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Campus gets its game on with monthly, weekly events

Campus gets its game on with monthly, weekly events - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Students gather to socialize, snack and take a break from games at a game night hosted last year by the Catholic Student Association.

By Julia Morales

The Catholic Student Association at A&M-San Antonio will host its monthly game night at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Room 219 of the Central Academic Building

Students can enjoy free food, games and a fun time to hang out with friends or meet new people. 

Ariana Agundiz, president of the CSA, says this game night occurs every month to help the group reach more students.

“We figured if we have one event every month, that is not just about religion, but about friendships, it would benefit our group more,” Agundiz said. 

Any student can attend and participate. Agundiz said it is a great opportunity for students to socialize and meet new friends. 

“They (students) get involved, make new friends and get to eat free food while doing so,” Agundiz said. 

The food choices for the game night could include hot dogs, sandwiches or something easy, but delicious, Agundiz said. Other games will include Spot It and Apples to Apples.

There will also be a big prize for the winner of the Loteria game. Hints of the prize will be posted on the association’s Instagram story at @jaguarcatholic. 

There will be one more game night this semester Nov. 14. 

For more information, contact Ariana Agundiz at email

By Marisol Salas-Rios

On Oct. 23, the Department of Recreational Sports will continue a PC video game competition called Game On, which takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Wednesday in the student lounge, Room 105 of the Central Academic Building. 

Rec Sports at A&M-San Antonio sees video games as a positive way for students to relieve stress and explore their interests, said graduate assistant Klarisa “KC” Carranza.

Carranza said including video games in the student lounge helps students de-stress. By introducing video game competitions like Game On, Carranza said it gives students the opportunity to consider playing video games as a sport.

Each month features a different video game. This month, students will play against each other in a PC video game called Apex in a king of the hill match. Students must have background knowledge playing video games on a computer and playing Apex.

What if students are interested in PC gaming, but don’t know how to play or where to start? Carranza said Rec Sports hosts an event called Level 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday in the student lounge.

 In Level 1, students learn to create an online account for one of three video games of their choice — Fortnite, Apex or Hearthstone. They create a gamer nickname for themselves and learn how to play. 

To practice their skills in PC video gaming, there is Level Up 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday in the student lounge. In Level Up, students play practice games to strengthen their skills for upcoming competitions.

When students feel ready, they can participate in the Game On competition and play against other students for the chance to be the top player. Six students will play each round; the students that lose will switch with another participating student.

“We try to make the student lounge a comfortable and welcoming place for our students,” Carranza said. “That includes making students feel comfortable asking for advice about how to play video games.”

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About the Authors

Julia Morales
Julia Morales
Julia Morales is a communication junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She works part time at a center for children with autism called Promise Center for Autism as the social media manager and also as a behavior therapist. Julia enjoys taking photos of friends, family, and for her company. Photography continues to be a passion for her and she plans on opening up her own photography business after she graduates.
Marisol Salas-Rios
Marisol Salas-Rios
Marisol Salas-Rios is a communication sophomore at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Marisol is an active member of the cycling community in San Antonio, and is the captain of the Cycling Club on campus. She plans to pursue a career in video-journalism when she graduates.

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