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APSU math students face 'Jeopardy'-style challenge
Adding up to get the right score

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Austin Peay State University students Emily Bryant, Jeff Boarman, Amber De More and Jennifer Crunk compete against students from East Tennessee State University, Furman University and High Point University in a "Jeopardy"-style quiz bowl during Friday's events at a math conference held at APSU.

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APSU students Emily Bryant, right, Jeff Boarman, Amber De More and Jennifer Crunk confer on an answer.

Did you know Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," was also a famous mathematician whose real name was Charles L. Dodgson?

Emily Bryant did. Her correct answer scored Austin Peay State University's math team another try at the "Jeopardy"-style board Friday.

But fierce competition from three other colleges kept the four-member team from advancing to the next round in the quiz-bowl competition.

It was just one part of the two-day Southeastern Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. Bryant said the team knew competition would be difficult.

"This is our first time," the APSU junior said. "We've been studying for the past month. We even spent all spring break studying."

In its 83rd year, this is the first time the event has been held at APSU. Students of all ages and educators were invited to participate in the events, most of which are in the Sundquist Science Building.

Michael Berry, a professor from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, read questions for the first round of the contest Friday morning.

"I challenge professors to do this all the time," Berry said. "They're kind of wimpy and chicken out. It's not for the light of heart."

The conference continues today. More than 300 people are expected to participate from several surrounding states, said Jim Vandergriff, associate professor of computer science and information technology at APSU.

Scheduled events for the two-day conference include lectures, short courses, a banquet and a live Mathemagics Act performance by Arthur Benjamin.

Jill Noelle Cecil covers education and can be reached at 245-0262 or by e-mail at jillcecil@theleafchronicle.com.

Originally published Saturday, March 27, 2004

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