Ali Fernand – Feature Editor
The students had the chance to win over $200 in prizes last Thursday night. The Programs Council (ProCon) has set up challenges for students to win these awards in the Farnham programming space.
“It’s Minute-to-Win-It, where students will complete several challenges to see who gets the most points and wins the prize,” said ProCon director Izzy Satmary, a senior.
By participating, students had the chance to win prizes. Contests run by ProCon often reward winners with expensive prizes. All prizes from this event went to a single winner.
“The prize is AirPods and $100 gift cards,” Satmary said.
Gift cards included iHop, Outback Steakhouse, Chipotle and Applebee’s. By winning these prizes, students can have a few meals with friends or alone.
Many students are looking for extra money to eat somewhere other than Connecticut Hall. There was a lot of hope on the part of the students to win these prizes.
“I’m looking forward to having fun and hopefully winning something,” said freshman Zachary McCarthy, a business administration major.
By attending events, McCarthy can do several things: win prizes, meet new people and have fun. Winning prizes is the most exciting thing for him, but he wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t having a good time.
McCarthy attended several other ProCon events such as Lake Compounce and Glow in the Dark Mini Golf. These events took place just within the first few weeks of her first semester on campus.
First-year students had the opportunity to bond with friends and form new relationships at school. This is one of the goals ProCon has for students on campus.
“The goal is just to get the students together, play games and have a good time,” said Katie Kost, senior night programmer.
Students can check out Owl Connect if they’re looking for something to do on campus. That’s what students like McCarthy did.
The event included a few mini-games. Students had multiple chances to earn points for themselves.
“We have a bowl full of smarties that people will pick up chopsticks to sort through,” Kost said. “We have a stackable mug and a charade.”
In total, students participated in eight rounds. It started with cup stacking and ended with the word game.
In the cup game, students competed to stack 10 cups into a pyramid and then take them apart as quickly as possible. In pencil flipping, students had to balance a pencil on the back of their hand. Then they would turn it around and catch it as many times as they could in a minute.
This event was based on a popular game show previously hosted by Guy Fieri.
“There was a game show like this, and our other committee member came up with the idea to do it,” Kost said.
This shows that the popularity has made the gameplay familiar to students. They were able to connect what they knew about the show to the event.
This is one of ProCon’s first game show style events. Their future events include Pumpkin Painting and Trail of Terror.
“I’m looking for more fun sports trips and events like this,” McCarthy said.