Forensics Brings Home Towering Trophy

Posted: December 10, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

When the forensics team returned home after winning the Bloomsburg University Annual Mad Hatter competition, their load was a lot heavier than when they arrived at the Pennsylvania school. Upon winning the regular season invitational, the team was presented with the Bloomsburg University traveling trophy–a 250-pound, 12-foot-tall award.

Now on display in the Johnson Center TV lounge, the award had been prominently displayed in the Mason Hall atrium, where it was admired by the Board of Visitors (BOV) and President Alan Merten during last week’s BOV meeting.

The competition, which is scored similarly to a track and field meet, is based on individual scores added together for the overall team score, says Jim Kimble, director of the forensics team, which is ranked fourth nationwide.

“We thought there was a possibility we would win it,” says Kimble, adding that the team borrowed a vehicle large enough to bring it home, “just in case.” George Mason’s team is the second to take home this towering prize. Last year, Cornell University won the honor of taking the trophy home.

It takes five or six people to carry the trophy when it is broken into pieces. The old Mad Hatter trophy, which stood at nine feet, was retired and replaced by the new, taller version. The year the trophy was retired happened to be the same year George Mason won the invitational, ensuring that the award will forever be displayed in the Harris Theater lobby. “Hopefully when they are ready to retire the 12-foot trophy, we will win and be able to keep it too,” says Kimble.

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