight for civil rights is not over. To explain their actions, the Boy Scouts of America issued this statement, “Scouting, and the majority of parents it serves, does not believe it is the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation or engage in discussions about being gay.” Yet, I wonder how

publicly outing gay members can avoid a discussion about the issue of sexual orientation? “I think you can’t control the environment in which children encounter any topics about life, much less sexuality,” said Renee Wells, Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech. “There is a misconception that being ‘out’ means a constant conversation about being gay, when for most individuals it isn’t. It is a part of a person’s identity in that same way race is for many others.” It’s not like these people are preaching that being gay is better, they just want it to be a lifestyle that is no different from that of a heterosexual person. How cruel do we have to be as a society to deny people the ability to live life unnoticed? Somehow individuals and institutions like the Boy Scouts of America have made it their duty to create an active discussion on how other people live. While it is almost unbelievable that such discrimination still exists in a so-called “land of the free,” it is an unfortunate reality. However, such views are rapidly diminishing, especially in progressive environments like the one found at Michigan Tech. We have organizations like Keweenaw Pride and oSTEM (out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which provide support for individuals who identify as GLBTQ and create a foundation in which allies can help support their friends and community members. As part of their goal to create an inclusive community, this past Thursday, Oct. 11, Keweenaw Pride took part in National Coming Out Day. The event was centered on a rainbow-painted, freestanding door that people could walk through and “come out” as their true identity. “It is a celebration where people come out as whatever they

want. Whether they are gay, lesbian, transgender, bi or an ally, they can embrace their identity in a safe setting,” said Brett Campbell, president of Keweenaw Pride. Michigan Tech also supports the Safe Place program, in which allies receive special training in order to console GLBTQ individuals struggling with issues they don’t feel comfortable discussing with friends and family. These safe places are marked with a sticker showing an upside down triangle with the word “allies” on it. Although this discrimination is clearly contradictory to the American ideology, despite my strong feelings on the issue, it is vital that we respect the right of private organizations like the Boy Scouts of America to make decisions that might be controversial. If we deny them the ability to make choices on their own, then we are no better than these institutions that start the intolerance. We need to break the cultural cycle that allows these organizations to legitimize their beliefs. In doing so we can recognize that the real tragedy will be the deaths of these otherwise great institutions, which have been cherished parts of the American culture, all due to their simple refusal to evolve. Luckily, issues like institutional discrimination and even gay marriage may soon be resolved. America is steadily becoming more tolerant, with the largest percent of people who accept homosexuality being the youth (18-29) at roughly 62 percent. This support remains fairly steady and stays above 50 percent of the population until the 60+ demographic. The lowest demographic of acceptance is in

the 80+ group at 36 percent, showing that our society is evolving out of the ideas of the past. Eventually this older and less accepting generation is going to be replaced by a more tolerant one unwilling to deal with discrimination of any kind. While I would like to believe that nature is simply taking its course and people are somehow naturally able to accept differences like homosexuality, that isn’t the case. This progress is due to courageous individuals and groups that have integrated acceptance into our culture. “I think that having events like National Coming Out Day and groups like Keweenaw Pride help serve as a venue for individuals to ask questions and think how our own experiences relate to others, hopefully to discover that difference isn’t always so different,” said Wells. By attempting to understand the struggles of others we can destroy the barriers of our history, allowing the construction of a future made better by the inclusion of a variety of perspectives.

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JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor In the Husky’s regular season home opener, Gordic notched two of the eight goals against the Lake Superior State Lakers in the Huskies 8-4 win. “We got a few goals early and that gave us a huge boost out there,” said Gordic of the Huskies performance on Saturday night. The 6’5 forward is


third in overall points for the Huskies, racking up 41 in his three seasons on the ice. Already adding four more points to his stat sheet, the Burnaby, British Columbia native is wasting no time in reminding fans what his size and skill can produce on the ice. Gordic and the Huskies return home this weekend to take on the University of Minnesota Gophers.

Points hockey forward Milos Gordic had in Saturday night’s win over Lake Superior State

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Women’s Volleyball ends losing streak JANELLE SCHECK Lode Writer After a seven game losing streak, the Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball team finally has something to smile about: the team achieved its sixth win of the season in a five set game against St. Joseph’s this past weekend in Aurora, Ill. After losing 2-3 against Quincy in their first match of the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover tournament on Friday night and then losing 0-3 against Illinois-Springfield early in the day Saturday, the team’s weekend ended on a positive note as they beat St. Joseph’s 3-2 later Saturday evening. On Friday night, the Huskies narrowly missed achieving the win against Quincy. After starting out

strong and winning the first set 28-26, they lost their grip and allowed Quincy to pull forward and take the second set 27-25. The Huskies won the third set but lost the last two, ultimately losing the match 2-3. “We fought hard and put ourselves in a position to win, but failed to come through at key points of the match,” said head coach Matt Jennings. “Had we come out more focused in the fourth set, it may have been a different outcome.” Madeline Haben and Shelby Jones both had strong games. Haben pulled through with 40 assists, 8 kills, and 13 digs while Jones finished with 19 kills and 10 digs. The Huskies’ luck didn’t improve in their match against Illinois Springfield early on Saturday. The match ended with a 0-3 loss for the Huskies. Things turned

Spirits were lifted with a win against St. Joseph’s Pumas up as they achieved a close 3-2 win over St. Joseph’s later in the day. The Huskies came in strong against St. Joseph’s with a first set win of 25-22. Their perseverance continued as they secured set two with a slightly larger edge of 25-17. The St. Joseph’s Pumas rallied back and won sets three and four 25-17 and 27-25. In the end, however, the Huskies fought hard in the fifth set to earn the last needed win and claimed the match 3-2 against St. Joseph’s. Once again, Shelby Jones had a solid match and ended with 20 kills and 13 digs.

Not only was it a productive weekend for Jones, it was also a productive weekend for the Huskies. The final win against St. Joseph’s put an end to their losing streak and has started what is hoped to be a continuous winning streak. The win has also set the team’s current record to 6-14 so far this season. The Women’s Volleyball team has two upcoming home matches this week against Tiffin on Friday, Oct. 19 and Ohio Dominican on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Goals scored in Husky soccer’s match against Ohio Dominican on Saunday. The Huskies remain undefeated in GLIAC play.


Different hockey Huskies who made the point sheet in their series against Lake Superior State.


Days until Husky volleyball returns to the wood gym. They host Tiffin at 5 pm on Friday.


National ranking of the visiting Minnesota Gophers. The hockey Huskies will face one of their biggest challenges this weekend, but will be ready to meet it.

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Women’s Soccer

ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer After eight straight conference game wins, the Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team ended their nine game winning streak in a 0-0 tie against Ohio Dominican on Sunday, October 14. Despite this hiccup in what has so far been a perfect season, the Huskies are still undefeated in conference play and remain number one in the standings with an 8-0-1 GLIAC record, 10-2-1 overall this season. The team played in two conference games this past weekend at home. On Friday, October 12, Tech took on the Eagles of Ashland University. The Huskies outplayed their opponent and finished with an advantage in ball possession and number of shots. Junior forward Katie Boardman posted the first goal of the evening in the 28th minute of the match with a leftfooted shot that sailed over the hands of Ashland’s keeper and into the corner of the far post. A strong defensive effort kept the Eagles at bay, and the first half ended 1-0 Huskies. In the 61st minute, a shot from Boardman bounced off the post and landed at the feet of Danna Kasom who netted the rebound to elevate the lead 2-0. A consistent performance from the Huskies in the second half resulted in a 2-0 victory against Ashland in their seventh shutout of the season. Head coach of the Huskies Michelle Jacob noted of the team’s performance, “I think we still need to focus on playing the ball quickly and to feet, but when you win 2-0 against a good team, you just have to be proud of that.” Despite improving

Katie Boardman works around Ashland defense in the Huskies 2-0 win on Friday.

their speed of play and posting another shutout, the Huskies were unable to finish in their game against Ohio Dominican University on Sunday, October 14, resulting in a scoreless 0-0 tie after two ten minute overtime periods. The Huskies dominated possession throughout the match and finished with a 24-9 advantage in shots. “We created so many opportunities. Our movement off the ball up top was really phenomenal. We just have to finish,” said Jacob. In addition, two handballs in the box resulted in penalty shots for the Huskies in the 78th and 109th minutes. Unfortunately for Tech, Ohio

Dominican’s goalie Laura Clark came up with two huge saves to keep her team in the game. While a strong Husky defensive line smothered any threat from the Panther offense, the final score does not reflect the offensive momentum which the Huskies carried throughout the game. To tie was, to say the least, a disappointing result for the Huskies. “Our team played exceptionally well. We obviously didn’t get the result we wanted, but it was still a great game of soccer,” noted Jacob. Tech’s next match on Friday, October 19 will no doubt be a test of character and skill as

the Huskies take on number two ranked Grand Valley State. Grand Valley currently holds a 7-1-1 GLIAC record, 11-12 overall this season. “The Grand Valley game is going to be exciting,” said Jacob, who believes her team’s performance against Ohio Dominican was the right performance leading into another big game, arguably the Huskies’ biggest game of the season. Sunday, October 21, the Huskies will travel to Big Rapids, Michigan, to take on Ferris State in their last regular season match on the road. Ferris State currently sits in seventh place

Photo by Scott Thompson with a 4-3-2 GLIAC record, 5-53 overall. The Huskies will look to post two more wins this upcoming weekend before returning for their last two regular season games at home. The Huskies’ nine game winning streak may have come to an end, but the team is far from over in asserting their dominance in the GLIAC. With four games left to play in the regular season, the Huskies hope to finish strong and hold on to the number one spot which has rightfully been theirs since day one.

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yards and 45 touchdowns— second-most in school history upon his graduation. The twoSports Editor time All-America Honorable This Friday six individuals Mention earned Academic and one team will be inducted All-America First Team honors into the Sports Hall of Fame. in 1992. Coduti started at For the first time in Michigan quarterback all four years, Tech history a full team setting a Michigan Tech record will be given the induction for completion percentage honor. The 1961-62 National (.587) and helping the Huskies Champion hockey team join to a 23-16 record over that six individuals being inducted span. The two-time captain this Friday. The team was the led Tech to a 9-1 record his first in Husky history to win a senior year in 1992, which National Championship and was just the second nine-win will be inducted on the 50-year campaign in school history.

 anniversary of their win. Sandy Johnson
lettered for The below biographies the men’s basketball team courtesy of Michigan from 1961-65. He amassed Tech Athletics 1,121 career points in 84 career Allison Bailey was one of games for a 13.3 points per the best women’s basketball game average. The Lansing, Cedrick Barber carries the ball in the Huskies’ Homecoming win this past weekend. players in Michigan Tech Mich., native wrapped up his Photo by Ben Wittbrodt history. The Ewen, Mich., native career as Tech’s career-leading scored 1,561 points in 122 scorer with his 1,121 points—a career games for the Huskies mark that stood for 16 years between 1997-2001, finishing before it was surpassed. and 500 photos—many Germany, his plane was shot 65 goals and 86 assists for her career as the school’s Johnson was a member autographed—of Huskies down and he was captured. 151 career points. He finished second-highest scorer. Bailey of the 1962-63 Tech team players and coaches over the Peterson spent 18 months in his career ranked fourth on earned All-America Honorable that amassed a 17-5 record years. More than his collection, a German POW camp before Tech’s all-time scoring list. The Mention honors in 1999-2000, and became the program’s Kerttu held many other roles returning home. He re-enrolled Toronto, Ont., native earned a season where she set school first to win a conference while traveling to all road at Michigan Tech under the All-WCHA Honorable Mention records for free throw attempts championship and advance games between 1980-2010. He GI bill and played two more in 1974-75. Steele, who served (167) and makes (137). She also to the NCAA Tournament. provided color commentary years for the Huskies. On the as assistant captain on the earned All-GLIAC First Team The Huskies finished third on radio broadcasts for many gridiron, Peterson served as national championship team, honors and GLIAC Tournament at the NCAA Regional that years and helped the coaching the team’s quarterback, which helped the Huskies to a 100MVP accolades that year as season. Johnson earned All- staffs track plus-minus, ice at the time included all passing, 49-5 record over his four the Huskies finished 26-4 and NIC honors in 1963-64 and time and line matchups. In kicking and punting. He played years. He scored several of the hosted the NCAA Regional. was Tech’s leading scorer in addition to his volunteering, defense as well, serving as most notable goals in school In addition to scoring, Bailey’s 1964-65. He served as team Kerttu has made significant team captain of the 1946 team. history including the final career numbers rank among co-captain both seasons.

financial contributions to After graduation, Peterson goal at Dee Stadium on Dec. Tech’s top 10 in rebounds Paul Kerttu
 has been the program. The west wing remained involved in Tech 4, 1971; the overtime game (603), field goal percentage a Michigan Tech hockey of the press box at the John athletics. He helped organize winner in the 1974 national (.507), free throw percentage supporter and historian MacInnes Student Ice Arena hospitality for fans and alumni semifinal win over Harvard (.748) and games played (122). spanning seven decades. The is named in Kerttu’s honor.

 at Great Lakes Invitational and the opening goal of the The Huskies compiled an Detroit-area resident began Robert Peterson
earned hockey tournaments in 1975 national championship impressive 98-24 record (.803 following the Huskies in the four letters in football—two Detroit and was involved in game win over Minnesota. winning percentage) during 1959-60 season and has kept in 1941-42 and two more in restarting the Detroit chapter Steele returned to Michigan her four years in Houghton.
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Huskies Hosts No. 1 Gophers JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor In the first weekend of WCHA action, one of the biggest challenges the Huskies will face this season arrives in the form of the University of Minnesota Gophers. A unanimous first place pick in the WCHA preseason poll, the Gophers remain the heavy favorite early in the season.

The Big Story: Despite their success last season leading them to the Frozen Five, the Huskies face an opportunity to prove what they have this weekend as they face of against one of the top teams in the nation.

Both teams had high scoring weekends, the Gophers left their series with 12 points on the Spartans and the Huskies with 10 on Lake Superior State. Both teams have shown depth their depth in the front lines, with 20 different Gophers getting a point this past weekend and 13 different Huskies doing the same.

The Gophers: Left with a question mark in the net after WCHA top goalie Kent Patterson’s graduation, the Gophers have yet to find their anchor in net. Freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox and junior Michael Shibrowski split last weekend’s series, each letting in one goal. A team littered with NHL draft picks, the Gophers are the poster

team for depth, with a majority of the team already getting a taste for scoring, Gopher offense will be the challenge for the Huskies this weekend.

The Huskies: In their second season under the guidance of head coach Mel Pearson, many are eager to se how the sophomore season will play out. The goaltending question is still hanging in the air, freshman Phoenix Copley got the start in Thursday’s 2-4 loss against the Lakers while senior Kevin Genoe played in the Husky’s 8-4 win. All three goaltenders have seen action this season, with the anchor role still vacant.

Cross Country

ready for GLIAC Championship JACOB SHULER Lode Writer Last Friday, the Huskies traveled to Marquette, MI to compete in the UP Championships. The left Marquette with the Men’s team winning the UP Championships and the Women’s team had very strong finishers. Megan Smaby(15:35) and Amanda Halonen (14:55) both ran personal bests. This week, the Huskies travel to Midland, MI to race in the GLIAC Championships. “I feel like we are really well prepared. The athletes are racing real close to their potential,” commented head coach Joe Haggenmiller. The men’s team had a perfect score of 15 in the race on Saturday. Matt Dugan led the team with a time of 26:57. Alec Bolthouse (27:43), Derek Brandt (27:58), Steven Wenzel (28:10), Michael Batkowiak (28:13), and Shawn Shove (28:16) followed right behind him. Gegebic Community College finished second with a score of 50. On the women’s team, in addition to Megan Smaby and Amanda Halonens performances, Amber Peabody (15:49), Lynn Duijndam(16:08), and NicholeWehner (16:18)

finished in the 17th, 19th, and 23rd spots. The UP Championship is the last race before the Huskies enter into the final three meets of the season. An entire season of training all culminates in these meets. All the runners have to be at the top of their game. The Huskies have several things going for them. One is a rested team on the men’s side. Eight of the runners sat out the UP Championships to rest for the GLIAC Championships. Being fresh is a big advantage for running. On the women’s team, runners have been improving all season. Being at the top their game next week will allow them to perform their best. In the GLIAC Championship, the Huskies will face most of the GLIAC teams for the first time this season. “Our conference is really deep, really tough. It is probably the toughest conference in the country,” stated coach Haggenmiller. This will be the Huskies biggest challenge next week. Racing in meets against teams like the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and in big meets like the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, MN have exposed the Huskies to good competition. Next week will bring new faces of the GLIAC teams but not a new game plan.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Who’s Hot: These days it’s hard to find a story about the Gophers that doesn’t have junior Nick Bjugstad’s name woven in, and for good reason. The 6’6 forward led the Gophers in goals last season with 25 and has already added three points to this season’s tally. Bjugstad’s size combined with his skill makes him a key part of Gopher offense, and one to keep an eye on for any opponent. Equally central to Husky offense is junior forward Milos Gordic. When not forced to the sidelines due to injuries, the 6’5 forward has been a constant scorer for the Huskies, with four points (two goals, two assists) already on the record this season.


Puck Drop: Any team the Gophers face at this point in the season are going to be regarded as the underdog. The Huskies, fresh off one of their best seasons in recent memory, still have a lot to prove if they want to be regarded as contenders in the WCHA. Strong leadership under head coach Mel Pearson is one of the Husky’s biggest assets, and combined with strong upperclassmen like Gordic and a mature defense line, the Huskies have the tools to be successful. After a hotheaded finish to the team’s last meeting, this weekend will have an interesting dynamic, combining a notoriously confident team and the classic underdogs ready to prove they’re anything but.


Homecoming Memories 2012


ASK TECH Olivia Wiotulewizc “I’ve seen the northern lights on many occasions, most vividly over the Portage from Prince’s Point.”

Jasmin Fransisco “Yes, I’ve seen them from Breakers this past summer. IT WAS AWESOME!”

“Have you seen the Northern Lights and, if so, from where?”

Devon Lindley “Over the summer I saw the northern lights on two different occasions, both from the Houghton-Hancock area.”

Mr. Nate Baker “Yes, from McLain State Park.”


The October 16, 2012 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.