HANCOCK - Cloudy skies weren't enough to deter hundreds of Michigan Technological University students from traveling in droves to McLain State Park to enjoy Keweenaw Day, colloquially known as "K-Day." Last year the event drew over 4,000 students and more were expected this year.
The K-Day tradition started at Tech decades ago. Classes release at noon and all students but specifically freshmen are invited to McLain to enjoy some of what the Keweenaw has to offer.
"Originally part of the intent was to come out and see what the Keweenaw has to offer for students who might not be from around here," said Jessie Stapleton, coordinator of student activities at Michigan Tech.
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Students hang out with friends, play games and wear plastic horse heads during Keweenaw Day at McLain State Park.
In addition to the trails and natural views of McLain, students are able to sample many of Michigan Tech's student organizations. Hundreds of booths representing different student activities line the open field at McLain, each offering a taste of the many different organizations in which Tech students can get involved.
"We really want to get students involved," said Stapleton. "We have over 170 student organizations registered here and they can walk around, meet new organizations and see what they are all about while they come out here and have some fun. A lot of the new students will not have met these organizations yet and the upper classmen can come out and have some fun and hopefully get involved."
The organizations at K-Day represent the diverse interests of Michigan Tech students.
"We have fraternities and sororities, we have community service organizations, we have some sports clubs - really a little bit of everything," Stapleton said.
There were also booths representing special interest clubs, such as Frisbee golf and board games, and student government.
In addition to the student organization booths, Tech provided various forms of entertainment for the student attendees. In addition to free food, there were activities such as inflatable toys where students could play, noodle ball, wrestling demonstrations, a dunk tank and music.