The Plain White T’s took the mainstage and drew a crowd as the headliner for Mason Day.Photo By Peter Flint

Free carnival rides, free funnel cakes and free entertainment. What more could you ask for?
Mason Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fun on Friday. Hundreds of Mason students gathered in Lot L, eager to see what awaited them.
“This day has been amazing!” exclaimed Leslie Steiger, a sophomore majoring in communication and psychology. “The local bands playing are awesome, especially the Funk Mnkyz!”
Headlining this year’s Mason Day was American pop rock band Plain White T’s, best known for their smash hit song “Hey There Delilah.”
“I waited all night for them to perform ‘Hey There Delilah’ and it was completely worth it,” said Stefanie Juvinel, a junior integrative studies major. “When lead singer Tom Higgenson left the front stage to perform that track with the back row audience in the small back tent, it was surreal.”
Other students, however, were not as thrilled with the music selection.
“The Plain White T’s are all right, though I am really looking forward to the Wiz Khalifa concert next week,” said Tony Ta, a junior communication major.
As part of Mason Day’s entertainment package, rapper Wiz Khalifa will be performing Wednesday at the Patriot Center.
The carnival also featured rides such as the Tilt-A-Whirl, a rip-roaring, knee-jerking ride that spun riders in every possible way.
“The ride looked faster than it actually felt,” said junior management major Melissa Pinder. “However, the best part of this whole carnival is that it’s free.”
Mason Day featured lots of free snacks including popcorn, cotton candy and funnel cakes.
“The food is utterly delicious, especially the funnel cakes,” said Kim Carr, a senior tourism and events management major. “I am glad that this year they had more funnel cake trucks than last year. It really helped cut down on the long lines.”
Overall, students were happy with Mason’s effort to entertain them in such a festive way.
“It is nice to see Mason providing entertainment in such a healthy way for students,” said freshman Julia Hed. “Props to Mason for making it such a terrific event.”