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Citadel News Service
14 Feb 2006

Companies compete in final round of College Bowl

The Corps of Cadets College Bowl competition championship will take place at 4 p.m., Tues., Feb. 14 in Bond Hall, Room 368. Four cadet companies—Mike, Hotel, Tango, and Alpha—will vie for the championship.

College Bowl is a game of academic knowledge and quick recall. Now in its 29th year, the College Bowl Campus Program is a popular tradition on America's campuses. The Citadel is among nearly 300 institutions of higher education playing College Bowl this season.

The game features two teams of four players each competing to score points to Toss-Up and Bonus questions. The questions cover every conceivable topic from literature, science, history, geography, religion, social sciences, multicultural topics and the arts to popular culture, sports and current events.

Nicknamed “The Varsity Sport of the Mind,” College Bowl began in 1953 on the NBC radio network. In 1959, it became a network television show sponsored by General Electric and hosted first by Allen Ludden and later by Robert Earle, running on Saturdays and Sundays until 1970, when it went off the air. In the last season of the televised GE College Bowl, The Citadel defeated Claremont-McKenna and went on to play the University of Wyoming in the next round. Now, College Bowl is operated under the auspices of the Association of College Unions International. Every year, winners of 15 regional tournaments, plus one wild card, go on to the national competition.

In addition to the competition among cadet companies, there is a campus College Bowl team made up of cadets throughout the Corps. That team will compete in the Regional Championship Tournament Feb. 24-36 at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
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