Homecoming 2016: Digger Olympics
Student Spotlight: Timmy Ellinger
By Stephanie Brewster
The new muscle and mind on campus, Timmy “The Juggernaut” Ellinger, is one of many freshmen stepping into the ring to battle challenging classes at Montana Tech this school year. Originally a Billings, MT native, Timmy’s pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Business and a title in wrestling brought him to his new home in Butte.
Behind the Scenes of Orientation
By Stephanie Brewster
Endless months of preparation paid-off on Wednesday, August 17th as freshmen moved into Prospector and Centennial Halls and began their Tech experience. Freshmen from Alaska, Texas, and beyond collided with Tech Alumni Chris Van Nuland, his 20 years of experience, and his first-class team of professionals during Freshmen Orientation week.
Egg Scramble 2016
Photos by Emmy Keenan
Oredigger Basketball Update
By Macy Ricketts
Since their 62-53 victory over the University of Great Falls Argos on February 6, the Montana Tech Men's basketball team has struggled in a streak of close losses to conference foes. On February 11, the 7-18 Diggers barely lost to the 18-5 Carroll College Saints, 57-64. Jalen Coates lead the team with 21 points, shooting 47 percent from the field. On February 13, the Diggers lost to Lewis and Clark State, 75-84. Coates again lead in scoring with 24 points, shooting 44 percent from the field. Teammates Lukas Vining, Paul Engstrom and Kale Guldseth also contributed in the game, scoring 19, 14 and 8 points, respectively.
Tech Men's Basketball returns to the hardwood at home February 18 against Rocky Mountain College.
The Montana Tech Women's Basketball team (6-19) suffered a loss to the Argos on February 6. In the game, Martha Dembek lead in scoring for the Diggers with 20 points, shooting 46 percent from the field. Rachel Farris and Hattie Thatcher contributed 10 ad 12 points, respectively. Freshman standout Winter Kemppainen scored 8 points in the conference match up, shooting 100 percent from the field.
The Lady Diggers also lost recent match ups against Carroll and LC State. The Diggers dropped a game to the Carroll Saints, 53-67. Dembek again lead the Diggers in scoring with 14 points, shooting 36 percent from the field. Thatcher and redshirt freshman Kourtney Coverdell contributed 6 and 9 points, respectively, while Kimi Heng came off the bench to score 10 points at 50 percent shooting. The Lady Diggers also suffered a conference loss to LC State February 13, 67-84. The loss is their fourth straight. In the contest, Dembek again lead all scorers with 24 points, while Thatcher, Coverdell and Heng contributed 22, 8 and 5 points, respectively.
The Lady Diggers return to Kelvin Sampson Court on February18 against Rocky Mountain College.
Singles For Sale
By Stephanie Brewster
Valentine’s Day has arrived. Not only is it the holiday that made Hallmark cards and boxes of heart shaped chocolates famous, it has been traced through history as a day to celebrate love. Whether you’re doing it Victorian England style with professions of love in a letter or like the ancient Romans and their pagan sacrifices, you no longer have to worry about searching for a Valentine to celebrate with you this Singles Awareness Day. The three most eligible bachelors of Montana Tech have come to you.
The three bachelors sat down for an interview and bared their hearts to the Technocrat in search of “the one” for Valentine’s Day. Bachelor Number One- a six foot tall, corgi-loving, outdoorsman- started off the conversation with dreaming of his “perfect date”. If you like piña coladas and walking along the bank of the Seine River, a tour of Paris, and a trip to the Eiffel Tower to finish the night- clear your February 14th and prepare to be romanced.
Bachelor Number Two would like to introduce himself with a firm handshake, a smile, and “Shut Up and Dance” as his theme song as he enters the room. This suit wearing, Kung Fu loving, future millionaire shared that he’d take his dream girl on a dream date of hiking and a picnic on a day “not super warm but not super cold out either”.
Last but not least, Bachelor Number Three’s eloquence impressed us even more than his half-marathon-running physique did when he stated that his dream date would be to show his girl the constellations. “Star gazing, learning the constellations, and maybe catching a meteor shower together- I would move the earth for this girl,” he said. While you’re getting lost in the stars, Bachelor Number Three will be getting lost in your eyes.
Now, if these bachelors and their first date plans aren’t proving to be “love at first sight”, maybe Bachelor Number Two’s advice on how to woo a woman will change your mind. Here’s what Bachelor Number Two had to say:
“I smile and treat them nicely- and show interest in their lives. That definitely works for some reason. If you have a good enough smile, it works every time.”
Would you rather have something sweet and delicious in a Valentine? Look no further than Bachelor Number One, who offered up flowers and a box of chocolates to his lucky lady in order to win her heart.
When asked the question, “How do you get a girl to fall in love with you?” Bachelor Number Three poetically put it this way:
“Honestly, what is love? I’d just lay all my cards on the table! Plan B- I’d whip up a love potion from Harry Potter.”
Will love for Harry Potter make Bachelor Number Three the Chosen One for you? Did Bachelor Number One sweep you off your feet and onto a plane to Paris? Or is Bachelor Number Two dancing away with your heart? Let us know which of our three wonderful bachelors stole your breath away by emailing the email@example.com or voting for your favorite bachelor online at montanatechnocrat.weebly.com.
Article and Photos By Stephanie Brewster
Average Joes, star athletes, and spectators alike united on Saturday, January 30th to launch Montana Tech’s 2016 Soccer Tournament. The HPER was flooded starting at noon with teams warming up, running drills, and hitting the indoor soccer court. Among the soccer supernovas gathered on the HPER court were professor of management and information technology courses, Dr. Lance Revenaugh; Matte Kondryszyn, who doubled as a referee; and RA, Ross Boggs.
Ross Boggs was the secret weapon that weekend for the “Goal Diggers”, a team compiled of residents from Prospector and Centennial Hall. They kicked off a day packed with goals, close calls, and team bonding. Among the passionate players and fervent fans, Ross played in the tournament for the pure enjoyment of it.
“It sounded fun, my teammates were a bunch of cool dudes, and there’s not much to do on the weekends in Butte,” Ross disclosed after the game.
Ross was inducted onto the court alongside Tommy Pankratz, Dalton Thick, Bradley Heimbigner, Michael Nolan, and other teammates.
Veteran soccer players and those making their debut on the court joined together in back to back games. To support their favorite players and the event, No. 5 Carlos Martinez and No. 46 Eddie Smith of Montana Tech’s football team made a way into the audience to watch the soccer tournament. In the end, this friendly competition left the participants smiling, sweating, and with a Saturday afternoon well spent.
Guest Column By Hussain Almeshal
I do not know where to begin to express my thoughts. Whenever I want to express my thoughts I say to myself this is not a good time. I was hesitant to write this article until this moment and until this quote came to my attention “If you love someone let them know. You never know what tomorrow brings”. The one I want to talk about is Margie Pascoe, the foreign student advisor at Montana Tech Whom I admire very deeply. She is the mother, sister, and friend of all the international students. Abraham Lincoln said, “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” And I would say with respect to Abraham Lincoln No one is poor who has Margie in his/her life.
Margie Pascoe is the greatest woman that all the international students and everyone knows either in the campus or in the town. For all the years I have been in the school I have not had a bad words from Mrs. Pascoe. Whenever I got in trouble, no matter what the troubles are, small or big, I found Margie is the first one involved in my problems to solve it. She always will sacrifice herself to protect us. I do not know of anyone who deals with Margie and doesn't love her. Margie is basically what Washington Irving said, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials become heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
Whenever I go to visit her she hugged me tight like a kid hugs his/her toy. She is the great woman who taught me how to love when I want to hate, how to laugh when I want to cry, and how to smile when I feel pain. She is the one who taught me how to fight to reach my dream and the one who taught me to fight for my rights. Margie has the purity of a child, wisdom, and experienced in life.
Here is what I want to say to Margie: It is hard on people to write to someone about the moment of farewell especially to the one who is love and mark on them. Thank you for your sacrifices, risks, and health to help us. Thank you for always being there, through thick and thin. Wherever I may go in my life, I will always remember that I had an excellent guide mother and friend. Thank you for taking the pain away from us. Thank you to all your wonderful advice to believe in myself, I have blossomed into someone who is fully aware of his potential and someone who understands that to become someone important in life. Thank you for the wisdom that you shared with me will forever become a part of my present and my future and will help me achieve greater goals in life.
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