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by Awehrman
Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 11154

Re: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament discussion

I've only looked at the first packet, but the questions in this set seem pretty good. This question, however, is a clunker: 14. Fighting at this battle along Assunpink Creek saw the Knyphausen regiment surrounded, while the two major avenues in the town where this battle took place were King and Que...
by Awehrman
Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sunday fall tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 7250

Re: Sunday fall tournaments

Northwestern certainly prefers Saturday tournaments since sports are obviously not too high on the priority list for us. In the Southwest, at least as football crazy as the Southeast or Midwest, I didn't have much trouble getting teams around for tournaments on Saturdays at Arkansas. Oklahoma tradit...
by Awehrman
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles
Replies: 95
Views: 26254

Re: Chicago Open History Doubles

Bruce, that's an even better idea. I think I should be able to lend a hand. Email me (my last name @northwestern.edu), and maybe we can work something out.
by Awehrman
Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles
Replies: 95
Views: 26254

Re: Chicago Open History Doubles

the questions will be a lot more diverse; there will be significant amounts of social history, and I have been experimenting with ways to write questions that are akin to "what historians actually do" while still being clue-dense. There will even be fine arts, social science, R/M, and oth...
by Awehrman
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MCMNT 2008 Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 12068

Re: MCMNT 2008 Discussion

One question that I thought may be factually incorrect was the one on HUAC. Here's the question: 20. This organization had a run-in with the founder of the National Negro Labor Council, which resulted in Coleman Young disbanding the organization. Its first chairman was Martin Dies, a Congressman fr...
by Awehrman
Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Productive discussion about expanding to new schools
Replies: 59
Views: 11894

Re: Productive discussion about expanding to new schools

Hey mods, with two potential new teams already posting here, is there a way to have a permanent thread for new teams?
by Awehrman
Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Productive discussion about expanding to new schools
Replies: 59
Views: 11894

Re: Productive discussion about expanding to new schools

Thanks for starting this thread, Matt. I sent off a long email to NAQT this morning outlining some of my thoughts in a bit more detail. I'm wating to hear back. In the mean time, I'd like to clarify the difference between ACUI and NACA as best I can. ACUI is a professional organization strictly for ...
by Awehrman
Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The (Im)Moral Values of CBI
Replies: 42
Views: 5795

Re: The (Im)Moral Values of CBI

For my part, I'm also a bit frustrated that this thread degenerated in the way that it did, since we are all in basic agreement that we would like to see more schools playing non-CBI quizbowl. It seems that we really just disagree in terms of methodology and degree. I am going to contact NAQT direct...
by Awehrman
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The (Im)Moral Values of CBI
Replies: 42
Views: 5795

Re: CBI Regionals!

See, I don't understand how you can square that first sentence with the second one. If your funding is wrapped up in CBI, it would seem that you can't actually use it for anything else anyway, so if you give up CBI, it's not like you're giving up money that could be used to attend proper quizbowl t...
by Awehrman
Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The (Im)Moral Values of CBI
Replies: 42
Views: 5795

The (Im)Moral Values of CBI

Krakki wrote: DumbJaques, the main reason I avoid posting on this board is that when anyone presents a contrary opinion, he often gets slammed with an ad hominem attack. Let me ad-hominem attack you here by saying that this is incorrect. Honestly? I wonder if you were to poll all members of the boa...
by Awehrman
Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 9365

I can answer in IIT's case, perhaps Truman had a similar experience. IIT paid 500 bucks or so for the campus tournament and ran it successfully in November. They had quite a few teams sign up to play, so it was a successful event (not a sham tournament like many teams run). They had fully intended o...
by Awehrman
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Regionals discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 34380

My quick count shows 204 teams at SCT (including 46 community college teams) and 52 at ACF Regionals (including 1 high school team).
by Awehrman
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Regionals discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 34380

That said, I'm frankly just flat-out annoyed by the turnout for this tournament at several sites. Here we have an accessible and well-edited set and lots of teams apparently aren't interested in playing it. What the hell is going on? It's particularly annoying to me in light of hearing people for t...
by Awehrman
Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 9365

3D Lemmings, can you change your club's constitution? This seems like a situation where you and your club should meet with your activities people and try to get them to understand the situation. I'm not sure that your situation is unique, though. I'm willing to bet that CBI has used this method to s...
by Awehrman
Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 9365

I think this argument is conjoining unrelated issues. It's fine to expand participation in quizbowl by connecting with new revenue sources and accepting outside input on subsequent travel plans ("student fees should be used for attending the academic nationals, not for sending five teams cross...
by Awehrman
Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 9365

For what it's worth, Matt Weiner has been making a concerted effort to reach out to CBI and Honda teams all over the country. He is currently compiling a list of CBI/Honda contacts and has asked a few of us for help. I'm sure if anyone here were willing to help him out with that, he'd be delighted ...
by Awehrman
Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 9365

Isn't this how it's always been? College Bowl has a network of random student union employees who don't know anything. They are the market, not quizbowl teams. The professionals of student affairs are the real miscreants in this and many other issues facing the academy. I think that one of the main...
by Awehrman
Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wildcat (10/27/07) at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Replies: 7
Views: 3209

Although I do not know the specific teams, I do know that the number of teams who have expressed interest in coming is very small (less than 10). We are still planning on running the tournament, but hope to get more teams in the next couple weeks. I will contact Rebecca to post the team list.
by Awehrman
Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some Semblance of Preseason Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 13925

No more Wehrman at Yale.
No, Mike will be at Yale this year, although it should be his last. I'm not sure how much time he will have for quizbowl, however.
by Awehrman
Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history
Replies: 31
Views: 14121

Haha, what? Are you really putting forth that an editor would cut a tossup on the Columbian Exchange because it slightly straddles one or two distributions? This is what I don't understand about your argument. . . you act as if the only thing keeping tossups on Wesley's pamphlet or the other ridicu...
by Awehrman
Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history
Replies: 31
Views: 14121

On the contrary, I think an tossup on the Columbian Exchange would make a great question. It would certainly combine natural science with history and probably reward those who have read Alfred Crosby. I've heard it come up before, but not in a long time. It's another example of a question that would...
by Awehrman
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history
Replies: 31
Views: 14121

So, if you're going to include historians, why are you going to exclude the things that historians actually write about? To my knowledge none of the historians I mentioned have ever writtten detailed accounts of a battle or war. Simon Schama would much more likely give you the cultural history of a ...
by Awehrman
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history
Replies: 31
Views: 14121

This is a random point, but one of the main points about Fredericksburg is that nobody outflanked anyone- Burnside attacked Lee's line right up the middle, leading to a massacre. Fair enough, but historians of the so-called "New military history" will tell you that even these battle plans...
by Awehrman
Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history
Replies: 31
Views: 14121

I think we all have ideas about questions that we'd kind of like to write, but don't follow through because of their perceived difficulty. You're right that "Primitive Physic" is not a great example, but I don't think it's that terrible. John Wesley's a pretty famous guy. He founded one of...
by Awehrman
Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history
Replies: 31
Views: 14121

Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history

After all of the glowing comments about the literature singles/doubles tournament, I'd like to comment on Bruce's history tournament. Overall the set was underwhelming. I agree with the others who said the packets were even and contained a good level of difficulty for the field. Unfortunately, unlik...
by Awehrman
Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Broken Judge Cords
Replies: 12
Views: 5427

Yes, the Judge uses C batteries. I don't think I've had the squealing problem that you describe. You might try reinserting them, since the plastic casing that holds the batteries is a little flimsy (although I have no problems with the batteries coming loose once inserted). Also make sure the switch...
by Awehrman
Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Broken Judge Cords
Replies: 12
Views: 5427

The power cord to my Judge also pulled apart like this. I just run it on battery power. The batteries last for years before they need replacing.
by Awehrman
Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 215343

Thank you. I knew such a schedule existed, but not where to find it. It looks like we've already been penciled into an already quite full schedule. We have contacted NAQT for the set, so a formal announcement should be forthcoming. I would love to do a middle school tournament. We still need to figu...
by Awehrman
Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 215343

Since I know that many Illinois coaches read this board and with UIUC's early tournament already announced, what date do think would be best for Northwestern's annual Wildcat NAQT tournament? Traditionally we have held in late October, which works ok, but might there be a better time to really ratch...
by Awehrman
Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Guns of August: CO History Doubles
Replies: 42
Views: 23520

By the way, that's Andy Wehrman and not Mike Wehrman teamed with Noah Graf. I hoped that Mike would be able to come, but he's being a loser and working on his lousy dissertation in New Haven.
by Awehrman
Tue May 01, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest in Chicago Open History Singles
Replies: 30
Views: 12789

I'm glad that this seems to have been picked up. Friday night would work better for me, but Saturday night would be fine. I think 15/15 rounds would work ok, but also wouldn't particularly mind a tossups only fomat. You see, I have strong opinions on these things.
by Awehrman
Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Missouri 2006-07
Replies: 128
Views: 60080

Wow. Well, now it seems like Missouri coaches will surely be able to utilize the suggestions given by the Illinois coaches to go after this question writer's professionalism. Riddling a question set with wrong answers and then blaming the students should get Missouri a new question writer for next y...
by Awehrman
Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 53935

A couple of points. Again I was not at the tournament, so I cannot comment on the exact questions. Apparantly North Kansas City High School students and alumni know of the Lippizaner Stallions. They have also toured the United States many times. I know the Lippizaner Stallions came to the University...
by Awehrman
Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open free agents
Replies: 15
Views: 8405

I'll toss in my hat as another probable free agent. I'm pretty quiet, don't eat much, and may be willing to dance a jig on command for the right team (not mueller's).
by Awehrman
Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest in Chicago Open History Singles
Replies: 30
Views: 12789

Since this event seems to be in limbo, I would also like to announce my intention to play. You might consider including a sub-category on historians and historical writing. A tossup and bonus or two per round on significant historians such as C. Vann Woodward or Quentin Skinner or on some of the so-...
by Awehrman
Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT location?
Replies: 55
Views: 21318

Communications between NAQT and Northwestern have stalled over the past few weeks. NAQT had contacted us about hosting, but we would have difficulty coming up with enough experienced staffers. NAQT proposed that if Northwestern provided the rooms and a few moderators, U Chicago might provide the res...
by Awehrman
Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Wildcat VIII (10/28/06) at Northwestern (IL)
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

The team, individual, and playoff results for Wildcat have been posted here. http://groups.northwestern.edu/quizbowl/
by Awehrman
Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SEC tournament?
Replies: 33
Views: 12513

NAQT's conference tournament had nothing little to do with athletic conferences. It was more like ACF Fall. They seem to have been done away with because of the proliferation of other NAQT events. At the 1999 NAQT conference championship my team, Arkansas, played in the Midwestern conference at Iowa...
by Awehrman
Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Wildcat VIII (10/28/06) at Northwestern (IL)
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

So far we have 15 teams signed up. If you are not on the list and think you should be, or if you would like to round out the field by adding a 16th team, please contact me. Otherwise the field is closed. Bloomington HS Maine East A Maine East B Loyola Academy Sterling HS New Trier A New Trier B Hoff...
by Awehrman
Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Wildcat VIII (10/28/06) at Northwestern (IL)
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

RESULTS: Wildcat VIII (10/28/06) at Northwestern (IL)

Although it has been announced in other places, this tournament has not yet been announced on this forum for some reason. The field is now pretty much closed for Northwestern's 8th annual Wildcat Invitational Tournament. The tournament will be held in Harris Hall on the campus of Northwestern Univer...
by Awehrman
Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: People should go to MO tournaments
Replies: 32
Views: 15340

Hey, Charlie, I'm glad to see you being so active on the boards. I hope this means that You'll put NKC back into some national competition. What you say is true about MSHSAA, but 250 miles outside of Missouri's border gives you a pretty good range since MO is so central. Chicago within range if you ...
by Awehrman
Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: does anyone know about this NAQT rule?
Replies: 11
Views: 7369

I ran across this rule when we hosted sectionals at Arkansas a few years ago. We thought about doing the same thing, but none of us had enough fire power to qualify individually. We also needed all of our D2 people to help staff. I thought that the rule was that a host could not qualify any addition...
by Awehrman
Mon May 16, 2005 1:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81874

I don't think NAQT has totally abandoned using colleges and universities as hosting sites. They still solicit university hosts. We (Northwestern) were asked to submit a bid, but we could not get the necessary staff/rooms since the tournament will be held during our finals week. I will be on hand to ...
by Awehrman
Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals directions and last minute call for teams
Replies: 6
Views: 4028

The tournament will be held in the technological institute (commonly called "Tech"), an enourmous limestone building. It's hard to miss, but here's a map: http://aquavite.northwestern.edu/maps/buildinglookup.cgi?lookupid=132 It also shows the parking lot directly across the street. I've us...
by Awehrman
Thu Nov 04, 2004 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northwestern Wildcat Invitational results
Replies: 4
Views: 3258

Congrats to St. Andrews. I unfortunately was not able to help out at the tournament, but I was pretty impressed with the play of St. Andrews last year at the Arkansas NAQT state championship. Since I couldn't help out on tournament day, I'm not sure who has the stats and things, nor am I sure how of...