Taarna Murray, psychology major from Custer, works to get her rat to navigate the maze.
The Black Hills State University Psychology Club raised more than $150 during its annual rat race competition held recently in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

A total of six rats participated in the race, all of whom were named after the psychology faculty at BHSU. Members of the Psychology Club spent a month training the rats to run through a large maze as quickly as possible.

“It’s for a good cause, and it’s fun to get the professors involved by naming the rats after them. The turnout becomes more of an equal number between students and faculty,” said Angela Peterson, psychology and sociology major from Black Hawk and also the club’s President.

Students, faculty, and staff could choose a rat to put a wager on how fast each rat could run through the maze.  Prizes were then awarded to the winners, ranging from gift certificates to restaurants as well as items from the University Bookstore.

All the money raise is used to help with other events the Psychology Club hosts every year, such as Take Back the Night and the Northern Hills Training Center Dance.

“It’s one of the more enjoyable events we put on every year. We look forward to it every year, and new members always look forward to it as well,” said Peterson.

The Psychology Club has been doing the annual rat race for more than 10 years now. The event has shown to bring excitement to students and faculty in an educational approach.