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Black Student Association hosts game night

| Brett Collier reporter |

The Balkans Room in Overman Student Center was filled with laughter and the smell of chicken wings Thursday night, Aug. 28, during the Black Student Association (BSA) game night.
Kimberlee Fields, senior in psychology and president of BSA, says it’s a group effort when planning events like game night.
“Someone will come up with an idea and then we’ll all work together to make it happen,” Fields said.

Nick Sims, junior in psychology, places a card on the pile during an intense game of UNO at the Black Student Association game night held in the Balkan's room on Thursday, Aug. 31

Nick Sims, junior in psychology, places a card on the pile during an intense game of UNO at the Black Student Association game night held in the Balkan’s room on Thursday, Aug. 31

For game night the goal was to keep it laid back and as casual as possible. BSA works to encourage diversity on campus by hosting a variety of events on a range in topics throughout the year. Some dive into serious topics while others are more geared toward recreation.
Attendees of the game night were welcome to free food, card games including UNO and Taboo, as well as group games like Twister.
Several students who attended say they were grateful for the opportunity to get together. Deja Snell was one of those students.
Snell, sophomore in general studies, says game night was her first time to get involved with BSA, and it won’t be her last time, either.
She added BSA is a great way for people to get out and make new friends.
“I feel like it’s an opportunity for everyone to come together and learn different things,” she said. “People who are shy or aren’t as outgoing, they can come here and do different things.”
BSA encourages all students, whether they are members of the organization or not, to become involved and join BSA at its activities.
Fields says the organization will be very active this semester.
“We’re trying to have at least one event a month or every other month this semester,” she said. “We obviously do a lot during Black History Month later in the year. Last year we held a vigil for Martin Luther King Jr. We’ll do a fashion show, date auction, stuff like that.”
Fields added it’s good for the university to have opportunities like this for students and she hopes that students will take advantage of this.
“It just kind of brings us all together,” Fields said. “I try and tell all my members that just because it’s Black Student Association, it doesn’t mean it’s just for black students. Our campus is diverse, and I want everyone to feel welcome and to come here and do stuff like this with us, too.”

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