The snow has melted, and temperatures are rising. Because of this Northwestern is seeing more campus activities. Some recent events have been the Easter Egg Hunt, Humans v. Zombies and Mission: Impossible.
Director of student programs Aaron Beadner said, “All of our events are focused on strengthening the community and student involvement on campus. With COVID-19 and the cold winter we have felt, students need a few activities that are joyful, lighthearted and fun.”
The Easter Egg Hunt took place right before Easter break. Eggs were hidden around campus and students were able to pick them up around campus in hopes of finding small prizes inside. Freshman Leah Bassett shared that this activity got her excited for the upcoming holiday. Bassett also said that she did not appreciate the few students who got up at the crack of dawn to take all of the eggs. Overall, the activity was a hit and students were able to get some prizes.
Humans v. Zombies was a longer activity taking place over a few days, having over 100 students participating. The goal was for the zombies to tag all of the humans while the humans were trying to defend themselves using socks and Nerf guns.
When asked what he liked about the game, senior Cameron Esch said, “I really liked how it made such a basic thing like walking around campus into something competitive.”
All around campus, students would be running around trying to safely make it to their classes. At the end of the week there were a few students that were left as humans. Esch shared that he did not know some of the people beforehand but was able to get to know them through the game. This is exactly the goal of student activities: to build community.
Another outdoor activity on campus was Mission: Impossible. This game was played on a night that Red101 students were visiting campus.
Admissions marketing and event strategist Lucas Heiberger said, “It was scheduled during RED101 so prospective students would get to spend the evening on campus hanging out with some of our current students in a fun way allowing them to see some of the community aspect.”
There were around 170 students that participated in Mission: Impossible. One of the goals of this event was to get dorms working towards a common goal and get everyone involved.
Senior Shonna Ritz said, “I liked that there were things to do for all types of people. It was also a way for a whole building to come together with the same goal.”
There are some upcoming events for NW students to be on the lookout for. The Beloved Festival of Culture will be held on April 23. There will also be Skate the Bultman in which students can get dressed up and roller skate around the gym listening to 70s-90s music on April 24. These events will be a great chance to make memories with friends and even meet some new people.