Program Coordinator Riki Hayashi on Diversity in the Judge Program

We recently spoke to Magic’s newest Judge Program Coordinator, Riki Hayashi. Riki lives in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, but most visibly interacts with Magic on the internet. A Level 3 judge, Riki works events about once a month, but upon occasion has a string of weekends where he attends events. Riki became a judge in 2004 after failing to make Day 2 at Grand Prix Oakland. He judged his first Grand Prix in 2007 and fell in love, making L2 in 2008 and L3 in 2009. He was briefly Regional Coordinator

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A New Title, A New Beginning

The Panda Project is no more! While the start of the project seems to be rather slow but making progress (we actually have a few interviews online and a few in the pipeline as well!), the name of the project created some controversy. I personally had to learn that the tolerance of people is independent of the community they are in. I was quite sad about it but got over it after a while. The main goal of this project is to create the most inclusive atmosphere possible to try to raise the awareness

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Interview: L2 Eliana Rabinowitz on Microaggressions

Recientemente hablamos con Eliana Rabinowitz, juez nivel 2 del Sur de California, sobre sus experiencias como mujer en la comunidad de Magic y el concepto de micro agresiones. Eliana juega dos veces a la semana y participa como juez dos veces al mes en los Grand Prix.  Desde su inicio en Magic en 2014, se encontró con una comunidad en gran medida acogedora.  Aunque reconocía que existía una disparidad de género, estaba acostumbrada a ello como licenciada en matemáticas y oradora, comunidades

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Interview: L1 Beatriz Accioly on Harassment

Entrevista: L1 Beatriz Accioly fala sobre assédio Há pouco tempo entrevistamos Beatriz Accioly, uma juíza L1 de São Paulo, Brasil.   Por favor, conte-nos um pouco sobre você e como você se sentiu quando entrou em contato com a comunidade de Magic. Eu soube do Magic há 15 anos. Eu tinha 13 anos de idade e estava fazendo compras com minha irmã mais velha quando fomos a uma livraria. Enquanto estávamos esperando o caixa, eu vi algumas caixas numa estante e pedi para da uma

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Interview: L1 Beatriz Accioly on Harassment

We recently interviewed Beatriz Accioly, a female L1 judge from São Paulo, Brazil.   Please tell us a little about you and how you felt when you came in contact with the magic community. I learned about Magic 15 years ago. I was 13 and shopping with my old sister and we went to a bookstore. While we were waiting in the cashier, I saw some boxes on the shelf and I asked to take a look. I thought it was interesting and asked her to buy it for me. It was something similar to the

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Interview: L2 Eliana Rabinowitz on Microaggressions

Nós falamos recentemente com Eliana Rabinowitz, uma Juíza Nível 2 da Califórnia do Sul, sobre suas experiências como mulher na comunidade de Magic e também sobre o conceito de Microagressões. Eliana joga duas vezes por semana e trabalha como juíza em Grand Prix duas vezes por mês. Desde que começou a jogar em 2014, ela em geral achou a comunidade de Magic muito receptiva. Apesar de reconhecer a disparidade de gêneros em Magic, ela estava acostumada com isso, já que ela fez graduação

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Interview: L2 Eliana Rabinowitz on Microaggressions

We recently spoke with Eliana Rabinowitz, an L2 from Southern California about her experiences as a woman in the Magic community and the concept of microaggressions. Eliana plays twice weekly and judges twice monthly at Grand Prix. Since starting with Magic in 2014, she found the community to largely be welcoming. While she recognized there was a gender disparity, she was used to it as a math major and a debater, other communities that are largely male. ”My gender did come up sometimes when

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