Spanish Bingo Club – The Wayne Stater
For the first time, the Spanish Club will host Spanish Bingo open to all students. Usually the Spanish club only play in meetings, but they decided to have an open Spanish bingo event on campus.
Megan Phillips, President of the Spanish Club, explained why they are organizing this special occasion.
“Spanish bingo is the last event of Hispanic Heritage Month, and we thought it would just be a fun event to do to wrap up the month,” Phillips said.
The Spanish Club has organized other events, such as traditional Hispanic dance classes, to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.
According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the stories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The celebration begins on September 15 and ends on October 15.
September 15 is an important and significant day because it is the anniversary of the independence of the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The month of celebration was first called Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and was later extended to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
The name of the Spanish bingo game is called “Loteria”, which is a rough translation of “the lottery”. Unlike normal bingo, Spanish bingo contains cards with pictures instead of numbers. The bingo game announcer says the English term for the image on the card, and players should find the Spanish translation on their bingo sheet. The game of bingo is meant to be fun and educate students about the Spanish language. It’s also a great practice for learning some Spanish vocabulary. When a lucky player wins, they can choose a prize. The prices include gift cards from different locations around the city.
Michaela Cosgrove, Vice President of the Spanish Club, is delighted to see how the Spanish bingo night will unfold.
“This is the first type of event that we have had in recent years that it has been opened on campus,” Cosgrove said. “We are eager to promote our club.
The event will take place in the Frey Conference Suite at the Kanter Student Center at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12. From now on, the Spanish Bingo Night is a unique thing, but, if it becomes popular, the Spanish Club may consider hosting future bingo nights.