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Championships: Ellie Arroway vs. Tony Stark

This is it, folks. The finals are here, and it’s MIT vs. MIT. Who will take home the top prize? To vote, simply answer the following question:

Which person, if real, would most successfully guide others to greatness and why?

MIT-Cornell Fictional Alumni Face-Off final round

Cast your vote three ways:

  • Submit your answer in the comments of this post
  • Respond via the MIT Facebook page
  • Tweet using the hashtag #MITCU

Need some inspiration? Learn more about Ellie Arroway and Tony Stark.

As before, judges will be looking for posts that are clever, witty, absurd, and downright ridiculous. The more entertaining they find your comment to be, the more likely it will tip the scale in favor of your alma mater. Voting ends each Friday at noon ET.

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  1. DeanC

     /  February 6, 2012

    Tony Stark would be a fun roommate, be a huge influence on society, and might even do well against Ellie Arroway as a professor.

    But when it comes to guiding others to greatness, Stark is way too much of a narcissist to win in this head-to-head competition. Ellie Arroway would be the one to inspire people to think about big ideas and do great things. She loves science and loves to think about the big questions in life.

    Granted, when your inspiration results in your great science experiment going horribly wrong spawning a dangerous monster or your wormhole machine opening up a portal to a hostile planet sparking an alien invasion, you want to call upon Tony Stark to don his Iron Man outfit and bail you out. But as far as being guided to greatness? Arroway would make a much better mentor.

  2. Russell Kurtz

     /  February 6, 2012

    Tony Stark will lead others to greatness…but he might be so far ahead that he stops for a drink. Ellie Arroway will do great things but will need leaders to help her get others there.

  3. bob

     /  February 7, 2012

    Ellie would be a fantastic and compassionate mentor, but nothing leads to greatness like being loaned a powered exoskeleton. Tony Stark for the win!

  4. the alchemist

     /  February 8, 2012

    Tony gets things done through a combination of skill and having the financial wherewithal to pay for what he can’t do himself. Elly on the other hand is more like the rest of us. If she can’t do it with the resources already has, she has to get funding from someone or somewhere.

    I vote for Elly, the leader for the rest of us.

  5. Tony is great on his own, but doesn’t seem to play well with others. Ellie seems more like a teacher, one who could help others be great as well. Ellie for the win!

  6. Joe

     /  February 10, 2012

    They are both great candidates. Ellie has already been an example others strive to meet, to be scientists looking up into the heavens for answers, while Tony has driven many to succeed as engineers and as builders of the future. Each has flaws and is, frankly, human … but we should embrace that humanity and the examples they represent, warts and all. Why not call it a tie and use both as a example for the future MIT (and other college) grads.

  7. puddinhead

     /  February 10, 2012

    Tony stark wins. Tony stark is crazy fun. Besides Ellie is a liar. She didn’t graduate Magna Cum Laude. If she lied about that how can I believe the space travel story.


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