A brave band of students fought off an unexpected zombie attack in Leonard Hall on March 7, 2013.
The students had gathered for an English Book Club meeting to discuss volumes 1 and 2 of the best-selling graphic novel series The Walking Dead, written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Tony Moore. As the students were waiting in line to get pizza during the meeting, Gian Pagnucci, chair of IUP English and University Professor, spotted the zombies at the door of Leonard Hall’s Nicholson Library and shouted a warning in the nick of time.
The students used pens and books to fight back the zombies. “We thought this was just going to be an ordinary book club meeting,” said one unidentified English major. “Who knew the story would be coming to life?”
Pagnucci said the attack was completely unexpected. However, he said he was still able to react in time because he had recently been discussing post-apocolyptic threats with Wendy Carse, associate professor of English. Pagnucci noted that Carse has been working on a paper entitled “Propelling the Zombie Narrative: ‘It’s Never Going to Be the Same Again’ in The Walking Dead.” “Dr. Carse’s insights about zombies were pinpoint accurate,” said Pagnucci.
Fortunately, no students or faculty were injured during the attack. Following the attack, Elizabeth Elmore, an officer in the IUP English Club, commented, “A lot of students might have been too scared to defend themselves from such an horrific attack. Fortunately, in the English Department we are taught to think both critically and imaginatively, and that helped us get past the shock in time to save ourselves.”
The next English Book Club meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Leonard Hall’s Nicholson Library. The English Book Club will be discussing The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Copies of the book are available for checkout from the main English Department Office in 110 Leonard Hall. English Book Club meetings are open to all IUP students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
“The Night Circus is a terrific novel and there are no zombies in it, so I don’t expect this meeting to be quite so nerve wracking,” said Pagnucci. “But the book does contain a lot of magic, so I’m hoping some new people will join us for the next meeting. You never know what might happen!”