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by CPiGuy
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying Current Events
Replies: 12
Views: 1350

Re: Studying Current Events

I know you're learning current events with the goal of getting better at quizbowl, but another incentive could be a much improved understanding of the world around you as you start to connect the dots. Good luck with your studying! IMO, current events is one of the quizbowl categories where having ...
by CPiGuy
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying Current Events
Replies: 12
Views: 1350

Re: Studying Current Events

literally read the news every day, follow some journalists on Twitter or whatever, it'll get you points I'm not being dismissive, this is legit the simplest way to do it imo. if there's something in the news you don't understand, Google it, too. That might help with the not understanding the backsto...
by CPiGuy
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 6919

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

A few updates: We now have mirrors in New England (Harvard), Texas (North Texas), and the North (Iowa). We'd love to get sites in the Mid-Atlantic region (preferably in Virginia or North Carolina), and in Florida, Canada, the UK, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest if possible! Jeremy Tsa...
by CPiGuy
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Michigan Autumn Classic (Ann Arbor, MI; 7 December 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 2424

Re: Michigan Autumn Classic (Ann Arbor, MI; 7 December 2019)

The field for this tournament is closed at 36. Additional teams may sign up for a waitlist; I'm fairly optimistic that a nonzero number of teams will be able to get in off it as I can't remember ever running a tournament where there wasn't at least one drop. A preliminary information email should go...
by CPiGuy
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 3186

Re: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)

This tournament was fun and well-run. Thanks, UIUC! One note: one of my club-mates who played for a different team said that they were deprived of a game because Chicago D left before the last round, apparently to catch a train. This is, uh, not great of them. The tournament didn't really go abnorm...
by CPiGuy
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 3186

Re: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)

This tournament was fun and well-run. Thanks, UIUC! One note: one of my club-mates who played for a different team said that they were deprived of a game because Chicago D left before the last round, apparently to catch a train. This is, uh, not great of them. The tournament didn't really go abnorma...
by CPiGuy
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Middle school NASAT type thingy bob.
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Re: Middle school NASAT type thingy bob.

This would probably be difficult to organize. Many states have much less of a central organization at the MS level compared to the HS level. While such a tournament probably wouldn't require a custom-produced set like NASAT does, it would likely face a lack of interest (I'd be surprised if more than...
by CPiGuy
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Great Lakes SCT at Michigan (8 February 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 490

2020 Great Lakes SCT at Michigan (8 February 2020)

The University of Michigan quizbowl team is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the NAQT Great Lakes Sectional Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 8, 2019 . As is usual for Michigan tournaments, it will take place in Mason Hall and begin at 9:00 AM, with registration beginning at 8...
by CPiGuy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 3186

Re: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)

It's a bit late but Michigan had a couple people drop; if any unaffiliated players are still looking for a team we have an open spot.
by CPiGuy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Michigan Winter Tournament @ Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI - 18 January 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 472

Michigan Winter Tournament @ Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI - 18 January 2020)

The University of Michigan quizbowl team is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Michigan Winter Tournament on Saturday, January 18, 2020 . As is usual for Michigan tournaments, it will take place in Mason Hall and begin at 9:00 AM, with registration beginning at 8:15 AM. The tournament w...
by CPiGuy
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 2046

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Thanks and General Discussion

I loved this set and thought that all the major categories were extremely well written while also being accessible. This is one of the better sets I've played/read at this level and I'd like to commend the editors for their great work. Seconding this. Difficulty was on point and very consistent acr...
by CPiGuy
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 3711

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Describing tornadoes as "structures" is kind of questionable.

There were like 3 questions between tossups and bonus parts to which the answer was "water". I think two of them were in the same round, too.
by CPiGuy
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall at Ohio State (11/2/19)
Replies: 7
Views: 3145

Re: 2019 ACF Fall at Ohio State (11/2/19)

this tournament was very well run, thanks to all the staffers for a great day of quizbowl!
by CPiGuy
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Schedule Generator
Replies: 9
Views: 3612

Re: Quizbowl Schedule Generator

Benin Rebirth Party wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:01 pm
Oh my god, thank you so much!

Could you add a QR code to the website so people don't have to type up a URL?
There are a number of websites that will allow you to generate a nice easy-to-remember URL like [site]/2019fallcanada.
by CPiGuy
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall at Ohio State (11/2/19)
Replies: 7
Views: 3145

Re: 2019 ACF Fall at Ohio State (11/2/19)

Schedule We will play 7 rounds of prelims (3 brackets of 7 with byes for 6 games in 7 rounds), followed by lunch and 6 playoff rounds. Uh, what sort of playoff schedule / bracket split exactly will result in six playoff rounds? Edit: To be more specific, breaking brackets 3/2/2 would require *seven...
by CPiGuy
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 6919

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

We've set dates for the Michigan and Auburn mirrors of this, as well as announced an online playtest mirror.

If you're interested in hosting a mirror of this tournament, please contact me! We'll also be actively soliciting mirrors in most of the regions that we don't have a mirror in already.
by CPiGuy
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 4455

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

(and interestingly, more at the D2 level here than D1, though there may be multiple explanations for that) My first inclination is that since D2 eligibility is literally defined by "have you qualified for or played at ICT", and the size of ICT has not changed, the number of D1 teams should remain r...
by CPiGuy
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Michigan Autumn Classic (Ann Arbor, MI; 7 December 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 2424

Re: Michigan Autumn Classic (Ann Arbor, MI; 7 December 2019)

This tournament will be run on NAQT's IS-190. The announcement has been updated to reflect that.
by CPiGuy
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Michigan Winter Tournament Discord Playtest Mirror [December 21, 2019]
Replies: 1
Views: 3460

Michigan Winter Tournament Discord Playtest Mirror [December 21, 2019]

The editors of the Michigan Winter Tournament are happy to announce an open playtesting mirror of our tournament on Saturday, December 21, 2019 . Question Set The tournament will use the Michigan Winter Tournament question set; specifically the first 9-10 rounds of it, depending on field size, plus ...
by CPiGuy
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles [Side Event]
Replies: 8
Views: 2949

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles [Side Event]

This is an announcement for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles , a transit-focused geography side event to be held hopefully at the 2020 string of NCTs. There will be at least five packets (hopefully more, but five is the most I can guarantee 100%) of 24 tossups each, with a distribution of: 6 Rail 6 R...
by CPiGuy
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

Co-sign and apology -- the bookstore we get books from usually has a rack with a really good selection of classics and it was not well-stocked this time so we had to scrounge exclusively from the one dollar book rack (from which there are usually a couple great finds but not nearly enough to supply ...
by CPiGuy
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Michigan Autumn Classic (Ann Arbor, MI; 7 December 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 2424

Michigan Autumn Classic (Ann Arbor, MI; 7 December 2019)

Michigan Quizbowl is pleased to announce the umpteenth annual Autumn Classic, to be held at the University of Michigan on Saturday, December 7, 2019 . The tournament will be directed by club tournament director David Geering. Location and Schedule We will begin registration at 8:15 a.m. and hold a m...
by CPiGuy
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)
Replies: 8
Views: 3864

Re: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)

we have some staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats Congrats to the top scorers: Chris Ray (OSU) Jacob Reed (Chicago) Matt Lehmann (Chicago) Alex Fregeau (Lewis) Alston Boyd (Chicago) Evan Suttell (MSU) If you want advanced stats, Penn has opened the private discussion forum; so go there to discuss the set!
by CPiGuy
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)
Replies: 8
Views: 3864

Re: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)

Thanks for the feedback, Ben. For what it's worth, the only instance that I can remember of a new staffer having to handle things solo was because one of our staffers left substantially earlier than I thought he would and neither he nor his partner told me this until lunch (at which point it didn't ...
by CPiGuy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)
Replies: 8
Views: 3864

Re: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)

This tournament occurred. Thanks to all the teams that came up to Ann Arbor! First of all, my apologies for some of the delays that occurred. Many of our staffers were new college players, and I completely neglected to impress upon them the importance of, for example, not letting teams talk substant...
by CPiGuy
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 EFT @ MSU (10/12/19)
Replies: 4
Views: 3107

Re: 2019 EFT @ MSU (10/12/19)

I was about to make a post about the same thing, Halle, so I'll just add my voice to the "don't leave things early" chorus.

Thanks to MSU for a well-run tournament (and for handling this issue smoothly)!
by CPiGuy
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)
Replies: 8
Views: 3864

Re: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)

We've instituted a field cap of 16 for room reservation reasons. Given the current field, we shouldn't have to expand. We might still be able to if needed, but it's not 100%.
by CPiGuy
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 6919

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Another adjustment to the initial announcement: we will be providing 15 full packets and a set of tiebreakers/replacements. There will still be no designated finals packets; teams are welcome to use packets 14/15 or just follow on from the last round if they have fewer than 13 non-finals rounds. Als...
by CPiGuy
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)
Replies: 8
Views: 3864

Re: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)

Shorts are comfy and easy to wear wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:26 am
Can you post a contact email?
Oops, I knew I'd omitted something. Edited!
by CPiGuy
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 11880

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

The initial post has been updated with the list of submissions received by September 21st. We've also secured an additional site in the Northeast at RIT . Michigan's submission appears not to be in the list, despite our having received an email to the effect that it has been received. I assume we w...
by CPiGuy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)
Replies: 8
Views: 3864

Penn Bowl at Michigan (19 Oct 2019; Ann Arbor, MI)

The University of Michigan quizbowl team is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a mirror of Penn Bowl on October 19, 2019 . As is usual for Michigan tournaments, it will take place in Mason Hall and begin at 9:00 AM, with registration beginning at 8:15 AM. The tournament will be directed by ...
by CPiGuy
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 16952

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

Reducing air travel by not flying in staff to national tournaments is likely a bad idea, because it reduces the quality of the staff pool while not really making an impact on the environment (as others have observed, those flights are almost certainly taking off anyway, with or without NCT/ACF Nats/...
by CPiGuy
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI; 21 Sept 2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 2722

NAQT Collegiate Novice at Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI; 21 Sept 2019)

The University of Michigan quizbowl team is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a collegiate novice tournament on Saturday, September 21, 2019 . As is usual for U-M tournaments, it will take place on the upper floors of Mason Hall and begin at 9:00 AM, with registration beginning at 8:15AM. ...
by CPiGuy
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires Online (8/18)
Replies: 9
Views: 2976

Re: Age of Empires Online (8/18)

kearnm7 wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:13 pm
CPiGuy wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:41 pm
What time will this be occurring?
10 A.M. EST Sunday, per above.
oh i'm a doofus who can't read, thanks
by CPiGuy
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires Online (8/18)
Replies: 9
Views: 2976

Re: Age of Empires Online (8/18)

What time will this be occurring?
by CPiGuy
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 141
Views: 33422

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

angrybird wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:58 pm
derivative with respect to time
While I really appreciate the verbose prompt instructions of "with respect to what", this tossup made the major oversight of not accepting "differentiation" as an alternative to "derivative". This should be automatic.
by CPiGuy
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2020 NAQT HSNCT: May 22-24, Atlanta
Replies: 10
Views: 6007

Re: 2020 NAQT HSNCT: Atlanta, May 23-25

Was the inclusion of Monday in the dates intentional?
by CPiGuy
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 19772

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

thebluehawk1 wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:10 pm
I graduated from the University of Maryland and will be starting a PhD in history at Indiana University. I am hoping to get a team going there again. If anyone is going to IU and is interested please email me at hawkjus19@gmail.com.
big ten quizbowl status: 12.5/14

come on wisconsin/nebraska
by CPiGuy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Changes to ACF Hosting Guidelines
Replies: 8
Views: 5015

Re: Changes to ACF Hosting Guidelines

Is ACF planning on making changes to their Regionals hosting guidelines to spell out more clearly what happens when an error by a Regionals host causes ACF to have to issue extra Nationals bids (for example, by failing to play off a tie between two undergraduate teams)?
by CPiGuy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Birth of a Nation: Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day (July 6)
Replies: 29
Views: 7982

Re: Interest in Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day

*If we have a projector/audio, TUPAC/Look at This Photograph/BUMPY II could also happen If you end up doing this at U-M, almost every Mason Hall classroom has a projector and a computer that needs only a valid U-M login to work, so you'd only need one U-M person to be there. I can't be that person....
by CPiGuy
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards [WINNERS ANNOUNCED]
Replies: 34
Views: 12752

Re: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards

Raul Passement deserves your science votes. I played Lederberg with him and he's really scary.
by CPiGuy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 6232

Re: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

Our own Matt Failor was allowed to compete (including in HSNCT) at grade 8, so i'm assuming it is allowed in Michigan. Speaking as the TD of several recent U-M tournaments: Michigan doesn't have a state organization overseeing quizbowl (with the possible exception of local leagues? I'm out of state...
by CPiGuy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 6232

Re: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

NAQT requires that (absent special approval to the contrary) players only play for the school(s) they actually attend. So middle schoolers cannot play for a high school (unless they also take classes there or have special approval), but a player in grade 8 at a K–12 school could play with high scho...
by CPiGuy
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 73
Views: 23376

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

Valefor wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:10 am
Conor 110
I... didn't play this, and don't know of any other Conors in quizbowl who spell their name the way I do, so you've either misspelt someone's name or you're mistaken about someone's Discord handle. Or there's another Conor I don't know about, which is also a possibility.
by CPiGuy
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards [WINNERS ANNOUNCED]
Replies: 34
Views: 12752

Re: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards

I'm probably not voting in this poll, but Wesley Zhang has ridiculous geography knowledge -- he got 4-5 tossups a round at Geo Monstrosity / GHOTI, several of them not late in the question.
by CPiGuy
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 35
Views: 22774

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

Is there an explanation of how the re-bracketing works somewhere? Seems like it's different from past years. i'm confused as to why, say, Great Valley B isn't playing for 49th despite winning their tier 3 afternoon group. I think they are; they just failed to correctly assign teams to columns. The ...
by CPiGuy
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 9596

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

Again, if you're part of an NYC-based institution (and I know there are a lot of you!), and you think you could potentially help provide rooms for this event, pleeeeease let me know. What about an NYC-adjacent institution? I know NYC proper would be preferable but surely a tournament in New Jersey ...
by CPiGuy
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: MS Post-Nats Player and Team Poll
Replies: 16
Views: 7074

Re: MS Post-Nats Player and Team Poll

There were five ballots in the team poll. Team Poll Results 1. Hunter (NY) [124, 4 first place votes, lowest #2] 2. Hopkins (CA) [116, highest #2, lowest #4] 3. Churchill A (CA) [115, highest #2, lowest #4] 4. Liberty (AL) [106, highest #4, lowest #5] 5. Challenger-Almaden (CA) [97, highest #3, lowe...
by CPiGuy
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: MS Post-Nats Player and Team Poll
Replies: 16
Views: 7074

Re: MS Post-Nats Player and Team Poll

Polls have been tallied. Thanks to the following voters, of whom all 11 voted in the player poll and 5 voted in the team poll: Tyler Benedict (players, teams) Owen Farra (players) Dev Ganguli (players) Jacob Hardin-Bernhardt (players, teams) Aadit Juneja (players) Robert Muñiz (players) Ameya Singh ...