ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 MRNA VACCINE (Spring 2022, Medium/2 dot)

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ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 MRNA VACCINE (Spring 2022, Medium/2 dot)

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I am very excited to announce Medium RaNge Academic, a Vanderbilt and Company Collaboration vIa NEtwork (MRNA VACCINE), which I imagine many will shorten to simply "MRNA." The set will be head edited by Eric Mukherjee and subject edited by the following team:

Eric Mukherjee (formerly Penn, currently VUMC) (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Chandler West (Vanderbilt) (American literature, World literature, Painting/Sculpture)
Conor Thompson (Iowa State) (Religion, Other science, Geography/Current Events/"other academic")
Will Alston (Columbia) (Philosophy, Auditory arts)
Ganon Evans (Iowa) (World history, American history)
Erik Christensen (formerly Waterloo) (European history, Ancient/Other history)
Jacob O'Rourke (formerly Truman State) (European + Classical literature)
Henry Atkins (McGill) (British literature)
Jaimie Carlson (formerly Penn) (Mythology)
Sam Bailey (Minnesota) (Social Science)
Will Grossman (Florida) (Other Visual Arts)

Additionally, we have a team of about twenty writers, with a mix of experienced and relatively new writers.

The set will consist of 15 packets of 20/20 targeting the upper end of "medium"/2 dot difficulty, similar to previous sets like 2020 LIT and 2019 Terrapin. Tossups will be soft capped at 7 lines (before bolding for power) and hard capped at 8 lines in an effort to control length, and bonus length will be closely monitored.

The set distribution (slightly different, but mostly standard mACF) is as follows:
4/4 Literature:
1/1 World lit (excluding Canada/Australia/NZ); ancient texts from outside the Western world will go here.
1/1 American lit
1/1 European + western classical/"ancient" lit
1/1 British + Can/Aus/NZ lit

4/4 Science:
1/1 Biology
1/1 Chemistry
1/1 Physics
1/1 "Other" science (math, CS, earth sci, astronomy, etc.)

4/4 History [shamelessly ripped from 2019 EFT; thanks walston]:
1/1 American history
1/1 World history
1/1 Post-Classical European History (including Britain and Ireland)
1/1 Commonwealth History, Ancient History, Archaeology/Historiography, and Cross/Miscellaneous

3/3 Fine Arts:
1/1 Painting + Sculpture
1/1 Classical music + Opera,
1/1 Other arts (split evenly between audio and visual)

2/2 Religion and Mythology:
1/1 Religion (focused more on practice)
1/1 Mythology

2/2 Thought
1/1 Social Science
1/1 Philosophy

1/1 "other" (geography, Current Events (in the "modern world" vein), and other academic); note that this tournament does not have trash.

The set is already about 30% written and is progressing quickly. Mirrors will be available in all regions probably beginning on February 12, 2022. The only reason I say "probably" is because I'm not sure about the dates of SCT/ACF Regionals, but the set will be available the weekend after whichever of those two tournaments is played later. I'll begin organizing mirrors at a later time.
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Auburn University '20
Good Hope High School (Cullman, AL) '16
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 MRNA VACCINE (Spring 2022, Medium/2 dot)

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Posting this publicly for full transparency:

I discovered about two weeks ago that everyone with access to acf winter last year has had access to the answerline spreadsheet for MRNA VACCINE. I made a copy of the ACF winter spreadsheet from last year and moved it out of the folder, which google told me would un-share it with others, which it unfortunately did not. I have since fixed this issue. I think the most fair thing to do is unfortunately to decide that all of the 2020 ACF Winter editors (and Tim Morrison, the head editor for 2021 Winter, who alerted me to this issue) will not be allowed to play the set. While I trust all of the other editors of Winter 2020 enough that I don’t think they would’ve noticed they had access to the spreadsheet and not told me, I think this is the most fair thing to do. I would like to apologize to everyone affected by this error. Additionally, I am waiting to hear back from ACF on if anyone other than Tim/William have access to the ACF Winter head editor email. I would like to emphasize that this is entirely my fault, and not that of any of the affected players or anyone else working on this set.

The following players will not be allowed to play MRNA VACCINE: William Golden, Tim Morrison, Nick Jensen, Vishwa Shanmugam, Bryanna Shao, Chris Sims, Jaskaran Singh, Andrew Wang, and anyone else who has access to the ACF Winter head editor email.

Perhaps relatedly, Bryanna Shao has joined our writing team.
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Auburn University '20
Good Hope High School (Cullman, AL) '16
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 MRNA VACCINE (Spring 2022, Medium/2 dot)

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People were talking about this in the Discord:

I generally agree with what some were saying--these are all fairly trusted, upstanding folks. If they were to sign a statement promising they did not look at the sheet of answers (and likely were unaware this even existed), I would trust them to play the set. I find it implausible that--for a period of a couple of months, folks quietly accessed the spreadsheet, copied down answerlines, and plan to study them for a 2022 tournament. Particularly knowing that probably at some point, the original owner of the sheet might realize his error and easily be able to figure out who had access.

I commend Chandler for taking this seriously and in this day and age, perhaps this is the most foolproof situation. But I don't know if this is necessary. This is far different than an answer sheet being publicly available and accessible to anonymous people.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 MRNA VACCINE (Spring 2022, Medium/2 dot)

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Some updates:

This set is now 50% written!

We hope to host in person mirrors in all regions (with regions defined as they generally were pre-pandemic), conditions permitting. Mirrors will cost $45/team. There will also be an (open) online playtest mirror beforehand, probably in early January or so. If your club would like to host a mirror of this set, email me at westchandler24 AT gmail DOT com with "MRNA hosting" in the subject line.

Also, the other arts distribution will differ a bit from the initially posted one. There will be 5/5 other auditory arts across the set, and 10/10 other visual arts.
Chandler West
Vanderbilt University '22
Auburn University '20
Good Hope High School (Cullman, AL) '16
Member, PACE; Provisional Member, ACF
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