I'm Andrea, a grad student at USC who's living in Pasadena. I haven't had much time to come into GE lately (darn data doesn't analyze itself, nor do papers write themselves), but I'm definitely a board game geek. I'm particularly fond of Dominion and Agricola right now, but am up for pretty much anything (with a bit of a bias against party games and against auction games, since I'm not terribly good at either). I've also played a fair amount of Magic (though am a few cycles out-of-date), and was at one point the vice president of the Caltech Magic Club (primarily because I had a car, and the President didn't). I'd would rather not get addicted to new collectible type games (mmm, grad student stipends... at least I get to eat...), but could probably be persuaded to play with your supplies if I'm around and you needed a second.
I'm already currently in two rpg groups that don't meet in the store (Rogue Trader and Ravenloft) so need to not join any others until at least summer, sorry.
Also, if anyone else is interested, I'm usually up for a "work and play" session: get together with people (either at GE or a nearby coffeehouse, depending on how busy the tables are) and get some work done for a few hours, to earn some play time after that. This can include some weekdays, and I can supply the games. (as a grad student, my work always follows me home, and I've found that having company in a similar boat is a really efficient way to get both work and play accomplished in the same time as it would take me to just do work (since the latter tends to include things like puttering around online, and posting an intro on the GE forum instead of mucking with my Matlab script, and...)) Message me if this is the sort of thing that might interest you, and we'll see what we can work out.
I do have to admit that I miss the mailing list, because it gave me an excuse to think about games during my normal daily check-email routine, instead of having to add an extra component (come to the forum) which looks a bit less productive to folks peering over my shoulder and, sadly, is easier to forget.
Anywhoo, I'm so glad to know there's a place like GE nearby, and look forward to having a bit more free time to come and play.