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February 2, 2004 (Vol. 10, No. 35)

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An award-winning weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological University. Written and distributed by Dean Woodbeck '78, Director of News and Information Services.

In this issue:

  • Husky Tales
  • At da Tech
  • Around Town
  • From the E-mailbag
  • E-mail Updates/Welcome to new subscribers
  • Alumni Chapter Events
  • Job Opportunities
  • Electronic Services for Alumni

Husqi Tales

Be prepared--this is a long newsletter. I was amazed at the amount of mail on tire chains.

We have begun to emerge from the single digit temperatures on either side of zero to something much more Copper-Country-ish. The snow spigot, turned on full blast on December 28, slowed to a spurt over the weekend, but returned last night and is expected to continue over the next few days.

It has snowed every day since December 28. That means daily encounters with the snow blower, shovels and scoops. But I have discovered what is nice about having a strapping 5'-4" 12-year-old around. One who enjoys the outdoors. One who finds shoveling after school invigorating, nay, addicting.

I have died and gone to Heikki Lunta heaven.

It is Carnival week or, as our athletics communications director puts it, "the most wonderful time of year in Huskyville." You can almost hear Jimmy Stewart say that, can't you? Huskyville? Sorry, sounds too much like Hooverville to me.

The queens competition has taken place, special events are underway and the statue-builders have a Thursday morning deadline. The informal campus festival will take place Wednesday night during the all-nighter. We'll be putting up photos every day this week and have the eight web cams trained out statues, broomball and area scenes. Go to http://wintercarnival.mtu.edu

The only downside, for an avid cross-country skier, is that Winter Carnival marks the point where there is less winter ahead than behind.

Snow Watch '03-'04

As of January 30, 2004 

This week Last week Last year
Snowfall to date 167.5" 151" 141"
On the ground 32" 27" 21"

See our snowfall chart, dating back to 1890, and day--by-day snowfall for this season.

At Da Tech

TENNIS PLAYER NOW CARNIVAL QUEEN: Shalini Chandrahasa, a senior sponsored by the International Club, was crowned the 24 Winter Carnival Queen on Saturday. Chandrahasa, who is from Adyar Madras, India (where it is in the 80s this morning), is a three-time letter-winner for the Huskies women's tennis team. She majors in electrical engineering.

CARNIVAL THIS WEEKEND: Statue-builders will be out in force Wednesday for the all-nighter, with judging on Thursday morning. You can see the schedule, links to all eight web cams, and the latest results at wintercarnival.mtu.edu

SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS: The Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2004 award. The deadline is Friday, February 20, 2004. The award is open to all full-time faculty, including lecturers and research faculty. Alumni are encouraged to make nominations. For criteria and a nominating form, see:
http://forest.mtu.edu/fdsa/

PICTORIAL, HISTORY DVD ON SALE:
The annual Winter Carnival Pictorial will be available Friday, Feb. 6, as will a new history of Winter Carnival DVD, produced by Blue Key National Honor Fraternity.

The pictorial includes photos from the queens competition, special events and stage revue. The publication also includes photos and final results of all the month-long statues. The DVD, titled "World's Greatest Winter Carnival," takes a look back at eight decades of Michigan Tech Winter Carnivals, from the one-day event in the 1920s to the current celebration that takes a full year to plan and execute.

The Pictorial is $7 and the DVD is $15, or you can get both for $20. Go to www.bookstore.mtu.edu.

BOARD MEMBER RESIGNS: A. Douglas Rothwell has resigned from Michigan Tech's Board of Control. Rothwell was appointed by former Governor John Engler just before Engler left office last year. He has not attended any of the six meetings held since he was appointed, citing family and business commitments. Governor Granholm's office reports a new appointment may be made in time for the board's March meeting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter
Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/

Around Town

TUNSTALL FUNDRAISER FRIDAY: "An Evening With Gary Tunstall" will take place Friday of Winter Carnival (Feb. 6) in the Superior Room of the Franklin Square Inn at 9 pm. A $3 cover goes to Mu Beta Psi's scholarship fund. Tunstall reports he will play in Appleton and Scholfield, Wis., on March 5th and 6th. See www.garytunstall.com

THREE STORES CLOSE AT MALL: Vanity, Tradehome Shoes and Sophie's Hallmark are all closing their doors at the Copper Country Mall. Managers of other mall stores say that doesn't mean other tenants are in trouble. Others cite the loss of mall anchor K-Mart and decreasing traffic, pointing out that Vanity and Tradehome stores at Marquette's Westwood Mall remain open. Kohl's opened a large department store there last year and J.C. Penney's is the other large anchor.

HOUGHTON MAY ELIMINATE BUS: The city of Houghton may reduce the size of its transit fleet as a way to cope with reduced state and federal aid. City Manager Scott MacInnes told the Daily Mining Gazette the city would likely eliminate one of its three "demand" buses.

Sports Results

HOCKEY
Jan. 30 - Colorado College 6, Michigan Tech 0
Jan. 31 - Michigan Tech 5, Colorado College 3

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Jan. 29 - Michigan Tech 73, Saginaw Valley 69
Jan. 31 - Michigan Tech 83, Lake Superior State 77

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Jan. 29 - Michigan Tech 69, Saginaw Valley 53
Jan. 31 - Lake Superior State 62, Michigan Tech 55

From the E-mailbag

E-mail from Liz Glaser (ehglaser at hotmail.com)

Dean,

For anyone looking for pasties delivered to their
homes, tell them to check out www.pasty.com! I don't
know if they will give out the recipe, but they will
do the shipping.

E-mail from Tom Fisher '79 (TomF at thehenryford.org)

Try the following link as a start for a pasty recipe.
http://www.wideopenwest.com/~awesley5155/pastie.html
Remember, they all varied a bit from maker to maker. I
believe that finely *chopped* rather than ground beef
or pork makes for a better result, and not too lean at
that. For those in the Detroit area, Weldon's in
Livonia and Waterford make a great one, as well as
Barb's in Clawson, which is as close to a home-made
pasty as you're likely to find.

E-mail from Colleen Tallman '96 (ctallman at raytheon.com)

My Great-Grandmother (Hazel Dalbeck Clark) had a pasty
shop in Bessemer, MI in the 1950s-60s. She also worked
as a cook at Red's Pasties in Wakefield, various
lumber camps and the White House Resort on Lake
Gogebic. My mother worked at her Pasty Shop in
Bessemer summers during Jr High school. They made 40
pasties every morning (my Great-Grandpa Jack Clark
would peel and cut the potatoes the night before) so
that they had them ready for the miners to pick up on
their way to work. Of course as a Dalbeck, she was
actually French-Canadian, not Finnish, and the French
pastry crust and baking methods she used were the best
in town. So these aren't as heavy as you may remember
from the MUB, but they're very good. I also recall my
cousin Brett Gustafson '92 making these for his
friends while at Michigan Tech.

Dean sez: for this recipe, and the one Dave Hanrahan refers
to below, see http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/pasty.html

E-mail from Peter (Dave) Hanrahan '54
(peterusaf at sbcglobal.net)

Dean, here is the best pasty recipe in the world and
my wife makes them regularly after 50 years of
marriage...oh yes, I agree with Bob Carnahan
about Yooper women, Evelyn was from Laurium and she
has been a "keeper"!

E-mail from Nancy Mannikko (Nancy_Mannikko at nps.gov)

Anyone looking for a pasty recipe can find several to
pick from at
http://www.hu.mtu.edu/vup/pasty/recipes.htm

E-mail from Bob Waldron '77 (waldron33 at yahoo.com)

Dean,

Re: your 26 Jan 2004 newsletter emails, I'm somewhat
surprised you didn't mention that the pasties are
Cornish, not Finnish. Makes me wonder if you would let
it slide if someone asked for plans to build a Cornish
sauna... ;-)

Doing your usual fine bang-up job on the newsletter –
keep it up!

E-mail from Jen Yotz '00 (jyotz at deltaenv.com)

Hi Dean,

Regarding the snow-chain question...I think they're
illegal in Houghton. I had a rear-wheel drive pick-up
when I lived up there in the late nineties, and I had
a set of chains for the back tires that I borrowed
from a friend in Colorado. I lived next door to a
mechanic in Houghton, who saw me putting them on after
the first big snow in late '98. He told me that if
the police or sheriff's patrol caught me with chains
on my tires, I would be ticketed. The chains
apparently do some pretty nasty things to pavement.
Once I put snow tires on though, I was just fine.

E-mail from Jennifer (Arnold) Plumley '94
(jennifer.plumley at dowcorning.com)

Dean,

Great newsletter, always gives me a few minutes of
interesting reading on a Monday. In response to the
comments about chains for driving, I would think that
its illegal, they really tear up the roads. I guess
for getting out of a tough spot or some remote area,
maybe they would be helpful, but for everyday driving,
I'm pretty sure they are not allowed. My mom works
For the postal service and used to have a rural route
where she had to use her own car. They were allowed
to have 'studded snow tires' back in the 70s and 80s.
I remember a police officer pulling her over and was
going to ticket her, but she was allowed to have them
for her job. At some point, they became illegal even
for postal service, too hard on the roads.

E-mail from Dan Scholnik '95 (scholnik at ieee.org)

Dean -

In response to your query about tire chains at Tech, I
offer the following:

During the '92-'93 school year I lived with 9 other
students in a large house at 404 Hancock St. in
Hancock behind the D&N building. The driveway opened
to a 1-way loop around a small park, and so you had to
make two quick rights to get into the driveway. There
wasn't a lot of room to clear snow for 9 vehicles, and
the city plow mostly pushed it all back into our
driveway anyway. One housemate (who shall remain
nameless for his own sake) who drove a big old rear-
wheel-drive car had an interesting parking method,
used mostly in the middle of the night.

On his first pass, he would slow down too much, and
get stuck halfway in. After about 5 minutes of futile
rocking and tire spinning he would give up, circle the
park and the D&N building (Hancock is one way), come
back, and try again at a higher speed. Problem was,
his car wouldn't turn on snow at that speed, so he'd
either have to slow down too much (go to step 1) or
sail right past. After 2-3 tries he would get out,
put on his tire chains, drive 10 feet forward, and
then remove them again. That's the only use of chains
I ever saw up there.

E-mail from Kerry Irons '72 (KAIrons at dow.com)

Dean,

Tire chains were "common" during my tenure at tech
(fall '68 thru summer '73). And this was even when
studded tires were legal. I remember one story about
some "snow fearing" student who left the chains on all
winter (dry or snowy roads) and another about a guy
who drove around with poorly secured chains that
eventually wore a hole right through the wheel well
into the trunk. Admittedly, there was a feeling that
tire chains were for sissies, but they did get used.

E-mail from Chris Pritchard '78 (CHRIS_PRITCHARD at fmc.com)

Dean,

Used a set of wire rope chains for my 75 AMC Hornet
during grad school in '80-'81. Almost lasted the year
- had to eventually keep cutting off a cross piece or
two as they failed. Could climb Quincy and Agate
street with the 2WD car which usually would just spin
out on flat ground. Would have been walking without
them.

E-mail from Louis Pomerville '75
(pomervillel at dteenergy.com)

Dean -

I was at Tech from 1969-1975. At that time, tire
chains we in evidence but not used too often. As I
think back, we always worried about them coming off
and damaging the sheet metal on our cars. (Might have
had something to do with a heavy foot!) At times they
were invaluable, but generally the road commission
kept things clear enough we really didn't need them.

Also, we were using studded snow tires then too.

E-mail from Jim Brooks '81 (jbrooks at carboloy.com)

Dean,

I'm surprised to hear that you never saw tire chains
in use during all your years in Houghton. I lived
my last 2 years at Tech (1980 - 1981) way out at the
end of the canal road on the Houghton side, my trailer
mates and I relied heavily on tire chains to bust
through the drifts that would form beyond Oskar Bay. I
recall one of those years, after white knuckling
through the worst drifts ever and getting just outside
Oskar Bay on my way into school, came the radio
announcement that for the first time in (I don't
recall how many) years, Michigan Tech had cancelled classes.
So - turn around and bust my way back home. My trailer
mate that year showed up walking about a day later,
as he had been trapped in town the previous night,
didn't have his chains, and when he tried to come home
the next day wound up parked out in a field.

E-mail from Pat Hartman '71
(patrick.a.hartman at pharmacia.com)

Dean,

I suspect you will receive several responses to the
tire chain question. I am almost positive that tire
chains were outlawed on paved public roads in Michigan
sometime in the late 60's.

I lived off campus in Hancock '69 to '73, and used
studded snow tires on all four wheels while in da UP
for winter, and would change the front tires for the
trips downstate. Shortly thereafter, studded snow
tires were also banned in Michigan because they also
tore up the roads.

E-mail from Randy Burt '89 (Randy.Burt at clarkeng.com)

I don't believe that chains are legal in Michigan. At
least not on regular roadways. I'm sure that property
owners use them out there somewhere.

I recall as a kid watching a neighbor pull studs
(metal spikes) out of snow tires with a pair of
pliers back in the mid '70s when those were banned.
Suffice it to say, I did not have the strength to do
it. He however, did. I remember that he played
football for Northwood. Probably explains why he had
them in the first place, as I understand Traverse City
gets a fair amount of snow from lake effect too.

E-mail from John Meyers '97 (john.g.meyers at intel.com)

Hi Dean

Tire chains are required for 2wd vehicles here in
California during mountain storms, complete with CHP
checkpoints on primary roads as you enter snowline.
The chain requirement here often seems more a speed
control method for our multitudes of inexperienced
snow drivers, as much as they are a traction aid.

It is my understanding that in Michigan, Wisconsin,
etc it is illegal to drive on the highway with chains
due to the damage they cause. And Yoopers seem to
figure out younger in life that driving 70mph bumper
to bumper is a bad practice any time of the year.

I can report that front wheel drive, tire chains and
lots of RPM can will help tame Houghton's snowy hills
just for fun. We proved this one day in my Honda
hatchback after a pretty substantial storm had come
through. It climbed great, until the connecting road
gave up! So I guess in the long run the chains really
were not a match for those hills!

E-mail from Chuck McDonald (CMcDonald at hdsd.com)

Dean

Had to address tire chains. Living out here in the
west, where there are real mountains (higher than
1000') they are a requirement for going over the
mountain passes in the winter time. They are
beneficial for rear wheel drive cars but for front
wheel drive with a good set of tires all they do is
get you and your stuff wet and cold. We had an
experience at tech - It was the winter of 70-71. We
were coming back up - probably after Christmas and it
got ugly in Munising. We stopped and the 4 manly men
left the smart coed in the car and found the chains.
Of course none of us had a clue, and what we found (in
the 50 mph wind) was that one was too big and one too
small. We put them on, and the big one was beating up
the wheel well so we stopped and removed it about 1
mile down the road. The too small one broke about 5
miles later so we stopped and removed it. So after
wasting an hour, getting cold and wet we proceeded to
tech without them. I do recall 'hearing' one car with
chains in my 4 years there.

E-mail from Brent Romenesko (Brent.Romenesko at bsci.com)

Dean,

Take a peek at the tiny USPS mail trucks. They
usually have some sort of traction enhancement on in
the winter, although I'm not sure they constitute
as chains. I wouldn't be surprised if those pesky GO-
4's have chains on them too. The ROI for chains on
the GO-4's would probably be the best for any
investment the University has made... more tickets...
and faster....

E-mail from Allen Phillips '01 (aphillips2 at new.rr.com)

In regards to the tire chain question, here is what
the state law says about it (I got this from
www.michigan.gov) mCL 257.710 of the Michigan Vehicle
Code covers the use of tire chains, and states that a
person may "use a tire chain of reasonable proportion
upon a vehicle when required for safety because of
snow, ice, or other condition tending to cause a
vehicle to skid." If used, the chain must not come in
contact with the surface of the roadway.

Even in Houghton the surface of the roadways peeks out
now and then. So, it would probably be a big hassle
to remove them every time you might come in contact
with bare road.

E-mail from John VanWestenburg '53 (jvanwest at pasty.com)

"Skid" chains were very common in the Copper Country
in the early fifties. We all had them and no winter
hunter ever went on logging roads without a set in the
trunk. The advent of snow tires and later the
emergence of 4wd vehicles phased out a lot of chains.
Several tow truck operators still carry them today.
Wow! this dates me. I lived on the corner of Fifth &
Agate from '56-'66 and it was always a challenge. Many
times we went to Upland Road to Sharon or Seventh
Street and then came down Agate hoping to be able to
turn on Fifth...4 times sliding by was my worst
record.

Pasty recipes...Suggest checking the Pasty.net website
for a place from which to order a very good pasty.
Made by the Stillwaters nursing home. They have also
shared a recipe in the past.

E-mail from Fred Roman '66 (fierofred at att.net)

I used tire chains on my car during the winter of
1965. Campus John made me do this because I lived off
campus and had to use the very handy "Off Road"
student parking facilities when driving to class.

But they also came in handy while negotiating the
Houghton hills on snowy and icy streets. They were
only good for around town driving though because they
were limited to speeds significantly under "highway"
speeds. And I had to make sure there was enough
clearance between the tires and rear fenders. Do
you remember fender skirts? No fender skirts with
chains!

We also had orange styrofoam balls on our antennas in
order to help see if there were other cars at an
intersection (left or right) where the snow was
plowed up higher than the height of a car at the
corners but the ball may still show. In those days
the cars had adjustable height antennas and we'd
raise them all the way up.

E-mail from Dan Tutak (dan.tutak at haworth.com)

Hi Dean:

Regarding the note from Jeff Rosenmeier about tire
Chains: Having grown up on a farm in the snow belt
along Lake Michigan back in the 60s and 70s when we
had REAL winters, I've had more than my fair share of
experience with chains. 4-wheel drives were not as
common as they are today, and certainly not around our
place. Our trucks were outfitted with tire chains
pretty much all winter.

Given adequate ballast in the back of a truck,
traction was incredible. This assumes of course, that
the tires were still touching the ground; not always
the case after breaking snow drifts. I recall one
time after an ice storm that friends and I were riding
around in a 4 wheeler and we found ourselves at the
bottom of a steep hill on a dead end road that we
could not drive back up. It was so slick that we had
to walk along the side of the road to get back
out. Then a few mile walk back to my place to get the
ol' 69 Chevy with chains and plenty of weight in the
back (seems like we ended up in situations like that
at 3:00 AM a lot in those days:). We simply backed
down the hill, hooked on a tow chain, and dragged
the poor 4 wheeler back up.

An obvious downside to the tire chains is the need to
put them on (tightly) and maintain them. Pavement will
wear them down quickly. I'm not sure that they're even
legal in Michigan for general use; like tire studs
that went out way back when. The individual lengths of
chain that cross the tire can and will break, usually
when they are most desperately needed. The resulting
loose chain slapping in and around the wheel well can
inflict impressive damage. Between no longer having
livestock or hard winters, and having a 4 wheel drive
truck, chains haven't been run out there in many
years.

E-mail from Tim Brock '80 (brockengineering at voyager.net)

Dean,

I am not sure if chains are still legal in Michigan,
but as a student in the late-70s I had a set for my
Ford Pinto. I could climb any hill in Houghton/Hancock
with those chains on my car! There was one road that
went up from Sheldon Avenue and made 2 90 degree bends
on the way up. I remember challenging a couple of guys
and winning the bet, probably a beer.

E-mail from Tom Plutchak '69

Hi Dean,

I grew up in Mass City and we did use chains a fair
amount of the time. Generally they were not left on
the vehicle. They were only put on for the most
extreme conditions. (This was, of course, a long time
ago.)

I had a more recent encounter with chains on a ski
trip to Lake Tahoe. Even the taxi cabs there had
chains.

E-mail from Fred Hagen '65 (f.hagen at sbcglobal.net)

I grew up in Houghton my father taught at Tech and I
attended Tech for 2 years before transferring. I
remember chains very well as they were used on at
least 40 percent of the cars and used to make clanging
noises when they went by. It was either chains or
"Snow Tires" --yes most everyone else had 2 sets of
tires --one for summer and the other for winter.
Advances in tires have made chains all but disappear
in Houghton and of course the second set of tires have
gone as well.

E-mail from Sandy Easley '84 (Sandy.Easley at delphi.com)

Dean -

This is a reply to Jeff Rosenmeier's tire chains in
Houghton question. During '71-'84 (friends
confirmation too), tire chains were very much part of
the Houghton experience. If you didn't hear them as
they went clanking by, then all you had to do was look
at the tracks in the hard packed snow. Sometimes the
otherwise smooth snow covered road was made bumpy by
the use of chains.

Being a bit of a winter traction geek, I noticed
things like that. Adding tire chains to a two wheel
drive vehicle takes it into the four wheel drive
performance category immediately. The only thing
that will stop you is getting high centered. (Yup,
been there, done that)

Continuing on with the winter traction theme, here are
some breakdowns:
Better Worse
Front wheel drive Rear wheel drive
Skinny tires Wide tires
Manual transmission Automatic transmission
Four wheel drive Two wheel drive
Tire chains No tire chains
Good weight distribution Poor weight
distribution (or weight over drive wheels)applies only
to two wheel drive

So, based on the above, the worst possible combination
is a two wheel drive, automatic transmission pick-up
truck with wide tires. The converse is a four wheel
drive vehicle with skinny tires, manual transmission
and tire chains (probably could climb trees in the
dead of winter).

Most of the above is fairly obvious, except the manual
transmission thing. In a vehicle equipped that way,
when you start to spin or slide (usually in a rear
wheel drive vehicle), stomping the clutch results in
the vehicle immediately coasting which enables the
driver to end the slide/skid. Came in real handy
last December on I-94 west of Detroit, as it has for
many years.

For verification of the above, when you are driving in
nasty conditions, do a ditch survey. The majority of
the vehicles that you see in the ditch will be rear
wheel drive.

E-mail from David Bauer (dbauer5 at visteon.com)

I seem to remember my road atlas saying that chains
aren't legal to use in Michigan.

Speaking of Agate, during my multiple years driving up
there, the only way I would go between College and
Sharon in the winter was across the hill, not up or
down. It always cracked me up seeing the scrapes from
cars bottoming out where all the streets crossed Agate
- apparently some people couldn't figure out they
either needed to slow down or not drive their '59
Caddy (or similarly huge pre-oil crisis American car)
up there.

E-mail from (Billtango at aol.com)

Dear Dean:

In response to Jeff Rosenmeier (Jan. 26 letter)
regarding tire chains and your comment that you
haven't seen them. When I was growing up in Houghton
tire chains were seen every day in the winter. As Jeff
commented they were very helpful on snow-covered
roads.

Why were they discontinued?

1)As snow-removal equipment was upgraded, main roads
showed more and more bare pavement, decimating the
life of chain crosslinks. If one crosslink broke there
was an immediate rat-a-tat-tat of the cross chain
against the fender.

2) On ice the chains were not much help and could be
dangerous. They were often called "skid chains." They
didn't prevent skids, they promoted them! Here was a
steel runner pointing toward the ditch.

3) The invention of "snow tires" provided an option
with much greater traction than regular tires. And now
we have the "all-weather" tire option.

4) Most motorists soon decided tire chains were
generally not worth the trouble.

E-mail from George English '77 (englishbunch at hotmail.com)

In response to the question about the use of tire
chains in Houghton: My wife and I lived in Upper
Daniel Heights in the mid 70's. My rear wheel
drive '72 Pontiac LeMans had a tough getting up the
"s" curve to reach the upper Heights. Coming home
after an night of bowling at the Copper Bowl, or
my wife coming home late at night after working the
afternoon shift at the hospital in Hancock would have
been even more challenging without tire chains.

Putting the chains on was not all that difficult. You
Just draped them over the top of the tire, drove ahead
a few feet, then latched the loose ends of the chains
together. Using a chain tightener, a rubber band
arrangement that kept some tension on the chains,
allowed a slightly higher speed before the chains
started slapping against your car. Top speed with
chains on was about 30 MPH, after that the chains
could come off and wrap around the axel and break
something important.

Keep up the great newsletter.

E-mail from Jenn Ridley '86 (jridley at chartermi.net)

My Dean Meese memory is related to the band and to my
major. I was in Metallurgical Engineering, and he had
come in to one of our classes to talk about something
or other. Later that day, I ran into him and "mom" at
the hockey game while I was wearing my stripes and
funky hat, and he remembered that he had seen me in
class earlier that day, even though we hadn't been
introduced at all.

Ha also had a sense of humor, and let one of the clubs
on campus file a rather odd constitution when the
Board required that all campus organizations file one.
(There was a clause in the constitution which forbade
the use of Robert's Rules of Order to run a meeting,
and defined the punishment should RRoO even be
mentioned at a meeting.)

E-mail from John Dlouhy '54 (jdlouhy at gsbpop.uchicago.edu)

Subject: THE MOST MEMORABLE TRAIN RIDE

Training at Tech in the middle 40's were a military
group, ASTRP, reorganized after the originals were
dissolved to fill the ranks. Affectionately known on
campus ,as "knights of the flaming p-pot" because of
their smoking Aladdin Lamp shoulder patch, they were
housed in Douglas Houghton Hall. At Christmas time in
1946 or 7, their leave coincided with Tech's vacation.
To accommodate the much larger numbers headed south,
the Copper County Limited expanded the number of coach
cars. These were rolled out of the back country, and
were with literally wicker straight up seats and backs
with kerosene lamps hanging from the ceiling. The
ASTRPers were assigned to these three cars.

On the way down the train stopped at Pembine, and that
time there was an old hotel next to the tracks. A
number of the military jumped off, and returned with
an arm load of cheap wine.

At the time we rolled into Milwaukee the next morning
a number had slept on the car floors, and were a very
bleary eyed crew. Be that as it was, we were all glad
to be heading home.

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using the word "at" instead of the at sign to guard against spambots.

1954 John A Dlouhy jdlouhy at gsb.uchicago,edu
1980 David L Rowley drowley7474 at hotmail.com
1995 Jinkun Zhang jkzdispatch-newsletter at yahoo.com
1995 Brian K Bishop bkbishop1 at adelphia.net
1998 Andrew G Bayley agbayley at hotmail.com
1999 Jennifer L Bollen jenbollen at yahoo.com
2000 Kip R Ambrosius kipa at chartermi.net
2002 Julie M Varichak varicjm at cat.com
2002 Andrew S McDowell asmcdowe222 at yahoo.com

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Job Opportunities This Week

ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu

  • Assistant Volleyball Coach

OFF CAMPUS: For complete descriptions, jump to our jobs web site.

  • Internship—Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Avionic Systems Engineer
  • Product Engineer (ME)
  • Civil Engineer
  • Project Engineer (Civil)
  • Contract Research Associate (applied ecology)
  • Survey Project Manager
  • Post-Doc Entomologist, Forester, Geographer
  • Seasonal/Temp Bio. Sci. Technician

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