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November 11, 2010
AIChE goes to 2010 National Chem-E Car competition
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ERIKA PEABODY Lode Writer This past weekend the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s (AIChE) Chem-E Car Team travelled to Salt Lake City, UT to compete in the 2010 National Chem-E Car Competition.. The objective of the ChemE Car is to create a vehicle that is the size of a large show box that will start and stop using only chemical reactions to provide power. The car is also given a certain amount of water-weight to test the car’s reliability. The team at MTU had been working on their car for a whole year up until the national competition last weekend. At the competition they overcame adverse situations that included: ten out of eleven electrodes that powered their car breaking in the mail, the body of the car cracking on the plane, and being sent the wrong starch for their stopping reaction. Amanda Taylor and Janelle Paddock, two members of the MTU Chem-E Car team, admitted that the supply situation was pretty discouraging. However, what the team lacked in supplies they made up for in teamwork.
AIChE Chem-E Car team (left to right): Back row: Matt Chye, Mary Jubinski, Jamie Davis, Brian Schultz, Jeff Lowe, Dan Spencer Front row: Janelle Paddock, Amanda Taylor, Brandi Lundquist, Matt Arsenault Not pictured: Dr. Tomas B. Co - Faculty Advisor Photo courtesy of AIChE
They worked together to think up solutions for the problems and were able to get the car to run, which was better than a lot of other schools at the competition. Overall Taylor and Paddock said that the trip to Utah was the most fun and rewarding weekend they have experienced during their time at Michigan Tech.
They were really impressed how well their team worked together, especially because 4 out of 9 members are currently in co-op positions this semester far from Houghton. However, at the competition the team came together like a well-oiled machine, switching
revealed in the end. However, some stories don’t have an end and they’re located out in the wilderness. In Paulding, Mich. late at night tourist and paranormal fanatics gather to witness a true to life
ghost story. The Paulding Lights are a local phenomenon that takes place on clear nights, and come and go in sporadic time intervals that can last minutes or
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Paulding Light controversy LAUREN KORS Lode Writer Campfire ghost stories always seem to happen in a large city with the unlikely murders being
Upcoming changes in the learning communities
USG asks students to speak up
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Next year, there will be some changes happening within the residence halls having to do with the learning communities. The first change will be the addition of a new learning community called Women in Engineering (WIE). This learning community is being established with the help of Dr. Jean Kampe of Engineering Fundamentals. After seeing other schools with similar programs, Dr. Kampe brought the idea of a WIE learning community to Housing and Residential Life in the summer of 2009. They were immediately on board and started planning soon after. “…we feel this is a great way to help recruit and support women engineering students at Michigan Tech,” said Joe Cooper, the Assistant Director of Residential Life, “The goal of WIE will be to bring together female engineering students and connect them with extra opportunities, faculty interactions, and of course an enjoyable oncampus living experience.” Housing is still working on where to put WIE, however right now it will most likely be the fourth learning community in McNair. Another change in the learning communities will be changing the name of International House to Global Village. There is currently the stigma that in order to live in I-House you have
USG, the Undergraduate Student Government, serves as the voice of the students here at Michigan Tech and a constant effort to improve student life and the university community. However, all too often it is silenced – not by barriers or inability, but by a lack of things to say, as discovered in an interview with USG member Lucia Gregorakis. USG involves itself with students in several ways. The primary way is through the Ways and Means committee, which allocates funds from the Student Activity Fee to student organizations. USG also collaborates with GSG, the Graduate Student Government, for some projects, including a current project to create a landlord rating system to help students find livable housing. It also does its own projects, such as a upcoming “Senior’s Dance” for senior citizens, hosted as a community service. But it is more common for USG to get involved via other means than by enacting their own projects. A primary function of USG is to represent the needs and concerns of students to various other committees. Even in cases where USG does not have any direct control or power, such as with the MTU administration, USG can voice concerns and opinions brought forward by the
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SWE hosts a talk with a Russian Academy scientist The Society of Women Engineers at Michigan Tech invited Dr. Ludmila Boinovich, the head of the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry in the Russian Academy of Science to talk to our women students about her career and inspire them. The Scientific career of Dr. Boinovich began in the 1980s in the laboratory of famous Russian scientist B.V. Derjaguin. Her research activities, both theoretical and experimental, have been centered on molecular and surface physics. She has discovered and studied several new physical mechanisms of surface forces including the phonon mechanism of surface forces, and explaining the influence of confining phases on inter and intra-molecular interactions in the intervening liquid layer. She has introduced the notion on dynamic structure of liquid in nano-systems, characterized by the density of vibrational states. The analysis of the
dispersion systems with multicomponent dispersion phase allowed her to make pioneering advances at the theoretical level, for image charge mechanism of surface forces, associated with the polarization of confining phases by the electrostatic field of solute molecules. Her studies on phase transitions in nanosized systems lead to establishing the physicochemical parameters determining the shift of melting/freezing temperatures at the interfaces, in wetting films, aerosols and porous matrices. Dr. Boinovich and her team have developed a series of new spectroscopic methods and devices for studying the structure of liquids in nano-size systems and have found experimentally the thickness dependent deviation of liquid structure in thin layers. Among various awards and honors she received the gold medal of ICEPEC (Institut Communautaire Europeen pour la Promotion des Enterprices Commerciales) for her contribution to the promotion of scientific results in engineering applications. She has
earned a reputation as an outstanding lecturer and teacher who has motivated and inspired the younger generations of Russian surface and colloid physicists. In 2006 Prof. Boinovich was elected to be a Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences. Even with so must to boast about, Dr. Boinovich was very unassuming and reserved from the start of this rendezvous. She encouraged the meeting to begin with questions from the students present. When asked about how her family had helped in her career, she said that her parents were quite surprised about the decision she had made to pursue a research career in physics but they did not discourage her. “My parents provided me the best of education.” said Dr. Boinovich. She said that the support of her family has been very crucial in
You can’t do something with a definite effort; you have to give your life to it. her career. “Without complete support of my husband and children, I could have done nothing.” said Dr. Boinovich. She said she was actually majoring in mathematics, but when she was introduced to Physics she was driven towards it. This made her continue to study physics in college and then plunge into research and eventually reach where she is today. She later discussed the education system of Russia and also mentioned the competitive nature of college admissions. When asked about political influence in education, she said that politics has made the job scenario very lopsided in her country. She said that more jobs have been created for those who have just graduated from college rather to those who have
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pursued higher education. “It is a very funny situation.” she said. She claims that this has, in turn, reduced the demand for pursuing post graduate studies. When asked about the presence of women in the field of Physics and Mathematics in the academy, she said that the numbers were very low. “Among faculty we are just two women, and about 30 percent in all.” she said. Dr. Boinovich said that Biological Sciences was a “trend” among women, and then chemistry. When asked about the study of English, she said that earlier it was taught only in college but today it is also taught in schools. “I have learnt English only in college, and I cannot practice it. continued on 2
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Dr. Boinovich talk, AIChE Chem-E car, from front from front My only opportunity to speak in English comes in conferences. I don’t get much practice.” When asked about her most liked projects, she phrased it beautifully saying, “My research projects are like my children. I treat them all equally but I develop a soft corner for the youngest ones.” When asked about how her teaching had come along, she said that though it has been a good experience, it is an or-
deal to manage many teaching hours along with research. “It is very difficult to manage both as teaching needs good spontaneity which comes from preparation.” said Dr. Boinovich. When asked about student quality today, Dr. Boinovich also said that ironically the students today are diverging a lot in academics. “Today, students study many subjects superficially rather than one thing in depth.” She has found this to
be disappointing. To become a scientist today, Dr. Boinovich said that she had withdrawn from all her other interests of music and sports. She said “You can’t do something with a definite effort; you have to give your life to it.” This she says came from her “inspiration” for science. That was a fitting conclusion to the meeting giving the students the message of how to succeed in life.
in and out of positions depending on who was needed where. Taylor said she really felt like no other team beat them when it came to teamwork and at the end of the day no one was disappointed by the team’s performance. So, while the team did not place this year, they have big plans for the next regional competition in April. If any student is interested in joining the
Chem-E Car team, all they have to do is attend an AIChE general meeting or the MTU AIChE website and express interest. Keep in mind that all majors are needed, not just Chemical Engineers. The Chem-E Car team would like to extend thanks to the Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering Department as well as the University as a whole for this opportunity.
Enterprise of the week:
Supermileage Systems Enterprise REBEKAH PRICE Lode Writer “Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE) is a group of students interested in automotive systems development and working as a design team. The current SSE mission is to redesign the super-high-mileage vehicle that will challenge other engineering schools at the upcoming competition.” In 2009, SSE placed 2nd at a competition with a fuel economy of 1140 mpg. They achieved this by using the ‘burn and coast’ technique of engine performance using a MATLAB program. Each year, SSE works on building a fuel-efficient vehicle. Last year’s vehicle was built from the ground up. It, unfortunately, broke down during the 2010 competition, but the team is hopeful that it will achieve 1500 mpg. Nobody has directly measured the actual speed of the vehicle, but the estimated maximum speed is around 50 mph. Students custom engineer, design, and fabricate their vehicles; the engines are modified from existing engines. The body is made out of custom carbon
Super-high-mileage vehicle: Joe Eckstein demonstrating how someone drives the vehicle. The previous design of the vehicle had a fuel economy performance of 1140 mpg! Photo by Rebekah Price
fiber monocoque that can support 700lbs yet weighs only mere ounces. Complete with an integrated micro-controller fuel injection system and electric start, the vehicle is very efficient. A dynamometer is used to vary the loads put on the engine to deter-
mine optimal performance. Dan Mizell, CEO of SSE, has seen an improvement in his leadership after joining. “My leadership skills have benefited from my involvement with the team. I was chosen as the Powertrain team leader my second
year on the team and have been voted team CEO this year. I didn’t expect to be leading the team when I joined!” Mizell joined because he was interested in the enterprise program, the SSE projects, and “the team was welcoming.”
Troy Wiitala, CFO, likes that “travel and social events allow members of the enterprise to interact without the work aspect. Being in enterprise, you often spend long hours with the same people all semester. As long as you get along with these people, you can have fun while working.” “The thought of being part of a team that designed a highly fuel efficient vehicle interested me given the current progression towards green/environmentally friendly vehicles in the automotive industry” caused Doug Abajay to join SSE. Abajay has also learned important skills such as programming in MATLAB and Simulink and is applying these skills to designing driver controls. The Executive board consists of Dan Mizell, CEO; Troy Wiitala, CFO; John Hefferon, COO; Logan Weisand, Powertrain Leader; Karl Maas, Body/ Chassis Leader; Doug Abajay, Electrical Leader; and Rick Berkey, advisor. Feel free to contact any of the above if you are interested in the projects; anyone is welcome to join. Meetings are Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in M&M 724.
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to be an international student. However, this is not the case. “I-House was always meant to be a place where a balanced mix of domestic and international students could live and learn with each other,” remarked Cooper. Although in the past few years there have been a greater number of international students living in I-House, Housing hopes that this name change will restore the balance. The last change happening in the learning communities is
still not set in stone, but Housing is exploring the possibility of opening a second First Year Experience community. FYE has received so much positive student feedback and increased popularity that Housing and Residential Life feels that it would be beneficial to the students to open up a community with the same name and values. It is a possibility that the new FYE will be placed inside of McNair Hall as well, however nothing is certain at the moment.
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Paulding Light, from front seconds. The colors are reported to range mostly from red and white, to green, blue and purple. It is said that the lights will only show themselves if the observers are quiet. Many ghost stories have risen to explain why the lights occur there. The most common story being that a railroad brakeman lost his life there and the lights are his lantern swaying above where he died. The lights have brought attention to the area not only from tourists camping for the weekend, but also from some very prestigious paranormal groups and museums. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not came to the Paulding Lights and offered $100,000 at one point in time to anyone who could explain their existence. Since then, many visitors and locals alike have tried to debunk this phenomenon, and many have come to the same conclusion that the lights are headlights from US-45 a little under five miles away. “The one time I went there it was a really faint light off in the distance and it was always red or white, which was why I thought it
had to be headlights or tail lights,” stated second year Laila Knuuttila, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering major. However, no matter how many people come to debunk the lights, some locals still believe the lights are caused by paranormal activity that cannot be explained. “Some people take it seriously, but my family never really did. But some people thought it was cool that it was on Unsolved Mysteries, so they talked it up a lot,” said Knuuttila. Not only have the lights been on Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Unsolved Mysteries, the lights have made it onto Syfy’s newest series “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” as an unsolved and great mystery. No matter if the Paulding Lights are headlights in the far distance, or the spirit of a railway brakeman, they are a wonderful display of lights that spark wonder and excitement in our minds. To see the “Fact or Faked” findings, check out the YouTube video at (http://tiny.cc/532o5) and feel free to comment on the Lode’s website or Facebook page.
student body. Often, USG will assign a liaison to attend committee meetings. This liaison will voice the concerns of the students to the committee and report the results or discussion back to USG. Often USG will discuss the findings and have a vote to establish a position on an issue, and then have the liaison forward this position to the committee. This, according to Gregorakis, establishes a communication channel that allows student concerns to be better taken into consideration. USG has representatives at different Michigan Tech administrative committees and the Houghton
City Council, among other outlets. Michigan Tech is also represented in the Student Association of Michigan, which acts in a similar method of representation collaboratively for students from all of Michigan. However, USG is in need of student input. USG has a student issues box where students can write and submit issues they would like to bring up, but according to Gregorakis, that box remains mostly unused. Any issue that affects the student body at large can be brought to USG, and can be brought to the Student Issues box, brought to the USG office at the Memo-
rial Union Building between 8 a.m.w and 5 p.m, or brought up at USG’s weekly meetings, which are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom B. Gregorakis encourages students to speak out and come to USG with student issues, with tuition and activity issues as examples of what USG could address. Even if they don’t have any direct power or control, USG works with the people who do to make sure that the concern is voiced, but if students don’t come forward and say what is on their mind, then USG cannot bring it up with the appropriate channels.
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Monty Python’s Spamalot coming to Rozsa
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NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table will be coming to the Rozsa this Thursday; just probably not in the way most people imagine. Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Rozsa will show the touring production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, a musical that describes itself as “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the
Holy Grail.” The musical, written by Monty Python member Eric Idle, loosely follows the plot of the film, where King Arthur seeks knights to complete his Round Table and is charged by God to seek the Holy Grail. It adapts many famous scenes such as King Arthur’s fight with the Black Knight, the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, and the Knights who say “Ni!” However, the adaptation changes some details, reordering some events to better fit a stage production, adding an element of
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parody of Broadway theatre as well as a subplot involving the Lady of the Lake, and adding the popular song from Monty Python’s Life of Brian “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” The musical is not actually formally related to Monty Python, beyond that it is an adaptation of one of their films and that it was written by one of its members. Python member Terry Jones stated on an interview on WBON that “It isn’t really ‘Python’. It’s very much Eric.” However, all members of Monty Python do receive money from the musical’s revenue. Critically, it has been well-received, with reviews praising its references to famous Broadway theatre such as Fiddler on the Roof and the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets are available at the Rozsa Box Office, and cost $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $28 for students. More information is available on the Rozsa Center’s web site at http://rozsa.mtu. edu/shows/event06.php. Note that seats are limited.
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New Literary Arts Club on Campus JENI JOBST Guest Writer Although the Literary Arts Club (LAC) was just added to Michigan Tech’s list of student organizations this fall, the publications that inspired the club have actually been around for a long time: Blue Ice Magazine started in 1988, and PANK Magazine started in 2006. Both publications are housed in the Department of Humanities and are focused on publishing quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry and digital art. LAC was created, in part, to encourage greater student participation in both publications. BLUE ICE Prof. Randy Freisinger (Humanities, retired) started Blue Ice as part of a graduate class called Writing Literary Nonfiction. Students in the class published their work in Blue Ice Anthology, which was initially an in-house magazine. Reflecting on the early years, Freisinger said, “Students always told me that [publishing in Blue Ice] was an amazingly important complement to their technical education. That it balanced… what they were doing in their other coursework. It gave them a creative outlet for learning how to express themselves.” In 2009, Blue Ice made the transition to a national, student literary journal, focusing on both undergraduate and graduate students’ creativity through writing, photography and design. The magazine’s last print issue was in 2009; since then, Blue Ice has been an entirely online publication. The magazine publishes monthly and updates its blog weekly. Student staff are responsible for blogging, reading, financial databases, distribution and promotion. The main purpose of Blue Ice is to cultivate an appreciation for the arts and to motivate the creative side of every student, regardless of his or her field of study. As James Pouliot, a current staff member of Blue Ice, puts it, “Where you have people, you have literary arts…. Michigan Tech is a unique campus – I know there’s unique writing here…. A literary arts club should capitalize on that.” Of the 15 students on the Blue Ice staff, only six are majors in the College of Science and Arts. “Unless you plan on writing only about writing,” Pouliot said, “You really need to have some basic understanding of the world. I actually think that people outside the Humanities, English or Liberal Arts fields have an advantage in creating compel-
ling writing.” Blue Ice offers a great opportunity for students of all majors to get hands-on experience in the business of running a literary magazine, and, as Freisinger said, “It certainly gives students a wonderful opportunity to cultivate that [creative] side of their nature, and they need that. It’s an important outlet.” PANK Matt Seigel, Assistant Professor of Diverse Literature and Creative Writing, is the founder and co-editor of PANK Magazine. According to Seigel, over the last four years, PANK has grown into one of the top 50 literary magazines in the nation. In March of 2010, the magazine was rated in The Writer magazine as one of the seven hip magazines in the nation that readers should know about. PANK publishes a monthly online magazine, an annual print issue and single-author books. Although Blue Ice and PANK are significantly different publications, both are represented in LAC, and some students actually work on both magazines. “We have a number of projects that students can work on,” Seigel said. “Students have an opportunity to work on Blue Ice. They have an opportunity to work on PANK. They have an opportunity to sit and talk about books, or whatever they want, in the Literary Arts Club.” There are numerous student positions in LAC. The jobs vary from blogging and reading submissions to marketing, distribution and promoting the magazines. Most of the students currently involved in LAC are Humanities and Business majors. Reflecting on this, Seigel said, “I’d love to have engineering students. Some of the best writers have not been professional writers; they’ve been doctors, lawyers, engineers, physicists. Engineering students have a lot to offer in terms of perspective, interest, expertise and world view. Literature has an enormous amount to offer students in engineering.” Seigel said LAC is important at Michigan Tech because, “Michigan Tech desperately needs more literature on campus, more writers on campus. Michigan Tech desperately needs a more outward-looking worldview and less inward-looking worldview. We need to know that we’re part of a bigger literary world, that we can be part of the literary worlds of New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland. Those places aren’t sealed off to us. I want students to experience that.”
International Bazaar promotes Keweenaw multiculturalism PRIYANKA MOHARIR Lode Writer This weekend on Saturday, Nov. 13, IPS is holding International Bazaar in the Memorial Union Building on the occasion of education week. The International Bazaar is a cultural gathering set up to give the local community a chance to experience the multiculturalism of the Keweenaw in a more relaxed setting. Everyone is invited to sell items (crafts,
clothes, posters, music disc, etc.) representing their own culture. Anyone can go through the variety of exotic trinkets and foods provided by local students and businesses to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones before the holiday rush. This is a great opportunity to let others know about your culture and have a mini-fundraiser at the same time. This will be a good opportunity for you or your organization to raise funds and recruit new members.
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Thinking Tech, acting locally TAYLOR DOMAGALLA Lode Writer “Think globally, act locally.” In certain circles around campus, this is a very common creed. Michigan Tech seems to do a great job with this, for the most part. While programs like iDesign (which builds off the heritage of the International Senior Design class) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) think and act globally, what’s really done locally? Efficiency Through Engineering and Construction (ETEC) works in Houghton and the surrounding communities to improve housing. This is beneficial for the homeowners and for the environment; a lot of the work done is to better insulate the houses to prevent heat loss in the winter. Green Campus Enterprise is also an active pursuer of eco-friendliness. It encourages students, faculty and the campus as a whole to cut our carbon footprints. With all of these organizations on campus, one might assume that there couldn’t be much left to do. For the 2007-2008 school year, the Green Campus Enterprise found that Michigan Tech
produced 72,843 tons of greenhouse gases. The main strategy to reduce this number was to build wind turbines to power campus, since 47 percent of the total greenhouse gases were from electricity consumption. I haven’t seen any wind turbines around campus, but I have seen a lot of other things. I’ve seen bathroom lights left on all day and all night, windows left wide open while the heater is on full blast, full trash bags of brown paper towels from the dorm bathrooms being hauled out, a dozen #2 recyclable laundry detergent containers in the trash and students and staff using trays in the dining halls to carry one cup and one plate. Obviously I am unable to catch everything, but even for me the list goes on. “Think globally, act locally.” For students, community thrives on campus. Our territory is primarily within the bounds of Michigan Tech property. Campus is where we--students, faculty, staff and administration--need to act. While wind turbines could be a fantastic idea, it’s already been 2-3 years since the idea was brought up. Small steps usually work better. Maybe motion-
sensing lights could be installed in the bathrooms so they would not run for hours every day unattended. Recycling bins could be put in laundry areas so detergent containers could be more easily recycled. Instead of the “Trayless Tuesdays” of New York, where traditional trays containers are replaced with biodegradable, disposable ones, truly Trayless Tuesdays could be promoted. Especially for smaller meals, it’s really not all that hard to carry the dishes without a tray. Maybe we could even shake our hands until they are dry enough to wipe on our pants instead of using paper towels, though that might be construed as extreme. We have plenty to be proud of here at Tech. The toilet paper in the dorms is 100% recycled, at least according to the packaging. We have paper recycling bins all around campus and multi-stream recycling bins available for dorm rooms. There are acres and acres of beautiful forest in the area to clean the air we do contaminate. We have wonderful programs on campus that work with every part and combination of “Think globally, act locally,” but there is always room for improvement.
Ask Sassy Dear Sassy, I saw a guy riding his bike without holding on to the handle bars! I thought it looked really cool and I would like to learn how. Because you are so wise, can you tell me how to ride a bike without holding on to the handles?
Sincerely, Bike Boy
Dear Bike, No, I will not tell you how. Riding your bike without holding on the handles looks ridiculous and I will not be held responsible for helping someone look stupid. Handlebars are attached for a reason. They make a bike easier and safer to navigate, why ignore such an integral part of the machine? I feel intense disgust when I see these people coming. They’re sitting up straight and tall, trying to attract as much attention to themselves as possible. They think they are so cool and coordinated-no, they just look like an idiot. Looking cool should be effortless and nothing takes more effort than trying to steer a bike with only your legs. Unless someone is in an extreme hurry and is forced to eat their lunch while riding their bike to class, they should be using the handle bars. So for your own sake, don’t learn this pointless skill. Dear Sassy, This past weekend I really failed at trying to get some friends together. I thought we could all go to this concert on Saturday. I told them all about it and at the time they seemed pretty into it. But Saturday night rolled around and no one showed up. Why wouldn’t they just tell me they weren’t interested in the first place? How do I get people to tell me what they really want? I hated getting dressed up for no reason!
Sincerely, Friendless Fran
Dear Friendless, I think I know why your friends weren’t honest with you. You see, everybody has these intangible, yet very important sensations, called feelings. Your friends were probably worried about causing harm to your feelings (also known as “hurting” them). This is why, when it comes to social opportunities, people often say one thing and then do another. People tend to put off hurting others’ feelings for as long as possible. You may have done the calculations and still be confused. After all, doesn’t this approach result in the same net amount of feelings hurt? That is correct. But being honest to someone’s face is incredibly more difficult than lying to them. This is why your friends prefer to lie to you. They also may not really be your friends, but I don’t have room in this column to address the endless issues you seem to have involving social interaction. Dear Sassy, I did something stupid. I left all of my winter clothes at home. I thought I wouldn’t need them until Thanksgiving; I guess I should have known better since I go to Michigan Tech. Is it okay to wear t-shirts and shorts until I can get my clothes or will I look like an idiot?
Sincerely, Cold on campus
Dear Cold, It is not okay to wear t-shirts and shorts in the winter and, yes, you will look like an idiot. Let me offer some insight on the perspective of people who wear shorts when it’s freezing out. First of all, everyone will point you out to your friends and say, “Look at that guy! That’s so stupid, why wouldn’t you wear pants?” They will probably come to the conclusion that you have something to prove. Perhaps you are so insecure about your masculinity that you think being freezing will make you a real man. Nope, it just makes you stupid. I would suggest buying some warm clothes pronto. Do not suffer the humiliation. The cost of appropriate clothing is a small price to pay for your dignity. Have a question to ASK SASSY?! E-mail questions to Sassy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Football hosts rival Wildcats while searching for elusive playoff berth STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief
A lot is on the line when the Michigan Tech Huskies football team takes to Sherman Field this Saturday. If the Huskies (7-2, 7-2 GLIAC) win, they will still have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. It will be the last home game for 15 Michigan Tech seniors. Add in a rivalry against the Northern Michigan Wildcats (5-5, 5-4 GLIAC), with the Miner’s Cup on the line, and Saturday’s game features plenty of intrigue. The Huskies are currently ranked No. 22 in the country, and are just one spot out of the playoffs in Super Regional No. 3 (six teams from four regions make the NCAA Division II playoffs) as it stands heading into Saturday’s game against NMU. “We know what everyone is talking about, but ultimately the team that plays better will win the football game,” said head coach Tom Kearly. “We know they’re a very good defensive football team, with a very veteran secondary.” The Wildcats have lost four of their last six games after winning their first three games, but they still rank first in the GLIAC in scoring
defense, total defense and passing defense, while coming in second to Michigan Tech in rushing defense. “A big reason for their success is that they’ve been good at defending the run while playing two high safeties,” said Kearly of the match-up difficulties. To make matters tougher for Michigan Tech, the injury bug bit
hard last week. Kearly said a few players are day-to-day, but nobody from last week has been ruled out for this Saturday’s game. Phil Milbrath, the Huskies’ workhorse senior running back, fullback Tim Schmalz, and both defensive ends Drew Vanderlin and Todd Storm went out of last week’s game with injuries. Kearly said that practice
On the run: Senior running back Phil Milbrath looks to beat a Grand Valley defender. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt
has not been too different despite the injury situations, and “we always have contingency plans in place.” The Wildcats have certainly felt the impact of injuries this season as well. Quarterback Carter Kopach has been out for several weeks, giving way to Jacob Hicks, who has just one touchdown pass in six games this season, with three interceptions. The Wildcat ground attack has tried to make up for the lack of passing production, led by John Privitelli’s 590 yards and five touchdowns, but NMU is still in the bottom five in the GLIAC (out of 14 teams) in all major offensive categories. Michigan Tech’s offense on the other hand is third in the GLIAC in scoring offense with 32.6 points per game, led of course by Milbrath’s 1,379 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Steve Short is completing 58 percent of his passes for 161.2 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. The battle for the Miner’s Cup will kick off this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sherman Field. Check back to mtulode.com shortly after the game for a complete recap, along with a look at the Huskies playoff chances.
Hockey prepared for dogfight JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer The Huskies are back on the ice Friday night as the team heads to Duluth, Minnesota to take on the number one Bulldogs. The Huskies fell both nights to the Wisconsin Badgers two weekends ago before taking a week off. The Big Story This weekend is the first time the two teams will meet this season and the games will be some of the last played in Duluth’s arena, the DECC, before the Bulldogs move to their new rink. The Bulldogs are the top team in the WCHA and number two in the country with only one loss marring their record. Team Scope The Bulldogs: Major contributors to the Bulldogs’ success so far have been the upperclassmen line of Mike Connolly, Justin Fontaine, and Jack Connolly. The powerhouse line are the top-three in points on the team, with 43 combined points overall. The line will be a big part of the Bulldogs offense this weekend. The Bulldogs have also had successful special teams with a
84.6 percent penalty kill and a scorching 23.1 percent power play. The Huskies: The Huskies are looking to rebound from the two losses at Madison two weekends ago. After having the weekend off, the Huskies will need to adjust quickly to the fast paced play at Duluth. “We’ll have to make sure that coming off an off week that were playing at a [fast] pace and that were moving our feet”, said
Huskies’ head coach Jamie Russell. The Huskies are currently allowing about 3.5 goals per game, a number they will have to shrink this weekend so as to eliminate scoring chances by the Bulldogs’ top line. The Huskies need to find the momentum they had in the beginning of the season to power them through the series this weekend and come out with a pair of wins. Who’s Hot
Offense: Sophomore Steven Seigo scores a goal against Minnesota Duluth during Winter Carnival last season. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt
The Bulldogs: The Bulldogs’ line of Connolly, Connolly, and Fontaine will be the one to watch this weekend. The high scoring trio are the team leaders in points and will be an exciting line to keep an eye on. The Huskies: Sophomore defenseman Steven Seigo has been putting up big numbers for the Huskies and is leading scorer for the team. The defenseman has scored numerous goals during power plays that ended up being critical points for the Huskies. Injury Report Huskies’ assistant captain Jordan Baker is still out with an injury but will hopefully be back in the line up again soon. Sophomore forward Anthony Schooley is also on the injured list after being injured in a game against the Mavericks. The Big Picture: Duluth’s powerful first line will be a challenge to stop this weekend. The Huskies need to play smart defensive hockey and cut down the Bulldog’s shots on net and be smart on the penalty kill. continued at mtulode.com
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wins by the hockey Huskies last season against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The first came on Nov. 13 in Duluth, and the second came on Feb. 5. Both times, UMD was ranked.
players on the women’s basketball Huskies from Wisconsin. The only other state with at least four players is Michigan.
returning scorers for the men’s basketball Huskies from last season’s team. Mike Hojnacki is the highest-scoring returner, at 12.7 points per game.
players at least 6 feet tall on the hockey Huskies this season. Last season’s roster had only 16 on it over 6’0”.
national ranking for the football Huskies. This marks the first time the Huskies have been ranked since 2008.
Schedules/Results Visit gliac.org 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 (7-2, 7-2 GLIAC) Oct. 23 vs. Northwood, W 62-30 Oct. 30 vs. Grand Valley, W, 20-17 Nov. 6 at Ferris State, W, 28-16 Nov. 12 vs. North. Mich., 1 p.m.
M. Basketball (0-0, 0-0 GLIAC) Nov. 16 vs. Bemidji State, 7 p.m. Nov. 19 vs. Rockhurst, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 vs. Miss. West., 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Finlandia, 7 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.
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After watching the Vikings play the Cardinals this week, I am amazed at how Favre can look so old and washed up for the first three quarters, only to bring the Vikings back on the cusp of victory in the fourth quarter every week. The Vikings will make the Bears look silly this Sunday. Tampa Bay has had a decent start to the season so far and much of that has to do with Steven Stamkos, unfortunately they will lose to the Penguins because the Penguins have just too much talent. Penn St. got an emotional victory last week getting Joe Paterno his 400th career victory, but they will suffer a let down this week as Ohio State just has more to play for at this point in the season.
As much as I’d love to see JoePa’s Nittany Lions take down Ohio State, the Buckeyes are too good. Ohio State is coming off a bye week and will do everything in their power to avoid an identical upset from two years ago. I can’t stand Sidney Cros-baby, so there’s no way I can take the Pens. Stamkos gets two for the Lightning including the game winner. I think the Vikings will overtake the Bears in Chicago to climb closer to second place in the division, though it’ll ultimately be all for naught as the Packers will be the only team from the NFC North to make the playoffs. Poor Brett. Not.
As a Wisconsin Badgers fan, I’d love nothing more than to see the Nittany Lions run all over Ohio State. They have the talent to do it, so now they just have to put it together. The Lightning have one of the best offenses in the NHL so far this season, and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon. Steven Stamkos will have his day, scoring four points and leading the Lightning over the struggling Pens. As Brett Favre goes, so go the Vikings. I think they’ll run all over the Bears, and that playoff spot will get just a little closer.
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Penguins 4-2 Vikings 30-13
Lightning 4-3 Vikings 30-21
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Experience key for men’s basketball Huskies DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor
In opposition to the women’s basketball Huskies, the men’s basketball team returns all five starters and seven of the top eight scorers from last season’s team, which finished 9-18 overall. They finished strongly with a four-game winning streak in Feb. There’s certainly plenty for head coach Kevin Luke to be excited about with this group. “Hopefully it’s a situation where we can build on the very end of last season,” said Luke. “We want to be better than we were last year.” Overview This year’s Huskies feature just two seniors, but both have specific roles in the backcourt. Don Fowler, a 6’2” point guard, an All-GLIAC Defensive Team selection last season, will be counted on to run the primary offense, having averaged 9.3 points per game, and continues to be a stalwart defensively. Tyler Molesworth will be counted on to provide offense in the
form of three-pointers. “[Mike] had an outstand- good teams,” said Luke. “[That] “Don’s going to be our stabi- ing finish to last year…and he has given him the confidence to lizer…he’s our most experienced played very well against the know that he can get it done in player,” said Luke. “[Tyler] this league as a junior.” had a good year, but he got Sophomore forward quiet at the end of last year Ali Haidar is the second as teams realized that he funnel through which was our three-point shootthe Huskies’ offense er. We will look to him to flows smoothly. Haidar be solid for us night in and notched 9.9 points and night out for us.” 5.8 rebounds per game. The Huskies’ backcourt Where he really shined will be deeper this season as a freshman were the after the somewhat unextimes he backed defendpected development of juers up to the hoop before nior Matt Gaedke. Sophoturning and making the mores Matt Esters and T.J. basket. Brown both averaged over Junior forward Brian 18 minutes a game last seaOlley and sophomore son, and that only bodes forward Nate Kindt will well for their development. also provide some nice The frontcourt is where options up front for Luke the Huskies will score the as he tries to throw some majority of their points different looks at oppoagain this season. Junior nents. Kindt has develforward Mike Hojnacki, oped significantly during a preseason All-GLIAC the offseason, becoming First Team selection, will perhaps the team’s top look to build upon a fine post defender. From downtown: Junior Mike Hojnacki sophomore year in which Youth shoots a three-pointer last season. he posted 12.7 points and The Huskies have five Photo by Ben Wittbrodt 6.1 rebounds per game. freshmen to balance their
More success for cross country at GLIACs DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Looking for another strong finish, this time against stiffer competition, the men’s and women’s cross country Huskies did just that. The women finished seventh out of 14 teams and the men finished ninth, but more than half of all the Huskies who raced finished with personal bests on Saturday on what proved to be a very difficult course at Hillsdale, Mich. “I was really happy with the way our athletes performed,” said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. “We had 20 athletes down there and at least 10 of them ran personal bests.” Senior Brian Stetter again paced the men’s team with 25:43 race for the eight kilometer course. His run was good for 14th overall, and earned him a spot on the AllGLIAC team. Stetter ran a great race, but still finished behind 10 members of top-finisher Grand Valley State. “Our conference is ultra-competitive,” said Haggenmiller. “Usually [Brian’s] time would put you somewhere around the top fifth, and maybe even win the race.
That just shows how good our competition was.” Freshman Evan Krzyske was the second Husky to cross the finish line in 55th with a time of 26:46. Classmate Matt Dugan wasn’t far behind with a time of 27:03, good for 58th. Junior Nick Wimmer (27:19) finished 71st, and sophomore Jonathan Kilpela was right behind him with a time of 27:20. Kept out of the scoring were sophomore Nick Bedbury, who ran 27:38, good for 78th, senior Scott Kentner (27:45), who finished 81st, and three others who ran well. The men finished ahead of Lake Superior State, Lake Erie, and Northwood with a team average time of 26:52, an average of nine seconds behind Ferris State, who finished eighth while averaging 26:43. Freshman Deedra Irwin ran another great race, finishing the six-kilometer course in 22:50, good for 23rd overall. She was honored by the GLIAC with Freshman of the Year accolades for her performance. continued at mtulode.com
Gang tackle: Junior Todd Storm and the Huskies’ defense works together to take down the Northwood quarterback. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt
Taking the GLIAC by Storm STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief When the Michigan Tech football team recruited Todd Storm from Calumet High School in 2007, it may have seemed like quite a reach to expect a 6’3”, 200-pound local kid to make an impact as a defensive end at the college level. But, make an impact he has.
Ridge Roamers host Fall Climbing Competition included the names of the routes, the most ridiculous being “The Vadge of Honor”, and Jeff Sudgeon’s intermediate route with a Over the weekend, the Ridge height limit, almost like a roller Roamers hosted the Fall Climbing coaster. Competition, which was fabuThe competition ran pretty lous, as usual. Climbing began at smoothly this year, but there were 10 a.m. and the competition conissues with the time blocks and cluded by 5 p.wm. getting climbers on the This year, three climbers wall. The club will look visited from Illinois and also a into improving the design group of climbers came from of the competition in the Marquette, Mich. future. There was a good turn out Spectators were amazed of Michigan Tech students. to watch the climbers The club would always be inmake their way toward the terested in having more and roof, especially those that hope that the turnout this took all three attempts on spring will be even better. the same route. Colin Lay, one of the beginAs always, anyone is ners at the beginning of the welcome to climb so, day, climbed so well he was so students looking for Wall of fame: Members of the MTU Ridge bumped up to intermediate. something to do this Roamers club. The Northern Michigan spring should consider Photo courtesy of MTU Ridge Roamers climbers showed up later in the Spring Competition. the day, and they showed exPosters will be put up as the date draws near.
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cellent skills in tackling the advanced routes set by Michigan Tech students. The advanced course was laid out by Josh Warfield. Several climbers found themselves skipping a hold on that route as it lacked holds. Other highlights from the day
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Storm, now in his junior year, has since added 45 pounds and is building on last year’s All-GLIAC honorable mention season to lead the GLIAC in sacks this year with 10, nearly half of the team’s 22 sacks. He also has 38 tackles this season, 14 of which are for a loss, and three forced fumbles. “We knew he was undersized coming in,” said head coach Tom Kearly, “but something (Calumet)
five upperclassmen. Two: Tom Vitso and Troy Hecht will sit out this season, but the others, namely guard Austin Armga, guard Alex Culy, and forward Jordan Reetz will all have chances to make an impact this season. Culy will be especially interesting to watch as he spent last season redshirting. Schedule The second half of November will be especially challenging for the Huskies as they prep for the GLIAC season. The Huskies will play host to Bemidji State before traveling to St. Joseph, Mo. to take part in the Hillyard Classic. They will face Rockhurst and Missouri Western in that tournament. The last weekend of November, the Huskies will travel to face Minnesota State and Wisconsin-Parkside, both of whom are always tough at home. The Huskies follow up that weekend with the opening of the GLIAC season on Dec. 4 at Northern Michigan. continued at mtulode.com
Coach (John) Croze told us, and we saw, is that he has a great motor and plays with great passion.” Storm, who has lived in nearby Laurium his whole life with eight siblings, has always loved sports. His older brother Andy, who played football at Michigan Tech from 1996-2001, was a big influence on Storm. “From the time I played in my first game in 7th grade, no other sport has even come close to the love I have for football,” said Storm. Only Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan recruited Storm out of high school, and Storm himself admits he lacked size and strength: “I was skinny and in my first fall at Tech I was one of the weakest kids in the weight room on the team,” adding that he could not even bench one rep at 225 pounds. He has the final laugh now. Storm largely credits defensive line coach Ken Klein with his development in technique, of course noting that his strength and conditioning and physical growth have played a large factor. It certainly has helped that fellow junior defensive end Drew Vanderlin is back after being injured during the entire 2009 season. “It’s always nice to have another guy who can prevent teams from double teaming him,” said Kearly. continued at mtulode.com
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The Portage Lake District Library will honor all Veterans during the month of November. People are invited to bring a photo of family members who have served or who are currently serving in the armed services for a display in the library. Cake will be served on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org. The local VFW will be holding a flag ceremony at Houghton Veteran’s Park (near the bridge on the Houghton side closest to Michigan Tech) on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Houghton will be offering free meals from their seven signature entres to all veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11.
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Luke Vermeulen Michigan Tech Student Veterans 1938
Congress passes legislation on May 13 making November 11 a legal Federal holiday, Armistice Day. The United States has no ‘actual’ national 1918 holidays because the states retain the right to designate their own holidays. The Federal government can in fact only designate holidays for Federal emWorld War I, then normally referred to simply as The Great War (no ployees and for the District of Columbia. But in practice the states almost one could imagine any war being greater!), ended with the implementa- always follow the Federal lead in designation of holidays. tion of an armistice [temporary cessation of hostilities-in this case until the final peace treaty, the infamous Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1941- 1945, 1950- 1953 1919] between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November, 1918. World War II and the Korean War create millions of additional war veterans in addition to those of the First World War already honored by Ar1919 mistice Day. November 11: President Wilson proclaims the first Armistice Day with 1954 the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the On June 1, President Eisenhower signs legislation changing the name of country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of 1968 the nations.” The original concept for the celebration was for the suspension of business for a two minute period beginning at 11 A.M., with the Congress passes the Monday Holiday Law which established the fourth day also marked by parades and public mettings. Monday in October as the new date for the observance of Veteran’s Day. The law is to take effect in 1971. 1920 1971-1975 On the second anniversary of the armistice, France and the United Kingdom hold ceremonies honoring their unknown dead from the war. In The Federal observance of Veterans Day is held on the fourth Monday of America, at the suggestion of church groups, President Wilson names the October. Initially all states follow suit except Mississippi and South Dakota. Sunday nearest Armistice Day Sunday, on which should be held services Other states changed their observances back to November 11 as follows: in the interest of international peace. 1972- Louisiana and Wisconsin; 1974- Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, South Carolina, West Virginia; 1975- California, Florida, 1921 Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming Congress passes legislation approving the establishment of a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. November 11 is 1975 chosen for the date of the ceremony. According on October 20, Congress declares November 11, 1921 a legal Federal holiday to honor all those who Legislation passed to return the Federal observance of Veteran’s Day to participated in the war. The ceremony was conducted with great success. November 11, based on popular support throughout the nation. Since the change to the fourth Monday in October, 46 states had either continued 1926 to commemorate November 11 or had reverted back to the original date based on popular sentiment. The law was to take effect in 1978. Congress adopts a resolution directing the President to issue an annual proclamation calling on the observance of Armistice Day. Throughout the 1978 1920s and 1930s, most states establish November 11 as a legal holiday and at the Federal level, an annual proclamation is issued by the President. Veteran’s Day observance reverts to November 11. history timeline courtesy of http://www.history.army.mil/html/reference/holidays/vetsday/vetshist.html
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