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Changes set to spice up Intrams 2017

Sommer Buyante | News Editor

Silliman University (SU) Intramural games are expected to be more exciting this year after the addition of new events and the merger of some colleges.

Intramural games will run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.

New Events
The famous computer game Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) 2 tournament is a new addition this year.

DOTA 2 is virtual game involving multiplayers, whose main objective is to penetrate and destroy the base of the opponent.

Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) Sports Committee chairperson, Ronalyn Bejar, said that DOTA 2 will promote eSports at the Intramurals.

She said there will be a single elimination and the results will not affect the overall points of the colleges. Nonetheless, the DOTA players will still be recognized and winners will be awarded.

Moreover, each participating college for the intramurals is required to send representatives for the Mr. and Ms. Intramurals on opening day.

It is not a pageant but just a parade of representatives of each college.

Intramural games will kick off on Nov. 26 at 2pm with a parade from the Amphitheatre to the Gym. The Larong Pinoy contest, now on its second year as part of the Intramural games, will take place on that day.

No Cheerdance
However, the SUSG Cheering Committee (SUSG CheerCom) decided to cancel the Group stunt and Cheering competition after only the College of Engineering and Design (CED) and Senior High School confirmed to join.

CheerCom chairperson, Mariel Buscato, said, “aside from that ang colleges have a hard time to look for contestants so the more nga mangita pa sila, wala na juy time for practice.”
She added that having a cheedance competition entails additional expenses since colleges still have to spend for food, uniform, etc. for the their players in the Intramural games.

“As much as we want to push thru the event, we can’t force them to participate if they don’t want to,” Buscato added.

“But for those colleges who have prepared their routine, they can present them during the demonstrative game on the opening ceremony coz we also want to recognize their efforts,” she added.

Colleges of MassCom, Agri merged
In a meeting of the Athletics Department, SUSG and college governors last Nov. 15, it was agreed that the College of Agriculture and the College of Mass Communication (CMC) will be playing as one team for the Football-Men.

The decision was made upon the request of the Mass Com governor.

Meriam Ramacho, Athletics Department faculty, said it is okay for small colleges to merge if it means increasing student participation in the games and it is agreeable for all colleges.

Eligibility of players
The Athletics Department reminded the college governors to make certain all their players are eligible to play.

According to the Intramural Handbook, all players must be enrolled this semester under the college they are representing. Present and former varsity players are not allowed to play in the games.

Senior high schools students are qualified to participate in the college Intrams.

To ensure the eligibility of the players, each college is required to submit a complete list of their players to be counterchecked by the Office of the Registrar.

Preparations
Dionesio Piñero II, director of Athletics Department, said they are now orienting the volunteers, preparing the venues for the games, and tapping help from Red Cross, Silliman Rescue, and the SU security personnel.

“Let us make these Intramural games more fun, exciting, and a memorable one because this is not for the sake of playing but it’s how we play the game; how we make fellowship. Most important thing is we play with discipline,” Piñero said.

The theme for this year’s Intramurals is “Celebrating God’s faithfulness through fun and exciting games on the court, the track, and the field.”

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