In Italy, they called it “Lo Giuoco Del Lotto D’Italia.” The French had it, too, and named it—you guessed it—”Le Lotto.” At Stony Brook University, however, its name is Bingo, and—that’s right—it’s buying you your textbooks this semester. On Monday, January 27th, more than a hundred students crowded into SAC Ballroom A for “Bingo for Books,” an event that gives students the chance to win a number of prizes—including, famously, gift cards to the University Bookstore! Brought to us by the Office of Student Activities (shouts-out to Program Advisor Karen Lee), and very fabulously hosted by RHDs Sam Kloeckener (Hendrix College) and Jared Ciborowski (Dewey College), and Grad Assistant for Clubs and Organizations Michelle Gulino, “Bingo for Books” combines three of college students’ favorite things: friends, fun, and free textbooks! As Student Activities Program Advisor Karen Lee (very kindly) commented: “[Bingo for Books] is a great way kick off the semester […] and a great way to bring together a diverse body of students for an evening of fun and excitement. Students who join us bring with them varied experiences with bingo—some join us each semester for this event whereas for many others this is their first time playing. The best part about the event is that for our returning students it is a great event to look forward to on the first day of classes, and a fun way to introduce our new students to Stony Brook.” No one, I’m convinced, could have said it better. Thank you, Student Activities, for showing us how an old generation’s lottery game can help a new generation’s college students!
Special thanks also to Program Advisor Karen Lee for her wonderfully stated comments!