Chess may be one of the most important games in humanity.
It has taken geniuses and robots to master, has lasted through centuries of sporting, permeated across the globe and found its way onto almost every college campus in the country. Yet despite its prodigious back story, it is still one of the most democratic games, funneling down to just two individuals and their wits.
The College Chess Championship
The illustrious President’s Chess Cup is the ultimate competition for college chess teams, and in the last few decades it hasn't been Yale, Harvard or Princeton that's taken home the trophy, but rather four much less prestigious schools: Webster University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Maryland Baltimore College and Texas Tech.
And while they’re not Ivy league, these schools play chess like Ohio State plays Football, University of Kentucky plays basketball or Stanford plays Silicon Valley startup—proving that you can find clever and talented kids at any college in the country.
Let’s look at the squads:
We’ll start with the most recently crowned school: Webster University. These masterful chess ballers have come out of nowhere (Webster Grove, Missouri to be exact) to beat out the University of Texas, Harvard and Stanford teams to win the President’s Cup for the past three years. These students take the game seriously, and may have a shot at breaking the national winning-streak record. That’s pretty huge for a school with under 3,000 enrolled undergrads.
The University of Texas at Dallas also have a very impressive chess team, having won the President’s Cup in 2008, 2007, 2002 and coming in second many times between, before and after. They take chess to heart, not just using their expertise to win trophies, but to create awareness for the sport and bring students, teachers and Dallas locals together.
University of Maryland Baltimore College represents Maryland hard--bringing in more trophies than the Terps basketball team or Hopkins Lacrosse teams combined. They’ve won six championships in past fifteen years, but more importantly they’ve built a popular chess community at the school. The club holds outdoor tournaments on their beautiful campus, has expert professors leading their team and devotes plenty of campus space chess play.
Last but not least, the Texas Tech Knight Raiders won the Cup in 2011 and 2012 and were in the championship the last two years. While the school is known for it’s football and basketball teams, it’s this small coterie of chess champs that keep competing at the national level, making chess skills something to be proud of at their school.
At Academbot we honor these chess phenoms, and encourage students at all schools to take a stab at the crown. If you don’t think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the national greats, then just try to be a campus great, or a dorm great. Whatever level you want to compete at, just know that chess legends can be built at any campus in the country.
When it comes to deciding which college to go to, probably no other factor matters to students more (on the average) than a school’s US News & World Report ranking.
Ever since the first list of “America’s Top 50 Colleges” was published in 1983, prospective students (and parents) all over the US have turned to the list as an easy way to know what schools were “good” and which ones weren’t so hot.
If you’re in the process of applying to college any time between September and November, you may have encountered the terms “Early Decision” and “Early Action.”
If you’ve done some reading on the subject, you may have also discovered that both are programs offered by colleges and universities that allow you to find out early—sometimes as early as the beginning of December—whether you got in your not.
Do you know why college's have the best traditions? Its becuase people our age make them up. They're usually a bit rebellious, always absurd, and fun enough to last decades. The ones made up around Halloween are also very strenge and creepy. Awesomely creepy.
“Healy Howl” and The Exorcist Screening, Georgetown University
Many college campuses date back a hundred or more years. They've been home to thousands of students, and if there's anything we've learned about the typical ghost, it's that they like to haunt their old homes.
This may not seem freaky to you, probably because you don't believe in ghosts, but reports show that more than a few campuses feature haunted dorms, some with well-documented histories and decades of witnesses to a host of spooky, unexplained phenomenon. Here are some of the spookiest.
Read the fine print - discover the textbook prices that work for your class and your budget!
Made of money is not the first thing you think of when you picture a college student, quite the opposite. Textbooks can easily put a dent in your piggybank before the semester even starts. First and foremost, do your research. Spend time checking prices because nine times out of ten - the first place you look won't be the best price you could get.
"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles M. Schulz
Biking cigarette online usa is great for your health and great for the environment. Head to any college campus and you'll probably see several students cycling between buildings like bees buzzing to and from a hive.
Why trudge through snow to get to class when sunshine could be around the corner?
Halloween decorations are going up, leaves are changing colors, and frost is creeping in on your car's morning windshield. We're in the midst of fall, but we all know what comes all too soon after that Halloween party -- cold and (depending on your geographic location) miserable winter.
Check out these shiny new majors that took a few years to download.
As business environments evolve and technology advances, the skills and knowledge of the world's brightest must adapt as well. Hopefully, you're not reading this article on an old 1999 AOL dial up internet connection.
The path of the future, even just in the past 10 years, has dictated what we needed to know to survive and thrive in the real world. Colleges often lead the way in making sure the next generations are ready for just that.
If you’re a fan of shows like Paranormal State, a show about students from the Penn State Paranormal Research Society who spend their spare time seeking out ghosts, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to go to college to learn how to be a ghost hunter.