by Christine Salib, USD Law Diversity Committee
After three long years of the USD Law Faculty dominating the field, the students have finally regained the title of Battle of the Brains Champions. The student team You Like That, Right? (3Ls Krystle “Danger” Berkstresser, “Downtown” Sam Brown, and “Wild” Bill Healy) defeated the faculty team Diminished Faculties (Professor Jordan Barry, Professor Michael Kelly, and Professor Miranda McGowan) in a tense battle to the end.
This year’s competition was held during February’s Dean’s Mixer at the University Center Forums on February 17. While students feasted at a Mexican fiesta, the DRUMMING TROUPE announced the Fifth Annual Battle of the Brains, emceed by Professor Junichi Semitsu. You Like That, Right? trumped fellow 3L student team Team Shamwow (Breeanna Fujio, Celeste Mowatt, and Matthew Gunby) in categories such as “Things That Start with F” and “Songs With Animal Names in the Title” to advance to the finals. Afterwards, the two faculty teams, Diminished Faculties and Intentional Infliction of Trivial Distress (Professor Steve Smith, Professor Walter Heiser, and Dean Mary Jo Wiggins), competed in categories including “Neither Straight Nor Real” and “Brush My Teeth With a Bottle of Jack” until Diminished Faculties finally came out on top.
The final round was a battle to the end, with categories like “Kevins Who Haven’t Announced Their Resignations Yet” and “When It Comes to His Popularity, Hosni Mubarak Is in Da Nile.” Just when it seemed like the students were doomed to suffer another loss, Brown answered the final question in “The Alphabet” to send him and Diminished Faculties team member Professor McGowan into the tiebreaker round. Professor McGowan put up a good fight during the round, each contestant having to name a professional football, soccer, baseball, and basketball team in California. But Brown came out victorious.
Remarked MVP Sam Brown, “After missing a couple questions against McGowan, I thought she had me dead to rights. She knows her stuff and is a fierce competitor. I knew I had to be at my best against her. I was shocked she missed the question that I stole to send it to the tiebreaker. It felt like the crowd exploded when I stole that question. It was motivating to have that kind of support.”
A special thanks to the Diversity Committee for putting on the event and to Dean Cole for his continued support.