[eDebate] Frosh-Soph Nationals Invite

William J Repko repkowil
Mon Dec 15 14:09:48 CST 2008

1. The invite is below. Informal discussions have indicated that our #'s 
will grow. Please join us in East Lansing. 

2. Direct questions to Greta -- greta.stahl at gmail.com 

Freshmen/Sophomore Nationals at Michigan State
March 7-9, 2009 

The MSU Debate team cordially invites you to attend the Freshmen/Sophomore 
Nationals at Michigan State.  We are glad to host this in East Lansing for 
the second time, and hope that turnout will be as good ? or even better 
? as last year. 

Based on feedback from previous participants, we have decided to keep the 
expanded entry pool that allows entry from students in both their first AND 
second year of college competition.  This was the model that we used last 
year, and given our desire to keep entry numbers fairly high, we have 
decided to continue using this standard. 

The entry criteria are based not on students? academic standing, but on 
their number of years in college debate ? e.g., if a student is a junior, 
but is only in their first or second year of college competition, they may 
enter the tournament. 

Below you will find all the relevant information.  Entries can be made via 

Lodging: The tournament will be hosted at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference 
Center on the MSU campus.  They have guaranteed us a rate of $94 per night 
(+ tax). This includes the use of wireless internet.  Parking is $5/night. 

Rooms are reserved under ?MSU Debate Team.? Reservations can be made 
until February 4th. 

We guestimated the amount of rooms we would need given information from last 
year.  If you find the block to be full, please contact us and we will try 
and find some more rooms. 

Travel: We use a variety of different airports to travel to Lansing ? 

Lansing airport ? 15 minutes away from the campus, very convenient 

Flint airport ? 45 minutes away from the campus, small and convenient, 
serves Airtran airlines often at discounted rates 

Grand Rapids airport ? 1 hour away from the campus, small and convenient 

Detroit metro airport ? About 1 hr and 20 minutes away, definitely the 
least convenient option but frequently the cheapest since it serves most 
airlines, including Southwest 

Fees: Entry fees will be $50 per team plus $30 per person in attendance 
(debaters, judges, coaches, etc.).  This will include the cost of breakfast 
and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Sunday.  So, for example, if 
you were to bring 1 team and 1 judge (3 people), your bill would be $140 
($50 + (3 x $30)) 

Judge Preference: Judge preference categories will be determined based on 
the size of the pool.  As we did last year, strike cards will be available 
at registration. 

Elimination Debates: We will clear to a partial octofinal (to be held on 
Sunday night) to accommodate all teams with a 4-3 or better record (up to 
the point where we reach a full octofinal). 

Preliminary Schedule: 

Friday, March 6th: Registration in the evening 

Saturday, March 7th: 

8:00 	Round 1
10:30 	Round 2
1:00 	Lunch
2:00	Round 3
5:00	Round 4 

Sunday, March 8th: 

8:00	Round 5
11:30	Round 6 (This will not be lag paired as we only have 7 rounds)
2:00 	Lunch
3:00	Round 7
6:30	Partial octofinal
9:00 	Banquet 

Monday, March 9th: 

8:00 	Quarterfinals
12:00	Semifinals
4:00	Finals 

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