Mysterious Hazmat invasion explained

Chi Alpha spreads word through Pandemic

By Patrick Fleming
On April 20, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo

Hazmat suited and gas mask clad students have wandered the campus for the past two weeks, aiming to gain interest in Pandemic, which turned out to be a Chi Alpha event.

When approached by students about what this was about, these hazmat suited people simply handed them a card saying that the students were "infected" and that they should come by the University Center on April 10 to find out what they were infected with.

They handed each student a card with a stamp of a variety of four colors, red, pink, green and purple, which had a later effect on the secretive event.

Obviously, there was nothing serious about these claims. It was made clear that the students were not really infected by anything at the event.

However, the ambiguity and showmanship caught many students’ interests, which caused them to attend and see what all the hype was about.

The entrance to the C.J. Davidson Conference Center was closed off with fake, protected doors and surrounded by more people wearing hazmat suits.

The press was so successful that instead of running the show once, there had to be two separate shows, each lasting somewhere around 20 minutes long.

Each audience member was led through the fake, protected doors and told to go to a certain area based off of what color their card or stamp was and were seated in front of a television that showed simulations of a strand of DNA with a stage behind it and a projector on the wall.

A video played about this Pandemic, where different news sources talked about how the strain was spreading.

Then, a single man by the name of Heath Miller came onto the stage wearing a doctor’s lab coat and stethoscope.

He began to talk about what "strain of the disease" each section had with different colors like pink and green labeling different intensities.

He continued to talk about how the "pandemic" was faith and that people had different degrees of it.

The rest of the show consisted of Miller giving a speech about faith.

"It was good." Mikayla Moore, freshman, said. "[It was] different from what I was expecting. I was expecting a simulation ordeal."

The event was put together by Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, an organization that is dedicated to spreading the Christian faith and acts as a college church.

"We just think that other people have the opportunity to hear what Jesus has to offer," Miller, a member of the organization, said. "With Easter coming up, it seemed like a good opportunity to stir the pot a bit, do something different and try to catch the attention of students walking by."

The group meets every Monday night and welcomes any students who may be interested.

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