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Accounting students display extreme skills

A team from Binghamton University’s School of Management has been selected as a finalist in Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ extreme accounting (xAct) competition and will compete in New York City against the some of the best programs in the country.

The competition for the Montgomery Cup is set for Jan. 20 and 21, and presents students with challenges that focus on the impact of accounting policy on the business and investment community.

To make it to the finals, the team first won a campus-wide competition and then moved on to compete against schools from across the country before being selected as one of five national finalists, said John Barden, lecturer and coordinator of the xAct program.

Teams were judged based on their critical thinking, presentation and teamwork. Facing off against the Binghamton team in the national finals will be students from Indiana, Louisiana State, Marquette and Saint Louis universities.

The team’s success in the competition helps to bring positive attention to the University’s accounting program, Barden said. They will now be competing against some of the country’s best programs and presenting to a company that works with Fortune500 companies.

“If people are looking at an accounting program, they are going to have to start looking at Binghamton in a different light,” he said.

Binghamton’s team includes juniors Mitch Melfi and Alexandra Grant; and sophomores Brendon Hitchcock, Eric Hu and Matthew Mahar. This is the first year Binghamton has reached the national finals in the competition that was launched in 2003. Indiana University took home the Montgomery Cup during the first year.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08