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Second opening round advances Academic Bowl

October 16, 2008

From art to Greek history to the chemical composition of butter, the rapid and challenging questions of ASU’s Academic Bowl tested each team’s intellectual strength and endurance, as well as the players’ memory skills, Wednesday night in the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus.

The display of Sun Devil pride was apparent in every corner of the room with parents, teachers, students and staff biting their nails in anticipation and, in some cases praying, for the representatives of their respective colleges to harness all their brain cells in answering the toss-up questions correctly within the required five seconds.

The first match of the evening saw the Herberger College leap ahead of the College of Teacher Education and Leadership tallying a final score of 270 to 90. The second matchup featured the Cronkite School team succumbing to the mighty University College with a final score of 260 to 65. The Fulton School of Engineering dominated the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in the third matchup of the night. The final score read 385 to 100.

In the final matchup of the opening round, the College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation went head-to-head with the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness – a team that was able to pull ahead from what was a very close game and beat Nursing with a final score of 190 to 105.

If the rowdy and packed audience of the opening round competition is any indication, then the Academic Bowl, currently in its third season, has become an increasingly popular university event – and the fight for the $4,500 dollars in scholarship money has become even more ferocious.