‘Let’s Make a Deal’ game held at Lyman Center


Donovan Wilson Reporter

Keeping students involved in fun events is hard to do during COVID-19, but Student Involvement has found a way to continue the fun.

On Monday, Sept. 28, Student Involvement put a rendition of the famous game show “Let’s Make A Deal.” Which they called “the biggest event of the semester,” on an event for the student body.

The event was based on the popular game show called “Let’s Make a Deal” hosted by Wayne Brady, and began airing back in December of 1963.

This year it was held with all the new social distancing guidelines in place. In the Lyman Center, each row of seats only had three available chairs and the overall student capacity was a maximum of 200 with about 120 attending.

According to the CDC website under Event Planning, event organizers should “block off rows or sections of seating in order to space people at least 6 feet apart.”

Everyone was required to wear masks and had to RSVP online prior to the event to make sure the event did not go over capacity.

“Pick bin 1, bin 2 or this shiny envelope,” said Student Involvement Associate Director Eric Lacharity, while hosting the game.

The prizes were all hidden and can vary from being in a blue bin, an envelope, mailbox, or behind the closed curtain on the stage.

There were a total of 6 rounds held. Each round began with pulling students from the audience in a variety of different ways.

The methods for grabbing students ranged from calling out their names, calling out their student ID numbers or playing a small games between two students who each had something in common to see who would come up on stage and play.

“I’m not going to be mean today,” said nursing major Marissa Howard, a freshman.

Once the students were on the stage, the game would begin.

The students would then stand behind the container they wanted to open and prizes.

LaCharity would tempt them to switch with each other and play around with them to make the game more interesting and build up audience involvement.

Within the various containers, or behind the curtain, was either a great prize or a “Zonk,” a fake prize. The prizes given away that night consisted of cameras, speakers, headphones, TV’s, a box full of gift cards and a vinyl record player.

The “Zonks” given away that night consisted of fake money, chains, Coca Cola, a bird house, a plastic skeleton foot, hand sanitizer and old mints.

“It’s guaranteed money,” said Student Involvement Graduate Intern Alandre Alexis.

A large component of the show were the Target gift cards. Each card were used at a time to tempt the players to give up their current position on the stage before even knowing what was in the container, up to $80 to $10 and multiple ones at one time, and at times the alternative prize could be a “Zonk.”

The remaining gift cards were given to audience members through various games and giveaways. Only one student the whole night folded and took the gift cards instead of a shot at a bigger prize.

Each round featured different components and variations of games.

Round one was traditional, round two involved the use of ping pong balls and trivia questions, round three involved a game revolving around clothing brands, round four consisted of four prizes, round five involved a coin flip and round six went back to trivia but with questions that went along to the contestants strengths.

In between the formal rounds were smaller giveaways for the less fortunate crowd members.

Lacharity and Alexis would play similar games with the audience to giveaway masks and t-shirts and later on in the game, the rest of the leftover gift cards to participants in the crowd.

The shirts that were won during the game show event were exchangeable for different sizes in the student involvement office the next day following the event.

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