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Rubik's Cube Champions

UTA Students are Rubik's Cube Champions

Friday, November 20, 2015

Anthony Brooks learned to solve the Rubik's Cube out of boredom. He picked one up during long bus rides to and from school in his South Texas hometown.

Back then, solving a Rubik's Cube in a few minutes was an accomplishment. Years of practice has cut the time down to seconds. Yes, Brooks has solved a Rubik's Cube in 6.42 seconds during competition. At home, he's done it in 5 seconds.

He's held championship titles. The fame surrounding his talent has been fun, but he says he's also realized speedcubing can help him with academics.

“There is time pressure. I've also learned how to deal with stress and get something done quickly," he explains. "Events like blindfolded solving have memorization techniques that can come in handy when you need to memorize something in a hurry.”

Brooks chose UTA because of the stellar reputation of the College of Business. He is studying Business Management. His younger brother Brian, also a speedcuber, is a freshman studying International Business. They are in the right place, as they learn to build a brand and run a company.

They hope to make a career out of the perfomance aspect of cubing.