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Snowman burning keeps spring on track, 43 years and counting

Posted: March 22nd, 2013

For a complete history about the special way LSSU has welcomed spring since 1971, click here.



SOLAR TORCHERS – Lake Superior State University students Dena Bliss and Matthew Regal, attempt to concentrate the sun's heat to fire up a 14-foot effigy during LSSU's annual burning of a snowman to welcome spring. The ceremony, held March 22 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has been going on since 1971. Unfortunately, high overcast prevented the paper snowman from igniting, prompting LSSU landscaper Dave Drzewiecki, left, to finish the job with a propane torch. A few hundred students, faculty, and staff attended the event, enjoyed spring daffodils, and munched on three varieties of barbecued Pino's sausage courtesy of LSSU Enactus. Bliss is a junior from Kent City, Mich., in fine arts studies with a concentration in arts management and visual arts. Regal is a senior in environmental science from Whitmore Lake, Mich. He is also completing an associate's in liberal arts. (Photo by John Shibley)

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WINTER BEGONE – A 14-foot effigy goes up in smoke during Lake Superior State University's annual burning of a snowman to welcome spring. The ceremony, held March 22 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has been going on since 1971. A few hundred students, faculty, and staff attended the event, enjoyed spring daffodils, and munched on three varieties of barbecued Pino's sausage courtesy of LSSU Enactus. (Photo by John Shibley)

A print-resolution photo that runs with this caption can be found by clicking here.




CHILLED FLOWER POWER – Lake Superior State University student Cheryl Wallace is wrapped against a 15°F wind chill during LSSU's annual burning of snowman in effigy, on March 22 in Sault Ste, Marie, Mich. A few hundred students, faculty, and staff attended the event, enjoyed spring daffodils, and munched on three varieties of barbecued Pino's sausage courtesy of LSSU Enactus. The Lake State tradition goes back to 1971 and welcomes spring to the northern hemisphere. Wallace is a junior from Maple, Wisc., majoring in conservation biology. (Photo by John Shibley)

A print-resolution photo that runs with this caption can be found by clicking here.



Click here to download an impressionistic scene of Friday's burn. CAUTION - 42 Mb download!





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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.




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