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Michigan Tech Lode Aerospace Enterprise wins prestigious two-year competition The

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Last semester the Lode received this article explaining what the Aerospace Enterprise was working on from the Intro. to Journalism class. However, since the Aerospace Engineers were previously mentioned in an “Enterprise of the Week” article, we had passed on this article.

LYNDSAY LOREN Guest Writer The Aerospace Enterprise was first proposed in the fall of 2000, but the enterprise was not established until one year later. Only 17 students enrolled during that first semester, but now the enterprise has approximately 55 members. Aerospace Enterprise students are from a variety of majors, including electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering. If you’re not an engineering major, but want to become involved in the Aerospace Enterprise, don’t worry. Several business and accounting students are also members of the enterprise. The Aerospace Enterprise gives students the opportunity to work with the U.S.A. Air Force and other various aerospace companies in order to accomplish the group’s mission.   Right now, the group is working on two projects: the Oculus-ASR and the Can-Sat. The Can-Sat project involves building suborbital payloads that get launched in a model rocket from a range in Texas. This year’s mission is to design a lander that will

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return an egg to the ground safely as well as collect and transmit data on its location and the speed at which it’s falling. This project is still ongoing; however, the Oculus-ASR is nearing completion. Students working on the Oculus-ASR project are designing a nanosatellite that will be able to serve as a calibration tool for new telescopes that are smaller and less expensive than the telescopes currently being used to identify objects in orbit. This nanosatellite will also be able to take pictures of other objects that are in orbit. This project is part of the US Air Force’s University Nanosatellite Program, which is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Only 10-12 schools that submit an application get to participate in this program. When the schools are chosen, they receive $110,000 and have two years to design, build and test their nanosatellite. To ensure that the schools are on the right track, Leader of the Oculus-ASR project, Phil Hohnstadt said, “The AFRL sets up reviews where a group of aerospace professionals from major companies, universities, and government agencies look at each school’s design and offer criticism, advice and critique to help them improve.” After two years, the competition is completed, a final review is held and each team is scored. “The winning team is guaranteed to have their satellite launched into space and works closely with the Air Force Research Laboratory to make that happen,” said

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The Oculus Satellite: (above) The Unigraphics 3D model of the Oculus satellite that won The University Nanosatellite Program. (below) The Oculus satellite with camera installed. Photo courtesy of Aerospace Enterprise

Hohnstadt. This January is the end of the two-year competition, and the Aerospace Enterprise will be taking their satellite to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the final review will be held. “We still have two more months of work to put into it,” Said Hohnstadt, “so we’re really looking forward to going to the competition and showing the reviewers everything that we’ve accomplished.” For more information about the Aerospace Enterprise – Including information on both of the enterprise’s projects – visit their Web site at http://www. or contact advisor Dr. Brad King at lbking@ During the Involvement Fair on Jan. 18, 2010 the Lode was informed that the Aerospace Enterprise has won 1st place for the Oculus-ASR project and the satellite will be launched in 2013. Congratulations Aersospace Enterprise!

Patrick Bowen and the dating of old ceramics REBEKAH PRICE Lode Writer Ceramic pots have been around for centuries; they can be found through various archaeological digs. As a part of the job, archaeologists examine these old ceramics to try to date them. The problem arises in the fact that the current dating processes are complex, time-consuming, and costly. Through the work of Patrick Bowen, this process will, hopefully, become simpler and more cost-effective. Under the guidance of Drs. Jarek Drelich and Tim Scarlett, Bowen is looking to focus on the kinetics of rehydration/rehydroxylation of archaeological ceramics. “We

hypothesize that the kinetics are described by a (more general) time^1/n power law, as opposed to the previous time^1/4 power law. We also hypothesize that a more complete equation describing both Stage I and Stage II mass gain can improve the uncertainty when using the dating technique,” said Bowen. “The actual rehydration/ r e h y d r o x y l a t i o n experimentation is relatively simple; it consists mainly of removing all physically- and chemically bonded water from the sample by heating it and then monitoring the mass gained by the sample over the next couple of weeks. These data are then analyzed using a couple of scripts that perform

Jibba Jabba!: The third annual Jibba Jabba Rail Jam snowboard and ski event was held on Saturday, Jan. 15 on Huron St. in downtown Houghton. Skiers and snowboarders competed in beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. More than 500 tons of snow were dumped on Huron St., just off Shelden Ave. for the event. Photos by Caitlin Pionke

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Getting involved at Research Focus: Patrick Bowen and the the Involvement Fair dating of old ceramics, KIMBERLY GRIGG Lode Writer

The Involvement Fair was once again a major hit among the students. Every year the fair seems to attract many people with many different interests and majors, it also attracted many different kinds of organizations. This annual fair is compared to K-Day that takes place in the spring. There were a variety of organizations at the Involvement Fair. There was everything from musical groups and acting groups to professional and service groups. These groups were all there mainly for recruiting, but all of the groups were excited to get students involved. Many of the organizations wanted students to join their group, but they all agreed that it was best for a student to just get involved in any group that they can enjoy and meet new people in.

Many groups offer something to be learned, like The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Circle K and many other organizations on campus. The professional organizations, like The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, will teach you how to be professional in a business setting and more about the Hispanic culture. There is no need to be an engineer or of Hispanic ethnicity to be a part of this group though. Organizations like Circle K teach the importance of hard work and the importance of volunteer work. There are also organizations like the Swingers, Vocal Achord and The Fencing Team that are for fun. These organizations are for people who want to have fun and learn more about what their organization does. All of these groups were present at the fair and were actively recruiting by doing demonstrations of what their organization does. Many students attended this

fun event. There were many things students enjoyed. One of the things that the students talked about was the fish that were being given away. The fish were being given away were small gold fish and were in large fish bowels. Students also tried the Oreos and marshmallows that were dipped in liquid nitrogen by the Chemistry Club. Students were also talking about the demonstrations given by the various organizations like the Rowing Team and the Tai Quan Do team. The last thing that people were talking about were the songs sung by Vocal Achord and the dances done by the Swingers. Everyone agreed though that coming out and meeting new people was the best thing about this fair, except Ty Koeings from the Fencing Team who said that “Whacking Nathan on the head with a saber” was the best thing about the fair.

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from front (rather complicated) curve fitting and calculate confidence intervals for the fit parameters. “I have also used techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TG), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to characterize the samples,” said Bowen. Bowen will be graduating this coming Spring with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and is looking to further his expertise in

this major with a Ph.D. He has also worked with fellow MSE senior Helen Ranck in 2009 under the McArthur Research Internship, through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the summer of 2010, and is currently supported by the Michigan Space Grant Constortium undergraduate research fellowship. Bowen is currently working with MSE junior Tyler Botbyl. For any questions on his research, email Bowen at

Winter Carnival 2011 ERIKA PEABODY Lode Writer It is that time of year once again here at Michigan Tech. Winter Carnival 2011 is fast approaching, and giant bricks of snow are beginning to pop up all over campus. For the few

who have not heard yet, this year’s theme is “Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold.” This is a very open theme, so it should be interesting to see the variety of topics depicted in this year’s statues. For now however, students are working furiously to get the foundations of their statues ready for carving. Those who have never participated in making a statue may be interested to know what it takes to make one of these masterpieces. Generally, the first few weeks are mainly used to create giant snow bricks by pressing clean snow and water in to plywood forms. After the forms are created machetes, axes and other sharp instruments are used to carve out general shapes and designs from the formations. For more detail “slushing” is in order. Liberal amounts of water are added to a bucket of snow to make slush, which is added to statues and freezes to create details. To finalize the statues, irons are used to make a shiny and clean surface to impress the judges. Different organizations and groups use different methods to create their statues; some choose to show their creativity by utilizing ice details that are made separately and then added to the statues. All in all, it is a very time consuming process, though also rewarding for both the creators and the spectators. So watch out for the ongoing fabrication of the statues over the next few weeks while you gear up for the rest of Winter Carnival. While statues is a huge part of Winter Carnival, there are many other very important events that will be happening in the next month. Check out the back page of the paper for a full schedule of events.


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Future Tech: Roads of glass and LED lights CAMERON SCHWACH News Editor Scott Brusaw, an electrical engineer from Sagle, Idaho is proposing a new idea for a road created not from asphalt, but from glass, solar panels and electronic microchips that could not only heat themselves to prevent ice and snow build up, but could also help supply energy to nearby houses and buildings. Brusaw introduced his idea to a TEDx event in Sacremento, CA. —TED events (known as TED Talks) are organized events normally hosted by colleges in California where researchers, engineers, philosophers, economists and many other great minds of our time show up and present a topic in their research they feel needs to be shared. Then these presentations are shared, via the internet, with the world for free. A TEDx event is a new addition to the growing website to allow local communities a chance to experience these kinds of talks. (more @ http://www.ted. com/)— After Brusaw presented his idea for an alternative road to the TED community last April he received the support needed from the Federal Highway Administartion to build the first Solar Road Panel prototype. Each road panel would consist of three main layers. The first layer would be a base plate that could distribute gathered energy from the solar panels as well as help transmit phone, internet and TV signals. The next layer would consist of a microprocessor board that could monitor the condition of the road and adjust a heating element to reduce icy road conditions as well as keep track of weight loads and communicate if there are problems with a certain panel. The final layer would be a clear and high-strength glass structure that can withstand even a full load from a semi

Solar Road prototype: An initial design of the Solar Road Brusaw hopes to create in the future. The design uses methods that include recycling garbage to create new materials, fluid heating systems, solar energy storage cells, and LED light communication software. Photo courtesy

and would also seal the rest of the roadway from the outside weather. Although Brusaw’s idea to update an already existing network of roads in our society has received initial funding, it still has a long way to go. As of now the project has some issues dealing with the current economy. Each panel of the road is estimated to cost $4.4 million per mile, and the strict regulations on federal and state spending makes it difficult for him to receive political support from state grants and contracts. Instead, Brusaw hopes to receive support from company

sponsorships much like electric vehicles have and is already working with Virgina Tech for solutions to using glass as a road surface. Students here at Michigan Tech could easily help find solutions to making a project like this a reality in the near future. If anyone would like to find out more about this then visit Brusaw’s website at (http:// html) for further information about what has already been accomplished and what still needs work. You can also search for “Solar Roadways: The Prototype” on YouTube.

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After trying to solve, resolve and solve again, we have come to the conclusion that last week’s sudoku puzzle was UNSOLVABLE. With the start of the new semester we switched sources for Sudoku puzzles and apparently the new source was not up to par. The Lode apologizes to every who tried to desperately solve the puzzle but ultimately wound up defeated and frustrated. We promise this puzzle can, in fact, be solved. Good luck!

What sort of activities would you like to see in the Lode? Let us know by emailing lodecomment@mtu. edu. This week’s Sudoku has a Medium diffuculty rating! Hopefully this puzzle will actually work! —we don’t want you wasting too much of your brain power on this though! The puzzle last week was unsolvable so we have the return of the black box.

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Flamenco Vivo comes to Rozsa ZACHARY PAGE Lode Writer The Rozsa Center for Performing Arts will be featuring one of the nation’s most famous flamenco and Spanish dance companies, Flamenco Vivo, next Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for students, faculty and families alike. Beginning in 1983, the company was founded by Carlota Santana and Roberto Lorca as the “Spanish Dance Arts company”. They envisioned bringing a traditional Spanish dance, known as flamenco, to mainstream audiences with the goal of raising awareness and a wider understanding of Spanish culture. As Santana puts it, “We believe that the universal spirit flamenco has the power to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds.” The company expanded their endeavors by establishing a residence in North Carolina to bring the Hispanic community residing there into a closer relationship with the company. Project Olé is an Arts Educa-

tion enterprise that reaches out to children and young adults throughout the country. “Whether it’s a lecture or a long-term school residency, we spark curiosity in students with exciting artistic experiences,” says Santana. As a dance form, flamenco is unique in the sense that it strives to form a deep relationship with the audience. This is achieved through duende, or the stirring of feelings. In addition to this personal bond, the dance has combined many different trends through time and from abroad without losing its original form. The display of colorful, windswept dresses and shawls, for example, has been maintained since its origins for the purpose of keeping its identity. The origins of flamenco lie within the southern Sephardic community of Spain. Its form was contributed by the Arabic, Jewish, Castilian, and Andalusian peoples as well as gypsy travellers who settled there. The beginnings of the dance are a matter of dispute but it is estimated by scholars to have lived only for two to three centuries.

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When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive.

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As a company, Flamenco Vivo has toured the country since their founding. While many of their performances are held in New York and North Carolina, they have also toured both large and small cities, generating interest from a diverse audience across the U.S. They also contribute a large portion of their time to community programs such as workshops, lectures and demonstrations, donations and many other activities. “Our Community Residencies emphasize giving back to the community,” explains Santana. “After studying the dance, music and culture of flamenco with their Teaching Artist, our students perform for local senior centers and younger children, sharing what they’ve learned with others.” In the future, the company hopes to expand its education elsewhere and reach interests from other nations as well as within the U.S. To find out more about Flamenco Vivo, visit the Rozsa website at http://www.rozsa. Tickets adults, senior citizens, and students will be $20, $18 and $14 respectively.

Michigan Technological University’s two jazz groups will present their first performances of the calendar year with the Jazz Club Cabaret this Friday and Saturday at the McArdle Theater in Walker Hall. Joining them Friday night will be Calumet High School’s Jazz Experience, and Saturday night will be the RealTime Jazz Band. Both performances will feature Jaztec and Momentum, the Michigan Tech jazz groups. Jaztec has a specialization in mainstream and


classic jazz; Momentum focuses on modern forms, such as funk and fusion. The guest groups, Calumet Jazz Experience and RealTime Jazz Band, will close the performances Friday and Saturday, respectively. Calumet Jazz Experience allows young musicians to explore various forms of jazz as well as write original jazz compositions. Finally, the RealTime Jazz Band is a veteran jazz group from Houghton. Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for the general public; Tech students have free admission. Mu Beta Psi will have concessions for sale throughout the concert.

Upcoming Events January 21:

7:30, McArdle Theater: Jazz Club Cabaret 7:30, MUB Ballroom A: Dance with NOSOTROS

January 22:

7:30, McArdle Theater: Jazz Club Cabaret

January 27:

6:00, MUB Ballroom A: MUB Board Spring Card Tournament

January 28:

6:00, MUB Ballroom B3: Why Teach? The Importance of K-12 engineering education 7:30, Rozsa Center: Flamenco Vivo

January 29:

7:30, Rozsa Center: Flamenco Vivo

SACS brings Bobby Banuelos to MUB Ballroom NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Student Activities Comedy Series (SACS) brought its first comedian of the semester to Michigan Tech on Friday, January 14. Bobby Banuelos performed in the Memorial Union ballroom at 10:00 pm Friday night, presenting a unique blend of regular stand-up comedy and musical performance. Banuelos started off, as many SACS comedians have, by commenting on the Houghton weather and the gender ratio at Tech. The beginning of his performance was pure stand-up, during which he talked about various topics, including a few esoteric items like his dislike of cats and the drinking culture at Tech, but mostly focusing on relationships and sex. The highlight of the show came about midway through, when Banuelos pulled out his guitar and included it in his standup. He would then occasionally punctuate a joke by performing a related song with

his guitar; for example, a joke about creepy ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends transitioned into a song about being someone’s “stalker.” Banuelos also tried to get some participation from the audience; unfortunately, the audience was fairly quiet and reluctant to respond. Still, Banuelos did manage to get a couple answers to questions about the audience members’ greatest fears, thoughts on dating different sorts of people, and the difficulty of maintaining New Years’ resolutions, especially those about drinking (“We drink to keep warm,” one audience member quipped). Banuelos also admitted that some of the topics he joked about were pretty gross. “If someone had a transcript of this night, it would be very disgusting,” he noted. “But,” he added, “I haven’t sworn once.” SACS will feature two more comedians this year. Tracey Ashley will perform on Friday, February 18, and Rajiv Satyal will perform on Friday, March 18.

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Ask Sassy Dear Sassy, As an active student at Michigan Tech, I get extremely excited every year for Winter Carnival. Snow statues are my favorite part of Carnival. However, I have been very frustrated by the lack of participation in my hall. Every night I try to get my hall-mates to go out and help build this statue, but they always make lame excuses. How can I motivate them to participate? Sincerely, Statue Stickler Dear Stickler It’s a shame that your fellow students don’t want to participate in such a wonderful tradition. It’s unfathomable why they wouldn’t want to shovel snow and stomp slush for hours in sub-zero weather on a school night. Making countless blocks of ice is an ideal way for a busy student to spend their leisure time. The fresh air and intense physical labor is sure to make students energized for their morning classes. There is also the strong sense of pride one feels when seeing a completed statue. Although the statue either melts or becomes covered in snow a day after completion, the fleeting sense of pride merits the countless hours of labor. Dear Sassy, I’m having some trouble with my workout schedule. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to get in shape. I go to the gym six days a week and work out for at least an hour and a half each day. Lately though, I’ve been getting really tired and am having trouble keeping up with my schedule. Should I vary my workouts more or something? Sincerely, Gym Rat Dear Gym Unfortunately, it seems as if your well-intentioned resolution has turned into an unhealthy obsession. If you keep up your current regimen, you’ll end up a mere shadow of your former self. You may be able to bench press 300 pounds and run a marathon, but you’ll be too exhausted to string two sentences together much less male practical use of your new physical skills. I have a solution for you. Two of the days you normally exercise should be spent at home, on the couch with a bag of chips and a cheesy romance or sci-fi flick. And don’t you dare do a single leg lift. Dear Sassy, I don’t get why so many companies put their customer service headquarters overseas. I get so frustrated when I call for computer help and I have to talk to someone who can barely speak English. Also, America could use those jobs. I just don’t get it. What’s your take on this? Sincerely, Unsatisfied Customer Dear Unsatisfied I’m guessing you aren’t a business major. If you were and one day worked in a position where you had to decide where to place a call center, it would amount to a simple math problem. All of your values about perfect customer service and providing honest Americans with jobs would be replaced with the desire to make your business as successful as possible I doubt that the answer to the unemployment problem is a lack of call centers. Hopefully we can set our sights a little higher by pursuing other means of employment. Although I have absolutely no pity for your “problem”, I do have pity for the customer service employees who are unlucky enough to take your calls. No doubt you are the kind of person who asks the fatigued agent for their manager or the nearest English-speaker. That’s fine, as long as you are comfortable with being ridiculed and comically impersonated when you hang up.



A case for gun ownership JACK AMMERMAN Lode Writer Even in our isolated corner of the Upper Peninsula, news from the rest of the world trickles to us. This includes ground breaking news that changes the world. Such news as the recent tragic events in Tucson, Arizona is no exception. On January 8th, 2011, nineteen people were shot in a parking lot during a meeting held by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Six were killed including United States District Court Chief Judge for the District of Arizona John Roll and a nine year old girl. Rep. Gifford was shot through the head at pointblank range, yet survived the incident. A 22 year-old-man was arrested at the scene of the shooting. He did not cooperate with authorities and claimed his right to the 5th amendment. Though the motive for the shooting has remained unclear, I believe that it does not matter. Why should it? All that is of interest is that it did take place. The shooting occurred, in public, in the daytime. Nothing stopped the shooter. Neither fear nor any thoughts of the consequences prevented the event. These tragic incidents have been occurring more and more frequently. On Dec.14, 2010, a gunman in Florida walked into a school board meeting and calmly began spraying bullets at the committee. Luckily, nobody was hit. The gunman was then shot by a security guard and ended up committing suicide. Twice in the past two months mentally unstable individuals have attacked innocent people with lethal force. Soon there will come a time when these events are no longer random, no longer breaking news. And when it happens, the victims are face to face with death, their lives hanging upon a madman’s whim, with no chance to defend themselves. That is wrong. Every human has the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Focus on that first part. The right to life. I believe we also have the right to defend our lives in the face of danger. Why should we be helpless when faced with an imminent threat? This unstable society that we live in has created a need for personal defense. There has evolved a need for citizens to

carry concealed firearms for their own defense. Now I suppose “evolved” is the wrong word, for there has always been a threat. Cavemen did not allow themselves to be bludgeoned around by each other. Rather they picked up their own club and defended themselves. Cowboys carried firearms in case they were attacked by bandits. Simply because we are now in the 21st century does not change the need for self-defense. Only the technology with which we defend ourselves has changed. We believe in the sanity of society to prevent these events from happening. But all it takes is one person. With 6 billion people in the world, the odds just increased a bit didn’t they? We believe that our world is safe. We live in a bubble. Look at the school board shooting. One minute the superintendent was handing out awards to students, the next he was ducking. It could happen at anytime, anywhere, for any reason. Wouldn’t you rather be prepared instead of helpless? Wouldn’t you rather have at least a fighting chance instead of relying on an already unstable mind for mercy? Not me. However I am not saying that every person should be allowed to rush out and get a handgun and stick it in their back pocket. I am 100 percent for training and education. Currently Michigan is an Open Carry state and a Concealed Carry State. This means that anyone who legally owns a pistol can open carry on public property without a license. In order to con-

ceal a firearm, you must not only take and pass a training/safety class but also apply for and be issued a Concealed Carry License (CCL). The rules on where one can or cannot carry are strict and a bit confusing. For example, it is illegal to carry on school property unless you are “a parent or legal guardian who is dropping off or picking up a child and the pistol is kept in the vehicle” and you have a CCL. That rules out any chance of a committee member carrying a pistol for selfdefense at a school board meeting. I am not sure about all of them, but I know my school board meetings did not have security guards. Luckily the Florida school did. If the restrictions on concealed carry were to be reduced I would not advise people to begin picking firearms up like candy. Training and education are key to carrying and using a firearm proficiently, properly, and safely. This way if the worst happens you will be able to use your concealed firearm in a safe manner to defend yourself. As a 19 year old I have to wait two years until I am 21 to concealed carry in Michigan. That is two years that I go helpless, unable to defend myself if I am faced with a threat against my life. For more information on MIchigan’s CCL laws, please visit No._86_2_336854_7.pdf To continue reading this artcile, please visit

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Continued GLIAC dominance on Women’s Basketball’s slate DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Winning is something fans of the women’s basketball Huskies have gotten used to in recent seasons. Being that as it may, no one could have predicted that the Huskies, now ranked No. 8 nationally, would continue to do just that. Certainly they couldn’t be 13-1 under new head coach Kim Cameron without returning any starters from the squad that made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Elite 8. However, that’s exactly where they are at this point in the season, and this weekend, they’ll take their 10game winning streak on the road to face the Ferris State Bulldogs and the No. 19 Grand Valley State Lakers. The Huskies first face the Bulldogs on Thursday night. When the two met on Dec. 18, the Huskies took care of the Bulldogs, 64-43, as senior forward Lucy Dernovsek posted 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Huskies. Since that game, the Bulldogs have gone 2-4, including a three-game losing streak that was ended last Sat-

urday with a win at Northwood, ranked No. 9, seemed poised to 65-55. give the Huskies the rude awakIn their back court, junior ening that Huskies’ fans might guard Tricia Principe is one of have thought was coming. Inthe most dangerous Bulldogs stead, sophomore guard Sam from the floor as she averaged Hoyt notched 19 points and 12.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per senior guard Angela Guisfredi game. She was held to just six points in the first meeting with the Huskies. Senior point guard Becci Houdek manages the offense effectively with 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals to go with her 6.5 points per game. The Bulldogs funnel their offense through senior forward Tiara Adams. Adams averages 12.5 points and a teamhigh 7.9 rebounds per game. In December, Adams posted 17 points against the Huskies on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor. Scoring threat: Krista Kasuboski scored After opening the a career-high 15 points against Saginaw season on a nineValley State. game winning streak, Photo by Ben Wittbrodt the Lakers, then

netted 15 as the Huskies earned a 60-55 win. Since that game, the Lakers have dropped games against Lake Superior State in overtime and Northwood in regulation. Sophomore center Alex Stelfox has been the Lakers’ most consistent scorer, averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. Against the Huskies however, Stelfox was held to just four points. Guards Briauna Taylor, a sophomore, and Jasmine Padin, a junior, have both been effective starters for the Lakers. Taylor averages 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while Padin posts 10.2 points and 5.6 assists per contest. Against the Huskies, Taylor notched a team-high 18 points. If the Huskies want to earn a season sweep of the Lakers, they are going to need to find an answer for sophomore center Jessica Trambley as well. Trambley normally averages 6.5 points per game, but against the Huskies, she managed 16. Be sure to check out our web site,, after each game for a detailed recap of the action.

Hockey prepped to host second dogfight with Minnesota Duluth JORDAN ERICKSON Lode Writer The hockey Huskies continue their string of home games this weekend as they host the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth for a two-game series this Friday and Saturday. The Huskies skate into their series coming off a tie, 4-4, and a loss, 6-0, against St. Lawrence Saints. Season Series The last meeting between the two teams at Duluth handed the Huskies two losses and one of the most detrimental injuries of the year when junior co-captain Brett Olsen was lost until last weekend. The Huskies lost by two goals both games, 5-3 and 4-2. In game one, the Huskies left the first period ahead by two goals but the Bulldogs rebounded with five straight goals, four coming in the third. The Huskies were outshot 72 to 35 in the away series. Team Scope The Bulldogs The Bulldogs second-game loss to the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend dropped the team

from being tied for first to third place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The loss brought an end to the team’s four game winning streak and shifted some momentum for the team. “You have to start the game on time and instead we stood around,” said Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin. The Bulldogs will be looking

to rebound this weekend, as they are 7-2-3 on the road, and will try to improve on that mark. The Huskies The Huskies will be playing at home for the second straight weekend and be hoping to turn their season around. The Huskies have welcomed back Olsen, who promptly added an assist on the Huskies’ first goal last Friday night. Unfortunately, the Hus-

kies will be without freshman winger Milos Gordic, their leading scorer, who was injured last weekend. After beginning the season with almost split time between Huskies goaltenders, junior Josh Robinson has taken the starting spot in the past six games starting at the GLI. Junior Corson Cramer saw his first action of the season Saturday night. Whose Hot Senior co-captain Deron Cousens had two assists Friday night for the Huskies. Freshman forward Tyler Gubb picked up his first career point on Friday night, assisting on a goal by freshman center Dennis Rix. Jack Connolly, Justin Fontaine, and Mike Connolly continue to be the Bulldog’s powerhouse line with 90 combined points. Bottom Line The Huskies are going to need to play three complete periods and not let down in the third.

Timely goal: Freshman winger Milos Gordic notches the third goal on Friday night against St. Lawrence. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

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consecutive goals on penalty shots by former Huskies playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Chris Conner’s goal against Detroit on Tuesday was a gamewinner.


consecutive victories (including GLIAC playoffs) by the women’s basketball Huskies over the Grand Valley State Lakers, dating back to Jan. 5, 2008.


average number of points per game (9.9) by freshman guard Austin Armga, who missed both of last weekend’s games for the Huskies.


place finish by Petter Sjulstad in the freestyle race of the NCAA Qualifying Race in Duluth, Minn., last weekend. He also finished sixth in the classic race.


shots per game averaged by the hockey Huskies this season. That’s up two from last season’s average (26.0).

Schedules/Results Visit for full standings W. Basketball (13-1, 8-0 GLIAC) Jan. 13 vs Lake Superior, W, 69-66 Jan. 15 vs Saginaw Val., W, 67-47 Thurs. at Ferris State, 8 p.m. Sat. at No. 19 Grand Valley, 3 p.m.

M. Basketball (10-5, 5-3 GLIAC) Jan. 13 vs Lake Superior, L, 62-61 Jan. 15 vs Saginaw Val., L, 70-61 Thurs. at Ferris State, 6 p.m. Sat. at No. 13 Grand Valley, 1 p.m.

Nordic Skiing Jan. 2-8 at US Nat’l. Champ. Jan. 15-16 at NCAA Qualifier Feb. 12-13 at CCSA Champ. Feb. 18-19 at Central Reg. Champ.

Hockey (3-16-3, 1-12-1 WCHA) Jan.14 vs St. Lawrence, T, 4-4 Jan. 15 vs St. Lawrence, L, 6-0 Fri. vs Minnesota Duluth, 7 p.m. Sat. vs Minnesota Duluth, 7 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: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings

JACOB VEHRING Business Manager 1-2 Last Week, 29-16 Overall

STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief 2-1 Last Week, 26-19 Overall

DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor 1-2 Last Week, 17-28 Overall

YOU Readers 0-3 Last Week, 22-23 Overall

As a Packer fan I am truly excited about this weekend! The Packers will beat the Bears in the Conference Championship and go to the Super Bowl in a close win at Soldier Field. The Steelers surprised me last week when the beat the Ravens, but the Jets will upset the Steelers and making the Super Bowl between two wild card teams. The Red Wings lose every time I predict them to win so, I will take a loss for the sake of a Red Wings victory.

Packers, 13-10

NFC and AFC Championship weekend is one of my favorite sports weekends of the year — throw in the fact that my Packers are in it, and it’s that much better. Green Bay won’t score 48 points agwain this week, but they’re clicking on all cylinders and they’ll be too much for the host Bears to handle, even in the bitter weather conditions. The Jets would probably be easier for the Packers to beat, but the Steelers playoff experience will pay off and Roethlisberger’s mobility will lead Pittsburgh to the Super Bowl. The Wings are beaten and battered now, but they’ll show up big against their division rivals.

Packers 34-20

Spending the majority of my life in the greater Houghton area, I grew up a Packer fan. I have to say that I have been as impressed as everyone else with what ARod’s been able to do. I don’t see the Bears being able to stop him any better than the Falcons. I am also a Jets fan, not because of their overconfidence, but because of the way they play. They have been impressive this season, and I think that they have the best chance of stopping Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense. The Wings have just had too many injuries of late to keep themselves afloat, and the Hawks appear to be pushing towards the playoff already. 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.

Jets, 20-17 Blackhawks, 3-2

Steelers 20-17 Red Wings 4-3

Packers, 31-21 Jets, 19-17 Blackhawks, 4-2 Last week’s picks: Ravens Illini Thrashers

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Men’s Basketball looks to get back on winning track DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Unlike the early portion of their season, the men’s basketball Huskies have struggled a bit of late, losing four of their last five games. To be fair, the last two losses came without freshman guard Austin Armga in the lineup. While it’s not clear whether he’ll be in the lineup this weekend, the rest of the team is traveling to face the Ferris State Bulldogs and the No. 13 Grand Valley State Lakers. The Huskies rode 22 points from junior forward Mike Hojnacki and 15 from sophomore forward Ali Haidar to a 74-71 victory over the Bulldogs. Since that loss, the Bulldogs have rebounded to win five of their last six games, four of which were Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Confer-

ence (GLIAC) matchups. The Bulldogs offense seemingly begins and ends with senior Justin Keenan. The 6’7”, 265-pound forward is averaging a team-high 21.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He nearly single-handedly kept the Bulldogs in the game with the Huskies in their previous meeting, as he posted 26 points and 10 rebounds, but he got himself into foul trouble, giving the Huskies the chance to score with him off the floor. Senior guard Darian Gay has also been impressive this season, averaging 16.5 points and 3.6 assists per game. Gay put up 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting before fouling out in the previous meeting with the Huskies. Sophomore guard Kenny Brown is another effective weapon for the Bulldogs, averaging 8.1 points per game. The Lakers, who defeated the Huskies 70-61 back on Dec.

19, finally dropped a GLIAC game on Saturday when they fell to No. 4 Hillsdale, 68-60. They are still in the hunt to host the GLIAC Tournament, and will give the Huskies all they can handle. Senior guard Justin Ringler leads the Lakers offensively, averaging 13.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. The Huskies kept him to nine points during their previous encounter. Junior guard James Thomas has also been dangerous offensively, averaging 9.5 points per contest. He rang

Dishing the goods: Junior guard Matt Gaedke looks to feed a teammate moving up the floor on Saturday against Saginaw Valley State. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

up a team-high 15 points against the Huskies. A third deadly guard is junior Alvin Storrs, who averages 8.9 points per game. The Lakers bring one of their biggest weapons off the bench. Junior center Nick Waddell, who is 6’6”, 285 lbs., nets an average of 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The Huskies held him in check earlier this season, allowing him only five points. Be sure to check out our web site, sports, after each contest for a detailed recap of the action.

Broomball HQ STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief

Weekly features: • Broomball power rankings • previews of the top upcoming games • nearly nightly online game recaps • extensive playoff coverage (brackets, contests, daily previews and reviews)

It’s hard to believe we’re already well into broomball season. Our extensive broomball coverage was our most read feature last year, and we will do our best to offer the same great coverage this year. The first week of power rankings and games of the week are particularly challenging, as records can be deceiving. Fortunately for you, we’ve gone the extra mile: each week in generating the best teams and match-ups, we look at records, goal differential, opponents’ records and even individual player analysis. There will probably be some unheralded team that makes a deep playoff run, and there will probably be an overrated team that crumbles midseason

— just about every story line you can imagine surfaces with 240 teams playing. Our broomball staff will cover about a dozen games on average per week, even more when we reach playoffs, but there is no way we can keep track of every team. That is where you come in. We want to hear why your team deserves to be featured in a game of the week or listed among the 20 best teams in our power rankings. Please visit the special broomball section on the Lode’s website at sports/broomball, comment there and on our Facebook page at, or e-mail us at lodecomment@ We look forward to a great season!

Games of the week

win BBZ will be well on their way to controlling McNair No. 2 (then again We Divide By Zero are used to beating the odds).

Lake Effect (1-0) vs. Ain’t No Good (2-0) - Off Campus 5 Friday, January 21, 8:15 p.m., Silver Rink Lake Effect’s fifth ranking in the division is deceiving with only one game played. They won their first game 14-0, but

against the worst team in the division. Ain’t No Good will try to prove that they are in fact good (they won 17-1 against the team

LE beat 14-0), as they look to remain undefeated in what very well may be one of the deepest divisions in broomball this year.

FantASTics (2-0) vs. Team ver 6.0 (2-0) - Women’s 1 Saturday, January 22, 2 p.m., Black Rink The Wonder Women look to continue their dominance among women’s teams, but FantASTics and Team ver 6.0 will

both be hot on their heels. With Brick House no longer around, supremacy among the three women’s conferences is certain-

ITK is leading the Off Campus 4 division with a 3-0 record, but the Hitmen and Dump and Chase are the two highest scor-

ing teams in the division. Neither team has allowed more than one goal against in either of their two games so far, so something will

ly up for grabs, and both teams will likely look back on this game as they reflect on the success or failure of their season.

have to give as these two teams duke it out in what may very well be yet another deep off campus division.

SPARTA (2-0) vs. The League of Dapper Gentlemen (2-0) - McNair 3 Monday, January 24, 6 p.m., Gold Rink The two team names in this McNair 3 match-up conjure up completely different images, but make no mistake about it: when

these two teams meet up on Monday, “dapper” and “gentlemanly” will not likely be adjectives used to describe the game.

Other featured games for Feb. 11-17: Full Kilt vs. The Politely Disagreeing Ghosts, Jan. 20, 6 p.m., Silver Brute Force and Ignorance vs. Team 6, Jan. 20, 8:15 p.m., Gold Sick Flo vs. Hopelessly Optimistic, Jan. 22, 11 a.m., Gold O, You Betcha vs. Dark Horses, Jan. 23, 11:45 a.m., Black Cotton’s Candy vs. We’ll Do It Live, Jan. 24, 9:45 p.m., Black Yukon Express vs. BB, Jan. 25, 11:15 p.m., Silver iNiT2HaVeFuN vs. Team 2, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m., Gold Rink

2. MooCrew (Off Campus 3): 3-0

They have already outscored opponents 37-2 and are eyeing a championship with their veteran lineup.

3. Brute Force and Ignorance (McNair 1): 2-0

While their 32-0 goal differential is impressive, they’ll have to prove it against tougher opposition (combined 0-4 opponent record)

4. O, You Betcha (East Wads 1): 3-0

They’ve actually faced a relatively difficult schedule through three games (outlasting a 2-1 team 8-1), and are prepared for a playoff run.

5. Sick Flo (West Wads 1): 2-0

Seven players have already scored at least three goals, so their depth could surprise some teams come playoff time.

Visit for a full list of the top 20 teams, including further explanation of each ranking. Feel free to sound off on the rankings as well! Visit

This week on

Today (Jan. 20): Basketball recaps Friday: Hockey recap Saturday: Basketball and Hockey recaps Sunday: Editor’s blog Monday: Nordic Skiing recap Tuesday: Feature blog Wednesday: Hockey, Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Basketball previews, Broomball coverage

Every week on

Headless Hitmen (2-0) vs. Dump and Chase (2-0) - Off Campus 4 Sunday, January 23, 9 p.m. Silver Rink

Eight players return from last year’s second place team, and with the Pirate Sheep revamped, it looks good for Ridikilus this year.

eye out for athlete features throughout the semester

Thursday, January 20, 11:15 p.m., Gold Rink

ready defeated, so Broombroomzelas would appear to have the advantage, but this early in the season, anything can happen. With a

1. Ridikilus (Off Campus 2): 2-0

to catch up on all your Huskies sports and keep your

Broombroomzelas (2-0) vs. Tollhouse (1-1) - McNair 2 Tollhouse has a tough early season loss to We Divide By Zero, whom the Broombroomzelas (best name in broomball?!) al-

Broomball Power Rankings

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