Minute-To-Win-It Carnival draws crowds, encourages Greek Life involvement

April 18, 2017

Kyle Guthrie

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    A beautiful spring day was the perfect setting for a student fair on campus.

James Crowl, Mechanical Engineering Senior plays a cup stacking game at the Minute-to-Win-It event. Photo by Sandy Fales: The Scribe

     While the wind may have occasionally wreaked havoc on the cups and props used for the games, it did not diminish the games and activities at each table.

     On April 13, Alpha Phi Omega hosted the third annual Minute-To-Win-It in the Upper Plaza. The carnival aimed to increase visibility and encourage future membership, according to freshman finance major Maddie Fritz, member of co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

     “We put (the carnival) on to have a little bit more visibility on campus and to promote student involvement. We had a president three years ago who came to a meeting and said, ‘Let’s do a sort of student carnival,’” she said.

     The carnival featured games inspired by television game show, “Minute to Win It,” that were designed to be played and won in under a minute.

     Games included “This Blows,” where students were required to use an inflated balloon to knock over a line of cups, “Sticky Situation,” which involved bouncing a ball onto a plate of peanut butter and “Rapid Fire,” where students used a rubber band to target and knock over a pyramid of cups.

     Participants, like freshman English major Haley Bean, were drawn to the carnival to have a good time.

     “I was actually eating lunch, and I saw the fair, so I thought ‘hey, this looks like it could be fun,’” said Bean.

     While all the games received a few visitors, a few generated even larger crowds, said Fritz.

     Students interested in Alpha Phi Omega can gather more information at apoonline.org/uccs/ or sll. uccs.edu/org/greeklife.