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Paranoia grips campus as ‘Gotcha!’ Nerf tournament heats up

The best part about a campus-wide Nerf gun war? The paranoia, of course.

Since the event began Friday, I found myself holding my Nerf gun and three foam bullets close at all times. Across campus, I saw others carrying their guns and looking over their shoulders constantly.

It got worse for me when I saw several friends who warned me that they’d just seen three people get out in the Pit.

I ended up running frantically back to my room.

The Gotcha! event has struck campus with full force. Across campus, you can hear students comments about how much fun it is to try to find their target. On Facebook, you see comments like “Gotcha! puts me in a better mood.”

Even people who aren’t participating have been enjoying watching the goings on of the event.

At first I was skeptical about the concept of Gotcha!. Being a bit of a shy person, I was nervous about having to hunt down a person I barely knew. However, I found myself enjoying the event immensely over the past week.

The first time I went after my target was Monday. I found out that day that I have terrible aim after I missed my target by a good five feet. I then took off running, but found myself shot in the back. Such is life.

After being shot by my own target, thus getting me out for 30 minutes, I had the opportunity to talk to him, and found out he was a pretty nice guy.

Although no one ever said it directly, part of the fun of the Gotcha! event is being able to meet people you may have never associated with. My former target is majoring in Science. I avoid the Math and Science building like the plague. If he hadn’t been my target, I probably would never have met him.

Another fun part of the event is getting involved with clubs that you might not usually get involved in.

Prizes have been offered for attending club events like the Night of Country Swing (NOCS) and Chi Alpha. This means Students then get to step out of their comfort zone and try new things, a great way to show what clubs are on campus.

One of the best things about Gotcha! is the feeling of being paranoid. I felt kind of like a spy whenever I would walk out the back door of my building, looking in every direction before dashing to Memorial Hall.

Unfortunately, I’m not much of a spy.

On Tuesday, disaster struck. I was distracted by a friend, and did not realize that I was being followed. While walking to my room, I was struck in the back.

Although I am out of the game, I’m still lucky enough to get to participate in events. Gold and silver darts, which can be turned in for prizes, are held by teachers, who can shoot participants. If a teacher shoots a student who is trying to steal their dart, that student is out for a half hour, and they have to drop the dart. Even if a student is out of the game, they can still try to find the darts.

The empire of Sandozia, or the Sandoz Center, is also still open to students who are out. Every day a participant visits Sandozia, they are given Sandoz dollars to turn in for prizes at the end of the event.

Gotcha! is quickly turning into an event that’s fun for all. Meeting new people, getting involved in clubs, and just enjoying a fun game has been great for students on campus.

For more information about the Gotcha! event, you can check out the center spread on pages eight and nine.

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