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Student Org Spotlight: Alternative Fuels Group NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Of Michigan Tech’s many enterprises, only one is working to make alternative energy sources more applicable. The Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) is comprised of different alternative fuel interest teams, focusing on ideas like fuel cells, solar panels and geothermal capabilities. Since 2006, the AFG has been working in labs across campus and on local projects to see the effects and possibility of implementing various types of alternative fuels. One goal of AFG is to research the use of solar panels at the Keweenaw Research Center and make recommendations for further implementation on campus. Electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering are just some majors of students currently working on projects with AFG. Approximately 20 students make up the enterprise team. Each student is given the opportunity to work with real life situations and solve engineering problems with the support of industry partners. “We don’t have one project that goes through the series, we have three or four projects each year. Sometimes we’ll have the same project for two or three semesters but there’s always a topic and a goal and once we achieve that goal we move on,” said Jay Meldrum, advisor for AFG. “There is always a team working on a fuel cell of some sort including nuclear fuel, or a direct crude glycerol fuel cell or even electrobiofuels,” Meldrum added. “This semester we want to do something different called alternative energy demonstration. We are asking students to develop demos for different types of alternative energy,” said Wenzhen Li, advisor for AFG. “In the future we cannot focus on one type of energy we asked students to create demos of solar cells, fuel cells and wind turbines.” Another current project is working to determine the feasibility of geothermal district heating in a local community.



Where does a tuition dollar go?


A previous project the students designed, constructed and implemented a hydrogen fuel cell into a John Deere Gator, calling the project E-Gator.

Photo courtesy of Alternative Fuels Group

“We are talking to the community of Calumet and other areas about using mine shaft water which is warm enough to augment heating in buildings,” said Meldrum.


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Tech Alumnus dives deeper into the meaning of life with “Subtle Implications”


If you are interested in learning more about AFG or to become a member, attend an AFG weekly meeting, held Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Chem-Sci 211.


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RAND SILVERS Lode Writer Ever wonder where a tuition dollar goes? It’s not too hard to find out. There’s actually a link on the University’s homepage, under “Budget and Performance Transparency Reporting.” The results are shown in a graph. As it turns out, around 61 cents on the dollar (~$105 million) go to pay faculty, staff and students for the work they do teaching, researching, administrating, fixing things, cleaning up and writing articles about the budget. About a quarter of that money (~$28 million) actually goes into healthcare and retirement benefits employees receive. The next big category is scholarships. About 19 cents on the dollar (~$33 million) goes back into students’ pockets in the form of scholarships. This amount is similar to, but somewhat higher than, other Michigan universities. For instance, Northern Michigan University gives out a little less than half the scholarships (~$15 million), but collects around 70 percent the tuition revenue. Michigan State gives out five times the scholarships than Tech does (~$162 million), but collects seven times the tuition revenue (~$800 million). So perhaps the face value on tuition isn’t quite as awful. Another big expense for the University is debt service. About 3 cents on the dollar (~$6 million) goes toward paying interest and principle on $78 million in bond issues going back to 2006. That will be discussed in more detail in upcoming articles, but it largely comes from new construction and renovation of campus buildings. Finally, there is the “Other” category. This includes money Tech pays for supplies and services (~$15 million), utilities

(~$5 million), transfers (~$12 million) and payment into the Contingency Reserve ($3.2 million). Around 17 cents on the dollar goes toward these expenses that allow the university to keep functioning. But it’s not just tuition dollars paying for these things. Actually, tuition and fees only make up around two-thirds of Michigan Tech’s revenues. The taxpayer’s of Michigan pay for around 25 percent of a Tech student’s education through state appropriations. That makes out-of-state tuition seem at least a little more reasonable. But before any taxpayers start phoning their congressmen, realize the ratio used to be much higher. In 1973, only 40 years ago, tuition and fees only made up 24 percent of Tech’s revenue, while the state provided another 74 percent. So it could be worse (or better, depending on who’s asking). Neither 66 and 25 or 24 and 74 add up to 100, which leads back to the “Other” category, which accounts for 8 percent

of total revenue. This “Other” category is largely made up of Indirect Cost Recoveries (~$12 million), which essentially means things didn’t cost as much as the Executive Team thought they would. It also includes a little over a million dollars in gift income, largely from alumni, $150,000 in Federal grants and contracts and $317,000 in truly miscellaneous revenues, which could very well be money members of the Executive Team found on the street. One last interesting fact: the University isn’t making any money. In Fiscal Year 2013-14, Michigan Tech is projected to bring in $172,453,517 and spend every penny of it. It’s up for students to decide if they think their tuition is being wellspent, but rest assured, it is being spent. Do you have any questions about Michigan Tech’s budget or finances you’d like answered? Email them to lodesubmit@

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Small cameras now part of the uniform for Public Safety SASHA BURNETT Lode Writer For several years now, law enforcement has used various forms of devices with video capabilities. This year, Public Safety at Michigan Tech has joined in by adding a small camera as part of their daily uniform. “Six months ago we tried a camera that was part of a pair of glasses, but they were too bulky, so we tried the pocket flap cameras. Now all officers wear them,” said Deputy Chief Brian Cadwell. The camera clips on to the shirt pocket. They are about the size of a USB jump drive; only 1.5 inches long by 0.5 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick. Although the cameras will be worn at all times, they will only be used when the officers are called to a scene and are prohibited for the use of eavesdropping. “When an officer is called to a complaint, they click to turn the camera on and when they have finished they turn it off,” Cadwell said.

According to Cadwell, the cameras are helpful because it allows the officers to have a great record of what actually happened in the case; sometimes small details are forgotten amongst the stress

“According to Cadwell, the cameras are helpful because it allows the officers to have a great record of what actually happened in the case; sometimes small details are forgotten amongst the stress of the situation. of the situation. They are also helpful in the case that either party wants to see evidence of what happened. Some students at Michigan Tech have mixed feelings about the use of the new cameras.

“I guess it seems like its good because you could figure out exactly what happened. But, it is also concerning because there are already security cameras around, so it is another way for them to watch us if they forget it turn it off,” Parker McColl, a first year student, said. The videos however, will only be used in the case that they are appearing in a law process for example, court. “If the video will be used as part of a case going to court, the clip can be downloaded and attached to the report electronically,” Cadwell said. Although the videos can be used in court, Cadwell said that it is important to note that officers are prohibited from releasing the videos to the public. They are confidential. Because every situation will demand different holding times for the videos, all videos, even those not currently being used in a case, will be saved temporarily in a file. Once they prove to no longer be useful, the videos will then be erased.

Improving Michigan Tech employee wellness EVAN MAYER Lode Writer In a world where fast food and slow metabolisms are the downfall of many, employees at Michigan Technological University have a flexible program to help them improve their physical wellness. Social Wellness, Employee Action, Teamwork or SWEAT, is the free program to benefit eligible employees as part of the comprehensive wellness initiative. The program is built upon wellness through group activities and one-on-one training. In 2010, the Wellness Committee, made up of Michigan Tech staff, met to talk about programs for the employees. A survey was created to collect information about the rest of the faculty’s concerns about personal wellness. The four main problems found were limited time, the Student Development

Center’s fitness center was intimidating due to higher use of students than by staff, lack of training for exercising and limited knowledge of the workout equipment provided. These concerns helped to formulate the new idea that would become SWEAT. The idea was presented to the Administrative team in 2011. The new program was designed to break down barriers that employees felt about using the University’s fitness centers and that is time-convenient for participants. According to interim SWEAT director Shannon Brodeur, the program is set up to address employee wellness with a three-pronged approach. The first part is that a personal trainer is offered to members on a rotating basis. This part begins with an initial consultation to set goals for the individual; four sessions follow which are geared towards achieving those goals.

The second part includes instructorled group fitness, which are also offered on a rotating basis. These groups have done activities such as yoga, pilates,

“Social Wellness, Employee Action, Teamwork or SWEAT, is the free program to benefit eligible employees as part of the comprehensive wellness initiative. The program is built upon wellness through group activities and one-onone training.” Zumba and aerobics. Currently, the group fitness is participating in the Community Programs Boot Camp sessions. The final part includes informal group

activities. The groups are made up of likeminded employees who wish to work out in a group. This allows them to set the times and places that are best suited for them. Some of the current members from this group are walking in the Student Development Complex, participating in a balance and core workout, or doing a high impact workout to either Jillian Michaels or Insanity DVDs. The program has been quite successful in its beginning stages. It has grown rapidly so far to 294 members. Brodeur has even received positive feedback from employees who are not currently participating in the activities but enjoying receiving the weekly updates and having the opportunity to participate. With winter fast approaching, the SWEAT program may be the perfect fit for any Michigan Tech employee looking to make sure that winter weight stays off or just looking to improve their physical wellness.


Michigan Tech Lode NEWS Celebrating our veterans

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The world at a glance

The destruction of Typhoon Haiyan is seen in the city of Tacloban.

Photo courtesy of Bullit Marquez, AP

Typhoon devastates the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central part of the Philippines on Friday, has levels many cities, towns and fishing villages. Nearly 10,000 people may have died in Tacloban alone, one of the harder hit cities. Typhoon Haiyan is being called one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the region. The storm was drive by high winds close to tornado-strength, which some accounts say reached 190 mile an hour. The winds then carried a large wall of water across the landscape, wrecking frail homes and killing thousands. According to the New York Times Article, a spokesperson for the Philippines armed forces, Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan, Jr., said “I have been in the service for 32 years, and I have been involved in a lot of calamities. I don’t have words to describe what our ground commanders are seeing in the field.” Aid crews are struggling to get to more remote areas of the country because of the state of the roads. A Red Cross convoy on their way to Tacloban had to turn around on Sunday because of a collapsed bridge. With little food going in, the group was also nearly hijacked by a crowd of hungry people. The Philippines is already experiencing disaster from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the middle of the country a month ago. Although deadly storms like this are not as common in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan looks to stand apart because of the type of destruction it caused. Typically, most deaths from typhoons are caused by mudslides and rivers flooding because of the heavy rains.

A Veterans Day reception was held in the library as just one of the ways the Keweenaw honored Veterans on Monday.

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KATELYN WAARA News Editor In November of 1918, fighting ceased between the Allied Nations and Germany; an armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. One year later, in November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first official Armistice Day, saying, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the 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 the nations…” The title of the day was amended in 1954; in place of “Armistice” would now be “Veterans,” making the official holiday to honor all men and women who served or are currently serving our country. With yellow ribbons tied on trees, Veterans Day was once again celebrated on Michigan Tech’s campus. With student, staff and faculty veterans in the campus community, it is important for their service to be recognized. Courtney Hohnholt, Interim Assistant

Director in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, a United States Air Force veteran and member of the Michigan Tech Veterans’ Group, helped to coordinate the events which took place on campus yesterday. “We started planning the event at our September meeting and wanted an event that would coordinate the efforts of Michigan Tech’s employee, student and alumni veterans to bring awareness to our campus and community for Nov. 11, Veterans Day,” said Hohnholt. Taking place in the library from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., everyone was welcome to meet and mingle with student, staff and faculty veterans and to accept and pin yellow ribbons to show their support. Attendees were also invited to send a Michigan Tech postcard to a recovering wounded veteran and to learn about the Moving Vietnam Wall, which is making its way to Houghton County next summer. The Veterans Day reception was made possible by a generous donation from Michigan Tech Institutional Equity and Career Services. Jim Mattson, former marine and county coordinator, said the idea for the Moving Vietnam Wall project began in 1982 after John Devitt attended the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Devitt was so moved by the ceremony and the memorial that he vowed to create a

similar experience for those who could not make their way to Washington D.C. The replica Moving Wall was constructed by Devitt and other Vietnam veterans in 1984 and went on display for the first time in Tyler, Tex., in October of that year. The Wall has been traveling across the country ever since. The Moving Wall has been to the UP twice now, both times in South Range, but it has “never been north of the bridge,” said Mattson. Keweenaw and Houghton County, though far removed from the jungles of Vietnam, saw casualties during the war. A number of Mattson’s classmates served in Vietnam in 1964, ‘65 and ‘66, two of which perished in the fighting. There were 15 Houghton County residents and one Keweenaw County resident who lost their lives during the war. The July visit of the Moving Wall is being planned by Mattson and a number of his classmates, all who graduated from Calumet High School; 2014 will mark their 50th Class Reunion. Having the Moving Wall in Calumet during the reunion gives the many visitors to the area a chance to be moved by its aura. The Moving Vietnam Wall will be placed on Legion Field in Calumet from July 10-13, 2014. Two official ceremonies will take place; the dedication, on Saturday, July 12, and the closing on Sunday, July 13.

The Lode would like to acknowledge those who have served or are currently serving our country. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.


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OAP Receives funds to purchase new equipment SASHA BURNETT Lode Writer After providing four years of bike rental service to students at Michigan Tech, The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) declared the need for some updated equipment. “The OAP is doing its best to keep the bikes in working order, but four years in a rental program is a long time if you look at most businesses which rent out bikes. They will replace their bikes every year,” said Lee Southerton, an employee of the OAP. Although the OAP has kept up on the maintenance of the bikes, they have recently noticed that it is costing them more and more to keep the old bikes working. Based on the infographic created by OAP employee Alice Flanders, it take 30 minutes for an OAP bike mechanic to look over a single bike each time that it is rented out. “The bikes have had quite a bit of use by students and the cost for maintenance has gone up because equipment gets old, used and needs to be replaced. This last year we have noticed quite a large increase in maintenance required to keep the bikes in working order,” Southerton said. Just since August of 2013, there have been 138 bike rentals from the OAP. “I rent equipment from the OAP about twice a semester. In the past I have rented a bike, snow shoes and a canoe,” said Gabe Witner, a second year student. Since the OAP noticed a need for new bikes, they started looking at their options to find the best one for students at Tech. “The best solution that was found was

to buy new bikes, but that was going to cost a good sum of money. So the OAP started looking for places to request money from and naturally the USG was one of them because USG and OAP both are here to service the students of Michigan Tech,” Southerton said. The OAP brought their request to the USG and was granted an amount of $18,000 from the reserve fund. “The reserve fund is money that is left over from any USG account at the end of the year. It is normally used for equipment repairs/replacement, however it can also be used toward ‘campus emergencies’,” said Kyle Axline, treasurer of USG. According to Southerton, the money will be used to purchase new mountain bikes and kayaks, as well as repairing some of the old equipment. Snow bikes, which have wider tires to provide better flotation in the winter, will also be purchased. The new equipment should be available by the end of this school year. “We are hoping to have the snow bikes in this winter for student to have access to. The kayaks and mountain bikes will be available for students to rent in the late spring semester. We will use these winter months to prepare the bike, kayaks and other equipment for the summer months when they are used more heavily,” Southerton said. Although the new equipment will be available soon, the price for the rental is still unknown. According to Southerton, they must take time to look up what their cost will be to provide the bikes before they can determine the price that they will need to rent them out at. “The OAP is trying to offer the students of MTU as much as possible for as little

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“The OAP has a ton of stuff already and I think that I might use the new equipment that they are getting,” Witner said.

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A food taster with style ARIC RHODES Lode Writer On Friday, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion gave rides and tickets to the thirteenth annual First Nations Food Taster at Northern Michigan University. This event gave an interesting look into the culture of the Native American groups of the region through their cuisine. Accompanied by the performances of a drum, dance and song performance courtesy of the Buffalo Bay Singers, the event gave a great perspective on the culture of the Native Americans who once controlled these lands.

“Chi miigwech (great thanks) to the organizers of this fantastic event and the CDI.” There were a variety of foods served which were native to the region, such as various pumpkin dishes and several foods made with maple syrup. Though much of the food did not agree with this reviewer, most found many of the dishes to be excellent. This was shown in part by the record attendance which was enjoyed by the event this year. Indeed, there were even enough attendees that some of the more popular dishes began to run low. Despite this, the entertainment was maintained through the work of the Buffalo Bay Singers. They gave an excellent performance, for what the performance of traditional Native American drums and dancing can be seen as from an outsider’s perspective. This was accompanied by NMU professor Elda Tate giving her stylings of traditional music on the Native flute, which was also excellent. In all, the thirteenth annual First Nations Food Taster was an excellent display of food that would have been popular with the Native Americans of the region a long time ago. All things considered, the main disadvantage for Michigan Tech students willing to go may have been its location in Marquette. While this may have posed a challenge for interested students, the CDI was providing rides there and back. Considering that the Food Taster is an annual event, perhaps next year will have better Tech attendance. Chi miigwech (great thanks) to the organizers of this fantastic event and the CDI.

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Tech Alumnus dives into deeper meaning of life in “Subtle Implications” JANE KIRBY Pulse Editor Michigan Tech Alumnus Robert Wallick recently released his first book entitled “Subtle Implications.” A serious read, the book goes into depth about the meaning of life and how Wallick has come to view life after his experiences. Divided into two parts, Wallick starts the book in section one with a biography of himself and social issues that have influenced his life. Section two is how these influences have led him to formulate his current beliefs about life. From teaching third and fourth graders

at Sunday school in church to helping his brother cope with schizophrenia, Wallick discusses how he and his beliefs developed throughout all his personal journeys to

“Wallick hopes that his readers will not only judge him and his life based on his thoughts and experiences, but also judge the material that he addresses.” where he is today. He attended Michigan Tech in 1969 and 1970, where he studied applied geophysics

until he left to go to Aspen, Colorado to be what he calls, “a ski bum.” From there, he ended up in Ann Arbor, attended the University of Michigan, and got involved in rather radical movements that led him into some trouble. Wallick hopes that his readers will not only judge him and his life based on his thoughts and experiences, but also judge the material that he addresses in “Subtle Implications.” He wrote the book out of “long term desire,” and as “an exercise” for himself to get all of his thoughts and beliefs out in the open. Readers can find “Subtle Implications” online through Amazon, Google or in Barnes and Noble stores.

Eight secrets to success ROHSNI SACHAR Lode Writer Richard St. John, a success analyst, marketer and author of well-known book, “The 8 Traits Successful People have in common” and bestseller “8 to be great” has spent more than a decade and 500 interviews researching the lessons of success and instilling them into eight words. In a TED talk, John reveals these eight secrets to success which constitute wisdom from the world’s most successful people, like Bill Gates and Freeman Thomas to name a few. As college students, these secrets are definitely something you all want to know so here they are: -PASSION: We need to be driven by our passion to be successful. If we do

something for love, the money comes anyway! -WORK: Success is all about working hard. Nothing comes easily but it is important to have fun along the way! -GOOD: To be successful, one needs to put their nose down in something and get really good at it. There is no magic, all that there is, is practice practice and loads of practice! -FOCUS: Focus is key to be successful in anything that one wants to do. The human mind needs to focus on one thing at a time to be really good at it. -PUSH: We have to push ourselves both physically and mentally to achieve our goals. -SERVE: This one is especially for those who dream to be really rich. If you can’t serve yourself, you should serve others something that will be of value to them.

-IDEAS: One of the most successful people in this world, Bill Gates, thinks that it’s important to have ideas, the same way he had one when he started out by founding the first microcomputer software company in the world. There is no magic and creativity to coming up with ideas. All we need to do is be curious, ask questions, solve problems and make connections. -PERSIST: Persistence is one of the top reasons behind success. One needs to be persistent through failure, criticism, rejection and the pressures of life. All these are things that we all are aware of because we hear similar things from our parents, professors and other successful people around us all the time; however, I think that John has put it all together in the simplest, most effective and understandable way.

Breathe Owl Breathe vists the Orpheum SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, another night of fantastic local music unfolded to a packed house: the balcony, the lounge and the dance floor were filled. There was a line stretching out of the door at 8 p.m. and the event opened at 7:30 p.m.

Gratiot Lake Road, a local trio from Calumet, began the show to a mixed crowd of young and old with quiet, folk/ indie tunes. At around 9 p.m., Breathe Owl Breathe took the stage. The Traverse City band, comprised of Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbes and Andréa Moreno-Beals, had an incredible stage presence and were full of expression. Middaugh, the lead vocalist, told jokes, wore a Ninja Turtle hat and even read stories to the audience for two

songs. At the conclusion of the performance, the applause was so loud and enthusiastic Breathe Owl Breathe came out to play two more songs, the last of which included the voices of the crowd. This show was the third to last of the Passage of Pegasus Fall Tour for the group, which concludes in Brethren, MI. They released a new album, entitled “Magic Central,” about three weeks ago; be sure to check it out!

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Get between the gaps with mental floss JAMES WOOD Lode Writer People are generally curious creatures, but finding the motivation to indulge their inquisitive nature is often difficult. With things like social commitments, laundry, homework and Netflix queues eating a chunk out of every day, making time for quenching the thirst for knowledge is nigh impossible. With Mental Floss however, everything a person could want to know from the actual number of spiders swallowed per year to the effects of SpongeBob on the young mind are just a few clicks away. The website for Mental Floss contains several categories of blogs making

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navigation easy. The blogs themselves are written in layman’s terms so the dosage of knowledge never becomes tedious. One of the best features of the blog is its

“Together, the contents of the site provide a great way to freshen up the mind, and have fun while doing so.” inclusion of other countries. For example, in one article readers learn that China had a show similar to American Idol but because the audience votes for winners and the government felt uncomfortable with their citizens getting exposed to democracy, the show was canceled. Besides having countless articles the site

has a few fun distractions like the random fact generator and quick knowledge tests. Together, the contents of the site provide a great way to freshen up the mind and have fun while doing so. Mental Floss also has a YouTube show hosted by popular novelist John Green which is well worth checking out. Subscribing to the Mental Floss magazine is an option, but daily blogs about basically anything should be enough for the average college student. What really makes Mental Floss great is its spontaneity. A random blog could inspire a reader about something that he/ she has never thought about, or it could help someone get through writers block. Either way, Mental Floss will leave readers cheerful and ready to face the challenges of life.


The paradox of mining JAMES WOOD Lode Writer Mining is an issue which is deeply rooted in the local community here in the Western Upper Peninsula and recently there have been projects trying to bring it back. This is often seen as an easy decision, as many support the prospects which mining projects promise. Despite this, there are many unforeseen ramifications of mining and caveats on the

“This is the type of message that needs to get to the community, and Dr. Powers did a service by speaking on it.” promises. Dr. Power gave a lecture on this double-edged sword of mining. Mining brings great amounts of wealth out of the earth and puts it to use making money for the mine owners and workers; mine workers are often among the higher paid blue-collar workers in the modern age. These and many more are reasons that increased mining activities can be a good thing. These were just some of the positive points which were acknowledged by Dr. Power in his lecture. He insisted that mining can cause good economic times. Having been from a town which was heavily influenced by mining, Dr. Power was not simply speaking as an anti-mining advocate. He recognized the good effects that mining can have, but also implored the audience to consider the costs. Although mining pays well, most workers commute and take the money out of the community; mining will scar an area and remove natural beauty; the prices of metals are extremely unstable and have a direct effect on the production and hiring capacity of mines; technology is constantly reducing the number of people that a mine requires to operate. All of these are reasons which Dr. Power brings up as to why a mining operation should be carefully considered before it is accepted. He presented significant amounts of data to back up these facts, and it truly showed that he had done his research. Mining is undoubtedly a doubleedged sword, it can hurt a community just as much as it can help. Dr. Powers was not advocating against mining in the slightest, but rather advocating for the use of forethought before beginning mining projects. This is the type of message that needs to get to the community, and Dr. Powers did a service by speaking on it.


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No. 1110 BYE-LINES By Alan Olschwang / Edited by Will Shortz









Across 1 Former Belgian national airline 7 Just says no

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53 Opportunities, m e t a p h o ri c a l l y 54 Hands (out) 5 5 Tr i g ra t i o

20 Origami staples

5 9 O l d c a m e ra s e t t i n g s , f o r s h o rt

2 2 Wi s e g u y

6 2 F ra n ç o i s Tru ff a u t ’s field

21 1993 5x platinum Nirvana album

6 1 A d d (u p )

23 The Lone Ranger

63 Sweet-talk

2 5 P h i l l i p , e . g ., i n D i s n e y ’s “ S l e e p i n g Beauty”

6 9 F i x e s u p , a s a ru n down house

26 Carrier inits. 27 Kemo ___ (the Lone Ranger) 2 8 Mo v e a m u s c l e ? 29 No longer in enemy hands 30 Kind of appeal 32 Base, e.g. 34 Infusing with a soda maker

64 Porky Pig

102 Dry: Prefix

14 Defames

104 Animal house

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Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving break? I certainly know that I am. This semester’s reached the point for me where it’s head down and drive forward until the end. The deadlines for the end of year projects loom ever closer while daily assignments keep piling up. Even though it’s easy to look forward to nothing other than the break from school, there are some things to keep in mind to prepare. First, if you don’t have a ride home lined up, or are dreading the thought of driving alone or paying for all the gas, Michigan Tech has some great options to help students find rides. The first is the Online Rideboard hosted by IRHC (http ://w w w.irhc .mtu .e du/ orb/). On this site, you can enter where you’re going, whether you’re willing to help pay for gas and any other comments you want others to know. You can also put up a notice that you have spaces available in your car, where you are going and how much you would want someone to help pay for gas. Another option is BarkBoard ( tools/public/main/). While this is not specifically for rides to and from Tech, it’s still a great place to try and find someone to ride with. Also, if you’ve never spent time on BarkBoard, it’s a really easy way to find books, vehicles and computers for sale by other Tech students. You can also use it to find housing as students frequently post openings they have available in their houses/apartments. No matter whether you get a ride home or stay at Tech, make sure to get the muchneeded rest that comes along with Thanksgiving break.


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Graduate School: is it for you? KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer As graduation dates loom closer, graduate school often becomes a viable option for those who do not already have companies lined up for employment. But there are many other reasons why students opt for the route of a master’s degree or PhD. It’s very important to keep in mind why you are choosing graduate school since it’s a huge time commitment and learning opportunity. I had the chance to attend a graduate school panel in my Professional Development course. There were numerous points of advice that were a result of this panel, and essentially it can be broken down into two different categories: what to do and what not to do when thinking about graduate school as well as when applying to graduate programs. One of the main messages that was stressed multiple times throughout the

discussion was how important it was to not go to grad school simply because you have nothing else to do. In the event that you don’t have an offer from a company, continue searching on your job-hunts and continue making connections within the field of your work. Even if you receive a position within a corporation, this does not mean you can’t go back to school after a few years. In some instances, employers will even pay for your graduate degree. We were advised that is OK to take breaks. Essentially, we have been fully employed students for about 18 years of our lives. Branching off and utilizing the skills we have learned before enrolling in graduate school is totally fine, if not somewhat beneficial. It’s important during this time off, however, to continue nurturing your skills you have already learned in your undergraduate degree. If you have previous pieces of writing, take time to recraft them. Be sure to keep abreast in the topics of your research in order to maintain a strong academic edge, as well as keeping in contact with

previous faculty advisors and professors. In most instances, it is the networking and the connections you have made in previous years that provide applicants an advantage. You want to be able to market yourself in a way that is beneficial to you, where you have support from past professors who will vouch for you personally. This can only be accomplished if you remain genuine and authentic. These qualities may be the deciding factors for when you are writing your essays and letter of intent. It’s beyond important to simply be yourself, in addition to marketing yourself. It’s important that if you are deciding graduate school is the place for you that you be meticulous in choosing a program that is specific for what you truly wish to do post-college. It will be an experience that helps you to grow both professionally and personally, building your selfconfidence, awareness and academia foundation. It is not a decision to be made lightly.

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Diversity at Michigan Tech



RYAN GRAINGER Lode Writer “The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Technological University is a resource for preparing and empowering socially conscious leaders who will create the future” is part of the mission statement of Michigan Tech’s CDI. Despite the amazing work that the center and its staff have done, Michigan Tech’s campus only appears to be increasingly homogenized. From what I’ve experienced campus appears to be the least tolerant and diverse that it has been in several years. I have personally seen or experienced all types of racism, homophobia and sexism from Michigan Tech’s student body. Because of its history as an engineering school Michigan Tech’s relatively low number of female undergraduates is to be expected. With women making up 26.1 percent of undergraduate students and the number of women enrolled on the rise the last several years some students believe that campus is a little closer to gender equality. Compared to data released by other schools renown for their engineering programs (University of California Berkeley and Stanford University, specifically) Michigan Tech’s percentage of female students is comparatively low. Whether or not this

is an accurate reflection of Tech’s opinion on women in science and engineering has yet to be determined. While Michigan Tech’s small percentage of women on campus can be explained away by its history as an engineering school, I have yet to find a reasonable explanation for its primarily caucasian student body. Enrollment statistics released by Tech in 2012 show that a whopping 75.4 percent of the student body is European-American/ Non-Hispanic. The enrollment statistics I found from Berkeley and Stanford show that Michigan Tech accepts more than twice the percentage of EuropeanAmerican students than either of the aforementioned schools. Stanford’s student body is comprised of roughly 36 percent caucasian students, while 32 percent of UC Berkeley is “white or not hispanic.” With other engineering schools breaking social barriers, why does it seem like Michigan Tech is so stuck in the past? Students choose to attend Michigan Tech for any number of reasons. Whether they’re looking for one of the university’s esteemed science and engineering programs, the beauty of the Copper Country or several feet of snow there are many reasons to attend the school. However, students looking for a more diverse university environment should cross that off their pros list for attending Michigan Tech.

MEGAN WALSH Opinion Editor I grew up in the Chicago suburbs where my high school was filled with students from all different backgrounds from all over the world. Diversity was something that I never even thought about--it simply just existed all around me. I came to Michigan Tech because of the area--I wanted a change from the fast-paced city lifestyle I was used to living. But one of the hardest things to get used to about Tech was the lack of diversity compared to home. People often talk about Tech being a white, male university. When discussing this lack of diversity, often the topic of women comes up. Tech is notorious for having very few female students on campus. However, this year the College of Engineering reached an all-time high of 906 undergraduate women. There are also many female organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, Beyond the Glass Ceiling and the Society of Intellectual Sisters that will hopefully continue to help bring women to campus. Although there is still a large, obvious gap, I think that we need to focus on the fact that it is getting better. Another issue that Tech is often criticized about is the amount of Caucasian students compared to African Americans, Hispanics, etc. Still today, we continue to see the percentages of both Hispanic and African

American students being under two percent. When walking around campus, white is often all you see. Even though racial diversity is still lacking, Tech is still making small strides. This year was the second year in a row that Tech received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. One of the main reasons was that Tech is committed to improving the environment on campus through initiatives for faculty, staff and students. For example, a bias literacy class is mandatory for any faculty who are on a hiring committee. Orientation team leaders are also trained about cultural awareness. LGBTQ students also have many incredible resources on campus to help them to feel accepted such as the Hamar house and the Safe Place program. Keweenaw Pride is an active organization for LGBTQ and straight allies. They hold many events such national coming out day and an annual drag show for students. Although it is clear that we still have a long way to go, I don’t think that we need to be pessimistic about diversity on campus. Change is not something that happens overnight--it takes a lot of time and a community of people who want to make a difference. I have high hopes that one day, Michigan Tech will be a diverse community from all backgrounds, blended together in one global campus.

5 steps to STI protection KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million new sexually transmitted infections are reported in the United States each year. Among the most common are chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes simplex virus (genital herpes) HPV-2, human immune deficiency disease (HIV), syphilis and trichomoniasis. The ubiquity of sex within our culture, presently, is astounding; and as much as we don’t want to believe it, there are repercussions to this behavior. As of 2008, 110 million people had been infected by one of these diseases. Not only are more people infected and mentally

impacted by the effects of these infections, but this causes medical costs to rise as well. There are many reasons that could be hypothesized for the cause of this pervasiveness; however, it’s undeniable that the increase in sexual activity at younger ages has allowed for these infections to spread at such an increasing rate. It’s not easy to always say ‘sustain from sexual activity’ as most individuals will take this advice with a grain of salt. Rather than solely abstinence, I urge everyone to engage in safer sexual practices. There are at least five important components to this: One: Become aware of the issue. Protect yourself with the knowledge of STIs and how they are obtained. When you have the knowledge, noticing possible symptoms is

easier as well as getting medical attention sooner. Two: Open and clear communication. Maintaining a monogamous relationship with your partner is vital towards preventing your own experiences with sexually transmitted infections. Three: Use condoms! One of the easiest ways to at least reduce the risk of a sexually transmitted infection is through the use of condoms. The latex rubbers are not 100 percent foolproof, however, reducing the risk is at least one mechanism for avoiding further trouble down the line. Four: Look into vaccines. Vaccinations are available for many different infections. Research is really important to do beforehand, however, because side effects are always a concern when it comes to vaccinations.

Five: Check yourself. Go get tested at least once a year. The signs are not always obvious; for example, with herpes, symptoms come and go, these “flare ups” may thrive unnoticed, in “remission,” for months and during that time the disease could be passed along to numerous others. Unlike the previously mentioned infections, this disease is one that remains with the individual for life. Ultimately, if you are engaging in sexual activity, this is the most important component. Again, get yourself checked by a medical professional. If not for yourself, do it for others that you may be sleeping with. Sexually transmitted infections and diseases are serious; they can have lifelong health effects, as well as emotional; they should be handled as such.



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s r e b m nu Women’s Soccer’s placement in the GLIAC Tournament as GLIAC Champion runner-ups.


Wins against Michigan State in Husky Hockey over the weekend



Back to back goals scored by Lindsey Van Rooy against Ferris in the GLIAC Soccer Tournament semifinal

Number of sports that wrapped up last week, Cross Country and Soccer




Number of overtime periods Football played through in their 30-27 win over Hillsdale.


New sports starting up this week, Men’s and Women’s Basketball

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Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletics

Athlete of the Week Lindsey Van Rooy helped the Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer program make history last week as they advanced to the GLIAC Tournament Final for the first time in the program’s four-year history. Van Rooy, who has been a part of the program since its birth in 2010, has been a steady competitor for the Huskies since and certainly ended her career on a high note. In the Huskies’ quarterfinal game against No.7 tournament seed Saginaw Valley, the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw up until the last second, literally. With a pass from Danna Kasom and only seconds left on the clock after playing through two overtime

periods, Van Rooy made a Hail Mary shot which sailed over the hands of Saginaw’s keeper into the far right side of the net just as time expired. Van Rooy’s last second goal advanced the Huskies to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinal and even made ESPN’s Top 10, debuting at number five. Once again, Van Rooy pulled through for the Huskies in the semifinal against No. 3 seed Ashland. She kicked off scoring for the match in the eleventh minute of play and went on to score a second goal for the Huskies just 34 seconds later. Van Rooy’s two-goal lead in the first half was enough to hold off Ashland to a 2-1 victory and advance the Huskies to the GLIAC Final. Van Rooy ended her career having posted 21 goals for the Huskies, nine of which were game-winning goals, and 12 assists, totaling 44 points throughout her 73 career games.

Women’s Soccer makes program history ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor The Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team wrapped up another historical season on Sunday after earning the GLIAC Tournament Runner-Up title. This was the first time in the program’s four-year history that the Huskies advanced to the GLIAC Final match. After earning the No.2 seed of the tournament with a 9-2-1 conference record, the Huskies faced off against No.7 seed Saginaw Valley on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The quarterfinal match was certainly a special moment to be a part of in Michigan Tech Soccer history. Regulation time ended scoreless for both teams after 90 minutes of Huskydomination. The Huskies had countless scoring opportunities, including shots which hit the crossbar and goal post and one goal which was recalled as an offside offense. The Huskies out-shot Saginaw 338. During the second ten-minute overtime period, the Huskies were able to fend off penalty kicks with a last second goal, literally. With just seconds left on the clock, Danna Kasom fed senior midfielder Lindsey Van Rooy on the left side of the field. Van Rooy made a Hail Mary shot from 25-yards out which sailed over Saginaw’s keeper’s hands and hit the far side of the net just as

time expired to put the Huskies up on the scoreboard and walk away with the 1-0 win. Van Rooy’s shot made a name for Michigan Tech after its number five debut on ESPN’s Top 10 that evening. “I’m just so proud of our girls for never stopping and never giving up. It just goes to show that every second of the game counts,” expressed head coach of the Huskies Michelle Jacob. Van Rooy fell to the ground as the shot was taken and did not arise until the dog pile of teammates cleared. Teammates and fans alike were both stunned and ecstatic. “It was a great game. It’s so fortunate to have the fans here that could come and support us. Just to hear the crowd cheer when we scored that goal…We know we have the greatest fans in the world, and moments like this prove it. For the second year in a row and second time ever, the Huskies advanced to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinal. The Huskies’ semifinal match was held at Grand Valley against the tournament’s No.3 seed Ashland on Friday, Nov. 9. Once again, it was Van Rooy who posted two goals for the Huskies to earn the win. The Huskies came out strong, setting the tone for the match. In the eleventh minute, Van Rooy scored unassisted. Just 34 seconds later, Alyssa Hynnek and Lexi Herrewig set up Van Rooy for a second goal. While Ashland was able to bury one in the second half, the two-goal lead was enough to secure the 2-1 Husky victory.

The Huskies have every right to be proud and celebrate their historical season which has put Tech soccer on everyone’s radar.

Photo by Kevin Madson

The Huskies outshot Ashland 22-11. Last year, Saginaw Valley defeated the Huskies in the semifinal in penalty kicks, thereby preventing them from reaching the final. Sunday, Nov. 11, the Huskies made Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer history playing in the GLIAC Tournament Final. The match was held at Grand Valley against Continued on page 13

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The Ridge Roamers, a student organization at Tech made up of students and community members, spend much of their free time on the climbing wall located at the SDC.

Photo by Pratik Joshi

Ridge Roamers host biannual climbing competition The Ridge Roamers are one of the student groups at Tech that make this school such a unique place. The climbing wall at the SDC is where the groups’ individuals spend much of their free time. This past Saturday marked the date of the climbers’ fall competition, where rock climbing enthusiasts from Michigan Tech, NMU and locals from everywhere in between faced off in a friendly competition. The club also hosts a second competition during the spring semester. One of the nice things about being a club of such a specific activity is the closeness of the people in the community who share the enjoyment of it. “We get to have Northern come over for something. It’s really one of the only times that they come here, and that’s fun because we have a decent connection with them,” says club member Emily Collins. Although the groups come from two different schools, the clubs have friendships with one another, which makes

the competition that much more fun. This semester’s competition hosted 18 climbers, a group smaller than what the event normally sees, but the lack of attendance was attributed to people working on co-op and studying abroad. Despite a smaller turnout, the competition was still successful with pizza abundant. Sitting outside of the multipurpose room in the hallway of the SDC was about 150 dollars’ worth of pizza, all free to those participating and observing courtesy of the Ridge Roamers. When asked about the best part of the competition, Jeff LaMuth responded half-jokingly with, “Free pizza.” One might ask, how do you have a competition in rock climbing, and how do you make it competitive? To answer, each participant can enter in either the beginning, intermediate or advanced division and is given two opportunities to climb the wall. The number of holds on the wall passed during each run are tallied up, and the rankings are then determined from those numbers. The competition is there, and the drive to win is pushed a bit further with the incentive of prizes such as new climbing shoes, water bottles, hats, t-shirts, carabiners and other climbing gear from various

sponsors. Ridge Roamer Joel Mancewicz gave insight to the spirit of the competition stating, “There’s definitely a competitive edge, but it’s with a friendly nature.” The competitions have been around since the early 90s when the wall was first built. The establishment of the club, however, dates back to the early 70s. Many benefits come to certified members. Aside from joining a tight-knit group of people, all members have access to climb the wall whenever the SDC is open. “A benefit to joining the club is you don’t have to spend a lot of money on equipment,” said LaMuth. Member dues are 20 dollars for one semester or 30 dollars for the whole academic year. With that payment, there’s the availability of equipment worth thousands of dollars in return. The club meets three times a week, Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information about the Ridge Roamers, check out (, and head over to the SDC during one of the times listed above to contact one of the certification officers there.

Grand Valley, a nationally-ranked team and six-time consecutive winner of the GLIAC Tournament title. When the two teams faced off during the regular season, the Lakers posted a 2-1 over the Huskies at Sherman Field. While the Huskies knew it would be a challenge holding up to Grand Valley, the

score at half remained 0-0. Goalkeeper Jenna Phelps had a big game for the Huskies with 13 saves in all against an aggressive GVSU team that topped Tech in shots 29-5. A strong defensive effort by Tech kept the floodgates shut until the 67th minute of the match when Grand Valley’s Olivia Emery put GVSU on the scoreboard. Fourteen

minutes later, GVSU’s Kendra Stauffer sealed the deal with a second goal, allowing Grand Valley to capture their seventh straight GLIAC Tournament title. Despite the loss, the Huskies have every right to be proud and celebrate another historical season which has Michigan Tech Soccer on everyone’s radar.


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Senior defender Kaitlyn Boelter and senior midfielder for the Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team Lindsey Van Rooy each were recipients of recent accolades. Boelter was named to the GLIAC Second Team for the second year in a row. She was recognized for the speed and skill which she brought to the Huskies’ solid defensive line. Van Rooy earned honorable mention for her performance during the regular season in which she scored four goals and had four assists. Van Rooy went on to be a critical player for the Huskies during playoffs, scoring all three of the Huskies’ goals which would advance them to the GLIAC Championship game.

Away Scoreboard Cross Country: Michigan Tech Cross Country teams wrapped up their season over the weekend at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday, Nov. 9. The meet was held at UW-Parkside. The men’s team finished 12th out of 29 teams, and the women finished 18th out of 27 teams. Top finishers for the Huskies were Jani Lane and Deedra Irwin. Football: Michigan Tech Football improved their season record to 5-4 with a 30-27 2OT win over Hillsdale on Saturday, Nov. 9. Soccer: Women’s Soccer wrapped up their 2013 season as GLIAC Tournament runner-ups. A 2-1 win over Ashland on Nov. 8 advanced the Huskies to the GLIAC Tournament final on Nov. 10. Grand Valley, however, was able to upset the Huskies for the second time this season 2-0. On the season, the Huskies finished 9-2-1 in conference play and posted a 14-5-1 overall record. Volleyball: Women’s Volleyball suffered three losses on the road last week. The Huskies fell by margins of 3-0, 3-2 and 3-1 against Northern Michigan, Northwood and Hillsdale, respectively.


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Basketball Beats

The Men’s and Women’s basketball teams are prepared for season action to begin

The basketball Huskies look to build on their 2012-13 season success as both teams open their seasons this upcoming weekend.


Men’s Basketball

Michigan Tech opens up the new season ranked third in the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Following two consecutive GLIAC titles, this young team will have to learn quickly to continue Tech’s winning ways. The Huskies are going for the GLIAC championship three-peat this year. “Our team goals are to continue where we left off,” said Coach Kevin Luke, the Huskies’ head coach. The team has done very well in the conference in the past, and the players want to keep that going. Coach Luke is in his 20th season as head coach of the Michigan Tech Huskies. He has

a 338/211 record over his career, which has been spent entirely at Tech. “We expect the league to be like it is every year, and every game at home is going to be challenging…[games] on the road especially will be a huge challenge,” said Coach Luke. The team plans to play every game like it’s their last and treat every opponent like they are the best, and through this philosophy they will achieve success. The team is going to have to adjust to missing the All-American and GLIAC Player of the Year Ali Haidar. He led the team in scoring, rebounds and field goal percentage for the past three years consecutively. Some new players will have to learn quickly to fill those big shoes. This young team has ten freshmen, outnumbering the other classes combined. “We’re excited about what they can bring to the program,” said Coach Luke. Their experience is still a matter of concern though.

One player to look for this year is senior guard Austin Armga. He averaged 12.5 points per game last season in addition to 2.2 rebounds per game. He is the top returning scorer for the Huskies and will have to step up to address the added pressure that would have gone to Ali in the past. Senior guard Alex Culy and junior guard Ben Steltzer will have to help lead this team to greatness as well. Alex Culy should be seen spreading the ball around if he is to repeat his team-leading 78 assists from last year. Ben’s 12.1 points per game is good enough for second best among returning players. The Huskies have one game scheduled against a ranked opponent on Dec. 12 against Findlay who is ranked 11th. Last season, the Huskies won at home by 15 against Findlay. This year’s game will be away, and it may pose more problems for Tech this year.

Varsity Events Schedule: November 12-18 Tuesday, 12

Wednesday, 13

Thursday, 14

Friday, 15


**Vs. Lake Superior St. @ 7:07 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Volleyball

**@ Lake Superior St. 7 p.m.

The season starts off on Nov. 16 when Minnesota Duluth comes to Houghton. Six days later, Southwest Minnesota State will come to town before the Huskies head to Bemidji State on Nov. 26 to start off their away schedule. The non-conference schedule ends at home against Wisconsin Parkside. “Playing these games at home will be good for us because we will be in our comfort zone,” said Coach Luke. There is a lot of new talent to look for on the Men’s Basketball team this year. The older members and the coaching staff have a lot of work to do, but with the dedication that Tech basketball has shown in the past, this will be but another brick on the path to glory.

Women’s Basketball

The Michigan Tech Women’s Varsity Continued on page 15

Home Game Saturday, 16 **Vs. Wayne St. @ 1 p.m.


Photo by Kevin Madson

**Vs. Lake Superior St. @ 7:07 p.m. Vs. Minn. Duluth @ 4 p.m. Vs. Minn. St. Moorhead @ St. Paul, Minn. @ 4 p.m. **@Saginaw Valley 2 p.m.

Sunday, 17

** Conference Match Monday, 18

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Basketball Beats Continued from page 14

Junior forwards, Blake Pietila (19) and Tanner Kero (10) with their linemate Alex Petan (23) have proved to be an effective line this season contributing to four of the six goals in this past weekend’s sweep against Michigan State.

Photos by Maxwell Curtis and Pratik Joshi

Hockey from across the Upper Peninsula IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer The Huskies have developed steady momentum and a solid style of play up to this point in the season. They have been contenders in all of their games, keeping up with the likes of Notre Dame and Michigan and even sweeping the series against Michigan State. The next team to enter the Student Ice Arena and take on the Huskies is Lake Superior State. Facing off against LSSU will be only the second in-conference series this season for the Huskies and the first for the Lakers. Going into these games, LSSU has a better overall and away record when put next to Tech’s numbers. Earlier this season, they faced off against Laurentian, the same team that the Huskies hosted their exhibition game against. While the Huskies walked away with a 3-2 win, LSSU dominated their game with a 9-2 win. However, just a few days later they lost 8-1 against Wisconsin. What does this mean? It means LSSU is inconsistent. They can play well together, but they can also fall apart and be taken over by a team that can spot their weaknesses. Entering the second period of the

Wisconsin game, the score was 2-0 in favor of Wisconsin, and by the third period’s start, the score was 4-1. Wisconsin went on to score four unanswered goals in the third, completely shutting down LSSU for the remainder of the game. So, what about all this? This tells Coach Pearson and the rest of the team that if Wisconsin can pull off a victory like that, so can the Huskies. Tech’s roster has more than enough talent and experience to break down LSSU’s system. However, along with being inconsistent brings unpredictability. Just as easily as Tech could dominate the game the same way Wisconsin did, fans may see LSSU play an excellent game of hockey and emerge victorious. Unlike the majority of teams that Tech has played so far, LSSU is not a household name for college hockey. Not only is the school smaller, but the hockey program is not nationally renowned in the same sense that, say, Notre Dame is. If Tech can keep up with the likes of Michigan, Minnesota,

Notre Dame, etc., then there is no reason for the Huskies to not keep it together against LSSU. One of the Lakers that Tech needs to keep an eye out for is Alex Globke, LSSU’s point leader with five goals and six assists this season, totaling up to eleven points in eight games. Between LSSU’s top three point leaders, they possess 28 points. Michigan Tech’s top three share 17 points. For perspective, Alex Petan leads the Huskies with six points. The team has been playing very well and is coming into this series with rolling momentum from sweeping MSU in a twogame series last weekend. Also in favor of Tech is the undefeated home record which stands at 3-0 this season (knock on wood). Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. this Friday and Saturday evening. Come support the Huskies as they take on Lakers and work towards their goal of climbing up in the WCHA rankings. Follow the team on Twitter for live updates, stories and record keeping of the teams’ November mustaches at @mtuhky.

“Although the stats aren’t in favor of the Huskies, the team has been playing very well and are coming into this series with rolling momentum from sweeping MSU in a two game series last weekend.”

Basketball team is looking to win it all this year. Starting ranked 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Huskies will have their work cut out for them this season. The Huskies schedule starts strong, but the Huskies will look to start off stronger and keep the winning going. Last year’s Husky team fell in the Sweet Sixteen against Ashland, who eventually went on to win the tournament. Overall, they finished 21-9 despite an injury-plagued year. Emma Veach and All-American Sam Hoyt are no longer playing for the Huskies, but with this year’s strong freshmen class and Sam’s student assistance, the void left by their departure shouldn’t hurt the team. The seniors have a lot of experience as the last remaining class to have played on the 2010-2011 National Runner-Up team. They are doing a good job helping the new players get settled. “Our incoming class has done a fantastic job adjusting,” said Kim Cameron, the Huskies’ head coach. The conference is really strong this year, and the Huskies are going to have to earn every victory. A 17-5 GLIAC record last year was only good enough to tie for first in the North Division. With returning players like Emily Harrison, they should be able to beat that tie. This defense-oriented squad is bolstered by the 6’ 4” Emily. You can expect to see her taking on some of the toughest players and causing problems in the interior. Watch out for Jillian Ritchie as well. This junior will be a key returning player for the Huskies. Averaging 8.6 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game made Jillian the fourth leading scorer last year and now second of the remaining players. Watch out for a breakout year this season. This team is still developing as a group. “Our senior class has been amazing so far as far as setting the tone and really teaching our younger players coming in,” said Coach Cameron. Tech’s amazing fans should help the new players. The noise that comes from the stands and the commitment fans show during games is incredible. “[Our] team loves the pep-band,” said Coach Cameron, “and other teams hate coming to Tech.” The fans really create a home field advantage for this program. “We have an awesome start to the season which will really prepare us for our league play,” said Coach Cameron. This team is taking it one game at a time, starting with a tough matchup at the 9th ranked Concordia-St. Paul team on Nov. 15. The team will also play in a nationally televised game against 15th ranked Ashland on Jan. 11. These two teams are starting to build a healthy rivalry. Hopefully the Huskies can make it back to the Elite Eight this year. With the one-gameat-a-time attitude carrying them through the year, the sky’s the limit.


Events November 12 - 18 Blood Drive

Thursday, Nov. 14. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. MUB Ballroom B

Everyone eligible is welcome to donate blood at the Marquette General Blood Drive, taking place this Thursday, Nov. 14 in the MUB Ballroom B. Please help support your local blood bank! To be elibible, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17-years-old and in good health. More information about eligibility will be available at the drive.

“Unsung Songs of the Southern Nightingale”

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14, 15 and 16. 7:30 p.m. McArdle Theatre

The Tech Theater Company is pleased to present “Usung Songs of the Southern Nightingale,” a one-act play by Tennessee Williams, “carrying his autobiographical depictions of a duplicitous southern culture to the ears of a worldwide audience.” Both plaintive and beautiful, these lesser-known plays have adult content and are recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for youth and free for students through the Experience Tech Fee.

Coffee House-WHSA

Friday, Nov. 15.

9 p.m. - 12 a.m. Wads Dining Hall

The Wadsworth Hall Student Association will hold their monthly Coffee House event, an open mic night for anyone to come out and sing a song, read a poem, play an instrument or just enjoy everyone else’s talent and company. Complimentary refreshments are provided.

“Elysium”-Film Board

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16.

6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Fisher 135

Film Board will be showing Elysium this weekend. “Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.” Tickets are $3 and snacks will be available for purchase.

Diabetes Fundraiser-Alpha Gamma Delta

Monday, Nov. 18. 8 a.m. - 12 a.m. Library Cafe

The Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta is sponsoring an event to raise funds for diabetes awareness and research. The event will be held in the Library Cafe from 8 a.m. - midnight. Every dollar sold in the Cafe during that time will be matched dollar by dollar by an anonymous donor and will be donated to the diabetes awareness and research cause. Please help support the effort by purchasing your coffee, muffins, sandwiches and salads at the Cafe that day.

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The November 12, 2013 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.