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:
Hollywood couldn't have written a better script. In the spring of 2003, Michigan Tech's budget cutting included the football program. Six days after the announcement, the program gets new life, but without any general fund support. The athletic department will need to raise enough funds to keep the pigskin flying.
Alumni and the community step up and raise funds to continue the program for fall 2003. A few players leave, the team struggles, and the future remains in doubt.
A brainstorm for 2004: let's play a game at Michigan Stadium as a fundraiser. Let's schedule the defending NCAA Division II champions as the foe. Let's see if we can set the NCAA Division II attendance record.
And just like in that underdog-rags-to-riches movie treatment, the football Huskies respond. The 2004 season opens with some impressive victories, but the foes' combined records show many more losses than wins.
The last four games are against the league leaders. All four are ranked in the top 25 nationally. The Huskies vanquish three of the four. The last, the two-time defending NCAA champion Grand Valley Lakers, brings a 7-2 record and hopes for an NCAA playoff berth to the game.
Whether or not you like football--whether or not you follow the Huskies--does it get any better than this? Tech, which has never participated in an NCAA Division II football playoff game, has clinched the conference championship and will likely receive a bid regardless of Saturday's outcome. With a win, however, they may well host a playoff game.
But before that, the team has a shot at the two-time NCAA champion. Stay tuned Saturday for the next chapter. Where's Knute Rockne when you need him?
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BIG HOUSE BASH SATURDAY: The #7 Huskies (9-0) will host #19 Grand Valley State (7-2) at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor next Saturday (Nov. 6). The Huskies and Lakers will kick off at 1 p.m., with the NCAA Division II attendance record of 61,143 on the line.
Tech clinched its first-ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship Saturday with a 38-18 triumph over Saginaw Valley State. The seventh-ranked Huskies trailed 18-17 at the half, then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half for the victory.
CARNIVAL RAFFLE OFFERS FREE HOTEL STAY: Blue Key has announced its annual Winter Carnival raffle, with the grand prize of three nights at the Best Western Franklin Square Inn and a champagne party during the fireworks over Mont Ripley. Tickets are $1 or seven for $5, with the drawing Dec. 10 at noon. Contact Blue Key at asivakum(at)mtu.edu or dfladwig(at)mtu.edu.
STUDENTS TURN OUT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: About 500 Michigan Tech students volunteered for the annual Make A Difference Day. The day serves as a national day of helping, encompassing projects of varying sizes and aims. Students fanned out to participate in a wide variety of events, including raking leaves, making Halloween cards for the elderly, volunteering for Dial Help, and cleaning up Princess Point and the Tech Trails.
CD INQUIRIES: Those interested in purchasing Mike Irish's solo jazz guitar CD can contact Mike directly at mjirish(at)mtu.edu. The cost is $11.60 (including tax and shipping).
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
LAKE PROPERTY/COTTAGE FOR SALE: Marilyn Pierce has a Lake Superior lot with cottage for sale in the Betsy area of the Keweenaw. Call 906-482-7154 or 906-296-0962.
TEENS SUSPECTED OF NINE BURGLERIES: Police say two teenagers (one age 19 and one age 18) were arrested last week for two Hancock burglaries and are suspects in at least seven similar cases throughout the Keweenaw. Police acted on a tip from one of the boys' mothers. The thefts include items from Michigan Tech's Student Development complex, Waste Management, Inc., Hope Fellowship Church, the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, and Jeffers High School.
From the E-mailbag
Dean sez: I am truly astounded how many people apparently misread my comments last week. I was in my car listening to the seventh game of the American League championship and many of you apparently thought I said World Series. Hmmm. Here's a sampling of this incredible coincidence. BTW, I predict the Red Sox in four for the Series.
Marty Ball -- How did game 7 of the World Series turn out? I want to lay a bet, and I'm looking for a sure thing....
Dave Puskala -- How did Game 7 turn out? I'd like to place a bet!!
Jeff Lewis -- Did the Red Sox win??!???
Cass Andary -- Just how did the World Series turn out? I’m presuming it was this year's. If so, please let me know so I could retire on my gambling winnings. Do you have other clairvoyant abilities you could share?
Emil Lesner -- Dean, Let me know who wins the 7 game of the World Series. I would like to place a bet with a shady individual, if you know what I mean. And please tell me who wins Game 3, 4, 5, and 6. That will help get these kids of mine through school and I will be eternally grateful.
Mark Ream -- You may have discovered some sort of worm hole. Can you please tell me who was the winner and final score of the game was so that I can drain my bank account and head to Vegas?
Ken Kok -- Dean, did you "Woodbeck" your car radio? Tell me was this the World Series that started October 23? If so tell me how it came out so that I can lay a big bet on the winner. If not what World Series was it or are your fingers that tired from roaming through a Home Depot that you meant to type a 1.
Richard Passavant -- I am even more amazed by the physics of your car radio! Game 7 of the World Series, that isn't supposed to be played until next week! Can you tell me who won so I can place my bet now - after all, the Red Sox only played game two last night. That would give us quite the advantage over the oddsmakers in Vegas. Easy street here we come!
John Hutto -- That's cool that you got to hear Game 7 of the World Series on the radio. The folks here in Western Massachusetts are dying to know if the Red Sox won. Care to share the outcome?
Tony Young -- Since we have only had two games of the World Series so far, how did you catch game 7? Could you tell me who wins game 7 so that I can bet the house at one of my favorite Vegas casinos ;)?
Matt Sohrweide -- It is interesting that you were listening to Game 7 of the World Series when Game 3 is tomorrow night! I know it is a long drive but you must of done some sort of time travel to pull that off! Well that or you were listening to one of the two LCS games.
Mark Krzysiak -- Apparently, apart from your car's ability to pick up far-away AM stations, it is also capable of time travel. Since Game 3 is tonight (Tuesday) in St. Louis, I'm assuming that this series must be going the distance. Can you send me a note and let me know who wins Game 7? I'd like to place a small wager!
Thad Bishop -- Wow, I never knew that you could listen to all those radio stations in the UP. I never would have guessed you were able to listen to the 7th game of the World Series on your car radio (last week)!!! Down here in
Southwestern Michigan, we are just getting ready for game 3 of the World Series. Could you e-mail the results of games 3-7 to me? It would really help me in the office pool. I would be willing to share my winnings with you.
Greg Medler -- Gee Dean, tell me know who won - I'll make a wager and split the winnings with you...
Argarfield(at)aol.com -- Unless this trip was last year, you have a really special radio that is worth a fortune. Game three of the World Series is tonight. However I'm glad to learn that it will go to Seven Games this year. Can this radio get an advance report on the "Bash at the Big House"?
T. Moore -- Wow! Those radio waves not only traveled great distances, they apparently traveled through time too, as game three of the World Series is tonight. :-)
Doug Brubaker -- Sorry to point out that you woodbecked the email list. It brightens every Monday. Game 7 of the World Series, ehh? You must have been driving a DeLorean with
an intermittent starter. Who won, by the way?
Gary Stoor -- I think you were doing a little more than 65 mph if you listened to the 7th game of the World Series. Since that game has not been played yet you must have been closer to the speed of light traveling into the future and back, yet again proving the theory of relativity. (Your car is even more efficient than expected) Thanks however for sharing the fact that there will indeed be a 7th game as it will make the series exciting to watch. Done dodging hurricanes here.
Dave Anthony -- That's a heck of a radio you've got there. Any chance you can tell me who won the World Series so I can call my bookie? I'm just now watching Game 3 (Tuesday, 26 Oct). And, since you understand the physics of it all, how does this work? That is, hearing a broadcast that is still 8 days into the future ;-)
Mark Koski -- The Woodbecking of the "listening to the 7th game of the World Series" - I'm sure was responded to by many a faithful reader. But I think it's just a ploy to get more responses from us Alums. True? I'll bet there isn't going to be 7th game in this year's WS.
Tim Hale -- Living in Florida means we have been inundated with commercials and live coverage of visits & speeches by the candidates. Normal TV programs have been delayed and/or cancelled to cover these events. Even several college football games were interrupted this past Saturday by the arrival of Air Force One at the local airport. It seems commercials are longer than the actual shows. But never did I suspect it was so bad that while you're listening to the 7th game of the World Series, we're so far behind that I just watched game # 2 last night. Please don't tell us the final outcome - I want to enjoy the remaining five games.
Cathy Cooper -- As I former Yooper, I too have been amazed by the radio reception possible at night, however, you must have also entered a time warp. You said you were able to listen to the seventh game of the World Series!! If only it were true, you could make a bundle of money betting on the remaining games!!!
E-mail from Nancy Vandermey
Last week, Tonya Bakke wrote:
We also were able to see many of the little wilderness
This is the photo she's referring to:
E-mail from Julie Toll (julie.toll(at)nmhg.com)
I remember in high school we went down to Florida one
E-mail from Nancy Seely (nsseely(at)mtu.edu)
You wrote: "I heard a call-in computer troubleshooting
E-mail from Kristian Zoerhoff
I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at this; WMVP is
E-mail from Wayne Trombley '67 (wetrombley(at)scrtc.com)
Wow, did your Michigan trip notes bring back memories.
Cruise control and AM stations are great on long
My next long trip will be in just one week as I drive
E-mail from Joanna Giovanoli Richardson
After about 8 years, my husband and I, took a trip up
Thanks for the great newsletter, that way, at least we
E-mail from Courtney Fitzsimons
Hey Dean (woodbecking)
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CHAPTER EVENTS: For more information on alumni chapter events,
e-mail mtu_alumni at mtu.edu or see the alumni chapter site on the web.
6 -- Bash at the
Big House, football vs. Grand Valley
20 -- Michigan Tech at Colorado College hockey and alumni event.
29-30 Great Lakes
Invitational hockey and alumni event
8 Michigan Tech at Denver hockey
and alumni event.
Job Opportunities This Week
OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (www.ucc.mtu.edu/alumni.asp)
See you next week