Gen-X alternative to the single life

With masked contestants and embarrassing moments, University of Alaska Anchorage students enjoyed their single lives in a night of laughter and fun when the Department of Residence Life put on the student game-show Singled Out Tuesday at the campus Commons.

Students bopped their heads to Creed's "Can You Take Me Higher” with a host decked out in a sparkling blue shirt and a hostess gleaming in pink with a flashy red lei, but none of the young, single students seemed too anxious to begin as the host started the circus. A group of young men lined up first, eager to win their dates.

The game, a take-off on the MTV game, works like this: Men and women contestants answer six questions that describe themselves, such as hair color; contestants are eliminated that don't match the desired categories; contestants are eliminated further with comical questions until only a few are left. The final round consists of a race to be the first one to make it to the end by answering other humorous questions. The winner gets the date.

In one round, almost all of the male contestants were eliminated, which started a wave of giggles and cheers from the crowd, especially when one guy was left. The others were eliminated because they were in the under-21 category.

Laurie Greenwood, resident advisor, advertised all over campus, trying to get any interested students to attend. It seemed as if she succeeded. She says the turnout was better than she expected. An estimated 100 participants, including spectators, attended.

"It was kept light and friendly," Greenwood says. "The game wasn't really promoting dating."

Singled Out intended to promote fun within the community of UAA. From wacky questions to oddly hilarious answers, students had fun participating and watching. One guy even joined the group of girls to go for the guy date. He was asked, "Are you a girl?" He played anyway, creating side-splitting entertainment, and he almost won.

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The humorous atmosphere lasted from 9 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Students sang alien serenades, embarrassed themselves and had a comical time.

"We needed something to promote community," Greenwood said.

She thought it would be funny to do the mock show of MTV's own game show when she heard that other schools were doing it and found it to work. She hopes to make the program a traditional affair. Greenwood said that other people want to do it again this semester, but Residence Life is working on another project. A lip sync contest will be held March 17.

Greenwood hopes that the programs Residence Life puts on, including non-alcoholic events, create a positive image of UAA.

Greenwood said, "It's socializing in positive ways on campus."

For more about Residence Life on campus, please visit their home page: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/reslife