By Varun Goyal, deputy news editor

Northeastern University kicked off the fall semester with the second annual Fall Fest this Monday with games, activities and a chance for students to engage with the Northeastern community.

Booths and displays for Northeastern’s organizations were spread throughout the campus, from Krentzman Quadrangle to the West Villages. Representatives of fraternities and sororities filled Krentzman,while booths for athletes and student cultural associations were set up near Snell Library. Academic and recreational associations had tables outside the Dana Research Center and Centennial Commons was filled with musical and performance associations.

“Fall Fest is really well organized,”Justine Pelisson, a freshmanmajoring in behavioral neuroscience, said. “We can find what we’re interested in really easily and the organizers are very easy to talk to.”

Pelisson was excited to immerse herself in the Northeastern culture. She made her way throughout the campus, joining the debate club, economics club, writing club and Northeastern Undergraduate Researchers of Neuroscience (NEURONS) Club. She also signed up for activities like ice-skating and the Revolve Dance Crew.

“I managed to sign up for many of my interests,” Pelisson said.

The day wasn’t just about signing up for clubs, however. Students also had the opportunity to unwind. Many of them puttered their way through a mini-golf course. Others sat for caricatures, raced each other down an inflatable Slip ‘n Slide obstacle course or attended performances by Northeastern organizations.

Kaan Donmez, a third-year marketing student and the Revolve Dance Crew director, said this was the first year for performances during Fall Fest.

“It’s so much fun to have all these activities and to be able to perform,” Donmez said. “It’s a great way to help advertise and spread our name out.”

Organizations that performed had trouble with the size of the stage that was provided. According to Donmez, several dance crews had to slightly change their performances last minute so that the stage would be able to accommodate them. Several others were unable to perform in the end because the stage was too small.

According to junior marketing student and Revolve member Robert Chen, Fall Fest has become increasingly popular among the student body.

“This year, Fall Fest felt like more of a festival rather than an event,” Chen said. “We are able to talk to new people regarding what we stand for and in the end we get to perform and show them who we are and what we do.”

Freshmen such as economics and math major Ishwar Gogineni enjoyed the chance to explore possibilities for their college life.

“We’re definitely more excited to see what else is to come throughout our stay here at Northeastern,” he said.

Photo by Brian Bae