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Survey reveals students prefer canvas ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer With technology constantly changing in today’s society, universities, including Michigan Tech, are going to adapt and make changes that some see as great, while others disagree.

Overall, more than 80% of

students found Canvas to be good, very good or outstanding in


Last spring, Michigan Tech debuted a new program for teachers and classrooms to use. This program, Canvas, allowed for students and professors to



Campus to see renovations of McNair, DHH over winter break

have the information they need in one place. Once Michigan Tech decided not to use the Blackboard program any longer, faculty started looking at other options, which is where Canvas came in. These faculty members and approximately twelve to thirteen classes tested a variety of products, but in the end decided to use Canvas. “Most people thought it was a lot easier to use, it was more intuitive. It’s designed by very young people, actually two graduate students in computer science at Brigham Young University, who grew up with the web and knew how to work with the web. It doesn’t look like a 1995 program that got slammed on the web,” said Walter Milligan, chief information officer and professor. Further reasons students and faculty alike prefer Canvas are because it works better with programs such as Google Drive and Skype. Similarly, students appreciate that Canvas has the ability



Putting rumors to rest: the fate of the MUB Bowling Alley

for all of the information for their classes, such as grades and assignments, to be found in one place (assuming all of their professors are using the program). Also, an advantage for the university is that

Michigan Tech is not running the service; the company producing Canvas is in charge, making it one less burden for the university. This past spring, after deciding to transition to

Canvas, students and faculty were all able to use the program on their own. After a semester of a larger body of students using the program, there was a survey sent out to Continued on page 3

Archives fire update SAWYER NEWMAN Lode Writer It has already been over a month since Michigan Tech and the Copper Country Archives experienced the fire. During this time, much progress has been made to restoring order and access to historical documents. Now, in the weeks following, investigators have found what they believe to be the cause of the flame-induced chaos. Led by Detective Sergeant Dale Hillier of the Michigan Continued on page 5



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The archives is still in disorder from the fire. Photo by Sawyer Newman



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Campus to see renovations of McNair, DHH over winter break ERIKA VICHCALES Lode Writer Have you ever left for an extended break hoping when you came back your school would be noticeably different? Students at Michigan Tech may notice some changes after they return from winter break as Director of Facilities Management George Butvalis has big plans. “We try to not be disruptive to students. We can do a lot of things, but if you have to study for an exam and you have hammering and drilling, that is not convenient for students. We try to work around the academic year and make it that when you go away for vacation or for the holidays, when you come back it’s done,” Butvalis said. When looking at projects or renovations to complete on campus, there is an order that dictates when they get done. First are the projects that hold a higher level of immediacy or priority, such as fire protection and safety systems. For example, plans are being discussed to update the safety systems in the Student Development Complex to a mass notification system in order to keep students aware and protected on campus. “If there is a need to communicate with everybody or signal to everybody in the building

or [give] other instructions, public safety will be able to do that [with this system],” said Butvalis. The many seasons of the Copper Country also affect the changes being made to campus. At the beginning of every snow season, Butvalis gets many of what he calls “slip and fall calls,” where he is notified about areas on campus that are

As students are enjoying their

winter break, those here at Michigan Tech facilities will be hard at work creating more modern and inviting spaces for the students to occupy.

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particularly icy or difficult for students to navigate. “My tolerance level is that there are no areas where students can slip and fall,” said Butvalis. To help make this happen, the university has acquired an ATV that can go out on the sidewalks and footpaths to make sure they are safe for students.

Their plan for this winter is to hire someone whose sole responsibility is to go around campus with this ATV to make sure all areas are safe. Currently, there is a vehicle that takes care of the main traffic areas, but Butvalis and the university plan on furthering their reach to include all areas where student foot travel is necessary. Campus will also see some renovations over the winter break. Some of the major changes will be seen in McNair Hall. The plan is to replace the kitchenettes in East McNair, installing new appliances, flooring and cabinets. There will also be an area for students to lounge, complete with a big screen TV. “It will be more of a kitchen and lounge area. It will be the same, if not better quality, than the sitting areas in Hillside,” said Butvalis. There are also plans for renovating the laundry room, fitness room, kitchen, game room and music room in DHH over the summer. As students are enjoying their winter break, those here at Michigan Tech facilities will be hard at work creating more modern and inviting spaces for the students to occupy. With multiple projects to be accomplished over the break, students will be able to enjoy the renovations and the new plans during spring semester when they return.


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Monticello’s Grocery closes after 120 years of operation KATELYN WAARA News Editor 120 years of retailing have passed through the building that houses Monticello’s Grocery in Hancock. Located on Quincy Street, the building has been in operation since 1893, making it a memorable part of the Copper Country. Now, with heavy hearts, Arlene and Ted Monticello, owners of Monticello’s Grocery, have announced they are closing their doors. The building went through many local hands over the years, including the Conway family who owned Conway’s Fine Foods for almost 50 years.

The Gemignani family also owned the establishment, but for a shorter period of time. When it was up for sale again, the Monticello’s purchased the building and opened Monticello’s Grocery. They have been providing quality service and products to the Houghton and Hancock communities for the past 30 years. Built by the Hancock Copper Mining Company in 1893, the building was purchased by Edward Press for $50. That era was still one of horse and buggy travel and a story tells of a worker who found a discarded horseshoe in the back packing area. He proceeded to hang it above the back door for good luck. That horseshoe still hangs

today, a snapshot of the past and a symbol of good luck for the family-owned business. The Monticello’s are thankful to their loyal customers and the community for the years of support and the business’ longevity. It was a bittersweet decision for the both of them. They will miss the friends and the ties to the community they have made through the years. Officially closing on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., Monticello’s will still be filling their famous meat orders for customers’ Christmas dinners. Arlene and Ted’s son, David Monticello, plans to purchase the building, but future plans for the business space are uncertain at this time. The horseshoe, however, will

Ted and Arlene Monticello announce the close of their store. Photo by Michael Hilliard

remain above the back door to

bring good luck in the future.

Canvas Continued from front page see how the students received it and what their thoughts were. Overall, more than eighty percent of students found the program to be good, very good or outstanding in quality. Though there are many benefits of Canvas, there are still kinks that need to be worked out in the system. Textbook integration, as well as the way a gradebook is set up for professors, are both frustrating to work with right now. “Since we have made the decision to go to Canvas, anecdotally I have talked with a number of students who have experience in both [Blackboard and Canvas], and though it depends a lot on how the instructor is using it because that effects the students’ experience a lot, most say it [Canvas] is much cleaner and easier to find things. When

you consider the main piece of software used on this campus to communicate between students and faculty changed this summer and fall, and there is pretty good evidence that more people are using Canvas now instead of Blackboard, I take that as a good sign,” said Director for the Center of Teaching and Learning Mike Meyer. Though students and teachers are still adjusting to the use of Canvas rather than Blackboard, the university wants students to know that if they are having any major problems with Canvas to go talk to professors or someone in the Teaching and Learning Center about the issue. There are also workshops for faculty about how to best use Canvas for their needs. Students are encouraged to give feedback at the end of the semester in

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their evaluations. “There is definitely room

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for us, myself included, to use Canvas better,” said Meyer, “but

it is something that we will learn in time and experience.”

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local community hosts many events to get people in the spirit JANE KIRBY Lode Writer Christmastime is finally here, believe it or not. Sometimes it’s difficult for college students to really feel the holiday cheer with such busy times leading up to finals week, but with the help of the local community, there are several events that can get even the grumpiest scrooge in the Christmas spirit. In Houghton this past Saturday, the Carnegie Museum featured its sixth annual open house and Gingerbread Extravaganza. Elise Nelson, the director of the Carnegie, spent all of last week preparing the display for the event. From noon to 4, anyone was welcome to share their holiday cheer with free hot chocolate, sweets, a gingerbread village display, story time and even pictures with Santa. The gingerbread exhibit will remain open until Jan. 8, 2013 at the Carnegie Museum. Just north of Houghton, Calumet is offering a wide variety of events for the community to participate in this holiday season. Main Street Calumet, a program that promotes community pride and represents community economic health, local quality of life as well as history, puts on the events in Calumet each year. Tom Tikkanen, executive director of Main Street Calumet, describes what they do each year to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Some new events that are worth noting include a drawing that will be held on every Saturday until Dec. 22. Customers are welcome to fill out and turn in tickets to boxes in each

participating merchant’s store. From there, five winning tickets are drawn each Saturday, and the winners receive gift certificates for use at participating businesses. Other events in the upcoming holiday weeks include a Club Indigo Dinner and Movie on Friday Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Calumet Theatre. Tickets for the dinner and movie combo are $18, or just the film costs $5. On Saturday the 15th, there is a Copper Dog Christmas Meet and Greet, where people can meet the sled dogs of the Calumet CopperDog 150 teams at the corner of 4th and Oak Street from 1 to 3 p.m. Additionally, on the Saturdays of the 15th and the 22nd, there will be a Christmas market at the Merchants and Miners Bank Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s known that the best way to spread the cheer is singing loud for all to hear, so carolers and strolling musicians will be touring downtown Calumet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays leading up to Christmas. In addition, there is a Rock and Roll Christmas party with BritBeat, the Beatles Anthology Tribute in the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. All of these events are put on by Main Street Calumet with “invaluable support from local government, merchants, civic groups, musicians, carolers and a small group of volunteers,” Tikkanen says. He adds that they are always in need of donations and volunteer “elves” to help put together goodie bags for the children and to help with traffic flow when the kids arrive to see Santa. Whether it’s to take a study break or to go enjoy the

holiday season with friends, the Keweenaw community provides a lot of opportunities

for Christmas events. For a full list of Christmas events in Calumet, please

visit Main Street Calumet’s website at (http://www.

Downtown Houghton boasts many decorations for the holiday season.

Photo by Kourtney Cooper


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Putting rumors to rest the fate of the MUB Bowling Alley NICOLE IUTZI Lode Writer Located in the MUB, Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Game Room offers students billiards and bowling for free. Others are welcome as well and can

bowl for a small fee, or rent the pool tables at an hourly rate. For many years there have been rumors circulating about the closing of the bowling alley portion of the Game Room. Six lanes are available, and the bowling PE courses are currently held

there. If this disappears, what are the plans for the future and the space? “There have been talks about it for many years, but nothing has been discussed recently,” said Heidi Reid, Facilities and Events Coordinator. Reid also said plans for the bowling

alley will be determined by administration if a decision is eventually made. Right now, there is a pilot program being discussed by the athletics department with the possibility of having the current PE courses of bowling at the Mine Shaft near Wal-Mart, however, it

is still being considered. No plans to move the classes are currently in place. As of right now there is no plan for the closing of the bowling alley, said Reid. For more information about the services offered at the bowling alley visit (http://

Archives fire Continued from front page State Police, headquartered in Marquette, the investigators believe the fire began with a light fixture, which ignited a stack of papers below. Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor for Michigan Tech News, said the stack was completely charred and, after extensive investigation, the fire marshal believed the light to be the source. It has not, however, been officially confirmed. The disaster started with the small fire on Oct. 26, and only around 11 boxes showed signs of being scorched. The Copper Range Mining Company Collection was probably the most affected by the fire and water damage. Thankfully, the fire was quickly put out. However, in the process, sprinkler heads drenched a large number of collections. It has been estimated that 15% of the Archives’ holdings were affected by water damage. Erik Nordberg, head archivist, is “thankful the fire happened during staff hours, or the sprinklers would have done more damage.” On the evening of the fire, large numbers of students, staff, park service individuals and community members came voluntarily to the library to help with the disaster

response efforts. Archives staff is overwhelmingly appreciative for the public’s efforts. Many more documents would have been destroyed had it not been for such a quick response. Nordberg said, “Staff from the archives and library were on the scene immediately, along with Public Safety and the custodial staff. We saw people from the social sciences department, from the Pep Band . . . As soon as they heard what was going on; there was an outpouring of assistance. We were all sharing in this tragedy.” For hours, boxes were moved from the back stacks room out into the main Garden level area where they were sorted. Subsequently, some boxes were moved into cold storage trucks provided by Northland Cold Storage Company from Wisconsin. These boxes have been transferred to Philadelphia where they will go through a freeze drying process, which is expected to take six to eight weeks. This process is being funded by the university’s fire insurance plan. Another 2,000 linear feet of documents have been removed from the back stacks but are still on site, now filling

the original Archives’ reading room and most of the Garden level area. These are now being rehoused into new boxes, which is the main reason for the entire Garden level being closed. In the stacks room, carpet is being replaced with tile, new shelves are being installed and ceiling panels, molding and walls are being restored. Though fire insurance coverage will reduce the monetary cost of the fire, the loss of the historical information and documents in the archives, that irreplaceable information, is priceless, said Goodrich. The archives has been providing temporary service hours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in an enclosed area on the Garden level of the library. Visiting patrons can use many of the documents. Some of the more frequently used collections such as the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company collection, the Quincy Mining collection, the vertical files collection and the numerous maps were not affected by the fire and can still be viewed. Staff are working through the restoration process piece by piece and see February

Some files are still able to be accessed. Photos by Sawyer Newman

2013 as a target date for the reopening. More information can

be found at the Archives’ blog ( archives/).

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“Joy! Holiday Sounds with a Twist”

COREY SAARI Lode Writer In time to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, a holiday music CD entitled “Joy! Holiday Sounds with a Twist” was produced some time ago and recently released by retired professor of music, Milton Olsson and his son PJ Olsson. This album is currently available for purchase at Good Times Music, 5th and Elm Coffee House, and various other businesses and organizations around

the local area at a price of $15 each. A cooperative effort, the album contains vocals done by members of the university’s Concert Choir and instrumental accompaniment, courtesy of the Portage Lake Electronic Orchestra. Christopher Plummer of the Visual and Performing Arts department along with some of his students also had a hand in putting together the album. THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT of Houghton was tasked with handling the art direction of this

album. A brief conversation with Milton Olsson revealed that the album’s roots go back four years ago to 2008. Joy! contains 10 familiar and less-known holiday songs altered slightly to appeal to listeners who appreciate the original tunes as well today’s younger crowd. The album was originally the idea of a major record label in 2008. After a live performance of Hallelujah Chorus (the tenth track on the album), public support for a full album peaked. After its recording,

however, it “sat on the shelf” so to speak, until this year when it was distributed to local businesses and organizations. I have listened to some of the tracks on this album, having obtained a copy. The familiar tunes “Deck the Halls” and “Joy to the World” re-workings are particularly catchy. To truly understand this, people have to hear the songs for themselves. It is my opinion that, overall, this album is fairly impressive and a good addition to a music collection.

Milton Olsson (above) and his son wrote the new album. Photo courtesy of www.mtu. edu/vpa

Hampton String Quartet Rocks the Rozsa Saturday night, local string players were honored to perform with the Hampton Rock String Quartet. TRAVIS PELLOSMA Lode Writer On the night of Saturday, Dec. 8, local string players were honored to perform with Grammy nominated, best selling group, the Hampton Rock String Quartet. This Quartet has made their career exclusively on arranging, playing and recording an assortment of classic rock pieces. The Quartet has appeared and played in numerous locations from Queen Elizabeth Hall in the United

Kingdom to appearing on “The Today Show.” One of the major inspirations for their work has been none other than Led Zeppelin, but their music has just as much diversity as their playing style. The Keweenaw Symphony opened up by playing two pieces composed by Gustav Holst entitled “Uranus, the Magician” and “Mars, the Bringer of War.” After that, the audience was in for a treat when Elizabeth Meyer premiered her new composition, “Sea Caves, Hear Caves.” Meyer’s new piece was inspired by

a kayaking trip down by the caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. By recording the sounds within the cave, she was able to compose this composition which captures the patterns and sounds of the waves. With much delight, Meyer was able to successfully create an atmosphere where the audience felt like they were listening to the orchestra playing within a cave with waves crashing all around them. The Hampton String Quartet entered in dazzling the audience for nearly two hours playing at least

a dozen songs such as Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” The audience was presented with some bizarre musical techniques such as the intentional off key note and one, which the audience won’t forget, was when the Quartet noted that they would be playing “their expensive violins as if they were only $150 dollar guitars” plucking away at the strings. Filled with the joys and laughs from the stories and playing style, the crowd was astounded by the work and

performance of the Quartet. Not only did they receive a standing ovation for their work, but their audience continued clapping and cheering for nearly five minutes, even after the Quartet was leaving the stage. This was certainly a memorable performance for all who attended. The KSO’s next concert will be celebrating the music of nineteenthcentury composer, Richard Wagner, in “Wagner’s 200th Anniversary” on March 2 in the Rozsa Center.

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The Happiness Project

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TRAVIS PELLOSMA Lode Writer As the new year slowly creeps upon us once again, we begin to reflect on our accomplishments throughout the year. A lot can happen in just one year, and when we think about the very first day of the year, a memory might jolt in our head pertaining to a resolution we wanted to try to stick to. No matter how many times we tell ourselves we are going to keep this resolution, it always seems to slip out of our grasp as daily life trudges forward. What if there was a better way to keep these resolutions and feel happy about sticking to them at the same time. Gretchen Rubin attempts to tackle this idea in her memoir, “The Happiness Project.” She embarks on a personal

journey through a single year trying to make ends meet and holding true to her promises she made for the new year in hopes of gaining a happier, yet richer life. “The Happiness Project” starts out with nothing more than a simple question asking, “what do we want from our lives?” For any college student, we always strive to make big leaps in hopes we will accomplish something revolutionary, but her answer was unexpected, but something we can all secretly desire in our lives. Her answer was simply happiness. Diving into the realm of happiness may not seem like a large task, but the extensive research done with happiness is mind-blowing at the very least. Rubin incorporates various quotes and passages from happiness research scattered throughout her book.

After researching, she decided to create her own hypothesis about happiness that unfolds through each page. The story starts in January of the new year. Each chapter is exactly one month long and in each month, she puts forth her resolution. Now unlike most people, where one might pick a distinct resolution to follow, Rubin chooses 12 unique resolutions for each month of the year. As the next month progressives, she not only adds a new resolution to her calendar, but also continues her previous month’s resolution. At the end of every month she reflects on her progress and to her surprise, things were changing. One passage that I found quite interesting was at the very beginning of the book when Rubin stated that she felt happy already, yet she was

about to dive into a year long project involving happiness. Most of us feel happy, but Rubin lets us think more deeply than just what appears on the surface. She notes about the little things in life that can make you a happier person, and like she states in her book, a happy person is more likely to be successful in life. Upon purchasing this book, I never thought that I would be able to get into another memoir unless it was required reading for class, but after reading through it, I found myself terribly excited to start a happiness project of my own. Rubin takes a wild gamble at her approach to happiness, but she ends up being quite successful. Her memoir is not only well written, but is very thought provoking. The book allows you to take a step back from the hectic everyday life, whether you’re

a full time college student or taking on a full time job, and shows you a better way to perceive your life. The texts enriches the reader with ways to more actively look at your own situation and see what you could change rather than modeling it off of what she has done in her memoir. “The days are long, but the years are short,” as Rubin says countless times throughout her memoir. She reminds us that it is never too late in life to try something new and adventurous because sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them too. If you are interested in learning more about “The Happiness Project,” go to (www. where you can read Rubin’s blog or find out ways on how you can start your own happiness project.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shop local

Nick Blecha



ZONE It’s official: as of this writing there is less than a week left of classes before finals. It’s both kind of scary and a major relief, isn’t it? On the one hand, there’s a lot of work and studying to be done in the next few weeks as projects are due and exams loom, but once that’s done it’s a solid three weeks of winter break. Obviously, the break is going to be different things for different people. For some, it’s a chance to spend some time at home with one’s family and celebrate whichever holidays one celebrates. For others, “going home” may mean less travelling to a different city or state and more to a different country. It may be one’s first time coming home from college, or one’s last. In fact, it isn’t really a “break” at all for those students who are graduating. But whatever the break may mean to you personally, there is something that it means to all of us. It is a chance to celebrate surviving the semester, a chance to relax and decompress from the stress of finishing projects and studying for exams, and (at least for those who aren’t graduating) a chance to get ready for the spring semester. Good luck, drive safely, and enjoy your muchdeserved break!

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and invest in the community TAYLOR DOMAGALLA Opinion Editor When I’m driving to school and I need to stop to get gas or food, I look for something familiar on the road signs. I look for a place where I know approximately what to expect. McDonald’s fries are about the same whether I get them in Chicago, Houghton or anywhere in between. Exploring the town to find a local diner is out of the question; I am trying to get where I am going. The destination and how fast I can get there are what matters, not the journey. But life is all about the journey, and where we choose to buy the things we want and need is part of that journey. Choosing to shop locally can enrich our lives’ journeys and the communities we live in. For many students, shopping once we move to a new place is similar to driving down the highway. We seek the familiar, the chain stores that we’ve been to or heard of before and overlook the obscure, unknown local businesses. In Houghton, that gives stores like Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and all of the fast-food chains an advantage. We know more or less what goods and services are available at these stores and that we can get what we want without wasting time searching. Christa Meingast, a third year Environmental Engineering student, explained why she shops at Wal-Mart, saying “WalMart is fast and easy for me. I know there are better deals out there, but I don’t want to waste my time looking for them.” Admittedly, Wal-Mart’s prices often do save money. A casual

observation of the amount of Michigan Tech apparel worn in Wal-Mart indicates that many students feel the same way. However, finding deals at more local stores is not always difficult. “I shop at Econo for two reasons. One, I don’t have to deal with the hassle of WalMart, and two, because I have a More Card (a free store savings card) and can get better deals,” said Brad Hildebrand, a fourth-

anything, even if it is broken, for a full refund.” While these arguments may have merit, there are many other factors that make supporting small or local businesses a wise decision. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that small businesses, “employ half of all private sector employees,” and “pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.” Wal-Mart

I shop at Econo for two reasons. One, I don’t have to deal with the hassle of Wal-Mart, and two, because I have a

More Card (a free store savings card) and can get better deals.

Brad Hildebrand, student year civil engineering student. Because EconoFoods and smaller grocery stores are not as constantly busy as Wal-Mart, some students and many community members choose to shop at these kinds of stores. Simply relying on the EconoFoods “More Card” or utilizing the occasional coupons that Pat’s Foods mails out can save shoppers money without much effort. The choice to shop local is more complicated than just seeking the best deals around. Meingast brought up another set of concerns: “I worked at a local grocery store as a cashier once and the store did not let anyone work full time and gave out no benefits. Wal-Mart treats their employees well and gives many jobs to Houghton residents. Also, Wal-Mart has a very good reputation for customer service. I can return

may employ a lot of people, but by having such a wide variety of goods and services, it, and stores like it, can hurt the business of local grocery stores, pharmacies, gifts shops, autoparts stores, bike shops, salons, florists, etc. While spending money at superstores like WalMart is convenient, it detracts business from a multitude of local shops that could employ just as many if not more people. Without support from shoppers, local stores with local history—like Monticello’s— have to close their doors and a little piece of Copper Country culture is lost. Another reason to support local businesses is because the support comes back around to the community. According to Sustainable Connections, a non-profit network that supports independent small businesses, “Non-profit

organizations receive an average of 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.” While EconoFoods does not meet all the criteria for being a small business (it is a chain that has branches in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U.P.), it does shine in giving back to the community. EconoFoods allows Michigan Tech student organizations, local schools and other nonprofit organizations to hold bagging fundraisers along with supporting other fundraisers for the community. The walls of the second-floor hallway of the store are cluttered with county fair ribbons; EconoFoods buys prize-winning livestock from the fair, supporting local farming. If EconoFoods is this invested in the community, I can only imagine how passionate owners of smaller stores around town are about the community we live in. Whether you are searching for the perfect Christmas present or another jug of milk, a place to fix your bike or a shop to get a hot drink, the perfect pasty or a pancake the size of your face, small businesses in the area offer a lot of what you are looking for. By stepping out of that highway mentality, we can have a much richer experience while living in the area. Exploring local shops can lead us to new and interesting people who are actually familiar with what they’re ringing up. It can allow us to find unique items that aren’t shipped all over the rest of the country. It can lead to enriching our lives with new experiences and investing in the community we’ve chosen to live in, even if only for a few years.

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Two Michigan Tech students share their opinions on the controversial matter of Euthanasia. Is this a sympathetic treatment or an unwarranted judgment we place on others? MEGAN WALSH Lode Writer When it comes to human life, euthanasia seems to be absurd to even argue. What is the argument? We have a duty to keep people alive. We have doctors whose job is to heal patients or at least make them feel better. Taking another person’s life is one of the most punishable crimes. It is an easy choice, until you experience it first hand. Until you see a loved one suffering. Until you walk through a nursing home and hear the groans from elderly people, alone and suffering through pain that you cannot imagine. Until you see a child suffering from totalbody paralysis, alive only because of a feeding tube supplying her with nutrients. Until you experience this pain yourself. Then the answer to this issue becomes more obvious: that everyone should have the right to make decisions about the end of their lives. I take this stand because I have lived with my grandmother and witnessed her pain since I was young. She has always been there, and we have always taken care of each other. But in the last few years, she developed diabetes, her kidneys failed and she had a heart

attack. We have sat by her bedside in the hospital more times than I can count, praying to take her home with us. These days, my mother takes care of her. My Gram can no longer read or write or stand for more than a minute or so. She is unable to enjoy cooking like she used to and her eyesight is too poor to sew anymore. So, she sits all day in excruciating pain, in the same spot on the couch, thinking about the things that she used to enjoy. I can’t imagine ever coming home and my Gram not being there. She has always been an enormous part of my life, a second mother to me. But she has told me that she is ready. And every day she tells me about the pain that she is in. Frequently, I can hear her weeping in her bedroom. And it is because I love her that I believe she should be able to make that choice, she should be able to end this life painless and in peace, the way that she chooses. We go to the doctor to get healed. It is their duty to “fix” us and usually, they do an excellent job. But my grandmother is no longer being healed; she has been suffering for much longer than she should have. It is time that we stop playing God. What it all comes down to is that it is not my job or anyone else’s to tell my Gram, and those like her, how to face the end of their lives.

KRISHNAN RAGHAVAN Lode Writer The motivation for euthanasia for the terminally ill is the need to stop pain and suffering in the affected individual. However, as discussed below, euthanasia may not always be the best solution. Hospice care, or end of life care, which focuses on providing comfort to terminal patients on a holistic scale, could be an alternative. It aims to reduce pain at the physical and psychological levels and provide comfort for the patient and their family. But how effective is such treatment? According to Samia Hurst and Alex Mauron from the University of Geneva, even proponents of voluntary euthanasia agree that it is effective in reducing suffering ( silver/second%20muldoon%20 ar ticle%20Pall%20Med%20 Hurst%2006.pdf ). Also, according to American Medical News, the number of people opting for hospice care in the US has been on a steep increase and this has been the standard care for terminal patients for three decades ( prl20416.htm). These things greatly suggest that hospice care is effective. Another question one may ask is whether hospice care is financially feasible. According to Robinson, clerkship director at Florida State University, current research points towards hospice care being quite cost effective, due at

least in part to benefits such as absence of co-payment, primary medication and other support services offered by Medicare ( pubmed/8799358). One might argue that people nearing the end of their lifespans are prone to physical and psychological weaknesses and would prefer to be euthanized. But is it really true in all cases? For instance, my grandmother is old and quite disabled, requiring constant support for even the most trivial activities. While she does experience a lot of physical, emotional and psychological discomfort, it is clear to me that when cared for and given companionship, she really appreciates it and enjoys life. While this may not be true of everyone to the same degree, it does indicate that reducing anxiety and suffering could induce in them an appreciation for life. It is thus possible that if introduced to hospice care, they would prefer to live longer and fuller lives. Some might question the benefit of those added days. For one, living longer would grant the patient more time in this world and with near and dear ones. It is also possible that society would benefit from any added contribution by the person during that time. Also, the patient can have more satisfying final days. Euthanasia, which serves to shorten, rather than improve the quality of life, should be avoided in favor of hospice care, which improves the quality of the final days of the patient. This will give the patient a chance to live a more fulfilling end, as opposed to having a troubled and abrupt end due to being euthanized.

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Austin Armaga

JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor Men’s basketball Husky Austin Armaga is this week’s Athlete of the Week after his team leading performance in the Huskies two games over the weekend. Thursday in the Huskies’ 66-49 win over Findlay, Armaga finished second for the Huskies in points

with 16. Saturday night the junior would lead the Huskies in points with the same number of 16. The Waupun, Wisc. native has played in all seven games this season and currently averages 30 minutes per game. Armaga and the rest of the Huskies are back in play this weekend as they head to Ohio Dominican and Tiffin.

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Home hockey games this weekend. The Huskies host the University of North Dakota in their last home series of the year. Photo courtesy of MTU Athletics

Where did all the snow go? Huskies hope for improved race conditions before competing at NMU this weekend

ELLIE FURMANSKI Lode Writer Skiers on the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski teams returned to Houghton from West Yellowstone, Montana, after Thanksgiving break more than pleasantly surprised to see the Tech Trails gleaming with snow. Excitement ensued with the reality that dry land season was over and the trails were at long last ready to be skied on, or so they thought. A perfect demonstration of the craziness which is Michigan weather brought warmer than usual temperatures and rain the following weekend. The snow was melting right

beneath the skis of the racers as they competed in the Michigan Tech Collegiate Opener. Sadly, the vast majority of that initial snowpack was depleted, and a snowless week ensued leaving Houghton in a serious snow deficit. As a result, the Nordic teams have had to make adjustments to their schedule. The skiers were originally set to ski in the NMU Wildcat Open the first weekend in December, but due to a lack of snow in the Ishpeming area, the dates of the Michigan Tech Collegiate Opener and NMU Wildcat Open were switched. In addition, the Nordic teams were set to race at the Central USSA Opener JOQ in Ironwood, MI, this past weekend. Poor snow

conditions, however, caused the race to be cancelled. The skiers missed out on competing in classic and freestyle races in an official Junior Olympic Qualifier against other masters, seniors and college skiers. In a perfect world, the snowfall accumulation in the coming days will provide a sufficient snowpack for NMU to host the Wildcat Open at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming this coming weekend, Dec. 15 and 16. The Huskies will look to improve upon their performances at the Michigan Tech Collegiate Opener and put the pressure back on NMU. After seizing multiple top place finishes in every race, it is safe to say that NMU virtually dominated both the men’s and women’s

classic and freestyle races at the Michigan Tech Collegiate Opener. Races this weekend at the NMU Wildcat Open will conclude competition for the remainder of the year. The Huskies’ schedule will pick up again in January. The Nordic teams will kick off 2013 by traveling to Heber City, Utah, to compete in the US National Championships on Jan. 2. Nordic ski season is underway despite the few minor setbacks and schedule changes which have interfered with the start of the season. With many races left to compete in, ideally the cold and snow are here to stay and we won’t have to ask ourselves “where’d the snow go?” again.


Loss from men’s basketball this season. The Huskies had a perfect weekend with a win over Findlay and Hilldale. They are now 3-1 in conference play.


of 68 shots saved by senior goaltender Kevin Genoe in the hockey Huskies 1-1 and 3-3 ties this weekend while at Wisconsin.


Points scored by Paige Albi in the women’s basketball win over Hillsdale Saturday. The number was a team best for the game and a personal best for Albi.


Days of skiing competition this weekend. Nordic skiing heads to Marquette for the Wildcat Open .


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Women’s Basketball beats out Hillsdale

Final Score: 78-65


Kate Glodowski makes a pass in the Huskies’ loss to Findlay. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Despite a 65-73 loss early in the week against Findlay, the Michigan Tech Women’s basketball team turned their game around to dominate 78-65 against Hillsdale on Saturday afternoon. Though the Huskies eventually pulled through with the win against Hillsdale on Saturday, the score remained close throughout the entire game. Tech and Hillsdale went neck in neck, with both teams’ offenses playing a strong game to keep the score close. So close that at halftime the Hillsdale Chargers were only three

points ahead and the score stood at 47-44. When play resumed in the second half, Tech players Paige Albi and Taylor Stippel came back and scored big for the Huskies. Albi lead in points scored for Tech, adding 14 points to the scoreboard. Likewise, Stippel had an aggressive night and contributed 13 points and successfully made all six of her field goal attempts. Other players who aided the Huskies with the win were Emma Veach and Kelcey Traynoff, both who scored 10 points for the team. The players came out in the second half ready to take the win. “We took pride in our defense,” said head coach Kim Cameron. “We

focused on passion and a sense of urgency. We played tough today.” To match Tech’s tough defense, Hillsdale player Megan Fogt aided the Chargers immensely by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Her efforts were not enough to lead Hillsdale to victory, however. As a team, the Chargers only made five field goals in the second half. Michigan Tech outscored Hillsdale 34-18 in the second half. In the end, that lead in points was large enough to allow Tech to take the win 78-65. Tech’s record now stands at 3-1 in GLIAC play and 5-2 overall. They play Ohio Dominican this Thursday, Dec. 13.

Men’s Basketball signs new recruits The Huskies are already making plans for next season with the signing of two players for the 2013-2014 season. JACOB SHULER Lode Writer New recruits, Quintan Harris and Luke Cordes signed National Letters of Intent to join the team next season. Both of these players will bring a lot of talent to the Huskies team next year.

It will help to bring in fresh talent as seniors graduate and leave gaps in the team line up. Harris plans to major in mechanical engineering and Cordes plans to major in civil engineering. The new recruits will be replacing four graduating seniors from the men’s basketball team.

Luke Cordes

Cordes will bring more height to the team standing at 6-7. The forward has averaged 18 points per game in his high school career. Cordes currently plays basketball for Alpena High School where he was picked for the AllBig North first team.

Quintan Harris

Harris will bring another big scorer and rebounder to the team. He averages 16 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. Harris also played basketball at the AAU level for the Michigan Mustangs. He currently plays for the Olivet High School Eagles. “He has good size and footwork that will make him a load inside,” commented head coach Kevin Luke.

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Men’s Basketball homegame domination

Currently ranked 3rd in GLIAC JACOB SHULER Lode Writer This week, the men’s basketball team continued their dominance at home with two wins against the Findlay Oilers and the Hillsdale Chargers. Both games were won by a convincing margin of more than 10 points. The Huskies played very well against the Oilers. Their lead was 11 points at the half and grew to a high of 17 points by the end of the game. Autin Armga and Phil Romback both had very strong games with 16 and 11 points respectively. Ali Haidar led the team with another double double with 22 points and 15 rebounds. The game against the Chargers ended with an even higher lead. By the end of regulation, the score was 73-55. Keys to this game were high scoring for the Huskies and outrebounding a team that has, in the past, had very similar stats to the Huskies. The Chargers have averaged 36 rebounds per game and were held to just 24 by the Huskies. After two victories at home, the Huskies hit the road this week to play against the Ohio Dominican Panthers and the Tiffin Dragons. The Dragons and Panthers both sit at the bottom of

the GLIAC South Division. However, this does not mean they have not competed well in league play this season. In most of the Panthers games, they have put up points. Averaging at 68 points per game, they can stay with the Huskies. Morgan Jones posts an average of 17 points per game for the Panthers. John Trew helps control the ball with 7 rebounds per game. The Dragons have also demonstrated an ability to score and stay in a game. Players like Joe Graessle score help the Dragons to average 73 points per game. Graessle averages 23 points per games and is complimented by Eric Roby who scores another 10 points per game. The Huskies have their work cut out for them over next week of basketball. Another long road trip will add to the difficulty of playing two teams who have not seen a win in a while. Controlling the game with rebounds and scoring like they did this week will ensure that the Huskies will come away successful this week. The Huskies have had a successful season so far. Three wins and a loss put them in third place in the GLIAC North Division just behind the Wayne State Warriors and the Grand Valley State Lakers. Two more wins this week would help keep or improve their position in the division.

T.J. Brown looks for the open pass in the Huskies effort against Findlay last Thursday. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

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Hockey hosts North Dakota Last home weekend of the year

Returning to Houghton after taking two points out of Wisconsin, the Huskies are back at home ready to host the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor

Puck Drop The Huskies haven’t had a home win since their first contest at home. Looking to get four points out of the upcoming series, the biggest challenge for Black and Gold hasn’t been getting shots, but rather capitalizing on opportunities.

North Dakota The weekend’s visitor is coming off a three point weekend after tying and then defeating the number one team in the conference, the University of Denver. Friday night’s 2-2 tie was the fifth time this season, and second game in a row the Green and White had taken extra time for a decision. Saturday night was a different story as North Dakota sent Denver home with a 6-3 final, giving the home team their fifth conference win of the season. North Dakota sits in the middle of the conference at the number six spot going into the weekend.

Michigan Tech After two hard fought battles at Wisconsin the Huskies return to home ice still hungry for wins. Senior goaltender anchored the Huskies in net this weekend, stopping 64 of the 68 shots faced between the two games, including a couple of key saves that kept the Huskies in the game. Scoring was well spread out in the series, with eight different Huskies getting a point from the weekend, including freshman Malcom Gould who netted his first career goal after picking up a rebound from line mate Daniel Holmberg’s initial shot.

Injury Report Several regular players for the Huskies were out of the lineup for the Wisconsin series. Defenseman Daniel Sova has been out of the lineup for several weeks with an upper body injury, and will not be in the lineup for the North Dakota series. Tanner Kero made the trip to Wisconsin, but had an appendectomy Friday morning. Other Huskies out due to injury included David Johnstone, Chad Pietila, and Justin Fillion, all maybes for this weekend’s series. Above: Blake Pietila releases a rocket against MinnesotaDuluth Left: Freshman goaltender Pheonix Copley makes a save against Minnesota Duluth Photos by Ben Wittbrodt


Events December 11- 18

Swing Club Holiday Dance Dec. 15, 6 p.m. MUB Ballroom

“A Choral Mosaic”

Dec. 15 , 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Theater

The Swing Club is hosting the annual Holiday Swing Dance featuring live music by the Backroom Boys. Free dance lessons are offered at 6 p.m. with the dance from 7 p.m. until Midnight on Saturday, Dec. 15th, in the MUB Ballroom. Admission is FREE. No partner or experience is required. Everyone is welcome. Formal attire is preferred. If you have any questions feel free to email (

“It Happened on 5th Avenue” Dec. 14, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7:15 p.m. Movie

Don’t miss the beautiful performance, “A Choral Mosaic,” sung by the Tech Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers. This special concert will give you a listen of the repertoire to be sung later in the year while they tour to Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia.

Filmboard Presents- Seven Psychopaths Dec. 14, 15 Showtimes: 6, 8:30, and 11 p.m.

Conartists in Los Angeles are hitting it big scamming the local dog lovers, but when they try pulling their tricks on one of the city’s top gangster they find themselves at odds with the criminal underworld. Lesson learned, if they have guns don’t kidnap their Shih Tzu.

A loveable screwball comedy for all ages will be playing in Calumet Theatre, 340 6th St., Calumet. $18 Dinner and a movie $5 Movie (discount 10& younger) Call 337-2610 by Dec. 13th for tickets

Ticket Price: $3

ASK TECH Meagan Eby “Truthfully, I’ll probably just review the night before.”

William Lehman “I get everything else done and cram the night before. I eat lots of cookies and ice cream too.”

Runtime: 110 minutes

“Although many students are still in denial, the end of the semester is fast approaching. How do you prepare for finals?”

Katelynne Bauer “I look over notes, do practice exams, have reviews sessions and cry.”

Jake Ozoga “Lots of loud music and studying on my own, taking a few gaming breaks here and there.”

- Zach Evans


The December 11, 2012 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.


The December 11, 2012 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode.