MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University’s WinterFest 2006 will take place Feb. 17-25. The theme for this year is “Don’t Break the Ice!” and there are several events planned.

            Students are encouraged to cheer on U.P. 200 sled dog racers at the 7:05 p.m. start in downtown Marquette on Friday, Feb. 17.

            The annual “Dimes Around the Dome” event for March of Dimes will take place from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Superior Dome. Kappa Beta Gamma, which raises money over the course of the school year for March of Dimes, will place paper dimes around the inside of the Dome to represent how much they have earned so far this year. There will also be face painting, food, a performance by the NMU dance team, and information tables about March of Dimes. Country music singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will also perform that night at 7:30 p.m. in the Berry Events Center.  Tickets are $16 for NMU students with ID and $22 for the general public.

            A student activity called “Clue” is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. Students who sign up for the event must interpret clues in order to find a medallion that will be hidden somewhere on campus. The first clue will be e-mailed to participants on Monday. If the medallion is not found by that Friday, more clues will be e-mailed the following week.

            The festivities will continue with a ski day and an airband competition on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The ski day will be held from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Marquette Mountain. The airband competition, which is open to students, faculty and staff, will consist of groups of up to 10 people lip syncing to music and performing with prop instruments. It will be held at 7 p.m. in Jamrich Hall room 103. Entries and music for the

competition should be brought to the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

            There will be an open skate from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Berry Events Center. On Thursday, Feb. 23 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Jamrich Hall room 103, Primetime Productions will sponsor a game show titled “Tune In,” which is a Jeopardy-style version of “Name that Tune.” Audience members can play along as contestants are asked 100 questions pertaining to popular songs, commercial jingles, television theme songs and movie sound clips. Admission is free.

            The annual “Frozen Campus Games” will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, outside of the Berry Events Center. There will be events such as snowman building and an obstacle race, and hot refreshments will be served. The games will serve as a pep rally for the NMU hockey game against Ohio State, which will begin at 7:30 inside of the Berry Events Center.

            WinterFest will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 25, with NMU basketball against Michigan Tech and the second hockey game against Ohio State. The women’s basketball game will begin at 11 a.m., and the men’s will follow at 1 p.m. The hockey game will begin at 7:35 p.m. in the Berry Events Center.

            For more information, contact the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office at 227-2439.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz