On Saturday, Sep. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m., the SGA Programs Board sponsored the St. Mary’s College Hunger Games in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center’s (ARC’s) Recreation Courts.
From the beginning to the end of the event, students came and went while participating in a variety of games, including a wrecking ball, “gladiator” – a type of jousting competition, hula hooping, tug-of-war, limbo, and basketball in 30 seconds. In addition to the games, music was played throughout the competition – several students said they felt as if they were “in the Hunger Games.”
The event was organized primarily by junior Anuli Duru, who said she wanted to organize the SMC Hunger Games because “Potter Palooza was a success and I wanted to do something else based on popular books or a movie series.” Duru also said that this was an opportunity “to bring out competitive nature in a safe environment… A lot of people came out in the beginning. It’s all fun and games.” Despite the fact that this will most likely not be an annual event, there is hope that events of this nature will continue.
The Hunger Games was a free-for-all event where students could choose to compete in a variety of activities, winning candy if they won the competition. Before competing, each student placed his or her name in a bag. The names would then be entered into a drawing so the students could be chosen as “tributes;” the final two names to be drawn would “fight to the death” in a jousting competition and the winner would receive pizza and a DVD copy of the film The Hunger Games.
Junior Heather Pribut won the final competition against her roommate, junior Lisa Williams. About the Games, Pribut said, “We weren’t sure what to expect but we’re glad we came. I haven’t seen the movie but I read the books, so this was perfect. It was good seeing the event.” On winning the competition against Williams, she said, “I’ve had some practice beforehand so I knew more of what to do, but making a strategy was exciting. I get to share the prizes with my roommate so everybody is a winner.”
“It was interesting. I had a lot of fun competing,” Williams said. “This makes up for killing Heather in Parcheesi so many times!” she said, after being defeated by Pribut.