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by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 20843

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

What's even better is looking presentable in such a way that you immediately find people in public looking at you and thinking "good for that guy, he takes care of himself and is not a slob." If you are consciously ignoring gender, then good for you, you know the rules and are breaking them anyway a...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 20843

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

A request to discuss hats was made in private. Your hat probably looks stupid and is probably getting people to make fun of you, especially if it is a fedora or that thing the chimneysweeps wear in Mary Poppins. Hats, much like moustaches and most facial hair, long hair, unusual hair, etc. are somet...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 20843

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I think baldness requires admitting that you are balding and not trying to cling to your old haircut ways. Short hair and shaved hair usually are smart solutions, but consult your barber.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 20843

Quizbowl men, get a haircut

In the past 3 times I have found myself in the ICT meeting room, the single most consistent kneejerk reaction I have every time I observed the chaos around me was to go "Jesus, somebody should get a barber out here." When you live in hip urban centers (especially in gay neighborhoods), and learn to ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 7055

Re: On talking about high schoolers

Shortly after the 2017 HSNCT, we became aware that some of the comments on the Periscope video of the finals were completely unacceptable. (This is why we have deleted the Periscope video, and will be switching to a different live-streaming solution for future NAQT events.) NAQT does not know who p...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 7055

Re: On talking about high schoolers

A lot of very good points are made in this post. I think it unfair to say that high schoolers are no longer in your peer group the minute you are in college. A lot of my very close friends from quiz bowl are high schoolers and I don't think there is a problem with that. But I guess I also have the ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 7055

On talking about high schoolers

Do you know what is always absurdly inappropriate and will help make quizbowl a worse place? Being an adult in college or beyond who gets online and makes fun of the talents and/or appearance of high schoolers, especially ones who you actually do know in person. The nature of quizbowl's online commu...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Book Prizes
Replies: 8
Views: 2832

Re: Thoughts on Book Prizes

Pro-tip: hop on Amazon Prime and buy new copies of Dover thrift books since they're the same price as the crappy paperbacks you find at the book store but they're not crappy, they're new. Also, their selection has some really unusual stuff in the mix.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 8623

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

Also, I find it amusing that the practice of open high school teams is clearly what led Naveed to mistakenly grind this axe in the wrong thread and pose a (slight) risk to a perfectly legitimate closed team. If it were standard practice for all teams to be closed, and all pseudonymous teams to simpl...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 8623

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

My only possible addendum worth discussing is to bring up the practice (which is infinitely more widespread through much of the high school circuit) of finding out that some team dropped an hour before the tournament and then making a call for extra players who are at the tournament to come together...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 8623

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

High school teams can and should be allowed to play the regular closed college tournaments for which they are eligible, but if they want to play up a level, they need to be mature enough to be able to play by the same rules as everyone else, which means if you can't convince your school's teammates ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Can the rules about pseudonym posts be changed?
Replies: 0
Views: 1363

Can the rules about pseudonym posts be changed?

Hey, is it possible to make it an official board policy for admins to delete those apparently endless "hey what high school team was playing under a pseudonym at this tournament?" posts in all the cases where teams are playing under a pseudonym to protect themselves? I'm a paranoid person based on m...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 15208

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Of course I don't think this means we shouldn't keep thinking creatively about solutions to this problem - it is, after all, unfortunate that some isolated negative effects occur like UK having to turn a team away. But, it's just a fact that the overwhelming majority of quizbowl tournaments througho...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 15208

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Thank you for your responses Jeff and Jonah. I think that hearing that NAQT is getting rid of the clock for sectionals mixed with saying that NAQT is looking into a way to electronically distribute packets for previous, but not active, sets is so much positive news that I'm a little surprised to see...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 15208

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Thank you for doing this, it is really fantastic to see that the most important quizbowl organization is willing to listen to community input and be willing to embrace change if they think it's for the better. Thank you for being such a positive force in the world, even if it's just for this niche e...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

There is essentially no situation where it is in Columbia's (or any program's) long-term self-interest to pay to fly whole teams of inexperienced freshmen to play the hardest tournament of the academic year. It is both a phenomenal waste of money and an incredibly risky recruitment practice, given t...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

[Then why doesn't this happen now? I am skeptical that this would be a thing in the future. Also, I looked at 2013-2017 recently and none of those ICTs had a B team as the obvious worst team in the field. Splitting teams hasn't upset the balance that much. I did say there are maybe 24 good A teams ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

Well, I think I will agree to disagree with you there, or maybe say that my emphasis is somewhere else. I do quizbowl at this point because I want to have fun at it, and I see how other people approach quizbowl and despair at how soulless it feels sometimes. Take, for example, the ritual of people g...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

The "I had a beautiful time" argument is neither here nor there; it was reviled when Will Alston used it to defend playing a closed tournament under a fake name in another thread (yes, I know he had "permission"). It doesn't matter if people have a wonderful time doing something. I wasn't paying at...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

As somebody who has witnessed the annual brutality of the Northeast Sectional firsthand, I have to admit that my bias leaves me deaf to complaints about D-value or who deserves a bid more from other sectionals. Every year the Northeast has a miserably competitive field that leaves multiple incredibl...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

Again, me being there caused an extra bid to spontaneously generate that would not have been awarded otherwise. CU Boulder A would have gotten their D2 bid with or without me there.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

Also I just want to point out, there's a whole lotta hypotheticals upthread, but not a whole lotta facts.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 37751

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

We bought these tickets more or less by accident (literally, I said not to buy the tickets, then I found out one had already just been purchased and I was more or less locked in to go). I was unaware there would be D2 questions until after the ticket purchase as well. However, I primarily wanted to ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB2016: Will's Questions (Painting, Religion, Music, etc.)
Replies: 17
Views: 1476

Re: Will's Questions (Painting, Religion, Music, some others

I thought the religion questions were cool, and wasn't so bothered by the proportion of Christianity at the cost of increased Islam (noted religion that has almost as many followers as Christianity and should come up more in quizbowl). I also thought that the Christian questions that were asked were...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9169

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

Yeah I was skimming and not reading closely, and just having the same visceral reaction I always do to this frequent yet frequently wrong answerline problem.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9169

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

I do actually think that, despite the fact it may contradict my point above, the way quizbowl insists on saying "Garcia Lorca" is not correct because his name is SO widely written as "Lorca" in scholarly writing AND on the covers of his books in English (I do not think that Mohammed Reza Shah's name...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9169

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

Your overall point is correct, but I don't think there's anything wrong with taking Pahlavi by itself (to be fair, I see nothing wrong in taking Johnson by itself either for LBJ). There are only two Pahlavi dynasty members and one is not often asked about in high school--to me, this would be like j...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9169

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

I encountered this problem somewhat recently while editing for the HSNCT. I couldn't think of any particularly satisfactory way to set up an answer line for Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. In my opinion, all of the following should be acceptable: Shah Pahlavi, Mohammed Reza, Mohammed Reza Shah, Mohamme...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9169

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

Your overall point is correct, but I don't think there's anything wrong with taking Pahlavi by itself (to be fair, I see nothing wrong in taking Johnson by itself either for LBJ). There are only two Pahlavi dynasty members and one is not often asked about in high school--to me, this would be like j...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9169

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

Also, Wikipedia, Britannica, and Encyclopedia Iranica consistently adhere to this name scheme.

Of note: the current pretender to the throne of Iran is Crown Prince Reza, so he could theoretically be called "Reza Shah II."
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9169

PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

No real reason that I'm posting this other than that it came up in a lecture today and reminded me of a minor gripe I have, which is that Reza Shah/Reza Pahlavi is not an acceptable name for Mohammed Reza Shah. The only acceptable person to call "Reza Shah" is his father. I just dug up a bunch of qu...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Re: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!

Put a lunch break at least at the halfway point.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 2750

Re: PB 2016: General Discussion

Yeah I agree with Jordan's assessment about how this wasn't a bad tournament, and now that I know the thing about the Canadian writers I'm more sympathetic. The older I get, the more I dislike how shrill everybody gets in person over tournaments that aren't perfect. Penn produced a set, it had pyram...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Re: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!

I will diverge from Charlie slightly on the subject of timing breaks with potential stat crunches. It's nice to line the breaks up, as it does make everything easier. But, I don't think this is as critical because doing stats for any non-national, untimed tournament should not be that hard (or take...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!

Title kind of says it all. The Penn Bowl thread is bogged down in a bunch of stuff I don't want to get involved with, because I was glad that they had a tournament for us to play and it wasn't like we were getting out at 10 so some of the complaints seem over the top, but there was one key rookie mi...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is the idea of a Board of Directors being overlooked?
Replies: 3
Views: 2568

Why is the idea of a Board of Directors being overlooked?

In the morass that this forum has recently witnessed, the best idea that anybody has posted was to turn NHBB into a company governed by a board of directors, who install a CEO (presumably Dave) to direct the company at their discretion. It was then rapidly ignored, which I am baffled at. Especially ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Confessions
Replies: 2
Views: 2521

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: 11457

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: 11457

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: 11457

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: 11457

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: 11457

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: 8341

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: 5767

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: 10253

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: 25488

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: 25488

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: 25488

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: 25488

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: 3412

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...