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K-Day: A Michigan Tech tradition continues

Students prepare for annual outdoor event

September 5, 2013
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Michigan Technological University freshmen will know a little about the academic side of college life by the end of the week. But Friday, they'll get to learn what else the university has to offer.

"Orientation is over, students have been through their first week of class, and this is just one more way students can start their experience at Tech," said Joe Cooper, director of student activities at Tech.

The annual K-Day event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at McLain State Park. So far, 175 student groups have signed up, Cooper said.

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More than 4,000 Michigan Technological University students took part in last year’s K-Day event at McLain State Park. The event began informally decades ago with students taking an afternoon off to enjoy the Keweenaw and is now used as an opportunity for student organizations to get their message to prospective members.

There will be food, music and several games on inflatables for students, Cooper said. The student booths will range from informational displays to live demonstrations.

"For instance, the golf club might have something where people can take a few swings, then the wrestling club might have some mats out," he said.

Turnout keeps growing each year. 2012's topped 4,000 students, Cooper said. While it's geared to first-years, many returning students also come out.

"I don't even think we're going to count this year, because it's impossible,"

Cooper said.



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