Five brave contestants. 24 savage hours.

Dear programmers,

This past weekend, the Operating Systems Lab in the Thomas Beam Engineering Building was a battleground. Five contestants divided into two teams to undertake IEEExtreme, a 24-hour programming competition.

I attended the opening at 5 PM on Friday night to shake hands with the participants, and when I returned to proctor the event at 5 AM the next morning, I stepped into a dungeon, musty with the stench of Wingstop, where the brave young gentlemen sat in darkness. They didn’t greet me. They were broken. Shattered.

I commend all of these warriors, but I reserve the highest praise for one: Sanju Varghese, a Computer Science student, an old friend of mine, and the only contestant who stayed for the entire duration of the event. Code on, Sanju.

IEEExtreme
The spoils of war.

Best,

Justin

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