Redefining the Classroom

Laker Terminology 101

Stephanie and Dave take time out of their college careers to enjoy some ice cream at a local fudge shop
Stephanie and Dave take time out of their college careers
to enjoy some ice cream at a local fudge shop

ACES-- Ability Center for Exceptional Students is located in Library 149. It is responsible for providing disability related services, and ensuring that appropriate accommodations for students are met in the academic and university environment. In order for students to receive appropriate accommodations, they must voluntarily provide current documentation that verifies their disabling condition, as well as register and meet with the disability services coordinator. The types of accommodations vary depending upon the disability and are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Anchor Access-- This system provides a number of features designed to help students interact more effectively with LSSU's services. Anchor Access is used by students for class scheduling, grades, transcripts, bill payment, and many other things.

Antlers, The-- This noted Sault Ste. Marie restaurant and watering hole was known as the "Bucket of Blood" ice cream parlor during prohibition and served illegal alcohol to guests (many of whom brought in the animals which now adorn its walls and ceiling). It was purchased ironically by Walt and Harold Kinney, a pair of Detroit police officers in 1948, and has remained in the Kinney family for more than 50 years. The bells and whistles, which startle so many patrons were donated to the Kinneys by a number of their former friends on the force to remind them of their past. Walt Kinney Jr., is the present proprietor.

ARL (Aquatic Research Laboratory)-- The Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Laboratory is administered through the College of Arts and Sciences, and housed at the 100-year-old Cloverland Electric Cooperative's hydroelectric plant on the St. Mary's River.

Barnes and Noble at Lake Superior State University-- Purchasing your books couldn't be easier! Located on campus is Barnes and Noble at Lake Superior State University, which has your books, supplies and Lake State apparel!

Blue Liners-- Or Soo Blueliner. These supporters of the LSSU hockey team form one of the largest booster organizations in college hockey with a membership that has reached over 400. BlueLiners are easily recognizable. They are decked out in royal blue and gold, covered with numerous buttons and pins; and drive all over the country following their team.

Bud-- Short for Ronald "Bud" Cooper, former LSSU athletic director who was a driving force in the development of Laker hockey. Bud helped put together funding for the James Norris Center and guided LSSU's move to Division I in the mid-70s. Cooper is still active in Laker athletics, acting as president of the Cager Club, Lake State 's basketball support group, and working closely with Athletic Director Bill Crawford.

Camp-- Traditional retreat during deer hunting season, which starts in mid-November, sends thousands flocking to the woods.

Campus Green-- The open lawn area enclosed by Brady Hall to the South, Administration Building to the North, Fletcher Hall to the West and Kenneth J. Shouldice Library to the East. In this large grass covered area you will find students playing frisbee, tossing the baseball, studying or just hanging out with friends.

Cisler Center-- The Cisler Center is a social hub of campus. Tucked inside is the Peacock Cove coffee house, a snack store and cafeteria, the Superior ball room, the Great Lakes meeting rooms, and catering services. It also houses the student newspaper (The Compass), student government offices, and the Quarterdeck cafeteria. The building is named for Walker Cisler, a Detroit Edison executive who spearheaded funding for the Center's construction in 1973.

Edmund Fitzgerald-- The most famous Great Lakes shipwreck, the Fitzgerald sank within 50 miles of Whitefish Point on November 10, 1975 in a gale. Its sister ship, the Arthur Anderson, which can still be found traversing the Great Lakes, turned back to search for it, but the Fitzgerald had broken up and sunk. It last contacted the Anderson at approximately 7:10 p.m., with Captain Ernest McSorley uttering the fateful words "We are holding our own." The Fitzgerald was immortalized in song by Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot, who wrote the hit, "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Three expeditions have searched the wreckage in recent years.

FishCam-- An underwater webcam at Lake Superior State University’s Aquatic Research Laboratory. The camera is mounted behind the aquatic lab, which is housed in the east end of the Edison Sault Electric Company power plant. and its parent company, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, are providing the Motorola Canopy wireless equipment for the fishcam as well as a connection to the Internet through Lightwave, the wireless broadband system offered through

Five-- The number of national championships that Laker Hockey has won. Lake State won the 1972 and 1974 NAIA crowns, and has captured NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Championships in 1988, 1992 and 1994.

Fletcher Center-- Home of LSSU's Business Office, Student Service Desk, Registrar, and Financial Aid.

Fudge-- A popular treat among tourists in the Upper Peninsula . A number of fudge shops line Portage Avenue directly across from the Soo Locks. Because fudge is so popular among tourists, the nickname "Fudgie" has become a popular moniker for the summer visitors to the Eastern U.P and Portage Avenue is called Fudgie Row.

The Galley-- The Galley Snack Bar, located on the lower level of the Walker Cisler Center, features express salads, sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers, yogurt, beverages, and other tempting snacks.

Greyhounds-- The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) are a major junior "A" team comprised of 15 to 20-year-olds who relinquish their collegiate eligibility in order to pursue hockey on a full-time basis. Among the great players in Greyhounds' history: Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis and Rick Tocchet.

HelpDesk-- Where a person can call with question and concerns about the University computing infrastructure, including campus Internet/Network connections, phone system and general computer related questions. (906-635-6677)

Hoholik Victory Bell-- The bell which hangs outside the gym entrance to the Norris Center. After each Laker win, the team doffs its skates, pulls on ski caps and charges down the halls of the building to sound the victory bell. The custom was started soon after the bell was hung in the early 1980s. Prior to the 1992-93 season, the bell, which sustained extensive damage from use, was replaced with one from a West Troy, New York Church.

Informal-- The style of the LSSU Pep Band. The group ranges in size from 15 to 40 members and includes students as well as members of the Sault Ste. Marie community. A more rock-and-roll style outfit, new fans and visitors to the Abel Arena are often surprised to hear the band burst into a rousing rendition of Black Sabbath's "Ironman" between face-offs rather than the traditional college band arrangements. In the 1980s the band featured two to three electric guitars and bass, which are silenced at NCAA Tournament games due to noise restrictions.

I-500-- Annual snowmobile race held at a one-mile oval behind the Norris Center the first Saturday of February.

I-75-- Interstate 75, which stretches from the southern tip of Florida, reaches its northern terminus right next to the Norris Center. The highway was first opened in the 1960s, after the construction of the Mackinac Bridge .

Laker Club-- The official support group of Lake Superior Athletics. The sole purpose of the club is to provide scholarship aid to deserving young men and women who are seeking a quality education while participating in one of the 11 varsity sports offered and Lake Superior State University.

Lakers-- Nickname of the Lake Superior State athletic teams. Originally known as the Soo Tech Hornets, the name was changed to Soo Lakers when the school became an independent four-year college in 1967. The name was derived from the people who work on the lake freighters which pass through the Soo Locks.

Locks-- Sault Ste. Marie's commercial link to the world. The four locks allow ships to pass from Lake Superior down to the lower lakes and out to the St. Lawrence Seaway from which they deliver cargo throughout the world. Taconite mined in Minnesota and western Ontario, is shipped from the ports of Duluth-Superior and Thunder Bay . Grain from the upper Midwest and Canada is another primary resource shipped through the locks.

Mackinac Island-- Small island which lies in the straits of Mackinac, between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. It can be seen to the east when crossing north on the Mackinac Bridge . The island, which is 55 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie, was a critical strategic location during the War of 1812. The British took the island early in the war, assuring control of the upper Great Lakes through control of the straits. The island is now a major tourist attraction featuring the impressive Grand Hotel and the original military fort.

My.LSSU-- Student email, calendar, Anchor Access, Blackboard and other targeted information is accessible through the LSSU website.

Norris Center-- The complex is home to the University's athletic teams, including the three-time NCAA Division 1 champion hockey team and four straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division titles in Women's Basketball. The complex includes racquetball courts, weight rooms, pool, gymnasium, dance studio, equipment room and athletic offices. The James Norris Center was named after the former owner of the Detroit Red Wings, James Norris. Norris brought professional hockey to Sault Ste. Marie by having the wings conduct their annual fall training camp in Pullar Stadium in the early 1950s. Norris' family also proved the seed money to build the James Norris Physical Education Center, home of Laker Athletics.

Pasty (Pastie)-- (pronounced pass-tee) A delectable Upper Peninsula treat of Cornish extraction. The typical pastie contains some blend of meat, potatoes, onions and rutabaga.

Pullar Stadium-- Former home of the Lakers. LSSU played all its home games at the Pullar from 1968 to 1976. The Pullar, originally built in the 1930s as part of the Depression Era work projects, also served as the fall home of the Red Wings and a number of local minor teams including the Soo Indians Junior B squad. When packed, the Pullar was regarded as one of the loudest buildings in which to view a college hockey game. With its close walls and seating which is virtually on top of the ice surface, opposing teams were cowed by the noise.

Q.D.-- The Quarterdeck, the main student dining hall, is located on the first floor of the Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center. The Quarterdeck has a wide variety of food choices, casseroles, hot sandwiches, a full deli, a full salad bar, cereals, bagels, burgers, pizza, desserts, and a wide assortment of beverages. It also features "Just In Time" cooking, which includes omelets made to order, stir frys, fajitas, and other items made right in the dining room served fresh and hot. All the nutrition a hard working college student needs can be found here.

SAC-- The Student Activity Center (SAC) boasts of four multi-purpose courts, weight and aerobic equipment and a six-lane indoor track. If you're looking to fuel the competitive spirit or just want to work off some stress, the intramural program includes the basics like basketball, volleyball and the not so basic like broomball and underwater hockey.

SAILS-- (Student Alumni Involved in Lake State) -- Their programs and activities are open to all Lakers. Whether you're a first semester freshman or about to graduate, they have all sorts of ways for you to get involved. More than 50 students are a part of SAILS. They are also resident assistants, involved in Greek life, elected officers of Student Government, athletes, and honor students. SAILS participate in other professional and social clubs and organizations also.

Soo-- (Sault Ste. Marie)--Nickname for the home of Lake Superior State University. Sault Ste. Marie, founded in 1641, is one of the oldest cities in North America. A traditional portage between Lake Superior and the lower lakes, the Soo lies on the banks of the St. Mary's River where the rapids make the river impassable for shipping. Prior to the construction of the first lock in 1914, Portage Avenue was used to carry freight to the lower St. Mary's. The Soo presently boast a population of 15,000, with Lake Superior State University, the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the tourism industry and the nearby Kinross Correctional Facilities being the main employers. Website

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario-- The Michigan Sault's sister city. The Canadian Sault boasts a population of nearly 85,000 people. Its main industries are the Algoma Steel Corporation and St. Mary's Paper Company. Both mills can be seen directly across the river from LSSU. Sault, Ontario has also been the home of a number of former Lake State players, and continues to be the home of 15 percent of our current student population at Lake Superior State University. Website

Ship's (Fog) Horn-- The nemesis of all opposing goaltenders at the Taffy Abel Arena. The authentic ship's horn is mounted high on the wall behind the goal which visitors defend for two periods. It blasts for each Laker goal and following all home games. The horn operates on compressed air.

Snowman-- What traditionally burns every March at Lake Superior State University to welcome spring. Website

Taffy Abel Arena -- Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan's hockey pioneer and the namesake of the renovated Taffy Abel Arena. Named after Taffy Abel a member of two Stanley Cup Championship teams. The Native American defenseman carried the flag for the United States in the first-ever Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France in 1924. He was known as the " Michigan Mountain," since he was the largest player in the National Hockey League (6-0, 215-pounds) during the era of the "60-minute man." Abel played on defense in the Stanley Cup Championship game in which Ranger Manager Lester Patrick put on the pads to play goalie in place of the injured Lorne Chabot. Following his professional career, Abel returned to Sault Ste. Marie where he became a key player in both the business and hockey communities. Abel was the first player ever inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.

Testing Services-- LSSU's Testing Services, located in the KJS Library building, provides national testing services, employment and civil service testing, LSSU placement testing, accommodated testing and LSSU make-up testing for students with faculty- or athletics- approved absences. Website

Troll-- A popular Upper Peninsula term for people who live in the Lower Peninsula, below the Mackinac Bridge.

Upward Bound-- Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program which LSSU has successfully hosted since 1965. This is a free college-preparatory program for low income students and/or students whose parents do not have college degrees. The program provides academic support, career exploration and advising, and cultural growth experiences designed to enhance educational success. Upward Bound works with these students year-round throughout high school to prepare them to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. The programs serves about 70 students each year from area high schools within an hour's drive from LSSU's campus. Upward Bound hires at least 25 college students each year as tutors and office workers during the academic year and for residential jobs during the summer. The program is one of the few offering paid summer internships for students in human services, psychology, sociology, teacher education and criminal justice.

Blackboard-- Blackboard is a Web-based course management system that allows faculty to create Web sites for courses that enhance or deliver course instruction. Students enrolled in courses supported with Blackboard have access to support materials posted by the instructor (using syllabi and assignments), links to Web-based materials, discussion boards and chat rooms, and online quizzing. Each instructor customizes Blackboard for his or her course, using a variety of "tools" as mentioned above. Blackboard is the most frequently used Web-based course management system at LSSU, and gives LSSU the potential to develop complete online courses and other academic services. Over 40 faculty use Blackboard for more than 100 courses.

WLSO-- LSSUs student run radio station.

Yooper-- Nickname for people who live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Traditionally, Yoopers are big fans of outdoor recreation such as hunting and fishing.

Zamboni-- For the non-hockey initiated, it's the machine, invented by Frank Zamboni, that scrapes and smoothes the ice between periods of each game. The Taffy Abel Arena possesses two Zamboni machines.