Flinging into spring

By Garrett Neese

gneese@mininggazette.com

HOUGHTON – It may have been packed under a roof instead of sprawled out over campus, but students said they still had fun at Michigan Technological University’s Spring Fling.

Fifty-three student groups offered food, games or information at the annual event, held because of weather for the second year at the MacInnes Ice Arena.

“It gives students the opportunity to see these organizations, and it’s a stress reliever before the end of the semester,” said Jessie Stapleton, coordinator for student activities at Tech.

Condensing the Spring Fling onto the MacInnes floor meant close quarters, “I think it’s better inside than canceling the event,” Stapleton said.

Students Friday agreed, racing each other in harnesses on an inflatable track, or helping make tie-dye shirts.

Alpha Delta Alpha set up a ring toss where pirate hooks dotted isles on a map. The winners’ booty was an energy drink.

“It’s going really well,” said sorority member Blake Grogan, a second-year chemical engineering major. “Everybody loves Monster, and the pirate thing is turning out a lot better than we thought it was going to.”

Third-year mechanical engineering student Brian Haupt had just finished a battle with a padded staff. He said he came to Spring Fling “for the free food.”

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “I liked it better when it was outside, but we’ve got to do what we can with the weather.”

Second-year mechanical engineering major Carly Siko was tossing rings onto hooks at Theta Chi Epsilon. Their display had doubloons, plates of cupcakes and a small figure of a pirate with a space cut-out for members’ faces to peer though.

“I enjoy getting to see all the different clubs that we have, because I haven’t seen them since K-Day,” she said.