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Iowans 'Kick It' at Lawrence Trivia Tournament

Trivially inclined Iowans dominated the annual Great Midwest Trivia tournament at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., last weekend, with University of Iowa-related teams taking two of the top three spots and causing great wails of humiliation from the competition.

Finishing in first place for about the millionth consecutive year (actually the fifth, and for the seventh time in nine seasons) was a team headed by UI law graduate John Brogan. This year's team, called "West Bank of Kaukauna: Concealing Weapons of Mass Deduction," also featured numerous UI-related members, including: English Department graduate student Patty Brogan, UI alumni Erin Gentry and Abby Metcalf; Academic Technologies staff members Aprille Clarke, Denny Crall, Ken Clinkenbeard and Kasper Stromme; College of Law alumni Matt Dendinger, Kyle Kaiser and Fiona Ruthven; and Mark Sidel, associate professor of law. The West Bank of Kaukauna was awarded the first prize trophy of a demolished television set.

Finishing third in this year's competition was a team co-founded by Nick Street, associate professor in the Department of Management Sciences in the Tippie College of Business. His son Kelly, a freshman at West High School, also competed on the team, which had a nickname that could be construed as obscene by some (especially members of the FCC) and so they shall be referred to in this forum only as The Iowans. The third place finish was the second highest ever for The Iowans, after a second place finish in 1998. The team has been competing in the tournament in some form or another since 1986.

This year's was the 40th annual trivia tournament at Lawrence, considered one of the premier trivia contests/endurance tests in the country that also manages to be both tongue-in-cheek and heated. For 50 consecutive hours, questions are asked at five-minute intervals over Lawrence's student radio station. Teams have three minutes to find the answer in any way possible--whether by rifling through reference books, going online, or calling soon-to-be-former friends in New York City at 3 a.m.--and phone it into the trivia masters. A sample question from this year's tournament was, What did Cheerleader receive from The Ugly One in the Decemberween gift exchange? A half-digested gazelle carcass, of course, a question immediately answered by The Iowans' Kelly Street.


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