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Resident students tackle tricky questions in The Roommate Game competition

Friday, April 24, 2015

Point Park students sit in folding chairs in the GRW Theatre while playing the Roommate Game, a competition to show how well pairs of roommates really know each other. | Photo by Christopher Squier

For students who live on campus, no one spends more time with you during your college years than your roommate. So, the Campus Activities Board teamed up with the Office of Student Life to put on The Roommate Game to find out just how well Point Park's resident students really know each other.

The event, hosted by comedian Adam Ace, took place at the University Center's GRW Theater on Sunday, April 19. Based on the classic Newlywed Game TV show, the modern college version featured pairs of roommates who answered questions about each other to compete for cash prizes.

"We held this event because it's a fun, relaxing event to have right before entering finals week," said CAB Special Events Coordinator Mallory McGuire, a senior mass communications major from Pittsburgh.

Ten pairs of roommates participated, representing 920 resident students who live in the University's five Downtown residence halls: Lawrence Hall and Thayer Hall for freshmen, and Conestoga Hall, Pioneer Hall and the Boulevard Apartments for upperclassmen.

In three fast-paced, high-energy rounds, participants answered questions to test their roommate knowledge. Some questions were so tricky that not even the roommates knew the answers, such as "What reality TV show would your roommate be on?" Others — like "Which roommate takes longer to get ready?"— caused a few friendly disagreements. For some questions, though, the answers were impressively accurate. One participant correctly guessed her roommate's celebrity crush with the very specific answer of "1990s Paul Rudd."

Freshmen Patty Sorg, a criminal justice major from Pittsburgh, and Meredith Kubic, a global cultural studies major from Canfield, Ohio, were randomly assigned last fall to be roommates in Lawrence Hall. In less than a year, the pair went from being strangers to the third-round winners of The Roommate Game.

When the question "If you could get rid of an item of clothing that your roommate wears, what would it be?" came up, Sorg and Kubic pulled into first place when they both answered with "the polka dot scarf" without hesitation.

"We met at the beginning of freshman year, and we just got so close," explained Sorg. "This event was awesome. We both have finals coming up, so this is a nice release where we can joke around — and we even won some money!"

Article by Kimberly Roberts, senior PR and advertising major
Photos by Chris Squier, senior photojournalism major

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