Anti-alcohol activities are common features of college campuses. They’re designed to provide attractive alternatives to binge drinking.

Apparently one of these efforts involves games of large-scale anti-zombie warfare. According to an article by Kelly Heyboer in The Star-Ledger:

[Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson] universities held separate multiday, live-action Humans vs. Zombies games on their campuses. Hundreds of students engaged in an epic 24-hour-a-day battle to stop flesh-eating “zombies” from picking off the last humans on campus.

“It’s like a virtual video game,” said Rita Della Valle, a Drew University junior who helped organize the game at her school. “It definitely changes the feeling on campus for the week.”

Dozens of colleges have hosted the elaborate version of tag since it was invented by a group of students at Goucher College in Maryland in 2005. At Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson’s Madison campuses, the zombie apocalypse games are sponsored by anti-alcohol student groups as a substance-free, though morbid, way to have fun.

No doubt this is kind of fun but the article neglected to say whether or not this zombie game has actually reduced campus alcohol consumption.

College students drink to excess at least in part in an effort to both prove and experience adulthood. It’s therefore perhaps not entirely appropriate to try combating this with activities that could just as well appeal to 7-year-olds. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer