The second Carniverne attracted many students that left disappointed April 19 at Campus West. The carnival event, stocked with free food trucks and games, was poorly planned. Supplies were limited and underestimated. The Campus Activities Board ran out of cards to be attached to lanyards, given to students upon entry to tally which food ticket lines they entered.
It took 15 minutes to get in due to long lines and a bizarre system was in place to pick up tickets for the food trucks. People were required to line up for dessert tickets before they could line up for regular food tickets. CAB had as many tickets as they did available meals, but since some students did not use all their food tickets, those who came later had to wait longer for food as CAB confirmed the new ticket to meal ratio.
Although there is no way to know exactly how many students will show up, CAB should always plan for the entire student body. Just because all of the food was served, does not mean everyone was able to eat.
Kaitlynn Carmell, freshman criminology major, said she saved her appetite all day to eat from the food trucks at Carniverne. When she arrived, no food was left.
The zip line, a new attraction at the event that students were excited to try, closed early.
Megan Hines, senior broadcast journalism major, said she felt the event was too spread out, making it feel like too many different things were happening at the same time. When she arrived, only funnel cake was available. Nicholas Kharufeh, CAB major events co-chair, said one dessert vendor was more popular, causing one to run out faster than the other.
The sprinklers unexpectedly came on and students managing the event covered them with trash cans, using weights to hold them down.
The highlight of the night was the announcement of this year’s Lavernapalooza performer: Ty Dolla $ign. Some were upset about the false hints ASULV used to make it a guessing game after failing to book an artist in a timely manner.
Usually, students get to vote for performers before the final announcement is made, but this year’s crunch for time required them to choose based on who students picked for past performers.
ASULV can eliminate tension by communicating more information to students more frequently and compensating students’ time and money when events go wrong.