Suzanne Stuller/ The Towerlight
by: Suzanne Stuller, Staff Writer
Weekends @ TU hosted the “Weekends goes Vegas!” Casino Night in the West Village Commons Ballrooms Sept. 13.
Many students were attracted to Casino Night for its fun environment, prizes, and free food.
“I was under the impression I had to bring money,” said Bethany DePalo, a freshman at Towson University. “I was pleasantly surprised when I found it was free.”
Onyedikachukwu Onyemeziem, a freshman, was excited to see what prizes would be up for grabs.
“I was hoping for a TV, but it’s fine, they have Airpods,” Onyemezium said.
Brianna Coleman, a first year graduate student, helped with the event Friday night.
“This is our second Casino Night,” Coleman said. “We did one last year and it was really successful, so we thought it would be nice to bring it back. We know a lot of students, especially freshmen and sophomores and some juniors, are not 21 yet, so they can’t go to a real casino, so why not come and get the practice here and win some cool prizes.”
Coleman also shared that she believes Casino Night is a great way for students to try gambling at no risk.
“You don’t have the stress of losing your own money. It’s all fake money, so they get the opportunity to learn how to play the games without being worried of going bankrupt,” Coleman said.
Students participated in various casino style games such as blackjack and roulette. They were given fake money in which they could cash in for chips, to gamble without actually losing any of their own money.
“[I came because] this sounded like a lot of fun,” said Dorian Smith, a sophomore. “I’ve been hearing a lot about it this past week since it’s been advertised. When I was younger, I had a prom that actually had a bunch of these games. [My friends and I] knew how much fun this was going to be, so we decided to come out.”
Craig Scott, Coordinator of Campus Programming at Towson University, helped organize the Casino Night.
“Weekends @ TU is all about keeping the students engaged on the weekends on campus,” said Scott. “Casino Night is always very popular. We do it every year. We always have a good turnout and a diverse group of people that come out. That’s always the goal. Plus, I love to gamble, so this is my way of guilt-free gambling.”
Casino Night was advertised on the Towson’s Instagram page, “Weekends @ TU,” Towson’s events app, displayed on flyers in the Union, and emailed to students.
“I saw this on the Events @ TU app,” said Gabrielle Fields, a freshman at Towson University. “I also got an email. I wake up really early morning when it first comes out and look through what’s happening. My dad also tried to teach me poker three times and I didn’t retain any of that information.”
Up next, Weekends @ TU will be hosting a Game Night in Paws Cafe on Sept. 19.