Casino Night aims to conserve energy with ‘Do it in the Dark’ competition


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Miranda Marinello

Mocktails flowed and chips fell at Kent Interhall Council’s first Casino Night promotional event for the “Do it in the Dark” competition Wednesday.

The “Do it in the Dark” competition is a yearly initiative by Kent Interhall Council to encourage residence halls to conserve energy. The competition is between all the halls on Kent’s campus, and the winning hall receives $1 laundry for a few days when the competition ends Nov. 19.

“We’re also doing a multimedia competition between the hall councils,” said Emiliana Morales, a senior international relations major and director of business operations for Kent Interhall Council. “They can make a movie or a song or a skit showing why it’s important and what they’re doing to save energy in their halls.”

The event featured classic casino games including roulette, blackjack, poker and a slot machine. Prizes were announced throughout the week on Kent Interhall Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and retweets or sharing the posts earned entries to win the prizes. Prizes included a Roku TV, an Amazon Echo, a Hydro Flask, a Nintendo Switch, an Apple Watch, two Flip 4 portable speakers and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera.

Sophomore integrated language arts major Abigail Jones thought the event could use some work, including Players Club, the band who performed at the event.

“I think it’s a fun atmosphere, but the band isn’t good and I think a lot of the games are repetitive,” Jones said. “But I think it’s a good concept, and I’m glad they’re trying new events.”

Winners of the raffles were announced at 8:30 p.m. and had to be present to claim their prizes. The “Do it in the Dark” initiative ends Nov. 19.

Miranda Marinello is the Greek life reporter. Contact her at [email protected]