Here's the announcement for the 2012 incarnation of Penn Bowl, to be held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on 1/28/12.
There are a few changes this year. First, I, Eric Mukherjee, will be formally head-editing, and will be assisted by Saajid Moyen, Patrick Liao, and James Lasker, among others. Secondly, this tournament is submission-optional. We will be soliciting outside packets from teams with a known track record of good writing and editing irrespective of those teams' playing skill, and if you are not solicited you are encouraged to submit. If you would like to write a packet, you will receive our thanks and a -25$ discount. Please contact InfiniteStryker0 [AT] gmail [DOT] com if you would like to write a packet. If you do not get in contact with us by December 1st, we are assuming that you are not writing a packet and we will not use your packet.
We are aiming for 15 packets total, of regular difficulty (around MOO or MAGNI). Tossups will be 8 lines or less.
Please note this is slightly different from the usual ACF distribution.
5/5 Literature--1/1 British, 1/1 European 500 CE onwards, 1/1 American, 1/1 World (includes classical), 1/1 Your Choice
5/5 History--1/1 US, 1/1 World, 2/2 European, Canadian, Australian (should include 1 classical and no more than 1 Canadian or Australian), 1/1 Your Choice
5/5 Science--1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1 question Math/CS, 1 question Earth Sci/Astro, 1/1 Your Choice
3/3 Religion, Mythology and Philosophy--1/1 of each; should be different religions, mythologies, and philosophy time periods
3/3 Fine Arts--1/1 non-opera classical music, 1/1 painting, 1/1 other (opera, jazz, architecture, etc.)
2/2 Social science, geography--should include at least 1 question from each category (e.g. 2/1 ss, 0/1 geo or 1/1 ss, 1/1 geo but not 2/2 ss)
1/1 Trash, current events
If any clarification needs to be made on any of these, please e-mail me or post in this thread.
Registration fees and other discounts:
Base fee per team: $120
Functional buzzers: -$10 each
Competent moderators: -$15 each
Travel (per school): -$15 per 200 miles (one-way, determined by Mapquest)
Minimum fee per school (including packet discounts): $40
Any high school teams or teams with fewer than 3 players can e-mail me to arrange for further discounts. Any checks should be made out to "Eric Mukherjee" if possible. If personal checks are an issue, checks can be made out to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania".
I am seeking mirrors in all regions as long as there wouldn't be significant field overlap with the main site at Penn. The mirror fee will be $35 per non-house team. Mirror hosts can submit packets to lower this fee but are not required to. All interested hosts should e-mail InfiniteStryker0 [AT] gmail [DOT] com (NOT firstname.lastname@example.org
as in the past--we have no way of seeing this if you send it here) to submit a bid.
OSU - 3
Yale - 1
Maryland - 2-3
UVA - 1
NYU - 1
Haverford - 1
Pitt - 1
Harvard - 1
GMU - 1
Dartmouth - 1
Columbia - 1
Rutgers - 1
Princeton - 1