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CIT Madness

Announcing Spring 2018 Catholic Intellectual Tradition Madness!

It's that time of year again, as great Catholic Intellectuals, both living and deceased, battle head-to-head in a fun and friendly competition inspired by college basketball's March Madness. DUQ organizations are welcome to sponsor (at no cost!) an intellectual. Details below. Contact CCFC today to express your organization's interest.

Congratulations to Our Spring 2017 Winners 
Intellectual Winner: Roberto Clemente! 

Intellectual Sponsor Competition Winner: Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center

Individual Competition Winner: Molly Graveno

Check out our Hall of Fame to see winners from past years!

What is CIT Madness?

CIT Madness a fun and friendly competition inspired by college basketball's March Madness. In our version inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT), players learn about diverse Catholic intellectuals while competing for a chance to win our Grand Prize.

Who can play?

Any Duquesne student, faculty member, staff member, or alumnus/a can play and is eligible to win the iPad Mini!

How does it work?

The competition begins with 64 Catholic intellectuals paired in 32 head-to-head matches. Click the name on the voting ballot to learn about each intellectual. Vote for your preferred intellectuals on whatever basis you like. Perhaps you'd like a scientist to win, or one of your favorite artists is among the intellectuals. Maybe you're a member of an organization that chose to sponsor an intellectual (see below).

Catholic Intellectuals advance by receiving the majority of votes in any given round of play. Each round, we will count the votes, update the bracket, and post the next ballot. Each round of voting will reduce the pool of Catholic intellectuals by half (64 names, then 32, 16, 8, 4, 2, and finally the winner).

Do I have to vote in each round?

Vote in as many or as few rounds as you want. However, the more you play the greater your chance of winning.

How do I win?

When you select your favorite intellectuals you're not only voting for them you're also predicting which intellectuals will win their match-up. You get points for voting. Every time an intellectual you voted for advances to the next round you receive additional points. Your final score is the result of how often you voted and how often you correctly selected the intellectuals who won their match-ups. Whoever has the most points at the end wins!

How can my organization get involved?

Duquesne University organizations can now choose to sponsor a Catholic intellectual, which means that they are rooting for that intellectual to be the grand winner! Get your members to vote and advertise for your intellectual in order to convince other voters to help your intellectual win. If your organization's intellectual wins, we'll provide breakfast goodies for your organization! Please note that there is no cost for organization sponsorship. Organizers sponsor the intellectual, not the event. Event sponsorship is provided in full by CCFC.

How does my organization sponsor a Catholic intellectual?
Email us at ccfc@duq.edu for more information!

Sponsored Intellectuals in Spring 2017 (in alphabetical order):

Roger Joseph Boscovich - McAnulty School of Liberal Arts, Office of the Dean

G.K. Chesterton - Honors College

Roberto Clemente - Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center

Dorothy Day - Office of Annual Giving

Jimmy Fallon - Department of Counseling, Psychology & Special Education

Billie Holiday - Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

Jean-Luc Marion - Department of Philosophy

Martin de Porres - Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Gregor Mendel - Mission Animation

Toni Morrison - Center for Teaching Excellence

Flannery O'Connor - Gumberg Library

Oscar Romero - Department of Theology

Bruce Springsteen - Spiritan Campus Ministry

Edith Stein - Counseling and Wellbeing Center