Nerf 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]
The Observer won third place in the Division I “Newspaper of the Year” category at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony held Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington. Staff members took home 20 other awards. Former Assistant Managing Editor Andrew Owens was named the Brook Baker Collegiate Journalist of the Year, making him the third Notre Dame student in four years to be honored. The award, which began in 1999, is named for a deceased student journalist at Vincennes University. Owens placed in the “Best Entertainment Feature Story” category as well, winning second for his Oct. 22 piece “College GameDay.” The Observer took second place in the “Best Single Issue” category for the Nov. 27 issue “Miami Bound,” published after the football team’s victory over USC. First place in the “Best Stand-Alone/Pullout Section” category went to The Observer’s “Pre-national championship coverage.” The 2011-12 Observer Editorial Board took first place in the “Best Staff Editorial” category for its April 27, 2012, piece “Jenky should issues a formal apology.” The former board also won second place in the same category for the Sept. 14, 2012 editorial “Getting serious about sexual assault.” Former Assistant Managing Editor Sam Stryker won second place in “Best News Feature Story” for “Gay students discuss coming out at Notre Dame,” the second in a three-part series in The Observer last year. Stryker also took third place in “Best Entertainment Feature Story” for his coverage of Student Union Board’s Seth Myers comedy show in September, titled “Seth Myers brings the laughs at Stepan.” 2011-12 Managing Editor Sarah Mervosh, class of 2012, won third place in the “Best Breaking News Reporting” category for “University addresses LGBTQ concerns,” published April 26, 2012. Assistant Managing Editor Matthew DeFranks took second place in “Best News or Feature Series” for “Waking the Echoes,” a series highlighting past Notre Dame football players and their lives after graduation. Scene Editor Kevin Noonan took second place in “Best Entertainment Column” for his piece on the film saga’s move to Disney, titled “Star Wars moves to the dark side.” Kirby McKenna, multimedia editor, won second place in “Best Feature Photo” for her August Boys Like Girls concert photo “Boys Like B1.” Former Multimedia Editor Sarah O’Connor took third place in the same category for her September photo “Seth Myers at Notre Dame.” Former Photo Editor Suzanna Pratt took first place in “Best Sports Photo” for her action shot during the Oct. 27 football game against Oklahoma, called “Statement win.” Second place in “Best Blog” went to “Observer Passport,” featuring the study abroad experiences of former Editor-in-Chief Allan Joseph, former Managing Editor Megan Doyle, Assistant Managing Editor Marisa Iati, Saint Mary’s Editor Kaitlyn Rabach, Photo Editor Grant Tobin, News Writer Mel Flanagan and Scene Writer Troy Mathew. O’Connor and Web Editor Kevin Song won first place in “Best Video” for “Bengal Bouts 2012,” showcasing the experiences of members of Notre Dame’s men’s club boxing team. Former Graphics Editor Brandon Keelean won first place in “Best Design of Black-and-White House Ad” for “Congratulations.” Keelean also took first in “Best Design of Full-Color House Ad” for “Final Four.” The Observer took third place in “Best Rate Card,” crediting Keelean, Joseph, Advertising Manager Emily Kopetsky and former advertising manager Monica McCormack. All four were also honored with first place in “Best General Media Kit.” Other University publications represented at ICPA were Scholastic, which took first place in “News Magazine of the Year,” Dome Yearbook, which won second place in the Division I “Yearbook of the Year” category and The Juggler, which took second place in “Literary Magazine of the Year.” The Observer’s award-winning submissions are available on its website, www.ndsmcobserver.com.