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Campus Rec Hosts Virtual Trivia Nights

“Campus rec can be here to be a stress reliever or to find friends.”

Question: The iconic swans purchased for the Millersville University (MU) campus in 1966 were named _______ and _______?

If you guessed Fred and Ethel, you were correct.

An online trivia night created by the Millersville Campus Recreation department asked this question and 29 more. Students put their Millersville knowledge to the test in categories like alumni, history, athletics, Center for Health Education and Promotion (CHEP), Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL), Title IX, admissions, fitness and more.

On a typical spring day, the campus recreation department would be busy organizing Millersville’s intramural leagues. With students remaining home for the rest of the semester due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the department had to get creative to keep students engaged, said Allison Yarrow, coordinator of campus recreation.

“Our main purpose is to have people engaged on campus,” Yarrow said. “Campus rec can be here to be a stress reliever or to find friends. In that sense, this is right in our wheelhouse.”

The debut of Millersville’s virtual trivia on Wednesday, March 25 was on the website Kahoot. The quiz had 30 multiple choice and true-false questions. Participants received a score for not only answering a question correctly, but how quickly they answered.

“There are a bunch of broad categories,” stressed Yarrow. “We’ll put one about this topic, another one about a different topic and scatter them throughout the quiz.”

The campus recreation department plans to continue hosting online trivia every Wednesday night beginning at 6 p.m., with the competition closing at 8 p.m. Students can log into the website at any time and complete the 30 questions at their own pace.

Creating a Kahoot account is simple and free. Yarrow encourages students to make their username the same as their Millersville email so the department can reach out to the winner with a prize. The winner of the first trivia night correctly answered all 30 questions for a score of 43,299, more than 3,000 points ahead of the second-place finisher.

Before joining a game, participants need to find the quiz pin number on the department’s social media feeds. They can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @MUCampusRec. Kahoot can only allow a maximum of 2,000 entries per competition, so those who want to participate should enter around the 6 p.m. start time.

 

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