This past Saturday night, much to the mirth and envy of my friends, I attended “The Dinner Detective,” a murder mystery dinner show, with a delicious three-course meal included. There was even a prize basket valued at $100 for whoever solved the mystery. How could a modest college student such as myself afford such extravagance, you ask? Easy: the Gray Fund, I say. It’s a fund whose sole goal is substance-free fun for students like me in the form of adventure outings, cultural trips, ticket subsidies, and movies on campus.
Other Gray Fund events in recent memory:
- Roller derby
- Zoo Snooze (a nighttime trip to the Oregon Zoo)
- Downtown food cart trip
- The Princess Bride shown on campus (free donuts and soda included!)
- Subsidized tickets to a Janelle Monae concert
- Dim sum in Chinatown
- Spring break in Joshua Tree National Park
I myself have seen Maya Angelou speak, watched Office Space with free popcorn in a lecture hall, and seen Prince Poppycock perform (on campus!), all through the Gray Fund. It’s nice to know that your school really, really, really wants you to have fun.