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Carnival Great In 08'

delt sigsAlpha Gamma Delta's Skit.

Another Carnival has come and gone, and it's hard to believe.

The all-nighter was rewarded with decent temps and no wind. We partook of some chili and hot chocolate and were able to enjoy the sights and sounds with our daughter, still in town for a couple of more days. In her Tech days, she was too busy helping with Carnival to walk through with us, so it was a nice bonus.

The sounds of the night varied from a radio station belting Tom Petty near Fisher, to the Audio Engineering behmoth bombarding us with Talking Heads to another rock station, whose tunes echoed nicely from DHH to Wads.

Some new all-nighter traditions have begun: deep-fried Twinkies and candy bars (we just couldn't), a snowboard hill created by the Board Sport Enterpise, and a pancake breakfast, served from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. in Fisher. The Film Board showed "Gremlns" on a wall of snow, and there were local bands playing in the MUB that night.

The Stage Revue on Thursday featured students using the other side of their brains to entertain. We laughed at the "scary mysteries" unfolding before us that would routinely morph into elaborate dance routines. We liked the Phi Taus and Sig Eps offerings, and the Alpha Gam's Scooby Doo treatment was also very good. The Rozsa was nearly packed for the 9:00 p.m. show (kind of late for us old folks), and it came alive when the Phi Taus were announced fraternity statue winner.

And at least one tradition remains. As we were walking back to the car during the all-nighter, we stopped near the AFROTC statue. There, a student was lying on his side and perfecting the leg of what would become Godzilla. It would be very hard for anyone to see that part of his handywork, but that wasn't the point. He would know if he smoothed the leg just right. And he was going to do it right, like Tech students do.

See you next year.

Dennis Walikainen '92


Snowfall Totals from the Keweenaw Research Center, Houghton County Airport

Season total to date: 122"
On the ground: 26.5"

Total last week: 117"
On the ground: 26.5"

Total last year: 40.25"
On the ground: 1.0 "

TechAlum Archives

At Tech

Carnival Potpourri

Kristy Loomis Named Carnival Queen
by Laura Smyth, assistant director, Marketing and Communications

This year’s Winter Carnival theme might be “Frightful Creatures with Chilling Features,” but anyone attending the Queens Coronation Saturday night at the Rosza Center for the Performing Arts had nothing to fear. We were treated to an entertaining, and even at times uplifting, evening. More

Curling at the Drill House
By Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

Four teams of Michigan Tech students were curling as part of Winter Carnival in the ancient Drill House in Calumet on a frosty Sunday morning. Actually, it was frostier inside than out.

“Twenty-two in, 24 out,” said Mike Maksimchuk, a veteran of curling and a member of Mu Beta Psi music fraternity, which was competing against the Concrete Canoe team in the Student Organizations division. More

A Long Day's Journey into a Cold Night
by John Gagnon, promotional writer

Snow statues are to Winter Carnival what hobos and jalopies are to Homecoming and what the Copper Country Anthem is to hockey—a tradition both long-standing and long-cherished.

"The statues are one of the greatest things you’ll ever get to see," bragged Jason Seabert, a third-year student in electrical engineering from Grand Haven. More

Frankenstein Reigns in Winter Carnival Statue Competition
by Kara Sokol, integrated marketing specialist/editor

Alpha Gamma Delta's icy interpretation of Frankenstein's laboratory grabbed first place in the women's group category of Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival snow statue contest, sponsored by Blue Key Honor Fraternity.

The elaborate scene, "Frankenstein's Creature From Long Ago Comes Alive Again in Snow," is located in front of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center on Michigan Tech's campus. It reflects the spirited theme of this year's event—"Frightful Creatures with Chilling Features." More


Frozen in Time

They came to Michigan Tech to freeze a 1978 Chevy Nova in a solid block of ice for Winter Carnival, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. So visiting artists Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican decided to pull their own all-nighters—all week.

“We are reversing our sleeping schedules to comply with Mother Nature,” they explain on a blog tracking the progress of the unusual art project, at http://frozencar.blogspot.com. More

Tech Joins Science Debate

Michigan Tech has signed on to Science Debate 2008, a grassroots effort encouraging presidential candidates to address science and technology issues as part of the campaign.

In doing so, the University became part of the “Science 57,” a group of leading universities and other organizations that have joined the effort to raise awareness of the impact of science and technology. More

Tech Earns an "A" for Campus Safety

by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

Michigan Tech has earned top marks for safety preparedness in a Reader’s Digest survey of 135 colleges and universities.

Michigan Tech ranked third in the nation among 45 campuses that received an “A” rating, based on its readiness to handle on-campus threats to safety and security.

The monthly magazine, which reaches more than 100 million readers worldwide, reports on the survey on its website and in the March issue of the magazine, which is scheduled to hit news stands on Feb. 19. More

Alumni Around the Country

Winter Carnival Alumni Activities

BasketballAlumni Association Board of Directors meeting.

Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors were on campus late last week for their bi-annual meeting (left). Under the leadership of association president Rom LaPointe ’92, the directors, with input from athletics, enrollment, annual giving and alumni chapter leadership, discussed new board initiatives. Capping off these strategic planning meetings was a Skybox gathering to watch the Huskies take on the Wisconsin Badgers. More information on the Alumni Association Board of Directors can be found here: http://www.alumni.mtu.edu/board/

The Keweenaw Chapter of alumni & friends hosted a very entertaining and informative talk on the History of Winter Carnival by Jane Nordberg ’04, ’05. A highlight of the event was video footage taken at the 1928 and 1929 Ice Carnivals (as the event was known then). Parades down Houghton’s Sheldon Avenue and athletic competitions were featured including a snowshoe obstacle course race complete with barrels to crawl through.

Many thanks to co-chairs Carrie Richards ’84 and Scott See ’89, ’06 as well as sponsors Liberty Mutual Insurance and  the Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents, and Academic Student Success (COMPASS).

More information on the Keweenaw Chapter of Alumni & Friends can be found here: http://www.huskylink.mtu.edu/kac

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Tech Sports

Huskies Fall to Badgers at Winter Carnival

BasketballJordon Foote

The Michigan Tech hockey team was unable to claim the MacInnes Cup, the trophy awarded to the Winter Carnival champion, after it lost to No. 11 Wisconsin, 4-1, Saturday. The Badgers improved to 13-11-6, 9-9-4 WCHA and the Huskies fall to 10-13-5, 6-10-4 WCHA. More

Ball's Jumper Lifts Tech over Ferris

BasketballBrandon Ball

Brandon Ball’s 19-foot jumpshot with less than a second remaining lifted Michigan Tech to a hard-fought, 65-63 victory at Ferris State this afternoon. Ball’s shot ended a see-saw affair, and helped the Huskies improve to 12-10 overall and 7-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The game was a physical battle throughout, with the teams combining for 47 fouls. Tech reached the bonus with 12:48 remaining in the second half.


Ferris Downs Tech in Women's Hoops

Ferris State shot 63 percent in the second half to overcome a 36-28 Michigan Tech halftime lead and gain a 70-58 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory at Wink Arena this afternoon. FSU (15-8 overall and 10-4 in the GLIAC) received 32 points from Rachel Folcik to move within a game of the Huskies (18-5, 11-3).

The game was deadlocked through the first 10 minutes of play before Tech’s defense clamped down. The Huskies held the Bulldogs to just two field goals in the final six minutes of action in the half to enter the locker room leading, 36-


Sports Events View Composite Schedule
Saginaw Valley State Women's & Men's Basketball, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
At Bellermine Men's Tennis, 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota-Duluth Hockey, 7:07 p.m.
At Southern Indiana Men's Tennis, 1:00 p.m.
Northwood Women's & Men's Basketball, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Minnesota-Duluth Hockey, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan Women's & Men's Basketball, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Lake Superior State Men's Tennis
At St. Cloud State Hockey, 8:07 p.m.
Ripon Men's Tennis, 1:00 p.m.
At St. Cloud State Hockey, 8:07 p.m.

Around the Keweenaw adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette

Powering Up: Electricity Plays Key Role

GFCI stands for “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.”

“We just call it a pigtail,” Blue Key Honor Society Statue Co-Chair Rachel Quade said, referencing the short, yellow, heavy-gauge cables, each with electrical outlets and an assortment of buttons and switches piled in a tote box in the Blue Key office at the Memorial Union Building at Michigan Technological University. More

Also: WLUC TV6 Carnival Videos

Keweenaw County Opts Out of Clean Air Proposal

Keweenaw County Commissioners Wednesday formally passed a resolution opting out of a Clean Indoor Air Regulation.

The regulation, proposed by the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department over a year ago, prohibits smoking in all public places and work sites, with the exception of bars, restaurants and tribal properties in the five counties the health department serves — Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties. More

Stowing Away the Snow

With only 180 inches of the usual 300 plus inches of snow expected every winter having fallen on the Houghton and Hancock area, some local government officials are concerned about where to store snow removed from their streets while others are doing just fine.

The City of Hancock stores snow collected from city streets on the grounds of the Houghton County Arena at the end of Ingot Street, and Doug Hayrynen, Hancock DPW director said his crews shouldn’t have any trouble storing snow collected during the remainder of the winter. More

From the Email Bag

On the new TechAlum

Wow! Thanks for the outstanding changes to the newsletter. I'm a longtime reader and it is so much more readable, colorful, and navigable now.

My wife and I came up for the Colorado College series a few weeks ago and witnessed great hockey reminiscent of the MacInnes coached teams we watched when I was a student from 1968 to 1972.
While at Tech, we took in the basketball games, too. I'm becoming a Tech Basketball fan! The men and women basketballers are a great asset to MTU. Downstate Alums are missing some wonderful Tech sports teams when they play at GLIAC schools that are only a few hours from home.

From now on we're going to look at the away schedules and plan to support Tech athletics close to home. I hope others will, too.

John Northrup, Civil Eng 1972



In general, I am very impressed with the new format of the TechAlum newsletter. However, there is one glaring omission. Where are the snowfall stats? In far-off Philadelphia, where the city comes to a grinding halt over a few inches, I live for the stats in the newsletter. Thanks.

Jim Russell
BSME, '84

p.s. - The interdorm snowball fights were still going strong when I graduated in 1984. They would occur once a year on the night of the first snowfall with real accumulation (say about 2-3 inches). I think my sophomore year that turned out to be in the first week of October!

From the Editor: Red-faced, I responded to Jim that, with all the excitment over the new format, I forgot. They are back up where they belong!


I really enjoy the newsletter. Nice memories of things even back as far as my days at da tech 1966 - 70. Keep it up!!


Thomas Partanen P.E., Project Manager
CHS Engineers LLC

On Snowball Fights

I attend Tech 88-93. I was in the snowball fight about 4 out of 5. (I was off campus for one year) There was no real date for the fight. It usually occurred the night after we received at least 4 inches of snow, which was usually sometime in the first two weeks in Nov. One year we real did not get 4 inches at once so the fight was happening every night for about 3 or 4 days. It always did not go over US41 cause sometimes the team on the other side would make it over the road. It was usually the people in Wads against the rest of campus. I love it. I do think I will ever have the chance to be in a 100-200 person snowball fight for the rest of my life.

Eileen Monique

Editor's Note: Another local alum remembered the fight from back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and it was definitely DHH against Wads.

On Alumni Dominating Snow-Carving Competition

Congratulations to the team that won the State of Michigan snow sculpting competition in Frankenmuth. I was there and saw a lot of great sculptures. However, they weren't the only Tech grads who won in Frankenmuth. The team of Dan Povolo, Adam Warmack, and Dan Cushard who won the National Championship and the People's Choice award are also all Tech grads.

Congratulations to them as well. Look at the link below for pictures.


-Ken Thorp, '81

On Closing Tech


I assume that students do have common sense enough to don warm clothing, don't they? And most of them, now, have cell phones, which adds to their security more than a little. That goes for the Copper Country staff, as well - but perhaps not professors and "expatriate" staff?

I repeat, .......... wimps!

Frank Shoffner


I donno frank... we had that down here last Tuesday when I was doggiesitting for my brother's two dachsies. I put on several layers of clothing to take them out before bedtime.... I let them out and they ran about five steps forward and immediately both dashed back to the front door. I guess they decided it was wiser to hold it all night long! could be they're the smart ones!

Donna O'Leary

Detroit Free Press Article

The Sunday Detroit Free Press had a nice article on Carnival:


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