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Students Carve Out a Close Victory in First Annual “Pumpetition”


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Armed with small sawing knives, wickedly good designs, and plenty of feisty Halloween spirit, ten teams of CUA Law students went at it on Oct. 30 in the Student Bar Association’s first annual “Pumpetition.” 

For two hours on a splendid Thursday afternoon, the teams hunched over their tables, conferring, tracing patterns, and industriously cutting away in a determined effort to transform a large orange fruit of the orchard (technically, a berry) into something…else.
The laws school’s first pumpkin carving competition yielded some very creative designs, from such iconic images as Frankenstein and haunted houses to an “Assault and Battery” design theme, which wound up winning second prize.
The three-member team of judges—Dean Daniel F. Attridge, Assistant Dean for Student Support Maura DeMouy, and Registrar Stuart Schept—faced a Gourdian knot in deciding which of the skillfully sculpted jack-o’-lanterns would take top honors.
In the end, designs that depicted the Catholic University Cardinal, the aforementioned Assault and Battery pumpkin, and a third showing the outline of haunted castle were the top three winners, respectively. The first and second place gourds were carved by first-year students.
The good-natured competition was primarily for bragging rights over which team could best rearrange the face of a pumpkin under deadline.  But both team and individual prizes were available as well, including a plush blanket, coffee mugs, and CUA emblazoned beer and wine glasses. Every team member was also eligible for a $100.00 gift card, courtesy of LEXISNEXIS.
Many of the competing teams were sponsored by student organizations, such as the Military Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, and the Irish Law Students Association, among others. Sponsoring organizations had the opportunity to win up to $100.00 applied to their budget.
Mix up carving, candy, cider, music and great prizes and the result was a smashing good time had by all. Students are already pumped (pumpkined?) up for next year.