Students ‘destress’ at UPB Game Night

Julia Lucas, early childhood education sophomore, Kierian Hunter, math sophomore, Veronica Chuca, radiology sophomore, and Alyss Mitchell, mass communication sophomore enjoy Hungry Hungry Hippo at Game Night.

Julia Lucas, early childhood education sophomore, Kierian Hunter, math sophomore, Veronica Chuca, radiology sophomore, and Alyssa Mitchell, mass communication sophomore, play Hungry Hungry Hippo at Game Night. Photo by Sam Sutton.

Wichita I and II was hopping during game night on Aug. 31 as students said they enjoyed the games and meeting new people. As part of the University Programming Board’s game night, some 25 students spent hours playing games and meeting last week. 

Juan Mercado, UPB assistant and sociology junior, said, “It’s a good event. It’s an easy way to get to know people on campus.”

Students like Julia Lucas, early childhood education sophomore, agreed with this. She said she met a couple of new people at the event, and she enjoyed the games as well. She also said it was a good way to relax after the first few days of school.

“I got to come out, destress and chill with some friends,” Lucas said.

Lucas said her favorite game of the night was Hungry Hungry Hippo. She and her friends played, and she said it got “pretty intense.” Tapiwa Gasseler, mechanical engineering sophomore, also said he enjoyed the night. 

“It’s pretty good. It gives me something to do while I wait for my class also,” Gasseler said.

Gasseler said his favorite game of the night was Connect Four. Nathan Mendiola, business freshman, liked the event too, saying it was a nice place to hang out and meet new friends. While students said they enjoyed the event, they also said they wished there were more games. 

Mendiola said, “I wish there was more advertising and more games. This would probably get more people to come out here.”

Gasseler agreed with Mendiola, saying he wished there were games. His favorite games weren’t at the event.

Gasseler said, “Yeah, if they had more games, it’d be more fun. They also should do something with ads so that more people could come out.”

Mercado said he figured people would enjoy it because they had the event last year and it was a success. He said he hopes to get more games in the future, but he is happy they got some new ones this year.

“I’m happy we were able to get a Nintendo 64 here,” Mercado said. “Not everyone wants to play board games, and not everyone likes PS4 or Xbox, so it was something else for students to do.”

Students played games like Pokémon and Super Smash Brothers on the Nintendo 64. The event went well overall, according to students, and Mercado said he definitely wants to host the event again.

Mercado said, “I do want to do it again. It’s a great way to get people involved and out of the house.”