It looks like there’s finally a way to get paid for getting
dirty and sleeping in strange places.
CSUrvivor offers people an opportunity to do something
interesting this summer, as well as receive some great prizes and
earn money for their favorite charity. The show is a creation of
the members of the CSU Outing Club, who are brewing the plans to
bring the spin-off of reality television’s “Survivor” here to Fort
“It’s kinda like ‘Survivor,’ but it will have different types of
challenges,” said Zil Boese, Outing Club member and coordinator of
the show. “Things will be more relevant to Colorado and CSU. Plus,
we’re gonna throw in this real big twist at the end.”
The show will be held at an undisclosed location somewhere in
the mountains and will last through the ten days prior to classes
resuming for the Fall 2004 session. Participants will have to
successfully complete different challenges presented to them each
day and survive without the luxuries of modern society. Players can
be eliminated from the competition by being voted off or by
“Everyone will get a prize just for participating,” Boese said.
“The longer that you stay on the show, the more things you
Prizes are being donated by local businesses and funding for the
show will come from the fundraising efforts of the participants and
from the CSU Outing Club. Each person who wishes to participate is
responsible for raising at least $200 by Aug. 2 and those who are
able to raise the most money are guaranteed a spot on the program.
Everyone who makes the effort to raise money will be incorporated
in the show in some way.
“Each person also gets to represent their favorite charity
during the show,” Boese said. “When the show is over, the charity
that the winner is representing will get the collection of
fundraising money. This should be a very positive experience for
both the students and the community.”
Participants on the show are not strictly limited to CSU
students. Faculty, staff, alumni or even people who are just fans
of CSU are permitted to apply as well.
Plans are currently being made to air half-hour episodes of the
show on CTV. Contestants will have to sleep out in the wilderness
and cope with the Rocky Mountain terrain for the duration of the
show-so those that can’t deal with a little dirt under their
fingernails, or a Starbucks nowhere in sight, need not apply.
But for those who choose adventure over boredom and spontaneity
over repetition, CSUrvivor just might be the perfect challenge.
Contestants on CSUrvivor must sign up before finals week. For
more information or application forms, visit the Web site at
http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hike/csurvivor.html and submit the
required forms to the CSU Outing Club.