CMU’s centennial celebration comes to California with Carnival West, April 12-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, March 7, 2014

CMU’s centennial celebration comes to California with Carnival West, April 12

This year is a huge milestone for Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Spring Carnival — the 100th anniversary, celebrating the “Best of the Best” from a century of Tartan traditions. West Coast students and alumni can join the celebration at the 4th annual Carnival West, beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus in Moffett Field.

The three-day Spring Carnival is Carnegie Mellon’s oldest tradition, with rides, creative booths, performances and contests. Chris Zeise, director of admissions for Software Management and Alumni Relations for the Silicon Valley campus, says this is an especially great experience for CMU alumni who can’t get back to Pittsburgh to “extend the celebration.”

Carnival West will have food, outdoor games, and contests, including the Annual Egg Drop Challenge, a classic event particularly popular with engineering alumni. Teams use a bag of provided supplies to build a holder to protect a raw egg from drops of various heights. The surviving egg(s) will win accolades and a few small prizes.

The Silicon Valley campus Class of 2008 donated a miniature version of Pittsburgh’s famous fence, installed behind Building 23. Most recently decorated to welcome the university’s new president, Subra Suresh, the fence will be primed and ready for a new Carnival-themed paint job.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Carnival without Buggy! The Silicon Valley campus Buggy Race features a build-your-own Lego buggy and a professionally built wooden ramp for the contest. CMU-SV is also proud to have on display the winning "Bandit" buggy donated by Team Fringe (2000) and alumni Ken Billet, Thomas Sean Kelleher and Scott Ziolko.

The South Bay Scottish Society will also offer lessons in traditional highland and Scottish country dancing, and gifts and apparel from the CMU bookstore in Pittsburgh will be available for purchase.

Zeise added that the campus will again collect donations at Carnival to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. There will be a barrel for canned goods and food donations, and proceeds from game tickets and snacks (cotton candy and popcorn) will also go to Second Harvest.

Event Details

Current SV students, alumni, friends and families are welcome to attend; register online by April 1. Alumni are also encouraged to volunteer; contact Chris Zeise.