Great Lawn Festival

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By Dylan Valic

Features Editor

The Great Lawn Festival, a yearly tradition to kick off the start of the school year for students, featured some new attractions this year. The festival took place on Thursday, Sept. 12 during common hour, and gave students a chance to take a break from their class schedules and enjoy themselves. The festival hosted carnival games, rides, and a live band called Easy Street. Complimentary pretzels, popcorn, and funnel cake were also served.

Some of the new attractions this year included a swing carousel, a human gyroscope thrill ride, and for those who were up for the challenge, a mechanical bull ride. The Great Lawn Festival was hosted by the Students Activities Board, with the help of the Promise Office. “The Students Activities Board works really hard to give the students what they want, things they’re interested in,” said Jesse Meaney, Resident Director & Coordinator for Events & Operations. “So we just take their ideas and we run with them.” Students and staff alike seemed to enjoy the event. “It’s cool that LIU does these things for us,” Shelley Dean, a sophomore musical theater major, said.

“I think it’s great, I think the students are having a lot of fun.” said Julia Pagano, associate director for student involvement. “It really gets students out of the classroom, out of their residence halls, to get involved and get to know each other.”

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