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Zombie Threat on SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Eradicated for Another Year

Learn more about the Zombie Defense League. If you dare.

A classic battle – humans versus the undead – played out on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in October.

The Zombie Defense League, which is an officially recognized student organization, hosted the tournament-style Humans vs. Zombies battle from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25. The competition was open to all students, faculty and staff.

With humans wearing red bandanas on their arms and zombies wearing red bandanas on their heads, competitors tried to "stun" or "infect" their opponents by tagging them with socks. Participants were given nightly missions to complete on campus in order to keep the environment target rich.

According to Jimmy Burdick and Meghan Fitzgerald, co-presidents of the Zombie Defense League, similar tournaments have taken place on other campuses for years.

“We’ve both always wanted to play, but no one has ever organized it,” Fitzgerald said. “We figured we’d do it ourselves.”

The club also co-hosted the fourth annual Zombie Walk and Prom with the ROTA Gallery Saturday, Oct. 13.

“It’s just one of those fun things if you’re OK with dressing up like a zombie and walking downtown with 300 other people on a Saturday night,” Burdick said.

Dr. Becky Kasper, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adviser to the Zombie Defense League, said the tournament brings a sense of community to the campus and provides a way for students to enjoy themselves.

“I want students to be able to have balanced lives in which they work and study hard and then let loose in a safe and invigorating way,” she said.


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