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Pirates host orientation carnival

The temperature topped 100 degrees Friday for the Leopards of the Caribbean Carnival held in Ortmayer Stadium. Matt Johnson, Brandon Sankey and Joseph Valenzuela all did their best in the watermelon-eating contest, sponsored by the Office of Student Life. The carnival included kettle corn, cotton candy and activities such as water tag, spin art and a pirate ship slide. / photo by Jakeh Landrum

Christina Collins Burton
Staff Writer

Students awaited the beginning of the “Leopards of the Caribbean Carnival” as ASULV set up red and white striped tents at the Ortmayer Athletic Complex for the orientation week finale Sept. 3.

As a proper send-off for the events of the week, the day started out sunny and warm as students from all classes began to arrive at the carnival.

“The carnival gets the freshmen involved and gets the different classes together,” said Alex Stuart, sophomore.

“Stuff like this allows the freshmen to see more to college life than just dorming,” he said.

The highlight of the carnival was the watermelon-eating contest.

Many students gathered around to cheer on classmates who ate through four slices of seedless watermelon all vying for the winning title.

“I feel like I’m pregnant,” said Matt Dominguez, the winner of the first round of the contest.

“I participated to support CAB and for a really good prize.”

Dominguez won $25 gift certificates to both Chili’s and Regal Movie Theaters.

Game booths, ranging from a strength test to a golf challenge, offered a random test of skill for those who were up to the challenge.

“I have an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift,” said Michael Lindsey, a senior who was working the milk can toss booth.

Lindsey monitored the participants and rewarded those who knocked down the cans with candy.

“There have been maybe about 10 groups of people and the booth is pretty popular,” Lindsey said.

As students rounded the booths, they were met with the sweet smells of kettle corn and cotton candy.

A special tent hosting the ASULV students offered free T-shirts, balloon animals and hats offered as parting gifts for any student that came to visit.

Art booths were also set up to help students remember the day with a twist of creativity.

Adam Alvarez, sophomore, tried his hand at the spin art that ASULV hosted in one section of the carnival.

The spin art booth offered eight colors to choose from and a booth worker was on hand to help explain the process of spin art. Many students walked away with beautiful creations.

Students had the chance to add flare to the carnival by getting their face painted.

The participating students had a range of art to choose from, that the artists painted on any part of the body instead of just the face.

A photo booth, with a choice of six backgrounds, was set up in the center of the carnival let groups of people could add a snapshot memory to their day for free.

Jake’s Roadhouse offered a lunch of old fashion barbecue for all attending students.

The menu consisted of chicken and ribs, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and baked beans.

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