Copper Country Matters: Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival

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HOUGHTON, MI – Since 1922, the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival has seen a number of snow statues decorate its campus. This year’s theme was “Snow Cascades Across the Decades.”
 
Although the event is all good fun, some students had to deal with a few minor setbacks.
 
“There was actually a week that we didn’t get that much snow and we had to kind of stop building for a while,” says Jesse Boehm, freshman at Michigan Tech. “If there’s not enough snow, we usually go up to the parking lot or the softball fields and fill up trucks and bring it over here.”
 
Having ingenuity is just one important trait to have for this event. The most important, perhaps, is teamwork.
 
“The third years design it, they’re kind of in charge of all the planning,” said Boehm. “Each shift has to have one third year on it and they kind of facilitate everything and tell us what to do. We fill up a bunch of big forms with snow and then we start carving it out.”
 
While some students help with the sculptures, others help out by other means- by providing hot cocoa.
 
“I think the most special thing is that it just brings the whole college community together,” says Elaine Cook, Delta Zeta sorority at Michigan Tech. “I think it’s just really cool that Michigan Tech gets to do this. They have to see all of the variety that everyone’s doing. I mean, there’s multiple statues out here and everyone’s having a good time.”
 
The MTU Winter Carnival wraps-up Saturday night with a torchlight parade leading into a fireworks display. You can find a full schedule of the university’s carnival events on their website.

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