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Thanksgiving Break

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As I’m sure everyone is aware Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and with it comes a much needed break. Be sure to take the time recharge and prepare yourself before the final three weeks of class. While I’m sure that you’ve heard it all before, if you do plan on traveling during break plan accordingly for the weather and road conditions. With the recent snowfall I’ve seen at least three accidents already from people driving too fast for conditions, so just remember to be aware. That being said let’s look at some events that are taking place before break starts.

The biggest event taking place is the start of the production run of “Fires in the Mirror”, a play being put on by the Visual and Performing Arts Department in the McArdle Theater. It chronicles the viewpoints of people from two different communities, Black and Jewish, connected directly and indirectly to the Crown Heights riot which occurred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in August 1991. How can these things happen? A child is hit by a car while playing on the sidewalk. In retaliation, a young man is stabbed to death. A community turns inward upon itself, neighbor set against neighbor. Can an out of balance world be set right? Playwright, Anna Devere Smith interviewed members of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Community and using their own words assembled a retelling of their solemn road from hate and violence to understanding. At once poignant and colored by powerful feelings, Fires in the Mirror is an unusual evening of theatre taking us to the heart of disaster and understanding and bringing us home safe. I should warn you that this play holds no punches when it comes to representing the truth of these events and may be emotional for some to watch. Also due to the weight that the material holds there will be no late seating. Shows run this Wednesday and Thursday and start at 7:30pm, tickets are free to students.

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Week 8

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I hope everyone had a good homecoming weekend. It was great to see so many people around campus enjoying the festivities.

As many of you are aware we have just started week 8 of the semester, meaning that we have officially hit the half way point. I think that this point in the semester is a good opportunity to access how things are going in your classes. If things haven’t gone too well so far there is still time to fix things and get back on track. Don’t be afraid to get help from any of the learning centers on campus or attend your professor’s office hours. These resources are there for a reason so make sure that you take advantage of them if it will help.

In other news the haunted mine tours are starting this weekend to kick off the halloween celebrations in the area. Tours will cost $12 and it’s recommended that you get your tickets in advance by calling 482-3101 or visiting the Quincey Mine’s gift shop. Here is the schedule for tours.

Friday, October 27th – 6:00, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:00 and 9:45pm
Saturday, October 28th – 4:30, 5:15, 6:00, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:00, and 9:45pm

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile

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This week I have to admit that my topic comes with some bias. I highly recommend that you take the time to attend the Visual and Performing Arts production of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” which opens this Thursday October 12th. This play is a comedy written by Steve Martin about a bar in 1903 Paris which Picasso, Einstein and 3rd mysterious character happen to visit. To explain things better, here is a quote from the show’s stage manager Alexandra Walker,

“The play explores the question ‘what is the power of genius?’ As Picasso and Einstein argue over who will be able to change the century more with their work, we come to the conclusion: Both art and science are important, summed up in the words of Freddie, the Lapin Agile bartender/owner Freddie, proposing a toast with his patrons: ‘No movement will be as beautiful as the note across the staff, the line across the paper, or the idea across the mind.’”

Show time is 7:30pm Thursday the 12th through Saturday the 14th as well as Wednesday the 18th through Friday the 20th. I personally have put quite a bit of time into the show along with many of my, and your, peers. So come and show your support for the Visual and Performing Arts department and stop by for a show.


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Career Fair

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After a bit of a delay, I’m back with a bunch of news on ways that you can get involved on campus. So let’s start things off with what is undoubtedly the biggest event around, career fair. Things start off today with a resume blitz from 11am-2pm in the MUB commons. This event gives you the opportunity to receive feedback and tips on how to improve your resume from company representatives before career fair starts. There is no need to register so feel free to stop by.

Wednesday is the day that the real event begins. Career fair will open at 12pm on Wednesday in the SDC multipurpose room. Take the time to stop by and talk with recruiters from many different businesses and get your name out there. Even if you’re a first year consider going to career fair to get a handle on what it’s like and to get some experience talking with people from the many companies.

If your looking to add to your leadership skills consider coming to the next HuskyLEAD workshop. These workshops happen multiple times during the semester covering a multitude of topics for improving leadership ability. This coming event is focused on service leadership and aims to show students how to plan and get involved in meaningful services projects in their community. This meeting will take place from 6-7pm this Thursday (9/28) in Wadsworth G17/19.

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Nearing the End

Spring has finally arrived in Houghton this past week and just in time for the last weeks of classes. I hope that everyone is keeping up with all of their work as classes are coming to close. It’s never too early to start preparing for any exams or projects that you know are coming up around the corner. Looking ahead can save you from a world of hurt come finals week.

Speaking of looking ahead, there is already an exciting opportunity to be further involved on campus for the fall semester. Auditions for the play “Fires in the Mirror” are taking place on Tuesday April 18th at 8pm in the McArdle Theater. Here is a short synopsis of what to expect from the play.

“How can these things happen? A child is hit by a car while playing on the sidewalk. In retaliation, a young man is stabbed to death. A community turns inward upon itself, neighbor set against neighbor. Can an out-of-balance world be set right?”

The audition will consist of a handful of short readings from the play along with some discussion afterwards. They are looking for 6-11 people of various races and religions and no acting experience is required to be a part. If you have an extra questions about the audition, or the play itself, please contact Roger Held.

Lastly if you want to come support the work of your commuter assistant, me, then be sure to come see the Superior Wind Symphony show “En Fuego”.  This year’s show features music from around the world with the shared theme of bringing the heat. I can’t think of a better way to officially end the past winter months. I will be involved with the sound work for the show so having lots of people at the show would be greatly appreciated. The show consists of three portions featuring the Superior Wind Symphony, the Campus Concert Band, and finally the combination of the two into Megaband! (featuring more than 120 members) It should be a great show and I hope to see you all there.

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Study Session

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I’d like to start this week’s blog by inviting all of you to the Wahtera Center’s Commuter Student Study Session. This Friday (4/7) from 3-5pm there will be an open study session available to all commuter students in library room 111. This session is a great opportunity not only to get some work done in a study space, but also meet other commuter students from around campus. It’s also a awesome chance to meet your very own commuter assistant. (I hear he’s a pretty alright guy) Snacks will also be provided if you needed yet another reason to come to the event. I hope to see you all there!

In other news if you feel like seeing something unlike what you’ve ever seen consider checking out the new art exhibit that has opened in the Rozsa Art Gallery. The exhibit is called “Amusement Park Avenue” and much like an amusement park features numerous different sights and sounds created by the faculty of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Contributing artists include Jared Anderson, Anne Beffel, Mary Cyr, Kent Cyr, M.C. Friedrich, Terri Frew, Lisa Gordillo, Roger Held, Bethany Jones, Susie Kilpela, Jeremy Littlefield, Josh Loar, Elizabeth Meyer, Christopher Plummer, and Jess Portfleet. The exhibit is already open for viewing with gallery hours on M-F 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sat. 1:00 – 8:00 PM. Be sure to swing on by and check out some of the interesting work being done by some of our campus’s professors.

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Busy Busy Busy

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I’m going to take this blog to talk about something a little bit more personal and then relate it back to all of you. Recently I’ve swamped with things to get done on campus. I was working on Keweenaw Awesome Fest, had a programming assignment to finish, was composing a song for a string quartet, all while getting ready to go to St.Louis for a conference. My time on campus since the end of the spring break has been purely a blur trying to get everything that I said I would get done finished. Now having returned from St. Louis and looking back on my experience over the past two weeks I realize that I pushed myself too far, further then I should have. Being a student at MTU asks a lot of a person and part of what defines a person is how they over come the challenges they face along the way. Many students, myself included, are trying to get the most from their time here by being very involved around campus. As commuter assistant and someone who is very involved himself I would say that everyone should be involved in something other than class. The key however is knowing when to stop and start prioritizing. During my past two weeks with all of the running around and late nights, things began slipping through the cracks. For the first time I forgot to do an assignment, and some of my work that I did hand in was not up to my standards. Even beyond school, the chaos started making me a worse friend as well. I stopped responding to texts for most of the time and told people I saw in the hall way I didn’t have time to talk. The morale of this whole story is that you need to learn how much you can actually do at one time. Knowing your limits is key to your success not only in college, but in the rest of your life. Being involved is great, but sometimes if you get asked to help out and you already have a lot of homework saying “no” is important. We’re all here to learn so make sure that you give yourself the time to do so.

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Thinking Ahead

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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.

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Half Way

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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.

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Back At It!

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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.

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