Gruen Chemistry Society Takes Second at Battle of the Chem Clubs

March 5, 2018

The Gruen Chemistry Society com- peted in the Battle of the Chem Clubs, a competition that includes clubs from all over the state. This year, on Jan. 28, they faced off against 11 other clubs at Michigan State University and took second place.


According to Susanne M. Lewis, associate professor of Chemistry, The Battle of the Chem Clubs is a day-long event that starts off with four sets in the morning, followed by lunch. The team’s score by lunch decides where it are is the quarter nals. If teams score well enough, they advance to the semi-finals and then finals.


The Olivet team made it through both the quarter finals, which were “titration races,” and the semi-finals, which were Olympic-themed events this year, to get to the finals, which was a chemistry jeopardy-like game. Students switched out so that everyone had the opportunity to participate in at least one event.


Katie Asslelin, sophomore, said that her favorite event was the charades. “They picked something out of a bowl and they had easy, medium and hard ones. They had to act it out whatever was said and the other people in the group had to guess it. That was a lot of fun ‘cause they had to do some funny things.”