Fifth Annual Carnival West-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Fifth Annual Carnival West-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fifth Annual Carnival West

Carnival livestream and Buggy racing broadcast in 2014, above the "Bandit" buggy donated to CMU-SV by Team Fringe (2000) and alumni Ken Billet, Thomas Sean Kelleher and Scott Ziolko.
Carnival livestream and Buggy racing broadcast in 2014, above the "Bandit" buggy donated to CMU-SV by Team Fringe (2000) and alumni Ken Billet, Thomas Sean Kelleher and Scott Ziolko.

It’s how Carnegie Mellon does spring. The annual Spring Carnival has been a tradition for 101 years in Pittsburgh and for five years in California, with games, booths and celebrations for the CMU community. This year’s Carnival, with the theme “Living Library,” will be held April 16-18 at the main campus with Carnival West on Saturday, April 18.

Chris Zeise, director of Alumni Relations for the Silicon Valley campus, came to CMU-SV from the main campus and was instrumental in bringing Carnival to California. "The Bay Area is home to more than 8,000 Carnegie Mellon alumni, one of the largest concentrations outside of Pittsburgh, and Carnival West is a great way for them to connect with their alma mater and each other," she says.

Buggy is the centerpiece of Carnival in Pittsburgh, and the SV campus will be able to broadcast that morning’s finals. Zeise adds, “we've tweaked this long-standing tradition to accommodate our limited (and flat) space here at NASA Ames.” The Carnival West Buggy Races use Legos and a professionally built wooden ramp, which has been such a hit in the Bay Area that the Spring Carnival Committee has asked about building a Lego track in Pittsburgh this year as well.

Other activities include outdoor games, a photo booth, Scottish country dancing led by the South Bay Scottish Society and the popular egg-drop engineering contest. The Silicon Valley fence, donated by the SV Class of 2008, will be primed and ready for a new Carnival-themed paint job (no camping out required).

This year marks the debut of Carnival Quest, a series of challenges for participants to complete for a chance to enter a raffle for CMU gear and prizes. Also, to celebrate the 2015 Carnival theme, there will be a book exchange table for children's books and adult fiction and novels.

Attendance and parking are free; a valid government-issued photo ID is required to enter the facility. Tickets are required for lunch — register online to pre-purchase meals for adults and children. A limited number of tickets will be available on site. Proceeds from snack sales will be donated to Share Literacy.

Event Details

Current SV students, alumni, friends and families are welcome to attend; register online soon, as space may be limited. Alumni are also encouraged to volunteer; contact Chris Zeise.