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by rhentzel
Wed May 30, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 46135

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

naturalistic phallacy wrote:Thank you for posting this. Do you have a ballpark timeline for this process that you could announce?
According to the text of NAQT's bylaws, up to 90 days is allowed for final resolution. NAQT's officers would prefer as rapid a resolution as possible.
by rhentzel
Wed May 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 46135

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

NAQT has an open investigation into all aspects of the situation, including the alleged sexual assault at Boston University and the series of blog posts. This is not just an informal "we're looking into it" probe, but a result of NAQT's formal grievance process having been triggered. This process, w...
by rhentzel
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 13995

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Noah, I really am sorry that investigating the possibility of working for NAQT was such a negative experience. We obviously rely on community members as writers, editors, and staffers, so we want to make those interactions as friendly and mutually beneficial as possible (but, at the same time, makin...
by rhentzel
Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: David Riley, Rest in Peace
Replies: 9
Views: 5891

Re: David Riley, Rest in Peace

Personally and professionally, every interaction I had with David as a coach, as a moderator, or as a constructive critic was very rewarding; he was a wonderful source of information about a wide variety of things, and he will be greatly missed.
by rhentzel
Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

After the first incident came to light, we specifically reauthorized a review of this particular case, but the approach we used that discovered the other two cases would also have turned it up. By "the first incident," are you referring to Shantanu Jha, Josh Alman, or someone else? Are those two ca...
by rhentzel
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

Did anybody from NAQT know that there were a bunch of vague allegations going around in back channels (IRC and the like) that Andy had cheated after the 2010 ICT Yes, we knew. In fact, I would go so far as to say that we knew there were more than "vague allegations," and something like, "Some peopl...
by rhentzel
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

and all high school writers should be barred from any access to all questions from levels 3 through 9 . It invites too many opportunities for mistake or malfeasance to let anyone who is in high school access any information about any questions which can be played by any person who is still in high ...
by rhentzel
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

It is possible for a high schooler to play Division I ICT if they are dual-enrolled at a college or university (as Tommy Casalaspi was when he played Division I in 2011 for VCU); therefore, it is indeed possible for a non-hypothetical high school NAQT writer to play any difficulty level from 3 to 9...
by rhentzel
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

I still think it is OK for NAQT to pass off the questions as being written by adults because they are being edited and compiled by adults, and the overwhelming majority of them are written by adults. So why risk the liability if most are written by "adults" ? The most direct answer to this is that ...
by rhentzel
Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

These accusations have been around for nearly 3 years now, and at one point, we were told that some kind of logs were reviewed and Andy Watkins had not cheated. Was the earlier response untrue? The short answer is that there was an earlier review--which concluded that Andy had not had improper acce...
by rhentzel
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

Aren't there high schoolers who play events on literally every level of quizbowl but D1 ICT? None of NAQT's high school writers currently compete on our middle school sets; a very small number (two?) compete on Division I questions. What's the benefit to letting them in to write for one tournament ...
by rhentzel
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

I would like an explanation of whether or not there is truth to the rumors that Sameer from Bellarmine accidentally accessed the Sectionals tournament before TI, and thus chose to sit out. Sameer Rai did accidentally access a page for the Division I SCT set prior to the Texas Invitational. He promp...
by rhentzel
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 15628

NAQT Security Discussion

As mentioned at the time that the previous announcement of unauthorized question access was reported , NAQT has been continuing its security review, which turned up the three cases announced on March 20 . There is, of course, more work to be done, though NAQT is confident that the holes that led to ...
by rhentzel
Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4
Replies: 26
Views: 6820

Re: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4

I really think failing to do these two things led to a tournament in which 4 out of 7 moderators were brought by Maryland and Delaware. If Bill Tressler, Jeff Amoros, Jordan Boyd-Graber, and Mike Bentley hadn't happened to be free yesterday, this tournament would have ended in tears, and I do not m...
by rhentzel
Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4
Replies: 26
Views: 6820

Re: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4

I think part of the decision to host the SCT at Moravian (presumably this was ACUI's choice) was to cover Region 3 (Princeton, Rutgers, Delaware) as well. Last year the call was put out for someone to direct the Region 3's quiz bowl program starting... this spring, and info for the tourney was adde...
by rhentzel
Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4
Replies: 26
Views: 6820

Re: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4

I suspect this post won't be responded to by NAQT except by Jeff Hoppes, just as none of my emails to anyone in NAQT expressing my concerns about this tournament were ever returned or even acknowledged until I contacted Jeff directly. Whatever, I know NAQT doesn't care, just like I'm sure they don'...
by rhentzel
Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT registration system help thread
Replies: 18
Views: 1759

Re: NAQT registration system help thread

Is player composition flexible? For example, an A team player drops out at the last minute because of illness, so a B team player switches to fill the spot (all done after the online form is complete but before the tournament begins, of course). Short answer: Yes. Long answer: If at all possible, w...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT registration system help thread
Replies: 18
Views: 1759

Re: NAQT registration system help thread

Is there some reason why buzzers and clocks per team are capped at 1 each? VCU has seven buzzers and four clocks, but it seems like a lot of effort to lug them all to Knoxville when we're not going to get any discount; conversely, given the persistent equipment shortages at various events lately, I...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT registration system help thread
Replies: 18
Views: 1759

Re: NAQT registration system help thread

How do I edit a player's name? There are players imported from last year's stats with names like "Sally NULL". Send an e-mail to register@naqt.com with the corrections before or after you add those players to your teams; we'll update our database (and the registration, if applicable). More generall...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An attempt to preduct ICT spots
Replies: 20
Views: 2774

Re: An attempt to preduct ICT spots

Hey, a question: If any of the top 6 finishers from the CCCT decline their bids to ICT, will their spots be given to the next finishers at the CC tournament, or will they become general spots for the D2 waitlist? Following the completion of the CCCT, S-values will be calculated for the CC teams in ...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT Invitations
Replies: 4
Views: 1178

2009 NAQT ICT Invitations

NAQT has announced the initial invitations to its 2009 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. The Division I field: http://www.naqt.com/ict/2009/invitations-di.html The Division II field: http://www.naqt.com/ict/2009/invitations-dii.html Details about the tournament itself may be found here: http:...
by rhentzel
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An attempt to preduct ICT spots
Replies: 20
Views: 2774

Re: An attempt to preduct ICT spots

You have a few teams in the wrong division, and a few teams listed as auto-qualifiers who are not auto-qualifiers according to the listed NAQT rules (due to having less than four teams in their division at the tournament) though they are (erroneously?) listed as auto-qualifiers under the color code...
by rhentzel
Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Statistics Database
Replies: 24
Views: 3940

Re: NAQT Statistics Database

No problem--I understand. It just confused me to no end to see some teams playing 6 prelim games and some playing 7, which seemed to differ from years past with TOMCAT. Plus seeing Chaska win the tournament playing 3 playoff games while Eden Prairie played 4 and Wayzata going 3-0 in playoffs but fi...
by rhentzel
Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Statistics Database
Replies: 24
Views: 3940

Re: NAQT Statistics Database

I know I sent them the data for Mizzou's Fall Academic Tournament but they haven't entered them yet, possibly becuase we didn't run the stats as SQBS. I think it would be kind of cool if they got more on entering stats from tournaments that have their results posted but that are sitting blankly on ...
by rhentzel
Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Statistics Database
Replies: 24
Views: 3940

Re: NAQT Statistics Database

Is NAQT going to update this as the '08-09 season goes on, or is the database only of past completed seasons? I've seen them make updates as the season goes along for tournaments that they get data back from. As you can see, though, there are several events that they don't get any response back fro...
by rhentzel
Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Statistics Database
Replies: 24
Views: 3940

Re: NAQT Statistics Database

Is NAQT going to update this as the '08-09 season goes on, or is the database only of past completed seasons? This intent is to update it as soon as possible with whatever results we have, but we haven't been able to completely live up to that. Some of that is because loading results requires datab...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

I do appreciate ICT being in places I want to go, but I think the point about "tourism value" is both overstated and misrepresented. Dallas doesn't seem to be an unpleasant destination - it's that the tournament isn't in Dallas and that getting into the city is probably going to be more hassle than...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

Speaking for Chicago we would of course love to see ICT held in Chicago. Our school could not host a tournament of such size however as we can't get enough rooms. I do agree that cost and ease of travel need to be the primary concerns for any national tournament location. If we are using hotels wha...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

If there are any consensus "preferred locations" that emerge from this thread, we will certainly plan on doing that. I would propose Chicago as a prime location for next year's ICT; we already know it works logistically, and according to what I know about the active clubs in Illinois, they could br...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

I would be shocked if a large suburban high school like TJ Magnet, North Kansas City, New Trier, whoever, wouldn't be able to both provide you with ample room and some staffers from their active quizbowl programs, and a location that is near enough to a major airport to be feasible for transportati...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

I also wanted to note that, in my opinion, the ICT location that we chose was the one that minimized the overall cost to participating teams among our choices. I'm pleased by the fact that it is a very convenient site with very nice rooms and that it offers tourism options to teams willing to pay to...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

If people are, in fact, fine with the converted hotel rooms as game rooms, we can probably swing a Chicago ICT in the near future even if no school bids. Isn't the ICT in Dallas already being run in a hotel? It seems like whatever people think you have already made that call anyway. But not in conv...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

I don't understand why "game room quality" (whatever that is) should somehow conflict with convenience and cheapness of location. Would you be happy playing the ICT entirely in regular hotel rooms from which the bed had been removed and card tables brought in? That is, like the smaller converted ho...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

My hope was that by starting this thread people could start to brainstorm good sites for future ICTs and encourage those sites to submit bids that we know would be supported by a decent-sized portion of the community. What we don't want is another situation like in 2003 or 2007 where a bunch of int...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

Yeah, while I (obviously) didn't attend Minneapolis ICT, it's important to differentiate between this and, for example, PAC. The tremendous majority of attendees, and, I'd argue, all the attendees whose opinions should be considered, are at ICT to play quizbowl, not to sightsee. If a wasteland with...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

R., the problem with the Minneapolis ICT was not that it was in Minneapolis per se , a fine city to which I have no objection, but rather that Minneapolis was incredibly painful and/or expensive to get to. Having the tournament in Dallas simplifies some aspects of that since Dallas is much more acc...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

So I went back over the 2009 ICT host requirements (cached, as the current list is apparently gone) and I've concluded one thing: if NAQT is willing to host things in a hotel (and thus not designate a campus as official "host" school), then no school submitted an acceptable bid. Because I thought t...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 8406

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

However, in terms of the effect is has on tournament logistics, I think the problems that the clock causes in terms of finding competent SCT staff and an ICT location far outweigh any benefit it allegedly provides to tournament speed, and NAQT should consider abandoning the timed format for this re...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 Community College Championship Invitations
Replies: 18
Views: 2038

2009 Community College Championship Invitations

Coaches and Players -- NAQT has announced the initial set of invitations to the 2009 Community College Championship Tournament: http://www.naqt.com/cc/2009/ccct/invitations.html We have also posted the format for the tournament and updated the tentative schedule: http://www.naqt.com/cc/2009/ccct/det...
by rhentzel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 5868

2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas

The 2009 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament will be held in Dallas, TX on April 3-4, 2009 (Friday/Saturday). The site is the Hyatt Regency DFW at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport. More information is available on NAQT's website: http://www.naqt.com/ict/2009/details.html NAQT is also now...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Why should engineering be more-or-less ignored in quiz bowl? Why isn't current events knowledge considered of paramount importance to as to educate people toward doing their civic duty? Why is mythology ultra-important is quiz bowl? Why isn't classic film considered the equal of classic literature ...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

NAQT takes the subject matter for its current events questions from widely available, national-scope sources; a player interested in improving could certainly read such sources and relatively easily anticipate the sorts of things we'll ask by what's been in the news. If we're thinking about the sam...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Similarly, I feel that the distribution is being skewed away from good quizbowl. I have already aired my gripes about computational math; I’m not going to do so again. However, it seems unreasonable to me that the entire nation has to suffer through one out of every 8 tossups being math because oth...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Looking at the weaknesses in these questions is helpful, and definitely prompts me to be more careful when similarly problematic questions are submitted in future. (If you're an experienced writer pondering working for NAQT, I should say that you don't generally have to worry about editors introduc...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Andrew Yaphe brought up something that I'd like to address: why do elite teams go to A-set tournaments? I have an experience that I think can help explain. This year, the Walton Varsity tournament was run on an A-set. Walton Varsity has a history of attracting top teams from Georgia (Chattahoochee,...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Someone (I think Reinstein,) said something about R. Hentzel saying "our format of quizbowl is better than most local formats, and to keep that up." While many may interpret that as a capitalistic viewpoint, I think its a right viewpoint to have no matter what way you cut the cake, but I also wish ...
by rhentzel
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

I have long believed that spreading quizbowl is more than replacing bad questions with good; it's about bringing new voices into community discussions, mentoring new writers and editors, and ensuring the future of the game. I think every NAQT member would agree with these sentiments. NAQT is reluct...
by rhentzel
Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

With the ICT, NAQT made an effort over the past few years to survey participants. Has something similar happened with IS Sets, A Sets, or HSNCT? If somebody wants to dismiss the overall opinions on this board as being biased towards elite teams or the East Coast, they can make that argument, but th...
by rhentzel
Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

One of the hardest parts of moving away from NAQT for me is that I know and like R. Hentzel, and as such I suspect a lot of the nefarious things accused of NAQT are not true. But I do get the feeling that this is true: NAQT reads its quizbowl-community critics as only a small portion of the sales d...
by rhentzel
Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 15478

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Though further discussion of this makes more sense in the A-series thread going on right now (and I'd gladly join you there), tournaments running on NAQT questions don't have total control over whether they get to run on an A-series or an IS set because of geographic exclusivity, etc., and A-series...