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A National Champion is Crowned at Gengras
Members of the UCLA team pose with their trophy after winning the 2006 College Bowl National Championship. (l-r) Dwight Wynne, Charles Meigs (team captain), Clifford Galiher, and Jay Turetzky.
Teams from the University of Illinois (left) and UCLA (right) face off in the final match of the tournament.
Members of the University of Illinois team (l-r) Huiying Cao, Scott Green (captain), and Michael Sorice listen to a question.
Following a weekend of intense competition throughout GSU and an edge-of-your-seat final match in the North Café, the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) beat the University of Illinois to win the 2006 College Bowl National Championship. The University of Hartford hosted the championship tournament, bringing the top16 teams from around the country to campus for the weekend, along with dozens of tournament organizers and officials.
Known as “The Varsity Sport of the Mind,” College Bowl is the fast-paced, intercollegiate academic quiz game in which two teams of students compete to answer questions on a wide range of subjects, from mythology and classical literature to sports and current events. College Bowl was a television favorite in the 1960s and 1970s, and was moderated by the likes of Allen Ludden, Pat Sajak, and Dick Cavett.
This was just the third time that the national College Bowl tournament was hosted in New England in the competition’s 53-year history.
On Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday, teams battled it out in a "round robin" tournament in which every team played a grueling 15 matches, in rooms throughout Gengras Student Union. The four teams that emerged from those 15 rounds with the best records – the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, UCLA, and Washington University (St. Louis) – advanced to "double-elimination" playoffs on Sunday morning, culminating in a final showdown between Illinois and UCLA.
See complete tournament results.
See sample questions from the final match. (doc)
The tournament was brought to the University of Hartford by Joseph Comeau, director of Student Centers and Activities, who now has run three College Bowl National Championship Tournaments: 2006 at Hartford; 2000 at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass; and 1989 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Comeau and national College Bowl officials said that the Hartford tournament this past weekend was one of the most successful in recent memory, in large part because of the volunteerism, financial support, and enthusiasm of the University community and Greater Hartford officials and businesses.
Organizers raised more than $53,000 in cash, products, and services from University offices and corporate sponsors in the Hartford area, Comeau said. A Saturday evening reception at the Old State House, featuring remarks from President Walter Harrison and the reading of a proclamation sent by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, made tournament participants feel especially welcome in Hartford, they said.
“The Hartford tournament has been fantastic,” said Richard Reid, president of College Bowl, which is based in Woodland Hills, Calif. “The way the community came together and the level of sponsorship and volunteerism has been tremendous.”
The efollett.com bookstore network was the host sponsor for the 2006 College Bowl National Championship Tournament. See the complete list of sponsors. (doc)