Despite the echo of thunderstorms, the sound of 2000s-era pop hits filled the air at the first ever Drew Carnival on Wednesday, Oct. 16 . The 1867 Lounge in the E.C. was occupied by corn hole, paper airplanes, ring toss and a makeshift photo booth.
Members of Drew University’s Student Alumni Association (SAA) organized the carnival, which was comprised of a series of games and tables headed by several student-run organizations. The SAA kicked off their first event of the school year as a way to bring students together and encourage student donations.
President of SAA Brynne Growney (‘21) said one of the main goals of the club is to broadcast that student donations and fundraising can help fund the class of 2020 senior gift.
“Donating doesn’t have to be $500 thousand for building a new gym. A donation can even be $10, the price of a Chipotle burrito,” said Growney. “It’s still cool to be donating back to your school. Think about what you would like other people to do for your class year.”
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Unfortunately, the 2019-20 school year has provided the SAA with a few challenges. With both a new advisor and a new executive board, Growney said the club has been focused on rebuilding itself. “Since everyone is kinda new this year, it was a little nerve wracking in the beginning just because no one knew what to expect,” she explained. Despite these turmoils, Growney stated that the carnival had an unexpectedly good turn-out. “We really pulled together as a group and I think the inexperience has almost made us stronger. Everyone is so willing to support everyone else.”
Various clubs rallied around the SAA to help make the carnival possible. The carnival was tabled by groups such as the Black Student Union (BSU), Drew Pagan Society and the Residence Hall Association (RHA), just to name a few. RHA advertised by offering free shirts to anyone that could successfully launch a paper airplane. BSU ran a game of cornhole to spread awareness about their inclusivity. The Pagan Society set up a table filled with candles and tarot card readings to provide a quick glimpse into some aspects of the club.
Despite the differing natures of the clubs and organizations present, each sought to bring together the school-wide community in a fun environment.