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This week in history
This week in history
Cat Madish, Editor-in-Chief • March 4, 2021

On Mar. 3, 1863, Congress passed the Civil War Conscription Cct, also known as The Enrollment Act and the Civil War Military Draft Act. The act required all males between 20 and 45 years old to register, and were then drafted as needed. Those who could pay $300 (equivalent to about $5,800 today) or find a substitute draftee could be exempted from the draft. This act was the first compulsory enlistment...

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Spring Break Prep: Notes from the MTU Flex Team
Spring Break Prep: Notes from the MTU Flex Team
Megan Ross, MTU Flex Task Force • March 4, 2021

Our spring semester surveillance testing program is well underway. Between February 20 and 26, we conducted 338 tests and detected two cases, for a positivity rate of 0.60 percent. Our 14-day moving total, which includes non-surveillance test results, is 45 detected cases. Currently, less than seven percent of on-campus isolation space is being used. With spring break coming up fast, the University...

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This week in history
This week in history
Cat Madish, Editor-in-Chief • February 25, 2021

On Feb. 24, 1886, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson due to his removal of the Secretary of War. This was said to be a violation of the Tenure of Office Act, which stated that the president couldn’t fire civil officers without getting the approval of the Senate. Johnson was the first American president that was impeached, but he was never removed from office....

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CyberCorps offers Huskies scholarship for service opportunity
Karen Johnson, Michigan Tech News • February 25, 2021

Michigan Tech is a new participant in CyberCorps, a scholarship program for cybersecurity students funded by the National Science Foundation. Michigan Technological University is one of the six latest universities to join the National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, a nationwide program to recruit and train the next generation of information technology...

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Locally-sourced foods are a great way for restaurants to support local farmers and also limit their carbon footprint!
SDH and SFS launch Keweenaw Restaurant Sustainability Initiative
Madison Degnitz, Pulse Editor • March 4, 2021

We are fortunate to have a great selection of restaurants at our disposal, especially for a small community like the Copper Country! While all of these dining establishments pride themselves on featuring delicious foods, locally-sourced foods and options for those with dietary restrictions can be hard to come by. In a rural area with a climate like the Keweenaw’s, sustainable options for small businesses, like family-owned restaurants, can also be difficult to procure. Students from Michigan Tech’s...

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The Calumet Theatre, seen here in this old postcard, is the largest opera house north of Green Bay. It’s interior is as impressive as its exterior!
Explore the Copper Country’s history with a trip to the Calumet Theatre!
Elizabeth Keysor, Lode Writer • March 4, 2021

The Calumet Theatre has a long and storied history in the Copper Country. Opened in March of 1900, it was once the most glamorous performing center in the Keweenaw, and it played host to a number of performers of historical note. Famed actress and singer of the early twentieth century Lillian Russell, successful composer John Philip Sousa, and even Harry Houdini, the famous Hungarian escape artist, once graced the theatre’s stage.  Following the Great Depression, the theatre acted primarily...

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From left to right: my backyard, MTU campus, and Grand Rapids. All three have represented home for me.
Where is home?
Tucker Nielsen, Lode Writer • March 4, 2021

When students like me head home for break, they’ll most likely enjoy the change in pace. It’s a reunion with family and pets, as students embrace a temporary reprieve from the school/business schedule they’re used to.  For me, it’s a chance to contemplate my place in life, where I’m heading and seeing my past. In the spirit of the upcoming spring break, I’m revisiting some nostalgic places in my mind and trying to answer the question: where is home for me?  My childhood (and current)...

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We’re living in a very stressful time and have very limited access to resources which could help us cope.
Inadequate reaction to increasing need
Maia Barnhart, Opinion Editor • March 4, 2021

I just filled out a survey from counseling services regarding on-campus emotional well-being. I’m sure many (if not all) of you received the same email, and a few of you even filled the included survey out. I know it’s often easier to ignore these things, but this type of activity is how MTU decides which areas of campus need more funding. If you ever have the chance again, please take this opportunity to prove just how important it is for our campus to allocate better resources for the mental...

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One of the dozens of photos I’ve taken of a sunset in Houghton/Hancock.
Keweenaw sunsets: a treasure I cherish
Tucker Nielsen, Lode Writer • February 25, 2021

People enjoy the Keweenaw for several reasons. The air is generally fresher and crisper, compared to other urban areas. Surrounding countryside feels more remote and rugged than the flat farmlands of the Lower Peninsula. A rich mining history draws in history buffs to drive past ruined shafthouses. No matter the time of year, outdoor sports can be played almost anywhere in the Keweenaw. There are several options to love this northwest wilderness.     I love the Keweenaw for all the reasons...

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Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India
Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India
Allison Mills, Michigan Tech News • March 4, 2021

Dedicated to the thousands of lives lost in landslides, the new atlas assesses landslide risk in 13 districts in the Indian state of Kerala. The Western Ghats trailing the western edge of India are a global hotspot for biodiversity. The southern reach of the range extends into Kerala, where the steep slopes, soft soils and heavy monsoon rains greatly increase the risk of landslides. Thomas Oommen, a professor of geological engineering at Michigan Technological University, is from Kerala, and...

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March in chemistry
March in chemistry
Grace Parsekian, Tech Editor • March 4, 2021

First Oral Contraceptive In 1960, the first oral contraceptive, Enovid, was released. Margaret Sanger, Katharine McCormick, Gregory Pincus, and John Rock revolutionized family planning by developing a hormonal birth control pill that changed the way society viewed contraception and women’s rights. Sanger’s interest in developing Enovid peaked as a result of new knowledge on how the female reproductive system operates. Originally intended to decrease poverty, this pill helped prevent unplanned...

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Anabel Needham wins classic at NCAA regional
Anabel Needham wins classic at NCAA regional
Calvin Larson, Assistant Athletic Director • March 4, 2021

The Michigan Tech Nordic ski teams hosted the NCAA Central Regional Championships last weekend. Anabel Needham won Saturday's 5K classic and both teams finished second in the region.   "It was a really fun weekend of racing," Tom Monahan Smith said. "We're really grateful to have pulled off an awesome full season of racing and to finish it at home on the Tech Trails was great."   Needham...

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Blake Pietila and Colin Swoyer named WCHA players of the week
Blake Pietila and Colin Swoyer named WCHA players of the week
Calvin Larson, Assistant Athletic Director • March 4, 2021

Michigan Tech sophomore Blake Pietila was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week and junior Colin Swoyer is the WCHA Defenseman of the Week the league announced Monday (Mar. 1). Pietila earned the award for the third time this season after he led WCHA goaltenders with three wins last week and 88 saves. He ranked second in the WCHA with a .957 save percentage and 1.32 goals-against average. Pietila...

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