Young Commons was bustling with Elon students Saturday night during Carnival on the Commons. 

The event was organized by the Student Union Board in partnership with Late Night Elon. Late Night Elon is a new organization on Elon’s campus this year.

“We really want to ensure that on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays all students have something to do every weekend of the year,” Lauren Luther, vice president of programming for SUB, said. 

Catherine Nester is a sophomore at Elon and considers herself a regular attendee of SUB events. 

“I think they’re doing a great job so far, especially with this new initiative,” Nester said. “I think it’s going to be a really cool perk for all of the students here.”

At the event, students could choose to participate in a variety of activities ranging from inflatable slides to a rock wall. Phoenix card vendors also lined the sidewalk to promote their businesses, giving away free food samples. 

Nester said she was most excited to attend the event to eat the free food. 

“I love it,” Nester said. “It’s a great alternative to people who aren’t in the party scene, or just want a break or just want to do something really cool. I think it’s a great way to hang out with people and stay safe on campus.”

The event lasted from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. This four hour time period is another new initiative that SUB is taking on this year. 

“We’re going to try and fill four hours of time, so a student can come and not just do one activity,” Luther said. 

And Nester did just that, socializing with her friends and snacking on cotton candy. 

“I really like the outdoor stuff like this,” Nester said. “It’s just really cool to walk around and see the campus transformed.”