Written by Dwight Bachman
On March 12, the Eastern College Bowl completed its 37th consecutive season. Held in the Student Center Theatre, the College Bowl is a competition for undergraduates representing various majors.
The championship match saw the lead exchanged several times, a match that was not decided until the final question. The team representing the Environmental Earth Science (EES) Department defeated the team from the Political Science Department. EES had won matches against Economics and Mathematics to reach the finals, while Political Science had won its previous matches over Biochemistry and Biology. The winning EES team included students Dustin Munson, Cody Lorentson, Daniel Grondin, and Mackensie Fannon.
College Bowl questions asked come from many different academic and non-academic areas, often involving audio or visual clues. Questions in this year's championship match included ones involving Dante's "Inferno," Julius Caesar and his crossing the Rubicon, phobias, songs from Disney movies and one titled, "The Doors of Eastern," in which contestants were asked to identify buildings on campus after seeing photographs of their front doors. The question that decided the winner of the 2014 College Bowl involved the naming of Transuranium elements.
The College Bowl is organized and run by Tim Swanson, associate professor of physical science, who originated the competition in 1978. This year, he was assisted by Biology Professor Gloria Colurso and Marty Levin, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.