Wolfieland, the Undergraduate Student Government’s newest event, will be the first large-scale carnival to come to Stony Brook University.
The carnival will be held in the SAC parking lot from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sep. 10 and will be free for all students. It will feature food, rides, games and prizes similar to those at amusement parks.
A ferris wheel, Gravitron, bumper cars and mechanical bull are some of the rides that will be featured among many others. The rides will be meant for college students, according to the administrative director of USG, Thomas Kirnbauer.
“The ferris wheel will be taller than the trees, for sure,” Kirnbauer said.
Many campus clubs will host game booths where students can earn tickets to claim prizes. Potential prizes include small to extra-large stuffed animals, t-shirts and MacBook decals. Two life-sized plush tigers and neon pink and blue gorillas can also be won from the games.
“You’ll be able to take your pictures there [at the prize booth] too,” Maximillian Shaps, the vice president of communications and public relations for USG, said.
Deja Vu Dance Troupe, Cadence Step Team and Ballroom Dance are some of the groups that will be performing at the carnival.
Wolfieland was first announced at the end of the Back to the Brook release video on Aug. 27. Jaliel Amador, vice president of student life and programming of USG, posted the video to his personal Youtube and Facebook accounts. On his Facebook post, he credited the video to Brody Hooper, USG’s former vice president of communications and public relations.
Amador proposed the idea to create Wolfieland to USG. Student government officials hope that it will be successful enough to join the list of campus traditions like Brookfest, Roth Regatta and Homecoming that bring Seawolves together. Shaps and Kirnbauer estimate the event will have a turnout of about 3,000 students.
The USG budget is funding this event, and the budget’s revenue mostly comes from the $99.50-per-semester student activity fee paid by each undergraduate student. The event is also made possible by USG’s discontinuing of its annual comedy show due to low turnouts.
“In the past, our comedy shows have not been sell-out shows,” Shaps said. “We thought we could satisfy the student body more with an event like this.”
Mary Ferguson, a sophomore Italian studies major, said she might attend the event.
“It sounds like a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to hang out with your friends, and it’s free.”
The rain date for the event is Saturday, Oct. 1.