97-year-old Michigan Tech tradition, Winter Carnival returns to campus

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HOUGHTON– Winter Carnival is a 97-year-old unique tradition at Michigan Tech. 

“So they definitely enjoy having off of school obviously,” said Madison Peggs, Secretary, Blue Key National Honor Society. “I think that it’s the whole celebration of winter that students really enjoy. We get to celebrate how much snow we get which is something that not all students get to do at all universities.”

One of the favorite traditions of the Winter Carnival are the sculptures that the students get to create.

“It’s a great way for us to embrace the snow,” said Dan Schudlich, President, Blue Key National Honor Society. “We get to build 28-foot sculptures.” 

Some organizations have been working on the sculptures for the past month and some are just starting tonight at the All Nighter event, along with many other winter themed activities.

“So we have broomball which is one of our special events and we just started doing snow soccer this year and we do snow volleyball,” said Peggs.

While this is a time for students to have fun in the snow, some organizations are taking the time to help others in honor of the event.

“We are teeter tottering for 36 hours straight to raise money for CFF which is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” said Francesca Fusco, Member, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

Every hour represents the average lifespan of someone with Cystic Fibrosis in years. The sorority does this every year and the girls switch off every hour. 

“We teeter totter during All Nighter,” said Fusco. “So we start at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and then we teeter totter all through the night and then end at 8p.m. on Thursday.”

The 2019 Winter Carnival runs until Saturday. For more information, click here.

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