By Allison Groves
It’s March, and sports fanatics have one thing on their minds: March Madness.
This year the Student Entertainment Board is holding its bracket tournament for the second year in a row.
SEB’s bracket tournament is free to all Franklin College students and features prizes for winners. This year’s first place winner will receive a $200 gift card; second place will receive a $100 gift card, and third place a $50 gift card.
The process for participating is very simple, SEB President Chelsea Howell said.
“The SEB bracket tournament is like many other tournaments out there,” Howell said, “The difference is Franklin College students participate for free. All FC students can submit a bracket in our tournament online, and then as the games are played we sort out our winners.”
Compared to last year’s bracket tournament, members of the SEB believe this new online process is working much better.
“Last year we did paper brackets, which was very time consuming,” Howell said. “I think it is much more convenient for everyone this way.”
On average SEB has around 100 bracket participants.
“I participate for the love of college basketball because of how intense March Madness can be,” first-year participant Austin Carlton said. “I think the process works well. All you have to do is go online and make your picks and then it tracks your progress for you. Although, my bracket could be doing better.”
Student athletes are allowed to participate in SEB’s contest, despite the NCAA rule stating student athletes cannot gamble.
“Because SEB does not charge for participating athletes are allowed to partake in our tourney and always have been,” Howell said.
In the future, SEB hopes to fix slight online glitches and have more than 200 participants.