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Booths spring up as Build Week begins

The Morewood parking lot has been overtaken by booths and construction tools. (credit: Celia Ludwinski | Photo Editor) The Morewood parking lot has been overtaken by booths and construction tools. (credit: Celia Ludwinski | Photo Editor) The sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta erect their booth walls late Friday night.  (credit: Devin Beahm | Photo Staff) The sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta erect their booth walls late Friday night. (credit: Devin Beahm | Photo Staff)

The annual clearing of the Morewood parking lot is the easiest way for students at Carnegie Mellon to tell that spring has truly sprung. This was certainly the case when, last Friday, students began transporting their large unfinished wooden structures across Morewood and Forbes Avenue to the asphalt clearing. This was Move-On, the beginning of Build Week, and the beginning of a series of days dedicated to preparing booths for Spring Carnival.

Although it’s a loud and difficult process, for students, Move-On symbolizes the coming of Carnival, warm weather, and the end of the semester. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Move-On is the process during which Booth contenders transport their structures from their various Greek houses or the cages to Midway to begin Build Week. However, booths aren’t just thrown together during Build Week — Carnival contenders begin construction of their booths long before Carnival. Whether it be painting, preparing decorations, or actually working on the solid wooden structure that will come to support hundreds of onlookers during Carnival week, participants have to be well prepared — they simply will not be able to put their booth together if they wait until the last minute.

The process itself is absolutely fascinating to watch. Over the course of a couple of days, students work nonstop to erect massive wooden structures whose creative designs are all unified under a common theme. “It’s such a spectacle,” said a first-year electrical and computer engineering major Ryan Salvo. “My friends and I have been watching their progress from the Morewood E Tower lounges; it’s amazing that they get the booths up so fast!”

This year’s theme is “History with a Twist,” and Booth contenders are going all out. Some booths will feature local sports teams, some will track the lives of notable Pittsburghers, and some will embody our favorite Disney movies. Whatever the theme, this year’s booths will be sure to please!

Carnival will feature a ton of events worth attending, so make sure you try to go to as many as possible. Turn to pages B8 and B9 to plan your Carnival experience with The Tartan’s Midway map and major events calendar.