Domestic Violence Awareness Projects Help Keep Everyone Safe

by Erika Vichcales, student writer

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Michigan Tech has been doing its part. During Responsible Relationship Awareness Week, colorful student-decorated shirts were swinging from clotheslines across campus. The 2013 Responsible Relationship Awareness Days, hosted annually by the Title IX Committee at Michigan Tech, included the Clothesline Project and Forget Stranger Danger--a program about how to handle situations that do or could involve sexual violence and assault.

The Clothesline Project is a national campaign to advocate against sexual violence and sexual assault. This year, individual students, residence halls, student organizations and clubs decorated more than 300 shirts. Some shirts spoke of consent; others reminded us that men can be victims too. Saying no to sexual assault and violence was depicted in pictures and written messages.

"There are a variety of messages that come out of the Clothesline Project, and I think they are all important," said Renee Wells, assistant director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. "It gives people a sense of the range of what’s involved and the fact that other students are thinking about and engaged in this issue. When you see so many students speaking out, you realize it’s OK to speak out and to be the person who speaks up if something happens. I think that is a really important part of what the project does."

At Forget Stranger Danger, speakers explored what is and isn't consent. It was very clear that getting consent does not mean just having someone not say no. Consent means a direct yes, and if someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even a “yes” is not consent. Many are unsure of what is considered consent, so the speakers advised, to make sure you are safe, don't do anything unless a direct yes has been said.

On-campus resources for students after a sexual assault include the Title IX Coordinators (, Public Safety and Police Services, Counseling Services, the Office of Academic and Community Conduct, and the Campus Victim Advocate Response Team (CVART), which is a group of student advocates trained by Dial Help staff to provide peer support services.

Students who attended the program found it thought provoking. "The sessions were very informative and made me really think about my surroundings at Tech more," said student Sasha Burnett. "I am now more aware of the chances of sexual violence occurring on campus, as well as what to do in these situations."

Other activities during Domestic Violence Awareness Month include display of purple ribbons. Provided by a community organization called People Against Violence Endeavor (PAVE), the ribbons are a way that the campus community can show its support for more awareness of domestic violence, said Tom Maynard, Mind Trekkers coordinator in Michigan Tech’s Center for Pre-college Outreach and a campus representative of PAVE.

PAVE’s motto for the month is “violence is protected by silence.”

Purple ribbons are available from

Shelden Avenue Closed Tonight

The City of Houghton will close Shelden Avenue tonight from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for Treat Street. Cars will be routed to Lakeshore Drive and can take Quincy Street (next to the Ambassador) to access the Portage Lake Bridge.

Power Systems Research Needs Your Help

Participate in a study with Michigan Tech’s Advanced Power Systems Research Center and you could be eligible for one of thirty $50 gift cards.

Research engineers are conducting a statistical study and need thirty vehicles. The vehicles must meet the following criteria:
* 2003 or newer
* Gasoline engine
* Single tailpipe
* Good running order (e.g., no check engine light)

Please email to get more information and set an appointment.

Safehouse on Saturday

Safehouse, a Michigan Tech tradition since 1988, is here again! Guided tours will start from the reception desks at Wadsworth, McNair, and Douglass Houghton Halls on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is no fee to the community to take a fun or scary guided tour. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Candy will be given to children on guided tours. Join us for Safehouse!

Please call 7-1839 or email if you need more information.

Jazz Showcase: From Duke Ellington to Steely Dan

See the Rozsa stage transformed into an intimate jazz-club atmosphere with the Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy two nights of Big Band Jazz “Up Close and “Personal” in this “pop up” jazz-club setting. For all the event details, visit the Rozsa website.

EPSSI Seminar Monday

Marianne Moore from Wellesley College will be presenting "Dimensions of Biodiversity in the 'Cold Galapagos'--Lake Baikal, Russia." The seminar will be Monday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in M&M U113.

Globalization Seminar Wednesday

Atsushi Akera, associate professor of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), will present a public seminar on the topic, "Asians as Model Minorities--Navigating through STEM careers in a Globalized Workforce." The talk will be held in the Alumni Lounge in the Memorial Union on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available.


The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum was the featured exhibitor at the 69th Annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show held at the Macomb Community College Expo Center and hosted by the Michigan Mineralogical Society. The show theme was "marvelous metals" and a photo of one component of the museum’s native copper exhibit was on the program.

The museum’s exhibit consisted of three parts, two of which two are now on display in the entrance to the museum: a decorative 450 lb. native copper specimen protruding from host basalt lava flow rock and a 200 lb. specimen with native copper spires extending into an open pocket.

John Peters, exhibits chair, said, "The outstanding 'copper island' in the center of the showroom...was simply awesome . . . and we are grateful for your institution's participation."

In addition to the featured copper exhibit, the museum also filled a standard exhibit case with iron minerals from Michigan. Ted Bornhorst, museum director, gave a one-hour presentation on Saturday and again on Sunday for show visitors titled, "Michigan native copper: Its geologic setting and origin."

Item Available

* Overhead Projector

If interested, please contact Sherry Anderson at 7-2005 or .

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

On the Road

Tim Colling, director, and Shaughn Kern, technical writer for the Center for Technology and Training (CTT/CEE), participated in the semi-annual Michigan Transportation Asset Management Conference held on Oct. 24 in Escanaba. The conference is sponsored by the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council, and brings together more than 60 state, federal and local transportation professionals from around Michigan to learn about the current state of practices for managing pavements and other roadside assets.

As members of the conference planning committee, Colling and Chris Codere, Sr. project manager for CTT, assisted in coordinating the conference. During the event, Colling acted as moderator for the panel discussion Managing Performance--The Leadership Perspective and Kern supervised the audiovisual component.