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by steven-lamp
Fri Nov 10, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: U. of Michigan decides equal opportunity still sucks...
Replies: 15
Views: 5246

..."Solving" the problem of group disparities could be much more easily and fairly addressed by admitting only qualified students and then providing financial aid to those that require it. The weakness in your argument is that it begs the question of what a qualified student is and how one becomes ...
by steven-lamp
Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: U. of Michigan decides equal opportunity still sucks...
Replies: 15
Views: 5246

and intial distribution of "points" to someone in a system based upon characteristics like ethnicity, race, etc I'm pretty sure Michigan stopped doing that already. Whether or not points are there is irrelevant: Race is still a quantified value in their admissions standards, just like SAT scores, G...
by steven-lamp
Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: U. of Michigan decides equal opportunity still sucks...
Replies: 15
Views: 5246

Objectively, however, I think that we have a need for affirmative action. Certain segments of our society have clearly been put at a disadvantage by past abuses, and that'd led to a level of inequality that is not only morally wrong, not only bad for society, but also bad for the economy. Something...
by steven-lamp
Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: U. of Michigan decides equal opportunity still sucks...
Replies: 15
Views: 5246

U. of Michigan decides equal opportunity still sucks...

http://www.umich.edu/pres/speeches/061103div.html Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment voted on (and passed) in a referendum during the latest elections in Michigan, effectively bans affirmative action for public institutions (employment, government, etc.). Despite the fact that Michigan's citizen...
by steven-lamp
Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006-2007 Alabama Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 8311

I didn't know UA had/was establishing a quizbowl team. You guys should try to get a table at Get on Board day so people can see what everything's about...
by steven-lamp
Fri May 26, 2006 3:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ASCN NATIONALS CANCELLED!
Replies: 28
Views: 14125

Part of the national tournament experience is the treatment and the venue, as well. ASCN has always offered good treatment and a great venue. Also, at this point it's too late for the LAMP people to attend ANY national due to scheduling conflicts and tournaments being full. The players on the team s...
by steven-lamp
Thu May 25, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ASCN NATIONALS CANCELLED!
Replies: 28
Views: 14125

Re: Chicago

...certainly the only people who were still coming were the faithful few- which have now been severely financially injured. Are there any woluld-be-ASCN teams/coaches/players reading this? Can we get your take? Well, speaking as a former player who attended ASCN twice and whose school has gone to p...
by steven-lamp
Wed May 24, 2006 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

So, in an effort to unhijack the Alabama thread: I really hope there are more NAQT tournaments run in the state next year. I think last year it was just Brindlee Mountain's and then States.
by steven-lamp
Wed May 03, 2006 11:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

If there is an ASCN, that's where LAMP's going, I guess.

It's kind of disappointing to me that they didn't register for NAQT nationals again this year, but oh well.
by steven-lamp
Tue May 02, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 130696

Dude, Brookwoodite is not the preferred nomenclature, please, Brookwoodian.
by steven-lamp
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

I'll take David, Slade, and George for the tie. I played against Shiva, and he was damn good, but I think the other three were better because they proved themselves repeatedly at tournaments throughout the southeast.
by steven-lamp
Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

When are NAQT states? I really hope LAMP sends a team. Since David's on here now: David, why the heck aren't you guys registered?!
by steven-lamp
Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 07 in Miami
Replies: 26
Views: 13074

HAH! I LOVE TEH INTERNET MAcKING SKILLZ OF TAHT GUY!!!

Grow up, son.
by steven-lamp
Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

I suppose one could think Bob Jones would be that much better, but I used to hear a lot of "what ifs" with teams back in the day (meaning, last year and before). One thing that I've realized about quiz bowl schools, and perennial powerhouses/strong teams is that each team usually has a number of str...
by steven-lamp
Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

You could always go stay at MMI... That way you KNOW you and your team would both be awake in plenty of time to get to the tournament. :lol:
by steven-lamp
Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

I moderated preliminary pool B then did the quarterfinals, semifinals, and consolation match. If you were in pool C you probably had my mom as a reader, I think she was in C3??? (Woman with red hair.)
by steven-lamp
Sun Mar 05, 2006 3:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

1. Bumpus
2. Hartselle
3. Whitesburg
4. Oak Mountain

Funny, I read the consolation round and I'm not totally sure that the 3 and 4 I listed are correct. I don't really remember.
by steven-lamp
Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

Andy's good, but it seems to me (from the 4 or 5 times I played Brindlee Mountain last year) that the other team members definitely step up when they need to. Usually when we played Brindlee Mountain Andy wouldn't get a ton of tossups, the other players usually picked a lot of them up.
by steven-lamp
Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

I think Mr. Cooper would come f*ck your sh*t up over something like that, because he's pretty gangsta.
by steven-lamp
Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUESTION SPECIFIC Thread for NAQT SCT
Replies: 31
Views: 17096

AuguryMarch wrote: Moreover, who cares how many water cascades it had? How is that not more than just filler? Is someone hearing this and thinking "Ok, this guy had a summer palace... wait... it has four water cascades? oh! its Peter!" (Not my question, nor do I feel like looking up who did write i...
by steven-lamp
Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

The District system is a business matter for ASCA, in my opinion. I don't think they intentionally have an unequal distribution of teams, but there is an exponentially higher probability that more teams will continue to participate in (and as such, pay dues for) the ASCA state tournament. Localized ...
by steven-lamp
Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

10 5 point tossups. Usually relatively short, easy tossups.

10 tossups with 20 point bonuses, bounceback.

20 item, 100 point worksheet. 2 minutes.

10 15 point semi-pyramidal tossups.
by steven-lamp
Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 15717

I don't see anything wrong with locally centralized home-school collectives playing quizbowl at all, especially if they have a common curriculum supplier, etc. To disqualify home-schoolers in a local collective would mean disqualifying all local magnet schools (like LAMP, my alma mater). Furthermore...
by steven-lamp
Sun Dec 25, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 15717

At NAQT nats last June we played a home-school team from Oklahoma. I think they were called Edmond Home School Cooperative or something. They had to be fairly decent if they got a berth to HSNCT...
by steven-lamp
Sun Dec 25, 2005 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 25993

He could go re-start Auburn's team....
by steven-lamp
Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Readers
Replies: 17
Views: 8386

There's this one fella at Vanderbilt every year that does an excellent job reading. He's a big guy with red hair and he is a great combination of good speed and near perfect pronunciation. At NAQT Nationals I think we had Dwight Kidder once, and he was really good. The one thing that really separate...
by steven-lamp
Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Team in the World?
Replies: 55
Views: 34717

Well, I've been studying my Philosophy and just got through with my term paper defending pragmatism as the best method of evaluating god's existence, and I googled the school, and I found Amelia Earhart High School in North Hollywood, CA. Maybe that's the school?
by steven-lamp
Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 25993

I think Corey lives in my Residence Hall, and I run into him all the time at parties around campus. I think we talked about quiz bowl once, and it ended up being something like "Hey man, who wrote 'Gravity's Rainbow'?" and then we sort of yelled in unison "Beer" or something and then proceeded on, b...
by steven-lamp
Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 25993

If Slade transfers from Ole Miss, I'm down. :cool:

In all seriousness, this semester's been a little busy and I'm only going to be at UA for another 4 or 5 semesters. I might try to get something started next fall, though.
by steven-lamp
Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 25993

One of my HS teammates from last year is at Auburn now, and I remember him saying something about a team there. I would assume he's involved with it, if he was talking about it. If Auburn has a team, then Alabama really needs one... Just sort of random, but I think one of the B-teamers from last yea...
by steven-lamp
Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 25993

I think U of A only runs a campus-wide CBI competition. You sign up your team, play in the tournament, and the winning team represents the school at more CBI events. I didn't participate this year because of the dubious rumors I've heard about CBI. For a school with 24,000 student enrollment and a s...
by steven-lamp
Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Films that Quiz Bowl Players Need To See
Replies: 26
Views: 12949

I saw you had mentioned Alexander as one to see, but Alexander contains several mythological inconsistencies that might confuse your team. EDIT: Eh, yeah so I definitely confused Alexander and Troy... How about not seeing Alexander because it's just not a very good movie. Besides, the emphasis isn't...
by steven-lamp
Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

If Guntersville isn't too far from T-Town, I might be able to drive up there to read.
by steven-lamp
Wed Nov 09, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

There was an idiotic poster who was from DCC (I don't even think he played on the team) who came on here after a tournament they won and said something to the effect of "HAAHHAHAHA ALL OF YOUS JUST GOT YOR TODDS FEENISED" or something, and I don't think anyone knew what the hell he meant, but it sur...
by steven-lamp
Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

bigtrain wrote:GRISSOM IS GONNA FEENIS EVERYONE'S TODDS!!!!!! No, really man, they are. :eyebrow:
Nice call, big train. That is the exact phrase that came to mind after reading his post.
by steven-lamp
Fri Nov 04, 2005 5:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 31695

With apologies to everyone else whose tournament I've been involved with (including several of my own), Brookwood's tournament is the most well-run tournament in terms of logistics that I have ever seen. Rick runs a very organized system through prelims and playoffs, and it seems like everyone has ...
by steven-lamp
Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 68934

"They are the only mammals with no hydrochloric acid in their digestive tracts, as the formic acid in their diets" *buzz*

Anteaters. (From 2005 HSNCT)
by steven-lamp
Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 314998

Speaking of Freemasons, I had a bad neg where Freemasons was mistaken for Deists.
by steven-lamp
Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brief results--Hoover Invitational
Replies: 8
Views: 4231

I'd call that question a hose, because "the first" indicates "the first [of works of this name]" instead of the author. I would have buzzed in and said Metamorphoses, and been miffed to find the answer to be Kafka/Ovid. Questions need to be explicitly clear as to what they need for an answer (work, ...
by steven-lamp
Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 280507

Not trying to de-rail the thread, but Mr. Barry I will be in the Alabama student section enjoying myself while my beloved Tide put the beat-down on LSU.
by steven-lamp
Fri Oct 21, 2005 11:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Tournament?
Replies: 5
Views: 3012

I agree with Lee: The face to face competition is one of the most important factors in quiz bowl. It's a lot easier to answer questions looking at a computer screen than looking at people on the other side of the table/room that are thinking just as hard as you are and trying to beat you to the punc...
by steven-lamp
Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

I think that high school curriculum has a major effect on quiz bowl ability, especially with pyramidal questions. AP History courses are probably the single-most effective way to improve one's performance on, obviously, history questions, but also art/music movements and the history behind them, imp...
by steven-lamp
Sat Oct 01, 2005 1:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Post your school schedules!
Replies: 20
Views: 9739

Common Book Experience Seminar on Jared Diamond's Collapse
Calculus
Honors Introduction to Philosophy and Logic
Introduction to American Politics
The Arts of Tuscaloosa (yay, fine arts credit gone)
Model UN
by steven-lamp
Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 182872

Was LAMP at the fun tournament? If so, how'd they do?
by steven-lamp
Sun Sep 11, 2005 4:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 280507

Hey, look! I got my post sanctioned because I'm a massive idiot! Kind-of like my school's football program, eh?
by steven-lamp
Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Systems
Replies: 24
Views: 15170

We used Quik Pro at LAMP, and they weren't very reliable at all. A lot of the cords stop functioning and the box has issues frequently.
by steven-lamp
Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lunch at Tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 8897

DaGeneral wrote:...pop...
Bottle-a-pop!
by steven-lamp
Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lunch at Tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 8897

LAMP's in the ghetto, so the only thing available for sale around is crack and bootleg CDs. We always sold pizzas and had various other concessions at tournaments, and it worked really nicely and kept things running on time. Playoffs would be announced right after lunch briefly in a room above the l...
by steven-lamp
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HS NCT Announcement
Replies: 26
Views: 12432

I'm glad it's going back to Chicago. 'Twas a nice area, and it provides an incontrovertible reason to attend NAQT for schools whose coaches (like mine) insist on going to ASCN each year. That assumes there will be an ASCN next May. True dat. I've graduated already, so I don't really care one way or...
by steven-lamp
Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HS NCT Announcement
Replies: 26
Views: 12432

I'm glad it's going back to Chicago. 'Twas a nice area, and it provides an incontrovertible reason to attend NAQT for schools whose coaches (like mine) insist on going to ASCN each year.