This past weekend, eight Boothies descended upon Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, to partake in the 32nd annual Tuck Winter Carnival (TWC). The event brought in over 300 non-Tuck MBA students from all over the country and provided for a weekend of costumes, competition, camaraderie, and revelry. For those of you who do not know about this prestigious event, it is claimed by many attendees to be one of the best weekends of their MBA experience.
The two-day event kicked off on Friday on campus with hot chocolate, pond hockey, and ice skating on Dartmouth’s frozen Occum Pond. The evening featured an ‘80s après ski-themed party and a vintage ski gear auction. The Boothies represented well wearing full length, neon ski onesies to the indoor event.
On Saturday morning, the ski racing competition took place at the Dartmouth Skiway – Dartmouth’s own ski slope just a short drive from campus. Each school designated six team members as their racing representatives. The competition was fierce with many former Division I and nationally ranked skiers showing off their skills. While a competitive event, most did not take themselves too seriously. Most skiiers donned their cactus and cow onesies, Hawaiian grass skirts, and dinosaur heads as they made their way down the icy slalom course. Booth’s team was lead with some fast times by second year Pat MacDonnell and first years Santiago Nieto and Greg D’Alessandro.
The Saturday evening activities began with a ceremony dinner for the weekend’s racers. Not surprisingly, the Dartmouth team took home both the individual and team prizes. While the Booth racers put up a good fight, their team score was not enough to get on the podium.
Following the dinner and kicking off the final night of mechanical bull riding, mini-golf, school competitions, and a Tuck band performance, a group of Tuck students and budding comedians led a roast of the attending schools. While Carnegie Mellon and HBS took the brunt of the harassment, the Tuck comedians targeted Booth for its supposed namesake John Wilkes Booth and their “lack of personalities”. Clearly uninformed.
We had a blast at the 32nd annual Tuck Winter Carnival. While it has not traditionally been a big Booth event given our two big ski trips, we hope to have a stronger showing next year and make it a Booth staple. It is a fantastic weekend and a perfect place to build friendships with your fellow Booth classmates and MBA students from around the country.