ASI hosts first Geek Week

By Brent Spivey

ASI held its first annual “Geek Week,” and the first day was particularly mysterious.

Trapped in the School of Wizardry and Extinction level, twelve students worked together to beat the 25-minute timer, and escape the BSC, Ursa Minor suite escape rooms.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Doctor Who, were just a few of the themes presented last week.

Dr. Melissa Aaron, department of English and foreign languages, and faculty advisor of the Harry Potter club, discussed Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and the future of the wizarding world in the BSC, Ursa Major Suite.

“Being able to relate to images I see every day in my mind from the novels perpetuated through Geek Week is amazing, and it’s a socially accepting atmosphere,” fifth-year liberal studies student Will Alexander Carter said.

Will helped conduct the Quidditch game in the University Plaza Thursday.

The game pinned Team Pepper-Spray against Team Horcrux in a battle to score the most points during the three-minute periods.

Tuesday, a Nerdology trivia night covered the broad spectrum of pop culture, which had groups on their toes trying to answer questions.

“There is no longer a stigma to avoid geeks,” ASI Student Activities Assistant Elijah Flores said.

Gamers had a chance to score some fan-art and check out a panel on professional gaming.

The Artist’s Alley in building 35 provided students and local vendors a chance to sell their fan-art, and merchandise.

The cosplay event, Thursday in the Games Room, was the first chance at winning one of two Nintendo Switch’s, sponsored by CPP E-Sports.

A cosplay demonstration by YouTuber Jessica Vill preluded the cosplay competition.

Known for her spectacular transformations into Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, Vill transformed an average joe into Johnny Depp.

Cosplay costumes included the likes of Spiderman, Deadpool, Buddy from Elf, Team Magma Grunt, a kawaii-maid and many more.

Based on personality, costume design and accurate portrayal of the character, the five judges determined that Deadpool was the one to take the prize.

“The reactions from others when they see me in costume is priceless, and they all want pictures with me.” fourth year computer science student Jose Garcia said.

All week, students were quizzed about geek related subjects for raffle tickets.

At the end of the week a ticket would be drawn from the pool for another chance at winning the highly sought-after hybrid-console.

Finale Friday brought together gamers of all types, whether it be Role-Playing-Games (RPG), board games or video games, there was a place to play for everyone.

Each day offered a chance to de-stress, which is necessary for students battling midterms.

The Back to the Future movie marathon was no exception.

“Connectivity is a huge thing, so happy to see so many people here at the beginning,” second-year biochemistry student and Gamer Union president Jack Benjamin Clark said.

“You don’t know how fun something is until you’ve tried it and geek week offers a chance to be more open to the community and get away from the academics for a bit.”

Students dressed as favorite characters including Spiderman and Deadpool, for the cosplay competition

Brent Spivey / The Poly Post

Students dressed as favorite characters including Spiderman and Deadpool, for the cosplay competition

Geek Week looked to break the stigma behind avoiding geeks, and for a chance to become more open minded

Brent Spivey / The Poly Post

Geek Week looked to break the stigma behind avoiding geeks, and for a chance to become more open minded

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