Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
By Allison Tinsey,News Editor
In anticipation of one of the biggest events put on by the Student Activities Committee, the hype for this Saturday’s Monte Carlo Night has been growing ever since it was announced that the event would be held off campus at AirZoo and themed “Around the World in 80 Days.”
The move to AirZoo, located just 15 minutes away in Portage, was due to the fire marshal’s limit of 500 occupants in Hicks Student Center for an event and also due to a busy winter sports schedule that made Anderson Athletic Center unavailable.
Changing locations will not affect the casino night atmosphere. Seniors Jacob Arnett and Breanna Daily, president and vice president of SAC, said, “We believe the Air Zoo will take this event to new heights and will offer a different experience than in years past.” Las Vegas-style gambling tables will still be available for play, along with the oxygen bar and bingo. Being at AirZoo, students will also be able to enjoy the exhibits and simulators for free.
Some will recall the protests that took place after last year’s Monte Carlo, including a pre-planned walk out in response to the no re-entry policy that was put into place shortly before the event. The policy was revised for the spring event, Crystal Ball, but Kate Yancho, Assistant Director of Student Involvement, said, “We found that the number of students who chose to leave the event and return at a later time was very small.”
Students are encouraged to get dressed up and to wear tasteful international formal wear, if they have it. However, students are strongly discouraged from consuming alcohol prior to the event, because they will not be allowed to enter regardless of age if they have obviously been consuming or are suspected of consuming alcohol. This is an alcohol-free event and the College must adhere to the policies of AirZoo. Campus and AirZoo Security will be present, along with members of the local police departments.