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Sophomore busts Rubik’s Cube record

Rising sophomore Kevin Hays busted his own Rubik’s Cube world record at the Vancouver Open in Surrey, British Columbia this summer. Hays solved the “6×6” Rubik’s Cube in 1 minute, 40 seconds — 9 seconds faster than his previous record. Where the original Rubik’s Cube has 9 squares on each side, the 6×6 has 36 squares per side. “When I started, it was a pretty nerdy thing to do,” he said. “But when I started winning things, people were like, ‘OK.'”

Kevin intends to major in math and computer science. He also competes in varsity swimming.

And Hays is not the only Rubik’s Cube master on campus. As a teenager, Provost Holden Thorp, PhD, competed against fellow champions on the television show That’s Incredible. He won the first round, solving the standard 3×3 cube in 48 seconds. Impressive … for the 1980s. Today, the best competitors can solve the cube in less than 10 seconds.

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