Students looking for plans on April 30 in the evening have the chance to compete in the University Programming Board’s capture-the-flag competition at 9 p.m. in the quad. Flags, glow stick headbands and bracelets will be provided, and UPB adviser Mario Ramirez said students will only need to bring a friend.
“I encourage students to bring a friend,” Ramirez said. “We give you the tools and materials you need, we’ll provide everything and you just show up.”
Pre-dental sophomore and UPB member D’Aaron Clayton said one of the first activities he did when he transferred to campus was a capture-the- flag event. He said he got an opportunity to plan his own event and decided he wanted to do it again.
“It’s an idea to get people to run around, have fun, and it’s a night to have something new to try out,” Clayton said. “It’s one of the first events that I ever went to here, and I had a lot of fun. They gave me an opportunity to run it and I was like let’s go for it.”
Students will be separated into four different teams, and two teams will compete against each other. The winners out of those two rounds will then compete against each other for swag packs. The prizes will consist of a T-shirt, socks, and other university gear.
“A capture the flag game really reaches to a lot of the night owls,” Ramirez said. “We want to reach out to all sorts of students and the campus.”
UPB showcase chair and biology freshman Rutth Mercado said events like these helped her make new friends last semester, and she even found a friend in one of her classes to study with for finals.
“It’s a good way to get to know people,” Mercado said. “A lot of people say, ‘well I don’t really care for meeting new people at the end of the semester’, but you can still make connections with people and meet people to talk to.”
Clayton said having a game at night using glow sticks will puts a twist on the traditional game, and he said Thursday night is perfect for students looking to relieve some stress before Friday classes.
“Friday most people try to get out of the house and have their own plans, especially since it’s the end of the week,” Clayton said. “Thursday is perfect because it’s like the pre-party to the Friday, it gets you ready for that last little stretch of classes.”
Ramirez said he estimates the event to cost around $100. He said the last time the capture-the- flag event was held around 60-70 people attended, and he expects around 40-60 or more at this game.
“I know it’s close to the end of the semester but you can still participate in some of the events that are happening on campus,” Ramirez said. “It’s fun to meet new people,socialize, and network.”
Glow-in-the-dark capture the flag
9 p.m. in the quad
Winners will win swag pack