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Hey, I didn't mean to make it sound like I've got anything against U of I. I'm from Illinois, so I have many friends there (including your own Kelly Tourdot), and realize that it's a great school.

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biggreen wrote:Hey, I didn't mean to make it sound like I've got anything against U of I. I'm from Illinois, so I have many friends there (including your own Kelly Tourdot), and realize that it's a great school.
Hah, yeah, I know; I'm just taking some good natured jabs at your, you know, rampant Ivy League bias.
As for great... well, it's great in some ways. I'm not under the impression that it's the ideal school, but you can do a lot here.

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bulldog09 wrote:I'm going to an ivy league school next year (Yale). Anybody know anything about its quiz bowl team? How competitive is quiz bowl in the ivys?
Well, a program's quiz bowl ability is highly personality dependent: that is, a single star player (or 2-3 very good ones) can shift the balance of power from a middling team to a top tier one. The point is, while Ivies may tend to attract more players, it matters more who ends up where. That said, the Ivy League schools tend to field consistently good teams, although they haven't been in a position to break into the super elite level for some time.

Yale's decent this year; they were a top ten team last year, but lost two of their best players (Robert Beard and Peter Austin), and seem mostly to be relying on their other best player, Mike Wehrman (who posts here and can correct me if I'm wrong). They've always had a solid foundation programwise and go to tournaments fairly often, though not as much as I remember. You definitely should check the team out when you get to Yale this fall.

Another thing to remember is that traditional conference rivalries don't really exist in QB because of travel limitations. Harvard and Yale stay within the New England circuit, and teams there, for some reason, refuse to travel anywhere outside it. Princeton is predominantly a Mid-Atlantic team, and competes mainly with MD/VA/DE/PA schools. Cornell and Columbia tend to do their own thing and fluctuate between various regions based on what they can attend. Penn and Dartmouth have teams but don't seem to have been as active on the circuit in the past few years (hopefully that's just a thing of the past). As mentioned, Brown doesn't have a team, for whatever reason.

P.S. to Darthmouth guy: Guess which Ivy League school went 3-0 (5-0 if you count B teams) against Ivy League teams at ACF Nationals last year; it isn't Harvard or Yale. :smile:

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ID, i'm goin to the u of i next year and was wondering how i could get involved with the team as soon as possible

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I'd like to latch onto DaGeneral's request for U of I info. I'm a junior though, so if you could, fill me in on some of the more generic info, seeing as how I haven't applied yet. :)

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The best and brightest of northern Illinois travel south... sigh. Hey Styxman, have you played Guilford this year? How underwhelming are they?

Are Matt Keenan or Colin Davy associated with UIUC ABT? Kelly and I played with them back in the day.

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'Bago's 4-0 vs. Guilford this year, but that's not to say they're underwhelming, they're still a regional-caliber team. One of the wins was in the championship of a tournament, 2 in morning pool play, and 1 at Masonic consolation semifinals. Kate Brumm is a good captain, and they have a pretty good sophomore who led their f-s over Auburn....other than that, nothing special. Their coach is still a top tier coach, their program is still top tier for NIC-9, and they're still going to get beat by Auburn at Sectionals. Another year, another repeat.

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Hey, we beat Auburn at sectionals my sophomore year and lost on the 4th overtime question my senior year (that one still hurts). It's not impossible.

Glad to hear 'Bago's doing well. Is Niemeyer still coaching? Is that her name? Good luck the rest of the year.

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Yep, Niemeier's still here :) I'd like to think that it's not impossible to beat Auburn....then again, I honestly don't care once March hits. That's the glory of Class A :) We never got to play Auburn on real questions this year...our only match was at Masonics, and that's an entirely different topic.

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Well good luck with class A. Who's good this year? I imagine Stillman sans Tourdot and Newhausen isn't the same. Latin's usually pretty awesome.

Glad to hear you guys are doing well and that Ms. Niemeier is still there -- I always liked you guys, and my cousins are 'Bago alums.

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Yeah, Stillman's dropped off...they'll have to get through Bago to win a regional this year, and their strength is in their seniors, so it'll only get worse next year...Latin's always good, but apparently Ben Post is a good player...Elmhurst (Timothy Christian) is seeded ahead of Latin (1 seed/2 seed)...I'll be able to say more about it in about a month :)

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Sollosi, thank you for the (unfounded) compliment, but I'm afraid that it unfortunately was inaccurate. While I may be on the Yale team's email list, I have not been playing here. I will, however, be over at MIT next weekend to moderate for the first installation of MITBAT, so I hope to see many of you still-in-high-school players over there.

To Bulldog09,
Let me know if there is anything I can help you with knowing about Yale, and I can put you in contact with people actually on the team. If you want, it may be best to respond off-list, as I rarely am on this website, to [email protected]. From what I know about Yale's team, it is good, and Ivy competition seems to me to be of a similar nature to what biggreen and ImmaculateDeception described: good in an incestuous sort of way, but when we move to exogamy, still can hold its own, but that's when we lose to teams like UIUC.

All right, that will do for me.
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To answer some questions about yale that haven't really been answered...Frankel's pretty much right on. We do have a team and are generally, along with Harvard, the best team in the northeast. We don't travel to too many tourneys (generally 8 or so a year, incl. nats) because nobody at Yale has a car besides me. also, nobody's really of age to rent a car cheaply besides me, so it limits us, since all of our money comes from tournaments we host.

Yeah, we get a lot of people like that bristow dude that don't seem to play in college for various reasons, but we do have a solid corps of young players filling the void left by Robert and many other recent graduates.

If you want to talk someone about the team, you can email the current president, Kyrill Kunakhovich, at [email protected]

Or since I as a grad student will be around for the forseeable future (though I have no official capacity in the organization), you can talk to me, since Kyrill's graduating in the spring.

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Hey again guys,

Thanks for all the replies. They were very informative. At Yale, I just wanna play and have some fun (since I'm not like some nationally ranked player or anything) and looks like all you guys are active and have a lotta fun! Just wondering, is there any quiz bowl thing set up for Bulldog Days? Anyways, I'll try to get in contact with some of you guys for more info. Thanks for all your help

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To further add to the litany of contact requests, how do I get in touch with the Caltech quizbowl people? I got in, but I can't make Prefrosh weekend (thanks to NAQT states), so I want to make sure my visit coincides with a practice so I can see their team for myself.
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I don't know about their email address, but you can probably email Parag Bhayani... he's from IL, and I know he's involved with their team.
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solonqb wrote:To further add to the litany of contact requests, how do I get in touch with the Caltech quizbowl people?
I'm pretty sure that either quizbowl at caltech dot edu or qb at caltech dot edu is a functional e-mail address, and is checked on at least an occasional basis by relevant contacts.

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Ben, in your opinion, what are the best and worst aspects of Dartmouth? What makes it superior to the other colleges of similar calibur? I'd really like to get an insider's perspective on the school.

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Since I don't believe this is germane to the topic as far as the board goes, fire me an email, and I'll be glad to respond.
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While I rarely read the high school boards (when I was in high school the first Bush was president), I've perused this one to see if anyone happened to mention Kentucky. I am utterly unsurprised that no one has, simply because of the phenomena I've heard from the few recruits we get each year (and confirmed by this thread): Academic Team people tend to be among those with the best grades and SAT/ACT scores, such that many of them are able to get into schools which are judged better than UK. Alas, but then again if I had had the grades I'm not sure that I wouldn't have opted to go to someplace like Carolina and UVA as opposed to what was then Memphis State as an undergrad.

If anyone is thinking of Lexington, though, we have a fairly good team.
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solonqb wrote:To further add to the litany of contact requests, how do I get in touch with the Caltech quizbowl people?
As Dwight said, [email protected] will get to the responsible parties. They're on spring break right now, so they might be distracted. As for practices, I know that they currently practice on Sundays and Thursdays at 19:30. So scheduling a visit that spans one of those days would probably be good.

You should also check out http://quizbowl.caltech.edu ; it has some slightly out-of-date information, but still is probably useful.

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biggreen wrote:Are Matt Keenan or Colin Davy associated with UIUC ABT? Kelly and I played with them back in the day.
I talked with Keenan this year and he said that he wasn't continuing with quiz bowl anymore. I'd assume the same happened with Colin.
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Achernar, how can I contact those involved with the UIUC ABT?

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I'll make my sales pitch...

Help Wanted. Come to Wayne State. Looking for someone to bring more motivation to the table to improve/build the program

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I believe wasprlds and I will be attending the university of georgia next year so let the taunting/insults/slander/random garbage thrown at us begin! [j/k]

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I'll be at Alabama.

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I'd be happy to answer any questions regarding Berkeley, quizbowl-related or otherwise.
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vig180 wrote:I believe wasprlds and I will be attending the university of georgia next year so let the taunting/insults/slander/random garbage thrown at us begin! [j/k]
True, true, it'll be the beginning of the 2nd phase of the new Georgia Dynasty.

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For the record, my guys/girl have picked their colleges...

Jon Geisinger - Case Western Reserve University ( he will attempt to resurrect their quiz bowl team )

Anisha Skariah - Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine (Youngstown State University) - 6 year combined BS/MD program

Lucy Bednarz - Kent State University (I'm excited about this one, although I don't wish anyone to have to put up with Liberal U.)

Hope the rest of you guys have whittled it down to a few if you haven't picked yet.
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BobGHHS wrote:For the record, my guys/girl have picked their colleges...

Jon Geisinger - Case Western Reserve University ( he will attempt to resurrect their quiz bowl team )
Case actually was at the ICT this past weekend and contributed someone to the all-star roster, so their program is very much alive. I'm sure they'd be happy to have new players, though.
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Are any quizbowlers here going to Stanford?
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Post by JamesKnoxPolk »

This is Dan Wright from TJ, and I'm a-goin' to UNC next year.

Does UNC even have a quiz bowl team?
If so, who should I contact about stuff?
Or, you can contact me at [email protected].

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JamesKnoxPolk wrote:This is Dan Wright from TJ, and I'm a-goin' to UNC next year.

Does UNC even have a quiz bowl team?
If so, who should I contact about stuff?
Or, you can contact me at [email protected].
They have a team, they were at Terrapin and Sectionals this year and will be at the tournament I'm running with UVa in two weeks. I will talk to them and make sure they have your info.
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Dan-

Maize Pages say you contact [email protected] for UNC's team. They definitely do have a team - they've ranged from fairly active to fairly inactive in my four years of playing, but they've always got a team. They had a guy who was on (College?) Jeopardy not too long ago, but I think he just graduated.

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I'm going to UPenn next year...I know they have a quiz bowl team. Does anyone here play for Penn?

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Hey, anyone on the Duke team that's here:
I'm going to be visiting in the next few weeks, but I can only be there Sunday and Monday Morning because of quiz bowl. Since i don't think there are any campus tours during that time, would one of you be able to show me around campus on Sunday?
Also, if you have practice on Sundays I'd love to sit in and play a little.

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Also, is there anyone on here from the USC (Southern Cal) quiz bowl team?
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And since all the other TJ people are doing it...

I'm the obligatory TJ -> UVA player from this year's senior class. Anyone else headed there as well?

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Hey Bob, do you know if Lucy would be interested in trying college quizbowl? I'm attending KSU in the fall, and I'm trying to talk with various people in order to get at least something started. They're active in CBI, but that's about it. I'm no phenomenal player by any means, but I'd still like to try and get a team started up there. Post here or shoot me an E-Mail at [email protected]
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zwtipp wrote:Also, is there anyone on here from the USC (Southern Cal) quiz bowl team?
Not that I know of. You'd be wise to send something to quizbowl at usc dot edu and hopefully someone there will get back to you.

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Pistachio wrote:I'm going to UPenn next year...I know they have a quiz bowl team. Does anyone here play for Penn?

~Alexandra
Penn's team has been fairly weak of late; I think they only went to a couple tournaments last year. I imagine some motivated new blood could only be good for them.

...

Is anyone here considering Swarthmore (one of the very few liberal arts schools with a consistently active and regionally competitive quizbowl program)? I'm about to graduate, but I'd be happy to put you in touch with some of the returning members.
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As far as the Spotswood team is concerned, it looks pretty much like Daniel Douglas is going to Princeton (he's visiting tomorrow and Thursday but 99% sure of his choice) and Patrick Dougherty is going to William and Mary.

Paul Facknitz and Johnny Cuellar (the other two A team members) are going to Guilford and Bridgewater colleges respectively, but don't think either school has a QB team.

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Is Daniel planning on playing for Princeton? He's quite good, easily one of the best non-TJ/Gov players in VA. Just wondering if there'd be another non-magnet Virginia player around.

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I think Daniel is considering playing for Princeton but not fully decided yet.

And yes, he is easily one of the best non-TJ-Gov players in Va. but apparently wasn't even considered for the Va. Panasonic team (the emphasis is mine). a situation I have addressed in earlier posts.

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Zach - I'm assuming that you're talking about the April 18th Blue Devil days. Coincidentally, I'm a staff assistant at the admissions office (I can't get anyone in, but I can keep people out :twisted: )

There aren't any tours on Sundays and the tours are at 11 and 3 on Monday. However, you can stop by at the Bryan Center and pick up some free stuff and maybe meet the officer who admitted you.

I'll be busy for most of Sunday, but depending on what time you get there, I might be able to show you around. E-mail me at [email protected]

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I won't be coming down until the 24th and 25th. I can't do it this weekend. I was hoping someone might be able to show me around campus or at least tell me some places to go that I should check out.
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JeffSHS wrote:Hey Bob, do you know if Lucy would be interested in trying college quizbowl? I'm attending KSU in the fall, and I'm trying to talk with various people in order to get at least something started. They're active in CBI, but that's about it. I'm no phenomenal player by any means, but I'd still like to try and get a team started up there. Post here or shoot me an E-Mail at [email protected]
Jeff, she might... I'm still at KSU for one more year after this and if they did more than CBI, even I might play... I got invited by Mike McLaughlin (former captain at N. Olmsted) to play in NAQT sectionals with them last year, but I didn't feel like driving to like Ball State or somewhere in Indiana with them to play... I play some trash from time to time, but if they could get Fuller (Kent's quiz bowl advisor -- he's a real piece of work) to get his head out of his rear end and do something besides CBI, it would be a miracle. But it can't hurt. We can talk about it sometime, my email is rkilner at kent dot edu and lucy's email is lafillepucelle at hotmail dot com. You can drop her an email and ask if she'd be interested.
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I was just wondering if anyone from the Hopkins team hangs out here / if there IS a Hopkins team. I submitted my info for the freshman contact thing in December and have heard nothing...

It's been so long since I've been on here! STAB has been pretty dormant this year, the only thing we've really done is Battle of the Brains. Oh well. [/i]

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OK. I have my choices narrowed down to three and was wondering if anyone knew anything about the following schools:

1) Truman State University- would get paid to go there so it is definitely at the top of the list.... I'm not sure how their team is and that could be a factor.

2) Notre Dame University- I have a very good scholarship (on ND standards) and don't know anything about their quiz bowl team or if they have one (assuming they do).

3) Rhodes College- I have a very good scholarship and have heard their team is good.... anybody else know anything about them?

If anybody knows anything about any of these teams, I would appreciate input ... I only have a couple of weeks to make my final decision.

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Truman State has an active circuit team and generally hosts several tournaments each year, besides going to many more. Notre Dame plays CBI and occasionally goes to a circuit tournament or two besides (so if you go there, you might be able to push them into respectability; they're near the tipping point, maybe.) I've never encountered Rhodes' team, though it may exist (and may even be somewhat good.)

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