Kaleidoquiz provides 26 straight hours of activities

Joel Bauer from “Our Drinking Team Has a Serious KQ Problem” takes a break from their headquarters during Kaleidoquiz on March 7.

Mitchel Anderson

Trying to act out a movie scene while dressed as a volleyball is difficult, but not as tough as staying awake for more than 26 hours straight.

Iowa State’s student-run alternative radio station KURE 88.5 presented Kaleidoquiz 2015 on Friday and Saturday for 26 consecutive hours of trivia, games, montages, physical puzzles, scavenger hunts and prizes.

Officially beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, teams stationed at their own disclosed locations across campus began to get organized and tune into KURE’s radio station for trivia and instructions. The first traveling activity started in front of Parks Library.

“We found out we needed to come as Chuck Noland and Wilson from the movie ‘Castaway’ about a half hour ago, and then about five minutes ago, we found out what scene we were supposed to do,” said Chris Whitmore, senior in materials engineering, while wearing nothing but spandex bottoms and a makeshift loincloth. His partner, Matt Kenney, was tasked with dressing as Wilson, the volleyball turned companion of Noland’s, in the movie.

Teams ranged from five to 40 people in size.

“This particular event is two people, but there’s also the 26 hours of trivia going on, so the rest of our team is back there,” said Kenney, senior in materials engineering.

Whitmore and Kenney’s team, “It Used To Be Bigger,” placed fifth by the end of the Saturday evening event.

The Kaleidoquiz 2015 awards ceremony took place at 7 p.m. Saturday p.m. and the Combustible Lemons were crowned Kaleidoquiz Champions.

“We both did this last year, so we were both pretty familiar with how the competition worked,” said Mike Davies, Combustible Lemons co-captain and a junior in computer engineering. Davies and fellow co-captain, Katie Roberts, were responsible for planning out the strategy for their team throughout the entire 26 hours of competition.

“Every year the events change so you never really know what to expect. There’s always gonna be loops and turns. Last year we had an easier time with the traveling questions, but this year they definitely took it up a few notches,” Roberts said.

Though the actual event itself took 26 hours, many participants and directors alike were awake for much longer than that.

“Actually, I stayed up Thursday night as well,” said Kaleidoquiz director Rebecca Park, who is in her second and last year directing the event. “I would say it’s difficult, but at the same time we had seven gallons of coffee from various sponsors, so it really wasn’t too bad.”

Park gave credit to her nearly 30 helpers who were by her side throughout the process.

“I would like to see a lot of the larger teams break up into smaller teams. To me, KQ is about getting to know people [and] team building. I feel like when you form mega-teams, it’s very hard to get to know everyone. The number of participants are nice, but I’d like to see more teams,” Park said. 

Planning for Kaleidoquiz 2016 will begin shortly as KURE looks for volunteers and sponsors, as well as the organization of trivia questions and events for next spring’s competition.