Week 7 updates

Hello Commuters! Now that everyone is good and busy with Midterms and projects due before Spring Break, we’ll be starting to do some more events to give your brain a little bit of a rest. Next week we’ll be having a movie night so look out for details about that. There’s also plenty of things going on around campus that are FREE for students and are just some cool activities to take part in.

Basketball and hockey are still going on so watch for those home games and get out to support the Huskies! Follow this link below to check out the schedule.



The Tech Theater will be putting on Antigone again this weekend and it is again FREE for students! Midterm grades will be available next week, so remember to check those out and gauge how you’re doing in your classes. Figure out what you need to focus more on to do the best you can this semester. Also with Spring Break coming up remember to relax, have fun, and be safe!

Week 13: Getting in the mindset

As everyone knows, we have just started up classes again after Thanksgiving Break and are gearing up to finish out the semester! It’s flown by, but there is still plenty to be done. While everyone is busily finishing up term projects and studying for finals, remember to give yourself a break. After awhile it doesn’t help to stare at information without taking anything in anymore.

We will be hosting an “Exam Jam” event Sunday, December 14th from 5 -8 pm in Fisher 126. Come and stop by to pick up some goodies and hang out!

Here are some of the things that will be happening on campus to give you a study break!

Fashion Show Poster

The pep band is an always entertaining way to get your mind off of things for a little while.

Saturday (12/06) from 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Barkell Elementary school, 1201 N Elevation St. in Hancock, Phi Taus will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast.  All fundraiser proceeds go to many different items for the school.  A $5.00 donation is suggested and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Diwali Night 2014 Final Poster A2


Choral-Orchestral Shuffle

We’re almost done with the semester so keep up all the awesome work that’s been going on!


It’s the End of the Semester…

It’s CRUNCH TIME for everyone now. We’ve gotten to the 11th week of the semester and things are definitely continuing to pile up, including the snow. If you just haven’t had time to work on that term paper, start studying for finals, or memorize the vocab, there isn’t a time like the present to start! Studying can be a pain in the butt, however the earlier you get it done, the less you have to worry about it later; you don’t want to be in that situation. Plus you’ll do better on your finals!

While it is important to make it to class, as we all know the weather up here doesn’t always agree. My advice is to talk to your professors about it before it becomes an issue. Driving becomes an issue very quickly and as I’m sure you’ve heard the University doesn’t shut down for really anything.

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Make sure you stay updated with the Safety First Alert system on campus as well as checking emails, Canvas, etc for information from your individual professors. If there is really NO way at all that you could ever even consider being able to safely make it to class because of the conditions, contact your professors and let them know. They are usually pretty understanding.


We’re also coming up on Thanksgiving Break. Make sure you do SOME studying before proceeding to stuff yourself and remember to BE CAREFUL while you’re driving or travelling!

Registration and Other Stuff

As you have all seen by now, class registration has started and most people will be signing up for spring classes within the next week. It is complete craziness, but as long as you know what to do you’ll make it through it just fine.

Tips and Tricks for registering for classes:

1: Find the courses you will need to be taking at this point. Talk to your adviser, upperclassmen in your major, professors, etc. You should figure out what you need to have before you go into register.

2: Go on to Banweb and look up the courses you need. Most will have several sections. Find out how these will fit together.

3: Map out your schedule. Chose the times, professors, etc that you want to have. See what you think will be best for you. There are a lot of resources out there to help with things like this. I personally use http://www.myedu.com/. Courses for MTU are synced with it and you can plan out your schedule. It’s also FREE!

4: Gather the CRNs for the classes you want to take. **double check for prerequisites and restrictions.

5: When it comes time to actually schedule your classes, you can plug in the CRNs and you’ll be all set!

If you need any other help with registration, go to the website for the Registrar’s Office (link below). There is a ton of information on what to do, how to do it, among other things. A handy tutorial video is also posted to their website.


It’s crazy to think that we are already in Week 10. Now is the time to start looking at your final exam schedule, prioritizing study time, and focusing on the end of the semester. There is always plenty to try and get done before we close out this Fall. Take some time to relax, don’t overload!


October Events

As the fall semester continues on, I’m sure everyone has been experiencing the joys of midterms, excessive amounts of homework, and the longing to just go back to sleep. To try and keep everyone awake and looking forward to the rest of the semester, here are some things that will be happening on campus for the next couple of week!

October 10th – 12th – It’s Family Weekend! Enjoy some Michigan Tech athletics, movies, the Pi-Mile, the list goes on. To look at the entire list of events go to http://www.mtu.edu/success/parents-family/family-weekend/events/.

October 16th – 18th and 23rd – 25thBaby with the Bathwater. It’s a satirical (if you don’t know what this means, see the Daily Bull for examples) comedy about raising a child. You can get tickets by going to https://rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu/Online/default.asp?menu_id=C3D2B05A-0C50-4E94-AA4A-E82E94E6CA91 and picking the date you would like to go.

Baby with the Bathwater

Also, go to http://www.michigantechhuskies.com/landing/index  for athletic events that will be coming up.

There are plenty more things to chose from throughout campus for the month. I will also be hosting an event sometime before the end of the month, so let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for that. Just get up and see all that Michigan Tech has to offer it’s commuter students!

I’ll be in the Student Activities office in the MUB for office hours every week. From 2 pm – 3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 am – 11 am on Wednesdays. If you have any questions or suggestions for commuter activities, feel free to drop by in person or email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

I’m here to help as a resource to the commuters at Michigan Tech!


Final Events for Final Exams

Can you believe it’s the last week of the semester?! Spring always seems to fly by, especially with this nice weather. Now that the semester is coming to a close, final exams are approaching, and they’re coming out swinging. To stay ahead of the game, or to enjoy a short study break, take a look at the following events that will be held this week and next week to help you stay focused:

Commuter Finals Study Session
Join us for some free food and help from Learning Center coaches in this specialized finals study session just for you!
Wednesday, April 23 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Fisher 125
Sunday, April 27 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Fisher 125

Pre Exam Jam 80’s Edition
Looking to squeeze in some fun before Finals Week?  Put on your most radical 80’s outfit and go to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s 80’s party! There will be a photo booth, a best dressed competition, guitar hero competition,and free food!
Thursday, April 24 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Hamar House

Finals Week has Gone to the Dogs
Do you love dogs? Looking to find an enjoyable study break where you can get in some quality dog time and free snacks? Join Wellness and OAP in some puppy playtime before finals!
Thursday, April 24 Tuesday, April 29 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at the OAP House

Don’t forget to utilize the learning centers too! They’re a fantastic resource for answering any questions and for helping you study for your finals:

Biological Sciences Learning Center
Where: Dow 744
Monday–Thursday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and 7:00–9:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunday, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Business and Economics—Tidwell Learning Center
Location: AOB G004

Chemistry Learning Center
Location: Chem Sci 208
Sunday–Wednesday, 7:00–9:00 PM
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Civil and Environmental Engineering Learning Center
Location: Dillman 102
Hours: Monday–Thursday 6:00–9:00 PM

Computer Science Learning Center
Location: Rekhi 114
Sunday 7:00–10:00 PM
Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 PM 7:00–10:00 PM
Friday 2:00–5:00 PM

Electrical and Computer Engineering Learning Center
Location: EERC 123
Sunday 6:00–8:00 PM
Monday–Thursday 1:00–4:00 PM and 6:00–8:00 PM

Engineering Learning Center
Location: MEEM 203

First-Year Engineering Learning Center
Location: Dillman 207/208

Forestry Learning Center
Location: Forestry Building 110

Mathematics Learning Center
Location: Fisher 234
Monday–Thursday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Sunday–Thursday 7:00–9:00 PM

Multiliteracies Center
Location: Walker 107
Monday–Thursday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Walk-in hours Monday–Friday, 11:00 AM –3:00 PM
Evening hours Sunday 6:00 PM–9:00 PM and Monday & Wednesday 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

Physics Learning Center
Location: Fisher 128
Monday 7:00–9:00 PM
Tuesday–Thursday 3:00–9:00 PM

Finals Study Session

With the end of the semester approaching at lightspeed, it’s time to start thinking about finals exams.  Preparing can be nerve-wracking, overwhelming, and stressful, so to compensate we’ve organized a Finals Study Session where learning center coaches from the Chemistry, Math, and Biology learning centers will all be present, along with other upperclassmen who have already taken the courses you’re in now!  To accommodate to your schedule, we’ve organized two study sessions (both with free pizza and snacks!):

Wednesday, April 23 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Fisher 125

Sunday, April 27 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Fisher 125

During each session, there will be free food to get your brain working at top efficiency, learning center coaches and upperclassmen to help answer any last minute questions you might have, and light study music to stimulate your mind. So join us for this fun, free, and extremely beneficial event! To RSVP, please email vjtaglio@mtu.edu.

April Events

We’re into the last month of the semester!  Can you believe it?  Below is a list of the wide variety and exciting events going on this month:

Friends of the Van Pelt Library Book Sale Pre Sale
A member-only pre book sale to raise money for the Friends of the Library.
Tuesday, April 1 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom

Friends of the Van Pelt Library Book Sale
Wednesday, April 2 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom

Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Scholar Presentation – Dr. Mitzi Montoya
The School of Business and Economics will welcome Mitzi Montoya as part of the VWMLS series. The campus community is invited to attend an open presentation titled, “University as Entrepreneur: The Role of the Institution in Driving Innovation.”
Thursday, April 3 from 2:00 – 3:30 EERC 100

Sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers, the Prom-Missed Dance is back! Get dressed up in that formal wear and enjoy a night of dancing, food, and fun.
Friday, April 4 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM MUB Ballroom

1913-14 Strike Symposium and FinnForum X: Two Events, One Experience
Retrospection and Respect: 1913-19 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium of 2014: This symposium will be on the centennial of the end of the Western Federation of Miners labor strike against mining companies in the Copper Country. Presenters will explore the role of labor organizations in the historical and contemporary American and European mining industries.
All day on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library and Fisher Hall

U.P. Poet Laureate Visits Michigan Tech
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has its own Poet Laureate, Russell Thorburn of Marquette. Thorburn will present an evening reading, workshop, and slide show event, sponsored by the Friends of the Van Pelt Library. The event is open to the public; all are invited to attend.
Thursday, April 10 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 in the Van Pelt Library and Opie East Reading Room

Night at the Ballet and Opera
The KSO, Tech Theatre, and Keweenaw-area dancers collaborate on two riveting nights of ballet and opera.
Friday, April 11 from 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

WHSA CoffeeHouse
It’s the final CoffeeHouse of the year!  There is no additional charge to attend, and complimentary coffee and snacks are provided. Students are encouraged to sign up at the event to sing, perform a musical instrument, tell a joke, or read a poem or perform other CoffeeHouse worthy skills.
Friday, April 11 from 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM in Wadsworth Dining Hall

John Luther Adams
John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world.
Tuesday, April 15 from 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Superior Wind Symphony: Musical Offerings
This program will feature a good helping of music from J.S. Bach.
Saturday, April 19 from 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Sing Me to Heaven
The choirs of Michigan Tech combine to present an evening of sacred music from varied religious traditions.
Saturday, April 26 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Information for this month’s activities courtesy of the University Calendar.

2014 Pride Week

The 2014 Pride Week will take place this week from March 17 – March 22.  This annual, week-long event is designed to commemorate and raise awareness of the the culture and identity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (GLBTQ) community within Tech’s campus and the local area.  This event is sponsored by Keweenaw Pride and includes various events during the week such as:

“Gay? Fine by me.” T-shirt give away
All week in the Fisher Lobby and Dow Atrium at 11:00 AM

Hangout with Keweenaw Pride
Tuesday in the DHH Lounge at 6:00 PM

Free Kinky Boots Film Screening
Wednesday in Fisher 135 at 8:00 PM

“Women’s Health and the Constitution” presentation by speaker Sandra Fluke
Thursday in the MUB Ballroom A1 at 6:00 PM

“Gay? Fine by me.” T-shirt Picture
Friday Dow Main Atrium at 12:00 PM

The 14th Annual Drag Show
Saturday at the Rozsa Center at 8:00 PM

For more information about the 2014 Pride Week or for more information on Keweenaw Pride, please visit the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 23 – March 1 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, where  mental-health professionals around the country
dedicate the week to raising awareness and knowledge of the dangers of eating disorders.   Michigan Tech is involved in Eating Disorder Awareness Week, as Counseling Services is offering free and confidential eating disorder screenings on Thursday, February 27  from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the MUB Peninsula Room to help students diagnose and treat any eating disorders they may be struggling with.

In addition to this, Counseling Services, Psi Chi, and the Association of Psychology students have invited director, writer, and producer Daryl Roberts to Michigan Tech to speak about his film series, America the Beautiful.  Roberts made the trek to Tech last year to show the second film of the series, America the Beautiful: The Thin Commandments, and will show his triquel America the Beautiful: The Sexualization of Our Youth on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 PM in Fisher Hall, followed by a Q&A with the director himself.

If you or someone you know is passionate about America’s obsession with beauty, sexualization of women, and emphasis on body image, then this film screening if for you!  For more information on America the Beautiful and the Counseling Services’ eating disorder screenings, please email counseling@mtu.edu.