Toes, ice and seashells
Games combine several wacky elements for fun competition
Michael Bauer | sports editor
Tyler Dubin’s feet may have been sore from the container filled with ice-cold water that served as an endurance test that is just par for the course at the Gorilla Games.
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the 30th annual Games was held in the west parking lot of the Weede Athletic Center as part of the Homecoming week festivities. The Homecoming committee put on the event.
Events ranged from a beach ball game to “wet charades” to a less-traditional relay event.
“That last event, 30 seconds of ice water kind of sucked,” said Dubin, senior in biology, with a laugh. “But it’s all going pretty good. We did well in the games.”
Dubin’s event required him to soak his feet in ice water while blindfolded and use them to pick up seashells between numbed toes out of the tub and lift them to the outside.
“My feet are pretty cold. They’re feeling better now but they were pretty freaking cold,” Dubin said.
The Gorilla Games involved 15 student groups. There was a division for students and coeds, which was a change from last year.
“This year was different because they separated the groups into coed men’s and women’s,” said Briana Hall, senior in biology and Spanish who is one of the event organizers.
Team members were allowed to participate in more than one event but were allowed to play on only one team.
An event judge supervised each competition and was responsible for starting the event and verifying the procedures.
Even though it was a competition, most people just enjoyed participating.
“I thought it was awesome,” said Mayuri Murali, junior in psychology. “We might not have a chance at winning, but it’s brought the group a lot more closely together and we’ve gotten to know each other.”
Murali was competing with the International Students Association team.
“It was pretty fun and exciting to get out and compete with other co-ed groups on campus because we don’t get to see them very much,” said Ashley Baier, senior in commercial graphics and fashion merchandising.