MTU students get a taste of downtown

HOUGHTON – Both new and returning Michigan Tech University students got a chance to see what Houghton has to offer during Saturday’s Afternoon on the Town.

About 60 organizations had signed up, including campus groups, local businesses and non-profits, said Joe Cooper, director of student activities at Tech. He estimated about 1,000 students had turned out by 3 p.m.

“We actually have some returning students who come back out, because they enjoyed it so much last year,” he said.

This is the second year for the event, which combines the Taste of Downtown Houghton and Community Expo, both formerly offered during student orientation.

“Instead of splitting our resources and having confusion, we thought, ‘Let’s do it in one day,'” Cooper said. “It turns out to be a fantastic way to introduce our first-year students to Houghton and the surrounding community.”