There are many events, sports, and clubs for students to get plugged into on Olivet, but just recently a unique opportunity has presented itself in the form of a group called C.H.A.O.S. C.H.A.O.S. is a team scavenger hunt game where teams race against the other teams to decipher riddles, find hidden objects, and do daring challenges.
C.H.A.O.S is the brainchild of sophomore AJ Kallas who wanted to create a game “that was fun and engaging yet relaxing and [where] people could meet others.”
Kallas manages and develops C.H.A.O.S with the help of his cousin senior Connor Zehr. C.H.A.O.S. started immediately after the end of ONU’s spring break. Kallas and Zehr were able to quickly gather seven teams together to compete, overall participation comprising of 40 people.
The game is played with a point system devised by Kallas and Zehr, and teams are constantly trying to gain their team the extra points to pull ahead. Teams have often proved their dedication to the goal of victory throughout various challenges.
Some of these challenges included the blazing wing challenge, insect challenge, and taco challenge. Kallas said, “We did not make this game for people to necessarily throw up, yet every single week so far someone has thrown up.”
These challenges are fun ways for the teams to gain extra points, but the real competition lies in the weekly scavenger hunts. Kallas and Zehr devise weekly riddles and scavenger hunts for the teams to complete at their leisure. One such scavenger hunt consisted of an Easter egg hunt, where teams had to figure out the location of various Easter eggs around campus.
During this scavenger hunt junior Taylor Grover said, “I got into a race with my roommate 60 seconds after [Zehr] posted that there were eggs hidden, I got on my bike and he got in his car and we raced towards campus.”
Grover along with other C.H.A.O.S. participants, enjoyed the thrill and high competition revolving around these egg hunts, he said, “I really like their Easter egg hunts. it’s fun to watch the teams skyrocket on to campus to just track them down.” The teams that figure out the riddles or complete the scavenger hunts quickest will receive the most amount of points which could be critical in putting their team above the others.
C.H.A.O.S. will end with the closing of this semester, but Zehr said, “I think the most fun we are going to have is yet to come, we have a lot of stuff that is planned for the upcoming weeks.” After C.H.A.O.S. ends Zehr and Kallas are unsure what exactly is next, but Kallas said, “This is only going to be a seven, eight week game, but we’ve been playing games since we’ve been at Olivet, and we don’t plan on stopping… I’d like to do two games every semester until I leave Olivet.”
While Kallas is unsure whether or not C.H.A.O.S. will ever return to Olivet, Grover and Sam Riggembach a junior, are hopeful that it will. Kallas hopes to use the imput of those who participated in C.H.A.O.S to make his future games better. Riggembach who participates in C.H.A.O.S. said if C.H.A.O.S. does come back he hopes Kallas will, “Expand it more to different themes and idea, and not just movies… it might not be some peoples cup of tea.” Whether or not C.H.A.O.S. continues next year Zerh said, “We want people to get together… all intermingling, and this is exactly what we do.”
–Jeremy McGrath, contributing writer