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February 3, 2011

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Bath salt drug abuse on the rise FDA works to ban; Michigan Tech hopes to prevent CAMERON SCHWACH News Editor A new designer drug has appeared on the market and is quickly becoming a problem for many communities. California, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi have all reported a large number of medical emergency cases regarding the use of a product being labeled as “bath salts” and now it seems that Michigan is seeing cases appear too. The substance being marketed as a bath salt contains a lab chemical known as mephedrone or MDPV. Mephedrone is a synthetic chemical that acts as an analog to other current drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines. Currently the substance is being sold as a bath salt product that goes by the aliases of Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Ocean Burst, White Rush, Pure Ivory, and Bolivan Bath. Although the substance is technically legal because it is marketed as a bath salt solution, many states have reported cases of the

substance being smoked, snorted and possibly injected and are trying to implement laws against it as soon as possible. The drug has become popular among college students for its ability to mimic stimulant drugs that are normally illegal —such as cocaine. However, the substance is suspected of having severe side effects associated with it. Suspected side effects of the product so far include rapid heart beat, intense euphoria, extreme energy, nose bleeds, hallucinations, delirium, insomnia, psychosis, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, chest pains, heart attack, seizures, kidney failure and stroke. As of now, the list of side effects is still being tested and examined. The “bath salts” are considered dangerous by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and State Health agencies. Students are being asked to stay away from the substance and to be aware of others who may be using the product as it can radically alter a person’s

behavior. If students have used the product, or know someone who is, Counseling Services is collecting information on the substance and its effects so that they can be ready to help future cases. There have already been at least two reports of the the product’s abuse at Michigan Tech so any information regardcontinued on 2

Enterprise Event Preview: Spotlight: African Night by African Student Association MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer February is Black History Month, and thanks to the efforts of the African Student Association (ASO) Michigan Tech will be host to the annual event known as African Night. The event, which takes place on Feb. 26 this year, will consist of a dinner at 5 p.m. followed by a performance at the Rosza at 7:30 p.m. The menu for the dinner, which is to be held in the MUB Ballroom, consists of authentic African cuisine from various regions and will be cooked by the members of

ASO themselves. The menu will have both a vegetarian and non-vegetarian portion, though the specific items to be offered are to be a surprise. The performance afterward, scheduled to run for approximately two hours, will include both a student-run portion consisting of singing, dancing, skits, a video presentation, a fashion show, a drama and a professional dance group The Adinkra Dance and Music Ensemble. African Night takes place just after the conclusion of African Culture Week, which takes place from Monday the 21st until Friday the 25th. During that week, members of ASO

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will also host several discussion groups where attendees meet to talk about cultures and languages of different countries in Africa. The dinner has always been very well-received and garnered praise from attendees. Last year ASO cooked for 450 attendees. Though they made food to serve 500, there were no leftovers. ASO Vice President Wilbel Brewer noted that many guests said that “they loved it, they wanted a piece of each [dish].” The dinner will be accompanied by traditional African music to help put the continued on 2

Research Focus:

Implantable Biomaterial Support Device REBEKAH PRICE Lode Writer Biological tissue failure is an unfortunate end for all human

beings. For the past two years, Donisha Das, a recent graduate in Biomedical Engineering, has been working on creating an artificial platform to help biological tissues form.

“Unfortunately, organ and tissue transplantation are imperfect solutions because they are limited by a number of factors continued on 3

MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer Over the summer, the Pavement Design, Construction, and Materials Enterprise (PDCM) became known as the Transportation Enterprise. The name was changed because this enterprise encompasses much more than just pavements. Started in 2000, this enterprise was given a large gift from Bob Thompson as a means of getting students interested in the pavements industry. However, funding now comes from various transportation industry sponsors who provide a variety of different projects. With over 20 members, the Transportation Enterprise encompasses projects that deal with pavement materials, concrete rail tie production, sustainability, and working on creating a plan for electric vehicle chargers in the Houghton area for the GM Chevy Volt. They also have a long-term project working with MDOT researching how aggregates polish or wear. The enterprise also helps keep clean two miles of M-26 near Twin Lakes, MI as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Other social events have included snowshoeing, skiing on Mont Ripley, and renting a SDC skybox for a hockey game. Chris Brokaw joined the Transportation Enterprise, because “I heard that students had a choice in what project they worked on, so they had a better chance of doing something that interested them.” Brokaw has learned “that on large projects, you’re expected to ask questions and provide progress reports along the way, as opposed to most homework assignments where you’re expected to finish it without any help or feedback.” David Sutton joined after the name change as “it sparked my interest a little more and I decided to try it out.” Sutton’s favorite experience in the enterprise is going to Spokane, WA. “[We] visited one of the concrete tie manufacturing plants of our project sponsor. We took a tour of the plant and got a good idea of all the inputs and outputs that go into making a concrete railroad tie. We also got to view a lot of the city and some of the surrounding area which was really nice.” continued on 3

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Event Preview:

African Night by African Student Association, from front guests at ease while they enjoy the food. The performance later that night has special content planned to commemorate ASO’s 10th year since it was founded. The student-run portion of the performance, which will last for one hour out of the two hour event, is to consist of three separate dances, singing, skits, a fashion show, a drama, and a video. This year’s video documents the change and progress of ASO over its ten years of service and includes interviews with Michigan Tech alumni from the organization. The main theme this year is “Road Trip Across Africa”, portrayed through the journey of a tourist led through various countries in Africa, learning about the culture and customs of the different places. The singing and dances will show traditional examples, and the fashion show will display clothing and even jewelry from different parts of Africa. For the second half of the performance, the Adinkra Dance and Music Ensemble will perform. Adinkra, which was founded in Detroit and traces its roots to Ghana, performs traditional African dance and music and has been performing for over thirty years. Photos and videos of last year’s dinner and performances can be seen at (http:// Night_2010.html). African Night is not the only event held by ASO. This student organization’s mission is to to let people know about African cultures, to be ambassadors of Africa on and off the

campus, and to disseminate accurate information about African countries. ASO is involved with a variety of events, including raising funds and awareness for World AIDS Day. They are also involved with Make a Difference Day, community service efforts, Martin Luther King Week, and give presentations and talks for World Culture (UN1002) classes. This year, the ASO kicked off Black History Month with a showing of the film “Gifted Hands”. On Feb. 9 at 6 p.m., ASO will be holding a presentation to help international students succeed at the career fair, which last year had 125 attendees and hopes to receive even more this year. Students interested in ASO or African Night can email Vice President Brewer at wjbrewer@ African Night 2010: (Above) Last year’s African Night dinner was a huge success and almost filled the entire MUB Ballroom. (Below) During the African Night events a fashion show put on by the students displaying the clothing and jewelry from different parts of Africa. Photos courtesy of the African Student Association

Bath Salts, From Front ing this substance will be crucial in learning how to deal with future cases. The main issue with this new substance is from the way it is being marketed. Since the substance is being sold as “bath salts” there is currently nothing the FDA can do about it. However, State Health agencies, along with the FDA and DEA, have been recording as much information as possible about the effects of the substance so new laws regarding the sub-

stance can be put into place as soon as possible. A few states, such as Florida and Texas, have already implemented laws banning the product after suicides in which the user repeatedly stabbed themselves were linked to the abuse of bath salts. Until Michigan has the proper laws in place to deal with this new problem though, it will be up to the local community to help raise awareness as well as deal with the problems the substance can cause.

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Enterprise Spotlight:



Transportation Enterprise, from front “The transportation enterprise is a great opportunity to gain real world experience related to transportation; most of the current projects are currently focused on roads and pavements, but the enterprise is trying to diversify itself in order to incorporate a broader variety of transportation endeavors,” said David Rotter. Rotter just joined the enterprise in Fall 2010. A unique characteristic of the

Transportation Enterprise is the rotation of student leaders every semester. Newer members are given more of an opportunity to gain leadership and communication skills. Meetings are Tuesday and Thursday from 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. in M&M U113. The current executive board includes Joshua Steffeck as President, Chris Brokaw as Vice President, Luke Arnold as Secretary, David

Rotter as Treasurer, and David Sutton as Activities Coordinator. George Dewey and Jake Hiller serve as faculty Advisors. Arnold said, “If you have any interest at all in our enterprise, you can always come by our office on the 1st floor of Dillman, Room 109. There are usually students in there who can answer any questions you might have.”

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2011 Transportation Enterprise: All 23 members of the 2011 group, Transportation Enterprise. (Formerly known as the Pavement Design, Construction, and Materials Enterprise) Photo courtesy of the Transportation Enterprise

Obama’s State of the Union Address:

Good news for Tech Students ERIKA PEABODY Lode Writer Last Tuesday the President of the United States gave the State of the Union Address in which he outlined his plans to move forward and create jobs, invest in innovation and education and win the future for the country and everyone who lives in it. He spoke of placing an increased focus on math, science and engineering in classrooms on order to compete academically and economically with other countries like China and India who have been doing exactly that for years. Michigan Technological University, which has always been focused in these areas, is going even further to help provide links between instruction and research. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Max Seel said, “I believe Michigan Tech with its emphasis on first-rate education, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership relates very well to the State and National Government’s emphasis on education, entrepreneurship, and job creation. Therefore, I believe that we will be well positioned for long-term gain after

some short-term pain.” New jobs are being created by new activities and Michigan Tech is focusing even more than before on investments in sustainability, information technology, next generation energy systems, basic health sciences and technologies, “blue economy” and transportation. These are all the areas that have been named as key to Michigan and the country’s economic future. Vice President for Governmental Relations Dale Tahtinen added, “In the last decade there has been a re-spike in the recognition of MTU’s outstanding STEM education and world class, cutting edge research that includes undergrads as well.” Currently, 83 percent of Michigan Tech graduates have degrees in science, technology, engineering and math related subjects. Also, Tech is ranked 1st in the State among research universities and has 1.7 times the State average for invention disclosures per dollar of research. Job-wise, the Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone creates full-time jobs and numerous coop positions for students. 235 jobs have been created in the local community and 46 jobs were created in the Michigan Tech

Lakeshore Center. The Enterprise Program gives students the ability to participate in real-world job settings to solve problems relating to their specific field in partnership with industry sponsors. In addition to the Enterprise Program, Tech’s Senior Design program connects students to their chosen industry through thought-provoking projects. “In summary,” Provost Seel said, “Michigan Tech will continue to be a vital part of creating a robust economic future for the State of Michigan…” University President Glen Mroz also added, “Both our governor and our president are keenly aware that talented grads who understand technology are the people who attract the capital that create the jobs that will move the economy forward. There is likely to be some short term pain, but the longer term is positive.” The extra emphasis that Obama has placed on the math, science and engineering fields can be looked at as good news for Michigan Tech students, and is further incentive to take advantage of the unique research and job-related programs that Tech has to offer.

Research Focus:

Biomaterial Support Device, from front including availability of viable organs/tissues, increased risks of infection, tumor development, and unwanted side effects. A promising strategy in regenerative medicine is to create functional cellular constructs within an implantable biomaterial support device,” explains Das. As part of her research, Das has

helped functionalize the surface of a new sol-gel vaporized polymeric scaffold. This scaffold will encourage the growth of new tissue. The testing involved in developing the artificial scaffold includes degradation, characterization, and toxicity tests. The toxicity tests involve different im-

aging, spectroscopy, and chemical methods. Das has received funding through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and externally from sponsors. Das’ advisor is Dr. Rupak M. Rajachar in the Biomedical Engineering Department and has worked under Katie Snyder, a Ph.D student.

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A fun night of poker and prizes in the MUB NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor

Poker Night: Players compete to be the last two standing and win a chance to go the the final table. Photo by Caitlin Pionke

Upcoming Events February 8:

8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., MUB Commons: Big Band Bash

February 12:

2:00 p.m., Rozsa Center: Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Winter Carnival Concert 7:00 p.m., Rozsa Center: The After Days: A Somnium Event 9:00 p.m, Rozsa Center: Pablo Francisco (see below)

February 17:

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., MUB Bowling Alley: MUB Board Bowling and Billiards Tournament

February 18:

10:00 p.m., MUB Ballroom: Tracy Ashley

February 19:

7:30 p.m., Rozsa Center: Keweenay Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

February 25:

7:30 p.m., Rozsa Center: Aquila Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

February 12

Rozsa Center 9 p.m.

Flamenco Vivo brings “explosion” of excitement to Rozsa ZACHARY PAGE Lode Writer Students, faculty and community alike were given the chance to witness an explosion of color, music and dance as Flamenco Vivo gave off a superlative performance at the Rozsa Center, Friday and Saturday evening. Romance and excitement were the two palpable moods as the clacking castanets and trampling feet preceded the show. Carlota Santana, one of the directors and founders of the organization, wanted to stir up the excitement and awareness of the dance by giving off its tradition of blending diverse moods and culture. “We want to expand our repertory by presenting new music, dramatic works, and

a mixture of various dance vocabularies, as well as by integrating Hispanic-American influences,” said Santana. The audience was able to explore a variety of color and fashion throughout the performance. Red was often seen as a backdrop as well as in dress to evoke a sense of exotic romance and intensity. These acts would typically open with the strumming of a guitar and a chant from one or more of the performers in the background. “The set up and background were what really set the mood for the show,” said an attendee. “Without the props and the appropriate setting, the show wouldn’t be the same. I’ve always applauded the Rozsa for holding such fabulous events.” There were also a lot of styles that suggest a more


fun and exciting story. Long polka-dot dresses and light colors were often used in these acts. Swirls of light and color segued into a roar of foot stomping and flamboyant twirls. Marcus Stroblinski, a fifth year accounting student, remarked, “It was a very unusual show. There were a lot of times I wanted to get up out of my seat and dance with them, even though I don’t dance very well.” He added, “I have seen this before, but after seeing it here, I think I am much more interested.” Flamenco Vivo conducts performances at college universities and theaters across the United States. They are looking to expand their influence abroad as well to promote further respect and awareness for diverse cultures around the world.

This week at Film Board:

Due Date

Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) must get to LA in five days to be at the birth of his firstborn. He is about to fly home from Atlanta when his luggage and wallet are sent to LA without him, and he is put on the “no-fly” list. Desperate to get home Peter is forced to accept the offer of Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) to hitch a ride with him cross-country. Peter is about to go on the most terrifying and agonizing journey of his life. Written by: Douglas Young Friday and Saturday Showtimes 6:00, 8:30, 11:00 p.m. Tickets $3.00 Runtime 95 minutes

In the January 27 issue of the Michigan Tech Lode, the Upcoming Events list incorrectly listed the Importance of Engineering Education seminar as taking place on January 27. The correct date was January 24.

On Thursday, Jan 27, the MUB board held their spring Poker tournament in the MUB ballroom. The tournament was free for Michigan Tech students to enter and offered prizes for the top finishers. Traditionally, the poker tournament is an annual event. However, as MUB Board President Trevor Gibson explained, they are trying to have it once a semester. The tournament started at 6:00 p.m. with 25 people signed up; this is an unusually low turnout for the event, which has at times attracted as many as two hundred players, required event staff to turn players away at the door, and caused the tournament to continue to 2:00 a.m. Gibson suspected that this might be due to the timing of the event: by holding the tournament so early in the year, they

didn’t have as much time to promote it. The event was organized as a standard Texas Hold’Em tournament. The 25 players were organized into four tables of six to seven players each. Each player had a certain number of chips to wager, and players that ran out of chips were eliminated. The last two players remaining at each table advanced to a new round at the final table. In the final round, the players started again with the same number of chips. The last three finalists would win the offered prizes: a deluxe poker set for third prize, and $50 and $100 in cash as second and first prizes respectively. Finalists who did not win prizes were Jake Hadel, Wei Chen, and James Jackson (two finalists did not record their names). The tournament finished at 10:00 p.m. Larry Marrah claimed the third prize, Daniele Alami came in second , and Robert Mallow won first.

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Skins causing uproar from PTC ELIJAH HAINES Lode Writer There’s trouble brewing in America’s youth. An evil force is brainwashing them, making them engage in drug use, unprotected sex and binge drinking. And this force is right in your living room. It’s a show on MTV. The show is called “Skins”. It’s an American remake of the highly successful and critically acclaimed UK version which began its fifth season this month. “Skins” markets itself as a realistic, raw and gritty portrayal of teenage culture (think “The O.C.” on steroids). Following MTV’s debut of “Skins” on Jan. 17, there was an eruption of controversy. The show had the honor of being dubbed as “the most dangerous show for teens” by the Parent Television Council (PTC). Taco Bell even pulled their sponsorship after the airing of the first episode. It seemed they had concerns about the effect of the show on impressionable youngsters. As an avid fan of the UK version, I was excited for the debut of US “Skins” and I was also expecting a healthy amount of protest. However, after watching the first episode, I was extremely surprised at its tameness. Committed to being a truly edgy show, the UK version didn’t skimp on swearing or nudity. But the US version didn’t have a single f-bomb, nor was there a nipple in sight. Did it live up to its MA rating? Probably, but it hardly even touched the UK version’s grittiness. Now that the show is three episodes into its first season, several more sponsors have pulled their support including Subway, Foot Locker and L’Oreal. The second episode had about half the viewers (down from 3.3 million) of the first episode. There are even rumors that MTV may have to cancel the series. I have a feeling it’s more than a lack of British accents that is making US “Skins” sink. Every “Skins” forum is splattered with a preference for the UK version. Countless UK kids

are complaining about the US version for a variety of reasons, one of them being “Skins” US’s distinct lack of grittiness. Phrases like “religious nut-jobs” and “Puritan sh*t” are being thrown around to describe America’s conservative television standards. One of the more colorful comments on the Skins” Facebook page was offering an explanation for the US “Skins’”downfalls: “It’s the American censorship. I personally would prefer the profanity...not everybody is like that over here, just the Bible thumpers.” After hearing such scathing reviews of the show by the Parent Television Council, I was curious to see what shows they did approve of. One show they’re big fans of is “Minute to Win It”. If you’re not familiar with it, congratulations. It’s the trashy game show where good Americans embarrass themselves on national television by desperately trying to accomplish difficult tasks in order to win some money. Why does the PTC approve of it? Because, according to their rating system, it is a “family-friendly show promoting responsible themes and traditional values”. I’m not exactly sure which traditional value is being promoted by such a trashy television show. I’d much rather have my child watch the NFL playoffs, which, according to the PTC’s impeccable rating system, “include[s] gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content, or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children”. But apparently, having your brain rot from mindless entertainment is better than gaining an appreciation for athletics. Needless to say, “Skins” is not a show I would have my hypothetical ten-year-old child watch. Nor would I let them watch the NFL playoffs or “The Office”. They would be locked in their room reading classic literature and practicing their violin. The main problem with US “Skins” is the context in which it is aired. Its home station is also the maker of shows such as “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom” that, while entertaining, carry little ar-

tistic weight. If the only thing you carry away from “Skins” is that all teenagers are misfits and the country is going downhill, you’ve missed out. Stick with “Jersey Shore”. Dubbing “Skins” as a “dangerous” show for our youth is absurd. Many people continue to think that by not addressing teenage issues, we render them non-existent. It’s the logic behind the idea of abstinence-only sex education, which has failed us miserably. If we’re so concerned about dangerous influences on our kids, let’s turn our attention to the nightly news. During the invasion of Iraq, I remember seeing the live feed of bombs being dropped on thousands of innocent people. I was absolutely horrified. Comparatively, watching some teenager drinking a fifth and dancing with their shirt off seems a tad less dangerous. I will never understand why a simulated sex scene crosses the line and real video of human beings slaughtering each other does not. Admittedly, “Skins” does cast its characters’ behaviors in a glamorous light- that’s what makes it entertainment. But to think that teenagers will light up a joint because Tony on “Skins” did it, just doesn’t make sense. There are countless other factors like friends, family and environment that affect one’s behavior. I think PTC is giving “Skins” too much credit. It is always convenient to have a scapegoat. It’s always easy to have something to fear. Pinpointing particular causes of kids’ “misbehavior” is satisfying and helps us feel as if the problem is being fixed. “Skins” is now being used as such a scapegoat. I think it’s time for the American public to admit that our youth isn’t made up of wholesome John and Jane Smiths. Our youth are a mosaic of attitudes and behaviors: they party, make art, study, travel, drink, write music and are figuring out who they are. I just don’t think America is ready for shows like “Skins”. We’re too afraid of our own kids.

Orpheum Theater, a Copper Country Gem WILLIAM LYTLE Guest Writer There is a beautiful little venue that has been bustling with arts and edibles of late. Maybe you have heard, The Orpheum Theatre in Hancock has renovated its performance space to hold a wide range of shows. From musicians to movies, there is potential in this historic play house. Constructed in 1910 for films and vaudeville type shows, the theatre went through relatively small changes, (the name changed to The Pic), until the last couple years when the ownership changed hands. I remember attending movies there on

hot summer days when I was a kid. The building had a soul that large multi-screen theaters just couldn’t compete with in my mind. I was invited to a concert there last Friday and was delighted at the renovations that have taken place. The front ticket area houses delicious slices of Studio Pizza and a smart local art gallery. Pushing through the double doors, I was greeted by a simple, versatile seating area. The modern changes drew no attention away from the classical design. There are tables and chairs for eating or meeting, and a dance floor down near the stage. The flooring and railings, made out of rustic cut wood, reminded me

that I was still in the Northwoods. Best of all, the theatre was filled to the brim with people. I listened to the regional folk music, glad that there is a venue that does the town and artists justice. I went back the next Friday for another concert, and even more people were in attendance. The $5 to get in was well worth the hours of entertainment, and the six artists I saw, (Small Houses, Mary Mugford, Eve’s Attic , Chris Bathgate, The Chanteymen, and This Is Deer Country), all made me tap my toe. I suggest trying to track down the elusive weekend plans of The Orpheum, and treating yourself to a piece of local history, art and culture.


He Said, She Said What are you most excited for Winter Carnival and why?

Luc Lemke, Mechanical Engineering, First year ‘Broomball because it’s fun’

Heather Schemp, Chemical Engineering, First year ‘Rugby game vs NMU because we’re going to kick boo-tay!’

Bobby Pizzey, Biomedical Engineering, Second year ‘All nighter because of the statue building’ Stephanie Boomgaard, Mechanical Engineering, Second year ‘Snow statue building because I am excited to see what books people built’

Mike Oates, Electrical Engineering, Second year ‘No classes, who wouldn’t want a break?!’

Yvonne Zhou, Marketing, Third year ‘I enjoyed the water making snow turn to ice, then I can ski when I’m walking’

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Big challenges abound for Women’s Basketball DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor After dropping a stunner at Ferris State, the No. 8 women’s basketball Huskies have responded impressively, downing No. 19 Grand Valley State by 20, Northwood by 19, and Hillsdale by 11. This weekend, the Huskies will look to continue to prove they are the top dogs in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as they face a pair of South Division foes in the Findlay Oilers and the Wayne State Warriors. The Oilers (14-4 overall, 9-2 GLIAC) come into Thursday’s game on a three-game winning streak of their own. They capped the streak with a thrilling 81-73 overtime win in Ashland last Saturday. The last team to beat the Oilers was Hillsdale, who held the Oilers to just 46 points in an 86-49 drubbing on Jan. 20. Junior guard Clare Aubry is the Oilers’ top offensive threat as she averages team-high 15.3 points, which is fourth-best in the GLIAC, and 3.4 assists per game. Aubry netted 30 against Ashland on Saturday. Classmate

Laura Bardall, also a guard, averages 14.6 points, which is good for 10th in the GLIAC, and 5.7 rebounds per game. Bardall also averages 3.8 assists per contest, seventh in the GLIAC.

The Oilers have a third guard who is extremely crafty. Freshman Saira House is tied for the GLIAC lead in steals at 2.3 per game, and she’s tied for third in assists with 4.6 per contest. Up front, sophomore Tai Dotson leads the charge averaging 6.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. The Warriors (5-13 overall, 5-7 GLIAC), the Huskies’ opponent on Saturday, are young: they have only three upperclassmen, a senior and two juniors on their roster, and it shows. Raise your hands: Freshman forward Kate They have Glodowski snatches a rebound against Hillsdale. beaten TifPhoto by Ben Wittbrodt fin on the road, but

lost to Lake Erie at home. Currently, they are 2-6 in their last eight games. Junior guard Kiara Smith leads the way for the Warriors, averaging 9.7 points and 2.9 assists per game. Sophomore guard Phaebre Colbert, who only recently earned a starting job, has played well of late, leading the team in scoring in each of the last five contests. She’s only averaging 6.3 points a game, but that number should improve as she continues to earn more playing time. Sophomore forward Deanna Crumpton has also been a consistently good shooter for the Warriors, averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The Huskies come into Thursday’s matchup with the GLIAC’s stingiest defense, surrendering only 54.6 points per game. The Huskies are also the top shooting team, averaging 46.2 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from three-point range. They also lead the GLIAC in blocked shots, averaging six a game. Be sure to check out our web site,, after each game for a detailed recap of the action.

Men’s Basketball looks to build off key victory DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Needing some kind of break to go their way to get their season back on track, the men’s basketball Huskies may have gotten just that last Saturday when freshman forward Jordan Reetz dropped his fifth threepointer of the night to force overtime against Hillsdale. The Huskies used the momentum of the basket to run away with the victory in extra time, 93-82. This weekend, the Huskies face another pair of tough Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opponents in the No. 5 Findlay Oilers and the No. 21 Wayne State Warriors. The Oilers (17-1 overall, 10-1 GLIAC) come into Thursday night’s game riding a five-game winning streak and are the top team in the GLIAC. Their only loss of the season came on the road to the Warriors back on Jan. 8. Senior guard Nathan Hyde leads the experienced Oilers

squad, averaging a team-high 14.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has led the team in scoring six times this season. Junior guard Kyle Caiola has also been extremely effective, averaging 13.6 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Sophomore Aaron Robinson rounds

out the back court, averaging 10.5 points and a team-high 4.6 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Greg Kahling has been effective coming off the bench, as he is the fourth Oilers’ player in double figures, averaging 10.1 points per game.

Hoop dreams: Senior guard Don Fowler looks to drive to the hoop against Hillsdale last Saturday. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

The Warriors (14-4 overall, 10-2 GLIAC) are nipping at the heels of the Oilers in the GLIAC’s South Division. Unlike the Oilers, however, the Warriors are 2-3 in their last five games, having lost to the Oilers on Jan. 15 and Ashland last Thursday. Sophomore guard Mike Hollingsworth has been nothing short of outstanding this season, averaging 16.8 points, good for fourth in the GLIAC, and 5.2 rebounds per game. His conferene-only stats are even more impressive, 19.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Bryan Smothers has also played well, averaging 15.9 points, which is eighth in the GLIAC, and 5.3 assists per game. Both the Warriors’ offense and their defense funnel through senior forward Jerry Oden, who has a scoring average of 10.6 points, and 1.3 blocks per game. In conference games, Oden averages 11.3 points and 1.3 blocks per game. continued at

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place finish by Malin Ericksson in the five-kilometer classic race at the USSA Superior Tour, which was held on the Michigan Tech trails last weekend. She finished fifth overall.


national ranking of the women’s basketball Huskies after their pair of victories last week. This ties the highest place the Huskies have been this season.


points scored by sophomore guard Sam Hoyt in three consecutive games for the women’s basketball Huskies. She will look to make it four on Thursday.


points scored by freshman forward Jordan Reetz against Hillsdale on Saturday. He hit five of his seven threepoint attempts.


consecutive minutes the hockey team went without scoring a goal until Friday night. It took 2:37 for the Huskies to strike again.

Schedules/Results Visit for full standings W. Basketball (16-2, 11-1 GLIAC) Jan. 27 vs. Northwood, W, 85-66 Jan. 29 vs. Hillsdale, W, 63-52 Feb. 3 at Findlay, 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Wayne State, 3 p.m.

M. Basketball (11-8, 6-6 GLIAC) Jan. 27 vs. Northwood, L, 69-55 Jan. 29 vs. Hillsdale, W, 93-82 OT Feb. 3 at Findlay, 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Wayne State, 1 p.m.

Nordic Skiing Feb. 12-13 at CCSA Champ. Feb. 18-19 at Central Reg. Champ. Feb. 26 at Birkibeiner

Hockey (3-20-3, 1-16-1 WCHA) Jan. 28 vs. Wisconsin, L, 4-2 Jan. 29 vs. Wisconsin, L, 4-1 Fri. at Alaska-Anch., 11 p.m. Sat. at Alaska-Anch., 11 p.m. Visit for full standings

Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Daver Karnosky, editor in chief Stephen Anderson, business manager Jacob Vehring and you, the reader, via online poll. Stephen Anderson won last year and has won two of the last three years (former opinion editor Rob Devaun with the other win). This will be a weekly feature where each editor picks his winners of the three biggest games/series of the week and backs up his decisions with a short rant. THIS WEEK: Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers, Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators, Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

JACOB VEHRING Business Manager 2-1 Last Week, 33-18 Overall

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DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor 2-1 Last Week, 21-30 Overall

YOU Readers 0-3 Last Week, 23-28 Overall

Wow! I cannot believe the Packers are in the Super Bowl. I cannot wait, because it is going to be a great game! I think Green Bay will win a high-scoring game, which is surprising considering that these were the top two overall defenses this year. After watching Dallas’ young stars in last weeks’ All-Star game, I like the Dallas Stars to upset the Philadelphia Flyers. Kentucky will beat Florida as Calipari’s squad will be ready for that top 25 match-up.

Stars, 4-2

I’m that guy on campus with the Packer jacket and hat who has been wearing Packer clothes every day since the win over Atlanta -- needless to say I’m going with Green Bay to get their fourth Super Bowl win (league-leading 13th overall championship I might add)! I’ll generally go with the NHL’s Western Conference, but there’s a reason I’m picking a Philly/Detroit Stanley Cup final -- Flyers skate away with a big win. As a Duke fan, I don’t know how I can do this, but I’m taking the visiting Wildcats to beat the Gators in Florida.

Flyers, 5-2

What an All-Star Game last weekend the NHL put on! I was compelled by the quality of play throughout the game. I can’t wait to see what this stretch run to the playoff has in store. The return of Chris Pronger makes the Flyers’ blueline tough. The Stars have been good, but they will struggle against the reinvigorated Flyers defense. The Wildcats are consistently competitive, and this season is no exception. Freshmen Terrance Jones and Brandon Knight are both averaging over 17 points a game. Finally, I gotta go with the more local team in the Super Bowl. My father was a huge Packers’ fan, and I can’t possibly root for the team that beat my Jets! ARod for MVP!!! Each week, we’ll let you the reader vote in our Editor’s Shootout online poll at editors-shootout-polls-7/. The majority of the vote for each match-up will be the chosen team, and your cumulative record will get put alongside our three wannabe experts. We’ll run this feature through the entire year and see who comes out on top.

Wildcats, 82-71 Packers, 34-31

Wildcats, 60-55 Packers, 30-28

Flyers, 5-2 Wildcats, 53-49 Packers, 35-32 Last week’s picks: Tie Tie Tie

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Hockey makes longest road trip of the year still looking to add to the win column JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer The hockey Huskies hit the road this weekend as they travel to Alaska to take on the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves in the only meeting between the two teams this season. Team Scope: The Seawolves: The Seawolves are 7-11-2 in WCHA play, with their last win coming from a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in last weekend’s series, which they split 1-1. Before that win, the Seawolves had been going through a small dry spell losing three straight games before scraping out the 1-0 victory. The Seawolves have not found great success in away trips with a 3-7-0 record on the road. As a team they are 76/92 on the pen-

alty kill and 13/90 on the power Huskies’ power play remains one injured list last weekend, as did play. Both of the Seawolves’ goal- of their strong points as they are sophomore defenseman Carl tenders are freshmen with Rob ranked 20th in the nation. Nielsen. Gunderson playing about 80 perLeading scorer Milos Gordic, Who’s Hot: cent of the minutes and has a 2.68 a freshman, remained on the The Seawolves: goals against average, a Freshman .897 save percentage, forward Matt and a 5-9-2 record. Bailey netted The Huskies: the gameThe Huskies were winning goal swept last weekend that ended the in their home series Seawolves’ where they hosted three- game the No. 8 Wisconsin losing streak Badgers. The Huskies last weekended their scoring end against drought with two goals the Gophers. in the game one and Also senior one goal in the second T o m m y game. Grant leads Sophomore forward the team in Evan Witt scored his shots on goal first goal of the seawith 55 in Heavy traffic: Goaltender Kevin Genoe looks to make a stop son, helping the Husco n fe re n ce depite having a Badger forward in front of him. kies take a brief lead play, and he is Photo by Ben Wittbrodt in the first game. The the the point


leader on the team with 16. The Huskies: Freshman defenseman Daniel Sova had a big weekend against the Badgers with smart defensive play that was critical to the Huskies’ cause. Sophomore goaltender Kevin Genoe also played tough Saturday until a shot from Badgers’ captain Sean Dolan beat him under the crossbar in the third period. Bottom Line: The Seawolves definitely have home ice advantage this weekend. The Huskies face a five-hour time difference and a losing on the road record, but aside from those two factors this weekend could go either way. The Huskies still have a strong power play to their credit, if they continue increase the number of shots they are getting, it could bode well for them on this trip.

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Hoyt garners GLIAC honors DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor After posting back-to-back 18-point performances last week in victories for the No. 10 women’s basketball Huskies against Northwood and Hillsdale, sophomore guard Sam Hoyt earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week honors. “She’s attacking the basket,” said head coach Kim Cameron. “She’s making her long-range shots, she’s making good decisions when she has the basketball, and that’s the number one thing. On Thursday, Hoyt went four-for-five from three-point range and added five assists, one short of her season high, in the win over the Timberwolves, 8566. She added four more threepointers on eight attempts Saturday to help lift the Huskies to a 63-52 victory over the Chargers. Coming into last weekend, Hoyt was averaging 9.6 points per game. She’s improved that number to 10.6 after the weekend was over. It’s not her scoring, however, that makes her valuable. “Her decision-making process is the reason why Angela Guisfredi is shooting so well from the perimeter,” said Cameron. Hoyt is the second Huskies’ player to be named Player of the Week. Senior forward Lucy Dernovsek earned it on Dec. 14. Hoyt and the Huskies return to action this week with games at Findlay and Wayne State. Findlay leads the GLIAC’s South Division, and will be a tough test for the Huskies.

Nordic Skiers place well in Superior Tour DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Freshman Malin Ericksson skied extremely well as she helped lead the women’s Nordic skiing Huskies to a second place finish on Saturday during the USSA Superior Tour event held at Michigan Tech. The men’s team did just as well thanks in large part to a fourth-place finish by freshman Mikko Harju. In the five-kilometer classic race, Ericksson finished with a time of 17:56. She placed third among college skiers and fifth overall with that time. Three of her teammates also finished in the top-10. Sophomore Sarah Daniels, who finished the race in 18:26, finished fifth among college skiers and eighth overall. Sophomore Lynn Duijndam finished ninth (13th overall) with a time of 18:43. Freshman Alice Flanders also skied well, finishing 10th (14th overall). In the ten-kilometer men’s classic race, Harju posted a time of 31:10 for fourth among college men and 14th overall. Three more Huskies finished in the top-10 and one more in the top-15. Junior Jesse Smith, who finished with a time of 31:31, placed sixth among college men and 18th overall. Placing eighth among college men (20th overall) was sophomore Matt Dugan with a time of 31:36. Finishing just four hundredths of a sec-

ond behind him was sophomore Sandre Sandvik, who finished 10th (21st overall). Sophomore Matt Wong placed 11th (23rd overall) with a time over 31:47. On Saturday, the women again finished second, this time in the ten-kilometer freestyle race, thanks to strong skiing across the board. Duijndam paced the Huskies by finishing fourth in the collegiate race with a time of 33:59. Her time was good enough for eighth overall. Senior Kristen Monahan also finished well, placing seventh (11th overall) with a time of 34:28. Three more Huskies finished in the top-15. Ericksson placed 12th (16th overall) with a time of 35:03. Flanders, who finished with a time of 35:14, was 14th (19th overall). Daniels placed 15th (21st overall) with a time over 35:20. The men’s team also finished second thanks to another great run from Harju. Harju finished the 15-kilometer course in 42:28, good for 4th (15th overall). Two more Huskies finished in the top-15. Dugan posted a 43:25, which helped him place eighth (22nd overall). Wong wasn’t too far behind his teammate, finishing in 43:59, which placed 12th (31st overall). The Huskies have a week off before returning to action during Winter Carnival weekend in Ishpeming at the CCSA Championships.

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