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ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:20 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Charlie Dees and I were going to fly to Seattle and play Vancouver VETO. Now that certain revelations about Vancouver VETO have been made, we've decided to cancel those plans. So we're looking for a replacement event.

We decided that a summer tournament in New York City would be pretty cool. It would probably be convenient for a lot of different quizbowl people (Yetman might play, for instance) and there have been very, very few tournaments in this very, very interesting city. Also, there are two sets (Sun and Fun, ANGST) that could be mirrored this summer without anyone doing any extra writing work.

We talked to our mutual friend and Columbia student Dan Passner and he said he wouldn't be around for much of the summer. So now we're making this thread.

Anyone interested in running this? Columbia? Hunter College? Hunter College High School?

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:29 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
Noted burgeoning team NYU could probably use some $$$.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:38 pm
by Rothlover
My summer program ends Jul 15th. Depending on how much money I have left for travel, I could be back right after that, or later. Regardless, SnF seems well enough in the future that I'd likely be back for that. I know a bunch of JTS admins, I can at least ask around and see what summer room res is like. Both NYU and Columbia are damn convenient by major transport especially from Penn Station or Port Authority. I'll ask around on Mon or Tues when the offices next open, if people would like.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:39 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Rothlover wrote:My summer program ends Jul 15th. Depending on how much money I have left for travel, I could be back right after that, or later. Regardless, SnF seems well enough in the future that I'd likely be back for that. I know a bunch of JTS admins, I can at least ask around and see what summer room res is like. Both NYU and Columbia are damn convenient by major transport especially from Penn Station or Port Authority. I'll ask around on Mon or Tues when the offices next open, if people would like.
That would be awesome.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:15 pm
by grapesmoker
I would almost certainly be interested in this.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:48 pm
by Ondes Martenot
A summer tournament in NYC would be awesome and I would certainly be there. I would try Hunter College since I know they had lots of classrooms open where we practiced during the summer.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:10 pm
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
I would love nothing more than to finally play some quizbowl in NYC before I retire. Count me in.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:13 pm
by Golran
If it's late summer (mid-August) I'd probably be able to attend, being a short train ride out.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:18 pm
by Nicklausse/Muse
Would definitely be there.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:56 pm
by dyetman89
Let me say, as (of course!) a completely removed and objective observer, that a tournament in NYC would be the Hanging Gardens in our quizbowl Babylon. I would be all up in that shit like...well, maybe I ought to stop myself there, and just say that we should make this happen.

As Aaron says, Hunter College is both very large and, during the summer, very empty, so this seems tempting at first blush. Of course, as some of you know my quizbowl operation is sub rosa; it's possible that the administration would look askance at a single, random student trying to reserve a block of rooms for visiting teams. I'll definitely email a dean or four right away and look into the possibilities, but I can't make any promises. NYU, Columbia proper...?

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:45 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
dyetman89 wrote:Let me say, as (of course!) a completely removed and objective observer, that a tournament in NYC would be the Hanging Gardens in our quizbowl Babylon. I would be all up in that shit like...well, maybe I ought to stop myself there, and just say that we should make this happen.

As Aaron says, Hunter College is both very large and, during the summer, very empty, so this seems tempting at first blush. Of course, as some of you know my quizbowl operation is sub rosa; it's possible that the administration would look askance at a single, random student trying to reserve a block of rooms for visiting teams. I'll definitely email a dean or four right away and look into the possibilities, but I can't make any promises. NYU, Columbia proper...?
I'd really appreciate you doing that. You and Dan are our best bets at this point. Update us on you and your dean.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:04 am
by at your pleasure
I could go depending on how things work out.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:27 am
by Mechanical Beasts
dyetman89 wrote:Let me say, as (of course!) a completely removed and objective observer, that a tournament in NYC would be the Hanging Gardens in our quizbowl Babylon. I would be all up in that shit like...well, maybe I ought to stop myself there, and just say that we should make this happen.

As Aaron says, Hunter College is both very large and, during the summer, very empty, so this seems tempting at first blush. Of course, as some of you know my quizbowl operation is sub rosa; it's possible that the administration would look askance at a single, random student trying to reserve a block of rooms for visiting teams. I'll definitely email a dean or four right away and look into the possibilities, but I can't make any promises. NYU, Columbia proper...?
A fine angle to take is to note that money you take in from this would help you continue operating wtihout a budget given by the university, so allowing you to host this (and to continue operating unofficially) is the cheapest option available to them.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:41 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Andy,

As a noted tournament director, do you have contact information for somebody at NYU who might be able to reserve rooms? If so can you link them to this thread.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:06 am
by MicroEStudent
I'd like to try to play in a quizbowl tournament in my state for once.

No offense, Southern Ontario or Pennsylvania.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:15 am
by Mechanical Beasts
Whig's Boson wrote:Andy,

As a noted tournament director, do you have contact information for somebody at NYU who might be able to reserve rooms? If so can you link them to this thread.
Done!

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:38 pm
by SnookerUSF
Of course, I am more than happy to have SnF mirrored, and if it helps I am more than willing to offer a significant discount for mirroring fees in order to help out NYU.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:19 pm
by JLai
Hey what's up. I'm a current (though too lazy to go to tournaments) member of the NYU quiz bowl team. Of course I don't hold any leadership positions (because I'm a freshman) so I can't promise you anything but I will talk to our president/e-board to see if we can host something this summer. If not this summer, we would definitely be interested in hosting a tournament sometime in the near future. I've actually thought about suggesting we host a tournament but never speculated people had interest in playing quizbowl in New York. Thanks for the heads up.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:49 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
BUMP

anyone made contact with their administration yet about this?

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:26 am
by dyetman89
I emailed the most prominent of Hunter's deans, and still haven't heard back. I didn't want to make a pest of myself by bombarding every email address i could siphon from our website, but at this juncture that seems to be the only course of action (short of barging into an office unannounced and demanding my unenumerated privileges). I'll raise my internet voice and hopefully get a response from some authority figure relatively soon.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:50 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
There's no mechanism for calling or scheduling an appointment with a dean? I find that older people are generally more responsible to phone calls than emails.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:19 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
BUMP

is all hope for this lost?

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:20 pm
by Rothlover
If my 2nd foreign study goes through I wouldn't be present to get rooms. I could still ask officials if they'll be here over the summer and could get rooms.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:06 pm
by Golran
I could offer up the rooms in my house (use 3 bedrooms, the dining room, the basement, and the backyard outside for a total of 6 "rooms") if people would be willing to drive out to eastern Long Island and sit on the floor for most of the rooms. I doubt that this is ideal, and I wouldn't really be able to provide staff, and I won't be home until mid-August. I'd say to use this only as a last resort type thing if nobody else can get rooms.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:01 pm
by Rothlover
I'd note that I have 2 buzzer systems personally (and a third partially functioning one.) If my 2nd summer program pans out I won't be back until Aug 26th, I don't know how that jibes with the current summer schedule. It has been hard to get to admin people here because summer gets lazy there until summer classes really start up.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:19 pm
by jonpin
Depending on what dates this winds up happening, I can most likely come into the city to moderate, run stats, etc as needed.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:25 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
ANGST will be ready on July 10, per an email I just received from Andy Saunders. This means we can hold ECSO on either the 10th or on the 17th of July.

I would prefer the 10th.

Re: ECSO: Let's Do This Again?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:18 am
by Charbroil
Morraine Man wrote:ANGST will be ready on July 10, per an email I just received from Andy Saunders. This means we can hold ECSO on either the 10th or on the 17th of July.

I would prefer the 10th.
May I ask which email address you reached him at? I've been trying to contact him with no luck for the past several months.