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by Sun Devil Student
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Tournaments/Being Competitive
Replies: 18
Views: 6720

Re: Tournaments/Being Competitive

Oh, I'm so glad that you talked to one of your "feminist classmates" about "your biggest regret" and the best you have to offer is "good luck". I never knew how much I didn't know about gender issues until I came to medical school. I apologize for once having been a clueless and ignorant male under...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 14748

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

Few quick points before going away for the semester: No, the people running quizbowl are not to blame for the difficulty of starting new college teams (as I stated in my longer post above). If my past posts before then were perceived as assigning such blame (when they were only intended to describe ...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 14748

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

I'm only explaining my previous experiences for some context as to why I don't think it would be worth trying to recruit at UIC. At ASU, $20 a person was a very difficult sell, even though it was affordable to most. Just because people have that money to spend doesn't mean they are willing to use it...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Tournaments/Being Competitive
Replies: 18
Views: 6720

Re: Tournaments/Being Competitive

I'm not sure if this is the kind of thing that the staff was looking for in this subforum, but if so and this gets approved, I'd be interested in hearing peoples' thoughts. A rather long backstory to get to the point: On the way to Fall, I was suddenly reminded that I hadn't warned Abby, a freshman...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 14748

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

“Nation-building” was kind of a current events metaphor, sorry that wasn’t very clear. What I meant by that term was just all of the things involved in creating a team (recruiting people, fundraising, student org paperwork, organizing people/schedules to attend things) as contrasted with simply join...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 14748

Open tournaments and team-building

Split from the DEES at Northwestern thread --Mgmt. But you're a student at UIC, aren't you? The eligibility rules for DEES prohibit students playing on teams with non-students. There exists no team for which I would be eligible to play. If the price of entry to a quizbowl tournament nowadays is sta...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 10988

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

Oh. Well, in that case, we should definitely team up, Kenneth. (As such, I guess I won't be staffing, Dylan.) Cool, can you forward me any logistical e-mails (kenneth_lan at yahoo . com) and I'll meet you wherever the opening meeting is tomorrow? Hopefully you know some humanities (or found additio...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 10988

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

In unrelated news: much as I like quizbowl, the prospect of paying 120 bucks to lose 13 games is mildly unappealing. Any dinosaurs in the Chicago area want to join me? Thank you for being brave enough to express the exact sentiment which is undoubtedly shared by so many below-average quizbowl teams...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 10988

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

If a sixth team can be created (either by the addition of open people or by splitting one of the non-packet-writing teams or by magicking another collegiate team from somewhere), you can burn Chicago/Michigan's packets and run a double round robin (10 games in 10 rounds + finals). This leaves you w...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)
Replies: 71
Views: 37554

Re: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)

This is my first time at Chicago Open and I live >1 hour away from the tournament site by public transport. What time does this usually end? Also, is there a dinner break? If it is going to end substantially after dark, are there any safe places to stay overnight at/near the tournament site? Thanks ...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 22612

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

Sorry guys, haven't been on the forums much (working in a lab this summer) - just posting to confirm that I would like to play this event since that was questioned above, let me know if you would like to play with me, thanks!
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 4468

Re: College History Bowl discussion

This tournament's difficulty really did feel a lot more uneven than others I've been to - it seemed like I was getting a fair number of 20's and almost no 0's in the morning and then the complete opposite in the afternoon, and the proportion of tossup answerlines I'd never heard of (as opposed to ju...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2 Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 8592

Re: Lederberg 2 Discussion

Signing up for both this and History Bowl (the weekend before a big exam day, no less) turned out to be not as good of an idea as I'd thought when this one didn't start until 8pm and didn't finish until past 1am... but Lederberg itself being super fun more than made up for that. Thanks very much to ...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ICT Food Desert Problem / organized lunch possibility?
Replies: 6
Views: 2143

Re: The ICT Food Desert Problem / organized lunch possibilit

They opened up a new fashion outlet within walking distance (maybe 10 minutes each way) with plenty of presumably reasonable food options: http://www.fashionoutletsofchicago.com/finder.php#anchor-c31069 This is an improvement, for sure... though it might still be a stretch if some teams have only 4...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ICT Food Desert Problem / organized lunch possibility?
Replies: 6
Views: 2143

The ICT Food Desert Problem / organized lunch possibility?

I recall seeing some discussion a while back about the lack of reasonably priced lunch options in and around the ICT site. Is the situation still the same for this year's ICT? I remember being told NAQT is contractually forbidden to provide food for ICT. But, suppose some number of teams/players got...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

Re: An interesting situation with a D2-only team

Whoa, guys, chill! I thought I'd figured this out and was content to let it go, but it seems my information was very, very incomplete. But I guess it's a good thing that you've now made me aware of my misunderstandings, so now we can try to fix them. First things first, thank you to Mike Perovanovic...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08
Replies: 56
Views: 21447

Re: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08

If this is how the open tournaments in Chicagoland are nowadays, I'm glad to be a part of them. Thanks everyone for a great time! Special thanks to Illinois Quizbowl for letting me play with them when the free-agent teams filled up in a blink, and also to Jonah and U-Chicago's staffers for the nicel...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08
Replies: 56
Views: 21447

Re: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08

I am still planning to attend this Saturday. Do free agents just show up Saturday morning and get assigned to a team on the spot? There is no such process. Oh ok, thanks for clarifying. (This is my first open tournament, sorry I don't know my way around yet) So, any short-handed teams that could ta...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08
Replies: 56
Views: 21447

Re: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08

I am still planning to attend this Saturday. Do free agents just show up Saturday morning and get assigned to a team on the spot? If we need to find a team, are there any teams that could still use another player? edit: wait, didn't notice the timestamp on Jonah's "14 hours" statement, guess it's a ...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 36
Views: 10669

Re: CO Matchmaking

Hi, I'm also signing up for my first ever Chicago Open. I can contribute 1/4 of a packet for whichever deadline my teammates decide on (early would be nice). The subjects I can write reasonably competent questions about are biology, history, geography, religion/mythology, and chemistry. I am willing...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 56939

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (11/23 or 24)

If you know some bio/chem/comp-sci/math and you don't care about winning, you should play with me. I can help you with the bio and up to half of the chemistry. At this difficulty level, you'll want someone other than me for comp-sci or math. If this sounds like a good deal to you, feel free to move...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08
Replies: 56
Views: 21447

Re: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08

Is there any mechanism for free agent sign-ups?
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

Re: Is there an active branch team at Univ of Illinois *Chic

Update: Following months of further investigation on my part, I have discovered the following: 1) There is indeed no official UIC quizbowl club. Through one of my contacts, a UIC student senator, I was able to find the name of a UIC Campus Programs person who was formerly in charge of the UIC team. ...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Are online tournaments "pernicious beasts"?
Replies: 34
Views: 10509

Re: Are online tournaments "pernicious beasts"?

Small additional point: It's not just an issue of having a car , but more specifically, having a car that your team is allowed to use and that is in good enough condition to be sure of making the entire round trip without breaking down . And gas money can be a factor on longer trips or with less-eff...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON Online Mirror (and at UW) - 11/16/13
Replies: 15
Views: 4069

Re: DRAGOON Online Mirror (and at UW) - 11/16/13

I may be biased because I see my own team on the wait-list and really want to see how much they've improved, but even without that bias I would always vote for giving more teams an opportunity to play quizbowl regardless of who they were. So I'd be very much in favor of anything you can do to expand...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 25796

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Also, while I've been considering this primarily from a practical viewpoint, I do recognize there's an ideological component too (which maybe should get its own thread, actually, but it's a good discussion to have too) - namely, this: Eventually, people need to move on from easier events and start p...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 25796

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Please stop proposing unworkable ideas that only mean more work for editors and are not going to materially change tournament attendance I know, I know, just wishful-thinking-out-loud :sad: It would be nice to add one more tournament to the calendar, but yes, the circuit doesn't have enough editing...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 25796

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Do people really hate regular-difficulty tournaments this much? I'm a bit taken aback. There are only like five per year anyway, and one is bundled with a DII tournament to boot! This proposal would functionally cut down the number of standalone regular events to three per school year by replacing ...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 25796

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

putting a good tournament in that late January spot can be pretty difficult Might it be easier to put a novice tournament (possibly the above-mentioned "second ACF Fall" though not necessarily an official ACF tournament) in that late January spot rather than a varsity/"regular" tournament? Since mo...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here
Replies: 28
Views: 9307

Re: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here

Is there anyone out there in need of some biology questions (any level)? The nature of my current studies have resulted in my having access to a relative overabundance of clues and question fragments relating to human biology. Since my home institution has not indicated any interest in my services, ...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New High School Team in the Phoenix Area
Replies: 2
Views: 2342

Re: New High School Team in the Phoenix Area

Sorry I found this thread so late, hopefully the original poster is still around - for everyone's future reference, in case any more people appear on these forums looking for stuff in Arizona, here are the key contacts in Arizona's quizbowl community: Arizona Quizbowl Association (umbrella high scho...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

Re: Is there an active branch team at Univ of Illinois *Chicago?

Also, isn't it possible that local high school students who play quiz bowl take classes at UIC, and could therefore be eligible to play quizbowl for UIC, if you need a 3rd or 4th player? Thanks for the suggestion! I don't know if this really gives any sustainable membership to a prospective UIC tea...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

Re: Is there an active branch team at Univ of Illinois *Chicago?

As one of many owed money by the Illinois club, we certainly don't have money to dole out like this. You should consider hosting tournaments to get your funding, like every other club that wants to start a quizbowl team. Sure, I get it that you are busy and poor, but really so is everyone else! Als...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

Re: Is there an active branch team at Univ of Illinois *Chicago?

Hey Kenneth. Sorry for the delay, I don't frequent the forums much during the summer. The official "UIC Academic Quizbowl Team" no longer exists because at the end of last season UIC Campus Programs stopped funding it and shut it down. The remaining players (Blake and I [not sure about Margaret]) m...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

Re: Is there an active branch team at Univ of Illinois *Chicago?

Susan wrote: spending about 15 seconds searching http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/
Wait, how did you search for "tournaments attended by team X"? I don't see that option in the search form, it only filters by state, location, level, etc...?
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

Re: Is there an active branch team at Univ of Illinois *Chicago?

NAQT wants an exclusive team at each campus whenever possible, so earlier this year I started sniffing around for that Chicago campus team to join, and in conversation with various fellow quizbowlers last March I learned that UIC does have a quizbowl club which hosts a few high school tournaments, ...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An interesting situation with a D2-only team
Replies: 34
Views: 10098

An interesting situation with a D2-only team

Hi guys! After two years of near-inactivity as a college player, I'm considering taking up the buzzer again. Unfortunately, having graduated last year I am no longer allowed to play for Arizona State University. Once a Sun Devil, always a Sun Devil, but our eligibility rules understandably won't (an...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8333

Re: 36-team ICT

the top bracket of 10 teams has 3, 3, and 4 teams from the prelim brackets, Oh, crap, sorry! Thanks for catching that - I don't know why I thought 3 teams from each of 3 brackets would add up to 10 teams... so yes, with 10 teams you wouldn't be able to carry over prelim games. I was trying to avoid...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8333

Re: 36-team ICT

How about 3 prelim brackets of 12, followed by 4 playoff brackets of 10, 10, 8, and 8 teams? This is 20 rounds (which would mean 22 or 23 packets to account for tiebreakers - I guess you could shave two packets by double-counting the prelim games), but poor seeding (e.g. teams changing lineups from ...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NSC: Now Accepting Hosting Bids
Replies: 11
Views: 4524

Re: 2013 NSC: Now Accepting Hosting Bids

I guess this question would only apply to next year since the deadline has passed anyways, but is geography an important consideration for high school Nationals hosting (like for collegiate hosting)? I know at some point my old team at ASU asked about hosting ACF Nationals but we were told that we n...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Clock theory
Replies: 22
Views: 7398

Re: Clock theory

Here's a random idea to add to the discussion: What if we had a rule like, "Each game ends when time runs out *or* after 18 tossups, whichever comes later "? That way, each game is also guaranteed to contain at least 18 (or whatever minimum number is acceptable) tossups even if the moderator is slow...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 33846

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

Great scott! 14? 15? Even with 'slow teams', one wonders if the moderator(s) was just completely oblivious to the clock and the expectations of this tourney. The 14-tossup game is perhaps the most disturbing, not just because 14 tossups were heard, but because from what I can tell, this was Round 1...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5057

Re: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013

We had a fair amount of internal discussion about the trophy-buying system, and the consensus was basically that it can make a big difference for fledgling teams who are trying to secure funding to be able to produce tangible proof of their success... So, the aim of providing trophies is not to att...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun May 20, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU
Replies: 7
Views: 2563

Re: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU

Tournament results:

1. PB&J (6-1)
2. Best Known Method (5-2)
3. The Underdogs (4-3)
4. Black Dynamite (1-6)

Full stats will be posted to NAQT's website.
by Sun Devil Student
Fri May 18, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU
Replies: 7
Views: 2563

Re: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU

Update: My officers at ASU Quizbowl seem to have misplaced the club's copy of the 2012 D2 SCT... so unless someone from NAQT sees this post in time to send me another copy of the 2012 set, we're going to have to run this on either unused packets from 2011 or 2010 SCTs or Yale's BHSAT set. EDIT: Bull...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu May 17, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 14663

Re: History Bowl Discussion

What I meant here is that if we're told this is a history tournament, we should not have to know anything about science to answer any of the questions. Actually, the science didn't hurt my team too much because I'm a biology specialist and thus a portion of those questions actually helped us. But t...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed May 16, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 14663

Re: History Bowl Discussion

My team was disappointed that many of the "history of science" or "history of literature" etc, turned out to be pure science/literature/etc, often without even pretending to qualify as ACF-defined "history." We signed up for this tournament with our four history specialists because we wanted to fin...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU
Replies: 7
Views: 2563

Re: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 5, 2012 @ ASU

Christ, I Know wrote:So... are you saying that no team will get >25 ppb? :smile:
Well, just like most AP tests, you don't have to get a 100% raw score to get a 5 on the test. And truth be told, Arizona does not have any >25ppb teams at this level just yet... hopefully we will in another few years. :party:
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU
Replies: 7
Views: 2563

Re: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 5, 2012 @ ASU

Field Update: The following teams verbally indicated their availability to me on 4/14/12 at the recent Arizona NAQT State Championship, and/or expressed interest by e-mail. We're waiting for confirmation. Scottsdale Prep Academy - [dropped] Tri-City Prep Academy - [dropped 5/5, may be available 5/19...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU
Replies: 7
Views: 2563

Kenneth's Charity AP Quizbowl Tournament - May 19, 2012, ASU

Update: This tournament has been moved to May 19 due to teams dropping from 5/5 while not ruling out 5/19 I am pleased to bring you Arizona's first-ever Unofficial NAQT Tournament and first-ever "HSNCT prep" high school tournament using a D2-SCT set, to be held on May 19 at ASU. I am personally dir...