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by Victor Prieto
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 4983

Re: PACE Writing Mentorship Program

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through July 31st. I put that date on the application, I'll also put it in my original post.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 4983

PACE Writing Mentorship Program

PACE is pleased to announce a mentorship program for writers. Any high school graduate is welcome to apply for the program. We are looking for applicants of all experience levels, including those who have never written a question before and those who have written many questions. The motivation behin...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PA Tournaments 2018-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 3830

Re: PA Tournaments 2018-2019

Penn State will be hosting Nittany Lion Novice IV on October 6th, 2018, and Penn State Spring on March 23rd, 2019. We have not yet selected the sets to be used.
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 21, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

Congratulations to all the winners! 4th Scorer of the Year : Alston Boyd - Chicago Awarded to the best player who scored the lowest number of points on any team that competed at ICT or ACF Nationals. "Best" is defined as most valuable at securing wins for their team compared to the other players on ...
by Victor Prieto
Sun May 20, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

Today is the last day to submit votes. We've had an impressive number of responses - I'll post the results tomorrow.
by Victor Prieto
Tue May 15, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

https://imgur.com/gallery/nvpX3D0.png I’m aware we are the big evil cabal, but as far as I know there’s still only one Chicago institution. Oops. Google actually automatically fixes it, so I'm not going to mess with it and accidentally delete data. It doesn't matter which Chicago is selected. Votin...
by Victor Prieto
Sun May 13, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

Voting is now open . I waited for SMT to be clear first, questions submitted from SCT or ICT were not included in the ballot as they are still in use. I decided to dispense with the plan of excluding votes from the same region or affiliated institutions. It just got very complicated, although I wil...
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 07, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

What's the date range for considering best set/question of the year? Does it extend back to last summer, or only since September? Sorry I never responded to this - I was counting only sets since September. Nominations will close tonight, ballots for voting will be posted sometime tomorrow. Only one...
by Victor Prieto
Fri May 04, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

Nominations are still open for a few more days. Pretty healthy number of nominations for most awards, but only two for newcomer of the year and one for best wrong answer of the year. In addition, I messed up the form for question of the year and wrong answer of the year, and didn't include a field f...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

Nominations are now live . Nominations will be open until May 7th. This list of awards is reproduced below. A full description of each award can be found in the form, after clicking through to that award. 4th Scorer of the Year Best Newcomer of the Year Best Set of the Year Best Wrong Answer of the...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

Personally, I think that amending the region requirement to just excluding votes from people at one's current institution would be a good compromise. This still requires a bunch of legwork on my end, but it's a reasonable compromise (I hope nominees are from less than 20 institutions, because havin...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

A few people have submitted suggestions for awards so far, but not very many. At the very least, there's some submissions that I'd like to highlight as inspiration for others, including some very goofy ones that I love. If you have any ideas (inspired by below), I'd encourage you to submit them here...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Re: Players Choice Awards

An Economic Ignoramus wrote:Do open tournaments competed in as a high schooler count as "collegiate" for these purposes?
I've adjusted the definition to make it more clear.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24105

Players Choice Awards

Voting is now live for this year's awards. ___________ Based on the suggestion of Justin Hawkins from the players poll thread (and with his permission), I've decided to organize a quizbowl version of the Players Choice Awards. These awards are not intended to distract from the player poll, but inst...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 14084

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

If you are seeking an editor, you shouldn't have posted your announcement. If you aren't, then you are presumably capable of editing the category yourselves, somehow. Which would you say is the case? I think it's okay to post an announcement with an editing team short one or two editors, with an op...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 14084

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

I would, generally, prefer for announced sets to have a designated literature editor. This is a good opportunity to find and initiate a new literature editor, or even more than one! Consider talking to people at schools which will host the set, and would have people that would be staffing and autom...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 7012

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

I think a regular tournament in early December is a good idea Having a regular set around April/May would allow the UK circuit (and others too, for that matter) to run Deep Bench properly. Canada would also greatly appreciate the March Undergraduate Tournament remaining in March, because our exams ...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 15263

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

You are all currently posting in a sub-forum in which threads were set up to accomplish every single one of these tasks! There is a thread that includes what is supposed to be the schedule for the year. There is a thread in which people discuss which necessary tournament slots/functions are already...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 9341

Re: The looming crisis

As far as I know, the only way to become a member of ACF is to be an editor for one of the three tournaments. The recruitment of editors for Regionals and Nationals has been 100% opaque to me for years. The Fall editor application has been around for a couple years now, but there's no information ab...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10767

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

It would necessitate rewriting a bunch of clues and the answerline, but "this variable" or "these reaction conditions" might work better.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10767

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Could the tossup on "Pavia" be posted? It was negged in almost every room it was read. I don't know much about the topic, but I'd be interested in hearing from people who do. I collected this info for the 17 rooms at NYU, UMN, and UMD: Pavia - 16 egocentrism - 15 Joachim Murat - 12 Alawites or Alaw...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10767

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

2. The first order rate constant for reactions involving these species is called the j-value. Addition of these species can be modeled by the bicycle-pedal and hula-twist mechanisms. Either an alkene and enol or substituted cyclobutanol can be formed after the addition of these species causes the r...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10767

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

ANSWER: swing jazz [prompt on big band jazz] Was that prompt there during the tournament? I buzzed in with "big band" and was negged. ANSWER: SDS PAGES-D-S page [or SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; prompt on PAGE or polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis] (First clue is Laemmli’s original SDS PA...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10767

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

There are several tossups I'd like to see:

swing (packet 1, tossup 4)
thin films (3, 1)
ion trapping (4, 6)
photons (8, 2)
fathers/priests (8, 20)
SDS PAGE (11, 2)
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 23811

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

You folks weren't around when an identifying signature wasn't required, but suffice it to say, it's much easier to be "toxic" when you're anonymous. If making people consider their words more carefully is the cost of keeping things more civil, I think it's a fair trade-off. That said, it's occasion...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 26378

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

csheep wrote:Are there any plans to use Ophirstats for CMST?
According to Ophir, it does not look like the system used for ACF Regionals will be implemented elsewhere.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 7694

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

I agree with just about everything in John's post, but I don't know to what extent the "bracket rhythm" can be planned out by a TD. At ACF Regionals, I made sure there are no matches in the first round between teams even remotely close in skill level (sorry again Case Western and Princeton), and the...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 12204

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

What is this bizarre infatuation with the educational power of lead-ins? Like, at regular collegiate difficulty, there is plenty of new, interesting information in middle clues and bonuses. Clearly, the middle clues are full of new information because most of the field isn't buzzing on them! From a ...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 16005

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

LetterOne will have no influence on the content of NAQT questions. If representatives from LetterOne attend NAQT events, they will hear the questions at the same time as the players do. We have instructed our writers and editors that this sponsorship deal should not affect their work, and we want t...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 16195

Re: Preseason Poll

Victor Prieto wrote:I made a spreadsheet
This has been updated with SCT stats.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 15828

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Depending on what Victor used to define "regularly": No team had 50% of their buzzes before the 50% or 60% mark. 4 teams had 25% of their buzzes before the 50% mark. 34 teams had 25% if the buzzes before the 60% mark. 55 teams had 10% of their buzzes before the 50% mark. 89 teams had 10% of their b...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 26378

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Disclaimer: I'm totally biased because an NYC mirror would be very convenient for me and I would probably attend if at NYU, maybe not if it's at Yale, definitely not if it's even further north. Normally, tournaments should avoid feeding off each other's regions, but for most teams in New England, ha...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 8397

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I swear to god, "that could screw up the schedule" was pretty much the first thing that entered my mind. As a TD who obsessively planned a mirror, this also occurred to me the moment I saw it. Before the advanced statistics appear, I'll say that I think most tossup answerlines were just fine for th...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 16195

Re: Preseason Poll

I made a spreadsheet compiling all stats from Penn Bowl and ACF Regionals, excepting Connecticut and the UK mirrors. I rushed it and there are probably numerous errors, and I didn't make a very deep attempt to get all the rosters right (and gave up partway through). I set the spreadsheet to comment-...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 11451

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

There was a repeat on the bonus part of “gardens,” specifically Gethsemane. The lead-in for equilibrium constant basically said “this quantity and chemical shift can be measured using 15N-1H heteronuclear single quantum coherence spectroscopy.” That statement doesn't really help point at equilibrium...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 3637

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)

Thank you to everyone who came to Penn State yesterday! I would like to congratulate Penn A for winning the first game of an advantaged final against Johns Hopkins A, after going undefeated in the field. As the only D2 team in the top bracket, Delaware won the D2 title outright, and then also won th...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 35580

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Assuming you are moderating at the Georgia Tech site, you should contact the tournament director at tdellaert3@gatech.edu immediately about training for the electronic scoresheets.
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers
Replies: 11
Views: 4512

Re: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers

To answer your two questions in reverse order: 1) I've edited for a tournament before where I edited questions produced by inexperienced writers - some good, some bad. If these writers ask me for feedback, I'm just honest about the quality of the question and explain my thought process to my edits. ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 7783

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

On another note, something I didn't think to ask up above, how do you go about preparing younger members for future leadership? I know that probably this upcoming year if not for sure the one after that the MSU club will have an entirely new e-board. Now I know there is no way I could figure out th...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 7783

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

We have three positions on our e-board, president, ombudsperson, and treasurer. Our treasurer obviously takes care of all of the monetary aspects of the club, our ombudsperson is supposed to assist the president in any way they need, and then the president does everything else. Which honestly, I th...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 3637

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)

Hello, We've had 14 teams register, which leaves only 2 spots open under our initial field cap of 16. We're looking for additional moderators to help out at the tournament. If you are interested in reading that weekend, please email me. If you are interested but do not have a way to get to the tourn...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12206

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

packet 1 tossup 8: The BRCA clue should probably say "it's not the ovaries, but..." bonus 4: "short term memory" should be acceptable. ___ packet 2 tossup 3: ANSWER: lysine [prompt on K before it is read] <Ed. JS> should be ANSWER: lysine or Lys , or K before mention] <Ed. JS> bonus 16: the bonus o...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 3637

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)

Field (21/21) Carnegie Mellon A (UG) Carnegie Mellon B (UG) Carnegie Mellon C (D2) Case Western Delaware (D2) Gettysburg (UG) Johns Hopkins A Johns Hopkins B Johns Hopkins C Kenyon (UG) Penn A Penn B (UG) Penn C (D2) Penn State A (house) Penn State B (house) Princeton Rochester (UG) Rutgers A (UG) ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 3637

2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)

Hello, Penn State Quiz Bowl will be hosting 2018 ACF Regionals on January 20th, 2018. I will be serving as tournament director. Packet Submission Any team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament (either as a college student or as a high school st...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: getting paid for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1334

Re: getting paid for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament

I just sent an email that should clear up the Penn State payment.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 2635

Re: NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)

Hi, I'm just asking some clarification on your eligibility rules, both because my team has a strong possibility of coming to this tournament and because I think other teams might benefit from the clarification. Do your three rules for players being eligible interact, or are they independent of one ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 2635

NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)

Penn State Quiz Bowl will be holding the third Nittany Lion Novice (NLN) Tournament on October 7th, 2017. The tournament will be run on DEFT , a regular-minus difficulty set written by Darien. The tournament is primarily intended for new-to-quizbowl schools and teams comprised of new players at esta...