I am pleased to announce that George Mason University will host the mid-Atlantic mirror of MAGNI
on 10/22/11 at our Fairfax campus. MAGNI
is a collaboration between Chris Chiego and Auroni Gupta at UCSD, Matt Jackson, John Lawrence, and Kevin Koai at Yale, and Jerry Vinokurov. It will be a regular difficulty tournament.
Teams must register prior to the day of the tournament in order to play. To register, please e-mail me at ben.cole.19 AT gmail.com with the number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you want to bring, and an email address where you can be contacted with details. I will e-mail my team contacts with necessary information as we approach the tournament. Feel free to share this announcement with any schools that you think would be interested in attending.
DIFFICULTY AND LENGTH:
The goal of this event is to provide a tournament with a moderate difficulty level while still offering answer lines and bonus parts which inexperienced players can convert. In addition to controlling difficulty, the editors will also be controlling length. No tossup in this set will go past the seventh full line of text (measured in 10 point Times New Roman with 1-inch margins). The editors seek to ensure that individual bonus parts rarely exceed two lines in length.
This is a tournament for collegiate quizbowl teams. To that end, any teams consisting entirely of students (undergrad or grad) who attend the same school may play this tournament. Interested high school teams are eligible to play, as are solo players and teams which must play unaffiliated / unsponsored for whatever reason, but all such teams must consist entirely of students who attend one school. High schoolers enrolled in for-credit classes at a community college, college, or university may play for either school in which they are enrolled. Separate campuses of an overarching university count as separate schools.
NO open teams or non-students may register to play at this tournament. This editors' decision is non-negotiable.
If you are still unclear as to whether you’re eligible to play on a given team, email Auroni Gupta and Matt Jackson (auronigupta at gmail.com, REDACTED).
REGISTRATION AND FEES:
Base fee: $100 per team, -$10 per subsequent team (3 teams thus being 100 + 90 + 80 = $270)
Buzzer discount: -$10 per working buzzer
Moderator discount: -$10 per moderator
Travel discount: -$10 per 200 miles traveled
Minimum fee: $0
The tournament will take place entirely in the Johnson Center, one of the largest and most recognizable buildings on campus, which is marked in red as number 29 on this campus map
. We will meet in the Johnson Center Cinema on the lowest floor of the Johnson Center. If you have trouble locating the Cinema, there is an Information Desk in the center of the building on the first floor, whose staff should be of assistance.
Game rooms will be on the third floor, the second floor, and the ground floor. There is an elevator on one side of the building which can go to the ground floor. The elevator on the other side of the building can get to the first, second, and third floors.
Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM, morning announcements will be as soon as possible after 8:30, and play will begin at 9:00.
Please be sure that your directions are to the Fairfax campus
and not the Arlington, Prince William, or Loudoun campuses
. For GPS, the nearest intersection to the tournament location (and to parking) is Mason Pond Drive and Patriot Circle.The tournament will take place in the Johnson Center (JC). We will meet in the JC Cinema on the ground floor (NOT the first floor). If you have trouble locating the Cinema, there is an Information Desk in the center of the building on the first floor, whose staff should be of assistance. For on campus parking, park on the visitor level of the Mason Pond parking deck, which is marked in purple as number 39 on this campus map
and is located very close to the Johnson Center, which is marked in red as number 29 on this campus map
. The daily rate is $14.
If you arriving via the DC Metro and CUE bus, the CUE bus lets riders off on Rappahannock River Lane, right next to the Rappahannock parking deck, which is marked in purple as number 40 on this campus map
. Proceed to the Johnson Center as marked on the campus map. Staff may be sent to Rappahannock River Lane to walk you to the JC.
FORMAT: Assuming the field size stays the same (i.e. that no one drops), each team will be guaranteed 11 games. The format will be as follows: the prelims will consist of two brackets of eight teams who will play a round robin. After prelims have concluded, the top four teams from each bracket will enter the top playoff bracket, where they will play cross-over games with the top four teams of the other bracket. The bottom four teams from a given prelim bracket will do the same for the bottom playoff bracket. We will keep individual statistics. Book prizes will be awarded to the top 2 teams and to at least the top 8 individual scorers. A trophy will be mailed to the winning team.
METHOD OF PAYMENT: It is considerably preferable that you pay by check instead of cash; we will potentially have little cash on hand for making change. Make checks out to "GMU Quiz Bowl," endorse them on the back, write "Deposit only" and our student organization's number, 610472.
FOOD: Lunch will not be provided. We urge all teams to eat on campus to avoid delays.
The Johnson Center contains several places to eat, including a sub station, a Burger King, a Panera-like sandwich place, an Indian station, and a Chinese station. There are more places to eat outside the Johnson Center, but we strongly encourage all teams to eat in the Johnson Center to avoid delays.
We will provide teams with a food guide.
Below is the final field.
Outside Staff (5)(confirmed):
VCU: Matt Weiner