With graduation on the horizon, Park Scholar seniors reflect on their time at IC
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Posted on behalf of Jesse Geffen '12
One cold winter night during my freshman year, I discovered a game that would forever change my college experience. I saw three people running out of the Towers dining hall, carrying balled up socks and Nerf blasters. They were chased by about four other people across the parking lot, screaming that they wanted to eat their brains. This was my first introduction to Humans vs. Zombies, a modified game of tag played across college campuses around the world, where teams of Humans try to survive games where Zombies try to tag them, and turn them into Zombies as well. The Humans fend off the apocalypse with foam blasters and balled up socks.
After joining the small group of students playing this game on campus, I was asked by then sophomore Adrian Fisher to take control of the game, and make it something bigger. Along with a few other students, I created the Humans vs. Zombies Social Club, a group that I hoped could organize large HvZ games, and build a sense of community across interdisciplinary lines. Over the course of three years, the Humans vs. Zombies Club has become so much more than just a group of students playing a game.
The Humans vs. Zombies Social Club has provided hundreds of Ithaca College students with a community, an escape, and a sport to be a part of. Tons of close friendships, a few personal relationships, and countless new friendships have been formed through the teamwork oriented, cooperative nature of the Humans vs. Zombies games. After a round of HvZ this year, alumn Marc Howard said "I have seen such friendliness and good sportsmanship in and out of the game from this year's crowd of HvZ players that it makes my heart sing. You are all truly wonderful people. Keep playing and keep being awesome!”
In addition to the community I envisioned HvZ creating at IC, I hoped that the cooperative spirit of HvZ members could involve the HvZ Social Club in community service initiatives. Every year, the club participates in the annual Relay for Life event, which raises money to donate to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research and treatments. In 2011, the HvZ Social Club raised over $2,100 in donations to the ACS, and this year we were the highest raising team at Ithaca College, donating over $5,800 to the ACS.
The Humans vs. Zombies Social Club will be my legacy at Ithaca College. I founded and helped build an incredible community that has meant so much to me and to so many people I have met over the past four years here. I hope to see the HvZ Social Club continue to bring together students from all walks of life, and to reach out to our community and accomplish amazing things (with Zombies.)
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