Students Pay to Get Crabs at Joseph Urgo’s House

Students were invited to chow down on jumbo crabs at Joseph and Lesley Urgo’s home for the Class of 2011 Crab Feast. (Photo By Ryan Gugerty)
Students were invited to chow down on jumbo crabs at Joseph and Lesley Urgo’s home for the Class of 2011 Crab Feast. (Photo By Ryan Gugerty)
This year, the annual Senior Crab Feast was held at the college President’s house for the first time. Although the tickets were more expensive than in previous years (a five dollar increase to $30 to accommodate the difference in price for jumbo crabs), the event was so well attended that students taking shuttles to Joseph and Lesley Urgo’s home were at one point asked to help bring more chairs to the event.

Urgo, who had previously expressed an interest in holding college functions at his home, was approached by Kelly Schroeder and the Class of 2011 about hosting the Senior Crab Feast. The event seemed to be a financial success for the senior class, though a member of the executive board of the Class of 2011 was unavailable to confirm.

Urgo said, “We do think it went well…with everyone enjoying the crabs, the evening, and the view of campus from the river.”

When asked about whether this was his first time picking Maryland blue crabs, Urgo responded that he had never picked a crab before coming to St. Mary’s. However, he felt “well-taught in the art of crab feasting” since he had been taught by County Commissioner Jack Russell and trustee Mike P. O’Brien at several events over the summer.

Ken Benjes, a Hawk Radio DJ from the Class of 2011, was asked by the senior class president, Colleen O’Neil, to provide music for the event. “People seemed to enjoy everything and the music,” said Benjes, who also added that several songs by Lady Gaga were included per Urgo’s request.

With crab feasts leaving a notoriously large mess by the end of the evening, a lot of help was needed to get the Urgos’ lawn clean again. Urgo specifically wanted “to thank those who helped with the clean-up at the end of the evening, and those who staffed the event for the College.” Urgo was even spotted helping as well. “He helped clean up, which was really cool,” said Benjes.

Dr. Urgo expressed that he and Ms. Urgo “had a great time that evening talking to students and other guests” and that they would “be happy to [host the crab feast] again with next year’s class.” With the success of the event and the Urgos’ hospitality, this hopefully indicates a new St. Mary’s tradition.

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