It’s hard to believe that in a little more than a week Winter Carnival will be here. Winter Carnival is a number of things to students: first and foremost, it’s a couple of days off of classes, a chance to get caught up with homework and a chance to see the snow statues. But as Michigan Tech veterans know, there’s a lot more at Winter Carnival than snow statue and no classes. For first-time Winter Carnivalites wanting to know what’s going on, or veterans looking to do something different this year, here’s a list of things to do at Winter Carnival.
The All-Nighter is the main event of Winter Carnival. Starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, student organizations participating in the all-night statue competition begin making their statues, while the month- long participants finish their work as well. Other student organizations set up food stands along the main pathway, and partiers dance all night in front of the M&M building. As an important note, no alcohol is allowed on the carnival grounds during the all-nighter.
In addition to the all-nighter, there are a number of special events associated with Winter Carnival. Broomball, of course, goes on throughout the week as usual. There are several other standards as well. One is the Beards Competition, in which
participants try to grow the best beard, goatee, or sideburns from a clean December shave, and then try to impress the judges with skits and songs. Ice bowling is another, where instead of a ball teams hurl their own members down the ice. There are also human dogsled races, curling, ice fishing, skating, skiing, snow volleyball, snowshoe races and tug-of-war.
The Rozsa Center also participates in the Winter Carnival experience. The Stage Revue, which takes place the day after the all-nighter, features various student groups performing skits based around the year’s theme. Finally, Winter Carnival is unofficially closed out by a high-billing comedy performance; this year, Comedy Central on Campus will perform.
More information can be found on the Winter Carnival website at (www.mtu.edu/ carnival) and at the Rozsa Center website at (rozsa.tickets. mtu.edu).