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How to Play

Inspired by basketball's March Madness tournament, this contest pits 64 contenders ("the Intellectuals") in 32 head-to-head match-ups. Intellectuals advance by receiving the majority of votes in any given round of play. Each round of voting reduces the pool of players by half (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2, and finally the champion).

Who can participate?

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are all invited to play. There is NO COST to enter the contest or to sponsor a player.

How do I vote?

You'll join the tournament through a survey link, available March 16. For each round, you'll read a brief bio on the competitors before making your "picks." Vote on whatever basis you like-your favorite author or scientist, a dead poet or living legend, or the Intellectual your organization chose to sponsor. After each round, we'll count the votes, update the brackets, and post the next set of competitors.

Do I have to vote in each round?

Once you enter the contest, you can vote in as many or as few rounds as you want. However, the more you play the greater your chance of winning.