By Jeline Abutin
Located in the Bronco Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona, the Games Room is a multiuse space where students can relax and unwind from the stresses of college life.
“Definitely what’s beneficial of having the Games Room is having a place for students to come and take a break,” said Sandy Mihiar, coordinator of the Games Room. “Another one is giving students that work here an opportunity to be able to work on campus.”
The Games Room is operated by students for students and offers a plethora of activities, events and lounge space for the campus community.
“We refer to this space as the loud lounge,” said David Quezada, the lead building service coordinator for Associated Students, Inc.
The Games Room was established in unison with the BSC, which was built on the idea of being the living room of the campus community, according to Quezada.
“[The Games Room’s] priority is to be a lounge, to be a destination for students not only to sit and relax and study but to also be active in some sort of game or activity,” said Quezada. “That is the root of the Games Room. It’s an interactive lounge.”
Students who visit the space are able to unwind through using arcade games, console games, billiards and much more.
“I’ve always been the type of person that likes noise and entertainment,” said Francisco Casasola, a fifth-year agricultural business student. “I’ve also always liked pool and video games. It relieves stress. The Games Room is a place where you can meet up with your friends. It’s a really chill environment.”
Unlike other spots on campus, the Games Room is the central hub for the gaming community.
“What we’ve recognized is that we have niche communities,” said Quezada. “We tried to make this space a place where all those small communities can meet.”
“I definitely see a lot of gamers, different types of gamers,” said Mihiar. “You have your DDR gamers. You have your Street Fighter arcade gamers. Then you have your Xbox gamers, your Super Smash Bros. gamers, your FIFA gamers, your billiard players, your table tennis players and then you have people just lounging and sleeping here. The gaming community has grown so much in the last four years and it’s all different.”
Another aspect of the space is that it is home to the campus Box Office, a place where students can purchase movie tickets, theme park tickets and more for a discounted price. The official campus Lost and Found is also located in the Games Room.
The Lost and Found is one of the many student-focused services the Games Room provides. Any lost or abandoned items found on campus are dropped off at the Games Room and held for a total of three months. If items are not claimed, the Games Room staff prepares the items for its annual Lost and Found auction that takes place every quarter.
“We auction off items from iPhones, iPods and we even auction laptops,” said Mihiar. “When I get these items ready for auctions, it’s so painful since I see a really nice phone and realize someone has lost it. We try our best to look students up by the directory to try and get the items back to their original owner.”
Although the Lost and Found auction is made possible from the lost items found across the university, the proceeds from the auction still benefit students, according to Mihiar.
“The money we earn from our monthly auctions goes to a scholarship fund,” said Mihiar. “Last year, we made $3,000. “
According to Mihiar, the January auction will consist of the many bicycles that have gone unclaimed at the Lost and Found.
“We’re going to auction off 10 bikes,” said Mihiar. “We have 16 in total right now, but we will auction off the rest in February.”
Mihiar and the Games Room staff are also in the process of planning other events for the rest of the academic year, one of which is Paint Night, a free event where students will learn how to create a painted canvas piece.
“There are lots of events,” said Mihiar. “One of the big things that were trying to do is reach out to students. My goal is for students to use the space. This is your games room. Just own it. It’s yours.”
The Games Room is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on up incoming events, stay updated through the Games Room’s Instagram account @asigamesroom.
Courtesy of Associated Students Inc.
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