HOUGHTON - Diving in the mud for a volleyball. Playing cricket. Having roasted pig at a luau.
Michigan Technological University students could check out dozens of clubs and activities at Friday's Spring Fling.
Seventy-two student groups took part in the annual event, which is designed to celebrate the coming end of the year (as always, it took place at the end of the 13th week of the semester) and promote student groups.
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Michigan Technological University computer sciences and computer engineering sophomore Eric Rinkus dumps a milkshake on biomedical engineering senior Kristy Price during Friday’s Spring Fling at Tech. McNair Hall resident advisors charged people $1 for the milkshakes, which they could choose to donate to one of three charities.
"It's just getting out and learning about all student groups, getting complimentary food," said Trevor Gibson, a materials science and engineering senior carving up pig roast for the Memorial Union Board. "It's just a good feeling to have everyone on campus out in a massive interaction. It's like Winter Carnival."
Elsewhere, students could get food such as the Indian Students Association's tandoori chicken and dabeli, or the Society of Intelligent Sisters' "Sis-Co-Babs."
The resident advisors at McNair Hall used the resentment their floors have built up toward them over the year for good with a milkshake toss. For a $1, students could toss a small milkshake at the RA of their choice; they then got to direct the dollar toward one of three charities: the Keweenaw Family Resource Center, Copper Country Humane Society or Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.
By 1 p.m., biomedical engineering senior Kristy Price had already been the recipient of 10 milkshakes, a majority of which were still on her. She described them as "sticky and cold."
"You get it everywhere," she said. "It's in my ear."
Caycie Bray, a pre-med freshman, was walking on a cable behind the Outdoor Venture Crew booth. Like Gibson, she was reminded of Winter Carnival.
"I like it when the campus has these crazy things and everybody comes out," she said.