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Several clubs kick off Geek Week

Amanda Gray | Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Notre Dame nerds can rejoice this week, as several clubs celebrate Geek Week, a week-long celebration of all things nerdy, according to Meagan Pitluck, senior and president of the Math Club.

“The way I see it, Geek Week is just an opportunity for science majors across the disciplines to get together and have fun doing ‘nerdy’ things we’re often too busy or unable to do during the normal semester,” said Pitluck.

“Geek Week is a week-long celebration of science, math and all things geek,” said Drew Klein, junior and Social Chair of the American Chemical Society. “It’s a collaborative effort … to foster unity and camaraderie between all those with a genuine interest and fascination in science and math through a week-long series of events.”

There are many activities throughout the week, including a movie in the Digital Visualization Theater in Jordan Hall, followed by liquid nitrogen ice cream on Wednesday, culminating in a dance on Friday in Jordan Hall of Science.

Senior Charlotte Crowley, the co-president of the Biology Club, is enthusiastic about the week’s final event.

“The dance will finish out the week, and we’re really looking forward to it,” said Crowley. “The theme is ‘A Night at the Nobels,’ and we invite our guests to dress formally or dress as their favorite Nobel Laureate.”

For Science majors, admission to the dance is a non-perishable food item, which will be donated on Saturday.

Crowley is looking forward to the social aspect of the week’s events.

“One of our goals is to create a social atmosphere where students from different College of Science majors can mingle – not something that happens very often with the way our schedules go,” said Crowley.

Klein is also looking forward to interacting with other Science majors.

“It’s just a fun way to bring fellow Science majors together,” Klein said. “Let’s face it, there’s a little bit of geek in all of us at Notre Dame and it’s best to just embrace it.”

Geek Week is sponsored by a variety of clubs, including the Biology Club, the Math Club and the American Chemical Society, according to senior Daniel Thaner, president of the American Chemical Society.

Thaner is looking forward to “seeing how many people we are able to pry away from their books,” he said.

Whatever their major, the members of the College of Science are enthusiastic about Geek Week.

“We hope this is the start of a new tradition, and we hope that Geek Week can evolve into a much bigger and more exciting celebration of what makes us science and math nerds so lovable,” Crowley said.

“Geeks of Notre Dame unite!” Klein said.