For UA seniors, one last night of debauchery comes in form of bar crawl
Tomorrow, University Boulevard will be transformed by the senior class’ spring senior bar crawl into a great place to grab a drink and say goodbye to friends.
Compared to the fall’s, this semester’s crawl starts a bit later, running from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. According to Owen Brennan, an accounting senior and volunteer organizer for the event, the change was an attempt to accomodate the bars, helping students could get the best deals in turn.
Wristbands for the bar crawl can be purchased for $5 outside of Gentle Ben’s. A wristband grants grants students access to all the deals of the day, and the money goes to good use, too, Brennan explained.
“We put on the senior bar crawl to raise money for the senior gift,” Brennan said. “That’s the donation back to the school from the seniors, to show our thanks.”
This year’s donation goal is to raise $10,000 for improvements to McClelland Hall, according to the Eller College of Management’s page on the subject. Last year’s class raised $7,500, it says.
But Brennan also stressed that the bar crawl isn’t just about the gift — it’s also about friends and fun.
“It’s one of the last chances for the seniors go out together,” Brennan said. “It’s the last Saturday before finals start. We want to give everyone a last hurrah and send them off into the real world with some fun.”
Seniors will have plenty of options for food and drink come Saturday, as the event’s Facebook page’s list of University participants includes Gentle Ben’s, Fuku Sushi, The Auld Dubliner, Frog and Firkin, The Fix, Campus Candy, Which Wich, Silver Mine Subs and Eat-A-Pita.
Not all of the drink deals have been announced on the Facebook page as of press time, but the food discounts have been released. Everything at Campus Candy will be half-off with a wrist band, all Silvermine subs will be 25 percent off, Which Wich will offer a free combo upgrade and Eat-A-Pita will have $5 pitas.
Richard Fifer, the general manager at Gentle Ben’s, did talk a bit abut the bar’s deals, saying those with wristbands can get AMFs, Long Island ice teas and draft beers for $3.
Fife said he doesn’t expect the bar to be overwhelmed, as staff have planned ahead for the crowds set to come out. He said he’s mostly just glad to be helping out the school and senior class.
As for those at Fuku Sushi, they like being a part of the event to show support for all of the businesses on University, according to server and bartender Richard Aggurri. He also said Fuku will more than be able to handle whatever crowds may come out on Saturday.
“We’re pretty much ready to go for a crazy rush any time,” Aggurri said. “We’ve got a lot of beer, cold and ready to go. I know it’s senior week and there will be a big crowd, but we’ll be ready.”
As for deals, Fuku has $2 Kamikaze shots, $3 AMFs and $4 Sake Bombs, with all food at happy hour prices the whole night.
The rest of the deals can be viewed on the Facebook page, but suffice to say there are plenty of options for students looking to grab a cheap drink and support the senior class.