Language Clubs to battle it out in “olympics”

Christian Marnon

The French, German and Spanish language clubs will be duking it out this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn beside the Fine Arts Center for the Language Club Olympics.

The three clubs are throwing linguistics aside and contending through a series of lighthearted competitions, and Newcomerstown, Ohio senior Melanie Favire, president of the German Club, will be participating in the event.

“Think of summer camp games like egg tosses and a relay race,” Favire said.

Favire said there will also be a water balloon toss with a twist.

Language students have the chance to throw a water balloon at each club’s advisor, who also teach the languages at WKU, she said.

“Different advisors agreed to be willing victims,” she said. “Anybody who has ever had to be a foreign language major can come out and take out their aggression.”

The Language Olympics are ultimately a fundraiser for the competing foreign language clubs, Favire said.

“Proceeds from this event will be evenly divided between the three clubs,” she said.

For the water balloon toss, it is $2 per balloon and $5 per three balloons to toss at the advisors.

While there won’t be prizes given away, Favire said there will be something to gain from the competition. Part of the reason behind the event is to “try to win bragging rights for the language club,” she said.

This is the first Language Club Olympics, and Favire is hoping to make it a tradition for years to come.

“This is a great experiment, and we’re hoping to do it again next year,” Favire said. “It is also a way to get students together to have fun.”