FIRST ANNUAL COLLEGE ACCOUNTING BOWL
The Hounds and Mules engaged in another fierce battle recently, this time inside Prosser Auditorium, where students faced off for the first annual Accounting College Bowl, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
A crowd of enthusiastic spectators cheered on their favorite accountants, as the student teams took their places on stage, poised to answer 80 technical accounting questions on topics ranging from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to Internal Audit Standards. Muhlenberg jumped out to a quick lead, with one very well-prepared student often buzzing in before master of ceremonies Tony Sabino '90, Institute of IIA secretary and Moravian alum, could finish reading the question. With the score 110 to 60 in favor of the Mules at the start of the second quarter, the Hounds sent in their designated relief team, but Muhlenberg prevailed, ultimately outscoring Moravian and winning the $500 prize.
Despite the disappointing defeat, the first-time event added up to a big success. "The kids had a good time, the audience had a good time, and it demonstrated that accounting can be a lot of fun," said John Rossi, assistant professor of accounting and team coach. Following the bowl, both teams and area accountants gathered for a reception. According to Professor Rossi "a rematch is being planned and the hope is to involve more Lehigh Valley Area Colleges."
At Moravian, student interest in accounting has grown in recent years, with over 25 now majoring in it. Next year? Moravian is determined to balance the score—stay tuned for details.