Zombies seeking brains know UAB is the place to find them


The undead shuffle around outside the Commons on the Green during UAB's annual Zombie Outbreak Day.The undead shuffle around outside the Commons on the Green during UAB's annual Zombie Outbreak Day. (photo by Matt Cuthbert)Even though Halloween is over, the undead are still milling about campus with two zombie-themed events planned for the first week of November.

The first is Humans vs. Zombies, a week-long, campus-wide game of tag beginning on Sunday, November 3.

According to the story (not true, of course): "An infection broke out at UAB hospital and now it is spreading rapidly. If this continues, no one will survive... Only you, and your NERF gun can stop the chaos. This can only end one of two ways: Humans will live on, or zombies will exterminate us all."

One person will start the game out as a Zombie and must try tag participating Humans. A Human becomes a Zombie when tagged. However, if a Human shoots a Zombie with a NERF gun, then the Zombie is immobilized for a short period of time and cannot tag a Human while stunned.

If a Zombie does not tag a Human for 24-48 hours, it will "starve." When that happens, the Zombie is out of the game.

Safe zones (for both Humans and Zombies) include classrooms, libraries, residence hall bedrooms, bathrooms, and dining halls (so don't go busting in on your friend's math test for a zombie attack). Everywhere else on campus is fair game.

The winning "team" is determined one of two ways: either all of the Humans are tagged, or all of the Zombies "starve."

Signups, as well as the complete set of game rules, are available here.

The annual Zombie Outbreak Day (a separate event) will also take place Wednesday, November 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Campus Green. Students can come prepared with their own costumes and makeup or stop by the Green to have a make-up artist zombify them.

The event will include its traditional storming of the Commons as well as outdoor games, a costume contest, and a zombie-themed potluck. Participating Zombies and Survivors are encouraged to bring a light food or snack item to share — the best zombie-themed food will win a prize.

The Zombie Day schedule is as follows:
  • 9 a.m.-noon - Zombie Makeup Booth
  • noon-1 p.m. - Storming of the Commons and Walk Around Campus
  • 1-2 p.m. - Outdoor Games
  • 2:30-3 p.m. - Costume Contest
More information about UAB Zombie Outbreak Day can be found on the event's Facebook page.