Spring Fest 2022: Bringing Back the Bull

By Zoe DeFazio, Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

Manhattan College’s Spring Fest is back in person after the past two years of virtual events. This year Spring Fest will take place on Saturday, April 9,  headlined by TwoFriends, a Los Angeles based duo known for their popular remixes. 

Before the pandemic, students were able to bring personal guests for a fee. However, due to all the COVID regulations, this year’s Spring Fest will only be available to current students. 

In order to maintain safety for students and staff, MC will be following guidelines from the CDC for Spring Fest and keeping consistent with the college’s own protocols. 

Beginning Saturday, April 9,  masks will be recommended on campus but only required when told to do so. 

Carmella Liscio, a student engagement worker, wrote in an email to The Quadrangle on what students can be expecting this year.

“The concert is from 1- 2 pm in Draddy Gymnasium,” Liscio said. “The barbeque and carnival are going to be on the quad from 2-5 pm. All free, no tickets required, green passes are needed to get into the gym.”

While on the hunt for this year’s headliners, MC’s student body president, Kevin Rojas, explained the many factors that took place in the decision-making process.

“We looked into a lot of artists, we had a bunch of different ranges from a bunch of different genres. We looked into rap, we looked into pop and EDM house,” said Rojas. 

Rojas also explained that finding a headliner consisted of financial matters while tuning into what music students would want to hear. 

“We had a bunch of names on a list, the only thing is, we had to figure out just due to budget constraints..who were the best artists we could get for the money that we have,” Rojas said.

Various activities will be held on the Quad, including a carnival and a mechanical bull. 

“We will have a mechanical bull! It was a big hit my freshman year and I really wanted to bring it back for this year,” Rojas said. 

The last in-person Spring Fest was held in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. The headliners of that year’s Spring Fest consisted of Jeremih, 3OH!3, and Skylar Grey. 

Margaret Taylor, the vice president of social life, discussed the differences between the old Spring Fest and the new Spring Fest.

“I think this year will be really special for all students,” Taylor said. “Only the graduating seniors have experienced an in-person Springfest so it will be nice for them to finally get that back and celebrate their final year here. As for the underclassmen and juniors, I’m hoping everyone has a really great time and enjoys getting back to the tradition of Springfest.”

The college is hoping this event will unite the community after a tough few years.

“We haven’t had a social event like Spring Fest in the past two years so I think Two Friends and the whole day of activities will bring everyone together and continue in the years to come,” Taylor said.