The Great Pumpkin contest, run by Brian Theroux, was underway once again this past October. The contest, which has happened every year around Halloween for roughly the past 12 years, consists of a small pumpkin being hidden somewhere around the school with clues being posted every day during the week leading up to Halloween. Zach Gordon was the first to decipher the clues and find the hidden pumpkin. It was not until the third clue that students were able to find out the pumpkin was hidden in the Campus Ministry office. The three clues were as follows:
1. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, led Halloween Town to near destruction. Will you follow me as I follow him?
2. It enraged Mr. Bones before if I’ve eaten. See too an inexcusable hit. Have I won? Or have you too missed the aim of this clue?
3. “Bring happiness,” she said. “Go home,” she said. I trust in you to help me.
The quote “Bring happiness” and “Go home” refers to a quote from Mother Teresa which is hung up in the Campus Ministry office. The full quote reads, “If you want to bring happiness to the world, go home and love your family.” In addition, “I trust in you to help me” referred to a photo of the Divine Mary in the Campus Ministry office which reads, “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Even with students knowing the exact room the pumpkin was in, it still proved difficult to find. Director of Mission and Ministry Matt White, whose office the pumpkin was hidden in, struggled to locate it while knowing it was somewhere in his office. In the end, Gordon was able to locate the pumpkin which was hidden under a coffee table on top of a couple of board games. After checking under a couch, Gordon was able to look to his right and find the pumpkin sitting on top of the popular board game Battleship, which was
what the second clue was directed at. Congratulations to Zach for finding this year's pumpkin!