Day: February 18, 2011

Student News Briefs: February 18, 2011


SACS COMEDIAN CANCELED FOR TONIGHT:  Due to extenuating circumstances, Tracey Ashley will not be performing tonight.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will join us for Rajiv Satyal on March 18. 


FILM BOARD THIS WEEKEND:  The Film Board will be showing “Faster”  tonight and Saturday, February 19.  The show times are 6:00 pm, 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm.  Tickets are $3.00 and concessions will be available. 


MEXICAN DINNER AND DESSERT FUNDRAISER:  There will be a Mexican dinner and dessert fundraiser to benefit victims of the recent volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi near Jogyakarta in Indonesia.  The event will be held Saturday, February 19 beginning at 6:00 pm at the Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton.  A donation of $20.00 per meal is requested.  Seating is limited so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance from any Rotaract member, or by contacting Mari Buche, Rotaract Club advisor, at

A previous Rotary Youth Exchange student to Houghton, Yustia Sari, and her family live only 20 miles from the base of the volcano.  Visit for more information on the disaster. 


MOTOWN NIGHT:  Motown Night will be celebrated on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm in the DHH Ballroom.  The event is free and open to everyone, and light refreshments will be provided.  Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music, as it was the first record label owned by an African American to primarily feature African-American artists who achieved crossover success.  The night will be filled with music from that era, and there will be trivia and prizes associated with Motown and its history.   Have your photo taken in front of a backdrop to capture the excitement of the event! 


INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS MEET N GREET:  The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will be hosting a ‘meet ‘n greet’ for students and company representatives focusing on careers in information systems or information technology.  The event will be Monday, February 21 at 7:30 pm in the Wadsworth Hall Annex.  Tickets are $10.00.  Companies that will be represented include Ford, Sentry Insurance, Liberty Mutual Group, CCI Systems, Mindovo, The Dirks Group and Heartland Business Systems.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity of one-on-one time with company representatives that are here to hire YOU for their internship or co-op opportunities!   For more information, contact Zack Wheeler at


SPRING CAREER FAIR:  Career Services will be hosting the 2011 Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from noon to 6:00 pm at the Student Development Complex.  More than 150 companies will be attending this year’s Fair and they want to talk to you about their full-time, summer internship, and co-op opportunities.  Visit the Career Services website  at for valuable information and tips regarding the Spring Career Fair.


KSO PERFORMANCE:  The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra concludes its 40th anniversary season with an electrifying concert of American and Russian classics. Come to the Rozsa Center this Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 pm to hear Aaron Copland’s inspiring ‘Appalachian Spring Suite,’ the first great Americana orchestral work, written during WWII.  The performance ends with Tchaikovsky’s fiery Violin Concerto, played by world-class Ukrainian violinist, Solomiya Ivakhiv. 

Ticket prices for the general public are $15, $7 for students, and free for Michigan Tech students.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at 487.3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073, or go online at  No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please. 


TECH THEATRE COMPANY PERFORMS TWO ROOMS:  Two Rooms is being performed by The Tech Theatre Company in the McArdle Theatre Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this weekend, February 17-19, and and again next weekend, February 24-26, 2011.  All shows begin at 7:30 pm.  Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms is a play about terrorism, the media, and above all, devotion.  Two of Michigan Tech’s Visual and Performing Arts students play the lead roles: Tobias Mahan plays Michael, and Laine will be performed by Dani Sweet. 

Ticket prices for the general public are $10, $5 for Students, and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at 487.3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073, or go online at No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please. 

BANANA SPLITS:  Delta Zeta will be hosting a Banana Split event on Tuesday, February 22 from 7:00 pm -8:00 pm.  Rides will be leaving from the lobby of each residence hall at 6:45 pm.  For more information, contact Jessi Thoresen at


AFRICAN CULTURE WEEK:  The African Students Organization is sponsoring the following events in celebration of African Culture Week.  All events will be held in Chem Sci 101 at 6:00 pm and are free.

Monday Feb 21st | Focus on South African
– Showing a film : Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (Part I)

Tuesday Feb 22nd | Focus on Kenya
– A look at Kenyans who are making a difference at home and around the globe

Wednesday Feb 23rd | Focus on South African
– Showing a film : Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (Part II)

Thursday Feb 24th | Focus on Liberia
– A presentation by a Liberian student on the history of the Liberian civil war and the short and long term impacts 


ROAD TRIP ACROSS AFRICA PERFORMANCE AND FOOD:  African Night 2011: Road Trip Across Africa will be held Saturday, February 26, 2011.  Dinner will begin at 5:00 PM in the Memorial Union Board (MUB) Commons, and the performance will be at 7:30PM at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts.  The cost for the general public is $15.00; for Michigan Tech students is $10.00, and children under 5 are free.  The cost includes both the dinner and performance.

Tickets are available through Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations at 906-487-3200 , the Rozsa Box Office, the S.D.C. or online at

During this event, students from various African countries provide the audience with an exhilarating display of some of the dance routines from their countries. Food prepared using recipes from certain African countries is also served before the main event. The road-trip themed performance by the students will bring to stage the cultural heritage of the various African countries represented on Michigan Tech’s campus in a night of enlightening entertainment. This year’s special guest performers are the Adinkra Music and Dance Ensemble, who trace their roots to Ghana. This event has grown consistently over the years. African Night attracts an audience of over 300 people every year. 


TECH ARTS FESTIVAL:  The Memorial Union Board is sponsoring the Tech Arts Festival and will be holding the following events next week:

Art Competition/Show
Feb 21-25 8:00 am -5:00 pm
All Week in the Forestry Building, come out and see the great work of Tech
students, faculty and staff!

“Producing Perfect Pop’n Pictures” Workshop
Monday February 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – MUB Peninsula Room
Come learn the fine art of making perfect pictures and how to compose them
with the Camera Club!

Fishing Lures Workshop
Monday February 21, 5:00 – 6:30 pm – MUB Commons
Come learn all about fishing lures and how to make them in this great

Lego Workshop
Tuesday February 22, 5:00 – 6:30 pm – MUB Commons
You know that you love them! Come out and relive your childhood and play
with some legos, prizes for the best designs and you to take them home! 
Etch-A-Sketch Workshop
Wednesday February 23, 5:00 – 6:30 pm – MUB Commons
Come out and try your hand at etch-a-sketch, prizes for the best designs and
take one home to practice up on!

Wine & Food Pairing
Wednesday February 23, 5:00 – 6:30 pm – MUB Commons
Come out and learn how to pair wine and food into great combinations.
Must be 21 to attend, bring an ID

Clay Sculpting & Watercolor Workshop
Thursday February 24, 5:00 – 6:30 pm – MUB Commons
Come learn the basics of clay sculpting and watercolor and take home a set
to continue your new found skills!

Poetry Slam
Friday February 25, 6:00 – 11:00 pm – MUB Ballroom
Come out, enjoy some refreshments and hear some great poetry as we celebrate
the written word with NSBE! 

SUPERIOR WIND SYMPHONY:  The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce a very special Mid-Winter Band Festival Concert on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30pm.  Nicholas Enz, conductor of Michigan Technological University’s 50-member wind ensemble, The Superior Wind Symphony, will treat the audience to an evening filled with folksongs, featuring guest conductor Dr. Evan Feldman, of the University of North Carolina. 

Ticket prices for the general public are $10, $5 for Students, and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at 487.3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073, or go online at  No refunds, exchanges, or late seating please.  


ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK TRIPS:  Still looking for something to do on Spring Break?  There are still a few open spots on Alternative Spring Break Trips.  For service based trip information (openings for the California trip) please visit the Student Activities Office at 112 MUB.  For adventure based trips (openings listed below) please visit the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) at the O’Connor House on 207 East Street.

Outdoor Adventure Program trips: 
Puerto Rico:
3 spots!
Try surfing, swimming at night in a bioluminescent bay, Horse Back riding on the beach, riding 7 zip lines through the jungle, and a Sailing/Snorkeling adventure.  The cost is $700 all inclusive, plus airfare.

Buffalo River:
5 spots!
On looking at the Buffalo River budget, we have room to take everyone caving on the way back.  So let’s recap: the trip includes: Guide, Food, Transportation, Paddling, St. Louis Arch, and Caving!  Sign up quick!  The cost is $400, plus airfare. 

Visit for more info, or contact us at 906-487-2290


YOU ARE LOVED:  You are LOVED and find out why!  You Are Loved will be held on Thursday, February 24 at 8:00 pm in Dow 641.  Come and find out why “love” or “being loved” has any importance to us at all in a world that seems to be driven by selfishness and hate.  This will be a real look at the heart of God and His presence in today’s world.  Hot cocoa and cookies will be served!  Brought to you by the Hot Cocoa people and His House Christian Fellowship.  If you need more information, contact


MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION:  NOSOTROS and the Hispanic Student Organization at Michigan Tech invite you to a dance celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 26 in the MUB Ballroom A.  Free salsa lessons will be from 8:00 – 9:00 pm, and open floor dance including salsa, merengue, bachata from 9:00 pm to midnight.  Colorful costumes are worn, so dig out your hat, tiara, crown, boa, mask or beads and be festive!  Light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided!  No partner needed, family friendly, and FREE!  For more information, contact Alessia Uboni at

PEACE CORPS:  Learn about the financial, educational and professional benefits of Peace Corps service for all Michigan Tech University students. Come see the PEACE CORPS CAREER FAIR TABLE at the Michigan Tech Spring Career Fair 2011 on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 12 pm – 6 pm in the Student Development Complex Building.  There will be a PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Memorial Union Building, Alumni Lounge B.  This information session will focus on what the Peace Corps is, volunteer opportunities available, and the benefits of service.  All are welcome to attend.  PEACE CORPS INTERVIEWS will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Memorial Union Building, Datolite Room.  To be eligible for an on-campus interview submit your application online by March 1.


COMMUNITY SERVICE NEXT SATURDAY:  Community Service Snowday!   Help the elderly in your local community by helping them shovel areas that they might not be strong enough to shovel themselves.  In addition, we will be shoveling out fire hydrants so that our volunteer firefighters can access water in case of an emergency.   Meet at the MUB bus entrance or inside near the Peninsula Room at 9:00 am next Satuday, February 26.  Bring your own shovel!   We will have maps of locations on & off campus to divide & conquer!  Please email and sign up if you are able to join us.