Main Campus Program Board’s Game Night, held on Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium, was summertime fun in the middle of the fall for Temple students.
As students relived their childhood, some even discovered an unknown competitive disposition.
Among the plethora of board games the most popular were Connect Four, Pictionary and Taboo.
Chess, Spades and Cranium, however, did not fare as well.
There were also a number of other recreational activities made available.
Jumping rope and reciting rhymes about crushes was a favorite.
Male jumpers felt the need to prove their skills to those that doubted them.
Ping-Pong was also another favorite, with students attempting to mimic the memorable scene from Forest Gump.
One game that interested passing students was the game Go.
This game can be seen in the movie A Beautiful Mind.
Go is an ancient Asian game that focuses on strategy.
The object of the game is to try and capture the other player’s stones.
The students who started playing Go ended up playing this game for the whole night.
There were refreshments for everyone and door prizes were awarded to three lucky participants throughout the evening.
“I never win anything,” said Keesha Thomson, vice president of MCPB and the winner of a Temple Owl mascot doll.
All the prizes were Temple paraphernalia.
“Game night was cool, but the door prizes suck, I could get that stuff in the book store,” said Jami Rhodes.
The 50-some players who took part in game night were eventually exhausted after three hours of game playing.
“It was a good distraction from studying,” said Bernice Banks, who needed an escape from studying for the LSATs.
“We were looking to host a small event that we had never done before and that we thought would be fun and interesting,” said Monique Moore, one of the co-chairs responsible for the event.
Though students seemed to be indulged and satisfied with the games available at game night, the response of Temple students overall was not as positive as expected.
“I was not disappointed with the turnout. Everyone that stopped by seemed to have a really good time.
In the future, we would start a little earlier to attract a larger crowd,” Moore added.
Some of MCPB’s upcoming events include a dance party on Nov. 15 in McGonigle Hall at 9:30 p.m. (tickets will be sold in advance) and a lecture with author and poet Nikki Giovanni at the Great Court in Mitten Hall on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
MCPB meetings are held every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Student Center rooms 309 and 313 and are open to all students.
Tiffani Joseph can be reached at Tilejo@aol.com