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Organized March: Our Lives Matter

  Last week a threat was made on social media platform Yik Yak, an anonymous bulletin board-like application that displays comments made within a small radius of each person accessing the site. The threat was directed specifically towards Michigan Tech’s African American community, saying that this person was “gonna shoot all black people.” The University

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Joey’s Benefit a Success!

  Last Tuesday, the Nov. 9, the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) put on a fundraising event for the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home in Calumet. The event, which was held for its third consecutive year, took place at Joey’s Seafood and Grill on Main Street in Houghton. Money was raised when patrons mentioned the benefit

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Situation Worsening for Syrian Refugees

Roughly, one Syrian has left his country by the time you finish reading this sentence. Only a quarter of the 2.3 million people who have fled the war-torn Syria live in refugee camps. The rest have sought shelter in Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. For the select few with money, that means a cramped, barely-livable

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On The Docket: Husky v. Ritz

Between 2003 and 2007, Daniel Lee Ritz of Texas tried to pull a fast one on Husky International Electronics Inc., a Colorado-based company. At least that is what Husky is going to try to prove to the Supreme Court next year. During this time Ritz’s company, Chrysalis Manufacturing Corporation, purchased a little over $150,000 worth

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Equal Pay for Equal Work

The wage gap is relevant throughout the world. We see this issue come up time and time again in feminist and political debates. Some countries face even worse gaps than we experience in the United States. Countries such as Brazil, Columbia and South Africa have even bigger wage gaps. However, of developed countries, the United

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Team of the week: Cross Country

Whether it’s six kilometers or eight, running the distance is challenging. The Cross Country team is a group of dedicated young men and women who run that distance. Men’s races are eight kilometers- roughly five miles. Women’s races are six kilometers- about 3.7 miles. These races are demanding but our Huskies power through them, looking

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Student Org Spotlight: E-Club

One of the fundamental reasons that the United States flourished as a young country, was due to the capitalist dream that anyone could ultimately succeed if they worked hard enough. As a result, the country, even today, lays its foundation on the entrepreneurs that are trying to make their dreams a reality. The E-Club at

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No. 20 Huskies Roll Past Chargers

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The Michigan Tech Huskies had not won a WCHA series to date this year, splitting each of the three series. In a series where the Huskies took on the University of Alabama Huntsville last weekend, the Huskies were finally able to double up and take two big conference wins on the road. In a series

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Daily Bull editors respond to satire about sexually harassed student

Last Wednesday, Nov. 4, The Daily Bull published an article titled “Sexually Harassed Man Pretty Okay with Situation.” The article attempted to poke fun at sexual harassment, telling the story of a male MTU student who was sexually harassed repeatedly by women who he came into contact with at a house party. The subsection of

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Soccer’s thrilling close

    Michigan Tech’s women’s soccer team lost the quarter final against Ashland University on Nov. 3. In a thrilling match which ended up with a tied score of 1-1, the final results were decided by a penalty shoot-out. Ashland University made their way to the Semi-Final of the GLIAC Championship. Goals from both teams

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Research Spotlight: Frost

  As part of the series on undergraduate research opportunities on campus, this week the Lode looks into the lab of Doctor Megan Frost in the Biomedical Engineering Department. Frost’s lab generally employs three to four graduate students, and around six undergraduate students at a time. Two graduate students have graduated from Frost’s lab so

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Women’s hockey begins

  The women’s club hockey team played their first scheduled game on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. against Lake Superior State University. There are 21 women on the roster, though not all are Tech students. Three community members, a Finlandia student and a high school senior also add to the the team. The coaching staff

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Basketball falls to State

  The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team took to the court on Sunday, Nov. 8 for their annual exhibition game. Last year, the Huskies took on the Finlandia Lions in the exhibition game, defeating them 107-56. This year, they took on the Michigan State Spartans on their home turf. The Huskies fought hard but came

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Ashland hits football

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  The Huskies headed south Saturday Nov. 7 to face the Ashland Eagles in Ohio. Ashland won decisively over Tech 40-14. The Eagles are ranked fifth in national polls by both AFCA Division II coaches and D2Football.com, compared to Huskies’ rank of 22 and 20 respectively. In Saturday’s match these numbers proved true. AU led

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Volleyball toss-up

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Michigan Tech’s women’s volleyball team played three matches last week against Northern Michigan University on Nov. 3, Saginaw Valley State University on Nov. 6 and Wayne State University on Nov. 7. They managed to win just one of the matches, which was on Nov. 6 against Saginaw Valley State, by 3-1. Michigan Tech lost to

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What’s the commotion about Hoverboards?

  They don’t have a specific name, but who cares? They’re awesome! The raging technology has no universal name because it is made by Chinese manufacturers and has been copied by several other companies, which have each assigned it a different name. However, the new tech most frequently goes by hoverboard, swegway, mini segway or

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Diwali Night: Music, Dance and Food

    Indians all around the world are now busy cleaning their mansions, apartments and dorm rooms. Many celebrate the festival of lights, that is Diwali, by eating and gifting a motley sweets, lighting diyas (tiny lamps) and lanterns and exchanging colorful emails. Owing to India’s cultural diversity or what is usually regarded as having ‘a million

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Science Fiction or Psychology? The Berenstain Bears Dilemma Explained

  If there’s even been a time that you’ve questioned your memory on a significant event, you may be experiencing the Mandela Effect.  This term was coined after a strange phenomenon occurred amongst a large group of people who falsely “remember” Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s.  Mandela actually passed away in 2013,

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Social Media and Death

In today’s world the Internet and social media are intertwined; news is posted on the Internet, and the Internet often inspires news stories of their own. Despite the similarities, these two mediums of information have had different impacts on how society views death. Their differences can be attributed to the unique motives of the two.

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Pros and Cons of Online Education

In a technology filled world, the thought of online resources for students is a common thought. Online education and resources become more popular every year. 31 percent of students in higher education take at least one online class. Online education is only expected to grow more with every year. While these resources can be beneficial,

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Debate: Are Educational Expectations Rising?

Pro: Amy Joy Patterson Con: Michael Rader Round One Pro: No one can deny that education is a pivotal component to modern success, but when educational standards are so high that students start to suffer mental and physical health problems as a result, we have taken it too far. According to the Nuffield Foundation, the proportion of

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Normal season’s last soccer match

Michigan Tech’s Women’s Soccer team lost the last match of the normal season in a close encounter against Northern Michigan last Saturday. Michigan Tech scored a goal in the first half but failed to maintain the lead in the second half and lost the match by one point, with a score of 2-1. Lexi Herrewig

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Overtime thriller highlights series split with Ferris State

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“For the most part I thought we did a really good job, it might have been the best game we’ve played all year, and we lost” -Mel Pearson In a series of games where breakaways and outnumbered rushes were a little too common for both sides, goaltending turned out to be the deciding factor last

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Hockey preview: Alabama Huntsville

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No. 21 Michigan Tech (3-3-0 Overall, 3-3-0 WCHA) continues WCHA play and travels to Alabama this weekend (Nov. 6-7) to take on the Alabama Huntsville Chargers (3-2-1 Overall, 2-1-1 WCHA). The last time Michigan Tech played Alabama Huntsville was a series to be remembered. The Huskies went on to win their first game of the

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Why Noshember is Awesome

Ever wonder why some of the manliest beards disappear this time of the year? There is a simple explanation for this phenomenon. It’s called No Shave November. No Shave November or “Noshember” as some like to call it,  begins on the night of October 31. This is when men who wish to participate are required

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Can MTU Students communicate?

Evolution has led many species to cooperate with one another. Wolves form packs, whales form pods, and humans have built a society upon cooperation. Countless societal advancements can be attributed to human cooperation. The success of this has necessitated a skill in society: communication. You can’t have cooperation without communication, and industry knows this. Success

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Sisu

I’m not Finnish. I’m mostly Russian, actually; there’s a hint of Polish and a bit of English, too. If I looked back far enough, I’m sure I’d find some Irish, or some Scottish, or perhaps some Ukrainian in my blood. Ultimately, though, I’m no more Russian, Polish, English, Irish, or Scottish than I am Finnish.

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The UnLodeing Zone

We’ve all felt overwhelmed at some time or another. Whether by classes, work or just life in general, everything has a way of pacing itself in the worst possible way sometimes. Exams come at the same time that you’re supposed to do registration for a student org, your work gives you a double shift when

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Is multitasking a good thing, or are we lying to ourselves?

Pro: Andrea Spencer Con: Shan Amarnani Round One: Pro: Multitasking is how our world works. Ask any professional and they will tell you how crucial this skill is. From big businesses, to parenting, to juggling school and athletics, there will always be more things to do than time to do them in. That’s why multitasking

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Winter Weather Preparation Tips

Well before our time came to leave the nest and begin our college careers, we all knew about the challenges associated with attending Michigan Tech. Those of us who toured campus prior to move-in weekend observed a dearth of dining and entertainment venues, an alarming lack of parking options and a strangely limited airport. None

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Fleshing out Zombies

The zombie apocalypse theorizes a bleak end to society. With a large portion of the population being turned into undead and the other half fighting each other for scarce resources, it’s odd that it’s such a hot topic in pop culture. Zombies and the zombie apocalypse were popularized as a symbol of the communist infiltration

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The UnLodeing Zone

The promise of colder mornings has been affirmed by the lasting chill that seeps into fall sweaters and thin pants. The days of numb fingers and red noses is creeping upon us and with it comes the anxiety of being under-prepared. As the Tech community begins to notice the inky mornings and early sunsets, our

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Democratic Debate Responses 1

In the wake of all of the excitement and commotion from the Right, the Democrats finally got a chance in Las Vegas last Tuesday to voice their views to a large audience and debate their policies with one another. Since Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders currently dominate the field, a majority of the debate was

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Democratic Debate Responses 2

The Democratic debate last Tuesday marked the first of four such debates scheduled this year, and it certainly offered a great introduction to the candidates. Hillary Clinton took center stage with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Virginia Senator Jim Webb to her right, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee to

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Are power point slides useful in class?

Pro: Kassia Prystalski Con: Peter Nouhan Pro 1: It’s super nice to have the powerpoint slides uploaded to canvas before class so I can take notes on them. Personally, I use a tablet, so I download the slides to my computer right before class, and then take notes with a stylus directly on the pdf.

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The UnLodeing Zone

In life, there are always ups and downs. It seems sometimes that life continually changes just to make sure you don’t get used to anything. No matter how well things are going, it can all come crumbling down in an instant. In one sentence your life can be changed, for better or worse.   Loss

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As The “Years” Go By

It was once said by Abraham Lincoln that it is not the years of one’s life that count, but rather the life in one’s years. Here at Michigan Tech, that statement is supported wholeheartedly. Unlike most universities, students at Michigan Tech typically refrain from referring to each other by class names, such as “freshmen”, “sophomores”,

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Pet therapy: A diamond in the ruff

According to the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook published by the American Veterinary Medical Association, 56 percent of American households have at least one pet. Obviously, owning a pet is not free and requires a good amount of time and effort. But just how much do Americans spend on their pets? According to market

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Is fall’s beauty best appreciated indoors or outdoors?

Outside: Andrea Spencer Inside: Joseph Pietrzyk Opening Statement- All around us the season of fall is falling into place, from the red leaves to the chilling breeze. Some students mourn the lack of summer warmth and light, while others are fondly anticipating the snow that will soon cover everything in sight. Fall, or autumn, is

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The UnLoading Zone

What started out as an intimidating endeavor has turned into a new passion of mine. I started out at the Lode just a few weeks ago as the new News section editor. I have never worked at a student newspaper before and I have very little experience editing or advising other writers on their work.

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Armed Guards on campus?

Amy Joy Patterson: Pro Andrea Spencer: Con Opening Statement: In the wake of the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College, a devastating attack that ended the lives of 10 individuals, politicians on both sides of the divide are calling for changes in both the availability and usage of firearms by the American public. While some

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Do video games make you smarter?

Video games have been a controversial topic in the media since the dawn of the 21st century. Between being blamed for violent epidemics to being called detrimental to brain development, there aren’t many positive opinions of video games amongst the media and older generations. Despite this, most of these claims are unfounded. In fact, many

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Sleep and Academic Success

It’s a Sunday night. You’re chilling in your room probably watching some shows on Netflix. You know you have an exam first thing Monday morning. You’ve planned on studying for this exam all week but the plan never actually materialized. It’s now 8 p.m. and you say to yourself: I’m definitely going to start studying

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I spy with Cortana’s prying eye

Windows 10 is the newest operating system released by Microsoft. It’s undoubtedly an improvement over Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Many of the nuances of Windows 8 have been packaged into much more intuitive features, and the feel of Windows 10 is very much reminiscent of Windows 7. There are a myriad of new features

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Tech: Let’s get social: MTU specific apps

These days you can’t walk around campus without taking note of the influence of electronics. There’s a girl with headphones walking down the hallway, hoping to minimize the dreariness of a plain fisher hallway with her own musical style. There’s a guy checking his smartphone or smartwatch to see what the latest email says. There

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The Electric Car Controversy: Are electric cars better than gasoline?

id you know Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) comprise approximately one percent of new car sales this year? Although sales of EVs have been steadily increasing since 2010, have you ever wondered: Are EVs really better than Gasoline-powered Vehicles (GVs)?         Some argue that EVs are not as efficient as

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The UnLodeing Zone

Color. This time of year reminds me more than any other time that color is one of my favorite things in the world. Nature breaks free from it’s defined roles and displays a beautiful spectrum for us to see. Wonderful things happen when I stop for a moment to think about this gift. I value

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The Unlodeing Zone

Sports. The section of the newspaper you’ve skipped past because it has too much muscle. You’re afraid to read the articles for fear of not understanding the jock-style jargon. Every time the phrase “clean the glass” has appeared you’ve suddenly wondered if your mother is sending you subliminal messages. Don’t worry, it’s just the sports

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Interview Insider: Math Chair

Here at Tech there are positions open in varying fields for those who have obtained their own scholarly degrees and training, but who still want to keep learning. From professor to graduate TA to department chair, these jobs are unique to the world of science and engineering. The people who hold these positions can move

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Insider Interview: Oshkosh Corp.

With Career Fair just around the corner, having insider knowledge on prestigious companies will be an upper hand in scoring an interview. The Oshkosh Corporation is a highly sought-after employer, and the candidate pool is consequently large. Oshkosh is known for their specialty vehicles and truck bodies, which they design and manufacture. “Oshkosh looks for

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Dressing Styles: Is dressing up worth the effort?

Kassia – Pro dressing up Andrea – Con dressing down Pro: With Career Fair looming over everyone’s heads, we’ve all been busy. Our resumes are up-to-date, our “elevator pitch” is practiced in front of a mirror until maybe it doesn’t sound so foolish, and we’ve done more practice interviews than even make sense anymore. But

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Teaching Styles: Is Flipped better than traditional?

Pro: Andrea Spencer Con: Drew Rutherford Among various emerging teaching styles, the flipped classroom approach is a popular choice for university-level courses. Is this better than the traditional teaching style, or does it pose just as many problems? Round 1 Pro: One of the very first pieces of feedback that I received from a friend

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Vote to improve government

Everyone has probably heard it before. It’s been ingrained into the brains of all Americans- that it’s both a right and a responsibility to vote. Unfortunately, the inconvenience of voting often outweighs the benefits in the eyes of many Americans. Approximately 46 percent of eligible voters did not vote in 2012. That’s almost half of

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The UnLodeing Zone

Oof.  These last few weeks have been a very busy and tumultuous time for the Lode. Since we elected new section editors last spring, we’ve had almost a full turnover. Coming back from my internship in the summer, I knew that I would be in for a big project in stepping into the position of

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Reinventing your image

College is a perfect time to reinvent yourself and allow other people to see you in a new or better light. Changing your image has much more to do with than just outward appearances though, as you can change your habits as well.  For many people, college is a brand-new environment in which they hardly

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How to Survive College

At last, you have jammed your foot into the academic door and are hardly looking back to see if you missed anything.  You don’t even notice your parents waving at you from a distance because you are too busy running ahead.  With a triumphant smile you begin your journey into college life and all that

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The UnLodeing Zone

Tenacity: if you don’t know what this means it’s about time you learn. To a Tech student, it’s more than the stale dictionary definition that can be boiled down to “persistence and determination”. To a Tech student, tenacity is a way of life. All nationalities, all ages and all majors can rejoice in living a

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The art of asking for help

Like many other Tech students, when I first arrived here, I was used to being one of the smartest kids in my (very small) high school class. I had gotten used to skating by on just enough effort, and barely doing any homework. I had no idea what was in store for me.   I

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Tips and Tricks: New Housing

Summer break coming to an end means a lot of people are coming back to Houghton. A lot of people in Houghton means a demand for housing. For many the dorms are a solution to housing needs, but many other students may consider renting an apartment or house with friends.  At first splitting rent with

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Michigan Tech Top Public University in State for Mid-Career Earnings of Graduates

Michigan Technological University ranks first among public universities in Michigan for the mid-career salaries earned by its graduates. In Payscale.com’s latest College Salary Report, Michigan Tech also ranked 13th nationwide for mid-career salaries of graduates of public universities and 20th in the nation for mid-career engineering salaries. Payscale.com ranks schools based on the median mid-career

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Michigan Tech Names New Provost

Jacqueline Huntoon has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University.  Huntoon has been dean of Michigan Tech’s Graduate School since 2005 and associate provost since 2011.  She is also a professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences. Her new appointment is effective July 20, 2015.

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Making Hydrogen Fuel from Water and Visible Light Highly Efficient

Mimicking photosynthesis is not easy. The bottleneck of artificial photosynthesis is visible light, because converting it into other forms of energy is not efficient. Researchers at Michigan Technological University have found a way to solve this issue, leading to an efficient technique to produce hydrogen fuel. Last week, the Journal of Physical Chemistry published their

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Food Access Network Comes to Tech

College students are generally pretty poor. It’s a stereotype that people are so used to, they don’t even think about it. Sure, we’re almost all hugely in debt, that pretty much goes without saying. Plenty of students are working on research grants or work study or have off-campus jobs.But the fact of the matter is

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Career FEST Under way

For several years, the twice-yearly Career Fairs at Michigan Technological University have provided a setting for hundreds of companies, leaders in their respective fields, to find the recruits they’re looking for. The Fall and Spring Fairs bring recruiters to the Houghton campus offering undergraduate and graduate students jobs, co-ops, internships and a host of career-defining

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Did our Float Copper Float Away?

padding-top: 0; to Although campus has the Husky statue to attract students’ attention, another piece has seemingly vanished. The large piece of float copper that has historically been on display outside of the Electrical Engineering Resource Center [EERC] has been separated from its pedestal. It has not, as some feared, been melted down for use

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Tech places 5, 11 and 26 in Winter Baja 2015

On Feb. 21, the Michigan Tech Blizzard Baja Enterprise hosted their annual Winter Baja International event. Sixteen schools made the trek up to Houghton to compete, some of which brought multiple vehicles to race. In total, there were 31 vehicles which competed, including Michigan Tech’s very own three vehicles – Widow, Daytona and East. Michigan

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How Microagressions put minorities in boxes

What goes on in the background, in the unconscious, of minds that our conscious minds may not be necessarily okay with? Say What?, a talk by Dr. Lorelle Meadows hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, addressed that question. The discussion last Wednesday evening centered on how microagressions affect members of minority groups. Discrimination

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Huskies fall short in Mankato

Head Coach Mel Pearson and his Huskies team arrived in Mankato, Minn., with 39 points and left with 40, picking up one out of a possible four points against the No. 2 nationally ranked MSU Mavericks. The Huskies put up a back-and-forth defensive battle on Friday night and held their WCHA rivals to just one

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Facilities Management manages the fire

Early Thursday, Feb 19, a small snow removal vehicle burned in the Michigan Tech Motor Pool.  The building sustained some structural damage, including a hole in the roof, and smoke damage. The incident caused staff in the building to be temporarily relocated. By Friday, ServiceMaster, a cleaning company specializing in this type of clean up,

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Fishing Club hosts ice fishing tournament

On a sunny day at Chassell Bay, a group of Tech students, Fishing Club members, and a few locals competed to take home the biggest fish. The greatest total length of five fish, with an optional big fish buy-in, took home the grand prize in this nine hour tournament. Luke Bowman took home the first

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The Millennials

The Millennials, also known as Generation Y, Generation We, Net Gen, or Echo Boomers are classified as individuals born in the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s. For most students at Tech, that’s us. Critics as well as your average critical thinker both have positive and negative commentary on who the Millennials are. Wealth is

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NPR’s Heavy Rotation

Every month, National Public Radio gathers a list of the ten songs that they “can’t stop playing.” These top ten are hand picked by the staff, and played every month on their broadcast. If you’re an avid music listener looking for quality tunes that differ from the top ten playing on every other radio station

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Dwarves of Demrel Update

Don’t forget about the Dwarves! The Dwarves of Demrel is a sci-fi, steampunk, fantasy story that involves three dwarven miners who must work together to combat starvation, despair, and a mysterious creatures after a mine collapses. All the characters have finally been cast and filming has begun. Previously, we knew that Happy Anderson was playing

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Enhancement coming soon to portage Lake Golf course

Universities usually tend to be more than the buildings that make up the school’s main campus. More often than not, the school controls lands in the surrounding area and sometimes throughout the state. Michigan Technological University does not stray from the standard as its properties that it controls include Mount Ripley, Ford Forestry Center and

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Huskies clinch 2nd seed in GLIAC Tournament

With the end of another season of basketball comes another chance for the Huskies to win it all. Tech earned the second seed in the GLIAC Tournament, and with it comes a home court advantage in the quarterfinals, which will take place on March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Varsity Gym. Tech will take

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Why is Recycling so hard?

I think our current generation is probably the first one in a long time to take recycling for granted. Although the idea goes back a long time, the recycling system in its current incarnation started in the 1970s, so it’d become common by the time we were born. Many of our parents and teachers were

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Going Home for Spring Break?

Are you heading back home with your parents while all your friends head out of the state or even the country this weekend to spend it spring skiing out west or on the ocean in the Bahamas? No need to worry, you don’t have to be getting on a plane headed for a beach or

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Women’s Basketball preps for GLIAC Tournament

After a fantastic regular season with 24 victories and only two losses, the MTU Women’s Basketball team is aiming for victory at the upcoming GLIAC Tournament beginning this Wednesday against Hillsdale College. After beating Northern Michigan University this past weekend 63-50, the Huskies face the upcoming GLIAC Tournament, which consists of a three-game bracket beginning

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Discuss Tech concerns with Student Commission

While the Board of Control discusses monetary and property ownership concerns regarding Tech, and Graduate Student Government acts as liaison between administration and graduate students, the MTU Student Commission addresses university challenges and joins with others to improve the university experience. According to their website, one goal of the Student Commission is, “To eliminate barriers

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Men’s Tennis drops two

The Michigan Tech Men’s Tennis team opened GLIAC play on the road last weekend and dropped their first two conference matches of the season. They stand 0-2 in the GLIAC and 1-3 overall so far this year. Saturday, Feb. 21, the Huskies fell 9-0 at Findlay. The Oilers largely dominated all across the board in

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Men’s Basketball loses close match against LSSU

The Huskies played a close game against Lake Superior State University this past weekend, marking the end of a winning streak for the team that began in early February. The game was held away at the Cooper Gym in Sault St. Marie with a tight final score of 74-72. For the first half of the

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Lady Huskies Triumph over LSSU Lakers

A decisive victory was obtained by the Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball team this past weekend with a final score of 72-61 against rivals from Lake Superior State University. After the close defeat against Northwood last Thursday, the victory over the Lakers begins another winning streak after 13 consecutive wins were earned over the last two

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Kero receives high praise for leadership on and off ice

Senior and co-captain of the Michigan Tech Huskies Hockey team Tanner Kero has had a successful career playing Division I hockey in Houghton, the sister city to his hometown of Hancock. The rising star has seen the most production in his senior year, creating 17 goals and 40 points to lead his teammates to the

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Alpine team finds success at regional meet

The Michigan Tech Alpine Ski Racing Team has finished another strong season, but they are still working hard to continue their recent success into the next season. The men’s team took third place at Giant’s Ridge and Lacrosse. The team is definitely setting itself up for success in later years, especially after having expanded rapidly

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Shostakovich’s Response

The story of Shostakovich is one that isn’t complete without context. One of the greatest musical minds of the twentieth century, and one of the best Russian composers of history, Shostakovich faced physical danger from his art. With every piece, he walked the razor’s edge between his creative expression and his life. It is this

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Forks over knives documentary

Cows, pigs, and chickens, oh my! The documentary Forks over Knives explains how consuming vast quantities of animal products in a typical Western diet is harmful and what to do to fix it. The film was hosted by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education and refreshments provided by the Keweenaw

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Fighting the cold and the blues

It’s almost March and yet we are still stuck in the frozen tundra known as Houghton Michigan. This isn’t a surprise to many seasoned veterans of the long winters here at Michigan Tech, but whether it’s your first winter here or your last, it’s safe to say that the cold is getting a little old.

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Students should be involved with the Constitution

To most college-aged people, the United States Constitution is a really old document that they had to study for some history or government class. It’s the famous roll of parchment that laid out the framework for the United States government. With its age of over two hundred years, it hardly seems like it’s worth noting

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Debate

Opening Statement: Social activity among college students promotes racial, gender and cultural stereotypes.   First let’s look at the definition of stereotype from Merriam-Webster; to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. This belief towards a specific group is often held by a separate specific group. Stereotypes are

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I donate Blood

Blood drives have always scared me because I’m terrified of needles. However, I’m going to donate blood Feb. 25, as I have in the past. Every time I’ve gone to give blood everyone has been very helpful and understanding. They cover the target area with some sterile cloth and tell me when to look away

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Red Cross Blood Drive

With today’s advances in technology, many naturally occurring products can be manufactured in laboratories or created artificially. Blood, however, is a substance that does not have a synthetic equivalent or a substitute. This means that for an individual that requires a blood transfusion, the only way the blood they require can become available is through

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Portage Canal Lift Bridge

Spanning the width of the Portage Canal is the Portage Canal Lift Bridge, an iconic landmark of the surrounding area. It is the lifeline connecting Hancock and the rest of the Keweenaw Peninsula, known as “Copper Island,” to the rest of the United States. The convenience of the bridge has been realized even more over

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Michigan Tech Dining Services: Trying out Tryout Tuesdays

Over the past few weeks, dining services of Michigan Tech and their staff have been working very hard to change and improve the service and food provided by the residential dining halls. ‘Tryout Tuesdays’ is one of many recent and expanding changes to Michigan Tech’s residential dining and the format of their menus. Its creation

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Board of Control discusses research funding, women’s enrollment

Michigan Tech is improving quality of education at the university, keeping their second in the state ranking recognized August 2014 by Money Magazine. Last Thursday, MTU’s Board of Control met to discuss funding goals for student equipment, reports from the University Senate and the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments, sponsored research, and recognized those who

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Football suffers bitter end to the season

[adsanity id=147754 align=alignnone /] A 59-14 win over Lake Erie back on Nov. 15 put the Huskies at 9-1 on the season, only the fourth time in the program’s 92-year history that the team has earned nine wins. The Huskies tied for second in the GLIAC standings alongside Ohio Dominican and fell just one game

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The History behind tech’s two sports arena

This series concludes by focusing on two of the arenas that the Michigan Tech Huskies compete in, Sherman Field and the John J. MacInnes Ice Arena. For over 60 years, the football team competed at Hubbell Field. However, in 1981 it dedicated its new stadium, which was then called, very originally, MTU Stadium. Fortunately in

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‘Tis the season for giving blood

About 5,000,000 Americans require blood transfusions each year. The American Red Cross works hard to provide these, but relies on donors to supply the resources to do so. Around the holidays, the amount of donations drop, hindering the aid the association can give. Holiday festivities, travel and seasonal illness all cause a lack in the

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Tech places second in outdoor nation

Michigan Tech was one of 10 universities challenged to log the most outdoor activity within an eight week time frame. Starting Sept. 27, activities could be logged at oncampuschallenge.org and points were then awarded to their respective schools. The challenge was open to students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. The grand prize is a

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Scholarship series #1: DoD smart scholarship

This is the first installment of a series covering prestigious scholarships offered to a wide variety of majors. Every other week a scholarship will be chosen for which there is still enough time left to apply. Details of how to apply and information about the reasons why the scholarships are important will be discussed in

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Zipcars Utilized on campus

Since 2012, Zipcars have been active on campus for students, faculty and members of the community to use. Michigan Tech now has three cars that are located at various places on campus. Shur, a silver Ford Escape with 4WD, lives by Daniel Heights. Crowell, Shur’s identical twin, resides behind Wadsworth Hall. Finally, Coovert is a

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Between the pipes with Jamie Philips

After the departure of Pheonix Copley due to his contract signing with the Washington Capitals, the starting goaltending situation for Michigan Tech Hockey was labeled with a big question mark. The opportunity was there and instantly seized by the Caledonia, Ontario, native Jamie Phillips. To start off his junior year in his career with the

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Huskies drop two straight vs Minnesota state, sweep Alabama Huntsville

Many were wondering when the hot streak would end for the dominant Michigan Tech Huskies, if it would at all. Two weekends ago, the Mavericks of Minnesota State ended the streak on Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Huskies. Tech had a 1-0 lead that came from an Alex Petan goal in the second

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huskies start season strong with victory at Minnesota Duluth

The Michigan Tech Men’s Basketball team started their season off with a win against rival Minnesota Duluth this past Saturday, Nov. 22. The game marked the beginning of the standard season for the Huskies, who now have a promising record of 3-0 after picking up two wins at the Southwest Minnesota State University Classic on

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Figure skating club helps future Skaters

The Michigan Tech Figure Skating Club is trying to bring figure skating to the Tech community, and despite being a new club on campus, they are taking big steps towards that goal. “We want to show people that you can continue skating in college, especially because programs aren’t pushed as heavily in high school,” said

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Diwali Night Preview

This Saturday, December 6, the Indian Students Association is holding Diwali Night. Dinner will be served in the MUB Commons from 5-7 p.m. and a performance in the Rozsa Center will follow. Tickets are $15 for all attendees, including students, and can be purchased online at rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu. Diwali is a Hindu holiday celebrated for five

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Mockingjay part 1 Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One has made its theatrical debut, and seems to promise that the film franchise will end with a bang. The Hunger Games is an interesting franchise, based on the novels of the same name by Suzanne Collins, with clear inspiration from sources such as the cult classic Battle Royale. The

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Find the perfect gift at the CCCAC’s 38th Annual Poor Artists Sale

Now that Thanksgiving break is over, it is safe to say that the holiday season has officially commenced. The snow has certainly made its entrance, the holiday tunes will begin to play, and jolly times of cookie baking, movie watching, tree decorating and Christmas cheer are back. Some of us are already thinking about finding

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Presidential Precedence

On the Thursday before Thanksgiving break, the White House released the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, lately being referred to as Obama’s executive order. It is a significant reform to current immigration policies and essentially presents a safeguard to more than four million eligible illegal immigrants in the country from deportation. Responses to the announced executive

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Debate: Capital Punishment, CON

Without turning this debate into a religiously charged issue, Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin, throw the first stone,” John 8:7. The eighth amendment protects us from cruel and unusual punishment. Can someone commit an act so horrible that we as a society say that life is now condemned and worthy only of

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Debate: Capital Punishment PRO

Yes. One of the largest questions that we have to tackle is whether or not the death penalty violates the 8th Amendment- is it a cruel or unusual punishment? The answer, of course, is no, for the majority of crimes. However, there are a select few crimes where killing the offender is not cruel or

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Study tips to finish the semester less stressful

With Thanksgiving over and another turkey carved, more and more people now turn back to the eventual resumed drudgery of schools with only a few more weeks to go. The goal line is close, and so here are a few tips for taking exams, whether it’s finals or others exams you have. First, remember to

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Local lake removed from EPA pollution list

Good news has come for Deer Lake and the surrounding community in Ishpeming, Mich. On Thursday, Oct 30, the EPA removed the lake from a list of areas that have experienced pollution problems and possibly other damage. This means that the lake area, including Carp Lake and Carp Creek, have been restored to a healthy

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Student Org spotlight : Medievalist Club

People did not always have television and the internet to keep them entertained. There once was a time when the best entertainment available was watching two knights battle it out or creating illuminated papers. That time was the Medieval Era, and it still had its fans. Today, the Medievalist Club of Michigan Technological University explores

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Leadershape 2015

Leadershape, a week long intensive leadership development program, will be celebrating its nineteenth outing this year. The program is designed to help young leaders learn how to “lead with integrity,” which is also the organization’s slogan. The week begins on Monday, Jan 5 and runs through the Saturday, Jan 10. During this time students will

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Winter storm Astro

Everyone in Houghton can say, “See ya!” to grass and pavement as winter has come to lay siege on the city. The culprit to blame for this early start to snow is winter storm Astro and the polar vortex that it created. Astro, which swept across mainly the north-central part of the country originated in

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2014 volleyball season in the books

Just over one week ago, the 2014 volleyball season hit the books as the Michigan Tech Volleyball team closed out their season. The Huskies, who ended on a two game win streak, finished their season with a record of 8-10 in the conference and 11-16 overall. They placed 10th overall in the conference, just two

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Huskies begin historic ski season

The Michigan Tech Nordic Skiing team is looking forward to another exciting year for the program. There are a lot of new skiers on the team, and the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center will host the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships starting on Jan. 2. Tech last hosted the championships in 2007 and 2008. The

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The Hunt to end the hunt

In this years midterm elections, Michigan voters were asked to elect a number of different officials, but they were also asked to consider two similar, but controversial proposals. These proposals described the legality of wolf-hunts in Michigan. Voters declined the referendums in an attempt to discontinue wolf hunting practice, but these effects held only limited

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Huskies win with a commanding lead against Lions

The Michigan Tech Men’s Basketball team won against the Finlandia Lions with an impressive lead this past Wednesday by a score of 88 to 49. The match was held at the SDC complex at the home court of the Huskies in front of approximately 200 fans. The game started with an even clash between the

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Rosetta mission successful

Despite technical difficulties resulting in a premature end to the mission, humanity’s first landing on a comet has been considered a great success. Launched on March 2, 2004 by the European Space Agency [ESA], Rosetta travelled a cumulative 6.4 billion kilometers. Since no rocket was able to provide the thrust to get the probe into

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Alternate Realities

Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the Tech Theatre Company put on “Alternate Realities” at 7:30 in the McArdle Theatre. Described as “a trip through the worm hole of avant-garde theatre into our universe,” the performances spanned the 20th century’s major philosophical movements. On Friday night, the seating area filled to capacity astonishingly quickly. Tickets

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Comedian Brandon Vestal comes to Tech

Brandon Vestal performed his stand-up comedy show this Friday at 10:00 pm in the MUB ballroom. Climbing the steps to the second floor of the MUB I could already hear the laughter of the crowd. There was quite an audience there, and every seat was filled. Since we entered the show ten minutes late, my

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“Carr’s ‘The Shallows’ shows how the Internet is changing our brains”

It’s rare to go a day without interacting or even seeing a screen these days. With all the recent and rapid developments in technologies we’ve gone from books to computers to smartphones in less than a decade. Considering the short amount of time for all the adaptations it’s easy to wonder if it’s somehow affecting

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An Irish Christmas at the Rozsa

An Irish Christmas came to Michigan Tech on November 15th, 2014. This collection of music, singing, dancing and stories comes from a PBS special. This special takes the audience back to Ireland in olden times but there was a mix of some American traditions that go with Christmas as well. Many of the traditions were

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Interstellar Review

There are a lot of movies that try to be artistic, and it is a difficult thing to pull off. Often, movies are treated simply as a form of entertainment, putting images and sound in front of the audience to be consumed. A true piece of art is more demanding from its viewers. These pieces

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Debate (CON)

“Topic: In previous decades, NASA has accomplished some truly spectacular missions. The recent Rosetta mission could be seen as either a success or failure, and offers the question; should the United States Government Continue to fund NASA?” Not at all. Even though NASA has had some very successful missions, and they do only take up

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Debate (PRO)

Topic: In previous decades, NASA has accomplished some truly spectacular missions. The recent Rosetta mission could be seen as either a success or failure, and offers the question; should the United States Government Continue to fund NASA? Absolutely. Let’s address the elephant in the room and look at the numbers first. NASA’s budget for 2015

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A Critique of social security

When compared to defense spending, immigration, or health care, social security is hardly considered a pressing issue. But if you look at it from a monetary standpoint, social security should be a top priority, at 906 billion dollars; it takes up nearly a third of our national budget. It is our government’s single largest budget

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Financial aid: reward us for now, not high school

Financial aid packages students receive vary from school to school, but are usually similar. They often depend heavily on three factors: your cost of attendance at a school, an estimate of your family’s expected contribution calculated by a rather impersonal algorithm and the score you received from taking the American College Testing test in high

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The value of enterprises

At Michigan Tech if you have a low GPA or are majoring in one of the Humanities degrees it can often be difficult to feel like you are making any progress in the hunt for a full time job after college. Although there are many success stories, this doesn’t necessarily hold true for the others

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No 1 ranked Huskies hold a perfect 10-0 record

Of the 59 teams that compete in NCAA Division I hockey, the Michigan Tech Huskies remain the only undefeated team. That’s compared to the likes of North Dakota, Minnesota, Boston University and many others who have dropped at least one game. With their hard-earned wins against Bemidji State last weekend, the Huskies have set a

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Tech goes 9-1,earns NCAA playoff berth

After ending the regular season at home with a dominant performance against the Lake Erie \ Storm, winning 59-14, the Huskies have been selected out of 24 teams to participate in the NCAA Division II Football Tournament. Lake Erie was only allowed two scores by the home team with just one touchdown in each the

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Registrar and Financial Aid swap offices

As students come back from Thanksgiving break, they may notice that the Student Service Center, located on the first floor in the Administration building, is slightly different. This space has been renamed the Student Financial Services Center and instead of housing the Registrar’s Office is now home to the Office of Financial Aid. The Registrar’s

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Badminton club hosts tournament

The Michigan Tech Badminton Club hosted their invitational tournament on Nov. 7 and 8 at the main gym of the SDC. The event, which is held every semester, attracted many players from around the Michigan Tech campus and community, bringing together badminton enthusiasts of all ages. With the recent doping allegations of Lee Chong Wei,

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Baja take 1st, 2nd and 5th at backwoods Baja invitational

Last month, Michigan Tech’s Blizzard Baja Enterprise team brought three of their vehicles down to the University of Wisconsin-Stout to compete in the 12th annual Backwoods Baja 2014 Invitational. Overall, nine Midwest colleges with 18 total vehicles competed in the event. The Tech cars did exceptionally well, placing first, second and fifth overall in the

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Cat calling and Musings on Men

Over the past week and a half there has been a plethora of debate over the video released by a women in Manhattan who filmed herself walking around the city for ten hours and the numerous cat calls that followed her as well. The reactions to this video were almost as astounding as what the

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How elected officer deceive you

The results of the election are in! The Republican Party has regained control of Congress.  Following their victory, the new Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, gave numerous interviews. When ask by Time if there was the possibility of a government shutdown, he responded with, “ No, There is no possibility of a government shutdown. Remember

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Winter Bike storage

As the chill of winter begins its descent on campus, many students are feeling the promise of snow in the air. It is time to get those last fall adventures in and then put into storage the summer things, such as bikes. When the snow comes, the bikes must be out of the way. Housing

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Restorative justice

When as many people are gathered in a central location like the community of Michigan Technological University are there are bound to be conflicts that arise. The way that the university has tried to regulate and moderate these incidents is through the Code of Community Conduct, which every student of the university gets instructed in

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Passive income, is it worth?

We’ve all seen the advertisements, rewards programs that promise free money, rewards and other things, all with minimalistic effort on the user’s end. But, is it a scam, or is it legitimate? And if it is real, can you really make money by searching for things on the Internet, or watching advertisements on your phone?

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Ridge Roamers host biannual climbing competition

This past Saturday marked the first biannual rock climbing competition of the year at the SDC hosted by the Ridge Roamers. Students from Michigan Tech as well as locals from around the area enjoyed the friendly competition on the rock wall, which lasted from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon. For the

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Top 5 apps for the Holiday season

With Thanksgiving break just over a week away here at Michigan Tech, many students are getting excited for the holiday breaks ahead. Some are heading home for the breaks and some are staying here. Maybe some students are taking true advantage of the breaks and are planning an adventure with their friends. No matter what

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Relax with father Brown stories

With the school year rapidly coming to a close, it extremely hard to find time for a social life let alone find time to sit down and read a book. Even with all the assignments and exams to study for it’s important that students take the time to relax. If you don’t, stress will end

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November at Rozsa

November is often seen as something of a transitional month. The weather tends to be dreadful, without the compensation of snow until near December. On top of this, the Thanksgiving Break draws agonisingly near, then passes like a bullet. It’s in this most dreary of months, especially, that students of Michigan Tech seek entertainment. Without

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Jess Kane’s “Cline” open at the Rozsa

Last night was the opening night for a new art installation in the Rozsa Gallery. “Cline,” by Jess Kane, had the gallery doors flung wide at 5 p.m., featuring a reception with the artist along with snacks and a cash bar. The event was free to all attendees. Many of those who came to view

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“All music is folk music”

The Superior Wind Symphony (SWS) began their 2014-2015 concert season with a one-night performance titled “All Music is Folk Music” on November 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa. Under the direction of Michael Christianson, the group played a selection of folk tunes from around the world. None of the 37 members of the SWS

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Rekhi’s Enterprise funding challenge makes everyone a winner

Michigan Tech students involved with Enterprise Program have a reason to be excited these next couple months. Superior Idea’s Rekhi Enterprise Funding Challenge is raising money for those students in the university’s program collaborating on new innovations or product upgrades. Using Superior Idea’s crowdfunding method to gain donations electronically for projects, concepts for individual enterprises

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The history behind Walker and the Library

Over the last several weeks, this series has covered the people behind the names of almost all of Tech’s academic buildings. The final building name that can now be scratched off is the Walker Arts and Humanities building. Back in 1982, a man named Shaw Walker came to Michigan Tech’s president at the time Dale

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Eight straight is great

The shots keep coming and the wins keep piling on as the Michigan Tech Huskies march to a perfect 8-0 record and remain the last undefeated team in Division I college hockey. The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves had hoped to break the momentum that Tech has developed over the last month but were unsuccessful on both

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Huskies hopeful for playoff appearance

It was the Michigan Tech football team that would come out with the win from Saturday’s contest against Ashland University. The Huskies (8-1) ended the Eagles’ season by giving them only their second loss of the year, rounding out their record at 8-2. It was a strong win for Tech, as they were clearly in

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Beware of car loans

One thing many college students look forward to, after graduation, is purchasing a brand new car. However, many recent graduates simply cannot afford to buy a car with cash, and thus must take out a loan.  Having little to no credit history, many graduates have credit scores below 640, making them only eligible for a

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Liberty is on the rise

Regardless of how you feel about the last election cycle, you cannot help but notice what’s happening in our political climate- we are demanding that the government get out of our way, so that we can live our own lives. Liberty is on the rise, and we can see it clearly in the cases of

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Michigan tech’s League of Legends tournament

Michigan Tech’s Fall League of Legends tournament was a great success.  Hosted in the Wadsworth Dining Hall, the tournament managed to almost completely fill up the spacious hall. With the large number of attendees, official sponsoring and great setup, the tournament was very successful. Players of all skill attended the event which allowed it to

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KSO director wins award

Here at Michigan Tech there is an astounding amount of talent among students and faculty alike. The director of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra [KSO], Dr. Joel Neves, is now a third place winner of the American Prize. This annual competition highlights the best performances of musicians and musical groups in the country at professional, college/university,

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Sexism in gaming

Sexism in the gaming world has been a well-known issue as the use of technology has increased drastically. The male dominated industry has portrayed female characters in ways that do not demonstrate the progress we have made societally in our movements toward equality. It’s not to say the entire industry is terrible, however, the misogynistic

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Rodeo – the Mexican Restaurant you won’t Forget

Regardless of how long you have been living in Houghton, you have probably found yourself out in the community looking for a good bite to eat. For many of us, food has cultural meaning, and we seek out the best flavors, tastes and atmospheres where we can enjoy that which we have grown up loving.

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GM presents Tech Grant

Last Thursday the General Motors Foundation presented Michigan Tech with a $100,000 grant through its University Partner Program. The gift aid will go to support a variety of student activities, including senior design, enterprises, and other student groups and diversity programs. The check was presented to University President Glenn Mroz at a ceremony in the

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Superior Ideas

Scientists and engineers are constantly embarking on research projects to discover more about our world. Unfortunately, research costs money, and grants from major organizations can be hard to come by, especially without an initial source of funding to provide a proof of concept. Today, researchers are able to take advantage of internet crowdfunding thorough Superior

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Student Org Spotlight – Outdoor Venture crew

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has tons of adventures just waiting to be had. The problem with many Michigan Technological University students though is that they do not know where these possible adventures lie or do not have the equipment necessary to go on them. One solution to this problem is the Outdoor Venture Crew,

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Teen Driver safety week

A milestone in a teenager’s life is the “Sweet Sixteen,” when the chains of being driven around by parents are lifted and the freedom of driving solo can be realized. It also begins one of the most dangerous times for drivers, as the first few years after obtaining their licenses is the most likely time

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guardians of the galaxy Review

Guardians of the Galaxy is a great ride from start to finish, taking an unorthodox concept and making a fantastic movie. For those unfamiliar, the Guardians of the Galaxy are about the most rag tag group you could ask for, with a gun toting raccoon, humanoid tree-creature, engineered super-soldier, bruiser unable to understand metaphor, and

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Thanksgiving Charter Bus offered

Students travelling downstate for Thanksgiving Break now have a new transportation option. Undergraduate Student Government [USG] has contracted a charter bus to take 56 students as far as Lansing, Mich. Tickets went on sale at 7 a.m. Friday at the USG office in the MUB. “A few years ago there was a charter bus that

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Photographing the Northern lights

Going to school in a remote part of the northern United States, we have a lot of opportunities to see things that most college students don’t get to see on an ordinary campus. Drive less than a half hour away and you’ll find yourself on the shores of Lake Superior. Travel due north and you’ll

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MUB board holds Halloween Party in DHH

As I made my way to DHH from Wads I could tell that the costume party was already in full swing. The lights from the DHH ballroom lit up the downstairs windows in purples and oranges with the occasional flash of a strobe light. At 9:30 p.m., only an hour and a half into the

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Women’s Tennis finishes a Historic year

The Michigan Tech Women’s Tennis team failed to make the final GLIAC Tournament this year after tying with Saginaw Valley for the eighth and final spot in the tournament with a conference record of 4-8. Saginaw Valley won against Tech earlier in the year for the tiebreaker, but the Huskies still had a historic year

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Co-Rec intramural Basketball season underway

The intramural basketball season has begun this fall at Michigan Tech with a total of 10 different teams consisting of nearly 100 students. Some teams playing this year include Basketball Team, The Locals, Sara’s Team, Why Not, Wait This Isn’t Broomball and the Summit Ninjas. Captain of the Summit Ninjas Caleb Korson commented on their

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Women’s Basketball season in full swing

November is here, which means Husky basketball is in full swing. With a few weeks of practice and one exhibition game under their belts, the 2014-15 season is officially underway and the Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball team is ready to dive into what is bound to be another exciting season of basketball here at Michigan

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Creationism and the catholic church

Numerous media outlets last week ran headlines about the pope’s apparent revelation that the big bang theory and evolution do not contradict catholic doctrine.  All this hype is due primarily to the fact that a staggering 42% of Americans still believe in creationism. Many of these Americans are Christian, specifically Catholics, and mistakenly believe that,

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Baseball club closes out fall ball with Northern series

Competition for the Michigan Tech Club Baseball team only began a few weeks ago, but with temperatures plummeting and snow on its way, it’s already time for the team to head indoors for the winter. So far this year, the team is 1-5 after hosting two three-game series. They opened play on the weekend of

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Tech hockey boasts best start in Decades

Break out the brooms. A sold out homestead series sweep against Michigan’s Wolverines gives Tech their best start of the season in over 30 years. Last weekend’s victories puts them at 6-0 at the top of the WCHA standings, and it gives them a bump up in the USCHO poll. Outscoring their opponents 10-3 throughout

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Backstage at the Rosza

Last weekend, the Research and Development Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band played two concerts at the Rozsa Center. The evenings were fashioned as if the audience were in a small jazz club in a big city like New York. Complete with a cash bar and free popcorn, the stage was set behind the

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Master Gmail – Use Filter

As MTU students, we all have a university email that is powered by Google. And if you also have a personal email, you may be using Gmail as well. While Gmail is popular because it is simple and powerful, one of the biggest problems that users may notice is it’s inability to always determine what

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Particle Fever

It has been over two years since CERN’s announcement of their Higgs Boson findings. This event, however, was not an overnight development. On the contrary, the discovery of the Higgs Boson was the culmination of over a decade of work. Much of this work was done at the largest scientific device in the world, the

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Camelot performed at the Rosza

Knights in shining armor, sword fights and even a damsel in distress found their ways through time to put on a show at the Rozsa Center. The clever cast of Lerner and Lowe’s “Camelot” performed Tuesday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. to an almost overflowing theater. The cost of a ticket was covered by the

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Wellness and OAP meet Pinterest for healthy ideas

Whether you’re an avid pinner or new to Pinterest, consider checking out the new Wellness and Outdoor Adventure Program Pinterest page featuring tips on living a healthy, happy life in college. Advertised just last week in the student news brief, the page is already home to 23 boards with themes like “Dining Hall Bliss,” “Stress

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Chris Bathgate at the Orpheum

Chris Bathgate was the featured show for the Orpheum Theater in Hancock on October 24th. Although before everyone got to see Chris play the band Pioneer Parade opened for him. They both had a contrast in music styles, which made for a tone change in the room. Pioneer Parade is high-energy indie rock, where as

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Lucy Review

Lucy’s official description is “a woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. My initial thoughts on the movie were that Johansson would turn into a super warrior and with the help of Morgan

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MTU’s first Legacy marker

Last Tuesday Michigan Tech’s first legacy marker was revealed. It was dedicated to Dennis Wiitanen, former Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for his impact in the field and on his students, and presented by Upper Peninsula Power Company [UPPCO] and Wisconsin Public Service [WPS]. “We started this campaign to do Alumni Way in 2006

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History behind MTU buildings; Part 3: More academic buildings

So far in this series, the majority of the buildings that have been highlighted have been named after the men who have served as the president of Michigan Tech. Grover C. Dillman keeps that trend going. Dillman’s higher academic career began at the Michigan Agricultural College, which is now Michigan State University. Here he obtained

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Students attend MS&T conference

Most students can remember hearing from their professors about how conferences will help them in the future. Students get to network, learn about new research, and explore aspects of their major that they might not have known. The environment is professional, and the atmosphere is all about learning regardless of your background. They’re right. Two

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Another warm welcome to women at Tech

Last Friday, the seventeenth of October, Housing and Residential Life made the decision to change a women’s bathroom in McNair Residence Hall into a men’s bathroom. If you live in McNair, you only found out about this the same week, on Tuesday the fourteenth, three days before the bathroom’s sex restrictions were reversed. In a

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#HereWeGo

The internet is an absolutely phenomenal invention and has allowed for us to communicate and perform actions that would not have been conceivable perhaps only 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the internet also lends itself conducive to the negative qualities of human nature. Although we can be incredibly kind-hearted, we also have the capability of being

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Did we really need the Husky statue?

If you’ve taken a stroll through campus you’ve no doubt noticed it. Weighing in at around 1900 pounds, Michigan Tech’s Husky Statue was unveiled on October 13th, 2014. Its huge size and incredible detail might make one question “did we really need to use all those resources on one statue?” While it may have not

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Tech companies championing your right to privacy

Last month, both Apple and Google announced improvements to their respective encryption software. Users can now be certain that their information is secure, even if someone else physically had their phone; they could not access any personal information without the correct password or a fingerprint. This is great news for consumers, one time passwords have

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The most important class you should take

As Michigan Tech students, we have a lot of courses that we need to take. We have major requirements, free electives, gym requirements and many other categories, depending on your major. After being on campus for three years, I strongly believe that there is one specific course that every student, regardless of their major or

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Tech students explain local legend

Every small American town seems to have three basic features: bars, churches and urban legends. Michigan’s UP towns are no exception to this rule and one of the most classic legends of the area is the legend of the Paulding Lights. The legend is just a legend now as Michigan Tech students debunked the legend

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White pine goes green

The city of White Pine, MI, has become the focus of two very different green movements. On one hand is the White Pine Coal Plant, which was recently forced to switch from burning coal to natural gas by Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]. In addition to this, the plant must install best-in-class

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Tech Rugby team ends season

The Michigan Tech Rugby team finished its season with a game against the Madison Blacks last Saturday. Although the team lost against Madison, the Huskies ended the match with a close score between them and their opponent. The record of the Huskies this season was zero wins and four losses against teams which included Eau

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Tech Hockey topples No.8 FSU

Tech Hockey defeated the eighth-ranked Ferris State team this past weekend to remain undefeated in the WCHA. Tech sits at 4-0 on the season, their best start in three years, following the sweep of the Bulldogs. In the first game at the Bulldogs’ Ewigleben Ice Arena, Blake Pietila’s goal put Tech ahead in the beginning

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Why don’t youth vote?

A scientific conclusion is only as good as the data it is based on, and the same thing can be said about elections. Voter turnout refers to the percentage of eligible voters who actually exercise their right to vote for their leaders. Especially among youth, voter turnout has always been very low, throwing the legitimacy

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Football suffers first loss of the season

It was a battle between the GLIAC’s two unbeaten teams last Saturday on Sherman Field. Heading into the game, Michigan Tech and Ferris State, ranked No. 13 and No. 6, respectively, were both 6-0 and tied for first in the GLIAC standings. Unfortunately for the Huskies and their fans, Ferris dominated and captured the win

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Tech soccer falls in GLIAC standings

The Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team made it through what was the toughest weekend of the season so far with a loss and a tie. Ferris State broke Tech’s undefeated streak with a 2-1 win over the Huskies on Oct. 24, and the Huskies drew a 0-0 tie with Grand Valley on Oct. 26. With

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History deeply rooted in hockey home opener

It has been quite some time since the heralded “block M” jersey has been on an ice rink in Houghton. In fact, the University of Michigan has not played in Houghton in over 30 years. Since the Copper Country hosted these two teams back in 1983, U of M added former Detroit Red Wings and

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Safety reports show that Tech remains a safe campus

One of the more underrated qualities of the Michigan Technological University campus is how safe the campus is. Although safety may not rank up as high as academic prestige, research opportunities or job outlook when considering attending a university, it may be a big deciding factor in how much a student is able to achieve

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Robots to the rescue

Power outages are not just the minor inconveniences that everyday people may experience or immediately think of. Blackouts can be disastrous when they affect critical infrastructure such as communication networks. Sometimes these power outages are easily fixed, but other times it is either too dangerous or impossible for someone to easily get the power running

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Safe house a tech tradition

Safehouse has been a Halloween tradition at Michigan Tech since 1988. This event brings both the Houghton and Hancock communities and Tech students together for an evening of fun while keeping everyone inside a protected area. The individual houses within DHH, McNair, and Wadsworth resident halls can sign up to decorate their hall for children

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Student Org spotlight – ONE

A stereotypical flaw of teenagers and young adults is that they are not tuned into national and global issues. ONE, a nationwide advocacy group, now has a branch that has taken root on Michigan Tech’s campus that is helping to bring the school’s students to the front on the war to eradicate extreme poverty throughout

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Technical issues in Accounting services

Last week, a technical problem at Accounting Services may have caused some confusion for students affected. The office was attempting to send reminder emails to those who had balances due, but the messages were not received by the intended recipients. “The bug caused some emails to never be sent and other emails to be sent

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Make a difference days celebrates community

  The fourth Saturday of October may not ring any bells when out of context. But, a dedicated advocate and involved community member may mark this day on the calendar as Make a Difference Day. To millions across the nation, it is the time of the year to volunteer for the common good and create

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A late night snack with chef egg

A Late Night Snack with Chef Egg was informative, funny, and delicious. Chef Egg is from Baltimore and has been interested in cooking since he was six years old. He’s a professionally trained chef with his own television show Cooking with Egg. According to his website, chefegg.com, his mission is to “free everyone from a

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Baby with bath water

Baby with the Bathwater, by Christopher Durang, is a fantastic play for those with a taste for satire. Like many of Durang’s other works, Baby with the Bathwater is something of a satirical piece, exaggerating and showing the tribulations of parenthood. With sympathetic characters, and many of them at that, the play creates a lasting

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They call me Q

The play “They Call me Q” was brought to campus by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The story is about Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an Indian American who was brought to live in the Bronx to live an American life. During her play she played a variety of 13 characters. These 13 characters had

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SAAM men’s week

Men compose about 50 percent of the world’s population, so to celebrate them, the Society for African American Men (SAAM) put on a week of events that covered various topics. Even though all events were centered on men, women were strongly encouraged to attend. Monday night hailed the beginning of a four-part series with “Act

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Flannel city face off semi-finalist announced today

Whether you’re a north woods native or you just arrived here for your first year of school, it doesn’t take much to recognize some key traits of a genuine Yooper. From sporting a Stormy Kromer to the love for a quality pasty after a day in the woods, Yoopers sure have their own style and

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41 north film festival expected to be big hit this weekend

Celebrating its 10th year this weekend, the 41-North Film Festival is bringing some big names and critically acclaimed independent films to Michigan Tech’s campus. At no charge, this film festival is an opportunity no one should miss, whether you attend for fun with friends or you come to see the next most-talked about film and

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NO 1 teams in GLIAC football will go head to head

This past Saturday, Oct. 18, Tech Football pulled away with another win, their sixth consecutive victory of the season, against the Lakers of Grand Valley State. The Huskies scored 35 unanswered points in the first half and were able to hold the Lakers to 14 points in the second half, allowing Tech to walk away

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Women’s tennis poised to make GLIAC tournament

  The Michigan Tech Women’s Tennis team is on the outside looking in, just one place away from the eighth spot of the GLIAC tournament, which is set to begin on Oct 24. The team travels to Midland on Oct. 22 to play Tiffin followed by Findlay the next day, and these games will decide

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Michigan Tech rowing club finishes season strong at head of the Grand

The final race for the Michigan Tech Rowing Club began this year at the annual Head of the Grand, set in Lansing, Mich., at the Grand River Park. The race was hosted by the Michigan State Crew Club on Oct. 12. This year there were many teams participating in the regatta, including teams such as

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Broomball gets new rinks and new project for upcoming season

It’s that time of the year again; the leaves are falling off the trees and the broomball boards are up. Soon enough the snow will be here, and in the blink of an eye the rinks will be filled with ice and stumbling people hitting around a frozen blue ball. One might notice that the

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Soccer picks up two 1-0 wins

Tech Soccer posted another undefeated weekend after picking up two 1-0 wins over Findlay and Tiffin at Sherman Field. The Huskies are still undefeated in the conference, although a 1-1 tie with Lake Erie two weeks ago sets their GLIAC record at 7-0-1. Despite the tie, the Huskies still stand in first place in the

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Cost of college, now and then

With the cost of college constantly in the news and on people’s minds, lets look back to see what college costed 20 years ago. From articles claiming “college costs rising” to others claiming it is a fact but “often exaggerated” it is helpful to get a view of the numbers. In 1980 the average federal

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Ebola Outlier

The Ebola virus, a deadly microorganism that causes ebola hemorrhagic fever in humans and animals, has been a hot topic in all the well-known national news sources lately. Since a Liberian man by the name of Thomas Eric Duncan traveled to the U.S. with the Ebola virus and died, making him the first documented casualty

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It’s election year, but should you vote?

As an American, you have the right every few years to vote for different political candidates, helping to shape future legislation. In the next few weeks, you will have many different politicians to choose from, but the most important choice you can make is whether or not you choose to vote in the first place.

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Research provides women with method for professional success

The last century has proven extraordinary for women in the professional setting; within the last forty years in particular women have gained a higher and more prestigious status within the literary arts as well as within STEM studies. Unfortunately, an inhibiting mentality continues to exist for women, for those who pursue higher education as well

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Why should we vote on gun control?

There are a lot of problems in Washington; gridlock, super PACs and lobbyists, to name a few. The United States is supposed to be a representative government, but most people feel that their government does not represent them accurately. What if there was a way to solve this problem? Turns out there is and it’s

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Lake Superior performance rally rolls into town

People in the Keweenaw took notice last weekend to a swarm of performance vehicles taking over the area. For those unfamiliar, this was because the annual Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) was held this past weekend. Rally America, based in Williston, Vt., is the sanctioning body that hosts major rally events across the country, including

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What is wrong with the media?

When it comes to the news, there is no reason to name names, anyone can tell you which outlets are right on center and which lean to the left or right. It does not matter where your political views fall for you to be aware there is some talking head on the other side, spewing

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Wearable tech trend

There is little doubt in the industry that wearable technologies are the next step for tech. After all, even in their primitive phases, gadgets like smart watches are selling like the proverbial hotcakes. With an ever more connected world, it seems like connecting ourselves is the next logical step. Beyond even that, this is rapidly

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Musica de Argentina

In their first concert of the year, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra performed a set of pieces coming from some of the leading composers of Argentina. While not as popular in many circles as the more traditional central European fair, there is something entirely notable about the feel of these pieces. In one word, these works

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Tough Competition for undefeated Tech Football

The Michigan Tech Huskies Football team traveled downstate to Midland, Mich., last weekend to take on the Northwood University Timberwolves. The Huskies came, conquered and are now 5-0 on the season as a result. Tech’s Charlie Leffingwell, a native of Midland, Mich., rushed 145 yards during the game and also scored a touchdown during the

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Lacrosse club doubles in size

The Michigan Tech Men’s Lacrosse Club is growing at an impressive rate, doubling its membership this year to bring the total to 20 players. A full lacrosse team has nine players and a goalie on the field, and most teams usually have a decent number of subs to keep the team fresh. Tech’s team remained

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Improvement for men’s soccer

It’s been a tough draw for the Michigan Tech Men’s Soccer Club this year. With only three games left in their season, so far the club’s travel squad has posted a 1-5-1 record in the Great Lakes division of the Midwest Alliance Soccer Conference (MASC). It just so happens that Tech usually ends up playing

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Hockey 101

For many international students, their choice to come to Michigan Tech means being submerged in a culture of sports and sports fanatics. Especially here in Houghton, the birthplace of professional hockey, a number Tech students and locals alike live and breathe hockey. But for those that get to call countries like India and China their

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Baseball Club opens league play

The Michigan Tech Baseball Club opened with their first three-game league series of the season, playing two games on Saturday, Oct. 11 and one on Oct. 12. Blue, sunny skies, temperatures around 60 degrees and family members in the stands made it the perfect fall weekend for some outdoor baseball. The Huskies hosted Saginaw Valley

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new season of American horror story is a Freak show

Just weeks from Halloween, American Horror Story Season 4 kicked off its new season last Wednesday, October 8. This season is said to be the most thrilling season yet, and the fans are already hooked. This season is named “Freak Show,” for a good reason. It is set in Jupiter, Florida in the year 1952,

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Club Indigo, a review

After writing “Club Indigo, an oldie but a goodie,” I took it upon myself to check the place out and experience it for myself. Purchasing tickets was easy although the only way to do so is over the phone. On Friday, I drove up to Calumet with a friend. The theater was a lot easier

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P.E credit to graduate

Physical activity is an important part of keeping healthy—that’s the idea behind Michigan Tech’s physical education credit requirements. Three credits of P.E. are required for students to graduate. It may be non-negotiable that regular exercise is needed to keep healthy, but the P.E. credit requirement is archaic. Why is P.E. mandated over many other essential

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Rail industry visits Michigan Tech

The 10th Annual Railroad Night will not happen during the spring semesters as it has in the past. Instead it took place on Tuesday, Oct. 14. This year’s events also include the first ever Rail Day and Expo, where students can learn about the technology that is used and about the industry in general. For

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The Orange Portage

With fall arriving in the Keweenaw and Halloween fast approaching, the color orange is everywhere. Trees are expected to turn this festive color, but the Portage Canal isn’t. So last week, when the waterway turned the color of fall, people that have never witnessed this phenomenon were probably perplexed. This does not happen because the

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1.7 Million dollar microscope coming to campus

Thanks to the hard work of a group of Michigan Tech faculty and a grant from the National Science Foundation [NSF], Tech will be receiving a new $1.7 million transmission electron microscope. The grant proposal for the NSF was created to help Michigan Tech reach its full potential in the field of microscopy. The proposal

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Husky Statue Unveiled

The much-anticipated Husky Statue in the center of campus has finally arrived, and was dedicated in a ceremony on Monday. The ceremony included remarks from President Mroz, the donor of the statue Dan Lorenzetti, past president of the Alumni association Darnishia Slade and student Alissa Alexander. Students have been able to see the construction of

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History behind MTU buildings: Academic buildings

The previous installment of this series looked at the individuals behind the names of the residence halls, now the focus will turn to the beginning of the academic building’s namesakes to reveal the contributions these people made to Michigan Tech that have made them immortalized on the university’s campus. Ray L. Smith, the sixth president

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Turning trash into treasure

Living in a world with rapidly advancing technologies and societies searching for solutions to global problems, there are few topics more intriguing than a 3D printing filament that could decrease poverty. Science and humanitarianism have combined for the better in the Recycle-bot, which converts waste plastic into quality 3D printer filament. This device is being

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Living on the edge

What does it mean to be a man? How can a person convey womanhood? What if someone is dimensionless and does not identify with any notion of gender? Elle Perez’s photography exhibit, “The Outliers: Regarding the Spaces Between Genders” explores such philosophical questions through the experiences of those who have or continue to ask, “Who

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The morality of terminal illness

Death with Dignity laws are a very controversial in our country, and I doubt that this controversy will ever truly subside. The question about whether or not a patient should have the right to die on their own terms with the help of a physician is one that asks two fundamental questions: how much do

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Career Unfair?

The following is the first anonymous user submission to the Lode Opinion Section by a student under the pseudonym “Paxton Mercer.” To safely voice your concerns relating to an issue at Michigan Tech, please submit a brief paragraph or two including an optional pseudonym to grheerin@mtu.edu with the subject “Lode Opinion Submit.” A staff writer

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Tech Rowing competes at Tail of the Fox Ragatta

The Tail of the Fox Regatta is approximately a 2.5 mile head race which explores the scenic Fox River in De Pere, Wis. The La Baie Verte Rowing Club hosts the regatta on the first Sunday in October every year. Michigan Tech Rowing Club was one of 14 teams which competed in the regatta on

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Huskies to compete inUSTA/ITA National small college championship

With a weekend off from GLIAC play, members of the Michigan Tech Women’s Tennis team traveled downstate to compete in the ITA Midwest Regional tournament on Sept. 26-28. Husky history was made on the Grand Valley State tennis courts as Tech’s No. 1 doubles team Kwang Suthijindawong and Sandra Cvetanovic captured the Midwest Region Doubles

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Hockey Huskies sweep Lake superior state in opening series

The underclassmen that showed great promise for Michigan Tech’s hockey team just a couple years ago now make up the veteran leadership that the Huskies, or any good team, needs. It showed this past weekend when Tech put on a goal show against Lake Superior State in their opening series of the season, scoring 10

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Cross country places well at Blugold, heading to Lucian rosa

The Michigan Tech Cross Country teams came home with two top-10 finishes at the Blugold Invitational, netting a sixth place finish for the men’s team and a ninth place finish for the women. UW-Eau Claire hosted the event, which was ran on the Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, Wis, on Oct. 3. The women’s team

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4-0 for Tech Soccer

Tech’s soccer program is looking as strong as ever under the direction of Head Coach Michelle Jacob after the Huskies netted two more conference wins and extended their winning streak to six games this past weekend. The Huskies currently stand 4-0 in the GLIAC and are 6-1 overall on the season. An undefeated conference record

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Show your parents the peninsula

One of the best perks of Michigan Tech is the Keweenaw. While it gets frigid in the winter, with more than enough snow, the Keweenaw is undeniably a scenic place. From the bluffs and cliff sides to the overlooking drives, there are plenty of memorable vistas all around. Now, with the fall colors coming into

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Out of Quebec

Many inhabitants of the Copper Country can trace their lineages back to Finnish immigrants. However, before the Finns made their way across the pond, the French-Canadians came to the Keweenaw Peninsula for work. According to John P. Dulong in his article Tracing French Canadians in Michigan’s Copper Country, there were so many people from Quebec

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The Dwarves of Demrel

If fantasy is your thing, get excited for The Dwarves of Demrel, set to premier this upcoming summer. The Dwarves of Demrel is an independent movie written by Zachary Amundson and Christopher Raney. The official movie description describes it as a “steampunk, fantasy adventure, where a collapse imprisons three dwarven miners who must now work

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Auction for adventures, tours, goods hosted by CCCAC

The Copper Country Community Art Center will be hosting its 5th annual fundraising auction this Friday, October 10 beginning at 6PM at their home in Hancock. Local goods and services will be up for grabs through both a live and silent auction, and there will be food and music to enjoy too. The CCCAC has

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Up whether works in mysterious ways

It’s now my second year in the Upper Peninsula and the one thing that I hear a lot is that “this weather is usual for this time of year.”  When I moved into Wadsworth Hall last August, it felt like the hottest summer I’ve ever experienced in Michigan.  I literally woke up in pools of

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Sleep: a necessity often forgone

Sleep is probably one of the most important and neglected aspects of college life, between energy drinks and coffee many wish sleep wasn’t a reality, including this writer. However, the reality is humans need to sleep anywhere from seven to 10 hours a day. Sadly, we can’t run on autopilot like sharks, resting one side

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Protests in Hong Kong

Some three hundred thousand protesters took to the streets last week in Hong Kong. The protesters were lead by the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), in a bid for great democratic autonomy. NPR reported that there were concerns at the beginning of last week that the Chinese government would act swiftly and ruthlessly to

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Career Fair frustrations

This past week Michigan Tech had its largest career fair. There were more companies represented than ever before; students were lined up prior to the noon opening time, geared up to give their one minute elevator pitches to recruiters. While waiting in line for people to let us in, there was much discussion about how

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Too many websites create too many problems

While Canvas is the university’s most common website for discussion, assignments and feedback, some professors may prefer to use other websites such as Piazza to aid their class. Some of these websites may have better functionality than Canvas in some areas but students need an easy way to receive timely feedback on all of their

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Walker lawn grass allowed to recover

Students on campus likely noticed a portion of Walker Lawn was roped off starting Tuesday, Sept. 30. This action was taken by Michigan Tech Facilities Grounds Management in order to allow the grass to recover. “This campus green space was used extensively for Orientation Week and has been used since school began for other university

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Student org spotlight: Pre Health Association at Tech

Pre-professional majors at Michigan Technological University who ultimately hope to become a veterinarian, doctor, physical therapist or other health-related professional could make their goals easier by joining the Pre-Health Association at Tech. PHAT, as its members call the organization, is designed to help aspiring graduate school candidates the opportunity to be better prepared for when

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New Program helps students study abroad safely

On April 14, 2011, Jasmine Jahanshahi, an American college student studying abroad in Paris, died in an apartment fire that took four other lives and injured more than 50 people. The apartment lacked any kind of smoke alarms. Her friends and family established JUSTICE, an organization that has now partnered with The Center for Campus

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Michigan selected to reform juvenile justice

Michigan has been selected as one of four states to examine different ways to improve the juvenile justice system. The goal is to create a new system that will create better outcomes for youth and generate safer communities. Selected states will participate in regular networking, receive technical assistance from the National Governors Association, identify potential

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College Admission by the numbers?

Applying to college has always been a numbers game. High school students carefully watch their GPA, study for their ACT and SAT exams, and often view essays or written responses to be secondary considerations. A new application option at Goucher College, a liberal arts school in Baltimore, Maryland may make the traditional method a thing

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Big Brother on campus

Anyone anywhere, who has access to the internet can view the 16 webcams placed throughout the campus and the community at any time. The webcams can be view as a live stream, a 24-hour time lapse played in ten seconds or as a still image. On campus, they are placed at the SDC, Walker, the

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The voting fraud epidemic

There has been a lot of hype and headlines about voting fraud over the past few weeks. Wisconsin’s new voter ID law, and North Carolina’s recent discovery of potentially massive voter fraud, has revamped this issue from the 2012 presidential election. The basics of this political conflict are actually quite simple. Leading up to the

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Things we love and hate about ios8

If you are an iPhone or iPad user, you probably already know that iOS 8 was release on Wednesday, September 17th. iOS 8 is Apple’s latest mobile operating system, and with it, Apple has opened up the floodgates for third party developers to change the device like never before. But with great new features can

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The iPhone6 Drama

If you’re like some Apple fans, you may have been one of the people who stayed up until 3:00am (Eastern Standard Time) the day the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ were released to pre-order them. What seems to me as a race to fulfill materialistic desires began at midnight on Friday in each region’s perspective

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Which Technology is right for you?

Although this past weekend was one of the most beautiful weekends up here so far this school year, the fall breezes will soon be blowing. Getting comfortable as the temperatures drop is important, and there’s no better way to end a long day than with a hearty, warm meal. Whether you’re living in the residence

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Recipe ideas for this fall season

Although this past weekend was one of the most beautiful weekends up here so far this school year, the fall breezes will soon be blowing. Getting comfortable as the temperatures drop is important, and there’s no better way to end a long day than with a hearty, warm meal. Whether you’re living in the residence

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Drag me with you

Members and allies of the LGBT community have a lot to celebrate. The equal rights movement is gaining ground and many people are becoming more accepting. Every year, Keweenaw Pride puts on an entire week of festivities to commemorate all that has happened and all there is to come for the LGBT community. These past

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Club Indigo, an oldie but a goodie

Hosted at the Calumet Theater, Club Indigo meets once a month on Friday for a unique dinner and a classic movie. Starting at 6:00 p.m. the audience is encouraged to socialize and eat at the buffet until the movie starts at 7:15 p.m. The club was formed 20 years ago by Joe Kirkish, once a

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Protecting your Identity

In a recent event Jimmy Johns was hacked, a blow to sandwich lovers everywhere. In 216 stores across the nation, Jimmy Johns stores leaked credit card information of past patrons. Among the stores that were hit are locations in Novi, Lansing, Sterling Heights, Madison Heights, Livonia, Canton and Marquette (a full list is available online).

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The Marvin party

The Marvin Party is coming back to Michigan Tech! On Friday, October 10th, students are invited to attend the fifth annual fundraising event named after Marvin Rene Huezo Mendoza, a now fourth year college student in El Salvador. He has been given the valuable opportunity to study law through the funds raised by the Marvin

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The Career fair’s over what now?

Most students on campus see the career fair as a “one and done” solution to getting an internship or co-op, but there are many other opportunities to secure a valuable position with a company. This is just a little information about what to do now that the career fair is over. For students who did

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Peace Circles addresses sexual violence

Sexual violence affects many people across a variety of races, genders, cultures, classes, and abilities. On Sept. 23, during Pride Week on Michigan Tech’s campus, Keweenaw Pride held a workshop called “Imagine a Campus Without Violence”. During the workshop, called a Peace Circle, students broke up into groups and worked together to answer questions about

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Welcome to the keewenaw dinner

The wonderful smell of pasties, cheese curds, white fish and many more delicious “Welcome to the Keweenaw” themed foods wafted from the Wadsworth dining hall Thursday, September 25th. The kitchen was bustling with cooks preparing and serving, and with students checking out the unusual array of foods. Many students came between 4 and 6 P.M.

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Library hours, Organization change

In order to better address the specific needs of the students at Michigan Tech, the Van Pelt and Opie Library is making several changes including the decision to no longer be open 24 hours a day. They are also making efforts to address students’ needs, both collaboration and individual quiet space. Last year the library

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History behind mtu buildings: Part 1 Residence halls

he legacies of many individuals are enshrined at Michigan Technological University in the names of the academic buildings, residence halls, and sports facilities. This series will enlighten the readers on the people behind the names of the places they use every day. For the first installment, the residence halls’ namesakes’ stories will be told. It

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Bioenergy partnership gives Tech students research opportunity

Research led by Professor Kathleen Halvorsen on gaining an understanding of the socio-ecological impacts of bioenergy in the Americas is about to give two Michigan Tech undergraduates a unique opportunity. The research, which will be beginning next May, studies the impacts on biodiversity of the expansion of bioenergy feedstock. Specific projects they will run will

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Warm whether and dry leaves : Fall color tour 2014

Last week was a strange week for the people of the Keweenaw, but strange in a good way, many would say. While the weather nearing October is normally indicative of the long stretch of cold weather to come, nearly all of last week was filled with warm weather and sunny, blue skies. This pleasant weather

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Tech Volleyball on pace to make GLIAC tournament

The Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball team is approaching the halfway point of the season, and the Huskies could make the GLIAC tournament if they continue at their current pace. They are currently in a four-way tie for sixth place in the GLIAC with 12 conference matches remaining this season. Tech’s record is currently 5-7, but

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Getting “GNAR”-ly in the fall whether

  Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program presented the fifth annual Great Northern Adventure Race (GNAR) last Saturday, Sept. 27. The GNAR is an adventure race featuring canoeing, orienteering, mountain biking and mystery events, each divided into different sections with checkpoints in between. At the start of the race, each of the twelve teams were given

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Fastpitch softball kicks off NCSA competition

The Michigan Tech Fastpitch Softball Club is one of 57 official club sports here at Tech. The club was established to provide an environment for female athletes to travel and play competitive fastpitch softball at the collegiate level. Megan Raspel is the current club president. Raspel has been leading the fastpitch team since last spring

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Coach Kearly gives insight to football team’s 4-0 start

The Michigan Tech Football team just returned home from winning their fifth consecutive Miner’s Cup against the Northern Michigan Wildcats. The 34-31 win extends their season record to 4-0. Tech hasn’t started the season 4-0 since 2010, and Head Coach of the Huskies Tom Kearly gave some insight into their success thus far. “We’ve made

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All about that….NO

An appealingly catchy pop song about loving your body has become popular lately on music charts. Meghan Trainor’s tune “All About That Bass” contains lines such as: “I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop/ We know that **** ain’t real/ C’mon now, make it stop/ If you got beauty building, just raise ‘em up/ ‘Cause

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Voting NO on independence

Last week, Thursday, Scotland voted not to declare independence from the United Kingdom. That vote turned out to be democratically significant for a variety of reasons. Scotland allowed anyone age 16 and up to cast a ballot in this vote. Of Scotland’s eligible citizens, 97 percent registered, and over 85 percent cast a ballot. This

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Underwhelming performance in underwear

The Skivvies, a musical group from New York, recently visited Michigan Tech to give a concert. The duo performed several songs, from medleys to originals, all made very minimalist with only the two and their percussionist. The atmosphere of the show was in an odd place, as there was not a serious enough tone throughout

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U2 slips under the radar

On September 19, Apple officially released its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ after a long campaign. A few weeks ago, much before the unveiling, the company announced that U2’s new album, Songs of Innocence, will be exclusively on iTunes until October 13. Music appeared on iClouds, waiting for download. Some noticed it, some didn’t, and

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Programming-a useful skill for everybody

A well-rounded skillset is desirable to many students. After all, a well-rounded student translates into a very hirable graduate. Building up a skillset, however, can prove to be quite the challenge. It’s difficult to figure out what could help you in your field. One skill that can help everyone going into a field that makes

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Student Org spotlight-Michigan Tech Photography club

Last winter, Zachery Nelson and a group of his friends on the campus of Michigan Tech identified a need. The passionate photographers saw there was no club where people could share their love of photography. Thanks to their efforts, the Michigan Tech Photography Club was founded and the group has swelled in size in a

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Respiratory illness is spreading

Portage Health has recently seen an increased rate of respiratory disease. This has been confirmed as enterovirus-D68 [EV-D68], which is a version of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness and may or may not be accompanied by the common mouth sores that come with Hand, Foot and Mouth

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Survey says a Tech education pays off

There is not a whole lot to smile about when having to pay one’s tuition at the beginning of a new college semester at Michigan Technological University. A new survey by PayScale.com may make investing all that money into a student’s future a little easier to bear. The survey took into account the starting, median,

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New open source designs make lab work affordable

Homemade products often take on a special kind of value to their creator, and can be much more cost effective than alternatives. Now laboratory workers will get to experience this phenomenon first hand, thanks to a team of Tech researchers who have created and released a virtual library of designs for 3D-printable syringe pumps. Syringe

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Lift Bridge Rehabilitation

Starting in December this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation [MDOT] will be performing major upgrades and preventative maintenance to Houghton and Hancock’s iconic lift bridge, a project that will cost an approximate $5.5 million. The project is designed to “maintain the Portage Lake Lift Bridge’s reliability and ensure the bridge remains in excellent operating

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Tech recognized for diversity efforts

Michigan Tech has many great opportunities and programs for students and community members alike. Among these is the Cultural Competency Program, provided by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion [CDI]. This program gave Tech the honor of receiving the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity [HEED] award this fall. Presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, this

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More coffee please

I never realized how culturally different coffee-drinking can be, but coming from downstate I’ve learn a thing or two over the years about coffee, one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures. Did you know that on the west coast, for example, many people would find it very weird that a place like Dunkin’ Donuts would

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Illness strikes residence halls

With the beginning of the year and winter soon upon us, the chance of getting sick increases. With the cold weather encouraging people to stay inside and people being around others in a college setting compared to summer, the rates of getting a cold or something worse increase dramatically. In some manners it is almost

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Hand Written notes provide more benefits

Between tablets, laptops and smart phones, word processing applications may someday become the norm for note-taking.  Their increasing popularity does not speak for their effectiveness, however.  Even with high-end software, taking notes by hand with pen and paper can still prove to be just as effective if not more so than doing it all electronically.

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Female injustice in hands of sporting violence

Within the past week the National Football League has been under intense public and political scrutiny for the allocations against Ray Rice in a domestic violence case. This past February, Ray Rice had an altercation with his then fiancé that ended with his temporary arrest. The exact occurrences of this assault were not known to

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Soccer on a three game win streak

After losing their season opener against Winona State, Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer has won its last three games in a row, including their GLIAC debut last Sunday. So far, the team has earned a 3-1 overall record and stands 1-0 in the GLIAC. The three-game win streak started with a shutout against St. Cloud State

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Rowing club starts year off strongly

The Michigan Tech Rowing Club is in the middle of a shortened season, but with a win at Duluth’s Death Row Regatta, it looks to be the beginning of another great year. Practicing at 5:45 in the morning six days a week, this club is certainly putting in the effort to be great, and their

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Cycling Club compete in Ripon, wisc.

In the heart of Copper Country, Michigan Tech students have miles of quality biking trails and scenic roads practically right in their backyard. The Copper Country Cycling Club was established to allow students to take advantage of all the Keweenaw has to offer while embracing an interest in cycling. The club encourages all disciplines of

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Chris LaBaere shares his word class cycling experienc

Bicycling in the Keweenaw is overlooked by many here at Tech, yet for some students, it is the experience of a lifetime. The Copper Country Cycling Club, or C4 for short, has been seeking to broaden their audience and increase their presence on campus. Cross country riding, downhill racing and dual slalom are the three

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2014 outdoor nation campus challenge

Students, faculty, alumni and community members all known that Michigan Tech is a fairly active community. With a campus situated in the heart of the Keweenaw, just minutes away from bike trails, ski slopes, waterfalls and so much more, there’s a wide variety of outdoor activities for everyone to take part in and enjoy year

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Come and Step Afrika

The 25th annual Parade of Nations strutted through Hancock and Houghton on Saturday, bringing with them a celebration of culture, food, and diversity. This fall event never fails to bring a crowd. An entire week of special events led up to Saturday, including a talk from Arun Ghandi, grandson of Mahatma Ghandi. To culminate the

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Book “Boom,Bust,Boom” hits home in Houghton

Recently published book “Boom, Bust, Boom,” by Bill Carter is a story about copper mining, its effects on the environment, as well as the role copper has in our everyday lives. This book sparks interest among readers interested in mining history, public health awareness, and those who live in currently or once copper rich communities.

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Salsa Mondays

Dance. It’s what some people were meant to do. For others, it’s something we have to learn. But it can be agreed that dance is primeval. It’s been with us since the beginning. Whenever and wherever that was, there was a young person fixing together a beat machine to impress the neighbors. We’ve come a

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Around the world in Parade

It is a sobering experience, to see the amount of diversity that flourishes in the world. So many people, having such seemingly alien cultures from each other. Even in the community of Houghton and Hancock, there is a great amount of diversity. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than the annual Parade of Nations. The

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An Evening with Arun Gandhi

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the famed Mahatma Gandhi, shared some of his grandfather’s teachings in a wonderful talk which formed one of the pinnacle pieces of the week leading into the Parade of Nations. While the presentation was largely about the teachings of his grandfather, there were also many segments in which stories were

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Apple continues success?

On September 9th, Apple introduced its latest products to the world. Designed by Jony Ive, they marked a distinct departure and the formation of a new era, an era that Tim Cook will come to now lead. Of the updates, one took no one by surprise, as is Apple’s practice, they updated their popular smart

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The McAllister welcome center come to completion

The admissions office at Michigan Tech is a bit difficult to find at the moment, lodged in the basement of Admin as it is. With the move to the new John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center they will be easy to find, as well as right up front and center to campus. This will be the

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Why the Upper Peninsula is part of Michigan, not Wisconsin

A question that anyone who has ever looked at a map of the United States probably has had is why is the Upper Peninsula part of Michigan and not Wisconsin? As it turns out, Yoopers can thank Andrew Jackson and good old American politics for making them Michiganders instead of Wisconsinites. The story begins with

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How do students get here?

An interesting question to ask any Tech student is how they came to Tech. The variety of different answers reflect Michigan Tech’s many different types of recruitment that attract first years to come and be “crazy smart.” These programs are run through the Admissions department and some other places on campus as well. Some of

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IT changes more than wireless coverage

At the end of spring semester, IT leadership partnered with faculty from the Social Sciences department to develop a survey that would reflect student, faculty and staff opinions of IT and provide actionable data for improvements. The survey, whose results can be found at https://www.it.mtu.edu/OIT/projects-reports.php, quantified what everyone already knew: people on campus are rather

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Alumni way project adds to campus

For those who have not yet noticed, Michigan Technological University’s main campus mall is getting some upgrades thanks to the efforts of Michigan Tech’s President Glenn Mroz, the Presidential Council for Alumnae, and other donors throughout the country. The whole project began when President Mroz asked the Presidential Council for Alumnae to split up into

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Library cuts hours, students disagree

On Monday September 8th, IT released information that the entire library will no longer continue to be open for 24 hours seven days a week. According to the school, this was simply in order to ascertain which library hours were most used by the students. This has brought a variety of responses from the student

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university in wilderness

America’s national parks are a mecca of nature, childhood memories, and humanity’s efforts balancing “hands-off” preservation and “wise-use” conservation. While those who visit these expanses of set-aside land might be aware of the individual park’s history, they may not know is who started the movement towards ecological protection: John Muir, who passed on December 24,

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Excessive amount of university spending

As many of you may know there have been numerous changes to the Michigan Tech campus during the summer months. These changes include: the John Rovano Plaza (husky statue), freshly planted gardens, the MUB add on (the new admissions building) and study lounges. One morning prior to the beginning of classes, I went with a

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Apple continues success?

On September 9, 2014, Apple held a Keynote presentation in Cupertino, California just as it has done in past years. During events such as these, Apple releases new products or software, including technology specifications, release dates, prices and features. This is then followed by massive media coverage, and of course, lots of excitement for the

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Soccer gears up for conference play

Michigan Tech soccer is officially back in season. After an amazing year in 2013 which led the team all the way to the NCAA quarterfinals, the Huskies are back on the pitch and ready to take on the GLIAC once again in the program’s fifth year here at Michigan Tech. So far, the Huskies stand

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Its more than just basketball

Michigan Tech’s Women’s Basketball program began hosting the annual Little Huskies Basketball League last weekend, a five week program which takes place Saturday mornings. The Little Huskies program has been a staple in the basketball program for years. The concept of the league is very simple, to get kids inspired about playing basketball. The participants

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Husky reps the Midwest in European volleyball

The best way to learn how to play a sport is to expose yourself to it in every way possible, and if you’re Lauren Emmert, a freshman volleyball player here at Michigan Tech, you do that by representing all of the Midwest in a Croatian-hosted volleyball tournament. Alright. Emmert was invited to the tournament, joining

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Cross country team runs at MSU

The Michigan Tech Cross Country teams ran in their first official collegiate meet last weekend, hosted by Michigan State University. The teams ran with solid finishes in a large field of athletes. Senior Deedra Irwin and sophomore Sean Pengelly were front runners for the Huskies. Deedra ran the six-kilometer course in 22:25, finishing 23rd in

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Basketball club looks for tougher competition

The Michigan Tech Basketball Club is trying to make it into the National Club Basketball Association, a slightly more competitive league. They currently play in the Jeffers League at Jeffers High School in addition to playing in tournaments in the local area as well as in the Great Lakes area. With some successes in tournaments

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Baseball club kicks off 2014-2015 season

Spring may be the typical season for baseball, but when you live in Houghton, well, what is spring? The baseball fields here are generally covered in snow for the majority of the school year, which makes baseball practice difficult. So, in order to maximize playing time outdoors on grass, the Michigan Tech Baseball Club kicks

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The World at a glance: Ukraine

Over the last five months, there has been conflict in the Ukraine between the government and pro-Russian rebels. According to the UN assistant secretary general for human rights, the death toll of this conflict is confirmed to be at least 3,000, but the true number may be much higher. After negotiations between Ukrainian President Petro

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The Outrageous cost of Textbooks

With the semester starting, one of the things most students will be doing is buying textbooks. Most will also be suffering at least some amount of sticker shock along with their purchase. With the cost of books failing to decrease and publishers trying to cash in, what are the best options to save money while

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Is Learning Second Language right for you?

Learning a second language has been universally praised as a way to better your English. However, in a primarily engineering school, many feel this benefit is a bit unnecessary. It’s easy to see why- engineers have traditionally been stereotyped as having poor spelling and atrocious grammar. After all, how well do you need to speak

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New physical therapy doctoral program to be at Tech

Michigan Tech and Central Michigan University have come together to allow Michigan Tech the opportunity to house a new doctoral program in physical therapy. This interesting program consists of 48 students on campus at Central Michigan University and 12 students here Michigan Tech. Although they are hundreds of miles away from each other, the students

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Phishing scams target Tech students

Phishing scams are unfortunately prevalent, and a recent wave of attacks has targeted Michigan Tech students and Houghton community residents. “Phishing” is a term that refers to a variety of tactics criminals used to frighten people into revealing personal and financial information or sending them money directly. Common phishing scams include phone calls and emails

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Parade of nations returns to campus

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Houghton/Hancock’s Parade of Nations. This year, a whole week of events are planned to celebrate the occasion. The festivities begin with the opening of the Parade of Nations exhibit at the Carnegie Museum on Tuesday, September 9th, and continue going into the 10th with a free public program

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O-week 2014

For most Michigan Tech students, memories of their first-year as Huskies begin with the annual Orientation Week, fondly shortened and referred to as O-Week. Unlike many schools that have only one or two days to introduce their incoming class to their university, Tech allows a whole week to help students settle in and become familiar

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Secretary of stat encourages student participation

On Thursday August 28th, Michigan Tech’s summer lull was beginning to dissipate with the return of students to campus. The Secretary of State’s mobile office also arrived on campus to provide outreach to Michigan Tech’s population. The stop is one of 20 that the mobile office will be making to colleges and universities on its

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College- A student’s 9-5 job

Being at Michigan Tech, one of the most important things you can learn is time management. Of course, there are many different ways in which you can go about organizing your life around schoolwork, but the most effective way by far is to treat college as if it was your job. And in some respects,

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Cash, Debit or Credit?

In order to survive, it is necessary to purchase things. We live in a society that flourishes when people spend responsibly, and part of spending responsibly is using the best form of payment for you. When you buy things at a store, you typically have three generally accepted ways of making payments: cash, credit or

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Career fair 2014, Get a Job

Fall Career Fair is one of the largest and most important events on campus each year. With well over 300 companies currently registered, Fall 2014 promises to be a record-breaking year. The Fair itself is in the SDC Wood Gym and Multipurpose Room on September 30th, but Career Fair events are spread through the whole

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Be the change in Education

  The Michigan Tech Volleyball team opened up the season with the Keweenaw Classic, a three-day tournament featuring eight teams from the Midwest. The Lake Superior State Lakers and the Northern Michigan Wildcats were the other two teams present representing the GLIAC, while Minnesota Duluth represented the only ranked team, coming into the season at

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Tech Volleyball opens with tournament

  The Michigan Tech Volleyball team opened up the season with the Keweenaw Classic, a three-day tournament featuring eight teams from the Midwest. The Lake Superior State Lakers and the Northern Michigan Wildcats were the other two teams present representing the GLIAC, while Minnesota Duluth represented the only ranked team, coming into the season at

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Tech Rugby plays preseason game at Northern

  Michigan Tech’s Men’s Rugby Club started the year off strong by playing their first pre-season game in at least three years. That, combined with recruiting from the incoming class, is keeping them busy, but they are making great strides towards having a winning season. The Michigan Tech team showed up Sunday morning in Marquette

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Cross country teams prep for season

  Michigan Tech’s cross country teams are ramping up for a long 2014 season. After a successful past season with a young team, the Huskies are looking forward to improving their individual and team performances. Before school began, the Huskies hosted a pre-season cross country scrimmage on August 29. “Any meets before classes are a

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Right foot forward for husky Football

It is that time of year again, folks. Football season is officially in full swing, and the Huskies kicked off their season with a victory in quite the literal sense. After ending the first quarter against Wayne State down 10-3, kicker Garrett Mead notched two field goals in the following two quarters while the defensive

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Men’s Soccer club expands

It’s no question that there is a large base of soccer fans and players alike here at Michigan Tech. We have a women’s varsity squad, men’s and women’s club teams, students who organize pickup games and many students who participate in intramurals and tournaments throughout the academic year here on campus. Without a varsity team

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Hockey captains lead the pack for incoming Huskies

Sure, it’s football season, but everyone on this side of the Mighty Mac knows that Houghton is the birthplace of professional hockey, and the anticipation for the season to start is at an all-time high. Is it October yet? Sadly no, but the start of a new season means that some new letters are being

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Hackers and hackers

As this past weekend revealed, programming doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Whether it was the Film Board presentation of the 1995 thriller “Hackers” or the BonZai Brawl programming competition, the joys of hacking were hard to miss around Tech. “Hackers” tells the story of 11-year old Dade Murphy, alias Zero Cool,

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The importance of Entrepreneuership

Is the university just a place to get a diploma? Or is it something more? On Thursday, April 3, Dr. Mitzi Montoya from Arizona State University (ASU) spoke to an audience of students, faculty and community members on the role of universities in entrepreneurship in a presentation titled: “Catalyst for Innovation: University as an Entrepreneur,

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You are not you when you are Hungry

Viral videos have instilled themselves as a significant part of the Internet culture. While in general they may be stupid, patterned and ridiculously overplayed, the preceding three are diamonds in the rough, and may just brighten up your day. The first video of note comes from Australia, courtesy of Snickers. The video takes Snicker’s trend

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The Last Revel

Last week Minnesota band “The Last Revel” came up to Hancock’s Orpheum Theater to show off their newest album “Uprooted” to the locals. Before they played, I was able to talk with them about their music, their past and their future. When the band played last year the night of music, dancing and reveling they

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War on Science

In America, we have the opportunity to be free, and we hold these freedoms in high regard. We cherish our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, which allow individuals to make decisions for themselves on a day-to-day basis. Also in America, we hear through the media as politicians and political activists constantly talk about how

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Michigan Tech Crowd funding is a superior idea

Superior Ideas is quite an interesting concept. As Michigan Tech’s crowdfunding website, created to raise money for Research and Public Service projects, Superior Ideas is something different than the normal grants and ways to get money for their cause. Crowdfunding consists of numerous people donating and backing an initiative, such as a research project. Crowdfunding

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Student Org spotlight: Permanent floating riot club

If kicking back and reading Ender’s Game or watching Gattaca really gets your blood pumping then Michigan Tech’s resident Science Fiction club may have your name written all over it.  The Permanent Floating Riot Club, as it is formally recognized, has its roots firmly ingrained in Michigan Tech as it has been around for decades;

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Student conducts survey to raise awareness of commuter parking issues

Commuters, or those students living off campus, oftentimes drive to class. Recently, searching for a parking space has become a major hassle, one that may be affecting students’ grades. As the figures below tell, commuter parking has become a serious issue affecting the school life of most students who drive to campus daily. According to

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Social Media and simple misunderstaning

It’s not exactly a secret anymore that the many, if not most, Americans get their news from sources like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and you would be hard pressed to find a college student who didn’t at least occasionally watch at least one of these shows. But what happens when stories on

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Roller Hockey Club looking to expand

The Michigan Tech Roller Hockey Club is trying to remain active, despite some tough weather which prevented the team from attending regularly scheduled events this spring. The team competes in the Midwest Collegiate Roller Hockey League, which is a part of the larger National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association. Unfortunately, the club was unable to make

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Ridge Roamers provide positive community impact

The Ridge Roamers climbing club at Michigan Tech offers a great opportunity for Tech students to get active, but the club is also staying active in the community. With open climbs three days a week at their custom rock wall in the SDC Multipurpose Room, anybody can begin their venture into climbing the Keweenaw. Throughout

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MTU Engineers as dedicated to sports as to school

Engineers make up about two-thirds of the Michigan Tech community, and it is well known around campus that the typical engineering student lives a very time consuming and sometimes stressful lifestyle. Despite this, many Tech engineers dedicate just as much of their time to the love of sports as they do toward their academic requirements.

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Husky Football team returns for spring practices and Intrasquad Game

ichigan Tech’s football team returned to practice last week to gain early preparation for the 2014 season. The team is allowed 15 practices, which began on March 27 and will end with the annual intrasquad game on April 19. The spring practices serve three main objectives for the Huskies, including individual development, experimenting with new

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Fair labor practices, workers to strike Friday

Employees from Moyle Construction, a local commercial construction, property developer and general contracting company, sued their employer for illegally diverting money meant for workers’ pension funds and were recently awarded the money they are owed. In February, Moyle was ordered by federal court to pay over $450,000 to cover lost contributions and opportunity costs. Originally

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European Law may affect students at Tech

A recent article by the Michigan Tech Lode discussed issues of net neutrality and how it affects college students due to possible price ranges from Netflix to cable style pay per website. Some of these effects certainly are more probably and may come sooner than others. However,  there is some good news, mainly for European

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DiscoTech returns from chicago and prepares for conferences

Michigan Tech’s ultimate frisbee club, DiscoTech, is a DIII competitive ultimate frisbee team which competes in the college division of the USA Ultimate organization. Recently, the team hit the road in their first tournament of the spring season. DiscoTech competed in the Chicago Invite tournament the weekend of March 28th. The tournament featured 64 teams,

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Copper country cycling club competes

Last Saturday, the Copper Country Cycling Club traveled to Ripon, Wis., to represent Michigan Tech as they competed in their final collegiate competition of the academic year. While there are 40 active members in the club this year, more than double last year’s count, only five members participated in the races, including Andy Reed, Bryan

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Computing in Engineering

This past Wednesday in M&M U115 there was an open forum hosted by the IT department for Michigan Tech computing in engineering.  A brief presentation was given with university statistics, followed by group iClicker questions and discussion. A requirement for the incoming freshmen of 2015 to purchase laptops for school is being proposed by the

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College of engineering looks to make changes to student’s computing needs

Consider this: some of the college students of our parents’ generation worked through their coursework using typewriters. Nowadays, formal education is not possible without access to the latest technological devices, complex programs, and reliable supporting resources. So what is the best way to help students access these high-tech needs? The College of Engineering is currently

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Anti-Social networking

In the age of technology, most people are a member of one or more social networks.  Be it Facebook, Twitter or even MySpace, these medias are largely responsible for the current trend of the deprivatizing of people’s lives.  With the increasing amounts of information being posted to these networks we’re seeing a decreasing amount of

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A creative solution to Michigan Tech’s to Plateau tution

If you’re a student or faculty member at Michigan Tech, you are probably already aware of the recently implemented plateau tuition. It can be a little confusing, but in essence, a student who took 12 credits this spring semester paid no more for tuition than a student who took 18 credits this spring semester. With

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A Beautiful Memorial

The Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band truly outdid themselves in the Don Keranen Memorial concert. The selection of music was wonderful, an excellent blend of the old styled jazz and more modern works. The tempo was generally upbeat, keeping a light atmosphere of smooth lightheartedness. It was a fitting memorial to the life and times

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MTU chess club

There are approximately 1.7 X 1029 possibilities for the first ten moves of a game of chess according to America’s Foundation for Chess. To put that number in perspective, the number of seconds in the average lifespan is approximately 2.5 X 109. Considering this game has so much replay value it’s no wonder it’s been

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12 Years s Slave

Last Monday night, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion partnered with Lutheran Campus Ministries to bring the three Academy-Award-winning, Golden-Globe-earning film 12 Years a Slave to Fisher 135. Both the movie and the concessions were free of charge to all viewers. The film portrays the true story of Solomon Northup, portrayed by Chiwetelu Ejiofor, a

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Tech Archives remembers the Houghton High “Old School”

Several photographs from the Michigan Tech Archives and Copper County Historical Collection were displayed in the “From the Old School” Exhibit at the Carnegie Museum as a part of the Gone But Not Forgotten collection.  The exhibit aims to preserve the memories from the old Houghton High School building from 1923-1989.  The exhibit features a

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While the weather on Saturday, March 22, certainly didn’t encourage spending time outdoors, that didn’t stop a grand total of 329 prospective students (and all 560 of their family members) from braving the cold and snow to attend Michigan Tech’s annual Preview Day. This special day of campus tours and information sessions is offered to

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Merriam-Webster accepts “Yooper” into the dictionary

It all started with a friendly game of Scrabble. Steve Parks, a Michigan native, “import” of the UP and current resident of Gladstone in Delta County, was playing the word game with a friend in early 2000. Looking down at his tiles, he realized he could spell “yooper” for 11 points. “Yooper isn’t a real

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Eagle Harbor’s historical Rathbone school

In Eagle Harbor, just two short blocks from the swimming beach in the center of the town sits the Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse, also known as the Rathbone School. The schoolhouse is no longer functioning as a school, but its historical value caused it to be listed as having historical importance and designated as a Michigan

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Track Team gears up for season

Michigan Tech’s track team is gearing up for the meet of their 2014 season. After attending meets in Stevens Point, Wis. and Myrtle Beach, S.C., the team has eight remaining meets, including the GLIAC Championships and the NCAA Championships. At their meet in Stevens Point, Wis., in late February, the team posted good opener results.

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International Night brings audience around the world in two hours

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard!” With that greeting from Captain Karn Saipong, passengers consisting of hundreds of Tech students, faculties, staffs and local residents went on a two-hour journey across the world in International Club’s International Night 2014 held at Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Ballroom on Sunday, March 23. “This year’s I-Night is taking people

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Amazon Prime and Pandora one subscription prices rise

Amazon Prime and Pandora are two commonly used services by many college students. Offering free and fast shipping, Amazon Prime is ideal for when you need to order textbooks (or other stuff…) in a short amount of time. Pandora’s music channels offer variety and allow students to discover new music. Priced at $49 for the

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Women’s Rugby travels to Nash Bash Tournament with Northern

The Women’s Rugby team recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in Nash Bash, one of the biggest rugby tournaments in the nation. The Tech team competed jointly with the Northern Michigan team in a field of 21 teams, ultimately finishing in fifth place with a 2-1 record. The Huskies traveled to Northern to meet

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Students dive into the pool for Intramural Swim meet

Last Tuesday, Michigan Tech Intramurals hosted their annual swim meet. Three men’s teams and one women’s team competed in the event. After the swimmers warmed up in the pools, the referee called them over to overview the events and rules. “I know you’ve all been training for weeks and weeks for this,” he added, earning

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Security Vs Privacy

In an age where there is increasing opportunity to share whatever you like whenever you want to, the issue of privacy comes up in many different facets. From issues of social media privacy to issues of physical privacy in dorms rooms, privacy issues have a large span. These issues aren’t simple and they aren’t going

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Security v/s Privacy

In an age where there is increasing opportunity to share whatever you like whenever you want to, the issue of privacy comes up in many different facets. From issues of social media privacy to issues of physical privacy in dorms rooms, privacy issues have a large span. These issues aren’t simple and they aren’t going

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Persons with diabilities struggle on MTU campus

Leaders on Michigan Tech’s campus strive to inspire five core values in students and faculty: scholarship, possibilities, accountability, tenacity and community. However, students and faculty with disabilities may find it challenging to embrace that last value at times. It can be difficult to maneuver through a crowd of people to enter a building on a

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Nordic begins preparation for 2015 National Championships

This past weekend, a race was held between the Michigan Tech Huskies and the Northern Michigan Wildcats on the Tech Trails. This race was arranged in anticipation of the U.S. National Cross-Country Skiing Championships, which will be held at the Tech Trails in 2015-2016. Joe Haggenmiller, the head coach of the Nordic ski team, set

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Wanted: Blue light phones

This past Wednesday the Michigan Technological University Senate held their 546th meeting in Dow to discuss campus policies and potential changes. One of the initial topics of discussion was the blue light phone system on campus. Blue light phones are used across a myriad of university campuses to help those in an emergency have immediate

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Looking back at the Exxon Valdez

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Prior to the Deep Water Horizon Spill in 2010, the Exxon Valdez was considered the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In response to the environmental destruction inflicted on complex ecosystem of Prince William Sound, massive clean up efforts were put in place.

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Ex-captain Brad Stebner signs with ECHL’s stockton Thunder

Last Monday, the second Michigan Tech Hockey Husky this month signed with a professional organization. Now ex-captain of the hockey team, Brad Stebner signed an amateur tryout contract with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, an affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders. The contract is effective immediately, and Stebner is eligible to play through

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Party in glass: students compete to prepare best mixed drink

Spring has sprung!…in other parts of the country. Nevertheless, Michigan Tech made an effort to celebrate the promise of warmer weather by hosting a special “Find Your Beach” dining hall meal. Dining Services Manager, Judy Klutts, said, “Considering how nasty the winter has been, we have heard many times from students and staff how they

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March Celebrates Women

Michigan Tech annually celebrates Women’s Day; but by conducting various events for women empowerment throughout the month of March, campus is able to celebrate for more than 24 hours. This year’s Women’s Month began with a professional  dress  fashion show on Saturday, March 1 in the Forestry Atrium. The fashion show was organized by the

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Terrifically Terrible

Generally, bad movies are bad and good movies are good. Occasionally, however, this system is transcended by a movie which is so absolutely dreadful that it cycles back around into being a great piece of cinema. Five movies in particular truly stand out as being so outrageously bad that they are a delight to watch.

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Spring Break refreshes and recharges

From March 8-11 of Spring Break 2014, over 100 Michigan Tech students and visiting faculties, as well as their spouses and children, went on a three-day trip to Chicago under the organization by International Programs and Services (IPS). “The job of IPS is to help students, especially international students, be successful at Michigan Tech. And

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My hike through to the smoky mountains

Over spring break, a group of 16 students including myself, piled into vans and drove 18 hours  to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a trip lead by OAP staff. On the way, we stopped by Mammoth Caves National Park to go on a historic tour. Finally, on Sunday morning, the teams hit the

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A peek into the past of Michigan Tech’s land ownership

The reaches of Michigan Tech stretch far beyond the 925-acre main campus that is located on Townsend Drive in Houghton. The University has had many other land holdings over the years around the area and even a small campus located in India, which had opened in 2003 to allow students to gain a Michigan Tech

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IT holds students outreach session

Michigan Tech’s IT department has instituted some bold changes this year, from moving computer labs to the library to installing new printers across campus. Now they want to know what students think about all of the changes. The IT help desk manager Matthew Watrous fills students in on the details. “We’re holding an IT Student

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Greek vs Persia 2

“300: Rise of an Empire” is a movie based on a simple truism: the more fake animated blood, the better. Despite this focus, it also includes some meaningful backstory not included in the first movie.  Rise of an Empire takes place before, during, and after the memorable battle of Thermopylae, but doesn’t follow the 300

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First ever Paczki throwndown helps students to celebrate fat Tuesady

Ladies and gentleman, Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the co-ed service fraternity of Michigan Tech, has successfully hosted the first ever Paczki Throwdown! March 4, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebratory day meant to be a last chance to eat your fill before Lent. By inviting everyone to stuff their faces, APO filled the bellies of

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Tech celebrates Dr. Seuss

The late great Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, would have celebrated his 110th birthday this month on March 2. To commemorate the literary works of the renowned Dr. Seuss, the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton held a Dr. Seuss Extravaganza on Sat., March 8. During the extravaganza celebration, elementary school-age children

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Troy Hard wins broomball championship

It was a cold, crisp night for broomball. The crowd’s breath was clearly visible overlooking the gold rink. Cocoa was flowing, and chants of “third place” by the recently crowned Great Lake Warriors still rang through the crowd. This was the championship game of broomball between Troy Hard and Old Time Hockey. The broomball tournament

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Tennis teams return from a week long matches in South Carolina

Michigan Tech’s tennis teams travelled to Hilton Head, S.C. last week during spring break to take part in the Spring Tennis Fest. The men’s team played five matches and the out-of-season women’s team played four. The men won three of their matches, losing only to the two Division I teams, George Mason University and North

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Students should make their week off a week on

Like many students, you may have gone home for Spring Break. Perhaps you headed south to get your tan on, or you stayed here at Tech to hold down the fort. Next Spring Break could be an opportunity to take advantage of a variety of alternative Spring Break options that Michigan Tech provides to students.

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Net Neutrality : should students expect increase in Net-Flix cost?

The Internet has made great strides in regard to its availability to users all across the globe and to different classes of people. We are now a global community, interconnected in ways that we could never have imagined. With access to movies, television shows, YouTube videos, shopping and other social media sites the capabilities we

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Men’s Basketball makes NCCA tournament championship

The men’s basketball team entered the Division II NCAA tournament this past weekend with a win over the No. 14 team Southern Indiana. This was the second year in a row the Huskies have made it to the second round of the tournament. Austin Armga got his fifth 30-point game of the year to help

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Inequality no more

A commonly held belief is men will make more money doing the exact same job as women. However, a new study published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) found that this assumption is no longer the case.  The study concludes that across all disciplines, women on average still make 6.6% less than men.

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Husky skier competes at junior nationals and NCCA championships

The week before spring break was a busy one for Michigan Tech Nordic Skiing. Six athletes attended US Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vt., and Alice Flanders competed at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Heber City, Utah. US Junior Nationals featured races spread throughout the week starting March 3 and ending March 8. The six Husky

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Huskies end season with 5-2 loss at Bowling Green

The dynamic and unpredictable season for Michigan Tech’s Hockey Huskies has come to an abrupt end after losing two games in a row last weekend to Bowling Green’s Falcons in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. After losing and tying one each in the last series of the regular season to Minnesota State, the

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E-Cigarettes: Whats your take?

As many of us here at Michigan Tech are aware, there was a campus wide ban of cigarettes on September 4, 2013. This is part of a statewide initiative towards fostering a cleaner environment and healthier students. For many people this has been a difficult challenge, or more irritating, as they now need to leave

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One Old crystal

If one were to hold this crystal in one’s hand it wouldn’t seem like much. Only two hundred by four hundred microns in size, it would seem to be about the size of a small grain of sand. Indeed, it may even be too small to see without straining the eyes. Despite this, the zircon

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Wiley plus, MasterPyhsics don’t hold up to scrutiny

MasterPhysics, WileyPlus and other online homework solutions are used for many classes at Michigan Tech. They are supposed to provide easier management of grades for large classes, allowing students to get instant feedback and improve learning. However, many at Michigan Tech feel this is simply not the truth. In a survey we found that 70

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Twitch plays pokemon-not just a social experiment

In case you haven’t heard of it, Twitch Plays Pokemon (TPP) is the newest social experiment that’s exploding in popularity all over the internet. TPP is a live stream of the game Pokémon Red Version that is played by the viewers of the stream. It parses commands from the chat box and inputs them into

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Putting the “Superior” back into superior wind symphony

On Saturday, March 1, the Superior Wind Symphony played to a crowd at the Rozsa Theatre their concert titled Flights of Fantasy. Both the theme and the performance were fantastic. Fantasy in music refers to variations on Fantasia, which is a style of music with loose structure and a very improvisational feel, and pieces based

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Student Org spotlight: sailing club

When the wind blows across the Portage Canal for those few valuable weeks before Jack Frost comes and turns it from a liquid to a solid, the Sailing Club of Michigan Technological University takes full advantage of the opportunity to practice their hobby. The Sailing Club is the student-run, coed club devoted to sailing the

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step up to the SAE clean snowmobile challenge

Looking for an exciting, fun winter challenge? The participants in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) 2014 are this week!  The Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) and the Michigan Tech Dept. of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics are hosting the challenge that started on Monday March 3rd and wraps up this Saturday, March 8th.

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On-campus students should receive expanded card swipe access

Last Friday, I left my room in Wadsworth Hall to enjoy a nice, quiet lunch at McNair Dining Hall. It is often the least busy there and there is a nice view of campus. I make it up the hill and head to the main entrance, but the door is locked and there is a

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Olympics may be over, but U.P pride and determination stands strong

From the opening ceremony with a malfunctioning ring to police officers singing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were an event to remember. By poking fun at their own opening ceremony blunder, the Russian hosts drew an impressive end to the Winter Olympics on Sunday, Feb. 23 by sharing their sense of

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Tech uses UAVs to scan for transportation hazards

While the word “drone” often comes with a negative connotation due to the military’s use of this technology for surveillance, Michigan Tech students and faculty are working to change that view. The Intelligent Robotics Laboratory (IRL) housed in the EERC and the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor are working together with the Michigan

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International club newsletter positively impacts diversity at Tech

An increasingly diverse student body has long been well-recognized as a potential treasure for universities. As a result of Michigan Tech’s constant efforts to promote diversity over 14.2 percent of Tech students, as of the fall of 2013, are international and this figure is still continuously growing. Following the blossoming of Michigan Tech’s diversity is

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Huskies are heroes, give blood to save lives

Many students showed their Michigan Tech pride at the Red Cross Blood Drive last week. Considering Michigan Tech’s campus size and the number of students who donated, our campus has the opportunity to affect over 1,000 lives.  Many of the students don’t mind giving blood and have donated numerous times, some of whom have even

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Global warming illegal? North Carolina makes house bill 819, banning science

Is it possible to outlaw science? If you happen to be the state of North Carolina, the answer is a resounding YES! In June of 2012, state legislators placed a moratorium on climate science, specifically on impending sea level changes, until “scientific techniques improve.” North Carolina passed House Bill 819 after a report published by

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Creation of Pavlis honors college

Regardless of whether your after-college endeavors include joining the workforce, attending graduate school or playing video games on your parents’ couch, you need to be prepared to meet today’s high standards for success. In an attempt to give students every opportunity to make themselves as competitive as possible in their future plans, the Michigan Tech

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Copper dog 150 races into Calumet

In its fifth year, the CopperDog 150 sled dog race continued its path of success this past weekend in the Keweenaw. Beginning on Friday, Feb. 28, mushers and their dogs left the chute to race 150 miles around the Copper Country in pursuit of first place. Mushers from the Midwest and all over the world

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Alleviate tax stress

Taxes can be stressful and difficult to file. Some students, being away from home, may not know where to turn. Should you call Mom and Dad and try to complete your returns over the phone with them? Would video chatting be a better option? Why not skip the shouting match when your Mom finds out

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High temperatures and high altitudes: ” Adventure spring break”

For spring break, many Michigan Tech students spend their days lying in bed or relaxing at home, relishing their time away from responsibility and early morning classes. While lethargy has its benefits, so does traveling across the country and beyond with the people of the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP). Every spring break, OAP hosts “Adventure

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Tennis teams travel to South Carolina for spring break

Michigan Tech’s Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams will be traveling to Hilton Head, S.C. for Spring Tennis Fest. The teams attend the event during Tech’s spring break and leave on March 7. The Professional Tennis Registry holds the event, which runs the full month of March. The event draws over 120 collegiate teams and around

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Tech hosts only doubleheader of GLIAC tournament

The Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball team is heading into their 11th consecutive GLIAC Tournament, starting at home in the SDC on Wednesday, March 5. The Huskies open up the tournament as the third seed and will play the sixth seed Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals. This will be the seventh consecutive year the Huskies have

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Splashing around with Innertube water polo

Spring semester is a busy time for intramural sports with 17 activities available throughout the semester. One of the seven intramurals currently in season is innertube water polo. For water lovers, innertube water polo is a fun way to get in the pool with friends. “It’s fun to compete in and play water polo with

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Soccer clubs host spring indoor soccer tournament

The final weekend of the WCHA regular season schedule is dawning upon the Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies. As they prepare for the finale against Minnesota State, the number three spot of the WCHA is still up for grabs. During Tech’s week off last week, the Nanooks of Alaska Fairbanks swept Ferris State, giving them only

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Huskies prepare for season’s end, WCHA standings still unstable

The final weekend of the WCHA regular season schedule is dawning upon the Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies. As they prepare for the finale against Minnesota State, the number three spot of the WCHA is still up for grabs. During Tech’s week off last week, the Nanooks of Alaska Fairbanks swept Ferris State, giving them only

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Solar energy for Greek houses

Are you interested in solar energy? Want to start making a difference in the world, but you don’t want to actually buy anything? Dr. Chelsea Schelly is launching a new project in the next month that will give college students in the Houghton-Hancock area the opportunity to test out a small solar generator paired up

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Senator candidate visits Techs’s GLRC

Gary Peters, current U.S. Congressman running for Carl Evans’ senator position, made a visit to Michigan Tech and the surrounding areas last weekend. This was a visit that Peters felt was necessary in campaigning since the UP is blessed with so many resources, yet has a high unemployment rate. “I take my campaign seriously. It

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Ram trucks battle the keewenaw

Everyone knows that Michigan Tech attracts big companies with its engineering students and their talent, but did you know that Ram tests their vehicles, not on the students, but out in the harsh conditions of the Copper Country winter? Chrysler is working with their Ram Heavy Duty and the Keweenaw Research Center to test Ram’s

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Humanities professor receives national book award

Dr. Robert Johnson, a professor of rhetoric, composition and technical communication in the department of Humanities at Michigan Tech, has been recognized for his new book, “Romancing the Atom: Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima.” Johnson has been awarded the National Book Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in

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Michigan’s ancient miners?

Douglas Houghton may have brought the world to the Copper Country to mine its rich copper deposits in the 1840s, but he may have been thousands of years late to the party on bringing Michigan copper to the world. This claim has come about since the discovery of a cryptic tablet discovered north of the

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Get Wise

We all know that the ratio of male to female students at Michigan Tech is less than ideal, but the school is making efforts to decrease this gap in the future by reaching out to young female students now. In an effort to spark interest and increase female involvement in math and science fields, the

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Beethoven’s Eroica Reveiw

It is simply amazing, the amount of talent which is contained in the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. The latest concert consisted of two pieces which utterly evolved classical music history. Both were played to near perfection. Errors were few and minor, the balance was brilliant, and even the most subtle of details seemed to be given

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America the beautiful

Perceived body image affects all members of a society. The desired look present in a culture determines how others will view themselves. In Western cultures, women who are considered beautiful are tall, skinny, have facial symmetry and light skin. Not every member of our society looks like this ideal and it creates problems across the

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91.9 The Ape

Does an organization run with professional etiquette and political correctness sound appealing? Or does an org with attitude, an irreverent sense of humor and dedication when needed sound more appealing? Either way, no one can deny that WMTU is a student organization worth talking about.  WMTU, “The Ape,” has been entertaining students and community members

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2014 Graduate Research Colloquium: Exhibition of talents

The 2014 Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC), the biggest annual event sponsored by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) with over 120 presentations spanning 20 sessions, was held in a conference-style atmosphere in Memorial Union Building Ballroom on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 and 20. The GRC was divided into oral presentations and poster presentations. Wednesday covered

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Winter baja event take two

Every spring semester, the Michigan Tech Blizzard Baja SAE Enterprise hosts an annual Blizzard Baja race. This year, over 20 teams were registered with over 38 cars set to compete.            The event was scheduled for Saturday, February 22, with a tech inspection scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. and the first dynamic event at 8:00

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Why I love Detroit and why you should too

When most of us think of Detroit, different images come to mind. Whether it is the Red Wings, Tigers or Greektown there is one perception that Michigan and the rest of the country is unable to get rid of- the representation of Detroit as a rundown city with empty homes and buildings falling apart at

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The fun of intramural floor hockey

Broomball may be nearing the end of its season, but intramural floor hockey is just beginning. With 38 teams spread throughout four leagues, floor hockey is by far a popular student activity here at Michigan Tech. While some students play intramural floor hockey to win, others are there just for the fun. Joe Goudzwaard, a

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Tech Fishing club getting bigger by the year

The Michigan Tech Fishing Club is active and fishing despite the cold weather. The club heads out many weekends to ice fish on the Keweenaw Bay or other areas in the region. Bass and northern pike are frequently the targets of this club, but there are plenty of other excellent fishing options in the Keweenaw.

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Tech Basketball heads into GLIAC tournament

The women’s basketball team is approaching their final regular season game against the Northern Michigan Wildcats this Thursday, February 27. This game could end up deciding the GLIAC champion, as the Huskies moved into a tie with 21st-ranked Wayne State after a win against Lake Superior State this past Saturday. Mackenzie Perttu and Danielle Blake

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Sonja Hedblom to attend Nordic junior nationals

Sonja Hedblom, a freshman Nordic skier and cross country runner, was recently selected for the Midwest Junior National ski team and will be attending the 2014 Junior National Championships in Stowe, Vermont. The four-race competition starts on March 3. Throughout the ski season, Sonja attended six of eight Midwest Junior National Qualifier races and posted

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Organic food: are they worth the price?

Organic foods are one of the up and coming trends in healthy eating. There is currently a heated debate as to whether or not they’re healthier than non-organic foods, and their absurd prices certainly aren’t helping their cause. Even their proposed health benefits do not outweigh their hefty price tags. But exactly what are organic foods, and why are

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Promoting on campus diversity awareness

As February comes to a close, so does the nationally recognized Black History month-long event.  Highlights from the month among Tech’s campus includes an informative library display illustrating the accolades and contributions of African-Americans throughout history and historical trivia being held by the Society of African-American Men (SAAM) organization posted on campus flyers throughout the

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Huskies stand in the top 3 of WCHA

  A successful weekend for Michigan Tech hockey against long-time rival Northern Michigan brought the Huskies back to being ranked third in the ever so competitive WCHA. The Huskies still stand behind powerhouses Ferris State and Minnesota State, who stand in first and second in the conference, respectively. With a break from play this weekend,

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Next time, go to career fair

For most people, thinking of your first time going to Career Fair can be intimidating. It is, but a nerve-wrecking experience can often be an opportunity in disguise. It is easy to come up with excuses to not go like “my GPA isn’t high enough” or “I’m only a first-year,” but I think it’s easier

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Bitcoin: What is it and is it worth it?

What is Bitcoin? If you don’t know, it is a digital currency (there are other clones of it such as Litecoin, Dogecoin, etc. but you can think of them all as Bitcoin). Bitcoin is distinct from most currencies which are fiat currencies (not the car company but the latin phrase for “let it be”). Fiat

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A humorous take on soy

So it’s Thursday night and you just finished slurping down your second bowl of ramen, beef flavored, when the thought pops in your head that maybe the 1750 mg of sodium you just consumed was probably a tad much. It’s probably time that you change your late night snack from 72 percent of your daily

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Viral videos this week: Facebook

Most viral videos come to us as entertainment. They provide humor or a gross or weird factor to talk and laugh about with our friends. But some of them reach for something deeper, and provide commentary on the issues of our time. Two viral videos that became popular last week during Winter Carnival display opposing

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Treat yourself to tea

Forget about finals week, waking up for 8 a.m. classes is arguably one of the most difficult challenges faced by Michigan Tech students. A daily cup of coffee is commonly considered the best and often the only effective way to combat the trial of waking up, sometimes two or three prove to be necessary. The

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Tech basketball looks to end year on high note

The Michigan Tech Huskies Women’s Basketball team finished up their home schedule this past week in a matchup against Saginaw Valley, a game which the Huskies won by ten points. The Tech starters ran away with the game, scoring all 73 of the Huskies’ points. Mackenzie Perttu had 20 points to lead the team, followed

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Snowmobiling for days

At Michigan Tech, the word winter is not to be taken lightly. Copious amount of snow and wind chills cold enough to shut down just about every school in the peninsula, except for Tech, defines an average day in the life of a Husky student. With over 230 inches of snowfall so far this season,

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20th Century shakespeare

Life’s complexity knows no bounds; no matter how much is calculated, no one really has control over the path they will end up going down. Chance and luck are always factors in life, whether it’s guessing correctly on a test, or running into a long lost friend years after last seeing them. “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

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The Changing World of Valentines day

Valentine’s Day has always been a traditional holiday in America, but lately, it has become the subject of much hostility. Certain groups of people in our society feel that Valentine’s Day and romance in general are on the decline, and that, overall, the concept of dating in Western Society has changed. As far as current

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The changing world of Valentines day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you either love it or you hate it. It used to seem that those who were single were the pessimists and those who were lucky enough to have a relationship were the lovey-dovey optimists. There is justifiable reason for skepticism on the end of the pessimist, however, when it

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Peace Corps life in Paraguay

A two-year commitment to Peace Corps service can turn into a lifetime’s worth of stories that not even the pictures can fully capture.   That was the message Brook Alloway, a master’s student in Forestry at Michigan Tech who just completed her volunteering in Paraguay, delivered on Tuesday during her presentation for Global City, where

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Nordic skiers compete at NCAA regional championships on home snow

This past weekend, Michigan Tech hosted the NCAA Central Region Championships for Nordic skiing. Individual start classic races were held on Saturday, and mass start freestyle races were on Sunday. The racing took place at Michigan Tech’s Nordic Training Center.         In Saturday’s classic races, the women raced for five kilometers. Alice Flanders and Ulrika

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Artistic expression brushes into town

  Artistic expression allows people to provide their interpretation of objects, events or feelings musically, theatrically or visually. This is the story for Tech’s very own Dr. Tomas Co, an associate professor in chemical engineering. Co has several art pieces displayed in the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in downtown Hancock. The CCCAC program

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Huskies seek to regain ground against Wildcat rivals

The Hockey Huskies of Michigan Tech were on the best hot streak they’ve seen since the 90s for the last few weeks, but that was put to a sudden halt last weekend when the Nanooks of Alaska Fairbanks swept the Huskies in a home series at the Mac. Alaska managed to score 14 goals in

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Great Lakes showcase preview

The last friday in February will mark the beginning of the sixth Great Lakes Showcase. This event will have art from all around the Great Lakes region, with prizes being offered to the best of the show. Some work will be for sale, and all of it will be worth seeing. The Great Lakes Showcase

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Alpine skiing is mental game

There is a large amount of mental preparation that comes with each race for the Michigan Tech Alpine Skiing Club. It starts with a course inspection. All the skiers run through the course and think about what they are going to have to do during their race. They look for all the twists and turns

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906 vapor should motivate you

You don’t have to “vape” to appreciate the new downtown business 906 Vapor.  Started by current Michigan Tech student Scott Ramage, the e-cig and vapor lounge is an inspiration to the entrepreneurial spirit in the Keweenaw. When I visit thriving college towns, I generally can spot a hookah bar somewhere nearby in town, and a

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Tobacco-free campus update

This fall, Michigan Tech officially became a tobacco-free campus. The decision was made by an interdepartmental committee composed of both faculty and students. The plan is to not enforce the rule until next year, while offering classes and other resources to help smokers quit this year. Second year Materials Science and Engineering student Olin Johnson

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Student org spotlight: the smithing Guild

If forging both friendships and metals is an endeavor one seeks, a Michigan Tech organization has all the criteria required to accomplish this. The Smithing Guild, Michigan Tech’s blacksmith club, is the club and allowing its members to create sweet metal projects is its objective.  The Smithing Guild is only in its infancy here at

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From purchase to the road: a vehicle buying guide

If you’re trying to decide what kind of car to get, Michigan is not a state where you can bluff when it comes to car knowledge. There’s a good chance your gearhead neighbors not only know cars, they may have worked on the assembly line that built it. If you’re in the market for a

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Regional SWE conference comes to Houghton

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region H Conference was held at Michigan Tech this past weekend. It took them two years of bid presentations to get the conference to come to Houghton.  The 2014 Region H Conference is the largest conference that Michigan Tech has ever held. It is also the first in the

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differential tuition structure proposal to be reviewed

People typically like paying for what they get. For example, if some was given six dollars, they are much more likely to spend a dollar on an orange and five dollars on a Subway sandwich, than an even three dollars on each. (So far, I haven’t encountered any oranges that taste good enough to warrant

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Student owned 906 Vapor opens in downtown Houghton

906 Vapor is something new to Houghton. Scott Ramage, a senior majoring in Operations and Systems Management at Michigan Tech, is bringing a new experience to the area: an E-cig lounge and vapor bar. 906 Vapor, which opened on Feb. 5, offers students and community members alike not only a new place to hang out,

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Beauty standards criticized, documentary to be shown to help raise awareness

  It’s no secret that America is obsessed with beauty, but can you imagine walking through the clearance section of store and finding a push-up bra designed for a toddler? This exact experience happened to Michigan Tech clinical counselor, Nancy Taglione, which further encouraged her efforts in building awareness about the detrimental mental and physical

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The Crazy Sports of Winter Carnival

Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival is filled with sport-related events. While some are common events, like the tug of war or snowboarding, others are whacky competitions that help make Winter Carnival unique. One such event is the human dogsled race, which took place on Friday of Carnival week. In this event, six team members pull a

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Tech’s Top Broomball Players Take to the Ice

When Winter Carnival week rolls around, Michigan Tech’s already full broomball rinks become even busier. Broomball plays a large role in Carnival festivities, with three special broomball events taking place throughout the week. One of these events was the Skills Competition followed by the All-Star Game, hosted by IRHC Broomball. The Skills Competition and All-Star

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“Rose and Rime” Review

There are several tales which seem appropriate in the winter, after all it is one full quarter of the year. One such winter-oriented tale is given in the play, “The Rose and the Rime.” The acting department presented this story with generally satisfactory acting. The story itself, unfortunately, is hampered by sheer lack of creativity

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Off campus living

Going to college or university is expensive. As students, we are all-too familiar with the feel of dread as our bills turn out to be much more than we thought was even possible. Most of the costs are out of our control, such as tuition (provided one is a full-time student) and lab or course

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Michigan Tech’s Winter Driving School: To be or not to be?

Started in 1999, Michigan Tech’s Winter Driving School, which aimed to help the general public learn how to drive safely on snowy and icy roadways, is no longer active. Located at Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) near the Houghton County Memorial Airport, the school had been offering a day-long course in safe winter driving

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Michigan Tech Archives recognized as a National Heritage Site

The J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library is continuing to add more credentials to its name. Earlier this school year it became a Patent and Trademark Resource Center and now it’s Archives collection is being recognized as a Keweenaw National Historical Park Heritage Site.  A heritage site designates the Archives as

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Huskies in the winter olympics

The world is once again enthralled with the Olympics as they are underway for the winter games in Sochi, Russia. An area that is as synonymous with winter as Houghton would have to have produced its fair share of Olympic athletes over time, so here’s a look back at the Huskies and residents of the

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Goedeker’s Scholarship opportunity

How do Missouri, Michigan Tech, major appliances and money all relate? Yes, all of those words/phrases begin with the letter “m”, but the second connection is probably more worthy of your attention: Goedeker’s – a company selling major appliances and furniture out of Missouri- is extending a scholarship offer to the students of Michigan Tech.

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Children make great soldiers

When humans are young the possibilities of their minds are limitless, unfortunately in our mid 20s we start losing brain cells faster than we can rebuild them; our reaction time slows, our learning capabilities diminish and our hearts grow cold. The movie Ender’s game demonstrates this, but it also entertains its audience with its great

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E-week at Michigan Tech focuses on outreach

Engineers week is something quite new to Michigan Tech’s campus. Engineers week is a national program focused around outreach to adults and children. It is hosted sometime around February 22, since that is the date George Washington was born on. He is considered to be the first American Engineer by many. This year E-week will

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Carnival Snow Sports at Ripley

Michigan Tech’s Blue Key Honor Society hosted a skiing and snowboarding race at Mont Ripley during this year’s Winter Carnival. These events were important to many organizations as the points counted towards the overall Winter Carnival winner. A large number of people attended, including 42 who signed up for the snowboarding event. The skiing trail

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Career Fair approaching quickly

With Winter Carnival behind us, it is time for students to start thinking about the Spring Career Fair. The annual event will be held Feb. 18 in the Student Development Complex. At the time of this writing, 216 companies are already registered and on the lookout for potential employees. Career Services, located in Room 220

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Bigfoot Snowshoe Event Encourages Healthy Living

ech’s Outdoor Adventure and Wellness Program set up showshoe trails for the Bigfoot Snowshoe event as part of this year’s Winter Carnival. This was the 17th year for the event, which was held at the scenic Tech Trails this past Saturday. The OAP student volunteers set up three trails this year of varying distances, but

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And the Prediction is..Winter Continues..Along with Fun Winter Events

Last week, at one of the largest Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsutawney, Pa., groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, predicted that there will be six more weeks of winter as opposed to an early spring. So with more winter weather expected, what’s the best way to make the most of it? – Get out and enjoy it! This

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All Nighter

Another successful All Nighter is in the books! Frigid windchills of 25 degrees below zero didn’t stop hundreds of Michigan Tech students from showing support for their organizations and Husky Pride last Wednesday, Feb. 5. Once again, the All Nighter was filled with music and dancing, deep-fried food and free chili, hoses shooting water and

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Prescription Drug Consumption

America is facing one of the most medically defining moments of our time. With the advancements we have made in technology and science we have created medications to help with even the most extreme of ailments. One of the more common problems that currently exist within society is in regard to mental health. Prescription drugs

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Peaches and Cream

I can’t give a blanket answer that will tell you the best practice for dancing because all girls are different and even the same girl can be in different moods on different nights. Instead, I can tell you about the two general approaches that I’ve been faced with: physical and verbal. On the most aggressive

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Huskies seek to extend winning streak against Alaska

The Huskies dominated the Winter Carnival series against Alabama Huntsville. They extended their win streak to four games, a season high, and gained four WCHA ranking points. They’ve tallied up 24 goals in their last four games played. With these impressive numbers, the Huskies hold all the momentum they could ask for leading up to

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Creation vs Evolution- The Debate Rages On

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, a debate was held that asked one of the most fundamental questions to humanity’s existence, where did we come from? As Americans, we are no stranger to this topic. Gallup polls consistently bombard us with information about the latest number of Americans who accept evolution, creation or a combination of the

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Peaches and Cream

  This is a difficult subject for me to give advice on because I very rarely go to clubs. In fact, I have made a point to avoid clubs under most circumstances with only a few exceptions so take all my advice with a grain of salt. Also, I would like to announce as a

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A New Dream

In December, our close-knit campus tragically lost a new member to our community only weeks after having arrived to pursue a doctorate degree in Environmental Engineering. On Jan. 28, the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech hosted a beautiful memorial ceremony to remember Sanaz Nezami’s life before she fell victim to domestic assault.  For me, these

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Alumni-student interaction at winter carnival

Come one, come all to the great Michigan Technological University Winter Carnival! Carnival is famous for its grand snow statues, stage revue, all-nighter events and broomball tournaments; but one of the things to also anticipate are the visiting crowds, a number of whom are alumni. There are many alumni who return to their alma mater

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Viral Videos of the Week

Whether they are an annoyance or much-needed diversion, almost everyone has seen viral videos. Generally short and entertaining, these videos spread across the internet like wildfire. This week, the videos which are being featured range from innocently interesting to outright schadenfreude. Number ten is a closed circuit recording from a pub which shows what is

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Tech’s Nick Thomas Juggles among the Best in the World

Michigan Tech currently counts one of the best jugglers in the world amongst their ranks. Nick Thomas, a first-year software engineer from Sterling Heights, Mich., has been juggling since the age of nine and competing at the international stage since age 14. “I started juggling just three balls until I saw all the other things

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Student Org Spotlight: Wildland Fire Club

With the increase of wildfires in the United States not only becoming more common but also larger, a relatively new organization at Michigan Tech is taking Smokey the Bear’s renowned catch phrase “Only you can prevent forest fires” quite literally. The Wildland Fire Club is still in its early stages as it only has been

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Student brings electricity to hometown in rural China

Yawei Wei, an Electrical Engineering Master’s student, recently led a team of students at Michigan Tech in discovering a new way to generate electricity using solar energy. The original idea for the project relates to Wei’s childhood experiences in China. Every Chinese New Year, the power goes out for everyone in Wei’s hometown. That got

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Forgotify: your new hipster friend

Many people have had a friend that introduced them to a song or artist they would have never thought of to listen to before. Some become die-hard fans thanks to their friend. For users of Spotify, a popular online music service, a new section of the site acts as a hipster friend and makes it

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Room and board rates released, increased 2.9 percent on average

While an igloo is a plausible (and cheap!) housing option here in the UP, Michigan Tech students still seem to prefer accommodations connected to heat and electricity. Whether this means living in residence halls on campus or finding apartments and houses further out, students seek out living spaces that best fit their personal needs and

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Counterpoint:Alcohol and the All Nighter

Urban Dictionary’s definition for Winter Carnival relates how Winter Carnival was originally conceived as four-night-long drinking fest, designed so that by the end the student’s hangovers would be so bad they would forget how awful the winter and lack of women was. And yet, in Blue Key’s Rules for Conduct for Winter Carnival, the second

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Point:Alcohol and the All Nighter

Winter Carnival is all about having fun. Celebrating the traditions that Michigan Tech has had in place for over 90 years is something we all should feel privileged to be a part of. With celebrations come party preferences, one which seems to be widespread on campus this time of year. For one night, as soon

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Nordic Ski Team Hosts Snow Bike Race

Last Saturday, the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Nordic Ski teams hosted the Winter Rondevous snow bike race at the Tech Trails. Snow bikes, also known as fat bikes, are relatively new to the cycling world. Snow bikes are very similar to mountain bikes, but snow bikes have tires twice as wide. These wide tires

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Dining services works to minimize food waste

The good smells of diverse food fill your nostrils. The delicious tastes of various items satisfy your appetite. The pleasant conversations with different friends relax your day. This is meal time at Michigan Tech. In most cases, the dining hall experience is one of the must-dos for college life. However, each time you leave, waste

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Millennial racism abounds

Within the last few weeks the collegiate community has had an awful lot to be ashamed of. Just a few weeks ago while most students were enjoying a long weekend culminating in Martin Luther King Junior Day, the chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Arizona State University at Tempe threw a racist party. Attendees

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Men’s Tennis Prepares for Exciting Season

The Michigan Tech Huskies Men’s Tennis team starts its season with a home match on Feb. 7 against St. Cloud State. The team then heads right back to the courts for a match against Lake Superior State on the ninth. The first weekend’s matches will provide valuable feedback for the team. “It will be a

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Unlocking the subconscious

From childhood people are taught how to behave in public, how to conform to the rest of society. While they must wear a mask around others, the person who they really are is always present, buried beneath layers of learned behaviors and emotions. This becomes apparent while watching a hypnotist sink a person back into

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Don’t think Pink

  We live in a culture where anyone will do almost anything to gain money. This may be seemingly harmless; we are a capitalistic society after all. Occasionally during our rush to make money, some companies will try new mediums, such as raising funds for a cause. Generally these movements arise as a result of

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The true costs of drinking pop

Generally when we think of the negative side effects from drinking pop, our thoughts go to weight gain. We are inundated with obesity warnings and sugary pop is generally the largest contributing culprit. However, many scientists and health activists are taking a closer look at what the ingredients of pop truly entail, how those ingredients

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Huskies head into Winter Carnival series on a hot streak

This past weekend, the Huskies swept the Bowling Green Falcons in a road series, winning Friday night with a 5-2 offensive domination and Saturday night 5-4 in a nail biter of an overtime period. The Huskies were down 4-3 with just under four minutes left in the third period when Jacob Johnstone found the back

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Huskies persevere through frigid temps to celebrate Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is upon us, and it has been a long frigid month to get here. Despite a few mornings around 40 degrees below zero and amidst a storm of surrounding school cancellations, Michigan Tech students braved the elements in true Husky fashion. Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les Cook goes into detail

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Be safe, download Just in Case

Do you ever feel sad, overwhelmed, worried or scared for someone? Maybe you feel the need for self-harm or know someone who does, so you are just looking for ways to cope with it. Just in Case can help!  Every college student experiences stressful, overwhelming times when they need someone to talk to. A new

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Alpine Ski Club Working for Nationals

Michigan Tech’s Alpine Ski Club is braving the harsh weather this year to make a run at nationals, and the hard work is starting to pay off. The club was active in the 90s but temporarily disbanded. Alex Schultz and Hayley Crites helped bring the club back around, and with help from Mont Ripley Ski

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Sprinklers fail due to bitter cold

The many students who stood outside in the bitter cold at approximately 8:40 p.m. last Monday, Jan. 27 may be wondering why the fire alarm sounded. According to Tim Griffin, Director of Custodial and Maintenance Services, the alarm sounded due to the breakage of a sprinkler head in the main entrance. “The whole building has

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Sugar: our most prevalent drug

We have encountered one of the most dangerous and least well-known drugs of the century. It is in almost everything we consume, ranging from food to beverages. It is highly addictive, and recent research has discovered the degree of intensity which it affects the neurons in our brains and what it in fact does to

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Cream

Watching someone make what you consider to be a bad decision is never easy. This is true even more so when the person is a close friend and the right decision is painfully obvious to everyone but him or her. Trying to convince someone that they are wrong is a good way to get them

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Men’s Club Volleyball hosts first home match in over a year

The Michigan Tech Men’s Club Volleyball team hosted their first home match in 1.5 years last Friday, welcoming Northland International University to the Wood Gym in the SDC. The Huskies put on a good show for the spectators at the match. “This gave a chance for all of our supporters to come out and watch

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The Columbia River Treaty: This year’s new environmental hot topic

The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and is the fourth largest in the United States at 1,243 miles. This river has a great role in U.S. and Canadian culture, economics and transportation. It reaches territory in seven states and one Canadian province (British Columbia). The water rises in British Columbia,

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Spring Semester’s Ultimate Reprieve

          Reminiscing back to last year, returning students might agree how inaptly named spring semester seems given the eternal winter Mother Nature sprung upon Houghton. Spring Fling was cancelled “due to a lack of spring,” and many students walked out of their last final exam, eager to head home for summer vacation, only to

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Michigan’s Global Future Conference

Imagine yourself walking through the career fair: Resume in hand, you happen across a company that peaks your interest. You hop in line and wait for 30 minutes to speak with the employer, but shortly after shaking his hand you find yourself turned away because you are an international student. Now imagine the frustration you

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Chinese New Year 2014

To many Michigan Tech students, the approaching January 31st may be just a common Friday. However, to Tech’s largest international constitution, the Chinese community, it is the most important festival of the year: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. In tales and legends, Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical lion-like beast

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Copper Country Track Club competes at UW-Stout Open

One of Michigan Tech’s many club sports teams is the Copper Country Track Club. The organization promotes intercollegiate competition for both varsity and non-varsity athletes here at Michigan Tech by providing a winter indoor track season  Last Saturday, Jan. 25, over 20 members of the club traveled to Menomonie, Wisc., to participate in the UW-Stout

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Upcoming crucial matches for Husky Basketball

After a pair of losses last week, the Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball team will look to return to their winning ways upon returning to Houghton this Thursday. Jan. 30, Tech will welcome Northwood to the SDC for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference battle. They then start the new month with a game against Lake

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Winter Carnival statues coming to life

While the winter season is full of snow here in Houghton, us Huskies do something different than many places. Students take those large mounds of white stuff and transform them into large statues to be observed during Winter Carnival. The theme for 2014 is “Nostalgic Films of Childhood Days Come to Life in Frosty Ways.”

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Peaches

If a friend started sleeping around, my first reaction would be really similar to yours. It’s not a behavior I’ve ever engaged in for many reasons. First, it increases chances for sexually transmitted infections, which I prefer to avoid. Second, I wouldn’t sleep with a guy if I doubted that he would help me raise

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“Living off campus: Better for bank accounts and the future”

As the rush of on-campus housing sign up comes to an end, I feel the need to explain why I chose to move out of the residence halls as soon as possible. The biggest motivator for me to get out of the residence halls was the price. According to the rates published on the Michigan

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A life cut short: memorial ceremony to be held for Sanaz Nezami

Sanaz Nezami, about to start her advanced degree in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech this month, passed away in December at Marquette General Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a domestic assault. Police believe she was assaulted by her husband, Nima Nassiri, who has now been charged with second-degree murder. Nassiri was initially

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An Alternative to Freezing: Pool

The season of frozen snot-sickles and numb extremities has arrived. The temperature has gone way below zero and broomball games have been canceled. While the elements can keep students inside, there is still fun to be had indoors. One particularly interesting indoor game, pool, is frequently played in dorm lobbies and other gathering areas around

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Ski and snowboard season off to a great start at mount Ripley

If a region has the potential to get upwards of 200+ inches of snow each year any downward slope is going to be eyed up by a potential skier. Luckily for Michigan Tech students, their thirst for hitting the slopes can be quenched with a quick one-mile trek across the Portage Canal to campus’ very

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Michigan Tech & Community Embraces the Legacy of MLK

n observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) federal holiday, Michigan Tech organized several events to embrace the legacy for equality and justice throughout the country. These events included a panel discussion addressing how the fight for civil rights has evolved, an interfaith service celebrating Dr. King’s legacy of faith within the local

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Meet the Beetles!

While the week of Winter Carnival is a busy one, Beatles fans should take some time off and head north twenty minutes to Calumet on Sunday, February 9. At 1 p.m., the band Meet the Beetles will be performing at the Calumet Theatre. The group is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the English rock band’s

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Back stage Jazz review

A backstage is a difficult acoustic environment to play a concert in. Despite these challenges, four bands demonstrated their backstage jazz prowess in the Jazz Cabaret: Backstage at the Rosza concert. The atmosphere was something out of a VIP club of old, with an open seating arrangement and lighting that harkened back to the days

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Douglass Houghton : Father of copper mining

Michigan Tech would have never become the prestigious university it is without element 29. So it’s only right to give tribute to the man that laid the groundwork for Michigan Tech to stand today, Douglass Houghton, the father of American copper mining.  Douglass Houghton was born the son of Jacob Houghton, a lawyer, and Mary

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Huskies split series with Ferris State, seek to regain ground at Bowling Green

Last weekend the Huskies saw the Ferris State Bulldogs on their turf, only two weeks after dropping both series games to the same team in Big Rapids. After winning Friday’s nail-biter 3-2, the Huskies lost in a disappointing 3-0 shutout against the number one team in the WCHA on Saturday, with 25 shots coming from

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Peaches

“My boyfriend and I have recently become more sexually active, but it’s a little embarrassing to go into the Hamar house when we need protection. We’ve been buying them from the store, but neither of us leaves campus very often. Where on campus can we go to get condoms and is there a way to

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The paradox of mining

Mining is an issue which is deeply rooted in the local community here in the Western Upper Peninsula and recently there have been projects trying to bring it back. This is often seen as an easy decision, as many support the prospects which mining projects promise. Despite this, there are many unforeseen ramifications of mining

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Unsung Songs worth hearing

Tennessee Williams wrote many renowned plays, and his skills as a writer are displayed in “Unsung Songs of a Southern Nightingale.” In addition to providing well written performances, this series of plays provides insight on Tennessee Williams’ increasingly pessimistic attitude towards life. The first play, “The Case of the Crushed Petunias,” is the most humorous of

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Grow a beard with pride

No-shave November is an interesting concept. Many people around the world partake in the month of abstinence from razors, but few know the real purpose or origin of the holiday. While the name No-shave November is relatively recent, the idea of growing out a beard for a lengthy period of time was first formulated by

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An unbelievable performance by Cantus

The Christmas Truce of 1914 was a most singular event in history, where many soldiers on opposing sides of the trenches in World War One declared a cease fire in celebration of Christmas. These soldiers exchanged gifts, sang carols, buried the fallen, and even played games of soccer with their sworn enemies. Notable is that

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Logging days: Pequaming mill

Pequaming, a small town not far from Houghton, grew in size in the decades between 1890 and 1930, largely based on the logging efforts of Charles Hebard and Henry Ford. This small town was the first large-scale logging operation in the Lake Superior region. Over the course of a 20 year operation, there was an

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University proposed HASS credit changes

First year students at Michigan Tech are currently taking what has been determined as the General Education Core. The required classes in this core were selected by the university’s General Education Council by the process of proposals, discussions and votes all the way up to the University president. Currently, the council is following the same

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Students speak out about new hockey entrance procedure

With the new hockey game entrance procedure in place for students hoping to snag free admission complements of the Experience Tech fee, the pre-game experience is a whole lot different compared to in past years. For better or for worse, the change has certainly given students something to talk about. In the past, students were

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WCHA in a nutshell

The WCHA is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Established in 1951, the WCHA is a Division I conference of the NCAA comprised of these ten teams, listed in order of their current standings in the conference: Ferris State University, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Tech,

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Huskies Hockey treks to the great white north

For the past few years, Michigan Tech Hockey has made the voyage to Alaska during Thanksgiving break to play hockey in the great white north. That tradition continues this year as the Huskies take on the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Nov. 22nd and 23rd. The Huskies will then travel to Fairbanks the following weekend to

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Snow making: more harm than good?

Undoubtedly, one of the most important reasons that people choose to come to Michigan Tech is the snow. The area attracts snowmobilers, hockey players, ice skaters and probably most of all—skiers and snowboarders. Winter sports are simply ingrained in the Keweenaw culture. They bring people together and give us all a chance to enjoy our

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University Debt

College students hear a lot about debt. With tuition being what it is, very few students are paying for college in cash. But students aren’t the only ones with debt; the university itself is actually in debt as well. Michigan Tech has $78,450,000 in outstanding bonds, commonly known as debt. But how much is it

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The Last Revel to be a good time at the Orpheum this weekend

On Saturday, Nov. 23, folk band straight out of Minnesota, The Last Revel, will be performing at the Orpheum in Hancock.   The Last Revel is a group of three talented musicians, Lee Henke, Ryan Acker and Vinnie Donatelle, who all went to school in Mankato, Minn. They began playing as a band at open

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Single-gender pool hours request being reviewed

The Muslim Student Association has been renting the Student Development Center’s pool for its’ female members and their children in the past, but a new idea is in its infancy that could benefit all students. The Association led by Roba Bdair is pushing for times when the public could also enjoy single gender swim times.

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Winter Driving Tips

As the colors leave the trees and that white stuff begins to accumulate everywhere all drivers are welcomed to compete in Mother Nature’s edition of the Hunger Games. Winter driving can make expert drivers look novice. Follow these winter driving safety tips and reminders though and may the odds be ever in your favor. Obviously

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Monsters outside the Closet

Each year hundreds of students at Michigan Tech wear shirts with the phrase “Gay? Fine by me,” on them. Like students at most other schools, Tech students are generally supportive of the equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning individuals. Michigan Tech is also very supportive of its LGBTQ students and faculty and

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Cream

“My boyfriend and I have recently become more sexually active, but it’s a little embarrassing to go to the Hamar house when we need protection. We’ve been buying condoms from the store, but neither of us leaves campus very often. Where on campus can we go to get condoms and is there a way to

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Tech Curls in First Tournament of the Year

The MTU Curling Club went to Escanaba this past weekend for their first tournament of the season, Leigh’s Garden Winery Collegiate Bonspiel. It took place from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, and the Tech Curling Club ended with a fifth place finish after posting a 2-1 record. The tournament was sponsored by Leigh’s Garden Winery

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Debt wall gives visual representation of how much debt Tech students accumulate

It is nearly impossible to go to college without accumulating some form of debt. According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, new estimates of the state of the student loan market show that overall debt amounts are approaching $1.2 trillion. Federal loans alone are crossing the $1 trillion mark. Over 7 million student borrowers are

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Aggressive Defense Leads to Big Win

The Tech Men’s Basketball team won their match on Saturday, Nov. 16, by 20 points against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The final score was 78-58 in a game that was controlled by the Huskies for the majority of play. The game started slowly for the Huskies. The Bulldogs rushed to a 6-0 lead and worked

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Wild Sanctuary with Dr. Bernie Krause

Bernard L. Krause, born in Detroit, Michigan, is an American musician, author, soundscape recordist and bio-acoustician who coined the term ‘biophony’ and helped define the structure of soundscape ecology. He is also the founder of Wild Sanctuary, an organization which has been traveling the globe since 1968 to record, archive, research and expresses the voice of

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Working with Public Safety: Holiday Safety

*The Lode would like to introduce a new column. Working with Public Safety, this column will be featured in the News section twice each month, focusing on a different safety-related issue relevant to students and the campus community. If you have an idea or topic you would like to see covered in the Safety column,

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Diwali Night

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Diwali Night

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Diversity at Michigan Tech – point

“The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Technological University is a resource for preparing and empowering socially conscious leaders who will create the future” is part of the mission statement of Michigan Tech’s CDI. Despite the amazing work that the center and its staff have done, Michigan Tech’s campus only appears to be increasingly

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Graduate School: is it for you?

As graduation dates loom closer, graduate school often becomes a viable option for those who do not already have companies lined up for employment. But there are many other reasons why students opt for the route of a master’s degree or PhD. It’s very important to keep in mind why you are choosing to head

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Hockey From Across the Upper Peninsula

The Huskies have developed steady momentum and a solid style of play up to this point in the season. They have been contenders in all of their games, keeping up with the likes of Notre Dame and Michigan and even sweeping the series against Michigan State. The next team to enter the Student Ice Arena

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Eight Secrets to Success

Richard St. John, a success analyst, marketer and author of well-known book, “The 8 Traits Successful People have in common” and bestseller “8 to be great” has spent more than a decade and 500 interviews researching the lessons of success and instilling them into eight words. In a TED talk, John reveals these eight secrets

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A food taster with style

On Friday, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion gave rides and tickets to the thirteenth annual First Nations Food Taster at Northern Michigan University. This event gave an interesting look into the culture of the Native American groups of the region through their cuisine. Accompanied by the performances of a drum, dance and song performance

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The Ridge Roamers, a student organization at Tech made up of students and community members, spend much of their free time on the climbing wall located at the SDC
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Ridge Roamers Host Biannual Climbing Competition

The Ridge Roamers are one of the student groups at Tech that make this school such a unique place. The climbing wall at the SDC is where the groups’ individuals spend much of their free time. This past Saturday marked the date of the climbers’ fall competition, where rock climbing enthusiasts from Michigan Tech, NMU

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Breathe Owl Breathe visits the Orpheum

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, another night of fantastic local music unfolded to a packed house: the balcony, the lounge and the dancefloor were filled. There was a line stretching out of the door at 8 p.m. and the event opened at 7:30 p.m. Gratiot Lake Road, a  local trio

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Women’s Soccer Makes Program History

The Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer team wrapped up another historical season on Sunday after earning the GLIAC Tournament Runner-Up title. This was the first time in the program’s four-year history that the Huskies advanced to the GLIAC Final match. After earning the No.2 seed of the tournament with a 9-2-1 conference record, the Huskies faced

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Basketball Beats: The Men’s and the Women’s teams are prepared for season action to begin

The Michigan Tech Women’s Varsity Basketball team is looking to win it all this year. Starting ranked 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Huskies will have their work cut out for them this season. The Huskies schedule starts strong, but the Huskies will look to start off stronger and keep the winning going.

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Basketball Beats: The Men’s and the Women’s teams are prepared for season action to begin

Michigan Tech opens up the new season ranked third in the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Following two consecutive GLIAC titles, this young team will have to learn quickly to continue Tech’s winning ways. The Huskies are going for the GLIAC championship three-peat this year. “Our team goals are to continue

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a previous project the students designed, constructed  and implemented a hydrogen fuel cell into a John Deere
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Student Org Spotlight: Alternative Fuel Group

Of Michigan Tech’s many enterprises, only one is working to make alternative energy sources more applicable. The Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) is comprised of different alternative fuel interest teams, focusing on ideas like fuel cells, solar panels and geothermal capabilities. Since 2006, the AFG has been working in labs across campus and on local projects

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Celebrating our veterans

In November of 1918, fighting ceased between the Allied Nations and Germany; an armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. One year later, in November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first official Armistice Day, saying, “To us in America, the reflections

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OAP receives funds to purchase new equipment

After providing four years of bike rental service to students at Michigan Tech, The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) declared the need for some updated equipment. “The OAP is doing its best to keep the bikes in working order, but four years in a rental program is a long time if you look at most businesses

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Where does a Tuition Dollar go?

Ever wonder where a tuition dollar goes? It’s not too hard to find out. There’s actually a link on the University’s homepage, under “Budget and Performance Transparency Reporting.” The results are shown in a graph. As it turns out, around 61 cents on the dollar (~$105 million) go to pay faculty, staff, and students for

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Improving Michigan Tech employee wellness

In a world where fast food and slow metabolisms are the downfall of many, employees at Michigan Technological University have a flexible program to help them improve their physical wellness. Social Wellness, Employee Action, Teamwork or SWEAT, is the free program to benefit eligible employees as part of the comprehensive wellness initiative. The program is

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5 steps to STI protection

The ubiquity of sex within our culture, presently, is astounding; and as much as we don’t want to believe it, there are repercussions to this behavior. As of 2008, 110 million people had been infected by one of these diseases. Not only are more people infected and mentally impacted by the effects of these infections,

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Tech Alumnus dives into deeper meaning of life in ” Subtle implications”

Michigan Tech Alumnus Robert Wallick recently released his first book entitled “Subtle Implications.” A serious read, the book goes into depth about the meaning of life and how Wallick has come to view life after his experiences. Divided into two parts, Wallick starts the book in section one with a biography of himself and social

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Small Cameras now part of the uniform for public safety

For several years now, law enforcement has used various forms of devices with video capabilities. This year, Public Safety at Michigan Tech has joined in by adding a small camera as part of their daily uniform. “Six months ago we tried a camera that was part of a pair of glasses, but they were too

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Get between the gaps with mental floss

People are generally curious creatures, but finding the motivation to indulge their inquisitive nature is often difficult. With things like social commitments, laundry, homework and Netflix queues eating a chunk out of every day, making time for quenching the thirst for knowledge is nigh impossible. With Mental Floss however, everything a person could want to

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Diversity at Michigan Tech – Counterpoint

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs where my high school was filled with students from all different backgrounds from all over the world. Diversity was something that I never even thought about—it simply just existed all around me. I came to Michigan Tech because of the area—I wanted a change from the fast-paced city

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Volleyball falls 0-2 in final home games of the season

The Michigan Tech Volleyball team could not have asked for two tougher opponents to compete against in their final weekend of home matches for 2013 regular season. Both Ferris and Grand Valley are nationally ranked teams which currently hold second and first place in the GLIAC North standings with conference records of 11-2 and 12-1,

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“Pure Heroine” is raw, real and refreshing

The recent breakthrough, Lorde, released her latest album, “Pure Heroine,” on Sept. 27, and it’s still being talked about. Unlike her peers Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, Lorde makes a move to break the mold and provide a truly refreshing and real take on life as a young person in today’s world of raging parties

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A Despicable Movie

Some movies come along and are such a smashing success that they demand an immediate sequel, so that is exactly what the studio will release. Unfortunately, in some cases the result is a watered down and rushed production that has to rely on cliches and must lowbrow toward the lowest common denominator among its anticipated

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Psychological horror at its best

A movie becomes a classic when it proves that it will stand the test of time. It must have memorable moments and actors along with a solid storyline that will stick with the audience long after the credits roll. “The Shining” performs brilliantly as a classic psychological thriller because it has not only a haunting

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Can we make stress our friend?

In a TED talk titled “How to make stress your friend”, Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist talks about how we can prevent stress from impacting our health in a bad way by just changing our perception about stress and not viewing it as a bad thing. A study that was conducted on thirty thousand adults

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Limping Along- “What to expect from the fourth season of “The Walking Dead”

The incredibly popular show “The Walking Dead” recently began its fourth season on AMC. To no one’s surprise, it received near record breaking ratings with 16.1 million viewers. Unfortunately for this show, popularity doesn’t guarantee quality. The Walking Dead’s appeal used to stem from character development and interesting situations being amplified by the presence of

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Spartans in Husky Territory

The Michigan State Spartans will be making the trek into Husky territory this weekend for what is bound to be an electric weekend at the birthplace of professional hockey. One of the last times Michigan State played in Houghton was in February of 1974, an event which sparked a weekend attendance of 8,992 hockey fans.

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Meeting Mitch, the voice behind the mic

Ever wonder where the ‘Mitch’ comes from in Mitch’s Misfits? It stems from the voice of the Huskies. The voice heard introducing hockey games and announcing goals, penalties, when there’s one minute left in the period, power plays, you name it, the voice behind the mic is Mitch Lake. So, how did the name ‘Mitch’s

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Dinosaurs invade the Rock Garden

Some think dinosaurs are frightening, but there is no need to fright over the wooden additions to the Rock Garden outside of Fisher Hall. The dinosaurs were constructed as a project for the Kalen Larson’s Advanced Backstage Technology class. With different scales came dinosaurs of various heights and lengths. The tallest dinosaur was 4’6” and

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New Club Brings New Opportunities

Snow isn’t the only thing flying on the Michigan Tech Disc Golf Course. Despite the cold weather, the newly founded Disc Golf Club can still be found hosting events and improving the disc golf scene here at Michigan Tech. The Disc Golf Club is a new organization on campus. “We officially became a club just

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A daring coach

Coaching Michigan Tech’s Rowing Club is former elite-level rower Terry Smythe who has volunteered her time and effort for the past two decades to start and keep the program thriving. Many of Tech’s Rowing Club members first become involved during their college years. Some may think that learning to row at this age might be

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Holistic Medicine in the Keweenaw

With the growing amount of allergies and food sensitivities, many doctors and nutritionists are shifting away from the pharmaceutical industry when treating patients or clients. One area of study that has become more prominent is alternative medicine and healing. Otherwise known as holistic medicine, this is an science that nurtures care and health by encompassing the

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The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Nearly 38 years ago, on Nov. 10, Lake Superior claimed the lives of 29 men and sent the Edmund Fitzgerald to a watery grave. The loss of the ship and its crew is a mystery to this day and has become famous, only to be surpassed by the Titanic.   The final voyage of the

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Fight the flu bug

Like every year when the weather gets cooler and the leaves have fallen, viruses are beginning to find themselves on Michigan Tech’s campus and in the community. Coughing and sneezing, Kleenex and the germs of the winter months are starting to rear their ugly heads at students and community members. Whether it is a simple

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Cameras monitor use of Tech Trails

The Michigan Tech’s 21 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails, located on the south end of campus behind the SDC, are utilized by both community members and students looking to fill their lungs with fresh air while surrounding themselves with the beauties of the Keweenaw.   Participation and use of the trails have, in

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Patent & Trademark Resource Center

For all of those Michigan Tech students and community members in the surrounding area who just may have the next world changing idea or invention, the J. Robert Van Pelt & John and Ruanne Opie Library has a new resource that can make the road to obtaining a patent or trademark a whole lot smoother.

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Budgeting part VI: transparency

In preparation for our upcoming analysis of the university’s audited financial report, the Lode is releasing a number of articles relating to the university’s finances and budget. This week’s article discusses transparency in the budget process. Throughout the process of writing this series on the budget process, many individuals have expressed the idea that more

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Carbon Monoxide leak at Daniell Heights

On October 19th, a carbon monoxide leak in Building 2008 of Upper Daniell Heights sickened one resident before being identified and fixed. At 4:30 p.m., several students informed a Public Safety officer that one of their friends was feeling ill and took him to the hospital. There, the cause of the illness was identified as

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Smartphone addiction hurts communication

In between classes, there is a sea of students hustling to the next building with their heads down. They are engrossed in an entirely different world than the one going on around them; a world in which they can connect with nearly everyone with just a click of a button. When smart phones first started

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Peaches and Cream

“I’ve been dating my boyfriend for a few years now. Things are going pretty well, except in the bedroom. It’s fine, but nothing more. I’m bored and feel like we’re stuck in a rut. Is this normal and do you have any suggestions to spice things up?” Peaches: I bet you were all smiles and

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Undead U

This past Friday, November 1st, Undead U was held on campus. Four speakers presented different perspectives on zombies, from their context in mythology to why we find them so irresistible. The night could have been expanded into a one or two day conference because of all of the information the speakers wanted to cover.  At

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Point, Counter-point: Silk Road

In early October thousands of users logged on to the infamous black market website known as the Silk Road to find a notice that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized the website and shut it down permanently. While it was up and running, users could log onto Silk Road and pay for any number

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Soccer closes out regular home season 1-1

This past weekend, Michigan Tech Women’s Soccer went 1-1 in their last two home games of the regular season. Friday, Oct. 25, the team fell 2-1 in a tough battle against an undefeated Grand Valley State squad, but the Huskies came back with a 3-0 shutout against Ferris State on Sunday, Oct. 27. These results

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“From book to blog, ‘Eat, Live, Run’ feeds readers souls”

Looking for a read that not only provides quality life advice but also provides tasty and healthy recipes? Jenna Weber, a real women who has gone through a lot of life experiences that has shaped who she is and what she does today, started “Eat, Live, Run,” a blog primarily aimed at young women who

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Fauxgrass at the Orpheum

        Last Friday night, Fauxgrass played at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock. Fauxgrass is an acoustic contemporary bluegrass quartet who combines genres to create a unique sound. The current members of the group are Joey Shultz (banjo), Jason Wheeler (mandolin), Timothy McKay (upright b