Students Trounce Faculty in Trivia Contest

Law students teach professors how to prevail at trivia
Sarah Galer
University News Office
April 14, 2010

In a wide-ranging, fast-paced trivia contest at the Law School, the student team dominated their faculty opponents 60 to 26 in a spirited competition of wit and composure.

The contest, always a highlight of admitted students weekend, usually favors student teams as faculty members struggle with the pop culture questions. This year, though, the student team - named Ann Rand McNally's World Atlas Shrugged - had a secret weapon that led to the demise of the faculty team Cert. Denied: first- year law student Ross McSweeney, who garnered 43 of the student points.

"The trivia contest is supposed to show admitted students that our faculty and students are smart, fun, and accessible, and that this is the kind of place they want to be," said Todd Henderson, Assistant Professor of Law. "However, this was embarrassing."

Trivia questions ranged from the number of white keys on a piano (52) to what movie Tom Cruise was promoting when he famously jumped on Oprah's couch (War of the Worlds). In one dramatic moment, the students edged out the faculty in a lightning round about Supreme Court cases, leading faculty team member Marsha Nagorsky, Assistant Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law, to comment proudly, "We teach them well."

McSweeney, when asked about his strategy, said he didn't really have one, although to audience members the students had one big advantage over the faculty members - beating them to the buzzer, much to the faculty playe