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New Health Dept. Order, Campus Level 5 Imminent
New Health Dept. Order, Campus Level 5 Imminent
Chris Davis, News Editor • November 19, 2020

Since the start of the fall semester at Tech, one concern that loomed in the minds of many is now coming to a head: COVID-19 case numbers, especially in the UP, are up as high as the early heights of the pandemic. As the powers that be look on, it’s no wonder that action was on the way. Monday morning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released a three-week order in...

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This Week In History
This Week In History
Cat Madish, Editor-In-Chief • November 19, 2020

Before Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote his most famous novels, he faced awas faced a firing squad. On Nov. 16, 1849, Dostoevsky was convicted for high treason and sentenced to death due to activities related to a radical literary group that discussed banned books. After a month in prison, Dostoevsky was led to a firing squad but was pardoned at the last second. Instead of facing death, he was sent to work...

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Great News Atop Mont Ripley
Great News Atop Mont Ripley
Chris Davis, News Editor • November 12, 2020

As something of a saving grace in a world of diminishing activities, those passionate about downhill sports are in luck this winter. Michigan Tech’s staple wintertime feature, Mont Ripley Ski Hill, is set to take advantage of its primarily outdoor attraction and openly offer season passes to Tech students this year. In an effort to keep Mont Ripley open, and therefore necessarily distant, the...

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This Week in History
This Week in History
Cat Madish, Editor-In-Chief • November 12, 2020

On Nov. 10, 1903, Mary Anderson was given a 17-year patent for her new invention: a windshield wiper. During a visit to New York City in the winter, Anderson noticed a driver who was struggling to see out of the sleet covered windows. Her device was hand-operated and was the first windshield wiper to be effective at removing snow, ice, and sleet. Unfortunately, when Anderson tried to sell her invention...

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Medical Laboratory Science students and SMLS members (from left to right) Jenna Disser, Jessica McQuinn and Kacie Ziolkowski are seen here working in Michigan Tech’s on-campus COVID-19 lab.
Getting your lab results: Medical Lab Scientists bring real-world testing to MTU
Madison Degnitz, Pulse Editor • November 19, 2020

While you may not know what a medical laboratory scientist does, you’ve probably been impacted by their work at one point in your life. Whether it's a routine blood or urine test or something more serious, before any decision is made regarding treatment or diagnosis, your doctor consults tests run by hospital lab staff, which, you guessed it–is made up of medical laboratory scientists!  Medical Laboratory Scientists are in high demand, and graduates from Michigan Tech’s Medical Laboratory...

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Broomball is deeply rooted in Michigan Tech’s campus culture. This picture showcases a Women’s League match from last season.
Broomball: a lasting legacy at Michigan Tech
Madison Degnitz, Pulse Editor • November 19, 2020

Though broomball will face some changes this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the university and the Inter-Residence Housing Council (IRHC) Broomball committee have worked hard to ensure that one of the most popular traditions among Michigan Tech students remains intact this year.  Broomball originally started back in the 1950s as a Winter Carnival event, though the setup was a little different. Instead of the three courts we typically see on Walker Lawn, games were played at the famous...

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It’s hard to tell which part made me more embarrassed to be an American citizen: The Trump supporters singing about chopping people up or a well-known former politician inappropriately “adjusting his shirt” in the presence of a young woman.
Life is just less funny now and it’s ruining entertainment
Maia Barnhart, Opinion Editor • November 19, 2020

As one of the most controversial and painful-to-watch films of its time, the first Borat movie, Borat: Cultural Learnings for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was a real hit among fans of satire and political humor. While it wasn’t received well by all demographics, the film has proved to have lasting power. It seemed especially funny just prior to 2016, when we could all laugh and pretend that the racists seen in the film were outdated and mostly extinct or properly ashamed by that time.  I...

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Doesn’t this picture bring you joy?
The Great British Baking Show is the only thing keeping me going and that’s okay
Maia Barnhart, Opinion Editor • November 19, 2020

2020 is almost over. It is almost over, there’s potentially a vaccine on the horizon, the election is finally (though apparently arguably for some) done, and maybe by this time next year everything will be ok again. Maybe by next November we’ll be able to go back to hugging our friends and family, being able to wear glasses without having to find obscure hacks to keep them from fogging up (have you tried the shaving cream thing yet?), seeing the smiling faces of people we pass by in town, and...

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Julius Ceasar being assassinated OR an accurate depiction of how Thanksgiving dinner feels? You decide.
Why your vote matters and your opinion doesn't
Maia Barnhart, Opinion Editor • November 12, 2020

This has been a wild election cycle. Many people are upset, some due to having lost the election and others simply from having lost their favorite form of entertainment. Even those that are pleased with the results know that there is still a lot of work to be done.  We have a big holiday coming up. Maybe you’re going home, maybe you’re keeping your family safe and attending the festivities via Zoom, who knows. I’m not here to tell you what I think you should do, as that would be an article...

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From left, Kristin Brzeski, Luke Powell, Jared Wolfe and Ammoet Motove Etinge band birds in Equatorial Guinea. Image Credit: Tristan Spinski
Fine Feathers: Migration and Molt Affect How Birds Change Their Colors
Kelley Christensen, Unscripted Research Blog • November 19, 2020

Explore the colors of songbird migration in a photo essay that displays the ways distance and timing affect plumage. In late summer and autumn, millions of birds fly above our heads, often at night, winging their way toward their wintering grounds.  Before the journey, many birds molt their bright feathers, replacing them with a more subdued palette. Watching this molt led scientists to wonder how feather color changes relate to the migrations many birds undertake twice each year. Molt matters...

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The process of complex coacervation keeps viruses in vaccine solutions stable by crowding them tightly together, reducing the need for refrigeration. Graphic Credit: Caryn Heldt and Sarah Perry
That's a Wrap: Protein 'Burritos' Stabilize Vaccines
Kelley Christensen, Michigan Tech News • November 19, 2020

Half of vaccines are wasted annually because they aren’t kept cold. Chemical engineers have discovered a way to stabilize viruses in vaccines with proteins instead of temperature. Ever receive a vaccination that seemed to burn while it was injected? The vaccine solution likely contained a lot of salt or sugar — natural preservatives that help keep it stable, in addition to the cold temperature at which it was kept. The viruses in vaccines, which train our cells to identify and vanquish...

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Monroe earns GLIAC North Player of the Week award
Athletic Department • March 17, 2020

Michigan Tech senior forward Kyle Monroe has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week for the eighth time this season and the third consecutive week, announced by the conference office Monday. Monroe helped power the Huskies to a 91-61 win at rival Northern Michigan this past Thursday night in the regular season finale. Monroe, who hails from...

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New CCHA selects Bosack & Co. to develop conference brand
Athletic Department • March 17, 2020

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has chosen Bosack & Co., one of the country's leading higher education and college athletics strategic branding firms, to develop the branding and positioning for the new NCAA Division I men's hockey conference that begins play in October 2021. The seven CCHA member institutions, Bemidji State University, Bowling Green State University, Ferris State...

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