CAC board to host new Fallfest event next month
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012 23:10
The Campus Activities Council (CAC) board responsible for bringing the popular East Quad carnival known as Springfest to campus is hard at work planning a second program to offer Miami Students.
According to junior Stephanie Satrape, co-chair of the programming board, a new event known as Fallfest will debut next month. Its counterpart, Springfest, has been well-received by the student population in the past, leading the committee to add this new event.
“Taking a break from classes to head to a carnival never gets old,” junior Carter Beil, who has attended Springfest the past two years said. “If a Fallfest were offered as well, I wouldn’t have to wait all year to enjoy free festivities.”
Fallfest will be structured similarly to Springfest in the sense that it will last three days, but it won’t offer the exact same attractions Springfest does and will be a smaller-scale event.
“It’s not exactly a carnival, but will include activities that remind you of fall,” Satrape said. “Think caramel apples, Thanksgiving, pumpkins; very fall festivities-oriented…it will be different from anything Miami has ever seen.”
While the board is expanding programming, its budget remains the same, according to director of Campus Activities Council EJ Corporan. Although they won’t be receiving additional funding, Corporan said no part of Springfest will be sacrificed because of the addition of Fallfest.
“It just means re-allocating where the money goes, making a little bit of change and less frivolous spending,” Corporan said. “My thought process is that by giving [the Springfest board] more events, they will automatically budget more responsibly.”
Satrape and her team decided to use their money more wisely this year than in years past so that they could offer this new attraction to students. Satrape said that Springfest receives $30,000 each year, $10,000 of which will be used for Fallfest.
“Instead of buying more for the one event, we wanted to have more programming for the money we receive,” Satrape said. “It is student fees, and want to give back to the student body as much as possible.”
The board, currently known as Springfest board, will be changing its name in the near future to encompass both fests and a potential Winterfest down the road, according to Satrape.
“To say ‘Springfest Board presents Fallfest’ just sounds weird,” Satrape said.
Fallfest is scheduled for Nov. 13-15 and like Springfest, will offer different kinds of entertainment each day.
“Tuesday, we’ll offer some kind of interactive pass-out publicizing the event,” Satrape said. “Wednesday won’t quite be a pass out, but something you’d be able to participate [in] on [the] way to class, and Thursday will be the main event.”
The location is yet to be determined as details are being finalized.