Nerdology returns to campus

By Melissa Lopez

Hidden and self-proclaimed geeks and nerds will come together during one of Geek Week’s most knowledge driven events.

Associated Students, Inc. Student Activities and Programs will hold Trivia Tuesday: Nerdology, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 23, at the Bronco Student Center, Games Room Etc.

Nerdology is an interactive pop culture trivia game competition mixed with unscripted comedy.

Attendees will be tested on all their knowledge of video games, movies, TV and comic books related.

Students who have already put together a team of two to eight players can reserve a team table on myBAR.

Third-year urban and regional planning student, and student activities and programs assistant Nathalie Carrillo has been hard at work with her team and the games room staff to incorporate the trivia night into Geek Week.

“Nerdology has actually been done before at Cal Poly and it was such a hit, so its incorporation into Geek Week made perfect sense,” Carrillo said.

The student activities and programs team out sourced with Bass/Schuler Entertainment and MI Productions to put on this event.

Due to all the elements Nerdology brings together, it is a live show hosted by two professional improvisers and comedians.

The show consists of five rounds being approximately ten minutes a piece.

Topics covered throughout the night may include Finish the Quote, Fill in the Blanks, 20 Second Movie Identification and even basic general knowledge for some easy points.

Audience participation is a key part to the overall environment and execution of the show.

In between rounds, the audience will be encouraged to get out of its comfort zone by participating in mini trivia rounds such as Casting Call, Yoda Advice and Say What You Meme, which will test their improvisation skills.

Teams will have the opportunity to earn double points throughout various rounds as well.

Going all in during designated rounds can be a risk filled decision as missing just one answer could result in losing all the points that were accumulated during the night.

First-year history student Jessica Lopez is a frequent visitor of the games room and would like to test what she really knows compared to everyone else.

“I read a lot of books and really like all things anime, especially Naruto, so I would definitely be the strong person with those skills on my team,” Lopez said.

Because this is a knowledge-based trivia competition, outside help and using the internet will not be permitted.

Phones will not be allowed to be out once a round begins.

“The games room is a cool environment, and it kind of sucks that I can’t be here for the trivia night because it sounds like such a good time,” first-year undeclared student Mercedes Gonzalez said.

Free food will be provided for participants and an array of prizes for the winning teams.

There are still plenty of events left to attend during Greek Week such as a gaming panel, Quidditch workshop, cosplay competition and a Back to the Future movie marathon.

Geek Week runs from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26.

Nerdology is a knowledge-based trivia competition therefore, outside help will not be permitted

Courtesy of CPP MyBar

Nerdology is a knowledge-based trivia competition therefore, outside help will not be permitted

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