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Comp competition

If the idea of spending Parents Weekend wandering around Grounds with your family admiring the Rotunda for the millionth time holds little allure, the University's chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery is providing a novel alternative.

The organization is hosting its second annual Programming Contest in Olsson Hall tomorrow. The competition gives participants three and a half hours to write a program that will solve five logic problems that ACM officers choose.

"The problems get progressively harder as they go along, and the fifth problem is nearly impossible to solve," said Paul Gross, fourth-year Engineering student and ACM officer.

Already 45 people have entered the contest -- and they're not all computer science majors.

"There's a really good mix of people from the E-school and the College who are in the contest," Gross said. People can sign up to prove their computer prowess until the day of the competition as well.

Over $1,000 in prizes, including portable Diamond Rio MP3 players, an Intel Video-phone kit, and PC-CD games have been donated by such sponsors as Trilogy Software and Hughes Network Systems. In addition to the prizes, the top three finishers will represent the University in the regional competition held at Virginia Tech Nov. 6.

If they finish in the top five at that competition, they will travel to Orlando for the World Finals.

Marriage by the book

Everyone knows that life changes for couples when they take that fateful stroll down the aisle, but it is an oft-debated point as to whether or not those changes are desirable.

According to Sociology Prof. Steven Nock in his new book "Marriage in Men's Lives," as far as men are concerned, marriage is a positive thing. Since 1979 Nock conducted a study in which 6,000 men were interviewed yearly. After studying the changes that occurred in their lives since they married, Nock concluded that married men held better jobs, were more inclined towards philanthropy, and were more likely to attend church.

"Marriage changes men because it is the vehicle by which adult masculinity is developed and sustained," Nock said in a press release.

The press release adds that the study found "married men saw less of their friends, went to bars less often and dropped memberships in such unstructured organizations as health and hobby clubs."

Compiled by Kate White