By Alyssa Mackinnon, contributing writer
Monday, April 21, a contest was held to find the University of New Haven’s The Last Man Standing. First prize was $1000, second $500, and third was $250, and over the course of a week 20 people competed to win these prizes.
The first event was bull riding, where the longest time that someone was able to stay riding was 48 seconds, and the bottom two competitors were taken from the game.
The next event was a timed campus knowledge test made harder by planted accomplices in the audience shouting, singing, and pen clicking to distract test takers. The bottom two people were again eliminated.
The third event was an obstacle course involving racing around cones, hoola-hooping 15 times, and then racing through an inflatable maze. The fourth day consisted of a challenge in which a shirt was tied in a knot and frozen into a block. Challengers then had to break the shirt out of the ice using only their body heat and available elements. The last three competitors were eliminated.
The final challenge is traditional; each of the seven remaining contestants precariously stood on a cement block for hours completing varying tasks while remaining standing. Tasks included spinning in circles, lifting a leg with your eyes closed, and standing on one leg.
After nearly three hours of standing, Alyssa MacKinnon was the first female to win the competition in its five years running with Kyle Kostka taking second place and Vince Yau taking third.