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Exterior Doors Lock Schedule for Carnival 2021

A student working on statues for Winter Carnival
Credit – Michigan Technological University

If you plan to be on-campus after 8pm on February 3 during the Winter Carnival All-Nighter, please read the information below.

In an effort to mitigate property damage during the Winter Carnival All-Nighter on Wednesday, February 3, the Winter Carnival Safety Task Force will secure all exterior campus doors at 8pm. 

Building Schedules

  • Campus buildings will lock at 8pm
    • Evening classes will be in session by this time
    • Students should not leave the building while class is in session otherwise they will be locked out
  • All undergraduate and graduate students will have card access removed beginning 8pm on Wednesday, February 3 through 6am on Thursday, February 4
    • Students needing access for research or other department sanctioned purposes should request permission from their department chair by 8am on Wednesday, February 3
      • An email address and M-number will be needed by the department chair to request student access 
  • Faculty and staff will have normal access except as noted below

Fisher Hall

  • First floor open for restrooms and a warming area
  • Basement, second and third-floor stairwells will be locked but will open in the event of an emergency 
  • Elevators will be disabled
  • Faculty or staff needing access to or from the upper floors or needing access to the elevator should call Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216, and a security clerk or officer will be sent to assist 


  • Entire building open for restrooms and warming area

Walker Arts & Humanities Center

  • First floor open for restrooms and a warming area
  • Second and third-floor stairwells will be locked but will open in the event of an emergency 
  • Elevators will be disabled
  • Faculty or staff needing access to or from the upper floors or needing access to the elevator should call Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216, and a security clerk or officer will be sent to assist 


  • Closed

DHH, Hillside, McNair, and Wads

  • Exterior building doors will lock at 6pm Wednesday, February 3 and return to normal operating schedule 6am Thursday, February 4
  • Residential students will have access to the building where they live
  • Residential students will have access to the main door of Wads (lot 15 entrance) while the Dining Hall or Campus Cafe is open
  • McNair Dining Hall doors will remain unlocked during operating hours until 9pm

Winter Carnival 2021: What Everyone Can Expect

Blue Key Honor Society has been getting a lot of questions about what exactly Winter Carnival will look like this year. The answer is that it’s going to be very different from previous years as we focus on a safe experience for Michigan Tech students. There will be more online events. In-person events will follow the University’s Health and Safety protocols. 

We all look forward to the traditional All-Nighter. But this year will be very different. There will be absolutely no vending on campus. We are sorry to say that means no pancakes, chili, hot chocolate, or any other food or beverages. There will be fewer events—the main goal is for students to put their creativity and engineering skills to work to construct statues. Anyone who comes to campus can expect to see a few, smaller DJ booths, socially distanced karaoke, a few fire pits for warming up, and of course, statue-making in progress. Many thanks to the Audio Engineering Society, WMTU, MUB Board and the Wahtera Center for helping us make the All-Nighter festive and safe!

Winter Carnival Royalty and Stage Review competitions are completely online this year. This year, Royalty will be known as the Winter Carnival Ambassador, with the goal is to highlight  on our campus who give of their time and talents to make the community (and the world) a better place. Stage Review will be a short-form TikTok-style video competition. You can enjoy both events from home without having to brave a Houghton winter!

You will also be able to see the All-Nighter and Month-long statues online from the comfort of your own home.

Other special Winter Carnival events have regulated and closed-off attendance (Hairy Tales, Broomball, Curling, Downhill Skiing, Human Dog Sled), or are completely virtual (Trivia, Rap Battle, Card Games, Art Competition, eSports). 

While we will greatly miss events like sleigh rides, dog sled rides, and the fireworks display, we look forward to bringing them back next year for our 100 years of Winter Carnival celebration!

Is it ideal? No. Are these changes permanent? No. Our primary goal this year is to keep our campus and the local community safe and healthy. We want to provide a fun break for our students here on campus and carry on Michigan Tech’s most enduring tradition. So while visitors have always been a huge and important part of Carnival, especially returning Huskies, , we need everyone to reevaluate the situation and decide what is the correct thing to do. We ask everyone to consider their role in keeping Winter Carnival safe, healthy, and enjoyable for Michigan Tech students.

These changes and restrictions were created to accommodate this unusual year. We look for the silver lining in the adjustments—if any of the new events go over really well, we might adapt them into future Winter Carnivals, just like Huskies always have. Especially looking towards our 100 year anniversary of Winter Carnival in 2022!

Visit MTU Flex to learn more about the University’s Health and Safety Levels that govern how many people can be gathered at a time indoors or outside, wearing face coverings, and social distancing, among other things. Anyone who comes to campus including students is required to fill out our symptom tracking form prior to arriving each day.

In order to make Winter Carnival fun, we must all take safety seriously. Thanks for understanding, being smart, and doing your part.

Winter Carnival 2021: What We Know So Far

“Are you ready, kids? Aye, Aye, Captain!”

The countdown to Winter Carnival has officially begun! Blue Key has been working hard to provide a safe, student-focused Winter Carnival. Because of the global pandemic, it won’t be the same as it usually is, but we will maintain as many elements of our beloved Winter Carnival tradition as we can while keeping the health and safety of our campus and local community in mind. We have decided to create an event that will be focused on enrolled students. That means we will need your help this year maybe more than ever. We need to work together to keep us all safe by following social distancing practices, wearing our masks, and not introducing new people into our home groups.

Upon returning to campus, the University will likely remain at a Level Five until mid-January. However, University administration has confirmed that statue building can continue as long as it is limited to 25 people all wearing masks. Statue building as planned currently will include both month-long and all-nighter. All-Nighter events will be limited events with no vending on campus.

We are grateful for your flexibility, understanding, and support. The COVID-19 situation is constantly changing and that means Winter Carnival is also subject to change. We encourage everyone to wear masks and stay six feet apart. The list of special events is posted in the photos, and we are excited to introduce new virtual events like eSports. The Royalty Competition, formerly known as Queens, will be transformed into a Winter Carnival Ambassador competition for this year. The goal is to highlight students who exemplify generosity, studiousness, and kindness, and contribute to either their organization, Michigan Tech, the surrounding community—or all three!—in a meaningful way. Stage Revue will transform into a short-form comedy video or “TikTok” competition this year. Lastly, due to league scheduling issues related to the global pandemic, the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival Hockey series has been moved to Feb. 13th-14th. As of right now, there will be no fans present.

Special Events

Hairy Tales

Contestants grow facial hair into one of three categories: full beard, sideburns, and goatee/mustache starting at the end of fall semester. During Winter Carnival, the contestants prepare skits to perform that show off their facial hair and are scored by a panel of judges, including the Winter Carnival Royal.


Teams will play each other for two 10 minute periods with a 1 minute half time. All players must have a valid Michigan Tech ID to play. Teams that do not have 4 players on the ice within 5 minutes after their scheduled game time will automatically forfeit the game. All players should review the complete list of broomball rules which can be found at


In curling teams slide stones across a sheet of ice toward a target similar to a bull’s eye. Points are awarded for stones closest to the center of the target after each team has thrown eight stones. Teams of three to four participants will participate in this event which takes place at the Drill House in Calumet, MI. The style of this tournament is head to head single elimination.

Downhill Skiing

Teams with a minimum of two and/or a maximum of five participants will compete in this Giant Slalom style event. In Giant Slalom skiers weave through gates to reach the finish line. The times of the top three finishers for each team will be combined for a team total. This event will take place at Mont Ripley Ski Hill. Teams consisting of less than three members will have the slowest contestant of the day’s time included in their total time for every person missing.

Human Dog Sled

Race to the finish line in this 100-yard snowy sled dash! In this event, there are six people pulling a sled that holds four riders and one musher. Each team must race in a homemade sled.

Virtual Events


Optional Team of 3-4 members will compete on to answer trivia questions. Rap Battle Individual person event that focuses on the creativity of a person. Each person will submit a 2- minute rap video that focuses on the theme of Winter Carnival. The judges will judge the video based on Presence, Delivery, Bar Structure, Diction, Rhyme Schemes, and Wit.

Card Games

The team limit is based on the games themselves. The games will be hosted using or with the addition of zoom for instant communication. This is a very open-ended game option, as in anyone may suggest other free options that can be quickly set up for tournament style games.

Art Competition

Open to anyone who would like to submit their works of art, including but not limited to drawing/painting, photography, sculpting, cosplay, etc. Each piece will be judged by the community in the category that it falls under.


Open to any number of people in a team including single-person teams. The tournament will be played on the platform “tournament”. There will be 3 different tournament games: Call of Duty Mobile (Any mobile Device), Fortnite (PC), and Super Smash Bros (Nintendo Switch). Each event will be held in a tournament-style with the help of the Official Esports with MTU. Due to the nature of everything, we do not have the ability to provide hardware and each person must have their own device to participate.

To be clear, these changes are not permanent. They were created to accommodate this unusual year. However, there is always a chance for improvement, so if any changes prove to be successful, we might adapt them into future Winter Carnivals, just as Huskies always have.

Get more details about how Winter Carnival will be celebrated this year by watching our webinar.

We note that some of the COVID-19 plans are subject to change, including our ability to continue to build statues while at a Level Five.