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Geek Week: Honors College celebrates residents

Published: Monday, April 2, 2012

Updated: Monday, April 2, 2012 14:04

The Honors College at ASU is getting ready for its annual Geek Week celebration, a week full of fun activities and community bonding for the Honors Living Learning Community residents.

Geek Week kicks off today, and lasts until the end of the week on April 6. Each year, the Resident Assistants of the three Honors buildings plan out the week’s events and pick a theme. This year’s theme, in honor of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, revolves around the historic and modern traditions of the Olympics.

Kelsey Lancaster, senior HLLC RA, said Monday the events begin with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. that will give a brief history of the games. It will also serve to inform residents of the activities for the week.

The events for Monday include a “Chariot Race” and grilling food in the HLLC courtyard. Other events during the week include a trivia triathlon, a movie night, a field day, and the climax for the week, an Ancient Greek Toga Party.

“From the overall theme to the individual activities, the RAs work hard to make the whole week a successful and rewarding occasion for all participants,” Lancaster said.

This is the Honors College’s third year to celebrate Geek Week. The first HLLC RAs from 2009-2010 and also the director of the Honors College Rebecca Oliver originally started Geek Week. The Department of Residence Life and the Honors College Association also have worked together to make this week of events possible.

Lancaster said that each event for each day was designed by a pair of RAs, to add “diversity and extra pizazz” to the week.

“The HLLC staff has been coming up with ideas all year for Geek Week, and I hope our residents enjoy it as much as I did last year,” said Allie McKinley, a sophomore HLLC RA from Bryant.

Even though Geek Week is geared toward Honors students and HLLC residents, the events are not exclusive.

Delaney Foster, graduate hall director of the HLLC, said the events are open to other students at ASU.

“While we only advertise in the HLLC and in the Honors Classroom, I feel confident that the students of Honors would welcome any participant,” Foster said. “However, it is a uniquely Honors experience. We tailor everything from the games, music and food to the Honors students’ taste,” she continued.

Lancaster also said all students are welcome. “The more the merrier! We like FOHs (Friends of Honors)!”

This year’s Geek Week also overlaps with the Residence Life’s Resident Hall Celebration Week, another week of fun events for students. There will be plenty of events for all students, not just Honors students, to participate in.

Foster said there is really no main event for the week, but she believes Thursday will probably be the most popular day. On that day, they will have inflatable jousting, music, fresh popcorn and many field day activities.

McKinley is most excited about the Friday night toga party.

“I’m pretty sure attending a toga party is on every college kids bucket list,” she added.

Lancaster said the HLLC RAs hope to continue hosting the event each year and also plan to continue the tradition they have already established at the HLLC with Geek Week.

The induction of the new honors building also will help to continue the tradition as more and more students are added to the continuously growing ASU Honors College.


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