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This Tuesday, USG had booths out to register student voters.
USG Voter Registration Drive
Cat Madish, Editor-in-Chief • September 24, 2020

This Tuesday USG hosted a voter registration drive. Michigan Tech has been listed as one of Washington Monthly’s 2020 Best Colleges for Student Voting. Efforts such as this are why Michigan Tech’s voting rate went up 7.2% to 34.3% from 2012 to 2016 according to the campus report of the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). However, according to the same source, Michigan Tech...

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This Week in History
This Week in History
Cat Madish, Editor-in-Chief • September 24, 2020

On Sept. 22, 1692, the Salem witch trials came to an end as the last eight people were hanged. This brought the death toll to 25, five of which died in prison and one who was pressed to death. One of the people executed on this day was a woman named Martha Corey. Martha did not believe in witches and even encouraged people to dismiss the things that children were saying; in response, she got a...

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Governor Whitmer implements newest order, ‘Healthy Climate Plan’
Governor Whitmer implements newest order, ‘Healthy Climate Plan’
Chris Davis, News Editor • September 24, 2020

In pursuit of climate-related goals in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a new executive order Wednesday. The order, known as the “MI Healthy Climate Plan,” promises to make the state fully carbon neutral and to generate jobs within renewable energy sectors, according to an official press release. In addition, the Governor published a tweet announcing the plan that features a video...

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This Week in History
This Week in History
Cat Madish, Editor-in-chief • September 17, 2020

On Sept. 17, 1787, 38 delegates got together at Independence Hall and signed the U.S. Constitution. Even though it was signed by delegates of the states, it would not go into effect until nine states ratified it. New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify and it went into effect on Mar. 4, 1789   Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old lawyer, wrote the poem, “ The Star-Spangled Banner”...

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Mourners of all ages gathered last Sunday in remembrance of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Sep. 18 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Copper Country pays respect to the late RBG
Cat Madish, Editor in Chief • September 24, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death shocked the world this week when it was revealed that the longtime supreme court justice and champion for women’s rights passed away from pancreatic cancer after a long and courageous battle. As thoughts, prayers and words of remembrance came flowing out from around the world, local mourners came together to remember the great RBG.  The Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, along with the League of Women Voters of Copper Country (LWVCC), organized a candlelight...

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Swing Club has managed to safely maintain their dancing lessons, even in the midst of a pandemic, as seen above!
Join Swing Club for a dancing good time
Madison Degnitz, Pulse Editor • September 23, 2020

Picture this: Jazz music drifts softly through the air, and you’re having the time of your life as you’re spinning (or being spun) around the dance floor. Dressed in your evening best, you’ve made new friends, explored a new hobby (or increased your knowledge on an old one!) and you can’t stop from smiling. Does this sound like a good time? If you said yes, then fear not, as you have found the perfect organization to join: Swing Club! Swing dancing is a specific category of dances that...

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On beer elitism
Reid Grunewald, Lode Writer • September 24, 2020

The best beer in the world is a free cold one. It’s as simple as that, no question. Show me one beer-drinker who would say “no” to an afternoon frosty one tossed their way by a friend, regardless of the label. And if there exists a person out there reading this who might deny a free cold beer based solely on its label, I say this to you now: you don’t deserve that free cold beer. Go spend your own money feeding the delusion that you have a preference.  Look, all cheap beer is the same....

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Letter to the Editor
Eric Cadeau, MTU Alumni • September 24, 2020

We are living in challenging times. Who can lead us through? Consider the debate on how to deal with a virus that is impacting our health, economy, and way of life.  How big of a role should governments have with public health? What measures become government overreach?  What constitutes good leadership on this issue? High water in the Great Lakes is having destructive effects along our coastal infrastructure. Western fires have reached disaster scale due to dry climatic conditions and forest...

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LaCroix is good
Karl Schneider, Lode Writer • September 24, 2020

Lime, orange, lemon, razz-cranberry, berry, tangerine, coconut, pamplemousse, the list goes on. That crackling sizzle of carbonation you hear when the seal breaks, and the refreshing fizzle you feel when the seltzer hits your taste buds. Seltzer aficionados like myself savor these moments, and yet others are far more vocal about their distaste. Some have referred to it as the “tide pod” of beverages, while others have called into question the character of those who enjoy it, calling people who...

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High-brightness Probes for Faster, More Robust COVID-19 Testing
High-brightness Probes for Faster, More Robust COVID-19 Testing
Kelley Christensen, Tech Today • September 24, 2020

New probes using incredibly bright dyes could help detect COVID-19 earlier, leading to faster testing even when only trace amounts of SARS-CoV-2 RNA are present. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, scientists search for ways to catch positive cases earlier and run samples faster. Rapid testing is crucial to slow the spread of the virus. High-brightness dyes offer the promise of greatly improving COVID-19 testing methods. That’s why the National Science Foundation (NSF) approved a new $256,000...

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How do Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Different Michigan Universities Compare?
How do Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Different Michigan Universities Compare?
Rachel Dick, Writer • September 24, 2020

Attempting to combat COVID-19 outbreaks, many Michigan colleges and universities have made efforts to test their populations and to track this data on new data webpages. However, every university has a different strategy for both testing and reporting cases. While universities such as Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan update their statistics daily, Western Michigan University updates twice a week. Many schools do not include positive tests of students or faculty that were...

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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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