Movie, game inspire themed party

Audrey Dighans | copy editor

It wasn’t raining, the guests, for the most part, all knew each other and the weapons were far from lethal during Sigma Tau Delta’s “Clue” party on Friday, Nov. 15.
The event was held at the home of Jamie McDaniel, assistant professor in English and adviser to Sigma Tau Delta, PSU’s Honors Society, for an authentic appeal to the game.

Dayn Riley, adjunct professor of English (Colonel Mustard) accuses Lori Dyer, a grad student (Mrs. White) of murdering the professor with the rope at the Sigma Tau Delta Clue party on Friday Nov. 15.

Dayn Riley, adjunct professor of English (Colonel Mustard) accuses Lori Dyer, a grad student (Mrs. White) of murdering the professor with the rope at the Sigma Tau Delta Clue party on Friday Nov. 15.


“We all, including Dr. McDaniel, have a great love for ‘Clue,’” said Lori Dyer, graduate student in English and president of Sigma Tau Delta. “If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly suggest watching it.”
Dyer added that Sigma Tau and the English club always hold an end-of-the-semester party.
“During a slow period of our book sale last semester, some of us started watching the movie, which gave us the idea to make this year’s party themed after the movie and game,” she said. “We’d already had the party planned for that semester and waiting gave us more time to prepare for this one.”
The evening began with pizza and snacks while guests continued to arrive, just as happens in the film. Also in keeping with the theme, many guests chose to dress up as characters from the movie.
“Why not?” said Hannah Walker, graduate student and member of Sigma Tau. Walker came dressed as Mrs. Peacock. “It adds to the fun.”
Others attended for the entertainment of the evening.
“’Clue’ is one of my favorite movies,” said Courtni Dillard, senior in communication. “I saw the flier and got super excited about it.”
After the film, guests played a real life version of the game.
“I did my best to provide the weapons for the game,” McDaniel said.
To assign roles, players each draw a single card from a deck. The card designates who they will be. The weapons – candlestick, rope, dagger, lead pipe, revolver and wrench – are then dispersed among the players and the lights are turned off.
“It’s really exciting for us,” McDaniel said. “The game is fun to play and the movie is great. If you’re a lover of “Clue” then tonight is great in every way.”
McDaniel added that he hopes the club will turn the party into an annual event.
“I’d come back every year for that,” said Dayne Riley, lecturer in English and member of Sigma Tau. “You can’t do ‘Clue’ without Col. Mustard,” Riley said of his character.

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