Chevy Nova on Ice

by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

Actually, it’s a Chevy Nova IN ice, or it will be when visiting artists Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican get through with it.

With the help of growing numbers of Michigan Tech individuals and organizations—including but by no means limited to the Blue Key Honor Society, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, campus grounds manager Andy Niemi, the Institute of Snow Research, and a stalwart crew of Hancock High School industrial arts students led by Jim Stevens and Mark Koski—the artists are hard at work on the Michigan Tech campus, freezing the 1978 Nova in a solid block of ice.

Why, you might ask.

It’s a Winter Carnival project, of course, but it’s more than just a stunt.

“We’re redefining our processes of making public art,” says Carothers, an associate professor of fine arts at the University of Louisville. “We want to generate open dialogue with as vast an audience as possible.”

Nor is it a blatant criticism of the exalted status that the automobile has attained in our country and culture. “The frozen car points to the classic struggle of culture versus nature,” said Wrbican, an assistant professor of art and visual technology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Wrbican and Carothers chose Michigan for their unconventional art project because it is the birthplace of the automobile industry. They chose freezing as a way to stop time, to give us a chance to step back and examine how our choices today affect our world tomorrow, and they chose to freeze a car because the automobile is a metaphor for freedom and power. The Nova itself was one of the last of the muscle cars to roll out of Detroit before the oil crisis of the 1970s forced American automakers to start rethinking their ways.

Carothers and Wrbican met in graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since then, they’ve made a specialty of collaborative and unpredictable art. They have blown up a car, set a couch on fire, and traveled back roads in a classic Airstream trailer, all in the name of art.

Now they’ve towed a 30-year-old car named E.D. (for Ethyl’s Daughter) to the Michigan Tech campus, where Hancock High School industrial arts students are building a car-sized container in which Wrbican and Carothers will park the gutted car. Then they will fill the container with water, a little more each day. In the Upper Peninsula’s frigid winter weather, they hope to have an enormous ice cube with the Nova suspended in the center when they remove the box.

“We’re asking the public to think about freedom and power, to become aware of the choices we make and their implications for our present and our future,” Carothers said.

You can watch the frozen car project take shape in front of the bay window on the highway side of the J. R. Van Pelt Library. With a lot of sweat and a few more arctic days, the Nova in ice should be ready when Winter Carnival begins Feb. 6.

For more on the artists and their frozen car project, including a blog on their adventure, see http://www.frozencar.com/ .

For more on Winter Carnival, including a schedule of events, go to http://www.mtu.edu/carnival/ .

Call for Abstracts: ESC/BRC Graduate Research Forum Feb. 29

Join the Ecosystem Science Center (ESC), Biotechnology Research Center (BRC) and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science for the Fourth Annual ESC/BRC Graduate Research Forum, which will be held Friday, Feb. 29, in the atrium of the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building.

Graduate students conducting research related to ecology, the environment or biotechnology are invited to submit titles and abstracts for poster presentation at the research forum.

The purpose of the forum is to allow graduate students working in these fields an opportunity to present their research and find out what others are doing.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to esc@mtu.edu as an attachment in Microsoft Word by noon on Thursday, Feb 14.

Posters will need to be set up by noon on Thursday, Feb. 28, to allow more time for judging. A pizza social will follow the forum from 5 to 7 p.m.

Please contact Jill Fisher, jhfisher@mtu.edu , for more information.

MEEM Graduate Seminar Thursday

Professor Debjyoti Banerjee, from Texas A & M University, will present a MEEM Graduate Seminar, "Nano-devices for Enhanced Cooling and Explosives Sensing," Thursday, Jan. 31, 3-4 p.m. in MEEM 112.

For more information or an abstract, contact JoAnne Stimac at jstimac@mtu.edu .

Facilities Giving Away Toner Cartridges for Duplexing Printer

Facilities Management is giving away two toner cartridges, Hewlett Packard 92291A, for an HP4SI duplexing printer. If you are interested, contact Sue Sergey in Facilities Management at 487-2304.

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

Sports in Brief

by Wes Frahm, athletic marketing and communications director

What’s Happening This Week

All times are Eastern, and home events are italicized.

Wednesday, Jan. 30
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Feb. 1
Hockey at Alaska Anchorage, 11:37 p.m., live on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Saturday, Feb. 2
Women’s Basketball at Lake Superior State, 1 p.m., live on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM
Men’s Basketball at Lake Superior State, 3 p.m., live on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM
Hockey at Alaska Anchorage, 11:07 p.m., live on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (10-11-3, 6-8-2 WCHA)
Jan. 25: at Michigan Tech 2, #3 Colorado College, 2, OT
Jan. 26: at Michigan Tech 5, #3 Colorado College, 2

Women’s Basketball (16-4, 9-2 GLIAC)
Jan. 24: Ashland 61, at #19 Michigan Tech 60
Jan. 26: at #19 Michigan Tech 75, Ashland 74, OT

Men’s Basketball (10-9, 5-6 GLIAC)
Jan. 24: at Michigan Tech 82, Ashland 65
Jan. 26: Ferris State 88, at Michigan Tech 83

Nordic Skiing
Jan. 26: Men 4th of 9 teams; Women 5th of 9 teams at NorAm Telemark SuperTour (Cable, Wis.)
Jan. 27: Men 3rd of 9 teams; Women 5th of 9 teams at NorAm Telemark SuperTour (Cable, Wis.)

Top News of the Week

Hockey Takes Three Points from No. 3 Tigers
The hockey team used home ice advantage to take a much needed three points in the WCHA standings from No. 3 Colorado College. The two teams skated to a 2-2 tie last Friday (Jan. 25) before the Huskies picked up a 5-2 win on Saturday (Jan. 26). Tech was the first team to record three points against CC this season. The five goals were also the most scored against a WCHA foe this season since the Huskies scored seven goals against Minnesota State on Oct. 20. Senior captain Jimmy Kerr led the Huskies’ offensive attack by recording a team-high four points in the series (one goal, three assists) while senior Peter Rouleau added three points (one goal, two assists). Overall, 12 Tech players finished the series with at least one point.

No. 19 Women's Basketball Stays Atop GLIAC
Michigan Tech split its two games last week—losing to Ashland, 61-60, Thursday (Jan. 24) and defeating Ferris State, 75-74, in overtime Saturday (Jan. 26). The 19th-ranked Huskies had their nine-game winning streak snapped but remain atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 9-2 league record. Tech is 16-4 overall, having won 10 of its last 11 games and 16 of its last 18.

Huskies Race at NorAm Telemark Supertour
The ski teams competed in the third of four NCAA Regional Qualifiers in 2007-08 with the NorAm Super Tour in Cable, Wis., over the weekend. Sophomore Jenna Klein finished eighth in the five-kilometer freestyle (17:01.7) and ninth in the 10-kilometer classic race (32:44.2). Sophomore Jesse Lang finished sixth in the 10-kilometer freestyle event (28:30.8), while senior Adam Airoldi was the team’s top finisher in ninth in the 15-kilometer classic in 41:28.7.