February 8, 2010
Vol. 16, No. 12
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The Statue Experience

KD statue
The KD statue from 1951, courtesy of Les Reid '51.

The Winter Carnival statue experience transcends time, and back in the early 1980s, I got roped into building one. I should have known better, but I appreciate the memories.

One of the more creative types in our business came up with a design: Humpty Dumpty, cracked, skiing downhill. I can't recall the slogan.

Some fraternity brothers gave us instructions the first night, and, for the first few days, we had many hands helping. But soon most of the eager people disappeared, and it became just two or three of us.

And then it turned horribly cold, and windy, and snowy, and miserable.

It's a story many of you know all too well. The good news was we were located very close to the Ambassador, so many runs inside to warm up made the last couple of nights somewhat bearable.

In the end, it wasn't a bad creation. We didn't win a prize, but we could always say we built one.

We'd love to hear your Carnival stories via the 125th anniversary website. If you ever felt like you were going to freeze something off, jot us a line. Or maybe you had one of those balmy 15 degree nights.

Again, the Alumni folks have that great new Facebook page, too. There are many great stories rolling in!

Dennis '92, '09


Snowfall totals
Season total: 134.5"
Snowfall last week: 10.5"
On the ground: 25.5"

Last year's total: 212"
On the ground: 38"

At Tech

Phi Taus, DZs, Army ROTC, FYE Grab Statue Crowns

With imposing and impressive sculptures, Phi Kappa Tau earned first place among fraternities in the 2010 snow statue competition, while Delta Zeta earned first place among women’s groups. Phi Kappa Tau’s effort is called, “A Classic Mario Plight Portrayed In Snowy White” and features an epic battle of good versus evil. More

Faces of Carnival: Brad Nedrow, Ice Bowling Shepherd

Brad Nedrow spent a late night at Dee Stadium, herding Huskies into position to ice bowl, just one of several frenetic duties. The third-year biological sciences major from Wolverine Lake, Mich., exhibited much patience and decision-making abilities, as he dashed around the ice on skates, coordinating the thirteen student organizations assembling to compete. More

Faces of Carnival: Anne Francois, Yooper Sprinter

Anne Francois volunteered for the Yooper Sprint Saturday morning to get involved in her first Winter Carnival. The first-year biomed major from Grand Rapids was representing Thermopylae House of Douglass Houghton Hall, with teammates Ruth Eischer and Morgan Parr. More

Faces of Carnival:
Women's Basketball Star Finally Makes it to Winter Carnival

Katie Wysocky has represented Michigan Tech on the basketball floor the last three winters, in locations like San Antonio, Orlando and all over the Midwest. One place she’s never been during Winter Carnival week is Houghton. More

More MPGs on the Trail:
Fuel Economy the Focus of Clean Snowmobile Challenge

A total of 19 teams have registered for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Twenty-ten, set for March 15-20 at Michigan Technological University. Held at the University’s Keweenaw Research Center, the Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and reengineer it. Their aim: to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or boosting performance. The Challenge also includes a zero emissions division for battery-powered sleds. More

Alumni Around the World

Jon Davis Memorial Chili Run at the All-Nighter

chili run
Decades ago, when the Library Restaurant was run by Jon Davis, a van would magically show up at each statue site, offering chili and hot chocolate to the cold workers. Current owner, Jim "JC" Cortright, has promised to reconnect with this lost tradition during the all-nighter by sponsoring the Jon Davis Memorial Chili Run a testament to his friend, who passed away early this year.

The Jon Davis Memorial Chili Run was sponsored by the Library Restaurant, the Keweenaw Chapter of the Alumni Association, the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF), and Michigan Tech's Dining Services. A special thanks also needs to go out to Pete Pelissero (manager of University Fleet Services) who is probably still cleaning chili out of the back of the van that was used during the event!

chili runOver eighty gallons of Library chili were cooked and served across campus and the community by alumni, students, staff, and friends of Michigan Tech.

Campus was packed with several thousand people celebrating the all-nighter snow statue tradition. The mild weather encouraged everyone to stay out through the wee hours.

As the chili van made its way through campus, it stopped numerous times and was immediately surrounded by enthusiastic students appreciative of some hot, spicy, and free chili. The atmosphere was electric, the music was great, and the spirit of Winter Carnival is alive and well.

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curlingDid you do any curling in the Dee back in 2005? Email me.

Another Mystery Shot

mystery house
Can you place this old winter shot? Email me.
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Tech Sports

The Wrap-up

What’s Happening This Week

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010
Cager Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8:00 a.m., Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
Women’s Basketball hosts Ferris State, 5:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Ferris State, 7:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
Men’s Tennis hosts Lake Superior State, 1 p.m.
Women’s Tennis hosts Lake Superior State, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010
Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championship (Ishpeming, Mich.)
Women’s Basketball hosts Grand Valley State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Grand Valley State, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010
Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championship (Ishpeming, Mich.)
Men’s Tennis hosts Lewis, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis hosts Lewis, 1 p.m.

All times Eastern. Home events in bold.

Complete Schedule

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (5-22-0, 4-18-0 WCHA)
2/5 — at Michigan Tech 3, No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 1
2/6 — No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 3, at Michigan Tech 2

Men’s Basketball (6-15, 5-11 GLIAC)
2/4 — at Michigan Tech 58, Tiffin 52
2/6 — at Michigan Tech 65, Ashland 57

Women’s Basketball (20-1, 15-1 GLIAC)
2/4 — at No. 4 Michigan Tech 88, Tiffin 39
2/6 — at No. 4 Michigan Tech 73, Ashland 34

Nordic Skiing
Did not compete

Men’s Tennis (2-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
2/6 — Michigan Tech 9, Lakeland 0 (at Ripon, Wis.)
2/6 — Michigan Tech 9, at Ripon 0

Top News of the Week

Michigan Tech won two games last week to run its winning streak to 10 games and its overall record to 20-1. The Huskies have secured their third consecutive 20-win season and 14th in the 35 seasons in school history. Tech has six games left in the regular season with four of those at home. More

The third and final Cager Club Luncheon of the 2009-10 season is set for Tuesday (Feb. 9) in the Begg Conference Room of the Grant Hockey Educational Center. Basketball coaches John Barnes and Kevin Luke will be the featured speakers. The event is open to the public and a complimentary light lunch will be provided.

Sophomore men’s basketball player Mike Hojnacki turned in a career-high 22 points in a 65-57 victory over Ashland last Saturday (Feb. 6). The 6-7 forward scored 18 last Thursday (Feb. 4) in a 58-52 triumph over Tiffin for a combined 40 points on the week.

The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team started its 2010 season with two 9-0 wins last Saturday (Feb. 6). The Huskies defeated both Ripon and Lakeland in Wisconsin. Tech will play Friday (Feb. 12) and Sunday (Feb. 14) at Gates Tennis Center for its first two home matches.

Michelle Jacob Named First Women's Soccer Coach

michelle jacob
Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret announced the hiring of Michelle Jacob as the school’s first-ever women’s soccer coach. The former head coach at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis., will begin the duties of starting Tech’s soccer program from scratch Feb. 8. “We’re excited to have Michelle join our staff,” said Sanregret. “She has experienced success both as a player and coach, and she possesses a recruiting background in areas that will be critical for us to build a strong program. More

Hockey Huskies Take Carnival Title

Michigan Tech dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 6 Minnesota Duluth Saturday (Feb. 6) but earned its first Winter Carnival title since 2007 thanks to a 5-4 advantage in total goals on the weekend. Junior forward Eric Kattelus was named Winter Carnival MVP after finishing with one goal and three assists in the series. “We had a great effort of 60 minutes for the second straight night,” said head coach Jamie Russell. “We stood toe-to-toe with the No. 6 team in the nation.” More

Around the Keweenaw

Student Organizations Raise Money for Charity Projects

Even though students at Michigan Technological University were busy building snow statues at the Winter Carnival all-nighter to the theme of "Games We Know Captured in Snow," another popular theme of the night was fundraising. Members of the Arnold Air Society had tables set up lined with griddles for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches they were offering for just a dollar. More

A Little Idea Goes a Long Way

A little entrepreneurship by 12-year-old Jimmy Gates of Louisville, Ky., has turned into jobs for several people here in the Copper Country.After a rare snowstorm in Kentucky, Gates went out to the garage and found his dad's snow scoop, learned how to maneuver the metal machine with wheels, and found that removing snow was a lot quicker and took a lot less effort with this new device. More

Ocha Potter Park Debuts at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

The Ocha Potter Park had its official debut Saturday, with a ribbon cutting followed by an open-format rail jam. While Saturday marked the grand opening, the winter terrain park has been seeing use since it opened at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in early January. Aaron Rogers, president of the Copper Island Ski Club, said crowds have been building. More

From the Email Bag

2006 Formal Rush

2006 rush
The girls are members of Delta Zeta Sorority, facing the camera Left to right are Mo Habarth, Miranda Morris, and Tina Pangrazzi. I can't tell who the girl is on the far left.. maybe Brittany Gauthier.. The shirts say "Tough girls wear pink"

Morgan Peterson


My name is Tina Pangrazzi and I'm a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. I graduated in spring of 2006. I actually am in the picture posted in the newsletter…the only girl with black hair. I wasn’t involved in Formal Recruitment besides going to the rushes and whatnot. If I remember correctly Rachel Sherzer was our Recruitment Chair at the time.

Tina Pangrazzi

Jumbo Jon Davis

jon davis
If you could do alumni a favor who were employees of Jon Davis at the Library and please let us know when the spring memorial service is scheduled. There may be a lot of alumni willing to make the trip to Eagle Harbor for the service including myself. I worked for Jon for two years back in the late 70's and he left a lasting impression on me as he did most who met him. Even though Jon hasn't owned the Library for a long time, I always thought of him every time I stopped in.


Editor's Note: Will do, Jerry. I know the International Frisbee Tournament to be held July 3 and 4 up here will also honor Jon.

Greased Pole

greased pole
I was part of the pole event that year as a freshman. We retrieved the extra large bra, took down the pole and carried it down main street before being stopped by Houghton police and Sheriffs. As I recall we did damage a windshield of a police car!

Warren Sawicki '64

Concerts at Tech

About "unknown future stars" performing at Tech... My sophomore year (Winter Carnival 1965) we had a dual act, Godfrey Cambridge (the famous black comedian who had already become fairly well known) and the Mitchell Trio (the Chad Mitchell Trio, after Chad left). The replacement lead singer for Chad was a young unknown named John Denver.

Pete Dohms, '67

Pete: My son just played John Denver recently on his radio show on WMTU. It's still good stuff.

Fundraiser for an Alum

Hi Dennis,
On February 28, 2010, my friends and I will attempt to raise $5000 or more during a spaghetti dinner benefiting a mother with cancer. Dr. Kathryn Quinlan-Schneider is fighting for her life, and a chance to raise her children. By supporting her, we are supporting her whole family.

Imagine hearing the wonderful news that your friend has received her long-awaited pregnancy, and she is having twins! Now, imagine her next breath is telling you she has a rare form of oral cancer.

This is exactly what Kathryn’s friends heard in June 2008. We were elated and devastated in the same moment. How could we encourage her when so many things could go wrong?

Dr. Kathryn Quinlan-Schneider is now an attending doctor at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Her twins have just turned a year old! And for now, her husband still has a job as a contract engineer. However, she is again undergoing chemotherapy after her oncologist found a mass of metastasized cancer cells in her lung. She is not certain that the tumor, which grew in her mouth and neck and around her carotid artery through her pregnancy, did not send metastasized cells to other parts of her body. She couldn’t even enjoy their first birthday party, so sick was she from a recent chemo treatment.

Attached is a flyer for an upcoming benefit dinner for our dear friend.

During all of her trials, Kathryn has remained strong-spirited, prayerful and forthcoming with her prognoses. We can only follow her example of strength and pray for another miracle.

Thank you so much for your time! Please visit our website for frequent updates!

Kim (Marggrander) O'Kane

College Avenue

Some of the recent pictures of the buildings on College Avenue remind me of the way College Avenue used to look with all those beautiful buildings built in the heyday of the Copper Country, and what can happen to such a heritage when entrepreneurs have their way unencumbered by local ordinances. Beautiful buildings come down making way for ice cream shops, churches, insurance agencies, etc., when such businesses could easily be located elsewhere, as has been done in many cities. It’s a shame Houghton lost that beautiful College Avenue with the city fathers looking on.

Merle Potter
ME ’58 and Instructor 58’ – ‘61

Ford "Snow Machine"

Some engineering here:

This is a really neat 1926 silent film (on video) of a tractor-snow-machine invented by Henry Ford, who is shown driving it.

Watch the whole thing. Note the "hat."


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