Every year, KSU students vote on the best on-campus events. This year, the farmer’s market won for the Kennesaw campus and Geek Week won for the Marietta campus.
Several weeks of every semester, Kennesaw State hosts a farmer’s market outside of the commons. Students and faculty alike are drawn in to see the fresh offerings of local vendors. Of course, the products available change by the season, but the quality is a consistent win for hungry shoppers.
At the farmers market, one can find locally-sourced greens and squashes, artisan loaves of bread, honey, pumpkins and homemade treats such as trail mix and probiotic juices. Coffee is also a common staple at the farmers market, and so is freshly baked popcorn, sometimes coated with caramel.
KSU’s farmer’s market has been going on since 2012 and is currently maintained by University Dining. According to KSU’s website, its purpose is to “provide support for healthy growing practices, strengthen the local economy, encourage healthy lifestyles, educate the KSU community on sustainable agriculture and support the sustainability efforts at Kennesaw State University.”
Geek Week is an annual owl tradition celebrating all things remotely “geeky.” Every year includes different activities on both campuses. Geek Week 2019 was the 6th ever Geek Week and took place from Monday, March 11, through Saturday, March 16. This year’s events included an event where students could stuff a Pokemon plush toy, participate in a calculus spelling bee-style competition, engage in a tabletop gaming expo and play a quidditch match.
Quidditch is a fictional game from the Harry Potter series where wizards ride brooms and attempt to catch a golden orb called a snitch. Adapted from the book and movie franchise, the game is played by real athletes across the world — minus the flying brooms and magical orb.
The week-long festivities also included pie giveaways for Pi Day, a screening of Aquaman where viewers watched from an inner tube in Marietta’s rec center pool, and a Super Smash Brothers contest with free pizza. Super Smash Brothers is a combat-style video game filled with various famous fictional characters.
The week wrapped up with the annual OwlCon festival, which took place Saturday, March 16, from 12:30 to 9 p.m. At OwlCon, attendees dressed up as various characters in an art form called cosplay. Marietta’s Wilson Student Center was filled with owls making friends and visiting different booths while celebrating the art forms of anime, comics, gaming, literature and movies.