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SJU glides into Winter Carnival


With Thanksgiving break coming to an end, the holiday season arrives in full swing at the University with the opening of the 23rd annual Winter Carnival.

The week-long spread of festival activities began on Dec. 2 with the ice-skating trip to Bryant Park run by Student Government, Inc.


Elizabeth Sheehan, president of SGI, said that the ice-skating trip was a chance for students to experience metropolitan life in an iconic setting such as Bryant Park.

“Ice-skating is one of those things that’s a typical holiday experience,” Sheehan said. “Some students have never had the chance before.”

By reserving a spot at the Campus Concierge, starting from Nov. 26, students were granted VIP late night skating access at the popular rink,including immediate access to the park.


With finals right around the corner, SGI saw it fit to give the students the opportunity to step away from any forming stress and enjoy a fun night outdoors.

Paige Band, co-chair of Red Storm’s School Spirit Committee, enjoyed the idea of the winter getaway.

“It’s fun to hang out and joke around with friends,” she said.

The two-hour experience easily became three as all who attended stayed until closing time.

“Student Government has a lot of opportunities to offer for St. John’s students,” Sheehan said. “Tonight was a night to enjoy and just have fun.”

She further encouraged students to be a part of and enjoy the festivities planned for this holiday season.

The remnants of Winter Carnival are as follows:

The “Festival of Lights,” which celebrates all religious winter holidays observed by students at the University on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Celebrations continue at DAC After Dark with a chance to decorate holiday cupcakes on Thursday, Dec. 5 and a treat of hot chocolate, baked goods and student performers on Friday, Dec. 6 at Sodano Coffeehouse.

Have your dose of holiday cheer on the weekend with “Live, Love, Learn Holiday Treats” at Sodano Coffeehouse, where you can personalize your own snow globe and watch the “25 Days of Christmas” movie series on Sunday  Dec. 8 at DAC Org Lounge Room 128.

Dec. 10, is the end of the Winter Carnival with Santa’s Workshop at the DAC Org Lounge where students can take their picture with Santa and decorate their own socks, Santa hats and cookies. Students are also invited to celebrate with our students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends this year of faith at Mass.

The Winter Carnival wraps up with the “New York Christmas Spectacular” on the Great Lawn followed by the Red and White Community Dessert Party in D’Angelo Center.

St. John’s asks that all guests attending the “Christmas Spectacular” bring a new, unwrapped toy with them to share the Christmas spirit with those less fortunate. All toys will be donated

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