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Liberal Arts and Sciences majors set to compete for 3-peat in ASU Academic Bowl

October 13, 2009

2 college teams – Maroon and Gold – set to play on Oct. 14

A record 240 Liberal Arts and Sciences majors stepped up as serious contenders to represent the college in this year's Academic Bowl at ASU.

Eager to bring home the trophy for the third straight year, 11 students – four seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and one freshman – made the cut to play for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences after two rounds of tryouts, according to Shannon Keen, assistant director for student engagement in the college.

Two teams – gold and maroon – and three alternates were chosen.

Competition in this year's tournament begins Oct. 13-14, with a new twist. For the first time, the play will be double-elimination, which guarantees each team at least two matches. The tournament will be held in the Memorial Union, Pima Room, on ASU's Tempe campus. Details about the ASU Academic Bowl are at

Representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Gold) are teammates Chris Chesny, a sophomore majoring in political science; Louis Weimer, a sophomore majoring in history and political science; Kevin Coltin, a freshman majoring in economics; and Hannah Thoreson, a sophomore majoring in physics. The gold team is scheduled to play a team from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at roughly 4:20 p.m. Oct. 14.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Maroon) team is scheduled to begin play at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in a matchup against the Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (Maroon) team. Representing the Liberal Arts and Sciences Maroon team are Carolyn Moss, a senior majoring in history and Chinese; Kenneth Lan, a junior majoring in biology and biomechanical engineering; Theodore Miller, a senior majoring in Russian; and Matthew Smith, a junior majoring in earth and space exploration. Moss and Lan are returning players.

Alternates this year are Erik Stout, a junior majoring in economics and biology; August Steinbeck, a senior majoring in economics; and Nicholas Zevely, a senior majoring in global studies.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU is where students study international languages and cultures, ponder human evolution and social change, and delve into the complexities of social and family dynamics. It is ASU's home for earth and space exploration, kinesiology and research in the life sciences. There are nearly 18,000 undergraduate students with majors in the college who have academic interests in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. More at