On March 29, the SGA Easter Bunny paid a visit to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott campus. Students, along with members of the community, rounded up together outside of the Student Union and hunted for Easter eggs.
Throughout the day, hundreds of eggs were placed around the Student Union, Davis Learning Center, Library, and the paths to Mingus Mountain Hall 3. The hidden eggs had candy, chocolate, and coins. The coins could be cashed in for prizes, which ranged from ERAU sunglasses to Beats headphones.
Despite the tough chances for prizes, student Christopher Vanik wanted “to have a little fun after a long, rough day and a fun way to start the weekend.” Like Vanik, many students wanted to have some fun, but there was also another common goal: to find the silver or golden egg. The silver egg was worth $200 and the golden egg was worth $400. Student Anthony Plummer‘s goal was “to get the $400 egg and the iPhone and sell it for $400 because that would be $800,” while Sebastian Friend wanted to find the golden egg so he could take someone on a nice date.
“Pushing and shoving. I don’t know; I’m going to pick up every egg I see and hope for the best,” said Josh Hammes about his plan on finding a lucky egg. The hunt lasted for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, students started turning in their coins and got in line for food. “All I got was candy. I’m really sad and want to cry,” said Carsen Cooper.
After SGA realized no one had cashed in the silver or golden egg, an announcement was made letting students know that there was still a chance to find the eggs. Students left their place in line and began their search again.
Just five minutes later, SGA made another announcement; both eggs had been found.
Junior Sumedh Talabathula noticed a reflection on top of a lamp and between some branches behind the Student Union, which ended up being the silver egg. “I was taking a fluids quiz and wanted this day to get better. I started by the DLC and worked my way around the Student Union. I had no luck but I decided to do another sweep. People usually look down so I decided to look up and I got lucky,” said Talabathula.
The fortunate golden egg founder was freshman aeronautical engineer major Cheyne Taum. “I started off slow, aimlessly alone. I walked around by myself for a while and then when I didn’t see as many people I found it. I stuck my whole arm under a rock but couldn’t reach the back, so I went to the other side and the golden egg was there. I was very happy, “ said Taum.
Talabahula planned on spending his prize money on a gift for his brother and Taum planned on putting his towards housing for next semester.
Whether students found candy or the golden egg, it was a great way to end the school week and begin their weekend. “I found more eggs last year but I have some friends enthused about their prizes,” said Andrew Judd.