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APSU hosting Pokemon event to welcome back students

        CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In early July, dozens of small, happy-looking monsters overwhelmed the Austin Peay State University campus. A month later, the creatures continue to hover across the lawns or hide in academic buildings, but in order to see them, a person needs a cell phone, the Pokemon Go app and the ability to walk while staring at a small screen.

        CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In early July, dozens of small, happy-looking monsters overwhelmed the Austin Peay State University campus. A month later, the creatures continue to hover across the lawns or hide in academic buildings, but in order to see them, a person needs a cell phone, the Pokemon Go app and the ability to walk while staring at a small screen.

            “This is a great place to play Pokemon Go because virtually every building is a location—they’re called Pokestops—where you can get items you can use during the game,” Daniel Trent, APSU student and president of the school’s Pre-Professional Health Society (PPHS), said.

            Trent and his friend, Nicholas Harriel, PPHS vice president, are avid Pokemon Go players, and as a new academic year approached, Harriel came up with an idea on how to get new students familiar with campus. At 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, PPHS is inviting all APSU students to the Morgan University Center Plaza for Govs Go Train, a campus-wide Pokemon Go competition.

            “After a quick introduction, we’ll allow everyone to go off, and there will be markers and signs to identify each Pokestop,” Harriel said. “At the Pokestops, there will be a person with a full list of services offered at that building. We want to bring in players and non-players to orient them to campus.”

            The event, co-sponsored by the APSU Student Affairs Office and the APSU Office of Admissions, will feature several “lures,” which attract players because it allows Pokemon creatures to seek out trainers. The idea is to place lures around campus so students can familiarize themselves with all areas of APSU.

            At 7 p.m., all participants will meet back in the MUC plaza, where the night’s winners will be announced. Students can also win prizes by correctly answering questions related to campus.

            “It’s open to all current students, and it’s meant to be a festive welcome back to school and welcome to school,” Dr. Chad Brooks, professor of biology and PPHS advisor, said.

            To pre-register for the event, students visit PeayLink at https://apsu.collegiatelink.net/