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Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown into one of the biggest annual winter celebrations in the nation. Known for huge, intricate snow statues around campus and the community, Carnival also brings Huskies together to compete in broomball, comedy skits, human ice bowling, and a queen coronation.

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Special Events

Queen Candidates

Candidate

Abby Bevilacqua
Sponsors: St. Albert the Great University Parish

Happy Winter Carnival! I am a third-year mechanical engineering student from Bloomington, Illinois. I am delighted to represent St. Albert the Great University Parish as a finalist in this year’s Queens competition. Like most Tech students, I love hiking and exploring – both before and after the snow falls. Some other favorite activities include swing dancing, painting, drinking coffee, and reading. While I am no Olympian, I try to find every excuse to hit the slopes at Mont Ripley and am looking forward to my first Mount Bohemia escapade. On campus I am involved in Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, and serve as the secretary of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I also serve on St. Al’s Pastoral Council as our worship ministry leader. During past Winter Carnivals, you could find me playing snow soccer, acting in Stage Revue, and madly slushing the All-Nighter statue. I am excited to enjoy these activities once again, as well as the new experience of running for Winter Carnival Queen. Thank you for your continued support. Have a wonderful Winter Carnival!

Candidate

Dana Anderson
Sponsors: Theta Chi Epsilon and Beta Sigma Theta

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student from Holt, Michigan, studying biochemistry and molecular biology in the pre-health professions program. In my time at Michigan Tech, I have had the pleasure to serve as the Captain of Operations for Michigan Tech Emergency Medical Services (EMS), be a peer health advocate/wellness student, and participate in many different organizations such as Order of Omega, Phi Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Delta, MTU Women’s Rugby Club, Biochemistry Club, and as a Love Your Melon ambassador. On top of mentoring peers as a success coach, I have also held leadership positions within my sorority, Theta Chi Epsilon, serving as the scholarship chair, health and wellness chair, song chair, computer administrator, as well as assistant social. I spend most of my time exploring and photographing all the Keweenaw has to offer, even if that means getting lost, due to my lack of directional sense and map reading capabilities. Otherwise I can be found at the Student Development Complex working out or participating in various intramural sports. My favorite memories at Tech are surrounded by friends, family, and experiences that only this community can offer. Not only is Winter Carnival a time to celebrate ridiculous amounts of snowfall, but most importantly it brings Huskies from all walks of life together. I am honored to be a candidate for this years Queens Competition, sponsored by Theta Chi Epsilon and Beta Sigma Theta.

Candidate

Dava Lakatos
Sponsors: The Memorial Union Board

Hi, I am currently a fourth-year civil engineering transfer student, and am grateful to have this opportunity to represent Michigan Tech. The most exciting part for me is the chance to experience a new side of Winter Carnival, beyond all the activities provided for the community during this weekend. With participating in the Queen’s competition, I have the chance to get back on the stage and show my peers the ballet training I have received. At school, I spend my time participating in MindTrekkers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the marketing committee for the Memorial Union Board. Michigan Tech has provided me with many opportunities to enrich my education and college experience, which makes becoming a Queens finalist another means of expanding who I am as a person. Outside of school, I enjoy focusing on my health and nutrition, spending quality time with my family and dog, and exploring the Upper Peninsula. I am honored with this opportunity as a finalist, and excited to create such a unique memory.

Candidate

Josie Fiore
Sponsors: Delta Zeta and Triangle

Hello and happy Winter Carnival! I’m a fourth-year mechanical engineering student from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and I’m honored to represent Delta Zeta and Triangles as a Queens Finalist. Michigan Tech was my first home away from home, and because of that I have great respect for our community and traditions. Since coming to Tech I have been part of Mitch’s Misfits and attended every hockey game, been an active member of Delta Zeta, played broomball and various intramurals, and been in just about every Winter Carnival activity making Queens as an added bonus. I have also worked at the Multipurpose Room desk in the Student Development Complex. Outside of Michigan Tech’s campus you have probably seen me serving coffee at Biggby or heading to CrossFit, and petting just about every dog I walk by. I love being active in and around our campus and want to thank everyone who has supported me. I hope you all have the best Winter Carnival!

Candidate

Riley Simpson
Sponsors: Guardians of the North

Hello! I'm a fourth-year mechanical engineering student from the Chicago suburbs, and am beyond excited to represent Guardians of the North as their Queens finalist! During my time at Michigan Tech, I have had the honor of participating in a myriad of Winter Carnival activities, with snow statue and broomball as personal favorites. In my free time, you can catch me hiking and camping, flying small airplanes around the northwoods, playing drums, and 3D printing. Michigan Tech has provided me with many opportunities to invest in my community and my AFROTC Wing by volunteering and taking different leadership positions. When I graduate, I will commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and learn how to fly cargo planes, a long-term dream. As I begin my career serving our country, I will continue to cherish the opportunities and connections provided by Michigan Tech. I have loved every second of my time in Houghton, and I want to thank Blue Key for this amazing opportunity. I wish you all a happy Winter Carnival!

Candidate

Ruthie Maki
Sponsors: Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Tau Gamma

Happy Winter Carnival 2020! I am a fifth-year mechanical engineering student from Howell, Michigan. I am very excited to represent Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Tau Gamma as a Queens finalist! Although I am not from Houghton, I have spent a lot of my childhood and adolescence visiting the Keweenaw to see my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the area. I enjoy snowboarding, hiking frozen waterfalls, playing broomball, and singing. While at Michigan Tech, I have been a member of the Michigan Tech Chamber Choir, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, Engineering Ambassadors, and Alpha Gamma Delta. I have also worked as a campus tour guide and an orientation team leader. I enjoy giving back to the community by volunteering for 31 Backpacks, participating in Michigan Tech’s Make a Difference Day, and walking dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society. I want to thank everyone for supporting me, especially my local sponsor Celebrations Bridal and Formal, and my organization sponsors Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Tau Gamma. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Winter Carnival!

Candidate

Sarah Anderson
Sponsors: Tau Kappa Epsilon

Hey everyone! I am a third-year accounting and finance student from Escanaba, Michigan. I am so excited and honored to be representing Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. On any given day, you can find me somewhere on campus either studying in the library, recruiting for my sorority, or playing my flute in the Superior Wind Symphony. I am involved in a variety of activities and organizations including Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Order of Omega Honor Society, MUB Board, Finance Club, Accounting Club, and the Applied Portfolio Management Program. This past fall, I had the privilege of being an Orientation Team Leader for the Waino Wahtera Center, and a Rho Gamma for formal sorority recruitment. Since coming to Michigan Tech, I have absolutely fallen in love with the campus, climate, and community, and enjoy exploring the Keweenaw in my free time! Some of my interests and hobbies include listening to true crime podcasts, skating (but mostly falling) with friends, and watching MTU hockey. I always look forward to Winter Carnival and am super excited to be competing in Queens this year! I would like to thank my sponsor, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and everyone who has supported me through my MTU career. Go Huskies!

Candidate

Zack Metiva
Sponsors: Huskies Pep Band

I’d love to be your Winter Carnival Queen. I’m President of IT Oxygen Enterprise and the social chair of the drumline at Michigan Tech. I’m a fourth-year Computer Network and System Administration major and over the years I’ve grown to enjoy the snow. I love waking up in the morning and seeing a fresh dusting everywhere I look. My favorite winter activity is skiing and that constant supply of fresh powder makes Mont Ripley one of the best places to ski north of The Mighty Mac. Winter Carnival is a celebration of that snow as well as all of the great feats students at Michigan Tech can accomplish with it during some of the most brutal months of the year. I think that as long as they use their head and eat some bread, watch out for their friends, and stay hydrated — that means water — anyone should be able to feel like royalty during Winter Carnival. If you agree, vote for me. I’d like to thank the Huskies Pep Band, the most progressive drumline in the Keweenaw, for sponsoring me in this competition.

Schedule of Events

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Time Event Location Actions
January 10 12:01 a.m. Month-Long Statue Building Begins Michigan Tech Campus
January 13 8 a.m. All Night Statue Applications Open 106 Memorial Union Building
8 a.m. Downtown Window Banner Voting Opens Downtown Houghton
January 25 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Snow Volleyball Recreational Sports Fields (Softball, Baseball) Facebook Event
3:30 p.m.– 9 p.m. Curling Calumet Drill House Facebook Event
January 26 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Curling Calumet Drill House Facebook Event
10 a.m.– 12 p.m. Snow Volleyball Recreational Sports Fields (Softball, Baseball) Facebook Event
1 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. Snow Soccer Soccer Fields Facebook Event
January 28 9 p.m.– 12 a.m. Ice Bowling John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Facebook Event
January 29 9 p.m.– 12 a.m. Ice Bowling John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Facebook Event
February 1 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Curling Calumet Drill House Facebook Event
1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Snow Soccer Soccer Fields Facebook Event
5 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. Speed Skating John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Facebook Event
7 p.m.– 9 p.m. Winter Carnival: Queens Coronation Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Auditorium
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February 2 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks Facebook Event
February 5 All Day Winter Carnival Michigan Tech Campus
10 a.m. Campus Tours for Students, Alumni, and Friends John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center
2 p.m. Campus Tours for Students, Alumni, and Friends John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center
4 p.m. - 9 a.m. All-Nighter Statue Building Michigan Tech Campus
4 p.m.– 8 p.m. C4 Winter Pump Track Douglass Houghton Hall (DHH), Outside
8 p.m.– 4 a.m. Guardians of the North, Air Force ROTC All-Nighter Pancakes Fisher Hall, Hallway to Rooms 135, 138, 139
8 p.m. - 12 a.m. MUB Board Projector and Giveaways Outside the Van Pelt and Opie Library
8 p.m.– 12 a.m. Winter Carnival Karaoke Memorial Union Building (MUB), Commons
February 6 All Day Winter Carnival Michigan Tech Campus
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Statue Judging Michigan Tech Campus
10 a.m. Campus Tours for Students, Alumni, and Friends John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center
11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks Facebook Event
1 p.m.– 3 p.m. Beards Competition Fisher Hall, 135 Facebook Event
2 p.m. Campus Tours for Students, Alumni, and Friends John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center
2 p.m.– 5 p.m. SnoBall Crash Course Douglass Houghton Hall (DHH), Ballroom
5:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. (Women's Basketball) Purdue Northwest vs. Michigan Tech Student Development Complex (SDC), Wood Gym
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7 p.m.– 10 p.m. Bigfoot Glowshoe Recreational Forest and Tech Trails
7 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. Winter Carnival: Stage Revue Show Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
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7:30 p.m.– 10:30 p.m. (Men's Basketball) Purdue Northwest vs. Michigan Tech Student Development Complex (SDC), Wood Gym
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February 7 All Day Winter Carnival Michigan Tech Campus
10 a.m. Campus Tours for Students, Alumni, and Friends John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center
10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Tug-o-War Recreational Sports Fields (Softball, Baseball) Facebook Event
12 p.m.– 4 p.m. Horse -Drawn Sleigh Rides Walker Arts and Humanities Center, Outside
12:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. Downhill Skiing Mont Ripley Ski Area Facebook Event
1 p.m.– 3 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing Recreational Sports Fields (Softball, Baseball) Facebook Event
1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Human Dog Sled Race Recreational Sports Fields (Softball, Baseball) Facebook Event
2 p.m. Campus Tours for Students, Alumni, and Friends John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center
2 p.m.– 5 p.m. Dog Sled Rides Walker Arts and Humanities Center, Outside
3 p.m.– 5 p.m. Snowboarding Mont Ripley Ski Area Facebook Event
5 p.m. Downtown Window Banner Voting Closes Houghton, MI
5:30 p.m. Film Board Presents Jurassic Park Fisher 135
5:30 p.m. Ice Mass and Chili Feed Afterwards St. Albert the Great Ice Chapel on the Lawn
6:30 p.m.– 10 p.m. Winter Carnival Skybox Social Student Development Complex (SDC), Husky Suite South Skybox
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7:07 p.m.– 10:07 p.m. (Men's Ice Hockey) Lake Superior State vs. Michigan Tech John MacInnes Student Ice Arena
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8:30 p.m. Film Board Presents Jurassic Park Fisher 135
9 p.m. Winter Carnival Comedian: Aaron Kominos-Smith Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
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11:30 p.m. Film Board Presents Jurassic Park Fisher 135
February 8 All Day Winter Carnival Michigan Tech Campus
10 a.m.– 12 p.m. Alumni Social Alumni House
11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Story Time! J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, Library Cafe Area
11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Winter Carnival Book Sale and Free Hot Chocolate J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, Lobby
12 p.m.– 3 p.m. (Women's Basketball) Parkside vs. Michigan Tech Student Development Complex (SDC), Wood Gym
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12 p.m.– 4 p.m. Horse -Drawn Sleigh Rides Walker Arts and Humanities Center, Outside
2 p.m.– 5 p.m. (Men's Basketball) Parkside vs. Michigan Tech Student Development Complex (SDC), Wood Gym
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2 p.m.– 5 p.m. Dog Sled Rides Walker Arts and Humanities Center, Outside
2 p.m.– 4 p.m. Winter Carnival Awards Ceremony Memorial Union Building (MUB), Ballroom A1
4 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. College of Business Winter Carnival Social Student Development Complex (SDC), 238
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5:07 p.m.– 8:07 p.m. (Men's Ice Hockey) Lake Superior State vs. Michigan Tech John MacInnes Student Ice Arena
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5:07 p.m.– 8 p.m. ME-EM Hockey Skybox Social John MacInnes Student Ice Arena
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5:30 p.m. Film Board Presents Jurassic Park Fisher 135
8:30 p.m. Downtown Business Bonfire Houghton Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot
8:30 p.m. Film Board Presents Jurassic Park Fisher 135
8:45 p.m. Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Mont Ripley Ski Area
9 p.m.– 12 a.m. Winter Carnival: SnoBall Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
11:30 p.m. Film Board Presents Jurassic Park Fisher 135

Stage Revue

Lights, sound, action! In a tradition that’s been going strong since 1946, Huskies competing for the coveted Winter Carnival trophy (and Stage Revue bragging rights) put their all into auditioning, rehearsing, and performing skits. Come join in the laughter and applause as they’re judged on acting quality, technical production, good taste, originality, theme, and entertainment value. Vote for the Audience Choice winner.

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Stand-up comedian Aaron Kominos-Smith

Cost

$10 General Admission; no charge for Michigan Tech students

Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

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Winter Carnival Comedian

Comedian Aaron Kominos-Smith

Aaron Kominos-Smith has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, MTV, NextVR Network, and American Movie Classic. Audiences connect instantly with Aaron’s charming wit and energetic characters. His humor varies from observational thoughts on the mundane to articulated commentary about society sprinkled with a few dashes of wackiness. Simultaneously performing comedy and studying architecture in college, Aaron went on to work as a professional architect. After he realized that buildings take years to complete while a joke can instantly bring people joy, he made the switch from constructing buildings to constructing jokes.

Cost

$10 Advance, $15 At the Door; Students Free with ID

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Friday, February 7th at 9:00 p.m.

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

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Meet the Student Organizers

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Blue Key National Honor Society is an organization that strives for the goals of excellence in academics, development of leadership, and service to the community. Blue Key was established to organize and coordinate the Michigan Technological University Winter Carnival in a fair and equitable manner to serve the surrounding community. Overall, Blue Key sets standards for recognizing excellence in leadership in college activities and in scholarship.

Participate

Student Participation Forms
Student Participation Calendars

Keep updated on student meetings, events, registration information, and deadlines related to participating in Winter Carnival by using Blue Key’s Google Calendar feeds:

Want to find your favorite organization or group's statue? Download and view the 2020 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 Winter Carnival, parking lots 5, 9, and 27 will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, free of charge, no permits required. Lot 11 will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 7. There will be free parking at all metered areas.

Winter Carnival Safety

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

The rules, important dates, and contact information for every event Winter Carnival event. This rule book is your organization's guide to participation in Winter Carnival.

An application is required for any organization wishing to set up a booth during 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 All-Nighter.

Donors

Corporate ($1000+)
  • Celebrations Bridal and FormalWear
  • City of Houghton
  • Dean of Students and Student Affairs
  • Inter-Residence Housing Council
  • Keweenaw Convention & Visitor's Bureau
  • Magnuson Franklin Square Inn
  • Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation
  • Office of the President
  • UPPCO
Copper ($500-$999)
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • College of Science and Arts
  • Copper Country Management, INC. DBA McDonald's of Houghton
  • Daily Mining Gazette
  • Graduate School
  • Houghton Super 8
  • Incredible Bank
  • Keweenaw Brewing Company
  • Ojibwa Casino
  • Residence Education and Housing Services
  • The Alumni Board of Directors (Assoc. VP Alumni Engagement)
  • The Print Shop
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health
Gold ($250-499)
  • Chickadees
  • College of Computing
  • College of Engineering
  • Country Village Shops
  • Cyberia Cafe
  • Edward Jones - Steve Zutter
  • Houghton City Transit*
  • International Programs and Services
  • Keweenaw Castle Resort
  • Massie Manufacturing Inc
  • Massie Manufacturing Inc
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
  • Mike Lahti Properties
  • Mont Ripley
  • Portage Quilt House
  • Provost Huntoon
  • Quincy Dining Company
  • Regis Salon
  • Roy's Pasties & Bakery
  • Rukkila Negro & Associates
  • School of Business
  • SEMCO ENERGY
  • Social Sciences
  • Suomi Home Bakery & Restaurant
  • Superior Graphics Studios Ltd
  • Swift True Value Hardware
  • The Ambassador
Silver ($100-$249)
  • Aire Care LLC
  • Athletic Department
  • Biology
  • CFO and Senior VP for Administration
  • Chemical Engineering Department
  • Cognitive & learning
  • College of Engineering Fundamentals
  • Copper Country Ford
  • Keweenaw Dental
  • Respawn Laser Tag
  • Suomi Resturaunt
  • Surplus Outlet, Inc
  • U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc
  • University Images
  • VP for University Relations and Enrollment
  • Waste Management
Bronze ($5-$99)
  • 41 Lumber
  • Bucko's Party Store
  • Century 21 North Country Agency
  • Cyberia Cafe
  • Jerry and Anne Tabor
  • Joeys
  • Joshua Olson
  • KC Bonkers
  • Mt. Bohemia
  • Peninsula Copper Industries
  • Personal Donation
  • Portage Dental Health- Robert D Richards
  • Quincy Mine
  • Studio 13
  • Superior Travel
  • Transportation Services

*denotes product donor

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