Lakers Home Opener Game to be Screened at Oxy

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Author: Emily Phillips

While for some it may seem like football season just began, many sports fans on campus will tell you that it’s time to start thinking about basketball.

What better way to celebrate the beginning of the new NBA season than to support two Los Angeles teams as the Los Angeles Lakers kick off their regular season at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers?

Thanks to co-sponsors Residence Life and Housing Services (ResLife) and the Office of Student Life (OSL), this home-town game will be brought to the Oxy community on a large-scale screen in the Rangeview Hall courtyard on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Rangeview Resident Advisor Jeff Bee (senior), a self-proclaimed “obsessed Lakers fan,” originally had the idea to put on a ResLife program that could take a handful of students to the Lakers home opener. But, in efforts to include the entire Oxy community, he and Middle Campus Community Director Chad Myers decided to bring the game to the campus instead.

“It’s not quite the same as actually being at the game, but in a way its better because more residents can come, hang out, and enjoy the game,” Bee said.

Not only will the Lakers be kicking off their regular season at home, they will also be receiving their 2009 Championship Rings, signifying their 15th time (10th as a Los Angeles team) as World Champions.

“I thought this would be a great way to celebrate the success of last year’s [Lakers] team, and also build pride in the great city of Los Angeles and all that it has to offer,” Myers said. “We want students to be able to explore as much of L.A. as possible during their time here at Oxy, and since tickets to Lakers games are so expensive, we thought we would bring the Lakers to students for their enjoyment.”

In addition to showing the game, ResLife and OSL will be providing students with free grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs. They will also have popcorn and drinks, all free of charge.

“We will also be doing half-time events, but the exact events are dependent on the number of people we have show up, so come out and have some fun with us,” Myers said.

“I don’t really follow basketball and am not a Lakers fan, but I think it’s a neat idea for all the people that are,” Kiran Rishi (first-year) said. “I feel like people would enjoy going.”

Similar to the Middle Campus softball game he organized last month, Bee hopes to continue programming events that students who live in the residence halls can enjoy, and is open to suggestions.

“All and all, I hope this program will be a great way to build community and improve life in the residence halls,” Bee said.

Likewise, Myers is optimistic about the possibility of having comparable community events throughout the year.

“We are really excited about the opportunity to bring some L.A. entertainment to campus,” he said. “We are hoping that this event is a huge success and that we can continue to do similar events in the future, so everyone should come out and show your L.A. pride for two hometown teams!”

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