The TKE Cider Mill with animals, tractor, and pumpkin patch. It's clickable.
At 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning, walking toward the MUB, some cheering started low and gained momentum. Soon, it turned into a familiar shout out.
The TKEs were celebrating the end of their statue duties and the end of the all-nighter.
They had good reason to cheer.
Their statue, celebrating cider mills in Michigan, had both size and detail and took third place in the fraternity division of the month-longs. Phi Taus won the event, with Delt Sigs second and Sig Eps fourth.
Detail on the TKE statue: pumpkins.
Roaming the statues Thursday a.m. is always rewarding. The sun was just coming up over the library as our bus of judges was looking at the first statue: DU's bulldozer "stuck" in snow.
When we got to the TKE statue, some snowmobiles were cruising campus, and many cars had slowed down to look at the statue.
Besides the ice pumpkins (left), there was a glass table and chairs and additional impressive detail.
Sigma Tau Gamma did a nice job with a tall (right to the 28-foot limit) lighthouse. They also hung two large lights in the tree above the statue, which has become a tradition.
Downtown, the Dog House created a wall and the Ambassador a fishbowl (of the non-fish kind).
The Phi Taus' statue impressed. Comerica Park, Ford Field, and Joe Louis Arena provided the backdrop to many nice details, including ice sculptures of NFL and MLB trophies, the Stanley Cup, and that octopus who comes out every playoff season for the Red Wings.
A pair of sleep-deprived Phi Taus hung on long enough to chat. Edward Duda, a fourth-year chem engg from Commerce, Michigan, said everyone else was sleeping. Some marching band music was coming from their house, however.
Rand Lindner, a software engineer from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, said they endured the odd recent weather and a crazy last night to finish their first-place structure. More on the results are here.
The Delt Sigs had a similar story. After four and one-half weeks and 2,500 man hours, their salute to Ford Motor Company came out nicely. Second place was their reward for the massive structure that featured five smoke stacks to emulate the River Rouge plant, an assembly line, and a progression of Model T, Jeep, Mustang, and Ford GT. (The image at left is clickable.)
"People actually thought the Mustang was a Camaro when we were building it last night," laughed Alex Summers, a fourth-year construction management major from Burton, Michigan. "Even though we had the huge Ford logo up top!" Their ice work included three engines, windshields, and an incredible sign with a chain holding it up.
Nearby, Triangle devoted their sight to Hockeytown, replete with retired Red Wing numbers, and a nice representation of the Wings logo and the flying fist from downtown Detroit.
Broomball was in full swing and third-year biology student Zack Johnson from Citadel House (and Hancock) stopped by to check on the statue that he also worked on. His team had won their game in the Carnival tournament. More than 200 teams compete in broomball over the school year, he said.
Near the Sig Eps statue, Gwendolyn Fleming was selling buttons and coffee on behalf of APO, who make the buttons each year, going back to 1980. The fourth-year chem engg from Niles, Michigan, was hanging in there, despite the winds that were really beginning to whip up.
Finally, the Sig Eps had the best lettering, in my opinion: red plaid made of wax that jumped from the snow and proclaimed: "From Lakeshore to Lakeshore These Men Would Shout 'Timber!': Our Michigan History Frozen in Winter." A large ice-saw dominated the structure, along with a water wheel that fell once, according to Eric Lindholm, a fourth-year ME from Iron Mountain. They had realistic "bark": cracks in ice-tree stumps, that happened on their own, Lindholm said.
"Are we done now?" he politely asked one of the Blue Key people with the judges.
Sleep beckoned, and the Greeks and all the snow and ice engineers would rest before celebrating another Carnival job well done.
Total to date: 97"
On the ground: 16"
In the last week: 2"
Total last year: 138.5"
On the ground: 39"