It’s almost Winter Carnival time. Student organizations at Michigan Technological University are perched on scaffolding under lights, working deep into the night on their gigantic snow statues, a month-long effort.
The theme this year is “As snow accumulates at alarming rates, we show our love for the 50 states.” Statues are expected to reflect that theme.
Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Blue Key Honor Society, officially starts on Wednesday, February 3 and runs through Saturday, February 6, although some activities have already begun, including ice bowling at the Dee Stadium and curling at the Calumet Drill House.
In ice bowling, students curl up in giant plastic shells, while other students hurl them across the ice at oversized duckpins. Curling, of course, has nothing to do with hair. It is the Scottish sport of heaving a round stone down a lane of ice while teammates sweep furiously ahead of the stone with brooms, to help direct its movement and increase its speed.
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, All-Nighter overnight statue building begins. The Alumni Association will serve hot chocolate from 5 to 8 p.m. at Alumni House. Campus will be lit and lively all night, with karaoke from 9 to 11 p.m. and classic Winter Carnival snacks like chili and deep-fried Twinkies.
Thursday morning, February 4, all statue building ends and judges make the rounds.
Saturday evening, the Winter Carnival hockey game against Lake Superior State University starts at 5:07 p.m. at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, and at 8:15 p.m. a torchlight ski parade down Mont Ripley will be followed by fireworks.
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