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by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:23 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 22460

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

As it's looking like right now, we might be turning that 1/1 World Lit category into a 1/1 World Lit and Myth and adding a 1/1 Religion category. To my knowledge, this is pretty uncharted territory, and unlike high school, I've seen very few "fraud" buzzes that I've come to expect from high school ...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 22460

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

jonah wrote:
Stephen Colbert wrote:I'll also be at NU in the fall
Go on...
I'm transferring there, hopefully graduating in less than two years, and if I can successfully get into one, going to med school.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:19 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 22460

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

Dan-Don wrote:Well obviously I can't speak for NU's program yet, but if I get permission my intention is to resurrect Jr. Wildcat with MS-01.
I'll also be at NU in the fall and will do whatever I can to help this happen.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 22460

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

...Leyden's middle school tournament on April 8th. Is this tournament solely for Leyden's feeder schools? Or can any school apply for entry? [asks the coach whose MS team's scheduled number of tournaments went from 5 to 2, through no choice of their own] Dear suburban Illinois high schools, Please ...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:51 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 22460

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

I advocated replacing 1/1 trash with any of the following alternatives: 1/1 religion & myth (retaining 4/4 lit consisting of 1/1 each of American, English/European, world, and 1/1 more from one of those three) 1/1 geography/current events (and retaining 4/4 social studies consisting of 1/1 American ...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc
Replies: 43
Views: 5834

Re: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc

Moving Day wrote:Nail Technology
I smell a family/consumer science toss-up on acetone.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc
Replies: 43
Views: 5834

Re: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc

If the argument is being made to keep home economics, industrial arts, agriculture, etc. (subjects more likely to be taught in smaller, more rural schools and therefore benefit those schools) to "equalize" or balance out the "complex" computational mathematics (I guess its being argued that since ca...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc
Replies: 43
Views: 5834

Re: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc

Can we arrange to have a representative of the IHSSBCA at each site to distribute/collect the survey, explain its importance, ensure coaches/teammates aren't unduly influencing the participants, and promptly return the results?
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Finals
Replies: 72
Views: 7696

Re: IHSA Finals

Go ahead, throw your vote away.
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Registrations will continue to be accepted until April 1st, 2010. Currently, entry fees have been received from all 16 registered teams. I don't anticipate any more additions prior to the registration deadline; nonetheless, I'm open to surprises. No teams will be turned away prior to the deadline, b...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Barrington INTERSTATE Tournament VII (3.13.10)
Replies: 89
Views: 16033

Re: Barrington INTERSTATE Tournament VII (3.13.10)

Sebby drove to Streator from his Naperville home and slept on the Riss' couch Friday night.
Really? Naperville is like 90 minutes away from Streator. What's the shower situation like on Saturday morning? I'm guessing a high likelihood of quizbowl funk.
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

styxman wrote:It also assumes you don't need two packets for the final. Not good if you want to have a final, I'd agree.
Yeah, this too!
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

This is true, but you are taking a HUGE gamble. Personally, I'm against it, but it's your call. It's an interesting possibility with an unacceptable risk. I haven't given enough consideration to formats with preliminary matches carrying over to the playoffs, since middle school coaches are usually ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I might do 3x6 morning, then 3x6 afternoon - top 2 in each morning pool in the top afternoon pool, then middle 2, and so on - where you don't rematch the game from the morning. Everybody gets 9 games. Then you either don't run a final, or don't have an emergency packet. It would be risky, but you c...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I'm open to suggestions for 16- and/or 18-team tournament formats with the following preferences/limitations: -all teams are guaranteed 8 rounds (I would be open to a format in which teams in upper brackets play 9 total rounds while teams in lower brackets play 8 total rounds) -there are only 10 pac...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Barrington INTERSTATE Tournament VII (3.13.10)
Replies: 89
Views: 16033

Re: Barrington INTERSTATE Tournament VII (3.13.10)

I had some pre-tournament jitters that this set might be a little too difficult, but teams consistently exceeded my expectations (and I didn’t even get to read for Longfellow). Apart from the aforementioned delay during the first re-bracket, things went pretty smoothly. I heard no complaints about t...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Field updated to add Crete Monee Middle School of University Park, IL.
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Another field update to include at least one and possibly two teams from Stephen Mack Middle School in Rockton, IL.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13322

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

I completely agree that those of us calling for change need to do a better job of communicating our opinions to the IHSA and of educating the scholastic bowl community of Illinois. I have found there to be reasonable people on both sides of the issue. I find myself frustrated with both the process a...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13322

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

While this is a very good post, the first part of it is incorrect. For one thing, good pyramidal questions allow writers/editors to create questions that work for a variety of levels. For another thing, there are some aspects of the State Series that allow writers to tailor their questions to the a...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13322

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

The slow process of change is no longer acceptable. Change has generated a state series that is no more legitimate than it was ten years ago. Then, many of us didn’t know any better. Now, we do. The process of tweaking the distribution and rewriting the IHSA rules has made the state series no more p...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13322

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

On another note, I didn't see any of IHSA's pet categories. No drivers' ed, and the the consumer science was just science with a home-ec twist. There was a pretty stupid bonus on roof styles, though. I wasn't playing at the time, though. Yeah, the agriculture tossup was basically a cleverly-disguis...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13322

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

So, while moderating a Class A sectional at Princeton, one recurring thought crept into my mind. The high school canon continues to expand upwards, but very few teams in Illinois are growing along with it. This makes it nearly impossible to craft a state series which adequately differentiates betwee...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Field updated to add Dimmick Grade School and drop Morris Saratoga.
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Field updated. The Albus Dumbledore Memorial may join the Barrington Invitational with "interstate" status as Northwest Junior High from Coralville, Iowa (19th overall in the Fall 2009 KMO) has expressed interest.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

The early registration discount period has ended. Registration will continue until April 1st, 2010 or until the field is full (at this point, I'm skeptical we'll get to 24 teams). I have redoubled my efforts to attract more teams and would like to see the field reach at least 16. If you know of any ...
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Moving Day wrote:FYI, The Sycamore coach said they are planning to attend.
Sweet! I look forward to receiving Sycamore's registration.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The new IESA rule 7-1-4e thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1167

Re: The new IESA rule 7-1-4e thread

Unless a player is using his/her cell phone mid-match to look up an answer, I don't have a problem with it. Remind everyone during your morning announcements to shut-off/silence phones unless it's an emergency. Rules that are punitive for the sake of being punitive (matching tops, blurt rule, etc.) ...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Field updated above. There are just under ten days left before the early registration deadline of March 1st, 2010. Registrations will continue to be accepted until April 1st, 2010, or until the field is full.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectional assignments are (finally) up
Replies: 80
Views: 10854

Re: IHSA Sectional assignments are (finally) up

Anybody know anything about St Anthony, Newton, or Lawrenceville? I'm guessing no...but I thought I'd at least ask. Altamont (the team that came out of this sectional last year) hasn't really been heard from either...I'm going to stick with my sentiment in a previous post, where I think this is a s...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing a mACF rules description for IESA coaches
Replies: 9
Views: 1339

Re: Writing a mACF rules description for IESA coaches

Moving Day wrote:IESA by-law 2.083. :oops:
I really, really hate the fact that I know exactly what that means without looking it up.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing a mACF rules description for IESA coaches
Replies: 9
Views: 1339

Re: Writing a mACF rules description for IESA coaches

4. NEED HELP HERE TO REDEFINE WHAT THE BONUS REPLACEMENT RULE SHOULD LOOK LIKE FOR BOUNCEBACKS! Check out the PACE NSC rules (for the old format, but they address this issue). A quick search of the Interwebs didn't yield such a document. Can you point me to the appropriate site? Thanks in advance.....
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I wasn't able to pull Macomb, but maybe you could. You should send Linda Wilson a note (and maybe Tristan Willey can help talk her into it!). I did send Macomb an invitation, but I will make a personal appeal as well. For Tristan or any other Illinois high school students, if you have ties to your ...
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Yo, I'll be sure to mention your tournament to the teams attending the Metcalf Tournament on 2/13/10. BTW, you'd barely recognize the AA field; Springfield Franklin, Jacksonville Turner, & Rochester are in, Dunlap, El Paso-Gridley, & Ottawa Shepherd are out. The A field has hardly any changes; Flan...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I will gladly accept the help of any local high school scholastic bowl players.... I'd like to help. What time would should I get there? Awesome. I'll send you an e-mail with details about a month before the tournament. Do you know of any Iowa teams that might be interested in attending? If so, let...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I tentatively have 6-8 local moderators I assume that the Scholastic Bowl team of Streator High School is generously helping out? I will gladly accept the help of any local high school scholastic bowl players who wish to expand their horizons beyond the IHSA-style bonus. Since many coaches in this ...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

If you have any staff coming down from the Chicago area, let me know and I'll see if I can get a ride with them. I'd love to moderate for this, I just don't have an independent way to get there. Moderators will be paid $50 and provided breakfast & lunch. If a contingent of staffers can be convinced...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Second Annual Loyburn Classic @ Rockford Auburn (1/30/10)
Replies: 38
Views: 11217

Re: Second Annual Loyburn Classic @ Rockford Auburn (1/30/10)

Oliver Ellsworth wrote:We are by no means starved; we're surrounded by famine. No, a hunger strike...
Perhaps the most poignant statement about Illinois quizbowl ever.
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Transition from Bad Quizbowl to Better Quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 3845

Re: The Transition from Bad Quizbowl to Better Quizbowl

I mentioned last week on another thread, but I am sure it got lost in the flare-up, that at least with respect to QG, they have a virtual stranglehold on Illinois Jr. High (middle school) competition. While I can't speak for Chicago, I can say everywhere else (90% at least) either QG or QG clones r...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Current field for the 2010 Albus Dumbledore Memorial : (Registration forms and entry fees have been received from teams in bold.) Crete Monee Middle School (Univesity Park, IL) Dimmick Grade School (LaSalle, IL) Fieldcrest Middle School (Wenona, IL) x 2 Flanagan Grade School (Flanagan, IL) x 2 Freep...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 7400

Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

This is a preliminary announcement for the inaugural Albus Dumbledore Memorial scholastic bowl tournament, a mirror of the 2010 Middle School Collaborative Tournament , held on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) in Oglesby, Illinois (near the intersection of I-80 ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT: Who You Attempting to Fool?
Replies: 69
Views: 10880

Re: NAQT: Who You Attempting to Fool?

Jacopo Robusti wrote:It was almost as if some of these people were are bitter towards the fact that teams have been embracing good quiz bowl.
At least in Illinois, anyway.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Barrington INTERSTATE Tournament VII (3.13.10)
Replies: 89
Views: 16033

Re: Barrington Invitational Tournament VII (3.13.10)

How many rounds are you shooting for this year? With the mACF format and a strong contingent of moderators, would it be conceivable to go beyond eight rounds? I suppose the number of rounds is also dependent on the set being used. I was thinking this morning that I might need more than 8 rounds thi...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Barrington INTERSTATE Tournament VII (3.13.10)
Replies: 89
Views: 16033

Re: Barrington Invitational Tournament VII (3.13.10)

Only 3 months until the tournament date! I have more B teams than I've had in the past. Suggestions for a B bracket format? If there are 16 B teams? 18 B teams? How many rounds are you shooting for this year? With the mACF format and a strong contingent of moderators, would it be conceivable to go ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Huskie Bowl/Prison Bowl Mirror 02/06/2010
Replies: 54
Views: 13369

Re: NIU Huskie Bowl/Prison Bowl Mirror 02/06/2010

I'm pretty sure I'll be available to help staff this.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/7/09
Replies: 83
Views: 104627

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/7/09

Eventually, I'm going to run an analysis determining who would've won each match if the computation and vocab were eliminated. The motivation is that the Team Illinois selection committee want the data for their task, but I imagine it will be of interest beyond that. If anyone feels like doing that...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/7/09
Replies: 83
Views: 104627

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/7/09

This was really fun to moderate. Everyone was really nice, even though I somehow still get mistaken for a high school student. I wish I could've hung around to watch the championship and meet more people, but we wanted to check out the campuses of Northwestern and Loyola before it got too dark. Than...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Collaborative Middle School Tournament: Writer Signup
Replies: 28
Views: 5279

Re: Collaborative Middle School Tournament: Writer Signup

We could always write three-part bonuses and if, in the process, we discover that the middle school canon isn't deep enough or the hard parts are too difficult, they could be scaled down to two parts. This could lead to an undesirable amount of extra work, in which case it would probably be better t...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Collaborative Middle School Tournament: Writer Signup
Replies: 28
Views: 5279

Re: Collaborative Middle School Tournament: Writer Signup

I'm willing to contribute 10/10, preferably in science, math, current events, and/or fine arts.

If no one else steps forward, I think I could find a site to mirror this in central Illinois.