Dealer's Choice


Casino Night, one of Berry’s most well-attended events, drew more than 1,500 people this year. 

A tradition since 1975, students dressed to the nines enjoyed a fun-filled night of playing casino games such as craps, roulette, blackjack and poker. Many of the dealers were faculty and staff. Attendance has increased every year, said Karla Perez, a sophomore biology major and Krannert Center Activities Board promoter. 

Colleen Curlee, a senior psychology and public relations major, said she and her friends really enjoyed it the evening.  

“We lost a lot of ‘money’ and had a lot of fun,” Colleen said. The money is fake money that can be traded in for raffle tickets to fun prizes. Mock ceremonies at a drive-thru wedding chapel, a student band, photo booth and tarot card reader completed the Vegas experience. 

Berry’s Special Events Director Kathy Ray volunteered as a Black Jack Dealer.

“During the game, when the students would win a lot of chips. Some of the looks on their faces when they had ‘21’ or blackjack. That was fun,” Ray said. “I might not be the fastest in the world by the end of the night, but I had a good time and I really enjoyed it.”

Three student groups performed live music at Casino Night: Mark Morton Trio, Eric Eaton Band and Greg Robbins. There were also several students who stepped in as needed: Destiny Reed, Jordan Eppelson, Chandler Brooks, Andy Eddington, Taylor Haas, and Jermaine White.

The weekend began on Friday night with a concert featuring Plastic Musik, a band that specializes in performing a variety of music genres using objects such as Boom Whackers, buckets, and kiddie pools.

“It was something new and unique,” said Ali Reynolds, a freshman nursing major. “I liked the mix of classical and modern songs and that they used children’s educational tools to make music.”

Written by Public Relations Assistant Victoria Mashburn and photos by student photographers Lauren Neumann and Kelsey McCray