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FUERZA game show unites students

Students dance together at the game show.

 

By Victoria Campbell

From electric games to impassioned speeches and performances SUNY Plattsburgh students found joy in a unifying game show. 

The Cardinal Love Game Show took place on Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the Warren Ballroom and was hosted by Fuerza: The BIPOC Student Union. The club strives to abolish ignorance, racism, and prejudice against African and Latin Americans in the Plattsburgh community.

Isabella Rodriguez, president of Fuerza, was excited and determined to make an impact on students through the event.

“These events bring everyone together,” Rodriguez said. “We want people to let loose and have fun.”

With that, the beginning of the event was all about introductions  and socializing, allowing students to participate in activities like free professional photos throughout the 3.5-hour event.

Attendants of the game show were not forced to participate. Many came to the event with their friends to socialize and be entertained.

Then attendants played the game “Guess the song.” Among a variety of songs were some classics like Beyoncé’s “Naughty Girl” and “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake.

The next event was a relay race, where four couplets transported M&Ms from one side of the room to the other. Then participants played “Spend a Day with a Diva,” where the audience learned more about Fuerza and its mission.

“These types of events are to unite everyone,” Rodriguez said.

Over 20 people participated in “Who knows who best?” which had two opponents sitting back to back in chairs and determining who was more likely to do a certain thing.

These events allow people to loosen up, have fun, and accomplish Fuerza’s mission of creating a safe space on campus for BIPOC students.

Kaliyah Green, who is involved with the club, expressed that this event was one of her favorite events on campus.

“That’s why we promote it so much. It is a great time and people are missing out,” said Green.

The Cardinal Love Game Show has been around for eight years, and typically expects a show out of more than 50 people to attend and a $7 dollar entry fee for SUNY Plattsburgh students. Food and drink are always provided and game winners have the opportunity to win prizes like gift cards.

Nekaybaw Ross, event planner for Fuerza, expressed that the club aims to create a safe space for students and faculty to enjoy themselves and company.

“This is one of my favorite events,” Ross said.  

 This year Fuerza featured High Voltage, a SUNY Plattsburgh dance group.

Encouraging people to attend events is much more complicated than it used to be,  especially after the COVID-19 pandemic Ross explained. Still, the club had a fantastic turnout and several attendees participated in the game.

Rodriguez expressed the event went well and that she was proud of her team for their great work.

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