A beloved campus tradition, Trivial and Quadrivial Pursuit is the campus-wide quiz show — played on the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas — famous for its extravagant costumes and over-the-top displays of creative gamesmanship. See a slideshow from this year's event on the right.
Every year there are three teams, each comprised of one-third of the student body, and each named for a subject of the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). The teams each select their own theme. This year, the Rhetoricians chose Star Wars.
The Logicians opted for the House of Medici as their theme.
And the Grammarians picked The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Questions for the game are all drawn for the College’s classical curriculum. The Grammarians, debate a response …
… and celebrate a correct answer.
Student referees manage the game.
Team captains get to make the case for the veracity of their responses to a panel of faculty judges.
Team members present judges with hors d’oeuvres and other enticements so as to elicit a favorable response …
… but it seldom works.
After a long contest, the Logicians emerge triumphant!
“The material we study … and the Socratic method help you to break down modern assumptions, to understand them.… The experience I gained learning those things was absolutely essential.”
– Tim Cantu (’10)
Student, Notre Dame Law School
“I am most grateful for Thomas Aquinas College’s resolute fidelity to the Church and her teachings. The young people whom you serve certainly are being formed to think with the Church and to defend the Faith with courage and charity.”
– The Most Rev. William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore
Chair of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty