Last night’s College Bowl in the Grand Ballroom that pitted CSUN, Gallaudet and NTID/RIT against each other was a memorable one even before the matchups began. As alumni, families, friends and casual
observers filled the room, the competitive spirit filled the room as various supporters waved their pompoms emblazoned with school colors.
Harvey Corson, superintendent of Louisiana School for the Deaf from 1977-1990, said that “the night was a wonderful intellectual challenge and a great opportunity for alumni and friends of each institution to support the student players.”
The CSUN team consisted of Darren Hause, Joshua Josa, Jairon Popal and Michael Sidansky; coached by David Kurs and assistant coach Robert Sidansky. The Gallaudet team included Jonathan Chanin, Tyler DeShaw, Meredith Peruzzi and David Uzzell, coached by Robert Weinstock with assistant coach Pia Marie Paulone. The NTID/RIT team is Josh Allman, Aaron Delbruegge, Geo Kartheiser, Julie Martin and Randall Kidd with coach Kathryn Schmitz and assistant coach Geoff Poor. The judges were Kelby Brick, Wilma Newhouse-Druchen and Julie Rems-Smario. The event was sponsored by Powered by Purple.
As the competition started, emcee Jackie Roth welcomed everyone and explained the rules then it was off to the races! After the first 20 questions in round one, in which CSUN hurt themselves by losing on a challenge, Gallaudet lead with 16 points, NTID/RIT was second with 13, and CSUN third with 8 points. The audience enjoyed the questions, often deliberating with each other until the answers were revealed. Kimberly Mitchell, TX, “I learned so much. It felt as if I went back to school.”
The second round saw Gallaudet jump out with a commanding lead, accumulating 52 points, in second was NTID/RIT with 34, and CSUN finishing out with 26. In the third round, there were a lot of objections and disputes; at one time NTID/RIT gained ground on Gallaudet coming within 13 points of tying the lead. Nevertheless Gallaudet with several well timed challenges which they won finished strong down to win an unprecedented third straight College Bowl with a score of 127 to NTID/RIT’s
79 and CSUN’s 76.
“It was a true pleasure to see the fans so involved and cheering for their schools! It was an educational experience for everybody! Jackie Roth is charming as always” said Richard Malcolm of Louisiana.