Student News Briefs: April 1, 2011


BENEFIT FOR JAPAN TODAY:   Four Japanese students will be cooking for Khana Khazana today(MUB 11am – 1pm), and utilizing this opportunity to show their love and concern for their country.  $3.00 out of every meal today will go toward recovery efforts in Japan; the other half will cover the cost of the food.  The students who are donating their time are Motoyuki Kidokoro, Accounting; Lei Hirakawa, Finlandia, General;  Aili Natsumushi, Finlandia, General, and Chisato Ohta, Finlandia, ESL.  These students are praying and asking for your prayers for their country and people as they recover from the earthquake.


FILM BOARD THIS WEEK:   This week Film Board is showing True Grit.  Shows will be held on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd.  Show times are 6:00, 8:30, and 11:00pm in Fisher 135.  Tickets are $3 with a Tech ID and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents.  Contact Laura Holt at with questions.


STANDATHON 2011:  Join us at Standathon 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, food eating contests, dance lessons, karaoke, water polo, kayak lessons, and so much more!  There will be four live bands and the Tech’s Got Talent Show, so come cheer on your friends!  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 for Standathon is $10.  The entrance fee PLUS Standathon 2011 T-Shirt is $15.  The entrance fee, T-shirt, AND grand prize bracket for Xbox Kinect is $20.

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!!  Contact Hilary Cadeau at with questions.


TECH’S GOT TALENT:  Come to the SDC and join us at Standathon from 9:00 PM to 10:30 AM  in the Wood Gym and watch everything from magic and illusion to DJ’s to the original musical creations of your peers.  Each act will receive commentary from your favorite Michigan Tech faculty, Dr. Brett Hamlin of Engineering Fundamentals, Dr. Paul Charlesworth of Chemistry, and Dr. Gloria Melton, our esteemed Dean of Students.  MCing the event is your very own Homecoming King, Paul Valencia! 

After all the acts have finished, YOU will have the power to determine the winners!  Whip out your cell phone and tell us, via text, which act was your favorite!  When all the votes are in, the first place act will win an iPad 2G,  second place will win an Xbox + Kinect, and third place will receive $200 of local gift cards.  Hope to see you all out at Standathon and at the Michigan Tech Undergraduate Student Government’s first annual Tech’s Got Talent!

This event is supported the Parent’s Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.  Special thanks to the College Bookshelf for their support, and to the Campus Bookstore and University Images.  Questions about Tech’s Got Talent can be directed to Kyle Johnston at


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 all day on Friday the 15th.  Questions about the stunt show can be directed to Kaitlyn Bunker at



            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 Lobby 11am-3pm

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

            Meet in Dow atrium at 4pm


WISCONSIN WHITE WATER RAFTING:  Join us on Sunday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for Wisconsin white water rafting.    Wisconsin’s Peshtigo river is a premier spot in the midwest for white water rafting, and this trip is open to all students, staff and faculty.  All skill levels accepted!  The cost for the trip is $75 and includes transportation, sandwich lunch, pizza dinner, and a day-long rafting trip through Korsirs Rafting!  Stop by the OAP rental center to sign up, call 487-2290 or visit for contact info and information about the program.

AIChE CONFERENCE OPEN TO ALL:  The Michigan Tech student chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) is hosting the 2011 AIChE North Central Regional Conference on April 8th and 9th.  Although this event focuses on chemical engineering students, we would like to invite all Michigan Tech students to participate in the conference’s activities.  For more Information please visit our website at for more information and feel free to email any of the AIChE officers below with any questions you may have.

Janelle Paddock
AIChE Regional Conference Coordinator

Gregory Knauf
AIChE Secretary

Nick Thomas
AIChE Treasurer


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RACE:  Michigan Tech is hosting THE G.N.A.R. (the Great Northern Adventure Race) on Saturday, April 16 and we are opening it up to all universities in the local area!  Registration is open now!!  For more details and registration forms, go to: .

What’s an adventure race?  Picture a triathlon (ok, a really dirty, off the beaten path triathlon) and substitute the swimming portion with grueling obstacles created to push you the max.  Now add trail running, orienteering, biking over uneven, hilly ground covered in thick spring mud, with mixed challenges to keep you on your toes throughout the race.  Gnarly, right?  Each event is designed to be slightly different and incorporates varying features depending on local terrain.  Teams of two or four are accepted, see online for more details.



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