The Heaven and Hell of an Ellis Host

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - By: Nicholas P, Ellis ‘19; Photo by Zach L, Ellis ‘19

Last Saturday, the famous annual Ellis Open House took place. The theme was, as always, Casino. This event is said to be one of the best of the Open House Series and this was definitely proven once again this year.

For me, in my first year in Ellis, this was a great, but stressful, experience. As an Ellis House boy, this event gave me multiple advantages but also some disadvantages. 

Some of the benefits include that I didn’t have to pay any entry fee and that I belonged to the group of boys allowed to wear shoes in the house during the event. ;-)

But there are also some duties connected with being a host of this spectacular event. This includes setting everything up in advance and cleaning everything up directly after the event. Also, we were not allowed to play the games of chance or eat pizza during the event.

Still, the most challenging duties are the ones during the event. Because the theme is Casino, there is always something to do. I, for example, was working in the bank. When I first got the job, I thought that it would be easy, but it turned out to be very stressful. My shift was only half an hour in length but my partner, Jesse H, Ellis ‘19, and I were nearly overrun by all the customers wanting to get their money like hungry hounds:they were keen to take part in the many games offered.

Even though my job was already very stressful, my roommate Samuel S, Ellis, ‘19 had it worse. He had a one hour shift as a blackjack dealer and was constantly bombarded by cash-addicted players wanting to receive their winnings.

Luckily, there was a big reward after cleaning up: we got to eat all of the leftover pizza! This was definitely the biggest advantage of being an Ellis House Host. 

See you at Monte Carlo, the Ellis Edition, again next year.

Nicholas P, Ellis ‘19; Photo by Zach L, Ellis ‘19

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