By Rickey Miller
It’s that time of the year again –that’s right, it’s time for Fall Fest 2015. This Friday is one of the most anticipated on-campus events of the year. Fall Fest is a time where LSU Tigers can join together for a good time, make memorable moments, and hopefully make new friends.
So why exactly does LSU have a Fall Fest? Associate Director of Campus Life, Margo Jolet explains:
“Fall Fest helps students connect to LSU and feel supported at the institution, whether by learning about campus resources available, by meeting new friends, and/or by celebrating the Tiger spirit,” she said. “Fall Fest is really a big celebration of what it means to Love Purple and Live Gold—it’s all the spirit we love about LSU and a showcase of the exceptional work of lots of campus academic departments.”
As far what you can expect this year – well, Jolet says you can expect “all the traditional entertainment”. Entertainment will include: Mike the Tiger, Golden Band from Tigerland, LSU Tiger Girls, and the LSU cheerleader. She says the only minor change students can expect this year verses previous years is instead of the Tiger Band kicking off the show, they will perform at noon. This way more students are able to see the performance.
Jolet also states that school officials like Student Government President, Andrew Mahtook will be in attendance and hopefully a few special guests from Athletics.
Another special change students can expect is the mixed yard show. “[The] Mixed yard show that has more to see and experience than our usual Greek acts. Now also featuring solo and group music and dance performances, some by student organizations students can join,” She says.
Among the people who are directly involved in this year’s Fall Fest, is 2015 Miss LSU-USA – Ashley Barbier. The 22 years-old recent graduate shares her excitement to be a part of the event.
“I am the LSU ring ambassador. I present students with their rings during the ring ceremony. [At Fall Fest] I will be speaking to students about the LSU rings with Mike The Tiger. I will be sharing what the ring symbolizes and why it is important,” she says.
Barbier continues by expressing that the LSU rings are important because it reminds students of their experiences at LSU. She also says that she has discovered that the ring is also a good conversation starter when meeting new people. Barbier says another reason she is looking forward to Fall Fest is because of the amazing vendors that will be there. When asked what she was most excited to do and see at Fall Fest she stated, “Honestly the free food, all of the vendors will be there. They have good food.”
So, what foods and vendors can you expect? According to Jolet, “Traditional burgers and dogs, chips, and lots of Coca-cola products, but also popsicles, Monster Energy, Core Power, and Dairy Store Ice Cream.”
Fall Fest will begin at 11 and end around 2 p.m. There will be tons of giveaways and some fun games for students to participate. Jolet says events like this would not be possible without the support of sponsors like American Campus Communities/BatonROugeStudentLiving.com, Campus Federal Credit Union, Coca-Cola, Raising Canes Chicken Fingers, and Sterling Burbank.
To say the least this event will be fun-packed and one you don’t want to miss!