100th night
(Photo by Joseph Mastando)

by Joseph Mastando

On the night of Feb. 7, Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) seniors piled into Hudson Hall’s auditorium to celebrate one of the most bittersweet traditions at the school: 100th Night.

100th Night commemorates just what its name implies: 100 nights until graduation. Students who attended picked from a buffet styled dinner prepared by Sodexo, featuring dishes from eggplant sorrentino to chicken piccata. Sodexo also arranged the night’s most treasured fixture, a limited bar serving boxed wine, canned beers, and chilled ice coolers.

MSMC’s Student Activities office organized the event aside the senior class representatives.

“I had a meeting with Caitlin Houlihan,” said senior class president Sara Baloga in regards to organizing the event. “We decided what was going to be served for dinner, what glasses we were going to give away, what color scheme/decoration we were going to use, and that we were going to do trivia.”

Excitement rose as students huddled in groups of ten to participate in the night’s trivia game. Featuring three rounds of questions, students were quizzed on their knowledge of pop culture, asking questions like, “How many Rocky films did Sylvester Stallone star in?” and “Who was the youngest child on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?”

As the winning team was announced, the DJ spun chart toppers for the remainder of the night as the students released their college angst through their dance moves and vocal prowess while shouting the lyrics to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

“This night is setting the tone for the rest of the semester,” said public relations major Nina Gecosala.

Once the bar ran dry and the partying ceased, students migrated through the bitter winter winds back to their dorm rooms with a souvenir courtesy of Student Activities, a glass beer mug with the Knight’s symbol and the words “Mount Saint Mary College 100th Night Class of 2014” engraved on its facade.

Though the students seemed to enjoy themselves, the night acted as a bittersweet awakening that in just 100 nights, they’ll be waving goodbye to the school they called home for the past four years.

“I’m happy,” said internet technology major Kimberly Sheamon, “but there are things I’ll miss.”