Shainaliz Ortiz A zombie was spotted on campus last week.
Humans vs. Zombies began with one chosen zombie who was re- leased 15 minutes after the pregame, which allowed humans the chance to practice their aim with marshmallows and battle balls. Afterwards, all participants were allowed to arm themselves with Nerf guns to protect themselves from the vicious zombie. This OZ (original zombie) was Maya Hamah who tactfully approached the humans by the safe area of South Hall first. From then on, the outbreak spread faster.
Being restricted from the safe areas of the academic, resident, and cafeteria buildings, the zombies maneuvered their way around to catch any living with the hopes of collecting the brain cards held by the humans. To survive the weekend, each zombie needed to get their hungry hands on five brain cards each day. Otherwise, they would drop dead and be removed from the game.
Once the OZ was unleashed, she had to be cautious while on the hunt for flesh because Nerf bullets could paralyze a zombie for fifteen minutes. However, any free zombie tagged a human to start the transformation that also took 15 minutes to become fully infected. In other words, the more zombies the greater the apocalypse.
Several players enjoyed the ac- tivity greatly as humans as Brenden Nelson, a freshman from South Hall, explains, “I was paranoid, but I had fun!” He was one among many who continued the weekend avoiding the virus at all cost. Even as a newly infected zombie stood paralyzed next to him, he waited until the fifteen minutes concluded, only to shoot him again to remain still for additional time.
Not all humans found the infection so terrifying. Some, like Bria Marable, even admitted, “I would rather start off as a zombie because it’s more fun.”
Another human turned zombie, Kirsten Bordell, added, “Taking somebody’s card was like a little prize.”
However, DiFrancia hopes all humans and zombies have the same, if not a better experience than he did after participating twice last year.
His involvement last year was “awesome” and running the event this year should complete the purpose of “getting people to run around and let off some steam” in light of the holidays.
There may even be another virus spreading in the Spring, as well, which should provide enough time to prepare.
Due to the weather, the event is cancelled for tonight and most likely will be rescheduled once the weather settles down.