Campus News in Brief

Carnegie Mellon joins in Game Jam

Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) is participating in the first Global Game Jam.

A game jam is the term used to describe a game-building marathon.

The Global Game Jam will last for 48 hours, beginning Friday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. in Dunedin, New Zealand. Countries in 14 other time zones will be participating in the marathon, which will last until 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

Each participant in a new time zone will join the game jam at 5 p.m. local time; everyone is connected through the streaming videos on the Internet.

New participants joining the jam will not be informed of any time-sensitive information until they are officially part of the game jam marathon. The theme is not announced until the game jam begins, and for each time zone a special constraint is introduced to prevent any particular location from being advantageous.

Students at Carnegie Mellon can join the Global Game Jam because the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is hosting one of the venues. In order to reserve a seat, there is a $10 fee, which also covers the cost of food.

An ETC alumnus, Kyle Gabler, will be keynoting the global event via Internet broadcasting.

For more information, visit the event website at (

Drama hosts Playground festival

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama students get a week off from classes; however, their time will be spent in rehearsal for the highly-anticipated pieces performed in Playground: A Festival of Independent Student Work.

Playground gives drama students a chance to create, plan, organize, rehearse, and perform original or adapted pieces.

This week will also allow drama students to expand their creativity without the restrictions of a classroom.

Acting students will be able to direct pieces, directors can sing, dramaturgs can act, and any drama student can set up installations for the public to enjoy.

The performances range from one-man shows to musical pieces, all of which are open to the campus community for free.

Even students who are not in the School of Drama sometimes participate in Playground performances, whether behind the scenes as a writer or actually being on-stage.

Playground officially kicks off Thurs., Jan. 29 and continues until Sat., Jan. 31.
A list of performances can be found on the School of Drama website as well as inside the Purnell Center for the Arts, where all of the performances will be held. Tickets for all performances are available at the box office.