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by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15146

I think this thread has precipitated two camps in regard to what the nature of this parallel circuit should be. Some think it should be more insular in the sense that it should be on more difficult questions (regs-nationals+) with the players that are willing to play on those questions (inevitably, ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15146

Also, I am in no way envisioning six Chicago Opens a year. I would hope that if and when masters tournaments get established, they would be at a variety of sites and widely mirrored. As chris said before, a 2 or 3 team CO mirror in college station would be a joke. Even if we held a mirror in Dallas...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15146

Well, in response to Jerry and Chris, I think there needs to be a discussion of geographic diversity. We can't keep having all our masters tournaments in Chicago, even if there are a lot of good players in that area. How about the midatlantic, say, Baltimore/DC? Both BWI and Reagan have regular disc...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15146

Re: A Masters circuit

The usual remedy, which gets proposed and shot down with some regularity, is to ban grad students from the game. Without rehearsing the standard explanations of why such a ban would be a bad idea, the motive for the complaint -- that it's silly for highly-experienced, highly-skilled players to comp...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 3
Views: 2460

Unfortunately, I did not receive enough responses to result in a statistically relevant ranking. We will try this again after ACF regionals and NAQT SCT, which will give us a better idea anyway. See you then.

Eric Kwartler
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 3
Views: 2460

Midseason Poll

Hey y'all, It seems like it's predictions time for the season, which means it's time for the poll. I have been asked to take over the poll that has traditionally been conducted by a member of the A&M team. If you are unfamiliar, the deal is you submit your list of the teams you believe to be in the ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 18502

I think that the focus should be on the interaction you mention, but that interaction is a two-way street, with humans influencing the environment and the environment driving human trends. I think we should remove the restrictions on using historical/cultural/artistic/whatever clues in geography qu...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 18502

Like many others, I would be willing to change my stance on geography yquestions (from "excise them from the ACF dist") if they were written differently. For instance, the following is from the course description of the ONLY physical geography course offered at UT-Austin (the lowest intro course in ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 18502

Pure geography, much like works of literature, is not the actual thing being taught in the classroom, at least not at the college level. I am curious. What, if not "works of literature," is taught in literature classrooms at the college level? Certainly there is some literary criticism being taught...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 16, 2005 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Themed Submission Tournament held next to Andrew/Seth's
Replies: 5
Views: 3212

This is the full announcement for the Marvelous Academic Themed Tournament of Excellence (MATTE) to be held in Chicago on May 21st, 2006. I, Eric Kwartler, will be head editor, and Paul Reverdy will be editing science. The packet format will be as follows: Submissions should be 17/17 and should eith...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Themed Submission Tournament held next to Andrew/Seth's
Replies: 5
Views: 3212

That is a fine idea.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Themed Submission Tournament held next to Andrew/Seth's
Replies: 5
Views: 3212

Singles is out of the question if for no other reason because the logistics just wouldn't work. Duos have the advantage of pairing up one humanities and one science player and making the players more likely to play with different people from those with whom they played on saturday. Also, duos makes ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Themed Submission Tournament held next to Andrew/Seth's
Replies: 5
Views: 3212

Themed Submission Tournament held next to Andrew/Seth's

This is a call for interest AND discussion of format for a Kwartler-edited academic themed submission tournament to be juxtaposed with the Yaphe-Teitler masters tournament in May. This would be similar to Iowa's themed tournament, but would be ACF-style. There would also be powers. I don't know if t...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

So how do you categorize them for a distribution? I don't have a great answer. I usually count Ishiguro under both British and Japanese lit (I wouldn't have tossups on him and Tanizaki in one packet, but nor would I include a question on him in a packet that already had 3-4 British literature quest...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

Chris: You probably will find some Kleist in your local bookstore...anyone who does much reading in German literature will read some Kleist...he's more read in Germany than say Hesse. With that said, a sign of the qb disconnect is that Michael Kolhaas (and occasionally the Marquis of O) is what he'...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

To be clear, I have no desire to see the canon deviate farther from what the "rest of the universe" considers the canon, but at the same time there are differences and they can't be dealt with except through accepted channels. If you think say Lu Xun should be in the canon, make that known by introd...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 09, 2005 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

No, I don't think that is one way to look at it. Yes, ACF Fall and its ilk try to reflect the knowledge base of the average college freshman-sophomore, but above that concern is the need to stay within the quizbowl canon. Quizbowl is inescapably set off from the rest of the universe and is governed ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

Sure, I think most of the stuff that I can think of are in this intersection, it's just that once in a while the latter category jumps off in say the regs level, mostly I think due to some people introducing the topic back in the day and people in QB just caught on, using the dubious stance of writ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

The answer space for world lit is not small because there are few writers worthy of writing questions on outside of the US and Britain (and Europe). The answer space is small because few people have actually read works by people from non-Western cultures, so they tend to fall back on the standard N...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

as a sidenote: Steinbeck's importance is being a little over-emphasized by some posters here. He was hardly a literary titan (at times a damn bad writer). He was (and is) widely read...much of his ubiquity today has more to do with his easy accessibility for high schoolers (and I guess college kids...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

Yeah, I thought it was clear that when I said "Milton," "Steinbeck," "Rushdie," and "Coetzee," I meant the authors themselves as well as their works. Personally I think that you could write a perfectly respectable milton tossup for ACF Fall that yes would be gotten by most experienced players early ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

No, asking about real knowledge of an important writer who happens to come from Asia is the right kind of diversity. The wrong kind, the way CBI does it, is to ask about "the first CATEGORY OF MINORITY to do ACHIEVEMENT." There's an easy way to make sure world literature isn't just "countries colon...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

World lit is already something like 1/1 anyway. How could you lower it further? Two ways came to mind. 1) Simply combine it with euro lit, although one could argue the euro canon plus the world canon are together much larger than brit or american. 2) Make the distribution 1/1 american, 1/1 british,...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

I think there's a good reason for that, though. It's because they are chosen from a smaller canon so they are more likely to get asked more often. It is obvious that the world literature canon is smaller. My question concerned the fairness of equating (in the packet distribution) said smaller canon...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

If you want to talk about academia, the fact is that in most undergraduate English programs around the nation you are more likely to escape without reading rushdie or coetzee than you are without reading milton or steinbeck (note: I speak only of assigned readings, not books read during leisure time...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Dec 07, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

For what it's worth, Rushdie and Coetzee both write in English, as does much (but certainly not all) of the rest of the "world" literature canon. Also, perhaps "modern," already a problematic term, should be replaced with "contemporary" in my post, as Steinbeck is clearly part of the pedagogical can...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Dec 07, 2005 4:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 34985

Overrepresentation of World Lit Topics

Recently a fellow player mentioned to me that he thought it was unjust that the relatively few topics present in the acceptable world lit canon be represented so much more prevalently than some very important authors and works in the British and American canons. For instance, Salman Rushdie and JM C...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH structure
Replies: 20
Views: 9310

My opinion, as a very satisfied player from Regionals, is that TRASH is generally fine the way it is. Attempts to improve "order" would only spoil the fun. Not to interrupt the complaining, however. Your opinion is absolutely and totally valid, but personally I'd like you to flesh it out. Why would...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH structure
Replies: 20
Views: 9310

Popular culture tournaments have come a long way from where they were ten years ago, when they were not taken that seriously at all. Now that they're taken a bit more seriously, people now want them to go to the next step and have rigid distributions and unimpeachable pyramids. Although that may be...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:55 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Biology in the modern QB era.
Replies: 37
Views: 40217

I guess I would prefer 1/1 clinical science and 1/1 basic science in biomedical topics to be fair. Rather than creating a 2/2 "biology" distribution, how about lumping clinical biology in with "miscellaneous science?" You have 1/1 bio, 1/1 chem, 1/1 physics, then 2/2 whose subject is at the writer'...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 21, 2005 5:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH structure
Replies: 20
Views: 9310

TRASH structure

So, personally, I know that the problem I had with the TRASH set was not as much answer choice as question structure. Instead of posting comparative stats that may or may not mean anything and making generalizations about TRASH focusing on quickly-cancelled tv shows and minor albums from 80s one-hit...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: double standard?
Replies: 61
Views: 28987

Now, I sincerely hope Sean's post was in jest, but I cannot speak to our friend's behavior at TRASH regionals and thus won't address that issue. I can, however, address ACF's motives in regard to the combination with TRASH regionals. Regardless of whether Sean's little bottle of vitriol was actually...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Nov 17, 2005 6:33 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

Questions will be up on the archive by next week.

EDIT

Ok, so packets will be on the archive by next week, but until then, they can be found at https://webspace.utexas.edu/egk55/www/fallpackets/ . Like seth said earlier, all of us but Andrew are new at this, so we want to hear what you think.
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:31 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

To respond to a few points ray put forth that fall in my area, 6) The editor packets were looked over and changed by their authors' fellow editors. 9) Hanukkah is an acceptable answer, the aside I included was "(Clear your throat, it’s a guttural Ch, not an aspirated H)" which neither says nor ins...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

Ray, While the editors will respond to your email query as well, there are a few things about the questions you mentioned that it might benefit the discussion to address. The main thing we saw in your packet was that it was targeted to a higher-level audience than the one for which ACF Fall is inten...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:08 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

If anyone would like to know why their questions were cut, please email us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to tell you.
Yeah, please do that.
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

Well, then, perhaps you could also kindly explain the expurgation of this question that I also submitted to ACF fall 2005: I think that "expurgation" is a bit harsh. Just because it was left out doesn't mean it was "purged" from the packet. There are a million reasons for questions to be cut, and w...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 16, 2005 12:42 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

You know, I think that Sorice has a point in his diatribe against "tuning out" in that if one doesn't make any effort, then one will 1) never get better and 2) not last long in qb. I remember when I was a freshman, a fifth year senior on the UT team was the only person that wanted to go to ACF Fall ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:35 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

Combination

As the person who was mostly responsible for combining the packets, I feel I should say a word about the comments that have been made in regard to this topic. First, I apologize to Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt for that oversight, I thought Georgia Tech was going to the SE regional, which proved not t...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:56 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 93951

Feedback

Hey all, An email address has been set up for those of you that would rather send us your comments and/or queries in person. That email address is [email protected].com . The packets will be posted soon, and we strongly encourage you to download them and tell us what you think, whether you attended ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Packet Details
Replies: 2
Views: 2745

ACF Fall Packet Details

As promised, here are the details for packet submission for ACF Fall 2005. The schedule for packet submission will be as follows: Note: Packets must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the specified days. August 26th - Minus $40 September 9th - Minus $20 September 23rd - Minus $10 October 7th - No Penalty O...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2005 Announcement of Hosts
Replies: 10
Views: 7978

ACF Fall/TRASH Regionals Midsouth Switch

ACF actually did know it was a football game weekend, and had received assurances from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that they could hold the tournament at a local community college (as Nick Bendler suggested on the yahoo group), but after talking it over with UTK and UTC, we have decided...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 17, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2005 Announcement of Hosts
Replies: 10
Views: 7978

ACF Fall/TRASH Regionals Mid-South

ACF and TRASH are pleased to announce that the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will be hosting ACF Fall on Saturday, November 12th, with TRASH Regionals being held on Sunday, November 13th at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The contacts for these tournaments are: University of Tenne...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2005 Announcement of Hosts
Replies: 10
Views: 7978

ACF Fall 2005 Announcement of Hosts

The host schools for the 2005 ACF Fall tournament, to be held the weekend of November 11-13, are: Northwest - University of British Columbia Contact: Mike Whitaker (mwhitake at interchange dot ubc dot ca) West - University of California at Berkeley Contact: Christopher Nguyen (cqnguyen at berkeley d...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 04, 2005 12:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Concert Music Name that Tune Results
Replies: 0
Views: 1671

Concert Music Name that Tune Results

The Concert Music Name that Tune was held as planned on Saturday during the lunch break of Chicago Open. The event was a great success, largely due to the timely arrival of large amounts of pizza. Wesley Matthews came out on top, followed closely by Chris Frankel, Matt Keller and Dan Suzman in that ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jun 16, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC Chicago
Replies: 71
Views: 38954

The fact that Joe notes that Paul Robeson's Ol' Man River "Belongs in anyone's list of facts to know" is very telling, as that is exactly what one needs to study for Chip's tournament: A list of facts. To some extent, all quizbowl relies on facts of one kind or another, but different formats present...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat May 28, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Classical/Opera Name that Tune at Chicago Open
Replies: 5
Views: 5504

Scheduling

The concert music name that tune will take place in two parts. The prelims will be during lunch on Saturday, while the playoffs will take place after the last match in the afternoon. Because the prelims will take 30 minutes out of your lunch time, I have decided to charge a 7 dollar entry fee that w...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 10, 2005 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Classical/Opera Name that Tune at Chicago Open
Replies: 5
Views: 5504

You should decide whether or not to accept incomplete titles of works, composer only, tempos for movements, nicknames, key, etc. or award bonus points for additional topic. e.g. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, Kochel number 550, Movement 1, Allegro. or Catalog Aria, Act ? Scen...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 09, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Classical/Opera Name that Tune at Chicago Open
Replies: 5
Views: 5504

Classical/Opera Name that Tune at Chicago Open

Hey all, I am interested in writing a Classical/Opera name that tune competition for CO weekend. The format would be: Round 1: Written test. Round 2: Playoff. Top 10 people from Round 1 on buzzers. Round 3: Finals. Top two people from round 2 on buzzers. I'd like to know who would be interested. Als...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 03, 2005 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall - Call for Hosts
Replies: 0
Views: 1678

ACF Fall - Call for Hosts

Here is the updated ACF Fall call for hosts. There was a misunderstanding between James Dinan and me over the wording of my ACF Fall announcement. Because of this he felt the need to clarify his position with his own post. I have personally spoken with Mr. Dinan, and here is the plan that TRASH and ...