The UNB Student Union will be putting on the annual Winter Carnival at the end of this month.
The carnival is one of the Student Union’s longest running traditions, and will begin on Jan. 23 and continue until Jan. 30. The week will feature a variety of events that will get students to enjoy the outdoors.
The first event to kick off the carnival on Jan. 23 is the Rail Jam, a student favorite that is back again this year.
“They’re going to be setting up a park rail for people to do skiing and snowboarding tricks on. That’ll be done in the SUB quad,” said Bess Teague, UNBSU vice-president of student services.
Another event coming back this year is the free trip to Crabbe Mountain.
“This is put on by the ski and board club. They have their weekly trip to Crabbe, but this one’s special because the Student Union pays for everyone to go. So, even non-members can go for free,” Teague said.
“It includes the free ride up, and when you get there everyone’s going to get half priced lift tickets and rentals.”
The the Student Union is also serving up some new events this year.
The Snow Day on Jan. 27 is one of these. It will be held behind the Old Arts building and will feature sledding, a snowman-building contest and hot chocolate.
Another new thing this year is the Cash Cab. On Jan 26, a few lucky people riding in the Saferide van will be chosen at random to play a few rounds of trivia to win money.
Wednesday will have some new entertainment as well. Spidey the mentalist, a finalist on Canada’s Got Talent, will visit UNB for an evening in MacLaggan Hall.
Teague said that planning events like the Winter Carnival is why the UNBSU was created in the first place.
“We’ve gotten more into lobbying over the years. But, we are really here to provide the fun side of university life that the university isn’t really responsible for providing,” she said.
“Every student pays a Student Union fee, so they’re already paying for these events anyway … It’s a great way to get involved with the school. There’s the social aspect to it, and its nice to be able to break from day-to-day school life.”