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Casino Royale at the Rec Center

February 25, 2011

By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

Students gathered in the recreation center to enjoy a variety of casino games, including Blackjack and Russian Roulette. Photo by Nadia Dean

This past Saturday, Feb. 12, the Campus Activities Board or CAB hosted their annual Casino Night at Young Harris College. Held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the event was organized by Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities. Students gathered in the Recreation Center to enjoy a mix of food and casino games throughout the night.

As students arrived they were handed mock dollar bills to take and exchange for chips to play their choice of games for the night. Among the many casino games were: Russian Roulette, Blackjack and Craps. Also setting the casino-like atmosphere was the addition of virgin daiquiri’s, and other treats such as pigs-in-a-blanket, which were provided by Sodexco.

To help transform the recreation center into a casino, there were two large screens playing mainstream pop-culture music videos. This, along with neon and strobe lights that hung from the ceiling helped set the tone for a night of casino games.

Steadily the crowd grew as the night went on and many students were impressed by how much fun they had. When asked about his take on Casino Night, freshman education major, Niall McCabe, from Dublin City, Ireland exclaimed that, “it was awesome, really good fun!”

Jade Garrison, a freshman education major from Hiawassee said, “I really enjoyed it. It was definitely something I’d like to participate again in the future.”

Emmanuel explained that Casino Night is an event held on campus every year at YHC, and it only costs about $3,000 to fund the entire event; and, due to popularity it is something that CAB plans to continue doing in the future.

TjohnE Productions Inc. provided the games and entertainment for Casino Night at Young Harris, as they have done for the past several years. Fantasy game shows, fantasy casino and even simulated sky diving, are just some of events that TjohnE Inc. will provide for colleges, universities, and high schools all over the country.

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