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Hello Commuters!

This week is a shorter version of the commute as it seems everyone on campus is starting to get focused and finish up the semester. I hope you all are doing well in your classes, and not letting yourselves get overloaded by the end of the semester. In case you are, here are a few options this coming weekend for things to do on campus as a break.

If you’re interested in theater, then be sure to see the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here is a brief description of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays:

Lysander loves Hermia, but Hermia loves Demetrius. The trouble is Demetrius loves Helena who believes she loves Lysander. This is what happens when a love potion gets into the wrong hands. How does it end? Happily, of course. But the mad romantic romp won’t end until magic restores the lovers’ senses.

The show will run April 12-14th at 7:30pm each night in the Rozsa Center. As with all VPA productions, tickets are free to all current students.

If you’re looking for a much more contemporary type of comedy, consider coming to see stand up comedian Brandon Vestal. Sponsored by MUB Board, this event will be taking place in the MUB commons this coming Friday at 9pm. Vestal has been featured in the show Last Comic Standing and the Hollywood Comedy Festival so it’s sure to be a good time.

That’s all I have for this week, but check back soon for another issue of…

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Music, and Theater

Hello Commuters!

There’s plenty going on around campus this week, so instead of a long introduction let’s dive into things.

This Wednesday in the Rozsa theater you can come see the high energy show Children of Metropolis. This is a traveling show, originating from Canada, that features a large group of performers all playing different percussion instruments. Many of the instruments featured are being made from different pieces of scrap and metal which is sure to create and interesting show. The show is this Wednesday in the Rozsa starting at 7:30pm.

If you’re looking to hear a very different kind of music consider checking out Keweenaw Awesome Fest or Kfest. Kfest is a two day music festival that takes place in the McArdle Theater (Second Floor Walker) and is entirely run by our campus radio station WMTU and students of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Music starts at 6pm on Friday and will run until midnight, with the same being true for the Saturday shows. Music style ranges from alternative to hard rock to some stuff that’s just hard to describe, but there’s definitely something for everyone at Kfest. If you’re interested in attending tickets will be sold at the door and can be purchased for one or both nights. For more information visit the official Kfest website.

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

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Spring Break

Hello Commuters

As I’m sure everyone is aware Spring Break is just around the corner. One last break from the hustle and bustle of the semester before we enter the final push. While you may want to take the entire week off to not think about school, I would also consider looking over some of your coursework as well. I always find that the semester gets more and more hectic as it goes on, and any chance I get to work ahead is a blessing. You should definitely all take some time away from the school, travel to a new place, do something you enjoy. But don’t forget that if you take a little time out of your non-busy week now, it just might save you from being overloaded later on.

Another point to bring up is that registration for the fall semester is rapidly approaching. It’s always a good idea to make a plan for the next year and meet with your advisor to see if you’re on the right path. I even recommend that you form a plan that guides you through the rest of your time in college. Will the plan change? Undoubtedly. But having a ground plan never hurt anyone and can be a major asset when it comes to graduating on time. I’ve run into too many people that get to their final semester and have to take 1.5 credits of co-curricular still. Trust me, no one wants to be the person taking tennis, weight lifting, and skiing in one semester after not exercising for the past two some years.

That’s all I have for this week, not too much going on around campus since break is starting up. But be sure to come back after break to learn about all the ways you can get involved on campus, in the next issue of…

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The Commute Changes

Hello Commuters,

I hope that everyone had a great winter carnival and enjoyed the short break from class. After some consideration I have decided to change the aim of The Commute to hopefully provide a more useful resource. Previously The Commute has primarily focused on the different events going on around campus, but I feel that these are already well covered in the weekly student news brief. Since The Commute is aimed at sharing opportunities for involvement on campus however, each issue will now focus on a different student organization. Student orgs are a great resource to everyone on campus and an excellent way to get yourself involved. While the one time events and shows are fun, (see your student news brief for info on those) learning more about student orgs may help you find a way to be involved on campus for your whole college experience.

The first student org being highlighted is Above the Bridge Records:

Above the Bridge Records is a student run record label located on the campus of Michigan Tech.

Our goal is to provide Michigan Tech students, who are interested in the recording industry, a way of gaining professional, real world experience in the field.

We offer free recording services to any student, staff or faculty member, local artists and other groups. 
We try to further the knowledge of music recording to the organization’s members by taking on every aspect and task of the industry. That includes everything from the initial recording, to the mixing, mastering, and even printing and promotion of an album if at all possible.
We want to help foster the local music scene and inspire creativity and collaboration between artists. 
We also try to inspire an interest in audio and the audio arts through our involvement with other campus organizations.
Our meetings are on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:00pm on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities building – room 212.
If you are already in a student org and want to have your group highlighted in The Commute please email me at

Husky Lead and More

Hello Commuters!

As this is the first blog of the spring semester, I would like to start by welcoming you all back. I hope that your classes are all going well and will continue to do so the remaining 12 weeks. In the meantime let’s take a look at some of the great events going on around campus.

First off are the Husky Lead sessions are starting on tomorrow (Feb 1) at 6pm in the MUB Alumni lounge A. Husky Lead sessions are aimed at helping in the development of students leadership skills with each session focusing on a different aspect of leadership. This first session is called “Know Your Role” and is all about how to both lead a group in the most effective way as well as be an effective team member yourself. For more information on the great things going on at Husky Lead, feel free to check out their website at

Looking ahead at next week, we have our Winter Carnival Comedian, Josh Blue, performing in the Rozsa Center on Friday February 9th at 9pm. For those interested here is a brief description of Josh’s act.

“Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. As one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, Josh centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. His undeniable likability, comedic timing and off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.”

As someone who’s been to the comedian each Winter Carnival I highly recommend attending the show. Each year hasn’t disappointed and after watching some of Josh’s material I’m sure this year will be great as well.

Lastly I would like to remind everyone that if you have any questions about something on campus or how to get more involved here at Michigan Tech, then feel free to come visit me during my office hours. This semester office hours will be available Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-10am with other times being available upon appointment.

That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to come back next week for a heap of Winter Carnival activities in the next issue of…

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Study Session

Hello Commuters!

As I’m sure everyone is aware finals week is just a few short days away and everyone on campus has started preparing. To assist with this I will be running an open study session this Saturday (12/16) in library room 112. The study session will have some snacks available to you and will run from 12-2pm. If you have a group of people that you normally study with feel free to bring them along.

If you’re looking for a small break from preparing for finals, consider attending the Michigan Tech Choir concert this Saturday in the Rozsa Center. The concert is called “The Sound from Within Us” and features American songs written for choir and a selection of songs written for wind ensemble being played by the Superior Wind Symphony. As always the people in these ensembles have been working on this material for quite awhile so it should be a great show.

That’s all I have for this week, but I hope to see you all at the study session on Saturday. Come back next semester for more of…

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Back from Break

Hello Commuters!

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving break. We’re in the home stretch now with only three weeks remaining until finals week, so make sure that you keep working hard. Now in the mean time let’s look at some events happening around campus.

The first event I’d like to talk about is the upcoming comedian Opey Olagbaju who is performing in the MUB ballroom this Saturday, December 2nd. Opey has been a part of a large number of comedy festivals around the country and is known for his unique style of observational humor. Opey’s set revolves around his perspective as a Nigerian immigrant and his assimilation into American society. The show starts at 10pm and is of no cost to students. This event is provided to us by MTU late night programming.

As with my post from before Thanksgiving break there are more performances of the play “Fires in the Mirror” in the McArdle Theater. There are shows this Thursday through Saturday, which all begin at 7:30pm and are free to MTU students through the experience tech program. It should be mentioned that there will be no late seating or leaving the theater during the show due to the weight of the material involved. For more information on the show please reference my previous posting for a rough summary on the premise.

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

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Thanksgiving Break

Hello Commuters!

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.

That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to return after break for more of…

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Week 8

Hello Commuters!

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

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

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Hello Commuters!

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.


That’s all I have for now, but check back next week for another issue of…

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