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Bailey brings ‘Games’ to campus

March 30, 2012

Brennan Probst / The Courier - Tributes in this year’s “Hunger Games” were forced to get creative to survive the competition and keep the odds in their favor.

“Have you been killed yet?”

Beginning Monday, March 19, this became a regular conversation-starter for a select group of students who participated in the first Monmouth College “Hunger Games,” adapted from the Lionsgate movie and novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.

The “Gamekeeper,” senior Marcus Bailey, organized a campus-wide Game by sending invitations to many students on Facebook and having them invite their friends. While some of his friends helped to procure challenges, Bailey did most of the organization himself.

“I wanted to do it for my fraternity [ZBT], but it never really came up, so I made it campus-wide,” said Bailey. “I’m a big fan, because I’m really into sci-fi, and I liked how the books were set in the future and very suspenseful. I think the game is more fun and more of a challenge than a typical game of Assassins.”

As in the novel, Bailey assigned two tributes to one of the 12 districts. Water balloons were used to “kill” the tributes or mutts. To prove that he or she had killed another tribute, the tribute had to present the dead tribute’s token to either Bailey or Sandy Russell-Corbin, the mailroom clerk.

“As soon as I found out Marcus [Bailey] was doing it, I just said ‘Yes!’” said junior Mary Bohlander, a tribute from District 12. “I read the books earlier this year and fell in love. I got really sketchy and nervous. I had my friends escort me everywhere for a couple days there. I got killed by Kayla Corzine, but since I had already killed Nick Munson, who killed Anthony [Occipinti], my ‘Peeta,’ I was at peace with it.”

For those who were not chosen as a tribute, Bailey designated them “muttations,” a type of mutant dog that resembled a person as explained in the book. “Mutts” could hit tributes with balloons to kill them, and some tributes, when killed, were later resurrected for one day as “mutts.”

“You start to develop a sense of paranoia,” said junior Kayla Corzine, a tribute from District Three who lasted until the final day. “I killed Bo [Bohlander], who was our ‘Katniss,’ and that was a big thing that I killed her, because a lot of people wanted her to win. It really heightened my whole experience with reading the books and watching the movie.”

Generally tributes were safe when in buildings and class, but to make it more challenging and speed up the game, Bailey would sometimes stage upsets or make events happen on certain days, such as making only outdoors and class safe.

“I got so far by sliding under the radar,” Corzine said. “I didn’t know a lot of the other people playing and so they went after each other first. I kind of turned into a creeper, because I used Facebook to figure out what people looked like and started doing stake-outs to figure out their schedules.”

Bailey regularly updated the Facebook group to give reminders and tell of new developments in the game. Once the tributes were narrowed to the top five, bets were placed and the tribute with the most bets, junior Meg Grzenia, received a special prize.

A week and a day after the games began, Grzenia, nicknamed “Foxface” after a character in the book, won the first game.

Although Bailey will graduate, plans are already being made to continue the game next year, with Dadds replacing Bailey as Gamekeeper.

“I’m going to work on it over the summer with rules and missions,” Dadds said. “There’ll be a lot more difficult stuff at the beginning to kill people off more quickly.”

Cassie Burton
Staff writer

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