April 2006 Views
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April 2006 Viewpoints
Organizing MTU-EWB's Bolivia project
By Brandon Braithwaite Posted
and updated 04/27/2006
HOUGHTON -- Last November Brandon
Braithwaite, a graduate student in Michigan Tech's Peace Corps Masters
International program, participated in a project to build a sewage treatment system and bathroom facilities for a
in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with the Michigan Tech Chapter of
Engineers Without Borders (EWB), an organization dedicated to construction
and environmental projects in the developing world. Braithwaite shares his
thoughts on how he became involved in the organization and fundraising (He served as EWB event organizer)
of the project and on the positive interaction of the MTU group with the local
Bolivian community, where smiles and a sense of humor helped overcome language
DEQ Public Hearing on sulfide mining: Apr. 18, 2006
By Ted Soldan Posted
HOUGHTON -- Guest columnist Ted Soldan was among steering committee members of FOLK (Friends of the Land of
Keweenaw) who attended the DEQ (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)
Apr. 18 public hearing on Kennecott Minerals Company's proposed Eagle Project sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains east of Marquette. Soldan offers his
impressions of the hearing: a two-hour, informative informal session where DEQ staff reviewing the
permit application made themselves available for questions and comments and a 90-minute public comment session where
concerned citizens could sign up and give a very brief (90-second) comment to DEQ officials. Soldan reports
the DEQ ended the hearing at 10 p.m., depriving some citizens of their right to speak.
By Carolyn "Candy" Peterson Posted
HANCOCK -- Carolyn "Candy" Peterson says her church, the First United
Methodist Church in Hancock, welcomes people with a variety of beliefs and opens
its doors to a variety of groups, from her own "neighborhood coffee"
gathering to the Copper Country Guatemalan Accompaniment Project (CCGAP) to Tai
Chi classes. Peterson attributes the congregation's openness to Minister Eugene
Bacon, who, she says, "challenges us to stand outside our culture of competition, hard work, frenetic activity and material possessions and to recognize how these influences have stifled
our better selves. He encourages our congregation to be an outward-facing circle that sees the good in all people."
to Editor: Scrubbing chalk ...
By Anna Cynar Posted
04/11/2006 Updated 04/17/2006
HOUGHTON -- On Friday morning, April 7, 2006, during (Gay) Pride Week at
Michigan Technological University, hate-filled, anti-gay messages written in
chalk appeared in many locations on the campus. MTU's office of Public Safety is conducting a full investigation of this incident. University officials have
condemned these actions as "inappropriate and harmful to members of our community," not to be tolerated.
On Friday, MTU student Anna Cynar found herself taking photos of the chalkings and then scraping away the
hateful messages. Soon others joined her, scraping away the chalk in silence. Later, Anna sent an email expressing
her own reaction to the chalkings. "Chalk does disintegrate, does wash away, because it is nothing
compared to compassion and understanding," she writes. "Although hate doesn't wash away with a splash of water, it
can be flooded, flooded by voices who are not silenced by its foolishness." more
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