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Wolfieland entertains students with rides, games, prizes and tasty food

The Wolfieland carnival in the Student Activities Center parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 7. The night featured games, rides like the Gravitron, and vendor trucks. JUSTIN GOODRIDGE/THE STATESMAN

The annual Wolfieland carnival was a crowd-pleasing success. This year’s signature event took place on the night of Sept. 7 and brought Stony Brook students together for a night of loud and exciting entertainment.

Junior health science major, Andre Minueza, thought the carnival was much better this year. When asked if he thought the carnival was better this year, Minueza said, “It is! I see that they brought more things this year … It’s good — more rides, more small games to play … It’s better,” he said. “I would hope they’d be [better], if they wanted to charge five dollars instead of three dollars like last year.”

The Gravitron ride seemed to be a favorite among students, including junior biology and psychology double major, Chris Mayer. When asked what his favorite ride at the carnival was, he said, “Definitely the Gravitron. I had a great time on that one!” 

With vendor trucks lined up along the north side of the lot, students had a plethora of choices: bubble tea, snow cones, popcorn, french fries, burritos, hotdogs, chicken tenders, cotton candy … the list goes on. 

Minueza had bubble tea from Chatime and enjoyed it; meanwhile,  Mayer and his friend, Dianna Shivack — a junior chemistry major — ate from the Tex Mex truck and recommended their food. 

Freshman biology and chemistry double major, Hanna Gardella, agreed and said the Tex Mex was “really good and fresh.”

There was “the perfect blend” of R&B, pop and throwback music blasting all night, according to Xenia Gonikberg, a freshman journalism major. Her friend, freshman psychology major, Roma Kidambi, chimed in to agree: “Yes! The music is really great!” Plenty of students sang along to their favorite songs while walking around the lot. 

Although there were plenty of positive comments regarding Wolfieland, some students still suggest changes to the Undergraduate Student Government. Sophomore friends, Sandy Habashi, a pre-med and bio double major and Doris Aguilar, a psychology major, agree that there could be “more rides.” Sandy thinks that adding more rides to the lot next year could offset the issue of long lines.

Another student who believes adding rides would be beneficial to the carnival is Isabelle Gozdyra, a freshman biology major. Gozdyra says she would “add rides to change the wait [in the lines.]” Gonikberg agrees and suggests maybe a “fast pass” upgrade for those willing to pay more. 

There were numerous booths spread out among the lot, and some of the games included ring toss, high striker, ladder toss and waterworks shootout. Students who won games at the booths cashed in their tickets for various prizes.

Overall most students considered this a success.  Kidambi said it was a great way to “show some school spirit,” and Gardella said it “was a fun way to get out.”

Judging from these comments and enthusiastic responses, many students agreed that Wolfieland 2019 was better than last year, and should stay a Stony Brook September tradition.

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