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"Paint Wars" brings color to campus life

Posted: Oct 03, 2012

2012 Paint Wars
Approximately 500 students bonded through color during ASC’s second annual “Paint Wars.”
Armed with nothing but tube socks and goggles, Olivet Nazarene University students took to the battlefield last Saturday to wage the epic “Paint Wars.” The second annual Associate Student Council (ASC) sponsored event was a fantastic success by any standard. Approximately 500 students sprinted around the intramural fields screaming war cries and wielding soggy, colorful balls of paint.

This year’s turn-out bested last year’s by several hundred — and probably would have been even greater had registration not been capped at 500.

ONU student Nick Kellar said the event was not so much about competition as it was about “getting as messy as possible.”

Junior Treavor Dodsworth said, “It was the best way to spend my Saturday.”

Paint Wars is part of ASC’s overall mission to make Olivet a tight-knit college community. So far, the 2012 school year has seen many large-scale events ranging from the Block Party at the beginning of the year to an outdoor pre-screening of the “Avengers” on an enormous, inflatable screen.

Life at Olivet, a student-run organization dedicated to documenting student life posted almost 200 pictures of Paint Wars. Currently, the Life at Olivet Facebook page sports a cover photo showing several hundred students huddled together, dripping with paint and beaming at the camera.

The caption of the picture sums the event up emphatically, “Life at Olivet is: Colorful.”

Acres that comprise Olivet's beautiful, park-like campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois