*Features* Lori Dresner Distribution Manager/Copy Editor

A plethora of students turned out for the annual University Program Board (UPB) egg hunt at the front lawn of Oak Hall on the warm spring evening of April 1. The egg hunt this year came with a haunted carnival twist. An abundance of pastel and golden plastic eggs were strewn across the grass and hidden throughout the landscape in front of Oak Hall before the event began. The pastel eggs were filled with candy, and the golden eggs contained number slips that students could exchange for specific prizes at the UPB table near the entrance to Oak Hall. Many anxious students, buzzing with excitement, lingered in front of the building in anticipation of the event.

About 10 minutes before the event began, eager students lined up at the edge of the lawn, and UPB distributed plastic grocery bags so students could carry their eggs. At 8 p.m. sharp the students took off on the count of three and scrambled to collect as many eggs as possible. Although the darkness had settled in by this point, most of the visible eggs were grabbed up in a matter of minutes. The hidden eggs were slightly more difficult to find. The “haunted carnival twist” came when UPB members, dressed as zombie clowns, jumped out to scare people as they hunted for eggs in the dark. The UPB’s mascot chicken was also in attendance for the egg hunt.

After students collected the majority of the eggs, many sat down to sort through their prized finds, some of which contained tasty candy treats. Those who found paper number slips inside their eggs lined up to redeem those numbers for prizes at the UPB table. The prizes ranged from movies to sports equipment to coffee mugs and tumblers to food.

Stephany Lakey, senior, elementary education, received a St. Louis Cardinals cup, magnet, calendar, and headset as prizes. “I like how they [UPB] invite students to come out and that they give away free stuff,” said Lakey. “I like how they support students.”

Students seemed pleased with the variety of prizes, and the whole event carried a positive vibe. There was a lot of laughing, smiling, and talking among students as they opened the eggs to reveal what was inside.

“People were ready to get the eggs,” said Michelle Gleich, junior, secondary education. “People were really excited. They were giving out some really good prizes.”

“This was my second time coming to the event,” said Kathryn Janssen, sophomore, biology. “I got a movie [The Perks of Being a Wallflower] that I wanted to see, but never got a chance to see. I also got animal crackers. I liked the variety of prizes because it’s a strange variety.”

About 20 minutes into the event, most prizes were claimed and just a couple of eggs remained unfound. A few bags of animal crackers and other miscellaneous prizes remained unclaimed. A few groups of students stayed behind to search for the few remaining eggs while many walked away satisfied with armfuls of goodies and smiles galore.