Bonfires start new campus tradition

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By Andrea Jorge

A new bonfire tradition was established at this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration. Based off the old tradition of having a bonfire, this event included a group of nine fire pits arranged in a “U” shape on Alexander Field.

Called the “S’more Fire Pit Cookout,” the event was originally scheduled for Friday night.  Due to the rain, the event was rescheduled to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Along with the fire pits and s’mores, there were two bounce houses  on Alexander Field for younger children.  There were also tables for guests to decorate pumpkins.

According to Mike Hilton of Campus Safety, who helped organized the event, the pits were purchased at Lowe’s. “Unfortunately under the city code and New York State environmental conservation law, fire pits of the past are no longer permitted,” Hilton said.

[pullquote]“This year, we wanted to get the students more involved and increase school spirit with a pep rally.”Ashley Boland, Associate Director of Alumni Relations[/pullquote]

The event was organized and sponsored by Alumni Relations. “This year we wanted to get the students more involved and increase school spirit with a pep rally, and the next logical step was a bonfire,” Associate Director of Alumni Relations Ashley Boland said. “With the help of Mike Hilton and an in-depth look at the fire codes in Schenectady, we realized that we would be able to use fire pits for the purpose of cooking.”

The fire pits were predominantly used by families making s’mores before the football game and during halftime.

Alexa Campbell ‘13 brought her family to the fire pits to make s’mores.  “I enjoyed making s’mores with my family at the fire pits,” Campbell said.  “I know they didn’t have this event last year at Homecoming weekend, but I think it was a really good idea.”

Unfortunately, due to the last minute change in date, a lot of students on campus were not informed about the event.

“I walked by the field and saw something going on, but I didn’t know what it was.  When I asked my friends, they didn’t know either.  It would have been great to know what the fire pits were for,” said Jenna Langhans ‘13.

Ultimately, Homecoming weekend was a success with over 1,200 pre-registered parents and alumni.  The whole weekend was jam packed with fun events for family and friends to thoroughly enjoy.

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