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Monday, May 12, 2008
SThe Michigan Daily - michigandailycom

'U' student wins on game show

LSA senior qualifies
for semifinals on
college "Jeopardy!"
Daily Staff Reporter
Most students dread long nights
spent wading through textbooks.
But for one student, intense cram-

ming paid off in an unusual way
- as a spot on the iconic TV game
show "Jeopardy!."
LSA senior Danny Devries
appeared on national television
Thursday, in the first round of the
"Jeopardy!" College Champion-
Devries defeated students from
the University of Wisconsin and
Tufts University to advance to the
next round, racking up $25,011 in

the proceas. The show was taped in
April at the University of Wiscon-
sin at Madison's Kohl Center.
The win qualified Devries for
the semifinal round, which was
also taped last month. The semi-
final round, in which Devries was
matched against students from
Georgetown University and Mar-
vey Mudd College, will air tomor-
row night.
Devries said he went through a
long process to get on the show,
beginning with answering a few
questions online and ending
with an interview to ensure he
wouldn't be awkward in front of
the cameras.
Me said missing the Michi-
gan football game against the
Ohio State University in order to
attend the regional trial in Chi-
cago was difficult, but it paid off
four months later when he was
invited to be on the show.
Devries, who is double major-
ing in political science and eco-
nomics, spent a couple of hours
on Wikipedia.com in prepara-
tion, but that it didn't help "in
the least bit."
Me said he studied chemis-
try and tried to memorize the

past 18 British monarchs, but when
chose subjects came up, he wasn't
able to answer the questions.
But even hours of studying
couldn't have prepared him for
what he said was the show's most
challenging aspect - pressing the
buzzer quickly enough to give the
He said one of the highlights of
the experience was meeting Alex
Trebek, but he was disappointed
when the Emmy-winning host had
to ask him what the University's
mascot was.
Devries said taping in front of
3,500 people was exciting, but also
"They all booed me," Devries
said. "Every time I walked on."
When the contestant from the
University of Wisconsin got an
answer right, the crowd would
erupt in cheers, he said.
When he correctly answered a
Final Jeopardy question about the
Bronze Age and won the game, the
boos were almost deafening, Devr-
ies said.
"I expected it to be a lot more
sedate," he said. "It got so loud
I couldn't even hear what Alex
Trebek was saying."

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