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USM organizations host a Murder Mystery

Raven Payne

Are you interested in Law and Order and want to play detectives? Well, Murder Mystery with Southern Miss Activities Council was the event for you.

On Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, SMAC and the Forensic Science Society hosted a Murder Mystery Scene to the students on campus. The event was a masquerade dinner theme party.

In the Ballroom, were tables with forensic tagging, alongside masks and envelopes with mystery cards inside them. They even included different foods and drinks to enjoy during the scenes played out.

In the Murder Mystery, participants were tasked with finding the suspect of who killed the victim. There were only seven suspects. And while the scenes played out, evidence was presented on slideshows for the students to figure out who killed the victim.

Toward the end of the acts or scenes, there were QR codes placed on each table to figure out the true killer. And once it was locked on who, the table that answered correctly first was deemed the winner.

While some students dressed for the occasion, others wore normal attire.

While all SMAC events are free to students with their student ID, Kendrick Palmer, a general body member, said the event’s purpose was to create a fun student body.

“We know it’s Halloween time,” Palmer said. “So we wanted to create something a little different than what we usually see or implement here and SMAC. We hope everybody really enjoyed it. It was kind of mind challenging, and it was fun and funny. We just thought it was a great event.”

Palmer also discusses the next events that SMAC offers.

“I think coming up, we have our kids’ carnival,” he added. “It’ll be in Spirit Park, if I’m not mistaken. So, bring your children. Have some candy. We have a lot of stations and stuff set up for the kids. It will be a lot of fun.”

Southern Miss Activities Council, or SMAC, is a student-run, student-funded organization offering educational and entertaining programming to complement the Southern Miss academic experience. SMAC enhances the college experience for all Southern Miss students by focusing on diverse and inclusive events to increase retention rates at the university.

The process to become a member of SMAC begins each spring with a Membership Drive in March and group and individual interviews in April for choice of the membership for the next academic year.

If you would like to get a feel for what SMAC does and gain experience on how to put on events, you can check out SMAC programs that are offered for bigger events each semester. Be sure to follow SMAC on Facebook and Instagram for more details on the membership drive or events.

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