On Saturday, April 8, members of Fairfield University’s senior class had the chance to dress to the nines and partake in a night of fine dining and casino excitement.
The senior trip to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., was recently taken over by the Fairfield University Student Association. According to FUSA’s Vice President-Elect and Director of Programming Molly Strang ‘18, many seniors favor the trip because it gives the senior class another opportunity to come together before graduation.
In comparison to past trips, student attendance spiked. Due to the overwhelming interest in the event, FUSA decided to add two more buses to the already planned four buses, in order to give more students the opportunity to attend.
According to assistant director of student programs, Colleen Wilson ‘11, a total of 320 senior students were present at the casino.
The six student buses departed from both campus and Veteran’s Park.
“Once there, the students received casino and food vouchers which they were able to use at most of the restaurants,” said Wilson.
In addition to the numerous restaurants to choose from, students over the age of 21 had the opportunity to try out some of the casino’s trademark features.
Senior Jackie Marzigliano, who attended the trip, had reservations about gambling for the first time.
“I had never gambled before so I didn’t know what to expect and still had that big false hope that I could magically become rich from the experience,” said Marzigliano.
While some students had minor complaints, such as Barbara Goger ‘17 who was a bit disappointed that the gambling voucher did not work on slot machines, the event was an overall success.
“I’d say everyone had a fun time. It was nice there was so much to do, so if you didn’t want to gamble you had other options,” said Goger.
While some students came home empty-handed, Marzigliano included, others were satisfied enough to have a memorable night with friends and classmates.
“My roommate won $420 dollars playing blackjack alone. So even though I lost, it was still exciting to see her win so much,” said Marzigliano.