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Kinzua and Shenango sent to Tribal Council; who will survive?

Cameron Beck
Shenango and Octoraro tribe members Jolie and Jay battle it out in the 1-2 glitch challenge.

It was an eventful second week for Survivor-Bloomsburg. The night began with a game called One-two Glitch, which entailed playing a few different mini-games on a Nintendo Switch. These games were one-on-one challenges, so one player from two teams fought it out at a time. In the first round, each player had a controller and they were supposed to “shoot” the other player as fast as they could after the announcer said “fire.” Whoever shot the other person first won that round and there were many rounds of this type of game. The next mini-game in this was a challenge of copying your opponent. One player was to strike a pose, and then the other player had to copy that action. Then, after a few rounds, they switched who posed and who was the copier. Once the round was over, the game would display who was better at copying their opponent, and that person would win points for their team. Each team’s points were added up at the end of the challenge.

The third game played in this challenge was all about listening to and following commands. There were two announcers (through the gaming console), one male and one female. If there was a female voice giving the castaways a command, the castaways had to complete the given command. If they heard a male voice, they had to complete the opposite of the command. For example, if a female told them to lift their left hand, they had to lift their right hand. But if a male gave them the same command, they were to raise their right hand. The last round of this challenge consisted of players using a joystick on the controller to unwrap a treasure chest. The point of the game was to move the treasure chest in different directions to get the chain, which was wrapped around it, to unravel. Whoever successfully unwrapped the chain from around a treasure chest the fastest won the round. These mini-games were played multiple times so different teams could go up against each other.

Lakota member Lee and Kinzua member Ethan following captain’s commands in the 1-2 glitch game. Photo by Cameron Beck.

After these mini-games were over, the castaways who didn’t participate in the One-two Glitch tribes were tasked with their next challenge, called Memorization Glitch. In the hallway outside the ballroom, there were two different quotes posted on the wall. Two castaways from each team, meaning those who did not participate in the first part of the challenge, were to go into the hallway and memorize the quotes, and then come back and say them for the hosts. There were a couple more rules, though. First, castaways from the same team could not memorize the same quote. Also, when telling the hosts the quote, castaways could not stutter or say “um,” or correct themselves. If any of that occurs, they must go to the back of the line and try again, or go back to the hallway to look at the quote again. Once both members of a team said the quote correctly, that team won.

Lakota tribe Lee struggling with the memorization challenge. Photo by Cameron Beck.

This challenge proved to be much harder for the castaways than they originally imagined. Shenango was the first team to have one castaway get a quote correct, with Kinzua not far behind them. After multiple restarts, many laps back and forth from the hallway to check the quote “one last time,” and a lot of frustration, Lakota pulled out a win for this challenge by being the first team to get both quotes correct. At this time, Octoraro had gotten neither quote correct, though. Shenango came in second place, being the second team to correctly recite both quotes. And with that, the first challenge of the night concluded.

The second challenge involved more physical activity and therefore brought more energy to the ballroom. This challenge was a relay race, with three different legs. The first leg involved one castaway from each team building a s’more. There were s’more ingredients on one table, and the player had to transfer each ingredient from the original table to the table where they would be building the s’more, using only their mouth. Each player had to successfully transfer the ingredients and build three s’mores before their teammate could begin the next phase. In the second leg of the challenge, a different castaway from each team had to transfer HUG juice from its original container to a cup on the other end of the table by sipping it into a straw and then keeping it in the straw while traveling to the other end of the table.

Octoraro tribe member Owen working hard to memorize the quote for Challenge #1. Photo by Cameron Beck.

Once they filled the cup to the necessary line, the last leg of the challenge began. In this part of the challenge, the remaining 4 players on the team had to individually place dominoes on a table until they got to a line on the other side of a table. The trick was that they had to be close enough that they would all fall down in a line if tapped. Once a team believed they had completed it, they had to knock the dominoes down and see if they would all fall in order and if they would reach the ending line like they were supposed to. If this was successful, the team would win. But if this was unsuccessful, the last player to put a domino was required to set them all up and either try again or run back and tag the next person to have them add more dominoes.

Octoraro took the lead in the beginning part of this challenge, as they were the first of the teams to finish the s’mores activity. They were also the first to finish part 2 of the challenge, meaning they just had to complete the domino task to win. However, they couldn’t keep the lead for long, as Kinzua crept up on them. Kinzua was not in the lead after the first two parts of this challenge, but they thrived in the final part and ended up winning the challenge due to their speedy completion of the domino-line challenge. During the domino challenge, there seemed to be a 4-way tie between the teams, as it looked like their domino lines were all relatively the same length.

Kinzua and Octoraro tribe members Ethan and Mark struggle to memorize their phrase. Photo by Cameron Beck.

Shenango was second to Octoraro for most of the challenge, and it even looked like they were going to win the challenge for a while. However, they had to stop and reset all the dominoes after they fell, which stole valuable time from them. They recovered, though, and were the first team to call for the host to check. But when they knocked their dominoes down, it stopped about halfway through, meaning they had to set them all up and try again. During this time, the other three teams called for theirs to be checked, and all were successful, meaning Shenango lost this challenge. In the end, the winner of this challenge was Kinzua, followed by Lakota, then Octoraro, and finally Shenango. There were a few hiccups with scoring and rule-following, so the ending verdict was that Kinzua, Octoraro, and Lakota would all get second place, and would therefore receive the points for second place, and Shenango would get third. Because of their points received in the first two challenges, Lakota was considered the winner of the night and therefore did not have to compete in the last challenge.

Octoraro tribe member Anthony. Photo by Cameron Beck.

The last challenge was also a relay-race type of game. Four players from each team had to begin by using halfpipes to carry a marble from the beginning line to a bucket on the other side of the room. Castaways were to form a chain to keep the marble rolling from one side to the other, but when the marble was in a player’s halfpipe, that player couldn’t move until they gave it to the next person. Once they got one marble in the bucket, they went back to the beginning and did it again until they had 10 marbles in their bucket. If a marble fell in transportation, they had to restart that marble at the beginning line, and they could only move one marble at a time. Once they had all 10 marbles in their bucket, the two castaways who did not participate in the first part were challenged to solve a tangram puzzle as the second part of the challenge. While this sounds easy, it actually proved to be very difficult and time-consuming. Other castaways from the team can verbally help their teammates solve the puzzle, but they cannot touch anything on the puzzle.

Octoraro was on a roll at the beginning of this challenge, approaching the marble challenge with a slow-and-steady methodology. They were the first team to get one marble in the bucket, but they were quickly followed by Shenango. Kinzua was not having as much luck, and they had to restart multiple times because they dropped their marble. After a few minutes of running back and forth, Octoraro dropped its 10th marble into their bucket and began the puzzle. Shenango was next to finish the marble challenge, working as fast as they could. All teams eventually finished the marble challenge and were just stuck on one of the tangram puzzles, having already solved one. The puzzles were much more challenging than originally anticipated, and it eventually got to a point where the host, Jacob Dill, gave them a 5-minute warning, after which they would just count which team had the most pieces correct and grant them the title of winner, and immunity from Tribal Council. However, Octoraro ended up solving the puzzle before the 5 minutes was up, so they were the winners of this challenge.

Members of tribe Octoraro in a huddle, discussing their team strategy. Photo by Cameron Beck.

This meant that both Shenango and Kinzua were headed to Tribal Council to vote off one player. Shenango ended up voting off Kloey Baney, and Kinzua chose to eliminate Geoff Short. It was reported by one of the leaders of Survivor-Bloomsburg that “Geoff had found a hidden immunity idol on campus near Old Navy after Episode # 1, but chose not to play it for himself at his Tribal Council because he thought he was safe.  If he had played it, he would have still been in the game and would have made the sole vote for who to vote off his tribe.  Unfortunately, the tribe voted him out and his idol is now a souvenir.”


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