Archives—January 2011

Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold

2010 month-long fraternity statue winner, Phi Kappa Tau.

The theme of this year’s Winter Carnival, “Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold”, is rather fitting with the chilly temperatures and several inches of snow that Houghton has been graced with the past couple weeks.  Students that are preparing for Winter Carnival 2011 are pleased with the cold temperatures and daily snowfalls because it provides them with the perfect conditions to work on the month-long snow statues.  According to the Keweenaw Research Center Weather Station Snow Measurements, there are 42 inches of accumulated snow on the ground.

The official dates of Winter Carnival 2011 are February 9-12.  I’m sure most of you have heard or maybe even seen some of the great Winter Carnival activities; however, for those of you who may not know, Winter Carnival is more than just amazing, skillfully constructed snow statues, it is really a month of great fun!

The special event, Yooper Sprint, requires students to race in one snowshoe and one cross country ski.

This year’s Winter Carnival Special Events will begin this Saturday, January  29 with a curling competition at the Calumet Drill House. From January 29 through February 11, there will be a variety of Winter Carnival Special Events that students can take part in.  From snow volleyball to ice fishing and ice bowling, there is a special event for everyone to enjoy.  The special events are a lot of fun to participate in or to watch.  This is a great opportunity for your students to see what Michigan Tech Winter Carnival is all about.  For  a complete listing of this week’s special events check out the Winter Carnival Schedule of Events.

As a 2010 Winter Carnival Queen Candidate, I had the opportunity to perform a talent at the Rozsa Center last year.

On Saturday, February 5 the Winter Carnival Queen’s Coronation will be held in the Rozsa Center from 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. During this time the eight queen candidates will perform a talent and take part in an onstage interview.  Winter Carnival Queen 2011 will be chosen based on her interview, talent performance, and a student vote.  Student’s may vote for the candidate of their choice on Wednesday, February 2 and Thursday, February 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building or Fisher Hall. The candidate crowned Winter Carnival Queen 2011 will have various responsibilities throughout Winter Carnival, including judging statues, attending events, and what would be my favorite part, riding the Zamboni at the hockey game against Bemidji State. For more information about this year’s candidates, check out the Queen’s page of the Winter Carnival website.

This weekend, to kick off the approaching Winter Carnival activities, there will be two hockey games in which the Huskies will face off against Wisconsin. Friday and Saturday nights’ games will begin at 7:07 p.m.  If your student is not too busy working on a snow statue, I recommend that they get tickets to the game, and go out and cheer on our Huskies!

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.  Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about more activities that students, family members, and community members can participate in during Winter Carnival.


Let the Ball Drop

Beth Lunde, Assistant Vice President for Student Life did the ceremonial ball drop at the 2011 Ball Drop Game.

Let the ball drop!  No, not the New Year’s Eve ball, the broomball!  Last Tuesday, January 11, the 2011 Ball Drop broomball game was played. The Ball Drop game was the first broomball game of the season.  Beth Lunde, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, conducted the ceremonial ball drop.

With the ceremonial first game of the season complete, it is time to get your shoes on and get your brooms ready because the 2011 Broomball Season has begun!  At this point you may find yourself asking, what exactly is broomball? Broomball is one of the most popular intramural sports at Michigan Tech.  With well over 100 broomball teams, games are going on each evening from 5:15 p.m.-12:00 a.m.  You may even see students out at the broomball rinks in the middle of the afternoon because students can choose to take broomball as a physical education course. The broomball rinks are located on the green space next to US-41 in front of Walker Arts and Humanities Building.  The rinks are managed and the games are scheduled by the Broomball Committee a division of the InterResidence Hall Council.

The InterResidence Hall Council’s Cocoa Shack opens during Broomball Games, providing spectators with free hot cocoa.

Broomball may appear similar to hockey as it is played by two teams and the players wear helmets and jerseys; however, there are some fundamental differences.

1.  In broomball students do not wear skates they simple wear tennis shoes or boots.  The players slide around the ice trying to make goals and stay on their feet.

2.  Instead of hockey sticks players use brooms.  Students usually cut the broom bristles down and then tape the broom with duct tape or hockey tape.  For information on how to make a broomball stick, see the Stick Making Guide on the Broomball Committee’s website.

3.  A blue ball that is a little larger than a baseball is used instead of a hockey puck.

Two teams, each consisting of five players and one goalie, strive to make the most goals in the game.  A broomball game consists of two fifteen minute halves.  When the game is over the team with the most goals is deemed the winner.  If the game is a tie, play will continue for five minutes in a sudden-death overtime.  If the score remains tied after the five minute overtime, the game is ruled to be a tie.

For students there are many ways to enjoy the broomball season, they may choose to participate on a team, watch the games on the webcams, or be a spectator and cheer on their favorite team with a cup of hot cocoa.  If you would like to keep track of when your student is playing, checkout the game schedule.  Also,  if you would like to catch a glimpse of your student playing,  the broomball webcams are now up and running with live video streams.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the upcoming Winter Carnival events!