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SCT Blog, Saturday

Posted by Secretary/Treasurer to Tournaments  

So, as I write this, it happens to be Sunday morning. As in, roughly 2 am. Whoops.

The day started off somewhat uneventful; we got up at various times, and eventually all left for the university. Unfortunately, we decided to get breakfast. James came and got us; apparently everyone else actually showed up roughly on time. Epic fail.

Once the tournament started, though, we got right into the swing of things. James was insane, Huma knew her lit, and Daniel and I helped out here and there. Nothing really crazy to report, aside from James, although we had a couple close matches in the first six. We were 3-3 at the lunch break, in two games against Western, and one each against Macs A and B, and Toronto A and B; wins against Mac A/B and Toronto B. Then pizza! And more pizza!

After the break, we got right back to it, with two games against the Macs, and two games against the Torontos; wins against Mac A/B and Toronto B. Last game was Toronto A; we ended up down 45 going into the last question; I nail an Angular Momentum tossup, but unfortunately it’s not power. I tried! Oh well. This placed us at 6-4, and in 3rd place! So we made it into the upper bracket. We then proceeded to play Western to the last question: down 15, we called timeout with 2 seconds left. Then, last question. Clues are read… Western buzzes.

Western negs. James gets it. James gets one of the bonus question. Game over. UW A > Western.

We then played Toronto A, playing them to a 5 point lead going into the last question. … And bam, pure math question: Fields, their pure mathie nails it, game over. They beat us at our own game. Oh well. That was essentially the end of the tournament; Toronto A wins, Western second, us third.

We proceed to check on our Div 2 team; they did pretty good. They didn’t come last! The official stats should be up sometime soon; we’ll link when it happens. Congrats to all of us who participated today; hopefully we all had fun.

Tournament over: after dropping off some stuff at the inn, we walked around downtown Ottawa, looking for a place to eat. We found Dunn’s, a nice sort of sandwich place; the food was pretty good, though Andrew and Huma didn’t bother. After dropping Christine off at the bus terminal, we went to the Byward Market and found more food; me, Dmitry, Daniels R and M, and I had beavertails! What an interesting experience. We left Daniel R to be picked up, so hopefully he is okay; I proceeded to also ditch the party, to meet a couple friends of mine. Thus I have no idea what happened to them: I suspect that visits were made to Québec, and to the ice sculptures at Confederation Park.

So Saturday was good. We’ll see what happens today. The plan is to leave around noon, so we’ll see what time we’ll get back. By the way, we’ll see if/when we want to post pictures from the trip. Probably.

~ Joseph, UW QB Secretary/Treasurer

SCT Blog!

Posted by Secretary/Treasurer to Tournaments  

Hello all,

This is your other member of the Exec this term, Joseph, here to blog SCT in Ottawa! Hopefully this isn’t absolutely terrible. Who am I kidding; I passed the ELPE, so I’m golden.

Our teams are as follows:

Div 1: James, Huma, Daniel M, Joseph.
Div 2: Andrew, Henry, Christine, Daniel R.

Daniel M and I blame Eric for us being doomed to play Div 1. Forever. Anyways!

We left UW at about 4 pm, half an hour later than expected but 2 hours earlier than if we were McMaster. This joke was made leaving Waterloo; much laughter ensued. Christine left earlier, making the trip by herself; this is a good thing, since our driving scenario was somewhat interesting; no details will be given here. What happens in the Quiz-mobile, stays in the Quiz-mobile. Unless I divulge this information in the blog. Or stories are told, etc. Whatever.

We played four and a half SCT Div 1 packets on the way to Ottawa. We did decently well, for it being Div 1. Hopefully this translates into a reasonable showing at the tournament. But so much for doing homework on the road. Oh well. We stopped in Kingston at a Taco Bell/KFC hybrid restaurant around quarter to 8; we managed to somehow just order chicken, and not the bargain bucket, so we didn’t get any fries. It’s probably for the best. Our collective arteries aren’t very impressed with us, in any case. Huma was the smartest of us all; she didn’t have anything. After the meal break, we left Kingston around 8:40, having changed seating positions. Basically, the second half of the trip was the same as the first half, just more so in the dark.

We arrived in Ottawa at 10:22, says Andrew. We made the trip in… just over six hours, with a dinner break. Wow. Way to go Dmitry. We’re impressed. After dropping off James and Daniel R, we made it to the Ottawa Backpackers’ Inn, where we checked in and proceeded to blow floor(100*pi) dollars on the beds and parking. We’ve made ourselves at home, mostly chilling on our laptops or reading, and avoiding going to bed, which is probably what we should be doing instead. We have to be at the tournament at 9 am, sharp.

Henry’s brought his camera, so we’ll have some pictures to put up at some point, too. We’ll see how I do figuring that stuff out.

Oh hey, there we go. Alright, that’s probably enough for tonight. We’ve got a busy day ahead of us.

~ Joseph, UW QB Secretary/Treasurer

February Update

Posted by Vice President to Club Business,Tournaments  

Rabbit rabbit!

UW Quiz Bowl will be sending a Division I and Division II team to the NAQT Sectionals at uOttawa this weekend. Good luck!

In the not-so-distant future, we are planning to host another tournament at Waterloo, as well as potentially holding one or two events exclusively for UW students! These will hopefully be themed tournaments for individuals.  Stay tuned for updates!

- p-vs-vp

THUNDER II, Harry Potter stats

Posted by Webmaster to Results,Tournaments  

All stats are now up. THUNDER round robin stats, playoffs stats, and Harry Potter trash stats.

I apologize for the delay. In addition, the (few) pictures I took will shortly be added to the live blog.



Posted by Vice President to Tournaments  

Our first tournament of the term has ended with a rousing success! For all the info you need, take a look at the amazing commentary in the previous post.

As the President and Vice-President, I would like to take this opportunity to thank a lot of people:

- Firstly, Ming-Ho for his kickass liveblogging and score tabulations
- All our guest Quizbowlers from McMaster, Toronto, Ottawa, and our neighbours to the south from Ohio State
- My fellow Waterloo competitors
- The volunteers who scorekept, moderated, and read throughout the tournament
- Subway and/or Tim Hortons for providing us with sustenance
- Finally, our President Emeritus, Huma Zafar, without whom this tournament would never have happened!

- (and anybody I may have forgotten…sorry! You’re awesome too!)

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone who competed in Harry Potter TRASH for providing me with one of the most exhilarating 1.5 hours of my life!

Keep on buzzing,


THUNDER II, Harry Potter Trash

Posted by Webmaster to Tournaments  

This is the live-blog of the event. Pictures follow behind the cut.

Post-tournament announcements are here, and all stats are linked from here.


Winter 2011 BOT Updates

Posted by Vice President to Club Business,Meetings,Tournaments  

Hey everyone! Here are some updates from the new President/Vice-President:

For this term, the UW Quiz Bowl Club will continue to meet on Thursdays at 6 pm in MC 4044.

We will also have an area set up at Clubs Day in the SLC on Thursday January 13th and Friday January 14th.

On Saturday January 15th, we are hosting THUNDER II, with Harry Potter and Eyes That Do Not See side events. The tournament will begin at 9 am and is expected to go until 7 pm. To volunteer, please attend the meeting on Thursday the 13th or contact an exec.

That’s it for now. Keep on buzzing!

- Arjun

ACF Novice Today!

Posted by Webmaster to Results,Tournaments  

The Waterloo mirror of the Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament (ACF Novice) was held on October 2, 2010. Toronto, Guelph, and four Waterloo teams participated. Toronto won, with Waterloo 1 coming second. Congratulations to Toronto, and thanks to everybody for showing up and playing!

Final stats can be found here, and the preliminary rounds stats are here.

The event was live-blogged, complete with pictures.


ACF Novice Tomorrow!

Posted by President to Tournaments  

Our mirror of the Early Autumn Collegiate Novice tournament will be happening tomorrow! Teams should meet in MC4045 at 10:00 a.m. for registration.

Good luck!

New website

Posted by Webmaster to Club Business  

We have a new website. Or more accurately, we now have a website.