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2nd Annual MBA Paintball Game

Very happy to say that the 2nd Annual MBA Paintball Game occurred without a hitch. Unfortunately due to the rush to finish schoolwork a lot of people had to back out last minute. However, we still had about 35 people show up and play until 8pm! Everyone who came had a great time with some calling for 2 games a year. (Don’t want to ruin the hype of the yearly event though, and my events budget was not conducive to that occurring. I was Vice President of Events for the MBA program, and my first duty in office last year was the game last year and rather fittingly, this was my last event. My successor plans to continue this forward.) The way we arrange it was splitting the cost of playing between the graduate student government and the students attending making it more affordable. Who wouldn’t play paintball for 3 hours for $10?! I am always happy to share the sport with people for the first time. And props to the first years for beating the second years/graduating class. Thank you to my Purdue paintball boys who reffed and played a demo game for the MBA students: Jake Loiben, Shelby Foster and Drew Alford. Love you guys! Looking for a fun fraternity outing or club event? Paintball Barn is awesome and great for groups.

Thanks to everyone who came out, especially my classmates. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your VP of Events as well as have your support for the Krannert Outstanding Achievement Award 2 years in a row. I hope I have enriched your MBA experience at least a little bit with one of the events over the last year!

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Player Profile: Dan Norcross

Dan Norcross

Nickname: Back in the day I used to go by Little Dan, not so little anymore.
Occupation/Major in School:  
Paper chaser/sophomore/Management & Accounting
Hometown:  Anoka, Minnesota

Team:  Purdue X-Ball

Sponsors: Paintball BarnPaintball PlexHammerhead,  Rockstar Energy Drinks, Sly Equipment, Vintage Paintball Park

Position: I think one of the best things going for me is that I can play nearly everywhere despite my height (6’4”). I was raised playing streetball with whomever I could find, so playing every spot on the field was how I was brought up. However more often than not you can find me in a corner, the dorito side, or occasionally breaking up the center.

How long you have been playing:  Going on about 8 years strong now…wow that went fast.

Favorite field:  Vintage Paintball Park. Best fields, best people to play against, and just an overall great atmosphere to be in.

How did you first become interested in the sport:  I started out like most people playing with a few of my friends from school in the woods, after about three outings we thought we we’re pretty slick and entered a 3man league at a local field. We got beat down for about 6 weeks without winning a game, but it was the most fun thing I’ve ever done. To this day I remember the feeling I had after I played my first point, it was amazing and I’ll never forget it.

Why do you play:  In all honesty I think I play more for the things that happen outside the net rather than the ones inside. Paintball has taught me a lot about life, and more importantly about myself. Without it I would’ve never had the friends I have, traveled the places I’ve been, or tasted the food I’ve eaten. It’s given me about 90% of the amazing memories I have in my life and I’m ever grateful. Outside of the shenanigans that I manage to get into while not playing, I love the game, plain and simple. Paintball is very tenacious in that no two games are ever the same, and nobody has it exactly figured out; too much is left to chance, or luck as some call it. I’ve never played a sport where winning feels this good and loosing feels that awful. The feeling you get when you pull a sick move or win a big point for your team puts you on top of the world, and I guess you could say chasing that feeling every weekend is why I play.

Equipment: Dye gear has always been my favorite, I had the privilege of being sponsored by them for two full seasons on Shock-Kidz and Velocity Wrecking Crew and I’ve been partial ever since. Outside of that I wear Sly goggles and a Sly pack.

Notable wins or tournaments: I have yet to win a national event actually, the closest I ever came was Chicago 09’ when I took 2nd in D2 xball with Velocity Wrecking Crew. Outside of that I’d say the best experience I’ve had were the two times I’ve played on pro Sunday, (D.C. 2010 & 11). There’s really no comparison, biggest stage, big lights, big pressure. It’s the greatest place to be on the field.

Things you are looking forward to  in the upcoming year:  Enjoying the ride.

Favorite paintball memory: World Cup 2008 with Shock Kidz. We had just beat Palm Beach Vipers to advance into the final 4 in the pouring rain, we had a huddle right after the match and with all my best friends around me soaking wet I thought to myself “where else would I rather be right now?”. I thought without a doubt in my mind we were going to win that tournament, perfect team, perfect gear, perfect conditions. In my eyes, that team was perfect, however we lost our next match in overtime and placed 3rd at the tournament. I still look back at pictures from that event and think how did we not pull it off…

Biggest piece of advice: Above all just have fun, once you stop having fun you might as well pack up and leave. There’s no money here, no endorsements, no boosters. The only thing you are going to get out of this simple game is a smile on your face at the end of the day, if it’s not going to give you that find a different hobby.

Favorite pro team or player: Aaron Tholey has taught me pretty much everything I know since I was a young pup (about 15 I think), he’s one of my best friends and still somebody I look up to in the sport. My favorite team of all time will forever be the Oakland Assassins, those guys were hard; they put it on people and looked mean while doing it. It’s too bad that only one or two of them even play anymore.

Fun fact:  When it comes down to it I really am a big paintball nerd, I rarely get to actually chat with somebody that knows what they’re talking about when it comes to guns or anything else that relates to the sport, so when that happens I usually go off and get really excited.


Spring Paintball

So over spring break I took my boyfriend to play paintball in Georgia. (The first time we had played together, but I believe he had played twice before.) We had a great time. There were some xball players there, however their home field team was at the Galveston PSP event. The staff was insanely nice and they even have “play 6 times, get the 7th free.” We played a mix of hyperball and scenario because there were the more beginner players playing those fields. It was more about having fun with my bf than trying to be super competitive. Just want to give a shout out to the field for a great time. If you’re in Georgia stop on by: http://www.classic-paintball.com/

Also, Purdue went to NCPA Nationals this past weekend in Lakeland, Florida. I will do a couple posts regarding Nationals. Here is a little preview. Also coming up is the 2nd annual MBA game at Paintball Barn next Monday! Want to see my pictures from Nationals before I post them here? Head over to my Twitter: https://twitter.com/howensuga

Below is snake player Rob Trinkle

and Dan Norcross


Terrible at posting

Finally back in Indiana! Again I have run into some more discouraging comments from WI players. Eh, can’t please everyone. I think people forget I’m a new player and also shockingly entitled to my own opinion. I think the saying is a few bad apples ruin the bunch. To kill the issue I am not approving any further comments nor mentioning the topic from here on out. Just silly. I have yet to have a bad experience in Indiana or Illinois and am glad to say I am back around playing with a fantastic group of encouraging teachers and friends.

Since returning to school, Purdue had their try-outs with almost 40 people showing interest! This is fantastic. A group of 18 was selected for x-ball for World Cup. I can say the talent on this team is STACKED. I can’t wait to see what they can do in Lakeland next month. I was also fortunate to receive a media pass thanks to Jake. I played at try-outs for fun and boy did I get shown what’s what. A classmate of mine said I looked like I belonged in a trailer park with all my bruises. Being an easy bruiser doesn’t help the cause in that respect. In addition to try-outs, there was an afternoon of play at Paintball Barn with alumni and anyone who wanted to come out and play. That was a really fun time. Finally, I played in a scenario game at Fort Knox. It was a very well run event and a new venue for me. I think for now I will stick to airball so I can better work on my fundamentals but it was cool to see families and groups of friends get completely immersed in character and missions. Short post for how much has gone on, but I will stay on top of it better moving forward. Again, thanks to those who encourage new players and have helped me with advice along the way. Love you guys!

Below is Spencer, a new member of the team at the Paintball Barn fun day of play.


Player Profile: Jake Loiben

Jake is the President of the Purdue Paintball Club and an awesome leader for the team! In addition to his profile, he answers some questions about Purdue’s upcoming season.

Jake Loiben

Nickname: Loibsauce
Occupation:  
Restaurant (jack of all trades), Junior at Purdue majoring in Multidisciplinary Engineering
Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Team:  Purdue, Project Mayhem, Joyride

Sponsors: Paintball Barn, Paintball Plex, Hammerhead, Crossfire, NCL Worldwide, Rockstar Energy Drinks

Position: I usually play the back line or doritos

How long you have been playing:  8 years

Favorite field:  The Paintball Barn, because the owner Micah has taken such amazing care of us throughout the years and it’s close to campus.

How did you first become interested in the sport:  I played for the first time at my friend’s 12th birthday party. We went to a woodsball field in Gurnee, IL called Paintball Blitz. Both of us got hooked and quickly bought our own guns, but I stuck with it throughout high school and eventually started playing PSP events. The rush you get at a national event is incredible.

Why do you play:  I’ve played hockey, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and just about every other mainstream sport out there. Nothing comes close to the intensity of tournament paintball and no sport has as strong an emphasis on both individual skills and teamwork as paintball does.

Equipment: I shoot an 07 Ego with a Dye Rotor, Hammerhead carbon fiber barrel kit, Crossfire 68/45, and Dye i3 Pros are my mask of choice.

Notable wins or tournaments: My team finished in the top 4 at the 2010 PSP Chicago Open.

Things you are looking forward to  in the upcoming year:  PSP World Cup and NCPA Nationals. Oh, and getting my girlfriend to play. I’m sure she’d love to shoot me after all the phone calls I get about paintball whenever she comes over.

Favorite paintball memory: Making it to the finals at the 2010 PSP Chicago Open playing with my friends. We had a great time, plenty of hilarious bloopers throughout prelims, and the 6 inches of mud on every field made for an interesting playing experience to say the least.

Biggest piece of advice:I’ve always found that no matter how thoroughly you plan out an event in paintball, things will never go as expected. If I were to give one piece of advice to a new player, it would be to treat every event as a learning experience and make the most out of it even if things don’t go your way. There’s always another tournament and there’s always another adventure to be had. There’s no reason to hold grudges or get yourself worked up about that one bad call. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter.

Favorite pro team or player: My favorite pro team is San Diego Dynasty. I’ve been watching them since the day I started playing and I get to staff for them at PSP events. I learn so much from them and can apply many of the things they do to my own playing skills or my team. My favorite player on Dynasty is Alex “Mouse” Goldman, who is a great snake player and even walked the fields with my Purdue teammates at the most recent PSP event just to give them pointers and suggestions. He’s a stand up guy.

Big plans for the Purdue Team: When I began to plan out the 2011-12 season, I had four specific goals in mind. I want to take podium at any local event we play, win the college world cup, dramatically expand our recreational player base, and of course, win the national championship.

Planned Tournaments: Our two largest events of the year will be PSP World Cup and NCPA National Championships. We also plan on competing in the MWXL and Plex series.

If someone is interested in playing for Purdue, what are the qualifications/process for making the team? The only qualification to make the team is that you’re a full time Purdue student. The process for making the team involves trying out, making the cut, and being a good fit in our team; our family. We hold tryouts in September every year and usually take ~15 players for xball and the rest are invited to play 5-man until they’re ready for xball. Every player, including past Purdue players, must try out every year. For students that transfer mid-year or miss tryouts, we’d have to handle that on a case by case basis.

Fun fact: Heather Owens is an awesome photographer, but I can’t say the same for her hugs. (My response to that Jake: You guys are all like 12 years old. Don’t want to walk that fine line of sexual harassment of a minor. I’ll step it up next time.)

Other comments: Thank you for coming out to all our events Heather! (This year I’m actually going to play… and of course keep photographing and blogging!)


No Play This Weekend

Sadly I have been sick for over a week now. I think it’s allergies (Madison is the #11 allergen city in the country). That said, I did not play this weekend. Masks are not very conducive to runny nose and coughing. Though next time I play in Wisconsin, I plan to go to another field I found not much further away than the other. Considering the unhappy commenter is an employee of the field mentioned previously, best to just leave that be. I am going back to Indiana next weekend and will either play at Paintball Barn or an Indy field. Hooray! Also congrats to Elliott, Mark and Chi Town Fury for making finals at their tournament!

Below is one of my favorites, Pan (though I could probably say that about all the Purdue guys) at a team tournament.


MBAs Face Off

This past Thursday, 42 of my MBA classmates and I traveled out to Paintball Barn to engage in a fun afternoon of paintball. Paintball Barn was generous enough to give us a great deal of just $20 for all rental gear and 200 paintballs (though many ended up purchasing extra paint). The Krannert Graduate Student Government, for which I am VP of Event Management, subsidized the event so each person only had to pay $10. MBAs are insanely busy and it can sometimes be difficult to get them to put down the books/cases to come out to social events. I was so thrilled so many of my classmates were willing  to not only pay a small fee but travel off of campus for the event. We started off with a scrimmage game of 5 of the Purdue players and I so everyone could get a feel of what the game was about. I think my classmates were very shocked to see me decked out with my own gun and gear. They are used to seeing me dressed up for class every day (I won’t even wear t-shirts to class because I find it too unprofessional). There I was ready to shoot them up!

The scrimmage game was a good start as very few had played paintball before. Next we split into two groups to play a few games. I could tell everyone was a bit nervous at first. After everyone had been hit once though, it seemed the comfort level greatly increased. People started to strategize and really communicated with each other. We have quite a few MBAs with military backgrounds. This is in part to the school’s relationship with the Coast Guard and the fact that many Asian countries require 1-2 years of military service. They were really amazing at crouching behind bunkers together and moving from bunker to bunker. I was very impressed. After we played games broken up into groups, we played a massive First Year v. Second Year MBA game. Now one thing I am proud of is that any times I got shot out was by Purdue players. However I know this was also strategic. The Purdue guys were going easy on the MBAs so not to freak people out by being completely annihilated. They told me though, that since my lime green mask is so easy to pick out, once they saw me, they were going to go for me. I am happy to say I only ended up with 2 bruises on my left leg from Pan and 1 from Jordan who shot me in retaliation for a cheap shot after the games were over. However some of my classmates who were gunning for me also would shoot me after I was out just for fun. Normally this would disqualify them, but I knew going in some folks wanted to shoot me, so I did not mind. The first First Year v. Second Year game ended up with the First Years losing. The second game, however went on for much longer than I expected. Each team definitely held their own. I was so proud that left on the First Year team was Amy (my module 1 teammate from Taiwan, a classmate named Calvin and Eric, one of the Purdue players). Amy also got 10 people to sign up for the event with her. Thanks Amy! They ended up taking down one of the Army Second Years and the 4 others left from their team. I was so proud! What was also great was the cheering from the sidelines for all of our classmates. The event had over 50% international attendees and a great mix of first year and second year students. To see groups of people who would not normally hang out together band together was awesome. I solicited feedback from everyone who attended and it was met with RAVE reviews. Everyone absolutely wants this event to become an annual or semi-annual activity. I serve as VP of Events through next March, so I will definitely make sure it happens again. I am happy I could introduce so many new people to the sport and many of them are asking when we can go out and play again.

A special thank you goes out to the members of the Purdue Paintball Team who served as referees, coaches and members of the team: Jordan Walker, Jake Loiben, Kyle Lorch, Alex Pan, Chris Reed, Eric Jungling and Joe Bedree. They all came out as a favor to me and did a great job encouraging folks and acting as coaches. I absolutely love these guys. Thank you!!

I sent my Mom some of the pics from the outing and she writes me back saying, “I used to have this little girl in dresses and bows.  Where did she go??  LOL.  Looks like it was great fun.  Good job!!” I reassured her that I still wear dresses every other day of the week. I sent her the picture of me from the previous post and she replied, “You’re scarin’ me!  Hey, make sure you don’t get hit in the eye or face.  I know you wear masks…..but remember, I saw your arm and what happened when you weren’t supposed to get hit!!” I guess it is a Mom’s job to worry.

As a follow up to my previous post on April 5, I indeed had lunch with the Dean. We spent the first 15 minutes talking about paintball! Ironic.