Olivia Samerdyke, Editor-in-Chief
Traditional student life involves many trips to the library to do homework, research, or study. Mary Baldwin’s Grafton Library is no exception, but also offers a non-traditional way of getting students through the door, after normal hours. Twice a year, Game Night at Grafton offers students the chance to play board and video games or win a raffle in the same space where they prep for classes the rest of the time.
“It’s so much fun,” said Randi Beil, ’14. “I really like the Corn Hole, and the Ping Pong, but I know the dance games are popular, too.”
“I play Cards Against Humanity,” another senior, Kelleyann Gordon laughed.
A reasonably new event on campus, the tradition began in 2008, and became biannual in fall 2011. Not just fun and games, all money earned during the evening (entry fee and bake sale) goes to the American Cancer Society.
“All of the staff had family or friends who had been affected by cancer and we thought this was a great charity to support,” Christina Daniel, student staff coordinator explained. “As the event continued, the Colleges Against Cancer club became more involved and active in the event.”
On average, the library earns about $200 for the cause, and other groups also contribute to Game Night. The IT Department helps with the audio/visual side, and Gladys the Fighting Squirrel always makes an appearance to play and pose for pictures with her sister squirrels. Part of the event is a bake sale, and the library staff contributes items to, while the Visulite Theatres donate popcorn. Student library workers and members of Colleges Against Cancer run the different game stations and have fun at the same time.
“It’s pretty cool to get together and play games,” student worker Sutton Hastman said.
This semester’s Game Night is Friday, Sept. 27th, 7-11 p.m. Entry is $3. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.