Clydecon event encourages student involvement on campus, co-curricular experience

March 07, 2017

Daryn Vlad

dvlad@uccs.edu

     Free time is hard to come by when students are dedicating long hours in the library toward earning their degree. But having fun doesn’t have to be a stressful task.

     On March 17, the Office of Student Activities and e-Sport Club will host Clydecon from 1-3 p.m. on the West Lawn.

     Students will have the chance to play games, win prizes, including a gaming system and meet new people on campus through the event.

     A 16-person gaming truck is part of the festivities, along with two inflatable gaming screens for students to play games like “Call of Duty,” “Mario Kart” and “Dance Dance Revolution,” among others, according to Jake Murphy, programming graduate assistant for OSA.

     All students are invited to the event, including nongamers. OSA are advocates for the co-curricular experience, which includes everything that happens outside the classroom, said Murphy.

     “Everyone is here to be a student first. It is important to study and get good grades, but there’s more to college than just sitting in the classroom,” he said.

     “We want to create an environment on campus for students to have fun, meet other people and interact with people on campus. We want UCCS to be a vibrant place.”

     The e-Sport Club is using this event for promotion, and according to Murphy, it is becoming increasingly active on campus. Gaming is a unifying force, according to junior game design and development major Brandon Moore, head of the e-Sport club.

     The goal of the club is not only to allow a space for students to compete and have fun through gaming, but also to help people work in teams, improve public communication and become leaders through playing games.

     “Our club’s idea is to have fun, bring gamers together and more importantly, get them to go to gaming events,” said Moore.

     Many tournaments offer scholarship opportunities, where students can receive help paying for college simply for playing video games.

      Students are encouraged to sign up for Clydecon online through the Student Events page. For more information, visit the Office of Student Activities or e-mail osa@uccs.edu.