On September 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., people were geared up to play a life-sized version of a game they had played as kids. The game was Candy Land.
Mapped out on the MSC patio, the event was put on by Marissa Steimel, sophomore, nursing, of the University Program Board. Haley Cole, sophomore, communications, UPB, said she was excited because they had lots of candy to give out.
Walking up, students saw red cups with peppermint candies in them. A giant, colorful Candy Land sign stood behind the event table. Students had lined up, eager to play.
Each student received a cup with one peppermint inside to start with. Steimel said that the event was just like normal Candy Land, except in normal Candy Land, if you stepped on a licorice, you would have to go back. Each team consisted of four members plus a fifth person who was willing to be the designated card person for their team.
They would hold the deck of cards for people to draw from, in order to see where they would go next. Someone had to have a card for each team,” Steimel said.
Two giant pans of candy filled the event table. Some of the candies available included Tootsie Rolls, Dum Dums, Hershey’s Miniatures, and peppermints. Students could fill their red cups with as much candy as they wanted upon finishing out their game.
Purple and blue lollipops filled the grass. Candy canes with red ribbon and peppermint candies splashed across the greenery. Giant cardboard cards were featured that acted as place markers. People walked around the sidewalk outside the MSC to play.
Kayana McAdoo, freshman, biology, said that it looked fun being able to go around the entire yard. She seemed to be reflecting the opinions of most of the students awaiting for their turn to play.
Students started from a peppermint forest, and went from there. There was a sign with an arrow that said “Candy Land, the world of sweets!” Students were running and jumping from square to square, showing much enthusiasm. There were multiple colors and a pink square which featured a gingerbread man.
Other squares had ice cream cones or peanuts on them, and some were solid. One of the green squares said, “Land here and you go through gumdrop pass.” Commenting on the enthusiasm of the players, Scott Morrissey, junior, Spanish and education, said, “I think it is great. I think people are gonna have a great time. People are way too stressed and this campus needs a breather.”
The students’ energies seemed to reflect what Morrissey said. “It is crazy. It is nuts. I get free candy. I like the sound of that,” Anthony Biondo, freshman, criminal justice, said. Diante Coleman, freshman, education, said it was something she had never done before.
Even before getting her candy, another student, Taylor Allen, freshman, nursing, could be heard saying “Do you guys want to play again?” Allen said it was fun to make your friends lose at Candy Land.
Students showed community spirit in wanting to get involved on campus. Cindy Hwang, freshman, biology, said that she thought it was a great way to meet new people and for commuter students to get involved on campus. It seemed there were a lot of new students enjoying the festivities, getting used to the student life.
As the event came to a close, students started heading back to their cars or to the shuttle in order to turn in for the day. However, the day of the life-sized Candy Land that tickled the student bodies’ fancy and showcased the possibility of breaking away from creative barriers will not be forgotten anytime soon.
One wonders what gane is in store for the upcoming semester or year. Will the campus get a life-sized Monopoly? Only time, and student input, will tell.
By: Angie O’Dell, Staff Writer