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May the Fourth be with you on Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you on Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you on Star Wars Day
April 29
23:46 2015

Matthew Payne / Staff Writer

With a town as unabashedly geeky as Denton, the community is looking to wield their lightsabers and express their love of all things intergalactic on May 4, or Star Wars Day.

The unofficial secular holiday, which saw its first reference in May of 1979, is observed by fans of the “Star Wars” film series. The holiday is filled with people dressed as fan-favorite characters, Yoda-speak and marathons of the film sagas.

GameStop on Brinker Road will be hosting a movie marathon, beginning with “A New Hope.”

“Starting at 9 o’clock, we’ll be going all day,” store manager Jason Grounds said. “Prizes will be given out to those who cosplay the best, along with a bunch of other fun giveaways for everyone.”30_maythe4_web2

Many nights, members of the UNT Star Wars Club enjoy tabletop games including Risk: Starcraft Edition

Grounds said the store sponsors many gaming and entertainment events throughout the year, and it’s exciting to interact with fans in the community.

Guests will have a chance to win “Star Wars goodies” like special-edition comics, replica lightsabers and a PS4 bundle including a pre-order for upcoming game “Star Wars Battlefront.”

On the other side of town, Freaks & Geeks is getting in on the Star Wars Day hype.
“The Star Wars fans are definitely in our regular customer demographic, so we’ll definitely have the movies playing in our lobby,” Freaks & Geeks owner Beth Baalman said. “We really enjoy having these meet-ups where we can just chill, play video games and watch movies together.”

Baalman said they will also offer 50 percent off of all “Star Wars” merchandise in the store.

For those feeling particularly confident in their Jedi knowledge, Mulberry Street Cantina will be hosting Star Wars Trivia Night, with a chance to win up to $40 in house cash.30_maythe4_web3

Business marketing junior Erik Repka, left, and engineering technology junior Andrew James dauntlessly duel with lightsabers in hand

On campus, the UNT Star Wars Club is looking to celebrate the day in full force.

“The first meeting of the semester, we’ll marathon the original trilogy and the prequels,” business marketing junior Erik Repka said as he took part in a heated lightsaber duel with engineering technology junior Andrew James. “But we also do much more than simply watch ‘Star Wars’ over and over.”

The Star Wars Club also features a variety of themed meetings, including movie nights, tabletop and video game nights, trivia and more.

Repka said what brought the group together together was a mutual appreciation for the sci-fi films, but they don’t hesitate to venture out into other shared activities and games for hangouts.

Because of scheduling restrictions, the UNT Star Wars Club will not meet on May 4. However, the club will host a movie marathon in Room 120 in the Environmental Science Building May 5: Revenge of the Fifth.30_maythe4_web4

Freaks & Geeks Comics will offer all Star Wars comics, video games, and figures for half-off on May 4, an opportunity for die-hard fans to replenish their collections for cheap. Photos by Matthew Payne – Staff Writer

Featured Image: GameStop isn’t only for gaming. Stock up on Star Wars paraphernalia like these charming plush figures of Boba Fett, Greedo and Yoda. Photos by Matthew Payne – Staff Photographer

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