PMB Varsity College gets ready to outwit, outplay and outlast

2012-09-04 00:00

IT might not be shot on an exotic island or have the legendary Jeff Probst as a host, but the PMB Varsity College “Survivor” series is already a winner among students.

The first ever “Survival Varsity College Island” began yesterday morning.

A section of the campus has been closed off to create a mini-island where the nine contestants will be staying until Friday to battle it out.

They will eat, sleep — in a shelter that they built yesterday — and bathe on campus until the end of the challenge. They will also get food once a day to share. Other students will get to see them in action every day in between lectures.

The host of the series, Lee Wansbury, sports and social co-ordinator at Varsity College, and a Survivor fan, came up with the concept.

“I want to teach students about the tougher side of life and how they can survive,” he told The Witness.

He said he is excited about it and wanted to create something different for students.

“Survival Varsity College Island” has all the elements of the TV series.

Each day contestants will compete in a reward challenge and an immunity challenge, they will be given clues to find the hidden “immunity idol” and there will be tribal council every day, at which one person will be voted out.

The contestants, four female and five male students, who are all members of one tribe, were only allowed to bring eight items of clothing each.

Wansbury said contestants will be given a box every day which has a cellphone, cigarettes and other luxuries, which they will be allowed to use for only three minutes. This is known as “reward time”. They will also attend lectures every day.

Contestant Ryan McBride has been a fan of Survivor for many years, which is why he entered the campus version. He is aware that to win the show, one has to outwit, outplay and outlast the rest.

Jade Macphail (20), who is not a huge fan of the TV series, said she entered for the experience.

“I will have a new outlook on life and I will get to appreciate all the luxuries that I have,” she said.

The series will also be shot on camera by an overnight videographer and a link will be posted on YouTube every night to follow the events of the day.

The finale will be on Friday.

The winner will walk away with R3 000 cash and R4 000 worth of sponsored hampers.

Follow @Varsity_college or search #Survival_PMB on Twitter to receive links to the YouTube videos.

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