Archives—January 2010

Let Winter Carnival Begin!

One of last year's Month Long Statues under construction.
One of last year's Month Long Statues under construction.

After an unseasonably warm past couple weeks you may not believe it but Winter Carnival 2010 is just around the corner. Students are hoping that with the dropping temperatures and snow that this week is expected to bring, they will be able to get back to working on their snow statues and playing broomball. The official dates of Winter Carnival 2010 are February 3-6 and this year’s theme is “Games We Know Captured in Snow”. 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 week of great fun!

Winter Carnival Queen 2009-Melissa Meyer
Winter Carnival Queen 2009-Melissa Meyer

This year’s Winter Carnival activities will begin this Saturday, January 30 with the Queen’s Coronation 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 2010 will be chosen based on the interviews, talent performance, and a student vote. Student’s may vote for the candidate of their choice this Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building or Fisher Hall. The candidate crowned Winter Carnival Queen 2010 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 Minnesota Duluth. For more information about this year’s candidates check out the Queen’s page of the Winter Carnival website.

Students playing snowvolleyball last year.
Students playing snowvolleyball last year.

In addition, this weekend, to kick off the approaching Winter Carnival activities there will be two hockey games in which the Huskies will face off against Minnesota State. Friday nights game will begin at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday nights game will begin at 5:07 p.m. If your student is not too busy working on a snow statue or attending the Queen’s Coronation I recommend that they get their tickets to the game and go out and cheer on our Huskies!

Lastly, throughout this week there will be a variety of Winter Carnival Special Events that students can take part in. This week’s Special Events include the following:

Snow Volley Ice Fishing Cross Country Skiing

Ice Bowling Curling Skating

These special events are a lot of fun to participate in or to watch so I would encourage your student to go and 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.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about how this week’s Winter Carnival Activities went and what events are coming up with the Winter Carnival All-Nighter!

Let Broomball Begin!

Students playing broomball at the Ball Drop Game on January 12, 2010.
Students playing broomball at the Ball Drop Game on January 12, 2010.

Get your shoes on, get your brooms ready, and let the ball drop because the 2010 Broomball Season has begun!  At this point you may find yourself aking, what exactly is broomball?  Broomball is an intramural sport here at Michigan Tech that has gained the most student involvement out of all the intramural sports.  With well over 100 broomball teams, games are going on each evening from 5:15-10:30 p.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.

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.

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

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 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 warm 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. Note that the broomball webcams are in an alpha stage. Many people are experiencing issues with viewing the webcams and they ask for your patience as they work out the issues.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me.  Check back for next week’s article I will be writing about the upcoming Winter Carnival events!

A Great Break!

2010 Winter Carnival Queen Candidates
2010 Winter Carnival Queen Candidates

Hello!  I hope you all were able to enjoy a relaxing Winter Break.  I bet it was nice to spend some time with that special student of yours!  I know I really enjoyed the opportunity I had over Winter Break to spend time with friends and family.  I spent my Winter Break snowshoeing, playing games, and learning how to ski.  As a Queen Candidate for this year’s Winter Carnival Queen’s Competition, I spent some of my break preparing for the interviews that are coming up and preparing the talent I will perform at Queen’s Coronation on Saturday, January 30th.  I am very excited to represent Michigan Tech as a Queen’s Candidate this year!

In addition, to spending time with loved ones, having fun, and prepping for Winter Carnival I also spent the last week of Winter Break in Alberta, MI at the Ford Center for the LeaderShape Institute®.  LeaderShape® is an intensive week-long leadership development experience that is designed to help students to “lead with integrity.” Students work in large and small groups as they learn and teach one another through interactive lectures, activities, and discussions.  I attended LeaderShape® last year as a participant and was blown away with all that I learned and all the wonderful Michigan Tech students I met.

This year's LeaderShape® faculty.
This year’s LeaderShape® faculty.

I decided this fall that one week of the LeaderShape Institute just wasn’t enough for me, so I applied for the On-Site Coordinator position which would allow me to return to LeaderShape® this year.  As the selected On-Site Coordinator for this year’s LeaderShape Institute® I had the opportunity to assist with all the behind the scenes work that goes into making the week a success.  I am so grateful I had the opportunity to experience the 15th year of LeaderShape® being a part of the Michigan Tech campus!  Even after two years of LeaderShape® I am still amazed by the passion Michigan Tech students have for impacting the world in a positive way as they strive to “lead with integrity”.

If you think your student may be interested in attending LeaderShape® next year, I would encourage them to watch for the posters that come out early in the Fall semester with information on applying.  Typically 50-60 students are accepted to attend Michigan Tech’s session of the LeaderShape Institute® and the Institute usually takes place during the last week of Winter Break.  Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have about the LeaderShape Institute®!

Be sure to check back throughout the semester for the weekly articles. Throughout the next couple weeks I will be writing about Broomball, Winter Carnival, and how to be a successful student this spring.  Here’s to the start of another great semester filled with new opportunities, fun activities, and  exciting Michigan Tech traditions!