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Learning from our history SAWYER NEWMAN Lode Writer The Michigan Mining School first opened in 1886, several decades after the Keweenaw’s copper mining boom had begun. Established by the state of Michigan, the school was meant to help meet the demand for men experienced in mine engineering. Up to this point, the majority of skilled miners were coming exclusively from Cornwall, England. With the influx of men, a substantial job market for new skilled American trained mine engineers was created. The Michigan Mining School started off with four faculty members and twenty-three students. The campus consisted of only the second floor of what was once the Houghton Fire Hall (now the Continental Fire Company). The name of the college was changed to the Michigan College of Mines (MCM)

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under president Marshman E. Wadsworth, who served the school from 1887 to 1898. It was also during this time that the MCM was moved to its present day location. Fred W. McNair, the proceeding president from 1899 to 1924, saw to the consolidation of the college’s faculty members and the construction of some new buildings. McNair also helped to develop MCM’s image, promoting the engineering school as having a, “Unique location, giving it unusual facilities, distinctive methods of instruction, [having] special courses given.” He also said, “All work in charge of widely experienced men.” The first female faculty member would not arrive to the Michigan College of Mines until 1927. Ella Woods was hired to work as an assistant professor in the Humanities Department. One year later, she became an associate professor and in 1935 she was made a full professor. By 1937,



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she was made the head of geography and languages. Woods was hired 5 years before females were allowed to pursue degrees at the MCM. However, after female enrollment was allowed, Woods also gained the title, “Dean of Women.” Though a seemingly sexist position, Woods used it to encourage female involvement around campus and in coeducational programs. Undergoing a series of changes and developments, the MCM officially became Michigan Technological University in 1964 under J. Robert Van Pelt’s tenure that lasted from 1956 to 1964. Under his leadership, the college’s change into a university came with the revitalization of the offered PhD programs and research initiative programs. This was also the period that saw the construction of Wadsworth Residence Hall, Fisher, Daniell Heights and the current Library. By 1963, enrollment was

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KATELYN WAARA News Editor What you put into your body affects everything you do. In order to learn more about some of the choices they make, students from the Horizons Alternative High School in Mohawk came to Michigan Tech last Wednesday to learn more about making healthy choices. Mary Ann Klooster, advisor and instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrated Physiology, along with her students enrolled in the Health Promotions and Wellness class at Michigan Tech, were eager to engage the Horizon’s students at the annual Health and Wellness Fair. Put on by her class in order to teach about healthy choices, Klooster said the purpose of the Fair was not only to inform the Horizons students, but to also give her students’ communication and teaching skills some practice. In preparation for the Fair, Klooster’s students chose a research area and created display boards. From the time the bus pulled up at 1 p.m., they gave presentations and asked questions to their observers. Five tables were set up in the SDC outside of University Images, each with a different health-related topic, including tobacco cessation, fitness/exercise, nutrition/ healthy eating, stress reduction and healthy relationships/ sexual health. Michigan Tech students Natalie Berryman, Abbie Laajala and Tayler Quarless were positioned at the fitness/ exercise table. The Horizons students were encouraged to compete against the girls in a variety of fitness tests including


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1. Do crunches or push-ups during the commercial breaks of your favorite show. 2. Instead of using the elevator, take the stairs to class. 3. Leave your apartment earlier and walk to campus, no matter what the weather is like (the cold will wake you up). 4. While waiting in line for your food, perhaps partake in some jumping jacks. (Or, not as extreme, try calf raises.) 5. No exercise equipment at home? Use your engineering textbooks as weights and pump some knowledge! push-ups and sit-ups. Berryman, Laajala and Quarless agreed that providing information and tips about exercise is important, especially with current obesity rates in America. Whether you are a high school or college student, the commitment to exercise is sometimes hard to fit into a busy schedule. Many people think they need to go to a gym or have equipment to exercise, which is not true. The fitness/ exercise group wanted to show how easy getting a minimum amount of exercise is. Did you know that one halfcup serving of Fruit Loops cereal has the same calorie amount as seven Chips Ahoy cookies? At

the nutrition/healthy eating station, students showed that healthy things (like spinach, orange juice, blueberries and strawberries blended together) can be delicious. The students created a display board with an enlarged nutrition facts sheet in order to give the Horizon’s students a sense of what they are putting into their bodies? With interactive presentations, free samples of healthy trail mix and smoothies and tips in other areas, the Horizons students left Michigan Tech feeling more aware of the effects of some of the choices they make and some of the ways they can makes themselves healthier.

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Catching a break JANE KIRBY Lode Writer With Thanksgiving break rapidly approaching this weekend, many students with overheated brains are anxious to get home and take a much-needed break from school. When looking at Tech’s academic calendar, it seems as though a break is long overdue with the last break being K-Day, about 70 days ago. However, it seems most students don’t have a problem with this schedule. As we all know, fall semester has two main breaks, K-Day

and Thanksgiving. On the other hand, spring semester has Martin Luther King Day, Winter Carnival and Spring Break, which are all pretty evenly spaced out over the course of the semester. After considering this, some students replied that they’re okay with the current break schedule. A few days off in between K-Day and Thanksgiving wouldn’t have much of an effect on them, although the majority of students wouldn’t complain if they had a long weekend somewhere in there. This way, students could go home if they wanted or stay up

here and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather while not being pestered by going to class. One interesting suggestion that graduate student Alex Bruns came up with was that we could get a long weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving. Taking place on the second Monday of October, this would fall almost directly in between K-Day and Thanksgiving Break, which would space things out a bit more. Mike Johnson, Associate Registrar, explains that the University Senate of Michigan Tech controls the academic calendar with a

set of guidelines for each semester. For example, the guidelines state that starting date of classes is the Tuesday after Labor Day, unless Labor Day falls on the fifth, sixth or seventh of September, in which the start date would be the Monday before Labor Day. In addition, Thanksgiving Break is also considered a Fall Break. The University Senate reviews this set of guidelines whenever a question is raised. The most recent amendment to these guidelines was on May 8, 2012, when the administration approved a proposal that fall


commencement be held on the Saturday following final exams instead of the Saturday before, unless it falls on or after Dec. 21. Overall, it seems as though students are satisfied with the current academic calendar. Many are in favor of the much-deserved weeklong Thanksgiving break, and wouldn’t want to see that change for a long weekend in October. For now, the break schedule will remain the same. On that note, who’s ready for a week of resting, fueling up on turkey and not worrying about classes?

Students share their favorite study spots JANE KIRBY Lode Writer As midterms slowly die off and the last half of the semester projects and exams start up again, many Tech students are feeling the pressure to keep hitting the books. Gathering up the textbooks, notebooks full of notes, pencils and laptops, students often journey outside their rooms to seek better atmospheres to get a good study session in. But where do they go? Students offered to share some of their favorite locations, whether well-known or rather unheard of study spots. The library is home to a quiet and almost motionless atmosphere for the students who want dead silence and as few distractions as possible while studying. When asked, most students said either the first or the third floor of the library is their go-to spot. For those who desire fewer distractions, the third floor is often their choice.

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In contrast to the silence of the library, some students prefer to study in an area where there is a little bustling, but still few distractions. Second-year Chelsea Dubreuil said that one of her favorite places to study is the cafeteria of the MUB. Unlike the library, where it seems like you can hear a pin drop from anywhere in the building, the MUB has people going in and out, and is a rumble of chatter and commotion throughout the day. Dubreuil likes this because it’s ultimately less

distracting and less frustrating than if that same noise was in the dead quiet zone of the library. Other popular locations students shared include the eighth floor of the Dow, various learning centers, residence hall kitchenettes and even the second floor of the Great Lakes Research center. All of these places seem to get away from the constant bustling of campus, yet aren’t in complete silence, which appears to benefit a lot of students’ study

habits. Further unique locations were described by second-year Adam Tuff. Tuff reports that “the cold helps me focus,” so he often ventures outdoors, despite the often chilly fall or winter air. Tuff enjoys staking a claim on the grassy knoll of West McNair square in particular, as well as in the nook between the two bushes on the west side of the EERC. As long as the snow won’t ruin his notes, he remains determined to let the fresh air free his mind

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as he studies. Next time that dreaded study time works its way into a day’s schedule, keep in mind that it’s important to find a beneficial study area. From absolute silence to a mild noise level, many students have different atmosphere preferences that help them focus the most. Tech has a plethora of different study spots, some of which are well known, while others are yet to be discovered. So get out there, explore and get studying!


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Landlords concerned about empty rentals NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer “For Sale” signs posted in the windows of rental units are a common sight in any college town, and Houghton is no different. In the areas surrounding Michigan Tech, rental homes are in need of tenants. Residence halls have a consistent occupancy according to past years, but the rate of students living off-campus continues to change for a variety of reasons. Many rental units in the area were converted from single-family homes. As seen from the numerous signs around the area, many remain empty. Empty rentals cause economic problems for the city, as landlords still need to pay property taxes.

Joan Nelson, Assessor and Code of Enforcement Officer of Houghton County, said there are about 270 houses for rent in Houghton County, with additional housing in several apartment buildings and about a dozen duplexes. One cause of a vacant rental is blamed on Michigan Tech’s scholarship requirements. First impacting the firstyear students of the 20112012 school year, some scholarships, including the National Scholars Program, the Presidential Scholars Program and the Leading Scholar Award, require students to live in the University residence halls for their first and second academic years. According to the Michigan Tech financial aid website, students who graduated from the local high schools

in Houghton, Keweenaw or Baraga counties who receive the Presidential Scholars Award (for example) are exempt from the on-campus living requirement as long as they hold commuter status. Students from out of state can apply for a waiver for the on-campus living requirement. According to Patricia Bennett, Coordinator of Housing Operations, there hasn’t been an increase in occupancy for Michigan Tech residences halls or apartments. Regarding a possible increase of students living on campus, Bennett said there has not been a huge impact. The occupancy number has continuously stayed about the same. In the 2006-2007 school year, the enrollment was 5614, with occupancy at

2141. Similarly this fall, the enrollment was 5623, with occupancy of 2068. “Two thousand is the ideal occupancy,” said Bennett. As of right now the number of students living in the three residence halls and Hillside Place combined is 2242 students. With the statistics listed above, the requirement for scholarship recipients remaining on campus for their first and second academic years does not appear to have an effect on off-campus student housing. On-campus housing has not seen an increase in nonfirst year student occupancy in the residence halls and apartments. The new scholarship requirements have not had a large impact on an increased number of students living on-campus.

Landlords, however, see things differently, as their rental properties sit vacant, and a major difference has been the added requirement. With secondyear students continuing to live on-campus for an extra year there will be an impact on student rentals. “As a casual observation, there are a lot more empty rentals,” said Nelson. The influx of students moving off-campus has a direct effect on the community, the landlords and their businesses. This leaves the questions as to why student rentals remain empty as the enrollment and occupancy of on-campus living remains similar to past years. One reason is likely the scholarship requirement in place.

Michigan Tech coffee contenders What is the most popular place to get your caffeine fix on campus? ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer How many times have you hit snooze a few too many times, are still half asleep on the way to class, and just need a good cup of coffee? Luckily for students there are many places on campus that serve coffee, whether it’s early in the morning or before a long night of studying, there is always somewhere to go to get a good cup of joe. With the help of Dining Services and students on campus, students will know which places are the best to get coffee.

There are many different places for students to get coffee on campus and each sell different types, so there is something for everyone. The Memorial Union Food Court sells Seattle’s Best coffee along with Tescero brand hot chocolate and cappuccino. The Library Café sells Starbucks coffee along with other hot drinks such as espresso, café mocha and an assortment of lattes and caramel macchiatos. Fusion, located in the Dow building lobby, sells Door County Coffee out of Green Bay Wisconsin. The Aftermath Café in Fisher

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also sells Door County Coffee along with espressos, lattes and macchiatos. Now, out of all of the options, which ones do students most often go to? Well, according to the information provided by Matthew Lean in Dining Services, most students go to the Library Café to get their coffee, with that location having sold 9,423 cups of coffee from Sept. 1, 2012 to Nov. 6,

Cups of  coffee  sold  from  Sept.  1-­‐Nov.  6   9,423   1,723   3,236   1,676   2012. The next most popular place would be Fusion, having sold 3,236 cups, followed by Aftermath Café and the Food Court, each selling under 2,000 cups respectively. Student Rebecca Manshaem recommended that students go to the Library Cafe because it has better tasting coffee and is a great location. Manshaem makes a good point, since the Starbucks coffee, along with

the delicious macchiatos and lattes, are great for students who need a pick-me-up during the day or before a long study session. Everyone needs a little help once in a while, and many students turn to their campus cafes for help. Whether you prefer a cup of coffee or an espresso, there are many great places on campus to enjoy a quality drink.


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Learning from our history up to 2,700 students, with only 44 of these students in the mining program. Student’s wanted the name of the University to better reflect the diversity of programs that the school now offered, which was a major contributor to the university’s most recent name change. Though McNair’s phrase, “all work in charge of widely experienced men,” has become outdated, Michigan Tech still retains the reputation for being widely male dominated. Not

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outdated is the sentiment that Tech faculty is widely experienced, giving students the opportunity to study in a multifaceted environment. By looking at the history of our university a little closer, we gain a greater sense of our past and the steps that were taken to make Michigan Tech what it is today. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Tech Archives

Online shopping counters lack of stores ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer When transitioning to a new place, or when living in what is considered a rural area, there can be a limited amount of stores or places to shop for specific things students are looking for. This is why many students, both male and female, resort to online shopping. Online shopping can be done from anywhere; your dorm room, on your cell phone in the hallway between classes, or even in the library as a way to relax from a tough study session. “I’ll use [online] window shopping as a ‘study break’ quite a bit,” explained student Savanna Curtis. “My friends and I like to go through the sale sections and see if there’s anything worth ordering, which is probably bad news for our wallets.” Curtis is not alone. Many students use online shopping as a mental break from school or studying, especially with the limited selection of stores nearby. There are a few stores in Houghton that many students like to shop at, such as Rhythm Skate Shop, Down Wind Sports

or Chickadees that offer quality (and trendy) goods many students look for, but other than that the variety is limited. The lack of stores adds to the lure of shopping online. “Sometimes I shop online, but not very often,” said student Margo Weaver. “Only when it is from a store that is not near where I live [do I go online].” Some of the more popular online sites for students to browse are Forever 21, American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, Amazon and Charlotte Russe. Many students have noticed an increase in their online shopping since starting at Michigan Tech. “I have quite a few friends who do [online shopping], so it kind of rubbed off on me. Being so isolated up here is definitely a contender as well,” said Curtis. “There’s not really much selection out at Walmart and Maurice’s, and what they do carry is normally too expensive. Being stuck here without a car and without being able to go home kind of eats at you, too, so it’s nice to mentally escape things every once and a while and kind of lose yourself in thoughts pertaining to fashion.” Though clothing is a

Students can shop easily online from anywhere on campus.

common purchase for online shoppers, many students like to use the web to find books and laptop accessories. Amazon is a great source for students who don’t want to spend a lot of money, but need a few items. Students love to online shop for various reasons, such as their love for clothing, fashion and even the simple pleasure of getting a package in the

mail. It is important for students to monitor how much they spend, however. “You have to have good self-control because you’re not actually handing over crisp bills or swiping that card physically, it becomes easy to just type in the number on your debit,” Curtis said. Whether you’re checking the prices of a textbook for next semester, or contemplating a

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new pair of shoes or sunglasses, browsing and purchasing online can be very tempting, considering the area Michigan Tech is situated in. Some habits are hard to break, and online shopping is no exception. Money is precious to college students. When shopping online, you need to be sure you are spending your money wisely and effectively.

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Movie Review: “Wreck-It Ralph” TRAVIS PELLOSMA Lode Writer What if you didn’t want to be the bad guy anymore? Would anything change? Ralph has played the bad guy for decades in the retro arcade game “Fix-It Felix.” When the quarter slips into the machine, the game comes to life and Ralph begins his rampage on a building. Not to fear, our hero Felix is here to fix it! Felix takes out the bad guy and saves the building from collapse. Ralph witnesses an endless process of rampaging on an innocent building and watches as Felix takes home all the glory at the end of the day. What if one day he threw out the towel and said he didn’t want to be the bad guy anymore, would anything change? Disney’s “Wreck It-Ralph” answers this question on Ralph’s adventure through the retro and modern arcade games at Litwak’s Arcade. Ralph is determined more than ever to become a different person, but in a world where who you are is defined by a program, will he be able to pull it off?

Ralph begins his journey by traveling into neighboring arcade games at the Litwak’s Arcade. He begins planting himself into new games unlike his own and playing within them as a character. In these worlds, he stumbles across some rather unusual characters. He meets Sgt. Calhoun from the violent firstperson shooter “Hero’s Duty” to a goofy, but glitchy Vanellope von Schweetz who is trapped within a candy-themed racing game called “Sugar Rush.” Ralph evens crosses the path of the one man who he has been tied with for decades, Felix himself. He comes to understand the world Felix comes from, and in turn, he begins to understand himself more. But when Ralph accidently unleashes a monster that threatens all the arcade games, will he finally be able to rise above the programs and become the hero he wishes to be? The movie is as fast paced and bouncing with energy as any video game is, but Disney is able to tame it enough to show the movie development for the viewer. The movie successfully executes the transition from retro games

to the more modern games that people might be able to connect with. Disney litters the movie with inside jokes from various movies and games coupled with humor that pokes fun at the modern era of gaming which all contribute to making this movie quite entertaining for any viewer. To make matters even better, the movie is voiced by a set of unique and well-known actors who help bring to life each character in their own crazy and kooky way. This movie is a certainly a contender for the bestanimated film of the year. Disney has been known to create heartwarming movies that any person of any age can enjoy. In this arcade game world, Disney creates a story that intertwines the world of video game heroes and villains, but also creates a story of understanding. The movie itself goes beyond the limits of traditional entertainment and shows the viewer the tale of Ralph as he begins to evolve from a programmed bad guy to potentially a true hero. He shows people of all ages what it means to become a new person, even when the world is programmed against him.

Inside “Weck-It Ralph” lies an inspirational message for all. To anyone who’s ever felt the need to break the mold and start fresh, this feel good movie works its Disney magic.

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“Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913-14 Copper Strike” NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor On display from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 in the campus library is the traveling exhibit going by the name of “Tumult & Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913-14 Copper Strike” While local historians may be very familiar with the events of this period in

history, chances are high that the average person is not. For such uninformed people, this exhibit is a good opportunity to learn new, interesting things. This exhibit consists of four separate sub-sections; each detail in-depth a specific topic. The four are labeled context, community, conflict and consequence. The first subsection provides context to the

entire exhibit. The second sub-section examines the Copper Country during this period in time along with immigration and mining company paternalism. The third sub-section is concerned with the violence and turmoil caused by both sides in the conflict, of which the Italian Hall disaster was of major importance. The fourth and final sub-

section deals with the lasting aftereffects of all that occurred during this time. Funding for this exhibit comes from a few different sources, namely the Michigan Humanities Council, Michigan Technological University, Cranking Graphics and Robert & Ruth Nara. Future plans for this traveling exhibit include a stay in Ontonagon from

the beginning of December through Jan. 5, display in the Calumet Public-School Library from Jan. 7 through Feb. 1, a stopover in the Carnegie tMuseum in downtown Houghton during all of February and finally stops in L’Anse, Painesdale and the Keweenaw National Historical Park of Calumet during March, April and May respectively.

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“The Horrors of H.P. Lovecraft”

NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Tech Theatre Company was hard at work Sunday afternoon rehearsing for their upcoming production, “The Horrors of H.P. Lovecraft.” The production will feature a varied selection of four of Lovecraft’s short stories. H.P. Lovecraft is considered today to be one of the greatest influences on American horror, and is generally agreed to have codified the “cosmic horror story.” However, like many historical artists, he was not terribly popular in his own time. Eventually, his works were rediscovered, and Lovecraft is now considered to be as great as influence on American horror as Edgar Allen Poe, if not greater (ironically, Poe is considered to be one of Lovecraft’s greatest influences). “The Horrors of H.P. Lovecraft” is an adaptation

of four of Lovecraft’s stories for stage. Tech Theatre Company director Dr. Roger Held said, “each story looks at one of the ways horror stories are structured… but they’re all Lovecraft.” Among the subjects of the stories are a “tales from the crypt” graveyard story, a recounting of a dream sequence and a magical artifact story. The stories are narrated by the characters Professor Rodney C. Phillips, a “world authority on horror fiction,” and his wife Edith Abigail. The production is also technically difficult. The language is fairly complex, and the length of the stories ranges from 15 to 21 minutes. But Laura Larsen, who portrays Edith Abigail, enjoys the challenge. The production team consists of roughly 50-60 people, according to Dr. Held. Among those people are seven actors, about a dozen people on sound and others including set designers and advisors.

Most of them are students; the faculty involved in the production are mostly in design and advisory roles. Part of the reason for this is because the show is a participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and Held explained it is the students who would benefit most from that. At this point, there are major parts of the production that are incomplete, including sound and light cues, and the set design. The company will work to get these aspects finished before the break, and hold dress rehearsals on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after break. “The Horrors of H.P. Lovecraft” will be performed in the McArdle Theater Thursday, Nov. 29 to Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12.75 for the general public; Michigan Tech students receive free admission.

Dr. Roger Held, Department Chair and Theater Professor for the Visual and Performing Arts compares “The Horrors of H.P. Lovecraft” to something similar to the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts

Campus Jazz Band takes the Rosza ALEX SAARI Lode Writer On Nov. 9 & 10, the MTU Jazz Lab Band and the Research and Development Big Band hosted a jazz club at the Rosza. Capturintg the atmosphere of a smoky, relaxed jazz club, the back-to-back concerts are part of the Backstage at

the Rosza series, designed to experiment with creative use of available Rosza space. Unlike other concerts that play non-jazz music (country, rock, et. cetera), both ensembles try to add unique sound to each song selection. Improvisation was a key part of the series. Different styles of jazz were covered with each piece given a little ‘twist’ to

keep the crowd interested and energetic. For one of the songs, Michael Christianson, Director of Bands at Tech, was featured as a trombonist. In addition, small ensemble groups Momentum and JazzTec also performed. The Research and Development Big Band started the event with six songs while the Jazz Lab Band played eight after

intermission ended. Tickets sold out for both nights and with seating available for 100 - 110 people, both bands fed off the audience’s energy to draw themselves into the performance. The audience itself contained everyone from college students to senior citizens (some 70+ years old). Cabaret seating, lighting and a bar also

contributed to the lounge atmosphere. Upcoming jazz events are also being planned and will take place at the Rosza. On Jan. 25 and 26, the Jazz Club Combo Concerts will retain the same jazz club atmosphere and format as this series. Ensemble groups JazzTec and Momentum will also perform in the future.

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Texting and driving:

Jordan Erickson


Not worth the risk


ZONE Just like the rest of campus, I am living, breathing and waiting for Thanksgiving break. All I want to do is get in my little red car and make that seven hour drive home to the Twin Cities for a week of shameless laziness (or so I can dream). This Thanksgiving break I am trading in my job at Nordstrom for a week of studying and research for school projects, so maybe its not all that much of a week off afterall. To be honest I just want someone else to make me dinner, another reaseon why going home is so amazing. The upside to being at home is a week of Swedish meatballs, Chipolte, and the main event of Thanksgiving dinner. Besides the food aspect of break, every year my friends and have a predicatable schedule that we keep to. I love getting back with my buddies from highschool, listening to everyones ridiculous stories they’ve accumulated since August while sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings for hours on end. Food and friends, friends and food, those to me are good enough reason to brave this week and lug home hours of homework. Knowing that you get to see some of your favorite people will send you back to school with a smile and a good meal that results in some leftovers. I hope everyone else has a safe drive home and some quality leftovers to fill up the post-Thanksgiving haze.


TAYLOR DOMAGALLA Opinion Editor Many of us have been there. Where, you ask? On the long road between Houghton and anywhere we might want to go for break. My long drive home ends 455 miles from here. I would like to say that during my more than 8-hour drive, my cell phone is out only in case of emergencies. I would like to say that listening to music or audiobooks has always been enough to keep me entertained. I would like to say that I’ve never used portions of those 8 hours and long straightaways to catch up with friends and family. I would like to say all of these things, but none of them are true. It’s a well-known fact that texting and driving is a dangerous and all too often deadly combination. The US Government Website for Distracted Driving reports, “In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an

“In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.”

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adjusting music and of course texting, among other things. The US Government website also names texting as the most dangerous because “it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention,” which

Distracted driving includes talking on the phone, eating and drinking, grooming, adjusting music and of course texting, among other things.

estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.” To put this in perspective, the amount of people who died in one year alone due to distracted driving is equal to 43 percent of all students enrolled at Tech. Distracted driving includes talking on the phone, eating and drinking, grooming,

is why drivers who text are putting themselves at a crash risk 23 times higher than those driving while concentrating on the road. I wasn’t aware of these facts and figures, but I had a general idea that this was the risk I was taking while texting and driving. The numbers alone aren’t always enough to scare us onto the straight and

narrow path. The first time I got that gut feeling that I’ve been doing something terribly wrong was when I saw an AT&T commercial. It was about a young man who suffered brain damage during a car accident when his friend was texting and driving. A few days later I saw another commercial about a girl whose sister crashed and died while reading a text she’d sent. These commercials were excerpts from AT&T’s documentary, Theå Last Text. D r i v i n g d i s t r a c t e d. c o m hosts similar videos, showing the faces of people affected by distracted driving. These stories and these faces are so relatable. My stomach drops in empathy when I consider how I would feel if my sister, my best

friend, my boyfriend or even a person in my classes were in the place of the people in these videos. I cannot imagine the depth of depression I would feel if I sent the last text someone I love were ever to read before flipping their car and I would hate to think that my last words could be as simple and meaningless as “lol.” Unfortunately, when texting and driving is so prevalent, these are things we should all be considering. A long, boring drive does not excuse Tech students from the responsibility of safe driving. Please, if you are going home for the holiday (or anywhere else), consider the risks you’re taking. Texting and driving is not worth the risk of never making it to your destination.


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Peaches & Cream This feature is aimed at helping with the Michigan Tech community with sex-realted questions from both male and female student perspectives. Feel free to email us questions or comments at

“My girlfriend and I are spending part of Thanksgiving break at each other’s homes. This is the first time we’ll be seeing each other’s families for more than a day. We’ve been really psyched to relax and have time to have sex over break, but we don’t want to offend our families. How do we get what we want out of our break and please our families at the same time?”

Peach’s Perspective Every family is different, so knowing where the boundaries are can be difficult. Being obedient (at least seemingly) to any rules both your parents and her parents have is essential to having everyone get along over a holiday break together. The first guy whose parents allowed me to sleep in their house required that we sleep in different rooms. He and I were both frustrated at the rule, but picking a fight about it wouldn’t have changed their minds and it would have created a lot of tension. As far as having sex without getting caught goes, every house and every family are different, so you have to take the specifics into account. Some factors to consider are the size of the house, the amount and distribution of people within it, the way sound travels in it, the times people are in the house and what they’re doing. Typically, the bigger and emptier the house, the less likely you are to get caught. It also helps to know your family’s habits. This isn’t a guarantee though, as people aren’t 100 percent

predictable. Relying on everyone else being asleep can backfire if the bedrooms are close, the walls are thin, the bed is squeaky or if an audible moan slips out. Using the hours the rest of the family is at work or school before Thanksgiving may be your best bet for getting some time between the sheets while at home. An alternative option is to leave for home a day late or come back a day early. Whether you have a place to stay or have to rent a hotel room for a love nest, shaving a day off of the time spent at home in order to indulge may be easier than trying to sate your desire and keep your family happy at the same time. I’m at least as excited for break as you are, for very similar reasons, but we need to remember that our parents are excited to see us as well. You can have your cake and eat it too, maybe just not as much as you’d like because you have to be respectful of your parents’ homes.

Cream’s Commentary Spending a holiday break with your significant other can be a great chance to relax and get to know each other’s family. Unfortunately, holidays can also be stressful if family ties become taught. Since you are home, you will probably want to spend time with your family, but you don’t want to alienate your girlfriend. She might not feel comfortable with your family since this is her first time spending more than a day with them. I know I’d be uncomfortable spending a couple days at my girlfriend’s house if she didn’t pay attention to me. At the same time, if you haven’t seen your family in a while, they will expect you to spend time with them as well. Hopefully, your girlfriend and your family get along well enough that you can spend time with everyone at the same time. If this is your first time having a girlfriend stay at your house overnight, sleeping arrangements need to be made. In some situations, the answer is easy. For instance, if you have religious or conservative parents, you should anticipate sleeping in separate rooms. In this scenario, it

is important to be honest with each other about how much affection you feel comfortable displaying in front of your families. If her parents make you sleep in a different room or if she asks you to be a little less physical around her family, respect those requests. It’s worth a little effort to keep the peace. I always follow the guideline that if I am in someone else’s house, I follow the rules that person has established. Now we can get to the good part. If you can’t have sex with your girlfriend at either of your houses, you can either give up or find an alternative. I would suggest finding an alternative. Cars can be a bit sketchy and hotels are expensive, but there are creative options to suit your needs. If it comes down to it, you can always leave for a day late to get everything out of your system. You may still feel compelled to come back to school a day early and reestablish the physicality of your relationship before restarting class.


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Sam Hoyt

JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor This past Saturday Sam Hoyt became the first Husky basketball player to record a triple-double during the Huskies’ win over Concordia-St.Paul. The 5’5 senior dominated the court Saturday night, netting 18 points. The Arkansaw, Wisc. native made all six free throw attempts, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to wrap up the game. “I am so proud of Sam who will be forever etched

in Tech history as the first player to record a tripledouble,” said head coach Kim Cameron. “She is an amazing player that has the talent to achieve such a feat. She is the heart of the team, and she earned it.” Hoyt is not stranger to the spotlight for the Huskies. Last season, among her other numerous awards, Hoyt was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Div. II All-American Honorable Mention Selection as well as the Huskies Most Valuable Player.

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Points sophomore forward Blake Pietila has so far this season. He leads the Huskies in points and will return to the ice this weekend for an away series at Bemidji.

Photo courtesy of MTU Athletics

Volleyball comes to an end Clinches season with a double win

JANELLE SCHECK Lode Writer After a competitive season, the Husky volleyball team concluded their 2012 effort victoriously with two major defeats over Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley State this past weekend. The Huskies beat Lake Superior on Friday 3-0 and Saginaw Valley on Saturday 3-2. The Huskies headed into their Friday game ready to take a win from the Lakers. “We knew Lake State is a young team and prone to mistakes, but they have been playing really well lately,” said head coach Matt Jennings. The Lakers put up their best fight but

ultimately Black and Gold took the match in three straight sets The Huskies’ offense was on fire in the first set hitting .310. Their superb effort at the net allowed them to take the first set 25-19. A strong offense prevailed in the second set, in which the Huskies hit .233 and won 25-17. The last set was close as well, but Tech pulled through for the third straight win 25-19. Madeline Haben put up a strong defense with 30 assists, nine digs and five kills. At the net, Sylvie Rokosh had two blocks and nine kills. Up against Saginaw Valley on Saturday, the Huskies hoped to finish the season positively and clinch a second win of the weekend.

It was a competitive match that endured for all five sets. Although they lost the first set 22-25, Tech turned their game around in the second set and won 25-19. The third set was very close. Both teams had one win secured and were fighting for the lead. The score was tied at 24-24 as Tech and Saginaw Valley volleyed back and forth, fighting point by point for the lead. Tech finally pulled ahead by two points and won 27-25. In the fourth set, Saginaw Valley started out strong with the first kill. They continued to play well and won the fourth 25-18. Rokosh helped the Huskies out with a kill in the fifth. Both a strong offense and a strong defense contributed

to the Huskies’ 15-6 win in the fifth set. Once again, Haben assisted Tech defensively with 56 assists and 14 digs. Libero Jacqueline Aird made 25 digs throughout the match and hitter Shelby Jones was a force at the net with 17 kills and 13 digs. The team as a whole played an excellent game and had a productive weekend. “It really goes to show their character and their dedication and their trust in each other,” said Jennings. The volleyball team closed their season with a doublewin weekend and ended with a 12-19 record overall and a 7-11 record in league play.


Place Husky football took in the GLIAC North Divison. This is just the second time in school history the team has taken the top position. They share the title with three other schools.


Kills volleyball Husky Shelby Jones finsihed with in the Huskies’ final win of the season this past Saturday. The Huskies finished 12-19 overall.


Free throw attempts missed by senior basketball star Sam Hoyt in her performace against Concordia-St. Paul this past Saturday.


Mens’s basketball games this week. The Huskies are on the road in Minnesota for games on the 15th and 17th.

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Women’s basketball wins season opener JANELLE SCHECK Lode Writer The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team opened their first home game of the season with a 90-80 win over Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, Nov. 10. It was also an accomplished night for senior Sam Hoyt, who made the records at Michigan Tech with the first triple-double in school history (man or woman). Both Michigan Tech and Concordia lost their exhibition games prior to Saturday’s game, leaving both teams on the hunt for their first win of the season. Concordia took the lead in most of the first half of the game, and Tech was still trailing behind 38-44 at halftime. The Huskies came back refreshed in the second half and quickly gained the lead. Senior Emma Veach shot two 3-pointers. On the offensive end, junior Taylor Stippel scored 22 points throughout the entire game to aid the Huskies. It was Stippel’s first starting game of her career.

Two players who made an appearance in the second half for the Huskies were sophomore Jillian Ritchie and freshman Mackenzie Perttu. Perttu came in for Michelle Gaedke with 10 minutes left in the game and contributed 11 points to Tech’s score. Tech played a much stronger game in the second half and defeated Concordia 90-80. Hoyt played forcefully throughout the entire game. The senior made six free throws as well as 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the tripledouble. Hoyt concluded the game with 18 points. “Our strength is in our point guard,” said head coach Kim Cameron. “Sam Hoyt is our heart and our soul. She set up Taylor Stippel for all of her points and she set a school record tonight, the first triple-double.” The team played well as a whole in the game against Concordia, shooting 48-percent (31-65) from the field, 53-percent (10-19) from deep and 90-percent (18-20) from the charity stripe. The team’s next game will be on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Minnesota-Duluth.

Tayler Stipple takes a jumpshot in the Huskies 90-80 win over Concordia-St. Paul. Photo by Scott Thompson

Mens Basketball wins big against Finlandia University, 117-53 JACOB SHULER Lode Writer The Huskies were able to start off the preseason in strong form on November 7th against the Finlandia University Lions. Most of the players were on the court on Wednesday as the Huskies worked towards getting warmed up for the regular season. “We were able to get plenty of playing time for our 7-12 guys,” commented head coach Kevin Luke. A good sign for the rest of

the season was the constant, steady pressure the Huskies kept on the Lions. Even after being up by 30 points after the first half, the Huskies continued to push the Lions and extend the lead. A number of players made big contributions this week. Ali Haidar led the team with 26 points. Players like Freshman Kyle Stankowski were able to get valuable playing time. Stankowski had 17 points in the game. Phil Romback, Austim Armga, and Matt Esters all had double digit scoring for

the Huskies. Next weekend, the Huskies will have two road games against the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs and the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The Mustangs make a tough opponent. With four wins and one loss this season, the Huskies can expect to be challenged as they travel to Marshall, MN for the out of conference matchup. “We’re looking forward to having them on and having a great environment,” commented Mustangs head coach Brad Bigler. The

Huskies and the Mustangs played against each other until the Huskies moved to the GLIAC in 1980. The Huskies will be watching players like Jordan Miller who has been averaging 14 points per game along with three other players who also contribute ten plus points per game. The same is true of the Bulldogs who last season beat the Huskies last season at the Wood Gym. Jake Hottenstine led the scoring for the Bulldogs in their first game of the season with 22 points.

Getting to play against tough teams before regular conference games start will give the Huskies a leg up over their competition. All this will help the Huskies get back in the form they were in last season to win the GLIAC North Division title. The Huskies will have their work cut out for them this season. After winning the division title and Haidar being voted GLIAC player of the year, the Huskies will have a target on them. They are the team to beat this season.

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The Huskies score a touchdown in their last home win two weekends ago.

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GLIAC Champions

Huskies Football win over Warriors JACOB SHULER Lode Writer After their second big win in a row, the Huskies have earned a GLIAC title for only the second time in school history. The Huskies fought hard all season to earn this. After a few road losses to the Ferris State Bulldogs and the Saginaw Valley Cardinals, the Huskies pulled off two very convincing wins to finish the season against the Hillsdale Chargers and the

Wayne State Warriors. Many players helped to push the Huskies this season. Players like Tyler Scarlett who had averaged over 200 yards of passing a game and receivers like Matt Curtin moved the offense down the field with a strong passing attack. On the ground, running backs like Charlie Leffingwell helped the Huskies to average 162 rushing yards per game taking time off the clock and preventing opponent’s offenses from getting the

ball. The defense fought to keep the Huskies in every game. Senior Justin Armstrong led the defense in tackles this season (45). Overall, the Huskies shut down opponent’s forward progress. Against the Chargers, the defense limited them to just 86 yards of rushing and 186 yards of passing. In their final game of the season, the Huskies put the Warriors in catch up mode from the beginning. They opened up the game

with two unanswered touchdowns. The Warriors were not able to reach the end zone more than once. Helping to stifle the Warriors offense were players like Armstrong who was named Superior Player of the Game after a number of tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery to keep the Warriors behind. Rushing opened up the game for the Huskies. With 97 yards rushing, Leffingwell helped to push the Huskies to a total of 197. The rushing game helped

receivers like Pat Carroll and Ethan Shaver put three passes in the end zone. In the end the Huskies finished well over the Warriors. The final score was 35-13. “Any time you get a chance to win a title and put a banner up is special. It doesn’t happen very often,” commented head coach Tom Kearly. The Huskies fought hard for the end of season results. Fighting for their school and the team, they were able to pull off a well-deserved title.


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Huskies head to Bemidji JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor After taking a week off, the Huskies are back in play this weekend for more WCHA action as they had to Minnesota to take on Bemidji State.

The Beavers

The Beavers return home for the weekend after a fruitless weekend on the road, taking 2-3 and 3-6 losses while visiting Colorado College. Friday night’s game was held at a 2-2 tie leaving the first, but the Beavers were unable to grab the momentum and after letting in a second period goal were forced to leave the third period with a loss. Saturday night the Beavers once again started out strong, but after three unanswered goals, the Beavers were sent home with no points for the weekend. The Beavers

are 1-0-1 overall in their home effort, having only hosted Lake Superior State back in October in non-conference play.

The Huskies

Black and Gold takes to the road after their first byeweek of the season. The only win for the Huskies so far this season is already a month old, with the past two weekends ending in sweeps for their opponents. Goaltending is still a big question for the Huskies. Senior Kevin Genoe and freshman Pheonix Copley have seen the majority of action this season, but the starting job has yet to be claimed by either.

Who’s Hot

Blake Pietila was one of the only Huskies to record multiple points in the team’s last weekend while playing Nebraska-Omaha. The sophomore forward currently leads the team in points with five goals and two assists.

C.J. Eick stickhandles the puck down the ice in Huskies last series against Nebraska-Omaha. Photo Ben Wittbrodt

Puck Drop

The Huskies walk into a foreign environment at a weak time in their season. To leave Bemidji with four points the

Huskies will have to generate offense early in their game and take the momentum from the home team. The Huskies and the Beavers enter the

series facing many of the same problems, however a homeice advantage may prove to be a deciding factor in this weekend’s series.

Waiting for Nordic Ski season... ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer A seemingly eternal winter is one of the hallmark characteristics of any student’s Michigan Tech experience. Frigid wind chills, blowing snow. Is there a better way to wake up in the morning? The snow, however, makes Houghton feel like home, especially for the Nordic skiers who bask in the grandeur of snow-covered Tech Trails each winter. Nordic season is upon us. Student athletes on the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski teams have been preparing for ski season since mid-August while dually training for the cross country running season.

Since then, both teams have continued dry land training. For skiers, dry land consists primarily of strength training, running, roller skiing and other ski-specific exercises. Both teams will endure roster changes from last year. Tough losses include two former NCAA qualifiers Miko Harju and Malin Eriksson along with top performers Jesse Smith and Christina Mishica. An experienced group of skiers, however, returns this year and is expected to take over as key contributors to the team’s success. On the men’s side, Matt Wong, Matt Dugan, Sondre Sandivk and Luke Gesior return from last year’s varsity roster. On the women’s side, key returners include Rachel Mason, NCAA qualifier Deedra Irwin and Lynn

Duijndam. Collectively, this group of skiers pool together years of varsity experience competing for Tech and multiple top race finishes. This year’s freshmen recruiting class includes five new skiers who also signed letters of intent to join Michigan Tech’s cross country and track teams. In particular, Raphael Bechtiger and Kyle Hanson stand out as potential key contributors. Both skiers bring international racing experience to the men’s team. Bechtiger is from Austria and skied at the World Junior Championships for the Austrian national team last year. Hanson is a huge talent out of Fairbanks, Alaska, and represented the sixteen/seventeen year old US national team last year at the J1 Scandinavian Cup.

Tech’s main competition this year will come from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Northern Michigan University, and College of St. Scholastica. These teams will face off as early as Dec. 1, assuming there is sufficient snowfall, at the NMU Wildcat Open. Head coach of the Huskies Joe Haggenmiller noted, “I think that we can be really competitive with both teams.” Haggenmiller outlined multiple goals for the season. First and foremost, the men’s and women’s teams hope to place well in both the conference and regional championships. Other goals include performing well at the US National Championships and ideally sending as many skiers as possible to the NCAA Championships. “That’s kind

of the pinnacle for us in college skiing,” said Haggenmiller. Skiers will be traveling to West Yellowstone, Montana, this Thursday for a week of training and racing over Thanksgiving break. This trip allows the skiers to put their skills to the test for the first time on snow, reacquaint themselves to the race setting, and train on prestigious trails before the college ski season begins. Ideally, for the skiers, Houghton will convert itself into a winter wonderland over break. While that’s a definite possibility, it is the UP after all. Skiers on the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski teams will continue their dry land training with great anticipation of heavy snowfall until that eternal winter sets in.


Events November 13 - November 20

“Latin America and Beyond” Nov. 15, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m., DHH Ballroom

Mexican sweet bread sale Nov. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fisher Hall

Students share their experiences from Brazil, Spain, London, Canada, Costa Rica, and South Korea from when they studied abroad during an open panel session. Come with questions and get your answers. Snacks are provided.

Come back after Thanksgiving Break and find a multitude of delicious pan dulces and sodas for sale in Fisher hall! The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is hosting a Mexican sweet bread sale the monday after thanksgiving break ends. All proceeds go to fund the organization in it’s effort to promote the STEM field in the Hispanic community. Photo courtesy of

For more information contact Darnishia Slade at or 487-2160.

Husky Tae Kwon Do Club Practice Nov. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., MUB Ballroom A Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., MUB Alumni Lounge

Filmboard Presents- The Dark Knight Rises Nov. 30, Dec. 1 Showtimes: 5:30, 8:30, and 11:30 p.m.

Having been named an enemy of the city of Gotham, Batman returns to protect his city against a new enemy. Underground criminals and a shared past brands Bane, Gotham’s new terrorist, as Batman’s toughest enemy yet.

Come discover Michigan Tech’s Husky Tae Kwon Do Club for free! All ages welcome, and no experience is required.

Ticket Price: $3

ASK TECH Jonni Clifton “Going to Minneapolis to see some old friends.”

Maddy Baron “A chance to catch up on projects and, eating copious amounts of food.”

Runtime: 165 minutes

“What are you most looking forward to over Thanksgiving break?”

Mark Preston “I’m looking forward to not having to be in class for a week. As a senior, all breaks are great. Keeps you sane.”

Rachel O’Connor “Not having to get up for class, and focusing on working and school work.”

- Katelyn Waara


The November 13, 2012 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.


The November 13, 2012 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.