Burk, Christopher R crb012000
Thu Nov 16 00:25:42 CST 2006

November 16, 2006


Dear Colleagues, 
We cordially invite you to join us January 6-8, 2007 for the fourth annual Fear and Loathing in Dallas Intercollegiate Debate Tournament. The University of Texas at Dallas Debate Team will once again serve as your hosts. Yes, somehow we are still here after four years of this. 

Our tournament will be the second half of the Texas Two Step. The University of North Texas will host the first half. Teams attending both tournaments will have January 5th as a full day off to relocate, rest, and research. 

We will offer debates in three divisions (open, junior varsity, and novice). We expect all three divisions to be large enough to remain distinct this season. However, we will collapse the Novice division into the Junior Varsity division if necessary. Please complete all entries by 12:00 noon on January 3rd, 2007. We will submit final orders for all food purchases then so correct information by the entry deadline is necessary. We will also need to close entries into order to begin the judge preference process. We definitely need final entries for both TEAMS and JUDGES by noon of January 3rd.  Please use the Bruschke system for entering the teams and the judges. You can find that system at www.debateresults.com 

The Westin Park Central will again serve as the host hotel for the tournament and be the location for all rounds on Monday, January 8th. We STRONGLY encourage you to stay at the host hotel. We STRONGLY encourage you to reserve rooms as soon as possible. The Westin Park Central was the host hotel for last year?s CEDA National Champion tournament. And it will serve as the host hotel for the 2007 National Debate Tournament. The Westin employees treat the debate community well and allow us to hold many tournaments at this nice facility. WE ASK THAT DEBATERS, COACHES AND JUDGES TO PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL TO THE WESTIN FACILITY AND ITS STAFF. Please see the ?Hotel? section below for detailed reservation information.

FORMAT: There will be seven preliminary debates in the Open division with the tab room randomly assigning the sides to each team in round seven. The Junior Varsity and Novice divisions will have six preliminary debates. The schedule has changed so be sure to examine the tournament schedule located at the end of this document. 

The teams advancing to the Elimination rounds will be determined by the following criteria. The top half of the Open teams will clear. Each team must have a winning record (4 or more wins) in order to advance, even if that results in a total that is slightly less than half of all Open teams. The maximum number of Open teams advancing will be 32. We will also hold an appropriate number of elimination rounds in Junior Varsity and Novice divisions. 

ALTERNATE USE TIME: The regular time limits of 9 minutes per constructive speech and 6 minutes per rebuttal will be observed for speech times. Once again the tournament will use ?alternate use? prep time rules for all debates ? each team will have sixteen (16) minutes total to use for cross-examination and/or preparation. Cross-examination periods are allowed only after constructive speeches. 

TAB ROOM and TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION: Dr. Jeff Jarman of Wichita State University has agreed to join us in Dallas to direct the operations of the tab room. Justin Green of Kansas State University will also assist in the tab room. Dr. Jarman, Mr. Green and the UTD coaching staff will resolve any tournament administration problems that arise. Current and former UTD students will be available throughout the tournament to run ballots, give directions and, and generally provide any needed assistance. 

ENTRY FEES: Freedom isn?t free and neither is the ?Fear and Loathing in Dallas? debate tournament. The entry fees will be $120 per covered team, regardless of division. Uncovered teams will be assessed an additional fee of $130 per team. The UTD debate team does not even come close to making a profit on this tournament. In fact, the hosting of the tournament generates a financial loss and some stern questions from our Dean.  And this season we have contributed significantly to the costs associated with the 2007 NDT in Dallas. So, yes, the entry fees are higher. However, we believe that our tournament still will provide excellent level both of hospitality and competition relative to total costs of attendance. 

Cash is preferred but you can make your checks payable to ?The University of Texas at Dallas.? Our University?s Federal Tax ID number is 75-1305566. Once again, we will go to great lengths to make special accommodations for teams with limited financial resources ? please contact us in advance for details. We attempt to ensure that entry fees will not exclude a school from participating in our Fear and Loathing tournament. We want to share our Fear and Loathing with everyone. 

HOSPITALITY: We take this extremely seriously. We are committed to providing a tournament experience that you will find both competitive and entertaining. We hope to earn a spot on your annual travel schedule. Those who have attended in the past have almost always returned with enthusiasm 

There will be a reception for all coaches during registration during the evening of the Friday, January 5th at the Westin Park Central Hotel. There will also be a large tournament-wide survivors? reception for all participants during the evening of Monday, January 8th. We invite all debaters, coaches, and judges to stay for the survivors? reception. Those who have remained in Dallas for the Monday night survivors? reception have not been disappointed. 

Lunches will be provided to all tournament participants on January 6th and 7th. Breakfast will also be provided at the campus on those days. Please indicate any special dietary needs when entering the tournament. Snacks will be provided throughout the day on all tournament days. The vast majority of last year's participants found the provided food and beverages to be high quality. 

Also, the city of Dallas has many excellent options for dining and entertainment. A packet full of suggestions will be provided to all teams at registration. Scott and Chris are also available to answer your questions ? we know where to go in Big D. 

JUDGING: One pillar of a successful tournament is quality judging so please bring your least sketchy judges. Each team seeking to enter should provide a qualified judge who will be available to judge at least four (4) preliminary rounds and who will comply with tournament rules. A judge covering the requirements for two teams should prepare to judge seven (7) preliminary debates.  A qualified judge is a currently active coach, graduate student, or former college debater. EVERY judge will be committed through the octofinal debates in the Open division. 

We will have very, very few hired judges available this year. Please inform the UTD staff in advance if your team will need to pay the fee for uncovered teams. Monies gained by such fees will go towards to the hiring of qualified judges and the procurement of ether. Judges will be assigned on the basis of mutual preference. Teams will be allowed to strike a limited number of judges. The number of strikes will depend upon the size of the judging pool, the number of many sketchy people y?all bring, and the number of sketchy people we hire. 

Please, please, please indicate to the tournament administration if a judge cannot judge all three divisions. Please repeat any such limitation in person at registration. Judges assigned to a debate by the tab room will be responsible for submitting a correctly completed ballot at the end of that debate. Judges should not leave the tournament unless their commitment has been fulfilled.

DON?T MESS WITH TEXAS. Any judge who is unable or unwilling to comply with these criteria should not register as a judge. Failure on the part of a judge to comply with these rules may result in a decision by the tab room staff and may also result in the top team from the judge?s school being removed from further participation in the tournament. Please do not enter unknown and/or sketchy judges for all seven round then have a highly preferred judge available for only one. That ain?t cool. And makes it much more difficult for us to get highly preferred judges in every round to all teams, including your teams. 

HOST HOTEL INFORMATION: We strongly encourage all tournament participants to stay at the host hotel. Tournament registration, tournament receptions, and all rounds on January 8th will occur at the hotel. We have reserved a block of rooms at the fabulous Westin Park Central. The hotel is located near the intersection of IH-635 (Lyndon B Johnson Freeway) and Coit Road and a quick, easy twelve-minute drive from campus. Those of you that have attended the St. Mark?s high school tournament in recent years will be familiar with this hotel. It is a very nice facility with the Westin?s Heavenly Beds, a full-service restaurant, room service, a business center, laundry/valet service, a pool, a hot tub, an exercise room, etc., etc.  It also has, of course, a full-service bar. 

The nightly rate is a flat $76 per night (plus applicable taxes). The hotel offers FREE parking (optional covered parking is also available for a fee). However, the high-speed internet service will not be free. The hotel front desk will sell wireless internet access codes for $5. Each access code is functional for 24 hours. Overall, this is an exceptional value for such a nice facility. Those wishing to access this low rate should reserve rooms using the website below or mention ?UTD Debate Tournament? when making reservations over the telephone. We strongly encourage you to use the website reservation system in order to receive updates on the hotel and your reservation. While rooms may be available at the last minute, the hotel will only guarantee the block of rooms and the tournament rate for those reservations made before December 14, 2006.  Yes, that deadline is coming soon!!!  We suggest that your reserve your rooms soon.

The entire Westin Park Central is non-smoking. Please don?t smoke anywhere in the Westin. They will add a huge cleaning charge to your bill if you smoke in your guest room. Just don?t even try it. 

The best and easiest way to reserve rooms at the host hotel is to use the specialized website created by the Westin. You can locate it here: http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/utddt Click on  ?BOOK NOW? to proceed.  An active credit card is necessary to utilize the on-line reservation system. Teams have the option of arriving early and/or departing late and still receive the same low tournament rate. 

Hotel Details: 
Westin Park Central
12720 Merit Drive  (near the intersection of Interstate Highway 635 and Coit Road)
Dallas TX 75251
Telephone: 972-385-3000
Fax: 972-991-4557
Contact: Paul Ruby
His Email: paul.ruby at Westin.com 
General Hotel Website: http://westin-dallas.felcor.com/ 
UTD TOURNAMENT website: http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/utddt 

TRANSPORTATION: Dallas is easily accessible by ground or air. The tournament hotel is directly east of DFW airport and it a mere 30 minutes away. Use the ?North? exit from DFW airport toward IH-635 and proceed East on IH-635. All major national rental agencies have operations at DFW airport. The UNT campus is roughly an hour?s drive from the UTD campus. Teams competing at both tournaments will definitely need to change hotels. Driving directions will be posted to eDebate at a later date. Unfortunately, we at UT-Dallas will not be able to provide ground transportation and the hotel will not be able to provide anything beyond the most basic local service. Nor will UT-Dallas be able to transport team from the UNT tournament in Denton.  Participating teams should plan to provide their own transportation. 

TOURNAMENT RULES: If you know us, then you know we love rules and we will enforce them. 
1. The tournament will follow the CEDA guidelines on sexual harassment. 
2. The topic for all debates will be the 2006-2007 NDT/CEDA policy debate topic. 
3. Each judge obligated to judge a round will assignment a win to one and only one team and a loss to one and only one team. The judge will also rank each debater 1 to 4 and rate each debater 0-30. Each judge will have a maximum of three hours from the official start time of the debate to record a decision for that debate. A judged assigned by the tab room to a particular debate is responsible for the submission of a correctly completed ballot at the conclusion of that debate. Failure on the part of the judge to comply with these rules may result in a decision by the tab room staff and may also result in the top team from the judge?s school being removed from further participation in the tournament. 
4. In order to enter and compete at the tournament, debate must be eligible according to CEDA and NDT guidelines. Each competitor should be currently enrolled undergraduate student (or, since the tournament occurs over the Winter Break, every competitor should have been officially enrolled during the previous semester and/or be officially enrolled in the upcoming semester). 
5. Hybrid teams will be allowed to enter the tournament and are eligible to advance to the elimination rounds. Maverick debaters will not be allowed to enter the tournament and will not be allowed to compete ? a team consists of two and only two undergraduate students. Should one member of a team or both be unwilling or unable to debate in any round, that team will receive a loss for that round and will become ineligible for elimination rounds and awards.  
6. One UT-Dallas team or more might compete at the tournament but will not compete in elimination rounds. 
7. Debaters, coaches, judges and all other tournament guests should not damage or remove any UT-Dallas property. No smoking is allowing in any UT-Dallas building. No food or drinks are allowed in any classroom. Please, please, please follow these rules. Please, please, please help us to keep the rooms and hallways clean. The room czars are reluctant to give us rooms even when they are in a good mood. And the debate tournament will be the only large event occurring on the campus in early January so the room inspectors will assume that someone involved with the debate community caused the damage. Many UTD buildings are very new and we will not be allowed to use them in the future if any damage occurs during the tournament. 
8. Brackets will NOT be broken in elimination rounds. Teams from the same school that face each other in elimination rounds may either choose to declare a winning team or may choose to debate the round. 
9. Unless the teams have met previously in the preliminary rounds, sides in elimination rounds will be determined by coin flip or an agreement by both teams. Please flip the coin and announce sides as soon as possible. We all want to expedite the rounds on Monday. 
10. The eligibility rules for participation in the junior varsity and novice divisions will follow the CEDA standards. 

AWARDS: They will be cool and you will enjoy them. Trust us, we?re experts. We will once again present the traveling ?Texas Two Step? award to the Open Division team that gains the most preliminary wins at the two tournaments. The Kansas team of Matt Cormack and Andrew Jennings won the award last season in a very close race. Someone please remind Harris and the Jayhawks to bring the traveling trophy to back to the Two Step. 

INFORMATION: We hope to make this fourth annual ?Fear and Loathing in Dallas? Debate Tournament meet the high standard established by our previous tournaments. Please contact Chris Burk or Scott Herndon if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding the tournament. Both Chris and Scott will be traveling until early December so our response to emails might be delayed until we return. We look forward to once again welcoming the college debate community to Dallas. 

Your lovely hosts,

Christopher Burk 
Director of Debate 
crb01200 at utdallas.edu 
Cell: 512-784-8634 

Scott Herndon 
Assistant Director of Debate
sxh021200 at utdallas.edu

Justin Kirk 
Assistant Coach and Graduate Student
justinwkirk at gmail.com 

UTD Debate Office Phone: 972-883-4806 



Friday, January 5th (Westin) 
6:00pm ? Tournament Registration and Coaches Reception Begin
9:00pm ? Tournament Registration Ends 

Saturday, January 6th 
7:45am ? Pairings for Rounds 1 and 2 released
7:45am ? Breakfast available (UTD campus) 
8:45am ? Round One (pre-set) start time (all rounds on campus) 
11:15am ? Round Two (pre-set) start time 
1:30pm ? Lunch provided at campus 
2:45pm ? Round Three (high-high) start time 
5:45pm ? Round Four (high-low) start time 

Sunday, January 7th 
7:15am ? Pairings for Round 4 released. Breakfast and coffee provided at UTD campus 
8:15am ? Round Five (high-high) start time (all rounds occur on campus) 
11:15am ? Round Six (high-low) start time. Pairings based on results of all five rounds. 
1:00pm ? Lunch Provided 
2:15pm ? Round Seven in Open (high-low, SIDES ASSIGNED BY COMPUTER) start time 
2:15pm ? First elimination round in Junior Varsity and Novice divisions start time 
5:15pm ? Pairings for Open Division Doubles Released (no round for JV and Novice) 
5:45pm ? Open Division Doubles start time (no round for JV and Novice) 

Monday, January 8th (all events at Westin) 
8:30am ? Pairing Released for Open Division Octofinals and second JV/Novice elimination round 
9:30am ? Open Octofinal Rounds begin, Second Elim Rounds in Novice & JV divisions begin 
High Noon ? Awards Assembly 
1:30pm ? Elimination rounds continue 
Evening ? Tournament reception 

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