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Week 5: Neil Kellerman vs. Tony Stark

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Which person, if real, has the potential to offer the greatest contribution(s) to society?

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Need some inspiration? Learn more about Neil Kellerman and Tony Stark.

Representatives from the Cornell and MIT Alumni Associations will be looking for posts that are clever, witty, absurd, and downright ridiculous. The more entertaining we find your comment to be, the more likely it will tip the scale in favor of your alma mater. Voting ends each Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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  1. Donna

     /  October 24, 2011

    Why is this even a question? Tony Stark rocks! And he clearly has shown his commitment to society with all the good Iron Man has done.

  2. Liz

     /  October 24, 2011

    Even as CU alum, I gotta go with Tony Stark. Arms dealer and general scumbag, maybe, but I think he has more to offer the world than poor Neil who is just kind of a tool.

  3. Jeffrey Folinus

     /  October 26, 2011

    Certainly, Tony has the potential to change the world.

  4. I’m not even sure this is a fair competition. Tony Stark for sure.

  5. Ariel

     /  October 26, 2011

    Seriously? Tony Stark is not just a superhero, but a gadget-based superhero who *built his own set of superpowers*. None of this radiation-induced alien-gifted nonsense. Talk about the engineer’s hero!

    • Ariel

       /  October 26, 2011

      Oh, hey. Contributions to society, huh? Well besides the obvious role model approach, I’d expect mass production of simplified versions of the iron man suit to have world-changing impacts on people with disabilities; power armor could do a lot for wasting diseases. And anyone brilliant enough to create all of those weapons and solve Stark’s repeated medical issues could do an awful lot for the civilian world in a less violent universe.

  6. Tony Stark by a landslide. He has his own anthem “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath.

  7. Danielle

     /  October 26, 2011

    let’s be honest. this isn’t about who the alumnus are, it’s about what movie they were in. iron man put me to sleep. tony stark is a horrible person who attempts to do good in order to make up for all the shit he’s already done in his life… and hurts even more people in the process. so not good for society. even though neil can be kinda bland, he’s going to be the guy every girl wants. yeah i enjoy a bad boy to “hang out with” but when it comes down to being with someone i’m going to pick the good guy who i can rely on when i get old and less sexi!

  8. gored

     /  October 27, 2011

    This is like MIT’s first seed vs. Cornell’s last seed. Even as a CU alum I gotta go with Stark. I mean c’mon, he’s the ultimate engineer.

  9. Denys

     /  October 27, 2011

    Without the iron man suit, what is Tony Stark? I think he says it best – “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.” Stark has got my vote!

  10. Let’s face it, they’re not even trying at this point. The Neil above isn’t even the *real* Neil, its the one from the stupid “reboot”/”remake”/whatever. I mean, at least go for the guy from the original classic.

    Tony Stark, like Lex Luthor, epitomizes the flawed engineer whose brilliant mind can nonetheless change everything. Whether for good or ill, may not be up to the inventor, but there’s no denying the effect. I mean, leaving out the actual Iron Man suit, just look at the technology involved! Repulsors – whoa boy, can I think of a billion uses for something like that. Hell, who needs jet engines (and all their carbon-producing nastiness)! Crash prevention barriers! Levitation! Yipee! And, we get to drool over that power supply (the one from the comics, not that stupid thing from the movies) – it’s even better than the Mr. Fusion from Back To The Future! The force-feedback robotics, the advanced climate controls, plus that A.I. he’s got. Practically everything Tony Stark invents would be a world-beating game-changer.

  11. Fei

     /  October 27, 2011

    Tony Stark all the way! Perfect example of work hard, party hard. 😉


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