Annual Schaumburg Casino Night offers games, excitement and more

By Steve Deku
Angie Briese - MA Secondary Education Student

Students and alumni alike came to enjoy a night of gambling and socializing at the Schaumburg Campus, as it hosted its annual Casino Night in the Alumni Hall on March 28.
Attendees were given replica cash to spend and gamble in a variety of ways. Games included blackjack, roulette, slot machines and a prize wheel. All proceeds from the night benefitted Autism Speaks.
The theme for the night was “The Great Gatsby,” which featured a variety of decorations, mock-tails and a screening of “The Great Gatsby” film throughout the night.
Participants tried to raise their total dollar amount in order to win prizes like a 32-inch television, Cubs tickets, skydiving tickets, a Keurig machine, movie tickets and a Bluetooth boombox. Other prizes, such as movie tickets, haircuts and Chicago Bulls posters, were given on the prize wheel.
“It is so much fun,” freshman Amanda Gelinas said. “I’m having a great time.”
Pharmacy student Sukhi Kang agreed with Gelinas’ sentiments.
“I really enjoyed it,” Kang said. “I think it’s really neat how they pulled out all these games.”
Pharmacy student Harmeet Chahil said he was looking to win the television.
“I’m going for the TV — I will win it,” he said.
Jalapeño poppers, mozzarella bites, pigs-in-a-blanket, fruit and vegetables were served, but nothing compared to the popularity of the chocolate fountain, which hosted a plethora of bite-sized treats for dipping, such as cakes, pretzels and marshmallows.
As the night came to an end, the prizes were raffled off to an excited crowd.
Chahil won the television, as he said he would, while Gelinas won the skydiving tickets.
“Events like these are so much fun,” Gelinas said. “If students know about them, there’s no reason they shouldn’t come.”
Chahil agreed, but with a different motive.
“People should come,” he said. “But thanks — more for me to win.”

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