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This week in history
This week in history
Cat Madish, Editor-in-Chief • February 18, 2021

On Feb. 20, 1792, George Washington signed the Postal Service Act to regulate the United States Post Office Department. This guaranteed inexpensive delivery of newspapers. While mail delivery had been in place previously, this changed the future of the postal service because it gave the postmaster general broader powers. It addressed issues of privacy by making it illegal for anyone to open mail...

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With the sudden popularity of remote work, people see communities like Houghton and Hancock as potential new homes.
Moving to da U.P.: a sudden change in where people are heading for work
Tucker Nielsen, Lode Writer • February 18, 2021

The ongoing pandemic has made remote working a necessity for many Americans. Technologies such as Zoom video conferencing, Google Docs, and Slack allow one to be productive from the comforts of home. A change in work process opens opportunities to work from almost anywhere. High school and college graduates have begun expressing interest in relocating to the Upper Peninsula. While there’s always...

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This week in history
This week in history
Cat Madish, Editor-in-Chief • February 11, 2021

On Feb. 10, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first of six chess games with Deep Blue.  Kasparov is known as one of the greatest chess champions of all time due to his early achievements, his swashbuckling play style, and his ability to change strategies mid-game. Deep Blue was a computer developed by IBM that had the ability to evaluate 200 million moves per second. While Kasparov...

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MTU creates Dave House Deanship in College of Computing
MTU creates Dave House Deanship in College of Computing
Press Release February 11, 2021

02/08/2021— Michigan Technological University has appointed Dennis Livesay to hold the inaugural Dave House Deanship in the College of Computing effective Feb. 1, 2021.  Michigan Tech launched the College in 2019 to meet the technological, economic and social needs of the 21st century, and answer industry demand for talent in artificial intelligence (AI), software engineering, data science...

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You may recognize these familiar furry faces from their time spent on-campus, as the canine companions of some of Michigan Tech’s Residence Education Coordinators! Pictured clockwise, starting from top left: Jack, Porter, Yuppsie and Rory.
Meet the dogs of MTU
Madison Degnitz, Pulse Editor • February 18, 2021

You’ve seen them on campus — from little Rory greeting you with a friendly lick to Jack jumping around in the snow by McNair, the dogs of Michigan Tech’s Residence Education Coordinators (RECs) are practically famous among the student body. Pets, especially dogs, are an important part of Michigan Tech culture. I mean, our mascot is even a dog: Blizzard T. Husky! While many of us may be somewhat familiar with these tenacious pooches, there is still more to learn. Since we can’t get up and...

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The first issue of the Michigan College of Mines Lode was published 100 years ago, on Feb. 17, 1921, by two M.C.M. students, Paul Van Orden and Charles Tate.
The Lode turns 100: a centennial celebration
Madison Degnitz, Pulse Editor • February 18, 2021

On Feb. 17, 1921, two Michigan Tech students published a novel idea: the university’s first student-run newspaper. At that time, Michigan Tech was known as the Michigan College of Mines (M.C.M.), and our prosperous university was a small, remote school which, 36 years earlier, had been formed out of necessity as the Keweenaw’s thriving copper industry required more mining engineers.  Students Paul Van Orden and Charles Tate were the founding members of the Lode, with Van Orden acting as the...

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This debate covers concerns readers may have about the new vaccines
To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate
Maia Barnhart, Opinion Editor • February 18, 2021

Here in Houghton, we have now lived with the threat of COVID-19 for almost a full year. It has been an uncomfortable, stressful, and in many cases, very unhappy time. While many people have managed to make the best of this unexpectedly solitary year by learning new skills or refining ones they already had, many have had a much harder time of it. As we approach our one-year anniversary with this modern plague, we have hope: there are two vaccines available, and slowly but surely the public is being...

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This chart haunts me to this day.
Warum lerne ich deutsch, or why I learn German
Tucker Nielsen, Lode Writer • February 18, 2021

America has no official language. You can look it up to verify me; the United States’ national language isn’t English. The languages used here range from French and Spanish to even Finnish up here in the U.P.! It’s a given most Americans learned a second language, and some remember enough high school Spanish to navigate a Mexican city. While I haven’t learned Spanish, I’ve been extensively learning German throughout high school and university. I expect to continue working on the process...

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Stardew Valley offers players the chance to cultivate a farm from the ground up, including growing plants and raising animals. Here’s a clip of my farm.
I believe in Stardew Valley superiority
Madison Degnitz, Pulse Editor • February 11, 2021

Okay, I know I’m going to get hate for this. After all, I’m not a “gamer girl” — not by a long shot. When someone like me voices an opinion on video games, we all know how it tends to end: poorly. I don’t spend hours grinding away at Valorant or CS:GO, and I don’t religiously follow Twitch streamers. I can barely hold my own against greasy middle schoolers in Fortnite, and I refuse to diversify my skills in Super Smash Bros. by playing any character but Princess Peach. Nonetheless,...

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The chemicals of Valentine’s Day
The chemicals of Valentine’s Day
Grace Parsekian, Tech Editor • February 18, 2021

Valentine’s Day was this past weekend, and many people were left with flowers, chocolates, and cute cards to remember it by. As a holiday centered around love, this day can evoke lots of warm and fuzzy feelings that can make it memorable and worth celebrating every year. In addition to the gifts you may receive, your brain produces many chemicals when you’re around someone you love or come in contact with them. Hormones like oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine can drive you to spend extra time...

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College of Forestry conducts research providing insight into the upper canopy of rainforests
College of Forestry conducts research providing insight into the upper canopy of rainforests
Rachel Dick, Tech Writer • February 18, 2021

Researchers from Michigan Tech’s College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science have worked with The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Southwest Biological Science Center in Utah, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico to release a new publication. The publication has interesting indications about the upper canopy of tropical rainforests. From May to July 2017, data was collected from a forest canopy at the USDA Forest Service Sabana Field Research...

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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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