A Keene State College fall tradition is back: Pumpkin Lobotomy.
This annual event had to say goodbye to the college in 2014 after the infamous Pumpkin Festival riot.
Pumpkin Lobotomy took place on the Fiske Quad on Friday, October 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It consisted of about 24 clubs, student organizations and departments that had tables with activities and raffles.
Some of the participating groups included Mentors in Violence Prevention, sororities and fraternities, the Mason Library, Live Well KSC, Coins for Cancer, the Center for Health and Wellness and KSC Republicans and Democrats and more.
There were games such as corn hole, a small pumpkin toss, food and drinks served, raffles auctioning off different prizes and fundraisers and information about each organization. The main event was pumpkin carving; the carved pumpkins could be taken home or be put in the Student Center or Dining Commons.
The Public Health Department had a table which promoted alcohol awareness, and handed out pamphlets that included blood alcohol content (BAC) cards which explained how many drinks per hour someone should drink based on their weight.
They also had drunk goggles that impaired vision, just like if someone was intoxicated, students put them on and spun around two times. The students then tried to eat a donut off a string.
First-years Ella Hovde and Emma Manderville were running the table. “This is a fun Halloween activity and a good alternative for people who don’t really party to enjoy as well,” said Manderville.
Hovde and Manderville both said Pumpkin Lobotomy should continue in the future.
The event was brought back by Student Government. Sarah Dugas, a member of Student Government, said they value tradition, and this event used to be a Keene State tradition.
Dugas said KSC has the Spring carnival for a fun Spring tradition, and it would be nice for this to become the Fall equivalent.
She said this event is primarily for current KSC students because of what happened in the past with Pumpkin Fest, but it could change in the future to bring the community together.
Sophomore Emily Cormier said it she hopes they continue this event in the future. “It’s a perfect fall day and I’m happy they decided to do this event,” Cormier said.
Health Student Educator Tiffany Matthews said Pumpkin Lobotomy used to be set up differently, and that this year it seems to be more proactive.
Mathews said the tables used to be on the outside of the Fiske Quad with the middle completely open, but this new setup makes it easier for everyone to interact.
The tables were all in the middle with students surrounding them, participating in activities or sitting on the grass carving pumpkins. She said this whole weekend was with events for students to enjoy.
“This is the first year in the 11 years that I’ve been here that [Pumpkin lobotomy] is really jam packed with events,” Mathews said.
The college is working together to make it a safe and fun weekend. Mathews said the Student Involvement Office has found volunteers to help out at Pumpkin Fest, and RAs in residence halls have activities planned for their residents.
“There is definitely more of an emphasis on events this year, which is great,” Mathews said.
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