Today marks the day for Festival ISU to hit the Quad and showcase the various clubs and organizations on campus.
Festival ISU will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. A total of 375 different booths and tables will be scattered across the Quad in a similar layout to previous years.
Luke Vernam, president of the University Program Board, displayed excitement toward the prospect of this year’s Festival ISU.
“It is a chance for students to check out hundreds of RSOs, departments and vendors,” Vernam said. “We hope to provide an event for the entire campus and surrounding community to come together to show the wide variety of opportunities ISU has to offer to all students.”
The vendors receive either a table, table with shared tent or double table with tent based on their registration. Registered Student Organizations and ISU entities are given a predetermined area on the Quad with a table free of charge, but the participants may not necessarily be grouped together.
The map for Festival ISU is typically categorized by the following criteria: academic/departmental RSO, athletic/sports club, community business/ non-ISU vendors, entertainment /programing, ethnic, general, governing body, honorary, performance, professional, recreational, religious, service, social fraternity/sorority, social issue and service fair.
On the map, the Quad sections are lettered and then color-coded for easier navigation. As well, Festival ISU is known to have an assortment of giveaways.
“Students are accustomed to a variety of giveaways and promotional items from the different groups represented on the Quad at Festival ISU,” Vernam said. “It is hard to say what exactly one might get from Festival ISU, but examples range from candy, pens, bags, cups and water bottles.”
Among the hundreds of booths at the event, a new RSO will make its first appearance at the event. The RSO is called High Rise. It is an RSO discussion group which began last fall. They are based on the idea of lessening ignorance and bringing enlightenment through constructive dialogue.
“It allows people to logically explain their beliefs a little more,” Nick Dionesotes said, senior marketing sales major and treasurer of High Rise. “Instead of depending on technology, the Internet and things like that to communicate, they can communicate face to face.”
Any ISU student is welcome to join any High Rise meeting. They meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center.