Katelyn Chostner, Editor-in-Chief
In light of Mirthweek, a weeklong celebration at the end of the spring semester promoting campus cheer, MirthFest took place April 24 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Despite the rain, the festival was held on the Recreation and Wellness Center lawn for people to come out, have fun and relax.
At the start of the event, booth vendors gathered together to promote their products and services. The first booth was the host of the event, the University Program Board. For around 10 years, the UPB has been throwing MirthFest for people to enjoy. They specially select different attractions for each year as there is a new theme with each event. This year, the UPB attempted to recreate the festival feel and look.
This was accomplished by the recreation booths that were available for people. There were booths that offered glitter tattoos, caricatures, face painting and custom license plates. Attendees crowded in line for glitter tattoos which seemed to be a popular hit among everyone.
Other booths were occupied by groups like The U Radio (SEMPA) and Monster. SEMPA radio created a great set up for people to enjoy while at MirthFest including local bands like The Knuckles, Dead Format, LOOPRAT and MVSTERMIND. The stage was placed right at the end of the festival with a large open area for people to gather around. People who attended were also able to go up to the band merchandise booth to pick up gear from whoever was playing at that time.
Next to the stage in the RWC parking lot were rides consisting of the Vortex, Scrambler, Ali Baba and Sidewinder. People were able to purchase tickets and enjoy a thrilling ride on these carnival attractions. Once they were done with the rides, it was a short walk to some local food trucks. MirthFest invited several food trucks out including Holy Crepe, Just 1 Taste Catering, and Destination Desserts.
First time MirthFest attendee, Adriana Plavsic, freshman, business, talked about how she enjoyed the festival despite the rainy day it landed on. Her friend Alexandra LaPorta, junior, business, attended MirthFest for the past two years. LaPorta mentioned that she had more fun this year because there were better rides than last year. She even commented on how there were more people at this year’s event.
The event had started to calm down around 5 p.m. with vendors and food trucks taking leave, but that did not stop the bands and attendees. SEMPA kept the set list going until the last artist, MVSTERMIND, at 8 p.m.
Mirthweek had several other events to celebrate all of UMSL students’ hard work. The Student Leadership Awards was hosted by the UPB for students to be awarded for the hard work they put in throughout the semester. The Last Lecture event was held to honor a professor on campus, where the honoree, this year professor of psychology Bettina Casad, gave a lecture as they would if it their last time giving one. It is an event inspired by Dr. Randy Pausch who battled pancreatic cancer. The most talked about event during Mirthweek was the headliner, comedian Marlon Wayans.
UPB did not disappoint Mirthweek followers and attendees with this year’s festivities. Now all UMSL students need to do is wait for next year’s events.