U. of C. student wins programming prize

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

A fourth-year University of Chicago student took top honors at the Illinois Technology Association’s third annual Fall Challenge. Bill Waldrep, who is also a member of the U. of C. computer programming team, took home a $5,000 prize. The Fall Challenge is a tournament for students at Illinois universities to test their programming skills.

Waldrep’s win means that U. of C. has taken top honors in this competition for three years running. The university’s programming team, Whiteboard Erasers, won first place in the Mid-Central U.S.A. regional of the Association of Computer

Machinery/International Collegiate Programming Contest last month. They will compete in the world finals in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The university’s previous winners were Louis Wasserman and Michael Lusignan.

The Fall Challenge begins with an on-campus tournament at the 11 invited universities. The top 50 scores are invited to compete in a more rigorous tournament later.

l.welbers@hpherald.com