Calling all geeks and nerds!! Tomorrow is the first day of Geek Week 2018, and it’s time for all of us to shine. Now, you may be wondering: what the heck is Geek Week? It’s a week filled with all kinds of events celebrating the different things that people geek out about. Maybe for you that’s something that you consider a guilty pleasure, or maybe it’s something about yourself that you show off, but either way, this is the time to be proud of the stuff you love. I’ve been involved in planning Geek Week since the beginning of fall semester, and I want to make sure you know about all of the super cool events coming up this week that you won’t want to miss!!
All links lead to the respective Facebook event unless specified otherwise; those links are the best places to go for more information about each event!!
| MONDAY FEBRUARY 26 |
8:00-10:00 PM // Trivia Night: One Quiz to Rule Them All! // Busch Student Center (The Cove)
We’re kicking off the Geek Week festivities with an epic night of trivia! The questions will cover every kind of geeky topic there is, from Star Wars to board games to anime and beyond. You can have a team of up to four people, so grab your nerdy friends and compete for prizes! You can also come alone and either compete by yourself or join an incomplete team. The top three teams win a prize and there is free food available for everyone. You can preregister yourself or your team here or you can just come the night of.
| TUESDAY FEBRUARY 27 |
10:00 AM-4:00 PM // Virtual Reality Showcase // Busch Student Center
During the day on Tuesday, there will be a VR Showcase going on at the Busch Student Center! This event was organized by my friend Jordan, and it is definitely going to be one of the highlights of this year’s Geek Week. This is an event like no other, and it’s a must-see. Throughout the day, there will be a whole bunch of speakers to see and product demos to try, all completely free! There will also be free food and giveaways. Stop by for as little or as long as your schedule allows.
8:00-10:00 PM // Triwizard Tournament // Busch Student Center MPR
As an active member of Muggle Mayhem, Rutgers’s chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, I was very active in planning this event, and I promise that it is worth the hype I’m about to give it. Join either Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, or Durmstrang and compete against the other schools in a night of epic challenges!! Win points for your team by competing in a variety of different tasks and have a blast with your friends in the process. No Harry Potter knowledge is required to participate in this event. You can preregister here to guarantee a spot on your chosen team, or you can just show up and we will assign you to a team.
| WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28 |
10:00 AM-5:00 PM // Let The Games Begin! // James Dickson Carr Library
Show off your love of board games at the Carr Library on Livingston! Have a blast with your friends by playing any of a large selection of board games. While board games are always meant to be fun, they can get quite competitive, so get ready to win! The extravaganza continues all day long, so make sure to stop by.
1:00-5:00 PM // Superhero Button Making // James Dickson Carr Library
Have you ever wanted to show off your love for your favorite superhero but didn’t know how? Well, now’s your chance! Visit the Carr Library to create your very own, one of a kind, superhero buttons! It’s completely free, and you can either bring an image of your favorite superhero or choose from one of the ones provided. Once your button is finished, show it off by pinning it onto your backpack or your favorite jacket.
7:00-9:00 PM // Dinner, Dialogue, and Debate // College Avenue Student Center MPR
Is there a nerdy debate you’re itching to have with a fellow nerd? Come to a special dinner just for that purpose! Every table will have its own discussion topic; all you have to do is arrive, enjoy some delicious free food, and sit down. Topics range from astrology to debating Marvel versus DC, and so much more! Everything is completely free, and there are also opportunities to win some cool raffle prizes.
| THURSDAY MARCH 1 |
7:00-11:00 PM // Honors College Geek Week // Honors College
Kick off March with a special Marvel event hosted by the Honors College! With a whole variety of events from trivia to mask-making to interesting speakers, this event is perfect for any Marvel enthusiast. The evening will culminate with a screening of Spiderman: Homecoming. Like any good Geek Week event, everything is completely free and there will be food!! You do not need to be a member of the Honors College to attend this event.
8:00 PM-12:00 AM // Blade Runner Screening // Library of Science and Medicine
Stop by the Library of Science and Medicine on Busch for a free screening of Blade Runner! There will be popcorn, and it is sure to be a blast.
| FRIDAY MARCH 2 |
8:00-11:00 PM // Night of the Living Finale Party, Part VII // College Avenue Student Center Main Lounge and MPR
End this incredible week with a finale party at the College Avenue Student Center!! Everything nerdy will be represented here, just like our own mini Comic Con. There will be a special musical guest, karaoke, contests, tournaments, and so much more!! There will be tons of free food and tons of fun to be had. And best of all, if you attended any of the other events during the week, this is the place where you can get your free Geek Week t-shirt. Bring your friends and end Geek Week 2018 with a bang!!
Since this Geek Week will be my first, I absolutely cannot wait to experience everything the geeky groups of this university have to offer. I hope to see you all at some of the events : )