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Pokémon Go! pajama party sparks childhood nostalgia

by Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Tue, May 7th 2019 06:00 pm

College students deal with various stressors throughout the semester. Along with multiple assignments, many have to juggle a job or internship. Sometimes the workload of school can be unbearable, causing a student to search for outlets to relieve stress. 

The show “Pokémon” has been a classic for not only children but adults as well. Kowning this, the Brockport Student Government (BSG) and the Anime Chronicles Club (ACC) banded together to create the campus’ first large scale Pokémon-themed slumber party.

On Saturday, May 4, students lined the Union Ballroom, waiting in anticipation to get in. The classic Pokémon theme song flowed from the speakers, hyping the crowd up for the event. Junior Samantha Valentine was the first person in line. She was so excited about the event she showed up an hour before doors opened.

“You literally have no idea how long I have waited for this school to appreciate the existence of Pokémon,” Valentine said. “I am obsessed with Pokémon, obsessed.”

When ACC President Skylar Moore brought the idea to BSG, it was geared toward those who played Pokémon GO. Moore said the group had been trying to bring a Pokémon event to the campus for a long time, but the coordination between them and BSG was never right.

“There was a lot of miscommunication and confusion on both ends,” Moore said. “BSG and University Police thought we were trying to have a multiple location, large-scale tournament.”

Moore admitted that she did not properly explain what she wanted to coordinate at first, so that might have been why the mishap began. However, once the overall blueprint for the event was laid out, the outcome was extraordinary. 

Moore, who is from Manhattan, joined minds with ACC Vice President Tru Germany to create the proposal for the Pokémon event to the BSG board.

“I’m from the city and they have a large pillow fight event they do in Union Square every summer,” Moore said. “It was always so fun and you get to literally hit strangers in the face with pillows.”

Germany felt a similar event was worth bringing to campus because there was no pressure to dress up, giving everyone attending the opportunity to just relax and have fun.

“I wanted people to feel like kids again, to just let loose,” Germany said. 

Those who were at the event only needed two things to get in: the Pokémon Go app and pajamas. As doors opened, students were all given the choice of a plush Pokémon toy. There were many choices, but Pikachu, Squirtle, Jigglypuff and Charmander were among the favorites. Old episodes of Pokémon were projected on the back wall of the ballroom. A gigantic Wobbuffet bounce house laid in the middle of the room, which was the main attraction of the night.

“Wobbuffet is such a silly character,” Germany said. “So we felt it was only right that we search for a bounce house inspired by him.”

In another corner, a game of whack-the-Diglett started taking place. Students were getting really into the competition with others cheering them on in the background. Next to the stage, a mechanical Pikachu also received much of the attention from the room.

“The Pikachu was different than a mechanical bull because it gives a little sting when you get off as if Pikachu is thunderbolting,” Valentine said. “Obviously, it is an illusion of a shock, but it was a great attention to detail on ACC’s part.”

A photo booth, equipped with cutouts of Pokémon, along with the main character of the show Ash and the friends that joined him on his adventures, was present. Friends were able to create long-lasting memories to keep with them forever. 

“We wanted it to be more than just a slumber party aspect,” BSG President Asher Ketchup  said. “It was important to us that students had multiple things going on to keep their interest.”

The main event began at 11 p.m. Students had been encouraged to bring their own pillows, but those who didn’t were provided with some. 

Ketchup counted down from five, then the real games began. Pillows and feathers flew everywhere as students started hitting everyone in sight. 

“Every single person in the room seemed to be having a good time,” Moore said. “We were so proud of how the event turned out.”

After a long battle of pillows, food was a welcomed prize. Pizza, wings and beverages were provided, along with s’mores and pastries for dessert. 

As students left, everyone seemed to be in great spirits.

“This was a great event, one that needs to happen annually,” Germany said.

 

bbabb1@brockport.edu | @bridgette_babb

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