Cardinal Carnival provides fun in the sun

By Marc Trevino
The smell of churros, Frito pies and popcorn filled the air and parking lot near Anne Barshop Natatorium for the 2011 Cardinal Carnival in celebration of Incarnate Word Day.
“We wanted to go really big with this event,” Campus Activities Board President Caroline Garcia said about the carnival. “This is something CAB has worked very hard on all semester, and personally my favorite event to put on.”
If you had your fill of sweets and junk food, the carnival also offered several activities, attractions, and rides to entertain students. A dunking tank, trampoline bounce, and rock wall, were among the attractions CAB provided for UIW students.
Classmates had a chance to dunk their friends in water at the dunk tank throw game. Students used this as a chance to have fun with their friends, while cooling down on a hot afternoon.
“I just got dunked by one of my friends,” said Laura Molinar. “It actually felt pretty nice getting in the water, but I don’t want to do it again. It’s my turn now.”
Students enjoyed music provided by KUIW’s DJ Oscar for the first part of the event before Fareview, a local band, closed out the afternoon with some of their rocking riffs.
Fareview used this as an opportunity to not only entertain students, but also gain some new fans from the university. The group showcased its new material and passed out demos of its new album, which comes out in June.
“It was a lot of fun playing this show,” said Fareview vocalist Tim Lapoint. “This just gives us a chance to play in a different setting in front of a new crowd, not to mention, the free churros too.”
Students and faculty were spotted throughout the parking lot, enjoying all of the activities set up by several local vendors. Cardinal Carnival was used to both celebrate Incarnate Word Day, and bring together the student body for some school spirit. This will be the last chance for many students to enjoy free festivities on campus before the rigors of finals kick in and graduation day for seniors.
“I really love being out here,” said Clarissa Rodriguez, a communication arts major. “It’s nice to get away from the classroom every once in a while. This is the last time I get to go to a UIW event on campus, so I’m glad this one is so much fun.”
As another Cardinal Carnival has come and gone, it leaves students and faculty thinking toward next year’s event and what surprises await them.
“We’re already thinking about how were going to make next year even bigger,” Garcia said. “CAB will always try and out do itself every year so that students keep coming back to events and having a good time.”

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