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HVZ: Let the Marshmallows Fly

By Kaylee Hauck

Two times a year for the past four years, Pitt-Greensburg’s Nerdfighters Club has hosted Humans vs. Zombies, an event in which students spend three days battling and running from “zombies” all across campus.

Humans vs. Zombies is, in the simplest terms, a “campus-wide game of tag”, according to Michael Rodriguez, the president of Nerdfighters, a club on campus that promotes all things nerdy.

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Easily Identified: Zombies wear bandanas around their heads. Photo courtesy of Michael Rodriguez.

This year’s event will take place from October 11th until October 14th. There will be a mandatory meeting on October 11th at 9 p.m. for anyone that wishes to participate, where you sign waivers and receive your orange bandana. The game will begin that evening at 11:59 pm. If you’re unable to attend the meeting, contact MIR55@pitt.edu.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said sophomore Sabrina Nguyen, who participated in the event last year. “It becomes addicting after a while.”

The game starts out with one singular zombie, and as the days go by, that zombie’s goal is to infect as many people as it possibly can. Once others have been infected, they too have the job of infecting other humans. A zombie is indicated by wearing an orange bandana around their head, while humans wear their bandanas around their arms.

The goal of this game is to survive for as long as possible, and the only way to do that is to outrun the zombies and to protect yourself with Nerf guns full of marshmallows.

There are only two ways that humans can fight these zombies: they can either run or shoot them with marshmallows.

Groups of humans are sent out on special missions every night from 10 p.m. until 12 p.m.

“These missions range from collecting vials to escorting a certain scientist to help you out.” said Rodriguez. The missions make communication amongst the humans a key part of this game.

Every year there’s a special storyline that goes along with this event, including this year. “The story for this year is exciting, but will remain hidden for now,” said Rodriguez.

For more information on Humans vs. Zombies, visit http://www.UPGHvZ.com.

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