Zombies continue to lurk on campus

Avery Whaite

Danny Le, nursing sophomore and the "O-Z" zombie, chases Thomas Mammen, biology pre-med freshman, as part of the Humans vs. Zombies game. Photo by Avery Whaite.
Danny Le, nursing sophomore and the “O-Z” zombie, chases Thomas Mammen, biology pre-med freshman, as part of the Humans vs. Zombies game. Photo by Avery Whaite.

In the campus-wide game of tag “Humans vs. Zombies” hosted by the University Program Board is still going on as of today, but the number of students who remain mortal are dwindling.

“I got tagged on the first day, when the number of zombies was still pretty low,” said Tyler Clark, engineering freshman.

Clark said the majority of students are still humans as of today, roughly around 120 are alive and 35-40 are zombies, and in a game where the objective is for the zombies to tag humans, he said the tide of zombies is slowly growing.

“I started off as the original zombie or ‘O-Z’ of the game,” said Danny Le, nursing sophomore. “Nobody wants to talk or be around you when you start the game off as a zombie.”

He said as the first zombie, it was really hard for him to find humans that he could tag. He said there were plenty of them to catch, but they all worked together and stirred clear from him.

“I was trying to stay safe for the entire two weeks, but eventually got caught when I least expected it. They just come up from behind you sometimes,” said Thomas Mammen, biology, and pre-med freshman.

He said to survive he had to know his way around the zombies, and know where they were at all time

“Yik-Yak helps out. People post on there where all of the zombies are stationed,” Clark said.

He said Yik-Yak helped him avoid being caught, because he saw on the app they were located in his area.

“Surviving is my main goal,” said Amy Portillo, education freshman. “Avoiding zombies has been tricky, but I figured out ways to get to places without getting tagged.”

She said being a human is nerve-wracking, but the suspense makes it feel like she is in a movie or video game.

“To survive, you swing your sock while you’re running until you hit them, because they get stunned for two minutes and you’re able to get away,” Portillo said. “Also the street is a safe-zone for two minutes.”

According to the rules, humans can avoid being tagged by either throwing or swinging socks at them.

“The thing is, you can’t just stay in your room to avoid being tagged, because we are emailed missions by the operators and we have to complete them in a certain amount of time or we die,” Portillo said.

The missions allow zombies the chance to actually catch the humans, because completing the missions is a hard task when there are zombies preying around campus. Participants have to post their completed mission with a picture on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

“If a zombie doesn’t tag a human in two days they starve and they are out of the game,” said Devone Troublefield, psychology freshman.

Troublefield said this allows students who are still humans to rid out the zombie plague on campus, and have a better chance of survival.

“The game has been really fun so far, and the growth of zombies will only make the game more fun,” Le said.

Le said the event ends April 24, or until everyone becomes a zombie.