Geek Week showcases art

By Jennifer Morales

Come join Associated Student, Inc. during its first annual Comic-Con inspired Geek Week and get the chance to experience Comic-Con on campus and embrace your geekyness.

The third day of Geek Week presents one of the networking nights, Geek N’ Greet.

The event will showcase art at the Artist Alley and have networking opportunities.

“Geek Week is for students who have been called a geek or a nerd, but we want them to know that being called a geek isn’t something bad,” second-year psychology student and ASI Student Activities and Program department programmer Elijah Flores said.

“They can come and enjoy all these activities that are known as ‘geeky.”

Students are free to express their creativity and imagination through their handmade art.

The art will be showcased at the Artist Alley and will be available for purchase.

Artist Alley will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major for free admission.

This well-rounded event was possible because of ASI’s Student Activities and Program department programmers: Flores, Arianne Coleto and Brenda Calderon.

Students who attend will have the opportunity to share a common experience with other art lovers and feel a sense of escape as they are surrounded by art.

Along with student art, there will also be nonstudent vendors selling their art and campus clubs such as Neo Anime, E-Sport, Dumbledore Army and Gamers Union selling other products.

Even though there were no restrictions on the type of art the artists and vendors may be selling, students may go home with a purchased geek themed art piece that shows their love for the arts.

To join the creative fun, ASI will have a caricaturist drawing people with exaggerated features such as a large head and a small body.

These cartoon drawings will be drawn with superhero costumes to resemble the Geek Week theme of embracing one’s uniqueness and geekyness.

Also, there will be an amazing calligrapher, Jocelyn Chung, working her magic with paintbrush strokes against any type of canvas creating an aesthetic style of writing.

She will artistically write a student’s name or favorite quote in a font like motion creating a masterpiece that could be displayed on a wall.

The second half of the night will be the greet part of Greek N’ Greet where students will have the opportunity to network with professionals in the gaming business.

“People who are interested and want to go into the gaming career will have the experience to talk to those in the industry and get to know their background on how they got there,” fourth-year biology student Brenda Calderon said.

There will be a professional panel from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Joining the network panel is Blizzard Entertainment, a video game developer who is well known for Warcraft sequels, StarCraft series, Diablo series and Overwatch.

Justin Gallaway will be there to represent.

Along with eSports that is widely known for Call of Duty will bring along one of its own commentators.

Also, and a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus, Kimberly Loya from iBUYPOWER will be part of the panel. iBUYPOWER builds programming systems and have worked with Microsoft, Asus and Bethesda.

These gaming businesses will be there to inform students about their career in the gaming industry and answer any questions, give their insights about the industry and share their struggles to get to where they are now.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to get inspired and feel empowered to follow their passion for the gaming industry.

For more information on Geek Week there is a colorful chalkboard in the BSC with dates and times for every event starting Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, and on the CPP website.

The event will showcase art at the Artist Calley and have networking opportunities for all students

Jennifer Morales / The Poly Post

The event will showcase art at the Artist Calley and have networking opportunities for all students

Among the network panel will be Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft and Diablo series

Melissa Lopez / The Poly Post

Among the network panel will be Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft and Diablo series

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