Texas A&M’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) hosted “The Duel in Aggieland,” a regional financial case competition Jan. 15-17.

At the competition, teams developed a realistic solution to financial problems faced by an immigrant family in the United States. Student teams represented five universities, including Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Pan American.

Teams from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University won first and second place, respectively. The two teams will advance to the national competition, “The Duel in the Desert,” held at the University of Arizona March 4-6, 2004.

Texas A&M’s team, which received a bye for hosting the regional competition, will also advance to the national competition. In its first year (2002-2003), the team was named Rookie of the Year at the national competition.

One of the highlights of “The Duel in Aggieland” was a banquet with keynote speaker Red Cashion, a 1953 Texas A&M graduate best known for his NFL officiating career. Cashion is chairman emeritus of ANCO Insurance Managers and chairman of the Student Loan Fund for The Association of Former Students.

SIFE has active chapters on more than 1,500 colleges and university campuses in 37 countries, enabling students to apply their classroom experiences to develop and implement educational outreach programs that teach the principles of market economies, entrepreneurship, personal financial success and business ethics.