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Events - Episode III - 2014

All Week Long!  

Geek Week posters available at select events!

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We will be selling shirts at several of our events, and giving some away if you’re lucky!

Price: $15 each, 2 for $25, or 3 for $30

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Friday, March 28  

8:00 PM- 1:00 AM: Night of the Living Costume Dance Party, Part III
Livingston Student Center (yes, the whole thing)
Free for Rutgers students with RUID
$5 for guests

How much nerdiness can we pack into one building? A lot! Old-school arcade and dance games, more console video games than you can count, table top gaming, a photo booth, game tutorials on the main stage, illusion and magic performances, tons of give-aways, and so much more!

We will be hosting the Third Annual “Level Up” Game Swap Meet as part of this event.  Bring your old board and video games, trade them in for other people’s stuff, and whatever is left over goes to charity! For more information about this event visit here.

The Starcraft Club will also be hosting a Starcraft 2 tournament. Prizes include a mechanical keyboard for first place, razer mouse for second place, and $10 for third place. Don’t think you will make top 3? No problem! More prizes will be announced.  The Tournament will be comprised of two parts: a group stage and a bracket stage. Everyone signed up for the tournament will be divided into groups where they will play everyone in their group in best of 3 matches. From there, the top players in each group will advance on to bracket play. Bracket play will be single elimination with best of 3 matches played until finals which will be a best of 5.

Special prizes will be awarded for the costume contest. We will award prizes for Best Group, Best Overall, and Weirdest Costume. Winners will be immortalized a brand-new trophy!

Live music from Adam WarRock, Amanda Lepre, Tribe One, and Mean Creek.

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Monday, March 24  

8:30 PM: Geek Week Trivia Night- One Quiz to Rule Them All!
Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center
Free

Come out and get your geek on with an awesome night chock full of nerdy trivia. We’ll have questions covering the wide breadth of geekdom; everything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones, tabletop gaming to Internet culture. Bring your friends and compete as a team (up to five members) or come to meet some fellow geeks! The top three teams will win some fun prizes!

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Saturday, March 29  

9:30 AM: Scarlet Cross Renaissance Fair
6:00 PM: Feast of the King’s Tax

Come one, come all, to Scarlet Cross’s 214 Feast of the King’s Tax! Faire is FREE! This outdoor portion, being held at the field in front of the Engineering Building, will have vendors, performances, games, and fighting to your heart’s content! The Feast will be held the the Busch Campus Center, MPR, where the famous Sing For Your Supper contest is held. More details TBA, so stay on the lookout for updates!

Faire: 9:30AM – 5:00PM, opening ceremony is at 10:00AM

Feast: 6:00PM – 9:00PM, doors open at 5:30PM

Feast Portion Admission Prices:
Children under 4: FREE
Children ages 5-12: $6
Students with a student ID: $10
Marklanders that pre-claim their tickets: $12
General admission: $15

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Are you a vendor and would like to sell your wares at the faire? Contact Alyson Bottoni at abottoni@scarletmail.rutgers.edu for more information.

12:00 PM: Rutgers Science Festival
Various locations, Busch Campus
Free

RU-SciFest allows students and community members, especially those who have not been exposed to the sciences, to experience the excitement that science has to offer. We hope to attract as many K-12 students and children as possible to enrich their minds with a spark of passion for the sciences. The event will involve numerous student organizations across all fields of science, who will promote their respective field to the public through interactive and fun activities. We welcome all students of Rutgers as well as the general public from surrounding communities to join us for a day of just science.

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For more information, visit http://scifest.rutgers.edu/

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Sunday, March 23  

8:00 PM: Geek Week Movie Night at Rutgers Cinema
Rutgers Cinema
Free

Join us for a night of geeky cult fandom! Admission is free! Popcorn and soda are free!

8:oo PM:     Firefly marathon (Theater 3)

8:00 PM:     Tron followed by Tron: Legacy (Theater 2)

8:00 PM:     Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Theater 1)

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Sunday, March 30  

Annual KnightSlash Fighting Game Tournament
Cook Campus Center

The biggest one yet! Fighting game tournament run by the Rutgers Underground Gaming Society. Hosting a variety of main games and side-tournaments. $3 venue fee (waived if you bring a setup!), $7 per game, $1 for side tournaments.

Main tournaments:

Guilty Gear: Accent Core +R
Blazblue: Chronophantasma
Persona 4 Arena
Injustice
Super Smash Bros Melee
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Super Smash Bros Project: Melee

Side Tournaments:
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
Nidhogg

There will be FOOD and also PARKING!

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Thursday, March 27  

6:00 PM: The Ethical Crossroads Between Sci-Fi and Reality
Presented by The Intergalactic and Mythical Enthusiasts (T.I.M.E.)
Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center
Free

If we could use time travel, should we? Will athletes use robotic parts to cheat someday?  Three speakers (Dr. Timothy Casey, Dr. Daniela Sharma, and Dr. Barbara Zalinskas) will discuss prominent issues in different fields of science and how they relate to concepts discussed in science fiction in a conversation about ethics.

8:00 PM: The Nerd Girl Panel
Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center
Free

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It’s our third annual Rutgers Geek Week Nerd Girl Panel! Exploring the intersection of gender and geek culture, our panel of women will share their stories, answer questions, give career advice, and challenge us to think differently about gender roles in nerdy communities.

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Meet the panel!

Amanda Lepre, with rich soprano vocals and aggressive, “pop-metal” acoustic guitar riffs, creates music that feels like strapping on armor and suiting up for an epic journey. Her driving melodies and lyric imagery make it easy to picture the heroes of classic literature and video games that often inspire her songwriting.

Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Amanda Lepre has been living and performing in Austin, TX for 9 years. She began her career by networking with Austin musicians at coffee shop open-mic nights and by playing small gigs in local venues. Over the past decade she has developed a stylistic niche and built an enthusiastic multi-city audience. Never satisfied with a dull moment, Amanda also plays in various music groups, most notably as the founder and co-guitarist of Austin’s premier video game tribute band Descendants of Erdrick and co-guitarist/vocalist ‘Crusader’ for Final Fantasy-themed rock opera Those Who Fight.

Rachel Kory is a literary agent specializing in science fiction and fantasy books. She loves discussing diversity and gender issues in the field. In addition to being a book nerd, her geeky hobby is costuming. She is a member of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, two sister Star Wars costuming organizations that do charity events worldwide. She has attended a handful of local Northeast conventions and regularly goes to Dragon*Con in Atlanta. For more information on Rachel’s cosplay creations visit https://www.facebook.com/5531Creations.

Tahneer Oksman is Assistant Professor and Director of the Academic Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. Her articles on women’s visual memoirs, including comics, have been published in journals including A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, Studies in American Jewish Literature, and Studies in Comics. She is currently at work on a manuscript examining Jewish identity in women’s graphic memoirs.

Ivy-Noelle Weir, a nerdy Jane-of-all-trades,  is the Young Adult Services Librarian and manager of graphic novel collection development at the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library in Kennett Square, PA, Programming Coordinator at The Comic Book Shop! in Wilmington, DE, and a Staff Writer for Womenwriteaboutcomics.com. She likes comics, photography, John Waters movies, playing D&D, and ending lists abruptly. She tweets excessively @ivynoelle.

Delia Pitts completed a bachelor’s degree in history at Oberlin College and a doctorate in African Economic History at the University of Chicago before serving for two years as an education economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.  In this capacity, she worked on education development projects in several West African nations.  Delia then joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with a specialization in information and education.  She and her husband, also a Foreign Service Officer, served in Nigeria, Mauritania, and Mexico City.

They left the Foreign Service in 1994 when Delia took a position in academic administration as founding Director of International Education at Texas Christian University.  They raised their twin sons, Adam and Nicholas, for seven years in Fort Worth while she was at TCU.  Their move to New Jersey resulted in Delia’s joining Rutgers University in 2002.  She served on the staff of University College-New Brunswick as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and then Dean of Student Support Services.  In November 2004 Delia became Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.  She joined the new Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion as Associate Vice President in July 2013.

In 2012, Delia co-founded a fan site for the sci-fi procedural television show, Person of Interest.  Participation in this site, the POI Discussion Forum, has grown to over 2,000 members from dozens of countries around the world.  Delia continues to serve as co-moderator of this active site which includes lively threads on the show’s episodes, themes, characters, and creative staff.  Other deep threads focus on the expanding world of fan fiction, art, and videos inspired by the show.  A live chat feature on the forum enables fans to exchange views and form friendships in real time.  As her own contribution to the POI fandom, Delia has written 55 fan fiction stories.

Emily Decker is deeply interested in the intersection of gender and comics. She is currently a student at Pratt Institute working on a double Masters degree in Library Science and Art History. Having read comics since her awkward teenage years and a superhero fan long before that, she discovered comic book scholarship a couple years ago and has been fascinated ever since. At Pratt, her thesis explores what is happening today with women in mainstream comics and comparison to the second wave of feminism and feminist art in the 1960s and 1970s. She is also the library intern at Marvel where she enjoys going through the comics regularly.

Kaye Toal is in charge of social media and engagement at GoldieBlox, though her official title is Sympathetic Magician. GoldieBlox is a toy company whose goal is to give girls choices beyond Barbie and Bratz, and encourage how amazing and inventive young girls are capable of being. If we inspire the next generation of female engineers while we’re at it, that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. She cut her teeth doing social media at Upworthy, an up-and-coming media startup focused on making meaningful content go as viral as a video of a cat dressed as a shark riding a Roomba and chasing a duckling.

Once upon a time, a picture of her dressed as Wonder Woman at SlutWalk NYC in 2011 went viral. You might’ve seen it. She’s a body-positive and fat acceptance activist whose personal website, Big Fat Feminist, has thousands of subscribers and daily hits. Her background is in inexplicably popular niche blog creation (often pertaining to Neil Gaiman or his pets), both fiction and nonfiction writing, feminist advocacy, teenage dreaming, and overachieving student-dom. She occasionally writes for The Toast.

Tuesday, March 25  

8:00 PM: 3D Printing Lecture with Fashion Designer Francis Bitonti
Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center
Free

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Blurring the lines between fashion and technology, Francis Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform mass production.

Looking to the future of design, mass customization, Bitonti sees computational methodologies, smart materials, and interactive environments as opportunities to create new aesthetic languages for our built environment. “My design process is a collaboration with artificial intelligence,” Bitonti explains.  “We’re transposing these ideas from design methodologies to tangible consumer experiences.”

Francis Bitonti’s work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and most recently has garnered media coverage for the 3D printed gown created for fashion icon Dita von Teese, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it was debuted at Ace Hotel in New York City in 2013.

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Wednesday, March 26  

8:00 PM: MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Scenes with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci (doors open at 7:30)
Multipurpose Room, Busch Campus Center
Free

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MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created and produced by Australia’s Beyond Television Productions[1] for the Discovery Channel. The series is transmitted by numerous international broadcasters, including SBS Australia (New episodes, repeat episodes show on 7mate Australia), and other Discovery channels worldwide. The show’s hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories. The show is one of the oldest—and the most popular—on Discovery Channel currently in production

This event is sponsored by RUPA, SciFest, Geek Week and the Busch Campus Dean
To learn more about SciFest on Saturday, March 29, visit http://scifest.rutgers.edu

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