The last Saturday before Thanksgiving break, the first floor of Festival was filled to the brim with hushed voices of friends on the brink of becoming enemies sitting around the tables along the windowed wall. This was it, the big night, University Programing Board’s “Lights, Camera, Trivia” movie trivia competition. The will to win was high, with top placing prizes like a BB8 mini robot from the newest Star Wars film The Force Awakens, a phone projector, and a Mophie phone charger. Secondary prizes were available to take pictures with before the five round trivia competition began. Three life size cutouts of Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ray from The Force Awakens stood to the side, with smiling fans taking selfies and group photos.
A few more minutes passed, and the buzz around the room grew in fervor and then suddenly dropped into silence. “Tonight’s trivia night will be done in five rounds, each round will have a different movie themed topic and consist of ten questions…”, it had begun! The teams at their tables had their scribe at the ready with pen in hand as the first theme and question were announced. “The first round’s theme is Harry Potter and the first question is…When was the first book published?”
The room was filled with the flurry of pens scratching on papers, nail biting, tie breakers and groans about difficult 80’s movie trivia. The following round’s themes were: 80’s Movies, Disney Channel (not the Disney that makes Finding Nemo, oh no this is the middle school Cadet Kelly Disney), Comedies, and Marvel/DC Comic Book Movies. Throughout the rounds several teams won prizes of DVD’s of the latest releases, and at the conclusion of the trivia night the top teams were entered into the raffles to win the top six prizes.
Sophomore chemistry major Aaron Sivard and his team did not do as well as they had hoped, “We thought we would be set when the first round’s theme came out as Harry Potter! But the questions found the true fans really quickly.”
Thrilled at the chance to keep a life-size Leo forever, one of the raffle winners gave their prize a loud, smacking kiss. Sophomore Annie Feineroth watched on and laughed, then said “Disney channel really betrayed me tonight.” Her teammate sophomore computer science major, Jason Zareski agreed and said that they, “Did really well with good old HP but after that…” He laughed and shook his head, “we were toast.” Zareski, Feineroth and Sivard all said that this was their first UPB event of the year but that they were looking forward to the next trivia night for their epic comeback.
Next trivia night will be even more packed with teams searching for victory and redemption, and hopefully someone new will get the chance to own a BB8 or kiss a cardboard Leonardo DiCaprio.