On Friday, Feb. 4, the Activities Programming Board (APB) held an all-out Nerf War in the ShipRec from 8–10 p.m. Attendees were encouraged to come play team deathmatch and capture-the-flag before finishing the night off with a round of free-for-all.
With a large array of Nerf weapons to choose from and a battlefield scattered with blocks for cover, attendees felt the intensity of combat, knowing that all it takes is one hit to be knocked out for the round. In between rounds, weary soldiers could rest up with free drinks while they reloaded their weapons and discussed plans with their teammates for the next match.
Despite the freezing outdoor temperatures, enough students showed up to have a different set of players each round, allowing rest time for those who wanted it. Enough Nerf guns and ammunition were also available so that every participant had a fair shot at staying in each game. The ShipRec provided an open space for physical activity, as participants had to run from one side of a basketball court to another for capture-the-flag.
The Activities Programming Board is an organization that focuses on planning engaging activities for the student body. Much of what it plans is a group effort. According to APB president Bill Hoffman, board members look forward to seeing new faces at student events. In previous years, the APB has held laser tag games and paintball tournaments, the latter of which Hoffman hopes to bring back next year.
For those who are interested in future APB events, a New York City bus trip is coming up on Feb. 11, as well as a plethora of events throughout the semester. To find out more, follow @shipapb on Instagram.