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by Bensonfan23
Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 14348

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

I'd also prefer the idea of NASAT on the first weekend followed by academic side events on Sunday, and the second weekend focusing on trash/pop culture side events.
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 14348

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

People have pointed out in this thread that side events attract a different audience than a NASAT mirror might. This is true and it's a good reason not to shoehorn in a full day of NASAT on Saturday rather than playing side events that the people sticking around for Sunday might be interested in pl...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 14348

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

On the other hand, the decision to not have a NASAT mirror is still pretty outrageous. A cross-section of the current slate of possible side events (description-wise): - History and History-oriented lit - Food - Trash - Rock music - Vanity packet-submission event - Hard thought/social science - Mod...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 14348

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

We would strongly encourage another club running NASAT and ACRONYM, which are easier, full-format tournaments, as a separate weekend, which will enable us to run more of the true “side” events at VCU and give players in the greater Mid-Atlantic the chance to play every set. So...NASAT is being rail...
by Bensonfan23
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan NASAT Mirror?
Replies: 17
Views: 7923

Re: Michigan NASAT Mirror?

I'll be playing NASAT at the Virginia mirror, but as long as this was held before August I would definitely show up to play Cambridge Open.
by Bensonfan23
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8254

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

May I see the tossup on David? I remember hearing some painting that I saw at the Met and was wondering what it is. 10. Chemical instruments sit on a velvet cloth in this artist’s double portrait of Monsieur and Madame Lavoisier. A woman in white stands with her arms outstretched above her children...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

Re: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)

I also loved the Kim Jong-Nam question. Glad to hear it! That was the only CE I wrote for this, and I was worried about it being a bit transparent, so I'm glad it seemed to have played well. Yeah, the distance running one was crazy hard. I'm surprised I even 10'ed it. Sorry, this was fixed for late...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17920

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

Whoever wrote the SMBC bonus: Thank you. You have no idea how happy that made me feel. I really can't decide what I think about the "Grayson Allen tripping people" question. On the one hand, I do like creative answerlines, but on the other hand, it seemed more appropriate for a trash packet. Then a...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8254

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

I thought this set did a great job with clue gradation... Appreciate this comment, I know this was something I definitely spent a lot of time on when editing my questions. ...with the exception of the Taylor surname tossup. After thinking about it, I'm going to defend this question as being perfect...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17920

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

The tossup on "Michael Jordan at the Washington Wizards" was appalling. I negged it, but I negged it because of a lack of actual knowledge about basketball, so I'm not going to complain about that. My complaint is that a majority of the clues had nothing to do with Michael Jordan, and were just est...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 8457

Re: 2017 EMT General Discussion

cell phones (was this current events? It was categorized as "other", from the PopCulture/Other category. Additionally, I thought this problem plagued the trash and geography distributions as well with the very problematic questions on Grayson Allen's tripping, MJ on the Wizards, the same comic stri...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17920

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

Can I see the tossups on MJ on the Wizards, Law of Large Numbers, Rawls, and Cities? I'd like to offer some commentary on these tossups (all of which I either got or I negged on)? Thank you. Sure, here you go! I wrote the first and last of these, if you have any critiques, I'd be happy to hear them...
by Bensonfan23
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17920

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

The Petals of Blood/Ngugi/English bonus showed up in both Packets 5 and 8.
The Pennsylvania tossup implied that Philadelphia was the capital of the state, which it's not.
These two things have been fixed now. Very sorry about that.
by Bensonfan23
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

2017 EMT: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)

Hey everybody, thanks again for playing this tournament! So, I ended up writing a pretty significant amount of questions for this tournament across a large number of categories. My chief responsibility for this tournament, however, was as the head science writer/editor; I also helped out with editin...
by Bensonfan23
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10240

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Quick reminder that non-Skype mirrors of this tournament are beginning this weekend! Teams should definitely sign-up for their local EMT mirrors, if they haven't yet! This set is one of the final chances to play a regular-minus tournament this semester, and being similar to previous years' MUT's in ...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17920

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

Could I see the New Orleans lit tossup and the As I Lay Dying tossup? A protagonist from this city cherishes a memory of being shot in the shoulder during the Korean War and is Binx Bolling, the protagonist of The Moviegoer. Walker Percy, that novel’s author, helped publish a novel about a man in t...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17920

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

The fine arts felt noticeably more difficult than most other subjects. It was pretty jarring to hear answer lines like Mantegna, van der Weyden, and wind symphonies show up at a regular-minus tournament. Also, it felt like there was a very pronounced bias towards Renaissance stuff in the visual art...
by Bensonfan23
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17
Replies: 7
Views: 4447

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17

Sorry for the brief delay, but stats for this tournament are up now. They can be found here! . Apologies for the 2 rounds of lost stats due to laptop issues in room 3. If/when we are able to re-construct those, I will re-upload these stats. For now, each of those two rounds are just marked as a forf...
by Bensonfan23
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17
Replies: 7
Views: 4447

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17

This tournament happened today! The team of Alston/Yu/Zhuang/Belal went 10-1 to win this tournament in a one-game final over the team of Raje/Manners/Ramapriya/Thompson (9-2). Stats will be up either very late tonight or (more likely) tomorrow afternoon, due to my having some other obligations. Than...
by Bensonfan23
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17
Replies: 7
Views: 4447

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17

Now that we're up to six teams for this tournament, I'm going to go ahead and lock the field. Any remaining free agents are welcomed to contact incomplete teams to join them. I will post more information about this tomorrow. For now, if someone from each team could send me an email confirming their ...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tentative Oxford Open Mirror at William & Mary 4/?/17
Replies: 4
Views: 2017

Re: Tentative Oxford Open Mirror at William & Mary 4/?/17

As long as it doesn't conflict with ICT or Nats, then expect us to send a team to this as well.
by Bensonfan23
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23272

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

For the gram negative bacteria bonus (don't remember which packet, sorry), I'm pretty confident that "injectisome" should have been acceptable, or at least promptable, for the part on the Type 3 Secretion System.
by Bensonfan23
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43683

Re: 2017 ICT bids

And I thought 16th was safe...should have gone to Upstate NY! Yeah, who needs teams like Duke, McGill, Berkeley B, Chicago B, Penn, Harvard, Brown, Mizzou, and Princeton at their nationals? Want to split a flight to Colorado next Spring? Edit: Just to be clear, I (and Duke's team) have no ill will ...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43683

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I'm sorry, but this qualifying procedure is laughably ridiculous. Under no circumstances should bids be given out this easily to the point that it makes qualifying based on statistics so difficult. If its a field expansion or being more strict on host bids that's necessary, then fine, but there is s...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43683

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I'm sorry, I don't usually post on here, but there is absolutely no way whatsoever that we should not be in the field for D1. Our D-value was 13th, if those stats don't make it into the field something is fundamentally broken.
by Bensonfan23
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8
Replies: 25
Views: 16299

Re: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8

I assume some kind of mistake was made with Duke not receiving a D1 invitation? Considering our D-value was 13th best overall, an answer to this would be greatly appreciated. Edit: I'm now aware of what's happened with the bids, and realize that at least we're now in the field. An official response ...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17
Replies: 7
Views: 4447

Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17

This is the announcement for the official Skype mirror of the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament, which will take place on March 18th, 2017. This is a regular-minus tournament in line with past iterations of MUT. Full details about the set can be found here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.ph...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 6286

Re: Midseason Poll

P/G on the WAO sheet is actually G/N, right? Yeah, this is correct now. Thanks for doing this, but you seem to have missed the Canadian WAO mirror where a full Toronto A and a shorthanded McGill A attended. No problem! Glad to hear people are finding them helpful/interesting. I don't think the stat...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 6286

Re: Midseason Poll

Jumping on the EFT stats bandwagon, it looks like EFT at WUSTL and Youngstown state are not yet included.
Added these too. Eventually we'll run out of EFT mirrors for me to have missed!
by Bensonfan23
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 6286

Re: Midseason Poll

It seems that you missed the NYU mirror of EFT: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/3929.
Also the UK mirror of EFT: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... ete_stats/
Just added both of these, sorry about that!
by Bensonfan23
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 6286

Re: Midseason Poll

It seems that you missed the NYU mirror of EFT: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/3929.
Ugh, no idea how I missed that entire site. I'll try to add those stats in later this evening. Thanks for pointing that out!
by Bensonfan23
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 6286

Re: Midseason Poll

Since no one else has posted something similar in this thread yet, I thought I would go ahead and share the stats-tracking sheet that I've been keeping throughout the season. It's not the most thorough, but it should still be helpful, and its updated through this past weekend's WAO mirrors. I'll try...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41259

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

The only way to remedy this problem is get collaboration between schools which would require better communication through, for example, a "collaborators wanted" thread. There are also a lot of great writers out there who haven't been "discovered" yet so to speak. If you get a few experienced editor...
by Bensonfan23
Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Duke (October 29th, 2016)
Replies: 2
Views: 1977

Re: Penn Bowl at Duke (October 29th, 2016)

This tournament didn't end up happening as a true tournament, but our A and B teams still had a blast playing against each other on this set today. Duke A played against Duke B for the first 8 packets, and then several other rounds were played as mixed teams to keep things interesting. Stats for tho...
by Bensonfan23
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Duke (October 29th, 2016)
Replies: 2
Views: 1977

Re: Penn Bowl at Duke (October 29th, 2016)

This tournament has been cancelled due to conflicts and a general lack of interest from teams in the area. I apologize if this inconveniences anybody.
by Bensonfan23
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 3666

Re: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)

Complete stats for this tournament can be found here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/3807/

Sorry for the brief delay with these!
by Bensonfan23
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 3666

Re: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)

This tournament happened today! Despite there being a hurricane, this tournament still had a 21 team field, and I would say went very well. UVA-A won this tournament outright going 10-0. Georgia A and Duke's house team both finished 8-2. The other teams in the top bracket were UVA-B, Clemson, and Vi...
by Bensonfan23
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 3666

Re: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)

I'm closing the field for this tournament at the 21 teams listed above. Team contacts, I will send out a logistics email either late tonight or early tomorrow morning. We're looking forward to seeing everyone in Durham this weekend!
by Bensonfan23
Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Duke (October 29th, 2016)
Replies: 2
Views: 1977

Penn Bowl at Duke (October 29th, 2016)

Duke University’s Quiz Bowl team is excited to announce that it will be hosting a Penn Bowl mirror on October 29, 2016. Location and Time: This tournament will be held in the Social Sciences Building on Duke University’s West Campus. The opening meeting will be at 8:30 and rounds will start as close...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Virginia Fall Kickoff at UC (9/24/16)
Replies: 0
Views: 840

West Virginia Fall Kickoff at UC (9/24/16)

This tournament happened at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia on Saturday (9/24/16). 26 teams in total were in attendance and Dunbar A (Kentucky) won the tournament. Dunbar C (Ky) was the runner-up. The rest of the top bracket were Dunbar B (Ky), Parkersburg A (Wv), George Wa...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running a Tournament/Practice Using Skype
Replies: 6
Views: 3115

Re: Running a Tournament/Practice Using Skype

So my questions are these: first, how do I Skype in people from more than one different location? Second, do folks just yell "buzz" or is there some way to signal electronically? And is Skype the best option, or are there other interactive systems I should consider? I'm fairly certain that all need...
by Bensonfan23
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 3666

Re: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)

A few quick updates about this tournament. First, I got permission to expand our field cap to 24 team, and this is now a hard cap. Also, our field is now over half-full, so get your registrations in if you're interested!
by Bensonfan23
Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll 2016-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 13525

Re: Preseason Poll 2016-2017

Duke's entire team is back yet again this year (John, Gabe, and I). We also add some talented freshmen, one of whom will end up being our fourth scorer (undecided for now). Also to speak for UNC's team, since they lost several players, as far as I know they lose their entire A team, except for Zihan...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 3666

Re: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)

Current Field (Teams/Buzzers/Moderator(s)):

Duke (House Teams): 1/0/0
Virginia Tech: 4/2/0
Georgia: 3/1/0
Liberty: 2/2/0
Wake Forest: 2/1/1
Collins Hill (High School): 1/1/0
South Carolina: 2/2/2
Virginia: 4/6/0
Clemson: 1/1/0
VCU: 1/6/1
Total Teams: 21/24

Updated 10/1/16.
by Bensonfan23
Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 3666

EFT at Duke (October 8, 2016)

Duke University’s Quiz Bowl team is excited to announce that it will be hosting a mirror of the 2016 Early Fall Tournament (2016 EFT) set on October 8, 2016. I will be the tournament director for this tournament. Location and Time: This tournament will be held in the Social Sciences Building on Duke...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 59994

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

Now that I know my team's definitely going to CO, I'll gladly volunteer to staff this if needed/wanted.
by Bensonfan23
Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Skype Practices
Replies: 16
Views: 5501

Re: Summer Skype Practices

I'm interested in this too.
by Bensonfan23
Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35496

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

I definitely want to play this! Please add me to the free agent list as well.
by Bensonfan23
Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK at University of South Carolina 1/16/16
Replies: 5
Views: 4151

Re: MLK at University of South Carolina 1/16/16

could they be missing a game against Duke?
No, we only played UNC B once. It looks like their missing game might be against USC A, based on how the afternoon brackets were done. The game we seem to be missing is our third game against UGA A (the finals play-in game).
by Bensonfan23
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 34999

Re: Preseason Poll

Since our team wasn't on last year's poll, but may fit in this one, I'll go ahead and share Duke's roster. John Stathis and I will both be back from last year's team, and freshman Gabe Guedes will be joining our team this year. Our fourth will likely be either Adil from our SCT team or Shaunak from ...