PHOTOS BY SHAUN VALDEZ / TEJANO TRIBUNE
Carlos Cortez and Keanu Stroessel playing FIFA at the Student Union.
Ranging from video game and pool tournaments to movie and karaoke events, the Student Union at El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus serves as a hang out area for students.
The Student Union has a variety of activities available for students who present current IDs; Xbox 360, PS3 and 4, Nintendo 64, board games, air hockey, pool tables, foosball, shuffle board and a room for meetings of choice.
The Student Union also hosts several events every semester.
“Every month, we try to have events like tournament and movie nights for the community,” said Angel Ortiz, Student Union clerk.
Movie nights are open to the public with free popcorn, soda and pizza for attendees. Tournaments are exclusively for students with a valid student ID.
Jason Lara (R) and Cesar Salas playing a match of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
Ortiz said that students are able to win trophies, gift cards, and key chains to those who place in the top three and other prizes for those participating in these events.
The Student Union is funded by the Student Government Association (SGA), which provides the money for video games, supplies and even the prizes that are awarded in tournaments.
A Call of Duty: Black Ops II tournament was held on Oct. 6 and more competitions are coming.
“We try to pick the video games that people are familiar with and the ones that people get really competitive with,” Ortiz said.
“We also recently held foosball and air hockey tournaments.
“Those turned out great. People were happy. We had first, second and third place prizes.”
The Student Union is located underneath the A building in room A1000 of the Valle Verde campus.
For dates of events, visit the Student Union front desk.
Check out video about the features of the Student Union at youtube.com/tejanotribune.