Harrison Bergeron Memorial Open Announcement

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Harrison Bergeron Memorial Open Announcement

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Hello All,

I'd like to hereby announce the Harrison Bergeron Memorial Open, which
will be held on 4/23 here in sunny Austin, TX. It will be part of a
packet swap with J'ACCUSE/BLaST/Terrier Tussle. We are also looking
into hosting a mirror of a trash tournament that sunday, but no plans
have been made as yet. The question difficulty is aimed at or below
the level of ACF Fall, which means the set will be eminently
accessible (far far easier than the questions at last semester's Texas
Open).

The tournament will be open to all players regardless of affiliation.
High Schools from the Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas/Louisiana area are
encouraged to come, as the tournament difficulty will most likely be
on par with PACE nationals and the NAQT HSNCT. If there is sufficient
interest then we will do separate high school and open brackets, but
if not we will at least guarantee acknowledgement of both the top high
school and top open team.

The Harrison Bergeron Memorial Open is a packet submission tournament
and the fee structure is as follows:

Base Fee: $100
Subsequent Teams: $85
Buzzer Discount: $10 per working, used buzzer
Moderator Discount: $20 per competent, used moderator

Full Packet submitted by April 9th: -100%
Full Packet submitted by April 16th: -50%
Half Packet submitted by April 9th: -50%
Half Packet submitted by April 16th: -25%

That's right, if you submit a full packet by the deadline the
tournament is free. The packet guidelines are as follows:

Full packet requirements (24/24):

Literature: 5/5 with at least 1/1 each of American, British, other
European, and non-Western, and substantial variation in time period,
genre, and answer type.

History: 5/5 with at least 1/1 each of American and non-Western and at
least 2/2 of European. Do not go overboard on war/battle stuff or
names of rulers, and remember to have substantial variation in time
period.

Science: 5/5 with at least 1/1 each of biology, physics, and
chemistry. At least 2 of your questions must be about some topic
besides those three (astronomy, earth science, math, logic, and
computer science being possibilities). Questions on elements,
subatomic particles, and diseases are strongly discouraged; don't
write them unless they are exceedingly original. You may write a
maximum of 1 good, original, non-biographical science history question
if you wish.

Religion: 1/1 The two questions should be from different religions.
Mythology: 1/1 The two questions should be from different mythologies.
Philosophy: 1/1 At least one question must be on post-1500 Western
philosophy.
Arts: 3/3, including 1/1 on painting/sculpture, 1/1 on academic music
that isn't jazz or opera, and 1/1 on remaining topics such as jazz,
opera, architecture, photography, etc.
Social science: 1/1. 1 question must be on a either law or economics,
the second on psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, or
something similar.
Other 2/2: 1 question each on geography, current events, trash, and
general knowledge. You may substitute a second geography or trash
question for general knowledge if you wish.

Half packet requirements (12/12):

Literature: 3/3 with at least 1 each of American, British, other
European, and non-Western, and substantial variation in time period,
genre, and answer type.
History: 3/3 with at least 1 each of American and non-Western and at
least 1/1 of European. Do not go overboard on war/battle stuff or
names of rulers, and remember to have substantial variation in time
period.
Science: 3/3 with at least 1 each of biology, physics, and chemistry
and 1 question on something that is not one of those topics.
Religion, Mythology, and Philosophy: 1/1 Choose any two.
Arts: 1/1 with 1 on a visual art and 1 on an auditory art.
Other 1/1: Pick any two of: social science, geography, current events,
trash, and general academic knowledge.

Please send all packets to ekwartler at gmail dot com. High School
teams are not asked to submit a packet. If you have any questions or
are a free agent looking for a team feel free to contact me at the
above email address. Hope to see you all in Austin on the 23rd.

-Eric Kwartler
Co-President, UT-Austin Quizbowl

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