Sun, Fun: Tech students enjoy K-Day fun in Chassell

CHASSELL — Michigan Tech students descended on Centennial Park and the downtown for the 2018 K-day (Keweenaw day) Friday.

The Tech tradition gives students a chance to learn about groups and activities on campus. Normally held at McLain State Park, festivities were moved to Chassell due to construction but organizers and attendees didn’t object to the change.

“We brainstormed and we had a couple locations and this one seemed like the best option and so far we’ve had a lot of positive feedback,” said Rochelle Spencer, coordinator of student activities.

K-day is an opportunity for students and organizations to connect, an important part of the Tech experience. A survey found that 80 percent of Tech students end up participating in one of the campus organizations, above the national average of 66 percent.

“We know that those connections outside of the classroom are what helps keep our students here and helps increase retention so this is a great opportunity for that. They find what they love,” said Spencer.

One such student was third-year Jake Lehmann who was playing volleyball and promoting the men’s and women’s volleyball club. He’s been playing on the team for two years and since joining the club he’s been able to travel with the team and even took home a victory.

“Last year we won our division in bronze in nationals,” he said.

“Without K-day, I probably wouldn’t have joined the club. I’m not super social, so events like this give a perfect opportunity to get out and see what’s out there at the school. See what you might work well in,” Lehmann said.

At the tables, recruiters were hoping to attract new faces from a wider pool than usual.

Matt Cavender of Mitch’s Misfits attends every year to see what the other organizations are up to and run the booth.

“For both the Misfits and a lot of other organizations. This is our biggest recruiting point. We get over 50 percent of our members just from this,” he explained.

“It gives us exposure to people we might not otherwise come in contact with,” said Maddie LeClair at the Women in Computer Science table.