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Monte Carlo Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Students try their luck at the Blackjack table during Kalamazoo College’s 2014 Monte Carlo event. (Robert Manor / Index)

Monte Carlo is celebrating its 40th anniversary, this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. in Hicks. In this Q&A with Student Activities Committee (SAC) President Emily Finch ‘17, we learn about this year’s theme Glitz! Glam!, along with the changes that will be made to this year’s event and how students can attend and help out.

Index: Since it’s the 40th anniversary, is Monte Carlo going to be different this year?

Emily Finch: Monte Carlo will be the same, a casino night, with some dancing, great food, games, and prizes. Since it is the 40th anniversary we have upped the decoration game, and selected some pretty cool food options like the popular gelato and the bruschetta bar. We will have limited edition 40th Monte Carlo anniversary playing cards.

Index: What does Monte Carlo mean to you?

Finch: It is an opportunity on the Kalamazoo College campus, to dress up and socialize across class year boundaries, and all in all have a great time. While this is only my second Monte Carlo, it is by far one of my favorite events on campus, it’s fun to plan, and fun to attend because of the atmosphere.

Index: When do the preparations for Monte Carlo start?

Finch: We have been planning Monte Carlo since mid-fall quarter, for an event this large it takes a lot of work to make it possible.

Index: What is the registration process for Monte Carlo?

Finch: Doors open at 8:30 for those who pre-registered, and doors will close at 10:00 p.m. For those who did not pre-register if attendance is not at its maximum, you might be able to swipe in. Pre-registration starts Monday and will happen all week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Development Office and on Tuesday and Wednesday outside of the game room from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Index: How can people on campus get involved?

Finch: We are always in need of volunteers at Monte Carlo. Whether you are interested helping set up, event manage, and or tear down we can use all the help possible. You can also always attend SAC meetings and be a part of the planning process.

Index: Are there plans for SAC to work with other student organizations in the future?

Finch:  SAC will begin to plan for Spring Fling 2015, an event that last year focused on sustainability. It was a multi StuOrg event, where each StuOrg presented games, food, activities all with sustainability in mind. The current hope is to continue to host Spring Fling in a similar light this year.

Index: When and where does SAC meet?

Finch: SAC meets in Hicks 110, every Wednesday from 8 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Monte Carlo Celebrates its 40th Anniversary