Students fight for free food

Students fight for free food

“Grocery Bingo” event successful yet again

By Greg Jubert


On Feb. 3, Late Nite Niagara and the Campus Programming Board (CPB) put on one of their most popular events each semester in “Grocery Bingo.” The event, located in the lower level of the Gallagher Center, has developed into a student favorite for years now as approximately 100 students participated in the evening’s festivities.

“The night before we go out to either Walmart or Wegmans and purchase about $400 in groceries and auction it off to our winners,” said Michael Pearl, a sophomore majoring in psychology, communication studies and international studies who also helped run the event. “It’s not just snacks, we’ll get a whole gluten free basket, and it really does get good turnout every year.”

The night started off with a collaboration with Alumni Relations as those in attendance were asked to take part in a video excerpt. It was here the students were asked to stand up and yell “Together we are the power of Niagara University.” Afterwards, students were treated to pizza and drinks as they got their bingo cards ready to try to win. The prizes, which often included as many as 10 individual items, contained favorites such as M&M’s, Oreos, popcorn, chocolate pudding and many more. Throughout the course of the event, all students were given the opportunity to win various Niagara University apparel, from cups to shirts to foam fingers. When two people would win a round, the event took a different approach than traditional bingo to determine the winner.

“Grocery Bingo” has proven to be one of the most popular events every semester at Niagara.

“One of the biggest parts of the event is that when there is a tie, in normal bingo the winners go ahead and simply split the prize,” said Pearl. “In grocery bingo we don’t do that since you cannot really split a bag of Doritos for example, instead we settle it with a dance off. Whoever dances the best based on audience approval takes the prize and all of the groceries that come with it.”

The students were treated to multiple dance competitions as the night progressed, featuring songs such as “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” by Beyonce´ and “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars). As Pearl alludes to, the success of the event first and foremost comes down to the the students.

“Besides the fact that college students are always hungry and are always looking for anyway to get food, the event has a great atmosphere, and people get to do something that is fun and popular,” Pearl said. “It is a lot of fun, and it really has become such a strong tradition here at Niagara over the past few semester.”

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