Survival of the Scavviest

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Scav Hunt teams took over the northeast corner of the quads. The Scav Olympics events included: "RPS-25," or Rock, Paper, Scissors with 25 possible hand gestures; limbo for two people, tied together at the ankles; a footrace in which "your feet are watermelons"; and "four-person telephone Pictionary."

At five past one, teams of Scavvies were anxiously scooping out watermelons, practicing the two-person limbo, and doling out duct tape. One girl wearing a prom dress held a bullhorn under her arm, gave frantic directions on a cell phone in one hand, and caught a bright red plunger from a teammate preparing for the "plumber's luge" with the other hand. Prom dresses—worn by women and hairy-chested men alike—distinguished team captains.

Soon head judge Jim Ryan, '08, announced the beginning of the competition and admonished the Scavvies: "All watermelon feet must be watermelon shoes—not watermelon ankle bracelets."

The first event was the plumber's luge. Contestants—dressed as Nintendo's Mario at the judges' whim—lay down on skateboards and propelled themselves with plungers in each hand, racing from 58th and University around the quads' center circle toward the finish line at Hull Gate.

Scav Hunt concluded with Judgment in Ida Noyes on Sunday. The Snell-Hitchcock team emerged victorious, with Max Palevsky's team taking second and the Federation of Indepedent Scav Hunt team in third place.

Jenny Fisher, '07

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Photos (left to right): Head judge Jim Ryan, '08, announces the beginning of Scav Olympics; a competitor in the plumber's luge; two Scavvies practice the limbo.

May 14, 2007