Annual Winter Carnival helps promote campus unity

On Saturday, February 21, the Office of the President, Divisions of Student Life and Administration, and the Rensselaer Union held their sixth annual Winter Carnival from 12–9 pm at the East Campus Athletic Village. This year’s theme was AVALANCHE and featured a number of winter related activities.

Inside ECAV, inflatable games such as an obstacle course, maze, and wrecking ball “duel” were offered. In addition, from 11–3 pm, the “Tundra Spirits” sled dog team sled around Harkness Field, and carnival goers were allowed to pet the dogs in between runs. In tents in front of the stadium, free food and music were offered.

Additionally, clubs and Greek organizations ran carnival games. Carnival guests were able to play games, such as ring toss, Nerf sharpshooter, and plinko, to win tickets. Tickets could be traded in on the first floor of ECAV for avalanche themed t-shirts and blankets. They could also be used to enter raffles to win a TV and Keurig, among other prizes. The winners were announced during intermission at the women’s hockey game against Colgate University, which began at 4 pm; attendance was required to receive the raffle prizes. Following the match, the Houston Field House held an open skate to end the Winter Carnival from 7–9 pm. Many students came out to skate with friends with music from WRPI and special colorful lighting overhead.

“I think the carnival was very successful, even with all the wind. A lot of people showed up and seemed to have a great time. Even though I couldn’t participate because I had a ‘very important puck’ responsibility to fulfill, I still had a great time and look forward to planning next year’s winter carnival,” stated Jonathan Yax ’17.

“Despite the biting cold and snow,” said Amy Kong ’17, “the Winter Carnival was very enjoyable.”

Held annually, the Winter Carnival promotes tradition and campus culture from its involvement of most of the student body clubs and organizations. For more information on the Winter Carnival or future Union events, visit