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Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 22207

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

Kouign Amann wrote:If anyone is looking to fill a spot in a hotel room for Saturday night, let me know, and I'll gladly pay my share.
Same here.
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Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 1992

Re: Discussion Thread

Fair enough. And I still don't know if the word "mosaic" was part of the required answer line. In any case, you knew it first! Yea, I'd only ever heard it called the Alexander Mosaic before-maybe this is one of those " what people put down in the captions" versus "what it gets called in the literat...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 11161

Re: "This Things I Believe"

If TDs had to resolve every protest that gets lodged irrespective of whether it'd affect the outcome of a game, and players knew this to be true, control rooms would be utterly swamped with frivolous and score-padding protests, and would have to waste a lot of effort looking into all kinds of issue...
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Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Weekend Length
Replies: 16
Views: 3973

Re: Chicago Open Weekend Length

(or a weekend in which lots of various tournaments are played). I still like my idea of a sort of "three-appetizer plate" of various side events, although this would obviously only work if the subjects were well-balanced. Another possibility would be to anchor the weekend with a shorter event with ...
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 4330

Re: questions about Judaism

Split from the 2015 CO thread --Mgmt. We should at some point have a thread about Judaism questions - perhaps this post which in no way related to CO will cause the admins to create one via thread split. As a frequent Religion editor/writer back in the day, I found Judaism questions extremely chall...
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Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 4330

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

Grammatical clarity aside, though, I was really impressed by this submission: it was actually a good high-level question on a Jewish holiday. Rather than just spitting out names of songs for leadins like run-of-the-mill Jewish holiday tossups, this one tested knowledge of liturgical customs, so it'...
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Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 10280

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

I suspect that from a representation standpoint, we might actually do better by focusing on queer representation within the quizbowl community. As I grew up, I remember being struck by 1: Just how many quizbowl players, and especially good quizbowl players were queer (in fact, it seems like we're d...
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Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 10280

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

First, I don't think micropolitics has a role in quizbowl, insofar as quizbowl is accurately representing academic study of academic topics as they exist in the current academic world. (If quizbowl isn't being true to how much academic treatment certain topics receive, then that's something to be f...
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Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 12511

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

The buzz was not optimal because it came before a concrete, uniquely identifying clue. The question was not optimal because it encouraged buzzing before a concrete, uniquely identifying clue. Ideally, questions would be better and this situation would not occur. But in this particular instance, the...
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Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 13077

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

I actually completely disagree with Will. The difference may by "only five years", but those are an important five years. It is because those five years are important that we must be especially careful in how we treat each other across gaps. I find that a lot of problems develop when high school qu...
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Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Advice on Studying Fine Arts
Replies: 13
Views: 8715

Re: Advice on Studying Fine Arts

For high school, a good textbook should honestly cover most of your starting bases-Gardner's Art through the Ages or Janson's History of Art are both pretty standard. If you want more detailed studies of specific topics, the Pelican History of Art* or Oxford History of Art series is probably going t...
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Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Nonfiction Books in the Distribution
Replies: 4
Views: 2244

Re: Nonfiction Books in the Distrobution

So this question might have an obvious answer, but where do books like "The Columbian Exchange" by Alfred Crosby or books like "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" fit in the distribution. I am just wondering because I just finished reading the latter and thought both due to the material it contains as ...
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Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 9486

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

So I've thought about this a little bit, and I have brainstormed some potential solutions, some or none of which may be useful: To the issue of "too many announced housewrites, too few played housewrites": having PACE set up a national "Independent Series" distribution network by which a PACE membe...
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Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording
Replies: 12
Views: 5529

Re: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording

Also-learn your way around a new city/campus/whatever really well the first time or two you go; if you play college quizbowl you'll probably wind up going to tournaments in the same places a bunch of times so once you know your way around Wherever U. and its environs fairly well said knowledge stays...
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Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College quizbowl payroll service
Replies: 17
Views: 4516

Re: College quizbowl payroll service

Out of honest curiosity, why wouldn't the logical outcome of this just be something like a quizbowl gemach? At least if the intent is to not have quizbowl money effectively flowing at the rate of the slowest team to pay registration or mirror fees(or perhaps the slowest school reimbursement office).
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Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 6355

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

So I've both played at a variety of tournaments, and moderated a couple, and have come across the same issue multiple times: a lack of accurate timing for answering tossups and bonuses. As far as I am aware, no tournament format (excluding Academic League) requires a clock to be used to determine t...
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Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE
Replies: 28
Views: 10839

Re: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE

UPDATE: If there is interest, I will figure out how to host a mirror of VICO in DC on August 15th, 22nd, or 29th. It would have to have a field cap of like eight teams, unless one of the UMD players can get us rooms there or something. Please post here if you would be interested in that. If this so...
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Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How hard would it be to start a team at my high school?
Replies: 11
Views: 6199

Re: How hard would it be to start a team at my high school?

One worthwhile piece of information which might help folks here answer this question, if you're willing to share, is where your high school is located -- there are many people on these boards who are active in organizing local, regional, and state circuits, and knowing which specific existing tourn...
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Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 14809

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

"Have you ever hotboxed a sukkah?" It's not really Sukkot if you don't! (Leviticus 23) Given the minimum dimensions of a sukkah and the requirement that at least part of the roof should be permeable to the rain*, this would seem rather difficult. *The oft-cited claim that one must be able to see th...
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Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 14809

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

"Have you ever hotboxed a sukkah?" It's not really Sukkot if you don't! (Leviticus 23) Given the minimum dimensions of a sukkah and the requirement that at least part of the roof should be permeable to the rain*, this would seem rather difficult. *The oft-cited claim that one must be able to see th...
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Wed May 27, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 21561

Re: Click Here to Become Sad

For most Canadians (or at least for Ontario, where most Canadian quizbowlers are from), anything before the First World War is consigned to middle school classes taken nearly a decade before their collegiate careers. Unless someone went out of their way to learn more about topics like Louis Riel, J...
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Tue May 19, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 21561

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

So does someone actually have a good introductory book to Canadian history that is not A) awful whig history, B) duller than cottage cheese, or C) by Desmond Morton(which I have tried to read only to find it painfully, painfully boring)?
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Fri May 15, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 17358

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I fail to see why "plebian secession" (a specific historical term with a well-defined meaning that seems to routinely come up in books on Roman history) is a confusing or ambiguous answer.
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Thu May 14, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 17358

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I'm not sure what "studying academia" means Sorry - I typed that really fast as I was about to miss a 10:30 meeting. Pretty sure I meant to say something along the lines of "studying the sort of stuff one might expect to learn as a motivated student in whatever academic field, independent of howeve...
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Thu May 14, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 17358

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I'm not sure what "studying academia" means Sorry - I typed that really fast as I was about to miss a 10:30 meeting. Pretty sure I meant to say something along the lines of "studying the sort of stuff one might expect to learn as a motivated student in whatever academic field, independent of howeve...
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Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 74992

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Also, the arbitrariness of this bolding is hilarious. "The Anxiety of Influence" is "noticeably difficult", but "pataphysics" isn't? Ditto for, e.g., "My Kinsman Major Molineux" v. "Elizabeth Loftus"--I literally cannot imagine a reasoned basis on which these value judgments are being made, unless ...
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7489

Re: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussio

Zero in linguistics: I indeed misheard this clue, sorry! [Sidebar: I'm sure this is a real thing in linguistics, but I learned the "to be" construction as "noun sentence"; I'm not sure anyone learning the language would learn this name for it—and I'm sure that's not a valid criticism of a linguisti...
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Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 29661

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

Currently a free agent seeking a team barring unforseen circumstances.
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Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is copying answerlines also plagiarism?
Replies: 8
Views: 3329

Re: Is copying answerlines also plagiarism?

(Note: for NAQT questions, please don't bother listing the 50 names of Marduk.) -Seth You do realize it is now my mission to write a question that finds a way to require listing the 50 names of Marduk, right? :P There was a question in CO 2013 on "Names of Marduk", which is probably the closest you...
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Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 72560

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

Walt Whitman . Given that Shantanu and his teammates won NSC and the team was active regionally and went to at least one national fairly consistently and perfromed at least somewhat well from 2006-12(I was on the team for a considerable part of these years), they certainly have a pretty extensive q...
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Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 46990

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Given that it is reasonable to assume that most students at Harvard own computers Reasonable. and that at least a few tournament attendees probably had brought laptops with them, wouldn't it have made more sense to see if someone could loan her a laptop for the duration of the tournament Not so muc...
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Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 46990

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I wasn't at this tournament and can't comment on the circumstances that resulted in a random parent reading in a room and repeatedly reading the wrong packet, but I am amazed that Harvard thought, in 2014, that it was a good idea to just give staffers all the packets and trust them to do the right ...
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Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 27
Views: 2097

Re: General Discussion

Becoming hyperfocused on minute PPB differences is just plain silly; 23.5 to 21.5 is...not quite "random fluctuation" but certainly a small enough change that it doesn't really tell you a lot about how hard a set was that just looking over the set and noting "This seems really hard and I'd be surpri...
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Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 4301

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

Another is that they often get someone like a local professor in to make a big address or talk about a current issue, which is often very variable in quality, but can be a really cool experience. I don't know how quizbowl might do this, but it could be neat to have a tournament offer some kind of m...
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Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 3355

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

Another is that they often get someone like a local professor in to make a big address or talk about a current issue, which is often very variable in quality, but can be a really cool experience. I don't know how quizbowl might do this, but it could be neat to have a tournament offer some kind of m...
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Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Painting questions
Replies: 8
Views: 4424

Re: Painting questions

working against the problem that Ike outlines might be why Ted's painting questions at nationals were so well-received this year.. Discounting the ones that were just super-hard... The big potential space to open up is actual academic work about art; just as history and literature questions have ha...
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Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Painting questions
Replies: 8
Views: 4424

Re: Painting questions

I I'd also like to raise a suggestion for visual art questions. I think it would add a layer of depth (that vis-art in quizbowl seems to lack currently) if we shift toward "art history" rather than just "art." This shift means doing the things Ike supports (more context clues, etc.) but I want to e...
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Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moving up the dates of low-difficulty tournaments in 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4385

Re: Moving up the dates of low-difficulty tournaments in 201

I would imagine the "mysterious "planning" that Matt is referring to teams actually meeting and finding a few new people who might be interested. I think this was more in reference to the common advice that new teams should be doing things like figuring out room booking, getting official student or...
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Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moving up the dates of low-difficulty tournaments in 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4385

Re: Moving up the dates of low-difficulty tournaments in 201

Yes- as others have mentioned- (for example) all of the University of California schools (except for Berkeley) are on the Quarter system and start in late September (same with non-UC schools such as Stanford and CalTech). I would imagine the "mysterious "planning" that Matt is referring to teams ac...
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Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 44856

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

In the interest of not risking bad schedule overruns, that might be a good idea.
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Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 50494

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

Mewto55555 wrote:Me: I guess my friends must just be smarter than yours, then.
JL: No, that's not possible.
I do not know whose friends I need to meet more now.
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Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 11023

Re: CO History Discussion

An interesting variation might be to include a very small methodologies distribution alongside the historiography distribution about "how people do history"; this could cover things like archival research practices, research practices in specific fields, archaeological practice, specific ways of us...
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Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 11023

Re: CO History Discussion

In particular, the presence of actual historians and things you read in history class, as Matt brought up, was great. In fact I would've preferred more of that; it seems bizarre to me that a CO history tournament wouldn't have a distribution devoted exclusively to historiography. Not all answers in...
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Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 11023

Re: CO History Discussion

This set was excellent and I'd say it and CHB are good examples of how tournaments with very different writing philosophies can succeed. The ancient/late antique/early medieval history in particular did a very good job of avoiding battle-bowl and fashionable topics in favor of interesting, substanti...
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Fri May 30, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Real
Replies: 31
Views: 6425

Re: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Rea

I can send a few meta/vanity questions to be read even if I am not present at this(which i do not currently expect to be).
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Sat May 24, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)
Replies: 35
Views: 12629

Re: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)

If the field is still open, I'm happy to play this.
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Tue May 13, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 208
Views: 116122

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Is there any opinions on Europe: A History by Norman Davies? Also, does The Golden Bough have any external quizbowl purposes besides tossups about it? My dim memory of attempting to read The Golden Bough is that there's nothing in it that you couldn't find in more recent and more worthwhile works o...
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Sun May 04, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 91
Views: 36088

Re: community question clinic

A poem by William Meredith is titled “In Loving Memory of” the author of this collection. One work in this collection talks of a woman with “complexion Latin” who is “filling her compact & delicious body with chicken paprika”. Another poem in this collection begins by stating that “Life, friends, i...
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Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 44856

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I'll play this if i am at CO in 2015.
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Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 19579

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

Since I plan on being in town for CO, I will play this and am looking for teammates.