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CHTC has new recreation trails in the works EVAN MAYER Lode Writer For those who call the Keweenaw Peninsula home, the long winters shouldn’t be a cause for moaning and groaning. Many UP residents, and students at Michigan Tech, love the area because of the outdoor recreation opportunities that are available. A new opportunity is in store, thanks in part to the Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC). The CHTC currently has over 25 miles of scenic single-track trails, which are linked to even more adjacent trails and thousands of acres of forestland. But after the state of Michigan recently purchased land on the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the CHTC began drooling over the property as it offered an ideal opportunity to expand its trail system to include a hiking and biking trail. The project has piqued the interest of several people, businesses and organizations in the region that are hoping to assist. Among this group is Michigan Tech’s very own School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences. So far two phases have been planned in the project. The first phase would connect the Copper Harbor trails to Mandan Road and Horseshoe Harbor. This phase is planned to begin construction next year. Continued on page 2



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The Copper Harbor Trails Club is expanding their current trail system into land on the tip of the Keweenaw. The project will take place in two phases.

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A team consisting of Mike Hyslop, Aaron Rogers, who is the trail coordinator and President of the CHTC, and two Michigan Tech students, Kyle Grieshop and Sam Aden, have begun to explore a route for a possible second phase of the project, which would connect the Copper Harbor end of Lake Fanny Hooe to High Rock Bay. They have been accomplishing this by hiking part of the proposed route with a GPS unit to provide the club with a proposed map of the trail. “I thought this would give students a real world application for their class studies. This project involves many issues including land ownership, environment, economics and recreational,” Hyslop said. These are some of the many reasons why he believes this plan is worth the time, money and effort. Hyslop is the coordinator of the Master’s for Geographic Information Science Program, which is a new degree offered at Michigan Tech. There is a hope, if each stage goes right, students in this program could help map out each new section like is currently being done. If you are interested in helping the cause the CHTC wishes for you to contact them on their website (www.copperharbortrails. org).

Aaron Rogers, Kyle Grieshop, Mike Hyslop and Sam Aden are researching a route for a possible second phase of the project

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Student receives $50,000 research fellowship SASHA BURNETT Lode Writer Tia Rose Scarpelli, a junior at Michigan Tech, was recently honored a 2013 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship in the amount of $50,000. According to James Johnson, director of the national center of Environmental U.S. Protection Agency, this fellowship is awarded to undergraduate students who are evaluated through a process of proposals, peer reviews, programmatic reviews and reviews by experts in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “The GRO fellowship has been ongoing for over 30 years. [In that time,] 330 undergraduate students have received the award, amounting in a total of over $10 million,” Johnson said. The goals of the fellowship are to further student’s interests in the environment as well as tracking their post

research effects. According to Scarpelli’s research adviser, Dr. Paul Doskey, joint professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Forestry, Scarpelli started her research during the spring of her first year at Michigan Tech. “Tia is a self-starter. Normally, undergraduates come to me during their junior year asking for research. She came in with a plan at the end of her first year, so I sent her reading materials over the summer and she spent her second year working with graduate students on projects,” Doskey said. During the summer of Scarpelli’s second year, Doskey funded her on a daily basis to do research in his atmospheric lab. Scarpelli will now continue her research with the funding from her fellowship. According to Johnson, the money that Scarpelli has received from the EPA will be split up into three components: money to the institution, money for books and supplies for research and money for the cost of travel and living for an internship. The internship is required of

all students who receive the GRO fellowship. “Receiving the fellowship was surprising and exciting because it includes an internship this summer at an EPA facility,” Scarpelli said. Scarpelli will be working on her research project for the remaining two academic years of her undergraduate degree. Her research will continue in Doskey’s atmospheric lab. “The project focuses on identifying alkaline substances in the atmosphere, specifically in precipitation,” Scarpelli said. Due to an accelerated master’s program that is now available at Tech, Doskey said that Scarpelli should be able to choose the thesis option where she would be able to finish her masters in five years based on her research funded by the GRO fellowship. “I have been at Tech for five years and Tia is the first undergraduate that I have worked with. She is excellent in her course work and different from other students in that she started early,” Doskey said.

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Lake Superior lighthouses

NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Lighthouses along the coast of Lake Superior were once used to keep ships safe from the dangerous rocky shoreline. Some of these lighthouses have been automated, or disabled over time. The Eagle River lighthouse, located approximately 40 minutes north of campus in Eagle River, was established in 1854. The light was first illuminated in 1874, deactivated in 1908 and is no longer operational. Currently, the station is being used as a private residence. This station was important during the copper mining boom, helping ships navigate the hazardous shores of Lake Superior. In Eagle Harbor, just north of Eagle River, the Eagle Harbor lighthouse resides. Established in 1851, the 44 foot tower was first lit in 1871. In 1980 the light became automated. The white tower connected to the red keeper’s quarters is now open to the public. The building is also a museum and serves as active aid to those on the water. A coast guard servicemen has reported hauntings in the Eagle Harbor lighthouse and surrounding buildings. The man lived on the property from 1976-1979. During his time there, he lived in the lighthouse’s keeper building, a brown house, and in the white house on the property. During the stay he encountered strange noises and footsteps in both the keeper’s house and the white house. The Sand Hills Lighthouse is also located near Eagle Harbor. Currently serving as a bed and breakfast, the station was first

established in 1919. It was automated in 1939 and deactivated in 1954. The tower is 91 feet high and is connected to the keeper’s quarters. The Copper Harbor area near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula is home to another handful of lighthouses. The Gull Rock lighthouse off the shore of Copper Harbor was established in 1867, and was lit that same year. The light is currently still operational, and acts as an active aid to ships navigating the waters near the harbor. There is a keeper’s quarters attached to the 46 foot tower. Today the harsh environment of Lake superior has damaged the old lighthouse. The process of restoring the Gull Rock lighthouse will be a large project. The Copper Harbor lighthouse was established in 1849 and was first lit in 1866. In 1919, the light was automated and in 1933 it was deactivated. The lighthouse stands 62 feet high and has an attached keeper’s quarters. Closer to Michigan Tech, along the Portage Waterway to the east of Houghton is the Jacobsville lighthouse. Located in Jacobsville, the lighthouse station was established in 1856, and first lit in 1870. The tower is 45 feet in height. The keeper’s quarters and the lighthouse itself are now used as a private residence. In 1900, the light was decommissioned. It has since been replaced by the Keweenaw Pier Lights. Whether you are staying close to campus or traveling along the Lake Superior coastline for a trip up to Copper Harbor, lighthouses are a sight you are surely going to see.

Top Left: Jacobsville lighthouse. Right and Bottom Left: Eagle Harbor lighthouse.

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The world at a glance

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Food choices close to home

High costs for low quality food across campus LESLIE MUNDELL Guest Writer

Nelson Mandela.

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Nelson Mandela, emancipator, dies at 95 Nelson Mandela, emancipator of South Africa from white minority rule, died on Thursday, Dec. 5 at his home. He was 95 years old. Mandela spent five years as South Africa’s first black president; from 1994 to 1999. A country divided by race, South Africa became a democracy, though it was still caught in crime, poverty, corruption and disease. The government formed was an “improbable fusion of race and beliefs, including many of his former oppressors,” according to the New York Times article “Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95.” His time as president was very much devoted to “moderating the bitterness of his black electorate and to reassuring whites with fears of vengeance.” Declining a second term in office, Mandela still fought for his freedom. While the whites had continuously humiliated the people of South Africa, his people, they had also thrown him in prison for 27 years and murdered many of his friends. Mandela was always asked how he kept the hatred and anger from taking over. The main explanation for this was that Mandela was a rare breed of revolutionaries. As a statesman, he was said to be comfortable with compromise. In an interview for his obituary in 2007, Mandela answered this questions by saying, “Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.” Mandela will be buried in Qunu, the village where he grew up, according to his wishes.

Michigan Tech has made many changes in the past year, but some are more noticeable than others. Tuition isn’t the only thing that has gone up. For instance, the prices of food and drinks in the cafés around campus have dramatically increased. Despite these increases, many customers believe the quality of café food has decreased. First-year students may not notice this change, but commuters and upperclassmen do, and they have not been happy about it. The Aftermath Café, as well as the other cafes and food outlets on campus, serve hundreds students every day. Whether you are taking a study break or eating a late night snack, it is common to hear students complaining, both to each other and to café staff about the increase in food prices. Robert Hiltunen, Director of Auxiliary Services, said that the menu changed because the food wasn’t selling as well as they had wanted. Consequently, they shifted to more “customer friendly” choices. The amount of sugar, fat and sodium in café offerings

increased. Zachary Garavet, first-year computer engineering major, said, “The prices are expensive for the hot food even though it is not high quality.” Many students typically say they would like to eat healthier, but when the choice arises, we don’t always follow through on our promises. Because of our busy schedules and lack of sleep, it is more likely that we will make unhealthy choices on a regular basis and the cafés on campus seem to capitalize on this. Andrew LeSage, a second-year Biochemistry major, said, “I enjoy the wide variety of fresh food like in the Memorial Union Building, but the prices are unreasonable.” Even though there are shops and stores close to campus, such as Jim’s Foodmart and Subway where we could buy our snacks and lunches, this is not a realistic option for many. The price increases on campus are very evident. For example, students used to pay $1.75 for a standard bag of Chex-Mix. This

year, that price has jumped to $2.30. The pre-prepared salads at the Aftermath Café in Fisher Hall are $6.95. Of course, there are always lunch deals where customers can buy one thing and get another at a discount, but these deals seldom include something healthy, like fruit or yogurt. If there were to be a deal with something healthy, would more people buy it? They will never know unless they try. Colleges are meant to educate their students throughout the entire college experience, not only in the classroom. Although Michigan Tech students’ heads are filled with warnings of the Freshmen 15 over and over again, it is still an issue. Although the university does not have a nutritionist to help solve this problem, it is ultimately the individual’s choice to eat unhealthy foods. Becoming more aware of both the increase in prices and the unhealthiness of the food is something all students on campus should be more conscious about.

“The prices are expensive for the hot food even though it is not high quality.” -Zachary Garavet

Lack of farm fresh food combated by local co-ops ADAM RULISON Guest Writer In 1935, about 39 percent of Americans worked on farms. As family farms shifted to bigger, factory-style farms, the percent of Americans working on farms has dropped dramatically; the number currently stands at approximately 2 percent. Consequently, many of the Upper Peninsula’s small farmers have faded away, and with these farms gone, access to locally grown food has become scarce. People’s knowledge of their food and how it is produced has also dwindled. With poverty rates rising and low-wage jobs not keeping up with inflation, access to healthy food outside the cities and larger towns has shrunk. In the UP, about two-thirds of the adults and nearly half of the teens are overweight or obese. The evidence of families not having access to healthy, unprocessed food is obvious when lots of children can’t even identify common vegetables, as was Illustrated on the TV show Jamie’s Olives Food Revolution, a preview of which can be seen at

( In 1971, the Marquette Food CO-OP (MFC) was formed; the Keweenaw Co-op formed a few years later. By providing locally grown food to the families of the UP, the Co-ops were the first step to the re-introduction of local farm products in a public market place. Since it’s opening, the MFC has grown to employ 60 people. Their stated mission is to ensure that 1) local producers and growers of wholesome goods are supported as part of a strong and vibrant local food network 2) owners, customers, and community members are educated about food and related issues 3) owners and customers will benefit from access to local, wholesome, and fairly-traded food and products. In November of 2012, the MFC teamed up with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) to share resources and create a unified local UP food system. This unification has lead to the creation on the Eastern U.P. Food Exchange (UPFE). This was made possible because the MFC received one of seven Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) grants aimed at

increasing food and agriculture industry in Michigan. Also created was the Western UP Food Hub (WUPFH), which serves families in six UP counties. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) took the lead role in the creation of the food hub. The WUPHD has been supportive of the food hub because of its interest in providing access to healthier local foods, which will help to combat diabetes and chronic diseases throughout the local communities. The WUPFH is still more of a concept with a cyber market for now. Ray Sharp from the WUPHD is one of many people trying to take the concept of the WUPFH and turn an aggregation of farms and other local business into a permanent food hub. According to Sharp, “The next step for the WUPFH would be to procure a building that has a Department of Agriculture (DA) licensed kitchen”. It is an important step in moving the WUPFH from cyberspace to a permanent fixture in our community. This would provide farmers a centralized place to prepare and sell their produce to local consumers.


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Senior Design RAND SILVERS Lode Writer Michigan Tech’s mid-year commencement is this Saturday, and hopefully all those students finishing their college careers here at Tech have all their graduation requirements sorted out. For those who aren’t graduating, looking at

“Chemical Engineers complete their Senior Design requirement over the course of three courses they take their senior year.” those requirements now, rather than later, is likely to be a winning strategy. One of the most important and least well-defined graduation requirements at Michigan Tech is Senior Design. The purpose of Senior Design is to give students real world experience with some project before they go into the workforce. How this is implemented varies by department. For instance, Chemical Engineers complete their Senior Design requirement over the course of three courses they

take their senior year, while Mechanical Engineers are organized into teams that are given year-long projects sponsored by companies and entrepreneurs. It’s important to be aware of your department’s specific requirements for Senior Design. One option open to all majors, however, is Enterprise. Most Tech students are familiar with Enterprise, the group of organizations that allow students in teams to work on projects for various companies. What some may not be aware of is that they can complete their Senior Design through Enterprise. Ashley Gough, a graduating senior in the Mechanical Engineering department realized back in 2010 that she was interested in Enterprise after a Co-op with Bemis Company working on flexible packing. She quickly joined the Consumer Products Manufacturing (CPM) Enterprise. When signing up for an Enterprise, students talk with their advisor to enroll for a minor or certificate in Enterprise, which involves not only working on projects in teams, but also taking several ENT code classes. Gough took classes such as “Teaming” and “Design for Manufacturability”, which she described as, “Not quite as intensive as a Tech elective, but enough to give you some exposure to the ideas.” To fulfill the Senior Design requirement through Enterprise, students normally have to complete four semesters of

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involvement with Enterprise, the last two focused on a single project, making it important to plan ahead. Students should always consult their department and

“What some may not be aware of is that they can complete their Senior Design through Enterprise...To fulfill the Senior Design requirement through Enterprise, students normally have to complete four semesters of involvement with Enterprise” advisor on their specific requirements for graduation. The Enterprise chosen does not have to be within the department a student is graduating from. Gough, a Mechanical Engineering student, fulfilled her requirement through a Chemical Engineering Enterprise. In her case, she had to write a report detailing her project and submit it for approval to the

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Mechanical Engineering department. Gough is working with a team of six other students on optimizing a webfolding process for Kimberly-Clark. Unfortunately, due to the corporate nature of the work, Enterprise teams are not always at liberty to discuss the details of what they’re doing. Gough said that she found two major advantages to doing her Senior Design through Enterprise. The first, she said, was that “I have more say about what I want to work on. I went in to talk to our advisors and told them ‘I really like process improvement,’ and they were able to seek out projects that were in my realm of interest. I liked having more control… (The second difference is that) everyone who’s working on Enterprise had chosen to work on Enterprise. The team I’m working on has a lot of dedication to the project, even the ones who aren’t graduating this semester.” While it can clearly be very rewarding, Enterprise is often seen as the more time and work intensive of the options for Senior Design, given the coursework, project work and two year timeframe required. It’s important to be aware of what is required for graduation for your specific plan and department, especially for options like Enterprise that require significant planning ahead. Early and regular meetings with department advisors are crucial to make sure you’re ready to graduate on time.

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Bundle up, this holiday viral video is sure to bring you the chills JANE KIRBY Pulse Editor For most people, the Christmas carols have already begun in order to reign in the holiday season. From Jingle Bells to White Christmas and beyond, the merry songs full of sleigh bells, wintery sounds and magical lyrics bring cheer to all who lend their ears. With every holiday season, there seems to be more covers of the original tunes we all know and love. Well-known artists like Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and Michael Buble, have been taking classic holiday songs and putting their own twists on them, and even creating their own songs, too. This year, one group in particular has already taken Christmas music to a new level. They’ve earned over nine million YouTube views for a music video posted just two weeks ago. Singing “Little Drummer Boy,” a cappella group Pentatonix has emerged on social media sites, sparking raving comments from viewers like “this is amazing,” and

“incredible, what talent.” When you click the “play” button, you quickly discover why so many people have viewed it and why the group has gotten so much praise. The sounds they create with no instrumental accompaniment are unmatched and almost hard to believe. It’s hard not to get the chills from the sounds, even when sheltered from the blizzard outside. Each of the five singers has a remarkable voice, and they all mesh together in perfect harmonies and beats, which truly brings the holiday classic to life. Pentatonix has been a big name since 2011, when they took first place in the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Since then, they have gained over 2 million subscribers and millions of views on viral covers including a Daft Punk cover and more Christmas music. Comprised of five talented singers from Arlington, Texas, this group has some sounds you won’t want to miss this holiday season. For more information on Pentatonix or to hear their music, visit their YouTube page at ( PTXofficial or their website at http://www.

Creativity saves money JAMES WOODS Pulse Writer The season of giving: where friends and family spend their valuable money to make their even more valuable friends happy. A non-participant in this joyous tradition may be shunned and ridiculed, so unless that sounds acceptable, one should be prepared to buy gifts for friends and family. However, with college students having little money to begin with, it may be a good time to go cheap and thoughtful with gift decisions, as opposed to expensive and impersonal. The Dollar Tree near Walmart or the Family Dollar in Hancock are great places to search for inexpensive gifts. Candy,

A cheap gift can still be genuine with a little sprucing up. It really depends on how it is presented. mugs, stuffed animals, bath supplies, etc. can be purchased there at low cost. Don’t buy any mass-produced cards though, use

some printer paper and crayons to create a unique one with a personal touch. Food gifts are also a great way to share the holiday spirit and save money. If baking cookies doesn’t sound fun, a box of candy canes is cheap and versatile. They could be the horns of a reindeer, or the base of Santa’s sleigh, or they could be crushed up and added to cookies and other foods. This is just one example, but the possibilities are only limited by creativity and (if you’re not creative) internet availability (Pinterest, moneysaving blogs, etc). For next year, or next holiday season, it may be a good idea to start making an “emergency gift box” filled with clearance items and other cheap stuff (this idea comes from JennyCup of Budget 101). This is not only a great way to save money, it also provides lots of time to consider what can be done with what’s in the box. A cheap gift can still be genuine with a little sprucing up. It really depends on how it is presented. It only takes a little effort to make something ordinary special, but it takes plenty of creativity. For the uncreative people out there, Pinterest and countless online blog have everything you need to create gifts just as successfully.

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Running man Ray Zahab visits Tech SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer Last Thursday evening, ultramarathon runner Ray Zahab spoke to students about his sport and personal motivation. This lecture was a continuation of the film “Running the Sahara” shown Tuesday night. Because of the weather we are all too familiar with in Houghton, Zahab was not able to be on campus in person to hold the event. Instead, attending students were able to communicate with him via Skype and phone calls. He began the evening with a brief introduction of how he became interested in long-distance running and travel. Starting as a “pack-a-day” smoker, Zahab made the New Year’s resolution to quit. He was a thirty-year-old man with no real direction in his life. Zahab’s younger brother did the same thing a while before he did, and he was inspired by his sibling

to pursue athletics. After three years, he came across an article about ultramarathon running in a magazine and decided to try it. Two months later, he won his first race. Zahab’s trek across the Sahara Desert was centered more around education than on the physical challenge. He and two good friends undertook the 112-day challenge, running the equivalent of two marathons a day, and discovering the water crisis that plagues North Africa. His non-profit organization, impossible2Possible, takes kids aged 16-21 on runs around the world while they learn lessons about science centered on that run’s theme. The expeditions are free to those interested, even non-runners. The site ( contains much more information on trips and what the organization is about. Applications are available for a spring 2014 Atacama Desert run where students will learn about the origins of the universe.

Surviving final exams ROSHNI SACHAR Lode Writer There is no sugarcoating the fact that studying for final exams is extremely painful. These scary tests are standing in the way between you and your Christmas break, but that doesn’t mean that you can slack off and sip coffee in the Café. This is the time when you really can’t afford to take it easy and push things till the last minute. There are five major things that I suggest you follow to make sure that your final exams go the way you’d like them to. 1. Deal with your anxiety and relax: It is always beneficial to analyze the source of your test anxiety. Is it because you know that you are underprepared and are under a time pressure? Or is it just that you are panicking and overacting because its finals? In either case, it is always good to deal with the anxiety. If you are underprepared, the best way is to tell yourself that you tried your best and did as much as you could effectively in the time you had. It’s just an exam and it’s not the end of the world. 2. Prioritize the tests that matter the most: Giving equal time to studying for every final is not important, rather, understanding and being able to distinguish the subjects that need more time from the ones that need less time is key. Understanding your level of comfort with each subject is very important in order to utilize the available time to the

largest extent. 3. Take breaks and don’t overload yourself: Taking five minute breaks after every hour or 45 minutes of studying is essential for the brain to process the information and relax it. Doing this will not only help you to study for longer periods of time but also increase your retention power. 4. Know when to stop studying: Studying everything the day before the exam will not help you; it will only stress you out more and confuse your mind. Ideally as experts suggest, you should stop studying 20-24 hours before a test. Flashcards or brief notes are the only things you want to be studying from the day before an exam. 5. Get a good night’s sleep: Scientifically, eight hours of sleep is ideal for the night before an exam. It may be tempting to stay up late to do that one last revision, but it is important to know that in order to have energy and focus during the test, a good night’s sleep is absolutely needed. Studying all night and then sitting through the morning exam with an energy drink or caffeine will not help you. Ultimately it all boils down to planning ahead of time and starting studying in advance. For those of you who haven’t started studying for finals yet and are waiting till the last minute, I’d suggest that you start now by making a schedule that is easy to follow and not straining. Remember that stressing out is not the solution to your problems but thinking through them calmly is. All the best to everybody!

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KSO: Remembering Gettysburg and Lincoln ARIC RHODES Lode Writer This year marks the 150th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg during the American Civil War. On the site of the battle, President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. In this speech, he reiterated the human rights promised in the Constitution as they pertained to the war. He also proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for not just the preservation of the union, but equality. In remembrance of this important sesquicentennial, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) presented several pieces which were related to the Gettysburg Address. All of these pieces were played with all of the technical expertise which is to be expected from an orchestra on the caliber of the KSO. Indeed, the main complaint to be had was not a matter of the orchestra, but rather its management. This problem is that the selection of pieces left something to be desired. While it is understandable that all of the pieces could not be played in their entirety for the sake of time, most of the pieces were cut off after movements which ended unresolved. This lack of resolution built

In all, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra gave an excellent sesquicentennial concert in remembrance of Gettysburg and Lincoln as well. dramatic tension without releasing it properly. In future performances this “teasing” could be alleviated by simply playing fewer pieces, but in their entirety. Alternatively, the pieces could simply be stopped at a point where the chords have been resolved. Furthering the problem of piece selection, most of the pieces were composed well within the twentieth century. This era of orchestral music is not for everyone, as there were a few major subgenres which developed that were not all well received. While the decision to use pieces which were influenced by the Gettysburg Address required that there be pieces which were relatively modern, one piece in particular felt out of place. The Afro-American Symphony, being

Members of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra perform during the commemorative “1863-2013: Lincoln and Gettysburg.” Photo by Pratik Joshi

very nontraditional and nearly jazz, did not mesh well with the rest of the performance. This is not all to say that the performance was bad. Indeed, quite the opposite is true. Each piece was played with practiced precision. No opportunity for a meaningful dynamic contrast was left unfulfilled. The sections played in beautiful harmony and balance. Every note felt as if it had been carefully molded before being released into the world as a thing of beauty. As was stated earlier, the problem was not on the part of the orchestra, as they all played almost impeccably. In all, the performance was beyond excellent. It simply left the audience wanting more out of it. Improvements could have been made, but not on the part of the orchestra members. Had better decisions been made in the selection of the pieces, the performance would simply have been improved beyond its current form. In all, the KSO gave an excellent sesquicentennial concert in remembrance of Gettysburg and Lincoln as well.

December events at the Orpheum SARAH HARTTUNG Lode Writer For all of you who enjoy live music from local artists, the Orpheum Theater in Hancock is hosting five events this month. All shows begin at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 14th, the bluegrass group Chasin’ Steel, named after a slang term for Steelhead fishing, will be holding the show. The Marquette-based band play bluegrass-style instruments with a rockand-roll edge. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students. On Thursday, Dec. 19th, Dede and the Dreamers will be back! The Earthworks music artists play dreamy, ethereal gypsy

folk music that allows Dede’s jazzy voice to shine. This tour is to support their latest album, “Live From Earth.” Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students. On Friday, Dec. 20th (the last day of Finals Week), celebrate with the return of The Directive with Pioneer Parade. The former is a pop-punk band from Macomb and the latter plays alternative rock from Iron Mountain. Tickets are $5 for all patrons. On Saturday, Dec. 28th (for those who are still here), Steven Michael Holmes opens for Glen Martin. Singer-songwriter Martin, originally from the U.P., tours the country with his Americana music. Holmes is the creator of the music blog Mostly Midwest. Tickets are $5 for all patrons.


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Tuesday, December 10



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Ellie Furmanski




They say worry is a waste of the imagination, and I would have to agree. When we worry, we often begin to imagine the worst possible scenarios in our heads of things that could be, exercising our creative power in a manner which only invokes stress. Self-induced stress? As if college students need more stress in their lives. Worrying about your performance on an up-andcoming exam, about road conditions on the drive home, about nailing an interview or even about a relationship will do you no good. The outcome you dream up will in no way eliminate the root cause of your worry or ease your feelings of apprehension. Instead, worrying tends to impair your outlook on a situation, and it bogs down your attitude in general. The ironic part is that harnessing negative emotional energy tends to bring about actual negative events in your life. Everyone has experienced this at some point or another. So, the moral of the story is to avoid the temptation to worry about the troubles in your life. Instead of worrying about the unknown, stop and assess the moment. Maintain a positive outlook, and use your creativity to chip away at the issues right in front of you. By living in the present and taking life one day at a time, our sources of worry tend to become less daunting. My mom always says, “It is what it is,” and I have really taken this motto to heart. It has saved me from excess worry in countless situations and has taught me how to accept the present, making it easier to move forward feeling less stressed out. In lieu of finals week, do yourself a favor and listen to the advice of Mr. Bob Marley, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Questions are submitted to, or submit them on our website ( 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 is asking me to do more below-the-belt grooming than I’m used to doing. It irritates me because I think he just wants me to do it because he sees it in pornos. I don’t want him to think of me as some sex toy, but I don’t want to make him upset either. Is this a normal expectation and how do I get him off my back without accusing him of trying to make me look like a porn star?”

Peach’s Perspective

Cream’s Commentary

When I went home for break, I showed my mom the forest of leg hair I’d grown for the previous month. My boyfriend and I are long distance, so I’m not compelled to remove much of my body hair between visits. She laughed at me because I was refusing to shave as an adult after I’d begged her to let me start shaving in grade school. When I was about ten years old, I wanted to get rid of all my gross leg hair—I wanted to be normal and attractive, like my older sisters. A few years later I was talking with a boy and he told me that pubic hair was nasty. That night I started shaving more than my legs. Why did that guy think pubic hair is nasty? Why does your boyfriend want you to shave? Your accusation about pornography being the source is probably reality. Porn has certainly popularized the habit of baring lady bits. Porn isn’t always bad; however, it can objectify women and set stereotypes for what women should act like, sound like and look like during sex. Many of the guys going to college now have come of age watching porn with women whose crotches are hairless. Because it’s the representation they’ve seen, it is what they expect to see when they are with a woman in person. Now that pornography is so accessible to young men and the majority of women in pornography are hairless down there, guys generally seem to expect to see a bare crotch when panties come off. There are practical reasons though. My boyfriend requests that I shave before I see him so he can perform oral sex without hair in his way. I don’t like his five o’clock shadow rubbing on my face, so I can see why he wouldn’t want mine against his. I most definitely enjoy the benefits, so I’ll spend an extra few minutes in the shower for it. If I were you, I’d try it for a month or two (the first time can be really itchy, so that won’t give you the best impression). Your boyfriend will probably love it. If you don’t, it will grow back and you can at least say you tried. However, if you don’t want to do anymore grooming you shouldn’t have to. You don’t have to conform to social norms. Your boyfriend is lucky to have access to your lady bits, hairless or not. If he really has a problem, hand him a razor and tell him to lead by example.

Asking your partner to change something about their hygiene can be a hairy situation (pause for laughter). I ran into this situation with my first girlfriend, so I know where your boyfriend is coming from. Luckily for me, she beat me to the punch and had already taken care of it by the time I asked. I have been well-kempt for as long as I can remember with only a few lapses during extreme dry spells. Keeping the mane under control is important for several reasons. First, hair holds odor. Especially during the winter when everyone is bundled up, sweat happens. Second, no one wants a nose full of pubic hair. I am ten times more likely to go down on a well-groomed woman than one that lets her bush grow freely. This, however, is a personal preference that some men might disagree with. From your question, it sounds like you maintain your lady-mane regularly and that your man wants you to either get rid of everything, or style it in some cool shape. Neither of these options is unheard of, but may be impractical. I can tell you from experience that razor burn and ingrown hairs are no fun, and the itchiness of 2 day stubble is amplified by having to wear underwear. These things have changed me from a shaver to a trimmer. As far as looking like a porn star goes, it might take a little more than a haircut. Adult performers have been known to go quite a bit further to make their nether regions presentable, such as waxes in places you would never want wax to be, and bleaching certain orifices that may have become darkened over time. Once he starts asking you to do those things, you might want to check around the room for hidden cameras. Your boyfriend asking you to change your maintenance habits shouldn’t make you feel like his sex toy any more than anything else he has asked you to do in the bedroom. You may even be able to use the situation to your advantage. You can barter your bush for a week of backrubs or something else that he can do for you, like cooking a nice dinner. If he isn’t willing to go through those measures for it, then I doubt he will be upset if it doesn’t happen. From his perspective, chances are he was just letting you know what his personal preference is on the subject. If that is the case, I don’t think offense is in order.

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? RYAN GRAINGER Lode Writer Each year after the turkeys are carved and the Black Friday dust has settled, holiday traditions slowly start to creep into your day to day life. Christmas trees, festive music and lights are among the more popular traditions upheld around this time of year. However, along with the festivities comes the ever-present “War on Christmas.” This Christmas time controversy erupts every year over the decreasing public acknowledgment of Christmas as opposed to other holidays celebrated by people outside the Christian faith. In order to avoid offending people

who don’t celebrate Christmas the phrase “happy holidays” is often used, as it is a more politically correct and secular term. While some would argue that wishing someone “merry Christmas” as opposed to “happy holidays” may be trivial, it can seem insensitive to people who do not celebrate the holiday. While in a multicultural environment like Michigan Tech it’s important to remember that the university is host to students from around the globe. Michigan Tech has hosted many multicultural events in the last year, including the Parade of Nations and a celebration for the Chinese New Year. Due to the fact that these students are most likely outnumbered by the students who celebrate Christmas, I think that the non-Christian students

deserve enough respect as to not offend their religious beliefs. Not only are these

“However, along with the festivities comes the everpresent ‘War on Christmas’.” students often the minority in celebrating their holiday of choice, they are often doing it in a foreign country, away from family and friends. From my limited experience speaking with international students at the Canterbury House, it is difficult for some students to fit in to the Michigan Tech culture. Language barriers and cultural barriers make it hard for some international students to find friends at

Tech and can be stressful. Couple that with the fact that they could be alone during the holidays and you might be able to imagine how stressful the holiday season might be for them. I think that, in the spirit of the holiday season, we should do our best to make these students feel at home despite the fact that their biological family might live on the other side of the globe. Because Michigan Tech is a diverse school the seemingly innocuous phrase “merry Christmas” may be more offensive than some students might realize. International students, like American students, should feel at home at their university. It might not seem like much but the phrase “merry Christmas” can make some students uneasy.

FDA to ban trans-fat KATHERINE BAECKEROOT Lode Writer The commercialization of food has caused it to become packaged and branded as quick, easy, accessible and convenient. This truly is a wonderful thing for college students and working families without a lot of time in the day to spare, or so previously thought. Unfortunately, over the past fifty years

“Food has become our number one poison, the source of allergy issues, food intolerances, diabetes and other major diseases.” the food we have been consuming has not been prepared in a way that is good for the overall health of our bodies. The additives in prepackaged food appear to be far worse for our bodies than we initially thought. Generally, the concerns are in regard to salts, sugars and fats, as any large consumption of any of these ingredients can be extremely detrimental to one’s health. Eating foods with large amounts of these ingredients over time can lead to heart disease and many other ailments. Gaining attention within the media lately has been trans-fat as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the initiative to ban trans-fats from the food supply. Trans-fat is formed by adding hydrogen to liquid oils, which solidifies the fat. It is often one of the ways of making foods such as shortening or

margarine. This is done to preserve shelflife. Trans-fat raises blood levels of our bad cholesterol (LDL) which in turn increases one’s chance of getting heart disease. It’s important to note that there is artificially made trans-fat as well as natural trans-fat. According to research, the artificial transfat poses a greater threat to your health, however, any trans-fat in large amounts will inevitably raise your LDL. According to the FDA, food products do not need to be 100% trans-fat free in ordered to be labeled that way. In fact, a product only needs to contain less than .5 grams of trans-fat per serving to be sold as trans-fat free. These trans-fats can be hidden in prepackaged goods such as: microwave popcorn, flavored coffee creamers, hot chocolate, cereal, pancake mixes and many more. This may seem like a miniscule amount, however, it is not often that a person only consumes one serving of any sort of prepackaged food, as our chemical nature causes us to not feel completely satisfied with just one serving. I feel it’s perfectly acceptable for the FDA to ban trans-fat from the food we consume. It is not healthy at all. As we stuff our faces with cookies, crackers, fried foods and other prepackaged dishes we are slowly killing ourselves. The fact that much of our food is chemically altered to last longer on a shelf is unnatural. I often ask myself if anything in those boxes and cans is even food anymore. Food has become our number one poison, the source of allergy issues, food intolerances, diabetes and other major diseases. The problem is not many people are knowledgeable of how present these

hidden additives are in our food, and unless someone begins taking action

against these unhealthy foods we will continue to experience maladies.



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Husky shots on goal in the Bemidji St. series compared to the Beavers’ 41

Games the Hockey Huskies have gone without losing



Point margin by which Men’s Basketball defeated Malone 81-55

Number of skiers from both the men’s and women’s teams to finish top-10 in Saturday’s freestyle races



Points allowed by Women’s Basketball in their best defensive game this season against Malone

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Matt Wong

ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor Nordic Skier Matt Wong displayed a great deal of athleticism and consistency as Michigan Tech Nordic Skiing opened their 2013-2014 ski season this past weekend at the Michigan Tech Opener. In Nordic, athletes compete in two races in which they ski using two different styles, freestyle and classic. Wong, a cocaptain of this year’s men’s team, paced the Huskies on Saturday, Dec. 7th, and was Tech’s first place finisher in the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle. He came in second for the Huskies

on Sunday in the men’s 10-kilometer classic race. Overall, Wong placed sixth in freestyle (34:39) and eighth in classic (33:36). He finished 2:47 behind the first place finisher from NMU in the freestyle race and 3:26 behind the first place finisher from NMU in the classic race. To display such consistency this early in the season is a promising sign for the Huskies. Wong is bound to be a competitive force in his third year competing for Michigan Tech Nordic Skiing. Wong and the rest of the Huskies will be back at the Tech Trails this coming weekend to compete in the Michigan Tech Challenge.

Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletics

Snowfall excites students for school-wide tradition IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer When the roads are horrifically slick and icy, with visibility as low as five feet, and the temperature is 20 below with wind chill, everybody knows it’s getting close to that time of year. No, not Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the GLI or even a three week break from school. What many Tech students are most excited for is this year’s broomball season to start. Students and their friends strap on their pads, helmets and gloves and also tape up their brooms, which they got from Walmart back in September when they were on sale, in preparation for that first dreadful and embarrassing step on the ice. There are no kept records of this, but saying the amount of broomball players that slip and fall on the ice in attempt of their first steps is above 50 percent would not be unreasonable. Aside from the embarrassment and prolonging body aches, the good spirit of broomball shows the true colors of Michigan Tech, and saying the students itching to play are excited would be an understatement. Third year Mechanical Engineering student Marc Antinossi commented, “Winter is obviously the best time to be up here at school, so it is wonderful to see that winter came early this year. I have already managed to ski Ripley, and I am counting down the days until broomball.” New this season is the off-campus competitive and noncompetitive leagues. For those wishing to play broomball

The much anticipated broomball season on campus begins on Jan. 14, 2014.

Photo by Maxwell Curtis

recreationally, the noncompetitive league provides a much more relaxed environment for those looking to just have fun while the competitive league has a competitive edge and is a little less friendly to those just learning how to play. The rest of the on-campus leagues remain the same. With the season just around the corner, those familiar with broomball are waiting to watch some extremely talented teams like Pirate Sheep, who had 184 goals for and just 11 against last season alone, Ridikilous (160 for, 26 against) and Air Force Won (127 for, 16 against). Along with these well-known names within the broomball community, there will also emerge new teams who show great skill while walking in tennis shoes on ice, hitting a frozen blue ball with a taped-up

broom. Antinossi added, “I am most looking forward to being able to do something competitive again, even though my team doesn’t foresee placing in the top of our conference.” Marc brings up a good point here, that it’s not all about winning. Sure, it’s fun and sports are always more enjoyable when the victory is favorable, but in the end, it’s about having fun while playing a sport with and against good friends. ( has links to archived videos, match schedules, broomball apparel and anything else anyone could ask for about this unique sport. Ball drop is set for Jan. 14th, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the broomball rinks on Walker lawn.

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Sidelines Facebook Contest

If you haven’t liked Michigan Tech Recreation on Facebook, it’s not too late to do so and participate in their 25 Days of Recreation Countdown. Dec. 1st through the 25th, Michigan Tech Recreation will be posting department related trivia questions. Answer the question correctly and you could win an assortment of prizes, including daily SDC passes, class punch cards, t-shirts, memberships and more. For your chance to win, visit Michigan Tech Recreation on Facebook.

Lifestyle Resolution Retreat

Freshman Mike Neville faces off against a Bemidji State center during this past weekends matchups that ended in 2-2 ties.

Photo by Pratik Joshi

Huskies host Bowling Green Falcons in WCHA play IAN HATZILIAS Lode Writer After coming from a stalemate series against the Bemidji Beavers, the Huskies will host the Bowling Green State University Falcons this coming weekend in WCHA play. MTU is now ranked number four in the WCHA, and after coming from an evenly split series against the now number three ranked Beavers (number two before this weekend), Tech seeks to break away from the number five BGSU in the standings and continue their five game lossless streak. Although the weekend was tied for both games, Tech displayed a strong and aggressive offense with 38 shots on goal for Friday and 41 on Saturday, nearly doubling Bemidji St. Tech’s offensive performance showed that Bemidji’s goaltender for the series Jesse Wilkins was a stone wall, holding a .949 save percentage to the Huskies. Comparing Bemidji’s goaltending to next-in-line opponent for the Huskies, Bowling Green, Tommy Burke and Tomas Sholl have .907 and .898 save percentages, respectively. If Tech can keep up the

offensive pressure against BG as they did against Bemidji, then Tech’s offensemen have a better shot at lighting up the scoreboard. With the stellar goaltending of Pheonix Copley, the number two ranked goalie in the WCHA, the Huskies have a very reliable netminder, given he will be starting the games. Burke is ranked fourth in conference goaltending, and Sholl is eighth. Tech comes into this series undefeated in the last five games played, all inconference, compared to Bowling Green who is 1-4-0 in their last five games. While the Beavers and Huskies battled it out last weekend, the Falcons welcomed the University of Alabama Huntsville into their ice arena. The Chargers suffered a 3-0 loss to BGSU on Friday, but the Falcons fell to Alabama in a 3-4 overtime loss on Saturday, giving the Chargers, who hold last place in the WCHA, their first win of the season. Although suffering from a series of losses, Bowling Green has five men on

their roster who have earned over ten points each throughout this season, those men being Brent Tate (11 points), Mark Cooper (12 points), Ralfs Freibergs (12 points), Dan DeSalvo (14 points) and leader of the Falcons Bryce Williamson (15 points). Williamson is tied with Tech’s current leader Alex Petan, and Tanner Kero matches up with Cooper and Freibergs with his earned points. With Tech’s offense as powerful as it is, Bowling Green has offensive players just as strong as the Huskies and even more widespread throughout their roster. Coach Pearson and the Huskies thrive off of the unconditional support and high energy of the Huskies’ fans, so come out and support Tech Hockey this weekend in the last at-home series of 2013. After this series, the Huskies will take the ice at Comerica Park in Detroit at the GLI, and going in with more momentum gives them an even greater chance at being back-toback champions.

“Tech seeks to break away from the number five BGSU in the standings and continue their five game lossless streak.”

Michigan Tech’s Amber Leonard, a certified fitness and nutrition professional, will be hosting a Lifestyle Resolution Retreat on Saturday, Jan. 4th. Retreat activities will include health and nutrition seminars, personalized nutrition and exercise plans, Metabolic Resistance Training, Yoga class, lunch and more. The cost to attend is $130 for participants who register by Dec. 14th. That price will increase to $160 after Dec. 14th, so sign up now! Visit (www. for more information.

Post-season for Boelter and Van Rooy The post-season accolades keep building for Kaitlyn Boelter and Lindsey Van Rooy of the Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team. Last week, the National Soccer Coaches Association of American announced the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women’s All-Midwest Region teams. Both seniors were second team selections. The honor adds to multiple accolades earned by both athletes following the 2013 soccer season. Boelter was named to the GLIAC Second team while Van Rooy earned Honorable Mention and was named to the GLIAC All-Tournament Team. Boelter and Van Rooy were previously named to the Daktronics Inc., Midwest Region First Team as well. A word of congratulation goes out to both Kaitlyn and Lindsey on their terrific accomplishments.


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Nordic 2013-2014 season preview ELLIE FURMANSKI Sports Editor At long last, the snow is here. It’s that time of year when the Tech Trails start to buzz with skiers. Yes, Nordic season is upon us. Coming off of a successful cross country running season and stretch of dry land training, the Huskies are fit and ready to hit the snow. Looking back at training up to this point in the season, head coach of the Huskies Joe Haggenmiller commented, “We’re in a pretty good place as far as how our fall training has come together for most of the athletes.” The Huskies hit the powder for the first time over Thanksgiving break. The majority of skiers kicked off their training on snow in West Yellowstone, Mont., while the remainder of athletes continued training here in Houghton. The purpose of the Yellowstone trip was for the skiers to re-acclimate themselves to the snow and to continue working on technique. Now, while some may cringe at the thought of last week’s seemingly non-stop snowfall or even with just one look out the window, you can count on Nordic skiers being amongst the crowd of snow enthusiasts. The Huskies in particular were thrilled as race day was steadfast approaching. Given the icy conditions at the Blueberry Ridge Ski Trails in Marquette, the NMU Open was moved to the Tech trails this past weekend where fresh powder was abundant. The Huskies put together a strong performance for their first set of races. To no one’s surprise, NMU came out on top, but the Huskies were able to make a good showing. Both the men’s and women’s teams had four skiers place in the top-ten in Saturday’s freestyle races, and three each placed in the top-ten on Sunday in the classic races. Haggenmiller, who was fairly pleased with his teams’ results, noted how these early races

serve as preparation for the bigger races to come later in the season. “We don’t want to necessarily be flying right now. We want to be working into things and really racing well in January, February and early March.” These first couple races also serve as opportunities to gauge where the skiers are at and to assess what specific areas need more focus in training. With their first competition in the past, the 2013-2014 ski season is officially underway for the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski Teams, but it’s just getting started.

Germany, native is the only freshman not redshirting. Koenig brings a great deal of experience to the team, having attended a German cross country skiing school. She has also been training to make the German National Team. “With the women’s team, I think we have the talent on the team that we can be the number one team in our region on any given day. At the same time, our competition is good, and we can be the third team on any given day,” said Haggenmiller.

“We don’t want to necessarily be flying right now. We want to be working into things and really racing well in January, February and early March.” -Joe Haggenmiller

Returning on the women’s side is Alice Flanders, Rachel Mason and Deedra Irwin. After a full fall of training with the team, Haggenmiller expects things to gel better this year for these three athletes who were each away from campus last fall. Flanders finished second for the Huskies last weekend in both the freestyle and classic races. Overall, she placed fifth and eighth, respectively. Mason finished sixth for the Huskies both days, placing 14th and 15th overall, and Irwin was the Huskies’ fourth and third place finisher, placing tenth overall in freestyle and ninth in classic. Other returners to look out for on the women’s side include Lynn Duijndam and Sarah Daniels. Duijndam led the Huskies in the freestyle race last Saturday while Daniels paced the Huskies in the classic race. “I look for them to be real consistent and real solid performers and to be very competitive within our region,” said Haggenmiller of Duijndam and Daniels. New this year to the women’s team is freshman Lisa Koenig. The Oberhof,

The men’s squad returns three fifth years, Matt Dugan, Jay Woodbeck and Matt Wong, who are each captains and have proven to be strong competitors in the past. Due to rigorous academic coursework for Woodbeck and Dugan and a knee injury which Wong has been rehabbing since October, however, the three have underwent lighter than normal training coming into the season. “Realistically, I’m expecting a little bit of inconsistency from each of them. They’ve had reduced training loads throughout the fall,” noted Haggenmiller. Having that said, Wong placed first for the Huskies in last Saturday’s classic race while Dugan and Woodbeck were third and fourth, each making the top-ten overall. The three placed second, third and fifth, respectively, for the Huskies in classic. Sophomores Thomas Kendrick and Kyle Hanson will also be competitive in the mix of top skiers on the men’s side this season. Kendrick, who made a breakthrough with his classic racing last year, proved to have maintained last year’s progress after leading

Varsity Events Schedule: December 10-16 Tuesday, 10

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Thursday, 12

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Home Game Saturday, 14

Men’s Basketball

**@ Findlay 8 p.m.

**@ Hillsdale 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

**@Findlay 6 p.m.

**@ Hillsdale 4:30 p.m.

Hockey Nordic Skiing

**Vs. Bowling Green @ 7:07 p.m.

the Huskies in last weekend’s classic race. Look for Kendrick to take that jump and make it a consistent performance this year. Hanson, who largely led the Huskies this fall in cross country, is another all-around competitive skier. He finished second and fourth for the Huskies in the freestyle and classic races, respectively, last weekend. “I think realistically our women’s team is probably going to be a little bit stronger than the men’s team. We’re probably a little bit deeper and a little bit more accomplished on the women’s side,” Haggenmiller expressed. Look for the women’s team to improve upon last year’s performance and for the men to become a little more competitive with favorites such as NMU, Alaska Fairbanks and St. Scholastica. The team has several goals for the season. First, Haggenmiller would like to see the Huskies place in the top three at the NCAA Central Regional Championships, which Tech will host Feb. 15th and 16th. A second goal is to be one of the top ten teams in the Collegiate Cup, which is the unofficial Nordic skiing championship among top collegiate Nordic programs. Finally, both teams would like to see as many skiers as possible qualify for the NCAA Championships in early March. The Huskies will look to continue improving upon their performance from week to week as the season picks up. With a talented, experienced roster and solid start to the season, they are bound to do well and hopefully meet all their goals come the end of the season. The Huskies will round off competition for 2013 with the Michigan Tech Challenge this weekend and the Wausau Ski Festival the following weekend. Freestyle races for the Michigan Tech Challenge are set to start this Saturday, Dec. 14th, at 11 a.m., and Sunday’s classic races will start at 10 a.m. at the Michigan Tech Ski Trails.

**Vs. Bowling Green @ 7:07 p.m. Michigan Tech Challenge @ Tech Trails

Sunday, 15

Michigan Tech Challenge @ Tech Trails

** Conference Match Monday, 16

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Tech looking to bounce back at Findlay and Hillsdale


Senior Paige Albi looks for an open lane during their victory over Walsh.

Photo by Kevin Mudson

Women’s Basketball set to begin road conference play Junior gaurd Ben Stelzer drives past a Walsh defender this past weekend.

Photo by Kevin Mudson

JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer The Huskies begin their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference away schedule this week with matchups against the undefeated Findlay Oilers and the Hillsdale Chargers. The Huskies will enter this week following their first loss to Walsh last Saturday. Tech has played well all season but has only had to play one road game thus far. This game was against Bemidji State, which the Huskies won by seven. Every other game has been won by at least 20 points. Tech is going to have their hands full with two of the better GLIAC defenses playing on their home courts. Eighth-ranked Findlay welcomes Tech on Dec. 12th for just their second home game of the year. This is an excellent chance for the Huskies to establish themselves as a force this year. Findlay has the fourth highest scoring offense in all of Division II basketball. Tech is used to high powered offences, however, having beaten two of the top 11 teams already. Findlay also poses a significant threat defensively. They are fifth in the GLIAC, giving up 65.5 points per game. Findlay’s team has the second highest scoring margin in Division II, outscoring their opponents by an average of 38 points. On Dec. 14, the Huskies will visit an even more staunch defense, the Hillsdale

Chargers. They are giving up a mere 61 points per game, edging out the Tech defense by 1.8 points. The Chargers remain undefeated at home, winning by over 20 points per game. The matchup against the Chargers will likely have significantly fewer spectators in attendance than any game thus far for the Huskies. The Huskies have pulled in 764 fans per game this year, 600 more than Hillsdale is averaging per game. Hopefully Tech can play with so few distractions off the court. Led by Austin Armga and Ben Stelzer, Tech should be able to come out of this road-filled weekend victorious. Armga is averaging 29.5 points per game, good enough for first in the GLIAC and second in Division II basketball. His play this year has been remarkable, bringing him 41 points away from 1,000 for his career. If he continues to play as he has been, he will break 1,000 in the game against Findlay. Stelzer has 19.8 points per game, good enough for eighth in the GLIAC. He played the most time in the last game of any Husky and netted ten points in the first half of the last game against Malone. In the only road game this year, he led the Husky scorers with 29 points, including six three-pointers. Tech’s young team will face perhaps their toughest opponents this week, and it will certainly be a test. The Huskies could set the course for the rest of the season this week.

JOHN REYNOLDS Lode Writer The Tech Women’s Basketball team will visit the Findlay Oilers and the Hillsdale Chargers this week after winning two in a row to reclaim their winning record last week. The Huskies have looked good defensively, giving up a mere 48 points to Malone on Thursday to hand the Pioneers their first loss. Tech is getting back to their winning ways after two tough losses. The team has been streaky this year, toppling the then eighthranked Concordia St. Paul in the first week before dropping two in close games. Close games have been the trend this year, never playing a game decided by more than five points. Danielle Blake even had to score a basket with under five seconds left to beat Concordia St. Paul. The Huskies take on Findlay on Dec. 12th for their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road game of the season. Findlay is undefeated coming into this game and leads the GLIAC with 83.3 points per game. They also are fifth defensively, allowing only 64.7 points per game. This contest will see a matchup between the two players with the highest three point shooting percentage in the GLIAC. Findlay’s Ashley Andrews is currently making 62.5 percent of her three point attempts. Tech’s Kate Glodowski is outstripping that by a good margin, making 100 percent of her three point attempts so far. Tech’s game on Dec. 14th brings the

Huskies into the Jesse Philips Arena in Hillsdale Michigan. The Hillsdale Chargers are a defense-oriented team, as are the Huskies, so this could end up being a lowscoring affair. Tech will have to keep one star player on their minds if they want to keep the scoring low. Hillsdale’s Junior Forward Megan Fogt is having a tremendous year and could pose problems for Tech if left unchecked. She leads the GLIAC with 20.8 points per game. She also leads with 18.4 rebounds per game, nearly double that of the second place player. These are all stats put up exclusively on the road, and with a home field backing her up, she could easily have her best game of the year. Tech’s defense has been lacking this year. This team is a defense-oriented team, yet they are giving up 70.2 points per game. Beating Malone with their best defensive effort of the year was a step in the right direction. Hopefully that momentum will carry on to the road. The sophomore duo of Kylie Moxley and Danielle Blake make up Tech’s main offensive force this year. The two are averaging 27.4 points per game. They are not the only threats on this team though. In the game against Minnesota Duluth, Moxley and Blake were held to under ten points each, the only time all season either has been under ten. The other starters picked up the slack and scored 42 points. This Huskies team adjusts well to new challenges. The Huskies are going to have a tough week, but so are Hillsdale and Findlay. Hopefully Tech can work their way back into the NCAA rankings.


Events December 10 - 16 Student Comission Meeting

Thursday, Dec .12. 2 p.m. MUB Alumni Lounge A

The Student Commission is a group of students, faculty and staff that work together to resolve issues on Tech’s campus. To date, they have addressed over 140 issues. If you have a concern about Tech’s campus, attend this meeting to make your voice heard!

Puppy Play Time-OAP, Wellness

Thursday, Dec. 12. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $15 OAP House

Come relax and de-stress while studying for finals with Wellness and the OAP. While there, you can eat delicious pasties and play with some adorable puppies. The best way to de-stress!

“Riddick”-Film Board

Friday, Saturday, Dec. 13, 14. 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. $3 Fisher 135

Join Film Board for a study break with their showing of “Riddick.” Concessions are available at the door, including fresh popcorn and Little Debbie snacks!

At Winter Solstice-Michigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience

Saturday, Dec. 14.

7:30 p.m. Rozsa

The choirs of Michigan Tech join to present choral music to celebrate winter in the northland. Selections from Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Israel and the United States reflect on snow and the season of Christmas. The two choirs will perform a range of songs displaying the change from fall to winter. Admission to the event is free for Michigan Tech students.

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The December 10, 2013 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.


The December 10, 2013 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.