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Debt Wall gives visual representation of how much debt students accumulate KATELYN WAARA News Editor It is nearly impossible to go to college without accumulating some form of debt. According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, new estimates of the state of the student loan market show that overall debt amounts are approaching $1.2 trillion. Federal loans alone are crossing the $1 trillion mark. Over 7 million student borrowers are in default on their federal or private student loans. If you are unaware of these numbers, it is difficult to visualize the amount of debt students carry. Last week, Michigan Tech’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) sought out to tackle this visualization issue with the debt wall. On display in the library starting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, students were invited to provide their input for the debt wall project. Participants were asked two questions: How much debt do you expect to graduate with? and How much debt would you graduate with if you had not received any non-loan financial aid? The idea of the debt wall was inspired by the Prudential Life Insurance commercial, which ran during the most recent Super Bowl. That ad asked people to help create a visualization for how old the oldest person they knew was. “The idea was then picked up by the
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Students laid down a circle representing their expected debt and how much their debt would have been without any non-loan financial aid.
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Student Association of Michigan who did a very small version of the debt wall. We decided that such a big issue deserved more real estate. So we purchased a 30’ by 50’ tarp to raise awareness for the student debt crisis,” said David Shull, public relations chair of USG.
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Each student was given a different colored circle to place on the 30’ by 50’ tarp, which created the base of the graph. “The green and red stickers serve two purposes, said Shull. The red stickers highlight the severity of debt for students attending college in Michigan. “However,
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the green stickers serve to remind students what an awesome job Tech does at investing in its students…” added Shull. By the end of Sunday, Nov. 17, over 315 students put their mark on the graph. USG plans to display the debt wall once a large enough location is chosen.
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University debt Working with Public Safety: Holiday Safety RAND SILVERS Lode Writer
College students hear a lot about debt. With tuition being what it is, very few students are paying for college in cash. But students aren’t the only ones with debt; the university itself is actually in debt as well. Michigan Tech has $78,450,000 in outstanding bonds, commonly known as debt. But how much is it really? 78 million alone sounds very large, especially looking at the statistics in the infographic. Perhaps a more contextual way to look at the debt is in comparison to how much the university makes each year. It turns out that Michigan Tech’s debt is only 61.5 percent of its annual revenue. Michigan State’s debt is 89.3 percent of its annual revenue, while Northern Michigan University has a debt to revenue ratio of 93.5 percent. Looking at the debt by comparing degree or fields of study is another way to conceptualize the idea. For instance, an engineer expecting to make $70,000 a year right out of school can afford to graduate with quite a bit of student debt, while an English major with more unpredictable job prospects needs to be more careful with their debt situation. But the university’s debt is different than student loans. In fact, it’s more similar to a mortgage, which makes sense since the majority of the debt comes from the construction and renovation of buildings. Out of the $78 million in debt, around $30 million is from the 20042006 renovation of Wadsworth Hall; another $16 million was taken on for the construction of Hillside Place in 2009. Other sources of debt include the construction of the Great Lakes Research Center and work done on the Student Development Complex. When the university has to raise funds for one of these construction projects, it holds a “bond issue,” where it essentially takes out a mortgage on an existing building. For instance, the $16 million to construct Hillside Place were actually bonds put out on McNair Hall. These bonds are given a rating by credit rating agencies, such as Moody’s Investment Service, based on how well the institution is doing financially over time and how likely they are to pay back the debt. This rating is rather like a credit score for individuals and helps determine how much can be borrowed at what interest rate. Michigan Tech has an A1 (on the higher end of “Upper Medium Grade”)
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credit rating with a stable outlook. This is consistent with its historical rating, though this was raised to an Aa3 rating (lower end of “High Grade”) with a negative outlook between 2010 and 2012. Based on this score, the university has to make payments on both the interest and principle of its debt. Out of the $5.7 million Tech is spending on debt service this year, around $3.7 million goes towards paying interest while $2 million actually pays down the principle. Like a mortgage, this debt can also be refinanced. The university issued $32.5 million in debt in 2012, but this was used to pay off debt issued in 2003 and 2004 for the renovation of Wadsworth Hall. This is a little bit like robbing Peter to pay Paul, but it’s borrowing, and Peter is offering a lower interest rate. While Paul originally lent the money at 4.75 percent interest, Peter’s offering the same money now at 3.8 percent, which makes a good deal for the university. So remember, while tuition is expensive, so are renovations to dorm halls and equipment for research labs. Do you have any questions about Michigan Tech’s budget or finances you’d like answered? Email them to email@example.com.
With the holiday season nearly upon us, it’s time for everyone to be thinking about holiday safety. Looking forward to Christmas and Black Friday shopping, this week’s article focuses on financial safety. On Black Friday, millions of shoppers will descend upon major retailers, looking for a steal. Unfortunately, all too many of them will walk away having been stolen from. Keeping a few tips in mind can help prevent that from happening. Michigan Tech Public Safety Officer Reid DeVoge said, “When you approach doors, or stand in line, keep your money close to you, or keep it hidden in your sock or your shoe…. You have people who purposefully crowd lines to pick pockets.” But keeping cash safe is only part of the picture. Recently purchased items can also be a target, especially if they’re visible inside a car window. DeVoge said, “Criminals know how people go store-hopping, especially on Black Friday, so typically there will be an increase in vehicle break-ins.” If you have the time, dropping items off at a residence in between stores minimizes the risk of a break-in. Shopping isn’t the greatest in Houghton, and many students and other residents will be travelling for their Black Friday experience. Especially in the dark, early morning hours, it’s important to stay in well-lit and familiar areas. DeVoge said, “Remember, if you’re ever approached, threatened with violence and asked to give over your belongings, it’s always best to comply, because money, credit cards, that kind of thing can always be replaced.” As important as it is to keep these tips in mind while physically shopping, many people these days are avoiding the crowds and making their purchases online, replacing Black Friday with Cyber Monday. It’s equally important to be safe while shopping online. The first tip for the online shopper is to only shop on reputable sites. “I know we’re
always looking for deals, but if it looks too good to be true, it might be,” said DeVoge. Avoid sites that are just for the holidays, and when using auction sites such as E-bay, be careful to check seller ratings and only buy from reliable sellers. If the item is being delivered, make sure it is picked up promptly upon arrival. Packages lying out are an easy target for a potential thief. DeVoge said, “Lots of times you can track your package online, so just be aware of when that package is going to arrive, and you can pick it up as soon as possible…. You can also call UPS or FedEx directly and tell them you want to pick it up from their outlet, so it’s not delivered to your door.” When purchasing on Craigslist or another site where pickup is required, make sure to meet in a neutral location, have all the details worked out beforehand, and bring a friend along. For those planning on using a debit or credit card, DeVoge suggests opening up a separate account at the bank just for online purchases. That way, if the card is compromised, only money set aside for holiday spending is lost, leaving funds for paying rent or buying groceries unaffected. DeVoge said, “Criminals are very good at this, and that’s why it’s very important to track your items, keep track of your accounts, make sure they’re not being compromised. The compromise can come from anywhere, a random guess online, skimming devices at gas stations, fraudulent ATMs, or whatnot. No one’s immune…. The big thing is that if you think you’re the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department, and they can get you the resources you need to start talking to people and credit card companies, and things like that.” While Public Safety and other local police departments are excellent resources, be sure to explore other avenues as well. Many times a credit card company is going to have more ability to find a solution, or will even pay a reimbursement and seek damages themselves. Large retailers such as Amazon also have their own internal resources for redressing wrongs on their sites.
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Logging days: Pequaming Mill NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Pequaming, a small town not far from Houghton, grew in size in the decades between 1890 and 1930, largely based on the logging efforts of Charles Hebard and Henry Ford. This small town was the first large-scale logging operation in the Lake Superior region. Over the course of a 20 year operation, there was an average annual production rate of 30 million feet of lumber. Charles Hebard founded the community, and the Charles Hebard & Sons Lumber sawmill in 1878. The lumber mill stood next to the harbor, approximately 9 miles north of L’Anse. In 1880, Pequaming had a population of 174 people but by 1897 the population had grown to about 800. During this time the labor force was split between mine work and lumber men. To attract more work to the lumber industry, Hebard created amenities like parks, churches, a hotel, a clubhouse, bath houses and a post office in the small town. The sawmill had a reputation for turning out the finest lumber from Michigan pines. Higher prices were demanded for the lumber as 25 million board feet of white pine and seven million lath boards were cut annually. Railroad ties, shingles and hemlock bark were sold. The company was considered to be successful and fluctuated with the market demand. On Sept. 8, 1923, Henry Ford announced the purchase of the 600 resident town, 40,000 acres of land, the railroad and the sawmill for $2,850,000. Hebard’s sons sold the town and land to Ford. Their father had passed away in 1904. Ford overhauled the operation; a new pay scale from $3.50 to $5 was set, restrictions were placed on children working in the lumber yard and structures were repainted and inspected. Even the company-owned homes were re-roofed, repaired and painted. Rent was increased from $1 a year to $12-16 per month. The townspeople respected Ford and his wife, who would both visit the area for a few days at a time. Ford would walk the streets and speak with people, even throw parties for children at his home. Most of the lumber produced was shipped to Dearborn, Mich., Edgewater, New Jersey or Chester, Penn. to be used in the automotive industry. During a decrease in sales in the 1930’s, Ford made it a point to keep the Pequaming mill open. At the time, Ford had acquired mills in Iron Mountain, L’Anse and Pequaming. During the Great Depression, the Iron Mountain mill would sit idle while the others would work double shifts. Ford even created work
Left: Sawmill where lumber was produced. Right: The town of Pequaming.
to help people in the Pequaming community who were in need during this time. Shoes and other items, for example, were donated to families in need. In 1935, Ford opened a four-room elementary and intermediate school with a playground and central commons. The school enrolled 100 students and held two classes each day.
On Oct. 9, 1942, the Ford Motor Company decided to halt production at the Pequaming mill. Henry Ford was not in charge of the company policy and disapproved the action, but the mill remained closed. The decisions to close the mill were based on the company’s changing to truck and railroad transportation rather than ships. Shortages in tires due to World War II created problems, shipping
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rates increased and the ability to maintain logging roads proved too difficult. By the next summer the town had been close to abandoned. Many families moved away as there was no longer work available and buildings were locked and boarded up. Today the area surrounding the Pequaming mill is a ghost town; a reminder of the logging days.
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New addiction treatment has dark side The newest opioid addiction treatment, buprenorphine, has helped to curb some addictions to prescription painkillers, but is has also killed users. Sold in a compound called Suboxone, it is a drug most people have never heard of. According to the New York Times (NYT), however, the sale of Suboxone has surpassed well-known medications like Viagra and Adderall. Suboxone generated $1.55 million in the US last year. Officials have promoted it as a safe, and less stigmatized, alternative to methadone, another pain killer and detoxification programs. More than a decade after Suboxone went on the market with the new healthcare law, high hopes are being dashed. Buprenorphine isn’t only being used a medication for treatment. It has become both a street and prison drug and has “caused more health complications and deaths than its advocates acknowledge.” Reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Suboxone was a “primary suspect” in 420 deaths in the US since it reached the market in 2003, a NYT analyst of federal data said. The drug is not being monitored consistently enough to gauge its full misuse. The FDA does not track buprenorphine death and most medical examiners, emergency rooms, prisons, jails or drug courts do not routinely test for it. Eric Wish, the director of the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland, said he has been researching potential drug problem emergence in the US for 30 years, and, “This is the first drug that nobody seems to want to know about as a potential problem.”
Winter driving tips EVAN MAYER Lode Writer As the colors leave the trees and that white stuff begins to accumulate everywhere all drivers are welcomed to compete in Mother Nature’s edition of the Hunger Games. Winter driving can make expert drivers look novice. Follow these winter driving safety tips and reminders though and may the odds be ever in your favor. Obviously first and foremost: take your time. Most students are in no rush to go sit in class or get to work so don’t turn the morning commute into the Daytona 500. Check those tires. Make sure they have plenty of grip, the recommended tread should be 1/8 of an inch or from the coin edge to the top of Washington’s head on a quarter. The colder temperatures can lower tire pressure as well so check pressure often. Mechanical Engineering major Joe Vieau said that using four-wheel drive, if you have it, would help. That’s not necessarily true in all situations, though. Four-wheel and all-wheel drive only provide extra traction when accelerating; when braking or cornering it’s no different than twowheel. Perform only one action at a time when accelerating, braking and turning. When two of these actions are performed together the driver has reduced control over their vehicle. Take the extra time to clear the vehicle completely of ice and snow. Winter driving is dangerous enough without having a peephole in the middle of the windshield that a driver is trying to look through. A way to keep that pesky ice from forming on the window is making a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water and spraying it on the windshield at night. The acetic acid will raise the melting point of water and prevent it from freezing. Beware of the dreaded black ice; if a spot looks slick assume that it is. Test the vehicle’s traction with a smooth brake application or slight turn of the wheel to confirm suspicions, but do not hit the brakes hard or risk losing control of the vehicle. An overlooked tip, but helpful nonetheless, is signaling turns, lane changes and slowing down well in advance so other drivers can be alerted of your intentions. This also can help with braking earlier to prevent sliding into possible dangerous situations, such as when approaching intersections. Being visible to other drivers is an important part of road safety. Keeping the
headlights on even in the daytime can help others spot you when it is snowing. If other cars have their headlights on and your car doesn’t, your car practically disappears from another driver’s sight. Bridges and overpasses can be extremely treacherous in bad conditions, as they usually will freeze first. Even if the temperature is above freezing, wet conditions can create slippery situations. Jacob Mineau, a second-year student, carries kitty litter in the back of his car in case he finds himself stuck. Simply clear snow from around the tires and throw some of it down to help the tires gain traction. Throw a safety kit in the trunk or backseat. It does not have to be super sophisticated. Blankets, flashlights and a tow rope are a great place to start. A can of lock de-icer is not a bad addition either, as using hot water on glass and locks is only
“Throw a safety kit in the trunk or backseat. It does not have to be super sophisticated. Blankets, flashlights and a tow rope are a great place to start. A can of lock de-icer is not a bad addition either, as using hot water on glass and locks is only going to refreeze and create more trouble. An everyday item that can be used to de-ice is hand sanitizer.” going to refreeze and create more trouble. An everyday item that can be used to deice is hand sanitizer. It is also important to note that Transportation Services doesn’t want you to forget the winter overnight parking rule, this being no parking on campus between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from now until the spring semester ends in April. Unless the parking is in the campus resident’s designated lot, don’t park on campus overnight to allow for snow removal. Winter driving can be some tricky business and the best kind of driving in bad weather is no driving. If the snowflakes are falling, visibility is low and vehicle travel is a must, just be smart and extra cautious to make sure that you arrive at your destination safely.
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Single gender pool hour request being reviewed EVAN MAYER Lode Writer The Muslim Student Association has been renting the Student Development Center’s pool for its’ female members and their children in the past, but a new idea is in its infancy that could benefit all students. The Association led by Roba Bdair is pushing for times when the public could also enjoy single gender swim times. Bdair, a student going for her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, believes this will provide an equal opportunity for those who can’t swim during open swim hours. This may be because of being uncomfortable in a swimsuit in front of the opposite sex for personal or religious reasons. Bdair continued by saying, “from an Islamic perspective single gender pool hours would allow us ladies to have an opportunity to swim and exercise.” The Student Development Complex (SDC), with cooperation from the Women’s Leadership Council, already offers multiple fitness classes per semester for females on campus and Bdair is asking to broaden this scope to allow some gender specific swimming during the open swim time that the pool offers for nine and a half hours a day, plus many times for rent during the day. “Why not utilize some of this unused times, where no one is usually renting the pool, and offer an additional service for our students and community?” asks Bdair, “This way, Michigan Tech will be able to offer everyone a chance to use the pool and swim.” So far, Bdair has worked the idea to the Graduate Student Government, which has passed a resolution in favor of the gender-specific pool times as of Nov. 6. The idea has also been presented to the Women’s Leadership Council and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The SDC is still in the process of reviewing the request, keeping in mind all potential users of the facility.
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University proposes HASS credit changes SASHA BURNETT Lode Writer First year students at Michigan Tech are currently taking the new General Education Core, which includes Composition, Global Issues and two additional 2000-level courses. The required classes in this core were selected by the university’s General Education Council by the process of proposals, discussions and votes all the way up to the University president. Currently, the council is following the same process to, as Christa Walck, associate provost and chair of the General Education Council, said, “be more intentional with how courses get on the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) list so that they help students achieve one of the University Student Learning Goals.” The University’s eight learning goals include: disciplinary knowledge, knowledge of the physical and natural world, global literacy and knowledge of human culture, critical and creative thinking, communication, information literacy, technology and values and civil engagement. The goals the council are working on assessing in the HASS courses are global literacies and knowledge of the human culture, communication, critical and creative thinking, and values and civic engagement. According to Walck, first year students and seniors take the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) approximately every three years. Results from this survey have shown that students at Tech are not as prepared for
understanding global literacies as those at other schools. These results have motioned the need for assessment of the HASS courses. Although the council is working on making a proposal to change the HASS credits so the list will be more specific to the goals, the process is long;
“The council is following the process to ‘be more intentional with how courses from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) list so that they are defining the University Student Learning Goals.” -Christa Walck, Associate Provost and Chair of the General Education Council approximately two years, according to Walck. First the General Education Council proposes changes, then the proposal is sent to the deans’ council. The dean’s council distributes the proposal to their units and then they vote. After the deans’ vote, the proposal goes to the university senate where it is sent to the committee. If the senate votes to approve the proposal, it goes to the provost. After all of these steps, the university president also gets to vote. “An advantage to the system is that there is a lot of opportunity for faculty input and two voting opportunities,” Walck said. The proposal for changing the core of
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general education was approved in 2012 and is currently being implemented. The HASS proposal is still in the early proposal stage. “If the proposal is passed this year, then next October it would go through the process, but the changes would not be implemented until the school year 2015-16. The HASS changes will only affect the incoming students of that year,” Walck said. “[Although any changes would not affect me], I think that having the HASS credits broken down into more focused sections would be easier to determine where to go when choosing which ones to take,” said David Cargo, a fourth year student. Although curriculum changes are being made constantly, the changes have purposeful reasoning behind them. Walck said that the university’s accreditation process from the Higher Learning Commission requires them to make learning goals for all programs and
“...students at Tech are not as prepared for understanding global literacies as those at other schools. These results have motioned the need for assessment of the HASS courses.” assess them. With the current changes to the general education program and proposals for change to the Hass credits, faculty have been attending workshops to better
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Grow a beard with pride JAMES WOOD Lode Writer No-shave November is an interesting concept. Many people around the world partake in the month of abstinence from razors, but few know the real purpose or origin of the holiday. While the name No-shave November is relatively recent, the idea of growing out a beard for a lengthy period of time was first formulated by the Greek
“Genghis Khan, dominator of Eastern civilization in the mid-1100s, required his men to abstain from shaving for a 30 day campaign because it made them “bedraggled looking MEN!”” philosopher Plato. Plato apparently believed that young students should imitate those who were wisest about life. Since the wisest men had beards (because they were old), the younger folk would spend 30 days trying to grow beards to match their elders. Beards not only signify wisdom,
but manly toughness as well. Genghis Khan, dominator of Eastern civilization in the mid-1100s, required his men to abstain from shaving for a 30day campaign because it made them “bedraggled looking MEN!” Since Khan ended up with the largest empire in human history, it’s safe to assume that the tactic worked. Now that beards have been established as symbols of wisdom and battle-worthiness, the origin of the name, No-Shave November, will be explored. In the year 2003, and in the country of Australia, a movement called Movember began. Movember is just like No-shave November, except only the moustache is grown (mo is slang for moustache in Australia, hence the name). The November event is meant to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Soon the benevolent concept made its way to America, but once it got there, for unknown reasons, it was changed to No-shave November and lost many of its charitable roots. No matter how the title was achieved, No-shave November gives every man a chance to have pride in facial hair and let the stubble grow.
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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 promises. Dr. Power gave a lecture on this doubleedged 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 bluecollar 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 antimining 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
“This is the type of message that needs to get to the community, and Dr. Powers did a service by speaking on it.” 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.
Unsung songs worth hearing JAMES WOOD Lode Writer Tennessee Williams wrote many renowned plays, and his skills as a writer are displayed in “Unsung Songs of a Southern Nightingale.” In addition to providing well written performances, this series of plays provides insight on Tennessee Williams’ increasingly pessimistic attitude towards life. The first play, “The Case of the Crushed Petunias,” is the most humorous of the four which are performed, but it still gives deep social commentary about breaking free of conventional society. Unfortunately, the male lead in this
single scene play was uninspiring. Luckily, the script was good enough to keep the audience interested. The second play, “Talk to Me Like Rain and Let Me Listen,” displayed a tremendous shift in tone from the first play. Rain could be heard pattering on the roof with the occasional growl of thunder as two lovers reflected on their lives and how they ultimately need each other. The monologue that the female character performs ends up being the most meaningful few minutes of the show. It was somber yet peaceful, and the audience was mesmerized by her delivery. The third play, “The Pronoun I,”
ironically returns to a more playful tone as Queen Elizabeth I faces a public riot and assassins. In this play the acting was decent, but Elizabeth’s royal attire and
“The plays were all intriguing in their own way, but the heavy impact which the audience felt is what makes them stand out.” the mask she wore captivated audiences. The play parallels the idea of casting off social obligations and running away which was explored in the first play. The final play, “The Chalky White Substance,” darkly portrays an
apocalyptic future, giving a dose of reality that lays heavily on the audience. The acting in this feature was good, but the larger character could have been played more effectively. At the end of each individual play, the audience progressively got more uncomfortable. At times, silence lasted for longer than usual after the lights went off as people were unsure of applause. The plays were all intriguing in their own way, but the heavy impact which the audience felt is what makes them stand out. These play demonstrate how effectively Tennessee Williams could convey his own emotion through plays, and why his works are timeless.
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An unbelievable performance by Cantus ARIC RHODES Lode Writer The Christmas Truce of 1914 was a most singular event in history, where many soldiers on opposing sides of the trenches in World War One declared a cease fire in celebration of Christmas. These soldiers exchanged gifts, sang carols, buried the fallen and even played games of soccer with their sworn enemies. Notable is that these actions were all carried out by the common soldiery, the lowest of command, against the orders of their superiors even though the Pope himself had urged a Christmas cease fire and had been rejected by the
commanders of the allied forces. In the end, the men on the front lines did what it took their commanders years to do: they ended World War I, at least for a day. The Cantus group told this amazing story through period accurate means of letters and song, with three members
“If Cantus returns to the Rozsa, do yourself a favor and get a ticket.” reciting letters from those who had witnessed the event. These actors gave excellent recitations with real emotion behind their words. Their performance could be improved
if they were to either not use any impression of an accent or improve their impressions. The problem stemmed from the fact that some letters were from those of a nationality with a distinct accent, the actors attempted the accents, but some fell flat. The singing of the choir was nigh impeccable. Each note was well rehearsed with full depth and excellent vibrato. The balance was perfect, each individual voice still being heard while contributing to the overall beauty of the group sound. Throughout the entire performance, there was not a single missed note to be heard which was not changed in such a way to somehow improve the sound. Even in the very technically
complicated songs, with many rounds moving throughout the group and very harsh ranges to sing, the choir sounded gorgeous. This reviewer simply can’t think of anything negative about the singing of the Cantus group. If Cantus returns to the Rozsa, do yourself a favor and get a ticket. It really is that simple; anyone who appreciates a capella music would appreciate the Cantus group. The singing was beautiful, the acting was filled with feeling, there was barely anything negative about the entire performance. It was an all around excellent performance, and those who missed this one should try to catch Cantus if they ever come back.
Wild Sanctuary with Dr. Bernie Krause ROSHNI SACHAR Lode Writer Bernard L. Krause, born in Detroit, Michigan, is an American musician, author, soundscape recordist and bio-acoustician who coined the term ‘biophony’ and helped define the structure of soundscape ecology. He is also the founder of Wild Sanctuary, an organization which has been traveling the globe since 1968 to record, archive, research and expresses the voice of the natural world. Krause was here at Michigan Tech last week to talk about his new book
“The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places,” Wild Sanctuary and his life experiences. Krause’s new book is a result of a lifetime of field, lab and soundscape production experience. The book is a path-breaking adventure through wild soundscapes, ecology and music. During his hour-long talk at the Rozsa Center, Krause played several recordings from his archives spanning decades of work, from the sounds of coral reefs to the birds in a park in San Francisco to the sounds of sea anemones under the ocean. He has it all from all over the world. His recordings of the same place taken
after time gaps are critical expressers of environmental health and actually remind us of the earth’s shrinking biodiversity, changing ecosystems and habitat destruction. He says, “The fragile weave of natural sound is being torn apart by our seemingly boundless need to conquer the environment rather than to find a way to abide in consonance with it.” Out of the multiple music albums Krause has been making since 1967,the Krause Natural Soundscape Collection consists of more than 4,500 hours of recordings of over 15,000 marine and terrestrial species. It is very sad that estimations suggest that over half of these habitats have been
annihilated and Krause’s recordings are all that is left of their original bioacoustics density and diversity. Krause has not only created electronic and pop music using natural and animal sounds but also a few hip-hop and rap tunes. Krause’s music is definitely very relaxing and I absolutely loved watching him live. If you’re somebody who is interested in natural sounds and soundscape ecology, you should definitely check out the Wild Sanctuary website (www.wildsanctuary. com). A great watch to listen to Krause’s soundscape ecology research and facts is the TED talk titled ‘Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world’.
The Last Revel to be a good time at the Orpheum this weekend JANE KIRBY Pulse Editor On Saturday, Nov. 23, folk band straight out of Minnesota, The Last Revel, will be performing at the Orpheum in Hancock. The Last Revel is a group of three talented musicians, Lee Henke, Ryan Acker and Vinnie Donatelle, who all went to school in Mankato, Minn. They began playing as a band at open
mic events every Thursday, and since then they have grown into a group that has toured the Midwest, playing throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Chicago and even in the UP. In fact, The Last Revel recorded their upcoming first full-length album, which is to be released in January, in a friend’s remote home here in the UP. Acker, singer, banjo and guitar player for The Last Revel, says that the band has “really deep ties to the UP and the
environment up there,” and that they are really excited to be returning this weekend.
“We have really deep ties to the UP and the environment up there.” -Ryan Acker, Band Member Featuring vocals, banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica and stand-up bass, The Last
Revel creates upbeat folk tunes with meaningful lyrics that are sure to get feet tapping and hands clapping. It’s enough to predict that their upcoming show at the Orpheum will be nothing short of a good time. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission. To hear some of their tunes and for more details, please visit The Last Revel’s website at (www.thelastrevel.com).
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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
14 Cremona craftwork
53 Opportunities, metaphorically
102 Dry: Prefix
5 5 Tr i g r a t i o
104 Animal house
16 Do some banking, say
54 Hands (out)
20 Origami staples
59 Old camera settings, for short
2 2 Wi s e g u y
6 2 F r a n ç o i s Tr u ff a u t ’s field
21 1993 5x platinum Nirvana album
61 Add (up)
23 The Lone Ranger
25 Phillip, e.g., in D i s n e y ’s “ S l e e p i n g Beauty”
69 Fixes up, as a rundown house
26 Carrier inits.
27 Kemo ___ (the Lone Ranger) 28 Move a muscle?
29 No longer in enemy hands 30 Kind of appeal 32 Base, e.g. 34 Infusing with a soda maker
64 Porky Pig
11 3 P r i m a r y p i g m e n t for printers
72 “Now!” 73 “August: ___ County” (2008 Pulitzer winner for Drama)
11 7 P o t e n t i a l sweethearts
74 “S.N.L.” alum Cheri 76 Mimicry
38 Strike callers
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39 Massachusetts motto starter
86 Items sometimes s n i ff e d a t a supermarket
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11 2 R e c o r d o f t h e Ye a r Grammy nominee f o r “ L o s e Yo u r s e l f ”
11 6 A u t o s t e e r i n g system components
83 Genus of small rodents
5 2 8 4 - D o w n w r i t e r ’s monogram
109 Red Skelton
11 5 L u n a ’s c o u n t e r p a r t
7 9 G e o rg e B u r n s
47 Roger Ebert
108 Beefeaters, e.g.
71 When doubled, one o f t h e Te l e t u b b i e s
78 July third?
4 6 To o t h p a s t e t y p e
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11 4 R a y s ’ d i v.
3 7 _ _ _ F á i l , I r e l a n d ’s coronation stone
44 Deeply rooted
105 2004 Chevy debut
7 0 C a t o ’s m a n
35 Hospital supply
40 Dietary claim
1 0 3 H o m e o f B a n ff National Park
88 Mille ___ (part of Québec with a rhyming name) 90 Fill 91 Other side
9 2 Vo l l e y b a l l v e n u e 96 Hair extensions?
98 Something you want to come down from quickly
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2 Massenet opera based on Greek myth 3 B e a r s ’ h o m e i n Te x a s 4 2005 Drama Pulitzer f i n a l i s t Wi l l 5 Costner role
6 Like the origin of the food in many fusion restaurants 7 Pulled apart
8 C o m p a s s d i r.
9 Nickname for Huntington Beach, Calif. 1 0 B o l o g n a ’s p l a c e
11 C l i n c h e d , w i t h “ u p ”
1 2 “ Ti m e _ _ _ ” ( b y g o n e sci-fi series) 13 ___-based
15 One of the von Tr a p p g i r l s
17 Going down in the rankings, say 18 Holy smoke
19 First Mets manager 24 CNBC news item 29 Mag proofs
31 Shallot, e.g.
33 Keyes and King 34 Mosey along
3 6 “ B e o w u l f ” q u a ff
42 Order to go?
44 Sees through 45 Latte option
47 Ópera venue 48 Chops up
49 S. ___ Merkerson, f o u r- t i m e N . A . A . C . P. I m a g e Aw a r d - w i n n i n g actress
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62 Groups of strings, maybe
80 Possible answer to “Is that you?”
7 6 L a c e ’s e n d 7 7 Vi t t l e s
81 Apple product
83 Sights not to be believed
84 Poem that ends, “This ghoul-
haunted woodland o f We i r ”
85 What a judge might
do during a hearing
89 “A Sentimental
9 3 Vi rg i l h e r o
94 Bit of field sport equipment 97 Where to find “books in the running brooks,” per Shakespeare 9 8 S t a r, m a y b e
99 Indian melodies
9 1 T h o m a s J e ff e r s o n o r J i m m y C a r t e r, once
82 Extreme point
58 Company that owns Gerber
74 Black Hills native
6 6 M r. R i g h t
68 Church group
63 Sword fight sounds
56 Ancient Mexican
60 Layered coifs
6 5 L e t t e r- s h a p e d b r i d g e support
5 0 O s c a r- w i n n i n g Forest Whitaker role 51 Judo gyms
38 Jesse and Leo of TV sitcoms 41 Poky sorts
100 Nobelist writer Andric 101 Go by bike
104 Beginning of some temple names
106 Preceder of “di” or “da” in a Beatles song 109 Invoice fig. 11 0 S i n c e 1 / 1
111 “ _ _ _ S y l p h i d e s ” (ballet)
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Last Friday was the opening day of deer season. Although I do not don the camo and orange this time of year, I was raised in an environment where hunting was a staple activity. My dad is an avid sportsman; always prepared and ready for the next adventure. My Grandpa Lee, my father’s father, was also good at bagging a buck, many of whose antlers hang on his woodshed. His trophy deer is mounted and positioned just so on the wall near the stairway in the livingroom. My mom’s father, my grandpa, or Hunter Harve as my sister and I have been known to call him, is also an outdoorsmen, baiting his pile and waiting in his blind for the perfect animal to cross his path. Each of these men in my life, whether the topic is deer season or not, have taught me many things. Patience is a gift not easy to come by. Waiting in a deer blind to see four, six, maybe eight or ten points on the head of an animal takes some time. Good things come to those who wait, and if you just can’t wait any longer, make the best out of what is left. Passion outside of work is important. You can have the best job in the world, but at the end of the day, there has to be something else that makes you happy. Make sure you do that thing, and do it often. Plan well and reap reward. If you’re prepared, you will survive what’s thrown at you. Even if you acquire battle scars, you’ve learned and you have a story to tell. Those stories are best told over a venison dinner with the ones you love.
Questions are submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit them on our website (www.mtulode.com) under “Submit a News Tip.” A female student (Peaches) and a male student (Cream) respond to the best of their ability. These are not professional answers; they are simply the opinions and experiences of peers.
“My boyfriend and I have recently become more sexually active, but it’s a little embarrassing to go into the Hamar house when we need protection. We’ve been buying them from the store, but neither of us leaves campus very often. Where on campus can we go to get condoms and is there a way to get them without the embarrassment?”
I think it is always a little awkward when you’re getting protection, no matter where you’re getting it from, especially if you’re just starting to have to do it. I’ve been buying condoms for a long time, but I still examine the lines at Walmart to find a checkout person that I feel most comfortable buying the product from. Maybe even more than being afraid of the checkout person, I hate running into people I know in the store. Once in high school, I had to bolt away from the condom aisle because I heard the voice of my reverend and his wife. That was so horrifying I may have given up buying condoms that day. Fortunately, in the years that have passed three things have happened: I’ve gotten old enough that many people don’t think twice about me being sexually active (or it’s at least not as upsetting as if I were a teenager); I’ve realized that I’m not ashamed of buying condoms because I’m pursuing safer sex, which is something I’m proud of and the newness of the experience has worn off and what used to be intensely embarrassing is just a little awkward now. Over time, your embarrassment will ease, too. In the meantime, if your goal is to get condoms on campus, the KISS Club in the Wellness Center of the Hamar House is probably your best option. The people who work there are not going to judge you for having sex or they wouldn’t work to provide the service. As long as you bring a backpack to conceal your condoms or dental dams, the rest of campus doesn’t have to know what you did in the Hamar House. You can buy up to 5 condoms a day from the KISS Club, which means you could stockpile some so you wouldn’t have to visit very frequently. This should also minimize your embarrassment, or at least the number of times you have to live through it. Two other close options would be the pharmacy at the Portage Health Office in the SDC or Jim’s Foodmart. If you think you’re going to use them before they expire, invest in a sizable stash so you don’t run out when you need them. Condoms have a fairly long shelf life and preserve well in room-temperature and low friction conditions (think dresser drawers, not wallets). If you buy a reasonable amount and keep them in a sensible place, you shouldn’t have many problems. I hope this helps. Best of luck!
One of the downsides of sex is the need to be responsible about it. Having condoms on hand at all times is not always possible or even practical in some situations, so having a convenient place to get a condom when the mood strikes is important. In my parents’ house, having condoms would have been grounds for either the need to find a new place to live or a serious adult talk about sex with my parents. Both of those scenarios are losing situations, so I almost never had a supply of condoms at hand, and when I did, they were very well hidden. Since moving out on my own and having a serious girlfriend or two (not at the same time), I generally have a supply of condoms at hand. I, however, live off campus and go to stores quite often to buy groceries. I am also fortunate enough to be good enough friends with my housemate that I can bum a condom from him every now and again if I get caught off guard. Having spent little time in a residence hall, I was never aware that condoms were ever available to students for free. From all I have read, condoms were able to be acquired from residence hall front desks, condom machines and even from your RA.The benefit of the condom machine was that you could avoid the embarrassment while also getting your supplies for free. Unfortunately, this made condoms too easy to acquire and the machine were emptied very quickly and the idea was scrapped. Going to the front desk or an RA requires a little more confidence, but it’s worth a little embarrassment in the long run, right? If you cannot bring yourself to face your RA or go to Hamar house, remember that condoms are sold at Jim’s Foodmart, Walmart, Shopko and most gas stations. If you are gung-ho about avoiding people, I would suggest the Walmart self-check-out. Here, you can buy a large box of name brand condoms so you can avoid going back to the store for a while. Remember that condoms have an anti-theft device that must be deactivated at the register, so after you scan it, make sure to wave the box over the star to the baggage side of the checkout to avoid setting off the alarm. This was a life lesson I learned the hard way. If you are planning for the future and want to avoid interacting with people at all costs, I would suggest buying your condoms on the internet. Just make sure that you don’t charge it to daddy’s card.
Monsters outside the closet MEGAN WALSH Opinion Editor Each year hundreds of students at Michigan Tech wear shirts with the phrase “Gay? Fine by me,” on them. Like students at most other schools, Tech students are generally supportive of the equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning individuals.
Michigan Tech is also very supportive of its LGBTQ students and faculty and hosts annual Pride Week celebrations along with other LGBTQ-friendly events throughout the year. However, under the surface of acceptance and equality lies a more sinister reality in the Michigan Tech community. Interviews with LGBTQ Michigan Tech students provided valuable insight into the unusual amount of bigotry in Michigan Tech’s student body. The first student that I talked to wished to remain anonymous because he is afraid of the repercussions of his sexuality being
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Michigan Tech Lode OPINION Monsters outside the closet Continued from page 10 disclosed to the public. “I’m afraid that my friends will treat me differently,” he said. According to my source, he will hear students use anti-LGBTQ slurs colloquially to describe other students, regardless of their sexuality. My source believes that “there seems to be a lot of homophobes at Tech.” When asked what advice he would give to closeted LGBTQ students he responded with a bleak “only tell your close friends.” Despite the many supportive faculty and
staff at Michigan Tech there are still many students who are living their lives in fear of being ostracized, or worse. “Overall, the university doesn’t seem like a safe place for being out,” my source said. With the resources available to LGBTQ students like the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the student counselors, my interviewee believes that most of the homophobia stems from students, as opposed to the university itself. My source claims that he
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has encountered homophobia everywhere from the Greek community to life in the residence halls. I reached out to the head of Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Renee Wells, to see if she had any input. Wells has been working at Michigan Tech and believes the “cultural climate on campus seems to be accepting overall.” However, jokes and insults along the lines of “that’s so gay” remain one of the most common
complaints that are dealt with. After interviewing several Tech students and taking into account my own experiences with homophobia on campus I would say that a small portion of campus is still shockingly anti-LGBTQ. Whatever their reasons for being homophobic may be, the fact remains that their presence is enough to force Michigan Tech students into hiding their sexuality for fear of being persecuted for their sexuality.
Snow making: more harm than good? MEGAN WALSH Opinion Editor Undoubtedly, one of the most important reasons that people choose to come to Michigan Tech is the snow. The area attracts snowmobilers, hockey players, ice skaters and probably most of all--skiers and snowboarders. Winter sports are simply ingrained in the Keweenaw culture. They bring people together and give us all a chance to enjoy our long, harsh winters. Mont Ripley is a great resource for the students and community members in the
Keweenaw. Most years, we can’t even wait to get on the hill. Luckily, we are able to use machines to create artificial snow for the days when the weather just isn’t cooperating with our activities. But what most people don’t know is the negative impact that this snowmaking has on the environment. It is no doubt that artificial snow brings in the money. Snowmaking extends the season, bringing more money to the ski area and allowing enthusiasts to participate in their sport more often. However, the production of artificial snow uses massive amounts of energy and water. According to SMI Snowmakers, it takes 75,000 gallons of water
to create a six inch layer of snow covering 200 x 200 feet. In large ski resorts, it isn’t uncommon for a snow machine to convert 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water to snow per minute. Although the water that is made into snow melts and is reintroduced the the environment, because it is unnaturally introduced, it negatively affects plant life, animal life and water reserves. The other major concern when it comes to snow making is the amount of energy that snow machines use. An average of 10,000 snow machines all across the country use approximately 108 million kWh each season.
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Also, the pumps that provide water to the snowmakers are often run by diesel engines which expel a high level of air pollution. Because we live in such a beautiful and relatively unaltered area of the country, I think that it is important that we strive to keep the landscape and the environment as healthy as we can. We can wait one more month for the snow to fall to start our skiing. We have to remember that although making fake snow may be beneficial for us in the short term, it can negatively affect us in the long term. We want to preserve our environment and keep it as healthy as we can for generations to come.
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Points scored by Austin Armga in Men’s Basketball’s 78-58 victory over Minnesota Duluth
Percent of games won by Michigan Tech Football this season
The point margin by which Women’s Basketball defeated Concordia-St. Paul, 83-81
Shots on goal by the Huskies compared to Lake Superior State’s 22 at the Mac on Saturday
Sports that wrapped up last week: football, soccer and volleyball
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Senior linebacker for the Michigan Tech Football team Taylor Ziolkowski came through with a last minute interception to preserve the Huskies’ 2821 win over Wayne State on Saturday, Nov. 16, in their final game of the season. The win improved the Huskies’ season record to 6-4 in the conference as a result of the win. The Huskies and Warriors came into the fourth period tied at 21-all after three quarters of back-and-forth scoring. Executing early, the Huskies took a 28-21 lead with 14:16 remaining in the game. The Warriors’ best scoring chance
came in the last minute of play. With 54 seconds to go, Wayne State held the ball at the Tech 35 with one timeout left. After making a 15-yard advance in the first play, Ziolkowski dowsed the Warriors’ chance to tie the score after coming up with a huge interception at the Huskies’ six-yard line with just 29 seconds to go. Ziolkowski’s pick ensured the Husky victory, a great way to end the season and his career as a Husky. Ziolkowski finished the game against Wayne State with a career-high 17 tackles, which included 12 solos. He capped off the season as the Huskies’ leading tackler at 93 total tackles with 51 solos and 42 assists, more than doubling his total last year which stood at 43.
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WCHA in a nutshell IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer The WCHA is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Established in 1951, the WCHA is a Division I conference of the NCAA comprised of these ten teams, listed in order of their current standings in the conference: Ferris State University, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, Northern Michigan and University of Alabama Huntsville. A realignment of the conferences occurred during this past off-season, and with that, the WCHA lost some faces but gained some new ones. Eight of the 12 teams left for different conferences. New to the WCHA this season are Alabama Huntsville, Alaska Fairbanks, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan. NMU is the only team in the conference to rejoin after departing from the conference in 1997. Teams that left after last season are Colorado College, University of Denver, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, University of North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Wisconsin. All of these teams have either gone to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference or the Big Ten Conference. Other past WCHA members include U of M, MSU and Notre
Dame, all of which Tech has played already this season. Of Michigan Tech’s 36-game season, 28 of them are WCHA conference games. Currently, the team has a split record at 2-2 and is tied for fifth place, along with four other teams in the WCHA. The fact that half of the teams are tied for one place in the whole conference says a lot, especially when the teams above them aren’t ahead by a landslide. This league is very competitive and very well matched. There is no series a team can go into knowing they have the edge, at least at this point in the season. If any, however, it would be Alabama Huntsville who is 0-6 in the conference and 0-10 in their regular season. They have let in a total of 50 goals, 24 of which are goals from conference teams. In the WCHA, Ferris State is definitely a team to look out for as they are undefeated in conference play and have lost only two games this season. They have an outstanding goal differential and have always been known to have a premium hockey program. Their top three point leaders have a combined 40 points whereas Bemidji State, who is in second place, has 29 points in their top three combined.
So, where does Michigan Tech stand in all of this? Aside from being tied for fifth place, the team is doing well. By no means has the season been a breeze, and there can be no guarantees made about anything. But the team is still in a transitional phase since Coach Pearson took this team under his guidance two years ago. Coach Pearson has absolutely turned this team around, considering that the Huskies used to be a punching bag for the rest of the WCHA, and the team is still going through a turnaround. Consistency remains an issue at some points, but if the team can pull it all together, there will definitely be some championships to come Tech’s way. Sparks of greatness have shown themselves numerous times throughout the season for the Huskies, and it’s frustrating to watch them struggle for cohesiveness at times. If they can reach the potential that everyone knows they have, they will be an extremely dangerous team for all that come their way. For all things WCHA, go to (WCHA. com) and follow them on Twitter at @ wchahockey.
“This league is very competitive and very well matched.”
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The Huskies prepare for their trip north to Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks during Thanksgiving Break.
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Huskies trek to the great white north IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer For the past few years, Michigan Tech Hockey has made the voyage to Alaska during Thanksgiving break to play hockey in the great white north. That tradition continues this year as the Huskies take on the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Nov. 22nd and 23rd. The Huskies will then travel to Fairbanks the following weekend to face-off against the Nanooks in a twogame series. The Seawolves are currently ranked fourth in the WCHA, sitting right above Michigan Tech with a conference record of 2-3-1. Forward Scott Allen, a junior at Alaska Anchorage, leads the Seawolves in points with seven goals and four assists for a total of 11 points in ten games played. After losing last Friday to Bemidji State 4-1 and coming out with a 4-4 tie in OT on Saturday, the Seawolves may have a slight disadvantage going in against Tech after the Huskies took home the win against LSSU on Saturday night, splitting the
series at home. As for Fairbanks, the Nanooks are currently tied for fifth place in the WCHA, along with half of the conference, Tech included in that half. Alaska Fairbanks, LSSU, MTU, Minnesota State and Northern each have four points in the conference with 2-2 records for all. Senior forward Cody Kunyk, sophomore right winger Nolan Huysmans and sophomore center Tyler Morley are tied for leading the team with nine points each. Kunyk has six goals and three assists, Huysmans has five goals and four assists and Morley has four goals and five assists so far this season. The Nanooks had a bye week last weekend, allowing them to rest up to take on Ferris State while Tech plays Anchorage this weekend. They will return home to face the Huskies in a heated battle the following week. In their most recent series, Alaska Fairbanks traveled to LSSU where they lost their first game 1-4 but won their second 3-2 in overtime.
“Expect a tough set series for Tech as they head north, as well as a physical matchup.” Coming from a split series against Lake Superior State last weekend, losing on Friday but winning on Saturday, the Huskies have some momentum rolling into the next series against Alaska Anchorage. They have upped the physicality, laying down more hits, as seen in the series against the Lakers, and gave sophomore Jamie Phillips his third start of the season on Saturday. Philips played well, letting in only one of 22 shots on net, resulting in a .954 save percentage. Expect a tough set series for Tech as they head north, as well as a physical matchup. Both Alaskan hockey teams are evenly matched with the Huskies and will definitely be worth keeping up with. Follow the Huskies on Twitter at @mtuhky to show support and receive live updates as they travel to Alaska.
Tech curls in first tournament of the year JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer The MTU Curling Club went to Escanaba this past weekend for their first tournament of the season, Leigh’s Garden Winery Collegiate Bonspiel. It took place from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, and the Tech Curling Club ended with a fifth place finish after posting a 2-1 record. The tournament was sponsored by
Leigh’s Garden Winery and was hosted by the Finlandia Curling Club. All teams who attended received three meals, including one provided by Leigh Schmidt, the President, CEO, Vintner and Winemaker of Leigh’s Garden Winery. Eight teams participated in the tournament, which was run with a bracket system. Finlandia and Marquette, who are regulars against the Huskies, both attended the tournament. Finlandia even had three teams at the event.
“Having around eight teams is typical, but it is sometimes only four and sometimes more,” said Jeffery Schwartz, the vicepresident and secretary of the Michigan Tech Curling Club. Seeing these teams early on could help the rest of the season. That may be difficult, however, because this team has had to overcome many barriers to play. Most significantly, this was their first time throwing at all this semester. They usually play on natural ice in Calumet, but it Continued on page 15
Attention students who will be staying in Houghton over break: the SDC, fitness center, Gates Tennis Center, pool, ticket office and University Images will have revised hours over the Thanksgiving break period from Nov. 23 through Nov. 30. Note that all facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. For a complete schedule, check out this link (http://www.michigantechrecreation. com/operations/building_hours/ Thanksgiving2013.pdf). Regular hours will resume Sunday, Dec. 1.
Portage Health Turkey Trot Care to get a workout in before that self-induced turkey and stuffing food coma takes over? The second annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Portage Health is set to take place on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. The 5k walk/run is a free event which will start at Portage Health in Hancock. Register online by visiting (http://portagehealth.org/ turkeytrot/?dt=11/28/2013). The first 150 to register will receive a free Turkey Trot shirt.
Away Scoreboard Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in Quincy, Ill., on Friday, Nov. 15. As the No. 6 seed, the Huskies faced off against the No. 3 seed UW-Parkside, who the Huskies played and lost to 5-1 in a preseason match on Sept. 7. UW-Parkside managed to upset the Huskies once again, this time by a score of 4-0. The Huskies closed out their season at 146-1 overall. Women’s Basketball opened its 2013-2014 season over the weekend at the Radison Hotel Roseville Classic in St. Paul, Minn. The Huskies debuted with an intense 83-81 win on Friday over Concordia-St.Paul. Another close battle on Saturday resulted in a 68-63 loss to Minn. St. Moorhead. Volleyball wrapped up over the weekend with a 1-1 split on the road. The Huskies earned a 3-2 victory at Lake Superior State on Friday but fell 3-0 to Saginaw Valley on Saturday. Overall, the Huskies closed the season 10-20 with a 6-12 GLIAC record.
Michigan Tech Lode SPORTS Students speak out about new hockey entrance procedure
Tuesday, November 19
With a new entrance procedure in place, husky hockey fans anxiously await for the doors to open before a home hockey game this season.
ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor With the new hockey game entrance procedure in place for students hoping to snag free admission complements of the Experience Tech fee, the pre-game experience is a whole lot different compared to in past years. For better or for worse, the change has certainly given students something to talk about. In the past, students were able to pick up Experience Tech hockey tickets days in advance. Diehards looking to reserve the same seats week after week would consistently show up to the SDC ticket office on Tuesdays at noon when the tickets first became available. Fourth years Sam Hilliger and Danny Leppek can attest to that. Considering the number of Experience Tech tickets being distributed throughout the week in years past, it was determined that fewer students than expected were showing up to games. Essentially, tickets were being claimed by no-shows, which seemed unfair to students who actually went to games but ended up having to pay for their tickets. In order to combat this abuse and ensure that all 750 Experience Tech seats were actually filled come game time, a new
entrance protocol began at the start of the 2013-2014 hockey season. So far this year, the Mac has hosted six hockey games, so students have had a good taste of the new entrance procedure. The most notable change from previous years and most common complaint from students has to do with getting to the arena early and having to wait in line. “It’s just an inconvenience, but I’ll still show up. It’s hockey,” commented Leppek. Students start lining up at the SDC over an hour before games are scheduled to start. Last year, if you showed up to a hockey game at 6:30, you were there early. This year, show up at 6:30 and you will more than likely be paying for your ticket. Joe Jaworski, a second year, commented, “I preferred what they did last year. I didn’t have to get here at 5:30.” Third year Dave Walsh sided with Jaworski. “I definitely like last year’s system a lot better.” Having that said, Walsh expressed appreciation for the Experience Tech tickets, noting, “The deal we’re getting is still a lot better than at other schools where varsity events cost a lot more money.” Various attempts have been made to increase the overall enjoyment of the waiting period, including distributing t-shirts and pizza. “It’s not too bad when you’re with friends,” noted first year Evan Tsuchiya, who picked up a t-shirt and free pizza two
weeks ago. Broadcasting the Northwestern vs. Michigan football game up on the big screen before Saturday’s game was another successful attempt to keep the crowd entertained. For Hilliger and Leppek, not being able to sit in the same seats every week is another downfall to the new system. “I don’t like that I am unable to choose my seats prior to going up and the fact that to get a ‘good’ seat you have to get there at least an hour prior to the game,” said Hilliger. Not all that student had to say was negative, however. Fourth year Scott Ringwelski shared one of the more optimistic of student responses about the new entrance procedure. “I think it’s a good idea. It’s more difficult for students, but I think it’s going to raise attendance.” In fact, one of the main positive outcomes from the new system which has been noted by many is the increase in student attendance. Hilliger expressed, “I think that the new system is great because there
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are more students now than I have seen at games in past years.” Leppek agreed, stating, “The one good thing is that it’s filling up the stands.” Getting more students in the stands earlier has certainly created a hyped-up pre-game atmosphere in the arena which carries over into the game. This has had a positive impact on the athletes who look forward to playing in front of a buzzing crowd. Despite mixed feelings from students about the new entrance procedure to hockey games, attendance is up, and the entertainment value of games is as high as ever. Even if the hour-long wait is an inconvenience, the fact that the stands are filling up early is a testament to the students’ willingness to cope with the new system and overall dedication to the sport. Given a great Division I hockey team and an arena full of energized fans, there’s no better place to be than the Mac when Michigan Tech Hockey is in town.
“Even if the hour-long wait is an inconvenience, the fact that the stands are filling up early is a testament to the students’ willingness to cope with the new system and overall dedication to the sport.”
Varsity Events Schedule: November 19-25 Tuesday, 19
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**@ Alas. Anchorage, 11:07 p.m. Vs. Southwest Minn. St. @ 7 p.m.
**@ Alas. Anchorage, 11:07 p.m.
Vs. Minn. Duluth @ 3 p.m.
** Conference Match Monday, 25
Michigan Tech Lode
Tuesday, November 19
Aggressive defense leads to big win JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer
Senior, Austin Armga attempts a pair of free throws in Saturday’s matchup against Minnesota Duluth. Armga led the Huskies in scoring and tied his personal career high with 29 points.
Photo by Maxwell Curtis
The Tech Men’s Basketball team won their match on Saturday, Nov. 16, by 20 points against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The final score was 78-58 in a game that was controlled by the Huskies for the majority of play. The game started slowly for the Huskies. The Bulldogs rushed to a 6-0 lead and worked up to a seven point lead just 4:42 into the game. This would tie for Duluth’s biggest lead thus far and prove to be their biggest lead of the night. After a slow opening, the game belonged to the Huskies. “We picked up our defensive intensity and from there it took off,” said Austin Armga. The Huskies were able to take their first lead in the midst of an 11-0 scoring run. Armga had six of these points. The Huskies were led by Austin Armga, the senior guard. He tied his career high with 29 points over 33 minutes of play. The last time he got 29 points was in his first career game as a Husky in 2010. The Huskies’ first lead proved to be the only one they needed, as they led the rest of the night. The Huskies ended the half up 39-25. The second half was also controlled by the Huskies. Their biggest lead was 24 points with 1:17 left in the game. The Bulldogs fought to 12 points out with 5:04 left on the clock but were unable to get any closer than that. Tech’s aggressive defensive play put an end to any potential comebacks. Other big performers for the Tech squad were Ben Stelzer, who went six for six from the free throw line, earning 18 points on the night. His seven points over a 1:40 span helped set the pace at the beginning of the second half. Alex Cully also lead the team with three steals. This game marked the return of Jordan Reetz, playing in the SDC for the first time since leaving Tech for Minnesota Duluth. The Huskies held him to three points in the matchup. This was his second time playing against his former team. He had nine points in a victory over the Huskies last year in Duluth. “We always want to get the best of each other,” said Austin Armga after the game. Tech certainly got the upper hand in this one. Tech won a good game against a tough opponent. This young team has had a good start to the season, but there will be many more tough opponents to come. The Huskies have the potential for a great season, and if they play like they did against Minnesota Duluth, they will get it.
Tech curls in first tournament of the year Continued from page13 is not yet cold enough for the ice to form. It may even be a little while until it gets cold enough for them to begin practicing. Another obstacle is having only three players travel with the team. This team goes to most events with only the minimum number of players required instead of the customary four. “This sport gets tiring, and it can be tough playing without that break,” said Jeff. “It is a cardio-intensive exercise.”
But maybe this curling club does better with a little adversity. Last year, the Tech Curling Club only played with three players at most events and was invited to nationals. Teams get selected through a point-based system which recognizes event appearances and doing well in tournaments. Tech made it in last year. The club ended up winning one match and losing two others. The community has been very supportive
of the team. “They help host events, let us use their facilities and will often help us with meals for the other teams,” said Jeff. The curling community itself is very helpful and supportive. “It is a gentleman’s sport. The people are down to earth and we have a good time getting together,” said Jeff. It is common for hosting organizations to provide a meal for their events. This is just one example of the general kindness you see
when traveling to places to curl. The club has fun, is free and is a good way to meet many people. “If we have enough guys, we will go up to the ice and play around on Tech nights on Mondays,” said Jeff. Everybody throws rocks, everybody sweeps and everyone has fun. The Tech Curling Club wants you to come check them out. For more information, contact Jeff Schwartz at email@example.com.
Events November 19 - Decemeber 2 LeaderShape Applications due!
Friday, Nov. 22. Midnight. Student Activities
Learn to “lead with integrity” with Tech’s LeaderShape program, a week-long leadership development conference that teaches students leadership techniques through interactive and energentic methods. To learn more or to apply check out the LeaderShape website: www.mtu.edu/student-activities/leadership/LeaderShape/
Zumba Shake ‘n Bake Party
Thursday, Nov. 21. 7 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. $15. SDC Studio
Need to make room for all that Tryptophan? Go shake it out at the SDC Studio for one last workout, dancing to all your favorite songs during an evening session of Zumba! The cost is $15.
Saturday, Dec. 7. Midnight Zipcar.com
Zipcar is a member-based car sharing service that allows students, 18-years-old or older, to use the zip cars by the hour or the day with gas and insurance included. To sign up, visit Zipcar.com/campus. Use promo code THANKSGIVING13 by December 7th and you’ll get $50 in free driving! P.S. Already a member? Use the promo code TURKEY13 to get $15 in credit for a late-night snack run while you’re studying for finals.*
Sunday, Nov. 24. 10 p.m. Banweb
Just a reminder that registration will be closed until Nov. 24th. After this brief closure, registration will re-open, allowing you to adjust your schedule for the spring semester!
Friday, Nov. 22-Dec.1.
So it’s finally here!! The much anticipated holiday of the American Culture for all MTU’s students. Be sure to get all of your homework done because we all know that it won’t get done over break...especially with all that food in your tummy that makes you tired. Have a great Thanksgiving Break and be sure to express all that you are thankful for. As for us at the Lode, we will take a break until we release the next issue on December 3.
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“Seeing my family and friends”
What are you looking forward to most for Thanksgiving Break? -Sasha Burnett
Wesley Cilek “Seeing my dog”
Stephanie Peterson “Seeing family in Virginia”