Michigan Tech policies on winter conduct
KSO performs Beethoven’s Fifth
Women’s basketball looks to continue improving
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Rozsa auctions Christmas trees for Class Acts outreach program MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer A small forest of Christmas trees has appeared in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Among those are some very special trees, all of them donated by local businesses and artisans. These trees are a part of an ongoing auction, with the proceeds going to the Rozsa’s Class Acts program, which is used to bring performances to children in local schools. The auction of these special trees is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to come to the Rosza box office and obtain a bidder number during normal business hours, which are noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Once someone has a bidder number, that person can come to bid on the trees at any time during those hours. The trees available for auction are mostly smaller trees, about 2 feet in height, decorated with various ornaments and items. One tree is adorned with clay tiles sculpted by a local artist and made with clay from the local area. Another tree is decorated with stars made from
Rozsa calendars from previous years, crafted by Assistant Professor of Theater Kaylen Larson. Another tree holds photographs taken by members of the student organization Art Revolutionizing Tech. All of the trees have additional information about them where they are displayed, including who donated the tree and anything that makes the ornaments unique or special. The auction will continue until this Saturday, the 11th. The trees are auctioned together with all ornaments on them as one item, and some trees start as low as $25 while some are currently bidding as high as $100. One tree is decorated with handmade jewelery with an estimated value of $300. In addition to coming to bid, guests are also welcome to come by and donate if they do not wish to bid but still want to contribute to the Class Acts program. Class Acts is an outreach program hosted by the Rozsa dedicated to bringing the performing arts to schoolchildren in the Copper Country Intermediary school district. Class Acts holds performances at every grade
Christmas trees in the Rozsa: Each Christmas tree in the Rozsa is open for bidding. The bids will go to the Class Acts outreach program to help educate and entertain students in the Copper Country Intermediary school district. Photo by Caitlin Pionke
level from Kindergarten to 12th, with performances that aim to be educational and entertaining and to enrich the curriculum of young students. More information about the
Class Acts program is available at http://www.rozsa.mtu.edu/ classacts. These trees stand waiting in the Rozsa lobby, waiting for someone to come admire or to
Conclusion reached in Adler case Former Michigan Technological University Biological Sciences professor, Dr. John Adler, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a two year misdemeanor, on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Adler, who was previously the Department Chair of Biological Sciences, officially retired from Michigan Tech on Oct. 15, 2010. “He is, and will be, greatly missed as our colleague, as a
valued teacher in the Biological Sciences, and as a friend to many of the Faculty, both within Biological Sciences and across Campus. His 28 years of service to MTU were exemplary, and it is not possible to highlight the number of students and colleagues that he so positively influenced over the years,” stated Dr. Michael Gibson, current Biological Sciences Department Chair.
Adler was arraigned Sept. 10 on CSC charges against a boy who he had met through Boy Scouts of America close to the end of 2008. The boy had been staying at Adler’s house when the incident occurred between the ends of 2008, to the middle of 2009. Adler had been charged with two counts of CSC charges, both second and fourth-degree. The second-degree charges had been
bid on them. Students and the general public are welcome to stop by, admire the work and crafts of local artisans, and to support the performing arts and local schools.
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dropped in return for his plea of guilty to the fourth-degree charges. Had he been found guilty of the second-degree charges, Adler would have been facing a 15-year felony. No sentencing date has been set yet; however, Adler is facing two years in prison along with mandatory registration on the sex offenders’ list.
First Diversion Night hosted by Concordia Student Ministries KIMBERLY GRIGG Lode Writer Last Saturday night Concordia Student Ministries held their Diversion Night in Fisher 125. This night was a night filled with games, food, and fun. There was games played from old school Nintendo 64 to Guitar Hero. There were even games such as Apples to Apples and Egyptian Rat Screw played. This is the first time the group has held an event like this on campus, but they regularly meet and have a time of fun and fellowship like this. The group holds similar
events every Saturday around the same time. These events are not located on campus though, they are located at the Concordia Lutheran Student Center (CLSC), which is 217 Blanche Street in Hancock. This is located on the street across the road from the Library and is directly across the street from the Sig Aps Fraternity. Concordia Student Ministries is apart of St Peter and Paul Lutheran Church. There is no need to be apart of this church to get involved with Concordia Student Ministries, but many students involved with Concordia Student Ministries are involved with this church. Some
Diversion Night Activities: Students participating in the first Diversion Night on campus by the Concordia Lutheran Student Chapter. The students played games such as Apples to Apples (shown above) and video games. Photo by Jacob Shuler
ways you can get involved with the group is to show up at one of their events or join a committee to help the group with it’s mission statement, which is
“Concordia Student Ministries is a Michigan Tech Student Organization focused on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through community outreach,
service, and fellowship.” To get more involved contact Zach Olsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by the Concordia Student Lutheran Center.
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Michigan Tech policies on winter conduct ERIKA PEABODY Lode Writer Winter has officially hit the Houghton area and campus is covered in snow. This is the time of year where snowball fights run rampant and getting shoved into a snowbank by a friend is normal. However, many students are unaware of the rules on campus about these very things. The Michigan Tech Code of Conduct has general rules against disruptive/disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. During the winter months, snowball fights fall under this rule. Snowballs can contain ice and can potentially cause harm. The Residential Life staff has been instructed to write students up who are breaking this rule. So think twice the next time you are on campus and have the urge to chuck a snowball at your oblivious friend. Also, some students have been seen snowboarding and sledding down McNair Hill. This also falls under reckless endangerment
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and can get students in trouble. Remember that US-41 is right next to that hill and if a student accidentally slid into the road off the hill, it would be the University’s responsibility. Keep the sledding and snowboarding on the ski hill, where is is safer and allowed. However, if you feel the sudden urge to build a snowman on campus, feel relieved because contrary to what some students believe, that is allowed. It is a common misconception that you have to ask permission to build a snowman on campus, similar to chalking. However, that is untrue. As for other snow and winter related activities, if you are unsure whether it is allowed or not stop to think whether it could be considered disruptive, disorderly or cause harm to you or another student. If you are unsure, ask a member of the ResLife staff or consult the Michigan Tech Code of Conduct. Remember, you are better safe than sorry and if you still don’t know whether it is allowed, just don’t do it.
Michigan Tech senior wins national award
Brian Bellmore recieves the award: Brian Bellmore receives award from the Association of State Damn Safety Officials Awards Program emcee and earns a $7,500 scholarship. Congratulations Brian! Photo courtesy of The Association of State Dam Safety Officials
MTU Senior Brian Bellmore Receives $7,500 Scholarship and Trip to National Dam Engineering Conference Brian Bellmore, a senior undergraduate in Civil Engineering and Surveying Engineering at Michigan Technological University, has received a $7,500 scholarship from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), a national non-profit organization of more than 3,000 members. ASDSO honored Mr. Bellmore at its annual Awards Banquet, part of the “Dam Safety 2010” conference held in late September in Seattle. Mr. Bellmore’s activities at MTU include the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, the TriHall Weight Lifting Club, and membership in the student chapters of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping and the American
Society of Civil Engineers. He has completed six summer internships with firms in four states: Coleman Engineering, Michigan; William H. Smith and Associates, Colorado; Mead and Hunt, California; and J.F. Brennan Marine, Wisconsin. In these positions Mr. Bellmore gained valuable experience in surveying, HEC-RAS modeling, spillway design, and use of ARCGIS and Civil 3D. Brian is pursuing a career as a civil engineer in water resources and plans to graduate in Spring 2011. ASDSO President and Scholarship Committee Chairman John Moyle notes, “ASDSO is proud to play a role in the development of our nation’s future leaders. We hope that our scholarship program helps direct outstanding students such as Mr. Bellmore to careers in dam engineering and dam safety.”
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Enterprise of the week: Blizzard Baja Enterprise REBEKAH PRICE Lode Writer Blizzard Baja Enterprise is a competitive enterprise with a reason to be proud. With a lot of awards won in design and speed, Baja is in the top of its league. The current Baja vehicle is one of the fastest cars in the nation; in an unofficial race, the vehicle was a full 12 seconds ahead of the 2nd place vehicle. All of these feats were made possible through optimization engineering. The current car is in its second year of use, and it is being optimized by re-designing parts and replacing a lot of the metal with carbon fiber. The last-generation vehicle has lost 40 pounds thanks to the use of carbon fiber. Baja designs and fabricates almost every part of the car, including the clutches and gear box, in the machine shop on the first floor of the M&M. This allows for the optimization of the vehicle, allowing Baja to do so well in their competitions. There are three national competitions that they compete in each year, hosted by the Society
of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Josh Mullins joined Baja, because “I am a gear head and like to work with my hands.” Bret Schulte joined for similar reasons but “also saw this as a great opportunity to get in contact with some of the companies in the automotive industry [through the Advanced Motorsports Teams].” The Advanced Motorsports Teams include Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile, Supermileage Systems, Formula 1, Aerospace, and Ecocar enterprises. After a 7-semester tenure in the enterprise program, Vaughn Schrotenboer said that “between the machine shop, driving the cars and overall learning experience I know I made the right choice.” There are a lot of team-bonding experiences through all the competitions and invitational races hosted by Baja. One such invitational race is the Winter Baja hosted in Lake Linden, Michigan. It is the only race held on a snow track. This year’s Winter Baja is Feb. 19, 2011. Students in Baja learn how to use the software program Unigraphics extremely well, gain technical skills such as welding,
machining, and also get presentation skills, leadership skills, and project management skills. There is also a great relationship between the Baja enterprise and their sponsors.The sponsors even give preference to Baja students when filling positions in their companies. Schrotenboer says that “the Baja enterprise is a valuable experience to anyone interested in design and fabrication as well as leadership and project management. It provides an opportunity to apply what you have learned in class in a real world setting.” Schulte also agrees that, “We are all sponsored by some pretty big names. If you want to get into the automotive industry or just like to work on cars, these teams are your foot in the doors of these companies.” The executive members of Blizzard Baja are: Bret Schulte, President; Josh Mullins, Vehicle Manager; Vaughn Schrotenboer, Business Manager; and Dr. Brett Hamlin, advisor. Meetings are Monday at 5 p.m. in Dillman 204. If you are interested in Blizzard Baja, contact Bret at btschult@ mtu.edu.
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Holiday reminder for students going home The Lode wants to make sure that all students who are heading home for the holidays remember to take a few things into consideration before they leave.
If you live in the dorms and plan to head home for Christmas break, make sure to check with your residential advisor (RA) to find out what you and your
roommate(s) will have to do before you leave. Normal requests are to turn off all of the lights in your room, unplug any electronics and to clean out and thaw all refridgerators. Your RA might have more for you to do before you leave. All residence hall entrances will be locked at 8 p.m. on Dec. 17. Residents can access their hall until noon on Saturday, Dec. 18. The halls will reopen at noon on Saturday, Jan. 8. If you wish to remain in the dorms over break, you will need to request permission from the Housing Office (www.mtu.edu/housing). Residents who want to leave their cars on campus must park in the northwest section of commuter Lot 26 by 7 a.m, Dec. 19.
Your car will be ticketed and towed away if it is not moved by this time. Vehicles must be returned to their regular lots by midnight, Jan. 9. Remember to plan ahead for bad road conditions and charge your cell phone ahead of time to make sure it’s ready if you need it. Since many students leave on the same day, try finding another group who will be leaving at the same time you are and drive as a group. The Lode thanks you for your readership and we hope you continue to be a loyal reader in Spring 2011.
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KSO performs Beethoven’s Fifth NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra performed their second concert of the 2010-2011 season this Saturday. After their presentation of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations in Calumet, the KSO has returned to the Rozsa center to perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, as will as Georges Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 and Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess. The first piece, Romanian Rhapsody, was written in 1901 as an adaptation of Romanian folk music. Following was the Ravel, composed around the same time (1902), which contrasting from the Enescu draws its inspiration from the French Impressionist movement. The Fifth Symphony was written a century earlier, from 1804-08, around the time Beethoven’s deafness began to truly set in. Ironically, it is his first really famous work. It is somewhat lesser known, but certainly notable, for introducing new concepts to the musical world of the time, such as making the fourth movement of a symphony the most important instead of the first. It also marked the first time the trombone, piccolo, and contrabassoon were used in symphonic music. The concert was expanded
somewhat beyond simply playing the music. To introduce the Enescu and Ravel pieces, KSO director Dr. Joel Neves gave some background experience to the audience. For the Enescu, a guest read some Romanian poetry. In addition, recordings of the original folk songs the piece was adapted from were played over the auditorium speakers, followed by the sections of the piece that adapt those songs. Before the Ravel, a projector displayed some examples of Impressionist art to give the audience an idea of what exactly Impressionism was. This concert was the third in a series of technically difficult performances for the KSO, with the other two being the Bernstein Beat from April of the last season, and their performance of Enigma Variations in October. Dr. Neves said that while the difficult pushes the orchestra, which counts a large number of students among its membership, to the limits of its musical ability, it also helps the orchestra grow in its musical ability. The KSO’s next performance will be on February 12, when it will perform a pops concert featuring the first movement of the Fifth Symphony, Romanian Rhapsody and Pavane for a Dead Princess, as well as some selections from the October concert.
This week at Film Board:
Barney Ross leads the “Expendables”, a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. Written by The Massie Twins
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“Christmas in Calumet” NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor Calumet’s downtown will be alive with the spirit of Christmas this weekend. Through its annual “Christmas in Calumet” event, which runs through December, the downtown will have a number of Christmasthemed activities. This weekend will be the second this year; it began last week and ends the
weekend after. Most of the festivities are from 11 am to 3 pm. During this time, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available through the downtown. In addition, strolling musicians will perform music in specific locations and carolers will tour the downtown. Until 1:00, kids will be able to visit Santa and get free goodie bags at Rowe Furniture. Following that Santa and his “goodie bag” will move
through various downtown locations. In the evening, Calumet High School will perform “A Charlie Brown Christmas & Frosty” at the Calumet Theater starting at 7:00, whereas the Calumet Wolverines and the West Bend Bombers will meet for a hockey game at the Coliseum at 7:30. Finally, a second showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas & Frosty” will show at the Calumet Theater Sunday at 2:00.
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Letter to the Editor: Skewed rankings, poor reporting On November 30, Lynn O’Shaughnessy published an article entitled, “25 Colleges With the Worst Professors,” at MoneyWatch.com. The post has since been picked up by HuffingtonPost.com, among other popular blogs. Michigan Technological University ranked fourth. The rankings, O’Shaughnessy
wrote, were courtesy of education think tank The Center for College Affordability & Productivity, which gathered data from RateMyProfessor.com. But she failed to mention that the site’s so-called teacher evaluations are submitted by anonymous users in an unscientific way. It seems that, instead of doing your her reporting,
O’Shaughnessy simply regurgitated the information to Internet readers en masse. Aren’t the readers deserving of a better explanation of how this list was complied? Wouldn’t it have been appropriate, if not simply polite, to reach the schools for comment? I hope students will seriously consider the ethical im-
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Women’s basketball looks to By # continue improving with experience thember nu DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor
Despite trailing for only a minute against rival Northern Michigan, the No. 19 women’s basketball Huskies needed a strong second half to stave off the hosts. The experience of getting their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win is important as the Huskies prepare for their first long road trip of the season, heading to Ohio to face GLIAC-newcomer Ohio Dominican and Tiffin. “We are still struggling a bit with playing 40 minutes,” said Huskies’ head coach Kim Cameron. “[Saturday] was a good test for them.” The Ohio Dominican Panthers are 1-4 on the season, but one of those losses came to NCAA Division opponent, Butler. The Panthers have had a rude introduction to the GLIAC, losing to Grand Valley State, 74-50, and to Ferris State, 70-64. “We’re learning, watching at a ton of film…they have some really good shooters,” said Cameron of the Panthers. “They are very, very scrappy. They push the ball and run a motion offense.” Junior guard Katy Rasor leads the Panthers from the
ing 11.0 points per game. Senior point guard Melissa Hersey averages a team-high 4.6 assists and 3.8 points per game. Junior guard Tracy Snider has also played well, averaging 7.0 points per game. Up front, senior forward Summer Hale is the Panthers’ most effective post player. She is tied for the team lead in scoring at 11.0 points per game, and is the team’s top rebounder at 7.2 boards per game. She averages 3.6 more rebounds than anyone else on the team. Junior forward Shelly Warren is also dangerous Specialist: Freshman guard Kelcey Traynoff near the basket, fires a three-pointer earlier this season. as she averages 5.2 points per Photo by Ben Wittbrodt game. The Tiffin backcourt. She is tied for the Dragons will likely be the Husteam lead in scoring, averag- kies’ most difficult opponent
thus far. The Dragons are 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC after defeating the Ferris State Bulldogs by 10, 75-65, last Thursday. They start four guards, a look the Huskies haven’t seen yet this season. Junior guard Mandy Jaeb, the GLIAC’s leading scorer last season, has been nothing short of dominant this season, averaging 17.5 points. What makes Jaeb so dangerous is that she doesn’t settle for three-pointers, as she only makes about two per game, instead she shoots from everywhere. Sophomore guard Karli Mast is developing into a nice second option for the Dragons as well, averaging 13.2 points per game. “Tiffin was really young when they joined the conference,” said Cameron. “They are doing great…we have our work cut out for us.” Sophomore forward Jessica Harris has developed into a very effective post player for the Dragons as she averages 10.3 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. Game times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Ohio Dominican and Saturday against Tiffin at 3 p.m. Check out our web site, mtulode.com/sports, after each game for a detailed recap of the action.
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seniors on the men’s Nordic Ski team. There are four members from Michigan, three from Minnesota, and two each from Alaska, Wisconsin, and Norway.
seniors onthe women’s Nordic Ski team. Kristen Monahan and Jill Smith are both key members of the team and hail from Minnesota.
consecutive losses by the hockey Huskies. The streak began Oct. 29 with a 5-2 loss at Wisconsin and was extended last weekend against Colorado College.
average number of points (13.2) per game by junior forward Lindsey Lindstrom, the top scorer of the women’s basketball team.
number of threepointers made by the men’s basketball team in a 109-84 victory over rival Northern Michigan in Marquette, Mich.
Schedules/Results Visit gliac.org for full standings W. Basketball (4-1, 1-0 GLIAC) Nov. 27 vs. CSP, W, 78-70 Dec. 4 at North. Mich., W, 77-65 Thurs. at Ohio Dom., 7:30 p.m. Sat. at Tiffin, 3 p.m.
M. Basketball (6-1, 1-0 GLIAC) Nov. 28 at UW-Parkside, W, 71-62 Dec. 4 at North. Mich., W, 109-84 Thurs. at Ohio Dom., 5:30 p.m. Sat. at Tiffin, 1 p.m.
Nordic Skiing Dec. 11-12 at NMU Wildcat Dec. 18-19 at MW JOQ Sprints Jan. 2-8 at US Nat’l. Champ. Jan. 15-16 at NCAA Qualifier
Hockey (3-8-2, 1-8-1 WCHA) Dec. 3 vs. Col. College, L, 7-3 Dec. 4 vs. Col. College, L, 5-0 Thurs. at Neb.-Omaha, 8:30 p.m. Fri. at Neb.-Omaha, 8:30 p.m. Visit wcha.com for full standings
The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Daver Karnosky, editor in chief Stephen Anderson, business manager Jacob Vehring and you, the reader, via online poll. Stephen Anderson won last year and has won two of the last three years (former opinion editor Rob Devaun with the other win). This will be a weekly feature where each editor picks his winners of the three biggest games/series of the week and backs up his decisions with a short rant. THIS WEEK: Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals, Oakland Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars
JACOB VEHRING Business Manager 2-1 Last Week, 26-13 Overall
STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief 2-1 Last Week, 22-17 Overall
DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor 2-1 Last Week, 15-24 Overall
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Good luck with exams everyone, and have some Happy Holidays! As my gift to you I will deliver some amazing sports knowledge. In the college football national championship I think Auburn will prevail because they have faced good competition week after week, whereas Oregon has only had one close game. In the NHL, Pittsburgh will take the Winter Classic this year, as Washington just has just not been as good as they were last year. In the NFL, Jacksonville will be a couple of games up on the Colts after they beat Oakland this weekend.
Nobody has been able to stop soon-to-be Heisman winner Cam Newton yet, and, as good as Oregon is, they won’t either as Auburn wins the national championship. I cannot stand Sidney Crosby, so there’s no way I can take the Pens -- particularly after what they’ve done to my Red Wings recently. Pittsburgh has been hot, but they’ll cool off to start 2011, as the Caps hand them a tough loss. Who knows what to expect with these two NFL teams. Jacksonville is flying under the radar, but so are the Raiders. McFadden and Bush will both have big games for Oakland, who will challenge KC for the division lead by season’s end.
For the final week of 2010, I know that I cannot catch everyone else, but I can at least begin to start climbing the ladder. The Oakland Raiders have had a quiet resurgence this season, and the NFL sure could use a continuation of their strong play, as they have one of the most colorful fan bases. I guess having Jason Campbell also helps. I can’t see Auburn losing the national championship as long as Cam Newton remains eligible. Sorry Ducks’ fans. Besides, your team has ugly jerseys anyway. Finally, the Penguins are the hottest team in the NHL, and I don’t see them slowing down just because they will be playing outside. Again, sorry Caps’ fans, the Alexs will lose this Winter Classic.
Each week, we’ll let you the reader vote in our Editor’s Shootout online poll at www.mtulode.com/sports/2010/12/9/ editors-shootout-polls-7/. The majority of the vote for each match-up will be the chosen team, and your cumulative record will get put alongside our three wannabe experts. We’ll run this feature through the entire year and see who comes out on top.
Tigers, 35-33 Penguins, 5-2
Tigers, 30-26 Capitals, 5-3
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Men’s basketball heads to Ohio looking for a pair of wins DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor After dropping 13 threepointers in a 109-84 victory over their rivals, the Northern Michigan Wildcats, the men’s basketball Huskies head into this weekend looking for two more wins in their longest, distancewise, road trip of the season. The Huskies travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference newcomer, Ohio Dominican, on Thursday and Tiffin on Saturday. “Certainly our three-point range is hot right now,” said Huskies’ head coach Kevin Luke. “If guys are open, I hope they shoot it.” The Ohio Dominican Panthers (2-5 overall, 0-2 GLIAC)
have started their season by going 2-3 in nonconference play. One of their three losses came to Southern Indiana. Last weekend, the Panthers were rudely introduced to GLIAC play by No. 16 Grand Valley State, 80-53, and also by Ferris State, 86-60. The Panthers’ offense is very similar to what the Huskies have run the last couple of seasons: get the ball in close and make highpercentage shots. Junior forward Aaron Gibbs leads the Panthers in scoring and rebounds, averaging 11.6 and 6.9 per game, respectively. Gibbs also leads the team in assists at 2.4 per game. Junior center Zak Kapron has also been effective for the Panthers, averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. “If you go down to their place and take a night off, you are going to get zapped,” said Luke.
Sophomore point guard Morgan Jones leads a young Panthers’ back court with 9.1 points and 2.1 assists per game. Jones also has a team-high 10 steals. Junior guard Jake Mochoskay has played well, averaging 6.6 points per game and leading the team in blocks with six. The Tiffin Dragons haven’t fared any better than their in state rivals. The Dragons are 2-4 on the season with two of those losses coming to Ferris State and Grand Valley State. In their losses, the Dragons have been outscored by an average of almost 26 points per game. “Tiffin has not won many league games the last two years, but they are on the verge,” said Luke. “They are scratching to make sure they fit into this league somehow.” Freshman guard Joe Graessle
has been the most consistent threat for the Dragons in the early going. He’s led the team in scoring three times, averages a team-high 15.5 points per game, and is second on the team in assists at 2.2 per game. Graessle doesn’t mind putting up threepointers, averaging 8.8 attempts per game. Junior guard Karl Finley is the only other Dragons’ player averaging double digits in scoring at 12.5 points per game. Finley is tied for the team lead in steals with six. Senior guard Brian Scott has been great off the bench, averaging 17.5 minutes and 8.2 points per game. Scott is third on the team with 2.0 assists per game. Junior forward Travis Spahr has been very effective near the basket for the Dragons, averaging 9.2 points and a team-high
8.0 rebounds per game. Senior center Rafael Cuellar has also played well under the hoop, averaging 7.5 rebounds and 7.2 points per game. The Huskies are coming off their hottest shooting game of the season. They averaged 66.7 percent from the field while dismantling the Northern Michigan Wildcats. It was the second time this season that the Huskies scored 100+ points, and the second time freshman guard Austin Armga scored at least 20 points. Armga and freshman guard Alex Culy are both averaging 12.9 points per game. The game against the Panthers on Thursday will take place at 5:30 p.m. The game with the Dragons will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Check out our web site, mtulode.com/sports, after each game for a detailed recap.
Huskies look to end losing streak at Omaha JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer This weekend marks the first Western Collegiate Hockey Associaion meeting between the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and the hockey Huskies. Both teams are coming off losses this past weekend, the Mavericks dropping two games to Bemidji State and the Huskies falling to Colorado College. The Huskies are undefeated at Omaha, as the team traveled to Nebraska during the 1997-98 season and went undefeated in that series. Team Scope: The Mavericks:
After losing both games this weekend, the Mavericks fell several places to No. 9 in latest USA Today and USA Hockey Magazine polls, and to No. 10 in the uscho.com poll. The Mavericks are 6-3-1 in WCHA play and 9-4-1 overall. They are ranked fifth in the WCHA for their penalty kill (.846) and tenth for the power play (14.6). The bulk of the goaltending duties in conference play have belonged to sophomore John Faulkner who has played all of the conference minutes and has a .913 save percentage in WCHA action. At home, the Mavericks are 3-1-0 and average 3.30 goals per game
in conference play. The Huskies: The Huskies have faced several adversities the past few weeks with injuries taking out three of the four captains and three of four seniors. Adding to the challenge of dwindling numbers on the bench, the Huskies are playing the Mavericks for the first time in years and are not familar with them. One challenge noted by head coach Jamie Russell is not knowing their team and being the away team. “One of the big things for us is controlling highs and lows when on the road,” said Russell. “When the home team gets momentum you have to show good poise and
good maturity, [players need to] keep the game simple with and without the puck.” The Huskies are 0-4-0 on the road and are averaging 2.6 goals per game in conference play. The Huskies are ranked fifth in the WCHA for the power play at 19.5 percent. Who’s Hot: Mavericks: Junior forward Alex Hudson leads the team in overall points with 15 and is +5 in WCHA play. Senior forward Rich Purslow is second on the team in shots on net with 73 and second with points, having nine in WCHA play. Huskies: The freshman line
of Johnstone, Furne, Gordic has been the top line for the Huskies earning the majority of the points for the team. They will again be counted on to lead the Huskies on the score sheet this weekend. The Bottom Line: The Huskies face big challenges this weekend with having team leaders out of the lineup combined with being on the road. The Huskies will need to stay focused on what they do well and not let the memory of past games cloud their confidence. With strong mental fortitude, the Huskies can come out on top.
Nordic Skiers host Michigan Tech Challenge DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Over the past weekend, the men’s and women’s Nordic Ski teams hosted the Michigan Tech Challenge. On Saturday, neither team could find their stride during the freestyle races. On Sunday, they both did much better in the classic races. The men finished third both days and third for the weekend. The women finished third on Saturday and second on Sunday, placing second overall. Junior Jesse Smith paced the men’s team on Saturday, finishing the 10-kilometer race in 29:39. The time was good for 10th
overall. The next best Huskies’ time was set by junior Petter Sjulstad, who finished in 30:05, good for 13th. Sophomores Matt Wong and Matt Dugan were the next two finishers at 30:12 and 30:14, respectively. Juniors Colin Singleton (30:31), Andy Keller (30:34), and Luke Gesior (30:37) finished 17th, 18th and 19th. Sophomore Lynn Duijndam led the women’s team with a sixth place finish, finishing the five-kilometer race in 16:32. Sophomore Sarah Daniels finished 11th overall after completing the course in 16:52. Freshman Malin Eriksson was third on the team at 17:10, good for 13th overall. Junior Christina Michica finished the course in 17:22,
good for 15th. Three more Huskies, senior Kristen Monahan (17:48), junior Jackie Pribyl (17:50), and senior Jill Smith (18:04) rounded out the 18th through 20th spots overall. On Sunday, Gesior was the top men’s team finisher in the 10-kilometer race with a time of 33:10, good for fourth overall. Sophomore Sondre Sandvik finished right behind Gesior, with a time of 33:14. Four more Huskies finished ninth through 12th: Smith (33:50), Dugan (34:00), Sjulstad (34:12), and Keller (34:33). Ericksson paced the women’s team by finishing second with a time of 19:17 for the five-kilometer race. Daniels finished right behind her at
19:21. Duijndam was the only other Huskies’ skier in the top10 as she posted a time of 20:06, which placed her ninth. Three other Huskies finished the top-20: Pribyl (20:35) fin-
ished 13th, Michica (20:44) finished 15th, and Smith finished 20th with a time of 21:50. Both teams return to action this weekend in Marquette, Mich., at the NMU Wildcat Open.
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Hockey Huskies prepare for 46th annual Great Lakes Invitational at
Alex MacLeod attempts a shot on net in last year’s 10-1 loss against Michigan State in the first game of the 2009 Great Lakes Invitational.
JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer Pulled Line: “It’s the most prestigious tournament over Christmas break… it’s a tremendous opportunity for us as a program to host it every year,” said Huskies head coach Jamie Russell. In the 1960’s the National Hockey League (NHL) was undergoing a period of expansion for the first time. Since the Great Depression, six teams east of the Mississippi had competed every season for the coveted Stanley Cup. In 1963, however, talks began on expanding the league to include teams in the western United States. Although only two of the original six teams in the NHL were from Canada, the majority of the players in the league were Canadian. The lack in players from the United States was attributed to a lack of interest in the sport, which many people saw as a problem. One of these critics was legendary Michigan Tech hockey coach John MacInnes, who sought to fix the problem by creating a college hockey tournament showcasing American players. As the story goes, the idea for a tournament was born during a conversation between MacInnes, Olympia Stadium manager Lincoln Cavaleri and Detroit Redwings scout Jack Paterson. As the men were discussing the issue, they developed the idea of a prestigious college tournament that would expose the sport of hockey to potential players and fans. The idea of the tournament finally took flight when American
Eric Kattelus tips a puck past the Wolverines goaltender, but the Huskies went on to lose to the University of Michigan 5-3 in the 2009 third-place game.
Airlines vice of Michigan was Wednesday, December 29 president Jack named a co-host of 4:06 p.m. Michigan State vs. Colorado College Tompkins, a forthe tournament. mer University of The GLI became 7:36 p.m. University of Michigan vs. Michigan Tech Michigan goalie, more popular evwho was also a ery year. Between Thursday, December 30 member of the the years of 1967 4:06 p.m. Third Place Game Red Wings orgaand 1968, the 7:36 p.m. Championship Game nization, took an tournament went interest. from about 2,000 In 1965 the spectators to over partnership was be held until the new Red Wing’s 8,000. The goals of finally successful and created the facility the Joe Louis Arena, was the tournament were being realprestigious tournament they had built in 1979. Traditionally, it has ized as more people became exbeen hoping for: the participants been held in between Christmas posed to hockey. that year included the Boston and New Years, attracting many The tournament has become University, University of Toronto, visitors over the holiday break. one of the most prestigious coland the host team Michigan Michigan Tech is always the lege hockey tournaments and Tech. host of the tournament, and for holiday sporting events. The GLI The tournament was origi- many years the other three par- holds the record for the largest nally played in Detroit’s Olympia ticipating teams were always dif- crowd at a hockey game in North Stadium, where it continued to ferent. In 1976, the University America, with 21,576 attendees,
Hockey History: Captain John Haines and head coach John MacInnes accept the 1968 GLI Championship trophy. The 1967-68 squad was the first Tech team to capture a GLI title.
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which was at the 1984 championship game between Michigan State and Michigan Tech. “It’s the most prestigious tournament over Christmas break… it’s a tremendous opportunity for us as a program to host it every year,” said Huskies head coach Jamie Russell of the importance of the tournament for Michigan Tech hockey. In recent years, the tournament has grown to include Michigan State as a third permanent member. Having been started by Husky legend John MacInnes, and Michigan Tech being the host, the GLI is an important part of Michigan Tech hockey history. The award for Most Valuable Player is named for MacInnes and has been won by a Husky five times. The Huskies were also the first team to win the GLI tournament and hold several tournament records such as most saves in a game. “I grew up watching the tournament and its fun to be able to get the opportunity to play in it now”, said Husky goaltender Josh Robinson. During the tournament Michigan Tech is well represented in the stands by a large crowd of students and alumni. “Its fun to be cheering them on [at the GLI],” said Michigan Tech student Sarah Mets of being at the tournament, “The environment is so much different from back in Houghton and it makes a good game and a good time.” The tournament continues to draw fans and hockey players, from Michigan Tech or not. The Great Lakes Invitational continues to be one of the most prominent tournaments in college hockey today.
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