Midway Market removal neglectful of organizations

Credit: Braden Kelner/Forum Editor Credit: Braden Kelner/Forum Editor

In 2011, Spring Carnival Committee erected a tent known as Midway Market on Carnival’s Midway in Morewood parking lot. As part of a two-year experiment, Midway Market served as a location where organizations without booths could interact with students, alumni, and other guests.

However, Midway Market will be absent from this year’s Carnival celebration.

While the Midway Market tent lacks the flair of the booths, an option for promotion should be made available to smaller organizations that are unable to participate in booth building.

Spring Carnival embraces every aspect of Carnegie Mellon’s unique campus culture, and the event must continue to represent every part of this culture by remaining inclusive to all parties involved. While most large organizations on campus — particularly Greek chapters — have the manpower and resources to build booths, smaller organizations are unable to do so, largely due to the limited membership. Midway Market provides a way for smaller organizations to promote themselves during Carnegie Mellon’s annual celebration.

Spring Carnival is also a celebration of students’ accomplishments. From booth to buggy to Mobot, Carnival has always been a way for students to show off to those both within and outside the campus community. This opportunity must remain extended to all organizations and individuals hoping to show off their accomplishments.

The Spring Carnival Committee must work with organizations to create an alternative resource or location for the Midway Market tent. Although Spring Carnival Committee deemed Midway Market a two-year experiment, the committee should make an efforts to reach out to organizations affected by the loss of their Carnival venue.

The committee has made clear efforts in the past to represent all organizations, as is apparent by their decision to create Midway Market in the first place.

While these efforts are commendable, it is imperative that they are continued, not abandoned, in the coming years.