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Residential life hosts foam wars

November 12, 2015

 

Dennis Stockes, a freshman mechanical engineer (left) and Rebecca Frith, a Tech alumna  (right) battle each other during foam wars–Photo by Ashley Kober

Dennis Stockes, a freshman mechanical engineer (left) and Rebecca Frith, a Tech alumna (right) battle each other during foam wars–Photo by Ashley Kober

REBEKAH BARNES

Staff Reporter | reb033@latech.edu

 

With finals quickly approaching, roughly 85 students braved the dark and mosquitos to let off steam and duel each other with foam weapons at a residential life sponsored event on Nov. 5.

 

The fights have been a quarterly event for two years, led by Mohammed Mohammed, or “MoMo.” Thursday’s event was the largest so far.

 

“It gets people making friends and brings some action on campus,” Mohammed said.

 

He has been in charge of the foam weapons fights since his sophomore year as a part of his resident assistant program.

 

Mohammed and other RAs construct the foam weapons and shields out of PVC pipes, foam padding, athletic tape and panty hose.

 

Issac Schnieders said this was his third fight of the five so far, and he has not seen a single person bruised from the padded swords, spears or bows and arrows he helps make.

 

“We have to test them to make sure they’re safe to use,” Schnieders, the sophomore computer science major, said. “You cover your kidneys, and someone hits you pretty much as hard as they can. If you can say ‘OK’ throughout, it’s safe to use.”

 

Students met in the grass in front of Aswell Residence Hall for one-on-one duels and team battles.

 

“I can’t help but feel energized throughout the event,” Schnieders said. “It just fuels my competitive nature.”

 

The duelers were not the only ones enjoying themselves. Nearly 30 spectators sat around the field to watch.

 

Anna Yates, a senior biology major, said she has never seen anything like it before.

 

“I didn’t want to participate, but I thought watching would be stress relief enough,” Yates said.

 

Lindsay Cavin is the coordinator of student development for Mohammed’s residence hall, Mitchell.

 

She said resident assistant programs are meant to benefit the assistants’ halls, but Mohammed’s foam weapon fights have become so popular, everyone is included.

 

“I think it’s really incredible that he’s found something that’s geared toward so many students’ interests,” Cavin said.

 

She said these programs not only help residents, but they give the resident assistants a sense of victory if they have the opportunity to advocate for the students.

 

“So far I’ve been really impressed with the RAs we have and how they serve the community,” she said.

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