The campus-wide Easter egg hunt on April 20 drew more attention than the University of La Verne and Campus Activities Board expected.
By 8 a.m. 500 eggs were placed around the campus ready to be found. The 500 eggs did not last long. By 10 a.m. all the prize-filled eggs had been found.
In addition to candy, some plastic eggs contained certificates redeemable for DVDs, gift cards, Easter baskets and pillow pets.
“We could not believe there were 500 eggs found in two hours,” said Rachel DeBos, senior liberal studies major and CAB member. “The students were wreaking havoc all over the campus to find the eggs before anyone else could claim the prizes.”
There had never been an Easter egg hunt at La Verne, so CAB thought it would be a new, fun experience for the students to celebrate the holiday.
Unfortunately the event, which was expected to be an all-day thing, did not go quite according to plan.
“A lot of students were disappointed because they did not find any eggs,” DeBos said. “They were just gone so fast.”
Some students left classes early to find eggs.
Others who waited until class was over were seen running out the door as soon as class was dismissed to find the remaining eggs.
There were a lot of students who chose not to participate due to the behavior of the other students.
“I could not believe how excited some people were,” freshman biology major Christian Pickett said. “They were like, ‘Oh my gosh, there are a bunch of eggs outside.’”
Senior business administration major Roxanne Garcia was looking forward to the egg hunt, but her plans to participate did not work out.
“I was legitimately excited because I wanted to win a good award,” Garcia said. “I got there at 10:30 and all of the eggs were already gone and I was upset.”
CAB acknowledges that if they were to do the egg hunt again, there are many improvements to be made.
“We would do better prizes, put out more eggs, probably about 2,000, hide the eggs better and put more eggs out throughout the day,” DeBos said.
“I would like to see the eggs hidden better and more eggs put out as the day went along,” Garcia said. “I think it will give more students a chance to participate next year.”
Blake Humphrey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.