Always done on the closest Saturday to the Feast of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Quis Quid is a game of wits, cunning, knowledge, and sophistry.
The students, in their respective teams of Cowboys, Poets, and Philosophers, compete amongst each other to gain the favorable vote of the faculty and staff. This game of pseudo-trivia is won by advancing up the game board until one reaches the “Seat of Wisdom” and wins the “golden tripod of victory,” reminiscent of the ancient Greek award at the end of the Illiadic games. The teams will do the silliest acts, give the worst sophisticated rhetorical orations, and even bribe the judges.
Perhaps reminiscent of “Calvinball” (for those who have read Calvin and Hobbes), there ARE rules. They just tend to change–sometimes, mid-game. Winning ultimately comes down to how well you can impress or persuade the faculty and staff through truth and humor (or, perhaps, through the eliciting of their pity).
This year, the Cowboys were victorious, due to their skit of “who had it worse: Job, Oedipus, or Agamemnon?” They chose Job, and their performance was so pitiful that it pained the judges to watch it. Ironically or not, that gained them the winning vote.