Northwestern makes it to semi-finals in 'Mind Games'

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Northwestern makes it to semi-finals in 'Mind Games'

May 4, 2012 

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will take on Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Wednesday, May 9, at 8 p.m. on KSBI-TV during the semi-finals of “Mind Games,” an Oklahoma Academic Challenge that brings together teams of students from Oklahoma colleges and universities to compete in a weekly battle of the brains.

This new prime time Oklahoma television program began airing on KSBI 52 in the fall.

Visit to watch Northwestern battle Southwestern. Mind Games also can be seen on Cox channel 7, or Cox HD channel 707, DirecTV and Dish channel 52 or on Suddenlink channel 12 in Alva.

Northwestern participants’ hometown, classification and major include:

Isaac Broce, Mooreland senior, natural sciences education; Lukas Dollarhide, Tonkawa junior, history; Lakpa Lama, Kathmandu, Nepal, freshman, nursing; Nathan Sacket, Aline sophomore, computer science; Prashant Upadhyay, Kathmandu, Nepal, freshman, business administration; Khadidja (Eva) Souleyman, Alva senior, political science; and Zachary Zook, Waynoka senior, social science.

Northwestern recently beat Redlands Community College, a team who competed at the national level last year, to make it to the semi-finals.

The team is led by Kathleen O’Halleran, team coach and instructor of political science, sociology and geography.

“Northwestern students demonstrated hard work to beat them,” O’Halleran said. “They were neck and neck throughout the whole game.”

The Chickasaw Nation generously signed on as the title sponsor for the program. "Mind Games" was produced at the Oklahoma City studios of KSBI TV and has aired in prime time each week.

All teams receive scholarship awards either as a consolation prize or as the week’s winning team. Teams are comprised of three players and up to three alternates who may be substituted in during the games.

“We have a close-knit group,” O’Halleran said. “We have fun at practice since it’s much like our own game show. ‘Mind Games’ gives the students a venue to shine academically.”

The KSBI "Mind Games" utilizes the toss-up/bonus format. Questions are formatted from all topics of collegiate knowledge. The bulk of the questions come from the areas of science, history and literature. Fine arts and humanities will be the next emphasis area followed by geography, current events and pop culture.

Thanks to the support of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, there also will be bonus questions and scholarships on the energy industry. Each category has a full range of subcategories to assure the questions are varied and current.