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A night on the town

April 10, 2015

 

Chaz Oubre, a junior mechanical engineering major, throws the dice in craps as onlookers watch in suspense–Photo by Devin Dronett

Chaz Oubre, a junior mechanical engineering major, throws the dice in craps as onlookers watch in suspense–Photo by Devin Dronett

RACHEL MAXWELL
Staff Reporter

 

With the help of Tech’s Union Board, a piece of Ruston was transformed into the town’s alter-ego for a night.

 

Suits, ties, meat pies and game tables filled the Tonk Tuesday night, April 7, as Union Board held “Rusvegas,” a casino night for the student body.

 

Some students, like Dylan Blackwell, said they came to the event for the obvious reason: poker.

 

“I play with my dad all the time at home, so I thought it’d be cool to play on campus,” said Blackwell, a freshman professional aviation major.

 

Cody Sanderlin, a senior kinesiology major, said he, too, came for the Vegas poker experience.

 

“I just wanted to get out and have some fun, win some prizes,” said Sanderlin, a senior kinesiology major. “I like how authentic it feels, with the lights and music, it’s great.”

 

Others said they showed up looking for something to break up their normal routine. Victoria Badeaux said it was nice to have something new to do on a date besides dinner or a movie.

 

“I came to have a first date with a guy I’ve been talking to. It’s cool to have something different to do,” said Badeaux, a freshman secondary education major.

 

Many Union Board members, such as Alexa Tucker, shared their excitement about the event.

 

“I just love working to get the event set up and watching it all come together,” said Tucker, a sophomore kinesiology major.

 

Kyle Stephens, a former Union Board member, said he is proud of Union Board for continuing to hold the event even after the Residential Life department decided not to take part in it.

 

“In previous years, housing has worked with Union Board to put it on,” he said. “This year, it’s just Union Board. I’m really glad they kept it going; it turned out awesome.”

 

Stephens, a junior kinesiology major, said the games were obviously a huge hit.

 

“I didn’t see that many people dancing or eating, which at first I thought was a little weird, but then I realized how many people were packed around the game tables in the back,” Stephens said.

 

Seong Park, a junior accounting major, said Union Board’s continuation of Rusvegas was a no-brainer.

 

“We just thought it was such a great event, and we always had a good turnout, so we decided to keep it going,” he said.

 

Park also said that this year’s success confirmed that Union Board had been right in their decision.

 

“We have a great turnout here,” he said. “There’s something for everyone, whether you like the games or the music, or even just food, it’s fun for everyone.”

 

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