Walking through the first floor of the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center, it’s possible to hear a sharp clack over the cacophony of student’s voices, jangling backpacks and plodding footsteps.
Most people ignore the sound as they make their way to class, but if they stop to notice it, the source will be revealed. Tucked behind the main staircase just past the bookstore and bagel shop: the MC game area.
The MC game area is a campus resource that many students tend to forget about. But for some, it has served as a great place to kick back and relax.
“I come whenever I have a break from campus stuff or want to get my mind off homework for a bit,” said Dalton Palmer, a sophomore studying sociology.
Although some of the games are really worn out, some of the students still enjoy them.
“It’s good that we have so many options,” said Kyler Dickerson, a freshman studying therapeutic recreation. Dickerson is a newcomer to the game area.
The game area offers a variety of games from billiards and ping-pong to air hockey, foosball and traditional board or card games. Additionally, this entertainment alcove has close access to basic amenities: sandwiched between a food hall, drinking fountains and bathrooms. If the zombie apocalypse happened tomorrow, it wouldn’t be a bad place to hole up.
It’s not just an escape from brain-eating monsters, for some students, the game area serves as an escape from brain-eating stress.
“To be honest, it actually calms my mind when I play pool,” said Jeffrey Omoruyi, a freshman studying business management. Omoruyi comes to the game area almost every day. “It helps me focus on how I should be prepared for the next lesson.”
The game area is open and accessible to everyone in the community. It’s first-come-first-served, so it wouldn’t be unusual to meet new people and perhaps new friends, or competitors, to play with.
When in need of a fun Home Evening idea or just a break between classes — the MC has the solution. Just follow the clacks.