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It's that time again... -massadoobie - Dec 04 02:31am

Yep, time for a State of the Academy address! I'll try to keep it short, I promise :)

Right now is a tough time for the JA. JK:JA has been a struggle for a lot of us to accept, we've have oldbies leaving left and right, and a lot of people are unhappy with a lot of things. But we're going to fix all that! And here's how:

JATs and JAKs are currently in process of being certified to teach JK:JA. Every JAK/T/C who wishes to teach JK:JA has to go through this trial. The way this is being done is by having them go through the JAK (aka "skill") trial to make sure their skills are where they should be. This trial will debut shortly. Those JATs who wish to only teach JK2 are still allowed to of course (although we want to make sure there is still a demand, so go here and fill out the poll please. We need as many votes as we can get!). We are also in the process of promoting new JATs for both JK2 and JK:JA. These promotions will be based on a new (for JK:JA at least) JAT (or "spirit/teaching") trial, based on classes taught, attitude, activity, and reputation. Along with these promotions we will be clearing out inactive JATs and JAKs from the lists.

In terms of classes, shortly we will be clearing the entire list of classes. This is done to both clear out classes that are no longer taught and to give JATs and JAKs a chance to reexamine which classes they want to teach and give students a chance to see which classes are actually taught. This will be a temporary thing, but classes will be done for a couple days (we’ll announce when in advance).

I would now like to announce a new program, the “Student Nomination Program”. This program, is designed to bring talent and potential JAKs to our attention that we may miss, as well as to give more of a voice to the student body. How it works is that students will be encouraged to post a name that they feel is Knight-quality. This will allow us to keep an eye on these people and see if they really will fit as knights. It is important to note that this is a suggestion box. We are not obligated to trial or consider any name posted, although we of course will take a look at people and find which ones deserve the promotion. And please, don’t spam this thread and don’t try to suck up or nominate yourself. Neither of those tactics work J

Finally, I’d like to address two things. First, a few people have come to be with problems about how FaDed’s trial was handled. I understand these concerns and what you all to know that FaDed fully deserves his promotion (almost everyone sees that), that he was in line to be trialed, that he impressed the hell out of DJ and I in his trial, and that he will be a great JAT. As for the problems with HOW it was conducted, yes it was unorthodox, yes it stepped on some toes, and yes in some ways it wasn’t a good idea. But it did what we intended for it to do. It got people passionate about the JA again. It sparked discussion, debate, and ideas, and I for one love it. One of the current problems with the JA is that people seem to be giving up on it, leaving it for dead and claiming “it was better in the old days”. Well yes, the old days were great, but the new days can be great as well. We just need to get back to what we stand for. Training to become better players is only one part of it; we need to focus on training to become better people. Respect, friendship, brotherhood, and fun, those are the things that drive the JA, not trials and discipline. We need to remember that and rededicate ourselves to enjoying coming to the JA and playing with our friends. Even if you may think the games themselves are getting old, as a lot of us do with JK2, it’s the camaraderie that keeps us here.

Second, I would like to apologize for my inactivity and the inactivity of my fellow JACs. A lot of you have heard this all before, but RL comes first, and it just so happens that all 5 of us got really busy at the same time. But my semester is coming to a close, and my next one should be relatively light, and I have had a fire lit underneath me in the last few days, so I’m making you this promise. I will be around more, actually playing on servers (GASP!), talking on IRC more, and being more responsive to students. As the leader, it is my responsibility to set the tone of the organization, and my inactivity has indirectly led people to think it’s ok to be slackers. I should be leading by example, and I’ve done a poor job of that. But that’s all changing. I’m going to rededicate myself to the JA, and I want you all to do so as well. The JA may seem like it’s dying, but all it really needs is a swift kick in the pants, some hard work, and we can have this place going better than ever! VIVA LA REVOLUCION!


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Dec 05 2003 03:26pm

Ulic |retired|
 - Student
 Ulic |retired|

Viva Academia!
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Dec 05 2003 10:15am

SaberWeildinKow
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 SaberWeildinKow

I must say, that was awesome! :D:D

Dec 05 2003 08:13am

Roan Belouve
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 Roan Belouve

Man this place Rocks

Nice Address

I'll drink to that.
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Dec 05 2003 12:26am

Battlin' Billy
 - Student
 Battlin' Billy

*kicks JA in the pants*

OK, there's my kick. (I think I broke my toe!)

Seriously, it's completely understood that RL™ comes 1st. Considering the crazy schedules the JACs have in RL™, you guys do a TREMENDOUS job! I'm glad to hear that you'll have a lighter schedule coming up and can devote more time to the JA.

I know you folks will continue to do a great job!

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Dec 04 2003 11:56pm

Icco
 - Student
 Icco

umm... id have to say thats the shortest one yet :p

Also id have to say its fine that you guys are absent... I mean we all have to breaks some of the time. I use to check the forum every day.. now i check it like once a month :p but its good to here you guys are back :)
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Dec 04 2003 11:56pm

Newtius Slasher
 - Ex-Student
 Newtius Slasher

*whipes tear from eye* that was beautiful man :D:D:D:alliance::empire:

Dec 04 2003 11:09pm

Menaxia
 - Student
 Menaxia

I want to say something profound and freat, and totally fitting - but I can't think of anything....:(
Anyhoo; sounds great Massadoobie,
VIVE L'ACADEMIE!!
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This comment was edited by Menaxia on Dec 04 2003 11:10pm.

Dec 04 2003 11:04pm

Notation
 - Student
 Notation

*claps*

This is exactly what we all needed to hear. :)

Dec 04 2003 08:31pm

Mune
 - Student
 Mune

Gah, doobie! Now what am I supposed to greive about on the Airing of Grievances?! Oh well... this speech just happens to be another Festivus Miracle! Well said, doob!

-Mune
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Dec 04 2003 08:11pm

Doppelgänger
 - Student
 Doppelgänger

long habiter l'académie de jedi!:cool:






Did I say that right?:confused:
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Dec 04 2003 06:25pm

Jacen Aratan
 - Student

Omg.... might actually see Doobie on the servers. :eek:


Well done, Doobz0r. :)

Dec 04 2003 05:28pm

joca_bt
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 joca_bt

Long live the Academy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Long live the Academy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Long live the Academy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dec 04 2003 04:50pm

Koyi Donita
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 Koyi Donita

Very interesting. I'm very happy to read this. The JA will never die. All those who think it is just need to go play on lame public servers. That will help them to see the light. :D
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This comment was edited by Koyi Donita on Dec 04 2003 04:51pm.

Dec 04 2003 03:16pm

Mace Windu
 - Retired
 Mace Windu

Well said massa! :)
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To Vladarion, though I know you are in a better place - it makes me shake to think that you are not awake - when I think about you it makes me smile - i know you have gone into the clouds to head for heavens gates - you have changed my life - in an incredible way - and so I say thank you - may you rest in peace


Dec 04 2003 02:51pm

Darkwood
 - Student
 Darkwood

:)
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Dec 04 2003 01:57pm

massadoobie
 - Jedi Council
 massadoobie

student nomination thread is up!
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Dec 04 2003 01:02pm

Kueller
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 Kueller

Viva la revolution, viva Doobie Castro :P and DJ Guevara :P. I'm looking forward to seeing how the changes will work out and I got a great feeling about it :)
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Dec 04 2003 10:23am

Mookie
 - Ex-Student
 Mookie

Long Live the Academy! :alliance:

Dec 04 2003 09:43am

Wolfwood
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 Wolfwood

niceee :D
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Dec 04 2003 08:22am

Jaiko D'Kana
 - Student
 Jaiko D'Kana

here here!!!! Doobie RUlz!
LONG LIVE THE ACADEMY!!!!!:D
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Dec 04 2003 07:26am

SedNox
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 SedNox

nope:D
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Dec 04 2003 07:22am

CuZzA
 - Student
 CuZzA

THE JA WILL NEVER DIE!
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Dec 04 2003 06:46am

JP
 - Academy Pimp
 JP

LONG LIVE THE JA!! /me steals Smily's wine glass and chungs
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Dec 04 2003 06:11am

Smilykrazy
 - Retired
 Smilykrazy

HERE HERE!!!

/me raises wine glass....TO THE JA!!!

THE JA RULES!!!!!!!!! :D
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Dec 04 2003 05:09am

JavaGuy
 - Student
 JavaGuy

I miss the old days, but mostly I miss the people who've left.

For the record: I AM STILL ACTIVE. I'm busy with my kids and work, and at night when I'm on I usually play Siege over on the IF server, but I do put in an ocassional appearance at the school, and anyone who wants can also feel free to e-mail me.

JK3 has been quite a shock to me. Some things are better--like vehicles and, of course, Siege--but I still prefer JK2 with the Academy mod. I used to hang out for hours and hours dueling and socializing in the Temple. My wife practically thought I'd joined a damn cult.

Do people still play on our JK2 servers? Also, does anyone keep track of those members who have left? Reunion, anyone?

I love this place and hope it's around for a long time.


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