On November 22 at 5:30 p.m. Alpha Delta Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi hosted ‘The Brain Drain’ a trivia competition to support the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester. The Literacy Volunteers of Rochester organization was founded in 1964, and trains volunteers to provide one-to-one or small group tutoring to functionally illiterate adults, or others lacking English language skills. They generally accept adults who read below a ninth grade reading level; among speakers of other languages, emphasis is placed on the newcomer whose need for English is urgent and whose level is low.
The event boasted thirteen teams with four rounds of funny questions, including ‘Elementary Science’, ‘Haunted Halls’, and ‘Crackers’. Teams like ‘Kicking Schist’ and ‘Otter Geniuses’ competed against ‘You’re a Quizzard, Harry’ and ‘The Tuition is TOO Damn High Party’. Several Greek Organizations – SMAC, AST, and Pi Kapp – also made teams to play. A total of $335 dollars was raised for LVR by the end of the night. The final round was played by AST’s ‘Pearls’ and PiKapps ‘The Angry Chickens’. Pearls wagered 511 of their 540 points, while The Angry Chickens wagered 509 of their 510; The Chickens got the question right, ending with a total of 1019 points, winning the game. The winning team took photos with the Golden Brain trophy and signed their names for all future winners to see.
ADE Service Co-Chair Meghan Barrett and Pi Kapp Skip Leonard headed the event organization, with Meghan creating the questions and serving as emcee and Skip serving as timekeeper. Caroline Smith served as judge for any questions throughout the event, and one of our newest member Maggie Francese kept score. CAS and CAS Impression catered the event. Theresa Gibbons and Sydney Klainberg helped as ‘alternates’ for teams short on members, and Erin McQuade – the loveliest historian you ever did see – took photos!