The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

18 Chatham Sq., Wilms Bldg.
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.1595
Fax: 412.396.4501

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    March Madness


    We are looking for a logo to help advertise our spring March Madness event, explained below. The logo will be used on the website and on all March Madness related materials including advertising materials, brackets, and social media pages. You will be highlighted on our page as the contest winner and given credit for your logo.

    -All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to submit logos.
    -Each person can submit a maximum of three possible designs.

    Winner gets a $50 gift card to Amazon!

    What the logo needs:
    -The name "March Madness"
    -An image related to Catholicism or the Spiritans

    Submit all logo entries to GA Laura Dunson at by midnight, December 17th.
    Email Laura with any additional questions.


    By popular vote the 2014 Champion Catholic Intellectual is Leonardo da Vinci.

    As we progressed through each round of voting, participants could earn points for each correct prediction of who would win each individual match.  A perfect score would be 400 points.

    Johanna Burnett earned 321 points, the most points among all our participants, and wins the Ipad Mini.  Thanks to everyone who played along.  Congratulations, Johanna!

    By using a point system to score ballots, participans could earn points even if they did not participate in all rounds (so no one need feel disenfranchised if they missed a round of voting - we counted everyone's votes).  However, those with the highest scores were the ones who participated in each and every round of voting (simple math: the more you participate, the more points you can earn).  The final scores are the result of how often one participated and how often one selected the correct person to advance.  Catholic Intellectual "players" advanced by receiving the majority of votes in any given round of play.

    View the final bracket here 

    • How do YOU decide who wins the title of Champion Catholic Intellectual? 
      The CCIT March Madness is meant to be fun and informative. 
      * You can "vote blind" by voting for Catholic intellectuals at random.  Maybe you are rooting for the women, or for catholic intellectuals from a non-Western culture.
      *  By clicking on a name on the voting ballot, you can learn a little more about each person who has contributed to the Catholic Intellectual Heritage and let that inform your decision.
      *  When deciding between two people, you can ask yourself, which intellectual do you think has been guided more by faith and reason?  Which is the more creative?  Which has had the bigger influence on catholic life and thought?  Who has contributed more to the human and common good?  Who has most enriched human inquiry?  Who has contributed to solutions that affect contemporary problems?
      Remember, this is a fun way to learn a little about people who stand in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.  There is no "right" choice.  Have fun with it and each week you can see if others voted for the same intellectuals that you did.

    • How do WE decide who wins this tournament and the iPad mini?
      Each week, we will tabulate the ballots, update the brackets, and post the next ballot (don't worry, the ballots get smaller each week - 64 names, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2).

      But there's a catch to make it more challenging - we have a secret formula for weighting each person's ballot.  When you select your favorite from each bracket, you're not only voting, but you're predicting who everyone else will vote for as well.  The March Madness tournament is open only to Duquesne University students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

      Vote for your favorites by ballot, we tabulate them, and post the results to the bracket.  It's anyone's race, and we won't know who wins until the very end!

    Below are the deadlines for playing:

    Ballot # Due by 11pm on:
    #1 Friday, March 21, 2014
    #2 Friday, March 28, 2014
    #3 Friday, April 4, 2014
    #4 Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    #5 Friday, April 11, 2014
    #6 Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    We will announce the winner on Wednesday April 16, 2014