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April 27, 2007

Purdue students to compete in College Bowl National Championship

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four students will represent Purdue University at the May 4-6 College Bowl National Championship at the University of Southern California.

Purdue's team members include David Bond, a senior in the School of Health Sciences from Indianapolis; John "Billy" Buckles II, a junior in the School of Management from West Point, Ind.; Sean Henry, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts from Indianapolis; and David Sietsma, a junior in the College of Science from Lafayette, Ind. They will face students from 15 other college campuses for the national championship.

College Bowl is a game of academic competition and quick recall. Now in its 29th year, the program is a tradition on many U.S. campuses and is similar to the radio and television series of the same name that ran during the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

The game features two teams of four players each that compete to score points by correctly answering questions. The questions come from topics including literature, science, history, geography, religion, social sciences, multiculturalism, the arts, popular culture, sports and current events.

Purdue's team advanced in the tournament by first winning the campus level contest that was sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, then advancing to the Region 8 & 9 tournament at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Feb. 23-24. There, they topped 15 teams from two states to earn a spot at the College Bowl National Championship.

College Bowl is organized and administered with the cooperation of the Association of College Unions - International.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source: Margie Stoltz, Purdue Student Union Board adviser, (765) 494-8907, mcstoltz@purdue.edu

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