by Andreas Chenvainu
Bergen Student Life opened up a prize wheel at the tables outside their offices in the Pitkin Building. Crowds of people periodically gathered at the tables in the hallway from the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 25th to participate in the event, spinning the Wheel for the chance of winning various prizes.
Over the course of the two hours it was open, the colorful Wheel drew a significant number of participants from the crowds of passersby, some eager for a shot at winning some small items, others less enthusiastic but still willing to spin and get something.
For prizes, there were pens, keychains, notebooks, and hats, all with the BCC logo on them. Bergen Bulldogs T-Shirts were also handed out periodically to some lucky winners as the rarest prize, with only one spot on the fourteen-slice wheel. The event also offered students the opportunity to scan a QR code to enter the prize wheel raffle for a chance to win a $100 BCC Bookstore gift card.
Also present at the tables were volunteers handing out information about the Bergen Cares Center Food Pantry with a list of the most needed items in order to promote donations. The list included canned beans and stew, feminine care products, and various shelf-stable products, with the Cares Center phone number, location, and hours of operation included on the brochure.
For one volunteer promoting the prize wheel, Christopher C. Gagliardi, the event is a sign of a new beginning for BCC. “This is a significant victory,” says Gagliardi, who was away from the college for nearly a year-and-a-half due to Covid-19. “This is part of the reopening, and the return of normalcy.”