40-degree temperatures and rain won’t stop Michigan Tech’s Huskies from enjoying winter on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Winter Carnival returned to campus yesterday with music, dancing, and games. And, of course, the final details of the annual all-night snow sculpture construction and month-long contest.
“Last year, the weather was a little nicer, so I feel like I was able to create statues that were a little bigger and had a little more depth.I think this year’s theme was more detailed and smaller-scale statues. We could see a cool rock wall in the back. So even though we didn’t have the same amount of resources, we had the same quality here, and the mechanical engineering students were able to pull it off.” – Jesse Nichols, 2 years oldn.d. Michigan Technological University 1st year student
Throughout the campus, students were filling snow into molds. Some people were shoveling snow from a friend and two pickup trucks who had kindly delivered some snow. Despite the strange weather, students say the all-nighters are why they love attending Copper Country School.
“I think the ethos at Michigan Tech is to win at all costs. We’re here in bad weather. We’ve chosen this lifestyle. So no matter what nature does… No matter what the weather throws at us, whether it’s this warm weather or this muddy weather, we’re going to come together as a student body and get it done.” – Jesse Nichols, 2 years oldn.d. Michigan Technological University 1st year student
Tonight’s Winter Carnival continues with the annual stage review. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members return to the Rosa Center for the evening’s entertainment. Blue principal Joe Dolgos said this year should be an exciting one, with students working on skits and sketches for several weeks.
“This year there will be eight different organizations, some Greek organizations, some campus-wide organizations, and they will do skits that are about 10 minutes long. And they will probably recreate the TV show. It has an outdoor kind of thing where you think you’re doing something or there’s first aid there. So these kinds of skits are thrilling for the audience to watch, but they’re also comedic at the same time.” – Joe Dolgos, Blue Key Honor Society President
Judging of the snow sculptures will take place late this morning, with results expected in the afternoon. If you are in the area and are interested in joining Michigan Technological University’s campus for tonight’s stage review, please find more information here.