Welcome to Winter Carnival 2016

February 3–6, 2016

As snow accumulates at alarming rates, we show our love for the fifty states.

Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. Featuring dozens of huge, intricate snow statues all around campus and the community, this event also brings together students to participate in broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, a queen coronation, and lots of winter fun.

2016 Overall Results

Congratulations to the Phi Kappa Tau, overall Winter Carnival 2016 winners!

Class A

First Place: Phi Kappa Tau; Second Place: Army ROTC; Third Place: Raptor/Shangri-La

Class A Special Events

First Place: Phi Kappa Tau

Class B

First Place: Tau Kappa Epsilon; Second Place: Delta Sigma Phi; Third Place: Four Wheelers

Class B Special Events

First Place: Four Wheelers

Class C

First Place: St. Albert the Great; Second Place: Salmon House; Third Place: Sharkpack/PowerHouse

Class C Special Events

First Place: St. Albert the Great


Statue Results




Winter Carnival on Social Media

View more photos on Flickr

Featured Photos



2016 Winter Carnival Queen

Savanna Curtis

Savanna Curtis

Sponsor: Cyberia Cafe

Oh, hello! Didn’t see you there! Savanna Curtis is my name and Chemical Engineering is my game. Along with my engineering major, I am also pursuing a Bioprocess Engineering minor and a Global Technological Leadership certificate through the Pavlis Institute and the Pavlis Honors College. So far in my fourth year, I have been involved as the Vice President of Silver Wings – a civil service sister organization to the Air Force, the Community Coordinator of West Wadsworth Hall for Housing and ResLife, and a member of the Into India 2015 Pavlis team that travelled to southern India this past summer. When not running from meeting to meeting, you can find me working at the central ticketing office in the SDC and Rozsa, crotcheting, playing my ukulele, kicking around a soccer ball, or relaxing with some of my favorite yoga asanas. I am more than excited to represent the amazing men and women of our very own Air Force ROTC in this year’s Winter Carnival Queen’s Competition. Thank you to everyone, especially my lovely Cyberia Café sponsors, for all of your support!

1st Runner Up

Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur

Sponsor: Celebrations Bridal & Formal

Hello Huskies! My name is Rachel Arthur and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering major from Midland, MI. I am excited and honored to be representing the brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma as a Winter Carnival Queens Finalist this year. I am a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, as well as a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Aerospace Enterprise. This past year I was able to be an Orientation Team Leader (OTL). When I am not doing any of those things, I enjoy playing broomball, summer cliff jumping, and going to half off apps at Applebees! I am so very excited for this year’s Winter Carnival and all of the awesome memories that will no doubt come from this amazing experience! Thank you!

2nd Runner Up, Audience Choice

Rebecca Villerot

Rebecca Villerot

Sponsor: Suomi Home Bakery & Restaurant

Rebecca Villerot is studying Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech. She is from Royal Oak, Michigan. After graduation this May, she will be working for Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas. She has been a member of Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity for over four years. She is the East McNair Community Coordinator for Housing and Residential Life. She is a part of the Society of Women Engineers and is an active member in the local chapter. Her interests include exploring the Keweenaw, broomball, pistol shooting, crocheting, and reading.

Miss Congeniality

Dallas Linville

Dallas Linville

Sponsor: Roy's Pasties & Bakery

My name is Dallas Linville and I am proud to be representing Delta Phi Epsilon as a Queen's finalist. I'm from South Lyon, MI and this is my fourth year at Michigan Tech. I'll be graduating at the end of the semester with a Biological Sciences, Pre-Med degree and a minor in Psychology. Through-out my time at Michigan Tech I've been heavily involved with Greek Life, holding leadership positions in my sorority and Order of Omega. I have also had the pleasure of working with the Waino Wahtera Center as an Orientation Team Leader and Orientation Executive Staff, where I got to help plan and facilitate Orientation Week for incoming students. When I have free time I enjoy reading and adventuring around the Keweenaw! I especially enjoy the snow, so Winter Carnival is one of my favorite times of the year. I am so excited to represent the University and I know this experience will make my last undergraduate Winter Carnival an amazing one. Finally, thanks to everyone for their support, especially my sponsor's Delta Phi Epsilon and Roy's!

Elizabeth (Liz) Beauvais

Elizabeth (Liz) Beauvais

Sponsor: Maurices

As an active sister of Delta Zeta, I am incredibly honored to be representing my sorority as a Queens candidate during my final Winter Carnival. Coming from a small town in the thumb of Michigan, I have always felt at home in Houghton. Although it saddens me to think I will be graduating soon and leaving this wonderful community, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience at Michigan Tech. Being involved in several organizations including Panhellenic Council and Society of Women Engineers in addition to staying active in various intramurals have kept me busy and involved throughout the years. When I am not studying for my Materials Science and Engineering courses, I enjoy taking advantage of the beauty of the Copper Country. Whether it’s camping, hiking, swimming or snowshoeing, I love being outdoors. I am especially looking forward to working with my sisters to build our snow statue while participating in other Winter Carnival events. Thank you to my sisters, friends, and family for their unending support, as well as my merchant sponsor, Maurice’s. Finally, thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to represent Michigan Tech as a Winter Carnival Queen candidate. I hope you all have an exciting and memorable Winter Carnival!

Elizabeth Champagne

Elizabeth Champagne

Sponsor: Regis Salon

Elizabeth Champagne is a Biological Sciences: Premedical student from Saginaw, Michigan. After medical school, she would like to specialize in endocrinology. On campus, Elizabeth is involved in Delta Zeta National Sorority, the Order of Omega, and the Pre-Health Association at Tech. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time outside.

Madison Duensing

Madison Duensing

Sponsor: Flowers by Sleeman

My name is Madison Duensing. I am a third year Mechanical Engineering Student from Traverse City, Michigan. I am actively involved with Theta Chi Epsilon (the first founded sorority on campus), Women in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, The American Society of Mechanical Engineering, The Society of Women Engineers, The Pavlis Institute, and the Honors College. I enjoy participating in volleyball, softball, mountain biking, adventuring, and soon to come broom ball! I am heading to Ghana, Africa this summer to find and implement projects with The Pavlis Institute. I find designing/inventing extremely interesting and I love when I'm given a problem that needs to be solved. I have a drive and determination to improve the lives of anyone or anything in any way possible.

Julie Karl

Julie Karl

Sponsor: Swift True Value

Hello all! I am Julie Karl and I am a third year biomedical engineering major from Rochester Hills, M. On campus I am an active member of Theta Chi Epsilon Sorority where I have been recently elected as Treasurer! I am a major contributor and newly elected CEO of the Innovative Global Solutions (IGS) Enterprise working to produce a low cost ventilator. I am a current Michigan Tech EMS student working towards becoming a certified member both here at Tech and nationally. In the past I have attended the LeaderShape Institute and worked as an activity counselor at Summer Youth Programs (SYP). I enjoy exploring the Keewenaw whenever possible. Also, I enjoy having dinner parties with some of my closest friends as well as competitively playing board games and watching Disney movies.

Schedule of Events

Date Time Event Location
January 11 12:01 a.m. Month-Long Statue Construction Begins
January 23 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Curling Calumet Drill House
January 26 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
January 27 10:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
January 28 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
January 29 6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Curling Calumet Drill House
January 30 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Speed Skating Dee Stadium
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Ice Fishing Chassell Bay (Check-in at Sigma Rho house)
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Window Painting Student Development Complex
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Yooper Sprint Softball Diamonds
10:00 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
1:00 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing Softball Diamond Parking Lot
7:00 p.m. Queen Coronation Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
January 31 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
10:00 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
February 1 Period: 2/1 - 2/11 6th Annual Photo Contest Begins Van Pelt and Opie Library
February 2 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 3 4:00 p.m. All-Nighter Statue Construction Begins
4:00 p.m. Interactive Statue Judging
5:00–8:00 p.m. Alumni Association Hot Chocolate Alumni House
9:00–11:00 p.m. Karaoke with MUB Board MUB Commons
10:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Recess
February 4 8:00 a.m. All-Nighter Statue Construction Ends
9:30 a.m. All-Nighter and Month Long Statues Judging
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
1:00 p.m. Beards Competition Fisher 135
2:00–5:00 p.m. Snowball Crash Course DHH Ballroom
5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs Ferris State SDC Wood Gym
7:00 p.m. Stage Revue Show Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs Ferris State SDC Wood Gym
8:00–11:00 p.m. Mu Beta Psi Scholarship Concert Orpheum Theater
February 5 10:00 a.m.–Finish Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
11:00 a.m. Human Dog Sled Race Softball Diamonds
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tug-o-War Softball Diamonds
12:00–4:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Outside DHH
12:30 p.m. Downhill Skiing Mont Ripley Ski Hill
2:00–4:00 p.m. Campus Tours Admissions Office - MUB
2:00–5:45 p.m. Student-Alumni Broomball Invitational Broomball Rinks
3:00–7:00 p.m. Dog Sledding Rides Outside DHH
3:00 p.m. Snowboarding Mont Ripley Ski Hill
8:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Lake Superior State MacInnes Ice Arena
9:00 p.m. Comedian Judah Friedlander Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
February 6 8:00–11:00 a.m. Bigfoot Snowshoeing Michigan Tech Trails
9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Student-Alumni Broomball Invitational Broomball Rinks
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. FMTL Hot Cocoa & Book Sale Van Pelt and Opie Library
11:00 a.m.–Finish Yooper Sprint Softball Diamonds
12:00–4:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Outside DHH
12:00 p.m. Women's Basketball vs Grand Valley State SDC Wood Gym
2:00 p.m. Men's Basketball vs Grand Valley State SDC Wood Gym
3:00–7:00 p.m. Dog Sledding Rides Outside DHH
3:15 p.m. Student-Alumni Broomball Invitational Finals Broomball Rinks
5:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Lake Superior State MacInnes Ice Arena
8:15 p.m. Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Mont Ripley
9:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony MUB Ballroom
9:15 p.m.–12:00 a.m. SnoBall MUB Ballroom

Stage Revue


Stand-Up Comedian Jeff Scheen


Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts


Tickets $10, General Admission.
$5 for Michigan Tech Students

Note: Contains college humor


Statue Map

Want to find your favorite organization or group's statue? Download and view the 2016 statue map that marks the locations of all of the month-long and all-nighter statues, as well as the concession stands.


In order to accommodate the many visitors during Winter Carnival, parking lots 5, 9, and 27 will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February. 4, free of charge, no permits required. Lot 11 will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 6. There will be free parking at all metered areas.

Winter Carnival Safety

Michigan Tech Student Affairs and Advancement has put together an important safety message. With so many activities and people, here are a few tips to make Winter Carnival safe and memorable.

Carnival Rule Book

Find the rules, important dates, and contact information for every event for Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival. This rulebook is your organization's guide to participation in Winter Carnival.

Become an Event Vendor

An application is required for any organization wishing to set up a booth during the All-Nighter. A $5 non-refundable fee, in the form of a check payable to Blue Key, is required with the submission of this application. All vendors must attend the Vending Safety meeting held prior to Winter Carnival.

Only registered Michigan Tech student organizations and campus departments can participate as vendors during Winter Carnival.

Organizations wishing to sell food other than baked goods or prepackaged products must be licensed to sell these items by the Western UP Health Department, or use the licensed on-campus dining services kitchen. Each organization is solely responsible for obtaining this license. Organizations violating any health department rules will not be able to distribute food during the All-Nighter.


Corporate ($1000+)

  • City of Houghton
  • Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Ojibwa Casino
  • President’s Office – Michigan Tech
  • Semco Energy Co.
  • Upper Peninsula Power Company
  • Vice President of Student Affairs and Advancement - Michigan Tech
  • Wells Fargo

Copper ($500-$999)

  • Alumni Association - Michigan Tech
  • College of Engineering - Michigan Tech
  • Edward Jones Investment Company
  • Housing and Residential Life - Michigan Tech
  • Keweenaw Brewing Company
  • Super 8 Motel

Gold ($250-$499)

  • Aspirus Keweenaw
  • City of Hancock
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering - Michigan Tech
  • Massie Manufacturing
  • Portage Health
  • Quincy Dining Company
  • Superior National Bank

Silver ($100-$249)

  • Aire Care
  • Athletics Department - Michigan Tech
  • Ambassador Restaurant
  • Carmody-Lahti Real Estate Inc.
  • Cognitive & Learning Sciences - Michigan Tech
  • Country Village J.B. Latoski, Inc.
  • Dean of Students - Michigan Tech
  • Great Lakes Accounting, P.C.
  • Julie's Motor Inn
  • Keweenaw Title Agency
  • Kinesiology & Integrated Physiology - Michigan Tech
  • Peterlin Bros Co.
  • Rukkila, Negro & Associates CPAs, PC
  • State Wide Real Estate of Houghton
  • Superior Graphics
  • Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications - Michigan Tech

Bronze ($5-$99)

  • A1 Toy-Lets LLC
  • Copper Country Veterinary Clinic PC
  • Copper Island Printing
  • Dave's Hancock Service, Inc.
  • Dollar Bay Linoleum
  • Hunan Garden
  • Keweenaw Automotive Inc.
  • Keweenaw Gem & Gift Inc.
  • Mike Lahti Rentals
  • Peninsula Copper Industries, Inc.
  • Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn Inc.
  • Siirotola Well Drilling, Inc.
  • UP Engineers & Architects Inc.
  • Vice President for Administration - Michigan Tech


  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Festival Foods
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Lake Superior Magazine
  • Magnuson Hotel
  • Mont Ripley
  • Quincy Mine
  • Quincy's Dining
  • Superior Graphics
  • Transportation Services - Michigan Tech
  • University Images - Michigan Tech