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Halloween, Broomball, and Jazz

October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

The Jazz Lab Band will perform with the Research and Development Big Band this weekend at the Rozsa Center

The Jazz Lab Band will perform with the Research and Development Big Band this weekend at the Rozsa Center.

I hope you’re all having a great Halloween week! The weather here has been overcast and gloomy, which is reflective of the campus atmosphere as burnt-out, yet insistent, students trudge deeper and deeper into the semester in search of Thanksgiving break. Fall colors are beginning to fade in preparation of the coming winter, which brings me to the first big event of the semester!

Broomball registration is now open!  For those of you who don’t know, Broomball is a long celebrated Tech tradition. The game originated in Canada in the early 1900s and is played professionally all over the world. It is very similar to hockey in play, but no skates are used, and hockey sticks are replaced with wooden brooms that students design and make themselves. Michigan Tech’s Broomball tradition began many decades ago and is still going strong; it’s one of our most widely participated-in activities. Over 1,000 of our students get involved! Team registration ended yesterday night at midnight. Teams are only able to register if someone on their roster attended one of the Broomball Information Sessions that took place on October 19 and October 20. Teams can register at the Broomball website, and must pay their invoice of $20 per player by Monday, November 10 at 9:00 pm. Once teams are registered, they are good to go for the start of the season which will begin after winter break. Students must keep in mind that all team names, jerseys, and chants are subject to review by the Broomball Committee and that teams are required to remove any prohibited content.

In addition to Broomball registration, there are some fun Halloween celebrations taking place this the weekend. The Wadsworth Hall Student Association will be hosting their annual Halloween Party with food, music, games, and costumes. This event is open to any student who lives in Wadsworth Hall. Also taking place this weekend is a Halloween Dance Party hosed by the Douglass Houghton Hall Council and the Memorial Union Board, where there will be food music, dancing, and a costume contest! Both of these events are free for students, so they are both fantastic ways to celebrate the holiday with fun and friends.

Another great way to celebrate Halloween this year is by attending Michigan Tech’s first home hockey game! The season is off to a great start as the hockey Huskies are 5-0. It should be a great match this weekend as they go up  against the 4-3 Michigan Wolverines. This much-anticipated game will be especially exciting  because students are invited to dress up as they cheer on the team! What a wonderful way to start the home hockey season!

In addition to these festive events, the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band and Research and Development Big Band will perform this weekend with their two-night show,“Up Close and Personal”. Under the direction of Mike Irish, both bands will perform a wide variety of jazz in a pop-up jazz club setting – with the Rozsa Center stage transformed to a jazz lounge with cocktail tables and a cash bar! There will also be special guest performances to compliment the show. This is a fantastic event for students and community members to enjoy over the holiday weekend, and a great way to showcase our students’ musical talents.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about Broomball, the hockey season, or Up Close and Personal, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and happy Halloween! Until next week!

-Valerie