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Paint war a decade student tradition

Monday, April 21, 2008   (0 Comments)
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By Curtis Elmore

Faces will be covered in colorful paint as Lambda Chi Zeta hosts its annual paint war this weekend.

The annual Lambda paint war will be held Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in the field in front of the business building and beside the Davisson American Heritage building to provide relief from final exam and term paper worries.

"I'm really excited because it is open to the whole campus," sophomore Christy Kessler said. "It's just a free-for-all paint war, and it's just for fun. For five bucks you get paint and a T-shirt."

Sign ups ended last week, however anyone can still attend by paying at the event and e-mailing Kessler to ensure there is enough paint for everyone.

"It is open to everyone—a campus wide activity, not just for the club," junior Sarah Byrd said. "About 110 [people] showed up last year; people seemed to have fun.  It was a nice study break before finals."

The Lambda paint war has become an Oklahoma Christian University tradition.  Lambda was founded in 1998 making this a decade old event.

"This is the second year we've been able to do it on campus, it will take place in front of the business center," Byrd said. "We're hoping to keep it an on campus activity."

There are a few things to consider for this event to go smoothly, including attire concerns.

"People should wear any clothes they want to get paint on, like old shorts, shirts and shoes, although flip flops would probably be best," Kessler said. "People can run around bare foot and leave their flip flops on the sidewalk."

Paint will be bottled in recycled soda bottle containers.

Holes will be punctured in them to make it easier and faster for students to paint each other with splashes of color.

"We ordered plain black-and-white T-shirts and a white one with black across the top," Kessler said. "People can keep them white if they want to, but people can wear them for the event and get the tie-dye effect on them."

Students are advised to bring an old towel with them to wipe off with after releasing their inner artist at the event.

"We are going to dilute the paint with some water, so it will not be that thick, or hard to get out of hair or whatever," Kessler said. "The paint shouldn't be a problem to get out."

Kessler also said that she's planning on having some type of water hose set up so that people can clean themselves off a little before leaving.

"Everyone is going to take some bottles and have fun," Kessler said. "There are no limits on the number of bottles someone can take, I'm just going to line them all up, and students can grab however many they can."

The shirts should be stained for a tie-dye affect.

Byrd suggested that if one wants to have white areas on their shirts for others to sign or draw on they should tape up squares on the shirts.

"It can get messy," Kessler said. "As long as we pick up the trash and no one gets paint on the sidewalk and everyone cleans themselves up a little bit, it shouldn't be a problem."

Although it hasn't really been a problem in the past, if anyone is afraid of getting paint in their eyes, they can wear goggles.

"Getting paint in the eyes isn't really a problem," Byrd said.  "I participated in it last year and whenever I saw someone come toward me I just closed my eyes."

The paint will inevitably smear the earth, but after a good mowing all evidence of the paint battle should be removed.

"It is a lot of fun; it is a great stress reliever right before finals," Byrd said. "We encourage everyone to come—the more the people the more the fun."


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