Who wants to play Monopoly?

monopoly game houses

Radford University's Department of Economics is hosting a Monopoly tournament March 25 in Kyle Hall 340.

All Radford University students are invited to play in this "informal yet mildly competitive" night of gaming that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Students must register in Kyle Hall 266A (the Accounting, Finance and Business Law/Economics Department office) by March 23.

"This is an opportunity for the Economics Department to contribute to the 'culture of doing' here at Radford University, not just for business students but for all students,” said Assistant Economics Professor Dan Farhat. "All students, regardless of major, are invited to play."

Economics, Farhat said, is all about logical and strategic decision-making, and board games like Monopoly are a perfect way to practice those skills.

"In Monopoly, players must use their budget wisely, respond quickly to shocks – or chance – and make buying and selling decisions with their opponents in mind," Farhat said. "All of that is economics."

Through the tournament, Farhat said he hopes students will reject the common “economics is tedious and boring” misconception. “Economics can be dynamic, quirky and exciting,” he said. “We hope this event conveys that.”

The tournament winner's name will be inscribed on the Nash Cup, an annual award given by the Economics Department to a student who exhibits talent in logical and strategic decision-making.

"The inscription will be done in pencil," Farhat said slyly, "because after all, you’re only the best until somebody beats you."

The Monopoly tournament winner takes home the contents of the cup, which this year is candy. "Because victory is sweet," Farhat said. The Nash Cup is currently on display in Kyle Hall adjacent to the undergraduate reading room.

To learn more about the Monopoly tournament, contact Farhat at 831-5191 or dfarhat@radford.edu.

Mar 11, 2016