Feb 12, 2008

"Think Fast" debut a success

by Kerah Kemmerer
The Schilling Center was abuzz Friday night with around 300 students seeking a respite from their usual obligations and a chance at a $200 cash prize. The interactive audience-response game show, “Think Fast,” quizzed teams of four to five members on topics such as pop culture, geography, music and sports.

“This is a brand new activity and is provided by TjohnE (Booking and Production). We have always wanted to get a game show in here, but wanted to make sure it fit within the values of Liberty,” Student Activities Event Supervisor Alese Chandler said.

The idea of the game was to have each team answer the questions provided on the screens correctly and as quickly as possible in order to move on to the next round. Audience team members used a handheld device to lock in their answers.

After each question, the scores of the 43 teams were displayed. The top four teams after the first two rounds moved on to compete against each other. One person from each team stood in front of the audience, behind a Jeopardy-style podium, and tried to be the first to reach 500 points by correctly answering the questions. The winners of these rounds would compete in the final round.

“The setup looks fantastic,” Chandler said. “It seems like it is going to be really popular.” To appear like a game show, a stage was set up at the front with large screens and podiums that digitally displayed scores. Many of the students seemed curious as they entered the Schilling Center before the game started.

“I just want to have fun and maybe win a couple hundred dollars,” freshman April Fritzinger said. “I’m hoping this thing proves to be a mind-bending experience for all of us,” freshman Mike Mendez said. Visiting freshman from CVCC Saudi Young and his friend, Liberty senior Jamie Lipscomb, attended the event out of curiosity. “We were bored after work,” Lipscomb said.

“We don’t really have any expectations, except we hope a crowd comes out because it is late-night,” Associate Director of the Office of Campus Programming Brian Shesko said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had this event here. It seems like a really good show, so we are really optimistic and hopeful for it.”

Expectations or not, the night proved to be a lively and entertaining. There was much cheering as the night progressed, with students shouting support to their team members after correctly answering a question.

During one round, participants were selected for a Wild Card challenge, which required them to sing or rap in what was called “Bootleg American Idol.” The audience went crazy and sang along as one player sang the Backstreet Boys song, “I Want it That Way.”

The final round gave almost every team a chance at the prize. Participants from various teams were randomly selected to answer trivia questions against the winners from the first two rounds. If any question was answered incorrectly, the team immediately eliminated. The first to reach 1000 points won.

In the end, the team “Librarians” dominated, taking home the $200 cash prize. Some students cleared out as soon as they thought their team didn’t stand a chance, but many stayed until the conclusion, holding out hope that they would be included in the random selection of competitors towards the end. Contact Kerah Kemmerer at kkemmerer@liberty.edu.
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