Sigma ChIgloo by Gabe B. '13
MIT Fraternity brothers engineer a 10 foot igloo while relaxing in Maine
Brothers of MIT Sigma Chi retreat to Maine from Thursday -> Sunday. Here’s (most of) what happened
As I was assembling this blog post, my roommate Mike ’13 and I did a quick calculation. Approximating the igloo we built as a half sphere with an inner radius of 7 feet and an outer radius of 8 feet, we found that almost 13 cubic meters of snow were used in the construction.
If the density of snow is about 1/5th that of water (which we conjectured based solely on a quick internet query and are not 100% sure about), then the igloo weighs about 2,500 kilograms, or well over 5,000 pounds. Now who said MIT kids never hit the gym?
Please comment below if you think we’re dead wrong on the calculation, or if you have any ideas for how to approximate better. Now that the math is out of the way, let’s move on to the pictures…
John ’11 gets serious with the snow
Scott ’12 jumps on what he thought was a grenade
but quickly realizes it’s just snow!
Steve ’12 and Peter ’13 struggle to play tetherball in two feet of fresh powder
Peter ’13 smiles as he (as it appears) pulls every muscle in his back (He’s fine, actually)
Jordan ’12 tries to become one with the igloo
Steve ’12 tries in his own way…
…and is successful. Steve is stoked for his pending relationship
Brothers greet the late-comers with a barrage of snowballs. Many athletes arrived late due to practice schedules
Chris ’15 attempts to bring a block of igloo back home to Boston but becomes decidedly less stoked when his pow pow only lasts for a couple hours…
Brothers begin to congregate inside as the structure nears completion
Colin ’15 realizes he’s not in Hawaii anymore
Austin ’15 jumps off the balcony. The 2nd floor balcony. TFM
Frozen and feeble after a long day of labor, John ’11 emerges from his icy creation
George ’15 makes it rain on Austin ’15 and Jordan ’12 as the two attempt to put the finishing touches on the igloo
Here’s our creation.
To be honest, not much studying took place last weekend. But sometimes that’s just what we need as we challenge ourselves through college. A weekend with just the boys, away from the noises, lights and concrete of Boston. We shared a renewed sense of brotherhood and friendship while forging great memories that will endure far beyond the knowledge obtained in much of our curriculum.