One of my favorite activities here at UNH is Bingo, hosted by UNH CAB, held on the third Thursday of every month in the MUB. Admission is free and each one has cool prizes to give away to fit within the designated theme of the night. The themes thus far have been “Back to School,” in which school supplies and things for a dorm room were given out. “Fall Foliage,” where fall-themed items such as a UNH sweatshirt and blanket were distributed and “Halloween,” where students dressed up in costumes and prizes like Halloween movies and pumpkin carving kits were offered! Most recently, it was “International Bingo,” in which items like a suitcase and a $200 gift card to Southwest Airlines were available to win. Although quite frustrating most of the time, trying to get a Bingo in different and sometimes complex – but what really makes the night entertaining and fun is being surrounded by your friends and eating the free candy offered at each table. If more than one person wins Bingo in any given round, tie breakers are often held, usually consisting of a dance-off, trivia challenge, or joke contest!
My favorite Bingo rounds are “Loser Bingo,” in which everyone remains standing until a number on your board is called. I also enjoy “Blackout Bingo,” where your whole Bingo board needs to be filled in order to win the grand prize of the night. Although multiple prizes are given each game, since Bingo is such a popular event at UNH, the students instantly become angry whenever someone in the room calls a Bingo. I’m definitely guilty of this, but not when a friend wins the prize! My roommate has been lucky enough so far to win a mini fridge at “Back to School Bingo” and a $10 iTunes gift card at “Halloween Bingo.” I finally got a Bingo at “International Bingo” this past Thursday night for a converter, travel pillow, and toiletry case, however there was a tie and I lost in the dance-off… Even though I did not end up winning the prize after all, it was still tremendously fun and I had no shame competing with other students in a dance-off!
Written by Rachel Afrow, UNH Class of 2016