Luckily most of the snow that was dumped on Houghton over the last couple of weeks has survived the fluctuating temperatures. Mother Nature has been showing her temperamental side, throwing subzero temperatures followed by above average warmth at the area. Why is it lucky that the snow survived, you ask? Winter Carnival 2013 is only one week away! Running February 6-9, excitement is already building on campus, as classes are canceled on Thursday and Friday in honor of the celebrations. Many students across campus have been busily slushing, packing, and detailing some amazing statues in preparation for this acclaimed winter festival, an annual event at Michigan Tech. It’s managed by Tech’s Blue Key National Honor Society chapter, a student organization here on campus. Winter Carnival is great because it is almost entirely planned by students for their peers and community members to enjoy! This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains Find Their Powers, In These Frozen Winter Hours”, which means that student must follow this theme as they participate in the various events.
Winter Carnival has a bit of a competitive streak, as student organizations from across campus compete in a Queen’s competition, statues, skits, and special events. These special events are unique, ranging from human ice bowling to curling to broomball. Organizations accumulate points depending on how well they perform in each segment of Carnival. The winning organization wins a trophy, bragging rights, and other perks! Here are explanations of some of the major components of Winter Carnival:
It wouldn’t be a Winter Carnival without the crowning of the Winter Carnival Queen. Several wonderful women of Michigan Tech are nominated by student organizations across campus to represent them in the Queen’s Competition. These women campaign for student body votes, and then the finalists move on to a competition where they show off their talents and answer questions in front of a panel of judges. The winner receives a scholarship and wins points for the organization that she represents. These points help the organization in the overall Carnival Competition.
Another great part of every Winter Carnival is Stage Revue. This event allows organizations to show off their acting talents as they hit the Rosza Center stage to wow the judges. The skits never fail to be hilarious…and a little bit crazy! Judges are selected from the local community to score the performers on creativity, overall concept, and the quality of the performance overall. The audience also gets to vote for their favorite skit, which goes into determining the winner.
In the opinion of many, statues are the highlight of Winter Carnival. Students put many hours of work into these towering sculptures of snow and ice, drawing spectators from all over the Great Lakes region and beyond. Some statues have a month of work behind them, while others are completed during the “all-nighter”, the Wednesday of Winter Carnival. During the “all-nighter” students stay up all night working on statues, drinking hot cocoa, eating free chili, and dancing to the music that resonates from the snow speakers in the middle of campus.
Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a Winter Carnival, or maybe you’re planning to this year. Either way, I highly recommend that you check it out as it truly is amazing! I hope that your student has a wonderful Carnival, and, if you are unable to make it, that he or she tells you all about it. If you are making the trip to Houghton, I hope that it is safe and enjoyable, and that you have a memorable and eventful Winter Carnival!