Engineering vs Business Week kickoff first-ever scavenger hunt

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Continuing the rivalry between the Cockrell School of Engineering and the McCombs School of Business, UT students dash across campus as part of a competitive scavenger hunt.
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A group of engineering students beat out competition from business students during a scavenger hunt Wednesday, hosted as a part of the annual Engineering vs Business Week. 

During the scavenger hunt, students from the McCombs School of Business and the Cockrell School of Engineering formed groups of five and traveled around campus to solve various riddles about UT.

Clues could be accessed on an iPhone app called Scavr, or through a mobile site on an Android phone. Students looked at the clues and went to different places on campus to take pictures at the location with everyone in their team and submitted their picture to Scavr. 

“The reason why I’m here is because we need to crush McCombs,” chemical engineering junior Roli Garg said. “It’s just like a spirited thing we do every single year, and it’s just tradition for us to go against each other.”

The scavenger hunt was created by the Student Engineering Council and is part of a week-long series of activities the rival schools compete in for points. The school that wins the most points at the end of the week receive a trophy.

The engineering school is currently ahead of the business school in cumulative points, with a total of 555 points versus the business school’s 514.5 total points. Shannon Geison, marketing and government senior, said McCombs was determined to win this week’s competition.

“Looks like this is going to be our year,” Geison said. “Engineering might be a little bit cocky and [I] heard some of them saying that they’re going for a three-pete, [but] we’re already ahead, we started strong, we’re clearly going to win the scavenger hunt because of our athletic abilities, so I’m pretty good about our chances this week.”

This week helps to bring the two rival schools together, said Marco Heredia, the Student Engineering Council president. 

While there is competition, Andrea Dillon, committee director of Student Engineering Council, said the week’s purpose is to offer a fun and casual way for engineering and business students to get to know each other on a more personal level.

“I’ve met people at EvB events over the last three years who I never would have come across if it wasn’t available to us,” Dillon said. “I think that’s pretty cool.”