Gala celebrates Union’s past

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE in a game of Blackjack during the 125th Anniversary Gala Saturday.

On Saturday, November 14, the Rensselaer Union played host to the 125th Anniversary Gala which as the name suggests was the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Union. The semi-formal event was free for students to attend, and consisted of a buffet dinner; a light show, dancing, and other activities, including a photo booth.

Attendance at the event was much higher than initially expected, with almost 500 students, staff, faculty, and administration at the event. Over $1,000 in prizes were won in the two raffles held, and attendees had the opportunity to win additional tickets by playing Las Vegas-style casino games, such as Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, and Roulette. Sodexo catered the event’s buffet dinner, which was met with delight from eventgoers. The light shows, held on Friday and Saturday nights, illuminated the exterior of the Union in an array of colors.

Whitney Gervais ’16, head of the 125th Anniversary Committee, was very pleased with the event’s turnout. Gervais said in response, “the 125th Committee was very happy with the success of the Anniversary Gala that was on Saturday evening. We had over 400 attendees come throughout the evening and everyone seemed very excited to be there. We really appreciated the attendance of students and everyone dressing up in the spirit of the event. We look forward to seeing more students at the final 125th Anniversary events next semester.”

The committee posted photos from the event and the photo booth to an album on Facebook, which can be found at