April 22, 2007


If you're in Kingman, you already know all about this. If you're not, get your clicking finger ready.

A couple of weeks ago one of my housemates decided, in response to some divine inspiration I know not of, to organize a zombie-rights march on campus. At noon. On a Friday. To Sproul Plaza. To lurch, groan and shriek in support of Ronald Reagan for President in 2008.

I had to go to work that day, but made a point to leave in time to see them come staggering down from Northside. In fact, I made it out of the library just as the mob, some 30 zombies strong, came down the hill from North Gate and poured across Memorial Glade in a lurching sea of fake blood and horrible gagging groans. Even the video I'm about to link to doesn't quite capture the beautiful surreality of that moment. It made my day and every time I've thought about it since it's made several hours all over again.

Here is video! Behold, and tell me, how fucking amazing is this shit? I suggest you wait for it to buffer a bit before watching, because the (beautifully edited) video is 13 minutes long and extremely worth it. The mob itself lasted over an hour -- I had to leave while it was still going on because my lunch break was over. They swarmed the lawn and mobbed random sunbathers. They blew through an on-campus cafe (aptly named after the Free Speech Movement) and held a rally on the crowded cafe patio. They staggered through Sproul Plaza in the thick of student government campaigning, mobbing a campaigner and two established campus proselytizers for good measure.

I'm in the video, sporting an "undead yes! unperson no!" patch and cheerfully (though, unfortunately, somewhat indistinctly) explaining my willingness to stand for them. What didn't make it into the video was the scene a moment later when the zombies caught up to me and mobbed me while I tremulously announced my support. It did not stop me from getting my brains eaten, as it turned out.

They mobbed a sociology class. Can I just say this? They mobbed a sociology class in session in Dwinelle Hall. They mobbed a sociology class in session in Dwinelle Hall which the organizer was supposed to be attending. Name me one thing that is more awesome to be watching right now than this. I dare you.

Posted by dianna at April 22, 2007 10:17 PM

This is glorious. One thing that was not more awesome than watching it was making my lesson plan for class this evening. Oh darn.

The Sproul encounter with the Yoshua guy (and was that the crazy guy who tries to prove God's existence from the banana, too?) was amazing. And the crashing of the class. I wish there had been a zombie march when I was there. Why the hell didn't I live in the co-ops? Can I come stay at yours? Like, for your b-day?

Posted by: katie at April 23, 2007 02:29 PM


zombie kickball on YouTube

Not as cool as your co-opers, and it's in the wrong Portland, but still, it gives me an idea or two.

Posted by: katie at April 23, 2007 02:44 PM

Oh my god. Zombie kickball! I love the in-game lurching, and the dude who just collapsed on the first baseline and had to be dragged off. I should watch this on a computer that actually has a soundcard, but preliminary reports indicate extreme awesomeness. Also: we should have a game of kickball, even though we are merely boring living humans.

And yes, you can come play at my house. I really have no idea why you didn't live in the co-ops, unless maybe it was because your co-op friends lived in Chateau. Pthtbbt.

Posted by: Dianna at April 24, 2007 08:45 AM

oh, that one sad shot of the scared little boy clinging to his dad's knees while a zombie lurches up to him. so heartbreaking. and adorable.

Posted by: didofoot at April 24, 2007 09:29 AM

I love seeing little kids freaked out by monsters! It makes them so cute that I want one.

Of course, having now typed that publicly, I am guaranteed not to be allowed to raise children.

Posted by: katie at April 24, 2007 01:37 PM