TRON laser lights up IUS

IUS Horizon

Brain Dennis, biology freshman, prepares to open fire on his opponents in a fierce game of TRON laser tag. The game took place Oct. 27 in the Hoosier Room as a free event hosted by the Student Program Council.

The Hoosier Room turned into a war zone on Oct. 29 when students suited up to play TRON laser tag.

The Student Program Council hosted the event and drew students to the Hoosier Room to combat other students in the light-filled playing fields.

Kathryn Haymon, secondary education junior and president of the SPC, said she was excited to bring the TjohnE team and TRON laser tag to IU Southeast.

“We’re just trying to get [students] involved because a lot of students usually don’t come out for activities — either it’s too late or they just don’t know about it,” Haymon said.

SPC previously brought the TjohnE company to campus for a game show last semester, and they said they believed laser tag would bring students out to campus to play.

Students played on teams of five, shooting lasers at their opponents. Each game lasted five minutes, and the team that ended the game with the most points won bragging rights for the night. The event lasted from 7 to 11 p.m. and students could play as many games as time allowed.

Attendance at the event was high, and students waited in The Commons for their turn to play TRON laser tag.

“This is really successful,” Haymon said. “This is our biggest event since Week of Welcome.”

Rachel Sanders, 19, eagerly attacks her opponents during a game of TRON laser tag as her team mate Jerrica Holtsclaw, zoology sophomore, nearly falls over from the surprise attack.

Within the first half hour, the team rosters were filled for the first 15 games. Some students took advantage of playing numerous times.

Brandon Smith, secondary education freshman, said he was eager to play as many times as he could.

“I played [laser tag] before with my church, and it was $40 for two-10-minute games, so this is a really good deal,” Smith said. “Here, we know everyone, so it’s a lot better. We’re college students, so we’re going to get crazy.”

The event was paid for by money from the Student Activity Fee.

“We pay for it anyway, so, if you don’t come, you just waste it,” Smith said.