This years Pratt after dark
This past Friday, the Pratt Recreation Center was bustling with students. From 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., C.W. Post residents, commuters, and their guests flooded the gym with one thing on their mind: Pratt After Dark. Who would not want to partake in a night full of free food, hot tunes, and lots of prizes?
This year Pratt After Dark took on a ‘Casino Night’ theme, and was put together by Student Life and Leadership Development, Residence life and Pratt Recreational service. The Multipurpose Room was decked out like a real casino with four table games including craps, roulette, poker, and blackjack. Not to mention the entire table of slot machines. Students started out with 500 chips to do with what they pleased. When they had enough, or lost everything, they would ‘cash-out’ their chips, and the number would be recorded. At the end of the night, the four students with the most chips won a prize. The first prize was the winner’s choice of an iPod nano or a GPS. Second prize was what ever the first place winner did not choose. Third place was 30 dining dollars, and fourth place was 15 dining dollars. For those who were not into gambling, down the hall was a massage room and tarot card reading.
Food was available to students free of charge. At the concession stand, they offered nachos, pretzels, ice cream sandwiches, and an assortment of drinks. There was also a smoothie stand to enjoy. If students were still hungry, they could enter one of the many eating contests. “I love the eating contests,” said Junior Theatre major Mike Greco. “Especially because my team won the taco bell challenge.” The challenge consisted of several teams of three. Each team competed to be the first to scruff down 12 soft tacos. The team that won received Visa gift cards.
Inside the gym, there were carnival games, a photo booth, license plate maker, and tons of blow-up obstacle courses. In the middle of the gym was a huge inflatable rock wall. ”I thought the blow-up stuff was pretty cool,” said Senior English major Riley Cassidy, “I was too afraid to try the rock wall but now that it’s all over I really wish I did. I also liked playing the carnival games because I won a lot of candy and chocolate.” Rows of table games such as air hockey, ping-pong, pool, and even some basketball hoops lined the gym for those who just wanted to relax with friends.
While this years Pratt After Dark is over, students are already looking forward to next years. “Pratt After Dark is definitely one of the events I look forward to every year,” said Junior Political Science major Dan Caccavale. “ I can’t wait until the next one!”