Due to the fact that midterms happened, a lot of the fun, queer events that happened recently have yet to be written up and posted, so I thought I’d do my bit to help rectify that now that I’ve turned in all of my exams. For those of you who don’t know, the Caltech Center for Diversity loves to dedicate months to things. This generally ties in well with the fact that most months are associated with at least one thing. And while I doubt that we’ll ever get a Cheese Month program from the CCD in October, we do get your standard Women’s History Month, Black History Month, and so on. Unfortunately, Pride Month is June, which is the last month of third term and is dominated by finals and whatnot.
Instead we get Gaypril, an awesome month chock full of fabulous events. One of the first events that I got to go to was Queer Jeopardy, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Given my penchant for trawling around the part of the internet that talks about quiltbags, I figured I had as much of a chance at not making a fool of myself as anyone.
There were two “rounds” of the game, the group round—three teams of three people each—and the solo round—three people, like more normal jeopardy. The people that showed up were a mixture of grad students, undergrads, and even prefrosh (this was at the very beginning of prefrosh weekend). As luck of the draw would have it, I got to be part of the group round, which was nice since it meant I got to confer with two other people before answering a question. The questions were generally fair, though some sections were easier than others, and ranged from the silly to the serious. The only issue that arose was in telling which team had “buzzed” first, since our buzzers were just bellhop bells (I’m not going to admit how long it took me to figure out what those are called). Not that I’m bitter about being robbed or anything.
I think my favorite category, though it was probably the least “in theme,” was the category in the solo round called “that’s so gay.” Filled with silly gay puns from “who is Gayle King” to “what is a nosegay.” Overall, I had a great time, won 10 star-bucks, and even managed to learn the names of some people whose names have the word “gay” in them.