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MACKtober Fest Success

fall2By: Lawrence Williams ‘15

Staff writer

A cool fall day, with music, food and beer can put anyone in a great mood. On October 25th, MACKtober Fest was just the event to prove this.

Merrimack Programming Board teamed up with Relay for Life to host Merrimack’s first fall festival. Macktober fest offered a chance for students to come out and enjoy themselves while supporting a good cause. The Relay for Life team lead the event with a corn hole tournament. All the proceeds from this tournament went to the fight against cancer. Alongside the corn hole games, there were other activities such as antique photos, pumpkin painting, and caricatures. The food included tasty items such as fried dough, fried Oreos, loaded fries, cotton candy, pulled pork sliders, and hot and cold cider. All of this fun was supplemented by a live acoustic band by the name of The Gentlemen’s Outfit. Students of age were able to wash down all the excitement with a nice cold brew from the beer truck.

“It was one of the best events MPB organized”, said Junior Molly Farrell. The event turned out to be a huge hit amongst students and staff.

The students enjoyed themselves and the free giveaways as the leaves changed colors and the band changed tunes. MPB plans on continuing to provide students with fun events to attend and encourages that all students come out and enjoy these moments. “MPB is made up of students and they want to see events and programs that their fellow peers will enjoy”, said Laurel Kazanjian, Office of Student Involvement graduate fellow and MPB’s Adviser. Such events on campus usually go unnoticed and lack in the number of participants but hopefully, MACKtober fest is a sign of changes to come. Jenna Coviello, one of MPB’s concert chairs stated, “Everything that we plan and work so hard on is for the benefit of students. I’ve really loved hearing the overwhelming positive response that has come with MACKtober fest”. It is clear that the campus loved the successful fall festival that was organized for the students, leaving MPB aware of this excitement.

More events are soon to come and could be found on the informational calendar known as the “TP Times.” All students are encouraged to give feedback and ideas to the Merrimack Programming Board either by tweeting to @MPBTweets, emailing MPB@Merrimack.edu or attending a meeting in Meeting Room B of the Sakowich Campus Center on Thursdays at 7:00pm.


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