Winter Carnival: A Frigid Place Gets a Blast from Space

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

2009 Winter Carnival Human Bowling
2009 Winter Carnival Human Bowling

Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival recess starts officially Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 10 pm By then, however, students will be well into the All Nighter, that bone-chilling marathon ordeal before the judges begin evaluating their snow statues Thursday morning. The theme this year: "A Frigid Place Gets a Blast from Space."

Carnival events, sponsored by the Blue Key Honor Society, have been heating up over the last few days, with curling at the historic Drill House in Calumet, broomball at rinks throughout campus and ice bowling at Dee Stadium. To learn more, visit

Want to check out some of the excitement?

Ice Bowling
Its name does not do this quirky event justice. Opposing teams compete by flinging fellow team-members across the ice into an array of pins. The final games are set for 9:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Dee Stadium in downtown Houghton, near the waterfront.

Snow Volleyball
A match is scheduled for 10 am Friday, Feb. 6 in the practice fields behind the SDC. Others were held Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1. The balls are yellow, the better to see in the snow, and you won't see anyone in beach gear.

All-nighter Statue Competition
Starts at 4 pm Wednesday, Feb. 4. Winds up at 8 am Thursday, Feb. 5

Statue Judging
Begins at 9 am Thursday, Feb. 5.

Beards Competition
Fuzzy faces galore show up at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Fisher 135.

Stage Revue
Amateur theatrics on the Rozsa Center stage Thursday, Feb. 5, with performances at 5 (family friendly) and 9 p.m. (you might want to leave the kids at home for this one).

Yooper Sprints
Snowshoe races at 11 am Friday, Feb. 6, at the SDC practice fields.

Torchlight Parade
Skiers bear lights down the slopes of Mt. Ripley at 8:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 7.

At 8:45 pm, Saturday, Feb. 7, at Mt. Ripley.

The Sno-Ball
Kick up your heels and be merry starting at 9 pm Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Classes resume on Monday, February 9.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.