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by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 22697

OK, this question goes completely the other way with expanding the canon, but when do y'all think literature written in the past 50 years should make it into the canon? Heinlein somewhat has, for instance. Part of the reason I ask this is, I try to write based on what is taught. I see Killer Angels...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 29234

Maybe I was just having illusions, but I thought one way to interpret quizbowl was that it was a test of culture, sophistication, and education. To me, calling Munch "munch" is the farthest thing from culture, sophistication, or education. So, if someone has read Emile Zola's Germinal (arbitrary ch...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some constructive ECSO criticism
Replies: 17
Views: 8131

Andrew's point about providing uniquely identifying clues in a TU describing literary works is well taken, as, in general, is Matt's point about titles. But the purpose of TU clues is to differentiate levels of knowledge, obviously, and I wonder if in the specific Trollope question above if Ray's r...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bible/Old Testament Questions: Un-Quizbowl worthy?
Replies: 32
Views: 17600

The ECSO set has already been discussed, and there were indeed imbalances. On behalf of the ECSO editing staff I apologize that you were blindsided by an overwhelming rush of bible questions. We two humble Jews certainly do not wish to alienate the circuit goyim, and offer you our most sincere apolo...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ECSO Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 9882

For anyone that doesn't know, I have been in Italy for the past two weeks, which covers most of the time we had to edit the packets submitted to us for this set. I did not plan well enough, and in the end I was unable to finish my half of the editing. I apologize, and I hope to redeem myself with fu...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132002

1. Bounce-back bonuses are an integral part of the future of quiz bowl. When you have unrelated bonuses (as in NAQT's format), the "reward" for answering a tossup is something, as its name implies, unrelated to the tossup, it negates the logic behind the "answer the tossup, get the bonus, the other...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: high school - college retention
Replies: 72
Views: 28494

I mean, right now, just looking at the acf situation - there is a super-small handful of undergrads who might be considered regular competent circuit players, Kwartler and my fellow Michigonians Will and Dave to name some of the very few (not counting other quasi-undergrads and outgoing ones like M...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132002

stuff As Raj so graciously pointed out, my name is Eric Kwartler. I will soon be a fourth year player at the University of Texas-Austin, so I'm not really worried about Mr. Reinstein's business creating more competition for me. I'm also sorry you "dragged the classiness of the forum down." Next tim...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: high school - college retention
Replies: 72
Views: 28494

If anything, D2 helps keep the fire around long enough that maybe they'll develop into a quality college player; I know after my team did passable at ICT this year, most of us felt like stepping it up so we'll be able to compete at D1. (We'll see how that goes...) While I really can't speak to your...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: End of Year Poll
Replies: 2
Views: 2367

You, charles meigs, and trey are the only ones that voted. More people can vote, then I can tell you where Williams stands in the minds of the circuit's top pollsters.
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132002

That Bride and Prejudice question may have been in bad taste, but it wasn't in any way a hose. I read it, the first word was the first name of the main character in Bride and Prejudice, a name that clearly never appears in Pride and Prejudice. Maybe people should stop complaining about getting hosed...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132002

To back up popculture, I often can't figure out what category an NAQT question is in for a few sentences. Many start out with anecdotes that could be about real people or fictional people. As somebody from Illinois used to getting the category announced before the question, it is a little disorient...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Past "Incidents" at NAC/Chip
Replies: 11
Views: 7695

I remember playing in the Greater Houston Area Championship in HS (2000-2003) and hearing questions that I later saw word-for-word in a few different Jeopardy! quizbooks. I have no way of knowing whether that competition actually uses QU questions (although they're horrible and in the funn four-roun...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jun 06, 2006 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132002

Oh Mr. Barry, I'm terribly sorry that some of us moderators upset you this weekend. You're right, we should all slow down to accomodate the slow speed at which you claim the southeast plays quizbowl. Next time I read for you at an HSNCT, I'll make sure to slip into the slow, drawling Texas accent I ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 16, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Registration
Replies: 7
Views: 3734

All right, here's the final field for MATTE: Yaphe/Litvak Cohn/Ferrari Teitler/Koo Weiner/Sorice Arthur/Sagoff Frankel/Westbrook Jerry/Vinokurov The tournament will take place in the same building as the Mill (Cobb Hall), starting PROMPTLY at 9 AM. Be in Cobb 207 at 8:45. We will be done by 2 PM. Th...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 09, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Registration
Replies: 7
Views: 3734

Here is an updated team list: Yaphe/Litvak Cohn/Ferrari Teitler/Koo Weiner/Sorice Arthur/Sagoff Frankel/Westbrook Jerry/??? Let me know if I'm missing someone. A lot of teams have registered just by telling me they're coming, so this list is pretty much from memory. Also, send me packets. The tourna...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 09, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 27871

Re: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond

It is tough enough to compete against the magnet schools without having to compete against multiple teams from magnet schools. Honestly, Mr. Barry, what are you talking about? It is tough enough to compete against the magnet schools? Are you implying that their players are inherently better than yo...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 09, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: End of Year Poll
Replies: 2
Views: 2367

End of Year Poll

Don't you love polls? People are rankings whores, so let's do the annual retrospective end-of-year poll. Who were the best teams? Think ACF, think NAQT, think whatever you want. Top 20, people. ekwartler at gmail dot com.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri May 05, 2006 1:32 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134713

So, a brief response, Noah. You did well this year at D2 ICT. You finished 9th at ICT in D2, winning out the second bracket with a 10-3 record and a bonus conversion of 12.90. Now, I'd like to call your attention to statistics from the year before. D2 ICT 2005 - 9th place, UT-Austin. Record 9-4. Bon...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu May 04, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Registration
Replies: 7
Views: 3734

So, I will need readers for MATTE, I should mention. If you're interested in doing this, please email me, We can discuss what this will entail/compensation if you're interested. It's not the whole day, so come on people, lend a hand!
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed May 03, 2006 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UGA Hybrid- DJ Shockley Memorial, Jun 10, 2006
Replies: 5
Views: 3268

just curious...you're giving a 10 dollar discount off $80 for a packet, but if they submit it late, that goes down to 5 dollars, and if they submit it day of, you charge them $95 (not to mention you use a packet at the risk of repeats and bad questions)? Is there really any monetary incentive to put...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 02, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Registration
Replies: 7
Views: 3734

I'd like to remind everyone that MATTE is looming on the horizon now that it's May. I am extending the packet deadline to May 12th. Also, teams officially signed up: Yaphe/Litvak Cohn/Ferarri Teitler/Koo Surely more people wish to play; that list doesn't even encompass the people that have promised ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Registration
Replies: 7
Views: 3734

MATTE Registration

So, MATTE will take place on the Sunday after Mill, to be clear, in case anyone was wondering. Now that that's taken care of, I would like to know who is playing. So far I have one confirmed team. Please email me at ekwartler at gmail dot com if you intend to play or if you're a free agent looking f...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134713

Those are some touching apologies; it's a shame that they don't mention anything that really matters. The way the tournament was run, moderators with cell phones, logistics, cost, allocation of that cost, protest procedures...all very secondary concerns that make for a pretty easy mea culpa. Almost...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Reminder
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

Yeah, that was the plan. And yeah, now that there's just 2 people per team, making one sit out would kind of suck. So one packet per team, but please, do submit packets, teams.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Reminder
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

Are packets supposed to be written by one person and kept blind to their partner, or are we planning on doing byes for each team on their own round so that both members of the team can help write the packet? -Seth While I am open to suggestions as to ideas for how to run a tournament in which teams...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Reminder
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

Remember, MATTE. At this point, since all requests have been for theme packet topics, I'm just making this a theme packet tournament. So check out the distribution and send me an email (ekwartler at gmail dot com) if you have an idea. Remember, May 9th. Also, y'all should decide who you're gonna pai...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 07 in Miami
Replies: 26
Views: 13377

Look, Miami is a bad choice. It's expensive, and it's not centrally located for the SE. But your heart's in the right place. I think the idea of locating ACF nationals somewhere where teams that don't traditionally come is something the editors should really consider. In my opinion, the region with ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Reminder
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

So, I have spoken to a few people, and it seems flights in and out of chicago are kind of screwy that weekend, making it tough to put the tournament on friday night or sunday morning. How do people feel about doing the tournament saturday night?
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Who's going to Mill
Replies: 6
Views: 3773

Well, since I'm running an attached tournament, I suppose I'm going. Currently have no team.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134713

The cost was relatively high. However, NAQT does provide transportation and lodging for volunteers to help ensure that quality moderators are present. I think that this policy helps ensure that more experienced and competent staff are present than you might find at your typical tournament. It also ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:13 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134713

Attending this event has made me think that NAQT doesn't care what the better players think of its questions. It cares mostly about catering to (what it thinks is) the tastes of the 3/4ths of the field that isn't going to complain about question quality, and it feels secure in its knowledge that th...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2006
Replies: 0
Views: 4366

ACF Fall 2006

This is the announcement for ACF Fall 2006. ACF Fall will be held on the weekend of Saturday, November 4, 2006. Hosts have the option to run the tournament on Sunday, November 5 instead of Saturday if football, other tournaments, or other conflicts make doing so preferable. Date announcements from e...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE Reminder
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

MATTE Reminder

Hey all, Well, along with JS Mill comes MATTE, my academic subject tournament. It's still happening. Basic instructions if you want to play: the format will be duos; that's right, teams of two. For each duo the price will be 30 dollars. Everyone should submit a packet of 15/15 by May 9th. There isn'...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Getting newer players to write good questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2669

The idea has been proposed informally before to form some sort of group that would assist newer programs/writers that want to hold and edit packet submission tournaments. Basically, 1-3 people get the finished product from the editor, polish it, and provide constructive criticism on what the novice ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NY Times Article on Art History
Replies: 6
Views: 3725

I stand by the point that college survey courses generally should be avoided. What? To expand on what I perceive to be Nathan's point, if you want to take a course on Dutch Baroque painting, great. But in order to appreciate Rembrandt, you have to know about the origins of tenebrism, i.e. Caravaggi...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 24, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: pre-ACF Nationals thread
Replies: 17
Views: 8733

You know, I think that Jerry and Ryan are discounting Princeton and A&M. I actually think that given the drive that Chris Frankel and Chris Romero have shown to win ACF nationals in the past, and given the support they have from their teammates, both Princeton and A&M are real title contenders again...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Poll
Replies: 25
Views: 16555

The results from the poll are in: 1. Chicago 2. Illinois 3. Michigan 4. Texas A&M 5. Princeton 6. Brown 7. Harvard 8. VCU 9. UCLA 10. UVA 11. Carnegie Mellon 12. Stanford 13. Vanderbilt 14. Yale 15. Texas 16. Berkeley 17. North Carolina 18. Rochester 19. Williams 20. Kentucky A more detailed web pos...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Feb 18, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Poll
Replies: 25
Views: 16555

I currently have 8 ballots. I would like more. Do a poll and send it to ekwartler at gmail dot com.

EK
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Poll
Replies: 25
Views: 16555

Yes, all teams are welcome at ACF nationals. I hear even clowns were allowed to play last year.
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Poll
Replies: 25
Views: 16555

The Poll

It is now time for the storied nationals poll. But first, will teams please post their intended nationals teams so we know what we're voting on? Question of the century: Vik probably isn't playing for Texas. Anyway, voters, send in your top 20 teams to ekwartler at gmail dot com. You can vote once p...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Southwest Results
Replies: 0
Views: 1526

NAQT SCT Southwest Results

To summarize, in division 1, Texas A&M won out with a record of 11-1, with their only loss being to Rochester. In division 2, ULL A and Tulane A were tied at 9-3 after a double round robin, and ULL A won the one game final to take the D2 championship. Full stats and standings can be found at: http:/...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regs discussion
Replies: 66
Views: 33103

Honestly, Ray, that's dumb and defeatist. If you keep that attitude, of course it will disintegrate. ACF regionals is a great tournament, and sometimes it takes work to convince teams that that's the case, but if we can do it in the southwest you can do it on the west coast. Yeah, keeping QB (especi...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regs discussion
Replies: 66
Views: 33103

Upon speaking to a couple of French majors, it seems that there is indeed a French word for "soprano," and "Cantatrice" is not it. That really does mean primadonna or just "female singer." Sorry Dwight. I had never heard that before, and apparently neither had the editors, but perhaps now that will ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: NAQT SCT Southwest (crossposted from yahoo)
Replies: 1
Views: 1454

The current field for the NAQT Southwest SCT is as follows: D1 - Rice UTD Baylor Rochester ABD Texas A&M D2 - ULL (2) Rice UTD Baylor SMU Tulane If the above field is incorrect, please let me know. There's still more room, so if you want to play just email me at ekwartler at gmail dot com or Matt Na...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Results
Replies: 13
Views: 6564

In the Southwest, ACF Regionals happened. It was the first time in a while, and six teams came out to Dallas to play the tournament. After a double round robin, Texas A&M went undefeated, and Texas went 8-2. Top scorers were (from memory, official stats posted later): Susan Mitchell - 49 PPG Matt Na...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT predictions for 2006?
Replies: 21
Views: 10920

I'll be conducting a poll (hopefully a more successful one than the last attempt), probably separate polls for ACF Nats and ICT, after regs/SCT week. It seems to me that predictions will be easier to make then.

EK
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Club Fair/Recruiting
Replies: 21
Views: 11133

Correct me if I'm wrong, I haven't been able to find records before 2003 (when I started playing in the SW), but OSU has not been to an ACF event in this region in recent history. Programs often use the term "ACF-level" because succsessive generations of leadership make offhand comments that lead th...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 50823

I did suggest that we start a national mailing list for those that would be willing to help out when prospective editors need assistance. In the past, editing teams have mostly been associated with cross-country mirrors and tournaments with multiple sites like ACF Fall. If there are people out there...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: NAQT SCT Southwest (crossposted from yahoo)
Replies: 1
Views: 1454

Announcement: NAQT SCT Southwest (crossposted from yahoo)

Hey all, The 2006 NAQT Southwest SCT will occur on February 11, 2006, at the University of Texas at Austin. The following teams have signed up, and are all Division II: -ULL (3 teams) -Rice (2 teams) -UTD (2 teams) If you would like to sign up, please e-mail me (nancemj [at] gmail [dot] com) by Febr...