By Khalid Nelms and Brian Hernandez, Staff Writers
As March Madness college basketball season approached, the campus of Verbum Dei wanted to do something to participate, thus a bracket was made for students to take a shot at guessing what college teams were going to win. The student or faculty member with the bracket completely correct, won not only free shoe day for himself or herself, but for the house they are a part of during community Fridays.
Sigma, the house that ultimately won the free shoe day, was able to show off its house pride on April 12th, 2019.
“All members of the house Sigma are able to have a free shoe day in which they are able to wear whatever shoes they’d like, as long as they are not sandals,” said Maribel Andrade, ASB moderator.
“The win for Sigma would not have been possible if we didn’t have Andrade, for it was thanks to her that we won,” said senior Christopher Poz. “I feel amazing because I’ll be able to use regular shoes and not dress shoes.”
In order for students from Sigma to enjoy their free shoe day without complications, said Andrade, they must pick up a wristband on Friday, in front of the chapel, as a voucher showing that they are a part of Sigma.
“It feels cool being able to provide students in Sigma house the opportunity to have a free shoe day,” Andrade said. “I hope they enjoy it!”
This bracket competition was held for those who love college basketball and enjoy the thrill of a slam-dunk, alley-oop, or plethora of three-pointers. The March Madness Bracket was held as soon as the college basketball tournament started. The competitors were members of the student body, as well as the faculty and staff. The bracket competition was held at Verbum Dei and was one to remember. This tournament was held from March 19 to April 8, and it ended with the championship game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Many competitors had top-tier teams like Duke or Gonzaga or even Kentucky making it to the final four or on to the championship game, but because this is March Madness, there has to be a twist and a lot of shock right? Duke lost to Michigan State by one point by the missed free throw of R.J Barrett and had been struggling with free throws the whole tournament. Gonzaga lost to Texas Tech in the Sweet 16 moving the Red Raiders into the Final Four while the Kentucky Wildcats lost to Auburn moving them into the Final Four as well.
The ending of this tournament is what nobody expected to happen with the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Virginia Cavaliers moving ahead into rather one of the most non-exciting games of all time because the star power of Duke was absent.