Vote for the MIT-Cornell Fictional Alumni Face-Off

by Amy Marcott on September 26, 2011 · 88 comments

in Alumni Life, Modern Geekhood

The tournament has begun. Which school’s fictitious alumni will come out on top? You decide.

Simply answer the following question:

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

Cast your vote three ways:

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

Week 1 showdown for the Cornell-MIT Fictional Alumni Face-off

Need some inspiration? Learn more about Ling Woo and Lex Luthor.

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.

Check out the match-ups (click on image to enlarge). Brackets are updated every Monday.

Cornell-MIT Fictional Alumni Face-Off winner week one

What’s at stake?
The winning school will take ownership of the soon-to-be-constructed Social Media Cup trophy. More importantly, the losing school will be forced to produce a video that pays homage to both the tournament winner and his or her alma mater and promote the video on their own Facebook page.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

KendrickB September 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Lex Luthor – no doubt!


Mary Ann McLaughlin September 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Lex Luthor has the knowledge and power to affect the world in many ways. Think of what he and Superman could accomplish if Luthor suddenly had a change of heart!

I vote for Luthor.


BobC September 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Lex “World Domination” vs. Evil “Hissy Fit” Ling? No contest. Lex Luthor is a charactor so cool that one of our finest actors played the part. Lucy — definitely eye candy and one of Charlie’s Angels but Lucy is in no danger of winning an Academy Award anytime soon. Winner: Lex Luthor.


AJ September 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Lex has been President of the US AND ruler of Australia. How many large countries has Ling taken over?


Kennita Watson September 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

Absolutely Lex Luthor! Clearly he didn’t put out a wide enough call for sidekicks; I know many much less lame people who woulld jump at the job….


Ada September 29, 2011 at 12:19 am

It’s inTUitively obvious: Lex Luthor.


Anita September 29, 2011 at 12:56 am

I was commenting on Ms. Woo’s extensive sociological impact when some secret arm of LexCorp hacked my laptop to aid in controlling the multiverse…


Hufflehobbit September 29, 2011 at 2:26 am

Lex Luthot, duh. One of the few competent supervillains.


Alberto September 29, 2011 at 3:02 am

Absolutely Lex Luthor !


Diego September 29, 2011 at 3:31 am



Michael Liang September 29, 2011 at 5:20 am

In terms of lasting cultural impact, I think multiple generations of Americans will know of Lex Luthor, whereas Ling Woo will be forgotten in the annals of bad media in a few years.

I vote for Luthor.


Mark Nowitzky September 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

I vote for Lex.

I agree with Jan… Ling WHO?

Lex is Rex.


Titanium Man September 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

What’s an Ally McBeal? Sounds like a happy meal for friends and supporters.


David B. September 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

I, for one, welcome our new MIT overlords. Lex gets my vote!


Noelle Steber September 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

I’ve never seen Ally McBeal or read a Superman comic, yet I have heard of Lex Luthor but have never heard of Ling Woo before. Clearly this means that Lex Luthor has had a greater impact on society.

Not to mention that I’ve heard more children state that they want to be a supervillain than those who want to be a mean lawyer. Lawyers don’t have awesome secret lairs.


Jane Doe September 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Sure we do. They’re secret.

Still voting for Lex.


Sherrian September 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

Lex Luthor!

Not only is he a leader in the field of supervillainy, he’s obviously responsible for donating an iconic building to the MIT campus.


Debbie Zappen-Corser September 29, 2011 at 10:38 am

Ling may be amusing, but Lex Luthor would totally kick her butt! 🙂


jph3141 September 29, 2011 at 10:40 am

Lex Luthor: Not only is he a past president, but he is also a genius; an unusual combination. Relieved of the irritation of dealing with Superman, who knows, what inventions, discoveries and insights he might bestow on humanity. Whereas a real Ling Woo, even as embodied by Lucy Liu, would only enliven prime time television on the court TV channel. Of course she would do wonders for their ratings; probably even better than watching the OJ trial.


Scott Luria September 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Far Above Cayuga’s Waters
Ling Woo may look cool
But “I Love That Dirty Water”
Charles and Beavers rule!


Charles Hoffman September 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Wait a second, Lex Luthor is a fictional character? I’d swear he lived down the hall from me on Jack Florey. Anyway, this round has to go to MIT and Lex Luthor. If this is the best Cornell can do in their lead-off position, I am worried that this will not be much of a competition when MIT brings out its heavy hitters such as Tony Stark. Even Timothy McGee from NCIS would wipe the floor with Ling Woo, even though according to the show, he was only a straight B student (they obviously did not know MIT uses a five point scale for their GPA).


Eric September 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Lex Luthor, definitely.


Dar September 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

How is this even a contest? Lex, of course.


Keith September 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

In our society hair = power. Think of the millions of dollars spent and made in the hair restoration/wig business and you’ll realize that hair is the ultimate symbol of authority. So, when examining our two contestants, one must weight their follicle ferocity and in doing so, Ling Woo’s gorgeous locks stand tall above the reflecting baldness sported by Luthor.

He may have been President, but he didn’t have the foresight to ALSO be a client.


Jim M. September 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Lex of course. All he is trying to do is save humanity from meddling aliens that attempt to stifle human accomplishment under the guise of “saving” people. He’s a genius like Bill Gates, designs machines like Steve Jobs and tries to save the world in his own way like Bono. Not to mention he has his own skyscraper in downtown Metroplis shaped like an “L”. That beats a Lawyer any day.


Charles Hoffman September 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

That is a cunning Ling. Us Beavers think this round goes to Luthor!


JVW September 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Lex Luthor = Gene Hackman = Jimmy Doyle = Little Bill Daggett = Coach Norman Dale = Harry Zimm = Royal Tenenbaum

Ling Woo = Lucy Liu = Princess Pei Pei = Alex Munday = Grace Chin = Viper

It’s Lex Luthor in a walkover.


Anne September 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

There is no Ling Woo action figure.
I rest my case. Lex for the win!


Leslie Hoffman September 30, 2011 at 2:51 am

Lex Luthor: [to Otis] Do you know why the number two hundred is so vitally descriptive to both you and me? It’s your weight and my I.Q.


Leslie Hoffman September 30, 2011 at 2:57 am

Lex Luthor: We all have our little faults. Mine’s in California.


Jeffrey Folinus September 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm

clearly Lex Luthor!!!

someone who builds things vs talks about them….


Alex September 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Brains over beauty on this one


Moita October 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Look at the actors that played Lex.

Look at the actor that played Woo.

Another shoo in for Lex!


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