As the campus celebrates Homecoming, there is school spirit in the air. If you look a little bit closer, though, there’s the smell of something else in the air too: rotting flesh! The undead are running rampant around Millersville’s campus in search of humans to turn into zombies! Not to scare you, it’s just a game in good fun! The game of Humans vs. Zombies has taken place all over campus as part of the Homecoming week celebration. Interested students had a meeting before the week started, receiving their initial assignments as either humans or zombies.
This game was essentially a campus-wide game of tag that took place over five days. Those who were declared humans were required to wear a purple bandanna either on their head or their wrist, and keep it visible for the entire week. Those who began as zombies displayed red bandannas. It was the mission of the zombies to tag all of the humans throughout the week, and turn them into zombies. It was the humans’ job to stay “alive” for as long as possible. It cost three dollars to participate, and all of the proceeds benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project. According to their official website, the mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to “raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.”
In the midst of Homecoming parties, it is refreshing to see a committee of students coming up with fun ways to raise money for a worthy organization. Humans vs. Zombies raised awareness for the organization and allowed students to come together for some undead Millersville pride! Sophomore Alanna Clark, an RA in Bard Hall, participated in the game, hoping to have some Homecoming fun. She participated with a few of her residents, all starting out as humans, but ending as zombies. Alanna remarked, “It’s really different. You start to feel like you’re constantly trying to protect yourself. All week long, you’re looking over your shoulder.” This paranoia seemed to spread across campus as humans continued to get tagged, turning them into ruthless zombies. This event was completely student run, and ended up as a huge success! Senior Stephanie Lewis, who was partly in charge of the event, was pleased as to how the event turned out. Together, the players were able to raise $160 for the Wounded Warrior Project, the organization that they had selected. Stephanie says, “Humans vs. Zombies is a campus-wide game of tag. This semester we had about fifty active players. Each semester it keeps growing and we try to make it more epic each time. We’ll be playing again next semester to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.”
After this semester’s massive success, it is exciting to see what the future will hold for these creative fund raisers! Students that are interested in playing Humans vs. Zombies next semester should keep their eyes peeled for upcoming information.