Bowling Green State University has had many hundreds of student organizations through the years, ranging from social and service fraternities to intramural sports, and many special-interest groups. Few student groups, though, have experienced as quick a rise in popularity and prominence has had one of the recent additions: BGUndead.
The university's BGUndead group started in the fall of 2006 as an unofficial game promoted via Facebook. At the time the group was known as Humans vs. Zombies (or HVZ), named for a game played at Goucher College in Maryland. The initial event lasted all of three hours before being abruptly halted by campus police who were not aware the activities were a game. In the spring of 2007 the event came back, this time with university officials and campus police well aware of the plans. In the years since, BGUndead has become one of the largest student organizations on campus, boasting over 500 players for its games.
The premise of the BGUndead event is that there are two teams: Humans and Zombies. Zombies try to tag the Humans, thus turning them into Zombies. Humans can defend themselves in a number of ways including using Nerf Blasters, (clean) balled up socks, and standard sized marshmallows. A zombie hit by one of these defensive measures is stunned - and out of action - for a short period of time.
The game lasts a full week during which groups of Humans and Zombies organize missions and can attain awards such as Zombie antidotes and decreased stun times for Zombies, as well as other advantages to use in the final confrontation during which the the winning team - Humans or Zombies - is determined.
BGUndead games are held each fall and spring and are open to the entire Bowling Green Community. For information and updates visit www.bgundead.com.