Campus Community Celebrates Fall at Fourth Annual Trintoberfest

Barnyard Entertainment Organization Busy Planning Upcoming Student Events


Ashley Stewart '16 and Ben Chait '16
enjoy Oktoberfest on the Main Quad

Hartford, Connecticut, October 21, 2015 – Trintoberfest, Trinity College’s version of the German tradition of Oktoberfest, took over the Main Quad on Friday, October 16. Complete with free steins, variations of German and American games, music, bratwurst, and artisanal beer – as well as nonalcoholic options such as fresh apple cider – Trintoberfest is a favorite fall event among the students. The Trintoberfest tradition began in the fall of 2012 and has continued to be one of the most popular events on campus, second only to Spring Weekend.

In the fall of 2012, the Student Activities Committee was renamed Barnyard. What is now Vernon Social, at 114 Vernon Street, was previously referred to as “the Barn.” Taking inspiration from that name, William Cha ’13 came up with the name Barnyard, and to kick off the new moniker, the organization hosted the first-ever Trintoberfest.

Barnyard Entertainment is the organization responsible for some of the largest and most popular student events on campus. Ben Chait ’16, Barnyard’s vice president, says, “Barnyard appeals to the entire student body; we are able to put on events that appeal to people from all walks of life and all different classes. It’s a great way to plan events that bring the whole student body together.”

While some of the events Barnyard hosts change over the years, others, such as Trintoberfest, have become ingrained in the Trinity culture. During 2014-2015, Barnyard hosted Trintoberfest, Barnyard Below Zero, Trinalina, and the biggest event on campus, Spring Weekend. In addition to Barnyard’s main events, the organization also sponsors and supports events organized by others on campus, including the annual Date Auction, a fundraiser for Relay for Life; Men of Color Association’s talent show; and this year’s “Party with Consent,” co-sponsored by Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS) and the Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC).

Barnyard also promotes and designs T-shirts for major sporting events such as the squash national championships and rivalry hockey games. Members say an important part of Barnyard’s job is to promote school spirit and inclusivity on campus. By collaborating with other clubs and social organizations, as well as encouraging attendance at athletic events, Barnyard fosters student involvement and cultivates a sense of community.

On what many students consider the last true “Quad day” of the fall, students from all corners of campus converged ’neath the elms to celebrate Trintoberfest and have fun. Barnyard’s next event will be Barnyard Below Zero in December.

Written by Eleanor Worsley ’17. Photos by Abbey Schlangen 16