Get With Program: New students taught Tech traditions

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Shown here is the summer adaptation of broomball, a popular winter pastime at Michigan Technological University, being played on a soap-slicked tarp at Thursday’s Traditions event instead of an ice rink.

HOUGHTON — New students were invited to the lawn in front of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center to get their first exposure to Michigan Technological University (MTU) traditions Thursday at the third annual “A Taste of Tech Traditions” event as part of orientation week.

MTU alumni assembled the Husky Bucket List of 85 things each student should do at MTU, like visiting the Husky statue and eating a pickled egg.

“The 85th thing is graduate,” said Cam Miller, the event’s organizer.

Several other things on the list were available so new students could get a jump-start on their list. Number 6 is “Enjoy the Pep Band,” which performedto open the event.

Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman was there so students can meet her to complete number 54 on the list. Gorman has a goal of her own — to meet each incoming first-year student.

“I’ve set it as a goal every year,” she said.

According to her, she has met more than 95 percent of the first-year students each year since 2012. To do this, she walks the student check-in lines, walks the residence halls and meets each of the 78 orientation teams.

“It’s a really nice way to welcome the students in a smaller setting,” Gorman said.

Music was provided by MTU Sound and Light Services.

Build Your Own Beard supplies were set up by the Blue Key Honor Society.

Experience Tech had information about Mont Ripley, Outdoor Adventure Program, Student Health and Wellness and intramural sports.

The dance and cheer squads were there as well.

And of course, there was broomball.

“I don’t know many people that don’t play broomball,” Miller said.

According to Miller, most people who don’t play it, watch it. The game is similar to hockey, but played on a soap-and-water slicked tarp — at least in the summer, when ice surfaces are limited to the rink at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena — with foam noodles instead of sticks and a ball instead of a puck.

Eric Purvin, a first-year student from Lake Orion, Michigan, played his first three games on Thursday night.

“It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about having fun,” he said. “And maybe a little bit about winning.”