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Valley Nights holds game night for students

Creative writing freshman Chistopher Merrill (left) and history freshman Kyla Hardy (right) enjoy a game of Jenga at Valley Nights’ Game Night. Vanguard Photographer | Audrey Bergey

Valley Nights held its first Game Night of the semester on Thursday, Sept. 23. The event was put on for students to enjoy a night of gaming with friends. Gracie Lopez ran the event, which turned out to be very successful.

“The gaming event I put on was a chance for SVSU students to socialize and make connections,”

Lopez said. “We had multiple stations for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation for people to compete against each other and have some fun.”

Students used to opportunity to make new friends as well.

“I saw lots of students make new groups of friends through the event,” Lopez said. “Many people sat and played for the full three hours. We also saw the students get very excited about being able to connect through

our Discord and communicate online. It was a great time, everyone felt relief to finally have a game night while being safe with COVID-19.”

Andrew Giglio was another coordinator for Valley Nights.

He said there’s a lot of planning that goes into the event.

“The event took a lot of troubleshooting,” Giglio said. ”With COVID we had to move some things around and accept that last minute problem solving would definitely occur.”

Even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was able to happen with the proper precautions in place.

“This event went far better than I expected,” Lopez said. “This was my first in-person event I have ever put on, so I was dumbfounded when 50 plus people ended (up) coming by and playing video games. I was so happy to see people coming together over gaming.”

Similar events are upcoming as well.

“I plan to make this game night a series event eventually, I just have to perfect the orga- nizational aspects to the event,” Lopez said. “If people ask for it to happen again, I will be more than happy to put this event on again. If anything, I will be put- ting on different styles of this event.”

The next event is a Super Smash tournament on Oct. 7.

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