14 teams will compete to win the Quiz Bowl, an event hosted every fall by Campus Activities Board at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
SIUE’s Quiz Bowl is based on the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s (NAQT) competition structure, however, CAB has made a few changes to make it better suited to campus.
“We modify the rules a little bit and make it simpler,” senior biology major and global issues and topics chair of CAB Laureal Ward, of Chicago, said. “We don’t follow the NAQT’s rules to a tee.”
These changes include extending the time limit that teams have to answer questions from three to five seconds. Additionally, bonus questions are typically worth 15 points, but CAB has modified it to 10 points.
Other than these changes, the Quiz Bowl follows the standard format in which an individual from each team takes turns answering designated questions. If the individual gets the question right, they can answer three bonus questions with the assistance of their team, but if they get the question wrong, the opposing team can steal. These questions are supplied by the NAQT and vary in subjects ranging from history to pop culture.
“People are from different backgrounds, so they have knowledge of different things,” Ward said. “That is just what helps the team as a unit to be able to debate the questions of if one person knows it, then they will buzz in.”
This diversity of backgrounds is what the Little Mamas, a Quiz Bowl team, view as their strength.
“This will be a huge advantage for our team because we all know different things,” sophomore social work major and Little Mamas team member Ariecia Richardson from Chicago said. “We have so many different creative minds in our group that if one person doesn’t know something, the next person will most definitely know it.”
As a member of CAB’s recreational committee, Richardson sees the importance of getting involved on campus through activities such as the Quiz Bowl.
“For me I feel like it’s important because it really helps your college experience as a whole,” Richardson said. “I feel like anybody should be a part of an organization or a part of the events that are held because it gives you a chance to make memories and to meet people.”
Richardson’s teammate, senior psychology major Moriliat Ibrahim, of Chicago, said Wednesday night will provide her with some much-needed time with her friends as they enjoy the snacks, drinks and the competition that the night provides.
“I think it will help us to have more quality time together because we are all in our 20s accomplishing things and we don’t have enough time to spend quality time as a group, sometimes even separately,” Ibrahim said.
In addition to making memories with one’s friends and connecting with new people, prize money gives the competitors extra incentive to participate. The team who comes in first will be awarded $300, second place will receive $200 and third will walk away with $100. There will also be attendance prizes including keychains and gift cards.
Those who missed the Oct. 31 sign-up date can still attend the event and watch the student teams battle it out for first place. Spectators will also witness all of CAB’s hard work coming together in this big competition.
“I think it does [make it special] knowing that we were able to put something together in a certain amount of time and once we get to the day and see everything playing out perfectly, we’ll be like ‘oh okay, we did this’ and be really proud,” Ward said.