Student News Briefs – October 13, 2017

Moroccan Cuisine at Fridays Khana Khazana 

by Khana Khazana

This week at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, we are featuring a menu from Morocco.Moroccan Cuisine A

The menu features:

  • Zaâlouk
  • Fish Tagine
  • Ghriba

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Let The Homecoming Magic Begin!

 Happy Homecoming, Huskies!

It is the most magical time of the year, The Triwizard Cup Championship (Homecoming)! Whether you want to watch a wizard’s duel (tug-of-war) or Quidditch, see creative window paintings and can castles, watch magical talents at spotlight night, or relive your first year at Hogwarts by watching students try to take the boat to the castle (cardboard boat races), this homecoming is for you!

Did I mention you could get free stuff?? Some of the events may have some Homecoming themed handouts (if the Nargles don’t get there first!), but you have to show up to find out!

Don’t forget to share your photos of all the magic you see and use the hashtag #HuskypuffHomecoming2017

For a full list of events, check out our website!

The magic begins October 15!

Please send questions to Rochelle

Harry Potter Trivia Night

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Quiz Bowl will be hosting a Harry Potter Trivia Night on October 19 @ 8 pm in  Fisher 325. Entry fee will be $3 per person. Teams of up to 4 are allowed. There will be prizes for the winners.






Give Dobby A Sock – Shirt Swap

October 16, 2 PM Outside the MUB

For Homecoming this year, the Huskies are giving back!  Come help out the local community by donating a gently used piece of clothing or winter gear.  In return for your kindness, you can get a 2017 Homecoming shirt (while supplies and sizes last).  Only one shirt per person, please.

Donations will be given to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Center and New Beginnings Angel Mission. If you have any questions, please stop by Student Activities, Room 112 Memorial Union Building or email Rochelle at Thank you!


Spotlight Night | 8PMWednesday, Oct. 18 | MUB Ballroom

Spotlight Night is talent show hosted annually during Homecoming week.  Each year a different comedian is brought in to emcee the event, this year comedian Kenneth Paryo (aka Xclusive) will be emceeing the show and doing some stand-up of his own!  Spotlight Night is a chance for Tech students to come together and have a great time performing for each other.  The show consists of individuals, groups, or student organizations going up and doing a talent of their choice, this can be singing, dancing, a skit, a weird talent, etc!  It’s a great show every year and we would love for you to be a part of it.  If you are interested, please fill out the form linked below!  If performing isn’t for you, still come to the MUB Ballroom at 8pm on Wednesday, Oct. 18th to support your fellow students!

Additionally, Spotlight Night is a Homecoming event.  This means you will earn homecoming points by performing in Spotlight night!

To those of you interested in performing, please sign up at the link below by 11:59PM on Sunday, Oct. 15th:

MUB Board would love to see you there, whether you are performing or just coming to watch!  It will be a great show, and Xclusive will be sure to deliver some good laughs.

Irene Miller Holocaust Survivor to Speak

Irene Miller will be back on Sunday, speaking again about her experiences as a child of the Holocaust. As you might remember, the local schools had a fluke snow-day when she visited last April, so she’s back to visit classes early next week. As part of her visit, she will give another public talk: this Sunday (Oct 15), 7pm at Temple Jacob in Hancock.

(As before, if you wish to tour the historic synagogue before the talk, please plan to arrive a half-hour early, at 6:30pm.)

This event has been advertised in the local papers, but please let our campus community know, too!

More information below:

Irene Miller is the author of Into No Man’s Land: A Historical Memoir, about her experiences as a young child of the Holocaust. Her website states she “will take you on a survival journey little written and known about. You will sleep in the winter under an open sky on the no man’s land; you will freeze in a Siberian labor camp where the bears come to your door front. In Uzbekistan, you will live on boiled grass or broiled onions, and shiver with malaria. You will spend years in orphanages. When this is over you will wonder how a child with this background grows up to become a positive, creative, accomplished woman with a joy of living and love to share. “

Since her retirement from a career in healthcare, Miller has spoken about her life during the Holocaust in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Canada, at professional conferences, for military groups, labor unions, churches, synagogues, schools, and universities. Her book, published in 2012, has been used by many book clubs and discussion groups. The PBS documentary Irene; Child of the Holocaust premiered December 2016. By sharing her story, she hopes to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

For more information call 482 3270.

Leadership Education Accelerating Development
Interested in developing yourself as a leader? Student Activities offers HuskyLEAD, a leadership development series which stands for Leadership Education Accelerating Development. The HuskyLEAD series focuses on five different leadership competencies: self-awareness, teamwork, communication, ethical practices, and social responsibility.
The HuskyLEAD-Strengths Series will help students learn how to develop and apply their strengths for success in college and beyond. The purpose is to identify and maximize the talent of college students to guide their personal, professional, and leadership development through the use and application of strengths-based sciences.
Our Fall 2017 HuskyLEAD schedule is below and more information can be found at
Fall 2017 HuskyLEAD:
  • Ethics, Wednesday, November 1 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., MUB Ballroom B1 OR Thursday, November 2, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wads G17/19
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  • Lead with Purpose (CliftonStrengths for Students Part 1), Wednesday, October 25 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., MUB B001
  • Understanding the Strengths Profile (CliftonStrengths for Students Part 2), Wednesday, November 8, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., MUB B001 OR Thursday, November 30, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wads G17/19
  • Applying StrengthsFinder (CliftonStrengths for Students Part 3), Wednesday, December 6 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., MUB B001
If you have any questions about HuskyLEAD, please contact Jonathan Davey, Coordinator of Student Activities at (906) 487-2831 or email


Entry Deadlines

Turkey Trot: Tuesday, October 17

  • Race will take place on Thursday, October 19 @ 4:30 pm

Ice Hockey: Tuesday, October 24 @ 8:00 am

  • Season begins on October 30th

Tennis Singles: Friday, October 27 @ 8:00 am

  • Tournament Starts on Friday, October 27 @ 6:00 pm

Racquetball Doubles: Friday, October 27 @ Noon

  • Tournament starts October 31st

Register your team at

– For more information:  E-mail

P3: People, Purpose, Passion

Register Now! . . .

for the annual P3: People, Purpose, Passion. This conference-style event is designed for current students focusing on personal well-being, leadership, success, and professional development.PPPPoster

2017 P3: People, Purpose, Passion
Saturday, October 14
Fisher Hall 135
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., with optional sessions starting at 9:00am

A detailed schedule can be viewed by clicking HERE!

The 2017 P3 is sponsored by Career Services, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Counseling Services, Housing & Residential Life, International Programs and Services, the Pavlis Honors College, Student Activities, the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, and Wellness.




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ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS GRADUATING IN December 2017: The Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) and the Student Philanthropy Council invite you to make your upcoming commencement day even more meaningful 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  for program and participation details.  The deadline for tribute submissions is November 20, Monday.

For questions, contact Adam Portmann at 487-2542 or


Nutrition Workshops

Nutrition Workshops are now available through HuskiesFit Programs! (2) four-week sessions, “Eating for Energy” and “Weigh Less & Live More”. Join Kero Tuesdays at 12 pm. Bring your lunch and pick  up some health tips to get you on the right track!

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 Make a Difference Day 2017

Make a Difference Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, October 28. All those interested in volunteering must fill out this Involvement Link form.
Deadline to register is Monday, October 23MADD-01
Check-In is offered between 8:00-9:00 a.m on October 28th. Volunteers meet in the MUB Commons where they’ll check-in, receive information packets and a t-shirt and head to service locations.
Here’s a video from last year’s MADD:
Please share this message with all!
Questions can be sent to


The Lake Superior Pro Rally will take place in downtown Houghton on Saturday, October 21st.  Lakeshore Drive will be blocked starting at 3:00 PM.  The cars will start around 5:45 PM.  At 7:00 PM the cars will be finished with the rally and the City of Houghton is looking for 12-24 volunteers to assist with taking down the cones and police tape and storing them in their assigned places.
Anyone who is willing to volunteer for this event, or any groups that may want to do this project as their MADD contribution, please contact me ( and Ann Vollrath ( at your earliest convenience.

Afrobeat Fitness

Want to try something different? Join Afrobeat Fitness instructor Stephanie Saturdays from 12 to 12:50 pm in thAfrobeat-Fitness-1e SDC Studio! This class will leave you feeling successful regardless of your fitness level. Afrobeat Fitness is an energetic dance class associated with West African musical styles (Afrobeat) to create an exciting routine and a great cardio workout.

For more class information, visit Afrobeat Fitness.


MTSF Awarding Student Leadership Scholarship

This semester, MTSF is awarding the Student Leadership Scholarship. Four $1000 scholarships will be handed out and are open to students from every major. I have attached the scholarship application below. The scholarships are due at 5PM on October 30th.

Student Leadership Scholarship Form

Please email Karry Modolo at with any questions.


The Michigan Tech Student Foundation


203 Alumni House

1400 Townsend Drive

Houghton, MI 49931

Pistol Club Open Shoot

Due to the range at the SDC being temporarily closed, MTU Pistol Club is temporarily operating at the Portage Lake Sportsman Club. Because of this, we have to limit the number of people to 40 per day due to transportation. We are experimenting with this operation but currently we will work on a first come first serve basis.

We are required to provide tech insured transportation via a shuttle. The shuttle will be located at the lot behind OAP by Public Safety. and will run about every 30 minutes from 4-7 pm this Friday, and 1-4 on our Saturday and Sunday events with a final returning van at 8 and five respectively

We are operating on the following days:

Saturday October 7 1-5

Sunday October 15 1.5

Saturday October 21 1-5

Sunday October 29 1-5

We are unable to transport firearms in Tech Vehicles so if you would like to bring your own fire arm please come before the first shuttle and we will transport your firearm in an range safety officers  vehicle. If you are not comfortable with that then we encourage you to purchase a year long membership at Portage Lake Sportsman Club. For our event we will only allow pistols and .22 rifles.

If you want to bring a personal firearm, you must preregister as only one vehicle will be bringing firearms out there once each way.

All personal vehicles must be left at the library as the pick up spot is for public safety only.

For those of you who are interested at getting a membership, their yearly student membership fee is only $30 if paid in cash and $32 if paid through Pay Pal.

Here is a link for membership at Portage Lake Sportsman Club if you are interested:

Please tell your friends to sign up as well. We will make sure your time is well spent! Also make sure to bring CASH for ammo and a $6 transportation/PLSC fee. We can not accept credit.

Because we are not hosting at our regular MTU range, there will be no membership fee for pistol club this semester.

Contact if you have any questions.

Huskies Pep Band Concert Celebrates “50 Years of Be-Striped Irreverence!”

The Huskies Pep Band presents Scrambling all the Way: 50 Years of Be-striped Irreverence next Friday, October 13, at 7:30 PM in the Rozsa Center. The Huskies Pep Band (HPB) is a Michigan Tech point of pride and one of the most lauded (and loud!) pep bands in the Midwest. Members dressed in “bumble-bee” stripes perform in unscripted and unrestrained glory at concerts, athletic events, parades, and special events all around Houghton, and support Michigan Tech teams on the road as well. The Huskies Pep Band is a nationally-known Division I pep band of nearly 250 members that performs at all home football, basketball, and hockey games. The band was selected as the host band to the WCHA Final Five Tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

What can you expect from the Pep Band “live and In-concert?” According to Director of Bands Michael Christianson, “On this date, or likely some other one 50 years ago, Michigan Technological University’s Director of Bands Don Keranen decided to transform the Huskies Pep Band into a bestriped, scrambling, irreverent, annoying, distracting force for both good (for our athletic teams) and not as good (for the opposing teams). Since then, the HPB has performed at many arenas and stadiums (including some from which they have been banned for creating a “home atmosphere” for Michigan Tech’s teams), learned more than 8 songs, developed the capacity to breathe fire, been a P.E. credit for many movement-challenged students, and reached the age of 50 as a “Scramble” band!”

Christianson adds, “To celebrate, our yearly Pep Band Concert will feature tunes from all 50 years of scramblin’ (as well as several from our brand-new CD, plus photos and videos from many years. Our world-famous HPB Swag will be available for purchase at intermission, and we fully intend to have well-known guests with us for the event, as soon as they make bail. The concert is Friday October 13, there will likely be a ghoulish flavor to the evening…bwahahaha. Actual Quotes: “I didn’t know such sounds were possible!”- Marlee Matlin. “Vertical stripes aren’t always slimming.“- Anna Wintour. “Will there be another taco eating contest?”-Taco Bell”

Tickets for Scrambling all the Way: 50 Years of Pep at the Rozsa Center are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the Rozsa box office the night of the show. Please note that the RozsHomecoming20130278a box office opens only two hours before performances.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disability.


Ever notice something about Michigan Tech that could be improved?  Have you had a great idea that would have a positive effect on other students?

If yes, you are invited and encouraged to join us at the Student Commission meetings.  We look to break down the barriers that impede student’s success, and to improve Michigan Tech’s campus environment.

You’ll get the chance to have your ideas heard by staff, faculty, university officials, and most importantly other students.  We work together to act on your idea and make changes.  Past accomplishments of the Student Commission include:

  • Skate Board/Long Board Racks
  • Water Bottle Filler Stations
  • Prince’s Point Rehab
  • Upper Daniell Heights Printer
  • Reflectors
  • Bus Stop Schedules
  • Promotion of Husky Food Access Network (Husky FAN)
  • Promotion of Maintenance Direct Work Order
  • Value Statement
  • Relocation of Broomball Rinks
  • Designated Memorial Garden
  • Experience Tech Fee Initiative

 Anyone is welcome to attend upcoming meetings.

Please check out the Student Commission website for more information.

2017 Fall Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017, 2:00 pm, MUB, Ballroom B3
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Admin 404
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m., MUB, Ballroom A1
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m., MUB, Ballroom A1
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 2:00 p.m., MUB, Ballroom A1
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Admin 404


Tech Theatre presents Steve Martin’s – Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Art or science, what has more power to change the future? Come, have drinks with Einstein and Picasso, at the Lapin Agile, a bar in 1904 Paris, as delightfully imagined by actor, comic, musician, and yes, playwright, Steve Martin. In his first full-length play, Martin puts Picasso and Einstein on a funny and poignant collision-course to drink, laugh, and debate the genius and imagination that inspires both. Members of the audience can even “drink” at the bar! There will be seats at the café tables for a few lucky audience members each night, with refreshments and snacks served as part of the performance. Tech Theatre, Directed by Christopher Plummer, Professor, Visual and Performing Art,  presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a thoughtfully comedic look at the power of imagination at the start of the 20th Century, from the perspective of two giants of their time. The show will run for two weeks, Thursday – Saturday, October 12 – 14, and Wednesday – Friday, October 18 -20, at 7:30 pm in the McArdle Theatre.

A long-running and popular Off-Broadway play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile began with a first reading of the play at Steve Martin’s home. Tom Hanks read the role of Picasso, and Chris Sarandon read Einstein. Following further development, the play opened at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago on October 13, 1993. The show then enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles and then made its way to New York City. The New York Times wrote, “It’s important to remember that the playwright of Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Steve Martin, stand-up comic, actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when big questions are being addressed, you can be sure that a layer of silliness is always in place (and, subversively, a layer of seriousness beneath that).”

 According to Alexandra Walker, Tech Theatre’s stage manager for Lapin Agile“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.’”

Tickets are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or the night of the show at the McArdle door, which opens one hour prior to performances.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disability.

Faculty Present Listening to Parks, an NEA Imagine Your Parks Project

What do you hear when you walk in the woods? What are the natural sounds and rythms of the forest? The lakes? The skies? Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer, and Kent Cyr, faculty members in the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Michigan Tech, opened a multimedia and soundscape installation at the Duluth Children’s Museum this week, on Monday, September 25, 2017, in Duluth, MN, as a part of their “Listening to Parks” project, to explore those questions. The exhibit will be on display through October 15. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Park Service (NPS) announced $1,067,500 in support of 50 grants in 27 states, including an award of $20,000 to Michigan Technological University to support Listening to Parksan Imagine Your Parks project. Visual and sound artists collaborated to create an immersive multimedia installation based on collected images, video, and audio recordings from the Keweenaw National Historic Park, Isle Royale National Park, and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The installation will tour to sites in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan, and then will culminate in an exhibition in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in December. There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 5:00 -6:30 PM, which is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are M-F 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Fridays. The recorded sounds from this project will also be used for a composition for orchestra by Libby Meyer to be performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 PM.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu says “As part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary, this year we are celebrating the magnificence of America’s national cultural treasures through art, the Imagine Your Parks grant program unites our mission with the National Park Service by connecting art projects with the natural, historic and cultural settings of the National Park System and will inspire a new generation to

discover these Isle Royalespecial places and experience our great heritage.”  “The ‘Imagine Your Parks’ grants are really helping us celebrate the NPS Centennial and the NEA’s 50th Anniversary with some incredibly diverse and interesting projects that continue to inspire more Americans of all backgrounds to connect with their national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The grants already awarded are already demonstrating the success of the program through a variety of inspiring projects. A new generation of artists is connecting to national parks through their work, and motivating others to do the same.”

According to Dr. Jared Anderson, Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, “I am very proud to announce that Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer, and Kent Cyr, faculty members in the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Michigan Tech, received the first-ever award for Michigan Tech from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Parks Service as a part of the “Imagine your Parks” initiative.  This project will consist of gathering soundscape recordings from Isle Royale National Park and other National Parks in this region.  The recorded sounds will then be used for a composition for orchestra by Libby Meyer to be performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.  The sounds will also be integrated into a traveling multi-media art installation that will be presented at various park visitors centers and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in 2017.”

Please visit the Listening to Parks website for more details.   Follow “Imagine Your Parks” on Twitter @NEAarts and @NatlParkService, #ImagineYourParks #NEASpring16.

There’s still time to get your HuskieFit Ultimate Session Punch Card!

Good for fall semester, expires December 22, 2017.




MTU Cross Country 5K Fundraiser

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10 am.

Michigan Tech Trails

All procceds benefit the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams.

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For more information email Jake Isaacson at

MTU Surveys

Look for these signs around campus and submit your feedback for a chance to win a free coffee!

It is time for the next installment of the Social Justice Lecture Series! 

 We are excited to welcome Winona LaDuke to the Michigan Tech Campus on October 25th. Winona comes from Ojibwe ancestry in Minnesota and has a background that includes environmental activism, tribal land claims, writing, acting, and being a former vice presidential nominee!

October 25th, MUB Ballroom at 5:30 pm

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Cap, Gown, & Ticket Ordering Now Open

Request commencement tickets and place your cap & gown order now. Review cap & gown pricing, ordering deadline, Michigan Tech cap & gown policies and commencement information prior to ordering.


Please contact with any questions.


LeaderShape Institute Applications are Open

Applications for the 2018 LeaderShape Institute are now opleadershappostcarden!

Check out our website for more information:
Feel free to share far and wide!

Help Hurricane and Earthquake Victims

Many of us are distressed about the recent hurricanes and earthquakes across North and Central America. To encourage people to donate funds to agencies that are helping people recover, Mayra Sanchez Morgan, Molly Cavaleri, and Kathy Halvorsen are issuing a challenge to all Michigan Tech schools, student organization, and departments from the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum to the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Michigan Tech group, school, or department that gives the highest total of combined individual donations by October 15th at 5:00 pm EDT to help in regional disaster response will receive a free La Cantina Restaurant lunch for all their donors on campus.

To report your donation and group, school, or department affiliation to which it should be credited please follow this link: You can only use the link once. If you already donated, please just report your prior donation.

We will announce in Tech Today which department won – thank you in advance for your generosity.

We recommend the following organizations for donations but will count contributions to any disaster relief organization working to help people in the above region recover from this year’s earthquakes and hurricanes.

American Red Cross – please designate your donation for “disaster relief.”

Project Peace Latin America/Proyecto Paz

UNICEF – Copy and paste the link into your browser and you can navigate to donating for Puerto Rican hurricane relief or Mexican earthquake relief.

United for Puerto Rico

PUSH Physical Theatre

“It’s untheatre. Intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics,and soulful artistry – award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre, the genre-defining masters of physical storytelling, express what it means to be human: the joy and sorrow, humor and tragedy, the big questions and the simple things.”

In an appropriately dark celebration of Halloween, the RoJPEGPushzsa Center is bringing Push Physical Theatre’s production of Dracula to Houghton on October 21, at 7:30 PM. Attached is their press kit which gives a little more background on the ensemble. I will forward more details in a full press release about Dracula in the upcoming weeks, but wanted to send an advance teaser now that we have begun our general publicity for the show. Please contact me for more information or to arrange interviews.

Here is a video from the show: