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Week-long game returns to campus

first_imgNerf gun? Check. Balled-up socks? Check. Orange armband? Check. The moderated tag game “Humans vs. Zombies” (HvZ) is back for its fifth annual session at Notre Dame. Senior Alex Muench, the game’s primary moderator, has helped run the event hosted by WVFI radio station since Notre Dame’s first game in the spring of 2011. “I’d say it’s a week long game of team-based tag. With Nerf and zombies,” Muench said.  The game involves campus-wide strategy and is played at colleges throughout the United States. According to the rules listed on the game’s website, everyone who signs up to play is automatically registered as “human” and is distinguished by an orange armband tied around his or her arm. When the “Original Zombie” tags the first “human,” he or she becomes “infected” and must play on the “zombie” side, the website stated.To protect themselves, some humans buy large Nerf guns or carry socks. If they “kill” one of the zombies, they earn a 15-minute time out. Zombies hit with a projectile must move their bands down to their neck to show they’re inactive and cannot “feed” on other humans, the website stated.There are also missions every night when the humans come out to complete tasks that can create more safe zones for humans to hide from zombies or earn longer time-out times to prevent zombies from attacking. It all comes down to a huge showdown on Sunday night: If any humans are left standing at the end of the mission, humans win, the website stated. Despite the formulaic procedure, Muench said every game is unique. “What really makes a difference is the players,” said. “A small sub-group of friends can gain notoriety and change the course of the game this semester. And that’s what always makes things interesting.” Into its third year at Notre Dame, HvZ is closing in on just over 150 players. This year’s game runs from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29.  The game is open to all students at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross.  Sign-ups are accepted until Sept. 21 and can be accessed at www.hvzsource.com/nd. Contact Charmagne Solomon at [email protected]last_img read more

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Architect Bayden Goddard designed this stunning home at a friends barbecue

first_img11 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island.IT IS no surprise that this four-level mega mansion was designed by none other than Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard.Goddard, renowned for creating some of the most luxurious properties on the Gold Coast, did not shy away when it came to 11 Southern Cross Drive.11 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.Homeowners Brendan and Natasha Rutherford said it all started at a friend’s barbecue with the Goddard family.“We were having lunch and at this point Bayden was just a good friend,” Mr Rutherford said.“Natasha and I knew him socially because our children went to school with his children. We were telling him about our future plan for our house and then he got out a piece of wax-proof paper, like baking paper, and started drawing down the home I had imagined.”11 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.“We never intended him to design our house for us because we don’t like the idea of mixing business and friends but he said he would just sketch an idea down and see how it went.“It turned out to be exactly what we wanted and the builder he recommended, Gavin Boyle, had a daughter who was best friends with our daughter.“It’s a small world.”11 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Rutherford said he and Natasha bought the block on Cronin Island in 2000 with a property on it.“We lived in that home for years before we decided to knock it down and build something we really liked,” he said.“Natasha and I have four kids so we needed the basics — four bedrooms and a main bedroom — but we also needed a gym, a lap pool and a big basement for our family.“All of our kids are national champions in cross country.”11 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island.Mr Rutherford said while the gym was essential, he wanted to add a touch of luxury to the zone.“Bayden designed the space with water views so it is probably one of the best home gyms,” he said.“The island itself has been great for the kids because they do a lot of running and there is quite a big park space in the centre of the island, which they use.“They do laps around Southern Cross Drive and it is a really safe area.”11 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island.The mansion comes with six bedrooms, six bathrooms and a basement and garage big enough for seven cars.Exuding an earthy, industrial style, the home features timber throughout.“We changed a few things after it was built, like the exposed concrete ceilings, which we filled in with timber,” Mr Rutherford said.11 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island.“We trusted Bayden on his design, he said it would look good and it really does.“It is by far the biggest house we have ever lived in and we have had some cherished memories here.”11 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.The home is quintessential Gold Coast luxury living with chandeliers, a sleek gas fireplace and an open-plan dining room which overlooks the water with an impressive 19m water frontage.last_img read more

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Top Brazilian clubs defy order to resume playing as epidemic rages

first_img(REUTERS) – Two of Brazil’s top soccer clubs, Botafogo and Fluminense, said yesterday they would defy an order from their federation to resume playing competitively this week, as the country’s daily coronavirus death toll hovers around 1 000.The Rio de Janeiro state football federation proposed that the state championship, one of several state-wide tournaments that take place in Brazil before the national leagues begin in the second half of the year, restart on June 18, pending state government approval.Botafogo president Nelson Mufarrej called the ruling “disconnected from reality”, and both clubs said they planned legal action on health and safety grounds to avoid having to resume playing so soon.“Unfortunately, the majority of clubs understand that this is the time to play games again, in spite of the chaotic scenes we’re living through right now,” Mufarrej said in a statement. “We’re against it.”Brazil’s documented deaths from the pandemic stand at just below 44 000, more than any country in the world except the United States, and that toll has been rising by around 1 000 per day for the past week.City rival Fluminense’s chairman Mario Bittencourt said his players, inactive since action was halted in mid-March, were also not ready to play competitively again.“The pandemic persists,” Bittencourt said. “The dates set for our games (22nd and 24th) are unacceptable from the point of view of the health of our players and we won’t be taking the field, and we will look to take action in the sporting court to do what is right.”Botafogo and Fluminense have been asked to play in the first round of rescheduled games. All four of the state’s top teams, which also include Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, are down to play a game between June 18 and 22.last_img read more

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