January 19, 2004 (Vol. 10, No. 33)
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Statue-builders will have no problems in the foreseeable future. The National Weather Service forecast page shows snowflakes for every day this week. Not only will the temperatures remain below freezing, they will remain below 10. You hardy (?) souls in northern Minnesota will scoff at such balmy conditions.
Despite the frigid conditions, folks are getting outdoors. There were two cross-country ski races this weekend, many downhillers at Ripley and motel parking lots full of snowmobile trailers. Hancock's annual Heikinpaiva mid-winter festival included a parade on Saturday, along with a polar bear dip in Portage Lake, followed by a quick run to the sauna at the Ramada Inn. All of this in single digit temperatures and, at times, winds gusting near 30 mph.
Is there anything that feels better than coming indoors after spending some time outside in such conditions? Rosy cheeks, that exhilaration of the cold air, and the opportunity to place cold fingers on the warm neck of someone who has been indoors. That'll catch their attention, you betcha.
And speaking of "you betcha," there are two items below that everyone who has spent time in the U.P. will enjoy. One is research on the use of "eh?" at the end of sentences, vs. the use of "hey?" Turns out it is a generational thing. Hmm. Watch for a cover on Generation "Hey" in *Newsweek* soon, eh? The second is a feature from the Daily Mining Gazette on snowthrower testing at the airport. The pictures are great.
Snow Watch '03-'04
As of January 19, 2004
This week Last week Last year Snowfall to date 125" 105.5" 107.5" On the ground 28" 20" 17"
At Da Tech
EH, B, C, D: A Hancock native and Michigan Tech undergraduate has been exploring one of the hallmarks of Yooper linguistics, the use of "eh," and "hey." She has found that older folks use "eh" more, while the younger set prefers "hey." More, eh?:
GET PSYCHED AT TECH: This fall, Michigan Tech expects to enroll students in a bachelor of science program in psychology. "We've had tons of interest in this program," said Susan Amato-Henderson, an assistant professor of education psychology in Michigan Tech's Department of Education. Inquiries on the new four-year degree are coming from high school seniors as well as from current Michigan Tech students and enrollment in the university's psychology courses is at an all-time high. More:
LODE TAKES FIRST PLACE IN STATEWIDE CONTEST: The Michigan Tech student newspaper has been selected for first place in the General Excellence category of the Michigan Press Association's 2003 College Newspaper Contest. Papers were evaluated for overall excellence in writing, designing and advertising. The award will be presented at the annual MPA Winter Convention in Grand Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 31.
MICROWAVE MAGIC: Michigan Tech's Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang (pronounced "wong") has developed a new method for changing iron oxide into steel, using microwave energy and an electric arc furnace. His first prototype started as six microwave ovens from WalMart. When he was done, he had a nugget of pure steel. Savings would come in the form of lower energy costs and eliminating the need for large blast furnaces. More:
TECH HOLDING SKI WEEKEND: Michigan Tech is holding a High School Ski Weekend Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The event is designed especially for students interested in coming to Michigan Tech who want to combine a great education with outstanding recreation. Participants will receive two days of lift tickets to Mount Bohemia and Mont Ripley, free access to Michigan Tech's 20-km cross-country ski trail system, Saturday night pizza and tickets to a Michigan Tech hockey game. More:
CONNER, MURPHY BOTH TO MAKE FINAL LIST -- Sophomore forward Chris Conner and junior forward Colin Murphy of the Michigan Tech men's ice hockey team both have more than enough fan nominations to be included on the fan ballot for this year's Hobey Baker Award. Fan voting to select the Top 10 finalists runs from Jan. 20 - March 7 at hobeybaker.com. Fans may vote once per day.
LINEMAN EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONOR: Junior right tackle Joe Berger of the Michigan Tech football team has been named to the 2003 Daktronics All-America Second Team. The Newaygo, Mich., native was the anchor of a Tech offensive line that finished 16th in the nation in rushing (223.8 yards per game) and first in the GLIAC in sacks allowed (eight). He started all 10 games, averaged five pancake blocks per game and did not allow a sack all season.
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ISLE ROYALE PLANE SERVICE TO RESUME: The National Park Service has announced an agreement with Duluth-based Royale Air Service, Inc. to re-instate seaplane services this summer. The island has been without plane service since 2002. The service will be based at the Houghton County Airport, rather than on Portage Lake, as in previous years.
SNOWTHROWERS TESTED AT AIRPORT: Electrolux Home Products and Briggs and Stratton are among the copies that test snowthrowers at the Houghton County Airport. While people test the walk-behind snowthrowers behind an airport building, 30 tractors tow snowthrower and blade attachments up and down the airport's secondary runway--unused during the winter. Russ Corwin, a 1986 Tech grad, is the senior project test engineer, for Electrolux. See more (including photos)
WHITE PINE POWER PLANT TO REOPEN: The Steelworkers union has agreed on a four-year contract extension with the White Pine Copper Refinery. The contract is a key element in plans to restart the White Pine Power Plant. The reactivated power plant will add 20 hourly positions in addition to the 45 union workers at the refinery. The power plant is expected to reopen in April and will generate 40 megawatts of power for businesses in the White Pine Industrial Park and for sale on the open energy market.
SMARTZONE BIDS DUE TODAY: Bids to renovate a floor of the old Portage View hospital are due today. The Michigan Tech EnterPrise SmartZone owns the floor and will convert the 12,750 square feet of space into offices and laboratories for high-tech companies. The SmartZone also has an incubator in the Powerhouse building in Houghton and will have space in Michigan Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center, being built next to Sherman Field.
LODGE HOPES TO WINTERIZE: The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners plans to apply for a grant/loan package from two federal agencies to winterize the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. The $2.5 million project would include upgrades to the lodge, golf pro shop, 24 rental units and water and sewer lines. It also includes building a new two-story conference center. About $1.25 million would come as a grant from the federal Economic Development Agency. Another $1.25 million would be a loan from the federal Rural Development agency.
What's Happening This Week
Monday, January 19, 2004
Friday, January 23, 2004
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Sunday, January 25, 2004
All Times are Eastern
Last Week's Results
Women's Basketball (9-5 Overall, 4-2 GLIAC)
#15 Men's Basketball (10-3 Overall, 4-2 GLIAC)
Nordic Skiing, Women's & Men's
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Paul Meese (pmmeese at hotmail.com)
We have received a number of messages from Tech alumni
The stories about the opportunities he took to alter
E-mail from Ken Thorp '81 (THORPK at michigan.gov)
I also have a Dean Meese story. Actually, I have
E-mail from Jim Mitchell (jmitchell at priceheneveld.com)
I had been planning to add my comments to the Dean
E-mail from Tom Paschetto '77 (tom at promosis.com)
Your X-country ski tale reminded me of my first ever
E-mail from Stacey (Roehm) Morrison '88
Here is the answer to the train question in today's
"Champion, Mi. That was Train #9 and the train down
E-mail from Jane Laird '68 (jlaird at peoplepc.com)
I took that train mentioned by John Dlouhy but I must
E-mail from Jim Bailey '56 (Jabailey34 at aol.com)
Re John Dlouhy's question about the train from Chicago
E-mail from Donald Johnson '53 (donald.johnson8 at att.net)
As I recall, the train was called the Copper Country
E-mail from Chet Sperry '49 (CCSPERRY at aol.com)
I believe the stop of the Copper Country Limited was
E-mail from Margaret (Pinkava) Liubakka '86
The Ambassador was also one of my favorite places to
E-mail from BJ Tomiko (beege_man at hotmail.com)
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