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CMU team takes first place in programming contest

Senior computer science major Nathaniel Barshay, computer science Ph.D. student Yan Gu, and senior computer science and mathematics double major Jonathan Paulson took first place in this year’s regional competition for the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC). Five teams from Carnegie Mellon competed.

“The performance of our teams was tremendous,” said head coach Danny Sleator, professor of computer science, in a university press release.

“Four of the top six teams were from CMU,” he added.

Barshay, Gu, and Paulson solved all nine programming problems presented by the competition in four hours. As the regional first-place team, they are guaranteed a spot in the international ACM-ICPC finals this summer.

The competition was held at Youngstown State University this year.

There were numerous competitors from Carnegie Mellon also participating in the competition, with the other four teams placing fourth, fifth, sixth, and 23rd out of 131 teams.

CMU-Q sponsors stand-up comedy showdown

Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar campus hosted Stand Up Comedy Qatar (SUCQ)’s Comedy Showdown, in which alumnus Mohammed Fahad Kamal competed for laughs on a team of Qataris against a team of expatriates, last Tuesday.

Kamal is the first Qatari stand-up comedian. Kamal explained, in a university press release, “It feels wonderful, I cannot wait to go on stage and perform for the community that I love so dearly. I just hope that my professors can understand that I used my business degree from CMU to become a successful comedian.”

The showdown aimed to bring together Qatar’s different communities by uniting both nationals and expatriates through comedy and laughter. SUCQ is a coalition of stand-up comedians living in Qatar who promote comedy in the region by supporting rising comedians and hosting regular events and tours.

SUCQ’s long-term goal is to establish a successful and well-recognized yearly regional comedy festival.