Saturday, September 14, 2002

Student from UC to be on game show

By Kristina Goetz,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        For maybe the first time in University of Cincinnati history, “X” will be a good thing.

        And so will “O”.

        UC students will have the chance to compete Sept. 30 for one of 14 spots in the Hollywood Squares College Tournament contest, the game show that brings together celebrities, tic-tac-toe and trivia.

        Students who want to compete will take a 25-question test with the same agree-disagree design of the game show. All of those who pass will go on to play in a non-televised mock game on UC's campus. The winner will be flown to Hollywood in January to compete on television for cash and possibly a car.

        It is the first time UC has participated.

        “We expect a lot of students to turn out for this,” said UC spokesman Greg Hand. “It's the kind of light activity students enjoy at the start of the quarter — sort of a transition from summer to school.

        “You never know who is going to be watching TV. We got a few phone calls from alumni last year because some of our students had a robot competing on Battlebots.”

        Other schools on this season's roster include: Emerson College, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State University, Southern Methodist College, University of South Florida, University of Miami, Northwestern University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Washington, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles.

        Lauri Janover, coordinator of the 2003 college search, said it's probable a student from UC and one from Ohio State will be pitted against each other.

        “It would probably be a lot more competitive if a UC student was up against a Xavier student because the history is there, but UC students enjoy the opportunities they've had to root for UC against the Buckeyes,” Mr. Hand said.


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