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by Auroni
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 1395

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

I'm starting a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Will I be there for 4 years? 6? 8? Stay tuned. In any case, I plan to play for as long as my schedule allows.
by Auroni
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 5
Views: 1010

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Again, novel and important content is ok in a hard part, but (a) not all the time and (b) you still want to have some reasonable expectation of someone actually, you know, answering it. If you just want to make people feel humbled, tape-record a monologue instead. I'm looking forward to playing thi...
by Auroni
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 3558

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

To seriously address the original topic of the thread: Nobody is intentionally trying to create an unbuzzable leadin, they're making a best guess as to what might be knowable by an expert in the subject or by someone who has read widely, but that hasn't been touched upon by previous questions. If we...
by Auroni
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 3558

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

May be if people knew more they would buzz on more first lines
by Auroni
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 2837

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

This is far more flagrant and unacceptable than Matt Jackson or playing ACF Fall or Mike Sorice playing IS sets, and also much less funny.
by Auroni
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

It seems like I've neglected the packet submission form for some time and we've accumulated teams that are interested in submitting. As we still need usable raw material, I've created a third, -$25 deadline for submission three weeks from now: Sunday, March 10 . If you want to submit and haven't yet...
by Auroni
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

We will continue to offer an additional $50 dollar discount to any team that writes at least 20/20 that doesn’t need any major editing (packets requiring relatively few changes to clues, answer lines, or grammar will qualify). I have a few questions about this discount. It's been offered at least s...
by Auroni
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

If I've gotten in touch with you about submitting packets for the $100 deadline, I'm announcing a one-day extension due to MLK day.
by Auroni
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 29
Views: 5995

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

This is a hard college-level difficulty tournament whose proceeds are going to charity. It seems like a hard college tournament like ICT would be the best place to run this to maximize audience and that furthermore this should take precedent over events which are not for charity. What tournaments t...
by Auroni
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3621

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

The inclusion of Bollywood under the pop culture distro is a separate issue, which will likely be inhibited by the lack of accessibility to those films as a part of mainstream American culture. I suppose this might be true of mainstream American culture as it is conceived of by white American audie...
by Auroni
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 34
Views: 7221

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

Not long ago, I was speaking with several other people active in what I'll call the "national tournament staffing circuit," and we agreed that we're not philosophically opposed to staffing the tournament, provided that it was situated somewhere that would minimize the expense that we would incur for...
by Auroni
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

As an update, I have created a form to coordinate the optional packet submission. Additionally, all inquiries about ACF Nationals 2019 can be sent to our email address, acfnationals2019@gmail.com.
by Auroni
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 10587

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

The aquaporin tossup, in addition to being inappropriately hard, should have included an explicit "do not prompt" on "porins." The two are from completely distinct protein families, and it would be like prompting on apples for an answer of pineapples.
by Auroni
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

Of the six bids that we have received for ACF Nationals host site, we have selected the University of Pennsylvania.
by Auroni
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids
Replies: 1
Views: 1171

Re: ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids

The deadline for this is next Sunday.
by Auroni
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids
Replies: 1
Views: 1171

ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids

Hello all! ACF is currently seeking a host site for ACF Nationals, to be held on the weekend of April 13-14, 2019. You can bid to host ACF Nationals using this form . We are looking to receive as many bids as possible from many different institutions. Completing the bid form should take about 30 min...
by Auroni
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

30 schools and 35 staffers have filled out the survey. Both groups overwhelmingly prefer the currently announced weekend of April 13-14, 2019 (14 out of 20 schools, and 11 out of 16 staffers who indicated a particular date preference). Based on this data, the tournament will still be run at the indi...
by Auroni
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

I have disseminated a survey to potential teams and staffers about the date of this year's ACF Nationals. If you or a member of your club didn't receive the link to it, but you'd like to weigh in, please PM or email me.
by Auroni
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

After internal discussions, we have moved the date of Nationals one final time to the weekend of April 13th and 14th to make it easier for us to recruit the highest quality staff. We apologize for any inconvenience.
by Auroni
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18791

ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Hey everyone. This is the announcement thread for ACF Nationals 2019, which will take place on the weekend of April 13th at the University of Pennsylvania. This tournament will be edited by Alex Damisch, Andrew Wang, Athena Kern, Andrew Hart, Ike Jose, Jason Cheng, JinAh Kim, Jordan Brownstein, Matt...
by Auroni
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 7319

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Still, I am skeptical of the idea that questions like that one, or even questions on easier writers from underrepresented groups, are going to be an important part of attracting more players from underrepresented groups to the game. It seems like that task overwhelmingly has to do with our culture,...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 7319

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I absolutely support efforts to, say, ask about more significant works by women (which all in all I think this tournament DID succeed at), but I don't know how people can really believe that long-ass tossups on Young Jean Lee (did anyone convert this?) are going to expand the number of people who c...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 7319

Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Several people deserve thanks for this year's Chicago Open happening: Will Holub-Moorman, Jordan Brownstein, Seth Teitler, Eliza Grames, Joey Goldman, and Jacob Reed (who also served essentially as co-head editor in the final few weeks) for editing with me, Stephen Eltinge, JinAh Kim, Rohith Nagari,...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

The last packet will be read on the Discord at 8 PM EST tonight.
by Auroni
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Thanks to everyone for coming out and playing/enduring CO this year (and apologies for the late finish time), and congrats to Matt, Matt, Shan, and Adam for winning in an exciting series of final games. Sadly, because the set has been spreading around, I'm not completely comfortable with the idea of...
by Auroni
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chill the fuck out about getting copies of sets
Replies: 2
Views: 2398

Chill the fuck out about getting copies of sets

Today I was extremely displeased to learn, after finishing and running a Chicago Open set that took a toll on my physical and mental health, that someone downloaded the raw packet files from our shared folder and that it was circulated by at least Eric Mukherjee. I was looking forward to reading the...
by Auroni
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Every paying team should now have gotten an email about how much they owe. I can be paid via Venmo at any time (just look up my name), or via cash or check the morning of the tournament.
by Auroni
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Will you let us know how much we owe at some point (i.e. if there were discounts)? Yes, at the opening meeting itself. Speaking of discounts, if you are coming to the tournament at all in any capacity and have the ability to bring buzzers, please do; I have raised the discount to -$10 per working s...
by Auroni
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

The +50 deadline is tonight, and you have one week of accumulating penalties to get your packets in at all, or you will be dropped from the field.
by Auroni
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Reminder that the +$25 deadline is this weekend. Also, I'm aware of one team that hasn't yet emailed me to officially register; please do that.
by Auroni
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

The submitted packet list has been updated (pending, as usual, extensions and other requests). Email me if you have any questions.
by Auroni
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Due to issues with the room reservation process at the University of Chicago, this tournament will instead be held at Northwestern University.
by Auroni
Thu May 31, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Reminder that tonight is the deadline for -$25 packets (unless you've emailed me asking for an exception).
by Auroni
Wed May 30, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 48396

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

Get this... thing out of quizbowl.
by Auroni
Mon May 28, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT
Replies: 35
Views: 10313

Re: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT

I loved this tournament, which got at knowledge locked deep in the core of my brain, and want to especially highlight the unique, creative, and fun approach it took to bonuses in the one round that had them. I encourage Daniel and Luc to work on other, non-Pokemon projects that may interest them.
by Auroni
Thu May 24, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 48396

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

Are any of these reports/allegations actually substantiated at this time? Or proven in any way? It's interesting that Matt went from having a background role to not being able to staff. Was this decision made based off public pressure or actual facts one way or the other? cw: not life safe: https:/...
by Auroni
Wed May 23, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I've expanded the field to 22 teams after assessing the staff situation, letting Mike Etzkorn's team in.
by Auroni
Mon May 21, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

As this is both HSNCT and a holiday weekend, can the deadline for packets on the 27th possibly be pushed back a couple days (like the 29th)? Did you one better and pushed it back to the end of the month. It's very late to bring it up, but is replicating some form of this (probably not in the form o...
by Auroni
Mon May 21, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Side note: potential staffers, please send me an email so I can easily keep track of who'll be around. Thanks!
by Auroni
Sat May 19, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Our field is now full, but I have begun soliciting/keeping track of staffers and there may be the possibility of expansion once I've got enough.
by Auroni
Mon May 14, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I've updated the opening post with the packets we've received for the earliest deadline. Some of you have emailed me about reasonable extensions; your packets will be added once I actually receive them. Several more of you have messaged or asked me in person about extensions which will remain hypoth...
by Auroni
Mon May 07, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Reminder that the first packet deadline is coming up this Sunday, May 13th. Additionally, I'm awarding one-week extension upon request to packet writers who are significantly involved in producing this year's high school national sets; if this applies to you, contact me with the deadline you're aimi...
by Auroni
Tue May 01, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 6517

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

I would say that the majority of readers I've met (in and out of quizbowl) are fans of certain geographically-bound literary schools, style, etc. For example, have you not met tons of people who are specifically fans of Russian literature? Have you not encountered the many players who have a backgr...
by Auroni
Tue May 01, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 6517

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

A lot of the above post is fair, as a case in point to underscore the importance of coordinating with your co-editors if you're going to split up a category. However, only works from Britain/Europe, with nothing American or World (Yale A + UT Dallas A + NCF A: Miss Julie, Duino Elegies, A Christmas ...
by Auroni
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Opening post updated with full writing and editing team.
by Auroni
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Since this tournament will almost certainly be both bracketed and packet submission, I'm tightening up the field cap to 18 teams, with possibility for later expansion based on interest, staff availability, and my ability to come up with a good schedule for larger field sizes.
by Auroni
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38702

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I am announcing a field cap of 18 teams for this tournament. As a reminder, please email me to actually register.
by Auroni
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 7319

Re: The looming crisis

Andrew is correct in his diagnosis. While I and several of my peers enjoy writing and editing tournaments and (at least I) plan to keep doing so, we can't be relied upon to produce the bulk of the needed sets year after year. I have tried, with my past two projects, to recruit younger co-editors who...
by Auroni
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4017

Re: CMST: General Discussion

The editors of this set should be commended for demonstrating that by tightly adhering to a set of just a few first principles, such as tossup answerline accessibility, a desire to explore familiar concepts from new angles, and erring on the side of simplicity, it's possible to create a very good to...