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Second Mathalon - another success

Sunday, 22 April, 2007

By popular demand, the College of IT brought back the Mathalon contest for all MATH015 students enrolled this semester. It was held on Saturday, April 21, 2007 in Room 030 KV Block 5.

Over 40 enthusiastic participants took part in the contest, battling it out with their fellow class mates to become one of the five winners this semester. As the judges took their places, the volunteers lead the registered contestants into the room and the competition began at 10:45am, right on schedule. The first part of the competition consisted of five rounds, each with two questions. The questions got tougher with each round. Each participant was allocated five points they could use to wager against their answers, depending on their confidence level. At the end of the first part of the competition, the judges marked the score cards and 16 finalists were invited back in for the last round.

The final round had five questions, and as before, each student had one minute to answer each question and wager points they carried forward from the previous phase. Five winners were chosen by the judges depending on their scores and announced by the Chair, CIT, Dr. Farhad Keissarian. Ramin Abdul Satar, Rahil Mithaiwala, Gautam Aggarwal, Mohsen Abounajmi and Meysam Khorram were the winners of Mathalon Spring 2007. Each winner received a Certificate of Achievement, two movie tickets courtesy of Gulf Films, and a trophy.

As the person with the higest score, Ramin Abdul Satart received a bigger trophy and a 1 GB Flash Disk. All participants received a Certificate of Participation. In contrast to the previous Mathalon where all the five winners were girls, this time around, all five winners were boys.

'We would like to thank the judges, Dr. Tchantchane, Dr. Halim, Mrs. Dani and Mr. Jaspreet for not only taking time out of their busy schedules to support the event, but also coming up with impromptu solutions to smooth out the event,' said Zeenath Khan, organizer and lecturer at UOWD. 'And also to the volunteers, Maria Pereira, and ex-MATH015 students Rhea and Jahangir for their constant support. The event was a definite hit with the students and we look forward to bringing it back again in coming semesters.'