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Thinking Ahead

Hello Commuters!

I hope everyone had a great spring break and are feeling recharged to tackle the rest of the semester. Now while you’re getting back into all of your class work and other activities don’t forget that registration is taking place this week. Be sure to check your registration status on banweb to see exactly when your registration period begins. It’s always best to register right away to get into classes that you fear may fill up. When you’re looking for classes to take semester another good idea is to plan beyond just the next semester. If you’re looking at going into your third year at tech, you should be trying to form a plan of what classes to take until graduation. If you’re not careful classes you planned on taking later may conflict one another leaving you stuck for another semester or two because of poor planning. Also make sure you’re taking care of some of the general education requirements along the way. I know for me it can be easy to become focused on getting degree specific classes done, but it’s best to try and work in some other classes along the way. No one really wants to take 4 exercise classes their last semester. All in all just make sure that you have a plan for yourself. I guarantee it will make the rest of your college career a lot less stressful and focused.

Moving on; an activity available to all students this weekend is Keweenaw Awesome Fest. Keweenaw Awesome Fest, also known as kfest, is a short weekend music festival being held this Friday and Saturday in the McArdle Theater. The event is brought to us and organized by the campus radio station, WMTU. This year the event is divided into a different genre for each night with Friday being “Head Bangers” and the Saturday block being “Hippies”. Headlining this year’s show is guitarist Cory Wong. Wong has gained fame through his work with the group Vulfpeck and now will be gracing the kfest stage. For a full list of group performances be sure to check the WMTU facebook page. Doors open at 5:30pm both nights with tickets costing $5 for one night or $8 for both.

That’s all I have for now, but be sure to check back next week for another issue of..

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Half Way

Hello Commuters!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached week seven of the semester. It seems like just yesterday I was double checking that I was going to the right room for my classes. Now that we’re at the half way point however it’s important to take a look at how you’re doing. Take some time to look at your grades and evaluate how you think the class is going. Are you meeting your own expectations for the class? Do you understand the material that’s been covered so far? How could I improve? If you’ve had a bad first midterm you shouldn’t dwell on it. Now is the time to make the change needed to improve in the class. There is still plenty of time to fix things that maybe didn’t go as well as you had hoped. We’ve all made mistakes, but we have get past them and learn from the experience.

Another thing to consider is how are you doing? When working under the stress that comes with a full college class load we often forget to take the time to think about our own well being. While work is important you should also be taking some time to enjoy yourself every once and awhile. Whether that be going out on a Saturday night or even just taking a break from homework to enjoy a peaceful dinner. Taking a break can not only help alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling, but when you return to the work your mind will be sharper because of it. If you feel that you ever need someone to talk to about how you’re doing remember that Michigan Tech does offer counseling services to all students. There’s no need to be afraid of using counseling services either as they are private sessions and are willing to help any student who feels they need it. During these winter months many people suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you ever feel that something is wrong don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to come back next week for another issue of…

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Back At It!

Hello Commuters!

I hope everyone had a great winter carnival this year. Walking around during the all nighter it was great to see so many students out and participating in the activities. Hopefully everyone got in some much needed rest and are ready to tackle the next few weeks and, if you’re like me, some midterms. Now let’s take a look at some upcoming events around campus.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the play being put on by the VPA department Sexual Perversity in Chicago. This play about the strange world of American sexual behavior will be taking place in the McArdle Theater February 17-18th and 23-25th at 7:30pm. From what I’ve seen of set and rehearsals I can guarantee this will be another great show from the VPA department. I know the students involved have put forth a lot of work into the show so come out and support your peers. The show is $13 for adults and $5 for youths, but of course if you are a tech student the show is free through the Experience Tech Program. The show does contain mature and graphic language, so maybe consider a different activity for your visiting little sibling to enjoy.

If your looking for a chance to show off your dance moves then check out the African Beat Dance Night. The dance is being put on by the African Students Organization as a part of their fundraising efforts for the Africa Night event coming up in March. Cost of admission is $3 for the public and $2 for students. Apart from the dancing admission also gets you your fill of pizza, drinks and other snacks. The dance takes place this Saturday, February 18th, from 8pm-11pm in the MUB Alumni Lounge (107A).

Lastly I would just like to remind everyone that career fair is just around the corner. I’m sure you’ve seen the emails sent out about it, but if you’re considering going be sure to pre-register for the fair at career services. I wish all of you going the best of luck on your search for a career or internship. There’s bound to be a lot of people there to competing for those spots, so make sure to represent yourselves well.

That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to come back next week for the next issue of …

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It’s That Time of the Year!

Hello Commuters!

As I’m sure all of you are aware winter carnival is just about upon us. With carnival comes a whole mess of events and opportunities to have fun and get involved on campus. However, I would like to take this time to remind everyone to stay safe during carnival activities. Remember if you are out working on statues during the all nighter to stay warm and take breaks to go inside if it’s too cold. Dressing in layers is the best way to conserve heat while working outside so maybe throwing on an extra t-shirt under your coat could make the difference between having an enjoyable winter carnival and getting hypothermia. Now onto some actual events taking place this week.

If you’re reading this today (2/3/17), then you still have time to go and see the Superior Wind Symphony show at 7:30PM in the Rozsa Center. Titled “Michigan Music” the show will feature songs by artist such as Stevie Wonder and the Count Basie Orchestra. The symphony is comprised mainly of students here at MTU such as yourself and their shows are always very well performed.

If your interested in study abroad come join International Programs and Services for an informational session. The session will be focused specifically on students interested in taking their study abroad in Japan. Information will be provided about housing, scholarships and the application process to make the trip. If you’re interested be sure to come to the session on February 13th from 6-7:30 in MUB Ballroom B3.

Lastly the MUB will be hosting a live band karaoke night this coming Wednesday during the all nighter. Much like regular karaoke you and your friends have the chance to sing along with your favorite songs, but instead of having a machine a live band will be present. Boasts a knowledge of over 500 songs to choose from the backing band will be sure to have something that appeals to your taste. The karaoke will run from 8-11pm in the MUB commons so feel free to stop by.

That’s all I have for now, but remember to come back next week for another post in The Commute!

Drew


New Year, New Commute!

Hello Commuters!

I’d like to start this new year of The Commute by introducing myself, Drew Stockero, your new commuter assistant. For those of you who frequently read The Commute, former commuter assistant Erica LeClaire has earned her bachelor’s degree in History and moved on from the position. (Congratulations Erica!) For a little background about myself I’m a second year Audio Production and Technology Major from the not so far away town of Hancock. I’ve been around MTU for a most of my life and I love the sense of community that this campus fosters. I hope to continue to form this community with all of you, the commuter students, by extending to you the opportunity to join me in various activities throughout the semester or come visit me during my office hours. (Tuesdays 9-11am and Fridays 2-4pm Wahtera Center Room 160) Feel free to stop by if you ever have any questions or even if you want to chat. For now, that’s enough about me, let’s dive into a couple of the upcoming activities being offer across campus.

For those of you who enjoy live music, the Michigan Tech jazz ensembles will be celebrating 50 years of jazz on campus with shows at 7:30pm January 27th and 28th at the Rozsa Center. The shows will feature MTU jazz combos such as Jaztec, Astrosax, and Momentum who I’m sure will bring their signature blend of funk and jazz fusion. The Rozsa stage has been transformed into a jazz club to ensure a true jazz experience. Admission is free for MTU students through the Experience Tech program so be sure to swing on by for what I’m sure will be great shows.

If your looking for a new way to get involved on campus while contributing to make our community a better place, look no further. The Husky Food Access Network (HuskyFAN) is currently in need of volunteers. HuskyFAN is the campus food pantry that helps hungry students get the food they need to remain healthy and successful. Any amount of time you are able to offer, HuskyFan is in need of more volunteers. If you’re interested in being a volunteer send an email to huskyfan@mtu.edu. If you have any questions feel free to contact Whitney Boroski at wmborosk@mtu.edu.

That’s all I have for now, but be sure to check back next week for another post in The Commute!

Drew