Student News Briefs – April 10, 2020

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Comedy Magician Trent James – LIVE on your computer!

Join us virtually on April 10 at 9:00 PM EST for a night of laughs, magic, and fun!  

Comedy magician Trent James is bringing a fresh new feel to the “classic magic show”. Trent’s high-energy performance combines mind boggling magic with gut busting humor that has earned rave reviews in seventeen states. Trent is now quickly becoming one of the top magicians in the country. Don’t take our word for it…he has received top awards from both The International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Society of American Magicians, as well as being the youngest recipient of The Milbourne Christopher Award (Past winners Included David Copperfield and Penn and Teller). Trent’s unique sleight of hand magic and hip vibe have made him a huge hit at colleges, comedy clubs, and corporate events.

Everyone is invited and the show is family-friendly.  You will even get to learn a trick or two!

Watch on Zoom:


Trivia Night! 

Our next theme is Harry Potter on April 15! 

Join us at 8 PM EST on Zoom.  Think you know more than your friends?  Full of facts and not sure when you might need them?  Prove to everyone you know your stuff!  We will have weekly Wednesday trivia nights until the end of the semester. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get more information about upcoming trivia topics and other fun events!

Husky Hour (Online)

Dealing with a little extra stress these days? Check out Husky Hour online and watch the Stress Less Webinar from Counseling Services to learn more about stress and get some great tips. 

Link to article & video

Michigan Tech Community Outreach – COVID-19

Download Coronavirus Volunteering, Donation, & Assistance Request Page: comprehensive resource for those looking to volunteer (health professionals, students, community members, etc.) or request assistance within Michigan

Community Volunteer Sign-Up (by county)

Yoopers Helping Yoopers Facebook Group: group for all UP residents dedicated to sharingresourcesand requesting assistance

Western Upper Peninsula Subgroup

Face Masks for the Keweenaw: coalition of makers, creating masks for Keweenaw hospitals and residents

GoFundMe for monetary donations

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: a great place to donate resources and time due to our elderly population being especially vulnerable

Mission in Motion: Ways to Volunteer

Donation Wish List

If you know of any other opportunities or needs that you would like the Michigan Tech community to be aware of, please contact Dr. Kari Henquinet (

Love in the Time of COVID-19: A Virtual Poetry Reading

Hosted by CDI

As we face a new normal to our day-to-day lives, maintaining a creative, expressive, and connected community has taken on new meaning and importance.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amy L. Howard (Center for Diversity and Inclusion) and M. Bartley Seigel (Department of Humanities) cordially invite you to submit work for participation in a virtual poetry reading engaging any facet of life and love in the time of Covid-19.

Anyone may submit a poem for this virtual reading. You may submit either an original poem or a favorite poem that has spoken to you during this difficult time. This reading is about community, feeling, healing, loving, and connecting, and we wish all individuals to feel empowered either as poets themselves or as avid readers of poetry.

Please note, by submitting a poem for possible inclusion, you are agreeing to be available to read that poem in person via the Zoom event.

The virtual poetry reading will be held Friday, April 24th at 4pm via Zoom.

This event is open to all. Selected poets MUST be available to read in person via Zoom. Please submit the following Google Form to participate!

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 17, 5 pm
Notification of Selection: Monday, April 20, 5 pm
Virtual Poetry Reading: Friday, April 24, 4pm

Virtual Spring Fling!

Avast ye, Huskies!

The first ever “Virtual Spring Fling” is happening, and it’s time to have all hands on deck for this year’s Pirates Edition! This event is brought to you by MUB Board (Memorial Union Board), and is a chance for you to promote your organization. Check your email for all of the details!!!

Instead of doing a booth competition and presenting your org at tables on campus, we will be having a virtual poster event with added competition for the best posters. The posters which best match the theme of pirates will have a chance to win money for their organization! First place is $125 and Second place is $75! Additionally, if your poster receives the most likes from our Facebook post your organization will get to select the location of your booth at next year’s spring fling!

Feel free to email MUB Board ( if you have any further questions. We look forward to “seeing” you there!

-MUB Board Special Events Committee 

Intramural Rocket League Info

Michigan Tech Intramurals is happy to announce that we will be offering Rocket League Tournaments. The attached link is a sign-up sheet for the tournaments so we can get a rough estimate of how many people will be participating, their skill level and what platform they will be using. Feel free to inform other Michigan Tech students who you would think would be interested. 

This is a general sign-up sheet, it is to get a rough estimate of how many people are interested.

If everything goes well these next couple of days we should be starting this coming week.

The sign-up sheet is to get a general count of people who want to play in these tournaments. The tournaments will be divided by skill level, grouping some ranks together to make it more fair. There is now a category of what game mode you play. Your team will be based upon who is in your party at the start of the tournament. These tournaments will be private so there will be a name and password associated to be able to join. The name and password will be provided via IMLeagues in some way. If you have any questions you can reply to this announcement. —

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Census 2020 — Help Our Community

Michigan Tech encourages everyone to complete the 2020 Census and count yourself where you reside for most of the year. This would be your residence in the Houghton/Hancock/Keweenaw area or on campus. Your participation ensures the Michigan Tech community receives the future support it needs for parks, roads, walking and bike trails, schools, and city services and programs. For more information, please visit this site.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Michigan Tech is planning to host virtual events educate the campus community to prevent sexual violence. The following events are available to students, staff and faculty: End Rape on Campus and It’s On Us Zoom UniversityFor Sexual Assault Awareness Month, End Rape On Campus & It’s On Us have partnered together to bring you Zoom University: A Self-Care Survivor Series, a virtual course collection of webinars, workshops and more for students and survivors throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join them next week for:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action on Tuesday, April 7

Help turn social media teal — the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention — on April 7th by sharing a teal selfie using #SAAM. Teal ribbons, t-shirts, nails, hair, makeup, jewelry, ties, and other accessories have been popular items worn in the past. You can also take the It’s On Us pledge and share your pledge through social media. Sample post: Today is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, and I’m wearing teal to show my support for survivors. #SAAM #IAsk

Dial Help Virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group on Tuesday, April 7

Dial Help, Inc. is hosting a virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group at 7:00 PM on April 7, 2020 through Zoom. Contact Paige to join at (906)482-9077 or TEAL is a free, safe, and non-judgmental community support group for anyone who experienced sexual violence past or present, including childhood abuse. Funded by the Division of Victim Services.

RAINN Checks for RAINN Day on April 14

The Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) is holding their annual RAINN Day on April 14, 2020. On April 14, Dial Help, Inc. and Michigan Tech Title IX are teaming up to host two Zoom meetings:

In these Zoom meetings, we will discuss self care, violence prevention and services available. Each session will hold space for questions from the audience.

Denim Day on Wednesday, April 29

Michigan Tech Title IX invites you to wear denim with a purpose on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for International Denim Day to support survivors and educate our community about the forms of sexual violence. Denim Day was founded after a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Enraged by the verdict, within hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999. You can find more information about Denim Day here. Please join us in wearing denim proudly on April 29. 

With any questions about these events, please contact Kaylee Kapatos at

Campus Store Course Material Updates – Buyback and Rentals

Students who have rented books for the Spring Term will be required to return those books to Public Safety by May 15, 2020.  Students have a two week extension for rental returns.  Students who have left campus will be asked to ship their books back to the store, while those who remain on campus will have a drop location at Public Safety while the campus store is closed. We are planning in the event that we are unable to reopen, or for students who have returned to their permanent home. During this process, both the Campus Store and Public Safety will ensure adherence to the Governor’s order of social distancing, and respect safety guidelines for handling rental returns. These steps include, keeping a 6′ distance and disinfecting books. Students will receive communication regarding their rentals with instructions for proper returns. If students reach out to faculty to questions regarding their rental books, please have them contact Jennifer Cowan at the Campus Store.  

Students will now have the chance to sell their used textbooks through an online buyback program. Michigan Tech Campus Bookstore has partnered with two used textbook wholesalers who are offering students the opportunity to sell their books back without leaving their home. The Campus Store website will allow students to compare prices to both Nebraska Book Company and MBS Book Exchange. Both companies will allow students to print off a return label for free shipping. If you’d like to find out more, you can reach out to Jennifer Cowan at the Campus Store or click here ( During this time of social distancing, this is just one way the Campus Store is helping to smooth the transition for students by seeking new ways to offer services students depend on.

New Deadline for Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) applications

The deadline for   Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP)  applications has been extended to April 20th.  

The program consists of a 20-week internship (Mid-September through Mid-March), a $1,600 stipend, and professional development activities centered in academic research and scholarship. The internship program is open to any undergraduate student on campus.

Applications are due by April 20 and include the following:

1.     Online Application Form

2.     Project Description

3.     Faculty Mentor Letter of Support

4.     Faculty Match Funding Acknowledgement

Details of these requirements can be found at

This program is made possible by generous donations from the Portage Health Foundation, the DeVlieg Foundation and with the support of the Pavlis Honors College.

MTU SDH Event: The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive

The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive!



Stay tuned for more information regarding the new Drive date.  We are hoping to hold the drive sometime this summer when it is safe for people to gather in groups again.  If you are no longer able to hold on to your items or you will not be in the Keweenaw this summer, please contact and we will work with you to take your items off your hands.

Please continue saving these five items: granola/energy bar wrappers, batteries, plastic caps and rings, Styrofoam and cardboard egg cartons, and any plastic bag containing a recycling number.How much WASTE can we SAVE from the landfill as a COMMUNITY?

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