By Robert Wheatley
The Battle of the Campuses’ launch on the 21st October was an immensely successful night, with tons of students getting involved in some of the outlandish activities like a rapid-fire, one-handed chicken nugget-eating contest and a few rounds of an awesomely intense Flip Cup competition that had the audience yelling in a glorifying spur of encouragement.
The night started a little slow, but as soon as students overheard our host, VP Rosy Vega’s announcement of free chicken nuggets the challenge soon garnered volunteers.
Jessica Poudy of Redbourn halls won the first round for de Hav, setting quite the impressive bar, and then shortly followed by Alan Keevan who celebrated his victory in a very relaxed pose.
It was then Ollie Read’s turn and, giving one more point to de Hav despite a less than pleasant view of spitting out the half-eaten chicken.
What determined the winning campus here, however, was Adam Walker’s quick consumption; the de Hav-based student landing a final point for his campus.
After two platters of chicken were competitively scoffed, and after a five-minute break, it was time for another classic tournament, although one far messier: Flip Cups. By then, the huge crowd in the audience was fully attentive, with far more students offering to take part in the competitions.
Rosy quickly gave the College Lane and de Havilland team a tutorial on how the game worked before the battle began, but not before she had to show off the awesome shirt design illustrated on a student’s shirt; something her friend beside her impressively created!
Then they were off, with the first students gulping down the (free!) booze, their hands shakily trying to get those flimsy plastic cups to land face-down.
As the audience cheered them on the tension built as the teams neared the final team member, all the pressure suddenly on them to land them a win; and in just the nick of time, College Lane landed their victory.
A new round of contestants took to the stage, with another onslaught of intense competition pitting the two campuses head-to-head once more.
It seemed that winning the chicken-eating challenge wasn’t enough for her because Jessica swiftly secured another win that for the de Havilland campus!
It was then time for the third and final round of the Flip Cup contention, with this tournament perhaps being the funniest yet as students from each side slung snarky comments to one another.
Actions speak louder than words, and College Lane proved this by overcoming the neck-and-neck battle with a glorious win, and an even more magnificent prize of an entire platter of the Elehouse’s own fried chicken to themselves.
de Havilland secured their win, and soon the atmosphere grew a lot calmer as the stage changed to host the event the Elehouse is famous for: its karaoke!
Jessica Poudy, Emmanuel Mtimba, and Chiara Angerame took to the mic to produce a fairly unified performance of DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller; Emmanuel hilariously jutting in with a random evocation of Khaled’s simplistic chorus.
But where it really hit off was when C.J. took to the stage, the singer quickly exiting the stage as he marched around the tables with enthusiasm that rivalled any major performance.
Steve sang his heart out to Coldplay’s ever-popular Viva La Vida, Adam Walker and Olive Maher provided a rather giggly performance of Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten and Kayne’s tipsy cover of Since You’ve Been Gone by Rainbow really diversified the genres that night.
What makes a karaoke night even funnier at the Elehouse is the fact that you can sign up your friends to sing a song without them knowing; something Rosy Vega and Shelby Loasby did to the Student Union’s very own Brad Johnson. Initially reluctant, Brad couldn’t hide his enjoyment as the trio performed another rock classic: Make Some Noise by JETBOY.
All in all, the launch of the Battle of the Campuses seemed to be a great success not just for the Student Union but for the students as well; the Elehouse continuing to hold a wonderful crowd.
The Trident decided to ask one of the participants in the tournaments, As Iqbal, what he thought of the night.
“It was honestly a bit of a slow start tonight,” the student admitted as I caught up with him at the bar, the chap still clearly having some energy despite his battle in the Flip Cup competition. “But it eventually picked up, and soon everyone was getting involved. Students were really loyal to their campuses, and I loved it.”
Did you enjoy the launch of the Battle of the Campuses? Let us know about it @TridentMediaUK!