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UNT spirit quest to be conducted through social media

UNT spirit quest to be conducted through social media

UNT spirit quest to be conducted through social media
March 21
00:38 2014

Tricia Sims // Intern Writer

UPC is presenting Mean Green Spirit Quest, a scavenger hunt using social media, on Wednesday. Deadline for team registration is Friday at 5 p.m., but the actual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 26.

Derrick Wright, business junior and UPC traditions committee coordinator, came up with the event so students can have fun and show spirit.

The quest is open to all students and will take place all around the main campus. Teams can consist between two and four students.

Three different time blocks are available for teams to participate: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We didn’t want any students to be excluded because they had class or work,” Wright said. “It gives students a range of time.”

Just for participating, students will get a green UNT duffle bag. The group with the fastest time in their time block will receive a $30 gift card to the Barnes and Noble book store on campus for each member, Wright said.

A mixture of pictures and social media interaction will be given to the teams with a trail of clues across campus. The teams must follow the trail and the first team to return to the starting point is the winner.

“Students are so involved in social media, and that is partially what the quest entails: finding something on social media and going out to do it,” said Ri’chard Caldwell, UPC graduate assistant and higher education master’s student. “I feel like we students as a whole do not get out as much as they used to. It will be a merging of actually getting out and doing things with social media.”

Last semester, the traditions committee tried to find a way to make a simple activity relate to school spirit. The spring semester lacks spirit compared to hype on campus in the fall from football season, Wright said, and the quest is a way to create more.

“We were looking for ways to put a twist on it, to make it more fun and modern for everyone,” said Allanah Greene, traditions committee member and medical laboratory sciences freshmen. “Not only is it just for fun, but at the same time you are learning about your school. It helps with Mean Green pride.”

The quest is estimated to take up to 45 minutes, depending on how fast the students walk.

“Bottom line, there are free things,” Caldwell said. “And who doesn’t like free things? And with the chance to meet new people, it is really a win-win.”

Feature image: Mean Green Spirit Quest event flyer. Graphic courtesy of UNT UPC Facebook Page.

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