Archives—January 2012

Winter Carnival Special Events

There are plenty of crazy events going on around Winter Carnival that we don’t want you to miss! Here is a list of all Winter Carnival’s zany special events:

Beards Competition
See who grew the longest beard last month! Contestants do zany activities to “wow the judges” on their long facial hair. The event will be on Thursday, February 9th at 1:00 pm in Fisher 135.

Compete in curling competitions at the Calumet Armory at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 6th.

Human Dog Sled Race

Six Runners pull four riders and a musher during this event at 11:00 am on Friday, February 10th.

Ice Bowling

Hurl your team member down the ice to knock down the pins!  This event takes place on Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:30 pm at the Dee Stadium

Ice Fishing

Compete to catch the biggest Walleye at Chassell Bay!  Competition starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, February 4th.

Queens Coronation

Watch to see the competition between the Queen candidates as they gracefully make their way to victory! Coronation starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 4th at the Rozsa Center.


Enjoy the Annual Winter Carnival Parade with the Winter Carnival Queen and fireworks to follow on Saturday, February 11th at 8:30 pm at Mont Ripley.


Dance the night away to your favorite jazz music in the MUB Ballroom on Saturday, February 11th at 9:30 pm

For more information on these events and other special events during Winter Carnival, Click Here.  To participate in any events or to join a team, contact your student org.

February Activities!

SEB Winter Carnival Comedian — Bo Burnham
9:00 pm on Saturday, February 11 at the Rozsa Center.
“Bo Burnham has burst on the comedy scene with a full-length LP, a Comedy Central special and a deal to write a film for Judd Apatow. Entertainment Weekly recently named Burnham one of the “12 Rising Stars of Comedy.” PARENT ADVISORY: EXPLICIT CONTENT. Sponsored by the Student Entertainment Board.”
Michigan Tech Students: $20

6:00 pm on Wednesday February 14, 21, and 28 in the MUB Ballroom A1

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine
7:30 pm on Thursday, February 16 – Saturday, February 18
Thursday, February 23 – Saturday, February 25 in the McArdle Theater
“With the solar wind electrifying the night sky, the residents of Almost, Maine experience mysterious life changing events, falling in and out of love and in again in this poignant and funny exploration of personal epiphany on a deep and snowy midwinter’s night. Presented by the Tech Theatre Company.”

KSO Presents A NEW WORK by Milton Olsson
7:30 pm on Saturday, February 18 at the Rozsa Center
After kicking off 2012 with Rossini’s equine William Tell Overture, the KSO proudly presents the world premiere of legendary KSO Music Director, Milt Olsson’s, latest composition for orchestra.

2012 Spring Career Fair
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21 at the SDC

Direct from Ireland – Celtic Nights – Journey of Hope
7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday February 22nd

“In this stirring tale of the Celtic experience, the audience is invited to travel along on a journey of hope, transported in time through traditional ballads, vivid choreography and the story of a people struggling to find their place in a changing world. Sponsored in part by the James and Margaret Black Endowment and Minnesota Public Radio.”
Students $20

Late Night Programming – Tracey Ashley
10:00 pm on Friday, February 24 in the MUB Ballroom
“From her southern upbringing to her life abroad to now living in the midwest Tracey has alot to cover. Sprinkle in her opinion on society and her take on politics and you have one female comic with alot to make you think about all while laughing!
In addition to being a comedy club favorite and earning the prestigious nomination by Campus Activities Magazine as Best Female Performer in 2008, Tracey has honored invites to perform at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, HBO’s “The Lucky 21 Contest , and in 2007, was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. As well as a part of TVLAND Prime Movies.”
Highlighted as part of Black History Month – CDI

February Athletic Events – Home

Want to support your Huskies this month? Here is a list of every home sporting event going on in February. Remember, attending these events is FREE! So don’t be shy, and cheer on your team!

Women’s Basketball
February 2nd at 5:30 pm vs. Findlay
February 4th at 1:00 pm vs. Wayne State
February 11th at 1:00 pm vs. Lake Superior State
February 23rd at 5:30 pm vs. Saginaw Valley State
February 25th at 1:00 pm vs. Northwood

All games at the SDC Wood Gym

Men’s Basketball
February 2nd at 7:30 pm vs. Findlay
February 4th at 3:00 pm vs. Wayne State
February 11th at 3:00 pm vs. Lake Superior State
February 23rd at 7:30 pm vs. Saginaw Valley State
February 25th at 3:00 pm vs. Northwood

All games at the SDC Wood Gym

Women’s Tennis
February 18th at 9:30 am vs. Lewis

Gates Tennis Center

Men’s Tennis
February 19th at 10:00 am vs. Northwood

Gates Tennis Center

February 10th at 7:07 pm vs. Nebraska Omaha
February 11th at 5:07 pm vs. Nebraska Omaha

February 24th at 7:07 pm vs. St. Cloud State
February 25th at 7:07 pm vs. St. Cloud State

All games at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena

For more information on athletic events, please visit

Winter Driving Tips and Advice

Here are some winter driving tips from the US Department of Health and Human Services for safe traveling and being prepared for driving through the winter. For more information about being safe and preventing accidents or injury during the winter time, please visit

Winter Survival Kit for Your Car
Equip your car with these items:
• blankets
• first aid kit
• a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for water)
• windshield scraper
• booster cables
• road maps
• mobile phone
• compass
• tool kit
• paper towels
• bag of sand or cat litter (to pour on ice or snow for added traction)
• tow rope
• tire chains (in areas with heavy snow)
• collapsible shovel
• container of water and high-calorie canned or dried foods and a can opener
• flashlight and extra batteries
• canned compressed air with sealant (for emergency tire repair)
• brightly colored cloth

Be Cautious About Travel
• Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
• Do not travel in low visibility conditions.
• Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
• If you must travel by car, use tire chains and take a mobile phone with you.
• If you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Ask them to notify authorities if you are late.
• Check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave.
• Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; shattering may occur.
• Don’t rely on a car to provide sufficient heat; the car may break down.
• Always carry additional warm clothing appropriate for the winter conditions.

What to Do if You Get Stranded
Staying in your vehicle when stranded is often the safest choice if winter storms create poor visibility or if roadways are ice covered.

• Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers and raise the hood of the car (if it is not snowing).
• Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
• Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.
• Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
• Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe—this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
• As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
• Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.
• Huddle with other people for warmth.

Please be safe as you drive throughout the rest of the winter!!

How to Find Great Information about Campus Events

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the number of events, activities, and happenings on Michigan Tech’s campus, you may wish that there was an easier way to find information.

In January 2011, Michigan Tech created the “Weekly Student News Brief,” an online publication that is published every Friday with up-to-date information about campus events.

You can check the Weekly Student News Brief by visiting: .  You can also submit an event or announcement of your own to the Student News Brief by e-mailing Student Organization Advisor “Maryann Wilcox”

View the Weekly Student News Brief Today

Community Programs!

Interested in getting a fun workout for an inexpensive cost? Check out the Community Programs that Michigan Tech offers for members of the community and students alike!

These programs include:
Beginner Line Dance
Intro to Clogging
Pilates Plus
Flirty Girl Fitness
Intro to Belly Dance
Personal Training
Yoga for Fitness
Ultimate Conditioning
Just Spin
Adult Skating Workshop
Learn to Skate

These programs start at various dates and times and have various costs. Please refer to the posted brochure for more details on each workout program. Also, consider viewing more details online.

Alternative Spring Break!

There are four Alternative Spring Break options this year hosted by the OAP and Student Activities! The OAP is hosting trips to Georgia, Florida, and Utah, while Student Activities is hosting a trip to Puerto Rico.

Here are the prices for the OAP trips this spring:

Georgia $450

Florida $450

Utah $450

Here is the price for the Student Activities trip this spring:

Puerto Rico $900 – $1000

To attend any of the OAP Alternative Spring Break trips this year, please stop in the OAP House at 207 East St. and sign up. For more info on the OAP ASB trip, please visit or contact To attend the ASB trip hosted by Student Activities, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and submit an online application. For more information, please contact or visit

Film Board Movies This Semester

If you are looking for an affordable activity to fill a Friday or a Saturday night; consider attending a Film Board movie. Every week Film Board shows blockbuster films in Fisher 135, Michigan Tech’s largest lecture hall. Student tickets cost only $3, less than half that of Rodgers Cinema, our local movie theatre.

ShowTime’s are generally 6pm, 8:30pm, and 11pm. Below are descriptions of the upcoming films.

This Week!

Tower Heist

Jan 20 & Jan 21

“When a group of hard working guys find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.”

The Three Musketeers 3D

Jan 27 & Jan 28

“The hot-headed young D’Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.”

The Lion King 3D

Feb 3 & Feb 4

The beloved Disney film, presented in Dolby 3D.

“Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.”


Feb 10 & Feb 11

“Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.”

Real Steel 3D

Feb 17 & Feb 18

“Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.”


Want to get more involved with the Outdoor Adventure Program? Here is a list of this semester’s events that are hosted by the OAP:

Snowshoe/Orienteering Clinic: OAP House on Jan 28 from 12-2pm. No Cost

Kayak Rolling clinics: SDC Pool on Jan 22 and 29 from 6-8pm. Cost: $20

Chili Feed & Igloo/Quinzee Clinic: OAP House on Feb 5 from 12 – 3. No Cost

Full moon Snowshoe Hike: Hungarian Falls on Feb 7 from 6-9pm. Cost: $10

Bigfoot Snowshoe: SDC on Feb 11 from 9-12am.  Register Online

Kayak Intro and Safety: SDC Pool on Feb 12 from 6-8pm. Cost: $20

Kayak Rolling clinics: SDC Pool on Feb 19 and 26 from 6-8pm. Cost: $20

Kayak Intro and Safety: SDC Pool on March 18 from 6-8pm. Cost: $20

Outdoor Cooking & Fire Building Clinic: OAP House, March 21, 6-8pm, No Cost, Food Provided.

Peshtigo River Rafting: OAP House on  April 15 all day. Cost: $75

Gear Swap: MUB Peninsula on April 20 from 3-5pm.

Sturgeon River Slough Finals Paddle: OAP House on April 25 from 6-9pm. Cost: $15

For more information on the OAP and their events, please contact

23 Days Until Winter Carnival

Michigan Tech’s annual Winter Carnival celebration is just about three weeks away and campus is already busy preparing.

Month-long snow statue building is in full swing and it won’t be long before we are all enjoying great Michigan Tech traditions like the beards competition, broomball, curling, the human dog sled race, ice bowling, ice fishing, skating, skiing, snow volleyball, snowshoe races, tug-of-war, and the queen’s competition.

This year winter carnival will be held from Feb 8-12, and there is really no better time to enjoy campus with your friends or family. To find out more about this year’s Winter Carnival, please visit

The theme of Winter Carnival 2012 is “From All Over The State, What Makes Michigan Great?”