By Casey Dibari & Rosa Del Carmen Gomez– Opinion Editor & 1851 Staff
On January 29, the Class of 2023 Committee hosted a 1920s-style Mocktail and Murder Mystery night for their Class Giving Challenge. The event was held on the second floor of the Arnow Campus center from 8-10 p.m. and was led by Secretary Samantha Vega-Torres.
“We came up with this idea because it was 2020, 100 years since the 1920s,” Vega-Torres said, adding that the proceeds for the Class Giving Challenge go to the senior gifts for graduation. “It’s a cumulative thing that raises money across all for years.”
To attend, students paid $2 at the door while dressed in their roaring twenties attire. They advertised the ability to wear costumes at the event, though they were not required for a student to attend. Just the two dollars at the door before the event began was required.
The event offered snacks and mocktails, more specifically, sparkling Rosé, sparkling apple juice and Shirley Temples. There were also sheets of papers presenting the characters that attendees could play as for the murder mystery. Those there were encouraged to get into character once they chose a sheet. There would then be time for everyone to mingle and establish their characters before the mystery of the night began.
The guests were given time to mingle around the party and learn about all the characters in the room. After about thirty minutes had passed, the lights went out. When the lights came back on, Felix, one of the characters in the mystery, was found dead on the floor.
“Everyone got a character and everyone had an interaction between the character on the sheet and we had to figure out who murdered Felix and it was really fun,” said first-year Sean Spina.
“I played an actress. I haven’t done one of these in a while so it was really cool,” said first-year Hannah Ward.
First-year Brett Carey, who played both murder victim, Felix and Detective Cecil, enjoyed the event, saying, “I thought it was a fun event just to go to.”
Class of 2023 President Michael Woo, who played murderer Edgar Fitzgerald in the mystery, said that it “was a lot of fun faking it. Going around, pretending to be someone I wasn’t… It was fun planning it too because we already knew the back end of it, we knew we wanted it to be a murder mystery.”