Fall Fest
Students Amanda Pecorella and John Chiaia at the Late Knight Fall Fest. (Photo by Daneil McLaughlin)

by Anthony Krueger

NEWBURGH, NY— Mount Saint Mary College students met on the Kaplan Sod Field late Friday, September 20th for an event co-sponsored by Student Activities Council and Residence Life.

Fall Fest was the first in a series of three late night activities that will take place throughout the fall semester provided through the two departments.

The night began at 10pm, giving the event the title of “late night.” Late nights are special events, because Student Activities and Residence Life come together as one to provide students with activities that serve as alternatives to the typical night life at the Mount.

One of the Resident Assistants (RA) involved in hosting the event, Katrina Avila, gave us her take on the night as it progressed. Avila thought, “the weather was perfect for an outdoor fall-themed event and we had a really good turnout.”

With sweaters and hot cider in hand, students gathered to take part in the night’s events.

If one were to walk by the field, they would have seen a variety of activities and food offered completely free of charge.

Students poured into the bouncy house in number, smiling and jumping with laughter. One student, Geraldine Yniguez, offered up her experience: “It was so much fun. My friend Ryan recorded a slow motion video, so my friend Lauren and I were able to do a toe touch.”

Other things on the field included pumpkin decorating, a DJ, arts and crafts, make your own s’mores, Kan Jam, Cornhole, donut on a string, and a game in which students had to find the candy in a haystack.

Russ Pagano, another RA, was happy to see so many of his fellow students show up to the first late night event of the semester. According to Pagano, everything laid out for the night worked out well and provided his fellow classmates with enough to pass the time.

The most important thing for any event is the venue. The amount of space for activities and room for people to move around is very important. To this idea, Russ said, “All the activities were spread out enough.”

As the last s’more was made and the haystacks were collected, those working the event took a moment to reflect on the success of the night.

When the night came to a close the Vice President of Student Activities, Nicole Havrilla, was quite calm. There seemed to be no craziness as the clean-up process started. Everyone there to help worked together as a team to get the job done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

With trips back and forth to the Knight Spot to put some of the games away and with the bouncy house being rolled up and being stuffed back into the van it came from, it seemed safe to say that the night would be one to remember.

Havrilla had only one thing to say: “I was happy to see such a tremendous turnout and excited to help make so many s’mores throughout the night.”

For anyone who missed or even attended Fall Fest, there is more to come from Student Activities and Residence Life. Be sure to check the school’s calendar and look out for two more late nights to occur this semester. The next is Kickin’ It in Kaplan and will be on Friday, October 11th at 10 pm in Kaplan. The final late night event of the semester is Headphone Disco on Saturday, November 2nd at 10 pm in the Hudson Auditorium.

That’s all there is for now. If you attend either of the future late night events, feel free to find me and provide me with a quote of your experience.