Mesalands officials aim to boost student involvement with dodgeball event

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

More than three dozen students at Mesalands Community College competed Tuesday in the first of what is hoped to be an annual dodgeball tournament.

“This is one of the first activities planned by the student council,” said Brooke Ramirez, student council president.

Ramirez said she was happy with the turnout and looks forward to having the event next year.

It featured seven teams with five members. The format was a round robin with the championship game being decided by the best two-out-of-three.

“This was a good idea, it is a lot of fun,” said Daniel Foote, Mesalands student. “Larger colleges might not organize something quite like this. The student council did good.”

The tournament was part of Mesalands intramural activities for students, said Aaron Kennedy, dean of student services.

We hold the events to expand activities for students,” Kennedy said. “The goal is to get students involved with their campus. When a student is more involved with their campus they are more likely to stay and graduate.”

Kennedy said last year the student council organized an ultimate Frisbee competition.

Kennedy said they will try and hold a dodge ball tournament each fall and an ultimate Frisbee contest each spring.

“We will vary the activities as time goes by so more students will participate,” Kennedy said.