do or die Disney
Students compete in themed trivia night
| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
Mathmatical Meerkats, Swagvengers, The Great Stone Dragons and Twerkules were just four of the 27 teams competing in Student Activities Council’s (SAC)’s Disney Trivia night on Tuesday, April 8.
“We were very successful with our Harry Potter Trivia night last year that we knew we needed to repeat the event,” said Catherine Geiger, sophomore in biology and student event coordinator for the trivia night. “We wanted to choose something we figured students would know a lot about and would really like and who doesn’t love Disney?”
Starting at 6 p.m. teams of two to four players entered the Crimson & Gold Ballroom, many of them dressed as their favorite Disney, Star Wars or Marvel character, for the costume contest.
In all, 20 students stepped onto the stage for the contest, which was judged by SAC members. Therese O’Brien won the contest with her Tiger Lily costume from the Disney movie “Peter Pan.”
The food provided to participants was also a highlight for some competitors.
“We came because we love Disney,” said Brendan Finley, junior in elementary education. “We thought this would be a fun date night and the free food is also pretty nice.”
His wife, Kaitlynn Finley, agreed.
“We are a little intimidated going up against teams of four, but we absolutely think we will do well,” she said.
After the costumes and dinner, Disney lovers were put to the test, or buzzer, in the trivia tournament.
Five rooms in the upper level of the student center were prepared, each room holding two teams at a time.
Following official Scholars Bowl rules, 15 questions were asked from five categories: Disney animated movies, Disney Channel, Star Wars & Marvel, Disney live-action movies and Disney Pixar, per round.
Each team member had his or her own buzzer. Buzzing in early with an incorrect answer resulted in minus five points while all correct answers were worth 10.
Many of the rounds concluded with close calls, only five points defeat or victory, for the teams.
“It was a lot of competition,” said Charly Crane, undeclared freshman and member of team Chipmunks. “I hated the rounds where it was neck and neck but loved them at the same time. That element of competition just feels so good, and lots of times it just comes down to who can press their buzzer the fastest.”
Crane and his partner, Emma Huskey, sophomore in graphic communications, would go on to win first place.
“It feels great to win,” Crane said. “I didn’t want the night to end, I wanted to stay and keep answering questions.”
Geiger says she and other SAC members were pleased with the turnout.
“We had a huge turnout and we’ll keep coming up with more themes for more trivia nights,” Geiger said.
Crane says his favorite question of the event was, ‘Who blew Hades’ hair out in Hercules?’
“It’s great when you buzz in and know the answer, the hardest part is waiting to be recognized,” he said. “With my half of the prize money, I’m going to Disney World!”