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The End of a Chapter: Winter Carnival 2012

2012 Winter Carnival Queens Competition! Photo Courtesy of: Jess Banda

We have reached the end of another chapter as the festivities and fun of Winter Carnival 2012 come to a close. For those of you that had the opportunity to visit Michigan Tech over Winter Carnival, I hope this last week has left you with great memories, and I hope you enjoyed all of the activities that took place!

In review of the past week’s events, on Saturday, February 4, the eight Winter Carnival Queen Candidates took the stage at the Rozsa Center at the annual Queen’s Coronation ceremony. On stage, the candidates answered interview questions and each performed a talent. Candidates skillfully incorporated this year’s Winter Carnival theme, “From All Over the State What Makes Michigan Great,” into their talent presentations. Talents ranged from dancing and singing to theatrical performances and various tunes played on instruments. The Queen’s Coronation ended with Ms. Melissa Hawks being crowned the 2012 Winter Carnival Queen.

Photo Courtesy of: Michigan Tech

The All-Nighter began on Wednesday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. as students hurriedly began working on their snow statues. Students working on month-long statues spent the All-Nighter putting fine details and finishing touches on their statues. Students working on one-nighter statues spent the evening laboring away—trying to shape and detail a snow statue in less than 16 hours. It is truly amazing to see what Michigan Tech students can do in just a few hours with a bunch of snow, water, butter knives, and irons!

I strongly encourage you to take a look at the image gallery of the 2012 Winter Carnival Statues. In addition to working on snow statues, there were several fun activities for students to take part in during the All-Nighter. With all the delicious food, an outdoor dance party, and broomball, students never lacked something to do to keep them awake all night long!

On the morning of Thursday, February 9, the completed statues were judged based on their connection to the winter carnival theme, first impression, the description that accompanies the statue, the statue’s title lettering, artistic value, effort, intricacy, neatness, and even on how white the snow is. For a complete listing of the statue rankings for the one-nighter and month-long statues in each division, check out the 2012 Winter Carnival site.

Thursday through Saturday, students, families, faculty, staff, and community members spent time walking around campus and looking at the snow statues. In addition to viewing the snow statues there were several broomball games taking place, campus and residence hall tours for campus visitors, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event, and much more.

On Saturday, February 11 the Torch Light Parade took place on Mont Ripley, followed by a beautiful fireworks display. At 9 p.m. the much-anticipated Winter Carnival Awards Ceremony took place in the Memorial Union Building Commons. The Stage Revue, Queen’s Competition, Statues, and Special Events scores were combined to determine who the overall Winter Carnival winner is.

Please feel free to email me at seallen@mtu.edu 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 spring break.

Samantha Allen


Let the Ball Drop!

Let the Ball Drop!

Last Friday, January 13, the 2012 Ball Drop broomball game was played. The Ball Drop game was the first broomball game of the season.

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

With the ceremonial first game of the season complete, it is time to get your shoes on and brooms ready because the 2012 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 200 broomball teams, games are going on every evening from 5:15 p.m. to midnight. You may even see students out at the broomball rinks in the middle of the afternoon because they can 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:

1. In broomball, students do not wear skates; they simply 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 softball is used in place of a hockey puck.

DHH Super Team - DHH Champions, On-Campus Runner-Up 2011

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 teams participate in a shootout to determine a winner.

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 free hot cocoa.

If you would like to keep track of when your student is playing, check out 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.

-Seallen@mtu.edu


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!


Winter Carnival Has Begun!

A Month Long Statue in progress.
A Month Long Statue in progress.

With this lovely Wednesday afternoon marking the beginning of Michigan Tech’s famous Winter Carnival All-Nighter, the students have headed out to the statue sites and they are ready to work their way through the night, making what they hope will be an award winning statue. Many students have been working since they returned to Michigan Tech this semester on month long statues. For them, the All-Nighter will be spent putting fine details on their statues. Many students who don’t chose to work a month long statue choose to work on the one night statues. For the students who choose to work on the one night statues their All-Nighter will be spent laboring away trying to shape and detail a snow statue in just 16 hours. It truly is amazing what our Michigan Tech students can do in just a few hours with a bunch of snow, water, butterknives, and irons!

Students competing in the Yooper Sprint Special Event.
Students competing in the Yooper Sprint Special Event.

Tomorrow statue judging will take place at 8 a.m. and the winners will be determined. In addition to the competition of who can build the best statue there are several other competitive events that the student organizations take part in. Winter Carnival Special Events began last weekend and are continuing throughout this weekend. Some of the Special Events that took place last weekend include ice bowling, snow volleyball, broomball, curling, and icefishing. Tomorrow the competitions continue with the Beards Competition, Banner Contest, and Stage Revue. The Beards Competition is a skit performance in which gentleman who have been growing their beards since early December try to impress the judges with their beards, goatees, and sideburns with the addition of funny costumes, skits, and songs. The Stage Revue Performances are also a lot of fun to watch. Stage Revue Performances are humorous skits that are put together by student organizations back in December. The students performing in Stage Revue have been practicing for almost two months now to be ready to perform in the Rozsa Center on Thursday night.

Students participating in the Special Event Ice Bowling.
Students participating in the Special Event Ice Bowling.

On Friday and Saturday the Special Events continue with downhill skiing, snowboarding, tug-o-war, and much more. For a complete listing of this weekend’s events check out the 2010 Winter Carnival Schedule. Winter Carnival 2010 will wrap up on Saturday evening with the Torch Light Parade beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Mount Ripley followed by a fireworks display. At 9 p.m. in the MUB Commons the Awards Ceremony will take place and the student organizations will find out who is the overall winner of Winter Carnival is!

For those of you parents who have traveled up here for Winter Carnival I hope you have a fantastic time! As for those of you were not able to make the venture to our little winter wonderland tell your students to take lots of photos! 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 Winter Carnival results and the upcoming Career Fair.


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!