Missing Oxford Comma Costs Company $10 Million

Delivery drivers for Oakhurst Dairy won their suit against the Portland milk and cream company, after a U.S. court of appeals found that the wording of Maine’s overtime rules were written ambiguously. Per state law, the following activities are not eligible for overtime pay:

The canning, processing, preserving,
freezing, drying, marketing, storing,
packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.

Oakhurst argued that “distribution of” was separate from “packing for shipment,” which would allow the company to claim exemption from paying its delivery drivers over time. In trying to prove lawmakers’ intent, Oakhurst even pointed to Maine’s legislative style guide, which advises against using the Oxford comma.

“For want of a comma, we have this case,” U.S. appeals judge David J. Barron wrote.

The appeals court ruled in favor of the five delivery drivers Monday, citing the “remedial purpose” of the state’s overtime laws as reason to interpret them liberally. So rejoice, grammar nerds, and know that the law is on your side.

via BostonMagazine.com

FOLLOW UP: The Boston Globe reports that the settlement will cost the company $10 million.

Literary Magazine Call for Submissions [Bonus]

Earn up to 30 bonus points in any of my high school courses (excluding Dual Enrollment and Mass Media) if your submissions are published in our upcoming issue of the school literary magazine. (Short stories = 20 points Essay = 20 points Poetry = 10 points  Other Work [drawings, comics, artistic photography, etc.] = 5 points.) Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion. See details below:

Chadwick School Literary Magazine: Call for Submissions

The editorial staff of the Chadwick School literary magazine is looking for original creative works by Chadwick students to publish in our next issue.

Short stories, poetry, essays, songs, comics, drawings, photography, and other creative works will all be considered. You may submit work from class assignments or that you completed at home, but it must be entirely original. More

Davis Leads Team to Win over Ozark

The Chadwick Academic Team competed in the Reeds Spring Invitational Tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

The tournament featured some of the area’s biggest schools, including teams from Kickapoo, Branson, Nixa, Ozark, Willard, Republic, Logan-Rogersville, Springfield Catholic,  Bolivar, and Buffalo. Of the twenty-two varsity teams in attendance, Chadwick was by far the smallest school represented. Nonetheless, Chadwick defeated Ozark in head-to-head competition and out-performed not only Ozark, but other big schools such as Logan-Rogersville, Reeds Spring, and Republic.

Chadwick junior Evan Davis was among the top 12 overall individual scorers with a total of 180 points. Fellow junior Tyler Gardner added 90 points; freshman Courtney Hill added 50 points; and senior Haley Farris added 30 points. Freshman Koltin Walker and junior Tori Garrison contributed in the bonus rounds.

Academic Team Coach Tyler Walker said, “When we signed up for the tournament, we had no idea we would be facing all the biggest schools around. When we got the list of teams a few weeks later, I was nervous about how we would do. We really did very well considering the quality of the competition. We didn’t bring home any trophies, but we didn’t get skunked either.”

The Academic Team will compete in the district quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Bakersfield.

 

via Chadwick School

Quiz Bowl Jargon

blitz
to spew multiple answers to a toss up; legal when it is a creator and his/her work, usually not
appreciated, but you have the small chance of arguing for moderators taking the first answer you said
if you say the right one and then blitz the wrong answer
buzzer block
when you neg a question that one of your teammates would have been able to answer
difficulty drop off
(aka difficulty cliff)
when two parts of a bonus are either easy or hard, and the third part is the exact opposite
mem or membowl
short for memorized; when you’ve heard a similar tossup and get it solely because you remember what the answer was
neg
to buzz in first and get a question incorrect, resulting in point loss and/or locking out your teammates
observer effect
the perception that you know more tossups than in the rounds you aren’t playing,
power
to buzz in early enough in a tossup to receive extra points (not available in all formats)
ppg
points per game, from the tossups answered by a player
prompt
what a moderator says when you have given an answer that is too general or maybe
sometimes too specific
real knowledge
when you’ve actually read/studied the subject in question, usually helpful on
bonuses that ask for a component of one of the other parts
stock
clues that come up often for a particular tossup answer that players reflex buzz based solely
on the connection
thirty
to get full points on a bonus; ex. “We thirtied that bonus on European art.”
vulching
short for vulturing; buzzing in on a tossup before the end, after the other team has negged
on it; excusable when there’s a chance the question could still be in power, inexcusable when you do it
solely to beat another member of your team, or when you get it wrong
(this is known as “the cardinal sin”)
swiping
a form of vulching where  another member of your team has claimed the tossup by holding up his/her buzzer and you buzz in and take it instead

2016-17 Battle of the Brains (SoMoBoB)

Go to somobob.com or share on social media using #somobob

DATE & LOCATION

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chadwick High School
PO Box 274
7090 St. Hwy 125 S.
Chadwick, Mo 65629

Bradleyville vs. Chadwick

REGISTRATION

The cost per team was just $60 for up to six players* and included

  • Free soda and pizza from Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. for lunch
  • Free t-shirts for players and the coach
  • Medals for top scorers
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place & consolation
  • Two-game guarantee with full matches
  • NAQT question set IS-163A
  • High-quality moderators with reading and/or quiz bowl experience

*The $60 covers one coach and up to six players. You can add extra players to your roster for $10 each. Extra sponsors, bus drivers, guests, or anyone else who would like a t-shirt and pizza can be added for $10, but we must have the headcount and money at the time of registration. (E.g., a team of six with one coach and a bus driver would be $70; a team with eight players and one coach, but no bus driver, would be $80.)\

Chowing down on 30 pizzas from Hook & Ladder!

ORGANIZATION

We used the bracket below. The two teams who lost in the first round of the consolation bracket were eliminated after just two games, but everyone else played three full matches. We had three rooms going at once and there were five rounds. Seeding was determined randomly.

Click here to watch the video of random seed selection.

The Finished Bracket

Click here for detailed results for each match.

SCHEDULE

8:30AM Check-In
9:00AM Round 1 (Red)
10:15AM Round 2 (Green)
11:30AM Lunch
12:15PM Round 3 (Orange)
1:30PM Round 4 (Blue)
3:00PM Presentations of Awards

MODERATORS

Jim Fisher is a project manager at Hartman & Company.

David Hahn is a lead software developer for 40Digits.com.

Chase Hampton is the technology director and chess coach for the Chadwick School.

Making Quiz Bowl Great Again

SCOREKEEPERS/TIMEKEEPERS

Kayla Loveland
Shelby Weter
Destiny Nelson
Kayla Purdome
Kylie Purdome
Mariah Aldrich

The Timekeepers

TEAMS

School Mascot Enrollment
(9-12)
Season
Record
Spokane Owls 215 9-4
Bradleyville Eagles 108 2-2
Chadwick Cardinals 50 4-1
Exeter Tigers 118 ?
Greenfield Wildcats 122 12-7
Koshkonong Bluejays 113 3-5
Strafford JV Indians 387 0-0
Walnut Grove Tigers 80 0-6

WAITLISTED
Lakeland High School

CANCELLED
Bakersfield (school-wide illnesses)

SPONSORS

Tournament costs to the host school and the visiting schools were offset by our generous sponsors. (This tournament is not a fundraiser. We our aiming simply to provide everyone with a great experience and break even.)

Advanced Drainage Systems

Economy Tire & Muffler

Go Automotive

Kay’s Country Store

Holden Cremation & Funeral Services

Home Team Property

Hook & Ladder Pizza Co.

Humble Construction

O’Reilly & Preston

Ozark Eye Clinic

The Class of 99 Quiz Bowl Team

Town and Country Supermarket

DOWNLOADS

2017 Sponsorship Information Flyer

Tournament Registration Form

WINNERS

Exeter – First Place

Greenfield – Second Place

Strafford JV – Third Place

Bradleyville – Consolation

Top Individual Performers

The top five overall scorers were awarded The Golden Thumb Award.

The Golden Thumb Award

Is Trump Purposefully Creating Conflict to Make His Story More Interesting?

NPR interviewed reality TV producer Tom Foreman and he had a lot to say about the way Trump is creating his own narrative and our responsibility as citizens to actively deconstruct it:

“You don’t want to get bogged down in an argument over facts when you make a reality television show. You don’t want to convey a ton of information, because people get bored or lost or change the channel — and that’s certainly not our business….You want to amplify what your viewers already believe to be true — what they know in their bones. And that means keeping the conversation at a pretty red-meat level. It’s stuff I can grasp quickly, talk about at the dinner table. I think Trump just sort of gets that….I guess on some platonic level, I too have an objection, but who cares. He’s doing it and he’s going to continue doing it. But I do think it’s sort of incumbent upon us as voters to arm ourselves and to deconstruct the narrative coming from the White House or anywhere. You have to be an informed consumer of messages. But, like, that’s on us. He’s going to tell a story. He’s really good at it and you’re not going to stop him. You’ve just got to learn to read it right.”

Orwell’s classic dystopian novel about a man who basically creates “alternative facts” for a living, tops the Amazon.com top sellers list. 1984 was published 35 years before the year 1984. Now, nearly 35 years after the year 1984, the book seems more relevant than ever. If you’ve never read it, or if it’s been a while, it is worth a second look.

Read more here:

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