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The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Who is smarter: men or women?


According to the Battle of the Sexes competition, held on Nov. 19, the men were the smartest.

Hosted by Men of Honor (MOH) and its sister organization, Women of Honor, the Battle of the Sexes pitted the two organizations against each other. The event, which lasted an hour, had three rounds and two intermissions.

The competition was similar to the game show Family Feud. Two teams of four tried to guess the most popular answers for two questions. Points were awarded based on the number of people who said each answer.

According to Jaeren Hardin, the vice president of MOH, MOH polled 100 UTSA students over three days to tabulate the answers.

After each question was posed, whichever team buzzed first would answer the question until they guessed wrong three times. Once they had three wrong answers, the other team was able to respond until they had three wrong answers.

In the first round, MOH’s team defeated a group of its female friends.

Even though her team lost, Tisha Rios, an undeclared freshman, enjoyed herself. “I met a few people and had fun,” said Rios.

The second round featured Women of Honor’s team against members of the fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. Both teams were thoroughly stumped by the question, “Name something that makes a man unsexy.” While each team scored some correct answers, both missed the top answer, “Ugliness.”

The Sigmas, however, defeated Women of Honor with the second question: “Name something women spend more time doing than men.” While Women of Honor guessed the most popular answer, “Hair,” the Sigmas got “shopping,” “cleaning” and “cooking.”

After winning the second round, the Sigmas defeated the first round winners, MOH, in the final round. Each member of the winning team was awarded $25. The audience could also win cash by identifying historical black figures during the intermissions.

The event, which had about 70-80 people in attendance, was part of MOH Week. Throughout the week, MOH hosted other events such as a professional development workshop and a social nightlife event for members of the group.

“(The goal of MOH) is to enrich the lifestyle of men across campus and eliminate different stereotypes,” said Hardin.

While the other events followed the group’s goal more closely, the Battle of the Sexes was designed to alleviate end-of-the-semester stress.

“It was fun just getting out in the community — anything where I get to hang out,” said Jerome Scott, a senior multidisciplinary studies major.

Besides the entertainment aspect, the questions also taught an important lesson. According to Hardin, showing how the community thinks is more important than determining the more intelligent sex.

“You can learn from the smallest stuff,” said Hardin.

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