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C.H.O.I.C.E.S Club at Briar Cliff Hosts Game Night Event

April 1, 2019 | by Jake Dubé

One Friday evening each month, the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. club at Briar Cliff University hosts an annual ‘Game Night’ in the Stark Student Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event features a numerous amount of board games, card games, delicious treats and more.

The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. club at Briar Cliff stands for ‘Choosing Healthy Options in College Enhances Self. Their goal is to “educate and encourage students to make informed, responsible choices in their lives.” C.H.O.I.C.E.S also focuses on promoting peer education programs on healthier and safe life-style choices while being college.

‘Game Night’ is one of those safe alternatives for students at the Cliff. C.H.O.I.C.E.S. club president and junior, Anna Taylor, touches on how this new event simply began by her own personal experience.

“I was talking to Jenny and was telling her about how I played a lot of games over Thanksgiving with my family and then it was like a light bulb went off in my head to do something that simple here,” said Taylor.

Jenny Tobin, the director of counseling services and adult advisor of the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. club, adds to how the ‘Game Night’ event began.

“Anna Taylor came up with the idea and she just wanted another alternative activity on the weekends for students to just come down, relax, and have fun together where alcohol is not involved because that’s a big part of choices,” stated Tobin.

The event started in January making this month the third time it will be hosted. According to Tobin, they hope to start seeing more of a turnout because there is a lot of effort that goes into this event and people should know.

“People can come and play one big game or bunch of little games, and what I’ve done is that I like to bake treats,” stated Tobin. “We have homemade goodies and we play board games, can’t get better than that,” added Tobin.

Phase 10, Clue, and Monopoly are the most popular games featured in the ‘Game Night’ event. However, there are many more board games and card games along with other fun activities including billiards, ping-pong, and foosball.

Sophomore, Andrew Geelan, was one of the students who attended ‘Game Night’ last month.

“It was a lot of fun definitely and already looking forward to going again,” stated Geelan. “It was a cool time with my friends and chill way to spend my Friday night for sure,” added Geelan.

This month’s ‘Game Night’ will take place at 7 p.m. next Friday night, March 29th, in the Stark Student Center.

Taylor encourages students to get out of the dorms and attend game night as a safe alternative to drinking.

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. club president and junior, Anna Taylor encourages students to attend the ‘Game Night’ event as a healthy alternative for something to do on a Friday night.

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