Carnival Spirit Fills Great Lawn as Students and Alums Celebrate Spring

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Great Lawn of St. John’s Queens, NY, campus came alive with activity as the University recently hosted two of its annual celebrations–Spring Fling and the Alumni Great Lawn Party. 

Taking full advantage of the blue skies and abundant sunshine, nearly 3,600 students, faculty, and staff flocked to the lawn on April 25 to enjoy a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, games of chance, and food that transformed St. John’s into a carnival-like setting.

“Everybody had a great time,” said Bianca Latragna ’17C. “It was amazing to see all the rides set up on the Great Lawn. I couldn’t wait to get on the bumper cars.”

On April 26, the heart of the Queens campus was the site of another St. John’s tradition as graduates and their families attended the Sixth Annual Alumni Great Lawn Party. Nearly 2,000 guests of the University enjoyed rides, food, and, above all, the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and old friends. “I have a great time every year, and so do my two boys,” said Jonathan Dill ’88Ed. “They love the rides, not to mention the unlimited cotton candy.”

View Photo Galleries for the Spring Fling and the Alumni Great Lawn Party

Spring Week activities unofficially began on April 22 with the University’s Earth Fest. Sponsored by the Earth Club and Students for Global Justice, the event featured a farmers market, vegan food and smoothies, a composting workshop, recycled arts and crafts, and more.

“Spring Week is one of the most popular events at St. John’s,” said Jodi Cox ’98C, ’02G, director of Campus Life. “It’s a great way for students to welcome the season and have some fun before their finals begin on May 7.”

The official Spring Week kick-off took place on April 23, with a field day-style celebration on the plaza in front of the D’Angelo Center. The event included a barbeque, an obstacle course, tug-of-war, and a giant game of Jenga.

On Saturday evening, some of St. John’s most talented performers participated in “Battle of the Voices,” a singing competition held in Carnesecca Arena. Spring Week concluded on Sunday, with the Campus Movie Fest Finale.

“Spring Week is an event that so many of our students look forward to,” said Mary Rizzo ’14CPS, president of the Student Programming Board. “It’s a wonderful way to cap off another great academic year.”