Between dimmed lights and glowing tables, SRU students enjoyed a Las Vegas experience Saturday night on campus. Thanks to Fraternity and Sorority Life, Glow Casino night has provided SRU students with a night to remember.
Casinos generally take your money, or give you some—depending on your luck. Here, students would be given $25,000 of “funny money” to a night of light “gambling”. Later, $10,000 would translate into a raffle ticket for prizes of SRU merchandise. Fraternity and Sorority Life had brought in casino night from a company, while having student leaders from SRU acting as dealers. In addition, more than $1,000 worth of prizes were available for students to win.
Glow Casino happens once a year and welcomes all students, even who didn’t know how to play any of the games.
Jayne Piskorik, assistant director for Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Organizations, said that this is the second year the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership are hosting this event due to its huge success last year. The Glow Casino was moved from the theater to the Smith Student Center ballroom and added more tables.
“This is an opportunity for students to get out of their residence halls and hang out on campus in a safe environment,” Piskorik said.
Sophomore Lucas Sadlowski came to the event last year and said he had to come back for more.
“Word of advice from a second-year-rounder? Don’t play Texas hold’em. Play blackjack, that’s where I won all my money,” Sadlowski said.
Anthony Cantele, the dealer at the game of blackjack and vice-president of communications and internal affairs for the Inter-Fraternity council and a brother of the Theta Xi fraternity, spoke about the event.
“Not a lot of people come to these events, but Fraternity and Sorority Life is always trying to reach out to more students,” Cantele said.
Glow Casino is a part of the “Rock the Weekend” series which runs throughout the semester and aims to create positive social opportunities for SRU students
The series serves as an alternative to party or alcohol-centered activities and provides opportunities for students to connect with the campus and their peers through social activities.