Who will be the next ASU Academic Bowl champion? Check out the contestants

October 3, 2012

The final rounds of the 2012 ASU Academic Bowl are set to take place Thursday night, as four teams from four ASU colleges prepare to battle for championship glory.

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Looking for their sixth consecutive championship title, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (maroon team) will have some stiff competition Thursday night in the Eight, Arizona PBS studio, on the Downtown Phoenix campus, where they will face ready-to-go newcomer College of Technology and Innovation, three-time semi-finals competitor W. P. Carey School of Business, and one-time champion Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

If you can't make it downtown for the final rounds, scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 4, then follow the action live on Twitter, ASUtv and the Academic Bowl website. (Details are below.)

Check out the game notes below to see how the teams stack up, and be sure to fill out a bracket (download the PDF here) and have it ready for tomorrow's finals. Take a photo of your bracket and tweet it to us with the hashtag #ASUacbowl.

There are prizes for winning brackets.

W. P. Carey School of Business

John Scanlan, finance
Jake Pruitt, economics
Kevin Risser, computer information systems
Stephen Bergauer, finance
Kenneth Qian, triple major in statistics, finance and economics
Mitch Andreas, finance

Backstory: Having competed the last three years in the final rounds of the Academic Bowl, this team is hungrier than ever for a championship title. With some veteran competitors comprising this year's squad, they may just have what it takes.

Strength is speed: They are lightning fast when it comes to buzzing in for toss-ups and information recall – a skill that handed them landslide victories with point margins of more than 250 in the opening rounds.

Speed may kill, but you can bet these business majors have done the risk assessment.

College of Technology and Innovation

Daniel Aukland, engineering
Mikel Robinson, technology entrepreneurship and management
Jonathan Isaiah, engineering
Brian Washburn, aerospace management technology
Alternates: Bryan Vandersommen, Nefertiti Galberth, Sam Jones, Philip Saint-Erne

Backstory: Fresh on the semi-finals scene, this newcomer team is ready to make some waves and prove their smarts.

Strength is innovation: These resourceful self-starters don't belong to a creative technology college for nothing. Like an eager young pup, they are quick to the draw and not easily intimidated – if there's a problem, they'll solve it.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (Maroon)

Wesley Fullmer, electrical engineering
Albert Stanton, civil engineering
Pradyumna Kadambi, chemical engineering
John Ernzen, biomedical engineering
Katelyn Keberle (alternate), materials science engineering

Backstory: They won the first-ever ASU Academic Bowl back in 2006 and haven't kissed the trophy since, despite making it to the semi-finals every year.

Strength is diversity: The engineering team may be the only threat to the liberal arts and science majors – with their far-reaching general knowledge – in the diversity category. This team is equipped with an impressive range of information – everything from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to the humanities – and they have engineered the most efficient processes in which to tap it.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Maroon)

Alex Theisen, economics
Aaron Johnson, geology
Brendan Fries, biology
Evan Tieslink, double major in history and political science
Brandon Vincent (alternate), chemistry

Backstory: They have won the ASU Academic Bowl consecutively since 2007. (Most of the players in this year's competition cannot even recall a time when CLAS was not on top.) These are the champions, my friends, and they'll keep on fighting 'til the end.

Strength is persistence: Even when they're down, this team finds a way to come back. They feel at home on the Academic Bowl stage and have a solid understanding of the ebb and flow of the game.

When the buzzer sounds, CLAS typically is right where they need to be.


Twitter / @asunews_insider will be live tweeting / hashtag #ASUacbowl

Watch the competition live on ASUtv and ASUtv Ustream

Live web stream, Twitter updates, videos, photos and articles at asu.edu/academicbowl/stream


Will the CLAS championship era finally come to a close this Thursday, or will the empire march onward? There's only one way to find out. See you at the semi-finals!

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director, ASU Library

Heads of CBS News, Slate Magazine headline Cronkite speaker series

October 3, 2012

The chairman of CBS News, a New York Times bureau chief, the editor of Slate Magazine and an award-winning author and historian are among those headlining a speaker series this fall at Arizona State University.

The events are part of the “Must See Mondays” series, which brings prominent media and communication professionals to ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The series kicked off Sept. 10 with a panel discussion featuring Cronkite alumni who are on-air reporters and anchors. Download Full Image

Following that panel are speakers including Ellyn Angelotti, faculty member at The Poynter Institute; Becky Anderson, anchor and host for CNN International; Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News; Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times; and David Plotz, editor of Slate Magazine. The fall series will conclude Dec. 10 with Douglas Brinkley, Kennedy Book Award-winning author of the biography “Cronkite,” in a presentation sponsored by Arizona’s House of Broadcasting, a museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of radio and television.     

The speakers will touch on topics including the use of social media, international journalism, election coverage, the future of network news and Walter Cronkite’s impact on American journalism.

Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan said the “Must See Monday” series enriches the student experience by providing a forum for students to gain deeper insight into important issues that face today’s journalism and communication professionals.

“It’s an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of critical topics in today’s media landscape,” he said.

The talks, which are free and open to the public, take place from 7-8 p.m. each Monday of the semester in the school’s First Amendment Forum on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Attendees can blog about the events and share insights on the school’s blog, Cronkite Conversations, at http://cronkiteconversations.asu.edu/. Videos of past speakers can be viewed online at http://cronkite.asu.edu/node/866.

In addition, this month the Cronkite School will host special viewings of the three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate in the First Amendment Forum. After the final debate on Oct. 22, Leonard Downie Jr., Cronkite’s Weil Family Professor Journalism and former executive editor of The Washington Post, will moderate a discussion on media coverage of debates and campaigns.   

The Cronkite School also hosts “Cronkite Night at the Movies,” a journalism-themed film series, each Wednesday of the semester at 7 p.m. in the First Amendment Forum. Cronkite faculty and staff introduce the movies and then lead discussions after the showings.

Fall 2012 “Must See Mondays” Schedule:

Oct. 8, “Social Media: Harnessing the Opportunities and Navigating the Challenges,” Ellyn Angelotti, faculty member, The Poynter Institute

Oct. 22 (special 6 p.m. start time), “The Last Debate: Presidential Campaigns and the Media,” a viewing of the final presidential debate followed by a discussion on coverage of debates and campaign. Moderated by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism and former executive editor, The Washington Post

Oct. 29 (special 6 p.m. start time), “Covering the World,” Becky Anderson, anchor and host, CNN International

Nov. 5, “Who Can Vote? A National News21 Investigation of Voting Rights in America,” a panel featuring News21 students

Nov. 13 (special Tuesday presentation), “The Future of Network News,” Jeff Fager, chairman, CBS News

Nov. 19, “America, Through My Immigrant Eyes,” Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief, The New York Times

Nov. 26, “The Truth-O-Meter, the Obameter and the Promise of New Journalistic Forms,” A panel of reporters and editors from AZ Fact Check

Dec. 3, “Too Fast, Too Furious: Are the Speed and Vitriol of the Web Destroying Journalism?” David Plotz, editor, Slate Magazine

Dec. 10, “Walter Cronkite and American Journalism,” Douglas Brinkley, author, “Cronkite,” the new biography of Walter Cronkite

Fall 2012 “Cronkite Night at the Movies” Schedule:

Oct. 3 (special 7:30 p.m. start time), “Shattered Glass,” introduction by Steve Elliott, director of digital news, Cronkite News Service

Oct. 10, “Thank You for Smoking,” introduction by Dawn Gilpin, assistant professor

Oct. 24, “All the President’s Men,” introduction by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism

Nov. 7, “Live from Baghdad,” introduction by Kristin Gilger, associate dean

Nov. 14, “In the Loop,” introduction by Marianne Barrett, senior associate dean and Solheim Professor

Nov. 28, Student Showcase, introduction by Mark Lodato, assistant dean and news director

Dec. 5, “Anchorman,” introduction by Mark Lodato, assistant dean and news director

For a full schedule of events, visit Cronkite Events at http://cronkite.asu.edu/events/all.

Reporter , ASU Now