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SAC's Fall Festival helps promote student organizations

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Student Cami Bonnie holding a snake from the Reptile Rescue table at the Fall Fest.
Photo by Antonio Solano

Carnival games, giant inflatables, a mechanical pumpkin, painting pumpkins, and pet reptiles were among the activities the Student Association Council (SAC) sponsored at Parker Field on Oct. 19.

The Fall Fest is one of the events SAC organizes for the fall semester. This is the organization's second annual fest; last year, the festival was held as tailgate event.

“The purpose of this event was to have a carnival-themed fall festival for our students, for them to come out and enjoy the fall weather and fellowship together before homecoming week begins,” said Jada Goodman, coordinator of the festival.

Fall Fest as an initiative to engage students and welcome anyone to play with the inflatables, eat free food and enjoy the activities.

With full logistical support from the university, SAC was able to decide where to place the festival. They chose Parker Field because it's a central place for all dorms and it's not far for people to come.

“My main goal is to let students know that we do exist and that the events we are hosting are for you all and student fees are what we host our events off of," Anthony Pulliam, president of SAC said. "We get our funding from student government but that money comes from student fees.”

Another student organizations that had a spot at the festival was the American Chemical Society Student Chapter, also known as Southeast's chemistry club.

SAC members wanted to include off-campus organizations and brands,including CarGo, The Room and even a reptile rescue organization that let students pet snakes and turtles.

All the activities hosted and sponsored by SAC are meant to be for students; the organization has budgets for every activity planned and a schedule for all the upcoming events it will host throughout the semester.

“We usually have at least 20 events each semester. The next big one is the late-night breakfast and a comedy duo,” Pulliam said.

Any student organization can have a place in one of SAC's events to self-promote and inform students about their organizations.

“We wanted to be in the festival because we want to promote chemistry and our club, [and] get people interested even if it's not their major or minor,” said Seth McKee, member of the American Chemical Society.

The next SAC event is the Late Night Breakfast featuring a duo of comedians Brent Pella and Morgan Jay on Nov. 12 at the University Center Ballroom.