Video games are known to have negative side effects: lower grades, sleep deprivation and hostile, jealous girlfriends.
One organization on campus is working to justify spending hours with a game controller through a tournament to benefit cancer research. On April 20 and 21, students are welcome to play their favorite video games to show off their mad skills and benefit a good cause.
The Apartment Residence Tenants’ Association (ARTA) will host the Frag for a Cure event with help from companies like Sony, EA Games and Ubisoft. This event is not limited to UT students; anyone may participate.
Josh Campbell, junior in mathematics and vice president of ARTA, gathered inspiration to organize this event from personal experiences.
“During my junior year of high school, I lost two close uncles to cancer,” Campbell said. “It was a really rough time for me personally and experiencing this made me wonder how hard it must have been like for families whose children have cancer. As a result, I ended up wanting to try to help those families out. Frag for a Cure will be the perfect opportunity to make a difference.”
ARTA asks for a $5 donation from each participant per tournament. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Several video game companies and representatives will be at the event to promote new products and give away prizes.
On Friday, the event will start in the UC Down Under at 5 p.m. and will continue until midnight. The Down Under will have nine Xboxes and several PlayStations and a Wii for tournament use.
On Saturday, the tournaments will resume at noon and will continue until completion of all games.
Featured games include “Halo Reach” (4v4), “NCAA Football ’12,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (4v4), “Super Smash Brothers Brawl” (Solo), “Starcraft II” (1v1), “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” closed Multiplayer Beta and “MLB: The Show Home Run Derby.”
 “I am excited about Frag for a Cure and grateful that UTK Ubisoft could come take part in this event,” T.J. Stephenson, a senior in anthropology and the student representative of Ubisoft, said. “I hope that having the exclusive ‘Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’ closed Beta at Frag for a Cure will help bring out people and raise a lot of money for St. Jude so they can continue to help children.”
 This is the first video game tournament at UT striving to benefit a charity.
Campbell stressed the importance of students coming together to benefit St. Jude while enjoying themselves.
“We’re here to have fun and help children in need for families that may not have the money for treatment,” Campbell said.