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Professors vs. Students

10/31/2013

Across JSU’s campus, diversity can be found in every student, especially when it comes to intelligence. Everyone learns differently, but there always seems to be that one person who knows a lot of “useless” information. This Tuesday, that seemingly random information was put to the test.

The Honors Program hosted the fourth annual Honors Bowl competition Tuesday night at the Houston Cole Library. Founded to help further expand the Honors Programs’ efforts to give back to the community, the friendly competition pitted professors versus students in a Jeopardy-style, nonstop trivia game that was fun for participants and onlookers alike.

Teams were given sets of five questions, each with a unique topic, in the first free-for-all matches. Some students kept score, others served as moderators reading the questions, and some were runners who passed the sticky notes back and forth from team to scorekeepers.

With twelve teams participating, it has proven to be more of a success with each passing year. Participants each paid a small admission fee in order to take part in the first few rounds, and then the top four teams moved on to an elimination match to compete for the top four spots.

All in all, the event was a huge success.

Jansen Harmon, JSU alumni and former president of the Honors Program, came back to see the progress the event had made.

“You’ve heard of the theory of primordial soup? That’s kind of how we started the Honors Bowl. We went to see how other universities ran their honors programs and how they got their students involved. After that we just kept the good things that worked and took out everything that didn’t,” Harmon said in regards to the humble beginnings of the Honors Bowl.

Dr. Steven Whitton, director of the honors program, oversees the event each year. However, he takes no credit for starting the honors bowl.

“The project was a suggestion by some of the first students to come through the Elite Honors Program. They saw it as another way to provide charitable fundraising for the community.”     

The Honors Program does numerous service projects throughout the year in an effort to give back to the surrounding community to the fullest extent possible.

Evan Mince, current president of the Honors Program, has gotten to see how much goes on behind-the-scenes this year.

“In the past, all I did was show up and answer questions. This is the first year that I’ve actually gotten to see how much work really goes into putting on the event,” Mince said. “It’s made me appreciate the efforts that those before me have put into the project.”

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