I am pleased to announce Penn-ance for the Fall semester of 2012. We hope to run this tournament and all of its mirrors on October 20th and 27th. QUESTIONS
This tournament will be written entirely by a team of James Lasker, Patrick Liao, Saajid Moyen, Eric Mukherjee, Sam Passaglia, Dallas Simons, David Xu, and Korey Gall. Eric Mukherjee will be head-editing, with assistance from Jerry Vinokurov.
In keeping with the spirit of the tournament title, we seek to use this set as an example going forward of the high quality of questions and tournament logistics the Penn team is capable of producing. Because of this goal, we are employing the help of Jerry Vinokurov in assisting Eric with the editing of the questions.
All questions will be power marked and no question will go past the 8th line (including bolding for power). The target difficulty is equivalent to MAGNI, the tournament that held this spot in the schedule last year.
The distribution we are using is as follows:
4/4 Literature (1/1 World and Other)
4/4 Science (1/1 Math and Other)
1/1 Geography, CE, Trash, and Other
Each packet will also have a tiebreaker tossup and an extra bonus, each from literature, history, or science.HOSTING
We are looking for mirrors in all regions. The mirror fee will be $35 per team. All mirrors of this tournament should run on either October 20th or 27th, pending a confirmation of these dates.
This tournament will not allow open teams at any site. Teams must be current students at the university or high school level.
At the main site, we will use the following fee structure:
Base fee: $120 per team
Working buzzer discount: $10 each
Approved moderator discount: $15 each
Travel discount: $15 (more than 200 miles one way according to Google maps)
If you have any questions, please contact Eric Mukherjee at infinitestryker0 at gmail dot com.MIRRORS
We either have or are looking for mirrors in the following locations
Northeast - Massachusetts Institute of Technology [contact Stephen Eltinge at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-Atlantic - University of Pennsylvania [contact Saajid Moyen at email@example.com
Texas - St. John's in Houston [contact Chris Romero at firstname.lastname@example.org
Midwest - Ohio State University [contact Jarret Greene at Giantkiller54@gmail.com
Upper Midwest - Carleton [contact Max Henkel at email@example.com
Lower Midwest - Washington University in St. Louis [contact Sean Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada - Toronto [contact Michael Wainberg at email@example.com
South - Alabama [contact Jake Sundberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest - University of Washington [contact Mike Bentley at email@example.com
A few notes:
-People have [rightfully] asked about Penn's capacity to write this tournament, and/or to write it well. I would simply point out a few things:
1. [SOME PERCENTAGE SEE BELOW] of this tournament is currently written.
2. Jerry will have an active role in the preparation of this set.
3. I am not working on any other tournaments after PACE NSC is done; I will be spending all of my time on this. This was NOT the case with Penn Bowl.
4. I will be posting updates on completion or preparing a public spreadsheet with percent completion, like was done with THUNDER 2, when this starts picking up.
-This tournament will not affect the writing of VCU Closed; we will host this tournament before VCU closed packets will start coming in. We will also be hosting VCU closed in the Spring.