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t’s that time of year; the time when we lighten up, the time when we all let go of a little bit of that Scrooge in us, the time when we sit in class daydreaming about the weeks to come. But not all Michigan Tech students are daydreaming about evergreen trees, homemade cookies, and Christmas carols. In fact, some of our students will be going home to winter holiday traditions that are much different.

Russia Liza Egorova, is a graduate student in power systems from Russia. Liza, Like Zeng, noted that New Years Eve (Dec. 31) is the most popular winter holiday in Russia. She went on to say that Christmas, which in Russia and other orthodox countries is celebrated on Jan. 7, and Old New Year’s Eve (Jan. 13) are also quite popular. Liza said that during the holidays they participate in “many traditions from Old Russia.” One such tradition is fortune telling, which Liza described as “very scary.” One year on Christmas Eve, Liza decided to try a common fortune-telling tra-

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Tsitsi Hungwe, a second-year biochemistry major, grew up in Zimbabwe and says that on a traditional Christmas her family, “would gather at my grandmother and grandfather’s house and cook. Then we would eat food as a family, socialize and enjoy spending time with family.” She went on to say, “Most of the time I would play games like hide and go seek outside with my cousins.” In Zimbabwe, people sing carols,

hang lights, and visit Father Christmas, who is much like Santa, except a little skinner. One of the major differences is that on the day after Christmas there is also a holiday called “Boxing Day,” so named because of the tradition of people putting gifts in boxes to exchange them. Another difference is that many people give gifts not just to friends and family, but to people like postal workers and grocers. Tsitsi says that her favorite part of the winter holidays is being able to celebrate Christmas with her family.

Camilo Uzquiano, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major, and Aldo Vacaflores, a fourth-year clinical laboratory medical-technology major, are both from Bolivia, and they both commented that Christmas in Bolivia is much like the United States with a few exceptions. Camillo noted that one of the major differences is that in Bolivia, they never have a white Christmas since Christmas falls during the summer months. Camillo reminisced about his first time being in a major snowstorm, which took place at Michigan Tech: “I was wearing shorts and had to go all the way up [the] McNair hill!” Aldo said, during Christmas, “we get together and have a big family dinner; the kids get presents from Santa; we

decorate our hous e s w i t h lights and Christmas decorations.” One of the major differences is that in Bolivia they open presents on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. Camillo said that another difference is that gift giving is that mostly reserved for children, and as a child he “really looked forward to the gifts.” Camillo said that charity is an extremely important part of Christmas. Since Bolivia is a developing country, Camillo’s family buys gifts for less fortunate people. Today Camillo’s favorite part of the holiday season is spending time with family.

dition. She sat alone in her room around midnight. Sitting in the dark, she kept her eyes on the corridor created by two mirrors face to face illuminated by the candles between them. Legend says that if you watch the mirror corridor closely, the face of your husband/wife will appear. However, Liza never saw her future husband, and noted, “I never got a result because I got too scared.” Liza also stated that during Christmas, Russians listen to the same carols as Americans, she commented, “Jingle Bells and another song about Christmas tree are very popular.” She also said that Russian cities decorate their town squares with “big ice towns.” The squares are filled with carousels, ice slides, dog sleds and reindeer rides, which are of-

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ten free to the public. Russia also has its own version of Santa, whom they call Father Frost. But unlike America’s Santa, Father Frost is accompanied by his granddaughter “Snow Girl.” Snow Girl visits kindergarten classrooms around Russia and yells with the children for “Father Frost,” who is hard of hearing due to old age. After yelling his name for a few minutes, Father Frost arrives in the classroom with presents for the children. Liza also noted that several years ago people constructed the “House of Father Frost,” (much like our image of the North Pole) in the northern part of the central Russia. Liza noted that her favorite part of the holiday festivities, is “seeing friends and family.”

espite differences in culture and traditions, there is one thing that united each and every student I interviewed, family. The importance of family knows no cultural bounds and there is no more important time for family than the winter holidays. Best of wishes to you are your family during your winter holiday and Xin Nian Kuaile, С новым годом, Feliz Navidad , Hyvaa joulua, and Merry Christmas from: Jie, Liza, Antti, Camillo, Aldo, and Tsitsi!

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Antti K nu t a s , a computer network system administration major from Finland, said “The gifts are usually packed under the Christmas tree..., “Sometimes a family will hire a Santa Claus actor to deliver the gifts if there are children in the house. So, we don’t have the chimney legend.” In Finland, families open Christmas gifts during the afternoon of the Dec. 24 instead of the following morning. However, because there is no Thanksgiving in Finland, Christmas is the most important family holiday. Antti said during Christmas, “extended families gather together....The holiday is long, and it slowly builds up with anticipation to the Christmas Eve.” He also said “It is traditional to go [to] a Christmas church sermon.” This year, Antti will be spending the holiday with an American friend, and says he “looks forward to experiencing Christmas the American way.” Above all, this holiday season, Antti wishes for world peace.

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Jie Zeng, a fourth-year Mathematics major from China says that the New Year is the winter holiday that she looks forward to the most. In China, the New Year is a 15-day celebration, starting on the first day of the new calendar year. Jie said that it is a cultural belief in ancient China that a monster named “Sui” would rise out of the ocean and eat children and livestock on New Year’s Day. Hence, to ward off “Sui,” people light gun powder and set off fireworks! Also on New Years, the whole family gets together for a large dinner of fish, dumplings and rice cakes which starts at midnight. During the festivities, some people celebrate by wearing costumes that represent their ethnic groups. Throughout New Year’s friends and family give children gifts like money and new clothes, for the year ahead. Jie said that though, “some people are really excited about the money,” her favorite part of New Year celebration is having “all the family come together.” She also said “the house is just full of all delicious food.” Last year, Jie got a chance to experience a traditional American Christmas with a friend in Dearborn, MI. She said that she was surprised to see a Christmas tree, as not everyone in China is able to get one. She also commented that gift exchanges are uncommon for Chinese adults. Jie seemed touched by the generosity of her friend’s family and noted, “her mom sewed a sock for me,” which she keeps in her apartment ever since!

Outlets during stress filled finals CRYSTAL HIGGINBOTHAM News Editor

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ealth Options for a Wellness Lifestyle (HOWL) is responsible for putting together the Stress Free Finals events during the final examination season. From Dec.7-Dec.16, students can take part in the Snack Attack events located in the Michigan Tech Van Pelt & Opie Library. Sundays are excluded. Students can also take part in the Puppy Play Time on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. at the Hamar House located just east of Fisher Hall and across the street from Wadsworth Hall. With the help of various departments within Student Affairs, HOWL has been able to financially support the Stress Free Finals week events, but is looking for other

departments to help financially support their effort to bring heath and wellness alternatives to Michigan Tech campus. HOWL is also responsible for the development and management of the relaxation room located inside of the Hamar House. Last year marked the opening of the relaxation room by HOWL with a generous grant from the Michigan Tech Parent’s Fund in 2008. Lavished with a LoveSac, 32” screen HDTV, relaxation music, wall art, and a desk water fall, the relaxation room would be a great plate to getaway during the demand of the season. The room will have snacks starting from Monday, Dec. 7-Wednesday, Dec. 16. The Counseling and Wellness Center offers a host of different services and will be open during finals week. E-mail wellness@ mtu.edu for more information.

Relaxation Room: View of the relaxation room located inside of the Hamar House Photo courtesy of Michelle Bangen Coordinator of Student Health and Wellness

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Outdoor Adventure Program Gear Swap TARA SOTRIN Lode Writer For students at Michigan Tech, the blustery gusts of snow that have hit the Keweenaw for the past two weeks mean more than just digging up winter jackets and early-morning windshield scraping. They signify the beginning of a season full of adventures. “Its’ an opportune place to live” says Noah Marach, Manager in charge of the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Gear Swap, which was held in the MUB Alumni Lounge on Saturday, Dec. 5. The third annual Gear Swap, set up by the OAP, boasted 58 items of outdoor gear including

five bikes and a few items from the OAP’s own rental center such as sleeping bags and hiking backpacks. OAP provided the services of promoting and setting up the swap, with no service charges for participants. “We get our name out there, OAP provides services for trips and equipment rentals but we’d really like to be a hub for outdoor experiences in the area.” Noah explains. The OAP also offers several other winter activities for the spring semester including fullmoon snowshoe hikes, kayak rolling clinics, sledding trips at Nara Nature Trails, the second gear swap, and a paddling trip along the Sturgeon River. Also look for information on Alter-

native Spring Break Trips from OAP at their Web site www.oap. mtu.edu. The theme for OAP is “Unplug Yourself”, an apt motto for our technological campus, urging students to explore the abundant opportunities of the Upper Peninsula as well as expanding students’ horizons to an outdoor lifestyle in general. The Alternative Spring Break Trips boast well-known outdoor destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Buffalo National River, Land Between the Lakes, and Puerto Rico. Look for advertising around campus for the next OAP gear swap in April. “We get a lot of snow stuff around this time, while in April we get a lot of bikes” Noah says describing the swaps. That’s good news for winter sport-enthusiasts ready to pick-up gear and enjoy the seven-inches of snow that has blown through the Michigan Tech campus since the end of November. Keweenaw Snow Report and U.P. Weather reports 27.8” as of Dec. 7. Other opportunities for winter enjoyment begin when Mount Ripley opens. The snow guns have been up and running and their Web site indicates a prospective opening date next weekend, Dec. 12 for the weekend. Weekday skiing and snowboarding begins the following week on Dec. 19. The nationally recognized Nordic Ski Trails in Michigan Techs’ backyard are free for students to use as soon as the snow blankets them. That’s almost 100 kilometers of adventure. National Geographic has repeatedly featured and rated areas of the Keweenaw as some of the best outdoor spots. Overall the Upper Peninsula is a Top U.S. Adrenaline Outpost. Are you ready for the adventure?

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Makers of “hometown” operas to perform at Rozsa Center on Friday The Rozsa Center Press release HOUGHTON, MI, December 2, 2009 - - On Friday, Dec.11 at 7:30pm, the Rozsa Center presents one of the most unique and truly American operas ever conceived – with Houghton as the star of the show! Squonk Opera, out of Pittsburgh, creates each of its site-specific operas about the one subject that unifies the audience wherever they perform – their hometown. This musical multimedia extravaganza is individually structured and modified using the host community as the material source and inspiration. A meta-civic celebration, the show combines a heartfelt toast of the Copper Country with a vaudevillian-style roast, poking fun at our own overblown sense of grandeur. The Washington Post described Squonk’s local performance as “…an unusual 90-minute ode… including, but not limited to, rock-and-roll, projected videos, aerial footage, dancers, and a puppet show. The elements blend together onstage to create a show that is at once playful and polished. A group of six musicians take the stage in tracksuits, pretending to be Olympic athletes at an over-the-top welcomehome ceremony. Then they all sit down and play stunning, sophisticated music.” In October, Squonk members Jackie Dempsey (Artistic Director and composer) and David Wallace (guitarist and designer) came to Houghton to collect the raw material they needed to construct a show specific to this area. They videotaped interviews

with local citizens, made movies of the local streetscapes, and researched the town’s history – including its victories, scandals, icons, and idiosyncrasies – everything that makes the people of the Copper Country who they are. Local schoolchildren drew imagination maps of their neighborhoods, which will be incorporated into an animated sequence projected onstage where local dance groups will join them. Dancers from the Copper Country Cloggers and the MTU Social Dance Club met with Squonk during their residency and will perform original dance routines during the Dec. 11 performance. Jackie Dempsey, a co-founder of Squonk, says “We enjoy discovering how each city sees itself, as a whole and within its diverse communities. In this celebration of the host town, we talk about the broader issues of shared humanity and the need for self-definition. Our premise is that every city is new and exciting… at a time when all the national media comes out of LA and New York and focuses on only two cities in the country. All the other towns and cities in America have stories to tell, too”. Squonk Opera has designed a show that allows the audience members to tell their own stories – in their own words. And Houghton is in good company. Over the past 16 years, Squonk has tailored operas for cities such as Pittsburgh, College Park, Albany, Baltimore, St. Louis, Newark, and Charleston. Admittedly, Houghton is the smallest town Squonk has worked with – which presented its own challenges. But, as Dempsey observed, it also makes the Copper Country

Photo courtesy of Rozsa Center one of the most interesting and unique places they’ve worked with. The original idea for the town-specific operatic format was inspired by half-time shows, mummer parades, video documentary art, nationalistic opera, centennial celebrations, political campaigns, tribal displays, and local mythologies. Squonk explores the gray area between civic pride and xenophobia, but they do it all with showbiz razzamatazz and rock-n-roll humor. “‘Community’ is a current vital issue”, Dempsey says, “but it’s also a comic creative challenge, al-

lowing us to explore what makes opera life-like and life operatic… or not!” Join Squonk Opera at the Rozsa Center on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30pm for “Houghton, the Hometown Opera”. See the operatic debut of friends and family members as we celebrate the culture, customs, and craziness of the Copper Country – in a way you’ve never seen before! The annual Friends of the Rozsa Christmas Tree Silent Auction to benefit the Class Acts Program will conclude during the intermission of Squonk’s perfor-

mance. Sponsored by the James and Margaret Black Endowment. Ticket prices for the general public are $25 and $20; Michigan Tech student prices are $20 and $15 (Michigan Tech student ID required). To purchase tickets contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487.3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073, Tech Express (MUB) at 487.3308 or go online at tickets.mtu.edu. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please

this performance. In addition, Dr. Neves directed the orchestra to use a more baroque style of playing, which he described as “quick tempos, light articulations, and a bouncy feeling,” in contrast to the “Romantic” style common in Mozart’s time and often used in

performances until recently. This performance was not Dr. Neves’ first experience with Messiah, either; however, when he had worked with it before, he had worked on different movements, and had only done “about a quarter of the oratorio.” He described

his experience directing this performance positively, saying that beginning the project was stressful but later on is “when the magic happens.” He also spoke well of the Concert Choir, calling them “awesome,” and that “they are very accomplished.”

Handel’s Messiah performs at Rozsa NICHOLAS BLECHA Lode Writer

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah returned to the Rozsa Center Saturday, December 5 for the first time since 2004. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, directed by Joel Neves, and the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, directed by Susan Byykkonen, as well as soloists Ann Campbell, Lara Neves, Charles White, and Gregory Campbell, teamed for a highly successful performance. Although most performances of Messiah today are limited to about half of the first part of the oratorio, followed by the famous “Hallelujah,” Saturday’s concert

saw selections from all three parts, including almost all of the first part as well as significant portions of the second and third parts. One of the major aims of the performance, according to Dr. Neves, was to capture as authentic a baroque experience as possible. Until the mid-20th century, performances of Messiah usually used a version of the work created by Mozart, which added instruments to the work that had not existed when Handel originally wrote it. In contrast, significant portions of the orchestra, specifically many of those brass and woodwinds instruments that did not exist in Handel’s time, were not part of

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Jazz Band Performs in Calumet RAEANNE MADISON Lode Writer On Sunday, December 6, 2009, the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band and small jazz combo JazzTech played a concert at the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet, MI. This was the first time Tech has had a jazz band play on the century old stage for over six years, according to Jazz Director and professor Mike Irish. The Jazz Lab Band took the stage first, playing a variety of songs ranging from classic Christmas tunes like, “What Child is This?,” as well as jazz and fusion pieces, like “Lester Likes It,” which director Mike Irish composed and arranged. The combo JazzTech also played some Christmas songs, including, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” They played several other songs including a rearrangement of the

classic Miles Davis song “Milestones,” which they renamed as “Funkstones” to illustrate its new funk style. The Lab Band took the stage one more time, and continued the show with more crowd pleasers, like, “Old Man River,” and “Zoot Suit Riot.” They played two more holiday tunes, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” and “The Christmas Song,” which was originally composed for a jazz band. The Lab Band took a brief break from the performance for a special surprise- Lab Band keyboardist Anne Aho got engaged to her boyfriend Steve Cox! The night was the last installment of this semester’s jazz concerts, and all the jazz bands at Tech will be working hard to put together shows for Spring Semester. Many thanks to those who came to see the show!

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Ask Sassy Dear Sassy, My friends and I like to play cards in a common area in the dorm. Sometimes we get a little rowdy and people shush us all the time. But it’s not an area specified for studying and we have the right to be there and have fun. How to we confront the shushers? Sincerely,

Having Fun

Dear Having, So you’re one of those groups. The group that everyone secretly glares at when they’re trying to read or study. The group that is annoying enough for people to disrupt their studies or conversation to physically confront. The group that everyone talks about in their Facebook statuses (“OMG I hate the people sitting near me! I want them to die”, “wishes the obnoxious group over there would be mauled by a bear”, “wants to tell the people over there how much he hates them”). Please do society a favor and be polite or go gather somewhere else and be “rowdy”, which seems to be your code word for incredibly obnoxious. To the shushers you may say, “Forgive me for being ignorant of the disturbance my friends and I were causing. Let me relocate our noise.” Then, leave the building.

Dear Sassy, I have no idea what to get my boyfriend for Christmas. I have such a hard time buying for guys. Should I just go with the latest action movie or something for his car? Help! Sincerely,

Stupefied shopper

Dear Stupefied, Guys are easy to buy for. Since every male is the same, shopping is a breeze. An action movie would be great, all guys love that genre. An item for his car is also a fantastic idea. Every guy on the planet is obsessed with cars and motors; he’ll go bonkers for such a gift. Just get something that screams testosterone and masculinity. As long as the gift conforms to out-dated gender stereotypes, you’re in the right ballpark (which reminds me, a sports related gift would be great too). Or, if you choose to not be ignorant, buy your boyfriend something he is actually interested in. Try getting to know him. Once you do, you should be able to identify his favorite type of music, film genre, and literature. These will help decide what gift is right for him. Judging by your stereotypical view of him, it’s possible he values the same historic gender roles. Expect lots of cheap, smelly lotions and chick flicks for Christmas.

Dear Sassy, My housemate has always been a great person to live with. Lately, however, they have been slipping. I came home the other day to find dirty dishes in the sink and sweat rings on the counter from drinks. A glance in his room also enlightened me to the existence of a huge pile of dirty laundry. How do I get my housemate back on track? Sincerely,

Concerned for cleanliness

Dear Concerned, You’re already off to a good start. In order to keep up your standards, a thorough examination of your house and your housemate’s private space will be necessary several times a day. Be sure to use latex gloves and a respirator to avoid unwanted contamination. Take notes on your housemate’s uncleanly habits. Exactly how many crumbs are on the counter? Which fork is lying dirty in the sink? When was the last time he washed his towel? (If it’s more than three days, he’ll need a stern reminder.) Your housemate is almost at the point of no return. Before you know it, his coat will be on the chair instead of in the closet and his toothbrush will be occasionally left out on the counter. This is unacceptable behavior. Do not let his cleanliness level sink to that of a normal human being.

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Latest album presents changing music ELIJAH HAINES Opinion Editor

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hris Carrabba, the lead singer and heart of Dashboard Confessional, has been evolving. Die-hard fans often shy away from Carrabba’s evolution from the intimate, acoustic artist presented in Dashboard Confessional’s first album, The Swiss Army Romance, to the more heavily produced big-band musician he appears to be in his more recent albums such as Dusk and Summer and the newest, Alter the Ending. Although his sound has been changing over the years, for better or for worse, his thoughtful lyrics consistently remain the heart and soul of his albums. Alter the Ending (released Nov. 10) brings a more refined bigband sound than was presented in Dusk and Summer. A few tracks such as “Until Morning” and “The Motions” seem a bit overdone instrumentally, however. The raw, emotional nature of Carrabba’s voice is unable at times to match the heavy sound of the band behind him. Other tracks such as “Belle of the Boulevard” and “I Know About You” are written appropriately for Carrabba’s vocals; the heavier instrumentation highlights rather than

overshadows the heartfelt lyrics. Despite some success with these big-band songs, the best tracks are the more personal, acoustic numbers of “Even Now” and “Hell on the Throat”. For fans of the older Dashboard Confessional albums these songs may very well sell Alter the Ending. They are reminiscent of the deeply thoughtful and passionate acoustic songs such as “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most” and “Screaming Infidelities”. “Even Now” paints a portrait of sweet, fragile romance: “Even now I can feel your hand/ gently over mine/with almost no weight at all.” Songs such as “Even Now” win the hearts of prospective Dashboard Confessional fans while satisfying the cravings of longtime listeners. Carrabba’s ability to capture a single moment in time or a particular emotion using sophisticated lyrics are what repeatedly set his music apart from the overwhelming stream of cookie-cutter emo bands that followed Dashboard Confessional’s debut. Carrabba laments foolish decisions, “When all the forays of your weekend/hang like smoke onto your clothes”, and celebrates perseverance, “And that’s the sign of a solemn man/I’ll make the best of the best I can/and I’ll

Blizzard Days GEORGE HOLMSTROM Guest Writer

I don’t know how I got embroiled into the strange world of mascoting. I can’t say it was part of my college bound ambitions when coming to Michigan Tech. But during the orientation trawl when it was briefly mentioned, I became intrigued. I’d always noticed mascots at fleeting moments at sports events growing up, but being a mascot had never been much of a debate. Still, when I thought about becoming a mascot, it came down to the fated question that precedes most absurd quests: “Why not?” And so I joined the ranks on the Blizzard T. Husky Mascot Team, or, as our working title goes, Michigan Tech Animal Control. So began a three and a half year adventure. The first thing to remember in being a mascot, is that paradoxically everyone and no one can see you. Everyone can see you because, well, think about it, you are an over six foot tall husky walking around doling out high-fives. No one can see you because you are, first and foremost, Blizzard T. Husky to anyone you meet. It’s like being a spy, sneaking about in plain sight, completely innocuous. Only a rare person will inquire to the identity behind the identity of Blizzard. I find the question amusing, actually, because if I told them, would it really matter? Knowing who is behind the suit kinda breaks some of the magic of the mascot. The iden-

be better for it if I ever get my chance” in Alter the Ending. Dashboard Confessional has definitely changed over the years. Chris Carrabba was in his mid twenties when Dashboard Confessional released their first album. Carrabba was not far from the self-taught guitarist and skateboarding fanatic that he had been in his teens. Alter the Ending, however, presents the older Carrabba, now in his thirties. Change in age, environment, and experiences will undoubtedly be reflected in Dashboard Confessional’s music. It is selfish of fans to encourage Carrabba to remain the same person and musician that produced The Swiss Army Romance in 2001. He has proven himself a talented songwriter and performer and deserves to explore and grow with his years. A first listen of Alter the Ending may produce disappointment in faithful Dashboard Confessional fans. However, listening to the lyrics and paying particular attention to the songs “Even Now”,” Belle of the Boulevard” and “Hell on the Throat” will remind the listener why Dashboard Confessional has captivated audiophiles for years and will illuminate the magic of an entire audience singing word-for-word the entire repertoire of a live performance.

Holmstrom reflects on his days as Blizzard T. Husky

tity is, as magicians would call teracting with people when I sat it, the prestige, that slight dash next to them at hockey games, of mystery that causes Blizzard, and I always had a special place or any mascot, to have that uni- in my heart for playing Blizversal school spirit allure. If you zard on Family Weekend (you knew who was playing Blizzard may have seen that picture of all the time, where would be the Blizzard at the front of the Kefun in that? weenaw Star. That was me.) I That being said, being Bliz- can honestly say as Blizzard I zard also brings out a new side have given out thouof the wearer. Blizzard sands of high-fives can get away with a lot and fist-bumps, and of stuff that a normal at least hundreds person would just look of spontaneous silly doing: ruffling hair, hugs along the way. poking, blowing kisses, There’s something licking hand, high fives oddly fun about and, my personal favormiming out a conite, the fist bump (or versation with the paw bump, if paws and someyou must be technithing undenical). When I played ably cool about Blizzard, I was a bit shooting off a of ham, but I think t-shirt gun at an that comes with the event. Every time mascot personality. Photo by: Antti Knutas I put on the suit I exA proper mascot remembers perienced conflicting emotions. they can do practically anything First thought: “Why the heck (within university polices) and am I doing this?! This suit is hot plays with that for every cent its and sweaty, I can’t see properly, worth. It would suffice to say, if and that jerky middle schooler you were flirted with by Bliz- won’t stop pulling my tail...” The zard in the last few years at a second: “Dangit, this is absurdly hockey game, it might have been fun.” me. (Keyword: “might.” You just In total, the “absurdly fun” never know when it comes to is the reason I kept on doing it Blizzard.) during my time at Michigan Now, my time playing the Blizz Tech. For that I have to thank is over. Looking back, I have lots everyone at Michigan Tech, beof fun memories and experienc- cause the only reason that being es. Going down with the hockey Blizzard was fun was the reacteam to GLI, meeting Sparty of tions of everyone he met, the Michigan State in the kilt, cheer- way peoples’ face lit up when ing on the woman’s basketball they saw his fuzzy mug. It was team last spring in Kentucky the energy at every football, with the random fellows in the basketball, hockey, parade, and Pep Band, and walking in a half Michigan Tech event that made dozen parades. My best experi- being Blizzard so cool. ences doing the mascot were inJust don’t pull the tail.

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Undergraduate dilemma

Michigan Tech professor returns teaching awards in hopes of sparking change DANNY MESSINGER Lode Writer

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ecently, Dr. Madhukar Vable, associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics department, decided he had had enough with both the way the State of Michigan funds public universities and how Michigan Tech values research more than the education of its undergraduate students. Vable, in a bold effort to spark change and discussion among Michigan’s lawmakers and Michigan Tech administrators, returned both his Michigan Association Governing Board of State University award and his Michigan Technological University Distinguished Teaching Award. He also resigned from the Michigan Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. Following the return of his two awards, Vable wrote letters to Michigan Tech President Dr. Glenn D. Mroz, members of the Board of Control, Governor Jennifer Granholm and members of the Michigan Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. These letters have been made available to the Michigan Tech student body online. In his letters, Vable explains the system that is used within his department to assign the number of courses each professor must teach. According to Vable, each professor is expected to teach six courses per year. This number was reduced by one course for

each graduate research assistant advised. The system which is used to calculate salary increases – a merit points system – rewards a professor with 19 points for each graduate student advised but only three points for teaching an undergraduate three-credit course with up to 500 students. “…in other words, 600% more merit points for teaching each graduate student over teaching a class of undergraduate students,” Vable says in his letter to President Mroz. “These changes… have made mockery of undergraduate education, unfunded scholarship and represents a massive transfer of resources from undergraduate education to finance funded research.” Vable, in his letter to Michigan legislators, asks that the State reevaluate the way in which it funds university research. “Universities have an established accounting system in which each research project of a faculty member is tracked and budgeted. Demand that the same accounting model be used to cost each course the faculty member teaches and use this information to obtain the average cost of each degree awarded by the University.” Vable goes on to suggest that this information be made available to the consumers of education: the students. By publishing the difference between the cost the University incurs per course taught versus the tuition received for taking the course, students will be able to evaluate the actual cost of obtaining their degree.

policies, the impact a professor makes upon his colleagues is valued more highly than the impact they make upon students. Students surely can benefit from having a professor who actively engages in research. The added knowledge a professor can bring to the classroom as a result of research is invaluable. The funding brought into the University by research, however, should not trump the importance of a quality education. By reevaluating the funding process and increasing the transparency of each school’s expenditures, undergraduate students would, once again, become the focus of an educational institution. “Transparency and information are very powerful mechanisms for change,” Vable added. In an effort to make more students aware of the proposed changes, a Facebook group was recently created. The group, titled “Plight of the Michigan Tech Undergrad,” had over 600 members earlier this week. On the group, students are urged to express their concerns about Michigan Tech’s current funding systems to members of the Undergraduate Student Government who can, in turn, convey the message to the Board of Control at their meetings. “…I love teaching and cannot remain silent and do nothing about the damage to the undergraduate teaching that is taking place at [Michigan Tech] and in our nation,” Vable said. “I hope you, too, will speak.”

Transparency and information are very powerful mechanisms for change. -Dr. Madhukar Vable Associate Professor, ME-EM

In the more than 25 years Vable has been teaching, he says that there have been countless reports published about the deteriorating environment for undergraduate students in our nation. The cause, according to Vable, is “the way we fund research and education, however no individual or an institution can use this as an excuse for what happens in their university.” “The…proposal will accomplish several things,” Vable states. “First, it will put public pressure on universities to reduce the difference between the list price and the actual cost of a degree and thus moderate the increases in tuition.” The proposed requirement for universities to publish this information would help keep tuition increases in-check. By making

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this type of information available, students would be able to more effectively evaluate the brand value of each public university in the state and would force universities to think twice before further increasing the financial burden placed upon undergraduate students. Vable hopes that his proposal will also help place the emphasis back on the education of the undergraduate student within the educational system instead of on the amount of money that can be brought in for research. He argues that “[t]he worst part of the evolving culture at [Michigan Tech] is the inversion of our fundamental values. The primary mission of teaching is less respected and rewarded than the secondary mission of research.” Under Michigan Tech’s current

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uantum theory opens a whole new avenue of thought and a way to view the universe. We can play with ideas concerning our existence. On a subatomic level, matter does not exist absolutely but it shows tendencies to exist. Gloria Alvino said, “Physicists found that particles can simultaneously be both waves and particles. In effect, they are saying there is really no such thing as a thing. What they used to call things, are really events or paths that might become events. The universe is thus defined as a world of wave-like patterns of interconnectedness, a dynamic web of inseparable energy patterns, a dynamic, inseparable whole that always includes the observer. We are not separate from the whole. We are the whole”. I interpret this as an idea that there is essential one form or energy from which we all materially manifest in a fashion that appears separate. Here is Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell’s Electromagnetic Waves Field theory, which is “the concept of the universe filled with fields that create forces that interact with one another”. After reading the two previous quotes, one can begin to view that we could all be connected quite intimately. To enrich our understanding of how we would exist as energy, I suggest you think of the Holographic Theory theorized by Pribram and Bohm which states that, “Our brains mathematically construct ‘concrete’ reality by interpreting frequencies from another dimension, a realm of meaningful, patterned primary reality that transcends time and space. The brain is a hologram, interpreting a holographic universe”. We are as unsure as ever of what we really are, where we came from, and why we are here. We have abandoned the absolute theories of Newton and began a new search for truth and reality.

It is obvious however, that we have simply ignored valid information that has been evident to people throughout human history. Two interesting examples are the ancient practices of Yoga and Qigong. To me, these are obvious examples of how our bodies have energy and our lives are dependent upon the balance of that energy. Once we think of ourselves as a network of paths for energy to flow through, we can begin to feel ourselves radiate. It begins to make sense that we are all connected. When one person is angry, it can act as a trigger and make others angry. This could be viewed realistically or metaphorically as a fluctuation in the energy flow that disrupts others. Through this mentality a sense of respect and appreciation for others can be gained simply because the energy in one person’s body is the same energy as in other living things. Whether or not the concepts are completely grasped, this ideology can change life experiences for the better. One can then give and know they will receive because of the positive energy one puts out into the larger whole. The application of this information is significant because it affects everyone’s life. As stated by Dr. Don Glassey, all of the body systems are composed of cells, which consist of molecules. The molecules are always in motion and this movement creates an electromagnetic energy field of various frequencies that emanates from within the body that can be seen with Kirlian photography. Glassey says that in order for the body to physically heal and regenerate itself, the cells must be “charged” with life energy. He goes on to explain in his article “The Nerve, Meridian and Chakra systems and the CSF connection” that healing arts, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, are not about an individual healing you but an individual opening up paths so your life energy can flow and self-healing may take place.

The current ‘Yoga’ that many are familiar with is the Americanized version of a 5,000 year old tradition of India. They used the word prana to describe energy as the universal source of all life. Those who did not have technology and lived spiritually lead lives made the realization of energy as a life-giver. So, through scientific experiments and spiritual realizations, humans have discovered that we are surrounded by energy and that we are energy. Ultimately, we are all the same energy. Dr. Don Glassey is proposing that what we call cerebrospinal fluid is the physical manifestation of prana. Count Von Reichenbach showed that the right side of the body is a positive pole and the left side is the negative pole, which agrees with the Chinese principles of yin and yang used in Qigong. Rosalyn Bruyere saw that auric colors correlate with the same frequency wave patterns in her experiments. Indian chakras are assigned certain colors and are said to control certain aspects of the human body. New types of medical treatment can be derived from the location of meridians, chakras and other maps of energy activity of the body. There are numerous studies done on the relationship between health and energy. Past research can broaden our horizons so that we may begin to grasp the concept of energy in our own lives today. This concept of life energy and a universe centered on energy is an old field of study renewed. The leaps that individuals have made and the experiments performed thus far are amazing and make your mind jump. The goal, however, is to be a happy person. It is in my opinion that keeping the idea in mind that positive energy breeds more positive energy is a key fact to gaining success and happiness as well as influencing others. It is an interesting notion to offer for thought and perhaps it is something each of us has just forgot.

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Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sports

So, you think you’re a Huskies fan... What do you think makes the ultimate fan? Attending every game? Knowing everything about every player? Following every media outlet for every morsel of information you can track down? Perhaps it is a combination of all of the above. The Lode cannot help you attend games, but we can give you the most in-depth previews and reviews around. We cannot give you the complete statistical history of every player, but

we can give you the big picture of what it all means and make it practical to you. We cannot offer everything that other local media outlets do, but we can give you something you cannot find anywhere else. Competition is a good thing. It is perhaps at the heart of sports, but why does the “mediasphere” have to be driven by competition. It should be all about each media outlet providing the best they can

offer, but pointing to others for information they cannot provide. Our goal over winter break and into next semester is to not only offer you the best coverage we can provide, but link you to what our “competition” is doing as well. Check out this article on mtulode.com/sports for a full list of known Huskies’ resources and a preview of what each brings to the table, including some of our exclusive plans for next semester!

Stephen Anderson Sports Editor steander@mtu.edu Have a complaint, comment, question or idea? Let me know. I have all Winter Break to act on it!

Undefeated women prepare for road Men seek consistency in first GLIAC battle against rival Northern Michigan road action against NMU Wildcats STEPHEN ANDERSON Sports Editor The No. 1 Michigan Tech Huskies demolished Finlandia 100-38 on Tuesday after a successful 2-0 start to their GLIAC schedule over the weekend, but this weekend brings a unique challenge for the Huskies, as they return to GLIAC play. On Saturday, the Huskies will challenge the rival Northern Michigan Wildcats in Marquette, a match-up between two 2-0 conference teams. The Huskies have

had the Wildcats’ number lately, defeating them 11 straight times, but the most recent victory came in the first round of last year’s GLIAC tournament, in which Michigan Tech only won 62-55. “The bottom line is that we’re going to have to play our game,” said head coach John Barnes. “We’re going to have to play a very good defensive game, and on offense, we need to attack, share the ball and make shots. The team that makes the plays down the stretch will get the win.” continued at mtulode.com Left: Senior guard Sarah Stream drains a three-point shot as part of her 19-point effort against the Northwood Timberwolves. Below: Senior forward Katie Wysocky finishes strong in the lane. Even though she did not record a double double for the first time this season against Northwood, her eight points and nine rebounds played a big role in the team’s 58-54 victory over the Timberwolves.

STEPHEN ANDERSON Sports Editor It has been frustrating to watch the men’s basketball team, as head coach Kevin Luke is more than willing to admit, but the potential is there in his young squad. After an 0-2 start to conference play, the Huskies have all week to prepare for the rival Northern Michigan Wildcats, who they travel to Marquette to play this Saturday. The Wildcats won both contests against the Huskies in

GLIAC play last year, but the first was by two points and the second by four points. The rivals will be evenly matched this year as well if the Huskies can begin to establish some consistency and grow into their offensive and defensive systems. “They have a great perimeter and our perimeter is young,” said Luke. “To counter them, we have to get more fluid and comfortable in our systems. If we play as well as we did against Wayne State, it’s going to be a toss up.” continued at mtulode.com

Right: Junior guard Don Fowler records his only field goal of the game against Northwood on an acrobatic layup. The junior’s 1-of-6 effort was one example of the team’s struggles in their 67-52 loss.

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seniors currently active on the men’s basketball roster. Georgio Holt and Chris Baugh, the only seniors on the roster, are both out with injuries.

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first-period goals scored in 14 games for the hockey Huskies. They are allowing 22 goals in the first period, which is the worst in both categories for the Huskies.

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consecutive wins over Northern Michigan by the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team. Nobody on the Huskies’ roster has lost to the Wildcats, not even sixthyear senior Sarah Stream.

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Below: Freshman Ali Haidar, who has had a roller coaster season in terms of production, puts in one of his 13 points against Northwood, ten of which came in the first half.

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points scored by the Huskies’ bench in the Michigan Tech women’s 100-38 victory over the Finlandia Lions on Tuesday.

Schedules/Results Hockey (3-11-0, 2-10-0 WCHA) Wisconsin 8-2 MTU Wisconsin 6-0 MTU Fri. vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. Sat. vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. Visit uscho.com for full standings

W. Basketball (6-0, 2-0 GLIAC) MTU 70-42 Wayne State MTU 58-54 Northwood MTU 100-38 Finlandia Sat. @ North. Michigan, 5:30 p.m.

M. Basketball (1-6, 0-2 GLIAC) Wayne State 61-58 MTU Northwood 67-52 MTU Sat. @ North. Michigan, 7:30 p.m.

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Visit gliac.org for full standings

Nordic Skiing No race last week - weather Sat.-Sun., Michigan Tech Challenge Photo by Antti Knutas

Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Stephen Anderson, business manager Richard Goodell, pulse editor Luke Gublo and online editor Jeremiah Baumann. Stephen won two years ago with former opinion editor Rob Devaun winning last year. 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: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic, Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames

LUKE GUBLO Pulse Editor 2-1 Last Week, 23-13 Overall

RICHARD GOODELL Business Manager 1-2 Last Week, 18-18 Overall

JEREMIAH BAUMANN Online Editor 1-2 Last Week, 18-18 Overall

STEPHEN ANDERSON Sports Editor 3-0 Last Week, 18-18 Overall

The second installment of the Giants-Eagles rivalry is a crucial game for the Giants and their playoff aspirations. I believe they’ll get the win at home. Both the Magic and Suns have been hot this year, but I’ll take Orlando to knock off Phoenix at home. Colorado has cooled a bit after a red hot start to the NHL season, but they’ll defend home ice well against visiting Calgary.

Giants 26-23 Magic 99-91 Avalanche 3-2

The NFC East is up for grabs, and the Giants and Eagles are both in the running. Unfortunately for the Giants, their secondary is terrible, and the Eagles corps of young receivers is just too talented to be kept under control. The Magic and Suns meet up in what could very well be a Finals matchup if the Suns can overtake the Lakers. The Magic are red hot right now, and the Suns just frankly aren’t.

Eagles 28-17

Philadelphia has a challenge playing in New York this weekend but will be able to pull through in the 4th quarter. Orlando is on fire in the NBA right now and will be able to coast right through the Suns on Friday. The Avs have their team together this year and will be able to shut down Calgary with the advantage of home ice. Colorado vs Calgary is always a game full of fights so look for that this weekend!

Eagles 32-28

The NFC playoff picture is completely up in the air, at least in the NFC East, and this Giants/Eagles game has huge implications. The Giants have been too inconsistent for me to pick them at home, and after their 40-17 loss to the Eagles earlier in the year, I think the Eagles will take this one easily as well, even on the road. The Suns have been cooling down, but they will stay undefeated at home with a big win over Orlando. In this great hockey match-up, I’d call a tie if those still existed, but in a toss-up, I’ll take the Flames to win in a shootout.

Eagles 33-17

Magic 110-98 Avalanche 4-2

Magic 101-93 Avalanche 4-1

Suns 103-100 Flames 3-2


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Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sports

Gophers come to town for two-game set Penalties still killing Huskies

It’s hard to believe ten years have almost come and gone since 2000, but they have, which means it’s time to look back at the best of the best over the past ten years in Michigan Tech athletics, at least according to Sports Editor Stephen Anderson.

Hockey Huskies finally return home Top ten of the decade DAVER KARNOSKY Lode Writer

After getting badgered at the Kohl Center by No. 16 Wisconsin, the hockey Huskies will finally return home this weekend to “gopher” a couple of wins against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers are off to an extremely slow start, posting a 4-7-1 record in WCHA play, good for nine points and the eighth spot in the standings. Head coach Don Lucia’s Gophers have been struggling the last two seasons, failing both seasons to reach 20 wins. This season, unless something drastic changes, the Gophers could

fall short of that number yet again. Battling without senior winger Jay Barribal (2-2=4 in 5 games) doesn’t help. Senior forward Tony Lucia (4-7=11) leads the Gophers in scoring. Sophomore Jordan Schroeder (4-6=10) is well off his pace of 45 points in 35 games last season. Junior Mike Hoeffel (6-3=9) leads the squad in goals and game-winning goals (2). On the blueline, junior Cade Fairchild (0-8=8) has struggled to find the back of the net, but leads the Gophers in assists thus far. Junior Kevin Wehrs (2-5=7) has set a career high in points already. continued at mtulode.com

Nordic skiers gear up for only home race With only a few skiers competing at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival Super Tour over Thanksgiving break, and with last week’s race in Marquette cancelled due to the lack of snow, the Huskies are excited for their first full race and their only home race of the year, the Michigan Tech Challenge, which will take place this Saturday and Sunday. The snow came at just the Photo by Caitlin Pionke

right time for Joe Haggenmiller’s men’s and women’s teams to compete on their home trails, which will be groomed and ready to go. Early indications point to Senior Jesse Lang and sophomore Petter Sjulstad as the men’s leaders, while seniors Karen Jarvey, Laura Kangas and Liz Quinley are expected to lead an experienced group of women’s skiers.

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Michigan Tech studentathletes still seeking charitable donations at upcoming sports events Michigan Tech student-athletes, led by the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), will be teaming up with the Houghton Rotary Club to collect winter hats, mittens and gloves to donate to local charities. The SAAC collected donations at this last weekend’s basketball games and they will be setting up bins to once again collect donations at the following upcoming home sporting events: Friday, Dec. 11: Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12: Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m.

DAVER KARNOSKY Lode Writer Two-for-six, three-forfive, three-for-seven, twofor-four; these combined sound like a decent hitting streak in baseball. Instead these are just some of the numbers opponents have put up on the power play against the hockey Huskies this season. If these numbers don’t hurt enough, there are some far worse: five-for-ten, four-for-eight, and four-for-eight. continued at mtulode.com

The Huskies have produced outstanding offensive linemen for years now, but none more impressive than Joe Berger, who actually walked on to the Huskies, starting from 2001-2004. He earned both All-American and Academic All-American honors during his time at Michigan Tech, and he is one of only three Tech football players to ever make it to the NFL. Berger was drafted by the Carolina Panthers and spent time with the Cowboys as well before his current stint with the Dolphins. He is in the first year of a three-year contract. He got his first start two weeks ago against the Bills, and started his second consecutive game against the New England Patriots in injury relief for the Dolphins’ regular starting center Jake Grove.

The Michigan Tech Lode continues the special look into Club Sports in 2009’s final Lode issue. The sport we will look at today might be seen as an inspiration to those of you thinking about starting your own club sport. Today’s highlight is a new sport to Michigan Tech this year, the Michigan Tech Tennis Club. Club Tennis played their very first match ever this fall when the teams competed in an exhibition match against University of Wisconsin – Stout and University of Minnesota on November 21st in Menomonie, Wisconsin. When asked about this, Club President Kevin Vayko said, “Our players got to participate against some very good competition from these

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matches will be played to determine who will play in the C-league championship game. The championship games will take place at 10:30, 11 and 11:30, with A-league first, followed by C-league, then B. Check out mtulode.com/ sports/soccer for more coverage.

ers this year, but the team has an even brighter future with two additional players recently signing letters of intent. Paige Albi, a 5’10” guard who was ranked 26th among the top 50 seniors in Wisconsin, and Emily Harrison, the 44th best high school center in the country will join the team next fall.

schools.” He made note that Minnesota was also the Northern USTA Sectional Champions. The Club has made massive strides in just the first semester of play and organization. Vayko sums up the semester saying, “In our very first semester, we’ve gotten about 25 members together, officially became a member of the Midwest USTA Tennis on Campus league, and competed against another University (a goal that wasn’t expected until next year)”. In general the club hopes to work on overall logistics and other small growing pains that take place as a young club, which include competing against other universities here at Tech and on the road. Tennis Club obviously has two great goals, to continue to grow as a Club as the years

progress, but also to bring a National Championship back to Houghton. In order to continue its growth, the club is always looking for more players, especially on the girls side so the club can qualify for league matches. If you are interested in joining the Tennis Club they practice every week on Sundays at 5 p.m. in the Gates Tennis Center. You are strongly urged to come out and visit and practice with the club at any point. Or if you would like to contact them directly you can email the club president, Kevin Vayko, at ktvayko@mtu.edu.

Would you like your club team featured in this section? E-mail steander@mtu.edu

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Women’s basketball team signs two recruits While fans are busy enjoying the current 6-0 season for the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team, there is a future to think about with the entire starting lineup graduating next year. Head Coach John Barnes has been utilizing his bench as much as possible, and the team has five red-shirted play-

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Find the reasoning for the above selections and share your own top-ten team and player lists on mtulode.com/sports/2009/12/10/lists

Indoor soccer championships set for tonight After an intense conclusion to the indoor soccer regular season last Thursday, this Tuesday featured several playoff matches with lower seeds playing two games apiece to earn their right into the championship games, which will take place at the SDC multi-purpose room tonight. At 10 p.m., two semi-final

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Michigan Tech Lode Thursday December 10th, 2009

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Mid-year Commencement Where: SDC Wood Gym When: Dec. 12, 10:00 a.m.

Squonk Opera Where: Rozsa Center When: Dec. 11, 2009 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Making a Difference Awards Ceremony Where: MUB When: Dec. 15, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Student poll What do you think your semester GPA will be?

JUN (MILES) NI Lode Writer Dear Huskies, Here is my last article for this semester. First of all, I really appreciate that you guys like my stories. It makes me try to write better articles and gives me confidence. Thank you everyone. You make me keep going. Today’s topic may not be that funny, but it is a real screen shot of Chinese society. It is the idea of intellectual property. I still remember that I spent $368 only on textbooks at the beginning of the first semester in Michigan Tech. I never knew that textbooks were so expensive in America. The rate for Chinese currency (¥) to U.S. dollars is 6.8 to one right now. However, I never spent over ¥200 ($29) each semester on textbooks before. Later on, I noticed that American society is very respectful toward knowledge, especially in the form of books and computer software. Those products contain authors’ and computer engineers’ priceless knowledge design. They deserve to have a good payback. But in China, intellectual property protection is still a weak point. For example, Adobe CS4 Photoshop is worth a couple hundred dollars here, but only costs ¥10 to buy an unlocked version with a fake serial number in China. That’s why Bill Gates said that Microsoft lost billions of dollars in China every year. Regardless of intellectual property rights, this also happens on Chinese networks. I think I only need a single word to describe it: free. You can absolutely download everything from Chinese websites without being caught. Music, movies and computer software are three most commonly downloaded things. They are so cheap and can be found everywhere. Even the Chinese government cannot control this situation. Who would buy those extremely expensive certified products? Because of the incomplete law system, such actions are beyond government control. The whole society prefers to buy these products because they are affordable. Thus, on the other hand, it helps spread knowledge. As someone said, if China took intellectual property seriously in computer software, the Chinese software technology would have been at least 10 years behind western countries. Until now, China is still struggling with this problem. On one hand, pressure from other countries and companies push China to add new laws in the field of intellectual property. On the other hand, China’s development needs knowledge to be spread in a cheaper and faster way. It’s really hard to make such decision. What do you think? As the title of this column suggests, there’s no way to talk about all the culture differences in several articles. What I can do is give you guys a general idea of China, a country from Far East Asia that has 5,000 years history. Maybe you feel funny and joyful when you read it or maybe it makes you think China is unbelievable and ridiculous. Once you gain some new faces about this mysterious country, that’s all I need from you. Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

13%, 2.0-2.9

63%, 3.0-4.0

25% Lets not talk about it

Student responses are based on our weekly online poll. Please vote on next week’s question:

What activity will occupy the majority of your time over break? Vote at: www.mtulode.com

Across 1. Nods off 5. Al-Jazeera viewer, probably 9. Crockett’s last stand 14. Border on 15. Tree trunk 16. 1998 Pulitzer winner Paula 17. Hammered designs 19. Garlic sauce 20. Santa... town 22. Catch some rays 23. Powder source 24. Ret. plan 27. Word on a Yankee dollar 30. French sailor and writer, Pierre __ 34. Marie Edmé Patrice de __, French president 1873-79 37. Red dye used in cosmetics 38. I’m dreaming of... 41. Gaggle contents 42. Hardy breed from Scotland 43. At a previous time 44. Fall bloomer 46. Felix or Garfield, e.g.

47. Name-serial number connector 49. Part of the Treasury Dept. 52. It’s...a lot like Christmas 60. Beelike 61. Suspensions of ongoing activities 62. Beautiful in Bologna 63. e.e.cummings, e.g. 64. __-Mall 65. Beer maker? 66. The largest of the Inner Hebrides 67. Ultimatum word

Down

1. ‘Keep off the grass!’ sayer, perhaps 2. Cain’s victim 3. Coccoon occupant 4. Rex of mystery 5. Wormwood 6. Seamstress Betsy 7. Smart __ (wise guy) 8. Gets drunk 9. Take or use 10. Tarzan’s cover 11. Highly excited 12. Thaw 13. Mixture 18. Can.’s neighbor

21. It’s often at the door 24. GIF or JPEG, e.g. 25. Less refined 26. Throbs 28. Letters Taiwan can’t use 29. Knock off a bowler 31. Containing the heaviest known metal 32. Princesses headwear 33. Map feature 35. Hung-jury results 36. Stopped fasting 37. Tee preceder 39. Canadian whisky 40. Bother 44. __ Arbor, Mich. 45. Supplies sparingly 48. Certain stipend 50. It makes a cavity 51. Hillside 52. Nursery dweller 53. Pointless weapon 54. __ monster (lizard) 55. Cranny’s partner 56. Color for Lee’s army 57. Not written 58. Squirts a squeak 59. Chard relative

On this day

1863

President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

1943

Jim Morrison, American singer, member of the group The Doors, is born.

1987

President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the two superpowers.

1995

The Grateful Dead announced it was breaking up after 30 years, just four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia. Courtesy of www.reference.com

Weather Outlook

Courtest of http://puzzles.about. com/od/holidaycrosswords/l/qprxmas.htm

Friday, Snow Showers 100% chance of precipitation

160F / 90F


12/10/2009