Campus Life: Humans vs. Zombies

Caroline Wenzel, Contributing Writer

The Outing Club hosted its annual campus-wide game of Humans vs. Zombies from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31.

Humans vs. Zombies is a game played at colleges and conventions worldwide. The organization was first started at Goucher College in 2005 by Brad Sappington and Chris Weed and has spread rapidly across the world. The creators of this game developed rules, but they state on their website that each group should adapt the rules to fit their game.

The rules of the game mirror a typical game of tag, but with one group playing as zombies and the other as humans. One student is the “original zombie,” and it is their job to tag as many humans as possible to help grow the zombie population. The human group can defend themselves from zombie attacks by temporarily “stunning” the zombie with Nerf guns or socks. If a zombie does not tag a human in time, they will starve to death. When students are turned into zombies, they wear a bandana around their heads, and when they are still human they wear it around their arms.

“I think that Humans vs. Zombies is a really interesting way for more people to get involved with clubs on campus. It’s extremely fun, allows students to interact with people they have not seen before, and helps spread awareness of the different types of events that clubs can organize at Bucknell. In the past years the event has gotten a lot of positive feedback at schools throughout the country, as well as at Bucknell,” Outing Club member Matthew Goldmeer ’18 said.

Students registered for this event through a website called HvZsource, which is a place to send messages and keep track of which students remain human. HvZsource is the official page to join a game near you or start one of your own.

“We aim to foster a greater sense of community through the whole HvZ experience, and this year we even have an awesome end event as the culminating experience. Last year was our first year doing the event and we had over 200 people participate. This year we also have an amazing turnout and I’m super excited to see how the week unfolds,” student organizer Erin McDowell ’16 said.

Alex Puleo ’18 wishes the event had been publicized a little more.

“I only just heard about the game, and I wish I knew more details about it, because it seems like a great way to meet new people, and I would have loved to take part,” Puleo said.

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