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Lakes Juicing for a Great Research Center brings new views to healthy lifestyle campus CHRISTINA IRWIN Guest Writer The term Juicing might induce concerning notions of bulky athletes who indulge in the use of steroids. However, extracting the micro nutrient dense liquid from fruits and vegetables is also known as Juicing. Micro nutrients are not made in the human body and must be obtained through a diet rich in plant material. Some of these nutrients include minerals like; calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, selenium or iodine. And vitamins A,D,E and K. Fruits and vegetables contain micro nutrients that the human body needs every day. A slice of pizza is great every now and then. But a lifestyle that included a healthy dose of stress a diet of coffee, Raman and emergency vending machine runs and the body starts to run low on these nutrients. A body that is lacking in these nutrients can become weak and susceptible to the negative effects of stress. The students on the MTU campus are no stranger to a stressful lifestyle. And eating a healthy diet is sometimes a bit of a grey area for most students, particularly around the weeks leading up to finals. Would juicing be an easy option to combat this
issue? The general consensus of an informal survey conducted on campus was that juicing seemed difficult, expensive or a wasteful process. Most students indicated that eating healthy, when the semester is in full swing is a challenge. Laura Nakkula is the assistant manager of By Nature, a local health food store. Laura said that she juices. She said “Juicing gives you energy and is very detoxifying and makes you feel really good.” She uses vegetables from her garden. And she recommends juicing the parts of the plant that are typically disposed of, such as the tops from beets. This is a good way to cut costs. Preparing the produce for juicing is actually easier than for a fruit salad. It is not necessary to peel or core the fruit and vegetables. Just wash and cut the pieces into chunks that will easily slide into the juicer. The by-product that is separated out form the juice is a fine pulp. Laura said “she uses the waste as compost for the garden.” Your mother probably always told you to eat you veggies. Now that you’re out on your own, your finding your life consumed with a heavy academic work load, a growing social life and possibly a
job to pay the bills. You might be ERIKA PEABODY wondering how you can squeeze Editor-In-Chief a healthy diet into your lifestyle. Now you know. Juicers can be found reasonably priced, on Ebay Down on the Portage, men or when thinking about that next yell back and forth over the Christmas list. sound of heavy machinery as the sun beats down on their Juice Recipe Carrot Cocktail hard-working bodies. Behind 6-12 carrots them, the newest addition to 2-3 tomatoes the Michigan Technological 1-5 stalks of celery University campus is taking shape. This new building is Juice together in the given called the Great Lakes Research order. Center (GLRC). Many have already heard about the GLRC, but are unaware of what it is actually going to do. Also, in our current economic situation, many are wondering if this is the best time to be building a building this expensive.
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Construction The University has taken special precautions to avoid extra costs. The GLRC has been in the planning stages for years now, and has been budgeted for. Also, the State of Michigan is covering 75% of the costs. The other 25% is required from Michigan Tech. Mike Abbott, Director of the Great Lakes Research Center, says that to cover this 25% or $6.25 million they are actively
Recycling programs in the community ERIKA PEABODY Editor-In-Chief Kara Peltier, now a fourthyear, recalls when she was a first-year living in the dorms and the difficulties she had with the dorm-recycling program. “It was really frustrating because I was coming from an area where we recycle everything. When I got to Tech I would take my blue bin down to the front desk full, and they would tell me they could not accept most of it.” She says she was upset because she was trying to do a good thing for the environment, but felt like she was unable to. This is a common sentiment among both new and returning students up here. Many are coming from downstate where most recycling programs are made readily accessible to community members through curbside pick-up. Although curbside pick-up is not available in Houghton, it is important for students to realize that there are many things they can still do to help the environment. Recycling programs are available oncampus and in the dorms, but you can also take your recycling to the Waste Management Center on Enterprise Drive off of Sharon Avenue. The hours for Waste
Management and a list of items that they accept are both available online. Two of the big things they do not accept are pizza boxes and glass. Many are under the impression that it costs money to bring your recycling there. However, it is completely free and you do not even have to separate the recycling. In fact, they prefer if everything is mixed together. James Mills, an Ann Arbor native, lives in a house where they make a conscious effort to recycle everything they can. He says they have separate bins in the kitchen for trash, recycling and returnables so it is easy for everyone who lives there. He does admit that some people remember more than others, but they still end up with large bins for recycling. This also saves them money on Houghton trash bags. “Funnily enough, the people in the house that recycle the most are not actually that worried about the environment. I mean it is a nice plus, but it is a lot easier to recycle than to waste money cramming recycling into expensive trash bags every week.” Mills was also surprised that more people do not have recycling programs in their house. “I think that if more people knew about the recycling programs up here, a lot more
would make the effort. I think they just need to make the programs more well-known. I mean, we are helping the environment and saving money, what reason is there not to do it?” There are also other ways that students can help out the environment. If you are living
in the dorms it is easy to forget to turn the lights off when you leave since you are not paying the electric bill. However, small things like turning lights and electronics off and making an effort to conserve water can make good habits for later in life as well as help out the environment greatly.
seeking donations. Also, there are naming opportunities for the building, which would bring in a lot of money. Projects of this size are also known to come in over budget and over time. With the recent state funding cuts, this is something Michigan Tech cannot afford, and something Mike Abbott says they are working with the State to avoid. Every time the GLRC has gone over budget thus far, they have worked together to eliminate things to bring it back within range. The GLRC is currently on time and on budget, and set to be completed May 2012. Currently, they are focusing on finishing the outside of the building so they can have it closed in and heated by the winter. The building will be heated by putting a heat exchanger in Tech’s No. 4 boiler instead of geothermic energy. Both options would have cost the same, but the heat exchanger actually saves energy and raises the boiler’s efficiency from 85% to 95% says Abbott. The entire building is going to be energy efficient. Some have been worried that having continued on page 2
Search for missing person on Portage Waterway HOUGHTON – Sheriff Brian McLean announces the search continues along the Porage Waterway and shoreline for the missing 55 yr. old woman Valerie Sue Palmer. Assisting the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, Houghton City Police, US Coast Guard, and Superior Search & Rescue is a large group of ground search specialists from the Civilian Air Patrol, who traveled to this area from downstate. Two aircraft have also been dedicated to the search from the Civil Air Patrol and will be flying over the area on a regular basis. Residents are being advised the CAP ground search teams wearing camo uniforms will be searching areas on both sides of the Portage Lake and canal areas and to not be concerned.
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If you have any information you would like to share with the search teams, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 906-422-0055 or the Houghton City Police at 906-482-2121.
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Great Lakes brings new perspective to Michigan Tech Students, from front forgot that we’re located on one of the largest freshwater lakes,” he said. When Dr. Kerfoot originally started gathering faculty who would be interested in pursuing a research facility of this type he got over 100 interested faculty members who said it was a “no brainer.” The GLRC will be the beginning of development of Michigan Tech’s waterfront. Kerfoot says that he wants people to be able to look across the Portage, see this new, beautiful building and know that this is Michigan Tech. In fact, this is the first research dedicated building on campus. Many different majors from Michigan Tech’s campus will be associated with the Research
are projects to conserve Torch Lake and the Gay Stamp Sands. A new supercomputer will also be housed in the GLRC and will benefit students all across campus. There will also be a mass spectrometer that can be used to analyze stable isotopes. Dr. Kerfoot says that they are currently using that to try and determine where the mercury in fish comes from. There are many more research facilities, laboratories and projects housed within the GLRC as well. Since the GLRC is set to be completed in May 2012, Dr. Kerfoot says that it will allow for summer programs to start up immediately after it is completed. Increasing the research potential
This building is different because it doesn’t house just one major or department... the building is fluid and that’s one of the things that make it special
Research, Education and Outreach Programs Where there is beauty in the GLRC, there is also functionality. According to Kerfoot, the GLRC is more than just a building; it is going to change the perspective on campus. “For so long we have been known as a mining school and an engineering school, we
Center. The Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering departments are some currently associated with the GLRC. “This building is different because it doesn’t house just one major or department,” says Abbott. “There are offices in the building but they aren’t the type that a faculty member will move into and stay forever. The building is fluid and that’s one of the things that make it special.” The research that will be conducted in the GLRC will include climate change and the water level in Lake Superior. There will also be research done on invasive species and the restoration of native fish. Currently research is being conducted to understand the historical contamination left behind from mining and there
a building right on the Portage will contaminate the waters but this is not the case. According to Abbott, when the building is completed it will be eligible to receive a Silver level LEED certification. The certification is based on scores from nine categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, location and linkages, awareness and education, innovation in design, and regional priority. LEED certifications were developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). There was also some special consideration put into what the building is being made out of says Dr. Charles Kerfoot, Professor of Biological Sciences. The outside of the building will consist of metal, wood and rock, bringing together the special things that make the Keweenaw great. The building will be split up into three separate parts: a boathouse to house the University’s boats, a “glass cage” classroom where the K-12 outreach programs will be held, and a lab complex. There will also be patio areas on top of sections of the building. Overall it is meant to be a very attractive building on the water.
at Michigan Tech will allow for more graduate fellowships, undergraduate research opportunities and the ability to bring in more research grants. Also, there is the increased opportunity to conserve the Great Lakes. With 97% of the Earth’s water being salt and the other 3% frozen in glaciers, sometimes we forget what an amazing resource we live next to. Overall, Dr. Kerfoot says the greatest benefit of the GLRC is a new focus for Michigan Tech. “Before the waterfront was just a back door to the campus,” he says, “We stored stuff down there and never utilized the fact that we own such a large space of the lakeshore that we can do great things with.”
Steve Jobs retires from Apple Steve Jobs, the CEO for Apple Incorporated, has announced that he will be retiring as the company’s leader and spokesperson this Wednesday. While announcing that he will be retiring, Jobs also recommended Tim Cook to officially take over as Apple’s new CEO. Cook has been acting as the CEO as well as managing day-to-day operations while Jobs has been absent due to medical leave since January. Although the Board of Directors at Apple is confident Tim Cook will be able to adequately take over for Jobs, the world will now be able to see if Apple products and services we use on a daily basis will continue to be held to the standards Steve Jobs set for his products when he helped co-found the industrial giant we know today as, Apple. Art Levinson, chairman of Genentech and Apple board member, welcomed Tim Cook as the new CEO for Apple stating, “The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO.” Cook has been apart of the Apple company since Steve Jobs retook control of Apple in 1997. Although no official announcement has been made as to why Steve Jobs is retiring this week, it was suggested within his letter of resignation that it may be due to Jobs’s continuing health issues. “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know...” There is a great deal of worry and concern over this regime change though since much of Apple’s success has been due to the marketing plans and strategies created by Steve Jobs.
Jobs was considered a visionary within the market of computers, and was responsible for the massive revival that brought Apple back from the brink of bankruptcy in 1997, as well as being one of the companies co-
founders. Jobs wrote near the end in his letter of resignation with, “I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it, and I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.”
Thinking Different, and moving on: Steve jobs announced to Apple that he will be retiring from the company effective immediately this Wednesday. Jobs strongly recommended Tim Cook to stand as the new CEO of Apple in his resignation letter. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
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Places to go for things to do at Michigan Tech NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor Although most people come to Michigan Tech to study, even the most die-hard scholars aren’t going to spend all their time studying. Although there are plenty ways to relax in your dorm rooms, the university as
well as a number of student groups all work to present a number of events and entertainment to get you out of your room. Here at Pulse you’ll be able to find profiles about a number of campus events, as well as a calendar of all upcoming student events. For now, here’s a preview of some of the places on campus and what events will be shown there.
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McArdle Theater (above)
Memorial Union Building (above)
One of the entertainment centers on campus, many student organizations hold events here at the Memorial Union Board, or MUB for short. To start, Student Activities’ Late Night Programming (which returners will recognize as the old Student Activities Comedy Series) brings in comedians and other late night entertainment each month over the course of the year, starting
with Jim Tavare during Welcome Week, September 2. Many of the other Welcome Week events are also located at or outside the MUB. The MUB Board also runs activities for students, such as the Fall Card Tournament later in the year. Finally, other student organizations often use the MUB for their own events–you can find out about these on the posting boards in Fisher and the MUB, on the Student Involvement web site, and here in Pulse.
The other place to see the performing arts on campus, McArdle Theater is located on the second floor of Walker Hall, directly behind the Rozsa. Often performing here are the Tech Theater company and the jazz bands. In addition, WMTU’s annual Keweenawesomefest takes place here.
Fisher Hall (below)
If you enjoy watching movies at the theater but don’t like the cost of admission and snacks, then you’ll enjoy coming down to Fisher on the weekends. Every Friday and Saturday, the MTU Film Board shows a different film in room 135, one of Tech’s largest lecture halls. Tech students can get in for only $3 a ticket, and concessions are inexpensive.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: MUB Circle Outdoor Adventure Program Bike Clinic
August 30 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Campus Mall Community Expo 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Van Pelt Library Blood Drive
August 31 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Van Pelt Library Blood Drive
September 1 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Fisher 135 Film: Billy Madison
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Rozsa Center (left)
One of the newer buildings on campus, the Rozsa Center is the main place to see the performing arts on campus, or for that matter, anywhere in Houghton. Many of Michigan Tech’s musical ensembles perform here, including the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan
Tech Concert Choir. The Rozsa often invites guest speakers to lecture on a variety of subjects, and they also host high-profile acts, such as Garrison Keillor and New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band. Many Winter Carnival presentations take place here, as well as the annual Winter Carnival comedian.
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM: MUB Ballroom Late Night Programming presents Jim Tavare
September 5 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Portage Lake Golf Course MUB Open
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Michigan Tech University: A Long Way Away from the Sprawl LUKE GUBLO Opinion Editor To all the incoming freshmen at Michigan Tech, I would like to extend a gracious welcome. Rest assured, in many ways, academically and culturally, you will be challenged upon the start of your college career. I know that upon arrival four years ago, I had no premonition of what would lay ahead of me. The propaganda that Admissions gives out doesn’t tell the entire story about this place. The fact is that this is a difficult school, in so many ways. Though this is true of many colleges and universities, I can tell you that academically you are in for a challenge. My GPA was a 3.7 in high school. This has not been replicated at Michigan Tech. I suppose it would have been easier to replicate if I had attended school elsewhere but ultimately I wanted to be an engineer, and this was a logical school choice to make. However, the challenges
mount from here. Michigan Tech and Houghton/Hancock in general, are a world of its own. In some ways, I feel as if I’m in Tolkien’s Shire, where everybody knows everyone, and one feels as if you’re thousands of miles away from anything. I find myself mulling over occasionally how Americans continue their migration into the sprawl of urban life. This place seems so far from that. Compare Houghton to a place like McHenry, Ill., where I worked this summer for a civil engineering firm. Located in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, it sits on the border between the vast expanse of Northern Illinois’ cornfields and the seemingly equal vastness of dead shopping malls and chain restaurants that populate the Chicagoland region. Three nights before I left, I stopped in Lake Zurich, Ill., at a Five Guys Burgers and Fries, one of the many chain restaurants that have seemingly multiplied in strip malls over the past 10 years (you know the ones I’m talking
about: Five Guys, Qdoba, Moe’s Southwestern Grill). While there, at one point, I looked out the window and stared into the abyss. For a moment, at least, it seemed like I was having a vision of what this part of Illinois looked like over 100 years ago. Bogs and trees for as far as the eyes can see, with nothing impeding in the distance. Within a moment, this vision had passed, and I then saw what I was actually seeing; a Subway, a Famous Footwear and GNC. This scene, in Lake Zurich, could have been anywhere. It could have been in Geneva, Ill., it could have been Bloomington, Minn, it could have been in Livonia, Mich. Strip malls for miles and miles. Once, while down there, I asked a coworker of mine how far he thought Chicago would sprawl over time. His answer was to Rockford, Ill. in the northwest, DeKalb, Ill. in the west, and Kankakee, Ill. to the south, and perhaps even merging with Milwaukee, Wis. to the north. In other words, about 70-80 miles
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out in every direction concentric to downtown. Hearing this, my main thought was whether any of us, in the future will ever be able to escape the sprawl. This isn’t to disparage the suburbs, but merely to reflect the reality that as Michigan Tech students, many of your futures’ will soon be tied to these regions, if they aren’t already. But herein lies the benefits of spending time in Houghton, the ability to be able to escape all of this. The air is clean, the sky is clear. The winters are harsh, but as cliché is it sounds, they do build character. If you find the time, there are many ways to enjoy the area that are unique: cliff jumping, skiing, hiking, touring random abandoned mines, hiking to hundreds of different waterfalls, and broomball. These are unique things that you can do here that can’t be done in many other places, certainly not on this side of the Mississippi River. It would be hypocritical for me to sit and say that I’ve always said positive things about this place. In fact, I’ve said some pretty nasty
things about this place from time to time. There’ve been countless times that I’ve wished I could leave and go anywhere else. Perhaps it’s simply because I’m embarking in my final year of the journey, but I realized this summer how lucky I have had it to be up here, and how unique this place really is. It doesn’t have the commercial bells-and-whistles of the sprawl, but it’s eccentricities shine through in many other ways. My main piece of advice for incoming students is simple: keep an open mind about this place and stick with it. It’s not all cake and lollipops, it may never live up to the propaganda pamphlets, but this is a special place. Honestly, I wish I could have some of my past statements about this place back. It’s because of Michigan Tech that I have as many friends as I do, that I have advanced my knowledge and career contacts as I have, and I have matured as I have. Once again, welcome to Michigan Tech, and best of luck in your college career!
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1. A trip to Copper Harbor, and Brockway Mountain 2. Explore the area’s many waterfalls 3. Get blown over by the wind in the wind tunnel by the ME-EM Building 4. Bike riding or cross country skiing on the Michigan Tech Trails 5. Go to the career fair seeking a job or internship 6. Eat a pasty 7. A visit to the Paulding Light, located near Bruce Crossing 8. Ski Mont Ripley, Michigan Tech’s very own ski hill, as well as Mount Bohemia, considered by many to be one of the best ski hills east of the Rockies 9. Venture to the tip of the Keweenaw 10. Nearly freeze building a snow statue
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Huskies Picked 2nd in GLIAC Football Preseason Poll BAY CITY, Mich. - The Michigan Tech football team has been picked second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division in the league’s 2011 preseason coaches poll. The Huskies, who finished 8-2 a year ago and in second place in the GLIAC North, trailed only Grand Valley State in the poll. The No. 2 pick is the school’s highest rank in a GLIAC preseason poll, although 2011 is the
first year the league has done its preseason poll by division. There are seven teams in each division. The Huskies were selected ninth of 14 teams a year ago and third of 14 teams in the 2009 poll. Grand Valley State tallied 85 poll points and all but one first place vote in the poll. Tech garnered 67 poll points and the other first-place vote. Saginaw Valley State (44 points) was third in the North followed by Northern Michigan (43), Northwood (38),
Ferris State (37) and Indianapolis (29). Wayne State, Tech’s week three opponent, was picked to win the GLIAC South Division with 80 poll points and 10 of the 14 possible first-place votes. Ashland was a close second with 73 points. Hillsdale (66), Ohio Dominican (38), Findlay (36), Lake Erie (36) and Tiffin (13) rounded out the GLIAC South poll. The 2011 GLIAC Football Pre-
season Poll was released on the league’s football preview website at gliac.org. Video interviews with each of the league’s 14 head coaches as well as written season previews for each team are available on the site.
2011 GLIAC Football Preseason Coaches Poll
Michigan Tech opens its 2011 campaign with a nonconference game at Winona State on Sept. 3. The Huskies open at home and in GLIAC play on Sept. 10 vs. Lake Erie.
1 Grand Valley State (13) 85 11-2
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2 Michigan Tech (1) 67 8-2 3 Saginaw Valley State 44 4-7 4 Northern Michigan 43 5-6 5 Northwood 38 5-6 6 Ferris State 37 5-6 7 Indianapolis 29 6-5
South Division 1 Wayne State (10) 80 9-2 2 Ashland (4) 73 8-3 3 Hillsdale 66 9-3 4 Ohio Dominican 38 2-8 5 Findlay 36 1-10 5 Lake Erie 36 3-8 7 Tiffin 13 1-10
Student athletes work hard during summer to prepare for upcoming season T.J. BROWN Guest Writer Imagine your typical Keweenaw summer’s day: full of sunshine, hours spent on the beach with friends, and ending with a bonfire and s’mores under a sky brilliant with stars. While everyone dreams of such an idealistic break, Michigan Tech student athletes like Taylor Strippel and Ciara Sebelius have to put their team and athletic career ahead of the simple fun that their classmates enjoy. All students love sleeping in, and those in college never seem to be getting enough. Athletes are no exception; they are always on the go. In lieu of spending summers at home with friends and family, they dedicate their time to their teammates and coaches. College is known to be a time when students gain new “experiences” often on the wilder side of life. Athletes must refrain from a large amount of activities in which others take part. Sophomore basketball player Taylor Stippel shared that, “Summer is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing times of the year, but working out early then going straight to class makes us feel like we’re back in high school.” Strippel, like most athletes, spend each day with 7 a.m. team workouts, continue with afternoon practices, and spends evenings in open gyms and the weight room. This is not what most would consider living the dream, but scholarships are rewarded to those athletes who truly excel physically. In these economic times, this is a huge motivating factor for all students. According to MTU sophomore volleyball player Ciara
Sebelius, “It’s difficult to balance workouts, school, and a social life while still getting enough sleep to enjoy every part of every day. Even in the summer, athletes face making difficult time management decisions.” Most student athletes take summer courses, not only furthering their athletic talents, but also progressing toward their degrees and futures. Michigan Technological University is well known for its academic excellence. Balancing school and social life in college is hard enough. The added challenge of athletics makes it even tougher, but this appeals to athletes’ competitive nature. To stay eligible for collegiate level sports, an athlete must keep up with school work, even mid-season. This entails maintaining a minimum GPA a certain amount of credit hours. However, athletes are fortunate in that they have first priority when registering for classes, and they easily develop relationships with their professors, often discussing with them an athlete’s need for more flexibility when they’re on the road competing for their university. Above all, Sebelius and Stippel agree that a student athlete has a mindset that differs from a typical college student during the summer. The responsibility to a team motivates one to strive for better performance, both in school and on the court. This team unity that athletes experience and work toward not only molds them as players, but as people, preparing them for a future life working with others. Summer training, specifically, teaches athletes that in life, one must often choose to honor responsibilities that will pay off in the future, as opposed to a temporary time of ‘fun in the sun.’
Weekly features in our regular editions By the number - Featuring an interesting statistical look at the week in sports Editors’ shootout - Three of our editors make picks for the three biggest sporting events of the week in national sports. This year we plan to make it interactive, so be sure to check back next week! Breakdown of online content - Once the sports season gets going, there are several games every week. We have live blogs of home games, game recaps each game night and some neat online exclusives as well. Weekly sports poll - We want to know what you think!
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Things to do and see in and around the Keweenaw Peninsula Whether you are a new or returning student, going to Walmart three times a day sometimes gets boring. There are many great things to see and explore up here at Tech (these are just a few), so why not check them out, explore the area and add some spice to your life? Breakers - All the way down at the end of Canal Road also off of M-26, Breakers is known as a common place for bonfires. Also, if you go on a windy day it offers the unique experience of watching the waves of Lake Superior crash violently against the breakers.
Agate Beach - Located 25 miles southwest of Houghton off of M-26, Agate Beach is on Lake Superior and features a campground, picnic tables and a beautiful sandy beach.
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park - Way up north, a bit past Copper Harbor there is a restored 1844 military outpost. Fort Wilkins offers camping and day facilities. Around the fort, there are costumed interpreters who demonstrate how life once was on the Fort.
Copper Country Humane Society - A few miles south on US-41, there is turn off for Nara Nature Park if you follow the road, it will take you to the Humane Society. They love volunteers to pet the cats and take dogs for walks. The trails behind the building offer a beautfiul walk as well.
as there are huge slides and a network of tunnels, bridges and steps. It is located in Houghton City Park where there are also restrooms and picnic tables.
Gay Bar - Most people go here just because of the name, but they also serve food and have fun
Brockway Mountain - Up in the Keweenaw Peninsula off of M-26, Brockway Mountain Drive is a seasonal road that takes you high up onto the mountain. The top offers a beautiful panoramic view of the peninsula as well as a small gift shop. Chutes and Ladders - Down on the Houghton Waterfront there is giant playground built for kids of all ages. The name describes it perfectly
shirts you can buy and wear while your friends are taking a picture of you in front of the sign. To get there, follow US-41 north to Lake Linden and then follow the signs that say Gay.
Hungarian Falls - There are many waterfalls in the Keweenaw but Hungarian Falls is a favorite of the MTU community. It is close and a lot of fun to explore. Snowshoing on and around the falls in the winter is fun as well. To get there, follow M-26 North into Hubbel then take 6th street on your left, which turns into Golf Course Road. There are small parking areas along the way.
Keweenaw Brewing CompanyLocated in Downtown Houghton the KBC is the local brewing company. They serve a variety of their microbrews for the 21 and over crowd and birch beer (root beer) for everyone else. Inside the building you can find the taproom as well as a cozy sitting area and a bar on both sides of the building.
Jampot - The Jampot is located just past Jacob’s Falls on M-26 North. It is run by the monks of the St. John’s Monestary which can be found across the street from the Jampot. In the store they sell a variety of preserves, sweets and baked goods.
McLain State Park - This is where K-Day is held, so no doubt you will soon be familiar with this place. However, if you want to visit before K-Day, this is a great place to have a barbeque or just go for a walk and enjoy the water.
Mt. Bohemia - Located in Lac La Belle, Mt. Bohemia is a destination resort for expert skiers and snowboarders. MSN.com calls them “One of the top ten undiscovered ski resorts in the world.”
Quincy Mine - The Quincy Mine Shaft sits high up on the hill and is relatively hard to miss. However, if you are having trouble finding it, it is on US-41 just north of Hancock. They give tours throughout the day where you can go into the mine, take a tour of the buildings or both.