The Spring 2015 Casino Night was my first event as the Special Events Chair for Student Productions. In planning, I followed the same structure as the chairs before me had, but I chose to make a few slight differences. Rather than hold in in the lobby of our student union, I took it up to the fancy ninth floor Vaughn Crescent Club. I also encouraged people to dress nicely and win prizes for best dressed. Since this was the first event we held at which we could not provide gift cards, I made a switch to Groupons, something the people that won them seemed to enjoy.
The Casino Night held during Homecoming Week is the fall counterpart to the spring semester event. It ran about the same but there was almost three times the turnout, it was held in the lobby of the student union, and instead of Groupons, my gift card substitutes were event tickets.
The Spartan Carnival was an idea that I wanted to see in action since I started attending UT. I loved carnivals growing up and always thought that it would be a good way for the student body to relive their childhoods. At this carnival we had games, bungee trampolines, a henna artist, and fried oreos. It was a huge success.
Homecoming Royalty is something that a lot of the seniors at UT look forward to. They go through an application and interview process to get to be on the Homecoming Court and once they are, they have to campaign to the student body to vote for them. At halftime of the Homecoming Soccer Game, the King and Queen are crowned with crowns made of real Swarovski crystals, donated by the International Diamond Center.