Michigan Technological University

HOUGHTON, MI--   For the second time in the past three years, Tau Kappa Epsilon took first place in the month-long statue division at Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. 

This year’s theme was “Myths and tales of the past in our frigid forecast.” The TKE’s winning entry along US-41 is “Behold a frozen Thor, mighty god of Viking lore.”

Second place in the overall section went to last year’s winner, Phi Kappa Tau, for “A sword is drawn from a stone and a king ascends an icy throne.” It can be found on Quincy Street in Hancock.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   A professor wants Michigan Technological University to add the word "veterans" to the name of a popular building on campus.

Economics professor Paul Nelson says Michigan Tech's Memorial Union Building was built in 1952 and dedicated to students, alumni and faculty who served in the military. There are panels with names of students or graduates who died in wars.

Nelson is chaplain at the American Legion post in Hancock. He tells The Daily Mining Gazette that most students today don't know a soldier because the armed services rely on volunteers.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival kicks into high gear Wednesday night with its ice-sculpting All Nighter.

This year’s theme is “Myths and tales of the past in our frigid forecast.” Students will be challenged to build statues between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday. They’ll compete in men’s groups, women’s groups, and co-ed groups.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The state has reached an agreement with Michigan Tech to conduct a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. 

A team of public and private universities led by Dr. Guy Meadows is expected to complete the study by September. Meadows is the director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Tech. The analysis will evaluate Enbridge’s liability for a worst-case-scenario pipeline spill.

HOUGHTON, MI--   College Magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University the safest college campus in the nation.

The magazine released its ranking of the 10 Safest College Campuses this week. It cites a long list of safety initiatives at Tech, including the Resident Officer Program, RAD—or Rape Awareness Defense, alcohol/drug awareness programs, the Staying Safe at Tech presentation, and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The magazine notes Tech’s crime rate is 53 percent lower than the average for college campuses.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   More than 50 people have applied to become president of Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Officials are expecting more people to emerge before the January 15 deadline.

Bill Johnson, chairman of the search committee, says the group probably will interview 10 to 12 people and then recommend four to six candidates to Michigan Tech's governing board.

Glenn Mroz has been president since 2004. He plans to return to the faculty next summer.

Michigan Tech has 7,200 students, including 5,800 undergraduates. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is collaborating with a group of Michigan Tech students to explore the creation of a solar facility in the area. 

UPPCO Vice President of Business Development and Communications, Brett French, says they’re conducting a feasibility study through the Alternative Energy Enterprise Group under the supervision of Tech faculty advisor Jay Meldrum.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has received money to implement sexual assault prevention programs on campus. 

Tech is one of 13 public and private universities to get a share of more than $381,000 appropriated by the state legislature. Tech is slated to receive

$11,920 for the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder announced the grants on Monday. She said a second round of grants will fund specific programs and tools that are nationally recognized as effective awareness and prevention strategies. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Graduate Student Government at Michigan Technological University is joining a nationwide walkout Wednesday.

It aims to support higher education and show how vital grad students are to society.

GSG President Hossein Tavakoli says the proposed federal tax plan includes a huge tax hike on graduate students. He says grad students across the country are afraid their tax bills will double or triple, which would discourage current and future students from continuing their education at the graduate level.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has been named a Bike-Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

Tech first earned the designation in 2013. It’s one of 182 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 45 states and Washington, DC.

Bryant Weathers is with Tech’s Campus Bike Initiative. He says the designation is a huge accomplishment, as the school is buried in snow for 75 percent of the academic year.

The Bike-Friendly designation is good for four years.