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Artic Warriors Back in Broomball

The Artic Warriors are back in another season of hard hitting, goal scoring, and action packed broomball. So far the Artic Warriors have played two games and lead the Wads West Conference 3 with impressive stats. The team has scored 22 goals, 3rd most in all of broomball,  in two games and played shutdown defense by not allowing any goals so far this season, 1st in all of broomball. The Artic Warriors are lead by their Captain, MSIII Amato, who has recorded 2 goals and 5 assists. The powerful offense has seen a power surge in MSII VanWert who has scored 6 goals and has 7 assists. MSIII St. Arnaud leads the team with 12 goals and 4 assists and has been seen in opposing goalies nightmares all season long. The stellar defense has protected MSIV goalie Pscheid by only allowing 13 shots so far this season. The defense is lead by enforcer MSIV Abbott who has recorded more penalty minutes (5) than points (4). Also protecting the net minder is MSIII Johnson who has a knack for stealing the ball and dishing it to the powerful offense recording 8 assists on the young season.  Despite being smaller in size MSIII Witteveen plays a defensive style of a large speed bump by ferociously taking out opponents before they can even think about shooting.

The Artic Warriors look to keep their winning ways this Saturday at 1015 where the square off for their third game of the season which can be seen through the broomball webcams at http://www.mtu.edu/webcams/broomball/gold/stream.html


Michigan Tech is 7th in the Nation for ROTC Participation

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Washington Monthly magazine’s newly released College Guide ranked Michigan Technological University 7th in the nation for its ROTC program and 15th for faculty receiving significant research grants.  The magazine’s latest rankings also placed Michigan Tech in the top 25 percent of all national universities and the top 18 percent for students earning bachelor’s degrees who go on to earn PhDs.

The magazine ranked 1,540 colleges and universities that award bachelor’s degrees.  Of that number, 279 are national universities, which offer PhDs as well as baccalaureate and master’s degrees.  Michigan Tech ranked 68th overall among those 279 national universities.

Service, which the magazine editors define as encouraging students to give something back to their country, looks at the size of each school’s Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC programs, relative to the size of the school; the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, relative to the size of the school; the percentage of federal work-study grant money spent on community service projects; the number of students participating in community service and total service hours performed, both relative to school size; the number of full-time staff supporting community service, relative to the total number of staff; the number of academic courses that incorporate service, relative to school size; and whether the institution provides scholarships for community service.


Army ROTC Spring Awards Ceremony

As the Spring Semester comes to a close, Cadets of the 1st Arctic Battalion at Michigan Technological University were rewarded for their hard work all year with the final awards ceremony. After the awards ceremony came to a close, the Change of Command ceremony began as C/LTC Alec Bigalke, C/CSM Alexandria Van Duzer, and the MTU ROTC Graduating Class of 2015 handed the Battalion over to C/LTC Nicholas Jones, C/CSM Alexander Abbott, and the Graduating Class of 2016. Best of luck to the new Battalion leadership and congratulations to our Spring Graduates: 2LTs Michael Braun (SC), Kevin Erkkila (EN), William Price (FA), Raymond Stetter (EN), and Dillon Wilkins (OD).

 

Awards Presented are as follows:

Gold Medal Athlete

-Cadets: Fitzpatrick, Herzog, Grifka, Pionke and Standing

Platinum Medal Athlete

-Cadets: Carey, Youngblood, Garner, Spicuzza, Abbott, Doering, Jones, Kinder, Shuler and Weeks

FTX – Fitzpatrick, Crapsey, Jung

Drill Team – Ruotsala, Carey

Most Improved Pt Award – Cadet: Simmering

Battalion Commander’s Athletic Award – Cadet Kinder

Benjamin Hall Cadet of the Semester Award – Cadet Chaney

Michigan Chapter of the National Society Daughters of Founders & Patriots of America – Cadet Carey

Society of the War of 1812 – Cadet Dallas St Arnaud

Reserve Officers Association – Cadets Grossman, Abbott and Pionke

Military Order of the Purple Heart – Cadet Weeks

The Military Order of the World Wars– Cadets: Bigalke, Jones, McLaughlin and VanWert

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. – Cadet Grifka

Retired Officers’ Association (MOAA) ROTC Medal – Cadet Kinder

Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) ROTC Honor Award – Cadet Shuler

AUSA ROTC Activities Award – Cadets Pscheid

American Veterans of World War II – Cadet Garner

Veterans of Foreign Wars Medal – Cadet Coon

American Legion Awards – Cadets Van Wert and Lackey

Sons of the American Revolution – Youngblood

Daughters of the American Revolution Award – Cadet Rouse

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Cadet Kinder

Superior Cadet Citiation – Cadets: Van Wert, Kostick, McLaughlin, and Weeks

 

Greater Michigan Awards

-Cadet Van Wert was presented the BAE Systems Award

-Cadet McLaughlin was presented the AM General Award

-Cadet Pscheid was presented the Munro and Associates Award

-Cadet Bigalke was presented the Lockheed Martin Award

-Cadet Grossman was presented the AUSA Award

-Cadet Jones was presented the General Dynamics Land Systems Award

-Cadet St Arnaud and Cadet Bigalke were also recognized for their hard work and dedication as Cadet Battalion Commanders for the Arctic Warrior Battalion.

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Army Cadets Build Strength

Some people lift weights to relieve stress and others do it to work on their beach bods. Army ROTC Cadets at Michigan Tech lift to condition their bodies because they know they will soon be responsible for leading Soldiers into battle. These dedicated Cadets have been participating in intense workouts at CrossFit Hakkapeliittain Hancock, MI. The Hakkapeliitta coaches do an excellent job facilitating workouts and ensuring Cadets get the most out of the session. Workouts usually consist of two parts, a more traditional strength exercise and a WOD (Workout of the Day) which is a grueling, timed circuit workout. The meaning behind the WOD’s is what motivates the Arctic Cadets even more. Each workout is a tribute to a fallen American service member.

This week’s workout was dedicated to U.S. Army Speci alist Scott Morrison of Blue Ash, Ohio. SPC Morrison died from wounds suffered in battle on September 26, 2010 when insurgents in Kandahar, Afghanistan attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device on September 25th. The grueling workout devoted to SPC Morrison consisted of 50-40-30-20-10 reps of: Wall balls with a 20lb ball, box jumps on a 24 in. box and 50 lbs. kettlebell swings. All of that had a 20 minute time limit, if all the reps had not been completed. As the first group of Cadets finished this extreme challenge, the next group anxiously awaited their turn to honor the fallen Soldier.

Written by Cadet Justin Pavliscak and Cadet Jack Youngblood

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The Arctic Warriors Hit The Trails!

Early in the morning, before the sun rises, and while most of Michigan Tech is sound asleep dreaming of Star Wars, the brave Arctic Warriors awaken to endure the bitter Houghton temperatures as they travel to the Nordic ski trails for morning PT. The crisp, quiet morning brings a peaceful feeling as the Cadets strap on their skis and journey out into the wilderness.

Lighting on the trails illuminates the path and shines on the fresh coat of ice. It glistens like the stars in the black night and like the twinkle of excitement in every Cadet’s eyes. Flying through the forest with each gliding stride, they master the steepest of hills and sharpest of turns. Although, one misstep causes absolute embarrassment as Cadets lose control and crash into untouched snow surrounding the trails. While falling is honorable; returning to the upright position brings a challenge that is harder than anything these young men and women have endured. Cadets try to rise again, but seem to have trouble using their legs, and resemble newly born calves taking their first steps.

As time passes, cross country skiing becomes natural and almost instinctive. It almost seems as if this was their destiny. The skis and poles are the machines fueled by the heart and by the muscle and as more power is pumped into the machine, more work is done. Heart rates increase and warm breathe steams, like exhaust, from the mouths of the future officers. The wishes of maximum PT scores drive them to push harder and faster throughout the entire morning PT.

Time runs short and a stampede of sweaty skiers flock back towards the glorious Nordic ski shack. Good skiers are recognized by their clean, untouched outfits while the bad skiers ride in powdered with granulated snow, holding their head as if it may have struck an old oak of the forest. As the final lost Cadets return, much later than they should have, Cadets are accounted for and released to thaw their bodies and fill their stomachs with the succulent feast awaiting them in the mess hall.

Having a great time!
Having a great time!
Ski time!
Ski time!
Watch out for this one
Watch out for this one
You might need more beard?!
You might need more beard?!
Let's go!
Let’s go!
Flocking!
Flocking!
Getting the hang of it
Getting the hang of it
Getting ready ski
Getting ready ski

Army Cadets Recognized for Their Recruiting and Academic Achievements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arctic Warriors held an academic and recruiting awards ceremony yesterday, 29 January 2015, to recognize the academic excellence and recruiting efforts of the Army Cadets.

A total of eighteen Cadets had sacrificed their own time participating in three or more recruiting events for the battalion. One Cadet was awarded the prestigious “Battalion Commanders Recruiting Award” for promoting the battalion and bringing an additional Cadet to the formation.

The majority of the Arctic Battalion, thirty Cadets, excelled academically during the fall semester, being either Scholars, Honors, or on the Dean’s List. Almost a quarter of the battalion attained a grade point average of 3.5 ,or better, placing them on the Dean’s List.

Battalion Commanders Recruiting Award

● Van Wert

Cadet Recruiting

● Bigalke
● Braun
● Coon
● Cory
● Erkkila
● Grossmann
● Jones
● Price
● Rouse
● Schaefer (MS3)
● Shuler
● Stetter
● St. Arnaud (MS4)
● Van Duzer
● Weeks
● Wilkins
● Winkler
Deans List

These cadets were presented with the Deans List award for achieving a semester GPA
between 3.5 and 4.0 for fall 2014.

● Bigalke
● Garner
● Grifka
● Grossmann
● Kinder
● Kostick
● McLaughlin
● Rouse
● Stetter
● Van Duzer
● Van Wert
● Youngblood
Cadet Honors

These cadets were presented with the Cadet Honors award for achieving a semester GPA
between 3.2 and 3.49 for fall 2014.

● Abbott
● Cory
● Jones
● Lackey
● Pscheid
● Schaefer (MS3)
● Spicuzza
● Standing
● St. Arnaud (MS4)
● Wilkins
Cadet Scholar

These cadets were presented with the Cadet Scholar award for achieving a semester GPA
between 2.9 and 3.19 for fall 2014.

● Carey
● Coon
● Doering
● Flaim
● Forbush
● Shuler
● Simmering
● Weeks

 

 

 


Comeback Kinder: It’s a Clean Sweep

The Arctic Warriors took to the ice once again, this time under the dark skies and the bright lights. They found themselves, in the frigid air, down two points and no goals to call their own. They had little hope of controlling the damage, with wave after wave of offensive onslaughts. However, they did not let these setbacks trouble their spirits.

Up for a challenge, the offense of “The Big Three,” Cadets Bigalke, St. Arnaud, and Van Wert, rallied to even the odds with two goals. Just as the Warriors seemed to be back in the game, another ball found its way past rookie goalie, Cadet Pscheid. Although, that was the last time that ball would ever see the interior of the Warrior’s goal, as Pscheid employed all parts of his body, including his head, to block oncoming shots.

The defense saw a lift, as well, as Captain Jennings made his debut on the ice. He shut down the opponent’s ability to gain control in the Warrior’s zone with aggressive play and soaring leaps. The Big Three stepped up again with a barrage of shots and a surgical placement by Bigalke to tie it up. For several minutes, both teams fought hard, but the Arctic Warriors broke through on the shoulders of Van Wert to take the lead in the final minute. From there it was a matter of the final countdown…a final countdown to victory.

Team work
Team work
Great Job!
Great Job!
Big Lake shoots!
Big Lake shoots!
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Radical
On the attack
On the attack
It's slippery out there
It’s slippery out there
Goal # 1
Goal # 1

 


New Brooms Sweep Clean: The Arctic Warriors Win Game Number Two

Sloppy Joes were on the menu at the broomball rinks today. If you’re like me, you love the combination of ground carcass and tomato paste, but this sloppy meat mess was less appetizing than your normal lunch special. In their second game of the season, the Warriors sloppily broomed along. Despite their lackluster presence, they were able to pull off a win. At first, the game seemed like it would be a blow out after Cadet Corey scored in the first minute with an assist by Cadet Pscheid. The offense, led by Cadet St. Arnaud, applied pressure, but forwards Bigalke and Van Wert were unable to capitalize on numerous opportunities. Cadet St. Arnaud was only able to put one shot away late in the second half, assisted by stud forward Cadet Bigalke. Master Sergeant Farmer found his feet this game and played solid defense with no penalties or big hits. Cadet Wilkins played stout defense which helped returning goalie Cadet Stetter survive serious barrages from the opposition. Once again, the Artic Warriors found themselves in the penalty box with enforcer Cadet Abbott throwing his broom. The Artic Warriors look to rest up and shore up their play before they play their next game this Saturday at 1600 on the Gold Rink.
Game Stats: Goals: Corey-1, St. Arnaud-1
Assists: Pscheid-1, Bigalke-1
Saves: Stetter-16/17
Penalty Minutes: Abbott-2(throwing stick)
Next Game: Saturday 24 Janurary 2015 Gold Rink, live streaming available on MTU broomball website

The Arctic Warriors Sweep Away The Competition!

After a long off-season the Artic Warriors were ready for the broomball season to finally begin. The team faced some terrible news earlier in the week. They found out that starting goalie Cadet Stetter would not be around and their highly recruited forward Captain Jennings was out due to injury. However, the Artic Warriors were able to miraculously overcome adversity and won the lopsided match, with a final score of  7-0. Cadet Bigalke led off the season with a quick goal in the first minute which reminded everyone why he is a strong candidate to win MVP this season. The Artic Warriors were able to keep the ball deep in opponent territory for almost the entire game. The defense, led by returning veterans Cadets Cory and Wilkins made sure that every shot on goal was an easy save for first time goalie Cadet Pscheid. First year player Cadet Van Wert showed his mettle with a solid performance, scoring two goals and applying offensive pressure. Team captain Cadet St. Arnaud was around the ball the entire game and will be appearing in every goalies nightmares with his tantalizing moves and wicked stick handling. Even the enforcer Cadet Abbott, joined in the fun with two goals of his own. However, the Artic Warriors were not spotless. Master Sergeant Farmer was sent to the penalty box for a tripping penalty on a female that was no more than five foot tall. The small girl did not let the tripping phase her and ended up laying out Master Sergeant Farmer and left him gasping for breath, as he laid on the ice.
Game stats:
Goals scored by: Abbott-2, Van Wert-2, St. Arnaud-2, Bigalke-1
Saves: Pscheid-15/15,
Penalty Miniutes: Master Sergeant Farmer-2(tripping)
Hits: Master Sergeant laid out by small girl
Next Game: Monday, 19 January 2015, start time 1220, Gold Rink, Live Coverage provided by Michigan Technological University
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Photo Credits: Captain Jennings

Army Cadets at CrossFit Hakkapeliitta

Physical fitness is a very important part of being a leader in today’s Army. As future Army officers and leaders, the Michigan Tech Cadets take this very seriously. Every Wednesday morning, our Cadets push themselves through intense CrossFit workouts at CrossFit Hakkapeliitta. Even though all of the cadets have been working out three days a week and are in excellent shape, everyone returns from Cross Fit Physical Training sore. This past week’s work out of the day was called “Hammer,” in memory of Army First Sergeant Michael “Hammer” Bordelon.

Deadlifts
Deadlifts
Hammer WoD
Hammer WoD
Bench press
Bench press