Mylique Sutton Photo by Pat Trosky.
for and some cash to treat your partner to something nice after- wards and they’re all conveniently packed inside of an egg just waiting to be discovered.
Spearheaded by April Harris- Snyder and Ryan Aten, the hunt is as much of a fun and games ordeal as it is an educational opportunity. Above all, Aten hopes that students walk away with not only stuffed pockets but also with an understanding of STDs, the danger they pose and how students can protect themselves.
“The whole idea behind it is that the eggs represent sexual partners and so everybody may look fine on the outside but people could be hiding sexually transmit- ted diseases from you. You’re not going to know that just by looking at someone,” Aten said. “So inside the eggs that have condoms there is also information about different sexually transmitted diseases.”
It takes Aten, Harris-Snyder and a few work study students about a month to prep for the hunt where Aten anticipates having hundreds of eggs scattered across the soccer field and 100 students scrambling to gather as many as possible.
“Sometimes we’ve seen people out there with garbage bags and book bags and one kid had a butterfly net the one year,” Aten said.
Considering what’s being given away for free it’s no surprise that things get intense on the field when the mad dash for the eggs gets underway. The hunt itself only last a few minutes, from the moment Harris-Snyder yells the purpose of the event through a megaphone to the moment the final egg is picked up, compared to the weeks it takes to get every- thing ready.
After all the work he puts into the hunt and making sure things go off without a hitch, Aten likes to have a little fun with the students and not all the eggs will have a prize inside.
“I’ve done that kind of as a joke in the past, throw some empty ones out there, but that’s for my own personal amusement,” Aten said.
However, the chances are pretty high that’ll you’ll like what you get when you discover an egg and over the years this event has been held students typically like to gather around and see how much money they made, see what kind of candy they got and how many diseases they caught.
This year’s hunt will be held during common hour Wednesday, Apr. 3 which is a few days after Easter and explains why the eggs are all rotten.
Aten wants students to have “an understanding about non- monogamous sexual encounters where you may encounter some- one who you’re attracted to but you don’t know a whole lot about them. That happens, particularly with college students, they don’t have a long relationship with that person but they still may have a sexual encounter with that person and if that’s the case then they should protect themselves. They should take precautions.”