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MU students solve murder mystery at Honors dinner

On November 30, 2012

With the stress of finals week pushing everyone to his or her breaking point, students are pointing fingers and screaming MURDER. The honors college Murder Mystery Dinner took place in the John Marshall Dining room Thursday night.

The social event was RSVP only for Honors College students. There were more than 60 students participating in the activities.

This event was a collaborative effort on behalf of the entire committee, said Leah Midkiff, secretary of the Honors College Student Association. Every semester we have an academic, community service and social event. This event is our social and is free for the students participating.

Midkiff said fundraisers are used in order to provide the funding for these events.
The purpose behind any event we do for the student committee is to open up communications, said Adam Shaver, president of the Honors College Student Association. We are trying to create more open communication between honors college students who may have different majors and do not see each other often. We want to give them a chance to interact with one another and develop a sense of belonging.

Shaver said all students were given a portfolio of information and assigned a character. Students had a list of guidelines and actions to take through the night to progress throughout the event.

The way to find out who the murderer is will be to communicate with others and gain as much information as possible. Shaver said.

Bryanna Doughty, freshman psychology major, played a character named Robin Banks who was the complete opposite of her in real life.

My character steals to get by, Doughty said. Hes a thief whos also a womanizer and single. Reading the background, I found you really have to socialize in order to get involved. Its more than just a dinner.

Doughty said she has always been a fan of the board game, Clue, but has no previous acting experience. She said she is taking notes from her friend back home who is an actress.

Another student, Kaitlyn Clay, played the part of Harry Hyde who suffers from paranoia.

Hes paranoid about the government and thinks hes been abducted on three separate occasions, Clay said. This is the complete opposite role of myself but I just have to act it out and hope for the best.

Clay said she feels her theater experience from high school will help her with portrayal of the character tonight. Clay and Doughty said they had their own personal reasons for taking part in this event.
Im hoping to be the murderer. Clay said.

We want to kill people, Doughty said. Thats why we signed up.

The event had an overwhelming turnout with dinner and mystery included. The winner of the overall event was Shannon Robinson, who took home a gift card to Fat Pattys and the title of Mystery Murder Winner.

Evan Fowler can be contacted at

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