"Students eat up Hunger Games" by Hannah Elfin in The Rocky Mountain Collegian on 8/31/10

Students hunted and fought through campus Monday night for items vital to their survival.

Rather than spilling blood on campus, students used pool noodles, hula-hoops and water balloons to defeat fellow participants on their scavenger hunt through campus.

This is the CSU version of the Hunger Games, a competition that put participants in the shoes of individuals fighting for their lives.

Based on the novel “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, the game was an enactment of the fight-to-the-death conflicts the characters in the futuristic novel are forced to participate in.

Set in a future America controlled by a tyrannical government, the fast-paced Hunger Games series has become a hot, new young adult fiction books in stores across the country.

CSU’s affiliate chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE, kicked off the new school year with the replica game and welcomed not only avid followers of the novel but also anyone else interested to encourage readership of the series.

The event attracted a variety of interested students from around campus, with majors ranging from English to biomedical science.

“I’ve read the first and second book, but I’m just here for fun,” said Brooke Martinez, a participant in the Monday’s event who dressed as Katniss, the novel’s heroine.

CSU’s chapter will share the success of its teaching tool with people from around the country at several conferences, including the NCTE’s 100th anniversary celebration in Chicago where the affiliate chapter will present about the Hunger Games next fall.

“We are using the games as a way to access readers who may not already be invested in reading,” said Serena Dietze, the president of NCTE at CSU.