Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

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Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Knickerbocker glory » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:46 am

This is an announcement for what we are tentatively calling Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament (CMST), the annual iteration of the Nationals-minus spring open.

The tournament will be written by members of the University of California, Berkeley's quiz bowl team. The editing team will consist of me, Aseem Keyal, and Michael Coates of Berkeley quiz bowl, and joined by Weijia Cheng, Ryan Humphrey, Will Nediger, and Jennie Yang.

The tournament will attempt to adhere to last year's (This) Tournament is a Crime set, in style, difficulty, and in its exploration of new topics. The distribution for this tournament is taken from that set; for reference, here it is:

4/4 Literature (Will)
1.25/1.25 Long Fiction
1/1 Poetry
0.75/0.75 Drama
0.5/0.5 Short Fiction
0.5/0.5 "Miscellaneous" (non-fiction, literary criticism, literary history, other things that transcend or combine these genres)

4/4 History (Bruce)
1.25/1.25 American
1.25/1.25 World
1.25/1.25 European
0.25/0.25 "Other"

4/4 Science (Aseem and Ryan)
1/1 Biology
1/1 Chemistry
1/1 Physics
0.5/0.5 Math
0.5/0.5 Other Science

2/2 Beliefs (Aseem and Weijia)
1/1 Religion
1/1 Legends

3/3 Arts (Aseem and Jennie)
1/1 Painting and Sculpture
1/1 Classical Music and Opera
0.5/0.5 Other Visual Arts
0.5/0.5 Other Auditory Arts

2/2 Thought (Will)
1/1 Social Science
1/1 Philosophy

1/1 Other (Bruce and Michael)
0.33/0.33 Geography
0.33/0.33 Current Events
0.33/0.33 Academic Other

Mirror fees: We are charging $50 per team for mirrors (including house teams). PM me or email me at brucelou AT berkeley DOT edu for more info.

Current mirror sites:
University of Maryland (Mid-Atlantic)
University of Minnesota (Midwest)
Auburn University (Southeastern)
University of Warwick (UK)
McMaster University (Canada)
Stanford University (Pacific)
New York University (Northeastern)
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:24 pm

Glad to see this is happening.

I am playing at the Berkeley site with Neil Gurram and looking for two teammates, preferably ones that don't overlap with my knowledge base too heavily (but that's not super important). I encourage other players to visit the tournament's flagship site as well.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Mike Bentley » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:04 pm

I'll most likely be playing the Berkeley site and am also looking for teammates.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby i never see pigeons in wheeling » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:41 pm

Same as above.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Kevin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:50 pm

Is there a date set for the Auburn mirror?
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Tornrak » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:06 pm

Similarly, I’d appreciate knowing when the Maryland mirror will be.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:53 pm

Same but for Berkeley so I can book my flights
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby cwest123 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:24 am

Kevin wrote:Is there a date set for the Auburn mirror?

The Auburn mirror will be on March 24. I'll get an announcement up over the break.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Knickerbocker glory » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:51 pm

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Same but for Berkeley so I can book my flights


We are tentatively planning to host it on March 17.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Mike Bentley » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:07 am

Knickerbocker glory wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Same but for Berkeley so I can book my flights


We are tentatively planning to host it on March 17.


When do you think you'll have the date confirmed?
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Knickerbocker glory » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:04 pm

Mike Bentley wrote:
Knickerbocker glory wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Same but for Berkeley so I can book my flights


We are tentatively planning to host it on March 17.


When do you think you'll have the date confirmed?


When we have room reservations confirmed.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby aseem.keyal » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:26 pm

Knickerbocker glory wrote:
Mike Bentley wrote:
Knickerbocker glory wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Same but for Berkeley so I can book my flights


We are tentatively planning to host it on March 17.


When do you think you'll have the date confirmed?


When we have room reservations confirmed.

To expand on this, we've already sent in the request and it will hopefully be approved by next Friday (December 16th).
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby aseem.keyal » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:15 pm

aseem.keyal wrote:
Knickerbocker glory wrote:
Mike Bentley wrote:
Knickerbocker glory wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Same but for Berkeley so I can book my flights


We are tentatively planning to host it on March 17.


When do you think you'll have the date confirmed?


When we have room reservations confirmed.

To expand on this, we've already sent in the request and it will hopefully be approved by next Friday (December 16th).


Sorry for the delay. We've decided to change the date to March 10th, as quarter schools have finals the week after March 17th. We weren't able to get rooms in Berkeley for this date, so the tournament will take place at Stanford on March 10th. An announcement should be up shortly.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby t-bar » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:28 pm

Is there a date set for the NYU site?
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby 1.82 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:45 pm

I am not speaking for anyone but myself, but I find it odd and inconsistent that the Ann Arbor site was nixed for being too close to the Minneapolis site but a New York site has been approved despite the existence of a previously-announced College Park site.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Off To See The Lizard » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:06 pm

t-bar wrote:Is there a date set for the NYU site?


Still in the process of booking rooms and we’ll post an announcement when we’re more certain but it looks like it will most likely be March 3rd.
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Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Postby Granny Soberer » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:48 pm

1.82 wrote:I am not speaking for anyone but myself, but I find it odd and inconsistent that the Ann Arbor site was nixed for being too close to the Minneapolis site but a New York site has been approved despite the existence of a previously-announced College Park site.

It's less that it was "too close" and more that having Michigan and Minnesota sites would create two very small fields, rather than one healthy field. The editors apparently feel that both New York and College Park can support a reasonably-size field. I have no idea if that is true or not, but the Eastern Seaboard is much more dense than the Midwest so I certainly wouldn't be surprised.
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