ASU to hold Smash Bros. Fundraiser

A “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” fundraiser is being held this Thursday with $50 awarded to the winner.

By Gabriel Arizon, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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The ASU is holding a small fundraiser this week for the clubs through the use of a video game tournament and a cash prize for the winner.

Inter-Club Council Representative Sam Arias is organizing a video game tournament with the help of six clubs that takes place May 2. Arias is using the popular Nintendo fighting game “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” to entice students to come and participate in the fundraiser. The tournament will take in the Lions Lair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will give the winner a $50 cash prize.

With some help from clubs including Broadcasting, Writer’s, Spanish and Gay Straight Alliance, Arias has been putting this fundraiser together for the past two months. The event will be free for anyone to come and see, but only paid ASU members may compete and they must pay a $5 fee when they sign up.

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Attendees may also give a suggested donation of $5, which will give them a small pin in the shape of a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controller. Water and chips will be provided for free; pizza slices will cost $3 and lemonade, Kool-Aid and tea will cost $2 (with free refills).

Arias is organizing the fundraiser in the hope that clubs will start to coordinate together more often and throw bigger events, and that this could be a good starting point.

“Smash is an easy unifying agent for people to come together,” Arias said.

“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is the latest in the “Super Smash Bros.” series by Nintendo, which combines many of company’s most iconic characters — like Mario, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Link and Samus — into a single roster that up to eight players can control and fight with. Since its release last December, the game has sold over 13.81 million units, according to Nintendo’s latest financial report.

To sign up, go to the ASU office located on the second floor of the Student Union building. It is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Lion’s Lair is located on the same floor, next door to the Skybox Conference Room.