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

Hello Commuters!

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

Hello Commuters!

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.

That’s all I have for this week, but stay tuned for the next issue of…

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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.

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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!


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 If you have any questions feel free to contact Whitney Boroski at

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


The End is Here

Hello Commuters!

Now that (the much needed) Thanksgiving break is done, I would like to remind everyone that this is the crunch time of the semester. There is plenty going on to keep everyone at least a little on edge but there are plenty of things that can be done to help with that! Finals are right around the corner, so with those to study for and final papers and projects to finish I know everything can seem a little overwhelming. Something that I’ve found helps quite a bit is to plan out your study schedule and stick to it. It is greatly beneficial to make time for each subject that needs to get some attention, also remembering to make some time to hang out and give yourself a break. Remember to go sit down and eat dinner or go for a walk.

In addition to study break time that you plan and execute yourself, there’s a ton of options for campus events to be used as study breaks! There’s organizations that host study breaks all throughout the next couple of weeks. Additionally, groups will sometimes hand out things during the weeks leading up to finals so pay attention while you’re making your way through Fisher, the MUB and the library especially.

More things to keep in mind will include keeping an eye out for opportunities for the Spring semester, summer, and next year. Job opportunities with the Wahtera Center (maybe by a chance someone will be interested in taking over Commuter Assistant *hint hint*) will be talked about during an info session tonight at 6 pm. There’s other opportunities like SURF (Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship) are posted all around campus and will be coming up sooner than you might think. The Student News Briefs generally include these kinds of opportunities so take a look through that when you get those emails on Fridays or check out the blog here.

Most importantly for the last part of this semester is to make sure you’re prepared for it! Final exams, papers, and projects are all important parts of each semester. Plan out your time and make sure you get things done. If you need help, reach out to your professors, TAs, or learning centers sooner rather than later. As always, feel free to email me or visit during my office hours. I will be finishing up my time as an undergrad here at Tech this semester, so I won’t be the one to reach out to for too much longer. If anyone is interested in taking on this job, send me an email and come to the info session if you can.

Have a good week!


Thanksgiving Break!

Hello Commuters!

I hope everyone is getting prepared with all the stuff that they’ll need to get done before starting on their Thanksgiving break! I know this time can be a pretty hectic one with final projects starting to come up and exams and everything else that comes with the end of the semester. However, as the term Thanksgiving break implies, in just a couple of days everyone will be taking a BREAK from classes and hopefully relaxing for a little while in their time off. Whether you use this time to work a couple of extra hours, catch up on some homework, or spend the most of the week not doing anything, remember to take time to yourself and make sure you’re prepared to finish out the semester on a good note.

There are some things going on around campus for the end of this week and throughout break that local students might find interesting. Michigan Tech Basketball will be playing at home on Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th starting at 5:30 and 4:00 pm respectively. Tomorrow MUB board is hosting a Euchre tournament in the MUB Ballroom starting at 7:00 pm. Also tomorrow the Social Justice Lecture Series will be hosting Dr. Margaret Noodin to speak on Native American culture and native students so check that out at the GLRC 202 at 5:00 pm. If you’re interesting in seeing more of what might be going on this week and things that might be of interest to you, check out the Student News Brief here!

Here are some other things to keep in mind for the next couple of weeks as we’re getting ready to finish out the semester. Spring semester bills will be available starting the first week of December, so look out for those coming out rather soon. There’s also going to be some study breaks happening in the weeks leading up to finals. Start your studying and planning for finals now if you haven’t already, but also remember to take a break. The transfer assistant and I will be hosting a study break with snacks on December 12th, so keep your eyes out for more information about that.

Have a good rest of the week and have an awesome break!