The results may have shocked the University, but were any of us actually surprised that Thurteen is run entirely by pre-frosh?
For this year’s ThurtenE Carnival, Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Delta, paired for the first time in the construction of a facade, have decided to redefine the purpose behind their fundraising and take a tangible approach toward making an impact within the community.
Although this year’s ThurtenE theme centered on the past and nostalgia of the event, the carnival saw new developments, with ThurtenE Honorary releasing a mobile app to guide visitors. This year’s theme, “Endless Discovery: Explore the Tradition,” was intended to remind attendees of the history behind the oldest student-run carnival—or, as it was once known, “Younivee Surrkuss”—in the country. Although the honorary ordinarily hands out advertisement books, it introduced a smartphone application for 2014’s carnival.
This year’s ThurtenE Carnival profits are going to Provident Inc. one of St. Louis’s oldest charities that offers community events such as counseling and safe after school activities for local children. According to ThurtenE honorary member and junior Dara Baker, a mutual selection process went into choosing Provident.
This year’s ThurtenE Carnival, with the theme “Stay Enchanted,” comes with a heightened sense of sustainability, featuring the introduction of new measures such as compostable eating instruments and repurposed rain barrels.
This carnival is undoubtedly one of both the nation’s oldest and the University’s most treasured traditions. It is a fun event that brings the University together with its alumni and the St. Louis community at large. It is also meant to be a philanthropic endeavor that benefits a St. Louis non-profit long after the facades disappear. In recent years, however, the charitable emphasis of ThurtenE has taken a backseat to facade building.
ThurtenE honorary has decided to donate its proceeds from this weekend’s carnival to the Belle Center. This charity assists children with developmental delays and disabilities, as well as their families. The center focuses on helping these children to be included in their home communities, according to its website.
Not even a tornado warning could stop ThurtenE. Despite almost constant rain and high-speed winds, people from the Washington University and St. Louis communities did not hesitate to come out to Brookings Drive for this year’s carnival. The carnival, which is in its 75th year and is run by ThurtenE, a junior honorary, bore a “Choose Your Own Adventure” theme.
Arte Moreno, owner of the the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, spoke to members of the Olin Sports Management Organization this past Thursday. Moreno is the highest profile guest of the club, which looks to help Wash. U. students land jobs in the sports industry.