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Trick, Treat, and Have Fun!

October 27, 2010 in Community, Events, Recreation, Sports, Uncategorized

Past Weekend’s Events

A student organization raking leaves and cleaning up Hancock Beach for Make A Difference Day. Photo Credit: Krista Anderson

This past Saturday, October 23, over 500 Michigan Tech students participated in Make A Difference Day.  Make A Difference Day was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and is recognized as a national day of service.  Students that participated in this great service opportunity volunteered in the local Keweenaw area on a variety of projects ranging from beach cleanup to raking leaves.  It was great to see so many Michigan Tech students working together to improve the community and “make a difference”!  In other news Michigan Tech Athletics had an exciting weekend with the football team winning 62-30 over Northwood University.  The Huskies faced off against the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Sherman Field.  Michigan Tech’s 62-point win over Northwood University was the football team’s best score against any opponent since 1992 when the Huskies scored 76 points in a single game.

Upcoming Fun Fall Events

Several festive and fun fall events are planned for students this coming week. The fun times began on Saturday, October 23 with Safehouse BINGO where there was over $500 worth of candy up for grabs!  How yummy!  Safehouse BINGO is an annual event hosted by the Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC) and Wadsworth Hall Student Association.

Students showing off the pumpkins they carved at the Halloween Pumpkin Carving event. Photo Credit: Sarah Wells

On Tuesday, October 26 students could go to the McNair Dining Hall at 9:00 p.m. for Pumpkin Carving hosted by IRHC and the McNair Hall Association.  Students could attend the event and carve a pumpkin using the provided knives and carving materials.  Students even got to snack on pumpkin pie while they were working hard at their pumpkins.

On Wednesday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. delicious Halloween Treats will be served in the Wadsworth Dining Hall.  Students can take a break from studying and get a snack of apple cider, pumpkin seeds, and caramel  apples.

On October 29 and October 30 there will be a special event taking place on Walker Lawn.  The Whoo’s In Houghton event is back again due to the success of the event last year.  The event allows Michigan Tech students and the local community to learn more about rescued birds of prey in the state of Michigan.  The Upper Peninsula Raptor Rehab and Wildlife Center will share information on the birds of prey and will have some of their rescued live birds on site.

Friday, October 29 the Douglass Houghton Hall Council kicks off the Halloween weekend with the Costume Party Dance held in the DHH Ballroom.  The event promises to be full of good times, so encourage your student to put on their costume and come do the Monster Mash!


Saturday, October 30, the day students have been anxiously awaiting all week, finally arrives.  Saturday is the day that the much anticipated Safehouse event takes place.  Safehouse has been a Michigan Tech campus tradition since 1988. Each year on the last Saturday of October students decorate the residence halls for public tours. The community is invited to bring their children to take tours of the residence halls that are all decorated for Halloween. Student tour guides lead the groups through the tour route. There are two different tour groups this year: Fun and Scary. The students decorate their hall based on the category they choose. The houses that choose to do the fun category do a lot of fun and silly decorations for the younger children. The houses that choose to do the Scary category are out for screams and thrills. Their decorations get pretty elaborate and even include some very skilled acting by students as they try to get a shriek or scream of terror from the tour groups that pass through. This year’s Safehouse is very special since the event was canceled last year due to H1N1 and other flu related illnesses. This year’s Safehouse will just be all the more exciting as students saved up their ideas and plans from last year. Safehouse is such a big event and the students put so much work into the decorations that IRHC judges the decorations and offers awards to the top winning houses. Safehouse is a great event to participate in and I can’t think of a better way to get more into the Halloween spirit.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!  Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the LeaderShape Institute.