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Emmanuel College Experiments with 21+ Events

Flyers for 21+ events on campus. Provided by Kevin Farrell.

For the first time, Emmanuel College is hosting events that cater specifically to its 21+ student body. Events included the 100 Days Party and, most recently, a Wine Tasting hosted by Dr. Ryan Mott.

In addition, on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Jeffrey Fortin, Assistant Professor of History, is hosting a History of Beer Making. Dr. Patricia Rissmeyer, Vice President for Student Affairs, added that Emmanuel is currently working to develop a program for breweries tours.

Rissmeyer said that the inspiration for 21+ events was generated through discussions with the Student Life Task Force, a group of students who met last year to discuss improvements in student life.

This is the first time that Emmanuel has offered events of this kind and they have been met with a great deal of enthusiasm from both staff and students. Emmanuel is still a dry campus, but the events are likely to continue in the future, pending their success this semester.

Seating is limited at 21+ events, and all require a $5 refundable deposit to reserve a seat. All events also require a valid ID in order to attend.

The 100 Days Party, exclusive to seniors, was a celebration of the countdown to Commencement. The event included a ceremony and speeches by class officers in the Chapel, followed by a reception in the Auditorium.

Shannon Howard ’17 said that she enjoyed the event because it gave her the opportunity to come together with everyone in the class of 2017, a rare opportunity for students who are split up by classes and majors.

After the main event ended, Howard said, “Everyone went to Baseball Tavern, I think all of the fun happened there.”

Howard said she is excited that Emmanuel is hosting 21+ events, and is definitely interested in attending the rest of them.

Dr. Ryan Mott, philosophy professor at Emmanuel, was also excited about the 21+ events, specifically the “Pre-Valentine’s Wine Tasting” that he hosted. In an email, Dr. Mott said, “When Pat R. announced the possible change for the campus rule regarding alcohol consumption, I volunteered my services for just such an event.”

Dr. Mott became an internationally certified sommelier, or wine steward, in the ’90s at the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Institute at Boston University, which is accredited by the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust of London, England. He spent 20 years in the industry involved in sales, importing, educational workshops, staff trainings before pursuing a life of academia.

The event that Dr. Mott hosted was an introduction to formal wine tasting. He emphasized how to taste wine–instead of how to merely drink wine–as well as how properly read wine labels.

Dr. Mott was very enthusiastic about hosting the wine tasting. As for hosting similar events in the future, he said, “Absolutely. In fact, I’m counting on it!”

Fortin’s “A Taste of Beer & Cider” is currently full and registration is no longer open.

Emery Veilleux ’20 is the Assistant Managing Editor and a Staff Writer for the Hub. She can be contacted at

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