Phi Kappa Tau win’s snow statue competition

HOUGHTON – With a large and detailed snow statue based on the Disney animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, located on West Quincy Street in Hancock, won the fraternity division of Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival month-long statue competition. The win was the seventh straight for the fraternity.

Tau Kappa Epsilon’s tribute to “The Lion King,” next to the Administration Building on campus, took second place, and Delta Sigma Phi’s “Toy Story” entry, next to Wadsworth Hall was third.

All the statues had to follow this year’s Winter Carnival theme: “Nostalgic Films of Childhood Days Come to Life in Frosty Ways.”

Michael Braun of Phi Kappa Tau said they had a solid crew of twenty members logging some 200 to 300 hours each, since they returned after the holiday break. “I’m proud of the results,” said the fourth-year chemical engineering major from Pinconning, Mich.

Among women’s groups, Alpha Sigma Tau, on College Avenue near Franklin Square, took first with a tribute to “Cinderella.” Theta Chi Epsilon was second, with “Peter Pan” and Delta Zeta third, with “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Residence Hall category found Summit/WIE, also focusing on “The Lion King” and located in front of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center, on top, followed by Mama’s Boys and Raptor Hall.

Army ROTC, “Land Before Time” bested Air Force ROTC,”Jurassic Park” in the Student Organization group, with Four-Wheelers coming in third.

The all-nighters, who only had from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday to complete their artwork, had results in three categories.

On-Campus champions were the Lutheran Collegians, followed by the National Association of Home Builders

The Off-Campus category was won by Lutheran Campus Ministries, and Bastille won the University Housing category.

Images of the winning statues can be found here: