By Rebekah Bradway
September 5, 2006 | A Utah State University
newlywed couple won a night's stay at the Anniversary
Inn for beating competitors in a mock The
Newlywed Game for the university's annual
Week of Welcome (WOW).
Keenan and Brittani Atwood, married eight months,
earned the most points in a preliminary round
and the final round of the game Thursday at the
TSC patio. To gain points, couples responded to
questions and gave the same answers. One spouse
stood behind the other, holding a sheet of paper
behind the other's head so the audience could
see the answer written on it. The seated spouse
answered the same question verbally.
The event was organized by senior Tabbi Perkins,
USU's programming vice president, and consisted
of two preliminary rounds, each with three
couples, and a final round, consisting of the
winners of the first two rounds.
Host Zach Ames, a junior involved in the university's
Student Activities Board, hosted the event, asking
the first group of husbands what traffic sign
would symbolize their wives in a bad mood. While
the women held up the words "STOP" and "Exit Only,"
Keenan Atwood's answer, "Falling Rocks," got the
most laughs from the USU student audience.
Other questions ranged from personal favorites
("Who is your wife's favorite actor?" and "What
color does your husband most like when you wear?")
to simple facts or opinions ("What kind of shampoo
does your wife use?" and "What type of kiss would
you label the last one your wife gave you: hohum,
so-so, or ooh-la-la?")
The newlywed couples ranged from one being married
only eight days on Thursday, Lina and Nathaniel
Hardman, to a couple married for more than three
years, Jake and TanDee Shaw.
Perkins said she found it interesting that the
Shaws had the fewest points even though they [had]
been married the longest.
Contestants Eric and Tina McComber, married
just over three months, won second place, earning
a free one-night stay at the Sherwood Hills Resort.
Both the McCombers and the Atwoods also received
gift certificates to the restaurants Hamilton's
and Café Sabor, while the Atwoods earned an additional
gift certificate to S.E. Needham Jewelers.
Ames said the event was held as a "way to reach
out to married students." Perkins, who was in
charge of WOW, said it added diversity to the
school activities, as most are aimed at single
"My goal is retention," Perkins said, but for
the married students, she said she wants to try
to play The Newlywed Game again in January.
The Anniversary Inn, S.E. Needham Jewelers,
Sherwood Hills Resort, Hamilton's and Café Sabor
sponsored the event.