Campus & Community

Boken Brings Carnival Games, Food, Music and Fireworks to Campus

A 35-year tradition at Stevens continued with the annual end-of-year festival for students on Saturday, April 13.

“Boken,” as the Student Government Association coined the festival, began in 1978 under the leadership of then-student Jim Weatherall, and Stevens has improved on the tradition over the years, making this year’s Boken the best yet.

Traditionally Boken is a week-long festival that features different events each night, but this year the SGA cabinet took a different approach.

Boken in 2013 was a fun-filled one day event, which began at 1 p.m. on April 13, when the campus lawns were taken over for the Boken carnival.

The carnival featured classic carnival games as well as inflatable jousting, a rock wall, a photo booth, and best of all, a dunk tank with some of the university’s favorite faculty.

The carnival also promoted booths from all sorts of organizations, from the Student Faculty Alliance to Greek Life. 

Of course, one of the most appreciated features of the carnival was the free food. Students could enjoy a meal from one of four food trucks, including Hoboken’s own Taco Truck.

In the evening, Boken continued with a free concert for students featuring Billboard Top 200 band Amberlin along with opening band Paper Route. Amberlin made a special stop at the Stevens campus to play songs from their newest album, “Vital.” The concert, which was held at 7 p.m. on the Hayden Lot overlooking New York City, drew hundreds of students.

“One of my favorite highlights was when Attila got on stage with Paper Route during their last song and played the tambourine,” said SGA Senator Katie Achilles.

After Amberlin wrapped up their set list around 10:15 p.m. students stuck around for another great show – fireworks.

“Like any big festival we can't help but end with a bang – fireworks over the Hudson River!” said Achilles.

The SGA, in collaboration with the Entertainment Committee, proposed the ideas for Boken and appointed student leaders to be in charge of the event. This year, Boken was organized by four dedicated students – Achilles, Sean Richards, Emily Noonan and Jordan Musoff.

They worked closely with Kristie Damell of Student Life since mid-October planning every detail.

"This year, the Boken committee condensed the generally four-day event into one day packed with festivities," said Damell. "The concept was to establish one day that students could get excited about and celebrate Stevens. The afternoon outdoor carnival drew the largest number of students at a Boken event in the four years I have been advising the committee. Boken really is an opportunity for the Stevens community to come together and just enjoy themselves, free from the stresses associated with college life - and that is exactly what the students did!"