With more than a dozen student organizations on campus, finding a fun club to hang out in and meet new friends is easy as can be. The WCC Gamer’s Club is a place for gamers, young and old, to unwind with friends and play a few games after school.
“We want the club to be open to creative minds and give people a place to go,” said club President Matt Vancena, 37, environmental science major. “It’s a club for gamers to meet other gamers and have fun. The club is open to any WCC student.”
“It’s a club were people with similar interests can meet up,” said Eric Vanwasshnova, 20, computer science major from Flat Rock.
The Gamer’s Club has been around for a few years now. In previous years, club meetings and events were typically a maelstrom of chaos and noise. When Vancena took over as president, he took it upon himself to bring order back to the club.
“The club had a lot of noise complaints in the past,” Vancena said. “It was really hectic, with little to no control during the game nights. There was times when non-students were at the meetings.”
Expensive gaming consoles, games and other equipment are available during game nights. Having non-students in attendance left the club vulnerable to equipment being damaged, with no accountability for who would pay to replace or repair the damage, or worse, stolen, added Vancena.
The club meets three nights a week, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays with a different game genre dedicated to each night.
Monday is video game night in the Community Room where students will have access to all of the games in the room.
“We’re working with Pete (Leshkevich, Student Activities director) to try to make all the games free,” Vancena said. “It’s a work in progress.
While there is no word as to whether the games will be free-to-play during game nights, the room will be open for the club.
“We’re letting the gamer’s club have their meetings in the Community Room on Mondays but the room will be open to the public,” said Leshkevich. “The school is paying someone to work the room, so we can’t limit the room to just the club.”
Wednesday nights are dedicated to table-top gaming, when students can play a game of Risk or start an adventure in Dungeons & Dragons.
Thursdays is card night, when students can enjoy a game of Magic the Gathering, Pokémon or Yu-Gi-Oh.
“We had tons of students signing up for the club during Welcome day,” Vancena said. “We would love to have as many people as possible to come check out the club and have some fun. We’re open to everyone at WCC.”