MAFIA: Back in black

October 25, 2012 | 11 a.m.

Students compete as they hunt down an impersonator in a campus scavenger hunt

Culture | MacKenzie Newman for The Clarion

MAFIA: Back in black

Students had to solve a series of mysteries to beat the Bethel MAFIA.

Life at times will present us with problems and puzzles to solve. These puzzles can be small and insignificant or life altering. Where did I place my car keys? How did I lose my phone again? What should I be when I grow up? The puzzles and riddles of life go on and on, impossible to solve. The puzzles of life may be a cycle of unsolvable, never-ending mysteries, but Bethel students recently had the opportunity to solve a different kind of puzzle. 

Bethel Student Association (BSA) invited Bethel students to participate in the ultimate puzzle: the game of Mafia.

Last Friday, groups of Bethel students puzzled their way through the second annual game of Mafia. The Mafia event is essentially “a cross-campus clue game,” said John DePuy, Senior Director of Special Productions for BSA. 

The only major revision to the game from last year was the premise of the story. The story behind the game this year was that someone had been embezzling money by impersonating Jay Barnes, and the culprit needed to be caught. 

Participants formed teams, created "identities" and were encouraged to dress up as their aliases. There is a plethora of characters that groups embodied: a favorite celebrity, band, sports figure, politician, etc. DePuy was most impressed last year by the group that dressed up as characters from "Anchorman." 

“The best part about the event is dressing up and developing your group's characters,” said Sarah Nelson, a participant in last year's Mafia event. 

Teams of three to ten people traveled around Bethel’s campus to specific stations. At these stations, a BSA representative gave a riddle to the groups. Once a group solved the riddle, they were directed to the next station. Teams were eventually given a final clue that led them to the impersonator. 

The game continued until the first three teams found the culprit.

Seniors Luke Wahlstrom, David Freed, Garret Woetzel, Jake Villas and Allison Yaeger won first place as "The Minnesota All-Stars," receiving $250. This team is currently the reigning champion, as they also won the game last year. 

"The Minnesota Wilds" won second place, receiving $150. A team of lumberjacks took third place, winning $75. 

According to DePuy, the game of Mafia was meant to be an “all-around fun activity for everyone” as well as an opportunity to “let loose and have a lot of fun.”

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