Archives—March 2011

Student News Briefs: March 25, 2011

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FILM BOARD:  This week the Film Board is showing “Tron: Legacy in 3D.”  The shows will be on Friday (today) at 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm, and Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 pm, 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm.  Please remember to bring your Tech ID so you can check out 3D glasses.  Tickets are $3.00 and concessions range from 25 – 75 cents.

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SPRING CLIMBING COMPETITION:  Come join the Ridge Roamers for their Spring Climbing competition on Saturday, March 26th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Climbing Wall in the SDC.  The cost is $15.00, which is due upon check-in at the event.  The comp is limited to 50 competitors, so be sure to register as soon as possible.  Walk-ins are allowed if there is still room left in the schedule.  Register by sending an email to climb@mtu.edu and include your name, sex, desired competition division (beginner / intermediate / advanced and climbing time preference (if any).  Visit http://climb.students.mtu.edu for more information, or contact us at climb@mtu.edu.

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SAHAJA MEDITATION:  Please join us for the Sahaja Meditation Meetings held every Thursday in the MUB from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.   These meetings are free of charge and can be attended by anyone interested in learning the effects and benefits of meditation.  The meetings are held either in the Alumni lounge A or Peninsula Room A.  For questions, contact Pranay at pnagar@mtu.edu.

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CHESS TOURNAMENT:  A USCF Chess Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 26 in Wads Room G17.  Registration opens at 8:00 am.  The first round begins at 9:00 am, and other rounds are at 10:45, 1:15, 3:00 and 4:45 pm.  The entry fee is $5.00.  USCF membership is required and can be purchased on-site if necessary.  For more information, contact Sean Groustra at smgroust@mtu.edu, or (231) 557-1720.  Please note that event details and round start times are subject to change if necessary and will be announced on site.

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CLASS TRIBUTE PROGRAM:  Attention all students graduating in April 2011:  The Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) invites you to make your upcoming commencement day even more special by participating in the Class Tribute Program.  It’s an opportunity for you to recognize someone special to you in the printed commencement program.  Just go to http://www.mtu.edu/giving/today/programs/class-tributes/ for program details and find out how to participate.  The deadline for tributes is Friday, April 1, 2011.

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JAZZ CONCERT:  Announcing the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert this Saturday, March 26, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 pm.  Join us to celebrate the jazz legacy of the late Don Keranen on Saturday, March 26, 7:30 pm at the Rozsa Center. You will hear two large jazz ensembles, the Research and Development Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band, performing an eclectic mix of classic and modern jazz, Latin jazz, blues, funk, rock and original arrangements.  Ticket prices for the general public are $10 for Adults, $5 for Students, and Michigan Tech Students free with I.D.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 487-3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073 or go online at tickets.mtu.edu.  No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please.

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SUPERIOR WIND SYMPHONY RESCHEDULED:  The Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band concert has been rescheduled!  The date has moved from (today) Friday, March 25 to Saturday, April 9, and the location has changed from the Rozsa Center to the McArdle Theater.  To purchase tickets contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 487-3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at (906) 487-2073, or go online at tickets.mtu.edu.  Tickets will also be available at the door of the McArdle Theatre the evening of the performance.

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PRIDE WEEK SCHEDULE

Keweenaw Pride, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) organization on campus, kicked off their annual Pride Week celebration Wednesday. This week has been a work in progress for the organization since September, and it is a celebration of diversity, bringing together many people of many different origins and orientations in a week full of discussions and panels meant to open minds and break stereotypes.

Sunday: Film: “Prop 8″, 8pm in Fisher 135

March 27th is our annual film night. We’ll be showing “Prop 8: The Mormon Proposition”, a movie described by IMDb as  “a scorching indictment of the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.”

Monday: Safer Sex Night, 8pm in the Wads Annex

March 28th is our Safer Sex Night. We’ll be going over a variety of safer sex practices that help prevent the spread of STIs.

Tuesday: Guess the Straight Person, 7:30pm in the DHH Ballroom

March 29th is our annual Guess the Straight Person event. Come meet our panel and guess their orientation. This event is meant to prove that not all stereotypes indicate a person’s sexual orientation.

Wednesday: JAC Stringer, 7:30pm in the MUB Ballroom

March 30th is a presentation by Activist JAC Stringer. JAC is well known for his educational and entertaining presentations, and we hope everyone will come and learn about some things that not many know about.

Thursday: Taboo Talk, 7pm in the DHH Ballroom

March 31st is Taboo Talk. Got a topic that is taboo in your community that you want to know more about? Come to this event!

Friday: 11th Annual Drag Show, 8pm in the Rozsa Theater

April 1st is the 11th Annual Michigan Tech Drag Show! This year, we’ll be featuring the extraordinary talents of Joey Black, Tabitha Stevens, Cass Marie Domino, and, coming all the way from Las Vegas, DuWanna Moore! Seats fill up fast, so get there early!

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ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOWCASE:  The community is invited to The Great Lakes Showcase, a regional arts and crafts exhibition, opening on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 pm in the Rozsa Center Art Gallery.  The exhibition will feature the work of nearly 50 regional artists.  Awards of over $2,000 will be made to participating artists for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories.  The Great Lakes Showcase exhibition is free and open to the public, and opens with a reception on Monday, March 28, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, when the awards will be announced.  The exhibit will continue until April 29.   The hours of the exhibit are 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday-Friday. 

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BIOLOGY WEEK SCHEDULE:  Support Phi Sigma by participating in this year’s Bio Week April 4-8.  Attend one or all of the many events related to the biological sciences being hosted this week.

Monday (April 4th): Save a life and register to become an organ donor.

            MUB Commons: 10-2

Tuesday (April 5th): Research presentations by faculty of the biology department:

   Dr. Mike Gibson, Dr. Qing-Hui Chen, Dr. Mi Hye Song, Dr. Thomas Werner, Dr. Rupali Datta

            M&M U113 7-9pm

Wednesday (April 6th): Watch Blue Planet with Snacks and drinks!

            DOW 642 6pm

Thursday (April 7th): Book and Bake Sale

            DOW 6th floor atrium 11am-3pm

Friday (April 8th): Walk dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society

            Meet in DOW 6th floor atrium at 4pm

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WHIMSY!:  The Michigan Tech Concert Choir will perform its annual spring concert, titled “Whimsy!”, on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the Rozsa Center.  Classical art-song, folk-songs and musical theatre selections make this concert appealing to all audiences!  Highlights of the concert include three selections from “Nonsense” by Richard Rodney Bennett, “The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard” by Benjamin Britten, the folk-song suite “Women on the Plains” by Alice Parker, and “O Schöne Nacht” by Johannes Brahms.  The concert is open to the public.  Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for students and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 487-3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at (906) 487-2073, or go online at tickets.mtu.edu .

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STANDATHON 2011

Join us at Standathon on Friday, April 1 for a night full of awesome activities, prizes and food!!!  Standathon 2011 will be held in the SDC from 7:00 pm – 7:00 am.   Some of the activities at Standathon include sumo wrestling, a 65 ft inflatable obstacle course, black light mini golf, laser tag, live bands, food eating contests, dance lessons, karaoke, water polo, kayak lessons, MTU’s Got Talent Show and so much more!  Food will be served all night and prizes will be raffled off every hour.  The grand prize this year is an Xbox Kinect.

The entrance fee is $10.00.  The cost of and entrance fee AND a Standathon T-shirt is $15.00.  The cost of an entrance fee, T-shirt, AND Grand Prize Bracket for Xbox Kinect is $20.00!

The best part about Standathon is that every dollar raised is donated directly to Bay Cliff Health Camp, a camp for children and adults with disabilities.  This is the fifth annual Standathon and we hope to make it the best one yet by setting a goal to raise $7,000 for Bay Cliff!  Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!!

Special feature:  Jordan Tobey’s band “Bear in Mind” will be playing at Standathon at 1:30 am.

For questions about Standathon, please contact Hilary Cadeau at hscadeau@mtu.edu.

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PROGRAMMING COMPETITION:  Put your AI to the test! On April 9, 2011 the 4th Annual BonzAI Brawl programming competition will take place in the CS department at Michigan Technological University.  The programming will be an all day event, where teams of 1 to 3 contestants will implement an AI player for a game. The contestants will be given the details of the API the day of the competition and must design a winning strategy within the 8 hours allotted.  After coding ends, the AIs are pitted against each other, in a tournament (known as the BRAWL).  Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer for their favorite AI at the BRAWL.  For more information about BonzAI Brawl or to register your team, visit http://wics.students.mtu.edu.  All teams must register by March 30, 2011.

Sponsored in part by a donation from LaSalleTech, Consistacom, Jackson, GE Aviation and the CS Department. 

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PEKING ACROBATS:  Bring the whole family to the Rozsa Center next Tuesday night to see the amazing PEKING ACROBATS® on March 29, 2011, at 7:30 pm.  The Copper Country will be treated to feats of acrobatic grace and agility, thrilled by high-wire walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics.   Ticket prices for the general public are $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors, and Students $14.  To purchase tickets contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 487-3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073 or go online at tickets.mtu.edu – No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please.

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SPRING FLING 2011

Join us for Spring Fling 2011 on Friday, April 15 from noon to 5:00 pm on the Campus Mall.  Get a table by signing up at the MUB Board counter in MUB 106.  Use the GOLD registration form and include the name of your organization or department along with a contact name and email address.  Spring Fling 2011 has an 80’s theme, with classic 80’s arcade games sponsored by the MUB Board.  Feel free to follow the theme in games, giveaways and food choices for your booth or table.

Please note anything beyond packaged food must be prepared by Dining Services.  Questions can be directed to Bob in Dining Services at rwhiltun@mtu.edu.  Also, any demonstration or activity where participation or action may put someone in danger must have a Risk Management Plan submitted approved by Wednesday, April 13 at noon.  Questions can be sent to Rachel in Student Activities at activities@mtu.edu.

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MOTORCYCLE STUNT SHOW:  On Friday April 15 during Spring Fling the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club of Michigan Tech is hosting a motorcycle stunt show!  Two great groups will be performing on our campus:  Sick Air FMX, featuring freestyle motocross tricks, and the Smage Brothers, featuring trials riding.  Shows will begin at noon, 2:00, and 4:00, and are free for everyone.  PLEASE NOTE:  The shows will take place in Lot 27 (the $2 lot) so this lot will be unavailable for parking.  Questions can be directed to Kaitlyn Bunker at kjreed@mtu.edu.

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Michigan Tech Huskies Fan Bus

Michigan Tech Athletics is organizing a fan bus to travel to St. Joseph, Missouri for the NCAA Women’s National Championship game (depending if Michigan Tech wins the semi-final game on Wednesday night). Those interested in taking

the fan bus should contact Steve Nordstrom at 487-3071, 370-0240 or spnordst@mtu.edu.

The cost of the fan bus could range from $100-$140 per person depending on the number of fans who take the bus. The bus is limited to 53 passengers and will be first come first served. Ultimately, the bus will only go if demand is great enough, so you must confirm by Thursday at 4 pm The bus will stay Friday night and return on Saturday. Lodging details will be announced in the near future.


Student News Briefs: March 18, 2011

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP NOMINATIONS DUE TODAY: Nominations for the Student Leadership Awards need to be submitted by (today) Friday, March 18, 2011.  All awards and information about each can be found on the web at www.sa.mtu.edu/awards/ .   Once you find the award, simply click on the award header/description and submit the nomination.

Please take a minute to nominate a student or colleague today. Each nomination will enter you into a drawing for one of four $100 gift certificates from the Campus Bookstore.  If you have any questions concerning the awards, please contact Lynda Heinonen at 487-1832 or lheinone@mtu.edu.

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INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 2011: International Night 2011 “The World is our Stage” will be celebrated this Sunday, March 20, beginning at 6:00 pm with dinner in the Memorial Union Commons and a performance at 8:00 pm in the Rozsa Center.  Tickets are $15.00 general admission and $12.00 for students and include both the dinner and performance.  Tickets can be purchased at the Rozsa desk or online at www.tickets.mtu.edu.  For other questions, contact Meet Vasani at mjvasani@mtu.edu.  International Night is sponsored by the International Club at Michigan Tech.

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FREE LATIN DANCING LESSONS: Join us for free Latin dancing and treats this Saturday, March 19, from 8:00 pm to midnight in the Wads Dining Hall.  No prior experience is necessary to participate.  For questions, email Lucia at lmgregor@mtu.edu.  The event is FREE and paid for by The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and The Inter Residence Hall Council (IRHC).

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SWE PRESENTATION/PANEL DISCUSSION/ELECTIONS: Join the Society of Women Engineers on March 23rd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Room 101 of the Chem Sci for a presentation by recent Michigan Tech grad, Kathleen Nackers.  Nackers will be giving a technical presentation about her work as an engineer with Caterpillar that focuses on new Tier4 engine emissions and technology.  There will also be a panel discussion on post-undergraduate options and elections will take place for next year’s executive council and committee chairs.  SWE is a co-ed organization open to all majors.  For questions, contact Alicia Walby at amwalby@mtu.edu.

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EARTH WEEK EVENTS: Earth Week will be celebrated March 23-24.  Students for Environmental Sustainability is hosting transportation themed events for Earth Week.  Wednesday, the Sundance Festival Winner, “Fuel” will be shown in M&M U115 at 7:00 pm.  Thursday is “Take the Stairs Day”- a healthy and simple way to reduce our energy consumption.  Also on Thursday in M&M U115 at 7:00 pm, Katie Alvord is giving a lecture titled “The Greenest Routes from A to B.”   She is the local author of “Divorce Your Car” and free copies will be given to the first 50 people!  For questions about the event, contact Jenna Parker at jparker@mtu.edu.

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BLOOD DRIVE: As part of Greek Week, the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 24 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Friday, March 25 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  The blood drive will be held in the Rozsa Center Lobby.  All students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to participate.  Please call (906) 487-1963 for an appointment.  All appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes, so no lines!

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BRA SHOW NEEDS MODELS AND DESIGNERS: Models and Designers are still needed for the Bra Show to be held on Friday, March 25 at 8:00 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom.  Models will have to arrive at 7:00 pm, and designers should send a picture of your bra to sis@mtu.edu.  The event is open to the community and donations will be accepted at the door.  Refrreshment will be provided.  This year, Mary Wright will discuss her experience with breast cancer followed by the FASHION SHOW.  The Bra Show is a fun and informative fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Bra show is both a fun and informative fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This year Mary Wright will discuss her experience with breast cancer followed by the FASHION SHOW.

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WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY: Women’s Wednesday will be held on March 30 at 7:00 pm in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.  This discussion will focus on the differences between Feminism & Womanism and how they affect our lives today.  For questions, contact Talisha at tlsutton@mtu.edu.

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STANDATHON 2011: Standathon 2011 will be held on Friday, April 1 from 7:00 pm – 7:00 am in the SDC.  Some of the activities at Standathon this year include sumo wrestling, an inflatable obstacle course, black light mini golf, laser tag, live bands, dance lessons, karaoke, water polo, kayak lessons, MTU’s Got Talent Show and so much more!  There will  be awesome food and prizes!  The grand prize this year is an Xbox Kinect.

The best part about Standathon is that every dollar raised is donated directly to Bay Cliff Health Camp, a camp for children and adults with disabilities.  This year marks the five-year anniversary of Standathon and we hope to make it the best one yet by setting a goal to raise $7,000!  If you are interested in volunteering at Standathon, please contact Hilary Cadeau at hscadeau@mtu.edu .  We hope to see you there!!

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SPRING CLIMBING COMPETITION: Come join the Ridge Roamers for their Spring Climbing competition on March 26th from 9AM-4PM at the Climbing Wall in the SDC.  The cost is $10.00 for pre-registration by March 23, and $15.00 after that.  The comp is limited to 50 competitors, so be sure to register as soon as possible. Walk-ins are allowed if there is still room left in the schedule.  Payment is due upon check-in at the event.
To register, send us an email to climb@mtu.edu with the following information included:
-> Name
-> Sex
-> Desired Competition Division (Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced)
-> Climbing time preference (if any)

Visit http://climb.students.mtu.edu for more information, or contact us at climb@mtu.edu.

SPRING FLING 2011

When & Where?
Friday, April 15
Noon-5:00pm on Campus Mall
Spring Fling is always the Friday of Week 13 of the Spring Semester

How do I get a Table?
Sign up at the MUB Board counter in 106 MUB on the GOLD registration form with name of organization or department along with contact name & email
Tables locations will not be assigned but rather first-come, first-served. (groups will have choice of table in the order of arrival)

What is the Theme?
Spring Fling 2011 has a 80’s theme with Classic 80’s Arcade Games sponsored by MUB Board
Feel free to follow the theme in games, giveaways and food choices for your booth/table.

PLEASE NOTE:
Anything beyond packaged food must be prepared by Dining Services.
(University Food Policy 2.1008) “only food prepared by the Memorial Union or Residential Services shall be permitted to be distributed or sold on campus or at events sponsored by the University.”  http://www.admin.mtu.edu/admin/policy/gen/1008.htm
Violators are at will of being sanctioned by the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department.
Questions can be sent to Bob in Dining Services at rwhiltun@mtu.edu

Any demonstration or activity where participation or action may put someone in danger, must have a Risk Management Plan.
Plans must be submitted and approved by Wednesday, April 13 at Noon.
Questions can be sent to Rachel in Student Activities at activities@mtu.edu

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Let the Madness Begin!

Please come cheer on Michigan Tech Woman’s Basketball:
Photo Credit: Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech was awarded the top seed and host site for the 2011 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Midwest Regional as the NCAA announced the 64-team field for the tournament. Seven teams from around the region will descend upon Houghton for the regional which will be played March 11-14.

The schedule of games is as follows (all times Eastern):
Friday, March 11 • Quarterfinals
Game 1: No. 6 Missouri S&T vs. No. 3 Wisconsin-Parkside, 12 noon
Game 2: No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan vs. No. 2 Quincy, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 8 Lewis vs. No. 1 Michigan Tech, 6 p.m.
Game 4: No. 5 Drury vs. No. 4 Grand Valley State, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12 • Semifinals
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 14 • Championship
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m.

All games will be played at the Student Development Complex Gymnasium on Michigan Tech’s campus. Tickets for the event will go on sale Tuesday (Mar. 8), at 8 a.m. Michigan Tech season ticket holders and sponsors will have until 9 p.m. Wednesday (Mar. 9) to reserve their same seats. Prices for adults are $12 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission. Children age 3-18 are $5. College students are $3.

Go Huskies!


Student News Briefs: March 4, 2011

PI DAY MOVIE:   As a celebration of Pi Day, the Math Society will be hosting two showings of the movie Pi on Monday, March 14, at 7:00 pm and 9:00pm in Fisher 135.  Admission is FREE and pie will be available for $1.00 at the door.  Come join us as we celebrate this wonderful day of the year, and bring friends.  For questions about this event, contact Jason Hiebel at jshiebel@mtu.edu.

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ASME MEETINGS:  The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has their bi-weekly meetings the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 P.M. in MEEM 112.  Pizza and pop is provided and all new members and disciplines are welcome.  For questions, contact Bryan Cook at bdcook@mtu.edu.

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FREE SWING CLASS:  The Swing Club is offering a FREE six-week course in beginning swing dance.  Classes will be held on Saturdays at 7:00 pm in Wads G17/G19 beginning March 19.  No experience or partner required.  We will cover basic triple-step east coast swing, swing fundamentals and partner connection, open and closed position swing, variations on the basic step pattern, styling and musicality and lots of other snazzy moves!  Open dance at 8:00 pm.   To guarantee a spot in the class, sign up in advance by emailing swing@mtu.edu, or just show up!

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FREE LINDY HOP CLASS:  The Swing Club is offering a FREE class in Lindy Hop and Charleston on Thursdays at 8:00 pm beginning March 17.  The class will run for six weeks and will be in Wads G17/G19.  You MUST have experience in triple-step east coast swing in order to take this class.  Email swing@mtu.edu for more information or to sign up in advance.  Walk-ins welcome, but doesn’t guarantee a spot in the class!

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