College is a combination of work and play. Sometimes, however, even the play involves a little bit of work and brain power. Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (MSB) challenged students with a brain teaser and were pleasantly surprised with the results.
It started with this code.
The code was posted on campus walls with the title “Golden Ticket.” There was no further explanation given, except that the students should use the code to find the Golden Ticket. This piqued the curiosity of many students.One student in particular took the contest as a challenge.
“I enjoyed it,” said Chandler Holm, an information technology student. “It was very difficult.” His initial thought, he said, was “I’m going to figure it out.”
The contest was created by Trent Brager, campus librarian. It was designed to assess MSB-Rochester students’ critical thinking skills in an entertaining way.
So how did it work? The clue, when separated, led to several library books using their identifying call numbers. Taking a word from each book title created a quote from another library book. In that book was the Golden Ticket, a gold piece of paper that said “Give to Trent to receive your prize.”
With Chandler’s logical abilities, persistence, and knowledge of library organization, he was able to decipher the code more quickly than expected. The clues had been posted for two weeks, and the contest was intended to be a quarter-long investigation for MSB-Rochester students. Trent had even planned to post new clues with more hints, but these were unncessary. Once he started, Chandler cracked the code in four hours.
Along with his prize, a $25 iTunes card, Chandler should get satisfaction from knowing that he exceeded the expectations of the faculty and staff of MSB-Rochester, who are constantly amazed at the abilities of their students.
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