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Last Year it was Thousandaire, This Year it's Howellwood Squares

Story posted April 05, 2001

A Winner Will Rise

4.13.01

The House that gave Bowdoin students, faculty and staff a chance to become thousandaires, has transformed another famous game show into a Bowdoin event.

On the crest of Who Wants to be a Millionaire-mania last year, Howell (then known as Howard) invited 60 members of the Bowdoin community to compete to become "thousandaires." This April contestants, assisted by Bowdoin "squares," will compete for hundreds of dollars in a game of trivia tic-tac-toe.

Posters advertising the event are up, and a Howellwood Squares Web site debuted at midnight on Wednesday. Those wishing to compete have until Sunday at 6 p.m. to answer the online trivia questions before event organizers choose the lucky preliminary contestants.

These preliminary contestants will be chosen from those answering the most questions correctly in the shortest amount of time. The night of the event, eight contestants will be chosen by a drawing from the initial group. Nine specially selected Bowdoin folks, representing different parts of the campus, will sit in the squares and help the contestants compete in the tic-tac-toe game. The eight contestants will compete in four initial rounds. The four winners of those rounds will compete in a "secret square" round and then two contestants will proceed to the final round. Each contestant has the chance to win money throughout the initial rounds, and each player may keep the money they win, even if they don't win the round. (Complete rules are available on the Web site.)

After the success of last year's event, members of Howell House decided another game show was in order. Because Millionaire mania has waned and because that show required such a complex technical set-up, organizers decided to adapt a different game show this year, said Quinn Kitchen 03, executive producer of the program.

"We are the substance free house, so we have a different charge than other houses, and we have to be much more creative as a result," said John Meyers 02, technical director of the event. "So once a year we like to have an event that will go beyond what other houses do."

Kitchen, too, notes the challenge of programming events for the chem-free house. "It's hard to hit the nail on the head every time, and dry campus-wides aren't always successful," she said. She hopes the annual game shows provide an opportunity for a group of people to come together who otherwise might not.

"A lot of people have misconceptions about the chem.-free house and what it's all about." Those choosing to live in the chem-free house, do so for different reasons, Kitchen said, and because the chem-free environment is the only thing the students necessarily have in common, Howell is made up of a diverse group of students.

The event is scheduled to take place in Morrell Lounge of David Saul Smith Union at 7 p.m., Friday, April 13. Organizers have been talking about the event since the start of the year, and intensive planning began around the time of winter break. Meyers said house members are pleased to have a chance to sponsor something "to bring the campus together in a fun way and to show off what the house system can do."

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