Yale Student Academic Competitions (YSAC), Yale's quiz bowl team, practices every Monday and Wednesday in Linsley-Chittenden Hall, Room 104. Practices generally last from 9:00 to 11:00 and newcomers are always welcome to attend.
Practices are like Jeopardy in some respects, with players using a buzzer system to ring and answer questions on a wide range of academic and pop culture related topics. Quiz bowl questions tend to cover subjects in more depth however, and thankfully do not require one to phrase his response in the form of a question.
For several years, Yale lacked a quiz bowl team on the intercollegiate level. Starting in 1994, Yale resumed competing in tournaments at other schools and we now regularly attend several events each semester. In recent years, YSAC has established itself as one of the stronger teams on the quiz bowl circuit. In 2002, our freshmen were Division II champions at NAQT's ICT in North Carolina, and in 2000 our team won first place at Penn Bowl, the nation's largest packet submission tournament.
In addition to attending tournaments, YSAC also hosts several events on both the college and high school level, most notably the Fall Academic Tournament (for Connecticut high schools), Bulldogs Over Broadway (an intercollegiate event) and the Bulldog High School Academic Tournament, one of the largest high school quiz bowl events in the country.
YSAC is a great organization for both the die-hard trivia buff and people with a more casual interest in "useless" knowledge. No previous quiz bowl experience is required to join. (In fact some of our best players never picked up a buzzer until college!) Drop by one of our practices or contact our president, Brett Lazer, for more information.