Welcome to Winter Carnival 2015.

While Frozen in the Ice and Snow, We Dream of Vacations on Which to Go.

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.

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Events

Beards

Broomball

Curling

Human
Dog Sled

Ice Bowling

Ice Fishing

Ice Skating

Snow
Volleyball


Snowboarding

Tug of War

Yooper
Sprint

Beards Competition

Early in December, clean-shaven competitors sign up in three different categories (beards, goatees, and sideburns). Contestants then have two months to grow the fullest facial hair possible. Finally, in an attempt to wow the judges, they often show off their beards using costumes, songs, skits, and the like.

Broomball

Always intense, always a favorite, broomball is much like hockey, and yet... Using duct-taped brooms, a mid-sized ball, and no skates, players slide madly around the ice trying to put the ball past the goalie. Sounds simple if you've never tried it.

Cross-Country Skiing

Student organizations compete in a roughly 2 kilometer cross country ski race at the Tech Trails.

Curling

Students compete in this ancient Scottish game at the Calumet Armory, where they throw granite stones across the ice and coax them along with brooms.

Downhill Skiing

Student organizations compete in a Giant Slalom style event at the Mont Ripley Ski hill where skiers weave through gates to reach the finish line.

Human Dog Sled Races

On your mark, get set, pull! Six runners haul four riders and a musher in this zany event.

Ice Bowling

One team member is hurled down the lane by other members trying to knock down as many pins as possible.

Ice Fishing

Competitors brave early hours and cold out on Chassell Bay in search of the biggest northern pike or walleye. The competition is divided into two categories, individual and team effort, and is judged based on the weight of the fish caught. Participants pay a registration fee that becomes prize money. The fish must be alive when weighed, or else they will not be considered for scoring.

Ice Skating

The skating competition consists of three different events: one lap, two laps, and a four person relay. Races are held at Dee Stadium, in downtown Houghton.

Snow Volleyball

Volleyball in the snow makes for interesting competition. Teams must battle the cold weather and loose footing while making a run for Winter Carnival glory. Teams of six bump, set, and spike their way to victory.

Snowboarding

Conducted in the style of boarder cross where competitors race down a course to the finish line. Top boarders advance in each race until the best are crowned.

Tug of War

On dry land, this event can be an easy win with sufficiently hefty people on your side, but at Carnival it is also a team-wide test of grip on ice.

Yooper Sprint

To run in 27-inch snowshoes requires much coordination and power, but to run in one snowshoe and one cross-country ski? Crazy! In the sprint relay, it's a mad dash for the finish, while the cross-country relay requires more stamina and endurance.

Queen Candidates

Beka Horsch

Beka Horsch

TBD

Hi! I'm Rebeka Horsch, but everyone calls me Beka. Being from the Copper Country, I am excited and proud to be part of Winter Carnival 2015! As a fourth year Business Management Major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and minor in Psychology, I am honored to represent the men of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. I have been actively involved in Greek Life on campus with my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, the Panhellenic Council, and Order of Omega. On campus, I have been a part of the Orientation program, Figure Skating Club of Michigan Tech, Leaders in Continuous Improvement, a Peer Assistant for the Initiatives for Success course, and a graduate of the Leadershape Institute. In the community, I have volunteered with the Houghton Rotary Club, Copper Country Skating Academy, and St. Ignatius Loyola Church as a Faith Formation Teacher. When I have free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family and friends. I hope you enjoy Winter Carnival 2015!

Danielle Janny

Danielle Janny

TBD

Hello, for those of you who may not know me, my name is Danielle Janny and I am extremely honored to represent Theta Chi Epsilon for this year's Winter Carnival as a queen finalist. As a young child, I excelled with numbers and chemistry so it made sense to come to Michigan Tech and become a part of the chemical engineering department here. Along with being a member of Theta Chi Epsilon, I also belong to American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineer Honor Society, previous Orientation Team Leader, and LeaderShape graduate. When I am not busy studying or at a student org meeting, I enjoy watching the Packers, swimming or playing water polo, and enjoying some good Wisconsin cheese. I look forward to Winter Carnival, helping build a snow statue, playing some snow volleyball, and finalizing “Frozen Paradise” for the Queen's competition!

Laura Jewett

Laura Jewett

TBD

I am a fourth year studying Materials Science and Engineering and though graduating this spring will be bittersweet, Michigan Tech's enriching traditions have greatly enhanced my college experience. In the few short years here, I have enjoyed my involvement in Student life as an Orientation Team Leader, LeaderShape, being a member of PanHellenic Council and of Delta Zeta Sorority, as well as a member of Materials United and of both the MTU Swim Club and Water Polo Club. I am an avid skier, hiker, and runner and excited to begin my career as a Materials Engineer for a turbine jet engine company this summer. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm, being a Queens finalist has made this years carnival in particular such a special memory for me. What a great way to begin my final semester, and to my peers - enjoy your winter carnival and stay warm!

Rachel Kloc

Rachel Kloc

TBD

My name is Rachel Kloc and I'm a second year Civil Engineering student here at Michigan Tech. I am currently a Resident Assistant of Women in Engineering in East McNair Hall; the wonderful girls in my hall were the people who nominated me for Winter Carnival Queen. It's been such an amazing experience being a Resident Assistant; I love having the opportunity to serve as a positive role model and leader for the girls in Women in Engineering. I am also a member of the Executive Board of Mind Trekkers, a club here on campus that travels all around the country teaching K-12 students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through hands-on demonstrations, and have attended numerous Mind Trekkers events including the NBA All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans and the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. One of my biggest hobbies is playing the flute, which has helped me decide to minor in Music Performance, and I hope to learn the piano soon! I have been very involved with music groups here on campus including the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Superior Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and a Flute Quintet. One of my goals before I graduate is to be a member of every music group on campus! I love being active and have played softball and volleyball both competitively and non-competitively over the last twelve years, and have played on intramural teams for both here at Michigan Tech. I also enjoy yoga, and recently started rock wall climbing and ice skating as well, and am looking forward to playing broomball for the first time this year! I'm so excited to represent Michigan Technological University as a Queen Candidate and am very thankful for the opportunity; I can't wait to see what this year's Winter Carnival brings!

Rachel McCollough

Rachel McCollough

TBD

I am very excited to be representing Delta Phi Epsilon as a Queen's finalist! I am a 4th year Materials Science and Engineering major, with an Enterprise concentration. I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Because of the distance, I was not able to visit home often, but Michigan Tech quickly became a new home. I am the Philanthropy Chair of Delta Phi Epsilon, as well as the Vice President of Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers, and the VP of Scholarship for Panhellenic Council. I've worked on campus both in undergraduate research, and as a tour guide. Music is one of my passions, and I have been in either Concert Choir or Chamber Choir every semester at Michigan Tech. In addition to music I enjoy cooking, watching hockey, adventuring around the Keeweenaw, playing broomball, or spending time with my friends and sisters. Thank you for considering me, I can't wait for this year's Winter Carnival!

Ellen Nightingale

Ellen Nightingale

TBD

I am a 4th year Civil Engineering student, and I am so honored to be sponsored by St. Albert the Great to run as Winter Carnival Queen 2014! Michigan Tech has not only been a place for technical and academic growth in the classroom, but a place for growth outside of it. From dancing at the Indian Student Association's Holi Night to walking in the Parade of Nations, from interviewing guests on a WMTU91.9FM talk show to jamming out at the Four Seasons Tea Room, and from networking in Silicon Valley to attending a Tau Beta Pi personal finance development session, I have made my Tech experience, and I am ready to create the future.

Angela Small

Angela Small

TBD

Hello Michigan Tech! My name is Angela Small and I am a third year physics major. I am originally from North Carolina and came from across the country to enjoy all of the unique opportunities that Michigan Tech provides, such as, 200 inches of snow every year, a history-filled local culture, and the amazing Winter Carnival. When I am not researching in the basement of Fisher you can find me in the Rozsa volunteering with Mu Beta Psi, playing piano at rehearsals, and even performing on stage! In my spare time, I am a church organist and an avid book collector. I am looking forward to Winter Carnival and especially competing to represent Michigan Tech in the Queens Competition. Thank you all for your support!

Sarah Stoolmiller

Sarah Stoolmiller

TBD

My name is Sarah, and I am elated to be Delta Sigma Phi's Winter Carnival Queen Candidate! I am a fourth year Environmental Engineering major, currently the Vice President of Programming and Risk Manager of Delta Phi Epsilon, and an active and founding member of the Women's Leadership Council. I have found a passion in recruiting women to our phenomenal campus, but when I'm not writing letters to prospective students, I love to go Copper Country cruising and hiking, ride my bike, and sing in the MTU Concert Choir. My favorite part of Winter Carnival is working on my sorority's month long statue on the ice detail team, and I can't wait for statue judging!

Schedule

Date Time Event Location
January 12 12:01 a.m. Month-Long Statue Construction Begins
January 24 12:00–4:00 p.m. Curling (Open Ice) Calumet Drill House
January 25 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Curling Calumet Drill House
January 27 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
January 28 10:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
January 29 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
January 30 6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Curling Calumet Drill House
January 31 8:00–11:30 a.m. Speed Skating Dee Stadium
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Ice Fishing Chassell Bay (Check-in at Sigma Rho house)
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 Contest Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
February 1 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
10:00 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
February 3 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 4 4:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Recess
4:00 p.m. All-Nighter Statue Construction Begins
4:00 p.m. Interactive Statue Judging
February 5 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
7:00 p.m. Stage Revue Show Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
February 6 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
12:30 p.m. Downhill Skiing Mont Ripley Ski Hill
3:00 p.m. Snowboarding Mont Ripley Ski Hill
February 7 11:00 a.m.–Finish Yooper Sprint Softball Diamonds
February 8 8:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony MUB Ballroom
10:00 p.m. Parade of Flags Walker Arts Center (West Entrance)

Stage Revue

Stage Revue

When

Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Cost

Tickets $10, General Admission

Participate

Carnival Rule Book

Find the rules, important dates, and contact information for every event for Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival 2014, "Nostalgic Films of Childhood Days Come to Life in Frosty Ways." This rulebook is your organization's guide to participation in Winter Carnival 2014.

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.

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