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by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Confessions
Replies: 2
Views: 2601

Confessions

As we all know, my attempt at editing a tournament this past year fared poorly. I was recently singled out for not having explained myself, and given that my disaster was simply a taste of things to come for quizbowl when Matt departed, there might be something worth learning from my explanation. Ri...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12476

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

$40 is on the low end, but in America $50-$70 is absolutely the norm for high school tournaments. Anything above that is probably going to start driving away teams, so I see no reason to change your prices (and a couple circuits that did have entry fees closer to $100 have had problems with attendin...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12476

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

Don't put that blame on yourself, it's not like you were an adult, and it's not like you can do anything about teacher's union negotiations. However, I'm curious if there is a way for you to organize any quizbowl tournaments at the University of Toronto. I can't repeat it enough - the only way to fi...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:34 am
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12476

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

Most of the complaints were about the questions and format, or related problems. One coach was very upset about the fact we didn't allow 5 second on rebounded bonus parts, because he hadn't realized that his players could collaborate while another team is answering something. Another coach was very ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12476

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

Here are some other components of the MOQBA strategy that worked wonders: It is important is to be able to work around your detractors. There is only so much that you can do to convince somebody that pyramidal quizbowl is worthwhile. If people don't want to logically argue with you, and are making i...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12476

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

I think there are a few things that can be done to ameliorate the situation here, based on my experiences with MOQBA creating the pyramidal circuit that is currently flowering in Missouri despite the presence of an overbearing bad format that has government sponsorship. The absolute first thing here...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: American Academic Challenge (CANCELLED)
Replies: 9
Views: 8485

Re: American Academic Challenge, May 22-24, 2015, Chattanoog

Is there a sample packet to show participants what they can expect from this event?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC
Replies: 6
Views: 6159

Re: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC

I would like some clarification on an incident that has entered my high school quizbowl team's lore. Back in the 1990s my coach brought North Kansas City to the fall ABC with some regularity, and apparently one year, they went into the playoffs with a high seed, only to be eliminated by a not notabl...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 10822

DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

Alright, after much deliberation about finding rooms, I'm taking my tournament directing talents to Evanston to bring you the Great Lakes mirror of DEES on November 22nd, 2014. It will be held on the campus of Northwestern University, rooms and start time TBA. This tournament requires packet submiss...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 26743

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

Send in packets by tomorrow for some discounts!
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 26743

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

Packets recieved...

For $90 discount:
Carleton A
Penn B
WUSTL A
Penn A
VCU
William and Mary

For the $40 discount:
Michigan A
Penn C

For the $20 discount:
Nobody

For the baseline fee:
Columbia B
Maryland
McGill
McMaster A
Toronto A
Virginia B
Waterloo A
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 26743

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

Sure, I'll push them back to Sunday. Packets in by tomorrow will get a $90 discount.

The good boys and girls of Penn B and Cartleton University have already submitted packets, so I challenge you to get on their level!
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 26743

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

We've now got 2 fully announced mirrors, and the other sites will be announced imminently, so write those packets! The super early discount is September 6th - realistically, is there going to be any team with a packet ready to go then? Private message me if you are planning on getting your team's pa...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA
Replies: 7
Views: 3611

Re: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA

And yes, they would be able to run whatever they want that doesn't have any Missouri teams attending, but when your reigning SSNCT champion is from Missouri and they are returning everybody, that's an obviously untenable position. I find it galling that a state where over half of the participating t...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA
Replies: 7
Views: 3611

Re: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA

Yeah, that was the (proper, correct) recommendation the advisory committee gave to MSHSAA, and MSHSAA refused to act on it.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA
Replies: 7
Views: 3611

Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA

http://www.mshsaa.org/Advisory/News/17/May2014MtgSummary.aspx?id=408 (tabled)4. Recommended that the Board of Directors provide an exemption for NAQT that would allow the organization to host a tournament within the borders of Missouri and invite Missouri schools (Missouri schools would represent a ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 26743

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

The following regions have mirrors in the works, although I will decline to post individual school identities until they are ready to for sure post their announcement. If you are in these regions, go ahead and start making your plans! Chicago-area Missouri West Coast Ontario Upper Southeast (WKU) Mi...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 26743

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

I was in a rush to put up the announcement before my computer died and I went to bed last night, so yeah I overlooked a couple things. Here is the difficulty instruction I gave to my editors: This is regular difficulty, so write a packet at ACF Regionals difficulty. However, I want to have any errin...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 26743

DEES: November 22nd, 2014

I am pleased to announce the imminent creation of DEES , the Demonstratively Excellent Educational Saturnalia , which I, Charlie Dees, will be head editing with the bright and chipper assistance of Victor Prieto of Rice University and Brian McPeak of the University of Maryland. This tournament will ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 27497

Re: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion

This will happen. Announcement is forthcoming in the next 2 days.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 27497

Re: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion

Also, I'm looking a little closer at the schedule, and I see the following date options: A tournament for the window of Nov. 15th/Nov. 22nd (overlaps with Delta Burke) A tournament for the weekend of Dec. 6th (concerns about running up against finals, but gives me far more time to edit over Thanksgi...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 27497

Re: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion

OK since Saajid made that post, I guess I'll mention now that I'm seriously considering deciding to get back in the college writing/editing game and doing a packet-sub tournament in mid-November, since I've never actually done one before and I'm a much more organized/fast/productive writer than I ha...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is the Group Stage Format any good for Quizzes?
Replies: 6
Views: 3364

Re: Is the Group Stage Format any good for Quizzes?

How long are your usual games?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18359

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I based this judgement on the fact that the decree doesn't show up at all in one of the most-used music history textbooks (Grout/Palisca/Burkholder) and I didn't remember it playing a huge part in the Shostakovich "memoir" Testimony (Zhdanov appears twice for a few pages); but, it appears to be pre...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 37933

Re: Your Lowest Point

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:The Trygve/Andy year of PACE. I nearly quit quiz bowl entirely.
Especially that one meeting. There are few things more pleasant than knowing I will never have to interact with Ian Eppler as long as I'm in quizbowl.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Conversion stats
Replies: 7
Views: 2610

Re: Conversion stats

Who 30ed my Siachen Glacier bonus? Or the one about Indian Christians?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18359

Re: Thanks and general discussion

The music unfortunately had multiple glaring factual errors that I told Jacob about after the tournament, which came up in the pre-lunch rounds and I think predisposed people to be annoyed with you, because you talk quite a big game about how much more you know about music than other writers, so it ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 6342

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

So are practices now on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 12229

Re: CO History Discussion

I want to use this as an opportunity to make a critique of a question and of the general discourse about bad writing (I already brought this up in person to the editors, so this is more just an exercise to make a point). There was a question using alternate universe clues from Harry Turtledove. The ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 22113

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

Yeah I was wanting to play and hadn't tried to hard beyond asking one person about forming a team, so if other people want to play message me.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: This year's sets missing from archive
Replies: 27
Views: 10342

Re: This year's sets missing from archive

I thought other delta Burke mirrors were happening in Illinois this summer.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17091

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Also, who were the teams?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17091

Re: So Panasonic is back...

God that's depressing. At what point would they just have canceled it, if only 3 teams signed up?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: All-time all-state teams
Replies: 61
Views: 32726

Re: All-time all-state teams

OHIO: Jarrett Greene (South Range), Ike Jose (Stow Munroe Falls), Saajid Moyen (Copley), Ashvin Srivatsa (Sycamore). Certainly many others you could add here as well--I would say, this is a fairly deep team that with the exception of Ike, lacks a MVP. Joe is right, Noah Rahman should definitely be ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 61108

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

In what universe would that protest be denied about piano etudes? I would like to hear more about that protest. I am also curious about IMSA's protest in I believe round 4 of the playoffs which an IMSA alum told me was completely in line with what he was taught in school there but which NAQT denied....
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On the Clock, and how to play with it
Replies: 26
Views: 9338

Re: On the Clock, and how to play with it

Let's all make up numbers and say things.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The logistics of future HSNCTs
Replies: 15
Views: 5701

Re: The logistics of future HSNCTs

Is there a pressing reason something needs to change? It seems like right now the HSNCT is officially meeting all of its demand, is running a logistically astounding product, and is providing a one-of-a-kind experience for high school teams. There is NOTHING like the HSNCT and I feel like that's a l...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri May 30, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)
Replies: 35
Views: 13848

Re: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)

This is super late but is it still feasible for me and a teammate to join a team? I'd need to know within the hour I think.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed May 28, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 nAC
Replies: 27
Views: 9610

Re: 2014 nAC

Does OQBA exist in any form today? I know that Eric Bell quit running it when he moved to Vegas, but remember that there were other people trying to keep it going. There is perhaps a better thread for this, but I actually played an OQBA tournament in 2007 and, for whatever it's strengths were, I fel...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 26, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 MSNCT discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 8292

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

What would it take for NAQT to be convinced to change the math questions at msnct in the ways I outlined in the other thread?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 26, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 45911

Re: community question clinic

I have a critique of Kay's Rachmaninov 3rd concerto question that I think applies to lots of Quizbowl. It seems to me like a lot of problems with listing series of notes in a melody is that you still lack the rhythm component, and without that, it's hard to fill in the gaps of what the melody sounds...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 26, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 34464

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

Were the repeats also clue repeats? There's nothing wrong with asking about Iran (home of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations) twice in a large tournament as long as both questions aren't about, say, Ayatollah Khomeini.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 26, 2014 1:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 25
Views: 9229

Re: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament

So the word is now that the tournament is going to be canceled because the set ended up being amazingly offensive. This is not just my decision, but I definitely don't think that the questions I'm seeing here have any business being read as an hsnct side event. I will email participants to confirm l...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 26, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 25
Views: 9229

Re: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament

I have been without a laptop for a couple weeks now with it being repaired, so rest assured I will be in contact with people this week about running this tournament. I am going to be up front right now that I am very concerned about what is going on at its PACE mirror, and this tournament will proba...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri May 23, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17091

Re: So Panasonic is back...

So does anybody here know of any registered teams? The NTAE website is not keeping up their end of the bargain about posting a list of registered teams in mid-May and I suspect that's because they don't have teams to list, but I would love to know if this tournament is in fact happening.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue May 13, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!
Replies: 86
Views: 33588

Re: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!

But that line of argument I don't think applies to MSNCT. There are very few entrenched middle school circuits with set-in-stone diehard format warriors, especially compared to the high school world of a decade ago. For this particular tournament, I don't believe for a minute that NAQT couldn't get ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue May 13, 2014 1:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: St. Louis Open Date Poll
Replies: 7
Views: 3129

Re: St. Louis Open Date Poll

Is there a reason it can't be a VCU open mirror?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 12, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!
Replies: 86
Views: 33588

Re: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!

Literally. The only times you ever really have people clapping in high school games is towards the end of the national playoffs, whereas here it was after almost every half.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 12, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!
Replies: 86
Views: 33588

Re: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!

I forgot my other observation, which is that man, people LOVE clapping for middle school quizbowl.