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Walking Dead

By Zack Tallent
On February 19, 2015

If you are a little behind in The Walking Dead, the mid-season premiere just aired February 8. The much-anticipated release of the first episode has had many people on campus, including myself, in a buzz.

 With an agonizing two-month break in-between episodes everyone has been itching to see what the rest of the season had in store.

This series has captivated audiences since it first aired in 2010. The strong loyalty and tough decisions faced by the protagonist group is what keeps myself and other viewers on the edge of our seats. Not to mention the extremely post-apocalyptic anarchy and disgusting zombies riddled throughout the setting.

Character development and moral implications are what drive this entire show. Even after four and a half seasons there is still a fantastic following to this whimsical series.

Among all of the raving fans, there are some that do not enjoy the show. All the violence and gore can be a turnoff. This is understandable as it is not uncommon to find this genre of show to be offensive or pointless.

For the most part, there is a teeming group of fans just itching for Sunday nights to roll around and hearing the tell-tale intro music causing the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up.

This gets me thinking about how we could survive a zombie apocalypse here on campus. With limited resources our methods would be much different than those shown in the show. Keeping in mind that a zombie apocalypse could happen at any time, here is a list of things to help you prepare for our impending doom.

Creativity. When worst comes to worst we might not have all of the necessary tools to stay alive. This is where our creativity comes into play. By using a bandana as a filter or dental floss as a fishing line everyday items can become useful.

Ramen Noodles. If there is any food that every college kid can afford it’s Ramen. Use it sparingly and one can last for a long time in a zombie-filled world.

Weapons. Sadly, being on campus limits our options as far as protection from nasty undead creatures. Some simple dorm room supplies like pens and toothbrushes could mean the difference between life and death.

Water bottles. With an unavoidable lack of water coming soon after the end of the world as we know it, vessels to carry our world’s most precious resource will be vital.

Furniture. To make our dorm rooms here on campus impenetrable it wouldn’t take much more than stacking our couches and a bed or two against the door. Those things are way too heavy.

Paper. As we can see right now Kansas winters are unforgiving. The paper from our text books will suffice for a good fire starter to keep us cozy in our fortress of a dorm room.

Cables. What used to be our source of entertainment can turn into a source of survival. Although they are not exceptionally strong, a cable could be used as a makeshift rope.

Mini Fridge. Although these little iceboxes will not be staying cold for very long it can still be used as a storage device.

Duct Tape. Duct tape has about a thousand and one uses so if you are lucky enough to have this treasured item now, hang on to it.

Garbage bags. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or in this case one man’s trash bag is another man’s treasure. Trash bags can be used for a variety of things such as rain collector, poncho, or pillow.

There are many more things we could use in this situation, but I will leave that up to you. Now go forth and protect yourself from the flesh eating mayhem that is before us. 

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