[eDebate] Northwestern Tourney Update #2: Deadlines, Hotel Rooming List, Etc.
Tue Feb 6 09:00:44 CST 2007
Greetings, all. Welcome to your Tuesday morning update in advance of
the upcoming Owen L. Coon Memorial Debate Tournament. We remain on
track to easily break a tournament record at 161 teams. And we
anxiously prepare for your arrival. Some helpful tips for today:
* HOTEL ROOMING LIST: The tournament hotel has requested that
participating schools file a rooming list with them in advance of the
tournament. This request is designed to make certain that members of
your party can retrieve replacement room keys at the front desk in
the event that they loose (when they loose) their original key. As
is customary in most hotels, the desk will ask for a picture ID in
order to re-issue a room key. You can e-mail your list to event
coordinator Brian Gilmore: BGilmore at chicc.com. In your note, please
be sure to identify your school and the name of the person who will
check-in on behalf of your party.
* CHANGE IN DEADLINE FOR CHANGES: Ooops!!! I forgot to run
update #1 past Gary before posting. He asks that rather than turning
off the Bruschke site on Thursday afternoon, I instead block your
access to it on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 9:00 AM CST. That's
necessary to facilitate accurate data for the preference
sheet. After that hour, please send changes to me at
nudebate at northwestern.edu and to Gary at Gary.N.Larson at wheaton.edu.
* HEAT WAVE ON THE WAY!!! We can't wait for your
arrival. That's b/c it's so damned cold here right now that we can't
really go out doors. HOWEVER, our trusty local weather forecaster,
Tom Skilling (brother of Jeffrey of Enron fame) says that the
recorvery begins on Friday. We're due for a high of 28 degrees F on
that day. Some of you may think that's a little chilly, but right
now, it's MINUS ONE outside, so us natives are looking forward to
it. HURRY UP AND GET HERE!!! I'll post a weather report on
Thursday. You can also check out Tom Skilling's report at
www.chicagotribune.com, commonly considered by locals as the most
reliable projection available.
* VEGETARIANS/VEGANS AND TOTAL BODY COUNT: About 20 coaches have
yet to reply to my plea to enter data regarding vegetarians, vegans,
and the total number of persons in your group at
www.debateresults.com. We are happy to work to provide appropriate
diet for those with special diet needs, but we need to know how many
people that is. Coaches, please enter this data today. After AM CST
tomorrow, you won't be able to access the appropriate page to edit
your data. In addition, I have to provide counts to our various
caterers at NOON CST tomorrow. If you are a vegetarian or vegan,
please remind your coach or director to enter this data so you won't
be left out.
* DROP DEADLINE: Fast approaching. Remember that if you drop
participants of any sort after NOON CST tomorrow, Wednesday, February
7, a per person drop fee will be assessed. That's not because we
hate you. It's because after that hour, we are committed to our
caterers for a final guarantee number.
Look tomorrow for a detailed update on tournament logistics,
particularly on where debates will occur, building locations,
etc. Best, all. SD
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