Twas the time of the year, already seven weeks into the semester. Despite the unusually mild autumn, we are in the midst of the autumn season. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, with its comfortable weather, picturesque landscapes of the changing leaves (the type that one would need to resist the urge to not spam social media, Instagram with all the pictures), and of course, fall goodies like apple cider and pumpkin pie. However, back to the CMU reality, this time is also the time of many stressors, with exams, career fairs, and flu weather. As an undergrad and Resident Assistant I especially know. As a result, fall can be said to be a love-hate season for many.
But every year around this time there’s Family Weekend. It is a time where parents and family can visit the students and refuel them. From the football game to the annual Activities Board (AB) Chili Cook-off, there’s also lots of reflective and fun activities put on by the University and many student organizations. And this year in particular is even more special because of the 50th year of Carnegie Mellon – celebrating the merging of Carnegie Institute of Technology and Mellon Institute of Science.
It felt a little like Spring Carnival had came early, but on a smaller scale. There were bounce houses on the Cut, Apple Fest hosted by Dining Services at the Merson Courtyard, T-shirt giveaways, and free samples from Tazza D’Oro and La Prima. Along the East-West Walkway is a Marketplace of booths from different organizations with lots of fun and festival. In the Legacy Plaza there were student performances and a photobooth for family and friends to capture the moment. The Andrew Carnegie impersonator and Scotty mascot were also present. Carnegie even stopped by the Peer Health Advocates (PHA) booth and played some PHA pong, raising awareness for healthy drinking. Many faces from University leadership, including interim President Farnam Jahanian and Dean of Student Affairs Gina Casalegno, were present throughout the day as well. It was also beautiful, sunny and clear skies, Instagram and Facebook were exploding with all the pictures, dubbed with #ScottySaturday. There were couple prospective student campus tours as well. For a while I even worried if it might be too misleading of what campus is like to the prospectives on the tour…
Finally, the festivities closed out with a solid win 42-27 over Geneva by the “Tartathletes” and reveal of the theme of Carnival. As Scotty Saturday and family weekend wrap up, good luck all to a strong rest of the semester. And look out for even more fun on November 11 during Homecoming weekend to celebrate #cmu50 while CMU football hosts rival Case Western. Hopefully the rest of the semester and the year will turn out to be as exciting and mysterious as Myths and Legends – the theme for Carnival 2018.