Phi Kappa Tau Takes First in Fraternity Statue Competition; Theta Chi Epsilon Tops Women's Groups

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

A salute to Motor City sports teams carried Phi Kappa Tau to first place in the fraternity division of the monthlong snow statue competition. "Don't Underestimate the Dreams of Detroit" was the title of the huge sculpture that featured three of Detroit's sports teams and their stadiums. The Phi Taus are located in Hancock. This is the fifth year in a row that their statue has taken first place.

An iconic Detroit business was the focus of the second-place Delta Sigma Phi statue. Their "Ford's Progression in Icy Succession" depicted the evolution of Ford Motor Company. The Delt Sigs' statue is located next to Wadsworth Hall in Houghton.

All of the statues had to follow this year's Carnival theme: "From All Over the State, What Makes Michigan Great."

Third place in the fraternity division went to Tau Kappa Epsilon. Their statue, next to the Admin Building, is titled "Cider Pressing is Michigan's Blessing." Sigma Phi Epsilon's statue--built between the Chemical Sci and EERC--took fourth place with a tribute to Michigan's timber industry.

Rand Lindner, a member of Phi Kappa Tau and a software engineering major from Manitowoc, Wis., said the recent weather didn't cooperate for statue building. "It was hot, then cold, hot, cold," he said. "It was a challenge, but we got everyone out at once and got it done last night."

He said they chose the sports theme because they could focus the three back walls of the sculpture on the three sports venues: Ford Field, Comerica Park and Joe Louis Arena. They then filled in details in front, including a clear-ice Stanley Cup, hockey sticks, MLB trophy, octopus and more.

Among the women's groups, Theta Chi Epsilon's dynamic sculpture of the Quincy Mine, built in front of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, took first place. The title: "In This Cavern You Will Find, Precious Copper to be Mined."

Alpha Sigma Tau placed second with "Beheld in Michigan's Snowy Plot are Sights We All Love to Spot," showing highlights from around the state. Delta Zeta took third with "Rich History and Yummy Treats, Mackinac Island Sure is Sweet." Delta Phi Epsilon was fourth with the clever "Winter and Construction are Michigan's Only Two Seasons, So We Combined Them in One for Exactly that Reason."

The Northern Alliance took first-place honors for residence halls, depicting the outside of Comerica Park. Mama's Boys were runners-up, with Summit and WIE in third.

In student organizations, the Air Force ROTC's rendition of the Grand Haven lighthouse placed first, with Campus Crusade for Christ and Army ROTC taking second and third.

In the all-nighter competitions, Tollhouse won for residence halls, showing the two-hands depiction of Michigan. National Association of Home Builders took first for on-campus organizations, with an ore car full of copper, and Good Shepherd Lutheran topped the off-campus category with a Ball Jar sculpture and "God Preserves Us All."

Some 67 statues arose around the campus and surrounding towns, and the judges praised students and community members for persevering despite the warmer-than-usual weather, which hampered statue building.

Statues Stand Tall In Spite of Weather Warm-up

by Danny Messinger, student writer

It's the question that's been on the minds of students and community members for the past month: Would the balmy weather spell disaster for snow statues at Winter Carnival? In short, no.

Now, with up to a month of construction behind them, statue builders can admire their snowy creations--with an extra bit of pride this year for conquering Mother Nature's unexpected warm-up.

"With a lack of snow, we definitely had a hard time with construction," says Eric Lindholm, Sigma Phi Epsilon president. "We were doing well for the first two weeks of the semester, but with the late warm spell we had last weekend, we had some major setbacks."

Tim Richmond, Sigma Phi Epsilon statue cochair, said his brothers have had to get a little creative to make sure the warm-up didn't result in a lack of solid ice detail work. Since Richmond's fraternity stores all of its completed ice-work outside, he said their stockpile was almost a complete loss with last week's 40-degree temperatures.

"Now we're just freezing water in whatever we can," he said the day before statues were to be judged. "Pots, pans, trays--anything. We made a list of what we wanted to have out there for judging, and we'll see what we get."

"With the weather, everyone else has had some setbacks, too," Lindholm added.

Amanda Beam, statue chair for Alpha Gamma Delta, said her sorority's statue construction had been hit just as hard because of the weather.

"We cancelled more than half of our construction shifts because it was just too warm to build," said Beam. "We wanted to build our back wall higher, but we had to cut back a bit and change our plans so that we can still try to finish on time."

During the All-Nighter, Beam's team wasn't sure if their setbacks would mean an incomplete statue when the judges strolled by with clipboards and scorecards in hand at 7 a.m.

"We'll see if it gets done," she said. "If we had done the full statue--gone with the original plans--there's no way we would have finished. I think we'll be fine, though."

Not everyone building a statue had to worry about the warm-up. In fact, conditions were nearly perfect for one-night statue construction.

"It's got to be cold, of course," said Jordan Marlor, statue chair for Keweenaw Pride's one-night effort. "It could always be colder, but we're doing fine. The snowplow driver who brought us a big load of snow packed some of it down, so we already have a nice base."

As thousands of students began to head home and the thumping bass from the annual mid-campus dance party dissipated, builders stayed hard at work on their construction sites until the sun came up to make sure their statues were just as awe-inspiring as every year before.

Now, with the All-Nighter crossed off the Carnival calendar, the number of impressed tourists--and Tech natives--touring the towering statues finally quelled the worries of weather-watchers. The late nights, cold fingers and sore muscles of Tech students have paid off in a big way.

Even when Mother Nature throws a curveball, Tech students know how to show off what makes our state so great.

Trees Find the Nitrogen They Need, Even in a Super-Size CO2 World

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

In the fast-food world of trees, let's say carbon dioxide is like French fries, and nitrogen is like catsup. Suppose those trees suddenly had extra servings of French fries, but the catsup ration stayed put.

You'd think they'd run out of catsup. You might even think that trees would slow their growth from not having enough catsup to balance their French fry diet, since catsup is a vegetable and an important nutrient. But you'd be wrong. Instead, says a Michigan Tech scientist, some trees are finding the extra catsup they need and are doing just fine, at least for now.

To read the complete story, see Trees.

Black History Month Begins

The Black Student Association has organized a four-week recognition of the challenges and accomplishments of black Americans.

All the events are open to the public. To see the full schedule, see Black History.

Speaker Addresses Dating and Sexual Violence

Guest speaker Rus Funk will give a presentation, "Creating a Culture of Respect: Engaging Men in Efforts to End Dating and Sexual Violence," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Funk will discuss the need to involve men in efforts to combat gender violence and ways that individuals can begin these conversations. His presentation will explain how everyday attitudes and actions can either contribute to, or help prevent, sexual violence.

Funk has worked for more than 25 years to address social, racial, gender and sexual justice issues by giving speeches and directing workshops across the country.

A Verizon Foundation grant awarded to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home is sponsoring Funk's visit.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Renee Wells, assistant director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at 487-2920 or at rrwells@mtu.edu .

Presentation Focuses on Students Surviving Stress

Guest speaker Lori Hanson will give a presentation, "The Stress Survival Kit for College Students," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Hanson will discuss the relationship between stress and academic success; offer tips for having better relationships, improving GPA and enjoying college; and outline strategies to reduce stress and practice better time management.

Hanson is the author of "Stress Survival Kit for College Students" and travels the nation offering powerful yet easy-to-use tools for managing college stress.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Renee Wells, assistant director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at 487-2920 or at rrwells@mtu.edu .

Career Services Announces Weekly Visits

Companies and organizations routinely come to campus to interview and recruit students throughout the year, and Career Services will announce those visits each Friday.

Direct your students to http://www.career.mtu.edu for future interviewing and recruiting opportunities.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Summer Youth

Friday, Feb. 17
Summer Youth

Get in the Spirit of Things with Tech Gifts and Apparel

Tech's Promotional Support Program will be ready to begin taking orders for this year's promotional item on Monday, Feb. 13. Eligible employees will be able to designate their choice of one Michigan Tech logo gift or apparel item by completing the online order form at Tech Spirit.

Choices will include:

* A 40" x 52" Michigan Tech fleece blanket
* A combo pack consisting of a large ceramic coffee mug, an insulated cold cup with lid and straw, and our most popular beanie hat
* A 48" compact tote umbrella
* A 62" storm umbrella
* A Thermos-brand insulated bottle with flip-top lid
* A black-and-white polo shirt

If you would like to view sample items or try on available sizes of the polo shirt, they will be on display at the Campus Bookstore between Feb. 13 and Feb. 20. All orders must be placed using the online form by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. No late orders will be accepted. Distribution will occur in approximately four to five weeks, after all items have been received from the various vendors.

The program was originally proposed by UAW 5000 in 2006 and later expanded to include other faculty and staff. Eligible employees include faculty and staff who are regular full-time or part-time; faculty who have continuing, fixed-term or rolling contracts; research faculty; ROTC personnel; and the staff of the Michigan Tech Fund. If you have questions, eligibility can be confirmed by calling 487-3346. All submissions will be validated for eligibility after the online form has been submitted.

Tech Theatre to Perform "Almost, Maine"

submitted by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa Center

The visual and performing arts department presents the Tech Theatre Company in John Cariani's romantic comedy, "Almost, Maine."

With the solar wind electrifying the night sky, the residents of Almost, Maine experience mysterious, life-changing events, falling in and out of love, and in again, in this poignant and funny exploration of personal epiphany on a deep and snowy midwinter's night.

"Almost, Maine" will run for two weeks in the McArdle Theatre in Walker, Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 16 to 18, and Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 23 to 25. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are free for Michigan Tech students and $10 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu , or visit SDC Ticketing Operations. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours. For events at the McArdle Theatre, the Rozsa Box Office will be open from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the McArdle Theatre door the night of events, from 6 p.m. to show time.

For more information, contact Bethany Jones at 487-1836 or at bjones@mtu.edu .

Blue Line Luncheon Saturday

This week's Blue Line Luncheon will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 11., in the Blue Line Room of the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Michigan Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson will be the featured speaker.

This week's luncheon will be the next-to-last of 2011-12. It is open to the public. Cost is $8 for Blue Line Club members and $8.50 for others.

Huskies to Host 2012 GLI Outdoors at Comerica Park

by Wes Frahm, director, athletic communications and marketing

Michigan Tech, the annual host of the Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament in Detroit, will take the event outdoors in 2012. The 48th annual GLI will be played at Detroit's Comerica Park as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival and in connection with the NHL's annual Winter Classic, which will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.

The GLI games will be played Dec. 28 and 29 on an ice rink built inside Comerica Park field, home of the Detroit Tigers. The field of teams for the 2012 GLI are all from Michigan. The semifinals on Dec. 28 will pit Michigan Tech against Michigan in the first game, followed by Michigan State vs. Western Michigan in the second. The GLI third-place game and championship will be played Dec. 29.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the best college hockey in the state in a unique environment," said Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret. "We look forward to working with Olympia Entertainment and Comerica Park to host a memorable event for our student-athletes and fans."

The GLI will comprise only part of the action at Comerica Park during the Hockeytown Winter Festival. A game between notable Red Wings and Maple Leafs alumni is on tap, along with other games from youth, high school, major junior and minor professional levels.

Both the Red Wings and Tigers are owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch, who were instrumental in bringing the Hockeytown Winter Festival to Comerica Park.

"I want to take the opportunity to thank the Ilitch family for giving college hockey--and specifically Michigan Tech--a chance to be a part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival," said Tech head coach Mel Pearson. "Having been a part of three outdoor games in the past, I know our players are being afforded a special opportunity to play in an outdoor game. We really look forward to playing at Comerica."

The Hockeytown Winter Festival will begin mid-December. The GLI will be the first games showcased on the Comerica Park ice. The 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium.

Game times for the 2012 GLI and the full schedule for the Hockeytown Winter Festival will be announced at a later date.

On the Road

Professor Bruce Lee (Biomedical Engineering) traveled to Washington, DC, on Feb. 1-3 to serve as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in two study sections: Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences and Pathophysiology, and Clinical Studies of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw. He also serves as a mail reviewer for another NIH study section: Small Business: Basic and Integrative Bioengineering.

Library Matters: Carillon Performance

Visiting University of Michigan student and carillon player Bill Grant will give Winter Carnival visitors a special treat from 1 to 3 p.m., today and Saturday.

Grant will play a variety of classical music on the Library's carillon, including selections from "Fantasia in D Minor" by Mozart, Handel's "Sarabande" and more.

Grant attended his first two years at Michigan Tech as a chemical engineering student, studying nanoparticle composite materials with Professor Patricia Heiden (Chemistry).

Enjoy the Library, the music and Carnival.

In the News

The Weather Channel broadcast a live interview (by Skype) with a student from Tech's chapter of the national musical honor fraternity, Mu Beta Psi, after the organization's team finished its overnight snow statue. The segment aired at 5:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. See Mu Beta Psi.

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The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks anticipate challenging conditions during their Winter Carnival series against the hockey Huskies, according to this article in Maverick Today. See Omaha.