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Stay calm, this is only a drill JANE KIRBY Lode Writer The scenario was set with perfection as students from Michigan Tech’s Medical First Responder class fought to keep calm and focused while responding to a mock emergency drill. On Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the basement of Wads, five actors sported large amounts of fake blood and injuries as the class worked together to save lives in this life-like scenario.

The light of the flashlights bounced off the walls as the students calmly organized each other into separate groups to start assessing each individual victim’s needs. The scene had been set up to mimic what might happen if a bomb had been detonated in the lower level of the building. To any outside observer, it was remarkable to see how well the students worked together and maintained a calm atmosphere in such a chaotic scenario. It was

clear that they have had exceptional training to get to where they are now. Rik Koski, a paramedic instructor coordinator who has over 15 years of experience in teaching emergency medical service courses, teaches EH3690, the Medical First Responder course. Jonathan Stone and Travis Pierce both contributed time and energy to helping out with the course as well as the Director of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Dr. Jason Carter, who made

this program possible. Koski’s class meets once a week and goes over emergency medical skills and

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Unearthing Calumet’s haunting past SAWYER NEWMAN Lode Writer The Italian Hall Disaster, perhaps one of the most well known tragedies of the Keweenaw and a key event in the 1913-1914 miners’ strike, will be marking its first



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centennial next year. A writer for the Huffington Post called the Italian Hall Disaster, “one of the darkest moments in U.S. labor history.” The deaths of 80 people, of which at least 50 were children, makes this a reasonable claim. In the midst of the 1913 strike, a Christmas party was held at the Italian Hall to



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boost the spirits of the miners and their families. Sponsored by the Western Federation of Miner’s, it is estimated that around 500 guests were in attendance. At some point in the night, a man reportedly yelled, “Fire!” The fearful crowd, headed Continued on page 5

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course is completed. Once certified, students can volunteer for the oncampus first-response program, which can take action at any campus event in case of an emergency. There isn’t enough staff on campus to cover the necessary firstresponse positions, which is where the class comes in. Koski said there are 25 to 30 student first-responders on campus each year, and at least 20 will be added this year once his current class is certified. “The students always go overboard and donate a ton of time to this program,” Koski emphasized. He is very impressed with the students he teaches and says that each class gets btetter and better. They are on call all the time, with two day shifts and one night shift. In addition, Tech’s student first responders volunteer at sporting events and others, including the cardboard boat races and broomball.

If students tried to ask for

reassurance at all,

[Koski] replied with a calm, “I’m not even here,” and continued to watch them do their thing.

As part of the course, Koski said that the students have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in three different hands-on scenarios

‘Victims’ acted as if they were wounded from a mock car crash, wilderness survival drill or the on campus emergency

throughout the semester. A mock car crash, wilderness survival drill and the oncampus emergency scenario, which was held last week. Each tests the students’ skills in various ways. One of Koski’s favorite things to see when instructing the course is teamwork. He says that there is a real sense of camaraderie that develops over the course of the semester, especially with returning students who come back to volunteer and help out. Koski took a step back as his class demonstrated their knowledge in the emergency scenario. If students tried to ask for reassurance at all, he replied with a calm, “I’m not even here,” and continued to watch them do their thing. “I’m very proud of you guys,” he stated when giving feedback to the group after the drill. “This class really shines.” Andrea Kubicki, a third year student enrolled in Koski’s class, expressed her thoughts on the drill. “I felt prepared,

but there was a lot I learned from it. Nothing is going to go exactly as the textbook says it will,” she said. Kubicki supports the idea that all students should consider taking the course. “It is great to have some knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation,” It is always good to be prepared for the worst, and Koski’s course prepares students to take charge and save lives in a bad situation. One goal that Koski mentioned for the medical first-responder program is to develop it internationally by bringing students to another country, possibly South America, where the students can donate medical supplies, equipment and their time. “That’s my ultimate goal,” Koski said. Medical First Response is offered in the fall and spring semesters, as well as Track A in the summer, provided at least 14 students sign up. It’s a great way to meet people and truly make an impact on Michigan Tech’s campus and perhaps eventually in other parts of the world.

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Transportation Enterprise reaches out to bikers KATELYN WAARA Lode Writer Everyone knows that parking on this campus is a real problem and, although you’ve probably heard it before, something needs to change. The Transportation Enterprise at Michigan Tech is currently working on two specific projects to help alleviate some of the pains associated with what is being called “transportation demand management.” Although the bike-friendly issue has been examined in previous years, it is not until now that the idea has really gotten off the ground. The City of Houghton was recently designated as a bike-friendly community, achieving a bronze rating. The League of American Bicyclists provides cities and institutions across the country with levels of designation: bronze, silver or gold. Campuses apply for the designation and are asked to provide a variety of materials

with their application, including a 10-year plan for changes they would like to implement. By achieving this designation as a “Bike-Friendly University” (BFU), the group hopes to receive funding in order to provide what bicyclists on campus need on a daily basis. Leading the bikefriendly campus team is civil engineering student Chris Fongers. As project manager, Fongers is involved in all aspects of the project, including creating the 10-year plan. The application process was mostly stress-free, with the application fee being paid for by sponsors of the bikefriendly efforts. The 10-year plan includes the possibility of covered bike parking as well as service stations scattered throughout campus. The service stations would have such things as air pumps and ratchet/wrench sets so that quick fixes can be made on the go. Fongers said the team is also working towards creating more connections between

campus, the waterfront trail and other locations for those who commute to campus via their bike. Dr. George Dewey, the enterprise’s faculty advisor and associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, said students’ efforts are well supported from administration. He also mentioned that another relevant goal of the project is to improve parking conditions. Because Transportation Services looks to centralize parking, both the BFU designation and other transitrelated projects will greatly affect the areas needing improvement. George Butvilas, Michigan Tech’s interim Director of Facilities and Transportation Service agrees, he said, “As Michigan Tech moves forward as a nationally renowned STEM University, it will be imperative that getting around campus in an easy and sustainable manner should be the central focus of our transportation plan. Clearly, one of the first

Going the distance Students design mobile clinic for Ghana ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer Michigan Tech has a variety of programs that help their students excel and prepare for their futures. The Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership gives students opportunities to practice their leadership

skills in a global context. Students are selected every year from the Pavlis program to travel abroad (usually to Ghana or India). This year, involved students have designed a Mobile Wellness System, a passenger van remodeled to serve as a mobile clinic, as part of the International Business Ventures Enterprise. After taking classes on

campus, students go to other countries and participate in a variety of projects to help the local community. The group of students traveling to Ghana next summer is aiming to help improve medical care in Ghana. The goal of the Mobile Wellness System project is to bring medical care to rural villages that have limited or no accessible care.

steps in that direction is to be more ‘bike-friendly’ as a means of getting around.” The second Transportation Enterprise team is looking into the public transit system(s)

order to provide them with direct feedback as to what the bicycling community would like to see or would utilize on campus. The survey will be open until

...the team is also working towards creating more connections between

campus, the waterfront trail and other

locations for those who commute to campus via their bike.

that Houghton and Hancock have and the ways they could be amended to better suit the needs of students and community members alike. Currently, plans and route details are being studentdesigned. More information will become available as the transit project progresses. The Transportation Enterprise has produced a brief survey available online for students to take in

Nov. 21 and can be taken at ( s/2679HKG). The Transportation Enterprise also encourages students who are interested in serving on the bike-friendly committee or joining the Transportation Enterprise to contact adviser Dr. George Dewey ( or Chris Fongers (cjfonger@mtu. edu).

Considering that currently 70 percent of Ghanaians don’t have access to adequate healthcare, and 40 percent live over an hour away from the nearest hospital, the help is welcomed. “The issue is that there are many within Ghana [who] get curable diseases that, if treated early, are [treatable by] simple fixes,” said Erik Wachlin, student leader of the Mobile Wellness Systems team. “However, because of [a] lack of diagnostic capabilities, the people wait too long [before seeking treatment] and end up becoming very sick and

often die.” The project was split up into several different aspects depending on each student’s major. For example, the mechanical team’s job is to design and build the storage system for the van. Their goal is to create a space to hold the medical equipment necessary to diagnose and treat the common diseases in Ghana, to protect the fragile medical equipment from rough terrain and to be practical and easy to use for the local doctors and nurses. “The mobile clinic will be Continued on page 4


4 Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Going the distance designed so that a doctor can easily work inside the van most effectively,” said Brad Wilterink, mechanical team leader on the project. “We have a large amount of medical equipment that will need to fit in a very limited space inside the van.” The enterprise and Pavlis Institute hope to continue the project in the future and make

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adjustments based on how successful it is this summer. Wachlin is one of two Michigan Tech students who will be joining the medical clinic in Ghana. “I am very excited, I have always wanted to use my skills to help benefit the world. This is a great opportunity to do so,” said Wachlin. “While there, we will

be working on many projects that are ongoing...started by previous Pavlis cohorts, and start a few of our own. Not only will this van be going to Ghana from IBV, but also IBV is working on a heart annunciator, which will go over for testing as well. This product is to test for a heartbeat on newborn infants.”

The Mobile Wellness System team is looking for students’ support. The Michigan Tech motor pool has recently donated the van and the project will be featured on Superior Ideas, a Michigan Tech crowdfunding website, which allows for supporters to donate to the cause. The teams are very excited to see

what the end product will look like, but they cannot do it without student, community and donor support. For more information on the project or if you are interested in being involved, please visit the IBV Enterprise website at (http://

What is Enterprise? TRAVIS PELLOSMA Lode Writer The Enterprise Program allows students to tackle hands-on projects that allow everything learned in the classroom to be applied to a real world situation. Furthermore, students take their projects to national competitions or have their projects put to the test in real life situations. For instance, the Aerospace Enterprise is

of different projects. Various companies such as Ford, GM, ArcelorMittal, Target and Kimberly-Clark sponsor these teams. Enterprise teams work through the entire design process from start to finish throughout the year. They test their project to determine if it is functional or if there is room for improvement from their data. Powertrain leader David Deisenroth of the Supermileage Systems Enterprise Team was able to further explain his program.

maintain the stock crankcase within the engine. Beyond this, the options for modifications are nearly endless. The team is broken up into two separate subgroups: Body/Chassis and the Engine/ Powertrain Team. Each group focuses on a certain aspect of the car and works to output the best possible design. Their number one goal is to be able to have the best possible fuel economy when competition rolls around, hence the name Supermileage Systems. Like any engineering role,

are open for questions and criticism. These reviews are critical for the team because it is a time when the entire team gets to hear exactly what each subgroup is dealing with. They also have general meetings that are open to the public where they deliver weekly progress reports to the entire team. With any team, there is always a goal in mind. Being able to get the best fuel economy in the competition would be ideal, but the team hopes to decimate their

Being a part of an enterprise team is more than just a resume builder. The program allows students to use the technical information they learned in class and apply it in ways

that labs and lectures cannot. You get the opportunity to utilize and sharpen your skills within future. getting their custom-built satellite set into orbit by the Department of Defense. The Enterprise Program currently encompasses nearly 800 students participating in 27 student-run organizations who partner with real world clients to work on an array

Supermileage is largely comprised of mechanical engineers, but all people interested in automotive engineering, regardless of major, are encouraged to join. The team’s objective is to design a vehicle for competition that must

communication is a key within any team and Supermileage is no exception. Deisenroth said the team has what is known as “design reviews.” These reviews are presentations to the entire team where potential ideas and current projects are shared that

a desired field, and get a chance to see what projects you may be working with in the

previous record of over 1100 miles per gallon come this summer’s competition. In order to achieve this, they will have to go through extensive testing and calculations. You get to see the entire design process from a new view point compared to what

you would get if you were just working as an engineer, Deisenroth said. Being a part of an enterprise team is more than just a resume builder. The program allows students to use the technical information they learned in class and apply it in ways that labs and lectures cannot. You get the opportunity to utilize and sharpen your skills within a desired field, and get a chance to see what projects you may be working with in the future. Enterprise is a great program to join, but as Deisenroth said, the one thing you should always bring to the table is enthusiasm. The other skills are valued, but those can always be taught. Being able to have excitement for something you are passionate about is enough to get the ball rolling. For more information about the enterprise program or any of the other enterprise teams, go to ( enterprise) or go to the ESAB event on Nov. 8 in the MUB Ballroom B from 5-7:30 p.m. to catch Supermileage Systems and various enterprise teams.

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Unearthing Calumet’s haunting past of so many friends and neighbors continue to haunt Calumet’s memories. The crier of, “fire,” may always remain a ghost. Several mass funerals were attended by over 32,000 people. Two days after the tragedy, the Western Federation of Miner’s president, Charles Moyer, was assaulted and shot by anti-union men. Injured but alive, he was thrown on a train headed for Chicago. Essentially deported, the loss of Moyer marked another significant blow to Union strength in the Copper Country. In January 1914, the National Guard, who had been present to ease tensions between strikers and the mining companies, left the area. Mine management started refusing to hire strikers, which lead to a surplus in positions that needed to be filled underground. Many non-union workers moved to the area to take advantage of these available jobs. The original striking miners


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found themselves displaced and left the Copper Country. Cumulatively, these events signified the strikers losing any leverage they might have had over the mine management. Because of the history and value of the site, Michigan Tech’s Industrial Archaeology program has been making efforts to shed new light on Italian Hall that once stood on 7th Street in Calumet. Where there was once a building is only a lot with the original sandstone arch that marks the former entryway. Over the weekend of Oct. 20 and 21, the Industrial Archaeology class started to survey the site using shovel test pits. Already, some members of the dig believe they have possibly uncovered the foundation of the original building, as well as iron artifacts, bottles and ceramic shards, which will later be cleaned and analyzed at Tech’s own Archeological Lab. It is unclear thus far what artifacts can be directly linked to the Italian Hall.

The data retrieved from the dig is intended to help the Keweenaw Historical Park recreate a landscape design for future interpretation and education efforts. Gary Kaunonen, a local labor historian and industrial archeology graduate student, said, “I got chills when I first saw the rough face of the stone foundations as I saw it emerging from the dirt and rubble that had buried it for over 100 years. It was truly a great experience and I feel honored to have been a part of the students, volunteers and project staff who were working at the site.” This archaeological excavation is just one of the many events signifying the ramping up to the 1913-1914 Copper Strike Centennial mark, the Italian Hall disaster being very much a part of that time period. For those who wish to learn more about the famous Copper Country Strike, there will be an informative display set out on the first floor of the library throughout November.

Only the towering archway remains after the fire, marking the enteryway of the Italian Hall once found on 7th Street, Calumet. Photos by Kevin Madison

by children, began to run down the stairs to the building’s only exit. Tragedy struck at the bottom of the stairwell as the children and others were crushed between unopened doors and panicking friends. One theory is that the doors swung open, and the waves of people pressing against them prevented the doors from opening. The other theory is that the doors swung

outwards, and someone was on the outside holding them closed. Reports are unclear whether someone had even cried, “fire.” Some suspect the crier to be a strike breaker, or someone working for mine management. Such muddled accounts keep this event a contested issue among locals and researchers. The only clear facts are that there was no fire and that the deaths

On site, students and professors share in the first moments the foundation of Calumet’s Italian Hall has been exposed for nearly 100 years. Photos by Kevin Madison

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In Concert: Bruce Rundman COREY SAARI Lode Writer A sizable number of people crowded into tiny McArdle Theater on the last day of October to attend a concert featuring Bruce Rundman and his wife and son, Kristen Rundman and Noble Rundman. The band performed renditions of the tracks found on Rundman’s album titled “Never Again.” There were 11 songs performed that night. All of the tracks on this album draw inspiration from what Rundman personally experienced and felt during his visit to the Dachau concentration camp located in Germany. Given the themes

underlying the entirety of this album, it should come as no surprise that this album is rather dark and hard-hitting. None of the songs were easy to listen to, having heard the context surrounding each from Rundman before the band performed them. “Ashes,” one of the tracks on the album, stood out from the others in terms of the sheer horror of the underlying context. Co-written by Rundman and Thomas Oliver, who was not present during the concert as he is currently in Germany, “Never Again” was created with the two-fold intention of honoring the victims of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps and helping to ensure that we

never forget this tragedy. While this concert was open to the public at no charge, an opportunity to purchase physical copies or digital downloads of “Never Again” was present. The physical copies were priced at $15 each while digital download keys could be bought for $12 each. Proceeds from the sales went in part to Dachau and the National Holocaust Museum located in Washington, D.C. This concert was made possible due to the sponsorship of Michigan Tech’s English Education Department. Those wishing to learn more about Rundman and his work can visit his website at (http:// index/).

“What We Imagine” NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Superior Wind Symphony performed its first concert of the 2012-13 season with its Nov. 2 performance, “What We Imagine.” The concert was also the first for Wind Symphony director Michael Christianson, who took over for former director Nick Enz over the summer. The roughly one-and-a-half hour long program consisted of a variety of wind and concert band pieces, both well known and never-before performed in concert. The concert opened on a somewhat bombastic note, with Sergei Prokofiev’s March, Op. 99. The next piece was a rather different piece, Donald Erb’s “Stargazing” which featured electronic sounds–or rather, what would have been

considered electronic sounds in the 50s and 60s. The first two movements of the piece had a very “black-and-white cartoon” feel to them, while the third movement had a somewhat darker tone. Third in the lineup was a wind symphony arrangement of Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter” from “The Planets,” arranged by one of Holst’s students, G. Smith. Fourth was another slightly unusual piece, in this case Percy Grainger’s “The Immovable Do.” The “Do” in the title is as in “Do Re Mi…” not the verb “do;” it refers to a continuous concert C that is present throughout the entire work and moves around from section to section; according to Dr. Christianson the song was inspired by an instrument in the composer’s study that got stuck playing that exact note. Finally, the last song before intermission was “Music of Life” featuring Dr. Jared Anderson as

a guest vocalist. After the intermission, the group performed Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Canzon Duodecimi Toni” and Steve Grimo’s “Matrix,” the latter of which had never been played in concert before. Finally, the concert ended with a pair of contrasting pieces. First, they played the first movement of J.S. Bach’s “Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572,” a piece that is very symphonic, with lots of counterpoint. The concert as they started it, with a march; specifically, a John Phillip Sousa march, the “Foshay Tower Memorial March,” a work that lingered in storage for decades due to “misbehavior” on the part of its commissioner, until it was rediscovered in the 1980s. The Wind Symphony will have two more concerts this season: “Re:Location,” on Feb. 22, and “The Sounds of Water” on April 5.

Rundman played for McArdle on Oct. 31. Photo courtesy of

Film Festival a success NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Aw a rd - w i n n i n g independent films and filmmakers were features for students and the public to enjoy for free in the McArdle Theater last weekend for the 8th annual Northern Lights Film Festival. Beginning with a showing of “EL VELADOR / The Night Watchman” by Almada 2011, the festival presented different films for students and the public. Ray Tintori, unit director of the special effects team for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” had a question and answer period between the showings of his film Friday night. Tintori introduced the award winning “Beasts of the Southern Wild” by Ben Zeitlin. He also introduced some of his shorter works at the festival on

Friday and Saturday. Tintori is a member of the independent filmmaking collective Court 13. Erin Smith, director of the Humanities Digital Media Zone (HDMZ) and organizer of the Northern Lights Film Festival said, “He’s a rising star, as a director and a writer.” A recent Michigan Tech graduate, Alex Palma, will release the film “Casa de los Angeles” in Chicago. As part of the film festival, attendees got the chance to see a preview of the film before its official release. The films shown during the festival are at various points of distribution, said Smith. Currently a few of the films shown are in theatres, while others are out on DVD, and still others are not available in any other way. “We are bringing films here that are gaining recognition through festivals, about half are availableContinued on page 7

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ALEX SAARI Lode Writer As part of the Backstage at the Rosza series, the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band and the Research and Development Big Band will perform in a laidback jazz club setting. On Nov. 9 & 10, two bands will take the stage at the Rosza. Designed as a teaser hinting at future jazz events, the Fall Showcase features music from artists including Miles Davis, Milt Jackson and Cannonball Adderly. Other pieces performed come from contemporary artists such as Maria Schneider and John Clayton. Michael Irish, Director of Jazz Studies at Tech, was able to

give a little more information regarding the history, play styles and general expertise of both bands. Founded in 1973 by Dr. Don Keranen, the Research and Development Big Band is a non-audition ensemble. Currently, twenty members make up the roster: five trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones and six rhythmsection players. Through signing up for FA 2420 in the department of Visual and Performing Arts, the band can be joined for class credit. Dr. Keranen created the Jazz Lab Band in 1967 as well. Membership is auditionbased and tends to draw experienced students who are able to devote serious time to playing. Both the R&D Big

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Band and the Jazz Lab Band draw on jazz, blues, funk, rock and Latin music. While both ensembles actively record, only the Jazz Lab Band has won awards. Most notably, this ensemble was named the Outstanding Large Ensemble at the Aquinas Intercollegiate Big Band Festival in Grand Rapids, MI and at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Collegiate Jazz Festival. The Jazz Lab Band has toured Jamaica several times and also goes on an annual five-day Midwest Tour. While the term ‘backstage’ may paint a picture of an ensemble performing in a dusty room hidden from general concert-goers, the Rozsa staff is converting the

stage area into a ‘jazz club’ setting. Cabaret seating, lighting and a bar will also add to the environment. Rather than focusing on specific jazz styles, both ensembles chose pieces for combinations of audience appeal, musical relevance, groove and historical significance. Michael Christianson, Director of Bands at Michigan Tech, will also be featured as a trombonist for the event. The stage can hold around 300 people and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. on both days. Tickets are $12.75 for the general public and Tech students get in free. To purchase tickets, call (906-4872074) or visit (

Film Festival Continued from page 6 on DVD, others you could not see anywhere else,” said Smith. “A main reason for the festival is to give students experience in screening films. It is for people who have an interest in the art and craft of it,” said Smith. The department of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts, Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise Team and PANK sponsored the festival. Smith had been planning since the last year’s festival, but said that she did not want to plan too far in advance because she wanted to catch films before they came out on DVD.

Winter Campus Overnight Parking Effective: November 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013 To allow for snow removal, parking is prohibited on campus between 2:00AM and 7:00AM, from November 1 through April 30, except as follows: 1. In designated parking areas for occupants of University Housing. 2. Employees working on an assigned shift and parking in assigned overnight parking spaces. 3. Anyone issued a special overnight parking permit by Public Safety & Police Services or Transportation Services.

This regulation is in effect regardless of the amount of snow on the ground. VEHICLES VIOLATING THIS REGULATION WILL BE TICKETED AND MAY BE TOWED AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE.

Any questions regarding the winter campus overnight parking regulation? – Contact Public Safety & Police Services at 487-2216 or Transportation Services.


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ZONE It’s interesting how much one can change in a relatively short period of time. Most of us can probably remember when we first came to Michigan Tech as wide-eyed freshmen. For those of us who have been here more than a couple years, we can probably look back and realize how much we’ve changed in that amount of time. Of course, for some of us the degree of change will be greater than others. For some, we may have simply gained a new hobby here, lost interest in another there, made some new friends and drifted apart from others–the normal result of time plus leaving one’s comfort zone for new experiences. Others may have had more significant shifts, perhaps even having a significantly different personality than they did when they came in. It’s easy to talk about how this is the natural result of living college life for four (or more) years. But I don’t think that’s entirely true. As I mentioned earlier, people change over time, all the time. After all, most of us probably changed a lot through high school, and most of us will probably change quite a bit in the four years after we graduate college. College’s reputation for changing people isn’t entirely undeserved, I think, because for many if not most people it takes them out of their old comfort zones and places them in new living situations and social circles. It forces you to live differently than the way you’ve lived most of your life. In the end, though, I think it really just comes down to time, which I think is really responsible for most of the changes we go through as college students.

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To withdraw or not to withdraw? JACE FRITZLER Lode Writer With November comes the realization that the end of the fall semester is in sight. All of the projects that have been put on the back burner need sudden attention and crunch time for classes has arrived. Now is the time to evaluate which of your classes needs the most attention. Unfortunately, for some of us, all the attention we can muster isn’t enough to resurrect our grades from the holes we have dug. This week is the last that allows the GPA-saving option of withdrawing from a class to avoid a failing grade. A “W” replaces a letter grade on your transcript and does not count towards your GPA, but credit is not received for courses from which you have withdrawn. This appears an obvious option for classes that seem doomed to be failed, but certain circumstances dictate that a GPA must take a hit in order to continue forward in one’s education. One of these circumstances occurs for people on financial aid. Michigan Tech’s website states several criteria for receiving financial aid. The first is based completely on GPA, stating that a student receiving financial aid must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. This supports withdrawal from a class that is not going well, so as to not receive a 1.0 (D) or a 0.0 (F). The second criterion states that a student must maintain a “minimum pace of completion of 67%.” This means that a student must

receive credit for two thirds of the credits attempted. Either earning a failing grade or withdrawing puts the student at risk for this one since neither result in completed credit. If this is the only criterion that has you worried, shooting for a 1.0 (D) may be your best option. The third states that financial aid may be received for 150 percent of the credits necessary to earn a degree. The common number of credits required for a degree is 128; therefore, most students qualify for 192 credits of financial aid. Having to retake a class can eat away at the financial aid available, but this should easily be maintained as long as the first two criteria are met. If any of these criteria are not met, the student receives a financial aid warning. This warning warrants one semester to make up for the missing requirements while still receiving financial aid. If the student regains good academic standing, he or she may continue to receive aid. However, if the student continues to fall short of the requirements, financial aid may no longer be offered. There is an appeal process, but from personal experience, it is much better to avoid this scenario. A letter must be written to an appeal board that will then decide whether a student may continue to receive aid. The amount of stress caused by the appeal process should be enough to keep most students on the straight and narrow. Not knowing one’s plans to pay for college can be quite the wake-up call.

Withdrawing from a course does not remove it from the amount of attempted credits. So withdrawing from a class

become successful students. It is important to remember that dropping a course that is a prerequisite

Unfortunately, for some of us, all the attention we can muster isn’t enough to resurrect our grades from the holes we

have dug. This week is the last that allows the GPA-saving option of withdrawing from a class to avoid a failing grade. will not affect your status as a full-time student. This can have important legal implications for those of us that are covered by our parent’s health insurance since coverage is extended to full time students, but not for those studying part time. As mentioned before, some might think that the best option would be to scramble for a 1.0 in a class simply to receive the credit hours that were paid for. This may be the best choice in some situations, but most of us who struggle are not just struggling with one class, but several. Withdrawing from one class may free up enough time to save some grade points in another. Each situation is unique and students should talk to advisors before making any bold decisions. Not only are most advisors familiar with the financial aid process and grading system, but they may also be able to influence an appeal process if necessary. It is important to remember that advisors are there to help us succeed in school. They may not tell us what we want to hear, but they will tell us what we need to do to

for other courses may delay graduation date significantly. Some courses are only offered in a specific semester. If that course is a prerequisite for the rest of the degree coursework, graduation may be set back a year and a half. Being set back so far can create a headache when making a course schedule. Also, this can be a mental setback since friends and peers may move forward with their education while you have to retake a class. The best thing a student can do to show effort is to actually make an effort. With the right amount of effort applied in effective ways, students can avoid having to decide between taking a poor grade and withdrawing from a course. If you do find yourself in a situation in which you need to make this decision, consider all possible outcomes and ask your advisor’s advice. To find out more about how dropping classes will affect financial aid, visit ( understanding/progress/ undergrad/).

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MEGAN WALSH Lode Writer With Spring registration quickly approaching, it is that time of year when we, as students, turn to websites such as Rate My Professors (www. for some quick information on what each potential class may entail. There, we can read reviews from other students along with ratings of the professors, focused on aspects such as easiness, clarity, helpfulness and even the “hotness” of the professor. To many students, this website and others like it seem to be a useful tool in gathering information about future classes. After all, it provides an outlet for students to be able to voice their opinions and give uncensored input. But how reliable are the ratings of the professors on websites like these? Do they create a further divide between the students and faculty? Are the opinions of some students too extreme? There are, of course, some obvious benefits of these professor-rating websites. Students are able to voice their opinions, decide what professors they want to have next semester, give anonymous feedback to professors they thought were excellent and give suggestions about what could be improved in the teacher’s future classes. Brandon Dusseau, an undergraduate at Michigan Tech said, “I think we’re more open there [on Rate My Professors] than in class because the instructor isn’t

as likely to read it, and it’s a bit more anonymous.” Although Rate My Professors gives students an opportunity to give open and honest criticism, these critiques aren’t always constructive and can create division and hostility between the students and faculty. Associate Professor of Scientific and Technical Communication Ann Brady is worried that with professors able to respond to comments on the website, it could set up a confrontational relationship between the students and the faculty. “Those websites can turn education into a product,” Brady says. “Suddenly the instructors are the salespeople and the students are the consumers. It implies that the product must be perfectly formed. The professors that I know work very hard, and some of the comments that I have seen on this website can be very wounding.” Students may not give the professors the respect that they deserve for working to put together their classes. Some may not take into consideration that they may be experimenting

and trying to find out what teaching methods work best for the students. Education is not just a product, it is a dynamic and ever-changing process and what the faculty benefits from the most are specific details about the class that worked well or may need tweaking. A major problem with many of the responses on these websites is that they are too broad. Many of them state that the class was either “excellent” or “terrible” but rarely is there any advice to professors on what they should change or keep the same. Brady feels as though, “A lot of the time, the comments from students are after the class is over, looking back and judging what went wrong. This is not helpful to education. Instead, we (faculty) need to be told what worked and what didn’t so that we can tweak our programs and better the education of our students.” Rate My Professors would be a much more useful tool for educators if more students used it to give specific examples of what needs to be changed rather than to

rant about their personal issues with a class. Lastly, there is generally

The fact of the matter is that websites like Rate My Professors do not show an

The extreme sides that many students take when posting on the site can distort the reputation of the instructor and give other students potentially misleading information about the faculty.

a lack of middle ground in the students who are rating the faculty on websites like these. Most of the opinions of the students show either very aggressive dissatisfaction or very extreme support for the professor. When asked how reliable the content found on the website is, secondyear student Justin Levande said, “You really can’t be sure that the site is reliable. I feel like most students post out of anger for a grade they feel they did not deserve.” With the opinions from students tending to lack a middle ground, the website does not provide as useful of information as some users may assume.

accurate representation of who the professors being rated are or what a student can expect from them. The extreme sides that many students take when posting on the site can distort the reputation of the instructor and give other students potentially misleading information about the faculty. As students, even when the registration process becomes frustrating and challenging, we must seek alternatives to professor-rating websites when making decisions about classes and professors that we have not yet experienced first hand.

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JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor Soccer head coach Michelle Jacob was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to a record-breaking season. In her third year as head coach of the program, Jacob and the Huskies earned a 14-3-2 overall and 11-1-1 conference record.

“Our consistent play and strong work ethic throughout the season is truly what is being honored here” said Jacob of earning the award. “I wholeheartedly believe this award belongs to the entire Huskies soccer program for their hard work, heart and determination.” Jacob is the only coach in the history of the three-year old program. Before coming to Michigan Tech, Jacob was

the head coach at Marian where she left with a 32-241 overall record over three seasons. Jacob also served as assistant women’s soccer coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition to her award, three of Jacobs’ players were awarded with All-GLIAC honors. Lindsey Van Rooy, Kaitlyn Boelter and Melanie Hoffman earned the awards for the 2012 season.

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GLIAC wins by Husky Volleyball this season. They finish up the season with two matches this weekend.


Place Husky Men’s Basketball was predicted to finish in the North GLIAC Division.

first female athletic director continues tradition of excellence ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer Suzanne Sanregret, current Michigan Tech Athletic Director, has continued Michigan Tech’s tradition of athletic and academic excellence since 2005 when she became the university’s first female athletic director. Sanregret’s extensive history with the university began as a former Michigan Tech student, and her allegiance has been steadfast since. In her twentieth year at the university now, Sanregret has been a committed leader, overseeing countless projects, hires and other business transactions, as well as an overall supporter of the university and its athletic programs. Sanregret is also an inspiring role model as a successful female in a maledominated field. Sanregret earned her degree

in business administration as an undergraduate and later earned her master’s degree in business administration, both from Michigan Tech. As a student, she was employed by the athletics department where she started working in the laundry and equipment rooms and eventually moved into various student managerial positions. Upon graduating, Sanregret seized an open part time job and since then has moved up through various positions including equipment manager, business manager and assistant athletic director, all which led her to the ultimate athletic director position. One of Sanregret’s many accomplishments since then was earning the Under Armour Division II Central Region Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2009. A desire to stay heavily involved sprung from her modest beginning in the trenches of the department as a student. “I really have

an appreciation for what everyone in this department does to make our department so successful. I want to make sure they understand how much they’re valued,” said Sanregret, noting the importance of the students, part time employees, administrators, coaches, and everyone else that plays a role in the department. A very supportive administration and generous network of alumni and supporters of Michigan Tech have allowed Sanregret to oversee multiple projects which have greatly benefitted Michigan Tech Athletics as well as the greater campus and local communities. Projects have included adding the wooden floor and track in the Multi-Purpose Room, resurfacing the floor of the Gates Tennis Center, installing synthetic turf and new lights at Sherman Field and updating the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena with the

addition of the suite level, new flooring and new seating. Such additions have allowed Michigan Tech Athletics to stay competitive with other universities, improved revenue streams and overall have benefitted more than just varsity athletics. As a female in a male dominated field, Sanregret’s success has broken barriers and proven that by working hard, you’re able to prove yourself and show that there’s no difference whether you’re male or female. Sanregret’s reputation and accountability have come a long way since her first GLIAC meeting as Assistant Athletic Director where she was asked to take minutes because she was the only female in the room. Fortunately, former Athletic Director Rick Yeo stood up for her, and Sanregret realized “having good mentors that really pushed an equal role for Continued on page 13


Home Basketball games this week. Men host Finlandia on Wednesday. Women host Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday.


The day of the next hockey game. The Huskies play at Bemidji State the 16th and 17th after a bye week this week.


Way tie Husky football is in for second place in the GLIAC. They finish their season at Wayne State this Saturday.

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Womens basketball preview JANELLE SCHECK Lode Writer While fall sports at Michigan Tech are beginning to wind down, basketball is once again making an entrance as the winter athletic season approaches. The Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball team opened their season this Saturday in an exhibition game versus University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at 8 p.m. In the end they lost 36-75. Their first official season game will be against Concordia-St. Paul at home on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. After taking the runner up position in the NCAA Division II finals last year and finishing the season with records of 207 overall and 14-5 in the GLIAC, Head Coach Kim Cameron has high expectations for the team this year. “We have set our goals very high for the course of the year, but right now we know we need to improve and

improve every day. Our league is always very competitive and the girls know that. We want to be at the top at the end of the year,” said Cameron. One major player returning from last season is senior guard Sam Hoyt from Arkansaw, Wisconsin. In addition to receiving WBCA Honorable Mention, Hoyt has started 61 consecutive games for the Huskies and ranked top-10 in seven categories of the GLIAC league, including sixth in scoring (16.0 points per game), second in 3-pointers made (2.7) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7). Coach Cameron relies on Hoyt to take the leadership role. She said, “Sam Hoyt is our leader and our captain and we will look to her constantly throughout the year.” Another senior returning in the back court this year is Emma Veach from Grand Haven, Michigan. Veach averaged 8.1 points per game in 16 games last season. Sophomore Jillian Ritchie is

expected to be a large force in the front court this year after being awarded the Terry Wilson Award as the school’s top female freshman studentathlete last season. In 2011, she started 14 of the 27 games she played in, averaging 2.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. Other important players returning this year are Michell Gaedke, Paige Albi and Kelcey Traynoff in the back court and Taylor Stippel, Kate Glodowski, Heather Kessler and Emily Harrison in the front court. There are also new faces on the team this season that have large potential to add to the team’s ability and accomplishments. The coaches have high hopes for freshmen Kylie Moxley and Mackenzie Perttu, as well as Danielle Blake and Kerry Gardner, who are both red shirting this season. Coach Cameron is confident that they will all be assets to the team. Looking back on last year’s

Huskies finish strong at NCAA regionals JACOB SHULER Lode Writer The NCAA Regionals saw very strong competition from the Huskies athletes. The men’s team finished 13th out of 34 teams and the women finished 20th out of 35 teams. The men’s team had a very strong race with all five runners finishing in the top 100. As they have the entire season, four of the runners finished very close to each other. Eric Parsell led the team finishing 67th. He was followed

by Bradon Kampstra (79th), Kyle Hanson (82nd), Jonathon Kilpela (85th), and Karl Koivisto (89th). “The guys had a very good day. The guys ran very well in a close pack,” commented head coach Joe Haggenmiller. Amanda Halonen had a very strong finish with a 22:48 run to finish at 52nd. She was followed by Megan Smaby (111th), Lynn Duijndam (128th), Amber Peabody (134th), and Nichole Wehner (140th). “The women are gaining experience. Its good that they were out there competing hard,” commented coach

Haggenmiller. Overall, the conditions for the course were good this late in the season. The temperature was close to 40 degrees. The NCAA regionals mark the last competition for the Huskies this season. The men’s and women’s teams showed a lot of improvement through the season. Even though parts of the teams will be graduating this year, the Huskies have a strong base that’s been building this season. These runners will have big races under their belts from this season to help them run better next fall.

Senior Sam Hoyt looks for the open lane in a game last season. Hoyt is one of the top returning players for the Huskies. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

big wins against schools such as Northern Michigan, Lake Erie, Wayne State and Findlay, the Huskies hope to have similar successes this coming season. Come out

and welcome the Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball team back to the court when they play Concordia-St. Paul at home on Nov. 10.

Suzanne Sanregret Continued from page 12 women was really important.” Classroom experience and working in the department as a student where Sanregret was a minority as a female also prepared her well for achieving success in a maledominant profession. Regardless of gender, Sanregret has directly contributed to the success of Michigan Tech Athletics throughout her years, along with the many other individuals who impact the department. Much of that success she attributes to the work-hard

attitude of the Michigan Tech community. “The university, in general, attracts quality students, faculty and staff. I don’t think athletics is any different. We have coaches that want to be here and know how to work hard and hardworking kids that get what Michigan Tech and Michigan Tech Athletics is about.”There is a true team spirit which exists between the coaches and staff right down to the managers and student employees, a coexistence which fosters a successful environment. “It’s a really special place.”

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The men’s basketball team finished off the year very strong last season. They were at the top of the GLIAC North Division. With returning players like Ali Haidar, who was named GLIAC Player of the Year last season, Alex Culy and Ben Stelzer, the Huskies are looking forward to being very competitive this season. Sophomore Phil Romback will be expanding his role as he helps to fill in the position left by Mike Hojnacki.

“We feel good about whose returning and where we’re at right now,” commented head coach Kevin Luke. The Huskies are starting off the season with two big out of conference games. These will be against Southwest Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 15th and 17th. Both of these teams had strong years last season and have a lot of returning players. Both games will be held on the road and the close proximity of the games to each other gives the Huskies very little chance to rest up between them. The whole point of this is to get the Huskies ready

for regular season play which begins against Malone. “We scheduled those two tough road games on purpose,” said coach Luke. After these two games, the Huskies will have a very good picture of where they will stand against the competition. The Huskies worked hard during the offseason to prepare this season. Ben Stelzer, who had an injury that prevented him from practicing as much during the 2011 offseason, has had the entire summer to get ready this year. Stelzer had a good first year as a freshman averaging 7.3 points per game. The Huskies have

been working on shooting and playing well rounded basketball this season. This season will bring a tough schedule for the Huskies. Two new schools, Malone and Walsh, were added to the already competitive GLIAC division. With a tough preseason schedule and hard work during the offseason, the Huskies are very well prepared for the 2012-2013 season. The Huskies first game will be against Finnlandia University on Nov. 7th. The game will be held in the Wood Gym at 7 p.m. Come out and support the Huskies as they gear up for the regular season.

Alex Culy is one of two returning juniors to the Huskies this season. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Huskies top Hillsdale in final home game JACOB SHULER Lode Writer This week, the Huskies had a huge win over the Hillsdale Chargers. Sherman Field saw one of the most well rounded attacks by the Huskies all season. The Huskies held the Chargers scoreless in the second half and out played them in all areas of the game. The Huskies had over 400 yards of offense to only 260 yards from the Chargers. A big part of their success was the Huskies defense shutting down the Chargers on third and fourth downs. The Chargers only completed 3 of 12 third downs and were stopped on 3 of 5 fourth down attempts. Containing the Chargers running game and having almost five more possession minutes helped to contain

their ability to compete with the Huskies. The Huskies started off the game with a scoring drive to get ahead early in the ball game. Then the Huskies never looked back, putting together six more scoring drives. “We caught them early,” said head coach Tom Kearly, “I think it’s as well as we’ve played all year.” DeShawn Nelson had a big moment intercepting a Chargers pass in the endzone ending one of the few scoring chances in the second half. Bryan LaChapelle helped the Huskies get ahead quickly in the first half with three touchdowns and a total of 58 receiving yards. The Huskies put a halt on any progress the Chargers could have had in the second half with an elevenminute drive to end the fourth quarter.

This week’s win puts the Huskies in competition for the top spot in the GLIAC North Division. Next week, the Huskies play against the Wayne State Warriors. Like many of the teams in the GLIAC this season, have had a strong season. With only four losses, they will provide the Huskies with a challenge in Detroit next Saturday. “There are no automatic W’s. You have to play every week,” said Kearly. So far this season, the Warriors have their opponents more passing yardage and rushing yardage. Both will be things the Huskies can capitalize on as they try to get another win to finish off the regular season. If the Huskies are able to win against the Warriors, and the Saginaw Valley Cardinals win against Grand Valley, the Huskies will share

a title for the GLIAC North Division. This will be the first time since 2004 that the

Huskies have had a shot at the championship.

Husky football makes a catch for a touchdown in their win over Hillsdale this past Saturday. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

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A season of firsts for Soccer ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer Fall 2012 was a season of firsts for Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer. It was the first time in the three year history of the program that the team won more than seven games and lost fewer than nine games in the conference. Another first was closing out the season tied for first place in the GLIAC with an 11-1-1 conference record. As a result of the tie, the Huskies were named GLIAC Co-Champion along with Grand Valley State University. This season also marked the team’s first appearance in the GLIAC Tournament. Along the way this season, the Huskies recorded a 14-3-2 overall record. Having doubled their number of wins from the previous two seasons, 14-3-2 stands as the school record

for most wins in a season for Women’s Soccer at Michigan Tech. Early in the season, head coach of the Huskies Michelle Jacob noted, “We want to do better than we did last season. Our big goal is to get into the conference tournament. It’s just a matter of execution one game at a time.” Sure enough, one game at a time the Huskies were able to meet their goal and even exceed their own expectations. The road to the GLIAC Tournament began Sept. 14 against Lake Erie, and from there the Huskies went on to post an incredible eight game winning streak. The team’s lone tie and loss in the conference came mid-season against Ohio Dominican and Grand Valley, respectively. After finishing out the season thereafter with three additional wins, the Huskies were able to boast a tie for first place in the conference and take the No. 2 seed in the

tournament. The Huskies’ debut in the GLIAC Tournament kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the quarterfinal match played at home against Tiffin University. Tiffin entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed with a 6-5-2 conference record. A dominant performance from the Huskies resulted in Tiffin’s elimination from the tournament. Katie Boardman, Lexi Herrewig and Amanda Whiting each posted goals for the Huskies, and the team was able to shut out the Dragons 3-0. Tech closed out the game with a 26-4 advantage in shots and 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. By winning the quarterfinal match against Tiffin, the Huskies advanced to the GLIAC semifinal against Saginaw Valley State on Friday, Nov. 2 hosted by Grand Valley State. Saginaw Valley came into the tournament as the No. 3 seed after posting an 8-23 conference record. A hard

fought battle between the Huskies and Cardinals ended in a 0-0 stalemate after three overtime periods, or a total of 110 minutes of regulation play. The game was decided in a penalty kick shootout which Saginaw Valley went on to win 4-2.

The end of the line may have come one game too early for the Huskies, but looking back, the team’s accomplishments have made a name for Women’s Soccer at Michigan Tech. 2012 will be remembered as a historical season of firsts.

All-GLIAC award winner Lindsey Van Rooy defends the ball against Northern earlier this season. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Weekend ends on positive note for Volleyball ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer Following a tough loss against Northern Michigan, falling in just three sets on Tuesday, the Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball team kept their heads raised going into this weekend with two matches ahead of them against Northwood on Friday, Nov. 2 and Hillsdale on Saturday, Nov. 3. Although the Huskies did not achieve the win Friday over Northwood, they did pull through with a 3-2 win against Hillsdale late in the day Saturday. Going up against Northwood on Friday, the Huskies faced a

challenging match that would require full effort on their part. Northwood stood undefeated before the match with a 14-0 record. Northwood started off strong and took control of the first set, winning 25-17. They hit .326 and finished with 19 kills. Their luck continued into the second set and they finished with a 25-20 win over the Huskies. The Huskies came into the third set full force and closely won 25-23, hitting .233. With at least one set win under both teams’ belts, the fourth set was very close. Both teams played strongly as they took turns in lead. In the end, however, Northwood won the fourth and final set 25-22, ultimately winning the entire match 3-1. Shelby Jones played strongly

all around the court with 18 kills and 19 digs. Players who put forth great effort in the back row included Aubrey Havlicheck (13 digs), Madeline Haben (15 digs) and Jacqueline Aird (16 digs). Despite their close loss on Friday night, Black and Gold came out Saturday ready to play forcefully and to go home with a win under their belt. The first two sets were successful for the Huskies as the claimed both wins 25-17 and 25-12 over Hillsdale. In the opening set, the Huskies took the lead offensively with 12 kills while Hillsdale only had eight. In the two following sets, the Huskies lost their edge and Hillsdale won set four 21-25 and set five 17-25. The Huskies secured the win with a close

score of 15-13 in the last set. After finishing Friday night with an impressive amount of kills, Jones once again pulled through at the net and dominated with 19 kills and 14 digs and hit .216. Sylvie Rokosh and Aubrey Havlicheck both had a strong game at the net with 17 kills and 12 kills, respectively. Libero Jacqueline Aird played an aggressive match and had 28 digs. At the end of the night, Head Coach Matt Jennings was proud of the team as a whole. “This by far is the biggest win of the season for us,” Jennings said. “We came out strong and had a very balanced attack throughout the match.” The Huskies hope to continue to work hard this week in order to prepare for the upcoming

match against Lake Superior State this Friday, Nov. 9.

The Huskies won their Nov. 3 game against Hillsdale with a 3-2. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt


Events November 6 - November 13

Backstage at the Rozsa

Always Lost- A Meditation on War

Nov. 9, 10 @ 7:30 p.m.

On display until Dec.14, Rozsa Gallery High energy Jazz, Big Band classics and soulful Blues by the Research and Development Big Band and the MTU Jazz Lab Band, both under the direction of Mike Irish. Two great nights of Jazz in a great Jazz Club setting back stage in the Rozsa. Sparks fly and magic happens!

Charity Date Auction


Filmboard Presents- The Expendables 2

Nov. 9 @ 7-9 p.m., MUB Ballroom

Nov. 9, 10 Showtimes: 6, 8:30 and 11 p.m.

The Women’s Leadership Council is hosting the first ever Double Dinner Double Date Charity Auction and teaming up with female Greek Life! The pairs will go on a double date that will combine performing community service and money raised will go to the philanthropic services of each organization.

Mr. Church and the Expendables reunite for what seems to be a simple job and easy money, but when a murder on the job interrupts the mission, they find themselves running a whole new plan up against an unexpected threat. Ticket Price: $3 Runtime: 103 minutes

ASK TECH Eric Pomber “I believe that voting is a right of being a citizen and that every citizen should exercise that right, regardless of who they end up voting for.”

The exhibit is a tribute to the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces and a sober remembrance of those who have been lost. It features writings and photographs of veterans as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs taken by journalists from the Dallas Morning News who were embedded with the troops.

Jesse Barta “Voting is important b/c it gives even the most humble, overworked college student the chance to ruin the future of his country. Same as anyone else.”

“Why do you think voting is important?”

Amelia Seelman “You should vote because you have the right, [especially] when there are other people out there who don’t.”

Kyle Smith “Voting is an integral part of a representative democracy. If you don’t vote, what is the point?”

- Sawyer Newman


The October 7, 2012 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.


The October 7, 2012 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.