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It’s that time of the year again — when Carnegie Mellon students pick up their drills and strap on their hardhats to build booths. Booth is one of the biggest attractions of Spring Carnival, featuring multistory structures, interactive games, and beautiful decorations. After unrelenting weather among other challenges, Carnegie Mellon’s Greek and student organizations persevered to build booths centered on this year’s theme, Myths and Legends. These organizations compete in four categories: Sorority, Fraternity, Independent, and Blitz. Participating but not competing, Alpha Phi Omega built a Greek Underworld-themed concession stand, where all proceeds went to fundraising the service fraternity.

One of the biggest sorority booths was Kappa Alpha Theta’s Titanic. Built to resemble the iconic ship, the two-story booth featured elaborate decorations: a spiral staircase, paintings of the characters from the 1997 movie of the same name, and jellyfish lighted with eerie green lighting. The booth did a wonderful job telling a story, and combined the experience with a digital escape room game; you entered as a passenger on the Titanic, walking through the main “lobby” of the ship and up the staircase. Red lighting and fire cutouts signaled that the ship was on fire and going down, as visitors walked down the stairs into the briny green ocean. Exiting the booth meant you successfully escaped the ship and survived. Kappa Alpha Theta won second place for their Titanic booth.

Right next door was Alpha Phi’s Narnia. This booth told the story of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. With large 3D paintings of characters like Aslan and the White Witch, the booth showcased Alpha Phi’s incredible art and design skills. On the second floor, visitors could play a shooting game with a toy bow and arrow, participating in Aslan’s final battle against the Witch. The many elaborate decorative chairs and a small swing decorated with flowers and butterflies made the booth a popular photo spot for Carnival visitors.

The first place winner of the sorority booths, Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Alice in Wonderland, was a sight to be seen. Beautifully painted and fun, the two-story booth featured a wall of roses, referencing the Queen of Heart’s rose obsession, a room lighted by black light to simulate the craziness of Wonderland, and a short interactive game where the player would collect items as Alice. Kappa Kappa Gamma’s hard work payed off with their impressive display.
Delta Delta Delta built a booth featuring the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. With an impressive painting of the god of the ocean at the entrance, the one-story booth told a fun tale of ocean-themed Greek mythology. The booth also featured a ring toss game, where the player would toss rings onto a coral sculpture. If the player won, they got to walk out with a small prize: a laser-cut dolphin.

The last of the sorority booths was Delta Gamma’s Santa’s Workshop. Cleverly decorated with small pieces of plywood to create a brick wall, the cheerful booth made the recent snow less miserable. With cute cutouts of Santa’s reindeer, colorful Christmas lights and a Christmas tree, Delta Gamma brought back the spirit of Christmas to Carnival.

One of the biggest fraternity booths was Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Star Trek. Emblazoned with a Star Trek-themed logo and the show’s iconic USS Enterprise, the booth featured a number of tech-based displays. The bottom floor had an impressive transporter bay, while the top floor featured an incredible interactive game. The elaborate booth placed second place in the fraternity category.

Just across Midway was Phi Delta Theta’s Moon Landing. This booth was an especially popular one due to its green screen photo booth and two-story-tall rocket.

Proudly displaying the organization’s flag and many of its members photoshopped as astronauts, the booth featured incredible artwork and created a fun, cohesive theme. Next door was Alpha Sigma Phi’s The Sandlot. Based off of the movie of the same name, the small single-story booth was a fun baseball-themed game. Even though they were partially deterred by the previous nights of terrible weather, the booth was fun and extremely popular with kids.

Another two-story fraternity booth was Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Legend of Zelda. Using artwork inspired by the various Legend of Zelda games, the booth incorporated interactivity into its decorations. Using a small Zelda-decorated coin, the visitor could interact with objects in the booth, causing them to light up or make a sound. The booth was beautifully decorated with faux stained glass windows and sculptures of Zelda-themed enemies, and featured a small video game on the second floor. The booth placed third in the fraternity category.

The winner of the fraternity category was Delta Tau Delta’s Harry Potter booth. Built to resemble part of Hogwarts castle, the booth took the visitor on a journey through the many locations in the world of Harry Potter. From Ollivander’s to the halls of Hogwarts to a running fountain on the second floor to paintings of the iconic characters, the booth was incredibly well-designed and well-built. One of the many cool aspects was an interactive plate sorted visitors into Hogwarts houses.

Located at the entrance of Midway was KGB’S Aliens booth. Single story, it featured conspiracy-related decorations and articles, all pointing towards the existence of alien life. Coming to the exit of the booth was an Operation-based alien game, where the player could extract miscellaneous objects from the body of an alien. KGB members were expert participants, quickly crafting tin foil hats to protect their visitors from potential dangers — alien or otherwise.

Fringe built a Robin Hood-themed booth, with a beautiful banner and cut-outs of the animated movie’s characters decorating the front of the booth. You walked through Robin Hood’s forest, passing by sculptures of trees and even more beautifully painted characters, exploring the world of the movie. The booth also featured a shooting game, where the player could use a bow and arrow to hit targets mounted on the wall. Although they didn’t place, the booth was fun and well-designed.
Second place in the Independent category was Student Dormitory Council’s (SDC) Trojan Horse. Decorated with the enormous head of the Trojan horse itself, the booth was one impressive game. As you passed by Greek-themed urns and pots, the visitor could read up on the tale of the Trojan horse. In one game, the player could use small cutouts to simulate the battle. In the other game, the player could use a nerf gun to hit timed targets. The SDC’s hard work resulted in an impressive and entertaining booth.

The Singapore Students Association (SSA) built a Merlion booth. With the head of lion on one side of the entrance and the tail of a mermaid on the other, the booth was covered wall-to-wall with blackboard. Visitors could draw and decorate the booth using chalk provided by SSA, which resulted in a colorful array of messages and doodles. Along the walls were lit-up laser-cut sculptures of the ocean and other Merlion-related locations. In the center of the booth was a small sandpit, which was popular with kids and families.

Winning first place in the Independent category was the Taiwanese Student Association’s Arabian Nights booth. Complete with sand, a magic carpet, the soundtrack of Aladdin, and a blue genie, the booth took the visitor on a trip through Agrabah. With its elaborately painted decorations, the booth really told the story of Aladdin and wonderfully encompassed the world of the theme.
The last Independent booth was the Asian Students Association’s (ASA) The Legend of Korra. This booth told the story of the animated series using a variety of lights and sculptures, taking the visitor on a journey through the streets of the main city and into the spirit world. Featuring a fun game where the player could “bend” evil spirits into good ones and a cute tea party-themed photo op by the exit, ASA earned third place with their exciting booth.

The last category is Blitz. Where other booths are allowed to bring in already-built frames and pieces, Blitz booths cannot pre-build anything. Starting only a couple days before opening, these booths expertly managed time and weather to create single-story structures.

The Chinese Students Association built a booth on the theme of China’s Great Wall. Beautifully decorated with Ancient Chinese-themed art and motifs, the booth was impressively designed and painted.

The American Society of Civil Engineers built an Area 51 themed booth, located at the end of Midway. While small, the booth featured a “conspiracy map”, with tacks placed where all of Carnegie Mellon’s affiliated schools were located (including Central Michigan University). Visitors could look through a periscope to see the rest of Midway, as a form of surveillance. But, most entertaining was the booth’s wall of index cards — each with a different “conspiracy” on them. Featuring theories such as “Water is wet” and “The real Avril Lavigne is Dead,” the wall was a fun way to incorporate visitor participation. The playful booth won second place in the Blitz category.

Winning third place was Astronomy Club’s Constellations-themed booth. The main attraction of the booth was its large wall-to-wall video game, where two people played as spaceships trying to track down the correct constellation. Decorated with amazing artwork of constellations and celestial bodies, the Astronomy club showed off their art and technical skills. Kappa Sigma’s booth was built on the legend of The Yeti. Impressive in its own right, the booth featured “cool” artwork and a well-designed structure. Along with their theme, the organization sold ice cream to passing Carnival visitors.

Winning first place in the Blitz category was Math Club’s Merlin’s Quest booth. With the story of Merlin’s multiple quests written on the walls, visitors could decode Merlin’s messages using a variety of historical ciphers. Once the many messages were decoded and the puzzles solved, the visitor could “pull” the sword in the stone out of its boulder to reveal
collectible stickers. The booth rightfully won first place with its clever games and fun design.

The winner of the fraternity category was Delta Tau Delta’s Harry Potter booth. Built to resemble part of Hogwarts castle, the booth took the visitor on a journey through the many locations in the world of Harry Potter. From Ollivander’s to the halls of Hogwarts to a running fountain on the second floor to paintings of the iconic characters, the booth was incredibly well-designed and well-built. One of the many cool aspects was an interactive plate sorted visitors into Hogwarts houses.

Located at the entrance of Midway was KGB’S Aliens booth. Single story, it featured conspiracy-related decorations and articles, all pointing towards the existence of alien life. Coming to the exit of the booth was an Operation-based alien game, where the player could extract miscellaneous objects from the body of an alien. KGB members were expert participants, quickly crafting tin foil hats to protect their visitors from potential dangers — alien or otherwise.

Fringe built a Robin Hood-themed booth, with a beautiful banner and cut-outs of the animated movie’s characters decorating the front of the booth. You walked through Robin Hood’s forest, passing by sculptures of trees and even more beautifully painted characters, exploring the world of the movie. The booth also featured a shooting game, where the player could use a bow and arrow to hit targets mounted on the wall. Although they didn’t place, the booth was fun and well-designed.

Second place in the Independent category was Student Dormitory Council’s (SDC) Trojan Horse. Decorated with the enormous head of the Trojan horse itself, the booth was one impressive game. As you passed by Greek-themed urns and pots, the visitor could read up on the tale of the Trojan horse. In one game, the player could use small cutouts to simulate the battle. In the other game, the player could use a nerf gun to hit timed targets. The SDC’s hard work resulted in an impressive and entertaining booth.

The Singapore Students Association (SSA) built a Merlion booth. With the head of lion on one side of the entrance and the tail of a mermaid on the other, the booth was covered wall-to-wall with blackboard. Visitors could draw and decorate the booth using chalk provided by SSA, which resulted in a colorful array of messages and doodles. Along the walls were lit-up laser-cut sculptures of the ocean and other Merlion-related locations. In the center of the booth was a small sandpit, which was popular with kids and families.

Winning first place in the Independent category was the Taiwanese Student Association’s Arabian Nights booth. Complete with sand, a magic carpet, the soundtrack of Aladdin, and a blue genie, the booth took the visitor on a trip through Agrabah. With its elaborately painted decorations, the booth really told the story of Aladdin and wonderfully encompassed the world of the theme.

The last Independent booth was the Asian Students Association's (ASA) The Legend of Korra. This booth told the story of the animated series using a variety of lights and sculptures, taking the visitor on a journey through the streets of the main city and into the spirit world. Featuring a fun game where the player could “bend” evil spirits into good ones and a cute tea party-themed photo op by the exit, ASA earned third place with their exciting booth.

The last category is the Blitz category. Where other booths are allowed to bring in already-built frames and pieces, Blitz booths cannot pre-build anything. Starting only a couple days before opening, these booths expertly managed time and weather to create single-story structures.

The Chinese Students Association built a booth on the theme of China’s Great Wall. Beautifully decorated with Ancient Chinese-themed art and motifs, the booth was impressively designed and painted. The American Society of Civil Engineers built an Area 51 themed booth, located at the end of Midway. While small, the booth featured a “conspiracy map”, with tacks placed where all of Carnegie Mellon’s affiliated schools were located (including Central Michigan University). Visitors could look through a periscope to see the rest of Midway, as a form of surveillance. But, most entertaining was the booth’s wall of index cards — each with a different “conspiracy” on them. Featuring theories such as “Water is wet” and “The real Avril Lavigne is Dead," the wall was a fun way to incorporate visitor participation. The playful booth won second place in the Blitz category.

Winning third place was Astronomy Club’s Constellations-themed booth. The main attraction of the booth was its large wall-to-wall video game, where two people played as spaceships trying to track down the correct constellation. Decorated with amazing artwork of constellations and celestial bodies, the Astronomy club showed off their art and technical skills. Kappa Sigma’s booth was built on the legend of The Yeti. Impressive in its own right, the booth featured “cool” artwork and a well-designed structure. Along with their theme, the organization sold ice cream to passing Carnival visitors.

Winning first place in the Blitz category was Math Club’s Merlin’s Quest booth. With the story of Merlin’s multiple quests written on the walls, visitors could decode Merlin’s messages using a variety of historical ciphers. Once the many messages were decoded and the puzzles solved, the visitor could “pull” the sword in the stone out of its boulder to reveal collectible stickers. The booth rightfully won first place with its clever games and fun design.

The full list of awards is below:

Bob Anderegg Safety Award: Alpha Phi Omega, Greek Underworld
Environmental Award - Blitz: Math Club, Merlin's Quest
Environmental Award - Full Size: Asian Student Association, The Legend of Korra
T-shirt Competition: Phi Delta Theta, Moon Landing
People's Choice: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alice in Wonderland
Chairman's Choice: Delta Gamma, Santa's Workshop

Blitz
First place: Math Club, Merlin's Quest
Second place: American Society of Civil Engineers, Area 51
Third Place: Astronomy Club, Constellations

Independent
First place: Taiwanese Student Association, Arabian Nights
Second place: Student Dormitory Council, Trojan Horse
Third place: Asian Student Association, The Legend of Korra

Sorority
First place: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alice in Wonderland
Second place: Kappa Alpha Theta, Titanic
Third place: Delta Gamma, Santa's Workshop

Fraternity
First place: Delta Tau Delta, Harry Potter
Second place: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Star Trek
Third place: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Legend of Zelda