Student Association hosts Pokémon Lure Party

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An Algonquin College Photography student / talented makeup artist goes full Pickachu at the Student Association’s recent Pokémon lure party. Some of her art can be explored here: instagram.com/samshineart

Pokémon Go players were waiting outside the Student Commons when the doors opened at five hours before the Pokémon Lure Party was to begin Tuesday.

By 1 p.m., more than 500 people, including students, visitors and staff, were trying to catch ’em all, and the party wouldn’t end for another two hours, said Students’ Association events programmer Baldeep Randhawa.

“The turnout has been great,” said Randhawa, who set two lures in the Commons and another in the T building. “And it’s great for the summer students who don’t get as many events as the students do through the rest of the year.”

Randhawa came up with the party idea after noticing students catching Pokémon “all day from morning to night” at the two Pokéspots in the Commons. There’s also a Pokémon gym nearby, and other Pokéspots on campus.

He said part of the reason people in their 20s and 30 were so taken with Pokémon Go was its connection to their childhood when it was an extremely popular game. Free ice cream cups and small wooden spoons that would remind them of the 1990s upped the throwback factor.

 “When we were in elementary school, Pokémon was major, so this is a kind of nostalgia,” he said.

Alecks Charron, who attended the event with her brother, said an event like the Pokémon Lure Party was a good chance to meet up with other people who have similar interests.

“I just like seeing and meeting everyone else who is really into Pokémon,” she said.

Shannon Matuska, a Massage Therapy program student and Students’ Association employee, had a continual lineup of takers at her ice cream bicycle.

“It’s going really, really well,” she said. “There’s people  all over the place playing Pokémon, and lots of people enjoying ice cream.”




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