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A day to celebrate the Keweenaw

September 8, 2012
By Stacey Kukkonen ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK TOWNSHIP?- Nice weather, an afternoon off of classes and a promising day of fun sent thousands of Michigan Technological University students to Keweenaw Day Friday.

Held at McLain State Park, students came out in masses to try the inflatable climbing wall, a real-life game of Angry Birds and the chance to dump water on a fellow student's head with one swift blow at Keweenaw Day - also affectionately known as K Day.

Students stepped up their game this year, said Keith Jurek, president of the Interfraternity Council, bringing more activities for students to try.

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Stacey Kukkonen/Daily Mining Gazette
Michigan Technological University students play a modified form of broomball at Keweenaw Day?Friday at McLain State Park.

"We decided we wanted to do something big and something meaningful," he said.

Hundreds of tables lined the grass with information about clubs and Greek organizations, many of which held demonstrations, be it with mini-golf or whipped cream to the face.

This year, students were greeted by crowd favorite tunes by the Michigan Tech Pep Band, and a rock band eventually took the stage to pump out popular music from the last decade.

"That's something new this year," Jurek said. "I think it's been pretty exciting."

Under the pavilion, students snacked on super-sized make-your-own walking tacos and cookies. Nearby, fencing and wrestling matched drew large crowds.

The crew with St. Albert the Great in Houghton had a dunk tank of sorts set up, where the person who hits the bull's-eye not only soaks the person under the balloon, but must take the chair next.

Dozens of students dipped their feet in nearby Lake Superior and many others tossed footballs and took pictures with the autos lining the parking lot.

"They come up with whatever they want," Jurek said, noting a student group even set up a broomball court in the middle of the park and covered a tarp in soapy water. "It's the creativity of the students."

Jurek said the main goal is to give student organizations the opportunity to reach out and identify different groups.

"They demonstrate what they have, from Greek organizations to club sports," he said. "First-year students who are looking to get involved on campus can use today as an opportunity to meet others and get information."



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