Hurry! From 6-9 tonight, the Blue Key Society hosts a competitive, campus wide Spelling Bee in the Wien Lounge.  ROAR, LION, ROAR! [Results after the jump!]

For almost every student, Spellcheck is an indispensable tool. Thanks to Bill Gates and his brainchild, Microsoft Word, the once tedious process of editing a paper for spelling errors has been reduced to a series of simple clicks. But then, there are those other students…

Yes, at Columbia,  there is a strange breed of students whose spelling capacities surpass those of that supercilious dancing paper-clip icon. These students spell with natural confidence and verbal intuition. Their vocabularies are so rich that while Spellcheck may flounder over obvious Greek derivatives, like, dialogism and phyllophyllin, Columbia’s superior strain of spellers can easily tackle any word.

This evening at 6 o’clock,  these literati optimati will face off at the Blue Key Spelling Bee in the Wien Lounge. The event plans to raise money for the organization NYC for Animal Care and Control. The funds will be split equally between the aforementioned charity and a charity of the winning team’s choice.

In the weeks preceding the competition, many campus clubs and organizations, including The Blue and White, have paid a $30 registration fee for the ability to compete in the event.  After registration, each club then elects its superlative speller to represent the team in the actual bee. Tonight these fine heroes have a chance to prove their verbal virtue and spelling strength. Whoever makes it to the end without a mistake wins an iPod Touch and all the glory of the Elysian Fields.

EDIT, 10PM – After a heated battle (in which a mere fraction of the teams showed up–Blue Key actually made $0 off of the event) Bwog’s very own Alexandra Muhler, CC’10, came away with the laurels of the bee and a new gadget after spelling the word “soliterraneous.” Bravo!