One of the wunderkind of Houghton and Michigan Tech is Winter Carnival. A time of family fun and general merriment. The students build wondrous snow sculptures and perform in talent shows and competitions. Alumni come to town with their families to show off the spectacle that is Winter Carnival.
But there’s more to Winter Carnival than the good clean exterior that the Michigan Tech PR machine wants you to see. As any current or former student of Michigan Tech can tell you, there is a seedy underbelly to Winter Carnival lurking just below the surface, hidden from the unknowing. This Winter Carnival is a four day long orgy of booze, loud music, late nights, and terrible (but tasty) food. The debaucherous revelry continues non-stop from Wednesday night until Sunday morning, leaving its participants in a hazy stupor at the end. The effects are more devious than you can imagine; however, leaving its victim afflicted with a sense of dullness, a “grayness” if you will, to their lives outside of Winter Carnival. It’s an addiction that is plaguing our children long into their adulthood, and some will never be free of its devilish grasp.
So if you are ever in Houghton in the early parts of February, tread down that shadowy alley of “fun” only if you dare. And if you do, I’ll see you there, we’ll have a grand old time.