Zombies Hit Case Western!
Yes I said it, zombies. No thankfully not the real variety. Yes, the concept was quite hard for me to grasp at first, I still don’t completely understand. However, a large portion of the Case Western student population spends a week every semester convincing themselves they are indeed “zombies” on the hunt for other “humans” participating in the game. Essentially, students who decide to sign up for this campus-wide game all start as “humans,” which is signified by a bright green band worn around their arm. “Zombies” are other students that have already been tagged by another zombie. Humans can protect themselves from zombies by shooting them with a Nerf gun. The end result is a bunch of students running around in between class chasing and shooting each other on their way across the quad. My impression is the inner child of these students took fun playground games, such as tag, from our childhood and evolved them into a game that is justifiable for college kids.
To answer your question, no I have never participated in “Humans vs. Zombies.” However I do find a lot of enjoyment in watching kids wearing headbands chasing each other around the quad, toting Nerf guns. One thing I have noticed from watching these weeks unfold is that everyone that plays takes it extremely seriously; some students even took a circuits class (one of the more difficult engineering core classes at Case) as an elective, just to learn how to rig their Nerf gun into shooting farther/better. Another interesting thing that I have noticed is that complete strangers meet and interact through this game and they talk and act like they’ve known each other forever. I guess “intense” situations like these create a common ground building friendships. The intelligence of students participating makes for some interesting strategy as well. In buildings like Nord (a common hangout place on the quad between classes), groups will assemble and plan out their courses of action just to get from class to class.
The cool thing about this week long event that takes place every semester is that it is open and free to everyone that wants to play. It can be taken as seriously as you want to. For those that don’t play, it makes for an entertaining show in between classes and throughout the evening on campus. No I don’t think I will ever be convinced into playing. It’s nothing against those that play the game; it’s just that I don’t want to have to run for my life from class to class for an entire week. I do that enough just trying to make it to my classes on time. However, if this interests you, it is something to definitely look forward to when you come to Case Western!