Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Alumni repeat as masters of trivia

The first-place alumni team The first-place alumni team

An alumni team once again prevailed in the La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) Trivia Fundraiser. The Muscle that Prevents the Hustle – with several Legislative Audit Bureau employees – took first place, while five members of La Follette’s Class of 2017 finished second.

An all-student team – Smeeding of the Minds – placed third in the hard-fought competition October 11 at Brocach in downtown Madison. A team of alumni with the same name finished third at the first trivia event, on March 9. Proceeds support LSSA’s graduation ceremony and other activities.

Prize Donors

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Majestic Theatre
  • Old Sugar Distillery
  • Comedy Club on State
  • Rockhound Brewing
  • Karben4 Brewing
  • Culver’s Restaurant
  • Mallards
  • Ian's Pizza
Members of the winning team were: Virginia Anderson (MPA ’15), Noah Natske (MPA ’12), Kyle Swalls, Nate Svaglic, and Maria Toniolo (MPA ’14). Second place went to We Drink and We Know Things with Scott Coleman, Liz Doyle, Andrew Fischer, Sara Sanders, and Kit Wong – all 2017 graduates. Smeeding of the Minds’ members were Eric Hepler, Patrick Landers, Brandon Senger, and Travis Shoemaker.

Faculty and staff may not have placed among the top three teams; however, Adult Day Care – Don Moynihan, Greg Nemet, Rourke O’Brien, Hilary Shager, and Dave Weimer – won gift certificates for the most creative team name.

Sixteen teams participated in the 11-round competition, which featured questions in the following categories:

  • National Day
  • Pop Culture
  • People of UW-Madison
  • Foreign Leaders
  • Ordering Things
  • Who is that Baby?
  • Geeks
  • Elementary, My Dear
  • Slogans
  • Before and After
  • Fake News

Planning Committee members were Matthew Burr, Alison Harrell, Jennifer Johnson, Ben McBride, Mia Nafziger, Lily Schultze, Kyle Stanley, Hannah Stephens, Will Wallo, and Liz White, along with Elgin Karls and Isabelle Selep emceed the competition.

"The Annual Trivia Fundraiser Night is becoming a great way to bring the La Follette community together – current students, alumni, staff, and faculty – with the bonus that we raised more than $900,” said Nafziger who also helped organized the first trivia event. “Everyone had so much fun, both participants and planners, and we hope this will continue to be an annual (or biannual) event for La Follette.”