21 Club
The 21 Club, hosted by Student Activities (Photo by Sara Baloga)

By Carrie Victoria

Rachel McGinty celebrated her 21st birthday on September 22 and, on October 4, she attended one of the first Mount Saint Mary College events where she could drink legally—21 Club.

“Last year, I was friends with a lot of upperclassman, so I always felt that I was missing out,” McGinty said. “21 Club gave me something to look forward to.”

McGinty was one of the many students who gathered in the Knight Spot on October 4.

Of course, those students were 21-years-old or older and had to flash their school ID and driver’s license to the “club bouncers,” or, rather, Student Activities event coordinators.

Students entered the Knight Spot with groups of friends, sat themselves at a table, and listened to the music provided by a DJ.

The students were fed a buffet dinner — salad, rolls, eggplant parmesan, penne alla vodka, and an assortment of subs.

As is expected at any 21 club, there was plenty of beer and wine, which included Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, and White Zinfandel.

And to top it off, the drinks only cost $1 each.

“My gut tells me I came for the good food,” Katie Kelder said. “My heart says I came for the cheap alcohol.”

“Everything was great,” Karen Neary said. “But I wish there were piña coladas.”

While a fruity mixed drink may have been nice, many agree that the drink choices offered were great.

“There was a good variety and for good prices,” McGinty said. “A dollar per drink. College students can’t complain.”

People became more comfortable towards the end of the event, requesting certain songs for the DJ to play and getting up to dance with their friends.

“It was nice to relax and hang out with my friends that I don’t get to see often because I’m student teaching,” McGinty said.

That’s exactly what this event was about – relaxing, having a good time with friends, and drinking a couple glasses of wine or a few cups of beer.

About 75 students showed up to the first 21 Club of the fall semester.

“The first 21 Club is usually pretty low-key since most students turn 21 after October,” Director of Student Activities Sandra Cefaloni-Henderson said. “Next time, there will be a bigger turnout in Hudson.”

The next 21 Club will take place on November 8.

So, for those who missed out this time or haven’t turned 21 yet, you can always join in on the fun the next go around.