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Successful safehouse both scary and fun


Indian culture celebrated in annual Diwali Night


Women’s Basketball prepared for new season



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November 4, 2010

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Huskies take down No. 1 “

It really hasn’t hit me yet how awesome it is. Any time you beat the best team in the country, it’s phenomenal. - Phil Milbrath

We didn’t look at this game as a David-Goliath matchup — no disrespect to them (Grand Valley), but we felt that if we played real well, we had a chance. - Tom Kearly

In case you missed the upset of the year, check out the full recap and the rest of the Lode’s comprehensive football coverage at sports/football

Saturday, Oct. 30 Huskies - 20 Lakers - 17 293 rushing yards by Phil Milbrath

Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert hold rally to restore sanity and/or fear KIMBERLY GRIGG Lode Writer John Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday called “The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.” The comedians held the rally in hopes of getting their serious message across in a comedic and entertaining way. The two held the rally, as Stewart puts it, because “We live now in hard times, not end times.” He also cited the media about the way they create unneeded panic among the general public as a reason for the fear people are experiencing. Both comedians argued that there needs to be prioritizing of what the media is concerned about. Stewart stated, “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” Another reason for the rally was to help people see that there needs to be a destruction of stereotypes. This rally was mostly about the media and how it does not portray the American people in the correct light. Stewart believes that, as Americans, to get out of this dark time we need to work together. He also believes that

Michigan Tech’s first win over Grand Valley State since 1984

the media does not reflect this in the proper way. There were several guest appearances, including several musical performers. 4 Troops started out the rally by singing the National Anthem, and Tony Bennett sang America the Beautiful closer to the end of the rally. The band Roots also played several songs throughout the rally. Stewart and Colbert had a musical performance in which they argued who was more patriotic. Colbert said that if you speak up about an issue loudly and proudly that means you are more patriotic, but Stewart said that even if you do not speak up as loudly and proudly as the other Americans, you are still as patriotic as everyone else. Stewart continued to say that by not being loud and objecting to an opposing view point instantaneously just means that you are willing to listen to all sides of an issue. Jeff Tweedy played guitar during this performance. Another celebrity guest that appeared at the rally was Father Guido Sarduchi. He gave the benediction at the beginning of the rally, where he was trying to figure out what religion was the continued on 2

Theft in Students take time the Van to learn about Pelt Michigan Wildlife Library MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer Sparky, the barred owl, warmed the hearts of onlookers when he tilted his head back with a lazy expression when his handler would scratch the top of his head. Sparky was found in a Burger King parking lot, assumed to be hit by a car, and was brought to Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab. He was nursed back to health, but because of damaged feather follicles he can’t be released into the wild. Instead, the center has become his permanent residence, and as a part of his new family he was among the birds brought to Michigan Tech’s campus. The event was called Whoo’s In Houghton, and took place this past Friday and Saturday on the Walker lawn. Members of the Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab center in Gladstone drove to Tech and, with the help of volunteer students, set up a tent that would house live raptors, mounted birds, photographs, wings that could be examined and held, and be the site of demonstrations and informational presentations about the ecology and biology of the subject animals. As suggested by the name,

owls were the highlight of the event, but other predatory birds were also represented including a live hawk. The tent was open to the public Friday from 5 p.m to 8 p.m, and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Local Schools were allowed to participate in the event before it was open to the public on Friday. Whoo’s in Houghton started last year when Rebecca Prich organized the event through the Wadsworth Hall Student Association (WHSA). Prich found out about Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab while working at the Baraga State Park and saw them hosting a similar event there. Last year’s Whoo’s in Houghton was only a single day event. This year, Prich spearheaded the event again with help from the InterHall Residence Council (IRHC), and the event expanded into two days. Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab is a nonprofit organization run by Gayle and Randy Bruntjens, who are affiliated with the Upper Peninsula Department of Natural Resources. The Bruntjens realized a need for a raptor conservatory in the UP when they learned that the injured birds that were found in Michigan were being

Last Friday a backpack was stolen while a student slept next to it in the Van Pelt Library. The next day (Saturday), a student had their textbooks stolen while leaving them unattended. Then, on Halloween night (Sunday), someone set fire to a newspaper in the Opie Reading Room and left it to burn. Thankfully, there was no smoke damage or major fire damage to the Opie reading room from the fire. However, a small section of carpet has been burned and will need to be replaced. Carol Makkonen, Financial & Operations Manager at the Van Pelt Library, informed the Lode that there has been a small series of thefts taking place this semester, which the Library staff and Public Safety has been trying to prevent. Some of the items that have been stolen are the backpack and textbooks, but students have also said that items such as cell-phones and laptops have gone missing too. The Van Pelt Library has already begun taking measures to help prevent any student from

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Stewart & Colbert Rally, from front correct religion. Sarduchi’s attempt to figure out the correct religion to follow was unsuccessful. Colbert wrote a poem especially for this rally to attempt to create fear within the crowd. The poem was read by Sam Waterston, because Colbert did not expect Stewart’s fans to listen to him and Waterston is said to be the most reasonable man in the world --also according to Colbert. In the middle of Stewart’s first speech about why they were having the rally Colbert interrupted for a debate with Stewart about whether it was better to be fearful or if it was better to be rational. Stewart said “Reason is how mankind advances.” while Colbert argued that if there was a reasonable fear of snakes within Eve, from the story of Adam and Eve

in the Bible, there would be no sin. Therefore our world would be perfect. Kareem Abdul Jabbar then came out and pointed out that he was Muslim and Colbert was not afraid of him. This argument shows, as Stewart puts it, “You cannot generalize all people.” Colbert then said that he could do that with robots too, but R2D2 (from Star Wars) came out and pointed out that the generalization of a group doesn’t even work with robots. Throughout the rally both Colbert and Stewart used satire and comedy to prove the points that they were trying to make. The duo showed that America might be going through hard times and we might have to work to get though these times. Even if, as Stewart puts it, “Sanity has been, and will always be, in the eye of the beholder.”


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E n t e r p r i s e o f t h e we e k : Alternative Fuels Group REBEKAH PRICE Lode Writer Are you interested in learning about alternative fuels? Better yet, are you interested in developing real-world solutions involving alternative fuels? Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) is your answer. Beginning in the spring of 2002, some chemical engineering students decided to propose to the chemical engineering department that an enterprise was needed to develop more efficient power sources. Eight years later, the enterprise is still going strong and working with several sponsors. The longest running project in AFG would involve the Solar Car. The students involved with this project are investigating alternative fuel sources to run vehicles. The team has been looking into competitions

and scholarship opportunities while working on this project. Other projects include working with the Michigan House Café and converting a dieselpowered street sweeper to run on biodiesel. AFG researched the creation and searched the sources of biodiesel, such as vegetable oil. AFG is also trying to make a more efficient solid-oxide fuel cell by generating electricity from the excess heat. The John Deere eGator project is a completed project that involved converting, testing, and characterizing of two hydrogen fuel cells in the place of a battery. Sean Baker, president of AFG, has been a part of AFG for almost 3 years. Baker joined because, “It seemed like a good way to gain engineering experience and work with multi-disciplinary teams. It also gave me more control over doing some-

thing that I had an interest in even if it wasn’t a popular topic within my major.” Projects that Baker has worked on include the eGator team, sponsored by Keweenaw Research Center, and on Direct Methanol Fuel cells (DMFC). For the Keweenaw Research Center, Baker worked to convert battery power to hydrogen fuel cells. Currently, Baker is designing DMFC’s for Consumer Products. The executive board is made up of Sean Baker, president; Britta Guse, vice president; and Dr. Jason Keith, advisor. If you are interested in joining AFG, contact Sean Baker (smbaker@ or Dr. Jason Keith ( Meetings are Tuesdays at 4 p.m in Chem Sci 211. There are projects available for all majors and class levels. Also check out their website at

IRHC works to help students stay safe ERIKA PEABODY Lode Writer Many students on campus have seen the boards in the residence halls that say “Don’t Catch Them All” and then list the different sexually transmitted infections below, and some may feel that it is a bit inappropriate to have such direct statements right in the front of a residence hall. However, when a student is in college, the topic of sex (more specifically safe sex) must be talked about. Some college students are going to have sex whether they have a condom or not. As most students are aware, condoms help prevent pregnancy as well as prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. That is why the InterResident Hall Council (IRHC) hands out condoms on K-Day and the KISS Club (Keep It Safer Sweetheart) hands them out on campus throughout the semester. Studies show if condoms are handed out to students, they will be safer about the sex they are already having. While condoms are available for free on campus in the Health

and Wellness Center and in the Residence Halls, they are only available during business hours and every transaction requires face-to-face contact. This is inconvenient for a lot of students, as sexual activity can rarely be planned to only happen during business hours, and many people would wish to remain anonymous when obtaining condoms. As IRHC member Steven O’Dacre points out, “Safe sex should not be confined to regular business hours.” To overcome the inconveniencies and make condoms more accessible to students, IRHC has enlisted the help of Blue Marble Security Enterprise to design and construct a prototype of a condom dispensing machine for the residence halls. This machine will be available 24 hours a day and the fully-functional prototype will be placed in one of the residence halls for a trial run. IRHC will be speaking with the individual halls after the prototype is complete so they will be able to be able to see what it looks like and how it functions. The machine will be placed in a discrete area of the residence halls

to further anonymity. Also, while the condoms will be free, there will also be a limit to how many a student can receive per day. Blue Marble will be putting a card swipe system on the machine to do this; however, the name of the student using the machine will still remain anonymous. The card swipe system will only check to make sure the card is within the valid MTU card number range and then will store the number for 24 hours in order to limit the amount of condoms a student is able to obtain. Currently IRHC is not sure how many condoms students will be limited to, but they imagine it will be around three per day. The overall goal of IRHC is not to encourage students to have sex, but to help the students who are already engaging in sexual activity to be safer. “If giving students condoms helps them be safer, we have a moral obligation to help prevent the spread of harmful and deadly sexually transmitted infections,” says O’Dacre, “If we can save one life from HIV/AIDS by giving out free condoms, a free condom dispenser will be worth it.”

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Scary or fun, Safehouse is successful ERIKA PEABODY Lode Writer This past weekend the residence halls hosted Safehouse which has been a tradition here at Michigan Tech since 1988. During Safehouse, student guides led members of the community and their children on tours through elaborately decorated halls. The halls this year were given the choice to decorate with either a scary motif or a fun one. The CSLC featured a scary theme from The Night-

mare Before Christmas where they had the hall decorated to look like the portion of the movie where characters “make Christmas,” while Utopia and Mafia Halls in Wadsworth opted for more fun and silly decorations. Unfortunately last year’s Safehouse was cancelled to prevent the spread of the flu; however, this meant the students this year were able to use all of their plans from last year, as well as their new ideas. Sure enough, the halls were packed with children dressed up in their scariest or most adorable costumes. The halls rang



with shrieks of excitement and fright. Everyone seemed to have tons of fun, even though some were quite scared. The people that seemed to be having the most fun however were the students themselves. Some skilled students really got into their parts and the acting was admirable, as were their costumes. Safehouse is IRHC’s second largest event of the year, second only to Winter Carnival. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, one can only imagine how much bigger and better it will be next year.

Michigan wildlife, from front moved to other states and being released away from their original locations. Raptor Rehab works to bring injured animals to health to be released back into the wild with a new chance at survival and make sure that when they are released, they are returned to where they are found whenever possible. Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab accepts almost any wild animal that is found except for bats or skunks, and raccoons (that cannot be moved across county lines). Raptor Rehab receives enough funding to be able to drive to pick up raptors, but other animals that are found must be brought to them. If you find an animal you would like to bring in to the Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab, you can call them at 906-241-4792 (if concerning birds of prey), or 906428-1497 for calls about other birds or animals. They can also be contacted by email at upraptor@ Raptor Rehab has taken in 32 birds this summer, and released all but those present at Whoo’s in Houghton with the exception of a peregrine falcon due to be released Nov. 1. Whoo’s in Houghton was free to the public, though Raptor Re-

Theft, from front having their valuables stolen. If a member of the library staff notices that you have left your belongings unattended, they will place a small strip of paper on your item(s) stating, “The Library staff noticed your personal possessions could have been easily stolen. Crimes of opportunity take place in a flash.” The library staff hopes this will remind students to not leave their belongings unattended while they are in the library. Public Safety is currently investigating the thefts, and would also like to remind students to not leave their items unattended. Brian Cadwell, Deputy Chief of Public Safety, added that the best way to stop theft is to try and prevent the theft from ever happening. Public Safety mentioned that they do have some leads, but could not give any more information until the investigation is complete. The Lode will continue to cover this story as it develops, and would like to remind students to keep an eye on their belongings. Michigan Tech is a low-crime campus, and it is normal for students to feel relaxed while on campus. But, as the library points out, theft and other crimes of opportunity can occur within just a few moments so it is important to keep an eye on your valuables. Ellen Marks, the Library Director, added that the library handed out 25 slips to unattended items in the library on Nov. 2 between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. If you have any information about the person (or persons) who are responsible for these thefts, please contact Public Safety at (906) 487-2216. The library staff is also available to help students, and asks that if anything of yours is taken that you report it to the circulation desk immediately.

hab was accepting donations during the event. As a nonprofit organization, Raptor Rehab is seeking funding; Gayle Bruntjens works a parttime job solely to pay for the efforts. Raptor Rehab will often receive grants to take care of raptors, but also look for other means to cover the costs of helping the aniRaptors on display: Local students get a chance mals in their to see live wildlife birds during the “Whoo’s in care. This Houghton” event. Photo by Rebecca year there was Prich a donation jar, a raffle, and a smaller secondary tent where hab also offered a photo album items were sold with the proceeds where guests could sponsor a going to Raptor Rehab, among particular species of bird, and the those items being memorial plates caretakers would modify their almade by Gayle herself. Raptor Re- location of resources to reflect the

What sort of activities would you like to see in the Lode? Let us know by e-mailing This week’s Sudoku hits in at a level five. This is as hard as it gets! We’ll post a final level one puzzle entering finals week — we don’t want you wasting too much of your brain power on this. Last week’s completed puzzle is to the right. wishes of the public as expressed by the distribution of sponsorships. Prich sees Whoo’s in Houghton as an event that is educational, community-service oriented, and fundraising all in one. Prich said that the information is accessible to all ages and touches on a connection with nature that is universal. As of last Friday, Oct. 29, an estimated six to seven hundred visitors had come to see and learn

about the birds, and Prich was hoping to have over a thousand by the end of Saturday. Whoo’s in Houghton took the involvement of many Tech students, and next year’s event will still need more. Those interested in helping with next year’s Whoo’s in Houghton can email Prich next fall at and are encouraged to watch for further announcements when it comes time again for the event next year.

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Diwali Night celebrates Indian culture PRIYANKA MOHARIR Pulse Editor Diwali Night is one of the favorite events of people in UP as this is the only chance for them to have authentic Indian cuisine. The event started with the full course delicious Indian dinner along with the melodious Indian music. The professional chefs, invited from Appleton, Wis., specially cooked the food. For the many Indian students who had not been to India for many years, it was the way to get rid of their nostalgia.The food was savored by one and all. The performances started with an introduction of why and how Diwali is celebrated. As quoted by the host “Diwali is joyous a celebration of the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya (situated in India) after rescuing his wife Sita from Ravana by defeating him. This festival is celebrated for five days in India and it is also official holiday in other countries like Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, and many more”. After the introduction, the show started with the prayer to the goddess Saraswati (as all

the good things in India are supposed to be started with prayer), after which the host gave a brief idea about how Diwali is celebrated. Traditionally Diwali is celebrated by lighting clay lamps filled with oil in front of houses, which signifies the triumph of good over evil. This is the reason why it is also called Deepawali, which means “festival of lights”. The function offered a myriad of performances, which tried their best to showcase the rich culture of India, creating a beautiful blend of both ethnic and modern sensibilities of the present generation of the country. There were many dance performances, which included Bollywood-like Hollywood in US; Bollywood is the term used for the film industry in India) dance numbers and traditional Indian dance forms. It was a pleasant surprise for many Indians because it is very hard to preserve your own culture when you are in different country. There were some musical performances where Bollywood music was played with an Indian Classical touch which made the event more interesting. The use of ‘Tablas’ gave the event a classical touch(Tablas are an Indian

percussive instrument played with hands comprising of two components: one providing the bass, and the other providing the treble at a particular tone). The last performance was remarkable as two Tabla players had ‘Jugalbandi’ (a duet where a playful competition often ensues between the two performers). Many people would be surprised by the fact that in the same nation, the festival of Diwali means different things to people of different religions and regions. In Gujarat (a state in western India), the festival honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth; and in Bengal (a state in eastern India), it is associated with the goddess Kali. Whereas in southern part of India it starts on the day when Lord Krishna, killed the demon Narakasura. These are just a few of the beliefs. But the significance of the festival and the method of celebration remains the same all over India. It is also counted as First day of the financial year; as there is a common belief that anything started on that day will bring prosperity and happiness in life.


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New Literary Arts Club on campus

Sonic 4 brings successful SACS presents KT Tatara if overpriced return to classic gameplay ZACHARY PAGE Lode Writer

NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor Once upon a time, Sonic the Hedgehog was actually seen as a legitimate contender to the legendary video game heavyweight that was Nintendo’s Mario. The “classic” series for the Genesis is widely credited for a large portion of that console’s success, and the Sonic Adventure series for the Dreamcast was very well received as a promising start for taking the series into 3D. Unfortunately, the series couldn’t maintain its success. Sonic Heroes was considered to be okay, but Shadow the Hedgehog and the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog were both received poorly, prompting speculation that the series may have been finished. Now, it seems that in light of Nintendo’s success with New Super Mario Bros. and Capcom’s success with Mega Man 9 and 10, Sega has decided to move in the same direction with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, available via download for Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS. This new entry tries to recreate the feel of the classic series, and in spite of some unusual design choices actually does a pretty good job in that respect. The “Episode 1” in the title reflects the fact that, to keep the download size to a reasonable level, the game will be released in episodes. Episode 1 contains four zones based off of zones from previous Sonic games, each with three normal acts plus a boss act. Unlike the classic games, the levels don’t have to be played in a linear order, though the player is meant to play them that way. Rather, any act can be played at any time, though all three normal acts in a zone must be cleared before the boss act is unlocked, and all boss acts must be cleared for the final boss to become available. The level designs themselves are incredibly fun, successfully evoking the memories of the classic levels they are based on. The game controls are also

a bit weird, though they manage to work. Sonic now stops moving right in midair if the control stick or D-pad is released, which will feel strange to those used to the greater momentum of the classic games. What really sticks out, though, is the auto-target system imported from the Sonic Adventure games. While spinning in midair, some objects such as enemies, springs, and powerups will have a target appear over them. Hitting the jump button when this happens will cause Sonic to immediately dash towards that target. This is done well, and mastering the new levels often requires judicious use of this trick. However, its inclusion will still feel like a shock to veteran Sonic fans. By far the greatest objection to this game is its price. Although the game costs around $15, a competent player can complete the main mode in just a few hours. Although there are additional modes, including the ability to compare best scores and times with other players, and of course the Special Zone sidequest to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds and unlock Super Sonic, ultimately it feels like one is paying too much for not enough content. Although this may be forgivable if Sega ultimately has some sort of reduced-price deal on Episode 2 for people who already have Episode 1, such a plan is nothing more than idle speculation. Ultimately, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is a worthy successor to the classic Sonic series, even if it sometimes feels quite different. It’s twelve main levels, varying from kind of good to great, and five bosses, make a great game that is only brought down by pain of being overpriced. Ultimately, the decision to buy this game should be based on how much one really wants to relive Sonic’s glory days. For those who remember the old games quite fondly, $15 might be enough to swallow. On the other hand, less-enthusiastic players may decide that the current price is too much and wait for it to hopefully go down.

KT Tatara will be performing stand up in the MUB Ballroom this Friday, Nov. 5, from 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. Known for being a “brutally honest” comedian, Tatara molds his own style from a unique blend of his own opinions of society and his personal life. He often brings out the blithe of some of the most controversial subjects such as race and gender roles. His first television appearance as a comedian was during the “New Faces of Comedy” at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada. Since then, he has been a rising figure in the entertainment industry. Tatara has appeared on Comedy Central several times and has also acted on television shows such as ABC Family’s “Greek” and Showtime’s “Californication.” When asked about what inspired him to become a comedian, Tatara replied, “I guess I always liked standup comedy. In high school, I’d go up [to the front of the classroom for a project] and have to be

funny and wing it and I got by on a couple projects and that’s where I found I had the confidence to try standup.” As a college student, he enjoyed taking standup classes and performing on stage. Most of this inspiration, he describes, comes from his experiences in the high school classroom. Tatara claims that most of his inspiration does not come from people but from his own personal experiences. “It’s more like you find your own way,” says Tatara. “…you don’t really study [people] so much like, ‘Oh, I want to be like that person.’ There’s guys I like … but ultimately you want to find your own voice.” Some of the comedians that Tatara has enjoyed watching over the years include George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, and Dave Attell. Although he raps on society the most, which is often flavored with a heavy dosage of sarcasm, he also enjoys a little self-depreciation. He often makes jokes about his appearance on stage and his reflections of being a “model.” “I feel like in some ways [modeling] kind of helps me but it’s also a disadvantage, just in what

girls like and kind of like in this manly stature,” says Tatara. Tatara hopes that his career will lead him on to bigger ventures in the future. “I’ve started recently auditioning for TV shows and movie stuff but that takes a while to get into,” explains Tatara. “I’d love to work on some sort of project like that.” KT Tatara’s performance will be hosted by the Student Activities Comedy Series. For more information about the event, contact the Student Activities Office at (906) 487-1963.

This week at Film Board:

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Friday and Saturday Showtimes 6, 8:30, 11 p.m. Tickets $3.00 Runtime 112 minutes

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years his junior, and he hasn’t recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn’t enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. Written by Jim Beaver

Tickets available at the door. Limited seating, arrive early. Concessions are available before each showing. Fisher 135 | (906) 487-2704

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Cancer research useless, instead inform LENA WILSON Opinion Editor

A lot of money is wasted on research for diabetes and cancer. Many people are willing to donate some money for breast cancer research, diabetes research and other ‘diseases’. It is almost a sardonic and sick click. People whose lives have largely affected by such illnesses are trying to do something so that others do not have to suffer as they have. But there are solutions and information that could help much more than holding fundraisers to send money for research that may be going absolutely nowhere or is wasting money on superfluous or incorrect research. I once read a piece where the author had split the word disease into dis–ease, the lack of ease. The way we view diseases today is as something contracted and completely accidental, as

something that needs to be researched so a magic pill or cure can be found. It is much more constructive for diseases to be viewed as a malfunction of the body; the body was once functioning properly and something has gone wrong, however, there is a good chance we may be able to preserve a measure of normal function. It is much better to take this view rather than tell people with cancer an estimate of time they will survive and then torture them with chemo and other treatments nearly as deadly as the cancer itself. Recently, a film called “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days” was released showcasing how individuals with different types of diabetes could lower their levels and become regulated simply by eating a raw food vegan diet. It has been shown that through perseverance and selfcontrol of eating habits a person

Dear Sassy I really want a new pet. But it has to be fairly small because I live in a tiny apartment. A dog or cat is pretty much out of the question. I have had several small pets in the past such as mice and hamsters. Do you have any suggestions for a cute, friendly pet that can become my new best friend? Sincerely, Pet person Dear Pet I hesitate to name any animal, knowing that the one you choose faces pure agony. It would be nothing short of a death sentence. Although the remainder of their life wouldn’t be marred by physical pain (except for violently tight, yet affectionate, hugs) the emotional stress on the animal would truly be inhumane. It’s clear to me that what you lack in human interaction, you make up with inappropriately close relationships with your pets. You coo at them, brush their tiny rodent fur and dress them up for your Christmas card. Rodents are very social creatures, but the embarrassment of being dressed up in a tiny Santa Claus costume is too humiliating for even the most gregarious of animals to bear. Weeks after their “adoption”, your pets no doubt long for the ill-lit pet store and even remember the kids banging on the glass cage with fond nostalgia. As a lover of animals and a promoter of their human treatment, please do not get any more pets. Dear Sassy I have a friend who is constantly complaining about her life. I know, as her friend, I should listen to her, but lately it’s just getting to be too much for me. I mean, we all have problems but not all of us whine about them to everyone all the time. How can I stop her from being such a cry-baby? Sincerely, Fed-up friend Dear Fed-up I can tell by your tactful and mature approach to the situation that you are a person gifted with the ability to relate well to their fellow humans. The way you’re reaching out to your friend with a hand cushioned in love and fellowship is truly touching. It’s great to give friends a helping hand once in a while. Although in your case, it’s more of a helping smack in the face. It’s true, some people need a reality check, a jarring occurrence to knock them out of a trance of self-pity. And some people are struggling with some truly challenging issues. Do you really want to take the chance that your friend is just a whiner? I think the best thing to do in this situation is suggest your friend go to a therapist. However, I feel as if the problems she’s been complaining about to you won’t be the subject of discussion. I have an inkling the conversation may veer towards her self-centered, insensitive friend. Dear Sassy Every year, I like to participate in “no shave November”. Me and my friends stop shaving for a whole month, just for fun. However, my girlfriend is throwing a huge fuss about it this year. She says it will be gross and she won’t want to be seen with me in public. How can I convince her that there’s no harm in the tradition? Sincerely, Beard-boy Dear Beard-boy Although you’ve come to me for words of support for your hairy adventure, I’m afraid I must disappoint you. Your girlfriend is absolutely right. “No shave November” is simply a tradition put in place to justify laziness and make use of a convenient alliteration. Some men can avoid shaving and wear facial hair well. The Brawny man is a good example. However, the majority of “no shave November” participants are high school or college males, most of them unable to grow a proper beard. At the end of the month, countless chins are adorned with wispy, patchy beards that seriously deplete the attractiveness of the wearer. The origins of this scratchy tradition are unknown, but I have a feeling it’s a vain attempt for males to seize any form of masculinity they can get their hands on. And they do it with their friends to not look desperate. Join the crowd if you like. You might as well stop showering and dressing in the morning. “No shave November” is a notoriously bad time for relationships. I’d put my personal ad on Craigslist if I were you.

can relieve themselves of many if not all of their medications. The toxins that are leeching into our environment as a result of unsafe industrial practices not only breach the tissues in the bodies of mammals in the wild; it seeps into our bodies too. Even though we may appear healthy, toxins are building up in each of our bodies and it may take only a stress factor or one more toxin to hit a trigger and cause disease. Disease doesn’t spark spontaneously in most cases. We are all vulnerable because we are all exposed to toxins and poor health decisions. Mammals are dying of cancer. California sea lions that are dying of cancer beach themselves. Green sea turtles of Hawaii are growing Fibropapillomatosis tumors on their eyes, neck, flippers and mouth. The cause of these tumors is said to be unknown, but look at the toxic levels of sea life and what toxins are being pumped into the water and air and then ask why they are getting cancer. Then ask why humans are getting cancer. We are mammals! In a study of cancer in St. Lawrence estuary belugas, the rate of cancer is higher than any other population of cetacean and is similar to that of humans. The humans near the St. Lawrence beluga habitat have higher rates of cancer than in the rest of Quebec and Canada. The belugas, their environment and most likely the people there are contaminated by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) produced by the local aluminum smelters. The study concludes that PAHs are involved in the etiology of cancer in these animals. I conclude that the toxins are also involved in the higher rates of cancer in people of this area as well I believe that cancer and our diseases are largely products of our unforgiving and glaringly destructive economic choices and practices. Here are some toxins found just in every day shampoos: sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, tocopheryl acetate, fragrance, parabens among others. Think of what we pour down our sinks! Think of what we put down our throats! It seems to me that we ought to examine the exposure to toxins and change how we operate, to act preventatively. Many people consider a diagnosis of cancer as a death sentence. I know someone who ignored the doctor’s death sentence and treatments and simply chose to eat better. He is still alive and doing fine, in fact, I think we’ve all forgotten he ‘has’ cancer. In truth, we may all have diseases as a result of our practices but it simply hasn’t been diagnosed or the symptoms haven’t become obvious enough i.e. a disease has not yet manifested. Why wait for a magical cure to be found? Why wait until a diagnosis before changes in lifestyle are made? So I think some research is utterly useless, but more appropriately I believe that a lot of research needs to be redirected. More apparent, people need to be informed and not only of the problems, but about the solutions. The facts that toxins are everywhere, they affect our health and we have no idea HOW they affect our health should all be properly assessed and weighed. It is extremely important to understand what toxins are doing to our bodies and the environment because so far, it hasn’t been good.

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New era begins for Huskies’ By # the er women’s basketball nu m b DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor

For the last four-plus seasons, fans of the women’s basketball Huskies have been spoiled with great teams and copious amounts of success. Since 2007, the Huskies have gone 81-18 with three consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division championships and three trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Since 2008, the Huskies have gone as far as the NCAA Elite Eight. Last season, they began the season as the top-ranked team in the country. Overview This season won’t be so easy for the Huskies. Gone are Katie Wysocky and her 1,943 points, Sarah Stream and her 1,464 points, and Katie Zimmerman and her 1,227 points. That’s a huge hole in the lineup. To make matters worse, head coach John Barnes left Michigan Tech for an NCAA Division I assistant coaching position, and Danae Danen (13.2 points per game last season) and Tara Ferris (5.9 points per game last season) also graduated, leaving no starters for first year head coach Kim Cameron. “It’s a great opportunity for me, and it’s been a great tradition that we’ve continued since coach [Kevin] Borseth started it,” said Cameron. “I just hope to continue that. That’s all you can do. Our goals are still the same.”

Cameron isn’t using any of this as an excuse to throw in the towel on what could be a very trying year. In fact, she is more than ready to mention that this is an excellent opportunity for those girls who haven’t played much the last few seasons to display the talent they have. The Huskies have been picked to finish second in the GLIAC North Division. “Second is very nice, it means

we’ve gained some respect throughout the conference,” said Cameron. “It really doesn’t mean anything until we starting getting going.” Returning Players Up front, junior forward Lindsay Lindstrom, who was named to the All-GLIAC North Division Second Team leads all re-

Driven: Sophomore guard Sam Hoyt gets ready to drive to the hoop in a GLIAC Tournament match with Ashland last season. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt


returning starters for new head coach Kim Cameron and the women’s basketball Huskies. This is a perfect opportunity for Cameron to put her stamp on the team.


turning players with an average of 4.4 points per game in 13.2 minutes of action a year ago. Senior center Lisa Staehlin was also a key component of last season’s team, notching 4.3 points per game in 11.9 minutes of play. Her 50.5 percent field goal percentage was third on the team. Senior forward Lucy Dernovsek averaged 1.7 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game. In the backcourt, sophomore guard Sam Hoyt will look to build upon a solid rookie season where she posted 21 three-pointers in 64 attempts and played 9.7 minutes a game. Another deadly threat from three-point land is junior Angela Guisfredi. The Huskies are almost unbeatable when she hits a triple. Sophomore Krista Kasuboski drained seven of twelve three-point attempts last season, good for a 58.3 percent attack from beyond the arc. continued at

Offense is his middle name


Last season, hockey fans were introduced to a 6’-0” tall freshman defenseman from Edenwold, Saskatchewan, with a penchant for helping a struggling Michigan Tech offense put pucks in the net. Steven Seigo scored nearly a point a weekend last season, and finished the year with four goals and 19 points, good for second among WCHA freshmen defensemen. “[Steven]’s a special player in terms of his offensive talent,” said Huskies’ head coach Jamie Russell. “He’s an elite skater, he handles the puck very well, and he’s got a heavy shot. He thinks the game very well.” Seigo was impressive almost from the get go last season, but this year he has been even better. In his first five games, he posted three goals and eight points. Despite being held scoreless against the Wiscon-

sin Badgers last weekend, Seigo ing his tenure as the Huskies’ head coach, but every once and leads the Huskies with awhile, one does fall into eight points through the his lap. Seigo seems to be first seven games of the one top-end player who felt season. Michigan Tech was the right “He has a lot of those place for him. instincts you simply “[Assistant coach] Patrick don’t teach as coach,” said Mikesch did a great job in reRussell. “We’ve worked cruiting Steven,” said Russell. with Steven to improve “Steven is a small-town guy his defensive game and and Houghton was a good fit he’s playing much more for him.” physical this year.” There’s more to Seigo than Seigo played three what is seen during games. seasons of Canadian Russell praises his work ethJunior hockey with the ic, as Seigo works hard both Bonnyville Pontiacs of on the ice and off of it. the Alberta Junior Hock“He was given an opporey League. He earned tunity to work on our first the Pontiacs’ Rookie of power play [unit] from the the Year award in 2006first day he stepped on cam07 after he notched 16 pus,” said Russell. “He’s been points. He would go on given a big responsibility and to finish his career with a great opportunity, and he’s 28 goals and 83 points in really sunk his teeth into that Celebration: Sophomore Steven Seigo 161 games. and made the most of it.” has given fans plenty to celebrate. Getting top-line talPhoto by Ben Wittbrodt ent players has been continued at difficult for Russell dur-


number sophomore defenseman Carl Nielsen in plus/ minus at this point in the season. He leads the team heading into their second off weekend.


points surrendered by the football Huskies against Grand Valley last weekend. The Huskies surrendered 55 in 2009 to the Lakers.


kills by seniors Kasey Woodcock and Alicia Schneider in 3-0 victory by the volleyball Huskies against Lake Superior State.


points scored last season by the five seniors in the women’s basketball Huskies’ starting lineup.


Schedules/Results Visit for full standings Hockey (3-2-2, 1-2-1 WCHA) Oct. 29 at Wisconsin, L, 5-2 Oct. 30 at Wisconsin, L, 4-1 Nov. 12 at UMD, 8 p.m. Nov. 13. at UMD, 8 p.m.

Football (6-2, 6-2 GLIAC) Oct. 23 vs. Northwood, W, 62-30 Oct. 30 vs. Grand Valley, W, 20-17 Sat. at Ferris State, 1 p.m. Nov. 12 vs. North. Mich., 1 p.m.

Volleyball (5-18, 3-13 GLIAC) Oct. 30 at Northwood, L, 3-0 Fri. at Wayne State, 7 p.m. Sat. at Findlay, 4 p.m. Sun. at Hillsdale, 2 p.m.

W. Basketball (0-0, 0-0 GLIAC) Nov. 3 at. Notre Dame, L, 102-30 Nov. 19 vs. Findlandia, 5 p.m. Nov. 20 vs. UMD, 5 p.m. Nov 26. vs. So. Minn State, 2 p.m. Nov. 27 vs. Concordia, 4 p.m.

Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Daver Karnosky, editor in chief Stephen Anderson, business manager Jacob Vehring and you, the reader, via online poll. Stephen Anderson won last year and has won two of the last three years (former opinion editor Rob Devaun with the other win). This will be a weekly feature where each editor picks his winners of the three biggest games/series of the week and backs up his decisions with a short rant. THIS WEEK: TCU Horned Frogs at Utah Utes, Detroit Red Wings at Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

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Congratulations to the Michigan Tech football team who knocked off the #1 team in the nation. Great team effort! TCU has actually played a challenging game this year, unlike Utah, and with that experience I think TCU will continue their BCS-busting year by knocking off the Utes. The Red Wings are my favorite team, and I dislike the Sedin twins, so that combination make me take the Wings in this match-up. The Falcons already burned me when I took them to beat the Eagles, and even though I think the upstart Buccaneers are legitimate, I still think the Falcons pull this one out.

Frogs 35-30

TCU has never won in Salt Lake City, but with their top-ranked defense, this is the year the Frogs win in a lowscoring clash of Mountain West powerhouses. It’s hard for me to pick against my favorite hockey team, but I think the Wings will actually fall in Vancouver at the end of a long west-coast trip, playing two nights in a row. Atlanta has been hot this year, but the NFL is completely unpredictable. I think Raheem Morris’ prediction isn’t as far off as people are saying and Freeman will go off against Atlanta’s defense.

Frogs 27-20

In defeating Pittsburgh, Iowa State, and now Air Force, Utah has some underrated quality wins this season. Jordan Wynn is not Alex Smith, but he has managed the Utes offense respectibly. The Canucks, well mainly Roboerto Luongo, started slowly, but they’ve been much better of late, winning four in a row. Manny Malhotra is off to a great start, and I still wish he was in a Sharks’ uniform instead a Canucks’. Detroit will be tired on back-to-back nights, and Vancouver will take care of them this time around. Somebody needs to remind Tampa Bay it’s okay to lose every once and awhile. They just find ways to win, and I expect more of the same this weekend. Each week, we’ll let you the reader vote in our Editor’s Shootout online poll at editors-shootout-polls-7/. The majority of the vote for each match-up will be the chosen team, and your cumulative record will get put alongside our three wannabe experts. We’ll run this feature through the entire year and see who comes out on top.

Red Wings 3-2 Falcons 24-21

Canucks 4-3 Buccaneers 27-23

Utes 24-10 Canucks 4-1 Buccaneers 27-24 Last week’s picks: Orlando Magic Missouri Tigers S.F. Giants

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Volleyball Huskies travel for final time this season DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor One of the most futile seasons in Huskies volleyball history will come to a somewhat merciful end this weekend. That’s not to say there haven’t been some pieces to build upon despite the carnage. The Huskies finally put together all the little things they do well last Friday in a 3-0 drubbing of the Lake Superior State Lakers. This weekend, the Huskies will need to at least match that effort if they wish to add their win total facing the likes of the Wayne State Warriors, the Findlay Oilers, and the Hillsdale Chargers. “I think we were able to accomplish a couple of our goals for the match [on Friday],” said

Huskies’ head coach Orlando Gonzalez. “When we are able to execute game plans I think we are a lot more successful.” The Warriors (12-11 overall) come into Friday’s match having won three straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches, improving to 10-6 in GLIAC play, good for second in the South Division. Sophomore middle blocker Katarzyna Sak is the focal point of the Warriors’ offense, with team-highs in kills (328), blocks (99), and service aces (42). Sophomore outside hitter Madie Kent is second on the team in kills with 146, tied for third in service aces (17), and seventh in blocks (22). Sophomore setter Cydney Biessel has done much of the work setting up the offense with

821 assists on the season. The Oilers (12-13 overall) come into Saturday’s match with the Huskies having won two of their last five GLIAC matches to improve to 6-10 on the season, good for fifth in the South Division. One of those two wins was against Tiffin, who sits just above them in the standings. Junior setter Jessica VonIns leads the Oilers in kills with 231. She was named GLIAC Player of the Week for her efforts in the past week. VonIns is second on the team in assists with 405. Freshman middle blocker Danielle Taflinger

Focus: Freshman Jordanna Kero prepares to receive an attack. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Ferris State next potential victim for world-beating football Huskies STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief With a 5-2 record heading into last week’s game against No. 1 Grand Valley State, the odds of making the playoffs seemed pretty low for the football Huskies. A week later, the Huskies are ranked seventh in the region with a 6-2 record, coming off a monumental upset of the topranked Lakers. Momentum is in the Huskies favor now, but this Saturday’s match-up against the Ferris State Bulldogs is certainly not one to overlook. Ferris comes in at 5-3, looking to spoil the Huskies’ playoff chances in Michigan Tech’s final road game of the regular season. The Bulldogs won their first five conference games before dropping three straight to Northern Michigan (22-20), Grand Valley State (41-0) and Indianapolis (37-33). Michigan Tech has defeated the Lakers and Greyhounds, with the Wildcats remaining in the Huskies’ regular season finale a week from Saturday. The Huskies look to have the edge in terms of common opponents and momentum, but head coach Tom Kearly knows that any team in the GLIAC can win on any given week. Grand Valley certainly found that out last week. “If we would have lost last

week, we still could have been a good football team,” said Kearly. “Now maybe we have a chance to be a special football team, but we have two tough games coming up.” Ferris State is in the middle of

the pack statistically in just about every category in the GLIAC, but one standout statistic is rushing defense, where the Bulldogs rank fourth in the conference, giving up 133 yards per game. The Huskies boast the second-best rush-

Leadership: Senior linebacker Mike Rittenour subtly celebrates one of several big plays by the Huskies’ defense against Grand Valley State. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Growth key for Rugby club ison Blacks. “We played as a team yesterday,” said Edwards. “[We] showed Much like some of the varsity true character throughout the programs over the last few seaseason.” sons, the Rugby club struggled The UW-Madison Blacks were this season, it’s first in an ofa team comprised of players ficial league. Injuries and from their first string squad, Rugby Club Results inexperience only added to which plays in USA Rugby Sept. 18 vs. UWSP, L , 112-0 the difficulty level as the club Division I and some subs struggled to find its identity. from that squad as well. For Sept. 18 vs. UWM, L, 114-0 “I feel much better about the Rugby club to beat them the future of the club gomeans a lot for the future of Sat. vs. UWL, L, 28-0 ing forward than I did at the the club. Oct. 2 vs. UWP, L, 103-10 start of the year,” said captain “Michigan Tech Rugby has Marc Sanko. “We had so never had good backs that Oct. 9 vs. UWEC, L, 49-10 many injuries and the new could [both] tackle and run players we had [struggled]at well,” said Sanko. “Once we Oct. 16 vs. MSOE, L, 37-17 the beginning.” got these young backs [we Oct. 24 vs. UW-Madison, W, 40-8 Through the first four have now] comfortable, it was matches of the season, the amazing. Our game changed… Check out for club surrendered 357 points it was so much more balanother Rugby Club feature courtesy of to the likes of UW-Stevens anced…we began to actually guest writer Johanna Stevens Point, UW-Milwaukee, UWdominate the game at times.” La Crosse, and UW-Platteville. Next season, the Rugby club The club didn’t score a single try experience in those early drub- plans to join a conference based through those early matches. bings, and it showed over the last out of Wisconsin in USA Rugby Head coach Rhys Edwards and three matches of the season. The Division III, along with UW-Eau the 25-man roster had loads of club only surrendered 94 points, Claire, Milwaukee School of work to do. scored 67 itself, and earned its Engineering, the UW-Madison “Our freshmen have tons of first win 40-8 over the UW-Mad- Blacks and few other clubs of a similar talent level.


athletic ability,” said Sanko. “It really showed by the end of the year…you could see their talent blossom on the pitch.” The youth gained loads of

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ing offense in the GLIAC, averaging 230 yards per game. The Huskies also have a chance to make an impact on special teams. Akeem Cason already has two touchdowns on kick returns this season, and has nearly broke several more. The Bulldogs are second worst in the conference in kickoff coverage, while the Huskies rank best in that category, meaning field position will also be a factor, particularly if the Huskies can convert third downs like they have recently. The Huskies offense is second only to Grand Valley in the conference, scoring 33.1 points per game, while only allowing 18.8 per game, good for third in the GLIAC. Phil Milbrath’s 158 rushing yards (543 yards in the last two games alone) and 12 points per game are a big part of the Huskies’ offensive success. Junior quarterback Tom Schneider leads the Bulldog offense. He only averages 165 yards through the air per game, but is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the GLIAC, completing 72 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions this season. Ferris rarely makes a big play, unlike Grand Valley, but they chip away at opponents. Third down percentage will be key on both sides of the ball. continued at

leads the Oilers in blocks (82) and is second in kills with 227. Senior setter Megan Florence has posted team-highs in assists (517) and service aces (48). “[We need to have] continued focus and make sure we execute our game plan,” said Gonzalez. “I think when we’ve done that, we’ve been pretty successful.” The Huskies’ (5-18 overall, 3-13 GLIAC) opponent on Sunday will be the toughest opponent they’ve seen all season. The Chargers are 23-1 overall and haven’t lost since their second match of the season in the Ferris State Tournament to Minnesota State. They sit currently atop the South Division with a record of 17-0. continued at

Milbrath honored by GLIAC DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor After helping the football Huskies do something very few coming into the game thought could be done, senior running back Phil Milbrath was honored by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Milbrath earned GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after running all over the then No. 1 Grand Valley State Lakers to the tune of 293 yards on 33 carries. Milbrath added both of the Huskies’ touchdowns, giving him seven total touchdowns in the last two games. On the season, Milbrath leads the GLIAC in rushing at 158.0 yards per game, all-purpose offense at 204.1 yards per game, and scoring (12.0 points per game). In the last two weeks, Milbrath has rushed for 543 yards over the last two weeks, helping the Huskies’ offense put up 82 points over those games. Milbrath is now the fourth Huskies player to earn a GLIAC Player of the Week award as sophomore running Akeem Cason was honored as Special Teams Player of the Week last week, and senior kicker Tyler Cattelino has twice earned Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 20 and Oct. 11. The Milbrath-led Huskies will travel to face the Ferris State Bulldogs this weekend.

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It’s been eight years since Michigan has had a Republican governor. That changed last night with the election of Rick Snyder. Snyder defeated Democratic Lansing mayor Verg Bernero by securing 58 percent of the vote. Snyder, who referred to himself as a “one tough nerd” in his campaign commercials, promises to reinvent Michigan during his tenure. A businessman by trade, with no political experience, Snyder he believes that he will be able to create more and better jobs. Snyder becomes the first governor since George Romney to not have held an elective office prior to winning the state’s top executive job. Snyder vows to help Detroit, protect Michigan’s natural resources, and boost arts finding, which helped him earn the votes of independent voters.

Republican Tom Casperson was named the new 108th District Representative for the state of Michigan after he defeated current Democratic Representative Mike Laiti. Casperson spent six years in the state House of Representatives, but now looks forward to this new challenge. Casperson, who grew up in Escanaba, Mich., defeated Lahti 49,868 to 39,321. He ran on what he called a “campaign for common sense.” Casperson has served on the House Transportation Committee, the Agriculture and Resource Management Committee, the Land Use and Environment Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Homeland Security Committee. Casperson plans to work towards lowering taxes and keeping more money in the Upper Peninsula.

Dan Benishek Born in Iron River, Mich., Dr. Dan Benishek has been elected to take over as Michigan’s District 1 Representative. He replaces long-time Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak, who did not seek reelection. Benishek, a Republican, received 101,283 votes to 80, 450 votes for Democratic candidate Gary McDowell. Benishek considers himself to be both fiscally and socially conservative. He is also pro-life and pro-guns. His medical views are of great importance, as he is a general surgeon by trade, but he also opposes federal funding for elective abortions. Benishek plans to support creating non-government related jobs. He will work on lowering taxes, improving border security, prosecuting terrorists and protecting the right to life.

Matt Huuki Local business owner Matt Huuki is the new 110th District Representative after he defeated current Democratic Representative Scott Dianda. He is the owner of Matt’s Auto Glass, which is located just past the Copper Country Mall. Huuki, a Republican, defeated Dianda 16, 031 to 12, 814. He plans to work at helping the local community find jobs, especially in Baraga and Ontonagon counties. Huuki will work towards bringing industry back to Michigan, and sustain a healthy business climate. Huuki is fiscally conservative, wants to lift the cap on charter schools, and supports pro-gun issues.

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