UPB hopes for less line traffic with 2-day Carnival

Late Nite Carnival organizers anticipate that extending the event to two days this year will get rid of the long lines students normally spend hours waiting in.

In the past, students have complained about the long lines and how long the wait can be. This year, however, organizers for the Carnival said students will be offered plenty of opportunities so they will not spend most of their time waiting in line for rides.

The Carnival, which will run in the north commuter lot Friday and Saturday, will feature 15 rides and 10 games.

Dillon Kimmel, vice president of marketing for the University Program Board, said last year UPB and Late Nite organizers expanded the size of the Carnival so students wouldn't have as many problems with long lines.

"It's always something we're working on, and we understand that students sometimes get frustrated with those long lines," he said. "But they also need to understand that we offer them opportunities to avoid that."

Other activities will be offered to divert traffic build-up and lines that snake around the parking lot. These activities include face painting, caricatures, free food and live performances.

Junior psychology major Jerae' Wise has attended the Carnival the past two years and said the long lines depend on the popularity of a ride.

"[I would] say for the bigger [rides] the lines are long," she said. "But [there is] still so much to do, like listen to music and eat and just hang out with your friends and everything like that."

Kimmel said organizers have tried to alleviate long lines for the Carnival by having students preregister for the event. He said that by preregistering, students will not only reduce the length of lines at entrances, but it will also allow them to get in faster.

Organizers also plan to cut down on long lines by including four entrances and extending the event for another day as opposed to running the Carnival for one day as it had in past years.

"The idea of breaking [the Carnival] into two days was mainly just to give students more of an opportunity to attend the Carnival and more of an opportunity to participate in it," Kimmel said.

Sophomore English education major Michael King said having the Carnival running for two days will bring more attention to Ball State's campus.

"I think it's going to be really interesting to see how it plays out, especially with it being open to the Muncie public and seeing what kind of people come to Ball State," King said. "I think it's good exposure for the campus."

Sophomore psychology major Philip Hammer said having the Carnival split into two days is a good idea because students can enjoy more of the Carnival than they would in just one day's time.

After listening to requests of students and focusing on ways to stop guests from growing impatient for rides, Kimmel said he hopes the changes they have made will help avoid congestion at the Carnival.


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