STORY BY JESSICA LYNK
For the past several years, the fraternity Theta Chi and sorority Delta Gamma have played a game named ‘Fall Kill.’ The game involved members shooting each other with water guns to eliminate them from the game. Once shot with water, a member is out of the game. The team with the most ‘kills’ wins. “We had a discussion with the fraternity and sorority presidents who were running the event,” Director of Public Safety Scott Law said. “In light of recent events in the Drake neighborhood, as well as some of the security concerns that we had, it might not be the best idea to play a game called ‘Fall Kill.’
The events Law is referring to occurred on Sept. 24 and Sept. 27 where shots were fired in front of the Kum & Go on 23rd St
and University Ave and Old Main Apartments, respectively. No suspects were caught in either case. The incidents did spark Bulldog Alerts for both events. There was no push back towards Law from either chapter, as they did not initially consider the context of recent events.
“They had played it for so long it was something they may not have even thought about when they were setting it up and they readily agreed to shut it down,” Law said.
Sophomore Delta Gamma member Megan Rush agreed with Law to end the game.
“We all understand why it was canceled and we completely respect why,” Rush said. “We don’t want to do anything to make students scared or make them uncomfortable.”
Instead of ridding the game completely, Law and others will decide what to make of the game in years to come.
“They have asked that acting dean Jerry Parker, myself and the director of the fraternity and sorority life get together later this month to sit down and talk about how they could form a game for next year that might not have some of the security risks,” Law said.
Rush anticipates that everyone can work together to bring a similar idea back next year.
“In the future, we hope we can work with Drake Public Safety and administration to make the game as friendly as possible,” Rush said.