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by alexdz
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 2036

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

I think some of the nuance in this issue is that not only are people reluctant to admit to their editor they can't finish questions on time, they're reluctant to admit it to themselves, too ("It's fine, I'll just sit down this weekend, crack open a beer, and write them all," which we know won't hap...
by alexdz
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

This is a goal I've been trying to achieve somewhat with the SAGES sets I've written. The whole company was inspired by a need for good quality, pyramidal questions for *elementary school* players, and they have been successfully used for middle school tournaments targeting largely newer players or ...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Call for writers: Before-and-Afters
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Re: Call for writers: Before-and-Afters

I'd love to contribute again, and in fact I've already got a half-packet started and this will be impetus to finish it.
by alexdz
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT rules and policy changes for 2019-2020
Replies: 3
Views: 1351

Re: NAQT rules and policy changes for 2019-2020

FYI, there appears to be a typo/mistake on the college page where "National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics" is repeated twice rather than including USCAA.
by alexdz
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6751

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

As someone who formerly worked in sustainability, and in particular energy efficiency, I've also thought about a couple of other ways we as a community can be more environmentally friendly and cut down on our impacts on the climate. Building energy use: As much as is possible, we should do a better ...
by alexdz
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 14453

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

I'll still be in the Philly area (though I'm moving to the suburbs) and will try to make myself as available as possible to staff events in the area. I also anticipate continuing to teach courses at Harcum College in the fall and will renew my efforts to found some sort of quizbowl team there in add...
by alexdz
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 3060

Re: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

IIRC, Missouri explicitly prohibits such a thing for any MSHSAA member school, with some minor exceptions for overage students at the 8th grade level. (All multi-subject team-based quizbowl events are subject to MSHSAA's jurisdiction, even beyond the state series.)
by alexdz
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season
Replies: 8
Views: 2161

Re: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season

SAGES has been asked to bid for a JV/novice set to be used for a Missouri conference, but the set would then also be available for many other events (as Missouri format is pretty close to national format now, with a few relatively easy tweaks to the distribution). Supposing this bid is accepted, I'd...
by alexdz
Wed May 15, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 2944

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

My apologies for the lack of official update on the forum post here, but this tournament was canceled due to lack of registrations. Turns out April 27 is not an ideal weekend for an event when most of the eligible schools in the area end their semesters about a week or two later. I'm going to see wh...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 9
Views: 3451

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

I think some decrease in physics and a corresponding increase in math would be a good idea in the "standard distribution" for that housewrites & companies use for the high school level. (The problem is only more pronounced in middle school.) As a middle school (and elementary!) writer, I've definit...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 11283

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

We should also work on lionizing people more for their contributions to creating a healthy community than their performance as players. The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance has established a Values Award to do exactly this job. We're honored to give this award each year to a player or players who have be...
by alexdz
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 2944

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

I just recently sent out another batch of emails and follow-ups to try and recruit more schools to participate in this event. I have a goal in mind of having 6 teams signed up, and while there's another month to go, I'd love to be making more progress toward this goal. If there are any leads you thi...
by alexdz
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 7025

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

As I've been planning my community college tournament in Philly, someone asked me once if I'd be open to inviting small 4-year schools to join us as well. I pondered the idea, and while I don't think it would be a great idea for this first event, I wonder if being more intentional about having event...
by alexdz
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CW Rock and roll Hall of Shame IV Set for Mirroring
Replies: 2
Views: 1891

Re: CW Rock and roll Hall of Shame IV Set for Mirroring

When do you expect this set would be complete and available for mirrors?
by alexdz
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 2944

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

Registration for this event is now live on the NAQT website.

Teams without an active NAQT account can contact either myself or NAQT for more information on how to register.
by alexdz
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)
Replies: 12
Views: 5632

Re: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)

...if only we could get SEPTA to run more than once an hour in the evening! Hear, hear! I want to echo what Charlie said from the staffing side. Rebecca is a fantastic TD and extremely good at communicating. I always knew exactly where I should be and when, and always had quick answers to any quest...
by alexdz
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 11427

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

What was your protest on? As the person who moderated that game, I remember that Maryland answered "justified true belief" after I read the phrase "truth-tracking theory" about midway through the question on "belief" (Packet F, tossup 14). Seeing no directions to anti-prompt, I trusted the answer l...
by alexdz
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43447

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is pretty reasonably well-connected with public transit, so in addition to the Airport Line train for those teams flying in, there are also dozens of trolley lines and bus routes that will pass within reasonable walking distance of Penn's campus. Teams who drive to Philly and are hoping...
by alexdz
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 2944

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

I'm happy to announce that there has been some movement from nearby community colleges who are interested in learning more about forming teams for this event. However, I am still looking for any leads that you think may be fruitful, especially if you know someone personally who attends or works for ...
by alexdz
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Epistemology?
Replies: 5
Views: 3422

Re: Quizbowl Epistemology?

I've been doing a lot of pondering how to sell this game to a new community college setting myself. And while what Bruce says is true, it's also true that quizbowl is a better test of real academic/classroom knowledge than the "factoid"/bar trivia that Chris's colleagues seem to have in mind. Here a...
by alexdz
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out
Replies: 15
Views: 4264

Re: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out

The above advice all holds true - there should be nothing wrong with you also specializing in history. To provide a more direct answer to your original question, based on your interests, it seems like other aspects of fine arts might be an easy access point for you (art and history are interwoven in...
by alexdz
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 2944

Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

I am pleased to announce the Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament, an invitational for two-year schools (community colleges). This event is possible thanks to an outreach grant from NAQT to help develop more opportunities for two-year schools in the mid-Atlantic region, where (to my knowledge) th...
by alexdz
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Feedback about Feedback
Replies: 7
Views: 4281

Re: Feedback about Feedback

What Bruce said is absolutely correct. I will add/clarify that you should absolutely address any *factual* errors at the individual question level so that the editors have a chance to correct them for any future mirrors (and for the sake of improving their knowledge). But Bruce is right that beyond ...
by alexdz
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 4629

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

A friend of mine has been running a religion podcast for a while now, the Classical Ideas Podcast . He's a teacher with a background in religious studies, so the material is presented in a really accessible way. Not very episode would be super useful for quizbowl, but it might be a great way to expl...
by alexdz
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 4466

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

What you eat for lunch can impact how you feel after. If you can find something relatively light and somewhat healthy, along the lines of a turkey sandwich or a salad, you won't have the tiredness that comes along with digesting a big hearty meal. So unfortunately, a go-to like Chipotle isn't always...
by alexdz
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Constitutes Good Moderating
Replies: 10
Views: 4886

Re: What Constitutes Good Moderating

TDs, for the love of all that's good, if you're using paper packets, stop printing on both sides. Or at the very least, do not ever allow the last page of tossups and the first page of bonuses to be on the same sheet of paper. THIS. It makes reading so much easier when I don't have to figure out wh...
by alexdz
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 7025

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

Just looking at 2018 ICT stats, I'm seeing only 11/36 teams in DI being Undergraduate eligible. That leads me to wonder how much of this is the impact of graduate students, who would be much more likely to be at larger institutions with substantial graduate programs, which would be tiny or nonexiste...
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 10268

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

I have a question about this rule: Individuals wishing to compete at high school tournaments must not turn 19 until after the current competition year—in other words, if they will still be 18 or younger as of next July 31. At what point does this rule disqualify someone based on age? For example, if...
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 22290

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Nothing in the published rules suggests a letter theme is required, so I haven't been doing that with my sets. Hopefully that avoids some of the issues anyway.
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 22290

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

I'm not 100% perfect, but I can say that I've looked over my answer lines several times and any of the questions (tossup, bonus, and worksheet) with multiple valid answers have them all listed in the answerline. I don't tend to use "starts with this letter" questions unless absolutely necessary, so ...
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 22290

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

I am currently working on a project for a MS league in Alabama, and I hope that my worksheets will be well-received. The first event is either this week or next, I believe, and the league runs through November. There may be a handful of vocabulary/definition questions in there, but they are overwhel...
by alexdz
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 7310

Re: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)

Congratulations to all the teams who competed today! There were a ton of really competitive games in all the divisions I read for. I also want to make sure that Jack, Jared, and the rest of the Princeton team are commended for resolving several of the issues that previously plagued PHSAT and getting...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Team Dysfunction
Replies: 4
Views: 3546

Re: Team Dysfunction

Short of walking away from the team, I think there are a couple of things you can do. 1) If your team isn't already set up this way, consider proposing a division of labor. If each person has a particular "role" to play - A covers science, B covers fine arts, C covers literature... - then there migh...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PA area CC SCT
Replies: 1
Views: 1803

Re: PA area CC SCT

An update on this: I have some tentative support from the college I'm working for to host a CC SCT this January. But that only makes sense if there are teams prepared to attend, so I'm going to start seeking out teams over the next week or two. Largely, that's going to mean starting from scratch wit...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl ESL Student
Replies: 3
Views: 2739

Re: Quiz Bowl ESL Student

I have been thinking about this for the past couple of days since you posted and I'm surprised no one else has responded yet. What do you know about this student's overall language skills in English? I don't know how familiar you are with the field of second language acquisition, but from what littl...
by alexdz
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PA area CC SCT
Replies: 1
Views: 1803

PA area CC SCT

I'm looking into the possibility of hosting a CC SCT this winter in the Philadelphia area. I recently started adjunct teaching at a 2-year school in the area, so I think I can probably pull the event off if there is enough interest from teams to compete. I have a contact list started of student life...
by alexdz
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 42023

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Jason Loy has been in Missouri for a quite some time now, but I'm sure he'd still be willing to speak to you about his experiences in Arkansas. Speaking of Missouri, I'm familiar enough with my Arkansas geography to know that you're reasonably close to the southwest portion of my fine home state. If...
by alexdz
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 7310

Re: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (10/29/18)

FYI... September 29 is 9/29/18.
by alexdz
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 5917

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

In theory, I love the idea of seeing how pyramidality would work in other languages (especially ones with rigid gender!). But unless there is a viable competitive environment for such a packet, then its creation would simply be an intellectual exercise. One idea I have toyed with that might be more ...
by alexdz
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Open NASAT Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 4164

Re: Penn Open NASAT Mirror

To clarify, you mean Sunday, July 15, and not Saturday, right?
by alexdz
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Open NASAT Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 4164

Re: Penn Open NASAT Mirror

The spreadsheet is currently View Only, at least for me.
by alexdz
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Recognizing people in organizational roles
Replies: 4
Views: 3244

Re: Recognizing people in organizational roles

The current executive board of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance deserves a ton of kudos, and in particular our current president Jeffrey Hill. Jeff does an incredible amount of behind the scenes work to organize and promote several tournaments a year on campuses he isn't affiliated with, which is a mo...
by alexdz
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 27761

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

The late lunch on Saturday was also tougher than expected for staffing, especially those that had to read tiebreakers. In retrospect, perhaps ordering pizza would have been more useful on Saturday, and letting people go out to eat on Sunday? I'll second this. There may have seemed to be enough time...
by alexdz
Wed May 30, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 62322

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

Perhaps you were scared of making a scene. Perhaps you didn't want things to be awkward. That's understandable, but do you know what else is awkward? Being leered at while you're trying to play a tournament. Being reduced to an object. Being scared to be in a room alone with someone. If you could h...
by alexdz
Thu May 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 6164

Re: My Health

Much love and support to you. If there's anything I can do to help you (as a former teacher, as a writer, as a friend) - feel free to reach out.
by alexdz
Thu May 17, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 15205

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

So I showed my fiance (Kendra) this (and a few other threads) and she after she thought about it for a bit she proposed an idea for how to make it easier to clamp down on these toxic and unacceptable occurrences in real time. Her proposal is to create some sort of online form (probably Google) that...
by alexdz
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 9509

Re: The end of the match

Formalizing this seems like the least of our worries. If someone wanted to try and organize something a bit neater for, say, their state finals matches or a national finals, then I could see where it would be reasonable to make this congratulatory ritual a bit more neat. But for any individual match...
by alexdz
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."
Replies: 12
Views: 8156

Re: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."

What is the general opinion on saying something like "I'm sorry, I can't accept that" for *EVERY* incorrect answer, close or not? As someone who has moderated several games for complete newbies to quizbowl, I've found myself doing something like this before to try and minimize what could be perceive...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes
Replies: 5
Views: 3347

Re: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

[*] The use of epithets insulting a participant's race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. constitutes severe misconduct, for which the tournament director can eject the offender from the tournament immediately (it had previously constituted minor misconduct)[/list] I wholeheart...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan 2017-2018 Schedule and Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 16755

Re: Michigan 2017-2018 Schedule and Discussion

As a member of the other state organization that has been mentioned (Missouri's MOQBA), I'd like to clarify and provide some input on what we did to start. (1) Like has been clarified about PA, MOQBA is also not a state governing body for quizbowl in Missouri. [The official state tournament is run b...