Nerdology Tests Geek Cred

By Jenna Shelton
jshelton@lc.edu 

Lewis and Clark Community College’s Student Activities recently partnered with 6 other colleges in an Illinois Community College Student Activities Association (ICCSAA) collaboration to plan virtual programming. In addition to L&C, the other colleges are Richland College, Lincoln Land Community College, Moraine Valley Community College, Morton College, Joliet Junior College and Oakton Community College. 

The first event to be hosted by the collective of colleges was on Wednesday, Sept 2, 2020, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, of course, as it was an event for multiple colleges throughout the entire State of Illinois. It was advertised as an interactive trivia show with audience participation for students who thought they seemed to always know the answers to questions about pop-culture, video games and comic books. 

Students were met with what looked like the inside of a bank vault and loud music when joining the Zoom call. They were instructed to keep their cameras and microphones off and to pull the chat feature up as that would be one of the main features of communication while playing, along with Google forms and the occasional opportunity to jump on your camera.

There were three regular rounds in which there would be a Google document form link put in the chatbox and the students would answer the 10 questions for each round. While the rounds were being tallied up, there would be quick games played. During this quick game time, Student Activities member and L&C student, Elise Gremli, attempted to correctly guess what phrases were actually Harry Potter spells. Gremli said, “I had so much fun and was so close to winning a few times. I really wish Lewis and Clark would do more trivia events like this.”. 

Nerdology was an event that was created and presented by entertainment company Bass/Schuler, an award-winning agency that represents live, professional music, games, acts, comedy, speakers, novelties and similar events to colleges, festivals and corporate markets since 1999. 

L&C Student Government Association Secretary, Milli Carter, said, “Trivia events like this normally have a pretty good turn out and this one was really fun with the different colleges kind of rallying against each other.”. With an attendance of over 50 students all rooting for their own colleges in the chatbox, it was most definitely an exciting night!

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