The “smoking huts” are gone, and with them, a lot of MCCC’s community. Killing time between classes, for much of Mercer’s student body, used to be a no-brainer: hang out at the smoking huts, get in a debate with students, meet new people, and waste time with dignity. Now we just need a new way to kill time between classes. I propose a Scavenger Hunt in memorium of smoking on campus.
The first student (or Faculty member) to come to the Mercer VOICE office, SC120, with this Scavenger Hunt somewhat completed will win a major award. No, it won’t be a leg lamp. In fact, it probably won’t be anything with much monetary value. As with most Scavenger Hunts, the one rule is this: “picture or it didn’t happen.”
– Find a new use for the re-purposed “smoking huts.” Get creative with it. Take a picture. Anything will do, but please put some thought into it.
2. TISK TISK
-Take a picture of someone smoking a cigarette next to a “Smoke-Free Campus” sign. I can’t really tell you to stage this; that would be condoning rule-breaking. But, if you do bring a picture to the VOICE office, I won’t ask how you know the person in the picture.
3. LEADING BY EXAMPLE
– Get a picture of a staff member (that is Security or administration) smoking a cigarette anywhere on campus, including the parking lots.
4. THE A-TEAM
– Take a picture of the “A Team” parking sign on campus. It exists. If you can get a van in the picture too, you’ll get bonus points. If you don’t get the van reference, just give up now.
5. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
– Take a picture of more than six people socializing together outdoors on campus. When the “smoking huts” were around, this would be an easy task. I think it will prove to be more of a challenge than you expect.
6. NOTHING TO DO
– Count the “No Smoking” signs on the doors on campus. I don’t expect you to actually count every one, so if you get within ten, I’ll consider it a success. This one does not need a photo.
7. GOING RETRO
– Take a picture of one of the indoor “No Smoking” signs in the LA building. They appear as if they’ve been on the wall since the 80’s when smoking inside of colleges was prohibited. Probably because they were.
8. ALWAYS PREPARED
– Take a picture of someone wearing flip flops or shorts in the winter weather. If there is snow on the ground, you will get bonus points. A picture of yourself doesn’t count. These whackos are out there. It shouldn’t be too hard to find them.
9. GET INVOLVED
– On a more serious note, getting involved is a good thing. There are these mystical places called “four year schools.” These places cost a lot of money to attend, but they often have a rather large pool of funds to give out to certain students. These students are usually INVOLVED in something on campus. Join a club and bring something in writing from the club’s president or advisor saying that you joined.
10. UNOFFICIAL EDITOR
– Find a mistake somewhere in this edition of the paper, circle it in red pen or marker, and bring it to the office. We’re not perfect. Show us. If you are interested in actually joining the VOICE, come by the office.
– You can present the pictures to the VOICE right from your smartphone or by printed copy at the VOICE office, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun with this. It should be a good way to kill time between classes.
– Any of the material you bring/send to the VOICE can and may be published in future editions of the paper, or online at any time on mcccvoice.org, or any of our social media websites.
– We are in no way condoning illegal behavior and/or actions that go against MCCC’s policy manual, which can be found on Mercer’s website, or in hard copy at the Student Activities Office.