Students Encouraging Freshmen (SEF) ran a free puzzle-themed escape room for students on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in Curtiss 100.
SEF had been planning the event since the end of last year, according to SEF member Jessica Hurley, a theatre junior.
“We were thinking,” she said, “‘What are different ways to branch our from theatre events to get more individuals who aren’t in the theatre department?’ We wanted to spread our influence out around campus, and we thought an escape room would be fun.”
SEF chose the board game theme because of the popularity of their board game nights, Hurley said.
“We’ve had a lot of people come out to our board game nights, so this is like a board game gone wrong night,” Hurley said.
The clues for the event took classic games and recreated how escape room groups played the games.
The first group of the night enjoyed the experience.
“I never have done an escape room before,” said Amber Hadley, a communication and theatre senior. “I was really interested to see how they would put it together. … In a classroom, how are you supposed to put things together for an escape room?”
Devin Burke, a secondary education senior, appreciated the room’s theme.
“(The theme was interesting) because you don’t play those games that way,” he said. “You had to look at the game as a whole and how they connected to one another.”
Hurley hopes that attendees left the event having made new friends.
“This (event was) unique in that it is a team-based one,” she said. “At our game board night, you can come with your friends and play stuff with them. For this one, like the first group that went in, two girls got to meet new people for the night and hopefully make some new friends.”
Reporting by Kaitlyn Farley, Vanguard Editor-in-Chief